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Jamie Lynn Beppler Gary Burnette Eula Killough Crooke DeShonney Gregory Crowe Jeanelle H. Kennedy Carolyn Hargett Rouse Lois Jenkins Stegall
WHO’S NEWS Early vote so far draws 3 percent
MONROE Through Tuesday, 477 have voted early in the Monroe municipal election. That number represents about 2.8 percent of all registered voters in the city. Early voting continues through Saturday at the Griffin Room of the Union County Public Library at 316 E. Windsor St., Monroe. Through Tuesday, 325 of the voters were white compared to 146 black voters, and 203 voters were male compared to 269 female voters. Precinct 30, at Grace United Methodist, has had the largest turnout with 83 voters; Precinct 25, at Rock Rest Elementary, had the lowest with two voters. — Staff Writer Jason deBruyn
BIRTHDAYS Best wishes are extended to everyone who is celebrating a birthday today, especially: Daniel Morgan, Christine Carlini, Jessica Aycock, Rick Simpson, Karen Fincher, Betty W. Little, Robin Collins, Agnes Burns and Betty Y. Stegall. Call (704) 261-2278 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org to add your names to the list.
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Nyesha Mills, 10, reads a magazine as she and her youger brother, Christopher, wait outside the lab at Carolinas Medical Center-Union. Starting Thursday, the hospital will combat the spread of the H1N1 virus, also known as swine flu, by banning children unless they are receiving treatment.
H1N1 fear prompts hospitals to limit access BY TIFFANY LANE
MONROE Visitors under the age of 18 will be barred from several area hospitals unless they receiving treatment. In an effort to prevent the H1N1 flu, or swine flu, from spreading, Carolinas HealthCare System and Novant Health announced Monday that the new rule will take effect Thursday, Stephen Wallenhaupt, executive vice president of Novant Health, said the policy aims to protect both children and adults, including patients, staff
See H1N1 / Page 6A
Carolinas HealthCare System facilities affected: Carolinas Medical Center (CMC) Levine Children’s Hospital CMC-Lincoln CMC-Mercy CMC-NorthEast CMC-Pineville CMC-Randolph CMC-Union CMC-University Carolinas Rehabilitation
Carolinas Rehab-Mount Holly Anson Community Hospital Novant Health facilities affected: Presbyterian Hospital Presbyterian Hemby Children’s Hospital Presbyterian Hospital Huntersville Presbyterian Hospital Matthews Presbyterian Orthopaedic Hospital Rowan Regional Medical Center
MONROE A man pleaded guilty to embezzlement, but will not face jail time if he repays the money. Richard Taylor Davis, 40 of 6820 Sims Road in Waxhaw, pleaded guilty to embezzling more that $57,000 from the Union C o u n t y Frater nal Order of Police and was sentenced to six to eight months in jail. He will Davis not serve jail time if he pays back the full $57,148.77. “We wanted him to pay back the money,” FOP secretary treasurer Margaret Derenge said. “We put our trust in him, and he broke that trust.” Davis was charged with embezzling money from an FOP fund starting in 2003; he was arrested and charged Nov. 13, 2008. The Union County Sheriff ’s Office reported that he had been under investigation since May 27, 2008, and that he turned himself in. “I hate that the whole thing happened,” said Elizabeth Cooke, who is involved with police agencies and helps organize events for them. “I was just surprised that he did it. I’m glad that the FOP
See GUILTY / Page 6A
BB&T is latest bank to modify overdraft fees By Richard Craver
Media General News Service BB&T Corp. yesterday became the latest major bank to eliminate overdraft fees for customers who overdraw their accounts by less than $5 through a debit-card purchase or ATM transaction. The bank also said it would not charge more than four overdraft fees a day, and would provide overdraft alerts at its automated teller machines.
Cane Creek Lake closing imminent WAXHAW
Cane Creek Park Lake has fallen to 15 inches below its normal water level and could close to boat traffic this week, Union County Parks and Recreation Director Wanda Smith said Tuesday. According to Smith, the lake will remain open until it reaches 16 inches below normal. “Unless we get a substantial amount of rain in the next few days, we anticipate closing the lake to boat traffic,” she said in a press release. “The lake loses a lot of water to evaporation.” The last time Cane Creek Lake closed because of low water levels was in December 2007. The lake reopened one month later following several days of heavy rain. The lake was also closed last October when repairs were made to the emergency spillway. The lake was taken down to levels too dangerous for boats.
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However, the cost of its overdraft fee remains $35. The changes are effective Jan. 1. “Client satisfaction continues to be our top priority,” said Donna Goodrich, a senior executive vice president for BB&T’s deposit-services unit. “The changes we’re announcing, in addition to tools and services we already provide, will help our clients better manage their deposit accounts.” BB&T already has a policy allowing customers to opt out of
overdraft coverage, meaning that transactions will be denied if customers don’t have enough money in their accounts. BB&T joins Bank of America Corp., Wells Fargo & Co., JP Morgan Chase & Co. and US Bancorp in altering overdraft policies that have drawn criticism for being excessive and harmful to consumers. The major banks are altering their overdraft policies “to avoid political pressure and bad press,”
said Marc Fusaro, an assistant economics professor at Arkansas Tech University. In recent years, banks large and small have viewed the overdraft fees they charge customers as speeding tickets. Consumers who don’t pay attention to their checking and other accounts and go beyond their monetary limit get tagged with fees that can run as much as $36 for an overdraft
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Pallets, plastics recycling encouraged BY ELISABETH ARRIERO
MONROE Before you chuck that water bottle into the trash can, you might want to check your calendar. Starting Thursday, plastic bottles — as well as motor oil filters and wooden pallets — are banned from solid waste disposal in the state. The state banned the three items to preserve space in existing landfills and to create green jobs, said Gary Hunt, director of the N.C. Division of Pollution Prevention and Environmental Assistance. “There’s a huge market for plastics and pallets,” he said. Wooden pallets are often ground up and used for fuel, said Jennifer Nance, recycling coordinator for Union County public works. Plastics are often reused, and Hunt pointed out
Plastic bottles are one of four items that have been banned from landfills by the state Legislature. The others are oil filters, pallets and oyster shells. Officials are encouraging consumer recycling. that, because plastic is a petroleum product, it is not infinitely renewable. “There’s a whole lot more energy that goes into taking oil and making plastic versus recycling
plastics,” Hunt said. “There’s a lot of energy savings.” Hunt said oil filters were added to the banned list because
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DEATHS Jamie Beppler
MONROE Jamie Lynn Beppler, 33, died Tuesday (Sept. 29, 2009). Arrangements will be announced by Davis Funeral Home.
GREENSBORO — Eula Killough Crooke, 85, died Sunday (Sept. 27, 2009) at Well Spring Retirement Community. Funeral will be 2 p.m. today at First Presbyterian Church of Greensboro, with entombment in the Westminster Gardens mausoleum. Born in Indian Trail, she was a daughter of the late Rufus and Julia Killough and was married to the late Jesse Ray Crooke. Survivors include two daughters, Carolyn Lovelace of Greensboro, Barbara Huffman of Lewisville; one brother, Ney Killough; four grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. Visitation will be from 1 p.m. to 1:45 p.m. today at the church. The body will lie in repose at Forbis and Dick Funeral Home until the funeral.
COMING EVENTS Memorials may be made to First Presbyterian Church, 617 N. Elm St., Greensboro, NC 27403. Online condolences may be left at forbisanddick.com.
De Shonney Crowe
WAXHAW De Shonney Gregory Crowe, 46, died Saturday (Sept. 26, 2009). Arrangements will be announced by Harris Funeral Service of Monroe.
MONROE Jeanelle H. Kennedy, 78, died Monday (Sept. 28, 2009) at Carolinas Medical Center-Union. Graveside service will be 11 a.m. Saturday in Lakeland Memorial Park.
WAXHAW Gary Sylvanus Burnette, 70, passed away on Monday, September 28, 2009. He was born in Gaston County, N.C., on May 19, 1939, son of the late Cecil and Dessie Reagan Burnette. A funeral service will be held Thursday, October 1, 2009, at 7:00 p.m. in the Gordon Funeral Chapel. The family will receive friends following the service. Mr. Burnette is survived by his wife, Brenda Rogers Burnette; daughters, Christy Burnette of Waxhaw, Lisa Ramirez of Paso Robles, California and Kim Hitt of Burbank, California; a son, Cory Burnette of Hickory; brothers, C.D. Burnette and William “Bud” Burnette, both of Canyon County, California; sister, Tincey Burnette of Arizona; 3 grandchildren, Amber Burnette of Waxhaw, Shelby Willis and Hailee Jones, both of Monroe; and 5 grandchildren of California. He was preceded in death by a daughter, Sondra Burnette. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Mary Elizabeth Baptist Church, 3703 Mary Elizabeth Church Rd., Waxhaw, NC 28173. Online condolences may be made at www.gordonfuneralservice.com. PAID OBITUARY
Born Sept. 14, 1931, in Adel, Ga., she was a daughter of the late John Gilbert and Frankie Malpas Hammack. She was retired as an administrator assistant with Eastern Airlines. Survivors include her husband, Robert David Kennedy Jr. of the home; one son, John David Kennedy of Maiden; one daughter, H. Anita Kennedy of Tampa, Fla.; and two grandchildren. Visitation will be from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday at McEwen Funeral Home. Memorials may be made to Calvary Baptist Church, 2518 Lancaster Highway, Monroe, NC 28112.
MONROE Lois Jenkins Stegall, 82, of Monroe passed away, Monday, September 28, 2009, at the Brian Center. Lois was born on September 11, 1927, in Marshville, to the late Malcom Jenkins and Vergie J. Walkup Jenkins. She is predeceased by her son, Rick Stegall. Mrs. Stegall was a lifelong member of Lee Park Baptist Church. She held various volunteer positions throughout the years. Lois is survived by her beloved husband of 62 years, A.C. Stegall of the home; daughters, Diann Whitaker and her husband, Robert of Monroe and Sandra Rabon and her husband Hubert of Indian Trail; son, Craig Stegall and his wife Jessie of Monroe; sister, Wilma Jenkins; brother, Darrell Jenkins; 6 grandchildren, and 10 greatgrandchildren. Funeral services to celebrate her life will be held on Thursday, October 1, 2009, at 2 p.m at Lee Park Baptist Church with Pastor Chris Justice officiating. Graveside services to follow at Lakeland Memorial Park. The family will begin receiving friends at the church at 12 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Children’s Ministry, c/o Lee Park Baptist Church, 2505 Morgan Mill Rd., Monroe, NC 28110. Arrangements for the Stegall family are in care of Heritage Funeral Home, Indian Trail Chapel. Online condolences may be left at www.heritagefuneral.net. PAID OBITUARY
MARSHVILLE Mrs. Carolyn Hargett Rouse, 82, died Sunday, September 27, 2009, at the Brian Center of Monroe after a brief illness. Mrs. Rouse was born July 13, 1927, in Union County, daughter of the late James Marshall and Julia Hinson Hargett and the widow of Joe Winborne Rouse. She was also preceded in death by two sisters: Hazel H. Collins and Louise H. Tice. The family will receive friends from six until eight p.m. Wednesday, September 30, 2009, at the McEwen Funeral Home in Monroe, Graveside services will be 2:00 p.m. Thursday, October 1, 2009, at Sharon Memorial Park in Charlotte, with Reverend Tommy Butler officiating. Carolyn graduated from New Salem School and worked for many years at Hudson Hosiery in Charlotte before retiring from Tyco in Monroe after 25 years of service. She was an active member of New Hope Baptist Church, an excellent seamstress and an avid gardener having accumulated prizes for her sewing, flowers and canning. Survivors include her two sons, Marshall Joe Rouse and wife Frances of Rock Hill S.C., Donald Winborne Rouse of Marshville N.C. three grandchildren and their spouses, Jerry Wayne Rouse and Stacey of Albuquerque, New Mexico, David Marshall Rouse and Julia of Ithaca, N.Y., and Leslie Rouse Shepperd and Tucker of Raleigh N.C., one beloved great-grandchild, Collin Witten Rouse of Albuquerque, New Mexico; one sister, Julia Marsh Hargett Smith and husband Bill of Marshville, N.C. In lieu of flowers, the family request memorials be made to the charity of your choice or the Alzheimer’s Association, 225 North Michigan Avenue, Fl. 17, Chicago, Illinois 60601. McEwen Funeral and Cremation Service of Monroe is serving the family of Mrs. Rouse. PAID OBITUARY
(Editor’s note: To list the event of your nonprofit civic, social or governmental organization, call 704261-2252.)
• EXERCISE CLASS, 9 a.m. to 10 a.m., Ellen Fitzgerald Senior Center. Open to ages 55 and up. For details, call 704282-4657. • TODDLER TIME, 9:30 a.m., Marshville Library, for children ages 12 months to 36 months. • STORY TIME, 10 a.m., 11 a.m., Waxhaw Library, for ages 3 to 5. For details, call 704-8433131. • TURNING POINT DOMESTIC VIOLENCE GROUP, 4 p.m. at the shelter. Details, 704-283-7233. • STORY TIME, 10 a.m., Marshville Library, for ages 3 to 5. For details, call 704-624-2828. • SENIOR FITNESS CLASS, 10 a.m. to 10:45 a.m., Bazemore Center, Winchester Avenue, Monroe. Free to all senior citizens. Details, 704-282-4654. • TODDLER TIME, 10:30 a.m., 11 a.m., Union West Regional Library. For ages 18 to 36 months. • RED CROSS BLOOD DRIVE, 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., Department of Social Services, 1212 W. Roosevelt Blvd., Monroe. Details, 704-283-7402. • BABY TIME, 11 a.m., Monroe Library. Details, 704-283-8184. • STORY TIME, 11:30 a.m., Union West Regional Library, for children ages 3 to 5. • MICROSOFT POWERPOINT ESSENTIALS I CLASS, 3 p.m., Union West Library. Free. Registration required; call 704-821-7475. • UNION WEST ANIME CLUB, 4:45 p.m. to 6:45 p.m., Union West Library. Details, 704-8217475. • MICROSOFT POWERPOINT ESSENTIALS II CLASS, 5 p.m., Union West Library. Free. Registration required; call 704-821-7475. • ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS, Low Bottom group, 6 p.m. to 7 p.m., old Belk building, 200 Stewart St., Monroe. Details, 704-332-4387; 704377-0244. • ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS, Sunset group, 6 p.m., 1010 McManus St., Monroe. Details, 704-219-6245. • CLASSIC CRUISERS, 7 p.m., Poplin Place shopping center, West Roosevelt Boulevard, Monroe. For details, contact Jim Collura at 704289-6208 or email@example.com. • BINGO, 7:30 p.m., Vietnam Veterans Association Post No. 14, 620 Roosevelt Blvd., $2,500 program. Doors open at 5 p.m. For details, call 704-283-6165. • NARCOTICS ANONYMOUS, 8 p.m. to 9 p.m., Friendship Missionary Baptist Church administrative building, 501 Burke St. Details, 704821-4256, 704-763-0784.
• UNION WEST ROTARY, 7:30 a.m., civic building behind Indian Trail Town Hall. For details, call Sean Helms, 704-849-9332. • WAXHAW-WEDDINGTON SUNRISE ROTARY CLUB, 7:30 a.m., Rippington’s Restaurant, 109 W. South Main Street, Waxhaw. Details, Arthur Lightbody, 704-843-6048. • BASIC COMPUTER SKILLS CLASS, 10 a.m., Union West Library. Free. Registration required; call 704-821-7475. • UNION COUNTY MOMMIES, 10:30 a.m., monthly meet-and-greet, Grace United Method-
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ist Church, 3522 Secrest Shortcut Road. Details, 704-221-8113, www.UnionCountyMommies.com. • BABY TIME, 10:30 a.m., Union West Library. Details, 704-8217475. • MONROE LIONS CLUB meeting, noon, Quincy’s Family Steakhouse. Call Wanda Deese, 704-577-7669, for details. • KIWANIS CLUB OF MONROE, noon to 1 p.m., Rolling Hills Country Club. For details, call Fran Dandridge at 704289-9429. • SENIOR CITIZENS CANASTA, 12:30 p.m., Ellen Fitzgerald Center. For information, call Ellen Fitzgerald Senior Center at 704-282-4657. • MICROSOFT EXCEL I CLASS, 3:30 p.m., Monroe Library. Free. Registration required; call 704-283-8184. • HOMEWORK HELP NIGHT, 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., Monroe Library. For grades one through eight. Details, Kim, 704283-8184, ext. 238. • FUN WITH SCIENCE, 4:30 p.m., Edwards Library, Marshville. For ages 8 to 12. Registration required; call 704-624-2828. • THURSDAY TALES, 5 p.m., Monroe Library. For ages 5 and up and their caregivers. Details, 704-283-8184. • WAXHAW BOOK CLUB, 5:45 p.m., Waxhaw Library. Topic, “The Pirate’s Daughter” by Margaret Cezair-Tompson. Details, 704-8433131. • ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS, Low Bottom group, 6 p.m. to 7 p.m., old Belk building, 200 Stewart St., Monroe. Details, 704-332-4387; 704377-0244. • TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly), 6 p.m. weigh-in, 6:20 meeting, Love Baptist Church, 707 Deese Road, Monroe. Details, 704-225-1720. • WAXHAW TOPS #613 (Take Off Pounds Sensibly), 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Waxhaw Bible Church, 6810 Pleasant Grove Road. For details, call 704-843-5518 or 704-2543880. • ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS, Sunset group, 6 p.m., 1010 McManus St., Monroe. Details, 704-219-6245. • UNION COUNTY CRUISERS, 6:30 p.m., Monroe Mall, next to Pizza Hut. Custom and classic cars. Details, 704238-1600. • UNION COUNTY SADDLE CLUB, 7 p.m., Saddle Club grounds, East Sandy Ridge Road, Monroe. Details, 704-7635396. • SENIOR DANCE, 7 p.m.-9 p.m., Ellen Fitzgerald Center, Line dancing and ballroom dancing. Details, 704-282-4657. • BINGO, 7 p.m. to 10 p.m., Indian Trail VFW, 100 VFW Lane, Indian Trail; $500 jackpot. For details, call 704-821-9753. • FOREST HILLS BAND BOOSTERS, 7 p.m., Forest Hills High School bandroom. Details, 704-233-0125. • WAXHAW LIONS CLUB, 7 p.m., site TBA. For details, call 704-8435537. • BOY SCOUT TROOP 98, 7 p.m., Hemby Bridge Church, 6010 Mill Grove Road. For details, call 704-882-3482. • WEDDINGTON HIGH PTSA, 7 p.m., media center. • UNION COUNTY REPUBLICAN PARTY EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE, 7 p.m., Bear’s Lair Restaurant, 6751 Old Monroe Road, Indian Trail. Details, Terry Glesias, 704-243-3262 or firstname.lastname@example.org. • UNION DISTRICT BOY SCOUTS district committee meeting, 7:30 p.m., Central United Methodist Church Scout hut, Hayne and Sunset. Details, 980-722-3787. • WEDDINGTON HIGH BAND BOOSTERS, 7:30 p.m., Weddington High band room. For details, call 704-226-0205. • COCAINE ANONYMOUS meeting, 7:30 p.m., at the Friendship Home, 2111 Stafford St. Ext., Monroe. • CIVIL AIR PATROL, South Piedmont Squad-
ron, 7:30 p.m., Indian Trail Town Hall. For details, contact Jerry Langley at 704-847-8304. • UNION COUNTY SADDLE CLUB, 7:30 p.m., clubhouse. Open for novice and experienced horse owners/ enthusiasts. For details, contact Rick Harmon at 704-764-9104, or Harriet Metrosky at 704-2895773. • AL-ANON, 8 p.m., First Step Recovery Center, 1623 Sunset Drive, Monroe. Details, 704-2830944, 704-764-7651.
• EXERCISE CLASS, 9 a.m. to 10 a.m., Ellen Fitzgerald Senior Center. Open to ages 55 and up. For details, call 704-2824657. • SENIOR FITNESS CLASS, 10 a.m. to 10:45 a.m., Bazemore Center, Winchester Avenue, Monroe. Free to all senior citizens. Details, 704-282-4654. • BABY TIME, 10:30 a.m., Edwards Library, Marshville. Details, 704624-2828. • TURNING POINT DOMESTIC VIOLENCE GROUP, 4 p.m. at the shelter. Details, 704-2837233. • ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS, Low Bottom group, 6 p.m. to 7 p.m., old Belk building, 200 Stewart St., Monroe. Details, 704-332-4387; 704377-0244. • ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS, Sunset group, 6 p.m., 1010 McManus St., Monroe. Details, 704-219-6245. • NARCOTICS ANONYMOUS, 7 p.m. to 8 p.m., Nicey Grove Baptist Church, 318 Camden Road, Wingate. Details, 704-221-7352. • OVERCOMERS OUTREACH ANONYMOUS, 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., 1700 Secrest Shortcut Road. For details call 704-846-9223. • NARCOTICS ANONYMOUS, 8 p.m. to 9 p.m., Friendship Missionary Baptist Church administrative building, 501 Burke St. Details, 704-8214256, 704-763-0784. • CAROLINA SINGLES & MARRIED COUPLES CLUB DANCE, 8 p.m. to 11:30 p.m., Shrine Club, Phifer Street. Free line dance class, 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. Admission, $10. Must be 21. Details, Ellen Benton, 704-283-1304.
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LOCAL BRIEFS DSS board to meet today
MONROE The Union County Board of Social Services will meet today at 3 p.m. in the administrative offices of the Department of Social Services, 1212 W. Roosevelt Blvd.
Flu shots to be offered Thursday
MONROE Community Health Services of Union County will offer flu shots at Mill Creek Baptist Church on Thursday from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Cost is $30, by cash or check, or free with a Medicare card. Those who receive a shot should bring all insurance cards and wear a short-sleeve or roll-up sleeve shirt. Pregnant women will need a note of approval from their doctor. For more information, call 704-296-0909.
Unity/Jackson meeting Thursday
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Museum of Waxhaws plans October events WAXHAW The Museum of the Waxhaws has the following events coming up in October and November. Oct. 10, 7:30 p.m., History Alive Call 704-843-1832 for more information. Oct. 17, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Living History Observe and participate in historical crafts, demonstrations, military drills, blacksmithing, and more, the third Saturday of every month. Regular museum admission. Oct. 18, 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., Children’s Halloween Workshop Learn how Halloween evolved over time through crafts, games, and holiday experts. For children ages 5 and older; $15 per child. Call 704-843-1832 or e-mail the museum at email@example.com to register. Oct. 24, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., The 30th Annual Waxhaw Scottish Games and Festival Experience Waxhaw’s Scottish heritage with a plaid-filled day of music, food, merchants and competitions. Activities include genealogy, clan
LANCASTER, S.C. — The Unity/Jackson area crime watch meeting will be held at Unity ARP Church on Thursday from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Turning Point gets $20,000 grant
MONROE Turning Point of Union County has been awarded a $20,000 grant from the Mary Kay Foundation. The foundation’s annual shelter grant giving program awarded $3 million in total grants to 150 domestic violence shelters in all 50 states. Each shelter received a $20,000 grant to help combat domestic violence, educate local communities, provide shelter and rehabilitation for survivors and keep shelters open.
tents, athletic competition, highland dance competition, battle axe competition, bonnie knees contest, border collie demonstrations, parade of tartans, pipe band, Scottish storyteller, booksigning, lassies’ events, Scottish country dance contest and kids’ competitions. Featured will be international recording artist Alex Beaton, performing Scottish folk music. Admission is $10 for adults, $8 for seniors, $4 for children ages 6 to 12 and no charge for children 5 and under. For more information, call Marietta Morrison at 803-818-5272. Oct. 29-30, 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., Haunted Night At The Museum Activities for the whole family, including kids’ crafts and games, a Civil War starvation party, fortune telling, and for the very brave — dare to venture into the woods. Cost is $5 per person over 5 years of age, free for those 5 and under. Nov. 14, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., “Time Line of the Soldier” Visit with veterans of recent wars and re-enac-
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tors of past conflicts. Military artifacts on display will include uniforms, weapons and other memorabilia. Anyone who would like to share your memories or items from past wars, call the museum at 704-843-1832. Nov. 14, 7:30 p.m., History Alive “John C. Calhoun,” performed by Joe Stukes. Tickets are $8 and reservations are recommend-
ed. Call 704-843-1832 for information or reservations. Nov. 15, 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., Children’s Thanksgiving Day workshop Learn the history and customs of Thanksgiving through crafts, games, and holiday experts. For children ages 5 and older; $15 per child. Call 704-843-1832 or e-mail the museum at mwaxhaw@
museumofthewaxhaws. com to register. The Museum of the Waxhaws is open Fridays and Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sundays, 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $5 for adults, $4 for seniors, $2 for ages 6 to 12 and no charge for ages 5 and under. For information or reservations, call 704-8431832 or e-mail mwaxhaw@ museumofthewaxhaws. com.
SPCC offering basic electrical course MONROE South Piedmont Community College will offer a basic electrical class beginning Monday at its campus on Old Charlotte Highway. The 10-day, 40hour course runs Mondays through Thursdays from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Russell Carpenter, SPCC’s director of mecha-
tronics, said the certificate class is for anyone in a maintenance profession, for homeowners or hobbyists. The class covers basic electrical theory, Ohm’s law, power law, AC/DC, simple circuits, and multimeter use. Students will also learn how to use testing equipment and troubleshooting techniques.
“It’s useful for the job or around the house,” he said. “The class will teach what electricity is, how it is made, its characteristics and its behavior.” There is no prerequisite for this course. The fee is $120. For more information, contact Karen Elizabeth Smith at ksmith@ spcc.edu or 704-290-5272.
New Childcare Center Opening! October 5, 2009 Creative Curriculum
Ages 6 wks - 5 yrs & Afterschool: 5 - 12 yrs Hours 7am-6pm 3816 Morgan Mill Rd.. Monroe, NC 28110 Childcare Center 704-226-1200; Fax 704-226-1717 Emmanuel Baptist Church Office 704-289-5654, 704-289-6772
You could win $200.00 If you have the best recipe!! It’s time for The Enquirer-Journal’s annual recipe contest.
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Deadline Extended to Sept. 30!! Schedule of Events
October 3, 2009 – Wingate University 7:00am – 10:00am Registration of Members LaVerne Banquet Hall Make sure you bring your registration card Distribution of $2.5 million in member dividends
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he pot and the kettle are calling each other black. House Speaker Joe Hackney is a bit peeved that Gov. Bev Perdue accused the legislature of trying to hide public records associated with the budget process. In September, Perdue vetoed legislation that, she said, would have hidden legislative budget documents from public view. Perdue has cast herself as the champion of government transparency. Hackney recently responded, telling the Asheville Citizen-Times that with a little tweaking next May, the vetoed legislation will satisfy the governor and the public. The legislature, he said, is committed to a “mostly open” budget process. In contrast, he said, no one outside of the administration sees how the executive budget is prepared. Hackney makes a good point about the governor’s budget - not just Perdue’s, but every chief executive’s. This is a process in serious need of some sunshine. Early in legislative sessions, governors announce their budgets, and it is the first time the public has seen any of it. The public doesn’t know who influences the governor as he or she decides to increase funding for one program or cut it for another. Cabinet secretaries and assistant secretaries hold no open votes as they choose one capital project over another. But when Hackney, speaking of the legislative budget process, said that “ours is mostly open,” he really was spinning yarn. At the General Assembly, spending bills are filed. Most of the requests are discussed in the open, and a few are even supported or rejected in public votes. Then, when budget committees must decide the final spending plan, activity disappears behind a black screen. Budget subcommittee chairmen meet privately in closed offices, and most meeting times are never announced. The public and the vast majority of legislators are shut out of the process. A small group of influential legislators - and for several terms Sen. Linda Garrou has been one of them - decide how to spend much of the money. Not all the money. But decisions on a big chunk, usually the most controversial funds, are made in private. Joe Hackney has been a friend of open government for a long time. As speaker, he has been a big improvement over some of his predecessors. He should know better than to brag about the openness of a budget process that is closed when the crucial decisions are made. Winston-Salem Journal
YOUR VIEW Right wing is inciting listeners to violence Many of the right wing talk show hosts are inciting their listeners to violence. Peaceful protest is the first amendment at work, but these people are using their programs to incite people to go after anyone they don’t agree with. National media is not doing its job (what else is new) by exposing these violence-inciting strategies for what they are. Beverly Wiseman Matthews
Werner Thomisser is a qualified candidate I would strongly encourage your readers to consider the following Candidate for Town Council Election on November 3, 2009. Werner Thomisser- Resident of Weddington, NC. I am in strong support of Mr. Thomisser for the following reasons: 1- Mr. Thomisser supports the following efforts and special interest projects in our town: a- The Rea Road Extension to bypass traffic around Weddington and eliminate congestion b- Funding for traffic lights at Hemby/Weddington-Matthews/Belulah Church Roads c- The passage of an ordinance prohibiting any future consideration for a private sewer plant in Weddington d- Funding for much needed equipment for Providence Volunteer Fire Dept. e- Consideration for development of a Local Library with-
out any further commercial development. f- A continued Strong School system, Managed Growth and No tax increases. Mr. Thomisser has demonstrated his ability to work ethically and systematically for the better good of our town and resident’s quality of life. He has done this by being a constant presence at the Monthly Town meetings and working with the different Municipalities, which include Union County Board of Commissioners and the Weddington Town Council. In the past, Mr. Thomisser has successfully lobbied for Weddington residents by being a direct participant in securing the traffic light at the Intersection of Providence and Hemby Roads, as well as helping to secure the EMS ambulance and salaried crew at the new Wesely Chapel Fire Dept. and three full time firefighters at the Providence Volunteer Fire Dept. I am asking your readers to support Mr. Thomisser by voting on November 3, and get out and vote! Take part in the “right to Vote.” which is such a privilege in our country. Please vote for Werner Thomisser who is the right man to be a part of Town Council and who is a staunch advocate for the residents of Weddington. Janet Beckert Weddingon
That jet noise you hear is sound of freedom This letter is in response to the gentleman who complained about the jet engine noise during
a fly over for the Panthers opening game. Where I come from, we call that the sound of freedom. Regarding your concerns about “wasting taxpayer money”, events such as this are considered live training missions. It takes a co-ordinated response from an entire team to get “time on target”. Classroom simulation is a useful training tool, but real time training is invaluable to the mission… FLY, FIGHT, WIN. Nancy D. Anderson Lt. Colonel USAFR (Ret) Mayor, Town of Weddington
Margaret Desio has record of achivement Having known and worked with Margaret Desio for several years, I know she will be a vital member of the Monroe City Council, just as she is of every organization to which she belongs. Her vision enables her to establish long0-range goals , and her work ethic allows her, with other’s support and help, to achieve them. As a dedicated, informed leader of several First Presbyterian Church and civic committees (Historic Commission, Land Development Board, Planning Board, Red Cross, Operation Reach Out), Margaret Desio has already done much to advance this city. Given her attributes and achievements, the Monroe City Council will be strong with Margaret Desio as a member. ANNIE HELMS Monroe
Disappointments follow groundbreaking events CHAPEL HILL — Thinking about that presidential election still sends chills of happiness through my brain. It was 1976 and my country had, unbelievably, actually elected a real Southerner, Jimmy Carter, to the presidency. Back when I was growing up, nobody thought that a Southerner could win a presidential election. We were different from the rest of the country — outsiders and only junior partners in the government and in the Democratic Party. Our people might be nominated to the vice presidency from time to time to hold together the Democratic coalition of Southern conservatives and liberals from the rest of the country. Lyndon Johnson did not count. Even though he talked like we did, he was a Westerner, and his assumption of the presidency in tragedy did not change the “rule” against Southerners getting elected president. It was the election of a Georgian from the Deep South that changed that rule. Today, we have gotten ac-
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customed to Southern accents in the White House, thanks to Carter, Clinton, and George W. Bush. But I still remember when that door first opened for people from our part of the country. There is something else I remember about those times. After the excitement of the election was over, there was the letdown. Jimmy Carter was not a perfect president, and it did not take long for critics and opponents to fight against him and his programs. With that criticism, there was a tinge of mockery of Carter’s Southern roots, his accent, and the cadre of Southerners in his
group of advisors. I remember my reaction. “They are snobs. They don’t like us. They can’t get over the fact that one of us actually won the presidency.” Maybe you have forgotten the resentment we felt when the intellectuals and the Washington insiders looked down their noses at the new president — and his “Southernness.” When they opposed his policies and ridiculed the way he ran the government, I sometimes took it personally. I even resented the attempt of the late Senator Ted Kennedy to take away Carter’s re-nomination in 1980. Today, it is easier to deal with the memory of that anti-Southerner thread in the criticism of the Carter administration. Clearly, looking back, it was only a part — a small part — of the whole thing. But it was real to me. And there were a lot of people who really did look down on us Southerners. That anti-Southerner snobbishness that was a part of the opposition to Carter really got
“Today, it is easier to deal with the memory of that anti-Southerner thread in the criticism of the Carter administration. Clearly, looking back, it was only a part — a small part — of the whole thing.”
under my skin. For me it was ironic that all those memories came rolling back when President Carter recently spoke about the racist link he saw in much of the bitter criticism of President Obama. “There is,” Carter said, “an inherent feeling among many in this country that an African-American should not be president.”
The anti-Southerner/antiCarter phenomena was not nearly as serious a matter as the racism/anti-Obama one that Jimmy Carter alleged the other day. It is not the same at all. In fact, part of the anti-Southerner prejudice that I resented so much was well-earned by white Southerners by their adherence to a system of racial segregation, prejudice and exploitation that is part and parcel of the racism that still bedevils us. Racism will probably always play some part in the opposition to Obama and his programs. But it is not and will not be the major reason. Most of the opposition will come from people who disagree with his proposals, just as most people who fought Jimmy Carter were not simply anti-Southerner. Those who support President Obama would do better not to bring race into the discussion. It will not help anymore than my ranting about anti-Southerners did to help Jimmy Carter when he was president.
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Jury selection begins in murder trial STATE BRIEFS BY JASON deBRUYN
MONROE Jury selection began in a murder trial Tuesday after a plea deal was rejected. District Attorney John Snyder offered a deal to Jamez Dorjan Hunter that would have him plead guilty to second-degree murder and robbery with a dangerous weapon. In exchange, he would serve up to 42 years in prison. Hunter rejected the offer, choosing instead to face a firstdegree murder charge, which has a mandatory life sentence without opportunity for parole if he is convicted by a jury. The district attorneyâ€™s office is not seeking the death penalty.
Hunter, 27 of 124 W. Union St., Marshville, is charged in the death of Rosia Lee Hunter, who was killed May 6, 2007, at her home in Marshville. Rosia Hunter was Jamez Hunterâ€™s grandmother. Judge David Lee on Tuesday denied two motions from the defendant. Defense attorney Norman Butler requested on Monday that an interview between Jamez Hunter and State Bureau of Investigation Special Agent Brandon Blackman not be allowed because Hunter was under the influence of cocaine at the time. Blackman testified that Hunter was lucid during the interview and did not show any signs of being
impaired. Hunter signed a written recording of the interview which states that he was of clear mind and not influenced by any drugs or alcohol. Lee ruled that the interview be allowed because, in his opinion, Hunter showed he was thinking clearly based on his answers and his recollection. Butler also filed a motion that evidence found in a search of 124 W. Union St., Marshville not be admitted because the address of the search warrant initially listed the address as 120 W. Union St. Lee ruled that the description of the house and directions to it were detailed enough, and the address was corrected soon
enough that the evidence from the search could be admitted. Later in the day, Lee ruled against the stateâ€™s request to join the murder and robbery charge. Lee ruled that because the district attorney did not give the defense attorney enough time to prepare for the robbery charge, the charges should not be joined. Snyder elected to move forward solely with the murder charge. Snyder refused to answer questions or give comment about the case. He also requested that a reporter for The Enquirer-Journal not be allowed in the court room, which is open to the public. Lee also denied that request.
Pizza store closes in wake of YouTube videos By Ragan Robinson
Media General News Service HICKORY â€” The notorious gross-out videos made by two Dominoâ€™s Pizza workers and posted on YouTube cost the store more than half its profits, the storeâ€™s owner says. The store closed Sept. 22. â€œMy business was off 58 percent because of YouTube,â€? said Kevin Hendren, the franchise owner. He was at the darkened pizza shop in Conover on Monday and said he will not reopen it. Hendren declined to say whether he has plans for the building. â€œIâ€™m just living day to day right now,â€? he said.
Business at the Conover Dominoâ€™s did not rebound after he fired two employees responsible for the videos in April, Hendren said. Five separate clips showed an employee appearing to put cheese in his nose before putting it on a sandwich, pass gas on a piece of salami and sneeze on an order of cheese sticks then hide the resulting mucus under the cheese before boxing the order. In one clip, the employee pulled down his pants, wiped himself with a sponge and then used the sponge to wipe down a pan in the sink. The videos gained a vast online audience. Conover Chief of Police Gary La-
Man accused of killing two cops is ruled competent for trial CHARLOTTE (AP) â€” A judge has ruled that the man charged with killing two North Carolina police officers in 2007 is competent to stand trial. The Charlotte Observer reported on its Web site Tuesday that Superior Court Judge Albert Diaz said Demeatrius Montgomery did not prove he was incompetent to stand trial on two counts of first-degree murder in the deaths of two CharlotteMecklenburg officers. Heâ€™s charged with killing 34-year-old Officer
Sean Clark and 35-yearold Officer Jeff Shelton, a Monroe native, who were shot to death March 31, 2007. Doctors testified for the defense that the 27-yearold Montgomery likely suffers from paranoid schizophrenia. They said he wonâ€™t talk to his lawyers and canâ€™t assist in his defense. Prosecutors presented evidence that Montgomery often talked by phone to his family from jail and has written letters to them.
fone said he fielded calls from reporters with BBC, Inside Edition, Court TV and TV stations from as far away as St. Louis in the wake of the controversy. Michael Anthony Setzer, 32, of Conover and Kristy Lynn Hammonds, 31, of Taylorsville were charged with distributing prohibited foods, a felony. Renee Travis, who works at Primetime Video next door to the Conover Dominoâ€™s, said she was sorry to see the pizza pickup and delivery stop. She went back to ordering from the Dominoâ€™s a few weeks after the YouTube controversy, figuring the store was cleaner then ever. A typical Dominoâ€™s employs 15 to 20 people, said Tim McIntyre, a corporate spokesman for Dominoâ€™s Pizza. â€œThese are all people who lost their incomes because of what two people did,â€? he said. â€œThere were a lot of victims created by the prank these two individuals pulled.â€? Hendren has closed two Dominoâ€™s franchises this year, according to McIntyre, though he wasnâ€™t
sure where the second is. He said Hendren still operates one Dominoâ€™s franchise. Nationwide, the YouTube videos cost Dominoâ€™s an estimated 1 or 2 percent in sales, McIntyre said. Dominoâ€™s used the video controversy as a reminder to franchise owners that every hire is important, he said. The corporate headquarters also began encouraging franchises to conduct criminal background checks on potential employees. Hammonds was convicted in 2008 of misdemeanor sexual battery and is a registered sex offender. She was in the news earlier this month after being kicked out of Wilkes Community College. The college cited the state law known as the Jessica Lunsford Act that bars registered sex offenders from knowingly being on the grounds of any place where minors are cared for or gather for regularly scheduled educational programs. The community college has a program that includes high school students.
DMV head says no evidence of gifts
RALEIGH (AP) â€” The commissioner of North Carolinaâ€™s Division of Motor Vehicles says thereâ€™s no evidence linking a phone company contract to gifts and meals provided by its workers to state employees. Commissioner Mike Robertson told reporters Tuesday that Verizon Business says more than 60 state workers or their family members received restaurant meals, hockey tickets and other benefits from company employees. The State Bureau of Investigation has been asked to look at what happened. Robertson says the SBI is also investigating whatâ€™s happened to some undelivered computers. Robertson says no current employees have yet been disciplined and it appears thereâ€™s no evidence that the gifts had a role in expanding a Verizon state contract.
Teens charged in hedge clipper attack
WINSTON-SALEM (AP) â€” Police have arrested three teenagers for assaulting a North Carolina man with his own hedge clippers. Multiple media outlets reported that WinstonSalem police made the arrests Monday and Tuesday after robbers hit a 53-year-old Winston-Salem man in the head and face Saturday with the clippers. Police say Billy Lee Brown returned home in the afternoon and caught the three robbing his house. He was taken to a hospital for treatment. Seventeen-year-old John Henry Brown, 18-year-old Akeem Wilson and 19-year-old Shermain Cortez Moses face charges of robbery with a dangerous weapon, assault with a deadly weapon and felony breaking and entering. They are being held on $200,000 bond. No attorneys were listed for the suspects.
Treasurer unveils new travel policy
RALEIGH (AP) â€” State Treasurer Janet Cowell has issued a new travel policy for employees who are reimbursed by companies through which the stateâ€™s pension funds invest money. The policy change unveiled Tuesday comes after details were disclosed about business trips taken by then-chief investment officer Patricia Gerrick while managing the stateâ€™s $64 billion retirement system. Cowell said in an interview with The Associated Press that an employee now canâ€™t be reimbursed directly from investment companies or investment advisory boards when they pay for the employeeâ€™s trip. Employees now will get paid back for expenses through the State Treasurerâ€™s Office. Cowell said the change increases transparency within the department. The treasurer declined to release more details about why Gerrick was let go several weeks ago.
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