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Stallings shifts on strong turnout Paxton, Dunn will stay; write-in Stokes defeats incumbent Graham for council seat BY TIFFANY LANE

Lynda Paxton was returned to the mayor’s office with 55 percent of the vote.

tlane@theej.com MONROE Lynda Paxton won four more years as Stallings mayor Tuesday, claiming 959, or 55.7 percent, of the votes. After a day at the polls battling the flu, she gathered at the Shannamara clubhouse with fellow candidates. Paxton said her biggest accomplishment in the past four years has been “increased transparency” in local

government. She is also excited about upcoming park renovations and will push for a capital improvement plan that would specify how project money is used.

Write-in candidate Harry Stokes grabbed the District 1 seat from incumbent Al Graham. She hopes for a tax decrease by next year. “We’re on a good path,” she said. Watching the results for other candidates, she said she is happy to have

Reed Esarove won election to the District 2 seat on a platform of long-range planning.

Voters returned incumbent Wyatt Dunn to the District 3 seat with 77 percent of the vote.

Newcomer Paul Frost carried 1,002 votes to win the District 6 seat over Doug Hutton and Jason Klingler.

a “supportive council ... not running on their own agendas.” Stallings results include a pocket of residents who live in Mecklenburg County, but vote in Stallings

elections. According to the Mecklenburg County Board of Elections, there are 175 registered voters in that category. Other Stallings candidates ran on a few hours

of sleep Tuesday, spending most of the day at the polls. Prior to hearing results, mayoral candidate Louis

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Three towns go for mixed drinks 1,420 vote for liquor by the drink in IT BY JASON deBRUYN

Staff photo by Rick Crider

Indian Trail council candidates Robert Allen, back to camera, John Marshall and Larry Kindley joke with Kathy Broom supporter Ken Howe, right, dressed as Uncle Sam at the Brandon Oaks Clubhouse precinct on Tuesday. Allen and Darlene Luther won the seats vacated by Howe’s wife, Councilwoman Shirley Howe, and Dan Schallenkamp

Allen, Luther lead field in race decided by 12 votes BY JASON deBRUYN

jdebruyn@theej.com INDIAN TRAIL The candidates who ran as a team took the victory in Indian Trail. “We worked our tails off, not just today but since we signed up to run,” said Darlene Luther, who won a Town Council seat along with Robert Allen. “I’m glad we gave it what we had.”

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The race was one of the closest in the county, with four candidates receiving between 17.1 percent and 17.61 percent of the total votes. Allen was the top vote getter with 653 votes and Luther, with 650 votes, finished ahead of third-place finisher Danny Figueroa by only 12 votes. Kathy Broome finished fourth with 634 votes. Only 19 votes separated first from fourth

place. “Obviously Indian Trail is a very split community,” Luther said. “I mean, one cul-de-sac could have changed it.” Luther said the tight race emphasized the need to encourage voters to go out to the polls. Of 19,213 registered voters in Indian Trail, 3,708, or less than 20 percent, cast ballots. Third-place finisher

Figueroa said he was “disappointed” especially at losing by such a close margin. “This was the hardest thing I have ever done in my life.” Figueroa said it was “encouraging” to receive 638 votes and did not rule out future campaigns. “It just shows that we, as a town, are going to continue to debate those important issues.” Allen said he wanted

to tackle economic issues right away by determining what the largest occupations are and attracting those industries to the area. “We have a very educated work force that lives here,” he said. “Well, they sleep here, they live in Mecklenburg; and I want to change that.” — Jason deBruyn can be reached at 704-261-2243 or jdebruyn@theej.com.

jdebruyn@theej.com MONROE Liquor-by-the-drink referendums passed in Indian Trail, Waxhaw and Wingate on Tuesday, a decision that made restaurateurs raise a glass. “I’m very ecstatic,” said Buddy Parker, owner of Shooters Corner Bar in Wingate. “We love it,” said Beth Watts, manager of Rippington’s Restaurant in Waxhaw. “We are going to expand our business.” A previous referendum permitted the sale of beer and wine in Indian Trail and Wingate, but Waxhaw only allowed beer and wine sales in grocery stores. Now, restaurants in all three towns can serve beer, wine and liquor. After passing referendums on Tuesday, Indian Trail and Wingate will also join Monroe and Waxhaw in permitting ABC — Alcoholic Beverage Control — stores within town limits.

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A safe home for the holidays Habitat for Humanity puts grandmother in new, safer neighborhood Editor’s note: This is the first of a weekly series of stories about families helped by United Way agencies. BY TIFFANY LANE

tlane@theej.com MONROE Sudie Allen grabbed a broom left by the construction crew, swishing it side to side on the dirt

UNITED WAY STORIES porch. “I’m practicing,” she said. The huge smile on her face made her eyes squint so that they were barely visible behind her glasses. Allen will move into her Habitat home Dec.

19, just in time for Christmas. An inflatable Santa Claus will decorate the front porch, and there’s just enough room for a Christmas tree in the living room window. “I’m ready to get in that

baby,” she said, glancing back at the house. Allen applied for a home through Habitat for Humanity a few years ago, but had to get her credit straightened out to make mortgage payments. Allen is on disability because of her back problems. Habitat director Mike Reece said the average

home costs his agency $75,000. “When Sudie makes her payment, she’s actually giving back to Habitat,” he said. The United Way agency received $51,000 from United Way this year; Habitat’s total budget is $1.47 million. Most of that

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UCPS studies student drug and alcohol use Survey: 15.3 percent of students had alcohol in last 30 days, up from 2006 report BY TIFFANY LANE

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MONROE Forget 21; among Union County students who have tried alcohol, the averagestudent had his first drink before the age of 13. There are other signs that addictive behaviors are increasing in this year’s drug and school safety report, which surveyed 3,000 middle and high school students. Alcohol is the drug of choice for local students, Safe and Drug Free Schools coordinator Denise Cavoly said, but marijuana and prescription drug use are also rising. Union County Public Schools spent Monday through Friday celebrating Red Ribbon Week, the nation’s oldest and largest drug prevention program. A one-week anti-drug campaign isn’t that effective on its own, Cavoly said, but can have a long-term impact when problems are addressed throughout the year.

Drug use in Union County

There are about 19,000 middle and high school students in UCPS; 3,000 were surveyed for the 2009 UCPS drug and school safety report. Of those surveyed, sixth-, eighth-, ninth-, 11thand 12th-graders were represented. Because of the caffeine they contain, energy drinks are considered drugs, even though they are legal, Safe and Drug Free Schools coordinator Denise Cavoly said. It is the amount and speed at which people drink energy drinks that can make them dangerous, she said. In the past 30 days: 42.8 percent of high schoolers drank at least one energy drink 30 percent of middle schoolers drank at least one energy drink 15.3 percent of all students drank alcohol 15 percent of all students used some kind of tobacco product; 11.6 percent smoked cigarettes 7.6 percent of all students used marijuana 5.9 percent of all students took pain pills

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Sun Valley High School students planted red tulip bulbs and pansies during Red Ribbon Week. From left are Igor Popowich, Kayla Theriault (background), Liz Keech, horticulture teacher Amanda Price, and Derrick Streater. This year, for example, schools are attempting to send the “consistent

message� of drugs’ harmful effects by integrating campaign lessons across

the curriculum, she said. Drama classes might write and perform plays about the physical and emotional disadvantages of drugs, while social

studies classes focus on the social norms. Each day across the nation, Cavoly said, 7,800 children ages 12 to 17 take their first drink of alcohol. In a sample of Union County middle and high school students, 15.3 percent of them drank alcohol in the past 30 days, up from 14.2 percent in 2006. The average student has had alcohol a few months after his 12th birthday.

Another 7.6 percent used marijuana, also up from 6.2 percent in 2006. Cavoly pointed out that drug use might stem from other “poor choices.� The first national Red Ribbon Week was held in 1988. Red Ribbon Week tries to raise awareness about the dangers of drugs. Fewer schools planted red tulips this year because of budget cuts.

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Continued from 1A comes from grants and Habitat owners making house payments. For every 50 houses under mortgage, Reece said, Habitat can build another one. The agency has worked on 10 in Union County this year, building eight from the ground up. Some of those were special projects, including a three-house “blitz build” and a “women’s build.” Allen’s house is the first she will have in her own name. The house will be complete about three months after construction began, thanks to an average of 30 volunteers each weekend. Allen held a piece of lumber steady as the first wall went up in September. “My first thought was, ‘Wow, I got a house,’” she said. “I don’t have much yard, but I have a home. ... I keep comin’ by and being nosey.”

Staff photo by Rick Crider

Sudie Allen, a soon-to-be homeowner, stands with her granddaughters Maleea Allen, 8, Iyanna Bennett, 12, and Shinese Allen, 16, outside of their new, four-bedroom house, which Habitat for Humanity volunteers will complete before the holidays. Allen drives by the house almost every day, often at the request of her three granddaughters.

“They’re ready to get in here,” she said, and can’t wait to paint their bedroom walls different col-

ors. Allen had three daughters before her youngest died in 2001. She took

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You don’t see people down there hangin’ on the streets, selling drugs like they do where I stay (now.) — Sudie Allen, grandmother and Habitat for Humanity homeowner

custody of her granddaughters, but said the house they are living in, near Morgan Mill Road, doesn’t feel safe. “It’s a bad neighborhood. They shoot over there and you get afraid of the area. ... You don’t know what bullet’s gonna come, you don’t know if it’s gonna end up in your house.” Allen heard gunshots one morning as children boarded a school bus. Speaking of her new neighborhood, she said “you don’t see people down there hangin’ on the streets, selling drugs like they do where I stay.” The quiet Monroe neighborhood is in walking distance to her church and favorite drugstore. It is also more spa-

cious. “Sometimes when the kids get mad, they don’t want to touch each other,” Allen said, but that can’t be avoided in her current home. The hallways are narrow, the bathroom cramped and counter space sparse. Allen constantly cracks her toes on the dresser and hits her knees on the night stand. Because her current home has only three bedrooms, Allen’s youngest granddaughter sleeps in her bed. Allen said she is just as happy to have four bedrooms as the girls are. “They won’t have to be in my bed,” she said with a satisfied smile. Minutes later, Allen was circling the house again “just to look at it.”

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Mullis, Pressley win seats on Hemby Bridge board

Uncontested Brad Horvath was elected mayor, replacing Mayor Tracy Clinton, who did not run for re-election. He received 353 votes, and there were 48 write-in votes for mayor.

Incumbents go unchallenge in LP

LAKE PARK Mayor Kendall Spence ran uncontested, taking 255 or 97 percent of votes. There were eight write-in votes. Councilwoman Sandy Coughlin was re-elected with 229 or 51 percent of the votes, and David Cleveland will replace Councilman Clint Newton. Cleveland received 211 or 47 percent of votes.

BY TIFFANY LANE

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MONROE Rodney Mullis and Kevin Pressley will replace Jim Simpson and John Miller as Hemby Bridge aldermen. The two winners were just one vote apart, with Mullis taking 143 votes and Pressley taking 142 — about 28 percent of

Moser, Jacumin keep council seats

WINGATE Councilman Brent Moser was re-elected for a second term with 174 or 51.6 percent of the votes. Councilman Johnny Jacumin was re-elected for his fifth term with 152 or 45 percent of the votes. Wingate commissioners serve two-year terms.

Becker gets sixth term in Springs

MINERAL SPRINGS Incumbent Mayor Rick Becker was re-elected for a sixth term. He received 236 votes, and there were 21 write-in votes for mayor.

MONROE With 63,404 registered voters in Union County, only 15.5 percent, or 9,862 residents, cast their ballots. Numbers will not be official until Nov. 10, but show a significantly

MARSHVILLE Incumbent Mayor Frank Deese was re-elected with 155 or 88 percent of the votes. There were 21 votes for write-in candidates.

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the votes each. Simpson received 118 votes; Miller, 106. Simpson, along with other board members, watched election results in Union County Library’s Griffin Room in Monroe. He said if he doesn’t win, he still thanks his supporters. His fellow aldermen are “good guys to work with,�

Simpson said, adding that he takes pride in his last four years as mayor. The town built its Town Hall and renovated its old Volunteer Fire Department into a community center since Simpson was elected and then appointed as mayor. Each term, Hemby’s aldermen appoint one of their members as mayor.

“If I lose, I can still hold my head up high,� Miller said. He would like to keep serving his community on the board, he said, but a loss means “more time at the beach.� Pressley has served as the town’s mayor, as well as Union County commissioner. Mullis and Pressley could not be reached for comment.

Voter turnout below 16 percent

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Horvath to replace Clinton as mayor

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lege. A total of 116 residents worked the polls at 32 voting locations. Libby Nash was stationed in Waxhaw and said there was a “steady flow� of voters all day. Her location had 50 percent turnout, with the youngest voter at 18 and the oldest at 81.

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Commissioners adopt growth policies Kuehler’s 74 rules for development pass on 3-2 vote; Baucom and Mills dissent

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jdebruyn@theej.com MONROE County commissioners will move forward with new development policies. Commissioner Tracy Kuehler proposed 74 policies to guide the Union County Board of Commissioners in future develop-

ment decisions and hopes that it will help county leaders make smarter permitting decisions. Commissioners Allan Baucom and Parker Mills did not see it the same way during Monday’s meeting. They pointed to a land-use plan currently at the Planning Board level that is basically the same thing.

Jobless rate drops slightly BY JASON deBRUYN

jdebruyn@theej.com MONROE Employment officials say the bleeding has stopped. That’s not to say that employers are handing out job applications instead of Halloween candy this year, but they believe the unemployment rate has seen its worst. In September, Union County’s unemployment rate was 10 percent, down from 10.2 percent in August and 11.2 percent in June. The total unemployed also dropped again, down to 9,213 in September from 9,435 in August and 10,399 in June. “There are a lot of employers who are ready to hire, but not quite ready to open the gates,” said Thomas Foster, a veterans employment consultant with the Union County office of the Employment Security Commission of North Carolina. Claims supervisor Gwen Evans pointed out that the ESC showed 36 job orders, an employer seeking an employee, in

Union County. That is down from the 80 to 90 range the office enjoyed having in the past, but more than the fewer than 10 job orders during lean times this summer. Evans acknowledged that the list of jobs posted through the ESC is not exhaustive, “but it’s a good indicator of who is hiring,” she said. The unemployment rate, however, might not drop as quickly as it went up. One reason is that there have been three extensions to receive unemployment benefits, so a person would drop off the unemployment roll much later than in previous years. Benefits were still being paid out by the millions, with more than $80 million being given out in Union County since October last year. Over that same time, there has been almost $4 billion paid out statewide. Another trend Foster noticed was that the majority of jobs are full-time positions, something he said is good. Also, employers seemed to be keeping workers longer.

“A vision statement is something you do at the beginning,” Mills said. He compared the decision to digging a foundation, then building a house next to that foundation. “I just believe this is a good time to bring it forth,” Kuehler told Mills. The plan is divided into 11 sections, including

well-managed growth, infrastructure, parks and safety services. “During the past several years, Union County ... has undergone considerable change,” reads part of the introduction. “As the region grows ... local elected leaders must make difficult decisions about how to manage growth and about how to

allocate the area’s finite financial and natural resources.” Commissioner Kim Rogers supported the policies and said she “appreciates the initiative” from Kuehler for putting in the effort to develop the policies. “The land-use plan is a work in progress,” she said, adding that it was

better to throw out these policies now, rather than waiting for the Planning Board to propose a finished plan, only to have to rework it. The motion to send the policies to the Planning Board passed by a 3-2 vote, with Baucom and Mills dissenting. — Jason deBruyn can be reached at 704-261-2243.

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Local Briefs Bakers VFD seeks junk cars

MONROE Bakers Volunteer Fire Department is looking for two junk cars to be donated to the department for training purposes. R.B. Meachum’s Used Parts and Wrecker Service in Wadesboro has agreed to tow the vehicles to the fire department free of charge. Anyone who would like to donate a vehicle can call 704-6945572 or 704-694-8138, or Patrick Cannon at the VFD at 704-289-2741.

Alzheimer’s study set for Thursday MONROE The Family Caregiver Support Program and the Alzheimer’s Association will present “Candlelight Reflections,” a ceremony is to honor all those affected by Alzheimer’s disease and related disorders, as well as their caregivers. The ceremony will be from 5:30 p.m. until 6 p.m. Thursday on the Union County Public Library terrace, 316 E. Windsor St. Contact Council on Aging at 704-292-1797 for more information.

CBC sets November blood drives

MONROE Community Blood Center of the Carolinas will have the following blood drives in November in Monroe: • Nov. 22, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Lakeview Baptist Church, 4602 Concord Highway. • Nov. 22, 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., Union Square Cinema 8, 1911 Dickerson Blvd.; free movie ticket to all presenting donors. • Nov. 29, 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., Elizabeth Missionary Baptist Church, 503 Maurice St. Donors must weigh a minimum of 120 pounds.

Cane Creek Lake reopens to boats WAXHAW As a result of Tuesday’s rain, the level of Cane Creek Park Lake has risen from 16 inches below normal to 14 inches below normal, and the lake is again open to the public. The lake was closed to boat traffic on Oct. 21 when the lake fell 16 inches below its normal water level. Boaters can find out

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y foodie friends (and that’s pretty much all of my friends) know that “mise en place” means having all of your ingredients prepped and in place before you begin to cook. I was considering Thanksgiving this weekend, and the fact that I usually have lots of time to think about the year’s blessings on the drive to the annual Strays and Waifs Feast that my friends Meg and Aaron throw in the mountains. Even though it’s a two-andhalf-hour drive, and even though I haven’t become a world-famous ... well, anything (nor do I make a lot of money), I always seem to run out of time, anyway. I have a rich life. I thought I’d get a jump on this year’s list, a sort of mise en place for the holiday’s key ingredient, which is grateful reflection. This actually started out as a list I posted on Facebook for my friends, asking them to add their own thanks, and build their own lists. I don’t know if you want to play along, but now that elections are over — and, yep, we’ll be talking about that in the next few weeks here — isn’t it time for something kinder, more generous, and seasonal? Why don’t we count our blessings, large and small? There are worse letters to send to the newspaper than a quick recap of the bounty that has enriched your life in the past year. And, it seems to me, during the years when we have struggled and survived, the things for which we can be grateful are more precious. We should talk about them. We should remember them. So, without further ado: • First and always, my resilient, powerful, loving family. First. Always. • Friends across multiple generations. There’s something rich and real about being connected to little kids and grandparents and everyone in between. • A job that I genuinely relish in all of its weird permutations. It’s not always fun, but it’s almost always interesting. • Whoever planted elderberry trees in my yard, years and years ago. It was a rare pleasure to go out in the morning this spring and pick my breakfast from a tree. • The weird and rare luck that has made every party in my house the RIGHT party. People drop in, drop out, cancel, show up unexpectedly — and it has all worked. • And, on that note, a charming, funny and, above all, happy group of friends who seem generally determined to be their best, and who make me want to try to be my best, too. • Poker. • Indoor plumbing. Oh, and HVACs. A modern miracle. • The Union County Public Library. Libraries, in general, are such a great idea and easily the best example of what communities ought to be doing with tax dollars. • Louisiana hot sauce. Also? Bottled buffalo wing sauce. Such a time saver. • $10 haircuts that feel like $1 million • Having a church home, but also more than one place where I want, and like, to worship. • The opportunity to hear different views on faith without worrying that bombs will go off. • A good job in an uncertain economy. • Giant, quirky coffee mugs. I have a huge collection, and the coffee shop around the corner only charges you for a small coffee if you bring your own mug (no

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matter how cavernous). • The opportunity to do freelance writing this year — an exciting new experience. (The extra income didn’t hurt at all, either.) • Self-reliance and people who teach you how to be self-reliant when your skills aren’t quite there yet. • Finding out that I like grits. And veggie crumbles. And lentils! It’s been a good year for old/new foods. • That it’s still free to read The New York Times online. • Speaking of free stuff: Hulu.com, Pandora.com, Google Voice, Google 411, Google Maps ... • Time to myself. • Invitations to be around all kinds of other people. • Really great neighbors. • Opposable thumbs. (This makes the list every year.) • That Beau, my big ol’ dog, is still here. • That Smitty, my little, ridiculous dog, joined the family. • Resilience. • Warm, friendly notes from total strangers. • The right criticism. It’s good to be humble, and it’s good (if painful) to be humbled when you slip. • Clever writers. P.G. Wodehouse comes to mind, and so does Terry Pratchett. • Coffee. I can’t believe I got this far in my list without mentioning my daily grind. • The chance to live in a place where I can ride my bicycle or walk to all of the important things: My job, the gorcery store, the library, my friends’ houses, the video store, the post office ... just about everything I need. • My front porch. • That I learned to love to run this year. I never thought I would, but I took some advice, went slowly, and now it feels great. • This sprawling, brawling, huge and interesting country. • Speaking of which, the cereal aisle of the grocery store. I don’t like cereal that much, but standing in that aisle, with hundreds of choices, always amazes me and reminds me how good it is to have been born in this country, and how important it is not to take it for granted. • No-iron, button-down shirts from Land’s End. • Strawberry jam. • The smell of ink. Whenever I feel wiped out by my job, I can walk into the press room, breathe deeply, and remember exactly how it felt to be 21 and getting the chance to be a writer. • The Salvation Army store on Franklin Street (I’m always surprised what they have — like, just when I didn’t want to pay $20, an ironing board that I needed for sewing. Really? Cool.) • Kindnesses • The chance to return kindnesses. • Hand sanitizer. • Corrective lenses. • My trusty, hardworking sewing machine, a gift that truly gives back. • That most of the people I love made it through this year, and a deep, unearned conviction that we haven’t really lost the ones who didn’t, not for always. • Hope. • Joy. • Twice-baked potatoes. • You. — Betsy O’Donovan can be reached at 704-261-2223 or bodonovan@theej.com.

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Congratulations to Nancy Anderson and Linda Paxton for their mayoral wins. The people are harder to fool that most people think. Nancy, the real friend of Weddington, has been maliciously maligned by a lot of people who obviously believe that a well chosen name gives them credibility. I can not even imagine the firestorm that Mayor Paxton lives through to be the best friend of Stallings. Maybe this large win will make it less severe. Good wins ladies and you certainly have, for the moment, proved that you are the ones who are where the people want their towns to be. Aubrey Moore Wesley Chapel

Supporting veterans November 11, 2009 is Veterans Day – a day set aside to honor veterans of the U.S. armed forces and those killed in battle. The day gives our great

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Continued from 1A Philippi said he would support whoever wins and hopes the winner will put an end to “bickering” on th Town Council. A mayor’s job is to present a solid vision for the town, he said, but honor the Town Council’s decisions no matter how it votes. A recent retiree, Philippi said if he was not elected, he would still volunteer in town. Philippi took 186 or 10.8 percent of the votes. Mayoral candidate Lucy Drake said it was a push from fellow residents that encouraged her to run again. Drake served as mayor for four terms from 1997 to 2005. She watched the results from Skinnyz Bar and Grill, a restaurant that opened when she was mayor. Drake was pleased with the overall campaign, but disappointed at some negative campaigning by opponents and their followers. “I took the high road on this one,” she said, adding that she is “thickskinned.” “You have to be in politics.” Before the results were in, Drake said she would support “anybody but Mayor Paxton” if not elected. Drake had 492 or 28.6 percent of the votes. She will continue her work with Jamison Realty in Matthews. Councilwoman Bar-

Liquor Continued from 1A Not everyone was happy with the results. “It disappoints me that people could vote for something that is so dangerous to family, to life itself and to the community,” said Wingate resident Joe Larrimore. “I’ve never understood how people could accept something as dangerous as alcohol.”

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Incumbent Stallings Mayor Lynda Paxton greets a voter at the Stallings United Methodist Church precinct. Paxton won reelection Tuesday with 937 votes, outpacing her nearest competitor, former Mayor Lucy Drake, by 453 votes. bara Anne Price also ran for mayor and received 80 or 4.7 percent of the votes. She was seen Tuesday hauling a trailer, dubbed The Straight Talk Express, covered in campaign signs. She handed out Tootsie Rolls to residents with a sweet tooth. Price could not be reached for comment.

District 1

Write-in candidate Harry Stokes won 974 or about 64 percent of the votes against incumbent Al Graham. Only seven write-in votes were not for Stokes. Prior to final results, Stokes said if he wins, he will “celebrate and then go take the longest nap

In Waxhaw, alcohol referendums failed on three previous votes, but passed convincingly this year. “Times are changing,” Waxhaw resident Paul Dvorak said. “We did what we could to slow it down, and we did for several years, but people are becoming more accustomed to this type of thing.” Watts and Parker, the restaurant owners, said they will apply for permits as soon as possible. Permit applications go to the state Alcoholic Bever-

ever.” Stokes ran on three hours of sleep Tuesday and spent the evening at the Shannamara clubhouse with family and friends. Still at the polls, he said he felt confident of his win. “Maybe I shouldn’t, but I just have this peace.” Thirty volunteers, a newspaper ad and 350 campaign signs later, Stokes claimed a spot on the council. His first step will be talking to town staff and the Police Department to ask how he can support them. Graham could not be reached for comment.

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Reed Esarove beat Jerry Nolan for a spot on

age Control Commission, which reviews restaurants’ locations and qualifications before issuing permits. There is no set time to review the permits, but both restaurant owners hope to have their permits sooner rather than later. Parker said he does not expect to have much change in his restaurant. “We have a lot of families in here,” he said, adding he thinks that will continue. “I’m dependent on food.”

the council by 543 votes, claiming 1,029 of his own. Esarove serves on the town’s Parks and Recreation Committee, but must vacate that position to serve as councilman. Post-results, Esarove said he was relieved for the campaign to end and claim the win. He will replace Mark Franza, who did not run for re-election. “I’m humbled by the support of the people that were helping me,” Esarove said. As councilman, he said he will promote residents’ wishes, not just his own. “That’s what I promised to do and that’s what I’m going to do.” Nolan could not be

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Councilman Wyatt Dunn will keep his seat on the council, taking 1,242 or 77 percent of the votes against Michael Matlock. This is Dunn’s second term. Dunn said he will “keep doing what’s in the best interest of all the citizens like I think I’ve been doing.” Prior to the results, Dunn met his campaign volunteers for breakfast at 5:30 a.m. His wife and son helped him hand out fliers at the polls, but he said his “secret weapon” — his son who is in the U.S. Navy — could not be there. “No one can say ‘no’ to someone in uniform,” he said, “but they wouldn’t let him out for this.” He joined other town candidates in Shannamara to watch the results. “They won’t let me just watch it in my recliner” at home, he joked. Matlock could not be reached for comment.

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Paul Frost will represent District 6, a position previously held by Price. At 6 p.m., Frost said he was “both excited and nervous.” Frost called the campaign “a great experi-

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Three months later, students content Editor’s note: This is part three in a five-part series about how school reassignment affects students. BY TIFFANY LANE

tlane@theej.com MONROE Six students said the school year was off to a good start last month when they summed up first impressions of their new schools. All six are affected by reassignments from Union County Public Schools to fill new schools and relieve overcrowded ones. Poplin Elementary, Cuthbertson middle and high opened in August. Last month, students said they still spend time with their old friends, but have made new ones as well. Some were already involved in clubs and sports; others were waiting for tryouts. Sixth graders said they were enjoying the freedom of middle school. Some had pinpointed their least favorite subjects (and have since changed their minds), and a couple were steering clear of cafeteria food.

Ashley Dixon

6th grade, reassigned from Rocky River Elementary and the Sun Valley school cluster to Monroe Middle Q: Do you feel like you fit in at your new school? A: “Yeah. ... There are a lot of people like me that act like me. I feel comfortable at the school.” Q: Are your new friends different from the ones you had at your old school? How so? A: “The personalities, yeah. ... You’re in middle school; you feel like they’re grown and more mature.” Q: Is your school work challenging, or is it easy? A: “It’s a little challenging ‘cause I’m in all AIG classes. ... It’s different work and a little

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

Teal Brooks the moved to Porter Ridge middle, the second time he has been reassigned.

bit more frustrating and more homework. I don’t understand as much as last year. Last year, I’d have homework every other day. This year, it’s every day (and) a lot more reading.” Q: How do you spend your free time? A: “Draw in my little design book, ... talk to my friends on the phone. And I like going outside on my bike.” Q: Is it hard to be involved in the things you want to do, such as clubs, sports or plays? A: “No. ... I’m still working on trying to get into band. I know next year I’m going to sign up for it. ... I got understudy (in a play).” Q: What do you most look forward to during the school day? A: “Probably social studies because we do a lot of cool projects. ... That and gym. ... We have a lot of fun there.” Q: What do you least look forward to? A: “Math ‘cause I just feel like it’s too complicated. I’m in AIG math and I feel like I should know it, but I don’t. It’s a little more challenging.”

Teal Brooks

6th grade, reassigned from the Piedmont cluster to Porter Ridge Middle Note: Teal lives closer to Hemby Bridge Elementary, but attended Fairview Elementary due to a previous reassignment. Fairview is a split feeder to Por-

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

Lamar Patton moved from Sun Valley Middle to Monroe High School this week.

ter Ridge and Piedmont middle schools. Teal will go to Porter Ridge Middle, which is closer to where he lives and the school that most of his neighborhood’s students attend. Q: Do you feel like you fit in at your new school? A: “Yeah.” Q: Are your new friends different from the ones you had at your old school? How so? A: “A little bit. Some of them are more mature than they used to be.” Q: Is your school work challenging, or is it easy? A: “It’s kind of in between ‘cause some of the tests are kind of hard and some of them are fairly easy.” Q: How do you spend your free time? A: “I usually play baseball and play with my friends. We usually play football in the yard.” Q: Is it hard to be involved in the things you want to do, such as clubs, sports or plays? A: “Not really.” Q: What do you most look forward to during the school day? A: “Science. That’s the thing I’m most best at and it’s my favorite subject.” Q: What do you least look forward to? A: “Spanish. We didn’t learn a lot of Spanish at our old school and it’s really hard to understand what the teacher is saying.”

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

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

Jessica Sheehan

6th grade, reassigned from Sun Valley Middle to Monroe Middle Q: Do you feel like you fit in at your new school? A: “Yes, I do.” Q: Are your new friends different from the ones you had at your old school? How so? A: “Not really. Most of them act the same and look the same.” Q: Is your school work challenging, or is it easy? A: “It’s easy.” Q: How do you spend your free time? A: “I hang out with friends.” Q: Is it hard to be involved in the things you want to do, such as clubs, sports or plays? A: “No. Cheerleading hasn’t started yet.” Q: What do you most look forward to during the school day? A: “Gym to hang out with my friends.” Q: What do you least look forward to? A: “Computer (class). You have to look at the computer and you can’t look at the keyboard.”

Lamar Patton

9th grade, reassigned from the Sun Valley cluster to Monroe High Q: Do you feel like you fit in at your new school?

A: “Yeah, I do.” Q: Are your new friends different from the ones you had at your old school? How so? A: “Not really ‘cause some of them from Sun Valley are at Monroe.” Q: Is your school work challenging, or is it easy? A: “Kind of still the same. The work doesn’t seem difficult, but it doesn’t seem easy.” Q: How do you spend your free time? A: “I’m usually either at football practice or the house trying to relax.” Q: Is it hard to be involved in the things you want to do, such as clubs, sports or plays? A: “Not really because I just told my mom (about football) in the beginning and she helped me sign up for it.” Q: What do you most look forward to during the school day? A: ”Football practice ‘cause it’s fun.” Q: What do you least look forward to? A: “Math.”

spending time with friends.” Q: Is it hard to be involved in the things you want to do, such as clubs, sports or plays? A: “Sports wise, I don’t think it was. For volleyball, there was no one who had to be cut. ... I think it’s actually easier. ... People didn’t realize (tryouts) were over the summer,” so some of them missed it. Q: What do you most look forward to during the school day? A: “Seeing my friends and learning new stuff.” Q: What do you least look forward to? A: “Having homework.”

Amanda Sica

11th grade, reassigned from Weddington High to Cuthbertson High Q: Do you feel like you fit in at your new school? A: “Yeah, definitely.” Q: Are your new friends different from the ones you had at your old school? How so? A: “Not really. It’s all the same personalities.” Q: Is your school work challenging, or is it easy? A: “This semester it’s pretty easy for me, but I think next semester it’ll be harder. My classes are just harder. I have more core classes.” Q: How do you spend your free time? A: “I have softball conditioning. ... I’ll go to the soccer games or football games.” Q: Is it hard to be involved in the things you want to do, such as clubs, sports or plays? A: “Not really. It’s actually ... easier because everything is new and you can pretty much sign up what you want.” Sica is involved in SADD, photography club, spirit club and the superintendent’s student advisory council. Q: What do you most look forward to during the school day? A: “Probably friends.” Q: What do you least look forward to? A: “Tests.”

Kayla Taylor

9th grade, reassigned from Marvin Ridge cluster to Cuthbertson High Q: Do you feel like you fit in at your new school? A: “Yes, I do. ... There’s a lot of different types of people. ... I think everyone feels welcome at that school.” Q: Are your new friends different from the ones you had at your old school? How so? A: “No, I don’t think so. I think they’re the same because I’m not going to change my personality just to make friends.” Q: Is your school work challenging, or is it easy? A: “Some classes, it could be easy, and then other classes, they just give us a lot of work. And plus I had volleyball on top of it, but now that the season is over I think it’ll be easier.” Q: How do you spend your free time? A: “Now that volleyball is over, I’ll be focusing on my studies and

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MONROE The dancers may jump, jive and swing, but it’s the planes that will perform the real acrobatics on Veterans Day weekend. The Warriors and Warbirds Air Show is back for its third year, and will bring a hangar dance, pyrotechnic display and classic military aircraft to the Charlotte-Monroe Executive Airport on Nov. 7 and 8. “This show will have a little bit of everything for everybody,” city spokesman Pete Hovanec said in the release “We have every flagship aircraft of the World War II era as well as a huge children’s area, great food vendors and so many true American heroes that have proudly served our country.” The event started in 2006, when a group of concerned residents got together to figure out how to best honor and pay tribute to area veterans. Unsure of exactly where to begin, the group

At the 2008 Warriors and Warbirds show, four Japanese bombers were featured in ‘Tora, Tora, Tora,’ a reenactment of bombing runs, complete with pyrotechnic explosions on the ground. File photo by Rick Crider

decided to organize a World War II-themed hangar dance at the Charlotte-Monroe Executive Airport. And while the hangar dance has continued to grow each year, the

group began adding on other aviation elements to the celebration, which has led to the evolution of the Warriors and Warbirds Air Show. On Nov. 7-8, 70,000 peo-

ple are expected to converge on Monroe’s airport. “We are so proud to be able to put on this show not only for fans of air shows, but in honor of the

veterans who have served this country,” event co-organizer Bob Russell said in a press release. “We really want families to come out to learn a little history by seeing the displays and performers as well as talking to the pilots and veterans.” Scheduled to fly during this year’s show is the Flying Fortress B-17 Bomber “The Memphis Belle.” It will be accompanied by three B-25 bombers. This year’s show will also feature pyrotechnics throughout the performances by Tora! Tora! Tora! team that reenacted Japanese bombing raids at last year’s show. In addition to the bombers, this year’s slate of performers includes the Trojan Horseman’s group of aerial acrobatics, the C-54 Spirit of Freedom, an A-26, a C-47, a B-25, a P-51, a Stearman, a FW149, a Helldiver, P-3s, T-28s, TBM Avenger/Dauntless, skydivers and flag presentations and more.

The hangar dance, the backbone of the event, is also bigger this year. The Reflection Band will play swing music and Eric and Stephanie Simpson with Lovin’ Lindy will provide free swing dance lessons Saturday night. Astronaut Joe Edwards will once again be the guest speaker for the event. He piloted the last American crew member to the Russian Mir space station and holds world records for flying the greatest mass in earth orbit and for flying the most humans in space simultaneously. Charlotte-Monroe Executive Airport will open at 9 a.m. each day with performers hitting the skies at noon. Smoking, pets and coolers will not be allowed. Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for veterans. Children under 18 will be admitted free. More information about the event can be found at www.war riorsandwarbirds.com.

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tlane@theej.com INDIAN TRAIL Charity Dalton gripped the arms of the salon chair, her eyes fixed on the stylist’s scissors. Two snips away from having side bangs, she said she felt like a guest on a makeover show. “It’s out of my element,” she said, and couldn’t remember the last time she treated herself to the spa, if ever. Dalton, the mother of five, is part of the N.C. National Guard Family Readiness Group. She and 34 other women in the group spent Monday at ImageZ Salon and Spa in Indian Trail — all services free of charge. The salon, owned by Stephanie Robinson and Parrish Stegall, used the event to celebrate its oneyear anniversary. Most of the women there have a husband or son overseas in Iraq. Two are on active duty themselves. Waiting her turn, Jolynda Cowher said her hair can’t come below her collar and is always in a ponytail. Cowher has served in both Iraq and Kosovo; she lives with her husband in Charlotte. Other women haven’t seen their husbands since April. Jenny Wood was lucky to see hers in July when he came home for their one-year anniversary. Wood often hears wives saying they miss their husbands on business trips, but women in her situation are happy to have theirs back, pe-

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Lindsay Knopp, of Lilesville, laughs as manicurist Stacy Lancaster does her nails during a day of free spa treatments at ImageZ Salon and Spa in Indian Trail Monday. Knopp’s husband, Joey, looks on and laughs. Joe Knopp is home for a two-week leave from Iraq. riod. “You just roll with the punches,” she said. “You’re always proud of them.” Women in the group came from a number of towns, including Monroe, Albemarle, Rockingham, Wadesboro, Kannapolis and Mount Gilead. The spa day included hair cuts, manicures, massages, optional waxing, makeup application and photos. “It’s really sweet of these people to volun-

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teer their time and their skills,” Wood said. All staff members worked on what is usually their day off. The absence of husbands has also left their wives to handle things they know little about. A few have had car problems. Wood’s washer recently broke. Some take on the roles of both mom and dad. For Carrie Alexander and Wendy Anderson, both of Indian Trail, it is their sons who they are missing. After two weeks home, Alexander’s son left Sunday to go back to

Iraq. “It’s been emotional,” she said, holding a framed picture of him in uniform. Facebook has been her “life line,” she said, but for those with a husband overseas, “I don’t know how they do it.” With five other children at home, Alexander was in the same boat as Dalton and said she rarely pampers herself. Her eyes lit up as she planned a date night with her husband. “It’s been a long time since I’ve had that, too.” Anderson also hoped for an evening “with my sweetie.” Anderson’s two

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Toys for Tots ... with muscle

Private firing range owner wins another fight BY JASON deBRUYN

jdebruyn@theej.com WESLEY CHAPEL A much-challenged gun owner was deemed to own and use all his weapons legally. A group in Wesley Chapel who call themselves “citizens for safer neighborhoods,” asked District Attorney John Snyder to investigate the legal ownership of weapons, especially the automatic weapons, Michael Land fires on a gun range near the Stonegate neighborhood. Snyder reported that all the guns were owned legally and that Land fires the guns legally. “I looked at everything they asked me to he is as legal as can be,” Snyder said. “He has followed the letter of the law.” Surrounding property

owners saw it differently. “I’m very disappointed that the D.A. doesn’t look at the whole law,” Kathy Patterson, with the citizens for safer neighborhoods group, said. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives has also approved every weapon Land owns and fires; it has also approved Land’s gun range in Wesley Chapel. The specific North Carolina statute the safer neighborhoods group wanted inspected was N.C. General Statute 14409 which regulates machine guns; the law allows automatic weapons if they are registered with the sheriff and used in conjunction with a business. Patterson said Land has no business at the Wesley Chapel address.

“I want a tax I.D. number. I want a document that shows me there is a business down there,” she said. In response, Snyder simply reiterated that Land has fully complied with all the laws and meets all the criteria of statute 14-409. In an e-mail, Land said he had no comment. Patterson did not know what the next step for the group would be, but that they would continue to fight Land and his use of the high-powered weapons. “It’s very discouraging,” she said about Snyder’s ruling. “We are in danger. It’s not about the noise, it’s about the danger. ... These are our homes. This is where we raise our families. We’ll pursue this until justice is done.”

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A month after the Toys for Tots parade float was stolen, the Marine Corps League of Monroe has a replacement. League members noticed the float missing Sept. 21 and have been unable to find it. League Commandant Richard Stone said the new one will “work beautifully for Toys for Tots and parades.” The League collects toys each Christmas for Union County children in need. More than 12,000 toys were distributed last year. The new float is a 10-wheel, 2.5-ton truck, better known in the military as a “deuce and a half.” Servicemen will recognize it from World War II, Vietnam and Korea. In past years, the league used a pickup truck with a couple of barrels in the back to collect toys at various parades. “This is our response to having our trailer stolen,” Stone said, smiling. “Come back stronger.” The new truck will accept donations at the Indian Trail Holiday Parade.

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Obituaries Harold Fowler MONROE Harold Nance Fowler, 88, died Monday (Nov. 2, 2009). Funeral will be 1 p.m. Thursday at Lakeview Baptist Church, with burial with military honors in Lakeland Memorial Park. Born April 24, 1921, in Union County, he was a son of the late Andrew and Rossie Helms Fowler. He was a Navy veteran of World War II and was a retired self-employed farmer. Survivors include his wife, Carolyn Helms Fowler; one son, Andy Fowler of Monroe; three daughters, Ann Maness, Kathy Knight, Cindy Baucom, all of Monroe; two brothers, Jack Fowler, Hoyte Fowler, both of Monroe; four sisters, Christine Scott, Kathryn Mullis, Monie McGee, all of Monroe, Mellie Simpson of Indian Trail; five grandchildren; and one

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WINGATE William “Wesley� Morton, 61, died Sunday (Nov. 1, 2009). Funeral was Tuesday at Mount Zion Baptist Church, with burial in the church cemetery. Born April 7, 1948, in Union County, he was a son of the late Silas and Vessie Morton. Survivors include his wife, Nancy Morton; one son, Travis Morton of the home; five sisters, Jean Griffin, Clara Deason, Tiny Laton, Darlene Hargette, all of Monroe, Judy Price of Indian Trail; and three brothers, Leroy Morton, Johnny Morton, both of Monroe, and Allen Morton of Marshville. Heritage Funeral Home of Indian Trail is in charge. Online condolences may be left at www. heritagefuneral.net.

Virginia LittleJackson INDIAN TRAIL Virginia Little‑Jackson, 73, died Thursday (Oct. 29, 2009) at home. Funeral was Sunday at Hartsell Funeral Home in Midland, with burial in the Locust Presbyterian Church cemetery. Born March 12, 1936, in Anson County, she was a daughter of the late Wilkie and Earcil Nash Preslar who preceded her in death. She was also preceded in death by a daughter, Paula Whitley. She was an office administrator with Hendrick Auto in Monroe. Survivors include her husband, Harold Jackson; two sons, Berry Whitley of Lincolnton, Perry A. Whitley of Fuquay-Varina; two stepdaughters, Lisa Grieff of Thomasville, Tracy Newton of Indian Trail; and three grandchildren. Memorials may be made to Hospice of Stanly County, 960 N. First St., Albemarle, NC 28001. Online condolences may be made at www. hartsellfh.com.

Susan Aukamp

MATTHEWS — Susan Mary Aukamp, 60, died Oct. 28, 2009, at Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte. Funeral was Saturday at Heritage Funeral Home of Indian Trail. Burial was private. Born Aug. 7, 1949, she was a daughter of the late Samuel and Jackie Rupert and was married to the late Stanley Aukamp Sr. Survivors include two daughters, Amy Gill, Angela Mumma; four sons, Stan Aukamp Jr., Steven Blair Aukamp, Adam Aukamp, Shaun Aukamp; and 11 grandchildren.

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Sarah Belk MONROE Sarah Kate Wallace Belk, 81, died Oct. 26, 2009, at Lake Park Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Lake Park. Funeral was Friday at Shiloh Baptist Church, with burial in Lakeland Memorial Park. Born Feb. 12, 1928, in Chesterfield County, S.C., she was a daughter of the late John Ervin and Myrtle Mangum Wallace and was married to the late Charles Warren Belk. Survivors include two sons, Marvin Belk of Monroe, Randy Belk of Indian Land, S.C.; two sisters, Savannah Wallace of Charlotte, Lucille Evans of Monroe; one brother, John Edward Wallace of Pageland, S.C.; three grandsons; and six greatgrandchildren. Memorials may be made to Shiloh Baptist Church, 2301 Rocky River Road North, Monroe, NC 28110. McEwen Funeral Home is in charge.

David Shively INDIAN TRAIL David Charles Shively, 55, died Oct. 25, 2009, at home. Funeral was Friday at Heritage Funeral Home of Weddington. Born May 28, 1954, in Massillion, Ohio, he was a son of the late Paul and Margaret Miller Shively. Survivors include his wife, Mary Jo Griffith Shively of Indian Trail; one son, Matthew Shively of Indian Trail; and one brother, Tom Shively of Massillion. Online condolences may be left at www.heritagefuneral.net.

Gary Haywood UNIONVILLE Charles Gary Haywood, 58, died Oct. 25, 2009. Memorial service was Oct. 28 at West Monroe Baptist Church. Born March 2, 1951, he was a son of the late Charles Jackson and Beulah Frances Baucom Haywood. He was an Army veteran and was employed by Lowe’s. Survivors include his wife, Pamela Harris Haywood; one son, Carl Richard Haywood of Monroe; one daughter, Leslie Denise Whitehea of Wilmington; one sister Lesa Haywood Almond of Indian Trail; and three grandchildren. Memorials may be made to the American Red Cross, 608 E. Franklin St., Monroe, NC 28112. Gordon Funeral Service is in charge. Online condolences may be made at www.gordonfuneralservice.com.

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Key

Blue — winners Red — winner; recount expected Underlined — uncontested race

Election results 2009

Votes

Fairview Town Council

Jerry Clontz Bradley Purser Elizabeth Rabb

63 91 43

Percent

Dora Bridget Matthew Jefferson Larry Smith Jr. Brian Weber

Hemby Bridge Board of Aldermen

John Miller Rodney Mullis Kevin Pressley Jim Simpson

106 143 142 118

Indian Trail Town Council

Robert Allen Kathy Broom Danny Figueroa Vince Howard Larry Kindley Darlene Luther John Marshall

653 634 638 274 306 650 524

Lake Park Mayor Kendall Spence

255

Lake Park Village Council

David Cleveland Sandy Coughlin

211 229

Marshville Mayor Frank Deese

155

Votes

Marshville Town Council

31.03 44.83 21.18

106 110 88 70

Joe Barbara John Ciaramella Jr.

342 348

Marvin Village Council Anthony Burman Robert Epps Richard Keagy Vicki Lawton Ron Salimao

17.61 17.1 17.21 7.39 8.25 17.53 14.13

Percent

447 162 130 227 432

Mineral Springs Mayor Rick Becker

236

Charles Bowden Janet Critz Jerry Countryman Melody LaMonica

46.99 51

Stallings Mayor Lucy Drake Lynda Paxton Louis Philippi Barbara Anne Price

88.07

Votes

Percent

Al Graham 533 Harry Stokes (write-in) 958

Reed Esarove Jerry Nolan

49.42 50.29

Joyce Blythe Ken Collins Brett Diller Erin Kirkpatrick Max Walker

74 219 215 215

484 937 185 76

67.4 31.93

Weddington Mayor Nancy Anderson Walker Davidson Barbara Harrison Hughie Sexton

Stallings Town Council District 3 Wyatt Dunn Michael Matlock

31.97 11.59 9.3 16.24 30.9

1,217 357

77.07 22.61

91.83

1,002 209 380

Ken Austin Larry Simpson

L.A. Smith Werner Thomisser

62.59 13.05 23.74

201 405

Unionville Board of Commissioners Ken Brown Jr. Robert Croutch Richard Griffin Tim Keziah Arlie Rushing

28.71 55.58 10.97 4.51

22.33 10.45 24.71 26.3 15.54

515 370 281 243

36.5 26.22 19.91 17.22

668 673

49.67 50.04

Weddington Town Council District 3

Unionville Mayor

10.04 29.72 29.17 29.17

872 408 965 1,027 607

Weddington Town Council District 1

Stallings Town Council District 6 Paul Frost Doug Hutton Jason Klingler

Percent

Waxhaw Board of Commissioners

35.58 64.42

1,007 477

Votes

Stallings Town Council District 1

27.97 29.02 23.22 18.47

Mineral Springs Town Council

96.96

Stallings Town Council District 2

Marvin Mayor

20.83 28.09 27.9 23.18

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Daniel Barry Gregg Wyant

33 66.5

683 579

Wesley Chapel Mayor Brad Horvath 331 284 179 127 223

353

53.95 45.73

88.03

Wesley Chapel Village Council

28.86 24.76 15.61 11.07 19.44

Howard Brotton Kim Ormiston Chuck Rohland

265 326 171

34.51 42.45 22.27

Wingate Board of Commissioners Johnny Jacumin Brent Moser

152 174

45.1 51.63

Source: Union County Board of Elections (unofficial results)

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Nathan Faulkenbury Parents: Anthony Faulkenbury & Melissa Starnes

Lilly Smith Parents: Jason & Allison Smith

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Lania Lane Parents: Erica Lane and Donavon Rorie

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Tyler Newell Parents: Freddie & Jennifer Newell

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2

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20 Votes

7

Danaja Burns Parents: Chanel Richardson and Lamont Burns

611 Votes

13

Zane Godfrey Parents: Barry & Tammy Godfrey

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Holden Plyler Parents: Brandon & Allison Plyler

68 Votes

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Jacob Wayne Helms Parents: Joey & Mitchell Helms

3

380 Votes

Blake Baker Parents: Nikki & Jimmy Baker

80 Votes

Breyarie Adrielle Miller Parents: Brittany Walker & Johnas Miller

8

Michael Polk Parent: Melissa Albritton

346 Votes

14

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Maiya Aireyelle Richardson Parents: Crystal Yarborough & Micheal Richardson

448 Votes

152 Votes

15

Kinsley Faulkenberry Parents: Patrick & Kacie Faulkenberry

243 Votes

Makayla Moree Parent: Mellisa Moree

21

5

Gavin King Parents: Heather & Daniel King

10

9

Finley Claire Riffle Parents: Rebecca & Matthew Riffle

Tyler Cady Parents: Matt & Heather Cady

80 Votes

4

256 Votes

Carter Durbin Parents: Randy & Kirsten Durbin

120 Votes

16

Michael Hoff Parents: Gabriel & Dawn Hoff

22

Madison Leigh Nash Parents: Daniel & Amber Nash

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11

Jackson Maske Parents: Adam & Megan Maske

200 Votes

17

Arden Plyler Parents: Brandon & Allison Plyler

23

Hunter James Roberts Parents: Steven & Ashlyn Roberts


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Porter Ridge edges into first place Pirates beat Anson County 34-27 to lead SCC

Porter Ridge made a huge secondhalf push to overtake Anson County and capture the top spot in the SCC.

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Sports Correspondent INDIAN TRAIL Trailing 14-6 at halftime, Porter Ridge scored 21-unanswered points late in the second half on way to a 34-27 victory over Anson. “We shot ourselves in the foot earlier in the first half,” PR coach Blair Hardin said. “They made some great plays and we just came out, tried to be more consistent and made

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good plays.” The Pirates now stand alone at the top of the Southern Carolina 3A/4A Conference with a 3-1 record (7-3 overall). “We talked about all year, our goal is to win a conference championship,” Hardin said. “Our kids worked hard in the offseason and we’ve put ourselves in that position.” Porter Ridge starting quarterback Lee McNeill was injured early in the

first half when hit inside the Anson red zone trying to escape a rush and did not return to the game. Senior Devin Martin entered the game in place of McNeill and had a fumble and an interception early but composed himself on the way to passing for 88 yards and rushing for 81 yards and three touchdowns. “Devin [Martin] does exactly what we ask him,” Hardin said. “He’s great with his role and he does

Sun Valley drops WHS BY JUSTIN MURDOCK

jmurdock@theej.com WEDDINGTON Behind a stellar performance from sophomore tailback Jadarrius Williams, the Sun Valley High football team exploded for 35 second-half points on its way to a 49-24 road win over Weddington (5-5, 2-2 SCC) on Friday. Williams rushed 23 times for a career-high 294 yards to go along with four touchdowns. He did most of his damage in the second half, carrying 12 times for 209 yards and three scores. Williams had eight runs that went for 10 or more yards, including TD runs of 65, 45, 44 and 38 yards. He now has 1,217 yards and 15 touchdowns for the season. “My (offensive) line was doing a great job blocking and I just kept making cutbacks and getting into the open field,” said Williams. “Our defense shut them down in the second half and we just kept rolling on offense. We were playing great out there.” Trailing 17-14 at the break, the Spartans (73, 2-2 SCC) took the lead for good on their first possession of the second half when junior Robert Viehmeyer hauled in a 15-yard touchdown pass from Ryan Smith. Viehmeyer’s score was the first of three TDs in a crucial four-minute stretch in the third quarter. Less than two minutes after the first score, Williams found the end zone from 44 yards out for his second TD of the night. Then, on the Spartans’ next offensive possession, Smith hit junior receiver Steven Cole for a 10-yard TD pass to make the score 35-17 with 5:06 left in the third. Cole’s TD was set up by an interception return down to the WHS 10-yard line by junior cornerback Aaron Hancock. “Our kids came out, got caught a little off guard and just didn’t come out playing well,” said SV coach Scott Stein. “But the

a great job for us. “He can play about any position for us and tonight he came up huge for us as quarterback.” Porter Ridge trailed nearly the entire game, unable to stop an Anson running back Brandon Ellerbe, who carried the ball 18 times for 180 yards. But Anson turned the ball over five times, including four fumbles, allowing the Pirates to stay within

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Valley opens hoops tryouts By JERRY SNOW

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Sun Valley sophomore Jadarrius Williams ran for a career-best 294 yards in Friday’s win over Weddington and now has 1,217 rushing yards for the season. one thing about this team is we’ve been behind, so that’s not something we are going to panic about. We knew we had the ball to start the second half and knew we had an opportunity to go back up, so we really stressed coming out and making a statement in the first few minutes of the third quarter.” Williams reached the end zone on a 65-yard scamper on the first play of the fourth quarter to put the game out of reach. His last score came from 45 yards out just three minutes later. WHS senior QB Anthony Boone threw for 195 yards, including an 81-yard TD pass to senior Christian Glackin (5 catches, 133 yards) in the fourth quarter.

Sun Valley’s defense held off the Weddington offense on possession after possession Friday night, forcing fumbles and blocking passes. Staff photo by Ed Cottingham

INDIAN TRAIL Basketball practice opened Monday for high schools across the state, with most teams using the first couple of days to hold open tryouts in search of a pleasant surprise. “We’ll make cuts the third day,” said Sun Valley’s third-year boys coach Keith Mason, who returns three starters from last year’s 17-10 team. When the J.V. (football) season is over, we’ll have another tryout and make some cuts. Then we’ll have a third tryout when varsity football gets done.” Mason is counting on two varsity football players contributing — 6-foot sophomore receiver Jody Fuller and freshman J.V. quarterback Kevin Saxton (6-2). Sun Valley has three scrimmages, starting Nov. 12, in preparation for the season opener on Nov. 17 against Piedmont. The Spartans will start a guard-heavy lineup with nobody taller than 6-3, but has size and athleticism to bring off the bench. Mason is committed to playing uptempo. “We’re going to run and press a lot,” Mason said. “We’re not trying to hide it. “We’ve been doing the PX90 to get our endurance up and get us quicker. We’re trying to wear some teams down.” Mason expects up to 40 players to try out for the two teams. Much like a training camp, players on the fringe will be trying to survive cuts for three weeks or more — depending on how long the football teams lasts in the playoffs.

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any of these tough, powerful young men have been training for this night for nearly a year now. Conference championships are going to be decided for football on Friday night — creating a stream of cheers on one side and tears on the other. Two games in particular top the list: Forest Hills at Monroe and Porter

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Ridge at Sun Valley. FH and Monroe are a combined 14-0 against the conference and the archrivals are both loaded with speed and athleticism. Monroe is 10-0 with a

chance to go undefeated in the regular season for the first time since the program started in the 1960s, according to athletic director Doug Jones, who graduated from Monroe in 1979. Forest Hills (8-2 overall), which has reached the 2AA state semifinal game three of the last four years, seeks its fifth conference championship this decade. The Jackets won their league title

16 out of 20 tries in the 1980s and 1990s. While the Yellow Jackets and Redhawks are perennial powers in Union County, Porter Ridge is new to all this. Before this year, the Pirates had never won more than three games in a season or finished higher than sixth in the conference, so their 7-3 record is a bit shocking — along with their position at the top of the Southern Carolina

Conference standings (3-1 SCC record). The Pirates, who were 3-8 last year in coach Blair Hardin’s first season, can win the conference outright with a win at Sun Valley (7-3, 2-2) on Friday. The Spartans are having a completely different thought process. Sun Valley has never won a conference title in football, and this is the program’s 48th year. But that can change on

Friday. If the Spartans beat Porter Ridge, they will be co-champions with the Pirates — and potentially others. If Sun Valley does beat Porter Ridge, and four of the six league teams are pulling desperately for that to happen, it could leave a four-way tie for the conference crown. Anson (6-4, 2-2) can get in on the title with a Porter Ridge loss if

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Spartans’ Williams pass 200-yard mark BY JUSTIN MURDOCK

jmurdock@theej.com MONROE For the first time all season, two players in Union County eclipsed 200 yards rushing on the same Friday in Week 11. Sun Valley High sophomore Jadarrius Williams ran for a career-high 294 yards on 23 carries to help his team to a 49-24 win over Weddington last Friday while Monroe senior tailback Shamiir Hailey carried 23 times for 252 yards in his team’s victory over Berry Academy. The 200-yard barrier has been broken on nine times in Union County this sea-

Sun Valley’s Sean Stewart (31) was named the freshman of the year in Union County by The EnquirerJournal last season, after helping the Spartans go 17-10.

son, and Williams and Hailey have both done it twice. Forest Hills senior quarterback Juanne Blount has the most of any player in UC with three. Blount had five 200-yard rushing games as a junior in 2008, when he helped guide the Jackets to the 2AA state semifinals. His 22 100-yard games — including eight over 200 — the last three years tops active players in UC. Just a sophomore, Union Academy’s Tyree Drakeford has run for more than 200 yards twice, including 215 yards against West Stanly and 205 yards in the

Cardinals’ first-ever win at Cuthbertson. Blount has already set a county record for rushing yards in a season (1,621) heading into Friday’s regular-season finale at archrival Monroe. Hailey (1,509) and Williams (1,217) have also reached the 1,000-yard barrier this season. Four backs in UC will enter Friday’s game with a shot to finish over 1,000, including: Marvin Ridge’s Kolly Ogar (974), Central Academy’s Charvis Barrino (943), Parkwood’s Kemp Lotharp (929) and Drakeford (845).

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Basketball Continued from 1B “We’ll end up cutting between 10 and 20 guys,” Mason said. “That’s typical numbers for us. Some kids cut themselves. They want to play in the games but they don’t realize the work we put in, or don’t want to put it in.” The Spartans have their first scrimmage on Nov. 12 at home against Central

Pirates Continued from 1B reach. With 50 seconds remaining in the third quarter, Porter Ridge safety PJ Freeman recovered an Ellerbe fumble and ran 37-untouched yards for a touchdown. “I saw the fumble recovery and I had to take it to the house,” said Freeman, who leads UC in interceptions with six. After a Matt Wogan extra point, the game was notched up at 27-all. The touchdown had extra meaning for Freeman, who was punched in the back by an Anson player earlier in the game. “He kind of hit me in my back earlier, but we knew they were going to come in playing dirty and all,” Freeman said. “Coach Hardin told us

Pirates Continued from 1B the Bearcats can beat Parkwood (4-6), and the winner of the Weddington at Marvin Ridge game will also claim a share of the SCC title under that scenario. The Pirates have wins over Marvin Ridge and Anson County, and I would have laid heavy odds against that before

Academy. SV will play two scrimmage games on Nov. 14, a Saturday, at Olympic High against Waddell and (Greensboro) Smith. A first-year 4A school, Mason has mostly 4A opponents on the nonconference schedule — East Mecklenburg, Independence, South Meck, Providence and Central Cabarrus. “We had a real good summer,” Mason said. “We had a good team camp at Wilmington

and we played pretty well at Wingate’s team camp. Our conference is pretty solid. Anson is athletic and Marvin Ridge has guys that can shoot it from anywhere. “I could see the league being a lot like it is in football. They might end up with a four-way tie for first. Our conference might have something like that in basketball, too. There’s not a lot of size in the league, which is good for us.”

just to keep our head in the game and play hard, and that’s what we did.” Anson had an opportunity to take the lead on the next possession, but Ellerbe fumbled, this time into the Porter Ridge end zone after running for 48 yards, which resulted in a touchback and Porter Ridge taking possession. Unable to move the chains, the Pirates were forced to punt with the score still tied at 27 and 2:53 remaining. Anson took over on its own 20yard line and on the first play from scrimmage, once again, Ellerbe fumbled, handing the ball back over to Porter Ridge. The Pirates scored on a 1-yard run by Martin, taking the lead 34-27. Anson had one more chance at the end zone, taking the ball over with

1:09 remaining. Thw Bearcats completed three passes, their only receptions of the night, moving the ball to the Porter Ridge 6-yard line with one second remaining in regulation. The Bearcats spread out five wide receivers and quarterback Jordan Hildreth through a fade pass into the right corner of the end zone, but it fell incomplete. Porter Ridge will travel to face Sun Valley next Friday. If the Pirates win, they will earn their firstever conference championship in football. “We’ve got a huge task next week against Sun Valley,” Hardin said. “[Sun Valley] is playing really, really well, they score a lot of points – I’m just excited for our kids for the opportunity that we have right now.”

the season started. Porter Ridge and Weddington (5-5, 2-2) deserve credit for being the most improved programs in Union County — between them they have nine more wins than they did in 2008. But Sun Valley has quietly put together a very impressive season as well. The Spartans have exceeded expectations — ours anyway — by positioning themselves to play for a share of

the conference crown at the end of the regular season. Friday is a huge night in the lives of a lot of courageous athletes in Union County. Hanging a championship banner in a gym might not sound like much to some, but there are others out there practically living for such a moment. The wait is almost over, at least for some. — Jerry Snow can be reached at 704-261-2253.

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Offensive TDs Return TDs Special Teams Name, Yr. (School) Rush Rec K/P Int. Fum FG XP 2pt Tot. Juanne Blount, Sr. (FH) 29 2 178 Shamiir Hailey, Sr. (M) 20 4 128 Jamison Crowder, Jr. (M) 10 6 1 3 108 Jadarrius Williams, So. (SV) 13 2 1 92 Charvis Barrino, Sr. (CA) 13 6 90 Dylan Williams, Sr. (MR) 12 72 Donnard Covington, Sr. (M) 11 2 70 Anthony Boone, Sr. (W) 11 66 Steven Miller, Sr. (Pm) 10 1 62 Matt Frein, Sr. (MR) 7 39 60 Kolly Ogar, Jr. (MR) 10 60 Orlando Ratliff, Sr. (FH) 9 1 60 Casey Lang, Sr. (W) 8 35 59 Cameron Leviner, Jr. (Pm) 8 1 4 58 Dustin Cook, Sr. (SV) 9 1 56 Jamie Baker, Sr. (FH) 2 45 51 Maurice Leak, Sr. (Pw) 8 48 Kemp Lotharp, Sr. (Pw) 8 48 Christian Cruz, Sr. (M) 46 46 M. Montgomery, Sr. (Pm) 6 27 45 Cameron Havey, Sr. (SV) 2 37 43 Qwadarius Duboise, Jr. (M) 6 1 42 Matt Wogan, Fr. (PR) 6 24 42 Quon Threatt, Sr. (M) 6 2 40 Brandon Little, So. (W) 6 1 38 Bobby Blakeney, Sr. (M) 6 36 KJ Brent, Jr. (MR) 6 36 Marcus Leak, Jr. (Pw) 5 1 36 Dylan Hunter, Sr. (Pw) 2 29 35 Jalen Sowell, Jr. (M) 5 1 32 D. Alexander, Jr. (PR) 4 1 30 Deonte Hiatt, Jr. (Pw) 5 30 Devin Martin, Sr. (PR) 5 30 Canious Sturdivant, Sr. (FH) 5 30 Isaac Blakeney, Sr. (M) 4 1 26 Mitchell Blackburn, So. (CA) 4 24 Tyler Chadwick, So. (MR) 4 24 Jody Fuller, So. (SV) 4 24 Cody Haverland, Jr. (W) 4 24 Jamal Little, So. (FH) 4 24 Lee McNeill, So. (PR) 4 24 Andre McManus, Sr. (SV) 4 24 Jacob Oakley, Jr. (Pm) 4 24 Rasheed Rushing, Fr. (UA) 4 24 Dominque Ardrey, Sr. (W) 1 2 18 Matt Chilton, Jr. (MR) 1 1 1 18 Christian Glackin, Sr. (W) 1 2 18 Sam Harris, Sr. (Pm) 3 18 Jared Hill, So. (UA) 3 18 Marcelis Lewis, Sr. (PR) 3 18 Ryan Patty, Sr. (PR) 3 18 Justin Redfern, Sr. (Pm) 3 18 Mike Thornton, Sr. (W) 3 18 Robert Veihmeyer, Jr. (SV) 1 2 18 Deonta Vinson, So. (FH) 3 18

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