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County receives swine flu vaccine First 1,000 of 85,000 doses arrive; H1N1 clinics start this month By David Sentendrey and Tiffany Lane

Weddington wins 5-4 victory over archrival Marvin Ridge, putting schools in dead heat for conference honors. See 13

Deadly fire The Fire Marshal’s office says the deaths of two women and a 4-year-old boy could have been prevented with a simple smoke detector. See 3

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MONROE The Union County Health Department received 1,000 doses of the H1N1 vaccine on Tuesday. Health care workers will be vaccinated first. “It’s a start,” Health Director Phillip Tarte said. The county is expecting another 84,000 doses soon,


• The Union County Health Department’s priority ratings, which determine who will receive the first vaccinations See 12 but Tarte said exact arrival dates are still unknown. Additional doses will be distributed to a number of health care

providers and available to the public. Depending on the arrival of the vaccines, the Health Department hopes to host two clinics this month and two in November. Public Health Administrator Amy Parker said the county determined the number of doses needed after analyzing risk categories and survey

data. The county’s total population is estimated at 190,000 by the U.S. Census Bureau. “We probably aren’t going to need that much because everybody is not going to need two vaccinations, but that is just looking at the risk categories and trying to estimate for that,” Parker said. The doses already received are in nasal spray

Quad ruby returns Marvin Ridge hosts ‘murderball’ tournament

Greg Taylor, left, John Robinson, Sam Robb and Robbie Parks warm up before quad rugby practice at the Marvin Ridge High School gym. Kina Atkin throws a ball for Bobby Stewart and Parks in a Carolina Crash practice game on Thursday. The group is hosting a tournament this weekend Ed Cottingham / Waxhaw Exchange


Union County farms are seeking a new cash crop: Tourists who want family-friendly activities close to home. See 6

Schools County commissioners reject planning board’s request to oversee school construction projects. See 2


A Parkwood graduate is living atop a Charlotte radio station and he won’t come down until the Panthers win. See 10

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WAXHAW A car accident over Christmas break left Matt Crisp in a wheelchair at the age of 18. The former wrestler and football player was a student at Appalachian State University and will never walk again. Nearly two decades later, he spends many Thursday nights playing rugby. A spinal cord injury put him in the wheelchair, but can’t keep him away from sports — and for Crisp, that means quad rugby. Marvin Ridge High School will host the second annual Carolina Collision Quad Rugby Tournament this weekend. Crisp is one of 10 quadriplegic players on the Carolina Crash team. According to its Web site, the team includes players with “complete and incomplete quadriplegia.” “It’s a great outlet as far as just being physical and being able to compete,” he said. Quad, or wheelchair, rugby is often called murderball, a name it picked up from the documentary of that name, which followed paraplegics who compete in full-contact rugby in the Paralympic Games. Many Carolina Crash players are from the Charlotte metropolitan area, but the youngest, Marvin Ridge junior Sam Robb, is from Waxhaw. On the opposite end of the age range is Greg Taylor, who will turn 58 in November. Taylor has played

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Dealing with radical Islam BY ELISABETH ARRIERO

County: How to sell hospital? Commissioners debate structure of marketing contract MONROE A health care consulting firm might help with the potential sale of Carolinas Medical Center-Union. The Union County Board of Commissioners again discussed selling the hospital, ap-


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form, Tarte said, but remaining doses will be a mix of the spray and shots. A person must be between the ages of 2 and 49 to receive the nasal spray and cannot suffer from a compromised immune system; Tarte’s examples included diabetics or people with heart

praised at about $225 million, in order to pay down county debt. Tuesday, the board heard a presentation from Illinois-based Kaufman Hall, which hopes to help market the facility, but did not vote to award a contract. Commissioners want to keep the option of re-

taining ownership and extending the lease with Carolinas Healthcare System, a factor that complicates contracts with any company hired to market the hospital. Typically, a company would be paid a portion of the selling price, but, because they have not committed to the sale,

commissioners will have to hash out a different contract structure, they said Wednesday. Commissioner Tracy Kuehler said a phased contract could be established so that at the end of each agreed phase, both entities could split


MONROE A well-known atheist and a Christian who advised Ronald Reagan will debate how America should add r e s s Christianity, radical Islam and “the current crisis” in the Arab world at the National Apologetics Conference D’Souza, a on Nov. 13- Catholic, says 14. a campaign The de- promoting bate beChristian t w e e n D i n e s h morality D ’ S o u z a , could ease a Catholic extremists’ and public grip on the policy ana- Arab world. lyst, and Christopher Hitchens, an atheist and academic, will wrap up the conference on Nov. 14 at Hickory Grove Baptist Church in Charlotte. The Enquirer-Journal interviewed D’Souza this week. Q: What is the “current crisis” that you will discuss? A: In a sense, we’re talking about two different crises. The first one is the crisis of terrorists and radical Islam on the foreign stage. That’s the foreign policy crisis. The second is a domestic crisis within America and the West about the erosion of belief in God and in moral values and part of my argument is there’s a connection between these two crises.

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County backs UCPS planning process Commissioners overrule advisers in fight over construction, expenses, BY JASON deBRUYN MONROE County commissioners sided with the Union County Board of Education and agreed not to challenge its autonomy for building projects. The Union County Planning Board recommended that schools obtain a building permit, like private developers, before building new schools, but commissioners on Monday voted that schools maintain a “use by right” status and not require a long permitting process.

areas of the drainage at significant cost, spending that the Planning Board said would have been avoided if it had overseen the process. School board members and the schools’ planning staff have argued that the problem arose from a misunderstanding between the schools and the DWQ. School planners say that changing the school building process will force delays and undermine the school system’s autonomy. Commissioner Kim Rogers, who used to be on the school board, made the motion saying she is

“We want to be as open and transparent as possible,” school board Chairman Dean Arp said after the vote, but added that a formalized permitting process would increase time and costs too much. Members of the Planning Board wanted more oversight on school construction projects after members accused the schools of going forward with Marvin Ridge middle and high schools even though proper stormwater permits were not in place from the N.C. Division of Water Quality. The schools were required to correct several

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in favor of allowing the school board to make its own decisions. “I’m all for a second set of eyes,” she said, but added that the elected members of school board should make decisions that affect the schools. The final vote was unanimous, but Commissioners Lanny Openshaw and Tracy Kuehler said they would rather have reached a compromise. “I think we need more eyes on the situation,” Openshaw said. “Much like we do with the private sector.” It was clear there was going to be a voting majority of Commissioners Rogers, Allan Baucom and Parker Mills before the official vote. The Planning Board had been discussing the issue for about two months, something

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Fire marshal: Deaths were preventable Two adults, 4-year-old died for lack of a smoke detector BY TIFFANY LANE MONROE A house fire that left three people dead last weekend might have been avoided with a simple smoke detector, officials say. Mother and daughter Edna and Belinda Starnes, along with 4-year-old Steven Brent Merritt, died Saturday morning when their home at 4605 Plyler Mill Road caught fire. “They had no working smoke detectors,” assistant fire marshal Zeb Mullis said. “That’s one thing that contributed to fatalities and injuries.” Three other adults were taken to Carolinas Medical Center-Union. Nicole Gastavo, Gus Gastavo, Frances Griffin and Kendall Wentz lived in the house with the Starneses. Mullis said he cannot yet release the names of the people who were taken to CMC-Union, but confirmed that no children were hospitalized. Five juveniles under 16, including Merritt, also lived in the home. Eleven people were inside when the fire started in a kitchen trash can. “The official cause of the fire remains undetermined,” Mullis said, but “it’s highly probable it’s discarded smoking material.” Although officials lack “the physical evidence to prove that it was a cigarette,” Mullis said all the adults in the house were smokers. The occupants went to bed shortly before the house filled with smoke, he said; “the fire smoldered for about an hour before it went to open flame.” If it wasn’t for one occupant who was sleeping on the couch and smelled the smoke, everyone might have died, he said. The occupant helped others get

out of the house. The house had no smoke detectors, Mullis said, as is often the case in older homes. Records show that the house was built in 1951. Homes were not required to have smoke detectors until June 1999. Many other old homes in the county are also without smoke detectors, Mullis said. He recommends that owners install them as soon as possible. Some smoke detectors cost less than $10, many less than $20. “It’s the cheapest insurance you can buy,” assistant fire marshal Wyatte McBride said. Mullis recommends checking smoke detectors twice a year, suggesting New Year’s Day and July 4 or the beginning and end of daylight saving time to make it easy to remember. Fresh batteries should be kept in the detectors, he added. Not much was left from the Monroe home, Mullis said, calling it “a total loss.” “I hope it never happens again,” he said, “but I’m sure it will. Somewhere it will. Until everyone installs (a smoke detector) in their home, it’s bound to happen again.”

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Autumn Treasures

Dakota Lincoln, of Cub Scout Troop 53, holds a puppy at the Heavensown Rescue booth at the Autumn Treasures fall festival in Waxhaw, Saturday. Above, Ed Pfau carves a spinning top at the Waxhaw Woodturners booth. Children can choose three colors for the toys. The festival continues from noon to 6 p.m. today in downtown Waxhaw. Ed Cottingham / Waxhaw Exchange


Sunday, October 11, 2009


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"The public interest is best served by the free exchange of ideas." — U.S. District Court Judge John Kane


The law and the slip T

his is the story of how I got subpoenaed and ended up buying leopard-print underwear. In 1998, I was a rookie reporter on the cops and courthouse beat. If you want to get subpoenaed, this is a good way to start; if you’re any good at your job, you spend a lot of time talking to investigators and defendants and witnesses. You hear interesting things and you write about them. One day, I was hanging around the courthouse, drinking the district attorney’s coffee, chatting up the staff, reading case files and working the beat, when a lawyer I barely knew said he had some papers for me at his office. I toddled down the stairs behind him and across the street, and that’s when he slapped the subpoena in my palm and smiled the smile of a man who has just saved himself a $35 service fee. “Next time someone tells you they have a subpoena, you should walk the other direction,” he said. I had been covering the courthouse for months and still I froze when the wheels of justice turned in my direction. Back at the office, my editor, Wister Jackson, had a belly laugh at my expense. Between guffaws, he wheezed out words like “lamblike” and “turnip truck.” “And quit wringing your hands,” he said. “You’re not going to die.” “But he wants my notes,” I said. “I don’t keep my notes.” “You’re not going to court,” Wister said. “We’ll call Amanda.” He picked up the phone and, from memory, dialed the number for the North Carolina Press Association’s legal hotline. Amanda Martin, who serves as legal counsel for freaked-out journalists all over the state, assured us that she would do her best to quash the subpoena. I’m sure she didn’t say “piffle,” but it was strongly implied in her tone. “That’s it?” I asked Wister when we hung up. “It’s done?” “It will be,” he said. “But you might want to put bail money in your socks tomorrow, just in case. And you should wear clean underwear, in case they haul you off to jail.” I did the rounds of the cop shops the next morning, then I went to the mall at lunch and bought a new, leopard print slip to wear under my dress. If I was going to be strip-searched at the county jail, I was going to give the turnkeys a funny story to tell all of the cops who were, inevitably, going to hear about the whole mess. Of course, Amanda got the subpoena quashed without breaking a sweat, and Wister laughed heartily at the story of my new slip. In fact, he offered to pay for it, but I was raised to pay for my own underwear, if not my own legal defense. The slip and the subpoena were freshly on my mind in the last two weeks, not least because events at the courthouse had me back on the phone with Amanda. A young man named

Betsy O’Donovan Ink by the Barrel

Jamez Hunter is on trial, charged with first-degree murder. Investigators say that Hunter brutally killed his grandmother in 2007 while he was high on crack and ecstasy. Last year, our newspaper received and printed a letter from Hunter. He wrote, “I have lost the person I loved most at the hands of myself, and I felt for a while after the incident that I don’t deserve to live,” This is, obviously, a piece of evidence that a prosecutor would like to have. Investigators came to the office a few days later and our managing editor, Stan Hojnacki, turned over the letter. When Hunter’s case went to trial, District Attorney John Snyder told Stan that his office would be issuing a subpoena in case Stan’s testimony was needed to establish the chain of evidence from the jailhouse to the editorial page to the State Bureau of Investigation. This caused no small furor in the newsroom as we debated whether our newsroom’s uniform response ought to be hostility to subpoenas. Should we uniformly seek to have them quashed? On one hand, journalists are members of the comunity and our goal, generally speaking, is to advance both knowledge and the public good. More pragmatically, lawyers aren’t cheap, and there are occasional cases — like this one — when attorneys are only seeking to confirm a fact that we have already asserted (in this case, that we received a letter from the Union County Jail that was signed with the name “Jamez Hunter.”) By that logic, there’s no reason to fight a subpoena. On the other hand, we like to actively discourage lawyers from treating reporters’ work as some sort of unpaid investigative service. The work we do, we do for our readers and for the public interest. And, strange as it may sound, we also pursue a degree of discretion. We try to limit anonymous sources to extreme circumstances, and those arrangements are only possible when reporters have a reputation for standing up to authority figures when they demand information. Cheerfully taking the stand in some cases undermines those goals, but does it require a policy of actively resisting calls to testify? In the end, it all worked out this week. The mail log at the jail was produced and Stan was not subpoenaed, after all, although we had a tense afternoon on Tuesday. I didn’t ask about his underwear. — Betsy O’Donovan can be reached at 704-261-2223 or


We need better care

I am an independent voter and a small business owner. I have called Rep. Sue Myrick and I got the ideas from her office. We all in consensus that something needs to be done. I have never been without insurance since I have worked which is almost 15 years plus and when my husband lost his job of 13 years I found myself shopping for insurance. With the Cobra plan, it was virtually impossible to pay for insurance with 2000 unemployment payment. The policy would have cost us almost 650 dollars without the 2 kids on the plan. I am hearing impaired so the preexisting conditions bar me from getting a good policy. I am a healthy individual, I don’t smoke or drink and can’t get a decent policy for myself and my husband. I see all the policticans, I hear all the tea parties, I see all the fiscal conservatitives, but do they reside

in my home? I have never asked for handouts, I want health care reform. I can’t offer any health care benefits to the staff because we simiply can’t afford it. Republican or Democrats, whatever affilated party we may be, we have to agree that this does not work. This has to change. Support a plan, something has to be put forth. Robertha Higgins Waxhaw

Nurse supports reform

Nursing is my life, like physicians we take an oath to do no harm. I feel Nurses we need to fight for health care reform, including a public option. This would benefit so many Americans. Two examples for this are on the issue of “pre-existing conditions”. For the Dad in a dead end job, without advancement whom is unable to change jobs, his son was born with cerebral palsy,his hands are tied because this is a pre-existing

condition. The Husband whose wife has Brain Cancer, has insurance, but this has been “capped out” on the amount for continued Chemotherapy medication. This is a denial of life saving treatment,to me this the “Death Panel” As the insurance company is choosing treatment cost over human life. I know these are only two of many. Last year, I refused my annual colonoscopy, becasue of a deductable of $2,500.00, and having to pay $2,000.00 at the time of the procedure. Never mind that I have 2 grandparents who had colon cancer. I am RN, I would like to think I have a good job with good insurnce. In reality it is not “Good Insurance.” Like all that has happened in the USA money rules the insurance industry. I will continue to fight for the care of all human life, and do no harm. JoEllen Powley Monroe

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Sunday, October 11, 2009



A foolish pursuit

Let us not play with words here. Three county commissioners are playing with the idea of educating the children on the western side of the county by selling an asset that means nothing to them since they do not use it, the hospital. The citizenry of this county needs to let their voices be heard on this one. I will repeat. Given the flux of the current healthcare system, it is very shortsighted to suppose that the Reagan revolution and its “government is bad,private business is good” will have any sort of long term hold on policies relative to healthcare. You can not look upon a facility such as the hospital in terms of short term realities. If it is not transient, able to adapt to the politics and economic trends of the times, then it is a dead fish. If it is sold, it will become that dead fish, the victim of one generation’s assurance that their realities were eternal. We call such people fools. There is, of course, the big bet. That is the bet that Union County is now so removed from its roots that the old can be thrown to the wolves with political impunity. Again, supposing that one election cycle does a trend make is the game of people we rightfully call fools. I have written and worked for the incorporation of all voices in this county into the policy making process, but to see these three commissioners stab those of us locals who worked for them, in the backs, is disheartening. It seems that they did not want to be a part of Union County so much as they wanted to be Union County. Here was your problem when you came into office. Find ways to get the growth areas of the county to pay for their infrastructure without overburdening the rest of the county. Now, you play the old victim game and pretend that the whole county is responsible for your appetites. “Oh, there is a big building we don’t use, let’s eat it.” After all the only people who use it are those too poor to go to Charlotte where you go. Again, you led us to believe that you could manage this county’s finances. Now, we find out that you can do so only by destroying a mainstay for those who JR Lynch calls Democrats. I am sorry, but if you are going to look at a problem and panic, why in the heck did you have to get into

want. I have been waiting for a library for 15 years! Werner has a plan. Weddington residents please consider voting for Werner Thomisser and he will get us moving in the right direction. Please help Werner help us. Thank you and remember to vote on November 3rd. Janet Isenhart Weddington

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“If you have not had the pleasure of meeting Werner Thomisser you are in for a treat. As you may know, Werner is running for a seat on the Weddington Town Council on November 3rd. He has been active in our community for several years and I have had the pleasure of working with him on issues. Werner’s first and most important priority is to retain Weddington’s quality of life. He wants to insure that our taxes are used for a public purpose such as adequate fire/police protection, and EMS coverage. Werner will represent Weddington citizens’ needs, not those with personal agendas which we have heard or read about over the past few years. Werner is a real gentleman that can be counted on to stand up for all Weddington citizens. He recognizes that our little town is “special”. In a sea of developement he brings “common sense” to the table. He has worked hard to get the Providence VFD what it needs and a traffic light at Providence Rd. and Hemby Rd. He also was able to get an EMS ambulance for Weddington by working with the Union County Board of Commissioners and the Weddington Town Council. Last year he fought hard against a private sewer plant proposal for Weddington. I am a long time resident and have never seen a harder worker for our town. Right now Weddington is a gem, a special place where taxes are low and yet we have everything we need within a few

miles. Why must we be like every town around us? Weddington is unique and is not wall to wall shopping centers. According to our last town survey, 72 percent of residents want to leave the town the way it is. Why are our town leaders not listening? Bigger is not better. Werner understands what the people of Weddington

I received a letter from Union County Public Schools and the content of the letter concerns me so I thought I would share my concerns. The first paragraph of the letter states that basically for the second year in a row Union County Schools have failed to achieve AYP targets in Math in it’s Elementary, Middle and High Schools and that they are required under the No Child Left Behind federal law to inform parents of this situation. After reading this letter, it is a concern.

I have 3 children enrolled currently in the Union County School system and will soon have a fourth enrolling next school year. I can tell you that one reason they are not achieving their goals is because they are putting too much focus on other subjects rather than the basics that kids need to know. For example, my First grader is having to take spanish, she also had to take it in Kindergarten. Why is this necessary for a child of this age? As a matter of fact in Kindergarten she came home confused and concerned about having to learn spanish, confused because we speak english and concerned that she would get punished in school if she could not learn it. Bottom line, she hates it and does not want to learn it, but she knows it’s part of her school work and she has to do it or else her class does not earn a “paw” for it. Kids of this age need to learn the basics, reading,

writing and math, not spanish. Middle and High School kids, same situation, they are being forced to take foreign languages when they have no interest in it. There are so many courses that don’t even make sense to me that kids are getting in high school no wonder they are failing in the subjects that they should be passing. I do not think our kids should be forced to take a foreign language or courses that are not geared towards what they want to do in life in order to graduate, unless it is something they want to do. If they are going to college and they know that then they can sign up for the foreign languages , the school system needs to take a look at what they are doing, I am not happy that my 6 year old is being made to learn spanish when her efforts could be used doing what she needs to be doing. Sherry Whitley Indian Trail


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Local farms seek a new cash crop: Tourism BY ELISABETH ARRIERO

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Joe Porter watches as some of his alpacas chow down at Awesome Alpacas farm in Monroe. Agricultural tourism is booming this fall.

MONROE You don’t have to be a farmer to experience the joys of farm life. Several local farmers are opening up their property to the public to showcase everything from alpacas to corn mazes. Agritourism is a growing trend in North Carolina, said Martha Glass, manager of the agritourism office in the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. It encompasses many things, including corn mazes in the fall, Christmas tree farms in the winter and strawberry picking in the spring, Glass said. In fall 2003, there were about 25 agritourism farms in North Caro-

lina. That number has increased by 1500 percent, to 400 businesses today. “Agritourism is value added agriculture,” Glass said. The business is fairly lucrative for farmers, with 52 percent of agritourism farms in 2004 making up to $9,999 on agritiourism alone. Thirty two percent made between $10,000 and $49,999 annually, according to survey data collected from the state agritourism office. Bridger Medlin, owner of Southern Breezes farm, allows the public to go onto his property to experience the wild west. A mock town that’s open year round for private parties and in the fall to the public, The Wild West is complete with an old church, a general store and dirt floors in the buildings. “It just makes sense if you can make something

Agritourism in October

Aw Shucks: Now through November, visitors can explore a corn maze, visit an old-time general store, take a hayride and more. General admission is $9 and those under 3 years get in free. For more information, visit The Wild West: At Southern Breezes Farm, visitors can take horse drawn wagon rides, pan for gems, play mini golf and visit a general store. Admission is $6 and those under 4 years get in free. For more information, call 704-764-3796. Waxhaw Farmers’ Market Halloween Parade: At 11 a.m. on Oct. 31, the market will host a musical parade, followed by children’s trick-or-treating. The event is free. For more information, visit Waxhaw Farmers’ Market Fall Festival: On Nov. 7, the market will host guest speakers that include a local beekeeper and a representative from the Master Gardeners of Union County. For more information, visit For information on agricultural toursim around the state, visit out of it. If you’ve got it, why not use it?” said Medlin, whose full time job is managing Charlotte Center City Carriage tours, a carriage business. Agritourism has gotten an extra kick from cur-

rent economy, said Craig Swindler, vice president of the Agritourism Networking Association. “People don’t want to travel as far. So they’re taking mini-vacations,” he said.

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Hospice opens in-patient center in Monroe New building helps terminally ill residents avoid transfers from Hospice to hospitals BY TIFFANY LANE MONROE Hospice of Union County now has the county’s first inpatient care facility for hospice patients. Hospice will host an open house on Friday to unveil its newest building, featuring six inpatient rooms and six residential rooms. Community relations coordinator Pamela Collins’s voice rose with excitement when she described the new building on Monday. “It’s gorgeous,” she said. “It’s like a high-end hotel.” Hospice provides support for terminally ill patients and their families. The first building on its Monroe campus was built in 1992 as the state’s first hospice house. The second building came along in 1994. Combined, the facilities serve Union, Mecklenburg, Anson, Cabarrus and Stanly counties. The new building, dubbed the Edward Carlton McWhorter Hospice House, is named after Carol Tyson’s brother-inlaw, who died from cancer a couple of years ago. The care McWhorter received at Hospice made a big impression on the McWhorter family, as well as Tyson and her husband Carlton Tyson. The Tysons helped head the capital campaign for the new facility. “We were just very pleased with his care,” Tyson said, but noted that having inpatient care would make the end-of-life process easier. Offering an example, Collins said a patient might have both cancer and diabetes. Before the new building was built, that patient would live in a hospice house but be transferred to a hospital if there was a diabetic emergency. A constant change of rooms, facilities and medical staff is “a whole lot of stress that a family at that time just doesn’t need,” she said, and “the opposite of Hospice philosophy.” By that stage, “people are ready for some peace and some comfort.” The cost for residential patients is $155 per day. Inpatient costs vary by need. Collins said the average stay is about two months. “Sometimes people need to get stabilized on their medications,” she said. “Sometimes there’s not enough people at home to care for them, ... or the family is out of state. ... Sometimes patients are alone.” Hospice patients have a variety of diseases or terminal illnesses, including cancer, Alzheimer’s, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, AIDS, congestive heart failure

and liver failure. The new facility brings the total number of hospice rooms to 26. Hospice currently has 14 patients on its campus, but cares for 45 total, many in nursing homes, their own homes or a family member’s home. Each patient receives his or her own room and receives three homecooked meals a day. Two certified nursing assistants and one licensed practical nurse are on staff in each house and ready to offer their services, even if it is to help brush a patient’s teeth. A doctor will be on hand each day to make rounds to the inpatient rooms. “This is something that Union County has needed for so long,” Tyson said. “It’s a new dimension in health care.” Like the other two buildings, the third addition gives each patient his or her own room. Unlike the other two, each room in the new one has a wall of glass to let more light in. “It’s just a bright, cheerful place,” Tyson said. The rooms also include adjoining family rooms for family members to congregate and avoid disrupting others. “To be able to be together as a family when that time comes, I think, has a very reassuring aspect to it,” she added. If families do want to mingle, two sunrooms offer that opportunity. Sometimes it helps to talk to others in the same situation, Tyson said. Collins has had her own share of family deaths, starting at the age of 5. She missed 40 days of school between first and fourth grades to attend funerals, including one for her third-grade cousin who was her age. “I’ve had a whole lifetime of those experiences,” she said, and the same goes for many of the staff members. “Hospice workers are not hired, they are called.” The third building, built in a year, came to $4.3 million, including costs to refit the first two houses to get up to par with the third. Those changes will be made over the next couple of months. Much of the building was paid for through grants and donations, although Collins pointed out that donated time, labor and materials were just as important. Open house will be held from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. at 700 W. Roosevelt Blvd in Monroe. Staff will be on hand to give a tour and answer questions. For more information, call Hospice at 704-292-2100. — Non-profits reporter Tiffany Lane can be reached at 704-261-2229.

Lease will stay in place Hospital from 1 and Union County taxpayers will pay only a pre-set amount. “The last thing I want to do is spend $500,000 and not sell the hospital,” Kuehler said Tuesday. Commissioner Allan Baucom opposes the sale. “Where is the net profit to the citizens of Union County going to come from?” he asked. “There is not a clear, rational reason to move forward with the sale of the hospital.” Baucom said he would keep an open mind about Kaufman Hall’s presentation and “voice an opinion if I feel it’s appropriate.” According to Baucom, one roadblock to selling the hospital is that Carolinas Healthcare System still has a contract to operate the hospital for the next decade. That could make the asset less appealing to another hospital that would want the facility for itself. Kaufman Hall senior

vice president Mike Finnerty agreed that the length of the lease made this a “unique” proposal. Kuehler looked at it from a different angle. Because the lease comes with two seats on the hospital’s board of directors, it could be appealing for a competitor to have influence on policies, she argued. Commissioner Lanny Openshaw added that the political landscape of Union fluctuates regularly. “Somewhere along the line there could be a weak link in the chain and make a bad decision,” he said, making an argument to sell the building. Another obstacle in finding a buyer is that the commissioners want to continue to provide “the best healthcare that we can provide for the citizens of Union County,” as Baucom put it. That means that a prospective buyer will likely have restrictions in the contract. “The more restrictions you put on an asset, the lower its value,” said Finnerty.

Word on the Street: What is a good death? Hospice of Union County hosted an open house Friday to unveil its newest building. The Edward Carlton McWhorter Hospice House includes six residential rooms and six in-patient rooms that will allow terminally ill patients to receive hospital-quality care without being transferred. Hospice, a nonprofit, was created to make the end of life as comfortable as possible for terminally ill patients and their families. We posed the question, “What is a good end-of-life experience?”

Bus Slagle said an experienced, caring medical staff makes the end-oflife experience easier. “I know they’ve taken great care of my wife. ... My wife is supposed to be turned every two hours, and they come in every two hours and turn her over, take very good care of her.” Bus Slagle, Spouse of Hospice House patient Monroe

“Comfort, dignity, choice. ... It’s about the relationship between the individual making that transition from this life to the next and having someone there with them in that process, in addition to their family — someone that’s going to help them, but also help that family.” Mike Linker, Executive director of Hospice Concord

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‘Really close’ quad rugby tournament ends today Rugby from 1 on the team since it began in 1996, just a couple of years after a mountainbike accident fractured his neck. “It didn’t take long before ... I got involved in wheelchair racing and then rugby,” he said minutes after rolling in from tennis practice. Taylor is also involved in hand cycling. “If I don’t do something for a couple of days, my body doesn’t like me very much.” The quad rugby season runs from September to May. Crisp’s wife and 6-yearold son often cheer him on, but the team itself is a great source of support, Crisp said. “There’s always people to lean on.” Carolina Crash currently has only male members, but anyone is welcome to

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Parkwood graduate camps for the Panthers By David Sentendrey

Correspondent CHARLOTTE —As the Carolina Panthers host the Washington Redskins today, it will mark Day 19 of a rooftop camping trip for one Union County native. Steven Brantley, a graduate of Parkwood High in 2000, works for “The Ace and T.J. Show,” the flagship radio program that broadcasts from KISS 95.1 FM and is syndicated around the country. Brantley has vowed to live on the radio station’s rooftop until the Panthers win their first game of the season, which Brantley hopes will come today against the Redskins. A die-hard fan since the Panthers joined the NFL in 1995, Brantley has been disappointed in the 0-3 start to the 2009 season, but is trying to lead other fans by example. “One of the biggest reasons I am doing this is to show people that there

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Parkwood graduate and die-hard Panthers fan Steven Brantley is living on the roof of the KISS 95.1 radio station until the Panthers win. are true fans out there. “In this city, it seems like there’s a lot of bandwagon fans that are with the Panthers when they’re doing great, but when they’re doing bad,” and Brantley shrugged. Brantley has seen plenty of support from the Charlotte community with 32 local businesses supplying him with food

and drink, camping gear and other accessories to accommodate his stunt. But this camping trip is no vacation for Brantley – the radio station is keeping him on the clock while he awaits a Panther’s victory. “I’ve actually got pretty much a mini-radio studio up here. Ace and T.J. were definitely not going to

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let me come up here and not work,” Brantley said. “They’ve got me equipped with computer and internet, phone, I actually even have a (television) up here where I’m watching the game – so it’s business as usual, I got mics and headphones so I can still be a part of the show in the morning. “If anything, I’m working more on the roof ‘cause they know I’m up here without anything to do.” The radio station is in control of Brantley’s time

management, allowing him five minutes every three hours for a break to use the restroom or shower – which he tries to save up so he can bank an occasional 20-minute break. Besides work and television, Brantley has kept himself busy by responding to emails from fans and posting blog entries on the Ace and T.J. Web site – including videos such as, “I’m on a Roof ”, a remix in response to the popular Saturday Night Live skit, “I’m on a Boat”. Besides going through times of boredom, Brantley has stumbled into some problems during his camping adventure. “The first weekend I was up here it poured the entire weekend, and I’m not a camper,” Brantley said. “...and I didn’t know you weren’t supposed to touch the sides of the tent ‘cause if you do, apparently, water will rush in. So the first weekend was miserable. I was probably

in a half an inch of water, which doesn’t seem like much, but when you’re sitting in it, it’s a lot.” While the Panthers have not won a game since Dec. 28, 2008, and their quarterbacks have thrown a combined eight interceptions this regular season, Brantley is still optimistic about what the team can accomplish. “Them being my team, you always hope for the best and you always have high expectations,” he said. “...There are a couple other teams that don’t have good records. Coming off the bye week, we have three games that we really can win coming up, which would put us back up at .500.” Brantley has not been contacted by the Panthers organization about his voyage to the land where pigeons play. “Which is understandable,” he said. “I’d rather have them have their heads in the game.”

Born June 21, 1977, she was a daughter of the late Larry and Edna Starnes. She worked in construction as a laborer. Survivors include one sister, Cindy Clark of Lancaster, S.C.; and her grandmother, Lillian Starnes. Heritage Funeral Home of Weddington is in charge. Memorials may be made to help with funeral expenses to Heritage Funeral Home, 3700 Forest Lawn Drive, Matthews, NC 28104. Online condolences may be left at

Thursday in the Mount Zion Baptist Church cemetery. She was born April 23, 1946, in Raleigh. She was preceded in death by three daughters, Belinda Sue Starnes, Sherry Ivy and Marsha Ivy. She was a homemaker. Survivors include one daughter, Cindy Clark of Lancaster, S.C.; 14 grandchildren; and five greatgrandchildren. Heritage Funeral Home of Weddington is in charge. Memorials may be made to help with funeral expenses to Heritage Funeral Home, 3700 Forest Lawn Drive, Matthews, NC 28104. Online condolences may be left at

Obituaries Elizabeth Butler WAXHAW Elizabeth McGill Butler, 75, died Oct. 1, 2009, at home. Funeral was Wednesday at Liberty Hill Baptist Church in Wesley Chapel, with burial in the church cemetery. Born Oct. 19, 1933, in Union County, she was a daughter of the late Ernest and Leona McCain McGill. Survivors include seven sons, James Butler, Robert Butler, Dennis Butler, Otis Butler James Butler III, Marcus Butler, all of Waxhaw, Henry Butler of Monroe; two daughters, Mattie Love of Charlotte, Pauline Polk of Waxhaw; 41 grandchildren; 51 great-grandchildren; and six great-great-grandchil-

Judy Little WAXHAW Judy Blucher Little, 71, died Sept. 28, 2009, at home. Memorial service was Saturday at Amazing Grace Lutheran Church. Born Jan. 23, 1938, in Oshkosh, Wis., she was a daughter of the late Jerry and Jeanne Blucher and was married to the late Donald Jay Little. She was retired as administrator of the Association of Specific Learning Disabilities of North Carolina. Survivors include two sons, Grayson Little, Nevan Little, both of Charlotte; two daughters, Leslie Little Skinner of Charlotte, Blaine Little

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LANCASTER, S.C. — Steven Brent Merritt 4, died Oct. 3, 2009, in Monroe. Funeral was Wednesday at Heritage Funeral Home of Weddington, with burial in Forest Lawn East Cemetery in Weddington. Born Feb. 11, 2005, in Union County, he was a son of Amy Hartis Sutton. Survivors, in addition to his mother, in-

clude one brother, Eric Sutton; two sisters, Brianna Sutton, Hailey Sutton; grandparents, Trina Hartis and Jeff Hartis; and greatgrandparents, Reid and Patricia Hartis and Nellie Sawyer. Memorials may be made to help with funeral expenses to Heritage Funeral Home, 3700 Forest Lawn Drive, Matthews, NC 28104. Online condolences may be left at

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MONROE Belinda Sue Starnes, 32, died Oct. 3, 2009. Graveside service was Thursday in the Mount Zion Baptist Church cemetery.

Edna Starnes MONROE Edna Bean Starnes, 63, died Oct. 3, 2009. Graveside service was.

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D’Souza: ‘A restoration of values’ Q&A from 1 Q: How does the world solve those problems? A: I think that the radical Muslims have gained a lot of support by portraying America as a godless and immoral society. And that is a major part of their recruiting technique: to say Muslims should stand up for God and fight against the great Satan, which is us. Ironically, (atheist debater Chritopher) Hitchens’s view is, “Yeah, we are the great Satan. We are the leading power of the infidels.” ‘Infidels’ is the Muslim word for unbeliever. In a way, when bin Laden says, “America is the godless society,” Hitchens says, “Yeah, that’s why we’re fighting you.” In my view, we are a society rooted in Christian values, and I think if the world knew that, it would be harder for radical Muslims to portray us in the way they do. A restoration of Christian values would not only be better for us at home but would also make us safer. It would weaken the propaganda of the radical Muslims against us. It’s hard to portray us as an atheist society if it was made very clear that we are a more Christian society. Q: Is radicalism unique to Islam? A: I don’t know of any other religion that has al Qaeda, Hamas, Hezbollah. I don’t know of any other religion that has a radical division similar to radical Islam. As far as I know, there haven’t been any Buddhist suicide bombers. There’s been no Hindu bin Laden. Islam is unique in producing a radical movement. You might have isolated cases [in other religions], but these guys are so marginal. Very often they’re not mainstream. If you look, there are 2.3 billion Christians in the world. ... There’s no such movement. Whereas in Islam, it’s different. You look at a group called Hamas; when you had free elections in Gaza a few years ago, Hamas won. There’s no Christian movement of kooks that’s large enough to even pay attention to it. I can’t name a single Christian organization that would qualify as the equivalent of al Qaeda. Now you have kooks like the KKK, but they’re motivated by racism, not Christianity. ... They’ll rewrite the Bible so he’s a cross burner and all kinds of wacko stuff but no one would claim that’s mainstream Christianity. Q: What are the factors that create extremists? A: I think that what’s creating extremism in the Muslim world is a profound sense that the Muslim world, which was once very strong, has become very weak. If you really think about it, if you took away oil and the money that comes from oil, the Muslim world would be like sub-Saharan Africa. The Muslims know that. How did they end up in such a mess? The mess I’m referring to is the Muslim world today has fallen behind so badly behind the West. One small country – Israel — can beat the entire Muslim world put together. That’s hugely embarrassing. ... The Muslims know all this. They feel like they’ve been humiliated by the West, conquered by the West, dominated by the West. And it’s bred a lot of political and economic and social frustration. And that is the breeding ground for radicalism and terrorism. Q: How do we prevent radicalism? A: In the Cold War, with the Soviet Union, there was a military component to it. There was also a war of ideas in which America was trying to promote the best of American values: democracy, freedom, equality.

And we had huge government organizations promoting those values across the Iron Curtain in the former Soviet Union. We’re not doing that now. We have a military side in the Muslim world and that’s it. Nothing else. My suggestion would be a governmentdriven effort to promote the best of American ideals in the Muslim world. That’s something we haven’t been doing. Q: What impact do you think Christian missionary work has on Western and Arab relations? A: I think it’s minuscule. How many missionaries are trying to convert Muslims? Not that many. It’s not that easy to do. Muslims are very hard to convert. There are not very many Muslims converting as a proportion. Muslims are very devout. They’re not easy to turn around and win over. It’s easier to convert a Hindu or someone who’s not very devout. But the Muslims are very hard to convert. So there are some Christian missionaries that are trying and there are some converts but it’s not a significant factor. Q: If it has a minuscule effect, then why are there efforts in the Muslim world to block Christian missionary work? A; I think Muslims don’t like it and within their own countries they try to block it. ... I think in the Muslim world, in places like India, there is an opposition to missionaries. The reason for the opposition is mainly this: they feel Western missionaries have a lot of money. They think, “We have a small village. The missionaries will come in, build this tent, have lots of food and all these young people will run over there and want to convert. Not necessarily because they believe in the religion but because they want all the stuff. They’re bribing the natives into converting to Christianity. That’s the allegation, that’s the charge, that’s what people say. Indians feel missionaries are taking advantage of the poverty of the locals. I don’t think that that allegation is fair, but I am trying to help you understand why people are objecting to it. Q: Why do you think there’s a growing secular population in the Western world? A: Many of us learn Christianity when we are young. I call it Crayon Christianity. It’s a really simplified form of Christianity. When we go college, suddenly you are confronted with questions that ask you how you know the things you claim to know. For many people, this Crayon Christianity is hard to defend and they find themselves pulling away from it. So the university often is a place where skepticism meets Christianity and skepticism wins. Why? Because Christians are not taught how to effectively defend their faith. One reason why I think the Charlotte Apologetics Conference is a useful thing is because it helps to equip Christians to recognize what we believe and why. Q: How should churches combat the growth of secularism? A: Churches are very focused on what you would call Bible education. The Bible says this and the Bible means that. That’s pretty much what pastors are trained to do: to explain the meaning of the Bible. If someone were to say, “How do I know what to believe in the Bible? How do I know it’s true?” that falls outside the normal training of a typical pastor. They assume the people looking to them already agree with the word of God. That’s probably true: most people in the pews already accept the Bible, you don’t have to prove it. For young people, your mind is inquisitive, you ask questions, and I think those questions are

good. They’re not being adequately addressed in the church. Apologetics is the art of defending the faith on the basis of reason, and that needs to be a bigger part of what churches do. The thing about it is, a lot of churches and Christians don’t recognize the importance of apologetics. So one reason I think it’s good we’re having this debate, is it’s sort of a wake-up call about what atheists are saying out there. We really need a response, we really need to address these issues. A lot of Christians are not often out there listening to what these atheists are saying. ... Hitchens is probably the biggest name on the other side, so I’m glad they’re bringing him in this time. • Those interested in registering for the conference can visit www. It costs $99 to attend the workshop and conference. To attend the debate as well, the total will be $119.

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Vaccine from 1 disease. Pregnant women should not use the nasal spray, either. About 600 Americans have died from the flu. The government has targeted roughly 90,000 sites to receive the swine flu vaccine by the end of this month. Since May 3, the majority of influenza viruses identified have been H1N1, according for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. “This flu is a younger person’s flu,” U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said Wednesday on NBC’s “Today” show. “Kids have no immunity to the flu. ... Children are great carriers of bugs and viruses.” Because of the danger of transmission, especially in school and day care settings, Sebelius said, “We strongly urge parents to take precautionary steps. Flu kills every year ... and we’ve got a great vaccine to deal with it.” Children under the age of 9 might need two vaccinations if they have never had a flu shot. Tentatively, Forest Hills, Parkwood, Piedmont, Sun Valley and Weddington high schools, as well as Monroe Middle, will host the H1N1 clinics. “We’re trying to locate them strategically throughout the county so that all the populations can see into that,” Parker said. “People know where the schools are, it’s easy for them to find.We will be doing clinics on Saturdays — that’s our tentative plan right now.” H1N1 vaccinations are different than seasonal flu vaccinations — although some symptoms of both illnesses are similar. Ranging from mild to severe, H1N1 can cause fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, body aches, headaches, chills and fatigue. The H1N1 virus normally has an incubation period of three to five days, with the virus able to live on an outside surface for several hours. The Health Department is stressing basic precautions to avoid the virus, such as thoroughly washing one’s hands, social distancing and staying home if feeling sick. “Basically, that’s the good public health message that we would always tell people,” Parker said. “People should stay out if they have the flu, at least 24 hours after the fever has subsided, but without fever-reducing medication.”

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Scorebox PHS volleyball bids farewell to six seniors ROUGHEDGE — Parkwood High’s volleyball team closed out its regular season with a narrow loss at Anson County on Thursday. The Bearcats won the match 25-23, 25-21 and 25-22. The Rebels, which finished the regular season with a 5-9 record, defeated Monroe 25-12, 25-14 and 25-21 the night before. The win over the Redhawks represented Senior Night for six Rebels: Maiah Redelfs, Luci Setliff, Hannah Abbott, Hannah Craven, Samantha Young and Emily Morton. Parkwood is off until the Southern Carolina Conference tournament begins on Oct. 19 at Weddington.

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Warriors’ effort stalls Parkwood Ignited by Ardrey’s return, Weddington posts 22-7 victory for homecoming By JERRY SNOW

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Weddington’s Zach Davis tries to strip Rebels QB Maurice Leake while Connor Gorham assists.

WEDDINGTON Just when Parkwood High finally gained the momentum, Weddington’s Domonique Ardrey snatched it right back with a pair of third-quarter returns that helped his team celebrate homecoming with a 22-7 victory on Friday. After the Rebels scored for the first time to tie the game at 7-all with 7:50 left

in the third quarter, Ardrey returned the ensuing kickoff 60 yards down to the Parkwood 37. WHS took advantage of the short field and the power running of sophomore Connor Gorham to drive down to the 1, where QB Anthony Boone plunged in for what proved to be the winning touchdown. The Rebels’ next drive stalled at their 40, and this time Ardrey ranged to his

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right and caught a punt at his own 33 before returning it 67 yards for a TD with 35 seconds left in the third. “Those were huge plays in the ballgame,” WHS coach Justin Hardin said of Ardrey’s returns. “Our offense struggled to move the ball and we needed something to give us a spark and that’s what Dominique did for us.”


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E-J Correspondent weddington With a 5-4 victory over Marvin Ridge on Wednesday, the Weddington High girls tennis team is tied with the Mavericks for the best record in the Southern Carolina 3A/4A Conference at 6-1. The two teams are scheduled to meet, tentatively, on Wednesday Oct. 14 at a neutral location to decide a SCC champion. The Mavericks came out on top 6-3 during the last meeting of the two powerhouses – but the Warrior faithful flooded the match area to pump energy towards the home team. “I think it was the best atmosphere I’ve seen for a high school match in the years I’ve been coaching,” WHS coach Mike Murphy said. “The fans that they brought out were extremely supportive …” The difference maker on Wednesday was the match at the number two seed between WHS’s Sarah Carroll and MR’s Hannah Florian. Florian had won a decisive 10-6 tiebreaker during the last meeting, but Carroll, a junior, persevered 7-6, 6-4 – wiping out memories of her previous, disheartening defeat. “I was looking forward to the match a lot,” Carroll said. “I didn’t want to get my hopes up saying I could win, but I just did my best and tried to get the ball back. “I tried to hit winners

Berry blanks Cuthbertson, 63-0

CHARLOTTE — The Berry Academy football team rolled to a 63-0 win over Cuthbertson High on Friday. Cardinals quarterback Kenny Patterson led the offense by finished 10-of13 for 135 yards and three touchdowns. Berry improved to 6-1 overall and 4-1 in the Rocky River Conference. The Cavaliers, who play at home against Central Academy next week, fell to 0-8 overall and 0-5 in the RRC.

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Marvin Ridge’s Ree Ree Li rallied to win her No.1 seed singles match, but it wasn’t enough for the Mavericks. Weddington pulled out a 5-4 home win on Wednesday, putting the 6-1 archrivals in a tie for the top of the Southern Carolina 3A/4A Conference leaderboard. as much as I could in the first set and the second set I just tried to stay consistent with her.” Murphy credits Carroll with being one of the cleanest ball strikers for Weddington. “It was huge to get out to the early lead in the

second set rather than get down quick,” Murphy said. Carroll was teamed up with number four seed Samantha Wingo during doubles play as they defeated Minali Nigam and Mariel Emery. Their doubles victory

sealed the team win for WHS. “We knew to have a chance at winning the [team] match we had to win our doubles match,” Wingo said.


RALEIGH — Three participants from Union County recently participated in the 2009 North Carolina Senior Games State finals, and each came away with at least two medals. Waxhaw resident Butch Baker was the most successful, bringing home medals in seven different events, including the football throw (gold), running long jump (bronze), standing long jump (silver), spin casting (bronze), 100-meter dash (bronze), 50-yard freestyle (bronze) and the shuffleboard (bronze). Bob Neill out of Monroe placed in the standing long jump (silver), 100yard breaststroke (bronze) and 50-yard breaststroke (silver). Waxhaw’s John Marshall also competed, bringing home silver medals in the Cycling 1-mile event and 5K.

THURSDAY,OCTOBER 29, 2009 | 6:00 – 9:00 p.m. Rolling Hills Country Club, Monroe | $30 General Admission Featuring comedy performances by “The Southern Fried Chicks” Tickled Pink is an exclusive charity and comedy event designed to raise awareness and funds for uninsured and underserved women fighting breast cancer in Union County. Proceeds from the event will be donated to the Edwards Cancer Center at CMC-Union. In addition to a great comedy show, the evening will also include a silent auction, “Bras for the Cause” contest and breast cancer education.

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UC’s 2009 Scoring Leaders (Through Week 7; minimum 12 points) Offensive TDs Return TDs Special Teams Name, Yr. (School) Rush Rec K/P Int. Fum FG XP 2pt Total Juanne Blount, Sr. (FH) 19 2 118 Shamiir Hailey, Sr. (M) 13 2 82 Jamison Crowder, Jr. (M) 7 3 1 2 70 Charvis Barrino, Sr. (CA) 10 3 66 Steven Miller, Sr. (Pm) 8 1 50 Jadarrius Williams, So. (SV) 6 2 1 50 Dylan Williams, Sr. (MR) 8 48 Matt Frein, Sr. (MR) 5 28 43 Cameron Leviner, Jr. (Pm) 5 1 4 40 Brandon Little, So. (W) 6 1 38 Maurice Leak, Sr. (Pw) 6 36 Kolly Ogar, Jr. (MR) 6 36 Casey Lang, Sr. (W) 4 23 34 Jamie Baker, Sr. (FH) 2 26 32 Anthony Boone, Sr. (W) 5 30 Marcus Leak, Jr. (Pw) 4 1 30 Kemp Lotharp, Sr. (Pw) 5 30 Orlando Ratliff, Sr. (FH) 4 1 30 Christian Cruz, Sr. (M) 28 28 Dylan Hunter, Sr. (Pw) 2 21 27 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 Lee McNeill, So. (PR) 4 24 Canious Sturdivant, Sr. (FH) 4 24 Cameron Havey, Sr. (SV) 2 16 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 Mike Thornton, Sr. (W) 3 18 Dustin Cook, Sr. (SV) 2 1 14 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 Christian Glackin, Sr. (W) 1 1 12 Sam Harris, Sr. (Pm) 2 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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Weddington senior quarterback Anthony Boone leads the Warriors with 5 rushing touchdowns.

Leviner shining for PHS BY JUSTIN MURDOCK

Waxhaw Exchange MONROE Piedmont High junior Cameron Leviner is contributing in a lot of ways on the football field, and his production has him ranked among the top scorers in Union County. Leviner, who starts at receiver and safety, has scored 40 points to rank ninth in the county. He has a team-best five receiving touchdowns, one punt return for a score and four extra points. In last Friday’s victory over Cuthbertson High, Leviner scored on a 67-yard TD pass and a 65-yard punt return. Leviner filled in for starting kicker Mason Montgomery and converted 4-of-6 extra point attempts. In addition to playing receiver, safety and kicker, Leviner has started two games at quarterback this season. As a sophomore in 2008, Leviner had just two receiving touchdowns all season in his first year as a starter. Leviner isn’t the only Panther who’s been finding the end zone of late. Senior tailback Steven Miller has eight rushing scores and a two-point conversion to rank fifth in UC with 50 points. Miller, who missed the first two games of the season due to an illness, had three rushing TDs in last Friday’s win over the Cavaliers. Piedmont (3-4) plays at Central Academy on Friday starting at 7 p.m.

Blount on a roll

Forest Hills quarterback Juanne Blount has been on fire in the Yellow Jackets’ last two games, totaling nine touchdowns in a pair of blowout victories. After rushing for four TDs in a 45-7 win over Piedmont on Sept. 25, Blount followed with a season-high five TDs runs in last Friday’s 48-13 win over West Stanly. Blount now leads the county with 19 rushing scores, which is six more than Monroe senior tailback Shamiir Hailey — who has played one less game. Blount rushed for 15 touchdowns in the regular season as a sophomore in 2007 and followed with a county-high 24 rushing scores during the 2008 regular season.

Odds and ends ...

... Cuthbertson junior Lamar Wade, Central Academy senior Kasey Robinson, Piedmont senior Justin Redfern, Piedmont junior Caleb Gordon, Sun Valley junior Aaron Hancock and Sun Valley junior Robert Viehmeyer all scored their first touchdowns of the season last Friday. ... After running for two touchdowns in last Friday’s loss to North Stanly, Central Academy senior Charvis Barrino became the first player in the school’s history to reach 10 total TDs in a single season. ... Sun Valley tailback Jadarrius Williams had at least two TDs for the third straight game in last Friday’s win over Bessemer City.

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WHS secures title by beating rival Warriors run through league without losing a set By David Sentendrey

“Just having them here was that mental up that the girls needed,” Powell said. “To me, they were just as loud as the other side was, even though our numbers weren’t as good.” The second set was the closest of the night with the largest separation being four points. WHS won the set 25-21 to take a commanding lead. The Mavericks led up to point 12 but were unable to finish. After dropping the first two sets, the Mavericks lost most of their swagger by set three, losing 25-15. The win marks Weddington’s second straight conference title — last year WHS won the Southwestern 4A Conference — and sixth in the school’s 10-year history. The biggest hindrance to the Mavericks was hitting errors – they committed 30 on the evening. “There is no way we can ever beat a team with that many hitting errors,” MR coach Brook Hammers said. “We passed the ball very well but our hitters – we just had hitting errors and we can’t do that, and they know that and we told

Waxhaw Exchange MARVIN By defeating Marvin Ridge 3-0, the Weddington High volleyball team won the first-ever Southern Carolina 3A/4A Conference championship on Thursday. The Mavericks started the first set strong with the support of their home crowd, leading 6-5 – but the Warriors responded with excellent net play, specifically blocking and passing to set up kills. “That’s something we have stressed,” WHS coach Carrie Powell said. “One is to get the block, if it comes around the block to make sure girls are in the places where the ball is going to come around – and they were where we needed to be. “Last time we played them we got burned a lot, so we worked real hard on making sure we stayed where we needed to be.” Although Weddington fans in attendance were outnumbered by Marvin Ridge fans, they were plenty loud and supportive of their top-seeded team.

them that. “It is what it is and the good thing is we get another shot at them at the conference tournament.” On the bright side for the Mavs, nearly the whole team will be back next year. Their one senior, Jillian Zimmerman, was honored before the match. With a number of talented juniors and sophomores, Marvin Ridge appears to have their best volleyball ahead. “We’re very excited, obviously we’re going to miss Jillian because she is our leader,” Sanburg said. “… I don’t think she’ll ever be replaced here because she’s just an impact player for our team. We are young, we still got some kinks to work out … another shot in a couple weeks and I think we’ll be fine.” Zimmerman recorded 21 assists and 10 digs, while teammate Ashlyn Sunseri added 11 kills and Sydney McCraw scooped 16 digs. The Warriors were led by Allison Rickher, who has committed to Wingate University, with 12 kills and 11 blocks. “We knew they had a

Young’s OT goal lifts Mavs By Eric Rape

time of possession being close to even. Weddington (6-4-3, 3-1) suffered a huge blow with just over seven minutes left in regulation when Warriors’ goalie Michael Vigdor and the Mavericks’ Matt Risher went up for a 50-50 ball and Vigdor came down awkwardly and broke his arm. The Mavericks (10-2-1, 4-0) took a 6-3 shots on goal advantage into the first overtime but Weddington had the only two shots in the 10-minute span that were on target. However, MR keeper Danny Cooper was able to make the saves to keep the game tied. In the second overtime,

Waxhaw Exchange Weddington In a grueling match that needed overtime to finish, Zach Young knocked in a deflection in the third minute of the second overtime to give Marvin Ridge High a 1-0 victory over archrival Weddington in boys soccer on Thursday. The Mavericks improved to 4-0 in the Southern Carolina Conference while dropping the Warriors to 3-1. The first and second halves went about the same with both teams pounding away at each others’ defenses with the


Marvin Ridge pushed the ball deep into Weddington’s side of the field and with the first corner kick of the period. Garrett Condon blasted a pass that the Weddington goalie tried to save, but it deflected off his hands right to Young, who pounded it into the net to score the deciding goal. “We fought from the beginning of the game until the end and Weddington just played outstanding defending their home field,” said Mavs coach Ray Fumo, who used to coach at WHS. “This is a very intense rivalry and it’s just going to get more intense as the season goes on.”

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Weddington sophomore Caroline Haugh, right, had nine blocks in her team’s victory at Marvin Ridge. big front row like we do and we just needed to get out there and block and be confident in everything we do,” Rickher said. “We know their hitters a lot and kind of where they go so we worked really hard in practice to practice that and I think we rocked it pretty much.” Caroline Haugh added nine blocks for WHS, while Taylor Linton provided 25 assists and 10 blocks and Amy Schwartz 10 kills. Weddington saw some of its most aggressive play

from Alex Kachulis, who picked up 29 digs. “She was determined she was going to get to everything she could,” Powell said. “She’s the one who’s coaching and motivating out on the floor for the sophomore backs … because of her example, they are much better. “To me that says so much not just about her playing ability, but about her leadership.” Kachulis is also the most consistent server for the Warriors, according to

Powell. Kachulis served first during set one and three, helping on eightstraight points during the decisive third set. “You need to serve to start the play, so I think that consistency is major,” Kachulis said. “Even if it’s not getting an ace every time it’s getting it to a good spot where I can set my team up to get a point.” For Weddington, a conference championship is special, but there is plenty of room for more success this season.

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114 Houses For Rent

114 Houses For Rent

114 Houses For Rent

Matthews area 3br 2ba no pets, 2015sf, cent H/A, garage +extras $880mo (704)847-6561

Nearly new brick 3br 2ba near Walkup Ave new carpet & paint $800mo. 704-289-5410/ 507-0492

Parkwood/Prospect Sch dist. 3br 2ba 1800sf, appliances, lg yard, no pets, $650mo. (843)672-5823

Mineral Springs $1,200mo. house only, $1495mo w/pasture spacious 3br 3ba 2car gar. 3000sf good for horses Monroe 3br 1.5ba $750mo. Austin Rentals (704)289-6531

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

Mineral Springs 2br 1ba newly updated home, 1ac. yd ref’s/dep. no pets, $650mo 704-562-4560

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

Unionville area 2bd 1ba brick, cent AC, gas heat, 3 acre fishing pond, $650 (704)641-5898 Waxhaw 3br 2.5ba kit, dining, den w/fp, all appliances & yard maintenance include $1195mo. Sherin Realty (704)882-1634 WAXHAW small brick ranch hardwd floors treed lot, $700mo+dep. (704)8431676



126 Houses For Sale

138 Mobile Homes - Rent

$8,000 Tax Credit to buy your first home Call to see if you may qualify New Homes Available from $129,900 Leon 704607-2602

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

FSBO Lets Make A Deal! new home Unionville 3400sf dropped price 50K, 704-507-0492

128 Lots & Acreage Nice homesite Hwy 601 N. .52 ac. inside city $44,500 Heritage Realty (704)289-5596

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

140 Mobile Homes - Sale

2 BR, 1BA C-HT + Air. No Pets. Call (704)283-9236 2br 1ba very clean $475mo +dep. ref’s, no inside pets Marshville 15 min from Monroe 704-843-2732

3br 2ba Unionville/Piedmon clean/neat $600mo (704)289-1460

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

140 Mobile Homes - Sale


163 ATVs

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For Sale by Owner, 50 acres Piedmont schools, well installed perk permitted. Mostly wooded, some grass.

2200 HSF, cedar ext. w/ALL NEW paint, roofing, windows, air. 2-1/2 BA, 3 BR + bonus room over dbl. gar. Custom oak cabinets. Covered back porch overlooking nice 24’x40’ shop/office. 5 acs. in great location.

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Enjoy entertaining in this wonderful Marshville home: over 3500 sq. ft. on 2 acres. Holiday dinners a breeze to prepare in the spacious kitchen. Grand living and dining rooms. 5 bedrooms; 5 fireplaces; den; screeened porch.

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New 2007, 3BR, 2BA, 2 car garage, rec room, s/s appliances, ceramic tile, 1 ac lot, lots of extras. Must see! $167,400 CALL 704-243-4656

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

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

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

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

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REDU NEW CONSTRUCTION Lifestyle Builders, Inc. 302 Meadowbrook Dr., Stallings Forest Park - 1 mi. from I-485 off Hwy. 74 in Union County. Stallings Elem - Porter Ridge schools. 1/2 acre wooded lot, 3 BR/2 BA with brick veneer, maint. free exterior, cathedral ceiling, front porch & concrete drive. $144,700 incl. some closing costs. Call Mike at 704-361-4308.

LEASE TO OWN!! 2322 Lexington Ave. (Near New Walter Bickett Elem.) 2224 heated sq. ft. Built in 2004. Like new inside and out 3-4 bedroom, 2 1/2 bath, stone and vinyl exterior, new appliances.

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Historic House in the Federal List of Historic Places. Located at 501 Franklin St. on the corner of W. Franklin & N. Crawford. For sale for $139,000. Massive rehab work from roof to cellar. It was built to house two separate Medical Doctors with a Pharmacy occuping the center section. Today there is three separate apartments with large impressive rooms & separate utilities. Call 704-553-0271 or 704-287-2440.

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

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

3 Bedroom, 2 Bath, Ranch home with all new tile flooring/all new neutral carpet thru out/Master bath has dual sinks/garden tubshower. Kitchen has new installed oven. Jeff Hall - Realtor/Broker 980-722-6702-cell

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Pirates stun Mavs with ‘biggest win,’ 20-17 BY JUSTIN MURDOCK INDIAN TRAIL Porter Ridge High’s Christian Hart called it ‘the biggest win in the school’s history.’ Hart, a senior defensive tackle, had an interception with 27 seconds left in the fourth quarter to help the Pirates seal a 20-17 home win over previously-unbeaten Marvin Ridge on Friday. Porter Ridge improved to 5-2 overall and 1-0 in the Southern Carolina Conference. The visiting Mavericks (6-1, 0-1 SCC) had put together an impressive drive down to Porter Ridge’s 3-yard line in the final minutes, which included four straight completions by backup senior quarterback Chandler LeDoyen. LeDoyen hit junior KJ Brent for a 12-yard gain to set up first and goal at the three, but on the very next play, Porter Ridge senior lineman Dyllon

Tennis from 13 Wingo, a senior, is hoping to win her first conference championship with Weddington. “It would mean a lot because we’ve worked so hard all four years I’ve been on the team and have been close in the past – to be even closer, it’s great,” Wingo said. Marvin Ridge came prepared with their number one seed Ree Ree Li, who has appeared in two matches this season – both against archrival Weddington. Li, the number two ranked player in the state for 16-year-old girls tennis, trailed 4-1 during set one to Meredith Branham, but fought

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Porter Ridge senior lineman Christian Hart (55) pulled down the game-clinching interception Friday. Thomas broke through the line and deflected the ball just as LeDoyen released the pass. The ball popped

off WHS’s number one seed 6-4, 6-0. As Li was concentrating on her game, many fans were upset at the fact that she has only competed against Weddington this season as she is mostly busy competing in USTA tournaments. One Warrior fan raised a sign that had written, “Stop cheating” – although there is no rule that states a player must participate in every match. “We had definitely worked on a game plan against her and I knew exactly what I wanted to do – it was a matter of executing it,” Branham said. “My plan was to get her before she really started getting warmed up because you see after 4-1, she started hitting a bunch of winners. “My game plan was to

straight up in the air and fell into Hart’s hands, sending the Pirate sideline into a frenzy. “Dyllon got through

just hit it really deep in the court and try to get the first punch in and make her miss, and it worked for a little while – and not so much after that, but it was really exciting “… I was hyped up all day for this match.” While Weddington can enjoy this victory, the Warriors must stay composed to compete with Marvin Ridge next week. “Obviously we had an extremely close match, but I think that gave us a lot of confidence because last time Sarah [Carrol] lost a close match with Hannah [Florian] and this time she won a close match – so maybe she’ll have more confidence and maybe it won’t be such a close match in our favor next time,” Branham said.

and was fortunate enough to break up the pass, and I was just in the right place at the right time,” said Hart.

Football from 13 The Warriors were held to 173 yards of offense and 10 first downs, compared to 234 yards and 15 first downs for the Rebels. But Parkwood turned the ball over four times — all in the first half — while Weddington had one turnover. Ardrey, a 6-2, 195-pounder who is playing outside linebacker, also had two sacks. On his first sack, Ardrey drew a holding penalty (that was declined) but still sacked the quarterback and forced a fumble that was recovered by a teammate. The turnover led to the only score of the first half, as the Warriors drove 62 yards on just five plays. The big play was a 28yard pass from Boone to

“He made the play and I just had to make the catch.” The Mavericks jumped out of the gate quickly and got a big lift from their special teams’ less than two minutes into the game. After forcing a threeand-out, MR senior linebacker Dylan Williams came off the edge and blocked a punt, which was recovered in the end zone by junior Matt Chilton to give the Mavs a 7-0 advantage. The Mavericks then got a 24-yard field goal from Matt Frein, but the momentum quickly shifted to Porter Ridge. Just over three minutes later, a bad snap on a punt deep in their own territory forced Frein to kick the ball out of the end zone, resulting in a safety for the Pirates. On the very next possession, senior tight end Ryan Patty hauled in 9-yard touchdown pass from sophomore quar-

terback Lee McNeill to make the score 10-8 at the break. The Pirates then took their first lead late in the third quarter on a 14-yard touchdown run by junior Damarrell Alexander, but less than a minute later, Marvin Ridge retook the lead when junior tailback Kolly Ogar turned the corner for a 75-yard TD run to give the Mavs a 1714 advantage. Porter Ridge quickly responded and grabbed the lead for good when senior Marcelis Lewis busted up the middle for a 16-yard scoring scamper in the final seconds of the third quarter. Marvin Ridge’s offense never threatened to score again until the final seconds of the game, when Hart clinched the victory. “This is the biggest win we’ve had in the school’s history, hands down,” said Hart. “We’re going to go from here and take on our next opponent and just try to keep it going.”

tight end C.J. Warrington along the right sideline. Boone also drew a late hit on the throw, and the penalty moved the ball down to Parkwood’s 10. Boone went the last 5 yards on a keeper, and Casey Lang’s extra point made it 7-0 with 11:53 to play in the second quarter. Weddington linebacker Zach Davis had an interception on the first pass of the game, and cornerback Cole Finch also had a pick in the first half. Even though WHS had just 107 yards of offense and five first downs at halftime, the four takeaways by the defense allowed the Warriors to lead at the half. “We came out strong in the first half and then had a little letdown and they scored so we had to fight back,” Ardrey said of his mindset on the critical

kickoff return. “Coach Hardin, he’s a good coach, an intelligent coach and he told us at halftime what we were doing right and what we were doing wrong. The coaches talk about finishing and that’s what we did. We finished the game.” Senior tailback Kemp Lotharp was a bright spot for Parkwood, rushing 22 times for 110 yards, including a 9-yard touchdown run. Lotharp also had an 18-yard run on the drive, but the key play was QB Maurice Leak’s 46-yard keeper. Lotharp, who missed two games with an ankle sprain earlier in the year, aggravated the injury in the fourth quarter and was carried off. Gorham, a sophomore who plays tailback and defensive back, carried 16 times for 77 yards for the Warriors.


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