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Union fugitive caught in Bulgaria Extradited woman is accused of enslaving, abusing three girls in 2005 BY JASON deBRUYN

Police say Mercedes Farquharson fled to Spain and Bulgaria to avoid prosecution. MONROE A woman who is accused of forcing three girls into servitude by beating them and claiming she was Jesus Christ has been extradited to the United States after almost four years in Europe. In 2005, police say, Mercedes Farquharson held

three young women, ages 15, 18 and 22 at the time, and forced them to do manual labor that includ-

ed taking care of farm animals and yard work in conditions Sheriff ’s Office Detective John Young described at the time as “nasty.” The girls and Farquharson lived at 3018 Hampton Meadows Drive after the girls’ parents agreed to give the girls into Farquharson’s care. “It’s been a long time coming,” Union County Sheriff Eddie Cathey

said. “We’re certainly glad to have her back here in the country.” Sheriff ’s deputies and officials from the Department of Social Services went to the house after a tip from a neighbor on Dec. 21, 2005. When they arrived, the girls were alone. Farquharson had not been not seen again until she was brought back to North Carolina

on Friday. In the spring of 2006, the girls, Holly and Jasmine Lloyd and the 15-year-old whose name was withheld because of her age, told their story to The Enquirer-Journal. “She was cutting my hair as a punishment and the razor stopped working, and she was so angry she started hitting me with the razor and made

a huge gash on my head,” The 15-year-old said. “The blood soaked my shirt and was all over the floor. I thought I was going to bleed to death. “Then another time she bashed my head against the wall and it started bleeding badly again,” she said. “That time it hurt even more, I guess be-


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930 volunteers tackle 84 projects in eight-hour sweep

How to build a school in Nepal

BY JASON deBRUYN MONROE Doris Love stood with both hands resting on the porch rail. Her cane hung to her right and a dog lay to her left. Love, who buried her husband of 57 years less than a week ago, said she thought she was not going Inside to have a The United good day Way faces when she $1 million woke up challenge S at u rd ay See 9A mor ning. “Today was going to be a sad day,” she said. That changed, however, when a group of United Way volunteers showed up at her house off Goldmine Road in Monroe. The volunteers weeded flower beds, raked the yard and spread new mulch around the porch; and did so with smiles seemingly tattooed on their faces. “They just showed an outpouring of love,” said Love, or Miss Love as the group called her. “You hear about so many bad things in the world, but these people make you forget all that.” Index Churches Classifieds Editorial Local Obituaries Schools Sports

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Jake Plue and other adults with developmental disabilities will move into a new group home that Goodrich Corp. volunteers helped repair and renovate during the United Way Day of Caring on Saturday. The group of volunteers from Citizens South Bank joined more than 930 volunteers from 45 local businesses, civic

groups, churches and other groups for the 17th annual Day of Caring, a day dedicated to making a positive impact on Union

County. There were 84 projects similar to Love’s countywide. As with most service projects, those doing the

Local SAT scores rise By Tiffany Lane 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 verbal, score of 1,029, up five points from last year. The average state score was 1,006; it was 1,016 nationwide.

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

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The scores

The following are average combined math and critical reading scores for each high school. The highest combined score is a 1600. ‘07-08 CATA n/a Forest Hills 959 Marvin Ridge n/a Monroe 898 Parkwood 1030 Piedmont 1008 Porter Ridge 1018 Sun Valley 1014 Weddington 1071

‘08-09 993 968 1091 936 1020 1009 1001 1006 1074

Source: Union County Public Schools

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 c o m p a n y. He and his Jeff Gaura wife have divides his two sons, ages 8 and time between 18. B e f o r e New Salem the wife and and Nepal, kids, Gaura where he was a Peace works to Corps vol- build schools. unteer 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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Today: 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 Monday: Labor Day holiday Tuesday: pepperoni pizza, chef salad, baked potato, green beans, spiced apples, fruit, saltine crackers Wednesday: chicken and pasta, toasted cheese sandwich, whole kernel corn, spinach salad, fruit cup, fruit, biscuit Thursday: chicken patty

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Today: 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 Monday: Labor Day holiday

Tuesday: pepperoni pizza, chef salad, baked potato, green beans, pear salad, spiced apples, fruit, saltine crackers Wednesday: chicken and pasta, toasted cheese sandwich, whole kernel corn, green peas, spinach salad, fruit cup, fruit, biscuit Thursday: chicken patty sandwich, country-style steak with rice and gravy, sweet potato souffle, lima beans, tossed salad, blueberry cup, fruit, sesame seed roll Friday: cheese pizza, fish sticks with tarter sauce, baked french fries, carrot coins, creamy coleslaw, peaches, fruit, cornbread

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Today: 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 Monday: Labor Day holiday Tuesday: lasagna, barbecue on roll, potato bites, steamed broccoli, tossed salad, cantaloupe chunks, fruit, garlic bread Wednesday: soft taco, cheese stix dippers, refried beans, Capri blend, Mexican garden salad, pear halves, fruit Thursday: chicken dinner, ham and cheese on a bun, corn on the cob, green beans, spinach

salad, strawberry cup, fruit, poppy seed roll Friday: pepperoni pizza, fish sandwich, parsley potatoes, carrot coins, pepper slaw, pineapple and applesauce, fruit

After school

Today: Cheetos/baked, juice Thursday: Assorted breakfast, cereals, milk Friday: Pretzels, juice Monday: Labor Day holiday Tuesday: multi grain chips, juice Wednesday: bug bites, milk Thursday: goldfish cheddar, crackers, juice Friday: fruit pastry, juice — UCPS menus are available online at http://nutrition.ucps.

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SATs: What do they measure? Director of student testing Carolyn White said the SAT is more popular in this part of the country, but some students might decide to take the ACT. The SAT covers math, critical thinking/verbal and writing. The ACT covers math, reading, English and science, and includes an optional writing portion. Monroe High School principal Doreen Dotalo said students looking for alternatives to a four-year college might favor the ACT, although neither test is “better” than the other. Forty Monroe students opted for the ACT last year. Some take both the ACT and SAT. White said colleges and most scholarships accept either one. — Tiffany Lane

SAT Contributed from 1A up 601 college applications — almost five apiece — and earned more than $3 million in scholarship money. 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 students 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 in and out of class, White said. Taking AP and honors classes could also cut down on college expenses, she added. Many ad- The purpose of this survey is to see if the citizens of Union County, North Carolina would be interested in purchasing craft (specialty) regular beers & wines for off premise or on premise consumption. Craft (specialty) regular beers & wines are beverage products that are growing at a significant market rate that are made by domestic and foreign micro-breweries and wineries. Please visit our website, to take the survey go to

Wednesday, September 2, 2009 / vanced 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 of these students 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 count toward SAT scores and many colleges ignore it when shuffling through applications. Writing included, the average UCPS SAT score is 1,523; it’s 1,486 statewide and 1,509 nationwide. “Although we feel good about the scores,” Davis said, “there’s still room for improvement.” He hopes to see each school with a higher score next year.

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City, county at impasse over 6 acres

Monroe renews request for land donation; commissioners reject deal on 3-2 vote BY JASON deBRUYN MONROE County and city leaders seem to be at an impasse. The Union County Board of Commissioners again voted 3-2 to reject Monroe’s request for park property. The city had been operating Belk-Tonawanda Park for nearly 20 years when it realized this spring that about onethird of the park, just more than 6 acres, belongs to the county. The Monroe City Council requested that the

Government Center even though the parking lot belongs to the city. Kuehler said that she just wanted to have that agreement in writing so future boards or councils would continue to honor that agreement. The City Council flat out rejected that offer last week, again requesting that the park property be donated with no strings. “We agreed to negotiate, and I fail to see where the negotiation is,� Kuehler said during the commissioners’ meeting Monday, where the rejected offer was of-

county simply give the property to the city. The board majority balked at that request, first offering to sell it for it’s tax value of about $85,000. That offer rejected, the board then tried to negotiate a trade involving no money. Commissioners Allan Baucom and Parker Mills have always favored giving the property to the city free and clear. Commissioner Tracy Kuehler came back to the City Council with an offer for parking. County employees park in the lot across Church Street from the Union County

ficially discussed. Baucom again made a motion to simply donate the property. “The city has maintained it,� he said, adding that county now has the additional cost on its books for that upkeep, which runs about $7,500 annually. “We need to look at the big picture,� added Mills, who referenced a potential plan to partner with Monroe for water and sewer capacity, a major need in Union County. In Mills’ opinion, rocking the boat on this issue could have bad repercussions. “I think in the end, we

will end up way ahead� if the property is donated, he said. Commissioners Kuehler, Kim Rogers and Lanny Openshaw agreed that they trusted the current City Council to honor the parking agreement, but still wanted a deal for the park to be a negotiation. “I don’t respond to a flat-out no,� Rogers said. City Council candidate Rick Alexander, who was at the meeting, sided with the city and turned Kuehler’s distrust of future councils around. What if the city wanted to use the lot for a future building, he said after the meeting.

County: Tax collections are down BY JASON deBRUYN MONROE Union County coffers took another hit this year as more county residents defaulted 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 contin-

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Tax score card 2008 taxes collected: $149,918,921 Total property valuation: $22,292,233,714 Percent collected: 96.83

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of service going forward. Commissioners did not raise taxes this past year, even though some people requested their taxes be raised in order to maintain school funding. County policy requires tax increases or spending reallocation that accounts for bonds passed by voters. Openshaw added that more money might still be collected. There is $1 million in state lottery money scheduled to come to the county and residents could still pay their taxes late. “They owe, so they can’t sell their house, for instance, and not pay those taxes,� Openshaw said. “Taxes are pretty high up there on the food chain as far as what needs to be paid.� The 2009 tax bills are

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“Then we would have to come back and negotiate on our own property? ... I don’t think so.� It was unclear what will happen to the park property with both the council and commissioners unwilling to budge on the issue. Rumors have floated that a permanent fence would be erected, making it difficult or impossible to get to the county side of the park, which has no direct entrance to I.B. Shive Drive. A playground at the park is technically on the county side but belongs to the city and it might be moved if an agreement cannot be reached.

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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 voice of “principled leadership� in Congress focused on the concerns of North Carolina families. “We need new jobs, not new energy taxes,� Huddleston Lou said in a Huddlepress re- ston, a lease. retired Army “We need colonel from to help homeowners, Fayetteville is hard work- entering the ing folks Republican and farm- primary and ers and not hopes to bail out challenge for giant cor- Congress in porations. 2010. We need economic growth, not government growth. We need to protect our country from terrorists, not weaken our military. “We need common sense and well thought-out 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 political science from Morgan State University and an M.A. in Public Administration from the University of Missouri. He retired from active duty as a colonel in June 2003 and entered the private sector, where he has served in corporate executive leadership roles. His Web site is www.

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2,000 turn out at health care meeting Speakers’ line reached 40 deep

BY JASON deBRUYN WEDDINGTON More than 2,000 people packed Weddington High School to voice their opposition 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 done.” The point of contention, she said, is how. 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. 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 Dem-

Fugitive Continued from 1A cause the first injury was just beginning to heal.” “It was like the inside of a barn,” Young said in 2006. “This woman was working these girls basically 20 hours a day and wouldn’t give them proper nourishment or any kind of schooling.” In order to keep the girls under her control, Farquharson told the girls she was Christ, citing Bible verses to justify their living conditions. The girls said Farquharson made them take care of 300 chickens, seven sheep, nine goats and more than a dozen dogs. She would tell the girls that the animals were sacred. Without provocation, the girls said, Farquharson would beat them with a wooden spatula or belt, choke them, shave their eyelids and pull their hair. She also trained the girls about how to behave when anyone, including DSS, visited in order to not be found out. Farquharson’s former son-in-law said the girls were “brainwashed.” Farquharson, now 63, had left Monroe, and possibly the country, by the time deputies got there in 2005. Since then, she has been to Spain and was found and arrested in Bulgaria. She could face up to 65 years in prison if convicted on all seven counts against her. “We just got there too late the first time,” Cathey said. “But we kept looking, kept digging and finally found her.” District Attorney John

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Protesters appeared to be in the miniority at a town hall meeting hosted by Rep. Sue Myrick last week at Weddington High Schoo. At right, Bill Wallace stood in line to express his frustration with President Barack Obama’s administration. ocrats 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 famSnyder said this was a good example of “the long arm of the law” in action. Local authorities worked with the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the U.S. Department of Justice’s International Division to find Farquharson. Farquharson was ordered held in federal custody pending a detention hearing, which is set for 10:25 a.m. Thursday. She is being held at the Mecklenburg County Jail. The indictment against Farquharson alleges that from about 1995 until December 2005, Farquharson and others conspired to commit the offenses of forced labor, document servitude (withholding or destroying documents as part of a trafficking scheme), and harboring illegal aliens for commercial or private gain. In addition to the conspiracy count, Farquharson is charged with forced labor, document servitude, and harboring illegal aliens, totaling seven counts in all. The charges were initially filed May 24, 2006.

ily members who were in dire need of serious medical 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 (pro-

posed 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 cov-

erage 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. — Jason deBruyn can be reached at 704-261-2243 or


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A right or be right?


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

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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. 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? — Indian Trail Trader editor Betsy O’Donovan can be reached at 704261-2223 or via e-mail at

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The young children of North Carolina are desperately waiting for Governor Bev Perdue to notice them. Although the state has approved the 2009-10 budget with a $15.9 million cut to Smart Start funding, the cuts may not be over. Because state revenue remains below expectations, the governor has ordered further cuts of 5 percent to each agency until further notice. This additional cut would take the Smart Start funding to more than $25 million below last year’s level. Special exceptions may be made to classroom instruction, economic development opportunities, law enforcement, health care and public safety, Perdue says. We believe Smart Start should be one of those exceptions. Clearly early childhood education is related to success in school, is part of economic development and is essential for the economic recovery for North Carolina. All around the state, children

and families rely on Smart Start to ensure that their early childhood programs are of high quality and safe, that they have programs available to them to support parenting (particularly important in times of stress), that they have access to needed health care, and more. All of these children and families will see these services cut back. Although the state has 742,232 children age birth to 5, the audience of Smart Start funding, the budget cuts put every North Carolinian at risk. Please contact the Governor immediately and let her know that Smart Start should be exempt from this cut. She has claimed to be the “mother of Smart Start”; we need to help her remember her commitment. Leave a message with the Governor at 919-733-4240. Her fax number is 919-7153175 and her office e-mail is Phil Bazemore Mayor pro tem, Monroe

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Friday night was the Larry Kissell town hall in Wadesboro. The first questioner asked Kissell if he had read the entire health care bill. He responded, “Yes..” The second asked how we can expect additional agencies to avoid the same kind of waste and fraud that other federal agencies already have. His response ended up noting it just happens, at the end expressing concerns about not knowing where much of the TARP money went. I said I had called his office repeatedly concerning HR1207, the Federal Reserve Transparency Act, and the responses I received said he would “watch this bill closely.” His response noted thousands of bills come across his desk and insinuated that he hasn’t read it. So, not only did he admit he or his staff lied to me about ‘watching this bill closely,’ but insult was added to injury by hinting that he’s had the time and patience to read 1000+ pages of a bill most people couldn’t

follow and understand the first 10 pages of, while not having the time or patience to read a bill fitting on one page. I managed to get another question in, about the health care bill. I said beginning on page 501 describes the creation of a commission which decides what will be deemed effective, appropriate health care, deciding how much in dollars someone’s life is worth, and that 8-person commission may be made up of up to 3 pharmaceutical reps, and that up 4 of those may be on the commission regardless of financial conflicts of interest. He proceeded to compare this to taking out the trash; it’s just something you have to do. Brandon Derr Monroe

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Having health insurance has been a part of my life since I left the US Army in June, 1957, but as children of coal miners, 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, 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 unlicensed 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 a day in Afghanistan, and almost as much in Iraq. It seems sinful to me. Eddie Varney Monroe

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n the 2005 election, Stallings voters came out in record numbers to voice their desire for change. The mayor and all but one incumbent were defeated, but new faces don’t always mean new attitudes. In the first few months of my term, the new board majority opposed my request to host a seminar on open government, refused development of an ethics policy, and blocked me from getting an opinion from the Attorney General’s office regarding release of employee contracts. I knew the mandate for change would meet fierce resistance. The mayor’s column was removed from the town newsletter; the mayor’s office was removed from Town Hall; and an ordinance redefining and limiting the role and responsibilities of the mayor was adopted. For the record, the state legislature clarified that the employee

Lynda Paxton Guest columnist contracts are a matter of public record in 2007 and the 2009 legislature mandated that all towns adopt an ethics policy and all municipal officials participate in ethics training. I was politically naïve in 2005 and did not recruit candidates who would share my goals for transparent and responsive government. My experience has made me a little wiser. I have publicly encouraged people to get involved and have had the pleasure of meeting with many of the candidates running for council seats. While all seem eager to serve, some show promise for giving Stallings intelligent, practical and

objective decisions based on logical analysis of facts without political games and personal agendas. I am pleased to make the following endorsements for Stallings Council seats in the 2009 election. District 1, Harry Stokes (write in) Harry is president of Contemporary Benefits Design and has lived in Stallings more than 20 years. He and wife Sherri have been actively involved in community leadership through numerous school committees, Porter Ridge Athletic Association, and church. Those who know him best indicate that his actions in every arena are guided by a strong moral compass. His business acumen and experience handling complex issues in a focused, efficient manner will be an asset for our organization. District 2, Reed Esarove As a three-year resident of our community, Reed


brings a fresh perspective in many critical areas. He is a team player and has made positive contributions as a member of the Park and Recreation Advisory Board. Reed is also very involved in Girl Scouts with his daughters and tee-ball with his son along with his church. He has 11 years experience as a sales executive most recently with Northwest Pallet Supply. Reed holds a B.S. degree in criminology and an emphasis in business and Spanish. Reed has a professional background in law enforcement including management and supervision, operations and policy/procedure. Reed brings a supportive and objective view of our public safety needs and program. District 3, Wyatt Dunn Wyatt served as the mayor pro tem for the past two years and has demonstrated exceptional leadership on council, especially during the budget process.

He is a fiscal conservative without the empty rhetoric espoused by others. He is largely responsible for the tax reductions in 2008 and 2009. He brought the initiative for a hotel tax which improves town coffers at no cost to our citizens and guided improvements to the Taser policy to incorporate standards consistent with the N.C. Taser Safety Study Project. He speaks from a sound knowledge base and keeps citizens’ interest foremost. Wyatt holds a B.S. degree in community and regional planning from Appalachian State University. He is a native of the area, graduating from Independence High School. He, with his wife Terri, is actively involved in local schools. District 6, Paul Frost Paul credits his wife Tracie’s contagious enthusiasm in her role as chairwoman of the Park and Recreation Advisory Board for his decision to get more involved

in serving the town. Paul is a business banking professional with BB&T in Charlotte. He holds a master’s degree in international affairs and a B.A. degree in humanities from Arizona State University where he served as student body president representing 45,000 students. More recently he has served on the PTO executive board of Antioch Elementary School, is a leader for Boy Scout Troop 715 and served on the landscape committee of the Callonwood HOA. Paul’s strong financial background will be a tremendous asset in developing long range fiscal management for the town. These board members will provide a good balance of perspectives and professional experience with both long term residents and seasoned newcomers. Please give them your vote on Nov. 3. — Lynda Paxton is the mayor of Stallings.

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Q&A Continued from 1A 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 community is having to do all the labor and they need the school, they

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New Salem resident Jeff Guara helped build this elementary school in Sucrawar, Nepal, and is at work on his third project in that region, which has some of the highest rates of poverty and illiteracy in the world. 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. 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 students take? What extracurriculars will be available? A: Social studies, math, science and

home economics are four major courses. A culture class will teach about Nepal’s history. The school will also include a soccer field and volleyball court. Many students take up fencing. “Fencing is huge there because most people let their animals graze and it’s normal to ask somebody at the school during their planning time to go chase the goats away. ... There’s good grass around the school; they’re going to kill it.” Q: Is the student population about equal with both boys and girls? A: “No, it’s not. Girls there aren’t expected to be anything when they grow up outside of a mother and a farm worker. They don’t participate in some of the more culturally significant events like politics, upper levels of government, upper levels of education. ... So they’re discriminated against in the education markets only because it’s not perceived that they need it as much as the men do.” One girl Gaura taught was about to drop out because her parents couldn’t afford or “justify” school. Several people back home pitched in and funded her education. The girl later graduated, moved to Kathmandu, married and is highly successful. Gaura said he would like her to teach at the new school. “You do not have to be limited in what you are and what you do by what your parents say. You can, in fact, expand your horizons if you just get educated.” Q: How often do you have to go to Nepal? A: Gaura makes about three trips per year. He will go after Thanksgiving to buy land and deposit funds for supervision. He will go back early next year to interview teachers, talk to families interested in having their children attend the school and help with any construction.

Another trip will be made when the school opens, with Gaura staying about a month to teach. Q: What alternatives do these children have if they can’t go to school? A: “If their name is written for them, they can’t read it. ... So the objective is to give them more than what their current offerings are.” It’s a government requirement to attend school through fifth grade, but there’s no consequence for leaving. Many drop out by seventh grade to help families on their farms. “That’s the norm,” Gaura said. “Class size is a quarter in the upper levels as it was in the lower levels, and it’s not because they flunked out.” Q: How does that affect their economy? A: “When I lived there, the phrase was ‘Thank God for Chad’ because if Chad didn’t exist, Nepal would have been the poorest country in the world. ... When I lived there, my salary was $95 (U.S. dollars) a month. I was the highest paid person in a village of 1,000. Here for $95, I’m a bum, I’m homeless and my mother won’t even talk to me.” Q: How can people in Union County support a school in Nepal, and why should they? A: “A lot of people want to contribute to a cause, but they fear that some middle man is going to siphon their money. ... This is a project where a little bit of money goes so far. There’s no middle man; 100 percent is going to this project.” There are always volunteers needed to contribute financially, donate items and even go along. “... I think the idea of doing something for your fellow man — nothing could be greater.” Donations can be made to Hope Christian Church, 8005 Lawyers Road, Charlotte, NC 28227 with attention to the Nepal School Fund.

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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 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

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Donna Simpson STALLINGS Donna Pressley Simpson, 58, died Aug. 25, 2009, at Presbyterian Hospital in Matthews. Funeral was Friday at Calvary Baptist Church in Monroe, with burial in the Price Cemetery.

Born Sept. 22, 1950, in Union County, she was a daughter of the late Horace and Ruth Wooten Pressley. She was formerly worked at Call Printing Company. Survivors include her husband, James “Jimmy” Simpson of the home; one son, Jay Simpson of Unionville; one daughter, Jennifer Simpson Myers of Indian Trail; two brothers, Johnny Pressley of Charlotte, Richard Pressley of Fort Walton Beach, Fla.; two sisters, Shirley Thomas, Pat Deason, both of Fairview; and three grandchildren. Memorials may be made to Calvary Baptist Church Building Fund, 2518 Lancaster Hwy., Monroe, NC 28112; or the Indian Trail Athletic Association, 300 Park Road East, Indian Trail, NC 28079.

Lane Davis Jr.

CHARLOTTE — Edward Delane “Lane” Da-

vis Jr., 46, died Aug. 24. Funeral was Friday at Heritage Funeral Home of Indian Trail. Born Dec. 28, 1962, in Union County, he was a son of Edward Delane Davis Sr. and the late JoAnne Allen Braswell. Survivors, in addition to his father, include one son, Edward “Trey” Davis III of Charlotte; one daughter, Melanie Dianne Davis of Charlotte; one sister, Wendy Davis Williams of Charlotte; two brothers, Mike Davis of Belmont, Wriston Davis of Charlotte; paternal grandparents, Arthur and Clara Davis of Wingate; maternal grandparents, Dave and Irene Whitlow of Charlotte; and one grandson. Memorials may be made to Thompson Child and Family Focus.

William Griffin

MONROE William H. Griffin, 93, of Monroe died on Aug. 24, 2009. Memorial service was Saturday at Heritage Funeral Home of Indian Trail. Survivors include four sisters. Memorials may be made to Siler Presbyterian Church.

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Bulldogs rally past W. Georgia in opener BY ERIC RAPE

E-J Correspondent WINGATE The Wingate University football team opened the 2009 season with a 38-17 come-from-behind victory over the University of West Georgia on Saturday. The Bulldogs got off to a slow start, but got back on track behind the legs of tailback Vince Jordan, who finished with 19 carries for 218 yards and three touchdowns in his first career start. Jordan, a sophomore, replaced starting tailback Nelson Woods in the lineup. Woods has been suspended the first four games of the season for violating an unspecified team rule. “I feel great, it’s really hard to explain, it’s a whole new world being able to start,” said Jordan, “I was excited when I found out I got the start.” Jordan ripped off touchdown runs of 87, 28 and two yards. “Hopefully I’ll keep repeating today and get better,” said Jordan. “The offensive line made tremendous holes and they kept pushing me to keep running my feet.” West Georgia jumped out to an early advantage after scoring just six seconds into the game. Wingate’s Ed Doughty misjudged the opening kickoff and inadvertently knocked the ball into the end zone, where West Georgia’s Dontavious Smith recovered the ball for a touchdown. “That didn’t go down the way we drew

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Wingate tight end Ryan Webber (44) takes on a West Georgia tackler last Saturday. it up,” said Wingate coach Joe Reich on the start of the game, “But sometimes the ball bounces funny and you get a break like that. As a team, you have to move on from that. I was glad to see our guys respond the way they did.” Wingate’s next drive ended with a missed field goal, and the Wolves responded with another score.

Starting from their own 20-yard line, West Georgia marched 80 yards on nine plays over a four-minute span and punched it in when quarterback Kyle Padgett found Malcom Johnson in the left side of the end zone for a 22-yard TD pass. Padgett was 3-for-4 on the drive. The Bulldogs’ woes continued on their second drive as they were unable

to get any offense going. WU quarterback Cody Haffly tried to fire a pass to the outside, but West Georgia corner Jenoris Darby made a good break on the ball for the interception at the 50-yard line. Wingate’s defense then shifted the momentum back its way with an interception of their own. Padgett tried to force a pass over the middle into double coverage while under pressure, and Bulldogs safety Derrick Jackson picked off the pass and returned it to the Bulldogs’ 38-yard line. Jordan then got Wingate on the board with a two-yard plunge to cut the lead in half. James Hall came in to start the second quarter at QB for Wingate, and led the Bulldogs on a nine-play, 45-yard drive that was capped off when he found Delric Ellington on a swing pass to the right side for a 10-yard TD to tie the game. RP Lopez later connected on a 27-yard field goal to give Wingate a 17-14 advantage at the half. Jordan then took over in the second half and the Bulldogs’ defense tightened. Linebacker Ben Hinson recorded an interception in the end zone during the third quarter and later forced a bad throw by Padgett that forced the Wolves to settle for a 26-yard field goal. Wingate, which plays at home against North Greenville next Saturday, finished with 430 yards of total offense.

UC’s 2009 Scoring Leaders (Through Week 2; minimum 6 points) Offensive TDs Return TDs Special Teams Name, Yr. (School) Rush Rec K/P Int. Fum FG XP 2pt Total C. Barrino, Sr. (CATA) 4 2 28 Jamison Crowder, Jr. (M) 1 2 1 24 Shamiir Hailey, Sr. (M) 4 24 Juanne Blount, Sr. (FH) 3 18 KJ Brent, Jr. (MR) 3 18 Marcus Leak, Jr. (Pw) 3 18 Maurice Leak, Sr. (Pw) 3 18 Brandon Little, So. (W) 3 18 Matt Frein, Sr. (MR) 2 7 13 Kemp Lotharp, Sr. (Pw) 2 12 Cody Haverland, Jr. (W) 2 12 Orlando Ratliff, Sr. (FH) 2 12 Canious Sturdivant, Sr. (FH) 2 12 Mitchell Blackburn, So. (CA) 2 12 Christian Cruz, Sr. (Mon) 10 10 Cole Finch, So. (W) 9 9 Dylan Hunter, Sr. (Pw) 8 8 Matt Wogan, Fr. (PR) 2 2 8 Dominque Ardrey, Sr. (W) 1 6 Jamie Baker, Sr. (FH) 6 6 Bobby Blakeney, Sr. (Mon) 1 6 Cal Bonar, Sr. (W) 1 6 Anthony Boone, Sr. (Wed) 1 6 Chris Butler, Sr. (Pied) 1 6 Tyler Chadwick, So. (MR) 1 6 Matt Chilton, Jr. (MR) 1 6 Dustin Cook, Sr. (SV) 1 6 David Covington, Sr. (CA) 1 6 Tyree Drakeford, So. (UA) 1 6 Qwadarius Duboise, Jr. (M) 1 6 Chris Duffy, Fr. (SV) 1 6 Christian Glackin, Sr. (W) 1 6 Connor Gorham, So. (W) 1 6 Jackson Hargett, Jr. (UA) 1 6 Andrew Jauch, Sr. (Pw) 1 6 Hunter Killman, Jr. (W) 1 6 Jamal Little, So. (FH) 1 6 Lee McNeill, So. (PR) 1 6 Jordan Oakley, So. (PR) 1 6 Justin Pleasants, Jr. (W) 1 6 Kolly Ogar, Jr. (MR) 1 6 Adam Remme, Sr. (MR) 1 6 Steven Robinson, Sr. (Mon) 1 6 Rasheed Rushing, Fr. (UA) 1 6 Ryan Skibba, Sr. (MR) 1 6 Jaylon Stitt, Jr. (Cuth) 1 6 Mike Thornton, Sr. (W) 1 6

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PR sophomore quarterback Lee McNeill (14) has ran and thrown for a TD in 2009.

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CHARLOTTE (AP) — The two sons of Carolina Panthers owner Jerry Richardson resigned from high-ranking jobs in the organization Tuesday, an unexpected shake-up in one of the NFL’s most stable and successful franchises. Team president Mark Richardson and Bank of America Stadium head Jon Richardson announced their decisions in a statement at practice. They were expected to eventually take over the team from their 73-year-old father, whose role with has been limited since a February heart transplant. The two men didn’t give a reason for leaving and the resignations take effect immediately. Both Richardsons will remain members of the ownership group, but left unclear is who would assume their management roles and run the franchise in the future. When asked if the team would be put up for sale, team spokesman Charlie

Dayton said “absolutely not.” Mark Richardson had represented the team at owners meetings and was a member of the league’s influential competition committee. “The commissioner appoints committee members and will replace Mark in due time,” NFL spokesman Greg Aiello said. Jerry Richardson said in a statement that Mark and Jon “made great contributions to the stadium and the team that have enabled us to enjoy much success over the last 15 years. At the same time, I am thankful that we have a staff that has been in place for many years and knows our philosophy.” The three Richardsons declined further comment through a team spokesman. The NFL in 1993 awarded the expansion team to the Richardsons, who also own the downtown Charlotte stadium.

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BUSINESS SERVICES 027 Elderly/Sick Care Elder Care- Professional, compassionate, personalized care. Light housekeeping, errands, 6yrs. exp. licensed CNA current references. Brenda (704)281-2802


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Immediate Need Local Buy Here Pay Here lot looking for experienced salesmen that can start immediately. Full benefits pkg and paid vac. days. All positions are salary plus bonus. Fax resume to 704-261-0078 or visit 2423 W. Roosevelt Blvd. across from Wal Mart

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UDI Work Skill Trainer Non-profit sheltered workshop for adults w/disabilities. Train work related skills & behaviors. Min. Qualifications: at least 22yr. old, HS diploma, resident of NC for past 5 consecutive yrs. pass background checks. Prefer exp. working w/adults w/DD $8-8.50 per hr.+ health ins. paid sick/vac, etc. Job application UDI 2815 Walkup Ave. Monroe, NC 9-3, M-F EEO

042 Office/Clerical Inside Sales/Cust Service opening. Great Benefits, fast growing co. Apply online www. (704) 821-4991 CDL Drivers needed with P endorsement June Bug’s Child Care (704)882-1465

MERCHANDISE 068 Auctions Estates, Antiques Farm Equipment Belk Auction Co. (704)339-4266

069 Appliances Refrigerator & Stoves $99.99 Washers & Dryers $79.99 704-649-3821

071 Furniture Living Room Set- Couch, Recliner, and Rug. In good condition! $250 Call to see, 704-843-2106

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87 Mercury Outboard 046 Medical/Dental 50hp w/ controls make offer 980-621-9149 Carolina Clinic looking to hire CMA’s, Medical Biller, PT Medical Transcriptionist. Please fax all resume to attn: Michelle 704-296-2743

048 Prof/Tech Southeast Charlotte law firm has immediate opening for an Estate Administration Paralegal with a minimum of 2 years exp. Good benefits. Send resume and salary requirement to: PO Box 01130, c/o The EnquirerJournal, PO Box 5040, Monroe, NC 28111-5040.

PETS & LIVESTOCK While many work-athome opportunities listed provide real in058 Horses come, many seek only 8yr Bay Gelding riding to sell booklets or catahorse good sound, curlogs on how to get rent coggins test, $800 such work. btw 4-8 (843)672-7902

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043 Truck Drivers Local fuel and lubricant company looking for exp’d driver. Must have Class A license, Hazmat and tank certifications. Exp’d in fuel/lubes a plus. Competitive pay and benefits. Please call 704233-2610

062 Homes for Pets Free Beagle puppies full blooded good home needed (704)289-9322 Free colorful kittens, box trained, 12wks. To many to keep (704)254-9506

Free Kittens 6wks, 4 wht, 1 gray tabby (704)5640820 Free Kittens differed ages good home needed call (704)670-0230 Free Kittens good home 36mo. Calico, Suites, orange/ wht. (980)328-7151 Free kittens, (2) 1M, blk/wht, 6mo, 1 F 2-3mos. old (704) 764-7349 for info Free mixed large breed dog, 8wks shots & woming records (704)363-5143

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Metal Roofing 3ft wide $1.40 LF 1-803-789-5500 Minelab- Eureka Gold detector, excellent condition with extras, $700 call (704)292-1518

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112 Apartments Camelot Apt 3mo. free power $125wk, $150dep. $50mo. water/garbage total $325 to move in weekly. no pets. Pageland also Duplexes, 2 & 3BR houses (843)672-5616 ★ Monroe Apt. ★ 1mo. free w/12mo. lease Beautiful, quiet, patio’s w/pool, paid water Studio’s $410 1br $499 2br $585-615 & 3br $690 704-289-5949 ★★★★★★★★★★★ 1/2 off 1st mo. rent !! Ask about other specials Completely Remodeled 2br, 1.5ba Townhouse Small pets allowed Shown by appt only 704-283-1912 ★★★★★★★★★★★ Manor Ridge Apartments in Wingate, Now Renting 3BR Apt. $655mo. Certain Restriction Apply (704)233-0482 Newly Remodeled Townhouse 2bd/1.5 ba $600mo. 704-283-3097 Woodbrook Apartments

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113 Duplexes Vintage Hill Duplexes 2br 1ba $630mo. Great, safe community (704)292-1329

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Historic House in the Federal List of Historic Places. Located at 501 Franklin St. on the corner of W. Franklin & N. Crawford. For sale for $159,000. Massive rehab work from roof to cellar. It was built to house two separate Medical Doctors with a Pharmacy occuping the center section. Today there is three separate apartments with large impressive rooms & separate utilities. Call 704-553-0271 or 704-287-2440.

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