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UCPS to discuss make-up dates Furor over spring break, Memorial Day spurs policy review

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MONROE Spring break and Memorial Day should be left alone when setting aside make-up days for students. So said several parents this past spring when both breaks were cut short due to snow days earlier in the year. Relatives of military veterans voiced their dis-

approval and many desks were empty on those days. In response, Union County Board of Eduation members will discuss the 2009-10 calendar at Tuesday’s meeting; several changes are proposed. According to a memo sent Friday from Superintendent Ed Davis and assistant superintendent

for human resources David Clarke, principals and the calendar committee “wholeheartedly” recommend protecting both Memorial Day and spring break from serving as make-up days. The calendar committee, along with year-round principals, also recommends removing Dec. 21 and 22 as make-up days for year-round schools.

Fewer days have been allotted as make-ups for the 2009-10 proposed calendar, with a note that Davis can determine additional days if needed. The school calendar must include 180 instructional days. Ten annual leave days must also be reserved, along with several legal holidays determined by the state. Veteran’s Day is to remain a holi-

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Auctioneer Wil Albritton, sporting a ‘We Love Our Library’ T-shirt, makes his last call for a variety of items that were donated to raise funds for the library during a street festival in Waxhaw on Saturday.

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Judy Benzel, of Lancaster, S.C., brought ‘Max’ into town for lunch and a walk around town, only to find the mini-fest taking place. She and Max enjoyed lunch in the middle of the street. At left, browsers visit downtown Waxhaw antique shops and art galleries during the festival.

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day. There are 15 teacher workdays set aside — at least eight required. Traditional schools have 42 days between school years. The Facilities Committee will also update the board on its meeting with the Union County Planning Board on Sept.

Pro care for student athletes Hospital provides sports medicine services at Weddington BY TIFFANY LANE

tlane@theej.com WEDDINGTON Emma Yates stood still as a statue as her leg was wrapped with an elastic bandage. Fifteen minutes later, she’s swinging her racquet on the tennis court, shifting side to side with each hit. Yates, a freshman at Weddington High School,

recently triggered a muscle strain while running. She spent half an hour with school athletic trainer Spencer Elliott on Thursday, using a muscle stimulator to heal her injury quicker. Elliott estimates the procedure would cost about $200 at a physical therapist. Today, it’s free. Carolinas Medical Center-Union recently part-

nered with Union County Public Schools to provide Weddington High with a certified athletic trainer at no cost to the school. The hospital approached school officials about the program and, with connections to Weddington, chose the school as the pilot. “I guess we were the lucky draw,” Weddington Principal Brad Breedlove

said. “I’m grateful for it.” Breedlove said the school has tried to hire a certified trainer for the past couple of years, but can’t pay them what they are worth. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average North Carolina athletic trainer is paid $39,600 per year.

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MONROE Hugh Howey’s first book, a young adult novel called “Molly Fyde and the Parsona Rescue” was released last week. The 34-year-old Monroe native, who now lives in Boone with his wife, will be visiting three downtown Monroe businesses Thursday to promote, sell and sign his new book, which is being published by Norlights Press. Howey will be at Alice Jules Coffee House in the morning, Oasis Diner from 11 a.m to 2 p.m. and Blue Moon Cafe from 4 to 7 p.m. The newly minted author took some time to talk about his new book, the publishing process and how social media is changing the face of the industry. Q: What is your book about? A: It’s about a teenage girl who has lost her family and has been raised in the future navy that’s very male-centric. She’s trying to find her place in the world and where she belongs and fits in. ...

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Monday: Chicken strips with barbecue sauce, ravioli with meat sauce, corn on the cob, green beans, ambrosia, fruit, french bread Tuesday: Cheese stix dippers, chicken salad, sandwich, potato smiles, spinach salad, tropical fruit, fruit Wednesday: Fried chicken, ham and cheese on a bun, mashed potatoes with gravy, broccoli, tossed salad, mixed fruit cup, fruit, apple muffin Thursday: Beefy nachos, corn dog, pinto beans, whole kernel corn, fruited gelatin, fruit Friday: Cheese pizza, veggie sub, hearty bun, submarine sandwich, potato bites, salad, strawberry cups, fruit

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Monday: Chicken strips with barbecue sauce, ravioli with meat sauce, corn on the cob, green beans, lettuce

and tomato, ambrosia, fruit, french bread Tuesday: Cheese stix dippers, chicken salad, sandwich, potato smiles, carrot coins, spinach salad, tropical fruit, fruit Wednesday: Oven fried chicken, ham and cheese on a bun, mashed potatoes with gravy, broccoli, tossed salad, mixed fruit cup, fruit, apple muffin Thursday: Beefy nachos, corn dog, pinto beans, whole kernel corn, pasta salad, gelatin, fruit Friday: Cheese pizza, veggie sub, submarine sandwich, potato bites, California blend, salad, strawberry cups, fruit

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Monday: Cheese enchilada, hamburger, potato bites, pinto beans, cucumber/ tomato, salad, cantaloupe chunks, fruit Tuesday: Chicken vegetable, casserole, submarine sandwich, potato smiles, glazed

carrots, salad, peaches, fruit, muffin Wednesday: Country style steak with rice and gravy, chicken strips, oven roasted potatoes, Prince Edward blend, salad, watermelon, fruit, muffin Thursday: Turkey tetrazzini, egg roll, whole kernel corn, stir fry vegetables, salad, fruited gelatin, fruit, apple muffin Friday: Cheese quesadilla, turkey deluxe, on hearty roll, potato bites, green beans, spinach salad, sliced peaches, fruit

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Monday: Giant goldfish, graham, milk Tuesday: Cheese sticks, juice Wednesday: Rice Krispie treat, milk Thursday: Doughnut ball, milk Friday: Cheddar sun chip, juice — UCPS menus are online at http://nutrition.ucps.k12.nc.us/ php/menus.php

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from 1 8 when representatives from the two boards met to reach a compromise on school zoning and permitting. The Planning Board had asked to review all school construction following a disagreement with the Facilities Committee on a Marvin Ridge stormwater project. Planning Board members said the project didn’t follow correct guidelines and cost hundreds of thousands of dollars to fix. School officials have said seeking additional permission for a project would slow construction and renovation. Both parties reached an agreement on Sept. 8 and will seek remaining board and committee members’ approval before presenting their recommendations to county commissioners. The meeting will be

The following recommendations came out of the UCPS Facilities Committee meeting with the Union County Planning Board on Sept. 8 regarding school zoning and permitting. For Union County Public Schools: 1. Develop internal guidelines and checklists that track the permitting process for school construction. 2. The checklist would be incorporated into the Board of Education’s final review of the project before funding is sought from Union County commissioners. 3. Notify the Board of Education of any notice of violations, any threat of sanctions or penalties. The Board of Education would take any appropriate actions. For the Union County Planning Board: 1. Acknowledge that the Facilities Committee has addressed the board’s concerns and incorporated a process that meets those concerns. 2. Recognize that there are no outstanding issues with the school system’s zoning and permitting process. 3. Withdraw the recommended zoning ordinance amendment. Source: UCPS

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Sunday, September 13, 2009 sprained ankle wrapped in a bandage. The goal is to “actively promote that whole entire healing process,” Elliott said. Weddington has nearly three dozen sports, including cross country, football, golf, volleyball, soccer and tennis in the fall. Basketball, swimming and diving, baseball, lacrosse, wrestling, softball and track and field are also offered. CMC-Union’s next step is to provide the school with a full-time athletic trainer, making Elliott the part-time supervisor. Elliott is at the school for much of the school day, doing everything from filing paper work to using the ultrasound machine to apply heat to an injury and get the muscles “prewarmed up.” “I wised up early and realized I would never play (sports) professionally,” he said with a laugh. He received a bachelor’s degree in both athletic training and sports science from Chowan College in Murfreesboro and a master’s in sports administration from East Carolina University. Elliott worked for the Baltimore Orioles for four years in the minor league system and has been with CMC for five years. He works full-time at the main campus in Charlotte. Weddington will also host a handful of nutritionists and other physicians to promote students’ well-being. School coaches talk to students about injury prevention. Head football coach Justin Hardin said the program is a safety net to provide students with quick treatment post-injury. Nearly 100 students play football at Weddington, and Hardin sees his share of shoulder and ankle injuries. He guesses the average injury would cost parents between $50 and $100 at a doctor’s office. — Do you have an idea for a story about education in Union County? Contact Tiffany Lane at 704-261-2229.

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Athletic trainer Spencer Elliott wraps the leg of tennis player Emma Yates at Weddington High School after treatment for a strained muscle. At right, after the treatment Yates was out on the court warming up to play tennis for Weddington in a match against Charlotte Christian.


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ey, I have the best idea for Friday night,” I said. I learned years ago that one of the keys to success is a take-noprisoners, brook-no-arguments devotion to your goal. By the way, this isn’t a column about politics. No, this is a column about ... “Square dancing? No. No, ma’am, I will not go square dancing with you.” Most of us have a not-toofond memory of elementary school P.E. classes. Powerful memories, it turns out. Even ratcheting my enthusiasm up to “steamroller” levels had no effect. Consider these quotes from some of my friends: “Bad music? That ‘do-si-do’ thing? Sixth grade PE class?” “My partner had sweaty palms with dirt encrusted in the cracks — enough to turn anyone off square dancing, even in third grade.” “I was always too tall for my partners, if you can believe that.” I have a very specific memory of P.J. Ebbin, whose sweaty palms were nothing compared to the velocity with which he swung his partners, only releasing his damp death grip when we were perfectly positioned to go flying into the wall or the bleachers. It’s a miracle no one was killed. We all have our horror stories. But who knew there was so much hostility toward square dancing as adults? I grew up watching “HeeHaw” and marveling at those pretty, bell-shaped skirts with their rustling crinolines. I didn’t even pretend any detached irony about my plans. Nope. I pulled the stops. “It’s like walking into an episode of ‘This American Life!’” I told my friend Field, who considered this for a moment and then agreed to accompany me with the disclaimer that we could leave immediately if he saw anyone using a soda bottle as a spittoon. Deal. “Of course we can,” I said. “It’s free.” Ah. Free? Suddenly a lot more people were interested. It turns out — just as Chris Anderson writes in his book, “Free: The future of a radical price” — that value is a tricky thing to assess, and the lingering shadow of the recession is helping a lot of people reconsider the virtues of free entertainments that might get a pass in more affluent times. And while I don’t exactly appreciate the recession, I am definitely enjoying the benefits of the “we’re all in this together” attitude that prevails among most of my acquaintances. There’s

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been a distinct downturn in recreational shopping, lavish restaurant meals and nights at the movies. I realize that our reluctance to spend our money on such things is one factor in slowing the economic recovery, but I’m glad that we’re resetting American values. We’re supposed to be a can-do nation, not a can-paysomeone-else-to-do nation. So I’ve loved the uptick in shared meal preparations, game nights, beer and snacks on the porch and, yep, a free square dancing party thrown by the Belles and Beaus Square Dance Club (Try them out! They’re really nice and classes start Monday — call 704-289-1052.) I think we’re all seeing the value of a recessionproof life, one in which our friendships and recreation aren’t primarily defined by our disposable income. And there’s another nice side effect, too: Variety, and a new definition of what it means to have fun. Please understand: I’ve always believed that almost anything can be an adventure and a crackin’ good time as long as you have the right attitude. “I’d tell you it sounds like fun, but ...” a friend texted when I declined dinner plans to go square dancing (and invited him along). “I am certain it will be fun, because I am determined to enjoy myself, and my will to be delighted is a powerful force,” I wrote. “One of my favorite things about you, that,” he wrote. If I hadn’t been halfway out the door, I think I could have persuaded him to come along. Fun, after all, is in the joy of the beholder. Likewise a colleague I was telling about Friday’s plans. “Wow,” he said. “You much more adventurous than I am.” Adventurous? I’m more used to hearing that word describing rafting trips and snowboarding. Adventurous? Let’s not stay in this recession any longer than we have to, but let’ s also pause and appreciate its effects. For one thing, it’s made do-it-yourself fun a lot less ... well, square. — Betsy O’Donovan can be reached at 704-261-2223

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Fighting ignorance

It is Tuesday morning and I have read President Obama’s school speech. It is a great speech, as I knew that it would be. No where in it is a single line that a sane person would have a problem allowing their children to hear. We are spending ourselves into oblivion here in Union County on new schools so that some people can stand on their podiums and show their ignorance. From e-mails sent out by even a county commissioner, to blogs, to responses in the local news papers, some in this county have demonstrated over the last few weeks that ignorance is the standard we want our county and our children to live by. To all of you who think that it makes you look like a patriotic American to say the things about this speech that you said, it just makes you look like you have an ax to

grind that is more important to you than the children of this country. You are the radicals who the rest of us need to protect our children from. Aubrey Moore Wesley Chapel

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In Union County an estimated 20,000 adults lack basic literacy skills, with the effects felt throughout our community. Imagine parents unable to read to their children, workers unable to read a safety sign posted in the work place, and patients unable to read the instructions on a necessary medication. The Literacy Council of Union County continues to address this basic need by training volunteer tutors to provide one-on-one and small group tutoring for adults enrolled in our program. As the adults we serve gain the literacy skills they need to be better parents, workers, and community members, their individual lives are enhanced, and, as a result of their individual accomplishments, our community becomes richer as well. This year, as we celebrate International Literacy Day, we are proud of the adults who

recognize their need for improved literacy and commit to gaining those skills. Likewise we are grateful for the volunteers, including nearly 100 trained volunteer tutors, who are giving of their time and talents to overcome illiteracy in our small part of the world. The Literacy Council is a United Way of Central Carolinas member agency. We welcome inquiries about our program and currently require another 20 - 25 volunteer tutors to meet the needs of adults who have sought our services and are waiting for a tutor to become available. Our next series of tutor training workshops will be held Tuesday, October 13; Friday, October 23; and Saturday, October 24. More information is available on our website: www.literacyunion.org. Linda Moyer Literacy Council of Union County


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YOUR VIEW lems they should be addressed separately from the park issue. One has to wonder what parking plan was included in the construction of the county facilities. Frank Elliott Monroe

Absurd positions

News reports of actions listed below by our local governments sound ridiculous. These raise concerns on whether other decisions make sense for the benefit of the citizens of Union County. First our Board of Commissioners have decided to continue an old feud that had been resolved through investigations by law enforcement and other officials – with no actionable findings. Now it is being opened again as an ethics issue on what sounds like a technicality. This would waste even more money with only a slim chance of any productive output. The commissioners could better use their efforts learning to work together on subjects to improve our community in these tough times rather than wasting time and money attacking each other. Second is the Tonawanda park issue. As a county citizen

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it would make sense to send a letter of thanks to the city for maintaining this park for use by the community along with a gift of the land to the city. This might help pave the way for cooperation on other issues. As a city citizen I would not object to using our tax money to continue the maintenance of this park for public use as in the past. If the

county objects to this we may need to move playground equipment, but building a separating fence seems to be a waste of money. And last, parking accommodations for the county in city owned lots is a separate issue and should be handled on its own. It appears that what we have is working or if there are prob-

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Mixed response after Obama’s school speech BY TIFFANY LANE

tlane@theej.com MONROE President Barack Obama addressed students across the nation Tuesday, telling them to stay in school, set goals and work hard at reaching them. Even before it was given, the speech sparked controversy among parents and educators, some calling it a political ploy to sway the children toward Obama’s social views. Presidents have often addressed children, but this year’s speech was accompanied by optional lesson plans — the main concern of conservative parents. Lesson plans initially encouraged students to “help the president,” which the White House later revised and Education Secretary Arne Duncan acknowledged Tues-

day was wrong. Some parents said they didn’t want the president asking their children for support. In a press release Friday, N.C. NAACP State Conference President William Barber II said denouncing the speech is “utterly ridiculous.” Prior to the speech, Barber wrote, “the President will be encouraging students to go to school, stay in school, do their best, and achieve. The GOP doesn’t want this?” Obama gave his speech at Wakefield High School in Arlington, Va. — the most economically and racially diverse school in Arlington County, according to the Department of Education. Other school districts refused to show it. Upon arrival at Wakefield, Obama’s motorcade was greeted by a small band of protesters. One

carried a sign exclaiming: “Mr. President, stay away from our kids.” Union County Public Schools left the decision whether to show the speech up to the teachers, allowing parents to opt their students out of the broadcast if they thought it was inappropriate. County Commissioner Kim Rogers was one of several parents to do so. After reading the lesson plans online, Rogers decided the material was not suitable for her sixth-grade daughter. The plans, she said, carry “the message of what you can do for your president, why you should listen to the president, the mayor, elected officials, ... as if they’re somehow better. They should be asking you what they can do for you.” Rogers said those who wanted to see the speech had every right to, but she

personally finds that the president represents “the antithesis of everything I believe.” She cited several concerns — such as Obama giving billions of dollars to car companies and “praising Marxists ... and communists” — as reasons she doesn’t trust him advising her children. “It’s kind of like sending your child out onto the street and telling your child to go play and if a stranger comes up to them, saying, ‘Go ahead and talk to him.’” Union County resident Kevin Stewart called the speech “benign and typical Obama campaign material.” All presidents should visit schools and “promote the American way,” he said, but all the lesson plans and prespeech preparation went overboard. “Perhaps this effort was geared initially as too lit-

tle America and too much Obama,” he said. “Selfpromoting politics has no place in schools when we should be focused on teaching the core skills kids really need.” Other parents said they are conservatives, but found no problem with Obama’s address. The content was purely educational, they said. “I thought he had a really powerful message,” Unionville Elementary School Principal Sharyn VonCannon said. “I don’t think it was political at all and that’s what some parents feared.” Most Unionville Elementary teachers showed the speech; those who had a time conflict taped it and will show it today. Some kindergartners did not watch it, she said, because of the length of the speech — about 20 minutes. “Some first and second graders struggled to sit that long,” she said,

but kindergartners still worked on goal setting. Eight students at the school opted out of it, VonCannon said, and spent the time on other grade level curriculum. Before the speech, some parents were also concerned that Obama would veer off topic and allude to health care reform or other social issues. Obama did touch on a couple of social issues, but did so before the speech aired. Prior to Obama’s address, one young person at Wakefield High School asked why the country doesn’t have universal health insurance. “I think we need it. I think we can do it,” Obama replied. The president said the country can afford to insure all Americans and that doing so will save money in the long run. — The Associated Press contributed to this article.

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‘Public option’ opponents rally in Monroe BY JASON deBRUYN

jdebruyn@theej.com MONROE Conservatives flocked to Belk-Tonawanda Park to rally against governmentcontrolled health care. Americans For Prosperity, a conservative activist group, made Monroe stop No. 32 of its Patients First “Hands Off My Health Care” tour across North Carolina. The group made two other stops in U.S. Rep. Larry Kissell’s, D-N.C., district, a district it wanted to focus on. “Our country is at a serious crossroads,” said Dallas Woodhouse who led the rally. “We can achieve positive health reform, but it needs to be through free market solutions.” Several local Republican leaders attended the rally to show their support of defeating government intervention. Union County resident

Bobbie Slusher, who is covered by Medicare, said she has a basic distrust of President Barack Obama. “He tells you what he thinks you want to hear,” she said. Slusher said she did not have all the answers, but knew that more government was not the solution. “It will be the death nell for small businesses.” Policy analyst Jon Sanders looked at health care from a financial standpoint. He said the national deficit was already ugly and said if a governmentrun health-care system was added, it would be “Rosie O’Donnell ugly.” Sanders suggested some “free-market reforms” for health care, like allowing people to buy insurance across state lines. Patients First has spent $1.9 million on TV ads and has more than 210,000 signatures on a “Hands Off My Health Care” petition.

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Dallas Woodhouse, the state director of Americans For Prosperity, addresses a crowd of about 60 people at Belk-Tonawanda Park in Monroe Tuesday. Americans for Prosperity is a conservative, non-profit political group that is staging ‘Hands Off My Health Care’ rallies across the state.

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MONROE Loaves and Fishes of Monroe has spent $27,000 more on food this year than last. Between May 2008 and this past April, it has served more than 4,500 people — about 95,000 meals. “We are viewing this as a disaster in Union County,” said First Presbyterian Church member Margaret Desio. With so many local people going hungry, the church has parked a 28-foot trailer in its parking lot, hoping to fill it by the end of the month. Donations will be split between Loaves and Fishes and United Way’s Crisis Assistance Ministry, and every donated item will go to a Union County resident. Desio compared the economic downturn to post-Hurricane Katrina. After the hurricane, the church ran a similar food drive and the trailer filled up in no time. “This is no less a disaster than what it was in New Orleans,” she said. “We just can’t stand that

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First Presbyterian Church members Norman Stryker and Holly McEachin sort through the first batch of donations received on Wednesday. The church is collecting items to fill a 23-foot trailer. The items will be distributed in Union County by Loaves and Fishes, a food pantry, and Crisis Assistance Ministry. people are going hungry.” Gloria Barrino, executive director of Crisis Assistance Ministry, said the agency has served 586 households so far this year — 150 more than last year. “The need is outstripping our resources,” she said. All United Way agencies are also in a blackout period, which means that

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University tries to measure economic impact WINGATE Wingate University students say they are slow to venture off campus, and most of their money stays within Union County limits, concentrated in the Wingate area. “I think we’ve got pretty much everything we need,” said Jason Wilt, a senior physical education major. With most amenities within walking dis-

tance, some students had trouble recalling the last time they left campus. University spokeswoman Jennifer Gaskins said about 400 members of Wingate’s student body are from Union County. There are 2,040 graduates still living here. So, what is the econimic impact of all of those students and the university itself ? Peter Frank, assistant professor of economics at Wingate, said graduate

students in particular are sure to boost the housing market through renting apartments or buying town homes. Many take local jobs, those in the medical field choosing pharmacies or Carolinas Medical Center-Union. Nearly 80 students are in the doctoral pharmacy program, which takes three to four years to complete. This is the second year of the physician assistant program. For undergraduates,

Frank said, the greatest economic impact is seen in retail stores and entertainment. “For retail establishments within Wingate, there’s a noticeable impact between the academic year and summer months,” he said, adding that he’s not sure of the effect in other parts of the county. Most undergraduates live on campus, “so that doesn’t have a direct impact in terms of rent that the county enjoys.”

Last year’s student population came to 2,129, with 1,168 living on campus. This year, university officials expect 1,200 to live on campus. A planned health sciences building, on the other hand, will be “a big deal for Wingate,” Frank said, providing jobs and resources for the university and surrounding towns. With more space and supplies available to the campus, the $15 million building is expected

to draw more students to that area of study. Construction workers, teachers and support staff will all be necessary to get the building up and running. Businesses also have an incentive to move nearby, Frank said, benefitting from a steady supply of interns, and later, employees. One of the university’s goals is to expand internship opportunities, he said.

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Junior, education Q: How much time do you spend off campus each week? A: “Couple of hours.” Q: What’s your top reason for leaving campus? A: “Fast food.” Harrell Q: What are the last few things you bought in Union County? A: “Groceries, some food at Chili’s, and that’s about it.” Q: What are the last few things you bought in another county? A: “I don’t leave the county.” Where do you: Buy groceries? “Food Lion.” Get gas? “The BP.” Eat? “Chili’s, Applebee’s sometimes.” Go for entertainment? “The movie theater ... in Monroe.” Do laundry? “In my apartment.” Q: What would you like to have closer to campus? A: “Maybe a bowling alley.” Q: Can you name five towns in Union County? A: “Indian Trail, Wingate, Monroe, Hemby Bridge, Waxhaw.”

Senior, physical education Q: How much time do you spend off campus each week? A: “Ten hours, maybe, at the most.” Q: What’s your top reason for leaving Wilt campus? A: “To go shopping for a little bit of everything. Whatever we need for the room.” Q: What are the last few things you bought in Union County? A: “Tokyo Bistro. ” Q: What are the last few things you bought in another county? A: “I don’t really know what the other counties are.” Where do you: Buy groceries? “Walmart.” Get gas? “This BP on the corner.” Eat? “Tokyo Bistro ... Taco Bell.” Go for entertainment? “Probably just the movies or into Charlotte to lots of concerts.” Do laundry? “It’s in our room.” Q: What would you like to have closer to campus? A: “A water park. ... I think we’ve got pretty much everything we need.” Q: Can you name five towns in Union County? A: “Wingate, Marshville, Monroe, Waxhaw ... and Indian Trail.”

Sophomore, communications Q: How much time do you spend off campus each week? A: “Maybe an hour or two, not even.” Q: What’s Mooyoung your top reason for leaving campus? A: “Go see my sister. She lives in Monroe. Or a trip to Walmart ... or to go out to eat.” Q: What are the last few things you bought in Union County? A: “Bobby pins, a card for my dad and a hairbrush.” Where do you: Buy groceries? “Mostly Walmart or to Food Lion.” Get gas? “The two gas stations that are right by here, BP or Shell.” Eat? “Tokyo Bistro. That place is the bomb. Mexican — La Unica.” Go for entertainment? “The movie theater that’s in Monroe, we go there sometimes, but just stay here for entertainment.” Do laundry? “In my room.” Q: What would you like to have closer to campus? A: “A laser tag center.” Q: Can you name five towns in Union County? A: “Wingate, Monroe, Waxhaw, Marshville. ... That’s all I know.”

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Sophomore, history Q: How much time do you spend off campus each week? A: “A couple of hours. Not that much.” Q: What’s `Prevette your top reason for leaving campus? A: “When the caf food sucks or for more storage containers. One of those two.” Q: What are the last few things you bought in Union County? A: “Groceries, ... an alarm clock, and we bought more storage.” Where do you: Buy groceries? “The Food Lion here right across the street.” Get gas? “Whichever gas station is the closest. I make decisions based on which one’s cheaper, and then if they’re the same price, I’m like, ‘Well that one’s yellow; yellow is my favorite color.’” Eat? “Tokyo Bistro, La Unica.” Go for entertainment? “There’s the Wingate park by the elementary school.” Do laundry? “I have a washing machine in my apartment.” Q: What would you like to have closer to campus? A: “Chik-Fil-A. I could have chicken minis in the morning. That, or a really good TCBY.”

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UCPS creates new option for at-risk students BY TIFFANY LANE

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graduation finally in sight. Crosson will now coordinate a countywide effort, called the Career Academy of South Providence, to repeat the success. The academy, started last month, helps students with a history of failing mandatory classes receive the credit they need and move on. This is done through various means as determined on an individual basis. Mary Ellis, a former teacher and assistant superintendent for administration, said at least 50 students are already identified as at risk of dropping out. Others are brought to principals’ attention every day. Ellis said the dropout risk occurs in all schools, across all demographics. “We realize that Forest Hills and Monroe have the greatest need, but then we have some other schools

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The five classes needed to graduate are English 1, algebra 1, biology, U.S. history and civics and economics. Ellis said some students might have passed a certain class, but not the End-ofCourse exam or vice versa, whether because of personality conflicts between the teacher and student, too many absences or a personal obstacle. Coursework catch-up is tailored to each student. Some might go to school all day with their classmates, others might go to school in the morning and work in the afternoon or vice versa. Times and the means by she’s on track, she’s smart, she’s ready to go, there’s no other options.� “It’s not necessarily the teenage mother,� added Mike Webb, a former principal who supervises career development coordinators. “We have many teenage fathers out there that are having to go to work.� One of the goals of the Career Academy is to give these students the flexibility to both work and go to school. Webb said preparation for the workforce through experience — learning how to interview and what is expected of employees — is just as important as the academic side of of student preparation. Webb has worked with local businesses to provide internships and apprenticeships and hopes to start a workstudy program. Still, some students don’t have a driver’s license or have no one to care for their children. Ellis said administration is looking into subsidized child care and waivers that would allow students to drive to work and school. Many of those in danger of dropping out are second- and thirdyear freshmen, director

which to complete the work, whether on a computer, oneon-one and so on, will vary. “Education’s not one size fits all,� Ellis said. Classes are taken on a student’s own high school campus, but those who finish school through the academy will receive a high school diploma through South Providence. Ellis said teachers and staff will work with students “until they’re caught up.� “We don’t give a diploma,� Ellis said. “They will earn a diploma.� — Tiffany Lane of student testing Carolyn White said. “Some of them are just waiting for their 16th birthday� to drop out, Ellis said. “Those are the kinds of kids we’re trying to catch.� Webb said the academy wouldn’t work without principals willing to give it a try. All have expressed a desire to help students finish high school. “It’s the light at the end of the tunnel,� Crosson said of the academy. If an 18-year-old student is told it will take another three semesters to finish school, she said, he or she is unlikely to stay in school and take classes with a 14 year old. “These are the students who are seeing little to no hope,� Ellis said, “and each of us has to believe there is hope somewhere.� The academy is no cost to UCPS. “If we can help any child earn a diploma, which will help him in life, then that’s what we’re here to do,� Crosson said with a nod. “The worst thing you can do is not try,� said White. — Tiffany Lane can be reached at 704-261-2229.


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Obituaries Thomas Hall

CHARLOTTE — Thomas Edmund Hall, 95, died Tuesday (Sept. 8, 2009). Funeral services were Saturday, with burial at Mill Creek Baptist Church Cemetery, Monroe. He was born in New Haven, Conn., Feb. 28, 1914, a son of the late Harry and Martha Florence Shipman Hall. He was the curator for the Museum of the Winchester Repeating Arms Company in New Haven, Conn., for 32 years and an avid historian. Upon his retirement in 1989, he moved to Monroe. He was preceded in death by his wife, Odell Aldridge Hall. Survivors include his son, Warren Aldridge Hall, and a nephew. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to the Alzheimer’s Association, 3800 Shamrock Dr., Charlotte, NC 28215-3220. Online condolences may be made to www.gordonfuneralservice.com Gordon Funeral & Cremation Service is in charge.

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Marjorie Laney Bernabe

Marjorie Laney Bernabe, 85, died Sept. 3, 2009. A memorial visitation will be from 1 to 3 p.m. today at Heritage Funeral Home in Indian Trail. Mrs. Bernabe stepped into the realms of Heaven on September 3, 2009. She was reunited with her husband, Benny Bernabe; her son, Benny, Jr.; her great grandson Alan; and three brothers, James, Donald, and Guy and her sisters, Jewel Miklos, and Mary Kirk Matthews. She was 85 years old. Marjorie was born and raised in the Wesley Chapel/Siler community, and owned the Trailer Beauty Shop in Indian Trail for

over 40 years. She is preceded in death by her husband, Benny Bernabe, her son, Benny Bernabe Jr.; a great-grandson; three brothers, James, Donald and Guy; and two sisters, Jewel Miklos and Mary Kirk Matthews. Her final wish was to donate her body to medical reserch in an attempt to help find a cure for cancer. She is survived by three sisters; Wilene Maness, Geneva Hepp, and Evelyn Marr; a brother, Will Laney; a daughter, Donna Goodwin; four grandchildren; and 10 great grandchildren. In lieu of flowers please send memorials to Medical Center Hospice; 101 Med Tech Parkway; Suite 100; Johnson City, TN

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Michael Jury

Michael Steven Jury, 28, died Sept. 7, 2009 at home. Services were Friday, with entombment in the Sylvan Abbey Mausoleum at Forest Lawn East Cemetery. Born Nov. 17, 1980, in Mecklenburg County, he was the son of Nancy Sue Horne and the late Thomas Michael Jury. Survivors include his wife, Melanie Rudofski, mother, Nancy Sue Horne; sons, Cameron Lee Oakley and Tyler Jacob Oakley; sister, Jessica Jones; brothers, Ryan Jury, Tommy Jury and Jesse Jury; uncle Gary and aunt Tiffany Crump; Aunt Elizabeth and uncle Steve Birmingham; and uncle Kenny Jury. Michael’s wife Melanie Rudofski also survives him. Michael was Funeral The family is in the care of Heritage Funeral

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Doris Evelyn Davis-Cureton Waxhaw Doris Evelyn DavisCureton, 56, died Sept. 4, 2009, at Presbyterian Hospital in Charlotte. Funeral was Tuesday at Marvin AME Zion Church in Waxhaw, with burial in Lakeland Memorial Park in Monroe. Born Oct. 7, 1952, in Union County, she was a daughter of Morden Davis and the late Robert Ardrey. Survivors, in addition to her mother, include two daughters, Cicely Renee Cureton and Tonya Cureton, both of Waxhaw; and four grandchildren. Grier Funeral Service in Monroe is in charge.

Eunice Price LINCOLNTON Eunice Elizabeth Price, 92, of 161 Hillside Drive, Lincolnton, died Friday,

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Mavericks win inaugural SCC girls golf match MINERAL SPRINGS — Marvin Ridge High won the first-ever Southern Carolina Conference girls golf match on Tuesday, shooting a team score of 143 at Stonebridge Golf Club. The Mavericks’ Rachel Walker took medalist honors, shooting a 39 over the par-36 nine holes. The Mavs won by 13 strokes, with Porter Ridge placing second after finishing with a 156. Weddington was third with a 158. Weddington’s Katelyn Demille was second overall with a round of 45. She was followed by Caraline McKirdy of Marvin Ridge, who shot 47. Porter Ridge was led by Avery Kruetter’s 50. Parkwood and Sun Valley also participated. The conference will get together again for a golf match on Monday at Rolling Hills Country Club starting at 3 p.m.

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Top seed Hannah Florian, a junior at Marvin Ridge, celebrates winning a point. The young Mavericks team has started the season 6-0 with just one senior on the roster.

Mavs haven’t lost a set Jamie Belk / Waxhaw Exchange

Weddington sophomore tailback Brandon Little rushed for 108 yards, three touchdowns and a two-point conversion in Weddington’s 28-21 home win against Ardrey Kell on Friday.

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jmurdock@theej.com WEDDINGTON As a 4A school the last four seasons, the Weddington High football team averaged just one league win per year as a member of the Southwestern Conference. The Warriors matched up with one of their former league foes on Friday and pulled out a thrilling 28-21 come-from-behind home win over 4A Ardrey Kell — a team WHS had lost two the last two

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years. “This win gives us a sense of respect,” said WHS senior quarterback Anthony Boone. “We’ve never really had a respected or winning program, but we’ve really worked hard and it’s

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51-yard touchdown run. Little also had a 12-yard run earlier in the drive. Weddington’s next points came off the foot of senior Casey Lang, who converted a 43-yard field goal less than two minutes into the fourth quarter. Lang, a soccer player who is in his first year kicking for the football team, also connected on a Union County-record 57-yard field goal with no

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starting to pay off. Coach (Justin) Hardin is probably one of the best coaches I’ve ever played for. Other coaches are good and have their strong points, but he’s strong all the way around. He knows everything about the game and he’s taught us well.” Trailing 21-10 at the half, the Warriors (3-1) got going in the third quarter when sophomore tailback Brandon Little found a gap up the middle and turned it in to a

ROUGHEDGE Mount Airy High erupted for 20 points in the final two minutes of the first half on the way to a 47-22 road win over Parkwood on Friday. Parkwood took a 10-7 lead with 6:50 left in the second quarter when Marcus Leak beat his defender down the left sideline and scored an 80-yard touchdown on a pass from his brother, Maurice. But the Bears finished the half with four unanswered touchdowns to

take a 34-10 lead into halftime. “Our defense made some big plays, forced some turnovers and we capitalized,” said Mount Airy coach Kelly Holder. “The key to the game was how we kept them out of the end zone in the first quarter.” Parkwood drove down to the Mount Airy 17 on its first drive and got a 34yard field goal from Dylan Hunter for a 3-0 lead. The Rebels got the ball back three downs later when defensive tackle

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Parkwood’s Maurice Leak threw for 293 yards and three TDs Friday, but the Rebels struggled, handing Mount Airy seven turnovers and a 47-22 victory.

Marvin Ridge’s young squad is off to 6-0 start By David Sentendrey

Sports Correspondent MARVIN With only one senior on the roster, the Marvin Ridge girls tennis team has not let youth become a hindrance, and have started the fall season undefeated at 6-0. In his first season as head coach, Michael Watson, who played collegiate tennis at Clemson University, feels fortunate that he has quality athletes with a higher ceiling to grow throughout high school. “We lost a few seniors last year, but we’re very fortunate, we’ve got a very deep team as far as talent,” Watson said. “We’re good this year and we’ll be good for years to come, which is exciting.” The Mavericks have dominated the competition so far. In fact, they haven’t lost a set yet. Their number one seed, hard-hitting junior Hannah Florian, leads Marvin Ridge. “Hannah has really done a phenomenal job,” Watson said. “She’s obviously not a senior, but she’s certainly a leader playing in the number one spot.” Florian, Union County’s player of the year last season, began playing at the age of 8 when her family moved from Columbus, Ohio to North Carolina. “I really like to hit it hard, but I’m working on

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Young pulls hat trick to ignite Mavs Long-passing Marvin Ridge dominates Piedmont in 8-0 victory at home

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Sports Correspondent Marvin Marvin Ridge High proved to be dominant in every phase of the game Tuesday night in an 8-0 home win over Piedmont. Tha Mavericks (3-2-1) ran up and down the field on the Panthers (2-3), using long passes to create scoring opportunities — including the first goal,

Zack Young led Marvin Ridge’s boys in Tuesday’s match, bring the Mavs to 3-2-1. when Garret Condon fired a pass high from the left sideline at about the 40-yard line to the

middle of the field where Zack Young headed the ball into the back of the net for the first his three goals on the night. Ten minutes later Condon and Young reversed roles to put the Panthers at a 2-0 deficit, and then again with eight minutes left in the first half Young took a pass from Condon to put the Mavericks up 3-0 for their halftime lead.

Marvin Ridge only gave Piedmont a few chances to score in the first half, and they were all well defended with the shots on goal only being light balls right at the goalie. The second half wasn’t any different as the Mavs continued to push the ball at a fast pace, going up 4-0 in the first seven minutes of the half with Cleo Kontoulas scoring

off a pass from Young. Kontoulas would finish with two goals for the game, and Condon had a big night with two goals and three assists. Young did not look like he was going to be able to complete the hat trick as the game went along. He had one shot go off the inside left post and back into the field

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Mavs face Parkwood Wednesday Mavs whip Vikings 41-0

Marvin Ridge freshman Mariel Emery is the Mavericks’ fifth seed and, according to coach Michael Watson, a key part of the 6-0 squad’s future success. Emery is a top seed for doubles.

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the 100-yard rushing mark the last two games. “The biggest thing is when (Ogar) finds a hole, he has the ability to explode once he hits it,” said Marvin Ridge coach Scott Chadwick. “He’s really starting to become a weapon for us. (Central Cabarrus) tried to take away (Marvin Ridge receiver) KJ (Brent), and that opened some things up in the run game. I really thought all four of those guys ran the football well.” Chris Ogbana added a 24-yard touchdown catch on a pass from Chandler LeDoyen in the fourth quarter. Senior kicker Matt Frein connected on two field goals and five extra points for the Mavericks, who play at Ardrey Kell next Thursday starting at 7:30 p.m.

CONCORD — The Marvin Ridge High football team continued its dominant defensive play in Friday’s 41-0 road win over Central Cabarrus. The Mavericks, who improved to 4-0, have shut out their last two opponents and are giving up just an average of 3.3 points per game. Mavericks junior running back Kolly Ogar rushed 12 times for 116 yards and a touchdown while senior Dylan Williams had six carries for 34 yards and two touchdowns. Junior David Bryant also added a TD run from two yards out and finished with 32 yards on seven attempts. Mavs quarterback Tyler Chadwick had 60 yards on just five carries. Ogar, who is in his first year as a starter in the backfield, has eclipsed

North Stanley drops Cavs, 37-8 WAXHAW — Jake Tester ran for 152 yards and a touchdown to lead North Stanly to a 37-8 road win over Cuthbertson on Friday. North improved to 1-3 while Cuthbertson is 0-4.

NS- Stevens 12 run (Stevens pass to Strother) Cuth- Paul Sileo 52 pass from Jacob Barfield (Barfield run) NS- Stevens 14 run (pass failed) NS- Tester 5 run (Duke Moua kick) N. Stanly Cuthbertson 18 First Downs 8 43-353 Rushing yards 21-37 136 Passing yards 149 6-13-0 Passing 7-26-3 8-54 Penalties-yards 5-40 4-3 Fumbles-lost 3-1

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Individuals Rushing: North Stanly- Tester 16-152, Stevens 13-82, Sabol 8-77; CuthbertsonJosh Lee 9-20, Barfield 2-16, Michel Mungo 8-1, Lamarr Wade 2-0 Passing: North Stanly- Stevens 5-12-0 115, Sabol 1-1-0 21; CuthbertsonBarfield 6-20-2 138, Austin Hill 1-5-0 11, Lee 0-1-1 0. Receiving: North Stanly- Strother 5-103, Ethan Kuehl 1-33; CuthbertsonBrian Latimore 3-67, Sileo 2-63, Jaylon Stitt 1-11, Mungo 1-8.

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Scoring Summary NS- Jake Tester 43 run (kick failed) NS- Bobby Strother 21 pass from Cameron Sabol (Colby Dunn pass from Doug Stevens) NS- Saftey (Cuthbertson recovers fumble in their end-zone)

being more consistent and just going for my winners when I have the shot,” Florian said. “I’ve definitely been working on more top-spin and getting it in and waiting for the sure-fall to put it away.” Florian has been impressed with how many young players on the team are excelling. “I didn’t have the highest expectation, but everyone has stepped up and worked really hard over the summer,” she said. The Mavericks have been rotating through doubles partners, but Florian appears to have developed chemistry with junior Minali Nigam — the second seed. “I’m good at the net, but I’m not as aggressive so I don’t really poach at the net, ‘cause I get nervous,” Florian said. “Minali has been really good at setting me up so I can go for the poach, and she’s really good at the net too, so when I hit a deep ball she can get up and poach the ball.” Nigam admits that singles matches can be stressful, but that doubles matches require a lot more strategy than just trying to out-hit your opponent. “You have to collaborate and work with your opponent,” Nigam said. She hopes to beat her mental block against certain opponents this season. “For me, it’s just trying to get through the tough points, how to win crucial points,” Nigam said. “So trying to improve my mental game.” Sophomore Danielle David has been making an impact as the number three seed for the Mavericks.

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Mariel Emery. “Starting off, I thought she was very mature for just a freshman as far as in matches,” Watson said. “She was nervous the first match, but then every single match you can tell she had gotten more comfortable playing, just because as a freshman you’re new to the whole high school scene as far as tennis goes.” Emery, who feels her serve is her strongest part of her game, has shared time at the number one doubles with Florian. They teamed to beat Cuthbertson High, 8-3. The Cavs are led by two talented sisters – Kalli and McKenna Karas. “I knew there was an opportunity for me to be competitive and [start in the top six], it was just

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“My first year we had six seniors on the team and they kind of ruled it I guess, they were the leaders,” David said. “I was number six last year and this year moving up three spots, it’s a big leadership switch this year.” As well as the number one through three seeds, Florian, Nigam and David are the three captains for the Mavericks, as voted upon by their teammates. “When you have that type of leadership at your one, two and three it makes a big difference because we’re so young,” Watson said. “We’re a full, young team.” Watson is especially excited for one of his youngest players and her opportunity to grow through Marvin Ridge’s program — freshman fifth seed

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Sun Valley at Vance

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Trey Mobley jumped up and made an impressive one-handed interception that gave his team the ball at the Bears’ 31. But the offense actually went backward and punted away the opportunity. Parkwood kept the pressure on and forced Mount Airy to punt it right back from its own end zone. Marcus Leak returned the punt 14 yards to the Bears’ 26, and after pushing the ball down to Mount’s 13, the Rebels fumbled the ball away. Parkwood fumbled seven times against the defending 1A state champions and lost four of them, while Mount Airy never fumbled. Senior Luke Wheeler did much of the damage for the Bears, scoring three touchdowns in the third quarter on runs of 33, 17 and 19 yards. Mount Airy rushed for 201 yards and passed for 47. The Leak brothers put up big numbers for the Rebels.

The key to our game was that we kept them out of our end zone in the first quarter.

— Mount Airy coach Kelly Holder Maurcus Leak, a junior receiver, caught seven passes for 201 yards while Maurice, a senior QB, completed 11-of-21 passes for 293 yards. Junior tight end Vodrick Huntley showed good speed on his 35yard touchdown catch in the third quarter, and junior receiver Deonte Hiatt added a 38-yard TD catch in the fourth. “Parkwood has so many good athletes,” said Holder, whose team has now won 20 games in a row. “It’s a big win for us.” Parkwood, now 2-2 on the season, is at Northwest Cabarrus next week.

Cevallos for 8th goal Soccer from 13 of play, but he would not quit and while fighting for a ball with less than 13 minutes remaining, he was tripped and awarded a penalty shot. Young converted with ease with a a low shot into the right side of the net to put Marvin Ridge up 7-0. With mostly backups in, the Mavericks scored a final goal as

Nick Cevallos connected off a pass from Colin Kelleher. Marvin Ridge has faced a demanding schedule, and scored only seven goals altogether in the first five matches. The Mavs played without leading scorer Matt Risher. Piedmont will try to get back on track today with a home game against Cuthbertson starting at 6 p.m. The Panthers have lost three straight since opening the season with two blowout wins.

a matter of me taking it upon myself to get to where I want to be,” Emery said. The Mavericks stayed unbeaten with a 9-0 win over Sun Valley Wednesday, even though their top four seeds sat out. To win the Southern Carolina 3A/4A Conference, the Mavericks will have to go through Weddington. The two teams meet on Sept. 21. “They’re good,” Watson said. “I’ve watched them play already; they’re deep like we are. They’ve got a strong one and two just like we do, and they’re going to be tough. We’re going to have to play hard to compete.” The Mavericks will travel to face Charlotte Latin on Tuesday, and Parkwood Wednesday.

Next week: Warriors face Hunter Huss Weddington from 13 time left on the clock at the end of the first half. Down 21-20, Weddington’s defense turned in a big play when sophomore defensive back Cole Finch picked off a pass at the Knights’ 20-yard line. Finch returned it to the 13-yard line, and on the Warriors’ first offensive play, Little turned the corner around the left side for a 13-yard TD. He then ran in the two-point conversion for the final points of the game. After totaling just two yards on five carries in the opening half, Little finished the game with 108 yards and three touchdowns on 16 touches. “We weren’t doing what we were supposed to be doing in the first half, so we came out and did what we were coached to do and just made some adjustments,” said Little. “It was all the (offensive) line in the second half. The holes were there and I just hit them.” The Knights (1-2) had three more offensive possessions, but Weddington’s defense never broke. One drive resulted in a missed field goal and the other two ended by turning the ball over on downs, including the last with under a minute to play. “A lot of schools don’t respect us,” said Little. “If we can keep doing what we did tonight, then we’ll get that respect.” Ardrey Kell tailback Justus Pickett stood out by rushing 26 times for 203 yards, including an 85-yard TD run in the first half. Weddington plays at home again against Hunter Huss next Friday starting at 7:30 p.m.


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069 Appliances Refrigerator & Stoves $99.99 Washers & Dryers $79.99 704-649-3821 White Kenmore Washer & Dryer, $200 for both good cond (704)882-2710

071 Furniture A beautiful 6 pcs. Cherry set brand new in boxes, Must sell $425 (704)9188401 A Brand New Queen Pillow Top mattress set still in plastic $150, (704)9988044

090 Miscellaneous Metal Roofing 3ft wide $1.40 LF 1-803-789-5500

FINANCIAL 104 Bus. Opportunities

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Always a good policy, especially for business opportunities and franchises. Call NC Attorney General at (919)-716-6000 or the Federal Trade Commission at (877)-FTCHELP for free information;

104 Bus. Opportunities or visit our Web site at www.ftc.gov/bizop. N.C. law requires sellers of certain business opportunities to register with NC Attorney General before selling. Call to verify lawful registration before you buy.

108 Money To Loan Advance Fee Loans or Credit Offers Companies that do business by phone can’t ask you to pay for credit before you get it. For more information, call toll-free 1-877-FTC-HELP. A public service message from The Enquirer-Journal and The Federal Trade Commission.

109 REAL ESTATE REAL ESTATE - RENT 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

114 Houses For Rent

114 Houses For Rent

2 brick house 1750sf & 2012sf, both have cent. H/A, 3br 2ba, garages, stor. blds, $920 & $980mo (704)847-6561

Need to rebuild your credit? Let us build your new home while you build your credit Call to see if you qualify? 704-233-0236

2450sf house up to 5br, 2.5ba, Wingate area, in ground pool, $1350mo. +dep (704)291-7296

Owner financing 3br 2.5ba town home. $149,900.00 owner financing available. 4005 F Christine Lane Waxhaw NC (Alma Village) Call 704-609-5463

3br 2ba homes Monroe Wingate & Waxhaw $500 to $800 (704)283-2286 3br 2ba Parkwood / Prospect Sch private large yard $850mo + $850 dep. (704)254-3610 A brick ranch 3br 2ba cent H/A, quiet culde sac, $750mo, dep + ref’s 704624-2749 A very nice 2br 1ba Marshville $600mo. dep & ref’s req’d. (704)624-2119 or 704-624-2095 Mineral Springs $1,495 mo. 3br 3ba 2 car gar. 3000 sf brick home, lg lot w/pasture, good for horses Indian Trail- 3br 1ba 1000sf detached gar. $750mo. Austin Rentals (704)289-6531 To Subscribe Call 704-261-2219

Waxhaw 3br 2.5ba kit, dining, den w/fp, all appliances & yard maintenance include $1195mo. Sherin Realty (704)882-1634

116 Rooms For Rent Clean furnished room w/private bath Wingate $100 wkly Incl, all utilities, internet. 704-233-4021

REAL ESTATE - SALE 126 Houses For Sale $8,000 Tax Credit to buy your first home Call to see if you may qualify New Homes Available from $129,900 Leon 704607-2602

MOBILE HOMES 138 Mobile Homes - Rent 2 & 3 BR mobile homes on 1ac lots 10 min from Monroe cross NC/SC line. call (843)672-7445 Atkinson Rentals

Wingate: 2 mo free rent 3BR 2BA $600 2BR 2BA $525 Cent H/A. No pets. 704-451-8408

140 Mobile Homes - Sale $500.00 DN moves you in. Call and ask me how. 704-225-8850 For Sale 3br 2ba Monroe w/1 acre for limited time only. No money down 100% financing OAC Qualifiers for $8,000 Gov. Rebate (704)320-4878

★★★★★★★★★★★ 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 ★★★★★★★★★★★

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Newly Remodeled Townhouse 2bd/1.5 ba $600mo. 704-283-3097

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

$12,000 704-651-9644

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92.61 acres near Wingate University good frontage $795,000 HERITAGE REALTY 704-289-5596

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Let us help your dreams come true . . . Check out these fantastic homes and land deals in our area!

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

Call Remax Executive: 704.602.8295, Lara Taylor

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

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.

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

$169,000

7321 Morgan Mill Road All Brick 3 Br, 3.5 Ba Home, approx 3200 htd sq ft, on approx 6 acres! HUGE eat-in Gourmet kitchen, Sunroom overlooking pool, Office/Bonus room, HUGE laundry room w/ Island, 9’ ceilings and more! Piedmont Schools, 20 x 40 Inground Pool, Great place for Horses. $329,900. Owner/NC Broker

704-661-2551 Reasonable Real Estate Fees mailto:spring@strandcastles.com

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881 Clonmel Drive • Desired Shannamara Golf Community Breathtaking brick home w/open floor plan. Master on main. Gourmet kitchen w/extras. Oversize bedrooms & Loft. Beautiful landscape w/deck, & in-ground pool. Fenced yard w/ mature trees behind for privacy. For more information and virtual tour visit http://www.MyRealtorMichael.com/ Offered at $399,900

Michael Calabrese 704-231-7750

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.

Janet & Bob’s Foreclosures 704-282-9338

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

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

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.

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

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.

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

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

Lot $30,000 5930 Timbertop Lane Charlotte, NC 28215 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

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

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

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

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