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Early voting will begin Thursday Indian Trail’s mixed drink referendum, heated municipal races will be decided Nov. 3 BY TIFFANY LANE

Inside MONROE Early voting begins Thursday for Union County residents outside Monroe. Three towns will also have liquor-by-the-drink referendums at the same time. Monroe’s elections were Oct. 6. Union County Board of

• Highlights of Indian Trail’s candidate forum See 9A Elections director John Whitley said early voting is “a convenience to the voter,” meaning there are “no excuses” not to vote. It can eliminate long lines at the polls on Election Day, too, he said.

Combined, there are more than 75 candidates running for mayor or town councils or boards. Stallings has the most candidates up for election with four running for mayor and nine, including one write-in competitor, running for Town Council. Wingate has the fewest with only two candidates, both incumbents, for its Board of Commissioners.

Indian Trail, Waxhaw and Wingate will also have mixed beverage referendums. Residents in these towns will decide whether to allow the sale of liquor in restaurants, hotels, private clubs, community theaters and convention centers. Absentee ballots will also be considered in early voting. Residents might choose to use an absen-

tee ballot, Whitley said, if serving in the military overseas, dealing with a medical problem or planning to be out of town during elections. Residents must request absentee ballots by Oct. 27 and return them to the Board of Elections by Nov. 2. With the Board of Election’s one-stop voting, those who have not yet registered to vote can reg-

ister and vote the same day during early voting. Election Day is Nov. 3. Early voting ends Oct. 31. Residents can vote between 8:30 a.m. and 6 p.m. Monday through Friday or Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Early voting for all towns will take place in the Union County Public Library’s Griffin Room at 316 E. Windsor St. in Monroe.

Scenes from fall festivals


Dealing with radical Islam BY ELISABETH ARRIERO MONROE A well-known atheist and a Christian who advised Ronald Reagan will debate how America should address Christianity, radical Islam and “the current crisis” in the Arab world at the N a t i o n a l D’Souza, a Apologetics Catholic, says Conference a campaign on Nov. 13- promoting 14. Christian The de- morality bate becould ease t w e e n D i n e s h extremists’ D ’ S o u z a , grip on the a Catholic Arab world. and public policy analyst, 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 last week.

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Seven-year-old Kellie Honeycutt, of Matthews, had her face painted Saturday at Indian Trail’s Family Fun Day. The two-day festival included music and family-friendly activities.

Staff photo by Rick Crider

Madisyn Goodman, 6, of Lake Park, turns topsy-turvy on the ‘Bungee Bounce’ at the Lake Park Fall Festival; Members of the Masterpiece Studio dance troupe perform in front of the gazebo in Lake Park; Duncan Rutherford, 11, of Stallings, grapples for a foothold on the rock climbing wall at the Indian Trail Family Fun Day, Saturday.

County receives H1N1 vaccine First 1,000 of 85,000 swine flu doses will go to health care workers By David Sentendrey and Tiffany Lane 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, 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 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 disease. Pregnant women should not use the nasal spray, either.


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Education Briefs Elementary school will host Fun Run

STALLINGS There will be a one-mile Halloween Fun Run for all ages at Stallings Elementary on Oct. 31 starting at 9 a.m. There will also be Halloween treats and a costume contest. Participants will win ribbons and treats. A registration form must be filled out. Cost is $2 for those who reply by Oct. 30; registration on Oct. 31 will be $3. For more information, contact Bo Mielczak at bo.mielczak@ucps.k12. or Matt Colby at m at t . c o l by @ u c p s. k 1 2 .

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Stallings school hosts literacy night Stallings Stallings Elementary School’s Literacy Night will promote family reading with a story hour and reading skills activities from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Nov. 5 in the Stallings Elementary School cafeteria and gym. Kindergarten through fifth grade students and

their families will have the opportunity to listen to a story read by Brentson Buckner, former Pittsburgh Steeler and and Carolina Panther Football player. Buckner is one of the hosts of a sports talk radio show, The Frank and Buck Show - 610 AM WFNZ. Later in the evening, students will rotate through “stations� to focus on nonfiction skills related to the book, play reading games, and make a dessert based on the theme from the book. Pizza, fruit, and drinks will be provided.

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Kiker earns $5,000 SECU scholarship MONROE South Piedmont Community College students Janice Palomba and Andrew Kiker have been awarded the State Employees Credit Union People Helping People Scholarships. Each received $5,000 toward tuition and other expenses associated with their education. Each year, SECU awards two students from each of the 58 community colleges across the state with $5,000 scholarships based on the students’ leadership, excellence of character, integrity and community involvement. “There are not enough words to express my gratitude,� Kiker, 20, a firstyear radiation therapy student said in a press release from the school. “This will help me a lot. I wouldn’t be able to go forward without this scholarship.� Kiker, who lives in Indian Trail, said he’ll use the money for books, tuition, and uniforms. Palomba, a 36-year-old mother of two and stepmother of three from Monroe, said the scholarship means she can stay in school. “Everyone at my husband’s company had to take a pay cut and I thought I would have to quit school,� she said in the release. “I went on a mission trip and prayed about what I was supposed to do. When I got home, the scholarship acceptance letter was in the mail.�

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Today: Chicken patty, sandwich, soft taco, potato bites, California blend, gelatin, fruit Thursday: Barbecued chicken, hot dogs, baked beans, broccoli, coleslaw, pear, fruit, roll, celebration cake Friday: Cheese pizza, deli roll-up, french fries, spinach salad, fruit Monday: Taco salad, chicken strips , baked potatoes, broccoli, fruit, poppy seed roll Tuesday: Pepperoni pizza, chicken and pasta, sweet potato souffle, green beans, pear, fruit, biscuit Wednesday: Macaroni and cheese with ham, hamburger, potato smiles, glazed carrots, salad, peaches, fruit, apple muffin Thursday: Lasagna, corn dog, potatoes, caesar salad, gelatin, fruit, french bread Friday: Cheese pizza, sub sandwich, french fries, salad, fruit

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Today: Country style steak with rice and gravy, chicken strips , potatoes, California blend, caesar salad, pear, fruit, sesame seed roll Thursday: Turkey tetrazzini, chef salad, baked potato, peas, salad, pineapple tidbits, fruit, apple muffin, saltine crackers Friday: Beef burrito, turkey deluxe on hearty roll, potato bites, green beans, spinach salad, blueberry cup, fruit Monday: Macaroni and cheese with ham, chicken fajita salad with tortilla chips, baked potatoes, carrots, broccoli salad, fruit, muffin Tuesday: Pepperoni pizza, chicken salad, sandwich, potato bites, broccoli, caesar salad, spiced apples, fruit Wednesday: Beefy nachos, corn dog, corn on the cob, California blend, cucumber/tomato, salad, fruit Thursday: Chicken dinner, toasted cheese, sandwich, mashed potatoes with gravy,, vegetables, carrot strips , gelatin, fruit, cornbread muffins Friday: Ravioli w/meat, sauce, chicken patty, sandwich, potato smiles, green beans, salad, fruit, garlic bread

Middle school

Today: Chicken patty, sandwich, soft taco, potato bites, California blend, Mexican salad, gelatin, fruit Thursday: Barbecued chicken, hot dogs, baked beans, broccoli, coleslaw, pear, fruit, roll, celebration cake Friday: Cheese pizza, deli roll-up, french fries, carrots, spinach salad, fruit Monday: Taco salad, chicken strips , baked potatoes, broccoli, cucumber/tomato, salad, fruit, poppy seed roll Tuesday: Pepperoni pizza, chicken and pasta, sweet potato souffle, green beans, spinach salad, pear, fruit, biscuit Wednesday: Macaroni and cheese with ham, hamburger, potato smiles, glazed carrots, salad, peaches, fruit, apple muffin

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Marshal: Fire deaths were preventable Smoke, not fire, killed women and boy

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 smol-

dered 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,” assis-

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Firefighters wait outside the scene of a fatal house fire in Monroe. A Union County fire marshal said that the three deaths could have been prevented with a smoke detector. tant 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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Panthers end fan’s rooftop adventure By David Sentendrey

Correspondent CHARLOTTE —When the Carolina Panthers hosted the Washington Redskins Sunday, it marked 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. In September, Brantley vowed to live on the radio station’s rooftop until the Panthers win their first game of the season, which came with the Panthers ugly 20-17 win over the Redskins. A die-hard fan since the Panthers joined the NFL in 1995, Brantley was disappointed in the 0-3 start to the 2009 season, but sticks behind his hometown team 100 percent. “The first day they were selling licensed merchandise, my mom took me that morning to one of the places to get one of the shirts — since day one (I’ve been a fan),” Brantley said last

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Union County native and die-hard Panthers fan Steven Brantley lived on the roof of the KISS 95.1 radio station until late Sunday afternoon, when the Panthers finally won a game. For weeks, Brantley was only permitted inside for 30 minutes a day.

week. “One of the biggest reasons I am doing this is to show people that there 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 the camping trip was no vacation for Brantley – the radio station made sure that he could be used on the clock while awaiting a Panther’s victory.

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“I’ve actually got pretty much a mini-radio studio up here – Ace and T.J. were definitely not going to 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 kept control of Brantley’s time management, allowing him five minutes every three hours for a break to use the restroom or shower – which he said he tried to save up so he can bank with an occasional 20-minute break.

Besides work and television, Brantley kept himself busy by responding to e-mail 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 stretches of isolated boredom, Brantley said he 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.” Just before the game on Sunday, Brantley said he was optimistic, despite the miserable start to the Panthers’ 2009 season, which included a loss to the muchmaligned Detroit Lions. “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 said he had 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.”



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Indian Trail Trader Also serving LAKE PARK and STALLINGS Publisher: Marvin Enderle

Editor: Betsy O’Donovan

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The law and the slip


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 Jamez

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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 response ought to be hostility to subpoenas. Should we uniformly seek to have them quashed? On one hand, journalists are members of the community 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

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During the last four years on Stallings Town Council Barbara Anne Price has shown residents that she isn’t a pawn to be played or a puppet to be directed by developers or anyone else with an agenda that isn’t in the best interest of the taxpayers in Stallings. She is tenacious and she does her homework. She isn’t one person in the public arena and another one in private. Lots of politicians believe they are accountable to others only if they are caught. Barbara Anne believes she is accountable to Someone much higher, and her dedication, voting record, and work ethic embody this belief. Barbara Anne has been Stallings’ backroom, good ole’ boy politician’s worst nightmare. She doesn’t cast her vote to improve her business prospects in Union County. She’s retired. She doesn’t cast votes motivated by a desire to increase her family’s financial worth through the multitude

of commercial and residential properties they own either. Our family doesn’t own any property, but our homes. I am proud to have a mother that understands moral integrity. She also believes that her word means something. When she was elected four years ago to represent the best interests of all the residents and businesses in Stallings, she took that job seriously. She wants to continue working for you now as Mayor. Want straight talk about the real issues? Visit for answers! Lizbeth Jenkins Stallings

Powwow shortchanged The Native American Association have arranged a Powwow in Indian Trail for 25 years. Indian Trail was a natural place to arrange that annual powwow. For hundreds of years the Indians have had a trading route going through Indian Trail, hence

the name. This year we lost it. People from all over the US come to attend that powwow. Indian Trail will not lose so much money, because the Powwow moved to Concord, but we will lose reputation. Union County, however, stands to lose a lot of revenue. Many people would put up in hotels. Indian Trail has no hotels, so those people would be staying in Stallings or Monroe. All the visitors have to eat, some will eat at the fast food restaurant in Indian Trail, but Monroe has a number of good restaurants. Indian Trail has some shops, but not a lot. It seems to me that Union County is extremely short sighted by increasing the fee for using the grounds of Indian Trail Elementary School at the same time loosing an annual business which would be a welcome income for the county, as well as a feather in the hat for Indian Trail. Severin Jacobsen Indian Trail

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Your Talk Vote for Hutton

I’m writing today to support Doug Hutton for Stallings Town Council District 6. I look forward to my daughter playing in the beautifully designed new park. Her smiling face will be just one of many children who will enjoy such a wonderful endeavor. But the faces of the parents may not be as joyful if others fail to act on the opportunity of negotiating lower costs with vendors who are willing to work with the town. I know that Doug chose Stallings to raise his family and he is ready to work hard to save us all some money. I’m also concerned that all of these costs and efforts to build the park will be for naught! The widening of Stallings Road should be permanently off the table in order to prevent the risk of jeopardizing our children. I certainly do not want wider lanes,

and more of them, to be closer to the park and my daughter. I hope that others will listen to the more reasonable voice of Doug Hutton, who supports the Chestnut Connector in its place. I’m no expert in tax laws, but I do know that either I pay more taxes or someone else does. Well, you and I have paid a lot in taxes over the years but we could be paying less. New businesses bring more tax revenues to Stallings that could relieve all of us from higher taxes, as long as government spending remains in check. And since the recession has cost many citizens their jobs, new businesses bring more opportunities of employment to those who deserve an honest living. With his background in business marketing, Doug will work hard to encourage those businesses in making Stallings their home. My vote is with Doug

Hutton for Stallings Town Council District 6 on November 3rd. I hope that yours will be as well. Chad Rothert Stallings

Selling the hospital 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. 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 cannot 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 impunity. Again, supposing that one election cycle does a trend make is the game of people we rightfully call fools. To see these

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Obituaries David Ross

ATLANTA — James David Ross, 50, died Sept. 29, 2009, in Atlanta. Graveside service will be Friday in Lakeland Memorial Park in Monroe. Born Sept. 6, 1959, in Charlotte, he was a son of James Ned and Dixie Chandler Ross of Mount Dora, Fla. he was employed by Bennett Thrasher in Atlanta. Survivors, in addition to his parents, include one sister, Linda Ross Lay. Memorials may be made to Providence Presbyterian Church, 10140 Providence Church Lane, Charlotte NC 28277; or New Home Baptist Church, 1617 New Home Church Road, Peachland, NC 28133. Heritage Funeral Home of Indian Trail is in charge.

Mildred Haigler

MONROE Mildred Mullis Haigler, 77, died Sunday (Oct. 11, 2009) at Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte. Funeral will be 11 a.m. today at Union Grove Primitive Baptist Church, with burial in the church cemetery. Born May 7, 1932, in Union County, she was a daughter of the late Marshall and Della Griffin Mullis. Survivors include her husband, Hilton L. Haigler of the home; one son, Ronnie Haigler of Monroe; two daughters, Debbie Hinson of Indian Trail, Joan Helms of Bessemer City; one brother, Cecil Mullis of Charlotte; two sisters, Ruby Knight, Doris Baucom, both of Monroe; eight grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren. McEwen Funeral Home is in charge.

Ted Eason

INDIAN TRAIL Ted Richard Eason, 63, died Sunday (Oct. 11, 2009) at Presbyterian Hospital in Matthews. Graveside service will be 12:15 p.m. today in Lakeland Memorial Park in Monroe. Memorial service will be 11 a.m. Saturday at Image Church in Matthews. Born April 30, 1946, he was a son of the late Clyde and Beulah Cook Eason. He was an Army veteran and was retired from McCracken and Lopez Engineering. Survivors include his wife, Pearlie Rhodes Eason of Indian Trail; one daughter, Monica Eason Knight of Pageland, S.C.; one son, Joseph Timothy Eason of Indian Trail; one brother, Clyde Kenneth Eason of Indian Trail; one sister, Marlene Eason Matheson of Indian Trail; and three grandchildren, Drake Anthony Knight, Derrick Alan McManus and Gerald Anthony Knight Jr. Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to noon today at Gordon Funeral Service in Monroe. Memorials may made to Image Church, 4017 Weddington Road, Matthews, NC 28105; or Presbyterian Hospice and Pallative Care, 324 N. McDowell St., P.O. Box 33549, Charlotte, NC 28233-3549. Online condolences may be made at

Wade Secrest

MONROE Wade Secrest, 85, died Friday (Oct. 9, 2009) at Lake Park Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Lake Park. Memorial service was Sunday at Central United Methodist Church, with inurnment in the church columbarium. Born Feb. 18, 1924,

he was a son of the late Clarence and Ellie Broome Secrest. He was a Navy veteran and a retired farmer. Survivors include his wife, Bettie Sturgis Secrest; three sons, Samuel Wade Secrest of Asheville, Michael Secrest of Monroe, Ned Secrest of Spartanburg, S.C.; two daughters, Patricia Secrest Ross of Monroe, Corinne Secrest Goodwin of Matthews, N.C.; nine grandchildren; and three greatgrandchildren. Memorials may be made to the charity of one’s choice. McEwen Funeral Home is in charge.

Ninh An Cao

MONROE Ninh An Cao, 61, died Oct. 6, 2009. Funeral was Friday at Heritage Funeral Home of Indian Trail. Survivors include her husband, three daughters and five grandchildren.

Esther Ford

CERRO GORDO — Esther Willoughby Bullard Ford, 83, died Oct. 6, 2009, at Shoreland Healthcare and Rehabilitation in Whiteville. Funeral was Saturday at Porter Swamp Baptist Church, with burial in the church cemetery. She was a daughter of the late Lattie and Mollie Deaver Willoughby and was married to the late Hezzie D. Bullard and to the late Edgar Brooks Ford. Survivors include one daughter, Vivian B. Gilliard of Fayetteville; two sons, Phillip Bullard of Indian Trail, Teddy Bullard of the home; one sister, Ethel Pharr Kester of Whiteville; eight grandchildren; and 14 greatgrandchildren. Memorials may be made

to Porter Swamp Baptist Church, P.O. Box 98, Cerro Gordo, NC 28430.

Sandra Rogers

MONROE Sandra Rogers, 58, died Monday (Oct. 5, 2009) at home. Memorial service and burial will be at a later date in Buffalo, N.Y. Born March 21, 1951, in Buffalo, she was a daughter of the late Marshall and Frances Hall Steffans. Survivors include two sons, Scott Rogers of Broad Top, Pa., Carl Rogers of Buffalo; one daughter, Diane Gajewski of Indian Trail; one brother, George Hall of Catie, Texas; her companion, Raymond Gerwitz of Monroe; and six grandchildren. Good Shepherd Funeral Home of Indian Trail is in charge of local arrangements. Online condolences may be left at

Nolan Blackburn

MARSHVILLE Nolan Wayne Blackburn, 70, died Oct. 7, 2009. Funeral was Saturday at Gordon Funeral Service in Monroe, with burial in Lakeland Memorial Park. Born Aug. 31, 1939, in Union County, he was a son of the late Murphy B. and Jennie Lynn Williams Blackburn. He was retired from the N.C. Department of Transportation. Survivors include his wife, Peggy Baucom Blackburn; three sons, Michael Blackburn of Monroe, Ronnie Blackburn of Fayetteville, David Blackburn of Marshville; one daughter, Renee Nolan of Indian Trail; two sisters, Jessie Black-

burn, Sally Blackburn; and six grandchildren. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, 6000 Fairview Rd., Suite 200, Charlotte, NC 28210. Online condolences may be made at

Herman Pigg Sr.

MATTHEWS — Herman Watson Pigg Sr., 83, died Wednesday (Oct. 7, 2009) at the Harris Hospice Unit of Presbyterian Hospital. Funeral was Saturday at Mount Harmony Baptist Church, with burial in Forest Lawn East Cemetery. Bborn Aug. 1, 1926, in Mecklenburg County, he was a son of the late T.J. and Carrie Mae Mullis Pigg. He was a Navy veteran of World War II and was retired from Beck Pontiac as an automatic transmission specialist. Survivors include his wife, Sue Jean Beachum Pigg; one daughter, Nancy Threatt; two sons, H.W. “Buddy” Pigg Jr., John Darrell Pigg; three grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. Memorials may be made to Mount Harmony Baptist Church, Building and/or Radio Ministry Funds, 2817 Mt. Harmony Road, Matthews, NC 28105. McEwen Funeral Home of Mint Hill is in charge.

wMONROE The Parade of Breeds horse exhibition is an opportunity for the public to come out and see horses up close. Visitors can talk to the horse owners and learn more about the horses and find out what is involved in owning a horse. The Parade of Breeds will be at Chetola Farms, 1602 Starnes Cemetery Road, from noon to 5 p.m. Oct. 25. The parade itself will be begin promptly at 3 p.m. There will be an opportunity to meet exotic breeds like the Akhal Teke, an extremely rare breed of horse from Russia. Others include the Norwegian fjord, Arabians, saddlebreds, American quarter horse, miniature horses, and paso finos of the host farm. Admission to the Parade of Breeds is free with a suggested donation to the U.S. Equine Rescue League, which will display some of its rescue horses that have been restored to health and are looking for a forever home. Concessions will be available and there will be a silent auction. Purina horse nutrition expert Eric Shupe will give a presentation at 1 p.m. and another specifically geared toward taking care of older horses at 2 p.m. Carriage rides and a van shuttle will be available from the parking lot. For information, visit or call 704-563-2310.

Earl Austin

LAKE PARK William Earl Austin, 93, died Oct. 7, 2009, at Lake Park Nursing Center. Memorial service will be at a later date. Heritage Funeral Service of Indian Trail is in charge. Online condolences may be left at www.heritagefuneral. net.

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Candidates skewer mayor at forum Police force, transportation resonate with aspiring members of Indian Trail council

BY JASON deBRUYN INDIAN TRAIL Candidates voiced their stance on issues and most took a shot at the current mayor during a League of Women Voters-sponsored forum in Indian Trail Tuesday night. “If I conducted myself like that, my mother would have jerked my tail in a minute,” council candidate Robert Allen said of sitting Mayor John Quinn. Other candidates agreed that bickering and infighting between council members, the mayor and staff needs to be curtailed. The main topic of conversation surround the need to start a police department versus con-

tinuing contracting with the Sheriff ’s Office. Most members mentioned it in their opening remarks and the majority of resident questions dealt with an aspect of policing the town. Beyond that candidates expressed varying reasons why they would make Indian Trail a better place to live.

Kathy Broom

On making Indian Trail better: “It’s not good to have four members of the council from the same neighborhood (Brandon Oaks)” On police: “I do think we should keep our contract with the Sheriff ’s Office. It will increase your taxes if we

go with our own police department.”

Larry Kindley

On making Indian Trail better: Improve existing roads, but “don’t take over state roads,” as that would put too much of a burden on the taxpayers of Indian Trail. On police: It would actually be more cost effective to have a police department. “I just can’t see where we are getting the bang for our buck,” from the Sheriff.

John Marshall

On making Indian Trail better: Also wanted to prevent Brandon Oaks from be-

coming too powerful and would work toward road improvements. On police “I fully and completely support the Union County Sheriff ’s Office.”

Darlene Luther

On making Indian Trail better “I’m concerned with what is going on with our property values,” saying that there needs to be a “beautification that spreads all the way through town.” On police Did not advocate a police department but was not overly supportive of the Sheriff. “I can see flaws in the (University of North Carolina at Charlotte policing) study. ... The math just does not

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Robert Allen

On making Indian Trail better “I’m a visionary. I envision Indian Trail with a robust economy not dependent on Charlotte. ... We need ordinances that are more business friendly.” On police Supports the Sheriff, but should “do the right study and base it on the right data.”

Danny Figueroa

On making Indian Trail better People moved to Indian Trail because it has affordable housing and low taxes and the council should make sure it stays that way.

On police “I don’t support a police department. We simply can’t afford it. ... It’s a very accurate study, and remember, if Sheriff (Eddie) Cathey doesn’t do his job, we can vote him out. We can’t do that with a police department.”

Vince Howard

On making Indian Trail better “We need to improve transportation,” especially on main thoroughfares. On police “Establishing our own police department will have an extremely high start-up cost and I don’t know how we can do that. ... We have a good contract with the Sheriff ’s Office.”

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Q&A Continued from 1A 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. 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 Mus-

made it difficult to count immigrants, she said. Census questionnaires will be mailed to households in March 2010. The census will ask just 10 questions and is considered the shortest in history. Results, which will be released in late 2010, will decide legislative apportionments and the distribution of more than $300 billion annually in government funding. Helen Morrison, a member of the Union County chapter of the NAACP, is serving as chairwoman of a Complete Count Committee to ensure members of

the black community are counted. “It plays an important role into the various resources in the community,” she said. “We certainly want to have all communities — especially the African-American communities — receive all the benefits they can and actually just stand up and be counted.” NAACP chapter President Nathel Hailey said the group will send information about the census to churches and areas that have a high concentration of minorities. “We know there are a

lot of dollars involved,” he said. Webster said she has been working with Hispanic communities. She prepared a Spanish presentation last week at the Union County Public Library, but no one attended the meeting. She said some individuals might fear being reported to Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Thus, she often stresses confidentiality. Census employees must take an oath and could face a $250,000 fine and five years in prison if they disclose information

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population increased by 3.2 percent, making it the fastest-growing minority group, according to data from In September, Hispanic television network Telemundo announced it wrote a census storyline into its popular soap opera “Más Sabe El Diablo” as part of their partnership with the 2010 Census. “For all the people who want to serve the Hispanic community, if you have an accurate count, we can do it better,” she said. — Elisabeth Arriero can be reached at 704-261-2226.

lims should stand up for God and fight against the great Satan, which is us. Ironically, 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 government-driven 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: What changes can we make to how we teach Christianity to prevent this loss of faith? 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. ... (Christopher) 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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Mystery author aids library MONROE The Friends of the Union County Public Libraries will have bestselling and Edgar Awardwinning author John Hart as the guest speaker at the Annual Fall Author’s Dinner. The event will be Nov. 5 at 7 p.m. at the South Piedmont Community College Conference Center. Hart’s most recent novel, “The Last Child,” was released May 12 and

Joe Porter looks on as his Alpacas chow down during a recent open house at Awesome Alpacas Farm.

in less than three weeks it reached the 10th spot on the New York Times best-seller list. Born in Durham in 1965, Hart studied French literature at Davidson College and later earned graduate degrees in accounting and law. Chasing his dream “ ... to write well and to be published well,” he spent most of a year in a carrel at the Rowan County Public Library. The re-

sult was “The King of Lies,” which was later nominated for Anthony, Macavity, Barry, and Edgar awards. The Fall Author’s Dinner is a major fundraiser that provides funds for programs and materials not covered by the libraries’ annual budget. Tickets are $35 and may be purchased by calling Krista Cahoon at 704-283-6233 or Jane Newton at 704-843-5133.

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For local farms, tourists are the new cash crop BY ELISABETH ARRIERO 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 Carolina. That number has increased by 1500 percent, to 400 businesses today. “Agritourism is value added agriculture,” Glass said, adding that the motivation to open farms to the public stems from making money and trying something new. 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, own-

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 er 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. Attendees also have the opportunity to write in a carriage around Medlin’s property. “It just makes sense if you can make something out of it. If you’ve got it, why not use it?” said Medlin, whose full time job is managing a horse and carriage business. Agritourism has also grown in popularity among residents, who might be trying to save money in the current economy, said Craig Swindler of the Agritourism



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New Salem firefighter Travis Townsend hoses down the target in just one leg of a variety of tasks during Saturday’s annual firefighter competition. At right, 2008 champion, Dustin Kimbrell of New Salem volunteer fire department, hoists a coiled fire hose to a third story landing during the competition.





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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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Pirates stun Marvin Ridge Huge plays lift Porter Ridge to 5-2 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 Thomas broke through the line and deflected the ball just as LeDoyen released the pass. The ball popped straight up in the air and fell into Hart’s hands, sending the Pirate sideline into a frenzy. “Dyllon got through and was fortunate enough to break up the pass, and I was just in the right place at the right time,” said Hart. “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

Hardworking line has forced 22 turnovers in seven games BY JUSTIN MURDOCK

Staff photos by Ed Cottingham

Clockwise from top: Porter Ridge senior tight end Ryan Patty caught a 9-yard touchdown pass Friday, helping the Pirates edge past Marvin Ridge; Pirates’ senior lineman Christian Hart (55) pulled down this game-clinching interception; Porter Ridge junior Damarrell Alexander (2) rushed for 37 yards and a touchdown. 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 quarterback 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.” Porter Ridge travels to Parkwood next Friday while Marvin Ridge is at home against Sun Valley. — Justin Murdock can be reached at 704-261-2253.

Bearcats slip Spartans, 30-28 By Eric Rape

Sports Correspondent

Photo by Jamie Belk

Sun Valley senior receiver Dustin Cook (3) landed two touchdown passes Friday.


Making chances from mistakes

Wadesboro The Sun Valley Spartans had their hearts broken on the final play of the game, watching a 40-yard field goal attempt glide wide right with time expiring. It sparked a celebration for Anson County, giving the Bearcats a 30-28 home win in their Southern Carolina Conference opener on Friday. The Spartans (5-2, 0-1) started fast, opening the game with Jeremy Busby intercepting a pass on the first play from scrimmage that set up a one play 24yard strike from Ryan Smith to Jody Fuller for a 7-0 lead. The Bearcats answered quickly with a 61-yard touchdown run by Brandon Ellerbe that tied the game. The Spartans went up again with a 9-play 65 yard drive that concluded

with Smith finding Dustin Cook for a 30 yard touchdown, on which Cook broke three tackles on his way to the endzone. The first quarter ended with the Spartans up 14-10 after an Anson field goal. Anson took control in the second quarter driving for two touchdowns in the period, the first came on a 10-play 82 yard drive with Jordan Hildreth running the ball in from 22 yards out and the second coming on Ellerbe’s two yard run into the endzone on a 7-play drive that started at the Spartans 27 to make the haftime score 23-14 with one extra point try failing and the Spartans’ offense sputtering. Sun Valley came out in the second half and went three and out on offense but the defense bent but did not break stopping the Bearcats at their 35 yardline on fourth down.


INDIAN TRAIL Turnovers can change the outcome of a football game at any level, and Porter Ridge High is thriving off of them so far in 2009. Through the Pirates’ first seven games, they have forced 22 turnovers to help them to a 5-2 record. In Friday’s 20-17 victory over M a r v i n Ridge, PR forced four tur novers, including two interceptions and two lost fumbles. Lineman S e n i o r Christian l i n e m a n Hart made a C h r i s t i a n gameHart and changing senior def e n s i v e interception back PJ to seal PR’s F r e e m a n win Friday. both had interceptions while senior DE Tyler Kirk and senior linebacker Jon Bryant both recorded fumble recoveries. Hart’s interception sealed the win in the closing seconds when a pass was deflected at the line of scrimmage and fell into his arms. Hart, Kirk and junior defensive end Aaron Johnson all added tackles for loss for the Pirates. Porter Ridge is giving up an average of just 8.8 points per game in its last four contests. Before Friday’s game, PR had given up six points each in its previous three games. The Pirates, who have won four straight, play at Parkwood next Friday starting at 7:30 p.m.

Adding duties

In addition to starting at cornerback in all seven games this season, Porter Ridge j u n i o r Damar rell Alexander has seen significant time in the o f f e n s i v e PR junior b a c k f i e l d Damarrell the last two Alexander games. had five In Fri- carries for 37 day’s win yards, over the Mavericks, including a Alexander 14-yard TD.

had five carries for 37 yards, which included a 14-yard touchdown run in the third quarter. In a 14-6 win over Central Cabarrus on Sept. 25, Alexander rushed five times for a team-high 58 yards.

Injury at QB

After being tackled on a scramble early in the fourth quarter, Marvin Ridge sophomore quarterback Tyler Chadwick injured his ankle and didn’t return to the game. Senior QB Chandler


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

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

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

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

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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. Call Elsie: 704-363-8815 PRUDENTIAL CAROLINAS REALTY

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.

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

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

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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

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.

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


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

$169,900 to buy or lease to purchase. Call 704-488-7722





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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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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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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4B / Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Pirates Continued from 1B LeDoyen entered and completed just one of his first six passes before coming alive on the final drive. With the ball on their own 29-yard line and 1:58 on the clock, LeDoyen completed four straight passes at one point, including the last to KJ Brent that put the ball on Porter Ridge’s 3-yard line just before Hart’s interception. Brent was LeDoyen’s

Sun Valley Continued from 1B The Spartan offense then found a rythym and with the help of three penaties for 35 yards the Spartans struck on a 2 yard pass from Smith to Cook. The Bearcats extended their lead right back to nine points with a 6 play drive that included a halfback pass that went for 54 yards and ended with a 16 pass

main target on the drive, catching three passes for 38 yards. Senior Adam Remme also had a catch for 18 yards. Brent, a junior who has scholarship offers from North Carolina, East Carolina and Duke, finished with five grabs for 85 yards.

Odds and ends ...

... Marvin Ridge junior linebacker Griffin Weidele had a sack on Friday while junior linebacker Vinnie Sunseri and senior tackle from Hildreth to Jonathan Hough. Sun Valley cut the lead back to two with a quick 10 play drive that took 83 yards but only a little over three minutes. The Spartans looked like they might be dead in the water after Hildreth kept a Bearcats drive alive with a 33 yard run a 4th and 1 but a fumbled pitch by Stephone Anthony that would be recovered by Michael Stein at the Spartan 16 gave them a chance.

Justin Cude each had a tackle for loss. ... PR sophomore Jordan Oakley had just one touch on offense, but he made it worth while. With his team hanging on to a lead midway through the fourth quarter, Oakley took a reverse and ran around the left side for a 20-yard gain and a first down. ... Pirates senior tight end Ryan Patty had a season-high five catches, including one that covered nine yards for PR’s first touchdown of the game in the second quarter.

It didn’t take long for the Spartans to gt in field goal range and the coaches put the game on the leg of their kicker running the ball into the middle of the field with five seconds left, with the game ending in heartache as the ball drifted right of the post. “It looked like he just didn’t get good wood on the ball,” said Spartan coach Scott Stein, “the game goes like that sometimes.” — Eric Rape can be reached at 704-261-2253.

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UC’s 2009 Scoring Leaders (Through Week 8; 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) 15 3 96 Charvis Barrino, Sr. (CA) 13 4 86 Jamison Crowder, Jr. (M) 8 4 1 2 82 Steven Miller, Sr. (Pm) 8 1 50 Jadarrius Williams, So. (SV) 6 2 1 50 Matt Frein, Sr. (MR) 6 30 48 Dylan Williams, Sr. (MR) 8 48 Cameron Leviner, Jr. (Pm) 6 1 4 46 Anthony Boone, Sr. (W) 7 42 Kolly Ogar, Jr. (MR) 7 42 Brandon Little, So. (W) 6 1 38 Casey Lang, Sr. (W) 4 25 36 Maurice Leak, Sr. (Pw) 6 36 Kemp Lotharp, Sr. (Pw) 6 36 Christian Cruz, Sr. (M) 34 34 Jamie Baker, Sr. (FH) 2 26 32 M. Montgomery, Sr. (Pm) 5 16 31 Qwadarius Duboise, Jr. (M) 4 1 30 Marcus Leak, Jr. (Pw) 4 1 30 Orlando Ratliff, Sr. (FH) 4 1 30 Dylan Hunter, Sr. (Pw) 2 22 28 Dustin Cook, Sr. (SV) 4 1 26 Cameron Havey, Sr. (SV) 2 20 26 Jalen Sowell, Jr. (M) 4 1 26 Quon Threatt, Sr. (M) 4 1 26 Bobby Blakeney, Sr. (M) 4 24 KJ Brent, Jr. (MR) 4 24 Tyler Chadwick, So. (MR) 4 24 Jody Fuller, So. (SV) 4 24 Deonte Hiatt, Jr. (Pw) 4 24 Lee McNeill, So. (PR) 4 24 Canious Sturdivant, Sr. (FH) 4 24 Matt Wogan, Fr. (PR) 3 13 22 Donnard Covington, Sr. (M) 3 1 20 Isaac Blakeney, Sr. (M) 3 18 Matt Chilton, Jr. (MR) 1 1 1 18 Cody Haverland, Jr. (W) 3 18 Ryan Patty, Sr. (PR) 3 18 Rasheed Rushing, Fr. (UA) 3 18 Mike Thornton, Sr. (W) 3 18 Dominque Ardrey, Sr. (W) 2 12 Mitchell Blackburn, So. (CA) 2 12 Christian Glackin, Sr. (W) 1 1 12 Caleb Gordon, Jr. (Pm) 2 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 Andre McManus, Sr. (SV) 2 12 Justin Pleasants, Jr. (W) 2 12 Tyler Sierra, Sr. (PR) 2 12 Ryan Smith, So. (SV) 2 12


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