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Weddington powered through Porter Ridge in straight sets Thursday. See 13

Teachers Fast-growing New Town Elementary will get two new teachers despite cutbacks. See 3

United way

MONROE Union Academy is suing the state for a share of lottery money and corporate income taxes. North Carolina established charter schools in 1996, but limited the funds they could receive from the state. Charter schools are public, tuition-free schools funded

by federal, state and local taxes to pay for teachers, textbooks and some operational costs. Union Academy’s operational costs are about $7 million per year, according to finance officer Lynn Kroeger. The lawsuit seeks money from the state’s capital outlay fund, which comes from two sources. The Public School Building Capital Fund receives 14 percent of the money col-

lected by the N.C. Education Lottery, and about 7.25 percent of corporate income tax, although the General Assembly diverted the income tax contribution until 2011. Union Academy headmaster Raymond Reinsant said a share of that Ed Cottingham / Waxhaw Exchange money could help provide a central location for all Second-grader Nick Smith leaves school for the day at Union Academy. The charter school is developing plans to add a building its students. that would join the gym, background left, with the media center on the right, but does not receive capital funds from the state. SCHOOLS / 2

Quilters on mission 7th Barnful of Quilts aids Presbyterian outreach

Hospitals ban kids to fight H1N1 BY TIFFANY LANE


First-time United Way volunteers dig deep to help embattled charity. See 7

Murder Prosecutors open their case against Jamez Hunter with grisly details about how his grandmother was killed. See 9

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The battle between your interests, your doctor’s liability, and the insurance industry’s profits. See 4

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WAXHAW Valerie Fox loves her horses, but simply can’t allow them in the barn this weekend – not when there are quilts to display. Fox Farms in Waxhaw will host its seventh annual Barnful of Quilts on Saturday. Money raised through admissions donations will go to missions and outreach at Waxhaw Presbyterian Church. “It’s a celebration of quilting and fiber arts,” Fox said. “The whole barn is just given over to the quilts.” The event raised $7,000 last year. Barnful of Quilts will feature several quilters, including Fletcher McNeil of Lenoir. McNeil began quilting at the age of 65. Now 84, she will have several of her own quilts on display. The event also includes a bake sale, yarn vendors, embroiderers’ guild, lace makers’ guild, silent auction and raffle. A quilt historian will be on hand to date antique quilts and discuss the history behind their patterns. Some quilts are for show, and some are for sale. While many of the contributing quilters are from Charlotte and others from Lancaster, S.C., several are from Union County. Karen McWhorter is part of UCo Quilters, a group of five Union County women who meet

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Valerie Fox, owner of Fox Farm, and quilters Judy Jewell, Joyce Walker, Karen McWhorter and Rose Giacchetta look over quilts and discuss entries in the 2009 Barnful of Quilts benefit show, which will be at Fox Farm in Waxhaw on Saturday. weekly in McWhorter’s “bonus room” above the garage. Two are from Waxhaw and three are from Monroe.

McWhorter, retired from Bell South, began quilting in 1983 while she was pregnant with her son.

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MONROE Visitors under the age of 18 will be barred from several area hospitals unless they receiving treatment. Carolinas HealthCare System and Novant Health, which owns Presby t e r i a n HospiInside tals, anA llist of nounced health care the ban facilities on Monenforcing day, citing ongoing the ban efforts See 9 to prevent the spread of the H1N1 virus, or swine flu. The new rule will take effect Thursday, Stephen Wallenhaupt, executive vice president of Novant Health, said the policy should protect both children and adults, including patients, staff members and visitors. “We know this change poses an inconvenience to families with patients in area facilities, but it is important to make this change effective now to limit the spread and impact of flu,” Wallenhaupt said in a press release. “Many patients, particularly newborns, pregnant women and patients with suppressed immune systems, are particularly vulnerable.” Byron Pouges, a spokesman for Carolinas Medical Center-Union, said it will affect every part of the hospital, from waiting


County panel rejects voting districts Committee will recommend adding two county commissioners to board BY JASON deBRUYN MONROE A county governance committee rejected a district-only representation format. The committee agreed to recommend that the Union County Board of Commissioners be increased to seven members, from its current five, but has not made a

final recommendation on how those seven should be elected. The committee eliminated the possibility of having no at large members, however. The governance committee is made up of representatives from each of Union’s 14 towns. Marshville Mayor Frank Deese voted in favor of having seven districts.

“I feel like we need to have district representation so that everyone can be equally represented,” he said. “Our House of Representatives is on districts, our state elections house and senate are on districts. If it’s good enough for the federal government and good enough for the state government why is it not good enough for us?”

Deese did not say he saw the committee’s desire for at large candidates purely as an east vs. west issue in the county, though said it plays a small part. The two towns east of Monroe have a combined 3,191 registered voters, while 11 towns west of Monroe have 59,423 combined. Commissioner Tracy Kuehler serves as a nonvoting chairwoman of

the governance committee and said a decision on how many districts to draw will be looked at during the next meeting. Factors they will consider include allowing one district to vote in a majority. For example, if there are four districts and three at large members, four


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Union Academy seeks funds for expansion Schools from 1 Union Academy’s goal is to move students from its lower campus on Old Charlotte Highway to its upper campus on North Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard. With no capital funding, though, there is no money for another building, Reinsant said. Union County and the Union County Board of Education are named as defendants in the lawsuit. Some Union Academy parents are listed as plaintiffs. Six other North Carolina charter schools are parties in the lawsuit, listing their own counties and school boards as defen-

dants. The suit was filed in Mecklenburg County. Ed Davis, superintendent for Union County Public Schools, said North Carolina law provides no provision for charter schools to receive capital funding, although the wording could be more explicit. “We certainly are following the law as the law currently exists,” he said. According to North Carolina law, the General Assembly “shall provide ... for a general and uniform system of free public schools, ... wherein equal opportunities shall be provided for all students.” References to “uniform” and “equal” education are at the center of the dispute as charter schools say that should mean funding for every public school, in-

cluding charters. “The question is a point of clarity,” Reinsant said. The Union County school board has yet to discuss the issue in depth, Davis said, but will talk about it in closed session at Tuesday’s meeting. If charter schools win the case, he said, “It could be significant. It could take money that we have used for our building program and upkeep on our facilities.” Attorneys Robert Orr and Jason Kay with the N.C. Institute for Constitutional Law are representing the charter schools. The institute is a nonprofit organization and does not charge for its services. “It doesn’t mean any particular charter school will get capital funding,” Orr said, “but at least they


can be considered.” Capital funding would help provide new facilities and renovations for the state’s 98 charter schools. Orr added that some charter schools rely on private benefactors for funding or local governments to lease unused school facilities to them, but the schools still flip the bill for new construction and renovations. “Parents want their children treated equally,” Reinsant said. “As taxpayers, they are looking for the benefits that come from taxes; for instance, education. ... Charter schools shouldn’t be left out of it.” Still, after reverting thousands of dollars to the state this year, some UCPS officials are worried about having even less money to

work with. Orr said many school systems are behind in capital projects, but it is a challenge for everyone, not just traditional public schools. “It’s not us versus them,” Orr said. “These are all public school students. If there was no charter school, they would be over in the traditional public school right now.” Why is the lawsuit coming up 13 years after charter schools were established? Orr said the N.C. Institute for Constitutional Law has existed for only five years and some people are just realizing that it is there to help with such disputes. “Charter schools are relatively new,” Reinsant said, and still trying to “create a place for them-

selves ... as a public alternative.” Union Academy opened in 1999, three years after the charter school law was put in place. Reinsant took over as headmaster this summer. The other schools that are party to the suit include Socrates Academy, Matthews; Sugar Creek Charter School, Charlotte; Metrolina Regional Scholars’ Academy, Charlotte; Community Charter School, Charlotte; Rocky Mount Preparatory School, Rocky Mount; and Thomas Jefferson Classical Academy, Mooresboro. — Do you have an idea for stories about public, private or home schools? Contact education reporter Tiffany Lane at 704-2612229 or e-mail tlane@theej. com.

Marvin Ridge receives grant to expand media center MARVIN The State Library of North Carolina, a division of the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources, has awarded Marvin Ridge High School a grant to help strengthen its library’s book collection. The $10,000 School Library Collection Development Grant was one of 114 awarded this year to public school libraries statewide with federal Library Services and Technology Act funds. “This school library collection grant helps us

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build a strong book collection to support the school’s curriculum,” said Cheryl Tunno, the librarian in the Marvin Ridge High School media center. “We struggle to maintain a collection that is current and meets student needs, but this will help — our average book is 7 years old,” she added, noting that the grant will be used to replace outdated books as well as to add new books to the library’s collection. “This grant will help us buy 250 new titles.”

The Marvin Ridge High School library has 10,311 books. The single-year grants are to buy books only, and are not offered to replace existing funding for the library. Each dollar of grant funds must be matched with at least 25 cents in local funds. Marvin Ridge High School provided matching funds in the amount of $2,500. Overall, the grants to school libraries this year totaled $1,124,429. Through this program, 874 grants have been awarded since 2000.

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MONROE Three teachers from Porter Ridge Elementary School have been reassigned to new schools, effective Monday. They were notified Thursday afternoon. David Clarke, Union County Public Schools assistant superintendent for human resources, initially said five or six teachers would be moved, but the extra reassignments were not necessary because of attrition within the last week. The school system will also hire four new teachers for overcrowded elementary and middle schools. The teachers will be assigned to New Town, Rocky River and Poplin elementary schools. They will not teach the same grades they cur-

rently teach. The most extreme change is for Elizabeth Clarke, who will move from fifth grade to kindergarten. Clarke said a curriculum specialist already provided her with books to review, and Poplin Elementary principal Stephanie McManus is giving her a week to adjust. After meeting with David Clarke, Elizabeth Clarke — no relation — said the transfer won’t be “as disruptive as I thought.” She looks at it as “a new opportunity to go to a beautiful, brand new school.” The other two teachers were also positive, David Clarke said. “They handled it very well.” Students that the teachers taught at Porter Ridge will be dispersed among

other classes. Class size at the school was below average, David Clarke said, and will not be over capacity with the transition. Each grade level’s curriculum is the same, he added, and students switching classes should not fall behind. As for the schools teachers will move to, a school can either take a certain number of students out of each class in a certain grade to form a new class, David Clarke said, or pull small groups of students from a few classes. The school system will hire four new teachers, one each at Union Elementary, New Town Elementary, Sun Valley Middle and Piedmont Middle. It is up to individual schools to post those openings, David Clarke

said, to be filled “as soon as possible.” Union County Public Schools could still be asked to give more positions back to the state, he added, but there are unfilled positions on reserve that it can give up if that is the case. “We don’t think that the ones we’ve handed out will be needing to go back to the state,” he said. “We’re pretty confident in that.” If the state asks for fewer positions than UCPS anticipates, more people will be hired to fill reserved spots, he said. The state will make that decision the 40th day of school, near the end of the month. — Have a story idea? Education reporter Tiffany Lane can be reached at 704-261-2229 or tlane@

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ou know what I forgot to say last week? Thank you. Thanks to all of you who responded to the news that I had a lump in my breast. Thanks to those of you who wrote and called, offered good wishes and prayed. And thanks to those of you who offered your own stories and expertise as I began exploring the subject of how consumers can become their own health care advocates. It’s comforting to know that I’m not the only one who is bewildered, amazed and frustrated by turns. It’s slightly less comforting to find out that a lot of the people who share my feelings actually work in the health care and insurance industries. I talked to some of them this week, and came away with useful information: There is a lot of good news: • The cost of health care is becoming more transparent — in theory, at least. • Doctors — who, frankly, want to get paid — are trying to help patients manage their insurance companies’ requirements. • The cost of health care is a lot more negotiable than you might think. There is some bad news, too: • The quality of health care is a lot less transparent than it should be. • Doctors — who, frankly, don’t want to get sued — are nervous about offering cost estimates to patients (but they’re working on it). Probably the most enlightening conversation I had this week was with Katie Robbins, the director of marketing and practice relations for Charlotte Radiology, which is where I had my diagnostic mammogram. Katie, like everyone I’ve spoken with in the health care industry, has her own war stories about care and coverage. When I mentioned that, now that I’ve met my deductible for the year, I’m going on a spree of health care check-ups, she laughed ruefully — and knowingly. As someone whose job is to manage how a medical practice is perceived, Katie has a front-row seat to doctor-patient relations. One of the first things we discussed was what the maze of billing looks like from the inside. We talked about how useful it is to know the average cost of a given treatment — something that Blue Cross Blue Shield provides to its members (but which I, an Anthem subscriber who is served by BCBS, was unable to access). We also talked about how useless that can be as patients move away from common tests — like mammograms — and into things like CT scans and MRIs, which are offered at radically different prices in hospitals and freestanding clinics, by hospitals and by private physicians. I’ve been talking a lot about cost in these columns,

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and it’s important. And, as complicated as it can be, it’s also the easiest part of this whole puzzle for a layperson to grasp. The other moving target is value: The quality of the care you’re getting for the price you pay. So how does a person assess value? According to Katie, BCBS and Anthem, that’s up to patients, and a lot of the time, we’re assessing the wrong things. I was impressed that Charlotte Radiology had cookies (OK, impressed against my better judgement, but still). But, apparently, when you’re talking about someone shooting radiation through your body, it’s worth knowing whether the technician is well-trained and whether the practice has the top accreditations. The question of “chocolate chip or oatmeal raisin” really ought to take a back burner, but ... The problem is obvious, right? I understand chocolate chips and dollars. I don’t understand x-rays, and I don’t understand what makes one mammogram better or worse than another. I can spot a dangling participle at 50 yards and wince at the abuse of “who” and “whom,” but I don’t know the difference between a machine that delivers an appropriate dose of radiation and one that could blast me into next week. Bless Katie’s heart for telling me the most obvious and useful thing I’ve ever heard: That’s what the experts are for — and most of the experts have made lists to help patients advocate for themselves. In my case, Katie said, I could have gone to the American College of Radiology Web site (www. and found a full list of questions, including “Will a board-certified radiologist interpret my examination?” and “Is the imaging facility formally accredited to perform my examination?” Um, I didn’t exactly ask those things. When I googled “Questions to ask your doctor” just now, I got 33,500,000 hits, led off by the American Heart Association, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (a division of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services), and the National Institutes of Health. Well ... neat. For those of you whose experiences and questions I didn’t get to tackle this week, take heart: We’re not running out of subject matter anytime soon. — Betsy O’Donovan can be reached at



It seems very simplistic for a Democrat to think that there are more Republicans than Democrats because Republicans get their conclusions from talk show hosts. Perhaps that kind of attitude is why there are more Republicans. Just because Bush acted more like a free-spending liberal than he should have is no reason for conservatives to switch parties. A better solution is to get true conservatives in office. To think that Democrats are outnumbered because Republicans are stupid is kind of stupid itself. Look at your party and try to find out what is wrong with it instead of being so superficial, because the talk show host approach really won’t get you more members. Jim Silvus Indian Trail

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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. Lt. Col. Nancy Anderson, USAFR (Ret) Weddington Editor’s note: Ms. Anderson is the mayor of Weddington.

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The jets might be making patriotic sonic booms and flyovers for the Panthers games, but the noise in Weddington is coming from our mayor and her self serving, unapproved connector roads, roundabouts, left hand turn lanes into her property, and inappropriate use of taxpayer dollars for athletics and weight rooms. Additionally, continuing the pursuit of commercial development in the downtown area over the objections of 72% of the citizenry has been the consistent noise from our mayor for seven years! It’s time for experience and honest leadership in Weddington, and the self serving nonsense to end. Hughie Sexton Weddington Editor’s note: Sexton is opposing Ms. Anderson in the Weddington mayoral race.

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My wife and I support Werner Thomisser for Town Council, Weddington. Werner is a great candidate for Weddington Council because of his integrity, his win/ win attitude and most of all, he cares about the people of Weddington. Werner has worked with both Union County and Weddington officials, NC DOT, EMS, Fire Departments, Sheriffs office and a number of civic groups. He researches all the issues, presents all the facts and then gives his point of view. He is open for constructive debate and alternative ideas. He has an amazing energy level and stays with an issue until resolved. Werner doesn’t have a self serving agenda and has no ties to any group or individual profiting by land development in Weddington. Werner has been working for the benefit of the citizens of Weddington and when elected will

continue to work for the citizens of Weddington. He already has been involved in numerous positive changes for the town and given the greater forum of a Council Member, we will be amazed! Werner is a Citadel graduate, served in the USMC, former business executive, lived in Charlotte for 26 years and Weddington for 7 years! The Weddington Mayors office and Town

Council has been in the paper and the news too much with all sorts of alleged negative comments. To many accusations, too much defensiveness and too much wasted time and resources. Its time for the majority of Weddington residents to vote and make their voices count! Surveys are ignored, Town Hall is a maze and too many folks from the outside have influ-

ence. Weddington is at a cross roads and if we want to keep the best interests of the citizens the focal point, its time to elect people like Werner Thomisser. Werner Thomisser will continue to work for us in a ethical manner, demonstrate integrity and improve the residents quality of life. Weddingtons future depends on it! Again please join my wife and I in supporting Werner Thomisser for Weddington Town Council. Please on November 3rd, get out and vote, take a stand! Mike Simon Weddington

Support Thomisser 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 without 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 Com-

missioners 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

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Man must repay police fund Former treasurer pleads guilty to embezzling $57,000 BY JASON deBRUYN

Richard Davis must repay $57,000 to the Fraternal Order of Police or face jail time. 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 County Fraternal Order of Police and was sentenced to six to eight months in jail. He will 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 start-

ing 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. “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 will get the money back.” Derenge said she was

given the impression from Davis’ family that the money had already been set aside and would be paid back. She said she was given the impression that family would like to have the felony charge dropped if he paid the money back. The district attorney’s office proceeded with the charge and Davis will have a felony embezzlement conviction on his permanent record. “He just fell into temptation that proved too great for him,” said Davis’ attorney, Harry Crow. “He has pleaded guilty to a felony and that is a significant punishment already.” Derenge said she was more concerned that the money be returned. “It’s terribly critical that he

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should pay the money back,” she said. “It will bring some closure to all of us.” The FOP is raising money for a memorial, but that money was in a separate account which Davis did not access. Still, Derenge said the FOP has not done fundraisers “because we were waiting and wanted this settled and wanted a higher standard put in place so this wouldn’t happen again,” she said. “I feel like he broke my trust personally. I took it very personally.” FOP leaders said they hoped to move on as an organization. Davis has 30 days to repay the money. District Attorney John Snyder declined to comment. — Jason deBruyn can be reached at 704-2612243.

County takes action against local rodeo BY JASON deBRUYN MONROE Union County officials have taken legal action to shut down Plaza de Toros Rio Grande. Thomas “Pinky” Marsh has repeatedly and admittedly bucked county officials and held rodeos and saddle clubs at his farm in Marshville. In May 2007, Marsh was granted a special-use permit to conduct “special events/rodeo type activities” according to a court file. He was limited to four one-day events per year. In September 2007, county land use administrator Lee Jensen ruled that Marsh had violated the special use permit and issued a citation for two violations on Oct. 12, 2007. On Oct. 25, 2007, the Board of Adjustment revoked Marsh’s special use permit.

Marsh maintains he is not subject to local regulations because state law allows agribusinesses to operate without local oversight. He has filed lawsuits and appeals, and has continued operating his events, including one on June 26 and June 27 called “Bull Fights and Dirt Bikes,” according to the court file. The county has sought a permanent injunction from the court that would bar Marsh from conducting events on his property including: “Bull riding, calf scrambles, horse roping, horse racing, petting zoos, motorcross events, selling prepared foods and alcohol, broadcasting amplified music and other disc jockey type events to the public, and other similar type activities,” according to the court file. The county is also seeking to tax the costs of the action against Marsh.

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United Way volunteers dig deep for agencies BY TIFFANY LANE MONROE “That’s appalling.” That was the reaction of Ray Shroyer, a support engineer for Goodrich Corp., after he visited three United Way agencies earlier this summer. On his list: United Family Services, the Union County Community Shelter, and Turning Point, a shelter for victims of domestic violence and their children. “I can’t believe the shape our society is in,” Shroyer said. To see the children at Turning Point “just broke my heart. I didn’t realize how bad it is.” Shroyer was one of 12 Goodrich employees who visited the agencies as part of the company’s efforts to raise money for its weeklong United Way

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Goodrich Corp. supervisor Tim Mitchell landed in the dunk tank ‘more than 20 times’ during the company’s end-of-campaign event for the United Way. Goodrich was the first business in Union County to wrap up its campaign, and raised $34,745, more than $3,000 over last year’s campaign, despite fewer contributors. campaign. It is one of the first businesses to finish the campaign and raised more this year than last, despite a fewer partici-

pants. United Way kicked off its campaign Aug. 29; it will run into November. United Way of Central

Carolinas has set a goal of $22.7 million this year. Union County, which is part of the Central Carolinas fundraising pool, raised $1.4 million last year. Goodrich raised $31,113 last year with 225 employees. This year, it raised $34,745 with 203 employees. Most of that money comes through employee contributions; the company offers a 50 percent match. United Way took a hard hit this year when news broke of Gloria Pace King’s $1.2 million compensation package. King served as executive director of United Way of Central Carolinas. Jane McIntyre took her place at the end of August. Hearing news of King’s substantial compensation, Gloria Goodwin, an associate technician for Goodrich, put a hold on

last year’s United Way donations. This year, she again set aside a portion of her paycheck for United Way agencies. “Times are really tough now,” she said. “I thought this would be a good time to get back in it.” Goodwin said she feels better about the organization’s leadership and was swayed by firsthand accounts of where her money goes. Goodrich human resources manager Heather Russell, who helped head the campaign, said no one at the company was required to give, but everyone was provided with information about local need and services. “Politics aside, controversy aside, let’s look at who’s affected, who needs the help,” she said, and “how the funding received from us affects them.” When the dozen em-

ployees returned from visiting agencies, they shared their experiences with co-workers. Goodwin said they gave “heartfelt speeches,” which touched her more than agency pamphlets would have. Goodwin is giving more this year and, on shopping trips, picks up extra food and school supplies to donate. Shroyer said his visit “made a night and day difference.” Shroyer has given to United Way for 20 years and will give the same amount this year, but “I’m going to give more of myself than money.” He has already dropped boxes of clothes and food off at the Union County Community Shelter, where he will also volunteer. “It was such an eye opener for me. ... I came back here and preached to everybody.”





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BaBy Calendar Obituaries Nancy Starnes Contest All net profits from the calendar and contest votes will go to support Union Smart Start. (Last year $12,245 was donated.) Submit your Cutest Baby photo. Babies must live in Union County and not be older than 2 years of age as of Oct. 31, 2009.

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MINERAL SPRINGS Nancy Winchester Starnes, 98, died Thursday (Oct. 1, 2009) at Hospice of Union County in Monroe. Funeral was Saturday at Heritage Funeral Home of Weddington, with burial in Lakeland Memorial Park in Monroe. Born Aug. 25, 1911, she was a daughter of the late George T. and Rilla H. Winchester. Survivors include Myra Starnes Helms of Indian Trail, Anne Starnes Howell of Charlotte; three grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren. Memorials may be made to Union County Council on Aging, or Hospice of Union County or to the charity of one’s choice. Online condolences may be left at

Elizabeth Butler WAXHAW Elizabeth Butler, 74, died Thursday (Oct. 1, 2009) at home. Arrangements will be announced by Grier Funeral Service of Monroe.

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WAXHAW De Shonney Gregory Crowe, 46, died Sept. 26, 2009, at home. Funeral was Saturday at First Presbyterian Church in Waxhaw. Born May 8, 1963, in Manhattan, N.Y., he was a son of James McIntyre of New York City and Helen Gwendolyn Crowe of Waxhaw. Survivors, in addition to his parents, include one son, DeShonney Staten of Indiana; one daughter, Taheerah Smith of Waxhaw; maternal grandparents, James and Annie Faye Crowe of Waxhaw; and two grandchildren.

Gary Burnette

WAXHAW Gary Sylvanus Burnette, 70, died Monday (Sept. 28, 2009). Funeral was Thursday at Gordon Funeral Service in Monroe. Born May 19, 1939, in Gaston County, he was a son of the late Cecil and Dessie Reagan Burnette. He was preceded in death by a daughter, Sondra Burnette.

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Obituaries are published weekly and include name, age, address, place of death, occupation, military service, spouse, parents, childre, immediate family survivors, number of grandchildre and great-grandchildren, funeral arrangements and memorials. Obituaries containing additional information may be purchased. Obituaries, whether free or paid, are accepted only from funeral homes. Survivors include his wife, Brenda Rogers Burnette; three daughters, Christy Burnette of Waxhaw, Lisa Ramirez of Paso Robles, Calif., Kim Hitt of Burbank, Calif.; one son, Cory Burnette of Hickory; two brothers, C.D. Burnette, William “Bud” Burnette, both of Canyon County, Calif.; one sister, Tincey Burnette of Arizona; and eight grandchildren. Memorials may be made to Mary Elizabeth Baptist Church, 3703 Mary Elizabeth Church Road, Waxhaw, NC 28173. Online condolences may be made at

pice House. Funeral Mass was Wednesday at St. Matthew Catholic Church in Charlotte, with burial in Forest Lawn East Cemetery in Weddington. Born Sept. 29, 1916, in South Boston, Mass., he was a son of the late Joseph and Malvina Skripkonis Yakavonis and was married to the late Blanche Stella Urban Yakavonis. Survivors include one daughter, Ruth Virginia DePaola; four grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. Online condolences may be left at

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MONROE Virginia Lee Aldridge Helms, 74, died Sept. 26, 2009, at Carolinas Medical Center-Union. Funeral was Wednesday at Freedom Baptist Church in Wingate, with burial in the Faulks Baptist Church cemetery in Marshville. Born Feb. 13, 1935, in Union County, she was daughter of the late Henry L. and Jenny M. Helms Aldridge, and was married to the late Billy F. Griffin Sr. and to the late Clarence Grady Helms. She was preceded in death by a son, Bobby J. Griffin. She was a retired seamstress. Survivors include two sons, Billy F. Griffin Jr., Randy L. Griffin, both of Waxhaw; one daughter, Patricia W. Evans of Lancaster, S.C.; four stepsons, Dennis (Pete) Helms of Indian Trail, Eddie Helms of Greenville, S.C., Rick Helms of Matthews, Roger Helms of Monroe; three stepdaughters, Frances Tipton of Wingate, Edith Witmore of Waxhaw, Willie Ruth Snyder of Indian Trail; 11 grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren. Online condolences may be left at

CHARLOTTE — Margaret Boatright Haywood Grigg, 85, died Sept. 27, 2009, at Hospice House I in Monroe. Funeral was Wednesday at Davis Funeral Home of Monroe, with burial in Forest Lawn East Cemetery in Weddington. Born Aug. 27, 1924, in Union County, she was a daughter of the late Grady Lee and Kathleen Jackson Boatright, and was married to the late Jennings Haywood and to the late Otto Grigg. She was a retired electronic assembler with Douglas Aircraft. Survivors include three daughters, Patricia Grant of Charlotte, Nancy Moore of Unionville, Susan Haywood of Concord; six grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren. Memorials may be made to Alzheimer’s Association, Western Carolina Chapter, 3800 Shamrock Drive, Charlotte, NC 28215-3220 An online guest book is available at

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Opening arguments dwell on bloody details D.A.: Jamez Hunter stabbed his grandmother with golf club; defense says he ‘could not’ BY JASON deBRUYN MONROE Prosecutors offered bloody details as they opened their case against a man accused of killing his grandmother. Jamez Dorjan Hunter, 27, formerly of 124 W. Union St., Marshville, is accused of stabbing his grandmother to death on May 6, 2007. Rosia Hunter was found the next morning by another one of her grandsons, who was waiting for the school bus to Forest Hills High School.

Jamez Hunter is charged with first-degree murder. Testimony began in his trial Friday. The handle of a golf club was protruding from her neck, a detail prosecutors described while showing photos to the jury. “This man sitting right there killed his grandmother,” District Attorney John Snyder said in his

opening argument, standing close to Hunter and pointing while Hunter sat, quiet and expressionless. Defense attorney Norman Butler countered, arguing that Hunter “would not ... could not ... did not kill his grandmother,” but “went into a blackout stage,” on May 6 after taking crack cocaine and ecstasy. “When he gained awareness, he discovered that his poor grandmother was dead,” Butler said, then added that Rosia Hunter was his client’s “beloved grandmother.”

The district attorney’s first witnesses were Hunter’s family; James Allen, one of Rosia Hunter’s five children, now lives at 124 W. Union St. in Marshville and said he assumed she had died from medical complications because she was a 20-year cancer survivor and a diabetic. During Butler’s crossexamination, Allen said that his mother never said anything that would make him believe she was afraid of Jamez Hunter. After family members testified, Union Emer-

gency Services Emergency Medical technician Cathy McNair was called. McNair was in the ambulance that responded to the 911 call made shortly before 7 a.m. on May 7, 2007. After seeing the body and the inside of the house, McNair said it was “obvious” to her that it was a “murder scene.” Rosia Hunter’s body was found in the master bathroom of her home; prosecutors showed photographs of a path of smears marking the floor

between her kitchen and bedroom. State Bureau of Investigation Special Agent Christie Hearne described the crime scene in detail, noting blood marks in the laundry room, kitchen, bedroom and bathroom. She also testified that there were red marks that appeared to be blood stains on a mop. The trial will resume Monday with Hearne’s testimony. — Jason deBruyn can be reached at 704-261-22243 or

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from 1 rooms to medical treatment rooms. “As you can imagine, we know that there will be some special circumstances,” said Roger Ray, executive vice president of Carolinas HealthCare System. Ray said medical officials don’t want to “stand in the way” of seeing patients or of complicating family matters in an “end-of-life situation.” Ray said examples of exceptional circumstances might include a 16-year-old might bring his mother in to the emergency room, or a parent in need of immediate attention might bring a child along with no time to make other arrangements. A teenage mother would be allowed to bring her child in for treatment, he said. Still, children and adolescents are more likely to contract H1N1 flu and might be contagious before showing symptoms. “Goodness knows we don’t want them coming for an innocent visit ... and getting exposed,” Ray said. “North and South Carolina have widespread H1N1 presence right now,” and the states have yet to receive the H1N1 vaccine. A vaccine should be available in October. So far, he added, there are very few cases of seasonal flu. “Almost any flu we’re seeing these days is still H1N1.” North Carolina’s most recent guidelines are to

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Nyesha Mills, 10, reads a magazine as she and her younger brother, Christopher, wait outside the lab at Carolinas Medical Center-Union. Starting Thursday, the hospital and others in the region stepped up their efforts to fight vulnerable patients’ exposure to the H1N1 virus, also known as swine flu, by banning children unless they are receiving treatment. test patients for H1N1 only if their illness is bad enough to land them in the intensive care unit. This makes it difficult to calculate an accurate number of confirmed swine flu cases, Ray said. In addition to the limited visitation, both hospital systems encourage everyone over the age of 18 to stay away from hospitals if they have flu-like

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symptoms, such as sore throats, coughing, body aches or high fevers. Those with the flu should stay at home until they are feverfree for 24 hours. Wallenhaupt said many people with these symptoms can be treated at

home with over-the-counter medications. Ray also urges people to get seasonal flu and H1N1 flu vaccinations as soon as possible. The early version of the H1N1 vaccine is expected to be a nasal spray, but where there is a choice,

the CDC recommends nasal sprays for children and shots for adult. A recent study indicated that shots may be twice as effective in adults, while nasal sprays are more effective for children. “We can prevent flu outbreaks or at least delay their onset until more people have had time to get immunized,” Ray said in a press release. “The most important steps are the common sense precautions that have been publicized: Cover your cough. Wash your hands often. If you have flu-like

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symptoms, avoid contact with other people and stay home.” Ray said the policy is in place for an “indefinite” amount of time and will be reconsidered weekly. A press release issued by the two hospital systems said it will be in effect until “the incidence of flu has significantly decreased.” The Mecklenburg County Department of Health is endorsing the visitation policy. — Staff writer Tiffany Lane can be reached at 704261-2229.

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Plastic bottles banned from N.C. landfills Union County landfill will accept separated bottles, wooden pallettes and oil for recycling 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 — were banned from solid waste disposal in North Carolina. 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 that, because

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A special bin at the Union County Landfill holds plastic bottles, which have been banned in an effort to reduce bulk and increase recycling statewide. 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 oil was already banned in landfills and, since the filters often contain traces of oil, it made sense to ban them as well. Since 1989, the N.C. General Assembly has established disposal bans on items ranging from oyster shells to televisions. Still, the state has strug-

gled meeting its recycling goals in the last couple of decades, said Elizabeth Ouzts, state director for Environment North Carolina, a statewide, citizenbased environmental advocacy group. Instead of decreasing the amount of trash per person between 1991 and 2001, the total went up, from 1 ton of trash per year per person to 1.21 tons. And for every bottle that is recycled, four are thrown away, Ouzts said. “The ban will be a good first step toward encouraging recycling in North Carolina,” she said. Union County residents have several options for disposing of the three newly banned materials. The Union County landfill and transfer stations accept plastic bottles, wooden pallets, oil and oil filters. These items will be put in a separate location from the rest of

the solid waste and later transferred. Residents will be charged $1.50 per 100 pounds of wooden pallets and $30 per ton. “We had to do that to meet our end,” Nance said. “We have to actually pay to have a private vendor come and grind the pallets up.” Additionally, collection sites take plastic bottles, oil and oil filters. Monroe residents can also use the city’s curbside recycling program to dispose of plastic bottles. Monroe’s Operation Center, at 2401 Walkup Ave., accepts used motor oil and oil filters between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. Nance acknowledged the problem of enforcing the ban. “We don’t have the manpower to open up each individual household bag,” she said. To combat that problem, some munici-

palities require residents use clear plastic bags. Instead, Nance said, the city will focus on bigger players, like businesses. “It’s mainly about public information and getting people to think about recycling,” Nance said. A large percentage of the trash that Union County residents throw away can be recycled, said Solid Waste Director Mark Tye. In a typical load of residential garbage, 22 percent is plastic, 15 percent is paper or cardboard and 6 percent is metal. Fortythree percent of residential garbage could have been recycled. Commercial waste data contains even more recyclables. According to date collected on Sept. 18-19, 2007, 41 percent was paper or cardboard, 32 percent was plastic and 12 percent was metal. For more information, call 704-282-4511.

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Featured quilter started at age 64 Quilters from 1 she said. Her first quilt was done by hand and took a year. She now uses a sewing machine and can make some quilts within a week. UCo Quilters makes quilts for a number of charities through Habitat for Humanity, local hospitals and the Union County Animal Shelter. The group also designed the quilt that will be raffled off this weekend. Unlike other quilt shows that show only a handful of quilts, Fox said, Barnful of Quilts has dozens on display. “Each of the stalls becomes a boutique,” she said, and each artist will be there to talk about his or her work. “The tradition of quilting has been around for

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This quilt will be raffled at the Barnful of Quilts show next weekend. so long that people in the last number of years have been taking it to such new heights,” she said. “It’s such an art form now. It used to be Sunbonnet Susan, … but now people are incorporating new ideas.” Saturday’s show will reflect that movement with

examples of both traditional and contemporary designs. “There will be a lot of ladies, but we welcome the guys, too,” McWhorter said. “They will love the barn.” Money raised in the past has helped fund a satellite dish in Africa. Waxhaw Presbyterian also supports young missionaries, as well as Glasses for Missions, an outreach project to provide glasses at little expense. A volunteer from that mission will be at Barnful of Quilts to share his own artwork. Church members have also worked with the Crisis Pregnancy Center of Monroe and Hospice of Union County. Fox Farms is located at 7505 Sims Road in Waxhaw. The event will run from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is a $5 donation. People under 18 and over 80 get in free.


Bowden cancels debate Incumbents say aspiring councilman cross-scheduled with town meeting BY ELISABETH ARRIERO MONROE It’s looking less and less likely that all Mineral Springs Town Council candidates will be present at the same forum leading up to the election on Nov. 3. In an e-mail Thursday, candidate Charles Bowden said he is his independent forum, scheduled for Oct. 8 at the Mineral Springs Music Barn, “due to the refusal of the incumbent candidates, for town council and mayor of Mineral Springs, to participate in a debate with myself.” Bowden proposed the debate in a letter to all candidates dated Sept.

26. The forum would have included two moderators: one chosen by him and one chosen by the incumbents. Bowden and incumbents Jerry Countryman, Janet Critz and Melody LaMonica are vying for three council seats. Mayor Rick Becker is up for re-election but is running unopposed. Bowden added that he will not participate in the League of Women Voters’ forum scheduled for 7 p.m. on Oct. 20 at the Western Union Elementary School auditorium. Critz said that even if any of the candidates had wanted to attend Bowden’s forum, they wouldn’t have been able

to because it was scheduled on the same night as their Town Council meeting. Bowden said he did not realize the time conflict. Town meetings have been scheduled on the second Thursday of the month since the town incorporated. “I have no idea why he would propose such a ridiculous opportunity,” she said. “We would have been remiss in our town duties to make such a decision.” Becker said it was “unfair” of Bowden to expect candidates to choose. “I certainly wasn’t going to expect our council members to miss a meeting for a forum,” he said.

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Fall festival begins Saturday ‘Autumn Treasures’ brings artists and artisans to Waxhaw BY ELISABETH ARRIERO

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Ed Pfau, a member of the Waxhaw Woodturner Club, demonstrated his craft while fashioning a natural-edge bowl at the 2008 Autumn Treasures Festival in Waxhaw. The 2009 festival will begin at 10 a.m. Saturday. WAXHAW The sixth annual Autumn Treasures Festival in Waxhaw will reach out to children like never before, town events coordinator Cathy Murphy said. The free event, scheduled for Oct. 10-11, will feature a larger kid zone with more rides and inflatable attractions. The Carolina Raptor Center will participate for the first time, allowing children to see birds of prey up close. Schiele Museum Gem Mining and A Walk in the Woods will also make their debuts. “Number one, I didn’t want people to have to pay a lot of money to be here,” Murphy said. “Number two, I wanted the kids to be entertained. If the kids are having fun, the parents are having fun.” Parents might be happy to know that their children can also get free

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Timothy Ferry fielded questions about his chair caning technique at the 2008 Autumn Treasures festival. This year, visitors will find rides, raptors, gem mining and free children’s seminars from The Etiquette School of the Piedmont at the two-day festival. Artists and craftsmen will also set up booths along main street in downtown Waxhaw. lessons on manners at the festival. Libby Miller from The Etiquette School of The Piedmont

will offer free classes at the top of each hour. Topics will include telephone and table manners, and

advice about how to write thank-you notes. The downtown Waxhaw event will also have booths selling jewelry, woodwork, local apples and other crafts and art. Area musicians, including the Norris Boys and GodSent, will play on the main stage. A variety of local foods will be sold. Terri Barbee, a representative for festival sponsor Waxhaw United Methodist Church, said she is excited to have the expanded kid zone on and around the church premises. “It’s letting the church’s people serve the people of the community,” she said. “I’m looking forward to it.” Autumn Treasures begins at 10 a.m. on Oct. 10 and noon on Oct. 11; the festival ends at 6 p.m. both days. — Waxhaw reporter Elisabeth Arriero can be reached at 704-261-2226.

Voting districts must be approved by DOJ County from 1 commissioners, a majority, could come from one district. The next meeting is scheduled for Oct. 28. Deese was against anything fewer than five districts so no majority could come from one district. “They can still stack the board,” he said. N.C. Rep. Pryor Gibson, D-Anson, represents eastern Union County. “As long as whatever happens,” he said. “Accurately and fairly includes representation for eastern Union County, I will support it completely.” Because Union is affected by Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, any changes to voting procedures must be approved by the U.S. Department of Justice. The act of 1965 declares that no one shall be denied a vote based on color or race and, according to department Web site, “is generally considered the most successful piece of civil rights legislation ever adopted by the United States Congress.” Section 5 of the act makes certain districts get approval before making any changes to the voting procedures including “anything from moving a polling place to changing district lines in the county,” according

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to the Web site. Union is one of 40 North Carolina counties under Section 5. Nine entire states, including South Carolina, fall under Section 5. The assistant attorney general for the Civil Rights Division rules on most change requests after a 60-day review period. Among other things, the assistant general will have conversations with private citizens, particularly of racial or linguistic minorities. — County government reporter Jason deBruyn can be reached at 704-2612243.

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Spurgeon leads Mavs to sweep Sun Valley By David Sentendrey

Sports Correspondent MARVIN The Marvin Ridge volleyball team served up a 3-0 defeat to Sun Valley on Tuesday. The Mavericks are now 9-5 overall and 6-1 in the Southern Carolina 3A/4A Conference with their sole loss coming against conference leader Weddington. After winning the first set 25-8 and the second 25-11, the Mavericks were tested by the Spartans early in the third set, trailing 6-5, but finished strong, 25-17. Junior Jacqui Spurgeon led the Mavericks with 14 kills and two blocks. “[Spurgeon] loves the sport, she aspires to play Marvin Ridge junior Jacqui Spurgeon (7) had 14 kills and two blocks to lead the Mavericks past Sun Valley on Tuesday. Ed Cottingham / Waxhaw Exchange

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Martin had 12 digs against Porter Ridge with eight coming in the third set when Weddington was trailing. Martin showed off her quick feet and aggressiveness, diving for balls around the court and recording several one-handed digs.

“Lauren Martin came through in that third game when we got behind 10-2 and she kept that ball up on that left side consistently so that we could come back into the game,” Powell said. “Without those passes we would have never of gotten the hits that brought us back. “That defense is so important and [Martin] is a big part of it right now.” Junior Sarah Harvey contributed three blocks in that third set as well. Leading the SCC stand-

ings, the Warriors will control their own destiny in regards to a conference championship. Marvin Ridge has just one league loss — at WHS. The rematch is Thursday at Marvin Ridge starting at 6:30 p.m. “It’s ours to defend right now,” Powell said. “Marvin Ridge is good, they have great hitters, they get to the ball, they get it up – to me it could go either way when we meet Marvin Ridge.”

Disciplined Branham forces errors Tennis from 1 competitive she is,” Murphy said. “She sets the tone for the team that way.” Branham has consistent control of her shots and turns well on the ball — forcing opponents to run off the court-of-play in an attempt to return a shot.

“She’s very strategic and wants to figure out a way to beat you,” Murphy said. “She’s not going to just try and hit the ball all over the place and go for winners. …She’s very disciplined.” Branham’s discipline showed against Porter Ridge’s Brooke Ingram. Ingram is one of the more consistent players in the county – rarely going for winners, yet wearing down her opponents with her speed and ability

to hit back most shots. “She runs down tons of balls, to beat her you have to hit a lot of winners and you cannot miss a lot,” Branham said. “I like to work the point and then wait until I see an angle opening. If I hit an angle either to her backhand or her forehand that opens the court up more and I try to drive it to the other side. “Or sometimes I come to the net and try to finish the point there, too.”

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in college … she’s always looking for ways she can improve,” Mavs coach Brook Sandburg said. “She’s going to be a senior next year and she’s probably going to dominate this area for the most part.” Sophomore Ashlyn Sunseri added seven kills and two digs while the Mavericks received help from two freshmen – Amanda Hampton, who recorded 10 digs and two assists, and Olivia Smiarowski, who scorched seven kills. Sophomore Brooke Soldo had a strong outing for the Mavericks in limited playing time; Soldo is recovering from an ankle injury. Soldo is not quite the tallest player on the court, but has quick feet and tremendous leaping ability – enabling her to work for kills when set up with a good pass. “Brooke is a very strong individual,” Sandburg said. “She works hard and does a lot of good things –

positive things for us. “She stays after to get her hitting in, it’s very good to see.” The Mavericks have only one senior this season. Their biggest disadvantage may be their lack of experience and size, but their roster is heavy with aggressive hitters – maybe even sometimes too aggressive. Too often, Marvin Ridge lacks quality passing and proper sets for kills. A poor set often leads to a hit into the into the net or a ball that sails out of bounds. If the Mavericks can control their passes and put the ball in place where hitters like Spurgeon can come down hard on the ball, then their chances of competing with conference leader Weddington improves greatly. “With this team being so young we still have a lot of girls that need more reps in,” Sandburg said. “When you get more reps in and you get more chances to

terminate the ball, you’re going to learn to adjust to the sets regardless of height, off the net, close to the net – whatever it is. “It’s such a tough game because timing is key, in everything. Timing is key in passing, hitting, serving – everything.” With three matches remaining, Marvin Ridge is fighting with Weddington for the top seed in conference. The Mavericks’ 3-0 loss to the Warriors on Sept. 22 failed to address how close the game actually was – only a total of 10 points separated the two teams. “A missed serve, an error, a missed hit – that puts us back into that match instead of losing hit,” Sandburg said. “We didn’t get blown out, but we did make some minor mistakes that if we can tweak them up a little bit, we have a good chance at taking games away from them.” The Mavericks will host the Warriors on Oct. 8.

Next up: Warriors face Parkwood Football from 1 touchdown pass from Lucas Beatty. Weddington had just 43 yards of total offense in the second half. “Once we got down 21-7, we got pretty predictable,” said Hardin. “Olympic’s got a good defense with some good athletes, and when a defense like that makes you one-dimensional,

Christian Glackin pulled down the Warriors’ sole touchdown pass on Friday.

it’s easier for them to attack you.” Despite the loss, Hardin was pleased with his team’s defensive effort after allowing just 213 yards of total offense by the Trojans.

“Defensively, we had a good plan and the guys believed in it,” said Hardin. “This is something we have to build on going into the conference. The first five weeks of the season we were moving kids around, but now we feel like we’ve got guys in the right spots.” Weddington opens up play in the Southern Carolina Conference at home against Parkwood next Friday starting at 7:30 p.m.

UC’s 2009 Scoring Leaders (Through Week 6; minimum 12 points) Offensive TDs Return TDs Special Teams Name, Yr. (School) Rush Rec K/P Int. Fum FG XP 2pt Tot. Juanne Blount, Sr. (FH) 14 2 88 Shamiir Hailey, Sr. (M) 13 2 82 Jamison Crowder, Jr. (M) 7 3 1 2 70 Charvis Barrino, Sr. (CA) 8 3 54 Dylan Williams, Sr. (MR) 8 48 Matt Frein, Sr. (MR) 5 28 43 Brandon Little, So. (W) 6 1 38 Jadarrius Williams, So. (SV) 4 2 1 38 Maurice Leak, Sr. (Pw) 6 36 Kolly Ogar, Jr. (MR) 6 36 Anthony Boone, Sr. (W) 5 30 Marcus Leak, Jr. (Pw) 4 1 30 Kemp Lotharp, Sr. (Pw) 5 30 Steven Miller, Sr. (Pm) 5 30 Christian Cruz, Sr. (M) 28 28 Dylan Hunter, Sr. (Pw) 2 21 27 Jamie Baker, Sr. (FH) 2 20 26 Jalen Sowell, Jr. (M) 4 1 26 M. Montgomery, Sr. (Pm) 4 13 25 Bobby Blakeney, Sr. (M) 4 24 KJ Brent, Jr. (MR) 4 24 Tyler Chadwick, So. (MR) 4 24 Qwadarius Duboise, Jr. (M) 3 1 24 Deonte Hiatt, Jr. (Pw) 4 24 Cameron Leviner, Jr. (Pm) 4 24 Lee McNeill, So. (PR) 4 24 Orlando Ratliff, Sr. (FH) 3 1 24 Casey Lang, Sr. (W) 4 10 22 Matt Wogan, Fr. (PR) 3 13 22 Quon Threatt, Sr. (M) 3 1 20 Jody Fuller, So. (SV) 3 18 Cody Haverland, Jr. (W) 3 18 Rasheed Rushing, Fr. (UA) 3 18 Canious Sturdivant, Sr. (FH) 3 18 Mike Thornton, Sr. (W) 3 18 Cameron Havey, Sr. (SV) 1 13 16 Donnard Covington, Sr. (M) 2 1 14 Mitchell Blackburn, So. (CA) 2 12 Isaac Blakeney, Sr. (M) 2 12 Matt Chilton, Jr. (MR) 1 1 12 Cole Finch, So. (W) 12 12 Jared Hill, So. (UA) 2 12 Tyler Kirk, Sr. (PR) 2 12 Chandler LeDoyen, Sr. (MR) 2 12 Jamal Little, So. (FH) 2 12 Devin Martin, Sr. (PR) 2 12 Ryan Patty, Sr. (PR) 2 12 Justin Pleasants, Jr. (W) 2 12 Tyler Sierra, Sr. (PR) 2 12 Ryan Smith, So. (SV) 2 12

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