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Amber Faucette had 20 inches of her hair cut by Henderson stylist Tina Williamson. Amber was inspired after seeing a televised program about St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis. Amber’s gift will go to Locks of Love.

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Girl, 8, was inspired after hearing message from St. Jude hospital By WILLIAM F. WEST Daily Dispatch Writer

An 8-year-old girl on Wednesday afternoon had 20 inches of her hair cut at a Henderson salon for a worthy cause. Amber Faucette was inspired after seeing a televised program about St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, Tenn., said her mother, Sandra. The clippings will be given to Locks of Love, a Florida-based non-profit organization that provides hairpieces to financially disadvantaged children suffering from long-term medical hair loss. Amber, when asked how she felt about making the donation, replied, “Good.” When asked whether she is going to miss having lengthy hair, she laughed and replied, “Yeah.” She said she will let her hair grow long again. Amber has cerebral palsy. “Other than just having her left side affected from that, she’s a pretty smart little girl,” her mother said. “And I’m tickled to death she decided to do it.” “And, too, I think she’s getting tired of all the knots that have to be combed out,” her mother added with a laugh. The Faucette family lives off Sims Bridge Road southeast of

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Amber Faucette stands with her mother, Sandra, moments before the 8-year-old had her locks cut as a gift to help the less fortunate, and then sports her new look. Henderson and just on the Franklin County side of the Vance County-Franklin County line. Sandra Faucette at first said Amber previously only had her bangs cut, but clarified to say

approximately eight inches of Amber’s hair was cut last year because the locks had grown past her buttocks. And Sandra Faucette said she was scared Amber’s hair was going to get hung up at school. Amber is a student at Crosscreek Charter in Louisburg. Amber’s hair was cut by Tina Williamson at Tina’s A Cut Above, 345 Dabney Drive. The name of the salon is in reference to the owner, Tina Phan. Sandra Faucette said although Amber knew about Locks of Love, Amber made the decision to go to the salon after seeing the video about the St. Jude hospital. The hospital was founded in 1962 by the late entertainer Danny Thomas and is internationally recognized for its pioneering work in finding cures and saving children with cancer and other catastrophic diseases. Sandra Faucette, when asked about Amber’s hair length after the trimming, “It’s hard to get used to, to be honest. It’s hard to get used to, but I’m proud of her for doing it.” Amber’s older sisters, Ashley, 16, and Autumn, 11, each had their locks cut by a family member this past summer for donations. Sandra Faucette said that Ashley’s hair and Autumn’s hair never reached the length of Amber’s hair and that Amber’s hair “just grows like a weed.” Contact the writer at bwest@hendersondispatch.com.

Creedmoor mayor King event speaker By WILLIAM F. WEST Daily Dispatch Writer

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OXFORD — Granville County District Attorney Sam Currin intends to seek an indictment of a federal correctional officer resulting from the weekend fatal shooting of a 45-year-old man outside a Butner restaurant. Currin told the newspaper that, based on what Butner Public Safety told him Wednesday afternoon, he will ask the grand jury to consider issuing a true bill saying Uriah Metcalf must answer for allegedly committing voluntary manslaughter in the early Sunday morning death of Ronald Dewey Anderson Jr. Currin said he cannot comment about why he will seek the indictment, citing the ongoing probe. Voluntary manslaughter is defined as the killing of a human being in which the offender had no prior intent to kill and acted in the “heat of passion” as a result of having been provoked by the deceased. Currin said the grand jury will meet the week of Jan. 19. Currin said when a person is indicted first, rather than issued a warrant, his office will ask a Superior Court judge for an order to arrest the person, with the judge to decide the amount of the bond. Metcalf and another federal correctional officer, Gwynn Basinger, were leaving the Taste of Fuji Japanese Grill off the Interstate 85/N.C. 56 interchange and were followed

OXFORD — Creedmoor Mayor Darryl Moss will be the guest speaker at the Martin Luther King Jr. Breakfast here. The annual gathering, which is sponsored by the Granville County Human Relations Commission and Oxford’s government, is set for 8 a.m. Jan. 18 at Oxford Baptist Church, 147 Main St. Moss was re-elected Nov. 3 without opposition to another two-year term as Creedmoor’s chief executive. In 1999, Moss, a 10-year city

commissioner, won the mayor’s position by narrowly defeating decade-long incumbent Otha Piper. And Piper replaced Moss on the commission. Moss Moss additionally serves on the N.C. Environmental Management Commission, which is responsible for adopting rules for the protection, preservation and enhancement of the state’s air and water resources. Moss is an account executive at Blue Range Technology in Morrisville.

Henderson Police Lt. Charles Pulley said Wednesday he will challenge Vance County Sheriff Peter White, who announced Tuesday his bid for re-election. Because he won’t retire from the police force until the end of March, Pulley explained, he can’t file with the Board of Elections in February, and will be running Pulley unaffiliated. “Being a city employee, I can’t be a candidate for any office,” said the 48-year-old head of the department’s detective division, narcotics unit and drug interdiction efforts on Interstate 85. For the past two weeks, Pulley said, people have been gathering signatures for him to be on the ballot in the General Election in November. The figure needed is about 1,200 or four percent of the total number of registered voters in the county, he added. “My official last day (with the police department) will be March 31,” Pulley said. As of then, he will have been on the force for 28 1/2 years. For the last several years, the first-time politician explained, he has thought of running for sheriff after retirement. Asked why, Pulley replied: “I think we can improve the crimefighting efforts in this county. I’ve lived here all my life, and I’d like to see the quality of life improve.” In addition, Pulley said he doesn’t believe crime has dropped across Vance since White took office in 2006. “I think the county can work more closely with the federal government as far as the DEA (Drug Enforcement Agency) and ATF (Alcohol-Tobacco-Firearms), to target violent offenders,” Pulley said. For eight years, he was head of the Interagency Drug Enforcement Unit (Police Department and Sheriff’s Office) between 1995 and 2007. “Drugs are a big part of the (crime) problem in Vance County,” Pulley said. “Probably 95 percent. I will definitely create a drug interdiction unit (on I-85).” Sparks of friction developed between White and Chief Keith Sidwell earlier this year over the stopping of I-85 motorists outside the city limits in the county in Please see PULLEY, page 3A

The Human Relations Commission was established in 1992 by the County Commission to encourage understanding and goodwill among all citizens regardless of race, religion, nationality, gender, creed and economic status. The Human Relations Commission meets monthly. Tickets are required to attend the breakfast. Those interested in going may phone the county administration office at (919) 693-5240.

Oxford commission retreat set for Jan. 14

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OXFORD — The Oxford City Commission’s annual retreat is set for 1 p.m.-6 p.m. Jan. 14 at the Cobb Center at the Masonic Home for Children, 600 College St. The municipal department heads will make presentations to the seven-member board and Mayor Al Woodlief. The session is open to the public.


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Thursday, December 31, 2009

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Dee’s Music Barn — Dee’s Music Barn, 3101 Walters Road, Creedmoor, will be featuring the Woodard Band at 7 p.m. For more information, call (919) 528-5878.

Due to the frequent rainfall this fall and winter thus far, the City of Henderson’s Public Works Department has had to modify its planned schedule for loose leaf collection. Since the leaf vacuum machines are less efficient when leaves are wet, the city crews are using tractors and loaders with dump trucks to help with loose leaf collection. Leaf collection crews are working six days a week to collect all loose leaves as soon as possible, according to Linda S. Leyen, director of the department. Bagged leaves are being collected on a daily basis. The city encourages residents to use clear bags when bagging leaves. For more information on the loose leaf collection schedule, contact the Public Works Department at (252) 431-6115 or (252) 431-6118.

Monday Planning board — The City of Henderson’s Planning Board will meet at 3:30 p.m. in the City Council Chambers of City Hall, 134 Rose Ave. Oxford Commission — The Oxford City Commission’s agenda meeting will be at 5:30 p.m. in the City Commission meeting room of City Hall, 300 Williamsboro St. Granville Commission — The Granville County Commission will meet at 7 p.m. in the County Commission meeting room, 145 Williamsboro St.

Tuesday Elections board — The Vance County Board of Elections will meet at 11 a.m. in the Board of Elections office in the Henry A. Dennis Building, 300 S. Garnett St., Henderson. Zoning board — The City of Henderson’s Zoning Board of Adjustment will meet at 3:30 p.m. in the City Council Chambers of City Hall, 134 Rose Ave.

Wednesday Joint replacement class — Rehabilitation Services at Maria Parham Medical Center will offer a class from 3:304:30 p.m. in the classroom at the hospital for those who are planning to have joint replacement surgery. The class will be taught by licensed physical and occupational therapists and will cover exercise recommendations, rehabilitation therapy needs, equipment needs, pain management strategies and what to expect after surgery. The free class is offered to anyone who has elected to have shoulder, knee or hip replacement surgery, regardless of the hospital where the surgery will be performed. Call Ben Soyden at (252) 436-1235 for more information. Lake Gaston Association — The Lake Gaston Association will hold its monthly meeting at 9:30 a.m. in the Family Life Center at the Lake Gaston Baptist Church on Route 903, one mile north of Eaton Ferry Bridge, near Littleton. Guest speaker will be Brady Martin, newly elected president of the Lake Gaston Chamber of Commerce. The meeting is open to members and non-members. For further information call (252) 586-6577, or, toll free 1-888-586-6577. Economic Development Commission — The Oxford Downtown Economic Development Commission will meet at 8 a.m. in the mayor’s conference room of City Hall, 300 Williamsboro St.

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The town of Clarksville, Va., will hold its family-oriented community New Year’s Eve celebration, “Countdown to 2010” at the Clarksville Community Center tonight from 8 p.m. to midnight. Children will have the opportunity to participate in a variety of games and enjoy live music. Clowns and balloons will add to the festive atmosphere. Adults can enjoy food, door prize drawings, dancing and more. The toast at midnight will include a large fishing bobber that will drop to end the festive evening. For more information, contact Beth at (434) 374-5859. Pictured above are kids, teens and adults having fun doing the hokey pokey dance at the “Countdown to 2009” celebration last year.

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out 75 percent of the time when not in active use. “There’s tiny, ultra-thin bands of paper that are literally layered on the white part of the cigarette and when the lit end of the product crosses one of those bands it acts like a speed bump and it slows down the burn rate,� said David Sutton, spokesman for Altria Group Inc., parent of Philip Morris USA, the nation’s largest tobacco company. Most tobacco companies have supported the move to fire-safe cigarettes. Sutton said his company has been working with states to make sure all adopt the New York standards. The maker of Marlboro, Chesterfield, L&M and Virginia Slims plans to sell nothing but fire-safe cigarettes by Feb. 2 regardless of state laws. Most states allow businesses to sell conventional cigarettes past the effective dates of their laws until existing stocks are exhausted. Fire-safe packs are generally marked with “FSC,� for Fire Standards Compliant. Some smokers claim the new cigarettes cause headaches and nausea and contain dangerous chemicals. Cigarettes have already been linked to cancer.

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FORT BRAGG (AP) — A military judge ruled against a defense motion to dismiss for double jeopardy the case of Master Sgt. Timothy Hennis, accused of killing a woman and two of her daughters in North Carolina. Col. Patrick Parrish on Wednesday said the Army can prosecute Hennis for the same offenses for which he was acquitted in civilian court in 1989. Hennis is charged in the deaths of Kathryn Eastburn and two of her daughters, who were killed in their Fayetteville home on May 9, 1985. He was convicted in civilian court in 1986 but was acquitted at a second trial in 1989.

Two men, woman found shot to death in eastern N.C. WILSON (AP) — Authorities in eastern North Carolina say a man shot and killed his former girlfriend and her new boyfriend before he fatally shot himself. WRAL-TV reported that Wilson County Sheriff Wayne Gay is calling the murder-suicide near Wilson a domestic violence situation. He said the woman sought a restraining order against the

suspect last year but never followed through. Investigators said Paola Aguilera Ayala, 24, had returned home from her job Wednesday morning when her former boyfriend and another person drove up to her home in a pickup truck. They said he went into the house and killed Ayala’s new boyfriend, chased the woman into an adjacent yard and shot her, then shot himself.

Teacher charged with sex crimes from 1993-2001 GREENSBORO (AP) — A middle school teacher in North Carolina has been arrested and charged with sex crimes, some of which occurred more than 15 years ago. The News & Record of Greensboro reported that Harold Robert Grant Jr., 57, of Greensboro was arrested Tuesday. Guilford County sheriff’s deputies say the charges stem from an investigation of allegations that occurred between 1993 and 2001. The Southeast Middle School teacher is charged with four counts of indecent liberties with a child and one count each of second degree sex offense, crime against nature and felony child abuse involving a sexual act. Grant was being held in the Guilford County jail.

PULLEY, from page one a coordinated effort by members of the police department and other law enforcement agencies. Besides drugs, Pulley said the morals of those who are responsible for crimes are also a factor. He doesn’t, however, think the bad economy is to blame. “Good people of the county don’t go out and commit armed robbery and break-ins just because they don’t have jobs,� Pulley said. As for the sheriff’s office itself, “There may be some reorganization that will have to occur,� he said. “You have to put the people already employed in the proper places they are suited and trained for.� Pulley listed a number

of law enforcement ideas he would use as sheriff. They include: • A Proactive Criminal Enforcement Team that would patrol Interstate 85, U.S. 1 and other areas where drug trafficking is a problem. Pulley said 80 percent of money seized from drug dealers is returned to the county, and can be used to purchase vehicles and other equipment to fight crime. • Having a full-time crime prevention officer to work closely with local residents and create Community Watch groups throughout the county. • E-mail alerts that could inform the public and the media when and where crimes occur.

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by Anderson and another man, Warren Owen, authorities said. The gunfire subsequently started, authorities said. Basinger and Metcalf were not on duty at the time of the shooting. The restaurant is at the

corner of N.C. 56 and West Lyon Station Road. Authorities received the call at 12:25 a.m. and Owen was charged with carrying a concealed weapon. Contact the writer at bwest@ hendersondispatch.com.

• Creating and training a full-time crime scene technician who could respond to homicides and robberies, as well as breaking-and-entering incidents at businesses and residences. • A Sheriff’s Citizens Patrol that could be operated with graduates of an academy that would offer 40 hours of training in crime prevention and other areas of law enforcement. • A chaplain to provide specialized guidance, counseling and assistance to the deputies and their families. • Restructuring and redirecting the Narcotics Unit to work with both state and federal law enforcement authorities to

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NYPD: No bomb inside abandoned van By COLLEEN LONG Associated Press Writer

NEW YORK — A white van parked in the heart of Times Square with tinted windows, no license plates and a bogus law enforcement placard led the NYPD to briefly evacuate the tourist hot spot and send in a bomb squad on the day before New Year’s Eve. No explosive devices were found inside the van Wednesday afternoon, and the area was reopened to traffic about two hours after the incident began. The van was spotted by patrol officers around 11 a.m. Wednesday on Broadway between 41st and 42nd Streets, and counterterrorism and bomb squad crews responded. The area was blocked off and two high-rise buildings home to Nasdaq and publishing company Conde Nast were partially evacuated but allowed back in around 1 p.m. Nasdaq said its trading was unaffected. Conde Nast was in the process of evacuating when the order was lifted. There were no corresponding terror threats involving the vehicle, said chief NYPD spokesman Paul J. Browne. But police take extra care around New Year’s Eve when the ball-drop celebration draws hundreds of thousands of revelers to the heart of Times Square from around the world. Squads routinely patrol for suspicious vehicles and do sweeps in garages before the annual event. The 1992 Dodge van was parked in a row of cars beneath some of the large billboards that ring the square. Police

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Emergency personnel and media gather around a suspicious van that was parked in Times Square, New York, Wednesday. No explosive devices were found inside the van, and the area was reopened to traffic about two hours after the incident began. used a robot to examine the vehicle, then approached on foot and peered in the windows. The van was opened and clothing was discovered inside, along with a temporary registration. Police were looking for the van’s owner. Shouting and putting up wooden barricades, police began clearing several blocks, directing thousands of Times Square tourists to move south. Investigators also towed a parked car several yards from the van. A tarp partially

covered the van, and the placard said “detective’s crime clinic, New York/New Jersey area,” a nonexistent law enforcement agency. It wasn’t clear how long the van had been parked there, although New Yorkers who work in the area said the van had been there at least two days. A similar-looking van in the same location appeared on Google Street View in warmer weather, which suggests it could have been there for a while.

Dutch plan full body scans for U.S. flights Christmas bomber passed through the Netherlands By ARTHUR MAX MIKE CORDER Associated Press Writers and

THE HAGUE, Netherlands — The Netherlands announced Wednesday it will immediately begin using full body scanners for flights heading to the United States, saying that could have stopped the attempted Christmas Day airline bombing. The U.S. had not wanted these scanners to be used previously because of privacy concerns but now the Obama administration has agreed that “all possible measures will be used on flights to the U.S.,” Dutch Interior Minister Guusje Ter Horst told a news conference. Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab boarded Northwest Airlines Flight 253 to Detroit from Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport on Friday carrying undetected explosives, law enforcement authorities said, adding that 23-year-old Nigerian tried but failed to blow up the plane carrying 289 people. Amsterdam’s Schiphol has 15 body scanners, each costing more than $200,000. But until now neither the European Union nor the U.S. have approved the routine use of the scanners at European airports. A key European legislator urged the European Union to begin rapidly installing the new equipment across the 27-nation bloc, but no other European nations immediately followed the Dutch move. Body scanners that peer

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An employee of Schiphol stands inside a body scanner during a demonstration Monday at a press briefing at Schiphol airport, Netherlands. On the display the highlighted area shows an alert on possible forbidden items. underneath clothing have device, including 80 grams of Pentrite, or PETN, in the been available for years, but aircraft toilet, then planned privacy advocates say they to detonate it with a syringe are a “virtual strip search” of chemicals. She said the because they display an explosives appeared to have image of the body onto a been professionally precomputer screen. pared and had been given to New software, however, Abdulmutallab, but did not eliminates that problem by elaborate. projecting a stylized image Abdulmutallab arrived in rather than an actual picture Amsterdam on Friday from onto a computer screen, Lagos, Nigeria on a KLM highlighting the area of flight. the body where objects are After a layover of less concealed in pockets or under than three hours in the the clothing. international departure But the 15 scanners will hall, he passed through a not cover the 25-30 flights a security check at the gate day that leave Amsterdam in Amsterdam, including a for U.S. destinations, and hand baggage scan and a passengers at gates without metal detector, and boarded one will be patted down. the Northwest flight. He did Schiphol is waiting for a not pass through a full-body government directive on scanner. whether to buy more maAbdulmutallab was carchines, airport spokeswoman Kathelijn Vermeulen said. Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano was briefed Tuesday by the Dutch justice minister on the subject, agency spokeswoman Amy Kudwa said in Washington. Ter Horst said Abdulmutallab apparently assembled the explosive

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rying a valid Nigerian passport and had a valid U.S. visa, the Dutch said. His name also did not appear on any Dutch list of terror suspects. Abdulmutallab, charged with trying to destroy an aircraft, is being held at the federal prison in Milan, Michigan. In the U.S., 40 full-body scanners are being operated in at least 19 U.S. airports. Later Wednesday, Nigeria echoed the Dutch move, with Civil Aviation Authority chief Harold Demuren in Lagos saying his agency would buy full body scanners and hope to begin installing them next year. Those comments conflicted with a 2009 report from the U.S. State Department, which said the Nigerian government had approved the installation of U.S.-funded body scanners in all four of Nigeria’s international airports earlier this year. The reports could not be immediately reconciled. President Barack Obama has demanded a preliminary report by Thursday from U.S. security authorities on what went wrong in the Detroit airliner case. Obama said the intelligence community should have been able to piece together information that would have raised “red flags” and possibly prevented Abdulmutallab from boarding the airliner.

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Thelbert E. Rudd HENDERSON — Thelbert Errol Rudd, age 60, a resident of 424 Lightwood Way, died Tuesday, December 29, 2009, at Rex Hospital in Raleigh. Born on January 31, 1949, in Warren County, he was the son of the late Howard Thelbert Rudd and Virginia Collins Rudd. He was a veteran of the United States Army serving during the Vietnam War. He was an employee of the United States Postal Service and was a Henderson mail carrier. Mr. Rudd was a member of the American Legion in Colonial Heights, Va., and was also a member of the Disabled American Veterans. Errol loved working with wood and making curio cabinets, clocks, and furniture. He also enjoyed metal detecting. Funeral services with Military Honors will be held Friday, January 1, 2010, at 2 p.m. in the J.M. White Funeral Home Chapel by the Rev. Brent Kassey and the Rev. Frank Sossamon. He is survived by his wife, Judy Cochran

Rudd, of the home; one son Troy Rudd Walker, and wife, Teri Walker, of South Hill; two loving grandchildren, Skylar and Kason; two brothers, Howard W. Rudd and wife, “Peachy,” of Henderson, and Leland Bowers and wife, Betty, of Chase City, Va.; one sister, Vicki R. Faucette and husband, John, of Henderson; and many nieces and nephews. The family will receive friends Friday from 12:30 until 1:45 p.m. at J.M. White Funeral Home. At other times they will be at the home at 424 Lightwood Way in the Sagefield Subdivision. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association, c/o RBC Bank, P.O. Box 1609, Henderson, N.C. 27536; the Vance County Relay For Life, P.O. Box 914, Henderson, N.C. 27536; or the American Diabetes Association, 2418 Blue Ridge Road, Suite 206, Raleigh, N.C. 27607. Arrangements are by J.M. White Funeral Home. Paid Obituary

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Conservation program applications due Jan. 15 The USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) has announced a Jan. 15 deadline to qualify for the first application period for the 2010 Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) in North Carolina. EQIP is a voluntary conservation program administration by the NRCS. The program supports North Carolina farmers who have set compatible goals in both production agriculture and environmental quality. Through EQIP, farmers may receive financial and technical help to plan, design and install structural conservation practices, and to plan and implement management practices on eligible agricultural land. EQIP is a competitive program. All applications will

be ranked. The ranking system uses a combination of statewide and local criteria to help determine which applications are the most environmentally beneficial projects. Those projects that are ranked highest will be funded during this initial ranking period. Those who are not selected in this first round are asked to continue to submit EQIP applications throughout the year in anticipation for future ranking periods. For more information about EQIP and eligibility, contact NRCS or the local Farm Service Agency at the Vance County USDA Service Center, (252) 438-3134, ext. 3, or stop by the office at 835 S. Beckford Drive, Suite C, Henderson.

Currencies & Metals NEW YORK (AP) — Key currency exchange rates Wednesday: Dollar vs: Yen Euro Pound Swiss franc Canadian dollar Mexican peso Metal NY Merc Gold NY HSBC Bank US NY Merc Silver

ExchgRate 92.46 $1.4334 $1.6069 1.0370 1.0554 13.0730 Price $1091.50 $1093.00 $16.779

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Nonferrous NEW YORK (AP) — Spot nonferrous metal prices Wednesday: Aluminum - $1.0182 per lb., London Metal Exch. Copper -$3.2750 Cathode full plate, LME. Copper $3.3255 N.Y. Merc spot Wed Lead - $2365.00 metric ton, London Metal Exch. Zinc - $1.1362 per lb., London Metal Exch. Gold - $1087.50 Handy & Harman (only daily quote). Gold - $1091.50 troy oz., NY Merc spot Wed. Silver - $16.890 Handy & Harman (only daily quote). Silver - $16.779 troy oz., N.Y. Merc spot Wed. Platinum -$1461.00 troy oz., N.Y. (contract). Platinum -$1462.20 troy oz., N.Y. Merc spot Wed. n.q.-not quoted, n.a.-not available r-revised

Area Stocks Listed below are representative interdealer quotations at approximately 4 p.m. Wednesday from the National Association of Securities Dealers. Prices do not include retail mark-up, mark-down or commission. ACS ATT Ball Corp. BankAmerica BB&T Coca-Cola CVS Duke Energy Exxon Ford General Elec. Home Depot IBM Johnson & Johnson Kennametal Krispy Kreme Louisiana Pacific Lowes Lucent Tech. Pepsico Phillip Morris Procter & Gamble Progress Energy RF Micro Dev Royal Bk Can

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People 1. Best Contractor Name _________________________ 2. Best Electrician Name _________________________ 3. Best Pharmacist Name _________________________ 4. Best Doctor Name _________________________ 5. Best Nurse (RN, LPN) Name _________________________ Location________________________ 6. Best Medical Assistant (CNA, office assistant) Name _________________________ 7. Best Dentist Name _________________________ 8. Best Optometrist Name _________________________ 9. Best Insurance Agent Name _________________________ Business _______________________ 10. Best Waiter/Waitress Name _________________________ Restaurant ______________________ 11. Best Car Salesperson Name _________________________ 12. Best Hair Stylist Name _________________________ Salon __________________________ 13. Best Sales Team Business _______________________ 14. Best Auto Mechanic Name _________________________ Business _______________________ 15. Best Attorney Name _________________________ 16. Best Elected Official Name _________________________ 17. Best Real Estate Team Business _______________________ 18. Best Real Estate Agent Name _________________________ 19. Best Dental Hygienist Name _________________________ Office _________________________ 20. Best CPA Name _________________________ Firm __________________________ 21. Best Chiropractor Name _________________________ 22. Best Barber Name _________________________ 23. Best Veterinarian Name _________________________

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44. Best Florist Business _______________________ 45. Best Home Improvement Company Business _______________________ 46. Best Nursery/Garden Center Business _______________________ 47. Best Car Wash/Detail Business _______________________ 48. Best Shippers Business _______________________ 49. Best Gift Shop Business _______________________ 50. Best Funeral Services Business _______________________ 51. Best Nail Salon Business _______________________ 52. Best Barber Shop Business _______________________ 53. Best Carpet Dealer Business _______________________ 54. Best Drug Store Business _______________________ 55. Best Manufactured Homes Business _______________________ 56. Best Plumbing Company Business _______________________ 57. Best Appliance Store Business _______________________ 58. Best Electronics Store Business _______________________ 59. Best Mattress Dealer Business _______________________ 60. Best Heating & Cooling Co. Business _______________________ 61. Best Preschool or Day Care Center Business _______________________ 62. Best Print Shop Business _______________________ 63. Best Internet Provider Business _______________________ 64. Best Wireless Store Business _______________________

68. Best Mexican Food Business _______________________ 69. Best Italian Food Business _______________________ 70. Best Chinese Food Business _______________________ 71. Best Cup of Coffee Restaurant or Store ________________ 72. Best Pancake and Waffles Restaurant ______________________ 73. Best Stew Restaurant or Deli _________________ 74. Best Hot Dogs Restaurant or Grill _________________ 75. Best Hamburgers Restaurant or Grill _________________ 76. Best Barbeque Restaurant ______________________ 77. Best Fried Chicken Restaurant ______________________ 78. Best Chicken Sandwich Restaurant ______________________ 79. Best Hushpuppies Restaurant ______________________ 80. Best Fast Food Restaurant or Grill _________________ 81. Best Salad Bar/Soup Restaurant or Grill _________________ 82. Best Buffet Restaurant or Deli _________________ 83. Best Pizza Restaurant or Delivery Service ________ 84. Best Steaks Restaurant ______________________ 85. Best Seafood Restaurant ______________________ 86. Best Iced Tea Restaurant or Grill _________________ 87. Best Ice Cream Location________________________ 88. Best Milkshakes Location________________________ 89. Best Desserts Restaurant, Deli or Bakery ___________ 90. Best “Southern Style” Meal Restaurant ______________________ 91. Best Home-Cooked Breakfast Business _______________________ 92. Best Chicken Tenders Business _______________________ 93. Best Fish Sandwich Business _______________________

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Daily Meditation Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us, Unto him [be] glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end. Amen. Ephesians 3: 20-21

Our Opinion

Smoking ban makes sense Starting Saturday, North Carolina residents can breath a little easier. A new state law will take effect that prohibits smoking in certain public places, including restaurants and bars. Smokers can still light up. They will just have to step outside to do it. It’s a big step for a state that has historically leaned heavily on tobacco dollars. Given the amount of power the tobacco lobby once wielded, it’s a move many thought would never happen. Along with the clean air, there will be plenty of complaints starting Saturday. Smokers will gripe. Restaurant and bar owners probably will too. But it’s a law that benefits everyone and harms no one. Sure, asking smokers to step outside may be a slight inconvenience. But any inconvenience is far outweighed by the benefits of keeping second-hand smoke away from the lungs of non-smokers. According to the General Assembly, second-hand smoke has been proven to cause cancer, heart disease, and asthma attacks in both smokers and non-smokers. In 2006, a report issued by the United States Surgeon General stated that the scientific evidence indicates that there is no risk‑free level of exposure to secondhand smoke. The state joins about 30 others that have some type of state-wide smoking ban. Maybe the rest of the country will follow suit now that the tobacco king North Carolina has shown that public health should be a top priority. “It’s a huge marker in our state that we’re serious about having a healthy North Carolina, and that we’ll go to (all means) to make that happen,” Gov. Beverly Perdue said when she signed the ban back in May. “My hat’s off to the General Assembly. I have never been as proud of a body in my entire life.” We couldn’t have said it better.

Quotable “There were bits of information available within the intelligence community that could have — and should have — been pieced together. Had this critical information been shared, it could have been compiled with other intelligence, and a fuller, clearer picture of the suspect would have emerged. ... The warning signs would have triggered red flags, and the suspect would have never been allowed to board that plane for America.” President Barack Obama demanding answers on why intelligence information was never pieced together about an alleged terrorist and possibly prevent his botched Christmas Day attempt to blow up a Detroit-bound airliner. “Paying for access taints the credibility and neutrality of what you are doing. There is now a motive for people to be helping you, to be telling you what you want to hear.” Andy Schotz, chairman of the Society of Professional Journalists ethics committee, speaking about NBC News’ decision to charter a jet to carry a New Jersey man involved in a bitter custody battle and his son home from Brazil.

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A year of living quotably You can tell a lot about a year from its great quotations. The early 1960s gave us John F. Kennedy’s “Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can for your country.” The 1990s gave us Bill Clinton’s “I did not have sexual relations with that woman.” Last year gave us George W. Bush’s reaction to plummeting financial markets: “If money isn’t loosened up, this sucker could go down.” Without Bush to kick around anymore and Clinton on best behavior, 2009 could have been a year of slim pickings for memorable quote hunters. But, as they say in New Jersey, “Fugeddaboudit.” In the age of ubiquitous cell phone, surveillance and reality-TV show cameras, this was the year of living famously. Our cup of quirky quotes runneth over. A sampling: 1. WHAT NEXT? HIS HAIR ON MOUNT RUSHMORE? “I thought about Mandela, Dr. King and Gandhi and tried to put some perspective to all this and that is what I am doing now.” That’s none other than exGov. Rod Blagojevich of Illinois, now awaiting trial on federal corruption charges, on NBC’s “Today” show at the start of his impeachment trial. Don’t we all

think of history’s great champions of truth and justice and civil rights when we think of Blago? 2. AND YOU AGREED TO DO THIS INTERVIEW, WHY? “Larry, you’re being inappropriate.” That’s fired beauty queen Carrie Prejean to CNN host Larry King. When he pressed her about her settlement with Miss California USA, Prejean unplugged her microphone and threatened to walk off King’s program, but only sat there in a TV moment that TMZ.com described as “most awesomely awkward.” According to reports, she was not nearly this shy in the “sex tape” that led to her firing. 3. QUIET, YOU LITTLE STOOL PIGEON “Um, ‘cause you guys said we did this for a show.” That was Falcon Heene, 6, aka “Balloon Boy,” responding honestly and thus blowing daddy’s cover on Larry King’s show when asked why he did not come out of his hiding place when he heard his parents calling his name. The parents, Richard and Mayumi, were convicted and given jail sentences and fines for perpetrating the hoax that had authorities chasing a silver balloon in the belief the child was in it. Ah, well, the two reality TV veterans reportedly

wanted to be on TV again in the worst way. They succeeded. 4. SURE, WHAT DO WORDS MEAN, ANYWAY? “We don’t want to get caught up in language.” That was U. S. Sen. Roland Burris, D-Ill., explaining to the Clarence Associated Press why, Page after saying Tribune Media “unequivoServices cally” that he would only vote for a Senate health care bill that included a “strong” public option, he voted for one that didn’t. Ah, details, details. 5. AND SHE BE DA WOMAN? “Michael Steele! You be da man! You be da man.” That was Rep. Michelle Bachmann, getting her Minnesota Republican ebonics on after a get-busy pep talk by Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele at the podium of a Conservative Political Action Conference meeting in Washington. Hey, Steele said he wants to see more GOP outreach to people of color. Just call on Soul Sister Bachmann.

6. HOW ABOUT A BUNCH OF WISE GUYS? “I would hope that a wise Latina woman with the richness of her experiences would, more often than not, reach a better conclusion than a white male who hasn’t lived that life.” Who could forget Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor’s often-used speech line that sparked cries of racism from some Republicans during her confirmation hearings? She’d like to. She called it a joke that fell flat and vowed to drop the line from future speeches. Wise. 7. NOT SO STUPID, THE COP GOT A FREE BEER “I think it’s fair to say ... that the Cambridge police acted stupidly in arresting somebody when there was already proof that they were in their own home....” Yes, that was the master orator President Barack Obama putting his foot in it by reacting to the arrest of friend. The result was a heavily covered but mostly ceremonial “beer summit” that took valuable attention away from the president’s proposed health care overhaul. E-mail Clarence Page at cpage@tribune.com, or write to him c/o Tribune Media Services, 2225 Kenmore Ave., Suite 114, Buffalo, NY 14207

Cameron’s ‘Avatar’ and the faith instinct You probably don’t need a long synopsis of James Cameron’s half-billion-dollar epic “Avatar,” in part because even if you haven’t seen it, you’ve seen it. As many reviewers have noted, Cameron rips off Hollywood cliches to the point you could cut and paste dialogue from “Pocahontas” or “Dances With Wolves” into “Avatar” without appreciably changing the story. In short, “Avatar” tells the tale of a disabled Marine, Jake Sully, who occupies the body of a 10-foot-tall alien so he can live among the mystical forest denizens of the moon world Pandora. Sully is sent in mufti, like a futuristic Lawrence of Arabia, to further the schemes of the evil corporate nature-rapists desperate to obtain the precious mineral “unobtainium” (no, really). Jake inevitably goes native, embraces the eco-faith of Pandora’s Na’Vi inhabitants and their tree goddess, the “all mother,” and rallies the Pandoran aborigines (not to mention the Pandoran ecosystem itself) against the evil forces of a thinly veiled 22nd-century combine of Blackwater and Halliburton. The film has been subjected to a sustained assault from many on the right, most notably by Ross Douthat in the New York Times, as an “apologia for pantheism.” Douthat’s criticisms hit the mark, but the most relevant point was raised by John Podhoretz in the Weekly Standard. Camer-

on wrote “Avatar,” says Podhoretz, “not to be controversial, but quite the opposite: He was making something he thought would be most pleasing to the greatest number of people.” What would have been controversial is if — somehow — Cameron had made a movie in which the good guys accepted Jesus Christ into their hearts. Of Jonah course, Goldberg that sounds outlandTribune Media ish and Services absurd, but that’s the point, isn’t it? We live in an age in which it’s the norm to speak glowingly of spirituality but derisively of traditional religion. If the Na’Vi were Roman Catholics, there would be boycotts and protests. Make the oversized Smurfs Rousseauian noble savages and everyone nods along, save for a few cranky right-wingers. I’m certainly one of those cranky right-wingers, though I probably enjoyed the movie as cinematic escapism as much as the next guy. But what I find interesting about the film is how what is “pleasing to the most people” is so unapologetically religious. Nicholas Wade’s new

book, “The Faith Instinct,” lucidly compiles the scientific evidence that humans are hard-wired to believe in the transcendent. That transcendence can be divine or simply Kantian, a notion of something unknowable from mere experience. Either way, in the words of philosopher Will Herberg, “Man is homo religiosus, by ‘nature’ religious: as much as he needs food to eat or air to breathe, he needs a faith for living.” Wade argues that the Darwinian evolution of man depended not only on individual natural selection but also on the natural selection of groups. And groups that subscribe to a religious worldview are more apt to survive — and hence pass on their genes. Religious rules impose moral norms that facilitate collective survival in the name of a “cause larger than yourself,” as we say today. No wonder everything from altruism to martyrdom are part of nearly every faith. The faith instinct may be baked into our genes, but it is also profoundly malleable. Robespierre, the French revolutionary who wanted to replace Christianity with a new “age of reason,” emphatically sought to exploit what he called the “religious instinct which imprints upon our souls the idea of a sanction given to moral precepts by a power that is higher than man.” Many environmentalists are open about their desire to turn

their cause into a religious imperative akin to the plight of the Na’Vi, hence Al Gore’s uncontroversial insistence that global warming is a “spiritual challenge to all of humanity.” The symbolism and rhetoric behind Barack Obama’s campaign was overtly religious at times, as when he proclaimed that “we are the ones we’ve been waiting for” — a line that could have come straight out of the mouths of Cameron’s Na’Vi. What I find fascinating, and infuriating, is how the culturewar debate is routinely described by antagonists on both sides as a conflict between the religious and the un-religious. The faith instinct manifests itself across the ideological spectrum, even if it masquerades as something else. On the right, many conservatives have been trying to fashion what might be called theological diversity amid moral unity. Culturally conservative Catholics, Protestants and — increasingly — Jews find common cause. The left is undergoing a similar process, but the terms of the debate are far more inchoate and fluid. What is not happening is a similar effort between left and right, which is why the culture war, like the faith instinct, isn’t going away any time soon. You can write to Jonah Goldberg in care of this newspaper or by e-mail at JonahsColumn@aol.com


DEAR READERS: I’m sure all of us are glad to bid a “fond farewell” to 2009. What a year this has been! If you’re planning to celebrate the New Year with alcohol tonight, please appoint a designated driver. And on this night of all nights, everyone — including the designated driver — should remember to drive defensively. To one and all, I wish a happy, healthy 2010. — Love, ABBY

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DEAR ABBY: When I was 18, I met a girl, “Ava,” who was 17. We became good friends but we lived an hour apart and only dated for four months. Ava called it off because she said she was in school and wanted to date other guys. I found out that the next year she got married. Six years later, Ava called out of the blue and invited me to dinner. She was divorced, but I was in a relationship at the time, so I never called her back. I got married the following year and have been married for 31 years. A couple of months ago I found out Ava’s married name and phone number and called her. I apologized for not having returned her call way back when, and we talked about her family and mine. Abby, I care for her and would like to be friends. I’d like to keep in touch, but I don’t want to invade her life or cause problems. Any advice would be appreciated. — REMEMBERING IN RICHMOND DEAR REMEMBERING: I’m not sure what it is you’re looking for, but if you and Ava were meant to be friends, I think it would have happened before this. My advice is to let sleeping dogs lie.

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men in your life than with your mother? You’ll never know until you look further — so before you chase this man away, explain that you realize you have been unfair to him and ask him to give you patience and some time to fix the problem. He must care for you very much to have stuck it out this long.

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DEAR ABBY: I’m 41 and a single mom. My first marriage lasted 19 years, during which my husband cheated on me three times that I know of. I have dated a few men since the divorce. I caught each of them lying to me, cheating on me — or both. I am now seeing a man who seems to be an honest family man. However, I can’t bring myself to trust him. We have been seeing each other for a year, and I care Dear about him Abby deeply. Universal Press But I do not trust Syndicate him, and the truth is I don’t trust anyone — not even my own mother. I’m not sure I know how to trust, Abby, and I am destroying my relationship with this man because of it. He has evening meetings and occasionally needs to travel on business, and I am making us both miserable. I do feel he’s an honest, God-fearing family man, but when it comes to our relationship, I’m unable to trust. Please tell me what to do. — DESPERATE IN ARIZONA DEAR DESPERATE: Your reasons for not trusting men seemed understandable when I read that your husband had cheated multiple times, and that you had the same rotten luck with men after your divorce. Then I got to the line about your mother. If you don’t trust her, then how far back do your trust issues go? And is it possible that you have turned your insecurity into a self-fulfilling prophecy? If you want to salvage this relationship, recognize that you have a problem that won’t go away without counseling to help you understand where your trust problems originated. Wouldn’t it be interesting if they had less to do with the

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Ten years ago: People around the world celebrated while awaiting the arrival of the year 2000. Russian President Boris Yeltsin announced his resignation (he was succeeded by Vladimir Putin). The United States prepared to hand over the Panama Canal to Panama at the stroke of midnight.

Thought for Today: “No one ever regarded the first of January with indifference. It is the nativity of our common Adam.” — Charles Lamb, English essayist and author (1775-1834).

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Today’s Birthdays: TV producer George Schlatter is 80. Actor Sir Anthony Hopkins is 72. Actor Tim Considine (“My Three Sons”) is 69. Actress Sarah Miles is 68. Rock musician Andy Summers is 67. Actor Ben Kingsley is 66. Rock musician Peter Quaife (The Kinks) is 66. Fashion designer Diane von Furstenberg is 63. Actor Tim Matheson is 62. Pop singer Burton Cummings (The Guess Who) is 62. Singer Donna Summer is 61. Actor Joe Dallesandro is 61. Rock musician Tom Hamilton (Aerosmith) is 58. Actor James Remar is 56. Actress Bebe Neuwirth is 51. Actor Val Kilmer is 50. Singer Paul Westerberg is 50. Rock musician Ric Ivanisevich (Oleander) is 47. Rock musician Scott Ian (Anthrax) is 46. Actress Gong Li is 44. Author Nicholas Sparks is 44. Rock musician Mikko Siren (Apocalyptica) is 34. Rock musician Bob Bryar (My Chemical Romance) is 30.

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On this date: In 1759, Arthur Guinness founded his famous brewery at St. James’s Gate in Dublin. In 1879, Thomas Edison first publicly demonstrated his electric incandescent light in Menlo Park, N.J. In 1946, President Harry S. Truman officially proclaimed the end of hostilities in World War II. In 1969, Joseph A. Yablonski, an unsuccessful candidate for the presidency of the United Mine Workers of America, was shot to death along with his wife and daughter in their Clarksville, Pa., home by hit men acting under the orders of UMWA president Tony Boyle. In 1974, private U.S. citizens were allowed to buy and own gold for the first time in more than 40 years. In 1985, singer Rick Nelson, 45, and six other people were killed when fire broke out aboard a DC-3 enroute to a New Year’s Eve performance in Dallas. In 1997, Michael Kennedy, the 39-year-old son of the late Sen. Robert F. Kennedy, was killed in a skiing accident on Aspen Mountain in Colorado.

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Bank quip earns man Champion Liar title MILWAUKEE (AP) â&#x20AC;&#x201D; A jab at the woes of the nationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s banks has been named the top tall tale of 2009. The Burlington Liars Club bestowed its highest award Wednesday for this line: â&#x20AC;&#x153;I just realized how bad the economy really is. I recently bought a new toaster oven and as a complimentary gift, I was given a bank.â&#x20AC;? The quip earned Larry Legro, 58, of Sun Prairie, Wis., the dubious â&#x20AC;&#x201D; but serious â&#x20AC;&#x201D; distinction of being the yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s World Champion Liar. Legro told The Associated Press he had been submitting entries for four to five years, even if his wife didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t share his enthusiasm. â&#x20AC;&#x153;When I told her I won I could see her roll eyes like, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Why do you want to do this?â&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Because itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s there. Somebodyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s got to do it.â&#x20AC;? The Liars Club got its start in 1929 when local journalists Otis Hulett and Mannel Hahn fabricated a news story about a lying contest between the Burlington police and fire departments. The police chief won, they said, after he said heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d never be good at lying because he never told a lie. The club is based in Burlington, a town of about 15,000 about 35 miles southwest of Milwaukee. It has more than 2,000 members around the world, said Joel Weis, the clubâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s president. Over the years, the top entries have been about random topics. Last yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s winning line was: â&#x20AC;&#x153;My grandson is the most persuasive liar I have ever met. By the time he was 2 years old he could dirty his diaper and make his mother believe someone else had done it.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;A good lie isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t just a tall tale or exaggerating,â&#x20AC;? said Garth Seehawer, 72, the Oconto Falls man who came up with that gem. â&#x20AC;&#x153;You have to have something fun, not believable but impossibly true.â&#x20AC;? But Weis said this yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s panel of three judges picked Legroâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s lie out of more than

100 entries because of its relevance. It alludes to the fact that the government spent more than $700 billion to bail out the banking industry in the last year or so, and more than 100 banks collapsed nationwide. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It comes down to timing,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think historically weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll be able to look back at this one and laugh.â&#x20AC;? The four runners-up include a fib about a man who was so speedy that he could have been a baseball superstar. But his dreams were derailed because whenever he hit a line drive to right field, he rounded the bases so fast that the ball hit him as he approached second base â&#x20AC;&#x201D; and he would be called out for interference.

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HENDERSON POLICE DEPARTMENT Arrests â&#x20AC;˘ Larry Dennis Satterfield, 17, of 801 Bridgers St. was served Dec. 23 with a citation. Misdemeanor shoplifting. Court date Jan. 26. â&#x20AC;˘ Samuel Hawkins, 48, of 368 College Road, Norlina, was arrested. Misdemeanor shoplifting. Secured bond was set at $300. Court date Feb. 8. â&#x20AC;˘ Jerome Manson, 21, of 179 Catherine Weldon Road was served Dec. 29 with a citation. Misdemeanor possession of marijuana. Court date Feb. 23. â&#x20AC;˘ Bridget Arlene Taylor, 28, of Henderson was served Dec. 30 with an order for arrest. Misdemeanor failure to appear on charge of window tint. Secured bond was set at $300. Court date Jan. 11. â&#x20AC;˘ Marcus Burt, 18, of 1016 Lehman St. was served Dec. 28 with an order for arrest. Misdemeanor failure to appear.

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Secured bond was set at $2,000. Court date Jan. 19. â&#x20AC;˘ Kevin Bernard Williams, 28, of 601 Chestnut St. was served Dec. 29 with orders for arrest. Felony failure to appear. Secured bond was set at $30,000. Court date Jan. 11. â&#x20AC;˘ Melchor Garcia Sanchez, 37, 140 Shank St. Lot 27 was served with Dec. 29 with orders for arrest. Misdemeanor failure to appear. Secured bond was set at $2,000. Court date Feb. 1.

Larceny â&#x20AC;˘ William Callahan Jr., 32, of 56 Lee Lane reported Dec. 29 the theft from a vehicle of a Lenovo laptop computer valued at $500 and 2 computer bags valued at $20. Damage to vehicle window estimated at $200. â&#x20AC;˘ Walmart, 200 N. Cooper Drive, reported Dec. 23 the theft of assorted clothing valued at $244.

Arrests â&#x20AC;˘ Willie Bullock Jr., 33, of 411 Alexander Ave. was served Dec. 29 with an order for arrest. Misdemeanor failure to appear on charge of failure to comply with nonsupport on 2 accounts. Secured bond was set at $2,000. Court date Jan. 16. â&#x20AC;˘ Ronnie Meadows, 41, of 1128 Edwards St. was served Dec. 29 with orders for arrest. Child support. Secured bond was set at $600. Cash bond was set at $200. Court dates Jan. 13 and Jan. 19. â&#x20AC;˘ Kirby Marrow, 29, of 615 Mason St. was served Dec. 29 with an order for arrests. Misdemeanor failure to appear on charge of possession of marijuana up to half-ounce. Secured bond was set at $600. Court date Feb. 15. â&#x20AC;˘ Nikki Alexander of 206 Cherry St., Oxford, was served Dec. 29 with an order for arrest.

Misdemeanor failure to appear on charge of driving while license revoked. Secured bond was set at $500. Court date Jan. 25. â&#x20AC;˘ Jeremy Lee Clark, 40, of 250 Handyman Lane was arrested Dec. 29. Misdemeanor possessing/concealing stolen property, 2 charges. Secured bond was set at $400. Court date Jan. 11.

Larceny â&#x20AC;˘ Tonekia Nicole Johnson, 29, of 148 Casei lane reported Dec. 30 the theft from the residence of an E machine desktop computer valued at $2,000 and assorted frozen foods valued at $100.

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Texas Tech fires Leach LUBBOCK, Texas — Texas Tech fired Mike Leach on Wednesday after the coach took the school to court to try to overturn his suspension for alleged mistreatment of an injured player. “I’m very sad to say there’s only one person to blame for this and it’s Mike Leach,” Texas Tech chancellor Kent Hance told the AP. Jerry Turner, vice chairman of the university system’s board of regents, said “other things” came to light during an investigation of Leach’s treatment of receiver Adam Leach James. The sophomore alleged the coach twice confined him to a small, dark place after the player was diagnosed with a concussion. Turner declined to elaborate about the other issues. Leach was suspended Monday after he refused to agree to guidelines for dealing with players set forth by his bosses in a Dec. 23 letter. When Leach decided to fight the university in court “in defiance” of his suspension, that’s why “we are where we are,” Turner said. Leach was in San Antonio with his team, which is preparing for the Alamo Bowl against Michigan State on Saturday.

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Southern’s Shauna Terry headlines 2009 All-Area Team By DAILY DISPATCH STAFF

Shauna Terry is in familiar territory. Southern Vance’s six-foot-one standout Western Carolina commit was last year’s Daily Dispatch All-Area Girls’ Basketball Player of the Year. This year, she is the newspaper’s choice for the honor in volleyball. To anyone who watched volleyball in the TriCounty area this season, there was really little doubt to who was the most dominant presence on the floor for the local teams. Putting Terry with setter Julia Sumner and Tremanisha Taylor in the middle was a recipe for success. The seniors made up Southern’s “Big Three,” and were Turner key components and leaders during the Raiders’ playoff run. All three represent Southern on the 2009 AllArea team. In contrast to Terry, Tracey Turner was in uncharted waters this year. Southern’s basketball coach did double duty this season, taking over the reigns of the volleyball program from Darlynn Oxendine.

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Short-handed Heels cruise past Great Danes By AARON BEARD AP Basketball Writer

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Idaho coach Robb Akey celebrates after Idaho defeated Bowling Green 43-42 in the Humanitarian Bowl Wednesday in Boise, Idaho.

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Idaho goes for 2, gets the win over Bowling Green By TIM BOOTH AP Sports Writer

BOISE, Idaho — Max Komar made a sliding 16-yard touchdown catch with 4 seconds left and Nathan Enderle passed to Preston Davis for the 2-point conversion, lifting Idaho to a dramatic 43-42 victory over Bowling Green in Wednesday night’s Humanitarian Bowl. The Falcons took a 42-35 lead with 32 seconds left on a 51-yard pass from Tyler Sheehan to Freddie Barnes, who slipped behind the Idaho secondary for his 17th catch of the game and No. 155 in his record-setting season. But Idaho answered with a 50-yard heave from Enderle to Davis that got the ball to the Bowling Green 16. After an incompletion with 8 seconds left, Enderle found Komar — who had dropped a number of passes — in the middle of the field, and he slid to cradle the low pass. Coach Robb Akey then decided to go for the 2-point conversion and Enderle threw to Davis alone in the back of the end zone. When the Falcons were

tackled on the ensuing kickoff, Vandals fans poured onto the blue turf of their rivals to celebrate the second bowl win in school history. Idaho’s hopes of capping its turnaround from two victories in 2008 to a bowl win in 2009 seemed finished when Barnes struck again in his banner senior season. Needing just five receptions to set an NCAA Bowl Subdivision record, Barnes finished with 17 grabs for 219 yards and three touchdowns, the final one putting Bowling Green in prime position for its fifth victory in its last six postseason trips. But Komar gave the Vandals decent field position with solid kickoff return and Enderle’s long throw landed in the arms of Davis, who finished with four catches for 119 yards. Komar then made his sliding grab and Akey confidently went for 2. “Well, they hadn’t been able to stop us. ... Let’s do it while we got some momentum,” Akey said. With most of the 26,729 in attendance roaring their approval, Enderle had plenty Please see IDAHO, page 3B

CHAPEL HILL — Ed Davis had 18 points to help No. 9 North Carolina beat Albany 8770 on Wednesday night. Deon Thompson added 15 points for the Tar Heels (11-3), who had an easy time in their next-to-last game before opening Atlantic Coast Conference play. Despite being short-handed, North Carolina built a doubledigit lead midway through the first half and coasted the rest of the way for its third straight win since losing to No. 2 Texas. The Tar Heels played without fifth-year senior Marcus Ginyard and sophomore Justin Watts. Watts injured his right ankle during Monday’s win against Rutgers, while Ginyard has missed two straight since spraining his right ankle in practice. Will Harris scored 22 points to lead the Great Danes (410), who ended an eight-game road trip with just one victory. Albany hasn’t played at home since beating Robert Morris on Nov. 22. For the Tar Heels, it was a drama-free night — and that’s a good thing considering the way they played in Monday’s win against Rutgers. In that game, they saw a 17-point second-half lead whittled all the way to four with about 2 minutes left before taking an 81-67 victory. Afterward, coach Roy Williams said he was “so ticked off it is unbelievable” at the performance, which included everything from guys forgetting repeated instructions not to try to save the ball under their defensive basket to one play in which two players lined up to guard the same guy. Williams said his team can’t afford to keep making the same mistakes with the ACC opener against Virginia Tech looming next weekend. It was hard to really say how much the team responded con-

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Above: Albany’s Will Harris tries to shoot as North Carolina’s John Henson and Tyler Zeller defend during the second half of Wednesday’s game in Chapel Hill. Left: Albany’s Fran Urli defends as UNC’s Leslie McDonald drives to the basket while Zeller looks on during the first half.

sidering the absences of Ginyard and Watts from an already thin perimeter, which forced Williams to use walk-on Thomas Thornton for a few plays during the first half against an overmatched opponent. The Tar Heels appeared to get out in transition better, with freshman John Henson throwing down a couple of dunks — including one in the first half in which he posed with his right hand behind his head while throwing it down with his left — to highlight the effort.

North Carolina got a 3-pointer from Larry Drew II, followed by two more from Will Graves on the ensuing possessions for a 39-19 lead with about 5 minutes left in the first half on the way to a 46-29 halftime lead. The Tar Heels increased that margin steadily, at one point shooting 17 of 22 in the second half before getting a little ragged while playing with a big lead in the final 5 minutes. The Tar Heels finished at 60 percent after halftime and 50 percent for the game. They led by as many as 38 points midway through the second half, though Albany closed the game on a 23-2 run in the final sloppy minutes that were sure to give Williams something new to dwell on.


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Two-minute drill NFL Muhammad vows to keep playing CHARLOTTE (AP) — Muhsin Muhammad is 36, in the final year of his contract and is marking his first touchdown catch of the season with one game to go. Yet the Carolina Panthers’ starting receiver vows that Sunday’s season finale against New Orleans won’t mark the end of his career. A two-time Pro Bowl selection and known as one of the NFL’s top blocking receivers, Muhammad has just 46 catches for 496 yards this season. Lack of production by receivers other than Steve Smith has hampered the Panthers’ offense for much of their disappointing season. Muhammad’s 22-yard touchdown catch in Sunday’s 41-9 win over the New York Giants on Sunday was the first score by a receiver other than Smith this season.

Fox says little about Panthers future CHARLOTTE (AP) — Carolina Panthers coach John Fox is saying little about his future. After a report this week that said Panthers owner Jerry Richardson will allow Fox to return next season but won’t extend his contract, Fox on Wednesday would only say that he’s got a year on his contract and that “I have an agent that deals with that.” Fox declined to answer additional questions. When asked if he had talked to Richardson, he replied, “I am speaking English, right?” The Charlotte Observer, citing an unidentified source, reported Monday that Fox, his coaching staff and general manager Marty Hurney would be “offered the opportunity to return next season.” Fox is due to earn more than $6 million in 2010.

MLB Diamondbacks sign 2B Kelly Johnson PHOENIX (AP) — The Arizona Diamondbacks have agreed to terms with second baseman Kelly Johnson on a one-year contract. Johnson hit just .224 with eight homers and 29 RBIs in 106 games for the Atlanta Braves last season, but batted .325 against left-handers and .368 (7 for 19) as a pinch hitter. In the previous two seasons, Johnson hit .282. In parts of four seasons with the Braves, Johnson batted .264 with 97 doubles, 45 homers and 206 RBIs, with 29 stolen bases.

Athletics bring back Duchscherer OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — The Oakland Athletics have found a familiar face to be one of their front-line starters next season: Justin Duchscherer. The right-hander and two-time All-Star has agreed to terms on an incentive-laden one-year contract to return to the A’s after he missed all the 2009 season. The 32-year-old Duchscherer will receive a base salary of $1.75 million. The sides reached a preliminary agreement last week that was pending a physical to be finalized. Duchscherer underwent arthroscopic right elbow surgery on March 31 and later was treated for clinical depression. He has spent the last six of his seven major league seasons with Oakland, becoming a full-time starter for the first time in his career during 2008.

Horse Racing New York horses face drug testing SCHENECTADY, N.Y. (AP) — New York will conduct unannounced out-of-competition drug tests on horses running at state tracks. Testing will be done even when horses are stabled outside the state. The New York State Racing and Wagering Board said Wednesday the new policy for all horses applies within 180 days of a race date in New York. The policy takes effect Friday. A board veterinarian will be able to take samples from horses wherever they are kept. Owners and trainers of horses stabled outside the state but within 100 miles of a New York track can be ordered to New York tracks for testing. Trainers or owners who fail to comply will face suspensions, fines and possible license revocation.

Sports on TV Thursday, Dec. 31 COLLEGE FOOTBALL Noon n ESPN — Armed Forces Bowl, Houston vs. Air Force, at Fort Worth, Texas 2 p.m. n CBS — Sun Bowl, Oklahoma vs. Stanford, at El Paso, Texas 3:30 p.m. n ESPN — Texas Bowl, Navy vs. Missouri, at Houston 7:30 p.m. n ESPN — Chick-fil-A Bowl, Virginia Tech vs. Tennessee, at Atlanta MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL Noon n ESPN2 — Michigan at Indiana 2 p.m.

n ESPN2 — Ohio St. at Wisconsin 4 p.m. n ESPN2 — Tennessee at Memphis 4:30 p.m. n FSN — Arizona St. at UCLA 6 p.m. n ESPN2 — Penn at Duke 8 p.m. n ESPN2 — St. John’s at Georgetown 10 p.m. n ESPN2 — Oklahoma at Gonzaga

NBA BASKETBALL 7:15 p.m. n TNT — Miami at San Antonio 9:30 p.m. n TNT — Philadelphia at L.A. Clippers

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Runnin’ Raiders win two in Brunswick, Va. tourney From STAFF REPORTS

Southern Vance’s boys’ basketball team finished up the Brunswick County (Va.) Tournament with a 2-1 record. The Runnin’ Raiders fell short in their first matchup with host team Brunswick High, 50-44. The Bulldogs of BHS are coached by former University of Virginia and Denver Nuggets shooting guard Bryant Stith. The Raiders rebounded with a 72-61 win over Deep

Creek out of Chesapeake, Va. Tuesday, and a 67-53 win over Lafayette out of Williamsburg, Va. Wednesday. “It was a very successful tournament,” said Morgan Raiders coach Mike Rotolo. Southern was the lone school from North Carolina in the tourney.

Darius Morgan was named to the All-Tournament Team. Morgan led Southern with 23 points against Deep Creek and 22 points versus Lafayette.

Vikings rebound with win over Asheville Reynolds Northern Vance bounced back from two defeats at the Burke County Christmas Invitational with a 79-46 win over Asheville Reynolds Wednesday in Morganton. Brandon Hargrove led

Northern with 28 points. Charles Durham had 12 points and Shawn Brown and Jordan Branch both had 11. “They looked more like the old Northern Vance,” said Vikings coach Wilton Baskett. Northern opened the tournament with losses to Morganton Patton and Lenoir Hibriten. The Vikings begin Carolina 3A play in Hillsborough against Orange Jan. 8.

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William & Mary upsets Maryland in College Park William & Mary 83 Maryland 77 COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) — William & Mary claimed another Atlantic Coast Conference victim Tuesday night, defeating Maryland 83-77 to extend its winning streak to nine games and hand the Terrapins their first home loss of the season. Sophomore Quinn McDowell scored a careerhigh 28 points and Danny Sumner added 17 for the Tribe (9-2), who beat Wake Forest in November. It’s the first time in school history that William & Mary has defeated two ACC foes on the road in the same season. Off to its best start since 1977, the Tribe has also beaten Richmond and Colonial Athletic Association rival Virginia Commonwealth. The nine-game winning streak is secondlongest in school history behind a 10-game run in 1930. Greivis Vasquez scored 26 — his fourth straight game with at least 20 — and Landon Milbourne had 19 for Maryland (8-4), now 6-1 at home. Boston College 85 South Carolina 76 BOSTON (AP) — Rakim Sanders scored 22

points, Reggie Jackson 16 and Boston College held on for a 85-76 win over South Carolina after nearly blowing a 21-point halftime lead on Wednesday night. It was the third straight win for the Eagles (9-4) after embarrassing home losses to Harvard and Rhode Island — both teams from weaker conferences. Biko Paris added 14 points, with four coming on free throws in the closing minute, for Boston College. Devan Downey had 29 points and seven assists, and Brandis Raley-Ross scored 13 points for South Carolina (8-4). The Gamecocks lost their third game to an Atlantic Coast Conference team this season. They also were beaten by Miami and Clemson. South Carolina, which trailed 48-27 at halftime, quickly got back into the game by forcing turnovers and frustrating the Eagles’ offense with a fullcourt press.

Virginia Tech 85 Longwood 50 BLACKSBURG, Va. (AP) — Freshman Erick Green scored 15 points and Jeff Allen added 13 to

lead Virginia Tech to an 85-50 win over Longwood on Wednesday. Green played a careerhigh 30 minutes in relief of Atlantic Coast Conference scoring leader Malcolm Delaney, who sprained his left ankle just over a minute into the game and did not return. Virginia Tech (11-1) extended its winning streak to eight games, the Hokies’ longest since they won nine in a row to open the 1995-96 season. Virginia Tech opened the game on a 19-4 run, holding the Lancers (3-11) without a field goal for nearly nine minutes. Dana Smith scored 11 points to lead Longwood.

Virginia 72 No. 24 UAB 63 CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — Sylven Landesberg scored 19 points and had two free throws and two key assists in the final 2:36 on Wednesday night as Virginia ended No. 24 UAB’s 10-game winning streak with a 72-63 victory. The Cavaliers (7-4) beat a ranked opponent for the first time since they topped Clemson last February, giving first-year coach Tony Bennett his biggest victory at Virginia.

The Blazers (11-2), who moved into the Top 25 this week for the first time since the end of the 2006-07 season, got a career-high 27 points and 11 rebounds from Elijah Millsap. UAB missed 10 of 15 free throws and was outscored 22-13 over the final 10 minutes.

Miami 73 Bethune-Cookman 55 CORAL GABLES, Fla. (AP) — James Dews scored 12 points as Miami overcame an early Bethune-Cookman threat and defeated the Wildcats 73-55 on Wednesday night. Dews, Garrius Adams and Malcolm Grant each hit 3-pointers during a 13-2 spurt, which helped Miami build a 33-21 lead late in the first half. Grant’s conversion behind the arc with 3:30 remaining capped the run. Adams, Dews and Grant also hit 3-pointers in the first 7:59 of the second half, helping the Hurricanes (13-1) increase their lead to 49-31. Reed led Bethune-Cookman with 19 points. Unbeaten in its first 13 non-Atlantic Coast Conference games this season, Miami will play at Pepperdine on Sunday

No. 20 Nebraska rolls over No. 22 Arizona in Holiday Bowl By BERNIE WILSON AP Sports Writer

SAN DIEGO — Zac Lee threw a 74-yard touchdown pass to Niles Paul in the third quarter to highlight No. 20 Nebraska’s 33-0 rout against No. 22 Arizona on a rainy Wednesday night, the first shutout in the 32-year history of the Holiday Bowl. The coaches expected a defensive game, and the Huskers delivered, earning their first shutout in 46 bowl appearances. Defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh, the AP College Football Player of the Year and a Heisman finalist, had only three tackles, including one for a loss, but helped the Huskers harass Arizona quarterback Nick Foles all night. Suh even went out for a pass early in the third quarter on secondand-4 from the Arizona 5, but Lee didn’t throw his way. The Wildcats were never in this one. Nebraska free safety Matt O’Hanlon intercepted Foles on the third play from scrimmage and returned it 37 yards to the Arizona 5. Lee scored on a 4-yard run two plays later. It was the fastest score in Holiday Bowl history, coming just 75 seconds in. The Wildcats had the ball fourth-and-3 at the Nebraska 8-yard line with 1:41 to go before

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Arizona wide receiver Juron Criner is upended by Nebraska safety Matt O'Hanlon while trying to turn the corner on a reverse during the first quarter of the Holiday Bowl. safety P.J. Smith batted down Foles’ pass to preserve the shutout. Arizona set Holiday Bowl records with six first downs, 109 yards of offense, 51 offensive plays and nine punts. The Wildcats didn’t get into Nebraska territory until the first drive of the third quarter. The previous Holiday Bowl record for fewest first downs was 12 by Nebraska in a 23-20 loss to Arizona in 1998. The previous record for fewest yards was 185 by BYU in a 65-14 loss to Texas A&M in 1990, and the previous record for the most punts was eight, by five teams. Nebraska (10-4) got its first 10-win season since 2003. Arizona finished (8-5). This loss mirrored

Arizona’s first bowl appearance, a 38-0 loss to Centre (Ky.) in the rain in San Diego. Nebraska’s Bo Pelini earned bragging rights in Youngstown, Ohio, where

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he and Arizona coach Mike Stoops grew up and played at Cardinal Mooney High. Nebraska’s Alex Henery set a Holiday Bowl record with four field goals, from 47, 50, 41 and 22 yards. The Huskers even ran a handful of plays out of the wildcat formation, including a 5-yard run by Rex Burkhead early in the second quarter for a 17-0 lead. With Nebraska leading 26-0 late in the third quarter, Paul hauled in Lee’s long pass at the Arizona 40 and cruised into the end zone. He spiked the ball and flexed his muscles in a pose to the crowd, drawing a 15-yard unsportsmanlike conduct penalty. Paul had four catches for 123 yards. Carolina: Numbers: 5-14-38-39-52 Powerball: 6 Power Play: x3 RICHMOND, Va. — These numbers were drawn Wednesday afternoon by the Virginia Lottery: Pick 3: 1-4-4 Pick 4: 6-6-6-9 Cash 5: 8-20-30-33-34 These numbers were drawn Wednesday night: Pick 3: 6-0-2 Pick 4: 4-0-7-2 Cash 5: 2-5-8-28-32 Win For Life: 3-10-11-1628-29 Free Ball: 35


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Cincinnati tops No. 10 UConn, 71-69 By JOE KAY AP Sports Writer

CINCINNATI — Freshman Lance Stephenson was fouled with less than a second left and made both free throws Wednesday night, rallying Cincinnati to a breakthrough 71-69 victory over No. 10 Connecticut in a wild Big East opener for both teams. Cincinnati (9-3) had lost all five previous games against UConn (9-3). The Bearcats led by 11 points before the Huskies made a late run, tying it on Kemba Walker’s 3-pointer with 9.4 seconds to go. Stephenson dribbled into the lane and was fouled by Gavin Edwards as the buzzer sounded. Af-

ter a review, the officials put seventh-tenths of a second on the clock, Stephenson went to the line and made both, finishing with 21 points. Jerome Dyson scored 24 points and Stanley Robinson added 22 as UConn lost its scoring balance during its first true road game of the season. It was a measuringup game for Cincinnati, which expects to hold its own in the Big East and get back to the NCAA tournament for the first time since 2005, when Bob Huggins was still the head coach. Stephenson, who went 7 of 7 from the line, made the two shots that put them over the top. The Bearcats knew it

would come down to their front line. In Cincinnati’s wins over thenranked Vanderbilt and Maryland, the front line dominated the boards. In other games, it got shoved around. This time, it held its own. Deonta Vaughn, who went through a 3-of-23 shooting slump from behind the arc, made consecutive 3s that started a 12-2 run and put the Bearcats ahead 30-18. Vaughn yelled and pumped his fist after the second 3, showing his confidence was back. Robinson had a basket and a three-point play during a 9-0 run that got it down to 30-27 and turned it into a back-andforth game. Neither team

got into an offensive flow in the half, which ended with Cincinnati ahead 36-35. Vaughn had 10 points, matching his high for any opening half this season, and finished with a season-high 17. Vaughn hit another 3 during a nine-point run that rebuilt the lead to 47-37 early in the second half. The Huskies managed only one basket during the opening 5:26 of the half, going 1 of 9 with three turnovers during that span. The Bearcats led 6150 with 8:10 left when UConn made its last surge behind Dyson, who scored 10 points during a spurt that cut it to 67-63 with 2:27 to go.

season, even if the record conference play with didn’t indicate it. a healthy record, but Bailey stumbled Hughes and against the Laura Kilstrong compeian (Kerrtition of the Vance) Carolina 3A Paul Ross Conference. Crossroads: needed his But in seemMorgan Davis, Peyton two returningly every Sudheimer, Mary Wilson ing seniors game, Northto lead his ern’s dynamic J.F. Webb: Spartans’ duo of outside Kiana Morton, Devonte Reese squad this hitters made season. an impact. Northern Vance: Setter Thompson Robin Butler, Rebekah Edwards Hughes was and EllingKVA’s assist ton almost Southern Vance: machine, seemed to Morgan Adcock, Amber Edwards distributing match each the ball to other stride Kerr-Vance: the Spartan for stride Morgan Lloyd big-hitters. statistically. Kilian was If Ellington an all-around had 12 kills, Thompson had 13, or vice player that always seemed to contribute in versa. The combination every statistical category. kept Northern comNicole Powell petitive throughout the

(Webb) Webb couldn’t replicate the success of 2008, when they made a deep run to the playoffs. Graduated players and an injury to senior Hailey Mize hurt the Warriors. Nevertheless, Powell compiled an impressive season manning the net, blocking shots and slamming down kills. Powell took on a bigger workload for Webb this season, and became a go-to player.

ALL-AREA, from page 1B It would seem thus far that Raider volleyball is in capable hands. Turner captained the Raiders to an 18-12 record against a tough schedule. After winning a four-set match with previously unbeaten Southern Guilford in the second round of the NCHSAA state playoffs, the Raiders nearly pulled off a major upset of conference foe Chapel Hill. The Tigers held on for a five-set victory. For all her accomplishments in her first year — and for compiling an undefeated record against the other area schools — Turner is this season’s Volleyball Coach of the Year. Also on this year’s team: Emily Ellington and Hannah Thompson (N. Vance) The Vikings rolled into

2009 All-Area Second Team

Selected to this year’s Second Team are: Morgan Davis, Peyton Sudheimer and Mary Wilson (Crossroads); Kiana Morton and Devonte Reese (Webb); Robin Butler and Rebekah Edwards (N. Vance); Morgan Adcock and Amber Edwards (S. Vance); Morgan Lloyd (KVA).

IDAHO, from page 1B of time to connect with Davis, setting off a wild, premature celebration. One overly joyous fan ran on the field to the Idaho bench, only to get shoved down by one of the Vandal players. Idaho (8-5) was penalized but Trey Farquhar’s kickoff bounced inside the BG 5 and the fans finally got to celebrate for real when the returner was tackled. “I tell you what, I love these players ... Don’t doubt these players, they’ll prove you wrong,” Akey said. The Vandals surged ahead 28-14 in the second half on touchdown runs of 8 and 13 yards by De’Maundray Woolridge, only to see the Falcons rally with 28 of the next 35 points. Woolridge finished with

47 for 387 yards and four TDs for Bowling Green (7-6). It was the 14th consecutive bowl loss for the Mid-American Conference. The Falcons’ rally start-

ed when Jimmy Scheidler took a well-designed tight end screen 15 yards for a touchdown. After Idaho went three-and-out, Barnes had a 5-yard reception for his second TD catch of the game, tying it at 28. Davis put the Vandals in front again with a nifty 30-yard, catch-andrun touchdown, leaving Roger Williams grasping at air. Again, the Falcons answered, this time with an eight-play drive capped by Willie Geter’s 2-yard plunge with 3:51 left that tied it at 35. Idaho drove to the Falcons 40, but had to punt and BG took over with 1:49 left. Facing thirdand-11 at their own 49, Barnes got lost in Idaho’s zone coverage and ran free down the sideline for the score.

Texas Tech officials provided Leach a letter setting out guidelines for dealing with student-athletes. Leach refused to sign it. The letter was included in court papers filed in response to his motion for a restraining order. Among the guidelines: — “Decisions regarding whether an injury warrants suspension from practice and/or play will be determined by a physician without pressure from you or your staff.” —“There will be no retaliation against any student who as suffered an injury.” Tech’s termination letter said Leach was fired with cause, meaning the university believes it does not owe Leach any of the remaining money left on a five-year, $12.7 million contract he agreed to in February. According to terms of the deal, Leach was due a $800,000 bonus on Dec. 31 if he were still the head coach at Texas Tech.

Liggett said he planned to file a lawsuit on Leach’s behalf against the school. McNeill said he was shocked when he learned of the firing — and he lobbied to be Leach’s permanent replacement. “I’m very interested in the job,” he said. “I think that’s a double yes, with some exclamation marks.” Tech is the second Big 12 school to launch an internal investigation into a coach’s treatment of his players. On Nov. 16, Kansas investigated Mark Mangino, who was rewarded with a big raise after he was national coach of the year and went 12-1 in 2007. Some players said he was insensitive, though others defended him. Mangino resigned Dec. 3 after reaching a settlement with the school that was later disclosed as a $3 million buyout. In an affidavit included in Tuesday’s court filing, Leach said he “would never intentionally harm

AP Photo/Matt Cilley

Idaho's Preston Davis makes the catch on a 2-point conversion against Bowling Green in the closing seconds of the Humanitarian Bowl Wednesday in Boise, Idaho. Idaho defeated Bowling Green 43-42. 22 carries for 126 yards, and Enderle was 15 of 28 for 240 and four touchdowns after starting the game 1 of 6. Tyler Sheehan was 33 of

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Toronto forward Sonny Weems slams home a dunk over Charlotte forward Gerald Wallace during first-half action in Toronto on Wednesday.

Bosh, Bargnani lead Raptors over Bobcats TORONTO (AP) — Chris Bosh had 33 points and 13 rebounds, Andrea Bargnani matched his career high with 28 points, and the Toronto Raptors beat the Charlotte Bobcats 107-103 on Wednesday night for their season-high fifth straight victory. Marco Belinelli scored 13 points and rookie DeMar DeRozan had 10 as Toronto avenged its worst defeat of the season, a 116-81 loss at Charlotte on Nov. 25 — the biggest margin of victory in Bobcats history. Stephen Jackson scored 30 points and Raymond Felton had 23 for the Bobcats, who are 1-14 on the road, the secondworst mark in the NBA. Gerald Wallace had 15 points and 16 rebounds for the Bobcats, who made 23 turnovers, none bigger than Felton’s miscue in the final minute that gave Toronto the ball and allowed Bargnani to make a 3-pointer that put the Raptors up 105-101 with 11 seconds remaining. Toronto forward Hedo Turkoglu bruised his right knee in the first half and did not return after the break. He had two points and five assists in 14 minutes. Toronto led 84-80 heading into the fourth after Belinelli ended the third with a buzzer-beating 3-pointer. Belinelli grabbed the ball after Stephen Graham had his shot blocked and raced

up court before making a running jumper from the wing. Jackson scored on three straight possessions, including a layup, a jumper and two free throws, to make it 96-95 with 3:53 remaining, but Belinelli made an offbalance layup and Bosh drained a pair from the line to make it 100-95 with 3:16 left. Felton pulled the Bobcats back with a pair of baskets, then fed Wallace for a driving layup to give Charlotte its first lead of the quarter, 101-100, with 1:43 to play. Bosh put Toronto back in front with a layup and, after both teams missed, Felton turned the ball over while trying to dribble past Bargnani. Wright recovered and called timeout before Bargnani sealed it with his second 3-pointer, turning to the crowd and cheering as he danced back up court. Wallace, who had jawed with Toronto’s Amir Johnson after a foul earlier in the third, had to be separated from Raptors guard Marcus Banks after Banks shoved Wallace to the floor under the Toronto basket with 28 seconds left in the quarter. After reviewing the play, the referees called personal fouls on Wallace and Banks and technicals on Banks and Graham. Charlotte shot 11 for 15 in the first but also made nine turnovers in the opening quarter and trailed 31-26 after one.

LEACH, from page 1B He left the team’s hotel while his interim replacement, defensive coordinator Ruffin McNeill, was holding a news conference. Approached by a reporter, Leach said no comment before being asked a question. Asked how he felt Texas Tech treated him throughout the last two weeks, Leach responded, “I think that’s apparent.” Texas Tech’s official statement said Leach’s recent actions made it impossible for him to remain coach of the Red Raiders. “In a defiant act of insubordination, Coach Leach continually refused to cooperate in a meaningful way to help resolve the complaint. He also refused to obey a suspension order and instead sued Texas Tech University,” the statement said. The school on Wednesday gave a termination letter to Leach’s attorney, Ted Liggett, minutes before the two sides were to appear in court for a hearing

on the coach’s request to be allowed to lead his team in the Alamo Bowl. Wide receiver Tramain Swindall said he supported the decision to fire Leach. “I do agree and I’m supporting Adam and what he’s doing because it’s the right thing to do,” Swindall told the AP in a telephone interview. Swindall said he believes Leach was at times out of line in how he treated players. “And so do most of the players,” he said. “It wasn’t just about Adam. It was always a negative vibe.” James is the son of former NFL player and ESPN analyst Craig James. “We appreciate that the university conducted a fair and thorough investigation,” the James family said in a statement. “From the family’s point of view this has always been about the safety and well being of our son and of all the players on the team.”

or endanger a player” and that he has been “forced into this situation without being afforded any process.” He also said “absolutely” no evidence had been given to him that showed he had violated any university rules or standards. Several former and current Texas Tech players and coaches defended Leach and harshly criticized Adam James’ work ethic in e-mails obtained by CBSSports.com. Among those were former Texas Tech wide receiver Eric Morris, who wrote that James was “never known as a hard worker” and “seemed to have a negative attitude toward the football program the majority of the time.” Despite James being at the center of the turmoil, McNeill said he hasn’t treated him any differently. “There’s been nothing personally said to Adam from me but, ’Hey, hang in there,” McNeill said. Leach’s dismissal comes

a year after he was Big 12 coach of the year and led Tech to the best season in the history of the program. The Red Raiders went 11-2 last season. A quirky, nonconformist with a pass-happy offense and penchant for pirates, Leach arrived in West Texas in 2000. Since then, he has become the winningest coach in school history. He stopped acknowledging players’ injuries to the media in 2003. Not unlike Bob Knight when he came to coach the Red Raiders basketball team for 6 1/2 years, Leach has raised the profile of the city and the school. He appeared on “60 Minutes” and was profiled in the New York Times Magazine. ——— Associated Press Writer Paul J. Weber in San Antonio, Texas, Linda Stewart Ball in Dallas and AP College Football Writer Ralph D. Russo in New York contributed to this report.


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Bowden’s final FSU practice arrives pionship, I’d probably say I can’t do all this.” Both Bowden and Fisher have spent plenty JACKSONVILLE, Fla. of time during this bowl — Bobby Bowden wrapped season reminding the himself Wednesday in a Seminoles that, amid all gold Florida State sweat the hubbub, there’s still a shirt garnet jacket, Utahand vs. California SMU vs. Nevada Ohio vs. Marshall N. Carolina vs. Pittsburgh football(9-3) game to prepare (7-5) (8-4) (9-4) (6-6) (8-4) then(9-3) pulled(8-4) on his white for andBOWL try to win. MEINEKE POINSETTIA HAWAII BOWL LITTLE CAESARS PIZZA BOWL cap adorned BOWL with the same Charlotte, N.C. San Diego Honolulu Detroit And so far, neither the logo and headed onto the Dec. 26, 2009; 4:30 p.m. EST Dec. 23, 2009; 8 p.m. EST Dec. 24, 2009; 8 p.m. EST Dec. 26, 2009; 1 p.m. EST outgoing nor incoming Seminoles’ practice field. coach have found that exSomehow, he didn’t tra attention on this game realize it was for the final has distracted Florida time. State. After 44 years of coachAP Photo/Phil Coale “Every bowl game I’ve ing and thousands of ever been to, no matpractices along the way, a Bowden-coached team has Florida State head coach Bobby Bowden meets with the me- ter how good a team you dia following his last football Nebraska practice vs. at the practice fields Stanford have, you have one guy gone a full-scale Bowling Miamithrough vs. Wisconsin Green vs. Idaho Arizona vs. Oklahoma Tuesday in Tallahassee. Bowden, who is retiring, will coach (8-4) that comes workout (9-3) for the (9-3)last time. (7-5) (7-5) (9-4) (8-4) (7-5)in late or one CHAMPS SPORTS BOWL SUN BOWL that does his last gameBOWL at the Gator BowlHOLIDAY against BOWL West Virginia on Jan. BRUT knucklehead The Seminoles completed HUMANITARIAN Orlando, Fla. Boise, Idaho El Paso, Texas San Diego 1 in30, Jacksonville, Fla. something Fisher preparations for EST Friday’s Dec. Dec. 29, 2009; 8 p.m. 2009; 4:30 p.m. Dec. 31, 2009, Noon wrong,” EST Dec. 30, 2009; 8 p.m. EST said. “So far, we’ve been Gator Bowl against West “As long as it don’t lead 2010 season before Florida good. Our kids have acted Virginia, and now only to the cemetery,” Bowden State’s reins were turned good. And by the way a light walkthrough — a said. “Be sure it leads to over to offensive coordinathey’ve practiced and their dress rehearsal, really — the stadium, will ya?” tor Jimbo Fisher. work ethic, I think they’ve remains before Bowden’s Bowden will retire with The 80-year-old Bowden approached it the right final kickoff. the second-most wins hasn’t wanted the Gaway.” “Hadn’t thought about in major college football tor Bowl to be all about That’s what Bowden it,” Bowden said Wedneshistory, behind only him and his legacy, but wanted. day morning, bundled Northwestern Auburn Penn State vs. LSU Florida State West Virginia vs. Oregon his playPennvs.State’s Joe Paterno.Ohio State understands why it’s also Regardless, against an vs. unseasonable (8-4) (7-5) (10-2) (9-3) (6-6) (9-3) (10-2) Bowden has 388 wins at (10-2) unavoidable. ers say this game has a north Florida chill. “Those ROSE BOWL CAPITAL ONE BOWL GATOR BOWL OUTBACK BOWL Samford, West Virginia “To me, there are bigger distinctly different feel, are not in my mind. It’s Pasadena, Calif. Orlando, Fla. Jacksonville, Fla. Tampa, Fla. 2010; 5 p.m. EST of the 1, 2010; p.m. EST 2010; 1 p.m. EST Jan. 2010; 11 keeping a.m. EST score: Jan. and Florida State, where Jan. 1,simply things in1life,” Bowden Jan. 1, because not1,like I’m he’s been for 34 seasons. said. historic ramifications. ’Oh, it’s the last day; oh, Given Jacksonville’s He’s done very little on“We have to win this it’s the last this.’ It’s the proximity to Tallahasfield coaching this week, game,” Florida State last thing I want to think see, about a 2-hour drive with plenty of tributes quarterback E.J. Manuel of, really. and appearances going on. across Interstate 10, said, as the whistle blew “But it’s the last day.” He’ll be the grand marshal Bowden has had no shortsummoning him onto the Bowden announced his age of well-wishers this of a parade Thursday, field for the final practice retirement earlier this week. then will lead a pregame of the Bowden Era. “It’s a month, though he and “I appreciate everything must for us. Every game “Florida State Team members of his family Michigan State vs. Texas Tech Boise State vs. TCU vs. Georgia Tech Cent. Michigan vs. Troy Texas they’re doing,” Bowden Walk,” (12-0) arranged Iowa by(10-2) the isAlabama a must,vs.but especially have(6-6) acknowledged in (8-4) (13-0) (11-2) (11-2) (9-3) (13-0) (13-0) said. “But if we were playGatorBOWL Bowl and theORANGE city of BOWL this one, because it’s coach recentALAMO weeksBOWL that his hope FIESTA GMAC BOWL BCS NATIONAL Antonio Glendale, Ariz. Miami, Fla.ing for the national Mobile, Ala. CHAMPIONSHIP chamJacksonville on Friday. Bowden’s last game.” was to San coach through the By TIM REYNOLDS AP Sports Writer

Southern Miss. vs. Middle Tenn. (7-5) (9-3) NEW ORLEANS BOWL New Orleans Dec. 20, 2009, 8 p.m. EST

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Virginia Tech football coach Frank Beamer, left, and Tennessee football coach Lane Kiffin participate in news conference for the Chick-fil-A Bowl on Wednesday in Atlanta. Kickoff from the Georgia Dome will be today at 7:30 p.m.

No. 12 Hokies have respect for unranked Vols Texas A&M vs. Georgia (6-6) (7-5) INDEPENDENCE BOWL Shreveport, La. Dec. 28, 2009; 5 p.m. EST

By CHARLES ODUM AP Sports Writer

Temple vs. UCLA (9-3) (6-6) EAGLEBANK BOWL Washington, D.C. Dec. 29, 2009; 4:30 p.m. EST

ATLANTA — One score really got the attention of Virginia Tech’s coaches as they prepared for Thursday night’s matchup with Tennessee in the Chick-fil-A Minnesota vs. Iowa State Virginia Tech vs. Tennessee Bowl.(6-6) (6-6) (9-3) (7-5) INSIGHT12, BOWL CHICK-FIL-A BOWL Alabama Tennessee Tempe, Ariz. Atlanta 10. Dec. 31, 2009; 6 p.m. EST Dec. 31, 2009; 7:30 p.m. EST The Vols’ narrow loss at way when you get ready to No. 1 Alabama on Oct. 24 play Tennessee and Monte impressed Virginia Tech offensive coordinator Bryan Kiffin. “It’s a great defense, a Stinespring. Alabama great defensive coordinator. opened its season with a He’s proven it over the test 34-24 win over the Hokies of time, the same way Bud but couldn’t reach the end has. You know what you’re zone against Tennessee. going to get.Carolina You’revs. going to “Alabama managed four a St. vs. Mississippi Connecticut vs. S. Carolina East Arkansas 3) (8-4) goals,” Stinespring (7-5) (7-5)line up against (9-4) one of (7-5) the field LIBERTY BOWL OTTON BOWL PAPAJOHNS.COM BOWL best defenses in the counright Memphis, Tenn. Dallas said. “There it is Birmingham, Ala. try, as we in Blacksburg. Jan.do 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 2010; 2 p.m. EST Jan. 2, 2010; 2 p.m. EST Pasadena, Calif. there. You understand Jan. 7, 2010; 8 p.m. EST It excites you.” what’s in front of you.” Nashville 40 23 14 3 49 116 117 Vermont 71, Mount St. Mary’s, ColoradoCarolina 92, Grambling St. 43 Md. 69 CORRECTS South a runVirginiaFIX Tech returnsFBC bowlEach WL MATCHUPS 121709: gameteam logoshas with team helmets; stand-alone; various sizes; WJC; 6 p.m.</AP> Denver 65, Arkansas St. 60 Detroit EST 39 19 14 6 44 100 101 helmet in Papa John’s Bowl ning back on the verge of to the Georgia Dome, the Gonzaga 88, UC Santa Barbara 52 MIDWEST St. Louis 39 17 17 5 39 102 111 Loyola Marymount 74, Seattle 68 Ashland 71, Wilberforce 67 Columbus 41 15 18 8 38 109 138 setting a school record for site of the loss to Alabama, Standings N. Colorado 72, Air Force 53 Cincinnati 71, Connecticut 69 yards rushing in a season. to face Tennessee, another N.C. State 59, Southern Cal 53 E. Michigan 72, Northwood, Mich. 58 EASTERN CONFERENCE Northwest Division New Mexico St. 80, N.M. Highlands 39 Gannon 59, Taylor 57 Tennessee senior MonAtlantic Division Southeastern Conference GP W L OT Pts GF GA Texas A&M 84, New Mexico 69 W L Pct GB Colorado 41 23 12 6 52 123 118 Guilford 82, Marietta 60 tario Hardesty needs 156 team. Hope 77, Davenport 62 Boston 23 7 .767 — Vancouver 40 23 16 1 47 125 99 yards to set the Vols’ singleThe No. 12 Hokies (9-3) TOURNAMENT Mary 76, Montana St.-Billings 62 Toronto 16 17 .485 8 1/2 Calgary 38 21 12 5 47 107 95 Christmas City Classic Michigan St. 87, Texas-Arlington 68 New York 12 20 .375 12 season mark. Virginia Tech are favored against the Minnesota 40 20 17 3 43 106 114 Championship Missouri 91, UMKC 57 Philadelphia 8 22 .267 15 Edmonton 39 15 20 4 34 110 131 freshman Ryan Williams unranked Vols (7-5), who Lehigh 68, St. Bonaventure 66, OT Murray St. 82, SIU-Edwardsville 51 New Jersey 3 29 .094 21 Third Place Olivet 89, Ohio Dominican 77 needs only 109 yards for have won four of their last Pacific Division Wagner 59, IUPUI 47 Robert Morris 72, Youngstown St. 67 Southeast Division the Hokies’ record. GP W L OT Pts GF GA five games. Georgia State Invitational Temple 70, N. Illinois 60 W L Pct GB San Jose 39 24 8 7 55 130 101 Wis.-Oshkosh 69, Marian, Wis. 63 Championship Williams’ 1,538 yards Virginia Tech coach Orlando 23 8 .742 — Phoenix 41 25 13 3 53 108 92 Georgia St. 76, Md.-Eastern Shore 49 Wis.-River Falls 74, Macalester 40 rushing is the eighth-most Frank Beamer said the Atlanta 21 10 .677 2 Los Angeles 39 22 14 3 47 116 115 Wittenberg 75, Marian, Ind. 66, OT Third Place Miami 16 13 .552 6 Dallas 39 17 11 11 45 116 121 by a freshman in NCAA Tenn.-Martin 69, MVSU 65 Vols developed into an Charlotte 12 18 .400 10 1/2 Anaheim 39 16 16 7 39 109 124 Hawk Holiday Classic SOUTHWEST history. He won Atlantic elite team at the end of the Washington 10 20 .333 12 1/2 Championship Lamar 76, St. Gregory’s 53 Coast Conference rookie of season. Monmouth, N.J. 57, La Salle 49 N. Colorado 64, TCU 53 NOTE: Two points for a win, one point for Central Division Third Place overtime loss. the year honors and scored “I go back to the final W L Pct GB Howard 87, Holy Cross 80, OT FAR WEST 20 touchdowns to set a results. It’s not where you Cleveland 26 8 .765 — Hilton Garden Classic N. Arizona 113, Northern New Mexico 68 Wednesday’s Games Championship Stephen F.Austin 64, Binghamton 43 Chicago 12 17 .414 11 1/2 conference record for a start, it’s where you end Colorado 4, Ottawa 3 Virginia Tech 56, Charlotte 54 Milwaukee 12 18 .400 12 New Jersey 2, Pittsburgh 0 freshman. up,” Beamer said WednesThird Place TOURNAMENT Detroit 11 20 .355 13 1/2 Montreal 2, Tampa Bay 1, OT N.J. Tech 69, Cent. Connecticut St. 66 Bill Sudeck Holiday Tournament Monte Kiffin can’t focus day. “Anyone that looked Indiana 9 22 .290 15 1/2 Boston 4, Atlanta 0 JMU Invitational Championship Philadelphia 6, N.Y. Rangers 0 only on Williams. Virginia at it would say this team’s Championship Ithaca 97, Case Reserve 94 WESTERN CONFERENCE Toronto at Edmonton, 9:30 p.m. right at the top of the SEC. Tech quarterback Tyrod James Madison 74, W. Michigan 65 Coaches vs. Cancer Big Apple Classic Southwest Division Los Angeles at Calgary, 9:30 p.m. Third Place Championship W L Pct GB They have won four of their Taylor passed for 2,102 Washington at San Jose, 10 p.m. UNC Asheville 50, Lafayette 43 William Paterson 76, Old Westbury 65 Dallas 22 9 .710 — yards this season with last five. Maggie Dixon Surf N Slam Classic Third Place San Antonio 18 11 .621 3 Thursday’s Games Third Place CCNY 63, Buffalo St. 62 13 touchdowns and four “We played Alabama Houston 19 13 .594 3 1/2 Montreal at Florida, 5 p.m. California 85, Nevada 60 Dr Pepper Classic Memphis 15 16 .484 7 interceptions. and I saw how they played Colorado at Detroit, 7 p.m. SPC Holiday Classic Championship New Orleans 14 16 .467 7 1/2 N.Y. Islanders at Ottawa, 7 p.m. Championship Chattanooga 68, E. Kentucky 54 “They’re very, very balAlabama, and they took Vancouver at St. Louis, 7 p.m. Chattanooga 66, St. Peter’s 50 Third Place anced,” Monte Kiffin said. it right to them. ... The Northwest Division San Jose at Phoenix, 7 p.m. Third Place Morgan St. 87, Long Island U. 70 W L Pct GB “That quarterback, I just Nashville at Columbus, 7 p.m. Richmond 63, Morgan St. 60 Russ Devette Tournament bottom line is that we’re Denver 20 12 .625 — San Diego Surf ’N Slam Third Place N.Y. Rangers at Carolina, 8 p.m. think he’s special. ... Tyrod playing one of the best, if Portland 20 13 .606 1/2 Third Place Grace Bible 76, Madonna 51 Anaheim at Dallas, 8 p.m. Taylor has really come a not the best, teams in the Utah 18 13 .581 1 1/2 Wake Forest 52, Valparaiso 34 UCF Holiday Classic Los Angeles at Minnesota, 8 p.m. Oklahoma City 17 14 .548 2 1/2 Championship New Jersey at Chicago, 8:30 p.m. long way. He’s really a seaSEC, and we understand Jacksonville 61, UCF 51 Minnesota 7 26 .212 13 1/2 Edmonton at Calgary, 9 p.m. soned veteran quarterback. that.” Third Place Buffalo 81, Liberty 64 Pacific Division He’s a leader out there Beamer also was W L Pct GB now. He’s very confident in impressed by Tennessee’s L.A. Lakers 25 6 .806 — Wednesday’s Women’s Scores Wednesday’s Sports Transactions strong play in its 23-13 loss what he does.” Phoenix 20 12 .625 5 1/2 SOUTH By The Associated Press Sacramento 14 16 .467 10 1/2 Hardesty has 1,306 at Florida. Wednesday’s Men’s Scores Alabama 87, Southern Miss. 61 L.A. Clippers 13 17 .433 11 1/2 Appalachian St. 74, George Mason 54 SOUTH BASEBALL yards rushing and 12 “You look at how they Golden State 9 22 .290 16 Campbell 84, Winston-Salem 54 Alabama 77, Tennessee St. 65 n American League touchdowns. He finished played the good teams,” Florida 80, Jacksonville 54 Augusta St. 86, Mount Olive 61 OAKLAND ATHLETICS—Agreed to terms Wednesday’s Games Florida A&M 61, Alabama St. 59 Campbell 92, Appalachian St. 63 the regular season with a Beamer said. “They crank with RHP Justin Duchscherer on a one-year Cleveland 106, Atlanta 101 Florida St. 80, W. Carolina 47 Carson-Newman 76, Lees-McRae 57 contract. Designated LHP Jay Marshall for career-best 179 yards and it up.” Memphis 121, Indiana 110 Gardner-Webb 72, Longwood 58 Cent. Michigan 68, Alcorn St. 64 assignment. Toronto 107, Charlotte 103 Georgetown 72, Clemson 57 three TDs against KenDavidson 63, Massachusetts 61 The Hokies also finished n National League Orlando 117, Milwaukee 92 Georgia 80, Savannah St. 45 Florida 79, Presbyterian 38 tucky. Tennessee’s starting strong, winning their last ARIZONA DIAMONDBACKS—Agreed to terms New Jersey 104, New York 95 Georgia Southern 60, Florida Atlantic 43 Georgia 64, Pepperdine 47 with INF Kelly Johnson on a one-year contract. New Orleans 95, Miami 91 offensive line includes four four games. The bowl Louisiana-Monroe 69, Troy 67 Georgia College 88, Voorhees 45 Utah 107, Minnesota 103 McNeese St. 68, Norfolk St. 55 Jackson St. 88, Spring Hill 70 seniors. Quarterback Jonamatches two of college BASKETBALL Boston at Phoenix, 9 p.m. Mercer 58, Winthrop 49 Lehigh 73, Delaware St. 66, OT than Crompton, who threw n National Basketball Association L.A. Clippers at Portland, 10 p.m. football’s most respected Middle Tennessee 102, New Orleans 57 Louisville 73, South Florida 52 Philadelphia at Sacramento, 10 p.m. PORTLAND TRAIL BLAZERS—Signed F Shavlik Mississippi St. 108, Alcorn St. 67 Loyola, N.O. 85, Talladega 72 for 26 touchdowns, also is defensive coordinators. Randolph. N.C. Central 84, S. Carolina St. 54 Maryville, Tenn. 83, Tenn. Wesleyan 67 a senior. Bud Foster’s Virginia Thursday’s Games Nicholls St. 56, Jackson St. 48 Miami 73, Bethune-Cookman 55 Chicago at Detroit, 3 p.m. FOOTBALL S.C.-Upstate 71, Presbyterian 52 North Carolina 87, Albany, N.Y. 70 “We’ve got our hands full Tech defense allowed no Miami at San Antonio, 7 p.m. Tennessee 102, Old Dominion 62 North Florida 66, Palm Beach Atlantic 59 n National Football League from a defensive standsecond-half points in the Dallas at Houston, 7 p.m. Tennessee St. 74, Belmont 66 Old Dominion 63, Duquesne 54 CINCINNATI BENGALS—Placed LB Rey Utah at Oklahoma City, 8 p.m. point,” Foster said. “I think Tennessee Tech 94, Bluefield 62 four consecutive wins and Radford 80, George Mason 53 Maualuga on injured reserve. Signed TE Darius Philadelphia at L.A. Clippers, 9:30 p.m. UAB 75, Austin Peay 66 Southern Miss. 87, Dillard 55 Hill from the practice squad. Signed TE Carson ranks 14th in the nation in this is one of the better Va. Commonwealth 70, Coppin St. 40 Southern U. 67, Chicago St. 60 Butler to the practice squad. offensive lines that we’ve total yards allowed. William & Mary 55, Delaware St. 47 Spalding 74, Mount St. Joseph 60 CLEVELAND BROWNS—Signed OL Scott St. Thomas, Fla. 79, Xavier, NO 61 Monte Kiffin, Tennessee faced this year as well as Kooistra. Waived LB Arnold Harrison. Signed EAST Tenn.-Martin 71, Westminster, Mo. 59 DB Joe Porter to the practice squad. one of the outstanding coach Lane Kiffin’s father, Army 58, Ramapo 42 Tennessee Tech 95, Union, Ky. 46 DENVER BRONCOS—Signed P Britton Colquitt Columbia 64, Robert Morris 63 Tulane 78, N. Carolina A&T 54 tailbacks in college football has a 16th-ranked defense from Miami’s practice squad. Standings Dayton 57, Dartmouth 36 Vanderbilt 86, Manhattan 48 today.” INDIANAPOLIS COLTS—Signed WR Sam EASTERN CONFERENCE led by star safety Eric Delaware 57, Massachusetts 55 Virginia 72, UAB 63 Giguere from the practice squad. Waived QB Atlantic Division George Washington 45, Rutgers 43 Foster, in his 23rd seaVirginia Tech 85, Longwood 50 Berry. The Vols are 10th in Drew Willy and signed him to the practice GP W L OT Pts GF GA Hartford 65, Bowling Green 60 W. Carolina 87, UNC Asheville 76 the nation against the pass. son at Virginia Tech, said squad. Signed WR John Matthews and LB New Jersey 38 28 9 1 57 112 81 Princeton 77, Fairleigh Dickinson 44 William & Mary 83, Maryland 77 Brandon Renkart to the practice squad. Pittsburgh 41 26 14 1 53 130 107 Wingate 66, Armstrong Atlantic 63 Monte Kiffin is “one of the Stinespring said he’s Siena 51, Sacred Heart 45 MIAMI DOLPHINS—Placed LB Channing Philadelphia 39 19 18 2 40 112 109 Syracuse 58, New Hampshire 48 legends of all of football.” motivated by the matchup Crowder on the injured list. N.Y. Rangers 39 18 17 4 40 105 112 Vermont 58, Rhode Island 49 EAST The two sat together at a against Monte Kiffin’s NEW ORLEANS SAINTS—Signed DT Rodney N.Y. Islanders 41 16 18 7 39 99 126 Albright 68, Johns Hopkins 52 West Virginia 78, Santa Clara 55 Leisle and TE Tory Humphrey. Released CB Baruch 89, Manhattanville 84 dinner for assistant coaches defense, and said facing MIDWEST Greg Fassitt and CB Herana-Daze Jones. ReBecker 72, Clark U. 71 Northeast Division on Tuesday night. Foster’s unit in practice is Butler 82, Ball St. 67 Bowling Green 70, Towson 69 signed Fassitt to the practice squad. GP W L OT Pts GF GA Detroit 67, Colgate 44 Bucknell 70, Marist 67, OT “That’s a lot of knowlSEATTLE SEAHAWKS—Placed WR Mike Hass good preparation. Buffalo 39 24 11 4 52 107 90 Iowa St. 67, Fairfield 37 Cent. Connecticut St. 89, UMBC 86, 2OT on injured reserve. Signed G Trevor Canfield Boston 39 20 12 7 47 103 94 “Every day when you hit edge right there, at lot Kansas 82, Pepperdine 63 from Arizona’s practice squad. Signed WR Ottawa 40 20 16 4 44 112 119 Clarion 81, Waynesburg 53 LSU 56, Xavier 47 the field, when you’re going of good coaching at that Patrick Carter to the practice squad. Montreal 42 20 19 3 43 109 115 DeSales 101, Centenary, N.J. 64 Miami (Ohio) 85, E. Illinois 78 WASHINGTON REDSKINS—Placed OL Mike Toronto 40 14 17 9 37 113 139 Flagler 86, Geneva 74 against Bud and the caliber table,” Beamer said. N. Carolina A&T 71, UMKC 64 Harvard 66, George Washington 53 Williams and S Reed Doughty on injured The 69-year-old Kiffin of defense he puts on the Nebraska 88, Albany, N.Y. 41 Lehman 73, Rutgers-Camden 70 reserve. Signed P.J. Hill off Philadelphia’s Southeast Division Maine 65, Columbia 59 said he often is asked about field every single day, you practice squad and CB Marcus McCauley. GP W L OT Pts GF GA SOUTHWEST N.J. Tech 67, Polytechnic 31 Washington 39 24 9 6 54 142 109 working for his son. better bring the ’A’ game,” Baylor 100, Texas-Pan American 46 NYU 85, Hunter 69 HOCKEY Atlanta 39 18 17 4 40 124 125 Louisiana Tech 82, UTSA 72 Navy 78, Coppin St. 75 “I say he’s the head Stinespring said. “You n National Hockey League Tampa Bay 40 15 15 10 40 100 120 Nazareth, N.Y. 77, Pitt.-Bradford 73 Maine 87, Stephen F.Austin 84 coach and I’m the assisbetter prepare yourself for ANAHEIM DUCKS—Assigned LW Kyle Calder to Florida 40 16 17 7 39 113 128 New Hampshire 63, Colgate 55 Oklahoma 95, Cal St.-Fullerton 76 Toronto (AHL). Carolina 39 10 22 7 27 99 143 Princeton 45, Wagner 42 Rice 90, Hofstra 71 tant, so I call him ‘Coach,”’ a tough day at the office NASHVILLE PREDATORS—Recalled F SMU 62, Texas Southern 56 Quinnipiac 73, Dartmouth 51 and play as well as you can Kiffin said. “As long as Mike Santorelli and D Alexander Sulzer from WESTERN CONFERENCE Texas A&M-Corpus Christi 70, Colorado St. 58 Sacred Heart 83, Brown 78 he calls me ‘dad’ we’ll get Milwaukee (AHL). Central Division play or it’s not going to go Texas-Arlington 77, Houston Baptist 65 St. Bonaventure 82, Canisius 75 ST. LOUIS BLUES—Recalled F Derek Armstrong GP W L OT Pts GF GA St. Rose 94, Mercy, N.Y. 72 along fine.” well for you. It’s the same

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Horoscopes ARIES (March 21-April 19): You cannot leave anything undone. Answer questions being asked and you will discover exactly what you must do to turn around a stressful situation. A strict budget, along with lowering your overhead will bring good results. 4 stars TAURUS (April 20-May 20): Someone from your past will offer a different opinion that makes sense to you and complements your own plans. Clear your head of any temptation and follow the road that leads to stability and a better future. 3 stars GEMINI (May 21-June 20): You won’t be too clear about your past, present or future but you will have some interesting ideas to run by someone in the know and who may be able to help you. This is the time to lower debt, not take on more. 3 stars CANCER (June 21-July 22): Visiting someone you don’t see often will help to clear up some uncertainty about your future. A partnership will open up doors that have been closed in the past, allowing you some financial and geographical maneuverability. 3 stars LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): Don’t sit back waiting for things to come to you. You can start anew if you line up the people you need to pursue your goals. Your contributions in the past will put you in a stellar position. A change of location will lead to an important discovery. 4 stars VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): Network all you can and offer your opinions, suggestions and friendship in return for the same. The more outlets you have and connections you make, the easier it will be to obtain the goals you

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have set for the new year. 2 stars LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): A good idea will develop with someone who has an unusual way of looking at situations. Socialize with people you don’t get to see often. It’s never too late to reunite with someone who inspires you. 5 stars SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): Lower your overhead so you can diminish the stress you’ve been experiencing and get back to what you enjoy doing most. A move can help you reconnect with some of your talents, allowing you greater options in the new year. 3 stars SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): Don’t lose sight of your goals but don’t neglect anyone who may be able to help you in the future. You have to walk a fine line, allowing others freedom so you can maintain your own. Money or a deal is heading your way. 3 stars CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): Don’t back down even if someone begs for your support or financial assistance. Stick to your own game plan if you want to enter the new year feeling good about your future and confident you can finish whatever you start. 3 stars AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): Spend time with friends or colleagues. You will make the most headway by sharing your views and taking part as a team player. An interesting surprise will help you make a decision you’ve been laboring over. 5 stars PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): Don’t let envy be your downfall. Making assumptions based on what others tell you is a waste of time. Do your best and show everyone that you measure up to whatever challenge or competition you face. 2 stars

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Stay put or get a designated driver if you plan to bring the new year in with a bang. As long as you are smart about the way you do things, you will have no regrets and could even turn out to be everyone’s hero. 2 stars SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): Get away if you can. Visiting people you don’t see that often or setting up a private party for two will all work to your advantage. A change in your direction is apparent and the possibilities appear to be endless. 5 stars SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): Don’t drive or travel too far if you don’t have to. Something that sounds profitable to you will lead to an interesting meeting and possible partnership. 3 stars CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): You are ready to put this year behind you. Any chance you get to initiate change as quickly as possible will help to set the stage for what’s to come. You are ready to mix and match some of your old ideas with your current ones. It’s time for a new beginning. 3 stars AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): Don’t rule out any last-minute responsibilities. You have to take care of the people who have taken care of you in the past. The future is in your hands and must be dealt with competently if you don’t want to disappoint others as well as yourself. 3 stars PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): Don’t limit what you can do because you haven’t taken care of some challenging personal situations. Once you have done what’s required, you will be able to face the world with the knowledge that you are free and clear to pursue your own destiny. 5 stars

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Horoscopes ARIES (March 21-April 19): You may feel dragged down by the past and what you have had to endure but it’s essential that you close the door to the memories that are holding you back. Recognize and appreciate what’s ahead of you. 2 stars TAURUS (April 20-May 20): Share your thoughts with the people you see playing an integral part in your life this year. Toast to a healthy, happy and prosperous year, sharing what you hope to achieve. 4 stars GEMINI (May 21-June 20): You need to consider broadening your geographic professional destinations. A chance to sign a contract is apparent if you apply for something out of your jurisdiction. Don’t let obstacles stand in the way of your progress. 3 stars CANCER (June 21-July 22): Say goodbye to old habits and people and places no longer beneficial to you. Looking ahead may be frightening but, once you make the alterations, you will wonder what took you so long. The future looks bright. 3 stars LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): You may need to take a time out to rejuvenate and prepare for the upcoming week. Reflect, rethink and reorganize until you have everything ready to go. Overindulgence of any kind will leave you unprepared and behind schedule. 3 stars VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): Make decisions, statements and a motion to start the ball rolling. It’s the way you deal with others that will enable you to open doors and set the stage for a stellar year. Practical, patient and pensive will lead to success. 4 stars LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): If

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you go looking for trouble, you will find it. Steer clear of anyone who is pressuring you or giving you an ultimatum. Emotions will be high and tempers short if you are around people who are overindulgent. 2 stars SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): Don’t sit around waiting for things to happen. Make your plans and follow through. A trip or getting together with neighbors or friends will help you clear up some matters that have you concerned and you can begin the new year on the right foot. 5 stars SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): Something or someone you least expect will leave you in an awkward position. Be ready to make a few last-minute changes that will protect you from an emotional burden. Creative accounting will buy you time. 3 stars CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): Moderation, practicality and keeping things simple will be the answer to a bigger and better future. Changes made now are long overdue but will be certain to bring about positive results as you reach your destination. 3 stars AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): It’s time for you to set goals and to put an end to the things that are no longer in your best interest. By helping others, you will generate future favors, enabling you to attain your own personal and professional goals. 3 stars PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): The help you offer those in need will be appreciated and reciprocated. Your presence at functions that require time, effort and services will help you get projects (that were impossible in the past) off the ground in the near future. 5 stars

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and place of Beginning as shown on survey of Bobbitt Surveying, P.A. R.L.S. dated September 11, 1995 and entitled “Nathaniel and Novella F. Solomon and Survey for Diedra Solomon.” The above described tract of land is a triangular shaped tract taken from the eastern portion of land owned by the grantor herein (who is the widow of the late Nathaniel Solomon) and said reference to land described at Book 449, Page 57 and Deed Book 502, Page 193 in the Office of the Vance County of Deeds. Save and except any releases, deeds of release or prior conveyances of record. Said property is commonly known as 2396 Spring Valley Road, Henderson, NC 27537. 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 Byron Murphy.

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.

Book 1050 at Page 396, 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 6, 2010 at 1:00 pm, and will sell to the highest bidder for cash the following described property situated in Vance County, North Carolina, to wit: Begin at an existing iron pin on the southern right of way for Mum Lane, common corner for John C. Heath and the property described herein, said point being further located S. 07 deg. 04’ 00” E. 617.00 feet from a point in the intersection of Lilly Lane and Mum Lane; from said beginning point run thence along the southern right of way for Mum Lane S. 36 deg. 03’ 17” E. 88.26 feet to a new iron pin; continue thence along the southern right of way for Mum Lane and along a perimeter of a curve having a radius of 814.17 feet in a general southeasterly direction and along an arc with a length of 43.57 feet to a new iron pin set at bent existing iron pipe, northwestern corner for Lot 56; run thence along the line for Lot 56 S. 53 deg. 51’ 51” W. 227.12 feet to an existing iron pipe and control corner in line for Lot 33; run thence along the line for Lot 33 and 34 N. 40 deg. 20’ 11” W. 132.15 to an existing iron pin, southeastern corner for Heath; run thence along Heath line N. 53 deg. 51’ 37” E. 235.93 feet to an existing iron pin, the point and place of the beginning. The same containing 0.70 acres as shown on plat of survey for Homeboys Housing Center Inc., prepared by

Bobbitt Surveying PA on March 11, 2004. The same being Lot 55 of Spring Forest Subdivision, Phase IV as shown in map recorded in Plat Book W, Page 9, Vance County Registry, reference to which is also made for further description. This security includes a 2004 Champion BG295 manufactured home, 76x28, Serial #023-04295-05623AB. An affidavit establishing the manufactured home described above as real property has heretofore been filed in Book 1040, Page 499, Vance County Registry. Save and except any releases, deeds of release or prior conveyances of record. Said property is commonly known as 166 Mum Lane, Henderson, NC 27537. 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 Pamela Denise Johnston.

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.

1151 at Page 255, 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 6, 2010 at 1:00 pm, and will sell to the highest bidder for cash the following described property situated in Vance County, North Carolina, to wit: Being at an existing iron pin on the southern margin of the right of way of Vintage Lane, northern corner for Lot 25 as shown on map recorded in Plat Book W, Page 20 Vance County Registry; from said beginning point run thence along the lines for Lots 25 and 26, 55º 15’ 43” W. 249.997 feet to an existing iron pin; run thence along the lines for Lot 26 and 27 S. 88º 29’ 05” W. 170.66 feet to an existing iron pipe, common corner for Lots 22, 23, 27 and the property described herein; run thence along the line for Lot 23 N. 34º 38’ 26” E. 238.77 feet to an existing iron pin and N. 82º 47’ 30” E. 135.50 feet to an existing iron pin on the southern margin of the right of way for Vintage Lane; run thence along the southern margin of the right of way for Vintage Lane and along a perimeter of a curve having a radius of 284.12 feet in a general southeasterly direction and along an arc with a length of 126.04 feet to an existing iron pin, the point and place of

beginning. The same containing 1.024 acres as shown on plat of survey for Sheila Barnes prepared by Cawthorne and Associates RLS, PA on August 25, 2000 and being Lot 24 of Aycock Village Subdivision as shown on map recorded in Plat Book W, Page 20, Vance County Registry. Also conveyed is a permanent nonexclusive right of ingress, egress and regress to and from the property hereinabove described and SR 1523 along Vintage Lane and Coghill Dickerson Lane as shown on the plat referred to herein-above. Save and except any releases, deeds of release or prior conveyances of record. Said property is commonly known as 49 Vintage Lane, 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 Jolisha

Under and by virtue of a Power of Sale contained in that certain Deed of Trust executed by Byron Murphy, unmarried, to First American Title Insurance Company, Trustee(s), which was dated May 26, 2006 and recorded on May 26, 2006 in Book 1121 at Page 750, 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 6, 2010 at 1:00 pm, and will sell to the highest bidder for cash the following described property situated in Vance County, North Carolina, to wit: Commitment No: 06ST-1646. Beginning at an existing iron pin located on the northeast side of Spring Valley Road (State Road #1317), Henderson, Township, North Carolina and said iron pipe being further located 1507.78 feet from the intersection of State Road 1317 and N.C. Highway 39; thence North 38º 36’00” East 389.36 feet along Nathaniel and Novella Soloman old property line (Deed Book 449, Page 57) to an iron pipe; thence South 19º 38’ 01” West 257.12 feet along the western edge of Middle Baptist Association, Inc. property line (Deed Book 581, Page 396) to an iron pipe; thence South 68º 21’ 06” West 168.40 feet along Charlie Steed and Edith I. Steed (Deed Book 734, Page 29) to an iron pipe, and said iron pipe being the point

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 Dec 24,31, 2009 NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE NORTH CAROLINA VANCE COUNTY 09 SP 179 Under and by virtue of a Power of Sale contained in that certain Deed of Trust executed by Pamela Denise Johnston to Catherwood Law Firm, Trustee(s), which was dated June 16, 2004 and recorded on June 17, 2004 in

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. 09-16821-FC01, 647184 AMENDED NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE NORTH CAROLINA VANCE COUNTY 09 SP 103 Under and by virtue of a Power of Sale contained in that certain Deed of Trust executed by Jolisha Williams to PRLAP, Inc, Trustee(s), which was dated May 21, 2007 and recorded on May 22, 2007 in Book

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Legals Williams. 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. 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, 09-11091-FC01, 648275 Dec 24,31, 2009 NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE NORTH CAROLINA VANCE COUNTY 09 SP 171 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

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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. 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.

recorded on March 30, 2001 in Book 912 at Page 697; and because of default in the payment of the indebtedness secured thereby and failure to carry out and perform the stipulations and agreements contained therein and, pursuant to demand of the owner and holder of the indebtedness secured by said Deed of Trust, the undersigned Substitute Trustee will place for sale, at public auction, to the highest bidder for cash at the usual place of sale at Vance County Courthouse, in Henderson, North Carolina at 1:00 PM on Wednesday, January 6, 2010, that parcel of land, including improvements thereon, situated, lying and being in the City of Henderson, County of Vance, State of North Carolina, and being more particularly described as follows: All of Lot 19A of Deerfield Farms Subdivision, Phase II, as shown on map recorded in plat Book U, Page 407, Vance County Registry. Together with a certain 1996 Fleetwood manufactured home with Serial # GAFLS35A10875HH12 described on the above property. Address of property: 483 Hunter Road, Henderson, NC 27536. Present Record Owners: Brittany Landon Stroud, heir and Ryan Michael Jarrell, heir and any unknown, minor and incompetent heirs of Cynthia F. Stroud. The terms of the sale are that the real property hereinbefore described will be sold for cash to the highest bidder. A deposit of five percent (5%) of the amount of the bid or Seven Hundred Fifty Dollars ($750.00), whichever is greater, is required and must be tendered in the form of certified funds at the time of the sale. In the event that the Owner and Holder or its intended assignee is exempt from paying the same, the successful bidder shall be required to pay revenue stamps on the Trustee’s Deed, and any Land Transfer Tax. The real property hereinabove described is being offered for sale "AS IS, WHERE IS" and will be sold subject to all superior liens, unpaid taxes, and special assessments. Other conditions will be announced at the sale. The sale will be held open for ten (10) days for upset bids as by law required. 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 sale and reinstatement of the loan without the knowledge of the Trustee(s). If the validity of the sale is challenged by any party, the Trustee(s), in their sole discretion, if they believe the challenge to have merit, may declare the sale to be void and return the deposit. The purchaser will have no further remedy. Additional Notice Where the Real Property is Residential With Less Than 15 Rental Units: 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. 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. Any person who occupies the property pursuant to a bona fide lease or tenancy may have additional rights pursuant to Title VII of 5.896 Protecting Tenants at Foreclosure Act which became effective on May 20, 2009. Dated: December 10, 2009

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David A. Simpson, P.C. Substitute Trustee Kellam & Pettit, P.A. Attorneys for the Substitute Trustee 704-442-9500 Dec 24,31, 2009 CREDITOR’S NOTICE All persons, firms and corporations having claims against Leslie Kenneth Dorr, deceased, are notified to exhibit them to Jean D. Lusted, Administratrix CTA of the decedent’s estate, on or before March 10, 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 Administratrix CTA.

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3007 Sydney Hill. 2859 sq.ft. 3BR, 2.5BA. Quiet cul-de-sac near HCC golf course. Screened-in porch, Florida room, more! Only $225,000! Call Denise at Remax/ Carriage Realty 252-431-4015 Homes & MHs. Lease option to owner finance. As low as $47,900. $2000 dn. $495/mo. 2, 3 & 4BR. 252-492-8777

Manufactured Homes For Sale 1999 16x80 3BR, 2BA. Like new. Cash only! I also buy SWs. Bobby Faulkner 252-438-8758 or 252-432-2035 Beautiful country setting. Ready to move in! 3BR, 2BA singlewide on 1 acre of land. 336-597-5539. Owner Financing, 1988 3BR, 2BA, $11,800.00 down pymt $161.01+tax+ins. On rented lot. Call Currin Real Estate 252-492-7735

LEASE TO OWN 4BR Doublewide. Need Good Credit or Lots of Cash. $69K and $725/mo. 919-693-8984

Farm Equipment Wanted to Buy Used Farm Equipment & Tractors 919-603-7211

Boats For Sale 1999 Trail Star boat trailer w/1979 Sylvan 28ft pontoon. 50HP Evinrude. Fair cond. $3000. 252-456-9818.

Trucks & Trailers For Sale 1991 Chevrolet 1500 long bed pickup. 350 engine. Automatic. Towing pkg. Fair cond. $2300. 252-456-9818.

Autos For Sale 2006 Chevrolet Impala LT. All power options. Remote start. Rear spoiler. White w/gray interior. 82K mi. 30+ MPG. $11,000 OBO. 252-430-6469.

Vans 1995 Chevrolet G20. 6.5 diesel engine. Towing package. Good condition. $2900. 252-456-9818.

DIRECTOR OF NURSING PROGRAM Vance-Granville Community College is seeking a Director of Nursing Program. Duties include but are not limited to the following: developing and implementing the goals and objectives of the Nursing Program consistent with the institutional goals; supervising staff, coordinating functions, and preparing work schedules; preparing and administering the budget; developing curriculum and scheduling of course offerings; scheduling clinical sites; enhancing public relations with the community and community agencies; and other duties as assigned by the Dean of Health Sciences. Master’s degree in Nursing, a current unrestricted license as a Registered Nurse in North Carolina, a minimum of two years prior employment in direct patient care as a registered nurse, and a minimum of two years teaching nursing in an associate, diploma, or BSN program are required. Degrees and hours must be from a regionally accredited college or university. Applicants may apply online at www.vgcc.edu or call the Human Resources office at (252) 492-206l to request applications. Position is open until filled; review of applications will begin immediately. Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer

www.vgcc.edu


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