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MUMPO endorses bypass route Three Union County towns only ones to vote against preferred path BY JASON deBRUYN

jdebrurn@theej.com MONROE The recommended Monroe Parkway route has received another vote of approval. The Mecklenburg-Union Metropolitan Planning Organization, or MUMPO, approved Route D for what

was formerly referred to as the Monroe bypass and connector by a 35-3 margin on Sept. 16. There are only 17 voting bodies, but some, like Charlotte, have multiple votes. The dissenting votes were from representatives of Stallings, Indian Trail and Wesley Chapel. “We objected on the ba-

sis that our business park was going to be bisected,” said Indian Trail Mayor John Quinn, who is the town’s MUMPO representative. The N.C. Turnpike Authority already gave a preliminary recommendation to Route D and is expected to give a preferred recom-

mendation this fall. It will then make a final route decision in the second quarter of 2010 in what is called the “record of decision.” This will be the final decision and will set construction time lines into motion. “It’s just another step toward the realization of the

Monroe Parkway,” Monroe Councilman and MUMPO representative Bob Smith said. “We just need to keep pushing forward.” MUMPO also recommended an interchange at U.S. Highway 601, something Smith called a “nobrainer.” “I wasn’t aware that

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was even in question,” he added. Initially there were some environmental concerns about the interchange, but not enough to eliminate it as an exit. There are eight exits proposed off the parkway.

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Students adapting to new schools Editor’s note: This is part two of a five-part series about how school reassignment affects students. BY TIFFANY LANE

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also 30, of Cornelius, came in just over a second later. Dale Mosher, 57, of Anderson, S.C., was third. In the women’s category, Charlotte resident Stephanie Hucko, 38, took home first at one hour and 17 seconds. Tanya Houghton, 41, of Weddington came in second,

MONROE Before school started last month, six students affected by school reassignment in Union County shared their expectations and offered their hesitations about transferring to a new school. Some were excited, others nervous. A couple claimed they were anxious because of rumors they heard about their new schools. The main concern for all students was leaving friends behind. (Second in line for those entering middle school was remembering locker combinations.) A few students were involved in their old schools, but a couple said they aren’t the drama or sports types. Words they used to describe themselves ranged

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Carrie Furr of Stallings participates in the cycling portion of last weekend’s Cane Creek Triathlon at Cane Creek Park in southern Union County.

Indian Trail’s Jim Rhodes takes first place in Cane Creek Park event BY TIFFANY LANE

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WAXHAW “Let’s go, let’s go! Be strong, run it in!” Camera-clutching family members lined the street, cheering on their favorite sweaty runners with decorated signs and encouraging applause. The Cane Creek Triathlon drew more than 1,000 people Saturday; 545 participated in the

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race. Competitors swam 750 meters, biked 14 miles and ended with a 5-kilometer run. Holding a cup of water after the race, Philip Creasman of Hendersonville said swimming is his best sport; he got hours of practice during his days in the U.S. Navy. “When I get out of the water, it gets hard,” he said. Ed Modzelewski of

Charlotte, on the other hand, said swimming was “miserable.” “I can’t wait to get out of the water and on my bike so I can start passing people instead of being passed,” he said. By 10:30 a.m., Modzelewski had finished the race, but others were still running. Nearing the finish line, some sprinted to get the best time possible. Others were red in the face,

panting to catch their breath. Participants ranged in age from 11-year-old Elizabeth Hefron of Waxhaw to 68-year-old Bill Whorley of Greensboro, Ga. Those who were somewhere in the middle took home the awards. Jim Rhodes, 30, of Indian Trail, took first place for men at one hour and 13 seconds. Second-place triathlete Brad Wickard,

Free help with auto maintenance Stallings’ Next Level Church offers ‘mechanics ministry’ to neighbors in need BY TIFFANY LANE

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MONROE Kathy Johnston moved from Georgia to Matthews seven years ago to take a job as an office manager. She was laid off on Good Friday and moved from a two-bedroom to one-bedroom apartment to save money for her and her 9-year-old son. “It was hard to swallow,” she said. “It was very

scary.” Johnston took a parttime job at Walgreens three weeks ago, but said her 1997 Ford Taurus has taken a hard hit. “It hadn’t been worked on in quite some time, just because I haven’t been able to afford it,” she said. “Everything you work for goes into bills.” But that doesn’t mean it isn’t getting maintenance. Johnston is one of sev-

eral people in the area being served by a car maintenance program started by Next Level Church in Stallings. Volunteers from the church target families who can’t afford to fix their vehicles on their own. Many participants are single moms; others are college students or married couples who must spend money elsewhere. Some volunteers are mechanics; some work

on cars as a hobby. The owners pay for parts and volunteers provide free labor. Matt Bell is one of those volunteers. The full-time design engineer said he first learned how to work on cars from his grandfather, who was a mechanic. “He instilled the no fear, take it apart, see how it works, put it back together” mentality, he said, adding that he was “built”

to fix things. With the economic downturn, he said a family could be forced to choose between groceries or getting new brakes. “I don’t believe that people should be faced with that decision,” he said, and works to ensure families can get where they need to go.

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Wednesday: Barbecued chicken, pork chopper on, whole wheat bun, quick baked potatoes, veggie dipper, peaches, fruit, yeast roll Thursday: Hamburger on whole, wheat bun, macaroni and cheese with ham, green beans, glazed carrots, mixed green salad, fruited gelatin, fruit, muffin Friday: Cheese pizza, fish sandwich, potato bites, coleslaw, strawberry cups, fruit Monday: Chicken patty, sandwich, soft taco, pinto beans, salad, peaches, fruit, sesame seed roll Tuesday: Cheese stix dippers, turkey tetrazzini, baked potatoes, green beans, salad, pineapple, bananas, red grapes, fruit, muffin Sept. 30: Cheeseburger on a bun, hot dog on a bun, baked

beans, potato salad, coleslaw, chips, fruited gelatin, fruit

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Wednesday: Barbecued chicken, pork chopper on, whole wheat bun, quick baked baked beans, potatoes, veggie dipper, peaches, fruit, yeast roll Thursday: Hamburger on whole, wheat bun, macaroni and cheese with ham, green beans, glazed carrots, mixed green salad, fruited gelatin, fruit, muffin Friday: Cheese pizza, fish sandwich, potato bites, prince edward, blend, coleslaw, strawberry cups, fruit Monday: Chicken patty sandwich, soft taco, pinto beans, California blend, salad, peaches, fruit, sesame seed roll Tuesday: Cheese stix dip-

pers, turkey tetrazzini, baked potatoes, green beans, salad, pineapple, bananas, red grapes, fruit, muffin Sept. 30: Cheeseburger on a bun, hot dog on a bun, baked beans, potato salad, coleslaw, chips, fruited gelatin, fruit

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Wednesday: Spaghetti and, meat sauce, yogurt cup/turkey, on whole wheat, bread, oven roasted, potatoes, California blend, caesar salad, watermelon, fruit, french bread Thursday: Oven fried chicken, veggie sub, 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, broccoli salad, peach

cup, fruit Monday: Chicken nuggets with barbecue sauce, hamand-cheese-stuffed spud, corn, peas, caesar salad, watermelon, fruit, yeast roll Tuesday: Lasagna, barbecue on roll, potato bites, steamed broccoli, coleslaw, cantaloupe chunks, fruit, garlic bread Sept. 30: Soft taco, cheese stix dippers, refried beans, Capri blend, Mexican garden salad, pear halves, fruit

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Wednesday: Cheetos/baked juicy juice Thursday: Assorted breakfast, cereals, milk Friday: Pretzels, juicy juice, Monday: Cheez-it, milk Tuesday: Multi grain chips, juice Sept. 30: Bug bites, milk

Grey Seal Puppets to perform for kids MONROE The Union County Community Arts Council will present the Grey Seal Puppets production of “Tangle of Tales” for Union County youth on October 6-7 at the Central Academy of Technology and Arts on Brewer Drive. The puppet show is open to the public. “Tangle of Tales” is a series of three favorite folk tales from around the world that come to life with a taste of the new. Using a variety of puppet styles, “The Frog Prince” from Germany, “The Billy Goats Gruff ” from Scandinavia and “The Three Little Pigs” from England are each told in a manner designed especially for pre-

school children, ages 3 to 5, with an emphasis on story-telling and audience participation. “This program is another way that the Arts Council provides cultural arts opportunities for residents of Union County,” Arts Council executive director Barbara Faulk said in a press release. “We begin at a very early age to expose children to the arts so that they may develop a lifetime of arts appreciation.” The shows begin at 10 a.m. each day and are open to the public. Tickets are $5 for children and adults. Call 704-2832784 or e-mail uccac@ aol.com for ticket information.

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School board approves make-up days Spring break, Memorial Day will not be used to catch up if snow affects schedule

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MONROE Union County Public Schools will keep its hands off spring break and Memorial Day as make-up days for the 200910 school year. Potential make-up days, although not the first choice, could extend the school year or require students to attend on Good Friday. The school board approved this year’s calendar on Sept. 15 after asking several principals and the calendar committee for input. The calendar committee consists of principals, parents, students, teachers, central staff and a Board of Education member. Both Memorial Day and the final day of spring

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The 2009-10 calendar adopted by the Union County Board of Education includes the following: • Removing April 8 and 9 — the last two days of spring break — as make-up days for traditional schools • Make-up days for traditional schools are Feb. 19, March 5 and April 30. Possible additional days are April 2 and June 11. Graduations are scheduled no earlier than June 12. • Removing Dec. 21 and 22 as make-up days for year-round schools • Make-up days for year-round schools are Feb. 19 and May 7. Possible additional days are April 2, June 9-11. • If April 2, Good Friday, is used as a make-up day, April 5 — the first day of spring break — might be considered a holiday. • March 5, if needed for a make-up day, will be a half day to accommodate an annual conference • Saturdays might also be used as make-up days if used within the week of the missed day break were used as makeup snow days last spring. Many parents disapproved, but some school officials said there is a limited number of days to

be used. Testing, teacher workdays and high school graduations must all be factored in. The new calendar includes two make-up days

set aside for year-round schools and three for traditional schools. Any days needed after that are at Superintendent Ed Davis’ discretion. Board member Carolyn Lowder was the only one to oppose the new calendar, saying it was “a vote of sympathy for Dr. Davis.” Because additional days will be at his discretion, Lowder said he will have no “defense” against anyone angry over designated days. “There’s no calendar out there that somebody won’t be mad at,” she said. In the past, the calendar committee has chosen all make-up days. Board of Education Chairman Dean Arp said leaving additional days up to Davis will allow for

Alzheimer’s Memory Walk Saturday a.m. in Monroe By Tiffany Lane

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MONROE More than 750 Union County residents are living with Alzheimer’s disease, according to the Alzheimer’s Association’s Western Carolina Chapter. As the seventh leading cause of death in the nation, Alzheimer’s affects 5.3 million Americans. Someone develops the disease every 70 seconds. With numbers expected to increase, association spokeswoman Becca Carpenter said this year’s Memory Walk is more important than ever. The Memory Walk is the nation’s largest event to raise awareness of the disease. “Funds raised will pro-

vide support services to the 93,000 individual residents of North Carolina living with Alzheimer’s while also contributing to critically needed research,” Carpenter said in a press release. Since 1989, the walk has raised more than $260 million nationwide. By Wednesday, the Alzheimer’s Association Web site reported that the Union County walk has raised $4,261 so far. The goal is $10,000 — $2,000 more than last year. Carpenter said Union County has 15 teams, but many people register the day of the event. Last year, the county had 12 teams. In addition to the onemile walk, walkers can enjoy festival games,

food and live music by the Nightly Crew. Special guests will include Monroe Mayor Bobby Kilgore, Monroe Police Chief Debra Duncan and Union County Sheriff Eddie Cathey. Donations can be made to the Alzheimer’s Association Western Carolina Chapter, 3800 Shamrock Drive, Charlotte, NC 28215. Online donations are also accepted. Donors are to indicate which team or walker they are supporting. The Memory Walk will be held from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday in downtown Monroe. To register for the walk, visit www.alz. org/northcarolina or contact Carpenter at 704-5327373.

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lead to “just as bad or worse attendance” as the system had during the spring break makeup day. Using a Saturday would be “blowing off a day of instruction,” she said. Average daily attendance is about 95 percent, Davis said, but dipped into the 80s during spring break. Memorial Day wasn’t much better, and several teachers were out that day. “I’m real happy Memorial Day is off the list,” school board member Laura Minsk said. Minsk spoke against Memorial Day being used as a make-up day earlier this year. Full calendars are found at www.ucps.k12. nc.us.

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Auto Continued from Page 1A Johnston said she uses her car to run errands, take her son to school or go to work to pay for the car. Next Level volunteers have worked on her car several times. Bell planned to stop by again Wednesday, but said it wasn’t safe for Johnston to drive her son to school that morning and came by Tuesday night, too. “You don’t find people like that anymore,” Johnston said, adding the volunteers have saved her at least $500. Volunteer Jason Lock said maintenance can include oil changes, air conditioner inspections, valve repairs, changing spark plugs and a number of other adjustments. Lock works as a technical service representative for a chemical company, but spends about 15 hours every month

on car repairs. Several of his clients are single moms. With a wife and two children of his own, Lock said “even with two parents, life gets awful busy.” Church volunteers are “just a few guys with a common interest,” he said, who want to use their skills. Church volunteer coordinator Melissa Jackson said the program grew out of the church’s home maintenance projects. “These guys just want to serve, just want to work on cars and be of some help,” she said. “Not to stereotype, but women tend to not know a ton about cars.” Jackson puts herself in that category and said car maintenance is generally something her husband does. Jennifer Boone said neither she nor her husband are car savvy. Her husband, who works as a manager at a cafe and bakery, has a 1996 Jeep Grand Cherokee that

has been the subject of several maintenance sessions. The needed repairs came right after the couple bought a car for Boone, eating up part of her income. Boone is a stay-at-home mom, but works part time at a day care. The program “couldn’t have come at a better time,” Boone said. Although the couple has found ways to be more “thrifty,” Boone said car repairs aren’t exactly in the budget. “You can tinker on it all you want,” she told volunteers. If maintenance on a car is necessary and a family “absolutely can’t afford” to fix it, Jackson said, the church will come up with a plan to fix the car, whether through payment plans or church donations. For more information, call Next Level Church at 704-841-6133. — Tiffany Lane can be reached at 704-261-2229 or tlane@theej.com.

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Jason Lock works to remove an oxygen sensor from a Ford Taurus. Lock, a member of Next Level Church, is part of a group of auto-minded men who help struggling families keep their cars running.

Stallings candidate forum Thursday BY TIFFANY LANE

tlane@theej.com STALLINGS What do you want to know about potential Stallings representatives? The League of Women Voters will have a candidate forum on Thursday, giving residents a chance to ask their burning questions. There are four people in the race for mayor and nine hoping to win one of four seats on the Town Council. Council members Wyatt Dunn and Al Graham are up for re-election. Councilman Mark Franza will not run again, and

Councilwoman Barbara Anne Price is running for mayor. Hot button topics, according to the candidates, include the Monroe bypass, Stallings Road projects, new business and the tax rate. Providing quality schools and parks is also at the top of the list. Those who attend the forum can submit questions on index cards prior to the event. The questions will be combined, edited where needed and asked by a moderator. “It’s an opportunity for me to let people know who I am and what I stand

for,” write-in candidate Harry Stokes said, adding that he is anxious to hear residents’ concerns. Stokes has lived in Stallings for 20 years but is new to politics. He said he has done a lot of research into the town’s issues and anticipates several questions about the Monroe bypass. Stokes said he hopes residents don’t simply choose sides in the election, but elect their representatives based on the issues at hand and who is best qualified to address them. Mayoral candidate Lucy Drake, a former Stallings mayor, and council candidate Jerry Nolan said they have seen some negative publicity about candidates and want to set the record straight. Drake said the forum will let people “form their own opinion.”

Who is running? For mayor: Incumbent Lynda Paxton Louis Philippi Barbara Anne Price Lucy Drake For council: Incumbent Al Graham Incumbent Wyatt Dunn Jerry Nolan Reed Esarove Michael Matlock Jason Klingler Doug Hutton Paul Frost Harry Stokes Drake expects to hear questions about the bypass as well as the recently proposed Chestnut Lane connector and improved Stallings Road intersections. “I hope we stick to the issues,” she said, adding that she would rather

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MONROE Union County’s groundwater will be tested for arsenic, and the results could affect where water pipes are laid. Health Department director Phillip Tarte called it a “good public health study” that could show correlations between local diseases, especially Alzheimer’s, and water contaminants. Duke University will help with the two-year study. Tarte said he hopes to find nothing wrong, but knows there are areas with arsenic up to 14 parts per billion, a level he called very high. If study results show that water quality could be affected based on where pipes are laid, Tarte said he hopes to have that added as a consideration for how infrastructure is planned. “We would love for (the study) to say there is no harm,” Tarte said. If the public health could be positively affected, however, “that could be part of the benefit. ... If we have the evidence, let that be another factor.” The Health Department applied for, but was denied, a federal grant. The study is still in an infancy stage and surveyors will take samples in three-month intervals. Tarte said he has seen examples of arsenic levels dropping significantly just by running more water, something else he would like to investigate. — Staff Writer Jason deBruyn


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Library collecting Hugo memories Hurricane that struck Union County 20 years ago subject of scrapbrook project

BY ELISABETH ARRIERO

earriero@theej.com MONROE Hugo wasn’t supposed to be a name sealed in the memories of those living in North Carolina in the late 1980s. North Carolina is too far up the Atlantic Coast and the Charlotte area is too far inland to ever experience the true force of such a powerful hurricane, residents reasoned. Sure there’d be rain, the forecasters said. But it’d probably be like that of a regular thunderstorm. And although there was a possibility of winds around 80 mph, the papers predicted most winds wouldn’t reach that speed. They were wrong. When Hugo made landfall in South Carolina as

a Category 4, it became increasingly obvious Hugo was a different kind of storm. Mostly because of storm surge, the outer bands of the storm caused significant damage to the N.C. coastline, including Brunswick County and the Outer Banks. During the early morning of Sept. 22, 1989, Hugo raced inland toward Charlotte, where it had sustained winds of 69 mph and gusts of 87 mph. Damages totaled $1 billion in North Carolina and 29 counties were declared federal disaster areas. Despite the mark Hugo left on North Carolina history, Union County genealogy and local history librarian Patricia Poland said she found little on file about the storm when she

began preparing for the 20th anniversary. Besides a couple clippings from The Enquirer-Journal, the Union Observer and the Charlotte Observer, there was no written record that Hugo ever happened. “So I started thinking, ‘Why not ask the community to share some of their pictures and stories?’” she said. “I realized it was 20 years ago, and 20 years from now people are going to want to know what happened here.” On Aug. 29, the library had a writing workshop led by Margaret Bigger, author of “Recalling Your Memories on Paper, Tape or Videotape,” which encouraged residents to write about their memories of Hugo. Seven

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people attended the workshop, and seven county residents who didn’t attend the workshop also sent photos, Poland said. Poland said she plans to put residents’ stories and pictures into a scrapbook that will reside in the library. She expects the project to be finished by June and is still accepting stories and photos from the public. “I’m happy with what has come in,” she said. “I think in the long run, it will be very good, and 20 years from now, people will be very happy to have this resource.” To contribute to the scrapbook, call Patricia Poland at 704-283-8184, ext 224. — Elisabeth Arriero can be reached at 704-261-2226 or earriero@theej.com.

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Excerpts from resident-submitted accounts of Hurricane Hugo at the Aug. 29 writing workshop “Of course, I had shut and locked the doors and windows but Hugo didn’t come. At 4 a.m. he came knocking and when I didn’t let him in, he came in any way — around the window frames, through the panels in the front door. And after bombarding the upstairs porch and tunneling through to the rafters, he dripped rather rapidly down on my stairs.... ‘Ken, get some towels!’... We headed for the living room and started on the puddle under the windows. After going through several towels and getting no where I stopped and stood back. ‘Ken, there’s not enough towels to sop up a whole hurricane!’ So we sat back down on the sofa and waited for daylight.” — Sylvia Lynch, Indian Trail “‘Oh no! The old oak tree has fallen and crushed our barn!’ Those were Walter’s first words as daylight began to break after one [of] the longest nights of our lives. Hurricane Hugo had walloped Union County like a freight train running out of control.” — Ann Stewart, Indian Trail

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f you had asked me last week whether I was happy with my health insurance, I would have shrugged and said, “Sure.” I am, as I explained to Brian, my Anthem customer service representative on Friday, “generally disgustingly healthy.” I’m 33 and I’ve never thought much about my own insurance. Instead, I tend to think of health care as a fairly abstract national debate, something that affects me as a citizen, but not in a personal, concrete way. On Thursday, I went to the doctor for a check-up and mentioned offhandedly that I found a lump in my breast a few weeks ago. Forgive me if this is too much information, but most breasts are lumpy. Women get lumpy or ropy or thickened spots off and on through the course of our lives. This has happened to me before, and it turned out to be nothing. So, despite the fact that I wear my pink-ribboned, Susan G. Komen-approved socks about once a week and do regular breast self-exams, I was stupid about finding the lump. Eh, I thought. I’ll get that looked at sometime. My physician’s assistant was not so sanguine. She gave me a very firm “you idiot” look and said that she was ordering a mammogram and a breast ultrasound. So, on Tuesday, I took my insurance out for its first real test drive. But before that, Monday was a busy day. Here’s why: I have an acquaintance who has been through medical hell and back, and one of the things I learned from her is that you need to find out what things cost up front. She was supposed to get a cardiac stress test last year. For a lot of people, this is where it starts and ends: “I’m sick. I need treatment.” And then they get the treatment, and then they get the bill, and they pay, or negotiate with the hospital, or slog along under mountainous debt. Not she. Nope, she asked what the test would cost. The testing center quoted $3,500. Even with her insurance coverage’s 80/20 split, that would have come out to $700 out of pocket (assuming she’d met her deductible). For a test. Not for treatment. For a lot of people, this is where it would stop. “This is what my doctor/the hospital/ the insurance company says it will cost. I’m sick. I need treatment. I’ll figure out the bill somehow.” “Nope,” she said. “Can’t afford it.” This is where a lot of other people stop. This is where the story about old people skipping their pills or cutting their dosage in half kicks in. We want to be healthy, but we want to eat and have shelter, too. So we place our bets and hope. “We should not, as consumers, especially if we have insurance, we should not have to do all of this,” my acquaintance said. But she did. And then she did something extraordinary. She called around to every hospital and cardiac clinic in our area, gave them the insurance company’s coding on the test, and got price quotes. In the end, the lowest quote was $900. People have bought me lunch for telling this story. It is genuinely amazing, because it seems like such a Davidand-Goliath, mythical event, the story of someone actually negotiating the national health insurance maze and emerging triumphant. With that in mind, I called my insurance guys. “So, do I need pre-approval for this?” I asked Brian. “No, not if it stems from a medical issue,” he said. “You’d

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have to pay if it’s preventative.” In our conversation, I learned that I have not yet met my $500 deductible for the year, so I’ll have to pay most of the cost of these tests out of pocket. (Fine. I stash $500 in my healthcare savings account each year for this precise reason.) I also learned that, yes, CMCUnion, where I’m scheduled to have the tests, seems to be in network (good) and that we probably have a negotiated rate (also good), but Brian could not discover what it was because Brian works for Anthem, and Anthem is just my insurance company. My plan administrator is Blue Cross/Blue Shield of North Carolina, and they negotiate the rates. But to be really sure, Brian said, call CMC’s billing department. I checked Anthem’s treatment cost estimator. An in-network mammogram costs between $104 and $145. An in-network breast ultrasound costs between $310 and $434. I would be getting a deal if I paid $414. I will be around the maximum if I’m charged $579. I called Friday evening and asked for the billing department. They wouldn’t be back in until Monday. OK, well, I had Monday off, so that’s fine. I can figure this out then, but it’s cutting things a little close if they charge more than the $600 or so that I can afford to pay right now. And what if they do? My friends were aghast. “I can’t believe that’s a $500 lump you’ve found,” my friend Stephanie wrote in an e-mail. She’s a little older than I am, a graduate student. “I couldn’t get it looked at. Literally could not afford to have the test. That’s terrifying. I’m sure that everyone has terrifying stories about HMOs, too, but I have to say that, with all of my tests and procedures and therapy, etc, I haven’t paid one red cent for health care since I got signed up with mine in 2003. I’m wonder what would happen if those tests found anything really wrong with me, but as it is, this HMO has been a wonderful thing. It just sucks beyond the telling that it’s not available to everyone, every day.” I’ve never been part of an HMO, so I’m taking Stephanie’s word for it, just as I hope that you will take mine as I tell you what it’s like to be insured through a PPO. And, obviously, this is the prologue. I wasn’t sure what I was going to learn (the tests turned out to be negative), or what I would think at the end of the process. I do know that this experience is a backhanded blessing. One of the problems with the national discussion about health care is how much it focuses on broad, abstract points, and how little we talk about the nuts and bolts. I think, if we did, it would be clear that it’s not working as well as it should. If we are to believe the polls that say 80 percent of Americans want health care reform, then I suspect there are a lot of other stories out there. I’m telling mine. I’d like to hear yours, good and bad. What works? What fails? What do you think? — Send your stories to bodonovan@theej.com or call 704-261-2223. Please indicate whether they are for publication; letters over 200 words will be edited to fit available space.

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At the August 11, 2009, Indian Trail Town Council meeting, Councilwoman Shirley Howe discussed a request for public information she submitted in early July. She wanted copies of all of my emails resulting from my correspondence with Family Circle Magazine and my work to promote the town for the magazine’s annual “Best Places” article. My efforts to promote the town were apparently effective and successful as Indian Trail was named as one of the select ten communities to receive the “Best Places” designation. The last e-mail I received from Family Circle recognized my “dedication and enthusiasm” in promoting the town. Council members Howe

and Schallenkamp have accused me of trying to prevent the town from receiving the “Best Places” designation. At the meeting, I asked Mrs. Howe why she wanted the e-mails. Immediately, town attorney Keith Merritt spoke up and said citizens asking for public information didn’t have to explain why they wanted it. Mrs. Howe went on to say that she (not the council) wanted them to review at her leisure. At the September 8, 2009, meeting, I turned over a disc on which I copied all e-mails I had received, as per Mrs. Howe’s request. Within a few days however, I received an e-mail from the town attorney questioning whether I had provided all the documents requested and asking for the e-mails again. I responded

that I had already provided what had been requested. Mr. Merritt and Mrs. Howe have now placed this back on the agenda for the Tuesday 9/22 meeting. Has Mrs. Howe hired the town attorney to review the e-mails for her or is he billing the town the customary $200 per hour? If it is the former, would it not be a conflict of interest? If it is the latter, why was there not full disclosure of the council’s intent at the original meeting and why was the request described as “personal” by Mrs. Howe? I asked Mr. Merritt how many hours of his time he had been authorized to spend on what I called a “farce.” He failed to respond to the question. John Quinn Mayor, Indian Trail


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County water allocation plan gets OK Commissioners approve policy that favors shovel-ready projects over stalled ones

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ment to allocate water capacity to projects that are shovel-ready or have begun construction. Work for the plan was first put in motion in February 2008 when the board acknowledged that peak demand at times exceeded available capacity. The board adopted a plan on Oct. 20, 2008, but economic conditions slowed projects that received water allocation and capac-

ity was given out but not being used. This led the board on April 8 to call for a revision of the plan; that revision was adopted Monday by a 3-2 vote. “I think this is the wrong approach,” Commissioner Parker Mills said. Mills and Commissioner Allan Baucom have long been against revising the plan. Commissioner Lanny Openshaw said that it

Video gambling not good bet in Raleigh By Billy Ball

Correspondent RALEIGH — State lawmakers might soon consider a bill that would open the door for North Carolina to cash in on the reportedly growing videogame gambling industry, but some local legislators aren’t buying. “There’s probably maybe 10 percent of people in the General Assembly, House and Senate, that favor that kind of stuff,” said N.C. Rep. Pryor Gibson, D-Anson. “It’s not many at all.” A measure put forth this spring by Rep. Earl Jones, D-Guilford, would legalize the machines and allow the state to collect tax dollars from gaming companies presumably operating illicitly in North Carolina, legislators say. All told, the state could bring in an additional $480 million in annual revenue and create between 25,000 and 30,000 jobs statewide, according to Jones. That would be a major boon in a year when North Carolina’s budget deficit soared into the billions. But Gibson said the backing for Jones’ House Bill 1537 was minimal when the legislature adjourned earlier this year. “I didn’t detect any interest at all in the actual

Triathlon Continued from Page 1A and Charlotte resident Jocelyn Sikora, 25, took home third. Many participants were from Union County; Monroe, Marvin, Indian Trail, Stallings, Weddington and Waxhaw were all represented. Others hailed from Statesville, WinstonSalem, Belmont, Cary and Chapel Hill; dozens came from Charlotte. Sammy Vail drove from Wilmington to see her daughter-in-law compete. Leaning against a fence, she watched the road, waiting for a green sweatband to appear over the hill. Nearby, Jeff Blake of Charlotte held his camera ready for when his wife ran by. He said he has never competed in a triathlon — ”I’m not a swimmer” — but this is his wife’s second. The competition also drew racers from Virginia, Kentucky, Florida, Illinois and one from California. Once they passed the finish line, competitors searched for familiar faces in the crowd. Family and friends held out their arms for sweaty hugs. “I finished,” Charlotte resident Kelly Engebretson said after the race. “I’m 11 months post-baby, so that was my goal.”

video gambling,” said Gibson, who represents eastern Union County. “But there was a lot of interest in the money.” Jones said it will be his “top priority” to speed the change when the N.C. General Assembly reconvenes in May, arguing recent court cases siding with video gaming have led to a surge in the industry in-state. Gibson said officials peg the number of video gaming machines at 10,000 or so in North Carolina, possibly generating “hundreds of millions of dollars” in tax revenue. “The verdict was in on whether the gaming activity should exist in North Carolina when they passed the North Carolina lottery,” Jones said Thursday. Under Jones’ proposal, the N.C. Department of Revenue would oversee taxing the industry. Half of the money would go to the state’s general fund, and the other half would be funneled to targeted “at-risk” state schools, he said. Twelve states allow video game gambling, Jones said, and the courts are maintaining the protection even as some state officials rallied against it this year, arguing the machines feed gambling

addictions and are forbidden by state statutes. North Carolina already charges a steeper “sin” tax for purchases of some goods, like alcohol and tobacco. Sen. Eddie Goodall, R-Union, said he won’t back the bill and he’s “not aware of too much support ... in the legislature at all.” Goodall dismissed Jones’ overtures to channel the money to struggling schools. “When we want something we’re a little queasy about, we use kids as a way to solicit money,” he said. Still, Jones said the video game operators are collecting 100 percent of the revenues from gamers, and Gibson pointed out that law enforcement in counties like Union and others along the South Carolina border are struggling to control Internet gambling. Gibson said the additional income brought in by taxing the industry isn’t “anywhere near” the $480 million touted by supporters. Rep. Curtis Blackwood, R-Union, did not return a phone call for comment on the bill. — Billy Ball can be reached at billyball24@ gmail.com.

was incumbent upon the board to do something because the existing plan was not working. He pointed to 4,000 vacant residential lots that have water capacity allocated to them, but are not under construction because of lack of demand. He said the old plan “over-promised” capacity, which set in motion the need for an overhaul. Openshaw added that Union County owes Monroe 2 million gallons of water per day starting April 30, 2014, and needs to prepare for that debt today. Under current conditions and restrictions, water users of the Catawba River Treatment Plant, which covers the western part of the county, have an average daily water usage of about 10 million gallons per day, with some high

days of usage in June and July at 16 million gallons per day. In 2007 under no restrictions, summer average daily usage was at about 16.1 million gallons per day, with the maximum daily use at 21.3 million gallons. Union County has contracted to receive 18 million gallons of daily capacity from the Catawba plant. In the 2007-2008 winter, the board was able to bring water usage down by restricting all lawn watering. For the new plan, commissioners said the baseline was to go to oneday-a-week watering, no less. Staff was ordered to make projections off that. On Aug. 4, the state legislature made it possible for the board to take away water capacity from any project that had stalled and give that capacity to

one that could build. With these factors, Public Works staff projected that Union County has about 2.4 million gallons it can allocate to new projects as it sees fit and will begin to do so at noon on Monday. One of the first projects in line will likely be the White Oak of Waxhaw nursing home, which is nearing a certificate-ofoccupancy permit, but still has no water capacity. Half a dozen officials for the facility attended the meeting Monday night. “We are more than pleased” that the new policy passed, said Tom Terrell, a spokesman for White Oak. If it receives water capacity, the nursing home is scheduled to open in early 2010. — Jason deBruyn can be reached at 704-261-2243 or jdebruyn@theej.com.

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MUMPO Continued from Page 1A Route D runs through Indian Trail, along the “option 2” route the town has long opposed. Last year, residents clashed with industries over options 2 and 18A, which is proposed to leave a parallel path with U.S. Highway 74 closer to Charlotte and go past Stallings Elemen-

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tary School. After public hearings, the Turnpike Authority chose option 2, partly because its environmental impact is expected to be less than 18A’s. Quinn said Route D would affect about 35 businesses, mostly in the Old Hickory business park. “We’re certainly not in favor of it,” said Ron Esser, president of Caro-

lina Courts, a new sports complex that would need to relocate if Route D is chosen. Esser said he has already been looking at potential sites, but building another gym would depend largely on how much the state pays for the right of way. “Indian Trail is certainly one of the sites” for a new location, he said. “We are starting to grow

some roots out here.” Carolina Courts and Extreme Ice Center are part of the town’s “family friendly” business corridor. While Quinn would prefer to see the parkway go around the business park, there were changes in the plans he liked. An interchange between Faith Church and Poplin roads was moved north and now affects

fewer families along Secrest Short Cut Road. The Bonterra subdivision will also be spared because of an access road to the parkway. “I thought there were some excellent improvements there,” Quinn said. MUMPO approval moves the parkway one step closer to reality. “The Turnpike Authority was very pleased with

the MUMPO resolution to support the parkway,” said Reid Simons, Turnpike Authority director of governmental affairs. “We think it strikes the best balance with human and environmental factors and we look forward to announcing the preferred alternative as early as this fall.” — Jason deBruyn can be reached at 704-261-2243 or jdebruyn@theej.com.

Survivors include his wife, Julie Ford of Oak Island; one daughter, Cari Mull of Monroe; four sons, Jason Ford of Matthews, Dylan Brown of Monroe, Jacob Brown of Charlotte, Weston Brown of Waxhaw; one brother, Donald Ford of Indian Trail; one sister, Sherry Frank of Indian Trail; and seven grandchildren. Visitation will be from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday at Heritage Funeral Home of Weddington. Memorials may be made to International Scleroderma Network, 7455 France Ave., SO # 266, Edina, MN 55435 or online at www.sclero.org. Online condolences may be left at www.heritagefuneral.net.

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Funeral was Saturdday at Heritage Funeral Home in Indian Trail. Burial will be private. Born Jan. 5, 1962, in Mexico, she was a daughter of Mario Blancas Zamora and Julia Nario Bautista. Survivors, in addition to her parents, include her husband, Efrain Gomez Esquivel; two daughters, Karina Esquivel, Alexia Esquivel; and four brothers, Mario Blancas, Ramon Blancas, Miguel Blancas and Pedro Blancas.

dreth of Indian Trail; one brother, C.W. “Bo” Harper Jr. of Lumberton; and six grandchildren. Davis Funeral Service is in charge. An online guest register book is available at www.davisfuneralservice.com.

Obituaries Audie Ferguson

INDIAN TRAIL Audie M. Ferguson, 92, died Sunday (Sept. 20, 2009) at Lake Park Nursing and Rehab in Lake Park. Funeral will be 11 a.m. today at Clear Creek Baptist Church, with burial in the church cemetery. Born Jan. 2, 1917, in Mint Hill, she was a daughter of the late Lester James and Cleonis Easter Pigg Mullis and was married to the late Perry H. Ferguson. Survivors include one sister, Ruby Black of Indian Trail; and one brother, Brooks Reid Mullis of Indian Trail. Hartsell Funeral Home of Midland is in charge. Online condolences may be made at www.hartsellfh.com.

Roger Ford

OAK ISLAND — Roger Dean Ford, 61, formerly of Monroe, died Monday (Sept. 21, 2009) at Duke University Medical Center in Durham. Funeral will be 1 p.m. Friday at Hartis Grove Baptist Church in Indian Trail, with burial in Lakeland Memorial Park in Monroe. Born Aug. 27, 1948, in Union County, he was a son of the late Harroll and Lois Helms Ford. He was an Army veteran and founder of BackYard Wild.

Joan Knechtle

CHARLOTTE — Joan Delores Knechtle, 66, died Saturday (Sept. 19, 2009). Funeral was Tuesday at Mill Grove United Methodist Church in Indian Trail, with burial in Sunset Memory Gardens. Survivors include her husband Richard Knechtle Sr. of Charlotte; four daughters, Ann Marie Nguyen of Indian Trail, Joann Ng of Las Vegas, Jessica Knechtle, Elizabeth Sharpe, both of Charlotte; one son, Richard Knechtle Jr. of Charlotte; one brother, Robert Greene of Mount Airy; and 11 grandchildren.

Ruth Letke

CHARLOTTE — Ruth Ellen Letke, 84, died Saturday (Sept. 19, 2009). Arrangements will be announced by Heritage Funeral Home of Indian Trail.

Betty Martin

PAGELAND, S.C. — Betty Gail Hartis Martin, 69, died Monday (Sept. 21, 2009). Funeral will be 11 a.m. today at Mount Harmony Baptist Church, with burial in the church cemetery. Born Dec. 21, 1939, in Mecklenburg County, she was a daughter of Myrtle Steele Hartis and the late Clyde Hartis and was married to the late Raymond Albert Martin. She was retired from PCA as a customer service representative. Survivors, in addition to her mother, include one son, Ronald R. Williams of Indian Trail; one daughter, Sandra Greene of Wingate; one son, Randy Williams of Stanfield; two stepsons, Robbie Martin, Stanley Martin, both of Charlotte; two stepdaughters, Beverly Martin of Dover, Gina Martin of Charlotte; 10 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. Memorials may be made to Hospice of Union County, 700 W. Roosevelt Blvd.,

Benjamin Sharpe

WAXHAW Benjamin Preston Sharpe, 64, died Saturday (Sept. 19, 2009) at Carolinas Medical Center-Union in Monroe. Graveside service was Tuesday in Lakeland Memorial Park in Monroe. Born in Columbia, S.C., he was a son of the late Clark Lankford and Minnie Lee Currie Sharpe and was married to the late Betty Sharpe. He was a selfemployed roofer. Survivors include three daughters, Lee Ann Sharpe of Stallings, Wendy Maddox of Waxhaw, Diane Peterson of Kershaw, S.C.; one brother, Eugene Sharpe of Columbia; two sister, Mary Ann Frazee of Blythewood, S.C., Juanita McKay of Augusta, Ga.; and three grandchildren. Good Shepherd Funeral Home of Indian Trail is in charge. Online condolences may be left at www.goodshepherdfuneralhome.net.

Maria Esquivel

WAXHAW Maria Eugenia Blancas Esquivel, 47, died Friday (Sept. 18, 2009) at Carolinas Medical Center-Union in Monroe.

Margaret Hildreth

MONROE Margaret LuDonnie Harper Hildreth, 79, died Sept. 16, 2009), at home. Funeral was Saturday at the Living Word Worship Center, with burial in the Union Baptist Church cemetery. Born April 11, 1930, in Dillon County, S.C., she was a daughter of the late Charlie Worth Harper and Nellie Elizabeth Grant Harper. She was also preceded in death by a son, Hampton Edward Hildreth Jr. She was a homemaker. Survivors include four daughters, Tina Hildreth, Tonya Hildreth Long, both of Monroe, Margaret Hildreth Deese of Peachland, Linda Lou Hildreth Austin of Wingate; one son, Worth Hampton Hil-

George Siragusa

MONROE George J. Siragusa, 77, died Sept. 16, 2009 at Carolinas Medical Center. Funeral was Saturday at Stallings United Methodist Church. Born Oct. 9, 1931, in Buffalo, N.Y., he was a son of the late Sylvester and Jane Siragusa and was married to the late Evelyn Frew Siragusa and to the late Darothy Alexander Siragusa. He was an Army veteran and was retired as a lieutenant from the Erie County, N.Y., Sheriff ’s Department. Survivors include three sons, Joseph Siragusa of Charlotte, Paul Siragusa, Michael Siragusa, both of Rochester, N.Y.; one sister, Jane Acara of Arizona; nine grandchildren; and one great-granddaughter. Memorials may be made to Stallings United Methodist Church, 1115 Stallings Road, Stallings, NC 28104. McEwen Funeral Home of Mint Hill is in charge. Online condolences to the family may be left at www.mem.com.

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N.C. community colleges drop ban In controversial decision, state board rules that illegal immigrants may enroll

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MONROE Illegal immigrants should be allowed to attend local community colleges, the N.C. Board of Community Colleges decided Friday. Some community colleges are happy to admit anyone willing to get a higher education; other state officials are fully opposed to the decision. North Carolina has 58 community colleges. There are no illegal immigrants currently enrolled at South Piedmont Community College. Statewide, the policy won’t take effect for several months. Board Chairwoman Hilda Pinnix-Ragland said it isn’t a policy her fellow members “came to lightly.” “These students, who are striving for a better future, will have access to a seamless educational pathway from K through 12 and beyond,” she said in a press release.

A new admissions policy outlining the specifics will now go through the administrative rules process, which takes six to 12 months. Until it becomes law, the current admissions policy of not admitting new undocumented individuals still stands. That rule has been in place since May 2008. SPCC President John McKay agrees with the board that everyone should have a chance at higher learning. “I’m in the education business, so I don’t think it’s our responsibility, meaning the college’s, on who comes in. ... We like to educate whoever comes.” Two illegal immigrants attended SPCC last year, but neither was affected by the rule change because they were already enrolled. The State Board of Community Colleges hired a consultant to shed light on the controversy three months later in August 2008. Before that time, the

board decided whether to admit undocumented students based on legal interpretations. Undocumented students were initially allowed into degree programs because the Attorney General’s Office said colleges couldn’t “impose non-academic restrictions on admission.” Colleges determined that to mean that residency isn’t a reason to turn a student away. The office of Rep. Paul Stam, Republican leader for the N.C. House of Representatives, released a statement Friday, saying the admissions policy “defies public opinion,” as well as the governor’s recommendations. “In adopting this policy,” the statement reads, “the Board ignored and defied the people of (North Carolina) and Governor (Bev) Perdue. Polling has consistently indicated a large majority in this state reject educational benefits to illegal aliens.”

Perdue spoke against admitting undocumented students earlier this week. “It’s hard for me to understand how the state of North Carolina can educate people when they can’t work legally in the state after they’re educated,” she said. R. Scott Ralls, president of the N.C. Community College System, said the decision to admit illegal immigrants places more restrictions on them than they might have in other states, but “keeps the path to a better life clearly in view.” “This policy reflects the admissions standards of other states and of the public universities by offering educational opportunity to those who are willing to work hard to obtain it,” he said in a press release. North Carolina universities have the same policy in place. Gustavo Arevalo, a United Way representative who heads Latino outreach, said in August 2008 that

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combine with natural organic matter in the water to form disinfection byproducts that could have long-term, damaging health effects. Chloramine, which is formed when ammonia is added to water that contains free chlorine, reduces the chance of forming disinfection by-products. “There is no bacterial regrowth,” Goscicki said. Not all water drinkers are convinced. Monique Werner lives in the northern part of Union County and said there are unknowns with chloramine she does not want to risk. In the same way that chlorine forms by-products, chloramine

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Reassigned Continued from Page 1A from“shy”to“outgoing.” All six anticipated harder classes. Two students attend year-round school Monroe Middle; they are not on the same schedule as traditional schools.

Ashley Dixon

6th grade, reassigned from Rocky River Elementary and the Sun Valley school cluster to Monroe Middle Q: How did the first few weeks of school go? A: “It was good. Nothing really bad happened. They gave a good first impression. ... It wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be.” Dixon said she heard rumors that the students at Monroe Middle were rough, but “I realized it wasn’t that bad.” Q: How is the new school different from your old one? A: “Instead of having one class or two classes, I have, like, 10. It’s a little more confusing. ... You have to get to class on time, change of classes and all, and going to lockers. ... Just the other day, I went the wrong way to class and walked into a class that wasn’t even my class. ... Some of the work is more challenging. ... The teachers, it’s kind of hard remembering their names ‘cause there’s so many.” Q: How is it the same? A: “The teachers are all nice, just like at Rocky River. The PTA and all the events are kind of the same.” Dixon said both Rocky River and Monroe Middle will have a fall festival. Q: Has the transfer gone the way you expected? A: “Yeah. Not exactly, ‘cause I was expecting to go to Sun Valley, but (Monroe Middle) is a good school and I like it now.” Q: Are you spending more time with new friends or your old ones? A: “More with new friends since most of my old friends went to Sun Valley. ... There’s some of my old friends at the new school, but not many.” Q: How involved are you at this new school? A: Dixon is trying out for a Halloween play. “I’m trying to get into band, too.” She’s also taking Chinese as an elective. “It’s a lot different than having Spanish or art or dance.” Q: What’s your favorite

part about the new school? A: “All the new people, all the new teachers. There’s a lot more freedom than elementary school. We were always walking in lines and stuff. ... It’s a lot better than my old school ‘cause there’s a lot more freedom.” Q: Least favorite? A: “Mainly just, like, my old friends. ... And the lunch is almost worse than my old school because they put weird stuff together like lettuce and peaches and cheese and sour cream. ... It’s not gone at the end of lunch.”

Teal Brooks

6th grade, reassigned from the Piedmont cluster to Porter Ridge Middle Note: Teal lives closer to Hemby Bridge Elementary, but attended Fairview Elementary due to a previous reassignment. Fairview is a split feeder to Porter Ridge and Piedmont middle schools. Teal will go to Porter Ridge Middle, which is closer to where he lives and the school that most of his neighborhood’s students attend. Q: How did the first few weeks of school go? A: “Good. ... I’m getting (the locker) open fine.” Q: How is the new school different from your old one? A: “It’s bigger than my old school and there’s more kids and I finally get to use a locker and they give us a little bit more freedom out of class.” Q: How is it the same? A: “The food is kind of the same.” Brooks said he buys lunch and it’s both good and bad. Q: Has the transfer gone the way you expected? A: “Yeah. ... I thought (classes) were going to be kind of hard, but now that I went there, it’s kind of in the middle.” Q: Are you spending more time with new friends or your old ones? A: “My old friends.” Brooks said he has made new friends, too. Q: How involved are you at this new school? A: Brooks is going to try out for baseball, “and if I don’t make that, I’m going to try out for the golf team.” Q: What’s your favorite part about the new school? A: “The teachers are really nice.” Q: Least favorite? A: “The food is kind of the same.” He said pizza

Ashley Dixon transferred from the Sun Valley cluster to Monroe Middle School.

Teal Brooks moved to Porter Ridge Middle from the Piedmont cluster.

is the worst. “It kind of tastes like cardboard.”

Jessica Sheehan

6th grade, reassigned from Sun Valley Middle to Monroe Middle Q: How did the first few weeks of school go? A: “It was actually really, really fun. The work was easy.” Q: How is the new school different from your old one? A: “They have more class periods. Sun Valley only had six and Monroe has nine. ... The school is smaller than Sun Valley.” Q: How is it the same? A: “They both have the same size of classes.” Q: Has the transfer gone the way you expected? A: “Yeah, most likely, ... (but) the people at Monroe are more snobby and the people at Sun Valley, they’re more nice.” Q: Are you spending more time with new friends or your old ones? A: “My new ones.” Q: How involved are you at this new school? A: “I might join cheerleading.” Q: What’s your favorite part about the new school? A: “Gym. We go outside and play soccer.” Q: Least favorite? A: “I would say writing.”

Lamar Patton

9th grade, reassigned from the Sun Valley cluster to Monroe High Q: How did the first few weeks of school go? A: “It went fine. I like it. I like high school now, I guess. ... My grades are good, I think that’s why, and I guess I’m just learning about high

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Jessica Sheehan moved from Sun Valley Middle to Monroe Middle for sixth grade.

Lamar Patton was reassigned from Sun Valley Middle to Monroe High School.

school and it’s going not how I expected it to go.” Q: How is the new school different from your old one? A: “I feel more at home at Monroe and I guess the teachers help you out better. ... They pay more attention to you and assist you more if you need help.” Q: How is it the same? A: “The rules. Not the classroom rules, but the rules in general, like how we have to tuck in our shirts if our shirts are too long.” Q: Has the transfer gone the way you expected? A: “I thought I was gonna miss Sun Valley and want to go back, but I haven’t missed it yet.” Q: Are you spending more time with new friends or your old ones? A: “Kind of both, ‘cause there’s some of my old friends that came from Sun Valley and go to Monroe and I have new friends, so I kind of hang out with them at the same time.” Q: How involved are you at this new school? A: Patton plays junior varsity football. “I’m going to try out for the baseall team, and next year, if I’m still there, I’m going to run for student council.” Q: What’s your favorite part about the new school? A: “The people there, ‘cause it feels like I’m around a lot of family when I’m at Monroe. ... When I’m at football, the other day we were on the bus, ... it felt like I was just around a bunch of my brothers.” Q: Least favorite? A: “Tucking in the shirts, ‘cause some of my shirts are long, but I can’t wear them to school ‘cause I would have to tuck them in.”

Kayla Taylor went from the Marvin Ridge cluster to Cuthbertson High School.

Amanda Sica will spend her junior and senior years at Cuthbertson High School.

Kayla Taylor

9th grade, reassigned from Marvin Ridge cluster to Cuthbertson High Q: How did the first few weeks of school go? A: “Pretty good. I wasn’t used to the people that I was with, but I made friends. I like it there so far.” Q: How is the new school different from your old one? A: “The people’s faces are different and the personalities are different, ,,, but they’re nice, most of them. ... The teachers are really nice and they’re doing a good job so far.” Q: How is it the same? A: “The building looks just like Marvin Ridge would look like. ... Being a freshman, it’s my first year in high school, so I’m not sure what other high schools are like.” Q: Has the transfer gone the way you expected? A: “So far, yes. Hopefully it doesn’t change any because I don’t mind being where I’m at — obviously, I’d like to be with the same people, but I’m making new friends by the day. ... It’s a good mix of different people.” Q: Are you spending more time with new friends or your old ones? A: “I haven’t had really any time to spend time with any of my friends. I’ve had two projects, so I’ve been trying to focus on that and volleyball.” Taylor said she met up with some of her Marvin Ridge friends at a recent Cuthbertson football game against Marvin Ridge. Q: How involved are you at this new school? A: “We just had club sign-ups and I signed up for

BETA club. ... Maybe down the road I might try to get in other clubs.” Taylor also plays volleyball for the school. Q: What’s your favorite part about the new school? A: “Being with some of the people I was in elementary school with. “Today (Thursday), I saw somebody I went ... to first and second grade with. ... It’s really nice to see people I haven’t seen in three years.” Q: Least favorite? A: “Not being with the friends I made in middle school.”

Amanda Sica

11th grade, reassigned from Weddington High to Cuthbertson High Q: How did the first few weeks of school go? A: “It went really well. More of my friends were there than I thought.” Q: How is the new school different from your old one? A: “The building is pretty much the same. ... There’s actually more people in my classes. It’s really different not seeing the same people that I’m used to.” Q: How is it the same? A: “The layout of the school is basically identical. School is kind of just, like, school.” Q: Has the transfer gone the way you expected? A: “No, it was better than I thought. I wasn’t expecting to make as many new friends as fast as I did, and I did within the first couple days.” Q: Are you spending more time with new friends or your old ones? A: “My new friends.” Q: How involved are you at this new school? A: Sica joined the Key Club. “I think I’m going to sign up for photography club and maybe DECA club. I’m going to run winter track and then I’m going to play softball.” Q: What’s your favorite part about the new school? A: “Everything is new and a fresh start.” Q: Least favorite? A: “I don’t really have any.” — Do you have a great idea for a story about education or schools? Contact reporter Tiffany Lane at 704-261-2229 or e-mail tlane@theej.com.


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Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Pirates rip Ragin’ Bulls, 39-6 Defense holds visitors to 110 yards of offense; PR’s now 3-2 BY JUSTIN MURDOCK

E-J staff photo by Ed Cottingham

PR senior Devin Martin rushed for 101 yards.

E-J Sports Writer INDIAN TRAIL In its first two wins of the season, the Porter Ridge High football team relied on its defense, giving up a total of nine points in the two victories. The Pirates got another stellar defensive effort on Friday, making the most of five turnovers on their way to a 39-6 home win over Hickory Ridge. Porter Ridge (3-2) allowed just 110 yards of offense by the Ragin’ Bulls (2-3) and gave up an average of only 2.4 yards per carry (35 rushes, 83 yards). PR junior defensive end Aaron Johnson stood out with two sacks and a fumble recovery to lead the defense. “We’re playing well up

Cornerback PJ Freeman picked up a fumble and returned it 9 yards for a TD that put his team up 12-0. front (on defense),” said Porter Ridge coach Justin Hardin. “We’re undersized, but we’re playing aggressive and getting to the football. Our defense gives us a chance every week.” Hardin was particularly impressed with how his defense contained Hickory Ridge tailback Brian Baltimore, who entered Friday’s contest averaging 118.8 rushing yards per game.

Baltimore was held to just 29 yards on nine carries. “We knew he was a very good player and knew we had to stop him,” said Hardin. “We brought some extra guys up near the line of scrimmage and our kids were in the right position to make plays.” After the Pirates forced a punt on Hickory Ridge’s first possession of the game, it didn’t take long for PR’s offense to reach the end zone. A 31-yard screen pass to Tyler Sierra followed by a 20-yard run by Calvin Lee set up a 21-yard touchdown pass from Lee McNeill to Ryan Patty. Less than a minute later, PR defensive back PJ Freeman scooped up a fumble and returned it 9 yards for the score to give the Pirates a 12-0

Spartans pull out OT thriller Down 21 late in third quarter, Sun Valley pulls off huge rally By Eric Rape

E-J Correspondent Indian Trail Sun Valley made it as exciting as possible and Ryan Smith put on a no-huddle clinic on the game-tying drive as the Spartans pulled off a 21-point comeback to defeat Myers Park 34-31 in overtime Friday night. Sophomore Jody Fuller provided the game-winning touchdown with a 6-yard catch from Smith in overtime. Smith, a sophomore quarterback, led his team on a 94-yard touchdown drive in the final 1:20 of regulation to force overtime. Beginning the drive from his own 6, Smith hit senior Dustin Cook for a 13-yard gain on the left sideline. He then found sophomore Jody Fuller on the right side for 11 yards. Jadarrius Williams then broke off a 21-yard gain on a run up the middle, breaking tackles along the way. Smith then hit Cook for 4 yards, Fuller for a 9-yard gain and then found senior Andre McManus for a 6-yard gain to make it second-and-4 at the Mustangs’ 30yard line. Smith found McManus again, this time on a slant over the middle in stride. With a blocker out front, McManus reached the end zone with 27.5 seconds left in regulation. With Cameron Havey’s extra point the game was tied, sending Spartan Stadium into a frenzy. Myers Park (1-4) ran out to a 21-7 lead at halftime behind the arm of Jonathan Weymann, the legs of Deyonta Wright and the leg of kicker Casey Caromis, who had two field goals in the first half. The only Sun Valley score came on a 3-yard run by Jadarrius Williams to cut the deficit to 10-7 in the first quarter. SV (3-1) turned the ball over twice in the first half, leading to 11 points for the Mustangs.

Smith, who had two turnovers before the break, looked like a completely different quarterback in the second half, leading his team down the field on two scoring drives in the third quarter. The first ended with Smith finding Williams on a short screen pass. Williams broke a couple tackles and made a nice cut from the right side of the field to the middle for a 23-yard touchdown. “It really seemed to ignite us,” said SV coach Scott Stein of the play. “We were really needing somebody to make a play. It was an exceptional play and it was a highlight reel just making some people miss going through some people, and that single play ignited us.” Smith found sophomore receiver Jody Fuller for a 28-yard touchdown pass to cut the deficit to a touchdown going into the fourth quarter. The Spartans’ defense held Myers Park to a field goal in the overtime. On second down, Mustang QB Weymann found tight end Hunter Westfall for a 8-yard completion to the 2-yard line, but on the ensuing play senior linebacker Jeremy Busby met Wright in the backfield for a 2-yard loss, forcing the Mustangs to take a 21-yard field goal. Smith threw incomplete on first down and Williams gained 4 yards on second. Then, after a timeout, Smith hooked up with Fuller for the winning score. “The receivers did a great job all night,” said Smith after throwing four TD passes. “They kept faith in me and I finally started to believe in myself. We started executing in the second half and the defense did a great job tonight.” Smith finished 21-of-32 for 274 yards. Busby had 12 tackles, including two for loss. The Spartans play at home this Friday against Hoggard from Wilmington.

E-J Sports Writer MONROE Porter Ridge High kicker Matt Wogan is proving to have one of the strongest legs in Union County. Wogan (6-foot-1, 175 pounds), who is just a freshman, had seven touchbacks on kickoffs in his team’s 39-6 home win over Hickory Ridge on Friday. The Ragin’ Bulls never returned a kick and started from their own 20-yard line on every possession following a Porter Ridge score. “We’ve got a great weapon in

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advantage. Hickory Ridge finally got on the scoreboard late in the second quarter when defensive end Danny Book tipped and intercepted a pass and ran 35 yards for the TD. But on the very next offensive play for the Pirates, senior tailback Tyler Sierra turned the corner for a 67yard scoring run, giving his team an 18-6 lead at the half. McNeill and PR senior Devin Martin added touchdown runs in the third quarter, and the Pirates capped off their scoring late in the fourth when Martin found Evan Black for a 6-yard TD completion in the back of the end zone. Martin, who relieved McNeill in the third quarter, carried 11 times for 101 yards.

Matt Wogan,” said Porter Ridge coach Blair Hardin. “If we can get every offense to start at the 20, it forces them to go the distance and puts our defense in a good situation. Matt’s done a great job and he’s been consistent, so I’ve been very pleased with him.” Through five games this season, Wogan has three field goals and 11 extra points. He helped the Pirates (3-2) to a 6-3 win over Piedmont in Week 2 by making two field goals. Wogan and the Pirates take on Central Cabarrus at home on Friday starting at 7 p.m.

Stout on ‘D’

Several players stood out defensively for the Pirates in Friday’s win, including defensive end Aaron Johnson, who finished with two sacks and a fumble recovery. Johnson leads the team with five sacks through five games. Christian Hart JOHNSON also added a sack and had a tackle for loss while Tyler Kirk, Dylan Thomas and PJ

Freeman added fumble recoveries. Freeman returned his recovering 9 yards for a touchdown. Zack Bevington, Colton Williams, Jon Bryant and Kirk also had tackles for loss. Kirk, a senior defensive end, recovered two fumbles for touchdowns in a win over Waddell on Sept. 11.

Ground game producing

After averaging just 52.3 rushing yards per game in their first three contests, the Pirates have considerably improved in the ground game the last two weeks.

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MONROE The Sun Valley High football team is getting offensive production from a lot of different weapons, which is one of the reasons the Spartans are off to a 3-1 start. Seven different players have scored at least once on offense, including sophomores Jadarrius Williams, Jody Fuller and Ryan Smith, junior Steven Cole, seniors Dustin Cook and A n d r e McManus and freshman Chris Duffy. W i l liams and Fuller FULLER both found the end zone twice in last Friday’s 34-31 overtime win against Myers Park. Williams had a rushing and a receiving score while Fuller caught two touchdown passes from Smith, who finished with four TD tosses. Sun Valley faced a 28-7 deficit in the third quarter against the Mustangs, but rallied to send the game into OT, where Fuller hauled in the game-winner from Smith. Williams and Fuller lead the Spartans with three touchdowns apiece on the season. Cole, Cook and McManus all have one TD reception while Duffy and Smith have each ran for a score. Sun Valley plays Wilmington Hoggard at home on Friday starting at 7:30 p.m.

Double-digit TDs

After their performances on the field last Friday, Monroe’s Shamiir Hailey and Forest Hills’ Juanne Blount became the first players in Union County to reach 10 touchdowns on the season. Hailey, a senior tailback, has a county-high 11 rushing scores following his three touchdown runs on Friday. Hailey rushed for 305 yards in the Redhawks’ 49-24 home win over Piedmont. Blount, a senior quarterback, also reached the end zone three times in Friday’s 49-7 home victory over Union Academy.

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right w/bench exc. sound /cond. 54x62x30 smoke free $400. 704-289-2935

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A very nice 2br 1ba Marshville $600mo. dep & ref’s req’d. (704)624-2119 or 704-624-2095 Marshville A brick ranch 3br 2ba cent H/A, quiet culde sac, $750mo, dep + ref’s 704-624-2749 Mineral Springs $1,495 mo. 3br 3ba 2 car gar. 3000 sf brick home, lg lot w/pasture, good for horses Monroe 3br 1.5ba $750mo. Austin Rentals (704)289-6531 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 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 Waxhaw 3br 2.5ba kit, dining, den w/fp, all appliances & yard maintenance include $1195mo. Sherin Realty (704)882-1634

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

TRANSPORTATION 148 Autos For Sale Cadillac DTS 2000 black beauty, loaded, leather low miles, $7500 704291-0009

164 Motorcycles 06 Honda Rebel 250 black 8,000 miles, garaged adult owned, well maintained 60-70mph $2500 (704)283-2120

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Mini-Whse in Wingate good income $150,000 HERITAGE REALTY 704-289-5596

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046 Medical/Dental PT Med Tech 1st shift Hillcrest Baptist Church Rest Home call for appt. (704)292-1145

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126 Houses For Sale Vintage Hill Duplexes 2br Great, safe commun$8,000 Tax Credit to buy ity Move-in specials avail your first home Call to (704)292-1329 see if you may qualify New Homes Available 114 Houses For Rent from $129,900 Leon 704607-2602 3br 1.5ba hdwd flrs washer dryer, part furnished Wax128 Lots & Acreage haw $900mo+dep nego avail now (704)770-1734 Nice 1 acre lot 4- sale with septic tank, fenced, in country. $20,000 Call 3br 2ba homes- Monroe 704-221-8226 / 221-5960 $500 to $800

While many work-at- Arbor Glen Community (704)283-2286 112 Apartments home opportunities Yard Sale Sat. 9/26, 7-1, listed provide real in6903 Oakland Ave. Ind. Trl. off Unionville-Indian Trail 30 Day Special Camelot Apt 3br 2ba 1400sf, cent H/A, come, many seek only Rd. Indian Trail Free Power for 1yr 1ac lot, $850mo. dep &ref to sell booklets or catano dep, Rent $125wk, req’d, 704-282-6417 088 Musical Instruments logs on how to get $50 for water, no pets such work. Piano Beckwith cherry uponly $175 to move-in

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Wednesday, September 23, 2009 /

3B

REAL ESTATE LISTINGS

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

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 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.

Lot $30,000

SKYECROFT

5930 Timbertop Lane Charlotte, NC 28215

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

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

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.

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

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

403 BROOKGREEN DR.

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

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

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

Bob Parker

704-221-7363

Call Mike at 704-361-4308.

REDU 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

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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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

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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 $139,000. 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.

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

Call Elsie: 704-363-8815 PRUDENTIAL CAROLINAS REALTY

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

Call Remax Executive: 704.602.8295, Lara Taylor

3 bedroom, 2 1/2 bath. Gourmet kitchen with granite countertops/ hardwoods and ceramic tile/jacuzzi jet master bath.

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

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4B / Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Indian Trail Trader

Photo by Darcy Duncan

Sun Valley tailback Jadarrius Williams scored two touchdowns in last Friday’s game against Myers Park, helping the Spartans rally for a 34-31 win in overtime.

Leaders Continued from Page 1B Blount, who now has 10 TDs on the ground this season, crossed the goal line 36 times in

15 games as a junior in 2008. Monroe junior Jamison Crowder needs just one more score to reach 10 for the season. Crowder leads UC with five receiving TDs. He also has two scores on punt returns and one each on a kickoff and fumble return.

Odds and ends ...

... Porter Ridge senior Evan Black, Piedmont sophomore Kyle Eiss, Forest Hills sophomore Courtland Crowder, Sun Valley senior Andre McManus, Marvin Ridge junior JC Howze and Porter Ridge senior PJ Freeman all scored for the first

time this season last Friday. ... Parkwood senior Maurice Leak and Weddington senior Anthony Boone are the only two quarterbacks in the county who have thrown and rushed for at least five touchdowns. Leak has passed for eight scores and ran for five more while Boone has nine TD passes and five rush-

ing scores. ... Marvin Ridge senior Matt Frein, Piedmont senior Mason Montgomery and Weddington senior Casey Lang currently share the county lead with four made field goals each. Montgomery was the only one of the three who connected on a FG last Friday. He made a 31-yarder.

Milestones approaching for players All the division leaders continue to hold and with the exception of the Detroit Tigers, who have the Minnesota Twins in their rearview mirror, can start to count their magic numbers. With only two weeks remaining in the season, players are beginning to close in on milestone statistics and can begin to put their work in context.

My View

Jason DeBruyn E-J Sports Writer

Rubber Arm

Braves reliever Peter Moylan could set a franchise record for most single-season appearances this year. On Thursday, he appeared in the 80th game of the season and became the only Braves pitcher to ever appear in 80 games twice– he did so in 2007 as well. With 15 games remaining, he could easily break Chris Reitsma’s record of 84 appearances set in 2004. Since the All-Star break, Moylan has 31 appearances and is 4-0 with a 0.64 ERA, 26 strikeouts and eight walks. Furthermore, Moylan set a Major League record for the most consecutive homerless appearances to begin a season. Dating back to last year, he has 86 consecutive homerless appearances, a Braves record.

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Ichiro

20-20-20

Brandon Phillips became the only player in Reds history to record at least 20 homers, 20 steals and 20 doubles in three consecutive seasons and is one of only two players, with Florida’s Hanley Ramirez, to do so in the previous three seasons. All-time Reds greats Vada Pinson from the 1960s and Joe Morgan from the 1970s each recorded more 20-20-20 seasons, Pinson did it five times and Morgan four, but neither of them did it three consecutive times.

Brad Lidge

bringing his ERA to 7.21. The run was the 47th Lidge allowed this year, tying the most of any season and 30 more than he allowed all of last year when he was a perfect 41-41 in save chances. At season’s end, Lidge will likely be only the second pitcher, with Shawn Chacon in 2004, to record 30 saves in a season and have an ERA of more than 7.00.

The Phillies closer earned his 30th save Thursday, but allowed another run in the 9th inning

Ichiro is continuing to re-write record books. For the ninth consecutive year, only his ninth year in the league, Ichiro recorded 200 hits, the first player to ever do so. His hit came in classic Ichiro fashion–on an infield single.

Bronx Bombers

The Yankees are the only team on pace for 100 wins this season and even scarier is their record since Alex Rodriguez returned from the disabled list. Since his return, the Yankees are 80-38, which would translate to 110 wins over the course of a full season. If the Yanks can hold their current level, they will be a difficult matchup throughout the playoffs.

Pirates Continued from Page 1B In Friday’s win over the Ragin’ Bulls, Porter Ridge finished with 34 carries for 214 yards. Pirates senior quarterback Devin Martin, who didn’t enter the game until the third quarter, had a team-high 101 yards and a TD on 11 carries. He had runs 14, 19, 29 and 42 yards. Senior tailback Tyler Sierra had five carries for 75 yards, including a 67-yard TD run in the second quarter. The week before in the win over Waddell, the Pirates ran 34 times for a season-high 226 yards.

Photo by Ed Cottingham

PR’s Tyler Sierra had a 67-yard TD run in Friday’s win.


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