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Willie Faye Helms Larry Hinson Charles Huneycutt Hattie Jordan Charles Knight Oliver W. Starnes

WHO’S NEWS Libby Long will replace Williams

FAIRVIEW Following the tragic loss of its mayor last week, the Fairview Town Council has selected a new mayor. Mayor Pro Tem Libby Long was named mayor and Councilman Bill Thomas was moved to mayor pro tem. The vacancy left by Long on the council was filled by resident B.B. Haigler. Mayor Richard Ephraim Williams, 61, of 1519 Hwy. 218 East, Monroe, died Dec. 12 of a brain aneurysm. “This was a shock to all of us but I think we’re all very capable of moving on,” Long said. She added that the town is discussing various ways they can honor Williams but did not discuss specific plans. Councilman Bradley Purser expressed hope in the council’s new organization. [Haigler] is a true, true Fairview citizen. He has a farming background and he is a business person,” Purser said. He added that both Long and Thomas will fill their new positions adequately . By Elisabeth Arriero

Correction Misspelled name

Jamie Neu’s last name was spelled incorrectly in an article on page 1A of Saturday’s edition. Neu is a nursing student at South Piedmont Community College who helped collect donations for the Union County Christmas Bureau.

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State ranks sixth in stroke deaths BY ELISABETH ARRIERO

Staff Writer

MONROE The good news is that North Carolina has lower rates of heart disease – the number one cause of death in America – than the rest of the nation. The bad news is the state ranks higher in the nine other top leading causes of death, according to 2006 data from the Centers for Disease Control. From the number 2 to number

10 cause of death, those are: cancer, stroke, chronic lower respiratory disease, accident, diabetes, Alzheimer’s disease, influenza and pneumonia, kidney disease and septicemia. Union County has lower rates for most of those causes as compared to the rest of the state, although the difference is minimal. “Three behaviors under-

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Cause of Death U.S. Death Rate* Heart Disease 200.2 Cancer 180.7 Stroke 43.6 Respiratory disease 40.5 Accidents 39.8 Diabetes 23.3 Alzheimer’s Disease 22.6 Influenza/pneumonia 17.8 Kidney Disease 14.5 Septicemia 11.0

N.C. Death Rate* 195.3 192.8 52.4 45.0 47.0 24.9 26.4 19.6 18.9 13.

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BY TIFFANY LANE

Staff Writer

STALLINGS Two Stallings police officers were honored last week for their dedication to traffic safety. They were chosen by hundreds of their peers from the Union County Safe Communities/Safe Kids Coalition. J e f f We a t h e rman received Officer of the Year for the second year Weatherman in a row. Coalition newcomer Sean Taylor was named Up and Coming Officer of the Year. “We do have some awfully good officers,” Police Taylor Chief Larke Plyler Sr. said. Having two officers bring home awards is “a big plus for the town. ... That makes us very proud.” Coalition members nominate their peers based on performance and dedication to motor safety. Officers participate in several injury prevention efforts such as DWI checkpoints, car seat and seatbelt safety inspections and driving programs for teenagers. Jennifer Cooke heads the coalition. The Officer of the Year award is “our way to express our gratitude for the work and effort that officer Weatherman has put into not only his daily

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Tony Way and Patricia Poland dust off an old tombstone at Nicey Grove Baptist Church Tuesday in hopes that they will locate the grave of Jeff Sanders, a black confederate pensioner.

Stone sought to recall fallen BY ELISABETH ARRIERO

Staff Writer

MONROE During the Civil War, they risked their lives while serving for a side that had enslaved their people long ago. One helped build Ft. Fisher, one witnessed Burnside’s Folly and another was wounded at the Battle of Ft. Fisher. Last year, resident Worth Barbee and Tony Way raised money to purchase a tombstone for the first black confederate pensioner, Weary – or Wary, the name has been spelled both ways – Clyburn. Now the pair, along with Union County genealogy and local history librarian Patricia Poland, want to recognize the 10 black confederate pensioners with a plaque outside the old courthouse.

They hope to go before county commissioners in February to request permission to move forward with the memorial plaque. “These stories of these black men are just now coming to light,” Way said. “Their stories were overlooked and forgotten.” Family members of two of the pensioners, Aaron Perry and Ned Byrd, were “floored” when they found out their ancestors had pensions, much less served in the war, Poland said. The 10 men applied for pensions between 1926 and 1933, with all but one signed by W.C. Heath, then-head of the pension board for Union County. “We think he must have encouraged and befriended these men and encouraged them to apply for pensions,” Poland said.

The trio traveled Tuesday to Nicey Grove Baptist Church Cemetery in Wingate to search for the burial site of Jeff Sanders, the only free black person of the 10 men. After scouring the crumbled and faded tombstones for over an hour, they left. “This is why we want to do a plaque, so we can recognize all of them even if we never find their final resting place,” Way said. Way said the language of the plaque will keep with the language of the time that the pensions were issues. Consequently, the men will be referred to as pensioners of color who served in The War Between the States. Way said Earl Ijames, curator of African American history at the

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SuperBowl wager lights up a Lake Park neighborhood By Kevin Goode

Intern

LAKE PARK volving from a simple Super Bowl challenge to a computerized light show synchronized to music, the Brown family has taken a simple cul-de-sac and turned it into a place of wonderment and giving. “Just over four years ago while we were hosting a Super Bowl party and the Carson Williams commercial, Wizards in the Winter, came on and it just over took everyone that saw it,” David Brown said. “One of my co-workers said, ‘I bet you can’t do that,’ and that’s how it all began.” Each year the Brown fam-

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Lake Park is lit up to welcome the Christmas season.

ily puts together a light show for which the planning and music selection begins in early June. “People kind of look at us kind funny when we are listening to Christmas music at that time of the year,” Brown said. “We start the programming in August. It’s usually takes anywhere from four to six hours per minute of music in programming and this year there is 224 circuits that have to be told what to do. So you can imagine the kind of time it takes.” “The first year we ran the light show it was like walking on egg shells because we were like, “how are the neigh-

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DEATHS Charles Knight

INDIAN TRAIL Charles Ray Knight, 86, died Monday (Dec. 21, 2009) at Presbyterian Hospital in Charlotte. Funeral will be 11 a.m. Thursday at Hartsell Funeral Home of Midland, with burial in the Bethlehem Presbyterian Church cemetery in Fairview. Born in Fulton County, Ga., he was a son of the late Earl Lester and Eula Jones Knight Sr. He was retired from Hartsell Funeral Home of Midland. Survivors include his wife Polly Knight of the home; one son, Ryan Knight of Indian Trail; one daughter, Cathy K. Robinson of Houston; two grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren. Visitation will be from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to Bethlehem Presbyterian Preschool, 7608 Concord Highway, Monroe, NC 28110. Online condolences may be made at www.hartsellfh.com.

Willie Faye Helms

MONROE Willie Faye Yandle Helms, died Tuesday, December 22, 2009. She was born in Union County, daughter of the late Warren Clyde and Willie Mae Wilkerson Yandle. She was preceded in death by her husband, Billy M. Helms, brothers, Samuel, Tommy, Warren and Clyde (Hip) Yandle and sister, Helen Brown. Mrs. Helms was a graduate of Benton Heights High School and attended Wingate College. She was also the owner and operator of Wilbi’s Dress Shop in Monroe. Funeral services will be held Saturday, December 26, 2009 at 1:00 p.m. in the Gordon Funeral Chapel, 1904 Lancaster Avenue, Monroe, NC. Burial will follow in Lakeland Memorial Park. Mrs. Helms is survived by her brother, Billy Ray Yandle and her sister, Doris Billingsley and husband Oscar, all of Monroe and several nieces and nephews. Gordon Funeral & Cremation Service is caring for the Helms family. Hattie Jordan Online condolences may NEW YORK be made at www.gordonfuHattie Jordan of New neralservice.com. York, New York, and formerly of Monroe, died Larry A. Hinson Monday, Dec. 21, 2009. ORLANDO, Fla. Arrangements remain Larry Austin Hinson, 71 incomplete and will be announced by Grier Funeral of Orlando, Florida died Services. 704 Walkup Av- December 5, 2009. He was born to Austin Charles enue, Monroe, N.C., 28110 Hinson and Mildred Haigler Hinson in Union North Carolina on The Enquirer-Journal County, November 24, 1938. He was copyright 2008 a veteran of the Vietnam 500 W. Jefferson St., P.O. Box 5040 War and served in the US Monroe, NC 28111 Navy. He is survived by (704) 289-1541, FAX (704) 289-2929 his wife Maryann Hinwww.enquirerjournal.com son; daughter, Ann Marie Advertising (704) 261-2251 French; daughter, Kimadcopy@theej.com berly Baumgartner; sisClassified Advertising ter, Joan Schnell; grand(704) 261-2214 daughter, Nina Simone sharon@theej.com and grandson, Paul AnCirculation thony. A memorial service (704) 261-2219 with military honors will circulation@theej.com be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, News December 27, 2009 at New(704) 261-2252 news@theej.com comer Funeral Home, 895 Sports S. Goldenrod Road, Orlan(704) 261-2253 do. To leave an online mesjsnow@theej.com sage, please visit www. Publisher NewcomerOrlando.com (704) 261-2200 menderle@theej.com

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Oliver W. Starnes

MONROE Oliver Wendell Starnes, 62, of Monroe, died Sunday, December 20, 2009, at his home. Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. Thursday at Piney Grove East Missionary Baptist Church in Marshville with burial to follow with full military honors in the church cemetery. Born March 26, 1947 in Columbus County, he was a son of the late Miles John Fletcher and Gertrude Perkins Starnes. He was a Army veteran of the Vietnam war. Survivors include his wife, Doris Huntley Starnes of the home; one daughter, Ebony Hailey of Monroe; two brothers, Robert Jordan of New York, N.Y. and Tony Veerne of of Tabor City; six sisters, Sallie Adams of New Jersey, Annie Henderson of Charlotte, Dorothy Crowder of Wingate, Frances Walls, Annie Rivers and Mary Starnes, all of Monroe, and one grandchild. Visitation will be Wednesday at from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. at Harris Funeral Home & Cremation Service of Monroe.

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CHARLOTTE Charles “Cutty” Herbert Huneycutt, 76, of Charlotte, died on Monday (December 21, 2009) at Hospice House 1 in Monroe. Service for Mr. Huneycutt will be at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday (December 23, 2009) at the Davis Funeral Chapel in Monroe. Interment will follow in Sharon Memorial Park in Charlotte. Mr. Huneycutt was born in Mecklenburg County, on March 24, 1933, a son of the late Charles Herbert Huneycutt and Melinda Broome Huneycutt. Survivors include two sons, Charles “Chuck” Huneycutt and Kenneth “Kenny” Huneycutt, both of Charlotte; one daughter, Donna Russell of Texas; two brothers, Craig Huneycutt, Daniel “Dan” Huneycutt, both of Charlotte; two sisters, Constance Hudgins of Charlotte, Jane Christmas of Concord; one grandson, Ryan Lake of Texas; two granddaughters, Camille Huneycutt, Charlsy Huneycutt, both of Charlotte; one great-grandson, Jasper Bullett of Charlotte, one great-granddaughter, Charlsy Russell of Texas; adopted” son, Ray Bujake of Charlotte; and numerous nephews and nieces. There will be a Celebration of his Life with refreshments and reflections starting at 11 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. Wednesday (December 23, 2009) in the Azalea Room at Davis Funeral Home; 1003 East Franklin Street; Monroe. Memorial donations may be made to Hospice of Union County; 700 West Roosevelt Boulevard; Monroe, North Carolina 28110. Davis Funeral Service and Cremation Service is serving the family of Mr. Huneycutt. An online guest register book is available at www.davisfuneralservice.com.

Ann Cooper dies

ATLANTA (AP) — Ann Nixon Cooper, the Atlanta centenarian lauded by President Barack Obama in his election night speech last year, has died. She was 107. Obama in his 2008 speech called Cooper an example of “the heartbreak and the hope” of the past century. He noted she was born at a time when women and blacks couldn’t vote and lived to cast her ballot for the country’s first black president. In a statement Tuesday, Obama praised Cooper’s life of service and offered his condolences. “It is especially meaningful for me that she lived to cast a vote on Election Day 2008, and it was a deep honor for me to mark her life in the speech I delivered that night,” the statement read. “It was a life that captured the spirit of community and change and progress that is at the heart of the American experience; a life that inspired and will continue to inspire me in the years to come.” Carl M. Williams Funeral Directors of Atlanta, which is handling arrangements, confirmed that Cooper died Monday at her southwest Atlanta home on Martin Luther King Jr. Drive. She would have turned 108 on Jan. 9.

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Melinda Alderman shops for presents for her children with help from volunteer Rachel Snapper at the Union County Christmas Bureau.

COMING EVENTS Wednesday, Dec. 23

•  MONROE-UNION BREAKFAST ROTARY, 7:30 a.m., Golden Corral Restaurant. For details, call 704-507-3956. •  TODDLER TIME, 9:30 a.m., Marshville Library, for children ages 12 months to 36 months. •  EXERCISE CLASS, 9:30 a.m. to 10:15 a.m., Ellen Fitzgerald Center. • SENIOR FITNESS CLASS, 10 a.m. to 10:45 a.m., Bazemore Center, Winchester Avenue, Monroe. Free to all senior citizens. Details, 704-282-4654. • BASIC COMPUTER SKILLS CLASS, 10 a.m., Monroe Library. Free. Registration required; call 704-283-8184. • TODDLER TIME, 10:30 a.m., 11 a.m., Union West Regional Library. For ages 18 to 36 months. • BABY TIME, 11 a.m., Monroe Library. Details, 704-283-8184. • TURNING POINT DOMESTIC VIOLENCE GROUP, 4 p.m. at the shelter. Details, 704-283-7233. •  ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS, Low Bottom group, 6 p.m. to 7 p.m., old Belk building, 200 Stewart St., Monroe. Details, 704-332-4387; 704377-0244. • ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS, Sunset group, 6 p.m., 1010 McManus St., Monroe. Details, 704-219-6245. •  MARINE CORPS LEAGUE DETACHMENT 914, 7 p.m., Quincys restaurant. Details, call Bob Griffn, 704-7643677. • CLASSIC CRUISERS, 7 p.m., Poplin Place shopping center, West Roosevelt Boulevard, Monroe. For information, contact Jim Collura at 704-289-6208 or classiccruisers@hotmail.com. •  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. • 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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Thursday, Dec. 24

•  UNION WEST ROTARY, 7:30 a.m., civic building behind Indian Trail Town Hall. For details, call Sean Helms, 704849-9332. • WAXHAW-WEDDINGTON SUNRISE ROTARY CLUB, 7:30 a.m., Rippington’s Restaurant, 109 W. South Main Street, Waxhaw. For information, call Jerry Simpson, 704-363-2173. • VIOLENCE PREVENTION TASK FORCE, 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. Details, United Family Services, 704-226-1352. •  KIWANIS CLUB OF MONROE, noon to 1 p.m., Rolling Hills Country Club. For details, call Fran Dandridge at 704289-9429. •  SENIOR CITIZENS CANASTA, 12:30 p.m., Ellen Fitzgerald Center. For information, call Ellen Fitzgerald Senior Center at 704-282-4657. •  ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS, Low Bottom group, 6 p.m. to 7 p.m., old Belk building, 200 Stewart St., Monroe. Details, 704-332-4387; 704377-0244. •  WAXHAW TOPS #613 (Take Off Pounds Sensibly), 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Waxhaw Bible Church, 6810 Pleasant Grove Road. Details, 704-843-5518 or 704-254-3880. • ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS, Sunset group, 6 p.m., 1010 McManus St., Monroe. Details, 704-219-6245. • UNION COUNTY CRUISERS, 6:30 p.m., Monroe Mall, next to Pizza Hut. Custom and classic cars. Details, 704238-1600. •  PILOT CLUB OF MONROE, 6:30 p.m., David Tucker Construction, 1139-A N. Charlotte Ave. Business and program meeting. Details, Vada Tucker, president, 704-2921329. • PRESERVATION SOCIETY, 7 p.m., Waxhaw Town Hall. •  GARDEN CLUB OF WAXHAW, 7 p.m., call Pat Kitto at 704-843-5931 for location. • SENIOR DANCE, 7 p.m.-9 p.m., Ellen Fitzgerald Center, Line dancing and ballroom dancing. Details, 704-282-4657. •  BINGO, 7 p.m. to 10 p.m., Indian Trail VFW, 100 VFW Lane, Indian Trail; $500 jackpot. For details, call 704-821-9753. •  WEDDINGTON OPTIMIST CLUB, 7 p.m., Weddington Optimist Park, N.C. 84. For details,

call Aubrey Moore, 704283-1805 or Ron Stamey, 704-846-1754. • BOY SCOUT TROOP 98, 7 p.m., Hemby Bridge Church, 6010 Mill Grove Road. For details, call 704882-3482. • MOTHER OF TWINS CLUB Monroe, 7:30 p.m., First Baptist Church, Hayne Street. For details, call Tawnee Bound, 704283-7685. • COCAINE ANONYMOUS meeting, 7:30 p.m., at the Friendship Home, 2111 Stafford St. Ext., Monroe. • AL-ANON, 8 p.m., First Step Recovery Center, 1623 Sunset Drive, Monroe. Details, 704-2830944, 704-764-7651.

Friday, Dec. 25

•  EXERCISE CLASS, 9 a.m. to 10 a.m., Ellen Fitzgerald Senior Center. Open to ages 55 and up. For details, call 704-2824657. • SENIOR FITNESS CLASS, 10 a.m. to 10:45 a.m., Bazemore Center, Winchester Avenue, Monroe. Free to all senior citizens. Details, 704-282-4654. • TURNING POINT DOMESTIC VIOLENCE GROUP, 4 p.m. at the shelter. Details, 704-283-7233. •  ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS, Low Bottom group, 6 p.m. to 7 p.m., old Belk building, 200 Stewart St., Monroe. Details, 704-332-4387; 704377-0244. • ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS, Sunset group, 6 p.m., 1010 McManus St., Monroe. Details, 704-219-6245. • NARCOTICS ANONYMOUS, 7 p.m. to 8 p.m., Nicey Grove Baptist Church, 318 Camden Road, Wingate. Details, 704-221-7352. • OVERCOMERS OUTREACH ANONYMOUS, 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., 1700 Secrest Shortcut Road. For details call 704-8469223. • PAGELAND SINGLES DANCE, 7 p.m. to midnight, Pageland, S.C., American Legion Post 92. Live music, married couples welcome. Bring covered dish. Admission, $10. Must be 21. Details, Lloyd or Margaret Melton at (843) 634-3787 after 6 p.m. • 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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High court will resolve sentencing RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina’s highest court is looking to resolve a rancorous dispute over the fate of violent inmates sentenced to “life� three decades ago, with justices on Tuesday setting a hurried schedule for arguments while keeping the prisoners behind bars. The decision to hear the matter comes after lower-court judges issued conflicting rulings and Gov. Beverly Perdue declared herself “disgusted� with the legal system. Justices will now determine whether convicted killers Alford Jones and Faye Brown have qualified for sentence-reduction credits that could wipe away the remainder of their time in prison. Dozens more inmates — many of them murderers and rapists — were sentenced under the same 1970s law and could be affected by a high court decision. State officials have determined that some two dozen would immediately qualify for release if credits are applied to reduce their sentences. Supreme Court clerk Christie Cameron said Tuesday that justices have expedited the schedule for written filings and oral arguments could be held in February. Sarah Jessica Farber, an attorney for Jones and Brown who has argued that they are being unlawfully detained, said she and the inmates were pleased the court accelerated the case schedule. “They both trust that the process will work itself out,� she said. “We’re all taking this just one day at a time.� Perdue said in a statement that the Supreme Court’s decision to hear the case was “the right one for North Carolina.� State attorneys have struggled to find favor among judges in the debate over the inmates. Supreme Court justices first sided with an inmate in October when he argued that a law between 1974 and 1978 defined “life� sentences as only 80 years long. The inmates now contend that a variety of credits they have earned over the years should now be applied to the 80-year term to qualify them for unconditional release, and they won a judge’s order for release last week before the appeals court agreed. The state attorney general’s office contends the credits awarded to the inmates are not to be used to reduce the length of their terms but are to help determine other issues such as whether the prisoners are eligible for parole, and a third judge agreed with that argument. Brown, who is held at Raleigh Correctional Center for Women, was sentenced for her role in the shooting death of a state trooper during a bank robbery in 1975. Jones, who is currently at New Hanover Correctional Center in Wilmington, was convicted in the January 1975 shooting of William B. Turner Sr. Trooper Ron Crawford, president of the North Carolina Troopers Association, said Brown and others need to pay for the crimes they committed. He said authorities are concerned that the inmates will not be forced to fulfill an entire “life� sentence.

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County’s ‘sewer rats’ win firsts in skills contest BY JASON deBRUYN

Staff Writer

MONROE The Union County Public Works department won top honors at a statewide competition. The workers, who affectionately call themselves the “Sewer Rats,� won first-place prize in the American Water Works Association Sewer Tapping competition at annual conference in Raleigh. “It’s nice to see that you don’t have to be big to be the best,� said UCPW Director Ed Goscicki. The competition as broken into two parts. The first was a purely physical challenge in which the Sewer Rats make a sewer tap on a simulated active 8-inch sewer main; that simulates hooking up a new customer. The second had a mental aspect in which an automated wastewater sampler had to be properly

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Travis O’Leary, Greg Morgan, Matt Hargett, Josh Carpenter and Chris Love are Union County’s sewer rats. programmed; it simulated how the overall system is monitored. “That one is a little more complex,� Goscicki said. The UCPW team beat a team from CharlotteMecklenburg Utilities in the finals.

Water and sewer has been in high demand in Union County as new construction outpaced the county’s ability to provide capacity. “With all the develop-

ment, they’ve certainly had a lot of practice,� Goscicki said. The Sewer Rats team is made up of Coach Greg Morgan, Captain Josh Carpenter and team mem-

bers Travis O’Leary, Matt Hargett and Chris Love. The Sewer Rats took first place in the 2007 state competition and second place in last year’s competition.

Man sets record for bicycle giveaway FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina’s “Bicycle Man� has outdone himself. The Fayetteville Observer reports that Moses Mathis, who for 19 years has repaired bicycles and then given them away at Christmas, set a record this year by fixing more than 1,100 bikes. He repaired 1,046 bicycles and gave them away in 2008. Hundreds of people formed a line that wrapped

around a small parking lot and folded back on itself for the annual giveaway on Tuesday. Needy recipients are identified by local school social workers. Now, Mathis is on a new mission. By the end of next month, he will have to leave his current warehouse space and may have to cancel the 2010 giveaway to focus on raising money for permanent space. During the decade, he has moved three times.

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State’s new bullying law School boards across North Carolina have been busy in recent weeks writing or approving policies addressing bullying. They’re doing so to comply with a law passed by the General Assembly earlier this year. The new law requires each school system in the state to adopt a policy by Dec. 31. It sets forth requirements stipulating that the new policies must define bullying, set forth measures for reporting bullying to appropriate school employees and spell out potential consequences of students or employees deemed to have bullied others at school. Some are suggesting that school boards tread cautiously when not only adopting and but also implementing their policies to make sure they don’t cross over into infringing upon the right of free speech. For example, Eva DuBuisson, a Raleigh attorney advising the Alamance-Burlington Board of Education on its policy, indicated that the line between bullying and free speech could be blurry, suggesting that where to draw the line is “a difficult question that we’re going to have to work on.” The law itself says that it is not to be construed to permit officials to punish “student expression or speech” and that it is not to be used “to avoid the discomfort and unpleasantness that always accompany an unpopular viewpoint.” DuBuisson noted that school principals will primarily be responsible for enforcing the policy. Principals will out of necessity often delegate such enforcement to vice principals and teachers. Here’s a suggestion. School administrators and teachers should use common sense in enforcing any anti-bullying policies. The law alludes to certain “differentiating characteristics” that could be a motivating factor for bullies. These include “race, color, religion, ancestry, national origin, gender, socioeconomic status, academic status, gender identity, physical appearance, sexual orientation” or various disabilities. Common sense dictates that acts of violence or threats should not be tolerated and are instances which call for swift and appropriate discipline. It also suggests that a student expressing an opinion in a classroom essay or student newspaper column about one of the “differentiating characteristics” doesn’t qualify as bullying. We realize that while those two hypothetical examples are easy to distinguish, reality often does not provide for such clear-cut options. Parents also play an important role in addressing the issue. Initially, they can teach their children that bullying is wrong and can cooperate with principals and teachers if their child gets into trouble. In addition, if their child is bullied, they should work with administrators to resolve the problem. The problem of bullying in schools isn’t a new one. In fact, it likely began the day the first educational facility accepted its first five students. Nor will the new law or new policies eliminate it. But principals, teachers and parents using common sense to deal with bullying could minimize the problem on campuses. The Times-News of Burlington

YOUR VIEW Keep an eye on county commissioners I am never surprised anymore about things I read in The Enquirer-Journal concerning our county commissioners. Tracy Kuehler is forever being quoted as saying “this or that.” For example a few weeks back she stated “she would hate to spend money (I believe the amount she stated was $500,000) to do a study to sell our hospital and then not sell it. The reason she states she want to sell our hospital is to pay down the county debt. However, it is interesting to read in Mr. Allan Baucom’s article in The E-J on Wedneday, December 16, 2009, that paying down county debt is not what the money would be used for. It would be used for building more parks and libraries. Why would others on the county commissioners board agree with her to sell our hospital? My point to them is -- leave our hospital alone and look somewhere else to get your money for parks and libraries. I am not in favor of three persons from western Union County serving on the county commissioners board. There should be some representation from the northern part of Union County, the eastern part of Union County and the southern part of Union County as well. But look what they have done for 2010 — voted Kim Rogers as chairwoman and Tracy Kuehler as vice chairwoman — two from western Union County What is the limit as to how many can serve on county commissioner boards? I would like to know and feel that there needs to be a larger board so voting on any and all things that come before the board would be more fairly

done instead of 3-2 — the three being the western three and two others and then some not voting. I will not touch on all of Mr. Baucom’s article. It was a very well-written article bringing up a number of things that should open eyes and get the attention of persons in all areas of Union County. I was certainly shocked about what has gone on in these meetings. 1. The majority of the commissioners (which I feel certain includes Tracy Kuehler and her followers) refused to tape special meetings and workshops where the hospital was the purpose of the meeting -- however -- regular commissioners meetings are televised. Also, motions and actions taken at special meetings is away from the camera and often no news media is present. Is there something wrong with this picture? You had better wake up Union County. They are already trying to sell our hospital. You may blink your eyes and before you know what happened, they will have the hospital sold and no telling what else. 2. The Belk Tonawanda Park. The County Commissioners refusing to work with Monroe on property that is owned by Union County. 3. When Lancaster County offered to work with Union County to manage water shortage, allowing Union County to purchase additional water, the majority of the commissioners said no, we do not want your help. 4. Telling volunteer firemen and women that you do not like what they are doing. We did not vote these persons into these positions to act like they know all the answers to everything or to do things in se-

cret so nobody will know what is going on, what they have decided to do about things until they get it finalized and they think nobody can do anything about their actions. When decisions are made about anything that affects the people of Monroe and Union County, it should be done openly, in televised meetings where you can hear what is being said and who is saying it, what the vote is about the topic before the board and all who watch TV can hear and understand what is said. Have someone from the news media there. Doing things in secret is not good at all. It causes those who put you in office to wonder why they gave you their vote in the first place. Be careful how you act in 2010. You can be voted out of your job at the next election. KACEE DALTON Monroe

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his may be my favorite Christmas season yet. I’ve finally gotten to the point where I’m not trying to meet anyone’s expectations, especially my own. As a child I wanted to make sure I lived up to what was expected and worried about how to get a gift for each of my four siblings, my best friend Paula and my parents. The holiday season was an equal mix of delighted anticipation and dread. A big part of me was always glad when it was over for another year. As a single parent I often took on an additional seasonal job to make sure that all of Louie’s requests to Santa Claus were fulfilled. I had carried forward the same sense of obligation that somehow Christmas was all about making sure I got it right. That meant going above and beyond to do whatever was asked of me. It never occurred to me to say no or to make out a more reasonable plan that included a budget. The idea that my giving could also be about

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what I wanted for the person and not just a desire created mostly by the media was never a consideration. It’s as if I saw myself as worth whatever I could spend on someone else. Some years I scored really high and others years I heaped on the blame and guilt. But here are a few other things I wasn’t noticing at the time that shed a little more light on things and helped me to turn around my holiday attitude. No one remembers what I gave them when I was little, including me. Not one of my homemade gifts or something purchased with my 15 cents a

week allowance stands out for anyone. Also, Louie doesn’t use any of the gifts I spent sixty hour work weeks to make sure he received. There was a Ninja Turtle Sewer one year that was an enormous hit and involved a nationwide search by every aunt, uncle and grandparent till my mother finally located the last one off a truck stop just ahead of another grandmother, but that was an exception. The truth is, every Christmas there was one question I was never asking myself that could have helped me to stop throwing everything out of balance. What was my intention behind this gift? As a child, that’s a little more introspection than can be expected but as an adult I can be more honest and realize that a lot of it has to do with making sure everyone is happy with me. In other words my gift giving was more about me and how I’d like to be seen. But this year, that’s all changed. I’ve been able to make a budget and stick to it, which

“As a single parent I often took on an additional seasonal job to make sure that all of Louie’s requests to Santa Claus were fulfilled.”

has meant limiting the gift giving and buying things for Louie, who is now grown at 22, which are more practical and less expensive. The upside is I’ve been able to relax and enjoy the season a lot more. Instead of a long list of gifts I can’t afford to give there’s a long list of things I’m grateful for and it’s pretty much the same people.

Making the adjustment has helped the way I am around my loved ones because I’m more relaxed and have the time to notice more about the beauty inside of them. It’s not about meeting some goal that was more determined by an ad on TV. This year I can be grateful for a warm place to live in a great city like Chicago near my son, Louie who is doing well. I can give thanks for my health and all of the amazing people who helped me become healthy again. And I can say thank you to all of the amazing readers who send me notes on their lives and well wishes. No department store or web site carries any of those things but they are more valuable to me than a cashmere sweater or a new bike. Merry Christmas everyone. Ask Martha how to get to your dream and receive a free gift of Martha’s new Big Adventure book, The 3 x 5 Game - www. m a r t h a s b i ga dv e n t u re . c o m . Email Martha at: Martha@caglecartoons.com.


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Dems, White House predict success on health care WASHINGTON (AP) — From the White House to Capitol Hill, Democrats on Tuesday confidently predicted Senate passage of President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul after the bill cleared its second 60-vote test and the time was set for a final tally. Coming to the Senate floor in the middle of the afternoon, Majority Leader Harry Reid, DNev., announced an agreement to vote on final passage at 8 a.m. Thursday, Christmas Eve. It would mark the 25th consecutive day of Senate debate on health care. “The finish line is in sight,� Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus, D-Mont., said at a news conference with other Senate leaders and cheering supporters. “We’re not the first to attempt such reforms but we will be the first to succeed.� At the White House, spokesman Robert Gibbs declared: “Health care reform is not a matter of if. Health care reform is now a matter of when.� Obama said the Senate legislation accomplishes 95 percent

of what he wanted on health care. “Every single criteria for reform I put forward is in this bill,� the president said in an interview with The Washington Post. Senate Democrats remained behind their compromise bill over steadfast Republican opposition. A motion to shut off debate and move to a vote on a package of changes by Reid passed 60-39. The final 60-vote hurdle, limiting debate on the bill itself, is expected to be cleared Wednesday afternoon, setting up the Thursday morning-beforeChristmas vote on the legislation, which at that point will need only a simple majority to pass. The Senate has been voting at odd hours since Monday around 1 a.m. because Republicans have insisted on using all the time allowed under Senate rules to delay the bill. Not to be thwarted, Reid has refused to postpone action until after the holidays. On Tuesday, they started voting at sunrise. With fatigue and frustration

rising, Reid appealed to his colleagues to set aside acrimony and reach for some holiday spirit. “I would hope everybody will keep in mind that this is a time when we reflect on peace and good things,� he said. Republican Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky said he, too, wanted to close the debate. After conferring with McConnell, Reid announced the timing of the final vote. Even so, partisan fires were burning. GOP Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina denounced concessions won by conservative Nebraska Democratic Sen. Ben Nelson, whose support gave Democrats the 60th and final vote they need. Among other things, Nelson got an agreement that the federal government will pay to expand Medicaid services in Nebraska. “That’s not change you can believe in. That’s sleazy,� Graham said on NBC’s “Today� show. South Carolina Attorney General Henry McMaster, a

candidate for governor, said Tuesday he and his counterparts in Michigan and Washington state are investigating whether the special provisions for Nebraska and other states are constitutional. “Whatever the legal status may be, and we hope to find out soon, these negotiations on their face appear to be a form of vote-buying paid for by taxpayers,� McMaster said, adding he hopes citizens will challenge the legislation in court. Reid has defended the dealmaking, asserting that every senator got something they were looking for in the health bill and if they didn’t it speaks poorly of them. Democratic Sen. Tom Harkin of Iowa also defended the concessions, saying: “The one that’s being talked about for Nebraska, it also benefits other states. It’s not just Nebraska.� He also said he would vote for the package even if it didn’t contain concessions for Iowa. “The principle of this bill overrides everything,� Harkin told CBS’ “Early Show.�

Moderate Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La., who has also been criticized after securing a boost in Medicaid for her state, defended the concessions she got, saying they benefited lowincome families small businesses. Also Tuesday, Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Fla., announced that the inspector general of the Department of Health and Human Services has agreed to his request to investigate whether drug companies are raising prices of brand-name prescription drugs used by Medicaid and Medicare beneficiaries ahead of passage of the health care bill. AARP says prescription drug prices are on the rise, but the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America said in a statement that Nelson’s request “was spurred, in large part, on misleading statistics and sensationalized media reports.� The Senate measure would still have to be harmonized with the health care bill passed by the House in November before final legislation would go to Obama.

Nasal swine flu vaccine is recalled WASHINGTON (AP) — Drugmaker MedImmune is recalling nearly 5 million doses of swine flu vaccine because the nasal spray appears to lose strength over time, federal health officials announced Tuesday. The vaccine recall is the second this month caused by declining potency and comes as public health officials urge millions of Americans to get vaccinated against swine flu. The action affects more than 4.6 million doses, but the vast majority have already been used, according to the Food and Drug Administration. Agency officials said the vaccine was strong enough when it was distributed in October and November. “The slight decrease in potency is not expected to have any effect on the protective effect of the vaccine,� said Norman Baylor, director of the FDA’s vaccine research office. “We are not recommending revaccination.� The agency is looking into the problem but said it’s not uncommon for vaccines to lose strength over time. MedImmune’s vaccine has a recommended shelf life of about four months. The company has about 3,000 doses in its warehouses but does not know how many remain in the field, according to the FDA. Last week, vaccine

maker Sanofi Pasteur recalled hundreds of thousands of swine flu shots for children because tests indicated those doses lost some strength. Most of those doses had already been used, too. Maryland-based MedImmune, a subsidiary of London-based AstraZeneca PLC, voluntarily recalled 13 lots of its vaccine, “due to a slight decrease in potency� discovered through routine quality control testing, said spokesman Tor Constantino. “It’s not a safety concern. People who have received doses from the affected lots do not need to be revaccinated. The doses were well within potency specification,� he said. Swine flu vaccine has been available since early October, and since then manufacturers have released over 111 million doses for distribution in the U.S. MedImmune makes the only nasal spray version, which can be used by healthy people ages 2 to 49. Only in recent weeks have state authorities lifted restrictions on who can get vaccinated. Previously the vaccines were reserved for high-risk patients, including pregnant women and schoolchildren. In a telephone news conference on Tuesday, Dr.

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Anne Schuchat of the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimated that 60 million Americans have received swine flu vaccine, and said intense monitoring for side effects has not turned up any safety concerns. “We are not seeing any worrisome signs,� she said. The vaccine supply has increased so much in recent weeks that she urged parents of children 10 and younger to get them a second dose, because studies show this age group needs two for optimal protection. Flu activity has slowed, but “it’s not gone,� Schuchat said. “None of us know what the weeks and months ahead will bring in terms of influenza activity, and it’s very important not to become complacent.� The first wave of the swine flu pandemic began in April, when the strain was discovered. A larger wave started in the late summer and is declining. Infections are now widespread in 11 states, down from 48 in late October. A new Harvard poll released Tuesday finds that

concern about swine flu has waned along with the number of new cases being reported. Only 40 percent of people now say they are concerned that they or a family member will get sick from swine flu during the next year. That’s down from an earlier poll in September, when 52 percent said they were worried about swine flu. The new poll found that most parents who sought vaccine for their children were able to get it. However, more than one-third of respondents said they did not plan to seek it for their kids. The Harvard School of Public Health polled more than 1,600 adults on Dec. 16 and 17. Also on Tuesday, a 13-year-old dog in suburban New York was confirmed as the first known case of swine flu in a dog. The pet apparently caught the virus from his owner. The CDC’s Schuchat said that animals can carry and spread flu viruses, but such cases are rare and people should not be afraid to enjoy their pets. A few cats and ferrets have also been diagnosed with swine flu.

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1 c. margarine 1 c. white sugar 1 c. brown sugar 2 eggs 2 tsp. vanilla 1-1/2 c. flour 1 tsp. cinnamon 1 tsp. baking soda 1 tsp. baking powder 2 c. oatmeal 2 c. rice krispies 1/2 c. coconut 6 oz. chocolate chips Cream shortening and sugars. Add eggs and vanilla. Mix well. Stir in dry ingredients. Drop by teaspoonfuls onto greased baking sheet. Bake at 350 degrees for 10 to 12 minutes. Makes 4-1/2 dozen.

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1 package spice cake mix 1 egg 2 T. butter or margarine, melted 1 - 8 oz. package cream cheese, softened 1 - 14 oz. can sweetened condensed milk 1 - 16 oz. can pumpkin 2 eggs 1/2 tsp. salt 1 c. chopped pecans Heat oven to 350 degrees. Combine cake mix, 1 egg and melted butter. Press mixture into the bottom of a 10-1/2 x 15-1/2” jelly roll pan. Set aside. Beat cream cheese until fluffy. Add milk, pumpkin, 2 eggs and salt. Beat until smooth and pour over crust. Sprinkle pecans over filling. Bake for 30 to 35 minutes until filling is set. Cool in pan on wire rack. Chill and cut into 1-1/2” bars. Store, covered in refrigerator.

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Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Chop walnuts and dates very fine or use a food processor. Mix in 1/4 cup coconut, sugar and egg. Shape into rolls 3/4 “ in diameter and approximately 2” long. Roll in coconut. Place on greased baking sheet. Bake 10 to 12 minutes. When cool, dip ends in melted chocolate.

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Pecan Sandies 1 c. butter, at room temperature 3/4 c. confectioners sugar, plus an additional 1 cup for finishing 1/2 tsp. salt 1 tsp. vanilla 2 c. all-purpose flour 1 c. finely chopped pecans Using a mixer, cream the butter, 3/4 cup sugar and salt. Add vanilla and scrape down the bowl. Add the flour and pecans. Beat just until the mixture is combined making sure to scrape the bottom of the bowl as well as the sides. Chill the dough until fairly firm but still malleable (about 45 minutes). Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Form the dough into 1” balls. Place the cookies 2” apart on ungreased cookies sheets. Bake 12 to 14 minutes. When done the cookies will pick up a littler color on their tops and will feel set to the touch. The bottoms of the cookies will be golden brown. Remove the cookies from the oven. While they are still hot, dust them heavily with a portion of the additional sugar. Allow the cookies to cool and place them in a bowl with the remaining powdered sugar. Toss gently to coat completely. Store in an air-tight container. Makes 3-1/2 dozen.

Chocolate Peanut Crunch Cookies 1 c. all-purpose flour 1/2 tsp. baking soda 1/3 c. butter or margarine, melted 1/3 c. sugar 1/3 c. packed brown sugar 1 egg 1/2 tsp. vanilla 1/2 c. crunchy peanut butter 1/4 c. chocolate flavored syrup In a small mixing bowl, combine flour and baking soda. Set aside. In a large mixing bowl, beat butter with an electric mixer on medium speed for 30 seconds. Add sugars and beat until fluffy. Add egg and vanilla. Beat well. Add peanut butter and chocolate syrup. Beat until well mixed. Add flour mixture slowly to beaten mixture. Beat on low speed after each addition until combined. Drop by rounded teaspoonfuls onto ungrease cookie sheet. Bake at 375 degrees for 10 minutes or until done.

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Zenta will create jobs CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — A mortgage servicing company says it will expand its North Carolina operation by adding about 1,000 call center and loan servicing jobs. The company and Gov. Beverly Perdue announced Tuesday that Zenta Mortgage Services will expand its Charlotte operation over the next five years. In return, the company could collect up to $8.6 million in taxpayer incentives if it meets the job-creation targets and keeps them for nine years. The financial services outsourcing company plans to begin hiring next month for jobs paying nearly $48,000 a year. Zenta now employs about 260 workers in Charlotte. The New York Citybased company operates call centers and other service centers in Philadelphia, Dallas, Los Angeles, London, and in Mumbai and Chennai, India.

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GATLINBURG, Tenn. (AP) — Newfound Gap Road in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park has reopened four days after being closed because of heavy snow. The road, which runs between Gatlinburg, Tenn., and Cherokee, N.C., reopened Tuesday afternoon. It had been closed since Friday.

CBC plans blood drives

MONROE

Community Blood Center of the Carolinas will have the following blood drives in November in Union County: • Saturday, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Union Square Cinema 8, 1911 Dickerson Blvd.; free movie ticket to all presenting donors. Donors must weigh a minimum of 120 pounds. Call 704972-4700 to make an appointment at any location.

With Love from Jesus drive

Indian Trail

With Love from Jesus in Indian Trail needs toys and other Christmas gifts — particularly for newborns and ages 8 and up — for local families in need. Suggested items for newborns include clothing, blankets, bottles, diapers, booties/ socks, baby monitors, car seats and diaper bags. Suggested items for teens include CD players, MP3 players, wallets, makeup kits, cologne/ perfume sets, hats, watches, jewelry, clothing and shoes.

Holiday Closings

Monroe Union County government offices will be closed on Thursday, Dec. 24 and Friday, Dec. 25 in observance of Christmas. All Union County libraries will be closed Thursday, Dec. 24 – Sunday, Dec. 27. Cane Creek Park and the Jesse Helms Park playground, shelter, picnic pads and walking trail will also be closed Dec. 24 – Dec. 27. The Union County Landfill will close at 11 a.m. on Dec. 24 and will be closed all day on Dec. 25.

Items can be dropped off until today. With Love from Jesus is located at 5226 Indian TrailFairview Road.

Wingate VFD Christmas tree lot

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The Wingate Volunteer Fire Department has opened a Christmas tree lot, with proceeds going to the department’s operating expenses. The department has more than 100 trees. The lot will be open until trees sell out from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday and 1 p.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday. The lot is located at the corner of U.S. Highway 74 and Bivens Street, near SunTrust Bank in Wingate.

Gel inserts for soldiers

INDIAN TRAIL Union West Rotary has issued a challenge to all Union Coun-

ty Rotary Clubs. The club will match up to $1,000 to purchase

500 pairs of gel inserts for soldiers. Gel inserts help with foot comfort and fatigue, as they wear their boots for up to 20 hours a day. Union West Rotary is joining in this campaign with the Charlotte South Park Rotary Club by challenging the Union County clubs to help exceed the 500 pairs goal. Any Union County Rotarian, or anyone who would just like to participate in the challenge may send a check to Union West Rotary, P.O. Box 505, Indian Trail, NC 28079.

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Officers Continued from Page 1A work but his commitment to helping the coalition meet our goals,” she said at the awards ceremony. “One major goal is ... to help make Union County a safer place to live, work and play for all those that travel in and through our county.” Weatherman has been with the Stallings Police Department for two and a half years and a police officer for more than seven years. “When I first became a police officer, I dealt with a DWI crash ... and it kind of scarred me a little bit,” he said. From the moment he visited the victim’s family, he vowed to do his best to prevent future accidents so other families wouldn’t have to go through the same thing. “The bottom line is to try to keep people safe,” Taylor said. Taylor has been an officer for 11 years and in Stallings for the past year. A previous officer in Charlotte, Taylor said he was used to getting drugs off the streets, but traffic stops and safety go hand-in-hand. “They’re not going to walk up here with their dope,” he said. “They’re going to drive it.” Taylor said he is “extremely proud” of his award, but it is a team effort to save lives. The coalition, part of the community health program at Carolinas Medical CenterUnion, includes nearly two dozen law enforcement agencies, fire departments, emergency medical services, the American Red Cross, Mothers Against Drunk Driving, local businesses and community members.

Marker Continued from Page 1A N.C. Museum of History, supports the plaque’s language. “I’d rather be historically accurate than politically correct,” Way said. Once approved by the county, the group can begin raising money for the plaque, which they estimate will range from $1,200 to $1,600.

Three hurt in wreck BY TIFFANY LANE

Staff Writer

MONROE A head-on collision on Secrest Short Cut Road near Willis Long Road landed three people in the hospital Saturday morning. The Monroe Police Department reported that Sarah Elizabeth Downs, 22, of Monroe was traveling west on Secrest Short Cut Road in a 2004 Hyundai Elantra when she crossed over the center line and struck a 1998 Jeep Cherokee traveling east on Secrest Short Cut Road. The Jeep was driven by Indian Trail resident Larry Marvin Rowell, 53, with his wife, Brenda Tucker Rowell, 49, in the pas-

senger seat. The wreck happened around 10 a.m. Downs was driving 55 mph; Larry Rowell, 45 mph, but only 25 mph at the time of impact. The posted speed limit is 45 mph. Downs was wearing a shoulder belt; the Rowells had both shoulder and lap belts. Drugs or alcohol are not suspected. A couple of medical helicopters were called in to take the injured to Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte. A representative for CMC said Downs was in serious condition, Larry Rowell was in fair condition and his wife was in good condition Tuesday morning.

Deaths Continued from Page 1A lie two-thirds of North Carolina’s premature deaths and disability...:physical inactivity, poor nutrition and tobacco use,” said Jeremy Moseley Acting Director, Tri-State Stroke Network. The state’s highest ranking is for the nation’s third leading cause of death, stroke. North Carolina ranks sixth. The ranking is part of a regional trend. Stroke deaths from seven states – North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Tennessee, Arkansas, Mississippi and Alabama – is higher than in the rest of the nation. The states comprise “the stroke belt.” Although the reason for the cluster of states burdened by strokes remains unclear, some health officials attribute it to the region’s dietary habits as well as the disparity in access to quality health care for various socioeconomic groups and races. For instance, American Indian and black North Carolinians have higher stroke death rates than do white North Carolinians and blacks are also more likely to die of stroke at relatively young ages than are their white counterparts.

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“A van load came up the street two years ago and this whole group of girls piled out and they said, yes, it’s her birthday. The mother said to me it’s cool that you are doing the Christmas Bureau. One of the benefactors is right here.”

bors going to receive this?’” Brown said. “Early on there never really was a plan to take in donations,” he said. “People said to us, ‘let me give you some money’ and we were ike, ‘Money for what?’ We have fun with this.” “We got to thinking other Christmas light displays use their shows to raise money for different charities and we got talking about it, if people are offering, let’s figure out some way take the money and put it to some kind of use.” The Union County Christmas Bureau seeks to meet the needs of low-income families in the county during the holiday seasons. Gloria Haney, volunteer services coordinator for the Union County Department of Social Services, said, “Usually, it’s after we have served our families and finished helping during the Christmas season that David brings his donation here to us. It really helps pay some of our bills.” “I love it when people are on the sidewalk and stuff like that,” Brown said.

For some causes of death, such as accidents, health officials said that the state’s geography is to blame. “We’re not Kansas. We don’t have flat roads,” said Scott Proescholdbell, state injury epidemiologist with the Division of Public Health. “But engineering can be done to improve that.” Unintentional poisoning - especially of prescription medication - falls under the umbrella of accidents, Proescholdbell said, and is of growing concern for health officials. Between 1999 and 2008, poisonings rose 200 percent, from 300 incidents to over 1,000. “We’re working on physician awareness,” he said, adding that providers can now look into the controlled substance reporting system and see what other providers have prescribed the same patient. The goal is to prevent harmful drug interactions or prescription drug abuse, he said. Ruth Petersen, section chief for chronic disease and injury in the division of Public Health, said most of the top leading causes of death are chronic diseases and that people can lower their risk of getting those diseases by eradicating certain factors from their lives. Those top risk factors include tobacco use, diet and physical

Each year the show has grown and each year people come and ask what is new about the show. This year there is a row of lighted Christmas trees across the front of the yard and a whole host of new programmed music along with a mechanized flying angel. “We are at the limit, electrically, for our house,” Brown said. “In fact, if you turn on the bathrooms lights while the show is running those bathroom lights will sort of pulse to the music just because of the power drain from them. For that reason and just to make things bigger, we’ve expanded to the neighbor’s house. “So we can’t add a lot, but what we are talking about for next year is enhancing what we have versus adding more,” he said. The shows run from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. and can be heard on radio station 94.5. Each show is 22 minutes and can be seen at 4019 Lake Charles Way.

Those who are illiterate might not finish school, narrowing the job options they have. Without an adequate income, they might not get health insurance or receive inadequate health care. North Carolina has one of the lowest high school graduation rates in the nation. Bryant said state officials should continue to address those low rates. Despite the state’s less than ideal rankings, health officials said most of the trends are slowly reversing thanks to public education and legislation. Rates for the leading causes of death have all decreased in North Carolina with the exception of kidney disease, which increased by a rate of 0.4 between 2005 and 2006. But Petersen stressed the importance of focusing more on prevention steps that can be made versus disease rates. “There are preventable risk factors that contribute to the leading causes of death,” she said. “We have to make all the environments in the state better so it promotes well being.”

inactivity, and risky sexual behavior. But she added that some aspects such as socioeconomic status and race have an imbedded risk attached to them. “It’s money. It’s all about money. People’s health status is determined by socioeconomic status,” Petersen said. “People who are poor probably don’t eat well, are more stressed out and probably smoke.” Petersen said the Southeast is generally poorer than other regions – a possible reason why North Carolina and other Southern states lead in some of the top causes of death. But it’s not just up to individuals to make pro-wellness changes in their environment. Chris Bryant, director of the state diabetes prevention and control branch, said some risk factors can be reduced if the state made certain policy changes. “Take sugar out of vending machines and feed them healthy food at least while they’re in school,” he said, adding that obesity is the number one cause of diabetes, as well as a cause of other chronic diseases. Diabetes prevalence in North Carolina increased by 102 percent between 1995 and 2006. Illiteracy and poor education also have an indirect effect on health, he said.

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In-Depth Forecast Today we will see partly cloudy skies with a high temperature of 52º, humidity of 57% and an overnight low of 33º. The record high temperature for today is 75º set in 1970. The record low is 6º set in 1935. Thursday, skies will be mostly cloudy with a slight chance of rain.

Almanac Yesterday’s Temperatures High . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .49 Low . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .27 Yesterday’s Precipitation Precipitation . . . . . . . . . . . . . .0.00"

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Atlanta deals pitcher Swaps Vasquez to Yankees in exchange for Cabrera 3B

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WORTH A LOOK Men’s college basketball Ole Miss at West Virginia 7:30 p.m., ESPN2

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

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Williams, Sunseri honored

N.C. State at Arizona 10:30 p.m., FSN

WHO’S NEWS Hudson, Hokies improve to 10-1

BLACKSBURG, Va. — Junior guard Dorenzo Hudson scored 16 points to help Virginia Tech defeat visiting Maryland Baltimore County on Tuesday. Hudson was 4-of-6 from the field, including 2-for-3 from 3-point range, and made all six of his free throws HUDSON in the Hokies’ 71-34 victory. Virginia Tech has won seven straight games to improve to 10-1. Hudson has heated up of late, averaging 14.8 points per game over the last four contests to pull his scoring average up to 9.7 for the year. Hudson has shot 50 percent (19of-38) from the field and 85 percent from the line (17-of-20) over that four-game stretch. A 6-foot-5 junior and a former all-state selection for Forest Hills High, Hudson has started all 11 games for the Hokies this season. J.T. Thompson, who also starred at Forest Hills, battled offseason injuries that put him behind in the early going. Thompson, a 6-6 junior forward, scored five points off the bench in Tuesday’s win. For the season, Thompson is averaging 5.6 points and 4.5 rebounds per game. The Hokies are off until Dec. 30, when they host Longwood.

Steelers sign vet receiver Galloway

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Wide receiver Joey Galloway has been added to the Pittsburgh Steelers’ roster as the replacement for Limas Sweed. Sweed was placed on injured reserve Monday with a non-football related illness. Coach Mike Tomlin would not reveal any details of Sweed’s problem Tuesday. Galloway was cut by New England earlier this season. The Steelers also signed long snapper Jared Retkofsky to replace Greg Warren, who injured a right knee ligament on the final play of Pittsburgh’s win over Green Bay. Retkofsky was the Steelers’ long snapper for the final two months and the playoffs last season after Warren tore a knee ligament. Retkofsky had been playing for the New York Sentinels of the United Football League.

E-J staff photo by Ed Cottingham

SV sophomore Jadarrius Williams rushed for 1,299 yards.

Sun Valley, Anson place 10 each on all-conference team BY JUSTIN MURDOCK

E-J Sports Writer

MONROE Sun Valley High’s Jadarrius Williams and Marvin Ridge’s Vinnie Sunseri had stellar individual performances on the football field in 2009, helping their teams to a share of the Southern Carolina Conference title along the way. Williams, a sophomore tailback, has been voted Offensive Player of the Year in the SCC by the league’s head coaches, while Sunseri, a junior linebacker, was voted Defensive Player of the Year. Williams helped Sun Valley to a 9-4 record, compiling 1,299

rushing yards and 15 touchdowns in 11 regular season games. He ran for a careerhigh 294 yards and four touchdowns on 23 carries in a win over Weddington on Oct. 30. The 5-foot-8, 160-pound speedster also rushed for 232 yards in a loss at Marvin Ridge. Sunseri, a 6-foot, 205-pound middle linebacker, finished with 103 tackles, including 19 for loss. He also had five interceptions, two sacks and two fumble recoveries. He was named all-conference for the third straight season after helping the Mavericks to a 9-3 record.

See ALL-SCC / Page 3B

2009 CMC-Union Holiday Classic

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Bobby Bowden says he wanted to coach another year at Florida State, however “that was out” as an option. Bowden told The Associated Press on Tuesday that he wanted to coach next season. A day after meeting with university officials, Bowden BOWDEN announced Dec. 1 that he would retire following the Seminoles’ bowl game. The 80-year-old Bowden says he’s getting over the “disappointment” of leaving Florida State a year earlier than he had planned. He’s been cleaning out his memorabilia-filled office in addition to trying to get the Seminoles ready for their New Years’ Day date against West Virginia in the Gator Bowl. Bowden, who has coached since leaving college 56 years ago, says he’s preparing to move on with other challenges.

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Anson: Stephone Anthony, Jordan Hildreth, Tra Thomas, Brandon Ellerbe, Jonathan Hough, Derric Staton, Marcus Smith, Hayward Robinson, Doug Lilly, Chris Christian Parkwood: Marcus Leak, Kemp Lotharp, Maurice Leak, Andrew Jauch, Trey Mobley, Chase Plyler, Kevin Mullis, Jordan Carter Marvin Ridge: Kolly Ogar, Steve Gamble, Trent Baker, KJ Brent, Justin Cude, Vinnie Sunseri, Dylan Williams, Griffin Weidele Porter Ridge: Damarrell Alexander, Christian Hart, Aaron Johnson, Alex Holt, PJ Freeman, Korey Smith Sun Valley: Ryan Smith, Dustin Cook, Andrew McManus, Steven Cole, Ronald Evans, Ryan Bowles, Jadarrius Williams, Jeremy Busby, David Marino, Ryan Love Weddington: Anthony Boone, Casey Lang, Brandon Kersnowski, Zach Davis, Hunter Moore, Cole Finch, Sam Dashti Offensive Player of the Year: Jadarrius Williams, Sun Valley Defensive Player of the Year: Vinnie Sunseri, Marvin Ridge Specialist of the Year: Damarrel Alexander, Porter Ridge Kicker of the Year: Casey Lang, Weddington Coach of the Year: Blair Hardin, Porter Ridge

Huntley leads defending champs By Eric Rape

E-J Correspondent

Dec. 26-30 at Wingate U.

Bowden wanted to stay another year

E-J staff photo by Ed Cottingham

Mavs junior Vinnie Sunseri had 103 tackles and five interceptions.

MONROE The Forest Hills High boys basektball team will enter the 2009 CMC-Union Holiday Classic with three returning starters from last year’s championship team, including reigning Most Valuable Player Dre Huntley, who averaged a tournament-high 18.7 points and 7.7 assists in three games during the Yellow Jackets’ 2008 title run. Huntley is leading Union County in assists for the second straight season at 6.8 per game while ranking second on his team in scoring at 15.0 points per game. The Yellow Jackets have a 5-1 record and the second seed for the upcoming tournament behind undefeated Monroe (8-0). Forest Hills

begins play in the tournament on Saturday at 8:30 p.m. against CATA. Monroe will open tournament play against No. 8 seed Weddington (3-4) next Monday starting at 8:30 p.m. The Redhawks are led by senior Issac Blakeney and junior Jamison Crowder, who have both been offered football scholarships by Duke. Blakeney has already committed to the Blue Devils. Blakeney led the tournament in rebounding a year ago, averaging 16 boards over three games. He enters this year’s tournament as Union County’s only player averaging a double-double with 14.5 ppg and 11.1 rpg. Crowder is one of the county’s fourth-leading scorer at 16.0 ppg and ranks second in assists (5.5 apg).

See CHAMPS / Page 2B

Leak brothers highly respected at Parkwood ‘People are just sort of in awe of their ability’ By David Sentendrey

E-J Correspondent

ROUGHEDGE Several Union County teams will get their first look of the season at Parkwood High’s Maurice and Marcus Leak during the CMC Union Holiday Classic, which starts Saturday at Wingate University. Parkwood (4-3) enters seeded fourth, and will kick off the boys side of the basketball tournament against fifth-seeded Anson (4-4) on Saturday at 5:30 p.m. The Rebels did not make the playoffs in 2008-09 and the Leak brothers are hoping to change that this season. “Win the conference first of all,” said the 5-foot-9 Maurice, referring to the Rebels’ goals. “Hopefully we’ll come out

of the Christmas tournament with a trophy also — those are probably my two main goals.” One of the quickest players in the county, Maurice is Union County’s third-leading scorer, averaging 16.1 points per game in addition to a team-high 3.0 assists. Coach Bobby McGee is giving Maurice, a thirdyear varsity player, a lot of freedom his senior year. “The style of play that we play, the point guard scores a lot and plus he can distribute and bring the ball up,” Maurice said. “I like to score but I can also set up other people, so it’s a win-win for me.” McGee believes opponents have been game planning to stop Maurice as first priority.

See BROTHERS / Page 3B

Photo by Jamie Belk

Parkwood senior point guard Maurice Leak, middle, leads his team in scoring at 16.1 ppg. Like his younger brother, Maurice is a three-sport standout.


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Champs

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On the girls side, Parkwood comes in undefeated as the No. 1 seed with a 7-0 record. The Rebels have outscored their opponents by an average of 33.9 points per game. Senior guard Michelle Brown is the only returning all-tournament player from a year ago. The Rebels will open the tournament Monday against No. 8 seed Anson at 7 p.m. Despite losing two all-tournament players from last year’s championship team, Porter Ridge is off to a 7-1 start and is the No. 2 seed for the tourney. The Pirates do have back alltournament selection Kelley Godbout, a junior who aver-

Blakeney and Huntley are the only two returning alltournament selections from a year ago. Junior center Patrick Bellucci averaged 15.7 point per game for Marvin Ridge in the 2008 tournament, helping them to a second-place finish. Forest Hills’ boys enter the tournament on a four-game winning streak, while No. 3 seed Sun Valley (5-3) has won four of its last five. Sixth-seeded Marvin Ridge (3-3) is on a three-game winning streak after starting 0-3, and No. 7 Central Academy (4-4) has won two straight, which included an upset victory over No. 4 seed

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aged 8.3 rebounds and 4.3 steals in three games a year ago. This season, Godbout is averaging 12.8 ppg, 3.0 apg, and 4.0 spg. The Pirates are on a sevengame winning streak after dropping their season-opener to Ardrey Kell 48-46 in overtime. Sun Valley’s girls (6-2) are the No. 3 seed and have two of the top post players in the county in juniors Stephanie Taylor and Jordynn Gaymon. Taylor, a 6-2 center, was selected to the all-tournament team in 2008 after averaging 10.3 rpg and 4.7 blocks per game. Gaymon also dominated on the boards with 12.0 rpg. This year, Taylor and Gaymon are once again doing damage inside for the Spartans. Taylor is averaging 13.5 ppg and 7.4 rpg and Gaymon averages 11.8 ppg and 9.4 rpg.

The Spartans (6-2) have won four straight games and will face Marvin Ridge (3-3) to open the tournament on Monday. Weddington’s girls (4-3) will be matched up with Forest Hills in the first round of the tournament on Saturday at 4 p.m. The Warriors are led by the county’s top scorer, Samantha Sebastian, who is averaging 16.9 ppg while also grabbing 8.3 rpg. Piedmont is the No. 7 seed for the tournament and will take on No. 2 seed Porter Ridge in the first round. The Panthers (4-5) return 2008 all-tournament selection Jade Montgomery, who put up 20.0 ppg while dishing out 3.0 apg and taking away 5.3 spg. Montgomery is currently third in the county in scoring at 16.0 ppg.

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Today COLLEGE FOOTBALL 8 p.m. ESPN — Poinsettia Bowl, Utah vs. California, at San Diego MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL 7:30 p.m. ESPN2 — Mississippi at West Virginia 9:30 p.m. ESPN2 — Illinois vs. Missouri, at St. Louis 10:30 p.m. FSN — N.C. State at Arizona WOMEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL 5:30 p.m. ESPN2 — Stanford at Connecticut

Standout tackle voted AP Player of Year NEW YORK (AP) — Nebraska defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh bulled past the guys who play the glamour positions and proved you don’t have to score touchdowns or toss passes to be the player of the year. Spurred by a dominant performance against Texas in the Big 12 title game, Suh became the first defensive player voted The Associated Press College Football Player of the Year on Tuesday. Suh had already won two defensive player of the year awards — the Nagurski and Bednarik — and two for best lineman — the Lombardi and Outland. He also finished fourth in the Heisman Trophy voting. “Just being recognized as player of the year is a huge accomplishment,” Suh said in a recent phone interview from Lincoln, Neb. He received 26 of a possible 59

votes from AP college football poll voters to edge Stanford running back Toby Gerhart, who received 20 votes. Heisman winner Mark Ingram finished tied for third with Texas quarterback Colt McCoy, each getting six votes. Florida quarterback Tim Tebow received one vote. Since the AP started handing out a player of the year award in 1998, all the winners have been quarterbacks or running backs. “It’s a great choice,” Nebraska coach Bo Pelini said. “ I give (the SUH voters) a lot of credit. I’m not taking anything away from Ingram or McCoy or any of the other guys. I just think at his position, you would be hardpressed to say there’s a better player than Suh. He’s had a tre-

mendous year.” It’s the fourth time the AP award went to a player other than the Heisman winner and first since Iowa quarterback Brad Banks beat out USC’s Carson Palmer in 2003. Suh finished behind Ingram, Gerhart and McCoy in the Heisman voting, though he did receive more points than any fourth-place finisher in the 75-year history of the award. Suh, a 6-foot-4, 300-pound senior, was already having an AllAmerica-caliber season before the Cornhuskers played Texas on Dec. 5 at Dallas Cowboys Stadium. He nearly led Nebraska to a stunning upset, with 12 tackles and 4 1/2 sacks. The Longhorns kicked a last-second field goal

to escape with a 13-12 victory, but Suh was so utterly unblockable he earned a trip to New York as one of five finalists for the Heisman. He finished the season with 12 sacks and was the pillar of the ninth-ranked defense in the country. “I think I had a good year,” he said. “I definitely got better in a couple of areas. I won’t say I’m satisfied by any means, because we still have a big game left to play against Arizona in the Holiday Bowl.” He’ll tell you he’s still learning to play the game. “I haven’t played a perfect game yet so let’s try and see if I can do that against Arizona,” he said. Suh got a relatively late start to football. Soccer and basketball were his thing growing up in Portland, Ore., the son of a Ja-

maican mother and father from Cameroon. His name means “House of Spears” in the language of the Ngema tribe. But Suh literally outgrew soccer. His mother, Bernadette, was apprehensive about allowing her son to play football, but eventually gave her permission. Ball carriers have been dealing with the repercussions of that decision ever since. Suh went through some tough times in his first two seasons at Nebraska, being part of one of the worst defenses in school history in 2007. Then Pelini became the Huskers coach and Nebraska’s defense began to turn around with Suh leading the charge. Physically, Suh is everything an NFL team could want in a defensive linemen. Big, strong, quick and agile, he’s projected to be one of the first players taken in April’s draft.

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

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x-clinched division y-clinched playoff spot Thursday’s Game Indianapolis 35, Jacksonville 31 Saturday’s Games Dallas 24, New Orleans 17 Sunday’s Games Tennessee 27, Miami 24, OT Arizona 31, Detroit 24 Atlanta 10, N.Y. Jets 7 Houston 16, St. Louis 13 New England 17, Buffalo 10 Cleveland 41, Kansas City 34 Oakland 20, Denver 19 San Diego 27, Cincinnati 24 Baltimore 31, Chicago 7 Tampa Bay 24, Seattle 7 Pittsburgh 37, Green Bay 36 Philadelphia 27, San Francisco 13 Carolina 26, Minnesota 7 Monday’s Game N.Y. Giants at Washington, late 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.

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College football Bowl Glance

Saturday, Dec. 19 New Mexico Bowl At Albuquerque Wyoming 35, Fresno State 28, 2OT St. Petersburg (Fla.) Bowl Rutgers 45, UCF 24 Sunday, Dec. 20 New Orleans Bowl Middle Tennessee 42, Southern Miss. 32 Tuesday, Dec. 22 Las Vegas Bowl BYU (10-2) vs. Oregon State (8-4), late Today 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) PapaJohns.com Bowl At Birmingham, Ala. Connecticut (7-5) vs. South Carolina (7-5), 2 p.m. (ESPN) Liberty Bowl At Memphis, Tenn. East Carolina (9-4) vs. Arkansas (7-5), 5:30 p.m. (ESPN) Alamo Bowl At San Antonio Michigan State (6-6) vs. Texas Tech (8-4), 9 p.m. (ESPN) Monday, Jan. 4 Fiesta Bowl At Glendale, Ariz. Boise State (13-0) vs. TCU (12-0), 8 p.m. (FOX) Tuesday, Jan. 5 Orange Bowl At Miami Iowa (10-2) vs. Georgia Tech (11-2), 8 p.m. (FOX)

Wednesday, Jan. 6 GMAC Bowl Mobile, Ala. Central Michigan (11-2) vs. Troy (9-3), 7 p.m. (ESPN) Thursday, Jan. 7 BCS National Championship At Pasadena, Calif. Alabama (13-0) vs. Texas (13-0), 8 p.m. (ABC) Saturday, Jan. 23 East-West Shrine Classic At Orlando, Fla. East vs. West, 3 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 30 Senior Bowl At Mobile, Ala. North vs. South, 4 p.m. (NFL)

Pro basketball NBA Standings All Times EST

EASTERN CONFERENCE Atlantic Division W L Pct GB Boston 21 5 .808 — Toronto 13 17 .433 10 New York 10 17 .370 11 1/2 Philadelphia 7 20 .259 14 1/2 New Jersey 2 26 .071 20 Southeast Division W L Pct GB Orlando 21 7 .750 — Atlanta 19 7 .731 1 Miami 13 12 .520 6 1/2 Charlotte 11 16 .407 9 1/2 Washington 8 17 .320 11 1/2 Central Division W L Pct GB Cleveland 21 8 .724 — Milwaukee 12 14 .462 7 1/2 Detroit 11 17 .393 9 1/2 Chicago 10 16 .385 9 1/2 Indiana 9 17 .346 10 1/2 WESTERN CONFERENCE Southwest Division W L Pct GB Dallas 20 8 .714 — San Antonio 15 10 .600 3 1/2 Houston 16 11 .593 3 1/2 New Orleans 12 14 .462 7 Memphis 12 15 .444 7 1/2 Northwest W Denver 19 Portland 17 Utah 16 Oklahoma City 13 Minnesota 5

Division L Pct GB 9 .679 — 12 .586 2 1/2 12 .571 3 13 .500 5 23 .179 14

Pacific Division W L Pct GB L.A. Lakers 22 4 .846 — Phoenix 18 10 .643 5 Sacramento 13 14 .481 9 1/2 L.A. Clippers 12 15 .444 10 1/2 Golden State 7 19 .269 15 Tuesday’s Games Charlotte 88, Detroit 76 Philadelphia at Washington, late Chicago at New York, late Indiana at Boston, late Golden State at Memphis, late Atlanta at Minnesota, late Portland at Dallas, late L.A. Clippers at Houston, late Oklahoma City at L.A. Lakers, late Today’s Games Houston at Orlando, 7 p.m. Minnesota at New Jersey, 7:30 p.m. Toronto at Detroit, 7:30 p.m. Utah at Miami, 7:30 p.m. Golden State at New Orleans, 8 p.m. Washington at Milwaukee, 8 p.m. Portland at San Antonio, 8:30 p.m. Oklahoma City at Phoenix, 9 p.m. Atlanta at Denver, 9 p.m. Cleveland at Sacramento, 10 p.m.

College basketball Tuesday’s boxscore Va. Tech 71, UMBC 34

UMBC (1-10)  Satchell 0-1 0-0 0, Spadafora 1-5 0-0 2, Jackson 3-8 5-6 11, De La Rosa 3-13 0-2 7, Gilliam 0-8 1-2 1, Smith 0-2 2-2 2,

Groce 1-2 0-0 2, Grant 0-4 0-0 0, Neller 3-6 0-0 9, Wasco 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 11-49 8-12 34. VIRGINIA TECH (10-1)  Allen 1-6 0-0 2, Bell 0-2 0-2 0, Davila 0-0 1-2 1, Hudson 4-6 6-6 16, Delaney 6-10 1-2 17, Raines 2-9 0-0 4, Green 4-7 2-3 10, Witcher 2-3 0-3 4, Boggs 2-3 1-2 5, Atkins 3-7 1-2 7, Debnam 0-1 0-0 0, Thompson 2-3 1-2 5. Totals 26-57 13-24 71. Halftime—Virginia Tech 38-13. 3-Point Goals—UMBC 4-15 (Neller 3-6, De La Rosa 1-2, Groce 0-1, Gilliam 0-3, Grant 0-3), Virginia Tech 6-13 (Delaney 4-6, Hudson 2-3, Atkins 0-1, Green 0-1, Boggs 0-1, Allen 0-1). Fouled Out—None. Rebounds— UMBC 29 (Gilliam, Jackson, Wasco 5), Virginia Tech 45 (Raines 8). Assists—UMBC 5 (Gilliam, Groce 2), Virginia Tech 15 (Delaney 4). Total Fouls—UMBC 19, Virginia Tech 16. A—9,807.

Pro baseball Free Agent Signings

NEW YORK (AP) — The 43 free agents who have signed, with name, position, former club if different, and contract. The contract information was obtained by The Associated Press from player and management sources. For players with minor league contracts, letter agreements for major league contracts are in parentheses: AMERICAN LEAGUE BALTIMORE (1) — Signed Mike Gonzalez, lhp, Atlanta, to a $12 million, two-year contract. BOSTON (3) — Signed Marco Scutaro, ss, Toronto, to a $12.5 million, twoyear contract; signed Mike Cameron, of, Milwaukee, to a $15.5 million, two-year contract; signed John Lackey, rhp, Los Angeles Angels, to an $82.5 million, five-year contract. CHICAGO (3) — Signed Omar Vizquel, ss, Texas, to a $1,375,000, one-year contract; signed Andruw Jones, of, Texas, to a $500,000, one-year contract; signed J.J. Putz, rhp, New York Mets, to a $3 million, one-year contract. DETROIT (1) — Re-signed Adam Everett, ss, to a $1.55 million, oneyear contract. KANSAS CITY (1) — Signed Jason Kendall, c, Milwaukee, to a $6 million, two-year contract. LOS ANGELES (1) — Signed Hideki Matsui, of, N.Y. Yankees, to a $6 million, one-year contract. MINNESOTA (1) — Announced Carl Pavano, rhp, accepted salary arbitration. NEW YORK (1) — Re-signed Andy Pettitte, lhp, to an $11.75 million, one-year contract. SEATTLE (1) — Signed Chone Figgins, 3b, Los Angeles Angels, to a $36 million, four-year contract. TAMPA BAY (1) — Signed Rafael Soriano, rhp, to a $7.25 million, oneyear contract after acquiring him from Atlanta. TEXAS (2) — Signed Rich Harden, rhp, Chicago Cubs, to a $7.25 million, one-year contract; signed Darren Oliver, lhp, Los Angeles Angels, to a $3 million, one-year contract. TORONTO (2) — Re-signed John McDonald, ss, to a $3 million, twoyear contact; signed Alex Gonzalez, ss, Boston, to a $2.75 million, oneyear contract. NATIONAL LEAGUE ATLANTA (1) — Signed Billy Wagner, lhp, Boston, to a $7 million, one-year contract. CHICAGO (1) — Re-signed John Grabow, lhp, to a $7.5 million, twoyear contract. COLORADO (1) — Announced Rafael Betancourt, rhp, accepted salary arbitration. HOUSTON (3) — Signed Pedro Feliz, 3b, Houston, to a $4.5 million, oneyear contract; signed Brandon Lyon, rhp, Detroit, to a $15 million, threeyear contract; re-signed Jason Michaels, of, to an $800,000, one-year contract. LOS ANGELES (2) — Re-signed Doug Mientkiewicz, 1b, to a minor league contract; signed Jamey Carroll, 2b, Cleveland, to a $3.85 million, twoyear contract. MILWAUKEE (5) — Signed Gregg Zaun, c, Tampa Bay, to a $2.15 mil-

lion, one-year contract; signed Randy Wolf, lhp, Los Angeles Dodgers, to a $29.75 million, three-year contract; re-signed Craig Counsell, inf, to a $2.1 million, one-year contract; signed LaTroy Hawkins, rhp, Houston, to a $7.5 million, two-year contract; re-signed Claudio Vargas, rhp, to a $900,000, one-year contract. NEW YORK (3) — Re-signed Alex Cora, ss, to a $2 million, one-year contract; signed Henry Blanco, c, San Diego, to a $750,000, one-year contract; re-signed Elmer Dessens, rhp, to a minor league contract ($700,000). PHILADELPHIA (4) — Signed Brian Schneider, c, N.Y. Mets, to a $2.75 million, two-year contract; signed Juan Castro, ss, Los Angeles Dodgers, to a $750,000, one-year contract; signed Placido Polanco, inf, Detroit, to an $18 million, three-year contract; signed Ross Gload, 1b-of, Florida, to a $2.6 million, two-year contract. PITTSBURGH (1) — Signed Bobby Crosby, inf, Oakland, to a $1 million, one-year contract. ST. LOUIS (2) — Re-signed Jason LaRue, c, to a $950,000, one-year contract; signed Brad Penny, rhp, San Francisco, to a $7.5 million, one-year contract. WASHINGTON (2) — Signed Ivan Rodriguez, c, Texas, to a $6 million, two-year contact; signed Jason Marquis, rhp, Colorado, to a $15 million, two-year contract.

Transactions Tuesday’s Sports Transactions BASEBALL American League BALTIMORE ORIOLES—Agreed to terms with INF Garrett Atkins on a one-year contract. NEW YORK YANKEES—Traded OF Melky Cabrera, LHP Michael Dunn, RHP Arodys Vizcaino and cash considerations to Atlanta for RHP Javier Vazquez and LHP Boone Logan. TEXAS RANGERS—Agreed to terms with LHP Darren Oliver on a oneyear contract. National League WASHINGTON NATIONALS—Agreed to terms with RHP Jason Marquis on a two-year contract. BASKETBALL National Basketball Association OKLAHOMA CITY THUNDER— Acquired G Eric Maynor from the Utah Jazz for the rights to 2002 draft pick Peter Fehse. Agreed to take on the contract of injured F Matt Harpring. Waived G Shaun Livingston and G Mike Wilks. FOOTBALL National Football League ALTANTA FALCONS—Placed S Antoine Harris on injured reserve. Signed S Eric Brock from practice squad. Signed WR Andy Strickland to practice squad. CLEVELAND BROWNS—Placed QB Brady Quinn on injured reserve. Signed OL Scott Kooistra. KANSAS CITY CHIEFS—Placed TE Brad Cottam on injured reserve. NEW ORLEANS SAINTS—Released PK John Carney and CB Marcus McCauley. Re-signed FB Kyle Eckel. Signed S Herana-Daze Jones and TE Tory Humphrey. Placed FB Marcus Mailei on injured reserve. NEW YORK JETS—Signed DL Ty Steinkuhler to the practice squad. PITTSBURGH STEELERS—Signed WR Joey Galloway and LS Jared Retkofsky. SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS—Released DT Baraka Atkins. ST. LOUIS RAMS—Claimed DE James Wyche off waivers from Jacksonville. HOCKEY National Hockey League BOSTON BRUINS—Returned D Andy Wozniewski to Providence (AHL). kl CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS—Recalled LW Bryan Bickell from Rockford (AHL). OTTAWA SENATORS—Assigned F Josh Hennessy and G Mike Brodeur to Binghamton (AHL). PHOENIX COYOTES—Recalled F Kevin Porter from San Antonio (AHL). COLLEGE GEORGETOWN—Announced men’s basketball junior F Nikita Mescheriakov will transfer at the conclusion of the current semester. LOUISVILLE—Named Mike Sanford offensive coordinator.


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Yankees deal Cabrera to Braves for Vasquez NEW YORK (AP) — When Javier Vazquez last threw a pitch for the New York Yankees, it was a nadir in the team’s storied history. He gave up two homers to Johnny Damon, including a key grand slam, as the Yankees lost Game 7 of the 2004 AL championship series to Boston. Now Vazquez is back, acquired Tuesday from the Atlanta Braves for outfielder Melky Cabrera as New York tweaks its championship roster in an effort to win back-to-back titles.

“Hopefully, I can erase those memories,” Vazquez said. And while Vazquez has returned to fortify a rotation headed by CC Sabathia, A.J. Burnett and Andy Pettitte, there still appears to be no room on the 2010 Yankees for Damon, a key to this year’s World Series win. General manager Brian Cashman said he didn’t intend to add another “high-end player” with “dollars attached on a large scale.” That would appear to exclude Damon, who turned down

the Yankees’ $14 million, twoyear offer last week and countered at $20 million as the team was reaching an agreement with Nick Johnson to become its designated hitter. Coming off a $52 million, fouryear contract, Damon hasn’t lowered his price enough for suddenly budget-conscious New York. “The Yankees have always been about impact players and Johnny certainly has proven his value to the team in the locker

room, on the field, in key situations in the postseason,” Damon’s agent, Scott Boras, said Tuesday. “It’s rare that those types of players are available to you at short-term reasonable costs to assist a team in repeating a world championship.” In a trade that pushed New York’s payroll for next season over $200 million, the Yankees also obtained left-hander Boone Logan and sent the Braves a pair of pitching prospects, lefthander Mike Dunn and right-

hander Arodys Vizcaino, along with about $500,000. It’s hard to imagine the Yankees using Brett Gardner or winter meeting draft pick Jaime Hoffman as their regular left fielder. While Cashman sounded as if he was ruling out Damon and fellow free agents Matt Holliday and Jason Bay, Mark DeRosa could fit into his price range. While DeRosa’s agent, Lonnie Cooper, has spoken with Cashman, Cooper said the GM hasn’t discussed any “next steps.”

All-SCC Continued from Page 1B “Vinnie does a lot of things you can’t teach and he’s got the best instincts of any kid that I’ve ever coached,” said Marvin Ridge coach Scott Chadwick. “(Anson linebacker) Stephone Anthony might be the top recruit of his class in the entire state, and the coaches chose Vinnie, so I think that shows he’s got a lot of respect from the people we play.” Porter Ridge junior Damarrell Alexander was named Specialist of the Year in the league. As a starter at tailback and defensive back, Alexander compiled 1,251 all-purpose yards in helping the Pirates to a 7-5 record and a share of the SCC title. He finished with 70 carries for 492 yards and five touchdowns, 33 returns for 629 yards and one score and 12 catches for 130 yards. After breaking two Union County records, Weddington senior Casey Lang was voted Kicker of the Year in the SCC. Lang made a county-high nine field goals, including a 57-yarder in a win over Ardrey Kell, which tied for the fourth longest in state history. Lang also made 38 extra points for the Warriors, who went from 0-11 to 5-7 under first-year coach Justin Hardin. Lang made nine field goals on the year and also broke the county record for the longest field goal (57 yards). Porter Ridge’s Blair Hardin was voted Coach of the Year after guiding the Pirates to a share of the SCC regular season championship and their first playoff appearance. Sun Valley and Anson County both had 10 players make the allconference squad, followed by Marvin Ridge and Parkwood with eight, Weddington with seven and Porter Ridge with six.

Porter Ridge junior Damarrell Alexander was voted Specialist of the Year in the Southern Carolina Conference.

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Tar Heels use inside game to whip Marshall, 98-61 CHAPEL HILL (AP) — Ed Davis had 19 points and 10 rebounds while fellow big man Tyler Zeller matched a career high with 18 points to lead No. 10 North Carolina past Marshall 98-61 on Tuesday night. Marcus Ginyard and Deon Thompson added 14 points apiece and Will Graves had 13 points and 10 rebounds for the Tar Heels (9-3).

They shook off a sloppy start and broke open a surprisingly close game by scoring 18 straight points early in the second half and holding Marshall without a field goal for roughly 5 1/2 minutes. Shaquille Johnson had 16 points and Tyler Wilkerson added 12 for Marshall (9-2). The Herd had their seven-game winning streak snapped, and

were denied their first victory against a ranked team since beating then-No. 9 West Virginia in 2006. North Carolina claimed the 1,993rd victory in the program’s history — only Kentucky, which one night earlier won its 2,000th, has more. But this one wasn’t well in hand until the Tar Heels closed the first half with a 17-8 run capped by Graves’ 3-point-

er 2 seconds before the buzzer. That made it 44-35, their largest lead of a sluggish opening 20 minutes. They certainly got themselves back on track after halftime, taking their first doublefigure lead when Ginyard hit a layup with about 16 1/2 minutes to play to make it 50-39. Davis ended that burst with a free throw that pushed it to 62-39,

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Continued from Page 1B “I think Maurice has to make whatever adjustment whether it’s stop and pop or kick the ball out,” McGee said. “… I told him ‘Don’t be surprised when people help on you a lot.’” With Maurice slashing and distributing, younger brother Marcus, a 6-1 junior, plays the post for the Rebels. Marcus is averaging 9.9 rebounds per game – good for second in the county. “I’m pretty comfortable in that position, it’s just that you got to work harder in the post,” Marcus said. “I just like working hard, getting rebounds and doing all the dirty work in the post.” Marcus knows fighting for position and getting rebounds can be a struggle, but he gets a lot of experience competing for the ball as a star receiver on the football team. Marcus led the county in receiving yards per game (62.1 yards) in 2009, despite a nagging high-ankle sprain. Marcus caught 27 passes for 621 yards and nine touchdowns, Maurice was the one getting him the ball as the Rebels’ quarterback. “Maurice tends to be the thinker,” McGee said. “He’s the quarterback for football, point guard for basketball. Maurice understands our defenses and knows what we need to do.” If football and basketball weren’t enough, both Leak brothers excel in track and field during the spring. Maurice enjoys competing in the 200 meters while Marcus placed first at the county meet last year in the high jump, making it all the way to the state meet where he took home fourth place. Both Marcus and Maurice hope to play football on the collegiate level, but for now, they are both standing out in three sports. McGee says their talent is held in high esteem at Parkwood. “The perception is, these guys are two of the best athletes we’ve had (at Parkwood) in at least six to seven years,” McGee said. “We’ve had other players that may excel at one sport, but these guys tend to excel at any sport they play. “… People are just sort of in awe of their ability to make adjustments to one season to the next season and play at a high level – and they tend to be committed at whatever they’re doing, giving it a good shot.”

and Marshall didn’t get closer than 18 the rest of the way. It took a while, but the Tar Heels eventually turned this one into the kind of get-theirgroove-back victory they needed after the 103-90 loss to No. 2 Texas in Cowboys Stadium — their second loss in three games. All three defeats have come against teams currently in the top five.

CHARLOTTE (AP) — Gerald Wallace had 29 points and 12 rebounds in his return after missing a game with severe headaches, leading the Charlotte Bobcats to an 88-76 victory over the undermanned Detroit Pistons on Tuesday night to snap a three-game losing streak. Stephen Jackson added 13 points despite playing with a sore back for the sharp-shooting Bobcats, who held a comfortable lead over the final three quarters. The Pistons lost their fifth straight as they again had 52 points a game in street clothes, with Richard Hamilton (hamstring), Tayshaun Prince (back) and Ben Gordon (ankle) sidelined.

Bobcats 88, Pistons 76 DETROIT (76) Jerebko 3-10 0-0 6, Maxiell 2-6 0-0 4, B.Wallace 2-4 2-2 6, Atkins 3-6 2-2 9, Stuckey 9-20 2-5 20, Bynum 4-9 4-8 12, Daye 1-7 1-2 4, Villanueva 2-8 0-0 4, K.Brown 0-1 0-0 0, Summers 1-7 1-2 3, Wilcox 4-4 0-0 8. Totals 31-82 12-21 76. CHARLOTTE (88) G.Wallace 10-18 5-6 29, Diaw 4-8 0-2 8, Chandler 0-1 1-2 1, Felton 4-8 2-2 10, Jackson 5-15 0-0 13, Mohammed 6-9 0-1 12, Augustin 3-7 1-2 8, D.Brown 0-1 0-0 0, Graham 2-3 0-0 5, Law 0-0 2-2 2. Totals 34-70 11-17 88. Detroit Charlotte

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3-Point Goals—Detroit 2-12 (Atkins 1-1, Daye 1-4, Stuckey 0-1, Summers 0-1, Jerebko 0-1, Bynum 0-2, Villanueva 0-2), Charlotte 9-18 (G.Wallace 4-6, Jackson 3-5, Graham 1-1, Augustin 1-2, Felton 0-1, Diaw 0-3). Fouled Out—None. Rebounds—Detroit 53 (B.Wallace 8), Charlotte 49 (G.Wallace 12). Assists— Detroit 12 (Bynum 4), Charlotte 22 (Felton 8). Total Fouls—Detroit 20, Charlotte 16. Technicals—Charlotte defensive three second. A—16,864 (19,077).

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ANNOUNCEMENTS 004 Legals STATE OF NORTH CAROLINA COUNTY OF UNION IN THE GENERAL COURT OF JUSTICE SUPERIOR COURT DIVISION NOTICE OF ADMINISTRATRIX Having qualified as Administratrix of the ESTATE OF NATHANIEL E. STANDING, III of Union County, North Carolina, this is to notify all persons having claims against the ESTATE OF NATHANIEL E. STANDING, III to present them to the undersigned on or before the 29th day of March, 2010, or this notice will be pleaded in bar of their recovery. All persons indebted to said estate please make immediate payment. This 17th day of December, 2009. Carolyn E. Standing, Administratrix, 2723 Ski Trail Lane, Waxhaw, NC 28173 James Allen Lee, CALDWELL HELDER HELMS & ROBISON, P.A. P. O. Drawer 99 (314 N. Hayne St., 28112), Monroe, NC 28111-0099 December 23, 30, 2009 January 6, 13, 2010

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STATE OF NORTH CAROLINA COUNTY OF UNION IN THE GENERAL COURT OF JUSTICE SUPERIOR COURT DIVISION BEFORE THE CLERK FILE # 9E0680 ADMINISTRATOR EXECUTOR NOTICE Having duly qualified before the Honorable J. R. Rowell, Clerk of Superior Court of Union County, as personal representative of the Estate of Donald Edward Mitchell Sr., deceased. This is to notify all persons having claims against said Estate to present them to the undersigned on or before the 8th day of March 2010, or the same will be pleaded in bar of their recovery. All persons indebted to said estate please make immediate payment. This 30th day of November 2009. Donald E. Mitchell Jr. 4803 Legacy Dr. Colfax, NC 27235 Co-Executor Linder Jaeckels 839 Eagle Crest Dr. Versailles, KY 40383 Co-Executrix Dec. 2, 9, 16, 23, 2009 09 SP 1118 NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE NORTH CAROLINA, UNION COUNTY Under and by virtue of a Power of Sale contained in that certain Deed of Trust executed by CHARLES RITCH AND CAROL RITCH, husband and wife to PRLAP, INC., Trustee(s), which was dated February 14, 2007 and recorded on February 14, 2007 in Book 04459 at Page 0359, Union County Registry, North Carolina. Default having been made in the payment of the note thereby secured by the said Deed of Trust and the undersigned, Brock & Scott, PLLC, having been substituted as Trustee in said Deed of Trust by an instrument duly recorded in the Office of the Register of Deeds of Union County, North Carolina, and the holder of the note evidencing said indebtedness having directed that the Deed of Trust be foreclosed, the undersigned Substitute Trustee will offer for sale at the courthouse door of the county courthouse where the property is located, or the usual and customary location at the county courthouse for conducting the sale on January 5, 2010 at 12:30PM, and will sell to the highest bidder for cash the following described property situated in Union County, North Carolina, to wit: BEGINNING at a rebar on the northern (northwestern) margin of Olive Branch Road (a 30-foot right-ofway), a corner of the Linda G Huffman Property (Deed Book 326, Page 194, Union County Registry), and running thence with Huffman line, N. 52-16-24 W. 273.64 feet to a rebar on the line of the Tim C. Carpenter Property (Deed Book 311, Page 683, Union County Registry) and running thence with said Carpenter line and the line of Lot 1 of the Curlee Sub-

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division (Plat Cabinet E, File 460, Union County Registry), N. 12-01-28 E 136.42 feet to an angle iron, a corner of the Christina L. Hardy Property (Deed Book 958, Page 502, Union County Registry) and running thence with said Hardy line, S. 5216-24 E. 333.71 feet to a rebar on the northern (northwestern) margin of Olive Branch Road; thence with said margin of Olive Branch Road, S. 38-08-47 W. 122.92 feet to the point and place of the BEGINNING and containing .85 acres, more or less, all according to a survey by Walter Gordon & Associates, NCRLS, dated March 11, 1998. Save and except any releases, deeds of release or prior conveyances of record. Said property is commonly known as 533 Olive Branch Road, Marshville, NC 28103. Third party purchasers must pay the excise tax, and the court costs of Forty-Five Cents (45¢) per One Hundred Dollars ($100.00) pursuant to NCGS 7A-308(a)(1). A cash deposit (no personal checks) of five percent (5%) of the purchase price, or Seven Hundred Fifty Dollars ($750.00), whichever is greater, will be required at the time of the sale. Following the expiration of the statutory upset bid period, all the remaining amounts are immediately due and owing. Said property to be offered pursuant to this Notice of Sale is being offered for sale, transfer and conveyance “AS IS WHERE IS.” There are no representations of warranty relating to the title or any physical, environmental, health or safety conditions existing in, on, at, or relating to the property being offered for sale. This sale is made subject to all prior liens, unpaid taxes, any unpaid land transfer taxes, special assessments, easements, rights of way, deeds of release, and any other encumbrances or exceptions of record. To the best of the knowledge and belief of the undersigned, the current owner(s) of the property is/are Charles Ritch and Wife, Carol Ritch. An Order for possession of the property may be issued pursuant to G.S. 45-21.29 in favor of the purchaser and against the party or parties in possession by the clerk of superior court of the county in which the property is sold. Any person who occupies the property pursuant to a rental agreement entered into or renewed on or after October 1, 2007, may, after receiving the notice of sale, terminate the rental agreement upon 10 days’ written notice to the landlord. The notice shall also state that upon termination of a rental agreement, the tenant is liable for rent due under the rental agreement prorated to the effective date of the termination. If the trustee is unable to convey title to this property for any reason, the sole remedy of the purchaser is the return of the deposit. Reasons of such inability to convey include, but are not limited to, the filing of a bankruptcy petition prior to the confirmation of the sale and reinstatement of the loan without the knowledge of the trustee. If the validity of the sale is challenged by any party, the trustee, in their sole discretion, if they believe the challenge to have merit, may request the court to declare the sale to be void and return the deposit. The purchaser will have no further remedy. THIS IS A COMMUNICATION FROM A DEBT COLLECTOR. THE PURPOSE OF THIS COMMUNICATION IS TO COLLECT A DEBT AND ANY INFORMATION OBTAINED WILL BE USED FOR THAT PURPOSE, EXCEPT IN THE INSTANCE OF BANKRUPTCY PROTECTION. IF YOU ARE UNDER THE PROTECTION OF THE BANKRUPTCY COURT OR HAVE BEEN DISCHARGED AS A RESULT OF A BANKRUPTCY PROCEEDING, THIS NOTICE IS GIVEN TO YOU PURSUANT TO STATUTORY REQUIREMENT AND FOR INFORMATIONAL PURPOSES AND IS NOT INTENDED AS AN ATTEMPT TO COLLECT A DEBT OR AS

AN ACT TO COLLECT, ASSESS, OR RECOVER ALL OR ANY PORTION OF THE DEBT FROM YOU PERSONALLY. Substitute Trustee Brock & Scott, PLLC Jeremy B. Wilkins, NCSB No. 32346 5431 Oleander Drive Suite 200 Wilmington, NC 28403 PHONE: (910) 392-4988 FAX: (910) 392-8587 File No.: 09-12214-FC01 December 23, 30, 2009

convey title to this property for any reason, the sole remedy of the purchaser is the return of the deposit. Reasons of such inability to convey include, but are not limited to, the filing of a bankruptcy petition prior to the confirmation of the sale and reinstatement of the loan without the knowledge of the trustee. If the validity of the sale is challenged by any party, the trustee, in their sole discretion, if they believe the challenge to have merit, may request the court to declare the sale to be void and return the deposit. The purchaser will have no further remedy. Lisa S. Campbell Substitute Trustee PO Box 4006 Wilmington, NC 28406 PHONE: 910-392-4971 FAX: 910-392-8051 File No.: 09-07921-FC01 December 16, 23, 2009

greater, will be required at the time of the sale. An order for possession of the property may be issued pursuant to G.S. 45-21.29 in favor of the purchaser and against the party or parties in possession by the clerk of superior court of the county in which the property is sold. Any person who occupies the property pursuant to a rental agreement entered into or renewed on or after October 1, 2007, may after receiving the notice of sale, terminate the rental agreement upon 10 days’ written notice to the landlord. Upon termination of a rental agreement, the tenant is liable for rent due under the rental agreement prorated to the effective date of the termination. THIS IS A COMMUNICATION FROM A DEBT COLLECTOR. THE PURPOSE OF THIS COMMUNICATION IS TO COLLECT A DEBT AND ANY INFORMATION OBTAINED WILL BE USED FOR THAT PURPOSE, except as stated below in the instance of bankruptcy protection. IF YOU ARE UNDER THE PROTECTION OF THE BANKRUPTCY COURT OR HAVE BEEN DISCHARGED AS A RESULT OF A BANKRUPTCY PROCEEDING, THIS NOTICE IS GIVEN TO YOU PURSUANT TO STATUTORY REQUIREMENT AND FOR INFORMATIONAL PURPOSES AND IS NOT INTENDED AS AN ATTEMPT TO COLLECT A DEBT OR AS AN ACT TO COLLECT, ASSESS, OR RECOVER ALL OR ANY PORTION OF THE DEBT FROM YOU PERSONALLY. This 10th day of December, 2009. SUBSTITUTE TRUSTEE SERVICES, INC. SUBSTITUTE TRUSTEE Attorney at Law The Law Firm of Hutchens, Senter & Britton, P.A. Attorneys for Substitute Trustee Services, Inc. P.O. Box 1028 4317 Ramsey Street Fayetteville, North Carolina 28311 http://sales.hsbfirm.com Case No: 430.138173 December 23, 30, 2009

09 SP 710 AMENDED NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE NORTH CAROLINA, UNION COUNTY Under and by virtue of a Power of Sale contained in that certain Deed of Trust executed by THEODORE F PROIMOS and spouse, Susan Proimos to TRUSTEE SERVICES OF CAROLINA, Trustee(s), which was dated July 3, 2007 and recorded on July 6, 2007 in Book 04616 at Page 0548, Union County Registry, North Carolina. Default having been made in the payment of the note thereby secured by the said Deed of Trust and the undersigned, Lisa S. Campbell, having been substituted as Trustee in said Deed of Trust, and the holder of the note evidencing said indebtedness having directed that the Deed of Trust be foreclosed, the undersigned Substitute Trustee will offer for sale at the courthouse door of the county courthouse where the property is located, or the usual and customary location at the county courthouse for conducting the sale on December 31, 2009 at 12:30PM, and will sell to the highest bidder for cash the following described property situated in Union County, North Carolina, to wit: BEING all of Lot 243 of LAWSON, Phase 1, Map 3, as same is shown on map thereof recorded in Plat Cabinet I, Page 830 in the Union County Public Registry, a revision of Plat Cabinet I, Page 820 & 823 in said registry. Save and except any releases, deeds of release or prior conveyances of record. Said property is commonly known as 1212 Toteros Drive, Marvin, NC 28173. Third party purchasers must pay the excise tax, and the court costs of Forty-Five Cents (45¢) per One Hundred Dollars ($100.00) pursuant to NCGS 7A-308(a)(1). A cash deposit (no personal checks) of five percent (5%) of the purchase price, or Seven Hundred Fifty Dollars ($750.00), whichever is greater, will be required at the time of the sale. Following the expiration of the statutory upset bid period, all the remaining amounts are immediately due and owing. Said property to be offered pursuant to this Notice of Sale is being offered for sale, transfer and conveyance “AS IS WHERE IS.” There are no representations of warranty relating to the title or any physical, environmental, health or safety conditions existing in, on, at, or relating to the property being offered for sale. This sale is made subject to all prior liens, unpaid taxes, any unpaid land transfer taxes, special assessments, easements, rights of way, deeds of release, and any other encumbrances or exceptions of record. To the best of the knowledge and belief of the undersigned, the current owner(s) of the property is/are Theodore F. Proimos and wife, Susan Proimos. An Order for possession of the property may be issued pursuant to G.S. 45-21.29 in favor of the purchaser and against the party or parties in possession by the clerk of superior court of the county in which the property is sold. Any person who occupies the property pursuant to a rental agreement entered into or renewed on or after October 1, 2007, may, after receiving the notice of sale, terminate the rental agreement upon 10 days’ written notice to the landlord. The notice shall also state that upon termination of a rental agreement, the tenant is liable for rent due under the rental agreement prorated to the effective date of the termination. If the trustee is unable to

AMENDED NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE 09 SP 266 Under and by virtue of the power of sale contained in a certain Deed of Trust made by Sandra Loree Shaw f/k/a Sandra R. Cox (PRESENT RECORD OWNER(S): Sandra R. Cox) to Robert W. Garrison, Trustee(s), dated the 13th day of February, 2004, and recorded in Book 3358, Page 399, in Union County Registry, North Carolina, default having been made in the payment of the note thereby secured by the said Deed of Trust and the undersigned, Substitute Trustee Services, Inc. having been substituted as Trustee in said Deed of Trust by an instrument duly recorded in the Office of the Register of Deeds of Union County, North Carolina and the holder of the note evidencing said indebtedness having directed that the Deed of Trust be foreclosed, the undersigned Substitute Trustee will offer for sale at the Judicial Center in the City of Monroe, Union County, North Carolina, or the customary location designated for foreclosure sales, at 1:00 PM on January 7, 2010 and will sell to the highest bidder for cash the following real estate situated in the County of Union, North Carolina, and being more particularly described as follows: The land referred to in this exhibit is located in the County of Union and the State of North Carolina in Deed Book 2082 at Page 731 and described as follows: Being all of Lot 1072 of Arlington Downs, as shown on a map thereof recorded in Plat Cabinet H, at File 285, of the Union County, North Carolina, Public Registry. Together with improvements located thereon; said property being located at 505 Gelderland Drive, Matthews, North Carolina. Trustee may, in the Trustee's sole discretion, delay the sale for up to one hour as provided in NCGS §4521.23. Should the property be purchased by a third party, that person must pay the tax of Forty-Five Cents ($0.45) per One Hundred Dollars ($100.00) required by NCGS §7A-308(a)(1). The property to be offered pursuant to this notice of sale is being offered for sale, transfer and conveyance “AS IS, WHERE IS.” Neither the Trustee nor the holder of the note secured by the deed of trust/security agreement, or both, being foreclosed, nor the officers, directors, attorneys, employees, agents or authorized representative of either the Trustee or the holder of the note make any representation or warranty relating to the title or any physical, environmental, health or safety conditions existing in, on, at or relating to the property being offered for sale, and any and all responsibilities or liabilities arising out of or in any way relating to any such condition expressly are disclaimed. Also, this property is being sold subject to all taxes, special assessments, and prior liens or encumbrances of record and any recorded releases. Said property is also being sold subject to applicable Federal and State laws. A cash deposit or cashier’s check (no personal checks) of five percent (5%) of the purchase price, or seven hundred fifty dollars ($750.00), whichever is

NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE 09 SP 1866 Under and by virtue of the power of sale contained in a certain Deed of Trust made by Jeremy Ryan Bess and Kimberly C. Bess (PRESENT RECORD OWNER(S): Jeremy Ryan Bess) to CTC Real Estate Services, Trustee(s), dated the 31st day of January, 2003, and recorded in Book 2058, Page 608, in Union County Registry, North Carolina, default having been made in the payment of the note thereby secured by the said Deed of Trust and the undersigned, Substitute Trustee Services, Inc. having been substituted as Trustee in said Deed of Trust by an instrument duly recorded in the Office of the Register of Deeds of Union County, North Carolina and the holder of the note evidencing said indebtedness having directed that the Deed of Trust be foreclosed, the undersigned Substitute Trustee will offer for sale at the Judicial Center in the City of Monroe, Union County, North Carolina at 1:00 PM on December 31, 2009 and will sell to the highest bidder for cash the following real estate situated in the County of Union, North Carolina, and being more particularly described as follows: Beginning at a nail set in the centerline of Jesse Rushing Road in the line of S. Jack Liner, Jr., and goes thence department from said road S. 23-58-38 West 320.30 feet to a two inch pipe found, another line of S. Jack Liner, Jr., thence S. 83-00-00 West 523.65 feet to a new line in the Jesse Rushing Road; thence with said road as follows: N. 32-55-08 East 69.73 feet, N. 32-16-18 East 145.81 feet; thence N. 36-20-07 East 67.06 feet; thence N. 43-05-25 East 49.26 feet; thence N. 5407-39 East 43.79 feet; thence N. 62-46-16 East 58.07 feet; thence N. 6742-43 East 94.48 to a new iron set; thence N. 70-0523 East 50.00 feet; N. 7153-28 East 44.39 feet; thence N. 78-50-00 East 32.87 feet; thence 89-24-


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33 East 26.42 feet new iron set over a culvert; thence S. 81-04-46 East 27.48 feet; thence S. 74-12-11 East 30.91 feet; thence S. 71-35-12 East 31.53 feet; thence S. 70-31-35 East 54.69 feet to the point of beginning, containing 3.41 acres, more or less, as surveyed by Brendon A. Curlee 6/24/2002, to which map reference is made for a more particular and accurate description. Together with improvements located thereon; said property being located at 6626 Jesse Rushing Road, Marshville, North Carolina. Trustee may, in the Trustee's sole discretion, delay the sale for up to one hour as provided in NCGS §4521.23. Should the property be purchased by a third party, that person must pay the tax of Forty-Five Cents ($0.45) per One Hundred Dollars ($100.00) required by NCGS §7A-308(a)(1). The property to be offered pursuant to this notice of sale is being offered for sale, transfer and conveyance “AS IS, WHERE IS.” Neither the Trustee nor the holder of the note secured by the deed of trust/security agreement, or both, being foreclosed, nor the officers, directors, attorneys, employees, agents or authorized representative of either the Trustee or the holder of the note make any representation or warranty relating to the title or any physical, environmental, health or safety conditions existing in, on, at or relating to the property being offered for sale, and any and all responsibilities or liabilities arising out of or in any way relating to any such condition expressly are disclaimed. Also, this property is being sold subject to all taxes, special assessments, and prior liens or encumbrances of record and any recorded releases. Said property is also being sold subject to applicable Federal and State laws. A cash deposit or cashier’s check (no personal checks) of five percent (5%) of the purchase price, or seven hundred fifty dollars ($750.00), whichever is greater, will be required at the time of the sale. An order for possession of the property may be issued pursuant to G.S. 45-21.29 in favor of the purchaser and against the party or parties in possession by the clerk of superior court of the county in which the property is sold. Any person who occupies the property pursuant to a rental agreement entered into or renewed on or after October 1, 2007, may after receiving the notice of sale, terminate the rental agreement upon 10 days’ written notice to the landlord. Upon termination of a rental agreement, the tenant is liable for rent due under the rental agreement prorated to the effective date of the termination. THIS IS A COMMUNICATION FROM A DEBT COLLECTOR. THE PURPOSE OF THIS COMMUNICATION IS TO COLLECT A DEBT AND ANY INFORMATION OBTAINED WILL BE USED FOR THAT PURPOSE, except as stated below in the instance of bankruptcy protection. IF YOU ARE UNDER THE PROTECTION OF THE BANKRUPTCY COURT OR HAVE BEEN DISCHARGED AS A RESULT OF A BANKRUPTCY PROCEEDING, THIS NOTICE IS GIVEN TO YOU PURSUANT TO STATUTORY REQUIREMENT AND FOR INFORMATIONAL PURPOSES AND IS NOT INTENDED AS AN ATTEMPT TO COLLECT A DEBT OR AS AN ACT TO COLLECT, ASSESS, OR RECOVER ALL OR ANY PORTION OF THE DEBT FROM YOU PERSONALLY. This 3rd day of December, 2009. SUBSTITUTE TRUSTEE SERVICES, INC. SUBSTITUTE TRUSTEE Attorney at Law The Law Firm of Hutchens, Senter & Britton, P.A. Attorneys for Substitute Trustee Services, Inc. P.O. Box 1028 4317 Ramsey Street Fayetteville, North Carolina 28311 http://sales.hsbfirm.com Case No: 1011477 December 16, 23, 2009

on a map thereof recorded in Plat Cabinet I, at File No. 450, in the Union County Public Registry. Together with improvements located thereon; said property being located at 6839 Honey Bee Road, Monroe, North Carolina. Parcel Numbers: 01-195003C and 01-195-003D Trustee may, in the Trustee's sole discretion, delay the sale for up to one hour as provided in NCGS §4521.23. Should the property be purchased by a third party, that person must pay the tax of Forty-Five Cents ($0.45) per One Hundred Dollars ($100.00) required by NCGS §7A-308(a)(1). The property to be offered pursuant to this notice of sale is being offered for sale, transfer and conveyance “AS IS, WHERE IS.” Neither the Trustee nor the holder of the note secured by the deed of trust/security agreement, or both, being foreclosed, nor the officers, directors, attorneys, employees, agents or authorized representative of either the Trustee or the holder of the note make any representation or warranty relating to the title or any physical, environmental, health or safety conditions existing in, on, at or relating to the property being offered for sale, and any and all responsibilities or liabilities arising out of or in any way relating to any such condition expressly are disclaimed. Also, this property is being sold subject to all taxes, special assessments, and prior liens or encumbrances of record and any recorded releases. Said property is also being sold subject to applicable Federal and State laws. A cash deposit or cashier’s check (no personal checks) of five percent (5%) of the purchase price, or seven hundred fifty dollars ($750.00), whichever is greater, will be required at the time of the sale. An order for possession of the property may be issued pursuant to G.S. 45-21.29 in favor of the purchaser and against the party or parties in possession by the clerk of superior court of the county in which the property is sold. Any person who occupies the property pursuant to a rental agreement entered into or renewed on or after October 1, 2007, may after receiving the notice of sale, terminate the rental agreement upon 10 days’ written notice to the landlord. Upon termination of a rental agreement, the tenant is liable for rent due under the rental agreement prorated to the effective date of the termination. THIS IS A COMMUNICATION FROM A DEBT COLLECTOR. THE PURPOSE OF THIS COMMUNICATION IS TO COLLECT A DEBT AND ANY INFORMATION OBTAINED WILL BE USED FOR THAT PURPOSE, except as stated below in the instance of bankruptcy protection. IF YOU ARE UNDER THE PROTECTION OF THE BANKRUPTCY COURT OR HAVE BEEN DISCHARGED AS A RESULT OF A BANKRUPTCY PROCEEDING, THIS NOTICE IS GIVEN TO YOU PURSUANT TO STATUTORY REQUIREMENT AND FOR INFORMATIONAL PURPOSES AND IS NOT INTENDED AS AN ATTEMPT TO COLLECT A DEBT OR AS AN ACT TO COLLECT, ASSESS, OR RECOVER ALL OR ANY PORTION OF THE DEBT FROM YOU PERSONALLY. This 3rd day of December, 2009. SUBSTITUTE TRUSTEE SERVICES, INC. SUBSTITUTE TRUSTEE Attorney at Law The Law Firm of Hutchens, Senter & Britton, P.A. Attorneys for Substitute Trustee Services, Inc. P.O. Box 1028 4317 Ramsey Street Fayetteville, North Carolina 28311 http://sales.hsbfirm.com Case No: 1015420 December 16, 23, 2009

North Carolina, Public Registry, Reference to said map being hereby made for a more particular description of said property. Including the Unit located thereon; said Unit being located at 6148 Sapwood Court, Stallings, North Carolina. Tax ID/Parcel: 07129924 Trustee may, in the Trustee's sole discretion, delay the sale for up to one hour as provided in NCGS §4521.23. Should the property be purchased by a third party, that person must pay the tax of Forty-Five Cents ($0.45) per One Hundred Dollars ($100.00) required by NCGS §7A-308(a)(1). The property to be offered pursuant to this notice of sale is being offered for sale, transfer and conveyance “AS IS, WHERE IS.” Neither the Trustee nor the holder of the note secured by the deed of trust/security agreement, or both, being foreclosed, nor the officers, directors, attorneys, employees, agents or authorized representative of either the Trustee or the holder of the note make any representation or warranty relating to the title or any physical, environmental, health or safety conditions existing in, on, at or relating to the property being offered for sale, and any and all responsibilities or liabilities arising out of or in any way relating to any such condition expressly are disclaimed. Also, this property is being sold subject to all taxes, special assessments, and prior liens or encumbrances of record and any recorded releases. Said property is also being sold subject to applicable Federal and State laws. A cash deposit or cashier’s check (no personal checks) of five percent (5%) of the purchase price, or seven hundred fifty dollars ($750.00), whichever is greater, will be required at the time of the sale. An order for possession of the property may be issued pursuant to G.S. 45-21.29 in favor of the purchaser and against the party or parties in possession by the clerk of superior court of the county in which the property is sold. Any person who occupies the property pursuant to a rental agreement entered into or renewed on or after October 1, 2007, may after receiving the notice of sale, terminate the rental agreement upon 10 days’ written notice to the landlord. Upon termination of a rental agreement, the tenant is liable for rent due under the rental agreement prorated to the effective date of the termination. THIS IS A COMMUNICATION FROM A DEBT COLLECTOR. THE PURPOSE OF THIS COMMUNICATION IS TO COLLECT A DEBT AND ANY INFORMATION OBTAINED WILL BE USED FOR THAT PURPOSE, except as stated below in the instance of bankruptcy protection. IF YOU ARE UNDER THE PROTECTION OF THE BANKRUPTCY COURT OR HAVE BEEN DISCHARGED AS A RESULT OF A BANKRUPTCY PROCEEDING, THIS NOTICE IS GIVEN TO YOU PURSUANT TO STATUTORY REQUIREMENT AND FOR INFORMATIONAL PURPOSES AND IS NOT INTENDED AS AN ATTEMPT TO COLLECT A DEBT OR AS AN ACT TO COLLECT, ASSESS, OR RECOVER ALL OR ANY PORTION OF THE DEBT FROM YOU PERSONALLY. This 10th day of December, 2009. SUBSTITUTE TRUSTEE SERVICES, INC. SUBSTITUTE TRUSTEE Attorney at Law The Law Firm of Hutchens, Senter & Britton, P.A. Attorneys for Substitute Trustee Services, Inc. P.O. Box 1028 4317 Ramsey Street Fayetteville, North Carolina 28311 http://sales.hsbfirm.com Case No: 1017748 December 23, 30, 2009

SONALLY. This 17th day of December, 2009. SUBSTITUTE TRUSTEE SERVICES, INC. SUBSTITUTE TRUSTEE Attorney at Law The Law Firm of Hutchens, Senter & Britton, P.A. Attorneys for Substitute Trustee Services, Inc. P.O. Box 1028 4317 Ramsey Street Fayetteville, North Carolina 28311 http://sales.hsbfirm.com Case No: 1016406 December 23, 30, 2009

NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE 09 SP 1893 Under and by virtue of the power of sale contained in a certain Deed of Trust made by Jose A. Flores and Sara Rodriguez Raramirez to Shapiro & Kreisman, Trustee(s), dated the 18th day of July, 2003, and recorded in Book 3144, Page 112, in Union County Registry, North Carolina, default having been made in the payment of the note thereby secured by the said Deed of Trust and the undersigned, Substitute Trustee Services, Inc. having been substituted as Trustee in said Deed of Trust by an instrument duly recorded in the Office of the Register of Deeds of Union County, North Carolina and the holder of the note evidencing said indebtedness having directed that the Deed of Trust be foreclosed, the undersigned Substitute Trustee will offer for sale at the Judicial Center in the City of Monroe, Union County, North Carolina at 1:00 PM on December 31, 2009 and will sell to the highest bidder for cash the following real estate situated in the County of Union, North Carolina, and being more particularly described as follows: Being all of Lot One (1) in Block U, in the Monroe Land Improvement Company's addition to the Town of Monroe, North Carolina, and being described as follows: Beginning at a set iron at the northeast intersection of Carr Street and John Street, and running thence with the east line of John Street North 03-00-00 East 142 feet to a set iron at the southeast corner of Pine

on the north line of the Joyce S. Williams property (formally G.C. Baucon's Property Dee Book 97, Page 354) common corner with the Max W. McCollum heir's property (Deed Book 113, Page 76), and running thence with the east line of McCollum heirs property South 73-55-35 West 312.52 feet to a new iron stake marking a new corner in the James T. Honeycutt Property; thence two new lines as follows:(1) North 12-59-38 West 281.20 feet to a new iron stake; (2) North 20-14-32 East 391.71 feet to a new iron stake on the west line of Joyce B. Williams property, a new corner of the James T. Honeycutt property; thence with the Williams line South 22-20-00 East 600.00 feet to the point of beginning and containing 2.83 acres according to a boundary division survey and map by Brendon A. Curlee, NCRLS, dated April 23, 1991. Being a portion of the James T. Honeycutt property described in Deed Book 213, Page 552. Together with improvements located thereon; said property being located at 1940 New Salem Road, Monroe, North Carolina. Together with a non-exclusive easement and right-ofway for ingress, egress and regress over a 12 foot wide strip of the rest of the eastern portion of the James T. Honeycutt property, which easement and right-of-way shall be appurtenant to and shall run with the lands , shall be permanent and for the joint use of the grantors and grantees, their heirs, administrators, successors and assigns and more particularly described as follows: Beginning at a new iron stake marking the northeast corner of James T. Honeycutt Property described in Deed Book 213, Page 552, being common corner with the Laney Thomas property (Deed Book 192, Page 669), on the common boundary with the Joyce B. Williams property (Deed Book 97, Page 354), and runs thence with the common boundary of Joyce B. Williams property, South 22-20-00 East 412.50 feet to a new iron stake marking the northern most corner of that 2.83 acres hereinabove described; thence with a line of said 2.83 acre tract, South 20-14-32 West 17.74 feet to an iron; thence a new line through the James T. Honeycutt property, running parallel with his common boundary with Joyce B. Williams, North 22-20-00 West 424.02 feet to an iron on the Laney Thomas Property line; thence with the common line of Laney Thomas, North 60-19-10 East 12.10 feet to the point of beginning. Being a portion of that property described in Deed Book 213, Page 552. Trustee may, in the Trustee's sole discretion, delay the sale for up to one hour as provided in NCGS §4521.23. Should the property be purchased by a third party, that person must pay the tax of Forty-Five Cents ($0.45) per One Hundred Dollars ($100.00) required by NCGS §7A-308(a)(1). The property to be offered pursuant to this notice of sale is being offered for sale, transfer and conveyance “AS IS, WHERE IS.” Neither the Trustee nor the holder of the note secured by the deed of trust/security agreement, or both, being foreclosed, nor the officers, directors, attorneys, employees, agents or authorized representative of either the Trustee or the holder of the note make any representation or warranty relating to the title or any physical, environmental, health or safety conditions existing in, on, at or relating to the property being offered for sale, and any and all responsibilities or liabilities arising out of or in any way relating to any such condition expressly are disclaimed. Also, this property is being sold subject to all taxes, special assessments, and prior liens or encumbrances of record and any recorded releases. Said property is also being sold subject to applicable Federal and State laws. A cash deposit or cashier’s check (no personal checks) of five percent (5%) of the purchase price, or seven hundred fifty dollars ($750.00), whichever is greater, will be required at the time of the sale. An order for possession of the property may be issued pursuant to G.S. 45-21.29 in favor of the purchaser and against the party or parties in possession by the clerk of superior court of the county in which the property is sold. Any person who occupies the property pursuant to a rental agreement entered into or renewed on or after October 1, 2007, may after receiving the notice of sale, terminate the rental agreement upon 10 days’ written notice to the landlord. Upon termination of a rental agreement, the tenant is liable for rent due under the rental agreement prorated to the effective date of the termination. THIS IS A COMMUNICATION FROM A DEBT COLLECTOR. THE PURPOSE OF THIS COMMUNICATION IS TO COLLECT A DEBT AND ANY INFORMATION OBTAINED WILL BE USED FOR THAT PURPOSE, except as stated below in the instance of bankruptcy protection. IF YOU ARE UNDER THE PROTECTION OF THE BANKRUPTCY COURT OR HAVE BEEN DISCHARGED AS A RESULT OF A BANKRUPTCY PROCEEDING, THIS NOTICE IS GIVEN TO YOU PURSUANT TO STATUTORY REQUIREMENT

AND FOR INFORMATIONAL PURPOSES AND IS NOT INTENDED AS AN ATTEMPT TO COLLECT A DEBT OR AS AN ACT TO COLLECT, ASSESS, OR RECOVER ALL OR ANY PORTION OF THE DEBT FROM YOU PERSONALLY. This 10th day of December, 2009. SUBSTITUTE TRUSTEE SERVICES, INC. SUBSTITUTE TRUSTEE Attorney at Law The Law Firm of Hutchens, Senter & Britton, P.A. Attorneys for Substitute Trustee Services, Inc. P.O. Box 1028 4317 Ramsey Street Fayetteville, North Carolina 28311 http://sales.hsbfirm.com Case No: 1014123 December 16, 23, 2009

NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE 09 SP 1756 Under and by virtue of the power of sale contained in a certain Deed of Trust made by Danice E. Thompson (Danice E. Thompson, deceased) (Heir of Danise E. Thompson: Stephen P. Thompson) to Westwood Associates, Trustee(s), dated the 15th day of September, 2005, and recorded in Book 3916, Page 620, in Union County Registry, North Carolina, default having been made in the payment of the note thereby secured by the said Deed of Trust and the undersigned, Substitute Trustee Services, Inc. having been substituted as Trustee in said Deed of Trust by an instrument duly recorded in the Office of the Register of Deeds of Union County, North Carolina and the holder of the note evidencing said indebtedness having directed that the Deed of Trust be foreclosed, the undersigned Substitute Trustee will offer for sale at the Judicial Center in the City of Monroe, Union County, North Carolina at 1:00 PM on January 7, 2010 and will sell to the highest bidder for cash the following real estate situated in the County of Union, North Carolina, and being more particularly described as follows: All that certain lot in Union County, North Carolina, which lot is legally described as follows: Being all of Lot 70, (Building 18) of the subdivision known as Parkside at Stallings Townhomes, Map 1, Sheet 1 of 3, as shown on a map thereof recorded in Plat Cabinet G, File No 158, in the Union County,

Street (unopened) and John Street; thence with the south line of Pine Street, South 87-00-00 East 50 feet to a found iron; thence South 03-0000 West 142 feet to a found old iron in the north edge of Carr Street; thence North 87-00-00 West 50 feet to the Beginning, and being a rectangular lot containing 7,100 square feet according to a survey and plat thereof by Derick L. Miles, RLS, dated October 9, 1997. Together with improvements located thereon; said property being located at 701 Carr Street, Monroe, North Carolina. Trustee may, in the Trustee's sole discretion, delay the sale for up to one hour as provided in NCGS §4521.23. Should the property be purchased by a third party, that person must pay the tax of Forty-Five Cents ($0.45) per One Hundred Dollars ($100.00) required by NCGS §7A-308(a)(1). The property to be offered pursuant to this notice of sale is being offered for sale, transfer and conveyance “AS IS, WHERE IS.” Neither the Trustee nor the holder of the note secured by the deed of trust/security agreement, or both, being foreclosed, nor the officers, directors, attorneys, employees, agents or authorized representative of either the Trustee or the holder of the note make any representation or warranty relating to the title or any physical, environmental, health or safety conditions existing in, on, at or relating to the property being offered for sale, and any and all responsibilities or liabilities arising out of or in any way relating to any such condition expressly are disclaimed. Also, this property is being sold subject to all taxes, special assessments, and prior liens or encumbrances of record and any recorded releases. Said property is also being sold subject to applicable Federal and State laws. A cash deposit or cashier’s check (no personal checks) of five percent (5%) of the purchase price, or seven hundred fifty dollars ($750.00), whichever is greater, will be required at the time of the sale. An order for possession of the property may be issued pursuant to G.S. 45-21.29 in favor of the purchaser and against the party or parties in possession by the clerk of superior court of the county in which the property is sold. Any person who occupies the property pursuant to a rental agreement entered into or renewed on or after October 1, 2007, may after receiving the notice of sale, terminate the rental agreement upon 10 days’ written notice to the landlord. Upon termination of a rental agreement, the tenant is liable for rent due under the rental agreement prorated to the effective date of the termination. THIS IS A COMMUNICATION FROM A DEBT COLLECTOR. THE PURPOSE OF THIS COMMUNICATION IS TO COLLECT A DEBT AND ANY INFORMATION OBTAINED WILL BE USED FOR THAT PURPOSE, except as stated below in the instance of bankruptcy protection. IF YOU ARE UNDER THE PROTECTION OF THE BANKRUPTCY COURT OR HAVE BEEN DISCHARGED AS A RESULT OF A BANKRUPTCY PROCEEDING, THIS NOTICE IS GIVEN TO YOU PURSUANT TO STATUTORY REQUIREMENT AND FOR INFORMATIONAL PURPOSES AND IS NOT INTENDED AS AN ATTEMPT TO COLLECT A DEBT OR AS AN ACT TO COLLECT, ASSESS, OR RECOVER ALL OR ANY PORTION OF THE DEBT FROM YOU PERSONALLY. This 10th day of December, 2009. SUBSTITUTE TRUSTEE SERVICES, INC. SUBSTITUTE TRUSTEE Attorney at Law The Law Firm of Hutchens, Senter & Britton, P.A. Attorneys for Substitute Trustee Services, Inc. P.O. Box 1028 4317 Ramsey Street Fayetteville, North Carolina 28311 http://sales.hsbfirm.com Case No: 1010871 December 16, 23, 2009

NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE 09 SP 1864 Under and by virtue of the power of sale contained in a certain Deed of Trust made by William Mark Thomas and Teresa Jones Thomas to Richard H. Lester or G. Robert Turner, III, Trustee(s), dated the 20th day of April, 2007, and recorded in Book 04528, Page 0032, in Union County Registry, North Carolina, default having been made in the payment of the note thereby secured by the said Deed of Trust and the undersigned, Substitute Trustee Services, Inc. having been substituted as Trustee in said Deed of Trust by an instrument duly recorded in the Office of the Register of Deeds of Union County, North Carolina and the holder of the note evidencing said indebtedness having directed that the Deed of Trust be foreclosed, the undersigned Substitute Trustee will offer for sale at the Judicial Center in the City of Monroe, Union County, North Carolina at 1:00 PM on December 31, 2009 and will sell to the highest bidder for cash the following real estate situated in the County of Union, North Carolina, and being more particularly described as follows: BEING all of the 4.02 acre tract and the 13.341 acre tract of the Danny E. Hays and wife, Mary D. Hays property as same is shown

NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE 09 SP 1488 Under and by virtue of the power of sale contained in a certain Deed of Trust made by Samuel Darren Pressley and Vicky Pressley (PRESENT RECORD OWNER(S): Samuel Darren Pressley) to Secured Title, LLC, Trustee(s), dated the 7th day of September, 2006, and recorded in Book 4298, Page 0290, in Union County Registry, North Carolina, default having been made in the payment of the note thereby secured by the said Deed of Trust and the undersigned, Substitute Trustee Services, Inc. having been substituted as Trustee in said Deed of Trust by an instrument duly recorded in the Office of the Register of Deeds of Union County, North Carolina and the holder of the note evidencing said indebtedness having directed that the Deed of Trust be foreclosed, the undersigned Substitute Trustee will offer for sale at the Judicial Center in the City of Monroe, Union County, North Carolina at 1:00 PM on December 31, 2009 and will sell to the highest bidder for cash the following real estate situated in the County of Union, North Carolina, and being more particularly described as follows: Beginning at an iron found

NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE 09 SP 1942 Under and by virtue of the power of sale contained in a certain Deed of Trust made by Kelly M. Blount and Angie Blount to N. Deane Brunson, Trustee(s), dated the 17th day of February, 2004, and recorded in Book 3357, Page 196, and Modification in Book 3854, Page 298, and Modification in Book 4519, Page 0031 and Modification in Book 4703, Page 329 in Union County Registry, North Carolina, default having been made in the payment of the note thereby secured by the said Deed of Trust and the undersigned, Substitute Trustee Services, Inc. having been substituted as Trustee in said Deed of Trust by an instrument duly recorded in the Office of the Register of Deeds of Union County, North Carolina and the holder of the note evidencing said indebtedness having directed that the Deed of Trust be foreclosed, the undersigned Substitute Trustee will offer for sale at the Judicial Center in the City of Monroe, Union County, North Carolina at 1:00 PM on January 7, 2010 and will sell to the highest bidder for cash the following real estate situated in the County of Union, North Carolina, and being more particularly described as follows: BEING all of Lot 93, Phase 1, Map 1, GLENCROFT SUBDIVISION, as same is shown on map thereof recorded in Plat Cabinet H, File 228, Union County, North Carolina Public Registry. Together with improvements located thereon; said property being located at 431 Glencroft Drive, Wingate, North Carolina. Trustee may, in the Trustee's sole discretion, delay the sale for up to one hour as provided in NCGS §4521.23. Should the property be purchased by a third party, that person must pay the tax of Forty-Five Cents ($0.45) per One Hundred Dollars ($100.00) required by NCGS §7A-308(a)(1). The property to be offered pursuant to this notice of sale is being offered for sale, transfer and conveyance “AS IS, WHERE IS.” Neither the Trustee nor the holder of the note secured by the deed of trust/security agreement, or both, being foreclosed, nor the officers, directors, attorneys, employees, agents or authorized representative of either the Trustee or the holder of the note make any representation or warranty relating to the title or any physical, environmental, health or safety conditions existing in, on, at or relating to the property being offered for sale, and any and all responsibilities or liabilities arising out of or in any way relating to any such condition expressly are disclaimed. Also, this property is being sold subject to all taxes, special assessments, and prior liens or encumbrances of record and any recorded releases. Said property is also being sold subject to applicable Federal and State laws. A cash deposit or cashier’s check (no personal checks) of five percent (5%) of the purchase price, or seven hundred fifty dollars ($750.00), whichever is greater, will be required at the time of the sale. An order for possession of the property may be issued pursuant to G.S. 45-21.29 in favor of the purchaser and against the party or parties in possession by the clerk of superior court of the county in which the property is sold. Any person who occupies the property pursuant to a rental agreement entered into or renewed on or after October 1, 2007, may after receiving the notice of sale, terminate the rental agreement upon 10 days’ written notice to the landlord. Upon termination of a rental agreement, the tenant is liable for rent due under the rental agreement prorated to the effective date of the termination. THIS IS A COMMUNICATION FROM A DEBT COLLECTOR. THE PURPOSE OF THIS COMMUNICATION IS TO COLLECT A DEBT AND ANY INFORMATION OBTAINED WILL BE USED FOR THAT PURPOSE, except as stated below in the instance of bankruptcy protection. IF YOU ARE UNDER THE PROTECTION OF THE BANKRUPTCY COURT OR HAVE BEEN DISCHARGED AS A RESULT OF A BANKRUPTCY PROCEEDING, THIS NOTICE IS GIVEN TO YOU PURSUANT TO STATUTORY REQUIREMENT AND FOR INFORMATIONAL PURPOSES AND IS NOT INTENDED AS AN ATTEMPT TO COLLECT A DEBT OR AS AN ACT TO COLLECT, ASSESS, OR RECOVER ALL OR ANY PORTION OF THE DEBT FROM YOU PER-

NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE 09 SP 1951 Under and by virtue of the power of sale contained in a certain Deed of Trust made by Brian W. Hilbrant (PRESENT RECORD OWNER(S): Brian Hilbrant) to Shapiro & Kriesman, Trustee(s), dated the 27th day of March, 2003, and recorded in Book 3013, Page 725, in Union County Registry, North Carolina, default having been made in the payment of the note thereby secured by the said Deed of Trust and the undersigned, Substitute Trustee Services, Inc. having been substituted as Trustee in said Deed of Trust by an instrument duly recorded in the Office of the Register of Deeds of Union County, North Carolina and the holder of the note evidencing said indebtedness having directed that the Deed of Trust be foreclosed, the undersigned Substitute Trustee will offer for sale at the Judicial Center in the City of Monroe, Union County, North Carolina at 1:00 PM on January 7, 2010 and will sell to the highest bidder for cash the following real estate situated in the County of Union, North Carolina, and being more particularly described as follows: BEING all of Lot 111, as shown on the map or plat of Holly Park, which is duly recorded in Plat Book G, Page 605, Register of Deeds for Union County, North Carolina, to which plan reference is here made for a more complete and accurate description thereof. Together with improvements located thereon; said property being located at 1010 Cadberry Road, Indian Trail, North Carolina. Trustee may, in the Trustee's sole discretion, delay the sale for up to one hour as provided in NCGS §4521.23. Should the property be purchased by a third party, that person must pay the tax of Forty-Five Cents ($0.45) per One Hundred Dollars ($100.00) required by NCGS §7A-308(a)(1). The property to be offered pursuant to this notice of sale is being offered for sale, transfer and conveyance “AS IS, WHERE IS.” Neither the Trustee nor the holder of the note secured by the deed of trust/security agreement, or both, being foreclosed, nor the officers, directors, attorneys, employees, agents or authorized representative of either the Trustee or the holder of the note make any representation or warranty relating to the title or any physical, environmental, health or safety conditions existing in, on, at or relating to the property being offered for sale, and any and all responsibilities or liabilities arising out of or in any way relating to any such condition expressly are disclaimed. Also, this property is being sold subject to all taxes, special assessments, and prior liens or encumbrances of record and any recorded releases. Said property is also being sold subject to applicable Federal and State laws. A cash deposit or cashier’s check (no personal checks) of five percent (5%) of the purchase price, or seven hundred fifty dollars ($750.00), whichever is greater, will be required at the time of the sale. An order for possession of the property may be issued pursuant to G.S. 45-21.29 in favor of the purchaser and against the party or parties in possession by the clerk of superior court of the county in which the property is sold. Any person who occupies the property pursuant to a rental agreement entered into or renewed on or after October 1, 2007, may after receiving the notice of sale, terminate the rental agreement upon 10 days’ written notice to the landlord. Upon termination of a rental agreement, the tenant is liable for rent due under the rental agreement prorated to the effective date of the termination. THIS IS A COMMUNICATION FROM A DEBT COLLECTOR. THE PURPOSE OF THIS COMMUNICATION IS TO COLLECT A DEBT AND ANY INFORMATION OBTAINED WILL BE USED FOR THAT PURPOSE, except as stated below in the instance of bankruptcy protection. IF YOU ARE UNDER THE PROTECTION OF THE BANKRUPTCY COURT OR HAVE BEEN DISCHARGED AS A RESULT OF A BANKRUPTCY PROCEEDING, THIS NOTICE IS GIVEN TO YOU PURSUANT TO STATUTORY REQUIREMENT AND FOR INFORMATIONAL PURPOSES AND IS NOT INTENDED AS AN ATTEMPT TO COLLECT A DEBT OR AS AN ACT TO COLLECT, ASSESS, OR RECOVER ALL OR ANY PORTION OF THE DEBT FROM YOU PERSONALLY. This 17th day of December, 2009. SUBSTITUTE TRUSTEE SERVICES, INC. SUBSTITUTE TRUSTEE Attorney at Law The Law Firm of Hutchens,

004 Legals Senter & Britton, P.A. Attorneys for Substitute Trustee Services, Inc. P.O. Box 1028 4317 Ramsey Street Fayetteville, North Carolina 28311 http://sales.hsbfirm.com Case No: 1019194 December 23, 30, 2009

NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE 09 SP 1803 Under and by virtue of the power of sale contained in a certain Deed of Trust made by Michael B. Armstrong to PRLAP, Inc., Trustee(s), dated the 30th day of April, 2001, and recorded in Book 1551, Page 841, in Union County Registry, North Carolina, default having been made in the payment of the note thereby secured by the said Deed of Trust and the undersigned, Substitute Trustee Services, Inc. having been substituted as Trustee in said Deed of Trust by an instrument duly recorded in the Office of the Register of Deeds of Union County, North Carolina and the holder of the note evidencing said indebtedness having directed that the Deed of Trust be foreclosed, the undersigned Substitute Trustee will offer for sale at the Judicial Center in the City of Monroe, Union County, North Carolina at 1:00 PM on January 7, 2010 and will sell to the highest bidder for cash the following real estate situated in the County of Union, North Carolina, and being more particularly described as follows: BEING all of Lot #4 of Broome Wood, Section I, as shown on plat duly recorded in Plat Cabinet B, File 382-A, Union County Registry, reference to which is hereby made for a more particular metes and bounds description. Together with improvements located thereon; said property being located at 4309 Medlin Road, Monroe, North Carolina. Parcel ID Number: 04-066014 Trustee may, in the Trustee's sole discretion, delay the sale for up to one hour as provided in NCGS §4521.23. Should the property be purchased by a third party, that person must pay the tax of Forty-Five Cents ($0.45) per One Hundred Dollars ($100.00) required by NCGS §7A-308(a)(1). The property to be offered pursuant to this notice of sale is being offered for sale, transfer and conveyance “AS IS, WHERE IS.” Neither the Trustee nor the holder of the note secured by the deed of trust/security agreement, or both, being foreclosed, nor the officers, directors, attorneys, employees, agents or authorized representative of either the Trustee or the holder of the note make any representation or warranty relating to the title or any physical, environmental, health or safety conditions existing in, on, at or relating to the property being offered for sale, and any and all responsibilities or liabilities arising out of or in any way relating to any such condition expressly are disclaimed. Also, this property is being sold subject to all taxes, special assessments, and prior liens or encumbrances of record and any recorded releases. Said property is also being sold subject to applicable Federal and State laws. A cash deposit or cashier’s check (no personal checks) of five percent (5%) of the purchase price, or seven hundred fifty dollars ($750.00), whichever is greater, will be required at the time of the sale. An order for possession of the property may be issued pursuant to G.S. 45-21.29 in favor of the purchaser and against the party or parties in possession by the clerk of superior court of the county in which the property is sold. Any person who occupies the property pursuant to a rental agreement entered into or renewed on or after October 1, 2007, may after receiving the notice of sale, terminate the rental agreement upon 10 days’ written notice to the landlord. Upon termination of a rental agreement, the tenant is liable for rent due under the rental agreement prorated to the effective date of the termination. THIS IS A COMMUNICATION FROM A DEBT COLLECTOR. THE PURPOSE OF THIS COMMUNICATION IS TO COLLECT A DEBT AND ANY INFORMATION OBTAINED WILL BE USED FOR THAT PURPOSE, except as stated below in the instance of bankruptcy protection. IF YOU ARE UNDER THE PROTECTION OF THE BANKRUPTCY COURT OR HAVE BEEN DISCHARGED AS A RESULT OF A BANKRUPTCY PROCEEDING, THIS NOTICE IS GIVEN TO YOU PURSUANT TO STATUTORY REQUIREMENT AND FOR INFORMATIONAL PURPOSES AND IS NOT INTENDED AS AN ATTEMPT TO COLLECT A DEBT OR AS AN ACT TO COLLECT, ASSESS, OR RECOVER ALL OR ANY PORTION OF THE DEBT FROM YOU PERSONALLY. This 17th day of December, 2009. SUBSTITUTE TRUSTEE SERVICES, INC. SUBSTITUTE TRUSTEE Attorney at Law The Law Firm of Hutchens, Senter & Britton, P.A. Attorneys for Substitute Trustee Services, Inc. P.O. Box 1028 4317 Ramsey Street Fayetteville, North Carolina 28311 http://sales.hsbfirm.com Case No: 1017045 December 23, 30, 2009


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NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE 09 SP 1945 Under and by virtue of the power of sale contained in a certain Deed of Trust made by Ivan Kurudimov and wife, Vera Kurudimova to Union Trustee Services of Carolina, LLC, Trustee(s), dated the 19th day of September, 2006, and recorded in Book 4305, Page 0836, in Union County Registry, North Carolina, default having been made in the payment of the note thereby secured by the said Deed of Trust and the undersigned, Substitute Trustee Services, Inc. having been substituted as Trustee in said Deed of Trust by an instrument duly recorded in the Office of the Register of Deeds of Union County, North Carolina and the holder of the note evidencing said indebtedness having directed that the Deed of Trust be foreclosed, the undersigned Substitute Trustee will offer for sale at the Judicial Center in the City of Monroe, Union County, North Carolina at 1:00 PM on January 7, 2010 and will sell to the highest bidder for cash the following real estate situated in the County of Union, North Carolina, and being more particularly described as follows: BEING all of Lot #41 of Yorkshire, Phase One, as shown on plat entitled "Yorkshire, Phase One, Map Two," duly recorded in Plat Cabinet C, File 646, Union County Registry, reference to which is hereby made for a more particular metes and bounds description. Together with improvements located thereon; said property being located at 3013 Manchester Avenue, Monroe, North Carolina. Trustee may, in the Trustee's sole discretion, delay the sale for up to one hour as provided in NCGS §4521.23. Should the property be purchased by a third party, that person must pay the tax of Forty-Five Cents ($0.45) per One Hundred Dollars ($100.00) required by NCGS §7A-308(a)(1). The property to be offered pursuant to this notice of sale is being offered for sale, transfer and conveyance “AS IS, WHERE IS.” Neither the Trustee nor the holder of the note secured by the deed of trust/security agreement, or both, being foreclosed, nor the officers, directors, attorneys, employees, agents or authorized representative of either the Trustee or the holder of the note make any representation or warranty relating to the title or any physical, environmental, health or safety conditions existing in, on, at or relating to the property being offered for sale, and any and all responsibilities or liabilities arising out of or in any way relating to any such condition expressly are disclaimed. Also, this property is being sold subject to all taxes, special assessments, and prior liens or encumbrances of record and any recorded releases. Said property is also being sold subject to applicable Federal and State laws. A cash deposit or cashier’s check (no personal checks) of five percent (5%) of the purchase price, or seven hundred fifty dollars ($750.00), whichever is greater, will be required at the time of the sale. An order for possession of the property may be issued pursuant to G.S. 45-21.29 in favor of the purchaser and against the party or parties in possession by the clerk of superior court of the county in which the property is sold. Any person who occupies the property pursuant to a rental agreement entered into or renewed on or after October 1, 2007, may after receiving the notice of sale, terminate the rental agreement upon 10 days’ written notice to the landlord. Upon termination of a rental agreement, the tenant is liable for rent due under the rental agreement prorated to the effective date of the termination. THIS IS A COMMUNICATION FROM A DEBT COLLECTOR. THE PURPOSE OF THIS COMMUNICATION IS TO COLLECT A DEBT AND ANY INFORMATION OBTAINED WILL BE USED FOR THAT PURPOSE, except as stated below in the instance of bankruptcy protection. IF YOU ARE UNDER THE PROTECTION OF THE BANKRUPTCY COURT OR HAVE BEEN DISCHARGED AS A RESULT OF A BANKRUPTCY PROCEEDING, THIS NOTICE IS GIVEN TO YOU PURSUANT TO STATUTORY REQUIREMENT AND FOR INFORMATIONAL PURPOSES AND IS NOT INTENDED AS AN ATTEMPT TO COLLECT A DEBT OR AS AN ACT TO COLLECT, ASSESS, OR RECOVER ALL OR ANY PORTION OF THE DEBT FROM YOU PERSONALLY. This 17th day of December, 2009. SUBSTITUTE TRUSTEE SERVICES, INC. SUBSTITUTE TRUSTEE Attorney at Law The Law Firm of Hutchens, Senter & Britton, P.A. Attorneys for Substitute Trustee Services, Inc. P.O. Box 1028 4317 Ramsey Street Fayetteville, North Carolina 28311 http://sales.hsbfirm.com Case No: 1014131 December 23, 30, 2009

recorded in Book 4439, Page 207, in Union County Registry, North Carolina, default having been made in the payment of the note thereby secured by the said Deed of Trust and the undersigned, Substitute Trustee Services, Inc. having been substituted as Trustee in said Deed of Trust by an instrument duly recorded in the Office of the Register of Deeds of Union County, North Carolina and the holder of the note evidencing said indebtedness having directed that the Deed of Trust be foreclosed, the undersigned Substitute Trustee will offer for sale at the Judicial Center in the City of Monroe, Union County, North Carolina at 1:00 PM on January 7, 2010 and will sell to the highest bidder for cash the following real estate situated in the County of Union, North Carolina, and being more particularly described as follows: Being all of Lot 20 of Block 20, Forest View at Brandon Oaks, Phase 9, Map 2 as same is shown on plat recorded in Cabinet J, File 193 in the Union County, North Carolina Public Registry. Together with improvements located thereon; said property being located at 1038 Canopy Drive, Indian Trail, North Carolina. Trustee may, in the Trustee's sole discretion, delay the sale for up to one hour as provided in NCGS §4521.23. Should the property be purchased by a third party, that person must pay the tax of Forty-Five Cents ($0.45) per One Hundred Dollars ($100.00) required by NCGS §7A-308(a)(1). The property to be offered pursuant to this notice of sale is being offered for sale, transfer and conveyance “AS IS, WHERE IS.” Neither the Trustee nor the holder of the note secured by the deed of trust/security agreement, or both, being foreclosed, nor the officers, directors, attorneys, employees, agents or authorized representative of either the Trustee or the holder of the note make any representation or warranty relating to the title or any physical, environmental, health or safety conditions existing in, on, at or relating to the property being offered for sale, and any and all responsibilities or liabilities arising out of or in any way relating to any such condition expressly are disclaimed. Also, this property is being sold subject to all taxes, special assessments, and prior liens or encumbrances of record and any recorded releases. Said property is also being sold subject to applicable Federal and State laws. A cash deposit or cashier’s check (no personal checks) of five percent (5%) of the purchase price, or seven hundred fifty dollars ($750.00), whichever is greater, will be required at the time of the sale. An order for possession of the property may be issued pursuant to G.S. 45-21.29 in favor of the purchaser and against the party or parties in possession by the clerk of superior court of the county in which the property is sold. Any person who occupies the property pursuant to a rental agreement entered into or renewed on or after October 1, 2007, may after receiving the notice of sale, terminate the rental agreement upon 10 days’ written notice to the landlord. Upon termination of a rental agreement, the tenant is liable for rent due under the rental agreement prorated to the effective date of the termination. THIS IS A COMMUNICATION FROM A DEBT COLLECTOR. THE PURPOSE OF THIS COMMUNICATION IS TO COLLECT A DEBT AND ANY INFORMATION OBTAINED WILL BE USED FOR THAT PURPOSE, except as stated below in the instance of bankruptcy protection. IF YOU ARE UNDER THE PROTECTION OF THE BANKRUPTCY COURT OR HAVE BEEN DISCHARGED AS A RESULT OF A BANKRUPTCY PROCEEDING, THIS NOTICE IS GIVEN TO YOU PURSUANT TO STATUTORY REQUIREMENT AND FOR INFORMATIONAL PURPOSES AND IS NOT INTENDED AS AN ATTEMPT TO COLLECT A DEBT OR AS AN ACT TO COLLECT, ASSESS, OR RECOVER ALL OR ANY PORTION OF THE DEBT FROM YOU PERSONALLY. This 17th day of December, 2009. SUBSTITUTE TRUSTEE SERVICES, INC. SUBSTITUTE TRUSTEE Attorney at Law The Law Firm of Hutchens, Senter & Britton, P.A. Attorneys for Substitute Trustee Services, Inc. P.O. Box 1028 4317 Ramsey Street Fayetteville, North Carolina 28311 http://sales.hsbfirm.com Case No: 1018812 December 23, 30, 2009

Deeds of Union County, North Carolina and the holder of the note evidencing said indebtedness having directed that the Deed of Trust be foreclosed, the undersigned Substitute Trustee will offer for sale at the Judicial Center in the City of Monroe, Union County, North Carolina at 1:00 PM on January 7, 2010 and will sell to the highest bidder for cash the following real estate situated in the County of Union, North Carolina, and being more particularly described as follows: Being all of Lot 98 of Traewyck Subdivision as same is shown on map thereof recorded in Plat Cabinet F at File 388 in the Union County Public Registry. Together with improvements located thereon; said property being located at 1411 Cottage Creek Road, Indian Trail, North Carolina. Trustee may, in the Trustee's sole discretion, delay the sale for up to one hour as provided in NCGS §4521.23. Should the property be purchased by a third party, that person must pay the tax of Forty-Five Cents ($0.45) per One Hundred Dollars ($100.00) required by NCGS §7A-308(a)(1). The property to be offered pursuant to this notice of sale is being offered for sale, transfer and conveyance “AS IS, WHERE IS.” Neither the Trustee nor the holder of the note secured by the deed of trust/security agreement, or both, being foreclosed, nor the officers, directors, attorneys, employees, agents or authorized representative of either the Trustee or the holder of the note make any representation or warranty relating to the title or any physical, environmental, health or safety conditions existing in, on, at or relating to the property being offered for sale, and any and all responsibilities or liabilities arising out of or in any way relating to any such condition expressly are disclaimed. Also, this property is being sold subject to all taxes, special assessments, and prior liens or encumbrances of record and any recorded releases. Said property is also being sold subject to applicable Federal and State laws. A cash deposit or cashier’s check (no personal checks) of five percent (5%) of the purchase price, or seven hundred fifty dollars ($750.00), whichever is greater, will be required at the time of the sale. An order for possession of the property may be issued pursuant to G.S. 45-21.29 in favor of the purchaser and against the party or parties in possession by the clerk of superior court of the county in which the property is sold. Any person who occupies the property pursuant to a rental agreement entered into or renewed on or after October 1, 2007, may after receiving the notice of sale, terminate the rental agreement upon 10 days’ written notice to the landlord. Upon termination of a rental agreement, the tenant is liable for rent due under the rental agreement prorated to the effective date of the termination. THIS IS A COMMUNICATION FROM A DEBT COLLECTOR. THE PURPOSE OF THIS COMMUNICATION IS TO COLLECT A DEBT AND ANY INFORMATION OBTAINED WILL BE USED FOR THAT PURPOSE, except as stated below in the instance of bankruptcy protection. IF YOU ARE UNDER THE PROTECTION OF THE BANKRUPTCY COURT OR HAVE BEEN DISCHARGED AS A RESULT OF A BANKRUPTCY PROCEEDING, THIS NOTICE IS GIVEN TO YOU PURSUANT TO STATUTORY REQUIREMENT AND FOR INFORMATIONAL PURPOSES AND IS NOT INTENDED AS AN ATTEMPT TO COLLECT A DEBT OR AS AN ACT TO COLLECT, ASSESS, OR RECOVER ALL OR ANY PORTION OF THE DEBT FROM YOU PERSONALLY. This 17th day of December, 2009. SUBSTITUTE TRUSTEE SERVICES, INC. SUBSTITUTE TRUSTEE Attorney at Law The Law Firm of Hutchens, Senter & Britton, P.A. Attorneys for Substitute Trustee Services, Inc. P.O. Box 1028 4317 Ramsey Street Fayetteville, North Carolina 28311 http://sales.hsbfirm.com Case No: 1019498 December 23, 30, 2009

said Deed of Trust and the undersigned, Substitute Trustee Services, Inc. having been substituted as Trustee in said Deed of Trust by an instrument duly recorded in the Office of the Register of Deeds of Union County, North Carolina and the holder of the note evidencing said indebtedness having directed that the Deed of Trust be foreclosed, the undersigned Substitute Trustee will offer for sale at the Judicial Center in the City of Monroe, Union County, North Carolina at 1:00 PM on January 7, 2010 and will sell to the highest bidder for cash the following real estate situated in the County of Union, North Carolina, and being more particularly described as follows: BEING all of Lot No. 12 of Indian Trail Park Subdivision as shown on plat recorded in Plat Book 6, Page 30, Union County Registry, reference being made thereto and the same being incorporated herein for a more particular description. Together with improvements located thereon; said property being located at 316 Kennerly Drive, Indian Trail, North Carolina. Trustee may, in the Trustee's sole discretion, delay the sale for up to one hour as provided in NCGS §4521.23. Should the property be purchased by a third party, that person must pay the tax of Forty-Five Cents ($0.45) per One Hundred Dollars ($100.00) required by NCGS §7A-308(a)(1). The property to be offered pursuant to this notice of sale is being offered for sale, transfer and conveyance “AS IS, WHERE IS.” Neither the Trustee nor the holder of the note secured by the deed of trust/security agreement, or both, being foreclosed, nor the officers, directors, attorneys, employees, agents or authorized representative of either the Trustee or the holder of the note make any representation or warranty relating to the title or any physical, environmental, health or safety conditions existing in, on, at or relating to the property being offered for sale, and any and all responsibilities or liabilities arising out of or in any way relating to any such condition expressly are disclaimed. Also, this property is being sold subject to all taxes, special assessments, and prior liens or encumbrances of record and any recorded releases. Said property is also being sold subject to applicable Federal and State laws. A cash deposit or cashier’s check (no personal checks) of five percent (5%) of the purchase price, or seven hundred fifty dollars ($750.00), whichever is greater, will be required at the time of the sale. An order for possession of the property may be issued pursuant to G.S. 45-21.29 in favor of the purchaser and against the party or parties in possession by the clerk of superior court of the county in which the property is sold. Any person who occupies the property pursuant to a rental agreement entered into or renewed on or after October 1, 2007, may after receiving the notice of sale, terminate the rental agreement upon 10 days’ written notice to the landlord. Upon termination of a rental agreement, the tenant is liable for rent due under the rental agreement prorated to the effective date of the termination. THIS IS A COMMUNICATION FROM A DEBT COLLECTOR. THE PURPOSE OF THIS COMMUNICATION IS TO COLLECT A DEBT AND ANY INFORMATION OBTAINED WILL BE USED FOR THAT PURPOSE, except as stated below in the instance of bankruptcy protection. IF YOU ARE UNDER THE PROTECTION OF THE BANKRUPTCY COURT OR HAVE BEEN DISCHARGED AS A RESULT OF A BANKRUPTCY PROCEEDING, THIS NOTICE IS GIVEN TO YOU PURSUANT TO STATUTORY REQUIREMENT AND FOR INFORMATIONAL PURPOSES AND IS NOT INTENDED AS AN ATTEMPT TO COLLECT A DEBT OR AS AN ACT TO COLLECT, ASSESS, OR RECOVER ALL OR ANY PORTION OF THE DEBT FROM YOU PERSONALLY. This 17th day of December, 2009. SUBSTITUTE TRUSTEE SERVICES, INC. SUBSTITUTE TRUSTEE Attorney at Law The Law Firm of Hutchens, Senter & Britton, P.A. Attorneys for Substitute Trustee Services, Inc. P.O. Box 1028 4317 Ramsey Street Fayetteville, North Carolina 28311 http://sales.hsbfirm.com Case No: 1017090 December 23, 30, 2009

NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE 09 SP 1947 Under and by virtue of the power of sale contained in a certain Deed of Trust made by Nilsa Mota and Alex Solorzano, Wife and Husband to Daniel Barone, Trustee(s), dated the 25th day of January, 2007, and

NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE 09 SP 1804 Under and by virtue of the power of sale contained in a certain Deed of Trust made by Ernest Blake Greene and Latica Lynn Greene to M Patricia Oliver, Trustee(s), dated the 7th day of December, 2007, and recorded in Book 4761, Page 787, in Union County Registry, North Carolina, default having been made in the payment of the note thereby secured by the said Deed of Trust and the undersigned, Substitute Trustee Services, Inc. having been substituted as Trustee in said Deed of Trust by an instrument duly recorded in the Office of the Register of

NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE 09 SP 1946 Under and by virtue of the power of sale contained in a certain Deed of Trust made by Michael L. Knight and Julie B. Knight (PRESENT RECORD OWNER(S): Michael Knight and Julie Knight) to Benita Mitten, Trustee(s), dated the 10th day of June, 2003, and recorded in Book 3098, Page 481, in Union County Registry, North Carolina, default having been made in the payment of the note thereby secured by the

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For Sale by Owner, 50 acres Piedmont schools, well installed perk permitted. Mostly wooded, some grass.

$500,000 Call day 704-291-1061 or night 704-289-1734

Hamilton Place • 2808 Arrowhead Ct. $172,500 3 Bed/2 1/2 Bath/+Bonus Room, 1760 sq. ft. / .39 acre premium lot, 2 Car Garage, Gas FP, New Paint, Carpet, ceramic tile, counter tops & gutters. Master suite w/trey ceiling. Contact Perkins Properties, 704-579-1364 MLS 717444

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

Attention Golfers FOR SALE BY OWNER 2731 Rolling Hills Drive 704-283-6519 or 704-242-1303 Brick home w/approx. 3200 sq. ft. w/4 large BDs, 3 Full BAs, 2 half BAs, GR room w/rock fireplace w/gas logs. Formal dining room, Bkfst room & kitchen w/pantry. Rear deck overlooking large yard w/garden spot. Oversized garage. Porter Ridge School District.

3 Bedroom, 2 Bath, Ranch home with all new tile flooring/all new neutral carpet thru out/Master bath has dual sinks/garden tubshower. Kitchen has new installed oven.

Lot $30,000

SKYECROFT

5930 Timbertop Lane Charlotte, NC 28215

.87 ac cul-de-sac lot. Gated Community with full amenities; Swim,Tennis, Club House. $189,000. MLS#850338.

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

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

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

3BR 2B home on 1.23 acres Pageland SC. home has sheetrock walls, new laminate floors, berber carpet, front and rear decks, septic tank, Pela storm doors, counter tops, whirlpool tub with jets. heat pump is 2 yrs old. Refri, stove and dishwasher and gas logs to remain. This home is top of the line. Home can be seen on my web site : terripurser.remax-carolina.com list price $79,500.

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

Call Remax Executive: 704.602.8295, Lara Taylor

REDUCED New 2007, 3BR, 2BA, 2 car garage, rec room, s/s appliances, ceramic tile, 1 ac lot, lots of extras. Must see! $167,400 CALL 704-243-4656

881 Clonmel Drive • Desired Shannamara Golf Community

For Sale 4 bedroom, 3 bath, 2 car garage. Over 2000 square feet. Near Waxhaw. 704-621-7799

Breathtaking brick home w/open floor plan. Master on main. Gourmet kitchen w/extras. Oversize bedrooms & Loft. Beautiful landscape w/deck, & in-ground pool. Fenced yard w/ mature trees behind for privacy. For more information and virtual tour visit http://www.MyRealtorMichael.com/ Offered at $399,900

Michael Calabrese 704-231-7750

$169,000

REDU LEASE TO OWN!! 2322 Lexington Ave. (Near New Walter Bickett Elem.) 2224 heated sq. ft. Built in 2004. Like new inside and out 3-4 bedroom, 2 1/2 bath, stone and vinyl exterior, new appliances.

$169,900 to buy or lease to purchase. Call 704-488-7722

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

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