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The Council on Aging will provide help to senior citizen who need to fill out Medicare documents. 2A
Outdoors columnist Tony Robinson has some last minute tips for Christmas gifts.
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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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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
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 www.davisfuneralservice.com. PAID OBITUARY
MATTHEWS Emmanuel â€œDinâ€? 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 www.davisfuneralservice.com.
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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 www.gordonfuneralservice.com PAID OBITUARY
Boston Market founder dies at 52 BOSTON (AP) â€” 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 â€” offering quick and affordable chicken dinners with the wholesome qualities of a home-cooked meal in Newton in 1985. â€œAs 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 â€™home cookedâ€™ after a busy day and he was able to provide employment for thousands of people nationwide,â€? 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. McDonaldâ€™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 www.medicare.gov. To compare insurance plans, visit www.ncdoi.com and click on â€œSHIIPâ€? at the bottom of the page.
COMING EVENTS (Editorâ€™snote:Tolisttheeventof yournonprofitcivic,socialorgovernmentalorganization,call704261-2252.)
â€˘Â EXERCISE CLASS, 9 a.m. to 10 a.m., Ellen Fitzgerald Senior Center. Open to ages 55 and up. For details, call 704-2824657. â€˘ SENIOR FITNESS CLASS, 10 a.m. to 10:45 a.m., Bazemore Center, Winchester Avenue, Monroe. Free to all senior citizens. Details, 704-282-4654. â€˘ BABY TIME, 10:30 a.m., Edwards Library, Marshville. Details, 704624-2828. â€˘ TURNING POINT DOMESTIC VIOLENCE GROUP, 4 p.m. at the shelter. Details, 704-2837233. â€˘Â ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS, Low Bottom group, 6 p.m. to 7 p.m., old Belk building, 200 Stewart St., Monroe. Details, 704-332-4387; 704377-0244. â€˘ ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS, Sunset group, 6 p.m., 1010 McManus St., Monroe. Details, 704-219-6245. â€˘ NARCOTICS ANONYMOUS, 7 p.m. to 8 p.m., Nicey Grove Baptist Church, 318 Camden Road, Wingate. Details, 704-221-7352. â€˘ OVERCOMERS OUTREACH ANONYMOUS, 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., 1700 Secrest Shortcut Road. For details call 704-846-9223. â€˘ NARCOTICS ANONYMOUS, 8 p.m. to 9 p.m., Friendship Missionary Baptist Church administrative building, 501 Burke St. Details, 704-8214256, 704-763-0784. â€˘ CAROLINA SINGLES & MARRIED COUPLES CLUB DANCE, 8 p.m. to 11:30 p.m, Shrine Club, Phifer Street. Band, Crooked Creek. Admission, $10. Must be 21. Details, Ellen Benton, 704-283-1304.
â€˘Â 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. â€˘ TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly), 9 a.m. weigh-in, 9:20 meeting, Love Baptist Church, 707
Deese Road, Monroe. Details, 704-226-1520. â€˘Â 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. â€˘ OVEREATERS ANONYMOUS, 10 a.m., Central United Methodist Church, room 106. â€˘ BASIC COMPUTER SKILLS CLASS, 1:30 p.m., Monroe Library. Free. Registration required; call 704-283-8184. â€˘ WIDOWS GROUP, 3 p.m., Quincyâ€™s, 502 W. Roosevelt Blvd., Monroe. Details, 704-207-7311. â€˘ 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. â€˘Â BINGO, 7:30 p.m., Vietnam Veterans Association Post No. 14, 620 Roosevelt Blvd., $2,500 program. Doors open at 5 p.m. For details, call 704283-6165. â€˘ ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS, Sunset group, 8 p.m., 1010 McManus St., Monroe. Details, 704-219-6245.
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â€˘Â EXERCISE CLASS, 9 a.m. to 10 a.m., Ellen Fitzgerald Senior Center. Open to ages 55 and up. For details, call 704-2824657. â€˘ SENIOR FITNESS CLASS, 10 a.m. to 10:45 a.m., Bazemore Center, Winchester Avenue, Monroe. Free to all senior citizens. Details, 704-282-4654. â€˘ BABY TIME, 10:30 a.m., Union West Library. Details, 704-821-7475. â€˘Â TODDLER TIME, 11:15 a.m., Union West Regional Library, for children ages 12 months to 36 months. â€˘ BABY TIME, 11:30 a.m., Waxhaw Library. Details, 704-843-3131. â€˘ MICROSOFT WORD I CLASS, 3 p.m., Union West Library. Free. Registration required; call 704-821-7475. â€˘ FAMILY MUSIC FUN, 3:30 p.m., Waxhaw Library. Details, 704-8433131.
â€˘ TURNING POINT DOMESTIC VIOLENCE GROUP, 4 p.m. at the shelter. Details, 704-2837233. â€˘ CAREGIVER SUPPORT GROUP, 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., Outpatient Treatment Pavilion auditorium, CMC-Union. Details, Kara Finch, 704289-5502, kfinch @carolina.rr.com. â€˘Â ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS, Low Bottom group, 6 p.m. to 7 p.m., old Belk building, 200 Stewart St., Monroe. Details, 704-332-4387; 704377-0244. â€˘Â 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. â€˘ ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS, Sunset group, 6 p.m., 1010 McManus St., Monroe. Details, 704-219-6245. â€˘ 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. â€˘ TURNING POINT VOLUNTEER ORIENTATION, 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Janice Bellamy, 704283-9150. â€˘ 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. â€˘ 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. â€˘ UNION CHORALE, 7 p.m., Stallings United Methodist Church, 1115 Stallings Road. Details, Sandy McReynolds, 704238-1555. â€˘ COMMUNITY CAREER CONNECTIONS, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Lee Park Baptist Church. Call 704-289-4674. â€˘Â VETERANS OF FOREIGN WARS POST 5464, 7:30 p.m., 712 VFW Road, Monroe. â€˘Â 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
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
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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.
Let’s Have a Christmas Celebration! Stallings UMC - December 14, 7:30 PM Central UMC - December 21, 7:00 PM For more information please contact Sandy McReynolds at (704) 238-1555 This project is supported by the Union County Community Arts Council and the N.C Arts Council, a division of the Department of Cultural Resources.
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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@ caglecartoons.com.
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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 Citizensâ€™ Breakfast, which feeds more than 200 seniors each year. The breakfast, sponsored by the schoolâ€™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. â€œThis is a community that has been so giving to us and so involved and supportive of Piedmont High School. Itâ€™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 theyâ€™ve done to help make us the school that we are today.â€? About 70 students from the Interact Club and National Honor Society, donned elves costumes for the event. â€œI was an elf last year, too,â€? said Piedmont High senior Caris Rogers. â€œI 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. â€œI was a student here in the 80s and I participated in the Interact Seniors Breakfast as a server,â€? she said. â€œItâ€™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.â€? 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, Piedmontâ€™s occupational classes, the schoolâ€™s theater department, and its Womenâ€™s Ensemble. â€œIt really was a group effort,â€? Perruquet said. â€œIt wasnâ€™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.â€? 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. â€œOur children and our grandchildren graduated from here, so weâ€™ve been coming about as long a theyâ€™ve had it,â€? Colene Belk said. â€œWe 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. Itâ€™s wonderful,â€? Colene Belk added. â€œWe enjoy seeing the young people. And I think itâ€™s great for the senior citizens that they do this every year. Itâ€™s good for the seniors to be able to get out, do something like this and enjoy it.â€? â€” 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 Universityâ€™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.
Piedmont High School junior Jade Montgomery, 16, serves breakfast to a table of senior citizens during Wednesdayâ€™s 28th annual Piedmont High School Interact Club Senior Citizen Breakfast. families.â€? The breakfast is a tradition that probably will continue for many years to come. â€œItâ€™s a tradition that people look forward to every year,â€? Rogers said. â€œItâ€™s just something that you have to do. You canâ€™t stop it or it just wonâ€™t feel like Christmas
any more.â€? The breakfast is a tradition that students also look forward to. â€œA lot of students want to join the Interact Club so they can participate in the breakfast,â€? 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, itâ€™s not the Junior ROTC. Itâ€™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.
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: â€œIt takes a lot of hard work and determination to reach the level the students have reached,â€? 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 Compactâ€™s Student Conference at Western Carolina University. Twentyseven college students across the state received the award for making significant, innovative contributions to their campusâ€™ 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 Wingateâ€™s campus. She
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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 www.ncwildstore.com 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 www.nccamo.org 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 www.ncwildlife.org, 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 www.ncwildlife.org. 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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