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Courthouse interior due renovation ‘Watch’ By WILLIAM F. WEST Daily Dispatch Writer

OXFORD — The Granville County Courthouse will undergo a major interior renovation to ensure a better appearance, install improved safety measures and provide more ease of flow. The County Commission unanimously gave the go-ahead to D.W. Ward Construction of Durham for a trio of projects totaling $146,862. Ward addition-

ally received a pair of alternate projects totaling $32,542. The projects will include modifying the Williamsboro Street entrance to allow for a security area, an exterior storefront with separate entry and exit doors and servicing for a new walk-through metal detector. County Manager Brian Alligood told the newspaper that one will only be able to enter or exit on the Williamsboro Street side. “The big wooden doors on

the other end will be closed,” Alligood said, referring to the Main Street side, which he noted would be an emergency exit. The courthouse’s metal detector has been a rarely used, portable one near the Main Street side. And Alligood said an exit door near the District Attorney’s reception office also will only be an emergency outlet. The projects will include renovating the corridors and lobbies of both floors, renovat-

ing the stairwells and replacing peeling and soiled wallpaper with a durable and washable paint. Thumb tacks are holding part of the wallpaper in place near the Superior Court Clerk’s cashier station on the first floor. And the projects will include work associated with renovations and upgrades to the superior courtroom, which is on the second floor. The work will include repairing that courtPlease see COURTHOUSE, page 5A

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unity in new year Expanding Vance Community Watch also goal in 2010 By WILLIAM F. WEST Daily Dispatch Writer


Water from Kerr Lake sits frozen at the Crooked Run Wildlife Management Area off N.C. 39 north of Henderson. High temperatures are expected to range in the low 40s and 30s during the day and hover around 20 degrees for the next few nights. For more on this week’s weather, see Page 3A.

Police need your help to solve hit-and-run By DISPATCH STAFF

WILTON — The N.C. Highway Patrol is asking for the public’s helping in solving a hit-and-run on June 13, 2007, that resulted in the death of a 67-year-old flagman. R.C. Williamson was struck while assigned to N.C. 96 near Bruce Garner Road. A spokesman for the Highway Patrol’s Durham


office said witnesses could only describe the fleeing vehicle as cream-colored and possibly a two-door model. The day after Williamson was struck, he was taken off life support at Duke University Hospital. Williamson worked for his brother-in-law Mike Ellington. Williamson’s family offered $1,500 for Please see HELP, page 3A

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Deaths Daleville, Va. Daisy P. Matthews, 81 Durham Frederick A. Crowell, 64 Timothy Glover, 51 Far Rockaway, N.Y. Charles Boben, 86 Goldsboro Earl Whitted Jr., 78 Henderson Clifton Bennett, 43

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A gathering featuring local leaders and officials is set for 7 p.m. Jan. 28 in connection with highlighting a Vance Countywide community watch effort to help make residents safer. The get-together will be in a classroom at Maria Parham Medical Center, 566 Ruin Creek Road. During Wednesday morning’s Clean Up Henderson Committee meeting, City Manager Ray Griffin noted the City Council and the County Commission each having recently approved resolutions declaring 2010 as the Year of Community Watch. Griffin said the purpose is to urge a unification of community watches, as well as to establish community watch organizations where none exist. The documents were approved at the request of the Rev. Frank Sossamon, who is chairman of Henderson-Vance Crime Stoppers. During the Clean Up Henderson meeting, Senior Police Officer Angela Feingold made a cell phone call confirming the time and date of the gathering. Moments earlier, City Fire Chief Danny Wilkerson said he Please see ‘WATCH’, page 3A

Vance home rehab program at work Commissioners OK four bids on properties that will be resold By AL WHELESS Daily Dispatch Writer

The Board of Commissioners approved Monday night three home rehabilitation bids and one demolition bid which are evidence of Vance County’s Neighborhood Stabilization Program at work. A $210,000 administrative contract with the Kerr-Tar Regional Council of Governments was approved by the commissioners on July 8. The fee is 10 percent of the cost of the program. The companies’ bids that were okayed by the board Monday night were presented by Julie Reid, a COG representative.

They included: • Demolition at 632 Arch St. by CHI Construction for $6,300. • Rehabilitation at 1995 Frances Ave. by E.M. Wilkerson & Sons for $4,500. • Rehabilitation at 209 Hawkins Drive by L. Roberts Repair Builders for $3,800. • Rehabilitation at 506 Hickory St. by Bennett & Bennett Builders for $4,465. Reid said last September that an untold number of homes will be bought, rehabilitated and resold. “Service” people such as firefighters, local government employees, police officers and school teachers will be offered the homes first.

“We have identified 25 floor plans for houses with a price range of $60,000 to $137,000 that will contain 676 to just under 1,300 square feet of space,” Reid told county commissioners and city council members attending a joint meeting held at the Silo restaurant. She said the USDA and State Employees Credit Union were lenders chosen to work with the program because they don’t sell homes. Each time a house is torn down, another one is built through the self-sustaining venture, according to Reid. Contact the writer at

Report: 4,282 businesses operated in region Workforce summary shows Vance second in weekly wages among area counties By AL WHELESS Daily Dispatch Writer

Vance County had 921 businesses with an average total of more than 15,000 employees for the quarter ending June 30 of last year, figures that represented .39 percent of the state average for the same time period. Those and other statistics were released this week in a workforce summary of the Kerr-Tar Region. The report was produced by the Labor Market Information Division of the North Carolina Employment Security Commission. In addition to Vance, the document included Warren, Granville, Franklin, Person and Caswell coun-

ties for the same time frame. Granville had 907 businesses with a total average of 19,440 employees. The numbers represented .50 percent of the state average. Warren had 331 businesses with a total average of 3,660 employees. The numbers represented .09 percent of the state average. The Kerr-Tar Region had 4,282 businesses with a total average of 62,757 employees. The numbers represented 1.63 percent of the state average. A comparison of weekly wages for the quarter ending June 30 also showed percentages of the state average. Included were: • Vance — $571 at 77.8 percent.

• Granville — $703 at 95.8 percent. • Warren — $537 at 73.2 percent. • Kerr-Tarr — $627 at 85.4 percent. • North Carolina — $734. Unemployment benefits paid out in November of 2008 and last November included: • Vance — $765,922 and $897,874. • Granville — $644,555 and $1,148,306. • Warren — $205,481 and $265,933. • Kerr-Tar — $3,107,876 and $4,924,715. • North Carolina — $127,618,883 Please see REPORT, page 3A


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Mark It Down Today Concert — The Catawba College Concert Choir will present a concert for the community at the First United Methodist Church at 7 p.m. The choir, under the direction of Paul E. Oakley, will be beginning a choir tour in Henderson with a variety of musical styles. The concert is free. Chess Club — The Henderson/Vance Chess Club, affiliated with the U. S. Chess Federation, meets at the First United Methodist Church from 6-9:30 p.m. All are welcome, adults and youths, novice or experienced. For more information, call Rudy Abate at 438-4459 (days) or 738-0375 (evenings). Childbirth classes — Prepared childbirth education classes are held at Granville Medical Center, 1010 College St., in Oxford, every Thursday night from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the first floor conference room. Women who are scheduled to deliver their babies at any hospital are welcome to attend. To register for the classes, call the Childbirth Education Department at (919) 690-3208. There is a $50 fee for classroom materials. Genealogical society — The Granville County Genealogical Society #1746 Inc. will meet at 6:30 p.m. at the Granville County Commissioner’s Meeting Room on Williamsboro Street in Oxford. Guest speaker will be Allen Dew, owner of the Cemetery Census web site and a member and webmaster for the society. Dew started working on cemetery surveys in 1995 and has documented more than 30 counties including Granville, Chatham, Caswell, Alamance, Wake and Surry counties. He will discuss some of the best methods for photographing cemeteries and grave markers. Nonmembers are welcome. Public Works Committee — The Oxford City Commission’s Public Works Committee will meet at 1 p.m. in the engineering conference room of City Hall, 300 Williamsboro St. The committee will discuss the findings of a 30-year master plan for sewer and water services. American Legion — American Legion Post #176 will meet at 6 p.m. at the Elks Lodge on Rock Spring Street. For more information, call (252) 432-8982. Drafting show — The third annual Dream On Drafting Show will open at the H. Leslie Perry Memorial Library from 5-7:30 p.m. Student work from the Northern Vance High School drafting program will once again be on display. The school’s Jazz Band will perform and refreshments will be provided. 4-H registration — 4-H Camp Registration Day will be held from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. at 305 Young St., Henderson. A $75 non-refundable deposit will be required. Camp week is June 27-July 2. Campers can choose between Betsy-Jeff Penn 4-H Camp in Reidsville, N.C., or the Eastern 4-H Center in Columbia, N.C. Transportation is included. Call (252) 438-8188 or visit for more information.

Friday Flu clinic — The health departments in Vance and Granville counties will be holding H1N1 flu clinics on Friday afternoons from 1-4 p.m. while supplies last. The vaccine is free. The health department also has a limited supply of seasonal flu vaccine for individuals 6 months of age and older. The charge for the seasonal flu vaccine is $32. The pneumonia vaccine is also available for individuals over 65 years of age at a cost of $50. Medicare Part B (red, white, and blue card), Medicaid, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Wellpath insurance plans are accepted for immunizations. Please contact the Granville County Health Department at (919) 693-2141 or the Vance County Health Department at (252) 492-7915 for more information. Weight loss group — TOWN (Take Off Weight Now), a non-profit weight loss group, will meet at Aycock Recreation Center at 11:30 a.m. Everyone is invited to attend.

Saturday Scholarship dance — The Badd Boyz And Lady Badd Boyz Social Club will sponsor a Dr. Martin Luther King Scholarship Dance at The Pride Of Vance Elks Lodge from 9 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. A donation of $10 is requested at the door. All donations go toward the scholarship fund. For more information, contact Barbara Dunston at (252) 430-6081. Dee’s Music Barn — Dee’s Music Barn, 3101 Walters Road, Creedmoor, will be featuring Ace in the Hole with James Potreat at 7 p.m. For more information, call (919) 528-5878. Community dance — The Epsom Country Club will sponsor a community dance starting at 7 p.m., featuring live music. For more information and directions, contact Curtis Strickland at 492-6834. Ridgeway Opry House — Performing are Julia Morton, Jackie Turner, Joyce Chisenhall, Ronald Puett, Donnie Gillam, Matt Nelson, Evylena Norwood, Freida & Delores, Allen & Betsy Reid and The Home Folks. Guest Band: Tri-County Blue Grass. Doors open at 6 p.m. Music starts at 7 p.m. Blood drive — The American Red Cross will sponsor a blood drive at First Baptist Church in Butner from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

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Britthaven receives gift of song courtesy of Troop 1119 Members of Girl Scout Troop 1119 from Vance Charter School visited Britthaven of Henderson in December to sing Christmas carols. The girls also gave out handmade cards and crafts to the residents. Pictured (left to right) are first row: Megan Ayscue, Alexis Watson, Ella Gruchacz, Taylor Ferguson and Carleigh Roberson; second row: Alyssa Guyton, Emily Ayscue, Maddison Sossaman, Jennah Roberson, Skyler McGhee, Katlyn Brammer, Kariny Castillo and Maddie Sauer; and third row: Jasmine Allen, Cordajhia Cheek, Destiny Reid, Charlis Hawkins, Kenyetta Hawkins, Susie Williams, Breanna Harris, Mira Patel and Kalei Knight.

SHADES club brightens up Christmas The members of the Speech Hearing and Developmental Educational Society (SHADES) Social Club helped spread Christmas joy to the Henderson Middle School Exceptional Children’s Department. The members presented a monetary contribution to Angela Pugh. Pictured are Vice President Vanessa Perry, President Tymica Fuller, Secretary Sharon Harris, Pugh and Treasurer Vera Perry.

Senior center to offer additional tax aid services For many years, AARP Tax Aide has provided volunteers to assist seniors with tax preparation. This year a team of trained volunteers will be at the Vance County Senior Center on Wednes-

days from noon to 4 p.m. beginning Feb. 3 through April 14 by appointment only. This tax assistance will be geared towards people age 50 or over, but is also available for people with low to middle

Granville Little Theatre will hold auditions Saturday and Sunday for “Grease!� The production will need teenage actors in grades 9-12 only. Auditions will be held from 1-5 p.m. each day at the Oxford City Hall Auditorium, 300 Williamsboro St., Oxford. Anyone wishing to audition can come to either one of the audition days (no need to attend both). Those auditioning are asked to

• Bring a short song to sing a capella (without musical accompaniment). • Those not interested in singing can audition for chorus parts for dancers and/or Burger Palace boys and school girls to help fill out scenes in the chorus. Those not auditioning for singing parts will only need to participate in the acting and movement auditions. Those auditions will require reading from the

Senior center offers winter art classes Winter art classes will begin at the Vance County Senior Center on Jan. 13 at noon. The classes are for any adult interested in learning to draw and paint, including those with some expertise already. All media are taught and some supplies are available until a favorite is chosen.

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The job of patching streets was slowed because an asphalt plant was closed the middle of December and plant crews decided to take an extended holiday, Leyen said. The plant reopened Monday, but hot asphalt is not available because of the cold temperatures, so the city is doing temporary patchwork, Leyen said. Committee Chairwoman Juanita Somerville asked about recycling. “We have ordered bins,” Leyen said. “We’ve given them all out. I’m waiting on a quote to order some more. “We have put out about 200 bins since July 1, additional bins that people have requested. And we’ve got another 200 we’re fixing to order,” Leyen said. Leyen said that she is going to prepare a report for Griffin showing how much recycling has progressed the past

and $218,118,047. The top six employers in Vance were: • Vance County Schools — Education & Health Services; 1,000-plus. • Wal-Mart Associates, Inc. — Trade, Transportation & Utilities; 500-999. • Variety Wholesalers, Inc. — Professional & Business Services; 500999. • Maria Parham Medical Center — Education & Health Services; 500-999. • Vance-Granville Com-

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Health Services; 1,000plus. • U.S. Department of Justice — Public Administration; 1,000-plus. • Altec Industries, Inc. — Manufacturing; 500-999. • State of North Carolina Department of Correction — Public Administration; 500-999. The top six employers in Warren were: • Warren County Schools — Education and Health Services; 500-999. • North Carolina

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hoped the effort would bring residents together. “To me, if we can get a community watch going in every neighborhood, it would help law enforcement so much, I mean, so much,” Wilkerson said. The Clean Up Henderson Committee met for approximately 45 minutes Wednesday morning. Among items of business, City Public Works Director Linda Leyen said the loose leaf pickup season will end Jan. 15. “We’ve picked up 1.1 million pounds the month of December,” Leyen said. “We have three trucks going just as hard as they can go, working six days a week in order to get ‘em up and get ‘em gone.” The picking up of trash at curbside is a slow process because so many people left boxes piled up in front of their residences after Christmas, Leyen said.

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Deaths William R. Currie RED SPRINGS — Mr. William Ronald (Ronnie) Currie passed away, January 5, 2010, with his much loved family and friends at his side at the Southeastern Hospice House in Lumberton. Mr. Currie was born in Robeson County on March 12, 1948. He graduated from Red Springs High School, attended Montreat Anderson College, Chowan College, received his B.S. in Education from Campbell College and received his Masters in Education from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, N.C. He taught middle school science in Carthage and Southern Pines for 36 years. Among his various educational involvements was his special dedication to the Technological Student Association, a national organization which promotes science and technological interests for young people through hands on learning and competition. His passion for teaching helped many students over the years to reach national level honors in TSA competitions, specifically in aviation design and engineering. He was known by his students and colleagues for his ability to connect with and engage their love of learning. He was a life long member of Red Springs Presbyterian Church, where he served as an ordained Deacon and in

Clifton Bennett HENDERSON — Clifton Bennett, 43, died Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2010, at Maria Parham Medical Center. The family will receive friends at the residence. Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Garnes and Toney Funeral Home.

Charles Boben FAR ROCKAWAY, N.Y. — Charles Boben, 86, of Far Rockaway, N.Y., formerly of Warren County, N.C., died Saturday, Jan. 2, 2010, in New York. Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Friday at Boyd’s Funeral Service Chapel in Warrenton. The Rev. Preston Williams will officiate and burial will follow in Union Chapel Church cemetery in Ridgeway. He is survived by his daughter, Gloria Boben Clark of Roanoke, Va.; his son, Raymond Boben of Long Island, N.Y.; nine grandchildren; 26 greatgrandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; two sisters, Martha Ingrim of Kentucky and Doreen Shepard of New York; and a brother, Virdiar Boben of Queen, N.Y. The body will be on view today from 11 a.m. until 7 p.m. at Boyd’s Funeral Service Chapel in Warrenton. Arrangements are by Boyd’s Funeral Service Chapel of Warrenton.

Frederick A. Crowell DURHAM — Frederick A. Crowell, 64, a resident of J.J. Henderson Towers, died Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2010, at his residence. He was the son of the late Frederick P. Crowell and Berthenia Alexander Crowell. Funeral services will be conducted at noon Monday at Wright Funeral Home Chapel in Oxford. Burial will be in Hillcrest Cemetery in Monroe. He is survived by three sisters, Janice C. Bass of

other capacities where he was always willing to be called on to volunteer. His father, Mr. Lenton Worth Currie, Jr. preceded him in death. Survivors include his mother, Elizabeth Caldwell Currie of Red Springs, N.C.; two sisters, Barbara C. Wade and her husband Lee of Henderson, N.C., Elizabeth C. Arquilla and her husband Bruce of Orland Park, Ill.; nieces and nephews, Garrett Wade and his wife Jennifer and their son Lane of Henderson, N.C., Stacey Holland and her husband Jason of Raleigh, N.C., Clare Arquilla, Michael Arquilla and William Arquilla, all of Orland Park, Ill. The family will receive relatives and friends between the hours of 7 and 9 p.m., Thursday, January 7, 2010, at Crumpler Funeral Home, 220 East 4th Avenue, Red Springs, N.C. 28377. Interment will be 11 a.m. Friday, January 8, 2010, in the Alloway Cemetery, Vance Street, Red Springs, N.C. A Memorial Service will be 11:30 a.m. Friday, January 8, 2010, at Red Springs Presbyterian Church with the Reverends Michael McGehee and Nathaniel Jackson officiating. Memorials may be made to Red Springs Presbyterian Church, P.O. Box 428, Red Springs, N.C. 28377 or Technology Student Association, Southern Middle School, 717 Johnson Street, Aberdeen, N.C. 28315 or Southeastern Hospice House, 1100 Pine Run Drive, Lumberton, N.C. 28358. Paid Obituary

Oxford, Frederica Barrow of Washington, D.C., and Rosemary Crowell of Oxford; and a brother, Munday Crowell of Temple Hills, Md. The body was on view Sunday from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. at Wright Funeral Home in Oxford. Arrangements are by Wright Funeral Home of Oxford.

Glen C. Currin OXFORD — Glen Cameron “Jack” Currin, 87, of 213 Delacroix St., died Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2010, at Granville Medical Center. A native of Granville County, he was the son of the late Bennie Marsh and Lillian Hart Currin. He attended Campbell College, was a veteran of World War II having served three years overseas, was a member of Oxford Baptist Church where he was recently honored as a deacon emeritus and retired from the U.S. Postal Service after 27 years. Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Oxford Baptist Church by the Rev. Dr. Steve Bolton. Burial will be in Hester Baptist Church cemetery. Surviving are his wife of 63 years, Evelyn Blackwell Currin of the home; a daughter, Glenda Currin Currin of Wilmington; a son, the Rev. Glen Cameron Currin Jr. of Zebulon; a brother, Dr. Robert G. Currin of Henderson; and three grandchildren. Flowers are accepted or memorials may be made to Oxford Baptist Church, P.O. Box 398, Oxford, N.C. 27565. The visitation will be from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Friday at the Eakes Funeral Home in Oxford and at other times at the home.

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Lori Ann Price HENDERSON — Early Monday morning, Jan. 4, 2010, Lori Ann Price, 45, left this Earth to be with her father and the Lord. Lori was a wonderful daughter, sister, mother and “Nanny.” She was born March 3, 1964. Lori was a kind-hearted women that loved everyone she met. She didn’t know a stranger and would give the shirt off her back if she could to anyone. She is survived by her husband, Terry S. Price of Middleburg, N.C., and also by her daughter and grandson, Michele A. Walker and Joshua D. Jenks. Lori was the daughter of Robert L. Brown and Joice M. Arrangements are by Eakes Funeral Home of Oxford.

George G. Davis OXFORD — George Green Davis, 75, of 3151 Lewis Road, Oxford, died Sunday, Jan. 3, 2010, at Duke Medical Center. He was born in Vance County and was the son of the late Charlie Mitchell and Susie Francis Eaton Davis. At an early age, he joined Mt. Zion Christian Church and attended Granville County public schools. He retired in 1995 from the General Processing Company in Oxford. Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Friday in the chapel of DavisRoyster Funeral Service by the Rev. Michael W. Epps Sr. Burial will follow in Meadowview Memorial Park in Oxford. Survivors include nine daughters, Georgia Taylor, Tarqueenia Oliver, Shenna Taylor, Tiffany Taylor, Gabrielle Taylor, Patty Taylor, Dianne Davis of Henderson, and Jacqueline Nelson of Durham, and Linda Josey of Missouri City, Texas; two sisters, Margie Davis of California and Wandra Davis of Durham; four brothers, Charlie Davis of Stovall, Haywood Davis of Spring Lake, James Davis of Durham, and Edward Davis of Louisiana; and several grandchildren. The family will receive friends at the residence of Georgia Taylor, 4153 Rockwell Road, Oxford. The body will be on view at the funeral home today from 11 a.m. until 6 p.m. Funeral arrangements are by Davis-Royster Funeral Service of Henderson.

Willie M. Dunkins OXFORD — Willie M. Dunkins, 46, of 405 Sycamore St., died Saturday, Jan. 2, 2010, at his home. He was the son of Alexander Dunkins and Ellen Evans Dunkins. He attended Granville

Ezzell. She also had five nieces and one greatniece, all of which she adored. Lori was an avid member of the Raleigh Road Theater family as well as a huge dirt track fan. She loved her stations and thoroughly loved and enjoyed being a DJ. The viewing will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday at J.M. White Funeral Home with the funeral following at noon. The family will receive loved ones after the service at the home of Terry Price, 7109 Broad St., Middleburg. Funeral arrangements are by J.M. White Funeral Home of Henderson. “People will forget what you say. People will forget what you did. But people will never forget how you made them feel.” - Lori Price Paid Obituary

County schools. Survivors include a son, Balitito Shoffner of Oxford; a daughter, Jessyca Dunkins of Durham; brothers, Lonnie Jones, Charles Dunkins and Larry Dunkins, all of Oxford, and Roy Dunkins of Durham; sisters, Barbara Heggie, Venise Roberts, Lillie Dunkins and Pam Peace, all of Oxford, Helen Gill of Raleigh and Annie Dunkins of Durham; and a grandson. Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Friday at the Betts and Son Funeral Home Chapel by the Rev. Floyd Green. Burial will follow in the Oak Grove Church cemetery. The viewing will be from 11 a.m. until 7 p.m. today at the Betts and Son Funeral Home in Oxford. Arrangements are by Betts and Son Funeral Home of Oxford.

Timothy Glover DURHAM — Timothy Glover, 51, a resident of Hardee Street, died Saturday, Jan. 2, 2010. at Duke Medical Center. He was a native of Granville County and the son of the late George Glover and Dorie Dolby Glover. Funeral services will be conducted at 1 p.m. today at Wright Funeral Home Chapel by the Rev. George Walker. Burial will be in Cheatham Memorial Park. He is survived by a sister, Ernestine Moore of Durham; five brothers, George Glover, Clarence Glover and Samuel Glover, all of Durham, Amos Glover of Lakewood, N.J., and Eugene Glover of Morristown, N.J. The family received visitors from noon until 7 p.m. Wednesday at Wright Funeral Home in Oxford. Arrangements are by Wright Funeral Home.

Rena E. Gupton HENDERSON — Rena Edwards Gupton, 98, a former resident of Coble Boulevard, died Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2010, in a local nurs-

Daisy Mae Pegram Matthews DALEVILLE, Va. — Daisy Mae Pegram Matthews, 81, of Daleville, Va., passed away Jan. 4, 2010. A native of Henderson, N.C., she was the daughter of the late Roy L. and Florence Pegram and the widow of Carl M. Matthews, Sr. She is survived by her daughter, Carla Davis, and fiancé, Bryan Buchanan of Troutville, Va; two sons: Carl Matthews, Jr. and Donald Matthews, Sr. of Lakeland, Fla; five sisters: Mary Davis of Portsmouth, Va., Betty Harrison of Chesapeake, Va., Patricia Foxwell and husband, Marvin, of Elizabeth City, N.C., Priscilla Hudson and husband, Barksdale, of Chesapeake, Va., and Joan Vincent of Barco, N.C.; a brother, Charles Pegram and wife, Carolyn, of Chesapeake, Va.; ing home. Born on Feb. 14, 1911, in Franklin County, she was the daughter of the late Ned Edwards and Betty Ayscue Edwards. She was a retired nurse’s aide and was a member of South Henderson Church of God. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday in the J.M. White Funeral Home Chapel by the Rev. Frank Hunter Gupton. Burial will follow in Elmwood Cemetery. She is survived by three daughters, Christine G. Ayscue of Henderson, and Shirley G. Scott and Brenda G. Rodgers, both of Charlotte; two sons, Edwin Thomas Gupton of Valdosta, Ga., and the Rev. Frank Hunter Gupton of Savannah, Ga.; 23 grandchildren; and 30 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Brodie Thomas Gupton; a son, Alfred Lee Gupton; her sisters, Margaret G. McGhee, Mattie Sue Bledsoe and Hodgie Edwards; her brothers, Benette Edwards, Morton Edwards, Charles Edwards and Lee Edwards; her great-grandson, Kevin Thomas Ayscue; and her great-granddaughter, Stephanie Tolar. The family will receive friends today from 7 until 8:30 p.m. at J.M. White Funeral Home. At other times they will be at the home of Christine G. Ayscue at 533 S. Cooper Drive, Courtyard Apt. 55. Serving as active pallbearers will be Andy Short, Ashley Short, Mike Campbell, Charlie (Pee Wee) Edwards, Tony McGhee and Greg Scott. Arrangements are by J.M. White Funeral Home.

Elizabeth H. Wortham HENDERSON — Elizabeth Hall Wortham, 75, of 7549 Highway 96 North, died Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2010, at Duke Medical Center. She was the daughter of the late Ceatrice Hall and Overda Hayhte Hall. Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Sunday at Wright Funeral Home Chapel by the Rev. Harold W. Watkins. Burial will be in New Corinth Baptist Church cemetery. She is survived by two sisters, Elaine Hall Johnson of Stem and Aurnette Hall Blackwell of Oxford. The family will receive visitors Saturday from 7 to 8 p.m. at Wright Funeral Home and at other times at the residence. Arrangements are by Wright Funeral Home.

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Company moving headquarters from Chicago to N.C. RALEIGH (AP) — Officials say a a national supplier of molded plastic parts is moving its headquarters from Chicago to North Carolina. Gov. Bev Perdue announced Wednesday that Wilbert Plastic Services is expanding its Belmont facil-

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COURTHOUSE, from page one room’s stamped-tin ceiling and that courtroom’s wall plaster. The work on the superior courtroom will include putting in new stained-oak caps and tops along the judge’s bench and installing additional voice/data and electrical receptacles for the court secretary and attorneys’ tables. The superior courtroom is spacious, but the acoustics are not good. The work additionally will include replacing the superior courtroom carpet and repainting all surfaces. The alternate projects will focus on upgrading the District Court lobby and courtroom, which also is on the second floor. And the work will include replacing the district judge’s bench and creating a more expanded area for the court secretary and the court reporter. Commissioner Ron Alligood at Monday evening’s commission meeting made the motion to accept the bids, with Commissioner Pete Averette seconding. After the vote, Ron Alligood asked County Development Director Scott Phillips, “Is this going to take care of the courthouse problems?” Ron Alligood added, “We’ve been hearing ‘courthouse’ now for the last five

to 10 years, I think, and I’m tired of it.” Phillips said the environment “will be for the most part taken care of” and said problems would depend on whom one speaks with. While noting one of the alternate projects will provide District Court personnel more space to work, Phillips said, “I think that the problems with capacities obviously will still be there.” The district courtroom is constantly full when district court is in session. “The initial initiative was a security based effort to provide one point of entry and exit out of the courthouse,” to provide access control to certain doors for staff and other designated personnel and to have more manageable areas, Phillips said. Brian Alligood said there still are parts of the courthouse, such as offices, where painting will need to be done and carpeting will need to be replaced, but not to the extent of the details before the commission Monday evening. “Have we fixed the leak over Sam Currin’s office?” Ron Alligood asked, referring to the district attorney’s firstfloor workplace. “Yes sir, absolutely, we sure did,” Brian Alligood said.

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“That’s primarily what I was interested in,” Ron Alligood said, noting the leak had been happening for several years. The leak had been flowing from the second-floor restrooms across from the district courtroom and down into Currin’s office. Brian Alligood said he believes increased security measures and increased personnel “will help deter a fair amount of that because a lot of that was, ‘Just how much toilet paper can we stuff in the toilet to get it to overflow?’ And I think we haven’t seen those issues since we did that work.” Brian Alligood, when asked by the newspaper for clarity afterward, said persons were causing toilet overflows in order to aggravate Currin. The interior renovation is being paid for with capital improvement funds, plus $50,000 from contingency funds. Brian Alligood said Sheriff Brin Wilkins at a later time will present a request for more courthouse security personnel. The courthouse exterior has been renovated. Contact the writer at bwest@

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Now that the Zoning Board of Adjustment has approved its permit, the Henderson Collegiate Charter School is one step closer to becoming the second charter school in the city. Henderson Collegiate would join Vance Charter School, which is located on Dabney Drive. The new charter school plans to begin accepting students at its temporary location — at the corner of County Home and Health Center roads — in July of this year. The plan is to then locate permanently at what is to be the Zene Street project. Add in the three private schools in the county, and Vance has a lot to offer when it comes to education. Some might argue that the prevalence of education choices points to a lack of quality from the traditional public school system. But that’s not how we see it. More than anything, the number of private and charter schools shows that this community cares about the education of its children. People in this community care enough to do more than complain. They care enough to take action. It’s no small feat to start a private or charter school. It takes a substantial amount of time, energy and money. You need facilities, administrators and teachers to make it happen. Charter schools typically receive public funding, but aren’t held to the same framework as traditional public schools. Charter schools are still held accountable by the State Board of Education, but usually have more freedom when it comes to things like curriculum and teaching methods. The hope is that students will learn more and perform better when freed from some of the constraints of the traditional public school system. Hopefully, Henderson Collegiate and Vance Charter will see that reality. Education should be one of the top priorities in any community, and it’s nice to see people who value education enough to form a charter school. Charter schools don’t charge tuition, so money doesn’t appear to be the motivation behind these efforts. The founders of these schools simply want to see children receive a better education. It’s a worthy effort and one that we encourage and applaud.

Other Views Bad Guys: Common sense demands better record-sharing If the criminal records-keeping system now being tested by Wake County law enforcement agencies doesn’t live up to its billing, the state legislature should come right back with another one. That’s not because we should slavishly endorse every idea with a tough-on-crime reputation. It’s because we know that the deficiencies of the existing system are being paid for not only in dollars, but in blood. It’s a shame that action so often comes only after someone becomes the recognized poster-victim for a particular kind of illness or crime. The 2008 murder of Eve Carson, student body president at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, exposed the inadequacy of 1980s-vintage technology that had left probation officers and others stumbling around in the dark. One of the men charged in the killing reportedly had committed nine different crimes while on probation, all during a six-week period in which he’d had no contact with his probation officer. It’s no stretch to say that the failure to appear, not to mention the other probation violations, should have had this particular suspect behind bars at the time the crime was committed. If all goes as planned, the new technology will lead to a system that shares relevant information among law enforcement agencies, statewide. If it doesn’t go as planned, lawmakers should lose no time fielding a better plan and the funding to make this kind of problem go away. The Fayetteville Observer

Having a Yemen visa stamped in my passport has brought wary questions from border officials over the past few years. Nowadays I’ll be lucky if I don’t get stripsearched. What a difference a botched terrorist attack makes. Yemen has become a top priority for the Obama administration since Nigerian Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab allegedly tried to blow up a Detroit-bound jetliner on Christmas Day. Yemen is where he told authorities he received his training and the bomb that famously fizzled in his underwear. Yemen has been popping up on our terrorism radar screen repeatedly since the October 2000 attack on the USS Cole killed 17 Americans in the port at Aden. Ten prisoners involved in that attack later escaped from a Yemen prison. Escapes like that seem to happen a lot in Yemen. That’s one reason why Yemenis make up the largest bloc — 88 out of 200 — of the remaining prisoners at Guantanamo Bay. One of 23 suspected alQaida members who tunneled out of a high-security prison in Sana’a in early 2006 was Nasser al-Wuhayshi. He now leads al-Qaida’s Yemen franchise, which claimed responsibility for the underwear bombing. I happened to be visiting Sanaa, Yemen’s 1,000-plus-yearold capital at the time with two colleagues from the New

York-based Committee to Protect Journalists, of which I am a board member. The escapees might well have been digging beneath my feet, I calculate, while my colleagues and I happened to be meeting with government officials upstairs. There’s litClarence tle question that they Page received Tribune Media help from Services members of Yemen’s security forces. Yemen has all the makings of another Afghanistan except that Yemen, Osama bin Laden’s ancestral homeland, is even more poor, corrupt, repressive, unstable and therefore hospitable to al-Qaida. Foreign Policy Magazine’s latest “Failed States Index” agrees, noting that “refugees and extremists were perhaps Yemen’s most noteworthy imports in 2008.” My most striking memories are of daggers and khat, each of which says a lot about what makes Yemen both fascinating and dangerous. The jambiya is a curved dagger traditionally with a handle carved from rhino horn and worn in the belt of Yemeni men. It beats only the AK-47

and other automatic weapons as a popular male fashion accessory, especially in the rural areas. Once the jambiya is withdrawn from its sheath it must draw blood, according to tradition, even if the owner must cut his own hand to do it. The colorful weapon symbolizes an irrepressible warrior culture that currently fuels an ethnic rebellion in Yemen’s north, a secessionist movement in its south and al-Qaida sympathies everywhere. Khat is unofficially the country’s national recreational drug and a major agricultural commodity. Little business gets done in Yemen after lunchtime unless it is done over khat (also often spelled “qat,” among other ways), whose bitter green leaves are chewed like tobacco and parked in the cheeks. As Slate writer Elisabeth Eaves wrote in 2004, “After four weeks in Sana’a, I have met, through qat, government officials, ministers, politicians, business owners, journalists, poets, aid workers, a Hamas official, and an actress. Suffice it to say that without qat I would have neither friends nor sources.” Since past attempts to illegalize khat have resulted in at least one government overthrow, Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh looks the other way while the drug sucks up human energy and the country’s water supply. The leafy evergreen plant

is so lucrative and low-maintenance as a year-round cash crop that about 40 percent of the nation’s dwindling water supply is devoted to its cultivation. That leaves the country importing food amid widespread malnutrition, unemployment and dwindling oil reserves. Team Obama is looking at ways to deepen military and intelligence cooperation with Yemen’s government, which like Kabul barely controls much of the country outside of its big cities. Saleh has stayed in power for 31 years, following a string of assassinated predecessors, by balancing the interests of tribal warlords and religious leaders against those of neighboring countries. Since President Bush turned up the post-Sept. 11 heat, Saleh has tended to cooperate, as long as this country doesn’t make its influence too obvious. Obama has stepped up covert operations against Al-Qaida in Yemen and plans to send $70 million over the next 18 months to equip, train and work with Yemeni security forces to strike al-Qaida bases. But Yemen’s desperate economic, political and social problems call for a broader strategy. We need to work with our allies and the World Bank to boost Yemen’s economic development and push for a settlement of its internal disputes. One Afghanistan is enough.

Letters to the Editor Grace upon us in the new year I begin writing with an overflowing heart, praising God for the grace that He has shown me and is now surely showing the city of Henderson. I pray that the spirit of Christ will abide in these words and reach out to those in need. On Tuesday, the Zoning Board approved a temporary site for the new Henderson Collegiate charter school. Last month they approved a site for a homeless men’s shelter. Soon, planning will begin on a new Boys & Girls Club, VGCC Educational Center, health clinic and permanent charter school home in the Zene Street/REEF redevelopment project. Thanks to the Neighborhood Stabilization Program side the GOP’s reflexive attempt to exploit the incident for politi- grant and other private cal gain, speaks volumes about and public initiatives, we will soon begin rebuilding why Washington cannot seem to fix airline security — or, for our inner city neighborhoods. Our churches are that matter, anything else. uniting and a new level of So polarized has our leadership become that it is incapable trust is being seen between all races of people rich or of seeing in any dimension poor, organizations, and beyond the political. When atlocal governments. The nay tempted mass murder is seen sayers are backing up as as an “opportunity” on the one we have discovered that the side and a signal to circle the vicious dog has no teeth. wagons on the other, one can If God be for us, who can only conclude that for some, stand against us! partisanship literally matters As our state, our counmore than life itself. I know what you’re thinking try, and perhaps the world spirals into chaos, know and for the record, yes: I did that the Lord blesses those indeed make this same arguwho bless Him. And to bless ment — repeatedly — when Him is to love and bless Democrats tried to use 9/11 to those He cares about. damage George W. Bush. My cup runneth over. I renew it now with an Happy New Year! The urgency. Too often, our leaders cannot work for the greater kingdom is near! good because they acknowledge Gary Morgan no good greater than politics. Gateway CDC But if that’s truly our prime diexecutive director rective and highest imperative, Manson God help us all. The unacceptable fact is that, “eight years” after the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, Umar The Daily Dispatch welFarouk Abdulmutallab was able comes letters to the editor. to waltz aboard a U.S.-bound Letters must be signed, jetliner carrying explosives. include the author’s city And Republicans are wondering of residence, and should how they can turn this to their be limited to 300 words. advantage? The White House Please include a telephone point person on terrorism is number for verification. wondering how she can deflect Letters can be accepted the blame? by e-mail, but city of resiSmall wonder we have no dence and a phone number answer for the problem of air for verification purposes still security. Step one in getting the must be included. right answers? Start asking the right questions.

Questions must be asked, but not these On Christmas Day, Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, a student from Nigeria, allegedly tried to blow up a jetliner bound for Detroit. He failed due to some defect in his explosives and the quick reflexes of passengers who subdued him. As you might expect, this close call has some of us asking hard, but necessary questions: Would full body scanners have stopped Abdulmutallab before he could bring explosives aboard the plane? Shouldn’t the fact that his father alerted U.S. officials that his son had become radicalized have flagged him as a security risk? How can this incident be used to hurt the Democrats? Granted, that last one may not have been high on “your” list of pressing questions, but it was obviously of vital importance to the opposition party. As a Washington Post headline put it: “Republicans see political opportunity; GOP says jet incident is more proof Democrats are weak on security.” Sure enough, there followed a spate of condemnation, led by former Vice President Dick Cheney, who accused President Obama of “pretending” we are not at war. Just as a factual matter, it’s difficult to see how the GOP can carry off this argument with a straight face. If Abdulmutallab’s bungled attempt to blow up a jetliner on President Obama’s watch proves Democrats are soft on terrorism, it stands to reason that Richard Reid’s bungled attempt to

blow up a jetliner on President Bush’s watch proves the same about Republicans. I’m just sayin’. Not that the GOP has a monopoly on inappropriate questions. The near tragedy had Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano asking one of her own: How can I cover my backside? Her solution was to suggest, Leonard on ABC’s Pitts “This Week,” that there Distributed by was really Cagle Cartoons nothing to be concerned about. “Once this incident occurred,” she said, “the system worked.” One can only wonder what color is the sky in her reality. Perhaps Madame Secretary is unaware of this, but the system is supposed to “prevent” incidents; it deserves no praise for the fact that Abdulmutallab was competently taken into custody “after” a miracle saved the jetliner from the explosives he managed to smuggle through security. Thankfully, Napolitano recanted her nonsensical blather the next day, which, as it happens, was the day before the president belatedly conceded the “human and systemic failures” that almost led to tragedy. But I submit that her initial, defensive, reaction, taken along-

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Today is Thursday, Jan. 7, the seventh day of 2010. There are 358 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight: On Jan. 7, 1610, astronomer Galileo Galilei began observing three of Jupiter’s moons, which he initially took to be stars; he spotted a fourth moon almost a week later. (Another astronomer, Simon Marius, who claimed to have spotted the moons before Galileo did, later named the Jovian satellites Io, Europa, Ganymede and Callisto.) On this date: In 1608, an accidental fire devastated the Jamestown settlement in the Virginia Colony. In 1927, commercial transAtlantic telephone service was inaugurated between New York and London. In 1942, the Japanese siege of Bataan began during World War II. In 1949, George C. Marshall resigned as U.S. Secretary of State; President Harry S. Truman chose Dean Acheson to succeed him. In 1972, Lewis F. Powell Jr. and William H. Rehnquist were sworn in as the 99th and 100th members of the U.S. Supreme Court. In 1979, Vietnamese forces captured the Cambodian capital of Phnom Penh, overthrowing the Khmer Rouge government. Ten years ago: U.S. Rep. Dan Burton, R-Ind., subpoenaed Elian Gonzalez to testify before Congress in a bid to keep Elian in the United States for at least another month while

courts decided whether the 6-year-old should be returned to Cuba. (Elian never testified.) Five years ago: A military jury at Fort Hood, Texas, acquitted Army Sgt. 1st Class Tracy Perkins of involuntary manslaughter in the alleged drowning of an Iraqi civilian, but convicted him of assault in the January 2004 incident. (Perkins was sentenced to six months in prison.) One year ago: President-elect Barack Obama met at the White House with America’s four living presidents: George W. Bush, George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter. Today’s Birthdays: Author William Peter Blatty is 82. Country singer Jack Greene is 80. Pop musician Paul Revere is 72. Magazine publisher Jann Wenner is 64. Singer Kenny Loggins is 62. Singer-songwriter Marshall Chapman is 61. Latin pop singer Juan Gabriel is 60. Actress Erin Gray is 60. Actor Sammo Hung is 58. Actor David Caruso is 54. “CBS Evening News” anchor Katie Couric is 53. Country singer David Lee Murphy is 51. Rock musician Kathy Valentine (The Go-Go’s) is 51. Actor David Marciano is 50. Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.) is 49. Actress Hallie Todd is 48. Actor Nicolas Cage is 46. Singer-songwriter John Ondrasik (Five for Fighting) is 45. Actor Doug E. Doug is 40. Actor Kevin Rahm is 39. Actor Jeremy Renner is 39. Country singer-musician John Rich is 36. Actor Dustin Diamond is 33. Actor Robert Ri’chard is 27. Actor Liam Aiken is 20.









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DEAR ABBY: Thought you might be interested to know that George Eastman, founder of Kodak, established a company-wide calendar based on 13 months, each with four weeks — plus a New Year’s Day. So in 1913, there WAS a 13-13-13. And if it had been on a Friday, then every month of that year would have had a Friday the DEAR ABBY: There 13th, too. — LEONARD M., have been many calendars ROCHESTER, N.Y. adopted throughout the ages as a way of measuring time, Dear Abby is written by Abigail whether using the Gregorian client will fill Van Buren, also known as currently used by Western civilization or by the lunar or Jeanne Phillips, and was founded by her mother, Pausolar means. Among them: line Phillips. Write Dear Abby the Mayan, Aztec, Babylonian, Zoroastrian, Hopi, Hin- at or P.O. du, Egyptian, Roman and the Box 69440, Los Angeles, CA 90069. Baha’i. Let us all celebrate

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DEAR ABBY: I’ll bet most of your readers would be surprised to learn that there are some places in the world that DO have 13 months. Ethiopia’s tourism motto is: “13 Months of Sunshine.” Each month has 30 days, leaving five days (six during leap year) for the 13th month of Pagome. Their calendar is also about seven years behind ours. So, while you still can’t celebrate 13-1313 -- even in Ethiopia -- you CAN claim to be seven years younger. — ETHIOPIAN AT HEART, ST. JOSEPH, MICH.


DEAR ABBY: Your 13th month column was hilarious. It made people think. However, Orthodox Jews must be writing you by the thousands over your 13-13-13 “mistake.” The ancient Jewish calendar is a lunar calendar in which a 13th month occurs every few years. Even secularists can count 13 new moons every 365-day year. This is why new moons are never at the same time of the “month,” and why Jewish holidays never fall on the same day of the week. — RICHARD IN PALM DESERT, CALIF.


in diverse and creative ways with love, compassion and encouragement. — CAROL IN POST FALLS, IDAHO DEAR ABBY: I was glad to see you embrace the intelligent idea that we will return to using the 13-month calendar by the year 2013. The insanity promoted by the ego-driven Gregorian calendar contributes much to the materialistic consumerism madness that pollutes our world. Until we return our focus to the organic, cyclical nature of time we will not truly begin the healing of Mother Gaia to the extent we are able. Bringing mankind’s consciousness back to a natural order of time will do much to heal the insanity that causes us to think we are superior to nature and the natural order of all things. — A.J. IN YREKA, CALIF.


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DEAR ABBY: I enjoyed the column you published Nov. 26 with letters from readers about 13-13-13, and I’m not the least astonished that many of them didn’t get the humor. You failed to point out that several calendars actually DO have 13 months, among them the Muslim and Chinese calendars, each of which are lunar-solar calendars. Thus, 13-13-13 could be possible. My personal preference would be for 12 months of 30 days Dear with a midsummer Abby two-day Universal Press break and a Syndicate midwinter two- or three-day break. It may not be practical, but it would be fun. — JOHN S., CAPEGRARDEAU, MO. DEAR JOHN: Thank you for the “timely” information and moral support. I confess that when I wrote my reply to the original letter, which appeared Sept. 4, it did not occur to me to check any calendar other than the one on my desk. Read on:

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that will pit All-American where football, on many NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. — quarterback Colt Mcdays, is bigger than life. Nick Saban gave Mack Brown a Coy of Texas against the Saban, in his third year cooler full of Alabama’s favorite, player who beat him for in Tuscaloosa, is aiming Dreamland Bar-B-Que. Brown prethe Heisman Trophy, to bring the first champisented Saban with a pair of genuine running back Mark Inonship to Alabama since Texas spurs. gram of Alabama. 1992, when Gene StallA quaint gesture, and a great “When you start with ings — a protege of the photo op. 120 teams and it’s down late, great Bear Bryant — But the big prize — the one they Connecticut vs. S. Carolina East Carolina vs. Arkansas Michigan State vs. Texas Tech Boise State vs. TCU Iowa vs. Georgia Tech Cent. Michigan vs. Troy Alabama vs. Texas to two, that’s about roamed the sidelines. really want — is that crystal troAP Photo /Mark J. Terrill (7-5) (7-5) (9-4) (7-5) (6-6) (8-4) (13-0) (12-0) (10-2) (11-2) (11-2) (9-3) (13-0) (13-0) 12,000 players,” Brown “We have a tremendous LIBERTY BOWL ALAMO BOWL phy BrownFIESTA BOWL posed with PAPAJOHNS.COM BOWL ORANGE BOWL GMAC BOWL BCS NATIONAL and Saban Memphis, Tenn. San Antonio Glendale, Ariz. Birmingham, Ala. Miami, Fla.said. “It’s a great Mobile, Ala. for yourCHAMPIONSHIP honor amount of respect for the tradition Wednesday, and it goes to the winner Texas quarterback Colt McCoy, shown here during Saturday’s Jan. 2, 2010; 5:30 p.m. EST Jan. 2, 2010; 9 p.m. EST Jan. 4, 2010; 8 p.m. EST Jan. 5, 2010; 8 p.m. EST Jan. 6, 2010; 7 p.m. EST Jan. 2, 2010; 2 p.m. EST Pasadena, Calif. players and your coaches to be in7,this Jan. 2010; 8 p.m. EST practice, with head coach Mack Brown looking on, will lead the of the BCS national title game. Please see CHAMPIONSHIP, page 3B game.” The undefeated Crimson Tide and Longhorns against Alabama in the BCS Championship tonight. CORRECTS South Carolina

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Arenas suspended indefinitely by NBA

Lady Raiders fall to Orange in conference opener By DAILY DISPATCH STAFF

By BRIAN MAHONEY AP Basketball Writer

NEW YORK — Gilbert Arenas tried joking about his gun trouble. David Stern found none of it funny. Arenas was suspended indefinitely without pay Wednesday by the NBA commissioner, who determined the player’s behavior made him “not currently fit to take the court.” A day after the Washington Wizards guard was photographed before a game in Philadelphia pointing his index fingers, as if they were guns, at his teammates, Stern warned Arenas the former All-Star that his conduct will “ultimately result in a substantial suspension, and perhaps worse.” Arenas is under investigation by federal and local authorities after admittedly bringing guns to the Wizards’ locker room. Stern originally planned to wait to take action, but he tired of Arenas’ behavior. On Tuesday, a day after meeting with law enforcement officials, Arenas said he feared Stern more than the authorities because the commissioner was “mean.” Though Arenas first apologized Monday for his poor judgment and promised “to do better in the future”, he also joked on Twitter about the Please see ARENAS, page 3B


Southern Vance’s girls’ basketball team fell in its Carolina 3A debut, dropping a 48-39 decision at Orange Wednesday. The Raiders led 22-21 at halftime and out-scored the Panthers in the third quarter, but couldn’t pull out the victory. “The score was a little uglier than it actually was,” said Southern coach Tracey Turner. Turner said a third-quarter ankle injury to Tremanisha Taylor was a turning point in the game. Taylor finished with 14 points and eight rebounds. Shauna Terry led the Raiders with 16 points and 14 rebounds. Carslin Talley had five points and Kewonia Rodwell had four. Southern falls to 4-5 on the season and faces J.F. Webb at 6 p.m. in Oxford Friday.

Northern Vance’s Johnathan Norton tries to pull away from his Orange opponent during their 103 lbs. match Wednesday night. To view or purchase photos, visit us on the Web at

Wrestling like the champs Orange all business in convincing win over Vikings By ERIC S. ROBINSON Dispatch Sports Editor

Orange looked like a defending state champion Wednesday night. Despite a valiant effort from Northern Vance, Orange controlled every match and earned an 80-0 victory. Of the 14 matches, 10 lasted past the first period, and six were decided in or after three periods. “Actually, I can’t be disappointed with this performance,” said Northern coach Thomas Durham. “Is Orange a better wrestling team? Yeah. They’re the best in our conference. Obviously they were the best in the 2A last year.” Northern falls to 16-7 overall with their first conference loss. “We’ve still got a long ways to go, and I

think the kids learned a lot tonight. I’m not terribly upset, but it could have been better,” said Durham. The night started with an entertaining 103-pound match that went the distance. Northern’s Johnathan Norton held a two-point lead over Will Riley after the first period, but Riley got the upper hand in the second, taking a 5-4 lead. Norton narrowly avoided getting pinned in the final seconds of the match, but Norton won it with by decision. Northern’s Dishon Cobbins took Jordan Baker into the third period in his 112-pound match. He also avoided a pin in the final seconds of the second period. His shoulders fell Please see VIKINGS, page 3B

Wolfpack tops Holy Cross, 87-70 By JOEDY McCREARY AP Sports Writer

RALEIGH\ — North Carolina State’s players took turns trying to duplicate the three-quarter-court shot that stunned them in their last game. Then they ensured that this one wouldn’t be decided by a similar heave. Dennis Horner scored 16 of his 18 points in the second half, one of the Wolfpack’s five double-figure scorers in their 87-70 victory against Holy Cross on Wednesday night. Tracy Smith had 19 points and Julius Mays added a season-high 15 for the slow-starting Wolfpack (114), who were coming off a crushing loss to Florida three nights earlier in which the Gators hit a 75-foot heave at the overtime buzzer. “We all were just trying to figure out how this (Florida) guy hit the shot,” Mays said. So, Mays said, the Wolfpack spent a few pregame moments tossing up shots from the same spot, with Scott Wood and C.J. Williams hitting their circus shots.

That proved therapeutic, relaxing the players as they headed into their bounce-back game. By the time it was through, they had overcome a sluggish start to take command with a 16-2 run early in the second half, blocking 11 shots and holding Holy Cross to 36.8 percent shooting while pulling away late. Devin Brown scored 21 points to lead the Crusaders (3-12), who hit nearly as many 3-pointers (10) as 2-pointers (11), but managed only one field goal during the opening 5 1/2 minutes of the second half — when this one was all but decided. “We got defensive stops, and that led to fastbreak opportunities before they could set up their zone,” Horner said. “And then once they got in their zone, we were finding gaps and double-teams and we were hitting open guys, and we were able to knock down shots.” Farnold Degand had 12 points and Wood finished with 10 for the Wolfpack, who had five players crack double figures for just the second Please see PACK, page 2B

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Former baseball player Andre Dawson pauses as he talks during a news conference at Landshark Stadium in Miami Wednesday. Dawson has been elected to the Hall of Fame while Bert Blyleven and Roberto Alomar fell just short of earning baseball's highest honor.

Andre Dawson elected to MLB Hall of Fame By RONALD BLUM AP Sports Writer

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Holy Cross’ Andrew Beinert runs into North Carolina State’s Dennis Horner, losing the ball during the first half of Wednesday’s game in Raleigh.

NEW YORK — Andre Dawson got up at 6 a.m. and went to the gym. Before going back home, he took a detour from his usual routine on the day Hall of Fame voting is announced. “I went by a cemetery to visit my mom and also my grandmother,” he said. “It’s the first time I had done that. I just felt a little bit more optimistic about this year, and I just wanted to share a few things at that grave site. It meant a lot to me to get out there.” Dawson’s faith was rewarded a few hours later Wednesday, when he was elected to the Hall in his ninth try. He was the only player honored, as Bert Blyleven fell five votes short and Roberto Alomar finished eight shy. Dawson received 420 of 539 votes in results announced by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America, 15 more than the 75 percent necessary to gain election. The eight-time All-Star outfielder was 44 votes short last year. “If you’re a Hall of Famer, eventually you’re going to get in no matter how long it takes,” Dawson said durPlease see DAWSON, page 3B



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Two-minute drill Local Sports Register for baseball/softball classes soon Registration will be held soon for classes at Next Level Baseball, located at 328 Red Oak Road in Henderson. A Baseball Skills Class for two age groups will be held on Wednesdays. The 5-7 age group will meet from 6 until 7 p.m., while ages 8-15 will meet from 7 until 8 p.m. A Baseball Hitting Class will be held on Tuesdays and Thursdays. The 6-12 age group is scheduled to meet from 6 until 7 p.m., while ages 1318 will convene from 7 until 8 p.m. A Softball Skills Class for ages 6-15 will be held from 5 until 6 p.m. on Wednesdays. A Softball Hitting Class for ages 6-18 will meet from 6 until 7 on Wednesday. Cost for the skills classes are $95, while the hitting classes are $165. There is a registration fee of $25 if not already registered. The time for registration will be from 6 until 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 13. Next Level will also be holding four baseball camps: a skills camp for ages 8-18 (Feb. 4 and 11, from 5-7 p.m.); a hitting camp for ages 13-18 (Feb. 1 and 8 from 5-8 p.m.); a hitting camp for ages 6-12 (March 6 from 9 a.m.-12 p.m. and March 7 from 1-4 p.m.); pitching and catching (Jan. 30, 9 a.m.-12 p.m. and Jan. 31, 1-4 p.m.). Cost for the camps is $110. Registration for two camps is $200, and three will cost $295.

NHL Hurricanes grant Staal leave of absence RALEIGH (AP) — Eric Staal is taking a leave of absence from the Carolina Hurricanes because of a death in his family. The Hurricanes said Wednesday that they granted the All-Star forward a leave a day after his wife’s sister died of cancer at age 26. General manager Jim Rutherford says the team’s thoughts and prayers are with Staal and his family. Staal shares the team’s scoring lead with Ray Whitney with 27 points, and has a team-best 19 assists.

NFL Patriots place Welker on IR with knee injury FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — Wes Welker’s season is officially over now that he’s been placed on injured reserve. The New England Patriots made the move Wednesday, three days after Welker suffered a serious left knee injury in the first quarter of their 34-27 loss at the Houston Texans. Welker led the NFL with 123 receptions, a club record. The Patriots also have signed Welker linebacker Thomas Williams from the practice squad, added wide receivers Nick Moore and Robert Ortiz to the practice squad, and placed wide receiver Darnell Jenkins on the practice squad/ injured list with an ankle injury. New England plays at home Sunday in a playoff game against the Baltimore Ravens.

Soccer FIFA won’t intervene in MLS labor dispute NEW YORK (AP) — FIFA says it will not intervene in a labor dispute involving Major League Soccer and a possible work stoppage next month. Soccer’s international union has accused MLS of violating the regulations of the sport’s governing body. But FIFA said Wednesday it has no issue with the league’s structure. All MLS players sign with the league, not individual teams. The international soccer union, which is based in the Netherlands, says MLS is threatening to lock out players after the league’s five-year labor contract expires Jan. 31. MLS president Mark Abbott says any discussion about a work stoppage is premature and blocks progress toward an agreement.

Local Preps Thursday, Jan. 7 Swimming n J.F. Webb at Chapel Hill 4:30 p.m. Wrestling n Franklinton at Kerr-Vance 6 p.m. JV Basketball-Boys Roxboro Community at Kerr-Vance 4:30 p.m. JV Basketball-Girls at Roanoke Rapids 5 p.m.

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Sports on TV Thursday, Jan. 7 COLLEGE FOOTBALL 8:37 p.m. n ABC — BCS National Championship Game, Texas vs. Alabama, at Pasadena, Calif.

London, South Africa (same-day tape) 3:30 p.m. n TGC — PGA Tour, SBS Championship, first round, at Kapalua, Hawaii

GOLF 9:30 a.m. n TGC — European PGA Tour, Africa Open, first round, at East

MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL 7 p.m. n ESPN2 — Michigan at Penn St.

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Scheyer’s 31 lead Duke past Iowa St. By RICK GANO AP Sports Writer

CHICAGO — Jon Scheyer celebrated a homecoming with 31 points and No. 5 Duke pulled away in the second half to beat Iowa State 86-65 on Wednesday night. The Blue Devils (13-1) won their seventh straight game behind a balanced attack, a defense that forced 18 turnovers and aggressive rebounding in the game at the United Center. Scheyer, a prep star in suburban Northbrook, Ill., shot 10 of 19 and had four 3-pointers to lead Duke, which also got 20 points from Nolan Smith and 15 points from Kyle Singler. Marquis Gilstrap paced Iowa State (10-4) with 16 points. Leading scorer Craig Brackins, who came in averaging 17, had 12. Scheyer’s 3-pointer with the shot clocking running down extended the Blue Devils’ lead to 50-35 early in second half. His threepoint play about 7 minutes in put the Blue Devils up 19 as they opened the second half with a 17-6 run. The Cyclones whittled it to 12 but Smith and Scheyer hit 3-pointers to

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Duke’s Lance Thomas looks to a pass against Iowa State’s Craig Brackins during the first half of Wednesday’s game in Chicago. put Duke back up by 17. Duke took a big early lead, withstood an Iowa State rally and led 41-33 at halftime. Three Iowa State misses and a turnover in the first 2:17 helped the Blue Devils roll out to a 9-0 lead behind two baskets from Lance Thomas. Scheyer’s 3-pointer from

the corner made it 12-2 and the Cyclones appeared rattled early in their firstever game at the United Center, missing seven of their first eight shots while Duke started 5 of 7. Scheyer hit two free throws after a timeout and it was 14-2 less than 5 minutes into the game. But Iowa State found

its poise and ran off 11 straight points as Garrett hit two driving shots and Brackins scored inside, cutting the lead quickly to one point. Smith’s 3-pointer, an emphatic dunk from Mason Plumlee and a driving bank shot from Scheyer helped the Blue Devils rebuild their lead and they went up by 13 with just under a minute to go. But Gilstrap hit a 3-pointer from about 10 feet behind the NBA line as the buzzer sounded, clipping Duke’s lead to 41-33. The Cyclones gave up 14 offensive rebounds in the first half and stayed close by shooting 42 percent while Duke made only 37.5 percent. Scheyer, who scored over 3,000 points during his prep career at Glenbrook North High, finished the half with 13 points. With Chicago native Mike Krzyzewski as their coach, the Blue Devils are 7-0 at the United Center. It was Iowa State’s third game this season in Chicago. The Cyclones were 1-1 in the Chicago Invitational Challenge in late November, losing in the finals to Northwestern.

No. 1 Jayhawks withstand Cornell’s upset bid

one of the nation’s best defenses its last game, shooting 54 percent in a 32-point win over then-No. 18 Temple on Saturday in its first game against a ranked opponent. Call this one the Owl hangover. Sloppy on offense, occasionally absent-minded on defense, Kansas found itself in a fight against a school from a conference it hadn’t lost to in 13 previous tries. Early on, the Jayhawks played as if they were cold from the blizzard outside, shooting poorly, one rebound after another slipping through their hands.

The sloppy start had coach Bill Self looking for someone — or something — to take it out on. First, he screamed at his players when they failed to block out on three straight shots. Self then took it out on the scorer’s table, slamming his hand down after freshman Thomas Robinson lost the ball dribbling in traffic. The officials were next; Self called a timeout after Alex Tyler scored on a drive and, in the same motion, walked across the court to scream: “That’s a walk right in front of you!” That earned Self a technical foul and put the Big Red up 18-14 after Wittman hit one free throw. If the technical was meant to inspire the Jayhawks, it didn’t work. Cornell kept draining shots, hitting Kansas with a barrage of three-point plays and 3-pointers. Foote hurt the Jayhawks early, hitting three shots inside before picking up his second foul. Wittman took over from there, using his blink-of-an-eye release to hit four 3-pointers for 15 points. The Big Red shot 14 of 26 against one of the nation’s best defensive teams and led 41-38, the first time Kansas has trailed at halftime this season.

State missed 12 of its first 15 shots, then held the Crusaders without a field goal for nearly 9 minutes during the 23-9 run midway through the half that put them up 27-19. Still, their halftime lead was only 33-31. “We should have come out stronger from that,”

Horner said. “We should have come out here, played as hard as possible and not let something like (the Florida finish) happen again.” The schools were playing for the first time since they met in the quarterfinals of the National Invitation Tournament in 1976.


LAWRENCE, Kan. — Sherron Collins had career-high 33 points and made nearly every key play down the stretch, helping No. 1 Kansas pull out a gutty 71-66 win over Cornell on Wednesday night. Kansas (14-0) overcame a rare off night from the field — 36 percent — and shoddy defense in the first half, making just enough plays down the stretch in one of the toughest victories during its 51-game home winning streak. Cornell (12-3), the twotime Ivy League champion, dictated the game from the start. The Big Red kept the fast-breaking Jayhawks grounded by turning it into a grind. Never intimidated by playing in one of college basketball’s most famous gyms, the Big Red forced Kansas to grit one out at Allen Fieldhouse instead of running away with another easy win. Ryan Wittman had 24 points, his outside shooting keeping Cornell in front well into the second half. Trailing 58-52 with just over 8 minutes left, Kansas put together the kind of run No. 1 teams make. Turning up the pressure at

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Cornell forward Ryan Wittman falls over Kansas guard Tyshawn Taylor during the second half of Wednesday’s game. both ends, the Jayhawks went on an 11-4 spurt to go up 63-60. The Big Red weren’t impressed. Louis Dale scored on a backdoor cut, Cornell held and Jeff Foote powered his way inside, putting them up one with 50 seconds left. Collins, of course, had the answer. He shrugged off a slap foul to complete a three-point play that put Kansas up 66-64, then went 3 of 4 from the free throw line over the final 25 seconds to seal it. What a difference from last week. Kansas took apart

PACK, from page 1B time this season. They avoided their third nonconference loss of the season at the RBC Center — where they’ve never lost more than two non-ACC games since the building opened in 1999 — by taking the lead for good midway through the first half, then taking control shortly after the break. N.C. State came away with points on seven of nine trips, Javier Gonzalez scored five points during the run and freshman Josh Davis capped the burst with a dunk that made it 49-34 with 15 1/2 minutes left. Holy Cross didn’t get closer than seven the rest of the way. “It’s almost been their M.O. a little bit this year that they kind of play a little bit better in the second half, and certainly they’ve scored it better in the second half,” first-year Holy Cross coach Sean Kearney said. “So we expected a heck of a run

out of them, but at times there, I didn’t feel like I had enough timeouts to slow that down.” R.J. Evans had 13 points and Mike Cavataio and Andrew Beinert had 11 apiece for the Crusaders, who have lost six of seven. The main subplot of this game was how N.C. State would respond to that devastating loss to the Gators, who won 62-61 on Chandler Parsons’ heave at the buzzer in OT. Coach Sidney Lowe called it the toughest defeat of his career. The Wolfpack insisted there was no hangover, but for a few minutes anyway, it looked as though they had a hard time putting that one in the past. Even when they finally got rolling, they had trouble generating much separation against Holy Cross — which, at least early on, barely resembled the 244th-ranked team in one unofficial replication of the RPI formula. N.C.

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Hawk takes his place in the Hall

Andre Dawson, whose career spanned 21 seasons with the Montreal Expos, Chicago Cubs, Boston Red Sox and Florida Marlins, was elected to the Hall of Fame Wednesday.


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Gold Gloves

Silver Sluggers

1977 • Rookie of the Year 1983 • Hits leader – 189

1987 • MVP 1987 • RBI leader – 137; HR leader – 49

Top vote-getters

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ing a telephone conference call. “As I sit here, the only thing I can think of is that it was well worth the wait.” He credited mom Mattie Brown and grandmother Eunice Taylor for teaching him to work hard with dedication and determination. He cried as he arrived at the cemetery, and thanked his mother for raising eight children without a father in the house. He hoped he made them proud. “I told her, ‘I love you. I miss you. I wish you were alive so I could tell you that,”’ he remembered saying. While they never saw him play in person, fearing he’d get hurt, they tracked his career from a distance. “There were some instances where I may have made myself look like a fool out there on the field with some confrontations with the umpires,” Dawson said. “I would get a call immediately. And you know, the question was: ‘Who do you think you are and what do you think you’re doing?’ And that, you know, kind of humbled me to a degree.” Dawson hit 438 homers with 1,591 RBIs in a career that spanned from 1976-96. Nicknamed “The Hawk,” he was voted NL Rookie of the Year in 1977 with Montreal and NL Most Valuable Player in 1987 with the Chicago Cubs, the first member of a last-place team to earn that prize. “It gave me new life, playing on a natural surface after playing in Montreal on artificial surface for 10 years,” he said. Joined by Barry Bonds and Willie Mays as the only players with 400 home runs and 300 stolen bases, Dawson also spent time with Boston and Florida. He never made it to the World Series. A victim of owners’ conspiracy against free agents after he left the Expos, Dawson signed a blank contract with the Cubs during spring training. Then-general manager Dallas Green filled in the dollar amount of $500,000, making Dawson the

second-lowest paid regular on the team. Known for his strong arm in right field, he had a .279 career average and 314 steals, playing through 12 knee operations. He’s already had two knee replacements and may need another. He will be inducted July 25 at Cooperstown along with manager Whitey Herzog and umpire Doug Harvey, elected last month by the Veterans Committee. Within 90 minutes of the announcement, Dawson had received 34 voice mails and 62 text messages. Blyleven, who had 287 wins, 3,701 strikeouts and 60 shutouts, is likely to have a similar experience next year. He had 400 votes (74.2 percent), up from 338 last year, and gets two more tries on the BBWAA ballot. The highest percentage for a player who didn’t enter the Hall in a later year was 63.4 by Gil Hodges in 1983, his final time on the ballot. Next year’s vote also will include newcomers Rafael Palmeiro, Juan Gonzalez, Larry Walker, Jeff Bagwell, John Franco and Kevin Brown. “Hopefully, this will lead to getting over that hurdle next year,” Blyleven told The Associated Press in a telephone interview. Alomar received 397 votes (73.7 percent), the most of any first-year candidate not elected. This marked the first time in BBWAA balloting that two players fell fewer than 10 votes short in one year. “I feel disappointed, but next year hopefully I make it in,” Alomar said at his home in New York, where his son cried. “At least I was close.” A 12-time All-Star second baseman, Alomar led Toronto to consecutive World Series titles in 199293. He finished with a .300 career batting average, 2,724 hits, 210 homers, 474 steals and 10 Gold Gloves. Jack Morris, the winningest pitcher of the 1980s but burdened by a 3.90 career ERA, had 282 votes (52.3 percent), up from 237 last year.

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VIKINGS, from page 1B flat with 1:06 left in the third. At 125 pounds, Northern’s Zach Lambert took Dustin Champion into the third, but was pinned with a little less than a minute to go. Zack Orr survived the first period of his 130-pound match, fighting out of a pin about two minutes in. Orr lost the match to Chris Johnson by a 13-2 decision, and Orange took a commanding 28-0 lead. After the opening series of marathon matches, Orange won the 135-, 140and 145-pound matches with first-period pins. Northern’s Raymond West battled with Drew Barbour into the third, but was pinned with 1:29 left. In the final match of the night, Geno Bullock held a lead over his heavyweight opponent, Wesley Dawson. Taking the momentum and a 5-0 lead into the third, Dawson capitalized on a mistake to cover Bullock and put his shoulders down for the pin with 1:21 left in the match. Durham said his squad was wrestling with new players. The team is having to replace four starters that began the season. “When that happens, kids got to step up. The younger guys did,” said


Northern Vance’s Tray Elam tries to avoid getting pinned during his 171 lbs. match against Orange in the Vikings’ 80-0 loss to the Panthers Wednesday night. To view or purchase photos, visit us on the Web at Durham. “We knew it was going to be tough in the upper weight classes, but it is what it is.” Though Orange seems to be the class of the Carolina 3A Conference, the other unfamiliar schools in the first-year conference are no pushovers. Chapel Hill, moving down from the 4A ranks, and Cardinal Gibbons, who, like Orange, moved up from 2A, were both playoff contenders last season. “If we wrestle to our ability, and the kids step up and wrestle like they did

tonight, there is a realistic shot of us coming in second (in the conference),” said Durham. “It’s up to the kids. They’ve got to wrestle.”


ORANGE 80, N. VANCE 0 n 103 pounds — OHS’s Will Riley def. Johnathan Norton by decision (4-0) n 112 — OHS’s Jordan Baker def. Dishon Cobbins by pinfall with 1:06 left in third (10-0) n 119 — OHS’s David Kubacki def. Travis Heath by pinfall with 10 seconds left in second (16-0) n 125 — OHS’s Dustin Champion def. Zach Lambert by pinfall with 55.1 seconds left in third (22-0) n 130 — OHS’s Chris Johnson def. Zack Orr by 13-2 decision (26-0) n 135 — OHS’s Zach Rimmer def. Cordarris Wright by pinfall with 1:23 left in first (32-0) n 140 — OHS’s Troy Jones def. Travon Scott

by pinfall with 49.4 seconds left in first (38-0) n 145 — OHS’s Tyrone Mason def. JDarius Alston by pinfall with 38 seconds left in second (44-0) n 152 — OHS’s Drew Barbour def. Raymond West by pinfall with 1:29 left in third (50-0) n 160 — OHS’s Justin Barbee def. Austin Reams by pinfall with 53.2 seconds left in second (56-0) n 171 — OHS’s Nich Shriner def. Tray Elam by pinfall with 56.8 seconds left in first (62-0) n 189 — OHS’s Chris Intehar def. Davey Rivera by pinfall with 57 seconds left in second (68-0) n 215 — OHS’s Thomas Harrington def. Preson Ellis by pinfall with 12.3 seconds left in first (74-0) n Heavyweight — OHS’s Wesley Dawson def. Geno Bullock by pinfall with 1:21 left in third (80-0)

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CHAMPIONSHIP, from page 1B and the passion that our fans have,” Saban said. But, he said, tradition doesn’t win ball games, and early in his tenure Saban even bristled against the so-called “culture of expectations” that surrounds most everything involved with Alabama football. Since then, he has tried to ignore the hype and has gone about doing what he did six years ago when he led LSU to the BCS title: recruiting top prospects, coaching them up, trying to turn them into good players, students and citizens. “The rest of it really doesn’t affect that,” Saban insisted. In keeping with the tenor of the week, Brown was much more chit-chatty and loose than his counterpart during his portion of a coaches news conference sandwiched around the photo session. He described growing up in a small town in Tennessee and being as big a Bryant fan as anyone. Now, he’s at Texas. Once derisively known as “Coach February” — the guy who could recruit all the talent in February but never cash in on it come January — Brown has won seven of his last eight bowl games, led the Longhorns (13-0) to one national title and can easily be mentioned in the same breath as their legendary coach, Darrell Royal. Royal, 85, and the Bear, who died in 1983, were good

friends — in fact, Royal showed Bryant how to run the wishbone — though the two rarely met on opposite sidelines. Texas is 7-0-1 alltime against Alabama, with the last meeting a 14-12 win in the 1982 Cotton Bowl, five years after Royal had retired with 184 wins. “Coach Royal is still alive and has things named after him,” Brown said. “I think Coach Bryant still walks the halls at Tuscaloosa, and he has things named after him. But everyone that sees that ’A’ and sees the Longhorn knows the programs, and that’s what makes this game so special.” Brown continued with a theme he’s been building on all month — that the two best teams are meeting at the Rose Bowl and a true national champion will come out of the game. It was a legitimate debate five weeks ago when the BCS pairings came out and there were five undefeated teams — Alabama, Texas, Cincinnati, TCU and Boise State. Since then, Cincinnati got blown out 51-24 by Florida in the Sugar Bowl and TCU lost 17-10 to Boise State in the Fiesta Bowl. It leaves the Broncos in Idaho as the only team with an argument — one they undoubtedly will not win. Alabama (13-0) comes into the game as a 3 1/2-point favorite, in part because the Tide was so much more impressive than Texas

in its last game. Led by Ingram on offense and a stifling defense anchored by 350-pound defensive lineman Terrence Cody, the Tide shut down Tim Tebow of Florida in a 32-13 crushing of the Gators in the Southeastern Conference title game. Texas, meanwhile, beat Nebraska 13-12 in the Big 12 championship game, and only after officials put 1 second back on the clock following a pass McCoy threw out of bounds. That allowed Hunter Lawrence to kick the winning field goal, even though McCoy’s sloppy game management at the end nearly cost Texas a chance to win it all. “I was sitting there, shocked, because Colt was clearly letting it get down too far,” said ABC’s Brent Musburger, who called the Big 12 game and is in the booth again Thursday night. “That’s a big part of this game, obviously, because if he doesn’t get that second put back on there, they’re not here.” That game — and that day — essentially sealed the Heisman race. McCoy threw for 184 yards and three interceptions and got sacked nine times. Ingram ran for 113 yards and three scores to become Alabama’s first Heisman winner. Which sets up a very similar scenario as the last time Texas played at the Rose Bowl. Back then, it was the

Longhorns against Southern California in the weeks after Texas quarterback Vince Young lost the Heisman to USC’s Reggie Bush. “They weren’t showing us no kind of respect at all, so we just kind of used that all as motivation until gametime came,” said Young, who is expected to be on the sideline Thursday night. Young had one of the best performances in college football history in a 41-38 win over USC — passing for 267 yards, running for 200 more and transforming himself into something more than just another great player to Texas fans, who have seen their share. That’s the kind of thing that can happen to a player who leads his team a national title in Texas or Alabama, two states where football and life intersect 365 days a year. “They tend to maybe idolize people who play football here, even though we’re just regular people,” said Alabama kicker Leigh Tiffin, whose dad, Van, kicked for Alabama in the ’80s. In Texas, too. “You’re under the microscope,” said Longhorns left tackle Adam Ulatoski, who played at high school powerhouse Southlake Carroll near Fort Worth. “But it’s a little different when it’s a town watching you and the state of Texas watching you. It’s a little bit of pressure, but it’s a whole lot of fun.”

because he wanted them out of his house after his daughter was born. But two officials within the league who have been briefed on the investigation have told The Associated Press that the incident stemmed from a dispute over card-playing gambling debts and a heated discussion in the locker room with teammate Javaris Crittenton. The New York Post, however, reported that the two teammates drew weapons on each other. Arenas said in a statement Monday that he took unloaded guns from his locker in a “misguided effort to play a joke” on a teammate. “Joke or not, I now recognize that what I did was a mistake and was wrong,” Arenas said. “I should not have brought the guns to DC in the first place, and I now realize that there’s no such thing as joking

around when it comes to guns — even if unloaded.” Stern said members of the Wizards organization are still being interviewed by law enforcement authorities. “Some are scheduled for appearance before the grand jury and the investigation is proceeding with the intensity that one would expect for such a serious incident,” Stern said. Arenas has been suspended once before because of a gun-related matter. He sat out Washington’s season opener in 2004 because he failed to maintain proper registration of a handgun while living in California in 2003 and playing for the Golden State Warriors. A text message left for Arenas by The Associated Press was not immediately returned. A Wizards spokesman said Arenas left the team,

which is playing in Cleveland, earlier Wednesday but didn’t know where he was going. “It’s sad,” Wizards guard DeShawn Stevenson said. “You don’t want to see a player go down like that. We’re a family, and it hurts.” The Wizards supported Stern’s decision in a statement attributed to president Ernie Grunfeld and the Pollin family, which owns the team. The late Abe Pollin changed the team’s name from the Bullets because of the violent connotation. “Strictly legal issues aside, Gilbert’s recent behavior and statements, including his actions and statements last night in Philadelphia, are unacceptable,” the statement said. “Some of our other players appeared to find Gilbert’s behavior in Philadelphia amusing. This is also unacceptable.”

Union executive director Billy Hunter said the players association will wait until the investigation is complete before taking any action. Since the firearms language was strengthened in the 2005 collective bargaining agreement, NBA players are subject to discipline if they bring guns to the arena or practice facility, or even an offsite promotional appearance. That gave Stern the option of taking action now instead of waiting until the completion of the criminal case, as he usually does. Arenas’ suspension deprives the Wizards of their top scorer and oncourt leader. As it is, coach Flip Saunders’ first season with the team has been a struggle: The Wizards entered Wednesday’s game at Cleveland with an 1121 record and in last place in the Southeast Division.

ARENAS, from page 1B incident and the media firestorm it created. That was exactly the wrong tact for Stern, whose league has taken another public relations hit. “The possession of firearms by an NBA player in an NBA arena is a matter of the utmost concern to us,” Stern said. “Although it is clear that the actions of Mr. Arenas will ultimately result in a substantial suspension, and perhaps worse, his ongoing conduct has led me to conclude that he is not currently fit to take the court in an NBA game,” Stern said in a statement. “Accordingly, I am suspending Mr. Arenas indefinitely, without pay, effective immediately pending the completion of the investigation by the NBA.” With each game he misses, Arenas will lose about $147,200 of the

$16.2 million he will earn this season in the second of a six-year, $111 million contract. The punishment came on his 28th birthday. “I feel very badly that my actions have caused the NBA to suspend me, but I understand why the league took this action,” Arenas said in a statement through his attorney. “I put the NBA in a negative light and let down my teammates and our fans. I am very sorry for doing that.” Arenas added that he had called Stern to apologize. “While I never intended any harm or disrespect to the NBA or anyone else, my gun possession at the Verizon Center and my attempts at humor showed terrible judgment,” he said. “I take full responsibility for my conduct.” Arenas originally said he brought four guns to the Verizon Center



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Thursday, January 7, 2010

Millsap leads UAB past East Carolina 76-68 BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Elijah Millsap had 25 points and 12 rebounds as Alabama-Birmingham defeated East Carolina 76-68 in the Conference USA opener for both teams on Wednesday night. Millsap went 13-for-15

from the free throw line — including 8-for-10 in the final 10 minutes — and was 6-for-16 from the floor to lead the Blazers (13-2) to their 12th win in 13 games. Jamarr Sanders had 16 points, with four 3-pointers, and Aaron Johnson scored 15.

After the Blazers used a 16-4 run to lead 36-33 at halfime, East Carolina (6-9) scored the first six points of the second half. UAB then went on a 19-2 run for a 55-41 margin with 11:03 left. UAB was 30-for-39 from the foul line. With

the Pirates’ big men in foul trouble, the Blazers outrebounded East Carolina 39-23. Brock Young had 17 points and seven assists for the Pirates and needs seven assists to become the school’s all-time leader.

LeFevour leads C. Michigan to 44-41 OT win over Troy By CHRIS TALBOTT Associated Press Writer

MOBILE, Ala. — Dan LeFevour put on one last show, Andrew Aguila kicked five field goals, including the 37-yard gamewinner in double overtime, and No. 25 Central Michigan beat Troy 44-41 in the GMAC Bowl on Wednesday night. LeFevour had a touchdown pass to put the sluggish Chippewas (12-2) ahead with 1:17 left and scored from 13 yards out in the first overtime on the day he moved into second place in the Football Bowl Subdivision’s career total yards list. Vince Agnew blocked Michael Taylor’s 31-yard field-goal attempt to start the second overtime and Central Michigan played it conservative before Aguila set a GMAC record with his fifth field goal. The Trojans (9-4) led much of the game behind DuJuan Harris’ three touchdowns. But after taking a 31-19 lead midway through the fourth quarter, they gave

COLLEGE HOOPS Wednesday’s Men’s Scores

SOUTH Brescia 70, Rio Grande 69 Bryan 61, Milligan 46 Catawba 95, Wingate 89 Chattanooga 75, Georgia Southern 63 Clayton St. 80, WVU Tech 67 Grambling St. 64, Alabama A&M 62, OT Guilford 89, Lynchburg 82 King, Tenn. 98, Cincinnati Christian 34 Lincoln Memorial 67, Tusculum 52 Mars Hill 73, Newberry 71 Maryville, Tenn. 93, Greensboro 78 N.C. State 87, Holy Cross 70 Old Dominion 74, James Madison 72 Reinhardt 83, Montreat 63 S.C.-Aiken 95, UNC Pembroke 80 Tenn. Wesleyan 78, Virginia-Wise 67 Tennessee 88, Charlotte 71 The Citadel 62, Appalachian St. 58 Transylvania 58, Defiance 56 UAB 76, East Carolina 68 UNC Wilmington 57, Georgia St. 50 Westminster, Mo. 64, Spalding 60

EAST Albright 82, Misericordia 73 Alderson-Broaddus 70, Cheyney 68 Army 59, Brown 51 Baldwin-Wallace 82, Mount Union 61 Baruch 95, Hunter 81 Brooklyn 87, NYCCT 71 Cabrini 92, Lancaster Bible 74 Colgate 75, N.C. Central 54 College of N.J. 86, FDU-Florham 69 Connecticut 71, Seton Hall 63 Delaware Valley 96, Penn St.-Berks 72 Drexel 75, Va. Commonwealth 72 Franklin & Marshall 58, Haverford 44 George Washington 78, St. Bonaventure 71 Gettysburg 80, Swarthmore 63 Hanover 63, Bluffton 57 Hofstra 77, Towson 61 John Carroll 88, Otterbein 64 Lafayette 91, Columbia 74 Louisville 92, Providence 70 Massachusetts 78, Fordham 76 N.Y. Tech 58, C.W. Post 57 Penn 82, UMBC 71 Penn St.-Altoona 53, La Roche 50 Princeton 77, Marist 58 Richmond 80, Duquesne 68 Rutgers-Newark 77, N.J. City 61 St. Rose 80, St. Michael’s 77, OT Staten Island 66, Lehman 64 Syracuse 74, Memphis 57 Temple 73, Saint Joseph’s 46 Ursinus 90, Dickinson 70 Villanova 99, DePaul 72 Washington, Md. 65, McDaniel 64 West Virginia 86, Rutgers 52 William & Mary 74, Delaware 73, OT William Paterson 58, Manhattanville 46 MIDWEST Adrian 71, Trine 65 Albion 84, Olivet 71 Aquinas 62, Cornerstone 60 Bradley 91, Indiana St. 85, OT Calvin 84, Hope 75 Carthage 75, Wheaton, Ill. 62 Cincinnati 87, CS Bakersfield 58 Concordia, Wis. 73, Marian, Wis. 56 Creighton 73, Drake 69 Davenport 71, Concordia, Mich. 49 Denison 76, Oberlin 69 Dominican, Ill. 76, Rose-Hulman 73 Duke 86, Iowa St. 65 Gustavus 69, St. Olaf 56 Hamline 93, St. Mary’s, Minn. 57 Illinois St. 82, Evansville 63 Indiana Tech 71, Michigan-Dearborn 65 Kalamazoo 57, Alma 52 Kansas 71, Cornell 66 Marquette 62, Georgetown 59 Michigan St. 54, Wisconsin 47 Missouri 74, Savannah St. 45 N. Illinois 99, Chicago St. 93 N. Iowa 61, S. Illinois 49 Nebraska-Omaha 73, Truman St. 64 Ohio 63, IUPUI 62 Ohio St. 79, Indiana 54 Siena Heights 66, Madonna 61 St. John’s, Minn. 77, Augsburg 62 St. Thomas, Minn. 61, Bethel, Minn. 50 Wichita St. 65, Missouri St. 62 Wis.-La Crosse 61, Wis.-Superior 57

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Central Michigan receiver Kito Poblah hauls in a pass as Troy defender Chris Bowen attempts to bring him down during the first half of play of the GMAC Bowl game Wednesday.

up a 95-yard kickoff return to Antonio Brown, then allowed LeFevour to complete 8 of 11 passes for 90 yards before finding Bryan Anderson for a 4-yard score. The drive was in stark contrast to the rest of the game. The Chippewas and LeFevour were sluggish and plagued by small mistakes that kept Aguila busy. He hit from 28, 35, 44

and 42 yards in regulation, keeping Central Michigan in it until LeFevour rallied the team from 12 points down. LeFevour completed 33 of 55 passes for 395 yards and finished his career with 15,853 total yards, trailing only Hawaii quarterback Timmy Chang (16,910). He also moved into fifth place in the FBS in career comple-

Wis.-Platteville 74, Wis.-Eau Claire 67 Wis.-Stevens Pt. 73, Wis.-Oshkosh 67

Ottawa Montreal Toronto

43 22 17 4 48 123 129 45 21 21 3 45 116 124 44 15 20 9 39 120 153

Washington Atlanta Tampa Bay Florida Carolina

Southeast Division GP W L OT Pts 42 25 11 6 56 42 18 18 6 42 42 16 16 10 42 43 17 19 7 41 41 11 23 7 29

GF GA 149 118 134 140 106 126 125 138 102 146

WESTERN CONFERENCE Central Division GP W L OT Pts Chicago 43 30 10 3 63 Nashville 43 25 15 3 53 Detroit 42 21 15 6 48 St. Louis 41 17 18 6 40 Columbus 44 15 20 9 39

GF GA 141 91 122 122 109 108 108 121 115 150

Northwest Division GP W L OT Pts 43 25 13 5 55 44 24 14 6 54 43 26 16 1 53 44 21 20 3 45 43 16 22 5 37

GF GA 118 103 130 127 139 106 116 129 119 143

SOUTHWEST Baylor 79, Morgan St. 63 Houston 83, Rice 66 Prairie View 82, Alcorn St. 60 TCU 59, Air Force 50 Texas Southern 82, Southern U. 68 Tulsa 73, Tulane 59 UTEP 49, SMU 45

NBA Standings

EASTERN CONFERENCE Atlantic Division W L Pct GB Boston 25 8 .758 — Toronto 18 18 .500 8 1/2 New York 14 20 .412 11 1/2 Philadelphia 10 24 .294 15 1/2 New Jersey 3 32 .086 23 Orlando Atlanta Miami Charlotte Washington Cleveland Milwaukee Chicago Detroit Indiana

Southeast Division W L Pct GB 24 11 .686 — 22 12 .647 1 1/2 17 16 .515 6 15 18 .455 8 11 22 .333 12 Central Division W L Pct GB 28 9 .757 — 14 18 .438 11 1/2 14 19 .424 12 11 23 .324 15 1/2 11 23 .324 15 1/2

WESTERN CONFERENCE Southwest Division W L Pct GB Dallas 24 11 .686 — San Antonio 21 12 .636 2 Houston 20 16 .556 4 1/2 New Orleans 17 16 .515 6 Memphis 17 17 .500 6 1/2 Northwest Division W L Pct GB Denver 22 13 .629 — Portland 22 15 .595 1 Oklahoma City 19 16 .543 3 Utah 19 16 .543 3 Minnesota 7 29 .194 15 1/2 Pacific Division W L Pct GB L.A. Lakers 28 6 .824 — Phoenix 23 13 .639 6 L.A. Clippers 15 18 .455 12 1/2 Sacramento 14 20 .412 14 Golden State 10 24 .294 18 Wednesday’s Games Atlanta 119, New Jersey 89 Cleveland 121, Washington 98 Toronto 108, Orlando 103 Boston 112, Miami 106, OT Golden State 107, Minnesota 101 New Orleans 97, Oklahoma City 92 San Antonio 112, Detroit 92 Utah 117, Memphis 94 Phoenix 118, Houston 110 L.A. Lakers at L.A. Clippers, 10:30 p.m. Thursday’s Games Charlotte at New York, 7:30 p.m.

NHL Standings

EASTERN CONFERENCE Atlantic Division GP W L OT Pts New Jersey 41 30 10 1 61 Pittsburgh 44 27 16 1 55 N.Y. Rangers 43 21 17 5 47 N.Y. Islanders 44 18 18 8 44 Philadelphia 42 20 19 3 43 Buffalo Boston

GF GA 122 89 138 118 116 119 110 136 123 120

Northeast Division GP W L OT Pts GF GA 42 27 11 4 58 117 96 42 22 13 7 51 111 99

Calgary Colorado Vancouver Minnesota Edmonton

Pacific Division GP W L OT Pts San Jose 43 27 9 7 61 Phoenix 44 26 14 4 56 Los Angeles 43 25 15 3 53 Dallas 43 18 14 11 47 Anaheim 43 17 19 7 41

GF GA 144 112 116 103 130 122 124 136 119 138

NOTE: Two points for a win, one point for overtime loss. Wednesday’s Games Buffalo 5, Tampa Bay 3 Philadelphia 6, Toronto 2 N.Y. Rangers 5, Dallas 2 Minnesota 4, Calgary 1 N.Y. Islanders 3, Colorado 2 St. Louis at San Jose, 10:30 p.m. Thursday’s Games N.Y. Rangers at Atlanta, 7 p.m. Ottawa at Washington, 7 p.m. Chicago at Boston, 7 p.m. Philadelphia at Pittsburgh, 7:30 p.m. Florida at Montreal, 7:30 p.m. Carolina at Nashville, 8 p.m. Columbus at Edmonton, 9 p.m. Phoenix at Vancouver, 10 p.m. St. Louis at Anaheim, 10 p.m. Detroit at Los Angeles, 10:30 p.m.

TRANSACTIONS Wednesday’s Sports Transactions By The Associated Press BASEBALL n American League BOSTON RED SOX—Promoted Mike Reinold to trainer and assistant director of medical services, Greg Barajas to assistant trainer, Amiel Sawdaye to director of amateur scouting, David Finley to special assistant to the general manager, Mark Wasinger to special assignment scout, Mike Rikard to national crosschecker, Dan Madsen to West Coast crosschecker, Mike Cather to major league advance scout, Ben Crockett to assistant director for player development, Gary DiSarcina to infield coordinator, Chad Epperson to catching coordinator and Jared Porter to assistant director for professional scouting. Named Mitsugi Ito massage therapist, Tom Battista Southern California area scout, Pat Portugal Northwest area scout, Sam Ray Ohio Valley area scout, Demond Smith Northern California area scout, Jared Banner assistant for amateur scouting, Alex Ochoa special assistant for baseball operations, Steve Langone advance scouting coordinator, Ethan Faggett assistant director for Florida baseball operations and David Howard field coordinator. MINNESOTA TWINS—Agreed to terms with RHP Clay Condrey on a one-year contract. Released RHP Bobby Keppel who signed with Hokkaido (Pacific League-Japan).

tions and 10th in passing yards before being selected the game’s most valuable player. The game was expected to be an offensive duel between LeFevour and Troy’s Levi Brown, but Brown had a definite advantage early. He completed 31 of 56 passes for 386 yards and became the 41st quarterback to pass for 4,000 yards in a single season. The senior opened the scoring with a 9-yard pass to Harris and was sharp on third down as the Trojans converted 13 of 20. Harris rushed for 112 yards and scored rushing touchdowns of 6 and 1 yards. The last score midway through the fourth quarter appeared to put the Trojans out of reach, but Brown had different plans. He took the ensuing kickoff up the right side and raced nearly untouched to the end zone to cut the lead to 31-26. He also scored on a 7-yard touchdown run and finished with 403 all-purpose yards (178 receiving on 13 catches, 203 on kickoff returns and 22 rushing). NEW YORK YANKEES—Named Carlos Mendoza first-base coach of Charleston (SAL). OAKLAND ATHLETICS—Named Steve Scarsone manager and Nathan Brooks trainer of Stockton (Cal) and Aaron Nieckula manager and Brian Thorson trainer of Kane County (MWL). SEATTLE MARINERS—Agreed to terms with INF Chris Woodward on a minor league contract. n National League ATLANTA BRAVES—Named Jim Misudek media relations coordinator. COLORADO ROCKIES—Named Joey Eischen pitching coach of Tri-City (NWL), Doug Linton pitching coach of Colorado Springs (PCL) and Darryl Scott pitching coach of Modesto (Cal). HOUSTON ASTR0S—Named Travis Driskill pitching coach of Corpus Christi (Texas), Rick Aponte pitching coach of Lexington (SAL) and Jay Edmiston director of Florida operations. WASHINGTON NATIONALS—Agreed to terms with RHP Matt Capps on a one-year contract. BASKETBALL n National Basketball Association NBA—Suspended Washington G Gilbert Arenas indefinitely. CLEVELAND CAVALIERS—Waived G Coby Karl. PORTLAND TRAIL BLAZERS—Waived F Shavlik Randolph. FOOTBALL n National Football League NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS—Placed WR Wes Welker on injured reserve. Signed LB Thomas Williams from the practice squad. Signed WR Nick Moore and WR Robert Ortiz to the practice squad. Placed WR Darnell Jenkins on the practice squadinjured list. NEW YORK GIANTS—Fired defensive line coach Mike Waufle. Signed DB Courtney Brown, FB Jerome Johnson and PK Sam Swank. SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS—Signed OT Alex Boone, LB Martail Burnett, DT Khalif Mitchell and WR Dominique Zeigler. SEATTLE SEAHAWKS—Signed P Jon Ryan to a multiyear contract. WASHINGTON REDSKINS—Named Mike Shanahan coach. HOCKEY n National Hockey League ANAHEIM DUCKS—Reassigned C MacGregor Sharp to San Antonio (AHL). LOS ANGELES KINGS—Placed D Randy Jones on injured reserve, retroactive to Dec. 16. Recalled D Alec Martinez from Manchester (AHL). MINNESOTA WILD—Recalled LW Robbie Earl from Houston (AHL). NASHVILLE PREDATORS—Recalled F Ben Guite from Milwaukee (AHL). NEW JERSEY DEVILS—Sent D Matt Corrente and RW Vladimir Zharkov to Lowell (AHL). ST. LOUIS BLUES—Assigned D Alex Pietrangelo to Niagara (OHL). WASHINGTON CAPITALS—Signed C Dave Steckel to a three-year contract and D Tyler Sloan to a two-year contract extension. Assigned D Karl Alzner to Hershey (AHL). COLLEGE ARKANSAS—Named Steve Caldwell defensive ends coach and Kris Cinkovich wide receivers coach. KENTUCKY—Named Joker Phillips football coach. RUTGERS—Named George McDonald wide receivers coach. SOUTHERN ILLINOIS—Named John Steger linebackers coach and special teams coordinator. SYRACUSE—Named Jimmy Brumbaugh defensive line coach and Ian McIntyre men’s soccer coach. TEXAS-TYLER—Named Joanna Rathbun women’s volleyball coach. UCLA—Announced DT Brian Price will enter the NFL draft. UNC GREENSBORO—Announced the retirement of men’s soccer coach Michael Parker, effective June 30.

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Newly hired Washington Redskins coach Mike Shanahan pauses during a news conference at Redskins Park on Wednesday in Ashburn, Va. Shanahan signed a 5-year deal, averaging approximately $7 million annually with has final approval on personnel decisions.

Mike Shanahan introduced as Redskins head coach By JOSEPH WHITE AP Sports Writer

ASHBURN, Va. — At the podium stood Mike Shanahan, who has a $35 million, five-year contract that gives him final authority over football decisions as head coach and executive vice president of the Washington Redskins. Seated at a nearby table was Bruce Allen, the first general manager Dan Snyder has hired in 11 years of owning the team. And nowhere on the stage was Snyder, who sat next to his wife Tanya as a member of the audience in the Redskins Park auditorium. It was the first time he hasn’t introduced a new coach, a powerful symbol of how the balance of power has shifted within a proud franchise. “Dan Snyder has directed us to please get this team back to the levels where it’s been in the past,” Allen said. “And I believe he’s going to be our most supportive fan.” Shanahan made his formal debut Wednesday, one day after signing his contract and just two days after Jim Zorn was fired following a 4-12 season. The winner of two Super Bowls in the 1990s with the Denver Broncos spoke mainly in generalities with polish and confidence, far from the nervous and ragged performance given by rookie coach Zorn 23 months ago. “I’ve got very high standards, just like everybody in this organization,” Shanahan said. “I can’t tell you how long it’s going to take. But I can guarantee you: We’ll get better every day and hopefully it won’t take long to get back to where this organization has been.” For most of his time as owner, Snyder has been a hands-on manager yielding a strong influence on roster decisions. But the Redskins are 82-99 on his watch, missing the playoffs in eight of 11 seasons, so three weeks ago he hired Allen and ousted longtime front office confidant Vinny Cerrato. Therefore, in less than a month, the Redskins have gone from an organization that revolved primarily around Snyder and his yes-man to one that includes two established decision-makers firmly in charge. “I wanted a guy that knows that like I know football. Bruce is that guy. So we will work together. Do I have the final say? Maybe you could say that,” Shanahan said with a shrug. “But you know what? I would never use that. ... One of the reasons I was so excited about Bruce is I know Bruce will not agree with me on a lot of things, and that’s what I’m looking for.”

Snyder tried this once before, giving final roster control to coach Marty Schottenheimer in 2001 — before the two butted heads and Schottenheimer was fired after an 8-8 season. Snyder also deferred to Joe Gibbs when the Hall of Fame coach came out of retirement, but this is the first time the owner has taken this much of a back seat. Snyder left the news conference without speaking to reporters but later did an interview with the team’s Web site. “We’ve got the foundation here now ... with Bruce, and coach Shanahan is our leader,” Snyder said. “They’re going to be a great team.” It was no secret that Snyder had been planning to replace Zorn with Shanahan for months, and Shanahan’s comments supported that notion. He said he and Snyder talked “throughout the year like we have over the last 10 years,” and he all but lobbied Snyder on Allen’s behalf for the GM job last offseason. “I said, ’Hey, this guy, I can’t believe, is on the street,”’ Shanahan said. “And so, when you get a guy like that, you say, ’Hey, let’s gobble him up.”’ Things will surely be different under Shanahan. He said he’d prefer to move training camp away from the area, something the Redskins haven’t done since 2003. He said he won’t tolerate the kind of public bickering that surfaced in recent weeks from players such as Albert Haynesworth and Clinton Portis. The roster includes major questions at offensive line, quarterback, running back and defensive back. Another symbol of change: Absent from the news conference were the team’s three Super Bowl trophies from the 1980s and early ’90s, the prized possessions Snyder used to always display whenever the team made major news. Shanahan will spend his first days evaluating the roster and deciding on a coaching staff. One move already made: His son, Houston Texans offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan, is taking the same job with the Redskins to fulfill his dream of working with father. “Once he got fired in Denver, I told him whenever he decides to come back that I’d go with him,” Kyle Shanahan told the Texans’ Web site. “I feel it’s now or never.” Shanahan made the playoffs in half of his 14 seasons in Denver, and had only two losing seasons — 6-10 in 1999 and 7-9 in 2007. His greatest successes came early, winning consecutive Super Bowls after the 1997 and ’98 seasons with a team led by quarterback John Elway.


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Matthews, Sr. and Donna M. Saad and husband, Amgad Saad. An Order for possession of the property may be issued pursuant to G.S. 4521.29 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.

Under and by virtue of a Power of Sale contained in that certain Deed of Trust executed by Mariella B. Matthews and husband, William A. Matthews, Sr. and Donna M. Saad aka Donna Saad and husband Amgad Saad to Trustee Services of Carolina, LLC, Trustee(s), which was dated September 11, 2006 and recorded on September 15, 2006 in Book 1131 at Page 543, Vance 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, 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 11, 2010 at 2:00 pm, and will sell to the highest bidder for cash the following described property situated in Vance County, North Carolina, to wit: Lying and Being situate in Vance County, North Carolina, and being more particularly described as follows: Being all of Lot 17 of the Brookwood Development of Financial Associates, Inc., locating and fronting on Crestwood Road as shown on plat of Warren H. Boyd, Registered Land Surveyor. Said plat recorded in Plat Book K, Page 61, Vance County Registry. Save and except any releases, deeds of release or prior conveyances of record. Said property is commonly known as 218 Crestwood Road, Henderson, North Carolina 27536. 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 Marielle B. Matthews and husband, William A.

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, 09-17536-FC01, 649831 Dec 31, 2009 Jan 7, 2010

NOTICE TO CREDITORS The undersigned, having qualified as Executor of Edgar Webb Eskridge estate, this is to notify all persons having claims against said estate to present them to the undersigned on or before the 7th day of April, 2010, or this notice will be pleaded in bar thereof. All persons indebted to said estate are requested to make immediate payment to the undersigned. This 7th day of January, 2010. Susan R. Rose PO Box 556 Henderson, NC 27536 Jan 7,14,21,28, 2010 CREDITOR’S NOTICE All persons, firms and corporations having claims against William Rogers Dickerson, Sr., deceased, are notified to exhibit them to Clarence Lewis Dickerson, Executor of the decedent’s estate, on or before March 17, 2010, at P.O. Box 1820, 115 N. Garnett Street, Henderson, North Carolina, 27536, or be barred from their recovery. Debtors of the decedent are asked to make immediate payment to the abovenamed Executor. Clarence Lewis Dickerson, Executor of the Estate of William Rogers Dickerson, Sr.

Legals Burnette & Zollicoffer, PLLC Attorneys at Law P.O. Box 1820 Henderson, NC 27536 Dec 17,24,31, 2009 Jan 7, 2010

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Houses For Rent 1-2BR, 1BA. Franklinton. Very near US #1. $495/mo. + $495 sec. dep. 919-624-7836. 1203 Coble Blvd. 2BR, 1BA. No pets. Ref. & dep. $595/mo. 252-4388082 for apps. 2BR 1BR $450.00/mo. Previous rental history required. Call Currin Real Estate 252-492-7735 2BR, 1BA over 2 car garage. Gas heat. 118 W Rockspring St. $295/ mo. 252-430-3777 2BR, 2BA apt. $550/ mo. 1BR apt. $375/mo. 2BR MH $300/mo. Ref. & dep. 252-438-3738

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