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New Judge

The coaches of the Rocky River Conference had made their choice for this year’s all-conference team. Find out who made the team and who didn’t inside.

DA challenger

A Mecklenburg county assistant DA may challenge Page 3A John Snyder for job of Union DA

Crowding puts everyone on edge

BY JASON deBRUYN

Staff Writer

Santa comes to town The Christmas season arrived in downtown Monroe on Saturday with a visit from Santa and the lighting of the town tree by Mayor Bobby Kilgore who almost got a blast of the real white stuff this year as a winter storm was expected to dump snow on many Southern communities. Above, Emily Evelyn, 4, of Monroe, gives Santa a grateful hug after telling him about a few of the things she’d like for him to bring for Christmas. Below, Lindsay Hasty, of Monroe, and manager of The Renn’s Nest on Main Street, puts the final touches on the lighted Christmas tree in the front window of the store. The Renn’s Nest was one of several businesses participating in the downtown festivities staying open late and offering ‘open house’ specials for their shoppers.

MONROE The Union County jail is overcrowded to the point that prisoners are sometimes three to a cell with a mattress on the ground. “It’s not right,” said Loretta Gaddy, whose friend, Christopher Eugene Huff, is a prisoner at the jail. Gaddy said that visitations are also cut short. With so many prisoners, there are more visitors; because there is limited space for “When visitation, everything is cut short. you put more Union County people in a conSheriff ’s Capt. fined place, you Ronnie Whitaker, the jail adminisdo have more trator, said the tension,” he overcrowding has raised the level of said. “It’s going tension in the jail to create more not only for the chances for prisoners but the guards as well. altercations.” “When you put more people in a Ronnie Whitaker confined place, you do have more Captain tension,” he said. Sheriff’s Office “It’s going to create more chances for altercations,” especially when people from diverse backgrounds with diverse habits are forced to live almost on top of each other, he added. The jail technically has 264 beds, but Whitaker said that number is misleading. There are different classifications of prisoners and each group has a certain number of beds. There are 24 beds classified for short term such as medi-

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Man and Woman of Year are chosen BY TIFFANY LANE

Staff Writer

MONROE Every Sunday for 17 years, “The Biscuit Man” makes his rounds — a nursing home, a hospice house, then maybe to those just “not doing well.” Isom Franklin “I.F.” Plyler Jr. is Union County’s Man of the Year. Born and raised on a cotton farm in Union County, the former county commissioner established the local livestock auction facility, but divides his first passion among thousands of young and elderly locals. Armed with fresh fruit and sugar-free candy, I.F. Plyler has driven more than 53,000 miles to Hospice of Union County,

Service to others • President of the N.C. Cattleman’s Association for more than 20 years • Inductee into Plyler the N.C. Agriculture Hall of Fame in 2000 and 2005 • Union County commissioner from 1962 to 1965, chairman for the last year • Member of Benton Heights Presbyterian Church since 1950

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Sun today then increasing clouds and more rain by midweek. Highs will be in the mid-50s.

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The state has funded a new Superior Court judge position for the county and District Court Judge Page 3A Chris Bragg wants the job.

Media General News Service MOUNT PLEASANT When the Union Correction Center in Monroe closed in October because of state budget cuts that shut down seven prisons statewide, Ron Tarlton thought he had retired. Barely a week passed before he decided to come out of retirement and take over as superintendent at the Cabarrus Correctional Center, a minimum custody prison for adult males located in Mount Pleasant. “I wasn’t really sure at my stage in the career that I really wanted to relocate anywhere else,” he said. “But after I reconsidered a little bit and did a little bit of research the, Cabarrus facility was not that much farther away.” Tarlton began his career with the N.C. Department of Correction in 1982, working as a correctional officer for the Union Correctional Center. He worked at the center for 27 years and was promoted to superintendent of the facility in 2006. “I would really rather retire on my own terms when I get ready to rather than retiring just because I didn’t have a place to go,” he said. The Union Correctional Center offered GED preparation and vocational classes to inmates and had one of the largest work release programs in the state, Tarlton said. Now Tarlton said he would like to expand the work release program at the Cabarrus prison, which is located on Dutch Road in Mount Pleasant. Already, the Cabarrus inmates work in several positions. Some are assigned to N.C. Department of Transportation road crews or work under contract for local government agencies. Others are assigned to maintenance or kitchen duties. Inmates nearing parole are allowed to participate in work release, leaving the prison for the part of the day to work for a business in the community. Tarlton said the state requires inmates to be within 36 months of their release date to participate in the work-release program. Inmates are paired with employers who are willing to work with them. They must be paid minimum wage. Some employers pay more based on the

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MONROE Emmy Lou Haywood has worked for decades to preserve her hometown’s history. The longtime volunteer with the Waxhaw Historical Committee and Union County Heritage Room was chosen as Union County’s Woman of the Year, but said she’s not sure why. Last year’s winner, Gwen Perkins, recently called Haywood to share the good news. Perkins, along with several other former winners, sifted through about two dozen nominations before choosing Haywood. “They said it was for all my volunteering,” Haywood said. “I

Service to others • Volunteer for the Union County Board of Elections since 1992 and chief judge for her precinct Emmy Lou for 12 years Haywood • Helped develop the Andrew Jackson Museum • Member of the Waxhaw Woman’s Club for nearly 50 years • Member of Waxhaw United Methodist Church for 44 years

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SANTA LETTERS

The Enquirer-Journal is again collecting letter for Santa Claus. We will deliver the letters to the North Pole and publish some in our paper. You may mail or e-mail letters (news@theej.com). Mark them as Letters to Santa.

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2A / Sunday, December 6, 2009 Christmas service planned

MONROE First Baptist Church of Monroe and Gordon Funeral Service are working together again this Christmas to offer Union Countians mourning the loss of a loved one an experience of healing and wholeness. The second annual Christmas Service for the Bereaved will be Dec. 13 at 3 p.m. in the church’s sanctuary. “These were people who had lost spouses, parents or children at Christmas in previous years, or were experiencing their first Christmas since a recent loss, and coming to church was just too painful for them.” the Rev. John Hewett, the church’s senior pastor, said in a press release. Johnny Gordon of Gordon Funeral Service said in the release that he invited all the families served in 2009 to attend. In addition, area churches, Hospice of Union County and Carolinas Medical CenterUnion have been asked to spread the word.

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DEATHS Tonya Rhinehardt

CHARLOTTE Tonya Michelle Helms Rhinehardt, 33, died Tuesday (Dec. 1, 2009) at Presbyterian Hospital. Memorial service will be 2 p.m. Monday at McEwen Funeral Home of Monroe, with burial in Lakeland Memorial Park. Born Sept. 12, 1976, in Mecklenburg County, she was a daughter of Jay Larry Helms of Monroe and Margaret Trull Pleimann of Charlotte. Survivors, in addition to her parents, include

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three sons, Chris Helms, Mark Rhinehardt Jr., Jamar Latrelle Warren, all of Charlotte; three daughters, Iasia Simone Davenport of Jacksonville, Breann Elizabeth Rhinehardt, Sha-Pyah Tressa Jennings, both of Charlotte; a grandmother, Wilma Trull of Charlotte; three half brothers, Michael Todd Helms, Claude Starnes Jr., Randy Starnes, all of Monroe; and her stepmother, Carol Helms of Monroe. Visitation will be from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.

Radio’s tallest singing cowboy dies

SAN ANTONIO (AP) — W.E. “Big Bill” Lister, who toured as one of Hank Williams’ Drifting Cowboys and was dubbed “Radio’s Tallest Singing Cowboy,” has died. He died Tuesday at the age of 86 in San Antonio after a brief illness. His family said Lister was performing nightly for crowds of 300-plus on a cruise from Galveston to the Caribbean until just a few months ago. Even though the 6-foot-7 cowboy never drank, his family said he needed a drinking song to record in 1951. Williams gave him a demo of “There’s a Tear in My Beer.” The demo ended up in Lister’s attic until he offered it to Hank Williams Jr. decades later.

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Judy Cady

MONROE Mrs. Judy Helms Cady, age 64, of Monroe, passed away Friday (December 4, 2009) at her residence. A funeral service to celebrate her life will be conducted at 1:00 p.m. Monday (December 7, 2009) at Davis Funeral Chapel, officiated by Reverend Bobby Catoe. Interment will follow at Lakeland Memorial Park Cemetery. Mrs. Cady was born on June 23, 1945, in Union County, a daughter of the late Earl Thomas Helms and Lula Mae Moore Helms. She was a retail clerk for Brewer-Hendley Oil Company. Survivors include her husband, Robert Lawrence (Ray) Cady of Monroe; four sons, Billy

Griffin and wife Trina Griffin of Hartsville, S.C., Joey Cady and wife Dawn Cady of Monroe, Roger Cady and wife Dawn Cady of Unionville, and Richard Cady of Jefferson, S.C.; four daughters, Tricia Cady of Monroe, Lisa Starnes and husband Allen Starnes of Monroe, Michelle Lake of Jefferson, S.C., and Tammy Marrow and husband Paul Morrow of Chicago, Ill.; and a brother, Robert Clinton Helms and wife Iva Helms of Monroe. There are 21 grandchildren and 14 greatgrandchildren. The family will receive friends from 3:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m. Sunday afternoon (December 6, 2009) at Davis Funeral Home in Monroe, 1003 East Franklin Street, Monroe, NC 28112. Memorials may be made to Hospice of Union County, 700 West Roosevelt Blvd., Monroe, NC 28110. Davis Funeral Home and Cremation Service is serving the family of Mrs. Cady. An online guest register book is available at www.davisfuneralservice.com. PAID OBITUARY

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County to get new Superior Court judge; Bragg interested BY JASON deBRUYN

Staff Writer

MONROE In a year, Union’s criminal courts could move twice as fast. In 2011, the Union County Superior Court district—District 20B—will have a second Superior Court judge’s seat. The extra position was granted in a 2005 budget bill in anticipation of Union’s growth; with two judges, the District Attorney’s office can ostensibly move twice as many cases through the system as the courtroom is the choking point in any courthouse. The election for the seat will be in 2010 and Chief District Court Judge Chris Bragg said he will vie for the spot. Filing for the position begins Feb. 8. Active Superior Court Judge David Lee is up for reelection in the same election and has

announced he will run. “I love the job (as Disctrict Court judge),� Bragg said. “But I would like to experience some new challenges in my life.� Bragg was appointed by Gov. Jim Hunt and has served as a judge for 15 years; he has been the chief District Court judge since 2006. “I love being in the courtroom,� he said. From a population and case load standpoint, Lee said that the additional judge’s seat made sense. The grand jury meets once a month in Union’s district and averages about 150 to 200 indictments each month. Lee noted that was more than some other districts that already have two judge seats. “This is the most critical need for the criminal justice system in Union County,� District Attorney John Snyder said. “The addition of a second Superior Court judgeship

helps me complete what I see as the critical mission of clearing out some of the backlog in the system. ... I have said for a long time, that is the missing piece in our artillery.� Clerk of Court J.R. Rowell said he was excited about the new spot because it would mean the wheels of justice could move a little quicker in the county. Rowell has not been granted any new clerk positions in lieu of the new judge’s seat yet, but there have been nine new jobs budgeted since he took office almost three years ago. State law requires that the county provide a courtroom and office space for clerks, but the state pays the salaries of most of the employees. Rowell said the new seat would mean more work for everyone in his office, if for no other reason than a clerk must be present

in the courtroom with a judge. He had no complaints with the size of the work force or the Judicial Center. “Would I like to have more? Sure,� he said. “But we have it better in Union County than in a lot of other places.� Lee said the court staff would be able to “hit the ground running� as soon as that new seat came online. Bragg said Union was “long overdue� for the second seat, pointing to court cases that are constantly continued. “That’s not justice,� he said. John Joseph Carvalho, for example, was convicted in September of a murder he committed in 2002. Nobody else has yet publicly announced candidacy for the judge’s seat. Lee, who nominated Bragg for the District Court position, called Bragg and “outstanding judge.�

Chris Bragg bio Chief District Court Judge Chris Bragg will throw his name in the ring for the new Superior Court judge seat. He graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1986 and was a military attorney in the Marine Corps from Chris Bragg 1987 through 1990. He then took a position in the District Attorney’s office until 1994 when he was appointed judge. Bragg said he has enjoyed working in District Court but is ready to step up and face new challenges. His only reservation about taking the Superior Court seat was that he would have to travel more regularly as Superior Court judges rotate districts. “It’s a new challenge,� he said.

Mecklenburg assistant may run for Union County DA BY JASON deBRUYN

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CHARLOTTE There is a strong chance there will be a contested race for Union County district attorney next year. Mecklenburg County Assistant District Attorney Clayton Jones, a resident of Weddington, has not fully committed to entering the race, but said there is a “strong� likelihood that he will file to run against John Snyder. Jones called himself a “career prosecutor� who was ready to step up to the lead role. “To me this is important,� he said. “Not only for me, but for the community as well.� Jones said there are still a few more people that he wants to talk to before making his official decision, but said he thinks he can give Union County quality prosecu-

Clayton Jones Bio Jones was born in Gaston County, the son of a “blue-collar� family. He attended school at Central Piedmont Community College and the University of North Carolina at Charlotte before entering the Air Force and finishing undergraduate school at Appalachian State University. “Neither of my parents graduated college, but they made sure we knew how important it was,� he said. Jones graduated law school from North Carolina Central University and took summer courses at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill before entering the Navy in 1985. He served as the attorney in the Navy, including as the personal attorney for admirals, then furthered his education at George Washington University and was assigned to the Navy surgeon general. In 2002, he was hired as an assistant district attorney in Mecklenburg County and moved through the ranks to now work on the homicide team. “I’m a trial attorney,� he said. “That’s what I’m good at.�

tion mainly because of his experience. He said that at 56 years old and with nearly 25 years of legal experience, he was qualified to take the spot. “It comes down to experience, and they don’t teach you that

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in law school,� he said. “The seat belongs to the people,� Snyder said. “I am proud of the job I’ve done.� Jones said he would work to move cases through as quickly as possible. In order to do

that, he said he would work around the clock to make sure his office was prepared to try any case. The district attorney should be prepared on “enough cases to keep that judge busy eight hours a day, five days a week,� he said. “The most valuable piece of real estate in that courthouse is the trial courtroom with that Superior Court judge. You can have 100 DAs, you can have a huge public defender’s office, you can have 1,000 clerks and all that stuff, but it all has to go through that piece of real estate in a trial courtroom and there is only a limited amount of that time. So the time in that trial courtroom is the most valuable time you’ve got.� As for offering plea deals, Jones said every district attorney takes criticism for that and Snyder is no exception. Coming to terms with a

defendant, however, is just part of the process, he said. “Anybody who says that they are not going to offer plea deals is not being honest.� There currently more than 900 cases on the trial calender and Jones said the only way to move some of those through is to reach a plea agreement. He refused to criticize any specific plea offers Snyder has made, saying there is information that only the district attorney and police know about some cases, which

go into making the plea deals, “so it would be unfair for me to sit here and take potshots at him in any specific case when I don’t know all the information.� Where Jones said he would be an asset to Union County was in using his experience when making the decision on which cases to take to trial. Jones did not have a time line for finalizing his decision for candidacy. Filing begins Feb. 8.

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Recycle, and make it a habit Given time and the right incentives, recycling can become habit forming. Sometimes it just takes a push, like the law that took effect Oct. 1 banning plastic bottles from landfills. The people whose job it is to monitor how much we throw away and where it goes say since the highly publicized ban went into effect, North Carolinians are recycling more plastic. Perhaps they’re also recycling other waste, too, including aluminum cans — which, by the way, already are banned from landfills — and paper. The law, which comes with no real punishment for the average tosser of household trash, is still new. Some people may be responding with a short-lived environmental consciousness. But many may use the recycling push to make some permanent changes that can keep a lot of garbage out of our landfills as well as provide a resource for a growing market. New Hanover County’s waste watchers are seeing a promising trend. Over the past couple of years recycling by the public has nearly tripled, even without the impact of the bottle bill. During October they collected about 9 percent more plastic from recycling bins than during the same month last year. Garbage haulers are making it a little easier by offering recycling services, but they typically come at a higher price than just throwing it all away. Still, for committed recyclers the convenience is preferable to stuffing bags of bottles, cans, newspaper and boxes into the trunk and burning the gas it takes to get it to the nearest recycling station. In Wilmington, curbside recycling is automatically a part of the garbage collection service. Even there, the city is seeing an increase in requests for household recycling bins and has had to order more to meet the demand. The signs are good. Once a routine is established, it becomes almost second nature to separate the bottles, cans and paper products from the regular household garbage. While the public seems agreeable to the concept of recycling if it’s made convenient, the means are what’s lacking. New Hanover County can’t handle much more with the existing facilities. Lynn Bestul, the county’s recycling director, says what is needed is a larger, up-to-date facility to process recyclables. That would cost about $5 million, with most of that going for sophisticated equipment to sort the reusable garbage. Without one, the county would pay about $65 a ton to have a private company do the sorting, if the Board of Commissioners opts to keep the county’s waste operations in house. The board also is considering proposals from private contractors, at least one of which proposes to expand recycling efforts. There are advantages and potential problems with a private contract, and the commissioners must weigh those. Keeping the process in house would require long-term investments but would give the public more direct control over prices and services. The commissioners must decide what is best for county residents, not which alternatives are best for private haulers. Either option should include a strong commitment to reducing the amount of garbage that winds up in the landfill or at the incinerator. The public seems amenable to changing its habits. In this case, it’s government’s turn to catch up. The Star-News of Wilmington

What was he — cough — saying? Whatever the gentleman came to talk about was suddenly unimportant. That’s because a split second before he gripped my hand in that warm, embracing shake perfected by salesmen and politicians, he coughed into his fist. It wasn’t a tiny, throatclearing cough, one used to ensure that initial greetings are enunciated clearly. It was a deep, body-racking cough that originated, if not from his toes, deep from within his lungs where all manner of seasonal germs were multiplying faster than Octomom on fertility drugs and Red Bull. I had less than a tick of the clock to pull up short, to refuse the handshake, possibly offend this gentleman and protect my own health, but the pull of middle-class manners was too strong and I allowed him to grasp my had in that big, potentially infectious mitt. I’m not a germaphobe. I don’t buy hand sanitizer in five-gallon buckets. I have retrieved a burrito from the trash when someone forgot to ask me if I wanted the rest of her lunch. But the media attention given to H1N1 - what we called swine flu back in the day - has left me paranoid and hyper-aware of the coughs and sniffles of others. Thanks again, media. The guy gave me a big grin and began to talk, but nothing registered. It is highly unlikely, but it could have been, “I stopped by to unleash my rabid wolverines upon you.” I heard nothing he said. Instead, I thought about the

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germs creeping up my right hand. I flashed back to my first viewing of the 1958 scifi classic “The Blob,” when my 5-year-old eyes widened in terror at the TV screen as the farmer poked the core of the meteor and The Blob quickly engulfed his hand. I ran screaming from the room then, and I fought the urge to follow the same course of action as this man talked about God knows what. I’ll be OK, I thought, as long as I don’t touch my face and let the vicious little critters in. He can’t talk forever, germs and viruses rarely move at Blob-speed and I can run to the restroom and scrub from fingertips to elbows before I meet the farmer’s fate. Was the soap dispenser refilled? I can’t remember! Heart beating faster. The guy kept talking. “Not many people raise rabid wolverines these days, but I find the hobby quite rewarding. My late wife never really cared for it.” He probably didn’t say that, but I don’t know what he said. I was too busy mentally berating myself for not getting a flu shot. So, you didn’t have time to get vaccinated, did you Mr.

Super Busy Man? Oh, you’ve got time to sit around and think up a bunch of smart-aleck things to put in the newspaper then run out and get a six-pack before the ball game but you can’t clear 15 minutes in your schedule to go to the Health Department for something that could SAVE YOUR FREAKIN’ LIFE and now you’ve got mutated swine flu Blob-germs swarming up to your armpit. That’s what I told myself as the man continued to talk about something I wasn’t listening to. At least I have life insurance, I thought. The wife and kid will be taken care of, although a large portion of that has been designated to construct a slightly smaller scale Graceland in my memory. At this point, the man paused and I recognized this as the part of the conversation in which I was supposed to interject something. “I see,” I said, though I really didn’t. He seemed satisfied, thrust out his hand again and again I took it, perhaps hastening my demise. The second he was out the door I sprinted to restroom, cranked open the hot water and pumped the soap dispenser. Did I kill the virus? Am I safe? I think so. I still feel pretty good,except for just a tiny hint of ...a cough. • Scott Hollifield is editor/general manager of The McDowell News in Marion, N.C. Contact him at P.O. Box 610, Marion, N.C. 28752 or e-mail rhollifield@ mcdowellnews.com.

Hark! The herald angels sing – or maybe not ’Twas the nightmare before Christmas late last month for Michael Stratechuk of Maplewood, N.J., when a federal appeals court upheld a local school district policy barring religious music from school events during the holiday season. Stratechuk, a parent with two children in the district, filed suit in 2004, arguing that eliminating sacred music from holiday programs discriminates against Christianity in violation of the First Amendment. On Nov. 24, the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals disagreed, ruling that public schools are not constitutionally compelled to include religious music. Students in the South Orange-Maplewood School District do study some religious music in the curriculum. But school administrators decided that one way to ensure “religious neutrality” in the schools was to make holiday programs religion-free zones. While Stratechuk vows to continue his legal battle all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court, two outraged Californians are

Charles Haynes Inside the 1st Amendment determined to put the Christmas carol conundrum up for a vote. Last month, Merry Susan Hyatt (yes, her real first name) and her brother, David Joseph Hyatt, began gathering signatures to put a referendum on the November 2010 ballot that would require California public schools to include Christmas music in classrooms and assemblies during the holiday season. Signing up 433,971 registered voters by March 29 is no easy task, but Merry Hyatt -- a substitute teacher with horror stories about schools that celebrate Christmas without Christ

-- is confident that churches will line up to help. She may be right. After all, in referendumcrazed California, anything is possible. Oddly enough, the Hyatts’ ballot initiative doesn’t explicitly define “Christmas music” as religious – which would likely have the unintended consequence of adding more renditions of Frosty and Rudolph to the playlist. But even if victorious next November, the measure might not pass constitutional muster. Courts have consistently ruled that including religious songs in school events is constitutional, as long as the program is educational and not devotional or proselytizing. But any state mandate that sacred music must be a part of holiday programs is likely to run afoul of the establishment-clause prohibition on government endorsement of religion. The First Amendment solution is stunningly simple: Schools should plan holiday programs that are educational in purpose and balanced in

content. Nothing in the First Amendment prohibits public schools from educating students about music, religious and secular, as part of a comprehensive music program that exposes students to a variety of traditions and cultures. Of course, it is also true that nothing in the First Amendment requires schools to include religious songs (as Michael Stratechuk has discovered). But millions of Americans celebrate Christmas in December, and for schools to pretend that Christmas either doesn’t exist or is entirely secular is just plain silly. For those who are nostalgic for the “good old days” in public schools when we all sang the same songs, it’s worth recalling that Americans have been fighting about the role of religion in schools since the founding of public education. In the 19th century, lest we forget, we fought Bible Wars over whose version of the Scriptures would be read in schools -- Protestant or Catholic. Riots broke out, churches

were burned. In other words, there were no good old days. We were divided over religion then, and we are divided over religion now. Since somewhere in the firmament it is written that every public school must have a holiday concert in December, school officials need to get it right. That means ignoring the Restorers who want to re-impose an earlier regime by converting school auditoriums into local churches. But it also means ignoring the Removers who seek to eliminate all mention of religion in public schools. In this, our season of perennial discontent, a little good will combined with a dose of common sense is the best recipe for school holiday programs we can all cheer. • Charles C. Haynes is senior scholar at the First Amendment Center, 555 Pennsylvania Ave., N.W., Washington, D.C. 20001. Web: firstamendmentcenter.org. E-mail: chaynes@freedomforum.org.


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Does anyone remember forecasts that were wrong? By the time you read this column the wild hurricane may have already flown. Or it might still be flying. Or it might not have flown at all. That’s weather forecasting in these parts for you. Nobody can do it accurately but everybody thinks they can. And the more they’re wrong, the more they do it, and the more we keep on believing they can. I read this week where lo and behold the real hurricane season wasn’t as active as the hurricane “experts” said it would be this year. Seems God didn’t make as many storms as they said would show up and not one of the ones that did made land fall. Not that any of us wanted one of ‘em to, mind you. But none of us ever claimed one would. Is it just me or don’t those same hurricane boobs predict the same hurricane mayhem and pandemonium every year? Only to have it all fizzle out come the end of the year. Oh, every now and then they get a year right. But I suspect that’s not as much from any knowledge or mastery of meteorological science as it is a gift from the law of averages. Sort of like the old adage about how even a broken clock is right twice a day. Then every year at about the same time as the hurricane folks admit they’ve bombed out, the “colder than average winter” weather folks start warming up in the bullpen. And I really don’t figure them out because how can it possibly get cold with all this global warming the global warming folks keep warning us all about? Still yet how a bunch of gomers from a profession that cain’t even tell you what its gonna do tomorrow even with their Doppler radars pointed right at it think they can predict something that’ll happen months down the road is beyond me. But if it isn’t what the hurricane season will do or how cold the winter’s fixin’ to be it’s the drought. And just a few weeks from now I’m sure some clown will come on the TV or turn up in the newspaper long enough to tell how many

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inches of rainfall we didn’t get this year. And then go on to explain to us what all that means to the water table and just how much water it ain’t got in it. If you want to know the truth about it I ain’t sure there is such a thing as the water table to start with. I’ve never personally seen it nor have I ever met anybody else who’s ever claimed they have. Not even a well digger. They don’t even have pictures of it. And the best anybody’s ever been able to do is draw a picture of what it’s supposed to look like. That’s sort of like sitting on Santa’s lap at the mall. We know the fat old dude with the white beard and the red suit represents the real McCoy but ain’t none of us ever him. At least with Santa Claus, though, presents do show up at High Grass Manor on Christmas morning with his name on them. But I ain’t never had the water table bring me nothing yet. The bottom line is the weather’s gonna do what it planned on doing whether or not it fits into our plans or not. Just remember this rule every time the weatherman threatens us with snow or ice- It ain’t bread and milk every time you need to stock up as much as it toilet paper. I learned several storms back that you can make it a day or two without a peanut butter and jelly sandwich and glass of milk. But you ain’t gonna make it far without toilet paper now that the leaves are gone.

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New mayor leaves open council seat Applicants sought for appointment BY ELISABETH ARRIERO

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MONROE Residents who missed the cutoff or chose not to enter the Wesley Chapel Village Council election in November have a second chance to serve. With Councilman Brad Horvath taking over as mayor at the December meeting, there will be a vacancy on the Village Council. The village is accepting letters of interest through Wednesday and will appoint his replacement. “We knew that was going to happen if he was elected mayor,” Councilwoman Sondra Bradford said. Howard Brotton and Kim Ormiston were

elected in November to fill the seats of departing council members Rick Croffut and Sonya Pierce. Candidate Chuck Rohland came in third with 22.15 percent of the vote, but Horvath said that state statute doesn’t automatically award him the vacant position. As of Friday, town clerk Cheryl Bennett had received three letters indicating interest; Rohland has yet to apply for the position. Village staff will present all the letters to the council at its Dec. 14 meeting. At its Jan. 11 meeting, the council will interview candidates. Anyone interested in filling the seat should send a letter of interest to Bennett at wesleychapel@windstream.net or by mail to P.O. Box 1584, Monroe, NC 28112.

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Danny Jordan, of Scoggins Farms in Monroe, pilots ‘Tom’ and their six-seat carriage down Main Street as part of the downtown festivities leading up to the 7 p.m. tree lighting on Saturday.

Garden club plans Christmas lunch

MONROE The Monroe Garden Club will have its annual Christmas luncheon and silent auction at the Monroe Library’s Griffin Room on Dec. 15, at 11 a.m. The meeting is open to the public. The library is at 316 E. Windsor St. For information, contact Joyce Ingold at 704-2894644 or ingold@carolina. rr.com.

Defeating denial artwork displayed

MONROE In recognition of National Recovery Month, BHC First Step at CMCUnion displayed “Breaking Through the Wall of Denial,” art work completed by patients receiving treatment. “The art therapy exercise is designed to provide patients the opportunity to explain what denial means in terms of addiction and how to break the cycle. It is part of treatment our treatment program said Dorsey Ward, director of First Step.” The artwork

was displayed in the Main Lobby of CMC-Union. For more information about BHC First Step at CMC-Union please call 704-283-2043.

Two sewer spills are reported

MONROE Two sanitary sewer overflows occurred in the Union County sanitary sewer system on Wednesday. According to a press release from the county, the overflows were not of the magnitude to cause immediate danger to human health or the environment. All pumps and equipment were operating properly and at full capacity on Wednesday. The sewer overflows were the direct result of heavy rain which fell in less than 24 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 p.m. and lasted until 12:35 a.m. on Thursday. A portion

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Metro’s Brock reaches top status

MONROE Robbie Brock has earned master technician status at Metro Honda of Union County, the highest achievement in Honda’s technical training program. He is the only one on staff so far to receive this award. He has been with the company for 11 years. His

Strategic planning committee to meet

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BIRTHDAYS Taylor Nicole Huss

Taylor Nicole Huss was 1 year old Nov. 21, 2009. She is the daughter of Mark G u y t o n and Ashley Huss, both of Monroe. Her grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Nickie Huss of Lancaster, S.C., Teresa Huss and Mr. and Mrs. Lynn Guyton, all of Monroe, and Carole Darity of Florence, S.C. Taylor’s great-grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Carroll Huss and Rosemary Deaton, all of Mon-

roe, and Wallace Guyton of Florence.

of Monroe and Madeline Rushing of Wingate.

Evan Bryce Tarlton

Ryan Thomas Moyer

Evan Bryce Tarlton was 3 years old Nov. 29, 2009. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Aaron Tarlton (Cara Simpson) of Unionville. His grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Larry Simpson of Unionville and Mr. and Mrs. Cecil Thomas of Indian Trail. Evan’s great-grandparents are Frances Simpson and Marilyn Purser

Ryan Thomas Moyer was 4 years old Nov. 27, 2009. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Matthew M o y e r (Sherry Slagle) of Apex. His g randparents are Tom and Peggy Moyer of Monroe and Rick and Sheila Slagle of Cary. Ryan’s great-grandparents are Troy and Joyce Purser.

BIRTHS Nathan James Haney Mr. and Mrs. Jason Louis Singalevitch (Valerie Diane Clontz)

Clontz — Singalevitch The Episcopal Church of the Redeemer in Shelby was the setting for the 2 p.m. wedding of Valerie Diane Clontz and Jason Louis Singalevitch. The Rev. Marie Cope officiated. The bride is the daughter of Carl “Happy” and Diane Clontz of Charlotte. She is the granddaughter of Ellis and Maida McComb of Charlotte and the late Wright and Louise Clontz. She graduated from United Faith Christian Academy in 2000 and from UNC Charlotte in 2004. She is employed by the N.C. Highway Patrol in Monroe. The groom is the son of Lorri Singalevitch of Cherryville and the late Peter Singalevitch. He graduated from St. Joseph High School in Metuchen, N.J. and from Georgia Southern University. He is employed by the N.C. Highway Patrol in

Cleveland County. The bride, given in marriage by her parents, wore a white, strapless, A-line gown with corset back. Serving as maid of honor was Andrea Suddreth, cousin of the bride. Bridesmaid was Heather Endre of Leland. Jeff McCall, friend of the couple, served as best man. Mark Endre of Leland served as groomsman. The wedding reception, held in the parish hall at the church, followed the ceremony. The rehearsal dinner was held on Sept. 18, 2009, at Gondola Italian Restaurant in Shelby. After a wedding cruise to the southern Caribbean, the Singalevitches reside in Kings Mountain.

Marc and April Lankford Haney of Peachland announce the birth of their son Nathan James, on Sept. 22, 2009, at Presbyterian Hospital in Matthews. Nathan weighed 8 pounds 4 ounces and was 21.5 inches long. His grandparents are Harold and Lucy Haney of Wingate, Fred and Deborah Atkinson of Greensboro and Ronald and Marsha Lankford of Reidsville. He is the great-grandchild of Ronald and Rachel Lankford of Greensboro, Margaret Saunders of Greensboro and Beatrice Edwards of Peachland.

Rayleigh Shyanne Fowler

Mr. and Mrs. Anthony Brent Fowler of Monroe

announce the birth of their daughter Rayleigh Shyanne, on Nov. 7, 2009, at Presbyterian Hospital in Matthews. Rayleigh weighed 8 pounds 4 ounces and was 20.5 inches long. Her grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Steven Wayne Turner of Indian Trail, Mr. and Mrs. Jack Pressley of Indian Trail and Douglas Vane Fowler of Monroe.

Dylan Scott Melton

Mr. and Mrs. Scottie A. Melton (Melissa Belk) of Monroe announce the birth of their son, Dylan Scott, on Nov. 7, 2009, at Carolinas Medical Center-Union. Dylan weighed 7 pounds, 13 ounces and was 22 inches long. His grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Richard D. Belk of Monroe and Mr. and Mrs. Jackie A. Melton of

Monroe. He is the greatgrandchild of Grace N. Belk of Charlotte and Mr. and Mrs. Charles Fry of Monroe.

Lane Austin Garris

Jessica and Phillip Garris of Monroe announce the birth of their son, Lane Austin, on Oct. 27, 2009, at Carolinas Medical Center-Union. Lane weighed 7 pounds, 14 ounces and was 22 inches long. His grandparents are Cindy and Robert Garris of Monroe, Annette Rushing Tarlton of Monroe and Scott Tarlton of Wingate. He is the great-grandson of Mary Keiser Waugh of Oak Island and Ona and Shelton Davis, Larry and Carolyn Rushing, and John and Joanne Tarlton, all of Monroe. He is the great-great-grandson of Roma “Jackie” Rushing of Monroe.

HOROSCOPES Dec. 6, 2009

You always stand up for yourself and fight for your rights, but this could easily be intensified in the year ahead. You won’t be unnecessarily aggressive, but when something is important, you could go all-out. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 23-Dec. 21) -- You have a gift of turning things or situations into what others deem to be pleasurable activities. You may get that opportunity once again. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) -- Some kind of important change might take place that you won’t personally orchestrate. But this occurrence could benefit you more than it does anyone else. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 19) -- When doing something different that should be fun, find an ally who can be a contributor. It’ll be more enjoyable working together and bouncing ideas off each other. PISCES (Feb. 20-March 20) -- An opportunity to use your special talents might present itself. Those who work at your side will be happy to have you around and greatly appreciate what you have to offer. ARIES (March 21-April 19) -- This is a good day to do what you like, but it’s important to keep things in balance, whether you’re socializing, working, spending time with the family, or being a recluse. TAURUS (April 20-May 20) -- Things will go much smoother if you make sure that you and your mate are in complete accord when it comes to handling domestic issues. Join forces to keep the lid on things. GEMINI (May 21-June 20) -- This is a good day to do something different, something you’ve always wanted to do but never got around to trying. Your curious mind and eager disposition makes you amenable to anything new. CANCER (June 21-July 22) -- You might be a bit extravagant, but only to satisfy a special need -- so you won’t consider it a foolish thing to do. You’re smart enough to know when to tighten

the wallet. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22) -- Be persuasive if necessary in order to get others to join you in a fun activity. It could be an active and happy day, and everyone will have a good time. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) -Strong, intuitive feelings should not be ignored, especially those that encourage you to enhance your status and standing among your peers. It could mean a lot to you. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23) -- If you’ve been considering accepting an invitation from some new acquaintances, follow these urgings. It is a good day to make friends and/or cement relationships. SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 22) -- You work best when you’re in charge and can do things at your pace. This is likely to be one of those days, whether you’re working alone or with several other people.

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Life has a way of exposing us to character-building situations from time to time, which is likely to be the case for you in the year ahead. Fortunately, you’ll handle it in an admirable fashion and grow considerably from the experience. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 23-Dec. 21) - When seeking financial advice, be wise and selective as to whom you go to for help. Bypass best friends who don’t know any more about monetary issues than you do. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) - Even though you might feel very good about what you want to accomplish, keep your plans to yourself. Others could be involved with their own objectives and don’t want to hear about yours. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 19) - There’s a chance you could commit yourself to something you know would be wrong simply to appease another. Later when you attempt to fulfill your promise, you could end up in trouble. PISCES (Feb. 20-March 20) - Help you were counting on is

not likely to be forthcoming. In order to be on the safe side, you had better have a back up plan in place for when you are on your own. ARIES (March 21-April 19) A partnership situation in which you’re involved will run out of steam if either you or your sidekick get tired and begin to leave all the hard stuff to the other. Quit while you’re ahead. TAURUS (April 20-May 20) You may be able to talk a good game, but when it comes to doing what your mouth claims, you could leave a lot to be desired. Better leave all the bragging until after you’ve proven yourself. GEMINI (May 21-June 20) Attempting to keep up with the spending of your friends could turn out to be expensive. Don’t be a victim of your pride and/or the mismanagement of your resources. CANCER (June 21-July 22) - If you believe you have to come on strong in order to impress others, you could be in for a tough lesson. Throwing your weight around might induce a heavier person to throw his/hers right back at you. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22) - Associates aren’t likely to be enamored by your bright ideas, so don’t attempt to impose your thinking on them. Ideas have to be fully exchanged with everyone while keeping an open mind. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) Something you’ve been hoping to acquire can be purchased at a pretty good price, but, in order to do so, you must not be too laid back or lazy about searching for a bargain. Check all your sources. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23) Usually you’re a fair and balanced person who treats everyone in a magnanimous fashion. Yet for some reason you may start to place importance on yourself and what pleases you. SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 22) There’s a possibility that you will be your own worst enemy and refuse to listen to another’s point of view. All viewpoints need to be considered in order to iron out a complicated development. © 2009, Newspaper Enterprise Assn.

IN SERVICE Bobo finishes basic training

COLUMBIA, S.C. — Army Reserve Pvt. Joshua L. Bobo has graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson. During the nine weeks of training, Bobo studied the Army mission, his-

tory, tradition and core values, physical fitness, and received instruction and practice in basic combat skills, military weapons, chemical warfare and bayonet training, drill and ceremony, marching, rifle marksmanship, armed and

unarmed combat, map reading, field tactics, military courtesy, military justice system, basic first aid, foot marches, and field training exercises. Bobo is the son of Charlen Bowers of Stoneyridge Drive, Indian Trail.

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Service From the Heart

Girl Scout Cadette Troop 795 recently finished a scavenger hunt community service project to collect items for the Turning Point domestic violence shelter and the Community Shelter. as well as other nonprofits and families in need. All Girl Scouts in Union District 2 were invited to participate. There were 20 items, such as paper products, cleaning supplies, blankets and personal hygiene items, on the list to collect. When the items were turned in Nov. 21, more than 60 Girl Scouts had participated. Troop 795 did the project to earn its Silver Award, the highest a Cadette Girl Scout can earn.

Man ready to say goodbye to ex Dear Abby: I am 25 and dated a woman I’ll call “Brenda” for about five years. She dumped me soon after college graduation with no explanation. All she said was she “needed to be alone for a while,” but she could see herself marrying me and having kids with me “eventually.” I accepted it and tried to move on. Brenda has stayed in touch for the last two years, but we have not been together or intimate. She calls me nearly every night before she goes to bed. I never call her or go to her house. I talk to her because I don’t want to be rude, but I’d prefer not to. I mean, what’s the point? When we split, I told her I didn’t want contact, but she seemed so devastated when I said it that I backed off. Would it be wrong for me to completely cut off communication? How do I do it nicely? I loved Brenda once, but her constant calls don’t allow me closure. Even if she asked me now to get back together, I wouldn’t. She hurt me when she broke it off with no explanation, and I no longer trust her. What should I do? — Needs Closure in Philly Dear Needs Closure: Forgive the strong language, but Miss Brenda

Dear Abby Columnist appears to be somewhat screwed up. You seem like a nice guy — too nice, in fact. There comes a time in life when we must draw the line when someone hurts us. The next time Brenda calls to say good night, tell her it’s not good night, it’s goodbye because you no longer want to dwell in the past. Believe me, you’ll be doing yourself a favor. Dear Abby: In cities large and small across the globe, a sad reality occurs year after year. Children die. The causes vary — an auto accident, suicide, drive-by shooting, fire, illness, war or something completely different. Families, friends and entire towns mourn the deaths of children who have died before they could reach their full potential. For the past 13 years, The Compassionate Friends, a national selfhelp support organization for families grieving the death of a child, has spon-

sored a Worldwide Candle Lighting during the difficult holidays to honor the memory of all children — no matter their age — who died too young. Dear Abby readers, whether or not they have been personally touched by such a tragedy, are invited to remember all children who have died by joining in the Worldwide Candle Lighting on Sunday, Dec. 13. Although officially held for one hour at 7 p.m. local time, this has become an event where hundreds of services in memory of children are held throughout the day around the world. Anyone who is unable to attend is encouraged to light candles in their home, whether alone or with friends and family. — Patricia Loder, Executive Director, The Compassionate Friends Dear Patricia: I am pleased to help spread the word. Your organization is a valuable resource for families and friends of those who have experienced the loss of a child, and I commend you for the work you do. Readers, you can locate local services on The Compassionate Friends Web site: www. compassionatefriends. org or by calling (tollfree) 877-969-0010. © 2009 Universal UClick


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HOLIDAY EVENTS The following events are scheduled at various schools to celebrate the holiday season:

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The Cuthbertson High School Chorus and Chamber Ensemble, under the direction of Janet Hall, will perform a winter concert on Dec. 15 at 7 p.m. in the school auditorium. Admission is free.

Parkwood High

Craigs celebrate 50 years

Wilsons observe 30th

Mr. and Mrs. David F. Craig of Monroe celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on Oct. 29, 2009, with a surprise dinner at Logan’s Roadhouse in Monroe. It was hosted by Kenny and Marsha Craig. They were married Oct. 29, 1959, in Monroe. Mrs. Craig is the former Ellen Faye Shrader, daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Alonzo Shrader. She is retired from Herff Jones Company in Matthews, where she worked in customer service. His parents are the late Mr. and Mrs. J. Baxter Craig of Monroe. He is re-

Mark Darren and Cheryl Marie Wilson of Waxhaw celebrated their 30th wedding anniversary on Nov. 30, 2009, with a small family get together at their Waxhaw home. It was hosted by their children. They were married on Nov. 30, 1979, in Waxhaw. Mrs. Wilson is the former Cheryl Schwab, daughter of Gail and John Schwab of Waxhaw. She is retired from J.S. Woodworks in Mineral Springs, where she worked as office manager and cabinet stainer. His parents are Irene and Doug Wilson of Wax-

tired from Old Dominion Freight Lines in Charlotte, where he was employed as an auditor. Their children and spouses are Kenneth “Kenny” and Marsha Craig of Waxhaw and Jeffrey “Jeff ” and Melissa Craig of Monroe. They have five grandchildren.

UCPS LUNCH MENUS Elementary

Monday: Taco salad, chicken strips with honey mustard, quick-baked potatoes, steamed broccoli, mixed fruit cup, fresh fruit choice Tuesday: Cheese stix dippers, chicken fajita salad with tortilla chips, baked potato, green beans, tropical fruit, fresh fruit choice Wednesday: Macaroni & cheese with ham, hamburger on whole wheat bun, potato smiles, mixed green salad, sliced peaches, fresh fruit choice, apple muffin Thursday: Barbecued chicken, corn dog, baked beans, steamed broccoli, pear halves, fresh fruit choice, whole wheat roll Friday: Cheese pizza, deli roll-up, baked french fries, spinach salad, peach cups, fresh fruit choice

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Parkwood High School’s chorus concert will be Dec. 15 and its band concert will be Dec. 17. Both will begin at 7 p.m. in the auditorium.

Porter Ridge High

Porter Ridge High School’s winter chorus is scheduled for Dec. 10, the winter band concert for Dec. 11 and the holiday drama production for Dec. 17, all in the school auditorium. The winter visual arts display, including refreshments and music, will be Dec. 15 at 7 p.m. in the school’s G wing lobby.

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haw. He is retired from J.S. The Sun Valley Honors Woodworks in Mineral Theatre class will presSprings, where he was ent “It’s A Wonderful employed as head cabinet maker. Their children and spouses are David Joseph Wilson of Great Falls, S.C., Casey Elizabeth Wilson of Waxhaw and Clyde Taylor Parkwood to present Wilson of Waxhaw. They have one grand- one-act plays MONROE child. The Theatre Department of Parkwood High School will present “Bits & Pieces 09,” a collection of one-act plays, on Thursday, roll, potato bites, green Friday and Saturday at beans, spinach salad, 7 p.m. at the school, 3220 blueberry cup, fresh fruit Parkwood School Road. choice Tickets are $5 for adults, $3 for students with a valid ID. The author of After-school Monday: Bug bites, two of the plays, Brad milk Tuesday: Goldfish cheddar crackers, assorted juices Wednesday: Fruit pastry, assorted juices Unionville third-grader Thursday: Giant gold- Meredith Shank should fish graham, milk have been listed on the Friday: Cheese sticks, school’s A honor roll for assorted juices the second grading pe-

Life: A Live Radio Play” on Dec. 11-12 at 7:30 p.m. in the school auditorium. Tickets are $5. This play is a radio style version of the classic movie and offers audience participation.

Weddington High

The Weddington High School Choral Department will present a winter concert on Tuesday in the school’s auditorium at 7 p.m. The Ladies Chorus and the Honors Ladies’ Chorus will each sing a variety of seasonal and traditional selections. As a finale, the choruses will combine to sing an arrangement set to the music of “The Nutcracker Suite” using the lyrics to “Jingle Bells”, titled “Nutcracker Jingles.” Also, the combined choruses will sing a medley of Christmas pop tunes: “Winter Wonderland,” “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas” and “Its the Most Wonderful Time of the Year.” The Weddington High School Band will have its annual winter concert on Dec. 17 at 7:30 p.m in the school auditorium. They will be playing a wide selection of music with the premiere performance of the Weddington Jazz Band. Admission is free

ACADEMICS Walton, will be in attendance on Saturday. For more information, please call 704-764-2900.

Parkwood art on display

MONROE The third annual Parkwood High School Visual Arts Exhibit is on display through Dec. 31 ath the Monroe branch of the Union County Public Library, 316 E. Windsor St.

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Obama wrestles with jobs WASHINGTON (AP) — In his latest job creation effort, President Barack Obama is trying to find practical and politically feasible ways of spurring hiring among skittish employers. Among the ideas expected in his economic speech Tuesday is an expanded program that gives people cash incentives to fix up their homes with energy-saving materials, senior administration officials have told The Associated Press. Obama is leaning toward new incentives for small businesses that hire new workers and new spending on roads, bridges and other public works, the officials said. The president also is open to a federal infusion of money to cash-strapped state and local governments, considered among the quickest and most effective — though expensive — ways to stem layoffs. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because the package and Obama’s speech were being developed. The officials emphasized that Obama probably won’t mention in his speech every job idea he will eventually support, and that his address is meant only

as one step in a debate that’s sure to keep going. Obama said in his Saturday radio and Internet address that the country is emerging from an “economic storm” and that he’s working to put people back on the payroll after a painful recession. Two years of drastic job cuts all but ended in November, according to the latest figures, and the jobless rate inched down to 10 percent. Putting that in perspective, he said in the address, “For those who were laid off last month and the millions of Americans who have lost their jobs in this recession, a good trend isn’t good enough.” The White House is not yet commenting publicly on the details of Obama’s speech. Job losses in the U.S. have been the worst since the 1930s, but new statistics out Friday showed a relatively moderate loss of 11,000 jobs last month. The unemployment rate dipped from 10.2 percent in October to 10 percent in November, but remains at a troubling doubledigit level. Rising frustration over joblessness threatens the president’s agenda. The president must con-

nect with voters to boost the chances of his legislative efforts and for Democrats in the 2010 midterm elections and his own in 2012. Obama held a jobs forum at the White House on Thursday, made a trip Friday to visit business owners, workers and the unemployed in Allentown, Pa., and set the jobsbill speech for Tuesday at Brookings Institution, a Washington think tank. “History tells us this is usually what happens with recessions — even as the economy grows, it takes time for jobs to follow,” Obama said in the weekend address. “But the folks who have been looking for work without any luck for months and, in some cases, years, can’t wait any longer.” Obama said he has no intention of backing off his administration’s efforts to overhaul health care, improve education, invest in a clean energy economy and deal with mounting federal debts. All, he said, are vital to strengthening the economy long term. “I didn’t run for president simply to manage the crisis of the moment while kicking our most pressing problems down the road,”

$350 million goes to ‘clean’ coal plant ODESSA, Texas (AP) — The federal Department of Energy has awarded a $350 million grant to a company that plans to build a more environmentally friendly coal-fired plant in West Texas. Summit Texas Clean Energy LLC of Bainbridge Island, Wash., is pitching a $1.7 billion plant capable of producing 400 megawatts, enough to power 400,000 homes. The department announced its decision, two years after the MidlandOdessa area lost out on a similar project called FutureGen. Officials used the legwork from that proposal to boost their latest bid. Summit has said its plant would capture about 90 percent of the carbon dioxide produced in coalfired plants. The captured greenhouse gases would be sold to help the drilling process in the oil-rich

Permian Basin. Summit’s plan differs from the government’s $2.4 FutureGen plan, which would permanently store the captured gas. A site in Mattoon, Ill., beat out a site in Penwell, near Odessa, for the FutureGen project. Former Dallas Mayor Laura Miller, a spokeswoman for Summit, said the government moved quickly in awarding the grant, meaning her company could break ground on the project in a year. The site could be Penwell or elsewhere in the Midland-Odessa area. “We are extremely pleased to have DOE’s support,” Miller said in an emailed statement. Miller credited several Texas politicians “who believed in this project from the get-go and know that it will create many jobs and opportunities.

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Plan your retirement in stages

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term returns. With more than ten years to invest, you might be able to afford to take on a little bit more risk with your investments. While equities – such as stocks – have an inherent risk of losing money, they also have a history of providing significant returns over a long period of time. Just keep in mind that past performance is no guarantee of future results. Probably the biggest advantage of getting an early start is the benefit of compounding earnings. Based on the investments in your retirement portfolio, the money you put in has the potential to earn more mon-

ey for you – whether through interest payments, dividends, or other means of growth. In many cases, those earnings can be reinvested into your portfolio, further enhancing the total value of your savings and allowing your money the opportunity to “make money” for you. If your retirement is less than ten years away, then it’s time to start making subtle adjustments to your investment mix. Hopefully, at this point you’re not just getting started, but rather taking a look at how your investments are allocated and making sure they appropriately match your risk tolerance, your investment objectives and your relatively short time horizon. Because you have less time to work with, you still want to have some investments that offer growth, but you also want to begin looking at preservation of principal through fixed income alternatives such as bonds, which may provide a little more stability in your portfolio and help reduce your overall risk.

Finally, at some point you’ll reach that day that you once thought was so far off. When you find yourself officially in the position to retire, you will have a whole different outlook on those funds you have set aside for just that purpose. Instead of making contributions to your retirement funds to help them grow, you’ll be looking to maintain income from those investments. You’ll likely begin taking distributions from them to pay for your dayto-day expenses. A thorough review of your investments will help you clearly see just how much you have saved, and how you will have to plan your distributions so you don’t run short on funds during your retirement. Financial preparation for retirement is something that is different for every individual. To make sure that you’re on the right track, take the time now to assess your own situation and see what you can do to make sure you’re ready when it’s time for you to retire.

Grant will fund e-learning for farmers

STATESVILLE — Farm Credit has received a grant to cover the tuition and make a new e-learning financial and business management course available to North Carolina farm families. The online training will be offered statewide through North Carolina’s three Farm Credit associations. The Farm Credit University curriculum includes financial planning, budgeting and other money matters essential to a farm’s success. Among the 10 participants for the first class taking place during fall 2009 and spring 2010 is Lee Ann Helms of Monroe. Helms is participating with her husband, Nathanael. They live on a 6.5-acre farm (part of a larger family-owned row cropping farm) and have a small horse farm that they are expanding to include cattle operations. Their mentor is Mitchell Clontz, commercial ag loan officer at the Monroe office of Carolina Farm Credit. The program is funded by a $94,500 grant from the North Carolina Tobacco Trust Fund.

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CMC-Union Caledar Carolinas Medical Center-Union offers a wide variety of community health events, seminars, support groups, and wellness classes, all intended to promote preventive health and encourage healthy choices. All classes and support groups will take place at CMC-Union, 600 Hospital Drive, in Monroe, unless otherwise noted. To view a complete list of upcoming events and classes scheduled for December, visit www.cmc-union.org/ calendar/. CPR/AED certification class Saturday, 8 a.m. to noon. This class includes adult/child CPR and AED (Automated External Defibrillator) and infant CPR instruction. This is the right choice for day care providers, teachers, coaches, and any non-health care professional seek-

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Car seat safety workshop Dec. 10, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. This class will teach new parents how to install a car seat and properly secure their child in the seat according to the N.C. Child Passenger Safety Law. To register, call 704-283BABY.

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How smart is your cart? Dec. 10, 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with diabetes and takes insulin, join us for a free grocery store tour to learn about heart healthy food choices, the effects of carbohydrates on

Brain Injury Support Group Dec. 7, 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Free monthly support group for those suffering from a brain injury, including strokes, tumors, TBI, Parkinson’s, etc. Family members and caregivers welcome. For more information, call 704-355-4354. Look Good, Feel Better Dec. 8, 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Free bi-monthly support group for women undergoing chemotherapy or radiation. Trained cosmetologists help women adjust to

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Medicare at core of health care debate

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Republicans forced Democrats to vote in favor of cutting billions from providers of home care for older people as partisan debate flared Saturday during a rare weekend session on President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul. Obama planned to travel to Capitol Hill on Sunday to help Democrats resolve internal disputes that stand in the way of Majority Leader Harry Reid bringing the 10-year, nearly $1 trillion legislation to a vote. Ahead of his visit, Republicans, bent on making Democrats cast politically risky votes, offered their third amendment in the debate so far showcasing more than $400 billion in cuts to projected Medicare spending that would pay for the bill, mostly for subsidies to help extend coverage to millions of uninsured. Like the other two, this one went down to defeat, on a vote of 53 to 41. The measure by Sen. Mike Johanns, R-Neb., would have eliminated $42 billion in cuts over 10 years to agencies that provide home health care to seniors under Medicare. Four moderate Democrats joined all Republicans present in voting for the amendment.

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LIBRARY CALENDAR Computer classes

Monroe Library, 316 E. Windsor St.; 704-283-8184 Word II, 5 p.m. Tuesday 12/1; Excel I, 3:30 p.m. Thursday 12/3; Ancestry Online for Beginners, 1:30 p.m. Saturday 12/5; Word I, 10 a.m. Monday 12/7; Basic Internet, 10:30 a.m. Wednesday 12/9; Excel II, 3 p.m. Wednesday 12/9; Mail Merge, 3 p.m. Wednesday 12/9; Basic Computer Skills, 10 a.m. Tuesday 12/15; Basic Email, 11 a.m. Wednesday 12/16; Word I, 5:30 p.m. Wednesday 12/16; Publisher I, 10 a.m. Thursday 12/17; Basic Computer Skills, 1:30 p.m. Saturday 12/19; Basic Computer Skills, 10 a.m. Wednesday 12/23; Internet Basics, 10 a.m. Monday 12/28; Excel I, 2 p.m. Monday 12/28. Union West Library, 123 Unionville-Indian Trail Road, Indian Trail; 704821-7475 Basic Computer Skills, 10 a.m. Thursday 12/3. Union West Regional Library; Excel I, 5:30 p.m. Tuesday 12/8; Basic Internet, 10 a.m. Thursday 12/10; Publisher, 1:30 p.m. Saturday 12/12; Basic Email, 3 p.m. Monday 12/14; Word I, 3 p.m. Monday 12/21; Excel I, 3 p.m. Tuesday 12/22; Excel II, 5 p.m. Tuesday 12/22 Edwards Memorial Library, 414 Hasty St., Marshville; 704-624-2828 Excel I, 5:30 p.m. Wednesday 12/2; Word II, 1:30 p.m. Saturday 12/5; Basic Internet, 10 a.m. Tuesday 12/8 Waxhaw Library, 509 S. Providence St., Waxhaw; 704-843-3131 Email Basics, 3 p.m. Thursday 12/10; Internet Basics, 10 a.m. Thursday 12/17.

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414 Hasty St., Marshville; 704-624-2828. CHILDREN TODDLER TIME: 9:30 a.m. Wednesday. Twenty minutes of stories, songs, and activities for children ages 12 - 36 months and a caregiver. PRESCHOOL STORY TIME: 10 a.m. Wednesday. Thirty to 40 minutes of stories, songs, and activities for children 3, 4 and 5. BABY TIME: 10 a.m. Tuesday. This fun and interactive program is full of stories, rhymes and songs! It is for babies and their caregivers. TERRIFIC TUESDAY: 5:30

p.m. Dec. 8. “All Aboard! The Polar Express” Get your ticket and wear your pajamas for a holiday story, music and a craft. Registration required. For ages 5-9. SAMANTHA’S WINTER PARTY: 5:30 p.m. Dec. 14. This American Girl party features a short story, making snowflakes and ornaments plus a game. Ages 5-12. READING CLUBHOUSE: 5:30 p.m. Dec. 17. Read the book and attend the program for some fun and exciting activities. For ages 8-12. TEENS OFFICIAL OPENING OF NEW TEEN AREA: 5-5:30 p.m. Dec. 7. Help us unveil our new Teen Area at the Marshville Branch. The name of the area will be announced and displayed. The name was chosen by the local teens. Free customized ear buds will be given to all teens (ages 13-18) in attendance. Drawings for three gift certificates will be held — you must be present to enter and win. Refreshments provided. ADULTS OPEN KNIT: 3-4:45 p.m. Dec. 7. Open Knit is the perfect opportunity to share information on patterns and yarn, get some advice, or just meet other knitters. Beginning knitters are always welcome and experienced knitters are always sought. Teens are invited as well. BOOKS FOR LUNCH: Noon Dec. 15. Discussion of “Holidays on Ice” by David Sedaris.

Monroe Library

316 E. Windsor St., Monroe; 704-283-8184. CHILDREN BABY TIME: 11 a.m. Wednesday. This fun and interactive program is full of stories, rhymes and songs! It is for babies and their caregivers. TODDLER TIME: 10 a.m. Tuesday. Twenty minutes of stories, songs, and activities for children ages 12 - 36 months and a caregiver. PRESCHOOL STORY TIME: 10:30 a.m. Tuesday. Thirty to 40 minutes of stories, songs, and activities for children 3, 4 and 5. HOMEWORK HELP: 4:306:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. For kids in grades 1-8. No registration is necessary; just drop in. This will run through December 17. ADULTS

A RECEPTION AND BOOKSIGNING HONORING THE AUTHORS OF REMEMBERING HURRICANE HUGO – LIFE EXPERIENCE STORIES FROM UNION COUNTY NC: 2-3:30 p.m. Dec. 6. This keepsake book is a product of a writing workshop led by Margaret Bigger that took place in August at the library. Participants were given prompts to help recall and write their memories of that night and the aftermath. This drop-in event will be held at the Monroe Library and is open to the public. EVENING BOOK CLUB: 5:30 p.m. Dec. 8. Free choice! Bring your favorite book or Christmas book to discuss with the group. FINDING THE PERFECT POOCH: 1:30 p.m. Dec. 12. Before you buy that new puppy for Christmas, join certified professional dog trainer Maggie Blutreich to learn about what you should AND shouldn’t look for in a new family member. Call 704-283-8184, ext. 232 for more information. REBALANCE YOUR PORTFOLIO FOR 2010 IN JUST 30 MINUTES: 4 p.m. Dec. 16. Christine Benz, Morningstar’s director of personal finance, will present this online seminar. The session will focus on how to use the library’s subscription to Morningstar Investment Research Center to help manage your portfolio and keep your investments in order. Following the presentation, patrons will have the opportunity to access the online Morningstar Investment Research Center to practice the skills taught in the seminar. This program will be helpful for anyone who wants to take an active role in their retirement or investment planning. Morningstar is an independent investment research company providing data on more than 300,000 investment offerings including stocks, bonds, and mutual funds. Union County Public Library offers its cardholders access to Morningstar’s online Investment Research Center as well as the hardcopy Morningstar Mutual Funds subscription (at the Monroe and Indian Trail branches). There is a limit of 14 participants for this program. Registration is required. To register, call the Reference Desk of the Monroe Library at 704-283-

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Union West Regional Library

123 Unionville-Indian Trail Road, Indian Trail. 704-821-7475. CHILDREN BABY TIME: 10:30 a.m. Mondays & Thursdays. This fun and interactive program is full of stories, rhymes and songs! It is for babies and their caregivers. TODDLER TIME: 11:15 a.m. Mondays. 10 a.m. Tuesdays. 10:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. Wednesdays. Twenty minutes of stories, songs, and activities for children 12-36 months, and a caregiver. PRESCHOOL STORY TIME: 10:45 a.m. Tuesdays. 11:30 a.m. Wednesdays. Thirty to 40 minutes of stories, songs, and activities for children 3, 4 and 5. COME DISCOVER BOOKS BY CHRIS VAN ALLSBURG: 5 p.m. Dec. 8. We will discover a few of Chris Van Allsburg’s books with book talks, and then share the story of “The Polar Express.”We will also do a fun activity with a jingle bell. This program is for kids 5 and up and their families.

CARTOONING CLUB: 5:30 p.m. Dec. 17. For ages 8 and up. New members always welcome. ADULTS UNION WEST BOOK CLUB: 5:30 p.m. Dec. 15. Discussion of “Eat, Pray, Love” by Elizabeth Gilbert. Call 704-821-7475 for more information.

Waxhaw Library

509 S. Providence Street, Waxhaw. 704-843-3131. CHILDREN BABY TIME: 11:30 a.m. Monday. This fun and interactive program is full of stories, rhymes and songs! It is for babies and their caregivers. TODDLER TIME: 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. Tuesday. Twenty minutes of stories, songs, and activities for children 12-36 months and a caregiver. PRESCHOOL STORY TIME: 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. Wednesday. Thirty to 40 minutes of stories, songs, and activities for children ages 3, 4 and 5. FAMILY MUSIC FUN: 3:30 p.m. Dec. 21. Celebrate the joy of music and family. This whole family event will be a fun-filled time for all. The best part – no musical talent is necessary!

VFD awarded $9,616 grant

RALEIGH — Allens Crossroads Volunteer Fire Department south of Wingate has been awarded a $9,616.37 grant through the state’s 2009 Volunteer Fire Department Fund. The check will be mailed to Chief Bruce Aldridge to be used by the department to purchase needed equipment. The equipment is purchased using matching funds and must be approved by the Department of Insurance Office of State Fire Marshal. Allens Crossroads Volunteer Fire Department Inc. has received a total of $75,661.07 from the Volunteer Fire Department Fund in the 22 years since the program began. The General Assembly created the Volunteer Fire Department Fund in 1988 to help volunteer units raise money for equipment and supplies. The grant funds must be matched dollar-for-dollar, up to an approved amount, by money raised locally to purchase necessary equipment.

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•  HUGO BOOK RECEPTION, BOOK SIGNING, 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., Monroe Library. Honoring authors of “Remembering Hurricane Hugo — Life Experience STORIES FROM UNION COUNTY, N.C.” Details, 704-283-8184. • SIBLING TOUR AND CLASS, 3 p.m. to 4 p.m., CMC-Union. For details, call 704-283-3100.

Monday, Dec. 7

•  EXERCISE CLASS, 9 a.m. to 10 a.m., Ellen Fitzgerald Senior Center. Open to ages 55 and up. For details, call 704-2824657. • 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. • MICROSOFT WORD I CLASS, 10 a.m., Monroe Library. Free. Registration required; call 704-2838184. • BABY TIME, 10:30 a.m., Union West Library.

Details, 704-821-7475. •  TODDLER TIME, 11:15 a.m., Union West Regional Library, for children ages 12 months to 36 months. • BABY TIME, 11:30 a.m., Waxhaw Library. Details, 704-843-3131. •  MONROE-UNION COUNTY SENIOR CITIZENS ORGANIZATION, 3 p.m., Winchester Center. For details, call Christine R. Belton, 704-283-1615. • OPEN KNIT, 3 p.m. to 4:45 p.m., Edwards Library, Marshville. Beginners welcome. Details, 704-624-2828. • TURNING POINT DOMESTIC VIOLENCE GROUP, 4 p.m. at the shelter. Details, 704-283-7233. • CAREGIVER SUPPORT GROUP, 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., Outpatient Treatment Pavilion auditorium, CMC-Union. Details, Kara Finch, 704-2833381, 704-320-6570, kara. finch@carolinashealthcare.org. •  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. •  INDIAN TRAIL TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly), private weighin, 6 p.m. to 6:45 p.m; meeting 7 p.m. to 8 p.m., Indian Trail United Methodist Church, 113 Indian Trail Road. First visit free. Details, 704-843-9365. • ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS, Sunset group, 6 p.m., 1010 McManus St., Monroe. Details, 704-219-6245. • TOPS (TAKE OFF POUNDS SENSIBLY), 6:30 p.m. weigh-in, 7 p.m. meeting, Bonds Grove United Methodist Church, Waxhaw. Details, 704-8432735. •  SUN VALLEY HIGH BOOSTER CLUB, board members 6:30 p.m., general public 7 p.m. in the school cafeteria.. • TOPS (TAKE OFF POUNDS SENSIBLY), 6:30 p.m. weigh-in, 7 p.m. meeting, First Baptist Church, 109 Morrow Ave. Details, 704-233-1610. • COMMUNITY CAREER CONNECTIONS, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Lee Park Baptist Church. Call 704-

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Almanac Yesterday’s Temperatures High . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .47 Low . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .43 Yesterday’s Precipitation Precipitation . . . . . . . . . . . . . .0.03"

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Bottom group, 6 p.m. to 7 p.m., old Belk building, 200 Stewart St., Monroe. Details, 704-332-4387; 704377-0244. •  TOPS NO. 373 (Take Off Pounds Sensibly), 6 p.m. weigh-in, 6:30 p.m. meeting, 805 South Bragg Street, Monroe. For details, call 704-282-0073. • ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS, Sunset group, 6 p.m., 1010 McManus St., Monroe. Details, 704-219-6245. • UNION SYMPHONY BOARD OF DIRECTORS, 6 p.m., locations vary. Details, 704-219-3936. •  OLD HICKORY OPTIMIST CLUB, 6:30 p.m., Operation Reach-Out building, corner of Miller and Phifer streets. For details, call Daphney Henderson at 704-821-6747. • SOUTHERN PIEDMONT ARTISTS GUILD, 7 p.m., Benton Heights Presbyterian Church. Open to any artists, ages 18 or older. Details, Sara Gregory, 704-289-4808; Louise Williams, 704-2206340. • GREATER MONROE KENNEL CLUB, 7 p.m., Spiro’s Hilltop Bistro. Open to all dog enthusiasts. Details, Emily Foster. 704-843-5796, stormcrestkennels@juno.com. • OVERCOMERS OUTREACH, 7 p.m., Waxhaw Bible Church. For details, call 704-764-3960. •  PRENATAL CLASS, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., CMCUnion. Come during seventh month of pregnancy. For details, call 704-2833254. • BOY SCOUT TROOP 1, 7 p.m., First Presbyterian, 302 E. Windsor St. For details, call Gale Brown at 704-764-7589. • BINGO, 7 p.m. to 10 p.m., American Legion Post 208, Highway 75 East, Waxhaw. Jackpot, $500. Smoke free.

Hayne St. Details, 704-2824657. • BASIC INTERNET CLASS, 10 a.m., Edwards Library, Marshville. Free. Registration required; call 704-624-2828. •  STORY TIME, 10:30 a.m., Monroe Library, 316 E. Windsor St., for children ages 3 to 5. For details, call 704-283-8184. • COA UNION SENIORS PROGRAM, 10:30 a.m., Langford Chapel. Refreshments served. •  MARSHVILLE ROTARY CLUB, noon, Pier Restaurant, Marshville. For details, call Johnny Pigg, 704-624-2602. •  MONROE ROTARY CLUB, noon to 1 p.m., Rolling Hills Country Club. Details, 704-2834645. • SAFE AND DRUGFREE COMMUNITY PARTNERSHIP, noon, Monroe High School. For details, call 704-290-1522. • COUNCIL FOR CITIZENS WITH DISABILITIES, 1:30 p.m., Union Room, Monroe Library. For information, call Becky Williams or Steve McCallum, (800) 755-5749. • HOMEWORK HELP NIGHT, 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., Monroe Library. For grades one through eight. Details, Kim, 704-283-8184, ext. 238. • COME DISCOVER BOOKS BY CHRIS VAN ALLSBURG, 5 p.m., Union West Library. For children 5 and older. Details, 704-821-7475. • MICROSOFT EXCEL I CLASS, 5:30 p.m., Union West Library. Free. Registration required; call 704821-7475. • TERRIFIC TUESDAY, 5:30 p.m., Edwards Library, Marshville. For ages 5 to 9. Details, 704624-2828. • EVENING BOOK CLUB, 5:30 p.m., Monroe Library. Bring favorite book or Christmas book. Details, 704-283-8184. • GRIEF SUPPORT GROUP, 6 p.m., Hospice of Union County, 700 W. Roosevelt Blvd., Monroe. •  ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS, Low

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â&#x20AC;&#x153;When you release an inmate out on the street, he has absolutely nothing and nowhere to go. They need funds available, which they can get through work release, and they need support.â&#x20AC;?

inmateâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s skills. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s what we call preparing them for transition,â&#x20AC;? Tarlton said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;When you release an inmate out on the street, he has absolutely nothing and nowhere to go. They need funds available, which they can get through work release, and they need support.â&#x20AC;? Tarlton said work release also allows the inmates to slowly transition back into society. They are able to pay restitution, court fees, legal fees, child support and help their families while still in prison. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Once you get them financially stable, they have a higher chance of staying on the outside,â&#x20AC;? Tarlton said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;A lot of the people â&#x20AC;&#x201D; once theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re released â&#x20AC;&#x201D; continue to work for the same company they worked for when they were incarcerated.â&#x20AC;? Tarlton said the biggest obstacle to expanding the work-release program at the Cabarrus Correctional Center would be finding reliable transportation to help inmates get to and from work. The Union Correction Center contracted with a former correctional officer who provided transportation to and from work for inmates. Inmates are required to help pay for their transportation to and

from work. They also pay a â&#x20AC;&#x153;per diemâ&#x20AC;? to the correctional center, which Tarlton said is to help offset the cost of housing the inmates and prepares them for paying bills once they are released. Tarlton has a photographic technician degree from Anson Community College where he graduated with high honors. He also is a Division of Prisons general training instructor. Tarltonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s hobbies include photography, motorcycles, hunting, fishing, archery and tennis. He also is a member of the Union and Anson county American Red Cross disaster team. He said he still lives in the Matthews area, but is considering moving to Cabarrus County. Until then, heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s enjoying riding his motorcycle to work along the scenic U.S. 601 between Union and Cabarrus counties.

cal and 10 for female prisoners, for example. If there are only eight female inmates, those two beds are left empty because a male prisoner is not allowed in that section. â&#x20AC;&#x153;You have to do the best that you can,â&#x20AC;? Whitaker said. Exacerbating the problem is that the Union County jail currently has 22 inmates that have been convicted and sentenced but are waiting for an opening at a state prison. Because correctional facilities, including Union Correctional, have been shut down across the state, beds are scarce elsewhere,

Sunday, December 6, 2009 / 15A which creates a backlog of prisoners at the county level. County commissioners say the problem is one that should have been recognized a while ago and blamed previous boards for not setting aside money to expand the jail. A report from county Finance Director Kai Nelson estimates the price of a new jail at about $65 million. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Unfortunately, this was something that should have been done a while ago when times were good,â&#x20AC;? Commissioner Kim Rogers said. For a short-term solution, Rogers said everything would have to be on the table, including looking at using the now-

empty Union Correctional or even modular units at the jail. â&#x20AC;&#x153;You have no problem putting our kids in trailers. I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t see why we should be treating our prisoners any better,â&#x20AC;? she said. Whitaker said the Sheriff â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Office has implemented programs at the jail to make effective use of beds. He said he stays in communication with the district attorneyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s office to recommend which prisoners could be expedited through the system. They have also started a program that allows lowrisk people with pending charges to stay free, provided they check in regularly. Whitaker likened it

to a parole case, but on the front end. Rogers said she has heard some rumblings that it shouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t matter if prisoners are forced to live three to a cell. Some overcrowded colleges do the same. Rogers said there are certain state standards that must be followed, however, and Whitaker said overcrowding can be dangerous to guards. Furthermore, â&#x20AC;&#x153;(prisoners) are people, too,â&#x20AC;? he said. Commissioners will decide how to handle the problem in coming months and have acknowledged it as a high priority item. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I agree, we need to have it,â&#x20AC;? Rogers said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have them walking the streets.â&#x20AC;?

Robin Sage training exercise will again include Union FORT BRAGG, N.C. (AP) â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Fort Bragg is beginning a massive training exercise in central North Carolina for prospective Green Berets. The exercise, called â&#x20AC;&#x153;Robin Sage,â&#x20AC;? starts Sat-

urday and is set to end Dec. 18. It involves 15 counties: Alamance, Anson, Cabarrus, Chatham, Davidson, Guilford, Hoke, Montgomery, Moore, Randolph, Richmond, Rowan, Scot-

land, Stanly and Union. More than a thousand people will participate. The exercise provides realistic training in guerrilla warfare. It is held eight times a year and is the final exam for pro-

spective Green Berets. The exercise has been coordinated with local public safety officials. Military officials say residents may hear blank gunfire and see occasional flares.

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Man Continued from Page 1A Autumn Care of Marshville, the Brian Center of Monroe, Monroe Rehabilitation and Nursing Center, Union Park, Monroe Square, the Jesse Helms Nursing Center (and its predecessor, the Smith Building) and Monroe Manor. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s his project,â&#x20AC;? his wife, Inez Plyler, said. When he first began his visits, he took sausage, eggs and biscuits to the patients. He has since switched to bonbons. He has visited more than 150,000 patients â&#x20AC;&#x201D; about 100 each week. Staff members call him by several nicknames, including â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Candy Manâ&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sunday Morning Angel.â&#x20AC;? Why does he do it? â&#x20AC;&#x153;To see them smile,â&#x20AC;? he said. I.F. Plyler was chosen by former Man of the Year winners from a handful of nominees. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It was a total surprise,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We were impressed with his generosity ... visiting those who were confined to nursing homes and hospice,â&#x20AC;? last yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s winner Bobby Griffin said.

â&#x20AC;&#x153;Taking ham biscuits every Sunday to the shut-ins, thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s huge,â&#x20AC;? said Charles Norwood, winner of the award in 1975. Calling I.F. Plyler â&#x20AC;&#x153;highly respected,â&#x20AC;? Norwood said he â&#x20AC;&#x153;didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t want credit for his work,â&#x20AC;? making him an even more appealing candidate for the judges. Winners of the Union County Man and Woman of the Year awards must do two things, Norwood added: enhance the quality of life in Union County for the current year and within his or her lifetime. â&#x20AC;&#x153;He really deserves it,â&#x20AC;? his younger brother, former N.C. senator Aaron Plyler, said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s done a lot of things people donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t know about because he didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t go around bragging.â&#x20AC;? I.F. Plyler spent more than three years in the Army stationed in Fort Hood, Texas. He also served in Fort Carson, Colo., in the Tank Destroyer Division. When he came back home, Aaron Plyler said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;he bought a bulldozer in 1946 and we started a farm.â&#x20AC;? The brothersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; father was born in 1857, Aaron Plyler said, and taught the boys a lot through his experiences

growing up in the Civil War era. The boys grew up on a cotton farm, and I.F. Plyler later started his own cattle farm. It was 1959 when I.F. Plyler and John Dickerson bought the Union County Livestock Market in Mineral Springs. Although much of his time is spent with the elderly, I.F. Plyler doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t forget about the youth. He has supported several youth organizations, including Boy Scouts of America and the 4-H Club. He is a charter member of N.C. State University Endowment Scholarships for students pursuing farming and agriculture careers. I.F. Plyler and his wife have one daughter. Lately, he hasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t been able to visit much due to an illness. When he canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t make it, his brother, nephew or nephewâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s son go in his place. He said he misses going, but hopes to get back on schedule. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m still above ground and happy to be here,â&#x20AC;? he said. Both I.F. Plyler and Union County Woman of the Year Emmy Lou Haywood will be honored with a banquet on Jan. 29.

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Past award winners

Men of the year 1958 1959 1960 1961 1962 1963 1964 1965 1966 1967 1968 1969 1970 1971 1972 1973 1974 1975 1976 1977 1978 1979 1980 1981 1982 1983

Women of Year

Paul J. Helms Jack R. Hargett Charles L. Hunley Budd E. Smith J.C. Plyler W. Leslie Starnes Vann V. Secrest E.D. Gaskins N.K. Dickerson James R. Huntley M. Wayne Mangum Edward G. Faulkner Lester L. Helms Aaron W. Plyler Thomas P. Dillon C. Frank Griffin S. Oren Starnes Charles L. Norwood V.T. Helms Jr. H.R. Johnson Harold Shirley Harry Sherwood Nat Green Jim Wellborn Charles Sturgis Harry Myers

1984 1985 1986 1987 1988 1989 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008

Fred Long James E. Hinkel John B. Ashcraft Jr. Robert Fleetwood Glenn Youngblood Woody Faulk Fred McCallum Tom Caldwell Jack Fowler Tom Batchelor Carroll Edwards Frank McGuirt Bobby Kilgore Bruce Griffin Sr. Henry Gaye Max Melton Frank Carpenter Phil Bazemore Tom Williams Lynn Keziah Lynn Raye Phil Hargett Jerry Thomas Ed Bower, M.D. Bobby Griffin

1985 1986 1987 1988 1989 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008

Ruth Haigler Mary â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Sisâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Dillon Fola Williams Carolyn Gaddy Dot Greene Georgia McGuirt Lane Drew Vivian Norwood Sally Ormand Sara Furr Jeanette Sherrod Doris Sparks Evermond Daniel Nancy A. Noles Lynne Salvaggio Lynda Keziah Sandy Deskins Ruby Stegall Carol Tyson Suzy Rogers Angela Bower Virginia Bjorlin Modene Howie Gwendolyn Perkins

Woman Continued from Page 1A was really, really surprised, but I think itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a great honor and I hope I deserve it.â&#x20AC;? Perkins said one thing that stuck out to the committee was her role in the success of the Heritage Room and dedication to her community. Haywood, a retired bank teller for BB&T, was married to the late John Thomas â&#x20AC;&#x153;J.T.â&#x20AC;? Haywood and widowed at the age of 36 with three children, ages 3 to 17. Oldest son Gary Underwood was a senior in high school when his father died. He said his mom â&#x20AC;&#x153;just did what she had to do. We didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t miss out on a whole lot; she made sure we were well cared for.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;She is a natural leader and take-charge woman in any area she finds herself serving in,â&#x20AC;? her nominator wrote in a letter to the committee. Nominations are anonymous. Underwood couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t agree more. â&#x20AC;&#x153;She still hasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t slowed down very much,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s still on the go.â&#x20AC;? Even at their church, Waxhaw United Methodist, Underwood said his mother jumps in to do whatever needs to be done. He said he isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t surprised she won the award. Why the interest in preserving the countyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s history? â&#x20AC;&#x153;I was born in Union County and I love it,â&#x20AC;? Haywood said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I just think we all ought to know about it.â&#x20AC;? Haywood said her favorite part about digging through the past is the people she meets along the way. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re interesting and they can always bring you up to date on

â&#x20AC;&#x153;She is a natural leader and takecharge woman in any area she finds herself serving in.â&#x20AC;? Excerpted from the nomination letter, which by tradition is anonymous.

something that youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re not aware of.â&#x20AC;? Waxhaw honored her in August for her commitment to the town. Like Union County Man of the Year I.F. Plyler, Haywood also makes a point to visit with shutins, whether going to the hospital, taking food to them at home or floating a telephone call. Haywood herself is battling cancer. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m on my 20th year,â&#x20AC;? she said matter-of-factly. Cancer started in her trachea, then spread as breast cancer and is now in both lungs. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I just take one day at a time and so far I havenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t had any trouble.â&#x20AC;? Her nominator called her a â&#x20AC;&#x153;steady beacon of faith and courage to her family, friends and all who know her.â&#x20AC;? Both Haywood and Plyler will be honored with a banquet on Jan. 29.

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Top 10 Battle Wall’s late free throws helped fifthranked Kentucky hold on for a 68-66 home victory over 10th-ranked North Carolina in men’s basketball action on Saturday. Page 3B December 6, 2009

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East Carolina won the ConferenceUSA football title with a 38-32 upset win over Houston on Saturday. Dominique Lindsay and Giavanni Ruffin both rushed for two TDs. Page 3B

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Blount honored by league again FH senior voted offensive player of year; Monroe’s Cook named RRC’s top defender BY JUSTIN MURDOCK

E-J Sports Writer

Juanne Blount rushed for more than 2,000 yards two straight years for Forest Hills.

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MONROE There’s no doubt Forest Hills High quarterback Juanne Blount was the most explosive offensive player in the Rocky River Conference in 2009, and the stats prove it. A 5-foot-8, 185-pounder, Blount rushed for 2,034 yards and 35 touchdowns in 13 games. He eclipsed 200 rushing yards in three different games and ran for a career-high six scores in a win over Central Academy on Oct. 23. For his outstanding senior season, Blount has been named Offensive Player of the Year in the RRC for the second straight season. “I’ve seen a lot of kids that can run, but his quickness separated him from anybody that I’ve ever coached,” said Forest Hills coach John Lowery. “He saw the field as good as anybody we’ve seen COOK and he knew when to cut and when not to cut. You can’t really teach those things as a coach.” Blount finished his four-year varsity career with 102 touchdowns, including 84 rushing, 12 passing, three on kickoff returns, two on interception returns and one receiving. He totaled 5,392 rushing yards, which set the school record that was previously held by Anthony McNeely (5,090). “I know that Juanne did everything we possibly asked him to do,” said Lowery. “The thing that was good about him is the fact that he did it in a quiet manner and he wasn’t the kind of guy that hunted a bunch of extra pats on the back. He just went about his job.”

See RRC / Page 2B

2009 all-Rocky River Conference football team (as voted on by the league’s head coaches)

Monroe: Shamiir Hailey, Jamison Crowder, Isaac Blakeney, Eric Horne, Marcus Mosley, Jalen Sowell, Miles Cook, Donnard Covington Forest Hills: Juanne Blount, Orlando Ratliff, Aaron Sigmon, Canious Sturdivant, Darius Ellison, Andrew Whitley Piedmont: Cameron Leviner, Justin Crump, Kyle Eiss, Mason Montgomery, Stewart Hinson Berry Academy: Germone Hopper, Marquis Buckman, Nick Dawson, Elijah Williams West Stanly: Andrew Wilson, Patrick Willoughby, Zack Honeycutt North Stanly: Jake Tester, Glenn Preslar Union Academy: Darrin Clark Cuthbertson: Adam Lutz Central Academy: Charvis Barrino Offensive player of year: Juanne Blount, Sr., Forest Hills Defensive player of the year: Miles Cook, Sr., Monroe Coach of the year: Johnny Sowell, Monroe

Warriors top Pirates in finals to win own tournament By Eric Rape

E-J Correspondent

Weddington Weddington High upset undefeated Porter Ridge in the finals of the Warriors’ 10-team tournament, taking home first after going 5-0 as a team on the day. The Warriors gave up two matches every time they stepped on the mat and their biggest margin of victory was 19 points. But they had some wrestlers get some unexpected wins and their middle to upper weight classes

did their usual damage for the Warriors. The Warriors defeated Porter Ridge 43-35 in the finals, winning six straight matches from 152 pounds to heavyweight to secure the victory scoring 31 team points in that time giving them an insurmountable 43-11 lead with four matches left which Porter Ridge won. “I feel great,” said Warriors’ coach Jeff Kugler, “the boys, they were here to wrestle. They came out and did what they had

P rep W restling to do to win. The young guys ... pulling out wins for us, not just staying off their backs, but pulling out wins and that’s what we need. The juniors and a couple of seniors that we got did the trick too.” One of the underclassmen that came through in the finals for the Warriors was Wes Edwards. Edwards, a sophomore, came

into the day with a 2-7 record, but he upset Brandon Griffin (14-2) by pinning him in 1:47 to give the Warriors a 12-5 lead in the match. Weddington, now 8-5 for the season, took down Myers Park, which was 2-2 coming in to the tournament, Monroe (5-2), West Charlotte, (2-5), Ashbrook (4-2) and Porter Ridge, which is now 11-1. Three wrestlers went 5-0 for the Warriors, including heavyweight Jake Helms, 215-pounder

Jake Perkins and 130-pounder Will Burch. They had three wrestlers go 4-1: Kyle Koenig (145), Christian Lowder (171) and Joe Centrella (189). Centrella’s only loss was to Miles Cook of Monroe. Porter Ridge won four straight matches to reach the final, including an impressive 48-36 win over perennial state contender Mt. Pleasant. The Tigers defeated Weddington 51-30 earlier in the season.

See WRESTLING / Page 2B

Depleted Panthers host struggling Bucs CHARLOTTE (AP) — Jake Delhomme seemed surprised when reminded it was almost a year ago that Carolina and Tampa Bay met on Monday night holding identical 9-3 records with first place in the NFC South on the line. “It was?” Delhomme said. “Wow.” A lot has happened for these franchises since, little of it involving winning games. The downtrodden Buccaneers have gone 1-14, saw their coach fired, their roster overhauled, the offensive coordinator jettisoned and the defensive coordinator demoted. Delhomme has thrown 24 interceptions and injury-plagued Carolina has gone 6-9 since that victory on Dec. 8 vaulted them to the division title. While embattled coach John Fox has stubbornly stuck with Delhomme, a broken finger on his throwing hand will sideline him from Sunday’s rematch that provides no buzz this time around. “It’s crazy when you think about it,” Delhomme said. “Both teams sitting in a great spot for a Monday night football game and to really take control of the division or get the upper hand. That’s the NFL. I don’t know any other way to put it.” Surpassed and buried in the division by unbeaten New Orleans, the Panthers (4-7) and Buccaneers (1-10) will spend the last month of the season evaluating who they plan to bring back in 2010. For Tampa Bay, first-year coach Raheem Morris sees progress. Morris, who fired offensive

Today’s game: Tampa Bay (1-10) at Carolina (4-7) 1 p.m. on FOX Noteworthy: Panthers QB Matt Moore is making his first start since 2007 today. Carolina won the first meeting in Tampa Bay, 28-21, on Oct. 18. Moore may not have star RB DeAngelo Williams, who has a nagging ankle injury. coordinator Jeff Jagodzinski 10 days before the start of the season, took over the defensive play-calling from Jim Bates last week and Tampa Bay nearly pulled off the upset. It took Chris Redman’s 5-yard touchdown pass to Roddy White on fourth down with 23 seconds left for Atlanta to eke out a 20-17 win. It marked the third time this year Tampa Bay lost on a finalminute drive, including in the first meeting with Carolina in October. “Right now we are not going to be able to compete to be in the playoffs,” Morris said. “We are not going to be able to compete to be the very best. We just have to put ourselves in the position to go out there and get to our very best. We have to go out there and

See PANTHERS / Page 3B

E-J staff photo by Ed Cottingham

Senior midfielder Zach Young, right, was one of seven Mavericks to make all-conference.

State champs sweep SCC awards By David Sentendrey

E-J Correspondent

MARVIN Seven players from the Marvin Ridge boys soccer team have been selected to the first-ever Southern Carolina 3A/4A all-conference team, more than any other school in the conference. And rightfully so, since the Mavericks were crowned 3A state champions after defeating Chapel Hill 3-2 in the state finals on Nov. 21.

It was the first-ever state championship by a boys soccer team from Union County. The Mavs finished the season at 22-2-1, sweeping the SCC at 10-0 and scoring 95 goals while only allowing opponents 16. Mavs senior Matt Risher was named SCC player of the year, while Ray Fumo was named coach of the year. Risher was also named to the all-state team along with teammate Garrett Condon.

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2009 all-Southern Carolina Conference Boys Soccer team (as voted on by the head coaches)

Anson: Beau Melton; Marvin Ridge: Garrett Condon, Kyle Parker, Kole Patterson, Matt Risher, JD Kahn, Michael Patetta, Zach Young; Parkwood: Cory Adams, Dylan Hunter; Porter Ridge: Erasmo Cortez, Alex Foster, Kyle Andes, KJ Krout; Sun Valley: Andrew Gallowitch, Christopher Piemonte, Ameth Barrera; Weddington: Carl Credle, Alex Biehl, Will Livingston, Nich Kachulis, Zak Smith Player of the year: Matt Risher, Sr., Marvin Ridge Coach of the year: Ray Fumo, Marvin Ridge


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RRC Continued from Page 1B On the other side of the football, Monroe High senior Miles Cook was named Defensive Player of the Year in the RRC after his stellar year. A 6-2, 190-pound defensive end, Cook had team-highs of 93 tackles and 10 sacks. He also had two fumble recoveries and a forced fumble. Cook was part of a Monroe defense that allowed just 9.4 points per game in 11 regular season contests. The Redhawks finished 12-1 following a loss to West Montgomery in the second round of the 1A state playoffs. Monroe’s Johnny Sowell was voted coach of the year. Sowell guided the Redhawks to their first 11-0 regular season in the school’s history. The Redhawks had a league-high eight players named the all-RRC squad, including Cook, senior tailback Shamiir Hailey, junior receiver Jamison Crowder, senior Isaac Blakeney, junior lineman Eric Horne, senior linebacker Marcus Mosley, junior quarterback Jalen Sowell and senior tailback Donnard Covington.

E-J staff photo by Ed Cottingham

Piedmont junior receiver Cameron Leviner (3) had 24 catches for 558 yards and eight touchdowns in the regular season. Hailey led Union County with 2,174 rushing yards in 13 games. He also had 23 touchdowns. Crowder had 18 total touchdowns, including 10 receiving, seven on either punt or kickoff returns and one on a

Wrestling Continued from Page 1B The Pirates’ Chris Lingle continues to dominate his opponents at 125 pounds. Lingle’s practice partner, junior Andrew Baatz, also continued his undefeated season at 119 pounds — rolling up five

fumble recovery. Forest Hills had six players honored, including Blount, senior tailback Orlando Ratliff, senior tailback Canious Sturdivant, junior defensive end Darius Ellison, junior linebacker Aaron Sigmon

wins on the day. Lingle and Baatz are both 15-0 on the season. Freshman Josh Green (145), senior Frankie Best (112) and enior Brandon Griffin (130) all went 4-1 on the day for PR. Parkwood finished seventh out of 10 teams by going 2-3. The Rebels defeated West Charlotte 39-36 in their final match of the day.

and junior lineman Andrew Whitley. Sigmon, who finished runner-up to Cook in the defensive POY voting, led the Yellow Jackets with 132 tackles in the regular season. He also had six tackles for loss and an interception return for a touchdown. Piedmont, which finished third in the league standings behind Monroe and Forest Hills, placed five players on the all-conference team. Junior receiver Cameron Leviner made the squad after catching 24 passes for 558 yards and eight touchdowns. He is joined by junior linebacker Justin Crump, sophomore lineman Kyle Eiss, senior kicker Mason Montgomery and junior tight end Stewart Hinson. Montgomery connected on 29 extra points and seven field goals in the regular season. Other players from the county named to the all-RRC team include Union Academy sophomore lineman Darrin Clark, Cuthbertson junior kicker Adam Lutz and Central Academy senior quarterback Charvis Barrino. Barrino rushed for a school-record 969 yards and 13 touchdowns in 11 games.

Austin Craig, a junior 189-pounder for the Rebels, remains unbeaten against opponents other than Cook. Craig went 5-0 on the day. Parkwood senior Zac Womack (152) and senior heavyweight Kevin Mullis finished 4-1. Monroe finished 0-4 as a team. Cook saw his perfect season slip away with a onepoint loss.

Local Events Monday High School Basketball Hickory Ridge at Marvin Ridge, 6:30 p.m.

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Today COLLEGE FOOTBALL 8 p.m. FOX — BCS Selection Show, at Los Angeles GOLF 1 p.m. TGC — PGA Tour, Qualifying Tournament, fifth round, at West Palm Beach, Fla. 3 p.m. NBC — Chevron World Challenge, final round, at Thousand Oaks, Calif. MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL 3 p.m. FSN — Miami at Boston College 5:30 p.m. FSN — Kansas at UCLA 7:30 p.m. FSN — Villanova vs. Maryland, at Washington NFL FOOTBALL 1 p.m. CBS — Regional coverage FOX — Tampa Bay at Carolina 4 p.m. CBS — Regional coverage 4:15 p.m. FOX — Regional coverage, doubleheader game 8:15 p.m. NBC — Minnesota at Arizona RODEO 9 p.m. ESPN2 — PRCA, National Finals, fourth round, at Las Vegas SOCCER 1 p.m. ESPN2 — NCAA Division I, Women’s College Cup, championship match, Stanford vs. North Carolina at College Station, Texas 3 p.m. ESPN2 — Spanish Primera Division, Valencia at Athletic Bilbao WOMEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL 7 p.m. ESPN2 — Texas at Tennessee

Scoreboard Call scores in at (704) 261-2253 National Football League AMERICAN CONFERENCE East

New England N.Y. Jets Miami Buffalo

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AFC 5-3-0 5-5-0 3-4-0 2-7-0

NFC 2-1-0 1-1-0 2-2-0 2-1-0

Div 3-1-0 2-4-0 3-2-0 2-3-0

PA 184 255 289 243

AFC 7-0-0 5-2-0 3-6-0 4-5-0

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x-clinched division Thursday’s Game N.Y. Jets 19, Buffalo 13 Today’s Games St. Louis at Chicago, 1 p.m. Oakland at Pittsburgh, 1 p.m. Denver at Kansas City, 1 p.m. Philadelphia at Atlanta, 1 p.m. Detroit at Cincinnati, 1 p.m. New England at Miami, 1 p.m. New Orleans at Washington, 1 p.m. Tennessee at Indianapolis, 1 p.m. Tampa Bay at Carolina, 1 p.m. Houston at Jacksonville, 1 p.m. San Diego at Cleveland, 4:05 p.m. Dallas at N.Y. Giants, 4:15 p.m. San Francisco at Seattle, 4:15 p.m. Minnesota at Arizona, 8:20 p.m. Monday’s Game Baltimore at Green Bay, 8:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 10 Pittsburgh at Cleveland, 8:20 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 13 Seattle at Houston, 1 p.m. Green Bay at Chicago, 1 p.m. Detroit at Baltimore, 1 p.m. New Orleans at Atlanta, 1 p.m. Buffalo at Kansas City, 1 p.m. Denver at Indianapolis, 1 p.m. Carolina at New England, 1 p.m. N.Y. Jets at Tampa Bay, 1 p.m. Miami at Jacksonville, 1 p.m. Cincinnati at Minnesota, 1 p.m. St. Louis at Tennessee, 4:05 p.m. Washington at Oakland, 4:05 p.m. San Diego at Dallas, 4:15 p.m. Philadelphia at N.Y. Giants, 8:20 p.m. Monday, Dec. 14 Arizona at San Francisco, 8:30 p.m.

College football Saturday’s boxscores #5 Cincy 45, #14 Pitt 44 Cincinnati Pittsburgh

7 7

10 24

7 21— 45 0 13— 44

First Quarter Pitt—Lewis 4 run (Hutchins kick), 7:27. Cin—Ramsey 2 run (Rogers kick), 5:17. Second Quarter Pitt—Baldwin 22 pass from Stull (Hutchins kick), 14:13. Cin—FG Rogers 20, 11:12. Pitt—Baldwin 40 pass from Stull (Hutchins kick), 10:28. Pitt—FG Hutchins 33, 4:53. Pitt—Stull 3 run (Hutchins kick), 1:26. Cin—Gilyard 99 kickoff return (Rogers kick), 1:10. Third Quarter Cin—Gilyard 68 pass from T.Pike (Rogers kick), 8:12. Fourth Quarter Pitt—Lewis 15 run (Hutchins kick), 12:26. Cin—Woods 8 pass from T.Pike (kick failed), 11:09. Cin—Pead 1 run (Gilyard pass from T.Pike), 5:46. Pitt—Lewis 5 run (run failed), 1:36. Cin—Binns 29 pass from T.Pike (Rogers kick), :33.

A—63,387.

Cin First downs 20 Rushes-yards 18-69 Passing 302 Comp-Att-Int 22-44-3 Return Yards 38 Punts-Avg. 4-32.3 Fumbles-Lost 1-0 Penalties-Yards 4-40 Time of Possession 20:53

Pitt 23 55-193 176 13-21-2 86 5-39.6 2-0 8-65 39:07

INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS RUSHING—Cincinnati, Pead 9-76, Rogers 1-3, Ramsey 2-2, Collaros 1-0, Team 1-(minus 1), T.Pike 4-(minus 11). Pittsburgh, Lewis 47-194, Graham 3-14, Hynoski 1-9, Stull 4-(minus 24). PASSING—Cincinnati, T.Pike 22-44-3-302. Pittsburgh, Stull 13-21-2-176. RECEIVING—Cincinnati, Woods 7-61, Gilyard 5-118, Binns 5-104, Guidugli 3-17, Pead 2-2. Pittsburgh, Baldwin 6-113, Lewis 5-34, Shanahan 1-23, Byham 1-6.

ECU 38, #18 Houston 32 Houston E. Carolina

7 7

12 0 13— 32 7 10 14— 38

First Quarter Hou—Cleveland 57 pass from Keenum (Hogan kick), 5:00. ECU—Lindsay 1 run (Hartman kick), 1:27. Second Quarter Hou—Cleveland 4 pass from Keenum (kick failed), 13:04. ECU—G.Ruffin 5 run (Hartman kick), 4:21. Hou—Carrier 21 pass from Keenum (kick failed), :25. Third Quarter ECU—Harris 22 pass from Pinkney (Hartman kick), 12:03. ECU—FG Hartman 37, 3:29. Fourth Quarter ECU—Lindsay 7 run (Hartman kick), 13:27. Hou—Castile 6 pass from Keenum (Hogan kick), 10:02. ECU—G.Ruffin 20 run (Hartman kick), 6:39. Hou—Cleveland 24 pass from Keenum (kick blocked), 3:24. A—33,048.

Hou First downs 33 Rushes-yards 19-30 Passing 527 Comp-Att-Int 56-75-3 Return Yards 5 Punts-Avg. 4-48.8 Fumbles-Lost 2-1 Penalties-Yards 3-25 Time of Possession 29:39

ECU 23 38-151 262 21-34-0 65 3-47.0 1-1 5-25 30:08

INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS RUSHING—Houston, Keenum 7-12, C. Sims 9-12, Beall 3-6. East Carolina, Lindsay 25-75, G.Ruffin 7-55, Pinkney 3-17, Harris 2-6, Team 1-(minus 2). PASSING—Houston, Keenum 56-75-3-527. East Carolina, Pinkney 21-34-0-262. RECEIVING—Houston, Cleveland 19-241, Carrier 11-94, C.Sims 9-97, Edwards 7-36, Rodriguez 4-38, Beall 2-5, J.Johnson 2-4, Castile 1-6, E. Smith 1-6. East Carolina, Harris 9-123, Freeney 4-49, Lindsay 3-37, Bodenheimer 2-27, Gidrey 2-21, G. Ruffin 1-5.

#24 W. Va. 24, Rutgers 21 W. Virginia 14 Rutgers 3

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First Quarter WVU—Devine 6 run (Bitancurt kick), 13:08. Rut—FG Te 38, 9:28. WVU—R.Clarke 1 run (Bitancurt kick), :46. Third Quarter WVU—Glover 24 interception return (Bitancurt kick), 10:01. Rut—Lefeged 91 kickoff return (Savage run), 9:48. Rut—FG Te 27, :27. Fourth Quarter WVU—FG Bitancurt 41, 8:44. Rut—Sanu 62 pass from Savage (Te kick), 8:31. A—52,534.

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INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS RUSHING—West Virginia, Devine 16-65, R.Clarke 14-58, Brown 11-36, Sanders 2-10, Team 2-(minus 7). Rutgers, Martinek 14-49, Sanu 13-47, T.Brown 1-2, Williams 2-0, Savage 5-(minus 33). PASSING—West Virginia, Brown 10-20-0-116. Rutgers, Savage 9-27-2-153, Sanu 0-1-0-0. RECEIVING—West Virginia, Sanders 5-62, Arnett 2-34, Lyons 2-11, Austin 1-9. Rutgers, Sanu 6-105, Graves 3-48.

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EASTERN CONFERENCE Atlantic Division W L Pct GB Boston 16 4 .800 — Toronto 8 13 .381 8 1/2 Philadelphia 5 14 .263 10 1/2 New York 5 15 .250 11 New Jersey 1 18 .053 14 1/2 Southeast Division W L Pct GB Orlando 15 4 .789 — Atlanta 13 6 .684 2 Miami 10 9 .526 5 Charlotte 7 11 .389 7 1/2 Washington 7 11 .389 7 1/2 Central Division W L Pct GB Cleveland 14 5 .737 — Milwaukee 9 9 .500 4 1/2 Chicago 7 10 .412 6 Detroit 7 12 .368 7 Indiana 6 11 .353 7 WESTERN CONFERENCE Southwest Division W L Pct GB Dallas 14 6 .700 — Houston 11 8 .579 2 1/2 San Antonio 9 7 .563 3 New Orleans 8 11 .421 5 1/2 Memphis 8 12 .400 6 Northwest Division W L Pct GB Denver 14 5 .737 — Utah 11 7 .611 2 1/2 Portland 12 8 .600 2 1/2 Oklahoma City 10 9 .526 4 Minnesota 2 17 .105 12 Pacific Division W L Pct GB L.A. Lakers 15 3 .833 — Phoenix 14 5 .737 1 1/2 Sacramento 9 8 .529 5 1/2 L.A. Clippers 8 11 .421 7 1/2 Golden State 6 12 .333 9 Friday’s Games Toronto 109, Washington 107, OT New York 114, Atlanta 107 Memphis 98, Dallas 82 Cleveland 101, Chicago 87 New Jersey 97, Charlotte 91 Boston 105, Oklahoma City 87 New Orleans 98, Minnesota 89 Detroit 105, Milwaukee 96 Utah 96, Indiana 87 L.A. Lakers 108, Miami 107 Saturday’s Games Philadelphia at Charlotte, late Utah at Minnesota, late Toronto at Chicago, late Denver at San Antonio, late Atlanta at Dallas, late Sacramento at Phoenix, late Houston at Portland, late Indiana at L.A. Clippers, late Orlando at Golden State, late Today’s Games New Jersey at New York, 12 p.m. Cleveland at Milwaukee, 3 p.m. Washington at Detroit, 6 p.m. Miami at Sacramento, 9 p.m. Phoenix at L.A. Lakers, 9:30 p.m. Monday’s Games Denver at Philadelphia, 7 p.m. Portland at New York, 7:30 p.m. Golden State at Oklahoma City, 8 p.m. San Antonio at Utah, 9 p.m.

College basketball Saturday’s boxscores #5 Kent. 68, #10 UNC 66

NORTH CAROLINA (7-2)  Graves 4-10 1-2 13, Thompson 6-13 2-3 14, Davis 3-6 3-5 9, Ginyard 2-7 0-0 5, Drew II 3-9 0-0 6, Strickland 2-5 0-0 5, McDonald 0-0 0-0 0, Watts 0-0 0-0 0,

Henson 0-3 1-2 1, D.Wear 1-1 0-0 3, T.Wear 0-3 0-0 0, Zeller 5-10 0-1 10. Totals 26-67 7-13 66. KENTUCKY (8-0)  Cousins 2-7 1-5 5, Patterson 8-12 2-2 19, Miller 3-7 0-0 8, Wall 5-10 5-7 16, Bledsoe 2-7 5-6 9, Dodson 3-7 1-2 9, Harris 1-2 0-0 2, Stevenson 0-0 0-0 0, Orton 0-2 0-0 0, Harrellson 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 24-54 14-22 68. Halftime—Kentucky 43-28. 3-Point Goals—North Carolina 7-20 (Graves 4-7, Strickland 1-1, D.Wear 1-1, Ginyard 1-4, Henson 0-1, T.Wear 0-1, Zeller 0-1, Drew II 0-4), Kentucky 6-16 (Miller 2-5, Dodson 2-6, Patterson 1-1, Wall 1-2, Bledsoe 0-2). Fouled Out— Ginyard. Rebounds—North Carolina 37 (Davis 10), Kentucky 39 (Patterson 7). Assists—North Carolina 11 (Drew II 6), Kentucky 13 (Wall 7). Total Fouls—North Carolina 18, Kentucky 17. A—24,468.

#6 Duke 80, St. John’s 71

ST. JOHN’S (6-1)  Evans 8-13 1-6 17, Burrell 1-2 0-0 2, Kennedy 5-10 5-5 18, Boothe 3-5 0-0 7, Horne 4-9 0-0 9, Lawrence 1-2 0-0 2, Hardy 3-8 0-0 7, Coker 2-2 1-2 5, Stith 0-1 0-0 0, Brownlee 2-5 0-0 4. Totals 29-57 7-13 71. DUKE (7-1)  Ma.Plumlee 1-3 2-2 4, Singler 6-18 4-7 17, Mi.Plumlee 1-1 0-0 2, Smith 5-11 4-5 16, Scheyer 4-14 5-5 15, Dawkins 1-5 0-0 2, Kelly 1-1 0-0 2, Thomas 5-7 1-1 11, Zoubek 4-5 3-4 11. Totals 28-65 19-24 80. Halftime—Duke 40-24. 3-Point Goals— St. John’s 6-18 (Kennedy 3-6, Boothe 1-2, Horne 1-3, Hardy 1-5, Brownlee 0-2), Duke 5-17 (Smith 2-3, Scheyer 2-8, Singler 1-3, Dawkins 0-3). Fouled Out—Evans. Rebounds—St. John’s 31 (Coker, Evans 6), Duke 41 (Singler, Thomas 8). Assists—St. John’s 14 (Kennedy 9), Duke 15 (Scheyer 6). Total Fouls—St. John’s 19, Duke 12. A—9,314.

#16 G’town 73, Amer. U. 46 AMERICAN U. (1-8)  McCormack 2-3 0-0 4, Grafft 3-7 0-0 8, Jolivette 1-6 2-2 5, Hendra 5-12 2-2 14, Lumpkins 1-17 0-1 2, Wilson 0-2 0-0 0, Munoz 2-7 3-4 8, Fisher 1-2 0-1 2, Borucki 0-0 0-0 0, Hill 1-1 0-0 3, Bersch 0-2 0-0 0, Holton 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 16-59 7-10 46.

GEORGETOWN (6-0)  Wright 4-9 3-3 12, Monroe 3-9 3-5 9, Freeman 3-7 2-3 9, Clark 4-7 0-1 9, Vaughn 5-6 0-0 11, Thompson 1-1 2-2 5, Mescheriakov 1-4 0-0 2, Sanford 0-1 0-0 0, Dougherty 0-0 0-0 0, Benimon 2-3 0-0 4, Stepka 0-0 0-0 0, Sims 4-7 4-5 12. Totals 27-54 14-19 73. Halftime—Georgetown 34-23. 3-Point Goals—American U. 7-20 (Grafft 2-4, Hendra 2-7, Hill 1-1, Jolivette 1-3, Munoz 1-3, Bersch 0-2), Georgetown 5-16 (Vaughn 1-1, Thompson 1-1, Wright 1-2, Freeman 1-3, Clark 1-4, Monroe 0-1, Sims 0-1, Sanford 0-1, Mescheriakov 0-2). Fouled Out— None. Rebounds—American U. 32 (Hendra 9), Georgetown 43 (Monroe 13). Assists—American U. 11 (Hendra 4), Georgetown 10 (Monroe, Wright 3). Total Fouls—American U. 19, Georgetown 14. A—10,465.

N.C. State 77, Marquette 73

N.C. STATE (6-1)  Wood 2-5 0-0 5, T.Smith 9-14 1-3 19, Horner 4-8 4-6 13, Gonzalez 5-8 2-5 15, Williams 3-5 0-0 7, Howell 0-0 0-0 0, Painter 0-1 0-0 0, Degand 3-4 0-0 6, Davis 3-5 3-6 9, Mays 1-6 0-0 3. Totals 30-56 10-20 77. MARQUETTE (6-2)  Hayward 6-16 2-2 15, Butler 6-14 5-6 19, Johnson-Odom 3-6 2-4 11, Cubillan 2-6 0-0 5, Buycks 2-10 3-4 7, Acker 3-7 2-2 10, Fulce 3-7 0-0 6. Totals 25-66 14-18 73. Halftime—Marquette 36-25. 3-Point Goals—N.C. State 7-12 (Gonzalez 3-5, Horner 1-1, Williams 1-1, Mays 1-2, Wood 1-3), Marquette 9-22 (JohnsonOdom 3-4, Butler 2-3, Acker 2-4, Cubillan 1-4, Hayward 1-4, Buycks 0-3). Fouled Out—Johnson-Odom. Rebounds—N.C. State 33 (T.Smith 11), Marquette 41 (Butler 12). Assists—N.C. State 22 (Gonzalez 7), Marquette 17 (Acker 7). Total Fouls—N.C. State 16, Marquette 18. A—15,803.

C. of C. 67, Davidson 55

DAVIDSON (2-6)  Archambault 3-10 4-4 10, Rossiter 2-4 0-0 4, Cohen 2-15 4-4 8, McKillop 3-9

0-0 7, Kuhlman 3-10 1-2 7, Cochran 0-0 0-0 0, Barr 3-8 0-0 8, Ben-Eze 2-8 0-0 4, Nelms 0-0 0-0 0, Allison 1-4 4-8 7. Totals 19-68 13-18 55. COLL. OF CHARLESTON (3-3)  Simmons 8-10 0-1 16, Breeden 5-10 0-0 11, Monroe 6-10 2-2 16, Goudelock 2-11 0-1 5, White Jr. 0-6 3-4 3, Sundberg 0-0 0-0 0, Lawrence 3-6 0-1 7, Wright 0-0 0-0 0, Pugh 0-0 2-2 2, Turok 0-1 0-0 0, Hall 3-7 0-0 7. Totals 27-61 7-11 67. Halftime—Coll. of Charleston 31-20. 3-Point Goals—Davidson 4-24 (Barr 2-6, Allison 1-1, McKillop 1-4, Kuhlman 0-3, Archambault 0-5, Cohen 0-5), Coll. of Charleston 6-22 (Monroe 2-3, Hall 1-2, Breeden 1-3, Lawrence 1-4, Goudelock 1-5, White Jr. 0-5). Fouled Out—None. Rebounds—Davidson 55 (Cohen 8), Coll. of Charleston 36 (Simmons 10). Assists—Davidson 7 (Archambault, Kuhlman 2), Coll. of Charleston 16 (White Jr. 6). Total Fouls—Davidson 16, Coll. of Charleston 21. A—3,062.

Prep wrestling Weddington Duals Team Results Weddington 42, Myers Park 36 Weddington 48, Monroe 33 Weddington 46, West Charlotte 27 Weddington 45, Ashbrook 33 Porter Ridge 45, Charlotte Latin 34 Porter Ridge 51, Parkwood 30 Porter Ridge 84, Union Academy 0 Porter Ridge 48, Mt. Pleasant 36 Parkwood 12, Mt. Pleasant 59 Parkwood 66, Union Academy 0 Parkwood 30, Latin 48 Parkwood 39, West Charlotte 36 Weddington 43, Porter Ridge 35 (Championship) 103: Dominic Ignacio (PR) pinned Josh Drye 0:42 112: Frankie Best (PR) pinned Cody Fincher 0:21 119: Andrew Baatz (PR) forfeit 125: Massan Hadley (PR) forfeit 130: Chris Lingle (PR) pinned Chad Grey 0:45 135: Will Burch (W) pinned Anthony Tivoli 2:47 140: Wes Edwards (W) pinned Brandon Griffin 1:47 145: Josh Green (PR) pinned Kyle Koenig 1:53 152: Kyle Deacon (W) pinned Jeffrey Whitmore 3:37 160: Wes Chapman (W) major dec. over Jimmy Irvin 13-2 171: Christian Lowder (W) pinned Jacob Bryant 0:31 189: Joe Centrella (W) pinned Ricky Meyer 3:45 215: Jake Perkins (W) pinned Travis Dixon 0:53 Hwt: Jake Helms (W) dec. over Pat Phillips 5-1

Pro golf Chevron World Challenge Saturday At Sherwood Country Club Thousand Oaks, Calif. Yardage: 7,027 yards; Par: 72 Purse: $5.75 million Third Round

Graeme McDowell 71-69-66 — Y.E. Yang 70-65-71 — Lee Westwood 71-67-69 — Padraig Harr. 69-68-70 — Jim Furyk 70-71-67 — Ian Poulter 68-69-71 — Sean O’Hair 71-67-71 — Kenny Perry 72-65-72 — Stewart Cink 70-73-68 — Lucas Glover 74-67-70 — Zach Johnson 68-70-74 — Steve Stricker 71-74-71 — Mike Weir 73-70-73 — Camilo Villegas 73-69-74 — Martin Kaymer 73-72-72 — Justin Leonard 72-74-72 — Paul Casey 75-69-74 — Anthony Kim 71-74-73 —

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Transactions Saturday’s Sports Transactions BASEBALL National League CINCINNATI REDS—Named Paul Lessard athletic trainer. HOCKEY National Hockey League ANAHEIM DUCKS—Reassigned C MacGregor Sharp to Bakersfield (ECHL).


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No. 5 Kentucky edges No. 10 North Carolina LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) â&#x20AC;&#x201D; John Calipariâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s rebuilding project at Kentucky is ahead of schedule. Freshman star John Wall shook off a leg injury to finish with 16 points, including the clinching free throws with 4 seconds remaining, and the fifth-ranked Wildcats held off No. 10 North Carolina 68-66 on Saturday. Patrick Patterson added 19 points and seven rebounds for Kentucky (8-0), which snapped

a five-game losing streak to the Tar Heels (7-2) and inched closer to becoming the first program to reach 2,000 victories. The Wildcats have 1,996, while North Carolina has 1,991. Kentucky is off to its best start since the 1992-93 season, when it started 11-0. Deon Thompson led North Carolina with 14 points and Will Graves added 13, but the Tar Heelsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; second-half rally stalled in the final minutes. Wall and fellow freshman

Eric Bledsoe made sure of it, making 5 of 6 free throws in the last 30 seconds after North Carolina had trimmed a 19-point deficit to two. Bledsoe shook off a couple off costly late-game turnovers to knock down a pair of foul shots, and after Graves missed a 3-pointer and the rebound bounced out off bounds, Bledsoe made one of two to put Kentucky ahead 66-61. After a tip-in by Thompson pulled Carolina to 66-63, Wall

finished his breakout performance by calmly sinking two free throws with 4.3 seconds left. Graves hit a meaningless 3-pointer at the buzzer, and by then the Wildcats bench had poured out onto the floor to celebrate the biggest victory in years. Calipari said before the game he was anxious to see how the Wildcats responded after getting â&#x20AC;&#x153;punched in the mouth.â&#x20AC;? The answer proved to be easy:

Get the ball into the hands of Wall, who dazzled the NBA scouts in attendance with the kind of playmaking ability that will likely make him a lottery pick next spring if he chooses to leave. Wall finished with seven assists, five rebounds and a handful of spectacular plays. It almost wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t enough to hold off the defending national champions. North Carolina trailed by 15 at the break but slowly got back in it by slowing the tempo.

Panthers Continued from Page 1B play as hard as we possibly can so we can all have fun around here at some point.â&#x20AC;? The Bucs have played better with Josh Freeman, who will make his fifth pro start against Carolina a week after throwing for a career-high 250 yards and two touchdowns against the Falcons. That came after a four-turnover performance against the Saints a week earlier. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m definitely learning a lot,â&#x20AC;? he said. Freeman will be the most experienced QB on the field Sunday. Matt Moore, who has three career starts â&#x20AC;&#x201D; the last against the Bucs in the 2007 season finale â&#x20AC;&#x201D; will replace Delhomme. He canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t grip a football, much less throw it, after being injured in the closing minutes of Carolinaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s miserable, touchdownless 17-6 loss to the New York Jets. Fox, with one year left on his contract, had resisted replacing the turnoverMOORE plagued Delhomme with Moore. There have been concerns about the Oregon State productâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s knowledge of the offense and his decision-making. The 25-year-old Moore, who went undrafted and was released as a rookie by Dallas, has completed 6 of 12 passes for 63 yards and an interception in limited action this season. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s my third year. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m telling myself Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m not a young guy anymore,â&#x20AC;? Moore said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;And Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m trying to convince anybody who thinks otherwise that Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m not a young guy anymore.â&#x20AC;? As in Carolinaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s decisive win late last season over the Bucs and in a 28-21 victory in Tampa on Oct. 18, the Panthers would like to establish their running game to take pressure off Moore. DeAngelo Williams and Jonathan Stewart combined for 262 yards rushing in the first meeting, including Williamsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; tiebreaking 1-yard TD run with 29 seconds left. But Williams turned his ankle against the Jets and missed practice time in whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s been a tumultuous week for Carolina. On the same day an X-ray revealed Delhommeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s broken finger, Pro Bowl middle linebacker Jon Beason was arrested on a misdemeanor assault charge in connection with an incident last month at a Charlotte strip club. Beason, Carolinaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s leading tackler, wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t face any immediate discipline. He leads a defense rocked by injuries.

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Marvin Ridge senior Matt Risher was voted the league player of the year. Risher led the Mavs to the 3A state championship.

Soccer Continued from Page 1B Fumo has coached for 22 seasons with stops at Parkwood and Weddington along the way, but admits this has been his most successful and meaningful season yet. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The whole season was something special,â&#x20AC;? Fumo said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We knew we had the potential to be good, and to carry through and to achieve that goal (of winning a state championship) just really is an attribute to the effort that the boys put in.â&#x20AC;? Risher predicted a state championship to the Enquirer Journal prior to the start of the season. Marvin Ridge lost a tight 1-0 match against defending 4A champion Myers

Park during their second game of the season. Although it would be chalked as a loss, the fact that the Mavericks kept up with North Carolinaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s defending 4A champ showed promise to Fumo, and a belief that Risherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s prediction could come true if the team continued to work hard. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Myers Park was highly regarded and we were able to stay with them,â&#x20AC;? Fumo said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;So it kind of gave us a glimpse of what we could do â&#x20AC;&#x201C; but we still had to work very hard to stay at that level.â&#x20AC;? As the Mavericks moved into the playoffs, four out of the last five games, including the state championship, were decided by one goal â&#x20AC;&#x201C; a testament to Marvin Ridgeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ability to win close games. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The quality of each game was really amazing,â&#x20AC;? Fumo said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We did â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;em different ways. Some games we were out ahead and had to hold on and other games we were behind and had to come

back and scrap to get to that point. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It kind of shows the resilience of this team that we never got down on ourselves and even if we were behind, we had the ability to come back.â&#x20AC;? Marvin Ridge archrival Weddington finished second in the SCC with a 7-3 conference record (11-7-3 overall). The Warriors were eliminated in the second round of the state playoffs in a 3-1 loss to Charlotte Catholic. Weddington placed five members on the all-conference team. Neither Porter Ridge nor Sun Valley finished above .500 on the season, but both schools faced stiffer competition as 4A schools. The Pirates finished 6-4 in the SCC and Sun Valley went 5-5 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; both teams lost in the first round of the 4A state playoffs. Parkwood (5-12-2 overall, 2-8 SCC) ended its season losing in the first round of the 3A playoffs to North Iredell.

E. Carolina beats Houston 38-32 for C-USA championship GREENVILLE (AP) â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Dominique Lindsay and Giavanni Ruffin each ran for two touchdowns while East Carolinaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s defense hung in against Houstonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s powerful offense to help the Pirates beat the No. 18 Cougars 38-32 in the Conference USA championship game Saturday. Dwayne Harris also had a big day with 123 yards receiving and a 22-yard touchdown

catch. He also had a 69-yard kickoff return to set up East Carolinaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s first touchdown to earn MVP honors, helping the Pirates (9-4) beat the mistakeprone Cougars (10-3) for their second straight league title that will send them back to the Liberty Bowl. East Carolina is the first team to win consecutive C-USA titles since the league went to divisional play in 2005.

Case Keenum had a big day for Houston, completing 56 of 75 passes for title game-record 527 yards and five touchdowns. Most of those went to James Cleveland, who had 19 catches for another game-record of 241 yards to go with three scores. But while Houston had stretches where it easily moved the ball, the Cougars repeatedly cost themselves with the kind of mistakes that East Car-

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704-261-2214 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

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RESIDENTIAL ASSISTANT for DD Adult Group Home Mon-Fri 3pm-8pm & other hrs as needed. Assist. Residential Mgr. every other weekend 3pm Fri to 6pm Sun sleepover at home req’d. HS Diploma, DL & clean record checks req’d for both positions. (704)283-1400

043 Truck Drivers Drivers CDL Driver Wanted Run OTR-S, SE, Midwest W 10-14 Days Out FT, Medical, Dental, Life Ins. 401K Call 1-800-867-1660 or apply online at www.wiseway.com Wiseway Motor Freight Hickory, NC

044 Sales Local Modular Home Center has immediate opening for a Sales Associate. Benefits are 401K plan, health/dental ins, commission base w/draw. No experience necessary. 1st Choice Home Center, 2008 E. Roosevelt Blvd, Monroe. 704-225-8850. Fax 704-225-8480 tommy@ 1stchoicemonroe.com

Full-time, entry-level management position. Responsibilities include working with adult newspaper carriers, maintain 046 Medical/Dental and improve customer service and work on circulation sales. Flexible shifts including early mornings and weekends. Must have dependable Group Home Manager vehicle to be used on the job, clean driving record, Monarch is currently recruiting for an Operations valid drivers license and Manager #2364 in Moninsurance. roe, NC. On-site manageTo complete application ment & supervision of apply at: staff & residents in a The Enquirer-Journal home for developmentally 500 W. Jefferson Street disabled. Support individPO Box 5040 uals with services, schedMonroe, NC 28111 uling, attend meetings, The Enquirer Journal is an trainings, & overall daily equal opportunity employhome operations. Reer and does not discrimiquires HS/GED & 3 years nate on the basis of race, related group home expereligion, color, sex, age, rience. national origin, or disabiliApply Online at ty. www.MonarchNC.org EOE

068 Auctions

moving, (704)363-9848

Farm and Construction Machinery

Friday Dec. 11, 2009 @ 9:00 A.M. Approx. 25-75 Tractors 200-300 Implements 20-40 Construction items

Godley Auction Company 4918 Rozzells Ferry Rd Charlotte, NC 28216 704-399-9756 NCAL#305 www.godleyauction.com AUCTION Wed. Dec. 9 @ 7:00 PM 7813 Idlewild Rd. Indian Trail, NC Collectibles, Home Decor, Household 10% BP, Cash/Check BELK AUCTION CO NCAL 6936 704-339-4266 www.belkauctionco.com

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

071 Furniture Free 2 Persian cats with papers male & female, 2yrs Solid oak dining table 4’x4’ old (704)289-3283 w/out leaf, 4 leafs 12” ea w/support, 6 reg. chairs & Free Kittens 14 wks old multi 2 captains (704)821-7457 colors, boxed trained, bring pet taxi (704)254090 Miscellaneous 9506 Free Mother Cat & kittens great Christmas gifts!! good home needed (704)218-6022 Free puppies Lab/Boxer & Lab/Rottweiler 9wks great Christmas gifts, dewormed (704)219-9891

MERCHANDISE 068 Auctions AUCTION Construction Equipment & Trucks, December 11, 8 a.m., Richmond, VA. 600+ Lots, Excavators, Dozers, Dumps & More. Accepting Items Daily. Motley's Auction & Realty Group, 804-232-3300, www.motleys.com, VAAL#16. *NC Statewide* AUCTION Sat. Dec. 12 @ 7:00 PM 7813 Idlewild Rd. Indian Trail, NC Vintage Toys, Antiques, Collectibles 10% BP, Cash/Check BELK AUCTION CO. NCAL 6936 704-339-4266 www.belkauctionco.com

Metal Roofing 3ft wide $1.40 LF 1-803-789-5500

PECANS for sale. Call (704)289-6865. 092 Firewood Seasoned Firewood Oak & mixture of Hickory call for details (704)363-4420

FINANCIAL 104 Bus. Opportunities

INVESTIGATE BEFORE YOU INVEST! 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 www.ftc.gov/bizop. 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.


The Enquirer-Journal 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

Sunday, December 6, 2009 / 5B

114 Houses For Rent 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 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

REAL ESTATE - RENT 111 Commercial - Rent Warehouse/office with 4’ dock door. 2400 sf. Old Charlotte Hwy. $600/Mo. (704)283-4697

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

1 BR Special Riverside - Old Georgetown 704-283-5563 3 Bd 2 ba only $200/mo! 5% dn,15yrs@8%! For Listings 800-749-8106 x B002 Beautiful 2br 1.5ba Cedar Bend Townhome in Monroe $650mo. (704)296-2428

★ Monroe Apt. ★ Special 2br 2ba Move in by DEC. 1st. Get Jan & Feb FREE Beautiful & quiet paid water 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

Do You Need Help Selling Your Home, to get out of debt before it hurts your credit? We have buyers looking for homes priced right. call Ethel or Mark Thomas Remax Steeplechase (704)289-9451

113 Duplexes

MOBILE HOMES

1br 1ba duplex spacious, cent H/A, $437mo. 903 A Guild, ref’s & dep req’d (704)400-4560

138 Mobile Homes - Rent

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 $200/mo! 4 bed 2 ba! 5% dn, 15 yrs @ 8%! For Listings 800-749-8106 x H611

2br 1ba country farm home, $550mo. +dep. & ref’s (704)225-9339

2BR MH $450mo. (704)282-9197 leave message 3br 2ba MH county setting $600mo.+$600dep & sec with background check, req’d (704)624-6373 Wingate: 2 mo free rent 3BR 2BA $600 Cent H/A. No pets. 704-451-8408

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

2br 1ba Marshville area $550mo. no pets, Land Owners Wanted (704)624-0606 Zero Down 3BR, big loft, 2.5BA, 2800sf, good location-Monroe, new house. $1100/mo. (704)458-4022

call for details (704)225-8850 TRANSPORTATION

Beautiful 4br 2.5ba Wing158 Trucks For Sale ate, 4yr old 2 sty big back 03 Chevrolet Truck 1500 yard 2 car gar. fresh paint Ext Cab real good truck, call John (704)236-0621

$8900 (704)283-5748

Fantastic Country Home 3BR 1BA, 2AC W/Barn $795/mo LREA 704.796.7460 Indian Trail area nice 3br 2.5ba w/garage & bonus room Traewyck S/D only $1075mo call (704)2921329

Nearly new 3 & 4BR in Monroe, $800-$950mo. (704)289-5410 Newly remodeled 3br 2ba house with large yard in Wingate, $900mo (704)507-0179

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

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 1/2 bath. Gourmet kitchen with granite countertops/ hardwoods and ceramic tile/jacuzzi jet master bath. Jeff Hall - Realtor/Broker 980-722-6702-cell jeffhall@kw.com

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.

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.

Lot $30,000

SKYECROFT

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 jeffhall@kw.com

Enjoy entertaining in this wonderful Marshville home: over 3500 sq. ft. on 2 acres. Holiday dinners a breeze to prepare in the spacious kitchen. Grand living and dining rooms. 5 bedrooms; 5 fireplaces; den; screeened porch. Call Elsie: 704-363-8815 PRUDENTIAL CAROLINAS REALTY

Jeff Hall - Realtor/Broker 980-722-6702-cell jeffhall@kw.com

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 : terripurser.remax-carolina.com list price $79,500.

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

Call Remax Executive: 704.602.8295, Lara Taylor

REDUCED 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

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 http://www.MyRealtorMichael.com/ Offered at $399,900

Michael Calabrese 704-231-7750

$169,000

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

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FOR SALE BY OWNER, NORTH MYRTLE BEACH HOUSE $725,000 5 BD, 4 BTH, ON CHANNEL, TWO BLOCKS FROM BEACH WWW.NORTHMYRTLEBEACHTRAVEL.COM, RENTAL HOUSE NAME, AQUAVIEW, 704-975-5996,WCMMCLEOD@CS.COM

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