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New station, old problem Mineral Springs VFD must haul station’s sewage in trucks BY JASON deBRUYN
Staff Writer MINERAL SPRINGS There’s a problem at the new Mineral Springs fire station and everyone agrees: It stinks. Due to outdated septic equipment, the Union County department of Environmental Health ruled that the Mineral Springs Fire Department is not allowed to dispose of waste
through a septic system and, because there are no sewer lines running to the brand new station, it cannot tap on to the county’s sewer system. The only other way to get rid of the sewage is to store it on site, then haul it away when the tub is full. Sewage will be stored and hauled away from the new fire station. “It’s a little frustrating,
but there is not much we can do,” Mineral Springs Fire Chief Don Gaddy said. An Environmental Health inspection before construction approved the septic system, but did not check the actual equipment. Because the equipment was still in working order and the fire station was not requesting additional
capacity, the assumption was that everything would work. An inspection closer to completion of the project showed that the septic system was installed in the early 1960s and no longer met county codes. By that time, there was not enough space to build an up-to-date system. “The code has changed a lot since then,” said
SADD but TRU
WHAT’S NEWS Church to give out toys, clothes
WINGATE White House Outreach Deliverance Center will offer free toys and clothes to all comers at the J. Ray Shute Center in Monroe on Monday. Minister K. Barrett said that the ministry served more than 200 people in 2008, and they anticipate even greater response in 2009. In addition to the giveaway, the church will offer an arts and crafts table for kids, refreshments, praise and gospel singing, and the chance for anyone to offer prayer requests. Giveaway items include clothes in a wide range of sizes and toys donated through community churches. The center is at 503 Green St., Monroe. For more information, call 704-219-7310.
BIRTHDAYS Best wishes are extended to everyone who is celebrating a birthday today, especially:
Gaddy. “That’s part of it.” The Mineral Springs Town Council appealed to the county commissioners to extend a sewer line to the station, but county Public Works director Ed Goscicki said that was cost prohibitive. Options ranged in price from about $150,000 to about $300,000. “Clearly a lot of
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New accord over project Historic Ventures meets with Waxhaw residents BY ELISABETH ARRIERO
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Monroe Police Officer Shawn Parler, the school resource officer at Central Academy of Technology and the Arts, helps Principal Rod Miller stay cool while he is stuck to the wall in the cafeteria. Parler is an adviser for the SADD (Students Against Destructive Decisions) and Tru (Tobacco Unreality Filter) club. Miller volunteered to help raise money for the club, and students paid for strips of duct tape to pin him to the wall. BY JASON deBRUYN
Wednesday, a stunt the principal pulled to raise money for a no-smoking campaign. “I’m willing to do anything for students for a good cause,” Miller said, as he hung from the wall with only tape holding him. Helms serves on the leadership committee of CATA’s SADD and TRU,
(Students Against Destructive Decisions and Tobacco Reality Unfiltered) club and helped organize the fundraiser. A table with pamphlets against tobacco, drugs and alcohol sat in front of Miller. “We try to make people see the reality of what smoking and other drugs do to you,” said Helms.
Jason Scheopner, Sharon Coleman, Lynn Smith, Dolan Baucom, Dennis Byrum, Louie Brantley, Andrea Smith, and Debra Anderson. We also wish happy belated birthdays to Mildred Collins Long, Denise Lowery, Mandy Phifer, whose names were inadvertantly omitted from Wednesday’s list.
MONROE Rrrrrrrrip! Cindy Helms tore off a piece of silver duct tape and stuck it to Central Academy of Technology and Arts Principal Rod Miller. The sophomore joined other CATA students in taping Miller to the wall
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Charging $1 per strip of tape, the club realized it wouldn’t raise much money, but set that goal at $100. The money will fund an Easter-egg hunt for the Wolfe School, a school for children with mental handicaps, and other programs to discourage drug use. —Jason deBruyn can be reached at 704-261-2243.
MONROE Waxhaw’s meeting between developers and residents Wednesday was different from previous meetings: There were no late-night confrontations and neither side seemed particularly on the defensive. And there were cookies. Historic Ventures held a neighborhood meeting to discuss its plan for downtown development, which residents heavily opposed during public hearings in October. But when the developers presented the plan again Wednesday, it had two key deletions: There aren’t any apartments or a day care center. “We’ve decided to block that area out for future growth,” said partner Bransen Patch Tuesday, adding that there are no plans to re-add the two features at a later date. “It’s more of a wait and see.” With the two most controversial features no
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Monroe She’s not quite 2 years old, but her accomplishments are impressive: best of breed, best bred by in breed/variety, fourth place in best bred by exhibitor, first place in the hound group and a vie for best in show. In other words, Era, a greyhound, cleaned up
at the American Kennel Club/Eukanuba National Championship last weekend in Long Beach, Calif. Era’s owners, Rindi Gaudet of Summerville, S.C., and Melanie Steele of Waxhaw, are also her breeders with 25 years of competitive experience. “Era’s personality sets her apart,” Steele said. “Most greyhounds are aloof but she doesn’t meet
a stranger. She is very outgoing and engaging to the audience.” Gaudet said one word just can’t describe Era. “She is always trying to get someone’s attention,” Gaudet said. “She wants people to look at her and to laugh. She is always bowing, jumping or cocking her head to one side.
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Era, a greyhound, keeps here eyes on handler Rindi Gaudet at the AKC/Eukanuba National Championship.
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DEATHS Albert D. Greene
MONROE Albert D. Greene, 92, died Tuesday, December 15, 2009 at Rehabilitation and Nursing in Monroe. Mr. Greene was born June 28, 1917. Visitation will be Friday afternoon from 1 to 2 p.m. at the Mountain Springs Baptist Church. Funeral services will Friday at 2 p.m. at Mountain Springs Baptist Church, with burial to follow in the Beulah Presbyterian Church Cemetery. McEwen Funeral Home of Monroe is serving the family of Mr. Greene.
Man who led Russia into free market dies
MOSCOW (AP) — Yegor Gaidar, who oversaw Russia’s painful economic transition from communism to the free market in the 1990s, died Wednesday, an aide said. He was 53. Gaidar died unexpectedly of a blood clot at his Moscow-area home while he was working on a book early in the morning, his aide Valery Natarov told The Associated Press. Gaidar — who served under Boris Yeltsin and as acting prime minister for six months in 1992 — was loathed by ordinary Russians who saw their savings wiped out by the inflation that followed his sudden price liberalization that year. But he was praised by others for taking it upon himself to make painful but necessary changes to fix a dysfunctional communist economy. He oversaw the so-called shock therapy reforms that opened prices that formerly were set by the state to the free market. That meant empty grocery stores restocked immediately but that hyperinflation put most goods out of reach of many consumers.
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Sun Valley Middle School’s Assistant Principal, Pascale Glenn, won second place in the teachers’ gingerbread house competition this year.
MINT HILL Martha E. “Polly” Thomas, 76, died Monday, December 14, 2009 at Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte. Funeral services will be held 2:00 p.m. Friday, December 18, 2009 at Mint Hill Baptist Church. The family will receive friends from 7 until 9 p.m. Thursday at Good Shepherd Funeral Home, Indian Trail. Mrs. Thomas was born April 11, 1933 in Charlotte, NC and was the daughter of the late Mack and Annie Belle Wilson Dennis. She was preceded in death by a son, Rick Thomas and a brother, Joe Dennis. She was a homemaker. Mrs. Thomas is survived by her husband, Ernest H. Thomas of the home; daughter, Sandy Thomas Aycoth of Indian Trail, brother, James Leroy Dennis of Camden, SC; grandsons, Kevin and Brian Thomas, both of Charlotte; granddaughter, Allison Aycoth of Indian Trail; and greatgrandchildren, Allison Kepko, Haylee Thomas and Morgan Ann Thomas. Online condolences may be made at www. goodshepherdfuneralhome.net. Good Shepherd Funeral Home, Indian Trail, is serving the family of Mrs. Thomas. PAID OBITUARY
Roy Disney dies
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Roy E. Disney, the nephew of Walt Disney whose powerful behind-thescenes influence on The Walt Disney Co. led to the departure of former chief Michael Eisner, has died. He was 79. The company announced that Disney died Wednesday in Newport Beach, Calif., after a yearlong bout with stomach cancer. Company president and chief executive Bob Iger said Disney was much more than a valued 56year company veteran. “Roy’s commitment to the art of animation was unparalleled and will always remain his personal legacy and one of his greatest contributions to Disney’s past, present and future,” Iger said in a statement. Although he generally stayed out of the spotlight, Roy Disney didn’t hesitate to lead a successful campaign in 1984 to oust Walt Disney’s son-in-law after concluding he was leading the company in the wrong direction. Nearly 20 years later, he launched another successful shareholders revolt, this time against Eisner, the man he’d helped bring in after the previous ouster. Eisner and his wife issued a statement expressing their sympathies over Disney’s death. Don Hahn, an executive producer at the Disney movie studio, credited Roy Disney with ushering in a new era after taking over the animation department in 1984. Together, they helped make such blockbusters as “Beauty and the Beast” and “The Lion King.”
A contest of tasteful homes INDIAN TRAIL It’s clear the holiday season is here when Sun Valley Middle School staff and students fill their media center with the deliciously decorated gingerbread houses. Event coordinator SVMS art/yearbook teacher Tiffany Medford says the annual competition is a lot of work, but both the students and staff enjoy the challenge of creating these delightfully colorful houses out of food. This year, there were a total of 75 entries; four of them done by Sun Valley faculty. “This year’s houses were larger in scale and the attention to detail was
phenomenal,” Medford said. “They really went above and beyond. You can see the participants growing each year, and this year exhibited that very noticeably. There’s a lot more groundwork around the houses, and detail that we haven’t seen in the past.” Monday’s (Dec. 14, 2009) contest marked the seventh year the school has held the gingerbread house contest. Medford said the rules for the competition are based on the Grove Park Inn Gingerbread House Contest guidelines. Judging was Monday after school. The winners were notified Tuesday.
Entries had to be edible, with the houses being made primarily of gingerbread or graham crackers. They also had to have a Christmas theme. Judges gave each entry points in appearance, originality, difficulty, precision and consistency of theme. This year’s first-place student winners were brother and sister team of Lexie and Owen Phillips, while the faculty/ staff first-place winner was band teacher Leslie Craven. The second-place student winner was sixthgrader Jordan Kratochiril; third-place, sixth-grader Hanneh Gundersen; and
honorable mention went to sixth-grader Suraiya Khan. The second-place faculty winner was assistant principal Pascale Glenn; while the third place winner was teacher Diana Ollis. First-place winners in both the student and teacher categories win $60, while second-place winners win $30, and third-place winners receive $15. The event was judged by members of the business community, while the school’s Parent Teacher Organization donated the monetary prizes. — This article was provided by Union County Public Schools.
ty Agricultural Services Center. Details, Union County Master Gardener Growline, 704-283-3822. • UNION COUNTY VETERANS COUNCIL, 7:30 p.m., Call Ken Rogers, 704-283-3744, for location. • COCAINE ANONYMOUS meeting, 7:30 p.m., at the Friendship Home, 2111 Stafford St. Ext., Monroe. • UNION COUNTY AMATEUR RADIO SERVICE, 7:30 p.m., Red Cross Building, Franklin Street. Call 704-238-9216. • CIVIL AIR PATROL, South Piedmont Squadron, 7:30 p.m., Indian Trail Town Hall. For details, contact Jerry Langley at 704-847-8304. • AL-ANON, 8 p.m., First Step Recovery Center, 1623 Sunset Drive, Monroe. Details, 704-2830944, 704-764-7651.
Road, Wingate. Details, 704-221-7352. • OVERCOMERS OUTREACH ANONYMOUS, 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., 1700 Secrest Shortcut Road. For details call 704-8469223. • NARCOTICS ANONYMOUS, 8 p.m. to 9 p.m., Friendship Missionary Baptist Church administrative building, 501 Burke St. Details, 704-8214256, 704-763-0784. • CAROLINA SINGLES & MARRIED COUPLES CLUB DANCE, 8 p.m. to 11:30 p.m, Shrine Club, Phifer Street. Band, Crooked Creek. Admission, $10. Must be 21. Details, Ellen Benton, 704283-1304.
COMING EVENTS (Editor’s note: To list the event of your nonprofit civic, social or governmental organization, call 704-2612252.)
• UNION WEST ROTARY, 7:30 a.m., civic building behind Indian Trail Town Hall. For details, call Sean Helms, 704849-9332. • WAXHAW-WEDDINGTON SUNRISE ROTARY CLUB, 7:30 a.m., Rippington’s Restaurant, 109 W. South Main Street, Waxhaw. For information, call Jerry Simpson, 704-363-2173. • CRIME STOPPERS, 7:30 a.m., Hilltop Restaurant, new members welcomed. • GRIEF SUPPORT GROUP, 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., Hospice Services of Western Union County, Waxhaw. Details, Kim Davis, 704-243-4424; Elizabeth Stapleton, Russell Morrison, 704-292-2100. • MICROSOFT PUBLISHER I CLASS, 10 a.m., Monroe Library. Free. Registration required; call 704-283-8184. • INTERNET BASICS CLASS, 10 a.m., Waxhaw Library. Free. Registration required; call 704-8433131. • BABY TIME, 10:30 a.m., Union West Library. Details, 704-821-7475. • MONROE LIONS CLUB meeting, noon, Quincy’s Family Steakhouse. Call Wanda Deese, 704-577-7669, for details. • KIWANIS CLUB OF MONROE, noon to 1 p.m., Rolling Hills Country Club. For details, call Fran Dandridge at 704289-9429. • SENIOR CITIZENS CANASTA, 12:30 p.m., Ellen Fitzgerald Center. For information, call Ellen Fitzgerald Senior Center at 704-282-4657. • 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. • THURSDAY TALES, 5 p.m., Monroe Library. For ages 5 and up and their caregivers. Details, 704-283-8184. • MOTHER/DAUGHTER KNITTING CLASS, 5 p.m. to 6 p.m., Monroe Library. For ages 8 to 12. To register, call 704-2838184, ext. 231. • READING CLUBHOUSE, 5:30 p.m., Edwards Library, Marshville. For ages 8 to 12. Details, 704-624-2828. • CARTOONING CLUB, 5:30 p.m., Union West Library. Ages 8 and up. Details, 704-821-7475. • 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. • WAXHAW TOPS #613 (Take Off Pounds Sensibly), 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Waxhaw Bible Church, 6810 Pleasant Grove Road. Details, 704-843-5518 or 704-254-3880. • ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS, Sunset group, 6 p.m., 1010 McManus St., Monroe. Details, 704-219-6245. • UNION COUNTY CRUISERS, 6:30 p.m., Monroe Mall, next to Pizza Hut. Custom and classic cars. Details, 704238-1600. • SENIOR DANCE, 7 p.m.-9 p.m., Ellen Fitzgerald Center, Line dancing and ballroom dancing. Details, 704-282-4657. • BINGO, 7 p.m. to 10 p.m., Indian Trail VFW, 100 VFW Lane, Indian Trail; $500 jackpot. For details, call 704-821-9753. • BOY SCOUT TROOP 98, 7 p.m., Hemby Bridge Church, 6010 Mill Grove Road. For details, call 704882-3482. • WAXHAW LIONS CLUB, 7 p.m., site TBA. For details, call 704-8435537. • UNION COUNTY MASTER GARDENERS, 7 p.m., Union Coun-
• 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. • BABY TIME, 10:30 a.m., Edwards Library, Marshville. Details, 704624-2828. • TURNING POINT DOMESTIC VIOLENCE GROUP, 4 p.m. at the shelter. Details, 704-283-7233. • 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. • ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS, Sunset group, 6 p.m., 1010 McManus St., Monroe. Details, 704-219-6245. • NARCOTICS ANONYMOUS, 7 p.m. to 8 p.m., Nicey Grove Baptist Church, 318 Camden
• DISABLED AMERICAN VETERANS CHAPTER 95, 9 a.m. breakfast, 10 a.m. meeting, Golden Corral, 2507 W. Roosevelt Blvd., Monroe. Details, 704-635-7908, firstname.lastname@example.org. • TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly), 9 a.m. weigh-in, 9:20 meeting, Love Baptist Church, 707 Deese Road, Monroe. Details, 704-226-1520. • ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS, Low Bottom group, 10 a.m. to 11 a.m., 8 p.m. to 9 p.m., old Belk building, 200 Stewart St., Monroe. Details, 704-332-4387; 704-377-0244. • OVEREATERS ANONYMOUS, 10 a.m., Central United Methodist Church, room 106. • BASIC COMPUTER SKILLS CLASS, 1:30 p.m., Monroe Library. Free. Registration required; call 704-283-8184. • WIDOWS GROUP, 3 p.m., Quincy’s, 502 W. Roosevelt Blvd., Monroe. Details, 704-207-7311. • NARCOTICS ANONYMOUS, 5:30 p.m. to 6: 30 p.m., Friendship Missionary Baptist Church administrative building, 501 Burke St. Details, 704821-4256, 704-763-0784.
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Bank of American names next CEO CHARLOTTE (AP) — Bank of America’s board of directors has chosen consumer banking chief Brian Moynihan to replace Ken Lewis as CEO of the nation’s biggest bank on Jan. 1. Their pick of an internal candidate on Wednesday followed a months-long search and unsuccessful attempts to hire a star industry exec-
Woman accused of hiding mother’s death WILMINGTON (AP) — A woman was charged Wednesday with keeping the corpse of her elderly mother in their home for months before the body was discovered in the woman’s bed. Amy Blanche Stewart, 47, was charged with concealment of death, which is considered a low-level felony in North Carolina, the New Hanover County Sheriff ’s Office said. “There is no question it was known to the family and should have been communicated to law enforcement,” said New Hanover County District Attorney Benjamin R. David. “This is not tolerated under North Carolina law and it is not tolerated by this law enforcement community.” Stewart was charged one day after police said a 911 caller reported that Blanche Matilda Roth, 87, was unconscious and not breathing. Police say she likely died in May, before her 88th birthday in September. Stewart posted a $1,000 secured bond and was released from jail. New Hanover County Deputy Charles Smith didn’t know if Stewart had an attorney. She faces her first court appearance Thursday morning at 9 a.m. The family did not immediately return a message seeking comment. Smith said caregivers daily had been going in and out of the house on a quiet cul-de-sac. He would not specify if the caregivers were family members but said they were not nurses. Neighbors said Roth’s family had been living in the house with her and continued to go on as normal after Roth’s reported death. A woman who answered the door at the home refused to comment. David said an autopsy was completed but he declined to reveal its results. No one answered the phone at the state medical examiner’s office late Wednesday. David did not rule out additional charges for abetting concealment of a death, a misdemeanor. He also said investigators were looking into Roth’s financial records, and Sheriff EdMcMahon said more charges may be forthcoming in relation to the handling of Roth’s benefits. Smith said the residence was very well-kept. He said police hadn’t received any calls requesting checks on Roth’s welfare. “They were quiet and stayed to themselves all the time,” said neighbor Ray Taylor, 72. Martin Pedersen, another neighbor, said he had no idea Roth had died. Pedersen, 55, said four other family members, a married couple and two sons, lived in the house and that a younger son went to school every day. He said Stewart’s husband was in a wheelchair, and said Stewart came over to his house a couple of months ago to borrow a set of channel lock pliers because the house’s water had been shut off.
utive for the top job. The negotiations were complicated by pay restrictions imposed by government pay czar Kenneth Feinberg before the bank repaid $45 billion of federal bailout loans needed to prevent its failure over the past year. The move “draws to a close what is probably the executive search from hell,” said Tony Plath, a
finance professor at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. “They needed to find someone to end the drama so that the bank can get back to regular business, but at the same time I am surprised by their choice. You do have a young and untested CEO running a major commercial bank in the U.S.” Moynihan, 50, joined
the Charlotte-based bank as part of its 2004 purchase of FleetBoston Financial Corp. He has served as BofA general counsel, head of global wealth management and consumer bank chief. He will now join the bank’s board of directors. “I am honored to have the opportunity to lead this important company,” Moynihan said in a state-
ment. “We have everything we need at Bank of America to be the best financial services company in the world. What we need to do now is very simple. We need to execute.” As the new CEO, Moynihan faces many daunting tasks. He must juggle regulatory investigations into the bank’s 2008 acquisition of Mer-
rill Lynch while trying to repair relationship with regulators and members of Congress who sharply criticized Lewis after the bank required billions in aid. Some of those lawmakers, including Maryland Democrat Rep. Elijah Cummings, had also questioned Moynihan’s leadership skills during a hearing on the Merrill takeover.
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Unnecessary politics U.S. Sen. Richard Burr has unnecessarily injected partisan politics into the question of when a Bush administration-appointed U.S. attorney will be replaced by one chosen by President Obama. Burr now says he will block the nomination of Charlotte lawyer Thomas Walker until the current U.S. attorney in Raleigh, George Holding, completes his investigations into former Gov. Mike Easley and the former U.S. senator and presidential candidate, John Edwards. U.S. attorneys serve at the pleasure of the president; it is customary to replace them when administrations change. Walker cannot take the job until he is confirmed by the Senate. Burr says that he will support Walker’s nomination at the appropriate time. But for now, Burr can hold up the confirmation of a U.S. attorney for North Carolina through one of the U.S. Senate’s arcane and anti-democratic rules. Individual senators can block the president’s nominees simply by failing to file what is known as a “blue slip.” Holding has been investigating the two former office holders, both Democrats, since the late days of President George W. Bush’s second term. By all accounts, he has done a thorough and professional job. North Carolina’s junior U.S. senator, Kay Hagan, has let the Obama administration know that she also opposes Holding being replaced until he is through with his investigation. But as a Democrat, her stand in that regard keeps partisan politics out of the situation. She’s supporting a Republican in the job until it is complete. Burr should have stayed out of this. By announcing that he will block Walker, he makes it appear that someone was going to push the nomination through, and thus replace Holding, when there is no evidence of any such thing. To the contrary, Hagan is positioned to keep that from happening. And she can do so without partisan overtones. Sad to say, but Burr looks as if he is pandering to his party base on a matter of criminal justice. Partisan politics do not belong in the Justice Department. During Bush’s second term, White House power brokers fired several Republicans who they determined were not adequately pursuing investigations of Democratic politicians. It was a stain on our justice system. Furthermore, Burr should be aware that North Carolina has suffered in the past when it comes to presidential appointments and the Senate’s confirmation process. There is a sad history of North Carolina judges being denied confirmation to the federal bench because of partisan wrangling within our Senate delegation. Burr should have let this situation play itself out. Winston-Salem Journal
YOUR VIEW Saddened by actions of Marvin council I wanted to let all the residents of the Village of Marvin and the surrounding communities that the new Councils have voted to dissolve the Parks, Greenways, and Recreation Advisory Board. What does this mean to the residents? This means that the one greenway that is currently being constructed will stop. That means that the driving force behind the Marvin Loop is gone. That also means that the annual MARES Horse show has now ended. The reason why the Council has dissolved the Parks, Greenways, and Recreation Advisory Board? It is simple-Council Members did not like members of the PGR Board, and found this way to be the easiest way to get them off, and place their own people on the new board. Why did they not like them? Was it because they differed in thought on how the PGR Board should act? Or was it something more personal? Members of the Marvin Council have tried several times to limit who can be on the board, the supposed use of tax dollars (even though any money request had to be approved by the Council, and was meticulously accounted for), even trying to break up the board into 3 different boards. Why does politics have to impact the creation of trails, parklands, and recreation events?? The PGR Board just wanted to do the right things for the Marvin Community; to preserve nature, create recreational events, and open them up to the entire community. But the question is, for what community? Was it for the everyday people that would like to use a trail for exercise, for enjoying the beauty of nature? Or was it for the small minority of citizens that want
to dictate the way and life of the village of Marvin? Citizens of Marvin, and the areas around Marvin that may one day be a part of Marvin, please look up the facts, the information of what has gone on, and make your own determinations as to what group you want to be a part of. I am very saddened by the actions of the Marvin Council, and how it will impact the Marvin area. I am also sad for all of the volunteers that have worked on the greenway, the MARES event, and other things that the PGR took part of. I want to thank every one of them for their time and effort. Neil Gimon Unincorporated Union County Former member Marvin Parks, Greenways, and Recreation Board
Alert residents to rash of thefts of ATVs The Sunday after Thanksgiving, our shop was broken into and our four wheeler was stolen. We called the police department and after an hour or so, an officer showed up to tell us we would probably never see the ATV again. He took our information, gave us an incident number and went on his way. While he was here, he told us that an average of 10 fourwheelers are stolen ever day in Union County and they have not been able to get any leads on the people responsible. After that day, we cannot get anyone to talk with us at the county police department, even though my husband and I both with Union County. Seems to me they would try to help a fellow employee, I certainly would.
Anyway, since that morning in November, we have heard of two more ATVs being stolen from our neighborhood, and one even saw the same white van around like we had. Now, neither one of us have seen the van since we have talked with the police. There needs to be someway the residents of Union County is made aware of this so they can take extra precaution so they can keep what they own. Its a shame that this day and time, people that work hard and pay for what they want can’t keep what they have. And what makes it worse, the police department cannot help. I hate to say this, but until someone is hurt or killed, I don’t look for the police department to do anything about the robberies. Is there some way your paper can place an article that will make the residents of Union County aware of this? Thanks for your time. Mary Eudy Monroe
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Right now, we are leading by a fine example The TV talking heads on both sides of the political fence have started yammering about whether or not it’s been a good idea of President Obama’s to be taking on so many big issues in his first year in office. They wonder if it will affect his ability to be reelected but perhaps there’s something else far more interesting going on here that could bode well for voters in generations to come. However, in order to see it, we have to take a step back from the usual mentality of always playing to the crowd and look at the office of the presidency and its’ bigger purpose. The office was created in part as a means to move larger legislation along, particularly when the House or Senate had become weighed down by rhetoric. The current President has chosen to address several of the big ticket items at once, which is why the masses voted for him. They wanted change on a larger scale. The choices on the agenda have some hot button issues that most presidents don’t even
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have to face and most who have to choose just one and run with it. There’s been a two-fronted war in Iraq and Afghanistan, the health care crisis and then the big one for most of us, which is the economy. Any one of those is a monster topic for an administration and brings along its own set of pitfalls. This leads us back to the idea that there are two distinct ways to lead the constituents as an elected official. The first path, which is to lead with some measure of restraint in order to have any shot at getting reelected is not only more common, it’s practical. This choice
blends well with taking on only one issue and choosing the one that all the voters are talking about anyway. Often, when it’s the one-ata-time method anything else that comes up is treated as a short-term emergency and patched over with band-aids, effectively handing it off to a future administration. Again, this is what we’re used to and have come to expect out of any politician. It’s probably what the rest of us would do if put in a similar situation. However, President Obama has made a different choice and while it’s still too soon to tell whether or not this will benefit us or not, this kind of political multi-tasking may end up being his real lasting legacy of change. If the war in Afghanistan can be brought to any kind of closure during the President’s first term and some kind of health care bill is passed to cover more Americans without bankrupting small businesses as the unemployment rate finally goes down then it will be much more
difficult for the next president to throw up their hands in the face of a multitude of issues. They will have to make actual decisions on a wide range of issues that could cost them an election but will come back to the original idea of moving forward an agenda that the majority of people were voting for in the first place. It also means that when another election rolls around we’ll have a much clearer record of the President’s to use when we try to decide who will lead us next. The bigger agenda will also show us how our Senators and Congressmen are choosing to vote on each item. We may choose to vote for someone else but at least we’ll know with more certainty and getting elected will be more about legislation and less about job security for politicians. Right at the moment we are practicing democracy on a bigger scale because we can disagree and still move forward. If our President is reasonably successful then we can also show the citizens of other
countries like Iran with their green-band movement that struggling to gain a foothold in the same principles can include everyone and isn’t to be feared but embraced. No one is left out of the arguments. It’s also the boldest statement to any terrorists who claim they’re for the common man but through their acts of oppression and violence tell the biggest lie of all. We can help those who are being pushed down to see that democracy can work even among those who loudly disagree. This is our greatest truth in America. Our country is made up of many backgrounds who have come together even if it’s noisy at times to uphold the ideal that we can work together for the common good. Right now, we are leading by a fine example. Ask Martha how to get to your dream and receive a free gift of Martha’s new Big Adventure book, The 3 x 5 Game - www. m a r t h a s b i ga dv e n t u re . c o m . Email Martha at: Martha@caglecartoons.com.
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YOUR VIEW My objective is to serve Marvin As the recently reelected Mayor of Marvin I’d like to express my appreciation to our citizens – both those who did vote for me, for the show of confidence and support, as well as those who did not, for the opportunity to be judged by my results instead of campaign rhetoric. My main objective over the next two years, working hand-in-hand with our council members, will be to serve you, the citizens of the Village of Marvin, in the best way possible. One of the ways I plan to meet this objective is to open up the lines of communication between the village government and you, its citizens, and, to reinforce our accountability to you, the public we serve. To this end, we will begin communicating information on key decisions made in Council meetings and provide you the opportunity to “weigh in” and tell us what you think. This will allow us to both educate you and consider your feedback in future decisions. To implement this, we will begin to publish key discussion points and decisions from these meetings on the Village of Marvin Web site. We will also provide new, easy to use ways for you to provide your opinions. While some of these new feedback mechanisms may take another month or two to put in place, I begin our debriefing process today through this editorial and encourage all readers to respond with your thoughts, likes and concerns through current channels. What follows is a summary of the major actions and decisions made by the new council at the December 8th, Village of Marvin Council Meeting. Leadership Changes - I was sworn in as Mayor of Marvin. We additionally welcomed new council members, Ron Salimao and Anthony Burman, and thanked outgoing council members, Marc Curtis and Vicki Lawton, for their past service. Parks, Greenway, and Recreation (PG&R) Board –A motion was made by the council to disband the board. Questions were raised asking what obligations had not been met by the current board and what a new board would
ty of health care for county residents, are not from the general fund, and will not affect the tax rate! The fact is that approving the request for release of these funds will result in a badly needed Emergency Department for Waxhaw Area residents at no additional cost to the taxpayer. AND…an additional 73 badly needed local jobs will be created with an average salary of $53,000! Meanwhile, the time it takes for an emergency vehicle to travel from our home or business to the nearest hospital increases with each passing day. As a county resident living in the Waxhaw area, I encourage my neighbors as well as all of the county’s citizens to let Keuhler, Openshaw and Rogers know; stop fiddlin’ with our health and safety! Release the funds and let the construction of the CMC-Union Emergency Department in Waxhaw proceed! do differently. Accomplishments of the current board were also discussed. These accomplishments include: organizing and conducting MARES, one of the largest equestrian events in North Carolina; securing several easements enabling over one mile of greenway to be cleared and 5 bridges built; and holding the annual Chili cookout event. As Mayor, I expressed concern that a clear set of reasons for disbanding the current board had not been provided and that a set of new actions and directives for a new board had not been established, therefore, valid justification for disbanding a proven, successful board of volunteers had not been presented. Village of Marvin Law Firm – After communicating that they had no significant experience dealing with the Village’s current law firm, Parker Poe, and could not evaluate their performance, Council Members Ron Salimao and Anthony Burman, voted with Terri Patton and Nick Dispenziere to dismiss Marvin’s law firm. It was noted that Parker Poe has been the Village of Marvin’s law firm for the past 6 or so years and has performed very well. Again as Mayor, I expressed concerns with the Council’s decision as it related to both increasing costs, impacting current litigation, and future performance. It was further
noted that Parker Poe had been carefully selected to represent the Village based on a select set of credentials and generally had a reputation of being one of the best law firms in the State. It is important to understand that the Village is currently defending itself in a complicated annexation lawsuit and the transition to a new law firm will significantly raise risks and transition related expenses. A final concern expressed was in regard to the Council’s ability to evaluate new prospective law firms, given the Council’s lack of experience in evaluating attorney performance. Council Meetings – The council voted 4 – 0 to double, and in some cases triple, the number of council meetings each month. The village staff and I expressed concerns regarding the need for these additional meetings and increased costs to the citizens of Marvin (to account for paid staff time, facilities, and the cost of other normal operating activities being delayed while additional agendas, meeting minutes and research were completed). Although more was discussed, this hits the highlights of the most important decisions made which will impact our vil-
lage and taxpayers costs. It is my hope that this information is of value and that you will provide feedback that we can incorporate in future decisions which affect you. John A. Ciaramella Jr. Mayor Village of Marvin
Board fiddles while town burns Are Commissioners “Fiddlin’ While Waxhaw Burns”? The cliché, “fiddling while Rome burns” is based on the legend of Emperor Nero who supposedly strummed his lyre while the great fire of 64AD burned Rome to the ground. The saying is often used to question politicians who delay action on an issue with potentially disastrous consequences. In a 3-2 vote Monday night, Kuehler, Openshaw and Rogers voted to delay the five million dollar funding request by CMCUnion for the Emergency Department being built in Waxhaw. Ms Keuhler has indicated she is concerned that the funding would result in a two cent tax increase. Is she truly concerned about taxes or simply committed to the sale of the hospital facilities in Monroe and
ending the county’s association with Carolina’s Healthcare Systems? I’ve been a resident in Union County long enough to remember when we used to pay a tremendous price for mediocre health care. In an open bidding process it was CHS alone that came to the county’s aid by assuming management of the hospital. As a result, we no longer pay for health care but are being paid by CMC-Union for the use of the facilities while at the same time they absorb over 20 million dollars in annual indigent health care costs-a cost taxpayers would ultimately be responsible for. In addition, the five million that the Board majority is so concerned about spending; it comes from a separate county fund set aside to manage the profits from the hospital lease. These funds are designated for improving and expanding the quali-
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Elf ’s helpful hints ease kids’ first visit to Santa DEAR ABBY: It’s that time of year again when parents take their kids to see Santa. As a professional Santa’s helper for many years, may I offer some suggestions? Let your children approach Santa on their own. Do not force your child to sit on Santa’s lap. Santa has been seen in books and on TV, but he is now real, big and loud. That can be scary to a child. If he or she wants to stand at a distance and talk to Santa, that is OK. Sometimes just holding the child and standing next to Santa is all it takes for a child to warm up to the idea of sitting on his lap. If your little one is upset and you want a picture with Santa, have someone else snap the photo while you stand by your child. Let Santa talk to your children while you hold their hands. Santa (if any good) will pace the visit and
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stop it if it’s taking too long. If children are afraid, do not let Santa grab at them to put them on his lap. That will only make the problem worse. I hope this helps to make the visit easier. -- SANTA’S HELPER IN CENTRAL ILLINOIS DEAR SANTA’S HELPER: Ho-ho-ho! Thank you for being ABBY’s helper today. I hope parents will take your sound suggestions to heart when introducing their little ones to the jolly man in the red suit. ***
DEAR ABBY: I’m a retired waitress who worked for years in a family restaurant. Many elderly people would come in alone, and I could see they were hungry for conversation as well as food, so I’d talk to them as much as possible. As the restaurant became more crowded, I had less time to chat, so I set up a table for four and asked the seniors if they might like to sit at the “senior table.” So many of the customers said yes that it turned into a table for 12! It would be great if restaurants would set up senior tables so everyone could have a dinner partner if they wanted to visit. It’s also a great way to make new friends. Now that I’m a senior myself I notice a lot of us sit alone, watching families enjoy being together. -- KATHY IN BREMERTON, WASH. DEAR KATHY: You’re
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Dennis the Menace play a leadership role in a partnership situation. Hold back a tendency you have to parent those you care about. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22) - The only way you’re likely to be productive today is to avoid doing things in bits and pieces. Make it a point to complete each task you take on before moving onto something else. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) - It won’t be a frivolous waste of time to introduce a little fun into some of your work-related endeavors. In fact, it can prove to lighten up a situation that’s getting a bit too serious. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23) - By viewing things from a positive perspective, your imagination will help you achieve them. Everything could work out the way you envision it if you’ll simply give your chances a try. SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 22) - More often than not, your mental attitude will determine the outcome of your affairs. Maintain an enthusiastic, optimistic outlook and watch what happens. The least you’ll accomplish is a happy you.
By Bernice Bede Osol There are likely to be more than the usual amount of changes in your life in the year ahead. How you perceive each one will determine whether or not you think of life as good or bad. The more optimistic you are, the happier you’ll be. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 23-Dec. 21) - If you’re in charge of an arrangement with friends, where each is pitching in a certain amount of money for a common cause, be sure to keep an accurate record. It may be needed to avoid a conflict. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) - It’s important not to do anything in half measure if you hope to be a leader among your peers. Once you commit yourself to a certain task, stay on top of it until it is achieved. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 19) - Your feelings of self-worth will be greatly enhanced if you can say “yes” to a favor requested of you by another. No matter how busy you are, try to find the time to comply.
PISCES (Feb. 20-March 20) Before taking it upon yourself to make a major change that would affect others, make certain it wouldn’t cause a headache for another. Don’t create any unnecessary problems. ARIES (March 21-April 19) - How you behave is likely to reveal your shortcomings, so mind your business. Don’t indulge yourself in any public displays, such as openly showing your anger. TAURUS (April 20-May 20) - It’s not like you to be openly rattled, but there is an extreme possibility that something someone says might totally unnerve you today. Be prepared to maintain a hold on your emotions. GEMINI (May 21-June 20) - It pays to be as frank and forthright as possible, especially in your commercial dealings. If you play it cagey, people will think you’re hiding something extremely important from them. CANCER (June 21-July 22) All will work out to everyone’s satisfaction if no one tries to
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a sweet and compassionate woman. A few years ago I heard about some restaurants here in Los Angeles offering a “community dining” table for singles -- but they were intended to help young singles mingle. Your idea of a table for solo seniors is a good one, and I hope restaurateurs agree and give it a try. Food tastes better when it’s seasoned with good fellowship. *** DEAR ABBY: My ex-wife recently remarried and has decided to keep my last name and hyphenate it with her new husband’s. She says she’s doing it “for the sake of our children.” I don’t buy that for a minute, Abby. She was unfaithful many times during our marriage, and I want her to stop using my name so some dignity and honor can be restored to it.
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Do you agree that she should drop my name, or does she have a right to it? -- WANTS MY NAME BACK IN MAINE DEAR WANTS: Although I understand your anger, try to take comfort in the fact that your ex still finds prestige in the association with you. Honor and dignity will be restored to your name by the way you and the children conduct yourselves in the future. P.S. As long as your ex is not trying to defraud anyone, she has the right to use the name you gave her. Accept it and move on. *** Dear Abby is written by Abigail Van Buren, also known as Jeanne Phillips, and was founded by her mother, Pauline Phillips. Write Dear Abby at www.DearAbby.com or P.O. Box 69440, Los Angeles, CA 90069.
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House approves jobs bill in close vote Plan would spend $50B on public works, $50B will go to state, local government recipients $250 payments, a tax credit for small businesses that create jobs and a program awarding tax credits to people who make their homes more energy efficient. In a statement, Obama said the House measure offers “productive ideas to respond to this great need” for jobs across the country, while urging lawmakers to do more. “Some may think standing by and taking no action is the right approach,
WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats in the House Wednesday muscled through a year-end plan to create jobs, mixing about $50 billion for public works projects with another almost $50 billion for cash-strapped state and local governments. The unemployed would get continued benefits. But conspicuously absent from the plan were President Barack Obama’s recently announced proposals to give Social Security
Station Continued from 1A money for a single entity,” he said. Town Council members urged the county to consider running a pipe anyway. Mayor Rick Becker said the nearest outfall
Waxhaw Continued from 1A longer on the table, residents and the developers had a lively but mostly friendly dialogue Wednesday. Residents discussed the required retention pond at length, with some saying it should be a more active component of the development and others saying it shouldn’t. “The pond is what it is. You can only do so much with a retention pond,” said resident Gay Diller.
Champion Continued from 1A She will roll around on the carpet. If she thinks you are not looking at her, she will figure out some way to grab your attention.” Steele said Era has won the 2009 Greyhound Club of America National Speciality, three all breed best in show and 15 best of hound group, all since seriously beginning a showing career in September of this year. There are seven groups in which dogs are placed: sporting dogs, hounds, working dogs, terriers, toy dogs, non-sporting dogs, herding dogs and miscellaneous. In order to reach
but for the millions of Americans still out of work, inaction is unacceptable,” Obama said. Not a single Republican voted for the plan, which passed on a 217-212 vote after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., worked the floor for an hour. The measure now goes to the Senate, which won’t consider the measure until next year and which has a smaller appetite for such deficit-financed economic stimulus measures.
Given anxiety among Democrats over massive budget deficits and the party’s poor marks with voters for its free-spending ways, the measure could face a tough road. Thirty-eight Democrats voted against the plan, mostly moderates and junior members elected from swing districts. According to documents released by Democrats, the measure would cost $154 billion. But there’s also another $20 billion
was 3,000 feet downhill; at a commissioner meeting he said, “In addition, the town has been asking the county for many years to make service available for redevelopment of the downtown business district. ... Mineral Springs is one of the only towns in Union County that
has not consumed county sewer capacity on large residential projects.” Commissioners acknowledged the need, but argued that extending a pipe at that cost for only one user was tough to justify. Gaddy said he would apply for state and federal
grants, but was unsure that he would receive anything. “There’s not a whole lot I can do about it except ask,” he said. Environmental Health director Jeff Knight could not be reached Wednesday afternoon. — Jason deBruyn can be reached at 704-261-2243.
“They’re never beautiful. They’re shallow and muddy. But the ones without a fence blend better and look more natural.” Resident Caryn Chandler said she wants the pond to do more than just blend; she wants to be able to take her family out for a recreational activity like paddle-boating. “I see great things for this,” she said. “You have to think about what draws families.” Architect Stephen Overcash said he was excited about exploring the option of making the pond a
more active feature of the project. “The residents have had some great ideas and it’s going to make it a better project,” he said. Another major theme of the night was whether the development would mesh with or overshadow the current downtown. “We need to look at the center of Waxhaw. How does this relate to the heart of Waxhaw?” said Mayor Daune Gardner. But Chandler questioned the notion that Waxhaw’s heart is and should remain the inter-
section of highways 16 and 75. The developers said their hope was not to change what the heart of Waxhaw but to add to it. Following the meeting, both developers and residents expressed satisfaction with the night’s dialogue. “The developers are listening to people’s concerns about how Waxhaw will develop in the future and the residents feel that openness so they can express what they think,” resident Donna GambleThorne said.
best in show, a dog must win in their respective category. In each category dogs are not compared against one another but instead to the American Kennel Club’s standard of the ideal breed. “All of our judges are educated in the breeds they judge,” Michelle Barlak, public relations manager for the AKC, said. “Judges look for the ideal greyhound. The way the body fits together, how long the legs should be, color and shape of the eyes. The judges are not comparing the greyhound against the beagle but comparing it to the breed ideal standard.” Gaudet is Era’s handler, the person who actually shows the dog. Era lives
with Gaudet and they travel every weekend to competitions. Steele said she met Gaudet when Gaudet was 10 years old working as an apprentice for a different handler of Steele. “It is extremely important to have an excellent handler.” Steele said. “I mean it is their profession. They spend 24 hours a day with the dogs. Handlers see they (the dogs) are conditioned. They have to keep them in muscle tone, exercise them every day. You have to work to show them in their best condition.“ Gaudet often shows 15 dogs every weekend, 10 of which live with her. She said that the dogs, ranging in breed, often run to-
gether on her three acres. Gaudet said training Era is second hand and she rarely has to touch her in the ring. Steele said it would be easier to make a dog a champion and have the breeder be the handler but if a dog is being shown every weekend, she said it is difficult to have a normal job. Guadet said she is often only home for three or four days out of the week and it can be stressful to travel constantly with the dogs, but “it is all worthwhile when you win an award like we did this weekend.” Sadie, a Scottish terrier, won the AKC/Eukanuba best in show in this year’s competition.
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started in February’s $787 billion economic stimulus bill, which has earned mixed reviews from the public as unemployment has hit 10 percent. The idea behind the “Jobs for Main Street Act” was to enact fast-acting steps that would quickly boost employment. The bill also reflects concerns among rank-and-file Democrats that the original stimulus measure didn’t have enough money for infrastructure projects.
No bookstores on streets of Laredo City is largest in U.S. without bookseller LAREDO, Texas (AP) — The final chapter has been written for the lone bookstore on the streets of Laredo. With a population of nearly a quarter-million people, this city could soon be the largest in the nation without a single bookseller. The situation is so grim that schoolchildren have pleaded for a reprieve from next month’s planned shutdown of the B. Dalton bookstore. After that, the nearest store will be 150 miles away in San Antonio. The B. Dalton store was never a community destination with comfy couches and an espresso bar, but its closing will create a literary void in a city with a high illiteracy rate. Industry analysts and book associations could not name a larger American city without a single bookseller. “Corporate America considers Laredo kind of the backwater,” said the city’s most prolific author, Jerry Thompson, a professor at Texas A&M University International
who has written more than 20 books. Since the closing was announced, book lovers in Laredo have flocked to the small store located between City Trendz (“Laredo’s No. 1 Underground Hip Hop Shop”) and a store that offers $4 indoor go-kart rides to stock up on their favorite titles. Schoolchildren even wrote letters to the parent company, Barnes & Noble, begging for the store to stay open. “Without that store, my life would be so sad and boring,” wrote a fifthgrader named Bryanna Salinas, who signed her name with a heart. The Laredo store is among 49 remaining B. Daltons nationwide that Barnes & Noble will close by next year. The company believes a bookstore is viable in Laredo and has identified a location for a Barnes & Noble, but the space will not be available for at least 18 months, said David Deason, Barnes & Noble vice president of development.
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8A / Thursday, December 17, 2009 Comedy Jeff Dunham, Dec. 31 at 7 p.m. at Time Warner Cable Arena. Tickets are $49.50 and are available at the Arena box office, at www.TimeWarnerCableArena.com or through Ticketmaster. Jerry Seinfeld, Jan. 22 at 7 p.m. at Ovens Auditorium. Tickets range from $47 to $77 and are available at the Bojangles’ Coliseum box office and through Ticketmaster.
The Enquirer-Journal 7:30 p.m., Feb. 12-13 at 8 p.m., Feb. 18 at 7:30 p.m., Feb. 19-20 at 8 p.m. in Spirit Square’s McGlohon Theatre. Tickets start at $29.50 at the PAC box office in Founders Hall, by calling 704-372-1000 or CarolinaTix.org. “The Frog Prince,” Feb. 19 at 7 p.m., Feb. 20 at 3 p.m. in the McGee Theatre of Wingate University’s Batte Center. Each child’s ticket (12 and younger) free with a $5 adult ticket. For tickets, call 704-233-8316 or go online to www.wingate.edu/culture. “tick, tick ... BOOM!,” March 11-13 at 7:30 p.m. in the McGee Theater of Wingate University’s Batte Center. Tickets are $20 and are available by calling 704-233-8316 or wingate.edu/culture. “My Mother’s Italian, My Father’s Jewish & I’m in Therapy,” March 16-18 at 7:30 p.m., March 1920 at 8 p.m., March 21 at 3 p.m. in the Booth Playhouse of the Blumenthal Performing Arts Center. Tickets start at $24.50 and go on sale Jan. 15 at 10 a.m. at the PAC box office in Founders Hall, by calling 704-3721000 or CarolinaTix.org. “A Streetcar Names Desire,” presented by Theatre Charlotte, March 18 at 7:30 p.m., March 1920 at 8 p.m., March 21 at 2:30 p.m., March 24-25 at 7:30 p.m., March 2627 at 8 p.m., March 28 at 2:30 p.m. at the theater, 501 Queens Road, Charlotte. Tickets range from $7 to $24 and are available at www.CarolinaTix.org. “Snow White,” March 26 at 7 p.m., March 27 at 3 p.m. in the McGee Theatre of Wingate University’s Batte Center. Each child’s ticket (12 and younger) free with a $5 adult ticket. For tickets, call 704-233-8316 or go online to www.wingate.edu/ culture. “Jersey Boys,” March 31 at 7:30 p.m., April 1 at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., April 2 at 8 p.m., April 3 at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m., April 4 at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., April 6-8 at 7:30 p.m., April 9 at 8 p.m., April 10 at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m., April 11 at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., April 13-15 at 7:30 p.m., Arpil 16 at 8 p.m., April 17 at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m., April 18 at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. in the Belk Theater of the Blumenthal Performing Arts Center. Tickets range from $32.50 to $120 and are available at the PAC box office in Founders Hall, by calling 704-372-1000 or CarolinaTix.org.
“The Nutcracker,” presented by North Carolina Dance Theatre, Friday at 7 p.m., Saturday and Sunday at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m., Dec. 18 at 7 p.m., Dec. 19-20 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. in the Belk Theater of the Blumenthal Performing Arts Center. Tickets range from $15 to $69 and are available at the PAC box office in Founders Hall, by calling 704-372-1000 or CarolinaTix.org. “The Nutcracker,” presented by the Union County Youth Ballet, Dec. 18 at 7 p.m., Dec. 19 at 10 a.m., 2 p.m., and 7 p.m. at the Batte Fine Arts Center at Wingate University. Tickets are $12 for adults, $10 for children ages 2 to 17, and $10 for seniors over 65. For ticket information, visit http:// tiny.cc/ycyb or call 704-289-5733. Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Feb. 9-11 at 7:30 p.m., Feb. 12 at 8 p.m., Feb. 13 at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m., Feb. 14 at 3 p.m. at the Knight Theater, 430 S. Tryon St. Tickets start at $34 and are available at the PAC box office in Founders Hall, by calling 704-372-1000 or CarolinaTix.org. The Parsons Dance Company, March 25 at 7:30 p.m., March 26-27 at 8 p.m., March 28 at 3 p.m. at the Knight Theater. Tickets start at $24 and are available at the PAC box office in Founders Hall, by calling 704372-1000 or CarolinaTix.org.
North Davidson All Arts Market, today, 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. at The Neighborhood Theater. Sixty painters, printers, fiber artists, stationers, etc., free admission for shoppers, live music. Faces & Flowers: Painting on Lenox China, through Jan. 30, at the Mint Museum of Art, 2730 Randolph Road, Charlotte. Hours are 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Tuesdays, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesdays through Saturdays. Admission, which includes entry to the Mint Museum of Craft + Design on the same day, is $10 for adults, $8 for seniors, $5 for students and free for members and children 4 and younger. For information, call 704-337-2000 or go online to www.mintmuseum.org. American Quilt Classics, 1800-1980: The Bresler Collection, through Feb. 6 at the Mint Museum of Craft + Design, 220 N. Tryon St., Charlotte. Hours are 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Tuesdays, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesdays through Saturdays. Admission, which includes entry to the Mint Museum of Art on the same day, is $10 for adults, $8 for seniors, $5 for students and free for members and children 4 and younger. For information, call 704-337-2000 or go online to www.mintmuseum.org. Loîs Mailou Jones: A Life in Vibrant Color, through Feb. 27, at the Mint Museum of Art, 2730 Randolph Road, Charlotte. Hours are 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Tuesdays, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesdays through Saturdays. Admission, which includes entry to the Mint Museum of Craft + Design on the same day, is $10 for adults, $8 for seniors, $5 for students and free for members and children 4 and younger. For information, call 704-337-2000 or go online to www. mintmuseum.org. Identity Theft: How a Cropsey Became a Gifford, through March 27, at the Mint Museum of Art, 2730 Randolph Road, Charlotte. Hours are 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Tuesdays, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesdays through Saturdays. Admission, which includes entry to the Mint Museum of Craft + Design on the same day, is $10 for adults, $8 for seniors, $5 for students and free for members and children 4 and younger. For information, call 704-337-2000 or go online to www. mintmuseum.org. The Art of Affluence: Haute Couture and Luxury Fashions 1947-2007, through spring 2010, at the Mint Museum of Art, 2730 Randolph Road, Charlotte. Hours are 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Tuesdays, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesdays through Saturdays. Admission, which includes entry to the Mint Museum of Craft + Design on the same day, is $10 for adults, $8 for seniors, $5 for students and free for members and children 4 and younger. For information, call 704-337-2000 or go online to www. mintmuseum.org. The Height of Fashion: Platform Shoes Then and Now, through spring 2011 at the Mint Museum of Art, 2730 Randolph Road, Charlotte. Hours are 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Tuesdays, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesdays through Satur-
Acoustic Syndicate will take the stage Friday and Saturday at The Visulite Theater in Charlotte. General admission tickets are $15 in advance or $17 on the day of the show. days. Admission, which includes entry to the Mint Museum of Craft + Design on the same day, is $10 for adults, $8 for seniors, $5 for students and free for members and children 4 and younger. For information, call 704-337-2000 or go online to www. mintmuseum.org.
“this is reality,” an independent skateboarding film featuring Niki POrcello, Andrew Kolometz, Curt Braden, Trevor Biggs and Zack Whyel, 8 a.m. Sunday at The Neighborhood Theater. Free admission. “Under the Sea,” at the Imax Dome Theatre at Discovery Place, 301 N. Tryon St., Charlotte. Admission to the theater is $11 for ages 14 to 59, $9 for those 60 or older or 2 to 13, free for those under 2. Combo passes including Discovery Place are $19 and $15. For information or show times, call 704-372-6261, ext. 300, or (800) 935-0553, or go online to www.discoveryplace.org. “Adventures in Wild California,” at the Imax Dome Theatre at Discovery Place, 301 N. Tryon St., Charlotte. Admission to the theater is $11 for ages 14 to 59, $9 for those 60 or older or 2 to 13, free for those under 2. Combo passes including Discovery Place are $19 and $15. For information or show times, call 704-372-6261, ext. 300, or (800) 935-0553, or go online to www.discoveryplace.org. “The Light Before Christmas,” at the Imax Dome Theatre at Discovery Place, 301 N. Tryon St., Charlotte. Admission to the theater is $11 for ages 14 to 59, $9 for those 60 or older or 2 to 13, free for those under 2. Combo passes including Discovery Place are $19 and $15. For information or show times, call 704-372-6261, ext. 300, or (800) 935-0553, or go online to www.discoveryplace.org.
Acoustic Syndicate, featuring Jeremy Saunders, Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. at Visulite Theater. Tickets are $15 in advance, $17 at the door. Josh Phillips Folk Festival, featuring Laura Reed, Friday at 9:30 p.m., The Neighborhood Theater. General admission tickets are $10. Winter Jam, featuring Third Day, Newsboys Newsong, others, Jan. 10 at 6 p.m. at Time Warner Cable Arena. Tickets are $10 at the door. Union Symphony Youth Orchestra, Jan. 11 at 7:30 p.m. in the Porter Ridge High School auditorium. Reception to follow, with artwork by players and friends on sale. Band of the Irish Guards/ Royal Regiment of Scotland, Jan. 12 at 7:30 p.m. in the Belk Theater of the Blumenthal Performing Arts Center. Tickets start at $19 and are available at the PAC box office in Founders Hall, by calling 704-3721000 or CarolinaTix.org. Boston Brass, Jan. 14 at 7:30 p.m. in the McGee Theater of Wingate University’s Batte Center. Tickets
are $20 and are available by calling 704-233-8316 or wingate.edu/ culture. George Strait, Reba McEntire, Jan. 23 at 7 p.m. at the Greensboro Coliseum. Tickets are $79.50 and $89.50 and are available through Ticketmaster. Jake Owen, Blaine Larson, Jan. 29 at 11 p.m. at Coyote Joe’s, 4621 Wilkinson Blvd., Charlotte. Tickets are $15 and are available at www.coyote-joes.com. Turtle Island String Quartet, Feb. 2 at 7:30 p.m. in the McGee Theater of Wingate University’s Batte Center. Tickets are $20 and are available by calling 704-233-8316 or wingate.edu/culture. Kathy Mattea and the Charlotte Symphony, Feb. 5 at 8 p.m. at Ovens Auditorium. Tickets range from $20 to $50 and are available at the Bojangles’ Coliseum box office and through Ticketmaster. David Nail, Feb. 6 at 11 p.m. at Coyote Joe’s, 4621 Wilkinson Blvd., Charlotte. Tickets are $10 and are available at www.coyote-joes.com. Wingate University Choral 2010 Tour home concert, Feb. 9 at 7:30 p.m. in the McGee Theatre of Wingate University’s Batte Center. Free admission. Brandi Carlile, Feb. 15 at 7:30 p.m. at Spirit Square’s McGlohon Theatre. Tickets are $22.50 and $25 and are available at the PAC box office in Founders Hall, by calling 704372-1000 or CarolinaTix.org. The 5 Browns, Feb. 16 at 7:30 p.m. at the Knight Theater, 430 S. Tryon St., Charlotte. Tickets start at $39 and are available at the PAC box office in Founders Hall, by calling 704372-1000 or CarolinaTix.org. Get the Led Out, Feb. 21 at 7 p.m. in the Belk Theater of the Blumenthal Performing Arts Center. Tickets start at $19.50 at the PAC box office in Founders Hall, by calling 704-372-1000 or CarolinaTix.org. University Wind Ensemble, Feb. 22 at 7:30 p.m. in the McGee Theatre of Wingate University’s Batte Center. Free admission. University Men’s and Women’s Choirs, Feb. 25 at 7:30 p.m. in the McGee Theatre of Wingate University’s Batte Center. Free admission. Monterey Jazz Festival on Tour, Feb. 26 at 8 p.m at the Knight Theater. Tickets start at $39 and are available at the PAC box office in Founders Hall, by calling 704-3721000 or CarolinaTix.org. African Children’s Choir, March 15-16 at 7 p.m. at the Knight Theater. Tickets start at $24 and are available at the PAC box office in Founders Hall, by calling 704-3721000 or CarolinaTix.org. John Mayer, Michael Franti, Spearhead, March 15 at 7:30 p.m. at the Greensboro Coliseum. Tickets range from $37 to $66 and are available through Ticketmaster. The Irish Tenors with the Charlotte Symphony, March 19 at 8 p.m. at Ovens Auditorium. Tickets range from $25 to $65 and are available at the Bojangles’ Coliseum
box office and through Ticketmaster. Celtic Crossroads, March 20 at 8 p.m. at Spirit Square’s McGlohon Theatre. Tickets start at $33.50 and go on sale Jan. 15 at 10 a.m. at the PAC box office in Founders Hall, by calling 704-372-1000 or CarolinaTix. org. The Moody Blues, March 22 at 7:30 p.m. in the Belk Theater of the Blumenthal Performing Arts Center. Tickets start at $49.50 at the PAC box office in Founders Hall, by calling 704-372-1000 or CarolinaTix.org.
Porgy & Bess, May 14 at 8 p.m., May 15 at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m., May 16 at 2 p.m. in the Belk Theater of the Blumenthal Performing Arts Center. Tickets range from $15 to $95 and are available at the PAC box office in Founders Hall, by calling 704-3721000 or CarolinaTix.org.
“A Christmas Carol,” presented by Theatre Charlotte, today through Saturday at 7 p.m., Sunday at 2:30 p.m. at the theater, 501 Queens Road, Charlotte. Tickets range from $7 to $20 and are available at www. CarolinaTix.org. “Sister’s Christmas Catechism,” today through Saturday at 8 p.m., Sunday at 3 p.m., Dec. 15-17 at 7:30 p.m., Dec. 18-19 at 8 p.m., Dec. 20 at 3 p.m., in the Booth Playhouse of the Blumenthal Performing Arts Center. Tickets start at $24.50 and are available at the PAC box office in Founders Hall, by calling 704372-1000 or CarolinaTix.org. “Tuna Christmas,” presented by Carolina Actors Studio Theatre, today and Friday at 8 p.m., Saturday
at 3 p.m. and 8 p.m., Sunday at 3 p.m. at Spirit Square’s McGlohon Theatre. Tickets range from $22 to $27 and are available at the PAC box office in Founders Hall, by calling 704-3721000 or CarolinaTix.org. “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year,” presented by the Matthews Playhouse, Dec. 11 at 7:30 p.m., Dec. 13 at 4 p.m. at the Matthews Community Center. Tickets are $5 and are available at www. CarolinaTix.org. “Biloxi Blues,” presented by Theatre Charlotte, Jan. 28 at 7:30 p.m., Jan. 29-30 at 8 p.m., Jan. 31 at 2:30 p.m., Feb. 3-4 at 7:30 p.m., Feb. 5-6 at 8 p.m., Feb. 7 at 2:30 p.m. at the theater, 501 Queens Road, Charlotte. Tickets range from $7 to $24 and are available at www.CarolinaTix.org. “Grey Gardens,” presented by Queen City Theatre Company, Jan. 28-30 at 8 p.m., Jan. 31 at 2 p.m., Feb. 1-6 at 8 p.m., Feb. 7 at 2 p.m., Feb. 8-13 at 8 p.m. in the Duke Energy Theatre at Spirit Square. Tickets are $24 and $28 general admission, $18 and $20 for seniors and students and are available at the PAC box office in Founders Hall, by calling 704-372-1000 or CarolinaTix.org. Discount tickets of $14 for the Feb. 3 performance are available at www. queencitytheatre.com. “Spring Awakening,” Feb. 2-4 at 7:30 p.m., Feb. 5 at 8 p.m., Feb. 6 at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m., Feb. 7 at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. in the Belk Theater of the Blumenthal Performing Arts Center. Tickets go on sale Dec. 4 at 10 a.m. at the PAC box office in Founders Hall, by calling 704-372-1000 or CarolinaTix.org. Charlotte Squawks: Six Degrees of Desecration, Feb. 11 at
The Aluminum Show, Jan. 1214 at 7:30 p.m., Jan. 15 at 8 p.m., Jan. 16 at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m., Jan. 17 at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., Jan. 19-21 at 7:30 p.m., Jan. 22 at 8 p.m., Jan. 23 at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m., Jan. 24 at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.; Jan. 26-28 at 7:30 p.m., Jan. 29 at 8 p.m., Jan. 30 at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m., Jan. 31 at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. at the Knight Theater, 430 S. Tryon St., Charlotte. Tickets are available at the PAC box office in Founders Hall, by calling 704-3721000 or CarolinaTix.org. Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, Jan. 27-28 at 7 p.m., Jan. 29 at 10:30 a.m. and 7 p.m., Jan. 30-31 at 11 a.m., 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. at Time Warner Cable Arena. Tickets range from $15 to $100 and are available at the arena box office and www.timewarnercablearena.com. Spencer’s Theatre of Illusion, Feb. 12 at 7:30 p.m. in the McGee Theater of Wingate University’s Batte Center. Tickets are $20 and are available by calling 704-233-8316 or wingate.edu/culture. Southern Spring Home and Garden Show, March 3-4 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., March 5-6 from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., March 7 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at The Park (formerly the Charlotte Merchandise Mart). Tickets are $10 at the door, $8 in advance, $7.50 with a VIC card at participating Harris Teeter stores, free for youths 15 and younger (excluding groups). Group rate, $7.50 per person. For information or tickets call 800-8490248 or go online to www.SouthernSpringHomeandGardenShow.com. Harlem Globetrotters, March 20 at 7 p.m. at Time Warner Cable Arena. Tickets range from $22 to $125 and are available at the Arena box office, at www.TimeWarnerCableArena.com and through Ticketmaster.
Jasmine Van Blone and Payton Baker, foreground, dance as ‘party girls’ in the Union County Youth Ballet’s performance of ‘The Nutcracker,’ which opens this weekend at Wingate University’s Batte Center. Staff photo by Ed Cottingham
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McCain backs bill to split big banks WASHINGTON (AP) — Two senators, one from each party, called Wednesday for breaking up large financial firms that perform both commercial and investment banking, adding a wrinkle to already difficult talks in the Senate on how to regulate Wall Street. Sens. John McCain, the former Republican presidential candidate from Arizona, and Sen. Maria Cantwell, a Washington Democrat, introduced legislation that would pro-
eling risky Wall Street investment schemes,” McCain said in a statement. “We must return stability, security and confidence to commercial banking for the American public.” The Senate proposal, bolstered with McCain’s backing, comes as the Senate Banking Committee seeks to bridge differences within the committee on a sweeping overhaul of financial regulations. Though the House passed its own sprawling regulatory bill last week,
hibit commercial banks from undertaking brokerage activities. Such a ban would strike directly at such institutions as Goldman Sachs, JPMorgan Chase & Co., Citigroup Inc., Bank of America Corp. and Wells Fargo & Co., which engage in both commercial and investment banking. Democrats introduced a similar bill in the House on Wednesday. “Banks need to be lending to small businesses and homeowners, not fu-
the Senate is not expected to have one finished until March. Lobbyists, aides and senators say committee members are considering a proposal that could resolve one of the legislation’s major sticking points: a proposed Consumer Financial Protection Agency pushed by the Obama administration but vigorously opposed by banks. Under the proposed compromise, the agency would have authority to write consumer regula-
NEWS BRIEFS FROM THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
Wisisconsin makes DUI a felony
MADISON, Wis. — The Wisconsin Legislature has passed a bill designed to cut down on drunken driving. But advocates argue that even more changes are needed, including making all first offenses a crime and legalizing roadside sobriety checkpoints. The bill passed Wednesday makes driving drunk a felony on a fourth offense instead of a fifth and makes a first offense a crime if someone under age 16 is in the car. However, Wisconsin will remain the only state in the country where all other first offenses are treated like traffic offenses. Bill co-sponsor Rep. Tony Staskunas says he thinks the measure is just the beginning of changes the Legislature will be making to improve the drunken driving law. Gov. Jim Doyle says he will sign it.
Have candles? Need firefighters
HOMEWOOD, Ala. — Churches in an Alabama city better count on a few
extra guests at Christmas Eve candlelight ceremonies. The Birmingham suburb of Homewood requires a permit and four off-duty firefighters to attend any service where candles are passed out to parishioners. Fire Chief John Bresnan says the rule has been in place for 10 years, but many churches didn’t know about it. Pastor Sid Burgess of Edgewood Presbyterian Church says rule “does seem like overkill” and the cost of up to $400 to hire firefighters can be a lot for a small church. The rule doesn’t apply if ministers and other church leaders are the only ones handling the flames. The fire chief says the rule is all about ensuring safety in crowded rooms with open flames.
Dogs ate owner, up for adoption
PAPILLION, Neb. — The Nebraska Humane Society is seeking a new home for two small dogs that police say fed on their owner’s body after he killed himself. Police in the Omaha
suburb of Papillion found the pugs named Harry and Sally late last week. Lt. Chris Whitted said Wednesday an autopsy showed the man was dead for two weeks of a self-inflicted gunshot before his body was found. Humane Society spokesman Mark Langan says he can’t verify the dogs had fed on the body, but he says it would be normal behavior for dogs left without food or water for two weeks. Langan says the dogs appear to be well-adjusted and in excellent shape. He says they’re unlikely to suffer from long-term psychological effects because “they don’t have memories like people.”
Parents sue day care over sleep aid
CINCINNATI — Parents of an infant say she often seemed groggy after attending a church day care where some workers are accused of giving children an over-the-counter dietary supplement at nap time, their attorney said Wednesday. Attorney Alan Statman represents the parents,
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Joseph and Andrea Coleman, in a lawsuit the suburban Cincinnati couple filed against Covenant Apostolic Church Inc. and unnamed day care workers at the church. Springfield Township police have said they are investigating allegations that some workers at the church’s day care put melatonin in candy to help children sleep. They sent a letter Monday to parents and guardians of the 40 or so children enrolled at the day care to inform them of the investigation. The Colemans’ complaint, filed Tuesday in Hamilton County Common Pleas Court, is seeking class action status to represent other parents whose children have attended the day care. Messages were left at the Colemans’ home Tuesday and Wednesday, but Statman said he has advised his clients not to talk about the case. “My clients did notice that their child seemed out of it, groggy when they picked her up from day care,” Statman said. “Being first-time parents, they just thought that was the way it was with infants.”
tions covering lending and other bank transactions. But enforcement of the regulations would be left to specific banking regulators, not to the consumer agency. The proposal was described by people who requested anonymity because of the discussions are still in flux. They said the proposal had yet to be embraced by Banking Committee Chairman Christopher Dodd, D-Conn., or the committee’s top Repub-
lican, Richard Shelby of Alabama, and could be scrapped. The House-passed version gives the consumer agency both regulation writing and enforcement powers. Dodd has been a strong advocate of an empowered consumer agency, but it has skeptics, even among Senate Democrats. Dodd has been working directly with Shelby on that aspect of the bill, but has not made a breakthrough.
Chief held in immigrant murder case SHENANDOAH, Pa. (AP) — A police chief ordered held without bail on charges he tried to cover up the fatal beating of a Mexican immigrant by white teenagers was named in a 2006 lawsuit that claimed police beat to death a Hispanic teenager, then made it look like a suicide. Police Chief Matthew Nestor was never charged, but the allegations contained in the suit, in Tuesday’s indictment and in other civil claims depict a police department with pervasive hostility to minorities and a penchant for using excessive force. Police “acted as feudal warlords in this coal town community that people were afraid of,” said attorney John Karoly, who represents the parents of 18-year-old David Vega in their federal lawsuit against the borough. Karoly said he wasn’t suggesting police were
abusive to everyone, “but I would say the pattern certainly starts to appear that minorities took the thrust of their abuse.” The suit names Nestor and Capt. Jamie Gennarini as defendants, as well as the borough of Shenandoah. The officers have denied wrongdoing. A civil trial is scheduled for next summer. Nestor, 33, and two other officers were charged Tuesday with orchestrating a cover-up as the FBI investigated the fatal attack on Luis Ramirez by a group of high school football players. Gennarini and Nestor were indicted separately in a scheme to extort money from illegal gambling operations. On Wednesday, Nestor was ordered held until trial at a bail hearing in Wilkes-Barre. Judge Malachy Mannion called Nestor “clearly, unequivocally a serious danger to witnesses in this case.”
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Pacers nip Cats Murphy leads Indiana with 26 points, 15 boards 3B Thursday, December 17, 2009
Late surge lifts CATA Cougars upset Parkwood, surpass last year’s win total
WHO’S NEWS Wingate sweeps home doubleheader
By JERRY SNOW
the lead on Darnell Hill’s E-J Sports Editor 15-foot fadeaway that ROUGHEDGE made it 44-42 with 3:05 to In what might be the play. Parkwood (4-3) tied biggest win in the three- the score again on Deonte year history of the boys Hiatt’s short banker off a basketball program at drive from the right wing, Central Academy, the but it was all CATA after Cougars went on the road that. and surprised Parkwood The Cougars scored 10 56-50 on Wednesday. unanswered points in less Senior point guard than two minutes to take Charvis Barrino scored command. 11 of his 13 points in the Kasey Robinson gave second half, inCentral the lead cluding a pair of for good with two free throws with free throws, and a minute left that Barrino followed put his team ahead with a 19-footer 46-40. from the left wing It was Barrino’s before his two free first free throw throws made it a attempts of the six-point advangame, and just to tage. make sure he gave CATA made it some thought, BARRINO seven out of eight the Rebels called from the line in a timeout just before he the final minute and finstepped to the line. ished 16-of-20 (80 percent). “I was thinking ‘I’ve “This win really helps got to make these free us,” Barrino said. “But throws so we can win this the game Friday (at Piedgame,’” Barrino recalled. mont) is even more impor“The pressure was on me. tant because it’s a Rocky I knew if I made them, we River Conference game.” would probably win the The Rebels struggled game.” against Central’s 2-3 zone, CATA, which won three often settling for contestgames all of last season, ed 3-point shots. improved its record to “We would dive in to 4-4 while avenging a Dec. help and then get back out 4 home loss to Parkwood on the shooters,” Barrino (71-63). said. “They stopped going Central led after every to the boards as hard and quarter, but the Rebels we started getting most of opened the fourth with a the rebounds.” 6-0 run that gave them a Central outrebounded 40-35 lead. the Rebels 48-30 as a team. The Cougars regained See COUGARS / Page 3B
WINGATE — Sophomore guard Jaime Vaugh scored 20 points and freshman forward Quan Alexander added 17 on 8-of10 shooting to lead Wingate University’s men to a 90-85 home win over Mount Olive College on Wednesday. The Bulldogs improved to 6-2 while Mount Olive dropped to 4-2. Wingate got good balance, including a double-double from freshman forward Odell Turner (11 points, 10 boards) and 10 points from senior guard Larry Staley. Mount Olive senior guard Kendrick Easley led tall scorers with 30 points, hitting 12-of-12 free throws on the night. He also had six assists, five rebounds and two blocked shots. Wingate shot 47.9 percent from the field, while holding a 39-30 edge in rebounding. The Bulldogs dominated inside, holding a 42-24 advantage in points in the paint. Wingate committed a season-low seven turnovers on the night. The Bulldogs are off until Dec. 29, when they take on Georgia College in Savannah, Ga. In the opener of a doubleheader, Wingate won the women’s game 76-51 over Anderson (S.C.) College to improve to 5-3 on the season. Sophomore guard Kurie Washington led the Bulldogs with 21 points and six assists. C.C. Brooks and Stacie Rhodes scored 12 each for the Bulldogs. The loss dropped Anderson to 3-3.
Central Academy senior forward Kasey Robinson (15), driving against Parkwood’s Ryan Helms, contributed 14 points and 12 rebounds to Wednesday’s win.
Accused murderer pleads not guilty
Blakeney’s 26 points, 17 boards lead MHS
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A man accused of stabbing a University of Connecticut football player to death in October has pleaded not guilty to murder. Defense attorney Deron Freeman says his client, John Lomax III, entered the not guilty plea Wednesday in Rockville Superior Court and waived his right to a probable cause hearing that had been scheduled for Thursday. Lomax is charged with stabbing UConn cornerback Jasper Howard during an Oct. 18 fight outside a school-sanctioned dance. Freeman says he doesn’t believe the state has the evidence to show Lomax stabbed anyone. But he says the threshold to bring the charges is so low that this week’s hearing would have amounted to a “rubber stamp.”
ESPN names new NASCAR announcer
BRISTOL, Conn. (AP) — Marty Reid will take over as lap-by-lap announcer for ESPN’s NASCAR coverage in 2010, with Dr. Jerry Punch returning to his role as a pit reporter. The network said in a statement on Wednesday that Reid will join analysts Dale Jarrett and Andy REID Petree in the booth. He’ll call all 17 of ESPN’s Sprint Cup races along with many of the network’s Nationwide Series telecasts. Reid was lap-by-lap announcer for ESPN’s IndyCar coverage and some Nationwide races in 2009. Punch was lap-by-lap announcer for ESPN’s Sprint Cup coverage the past three years.
E-J staff photo by Rick Crider
BY JUSTIN MURDOCK
E-J Sports Writer
MONROE Isaac Blakeney dominated the paint, helping the Monroe High boys basketball team improve to 8-0 on the season Wednesday. Blakeney, a 6-foot-6 post, had game-highs of 26 points and 17 rebounds in leading the Redhawks to an 80-50 home win over first-year Cox Mill. With their tallest player listed at 6-3, the Chargers
(0-6) had no answer for Blakeney, who had 15 points and 14 boards by halftime. Monroe out-rebounded Cox Mill 53-25 for the game. Three other starters scored in double figures for Monroe. Senior guard Quontez Threatt had 16 points while teammate Qwadarius Duboise added 15 points and five rebounds. Threatt and Duboise combined to knock down five of the Redhawks’ six 3-pointers. Junior point guard Jamison Crowder contributed 10
ATLANTA (AP) — Gani Lawal had 15 points and 15 rebounds and freshman Derrick Favors added 15 points and 11 rebounds to lead No. 22 Georgia Tech to a 65-53 victory over winless Arkansas-Pine Bluff on Wednesday night. Freshman Mfon Udofia added eight key points and five assists for the Yellow Jackets (8-1), who won their seventh straight. Pine Bluff is 0-8.
was a standout for the Redhawks in both basketball and football. Hinson, who went on to play football and basketball at Wingate University, played basketball under current Monroe coach Johnny Sowell.
MHS girls roll
Monroe’s girls picked up their second straight win with a 62-34 decision over Cox Mill.
See MHS / Page 2B
Spartans use strong start to smash Tigers
Sebastian overcomes off night
By Eric Rape
By David Sentendrey
E-J Correspondent WEDDINGTON The Weddington High girls basketball team improved to 4-3 on the season by defeating South Mecklenburg (0-9) 38-26 on Wednesday evening – marking the third-straight win for the Warriors. Samantha Sebastian scored a game-high 22 points for the Warriors. Sebastian, Weddington’s scoring leader and best 3-point shooter, had her worst shooting performance this season with an 0-for-10 from 3-point range. But Sebastian compensated by not only leading all scorers, but producing 14 rebounds, six steals and four blocks. “Obviously we didn’t shoot the ball well,” WHS coach Ryun Cook said. “[Sebastian], just as much as any of ‘em, had a really off shooting night, but she found a way to get it done – and that’s kind of what I’ve been saying about Sam all along. “There’s days when she gets her points from outside and days she gets her points from inside, and today she couldn’t really hit
Indian Trail Sun Valley High never allowed Mount Pleasant in the game Wednesday night, on the way to an 82-38 home win. The Spartans (5-3) used a smothering defense and their up-tempo offense to take care of the Tigers, going up 4-0 to start the game and never trailing at any point. A 15-4 run at the start of the second quarter put the Spartans ahead by 25 and a 13-2 run to follow it left them with a 51-17 lead at halftime. The Tigers only scored more than 10 points once in a quarter — putting up 13 in the third — and could not slow the Spartans, who put up 24 in the period to give them a 75-30 advantage going into the fourth. With the game essentially over heading into the final period, Sun Valley substituted liberally. Two Spartans scored in double figures, led by junior forward Luke Maynor’s 18 points. Senior guard Kirby Faulkner scored 15 for the Spartans,
See SPARTANS / Page 2B
Yellow Jackets keep Pine Bluff winless
points, nine rebounds, eight assists and three steals for the Redhawks. Jake Hall paced Cox Mill with 17 points and five assists while teammate Tony BLAKENEY Judge added 14 points. Note: The Chargers are coached by 2000 Monroe High graduate Brad Hinson, who
Photo by Jamie Belk
Tony Davis scored eight points off the bench in Sun Valley’s home win on Wednesday.
Piedmont’s girls drop North Stanly to 8-1 from staff reports
UNIONVILLE The Piedmont High girls basketball team handed North Stanly its first loss of the season with a 68-42 home win over the Comets on Tuesday. Jade Montgomery dropped in 25 points to lead the Panthers.
Roundup Piedmont also got double-figure scoring from Courtney Barrineau (15)and Amber Weaver (14). The Panthers (4-5, 3-2 Rocky
River Conference) closed the game out by outscoring the Comets (7-1) 16-4 in the fourth quarter. “We played an all-around great game against a solid opponent,” said Panthers coach Phil Apple. “I knew we would take are lumps early, but it
See ROUNDUP / Page 2B
See SEBASTIAN / Page 3B
2B / Thursday, December 17, 2009
Roundup Continued from Page 1B seems like the girls are starting to come together now.” Piedmont plays at home against Central Academy on Friday. Results of Piedmont’s boys game were unavailable at press time.
Mavs crush Grace
In Marvin, the Marvin Ridge High girls team got a game-high 24 points from sophomore forward Jordan Henry on its way to a 74-8 home win over
Grace Academy. Rachel Walker added 12 points for the Mavericks (3-3) while Chelsey Horan added nine. Marvin Ridge held Grace Academy scoreless in the second half. The Mavericks play at home against Ardrey Kell on Friday.
Central edges PR boys
In Indian Trail, the Central Cabarrus boys edged Porter Ridge 66-62. The Vikings got a game-high 28
coach Keith Mason, referring to his team’s 81-49 win at Mount Pleasant on Dec. 4. “That was are challenge, to make sure we jumped on them early and I feel that we were pretty successful doing that.”
Continued from Page 1B while no Tiger reached double figures. “We handled them pretty well the last time we played them and we wanted to make sure we came out strong and didn’t take them lightly the second time,” said Spartans
SV girls now 6-2
Sun Valley’s girls (6-2) didn’t have much trouble,
MHS Continued from Page 1B The Redhawks (3-5) were led offensively by junior guard Dequishea Mc-
either, taking down the 1-4 Tigers 58-36. Stephanie Taylor and Jordynn Gaymon dominated the paint, scoring 32 points combined. Taylor had a game-high 19 points to go along with 12 rebounds, while Gaymon scored the 13 and grabbed a game-high 17 rebounds. The Spartans used an 18-6 third quarter to build a
Cain, who finished with a game-high 20 points to go along with five steals. Shakira Jordan added 14 points and six steals while her younger sister, Daya Jordan, posted nine points and four steals. Monroe, which led 14-0 after the
points from Aaron Johnson. Central trailed at the half, but outscored the Pirates (2-5) 22-8 in the third quarter to take control. PJ Freeman led Porter Ridge with 20 points while teammate FREEMAN Tyrelle Wardelle added 13 points. Porter Ridge plays at home against Cuthbertson today. The Pirates will then compete in the Carolinas Medical Center Union Holiday Classic at Wingate University.
Today High School Basketball Cuthbertson at Porter Ridge, 6 p.m. High School Wrestling Cuthbertson at Monroe, 7 p.m. Forest Hills at Piedmont, 7 p.m. Central Academy at West Meck, 7 p.m.
Today GOLF 9:30 a.m. TGC — European PGA Tour, South African Open Championship, first round, at Western Cape, South Africa (same-day tape) NBA BASKETBALL 7 p.m. FSC — Charlotte at Indiana 8:15 p.m. TNT — Orlando at Miami 10:30 p.m. TNT — Phoenix at Portland PREP BASKETBALL 7 p.m. ESPN — Findlay Prep (Nev.) vs. Northland (Ohio), at Westerville, Ohio 9 p.m. ESPN — Waukegan (Ill.) vs. Ames (Iowa), at Ames, Iowa WOMEN’S COLLEGE VOLLEYBALL 7 p.m. ESPN2 — NCAA Division I tournament, semifinal, Minnesota vs. Texas, at Tampa, Fla. 9 p.m. ESPN2 — NCAA Division I tournament, semifinal, Hawaii vs. Penn State, at Tampa, Fla.
17-point lead going into the fourth. The Spartans hit their first eight free throws but went 18-of-35 the rest of the night. Tashawn Stewart finished with 14 points for the Spartans while the Tigers were led by Jocelyn Parnell, who scored 14 points. Sun Valley plays at South Meck on Friday.
first quarter, finished with 26 steals as a team compared to just seven for the Chargers (20). Kristen Cella led Cox Mill with nine points off the bench. Monroe plays at Berry Academy on Friday.
Scoreboard Call scores in at (704) 261-2253 National Football League AMERICAN CONFERENCE East
New England Miami N.Y. Jets Buffalo
W 8 7 7 5
L 5 6 6 8
T 0 0 0 0
Pct .615 .538 .538 .385
PF 348 292 275 215
PA 234 306 211 271
AFC 5-4-0 5-4-0 5-5-0 3-7-0
NFC 3-1-0 2-2-0 2-1-0 2-1-0
Div 3-2-0 4-2-0 2-4-0 2-3-0
W x-Indianapolis 13 Jacksonville 7 Tennessee 6 Houston 6
L 0 6 7 7
T 0 0 0 0
Pct 1.000 .538 .462 .462
Cincinnati Baltimore Pittsburgh Cleveland
W 9 7 6 2
L 4 6 7 11
T 0 0 0 0
Pct .692 .538 .462 .154
San Diego Denver Oakland Kansas City
W 10 8 4 3
L 3 5 9 10
T 0 0 0 0
Pct .769 .615 .308 .231
PF 359 235 293 311
PA 217 287 323 273
AFC 9-0-0 6-3-0 3-7-0 4-6-0
NFC 4-0-0 1-3-0 3-0-0 2-1-0
Div 5-0-0 3-2-0 2-4-0 1-5-0
PF 264 319 278 158
PA 217 218 244 315
AFC 6-3-0 6-4-0 4-6-0 2-7-0
NFC 3-1-0 1-2-0 2-1-0 0-4-0
Div 6-0-0 3-2-0 1-4-0 1-5-0
PF 362 256 155 206
PA 259 230 316 342
AFC 7-3-0 6-4-0 3-6-0 2-7-0
NFC 3-0-0 2-1-0 1-3-0 1-3-0
Div 5-1-0 3-1-0 1-4-0 1-4-0
PA 273 233 331 251
NFC 8-2-0 6-3-0 5-4-0 2-8-0
AFC 1-2-0 2-2-0 2-2-0 2-1-0
Div 4-1-0 2-2-0 3-2-0 0-4-0
PA 274 305 282 356
NFC 9-0-0 5-6-0 5-4-0 1-8-0
AFC 4-0-0 1-1-0 0-4-0 0-4-0
Div 4-0-0 2-3-0 3-2-0 0-4-0
PF 389 344 247 209
PA 243 243 291 406
NFC 8-1-0 7-3-0 3-7-0 1-8-0
AFC 3-1-0 2-1-0 2-1-0 1-3-0
Div 5-0-0 4-2-0 1-3-0 0-5-0
PF 306 269 250 146
PA 258 242 301 361
NFC 6-3-0 5-4-0 4-6-0 1-9-0
AFC 2-2-0 1-3-0 1-2-0 0-3-0
Div 3-2-0 4-1-0 3-3-0 0-4-0
NATIONAL CONFERENCE East
Philadelphia Dallas N.Y. Giants Washington
W 9 8 7 4
L 4 5 6 9
T 0 0 0 0
Pct .692 .615 .538 .308
x-New Orleans Atlanta Carolina Tampa Bay
W 13 6 5 1
L 0 7 8 12
T 0 0 0 0
Pct 1.000 .462 .385 .077
y-Minnesota Green Bay Chicago Detroit
W 11 9 5 2
L 2 4 8 11
T 0 0 0 0
Pct .846 .692 .385 .154
W Arizona 8 San Francisco 6 Seattle 5 St. Louis 1
L 5 7 8 12
T 0 0 0 0
Pct .615 .462 .385 .077
PF 373 296 341 234
PF 466 302 225 190
x-clinched division y-clinched playoff spot
Rutgers (8-4) vs. UCF (8-4), 8 p.m. (ESPN)
Thursday’s Game Cleveland 13, Pittsburgh 6 Sunday’s Games Houston 34, Seattle 7 Green Bay 21, Chicago 14 Baltimore 48, Detroit 3 New Orleans 26, Atlanta 23 Buffalo 16, Kansas City 10 Indianapolis 28, Denver 16 New England 20, Carolina 10 N.Y. Jets 26, Tampa Bay 3 Miami 14, Jacksonville 10 Minnesota 30, Cincinnati 10 Tennessee 47, St. Louis 7 Washington 34, Oakland 13 San Diego 20, Dallas 17 Philadelphia 46, N.Y. Giants 38 Monday’s Game San Francisco 24, Arizona 9 Thursday, Dec. 17 Indianapolis at Jacksonville, 8:20 p.m. Saturday’s Game Dallas at New Orleans, 8:20 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 20 Miami at Tennessee, 1 p.m. Arizona at Detroit, 1 p.m. Atlanta at N.Y. Jets, 1 p.m. Houston at St. Louis, 1 p.m. Chicago at Baltimore, 1 p.m. New England at Buffalo, 1 p.m. Cleveland at Kansas City, 1 p.m. San Francisco at Philadelphia, 1 p.m. Oakland at Denver, 4:05 p.m. Cincinnati at San Diego, 4:05 p.m. Tampa Bay at Seattle, 4:15 p.m. Green Bay at Pittsburgh, 4:15 p.m. Minnesota at Carolina, 8:20 p.m. Monday, Dec. 21 N.Y. Giants at Washington, 8:30 p.m.
Sunday, Dec. 20 New Orleans Bowl Southern Miss. (7-5) vs. Middle Tennessee (9-3), 8 p.m. (ESPN) Tuesday, Dec. 22 Las Vegas Bowl BYU (10-2) vs. Oregon State (8-4), 8 p.m. (ESPN) Wednesday, Dec. 23 Poinsettia Bowl At San Diego Utah (9-3) vs. California (8-4), 8 p.m. (ESPN) Thursday, Dec. 24 Hawaii Bowl At Honolulu SMU (7-5) vs. Nevada (8-4), 8 p.m. (ESPN) Saturday, Dec. 26 Little Caesars Pizza Bowl At Detroit Ohio (9-4) vs. Marshall (6-6), 1 p.m. (ESPN) Meineke Bowl At Charlotte, N.C. North Carolina (8-4) vs. Pittsburgh (9-3), 4 p.m. (ESPN) Emerald Bowl At San Francisco Southern Cal (8-4) vs. Boston College (8-4), 8:30 p.m. (ESPN)
(ESPN) Champs Sports Bowl At Orlando, Fla. Miami (9-3) vs. Wisconsin (9-3), 8 p.m. (ESPN) Wednesday, Dec. 30 Humanitarian Bowl At Boise, Idaho Bowling Green (7-5) vs. Idaho (7-5), 4:30 p.m. (ESPN) Holiday Bowl At San Diego Nebraska (9-4) vs. Arizona (8-4), 8 p.m. (ESPN) Thursday, Dec. 31 Sun Bowl At El Paso, Texas Stanford (8-4) vs. Oklahoma (7-5), Noon (CBS) Armed Forces Bowl At Fort Worth, Texas Air Force (7-5) vs. Houston (10-3), Noon (ESPN) Texas Bowl At Houston Missouri (8-4) vs. Navy (8-4), 3:30 p.m. (ESPN) Insight Bowl At Tempe, Ariz. Minnesota (6-6) vs. Iowa State (6-6), 6 p.m. (NFL) Chick-fil-A Bowl At Atlanta Virginia Tech (9-3) vs. Tennessee (7-5), 7:30 p.m. (ESPN) Friday, Jan. 1 Outback Bowl At Tampa, Fla. Northwestern (8-4) vs. Auburn (7-5), 11 a.m. (ESPN) Capital One Bowl At Orlando, Fla. Penn State (10-2) vs. LSU (9-3), 1 p.m. (ABC) Gator Bowl At Jacksonville, Fla. Florida State (6-6) vs. West Virginia (9-3), 1 p.m. (CBS) Rose Bowl At Pasadena, Calif. Ohio State (10-2) vs. Oregon (10-2), 5 p.m. (ABC) Sugar Bowl At New Orleans Florida (12-1) vs. Cincinnati (12-0), 8:30 p.m. (FOX) Saturday, Jan. 2 International Bowl At Toronto South Florida (7-5) vs. Northern Illinois (7-5), Noon (ESPN2) Cotton Bowl At Dallas Oklahoma State (9-3) vs. Mississippi (8-4), 2 p.m. (FOX) PapaJohns.com Bowl At Birmingham, Ala. Connecticut (7-5) vs. South Carolina (7-5), 2 p.m. (ESPN) Liberty Bowl At Memphis, Tenn. East Carolina (9-4) vs. Arkansas (7-5), 5:30 p.m. (ESPN) Alamo Bowl At San Antonio Michigan State (6-6) vs. Texas Tech (8-4), 9 p.m. (ESPN) Monday, Jan. 4 Fiesta Bowl At Glendale, Ariz. Boise State (13-0) vs. TCU (12-0), 8 p.m. (FOX) Tuesday, Jan. 5 Orange Bowl At Miami Iowa (10-2) vs. Georgia Tech (11-2), 8 p.m. (FOX) Wednesday, Jan. 6 GMAC Bowl Mobile, Ala. Central Michigan (11-2) vs. Troy (9-3), 7 p.m. (ESPN) Thursday, Jan. 7 BCS National Championship At Pasadena, Calif. Alabama (13-0) vs. Texas (13-0), 8 p.m. (ABC) Saturday, Jan. 23 East-West Shrine Classic At Orlando, Fla. East vs. West, 3 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 30 Senior Bowl At Mobile, Ala. North vs. South, 4 p.m. (NFL) Saturday, Feb. 6 Texas vs. The Nation All-Star Challenge At El Paso, Texas Texas vs. Nation, 3 p.m. (CBSC)
Sunday, Dec. 27 Music City Bowl At Nashville, Tenn. Clemson (8-5) vs. Kentucky (7-5), 8 p.m. (ESPN)
Monday, Dec. 28 Independence Bowl At Shreveport, La. Texas A&M (6-6) vs. Georgia (7-5), 5 p.m. (ESPN)
New Mexico Bowl At Albuquerque Wyoming (6-6) vs. Fresno State (8-4), 2:30 p.m. (ESPN) St. Petersburg (Fla.) Bowl
Cox Mill (0-6) Tony Judge 6 1-1 14, Claude Williams 1 0-0 2, Devin Horner 2 0-0 4, Jake Hall 7 2-5 17, Marcus Brown 2 0-0 4, Jamal Myers 0 0-0 0, Jeffery Sumter 4 1-2 10, Jenaro Harris 0 0-0 0. Totals 22 4-8 50.
Tuesday, Dec. 29 EagleBank Bowl At Washington Temple (9-3) vs. UCLA (6-6), 4:30 p.m.
College football Saturday, Dec. 19
MHS boys 80, Cox Mill 50
Monroe (8-0) Quay Chambers 2 0-2 4, Quon Threatt 6 1-5 16, Isaac Blakeney 12 2-7 26, Qwadarius Duboise 6 1-1 15, Jamison
Crowder 5 0-0 10, Shamiir Hailey 0 1-2 1, Ricardo White 2 0-0 5, Coleman Kress 0 0-0 0, Eric Horne 0 0-0 0. Totals 34 5-17 80. Cox Mill Monroe
7 17 13 13 - 50 21 21 26 12 - 80
3-pointers: CM 3 (Judge 1, Hall 1, Sumter 1); MHS 6 (Threatt 3, Duboise 2, White 1). Rebounds: CM 25 (Sumter 9, Hall 5); MHS 53 (Blakeney 17, Crowder 9, Hailey 8, Duboise 5). Assists: CM 9 (Hall 5); MHS 13 (Crowder 8). Steals: CM 7 (Hall 3); MHS 11 (Threatt 3, Crowder 3). Blocks: CM 1 (Brown); MHS 3 (Blakeney 2).
MHS girls 62, Cox Mill 34
Cox Mill (0-6) Chantel Worthy 0 0-0 0, Ivy Arrington 2 0-1 4, Cherice Baker 1 2-5 4, Jessica Stafford 1 0-0 3, Janelle Felton 2 0-2 4, Bijal Joshi 2 2-4 6, Aaliyah Earl 1 1-2 3, Colleen Meyer 0 0-2 0, Kristen Cella 4 0-0 9, Amanda Cella 0 1-2 1. Totals 13 6-16 34. Monroe (3-5) Daya Jordan 4 1-3 9, Rae Moore 2 0-3 4, Shanequa Chambers 2 2-2 6, Alexis Collins 0 1-2 1, Adriana Reyes 0 0-0 0, Morgan Carelock 1 0-0 2, Shakira Jordan 6 2-2 14, Katie Bention 2 0-0 4, Dequishea McCain 9 0-0 20, Lydia Griffin 0 2-4 2. Totals 26 8-16 62. Cox Mill Monroe
0 14 14 27
9 11 - 34 8 13 - 62
3-pointers: CM 2 (Stafford 1, K. Cella 1); MHS 2 (McCain 2). Rebounds: CM 43 (Arrington 12, Baker 7, Stafford 7); MHS 33 (Chambers 8, Moore 7). Assists: CM 6 (Arrington 2); MHS 10 (McCain 5, S. Jordan 3). Steals: CM 7 (Arrington 3); MHS 26 (S. Jordan 6, McCain 5, Moore 4). Blocks: CM 0; MHS 2 (Bention, Chambers).
CATA boys 56, Parkwood 50
0 1-2 1, Raven Stevenson 2 1-2 5, Stephanie Taylor 5 9-10 19, Jordan Gaymon 6 1-4 13, Amanda Bill 0 0-1 0, Tashawn Stewart 3 8-14 14, Jasmine Wynn 0 0-0 0, Shanice Leaks 0 2-2 2. Totals 16 26-43 58. Mt. Pleasant 10 12 6 8 - 36 Sun Valley 18 9 18 13 - 58 Rebounds: MP 34 (Richie 10, Lewis 7, Parnell 6); SV 40 (Gaymon 17, Taylor 12, Stewart 5). Assists: MP 7 (Kuenzli 2, Harrison 2); SV 10 (Allyn 3, Stevenson 2, Gaymon 2).
SV boys 82, Mt. Pleasant 38
Mt Pleasant (2-3) David Redden 4 0-0 8, Frank Hill 0 0-0 0, Aaron Hartsell 0 0-0 0, Dylan McSwain 2 0-0 5, Paul Miller 1 0-0 2, Justin Filberti 1 0-0 2, Mitchell Swarigen 1 0-0 3, Dylan Callicutt 1 1-2 3, Zach Hartley 0 1-4 1, Joe Downing 1 0-0 2, Dewey Andrews 1 0-0 2, Joe Cress 0 0-2 0, Dezmond Leach 0 0-0 0, Cam Mabry 2 0-4 4, Rik Higgins 3 0-2 6. Totals 17 2-14 38. Sun Valley (5-3) Jalen Witherspoon 6 1-1 13, Shaun Stewart 2 0-0 4, Luke Maynor 7 4-4 18, Blake Dixon 2 2-2 6, Jody Fuller 0 1-6 1, Tony Davis 3 0-0 8, Kyle Buffkin 3 1-3 7, Hunter Motte 0 0-0 0, Dion Hickman 1 1-2 3, Kirby Faulkner 5 3-5 15, Kevin Sexton 3 0-1 7, Elijah Richburg 0 0-2 0. Totals 32 13-26 82. Mt. Pleasant 9 Sun Valley 22
8 13 29 24
8 - 38 7 - 82
3-pointers: MP 2 (McSwain 1, Swarigen 1); Sun Valley 5 (Davis 2, Faulkner 2, Sexton 1). Rebounds: MP 42 (Redden 7, Andrews 7, Swarigen 6, Higgins 6, Hartley 5); SV 38 (Maynor 7, Dixon 7, Stewart 4). Assists: MP 11 (Mabry 3, McSwain 2, Andrews 2); SV 26 (Maynor 7, Dixon 7, Stewart 4, Witherspoon 3, Faulkner 3).
CATA (4-4) Charvis Barrino 4 5-6 13, Darnell Hill 6 2-2 14, Kasey Robinson 5 4-6 14, Matt Bartley 1 5-6 7, John Quintero 1 0-0 3, Jon Wright 1 0-0 2, Isiah Wallace 0 0-0 0, Andrew London 0 0-0 0, Mitchell Blackburn 0 0-0 0, Ronnie Burch 0 0-0 0. Totals 18 16-20 56.
WHS girls 38, S. Meck 26
Parkwood (4-3) Justin Crowder 7 0-0 20, Marcus Leak 5 3-4 13, Maurice Leak 4 0-0 9, Deonte Hiatt 3 0-0 6, Joseph Gordon 0 0-0 0, Jimmy Richardson 1 0-2 2, Ryan Helms 0 0-0 0, Austin Capps 0 0-0 0. Totals 20 3-8 50.
Weddington (4-3) Samantha Sebastian 7 8-10 22, Morgan Werner 2 3-5 7, Kinsey Wilson 3 1-2 7, Kelsie Croal 0 2-4 2, Rachel Degeare 0 1-2 1, Totals: 12 15-23 38.
13 24 35 21 — 56 10 12 12 16 — 50
3-pointers: CATA 1 (Quintero 1); Parkwood 7 (Crowder 6, Maurice Leak 1). Rebounds: CATA 48 (Robinson 12, Hill 11, Bartley 10, Quintero 5); Parkwood 30 (Marcus Leak 14, Hiatt 7, Richardson 4). Assists: CATA 10 (Robinson 4, Quintero 2, Barrino 2); Parkwood 6 (Hiatt 2). Steals: CATA 5 (Hill 2); Parkwood 9 (Maurice Leak 3, Helms 2). Blocks: CATA 0; Parkwood 4 (Richardson 3, Marcus Leak 1).
Parkwood girls 78, CATA 22
CATA (3-5) Larie Bailey 5 2-2 13, Casey Nichols 2 0-0 4, Amber Isley 1 0-0 3, Brittany Barrino 0 0-0 0, logan Horne 0 0-0 0, Jasmine Huntley 1 0-0 2, Sydney Rowell 0 0-0 0, Brittany McLeod 0 0-0 0, Starnes 0 0-0 0, Wimbish 0 0-0 0. Totals 9 2-4 22. Parkwood (7-0) Morgan Brown 6 0-0 12, Michelle Brown 5 4-6 15, Cadeja Hood 3 2-3 8, Tori Tsitouris 3 1-1 7, Kate Howe 2 2-6 6, Chelsey Rains 3 1-1 7, Courtney Elliott 3 3-5 10, Justin McKinney 2 0-0 4, Lynne Hall 2 0-0 4, Bailey Sims 2 0-0 4, Daven Barrett 0 0-0 0. Totals 31 13-22 78. CATA Parkwood
12 4 4 2 — 22 19 21 25 13 — 78
3-pointers: CATA 1 (Bailey 1); Parkwood 3 (Michelle Brown 1, Rains 1, Elliott 1). Rebounds: CATA 27 (Bailey 8, Barrino 4, Huntley 4); Parkwood 53 (Michelle Brown 8, McKinney 8, Sims 7, Barrett 5, Howie 5, Hall 4, Elliott 4, Morgan Brown 4). Assists: CATA 4 (Barrino 2); Parkwood 19 (Morgan Brown 8, Michelle Brown 3, Hood 2, Rains 2, McKinney 2). Steals: CATA 4 (Huntley 2); Parkwood 26 (Morgan Brown 8, Michelle Brown 5, Hood 3, McKinney 2, Elliott 2, Sims 2). Blocks: CATA 1 (Huntley 1); Parkwood 5 (Morgan Brown 1, Howie 1, Elliott 1, Hall 1, Barrett 1).
SV girls 58, Mt. Pleasant 36
Mt Pleasant (1-4) Aurelia Edwards 1 0-0 2, Mary Adams 0 0-0 0, Samantha Kuenzli 0 0-0 0, Rebecca Mirovich 0 0-0 0, Emily Lewis 0 0-1 0, Katie Sutter 2 2-4, Samantha Wallace 0 0-0 0, Bethany Harrison 1 0-0 2, Hannah Penninger 2 0-0 4, Jocelyn Parnell 5 4-6 14, Sarah Richie 1 6-8 8. Totals 12 12-19 36 Sun Valley (6-2) Bianca Allyn 0 4-8 4, Santasia Johnson
South Mecklenburg Jazmine Wallace 4 0-0 8, Jazmyn Saunders 2 2-3 6, Casey Butler 1 1-2 3, Nakyra Cobb 1 0-0 2, Cameron Coughlin 0 2-2 2, Colleen Sanderson 1 0-0 2, Tori Strickland 1 0-0 2, Allie Butler 0 1-2 1, Totals: 10 6-9 26.
South Meck 9 Weddington 6
6 11 - 26 10 14 - 38
Rebounds: South Meck 22; Weddington 35 (Sebastian 14, Margot Harper 6, Maurvella Fuller 5; Assists: South Meck 2; Weddington 6.
S.Meck boys 64, WHS 43
South Mecklenburg K.J. Ross 9 4-6 23, Malcolm Matthews 8 1-2 17, Josh Moore 4 4-4 12, Kenton Stratte 2 0-0 4, C.J. Thompson 2 0-0 4, Joe Beluise 1 0-0 2, Alick Callanes 1 0-0 2, Totals: 27 9-13 64. Weddington (3-4) Bennett Rutherford 5 0-0 13, Ben Buchan 2 4-4 8, James Haynes 3 1-2 8, Dexter Harding 1 4-8 6, Daniel Mickey 2 0-0 6, Grant Martensen 1 0-0 2, Totals: 14 9-16 43. South Meck 13 18 10 23 - 64 Weddington 3 10 15 15 - 43 3-pointers: South Meck 1 (Ross 1); Weddington 6 (Rutherford 3, Mickey 2, Haynes 1); Rebounds: SM 28 (Matthews 12, Moore 8); WHS 28 (Buchan 7, Tyler Koenig 7, Harding 6); Assists: SM 9 (Stratte 3); WHS 7.
C. Cabarrus boys 66, PR 62 Central Cabarrus Payne 3 4-6 10, Cooks 5 5-7 16, Deer 3 3-3 9, Johnson 12 4-7 28, Watson 1 1-4 3. Porter Ridge (2-4) Vic Freeman 1 0-2 2, PJ Freeman 7 6-6 21, Wardelle 3 6-6 13, Fort 3 0-0 8, Deason 1 0-0 2, Jackson 1 1-2 3, Tinsley 4 1-2 9, Thompson 1 2-2 4. Central P. Ridge
16 6 22 22 - 66 9 18 8 27 - 62
3-pointers: Central 1 (Cooks); PR 4 (Fort 2, PJ Freeman 1, Wardelle 1).
PHS girls 68, N. Stanly 42 North Stanly (7-1) Tyana Bryant 1 2-2 5, Jenni Speight 1 0-0 2, Holly Chandler 3 2-6 10, Nicole Turner 2 1-1 5, Brandi Bennett 1 0-0 2, Symphonie Richardson 5 1-4 11, Lindsey Burleson 3 1-3 7. Totals 16 7-16 42.
Piedmont (4-5, 3-2 RRC) Christina McAllister 1 0-0 2, Jade Montgomery 8 9-10 25, Alyssa McLamb 1 0-0 2, Alison Florence 2 2-2 8, Amber Weaver 5 3-4 14, Courtney Barrineau 6 3-4 15, Nicole Hyatt 1 0-0 2. Totals 24 17-20 68. North Stanly 8 18 12 4 - 42 Piedmont 12 20 20 16 - 68
Transactions Wednesday’s Sports Transactions BASEBALL American League BOSTON RED SOX—Agreed to terms with RHP John Lackey on a five-year contract and OF Mike Cameron on a two-year contract. DETROIT TIGERS—Agreed to terms with INF Ramon Santiago on a twoyear contract. KANSAS CITY ROYALS—Agreed to terms with OF Shane Costa on a minor league contract. LOS ANGELES ANGELS—Agreed to terms with DH Hideki Matsui on a one-year contract. TAMPA BAY RAYS—Named Neil Allen pitching coach of Charlotte (IL); Bill Moloney pitching coach of Montgomery (SL); Michael Johns manager of Princeton (Appalachian); Brady Williams manager, Manny Castillo coach and Scott Thurston trainer of Bowling Green (MWL); Jared Sandberg manager, Jack Giese pitching coach, Reinaldo Ruiz coach and Andrew Hauser trainer of Hudson Valley (NYP); Michael Johns manager and Wuarnner Rincones coach and Nick Medina trainer of Princeton (Appalachian); and Dan DeMent and Hector Torres coaches for the Rays (GCL). TORONTO BLUE JAYS—Traded RHP Roy Halladay and cash considerations to Philadelphia for RHP Kyle Drabek, OF Michael Taylor and C Travis d’Arnaud, then traded Taylor to Oakland for INF Brett Wallace. Agreed to terms with C John Buck on a one-year contract and RHP Lance Broadway on a minor league contract. National League HOUSTON ASTROS—Agreed to terms with LHP Edgar Ferreira on a minor league contract. MILWAUKEE BREWERS—Agreed to terms with RHP LaTroy Hawkins on a two-year contract. PHILADELPHIA PHILLIES—Traded LHP Cliff Lee to Seattle for RHP Phillippe Aumont, RHP Juan Ramirez and OF Tyson Gillies. Agreed to terms with RHP Roy Halladay on a three-year contract extension through 2013. American Association SIOUX FALLS CANARIES—Signed INF Joe Anthonsen. BASKETBALL Women’s National Basketball Association LOS ANGELES SPARKS—Named Lindsay Amstutz vice president and chief marketing officer. FOOTBALL National Football League ARIZONA CARDINALS—Placed S Matt Ware on injured reserve. Signed PK Mike Nugent. CINCINNATI BENGALS—Re-signed DT Shaun Smith. Waived WR Maurice Purify. CLEVELAND BROWNS—Signed OL Jason Capizzi, DL Jonathan Lewis and DB Matteral Richardson to the practice squad. Released DL Adam Hoppel and DB Michael Grant from the practice squad. NEW YORK JETS—Signed OT Dan Gay to the practice squad. ST. LOUIS RAMS—Placed G Jacob Bell on injured reserve. Claimed OT Ryan McKee off waivers from the N.Y. Jets. Signed OT Eric Young from the practice squad. HOCKEY National Hockey League CAROLINA HURRICANES—Recalled F Patrick Dwyer and D Bryan Rodney from Albany (AHL). MINNESOTA WILD—Recalled D Clayton Stoner from Houston (AHL). Reassigned G Anton Khudobin and D Jaime Sifers to Houston. NASHVILLE PREDATORS—Recalled D Cody Franson from Milwaukee (AHL). NEW YORK RANGERS—Recalled D Bobby Sanguinetti from Hartford (AHL). PHILADELPHIA FLYERS—Returned G Johan Backlund and LW Andreas Nodl to Adirondack (AHL). American Hockey League AHL—Suspended Binghamton RW Jeremy Yablonski 10 games for receiving a game misconduct for physical abuse of an official during Saturday’s game against Syracuse. Suspended Providence D Scott Fletcher one game for a match penalty during Sunday’s game against Manchester SOCCER Major League Soccer LOS ANGELES GALAXY—Signed F Landon Donovan to a four-year contract. TENNIS INTERNATIONAL TENNIS FEDERATION—Lifted the one-year suspensions of Yanina Wickmayer and Xavier Malisse, who were banned from competition for failing to report their whereabouts three times, in violation of the World Anti-Doping Agency drug-testing policy. COLLEGE ATLANTIC 10 CONFERENCE— Announced Lock Haven will join the league as an affiliate member in field hockey, beginning in 2010. ILLINOIS—Announced junior WR Arrelious Benn will enter the NFL draft. URSINUS—Named Laura Moliken athletic director.
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ASUâ€™s Edwards leads all-American team NEW YORK (AP) â€” Armanti Edwards, Terrell Hudgins and Deji Karim, the finalists for the FCS version of the Heisman Trophy, highlight The Associated Press All-America team for Division Iâ€™s second tier. The team was announced Wednesday. Edwards, the Appalachian State quarterback, Hudgins, a receiver from Elon, and Karim, a running back from Southern Illinois, are up for the Walter Payton Award, which will be handed out Thursday night in Chattanooga, Tenn. Edwards was an All-American last season, and could become the first two-time winner of the Payton award and end his career as one of the most celebrated play-
ers in the history of what used to be known as I-AA football. Limited to nine games this season because of injuries, Edwards passed for 2,504 yards, ran for 575 yards and accounted for 26 touchdowns. The senior led the Mountaineers to the national semifinals, where they lost last week 24-17 at Montana. â€œHeâ€™s really special,â€? Appalachian State coach Jerry Moore told reporters after the game. â€œIâ€™ve been doing this a long time, and heâ€™s probably the most competitive athlete Iâ€™ve ever seen or been around.â€? Edwards guided the Mountaineers to consecutive national titles in his freshman and sophomore seasons and led Appalachian State to a historic victory
at Michigan in 2007. It was the first time a ranked major college team had lost to a I-AA team. â€œYou canâ€™t ask for much more than what we have,â€? Edwards told reporters in Missoula, Mont. â€œAppalachian has three national championships. I personally have two. We won the conference every year. Of course, you want to try and win the national EDWARDS championship every year, but when you look back on everything you canâ€™t ask for too much more.â€? Hudgins led the nation in re-
ceptions (111) and yards receiving (1,466) while breaking Jerry Riceâ€™s Division I record for most career 100-yard receiving games (26). Karim ran for 1,512 yards and scored 17 touchdowns. Edwards and Karim both have teammates on the first team: Appalachian State defensive back Mark Legree and Southern Illinois linebacker Brandin Jordan. Montana State and Weber State from the Big Sky Conference also have two players on the first team. The Bobcats are represented by offensive lineman Jeff Hansen and defensive lineman Dane Fletcher, and the Wildcats by defensive back Josh Morris and offensive lineman Kyle Mutcher.
Booker has big day as Tigers whip ECU GREENVILLE (AP) â€” Trevor Booker was his usual point-scoring, rebound-snatching self in the post for Clemson on Wednesday night â€” with a little bit of pass-happy attitude thrown in for good measure. The senior fell one assist shy of a triple-double while the Tigers bounced back from a bad 3-point shooting day over the weekend to beat East Carolina 80-63. Booker had 13 points, 12 rebounds and nine assists for the Tigers (9-2), while Andre Young added a career-high 16 points to help Clemson beat the Pirates by double figures for a third straight season. Clemson trailed for all of 25 seconds in the first half, shot 46 percent and led by as many as 23 points. Most everything started with the 6-foot-7, 240-pound Booker, who was the target of frequent double teams yet continually found open teammates along the perimeter. He had set a career high of seven assists against South Carolina two games ago, then bested that with a total that ranked as a school record for a post player. â€œI mean, I knew I was
Completing the backfield on the first team with Edwards and Karim is North Dakota Stateâ€™s Pat Paschall, who led the division in rushing at 140 yards per game. Marc Mariani of Montana is the other receiver, while Villanovaâ€™s versatile receiver Matt Szczur made the first team as an all-purpose player. The Grizzlies play the Wildcats in the FCS championship game on Friday night in Chattanooga, Tenn. The other offensive linemen are Derek Hardman of Eastern Kentucky, Matt McCraken of Richmond and Vladimir Ducasse of Massachusetts. Clay Harbor of Missouri State is the tight end and Matt Bevins of Liberty is the kicker.
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close (to a triple-double),â€? Booker said. â€œI knew I had a lot of rebounds and I knew my points and I knew I had a lot of assists. I just kept passing the ball. I came up one short, though.â€? Not that anyone was in the mood to complain for the Tigers. Bookerâ€™s onpoint passing helped the Tigers to 10 3-pointers just three days after an 0-for-11 shooting performance from behind the arc in an 82-53 win against Furman, with Young knocking down four 3s while Tanner Smith (14 points, 10 rebounds, six assists) and Noel Johnson each hit two. The Furman game dropped Clemson from second to fourth in the ACCâ€™s 3-point shooting statistics, but the Tigers bounced back to hit at least eight 3s in a game for the eighth time this season. Young said those long-range shots are key to spreading a defense and opening space inside for Booker. â€œItâ€™s just important we come out and keep shooting the ball,â€? Young said. â€œWe know weâ€™re good shooters. Itâ€™s just keep shooting the ball with confidence. Donâ€™t hesitate.â€?
Robinson finished with 14 points and 12 boards, Hill had 14 points and 11 rebounds and Matt Bartley added 10 rebounds and seven points for the Cougars. Parkwood was led by sophomore guard Justin Crowder, who made six 3-pointers and scored a game-high 20. Marcus Leak had 14 rebounds and 13 points for the Rebels while Maurice Leak added nine points and three steals.
Parkwood girls now 7-0
E-J staff photo by Rick Crider
Rebels senior guard Michelle Brown (14) draws a foul against CATAâ€™s Jasmine Huntley. Brown had 15 points and eight rebounds.
A swarming fullcourt defense produced 26 steals, allowing Parkwoodâ€™s girls to cruise in for a 78-22 home win over CATA. The Rebels improved to 7-0. Junior guard Morgan Brown was pushing a triple-double before sitting down for the night with 1:38 left in the third quarter. Brown finished with 12 points, eight steals, eight assists and four rebounds. â€œI thought Morgan set the tone defensively for us,â€? said Parkwood coach Jamal McGee. â€œEverybody knows she can score and distribute, but sheâ€™s committed to being a great defensive player this year as well.â€? Senior guard Michelle Brown also had a big night â€” 15 points, eight rebounds, five steals and three assists. Ten Rebels scored at least four points, including Courtney Elliott, who had 10 off the bench. Parkwood dominated the glass, outrebounding Central 53-27. â€œThatâ€™s something weâ€™re emphasizing,â€? McGee said. â€œWe want to play with defensive intensity and then finish it by getting the rebound. Thatâ€™s something we havenâ€™t had since Iâ€™ve been here. We have more size and weâ€™re trying to get everybody active on the boards.â€? CATA was led by guard Larie Bailey, who had 13 points and eight rebounds. The Cougars are now 3-5.
LeBronâ€™s clutch shooting gives Cavs win over Sixers PHILADELPHIA (AP) â€” LeBron James hit two clutch 3s in the fourth quarter and scored 36 points to lead the Cleveland Cavaliers to a 108-101 victory over the Philadelphia 76ers on Wednesday night with the Philliesâ€™ newly acquired ace Roy Halladay watching from a suite. James had another Jamestype night against one of the worst teams in the NBA. He went 12 for 26 from the floor, got hot in the fourth and silenced another road crowd that packed the place just to watch him
play. Mo Williams hit back-to-back shots in the fourth that gave the Cavaliers a lead they would never relinquish and scored 12 points. Andre Iguodala led the Sixers with 26 points, and Thaddeus Young and Allen Iverson each had 16. The Sixers have lost 13 of 14 games.
Magic 118, Raptors 99
ORLANDO, Fla. â€” Dwight Howard had 18 points, 14 rebounds and eight blocks, and the Magic spoiled Hedo Turko-
gluâ€™s return to Orlando. Rashard Lewis added 21 points and Matt Barnes had 20 to help the Magic cruise to their second straight win with some potent 3-point shooting. Orlando was 14 for 30 from beyond the arc. Turkoglu was showered with a mix of cheers and boos and scored 14 points in the arena where he was a fan favorite before parting ways in the offseason. He also had four rebounds and four assists, not nearly enough to prevent Toronto from
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Weddington senior Samantha Sebastian overcame a poor shooting night with 22 points and 14 boards.
anything but by getting on the offensive boards she ended up with 22 (points) â€“ and that was an off night for her.â€? Sebastian got to the foul line 10 times during the game, making eight attempts. Sebastian wasnâ€™t the only player struggling to shoot as neither team made a 3-point shot through the entire game. â€œItâ€™s relieving to win with that kind of shooting night,â€? Cook said. South Meck held a 9-6 lead after the first quarter, but on Weddingtonâ€™s first possession of the second quarter, Sebastian threaded a pass to Kinsey Wilson for a jump shot. Wilson finished with seven points and two assists. Weddington did not allow the Sabres to score a field goal in the second quarter and did not allow one until less than four minutes remained in the third quarter. â€œI think we came out in that second quarter with a lot more intensity and kind of got excited about play-
losing for the fourth time in five games.
Hawks 110, Griz 97
ATLANTA â€” Joe Johnson scored 26 points and Atlanta pulled away in the second half for its fifth straight win. Despite playing only 29 minutes, Johnson made 10 of 16 shots from the field, including a couple of 3-pointers, and chipped in with eight rebounds and three assists. Sam Young led Memphis with 20 points.
ing defense,â€? Cook added. â€œI think we have some pride defensively on this team right now that we pretty much make sure that one player is not going to beat us.â€? South Meck had eight players score, but did not have a single player reach double digits. Jazmine Wallace led South Meck with eight points. Morgan Werner scored seven points for Weddington and Margot Harper grabbed six rebounds.
Sabres rip WHS boys
The South Meck boys snapped Weddingtonâ€™s twogame win streak with a crushing 64-43 win. The Sabres (1-8) earned their first win of the season. Bennett Rutherford led Weddington (3-4) with 13 points, including three 3-pointers. South Meckâ€™s K.J. Ross scored a game-high 23 points, but the story of the night was freshman center Malcolm Matthews. Matthews (6-foot-8), who had played only one varsity game prior to the win against Weddington, had 16 points and 12 rebounds. Weddington hosts Providence on Friday.
Pacers 101, Bobcats 98
INDIANAPOLIS â€” Troy Murphy had 26 points and 15 rebounds, leading Indiana over Charlotte. T.J. Ford added 15 points and 13 assists, and Mike Dunleavy scored 15 in his second start of the season for the Pacers (9-14), who have won three of four after a six-game losing streak. Gerald Wallace had 29 points and 12 rebounds, Stephen Jackson scored 22 and Tyson Chandler added 13 points and 13 rebounds for the Bobcats (10-14). Charlotte dropped to 1-11 on the road.
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062 Homes for Pets Free kittens + Mother Cat has shots great Christmas gifts!! good home needed (704)218-6022
Free Kittens good home needed, great Christmas gifts (704)283-2436 Free puppies Bassett Hound mix 8wks good home needed (704)882-2672 after 2pm Free young adult cats beautiful,unique, loving/trained vetted.Easier than kittens. Melissa 704-882-0664.
MERCHANDISE 069 Appliances Refrigerator & Stoves $99.99 Washers & Dryers $79.99 704-649-3821
082 Yard/Garage Sales ESTATE SALE, Fri, 12/18 Sat, 12/19, 8AM - 1PM, 2 cars, house, land, furn, clothing, kitchen & hshold items, antiques, electonics, everything must go! 604 Heritage View Indian Trail. house on right
090 Miscellaneous Leonard Utility building, 12 x 20 $1600 call for details (704)622-1402
Metal Roofing 3ft wide $1.40 LF 1-803-789-5500
FINANCIAL 104 Bus. Opportunities
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109 REAL ESTATE REAL ESTATE - RENT 112 Apartments Beautiful 2br 1.5ba Cedar Bend Townhome in Monroe $650mo. (704)296-2428
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114 Houses For Rent Beautiful 4br 2.5ba Wingate, 4yr old 2 sty big back yard 2 car gar. fresh paint call John (704)236-0621
Nearly new 3 & 4BR in Monroe, $800-$950mo. (704)289-5410 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
2003 Cadillac Seville STS Loaded, like new, new M ichelin tires. 41,000 M iles.
$14,500 704-608-4748 9A-9P
REAL ESTATE - SALE MOBILE HOMES 138 Mobile Homes - Rent Wingate: 2BR 2BA $525; 3BR 2BA $600. Cent H/A. No pets. 704-451-8408
140 Mobile Homes - Sale
Special 2br 2ba $500.00 DN moves Move in by DEC. 1st. you in. Call and ask Get Jan & Feb FREE me how. 704-225-8850 Beautiful & quiet paid water Land Owners Wanted 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
Zero Down call for details (704)225-8850 TRANSPORTATION 148 Autos For Sale 2000 Nissan Sentra GXE: Runs Great. 130k miles new tires dented qrt pannel $2900 (704)839-1715
158 Trucks For Sale
1977 GMC w/12 ft dump $6500. 1985 Chev-30 Series w/12 ft dump. T190 Bobcat skid steer, cab & air. JD 332 skid steer, cab & air. 1br 1ba duplex spacious, 704-400-1510 cent H/A, $437mo. 903 A Guild, ref’s & dep req’d 51 5 Window Chevy PK (704)400-4560 $1500, 46 Ford Coupe $3500, 96 GMC 1 Ton 114 Houses For Rent Van $1800, 00 GMC Sierra Pickup w/grill guard & $200/mo! 3 bed 2 ba! running boards, low miles 5% dn, 15 yrs @ 8%! $14,500 (704)624-6755 For Listings 800-749-8106 x H611 1br 1ba duplex gas heat cent air private deck, year lease +dep. req’d no pets, 704-201-9534 leave msg
2BR, 1BA, country setting, super storage, South of 2003 HONDA XR70R dirtMonroe. $650/Mo. bike. Excellent Condition. (704)283-7602 $900. 704-320-3304.
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Hamilton Place • 2808 Arrowhead Ct. $172,500 3 Bed/2 1/2 Bath/+Bonus Room, 1760 sq. ft. / .39 acre premium lot, 2 Car Garage, Gas FP, New Paint, Carpet, ceramic tile, counter tops & gutters. Master suite w/trey ceiling. Contact Perkins Properties, 704-579-1364 MLS 717444
3 bedroom, 2 1/2 bath. Gourmet kitchen with granite countertops/ hardwoods and ceramic tile/jacuzzi jet master bath. Jeff Hall - Realtor/Broker 980-722-6702-cell firstname.lastname@example.org
Call Remax Executive: 704.602.8295, Lara Taylor
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.
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 email@example.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
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
4 bedroom, 3 bath, 2 car garage. Over 2000 square feet. Near Waxhaw. 704-621-7799
3 Bedroom, 2 Bath, Ranch home with all new tile flooring/all new neutral carpet thru out/Master bath has dual sinks/garden tubshower. Kitchen has new installed oven. Jeff Hall - Realtor/Broker 980-722-6702-cell firstname.lastname@example.org
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
881 Clonmel Drive • Desired Shannamara Golf Community Breathtaking brick home w/open floor plan. Master on main. Gourmet kitchen w/extras. Oversize bedrooms & Loft. Beautiful landscape w/deck, & in-ground pool. Fenced yard w/ mature trees behind for privacy. For more information and virtual tour visit http://www.MyRealtorMichael.com/ Offered at $399,900
Michael Calabrese 704-231-7750
LEASE TO OWN!! 2322 Lexington Ave. (Near New Walter Bickett Elem.) 2224 heated sq. ft. Built in 2004. Like new inside and out 3-4 bedroom, 2 1/2 bath, stone and vinyl exterior, new appliances.
$169,900 to buy or lease to purchase. Call 704-488-7722
For Sale by Owner, 50 acres Piedmont schools, well installed perk permitted. Mostly wooded, some grass.
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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