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2,000 attend health care meeting Small but vocal protests at congresswoman’s Q&A

Sports

BY JASON deBRUYN

jdebruyn@thej.com WEDDINGTON More than 2,000 people packed Weddington High School to voice their op-

Mavericks roll over Hickory Ridge, 31-6, with three touchdowns by K.C. Brent. See 11

Scores rise Average SAT score rises 5 points in Union; Marvin Ridge, Weddington, Parkwood post top averages. See 2

United Way

Protesters were an apparent minority of the 2,000 people who attended a town hall meeting about health care on Tuesday night. Ed Cottingham / Waxhaw Exchange

Gridlock busters? jdebruyn@theej.com

County Monroe rejects Union County’s offer to give up 6 acres of BelkTonawanda Park in exchange for promise of parking spaces. See 10

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WAXHAW Western Union County has banded together for road planning. After almost a year of work, planning firm Martin/Alexiou/Bryson, along with four western towns, developed a Local Area Regional Transportation Plan, or LARTP, for western Union County. Waxhaw and Marvin have already adopted the plan and Weddington and Wesley Chapel are expected to do so at their next meetings. Waxhaw Mayor Daune Gardner, the town’s representative, said she was happy with how the project was approached. “In essence, we all agreed in terms of moving people, not just moving cars,” she said. Planners designed LARTP to get the attention of the

Rep. Sue Myrick, R-N.C., spoke briefly Tuesday before fielding comments about health care reform. done.” The point of contention, she said, is how.

On board

Western Union’s towns join forces to compete for DOT priority funding BY JASON deBRUYN

Day of Caring attracts 930 volunteers to pitch in on community projects at schools, private homes. See 8

position to a governmentrun health care system. Rep. Sue Myrick, RN.C., hosted a town hall at Weddington High School Tuesday night and fielded questions almost exclusively on the proposed overhaul of the U.S. health insurance business. “We all agree that we need to solve a problem,” Myrick told the crowd. “Something needs to be

N.C. Department of Transportation and the Mecklenburg-Union Metropolitan Planning Organizations, two bodies that make most of the road decisions in and around Union County. Western towns, particularly Mineral Springs, have long contended that developers and Mecklenburg county leaders hold the most sway over the state’s spending on roads. Mineral Springs Mayor Rick Becker has vocally opposed the current pattern of spending, which makes the town’s absence from the LARTP coalition particularly noticeable. Although it was asked to join, the Town Council’s distrust of the NCDOT played a major role in turning down the offer.

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Waxhaw Mayor Daune Gardner says the Local Area Regional Transportation Plan funded by western Union County towns is based on agreement ‘in terms of moving people, not just moving cars.’

On the fence

Mineral Springs leaders declined to participate in LARTP, citing expense and experiences with DOT that have made town leaders ‘cynical,’ Mayor Rick Becker said. Town leaders have criticized NCDOT for being too influenced by businesses rather than local needs and use.

Nancy Anderson said a fourth term as mayor of Weddington will focus on roads and fire services.

member Robert Gilmartin and former Union County commissioner Hughie Sexton. She’s

in for another fight this year, as three challengers, including Sexton, try to unseat her. Her detractors’ complaints echo across the board: She isn’t conservative enough with town money, especially when it comes to community and park development. Her term has been littered with contentious clashes with the Town Council. She owns land

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How to build a school in Nepal BY TIFFANY LANE

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that’s too close to a proposed connector road she’s lobbied for with state officials. Anderson hears them all and maintains her vision for a proactive town that engages a commercial base, maintains its rural charm and fuses a downtown at the center. “We need to be fo-

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On the ‘net • www.lartp.org Full text of the Local Area Regional Transportation Plan • www.mumpo. org Mecklenburg-Union Metropolitan Planning Organization site, including list of road projects and priorities.

Weddington mayor says she has ‘unfinished business’ news@theej.com WEDDINGTON In parts of Union County, one-term politicians tend to be the lay of the land. Not so for Weddington Mayor Nancy Anderson, who with this fall’s election is seeking her fourth term at the helm. Won the 2007 elections handily, facing off against fellow council

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MONROE Jeff Gaura has led in the building of two Nepali boarding schools, one mango tree and donkey load of cement at a time. He has a third on the way. A New York native, Gaura lives in New Salem and heads an 18-person network consulting Jeff Gaura c o m p a n y. divides his He and his time wife have between two sons, Union County ages 8 and and school 18. building Before projects in the wife Nepal. and kids, Gaura was a Peace Corps volunteer in Dang Valley, Nepal, from 1987 to 1989, working as a math and science teacher, and later, a community developer. Now fluent in Nepali, he keeps in contact with people there and said the No. 1 need is schools. More than half of the students there drop out by seventh grade, he said, contributing to making Nepal one of poorest, least literate countries in the world. The first two schools, Saudiyar Middle and Sucrawar Elementary, were built in less than a year. The elementary school was completed this spring.

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Myrick spoke briefly about her ideas for health care before turning over the floor to the crowd, which at times had as many as 40 people standing in line to speak. There was a smattering of opposition to Myrick’s conservative record and health care proposals.


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Average SAT score is 1029 in Union County Marvin Ridge, Weddington, Parkwood post highest average scores for college entrance test By Tiffany Lane

The scores

tlane@theej.com Monroe Union County Public Schools’ SAT scores outrank the state and nation for the fourth year in a row. School officials said higher student participation in Advanced Placement and honors courses have a lot to do with it. “It’s the level of intensity� coupled with a focus on critical thinking, Forest Hills High School principal Wanda Little said. Forest Hills’ average SAT score went up nine points from last year — the same time that three new AP classes were introduced. This year’s curriculum includes three more AP options, including AP world history, psychology and art. Countywide SAT scores released Tuesday show an average combined math and critical reading, or

The following are average combined math and critical reading scores for each high school. The highest combined score is a 1600. Central Academy of Technology and Arts and Marvin Ridge, as newer schools, did not have SAT scores for 2007-2008. ‘07-08 ‘08-09 CATA n/a 993 Forest Hills 959 968 Marvin Ridge n/a 1091 Monroe 898 936 Parkwood 1030 1020 Piedmont 1008 1009 Porter Ridge 1018 1001 Sun Valley 1014 1006 Weddington 1071 1074 Source: Union County Public Schools

verbal, score of 1,029, up five points from last year. The average state score was 1,006; it was 1,016 na-

tionwide. Monroe High School had the biggest jump from last year, up 38 points to an average score of 936. “We have a very strong faculty,� Monroe principal Doreen Dotalo said; teachers hold students to high standards and know how to reach a certain “profile.� Among last year’s 131 seniors, Dotalo said there was exceptional talent in both academics and the arts. The senior class racked up 601 college applications — almost five apiece — and earned more than $3 million in scholarships. How will they top it? “We’re going to work even harder,� Dotalo said, adding that the school constantly promotes online SAT preparation and after-school practice sessions. This “takes away the fear of testing,� she said, and the more stu-

dents practice that kind of test, the better they will get. Of nine county high schools, four went up in SAT scores, three went down and two had SAT scores for the first time. Superintendent Ed Davis said comparing them wouldn’t be “apples to apples� because all vary in student population and demographics. Carolyn White, UCPS director of student testing, said students from all schools are encouraged to take advanced courses if their teachers or guidance counselors think they are cut out for it. Sometimes students are “GPA driven,� Davis said, and don’t want to take harder classes, but they also need to challenge themselves. Their GPA might not be as high with a “B� as an “A,� but they will get a more in-depth

education with advanced courses. Early preparation for the SAT could also yield higher scores, he said, opening doors for students to attend the college of choice. Having that practice also bumps up their confidence for the SAT, he said, making the test “less daunting.� Students generally take a preliminary SAT their junior year of high school. Those who do exceptionally well have a chance at National Merit scholarships — another incentive to practice, White said. Taking AP and honors classes could also cut down on college expenses, she added. Many advanced classes transfer to college credit, requiring less money for tuition. Of 2,170 UCPS seniors last year, nearly 64 percent of them took the SAT.

That number is slightly above state figures and almost 18 percent higher than national figures. Many are enrolled in advanced classes. “Over time, more North Carolina students have decided to take the SAT and AP courses,� state Superintendent June Atkinson said in a press release. “This increase offers proof that more young people see education as the key to their future success.� The SAT also includes a writing portion introduced in 2006. The average writing score statewide was 480 and has remained about the same since the portion was added. “The College Board obviously feels writing is important, and so do we,� White said. Still, she said the writing portion doesn’t yet count toward scores.

UCPS menus Elementary

Monday: Cheeseburger on a bun, hot dog on a bun, baked beans, potato salad, coleslaw, chips, pear halves, fruit Tuesday: Chicken nuggets with honey mustard sauce, tuna salad on pita bread, potato smiles, caesar salad, peach cups, fruit, muffin Wednesday: Cheese stix dippers, turkey tetrazzini, quick baked potatoes, green beans, salad, watermelon, fruit, yeast roll Thursday: Taco salad, pork chopper on whole wheat bun, potato smiles, steamed broccoli, tropical fruit, fruit Friday: Cheese pizza, turkey deluxe on hearty roll, potato bites, fruited spinach, salad, pear halves, fruit

Middle

Monday: Cheeseburger on a bun, hot dog on a bun, baked beans, potato salad, coleslaw, chips, pear halves, fruit Tuesday: Chicken nuggets with

honey mustard sauce, tuna salad on pita bread, potato smiles, prince Edward blend, caesar salad, peach cups, fruit, muffin Wednesday: Cheese stix dippers, turkey tetrazzini, quick baked potatoes, green beans, salad, watermelon, fruit, yeast roll Thursday: Taco salad, pork chopper on whole wheat bun, potato smiles, steamed broccoli, pasta salad, tropical fruit, fruit Friday: Cheese pizza, turkey deluxe on hearty roll, potato bites, capri blend, fruited spinach, salad, pear halves, fruit

High school

Monday: Macaroni and cheese with ham, chef salad, baked potato, steamed broccoli, spinach salad, tropical fruit, fruit, muffin, saltine crackers Tuesday: Pepperoni pizza, pork chopper on whole wheat bun,

capri blend, barbecued beans, salad, cantaloupe chunks, fruit Wednesday: Spaghetti and meat sauce, yogurt cup, turkey on whole wheat bread, oven roasted potatoes, California blend, caesar salad, watermelon, fruit, french bread Thursday: Oven fried chicken, veggie sub on a hearty bun, mashed potatoes with gravy, steamed cabbage, cucumber/ tomato salad, pear halves, fruit, cornbread Friday: Taco salad, hot dog on a bun, potato smiles, green beans, coleslaw, peach cup, fruit

After school

Monday: Fresh apple, milk Tuesday: Scooby doo, milk Wednesday: Cheetos/baked, juice Thursday: Assorted breakfast, cereals, milk Friday: Pretzels, juice

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Builder plans senior apartments in Waxhaw If approved, 94-unit apartment complex will break ground on 15-acre plot in downtown BY TIFFANY LANE

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WAXHAW Developers in western Union County are joining the crowd of builders catering to older adults. In Waxhaw, plans for a senior-friendly apartment complex are awaiting approval by the Union County Board of Commissioners and Planning Board. The complex

would be part of a mixeduse town center and include offices, shops and restaurants. Commercial real estate agent Bill Reule Sr., along with Blue Ribbon Realty, recently sold 15 acres in downtown Waxhaw to Bransen Patch and Associates Inc. with the idea of introducing a new kind of rental housing in Waxhaw.

MONROE All branches of the Union County Public Library will be closed Saturday through Sept. 7 for Labor Day.

Goldmine Road closed for month

MONROE The city of Monroe is in the process of expanding the Charlotte‐Monroe Executive Airport. One component of this project is the relocation of Goldmine Road between Price Shortcut Road and Corporate Center Drive. A detour is scheduled to be in effect from Sept. 8 through Sept. 30. It will take westbound motorists on Rocky River Road, Weddington Road and Jim Parker Road back to Goldmine, and vice versa for eastbound motorists.

Extension offers soil testing class

MONROE Union County Extension will host a free series of seminars to get started with the most basic element of gardening: soil. Extension will offer “Gardener’s Guide To Soil Testing,” at 7 p.m. Thursday. Learn the how’s and why’s to proper soil testing. This is the chance for everyone to come and learn the proper way to take samples and know where to send them for the most professional analysis available in this state. They will also learn how to interpret the results provided by N.C. State and actions they may need to take to improve the soil for what they intend to grow.

Wide doors and hallways, lever-style hardware for doors and medical emergency alarms would be available throughout the complex. Teachers at the new Cuthbertson Middle and High schools might also take advantage of renting, he said. Preliminary prices range from $771 per month for one bedroom and one bathroom

to $1,100 per month for three bedrooms and two bathrooms. Bransen Patch said in a press release that the community would preserve “the charming, historic character of Waxhaw” while also expanding it by providing nearby “entertainment, restaurants, shopping and recreation.” Developers are plan-

ning traditional architecture, a public park, bikefriendly streets, period lighting and outdoor dining. Will the project create more congestion for Waxhaw? Reule said the town’s growth won’t stop. “Don’t tell me you’re going to control growth,” Reule said. “Tell me you’re going to plan good projects.”

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If approved, the threestory apartment complex will have 94 units; Reule hopes the bottom two levels would attract seniors who “are not ready” to go into a nursing home or assisted living facility. Reule, 69, said he doesn’t mind being a senior citizen, but doesn’t want to have his options limited because of age. “I’m still active,” he said.

Donations received will be used for horticultural programs in Union County. Registration is encouraged. The seminar will be conducted at The Union County Ag Center, 3230-D Presson Road, Monroe. To register, call the Union County Extension Master Gardener Growline at 704-283-3822 or email unionmg@co.union. nc.us.

Wesley Chapel sets meetings dates

WESLEY CHAPEL Wesley Chapel will have the following municipal meetings through the end of September. All meetings begin at 7 p.m. The following meetings will be at Wesley Chapel United Methodist Church, 120 Potter Road: • Sept. 14, Village Council meeting, public hearing on amendment to zoning ordinance for conditional use permits. • Sept. 22, Village Council. • Sept. 28, Planning Board. The following meetings will be at the town office, 4107 New Town Road: • Monday, Downtown Committee. • Wednesday, Ordinance Review Committee. • Sept. 16, Ordinance Review Committee. • Sept. 21, Parks & Rec Committee. • Sept. 21, Board of Adjustment. The village has all public meetings in accessible rooms. Any individual with a disability who needs an interpreter or other auxiliary aids or services for a meeting should call 704-243-7391 at least 48 hours before the scheduled meeting.

Editor’s note: Rep. Larry Kissell, D-N.C., represents the 8th Congresional District. We will print a Q&A with him about helath care in next week’s edition.

Rep. Larry Kissell, D-N.C., visited Hospice of Union County on Thursday.

BY JASON deBRUYN

jdebruyn@theej.com MONROE Monroe had the ear of Rep. Larry Kissell, DN.C., for the day. Before hosting a town hall meeting in Wades-

boro, the representative for the 8th Congressional District made stops in its southwestern-most city to meet with the City Council, the business community and hospice.

At each stop he fielded questions and heard requests from constituents. “It’s good to meet with him to keep your name out in front so to speak,” Monroe Mayor Bobby Kilgore said. Councilmembers thanked Kissell for securing funds and grants, especially for the police department, and requested specifically for him to help with the airport expansion, if possible. “We consider that our

crown jewel,” Kilgore told Kissell. Councilman P.E. Bazemore asked Kissell to fund programs that target at-risk children before they reach school age. “If we don’t get to them before they get to kindergarten, they aren’t going to make it,” Bazemore said. “I agree,” said Kissell, a former teacher. “We need to get them engaged and get them involved.”

Weddington, Wesley Chapel reviewing Roads from 1 The Town Council has been unabashed in saying that the NCDOT is influenced more by developers with deep pockets and well-connected Chamber of Commerce members than the overall good of Union County. “That was the cynical approach of my council that I certainly didn’t disagree with,” Mayor Rick Becker said. Also, being that Mineral Springs has the smallest budget of the western towns, the cost would have weighed more heavily on it than the others. “I think the council made the right decision in not spending the money,” Becker said, but was quick to add that he is not against the plan itself and actually thought it came out well. “Our needs are too far in the future to be a good fit,” he added. Mineral Springs does

not yet have the traffic congestion like on Providence or Weddington roads, and Becker said that by time that type of congestion comes to the southern town that splits Waxhaw Highway, its needs will likely have changed. But LARTP senior project manager Than Austin said if western towns collaborate and present their plan in a unified voice, there is a better chance they will be heard by decision makers. Austin and the planning firm helped mainly on technical aspects of the plan like traffic projections or how intersec-

tion or road improvements would have the greatest effectiveness. Town representatives made most of the longrange or philosophical decisions. Overall, the plan should “promote connectivity and take some of the pressure off the major roadways,” Austin said. Once the LARTP is adopted, Martin/Alexiou/ Bryson will back out entirely and leave the plan to the towns to implement. Gardner said there might be some tinkering necessary, especially as it relates to bicycle and pedestrian traffic, but is excited to put the plan in

action. “It helps us understand what our neighbors’ values are,” she said. “And how their philosophies and planning would impact the rest of us.” Gardner said she is not exactly clear how fast the LARTP will take shape • it plans out to 2030 • but was pleased with where it is right now. “This is new progress,” she said. “This has raised the bar from where we have been before. How we get to the next stage, we’ll have to figure that out.” • Jason deBruyn can be reached at 704-261-2243 or jdebruyn@theej.com.


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THE IDEA

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"The public interest is best served by the free exchange of ideas." — U.S. District Court Judge John Kane

OUR VIEW

A right or be right? H

ealth care is not a human right. It’s not in the Constitution, either. It doesn’t even make the Bible (although I wouldn’t mind it if Blue Cross/Blue Shield added a Lazarus-come-forth clause to my policy). Nor should health care be a right, the sort of thing over which we go to war with our own government. Viagara — or even insulin — isn’t the same as free speech, or the right to assemble, or the right to bear arms against an oppressive regime. But government isn’t exclusively in the rightsenforcement business. (Rights, actually, are generally disruptive to government. The most efficient governments in history were the ones in which power and privilege (also known as “rights”) were concentrated in a very few, very carefully selected hands. OK, OK, I digress.) Nope, government isn’t just in the rights-enforcement business, and health care isn’t a right, anyway. But government is in the road-building business and roads — built with communal money, used by everyone, owned by the state — are a gateway drug to socialism. So are farm subsidies. There is no Constitutional provision that says we should be able to buy corn products — or wheat, flour, sugar, or milk — at reasonable rates even in years when the harvest is bad. Like it or not, our government has always been in the basic business of every government, which is gathering our communal resources and redistributing them in ways that provide for the common good. So: Health care isn’t a right, and public health care isn’t any more socialist than a lot of other things we do as a nation. Glad we settled that. I should disclose something important here: I grew up with the benefits of governmentfunded health care. As the daughter of a Marine, all of my medical care up to age 21 was funded by taxes. It was good care, and my parents still enjoy the benefits of the government-run and -funded medical network. Even more disclosure: They are concerned that a public health care option means that veterans’ care and their medical benefit will go away and be replaced by an inferior public system that doesn’t account for the specialized health problems experienced by the military. My parents don’t think they have a right to health care, but they do think its something that they worked hard to earn.

Betsy O’Donovan Ink by the Barrel

This health care debate isn’t about the violation of a fundamental American right. But ... if it’s not about a right, maybe it’s about something that’s more important and much harder to pin down. Maybe it’s about what is right. And perhaps that’s why we find ourselves at such an impasse. One one side of this argument are people who are afraid that they will need health care and won’t have it because they are too poor to afford it because a. insurance and pharmaceutical companies are expensive, and b. have created a maze of regulations that mean almost no one can qualify for the treatments they need, so c. only people who can pay out of pocket for treatment can get great care. And on the other side of this argument are people who are afraid that they will need health care and won’t have it because a. they are too poor to afford it, because b. the government has raised taxes to pay for a massive health care plan with regulations that mean almost no one can qualify for the treatments they need, and c. only people who can pay for private insurance can get great care. Is it right to force a greater tax burden on people who are happy with the health care they can presently afford? Is it right to live in one of the wealthiest nations in the history of the world, surrounded by people who can’t afford or access medical treatment? Which bothers you more? — Betsy O’Donovan can be reached at 704-261-2223 or bodonovan@theej.com.

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A report card for the beginning of the year O

n behalf of all members of the Union County Board of Education, I want to welcome everyone to the 2009-2010 school year. The school board is very excited to begin a new year that holds the promise of being the best one ever based upon the successes of this past year. The 2008-09 school year was a memorable year to say the least. It was memorable for many positive reasons and for some not so positive reasons. We began working on the budget for the 2009-2010 school year last December and completed it in mid-August. It was a long and arduous journey to secure adequate funds to meet the needs of our schools and students. Due to budget reversions and cuts, positions, programs and operating dollars were lost, requiring a lot of re-

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shuffling of duties and responsibilities from the top level of administration to the school custodial level. Through all of this, endless efforts were made to preserve classroom teachers and resources. Our goal to provide quality instruction for all children in safe, clean buildings remained constant. On a more positive note, the 2008-09 school year was memorable for all of the successes that were realized. UCPS ranked number one

among the eight largest school systems in the state with the percentage of schools making the federal No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Adequate Yearly Progress having 40 of its 49 schools, or 81.6 percent, achieving 100 percent of the target goals set by NCLB. UCPS had 15 of its schools or 31.9 percent make the top designation of Honor School of Excellence on the state ABCs tests. This is incredible considering that of the 2,467 North Carolina public schools, only 121 or 4.9 percent, earned this top designation. UCPS also improved its graduation rate from 77.2 to 80.7 percent last year. The 2009 graduating seniors out paced the state and nation on SAT scores. The combined math and verbal score for UCPS was 1029, up five points from last year. North Caro-

lina seniors scored 1006 and national scores were 1016. These outstanding scores come on top of the recent news that the 2009 UCPS graduates were awarded a record-breaking $51.1 million in scholarships. Our personnel also shined last year. Porter Ridge High School teacher, Jessica Garner was named the 2009-2010 North Carolina Teacher of the Year and our Superintendent, Dr. Ed Davis was named the Southwest Regional Superintendent of the Year. Piedmont High School art teacher Susan Helms was named the national 2009 Special Needs Art Educator of the Year and Luan Ingram, UCPS Chief Communications Officer, was named the 2009 top school public relations professional in the state. UCPS has expanded its posi-

tive sphere of influence on the state and national levels and has gained the respect and envy of others. All of these outstanding accomplishments are the result of the combined efforts of hard-working and dedicated school board members, central services personnel, school administrators, teachers, staff, students, parents and community members. It is a privilege and honor to serve as the governing body of such a distinguished and accomplished school district. The Union County Board of Education wishes everyone a successful 2009-2010 school year and pledges to continue to work and support our mission of “Preparing All Students to Succeed.” — Dean Arp is chairman of the Union County Board of Education.


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YOUR VIEW

War or health care

I am a 76 year old US Army overseas veteran, a.retired high school administrator, and insured with Medicare Advantage PFSS BCBS and a supporting supplement from BCBS. Having health insurance has been a part of my life since I left the US Army in June, 1957, but as a boy of a coal miner, also my wife’s history, our fathers paid a monthly fee for medical treatment at a company owned clinic but no coverage outside of the doctor’s office. Also, many times when our fathers were laid off for a period of time, our health insurance was cancelled until recalled for work. There were many times we were in the hospital for illnesses and injuries not related to work which were out-of-pocket cost and put us in heavy debt for prolonged periods of time. Sometimes the un-

licensed Vet treated us as well as our few animals. These uninsured people are just a sliver of the 47,000,000, uninsured citizens in the USA. This seems so sad for our country when we are spending over, $4,000,000,000 (billion), a day in Afghanistan, and almost as much in Iraq, and have an armed garrison in over 150, places outside of the USA, and many more covert operations. It seems sinful to me. Eddie Varney Monroe

Protect the unborn On Wednesday, July 22, three NC families spoke at Friendly Baptist Church,Indian Trail,NC in support of The Unborn Victims of Violence Act. The Unborn Victims bill, according to these families, would bring them justice by recognizing in law the second victim in these horrific murders: the unborn child. The bill would also allow the State to prosecute for two murders. Among those urging passage of the Unborn

Victims Bill were Michele Dye, Kevin Blaine and Effie Steele. Dye, whose daughter and the unborn child she was carrying were both brutally murdered in Gaston County, called upon House Judiciary 1 Chair Deborah Ross and Speaker Joe Hackney to allow the Unborn Victims Bill a proper hearing in the Judiciary 1 committee, followed by a debate and recorded vote on the House floor. Blaine, of Raleigh, is the father of Jennifer (“Jenna�) Nielsen. Jenna, whose murderer has not yet been apprehended, was 8 1/2 months pregnant with her unborn son, Ethen, when, on June 14, 2007, they were both murdered in Raleigh, while on her early morning delivery route of USA today. Effie Steele, of Durham, is the mother of murdered victim Ebony Robinson, and the grandmother of her beloved grandson Elijah, who she

was carrying. Ebony was only 21 years old when she was shot and murdered in Hillsborough, NC. Ebony’s unborn son, Elijah, would have been born only two short weeks later. Ebony and Elijah, whose pictures were displayed at the press conference, were laid to rest in two separate caskets. “We don’t know if Elijah would have been a president, a doctor, an attorney, or a teacher because he was not given that chance. But most of all, he could have been a contributing member of society if he had been given the chance to enter this world and make his mark in history. I felt betrayed and robbed when the murderer of Ebony and Elijah was not charged with double homicide and was not made to pay for the life of my grandson. He should have been charged with and punished with two life sentences without the possibility of parole

instead of the one he received,� Steele said. The Justice For All Coalition recognizes that these families have suffered a horrific loss of not just one, but two loved and cherished individuals in their immediate families due to an act of senseless violent crime. We will continue to hold press conferences throughout North Carolina until this bill becomes law. The Justice For All Coalition stands alongside them in their efforts to pass this Bill. As the victims’ families argued, public policy should reflect the loss of two victims. The laws of thirtysix other states recognize the unborn child as a second victim, as well as the federal government, However, North Carolina law is gravely deficient -- recognizing only the “pregnant woman� as the single victim in these crimes. Visit: thejusticeforallcoalition.com Jeff Gerber Unionville

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FAYETTEVILLE — Republican Lou Huddleston announced Wednesday that he will run for the 8th District congressional seat, challenging incumbent Democrat Larry Kissell. Huddleston, an Army veteran and native of Fayetteville, pledged to be a

Lou Huddleston, a Fayetteville Republican, will run for Larry Kissell’s seat in Congress. voice of “principled leadership” in Congress fo-

cused on the concerns of North Carolina families. “We need new jobs, not new energy taxes,” Huddleston said in a press release. “We need to help homeowners, hard working folks and farmers and not bail out giant corporations. We need economic growth, not government growth. We need to pro-

tect our country from terrorists, not weaken our military. “We need common sense and well thoughtout fixes to complicated national problems, not massive government takeovers like we’re witnessing with our health care system. Unfortunately, Washington politics has been part of the problem

instead of part of the solution.” “Over the course of this campaign, I will speak very clearly about the dangers facing our country from failed leadership at home and enemies abroad,” he said. The son of an Army paratrooper, Huddleston was born at Fort Bragg. He has a degree in politi-

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Completing school was ‘very much a shared worry’ Q&A from 1 Gaura will go back to Nepal after Thanksgiving and hopes to open the third school by September 2011. It will cover grades one through 10, the equivalent of kindergarten through 12th grade in the United States. Q: What have you learned from the previous two schools that you can bring to the table this time? A: “We have to have a sharing of efforts for success. ... We came up with the money to help with materials, and the community (in Nepal) provided the labor to assemble everything.” When putting the roof on the last school, he said, community members used donkeys to carry the cement. “There were lots of burro fees because we had to put the bags of cement on donkeys and walk them out to the village. ... A donkey can’t carry as much cement as a truck.” People there also donated a mango tree, which was burned to harden mud bricks. Others in the next village dug a hole for a well, and some people from California gave money to have the well lined and prevent it from collapsing in a monsoon. “It wasn’t a traditional project like you’d have in America where you pay somebody and they worry about everything,” Gaura said. “It was very much shared worry.” With the second school, the Gauras donated $2,000 and the government matched it. With $4,000, they were able to provide a school, tables, chairs and blackboards for 200 students. “The shared risk model is a great model. We provide cash. They provide a lot of the labor. ... If the

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The elementary school Jeff Guara helped build in Sucrawar, Nepal, was built with mud bricks and cement carried in by burros. Guara, a former Peace Corps volunteer who lives in New Salem, has built two schools and is working on a third to improve education in one of the poorest countries in the world. community is having to do all the labor and they need the school, they can’t just say, ‘whoops’ and make it a non-priority. ... If they don’t provide the labor, they get nothing. If we don’t provide the cash, they don’t get anything, either.” Q: How will this school be different from the other two? A: “The curriculum will include English from day one.” In the past, Gaura said, foreign language training started from fourth grade. “If you studied foreign language in school, you probably figured out that you weren’t as good in that language when you graduated as you were in the language you started when you began in kindergarten.” The goal is for each student to be bilingual by graduation. Q: You serve as president of a network consulting company. What kind of technology do you hope to bring to the new school? A: “They’re going to be in a mud building with no running water and no electricity, so for them, technology is a chalk

holder that you can hit a button and put another piece of chalk in. ... What we want to do is provide them older computers, ... so we’re going to need solar panels (for electricity).” Gaura also needs battery arrays to store unused energy, and is seeking a way to bring in satellite-based Internet. “I’m hoping to introduce the fluorescent light bulb,” he said. The ones used now provide poor light and don’t last long. “Because they don’t have electricity in most of their homes, they don’t get the freedom of doing homework after dinner because it’s dark.” Q: How much will tuition be for these students? What will the school cost altogether? A: “We’re hoping we can keep it at $2 a month,” not including boarding fees. That comes to about 150 rupees a month, which is “impossible” for most children. The average Nepali earns the equivalent of $200 a year, making school fees for a single child one-eighth of an adult’s income. Gaura hopes to establish an endowment that will pay for children to go to school. “For 20 bucks a

year, a student’s going to get a private education.” The goal is to start with 800 students, then expand to 1,200. There will be 12 classrooms, each with a 50-person capacity. The school will also include a hostel for teachers and guests. Gaura estimates the entire project coming to about $100,000, including a soccer field and playground. The most expensive portion is land — between $6,000 and $7,000 per acre. “Considering how much they make, that’s not apples to apples,” Gaura said. “That’s the equivalent of you and I having to pay $1 million an acre in Union County.” Q: If the education system is so poor in that area, where do you find qualified teachers? A: “We import teachers from the Kathmandu Valley” where most of the population resides. All but one university is in Kathmandu. Gaura also looks to India. Teachers must have finished school themselves, complete training and earn an intermediate degree, the equivalent of an associate’s degree. Q: What kind of classes will stu-

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Speakers cite personal experiences with insurance Myrick from 1 One man posed as an insurance representative and presented Myrick with a large, fake check, sarcastically thanking her for opposing health care reform because it kept big companies in the private sector rich. Last week, a group of Democrats from Union and Mecklenburg counties said they would challenge Myrick at the meeting. “We’ve decided we are going to have some signs, but will not engage in angry rhetoric,” Lynn Slivka, who was helping to organize the Union County Democrats, said before the meeting. “That’s not our M.O.” Slivka said local Democrats intended to ask Myrick tough questions about health care reform. “We just want to show them that the Democrats are serious about health

care reform,” she said. Carol McKee runs a small business and said she pays 100 percent of the health insurance premiums for 18 full-time employees. “I just see it as a moral obligation,” she said adding that she was taught to love her neighbors. “I fail to understand why we are so violently opposed to making sure everyone has health insurance. ... Is greed an American value?” Mostly, though, comments were in support of Myrick and thanked her for representing conservative values of the 9th District. “It’s not about covering the uninsured in America,” Wesley Chapel resident Tony Mangum said. “It’s all about control.” Others echoed Mangum and said they wanted the government to stay out of their lives. Shirley Kohut said she had three close family members who were in dire need of serious medi-

cal treatment at one point in their lives and credited the current system as the only way they would have received that treatment. “Under this plan (proposed in Congress), nowhere can I find that they would get the same care,” she said. Some said that health insurance was not for everyone and Mangum said he did not view health coverage as a human right. Myrick listened to everyone who wished to speak and the town hall was not over by presstime. The Sheriff ’s Office estimated that more than 2,000 people were in attendance with standing room only in both the auditorium and the cafeteria, which was used as overflow. — County government reporter Jason deBruyn can be reached at 704-2612243 or jdebruyn@theej. com. Newsroom intern Anna Johnson contributed to this report.

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930 volunteers tackle 84 projects Saturday BY JASON deBRUYN

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United Way’s $1M challenge MONROE A surprise pledge brought a surge of confidence to local United Way agencies Thursday after one family promised $1 million if the organization can beat last year’s goal. The challengers? Leon and Sandra Levine, who said they would match every dollar, up to $1 million, raised above last year’s Community Care Fund total of $21.7 million. United Way of Central Carolinas promptly set a goal of $22.7 million. “Incredible,” regional vice president Richard

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Goodrich facilities manager Daryl DeCesare brightens the bathroom at 205 Raymond St with a fresh coat of white paint. The house will be a group home for adults with developmental disabilities. It was one of 84 projects tackled by volunteers for the United Way’s annual Day of Caring. Services, one of 18 local nonprofit agencies that benefit from the United Way. He knows firsthand that as the economy worsens, it only increases the gap between donations and those who need help. Local campaign chairwoman Pat Kahle agreed. “Obviously, the mess in Charlotte is a factor (that

affects fundraising),” she said, referring to the turmoil surrounding former United Way of Central Carolinas chief executive Gloria Pace King and her compensation package. “But I think the economy is a larger factor.” Kahle went on to tout Union County as a place filled with shovel-ready

volunteers; the 930 participants broke a county record and was more than 100 more than last year. The Day of Caring also marks the official beginning of the United Way campaign period, two months of intense fundraising for the organization. Not all agency directors were thrilled about

how that affects their organizations. Because the United Way plugs money directly back to agencies, there is a blackout period through October in which nonprofits that benefit from the United Way are not allowed to conduct individual fundraisers. Arc of Union County Executive Director Melinda Plue thinks that is unnecessary. Her agency advocates for people with developmental disabilities. “The hard part for me is that October is Disability Awareness Month,” Plue said. “It’s something that we asked them to look at this year specifically.” Plue made clear that she understands the purpose of the blackout and was not proposing to have any large-scale fundraisers, but would like the freedom to host something small, like a barbecue or yard sale. Kahle said she understood the request, but added that the blackout

Heins said, just hours after the announcement at the Charlotte office. “Times are extremely tough for a lot of folks, but I’m hoping this will excite folks to continue giving to United Way.” The Community Care Fund comes solely from residents’ donations and is distributed at United Way’s discretion. The Levines and their three children also made a personal donation of $100,000. Levine is the founder of Family Dollar and retired as CEO in 2003. — Tiffany Lane

period is only six weeks this year, as opposed to eight or nine weeks in the past, and is the only time the United Way has to focus on its fundraising. Standing in a house Goodrich Corp. was preparing for use as a group home for adults with developmental disabilities, Plue said fears that the spillover from the Charlotte office would have a ripple effect locally. “It’s going to take some time for the entire region to put their faith back in the Charlotte United Way,” she said. Section leader Tim Mitchell said Goodrich has and will stick by the United Way’s side. No matter what might happen at the administrative level, he said, the community cannot forget about those who are in need and must help them. “No matter where you go, you’re going to have bad apples,” he said, referring to King. “Now we are replanting new seeds that are going to grow.”

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Walter Jackson

JEFFERSON, S.C. — Walter Dennis Jackson, 67, formerly of Monroe, died Thursday (Aug. 27, 2009). Memorial service will be 11 a.m. Tuesday at Heritage Funeral Home of Indian Trail. Born in Wytheville, Va., he was a son of the late William and Ellen Smith Jackson. He was a Marine Corps veteran. Survivors include his wife, Ursula Catoe Jackson of the home; two sons,

Mark Jackson of Monroe, Steven T. Jackson of Waxhaw; one brother, John Jackson of Polkton; and six grandchildren. Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Tuesday at the funeral home. Online condolences may be left at www.heritagefuneral.net. PAID OBITUARY

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MONROE William H. Griffin, 93, died Monday (Aug. 24, 2009). Memorial services was Saturday at Heritage Funeral Home of Indian Trail.

Survivors include four sisters. Memorials may be made to Siler Presbyterian Church. Online condolences may be left at www.heritagefuneral.net.

Bobby Griffin

MONROE Bobby J. Griffin, 45, died Aug. 23, 2009, at Carolinas Medical Center-Union. Funeral was Thursday at Freedom Baptist Church, with burial in the Mount Calvary Baptist Church cemetery. Born May 17, 1964,

in Union County, he was a son of Virginia L. Helms and the late Billy F. Griffin Sr. Survivors, in addition to his mother, include two brothers, Billy F. Griffin Jr., Randy L. Griffin, both of Waxhaw; one sister, Patricia W. Evans of Lancaster, S.C.; five stepchildren; and five stepgrandchildren. Memorials may be made toward funeral expenses. Davis Funeral Home is in charge. Online condolences may be left atdavisfuneralservice. com.

Conrad Martin

Waxhaw Conrad Warren Martin, 60, died Aug. 22, 2009, at home. Funeral services will be private. Born Nov. 17, 1948, in

Charlotte, he was a son of the late Conrad Warren and Peggy Pell Martin Sr. He was a self-employed printer. Survivors include his wife, Kathy Martin; one son, Claudius D. Martin of the at home; one daughter, Ryan Martin Carter of Wilmington; and two sisters, Judy Gelinas of Columbia, S.C., and Maria Hollifield of Waxhaw. Memorials may be made to Hospice and Palliative Care, 1420 E. Seventh St., Charlotte, NC 28204; or to Pancreatic Cancer Action Network, 2141 Rosecrans Ave., Suite 7000, El Segundo, CA 90245 Good Shepherd Funeral Home of Indian Trail is in charge. Online condolences may be made at www.goodshepherdfuneralhome.net.

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County: Unpaid Monroe rejects county’s offer taxes hit budget Commissioners sought parking rights in trade for 6 acres BY JASON deBRUYN

BY JASON deBRUYN

jdebruyn@thej.com MONROE County coffers took another hit as more county residents default on their taxes. The county collected only 96.83 percent of all taxes owed for the budget year ending June 2008 but budgeted for a collection rate of about 97 percent. As all governments do, the county has a contingency fund in the budget to cover unexpected costs or shortfalls, but that account has been taking hits for years as county debts piled up. While the shortfall only accounts for 0.17 percent of anticipated funds, commissioners are concerned. “Union county is running so close to the line that anything is a significant number,” said

Chairman Lanny Openshaw. Openshaw has already requested that figures for the first quarter, due in October, be presented to the board. Last year, the board did not review actual figures until after the second quarter in January. If any adjustments need to be made, commissioners should spread them over nine months instead of six months, Openshaw said. Commissioner Allan Baucom said he anticipates the current budget year to run just as lean as last year; he predicted a 7-cent tax increase in order to keep the same level of service going forward. Commissioners did not raise taxes this past year, even though some requested their taxes be raised in order to maintain school funding.

jdebruyn@theej.com MONROE The Monroe City Council has rejected an offer for Belk-Tonawanda Park. Although the city has been operating the park near downtown Monroe, the county owns a little more than 6 acres, or about one-third of the property. In May, the City Council asked the Union County Board of Commissioners to give its portion of the park to the city. The board initially asked for $85,000, the tax value of the property, but the city rejected that offer. The parties could not reach an agreement during at a joint meeting, and the board then offered the property for free, but wanted to ensure that county employees could continue to park in the city’s lot off Church Street by the rail station. The city rejected that offer, too, and maintained

Monroe Mayor Bobby Kilgore says the city won’t offer anything for the county’s 6 acres.

that it wanted the property free and clear. “We just feel like it’s the right thing for them to do,” Monroe Mayor Bobby Kilgore said. Commissioner Tracy Kuehler said she was “shocked” to hear the offer was rejected, especially because county employees currently park in that lot and the City Council has not indicated it would revoke that privilege. “But for the parking, I thought we had given them exactly what they asked for,” Kuehler said. “We’re asking to maintain the status quo; we

just want it written on a piece of paper.” Kilgore did not see why it was necessary to put that in writing. “They can park there,” he said. “They’ve always been allowed to park there.” Furthermore, Kilgore said the city has been generous to the county in the past, donating land for the hospital, for example, he said, and figured it was time for the commissioners to “step up to the plate,” especially because county residents have used the park freely while the city has maintained it. “Why should we give anything for the property?” Kilgore said. Commissioners have made it clear that they trust the current City Council to continue to allow county employees to park in city lots, but want to make sure the agreement is written down for

future boards and councils. “This is not saying we don’t trust you, but I don’t know who your successors are going to be,” Kuehler said. The Board of Commissioners will meet Monday, but it was unclear if another offer would be made. “I hope there is still room to negotiate this, but I don’t know where else to go,” Kuehler said. “I feel like I have really moved past center on this one.” Commissioners Parker Mills and Allan Baucom have said they want to give the property to Monroe but the majority of commissioners, Kuehler, Lanny Openshaw and Kim Rogers, have tried to work a deal. The commissioners will meet 6 p.m. Monday at the Union County Government Center, 500 N. Main St., Monroe.

Anderson seeks additional retail Anderson from 1 on being a town,” Anderson said last week. “A lot of people take pride in doing nothing. We can’t just do nothing.” She said she’s seeking another two years in the mayor’s seat because “unfinished business” remains for her and the Town Council, including completion of the Providence Road widening, a soon-to-launch study of forging a downtown and bolstering fire protection for the area. “I needed to stay on for two more years and at least get it a little closer to the finish line,” she said. Anderson, a Weddington native with a husband and four children, left a career with the U.S. Air Force in 1992 to work as a nurse. She owns Hunter Farm on Providence Road, where she sells produce like strawberries. Anderson earned the reproach of some local politicos for support a connector road to Providece and WeddingtonMatthews roads, one that her critics say will benefit her nearby farm financially. The mayor dismisses that criticism, arguing her support centers around the town’s need for corridors to ease congestion and improve access to Weddington’s small commercial development. She said the town needs to bolster its parks and athletic space at the youth league Wesley Chapel Weddington Athletic Association to provide recreation area for Weddington’s burgeoning number of young people. Anderson also blasted

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competitors’ calls to push against additional commercial construction in town. “I know that’s the politically correct thing to say no more commercial,” she said. “But you can’t discount the fact that maybe three or four years ago, the voters of this town voted in liquorby-the-drink so they can have some nice restaurants. I don’t think you can ignore that.” Anderson also reaffirmed her controversial calls this year to lend money to the cashstrapped N.C. Department of Transportation to speed needed roadway improvements in the short-term. “NCDOT helps those who helps themselves,” she said. “We are going to have to be more proactive and be willing to share some of the cost.” Anderson’s grade for the Town Council’s work over the last two years? “I would say maybe a Cplus, maybe a B-minus,” she said. “I think that we could have worked better together and that we could had a little more focus.” Anderson said she will look for that focus if she gets another two years from the voters this fall.

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Cuthbertson boys ride early goals to 3-1 win Back-to-back strikes mark first four minutes By Eric Rape

Sports Correspondent Waxhaw The Cuthbertson High boys soccer team won its second game of the season with a 3-1 decision over Forest Hills on Wednesday. The Cavaliers improved to 2-0 overall and 1-0 in the Rocky River Conference. The Cavs jumped on the Yellow Jackets early, going up 2-0 on back-to-back goals by Andrew Gebhart in the first four minutes of the game. The first goal for Gebhart was scored off a corner kick from Matt Cureton in the 2nd minute of the game. Gebhart found the back of the net again in the 4th minute off a long cross from left to right that was tipped to him by Brendon Reid. “We gave them two goals early off set plays,” said Forest Hills coach Marq Ryan. “They caught

us when we weren’t ready and played them perfectly, number 10 (Gebhart) did some nice work on both of the plays. He was almost picturesque. They exposed some weaknesses that we must improve on.” Forest Hills (0-1) was unable to get anything going in the first half of their opener — only getting four shots on goal to Cuthbertson’s nine. Cuthbertson added insurance in the first half for a 3-0 lead when Josh Shomlette punched one in off a pass from Dannon Fields in the 20th minute. In the second half the game changed dramatically, but Cuthbertson still held on. Forest Hills came out and put heavy pressure on Cavaliers goalie Adam Lutz, delivering two hard shots on goal that Lutz was able to deny. Cuthbertson was look-

ing fatigued midway through the half and the Yellow Jackets were taking advantage of it, but were unable to overcome the deficit. On the fifth stop of the half for Lutz, he made a diving save to his right — getting just his fingertips on the ball. Forest Hills finally broke through with 14 minutes left in the game when Jamie Baker scored to make it 3-1. “We wanted to come out and get up early, which is often crucial in high school games,” said Cavs coach Nelson Garner. “There are definitely things that we have to work on but overall I’m happy with the way we played. We wanted to get our first conference win under our belt.” Cuthbertson will go on the road Monday to face Monroe in a 6:30 p.m. start.

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Forest Hills goalie Edward Salinas makes a save in front of Cuthbertson’s Josh Shomette (12) and Dannon Fields (6) during Wednesday’s match. The Cavaliers rolled out a 3-1 home win to improve to 2-0 on the season.

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Sports Correspondent WAXHAW At newly-opened Cuthbertson High, a fresh start with top-notch facilities and a number of quality athletes provided an opportunity that girls tennis coach Eric Studyvin could not pass up. “I jumped at the chance to come to a new program,” Studyvin said. “I met some of the girls at a preseason meeting and the parents seem very fantastic, our players are very enthusiastic, they’re engaged in the sport — they seem to have a passion for the sport. They don’t just want to have an after-school activity, they’re actually taking private lessons and it seems like their mindset is tennis, which is fantastic.” Studyvin will take over the Cavaliers after spending his previous two seasons as head coach for Parkwood High’s tennis program. “My expectations are to take my team to the states,” he said. “I’d love to win, but my goal is to take them, all of them, to the states for the experience.” Studyvin feels he has two standouts that are capable of leading — sisters McKenna and Kalli Karas. McKenna and Kalli Karas looked at tennis for stability as they’ve grown up living in seven different states. Kalli, a freshman, always looked up to her older sister, McKenna, a junior, and followed in

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McKenna Karas, a junior and the top seed at Cuthbertson High School, was the No. 2 seed at Weddington as a sophomore member of the 11-4 squad. Karas’ younger sister, Kalli, below, is a freshman at Cuthbertson and starts in the No. 2 spot.

My expectations are to take my team to state. I’d love to win, but my goal is to take them, all of them. — Cuthbertson tennis coach Eric Studyvin

her direction when she began taking tennis seriously. “We’ve been (playing tennis) for a while, but it’s been about three and a half years of seri-

ous tournament play in North Carolina, like actually hitting the courts three times a week or more, so it’s been serious from then,” Kalli said. McKenna comes over

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from Weddington High, where she played number two for a Warrior team that went 11-4 in 2008. Two of Weddington’s losses were to 4A state champion Myers Park and one loss coming to 3A state champion T.C Robinson. McKenna will play number one for the Cavaliers and her younger sister will play two. “I like being on the team, number one, because I get to play number one,” McKenna said. “Being a team leader has been kind of different instead of looking up to somebody.” Because Cuthbertson will not have a senior class until 2010-2011, Studyvin expects McKenna to carry a leadership role all season. “Even though we are a new program, my expectations are incredibly high,” Studyvin said. “I’m expecting my players to perform both on the court and in the classroom.”

Although she is the team’s number one, McKenna still has aspects of her game that she would like to work on this season. “I’d like to work on keeping my composure during all of my matches, not exploding,” she said. “And I’d like to try and go undefeated, if that’s possible.” Dropping from a 4A team to 2A league, McKenna will be able to draw on a unique experience. She’s playing for a coach that has plenty of tournament experience as a player. Studyvin played at West Virginia University Institute of Technology on scholarship. He believes the Cavaliers have the personnel to be successful immediately. “I’ve never coached a team with this much experience before,” Studyvin said. “Even my freshmen seem to have a very upperclassmen demeanor.”

WINGATE After a six-team cross country meet, it looks like Weddington and Marvin Ridge will be among the contenders to win the first-ever Southern Carolina 3A/4A Conference this season. Weddington’s girls tied Myers Park in points at Tuesday’s 5-kilometer meet, held on the campus of Wingate University. MP won the event because its scores had a better average time. The Mustangs took first and second, with Becca DeLoache winning the event in a time of 20 minutes and 32.7 seconds. She was followed by teammate Emily Zizzi, who was nearly 20 seconds behind at 20:54.4. Weddington’s Haley Kapheim was the top female finisher among the four Union County schools, taking third overall in 20:59.1. Teammate Chelsea Matson placed fourth overall in 21:35.4. Kapheim, a senior, placed second at last year’s Union County meet and is the top returner in UC. The Warriors placed five in the top nine, including Carly Griffith (seventh, 23:06), Jessica Resor (eighth, 23:33.6) and Kierstin Cogdell (ninth, 23:34.4). Myers Park and Weddington scored 30 points each. Marvin Ridge’s girls placed third (70 points), followed by Porter Ridge (136), Parkwood (142) and Sun Valley (166). Sarah Plascyck led Marvin Ridge with a seventh-place finish (23:19.7). Five of the six teams in the new conference were represented. Myers Park dominated the boys race, taking the top nine places. Patrick Sidlovsky won the event in 17:48.5. Weddington’s boys placed second (55 points), followed by Marvin Ridge (76), Sun Valley (118) and Porter Ridge (138). Parkwood did not score because only two runners finished. Marvin Ridge ran without juniors Chris Colo and Michael Colven, who placed first and second, respectively, at last year’s county meet. Drew Buckley placed 10th for the Mavericks in a time of 18:51.1. Reid Trexler was Weddington’s top finisher, placing 11th in 18:55.2. The first-ever Southern Carolina Conference meet will be run Thursday at Wingate University starting at 4:30 p.m.


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

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

403 BROOKGREEN DR.

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(704) 843-4783

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Lot $30,000

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5930 Timbertop Lane Charlotte, NC 28215

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

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

Call Remax Executive: 704.602.8295, Lara Taylor

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

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

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OFFERED AT $129,900 WITH SELLER TO PAY $1000 in closing costs.1.5 Story, 3 bedrooms, 2 baths, 1651 sq. feet, Hardwood Foyer and Berber Throughout, Freshly Painted Interior and Updated appliances Vinyl replacement windows, Large .45 acre lot nicely landscaped with Accent Pond, Beautiful Trees, and large variety of plantings 12x14 Building/Shop with Power CONTACT WILL SMITH (704)506-9385

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

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

BELOW TAX VALUE $123,000

NEW CONSTRUCTION Lifestyle Builders, Inc. 302 Meadowbrook Dr., Stallings

5 Bedrooms! 3-Car Garage with workbench! Stone gas FP! Bkfst bay, formal DR, warranty, Porter Ridge schools! Hurry! $199,900 (145) MLS #818545

5808 Bridgeway in Alexis Point Will lease to own at $900 per month 3bd 2.5 ba All appliances included UnionCountyForeclosures.com

Janet & Bob’s Foreclosures 704-282-9338

Huge 3854 sq. ft . 4bd 3.5ba New H/AC systems Inground pool Hardwoods $189,900 Will rent to own $1100. 903 Walters St. UnionCountyForeclosures.com

Janet & Bob’s Foreclosures 704-282-9338

Forest Park - 1 mi. from I-485 off Hwy. 74 in Union County. Stallings Elem - Porter Ridge schools. 1/2 acre wooded lot, 3 BR/2 BA with brick veneer, maint. free exterior, cathedral ceiling, front porch & concrete drive. $144,700 incl. some closing costs. Call Mike at 704-361-4308.

UNDER THE PECAN TREE ... new 3BR ranch with luxury MBR, kitchen with island & smoothtop stove, ceiling fans, cable ready, cement drive, front porch, underground utilities. Qualifies for 100% financing. Just $99,900! (154) MLS #827646

Bob Parker

704-221-7363

$169,000

Bob Parker

704-221-7363

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

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

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FOR SALE BY OWNER, NORTH MYRTLE BEACH HOUSE $725,000

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

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

NEW SALEM/POLK MTN.

2200 HSF, cedar ext. w/ALL NEW paint, roofing, windows, air. 2-1/2 BA, 3 BR + bonus room over dbl. gar. Custom oak cabinets. Covered back porch overlooking nice 24’x40’ shop/office. 5 acs. in great location.

MLS 810187 $348,000 FSBO 704-694-8271 704-385-9294

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

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

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