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Detecting tainted products Commerce secretary praises CEM for food safety technology By Anna Johnson


Stallings N.C. Secretary of Commerce Keith Crisco visited CEM Corporation in Stallings Friday, and congratulated the company for a new technology that, he said, could have stopped tainted baby formula from entering the market last year. CEM’s Sprint Rapid Protein Analyzer ana-

lyzes protein in foods in 2 minutes, compared to the 6 hours the current method uses, without producing any hazardous waste, Crisco said. The current technology measures nitrogen in food, which correlates to the level of protein. This new technology, developed by CEM, measures protein directly. According to Lawrimore, when Chinese baby

food and baby formula was found tainted with melamine, a poisonous chemical that caused several infant deaths last year and has a high level of nitrogen, the Sprint Rapid Protein Analyzer would have shown there was not an increase in protein, suggesting that the food was tainted. He praised the company for earning a Presidential Green Chemistry Chal-

lenge Award, a distinction give to five companies in the nation that work in green technology. Buck Lawrimore, a spokesman for Union County Partnership for Progress, said the amount of protein in food determines its market value, and CEM’s method could become the world’s standard for analyzing protein. “We chose CEM (to host

Crisco) because of its innovation,” Lawrimore said. “In many ways is one of the most innovating companies in Union County.” Crisco also praised Project Legacy, a proposed 5,000 acre industrial park located in the eastern part of the county, and appointed Deputy Secretary Dale Carrol to smooth the


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WHAT’S NEWS Um, Your Honor, can I date her? APPLETON, Wis. (AP) — A Wisconsin teenager will need legal permission to date girls for the next three years after he was convicted of fleeing to Tennessee with his girlfriend in a stolen car. Nineteen-year-old Jordan S. Christensen of Appleton was sentenced Friday to one year in jail and three years’ probation. Outagamie County Judge John Des Jardins has ordered “no dating of the opposite sex without permission of your probation agent.” Christensen had pleaded no contest to charges of auto theft, stealing a firearm and bail jumping. He apologized for his actions before the sentencing. Investigators say Christensen stole his foster parents’ car May 26 and fled to the Memphis area with his 16-year-old girlfriend.

BIRTHDAYS Best wishes are extended to everyone who is celebrating a birthday today, especially: Wallace Hasty, Rachel Drake, Chris Batchelor, Anita Baucom, s Wheater, Evanne Stoll, Zakharri Lotharp, Reggie Simpson, and Melisa Covington Sturdivant Call (704) 261-2278 or e-mail to add your names to the list.

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MONROE “I couldn’t imagine being a parent and not being able to give a gift to your child.” Jamie Nell said the toys she wrapped for the Union County Christmas Bureau aren’t just for children; their parents get the gift of giving, too. With help from fellow faculty and students, Nell and 50 classmates from South Piedmont Community College collected clothes, toys, tea sets, remote control cars, firefighter helmets, games and books for what Nell calls that one “magical” moment on Christmas morning. Nell is part of SPCC’s Associate Degree Nursing Program. Two years ago, the class sponsored two families at Christmas. Last year, its angel tree gathered enough for 50 children, and this year, 75. This year’s tree was dedicated to former classmate Nick Mayhew, who died Nov. 16. Program director Joyce Long has two boys of her own. “They’re big now,” she said, but remembers their faces lighting up to unwrap gifts “no matter

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South Piedmont Community College nursing student Kristy Ratliff totes a bicycle destined for the Union County Christmas Bureau. what’s in the package.” She said she wants other parents to feel the same joy. One SPCC student is receiving gifts from the Christmas Bureau herself, but sold a textbook and used the money to

buy an angel tree gift. Other donors used the gift drive to teach their kids about giving back. Nell’s 12-year-old daughter joined her in shopping for presents. SPCC staff members also collected more than

$1,200 to provide gifts and grocery store gift cards to five Anson County and one Union County family. Nursing student Kristy Ratliff said those helped now are likely to help someone else later on.

ATLANTA (AP) — About 1 in 110 children have autism, according to the government’s latest estimate released Friday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. It’s a small change from a 1 in 100 preliminary estimate that CDC officials made in October from the same study. CDC officials said the latest number comes from a more complete analysis of reports from 11 states. Until recently, the CDC had been saying autism occurred in 1 in 150 children. The new CDC estimate looks at 8-year-old children who had been diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder in 2006. The increase may be due in part to better diagnosis and changes in how well records were kept in the study sites, said Catherine Rice, a CDC behavioral scientist who worked on the new report. “At this point it’s impossible to say how much is a true increase and how

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A paramedic’s daughter is top EMT

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WAXHAW The daughter of a paramedic, Tasha Starnes said she learned basic life-saving skills “as soon as I could hold stuff in my hands.” Early training must have paid off for Starnes because Thursday she was recognized as Emergency Medical Techni-

cian of the Year in Union County. Earlier this winter, she was recognized as EMT of the Year at her station, the Waxhaw Volunteer Fire Department, where she has worked for four years “I’m extremely proud of her, “ said her mother, Cindy Wilson, who works as a paramedic with Union Emergency Medical Services. “My cowork-

ers say they love when she comes and runs calls with them because she knows what she’s doing and jumps right in.” Starnes said she didn’t expect to win the award. In fact, the 24-year-old was working at her fulltime job at CVS drugstore at Kensington when the Waxhaw fire chief and some co-workers came in to congratulate her.

Wilson said her daughter’s hard work and dedication attracted the county’s notice. By mid-November, Starnes had run 299 calls. One month, she answered 40 percent of the calls that came in to her station. “We have a saying that goes, ‘Paramedics save lives but EMTs save paramedics.’ We love our first responders,” Wilson said.

Starnes said she doesn’t know if she will pursue a career as a paramedic but for now, she enjoys the opportunity to help others. “It’s the thrill knowing you get to help something, that if you drop everything you’re doing, you can potentially save a life.” She said she owed the award to her community and fire department.

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DEATHS Elsie V. Tuttle

MONROE Elsie V. Tuttle, 90, of Oakboro, NC, formerly of Proctor, WV, died Thursday, December 17, 2009 at the Hillcrest Baptist Church Rest Home in Monroe, NC. She was born February 3, 1919 in Lumberport, WV, a daughter of the late Richard C. and Stella Morgan Starkey. She was a retired employee of Corning Glass Company in Paden City, WV; and a member of the Antioch Christian Church in Proctor, WV. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, William Tuttle; a son, Ralph Tuttle; two sisters, Vercha Gregory and Velva Frazier; and three brothers, Ralph, Leo and Willis Starkey. Survivors include a son, Roger (Elizabeth) Tuttle of Oakboro; five grandchildren, Richard Tuttle of Lilburn, GA, Brian Tuttle of Winder, GA, Sheila (D. Blaine) Nease Portsmouth, Ohio, Diane Tuttle of Charlotte, NC and Jody Tuttle of Oakboro; three great grandchildren, Garrett, Zoe and Gavin Nease of Portsmouth, Ohio; and a sister, Garnet Hayhurst of Smithfield, WV. Family will receive friends on Saturday from 6-8pm at Grisell Funeral Home & Crematory, 751 Third Street, New Martinsville. Funeral services will be held on Sunday at 2:00pm at Antioch Christian Church, Proctor, WV with Rev. LeMoyne Horner officiating. Interment in Antioch Christian Church Cemetery, Proctor. Memorial contributions may be made to Antioch Christian Church, Route 1, Box 105, Proctor, WV 26055. Sympathy expressions at PAID OBITUARY

Inez Fennell

MONROE Inez Maria Phillips Fennell, 90, died Thursday (Dec. 17, 2009) at the Carrington Place. A burial mass will be offered at 1 p.m. today at St. Matthew Church.

James Gwin

CHARLOTTE — The Rev. James Gwin, 76, died Friday (Dec. 18, 2009) at his home. He was a pastor at Christian Mission Baptist Church in Monroe. Funeral arrangements will be announced by Grier Funeral Services - Monroe.

Ja’Keron Martinez

WINGATE Baby Ja’Keron Martinez, an infant, died Thursday (Dec. 17, 2009) at Levine Children’s Hospital in Charlotte. Funeral arrangements will be announced by Grier Funeral Services - Monroe.

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INDIAN TRAIL Mr. Rowell, 85, of Indian Trail, passed away at his home December 15, 2009. A native of Indian Trail, he was born October 23, 1924, the son of the late C.E. Rowell and Ruth Horton Rowell. During World War II, he served in the U.S. Air Force. Following the war he returned to the family farm and married Bernice Day Rowell in 1948. In 1981, he retired from Western Electric and began farming with his son until his illness. He is preceded in death by his parents and his brother, Kenneth Rowell. Survivors, in addition to his wife of the home, include his daughter, Barbara Wood and husband, David, of Monroe; two sons, William (Bill) Rowell and his wife, Kim, of Wichita, KS, and Douglas Rowell and his wife, Kathlyn, of Indian Trail; granddaughters, Shauna Serdinsky and husband, Eric, of Monroe, Victoria Rowell and Ali Rowell of Indian Trail; grandson, Randall Wood of Monroe; great grandson, Austin Driggers; special friends, Karen Osborne and husband, Marion. The family wishes to thank Dr. Coggins, Dr. Rinaldi, and Dr. Richardson for their excellent care. The family will receive friends from 4:00 PM until 6:00 PM, Sunday, December 20, 2009, at Mill Grove United Methodist Church in Indian Trail. Funeral services will also be at the church beginning at 11:00 AM Monday. The Rowell family is in the care of Gaskin Services, Matthews, www.gaskinservices. com. PAID OBITUARY

CHARLOTTE — Jo Carpenter Pattishall; beloved wife, mother and grandmother, passed into the arms of our beloved Father after a long and rich life on Thursday, December 10, 2009 after a three decade battle with Lupus and yearlong battle with breast cancer. Jo is survived by her husband of 50 years, Dr. Franklin David Pattishall; her daughter, Laura McLean and husband, Malcolm, of Charlotte; her son, David Pattishall and wife, Kathy, of Charlotte; her daughter, Jane Snyder and husband, Michael, of Albemarle; and her daughter, Melissa Mangham and husband, Timothy, of Badin Lake. She is also survived by her beloved grandchildren, Sinclair and Joe McLean; Jack, Caroline and Lily Snyder; and Chase and Matthew Mangham. Also surviving are “adopted” son JeanPierre Kazadi Sangai and wife Donna; and beloved companion Della Massey. A service to celebrate Jo’s life was held Saturday, December 12, 2009 at Christ Episcopal Church. Contributions may be made to either of the following in lieu of flowers-Alliance for Lupus Research28 West 44th St.; Suite 1217 New York, NY 10036 or Hospice & Palliative Care – Charlotte Region 1420 East 7th St. Charlotte, NC 28204. PAID OBITUARY

‘Friendly Fire’ author dies

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — C.D.B. Bryan, whose 1976 book “Friendly Fire” about the accidental death of a soldier in Vietnam struck a chord with disillusioned Americans, has died at his Connecticut home. He was 73. Bryan died Tuesday of cancer at his home in Guilford, said his wife, Mairi. He was holding one of his iconic shaken martinis when he died, she said. Although Bryan wrote extensively for several magazines throughout his career, he was best known for “Friendly Fire.”

RALEIGH (AP) — North Carolina’s Supreme Court temporarily halted the release of two convicted murderers serving life sentences Friday just an hour before the inmates were set to go free, and two lower court judges have now issued conflicting opinions on whether the prisoners should get early releases. The high court ruling gives the attorney general’s office another chance to make arguments after inmates Alford Jones and Faye Brown won two lower-court victories during a week of drama. Convicts who were sentenced to life between 1974 and 1978 received terms defined as no more than 80 years long. Some

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good-behavior credits be applied to calculate an unconditional release date for a life sentence,” Caudill wrote as he denied inmate William Folston’s request. His ruling went contrary to an order from Superior Court Judge Ripley Rand earlier this week, who ordered quick release of the Jones and Brown. Attorneys for the inmates had argued before Rand that the prisoners regularly earned a variety of credits that should be applied to their 80-year terms. The court of appeals briefly intervened to keep the inmates behind bars before rejecting the state’s appeal of Rand’s decision.

COMING EVENTS (Editor’s note: To list the event of your nonprofit civic, social or governmental organization, call 704261-2252.)


• 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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of them contend sentence-reduction credits mean they’ve completed their time behind bars. If the courts continue to side with the inmates, dozens could be set free. After a string of losses in the courts, state attorneys won a victory Friday that seemed to complicate the tangle. Superior Court Judge Gentry Caudill determined in an order released by state officials that the Department of Correction secretary has discretion in how to award good behavior credits, and said the secretary has decided not to apply those discounts to release “life” prisoners early. “No Secretary of Correction has ever directed

• 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

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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, 704-2331610. • TURNING POINT VOLUNTEER ORIENTATION, 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Janice Bellamy, 704-283-9150. • 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. •  GRIFFITH ROAD VFD LADIES’ AUXILIARY, 7:30 p.m., station on Griffith Road at Broome Road. For details, call 704-289-8223, 704-283-6311 evenings. • NARCOTICS ANONYMOUS, 8 p.m. to 9 p.m., Friendship Missionary Baptist Church administrative building, 501 Burke St. Details, 704-8214256, 704-763-0784.

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East Coast braces for winter weather Virginia declares state of emergency, FAA says storm delayed Atlanta flights Friday CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A major storm moving up the Atlantic Coast on the last shopping weekend before Christmas threatened to shut down much of the region as officials warned of up to 20 inches of snow and significant power outages. People stocked up on groceries and other staples Friday after the National Weather Ser-

vice issued winter storm warnings from the Carolinas to Rhode Island. Jim Weintraub, owner of Ace Hardware in Asheville, N.C., where a foot or more of snow was expected, said he picked up 1,500 pounds of rock salt Friday morning. An hour-and-a-half later, “I’m just about out,” he said. But customers were thinking fun, too.

“I’ve been told we’re the only store around with sleds,” Weintraub said. “As I was driving back up to the store, my wife was calling me and saying, ‘Where are you? People are waiting for sleds!’” In Virginia, Gov. Tim Kaine declared a state of emergency ahead of the storm, placing the National Guard and other agencies on standby. Philadelphia officials also

declared a state of emergency and the school district canceled all weekend activities. Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley urged motorists to stay home if possible. Some shoppers were trying to get their holiday buying done before the snow hit. “Most of them are coming in this morning to shop before they get snowed in,” said Kayla

ing of a competitive angler who also manages an Alcohol Beverage Control warehouse has been pulled. In exchange for $3,200 in expenses over the last three years, Kevin Helms put Jim Beam logos on his jersey, hat and boat. Mecklenburg County ABC Board CEO Calvin McDougal ended the endorsement after media revealed top staff and their spouses were treated to a $9,000 steak dinner from international distiller Diageo. McDougal and other employees have repaid the money.

access to those numbers, which were used to identify library users. She said it appears the security breach was limited. But state law requires the schools system to send a warning. The security breach of the system’s library server in Raleigh occurred Aug. 23 and was discovered the next morning.

Mahr at the Bath and Body shop at the River Ridge Mall in Lynchburg, Va. The Federal Aviation Administration said departing flights at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport were being delayed by as much as an hour Friday because of rain and wind. United Airlines says it had already canceled more than 140 Saturday

flights on the East Coast ahead of Saturday’s weather. Forecasters expected up to 20 inches of snow through late Saturday from the Washington metro area to West Virginia. They said it could be the most snow in the nation’s capital since a February 2003 storm dumped nearly 27 inches at BaltimoreWashington International Airport.


Most at meeting favor immigrants in state colleges

RALEIGH — About 150 people showed up for a meeting about plans by North Carolina’s community colleges to admit illegal immigrants. The News & Observer of Raleigh reported that a public hearing Friday drew 57 people who signed up to speak on the issue, with all but six favoring the open-door policy. Supporters included Hispanic high school and college students, members of religious organizations, public school teachers, and industry trade groups. One opponent complained most working people could not attend the midday hearing. The community colleges board in September approved a policy to enroll undocumented immigrants if they pay out-of-state tuition rates, graduated from an American high school, and don’t displace students in the U.S. legally.

Good Samaritan robbed, killed

McLEANSVILLE — Authorities say someone robbed and killed a North Carolina coin collector

who friends say offered financial help to those struggling this Christmas. The News & Record of Greensboro reports Friday that 76-year-old Charles Herman Brown of McLeansville was found dead Wednesday by church members who were checking on him. They found his door kicked in and his body tied up on the floor of his ransacked office. The door to a safe where Brown kept a collection of rare coins was hanging open. Friends say he frequently talked about his coins. The Rev. Dennis Tabor of Stevens Memorial Baptist Church said Brown had earned some extra money and had recently asked if anyone in the church needed money or help.

ABC employee loses Jim Bean sponsorship

CHARLOTTE — The CEO of North Carolina’s largest local enforcer of alcohol laws has revoked an employee’s bass fishing sponsorship amid a state investigation into conflicts of interest. The Charlotte Observer reported Friday that Jim Beam’s corporate back-

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College system hacked; 51,000 IDs compromised

ASHEVILLE — Authorities say a hacker accessed a computer server for North Carolina community colleges containing the personal information of nearly 51,000 people. The state Community College System will mail letters next week telling students that someone hacked a database that included Social Security and drivers license numbers. System senior vice president Saundra Williams said officials don’t believe the hacker gained

Jobless rate drops, still near highest

RALEIGH — North Carolina’s unemployment rate dipped slightly in November but hovered near its historic peak of around 11 percent for a 10th straight month, the state’s Employment Security Commission reported Friday. The unemployment rate in November dipped a fraction to 10.8 percent, from 10.9 percent in October. The monthly estimate has yo-yoed slightly above and below 11 percent since February. It peaked at 11.1 percent in May. Since the national recession starting in December 2007, North Carolina has lost 252,000 jobs. In the past year, the state’s companies have shed 154,200 workers, with manufacturing and construction companies together cutting 95,000 jobs.

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path for the project on the state level. Crisco spoke to community leaders, town mayors, businessmen and Union County commissioners and was invited to speak by Union County Partnership for Progress, the economic development agency that proposed an outline for Project Legacy. “This is a great innovation to transform the area,” Crisco said in a press release. “We’ll use every tool we can to ensure its success.” Jim Carpenter, president of the Union County Chamber of Commerce,

said the speech was very positive. “I was very encouraged by his support,” Carpenter said. “Legacy is a very important jewel in our crown.” Union County Commissioner Allan Baucom said he was proud to have a company like CEM in Union County and praised Crisco for moving forward with Project Legacy. “This is a bold and very appropriate step and I appreciate it,” Baucom said. “This is a giant step for moving Legacy forward.” Crisco ended his visit with a luncheon at South Piedmont Community College.

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Bring back the filibuster The Democrats have 58 senators, a clear majority, and the two independent senators caucus with the party, giving them more power as far as committee assignments and the like. Nevertheless, the Democrats cannot pass most of the agenda that they campaigned on in 2008 because of the threat of the filibuster. A filibuster allows the minority party a method to delay or block legislation. Informally, the term applies to “any attempt to block or delay Senate action on a bill or other matter by debating it at length, by offering numerous procedural motions or by any other delaying or obstructive actions.” The term comes from a Dutch word meaning “pirate,” and it became popular in the United States during the 1850s. In South Carolina, we can proudly state Sen. Strom Thurmond holds the record for the longest filibuster that clocked in at 24 hours and 18 minutes. “Thurmond’s effort was a lesson in voice conservation,” the Associated Press reported. “At times he spoke so quietly that he appeared to be mumbling to himself. At other times his voice rang loud and clear across the Senate floor.” Though his attempt to stop the 1957 civil rights bill failed, no one can argue that he did not fight for his beliefs. Today, that’s not the case. The filibuster and the threat of the filibuster have become words scattered like dust in the wind by newsmakers on television shows. No one ever intends to actually take the floor, decry the legislation at length or attempt to change any senator’s mind by persuasion. Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.), for example, once a champion of expanding Medicare, now threatens to use the filibuster if the provision is added to the health care reform package. If he had the integrity and fortitude to debate the matter, even talk at length about the error of such a measure, one could argue he is doing his job. Now, however, no one can openly question him on the official congressional record because he wants to use a threat rather than a real filibuster where he would have to be held much more accountable for his words and actions. It’s not as if one senator must filibuster alone. The procedures of the Senate allow one to yield to a colleague without losing the floor as long as he remains standing for the question. Those participating in a filibuster only have to have one member on the floor, but those on the other side of the issue must keep a majority of the Senate available to respond to a quorum call or roll call vote. The opponents of a bill or amendment have the advantage in this case. Americans often “throw the bums out” when Congress does not complete the work it set out to do. It seems unfair to do so with an unrelenting opposition that filibusters every movement in the Senate. When cots line the Senate’s anteroom as they did in the 1950s, we can be satisfied that the Senate is working hard on the issues that face this country. Until then, the opposition places itself apart from accountability and far from the moral beacons it claims to be. When the opposition cannot stand up on the senate floor and say “no” on the record for the American citizens to see, we know there are no fighters in the Senate. When the opposition chooses to manipulate our opinion of the issues through talk radio, editorialized newscasts, political action committees and advertising, we know no one is representing our interests. If you are representing the citizens of this country, you should have the guts to face us on the record. Bring back real filibusters, and bring back some accountability to our system. The Messenger of Hartsville, S.C.

Why our bubble wasn’t bigger RALEIGH I guess it’s cold comfort to say this in a state with thousands of residents underwater on their mortgages, but by national standards North Carolina didn’t experience much of a housing bubble during the past decade. Our trends look nothing like those of states such as California and Arizona where the housing markets look a bit like smoking ruins. Growth-policy expert Randal O’Toole has the data to demonstrate the point – and an explanation for why some states had huge housing bubbles and other states didn’t. Let’s start with the data. Back in October, the Cato Institute published a paper from O’Toole that reports several interesting trends. One table shows the average gain in housing prices in each state from the first quarter of 2000 to each peak, and then the average drop in housing prices in each state from the peak to the second quarter of 2008. Here are some examples of bubble states: California – 124 percent price gain, then 32 percent price drop. Florida – Up 108 percent, down 27 percent. Rhode Island – Up 96 percent, down 16 percent. Arizona – Up 87 percent, down 22 percent. I picked these because they illustrate the point that bubbles do not appear to be related to any particular geographical variable. What O’Toole noticed, however, is that virtually all of the states with major housing bubbles also enforced comprehensive state laws managing growth and land-use markets. The median state, Alaska, had a 39 percent price gain

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followed by a 6 percent drop. That’s not much of a bubble. Alaska also has no significant state controls on growth or realestate development. Virtually all of the states below the median in housing-price variability also lacked statewide growthmanagement policies. Consider North Carolina. From 2000 to peak, our housing prices rose by an average of 22 percent. From peak to 2008, they dropped by less than 1 percent. Granted, there’s been some marked declines in prices since then in North Carolina, but that’s true in most of the rest of the country, too. The point is that, comparatively, North Carolina’s housing markets did not gyrate nearly as much as those in states with comprehensive growth management laws. The explanation of this relationship isn’t hard to fathom. Urban growth boundaries and similar policies restrict the ability of developers to bring housing inventory to market. “In a normal housing market,” O’Toole writes, “home values keep up with inflation and median family incomes. Markets become abnormal when there is some limit on the supply of new homes – and most such limits result from government regulation.” In such abnormal housing markets, producers have far less ability to respond

quickly to changes in household preferences. Price swings are amplified. You can see more evidence for the effect when comparing median home values to median family incomes. In heavy-regulation bubble states, the ratio changed markedly. In California, the median home cost 3.8 times median income in 1999. The ratio rose to 8.3 in 2006 and then dropped to 5.5 by 2008. Alternatively, look at North Carolina’s ratio. The median home cost 2.1 times income in 1999, 2.5 times income in 2006, and 2.6 times in 2008. That’s not much of a change. Of course, we’re talking about statewide averages here. Within North Carolina, some housing markets are more heavily regulated than others. Some previous research by JLF demonstrated the consequences of these regulations, with communities such as Asheville and Wilmington forcing their home prices up by thousands of dollars. Housing regulation didn’t cause the financial crisis and subsequent recession, of course. But it played a role in making housing bubbles bigger – and thus making the pop louder and more painful. Thank goodness North Carolina hasn’t yet emulated California, Maryland, or Florida by passing state growth-management rules. Not that some haven’t tried. In recent years, some state lawmakers and self-styled environmentalists have sought to give North Carolina’s urban planners exactly that kind of power over housing markets. Here’s another reason to say no. • John Hood is president of the John Locke Foundation and publisher of CarolinaJournal. com.

They won’t even charge you extra to laugh at me WINGATE Nobody would confuse me for Mikhail Baryshnikov. Don’t get me wrong; I like to dance. It’s just that, well, I have a really bad case of the two-leftfoot syndrome. You can imagine my surprise when Amy Helms asked me to perform in the Union County Youth Ballet’s performance of ‘The Nutcracker’ this year. Wait, I said. You do realize who you are talking to, right? Sure do, she told me. No, no, I responded. This is Jason. Jason deBruyn. I’m 6-foot-3, irreparably clumsy and I don’t look good in tights. This is ‘The Nutcracker,’ with beautiful dancers spinning and jumping and performing dance moves the names of which I can’t even pronounce. I know, she said. But we have a girl who is really tall. Last year she danced with someone shorter than her and she doesn’t want to do that again. You won’t do any ballet, just a few ballroom steps. It’s easy. Please? How could I say no? Plus, I figured, if it’s already the middle of November and she is asking me of all people, how impressive of a performance could it really be. I’ll just fake it ‘til I make it.


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Mistake No. 1. I arrived at my first rehearsal and met my partner, Alexis. Amy was right; she’s tall. Immediately, everyone took their places and the music started; I vaguely recognized it from a Christmas past, but no moves were dancing through my head. All of a sudden, Alexis pulling me toward the middle of the dance studio and the dance began. I was instantly lost. I discovered that all the other dancers had performed in ‘The Nutcracker’ every year for about the past two centuries, and know the dances like they know their morning coffee routine. I know it about as well as I know how to build a coffee maker from spare parts. I started to pick up on some of the moves from watching the other dancers, but seeing

us practice must have been like watching an Olympic synchronized swimming team, only one team member (me) is a giraffe who does not know how to swim. It was bad. By this point somebody took pity on me and showed me the steps in slow motion. Alexis tried to stifle her laughter, but her snickers were hard to hide. The performance seemed doomed if I were allowed to stay ... but they released us from the first practice and called us back the next week. Every day I tried to visualize the moves so I could blend in at least halfway. Step touch, step together, I kept repeating. What? My coworkers asked, during our weekly staff meeting. Oh, sorry. Just going over my, er, dance moves. Blank stares all around. Never mind, let’s move on. After a few weeks we got to the dress rehearsal at Wingate University, and I realized that I had woefully undersold this production to my friends. I figured this would be a nice show, but more or less of high-school quality. Like I said, if they asked me, how good could it be? Mistake No. 2. (Noticing a trend?)

The dancers are majestic, the costumes elegant and the set dazzling. (This is a nonprofit group that manages to put on a $40,000 production through ticket sales, after all.) For a minute I thought I had stepped into a Broadway show. I found out Alexis has three other parts and is fantastic in all of them. Right about then I decided she probably thinks of me as about the biggest klutz she knows. We ran through a dress rehearsal and things went swimmingly. At least for the real dancers. I was still left putzing around in with my two left feet, but hey, maybe I’ll add comic value, right? After the rehearsal I started nervously whistling in the dressing room. Mistake No. 3. (I’m swiftly losing count.) One of the real dancers scoldingly informed me that whistling in the dressing room is really bad luck. Kind of a break-a-leg scenario. Um, sorry? I had no idea. It’s OK, he said. Just don’t do it again. Check. Driving home that evening, I had an ‘aha’ moment while whistling the ‘Dance of the Sugar-Plum Fairy’ far away from any dressing rooms.

With the down economy and my family struggling for money, we decided to forego giving gifts this year and just take time out to have a family day for games and cocoa without a cell phone vibrating every three minutes. I drew some parallels to my experience in ‘The Nutcracker.’ The whole experience has pushed me way out of my comfort zone, but the cool part is that I really like it there. Maybe one of the best gifts is immersing myself into a different culture and finding out how cool it is to prepare for a major performance. I made some new friends and learned there are incredible dancers in Union County. The best part is that they accepted me even though I’m a terrible dancer — thank goodness I have only the smallest of parts. I bet if you step out of your comfort zone this Christmas, you might find the same is true for you. And hey, you can still come watch us perform. I’ll be the clumsy 6-foot-3 guy who looks totally out of place. They don’t even charge extra if you want to laugh at me.

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Should Christian brands spoof logos? Companies fear backlash if they fight for trademarks BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Christian stores have just the Christmas gift for Facebook fans: A “Jesus Christ wants to be your friend” T-shirt that mimics the design of the popular social networking site. Do you like shirts from teen retailer Abercrombie & Fitch? How about a Christian copycat that transforms the chain’s name to “Abreadcrumb & Fish,” a reference to the biblical story of Jesus miraculously feeding the multitudes with bread and a few fish? American retailers sell about $4.6 billion worth of Christian products annually, and some are spoofs or spinoffs of commercial logos or brand names. Many such goods are illegal, trademark attorneys say, but companies often are unaware their names are being copied or don’t put up a fight for fear of being labeled anti-faith. There are “iPray” hats to wear while listening to your iPod, and the logo for the popular “Rock Band” video game was tweaked for a Christian necklace with a pendant shaped like a guitar pick. Preachers are even in on the act: They can buy materials for sermons based on popular TV shows including “Lost” and “Survivor.” Church marketing consultant Brad Abare has seen tons of such stuff and doesn’t like it. He’s even come up with a name for some of it: “Jesus Junk.” “We think it’s just dumb. It’s not a true reflection of creativity,” said Abare, of the nonprofit Center for Church Communication in Los Angeles. Trademark attorney

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Christian merchandise often spoofs popular brands, from the Barack Obama ‘Hope’ poster (above) to the ubiquitos iPod.

Michael G. Atkins of Seattle said legal parodies of commercial trademarks are protected under the First Amendment, but such religious products generally don’t fall into that category. “You could take Microsoft and change their logo around to make fun of Microsoft, and that would be legal,” he said. “But I can’t use the Microsoft logo to promote my Christian theme because there’s no real connection there. That’s illegal.” Marjorie Koval of the Association for Christian Retail said it’s hard to say how much of the market is made up of parody items.

Based in Berryville, Ark., Kerusso sells Christian-themed items including T-shirts, dolls and jewelry, and it asks customers to report anyone that rips off their designs, many of which are original. Its products are available in 7,000 stores nationwide. Yet some of Kerusso’s popular products are copycats of corporate brands and logos known worldwide. The company makes the Facebook shirt for $17.99, plus one where Apple’s iPod is tweaked into “iPray.” For the same price you can buy an “Amazing Grace” shirt that resembles the “American Idol” TV logo. Kerusso’s Abercrombie & Fitch copycat is labeled a “classic” on its Web site. Kerusso CEO Vic Kennett said he gets complaints from companies whose logos are parodied, and Kerusso changes those designs or discon-

tinues merchandise. “If Jesus were here today would he make parody T-shirts? I doubt it,” Kinnett said. “But in his day, he did use parables. He used things that were common and recognized in everyday life to make a point or say something with a deeper meaning.” Abercrombie & Fitch attorney Reid Wilson said the “Abreadcrumb & Fish” design is a ripoff. “We view that type of use of our trademark as an absolute infringement,” he said. Atkins, the trademark expert, said few companies will fight the issue. “I think you have a real tension between the legal department and the PR department,” he said. “(Large companies) are very sensitive to looking like they are anti-Christian, so they are very restrained in going after the wrongdoers.”

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CHURCH BRIEFS Altan Presbyterian 108 W. Sandy Ridge Road, Monroe; Pastor: William Wiley Regular Sunday: 10 a.m., Sunday school; 11 a.m., worship Amazing Grace Evangelical Lutheran 416 W. North Main St., Waxhaw Pastor: Richard Carter Regular Sunday: 9 a.m., Sunday school; 10 a.m., worship; 7 p.m. Antioch Baptist 6223 Love Mill Road, Monroe; 704-7534977; Pastor: Mike Riley Dec. 13: 3 p.m., Christmas caroling. Dec. 20: 6 p.m., “Christmas — Times to Remember” program; refreshments. Regular schedule: Sunday school, 10 a.m.; worship, 11 a.m. Wednesday: 7 p.m., Bible study, Kingdom Kids. Antioch Missionary Baptist 5909 Wolf Pond Road, Monroe; 704-841-7046 Pastor: Robert M. Parker Regular Sundays: 10 a.m., Sunday school; 11 a.m., worship Antioch United Methodist 3205 Antioch Church Road, Pastor: Betty Jeanne Day Regular Sunday: 9:30 a.m., worship, 9:30 a.m.; 10:30 a.m., Sunday school. Austin Grove Baptist 5919 Austin Grove Church Road, Marshville Pastor: Leon Whitley Regular Sunday: 9:45 a.m., Sunday school; 10:45 a.m., 6 p.m., worship. Wednesdays: 6 p.m., Awanas; 6:45 p.m., worship. Benton’s Cross Roads Baptist 109 Lawyers Road East, Monroe; 704-753-1291 Regular Sundays: Sunday school, 9:30 a.m.; worship 10:45 a.m. Wednesdays: 6:45 p.m., AWANA, Brothers & Sisters in Christ; 7 p.m., Kids Music & Creative Movement for ages 3 through eighth grade; adult prayer meeting. Benton Heights Baptist 1411 Helms St., Monroe; 704-2832606 Pastor: M.A. “Sandy” Rogers Regular Sunday schedule: 10 a.m., Sunday school; 11 a.m., worship; 6 p.m., worship Wednesday: 6:30 p.m., Bible study. Benton Heights Presbyterian 2701 Concord Highway, Monroe; 704283-4912;; Pastor: Paul Saleeby Sundays: 8:45 a.m., contemporary service; 10 a.m., Sunday school; 11 a.m., traditional worship. Wednesdays: Youth activities, men and women’s fellowship and Needler’s Group. Tuesdays and Thursdays: 9 a.m. to noon, mother’s morning out; ages 6 months to 4 years. Thursdays: 7 p.m., RESET service; live music, coffee bar; nursery provided Bethany Presbyterian 6713 Plyler Mill Road, Monroe; 704-764-3357 Pastor: Janet R. Tyson Regular Sundays: 10 a.m. Sunday school; 11 a.m., worship. Bethel Baptist 2317 Landsford Road, Marshville Pastor: Randy Davis Regular Sunday: 10 a.m., Sunday school; 11 a.m., worship Bethel United Methodist 3207 Wesley-Stouts Road, Monroe Pastor: Betty Jeanne Day Sundays: Sunday school, 10 a.m.; traditional worship, 11 a.m. Bethlehem United Methodist 5300 Nesbit Road, Waxhaw Pastor: Howard Fleming Dec 20: 11 a.m. Christmas Cantata Regular Sundays: 8:30 a.m., contemporary service; 11 a.m., traditional service. Bethlehem Presbyterian 7608 Concord Hwy., Monroe; 704-7534223; Interim pastor: Mike Ward Sunday: Sunday school, 9:30 a.m.; “It’s not the Hilton, you know” worship, 10:30, led by youth Preschool: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, ages 3 to 5. Bonds Grove Methodist 8215 Bonds Grove Church Road, Waxhaw; 704-843-5231; www.gbgm-umc. org/bondsgrove/ Pastor: Randy Blanton Sundays: 9:15 a.m., Sunday school; 10:30 a.m., worship. Mondays: 6:30 p.m., TOPS Tuesdays: 6:30 p.m., disciple class. Calvary Baptist 2518 Lancaster Highway, Monroe Pastor: Eddie Price Regular Sunday: 9:30 a.m., Sunday school; 10:30 a.m., worship and children’s worship for 3-5-year-olds. Wednesdays: 7 p.m., adult Bible study, infant/toddler nursery, children’s ministry and HisSpace for youth grades 6-8, and for grades 9-12. Central Baptist 4821 Waxhaw-Indian Trail Road; 704-821-6509 Pastor: Tim Helms Regular Sundays: 10 a.m., Sunday school; 11 a.m., worhship; 6 p.m., evening worship. Wednesdays: 7:30 p.m., Bible study, youth group. Central United Methodist 801 S. Hayne St., Monroe; Pastor: J. Matthew Burton Jr. Sunday: 5 p.m., “Ceremony of Carols,” “Christmas Oratorio” Christmas concert, free, offerings accepted Sunday schedule: 8:45 a.m., chapel service; 8:50 a.m., contemporary; 10 a.m., Sunday school; 11 a.m., traditional worship

Christ Bible Discipleship Center 1019 Unarco Road, Marshville Pastor: David Allen; 704-624-3453 Regular Sundays: Sunday school, 9 a.m., leadership class; 10 a.m., discipleship training; 11 a.m., prophetic deliverance service. Community Baptist 212 Garmon Road, Indian Trail Pastor: Henry Funderburk Sundays: 9:30 a.m., Sunday school; 10:30 a.m. and 6 p.m., worship. Wednesday worship and children’s pro-

grams, 7 p.m. Corinth Baptist 3805 Corinth Church Road, Monroe Church phone: 704-289-2102 Pastor: Roy Helms Regular schedule: Sunday school 10 a.m., worship at 11 a.m. and 6 p.m.

fellowship meal followed by prayer meeting, age-group activities. First Church of God 301 Morgan Mill Road, Monroe Pastor: Floyd Bowen Regular Sundays: 10 a.m., Sunday school; 11 a.m., worship.

Cornerstone Community Church of the Nazarene 2707 Secrest Short Cut Road, Monroe; 704-289-6790 Pastor: Bob Humphrey Regular Sunday: 9:30 a.m., Sunday school; worship, 10:45 a.m.

First Presbyterian Church of Waxhaw 7700 Waxhaw Highway, Waxhaw; 704843-4774 Pastor: James C. Shelton Sunday: 10 a.m. worship, 11:15 a.m. Sunday School

Cornerstone Worship Center 206 W. Main St., Marshville Pastor: Michael J. Oney Regular Sunday: Sunday school, 10 a.m.; worship, 11 a.m. and 6 p.m.

First Presbyterian Church of Monroe 302 E. Windsor St., Monroe; 704-2892574; Pastor: John Wilkerson Sundays: 9 a.m., Sunday school, 10 a.m., worship; 4:30 p.m., youth club (grades 6 through 12). Mondays: 6 p.m., Cub Scouts. Tuesdays: 7 p.m., Boy Scouts. Wednesdays: 4:30 p.m., youth club (grades one through five).

Covenant Baptist 2706 Secrest Short Cut Road, Monroe Pastor: Rile Baucom Regular Sunday schedule: Sunday school, 9:45 a.m.; worship, 10:45 a.m. and 6 p.m. Wednesday: 7 p.m., worship. Covenant Community 13003 E. Independence Blvd., Stallings; 704-257-4519; Pastor: John Lofton Sundays: 10 a.m., worship; Wednesdays, 7 p.m., Bible study East Campus, First Baptist of Indian Trail 6140 W. Marshville Blvd., Marshville; 704-624-1998 Ebenezer Baptist 1417 Unionville-Indian Trail Road, Indian Trail Pastor: Timothy Rogers Regular Sundays: 9:30 a.m., Sunday school; 10:30 a.m., worship; 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., AWANA, discipleship classes. Wednesdays: 7 p.m., midweek prayer service; youth, children’s study. Emmanuel Baptist 3816 Morgan Mill Road, Monroe; 704289-5654; Pastor: Jack Hildreth Dec. 12: 6 a.m. to 10 a.m. Benefit breakfast for the Mike Simpson family. $6 minimum donation. Co-sponsored by Lakeview Baptist Church; makes checks payable to Lakeview Baptist Church, designated for the Mike Simpson Fund. Dec. 13: 6 p.m., The Issacs in concert; love offering will be taken. Dec. 20: 6 p.m., “A Miracle on Main Street” Christmas program. Second and fourth Tuesdays: 7 p.m., GriefShare Ministry. Tuesday: 7 p.m., GriefShare meets Wednesdays: 6:45 p.m., Awana Club, ages 3 to eighth grade. Youth: Sunday at 6 p.m. and Wednesday at 7 p.m. Emmanuel Baptist 15601 Idlewild Road, Indian Trail Pastor: Leland Stephens Sundays: 9:45 a.m., Sunday school; 11 a.m. and 6:30 p.m., worship. Wednesdays: 6:30 p.m., worship. Essence of the Cross Ministries 2310 Appian Lane, Monroe; 704-2919898, 704-698-0110 Pastor: W. Kaye McDonald Sundays: 11 a.m., worship Euto Baptist 6019 N.C. 205, New Salem; 704-3858117 Pastor: Dale Brooks Sundays: 8:30 a.m., coffee fellowship; 8:45 a.m., small groups; 10 a.m., worship. Wednesdays: 7 p.m. Children’s and youth ministries; 7 p.m. to 8 p.m., Adult Bible study. Evangelistic Temple of Deliverance 6016 Waxhaw Hwy., Mineral Springs; 704-598-8203 Pastor: William McLain Today: 2 p.m., special service to honor pastor. Sundays: Sunday School 10 a.m.; worship 11 a.m. Fairfield Baptist N.C. 205, Olive Branch Road, Marshville; 704-624-5503 Pastor: Tommy Threatt Regular Sunday: Sunday school, 10 a.m.; worship, 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. Wednesdays: 7 p.m. Bible time. Second and fourth Wednesday: 7 p.m. Children and youth. Faith Community Independence 701 Howie Mine Road, Waxhaw; 704-843-2085 Pastor: Rickey Truesdale Regular Sunday: Sunday school, 9:45 a.m.; worship, 11 a.m. Faith United Methodist 3708 Faith Church Road, Indian Trail Pastor: David Lawrence Phone: 704-882-6623 Regular Sundays: 8:30 a.m., praise and worship; 10 a.m., Sunday school; 11 a.m., praise and worship. Mondays: 6:30 p.m., Cub Scouts Tuesdays: 6 p.m., Girl Scouts; 6:30 p.m., Boy Scouts. Faulks Baptist 2234 Faulks Church Road, Marshville Pastor: David Richardson Dec. 13: 6 p.m., Christmas cantata “Emmanuel,” refreshments following Regular Sunday: Sunday school, 9:45 a.m.; worship, 11 a.m.; Bible study, 6 p.m. Wednesday: 9:30 a.m., morning Bible study; children’s mission groups, 5:45 p.m. First Baptist Church of Indian Trail 732 Indian Trail-Fairview Road, Indian Trail; website,; 704-8821005 Pastor: Mike Whitson Sunday: 8 a.m., 9:30 a.m. and 11 a.m., worship and Life groups. 6 p.m., evening worship. Tuesdays: 7 p.m. Singles meeting. Wednesdays: 7 p.m., Power Hour. Thursdays: 10 a.m., adult prayer meeting.

Flint Ridge East Baptist Church 5720 Flint Ridge Church Road, Marshville; 704-624-5008 Pastor: Richard A. Graham Dec. 12: 6 p.m., “A Heralded Christmas Concert” Forest Hills Baptist Willis Long Road, Monroe Pastor: Neal Workman Sunday: Sunday school, 9 a.m.; worship, 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. Wednesdays: 7 p.m. Youth meeting.

Iglesia Ministerio Internacional Jesucristo para las naciones 103-H Wilkes Drive, Monroe; 704-777-1207 Pastor: Ever Hernandez Indian Trail United Methodist 113 Indian Trail Road, Indian Trail Pastor: Jim Chrisawn Sundays: 8:30 a.m. and 11 a.m., worship; 10:10 a.m., Sunday school

Lakeview Baptist 4602 Concord Highway, Monroe; www.; 704-283-0019 Pastor: Steve Jirgal Regular Sunday: Sunday school, 9 a.m.; worship, 10 a.m. Wednesdays: 6:30 p.m., Bible study

Friendship Missionary Baptist 501 Bazemore St., Monroe; 704-2831917 Pastor: L.W. Leake Gilboa Methodist 5515 Gilboa Road, Marshville Pastor: Tracy Carroll Regular schedule: 10 a.m., Sunday school; 11 a.m., worship God’s Temple of Zion Internation Fellowship 5017 Waxhaw-Marvin Road, Waxhaw Pastor: Victor D. Thompson Gospel Freewill Baptist 2901 Belk Mill Road, Wingate; 704218-8051 Pastor: Henry Braswell Regular Sundays: 10 a.m., Sunday school; 11 a.m., worship; 6 p.m., worship. Gospel Way Church 7310 Tirzah Church Road, Waxhaw Pastor: Ben Karecsky Grace Baptist 3411 Weddington Road, Monroe; 704289-4917 Pastor: Joe Haskett Regular schedule: 10 a.m., Sunday school; 11 a.m., worship, children’s church. Wednesday: 7:15 p.m., worship, youth groups. Grace United Methodist 3522 Secrest Short Cut Road, Monroe Pastor: Bill Englebreth Sundays: 9:45 a.m., Sunday school; 11 a.m., worship Wednesday: 7 p.m., Bible study. Greater Blessed Hope Baptist 3607 Andrew Jackson Drive, Waxhaw, 704-843-2553 Pastor: Waymon Jordan Sr. Jan. 17: 4 p.m., church anniversary celebration Greater Grace Community Baptist 880 Hasty Road, Marshville; 704-2339484. Pastor: Rodney J. Evans Sr. Sunday: Sunday school, 9 a.m.; worship, 10 a.m. Wednesdays: 6 p.m., prayer service and Bible study. Greater Grace World Outreach 5017 Waxhaw-Marvin Road, Waxhaw; 704-843-5418 Pastors: Charles Carter, Jacqueline Carter Hamilton Cross Roads Baptist 6133 Old Goldmine Road, Marshville Pastor: Jeff Smith Regular Sunday schedule: Sunday school, 10 a.m.; worship at 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. Wednesday: 7 p.m. Prayer, Children’s and youth groups, Divorce Care. Hartis Grove Baptist 4224 Blanchard Circle, Indian Trail Pastor: Joe Kirkpatrick Sunday: 9:30 a.m., Sunday school; worship, 10:45 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. Harvest Chapel 5809 Highway 74, Indian Trail 704-882-4662, www.harvestchapelclt. org Pastor: Paul Durham Heath Memorial United Methodist 9908 Richardson-King Road, Waxhaw Pastor: Marilyn Wooten Hebron United Methodist 2820 New Town Road, Monroe Pastor: Sherry Frerichs; 704-906-1443 Regular Sundays: 9:30 a.m., worship; 10 a.m., Sunday school.

Hermon Baptist 9713 Lancaster Highway, Waxhaw; 704843-4924;; Pastor: Donnie Gamble Regular Sunday: 8:30 a.m., worship; 9:45 a.m., Sunday school; 11 a.m., worship; 6:30 p.m., worship, youth and children’s activities. Mondays: 6 p.m. Celebrate Weight Loss; 7 p.m., Celebrate Recovery. Wednesdays: 5:30 p.m., Family Night supper (advance reservations required); 7 p.m., Bible study and prayer; 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., Awana.

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Howie Baptist Howie Mine Church Road, Waxhaw Pastor: Donnie B. Crump Regular schedule: 10 a.m. Sunday school; 11 a.m., worship. Wednesday: 7:30 p.m. Bible study.

Friendly Baptist 5418 Friendly Baptist Church Road, Indian Trail; 704-753-1652 Interim pastor: Dustin Knight Regular schedule: 10 a.m., Sunday school; 11 a.m., worship; 6:30 p.m., youth Wednesday: 7 p.m., Bible study.

First Baptist Church of Monroe 109 Morrow Ave., Monroe; 704-2838534 Pastor: John Hewett Sundays: 9:30 a.m., Bible fellowship; 10:45 a.m., worship; college group Bible fellowship follows worship; 5 p.m., youth group; 6:30 p.m., supper. Wednesdays: 5:30 p.m. to 6:15 p.m.,

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Hopewell Baptist 420 Hopewell Church Road, Monroe 704-753-1084; Pastors: Lee Pigg Sundays: 9 a.m., 10:30 a.m., worship; Sunday school for 50 and older during second worship Wednesdays: 7 p.m., Discipleship groups for those younger than 50; Bible study

Indian Trail Presbyterian 200 Indian Trail Road South, Indian Trail; 704-821-8751 Pastor: James E. Johns Regular Sunday schedule: Sunday school, 9:45 a.m.; worship, 11 a.m.

Hemby Bridge Presbyterian 6010 Mill Grove Road, Indian Trail Pastor: Walt DeHart Sunday: 9:30 a.m., Sunday school, 10:30 a.m., fellowship brunch; 11 a.m., worship. Wednesday: 7 p.m., prayer service.

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Hope 230 E. Union St., Marshville; 704-624-2447 Pastor: Michael Stone Sundays: 10:30 a.m., contemporary worship

Freedom Biker Church of Monroe Union Baptist Association building 1744 Williams Road, Monroe; 704-9994244 Pastor: Steve Starling

First Baptist Church of Marshville 404 N. Elm St., Marshville; 704-6242710 Pastor: Alex Martin Regular Sundays: 10 a.m., Bible study; 11 a.m., worship. Wednesdays: 6:30 p.m., youth ministry activities.

GRIER FUNERAL SERVICE Pastor: Gene Mullis Regular Sundays: 10 a.m., Sunday school; 11 a.m., 6 p.m., worship. Wednesdays: 7 p.m., adult prayer service, All Stars for Jesus

Higher Praise Deliverance 1047-A Van Buren Ave., Indian Trail; 704-904-4073 Pastor: Reginald O. Coffey Sundays: 4 p.m., worship. Hillcrest Baptist 4316 Hillcrest Church Road, Monroe

Lanes Creek Baptist Church 118 Marshville Water Plant Road, Marshville Pastor: Ronnie Collins Dec. 13: 11 a.m., Adoration in concert. Langford Chapel CME 113 S. Johnson St., Monroe Pastor: Sandra H. Gripper Liberty Hill Missionary Baptist 520 Billy Howey Road, Waxhaw Pastor: Michael Flowers Living Word Worship Center 2691 W. Roosevelt Blvd., Monroe Pastor: R.D. Vaught Sunday: 10:30 a.m., worship Wednesday: 7 p.m., worship Love Baptist 707 Deese Road, Monroe Pastor: Don Thompson Regular Sunday: 9 a.m., worship Regular Wednesday: 7 p.m., Bible study Macedonia Baptist 610 Macedonia Baptist Church Road, Monroe Pastor: Billy Belk Regular Sunday: 9:45 a.m., Sunday school assembly; 10 a.m., Sunday school; 11 a.m. worship. Wednesdays: 7 p.m. Adult prayer and Bible study, children’s programs Maple Grove Baptist Maple Grove Church Road, Weddington Pastors: Terry Simpson Sundays: 10 a.m., Sunday school; 11 a.m. and 6 p.m., worship. Wednesdays: 7:30 p.m., worship Marshville Presbyterian 501 N. Elm St., Marshville Pastor: Ed Henegar Regular schedule: Sunday school, 10 a.m.; worship, 11 a.m. Marshville Methodist East Union Street, Marshville Pastor: Sherri Barnes Regular Sunday: Sunday school, 9:30 a.m.; worship, 10:30 a.m. Mary Elizabeth Baptist 3703 Mary Elizabeth Church Road, Waxhaw Pastor: Curtis Laney Sundays: 10 a.m., Sunday school; 11 a.m., worship; 6 p.m., discipleship training Wednesdays: 7 p.m., prayer meeting, youth meeting, GAs & RAs Marvin AME Zion 1525 Crane Road, Waxhaw Pastor: Haven O. Anderson Master’s Family Church International 402 N. Sutherland Ave., Monroe Pastors: Charles and Emma Moore. Phone: 704-622-8881, 704-254-2868. Sundays: Noon, worship. Wednesdays: 7:30 p.m., prayer, worship Memorial United Methodist 1200 Miller St., Monroe; 704-283-6026 Pastor: Bill Englebreth Regular Sundays: 10 a.m., service; 11 a.m., Sunday school. Midway Baptist 4615 Olive Branch Road, Wingate; 704233-5632; Sunday: Sunday school, 9:30 a.m.; worship, 11 a.m. Midway United Methodist 3625 Stack Road, Monroe Pastor: Don Meadows Sundays: 11 a.m. Worship; Sunday school, 9:45 a.m. Mill Creek Baptist 5417 Morgan Mill Road, Monroe; 704-283-8889; Pastor: George Gouge Wednesday: 6:30 p.m., Wednesday night groups meet. Regular Sunday: 9:45 a.m., Sunday school; 11 a.m., worship. Mill Grove United Methodist 7311 Mill Grove Road, Indian Trail Pastor: Earl Bradshaw Regular Sunday: 8:30 a.m., worship; 9:45 a.m., Sunday school; 11 a.m., worship. Wednesday: 7:30 p.m., youth group. Currently registering for preschool. Mineral Springs Church of Christ 6403 Waxhaw Highway, Mineral Springs; 704-243-3388; Mineral Springs United Methodist 5915 Old Waxhaw-Monroe Road, Mineral Springs; 704-843-5905 Pastor: Bruce Gwyn Monroe Christian Worship Center 1721 N. Charlotte Ave., Monroe Pastor: Billy Gowan Morningstar A.M.E. Zion 4604 Secrest Shortcut Road, Monroe Pastor: Jacqueline Roper. Regular Sundays: 9:45 a.m., Sunday school; 11 a.m., worship

Mount Calvary A.M.E. Zion 800 LaSalle St., Monroe; 704-289-6186 Pastor: David L. McLendon Mount Carmel United Methodist 1712 Carmel Road, Monroe; phone, 704-289-6908 Pastor: Nicholas Rochester Today: 9 a.m., turkey shoot, Highway 75 near Rocky River Road. Sunday: 9:45 a.m. Mrs. Eula’s Prayer Group, 10 a.m., Sunday school; 11 a.m., worship; 6 p.m., contemporary service Tuesday: 7 p.m. Choir practice Wednesdays: 6 p.m. United Methodist Women’s dinner, 7 p.m., youth, junior youth Dec. 20: 6 p.m., Christmas play Mount Olive A.M.E. Zion 119 East Ave., Monroe Pastor: Michael McCray Sr. Regular Sunday: 9:45 a.m. Sunday school; 11 a.m., worship. Tuesdays: 6:30 p.m., Bible study Mount Pleasant Baptist 2524 Stack Road, Monroe Pastor: Shad Hicks Regular Sundays: 9:45 a.m., Sunday school; 11 a.m., worship Wednesdays: 7 p.m., worship, Mission Friends, GAs, RAs, youth. Mount Zion Baptist 6907 Gus Eubanks Road, Monroe Pastor: John Lindsay Regular Sunday: 10 a.m., Sunday school; 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. worship. Wednesdays: 7:30 p.m. Prayer service and youth groups. New Beginnings Baptist 1122 Marshville-Olive Branch Road, Marshville Pastor: Johnathan Ash Sundays: Sunday school, 10 a.m. to 10:45 a.m.; worship, 11 a.m.; evening worship, 5 p.m. Wednesdays: 7:30 p.m. New Beginnings Christian Ministry Rock Rest Community Center, White Store Road Pastor: Eddie S. Parsons Sr. Sundays: 10 a.m., Sunday school; 11 a.m., worship Wednesdays: 7:30 p.m., Bible study, A 52-lesson introduction to the 66 books of the Bible. New Grace Baptist 6201 Indian Trail-Fairview Road, Hemby Bridge; 704-400-3258. Pastor: Roger Johnson New Hope Baptist 5928 New Salem Road, Marshville Pastor: Tommy Butler Dec. 20: 11 a.m., “The Christmas Offering” cantata; 6 p.m., children’s Christmas program; refreshments following. Regular Sundays: Sunday school, 9:45 a.m.; worship, 11 a.m. Wednesdays: 6:30 p.m., night services, Kid’s Club and youth; 7 p.m., adult Bible study New Hope United Methodist 3221 Plyler Mill Road, Monroe; 704320-7607 Pastor: Ron Setzer Regular Sunday: Sunday school, 10 a.m.; 11 a.m., worship; 5 p.m., children’s choir. New Life Baptist 826 Willoughby Road, Monroe Pastor: Ricky Godwin Sundays: Sunday school, 10 a.m.; worship, 11 a.m., 6 p.m. Wednesday: Bible study and prayer meeting, 7 p.m. New Life Community Temple of Faith 3216 Griffith Road, Monroe; 704-2196166 Pastor: Sharon O’Leary New Living Word Discipleship and Worship Center 7720 South Rocky River Road, Monroe; 704-764-9348 Pastor: Merv T. Massey Sundays: 9 a.m., Sunday school; 10 a.m., worship New Salem Baptist 2915 Goldmine Road, Monroe Pastor: Douglas Rumley Regular Sunday: 9:30 a.m., Sunday school; 10:30 a.m. and 6 p.m. Worship; 6 p.m. Team Kid Club for age 3-grade 5; youth fellowship. Wednesday: 7 p.m. Children’s, youth missions classes. New Town Road Community Church 7513 Broome’s Old Mill Road, Waxhaw; 704-843-3610 Pastor: William Chandler Regular Sundays: 9:30 a.m., Sunday school; 10:30 a.m., worship Nicey Grove Missionary Baptist 318 Camden Road, Marshville Pastor: M.L. Kaufman Regular Sunday: 8 a.m. and 10 a.m. worship; 9 a.m., Christian education. Wednesdays: 10:45 a.m. and 7 p.m. Bible study. Nu Life End Time Word Ministries 1307 Highway 74 West, Wingate; 704320-1581 Pastors: Guillermo and Bridgette Yard Regular Sunday: 10:15 a.m., Sunday school; worship, 11:15 a.m. Oak Grove Baptist 4013 Newtown Road, Waxhaw Pastor: Richard Myers Sunday: Sunday school, 9:45 a.m.; worship, 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. Wednesday: 7 p.m., prayer service. Oakland Baptist Church 600 E. Sunset Drive, Monroe Oasis Christian Teaching Center Hampton Inn, Monroe Pastor: Chris and Ilene Stover Regular Sundays: 11 a.m., worship. Olive Branch Missionary Baptist 9510 Monroe-Olive Branch Road, Marshville; Pastor: Tobias M. Wall Open Hands Christian Fellowship 3515 Hwy. 74 West Unit F, Monroe Pastor: James M. Kinyanjui Sundays: 10:30 a.m., non-denominational fellowship. Open Book Baptist Church 2850 Old Charlotte Highway, Monroe; 704-221-4938 Pastor: Mitchell Griffin Philadelphia Missionary Baptist 4109 Canal Road, Marshville Pleasant Hill Baptist 7002 Pleasant Hill Church Road, Marshville Interim pastor: Ollis Revels Regular Sundays: Sunday school, 10 a.m.; worship, 11 a.m. Wednesdays, 7 p.m. Pleasant Plains Baptist Church 3316 Pleasant Plains Road, Matthews Pastor: Ron Riddley Sundays: Sunday School 9:15 a.m.; worship 10:30 a.m.; Awana Clubs 5:30 p.m.; evening worship 6 p.m. Prospect United Methodist 6020 Prospect Road, Monroe Pastor: Steve Phillippi

Sundays: 8:45 a.m., contemporary service; 10 a.m., Sunday school; 11 a.m., traditional service; 5 p.m., UMYF/UM Kids Red Level Baptist 1920 Rocky River Road, Monroe Pastor: Daniel M. Gatewood Sundays: 10 a.m., Sunday school; 11:15 a.m., worship. Resurrection Christian 103-C Wilkes Drive Pastor: Zack F. Little Sr. Sunday: Church school, 9 a.m.; worship, 10 a.m. Roanoke Baptist 618 Roanoke Church Road Pastor: Kenny Pittman Saturday: 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., youth church night at Concord Mills. More information, call Rocky Rushing at 704-5060671. Sunday: 11 a.m., children’s hand bell performance Dec. 16: 6:15 p.m. to 8 p.m., youth Christmas party at church, bring a $5 gag gift Dec. 20: 11 a.m., Cantata “The Love of God at Christmas”; 6 p.m. Children’s Christmas play, refreshments afterwards Regular Sunday: 10 a.m., Sunday school; 11 a.m., worship. Wednesday: 6:15 to 8 p.m. Youth Christmas party, bring a $5 gag gift Sandy Ridge Baptist 1106 Sandy Ridge Road, West, Monroe Pastor: Eddie Powers Regular Sunday: 10 a.m., Sunday school; 11 a.m., worship; children’s church except last Sunday in month; 6:30 p.m., evening worship, youth discipleship. Mondays: 7:30 p.m., Outreach, Wednesday: 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m., Awanas, 4 years to youth; 7 p.m., adult prayer and Bible study. Secrest Grove Baptist 4505 Weddington Road, Monroe; 704289-5725, 704-486-7032 Pastor: Jeff Whitecotton Regular Sunday: 10 a.m., Sunday school; 11 a.m, worship; 6 p.m., youth. Wednesdays: 7 p.m., worship. Shiloh Advent Christian Church 3601 Sikes Mill Road, Unionville Shining Light Baptist 2541 Old Charlotte Highway Pastor: Tim Cruse Regular Sundays: 9:30 a.m., Bible study; worship, 10:45 a.m., 6 p.m.; prayer, 7:15 p.m. Wednesdays. Siler Presbyterian 6301 Weddington-Monroe Road, Wesley Chapel; 704-821-7445 Pastor: Bruce Powell Smyrna Methodist 5019 Medlin Road, Monroe; 704-764-7341 Pastor: Mike Capps Regular Sundays: 9:30 a.m., worship; 10:45 a.m., Sunday school. Southbrook Church Monroe campus 1410 Skyway Drive, Monroe Pastor: Geoffrey Janes Stallings United Methodist 1115 Stallings Road; 704-821-8820; Pastor: Bart Milleson First and third Saturdays: 5:30 p.m., contemporary worship. Regular Sundays: 8:30 a.m., intimate service; 9:45 a.m., Sunday school for all ages; 10:55 a.m., formal worship; 4:30 p.m., Bible Zone, youth programs. Stephenson Presbyterian 4224 Rocky River Road North; www.; 704-882-2018 Pastor: Keith Morrison Regular Sundays: Sunday school, 9:45 a.m.; worship, 11 a.m. St. Luke’s Lutheran Church 909 Circle Drive, Monroe; 704-2835244 Pastor: Kenneth W. Fink Regular Sundays: 8:15 a.m. and 10 a.m. worship Sutton Park Baptist McIntyre Street, Monroe Sundays: Sunday school, 9:45 a.m.; worship, 11 a.m. Wednesday: 6:30 p.m. Bible Study and prayer time. Tabernacle House of Prayer Apostolic Ministries Old Highway 74, Wingate; 704-2076681 Pastor: Addie Robinson TheRiver Meets at New Salem Volunteer Fire Department Pastor: Jimmy Brown 704-753-1929 E-mail: Sunday: Interdenominational church meets at 10 a.m. Very casual dress, casual atmosphere. Tirzah Presbyterian 7507 Tirzah Church Road, Waxhaw; 704-843-2893; Pastor: Jill Duffield Sunday school, 10 a.m.; worship at 11 a.m. Trinity Baptist 2613 Concord Hwy., Monroe; 704-2922613; Pastor: Ted Wright Turner Presbyterian 4802 Lancaster Hwy., Monroe Pastor: Roy Scarbrough Sundays: 9 a.m. to 9:30 a.m., prayer time; 10 a.m. to 10:45 a.m., Sunday school; 11 a.m., worship. Union Baptist 4312 Old Pageland-Monroe Road, Monroe; 704-764-7289 Pastor: Joseph Hickson Sunday: 6 p.m., Reggie Saddler and Family Dec. 13: 7 p.m., “One Holy Night” Christmas cantata Regular Sunday: 9:45 a.m., Sunday school; 11 a.m., worship Regular Wednesday: 7 p.m., adult Bible study. Union Chapel Missionary Baptist 621 E. Lawyers Road, Monroe; 704753-1481 Pastor: J.W. Threatt Union Grove Primitive Baptist 3619 Morgan Mill Road, Monroe Pastor: Newell Helms Union Grove United Methodist 8708 Indian Trail-Fairview Road, Indian Trail; 704-753-4966 Pastor: Robert Sturge Union United Methodist 6315 New Town Road, Waxhaw; 704843-1603 Pastor: Kim Higgins Sundays: 8:45 a.m., contemporary worship; 10 a.m., Sunday school; 11 a.m., blended service; 5 p.m., youth Tuesdays: 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., senior chair yoga. Union Springs A.M.E. Zion 4003 Morgan Mill Road, Unionville Pastor: Michael Baker Sundays: 8 a.m., Sunday school; 9:15 a.m., praise and worship; 9:30 a.m., morning worship. Continued on Page 8A

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Philip Jacob Spener: How to live a Christian life


ave you heard something like this? “The culture is changing and many are leaving or not coming to churches because they are finding answers elsewhere.” If so, you might be living in 2005, or in 1675. In the mid-1600s, Christianity was in dire straits in Germany. But one man introduced a Christian movement which partly reversed this trend and lives on today in various roles: Philip Jacob Spener and Pietism. Martin Luther ignited the Protestant Reformation (in the early 1500s), yet a century-anda-half later much of the enthusiasm had left German churches. Into this situation Spener (1635-1705) was born. He was a Lutheran minister and pastored churches in Strasburg, Frankfort, and Berlin. While at Frankfurt he began to hold weekly Bible studies in

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his home and to concentrate his efforts on renewing Christians in Germany. In 1675, he published his most popular book: Pia Desideria (Pius Desires). In it he laid out the basic ideas of Pietism, a movement designed to focus Christians on their inner lives and, subsequently, to both stimulate Christian action and to revitalize churches. It might best be described as “practical Christianity.” The main thrust of his book

is a chapter entitled “Proposals to Correct Conditions in the Church.” In this chapter he gives six remedies. First: Christians need to delve deeper into the Bible in such a way that it becomes part of their lives. “The more at home the Word of God is among us, the more we shall bring about faith and its fruits.” Second: Christians should encourage, comfort, minister to, and pray for each other more often. “Every Christian is bound not only to offer himself and what he has . . . (but) to chastise, exhort, convert, and edify (others), to observe their life, pray for all, and insofar as possible be concerned about their salvation.” Third: Being a Christian not only involves knowledge of Christ and the Bible, but action as well. “It is by no means enough to have knowledge of

the Christian faith, for Christianity consists rather of practice.” Fourth: Spener said it best: “We must beware how we conduct ourselves in religious controversies.” 150 years before Spener, Catholics killed Protestants, Protestants killed Catholics, and Protestants killed each other. As the Civil War is to us, that time of religious violence was to Spener; he knew the reality of unchecked religious anger. Fifth: Clergy need to receive both religious education and training in holiness. “(A) holy life is not of less consequence than diligence and study, indeed that study without piety is worthless.” Sixth: The focus of sermons should not only be theology and doctrine but practical advice and encouragement. “Our whole Christian religion

consists of the inner man or the new man, whose soul is faith and whose expressions are the fruits of life, and all sermons should be aimed at this. On the one hand, (sermons) should be presented in such a way that faith, and hence the inner man, may ever be strengthened more and more. On the other hand, works should be so set in motion that we may by no means be content merely to have the people refrain from outward vices and practice outward virtues . . . (but) accustom the people first to work on what is inward and only then to act accordingly.” Or as Jesus said, “First clean the inside of the cup and dish, and then the outside will also be clean.” (Matthew 23:26) Questions/comments contact Mark at drnickens@triad.; other summaries available at

“Onward Christian Athletes” explores sports evangelism BOSTON (AP) — A toss left, a quick break past the defense, and it was obvious Philadelphia Eagles running back Herb Lusk was headed to the end zone. The real surprise came when he arrived 70 yards later. Lusk dropped to a knee in the NFL’s first public end zone prayer. High-profile expressions of faith by athletes have become routine in pro sports since Lusk’s October 1977 run. A new book by religion writer Tom Krattenmaker explores how it happened, and asks whether it’s a good thing. “Some love it, some really resent it. The comedians have a field day with it,” said Krattenmaker, author of “Onward Christian Athletes.” From the numerous Lusk copycats, to prayer circles at the 50-yard line, to jubilant players praising God in postgame interviews, an often conservative voice of the Christian faith is now commonplace in American professional sports. That reflects decades of influence by evangelical Christian groups in locker rooms and a belief among some Christian athletes that their visibility is a gift they should use to proclaim their faith. Krattenmaker says the problem is that they’re reaching a sporting public with increas-

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ingly pluralistic religious convictions, or no religion at all. “There are many secular fans who really feel annoyed by that kind of religious expression,” he said in an interview. “Even people who are religious themselves often resent this situation where athletes talk about God in this big moment of victory, sometimes seeming to imply God gave them the victory.” But Tennessee Titans All-Pro center Kevin Mawae said his Christianity is part of who he is, and he can’t separate it from his life as an athlete or anywhere else. “The fact that some people are jaded toward religion or faith shouldn’t stop a player from expressing his faith in public,” Mawae said. There’s no intent to alienate people, only to share Biblical truth, said Vince Nauss, president of Baseball Chapel, which provides chaplains to every major league baseball team. “If there’s an exclusivity, it’s because Jesus put it out there,” Nauss said. “So I don’t think there’s anything to apologize for, or to dance around in a politically correct environment.” The influence of Christianity in locker rooms can be traced to people such as baseball pioneer Branch Rickey, the executive who brought Jackie Robinson to the Brooklyn Dodgers. In 1954,


Rickey agreed to help college football coach Don McClanen found the influential Fellowship of Christian Athletes. Baseball Chapel was established for players like ex-New York Yankee Bobby Richardson, who was mobbed at local churches on Sundays, Nauss said. By 1975, it had established programs for every major league team. Another prominent group, the international sports ministry Athletes in Action, places about half of the NFL’s chaplains. Krattenmaker said evangelical ministries have a near monopoly in pro clubhouses because they seized the chance, then won the teams’ trust by not exploiting their access. Other faith groups simply haven’t done the work, he said. “The conservative Christians got their upper hand in the sports world the old fashioned way,” Krattenmaker said. “They earned it.” Krattenmaker isn’t asking pro athletes to stop talking about religion, just to be more sensitive in their tone and timing. He also sees a credibility-bruising selectivity in the theologically and politically conservative messages evangelicals in sports trumpet. In his book, for instance, he highlights retired Indianapo-


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lis Colts coach Tony Dungy’s public stance against same-sex marriage. But Jesus’s teaching that “it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God” doesn’t get much attention among hyperwealthy athletes, he said. Joe Price, author of “Rounding the Bases: Baseball and Religion in America,” said evangelicals are driven by a unique “missionary urgency” to fulfill Christ’s call to spread the Christian message to all nations. But he said spontaneous witnessing on TV broadcasts was akin to “early Christian preaching on a street corner,” and can be easily resented or ignored. Retired NBA guard and 1993 Heisman Trophy winner Charlie Ward, an outspoken Christian, said when athletes publicly talk about Christianity, it’s often just a reflection of the joy of the faith. “When people are excited about something, they want to share good news with people,” Ward said. John White, who helped found Athletes in Action’s sports ethics center, advocates training to help Christian pro athletes be reflective about what they say and aware of how their audience might respond. “I think there could be more measured communication, just

some wisdom,” said White, now a professor at Cedarville College. “It would probably challenge me if I saw them equally thanking God after a loss.” Mawae said he knows outspoken Christian athletes will be held more accountable for what they say and do. “If you’re going to go out there and pray in the end zone at the end of the game and give it all up or whatever, at the same time your actions off the field have to reflect who you are on the field,” he said. Both Mawae and Ward have seen their character publicly questioned. Mawae is often named one of the NFL’s dirtiest players in player polls — something he has attributed to playing hard until “the echo of the whistle.” In the 1997 NBA playoffs, Ward was suspended after being part of an ugly brawl with the Miami Heat. In 2001, he apologized after saying Jews were “stubborn” because they didn’t accept Christ and had “blood on their hands.” Ward said he tried to show his Christianity through his struggles. “I wanted people to see that I was real, but also to wanted (them) to see humility and how you handle certain situations and allowing your faith to kind of be shown through your hang ups,” he said.



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2723 Lawyers Rd, West Indian Trail, NC 28104 704-882-1373 Rev. Dr. Christopher Zacharias, Senior Pastor

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2234 Faulks Church Rd. • Marshville Pastor: DR. DAVID RICHARDSON 704-233-4488

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U N IT E D M E T H O D IS T Stallings United Methodist Church 1115 Stallings Rd. Stallings, NC 28104 704-821-8820

Pastor: Rev. Dr. Bart Milleson

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“A Church With A Heart For Our City...” Dr. David Hayes

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CHURCH BRIEFS Continued from Page 6A Unionville Baptist 510 Baucom Road, Monroe Pastor: Hank Parker Jr. Sundays: 9:30 a.m., Sunday school; 11 a.m., worship. Walker Grove Missionary Biptist 1006 Walkers Grove Road, Wingate; 704-233-4676 Pastor: The Rev. Jasper Powe Jr. Walkersville Presbyterian Church 6204 Brady Road, Waxhaw; 704-843-3612 Pastor: Warren Nance Sundays: 9:45 a.m., Sunday school; 11 a.m., worship.

Watts Grove Missionary Baptist 3105 Rocky River Road North, Monroe Sunday: Sunday school, 9:30 a.m.; worship, 11 a.m.

haw Sundays: Sunday school, 9 a.m.; worship, 10:15 a.m. Tuesdays: 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., Bible study, call 704-843-4685 for details.

Waxhaw Baptist 8213 Old Waxhaw-Monroe Road, Waxhaw Pastor: Donny Royster Sundays: 10 a.m., Sunday school; 11 a.m., worship; 6 p.m., Bible study, Kids for Christ, Y Factor Class. Wednesday: 7 p.m., prayer and youth class, Kids for Christ

Waxhaw United Methodist 200 McDonald St., Waxhaw; 704-8433931; Pastor: Harrison Hinson Sundays: 9 a.m., worship; Sunday school, 10 a.m.; traditional worship, 11 a.m.

Waxhaw Bible Church 6810 Pleasant Grove Church Road, Waxhaw Waxhaw Presbyterian 8100 Old Waxhaw-Monroe Road, Wax-

Pastor: Denise Earls; phone, 704-8144739; Sundays: Sunday school, 9:30 a.m.; worship, 10:30 a.m., with children’s church provided. For transportation, call 704-283-6106. West Monroe Baptist Church 1212 Icemorlee St., 704-283-2532 Pastor: David Hayes

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Westend Baptist 1611 Sanlee Church Drive, Monroe; 704-764-7366 Pastor: Rodney Faircloth Sundays: 10 a.m., Sunday school; 11 a.m., 6 p.m., worship. Wednesdays: 6 p.m., worship.

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704-233-4256 Pastor: J. Derrill Smith Dec. 13: 6 p.m., “Emmanuel — God With Us,� snacks afterward in fellowship hall. Jan. 8-10: Weekend of Celebration and Renewal, marking church’s 200th anniverary. Jan. 8, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., prayer vigil; worship services at 6 p.m. Jan. 9, 10:30 a.m. and 6 p.m. Jan. 10; guest speaker, the Rev. Jim Somerville. Regular Sunday schedule: Sunday school, 9:30 a.m.; worship, 10:30 a.m.; 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., Kids Club for age 4 through sixth grade. Wednesday: 6 p.m, Mid-week Gathering, fellowship hall. Wingate United Methodist 111 Hinson St., Wingate; 704-233-4995; Pastor: Rhonda Hartweg

Sundays: Sunday school, 10 a.m.; worship, 11 a.m.; evening prayer and praise, 5 p.m. Wednesday: 6 p.m., meal; 7 p.m., Bible study, youth meeting Word of Christ Baptist 3629 Highway 74, Wingate Pastor: Gary W. McLain Regular Sunday: Sunday school, 10 a.m.; worship, 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. Regular Wednesday: 7 p.m., Bible study Zion Hill Christian Fellowship Plyler Mill and Grifin Road, Monroe Pastor: Bill Sullivan Zion United Methodist 1521 Old Fish Road, Monroe Pastor: Mark Curtis Regular Sundays: 9 a.m., Sunday school; 10 a.m., worship.

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channeling $100 billion a year by 2020 to developing countries with no guarantees. The five-nation agreement includes a method for verifying reductions of heat-trapping gases — a key demand by Washington, because China has resisted international efforts to monitor its actions. The agreement, which also includes India, South Africa and

gela Merkel, a leading proponent of strong action to confront global warming, gave the Copenhagen Accord grudging acceptance but said she had “mixed feelings” about the outcome and called it only a first step. Obama’s day of frenetic diplomacy produced a three-page document promising $30 billion in emergency aid in the next three years and a goal of

Brazil, requires industrial countries to list their individual targets and developing countries to list the actions they will take to cut global warming pollution by specific amounts. Obama called that an “unprecedented breakthrough.” “We have come a long way, but we have much further to go,” he said. If the countries had waited to reach a full,

binding agreement, “then we wouldn’t make any progress,” Obama said. In that case, he said, “there might be such frustration and cynicism that rather than taking one step forward, we ended up taking two steps back.” He suggested the agreement would be adopted by the larger summit in its closing hours. The emerging outcome was a disappointment to

NEWS BRIEFS ‘Work Sets You Free’ sign stolen at Auschwitz

those who had anticipated the Copenhagen Accord would be turned into a legally binding treaty. Instead, it envisions another year of negotiations and leaves myriad details yet to be decided. But British Prime Minister Gordon Brown said the agreement had almost universal support. “A year ago nobody thought this sort of agreement was possible,” he said.


OSWIECIM, Poland (AP) — Thieves stole the notorious sign bearing the cynical Nazi slogan “Work Sets You Free” from the entrance to the former Auschwitz death camp on Friday, cutting through rows of barbed wire and metal bars before making their escape through the snow. The seizure of one of the Holocaust’s chilling symbols brought worldwide condemnation. “The theft of such a

beit Macht Frei” spanned the main entrance to the Auschwitz death camp, where more than 1 million people, mostly Jews, were killed during World War II. Working under the cover of darkness and timing their theft between regular security patrols, the culprits unscrewed the 90-pound steel banner on one side and tore it off on the other, then carried it 300 yards to an opening in a concrete wall.

symbolic object is an attack on the memory of the Holocaust, and an escalation from those elements that would like to return us to darker days,” Yad Vashem Chairman Avner Shalev said. “I call on all enlightened forces in the world who fight against antiSemitism, racism, xenophobia and the hatred of the other, to join together to combat these trends.” The 16-foot sign bearing the German words “Ar-

Drugs linked to al-Qaida Prosecutors say trafficking would fund terror efforts WASHINGTON (AP) — Three accused al-Qaida associates taken to New York on Friday are charged with plotting to ferry drugs through the Sahara desert to raise money for terror attacks — evidence of what prosecutors say is a dangerous, growing alliance between terror chiefs and drug

brief court appearance in which they did not enter pleas to charges of narcoterrorism conspiracy and conspiracy to provide support to terrorists. Michele Leonhart, the head of the Drug Enforcement Administration, said the case shows a “direct link” between al-Qaida and drug traffickers.

lords. The three suspects — believed to be in their 30s and from Mali — were arrested by local authorities in Ghana earlier this week and turned over to U.S. agents. They arrived in the United States early Friday morning, officials said, and were ordered held without bail after a

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Justice Dept. will investigate wrongful jailing

WASHINGTON — Investigators at the U.S. Justice Department are being asked to look into the case of a man freed from prison this week after 28 years because DNA tests showed he was innocent. The conviction of Donald Eugene Gates in a 1981 rape and murder was based largely on testimony by an FBI forensic analyst whose work later came under fire. Documents show prosecutors knew years ago that the discredited analyst was involved but failed to inform Gates’ attorneys.

Surgeons remove needles from boy after torture

SAO PAULO — Surgeons on Friday successfully removed four sewing needles from the lung and near the heart of a Brazilian toddler, allegedly plunged into him by his stepfather during a monthlong series of bizarre rituals. Dozens more needles

measuring up to 2 inches in length remain inside the boy’s body, but the four removed were considered the most lifethreatening. Police say the boy’s stepfather, 30-year-old bricklayer Roberto Carlos Magalhaes, confessed to pushing supposedly “blessed” sewing needles deep into the child because his lover told him to while in trances. The stepfather told police the rituals happened every few days for a full month, with him inserting several needles during each session.

Shopping? Not with credit cards

NEW YORK — Shoppers are doing all they can to keep their credit cards in their wallets this holiday season. They’re paying with cash or debit cards, using layaway plans and even exchanging frequent flier miles for cash to buy gifts. When they pull a credit card, it’s at a store that doesn’t charge interest for up to six months. Banks have also reduced the amount of credit they’re making available, even to low-

risk clients. Often, the switch to cash or debit cards means lower costs for stores, though merchants miss out on getting data on their customers’ shopping habits from credit card transactions. Layaway and other payment increase a store’s costs, but they can be offset by new opportunities to grab sales from customers who would otherwise not able to buy. Bill Hampel, chief economist at the Credit Union National Association, describes the consumer switch as “seminal.”

Rape decreases at service academies

ANNAPOLIS, Md. — The number of reported sexual assaults has dropped again at the nation’s three major military academies, the Defense Department said Friday, noting that underreporting could be a reason for the decrease. Reports decreased at the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo., but a rise at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md. and the U.S. Military Academy in West Point, N.Y.

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Indecent exposure in his own home? was simply exercising “personal freedom” as he spent several hours naked in his Springfield home packing up belongings. Police, prosecutors and two witnesses, though, said Williamson’s actions were designed to draw attention to himself. The first woman, school librarian Joyce Giuliani, said she heard some loud singing as she left her

you’re in your own home. Two women said they saw much more of Williamson than they cared to in October, even though he never left the confines of his home. He received neither jail time nor a fine but is appealing anyway, saying a larger principle is at stake. Williamson testified that he never intended to expose himself and

FAIRFAX, Va. (AP) — As Erick Williamson sees it, being naked is liberating, and if passers-by get an eyeful while he’s standing in front of a picture window, that’s not his problem. A Fairfax County judge saw it differently Friday, convicting Williamson of indecent exposure in a case that raised questions about what’s OK when

“He gave me eye contact,” Dean said, but otherwise made no gestures toward her or her son. Regardless of whether he was seen, Williamson’s conduct does not constitute indecent exposure, said his attorney, Dickson Young. Under Virginia law, the charge requires “an obscene display or exposure” and must occur in “a public place or

home and drove to work. As she drove by Williamson’s home, she saw him naked, standing directly behind a picture window. A few hours later, Yvette Dean was walking her 7-year-old son to school along a trail that runs by Williamson’s home. She heard a loud rattle, looked to her left and saw Williamson standing naked in a side doorway.

a place where others are present.” Young argued that neither prong had been met. “Mere nudity is insufficient to declare conduct obscene,” Young said, noting that none of the women testified that Williamson was aroused or that he made any sort of obscene gesture. “Nudity in one’s own home is not a crime.”

Recall: DayQuil capsules Harrell said the product was distributed nationally between September 2008 and February 2009, and more recently between September and December this year. P&G offers the bonus packs during the cold season. Harrell said the issue was discovered during a routine review.

packaging, despite labeling claims on the box. The issue only affects DayQuil Cold & Flu 24-Count LiquiCaps Bonus Pack. Consumers can identify the product by the yellow flag in the top-right corner that reads: Bonus 20 Percent More. Spokeswoman Crystal

CINCINNATI (AP) — Procter & Gamble Co. is recalling 700,000 packs of Vicks DayQuil capsules because they are not childproof. The consumer product maker, based in Cincinnati, said Friday the affected products do not contain child-resistant

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in Alabama, Arizona, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Maryland, Missouri, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, South Carolina and Wisconsin. Autism is diagnosed by making judgments about a child’s behavior; there are no blood or biologic tests. For decades, the diagnosis was given only to kids with severe language and social impairments and unusual, repetitious behaviors. The definition of autism has gradually expanded, and “autism” is now shorthand for a group of milder, related conditions. Health officials have urged stepped-up screening of children for autism, saying early therapy can improve how well children develop. While researchers have found that parents often voiced concerns about a child’s development before age 2, the average age of diagnosis is still about 4 1/2.

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much is identification,” she said, in a Friday news conference. Doctors do not know what causes autism, but have been investigating possible genetic and environmental triggers. Results from the environmental research are still years away, Rice said. In October, officials from the National Institute of Mental Health published results of a

2007 telephone survey of parents that concluded that 1 in 91 children had autism. At the same time, the CDC released to the media its preliminary results of 1 in 100 from its own research, which it updated on Friday. The study is based on medical and school records of nearly 2,800 children in communities

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WHO’S NEWS Panthers’ Moore starting again at QB

CHARLOTTE (AP) — Matt Moore will make his third consecutive start at quarterback for the Carolina Panthers on Sunday against the Minnesota Vikings. Jake Delhomme was ruled out of the game Friday with a broken finger that’s kept him sidelined since MOORE Nov. 29. Moore is 1-1 as a starter, but the Panthers have scored just two touchdowns in that stretch. Cornerback Richard Marshall is questionable with a right ankle injury, but practiced Friday. Backup running back and kick returner Tyrell Sutton is also questionable with a sore hamstring. Defensive end Tyler Brayton is probable after missing last Sunday’s loss to New England with a concussion. Linebacker Na’il Diggs (ribs), receiver Muhsin Muhammad (knee) and running back Jonathan Stewart (toe) are also probable.

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Weddington senior libero Alex Kachulis had a remarkable 174 digs over a three-game stretch against 4A competition this season.

Warriors’ Kachulis leads 2009 all-county volleyball team By David Sentendrey

Rams miss practice due to swine flu

ST. LOUIS (AP) — The St. Louis Rams have returned to the practice field, a day after an undisclosed number of swine flu cases on the team forced them to cancel a workout. Running back Steven Jackson and quarterback Kyle Boller were among four players who missed Friday’s outdoor workout due to flulike symptoms Boller also missed practice Wednesday so the Rams are almost certain to go with rookie Keith Null for a second straight week against the Houston Texans. Wide receiver Brandon Gibson and defensive tackle Darell Scott also missed Friday’s practice, while center Jason Brown confirmed he’d been diagnosed with swine flu.

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MONROE Offense catches the eyes of many sports fans, but Weddington High senior Alex Kachulis made sure defense would not go unnoticed in volleyball. Kachulis has bee named The Enquirer-Journal’s 2009 Union County Player of the Year for volleyball. Weddington finished 10-0 in the Southern Carolina Conference and 20-5 overall, never losing so much as a set on the way to a conference championship, as well as a conference tournament title. Kachulis played the libero

position for the Warriors, a defensive specialist with the focus on maintaining ball control with passing in order to run the offense. “Obvioulsy your defense starts your offense,” WHS coach Carrie Powell said. “With her back there, we knew we could get the passes set and Alex just seemed to be able to get to every ball and get it up to where she could handle it – and because of that we could use sets so that our hitters could hit it.” Weddington’s top-four hitters tallied an astounding 944 kills through the season, led by three seniors (Amy

Schwartz 335 kills, Allison Rickher 328, Kaitlyn Duckworth 146) and junior Julia Moreira (135 kills) – and those lofty numbers could not have been reached without Kachulis’ county-high 847 digs. “That’s why we had so many kills on offense,” Powell said. “Alex just got to every ball. I knew I didn’t have to worry about defense because Alex would fix it if something was going on.” On Oct. 15, Kachulis recorded 51 digs in a 3-2 win over Southwestern 4A Conference leader Myers Park – reaching a total of 174 digs



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First team Alex Kachulis, Sr., Weddington Allison Rickher, Sr., Weddington Amy Schwartz, Sr., Weddington Courtney Barrineau, Sr., Piedmont Taylor Simpson, So., Piedmont Jacqui Spurgeon, Jr., Marvin Ridge Second team Ashlyn Sunseri, So., Marvin Ridge Jillian Zimmerman, Sr., Marvin Ridge Maiah Redelfs, Sr., Parkwood Katie Simpson, Sr., Piedmont Sarah Bean, So., Porter Ridge Kaitlyn Duckworth, Sr., Weddington Player of the year: Alex Kachulis, Weddington Coach of the year: Carrie Powell, Weddington

Mavs playing well after rough start BY JUSTIN MURDOCK

E-J Sports Writer

DURHAM (AP) — Olek Czyz (CHIZZ) is leaving Duke’s basketball team. School officials said Friday that Czyz is planning to transfer to another Division I school. The 6-foot-7 sophomore was primarily a backup forward who started the first two games this season as the seventh-ranked Blue Devils (8-1) went to a bigger lineup with guard Nolan Smith serving a two-game suspension. Czyz, a native of Poland who played at Reno High School in Nevada, averaged roughly 10 minutes in the six games he played, averaging 2.5 points and two rebounds while shooting 58 percent.

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — IndyCar star Danica Patrick has turned her first laps in a stock car at Daytona International Speedway. Dozens of photographers and reporters followed Patrick’s every move Friday as she completed five laps before rain washed out an ARCA test. Patrick says she is “learning a lot and I think it’s going to pay off.” She is scheduled to make her stock car debut in an ARCA race at Daytona in February. She said that her laps around the 2 1/2-mile superspeedway felt “a little slow.” Her top speed was 176.142 mph, which is about 50 mph off the IndyCar pace at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. She was 12th out of 24 drivers on the Daytona speed chart. Her biggest problem Friday? She struggled getting in and out of the car with her helmet on.


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Duke reserve Czyz transferring

Patrick practices at Daytona


E-J staff photo by Ed Cottingham

Marvin Ridge junior TJ Tolbert has helped his team win three straight games. Tolbert is averaging a team-high 18.3 points per game.

MONROE After starting the 2009-10 season with three straight losses, the Marvin Ridge High boys basketball team has rebounded with three consecutive wins to even its record at 3-3 heading into the Carolinas Medical Center Union Holiday Classic at Wingate University — which starts a week from today. The Mavericks’ three losses are to Robinson (6964 OT), Charlotte Latin (6748) and Charlotte Christian (72-59). Marvin Ridge’s wins are against Hickory Ridge (74-56), Cuthbertson (81-63) and Grace Academy (62-50). Junior guard TJ Tolbert has been the Mavs’ primary offensive threat, averaging 18.3 points per game, which ranks second in Union County. Tolbert has scored 20 or more points twice this season, including 24 in the

Clayton State holds off Bulldogs from staff reports

WINGATE Clayton State overcame a 13-point halftime deficit to defeat Wingate University’s women’s basketball team, 69-65, on Friday in the opener of the OrthoCarolina Classic. Sophomore Kurie Washington led Wingate’s upset bid, scoring a game-high 28 points. Washington made 4-of-5 attempts from 3-point range. As a team, the Bulldogs made

7-of-13 3-point tries. Clayton State, which is ranked 15th nationally among Division II schools, improved its record to 6-1. Teshymia Tillman scored a team-high 16 points for CSU, which plays Tusculum today starting at 3:30 p.m. The Lakers used a balanced offensive attack, with four of their five starters scoring in double digits. The Bulldogs, who dropped to 5-4 on the season, had only two players score more than five.

OrthoCarolina Classic (at Wingate University) Today’s women’s games: Wingate vs. Francis Marion, 1:30 Clayton State vs. Tusculum, 3:30 Forward Erica Crumlin was a bright spot for the Bulldogs, contributing 14 points and eight rebounds. Wingate is back in action today, hosting No. 17 Francis Marion starting at 1:30 p.m.

win over Hickory Ridge. He made a season-high six 3-pointers in that game. Tolbert, a junior, has been a varsity contributor since he was a freshman, but came off the bench his first two years. Marvin Ridge has had to replace four starters from last year’s team that finished 19-7 and lost to TW Andrews in the second round of the 3A state playoffs.

Top scorers

Sun Valley High sophomore Shawn Stewart is leading Union County’s boys in scoring, while Weddington High senior Samantha Sebastian leads the girls. Stewart, a 5-foot-11 shooting guard, averages 21.7 points per game for the 5-3 Spartans. Sebastian, a 5-9 wing, is averaging 16.9 points per contest for the 4-3 Warriors.

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#15 Clayton St. (Ga.) 69, Wingate 65 #15 CLAYTON STATE (6-1) Tillman 7-19 1-2 16; Kelly 5-13 1-2 12; Hall 4-7 2-2 12; Woodard 4-9 2-4 11; Jemison 3-3 2-3 8; Bruce 2-6 0-0 5; Bennett 1-2 0-0 2; Stoudamire 1-6 0-1 2; Fort 0-2 1-2 1; Aker 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 27-67 9-16 69. WINGATE (5-4) Washington 7-15 10-10 28; Crumlin 5-9 4-4 14; Wollett 1-2 2-2 5; Brooks 2-6 0-0 5; Rhodes 2-2 0-0 4; Whitenack 1-3 0-0 3; Mitchell 1-6 0-0 2; Keitt 1-4 0-0 2; Shuey 1-2 0-0 2; Brown 0-0 0-0 0; Rosser 0-2 0-0 0; Logan 0-2 0-2 0. Totals 21-53 16-18 65. #15 Clayton State (Ga.) ....... 31 38 - 69 Wingate ............................. 44 21 - 65 3-point goals--Clayton State (Ga.) 6-17 (Hall 2-3; Bruce 1-2; Woodard 1-2; Tillman 1-6; Kelly 1-3; Stoudamire 0-1), Wingate 7-13 (Washington 4-5; Brooks 1-2; Whitenack 1-3; Wollett 1-1; Rosser 0-2). Fouled out--Clayton State (Ga.)-None, Wingate-None. Rebounds--Clayton State (Ga.) 46 (Woodard 11), Wingate 34 (Crumlin 8). Assists--Clayton State (Ga.) 20 (Hall 5; Woodard 5), Wingate 17 (Brooks 5; Whitenack 5). Total fouls--Clayton State (Ga.) 15, Wingate 17. Technical fouls--Clayton State (Ga.)-None, Wingate-None. A-104

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The Enquirer-Journal

Tiger named top player on Tour definitely leave to work on It was only the second time his marriage after admitting that Woods was voted player of the year when he to infidelity. did not win a major. In between, he won In a peculiar twist, six PGA Tour events, Woods won in his ficaptured the FedEx nal start before each Cup and its $10 million of the four majors. bonus, won the money Marc Leishman of title for the ninth time Australia was voted in his career with PGA Tour rookie over $10.5 million, and of the year, becomhad the lowest scoring ing the first since average for the ninth WOODS Charles Howell III time. No one else won more than in 2001 to win the award three times on the PGA Tour. without having won a tour-

PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Tiger Woods was voted the PGA Tour player of the year by the players on Friday, the 10th time in his 13 years on tour that he has won the award. The PGA Tour does not disclose vote totals. Woods started and finished the season the same way — with questions when he would return. He was coming off knee surgery at the beginning of the year, and last week announced an in-

nament. Leishman was the only rookie to reach the FedEx Cup finale at the Tour Championship. Players voted on the awards over the last month, with balloting ending Friday. It was the eighth time that Woods has swept all the major PGA Tour honors — Byron Nelson Award for the lowest adjusted scoring average (68.05), Arnold Palmer Award for the money title and Jack Nicklaus Award for player of the year.

Texas, UNC square off at Cowboys Stadium ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Video cameras were rolling when the No. 2 Texas Longhorns walked onto the court at Cowboys Stadium on Friday. That is, the cameras held by most of the Texas players. A day before taking on No. 10 North Carolina in the first basketball game at the $1.2 billion stadium, the Longhorns were awed by their first glimpse of the place where their football cohorts won the Big 12 championship two weeks ago and where the NBA All-Star game will be played in February. Most of their oohs and aahs were directed at the video board that hangs over the court — every inch of it, and then some. “It’s my first time ever feeling small,” said 6-foot-10 center Dexter Pittman, who used to weigh nearly 400 pounds. “I didn’t think that JumboTron was that big. I thought people were overexaggerating, but it’s huge!” As big as the screens look for football games, it’s even more overwhelming for basketball. Think about it: the TVs cover 60 yards of a 100-yard gridiron; they are almost twice the size of a 94-foot basketball court. In fact, the entire platform that holds

the court is 134 feet. The boards stretch 160 feet, leaving 12 more feet of screens on either end of the platform. “I told (a team official) I didn’t want to play — just buy me a ticket to sit in the stands and I’ll watch it on the JumboTron,” Pittman said, laughing. When the Cowboys first moved into the building, there was a lot of drama about whether the boards hung so low that they might get hit by a punt. Well, for basketball, they are so high above the court that a smaller set of screens have been installed so folks sitting close to the court don’t have to strain their necks. These temporary boards are “only” 15 feet-by-24 feet and hang from the giant boards. The Longhorns (9-0) seemed glad to have taken the three-hour trip up from Austin to check out the new surroundings. They practiced on the court, too, in hopes of getting of a better feel for the massive environment. The Tar Heels (8-2) opted to work out at home in Chapel Hill. They were flying in later Friday, with their first glimpse inside the building not coming until they arrive Saturday. “There’s nothing unique about playing in a big building,” North Carolina coach

Roy Williams said. “We do that all the time. We played in a big building last year that was a third full and two-thirds empty when we played Michigan State (at Ford Field in Detroit). “But from what I hear and what I’ve seen, there’s big buildings and then there’s Cowboys Stadium,” he continued. “That video board, I mean, I can’t hit a drive from one end of it to the other and I used to be able to hit the driver pretty good. ... A lot of things are big in Texas. That’s got to be the biggest. I’d hate to have that in my bedroom.” North Carolina’s Tyler Zeller has been watching Cowboys games and thinking about playing in the stadium and being shown on the scoreboard. “It’s almost too big because it’s ridiculous,” he said. “But it’s definitely very cool and we’re looking forward to it.” A heavily pro-Texas crowd of more than 35,000 is expected for this game, giving it the feel of an NCAA tournament game. For the Tar Heels, that means more of the same. They’ve already played No. 3 Kentucky, No. 5 Syracuse, No. 12 Michigan State and No. 18 Ohio State, with only one of them at home. Williams said they really didn’t need another game of this magnitude, but it was hard to turn down this opportunity.

Local Events Today Women’s College Basketball Francis Marion at Wingate, 1:30 p.m.




Today COLLEGE FOOTBALL 11 a.m. ESPN2 — NCAA Division III Championship, championship game, Mount Union vs. Wisconsin-Whitewater, at Salem, Va. 4:30 p.m. ESPN — New Mexico Bowl, Fresno St. vs. Wyoming, at Albuquerque, N.M. 8 p.m. ESPN — St. Petersburg Bowl, UCF vs. Rutgers, at St. Petersburg, Fla. EXTREME SPORTS 3 p.m. NBC — Winter Dew Tour, at Breckenridge, Colo. GOLF 9:30 a.m. TGC — European PGA Tour, South African Open Championship, third round, at Western Cape, South Africa (same-day tape) MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL Noon ESPN — Michigan at Kansas 2 p.m. CBS — National coverage, UCLA at Notre Dame ESPN — North Carolina at Texas ESPN2 — Xavier at Butler 4 p.m. CBS — National coverage, Duke vs. Gonzaga, at New York ESPN2 — W. Kentucky at Louisville 4:30 p.m. FSN — Tennessee at Southern Cal 6 p.m. ESPN2 — Memphis at Massachusetts NBA BASKETBALL 8 p.m. WGN — Atlanta at Chicago SOCCER 7:30 a.m. ESPN2 — Premier League, Portsmouth vs. Liverpool, at Portsmouth, England WOMEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL 2:30 p.m. FSN — Tennessee at Stanford WOMEN’S COLLEGE VOLLEYBALL 8 p.m. ESPN2 — NCAA Division I tournament, championship match, Texas vs. Penn St., at Tampa, Fla.

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

New England Miami N.Y. Jets Buffalo

W 8 7 7 5

L 5 6 6 8

T 0 0 0 0

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PA 234 306 211 271

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


W x-Indianapolis 14 Jacksonville 7 Tennessee 6 Houston 6

L 0 7 7 7

T 0 0 0 0

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Cincinnati Baltimore Pittsburgh Cleveland

L 4 6 7 11

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PA 248 322 323 273

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Div 6-0-0 3-3-0 2-4-0 1-5-0

PF 264 319 278 158

PA 217 218 244 315

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

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Div 6-0-0 3-2-0 1-4-0 1-5-0

PF 362 256 155 206

PA 259 230 316 342

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

NFC 3-0-0 2-1-0 1-3-0 1-3-0

Div 5-1-0 3-1-0 1-4-0 1-4-0


W 9 7 6 2


San Diego Denver Oakland Kansas City

W 10 8 4 3

L 3 5 9 10

T 0 0 0 0

Pct .769 .615 .308 .231


Philadelphia Dallas N.Y. Giants Washington

W 9 8 7 4

L 4 5 6 9

T 0 0 0 0

Pct .692 .615 .538 .308

x-New Orleans Atlanta Carolina Tampa Bay

W 13 6 5 1

L 0 7 8 12

T 0 0 0 0

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y-Minnesota Green Bay Chicago Detroit

W 11 9 5 2

L 2 4 8 11

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W Arizona 8 San Francisco 6 Seattle 5 St. Louis 1

L 5 7 8 12

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PA 273 233 331 251

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NFC 8-1-0 7-3-0 3-7-0 1-8-0

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PA 258 242 301 361

NFC 6-3-0 5-4-0 4-6-0 1-9-0

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x-clinched division y-clinched playoff spot Thursday’s Game Indianapolis 35, Jacksonville 31 Today’s Game Dallas at New Orleans, 8:20 p.m. Sunday’s Games Miami at Tennessee, 1 p.m. Arizona at Detroit, 1 p.m. Atlanta at N.Y. Jets, 1 p.m. Houston at St. Louis, 1 p.m. New England at Buffalo, 1 p.m. Cleveland at Kansas City, 1 p.m. San Francisco at Philadelphia, 1 p.m. Oakland at Denver, 4:05 p.m. Cincinnati at San Diego, 4:05 p.m. Tampa Bay at Seattle, 4:15 p.m. Chicago at Baltimore, 4:15 p.m. Green Bay at Pittsburgh, 4:15 p.m. Minnesota at Carolina, 8:20 p.m. Monday’s Game N.Y. Giants at Washington, 8:30 p.m. Friday’s Games San Diego at Tennessee, 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 27 Buffalo at Atlanta, 1 p.m. Houston at Miami, 1 p.m. Seattle at Green Bay, 1 p.m. Carolina at N.Y. Giants, 1 p.m. Baltimore at Pittsburgh, 1 p.m. Tampa Bay at New Orleans, 1 p.m. Oakland at Cleveland, 1 p.m. Kansas City at Cincinnati, 1 p.m. Jacksonville at New England, 1 p.m. Detroit at San Francisco, 4:05 p.m. St. Louis at Arizona, 4:05 p.m. N.Y. Jets at Indianapolis, 4:15 p.m. Denver at Philadelphia, 4:15 p.m. Dallas at Washington, 8:20 p.m. Monday, Dec. 28 Minnesota at Chicago, 8:30 p.m.

College football Bowl Glance

Today 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) Tuesday, Dec. 22 Las Vegas Bowl BYU (10-2) vs. Oregon State (8-4), 8 p.m. (ESPN) Wednesday, Dec. 23 Poinsettia Bowl At San Diego Utah (9-3) vs. California (8-4), 8 p.m. (ESPN) Thursday, Dec. 24 Hawaii Bowl At Honolulu SMU (7-5) vs. Nevada (8-4), 8 p.m. (ESPN) Saturday, Dec. 26 Little Caesars Pizza Bowl At Detroit Ohio (9-4) vs. Marshall (6-6), 1 p.m.

(ESPN) Meineke Bowl At Charlotte, N.C. North Carolina (8-4) vs. Pittsburgh (9-3), 4 p.m. (ESPN) Emerald Bowl At San Francisco Southern Cal (8-4) vs. Boston College (8-4), 8:30 p.m. (ESPN) 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, Jan. 30 Senior Bowl At Mobile, Ala. North vs. South, 4 p.m. (NFL) Saturday, Feb. 6 Texas vs. The Nation All-Star Challenge At El Paso, Texas Texas vs. Nation, 3 p.m. (CBSC)

Pro basketball NBA Standings All Times EST

EASTERN CONFERENCE Atlantic Division W L Pct GB Boston 20 4 .833 — Toronto 11 17 .393 11 New York 8 17 .320 12 1/2 Philadelphia 6 19 .240 14 1/2 New Jersey 2 24 .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 16 Oklahoma City 12 Minnesota 4

Division L Pct GB 7 .731 — 10 .600 3 1/2 11 .593 3 1/2 12 .500 6 22 .154 15

Pacific Division W L Pct GB L.A. Lakers 20 4 .833 — Phoenix 17 9 .654 4 L.A. Clippers 11 13 .458 9 Sacramento 11 13 .458 9 Golden State 7 18 .280 13 1/2 Thursday’s Games Miami 104, Orlando 86 Chicago 98, New York 89 Portland 105, Phoenix 102 Friday’s Games New Jersey at Toronto, late Philadelphia at Boston, late Utah at Atlanta, late L.A. Clippers at New York, late Indiana at Memphis, late Milwaukee at Cleveland, late Denver at New Orleans, late Sacramento at Minnesota, late Detroit at Oklahoma City, late Houston at Dallas, late Washington at Golden State, late Today’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. Indiana at San Antonio, 8:30 p.m. Sacramento at Milwaukee, 8:30 p.m. Oklahoma City at Houston, 8:30 p.m.

Washington at Phoenix, 9 p.m. Sunday’s Games New Orleans at Toronto, 12:30 p.m. Denver at Memphis, 4 p.m. Minnesota at Boston, 6 p.m. L.A. Lakers at Detroit, 6 p.m. Portland at Miami, 6 p.m. Cleveland at Dallas, 7:30 p.m. Charlotte at New York, 7:30 p.m.

College basketball Today’s Schedule All Times EST

EAST Howard at Loyola, Md., 1 p.m. UMBC at American U., 2 p.m. Villanova vs. Fordham at the IZOD Center, East Rutherford, N.J., 2 p.m. Bucknell at La Salle, 2 p.m. N.J. Tech at Rutgers, 2 p.m. Mount St. Vincent at Army, 4 p.m. Gonzaga vs. Duke at Madison Square Garden, 4 p.m. Mount St. Mary’s, Md. at Pittsburgh, 4 p.m. Hampton at Towson, 4 p.m. Memphis at Massachusetts at TD Garden, 6 p.m. St. Peter’s at Fairleigh Dickinson, 7 p.m. Old Dominion at Georgetown, 7 p.m. Manhattan at Long Island U., 7 p.m. Rider at Monmouth, N.J., 7 p.m. Appalachian St. at Robert Morris, 7 p.m. Temple at Seton Hall, 7 p.m. St. Bonaventure at Syracuse, 7 p.m. Gardner-Webb at Penn St., 9 p.m. SOUTH Houghton at Liberty, 1 p.m. Vassar at William & Mary, 1 p.m. Savannah St. at Coastal Carolina, 2 p.m. Rice at LSU, 2 p.m. Va. Intermont at Longwood, 2 p.m. Centenary at Mississippi, 2 p.m. Va. Commonwealth at Tulane, 2 p.m. Chattanooga at Murray St., 3 p.m. Missouri Valley at Northwestern St., 3 p.m. Shorter at Samford, 3 p.m. Jacksonville at Campbell, 3:15 p.m. Miami vs. Florida Atlantic at BankAtlantic Center, Sunrise, Fla., 4 p.m. E. Michigan at Georgia St., 4 p.m. Austin Peay at Kentucky, 4 p.m. W. Kentucky at Louisville, 4 p.m. Tennessee St. at Vanderbilt, 4 p.m. Ferrum at Winston-Salem, 4 p.m. Richmond vs. Florida at BankAtlantic Center, Sunrise, Fla., 6:30 p.m. UAB at South Alabama, 6:30 p.m. Florida Christian at Bethune-Cookman, 7 p.m. St. Andrew’s at East Carolina, 7 p.m. Illinois at Georgia, 7 p.m. Radford at James Madison, 7 p.m. UNC Wilmington at Virginia, 7 p.m. Charleston Southern at Virginia Tech, 7 p.m. South Carolina at Wofford, 7 p.m. Coll. of Charleston at Clemson, 7:30 p.m. Auburn-Montgomery at Alabama St., 8 p.m. E. Illinois at Belmont, 8 p.m. McNeese St. at Louisiana Tech, 8 p.m. Kansas St. vs. Alabama at the Mitchell Center, Mobile, Ala., 8:30 p.m. MIDWEST Michigan at Kansas, Noon IPFW at Michigan St., Noon Xavier at Butler, 2 p.m. Lipscomb at Cincinnati, 2 p.m. West Virginia at Cleveland St., 2 p.m. Texas St. at DePaul, 2 p.m. North Florida at Marquette, 2 p.m. N. Iowa at North Dakota, 2 p.m. Stanford at Northwestern, 2 p.m. UCLA at Notre Dame, 2 p.m. E. Kentucky at Ohio, 2:30 p.m. Youngstown St. at Wis.-Green Bay, 3 p.m. Bowling Green at Detroit, 3:35 p.m. N. Illinois at Ill.-Chicago, 4 p.m. Delaware St. at Ohio St., 4 p.m. Ball St. vs. Purdue at Conseco Fieldhouse, 4 p.m. Kennesaw St. at W. Michigan, 4 p.m. Drake at Iowa, 6:35 p.m. Duquesne at IUPUI, 7 p.m. Indiana St. at Toledo, 7 p.m. Md.-Eastern Shore at Wright St., 7 p.m. Presbyterian at Dayton, 8 p.m. Ark.-Pine Bluff at Missouri, 8 p.m. Jackson St. at Nebraska, 8 p.m. Cent. Michigan at S. Dakota St., 8 p.m. Missouri St. at Saint Louis, 8 p.m. Miami (Ohio) at Wis.-Milwaukee, 8 p.m. Tenn.-Martin at Evansville, 8:05 p.m. Cent. Arkansas at UMKC, 8:05 p.m. Concordia, Wis. at Valparaiso, 8:05 p.m. Texas Tech at Wichita St., 8:05 p.m. N.C. Central at Indiana, 8:30 p.m. SOUTHWEST N. Colorado at Oklahoma, 1 p.m. Mississippi St. at Houston, 2 p.m.

North Carolina vs. Texas at Cowboys Stadium, 2 p.m. Alcorn St. at UTEP, 3 p.m. Stephen F.Austin at Arkansas, 4 p.m. SE Louisiana at Texas Southern, 8 p.m. Chicago St. at Tulsa, 8 p.m. Louisiana-Lafayette at Lamar, 8:05 p.m. The Citadel at Texas A&M, 9 p.m. FAR WEST South Florida vs. San Francisco at Orleans Arena, Las Vegas, 2 p.m. Chadron St. at Utah Valley, 4:05 p.m. Tennessee at Southern Cal, 4:30 p.m. SMU at Occidental, 5 p.m. Houston Baptist at Boise St., 5:15 p.m. Portland St. vs. Washington St. at the Toyota Center, Spokane, Wash., 5:30 p.m. Louisiana-Monroe at Denver, 6 p.m. Illinois St. at Utah, 6 p.m. San Diego St. at Arizona St., 6:30 p.m. CS Bakersfield at Loyola Marymount, 6:30 p.m. N. Arizona at Air Force, 9 p.m. E. Washington at BYU, 9 p.m. UC Riverside at Montana, 9 p.m. Creighton at New Mexico, 9 p.m. N. Dakota St. at Fresno St., 10 p.m. MVSU at Oregon St., 10 p.m. S.C.-Upstate at UNLV, 10 p.m. Portland at Washington, 10 p.m. Wagner at Nevada, 10:05 p.m. Idaho St. at Sacramento St., 10:05 p.m. Oakland, Mich. at Oregon, 10:30 p.m.

Transactions Friday’s Sports Transactions BASEBALL American League BALTIMORE ORIOLES—Agreed to terms with LHP Mike Gonzalez on a two-year contract. CHICAGO WHITE SOX—Claimed RHP Freddy Dolsi off waivers from Detroit. Sent RHP John Ely and RHP Jon Link to the Los Angeles Dodgers to complete an earlier trade. SEATTLE MARINERS—Acquired OF Milton Bradley from the Chicago Cubs for RHP Carlos Silva and cash. Agreed to terms with OF Ryan Langerhans on a one-year contract. TAMPA BAY RAYS—Agreed to terms with INF Joe Dillon and 1B Ryan Shealy on minor league contracts. National League ATLANTA BRAVES—Agreed to terms with LHP Mariano Gomez, C Orlando Mercado, C J.C. Boscan, INF Joe Thurston, OF Brent Clevlen and OF Mitch Jones on minor league contracts. CINCINNATI REDS—Agreed to terms with OF Laynce Nix on a minor league contract. FLORIDA MARLINS—Agreed to terms with RHP Ricky Nolasco on a one-year contract. NEW YORK METS—Signed RHP Clint Everts. Signed RHP Elmer Dessens to a minor league contract. PHILADELPHIA PHILLIES—Exercised the 2011 club option on SS Jimmy Rollins. PITTSBURGH PIRATES—Signed LHP Javie Lopez to a one-year contract. Named Dean Treanor pitching coach for Indianapolis (IL), Tom Filer pitching coach for Altoona (EL) and Mike Lum coach for the Pirates (GCL). SAN DIEGO PADRES—Named Jaron Madison as director of scouting BASKETBALL National Basketball Association NBA—Fined Milwaukee G Brandon Jennings $7,500 for posting a message on his Twitter account immediately following a Dec. 12 game against Portland. FOOTBALL National Football League NFL—Fined Tennessee LB Keith Bulluck $10,000 by the NFL for throwing a football into the stands during a Dec. 12 game against St. Louis. Fined New York Jets LB Bart Scott $5,000 for unnecessary roughness during a Dec. 12 game at Tampa Bay. BUFFALO BILLS—Placed G Kendall Simmons on injured reserve. Signed TE Joe Klopfenstein. COLLEGE DUKE—Announced sophomore F Olek Czyz is leaving men’s basketball team. ILLINOIS—Named Vic Koenning defensive coordinator. KALAMAZOO—Named Mark Murphy women’s tennis coach. MANHATTAN—Named Jorden Scott men’s assistant soccer coach. NORTH CAROLINA—Announced sophomore QB Mike Paulus asked to be released from his scholarship. OKLAHOMA—Announced junior DT Gerald McCoy will enter the NFL draft.

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Word is out:Rudolph’s nose may be just makeup DEAR ABBY: With the holidays here, songs about Santa and his reindeer are filling the air. I’m writing to talk about reindeer antlers. Reindeer are unique because they are the only members of the deer family in which both genders have antlers, which are made of bone and grown annually. In the summer and fall, you cannot identify a reindeer as a “he” or a “she” without further investigation. In late December, however, only the females still have their antlers. During the summer months, the males use their antlers to attract females and defend their harem (anywhere from five to 15 females) from other males. When they are no longer “looking for love,” the males lose their antlers. The females, on the other hand, keep theirs through the winter and into the spring, and use them to compete for food and to protect their young.

Dear Abby Columnist The only reindeer with antlers at Christmastime are the GIRLS, Abby. So Rudolph would have been appropriately named “Rudolphia,” and the other reindeer would have been laughing and calling HER names until the glow from HER nose guided Santa’s sleigh that foggy Christmas eve. -- JOYCE CAMPBELL, PH.D. DEAR DR. CAMPBELL: Fascinating. This clearly explains why Santa doesn’t get lost at Christmas. Females are never reluctant to ask for directions ... ho, ho, ho. ***

DEAR ABBY: I demonstrate products in a supermarket. It isn’t easy, and sometimes I feel like I’m between a rock and a hard place. Will you please tell parents that if we do not give their children samples of food, it is for their own good. We don’t know what kind of food allergies their children may have. The company I work for will fire us if we give samples to children without a parent first giving permission. -- TRYING HARD IN TULSA, OKLA. DEAR TRYING HARD: You have my sympathy, and I’m pleased to pass along your message. I recently read that food allergies among children are on the rise, and that 4 percent of kids today suffer from one. The policy your company is enforcing is for everyone’s protection and should not be misinterpreted. It’s in place so that no one’s little angel gets sick or has an allergic reaction.

Horoscopes Dec. 19, 2009

Dennis the Menace around you today, work related activities might be tough to do. Anything important needs to be done as early as possible, because time is not your ally. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22) - Steer clear of a friend today who always gets you involved in complicated situations, because today’s activities are apt to be a bit wild. Complications you don’t need could arise. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) Little of consequence is likely to be accomplished today if you try to do too many things all in one day. Confusion will be the order of the day unless you drastically limit your to-do list. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23) Guard against taking things too seriously or being inflexible today. The more you are either, the more disruptive this day will be for you. You need to relax and take everything in stride. SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 22) - To be on the safe side, avoid getting financially involved with someone who never pays you back or reciprocates in any manner. This person can once again be a throne in your side.

The course on which you will embark in the year ahead will be the right one, but it could be a whole lot tougher than you had imagined. Don’t be too quick to give up on it, because it will have its rewards. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 23-Dec. 21) - It’s nice of you to go with the flow, but being too compliant could make you an easy target for someone to take advantage of your good nature. Maintain some independence. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) - You could find yourself involved with someone who doesn’t take instruction too well and is messing things up. Instead of letting this anger you, either do things yourself or help the person out. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 19) An easy-come, easy-go attitude might cause you to go broke rather quickly today. Avoid later regrets by being more attentive to how much everything is cost-

ing you in the first place. PISCES (Feb. 20-March 20) - Having left gift shopping to the last minute will have its pitfalls. Either what you want will be gone or everything left will be more than you intended to spend. In both cases it will leave you frustrated. ARIES (March 21-April 19) Get your work out of the way early, because later on there is little chance that you are likely to accomplish much of anything. Your mind will be on fun and games. TAURUS (April 20-May 20) - The less flexible you are, the more disruptive everything will seem to be to you. Instead of having a fit over little things, take life in stride and go with the flow of the day. GEMINI (May 21-June 20) - If you’re trying to make a point, your subject matter will have to be well organized in order for others to understand what you’re trying to tell them. A poor presentation will cost you what you want. CANCER (June 21-July 22) - With all the activity buzzing


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*** DEAR ABBY: A few months ago, my husband and I were visiting a remote area in the mountains. We were on a narrow, winding road with no shoulder and a guardrail on one side. There was traffic in both directions. As we ambled along, we heard a siren. An ambulance came up behind us and rode our tail, blasting the horn, obviously urging us to let him by. Although we looked and looked, we could not find a safe place to pull over for several minutes. When we finally did find a space to pull into, the crew threw us dirty looks as they drove by. I hate to think we endangered someone’s life or made the EMTs’ job more difficult, but it seemed equally dangerous for us to move into a lane of oncoming traffic. What is the proper etiquette for this type of situation? -- RACHAEL IN AT-

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LANTA DEAR RACHAEL: When approached by a vehicle with a siren and a flashing red light, a driver should pull as far to the right as possible and stop. Because there was no place for you to pull over, you should have done exactly what you did -- which was to proceed at a safe rate of speed until you found one. *** Write Dear Abby at www. or P.O. Box 69440, Los Angeles, CA 90069. *** What teens need to know about sex, drugs, AIDS and getting along with peers and parents is in “What Every Teen Should Know.” To order, send a business-sized, self-addressed envelope, plus check or money order for $6 (U.S. funds) to: Dear Abby -- Teen Booklet, P.O. Box 447, Mount Morris, IL 610540447. (Postage is included in the price.)

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Start Continued from Page 1B Stewart has scored 20 or more points four times this season, including a seasonhigh 27 in a win over Piedmont on Dec. 3. Sebastian has eclipsed the 20-point barrier in the Warriors’ last four games, helping her team to a 3-1 record over that stretch. She dropped a season-high 22 in back-to-back victories over South Meck and Union Academy.

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... Monroe High’s Issac Blakeney averaged 20 points and 15 rebounds in two wins for the Redhawks this week. He had season-highs of 26 points and 17 rebounds in a victory over Cox Mill on Wednesday. Blakeney, a 6-6 center, leads UC in rebounding, averaging 11.1 rpg. ... Darnell Hill, a senior at Central Academy, posted two straight double-doubles to help the Cougars (4-3) to wins over Parkwood and North Stanly earlier this week. Hill (6-5) had 15 points and 17 rebounds in the HILL win over the Comets and followed with 14 points and 11 boards against the Rebels. ... Four Union County teams went 2-0 this week, including Monroe’s boys, Monroe’s girls, Parkwood’s girls and Central Academy’s boys. CATA (4-4) has already surpassed last year’s win total (three). ... Monroe’s boys (8-0) and Parkwood’s girls (7-0) are the only unbeaten teams in the county.


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CINCINNATI (AP) — One day after the death of teammate Chris Henry, the Bengals tried to focus on the field as they prepared for a key game at San Diego. Music was playing in the locker room as players packed up to leave for California. The team also held a 90-minute Friday afternoon practice. With a win over the 10-3 Chargers, the Bengals (9-4) clinch the AFC North title and grab the inside track to the second seed in the conference playoffs. Henry, 26, died in HENRY North Carolina on Thursday, a day after falling out of the back of a pickup truck during police described as a domestic dispute. It’s the second time the team has had to deal with a death this season. Vikki Zimmer, the wife of defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer, died unexpectedly at the couple’s home in October. Three days later, Zimmer coached the defense in a 17-14 win in Baltimore that put the Bengals in control of the AFC North. Offensive lineman Andrew Whitworth said it was good for the team to be together to deal with Henry’s death. The team held its holiday gathering as scheduled on Thursday.

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during a three-game span against 4A competition that boosted Weddington’s confidence heading into the conference tournament. WHS was a member of the Southwestern 4A in 2008, finishing behind Myers Park. “That was kind of a test for our team,� Kachulis said. “It was huge for us because we knew we could compete with [Myers Park], but Brent Surratt we weren’t in the same conference anymore.� Aside from the numbers, Kachulis helped mentor several sophomores such as Jordan Davis and Lauren Martin. Both are expected to play prominent roles on defense next season. The Warriors lose four seniors and one junior exchange student. “[Kachulis] would show them

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Weddington’s Carrie Powell has been named county coach of the year.

how to adjust and how to correct what they were doing so the next time the ball came, they were there,� Powell said. Kachulis was once in a similar position as Davis and Martin — contributing on varsity as a sophomore. “I think having experience play-

ing both those positions and playing libero this season just made it easier for me to give them advice, because I’d been there before and I know how they’re feeling and playing,� Kachulis said. While Kachulis served as a mentor to teammates, she had the ultimate mentor of her own in Powell — Union County’s 2009 Coach of the Year. “[Powell] is someone that we’ve known for a while and respect as a person,� Kachulis said. “Once you respect someone as a person it’s much easier to respect them as a coach. “I know she’s been around volleyball for so long that anything she says is obviously good advice for us.� While the Warriors will lose a bunch of talented players to graduation, they can enjoy reigning on top of the SCC for now, capped by the honor for their top defender. “People don’t really realize what we do (on defense),� Kachulis added. “So it’s just definitely an honor to be recognized with something.�


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