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Shot or not?

Assisting when bills are a crisis

By Tiffany Lane

Editor’s note: This is the second in a weekly series about families impacted by United Way. BY TIFFANY LANE

Overdrafted New rules from the Federal Reserve mean banks cannot charge overdraft fees for ATM and debit transactions — but what does it mean for consumers? See 3

No shelter

Tent villages crop up in odd corners of Union County, forming communities that prefer independence to the help that homeless shelters can offer. See 9

How vaccines are made (and delayed) Influenza vaccine production usually begins nine months ahead of time when strains that best match expected flu strains are selected. Millions of chicken eggs are then disinfected and injected with the live virus — one strain per egg, killing the embryo and allowing the virus to spread. The viral fluid undergoes several purification steps and a special chemical inactivates the virus. It is then split chemically, and viral fragments from the three strains are combined into a single vaccine. CDC officials note that, unlike shots, nasal mist vaccines contain a weakened live virus and, although vaccine recipients will not contract the flu, they can spread the flu to others.


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according to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention spokesmen, is that H1N1 has so far been milder than the usual seasonal flu, but spreads more quickly and is a particular danger to pregnant women and, unexpectedly, young people up to age 24. Dan Hagler, chief medical officer and infectious disease specialist for Carolinas Medical CenterUnion notes that only severe cases are actually cultured to confirm the exact flu strain. “The assumption is everything we’re seeing now is H1N1,” he said, but there is no need to panic. “If it looks like flu, treat it like flu.” This year, he said, those with flu-like symptoms will likely be treated with Tamiflu, an antiviral to fight against the flu.

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New land use rules bypass quasi-judicial hearings

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just don’t think there’s been enough research,” Sheila Jones said. Jones, the mother of a 2-year-old boy, has decided not to get the free H1N1 — or swine flu — vaccine that the Union County Health Department is providing to children and their caregivers. Jones isn’t a radical. She, her husband, and their son have all had the seasonal flu vaccine, a cocktail of three strains of influenza. But H1N1? No, Jones says. It’s “just kind of rushed” and “scary,” unlike the seasonal flu vaccine that has been given “for years and years and years now.” She’s not alone in her concerns. Parents across Union County are split over whether to vaccinate their children against H1N1. Some say it’s dangerous; others have called countless medical offices, looking for a spare dose. The truth,

Waxhaw simplifies zoning BY ELISABETH ARRIERO

The Idea

Parents debate: Is swine flu vaccine safe?

WAXHAW Residents, developers and commissioners are calling it a win-win solution. The Waxhaw Board of Commissioners’s decided Tuesday to change from conditional-use zoning to conditional zoning — a distinction that condenses the town’s process for deciding which sorts of development can go on which parcels of land.

The decision is timely: the May moratorium on all rezoning and new conditional-use permits was lifted Thursday. Under the town’s old system, developers had to go through a two-step process to begin a development. First, the commissioners voted whether to allow conditional-use zoning for a parcel of land. After that, developers and town officials had to follow a quasi-judicial

process to be granted a conditional-use permit. Quasi-judicial hearings limit the input that commissioners can consider when making a decision; witnesses are allowed to offer quantifiable data, but community sentiment is not heard. Frustrated residents and developers criticized the rules that limit ex parte communication while commissioners are working through the quasi-judicial process.

Concerns emerged last month during a multi-day quasi-judicial hearing for a proposed development by Historic Ventures LLC in the downtown historic district. Mayor Daune Gardner — who votes in the case of a tie — met with developers between council sessions. Under those rules, no one is allowed to talk to


HEMBY BRIDGE Mario Walls was behind on his utility bill and couldn’t afford rent. “The man’s s u p Online posed to • For more be the about The one ... United Way, that’s visit http://tiny. s u p cc/unionUW posed to • For more be able to take care about Crisis of himAssistance self ” and Ministry, visit his ily, Walls said. Even after a friend told him about United Way’s Crisis Assistance Ministry, which offers one-time help to get Union County residents square with their bills, he struggled to make the call. “I felt upset because I had to go over there,” he said. “... I felt like, ‘Well, I should have been able to do it,’ but I couldn’t.” Walls said other men probably struggle with the same thing, but shouldn’t feel bad about asking for help. “I was kind of skeptical about going because I didn’t think they would help me,” Walls said, “but ... they looked out for me.” Walls pays child support for his 18-year-old son and has custody of his 5-yearold son on the weekends. He thought the agency would be more willing to help a father whose children live with him. He also thought Crisis Assistance was a church ministry, but soon found out it is only one of several United Way agencies. Walls first went to the Department of Social Services, where he was referred to Crisis Assistance. Through grants and donations made to United Way, Crisis Assistance helps hundreds of people


Narrowing the margin Smith short by 3 votes; Barbara by five BY JASON deBRUYN MONROE Union County’s closest race in memory will not be final for another week. “It’s too close for comfort,” said Werner Thomisser, who edged out incumbent Councilwoman L.A. Smith by only three votes for Weddington’s District 1 Town Council seat. Smith offi-

cially filed for a recount Tuesday afternoon, minutes after the official results were announced by the Union County Board of Elections. “I’m amazed at how close it is,” Smith said. Two other races in Union County are tight enough for a recount. Joseph Barbara, who lost to incumbent Mayor John Ciaramella 349 to 344, said

also asked for a recount. “Our campaign fought hard for three-and-a-half months, and the voters responded,” Barbara said. “We aren’t stopping until the last base is touched in the process.” In Indian Trail, Danny Figueroa decided not to challenge the results of


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A Titan, a favor, and a message for students Campbell integrated high school football team, a story told in ‘Remember the Titans’ By David Sentendrey


MONROE The Redhawks are taking lessons from a Titan. Julius Campbell, who was portrayed in the 2000 movie “Remember the Titans” by actor Wood Harris, will speak to the Monroe High football team on Nov. 21 to promote academics, nutrition and exercise. The event at Hatley’s Skating Rink is open to the public, After being highly recruited to play football at The Ohio State University, Campbell was held back after being unable to pass his SATs, one of the main reasons he will stress the importance of education to the Redhawks’ undefeated football team (11-0). Campbell’s former teammate Ronnie Bass, otherwise known as “Sunshine,” may also make an appearance. “People used to walk to

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Julius Campbell, one of the players who integrated the T.C. Williams High School football team in 1971, poses with Wood Harris, the actor who played Cambell in ‘Remember the Titans,’ the story of the team and its effects on race relations in northern Virginia. the store,” said Hatley’s manager Laura Hatley Martin, who is also a registered nurse. “Now we drive to the store and fight over the closest parking space. Instead of taking the elevator, take stairs,

move more. If they want to exercise, they can come skating. If not, they can just take a walk, something, go walk at the mall.” Martin has been working closely with the Union

County Health Department to promote physical fitness and jumped at the opportunity to bring her longtime friend, Campbell, to preach the same goals. Martin and Campbell became acquainted at East Carolina University in 1974, where some of Campbell’s T.C. Williams High teammates played football and Martin began her first year of college. Campbell and his best friend, Gerry Bertier, traveled from home to ECU to visit teammates and celebrate Bertier’s birthday. Bertier, who was portrayed as Campbell’s nemesis-turned-best-friend in the film about race relations in northern Virginia and the tension of high school integration, was paralyzed in a car wreck in December 1971 after the Titans won the Virginia 3A state champi-

onship game, an accident the film depicts happening before the championship game. His disability did not stop Martin from taking an interest in the 21-yearold Bertier. “His eyes, I just knew he was a great guy,” Martin said. “We just got along so well, it’s like I knew him already.” Bertier and Martin soon began dating, ultimately leading to an engagement six years later, on March 19, 1981. “He and the guys were going to come down and move me up to Alexandria, Va.,” Martin said. “He was supposed to call me Friday night after he had gone to Charlottesville, Va., for a meeting he had, and he never called. “The reason was he was driving his car and a drunk driver killed him.” Campbell broke the devastating news to Martin,

driving down to Greenville to give her the news face-to-face. “My friends discouraged me from going out with (Bertier),” Martin said. “... When he died, he lived in an apartment by himself, had a job and drove a car. He did not take help, he did not want pity, and when I saw him I did not see him in a wheelchair; he was just always sitting down.” Martin has since married with three daughters — Tiffany, 23, Jessica, 22, and Melissa, 20 — but has remained in close contact with Campbell, even more so after “Remember the Titans” sparked memories of Bertier. Campbell will speak at Hatley’s Skating Rink, 1705 Concord Ave., on Nov. 21 from 1:30 p.m. to 4 p.m., and from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m., and will ride in the Monroe Christmas parade the following day.

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Fed rules: No overdraft fees for debit cards BY JASON deBRUYN MONROE Consumers are fed up with a $2 purchase incurring $35 in bank fees, and the Federal Reserve has stepped in to help. According to a new rule announced by the Fed, banks will have to secure their customers’ consent before charging overdraft fees on ATM and debit card transactions. The rule responds to complaints from consumer groups, members of Congress and regulators that the overdraft fees are unfair because many people assume they can’t spend more on a debit card than is available in their account. Instead, many banks allow the transactions to go through, then charge fees of up to $25 or $35. For small purchases, such as a cup of coffee, the penalty can far exceed the actual cost of the transaction. Under the Fed’s new rule, which will take effect July 1, banks will be required to notify new and existing customers of their overdraft services and give customers the option of being covered. If customers don’t “opt in,” any debit or ATM transactions that overdraw their accounts will be denied, Fed officials said. N.C. Attorney General Roy Cooper has long supported more protections for consumers and lauded the moved by the Federal Reserve. “Consumers must be

Quick Quiz: Bank fees 1. How much do banks earn on overdraft fees each year? a. $2 billion to $4 billion b. $25 million to $38 million c. $25 billion to $38 billion d. More than $50 billion 2. The Federal Reserve’s new rules limiting overdraft fees applies to: a. ATM and debit card transactions only b. All transactions protected from these harsh fees,” he said in a released statement. “This is positive step, but Congress needs to act to make these rules even stronger.” Bank representatives said, while the new mandate might sound good for the cardholder, there could be unforeseen consequences down the road. If the purchase is for gas to get home, or if a businessman is entertaining a client, the penalty might be worth the transaction, argued George Dick, marketing director for Fifth Third Bank. “It’s not a one-size-fits-all answer,” he said. Dick added that some of the responsibility should fall on the consumer. “There is no substitute for keeping track of the money you have,” he said. “Sometimes it’s out of your hands, but a lot of people just don’t keep track.” Often, Dick said the “banks are kind of caught

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c. Overdraft transactions of less than $10 d. Checks and electronic billpaying only 3. Which of the following is NOT included in the Federal Reserve’s new rule: a. Banks will not be allowed to charge fees for ATM and debit card transactions that overdraft the card’s account. b. Banks will refuse transacin the middle,” because they have already given a merchant money. Banks earn as much as $25 billion to $38 billion annually from overdraft fees, Fed officials said, but that total includes check

tions that could overdraft an account. c. Customers must consent and waive the Fed’s consumer protections before banks will allow transactions that overdraft an account d. Banks may not charge overdraft fees, but customers may continue to overdraft their accounts. Source: Associated Press Answers: 1c; 2a; 3d

overdrafts. Fed officials also said that many consumers want checks and regular electronic bill payments to be covered. These are to cover mortgage or car payments, for example.

Dick said the bank recommends setting up an overdraft protection system that links a checking account to other accounts. When an overdraft happens, the money is taken from that other account for a smaller fee, $10 in Fifth Third’s case. Larger banks, including Bank of America, JPMorgan Chase and Wells Fargo also have said they plan to reform their practices after coming under fire for the fees. But consumer groups and other regulators, including Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. Chairman Sheila Bair, said new rules are still necessary to ensure smaller banks follow suit. Congress has passed similar regulations for credit card companies. Effective in February,

consumers must waive their rights before credit card companies can allow them to exceed their credit limits and tack on an additional fee. If consumers do not waive that right, then credit card companies will decline charges on maxed-out accounts. The Consumerist, a sister Web site to Consumer Reports, reported that credit card companies, specifically Capitol One, are calling cardholders and offering a discounted overdraft fee if they agree to the new terms. The Consumerist warns against accepting the deal, noting that credit card companies will be forced to eliminate all overdraft charges in credit cards effective Feb. 10. — The Associated Press contributed to this report.


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Editor: Betsy O’Donovan

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The long shot

et the shot. Please get the shot. If you’re eligible for the H1N1 vaccine and can find it, get it. If your kid is eligible and you can find it, get it. I know it’s scary. I know that every time you belly up to a health care decision for your children, it’s like rolling into Vegas with every dime you ever earned. And, rather like hitting the gaming tables at The Sands, parenthood requires a running series of decisions based on information, hunches and hope. It’s not that I doubt parental wisdom. I respect the mission of parenthood. I respect the importance of the work. But parents almost never know what’s right for their kids. What I doubt is the average parent’s training in virology and epidemiology. At best, the average parent is doing a lot of careful, skeptical research, which is like playing the slightly better odds at the blackjack table instead of the sucker’s game by the roulette wheel. But let’s face it: Unless you are that rare Dr. Mama who is actually a virologist, you’re at the mercy of what other people tell you. I’m not saying you shouldn’t do research. We live in post-Thalidomide America, post-Dalkon Shield America, when every honors history student hears the story of the Tuskeegee Syphilis Study, and every parent has at least fleetingly considered whether its really safe to vaccinate for simple childhood illnesses. As a professional skeptic, I sympathize. It’s impossible to know what’s true unless you touch it with your own hands. Add children to the mix and you can barely bring yourself to roll the dice at all. I get it. But here’s why you have to do it. My generation — which is to say, the child-bearing and child-rearing population — has never lived through the sort of epidemic that requires a quarantine. When my mom was a kid, they shut down the movie theater and the swimming pool in Kearney, Neb., because polio was everywhere in the summer. The polio vaccine wasn’t discovered until 1955; until then, if a family member contracted polio, public health officials forced the family into quarantine. My generation? We got condom demonstrations during college orientation and were reminded that there is no cure for HIV. It’s not quite the same, is it? So far, H1N1 is ripping

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through the population pretty quickly and relatively mildly, causing fewer deaths than the seasonal flu. That’s great. But let’s remember in 1918 that the Spanish flu rippled through the world in a mild first wave, and then came back with a deadly vengeance, killing the young and ablebodied at an amazing rate (look up “cytokine storm” for some interesting reading). My grandparents were toddlers during the 1918 flu epidemics. Would you like to make a bet about whether their parents would have had them immunized, had they known such a luxury? It’s true that their parents had more trust that their government’s health officials were awake at the switch. But I believe in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. I believe in doctors who care about and serve the public health. It’s a question of science (data and testing) over superstition (anecdotes and untested correlations). I believe the CDC, and I believe that it’s not just in my interest to be vaccinated, but also in the public interest. If I’m vaccinated, if I am immune to the swine flu, then I can’t pass it on to that poor kid who’s allergic to eggs and can’t get his shot. I can’t pass it on to the immunocompromised woman in the grocery store who reacts to my “mild” case of H1N1 with pneumonia. I can’t give it to a pregnant mom, I can’t give it to a 6-month-old baby. By protecting my own health, I’m also protecting people who are vulnerable in our community. The more healthy people who refuse to see it that way the more risk gets piled on the defenseless. I have reasons. I have dozens of ‘em, as do the people who think the H1N1 shot might as well be strychnine. But it boils down to this: There’s an immunization that could save your kid’s life from a fast-moving, deadly flu. It works. But you want to sit around calculating the odds that your kid has a better chance with the flu than with the shot? Even Vegas wouldn’t touch that bet. — Betsy O’Donovan can be reached at 704-261-2223.

Your Talk Socializing America

There is no reason any sane person would or should support government controlled healthcare. Government is the cause of most healthcare costs and problems considering they are the ones who put into place the barriers which bar people from shopping for cheaper priced healthcare across state lines. Socializing healthcare has been the goal of home-grown (Anti-)American Socialists for decades. The rules put into place years ago, which disallows any individuals from purchasing less expensive policies from across state lines, seems to have been purposely put into place for this very reason- Nationalizing Healthcare and a Government Takeover of the private sector. Healthcare can be made much more affordable for all people simply by allowing national competition between healthcare insurance providers. Companies would then

be able and encouraged to offer affordable policies for people and/or families with pre-existing conditions. The only “Nationalizing of Healthcare” that makes any sense at all and would be acceptable to the 2/3 of the American Citizens who are against government intrusion and Nationalization is - Allowing nationwide competition! I do not nor will I ever accept “Government” taking over something considered a private concern. Forcing people to pay for a “Service” is illegal. Forcing people to pay for a “Service” for another person through a mandated “TAX” is also illegal. There is no constitutional legality which states that “I Must” do anything. The Interstate Commerse clause would allow for government to specify to insurance providers that they can’t bar anyone from receiving healthcare for pre-existing conditions, should they choose to take part in providing na-

tionwide healthcare coverage. This should outright settle the debate and begin to fix the biggest problems with healthcare which government created in the first place. Any elected official who votes in favor of a government takeover, or likewise a bill which ultimately leads to that endeavor, should receive nothing but extreme condemnation as a traitor. The 1776 lesser equivalent to TAR and FEATHERS! Darren Barnett Waxhaw

Assembling to revolt?

Drove all night Wednesday to our nation’s capital to attend Michele Bachmann’s TAX REVOLT RALLY! Over 10,000 brave citizens showed up after only being given a 5 day notice. My daughter who attends UNC Chapel Hill skipped her classes and witnessed firsthand what our FREEDOM TO ASSEMBLE looks like. All there were polite and respectful but very frustrated with Pelosi and her 1900 plus

healthcare bill that the majority of this great nation DOES NOT WANT! This last minute turnout seems to have worked since today’s news seems to indicate the bill is NOT going to be voted on today! Thank you Congresswoman Bachmann! Thank you Congresswoman Sue Myrick from my district! God Bless America! Pamella Saladino Weddington

Or revolting assembly?

If Sue Myrick and Michelle Bachman are the standards for good government and sensible policies, then we all need to find a new home somewhere off these shores. I would suppose that Pamela Saladino from Weddington did not have to stay home last weekend because she was penniless due to medical bills that she could not pay. Yet, millions of our citizens find themselves in that situation and people like Sue Myrick, Michelle Bachman and Pamela Saladino have little to offer but a middle finger. I

do not know that the bill that passed the house will help a lot of people, and it may well be too expensive in the long run, but sometimes you can not get to where you want to go from where you are and the whole discussion needs to start from a different set of realities. Sue Myrick and Michelle Bachman represent the bears in the cave who have horded all the berries for themselves and dare any others to enter. I think that all of the ladies could have spent a better weekend on their knees praying for a little light. Aubrey Moore Wesley Chapel

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A bad bill?

Like others, I received the Blue Cross Blue Shield mailing asking me to write to Senator Hagan to oppose the Senate’s health care legislation. I had already phoned and written to her urging same. In times past, I would have preferred that BCBS not done this. However, today I believe it is ok. Why? Because the majority of citizens are sitting on the sidelines as their nation is being hijacked. Elected government officials are doing what they want, not what the majority of citizens want. Aside from Fox News and the Wall Street Journal, television and newspapers are not doing their job in reporting the facts and informing the public. Today the media is heavily liberal biased. They gather the facts but then report what

fits their point of view. As a result, much of the public is poorly informed on the total health care problem because full facts are not known. I believe nearly everyone, including Representatives Myrick and Bachman, agree that our nation’s health care problems ought to

be solved and corrected. Unfortunately, as BCBS and these Representatives know, the proposed House and Senate legislation do little to solve the major problems. Tort reform? No corrective action proposed, yet billions of dollars continue to be wasted on excessive tests by physicians need-

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ing to protect themselves and in frivolous lawsuits. State regulatory barriers to competition? Nothing proposed. Every citizen in every state ought to be able to purchase insurance from any insurance company. Imagine how this would stimulate competition and drive down costs! Medicare

fraud? No solution to this problem costing tens of billions of dollars annually. Government-paid insurance for millions of illegal aliens? Nothing proposed to prevent this. Our government continues to turn its head to the illegal alien problem. But we’re going to fine citizens and even put them in jail if they do not purchase health insurance under the House legislation passed by 220 Democrats and 1 Republican. Government payment for abortion? The Stupak amendment to the House legislation prevents this, but Representative Waxman all but said this will disappear in the final version. I fear that when President Obama finally signs the bill, the number of 50 million unborn babies already murdered will continue to grow with our Government paying for it. Why do our President

and his liberal Democrat cohorts not want to address the big problems? Why do they want to create a new system instead of simply solving the existing problems? With trillions of dollars to be spent over the coming decades, it is amazing they choose to ignore the problems at the same time they address the health care of people who cannot afford to pay. So why wouldn’t BCBS urge us to action? And why wouldn’t Representatives Myrick and Bachman vote “no” on the House legislation? Since the Democrats shut them out of the process, they voted against what is probably the worst piece of legislation ever to pass the House. And where is the bipartisan teamwork our new President promised? Lost in the rush to socialism! Dudley Wass Waxhaw

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Perdue: 485 won’t compete with local roads Charlotte beltway will be competed, but Union County will not lose promised DOT funds BY JASON deBRUYN MONROE Charlotte will have an outer loop and funds to pay for it will not come from Union County. Gov. Bev Perdue has announced a plan to complete the Interstate 485 ring and promised to not take money from Union County’s projects, specifically from the Monroe Parkway project. “There will be no affect on the parkway,� N.C. Department of Trans-

portation spokesman Ted Vaden said. “Funding for I-485 stands on its own.� Transportation representatives around the county breathed a sigh of relief at the announcement. Outgoing Monroe Councilman and MecklenburgUnion Metropolitan Planning Organization representative Bob Smith said that while the I-485 completion was good and would be used by some Union County drivers, the fact that funds were not

taken from local projects was more important. Smith pointed to the opening of additional lanes of U.S. Highway 601 from Hargette Road to the state line, which is scheduled for Wednesday, as having a significant impact on congestion. So, too, will the opening of the Martin Luther King Boulevard extension, which will take traffic out of downtown Monroe, he said. The first Martin Luther King Boulevard phase, from Goldmine

Road to N.C. Highway 84 past Union Academy, is scheduled to open before Christmas. When the Monroe Parkway opens, Smith said it will be one of the most significant road projects in county history. N.C. Turnpike Authority spokeswoman Reid Simons said the preferred route would be announced by the end of this week and construction would begin in less than a year. The $349 million I-485 completion combines

three projects on a fast track. Bids will be awarded in 2010 and are scheduled for completion by 2015. When finished, the final five-mile stretch of I-485, the interchange at I-85 and the widening of I-85 into Cabarrus County from four lanes to eight lanes will be completed. “We see this as one more tool for the future that we can use when it makes economic sense, as it does in this case,� N.C. Transportation Secretary Gene Conti said in a news

release. “It’s vital to have new strategies to address the state’s transportation needs in a time of scarce resources from traditional revenue sources.� N.C. Rep. Pryor Gibson, D-Anson, said it was good for the region that I-485 would be completed and was going to be “monitoring this funding mechanism closely,� so Union County projects would be safe. — County reporter Jason deBruyn can be reached at 704-261-2243.

District Judge Joe Williams released Toby Wayne Hawkins, 55, of 3094 Shalimar Drive, Conway, S.C., Sept. 15 after the District Attorney’s Office did not file proper paperwork to continue his case.

The grand jury renewed the indictment and Hawkins was arrested in Pennsylvania last week. Hawkins was scheduled to appear in court in Union County Monday, but because he had not

been extradited, his case was properly continued to Feb. 15. District Attorney John Snyder said Hawkins would be brought back to Union County soon. If Hawkins waives extradition he could be in the county by as early as next week. If he does not, it could take up to 90 days and require a governor’s warrant to bring him to Union County. Hawkins was arrested Feb. 13 and charged with crimes from 1981 against a boy under 13 years old. Hawkins’ first court date was March 4, but had his case continued three times, the last of which was Sept. 15.

Batte Fine Arts Center on Thursday at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased online at www.wing or by phone at 704233-8316.

Services and the Friends of the Union County Animal Shelter are raising funds with gift cards and a quilt raffle. Friends of the Union County Animal Shelter will receive a $50 donation for each fence sold using a $50 gift cards from Invisible Fence. The gift cards are available at the Union County Animal Shelter, 3340 Presson Road, Monroe. Friends of the Union County Animal Shelter is also raffling off two handmade quilts. Tickets are $1 each or 6 for $5, and are on sale at the shelter. All proceeds go directly to support the animals at the Animal Shelter. For more information, call 704-233-1707 or 704283-2308.

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Goodall: Third most conservative senator? Right-leaning think tank rates Union legislators; Blackwood ranked 30th in state House BY JASON deBRUYN MONROE Union County’s state senator has been ranked the third most conservative in the state. According to rankings released by the conservative John W. Pope Civitas Institute, Sen. Eddie Goodall, R-Union, ranked third with a conservative index of 60 out of 100. “I’m glad they have a system to rank what happens based on conservative votes,” Goodall said. He argued that because Democrats have the majority in the General Assembly, they are more likely to be sponsors of bills that are heard and passed. Grading based on how conservative a legislator votes seemed more fair, he said. The Civitas Institute is

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Rep. Pryor Gibson, a Democrat who represents the eastern half of the county, did not fare well in the rankings. He received a score of 6.3 out of 100, good enough for 83rd place. Civitas said he voted conservatively on only three out of 50 bills. He laughed when he heard the news. “There is no such thing as an accurate ranking system anymore,” he said, pointing out that the rankings are strongly skewed Republican. He went on to say that he thinks the Civitas Institute has insinuated that it wants to do away with public schools in North Carolina because of its push for private and charter schools. “I don’t believe I want to be ranked very high in that organization,” he said.

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Q&A: Buddhism, Tibet and spiritual artistry Six monks speak and work on mandala during Social Justice Week at Wingate University BY TIFFANY LANE

WINGATE Six Tibetan monks visited Wingate University this week to raise awareness about oppression in their home country. The visit was part of the university’s Social Justice Week. While there, the monks spent three days on artwork known as dultson-kyil-khor, meaning “mandala of colored powders” or mandala sand painting. Their particular painting was called a peace mandala, featuring the words “world peace” at the center. To complete the picture, each artist rubbed two long metal funnels together to “paint” with a few grains of sand at a time. Consistent with the Buddhist belief that all people, animals and nature should live in harmony, the finished piece symbolized several religions, including Buddhism, Christianity, Islam, Taoism, Judaism and American Indian faiths, as well as earth, wind, water and fire. The visit was also part of a nationwide Drepung Gomang Monastery Tour involving refugee monks who live at the monastery now located in south India. The monastery’s first home was in Tibet, but many fled when communist China invaded the country in 1959. Since then, more than 1.2 Tibetans have been killed and more than 6,000 monasteries destroyed, including the original Drepung Gomang Monastery. Today, nearly 2,000 monks live at the monastery. Once their mandala was complete, to symbolize the impermanence of all things, the monks swept up the sand and asked others to join them in sprinkling it over the university’s lake. “They believe that this sand carries peace with it, and so by putting it in the water, it goes out into the ocean and eventually to all the world,” campus minister Dane Jordan said. “They even talked about animals

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Monks from the Drepung Gomang Monastery in Tibet created a peace mandala at Wingate University by dropping a few grains of colored sand at a time into patterns to symbolize harmony. During their week at the university, the monks spoke to classes and offered prayers during worship services. worship services. A core belief they hold is that all religions bring truth to the table, Jordan said, and because the university is a largely a Christian one, the monks asked for Jesus’ presence during worship. Further explaining their beliefs, Jordan said peaceful living will bring peace to the rest of the world. The tour has taken the monks all over the country. Colorado is a favorite, Jordan said, because it reminded them of their home. For more information on the monastery, visit Leader Geshe Lobzang agreed to sit down for a question-and-answer session, translated from Tibetan by Namgyal Tsondu. Tsondu is of Tibetan descent but lives in Richmond, Va. Q: What do you think of North Carolina and Wingate University? A: The teachers and staff members have

been “so kind,” providing the group “nice, spacious apartments.” “We get the privilege to meet all these young students who are acquiring all this knowledge so that they can steer the future global society in the right direction.” Monasteries are also focused on learning, especially “art, culture, chants, rituals.” It is inspiring to see the students studying so hard. Q: Wingate University provided your group with meal cards to eat in the cafeteria. What’s your favorite cafeteria food? A: “Cheese pizza.” Q: Artwork comes in many forms — painting, drawing, sculpture, photography, weaving and so on. What makes the sand mandala a spiritual experience? A: The messages it conveys bring “peace, happiness, joy” to the artists and others who see it. The goal is to “generate more compassion and love” so all people can

work together toward a common good. “All the religions of the world … contribute to that path … in their own way.” All cultural misconceptions and ignorance aside, world peace can be a reality. In an attempt to break the barriers, the monks encourage “interfaith dialogue” through various means, including artwork that promotes global peace. Q: You have spent three days leading chants, selling crafts, answering students’ questions and creating this sand mandala. What message do you hope the students take away from your visit? A: We must advocate for “a generation of compassion and love … to all the beings, including animals and environment.” Peace comes through love and compassion and is good for maintaining both physical health and positive relationships. “Then it spreads to the community, then to the world.”

Setting a good example will encourage others to follow, he said. “This is the only Earth we have, and “the best solution is to live harmoniously.” Q: Is there anything else you would like to say to Union County? A: Since China’s occupation of Tibet, Tibetans “have no basic human rights” — not even the right to practice art. “They want to change Tibet into a Chinese land, into China.” Communist China offers its people great job benefits to draw them to Tibet while wiping out the country’s people and traditions, he said. “We encourage American people to be aware of this situation and to help and support” their fellow humans by reaching out to political leaders for help. “Make a bold initiative to stop this because America stands for its idea (of freedom.) That’s why people love America, not just the land but the people who fight for this idea.”

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In camps dotting the county, homeless people eke out independent lives BY ELISABETH ARRIERO MONROE Bob Stewart might not have a roof over his head. He has a tent. He also has some rusted pans if the cooking mood strikes him as well as a radio and some chairs under a tarp in case he wants to entertain company. Broken pieces of wooden mantles make doorways between trees, and an 8-month-old black Labrador named Maggie warns the 54-year-old when people approach his campsite. As he says, “I’m comfortable. I’m not hurting for anything.” Stewart is homeless and yet, he isn’t without a home. Homeless campsites propped up in the woods around town are not uncommon, said Tim Gray, Union County Community Shelter director. In fact, they’re part of the reason why Gray has never seen the center’s emergency facility at full occupancy. The emergency facility allows 48 additional people to stay at the center when the temperature drops below 40 degrees, or when it’s snowing or sleeting. Sleeping mats are placed in the dining and television rooms during extreme weather, and clients can stay there from 8 p.m. to 6:30 a.m. But most homeless people choose to brave the elements on their own, Gray said, because they want to protect their property or because they want to remain independent. “They would rather be outside and be able to do what they want to do than submit to society’s rules,” said shelter supervisor Nelson Rice. One 19-year-old man who went to the shelter Thursday for dinner said surviving the elements isn’t too bad.


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Bob Stewart is the self-declared ‘sheriff’ of a small tent village outside of Monroe. Stewart says he prefers the independence of life in the woods to the rules that come with services at the Union County Community Shelter. He said he has lived at the site for three years. As long as you make sure you’re on a blanket so the ground doesn’t absorb your body heat and you have blankets to cover you, you’re generally fine, he said. “Rain is the hardest because even with tarps, the rain will eventually go through,” he said. “Snow isn’t really a problem because you can clear it out before it melts.” The man, who did not give his name, currently lives with his employer in a house but stayed in a campsite for a few months with another person. “The best thing is to live with one or two people you trust. The more people there are, the more attention you’re going to draw,” he said. One 50-year-old man who is currently living at the shelter said he had a different experiene at homeless campsites. “Some of them are not trustworthy. People steal and smoke crack. And if

you leave anything of value there, when you come back, it’s probably not going to be there,” he said. But Stewart, who calls himself the sheriff of his site, said he doesn’t tolerate thieves or people using drugs. Stewart, who has lived at the campsite in Western Monroe for three years, said he shares the site with two other men. The campsite is fairly organized. Nails in one tree are devoted to cleaning supplies, including a broom, a rake and a mop, all scavenged from a dumpster. Another tree has over a dozen sunglasses collected over the years, as well as a knitted hat. A gutted cabinet holds their pots and pans. Nearby, four can openers hang on a hook in a tree. The men even have a trash system: paper goes in the fire, tin cans go in the garbage bin and aluminum cans go in a large

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Obituaries Azalea E. Gordon MONROE Azalea Eubanks Gordon, 80, died Friday (Nov. 13, 2009) at Carolinas Medical Center-Union. Services for will be 11 a.m. Monday (Nov. 16, 2009) in the McEwen Colonial Chapel, with interment in Lakeland Memorial Park. She was born Aug. 28, 1929 in Union County, the daughter of the late Richard Allen Eubanks and the late Lela Victoria Belk Eubanks. In addition to her parents, she was also preceded in death by her husband, Clyde Gordon. Survivors include three sons, Jimmy Gordon of Waxhaw, Wade Gordon of Monroe, and Donnie Gordon of Lancaster, S.C.; two daughters, Kathryn Gordon of Monroe, and Martha Stevens of Waxhaw; a brother, George Eubanks of Monroe; eight grandchildren; two step-grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren. The family will receive friends and relatives for visitation from 4 to 6 p.m. today at McEwen Funeral Home in Monroe.

Ethan Isaman WAXHAW Ethan George Isaman, 21, died Nov. 8, 2009, at home. Funeral was Thursday at Good Shepherd Funeral Home of Indian Trail. Born April 26, 1988, in Olean, N.Y., he was a son

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County: Rain caused Waxhaw sewer overflow MONROE Three sanitary sewer overflows occurred throughout the Union County sanitary sewer system on Wednesday. The overflows were not of the magnitude to cause immediate danger to human health or the environment, according to a press release from the Union County Public Works Department. All pumps and equipment were operating properly and at full capacity on Wednesday. The sewer overflows were the direct result

of more than 3 inches of rain which fell in 48 hours, causing stormwater to enter the sanitary sewer system through defects in pipes and manholes. The first overflow occurred off McIntyre Road near Wingate at approximately 5:15 a.m. and lasted until 1:15 p.m. A portion of the overflow entered Meadows Branch. A second overflow occurred off Highway 205 near Marshville at approximately 8 a.m. and lasted until 11:50 a.m.

A portion of the overflow entered New Salem Branch. The third overflow occurred off Sharon Road in Waxhaw at approximately 9 a.m. and lasted until noon. A portion of the overflow entered Rone Branch. The overflows have been reported to the N.C. Division of Water Quality. For additional information about the county’s sewer programs and system to contain overflow, contact the Public Works Department at 704-296-4210.

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‘Much more fluid, ‘Trying not to get behind again’ informal process’ United Way Waxhaw from 1 commissioners about a proposal outside of the hearing, and anyone who speaks there must be sworn in and only speak of facts. Gardner recused herself from the remainder of the public hearing after it surfaced that she’d met with developers following one meeting on the development. “The CUP (conditionaluse permit) process has been precarious in that the board can’t have any contact with the applicant or the people of the town,” Commissioner-elect Erin Kirkpatrick said. The old way also required commissioners to base their decisions only on evidence and facts presented during the hearing. With conditional zoning, however, developers will be able to get a zoning change as well as approval for a project in one fell swoop. Commissioners will also be allowed to speak with neighbors and residents, and base their decisions on both data and community concerns. “It benefits developers because they get to know what we want early on, and the public gets to say, ‘These are my concerns. This is what I want to see,’” Commissioner Martin Lane said. “It’s going to give us more control from the get-go, almost from conception.”

The zoning change will be specific to the development attached to it. Should the original plan fall through and a new project be proposed, those developers would have to reapply for conditional zoning, said Greg Mahar, the town’s director of planning and community development. Town Manager Michael McLaurin called the zoning change a “much more fluid, informal process,” but added that people can still apply conditional-use zoning in certain cases. Owners of properties that were originally zoned conditional use will still have the right to pursue a conditional-use permit. The only way that property will be changed to conditional zoning is if the property owner both requests and approves of the change. Developer Bransen Patch said Historic Ventures LLC, plans to resubmit its application soon. Last month, its proposed development — which would have include a three-story apartment complex, a hotel, a mixeduse building, a day care and a civic center — was denied a zoning change. His business partner Lisa Giovanniello said she is excited to sit down with commissioners and find out what changes need to be made to get the project approved. “I can’t think of anything bad about talking about a project openly before they have to make a decision about it,” she said.


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from 1 dodge homelessness each year. The agency provides emergency financial assistance so residents can stay in their own homes. Money goes directly to landlords, grocery distributors, medical providers or utility companies. Before Walls moved from a two-bedroom to one-bedroom apartment to save money, he got behind on a rent payment. Crisis Assistance paid most of it, freeing up some of Walls’ funds to take care of the utility bill. In his third year of employment with a local trucking company, Walls helps furnish and deliver construction supplies. He keeps a sporadic schedule. “When housing went down, construction went down,” meaning temporary layoffs for him and

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Mario Walls said his desire ‘to be a man’ for his son, Jaquarius, made him reluctant to seek help, but also helped him accept it. his co-workers. Walls works two weeks, then takes a week off. “If it rains, we can’t do anything, ... so they send us home.” One week, he will work 40 hours; the next, 16.

Lately, his hours have stayed on the low end, and he doesn’t expect them to pick up over the winter. Walls draws unemployment, but the lack of work means few in-


dulgences. Walls suppresses the urge to buy new clothes, but did shop for his son when school started this fall. “There’s lots of stuff that he wants to do that I can’t do with him,” he said, like going to the movies. “It’s $9 for an adult.” Walls said his No. 1 priority is providing for his sons, but the youngest doesn’t hesitate to ask questions. “He’ll be like, ‘Dad, why don’t you have any money?’ ... I don’t know what I’m going to do for Christmas.” Still, Walls is confident that his financial situation will turn around, thanks, in part, to help from Crisis Assistance. His dad also pitched in and gave him a car so he doesn’t have a car payment. “I’m trying not to get behind again,” he said. “It’ll work out.” To United Way, he said he will be happy to give back. “I’ll do anything I can, ’cause they really helped me out.”

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State selects preferred route for local bypass ‘Alternative D’ runs through family entertainment corridor, including Carolina Courts BY JASON deBRUYN MONROE The N.C. Turnpike Authority has announced a preferred alternative for the Monroe Parkway. In keeping with its original recommendation, officials agreed to support Alternative D, which begins west of Marshville and follows Option 2 through Indian Trail to the turnpike’s end at the Highway 74/Interstate 485 interchange. As the preferred

alternative, D is considered the most likely candidate for the final route, which will be announced in May. Officials first recommended Alternative D and Option 2 in March. The Indian Trail Town Council opposes the alternative because it cuts through a business park and will affect a local family business corridor, including Carolina Courts. The Stallings Town Council has also opposed the route, though Mayor Lyn-

da Paxton supports it. NCTA director of government and public affairs Reid Simons said the final environmental studies are under way. Other water- and airquality studies will be completed before the May announcement of the final route. “We’re making progress, so we are pleased,” Turnpike Authority staff engineer Jennifer Harris said. About a mile of existing U.S. 74 will be recon-

figured. The section will include elevated, tolled expressway lanes and non-tolled frontage roads on either side of the expressway lanes to serve local traffic. Harris said that elevating the stretch of U.S. 74 near Interstate 485 will reduce the footprint and reduce the affected businesses by half compared to previous plans. The NCTA also released results from an aesthetics committee put together to design bridges, walls and

other architecture. Members of the Union County Historical Society sat on the committee. Historic buildings around the county were studied, and the report showed that “the committee wanted to include a mix of brick and stone and incorporate arches into the design to give the roadway a classic look.” The project is expected to cost between $695 million and $860 million, which will be financed through bonds and re-

paid with toll revenue. Construction contracts are scheduled to go out in mid-2010. The road is estimated to save drivers about 30 minutes and could be open to traffic by late 2013. “People keep saying that they don’t think it will ever be built, but I’m expecting construction to begin next summer,” Paxton said. To read the documents in their entirety, go to

CDC: There is no link between autism and vaccines H1N1

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from 1 The medication cuts the flu short and prevents severe side effects, Hagler said. Other doctors might tell patients with milder symptoms to stay home and let the flu run its course. “If you’re otherwise healthy, I wouldn’t get all bent out of shape about it,” he said. To ease effects of the flu — and its associated risks, which the CDC list as pneumonia, dehydration, brain damage and death — Hagler recommends both seasonal and H1N1 vaccinations. Elizabeth Perry was quick to get her H1N1 vaccine. Perry and her husband are expecting their first child in May, and one of Perry’s friends recently lost her newborn to H1N1 contracted from the mother. “There’s such a high risk for H1N1,” she said, but made sure to request a preservative-free vac-

Join the conversation at The Enquirer-Journal’s Facebook page ( or on the Union County Newspaper Network’s Web site ( • “What is wrong with people? Rushed? On what is she is basing her opinion? How much research is enough, Dr. Jones? Good luck treating that fever. • “No. of U.S. deaths from swine flu to date: 3,900. No. of U.S. deaths from the vaccine to date: 0” • “This is, unfortunately, a sign of a deterioration in education standards -- especially in the understanding of science.” • “The benifits outway the risk...get it” cine. Preservative-free vaccines do not include thimerosal, a preservative containing mercury. Perry said she was worried about its link to autism spectrum disorders, but Hagler — as well as the CDC and the Institute of Medicine — say that connection is a myth. “There’s no relationship to autism,” Hagler said. “The science doesn’t support that.” High doses of thimerosal can give a person mercury poisoning, he said, but that is not a concern with the vaccine. Tiffany Springer waited for a preservative-free

vaccine anyway. At the time Springer’s 4-year-old daughter got the H1N1 vaccine, the pediatrician did not yet have a preservative-free dose for her 1 year old. A week later, the youngest got the flu. “I’m not going to get it (the vaccine) for her since she already had the flu,” she said. Tiffany Springer got the seasonal flu vaccine for herself, but hasn’t had time to get the H1N1, which is recommended for people who take care of children. “I think it’s the same essentially as the flu shot, just a different strain,” she said. “I think it’s just as safe.”

Her husband, Blake Springer, has gotten both vaccines. Blake Springer works in the intensive care unit at CMC-Union, but said he would have done it even if he wasn’t in the health care profession. Seeing more flu patients than in previous years, Blake Springer concluded that H1N1 is “definitely a more dangerous virus.” Hagler said although it is “very contagious,” H1N1 “does not appear to be as deadly as seasonal flu so far.” H1N1 does make children and pregnant women more sick, he said, and medical conditions such as asthma, emphysema, cancer and heart disease can always complicate the illness, no matter what kind of flu a person is battling. There have been deaths related to H1N1, he said, but they are not as prevalent as some might think. According to, there have been 32 flu deaths in North Carolina this season and 540 hopitalizations because of influenza-like illness.

Blake Springer also encouraged his family to get vaccine injections, which contain a dead virus, instead of the live-virus nasal spray. Hagler said both are safe. Those who receive the nasal spray might transmit the strain, he said, but probably will not get the flu. Pregnant women should not get the nasal spray. “Despite the concern, it’s a very benign vaccine,” Hagler said. Beverly Irvin wants to get the vaccine, but “I can’t find it,” she said. Irvin’s 2-year-old son is allergic to eggs and can’t receive flu shots. Both the seasonal and H1N1 flu vaccines contain small amounts of egg protein. He could get the nasal spray, she said, but might pass the live virus to her. Living with lupus, a chronic, autoimmune disease, Irvin said getting the flu would be “more dangerous than whatever side effects the vaccine could have.” The vaccine “is right for our family because of our situation,” she said.

Vaccine from 1 A recent study indicates nasal mist vaccinations are more effective in children than shots, although adults respond better to shots. Each lot must be approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration prior to shipment. A Centers for Disease Control and Prevention podcast from Nov. 5 explains delays in manufacturing and shipping vaccines. “Vaccine virus is grown in eggs because the flu virus grows well in them, and eggs are readily available,” the CDC states. H1N1, however, came along a few months too late to be included in the seasonal flu vaccine. The CDC says millions of doses are “in the pipeline” and will be distributed as soon as possible. — Tiffany Lane

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Rickher is top striker in SCC By David Sentendrey

Sports Correspondent MONROE Weddington High owned the first-year Southern Carolina 3A/4A Conference in volleyball this season. The Warriors, who placed four seniors on the the 2009 all-conference team, swept the SCC (10-0) and defeated Marvin Ridge in the finals of the conference tournament championship. WHS coach Carrie Powell was voted SCC Coach of the Year by the league’s coaches and WHS frontcourt leader Allison Rickher was voted Player of the Year. “Obviously I think when you have a good team it makes the coach look good,” Powell said. Powell was named the Southwestern 4A Conference Coach of the Year last season and Rickher was named to the SWC all-conference team as a junior. On Tuesday, Rickher signed with Wingate University. The Warriors finished 21-5 overall this season and reached the third round of the 3A state playoffs. WHS has been to at least the third round of the playoffs for nine straight years and have won at least 20 matches in each of those seasons. Powell was hoping to make a deeper playoff run this year. “If we played our best I could see us going much further than we did,” Powell said. “We were a little bit inconsistent some of the time and I think that was our downfall.” Weddington saw their biggest nonconference win come against Southwestern 4A Conference champion Myers Park on Oct. 15. Rickher had 16 blocks and nine kills during the match. Although Rickher put up impressive stats for the Warriors, she could also be a decoy. “Some of the teams we would go up against, they would double and triple block her, where they may not do that against the others,” Powell said. “When you do that against her, she opened up a lot for Amy [Schwartz] and Julia [Moreira] on that outside. “… Teams had to watch out for Allison because if they didn’t guard her, she could single-mindedly hit every part of the court if they didn’t do that. Knowing she was as strong as she was, I think it made defenses think twice and made them slow getting to that outside block which opened up [outside hitters].” The Warriors will return only one senior. They lose five hitters who were at least parttime starters. “I’ve always relied heavily on senior leadership to help the younger girls,” Powell said. “Not in what the seniors say, but how they act and what they do.”


Warriors take SCC tennis honors Branham voted Player of the Year; Murphy is Coach of the Year By David Sentendrey

Sports Correspondent MONROE Weddington High’s Meredith Branham has been voted the Southern Carolina 3A/4A Conference Player of the Year in girls tennis, while WHS coach Mike Murphy was named league Coach of the Year for 2009 by his peers.

“This year has been amazing because at the very beginning of the season I was hurt and I didn’t even know if I was going to be able to make it through the whole season healthy,” Branham said. “Somehow I managed to get my hip feeling better and my back a lot better and I was able to play and I thought that I had a great season

– I thought I competed well and had some really good matches.” Murphy became coach at Weddington during Branham’s freshman season. While Murphy has seen Branham progress as a player, Branham has seen Murphy develop into his coaching role. “I’ve known coach [Murphy] for a very long

time, since I was 4,” Branham said. “He’s taught me the love of the game and all the foundational elements of the game. “… It means a lot that he came and coached for [Weddington] because at the time we had nobody that was wanting to be the coach at all and he stepped up to the plate and not only did he take the position, but I think

Mavs make semis Ridge tops Concord in 2-0 win By David Sentendrey

Sports Correspondent MARVIN The Marvin Ridge boys soccer team (19-2-1) defeated Concord High (148-1) 2-0 in the third round of the N.C. 3A playoffs, Saturday afternoon. Senior midfielder Zach Young scored the Mavs’ first goal midway through the first half off a Garrett Condon assist. “The first half we were just building, it was like we were still a little bit asleep,” MR coach Ray Fumo said. “We had some nice opportunities but there was no real connection in the game. “Second half I think we calmed down a little bit and we were able to get the ball going from side to side and spot to spot.” Condon provided the game’s second goal off a Kyle Parker assist later in the second half. The Mavericks defense held Concord to just seven shot attempts with MR keeper Danny Cooper recording five saves. The Marvin Ridge offense controlled the game’s pace with 19 shot attempts. The match was originally scheduled for last

MARVIN A few miscues put the Marvin Ridge High football team in an early hole in Friday’s matchup with Anson County, and the Mavericks never recovered. The visiting Bearcats jumped out to a 14-0 lead midway through the first quarter and held on for a 21-7 victory in the first round of the 3AA state playoffs. Anson (8-4), the No. 12 seed in the West, plays either Northeast Guilford or Crest next Friday. The Mavericks, who were seeded fifth, end their season with a 9-3 mark. On the first offensive play of the game, Anson senior quarterback Jordan Hildreth busted free up the middle for a 77-yard touchdown run. Then, with just over

Jaguars end WHS season By Eric Rape

Sports Correspondent

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The Marvin Ridge soccer team contolled the pace of Saturday’s make-up game with 19 shot attempts. Tuesday, but had been postponed twice during the week due to weather conditions – the sun was shining with high 70-degree temperatures on

Saturday. “It’s certainly a beautiful day to play,” Fumo said. “But it’s so easy to lose focus. During that week you build up and

you don’t play and it’s hard to kind of keep everything going.

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Fifth-seeded Marvin Ridge falls 21-7 to 12th seed Bearcats


Warriors fall 28-7 in first round game

Anson dashes Mavs’ chances BY JUSTIN MURDOCK

he’s done an exceptional job as a coach.” Branham felt he was deserving of coach of the year. “He wants the team to win, he works really hard but at the same time he’s very supportive and winning is not everything to him,” Branham said. “He

six minutes remaining in the first, a botched punt attempt by Marvin Ridge allowed the Bearcats to take over on the Mavs’ 33yard line. Four plays later, junior tailback Brandon Ellerbe scored from a yard out to make it 14-0. “We didn’t come to play to start the game and I can’t figure out why,” said Marvin Ridge coach Scott Chadwick. “We were not emotionally ready to play and we obviously weren’t physically ready to play. This is playoff time and you’ve got to come ready to play, and we weren’t.” While Marvin Ridge’s offense stalled drive after drive, the Bearcats continued to grind out big chunks of yards on the ground. Ellerbe, a junior who has committed to Clemson, put his team up 21-0 on a 65-yard run down the


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Anson senior Chris Christian (2) being tackled by Marvin Ridge’s Kolly Ogar, had three interceptions to help his team to a 21-7 playoff win over the Mavericks.

Gastonia Forestview used big plays to eliminate Weddington from the N.C. 3A playoffs on Friday. The Warriors, seeded 15th in the 3AA West bracket, missed three scoring opportunities in the first half. Weddington (5-7) drove the ball inside the Jaguars’ 35-yard line three times in the first half, including twice in the red zone, but came away with no points after the drives ended on two interceptions and a blocked field goal. The first interception came just after Forestview jumped up 7-0 on a 4-yard run by quarterback Jonathan White on their first possession of the game. The Jaguars then went up 14-0 on their ensuing drive after blocking Casey Lang’s field goal attempt. Kevin Jeter punched it in from seven yards out for that score with just under three minutes left in the first half. While the WHS offense struggled to score, the defense kept them in the game. Down 14-0 at the half, Weddington’s defense came out in the third quarter and controlled the line of scrimmage, holding the Jaguars to a three and out to start the half. Weddington got the ball at its own 48-yard line, but was unable to pick up a first down and was forced to punt. A big break came for the Warriors at that point when Jawan Taylor muffed the punt and Hunter Moore recovered the ball for the Warriors at the Jaguars’ 14 yard line. The momentum did not transfer into the offense, though, and after a no gain run and three straight incomplete passes, Weddington turned the ball over on downs. The defense continued to hold strong, and the Warriors got the ball back at the 50-yard line and finally were able to drive for a score.


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UC’s Final Scoring Leaders Offensive TDs Return TDs Special Teams Name, Yr. (School) Rush Rec K/P Int. Fum FG XP 2pt Tot. Juanne Blount, Sr. (FH) 30 2 184 Shamiir Hailey, Sr. (M) 21 4 134 Jamison Crowder, Jr. (M) 10 7 1 3 114 Jadarrius Williams, So. (SV) 13 2 1 92 Charvis Barrino, Sr. (CA) 13 6 90 Dylan Williams, Sr. (MR) 13 78 Donnard Covington, Sr. (M) 11 2 70 Steven Miller, Sr. (Pm) 11 1 68 Anthony Boone, Sr. (W) 11 66 Kolly Ogar, Jr. (MR) 11 66 Casey Lang, Sr. (W) 9 37 64 Matt Frein, Sr. (MR) 7 41 62 Kemp Lotharp, Sr. (Pw) 10 60 Orlando Ratliff, Sr. (FH) 9 1 60 Cameron Leviner, Jr. (Pm) 8 1 4 58 Dustin Cook, Sr. (SV) 9 1 56 Jamie Baker, Sr. (FH) 3 45 54 Christian Cruz, Sr. (M) 50 50 M. Montgomery, Sr. (Pm) 7 29 50 Qwadarius Duboise, Jr. (M) 7 1 48 Maurice Leak, Sr. (Pw) 8 48 Cameron Havey, Sr. (SV) 2 40 46 Isaac Blakeney, Sr. (M) 7 1 44 Matt Wogan, Fr. (PR) 6 26 44 Quon Threatt, Sr. (M) 6 2 40 Brandon Little, So. (W) 6 1 38 Dylan Hunter, Sr. (Pw) 2 31 37 D. Alexander, Jr. (PR) 5 1 36 Mitchell Blackburn, So. (CA) 6 36 Bobby Blakeney, Sr. (M) 6 36 KJ Brent, Jr. (MR) 6 36 Jody Fuller, So. (SV) 6 36 Marcus Leak, Jr. (Pw) 5 1 36 Devin Martin, Sr. (PR) 6 36 Jalen Sowell, Jr. (M) 5 1 32 Deonte Hiatt, Jr. (Pw) 5 30 Rasheed Rushing, Fr. (UA) 5 30 Canious Sturdivant, Sr. (FH) 5 30 Dominque Ardrey, Sr. (W) 1 3 24 Tyler Chadwick, So. (MR) 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

Mavericks from 1 right sideline with 3:53 left in the first half. Ellerbe finished with 19 carries for 231 yards. He also had runs of 63 and 25 yards. Hildreth ended with eight rushes for 124 yards. “Every time we play these guys, we always talk about stopping the big play,” said Chadwick. “You’ve got to put them back in the huddle and make them drive the football, and when we did that, we were successful,

Warriors from 1 With 10:30 left in the game, WHS senior quarterback Anthony Boone plowed in from a yard out to cap off an 11-play drive. He completed four of five passes on the drive, making the score 14-7. Weddington’s defense the forced another three and out by Forestview. But once again the WHS offense grew stagnant and was only able to manage one first down before having to punt the ball back

Semis from 1 “We didn’t accomplish much in practice (through the week),” Fumo said. “We had a couple of days indoor and a couple of

Annex from 1 builds really strong relationships with each and every team member. Even if they don’t start, he has a great relationship with everybody.” “… He’s so knowledgeable that I know in my match if I’m struggling I can call him back to talk to me. He’ll get my mind straight and give me a good game plan to use against somebody, which is really good.” This is the first time that Murphy, who spent 14 seasons as a softball coach at Charlotte Catholic High, has been selected as coach of the year. Marvin Ridge (14-3) and Weddington (13-3) each earned a share of the SCC championship this season after finishing with 7-1 conference records – although the Mavs won an eventual tiebreaker at a neutral location to earn a higher playoff seed. Countering the dual team seeding, Weddington defeated Marvin Ridge in the SCC tournament, sending Meredith Branham to the regional playoffs with the doubles teams of Sarah Carroll and Samantha Wingo and Kindell Schmitt and Casey Rowe. MR junior Hannah Florian, a three-time all conference selection, competed at regionals after finishing second to Branham. The combination of Schmitt/Rowe finished

but we didn’t do it enough. We gave up too many big plays.” Down 21-0 at the break, the Mavericks took the opening possession of the second half and drove the length of the field, but the drive ended when Dylan Williams was stopped at the 1-yard line on fourth down. Marvin Ridge finally got on the scoreboard with 3:06 left in the game when junior receiver KJ Brent hauled in an 18-yard pass from senior quarterback Chandler LeDoyen. “If we scored there early in the second half, we give ourselves a chance to

get back in the ball game,” said Chadwick. “That was a big series in the game, and to not score there was tough. A touchdown probably gets us back in it.” Brent finished with three catches for 75 yards. The Mavs had just 67 rushing yards on 29 attempts while Anson finished with 372 rushing yards. Anson and Marvin Ridge shared the Southern Carolina Conference football championship during the regular season, along with Porter Ridge and Sun Valley. Just 15 days ago, Marvin Ridge defeated Anson 24-20 on the same field.

to the Jaguars. It looked like the Warriors would give themselves another shot to tie the game after forcing the Jags into a third-andseven. But on the third down play, White rolled to his left and avoided two Warriors before finding a wide open Darion Hancock deep for a 49-yard touchdown with 4:50 left in the game. Boone threw four more incompletions when they got the ball back and Jeter put the nail in the coffin with a 19 yard run into the endzone to go up

28-7. Boone had trouble hitting his receivers on a few occasions underthrowing the ball often, but he also had four of his passes dropped two of which could’ve possibly went for touchdowns. “Thats how our season went,” said coach Justin Hardin, “we’re a good football team but we don’t finish in the redzone and take care of the football, and you’re not going to beat people like that.” Forestview moves on to play #7 South Point next week in the second round next Friday night at home.

days outside, but not knowing when you’re going to play again, it was hard to get into a flow of practice.” The Mavericks will compete in the fourth round of the playoffs on Monday against the winner of J.M. Robinson (202-1) vs. Charlotte Catholic

High (20-1-3) – both teams are number-one seeds in their respected conference. “Robinson we played earlier in the year and they beat us by a goal,” Fumo said. “And we want a little bit of revenge there.”

their season at the state tournament after placing fourth at regionals, while Branham moved on after finishing second in regionals. The eventual state champion, Charlotte Catholic (21-4), eliminated both schools in the 3A dual team playoffs – Weddington in round one and Marvin Ridge in round three. “I thought we had an outstanding year,” Murphy said. “In terms of what the team accomplished, we wanted to beat Providence and we wanted to win a conference championship. I think looking at it overall, I think we accomplished both even if it was shared with Marvin Ridge.” “Basically if you want to win a state championship, put us on your schedule because I think that’ll make it three years in a row we’ve lost to the eventual state champion in one way or another,” Murphy joked. Both Marvin Ridge and Weddington placed four players on the all-conference team, but the Warriors will graduate two of those players in Branham and Samantha Wingo, while the Mavericks return every member of their starting lineup. Like Branham, Wingo (20-1) was coming off an injury. “[Wingo] is just very steady,” Murphy said. “She was very reliable to win wherever we put her. She had an outstanding year and that was coming off knee surgery; she exceeded even my expecta-

tions.” First-year MR coach Michael Watson had his expectations exceeded this season as co-conference champions and is even more confident while awaiting next year with so many returning players. “It’s certainly encouraging when you have a young team that gets to experience the quarterfinals of a state tournament and a conference championship,” Watson said. “When they get to experience that we can only build on it for next year. So it’s exciting. [Our team] has put in a lot of hard work and I’m going to challenge them over the summer to improve. When you can return everyone like that, you certainly have a good chance to have a great year next year also.”

Southern Carolina 3A/4A All-Conference Tennis Team Marvin Ridge Hannah Florian, Jr., 3-time all-league Minali Nigam, Jr. Danielle David, So. Mariel Emery, Fr. Parkwood Audrey Italiano, Sr. Porter Ridge Brooke Ingram, Sr., 3-time all-league Madison Beltran, Sr. Sun Valley Katie Lefler, Sr. Weddington Meredith Branham, Sr., 3-time all-league Sarah Carroll, Jr., 2-time all-league Kindell Schmitt, So. Samantha Wingo, Sr. Player of the Year – Meredith Branham (Weddington) Coach of the Year – Mike Murphy (Weddington)

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Hours: M-F 7:30am-5:30pm, Sat. 8:00am-4:00pm • Appts. Available *Most vehicles. Some vans, pick-ups, transverse & hard to tune engines additional. Some manufacturer specified fluids additional. Call your center for pricing & details. Shop supply surcharge & environmental fees may apply to some services.

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005 Special Notices

040 Help Wanted

050 Management

086 Machinery & Tools

112 Apartments

114 Houses For Rent


FT Asst. Manager needed for DDA Group Home. 2pm Fri - 6pm Sun sleep over at the home is req’d. HS diploma, DLs, and clean record check req’d (704)283-1400

Convenience Store Mgr Indian Trail. great starting salary+bonus, 401k, health/dental plan, no 3rd shift, exp. needed. send resumes to angieh@ or apply at Market Express PO Box 769, Marshville, NC 28103, 704-233-2600

For Sale: 6in used Delta electric jointer/planer with movable stand. $175. Call 704-843-4841

1 bed 1 bath Apartment $450 Cotton St. Monroe Unionville Realty 704-753-1000

3br 2ba Marshville brick cent H/A, $675mo, sec. dep + ref’s 704-624-2749 704-292-5679

★ Monroe Apt. ★

Furnished/efficiency Sun Valley area, utilities +ref's, $375mo. (704)4420071 704-408-3971




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014 Lost & Found Found Choc Lab mixed, Prospect Sch. area call to identify (704)764-7944


If you find an item, call us and place your FREE ad.

3 LINES, 5 DAYS, FREE There is a charge for Lost Ads The Enquirer-Journal CLASSIFIED DEPARTMENT

704-261-2214 Lost small wht dog male Pomeranian/Corgi mix Mount Pleasant Ch. Rd. Reward (704)219-3554 Reward! Lost family pet, Golden Retriever, Cane Creek Park area spayed. Answers to Roxie 704843-7982 /(904)708-3351

020 Cemeteries & Plots Lakeland Memorial Park Veterans Section 2 spaces together. $4000 for both (803)929-1071

BUSINESS SERVICES EMPLOYMENT 040 Help Wanted Avon- Do you need an extra $200-500? Act now! Ft/Pt. Free gift. Medical Ins. avail. 704/821-7398

Dukes Grill now hiring Apply in person only! 1114 Concord Ave.


Newspaper Delivery Routes Available

Peachland, Polkton & Marshville Early Morning Hours Paid Weekly 18-24 Hours Weekly Plus New Subscriber Commission

BRING DRIVER’S LICENSE & INSURANCE CARD WITH YOU. YOU MUST HAVE • Clean Driving Record • Current Auto Insurance • Economical Dependable • Vehicle Backup Vehicle •Cell phone •Substitute

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Our company needs a male or female to act as our bookkeeper. This is a easy work for you and more so, its fun and you will be much happy to work for us. And you will be earning cash weekly payment. Contact the job department: (


While many work-athome opportunities listed provide real income, many seek only to sell booklets or catalogs on how to get such work.

Please use caution when responding to all such ads. 043 Truck Drivers



Solos, teams & contractors • $5,000 team sign-on bonus • $1,000 contractor sign-on bonus • Dedicated runs available in some areas. Requires CDL A and 6 months OTR experience. CDL Grads Wanted


044 Sales Sales Rep for health & beauty company full time or part time, call Mr Edwards 972-533-8787

060 Pets & Supplies Chihuahua M/F shots & wormed, L/S hair, all colors, adorable, also Chorkie (704)218-6022

062 Homes for Pets Free kitten/cat good home, fem, 4-6 mo. light tabby w/orange torti spots on back. cute 704-882-0664.

MERCHANDISE 068 Auctions AUCTION! Thursday Nov. 19,10AM Restaurant Equipment GUYS AUCTION 5515 HWY 187 ANDERSON SC 29625 864-287-9294 AUCTIONZIP.COM #8576 FOR TERMS/PICS 10%BP SCAL2762

PUBLIC AUCTION Electrical Supplies Friday, Nov. 29 @10:00AM 2505 Old Monroe Rd. Matthews, NC Arc Electric downsizing to smaller bldg. Auction to include 2001 Ford E150 w/120K, various electrical supplies 10% BP, Cash Only! ANTIQUES & HOME DECOR Friday, Nov. 20 @ 7:00 PM 7813 Idlewild Rd. Indian Trail, NC Antiques, collectibles, home decor, coins, tools 10% BP, Cash, Check Visit our website for additional upcoming auctions Call us for all of your auction needs BELK AUCTION COMPANY NCAL 6936 704-339-4266

069 Appliances Refrigerator & Stoves $99.99 Washers & Dryers $79.99 704-649-3821

078 Feed/Seed/Plants POINSETTIAS

free delivery to area churches. (704)624-6179 Haigler Greenhouses

090 Miscellaneous Metal Roofing 3ft wide $1.40 LF 1-803-789-5500 FREE. Pick up at The Enquirer-Journal, 500 W. Jefferson St., Monroe, Monday-Friday, 8am-4pm

092 Firewood Seasoned Firewood $65 a load delivered (704)821-8395

FINANCIAL 104 Bus. Opportunities


Always a good policy, especially for business opportunities and franchises. Call NC Attorney General at (919)-716-6000 or the Federal Trade Commission at (877)-FTCHELP for free information; or visit our Web site at N.C. law requires sellers of certain business opportunities to register with NC Attorney General before selling. Call to verify lawful registration before you buy.

108 Money To Loan Advance Fee Loans or Credit Offers Companies that do business by phone can’t ask you to pay for credit before you get it. For more information, call toll-free 1-877-FTC-HELP. A public service message from The Enquirer-Journal and The Federal Trade Commission.

109 REAL ESTATE REAL ESTATE - RENT 111 Commercial - Rent Office Space for lease

1250sf. 621 Stallings Rd. (704)219-4190 broker

Warehouse/office with 4’ dock door. 2400 sf. Old Charlotte Hwy. $600/Mo. (704)283-4697

Special 2br 2ba Move in by DEC. 1st. Get Jan & Feb FREE Nearly new 3 & 4BR in Beautiful & quiet Monroe, $800-$950mo. paid water (704)289-5410 704-289-5949 ★★★★★★★★★★★ 1/2 off 1st mo. rent !! Ask about other specials Completely Remodeled 2br, 1.5ba Townhouse Small pets allowed Shown by appt only 704-283-1912 ★★★★★★★★★★★ Newly Remodeled Townhouse 2bd/1.5 ba $600mo. 704-283-3097 Spacious 2br apt. country setting, near Waxhaw & Mineral Springs, (704)843-4212

113 Duplexes 1br 1ba duplex spacious, cent H/A, $437mo. 903 A Guild, ref’s & dep req’d (704)225-1543 2br 1ba 900sf $595mo. 3br 1.5ba 1050 sf $695mo. both, great location in Wingate cul de sac dep & ref’s req’d (704)283-6490

114 Houses For Rent

140 Mobile Homes - Sale $500.00 DN moves you in. Call and ask me how. 704-225-8850

Land Owners Wanted Zero Down call for details (704)225-8850 TRANSPORTATION 148 Autos For Sale

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

1986 Pontiac Fiero GT $6900, V6, Auto, AC, PS, PB, PW, Org. Miles 23,921 704-564-7902

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

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Waxhaw 3br 2.5ba kit, dining, den w/fp, all appliances/yard maint. included reduced! $900mo. Sherin Realty 704-882-1634

REAL ESTATE - SALE 126 Houses For Sale $8,000 Tax Credit to buy your first home Call to see if you may qualify New Homes Available from $129,900 Leon 704607-2602

1988 PETERBUILT (379)

C at. M otor, 15 S peed W ith O verdrive, 411 R ear E nd, N ew P arts, 63” F lat Top S leeper, R ebuilt E ngine and Transm ission.

$12,000 704-651-9644

128 Lots & Acreage 1.901 ac. wooded lot on cul-de-sac $74,500 Heritage Realty (704)289-5596

$270/mo! 4 bed 2 ba! 5% dn, 15 yrs @ 8%! For Listings 800-749-8106 x H611

138 Mobile Homes - Rent

2br 1ba home w/cent H/A city limits $550mo 704-289-4022

2br 1ba 5 miles out New Town Rd. $525mo +dep & refs. req’d, (704)2834269 or 704-577-2253

3br 1ba brick, 5 miles out of Monroe, 4422 Weddington Rd. $800mo. dep & ref’s req’d, (704)283-4269 or 704-577-2253

3BR, 2BA, 14x70, cent H/A 4 appl, new carpet. No pets. $620mo + dep (704)847-6561

3br 2ba DW Waxhaw, appliance included $725mo(704)578-0378



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

2003 Cadillac Seville STS Loaded, like new, new M ichelin tires. 41,000 M iles.

$14,500 704-608-4748 9A-9P

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Let us help your dreams come true ...... Check out these fantastic homes and land deals in our area! REDU 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




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

$500,000 Call day 704-291-1061 or night 704-289-1734

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 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

Lot $30,000


5930 Timbertop Lane Charlotte, NC 28215

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

Jeff Hall - Realtor/Broker 980-722-6702-cell

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.

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

Call Remax Executive: 704.602.8295, Lara Taylor

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.

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.


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

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

881 Clonmel Drive • Desired Shannamara Golf Community

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

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

Michael Calabrese 704-231-7750


BUSINESS AND SERVICE DIRECTORY To adver tise your business & services for as little as $2.72 per day in this section call 704-261-2213

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