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The Bethlehem United Methodist Women have produced a 354-page cookbook of family recipes. 10A
President Obama announced Tuesday that he plans to send another 30,000 troops to Afghanistan; some will go as soon as Christmas. 8A
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Doctors, patients talk money More are balancing medical and financial concerns in decisions By Richard Craver
Media General News Service The cost of health care has long been the elephant in the room of doctor-patient discussions. “Doctors generally avoid asking patients about health insurance and finances because physicians want what they believe is best for their patients,” said Mark Hall, a professor of law and
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public health at Wake Forest University School of Medicine. “What’s best might not always be most affordable.” That’s changing. Millions of Americans have no health insurance, and many of those that do are facing increasing costs, higher deductibles and larger copays. The result: doctors and patients are being encouraged - if not forced - to talk money upfront like they would about buying a set of tires. Not having the conversation could prove financially devastating. Researchers at Harvard University reported that medi-
patient’s overall finances if they lose their job and health insurance and can’t afford the bill? • Is there financial liability and ethical accountability for recommending a lower-cost option that significantly affects the patient’s quality of life - living with more pain than necessary - or projected lifespan? • How much defensive medicine - ordering tests that are borderline necessary to defuse any potential legal action - should be practiced? Hall studied such issues for
See HEALTH / Page 9A
Quarry eludes police search BY JASON deBRUYN
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Businesses like Carolina Courts may be displaced by the Monroe Bypass and Connector.
Officials worry that new road will hurt town image BY JASON deBRUYN
INDIAN TRAIL It’s not just a gym. That’s what the mayor says, what neighboring business say, and what Carolina Courts President Ron Esser wants road planners to remember as they recommend the route for the Monroe Parkway. Right now, the preferred route would plow straight through the new basketball center, one of two family sports complexes that anchor Indian Trail’s family entertainment corridor. “It certainly would hurt the town in regard to this image that we were building as a youth sports center,” Mayor John Quinn said. For a town like Indian Trail to be vibrant, it takes “people caring and focusing on youth.” If the N.C. Turnpike Authority stays with the proposed route, it would take a swath out of Carolina Courts, forcing the basket-
ball and volleyball gym to find a new location, and take ancillary businesses with it. “It was shocking with everybody that we would lose Carolina Courts,” said Maureen Mulhall, general manager of the Extreme Ice Center, located minutes from Carolina Courts. Mulhall said the parkway route would likely benefit the ice center because an exit is proposed nearby, but she said that losing Carolina Courts could hurt Extreme Ice because parents might have to choose one over the other. While each center offers athletic outlets, the sports they provide are different. Because of their proximity to each other, parents of children with diverse interests can say “yes” to a wider variety of hobbies. Esser said he would like to stay in town if possible. “It’s really grown into a place where people from the commu-
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Council seats new members BY ELISABETH ARRIERO
MONROE In a swift decision, Monroe City Council voted unanimously for Councilwoman Dottie Nash to be mayor pro tem Tuesday night. “I want to thank council for the vote of confidence,” she said. “I didn’t even have to campaign.” Mayor Bobby Kilgore and the three recently elected councilmembers – John Ashcraft, Margaret Desio and Freddie Gordon – were sworn in. Although the meeting was over by 7 p.m., the council heard and
cal problems caused 62 percent of all personal bankruptcies in 2007. Of those bankruptcies, 60 percent of the filers had private medical insurance. Then again, having the discussions could open a Pandora’s Box for physicians. Such as: • How much should a physician know about a patient’s job status, or consider the employer’s financial health, in determining ability to afford medical services? • Is there financial liability and ethical accountability for recommending the most costly surgical procedure, which could drain the
MONROE To commemorate the 20th anniversary of Hurricane Hugo, A. Borough Books, in cooperation with the Union County Public Library, has just published “Remembering Hurricane Hugo — LifeExperience Stories from Union County, N.C.” For this keepsake booklet, 37 local residents have contributed their personal stories of disbelief, horror, relief, coping and faith during and after the disaster. Their anthology, edited by Margaret G. Bigger, also includes some humorous anecdotes, vintage photos and an index. Other residents have provided many more photos, which will be included in a scrapbook, a project-inprocess by genealogy librarian Patricia Poland. The anthology will be officially released Sunday at a library reception and will be on sale after that date at local bookstores and gift shops. The reception and book signing will be from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Union County Public Library, 316 E. Windsor St.
voted on two public hearing items. Gordon recused himself from the second one, which requested that the city annex 1.95 acres on Lancaster Avenue for Gordon Funeral Homes. Interim planDottie Nash ning director Lisa Stiwinter said the company didn’t want to have to pay outside the city limits for water and sewer fees. The board unanimously approved the annexation.
Carolina Courts offers family friendly recreational activities.
MONROE Police searched a neighborhood in Wingate for a man who fled from a license check and into a wooded area. No arrest was made and the State Highway Patrol called off the search after about three hours. Police said they were looking into a possible link to a Monday morning shooting in Marshville, but did not confirm the man was a suspect. Trooper Bryan Kirkpatrick said the chase started at a license checkpoint on Monroe-Ansonville Road. Police told the driver the Ford Thunderbird he was driving was listed stolen and he tried to escape toward Monroe. After making several turns in the city, the driver came back down Monroe-Ansonville Road heading toward Wingate. Just after Bob White Circle he spun out, and ran into a wooded area toward a housing development in the northwest outskirts of Wingate. Police set up a perimeter from Monroe-Ansonville Road, along Bob White Circle to Maye Street. A bloodhound tried to track the scent and a helicopter made passes above the area. The search was abandoned after about three hours. Police were going to check into a connection from a Monday shooting in which Mitchell Gene Little Jr., of 127 Ridge Run in Monroe, was found dead in his car in Marshville
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The best pageant Melinda Plue and Tripp Helms rehearse a scene from “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever,” which will be staged by St. . Paul’s Episcopal Church this week. Story and photos on Page 7A. Photo by Rick Crider
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DEATHS John McCollum Jr.
MONROE John Russell McCollum Jr., 62, died Sunday (Nov. 29, 2009). Memorial service will be 2 p.m. Firday at Gordon Funeral Service, with burial in Lakeland Memorial Park. Born May 19, 1947, in
Mary Frances Dennis Kindley
INDIAN TRAIL The beloved Mrs. Frances Kindley, went home to her Lord and Savior on November 30, 2009. She was born August 19, 1924, in Mint Hill, North Carolina. Mrs. Kindley was the daughter of the late John W. and Essie Dennis. Mrs. Kindley was preceded in death by her husband and best friend Quentin R. Kindley of 54 years. Mrs. Kindley made her home with her husband and 5 children, Becky Plyler and husband Butch, of Wesley Chapel, Janice Barbour and husband Jimmy of Statesville, Theron Kindley and wife Becky, Larry Kindley and wife Terry of Indian Trail and Nancy Summerville and her husband Mike of Indian Trail. Mrs. Kindley loved her grandchildren Davey Plyler, Ronnie Plyler, Lisa Galliher, Nicole Engelbert, Anne Berryhill, Dawn Kindley, Bryan Kindley and Chris Summerville. She also was blessed with six great-grandchildren, Cassidy Plyler, Brett Plyler, Anna Plyler, Gracie Plyler, Hunter Galliher and Haley Galliher. Mrs. Kindley loved her church family and Indian Trail. Mrs. Kindley was a big asset to her husband who was mayor of Indian Trail for many years. She would attend meetings with him, every Sun-
COMNG EVENTS Union County, he was a son of the late John Russell and Reba Hinson McCollum Sr. Survivors include one brother, William McCollum of Monroe. Visitation will be from 1:30 p.m. to 2 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. Memorials may be made day they would ride the streets to report street lights out and many of the other things she needed to do to help make the city a better place for everyone. She also had worked in the Indian Trail Elementary and Sun Valley Middle school cafeterias. She was a lifetime member of the Indian Trail United Methodist Church. Only bad weather or illness would keep Mrs. Kindley from visiting her church family every Sunday. She loved her Sunday school class and the people in her church. One of the highlights of her day would be to join â€œJoâ€? and all her friends for Lunch Bunch at the church. She will truly be missed. Mrs. Kindley loved her very special and dear friends, Shirley Plyler, Mrs. Joyce Derrick and Mrs. Peggy Rowell. Especially the times they had at outings. She also enjoyed their daily chats and caring gestures. They were her guardian angels. Mrs. Kindley is survived by a sister, Mrs. Helen Yow and a brother, Charles Dennis. She was preceded in death by two sisters and two brothers. The visitation will be held at Heritage Funeral Home in Indian Trail from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. tonight. Funeral services for Mrs. Kindley will be conducted by the Reverend Jimmy Chrisawn at Indian Trail United Methodist Church on Thursday, December 3 at 2:00 p.m. with burial in the Indian Trail Cemetery. The family asks that memorials be made to Indian Trail United Methodist Church, Box 130, Indian Trail, NC 28079. Arrangements are in care of Heritage Funeral Home, Indian Trail Chapel.
to Wingate United Methodist Church, 111 Hinson St., Wingate, NC 28174; or Humane Society of Union County, P.O. Box 101, Monroe, NC 28111. Online condolences may be left at www.gordonfuneralservice.com.
MATTHEWS â€” Harold Robert Hawk, 75, died Monday (Nov. 30, 2009). Arrangements will be announced by Heritage Funeral Home of Indian Trail.
Bob Steele Jr.
MONROE Robert L. â€œBobâ€? Steele Jr., 79, died Tuesday (Dec. 1, 2009) at home. Arrangements will be announced by Davis Funeral Home.
MARSHVILLE Mr. James Lloyd Brantley, 90, of Marshville, died Monday evening, November 30, 2009, at his home. Born June 20, 1919, in Union County he was a son of the late James Malcom and Connie Pope Brantley. Mr. Brantley was an U.S. Army veteran of WW II. A funeral service to celebrate the life of James will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, December 3, 2009, from the graveside of Fairfield Baptist Church Cemetery. The family will receive friends following the service. Mr. Brantley is survived by his wife Frances of the home; two sons, Jimmy Brantley and his wife, Cheryl, Dennis Brantley and his wife Becky all of Marshville; 5 grandchildren and 5 greatgrandchildren. The family suggests memorials be made to the Fairfield Baptist Church, 3129 Hwy. 205, Marshville, NC 28103. The Morgan & Son Funeral Home is serving the family of Mr. Brantley. PAID OBITUARY
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JEFFERSON, S.C. â€” Patsy Ann Funderburk Hogan died Monday (Nov. 30, 2009). Funeral will be 2 p.m. Thursday at Jefferson United Methodist Church, with burial in the Jefferson City Cemetery. She was a daughter of the late Willis Hazel and Annie Coppedge Funderburk. She was also preceded in death by a daughter, Cathy Ann Hogan. Survivors include three sons Timothy Hogan (Debra) of Jefferson, Jackson Hogan of Rock Hill, S.C., Randolph Hogan (Robin) of Monroe; two brothers, Gerald A. Funderburk and Tony Funderburk, both of Jefferson; 11 grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren. Visitation will be from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday at the church. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, 154 Milestone Way, Greenville, SC 29615. Sutton-Baumgartner Funeral Home of Pageland, S.C. (email@example.com) is handling the arrangements. PAID OBITUARY
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â€˘Â RETIRED LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS ASSOCIATION, 7:30 a.m. Palace Restaurant. â€˘Â MONROE-UNION BREAKFAST ROTARY, 7:30 a.m., Golden Corral. For details, call 704-507-3956. â€˘Â EXERCISE CLASS, 9 a.m. to 10 a.m., Ellen Fitzgerald Senior Center. Open to ages 55 and up. For details, call 704282-4657. â€˘Â TODDLER TIME, 9:30 a.m., Marshville Library, for children ages 12 months to 36 months. â€˘Â STORY TIME, 10 a.m., 11 a.m., Waxhaw Library, for ages 3 to 5. For details, call 704-8433131. â€˘ COA UNION SENIORS PROGRAM, 10 a.m., Walkersville Presbyterian Church. Bring a covered dish. â€˘Â STORY TIME, 10 a.m., Marshville Library, for ages 3 to 5. For details, call 704-6242828. â€˘ SENIOR FITNESS CLASS, 10 a.m. to 10:45 a.m., Bazemore Center, Winchester Avenue, Monroe. Free to all senior citizens. Details, 704-282-4654. â€˘ JOB SEARCH HELP, 10 a.m. to noon, Monroe Library. Details, 704-283-8184, ext. 232. â€˘ TODDLER TIME, 10:30 a.m., 11 a.m., Union West Regional Library. For ages 18 to 36 months. â€˘ BABY TIME, 11 a.m., Monroe Library. Details, 704-283-8184. â€˘Â STORY TIME, 11:30 a.m., Union West Regional Library, for children ages 3 to 5. â€˘Â MONROE BUSINESS ADVISORY COUNCIL, 1 p.m., Rolling Hills Country Club. For details, call 704-2892543. â€˘ TURNING POINT DOMESTIC VIOLENCE GROUP, 4 p.m. at the shelter. Details, 704-283-7233. â€˘ ANIME CLUB, 4:45 p.m. to 6:45 p.m., Union West Library. For ages 13 to 18; permission slip required. Details, 704821-7475. â€˘ MICROSOFT EXCEL I CLASS, 5:30 p.m., Edwards Library, Marshville. Free. Registration required; call 704-624-2828. â€˘Â ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS, Low Bottom group, 6 p.m. to 7 p.m., old Belk building, 200 Stewart St., Monroe. Details, 704-332-4387; 704-377-0244. â€˘ ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS, Sunset group, 6 p.m., 1010 McManus St., Monroe. Details, 704-219-6245. â€˘ CLASSIC CRUISERS, 7 p.m., Poplin Place shopping center, West Roosevelt Boulevard, Monroe. For information, contact Jim Collura at 704-289-6208 or firstname.lastname@example.org. â€˘Â BINGO, 7:30 p.m., Vietnam Veterans Association Post No. 14, 620 Roosevelt Blvd., $2,500 program. Doors open at 5 p.m. For details, call 704-283-6165. â€˘ NARCOTICS ANONYMOUS, 8 p.m. to 9 p.m., Friendship Missionary Baptist Church administrative building, 501 Burke St. Details, 704-821-4256, 704-763-0784.
â€˘Â UNION WEST ROTARY, 7:30 a.m., civic building behind Indian Trail Town Hall. For details, call Sean Helms, 704-849-9332. â€˘ WAXHAW-WEDDINGTON SUNRISE ROTARY CLUB, 7:30 a.m., Rippingtonâ€™s Restaurant, 109 W. South Main Street, Waxhaw. For information, call Arthur Lightbody at 704843-6048. â€˘ BASIC COMPUTER SKILLS CLASS, 10 a.m., Union West Library. Free. Registration required; call 704-821-7475. â€˘ BABY TIME, 10:30
a.m., Union West Library. Details, 704-821-7475. â€˘Â MONROE LIONS CLUB meeting, noon, Quincyâ€™s Family Steakhouse. Call Wanda Deese, 704-577-7669, for details. â€˘Â KIWANIS CLUB OF MONROE, noon to 1 p.m., Rolling Hills Country Club. For details, call Fran Dandridge at 704289-9429. â€˘Â SENIOR CITIZENS CANASTA, 12:30 p.m., Ellen Fitzgerald Center. For information, call Ellen Fitzgerald Senior Center at 704-282-4657. â€˘ MICROSOFT EXCEL I CLASS, 3:30 p.m., Monroe Library. Free. Registration required; call 704-283-8184. â€˘ HOMEWORK HELP NIGHT, 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., Monroe Library. For grades one through eight. Details, Kim, 704283-8184, ext. 238. â€˘ Wii-LEGO ROCK BAND, 4:30 p.m., Edwards Library, Marshville. For ages 8-12. Registration recommended; call 704-624-2828. â€˘ THURSDAY TALES, 5 p.m., Monroe Library. For ages 5 and up and their caregivers. Details, 704-283-8184. â€˘ MOTHER/DAUGHTER KNITTING CLASS, 5 p.m. to 6 p.m., Monroe Library. For ages 8 to 12. To register, call 704-283-8184, ext. 231. â€˘ WAXHAW BOOK CLUB, 5:45 p.m., Waxhaw Library. Book exchange party. Details, 704-843-3131. â€˘Â ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS, Low Bottom group, 6 p.m. to 7 p.m., old Belk building, 200 Stewart St., Monroe. Details, 704-332-4387; 704377-0244. â€˘Â WAXHAW TOPS #613 (Take Off Pounds Sensibly), 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Waxhaw Bible Church, 6810 Pleasant Grove Road. Details, 704-8435518 or 704-254-3880. â€˘ ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS, Sunset group, 6 p.m., 1010 McManus St., Monroe. Details, 704-219-6245. â€˘ UNION COUNTY CRUISERS, 6:30 p.m., Monroe Mall, next to Pizza Hut. Custom and classic cars. Details, 704238-1600. â€˘ UNION COUNTY SADDLE CLUB, 7 p.m., Saddle Club grounds, East Sandy Ridge Road, Monroe. Details, 704-7635396. â€˘ SENIOR DANCE, 7 p.m.-9 p.m., Ellen Fitzgerald Center, Line dancing and ballroom dancing. Details, 704-282-4657. â€˘Â BINGO, 7 p.m. to 10 p.m., Indian Trail VFW, 100 VFW Lane, Indian Trail; $500 jackpot. For details, call 704-821-9753. â€˘ FOREST HILLS BAND BOOSTERS, 7 p.m., Forest Hills High School bandroom. Details, 704-233-0125. â€˘Â WAXHAW LIONS CLUB, 7 p.m., site TBA. For details, call 704-8435537. â€˘ BOY SCOUT TROOP 98, 7 p.m., Hemby Bridge Church, 6010 Mill Grove Road. For details, call 704-882-3482. â€˘Â WEDDINGTON HIGH PTSA, 7 p.m., media center. â€˘ UNION COUNTY REPUBLICAN PARTY EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE, 7 p.m., Bearâ€™s Lair Restaurant, 6751 Old Monroe Road, Indian Trail. Details, Terry Glesias, 704-243-3262 or email@example.com. â€˘Â UNION DISTRICT BOY SCOUTS district committee meeting, 7:30 p.m., Central United Methodist Church Scout hut, Hayne and Sunset. Details, 980-722-3787. â€˘Â WEDDINGTON HIGH BAND BOOSTERS, 7:30 p.m., Weddington High band room. For details, call 704-226-0205. â€˘ COCAINE ANONYMOUS meeting, 7:30 p.m., at the Friendship Home, 2111 Stafford St. Ext., Monroe. â€˘Â CIVIL AIR PATROL, South Piedmont Squadron, 7:30 p.m., Indian Trail Town Hall. For details, contact Jerry Langley at 704-847-8304. â€˘Â UNION COUNTY SADDLE CLUB, 7:30 p.m., clubhouse. Open for novice and experi-
enced horse owners/ enthusiasts. For details, contact Rick Harmon at 704-764-9104, or Harriet Metrosky at 704-2895773. â€˘ AL-ANON, 8 p.m., First Step Recovery Center, 1623 Sunset Drive, Monroe. Details, 704-2830944, 704-764-7651.
â€˘Â EXERCISE CLASS, 9 a.m. to 10 a.m., Ellen Fitzgerald Senior Center. Open to ages 55 and up. For details, call 704-2824657. â€˘ SENIOR FITNESS CLASS, 10 a.m. to 10:45 a.m., Bazemore Center, Winchester Avenue, Monroe. Free to all senior citizens. Details, 704-282-4654. â€˘ MORNING BOOK CLUB, 10 a.m., Union West Library. Topic, â€œThe House at Rivertonâ€? by Kate Morgan. Details, 704-821-7475. â€˘ BABY TIME, 10:30 a.m., Edwards Library, Marshville. Details, 704624-2828. â€˘ TURNING POINT DOMESTIC VIOLENCE GROUP, 4 p.m. at the shelter. Details, 704-2837233. â€˘Â ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS, Low Bottom group, 6 p.m. to 7 p.m., old Belk building, 200 Stewart St., Monroe. Details, 704-332-4387; 704377-0244. â€˘ ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS, Sunset group, 6 p.m., 1010 McManus St., Monroe. Details, 704-219-6245. â€˘ NARCOTICS ANONYMOUS, 7 p.m. to 8 p.m., Nicey Grove Baptist Church, 318 Camden Road, Wingate. Details, 704-221-7352. â€˘ OVERCOMERS OUTREACH ANONYMOUS, 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., 1700 Secrest Shortcut Road. For details call 704-846-9223. â€˘ NARCOTICS ANONYMOUS, 8 p.m. to 9 p.m., Friendship Missionary Baptist Church administrative building, 501 Burke St. Details, 704-8214256, 704-763-0784. â€˘ CAROLINA SINGLES & MARRIED COUPLES CLUB DANCE, 8 p.m. to 11:30 p.m., Shrine Club, Phifer Street. Free line dance class, 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. Admission, $10. Band, The Delmonicos. Must be 21. Details, Ellen Benton, 704-283-1304.
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Boy Scout Troop 55 craft fundraiser
MONROE Boy Scout Troop 55 will have its 18th annual Christmas Arts and Crafts Show Saturday from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Central United Methodist Church, 800 S. Hayne St. This is the troop’s main fundraiser. There will be craft vendors and a wide range of items.
New Salem Elf Run
NEW SALEM The New Salem Roadrunners will have their third annual Elf Run at the New Salem Elementary School track on Saturday. Registration for the family fun run/walk begins at 8:30 a.m. and the walk begins at 9 a.m. Entry fee is a new unwrapped toy. The Roadrunners hope to raise money and toys for local families in need at Christmas. Carolinas Medical Center-Union will conduct a health fair, Dwayne Carpenter will provide DJ service and Santa will pay a visit. Refreshments will be available and goody bags will be offered while supplies last. Awards, including some for best elf costume and best Christmas spirit, will be presented at 10 a.m. For information, call Beverly Little at 704-3859430.
Christmas donations for troops
Indian Trail Living Way Foursquare Church in Indian Trail will host a donation dropoff from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. Donations will go to the 759th Military Police Battalion serving in Afghanistan. Items needed include three- to four-blade razors, shaving cream, hand sanitizer, lotion, cotton balls, cotton swabs, gum, Lance crackers, CDs, DVDs (not war related), twin bed sheets and boxes of greeting cards. Some of those serving in the battalion have family in Union County.
LOCAL BRIEFS Wesley Chapel December meetings
WESLEY CHAPEL The village of Wesley Chapel will be having the following meetings at Wesley Chapel United Methodist Church, 120 Potter Road, during December. All start at 7 p.m. • Dec. 10, Parks and Recreation Committee • Dec. 14, Village Council • Dec. 28, Planning Board The following meetings will be held at the town office at 4107 New Town Road, at the time indicated: • Monday, 7 p.m., Downtown Committee • Dec. 15, 6:30 p.m., Ordinance Review Committee • Dec. 21, 7 p.m., Board of Adjustment Any individual with a disability who needs an interpreter or other auxiliary aids or services for this meeting should call 704-243-7391 at least 48 hours before the scheduled meeting.
Hospital board to meet Friday
MONROE The Union Memorial Regional Medical Center Inc. board of directors will meet at 9 a.m. Friday in the Carolinas Medical Center-Union board room on the second floor of Sutton Hall.
Items will be shipped overseas on Monday. The church is located at 5501 Old Monroe Road, across from Brandon Oaks. For more information, call Deirdre Barbee at 704-3204375.
Red Cross schedules blood drives
MONROE The Union County chapter of the American Red Cross has the following blood drives scheduled: • Sunday, noon to 4:30 p.m., Faith United Methodist Church, 3708 Faith Church Road, Indian Trail. • Dec. 11, 2:30 p.m. to 7 p.m., First Baptist Church of Monroe, 109 Morrow Ave., Monroe, sponsored by Lions Club of Monroe. • Dec. 17, 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., District Court judge’s office, 400 N. Main St., Monroe. • Dec. 21. 2:30 p.m. to 7 p.m., Hopewell Baptist Church, 420 Hopewell Church Road, Monroe. For more information on these blood drives or to schedule a blood drive, contact the American Red Cross, Union County chapter, at 704-283-7402.
CBC plans blood drives
MONROE Community Blood Center of the Carolinas will have the following blood drives in November in Union County:
Precious Memories Our Father God Almighty called you to His mansion but your immortal spirit still lives on within us, raw with grief our hearts are empty cause you are not here... We can reminisce about all the happiness and all the joyous days we shared together now and rejoice with a smile knowing in our hearts that you have traveled alone to a better place. We thought of you with love today but that’s nothing new; we thought about you yesterday and the day before that too...We think of you in silent prayer and often speak your name with all happiness. Now all we have are precious memories within our hearts and your picture in a frame, your memories are our keepsake which we will never part but the most difficult part we must go on but not without missing you deeply... God knows that life was meant to be passed on someday that’s why He said: “Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid”. God has you in His celestial hierarchy, we have you in our hearts. God moves in mighty ways to bring comfort in our emotional healing because we all cried uncontrollably... Certainly we miss you on this special day, your birthday, but God Almighty has you in His playground. Now we feel your infinite spirit shinning down from His pearly gates where you await with open arms and that big smile we feel from many, many miles. Eternal Peace:
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• Monday, 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., Mount Moriah Methodist Church, 6722 Highway 218 East, New Salem. • Dec. 12, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Joseph Asher Burn Replacement Drive, 2028 Wesley Chapel Road, Indian Trail. • Dec. 22, 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., Rehabilitation and Nursing Center of Monroe, 1212 E. Sunset Drive, Monroe. • Dec. 26, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Union Square Cinema 8, 1911 Dickerson Blvd.; free movie ticket to all presenting donors. Donors must weigh a minimum of 120 pounds. Call 704-972-4700 to make an appointment at any location.
Turning Point Christmas drive
MONROE Union County Mommies is collecting hygiene items for Turning Point, a domestic violence shelter for women and children, through Dec. 18. Items needed are deodorant, soap, toothpaste, toothbrushes, shampoo, conditioner, tampons and pads. Scented body lotion, bath loofahs or sponges, liquid body wash or shower gel may also be donated. Union County Mommies
will pick up items anywhere in Union County. Donations will go to the shelter for Christmas. Items are tax deductible. To donate, call Sheila Jones at 704-281-7621 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wingate VFD Christmas tree lot
WINGATE The Wingate Volunteer Fire Department has opened a Christmas tree lot, with proceeds going to the department’s operating expenses. The department has more than 100 trees. The lot will be open until trees sell out from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday and 1 p.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday. The lot is located at the corner of U.S. Highway 74 and Bivens Street, near SunTrust Bank in Wingate.
Gel inserts for soldiers
INDIAN TRAIL Union West Rotary has issued a challenge to all Union County Rotary Clubs. The club will match up to $1,000 to purchase 500 pairs of gel inserts for soldiers. Gel inserts help
with foot comfort and fatigue, as they wear their boots for up to 20 hours a day. Union West Rotary is joining in this campaign with the Charlotte South Park Rotary Club by challenging the Union County clubs to help exceed the 500 pairs goal. Any Union County Rotarian, or anyone who would just like to participate in the challenge may send a check to Union West Rotary, P.O. Box 505, Indian Trail, NC 28079.
Literacy Council wish list
Monroe The following items will help the Literacy Council serve students and tutors this holiday season and into the new year: • Volunteer tutors to work with adult learners one-on-one or in small groups for two hours per week. Free training is provided. • Workshop snacks and paper products: nonperishable cookies, salty snacks, coffee, tea, bottled water, napkins, plates, Styrofoam cups for hot drinks. Gift cards to grocery stores will be used to purchase the above items for our workshops as needed.
• Postage stamps • Invitation envelopes, card stock, small notepads, manila folders or gift cards to Office Max, Walmart, Target, etc. • Empty Hewlett Packard and Lexmark printer ink cartridges, which can be redeemed for free paper • Financial contributions to the book fund
Soldier coin fundraiser
MONROE Members of the Family Readiness Group are raising money to purchase unit coins for soldiers in the Bravo Battery 1st Battalion 113th Field Artillery. These unit coins, also known as challenge coins among other names, identify their bearers as unit members. Family members are expecting the cost of the coins to be between $3,500 and $4,000. They have set up an account at the State Employees Credit Union under the name “Coins of Courage.” Anyone wishing to donate money can do so at any SECU. The unit would like to have the coins delivered for presentation while the unit is still deployed.
4A Wednesday, December 2, 2009
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A CAROLINA VIEW
Liability isn’t the taxpayer’s Drinking gasoline is not healthy - not even in amounts as small as one part per million. But with tens of thousands of underground storage tanks holding gasoline, other fuels and assorted toxic chemicals, very bad ingredients are seeping into the nation’s groundwater. And that means they are in the wells and aquifers that provide about half of all the drinking water consumed in this country. Leaking underground storage tanks have been a major concern in North Carolina for decades. In 1985, the General Assembly established a program for repairing or removing dangerous tanks and for cleaning up the mess they leave. It’s time to strengthen that program. Since the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency began tracking confirmed cases of storage-tank leaks nationally, the number has risen to approximately a half million, almost 25,000 in North Carolina, according to a June 2008 EPA report. North Carolina has spent $544 million since 1985 cleaning up leaking tanks. But that hasn’t been enough, the legislature’s Program Evaluation Division reported recently. The state will need an additional $513 million over the next 25 years just to tend to the current backlog. The Associated Press reported that North Carolina ranks ninth nationally today in total underground tanks 29,000 -with more than half older than 20 years. That’s not a good statistic. A portion of the state gasoline and kerosene tax goes to a state clean-up fund for leaking tanks. The legislative division is recommending raising that tax from one-quarter cent per gallon to seven-sixteenths. As much as we all hate paying higher taxes, if that is what must be done, then the legislature must do it. The health dangers posed by leaking tanks are too high. But before legislators raise any taxes, they should revisit the entire strategy of financing this program with taxes. In 1985, legislators were concerned about putting too much financial burden on tank owners. They feared that “mom-and-pop” owners of small gas stations would be forced out of business by clean-up costs. Taxpayers deserve a full accounting of who owns these tanks now. The division said many tank owners rely on the state to pay. That’s not fair, especially if the owners of the tanks are big, profitable corporations or even small ones. State law on leaking-tank liability needs to be strengthened before any tax increase is instituted. It’s time to assure both that our drinking water is clean and that the people who are polluting it pay to clean it up. Winston-Salem Journal
I have finally finished qualifying as Firefighter 1 As Thanksgiving dawned this past Thursday at High Grass Manor I had a lot to be thankful for. A wonderful wife and two great kids, a nice house, and a job I dearly love. But this year I had something else to be thankful- the night before I had completed the final class I needed in the patented W.S. Melton Firefighter I for Firemen with Lives and Wives to receive state certification as a Firefighter I. This course has taken up every Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday of my life since August 17 and then some. Over 225 hours of training that covered 18 individual blocks of instruction in subjects like Orientation and Safety, Personal Protective Equipment, and my two personal favorites Ladders and Rescue. Ladders I devoted an entire column too. Rescue I haven’t mentioned. That ‘un had a practical evolution that included having to dive through a window into a burning room wearing full turnout gear and air pack, finding a dummy, dragging it to a window, and then diving back through the window again. Let’s just say I learned from this exercise that at my age and size lift off can be problematic- and touch down can be even worse than that. After some of these classes me and the Ben Gay warmed up nicely together. So I’ve come full circle now.
Bill Melton Columnist
I started my career in public safety at the age 14 with East Gaston Volunteer Fire Department. I joined Mt. Holly Lifesaving Crew at 18 and ran rescue back before we had real paramedics in this county. About all we could give you was some big Bandaids, some oxygen if you were really bad off, and a fast ride to the hospital. I was so good at that last part I could’ve driven for NASCAR. I gave both those up for a career in law enforcement though. First as a Mecklenburg County Police officer in 1988 and then as Gaston County Police officer in April of 1990. I did rejoin East Gaston briefly back then but I didn’t stay long. Fact is, I was having too much fun being a County cop, a “Rural”, as we’re still affectionately known. And I have had a ball there ever since. It’s no trick of fate that my pickup truck is green and gray or that most everything I wear on or off duty has the department logo or name on it. The Gaston County Police
Department is my true passion. And currently as the captain over training, recruiting, records, victim witness, accreditation, and all the officers we have assigned to schools I’m having more fun than I’ve ever had in my life. It is a great job at a great police department working with great people. Then Jacob came along and wanted to join the fire department. There was no way I could say no. So back I came. Only to find a lot of water had shot out the fire hose since then. The best way I can explain it is when I left the fire service I was like the Professor on Gilligan’s Island. When the boat left the dock I was content professional in the fire service. I trained new firemen how to fight fire, drive fire trucks, and pump water out of them. But I came back from the Island some 20 years later I’d been bucked down to Gilligan. At least now that I’ve finished Firefighter I maybe I can at least aspire to be the Skipper. I’m at least built at lot like him anyway. *** • William S, Melton Jr, is a Southern numorist, an author and a good ol’ boy who was once a minister in Union County and now is a police lieuten-
Monroe native remembers December 7, 1941 Osborne “Ozzie” Ayscue Jr. would have been a member of Walter Bickett High School Class of 1951 had he not gone away to Phillips Andover in the eleventh grade. As a tenth-grader, he was the starting tailback on the Purple Pythons football team. The 1949 undefeated team (see September 2003 article) was that same team intact except for Marion Grantland taking his position. The team captain was Phillip Broome, Elsie Lee’s brother, whose name is on the Vietnam Wall. Ozzie and his crowd christened the Teen Age Club, watched Winton Clontz dance around the juke box at the local pool, listened to Jimmy Stack play the vibraphones, and generally mostly lived innocent lives. Ozzie, Claudia Duncan Ogden, Dorothy “Dot” Duncan Hodges, his cousin Sandra Penegar Mixon, and his late brother Quincy took art lessons at the USO during the war from Paul Bartlett, a nationally-known Charlotte artist who came down to teach the soldiers, and more “bodies” were needed to justify his trips. Ozzie Ayscue, wrote the following article three years ago on December 7, 2006, upon realizing that only three people in his law firm remembered what
Nita Kendrick Williamson Columnist had happened sixty-five years earlier on that fateful day. Ozzie has always felt that his generation, growing up in the middle of the Great Depression, living through the Second World War and watching the Gold Stars go up his neighbors’ windows, learned in a way that those who have come along since have not - what things matter and what things do not. “Sixty-five years ago today, I was an eight-year-old third grader at John D. Hodges Elementary School in Monroe. In those days, radio was our principal contact with the outside world. There was no television, and newspapers outside the major cities, were oriented towards their own communities. If you wanted to read the New York Times, it came in the mail several days later. Few did. “There were three radio sta-
tions, all AM, in nearby Charlotte, WBT, WSOC, and WAYS, carrying news from CBS, NBC and MBS, respectively. It was a ritual in my household for us to eat both breakfast and supper listening to the day’s news on a radio (Philco, wooden cabinet shaped in a cathedral arch, cloth covering over the speaker - they bring a great price now at the Metrolina Flea Market). Each program took all of fifteen minutes. “World War II commenced when Germany invaded Poland within a day or so on my first day in the first grade. Reports of the progress of the German armies across Europe had become daily fare. My family followed the news on a map of the world. (I am sure that I was a pest to my first-grade teacher, because every day when I got bored with what was going on, I would raise my hand and give her a report on the morning’s news, what country had been overrun that day.) We had gone to Sunday School and church on December 7, 1941, had come home, eaten lunch, and taken a nap. I remember that I was playing on the wooden back doorsteps outside of our breakfast room, where the radio was located, when the phone rang. (Our
number had three digits, which one called by giving the number to an anonymous woman known as “central.” The telephone earpiece, attached to a cord, hung from a hook on a black box on the wall in the downstairs hall. You stood and talked into a mouthpiece that protruded from the box, adjustable to the height of the user. Those too now bring a great price in the antique section of the flea market.) “My father quickly hung up and ran to turn on the radio. I spent the rest of the afternoon listening through static to fragmented reports from halfway around the world as the story of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor was gradually pieced together, and I went to bed that night not knowing what was to come next, since this all seemed a long way from Monroe. “The next day, we were called in early from recess and assembled in the school auditorium, something that had never happened before. I remember that in those pre-airconditioning days, the windows were all open, so that we could hear the noises from outside, though, in truth, there was little noise in a small southern town in the early Forties. Mr. Kirkman, the stern principal of the school,
had placed a large radio in the center of the front of the stage. “In those days, there were few people who did not instantly recognize the voice that began to speak. From his radio ‘Fireside Chats’ that had chronicled our progression from the depths of the Great Depression, the measured voice of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, cultured by a classical education at Groton and Harvard, was at least as recognizable as those of Edgar Bergen and Charlie McCarthy. “And so, a couple of hundred grammar schoolers (that’s what they were called back in the days when schools still taught grammar) sat and listened in silence as Roosevelt, in a speech that began, ‘Yesterday, a day that will live in infamy…’ asked the Congress to declare war on Japan. And then we filed back to our classrooms and turned our attention to our multiplication tables. “It is a mark of how fast time passes that there are, I believe, only three of us left in the firm who were alive and old enough to remember that day.” • Nita Kendrick Williamson writes a monthly nostalgia column for The Enquirer-Journal.
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Christmas gift ideas for the serious food lover By Betsy O’Donovan
City Editor I love food. I love cooking, I love eating, I love talking about and reading about and thinking about food. I spend a lot of Saturday mornings at the farmer’s market and Sunday afternoons dreaming over cookbooks. Sound like anyone you know? Then these might be the gifts to choose:
(Not) a cookbook
My pick: “Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A year in food life” by Barbara Kingsolver ($11, paperback) I love Kingsolver’s non-fiction, but this book languished on my toread list until my friend Brooke gave me some heirloom tomatoes from her home garden and told me that I had Kingsolver to thank for them. The tomatoes were great, and the book was even better. Honorable mentions: • “The Nasty Bits” by Anthony Bourdain, a collection of PG-13 and R-rated essays about food and restaurant life ($11, paperback) • “The Sharper Your Knife, the Less You Cry” by Kathleen Flinn, her story of going from fasttrack dropout to graduate of Le Cordon Bleu in Paris ($10, paperback) • “The Omnivore’s Dilemma” by Michael Pollan, a fascinating and (mostly) apolitical natural history of food that will end any romance you may have with chicken patties ($10, paperback) • “The New Food Lover’s Companion” by Sharon Tyler Herbst and Ron Herbst, I was 18 when I was given the first edition of this dictionary, which includes every ingredient you will may
ever come across, and my copy is food-stained, dog-eared and beloved. Still, I might give it up for the new edition, updated with an appendix that includes interesting miscellany like substitution suggestions and meat charts. ($12, paperback)
Show you care with ... meat?
I spent the summer munching my way through the Matthews Farmers Market and my favorite find had to be sweet Italian sausage from Grateful Growers Farm ($5.50 per pound). Cassie and Natalie farm Tamworth hogs on 10 acres in Lincoln County — which means this is a great gift for any locavore. Visit ggfarm.com for order information. Honorable mentions: • Grateful Growers’ prosciutto is tissue-thin and meltingly marbled, but a serious indulgence at $20 per pound (although it’s available in 8-ounce packs, too). • The boneless loin roast is lean and packed — I mean jammed — with flavor. Since they have no fat, it’s easy for new cooks to murder a loin roast by overcooking it. Remind your favorite foodie that the USDA has relaxed its temperature guidelines, to the betterment of pork everywhere. ($9 per pound; most roasts are 2 pounds) • If you’re feeling generous, consider one of the packages from Baucom’s Best Beef (also a Matthews Farmers Market regular) from cattle raised in Union County. Prices range from the introductory special for $52.95 to the Family Feast for $199.95. To order, visit BaucomsBest.com.
From left, ‘Animal, Vegetable, Miracle’ by Barbara Kingsolver; ‘The Nasty Bits,’ by Anthony Bourdain; ‘The Sharper Your Knife, the Less You Cry’ by Kathleen Flinn; ‘The Omnivore’s Dilemma’ by Michael Pollan; and ‘The New Food Lover’s Companion’ by Sharon Tyler Herbst and Ron Herbst.
Spice it up
A gift certificate to Penzey’s Spices There are a lot of decent places to buy spices in our area, starting with the local carnacerias and Asian markets, but Penzey’s is amazing one-stop shopping for a foodie with a jones for high-quality spices and seeds. Even their spice mixes, which the average food nut would rather make herself, are fantastic. (I particularly recommend Chili 3000, which I received as a gift earlier this year and burned through at a scandalous rate). Visit penzeys.com; the Web site is pretty awful, so make sure you get a catalog with your gift card.
Just one amazing ingredient
How many cooks do you know who have tried a real (not chocolate) truffle (from $50 for 3 ounces of domestic black truffles to $300 for an ounce of white Italian truffles at Earthy Delights, earthy.com), or who have the guts to buy exquisite chocolate (like Scharffen Berger chocolate for baking, $9 for 6 ounces at www. scharffenberger.com)? When Heinz vinegar costs $2 for a 32-ounce
bottle, it takes damnthe-torpedoes hedonism to buy really great vinegar, which makes it the perfect thing to give as a gift. (Try Katz and Co. for a vinegar gift box, $35 for three 350-milliliter bottles.)
Go back to basics I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again
(I’ll say it forever): The three crucial kitchen tools are wooden spoons, rubber spatulas and very, very sharp knives. Rubber spatulas take a lot of abuse, and I don’t know a single cook who wouldn’t be thrilled with a bouquet of spatulas in different colors and widths. Wooden spoons are tricky — no, really —
but just ask: Does your favorite foodie prefer spoons with deep bowls or shallow? A dowel handle or a flat, paddle handle? When in doubt, buy a few. And if you’re willing to spend a little more cash, Cooking Uptown ($6 per blade, www.cookinguptown. com) offers professional knife sharpening.
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Conservation district meeting is Tuesday MONROE The Natural Resources Conservation Service, Brown Creek Soil and Water Conservation District and Union Soil and Water Conservation District will conduct a public meeting to evaluate the current
conditions of natural resources in Anson County and Union County and to identify where conservation efforts are most needed. This prioritization will become the foundation on which their future plans and projects will be based.
The meeting will be Tuesday from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at the Union County Agricultural Services Center, 3230 Presson Road. For more information please contact Mark Ferguson, district conservationist, at 704-233-1621 ext. 3.
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Woman fears she loves newfound family too much DEAR ABBY: I am a 30-yearold woman who has recently discovered my biological family. I have a wonderful halfbrother and several other amazing people I can now call family. The issue I’m struggling with is my profound attraction to my half-brother. I know it’s morally wrong, and I may be confusing the newfound relationship with him. Your perspective would be very much appreciated. -- CONFLICTED IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA DEAR CONFLICTED: Physical attraction is a reflex -- and not something we can control. Our BEHAVIOR, on the other hand, is something we CAN control. This is a case of wrong time, wrong place. If you had been a member of the royal family in Egypt 3,000 years ago, you could have married your half-
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brother and continued the dynasty. But this is 2009 and the USA, so you’re just going to have to satisfy your physical attraction with someone less incestuous. *** DEAR ABBY: Is it rude to label one’s leftover food when staying with relatives? My husband, daughter and I visit his family often. When we go out to eat and bring leftovers back to the house, we usually label them if we want to eat them later. It has never seemed out
of the ordinary to me. I was raised that way. My mother always said that if I didn’t want something eaten by one of my siblings, then I should label it. Recently, my husband’s sister (who is 16) asked if she could eat the rest of some pizza we had bought the night before. I politely responded that I planned to have it for lunch. She remarked that she thinks it is funny that we are so protective of our food. It got me to thinking -- is our behavior odd? -- TAKEN ABACK IN WASHINGTON DEAR TAKEN ABACK: Considering that you come from a family in which anything in the fridge was considered fair game among your siblings, it’s not odd at all. And when your sister-in-law said what she did, you should have explained that to her. Had you done so, she wouldn’t
Horoscopes Dec. 2, 2009
Dennis the Menace significant role in your affairs, Dame Fortune herself is directing your life. You could benefit greatly from something being run by another. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22) -- It behooves you to get involved in some type of activity that requires a unified effort. You may or may not be the leader, but there will be surprising benefits garnered from group undertakings. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) -More opportunities than usual may open up in areas involving your work or career. Although there may be a plethora of them, you could miss out if you’re not on your toes. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23) -- Your open mind and powerful desire for learning might elevate you to a different level. You could encounter issues that could beneficially advance your most ardent interests. SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 22) -Someone who thinks highly of you could help fulfill a material desire. You will be expected to make the most of it in ways that can better your life.
Once you’re prepared, don’t be afraid to think big in the year ahead because the higher you reach, the closer to the top you will finish. It could mean finding a bigger job, making a bigger salary, or even becoming a bigwig. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 23-Dec. 21) -- Having a partner or working in close conjunction with someone toward a common goal could be quite fortunate for you. You will complement each other’s thinking. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) -- This could be a good day to enhance your financial or material base. Don’t lower your expectations or settle for a lesser job when much more is being offered. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 19) -- Because you have something extra that is quite captivating, others will find you enormously appealing and your popularity will rise considerably. Make the
most of it. PISCES (Feb. 20-March 20) -Beginnings will not be nearly as important as endings, so give it your all as you race to the finish line. The satisfaction of a job well done will influence you for a long time to come. ARIES (March 21-April 19) -- You won’t have to go far to increase your circle of friends. There will be people all around interested in your ideas and what your thinking can do for them. TAURUS (April 20-May 20) -- There are all kinds of doors opening for you, but the ones you’re apt to like best are those developing in areas that influence your career or finances. Big bucks can be made at this time. GEMINI (May 21-June 20) -- Success can be yours in areas that you can control or direct, so devote as much time as possible to matters that are personally significant. Be both the director and star of your own show. CANCER (June 21-July 22) -Even though chance may play a
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have questioned it. *** DEAR ABBY: My 20-yearold daughter, “Marissa,” is self-centered, lies compulsively and does not consider the consequences of her actions. She has been diagnosed with narcissistic personality disorder. We have just learned that she is now pregnant, and her father and I are not happy about it. We will eventually be meeting the parents of the child’s father. Is it our responsibility to discuss Marissa’s problems with them? Or should we keep our mouths shut and pretend we are happy? -- TRYING TO DECIDE IN WISCONSIN DEAR TRYING TO DECIDE: Does the young man know about your daughter’s diagnosis and what it means? If not, then HE should be told and the implications explained to him.
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Because your daughter’s personality disorder will affect their son and the grandchild, his parents should also be informed. Ideally, he is the person who should do it. But if he doesn’t, lay all the cards on the table because the other grandparents should be prepared. And no, you do not have to “pretend” to be happy about the situation. And neither do they. *** Good advice for everyone -- teens to seniors -- is in “The Anger in All of Us and How to Deal With It.” To order, send a business-size, self-addressed envelope, plus check or money order for $6 (U.S. funds only) to: Dear Abby -- Anger Booklet, P.O. Box 447, Mount Morris, IL 61054-0447. (Postage is included in the price.)
Encourage your children to read the newspaper. B.C.
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Road Continued from Page 1A nity are wanting to be there,â€? he said. He would not tip his hand on the preferred relocation spots, but said he would like to stay in Indian Trail. â€œWe live here, we love the community feel,â€? he said, but added that he needs to do â€œwhatâ€™s best for the long-term viability for Carolina Courts.â€? Combined with other places to play sports, join clubs or participate in hobbies, Indian Trail is set up to attract young families, said Quinn. â€œBetween these businesses, your family would never have to leave Indian Trail,â€? Mulhall said. She compared 21st-century Indian Trail to American life in the 1950s when communities offered everything a family would want. Quinn feared that atmosphere could be dampened if Carolina Courts moved. The gym has been in Indian Trail for about a year, and Esser said he really felt the community impact during the Fourth of July parade. Esser said people in the crowd were waving to him and shouting out appreciation for the gym. â€œIt gave us a sense of being part of the community,â€? Esser said. â€œItâ€™s one of the rewarding things.â€? If Carolina Courts moves, that might change. â€œI hope they stay,â€? Quinn said. â€œItâ€™s such a successful venture.â€? The Monroe Parkway is touted as a road that will bring jobs, especially in eastern Union County, but it could have the opposite effect in Indian Trail, Quinn pointed to the outlying economy that could suffer if the gym moved out of town. Esser said the gym hosted 20 tournaments in the past year and has plans for 30 in 2010. Each tournament brings about 1,000 people, most from out of town. For surrounding hotels, restaurants and other businesses, that translates to 1,000 more potential patrons. â€œI think we have had a pretty good local impact,â€? Esser said. The Turnpike Authority plans to announce the final route next spring.
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shortly after 12:30 a.m. Monday. Little was shot and his car was riddled with bullet holes, but it was unclear if he was shot while driving or if he was shot, then tried to drive. A cause of death has not yet been determined.
E-J staff photos by Rick Crider
Cast members from â€œThe Best Christmas Pageant Everâ€? conduct a dress rehearsal for the production that opens tonight.
St. Paulâ€™s production opens tonight BY ELISABETH ARRIERO
MONROE Itâ€™s possibly the worst Christmas pageant ever, but will it be a good play? Director Ginger Heath seems to think so: â€œWe have some really talented kids in the show.â€? St. Paulâ€™s Episcopal Church in Monroe will present â€œThe Best Christmas Pageant Ever,â€? modeled after the 1972 book of the same name, Wednesday through Sunday. In the play, a mother named Grace is told she has to do the Christmas pageant at her church when the regular director breaks her leg. The Herdmans, who are the neighborhoodâ€™s worst children, hear
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about the play and havoc ensues. â€œIn the end, they finally do figure out what Christmas is all about,â€? Heath said. â€œItâ€™s not a big deal for all the other kids who have been in the play every year. But itâ€™s a really big deal to the Herdmans.â€? Among the cast members: a District Court judge and a local advocate for people with developmental disabilities. Melinda Plue will play the lead role of Grace. She said she intended only to take her daughters to audition but Heath talked her into playing the part. Wednesday will be her theatrical debut. â€œI didnâ€™t find the role as much as the role found me,â€? said Plue, executive director
of the ARC of Union County. â€œIt might be a stretch to play a frazzled, overworked mom, but Iâ€™ll give it my best shot.â€? Tripp Helms told a similar story. He took his son and daughter to read for the play. By the time he got home, he heard heâ€™d gotten the part of Graceâ€™s husband. The play has meant fewer hours of downtime for Plue and Helms, but they both said it was worth it. Helms said one of the main reasons he agreed to perform was because of Heath. â€œSheâ€™s been so active in community theater productions for so long,â€? he said. â€œI really wanted my children to have the experience of working with her.â€?
City completes sewer improvement project MONROE The Monroe Water Resources Department has completed a sewer system improvement project that the city says is reaping benefits including cost savings and improved service. The city operates 21 sewer pump stations as part of its sewer collection system. When faced with pending upgrades of the radio-based telemetry system, the city began evaluating alternative technologies to see if improvement could be made. In a press release from the city, Monroe Water Resources Director Russell Colbath said
the project selection priorities included low cost, reliability and service area coverage, ease of installation, and meeting all N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources requirements. The city selected a cell-phone-based technology provided by Mission Communications. The installation was completed by Water Resources Department personnel with no outside contractor assistance. The initial cost was just under $25,000. Since installation, the press release said the new system has realized several benefits:
â€˘ The technology allows all sites to be monitored, improving regulatory compliance, customer service and saving more than $10,000 per year in required overtime. â€˘ Weekday savings of more than eight man-hours of labor because of avoiding the NCDENR requirement for daily site checks for any sewer pump not monitored by a telemetry system. (Equivalent labor savings of $7,500). â€˘ The new system provided higher accountability showing all staff log-ins and site visits, plus better alarm detection and
call out to all standby personnel. â€˘ The Web-based monitoring allows any standby employee to check site and alarm status from any home computer with Internet access. â€˘ This system allows immediate inflow and infiltration analysis following heavy rainfall. â€˘ Customer service enhancement providing water leak detection in certain commercial areas. For more information, call the city Water Resource Department at 704-282-4600.
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Obama: 30,000 more troops to Afghanistan WASHINGTON (AP) â€” President Barack Obama announced Tuesday he was dispatching 30,000 more troops to Afghanistan, accelerating a risky and expensive war buildup, even as he assured the nation that U.S. forces will begin coming home in July 2011. The first new Marines will join the fight by Christmas. The escalation â€” to be completed by next summer â€” is designed to reverse significant Taliban advances since Obama took office 10 months ago and to fast-track the training of Afghan soldiers and police toward the goal of hastening an eventual U.S. pullout. The size and speed of the troop increase will put a heavy strain on the military, which still maintains a force of more than 100,000 in Iraq and already has 68,000 in Afghanistan. â€œThe 30,000 additional troops that I am announcing tonight will deploy in the first part of 2010 the fastest pace possible so that they can target the insurgency and secure key population centers,â€? Obama was to say in his Tuesday night primetime speech. The White House released excerpts
in advance. The increased troops, Obama said, â€œwill increase our ability to train competent Afghan security forces, and to partner with them so that more Afghans can get into the fight. And they will help create the conditions for the United States to transfer responsibility to the Afghans.â€? Looking to Americaâ€™s experience in Iraq, Obama put said a U.S. withdrawal would be executed â€œresponsibly, taking into account conditions on the ground.â€? â€œWe will continue to advise and assist Afghanistanâ€™s security forces to ensure that they can succeed over the long haul. But it will be clear to the Afghan government and, more importantly, to the Afghan people that they will ultimately be responsible for their own country,â€? Obama said. Obama also leaned heavily on NATO allies and other countries to join in escalating the fight. â€œWe must come together to end this war successfully,â€? the president said. â€œFor whatâ€™s at stake is not simply a test of NATOâ€™s credibility. Whatâ€™s at stake
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is the security of our allies, and the common security of the world.â€? Obamaâ€™s Tuesday evening speech to cadets at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, N.Y., to be broadcast nationally, ends three months of exacting deliberations that won praise from supporters and criticism from opponents. Former Vice President Dick Cheney said Obama was â€œdithering,â€? too inexperienced to make a decision on the troop buildup requested in September by commanding Gen. Stanley McChrystal. Senior officials said Obama also would underscore his commitment to stabilizing Afghanistan and scouring corruption out of the government of President Hamid Karzai. Obama has vowed to prevent Afghanistan from again becoming a safe haven for al-Qaida boss Osama bin Laden and his terrorist organization. Most of the new forces will be combat troops. Military officials said the Army brigades most likely to be sent will come from Fort Drum in New York and Fort Campbell in Kentucky. Marines, who will be the vanguard, will most likely come primarily from Camp Lejeune in North Carolina. There will be about 5,000 dedicated trainers in the 30,000, showing the emphasis on preparing Afghans to take over their own security. And the president is making clear to his generals that all troops, even if designated as combat, must consider themselves trainers. Announcing a start
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to a U.S. withdrawal by July 2011 does not tie the United States to an â€œend dateâ€? for the war, officials said. They all spoke on condition of anonymity because the speech had not been delivered. The address could become a defining moment of the Obama presidency, a political gamble that may weigh heavily on his chances for a second White House term. It represents the beginning of a sales job to restore support for the war effort among an American public grown increasingly pessimistic about success â€” and among some fellow Democrats in Congress wary of or even opposed to spending billions more dollars and putting tens of thousands more U.S. soldiers and Marines in harmâ€™s way. A new survey by the Gallup organization, released Tuesday, showed only 35 percent of Americans now approve of Obamaâ€™s handling of the war; 55 percent disapprove. Even before the president spoke, his plan was met with skepticism in Congress, where Sen. Russ Feingold, D-Wis., and liberal House Democrats threatened to try to block funding for the troop increase. Sen. Carl Levin, the Michigan Democrat who chairs a military oversight panel, said he didnâ€™t think Democrats would yank funding for the troops or try to force Obamaâ€™s hand to pull them out faster. But Democrats will be looking for ways to pay for the additional troops, he said,
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including a tax increase on the wealthy although that hike is already being eyed to pay for health care costs. Another possibility is imposing a small gasoline tax that would be phased out if gas prices go up, he said. Meanwhile, Republicans said that setting a timetable for withdrawal would demonstrate weakness. â€œThe way that you win wars is to break the enemyâ€™s will, not to announce dates that you are leaving,â€? said Sen. John McCain of Arizona, the top Republican on the Senate Armed Services Committee and Obamaâ€™s campaign rival in last yearâ€™s presidential race. If the timeline for the troop increase holds, it will require a costly logistical scramble to send in so many people and so much equipment almost entirely by air. It will also probably require breaking at least an implicit promise to some soldiers who had thought they would have more than 12 months at home before their next deployment. At the same time, NATO diplomats said Obama was asking alliance partners in Europe to add 5,000 to 10,000 troops to the separate international force in Afghanistan. Indications were the allies would agree to a number somewhere in that range. The war has even less support in Europe than in the United States, and the NATO allies and other countries currently have about 40,000 troops on the ground. The main mission of the new troops will be to reverse Taliban gains and secure population centers in the countryâ€™s volatile south and east. The addition of some Marines before yearâ€™s end would provide badly needed reinforcements to those fighting against Taliban gains in southern Helmand province. Obama briefed dozens of key lawmakers Tuesday afternoon, before set-
ting off for West Point. Late Monday, the president spent an hour on a video conference call with Karzai. The White House said Obama told the Afghan leader â€œthat U.S. and international efforts in Afghanistan are not open-ended and must be evaluated toward measurable and achievable goals within the next 18 to 24 months.â€? On Tuesday Obama contacted Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari to tell him the United States wanted to open a longterm commercial and security relationship. Obama also had planned to speak of a need to help Pakistan stabilize itself from the threats it faces not only from al-Qaida but Taliban forces that are increasingly behind terrorist bombings in that country, officials said. The United States went to war in Afghanistan shortly after the Sept. 11, 2001, al-Qaida terrorist attacks on the United States. Bin Laden and key members of the terrorist organization were headquartered in Afghanistan at the time, taking advantage of sanctuary afforded by the Taliban government that ran the mountainous and isolated country. Taliban forces were quickly driven from power, while bin Laden and his top deputies were believed to have fled through towering mountains into neighboring Pakistan. While the al-Qaida leadership appears to be bottled up in Pakistanâ€™s largely ungoverned tribal regions, the U.S. military strategy of targeted missile attacks from unmanned drone aircraft has yet to flush bin Laden and his cohorts from hiding. *** AP White House Correspondent Jennifer Loven and National Security Writer Anne Gearan contributed to this report.
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