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WHO’S NEWS Kids spread word on smoking

MONROE They might not be old enough to smoke yet but that doesn’t mean they can’t help others kick the habit. Nine local Tobacco Reality Unfiltered club representatives will visit 69 area restaurants and give them drink coasters informing patrons of the Jan. 2 statewide smoking ban in bars and restaurants. The coasters will also include a number smokers can call to receive help with quitting. TRU is a statewide movement that educates teens on the harmful effects of tobacco and encourages them to spread that message. “The coasters are very attractive,” said Laura Grier, the tobacco free schools specialist with Union County Public Schools. “We’re proud of them.” Grier said Union County Environmental Health would have had to deliver the coasters itself. The TRU clubs saw it as a good service opportunity that preached the same message they did. In North Carolina, tobacco is the number 1 cause of preventable death in North Carolina, with over 12,000 residents dying each year from its use. Grier said the organization picked businesses that were appropriate for teenagers to visit, such as Logan’s Roadhouse and Applebee’s in Monroe versus a bar. By Elisabeth Arriero

BIRTHDAYS Best wishes are extended to everyone who is celebrating a birthday today, especially: Ed Cottingham, Stephanie Tokhi, Megan Morse, Missy Manus, Matilde Walker, Julia A. Tyson, Margaret Catherine Threatt, and Bill York. Call (704) 261-2278 or e-mail to add your names to t he list.

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MONROE Road workers are gearing up for inclement weather. Accuweather meteorologist Andy Mussoline said the worst of the weather would stay north and west of Union County, but that a “wintery mix” could move it’s way south. Road workers with the N.C. Department of Transportation and Monroe street division are prepared to handle the worst, they said. Monroe spokesman Pete Hovanec said some citymaintained roads were given “Stage one antiicing” with a salt liquid. Areas around bridges, overpasses and fire departments were given the most attention. Throughout the weekend, Monroe road workers will be on “standby” to treat roads as the weather hits. “We have a good-sized fleet,” Hovanec said. Jen Thompson with the N.C. DOT said no statemaintained roads in Union County were pre-treated, but that the heavy-traffic areas in Mecklenburg were being treated since 10 a.m. Thursday. She said workers are ready to react if dangerous weather comes further south. “They are ready and loaded up,” she said. Mussoline said the he expects precipitation to move its way into Union County by about 10 a.m. Friday and stay throughout the day, but that the core of the bad weather would stay to the north. Union County Public Schools spokeswoman Luan Ingram said Friday, the final school day before winter break, was scheduled as normal. Parents will be notified through the school’s telephonecommunication system if any changes happen. Ingram said parents should make sure their contact information with the schools is current so they can be notified immediately. The UCPS Web site will also be updated accordingly.

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Next Level Church lead pastor Todd Hahn lugs in several of the 550 bags of grocery items that the church provided for each of the students at Rock Rest Elementary school on Thursday. The bags were lined up and down the hallways for the students to pick up as they leave their classrooms for the day.

Church donates food bags to Rock Rest students BY TIFFANY LANE

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MONROE e bent down to peek inside the green bag, then snapped back in line before the teacher caught him. Other students shared his curiosity: Next Level Church delivered bags of food to 550 Rock Rest Elementary students Thursday just in time for the two-week holiday break. “It’s sad in a way to think that (for) people in our country, a basic need is food,” church member Russell Erbe said. While some kids hope to unwrap a Nintendo DS this Christmas, he said, some just want a decent meal. The donations come a couple of months after students wrote essays about what they would do with $100. About 90 percent of them mentioned food, church volunteer coordinator Melissa Jackson said.

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If I had $100 ... “I would give (my family) money to go to the Clinic so we won’t get sick.” - 2nd grade “I would buy a new house for my mom and dad because kids write on our house.” - 2nd grade “I would pay for some signs for (my dad’s) company to hang up around Monroe and Charlotte ... because work is slowing down.” - 5th grade “I would help my mom pay the bills. ... (She) doesn’t like to go and check the mail because of bills.” - 5th grade

MONROE Commissioners will ask the state’s highest court to reconsider an appellate court ruling that struck down the county’s APFO. The N.C. Appellate Court ruled on Dec. 8 that counties have no authority to impose an adequate public facilities ordinance, or APFO; such authority should come only from the General Assembly. The ordinance would deny a permit for a new residential development if the added population would overburden the area school. A developer could meet certain conditions to mitigate the impact on school capacity, but the court ruled that the county did not have authority to impose those conditions, one of which included a “voluntary mitigation payment,” or impact fee. In response to the court ruling, the county will file a petition for discretionary review with the N.C. Supreme Court for the chance to argue its case again. Because the Appellate Court ruling was unanimous, the county must first file a petition requesting it be allowed to make an argument. Commissioner Tracy Kuehler said that because the APFO debate is being held in other counties as well, there is good reason for the Supreme Court to hear all the arguments. Commissioners Parker Mills and Allan Baucom voted against filing a petition. Mills said that because the court ruled unanimously against the county, he doubted it would be reversed. “Don’t get me wrong,” he said. “I’m in favor of impact fees, but we need to get the General Assembly to pass it.” Mills said the county went about passing the APFO in the wrong order. Instead of just passing an ordinance, the commissioners should have gotten together with each town as well as members of the Homebuilders Association and developers in order to agree on something that would spread out the burden of school overcrowding while still being fair to everyone involved. “We need to get buy-in

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City, county feud over park erodes usage BY ELISABETH ARRIERO


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MONROE The temporary orange fence has long been taken down but there’s still an imaginary boundary between the city and county side of Belk Tonawanda Park that neither side expects to erase anytime soon. “Negotiations are very slow. We have more pressing needs going on right now,” said Pete Hovanec, the city’s spokesman, who added that the city doesn’t have any plans to erect a permanent

fence, an idea that city council members floated this fall. In early September, Monroe removed all its park equipment from the county side and installed a temporary fence to delineate the two properties. The decision followed a Union County Board of Commissioners vote to not give the city its share of the park, which is located in downtown Monroe. The city maintained the park for nearly 20 years, and discovered this spring that 6-plus acres, about one-third of the park, be-

longs to the county. In May, the City Council asked the Union County Board of Commissioners to give its portion of the park to the city. The board initially asked for $85,000, the tax value of the property, but the city rejected that offer. The county then offered the property for free, but wanted to ensure that county employees could continue to park in the city’s lot off Church Street by the rail station. The city rejected that offer as well. Monroe employee French

Locklear said they’re not allowed to cross the imaginary boundary when doing landscape work. The county’s employees now maintain their side, which costs the county about $7,500 a year, said county manager Al Greene. But Locklear said the feud has done more than just decide which government entity cuts the grass. “Families don’t come out here as much,” he said, attributing it to the removal of the playground

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Monroe Mr. Albert D. Greene, 92, died Tuesday, December 15, 2009 at Rehabilitation and Nursing Center in Monroe. Mr. Greene was born June 28, 1917 in Union County, son of the late Turner Albert and Annie Jenkins Greene, he was also preceded in death by a son: Allan Greene. Services to celebrate the life of Mr. Greene will be Friday, December 18, 2009 at Mountain Springs Baptist Church, with His pastor the Reverend Phil McLean officiating. Viewing for Mr. Greene will began at 12:00 noon until 12:45 P.M., Visitation with family from 1:00 until 2:00 P.M. and Funeral Services at 2:00 P.M., Interment will follow in Beulah Presbyterian Church Cemetery. Survivors include his wife: Mrs. Bessie Greene of the home, one son: Benny Greene and wife Loretta of Monroe N.C., two grandchildren: Tonya Greene Kelly and husband Robert of South Port N.C., Sean Greene and wife Lisa Beshears of Monroe N.C., six great grandchildren: Drew, Turner, Mikkel and Ryan Kelley, Ava and Evan Greene. Memorials may be made to Mountain Springs Baptist Church, 2509 Mountain Springs Church Rd., Monroe N.C. 28112. McEwen Funeral and Cremation Service of Monroe is serving the family of Mr. Greene. PAID OBITUARY

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MONROE Mrs. Dorthy Jane Taylor Pinyan, age 73, of Monroe, passed away Wednesday (December 16, 2009) at Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte. A funeral service to Celebrate the Life of Dorthy Pinyan will be conducted at 11:00 AM Saturday (December 19, 2009) at Davis Funeral Chapel, officiated by Bishop Rick D. Brackett, Senior Pastor at the Matthews Church of God. Interment will follow at Lakeland Memorial Park Cemetery. Mrs. Pinyan was born on December 15, 1937, in Union County, a daughter of the late Vick Taylor and Daisy Jane Sutton Taylor. She was a retired textile spinner and was a homemaker. Survivors include her husband of 53 years, James P. Pinyan, and family members, David Craig, Sr., Tonia Lodge, Wayne Craig, Dennis Craig, Crystal Craig and Ann Junghans and grand kids, David A. Craig, Jr and Christopher Daniel Craig. The family will receive friends from 7:00 PM until 9:00 PM Friday (December 18, 2009) at the Davis Funeral Home in Monroe, 1003 East Franklin Street. Memorials may be made to Matthews Church of God, 517 East John Street, Matthews, NC 28105. Davis Funeral and Cremation Service is serving the family of Mrs. Pinyan. An online guest register book is available at PAID OBITUARY

Din Pratt

MATTHEWS Emmanuel “Din� Pratt, 67, of Matthews, died Dec. 11, 2009 at Presbyterian Hospital in Charlotte. A funeral service will be conducted at 2 p.m. Saturday at Davis Funeral Chapel. Burial will be in Douala, Africa. The family will receive friends from 1 p.m. until 2 p.m. on Saturday and again one hour after the service at the Davis Funeral Home; 1003 East Franklin Street; Monroe. Davis Funeral and Cremation Service is serving the family. An online guest register book is available at

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Waxhaw, NC Mrs. Joyce Rape Robinson, 73, passed away Thursday, December 17, 2009. A native of Union County she was born June 25, 1936, daughter of the late Thurman L. and Mary Funderburk Rape. Funeral services will be held Saturday, December 19, 2009 at 2:00 PM in Tirzah Presbyterian Church. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. She is survived by her husband, Frankie Robinson of the home, brother, Ted Rape and wife, Ann of Waxhaw, sisters, Betty McKinney of Concord and Peggy Helms of Fayetteville, nieces, Karen Helms and Sharon Helms, both of Fayetteville, Terry Helms of Wendell and Melanie Rapp of Charlotte, nephews, Marty Rapp and wife Lauren of Waxhaw, Bill Helms of Fayetteville and Kevin Robinson and wife Suzette of Cotton Town, TN. The family will receive friends Friday, December 18, 2009 from 6:00 until 8:00 PM at Gordon Funeral & Cremation Service of Monroe. Memorials may be made to Tirzah Presbyterian Church, 7507 Tirzah Church Rd., Waxhaw, NC 28173 or Tirzah Church Cemetery Association, 7507 Tirzah Church Rd., Waxhaw, NC 28173. Online condolences may be made to PAID OBITUARY

Boston Market founder dies at 52 BOSTON (AP) — Arthur Cores, the co-founder of a small Boston-area chicken restaurant that eventually became the Boston Market chain, has died. He was 52. His spouse, John Yee, says Cores died at their Miami Beach home on Wednesday of complications of esophageal cancer. Cores was diagnosed with cancer at age 45 and given only months to live. The graduate of Northeastern University partnered with friend Steven Kolow to craft a simple, but effective business plan — offering quick and affordable chicken dinners with the wholesome qualities of a home-cooked meal in Newton in 1985. “As the co-founder of Boston Market, he always took pride that he started a business in 1985 that helped working families have quality meals that were ’home cooked’ after a busy day and he was able to provide employment for thousands of people nationwide,� Yee said. Cores and Kolow teamed up with successive business developers from 1989. The fast-casual restaurant chain went public in 1993 and expanded rapidly until it filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in 1998. McDonald’s Corp. bought the struggling company in 2000. Investment firm Sun Capital Partners Inc. now owns Boston Market Corp., which says it has about 550 restaurants nationwide.

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Pam Irish, right, SHIPP Coordinator with the Council on Aging, assists Janie and William Durland, of Monroe, with their Medicare documents at the Ellen Fitzgerald Senior Center on Wednesday. The deadline for changes is Dec. 31.

Where To Go

The Council on Aging will host its next workshop on Friday from 9 a.m. to noon at the Ellen Fitzgerald Senior Center, located at 327 South Hayne St., Monroe. After Friday, seniors must make individual appointments. To make an appointment with the Council on Aging, call 704-292-1797 between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Each participant must bring a Medicare card and either the actual prescriptions or a list of them, along with required dosage. Appointments take about 30 minutes per person. For more information, visit To compare insurance plans, visit and click on “SHIIP� at the bottom of the page.

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• 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, 704-2837233. •  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 Road, Wingate. Details, 704-221-7352. • OVERCOMERS OUTREACH ANONYMOUS, 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., 1700 Secrest Shortcut Road. For details call 704-846-9223. • 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, 704-283-1304.


• DISABLED AMERICAN VETERANS CHAPTER 95, 9 a.m. breakfast, 10 a.m. meeting, Golden Corral, 2507 W. Roosevelt Blvd., Monroe. Details, 704-635-7908, unionncdav@earthlink. net. • 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. •  BINGO, 7:30 p.m., Vietnam Veterans Association Post No. 14, 620 Roosevelt Blvd., $2,500 program. Doors open at 5 p.m. For details, call 704283-6165. • ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS, Sunset group, 8 p.m., 1010 McManus St., Monroe. Details, 704-219-6245.

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• 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., Union West Library. Details, 704-821-7475. •  TODDLER TIME, 11:15 a.m., Union West Regional Library, for children ages 12 months to 36 months. • BABY TIME, 11:30 a.m., Waxhaw Library. Details, 704-843-3131. • MICROSOFT WORD I CLASS, 3 p.m., Union West Library. Free. Registration required; call 704-821-7475. • FAMILY MUSIC FUN, 3:30 p.m., Waxhaw Library. Details, 704-8433131.

• TURNING POINT DOMESTIC VIOLENCE GROUP, 4 p.m. at the shelter. Details, 704-2837233. • CAREGIVER SUPPORT GROUP, 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., Outpatient Treatment Pavilion auditorium, CMC-Union. Details, Kara Finch, 704289-5502, kfinch • ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS, Low Bottom group, 6 p.m. to 7 p.m., old Belk building, 200 Stewart St., Monroe. Details, 704-332-4387; 704377-0244. •  INDIAN TRAIL TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly), private weighin, 6 p.m. to 6:45 p.m; meeting 7 p.m. to 8 p.m., Indian Trail United Methodist Church, 113 Indian Trail Road. First visit free. Details, 704843-9365. • ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS, Sunset group, 6 p.m., 1010 McManus St., Monroe. Details, 704-219-6245. • TOPS (TAKE OFF POUNDS SENSIBLY), 6:30 p.m. weigh-in, 7 p.m. meeting, First Baptist Church, 109 Morrow Ave. Details, 704-233-1610. • TURNING POINT VOLUNTEER ORIENTATION, 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Janice Bellamy, 704283-9150. • TOPS (TAKE OFF POUNDS SENSIBLY), 6:30 p.m. weigh-in, 7 p.m. meeting, Bonds Grove United Methodist Church, Waxhaw. Details, 704-843-2735. • NAMI-UNION COUNTY, National Alliance for the Mentally Ill, 7 p.m., Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, 725 Deese St., Monroe. For details, call 704-882-1293 or 704-2835128. • UNION CHORALE, 7 p.m., Stallings United Methodist Church, 1115 Stallings Road. Details, Sandy McReynolds, 704238-1555. • COMMUNITY CAREER CONNECTIONS, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Lee Park Baptist Church. Call 704-289-4674. •  VETERANS OF FOREIGN WARS POST 5464, 7:30 p.m., 712 VFW Road, Monroe. • PROVIDENCE VFD, training, 7:30 p.m., Station 5025, Hemby Road, Weddington. For details, call Dick Bonner, 704-8461014 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., weekdays.


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Deputies may broaden Indian Trail duties BY JASON deBRUYN

job that has been left to the N.C. Highway Patrol. In the early part of 2010, that could change, and the Sheriff ’s Office could assume all responsibility on traffic accidents, which would shorten response times and keep paperwork in one location. “It makes perfect sense to us,” Sheriff Eddie Cathey said. Cathey said there are an average of more than 50 accidents per month in town limits. Because Sheriff ’s deputies already patrol the area, their response times are shorter and Cathey

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INDIAN TRAIL Sheriff ’s deputies could soon take over investigating hundreds of traffic-accidents in Indian Trail each year. The town contracts with the Union County Sheriff ’s Office for police protection and Sheriff ’s deputies patrol its streets. When an accident is called in — there were 622 in 2009 and 575 in 2007 — deputies go to the scene, help direct traffic and issue citations; they do not do paperwork on the actual accident, a

Indian Trail traffic accidents: 2008: 622 2007: 575 911 calls per month from Indian Trail 1,100

Source: Sheriff Eddie Cathey

said they frequently have to wait for a highway patrol officer who has to come from else-

where in the county. “I think it will be better if we go ahead and just work the wrecks and be done with it,” Cathey said. Expanding the Sheriff ’s responsibilities, said Mayor John Quinn, shows the prudence of contracting with the Sheriff ’s Office instead of pushing for a town police department. “I think this is a win for everyone,” he said. Since being elected as mayor in 2007, Quinn has said that the town gets the most value by contracting with the Sheriff

instead of starting a department. He points to University of North Carolina at Charlotte study that indicates the town is saving money but not sacrificing services by partnering with the Sheriff. “If we like what we are getting and are paying a reasonable price, why not?” he said. Cathey said there would be some training involved and vehicles would need to be given software updates, but that those were minor hurdles to taking over accidents.

Kelly King names CEO and chairman of BB&T By Richard Craver

Media General News Service Winston-Salem BB&T Corp. is counting on the solid track record and reputation of its chief executive, Kelly King, to alleviate concerns about making him chairman as well. The bank’s board of directors made official yesterday that King, 61, would replace John Allison on Jan. 1. Allison will remain on the 18-member board. Allison said in August 2008 that he would retire as chairman after 20 years at the end of 2009. Most analysts expected King would be named chairman since he replaced the retiring Allison as CEO on Jan. 1, 2009. King is the last remaining member of the “original five” executives widely credited for transforming BB&T from one-time farm bank into one of the largest financial institutions in the country. The other four have retired over the past five years. “BB&T’s strength today is a testament to John’s phenomenal leadership in this role for 20 years,” King said. “We have weathered the storm as well as any other financial services company in the country — and we believe our best days are ahead.” King has had several major accomplishments in his first year as CEO: qBB&T paid back in June the $3.1 billion that itreceived from the federal Troubled Asset Relief Program in October 2008. qHe has overseen the takeover of Colonial BankGroup Inc. — the largest purchase in BB&T’s history — including an integration that most analysts say has been effectively smooth. qBB&T also is one of only three large regional commercial banks that have remained profitable throughout the financial crisis that began in fall

why the company believes its structure is the most appropriate for the company at the time of the filing.” Allison said he is confident King will provide “strong and objective leadership to the board based on a deep understanding of BB&T’s values, philosophy and strategies.” “Most importantly, he is a person of the highest character.” Some analysts don’t believe much fuss will be raised because King served as Allison’s righthand man for 25 years. “I do not see governance being an issue based on outperformance of BB&T profitability metrics through this cycle,” said Bob Patten, the managing director and senior bank analyst for Morgan Keegan & Co. “John’s vision in the world of money and banking — emphasizing honesty, integrity and ethics to drive a value system — really has made a difference in BB&T’s significant success. Kelly will keep that vision clear under his leadership.” Joseph Gordon of Gordon Asset Management LLC said he believes King will emerge as one of the top CEOs in banking over the next five years. But he doesn’t favor King taking over as chairman. “As chairman, there is more pressure on him to forget the past and adopt more stock oriented compensation schemes, such as Goldman’s Sachs,” Gordon said.

2007. “As the saying goes, ‘If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it,’ and clearly there’s absolutely nothing broke about the way BB&T handles corporate governance,” said Tony Plath, a finance professor at UNC Charlotte. “BB&T’s outstanding track record and reputational capital as a leader in solid, effective and ethical governance will carry the day.” Still, BB&T is bucking pressure from corporategovernment advocates that oppose having the same executive serve as chairman and chief executive — particularly at large financial institutions. Both Ken Lewis at Bank of America Corp. and Ken Thompson at Wachovia Corp. were compelled to step down as chairman because of mounting financial pressures on the banks. “Having an independent chairman is a means to ensure that the CEO is accountable for managing the company in close alignment with the interests of shareowners, while recognizing that managing the board is a separate and time intensive responsibility,” according to a March report from the chairmen’s forum of the Millstein Center for Corporate Governance at Yale School of Management. Yesterday, the Securities and Exchange Commission said it considering rules addressing “whether the company has combined or separated the chief executive officer and chairman position, and

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Pictured left to right, Juanita Efird of Charlotte, Gladys Kerr of Waxhaw, Sandra Glenn of Monroe and Jane Thomas of Greensboro, Regent of Daughters of American Colonists. The group met recently for a Christmas luncheon.

Daughters of Colonists meet Juanita Efird entertained Monroe’s Waxhaw Chapter Daughters of the American Colonists at her home in Charlotte on Dec. 12 for the society’s annual Christmas lunch. Mrs. Stewart Gordon of Charlotte and Jane Thomas of Greensboro were also hostesses. Mary Elizabeth Kepley, Juanita’s sister, was a special guest. Though living elsewhere now, all four grew up in Monroe. Thomas presided over the meeting which included collecting quarters for veterans, a special project at Christmas. Susan Echols, veterans committee chairman, and her daughters will deliver the $5 gift bags of quarters, made by Libby Helms, to veterans in hospitals and nursing homes around Monroe.

Echols also gave members a pattern for knitting caps for soldiers serving in Afghanistan and Iraq. The caps are worn under their helmets. It was reported that a donation had been given to Flight of Honor and two backpacks filled for first responders for wounded soldiers evacuated from war zones. The National Defense report was a detailed description of “Wreaths Across America” which lays wreaths on veteran’s graves in cemeteries around the nation. The program, “Christmas in the White House” was presented by Gordon and Thomas. Show and Tell items included an invitation to Hoover’s White House and a Christmas card from the Kennedy family.



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Times tough on small farms These are tough, tough times for America’s small dairy farms. Although the demise of small farms in general is an ongoing story, we’re witnessing a bleak new chapter as dairy farmers battle a convergence of hurricane-force factors. The price they get for raw milk has plummeted. Their operating costs have risen. And the globalization of markets has introduced new complexities. Farmers are accustomed to dealing with some forces over which they have no control, like the weather. Now, their fates also are linked to monetary exchange rates and international commodity brokers. Stories in today’s Post examine the dairy crisis in both its larger and local contexts. On a larger scale, the statistics are stunning. In the past two decades, North Carolina, like the rest of the nation, has seen a dramatic drop in the number of farms with cows that produce milk for commercial consumption. In Rowan County, the number has dropped by more than two thirds. That decline accelerated with recent plunges in prices for raw milk. Earlier this year, dairy farmers were selling their product at 1970s-era prices while having to shoulder 2009 production and living costs. What that means on a local level is the loss of dairy concerns like that operated by two generations of Rowan County’s Hoffner family. Lonnie Hoffner and his family recently had the sad experience of auctioning off the Jersey cows that grazed and produced milk for half a century at their Amity Hills Farm. While Lonnie Hoffner will be able to keep the land and remain involved in agriculture, the auction marked the loss of a way of life for his family, a loss felt by countless other dairy farmers around the country. It’s also a loss for the communities where those dairy farms have been an important aspect of the social fabric and economic vitality. Dairy prices have always fluctuated, and dairy farmers have weathered tough periods before. What’s different this time is that many of them aren’t going to survive. Like most small farmers, dairy operators tend to be an independent-minded group. They want to succeed on their own. Even so, some say more federal intervention is needed to help stabilize markets and support a price floor that will keep profits from drying up. In response to their plight, Congress recently set aside $350 million to help struggling milk farmers. While that will provide modest aid for some, it’s too little, too late, for others. Many say that stopping the blood bath will require new price stabilization efforts and controls on imports. Yet, from another perspective, others argue that price supports and government-purchase programs themselves are part of the problem, artificially distorting supply and demand. For consumers, what’s frustrating — and puzzling — is that, while the price farmers receive for milk has dropped, that isn’t reflected in prices at the store — nor in the profits of major dairy distributors. Dean Foods, the nation’s largest processor and shipper of dairy products, more than doubled its earnings (to $75.3 million) in the first quarter of this year, compared to a year earlier. Obviously, somebody’s still making good money from milk, but it isn’t your local dairy farmer. The Salisbury Post

YOUR VIEW If it isn’t broken, then don’t fix it

Keep Project Blue Light shining in county

This letter is in response to the possible sale of Carolinas Medical Center-Union. How many of remember the conditions prior to Carolinas HealthCare System taking over the management of our local facility? You might remember that many Union County residents preferred a Charlotte hospital rather than our local hospital. Since CMC takeover, we now have access to services unheard of before. We now hear many complimentary remarks about the professional care received by doctors, nurses and all the other personnel pertaining to good medical care. Our enlarged facility is clean and well maintained. A sale of Union County’s most visible asset to pay the county’s “looming debt” is very disturbing. So is a consulting fee for the Illinoisbased Kaufman-Hall Company. It seems that the present and past commissioners know no limits when it comes to spending. If more thought, wisdom, research and foresight were utilized before financial decisions were made, the present unstable monetary situation would be non-existent. Who will pay the bills once all the hospital money is spent? We all know the answer to that — taxpayers. If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.

The Christmas season is one which focuses on family. But there are persons whose jobs keep them away from family during the holidays. Police Officers are in that category, spending much of their time away from their families, not only Christmas for many holidays. Elizabeth Cooke Coordinator of Union County Project Blue Light thinks these officers should be recognized for their work. I think we need to remember the police officers at this time of year, more often than not they are not remembered They give up time with their families to protect us. As a way to recognize these officers I am asking citizens to put a single blue light in the window and/or blue in your Christmas Decorations during the Christmas season to show support for officers. I keep a blue light in my window not only at Christmas but 365 days a year. This is a simple way the public has to let the police officers know that we appreciate them, especially during the holiday season. A single light in your window, sting of blue lights on your tree or a blue ribbon on your car antenna shows the officers that you support them and realize that their personal sacrifice make its possible for your family to have a safe Christmas season. In 1986 Danny Gleason a Police Officer in Philadelphia, PA was killed in the line of duty, his

Betty Erickson Monroe (This letter was signed by six other people)

mother-in law Dolly Craig (now deceased) placed a single candle with a blue light in her window in memory of her son-in law. In 1988 Mrs. Craig notified the group Concerns of Police Survivors (COPS) to let them know what she had done. (COPS) adopted the idea and Project Blue Light began nationally. We need to show our support to all local Law Enforcement Officers who put their lives on the line 24-7-365 The color blue is symbolic of peace. By displaying your blue light your will be sending out a dual message that you support Americas peace keeps and that you hope the coming year will be a year of peace. Let’s Keep The Blue Lights Shinning in Union County If you would like more information on Union County Project Blue Light please contact me. Elizabeth Cooke Coordinator Union County Project Blue Light

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I have been praying for a white Christmas The snow started coming down hard a few hours after we’d arrived. It was Christmas Eve 1976. We were 20 miles from home, visiting my mother’s sister at her home in the country. Earlier that evening, my mother, father, grandmother and sisters had piled into the station wagon to begin our trek. I was 14 then. My sisters and I were getting older – growing up. Only our youngest sister still believed in Santa Claus. Teenagers don’t much enjoy being stuck in a car together and the annoyance was clear. My father was in an unpleasant mood. His mother had died on New Year’s Day a few years earlier. He’d lost his father when he was only 3. The merriness of Christmas, which had come so easily when we were tots, was absent. Fortunately, when we arrived, there was a festive spirit in the air and holiday cookies -- that always lifted my spirits. My mother had three sisters and two brothers. They had




26 children among them. My young cousins filled the house with excitement and joy. I joined my father and uncles, who talked about football, the automobile tires and the weather. I joined my mother and my aunts, who laughed aloud as they related stories about their children or their father or longlost relatives. Then the snow began. It came on thick and fast and my father, worried, soon urged us to get our things and get in the car. By the time we got onto the highway, the roads were blanketed and few cars were out.

The thick snow deadened the sound of the tires. It was as though we were in a sleigh gliding silently through the snow-covered countryside. The snow brought calm over us. Snow always does that. We humans like to think we have more control over our world than we do. The fact is we have very little control over most things. The snow makes us remember this. The snow makes us realize how small we really are – how small our worries often are. My father turned on the radio and tuned in old-time radio broadcasts that one station plays every Christmas. Don Ameche and Frances Langford were performing “The Bickersons,” a 1940s show in which a married couple got into hilarious arguments. I remember one line in which the wife asked if he’d had breakfast and he said he just ate the oatmeal on the stove. “That isn’t oatmeal!” she said. “I’m wallpapering.” We laughed heartily at the

“The snow makes us remember this. The snow makes us realize how small we really are – how small our worries often are.”

performance – my father’s booming laugh most prominent of all. I felt the way families must have felt back in the 1940s. They joined together in front of the radio while performers painted vivid pictures in their imagination. We enjoyed the old radio shows for a while. We coaxed our grandmother into telling us stories of what Christmas was like when she

was a child. My mother got us to sing Christmas carols. The snow gave us humility. Once humbled, the confinement that had agitated us on the drive to my aunt’s house had allowed a serenity we forgot was possible. As our economy sputters, our families struggle and our politicians seek to reshape our institutions, humility is what we need most. Here’s a great place to start: * “God, grant us the serenity to accept the things we cannot change, the courage to change the things we can, and the wisdom to know the difference.” And so it is that I’m praying for a white Christmas. *The prayer mentioned is often attributed to Reinhold Niebuhr. ©2009 Tom Purcell. Tom Purcell, a humor columnist for the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, is nationally syndicated. Visit Tom on the web at www.TomPurcell. com or e-mail him at Purcell@

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Interact Club serves senior breakfast MONROE Piedmont High School continued a 28-year tradition of giving back to the community through its annual Senior Citizens’ Breakfast, which feeds more than 200 seniors each year. The breakfast, sponsored by the school’s Interact Club, was held Wednesday in the school gymnasium, and continued in the auditorium with a play and music. Piedmont High principal Jonathan Bowers said the breakfast gives his school an opportunity to give back. “This is a community that has been so giving to us and so involved and supportive of Piedmont High School. It’s an opportunity for us to welcome them back to a school that many of them attended, many of their children attended, and in this season of giving, to show them how much we appreciate everything they’ve done to help make us the school that we are today.� About 70 students from the Interact Club and National Honor Society, donned elves costumes for the event. “I was an elf last year, too,� said Piedmont High senior Caris Rogers. “I love doing this. I enjoy seeing members of our community come back to the school. We get to have the Christmas spirit with everyone, not just our

dinated the event. Perruquet remembers as a student being one of the servers at the breakfast. “I was a student here in the 80s and I participated in the Interact Seniors Breakfast as a server,� she said. “It’s a lot different for me now. I see the whole picture, how all the

clubs, the teachers, and everyone pitches in. I see the community effort that goes into making this a success.� The 70-member Interact club has led the breakfast effort since the early 1980s. Other school clubs and organizations that help in the effort in-

clude the National Art Honor Society, Piedmont Jr. ROTC, Piedmont’s occupational classes, the school’s theater department, and its Women’s Ensemble. “It really was a group effort,� Perruquet said. “It wasn’t just the Interact Club, it was the entire campus helping in some capacity, whether they moved chairs, or covered tables, did decorations, it was a student-led effort.� The breakfast started as a service project with Rotary in the early 1980s, a way to give back to the community, said Piedmont High assistant principal Dr. Ann Walters. Colene and Bruce Belk have been coming for years. “Our children and our grandchildren graduated from here, so we’ve been coming about as long a they’ve had it,� Colene Belk said. “We always came when the children and grandchildren were here, but we thought we would come back this year even though we no longer have grandchildren here. It’s wonderful,� Colene Belk added. “We enjoy seeing the young people. And I think it’s great for the senior citizens that they do this every year. It’s good for the seniors to be able to get out, do something like this and enjoy it.� — This story was provided by Union County Public Schools

Stansbury wins Impact Award

is currently a student director of UCAN and coordinates its Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week. Stansbery volunteers weekly in the Tutoring and Mentoring Program and last year she

coordinated Wingate University’s Earth Week. She also led the university in participating in Be Hope to Her, an event where college women walked to raise money for wells in Africa.

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Piedmont High School junior Jade Montgomery, 16, serves breakfast to a table of senior citizens during Wednesday’s 28th annual Piedmont High School Interact Club Senior Citizen Breakfast. families.� The breakfast is a tradition that probably will continue for many years to come. “It’s a tradition that people look forward to every year,� Rogers said. “It’s just something that you have to do. You can’t stop it or it just won’t feel like Christmas

any more.� The breakfast is a tradition that students also look forward to. “A lot of students want to join the Interact Club so they can participate in the breakfast,� said Piedmont school counselor and Interact sponsor Leslie Perruquet, who coor-

SCHOOL NEWS Warriors band takes top prize

WEDDINGTON It began with two weeks of hardcore camp in late July, early August, with students marching out in the hot sun for seven to eight hours a day. Following that came long practices, at least two, sometimes three, times a week after school. No, it’s not the Junior ROTC. It’s marching band. And all that work paid off. Under the direction of drum major Hannah Firth, the 51-strong Weddington High Marching Warriors recently earned Grand Champion at the final competition at South Rowan High School. Taking first place in every category of the 2A class, they ended up with the highest score for classes 1A and 2A.

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Members of the Weddington Marching Band celebrate thier Grand Champion title at South Rowan High School. Band teacher Robert Owens gives credit to the students: “It takes a lot of hard work and determination to reach the level the students have reached,� he says. Consistently competing at a superior level during

the season, the Marching Warriors brought home 27 first- and second-place trophies in the categories of music, marching, general effect, drum major, color guard, percussion, and placement in class.

WINGATE Effie Stansbery of Wingate University received the fourth annual North Carolina Campus Compact Community Impact Student Award during the Compact’s Student Conference at Western Carolina University. Twentyseven college students across the state received the award for making significant, innovative contributions to their campus’ efforts to address local community needs. A senior psychology major, Stansbery has been a student leader in UCAN, a student-led service organization, since she arrived at Wingate four years ago. She has been a coordinator for the Environmental Task Force that initiated a recycling program on Wingate’s campus. She

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Public hearings set for sportsmen

Charlie Wilson of Marion, pauses during a rabbit hunt to give his favorite beagle a little praise and an expression of a job well done. While the dog knows that chasing rabbits is all it takes to make his master happy, getting Charlie that special Christmas Gift might be a bit harder. Photo by Tony Robinson

Finding the right Christmas gift for your very finicky Sportsmen By Tony Robinson

Looking over my many and varied outdoor sporting equipment items, I can recall stories connected to almost everyone. Being a novice in many and a master of none, my diversity of different hunting and fishing sports has resulted in the accumulation of a lot of clothing items and gear. Like most sportsmen, I choose all my outdoor gear. When it comes to hunting and fishing related equipment, no one knows what they want more than the sportsman does himself. Browsing the sporting good stores, employees will often ask if they can help me find something. Usually I give them the completely honest answer of, “no not really, because I don’t know what I am looking for but will know it when I see it”. For sportsmen, that right piece of camouflaged clothing, fishing rod or pair of boots, is not something they take lightly. It requires that look and feel that satisfies many senses. It must meet the acceptance of approval that comes from experience in the field. As a result, getting that right gift for a hunter or fisherman can be a bit of a task. Just ask any sportsman’s spouse. However, many items do not require that personal preference and would make great holiday gifts for even the most diehard stickler. The good part is that many of these will not break the bank as well. Without a doubt, one of the top items that any sportsman would love to have is the lifetime

hunting and fishing license that North Carolina offers. Of course, you should make sure they do not already have one. Broken down by age brackets and type, these licenses provid current state required hunting or fishing licenses for life. Not only that, but the cost of the license goes into the “Wildlife Endowment Fund” and only the interest earned is used for wildlife programs. This equates into the recipient actually buying a license each year long after they are deceased. In addition, for only $5.00 more, the licenses may be personalized. On the high end of the lifetime licenses, is the age twelve or older “Unified Sportsman” license for $675.00. This license covers all current state requirements including the “Coastal Recreational Fishing License”. On the low end is the age sixtyfive or older “Lifetime Sportsman” license for only $15.00. This senior license would truly make a great gift for any older hunter or angler that does not already have one. There are several options and costs between these two as well. Most sportsmen grew up reading the popular monthly magazine of the state’s wildlife agency known as “Wildlife in North Carolina. This award-winning magazine is full of entertaining and educational articles and features about the wildlife resources of our state. A one year subscription to the magazine is only $12.00 with a three year only $30.00. Another great value in a truly quality product

that would be appealing to any member of the outdoors is the three volume collection of the recently completed “Birding Trail” books. At only $10.00 each and free shipping, the books are available through the WRC’s Wild Store web site. With a book representing the Coastal, Piedmont and Mountain areas of the state, the Birding Trail books are a collection of the best public areas to not only bird watch but to enjoy the outdoors. Everything that one might need to know about these many locations is included. The Wildlife Resources Commissions Wild Store, located at is a source to find some great deals on a variety of unique items. Currently, many of these items are available at a discount of fifty percent. Available items range

from books and calendars to clothing and jewelry. A project of the NC Wildlife Federation, the “NC Camo Coalition” is offering its membership a special holiday price on a charter fishing trip and a waterfowl hunt. The special price is only available to Camo Coalition members. Membership is free by going online to The North Carolina Camouflage Coalition is a statewide electronic network of sportsmen and women that allows hunters and anglers to monitor and influence issues that affect hunting, fishing, and conservation on a local, state, and national level. If you are still at a loss at what to get your favorite sportsman, you can always go with a gift card to his favorite outdoors store.

In January, the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission will hold its annual series of nine public hearings across the state, inviting public comments on proposed changes to hunting, fishing and trapping regulations. After hearing public comments and reviewing written comments, the Wildlife Commission will meet in March and vote whether or not to adopt the proposed rules. Comments can be submitted one of three ways: •Attending a public hearing; •Mailing comments to 1701 Mail Service Center, Raleigh, N.C. 27699-1701; •Or commenting at, before January 22. Proposed Schedule for the 2010 Hunting, Trapping and Fishing Public Hearings Before making final plans to attend a hearing, check the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission Web site for current updates, including weather-related rescheduling, at All Hearings Begin at 7 p.m. In District 4 on Monday, Jan. 4 in Dublin at the Bladen Community College. In District 5 on Wednesday, Jan. 6 in Graham at the Graham Middle School Auditorium. In District 6 on Thursday, Jan. 7 in Norwood at the South Stanly High School. In District 8 on Tuesday, Jan. 12 in Morganton at the Morganton Municipal Auditorium. In District 9 on Wednesday, Jan. 13 in Sylva at the Southwestern Community College. In District 7 on Thursday, Jan. 14 in Mount Airy at the Mount Airy High School Auditorium. In District 1 on Tuesday, Jan. 19 in Edenton at the Swain Auditorium. In District 2 on Wednesday, Jan. 20 in New Bern at the New Bern Courthouse. In District 3 on Thursday, Jan. 21 in Rocky Mount at the Nash Community College.


The final segment of the state’s dove season will run Dec. 19 thru Jan. 15. The daily bag limit is 15 and possession limit of 30. The shooting hours for dove are from one half hour before sunrise until sunset. The Canada goose season for the remainder of the season is as follows; Resident Population Hunt Zone: Dec. 19 – Feb. 6; Southern James Bay Hunt Zone (Gaddy Goose refuge closed after Sept. 30): Nov. 14 – Dec. 31. Northeast Hunt Zone: Jan. 23 – Jan. 30 (By permit only) The daily limit is 5 dark geese (Includes Canada geese & white-fronted geese) in the Resident Hunt Zone, 5 in the Southern James Bay Zone and 1 in the Northeast Hunt Zone. The woodcock season will run January 1 through January 30. The daily bag limit is three birds. With the exception of permit only game lands, the states game lands are now open through the end of February for all legal weapons for the hunting of coyote and feral hogs and the taking of crow on Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays. The states squirrel-hunting season for red and gray (fox squirrel in select counties) is now open. The season on fox squirrels will close December 31.

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the court system would take too long, he argued. Plus, Mills said the chances were strong that it would be denied again anyway; the best plan of attack is to go through the General Assembly again, but this time with a stamp of approval from develop-

ers. There is no guarantee that we would get it passed, but we’d have a whole lot better shot if we got the homebuilders behind it,” he said. The General Assembly already denied impact fees in 1998, 2000 and 2005.

by summertime but the city might have to buy new equipment since some parts were damaged when the city removed it from the county side. “If there’s money in the budget we will but it’s not a top priority,” Hovanec said. “It is in the long range to have playground equipment on the city’s side.” Although neither coun-

ty nor city officials have the park issue on their upcoming agendas, both expressed a desire to have it settled. “Everyone hopes this will be resolved in some way, shape or form sometime in the future,” Greene said. Said Hovanec: “We’re hoping the county will see it our way and turn over the land.”

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In addition to the food donations, Next Level Church honored 55 essays students wrote titled “If I had $100 ...“ Nearly 350 church members provided $100 worth of food, clothes, blankets, vacuums, gift cards and a bed so each child would have something he needed. First-grader Edgar Uribe was one of the 55 and joined his family in the living room to open the gifts. One at a time, he and his two younger siblings pulled warm coats out of shiny gift bags, then sat together in the armchair, their faces peeping out of the hoods. Taking a seat on the couch, church member Ashley Burts helped the 3-year-old girl put her hat on. “Muy bonita,” she said; very pretty. Burts leads the single moms group that chose the gifts. Her 4-year-old daughter helped.

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Russell Erbe’s wife, Amanda Erbe, said it’s a blessing to know that if their two children wrote the essays, food wouldn’t be on the list. It’s also a blessing to give to those who do need it, she said. Second-grader Jamarcus Timmons said he hadn’t looked in the bag yet, but hoped to find spaghetti. As much as he loves to eat it, he said he will leave cooking to his mom. Timmons has four siblings and said he would spend $100 on food for his family and other families. Catching a Next Level volunteer in the hallway, fourth-grade teacher Barbara Claybrooks handed him thank-you letters from the kids. “You’re a blessing in disguise,” she told him. Claybrooks has heard

many of her students say that they visit relatives just to get a meal. Each bag of food contained beans, rice, peanut butter, jelly, pasta and pasta sauce, fruit and vegetables. Fourth-grader N’Finiti Lewis was more excited about the M&M’s. “When I was a baby, I was never able to give my family anything,” she said, “so now I can give them something.” Lewis has three siblings and said she helps cook the family meals. Claybrooks said the food gives parents “one less thing to worry about” over the holidays. According to the Union County Public Schools Child Nutrition office, none of the schools’ food programs are available during the break. That’s where groups like Next Level Church come in, Claybrooks said. “They always come and bail us out.”


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WHO’S NEWS Anson DL commits to Clemson

MONROE — Defensive tackle Tra Thomas, a standout at Anson County, committed to a football scholarship with Clemson on Wednesday, according to Rivals. com. Thomas (6-foot-1, 271 pounds) also reported offers from Duke, Michigan State, THOMAS West Virginia, Marshall, East Carolina and others. Thomas is currently in Spartanburg, S.C., preparing for Saturday’s Shrine Bowl. Thomas was the only player from the Southern Carolina Conference to make this year’s Shrine Bowl. Anson was co-champions of the SCC along with Sun Valley, Porter Ridge and Marvin Ridge. After starting the season 1-2, the Bearcats went on to reach the 3-AA state semifinals before losing to eventual state champion South Point. Anson finished the season 10-5.

Wingate’s women hosting tournament

WINGATE — The Wingate University women’s basketball team hosts the OrthoCarolina Classic today and Saturday in Cuddy Arena. The Bulldogs play No. 15 Clayton State today (5:30 p.m.) and No. 17 Francis Marion Saturday (1:30 p.m.). Wingate coach Baraba Nelson, now in her third season, is 22-5 at home during her tenure. On March 17, 2008, Wingate defeated Clayton State 82-72 in the championship game of the NCAA Division II South Atlantic Regional tournament at Francis Marion. With the victory, Wingate made its third appearance in the NCAA Division II Elite Eight (and first Elite Eight trip since 1996).

Late Wednesday Piedmont wrestlers improve to 17-0

UNIONVILLE — Piedmont High’s wrestling team improved to 17-0 on the season and 4-0 in the Rocky River Conference wth a dominating 74-3 win Wednesday night. Freshman Parker Von Egidy (16-3) continued his impressive season by pinning his opponent in 25 seconds while senior Mitchell Simpson (18-0) didn’t have to wrestle as he received a forfeit. Dylan Nelson (18-0) had the night off, but his replacement at 145, Adam Rushing, won his match in three minutes. Alex Turner (18-1) had no trouble with his opponent, winning in 1:08. Piedmont will be competing at the Jerry Hampton Invitational at Central Davidson on Saturday.

Star struck Panthers CB admits he’s in awe of Favre Friday, December 18, 2009

Ratliff called in as replacement for Saturday’s all-star game

Mavs trainer picked for event MARVIN Kevin Allran, head athletic trainer at Marvin Ridge High, has been in Spartanburg, S.C., for the past week after being selected as a trainer for the North Carolina Shrine Bowl team. Allran is one of the most qualfied trainers in the state. He served as chair for the North Carolina Board of Athletic Trainer ALLRAN E x a m i n e r s, and was an assistant athletic trainer for Appalachian State University’s football and men’s basketball programs. Allran has a masters degree in exercise science from Appalachian State in addition to his Bachelor of Science degree in sports medicince from Pfeiffer University. Allran has been Marvin Ridge’s trainer since the school opened in 2007, and has also held the title of softball coach during that span. Allran’s softball teams are a combined 28-17 in two seasons and he was named 2009 coach of the year for the South Piedmont Conference. — Jerry Snow, Sports Editor


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MARSHVILLE Orlando Ratliff, a senior defensive back at Forest Hills High, has been added to the Shrine Bowl roster for Saturday’s game. Ratliff received a call earlier this week from a member of the N.C. coaching staff. “Orlando was listed as an alternate, and they had a guy that got hurt, so they needed a replacement at defensive back,” said Forest Hills coach John Lowery. “They called and told Orlando to get down there as soon as he could.” Ratliff (6-foot, 190 pounds) departed for Spartanburg, S.C., on Tuesday afternoon. The 73rd annual Shrine Bowl will be played this Saturday at Gibbs Stadium in Spartanburg starting at 1 p.m. Ratliff will be the fifth player from Union County to play in the Shrine Bowl this decade. The others are Monroe’s David Robinson (2001), Forest Hills’ Josh Threatt (2001), Forest Hills’ Marquee Hall (2003) and Sun Valley’s Alex Johnson (2007).

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Forest Hills’ Orlando Ratliff will play cornerback in Saturday’s Shrine Bowl. Ratliff has scholarship offers from Western Carolina and Gardner-Webb.

Redhawks improve to 2-1 in conference By Eric Rape

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Monroe Monroe High’s wrestling team took down Cuthbertson 46-33 Thursday in a Rocky River Conference match, aided by five forfeit wins to the Cavaliers’ two forfeit wins. With matches starting at the 140 pound weight class, Cuthbertson’s (2-12, 0-3 RRC) Cory Check pinned Jarvis Massey and then Cody Herbert pinned Anthony Bowers to jump out to a 12-0 lead. Kevin Phinney cut the deficit in half for the Redhawks (7-7, 2-1 RRC) by pinning Matt McGuinnis, and then Stephen Dysard earned a major decision over Nick Malker to cut

Wrestling Monroe’s deficit to 12-10. Three straight forfeits by the Cavs at that point, though, gave Monroe a 28-12 advantage. Redhawks standout Miles Cook gave his team more breathing room by bumping up to heavyweight from his normal weight of 189 pounds. Cook handled Meguil Pereda fairly easily, pinning him in 3:59 to take a 34-12 lead. Two forfeits by Monroe at that point cut the Redhawks lead to 34-24, but the Cavs had to give six points right back to Monroe making the score

40-24 forcing the Cavs to have to win the last three matches with no less than two pins and a major decision just to tie the match. The possibility of that happening was crushed the very next match, even though the Cavs’ Steven Agati won by decision over Devonte Straing, leaving the Cavs one point short of any chance of winning. Cuthbertson’s Doug Perez pinned Austin Coffey at 130 pounds to make the match closer. Cuthbertson won four contested matches while the Redhawks only won three, showing progress for the first year program.

“We’re getting better,” said Cavs coach Chris Whitlow. “Slowly but surely we are getting there.” Cuthbertson will compete in the Pirate Invitational at Porter Ridge on Saturday. Monroe will also be at the event.

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103: Nijaee McCray (C) forfeit 112: Josh Hattaway (C) forfeit 119: Zack Cooper (M) forfeit 125: Steven Agati (C) dec. Devonte Straing 5-3 130: Doug Perez (C) pinned Austin Coffey 3:48 135: James Swann (M) forfeit 140: Cory Check (C) pinned Jarvis Massey 1:39 145: Cody Herbert (C) p. Anthony Bowers 3:10 152: Kevin Phinney (M) p. Matt McGuinnis 2:30 160: Stephen Dysard (M) major dec. Nick Malker 16-6 171: Eric Mongo (M) forfeit 189: Irwin McCoy (M) forfeit 215: Josh Sobalvarro (M) forfeit Hwt: Miles Cook (M) pinned Meguil Pereda 3:59

Cuthbertson boys surprise Pirates in Helms’ return By David Sentendrey

103: Kirby Haigler (P) pinned Cody Carelock 1:59 112: Daylan Connor (P) forfeit 119: Zeke Grey (P) tech fall Stephen Singletary 22-7 125: Zach Brezeale (P) dec. over Jamie Baker 8-2 130: Marcus Clyburn (FH) dec. Stephen Black 4-1 135: Alex Turner (P) p. Andrew Cornelius 1:08 140: Parker Von Egidy (P) pinned Jake Herr 0:25 145: Adam Rushing (P) p. Joseph Beegle 3:00 152: Sam Shepperd (P) p. Patrick Welch 5:17 160: Neal Thomas (P) pinned Donnie Moser 0:28 171: Fate Black (P) pinned Zach Keesler 1:50 189: Patrick Helms (P) win by pin 1:37 215: Kyle Eiss (P) pinned Zack Helms 1:07 Hwt: Mitchell Simpson (P) forfeit

Mavs even record, host AK tonight

MARVIN — T.J. Tolbert scored 16 points and John Bassett added 10 as Marvin Ridge High downed Grace Academy 63-50 in boys basketball on Wednesday. The Mavericks (3-3) are at home tonight against Ardrey Kell.

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Cavs coach Mike Helms, right, hugs his former player, Tanner Fort, after Thursday’s game. Helms led the first-year Cavs, a 2A school, past the 4A Pirates.

E-J Correspondent INDIAN TRAIL Cuthbertson High boys basketball coach Mike Helms left his former school, Porter Ridge, with a thrilling 49-45 win on Thursday evening. Helms was the only coach in Porter Ridge’s five-year history prior to this season, and had to feel some emotion returning to the Indian Trail campus with a different team. “I was looking forward to this game,” Helms said. “Not necessarily because this is a team we have to beat, but just because it’s going to be a fun night. “... I asked the kids to play for me tonight because it was an important game for me.” The game did not have conference implications, but the Cavaliers now stand at 3-7, while the Pirates are 2-6. Mike Cuthbertson scored a game-high 27 points while adding four blocks. Helms admitted that Mike Cuthbertson played the game the way he is supposed to play. “He was the Mike we want him to be tonight,” Helms said. “He was very aggressive, played with a lot of intensity and I’m really proud that he stepped up at the end of this week and played that way.” Mike Cuthbertson was also pleased with his efforts,

Pairings announced in Sunday’s issue The pairings for the boys and girls CMC Union Holiday Classic will be released in Sunday’s issue of The Enquirer-Journal. The annual basketball tournament — being held at Wingate University Dec. 2630 — will include 12 boys teams and 12 girls teams. specifically his game-high 11 rebounds. “I think I did what coach Helms wanted me to do tonight,” he said. “He’s been telling me to stay in the post, something my dad has been saying all week. I’ve been trying to work on it. The day before we came up here I was just throwing balls off the backboard and trying to put them back in. I tried my best and came out successful.” The Cavs opened strong off two Cody Esser 3-pointers and led 15-12 after the first quarter. Mike Cuthbertson got his eighth rebound of the evening late in the second quarter, turning it into a put-back, two-handed dunk that pushed the Cavalier lead to 23-17.

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ASU’s Edwards wins second Payton award Senior quarterback is first player ever to win Division I-AA’s top honor twice pionships in his first two seasons at Appalachian State and guided the Mountaineers to a victory at Michigan in 2007. The 6-foot1, 185-pound senior finished his career with 10,392 yards passing and 4,361 rushing. EDWARDS His 14,753 yards of total offense ranks him second all-time behind the late Steve McNair, who played at Alcorn State and was honored during the awards banquet. Edwards led Appalachian State to its fifth

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) — Appalachian State quarterback Armanti Edwards became the first two-time winner of the Walter Payton Award, which goes to the top player in the Football Championship Subdivision. The award, along with honors for best defensive player and coach, was announced Thursday night, a day before Montana (14-0) and Villanova (13-1) were slated to play in the FCS national title game in Chattanooga. Edwards is the first quarterback in NCAA history to pass for more than 10,000 yards and rush for over 4,000 yards in his career. He won national cham-

consecutive Southern Conference title and an NCAA playoff berth this year. He finished this season with 3,291 yards passing and 12 touchdown passes despite playing in just nine games because of injuries. He ran MOATS for 679 yards and 18 touchdowns as a senior. The other finalists were Southern Illinois tailback Deji Karim and Elon receiver Terrell Hudgins. James Madison defensive end Arthur Moats won the Buck Buchanan award

honoring the top defensive player in the FCS. The 6-foot-2, 250-pound senior from Portsmouth, Va., led the nation with an 23 1/2 tackles for loss and was fourth with 11 sacks. He also piled up 90 tackles and returned a fumble for a 68-yard touchdown this season. Prarie View A&M head coach Henry Frazier III won the Eddie Robinson Award for top Division I-AA coach for 2009 after leading the Panthers to their third straight winning season. Frazier is the first coach from the Southwestern Atlantic Conference and first coach at a historically black college or university to win the award.

Local Events Today High School Basketball Monroe at Berry Academy, 6 p.m. Ardrey Kell at Marvin Ridge, 6 p.m. Central Academy at Piedmont, 6 p.m. Sun Valley at South Meck, 6 p.m. Providence at Weddington, 6 p.m.




Today COLLEGE FOOTBALL 8 p.m. ESPN2 — NCAA FCS Championship, championship game, Villanova vs. Montana, at Chattanooga, Tenn. GOLF 9:30 a.m. TGC — European PGA Tour, South African Open Championship, second round, at Western Cape, South Africa (same-day tape) NBA BASKETBALL 8 p.m. ESPN — Milwaukee at Cleveland 10:30 p.m. ESPN — Washington at Golden State

Panther anxious about facing legendary QB CHARLOTTE (AP) — Carolina Panthers rookie cornerback Captain Munnerlyn can barely contain his enthusiasm this week. It’s not often NFL players get a chance to play against their childhood hero. Munnerlyn was only 3 years old when Brett Favre was drafted into the NFL by the Atlanta Falcons, but Munnerlyn has been a fan ever since he can remember and can tell you all about Green Bay’s glory days. He wore a Favre’s green and gold No. 4 jersey until the number began to fade off from being washed so many times and kept his Packers Starter jacket handy for colder days growing up in Mobile, Ala.

“You want to know the truth, that’s my favorite player,” Munnerlyn said, the excitement growing in his voice. “Growing up, he always was. My friends have been calling me. They marked this game on the calendar. Oh man, I love Brett Favre. Like for real, seriously.” On Sunday night, Munnerlyn will get a chance to play against Favre — and possibly even start — when the Panthers host the Minnesota Vikings on national television. With starting cornerback Richard Marshall missing his second straight day of practice on Thursday with an ankle injury, Munnerlyn, the team’s impressive young


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x-clinched division y-clinched playoff spot Thursday’s Game Indianapolis at Jacksonville, late Saturday’s Game Dallas at New Orleans, 8:20 p.m.

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Saturday, Dec. 19 New Mexico Bowl At Albuquerque Wyoming (6-6) vs. Fresno State (8-4), 2:30 p.m. (ESPN) St. Petersburg (Fla.) Bowl Rutgers (8-4) vs. UCF (8-4), 8 p.m. (ESPN) Sunday, Dec. 20 New Orleans Bowl Southern Miss. (7-5) vs. Middle Tennessee (9-3), 8 p.m. (ESPN)

Thursday, Dec. 24 Hawaii Bowl At Honolulu SMU (7-5) vs. Nevada (8-4), 8 p.m. (ESPN)

to be crazy out there playing against my favorite player.” Favre, who has twice retired from the game, is having an MVP-type season at age 40. Not only are the Vikings 11-2 and on the verge of clinching the NFC North division title and a first-round bye in the playoffs, but he has the second-highest quarterback rating (106) in the league behind only New Orleans’ Drew Brees. Favre has completed 68.1 percent of his passes for 3,341 yards with 27 touchdowns and only six interceptions. “He’s been a great player from the time he got his first opportunity to start,” coach John Fox said. “With experience and time you understand

nickel back, could get tossed into the starting lineup. “I hope I don’t get star-struck when he’s under center. I don’t want to be out there playing and be like, ‘Man, this is Brett Favre!’ and he’s like, ‘Hike!”’ Munnerlyn said with a laugh. So what if Munnerlyn is fortunate enough to pick Favre? “I’ll probably ask him to sign the ball,” Munnerlyn said. “For real. I don’t know if that would be a good idea. I’ll probably send it to (South Carolina college teammates and current Vikings) Sidney Rice or Jasper Brinkley and be like, ’Hey, tell Brett Favre to sign this ball.’ I don’t know. It’s going

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) 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) Tuesday, Dec. 29 EagleBank Bowl At Washington Temple (9-3) vs. UCLA (6-6), 4:30 p.m. (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) 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, Feb. 6 Texas vs. The Nation All-Star Challenge At El Paso, Texas Texas vs. Nation, 3 p.m. (CBSC)

Pro basketball National Basketball Association EASTERN CONFERENCE Atlantic Division

L 4 17 17 19 24

Pct GB .833 — .393 11 .320 12 1/2 .240 14 1/2 .077 19

Southeast Division W L Pct GB Atlanta 18 6 .750 — Orlando 19 7 .731 — Miami 13 11 .542 5 Charlotte 10 14 .417 8 Washington 7 16 .304 10 1/2 Central Division W L Pct GB Cleveland 19 7 .731 — Milwaukee 11 12 .478 6 1/2 Detroit 11 14 .440 7 1/2 Indiana 9 14 .391 8 1/2 Chicago 9 15 .375 9 WESTERN CONFERENCE Southwest Division W L Pct GB Dallas 19 7 .731 — San Antonio 13 10 .565 4 1/2 Houston 14 11 .560 4 1/2 New Orleans 11 13 .458 7 Memphis 10 15 .400 8 1/2 Northwest W Denver 19 Utah 15 Portland 15 Oklahoma City 12 Minnesota 4

Milwaukee at Cleveland, 8 p.m. L.A. Clippers at New York, 8 p.m. Indiana at Memphis, 8 p.m. Detroit at Oklahoma City, 8 p.m. Denver at New Orleans, 8 p.m. Sacramento at Minnesota, 8 p.m. Houston at Dallas, 8:30 p.m. Washington at Golden State, 10:30 p.m. Saturday’s Games Utah at Charlotte, 7 p.m. Portland at Orlando, 7 p.m. L.A. Clippers at Philadelphia, 7:30 p.m. L.A. Lakers at New Jersey, 8 p.m. Atlanta at Chicago, 8 p.m. Sacramento at Milwaukee, 8:30 p.m. Oklahoma City at Houston, 8:30 p.m. Indiana at San Antonio, 8:30 p.m. Washington at Phoenix, 9 p.m.

College basketball

Saturday, Jan. 30 Senior Bowl At Mobile, Ala. North vs. South, 4 p.m. (NFL)

W Boston 20 Toronto 11 New York 8 Philadelphia 6 New Jersey 2

the game so much better; you play the game even faster. Maybe you are a little bit more sore on Monday than you were 15 years earlier. You’d have to ask him that. But at the end of the day he’s operating as well as I’ve ever seen him operate as far as where to go with the ball, when he does go, being on target. I think he’s having a remarkable year.” Watching him on film, Munnerlyn has been impressed. “He throws the ball so hard,” Munnerlyn said. “It could be a swing route or a curl. He’s putting it there. You better be practicing on that jugs machine, if you think you’re going to catch an interception, or he’ll break your fingers. ...”

Division L Pct GB 7 .731 — 10 .600 3 1/2 11 .577 4 12 .500 6 22 .154 15

Thursday’s box score FSU 76, Auburn 72 AUBURN (5-5) Hargrove 5-11 1-2 13, Lett 0-1 0-0 0, Reed 6-15 2-4 17, Sullivan 7-15 0-1 17, Waller 5-14 1-2 15, Malone 0-2 0-0 0, Armstrong 0-1 1-2 1, Neysmith 1-2 0-0 2, Gabriel 1-4 0-0 3, Knox 1-2 2-2 4, Ross 0-5 0-0 0. Totals 26-72 7-13 72. FLORIDA ST. (9-2)  Singleton 3-7 0-1 7, Reid 1-2 0-0 2, Alabi 7-10 8-10 22, Dulkys 5-8 1-2 14, Kitchen 0-6 4-7 4, Gibson 1-2 6-6 8, DeMercy 0-1 0-0 0, Loucks 2-2 0-0 5, Shannon 0-0 0-0 0, Snaer 4-9 5-8 14. Totals 23-47 24-34 76. Halftime—Florida St. 33-25. 3-Point Goals—Auburn 13-39 (Waller 4-12, Sullivan 3-6, Reed 3-7, Hargrove 2-5, Gabriel 1-4, Lett 0-1, Malone 0-1, Ross 0-3), Florida St. 6-15 (Dulkys 3-6, Loucks 1-1, Snaer 1-2, Singleton 1-4, Kitchen 0-1, Gibson 0-1). Fouled Out—Knox, Lett, Sullivan. Rebounds—Auburn 33 (Sullivan 9), Florida St. 44 (Alabi 9). Assists— Auburn 12 (Reed 5), Florida St. 15 (Kitchen 7). Total Fouls—Auburn 31, Florida St. 18. Technicals—Reed, Shannon. A—6,063.

Prep basketball Thursday’s box scores Cuthbertson boys 49, PR 45 Cuthbertson (3-7) Michael Cuthbertson 12 3-7 27, Cody Esser 3 4-5 12, Chris Bristow 2 2-2 7, Cornelius Stradford 1 0-0 3, Totals: 18 9-14 49. Porter Ridge (2-6) Tyrelle Warrdell 4 2-4 12, P.J. Freeman 2 4-4 8, Charles Tinsley 2 4-5 8, Brian Jackson 2 2-2 6, Jordan Van Beck 2 0-0 4, Shaun Thompson 1 2-2 4, Xavier Hailey 1 1-2 3, Totals: 14 15-19 45. Cuthbertson 15 Porter Ridge 12

11 11 10 13

12 49 10 45

3-pointers: CHS 4 (Esser 2, Bristow 1, Stradford 1); PR 2 (Warrdell 2); Rebounds: CHS 25 (Cuthbertson 11); PR 33 (Thompson 10, Jackson 8, Tinsley 4); Assists: CHS 8; PR 5.

Pacific Division W L Pct GB L.A. Lakers 20 4 .833 — Phoenix 17 8 .680 3 1/2 L.A. Clippers 11 13 .458 9 Sacramento 11 13 .458 9 Golden State 7 18 .280 13 1/2

PR girls 66, Cuthbertson 25

Wednesday’s Games Cleveland 108, Philadelphia 101 Atlanta 110, Memphis 97 Orlando 118, Toronto 99 Indiana 101, Charlotte 98 Utah 108, New Jersey 92 L.A. Clippers 120, Minnesota 95 L.A. Lakers 107, Milwaukee 106, OT Dallas 100, Oklahoma City 86 New Orleans 95, Detroit 87 Denver 111, Houston 101 San Antonio 103, Golden State 91 Sacramento 112, Washington 109

Porter Ridge (7-1) Raven Falls 7 1-1 18, Jada Huntley 7 2-2 16, Kelley Godbout 3 2-3 8, Cayleigh Weekly 3 2-2 8, Kara Hastings 3 0-0 6, Haley Secrest 1 0-0 3, Ashley Frey 1 0-0 2, Katie Steeb 1 0-0 2, Cheri Tinsley 1 0-0 2, Jasmine Huntley 0 1-2 1.

Thursday’s Games Chicago 98, New York 89 Miami 104, Orlando 86 Phoenix at Portland, late Today’s Games New Jersey at Toronto, 7 p.m. Utah at Atlanta, 7:30 p.m. Philadelphia at Boston, 7:30 p.m.

Cuthbertson (0-10) Sydney Sebastian 3 0-0 7, Kathleen Cashman 3 0-0 6, Alex Duty 1 2-2 4, Jessica Feranda 1 0-0 3, Rachel Miller 1 0-0 3, Emily Barfield 1 0-0 2, Totals: 9 2-2 25.

Cuthbertson 2 Porter Ridge 17

0 11 20 12

12 25 17 66

3-pointers: CHS 3 (Feranda 1, Miller 1, Sebastian 1); PR 2 (Falls 1, Secrest 1); Rebounds: CHS 18 (Barfield 7, Sebastian 5); PR 24 (Huntley 10); Assists: CHS 3; PR 12 (Ashlei Boone 4, Huntley 3).

Transactions Thursday’s Sports Transactions BASEBALL Major League Baseball MLB—Suspended Florida SS Travis Dawkins (New Orleans-PCL) for 50 games after a second positive test for a drug of abuse. Named Tim Maxey joint strength and conditioning coordinator. American League BOSTON RED SOX—Named David Friedman senior vice president and special counsel. TAMPA BAY RAYS—Named Stan Boroski assistant pitching coach. National League CHICAGO CUBS—Named Marty Pevey catching coordinator. LOS ANGELES DODGERS—Agreed to terms with INF Doug Mientkiewicz, INF Angel Berroa, RHP Luis Ayala, RHP Francisco Felix, RHP Justin Miller, RHP Juan Perez, 1B John Lindsey, OF Prentice Redman and RHP Josh Towers on minor league contracts. NEW YORK METS—Agreed to terms with RHP Ryota Igarashi on a twoyear contract. American Association SIOUX CITY EXPLORERS—Signed Chris R. Jones. BASKETBALL National Basketball Association PORTLAND TRAIL BLAZERS— Called up F Anthony Tolliver from the NBA Development League. FOOTBALL National Football League NFL—Fined New York Giants C Shaun O’Hara and Philadelphia DE Trent Cole $15,000 apiece for a scuffle at the end of a Dec. 13 game. JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS—Placed FB Greg Jones on injured reserve. Activated DB Kennard Cox from the practice squad. WASHINGTON REDSKINS— Announced the resignation of executive vice president of football operations Vinny cerrato. Named Bruce Allen general manager. Canadian Football League WINNIPEG BLUE BOMBERS— Announce the resignation of president and CEO Lyle Bauer. Fired Mike Kelly head coach. HOCKEY National Hockey League MONTREAL CANADIENS—Recalled D Yannick Weber from Hamilton (AHL). Released F Ryan Murphy. American Hockey League ADIRONDACK PHANTOMS— Reassigned G Michael-Lee Teslak to the Wheeling (ECHL) and G Nic Riopel to Moncton (QMJHL). GRAND RAPIDS GRIFFINS—Recalled F Francis Lemieux from Las vegas (ECHL). PROVIDENCE BRUINS—Announced F Levi Nelson has been assigned to the team by Boston (NHL). Recalled D Rob Kwiet from Reading (ECHL). ECHL CHARLOTTE CHECKERS— Announced D Julien Brouillette has been loaned to Providence (AHL). ELMIRA JACKALS—Acquired F Jarrett Konkle and future considerations from Johnstown Chiefs for F Chanse Fitzpatrick. LACROSSE National Lacrosse League MINNESOTA SWARM—Traded D Kevin Fines to Rochester for a 2010 conditional sixth round draft pick. SOCCER National Indoor Soccer League PHILADELPHIA KIXX—Re-signed G Nick Hovaker. COLLEGE ARKANSAS STATE—Announced the resignation of womens soccer coach Derek Pittman, who has accepted an associate head coaching position at Gonzaga. DANA—Named Jason Shumaker football coach. FELICIAN—Named men’s assistant basketball coach. HILBERT—Named Richard Schunke lacrosse coach. MANHATTAN—Named Ashley Hammond men’s soccer coach. MARSHALL—Named John Holliday football coach and signed him to a five-year contract. MINNESOTA—Freshman F Royce White announced he’s leaving the basketball team. SAN JOSE STATE—Named Mike MacIntyre football coach.

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Bonus points earned by David Starr for leading laps in the Camping World Truck Series, the fewest of any driver in the top 10 in the final points standings

DAYTONA 2010 SCHEDULE: Daytona Shootout, Feb. 6 (Fox); Daytona Duels, Feb. 11 (SPEED); Daytona 500, Feb. 14 (Fox)

Lowe’s Motor Speedway seeking fan feedback

Getting ready for

Danica’s arrival Indy star announces she will drive part time in Nationwide Series


anta came early for NASCAR in the form of an announcement by Danica Patrick that she would be working in a partial Nationwide Series schedule around her full-time gig in IndyCar. The news comes at a time when interest in NASCAR, both at the track and on the tube, seems to have stalled. And for a sport that has faced complaints about its drivers being too “vanilla” to suit many fans, Patrick likely will be anything but. Without ever turning a lap in her No. 7 JR Motorsports Chevrolet, Patrick has become the talk of the NASCAR town. Will she be able to succeed in a form of racing where many other, more experienced and better credentialed Indy car veterans have failed miserably? How will those inside the NASCAR garage react to her? How will fans react? Will she at some point advance to the Cup circuit and how will she do there? NASCAR champion driver-turned-TV commentator Darrell Waltrip said in a Speed TV interview that Patrick faces a rough road ahead. “It’s going to be an incredibly challenging undertaking and not just from the pure difficulty of racing two completely different race cars,” Waltrip said. “The scheduling and the pressure to perform will be demanding as well. Stock cars are like wrestling bears. They’re not precise and quick-responding like an Indy car.” Waltrip also pointed out that Patrick will be in Hendrick Motorsports equipment, which means there will be no blaming the car for poor performances. “She’ll have all the right equipment and ingredients to have a fair chance to succeed,” he said. “I just think the pressure of performing and being as good as people expect her to be is probably more than any person can handle.” Patrick acknowledged on a NASCAR teleconference last week that the task ahead will be challenging, but she said she’s ready for it. “I think as a naturally competitive person — you can pretty much ask anyone

Almost anyone who has ever attended a NASCAR race has things they like and dislike about the experience. The folks at Lowe’s Motor Speedway want your input. Track officials are recruiting race fans to join the 2010 Lowe’s Motor Speedway Fan Council, a 30-member group that has been in existence since 2008. An application is available on the speedway’s Web site, Submit the form by Jan. 8. Members of the fan council join speedway management for conference calls, participate in postrace surveys, attend meetings at the speedway during race weekends and are a part of online fan forums. “We strive to be the greatest speedway in the world, and with the help of our Fan Council we're working on improvements to be even more fanfriendly,” Marcus Smith, president and general manager of Lowe’s Motor Speedway, said in a press release. “The fans are the backbone of our speedway, and we try to do everything with them in mind.”

Awards show sees spike in TV ratings While TV ratings for Sprint Cup races sagged for much of the season, the numbers for the Awards Ceremony from Las Vegas posted the highest numbers in three years. The four-hour show on SPEED drew a Nielsen rating of .65 (484,000 households) and peaked at .79 (588,000 households). A release from SPEED said the ratings were up 44 percent year-to-year among households and 52 percent among men age 18-49. “We’ve seen some very encouraging NASCAR ratings trends on SPEED this year,” network president Hunter Nickell said in a statement. “Getting a solid number out of the gate with the Awards Ceremony has us very excited about what this event can become in the very near future for the network and for the sport.” SPEED also saw ratings increases for many of its NASCAR-related programs including broadcasts of Camping World Truck Series, which posted an average Nielsen rating of .81 (597,000 households). That was one percent better than last year and 35 percent better than 2003, the first year that the network carried the truck series.

Fuge named crew chief for Hornaday

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Danica Patrick will work in a partial Nationwide Series schedule around her fulltime gig in IndyCar. — you’re always looking for the next challenge,” she said. “There are still plenty of challenges in IndyCar. I want to win a lot more races, and I want to win the Indy 500. But I’ve had the ability to go beyond that right now, and I think that’s really exciting.” She said one of the things that attracted her to NASCAR was the style of racing, which is similar in some ways but otherwise very different from what she’s used to on the openwheel circuit. “It’s very side-by-side, lots of passing, lots going on all the time,” she said. “I enjoy that part of IndyCar racing. So it’s really an extension of

that. “Obviously it’s going to feel much different, and that’s part of the process of learning. I’m going to have to figure out what that means [and] how that translates into a feeling for me. It’s going to be a challenge. There’s no doubt about it. But that’s one of the things I’m looking forward to — the racing.” Patrick’s crew chief will be Tony Eury Jr., who has spent time working for his cousin Dale Earnhardt Jr. and is considered one of the smartest strategists in NASCAR, and a good people person. Patrick found that out for

herself during a recent photo shoot. “I couldn’t eat the pizza that was there, so [Eury] said, ‘After your photo shoot, I’m going to send you some Krispy Kreme doughnuts,’” she said. “And sure enough, I was at a photo shoot the day after, and I had eight boxes of Krispy Kreme doughnuts [show up]. Eight boxes!” Patrick also seems to have developed a good relationship with one of her new bosses and team owners, Dale Earnhardt Jr. “He’s a really nice guy,” Patrick said. “I have a lot of respect for him, and I have a lot to learn from him. We get along great.”

The off-season shuffling of crew chiefs isn’t just in the Cup series. Kevin Harvick Inc. announced last week that Dave Fuge would take over the crew chief duties on the team’s championship-winning No. 33 driven by Ron Hornaday Jr. Rick Ren, who had held that job, moved to Kyle Busch’s new truck team. And Doug George, who worked with Busch at Billy Ballew Motorsports earlier this year, moves over to KHI as crew chief of the No. 2 truck, which is driven by several drivers including the team owner, Harvick. The changes mean that all three crew chiefs at KHI, including Ernie Cope with the team’s No. 33 Nationwide Series entry, as well as Harvick and Hornaday, are from the West Coast.

Farm Bureau ending sponsorship Rumors of increased participation in NASCAR by Farm Bureau Insurance apparently are not true. A statement on the Farm Bureau Racing Web site indicated that the insurer, which had been backing a Nationwide Series team and a Cup team on a parttime basis at Joe Gibbs Racing, was leaving the sport.

Addington swapping Busch brothers NASCAR crew chief Steve Addington has moved from working with one Busch brother to the other. After being relieved from his duties overseeing Kyle Busch’s No. 18 team at Joe Gibbs Racing, Addington is moving to Penske Racing, where he’ll run the No. 2 Dodge team for the older Busch brother, Kurt. The 45-year-old Addington, who worked with Kyle Busch to score 12 Sprint Cup victories over the last two seasons, will take the job vacated by Pat Tryson, who led Kurt Busch to two wins and a fourth-place finish in the 2009 Cup standings.

Busch: Forming own truck team ‘the next logical step’ BY THE NUMBERS Kyle Busch, who led the Camping World Truck Series in wins last season with seven victories, has formed his own race team and left his old team owner Billy Ballew looking to rebuild around Aric Almirola and an as-yet unnamed driver. Busch, who has owned his own Late Model team for some time, will field at least two Toyota Tundras. The No. 18 will be his to drive when his schedule allows, with Brian Ickler running the remaining races. Tayler Malsam will drive the No. 56. Miccosukee Resort and Gaming, which had been the sponsor of the truck Busch drove for Ballew, will move with Busch to the new team, which will start the season with equipment purchased from Xpress Motorsports and with support from Busch’s Cup team, Joe Gibbs Racing. Rick Ren, most recently the crew chief for the championship winning truck of Ron Hornaday, Jr., will move to Busch’s team and supervise the operation as director of competition. There also are plans to add a truck for driver Johnny Benson, if sponsorship can be secured. Benson attended Busch’s announcement last week. Busch described the formation of the team as “the next logical step for me to move up in my racing career.” He said becoming an owner is one way he can be a full participant in the sport. “I feel really blessed that my opportuni-

Kyle Busch Motorsports

Camping World Truck Series drivers Brian Ickler, Kyle Busch and Tayler Malsam meet the media at SPEED Channel in Charlotte, N.C. ties that I’ve had over the last few seasons in NASCAR, to now kind of give back a little bit,” he said. “I have given back to the local short track ranks with the Late Model cars and have had some good partners on that side. And now, with the Camping World Truck Series program, I feel like it’s really going to be beneficial to me to have Rick Ren on board and to give

back to such young drivers, like Brian Ickler, like Tayler Malsam and myself. It’s a fun deal for me.” Part of the reason it’s fun for Busch is that he professes to really enjoy racing in NASCAR’s third-tier series. And he doesn’t plan to change his aggressive driving tactics now that he’s the one who will have to foot the bill for the repairs. “No, I will still tear off as many fenders as I need to get some wins,” he said. “That's what it’s about in this sport. We got people to fix [wrecked trucks] and we have to keep job security going at the shop.” And Busch, who was just joking about the job security part of his comment, was more serious when he promised that his new venture won’t detract from his efforts as a Sprint Cup driver, especially after he failed to make the cut for the Chase last season. “The focus is solely on the Cup stuff for myself, and that’s been an instrumental part of bringing Rick [Ren] in, so I can keep that focus over there on that side,” he said. Back at Busch’s old truck team, owner Billy Ballew now is working on getting Almirola’s truck funded and ready for a full-season campaign. And he said he’s had more than a dozen inquiries from drivers about his second truck, but any decision about it depends on securing sponsorship.

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Drivers in the top 10 in the final Nationwide Series points standings who did not win a race in 2009 (Jason Leffler, Justin Allgaier, Steven Wallace, Jason Keller, Brendan Gaughan and Michael Annett) Driver in the top 15 in the Nationwide Series standings who gained a spot in the season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway (Joey Logano moved from 15th to 14th)


DNFs (Did Not Finish) by Matt Crafton (above), the fewest of any driver in the top 15 in the Camping World Truck Series points standings

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Confusing the family meal with a drive-in DEAR ABBY: My wife and I are involved in a power struggle with my brother. At Christmas we invite him and his family to our home. We try to make our Christmas dinner fun and festive, so a lot of planning goes into the menu. Every year, a day or two before the event, my brother calls to ask what’s on the menu, then offers his unwanted opinion on what we should or shouldn’t serve. Last year he told me he wouldn’t be able to enjoy the meal because we weren’t serving one of the items he feels is “traditional” in our family. He says he’s family so he’s entitled to make suggestions. When I was unwilling to accommodate his “simple” request, he got upset. I’m on the verge of not inviting his family in the future. Who is right? — OFFENDED IN PENNSYLVANIA

Dear Abby Columnist DEAR OFFENDED: You are. Your brother may be family, but his behavior is childish and impolite. When he calls this year and starts the drill, if he tells you he doesn’t think he will enjoy the meal if he can’t dictate the menu, serve him a dose of reality. Tell him that your menu is already set and if he wants something in addition he can prepare it and bring it with him — or make other plans. DEAR ABBY: When my in-laws moved to town, we exchanged keys in case of emer-

gencies. The problem is they never call prior to using our key. Although they do nice things, like dropping off gifts or plants, when I see something on the counter that wasn’t there before I left home, I feel invaded. They drop off these “presents” specifically when no one is home. Abby, they are retired and could drop things off when we are home and the children can see them and visit with them. I was taught not to use a key unless specifically instructed to do so or for an emergency. My neighbors and I have called regarding perishables that need to be dropped off, so why can’t family? My husband thinks my feelings are off base and that family is forgiven for almost everything. Please advise, as I am about to change the locks. — INVADED IN MISSISSIPPI DEAR INVADED: Before

Horoscopes Dec. 18, 2009

Conditions in general are likely to be far more enjoyable for you in the year ahead than they have been for a number years. More than a few good things you’ve wanted could come about now. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 23Dec. 21) — Use your powers of persuasion to bargain for something you really want but can’t afford. In another week or so the merchant is likely to reduce the price anyway, so try to get him/her to do so now. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) — Should you find that very person you need to promote something for you in a good mood today, take advantage of it and make your pitch now. Chances are s/he will be agreeable. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 19) — Conditions could produce unique benefits for you. Be alert to take advantage of anything unusual that pops up. PISCES (Feb. 20-March 20)

— Give full rein to your imagination and you will succeed at something that everyone else has tried and failed. ARIES (March 21-April 19) — Shoot for something different, even if it is a bit grander than anything you’ve gone for previously. You’ll have fun, and produce what you envision. TAURUS (April 20-May 20) — Observe another whom you admire, and chances are you’ll pick up on something that you’ll be able to successfully incorporate in your own manner of doing things. GEMINI (May 21-June 20) — There’s money to be made. Give priority to whatever you can do to increase your earnings. You might come up with a second source of income. CANCER (June 21-July 22) — Contact that associate who has been a bit standoffish lately. Constructive measures can be taken to shore up the relationship using a little holiday spirit to restore cheer



Frank and Ernest

changing the locks, have a chat with your in-laws and explain that coming home and finding things that weren’t there when you left makes you uncomfortable. Tell them you would prefer they not come in without giving you prior notice. Your feelings are valid, and your husband might feel similarly if it was your parents coming in rather than his. If your wishes are disregarded, then change the locks. DEAR ABBY: Please settle a dispute between me and my husband. I became upset when we were discussing an idea having to do with his job and he immediately began texting it to a co-worker. I find it offensive when someone looks at his (or her) cell phone rather than at me while we’re talking. My husband says if you text someone during a conversation that it’s not an interruption

Dennis the Menace into the relationship. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22) — While working on a project, chances are you’ll think of a unique way of putting it all together. Follow the instruction your imagination is producing. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) — Take advantage of the holiday’s festivities that are likely to bring you in close contact with someone you’d like to get to know better. You may never get a better chance. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23) — Follow your impulses if they are directing you to purchase something different for someone on your holiday gift list. Chances are it will be the biggest hit among all the gifts this person receives. SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 22) — You’re presently in a hopeful cycle where your fondest wishes have wonderful chances of being gratified. Remain positive in your outlook and about what the future holds for you.

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ANNOUNCEMENTS 004 Legals STATE OF NORTH CAROLINA COUNTY OF UNION IN THE GENERAL COURT OF JUSTICE SUPERIOR COURT DIVISION BEFORE THE CLERK FILE #9E0715 ADMINISTRATOR EXECUTOR NOTICE Having duly qualified before the Honorable J. R, Rowell, Clerk of Superior Court of Union County, as personal representative of the Estate of Gennie Sue Long, deceased. This is to notify all persons having claims against said Estate to present them to the undersigned on or before the 20th day of March 2010, or the same will be pleaded in bar of their recovery. All persons indebted to said estate please make immediate payment. This 16th day of December, 2009. Nell R. Thomas 1219 Hwy. 218 West Indian Trail, NC 28079 Nancy Eubanks 3506 Starmount Ave. Charlotte, NC 28269 December 18, 25, 2009 January 1, 8, 2010


09 SP 1411 NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE NORTH CAROLINA, UNION COUNTY Under and by virtue of a Power of Sale contained in that certain Deed of Trust executed by RONALD ALLEN BRITTNER AKA RONALD A BRITTNER AND PATRICIA BRITTNER to TRIPP HELMS, Trustee(s), which was dated July 11, 2003 and recorded on July 14, 2003 in Book 3136 at Page 649, Union County Registry, North Carolina. Default having been made in the payment of the note thereby secured by the said Deed of Trust and the undersigned, Brock & Scott, PLLC, having been substituted as Trustee in said Deed of Trust by an instrument duly recorded in the Office of the Register of Deeds of Union County, North Carolina, and the holder of the note evidencing said indebtedness having directed that the Deed of Trust be foreclosed, the undersigned Substitute Trustee will offer for sale at

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the courthouse door of the county courthouse where the property is located, or the usual and customary location at the county courthouse for conducting the sale on December 22, 2009 at 12:30PM, and will sell to the highest bidder for cash the following described property situated in Union County, North Carolina, to wit: BEING all of Lot 30 of LOXDALE SUBDIVISION, as same is shown on plat thereof recorded in Plat Cabinet G, Files 523 and 524, Union County Registry, to which reference is hereby made for a more complete description. Save and except any releases, deeds of release or prior conveyances of record. Said property is commonly known as 2829 Loxdale Farms Drive, Monroe, NC 28110. Third party purchasers must pay the excise tax, and the court costs of Forty-Five Cents (45¢) per One Hundred Dollars ($100.00) pursuant to NCGS 7A-308(a)(1). A cash deposit (no personal checks) of five percent (5%) of the purchase price, or Seven Hundred Fifty Dollars ($750.00), whichever is greater, will be required at the time of the sale. Following the expiration of the statutory upset bid period, all the remaining amounts are immediately due and owing. Said property to be offered pursuant to this Notice of Sale is being offered for sale, transfer and conveyance “AS IS WHERE IS.” There are no representations of warranty relating to the title or any physical, environmental, health or safety conditions existing in, on, at, or relating to the property being offered for sale. This sale is made subject to all prior liens, unpaid taxes, any unpaid land transfer taxes, special assessments, easements, rights of way, deeds of release, and any other encumbrances or exceptions of record. To the best of the knowledge and belief of the undersigned, the current owner(s) of the property is/are Ronald A. Brittner. An Order for possession of the property may be issued

pursuant to G.S. 45-21.29 in favor of the purchaser and against the party or parties in possession by the clerk of superior court of the county in which the property is sold. Any person who occupies the property pursuant to a rental agreement entered into or renewed on or after October 1, 2007, may, after receiving the notice of sale, terminate the rental agreement upon 10 days’ written notice to the landlord. The notice shall also state that upon termination of a rental agreement, the tenant is liable for rent due under the rental agreement prorated to the effective date of the termination. If the trustee is unable to convey title to this property for any reason, the sole remedy of the purchaser is the return of the deposit. Reasons of such inability to convey include, but are not limited to, the filing of a bankruptcy petition prior to the confirmation of the sale and reinstatement of the loan without the knowledge of the trustee. If the validity of the sale is challenged by any party, the trustee, in their sole discretion, if they believe the challenge to have merit, may request the court to declare the sale to be void and return the deposit. The purchaser will have no further remedy. THIS IS A COMMUNICATION FROM A DEBT COLLECTOR. THE PURPOSE OF THIS COMMUNICATION IS TO COLLECT A DEBT AND ANY INFORMATION OBTAINED WILL BE USED FOR THAT PURPOSE, EXCEPT IN THE INSTANCE OF BANKRUPTCY PROTECTION. IF YOU ARE UNDER THE PROTECTION OF THE BANKRUPTCY COURT OR HAVE BEEN DISCHARGED AS A RESULT OF A BANKRUPTCY PROCEEDING, THIS NOTICE IS GIVEN TO YOU PURSUANT TO STATUTORY REQUIREMENT AND FOR INFORMATIONAL PURPOSES AND IS NOT INTENDED AS AN ATTEMPT TO COLLECT A DEBT OR AS AN ACT TO COLLECT, ASSESS, OR RECOVER ALL OR ANY PORTION OF THE DEBT FROM YOU PERSONALLY.

004 Legals Substitute Trustee Brock & Scott, PLLC Jeremy B. Wilkins, NCSB No. 32346 5431 Oleander Drive Suite 200 Wilmington, NC 28403 PHONE: (910) 392-4988 FAX: (910) 392-8587 File No.: 09-16590-FC01 December 11, 18, 2009

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Bengals receiver dies

Cavs Continued from Page 1B Porter Ridge would fight back however in the second half. Trailing 39-37, sophomore Tyrelle Warrdell drove to the basket to tie the game at 39-all. Wardell scored a team-high 12 points, including two 3-pointers. Porter Ridge’s P.J. Freeman made his way to the free-throw line on the following possession, knocking down two free throws and pushing the lead to 41-39 in favor of the Pirates — their first lead since early in the first quarter. But Mike Cuthbertson would not be denied, scoring back-to-back field goals, including one with 2:23 remaining in regulation where he was surrounded in the paint by four PR defenders. He made the bucket and drew a foul. Mike Cuthbertson would make the free throw after Helms called a timeout to deliver a message to his team. “That basket came at a big point and what we were asking them was to get two-straight stops,� Helms said. “We just wanted to turn it and focus on the defense where if we get two-straight stops, we’re going to put them in a position that’s going to be hard to beat us.� Porter Ridge came away with one more field goal, but the Cavalier defense got their two stops and junior Chris Bristow made two clutch free throws on the way to the four-point win.

Henry, 26, was thrown from back of truck in dispute

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Porter Ridge senior guard Raven Falls (23) led all scorers with 18 points.

PR girls improve to 7-1

Raven Falls scored a game-high 18 points as the Porter Ridge girls team (7-1) defeated Cuthbertson 66-25. The Porter Ridge defense held the Cavs (0-10) to just two points in the first half, but CHS scored 23 in the second half to cut the large deficit. Jada Huntley added 16 points and 10 rebounds for the Pirates, while Sydney Sebastian scored a team-high seven points for the Cavs. Freshman Kathleen Cashman added six points for CHS.

CHARLOTTE (AP) — Chris Henry was no stranger to trouble. Indeed, his multiple arrests during a five-year NFL career were among the factors prompting the league to toughen its personal conduct policy. But to hear his teammates tell it — even the team’s owner — the Cincinnati Bengals receiver was determined to leave behind his troubled past and move ahead toward a bright future. Tragically, his efforts were cut short when he died from injuries in what police said was a domestic dispute with his fiancee. Charlotte-Mecklenburg police said the 26-year-old Henry died early Thursday, less than 18 hours after he fell off of the back of a pickup truck on a curvy residential street about eight miles northwest of downtown Charlotte. The cause of death was not immediately released. Henry was away from the Bengals after suffering a season-ending broken forearm in a game last month.

“We knew him in a different way than his public persona,� Bengals owner Mike Brown said. “He had worked through the troubles in his life and had finally seemingly reached the point where everything was going to blossom. And he was going to have the future we all wanted for him. It’s painHENRY ful to us. We feel it in our hearts, and we will miss him.� Bengals receiver Andre Caldwell said: “People thought he was a bad guy, but he had a big heart.� Police provided few details about the investigation, other than that homicide detectives were assigned to the case. Two 911 tapes released Thursday provided some clues. The first was from an unidentified woman who said she was following a yellow pickup truck.

“It’s got a black man on it with no shirt on, and he’s got his arm in a cast and black pants on,� she told a dispatcher. “He’s beating on the back of this truck window. ... I don’t know if he’s trying to break in or something. It just looks crazy. It’s a girl driving it.� Just over a minute later, an unidentified man called 911 and said he saw a man “laying in the road� and “definitely unconscious.� Henry and his 25-year-old fiancee Loleini Tonga, who grew up in Charlotte and received a volleyball scholarship to North Carolina A&T, were raising three children. Tonga’s MySpace page identifies herself as “Mrs. C. Henry� and featured a post from Tuesday talking about buying wedding rings. “When I got to where he was laying on the ground out there he was very unresponsive, laying flat on the ground,� Hoffman said. “He was foaming at the mouth, and I was very worried what was happening then.�


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“Orlando’s pretty excited,� said Lowery. “It’s a tremendous honor to play in this game. We thought he was going to get selected to start with, but it didn’t happen. Now he’s got a great opportunity.� Ratliff, who currently has scholarship offers from Division I-AA schools Western Carolina and Gardner-Webb, started at defensive back and slot back the last Brent Surratt two seasons for the Yellow Jackets. As a DB, Ratliff totaled 115 tackles and one interception in two seasons, including 39 stops during his senior year. Ratliff usually hawked the opponent’s best receiver. He also rushed for 673 yards and 10 touchdowns on 66 carries this past season. The Yellow Jackets finished 2009 with a 9-4 record. They lost to Pisgah in the second round of the 2AA state playoffs.

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Orlando Ratliff was a varsity starter at safety for Anson County as a sophomore before trainsferring to Forest Hills for his final two years.

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