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INDIAN TRAIL The Indian Trail Town Council wants more information from the Sheriff ’s Office and an analysis of what it would take to start its own police department. Councilman Gary D’Onofrio directed incoming town manager Joe Fivas to collect data points and trend analyses of the law enforcement the Union County Sheriff ’s Office provides the town. “To date there is a lack of communication of this sort of data between the UCSO and city
leaders,” D’Onofrio wrote in a memo to the council. “Making significant financial decisions without supporting data is not only irresponsible, but a violation of the trust established between the tax paying citizens of Indian Trail and their elected officials.” The motion passed 4-1, with Councilman John Hullinger opposed. “To me it seemed like a lot of busy work for the Sheriff ’s Office,” Hullinger said. “I would rather have the deputies out on the road.” Furthermore, Hullinger said he thinks the police department versus Sheriff ’s Office debate
MONROE Neighborhood kids flocked to the entrance of Brandon Oaks in Indian Trail Saturday morning, ready to race down “the big hill.” Kayla Busby and Hannah Kauffman, seventh-graders at Sun Valley, cut through a few back yards to get from Kauffman’s house to the top of the slope. The sleds turned into shields when the wind blew. “The snow usually stays for a day and then it just melts away,” Busby said. She fully expected to be back in school Monday. Kauffman hoped it would at least stay until Sunday, when she celebrated her 13th birthday. She had her doubts, though. She tried to make snowballs, but they kept falling apart. Kauffman and other children got a reprieve from school after the Union County district canceled classes on Monday and delayed them by two hours on Tuesday. Others decided to stay home, safe the ice and snow. The Union County Sheriff ’s Office reported no traffic incidents from Friday night to Saturday morning. No power outages were reported in Union County, although 44,000 power outages were reported to Duke Energy from across North and South Carolina, representative Lee Freedman said. Most of the outages were in the mountains, with 23 from Mecklenburg County. No one reported power outages to Union Power Co-op, either, spokeswoman Carrie Cameron said, although “there’s always a chance of it” if the wind picks up. The Union County Red Cross prepared to open emergency shelters in case of extended power outages, Kathy Bragg, the agency’s executive director, said. In the end, it wasn’t a problem, she said.
MONROE Eastern Union will get its sewer project. After some back-andforth questioning between commissioners and Public Works director Ed Goscicki, the Union County Board of Commissioners unanimously approved a project that will put an end to sewer spills, prevent Union from paying hundreds of thousands in fines and free up sewer capacity east of Monroe, according to Goscicki. “This is a very important project,” Marshville Councilwoman Denise Whitley told commissioners. “The eastern part of the county will grow.” Whitley joined mayors, council members and chamber of commerce representatives from Wingate and Marshville to express their displeasure that, in their eyes, eastern Union had been treated like the “red-headed stepchild,” as Whitley put it. University of Wingate president Jerry McGee sent a letter that expressed similar thoughts. After commissioners
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had been settled. “I’m ready to move on,” he said, referencing a University of North Carolina at Charlotte survey and study that showed town residents were pleased with the Sheriff ’s Office. Mayor John Quinn votes only to break a tie, but expressed his displeasure with the action. For months he has said he supports the work the Sheriff ’s Office is doing and that Indian Trail is lucky to receive the level of service it does for the price. Per the contract, Indian Trail pays the county $1.3 million for up to 18 Sheriff deputies
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Drew Swoope, 12, of Indian Trail, rides the ice and snow just inside the entrance to the Brandon Oaks neighborhood Saturday morning.
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No crown, but Southard earns great experience Sun Valley High graduate competes in Miss America competition in Las Vegas By ALAN JENKINS
Staff Writer The crown went to Miss Virginia, Caressa Cameron, but the hearts of everyone in Indian Trail went to Katherine Southard. The Sun Valley High graduate competed in the Miss America competition last week, and her family flew out to Las Vegas to support her. Katherine didn’t gain a spot in the top 15, so local viewers didn’t see much of her on television Saturday, according to her father,
Van Southard. She appeared several times in a preshow event that was televised Friday, Van said. She also performed in the opening number Saturday night and was introduced to the Southard country as Miss North Carolina. Van expressed pride in his daughter’s performance. “It was very special to see
her walk across the stage,” Van said. Every woman who reached that stage were strong contenders who beat thousands of others to earn their spot in Las Vegas, Van said. “The level of talent was so consistent that I don’t know how anybody could pick,” Van said. The Southards’ return to Union County was filled with well wishes from everyone who knows Katherine, Van said. His daughter has been flooded with e-mails and phone calls from
people telling Katherine how wonderful her efforts were, Van said. Another talented pageant competitor is Katherine’s sister, Sarah. The reigning Miss Mecklenburg County will compete this year to become Miss America herself. In an online blog kept at The Trader’s sister publication’s Web site, enquirerjournal.com, Sarah shared some of her experiences as she watched her sister compete. Below are excerpts
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parts, and the connector can sometimes become worn overtime, causing the pedal to give more easily or depress more slowly, internet sales manager Mario Santoro said. A Japanese companyâ€™s counterpart is made with one piece and does not have the same issues. The Canadian company makes car pedals for 42 car companies, with
Toyota being one of the largest. The cars will remain on display and sales agents will get contact information from customers interested in buying the recalled models, Santoro said. â€œCustomers have a lot of confidence in Toyota to fix this problem,â€? he said. â€œWeâ€™re directing people to come back at a later
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Man, woman of year honored BY TIFFANY LANE
Staff Writer MONROE Union County’s Man and Woman of the Year attended a banquet Friday in honor of their community service efforts. Previous winners chose Isom Franklin “I.F.” Plyler of Monroe and Emmy Lou Haywood of Waxhaw two months ago. About 150 friends and family members came to the banquet, bombarding the pair with hugs and handshakes. Both winners were dressed to the nines — Plyler in a tan rancher hat and Haywood in a bright skirt and jacket. Walking in the door, Plyler said he hoped he didn’t have to give a speech. Still, he managed to say a few words when last year’s winner Bobby Griffin presented his award. Plyler regularly visits shut-ins at nearby nursing homes and Hospice of Union County, taking a variety of fruit and candy with him. He established a local livestock auction facility and was inducted into the N.C. Agriculture Hall of Fame in 2000 and 2005. Yet his recent award
holding up two fingers. After 20 years battling cancer that started in her trachea, Hayw o o d ’ s Plyler voice was at times barely audible, but she never stopped smiling. “She’s been a very strong rock for the whole family over the years,” her niece, Emalynn Colardo, said. Colardo is named after Haywood and Haywood’s sister — her mother — Lynn. Haywood volunteers with the Waxhaw Historical Committee and Union County Heritage Room. She enjoys hearing about others’ lives, she said, but added her own bit of history on Friday. “She deserves it,” Colardo said. “For the county to honor her, it’s wonderful.” Colardo drove from Greenville to see her accept the award. “It’s richly deserved” for both winners, 1986 winner John Ashcraft Jr. said.
caught him off guard. “I was shocked, r e a l l y shocked, to find out that they had chosen me,” Haywood he said. P l y ler was good friends with Union County’s first Man of the Year, Paul Helms, who died Monday. Although he misses his friend, Plyler carries the same compassionate heart as Helms did. “I remember anybody who came to the house, he was always willing to help,” his daughter, Jane Plyler-Vandiver, said. “And he’s a good listener.” “Oh, he’s a good listener?” Plyler’s wife, Inez, joked. “You remember that when I get home,” she told him. Like Plyler, Haywood was at a loss for words, and said she was nervous about speaking in public. “I’ve just never done anything like this before.” Haywood’s daughter helped her write a two minute speech, she said,
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How do they pray? Staff reports MONROE Will a recent court ruling change the way Union County prays? A federal judge ruled Thursday that Forsyth County commissioners are violating the U.S. Constitution by holding sectarian prayers prior to board meetings. Commissioners can appeal, but no decision has been made. The ruling means other government bodies must end sectarian prayers, too, the American Civil Liberties Union said. Most Union County towns have prayer before meetings — some sectarian, some not. Indian Trail, Wingate, Waxhaw and Monroe hold a moment of silence. Fairview does not pray or have a moment of silence. Many say their routines will not change, but a few are rethinking how they pray.
Do you pray before meetings? They do not
pray (They will sometimes hold a moment of silence, but that is only for a specific purpose. The most recent such moment of silence was for Haiti earthquake victims) Is it the court’s right to force government bodies to avoid prayer? Councilwoman Darlene Luther: Thinks prayer should be allowed. “It’s part of our history. We are a Christian nation; period.” Councilman Robert Allen: Agreed with Luther. “If it makes you uncomfortable, sorry. ... I don’t think we should apologize for it; if there is a moment of silence, I’m praying.”
Do you pray before meetings? Yes. How do you pray? An alderman prays. There are no guidelines regarding what to say. Kevin Pressley, mayor: “We all happen to be of the Christian faith, and we pray in Jesus’ name.”
Will you stop? Pressley: “Absolutely not. It will not change the way we do things.” Is it the court’s right to force government bodies to avoid prayer? Pressley: “I think it’s wrong ... Our Founding Fathers founded this country on God. ... I think every government and anybody should seek the wisdom of God and Jesus.”
Do you pray before meetings? Yes. How do you pray? A board member prays. Lynda Paxton, mayor: The previous board was advised to not “refer to Jesus Christ or a specific deity.” Some people “thought that was a little extreme” and continue to pray the way they choose. No one has objected. Will you stop? Paxton: It “could pose a problem for us if we continue to pray as we have.” Paxton doesn’t foresee
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As a federal court rules against government-led prayer, local leaders weigh in on the decision discontinuing prayer, but said the town should talk about it again to make sure it’s in compliance with the law. Is it the court’s right to force government bodies to avoid prayer? Paxton: “We do have laws that speak to separation of church and state, so I guess, philosophically, if push comes to shove, I do support separation. In our community, it has never been an issue, and things should match the community as much as possible. If it were an issue, I would continue to support the law.”
Do you pray before meetings? Yes. How do you pray? A board member prays a general prayer to God. There are no guidelines regarding what to say. Will you stop? Kendall Spence, mayor: There have been no complaints. The town will continue prayer unless it becomes a problem. Is it the court’s right to force government bodies to avoid prayer? Spence: “I’m a big proponent for separation of church and state.” Prayer is OK “as long as it’s an ecumenical type prayer that includes all faiths.” Spence is the son of a Presbyterian minister and said his father also gives generic prayers at events he is invited to.
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Do you pray before a meeting? Yes. How do you pray?
Typically a commissioner will lead an invocation, but sometimes a guest pastor will come to pray Will you stop? No. It is written in the rules of procedure. Chairwoman Kim Rogers said it might be changed to be a generic invocation, or pastors from various denominations could be invited, but she intends to keep prayer at the meetings. Is it the court’s right to force government bodies to avoid prayer? “No. How come they have the right to take away what I can and cannot do?” Rogers said. “I strongly believe that our founding fathers did not intend for it to go where it has gone. Their intent was to not have laws that govern religion, not take it where it has gone.”
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Do you pray before meetings? Yes. How do you pray? A board member prays if he or she chooses. There are no policies regarding what to say. Will you stop? No; the board is following the prayer can still occur in meetings. following law, be able to do as been doing Dean Arp, chairman: “Most of the board members feel that it is a very important aspect to solemnize the meeting, to understand the important work we’re about to undertake and maybe invoke divine guidance. ... I think we need prayer now more than ever.” John Collins, vice chairman: “I cannot imagine
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how anyone could be offended by (prayer). ... You probably offend too easily if you’re offended. ... If that prayer makes any of us feel good about something, ... then I think it should be there and stay there. If nothing else, it gives us all a chance to take a deep breath and regroup. ... This country needs to go back to ruling by majority, not minority.” Is it the court’s right to force government bodies to avoid prayer? Arp: “There’s a slippery slope. ... The court seems to be more and more antagonistic toward people of faith. ... The court shouldn’t discriminate against people of faith more than people not of faith. ... The court should represent all of them.” Collins: “No. ... The court has a lot better things it should be concerned about. ... I don’t see any freedoms eroding over this. ... It should be and should remain a nonissue.”
Do you pray before meetings? Yes How do you pray? Mayor Nancy Anderson uses the prayer from the national day of prayer at the outset of the meeting. Will you stop? Anderson said she has kept a close eye on the Forsyth County ruling. While she was not sure what the council would decide, she said that it was something they needed to get in writing. Although the council might decide to not have an official prayer during the meeting, Anderson noted that they could have a prayer before calling the meeting to order, or a member of the public could pray during public comment period. “There are several ways to deal with it, but you have to have a written policy and the town of Weddington does not have one,” she said. “We are
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PRAYER Continued from Page 4A going to adopt a policy soon.”
Do you pray before meetings? Yes. How do you pray? A board member prays. There are no guidelines regarding what to say. Will you stop? Larry Simpson, mayor: Prayer won’t stop, but if people complain about it, “we would take those complaints seriously and look at them individually.” Is it the court’s right to force government bodies to avoid prayer? Simpson: “The Constitution grants the courts certain rights and certain responsibilities. ... We’re like everybody else; we’ll have to go by what the court rules.” Sonya Gaddy, town clerk: “The purpose of this country was for religious freedom. ... Everything (Founding Fathers) had originally in mind was surrounded by following God. ... I feel like the courts should even uphold that. ... People’s ideals have changed, ... but still, that’s what our Founding Fathers had in mind.” Gaddy said the town may review the Forsyth County ruling.
Do you pray before meetings? Yes. How do you pray? A council member prays. Kim Ormiston, councilwoman: “I’ve heard
the word Lord. Lord has been used. We pray for him to watch over us and guide us and lead us as we represent the citizens of Wesley Chapel. At the end we say Amen.” Will you stop? Brad Horvath, mayor: “There will be no impact. The way I read that case, you can use the word ‘God,’ but can’t bring up Jesus. It’s more around promoting an established religion by having a minister actually come to the meeting and lead it, even though they had a rotation. I don’t think that applies to prayer that’s led within the organization.” Is it the court’s right to force government bodies to avoid prayer? Ormiston: “We’ve seen this ruling before with prayer in schools. There’s a group of people who strongly oppose that ruling. For me, it’s personal. It is appropriate to pray, and we’ll have to see how our council handles this.”
Do you pray before meetings? Yes. How do you pray? Vicky Brooks, town clerk: “The mayor will ask somebody to give an invocation, or whoever is heading the meeting. Mayor Becker doesn’t ask them for any specific prayer. Lord and Jesus is used.” Will you stop? Brooks: “Perhaps we can do a moment of silence and everyone can pray to who they want to.”
Rick Becker, mayor: “I will advise my council, but whatever we do, we should not be using tax dollars to defend a lawsuit. We should be guided by our faith, but we shouldn’t let our faith cost our taxpayers money.” Is it the court’s right to force government bodies to avoid prayer? Becker: “I think it’s the court’s obligation to uphold the Constitution. A Christian prayer is a Christian prayer. The court is correct in saying we shouldn’t have denomination-specific prayer.”
Do you pray before meetings? No. Is it the court’s right to force government bodies to avoid prayer? Margaret Desio, councilwoman: “A moment of silence is appropriate. That way, people are welcome to do whatever they want to do. I am a Christian, ... but I don’t think people of one religion should be subjected to the rituals of another religion without their choice. It’s not our right to put our prayer preferences off on people.” Dottie Nash, councilwoman: “Since we respect separation of church and state, we respect that. I grew up in an age when we were allowed to say prayer in school. I think our society has gone downhill since then.”
Do you pray before meetings? There is a moment of silence.
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Is it the court’s right to force government bodies to avoid prayer? Brett Diller, commissioner: “It’s pretty sad that the courts are being tied up on an issue like that when there are so many more important issues out there. Last time I checked, we were one nation under God. I don’t understand why a very small majority of people have an issue with that.” Erin Kirkpatrick, commissioner: “Personally, I would be all for continuing prayer. I think it’s unfortunate we’ve tried to really remove all of our founding principles and go politically correct as much as possible for fear of offending people. I think it’s undermining what our country is about. We’re getting in a dangerous and precarious area.”
Do you pray before meetings? They do have a prayer every time, but do not have a specific policy about it. How do you pray? A board member is asked to pray. Will you stop? Probably not. “I think that Marshville is the type of town that would continue to support prayer before council meetings,” said Councilwoman Denise Whitley.
POLICE Continued from Page 1A dedicated to the town. Quinn said that if the town would start its own department it would no longer have access to the county’s detective or crime-scene investigations units that it does not specifically contract for. Council members Darlene Luther and Robert Allen said that to characterize the motion as a far-reaching or comprehensive study would be too strong. To them, this was a way to gather more information and keep better track of how the town spends its money. Lt. Chase Coble heads the Indian Trail unit. He and Sheriff Eddie Cathey agreed they are there to serve the town and if town officials want more information, they would be happy to provide it. “We just want the council to have the best information available before they make any decisions,” Cathey said.
Council’s instructions These five charges were directed at incoming town manager Joe Fivas, who begins work March 1. 1. Receive quantitative monthly data from the Sheriff ’s Office, due April 30. (i.e. number of incidents, what type of crimes,
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response times within the town limits, etc.) 2. Receive historical data of the same type as No. 1, due April 30. 3. Perform a resident survey to all taxpayers on qualitative services the Sheriff ’s Office provides, due Aug. 31 (i.e. How safe do residents feel? Are residents willing to pay to start an Indian Trail Police Department? Do residents think the Sheriff ’s Office has done a good job?) 4. Start a citizen-interaction survey every time an Indian Trail resident requires service, to be in place June 30. 5. Conduct a financial analysis of how much it would cost to start an Indian Trail Police Department, due July 31. (This will should include accurate cost estimates of start up, forecast costs over the next few years and the bottom-line cost to taxpayers.)
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aving been in town only a month, I’m just now learning a few of the many, many ins and outs of Indian Trail and Union County. It takes at least six months to become relatively competent in a community, and years afterward to really become a part of it. “I’m still a newcomer,” one person said to me in a town I lived in a while back. “I’ve only been here 20 years.” In my short time here, I’ve become amazed with the long list of high achievers in Union County. While I don’t mean to leave my own gender out, there are several women who deserve the spotlight, and I have been blessed to speak with some of them. The rest, I learn about through the fine reporters I work with while reading their stories. I wanted to tell you about them, just in case you’ve missed any mention of them along the way. Katherine Southard, 2009 Miss North Carolina. I haven’t talked to her, but her family is very nice … she spent last week in Las Vegas, where the Sun Valley High School graduate competed in the Miss America pageant. She didn’t get the top spot — however, all of us in Union County are proud of this wonderful woman from our neck of the woods, and look forward to the time her sister Sarah (who currently serves as Miss Mecklenburg County) gets her shot at the top crown. Madison Jones, Parkwood High student. The Rebels girls basketball player discovered a lump on her collar bone, and it was eventually diagnosed as Hodgkins’ lymphoma — cancer. The teenager quickly, and sadly, learned that life doesn’t always follow the paths we hope it will. That didn’t stop her, though. According to Tiffany Lane, who wrote the story about her, Madison still shows up on the sidelines to support her team while she’s battling this disease. Her teammates have stood by her as well. She is a brave
Alan Jenkins The Long Road Home woman, and her courage in the face of daunting challenges has earned her a large measure of respect. Karla Davis, the winner of the Colgate Country Showdown. Karla’s a well-known country singer around town, but she opened the door to real stardom recently by winning the Colgate Country Showdown, an annual competition held at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, Tenn. I’ve been playing her song, “Whiskey’s Got a Job to Do,” over and over again at the office when no one was around to be bothered by it. Karla’s going to be a star … there’s going to be a time forty years from now when I’m going to tell my grandkids I interviewed Karla Davis one time and they’re going to look at me like I’m making up stories again. “Granddad thinks we’ll believe he talked to Karla Davis,” they’ll say. “We aren’t that stupid…” The unnamed driver of school bus 187. There’s a woman in Monroe who, while driving a school bus full of children, saw two men fighting, and noticed one had a gun. She thought of the 23 East Elementary students on her bus, threw it in reverse and got them out of harm’s way. The bus was never fired upon and no child was injured. Afterwards, the school district wouldn’t tell us who she was, stating that she wanted to remain anonymous. It goes against our grain to let someone stay out of the limelight — especially a woman who deserves to be touted as a hero. So, I’ll do it here. Thank you, Ms. Bus Driver!
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@ gmail.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 Indian Trail!
Your Talk Resident: Tax dollars pay for more deputies
First, I have no problem with the sherriff ’s department. They are honorable, hard working individuals. I do wish they were more proactive (preventative) versus reactive (responders), but that’s personal preference. I do have a problem with Danny Figueroa and his questionable PAC with their lies, half truths and fear mongering. It is the lowest form of politics. I do have answer to Indian Trails police issue. We should not spend a single penny more on contract officers
with the sheriff ’s office. We should spend our money on parks with exercise trails and facilities to keep the town fit. I suggest we hold the county and the sherriff ’s office to task to provide adequate law enforcement for Indian Trail with the taxes we already pay the county. Currently, the county provides two zone officers for Indian Trail. This means they believe two officers can cover all of Indian Trail and it’s 13,000 to 15,000 homes and 26,000 to 30,000 residents. How many deputies have been added to the counties roster in the last five years
and still they only provide two officers to Indian Trail? With our population we should have eight zone officers in Indian Trail all time. That just makes sense. What is the county doing with all of the tax money Indian Trail residents have been paying? Two zone officers are fine out east where there are more cows and chickens than people. Indian Trail started adding contract officers to augment the law enforcement in our town not replace the county’s requirements. Hugh J. Layburn Indian Trail
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Town council became more business friendly
Between 2005 and 2007, property taxes in Indian Trail increased from eight cents per $100 to 15 cents per $100. In 2008, after Gary D’Onofrio and Jeffrey Goodall were elected, the Indian Trail Town Council reduced the tax rate to
14.5 cents per $100. In 2009 they kept the rate at the same level. The two new town council members, Robert Allen and Darlene Luther, are also committed to keep the property tax as low as possible. The new town council has taken steps to make the
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SOUTHARD Continued from Page 1A from that blog:
Wednesday, Jan. 27
Well today is most definitely not a typical day for me! I am currently sitting in talent rehearsal watching some amazing talents for Miss America. Last night Katherine had swimsuit and evening gown both in which she looked stunning! I am soaking up every second of this once in a lifetime opportunity to watch such amazing women compete, of course we all know where my heart lies! GO KAT! Today should be exciting I get to watch Katherine compete in talent! It is safe to say Miss America has taken over Las Vegas! I want to end every blog with a statement that my sister, Miss North Carolina, uses when wrapping up her blog; “Always be kind and gentle.”
LETTERS Continued from Page 6A town more business friendly by putting a moratorium on business fees for new businesses and creating a Business Advisory Committee. In spite of the recession, Indian Trail has managed to attract many new businesses to the town. During the last two years, along Highway 74, fast-food restaurants and a Lowes Home Improvement store came to Indian Trail, and two more fast food restaurants and a bank are now under construction. Along Old Monroe Road, an Auto Bell and Auto Zone have opened, as well as many new businesses in Sun Valley Commons. Today, a Harris Teeter store opens in Austin Village off Potters Road, and another couple of other stores will open within the next couple of months. Building of new homes is also picking up in many
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Friday, Jan. 29
Today has been so exciting! Even though I am preparing for Miss North Carolina myself, I treated myself to In and Out burger, AKA the best burgers in the world! Last night Katherine competed in the talent portion of Miss America. She did such an amazing job with her pointe dance, it was perfect! Yesterday I also had the chance to meet Miss America 2009 Katie Stam, and get a picture with her! She is just as beautiful on the inside as she is on the out! She took her time speaking with each and every fan. Tonight is the final night of competition before Saturday night where they begin by announcing the top 15! ... Tonight Katherine has on stage question, keep your fingers crossed! Katherine is doing a stellar job and looks beautiful, she is making North Carolina proud! Once again, “Be kind and gentle!” Thanks for reading!
areas of Indian Trail. My big dream is that the downtown project, or another project of that magnitude, will come to fruition somewhere in Indian Trail. Such a project will create many new jobs, both during the construction period and afterwards. The project will also spread business to suppliers and sub contractors. Such a project will be a great infusion into Indian Trail’s economy. Investors seem to have faith that Indian Trail is a good town to start up a new business venture, in spite of the present hard economic times. Severin Jacobsen Indian Trail
East, west sewer battle continues
What have you ever done for the east side, commissioners? Do yourself and everyone else a favor, Commissioner Openshaw, and dig a little deeper into the east side sewer situation. You will find that long before you decided to grace
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Above: Matthew Rush, 7, of Indian Trail slides along Saturday in the Brandon Oaks neighborhood. At left: Hunter McDonald, 12, of Indian Trail takes the reins of a pink sled.
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the South with your presence, Mohammed Shaliti was responsible for diverting funds for repair and maintenance of the joint venture between Union County, Wingate and Marshville, to projects on the west side. This was proven by Fern Shubert acting as a special auditor for Marshville and cost the county hundreds of thousands of dollars in restitution. The east has suffered far too long without adequate sewer capacity, but I guess you are just following the lead of Richard Stone, Hughie Sexton and now the Mark DiBiasio anti-economic coalition, that there are just not enough votes in the east to worry about. Also, as we all know, Mark DiBiasio was the major force behind trying to stop the visionary leaders of Wesley Chapel from building the beautiful, tax producing, job creating, gas saving, business attracting, commercial development in Wesley Chapel. I know so. And now he is try-
ing to do the same for Eastern Union County. After you engineer the sale of the hospital Mr. Openshaw, why don’t you sell the jail and animal shelter? Call it the Eastern Union County Zoo! Show the East Side that you really do care about them. Clayton Loflin former commissioner, state representative
Ruling depends on honest politicians
Last week’s Supreme Court ruling regarding free speech (more bribe money from corporations, etc.) isn’t really the end of the world or even the end of the country like some of your readers seem to believe. After all, if our elected officials are honest, moral and caring, the bribe money won’t have any effect on them. On second thought, maybe we do have a problem. I almost forgot how easily bought and paid for our congressmen are. Jim Silvus Indian Trail
“It looks like Mother Nature has spared us a little bit,” Bragg said. Country roads were another story, N.C. Department of Transportation spokeswoman Jen Thompson said. “Everything seems to be a mix of snow and a mix of the sleet or freezing rain that has fallen on top of that,” she said. Road crews spread salt
Friday and Saturday, but the salt needs a couple of hours to break down the ice before they can plow. Interstates are DOT’s primary concern, Thompson said, with highways second and country roads last. Freezing rain was Union County’s biggest concern, with no help from the wind, local engineers said. They provided workers throughout the weekend to spread salt and clear roads.
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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. changeatc3.org 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., Sunday 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.
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A LIST OF CHURCHES IN INDIAN TRAIL, LAKE PARK, STALLINGS Add yours to the list: Call Alan Jenkins at 704-261-2223 or e-mail him at email@example.com Clubs 5:30 p.m.; evening worship 6 p.m.
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.
Higher Praise Deliverance 1047-A Van Buren Ave., Indian Trail; 704-904-4073 Pastor: Reginald O. Coffey Sundays: 4 p.m., worship.
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.
Indian Trail Presbyterian 200 Indian Trail Road South, Indian Trail; 704-821-8751 Pastor: James E. Johns Regular Sunday schedule: Sunday school, 9:45 a.m.; worship, 11 a.m.
Union Grove United Methodist 8708 Indian Trail-Fairview Road, Indian Trail; 704-753-4966 Pastor: Robert Sturge
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.
OTHER CHURCHES IN WESTERN UNION COUNTY:
Friendly Baptist 5418 Friendly Baptist Church Road, Indian Trail; 704-753-1652 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. Harvest Chapel 5809 Highway 74, Indian Trail 704-882-4662, www.harvestchapelclt.org Pastor: Paul Durham 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
Indian Trail Pharmacy 106 Indian Trail Rd., So. Indian Trail, NC www.indiantrailpharmacy Established 1970 704-821-7617
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
Mount Harmony Baptist 2817 Mt. Harmony Church Road, Matthews Pastor: Buddy Pigg Sundays: 8:15 a.m., classical worship service; 9:30 a.m., Sunday School; 10:45 a.m., blended worship service; 6 p.m., evening worship service Wednesdays: 6 p.m., AWANA; Youth Bible Study 6:45 p.m.; discipleship classes; adult Bible study and prayer time New Grace Baptist 6201 Indian Trail-Fairview Road, Hemby Bridge; 704-400-3258. Pastor: Roger Johnson Pleasant Plains Baptist 3316 Pleasant Plains Road, Matthews Pastor: Ron Riddley Sundays: Sunday School 9:15 a.m.; worship 10:30 a.m.; Awana
Stallings United Methodist 1115 Stallings Road; 704-8218820; www.sumc.com 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.
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. 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. 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.
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Help for Haiti across Union County Union Baptist Association To volunteer for relief efforts, call 704-283-8383 American Red Cross-Union County chapter 608 E. Franklin St. Monroe, NC 28112 (specify that donations are for Haiti disaster relief) 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. World Vision Donate online at www.worldvision.org. Bi-Lo Shoppers can donate to the American Red Cross Haiti relief, and Bi-Lo Charities will match donations up to $25,000. The program runs through Feb. 9. 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 704233-8023. Monroe Christian Worship Center The center is collecting bottled water and blankets for people in Haiti. Drop donations off at 1721 N. Charlotte Ave. East Union Middle School The C2J (Committed to Jesus) Club started Project Haiti to raise money for earthquake victims. Donations go to the American Red Cross. To donate, call East Union at 704-290-1540. The fundraiser runs through Feb. 5. Benton Heights Elementary School of the Arts The school is selling heart earrings to benefit Haiti victims. Proceeds go to the American Red Cross. Earrings cost $5. To order, call the school at 704-296-3100 or e-mail Renee Rogers at renee. email@example.com. The fundraiser runs through Feb 10.
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approved the project, Wingate Mayor Bill Braswell said he was “happy” with the ruling, but he and the other representatives wished the project would have been handled differently. “We still wish there was better communication between the commissioners and our board,” Whitley said. The eastern sewer system frequently has sewer spills, especially during heavy rains; the N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources put the county on notice of violation, with a threat of $25,000 in daily fines if the spills were not stopped. Commissioners approved a project in early January, but the board majority of Kim Rogers, Tracy Kuehler and Lanny Openshaw reversed the decision two weeks later, saying there might be more pressing sewer needs in western Union; Goscicki and county manager Al Greene implored commissioners to move ahead with the eastern project for two weeks, but it was not passed until Monday. The approved project is not exactly what Goscicki first recommended, but, depending on bids, could be very close. The project is more than 90 percent designed and will go out to bid soon. Goscicki said it would take about 18 months to complete.
Snapshot compares differing projects BY JASON deBRUYN
MONROE A snapshot of the eastern sewer system and a comparison of the projects: Union County contracts with Monroe to deliver an annual average of 2.65 million gallons of wastewater per day. Due to lacking infrastructure, Union can deliver only 1.9 million gallons per day and will have an overflow if it tries to pump more than 2.5 million gallons through the pipes on any given day. The project approved in early January would have laid additional pipes alongside the existing ones, bumping the average daily capacity to more than 2.65 million gallons per day and the peak flow capacity more than 7 million gallons per day. It would have cost about $8 million. The project approved Monday proposes the project be done in two phases, holding off on three miles of pipe between Wingate and Marshville. This increases the average daily capacity to 2.2 million gallons and increases the peak flow capacity to 5.8 million gallons per day, more than doubling the amount Union can pump through and reducing the risk of spills by that much. The reduced project will cost about $6 million, but the county will ask for alternate bids for the pipe from Wingate to Marshville as well. Commissioner Parker Mills said that, with the down economy, the bid climate for projects like this is very favorable and predicted that bids might come in so low that it would be wise to do the whole project as initially proposed. There is a $2 million federal Environmental Protection Agency grant that will be applied to this project. Commissioners authorized staff to spend up to $4.35 million of county money on the project.
Before the storm
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On Wednesday, before icy weather and snow blanketed the region, the sun came out and kids hit the playground at the Stallings Municipal Park for a little fun. Above: Emma, 3, and Tessa, 1, rock back and forth as their father, Greg Collard, not pictured, watches. At left: Tammy Estrada plays with Colton Green, a child she babysits for Mike and Michelle Green.
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TRADER Wednesday, February 3, 2010
Covering SUN VALLEY and PORTER RIDGE
Porter Ridge handles rival Sun Valley By Eric Rape
E-J Correspondent Indian Trail Sun Valley’s girls stayed with Porter Ridge for three quarters, but the Pirates (15-2, 5-0 Southern Carolina Conference) pulled away in the second half to defeat the Spartans (10-6, 2-3 SCC) 51-32 on Jan. 26. Raven Falls got the Pirates going with the first seven points and nine of her team’s first 12 points of the game. The Pirates had a 12-0 lead, but Sun Valley went on a 8-0 run to end the first period down by four points. Kelley Godbout extended the Pirate lead to seven with her first 3-pointer of
the game early in the second period. Falls continued to most of the damage, finishing with 14 of her team’s 26 first half points and ending the night with 17. Godbout hit her second three of the night to end the third quarter, giving the Pirates a 12-point lead going into the final period. The Pirates pushed that lead to 19 points to start the fourth with a 7-0 that included four points by Jada Huntley and a third three by Godbout, who finished with 13 points and 12 rebounds. Jordynn Gaymon and Stephanie Taylor both finished with double-doubles for SV.
Gaymon had 11 points and 15 rebounds and Taylor had 17 points and 10 rebounds, but the rest of the team only scored four points combined. Sun Valley outrebounded the Pirates 42-37 on the night. “It’s tough because they can rebound,” said Pirates coach Ina Thompson, “They’ve got three post players in there that are gigantic FALLS and they dominate the boards so it can swing at any moment.” Thompson was pleased with the play
of Falls, a senior guard. “She set the tone in the first half and that helped us because in the second half we weren’t able to convert offensively so she gave us that good lead in the first half took care of the basketball was able to penetrate, get some scores and some good passes to people,” Thompson said. “She did a lot that was great for us.”
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Sun Valley’s boys whipped Porter Ridge 87-55. The Spartans jumped out to a 19-1 lead on the Pirates (4-13, 0-5 SCC).
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SV girls hold off Anson By Richard Hord
E-J Correspondent INDIAN TRAIL The Sun Valley High girls basketball team shot out to a 21-9 halftime advantage and held off a furious rally by Anson County in a 48-36 home win on Friday night. “I am really proud of the way that our team played tonight,” said Spartans coach Matthew Moore. “We really tried to work on some things this week, and tried to get back to basics. I knew that we had to trust the work that we did, and it really paid off tonight.” The Bearcats came out strong in the second half and tried to cut into the lead by using a press to force the Spartans into turnover after turnover. After Anson County cut the lead to 25-20, the Spartans used a 9-0 run to take back control of the game, and held on in the fourth quarter for the victory. “I knew that we didn’t have our press offense in, and that we could have some problems,” Moore said. “I tried to tell the girls not to panic, and to slow down and just run the offense. Once we got our confidence back, it worked out just fine.” Junior center Jordynn Gaymon led the Spartans with 22 points and 10 boards, while junior forward Stephanie Taylor added 15 points. Bearcats junior guard Shauntia Moore topped all scorers with 23 points. Sun Valley improved to 3-3 in the Southern Carolina Conference and 11-6 overall while Anson dropped to 0-6 in the league and 4-15 overall.
from staff reports
WiINGATE The Wingate University School of Sport Sciences will present a Youth Sport Summit on Feb. 20 on the Wingate campus. The summit is intended for parents, coaches and youth sport professionals who work in schools, athletic associations or any other competitive team sport. The day-long event will include sport psychology specialist Dr. Dan Gould of the Institute for the Study of Youth Sports at Michigan State University. Goould will make four presentations dealing with youth sport talent development. The presentations will focus on sport specialization, the role parents can play in youth sport, character development and the differing coaching strategies for boys and girls. Michigan State University sport psychology consultant and director of coaching education Dr. Larry Lauer will make a presentation on taking one’s game to the next level. Lauer will address mental skill development for youth sport athletes and how to transition from parent to youth coach. The faculty of the Wingate University School of Sport Sciences will lead practical workshops that will include tips for cheerleading safety, legal issues, weight training and overuse injuries.
Polk has 20-20 game in win over SV boys
Junior Terrance Polk had 20 points and pulled down 20 rebounds as the Anson boys broke open a close game and defeated Sun Valley 65-48. The Bearcats improved to 12-8 overall and 4-2 in the Southern Carolina Conference. The Spartans fell to 12-6 overall and 3-3 in the SCC. The game was tight throughout the first three quarters, but Anson used a 20-12 spurt in the fourth quarter to pull away. Sophomore guard Shaun Stewart tried to keep the Spartans in the game, hitting four of his five 3-point shots, and finishing with a game-high 22 points.
See SV-Anson box scores on Page 2B
WU hosting youth sports summit
Photo by Rick Crider
Sun Valley senior center Raven Stevenson, pictured playing WHS, had seven rebounds in last Friday’s win.
To register for the event, contact Dennis Johnson at 704233-8182 or visit http://www.wingate. edu/sportsummit/.
SV wrestlers in second, PR shares third By Eric Rape
E-J Correspondent Monroe With just one dualteam match and their conference tournaments remaining, area wrestling teams are scrambling for playoff position. Piedmont, now 7-0 in the Rocky River Conference, can secure the Rocky River Conference reagular-season title if the Panthers defeat Berry Academy on senior night Thurs-
day. Central Academy has secured the automatic bid from the RRC in the 1A state tournament and will be matched up against the top 1A seed out of the Yadkin Valley Conference in the 16-team field. Anson is 4-0 and has won the only automatic 3A bid from the SCC. Sun Valley has virtually locked up the 4A bid from the conference with a one-match
lead over Porter ridge and only Parkwood left on the schedule. Both the Rocky River Conference and the Southern Carolina Conference individual tournaments are next Saturday.
Wrestling standings involving UC (league records only) Rocky River Conference 1. Piedmont 7-0 2. Berry Academy 5-1
2. Central Academy 5-1 4. North Stanly 4-3 5. Monroe 4-3 6. Cuthbertson 3-4 7. West Stanly 2-5 8. Forest Hills 1-6 9. Union Academy 0-7 Southern Carolina Conference 1. Anson 4-0 2. Sun Valley 3-1 3. Porter Ridge 2-2 4. Marvin Ridge 2-2 5. Weddington 1-3 6. Parkwood 0-4
Photo by Rick Crider
Sun Valley senior Ryan Henson, left, is the only wrestler in Union County who won a regional title last season.
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Sun Valley Continued from Page 1B The Spartans (12-5, 3-2 SCC) hurt the Pirates with a barrage of 3-pointers throughout the game as they dropped in 11 from beyond the arc. SV sophomore guard Shaun Stewart had to sit out most of the first half after picking up three fouls in the first four minutes of the first quarter, but before that point he had already scored seven points. Stewart had 21 points and Jalen Witherspoon added 17. Three other Spartans scored in double digits, including Kirby Faulkner (12), Luke Maynor (10) and Blake Dixon (10). Dixon also pulled down 12 rebounds. Brian Jackson finished with 14 points and 15 rebounds to lead PR.
PR girls 51, SV 32
Porter Ridge (15-2, 5-0 SCC) Haley Secrest 0 0-0 0, Jada Huntley 1 7-8 9, Cayleigh Weekly 3 1-3 8, Itiana Gainey 0 0-0 0, Kara Hastings 1 0-2 2, Kelley Godbout 4 2-2 13, Raven Falls 5 5-6 17, Ashlei Boone 1 0-1 2, Jasmine Huntley 0 0-0 0. Totals 15 15-22 51. Sun Valley (10-6, 2-3 SCC) Tashawn Stewart 1 0-2 2, Bianca Allyn 0 2-4 2, Jasmine Wynn 0 0-0 0, Raven Stevenson 0 0-1 0, Stephanie Taylor 7 3-8 17, Jordynn Gaymon 5 1-4 11, Shanice Leaks 0 0-0 0. Totals 13 6-19 32. P. Ridge 12 14 10 Sun Valley 8 9 7 Photo by Rick Crider
Porter Ridge senior Cayleigh Weekly scored eight points in last Tuesday’s win over Sun Valley.
15 - 51 8 - 32
3-pointers: PR 6 (Godbout 3, Falls 2, Weekly 1); SV 0. Rebounds: PR 37 (Godbout 12, Jada Huntley 7,
Hastings 7, Weekly 5); SV 42 (Gaymon 15, Taylor 10, Stevenson 6). Assists: PR 8 (Weekly 2, Hastings 2, Falls 2, Jas. Huntley 2); SV 8 (Allyn 2, Taylor 2, Gaymon 2). Steals: PR 15 (Godbout 4, Jada Huntley 4, Falls 3, Hastings 2); SV 10 (Allyn 3, Stewart 3, Wynn 2). Blocks: PR 4 (Godbout 2, Hastings 2); SV 9 (Gaymon 6, Taylor 2).
SV boys 87, PR 55
Porter Ridge (4-13, 0-5 SCC) Vic Freeman 0 3-4 3, Dylan Dawson 1 0-0 3, PJ Freeman 3 5-8 11, Rad Crowell 0 0-2 0, Tyrelle Wardell 0 0-0 0, Jordan Van Beek 0 1-2 1, Xavier Hailey 2 1-2 5, Tanner Fort 0 0-0 0, Jerrell Deason 0 0-0 0, Seth Gillis 2 1-4 7, Brian Jackson 7 0-5 14, Charles Tinsley 0 4-6 4, Allen Peace 0 0-0 0, Shaun Thompson 3 1-5 7. Totals 18 16-38 55 Sun Valley (11-5, 3-2 SCC) Hunter Motte 0 0-0 0, Luke Maynor 4 0-0 10, Jalen Witherspoon 7 2-4 17, Dion Hickman 0 0-0 0, Shaun Stewart 9 1-1 21, Tony Davis 3 0-0 8, Kirby Faulkner 4 1-1 12, Kevin Saxton 0 2-2 2, Blake Dixon 4 1-5 10, Jody fuller 0 0-0 0, Kyle Buffkin 3 1-1 7, Elijah Richburg 0 0-0 0. Totals 34 8-14 87 P. Ridge S. Valley
16 17 21 - 55 23 23 22 - 87
3-pointers: PR 3 (Gillis 2, Dawson 1); SV 11 (Faulkner 3, Davis 2, Maynor 2, Stewart 2, Witherspoon 1, Dixon 1). Rebounds: PR 47 (Jackson 15, Thompson 4, Van Beek 4, Fort 4, Gillis 4); SV 35 (Dixon 12, Buffkin 6, Fuller 5, Witherspoon 4). Assists: PR 7 (V. Freeman 3); SV 21 (Witherspoon 6, Dixon 4, Hickman 3, Stewart 2, Faulkner 2, Buffkin 2). Steals: PR 8 (Jackson 2, P. Freeman 2); SV 14 (dixon 4, Witherspoon4, Davis 2, Stewart 2). Blocks: PR 1 (Tinsley); SV 6 (Buffkin 4, Davis 1, Richburg 1).
Railsplitters use balanced attack to top WU from staff reports
Harrogate, Tenn. The Lincoln Memorial University Railsplitters defeated Wingate University 66-55 in South Atlantic Conference women’s basketball action on Monday. LMU improved to 7-12 overall and 4-5 in the SAC. Wingate fell to 11-9 on the year and 4-5 in the SAC. Sophomore guard Dayshalee Salaman led the Railsplitters with 16 points and five assists. Junior guard Carolyn Mills added 13 points, while sophomore guard Amberly O’Dell had 12 points. Sophomore guard Destiny Williams contributed 11 points, while junior center Dean Kikwiki-Mamuku had nine points and a game-high 11 rebounds for LMU. Sophomore guard Kurie Washington had a game-high 19 points to lead the Wingate attack, while pulling down five rebounds. Junior forward CC Brooks added 18 points for the Bulldogs. The Bulldogs struggled in the first half.
They scored only 14 points and trailed by eight at halftime. The Railsplitters quickly added to the lead in the second half, going up 32-16 at the 17:11 mark on a jumper from Kikwiki-Mamuku. The lead would stay in double figures until a jumper from Washington with 6:46 remaining in the game cut the deficit to nine at 46-37. LMU built the lead back to 15 points (52-37) on a free throw by Salaman. The Bulldogs would not go away, using a late 7-0 run to cut the lead to 60-55 with 30 seconds remaining. Brooks had four points in the spurt, while senior guard Sarah Rosser added a three pointer. The Railsplitters responded, scoring the final six points of the game by knocking down six-of-six free throw attempts. The Railsplitters shot 40 percent from the field, while hitting six-of-17 shots from beyond the arc (35.3 percent). Lincoln Memorial also connected on 20-of-26 free throws (76.9 percent). Wingate shot
31.3 percent from the field, while hitting only two-of-13 shots from three-point range (15.4 percent). The Bulldogs converted 18 LMU turnovers into 17 points on the day. LMU held a slim 41-40 edge in rebounding. The Bulldogs are back in action Wednesday, hosting Catawba College at 6 p.m.
LM men 84, WU 69
The Lincoln Memorial University men’s basketball team built a 16-point half time lead and stayed in the driver’s seat, picking up an 84-69 South Atlantic Conference triumph over visiting Wingate University Monday evening in Tex Turner Arena. The host Railsplitters hit 55.6 percent from the floor (30-of-54), picking up their 10th home triumph in 11 tries this season. Lincoln Memorial improved to 16-4 overall and 6-3 in the SAC, splitting the season series with their guests. Win-
gate fell to 11-9 overall and 4-5 in the SAC. The Bulldogs host Catawba College tonight at 8 p.m. For Lincoln Memorial, sophomore forward Brandon O’Brien had 17 points off the bench. Thanks to the efforts of O’Brien and his teammates, the LMU reserves outscored the Wingate bench 38-14. Senior guard Stuart Miller had 16 points for the second time this season against the Bulldogs. Railsplitter junior forward D’Mario Curry contributed 11 markers and a game-high seven rebounds. Wingate sophomore guard Jaime Vaughn surpassed the 20-point plateau for the third straight game, leading all scorers with 23 points. Vaughn also collected five rebounds and three steals. Bulldog freshman forwards Quan Alexander and Odell Turner had 12 points and 11 points, respectively. Turner topped the Bulldog rebounding charts with six boards. Lincoln Memorial hit 17-of-31 field goals in the opening stanza (54.8 percent), sprinting to a 45-29 lead at intermission.
Anson boys 65, SV 48
Anson (12-8, 4-2) Terrance Polk 20; Garry McKnight 14; Jon Hough 10; Chris Christian 10; Matthew McLeod 4; Diondre Pratt 4; Johnny Robinson 3. Sun Valley (12-6, 3-3) Shaun Stewart 22; Tony Davis 9; Luke Maynor 8; Jalen Witherspoon 2; Kyle Buffkin 2; Blake Dixon 2. 3-pointers Anson 3 (Robinson 1; Christian 2); Sun Valley 6 (Stewart 4; Davis 1); Rebounds Anson 43 (Polk 20, McKnight 9); Sun Valley 21 (Stewart 6); Steals Anson 5 (Polk 2); Sun Valley 4 (Maynor 1, Davis 1, Dixon 1, Stewart 1).
SV girls 48, Anson 36
Anson (0-6, 4-15) Shauntia Moore 23; Jasmine Joines 4; Jillayan Murray 3; Jessica Crowder 2; Lativa Lee 2; Mary Allen 2. Sun Valley (3-3, 11-6) Jordynn Gaymon 22; Stephanie Taylor 15; Bianca Allyn 5; Raven Stevenson 3; Tashawn Stewart 2; Amanda Bill 1. Anson 2 Sun Valley 8
16 – 36 14 – 48
3-pointers: Anson 2 (Shauntia Moore 2); SV 0; Rebounds Anson 23 (Moore 6, Crowder 6); SV 41 (Gaymon 10, Stevenson 7); Steals: Anson 15 (Murray 4; Keyara McKnight 3; Moore 3); SV 8 (Taylor 2; Stewart 2; Johnson 2).
Photo by Jamie Belk
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Former FH standouts contribute for Hokies From staff reports
MONROE Miami held off Virginia Tech for an 82-75 home win on Sunday, dropping the Hokies to 3-3 in the ACC and 16-4 overall. Former Forest Hills star J.T. Thompson was named player
of the game by the Raycom Network after contributing 14 points, five rebounds and two steals in 23 minutes. Teammate Dorenzo Hudson, also a product of FH, led all scorers and ebounders with 22 points and six boards. Hudson was the only player
in the game to play all 40 minutes. Hudson is averaging 17 ppg in six ACC games and 13.5 ppg overall. Virginia Tech has a big week ahead, hosting North Carolina on Thursday and then Clemson on Saturday.
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