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Cooper signs voting bill into law Raleigh Governor Roy Cooper signed HB335 into law, which restores the last Saturday before the 2018 election day as a one-stop early voting day. The measure means that N.C. voters can register to vote and vote early until 1 p.m. on Nov. 3, 2018. The bill also says that if a county opens any one-stop voting site on a Saturday, it must open them all. The measure passed the N.C. Senate unanimously and passed the House 70-48, with only one Democrat voting in favor of it.

Only some migrant families to be reunited in U.S. as deadline arrives New York Facing a court-imposed deadline, the U.S. government said Tuesday it expects to have reunited 54 young children and parents separated by immigration officials after crossing into the United States from Mexico. It could not meet the July 10 deadline for all of the roughly 100 children under five years old it had been ordered to reunify because, in some cases, children's parents had already been deported or failed a criminal background check. Others were unable to prove the relationship and some detained parents had been released from custody and could not be contacted. The children were separated from their parents under a "zero tolerance" immigration policy, which called for the enforcement of laws against crossing the border without authorization. President Trump signed an executive order ending the separations in June and a federal judge in California ordered that the youngest children be returned to their parents by July 10.

Confederate flag flies again at S.C. capital Columbia, S.C. On Tuesday the Confederate battle flag returned to the S.C. State House, but only for one day. Members of the S.C. Secessionist Party held a ceremony on the third anniversary of the permanent removal of the flag from the state capital grounds. Each July 10 since the flag was removed the party has been permitted to put the flag back up near the Confederate soldiers' monument.

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Trump’s Supreme Court pick tests vulnerable Senate Democrats By James Oliphant Reuters WASHINGTON, D.C. — It may soon become difficult to determine who sits in the hotter seat: President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh, or Senate Democrats from conservative states who must decide whether they are jeopardizing their political careers by opposing him. Trump, a Republican, named Kavanaugh, a federal appeals court judge from Washington, D.C, to the highest court on Monday, setting the stage for a political fight that could consume the weeks before the congressional elections in November. “In nominating Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court, President Trump has put forth a highly qualified and respected candidate committed to the rule of law,” said Sen. Richard Burr (R-N.C.) on Monday night. “Judge Kavanaugh’s credentials are impeccable, and as a judge for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit he has considered many of the most pressing le-

gal questions of our time.” Conservative advocacy groups are ready to pressure five moderate Senate Democrats to support Kavanaugh, all of whom are up for re-election in states that overwhelmingly backed Trump in his presidential run. They argue that not doing so will damage the senators politically. The Senate must confirm Trump’s nominee by a majority vote. The president’s party holds 51 of 100 Senate seats, so liberal groups will apply pressure on those same Democrats to hold firm against Kavanaugh because the loss of only a Republican vote or two could sink the nomination. “They are stuck between a rock and a hard place,” said Ford O’Connell, a Republican strategist. Three of those largely rural state Democrats, Joe Donnelly of Indiana, Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota, and Joe Manchin of West Virginia, voted to confirm Trump’s previous Supreme Court nominee, Neil Gorsuch, last year. All three have touted their ability to work with Trump on various issues.

The other two Democrats in socalled red states that lean Republican, Claire McCaskill of Missouri and Jon Tester of Montana, are also at risk of losing their seats. “Obstructing confirmation will only backfire on vulnerable redstate Democrats and show voters that all their talk of bipartisanship is nothing but hot air,” Katie Martin, communications director for the National Republican Senatorial Committee, which backs Republican Senate candidates, told Reuters. To that end, the Judicial Crisis Network, which pushes for conservative judicial nominees, will launch a $1.4 million ad campaign targeting Donnelly, Heitkamp and Manchin, according to a representative for the group. Americans for Prosperity, a conservative policy advocacy group backed by the influential Koch network, has planned a seven-figure ad campaign to support Kavanaugh, as it did last year on behalf of Gorsuch, as well as mounting a grassroots campaign in Indiana, North Dakota and West Virginia.

Trump himself has been keenly aware of the political dynamic involved. The White House invited on Monday several vulnerable Democratic senators to the event naming Kavanaugh in order to place maximum pressure on their vote. Each declined. As a counterweight, a new liberal interest group, Demand Justice, plans to spend as much as $5 million to push the moderate Democrats to hold fast against the nominee, as well as attempt to persuade two moderate Republican senators, Susan Collins of Maine and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, to oppose Kavanaugh. Democrats have another reason to worry about the impact of the Supreme Court nomination, said Stuart Rothenberg, a nonpartisan political analyst in Washington. The red-state senators’ support for Kavanaugh could dampen the Democratic Party’s anti-Trump enthusiasm and, as a result, reduce voter turnout in the congressional elections. See SUPREME COURT, page A8

Residents file petition in support of farming neighbors An estimated 1,600 farming advocates turn out for Duplin County rally on Tuesday

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The 2012 Democratic National Convention contributed an estimated $91 million in direct spending to the city of Charlotte.

Democrat opposition to RNC event grows Republicans to meet next week on whether N.C. will host their 2020 convention, some Democrats say they’ll fight it By David Larson for the North State Journal CHARLOTTE — A movement to prevent Charlotte from being the location of the 2020 Republican National Convention is picking up steam in North Carolina. At least two of the Charlotte City Council’s Democratic members have made statements that they will oppose the convention. Other Democratic state and city leaders, including Charlotte Mayor Vi Lyles, back the event however. The Republican National Convention will meet next week on July 17 to decide between Las Vegas and Charlotte as the site for their convention two years from now. Christian Holm in Lyles’ office confirmed to North State Journal on Tuesday that the trip

was still on the mayor’s calendar and she still supports bringing conventions, including the RNC, to the city when possible. President Barack Obama’s second Democratic National Convention was held in the same Spectrum Center in 2012. The Charlotte Regional Visitors Authority, the group that will travel with the mayor to Austin, said it is not interested in getting involved in the politics of these events. “Our scope of work is about pursuing meetings and conventions that will have a local economic impact and keep people working,” CRVA communications director Laura White told the North State Journal. “We conducted an economic impact study after the 2012 DNC Convention, and it had an $163.6 million total impact with $91 million in direct spending.” White said this was the “highest economic impact the city has ever seen from a single event on record,” and it had more than 35,000 attendees. Similar numSee RNC, page A2

“We did sign the petition in 1991 and then built our house in 1992. It was mostly because of a fear of the unknown,” said Pierson, who works for Farm Bureau Insurance in BeuBy Donna King laville. “Since then my wife walks North State Journal with the dog every day and I run. We’ve held engagement parties outDUPLIN COUNTY — A rally in side around our pool, we’ve never Duplin County brought out more had a problem with smell or anythan 1,000 supporters of the state’s thing.” The debate over the two petifarming industry, calling recent nuisance lawsuits an attack on their in- tions, signed nearly three decades apart, is coming up again as Smithdustry. The rally came as a group of res- field works an appeal of the June deidents in Duplin County launched cision. The rulings so far were on an effort to push back against the two lawsuits filed by neighbors who claimed that the smells lawsuits that may put their coming from the hog farming neighbors out of farm prevented them business. Fifteen residents from being able to use filed a petition in June with “Agriculture their land. They object the Duplin County manag- is a not a to the farms’ use of “laer in support of the local hog goons” for waste runoff. farms that are facing fall- nuisance These are two of nearout from recent nuisance – it’s a ly 30 similar lawsuits allawsuits. The N.C. farms blessing. ready filed by personprovide meat to Smithfield al injury attorneys from Foods, the defendant in the Proud to Austin, Texas on behalf suits and the largest pork stand with of hundreds of N.C. resiproducer in the world. The residents decided to #ncfamilies” dents. Advocates of the farmfile the new petition after ers say the claims are exthey found out that a 1991 — Rep. aggerated and motivated petition they signed was David Lewis by the promise of milsuccessfully used against lions in damages. The the farms in recent litiga- (R-Harnett) N.C. Farm Bureau estition. via Twitter mated on Twitter that “I was notified after the fact that they used our 25-year-old 1,600 people turned out on Tuessignatures in court; I just wanted to day at a farm in Duplin County for do the right thing and correct the re- a press event featuring Lt. Govercord,” said Duplin County resident nor Dan Forest, House Speaker Tim Doug Pierson. “We’ve been there for Moore, Agriculture Commissioner years and not had a complaint about Steve Troxler and Rep. David Lewis. The group called the lawsuits, the farm.” Pierson and more than a dozen of and the judgements, attacks on the his neighbors say the court that ruled farming industry. “Pig farmers are ‘bout to make against Smithfield Foods, awarding tens of millions to complainants, re- a stink,” tweeted one eastern N.C. fused to accept their June 2018 pe- farmer. Pierson and his neighbors echoed tition supporting the farm into evidence. The court did however take the support, saying that the court their 1991 petition asking that the refused their updated petition, but then-projected farm be moved to a different location on the same land. See FARMING, page A2


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Luz Rodriquez, the co-trustee of the Ernie Barnes estate and his longtime assistant, speaks about his life and paintings at a press conference at the North Carolina Museum of History, on June 28.

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NC Museum of History showcases life of artist Ernie Barnes An exhibit on the football player-turned-painter is now open By Liz Moomey North State Journal RALEIGH — A North Carolinian, a football player, an author, an actor and a painter. The North Carolina Museum of History is celebrating the life of Ernie Barnes. Born and raised in Durham, Barnes uses inspiration from his life — detailing the Hillside High School marching band, showcasing the community around him, and explaining his aspirations and potential setbacks. Although Barnes played college football at North Carolina College (now North Carolina Central University) and five seasons professionally, he always dreamed of being a painter. “Ernie Barnes was a professional American athlete and became a noted painter,” said Jackson Marshall, the deputy director of the North Carolina Museum of History. “He overcame to become a professional football player and a famous artist. His story is hope and inspiration and we are proud to tell his story.” Katie Edwards, the curator of the Ernie Barnes exhibit, explained how Barnes evolved from

a football player to a painter with the help of Sonny Werbin, the owner of the Jets. “He takes [his paintings] to this little studio and Sonny Werbin likes what he sees and asks, ‘How much did you make in the AFL last year?’” Edwards said. “He said $13,500 was his football salary. … He said, ‘A ll right, I will pay you $14,500 for six months. Paint me like 30 paintings and if I like what I see, I will give you your first exhibit in New York.’ And he did. “That’s what started his career. He finally had a patron. He basically paid him a football salary to just paint, which was Ernie’s dream. That’s what he wanted to do.” Barnes paintings gained national recognition, including his Sugar Shack dance scene piece used for Marvin Gaye’s album cover “I Want You,” and another shown in the closing credits of the African-American sitcom “Good Times.” The Sugar Shack painting was based off of a dance at the Durham Armory. Marshall explained Barnes is brought to life in his paintings. “In his prolific body of work, Barnes chronicled his personal experiences with football, music, dance, love, sports and the South,” Marshall said. Luz Rodriquez, the co-trust-

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Military families watch fireworks celebrating Independence Day at the White House in Washington, D.C., on July 4.

Fireworks disposal is easier, and more important, than you think By Donna King North State Journal RALEIGH — Millions of North Carolinians returned from Independence Day celebrations this week with the glow of patriotic fireworks still in their minds. But there are a lot of fireworks still in their garages and cars, too. Officials say to be extra careful. Injuries from fireworks continue long after the parades are over. “We have seen countless injuries since the Fourth of July, and we want to avoid anyone else from getting hurt,” said Insurance Commissioner and State Fire Marshal Mike Causey. “We’ve seen reports of adults who’ve been severely injured by the improper use of fireworks, and we’ve seen reports of children who have been hurt by the simple use of sparklers and firecrackers.”

Leftover unused — and used — fireworks contain gunpowder. Fire officials recommend that you soak them in water overnight and double bag them before disposal. If a firework was a dud, still treat it as though it is active and douse it. Do not soak it in a natural body of water, as the chemicals can damage a stream or lake’s ecosystem. When soaked and bagged, bring the trash to the local solid waste center. According to the National Fire Protection Association, handheld sparklers can burn at a temperature of 1,200 degrees or more. For perspective, water boils at 212 degrees, a cake bakes at 350 degrees and wood burns at 575 degrees. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission says that injuries from sparklers, bottle rockets and small firecrackers accounted for 3,900 injuries requiring emergency room visits.

bers of attendance are expected for an RNC event in 2020. The 9-2 Democratic Party-controlled Charlotte City Council is less united on the GOP event though — especially one that will likely nominate President Donald Trump for a run at a second term. LaWana Mayfield and Justin Harlow, Democratic members of the council, said they would oppose allowing the event to take place. Another Democratic council member, Braxton Winston, also expressed some concerns. “Over the next couple weeks, before we as a council will make this decision whether or not to host this event, I hope we have a robust and organized public discussion,” Winston said in a video discussing both the likely positive economic impacts but also reasons the convention should not be allowed to take place, namely that constituents believe the “values of this party do not represent the spoken priorities of this city.” Harlow announced his opposition on social media by saying, “I will not support the bid for the #RNC2020 in CLT. The only thing there is to be gained is money (economic impact) and too much to possibly be lost. I value differences in thought, but I’m not going to ignore the fact that this would not be

FARMING from page A1 also denied permission for jurors to visit the farms in question, which are sub-contractors to Murphy-Brown Smithfield Foods. One Duplin County couple was awarded $25 million by a jury two weeks ago and ten neighbors were awarded $51 million in a decision back in the spring. That award was later reduced to $3 million in accordance with statute. Before the legislature adjourned earlier this month, lawmakers over-

Katie Edwards, the curator of the North Carolina Roots of Artist Ernie Barnes, explains one of Ernie Barnes’ paintings during a tour of the exhibit. ee of the Ernie Barnes estate and longtime assistant, agreed. “Everything about his work really came back to North Carolina. … You will see his sense of humor,” she said. “You’ll see his passion for certain subjects. He only painted things that were related to him.” Don Pendergraft, the North Carolina Museum of History’s exhibit design chief, explained Barnes was a true North Carolinian. “This is the story of an in-

credible North Carolinian,” Pendergraft said. “He reminds me of the North Carolina toast. I’m not going to do the whole thing, but you know the saying the Old North State. There is a line that says where the weak grow strong and the strong grow great, here’s to ‘Down Home,’ the Old North State. That’s Ernie Barnes.” The North Carolina Roots of Artist Ernie Barnes is open now through March 3, 2019, at the North Carolina Museum of History.

a ‘convention as usual.’” The opposition moved from the city council to wider Democratic ranks. In a joint statement, the Young Democrats of North Carolina and Young Democrats of Mecklenburg County said they “call on the leaders of Charlotte and Mecklenburg County to reject any bid to bring the Republican National Convention to Charlotte in 2020” and that “[a]ny potential claim to an economic impact from the Convention will undoubtedly be outweighed by the civil unrest and reputational harm we would receive from welcoming Trump’s divisive rhetoric to our community.” N.C. State House Rep. John Autry (D-Mecklenburg), who represents Charlotte in the General Assembly, released a letter detailing his own objections. “I appreciate the opportunities that benefited so many during the 2012 DNC. People need an extra dollar here or there, that extra shift as a server at a hotel, the boom to the car-for-hire business, having restaurants filled — all of that was a good thing,” Autry conceded. But Autry said it was like “inviting someone into your home for four nights. Consider what sort of house guest we will have invited. … He has normalized white supremacy and neo-Nazism and emboldened those who subscribe to that kind of hateful ideology in our pub-

lic square. He willfully has inflicted terror and trauma on children by separating them from their parents and caregivers — and caged them.” This anti-convention letter from Autry initiated a response from across the country by Michael J. McDonald, the state chairman of the Nevada Republican Party. Since the other city in the running to receive the convention is Las Vegas, he was quick to suggest Nevada was having no such second thoughts. “I have the biggest Democrat in the world in my state — former Sen. Harry Reid — and he has not made a comment about it,” McDonald said. He added that Democrats in his state “have not mentioned anything about it. They realize what this would mean for the city and the state. … I visited Charlotte last month, and I love Charlotte. But I know Vegas could do it better.” McDonald also tweeted, “Las Vegas welcomes thousands of conventions and millions of visitors every year. Being considered to host the #RNC2020 is an honor.” Democratic leaders in Charlotte were not entirely united against it though. State Sen. Joel Ford of Charlotte tweeted, “As an elected official you can’t say you care about economic mobility and vote against the #RNC2020, because the families with the least, would benefit the most.”

rode Gov. Roy Cooper’s veto of the N.C. Farm Act of 2018, which put limits on suing farmers, requiring that the farm had to have broken the law to pay punitive damages and that plaintiffs had a year from the opening of the farm to sue. That law does not apply to the nuisance lawsuits against farms already in the legal pipeline. “Our laws must balance the needs of businesses versus property rights. Giving one industry special treatment at the expense of its neighbors is unfair,” Cooper said in his veto

message. “It’s a money racket; that’s all it is,” said Hank Vond of Duplin County, who came to the June 25 rally in support of the Farm Act. “Some of these people have lived there all their lives. Why is it now? Because some lawyer came by and said ‘Sign this paper and you can get some money.’ It’s nonsense.” According to the N.C. Department of Agriculture, hog farming accounts for more than $10 billion to N.C.’s economy and 46,00 fulltime jobs.


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Chickens feed from a row of feed bins at C&A Farms in Fairmont, North Carolina, a rural town in Robeson County. Fairmont was known as the “biggest little tobacco market in the world” in the 1950s, but since the decline of tobacco, local farmers have had to cultivate other cash crops, as Robeson county relies on some state and federal economic development grants.

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Statewide development summit to promote rural NC Experts and economic developers from across the state will discuss the pillars of rural prosperity and future growth at first-time event By Emily Roberson North State Journal RTP/PINEHURST - Local economic developers and civic leaders from more than 65 counties in North Carolina will be gathering at the Carolina Hotel in Pinehurst this weekend, July 12-13, to discuss approaches to supporting five building blocks necessary for rural communities to capitalize on the state’s economic momentum. According to a press release from The Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina (EDPNC), the conference, “Energizing Rural North Carolina: The Building Blocks of Successful Economic Development,” will explore how infrastructure, workforce, education, health and leadership shape economic outcomes in rural communities. Gov. Roy Cooper, state Sen. Harry Brown and state Rep. Jason Saine are scheduled to speak at the conference, which is open to registered participants and invited media. The Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina (EDPNC) is presenting the conference with the support of the North Carolina Department of Commerce, the NC Rural Center, the Golden LEAF Foundation, the Institute for Emerging Issues at North Carolina State University and the North Carolina Economic Development Association. “I see the EDPNC’s role in this event as a convener,” said Frank E. Emory Jr., chairman of the EDPNC Board of Directors, “bringing rural stakeholders together to look at these five building blocks through a lens focused sharply on their impact

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on economic development.” Local economic developers from all 100 North Carolina counties, including the 80 defined as rural by the N.C. Rural Center, were invited, each asked to bring local influencers who can effect change in their communities. Economic developers attending are from counties ranging in size from Tyrrell (population 4,000-plus) in northeast North Carolina to Forsyth, the state’s fourth-most populous county. Western-most counties represented include Graham, Cherokee and Clay. The event will examine how infrastructure, workforce support, education, health outcomes and leadership can contribute to long-term economic development results including employment growth, new business establishments, higher household income and greater economic output. Participants will hear from subject-matter experts and local leaders who have had success within each of the five building blocks, then break out into roundtable discussions about assets, needs and possible strategies within their own rural communities. The featured main speakers within each building block include: • Catherine Truitt, chancellor of the online Western Governors University North Carolina and former education policy adviser, examining K-12 challenges in rural communities. • Nathan Ramsey, director of the Mountain Area Workforce Development Board serving Buncombe, Henderson, Madison and Transylvania counties, addressing how rural communities can better align education and on-the-job learning to help grow existing workforce talent. • Dan Gerlach, president of the Golden LEAF Foundation, discussing why communities investing in sites and other infrastructure must have a clear vision of what business

development will result. • Margaret Sauer, director of the state Department of Health and Human Services’ office of rural health, stressing the interconnectedness of community health, education and economic development and how broadband can advance all three in rural communities. • Patrick Woodie, president and chief executive officer of the NC Rural Center, addressing the importance of building local leadership capacity, drawing upon the center’s nearly 30 years of training rural leaders. Other presentation highlights include: • A Roanoke Electric Cooperative project expected to provide access to high-speed internet to seven underserved rural northeastern North Carolina counties. • Rutherford County Schools’ providing one-to-one digital learning devices to each of its 8,500 students as part of a broader plan to improve K-12 outcomes. • The Wilson Academy of Applied Technology, a high school centered around advanced manufacturing technologies and supported by area manufacturers needing those skills. • A plan by Duke University family medicine to train more residents in rural North Carolina hospitals, because residency locations influence where doctors remain to practice. • McDowell County’s WorkFORCE Wellness program that brings diverse local health resources directly into worksites. • Andrew Davis, bestselling author of “TOWN INC.,” who visited 54 towns and cities over three years to discover why some thrive while others struggle. Sponsors of this first-time event for the EDPNC are North Carolina’s Electric Cooperatives, First Bank and the North Carolina Bankers Association.

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Clay molds Gaston County man into an artist To bring their creative vision to life, fine artists throughout North Carolina ply their craft in a variety of materials and mediums. Paint, wood, metal, glass, paper, canvas, paints, and others, to name but a few. Lifelong Gaston County town of Dallas resident, Barry Lockman, finds the inspiration for his work all around him. Beneath his feet, to be more precise. In the form of glorious, dark, rich, earthen clay. The clay he fell in love with, which he discovered in abundance, on the hill above a creek he played in as a young boy. Like many brilliant artists, Lockman does not merely make art out of desire to be artistic, as much as a compulsion he has to create, with the connection he feels to clay, to transform the substance into undeniably beautiful objects of wonder and awe. Such has been the case for the earnest, soft spoken potter, for more than half a century. Clay is his inspiration. Creativity, his muse. The work of legendary master potters around the world, with their writings and their works, pushing Lockman to be true to his art form. The end result are marvels to behold, which you can experience for yourself at Lockman’s Dallas, NC shop, in museums throughout the state, and online at lockmanpottery.com. You can also learn more about Barry and his life’s work here: https://bit.ly/2MCd7UE.


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said. “I’m grateful for their willingness to fill these important roles in our legal system.” However, the legislature voted to deny confirmation of Bryan Beatty as a special Superior Court judge. Beatty was appointed to the N.C. Utilities Commission by then-Gov. Mike Easley in 2009 and reappointed by Easley’s successor, former Gov. Beverly Purdue. He also served at the N.C. Department of Justice when Cooper was the state’s attorney general. In the House, Beatty got 47 votes in favor of his appointment, but only four were from Republicans: Reps. John Blust (R-Guilford), Josh Dobson (R-Avery), David Lewis (R-Harnett), Chuck McGrady (R-Henderson) and John Szoka (R-Cumberland). Voting against Beatty’s appointment were 65 Republican representatives and one Democrat, longtime and retiring Durham County member Rep. Mickey Michaux.

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TINT OF CORN: COUNTY NAMES: WEST Rabid deer found in Leicester C: Benton Sans Bold, Mars0 Hill woman takes ride Buncombe County on Harley for 100th birthday A deer found in Leicester was M: 12 12pt. confirmed to have rabies last week Madison County by the Buncombe County Health and Y: 59.4 Robbie Carter celebrated her 100th Human Services department. The birthday by going for a ride on a North Carolina State Laboratory Harley Davidson motorcycle with her K: 6 performed tests on the deer, which nephew. It’s the fifth straight year that Carter has celebrated her birthday by strapping on a helmet and hitting the road. Nephew Brian Ramsey helped her drive the bike to the Wagon Wheel Restaurant where the family celebrated her birthday. The town of Mars Hill declared July 5 Robbie Carter Day.

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Family struck by lightning on rafting trip Watauga County River and Earth Adventures said that their guides were acting appropriately, as they were trained, when a family of four was struck by lightning on one of their tours Friday. The family was rafting down the Watauga River when a storm hit. The guides acted quickly to get the family off of the water, where they were holding metal paddles, and onto land. The group was working to get to a nearby barn for shelter when lightning struck them as they took shelter under a tree. The family suffered minor burns. WJHL

Caldwell County A man was killed when strong storms rolled through Lenoir on Friday. Sidney Albright was leaving Green Mountain Park with two other family members in the car when a tree fell onto the vehicle. The 78-year-old and his passengers were taken to Caldwell UNC Healthcare. The passengers suffered minor injuries, but Albright was killed.

Durham County The Durham County Sheriff’s Office has had great success with the Project Lifesaver project. The program allows citizens with mental deficiencies like Alzheimer’s disease or dementia to be fitted with a GPS band that will allow authorities to track them if they wander away and become lost. Two elderly participants in the program were recovered quickly when they went missing the first weekend in July, saving several hours of searching by deputies and potentially two lives. SPECTRUM NEWS

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Travis Robert Wade was arrested and charged with breaking and entering and larceny after surveillance video showed the 29-year-old breaking into the Front Street Baptist Church in Statesville. Wade reportedly forced open a locked office door and stole more than $800 from the church’s offering money. Wade was already in jail on a narcotics violation when officers noticed his resemblance to the person in the surveillance footage.

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Washington County Kevin Dunn of Washington was arrested last week after trying to drown his girlfriend. The 51-yearold reportedly held the head of his girlfriend — who was not named — down in a mud puddle. When authorities arrived, she was transferred to Vidant Medical Center for treatment. He was charged with firstdegree attempted murder. CBS 17

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Bertie County At least 192 homeowners will get some help in recovering from Hurricane Matthew, nearly two years after the storm. Almost $21 million is earmarked to help with relief, with Windsor in Bertie County getting more than $5 million. The money will be used to buy out 34 properties and elevate 11 homes. Pender, Robeson and Wayne County will also receive money from the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program for buyouts, elevations and reconstructions. WCTI

Pastors concerned with new high school mascot Vance County When Southern and Northern Vance high schools consolidated, the new Vance County High School allowed the students to vote on colors and mascots for the school’s sports teams. They chose green, black and white, and the name Vipers. A group of local pastors wrote the board of education, however, voicing concern over the name. “Few people will call it a viper,” they wrote. “They’ll call it a snake, and they’ll call us snakes, and they’ll say, ‘You’re nothing but a bunch of snakes over there in Vance County.”

New superintendent starts at state prison work farm Tyrrell County Carolina Riddick-Taylor took over as the new superintendent of the Tyrrell Prison Work Farm in Columbia. Riddick-Taylor has worked at the prison for 23 years, including the last five as assistant superintendent at Bertie Correctional. She takes over for Fentress Bryant, who retired. The prison has been plagued with drug problems over the past year, with 41 inmates getting arrested for drug charges in the last 13 months. WITN

Goldsboro holds clinic to help expunge criminal charges Wayne County The city of Goldsboro and other agencies in Wayne County held a clinic to help citizens attempt to get criminal charges expunged from their records. More than 100 people came to the courthouse for the clinic in the hopes of getting a clean criminal record. Organizers said that not everyone would qualify to have past charges wiped away.

RALEIGH — Newly announced grants from a federal program will rebuild 15 homes, elevate 25 more and buy out 152 properties so families can buy somewhere else. The news came from N.C. Emergency Management within the Department of Public Safety. “Residents in Wayne County and Windsor have been eagerly awaiting this news,” said state Emergency Management Director Mike Sprayberry. “Soon they will get started with these projects to get families into more resilient homes.” The $20.8 million in federal and state funds brings the total amount of Hazard Mitigation Grants awarded in N.C. for Hurricane Matthew to $71.7 million for 558 properties. In this announcement, awards went to homes in the town of Fair Bluff, Pender County, Robeson County, Wayne County and the town of Windsor. The approval does not necessarily mean that checks are in the mail. Fourteen of the properties still must undergo environmental reviews and gain historic clearance from the construction. The state must also enter into re-

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quired project agreements with the counties and towns, and make sure that the local governments and the state are following program rules so contractors can be selected. The city or county will distribute the grant funds to the homeowner and will then be reimbursed by North Carolina Emergency Management. Still, the process is ongoing and state emergency management officials anticipate approximately $115 million total in HMGP grants will be awarded in N.C. by early August to help Matthew survivors get into more flood-resistant homes. According to N.C. Emergency Management, In the months after Hurricane Matthew, their staff evaluated more than 3,000 applications from homeowners for HMGP funding, submitting applications to FEMA for work on nearly 800 different properties damaged by Hurricane Matthew. NCEM also helped local governments by writing each grant application on their behalf. Hurricane Matthew flooded parts of eastern N.C. in October 2016, bringing 18 inches of rain in 24 hours. The flooding claimed 25 lives and caused $1.5 billion in damage. The 2018 hurricane season officially began June 1 and runs through Nov. 30.


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EDITORIAL | NEAL ROBBINS

As conservatives prepare for Kavanaugh confirmation, they should remember the ‘Rules’

Their logic is apparently that Supreme Court opinions are forever but, the text of the Constitution is ever-evolving.

PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP’S Supreme Court nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh on Monday caused little change in the tone and rhetoric of the mainstream media talking heads or the special interest groups that were predisposed to loathe the eventual nominee. Many on the left are speaking from an apocalyptic perspective. Nina Totenburg — NPR Supreme Court correspondent and Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg’s buddy — repeatedly called the retirement of Justice Anthony Kennedy (not the nomination of Kavanaugh) “the end of the world as we know it.” Speaking of Ginsberg, many are already citing the now settled “Ginsberg Rule” when it comes to confirmation hearings for Supreme Court justices. The rule, simply, is that potential justices should refrain from statements that hint or forecast how they would rule on specific cases or legal theories. Justice Neil Gorsuch followed the rule in his confirmation hearings and was criticized by the left for a lack of candor and transparency. The Ginsberg Rule came about through the ground rules set out for Ginsberg’s confirmation hearing by then Sen. Joe Biden who chaired the Senate Judiciary Committee in 1993. Current Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell gave Biden his own rule in 2016 when the Senate Republicans delayed action on the Supreme Court vacancy created by the death of Justice Antonin Scalia. Biden made the argument in the early 1990s that Supreme Court nominees in presidential election years should be considered after the election. Citing the Biden Rule, Senate

Republicans waited out Obama nominee Merrick Garland and ended up with Trump’s first pick, Neil Gorsuch. These rules will we cited early and often during the next few months as Kavanaugh moves toward confirmation. But, none of them are actually rules. Another set of nonbinding rules are what conservatives should be mindful of — “Rules for Radicals.” Many evoked Saul Alinsky’s 1971 handbook on organizing — which has in its preface a quote acknowledging Lucifer as the first radical — during the Obama years. Prepare for Alinsky’s rules to play out in the Supreme Court battle that is just beginning in earnest. Alinksy set out 13 essential rules for radicals, but rules four and five are currently on full display. Rule four says: “Make the enemy live up to their own book of rules. You can kill them with this, for they can no more obey their own rules than the Christian Church can live up to Christianity.” And rule five: “The fourth rule carries within it the fifth rule: Ridicule is man’s most potent weapon. It is almost impossible to counterattack ridicule. Also it infuriates the opposition, who then react to your advantage.” Sen. Chuck Schumer is already demanding that the Republicans follow his interpretation of the Biden Rule, which he says means no Supreme Court nominee should be considered in any election year. Republicans, of course, disagree with Schumer’s interpretation, but his colorable argument still sets up the GOP for ridicule. The GOP counters that the Biden Rule was not about any election year, just a

presidential election year. The big source of agitation, and that is what the rules for radicals are all about, comes from Roe v. Wade which interpreted the U.S. Constitution to include an unwritten right to abortion. Democrats are unified in exclaiming that any Trump nominee — they were opposed to the pick before it was Kavanaugh — is unfit for the highest court because five conservative justices could overturn Roe. The rule, they argue, is that court precedent in the topics of abortion should be forever enshrined. Their logic is apparently that Supreme Court opinions are forever but, the text of the Constitution is everevolving. Stare decisis, the latin maxim that courts should stand by things decided, will be the next rule that could subject conservatives to ridicule over potential threats to Roe. Legal observers have speculated that Roe could be undermined in favor of more state control without actually overturning the precedent in the case. But, remember, rule nine of the rules for radicals is: “The threat is usually more terrifying than the thing itself.” Neal Robbins is the publisher of the North State Journal.

EDITORIAL | CHARLES BLAHOUS

Seven Social Security myths The window of opportunity for correction is closing now, if it hasn’t closed already.

MYTH #1: Social Security is not an entitlement. Social Security is not only an entitlement program, it is the largest and most prototypical federal entitlement program. Virtually any credible glossary of federal budget terminology will point to Social Security as the leading example of an entitlement (specifically, an entitlement is a program in which payments are obligated to beneficiaries according to eligibility criteria set in law, without requiring annual legislation to appropriate funds). Myth #2: Social Security wouldn’t be in financial trouble if politicians hadn’t stolen and spent its money. Social Security trust fund reserves are by law invested in U.S. Treasury securities, which finance federal government spending. But this phenomenon has nothing do with Social Security’s shortfall. Social Security still owns all that money and earns interest on it. Whenever Social Security tax revenues fall short of its benefit obligations, as they have since 2010, Social Security taps both interest and principal of its trust funds to pay benefits. Social Security’s shortfall exists despite the government’s repaying those funds to Social Security, not because it won’t. Myth #3: Participants have paid for their benefits. Workers covered by Social Security contribute payroll taxes, which establish an entitlement to benefits for themselves and certain dependents. However, this does not mean they have paid for the full amount of their scheduled benefits. Social Security has

a shortfall precisely because in the aggregate, workers have not paid for their benefits: total scheduled benefits well exceed what workers’ tax contributions, plus interest, can finance. Myth #4: Social Security is solvent until the 2030s, so there is still plenty of time to fix it. How soon Social Security’s trust funds run out, and how soon we must act, are two entirely different things. By the time its trust funds are depleted, annual income and costs will be so far apart that there is no realistic chance of legislation closing the shortfall. The window of opportunity for correction is closing now, if it hasn’t closed already. Myth #5: Because Social Security is selffinancing, it doesn’t add to the federal budget deficit. Since 2010, as Social Security’s costs have exceeded its tax revenue, the federal government has been running larger deficits to fund the payments it owes to Social Security. The fact that the federal budget benefited from Social Security surpluses in the past doesn’t make its ongoing deficit-worsening outlays, during the years it pays Social Security back, any less real. Myth #6: Taxing rich people more by raising the cap on taxable wages will fix the problem. There’s a statutory cap on each worker’s annual earnings subject to Social Security taxes — $128,400 this year and indexed to grow automatically in most years. Raising the taxable maximum from today’s level all the way to about $350,000 in 2022 would only eliminate

about 14 percent of the structural deficit, in part because a worker’s benefits are linked to his tax contributions and thus the tax increase would generate higher benefits for the well-off. That cost increase could be prevented by changing the benefit formula on the high-income end; but without benefit changes, a tax-cap increase by itself doesn’t accomplish very much. Myth #7: Social Security privatization is a live option. Many years ago, when Social Security was running surpluses, presidents such as Bill Clinton and George W. Bush suggested that workers be given the option of saving them in personal accounts. None of those proposals involved privatization, but instead would have allowed for individual saving within a publicly administered system. That opportunity vanished in 2010 when Social Security began running cash deficits. Since then there have been no surplus Social Security contributions to save, and every program tax dollar collected now goes out the door to pay current benefits. Despite the fact that this has long been a dead issue, occasional “privatization” fear-mongering continues. Charles Blahous is the J. Fish and Lillian F. Smith chair and senior research strategist at the Mercatus Center, a visiting fellow with the Hoover Institution, and a contributor to E21. He recently served as a public trustee for Social Security and Medicare. This article was originally published on economics21.org.


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COLUMN | PETER APPS

Western armies are losing their high-tech edge Technologies that until recently were only found in the hands of the United States and its closest allies are now much more widespread.

FROM THE SOUTH CHINA SEA to Eastern Europe — and even the Korean Peninsula — U.S. commanders are now considering the prospect of war against enemies who may be capable of deploying overwhelming firepower and sophisticated new technology. Confrontations with Russia and China in particular are escalating far faster than predicted — with the realistic prospect either nation could outgun U.S. forces in their immediate neighborhood in the early stages of any conflict. The Pentagon is increasingly worried about rapid proliferation of Chinese and Russian anti-ship and anti-aircraft missile systems, putting U.S. military planners in an unfamiliar position. The last time U.S. forces went to war without an overwhelming advantage was against Nazi German troops in North Africa in 1943. Meanwhile, hybrid and information warfare are themselves reshaping the rules of international confrontation in ways the West has yet to truly tackle — and which emerging technology is continually making more complex. In 2014, the Pentagon announced its “third offset strategy,” predicting it could use America’s technological superiority to maintain its military edge. Increasingly, however, commanders and analysts suspect new advancements in areas such as cyber warfare, drones and artificial intelligence may at least equally benefit America’s foes — not least because they are proving much more willing to test them in action. Almost every week brings new developments. Earlier this month, German officials blamed Russia for what they said were a series of cyberattacks aimed at penetrating the country’s power grid, echoing similar U.S. allegations. CNN quoted a U.S. military source as saying the Chinese were suspected to be behind a series of lasers used to target U.S. aircraft flying over disputed areas of the East China Sea. As is increasingly the norm, Moscow and Beijing denied involvement in either set of incidents. Technologies that until recently were only found in the hands of the United States and its closest allies are now much more widespread. At the time of its 2008 war with Georgia, Russia lacked any significant military unmanned drone program, but now uses them routinely in both Syria and Ukraine. Using suspected hacked and stolen plans, China has built its own stealth fighters as well as its own bespoke new systems such as ballistic missiles

specifically designed to target U.S. aircraft carriers. It’s difficult to say how well that weaponry would function against the U.S. military in any war. What is clearer, however, is that the United States faces a specific problem in most of its confrontations. While the U.S. military remains more powerful than any other, it is spread across the globe. Its enemies, meanwhile — whether Russia, China or smaller states like Iran and North Korea — have dedicated almost all their forces to fighting in their own backyards. If war should come, that would put nearby U.S. and allied forces at a significant disadvantage, quite possibly outgunned entirely. Upcoming breakthroughs may make that even worse. Increasingly, military experts talk of an arms race between major nations on artificial intelligence that could be as crucial to this century as the race for atomic weapons during World War II. Some U.S. officials openly worry Washington may be falling behind in this contest, particularly with some major Silicon Valley firms such as Google reluctant to work with the Pentagon on military contracts. Speaking at a major military conference in London earlier this month, one senior officer said that the first nation to deploy an electromagnetic pulse weapon on the battlefield to disable enemy systems would reshape the face of warfare. Once again, it is far from obvious that is a race the United States will win. Most major nations, such as Britain, believe recent investment in major weapons platforms such as aircraft carriers and F-35 jets should still give them the edge. Even there, though, experts worry whether the next generation of technology — such as robotic vehicles — will prove functional in a major conflict where a sophisticated enemy might be able to shut them down. More seriously, Western analysts worry critical national infrastructure may already have been penetrated by cyberattackers who could turn off essential systems on the first day of any conflict. That sheer level of uncertainty may itself make conflict more likely, with nations more likely to strike first to gain a tactical advantage while struggling to realistically assess what their enemies can and wish to do. The United States and its potential foes can ill afford to ignore these accelerating trends, and unless they can find some common ground to at least discuss them the consequences could be disastrous. Peter Apps is Reuters global affairs columnist.

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Shooting ourselves in the foot THE CANADIAN government, lining the pockets of its dairy producers, imposes high tariffs on American dairy imports. That forces Canadians to pay higher prices for dairy products. For example, Canadians pay $5.24 for a 10.5-ounce block of cheddar. In Washington, D.C., that same amount of cheddar sells for $3.64. Canadians pay $3.99 for a 1-pound container of yogurt. In Washington, D.C., you can get nearly twice as much yogurt for a little over $4. It’s clear that the Canadian government’s tariffs screw its citizens by forcing them to pay higher prices for dairy products. What should the U.S. response be to Canada screwing its citizens? If you were in the Trump administration, you might propose imposing tariffs on soft wood products that Americans import from Canada — in other words, retaliate against Canada by screwing American citizens. Canadian lumber — such as that from pine, spruce and fir trees — is used in U.S. homebuilding. Guess what tariffs on Canadian lumber do to home prices. If you answered that they raise the cost and American homebuyers are forced to pay higher prices, go to the head of the class. This retaliation policy is both cruel and not very smart. It’s as if you and I were in a rowboat out at sea and I shot a hole in my end of the boat. What should be your response? If you were Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross or Secretary of the Treasury Steven Mnuchin, you might advise retaliating by shooting a hole in your end of the boat. If I were president, I’d try to persuade officials of other countries not to serve special producer interests by forcing their citizens to pay higher prices. But if they insisted, I’d say, “Go ahead, but I’ll be damned if I’ll do the same to Americans!”

If I were president, I’d try to persuade officials of other countries not to serve special producer interests by forcing their citizens to pay higher prices.

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U.S. M1 Abrams tanks fire during the “Saber Strike” NATO military exercise in Adazi, Latvia, June 2016.

NUMBER OF THE DAY | SCOTT RASMUSSEN

62% of the news is seen as biased

A GALLUP/KNIGHT Foundation survey found American adults believe that “an average of 62 percent of the news they see on television, read in newspapers or hear on the radio is biased.”[1] Not surprisingly, Republicans (77 percent) and conservatives (77 percent) perceive higher levels of bias than Democrats (44 percent) and liberals (48 percent). Perhaps the most fascinating finding in the data is the perceived difference between news from traditional media and social media. Among Democrats and liberals, there is a wide gap, with traditional media outlets being considered far less biased. However, among Republicans and conservatives, there is virtually no difference in perceived bias between social media and traditional media. As shown above, it’s not that Republicans and conservatives place more trust in social media than others; it’s just that they don’t view traditional media as any less biased. These attitudes are reflected in the public debate over what’s commonly referred to as fake news. Many on the political left see traditional news outlets as legitimate news sources. Many on the right see them as purveyors of fake news. An earlier Number of the Day noted that just 13 percent of Americans give the media top marks for reporting both sides of political issues. The news media is not the only institution suffering from a lack of public confidence. It’s been

45 years since a majority of Americans have trusted the federal government. On a related topic, 80 percent of voters believe fear of being politically incorrect leads to bad business or political decisions. Fortunately, despite concerns about media bias and political correctness, 67 percent of Americans believe free speech ensures the truth will eventually win out. Scott Rasmussen’s Number of the Day explores interesting and newsworthy topics at the intersection of culture, politics and technology for Ballotpedia.

The ruse used to promote producer interests through tariff policy is concern about our large trade deficit. It’s true that we have a large current account trade deficit. However, that’s matched exactly by a very large capital account surplus. Translated, that means Americans buy more goods from other countries than they buy from us; that’s our current account deficit. But other countries find our investment climate attractive and invest more in the U.S. than we invest in other countries; that’s our capital account surplus. Have you ever wondered why foreigners are willing to invest far more money in Texas and California than they are willing to invest in Argentina and Venezuela? Do you think it’s because they like North Americans better than they like South Americans? No. We’ve always had an attractive investment climate, and we’ve had current account deficits and capital account surpluses throughout most of our nation’s history. In fact, the only time we had a sustained current account trade surplus was during the Great Depression, when we had a surplus in nine out of 10 years, with 1936 being the lone exception. Let’s delve a bit into the politics of trade tariffs. Whom do we see spending the most resources lobbying for tariffs on foreign steel and aluminum? Is it American users of steel and aluminum, such as HarleyDavidson and John Deere? Or is it United States Steel and Alcoa? Of course, it’s U.S. Steel and Alcoa. They benefit from tariffs by being able to sell their products at higher prices. Harley-Davidson and John Deere lose by having to pay higher prices for their inputs, steel and aluminum, and their customers lose by having to pay higher product prices. There’s a lot of nonsense talk about international trade, which some define as one country’s trading with another. When an American purchases a Mercedes, it does not represent the U.S. Congress’ trading with the German Bundestag. It represents an American citizen’s engaging in peaceable, voluntary exchange, through intermediaries, with a German auto producer. When voluntary exchange occurs, it means that both parties are better off in their own estimation — not Trump’s estimation or General Motors’ estimation. I’d like to hear the moral case for thirdparty interference with such an exchange. Walter E. Williams is a professor of economics at George Mason University.


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Pompeo urges Taliban peace talks Kabul, Afghanistan Secretary of State Mike Pompeo made a surprise visit to Afghanistan this week promising support for President Ashraf Ghani’s bid to start peace talks with the Taliban and repeated the United States would be willing to take part. He said the strategy announced last year by President Donald Trump of sending more troops to increase pressure on the Taliban and push them toward negotiations was working and would reassure Afghans “that we will support them as they continue fighting to liberate their country and their people.” “The strategy sends a clear message to the Taliban that they cannot wait us out,” Pompeo said. Following a three-day ceasefire during last month’s Eid holiday, the Taliban, fighting to restore their version of strict Islamic law, have so far rejected Ghani’s offer of talks, demanding the withdrawal of international troops from Afghanistan.

Israel threatens ‘harsh response’ to any Syrian forces in demilitarized Golan Jerusalem Israel threatened a “harsh response” on Monday to any attempt by Syrian forces advancing against southern rebel areas to deploy in a Golan Heights frontier zone that was demilitarized under a U.N.-monitored armistice between the neighboring foes. “For our part we will sanctify the 1974 disengagement agreement, and there too we will insist that every last letter be abided by, and any violation with meet a harsh response from the state of Israel,” Israeli Defence Minister Avigdor Lieberman told his parliamentary faction in broadcast remarks.

UK woman dies after poisoning by Soviet-era nerve agent London A British woman died on Sunday after she was poisoned by the same nerve agent that struck a former Russian spy in March and triggered a crisis in relations between Western capitals and Moscow. Dawn Sturgess, 44, died after she was exposed to Novichok on June 30 in western England, just a few miles from where Russian double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter were attacked with the same poison four months ago.

Trump pardons Oregon ranchers who inspired refuge standoff Washington, D.C. President Donald Trump on Tuesday pardoned two imprisoned Oregon ranchers whose sentencing on arson convictions sparked the 2016 occupation of a wildlife refuge, part of a long-simmering dispute over federal land policies in the U.S. West. The armed standoff at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in remote southeast Oregon followed a judge’s ruling sending Dwight Hammond and his son Steven back to prison to serve longer terms after their initial release from shorter sentences. Police shot one of the occupiers dead during the 41-day midwinter protest.

Myanmar court files secrets act charges against Reuters reporters Yangon, Myanmar A court in Myanmar on Monday charged two jailed Reuters journalists with obtaining secret state documents, moving the landmark press freedom case into its trial stage after six months of preliminary hearings. Yangon district judge Ye Lwin charged reporters Wa Lone, 32, and Kyaw Soe Oo, 28, with breaching the colonial-era Official Secrets Act, which carries a maximum penalty of 14 years in prison.

Trump kicks off Europe trip with criticism of NATO fiances Meetings with NATO allies, U.K. and Russia involve new strategies and wideranging implications By NSJ Staff WASHINGTON, D.C. — On Tuesday, President Donald Trump began a weeklong trip to Europe that includes a July 11-12 NATO meeting, a visit to Britain and a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin. He told reporters before departure that the Putin meeting could be the easiest part of the tour. He repeated his criticism of NATO allies for not spending enough on their defense and pointed to the political tensions in Britain over the government’s Brexit plans. “So I have NATO, I have the U.K. which is in somewhat turmoil, and I have Putin. Frankly Putin may be the easiest of them all. Who would think?” Trump said. The two-day NATO meeting ahead of his Putin visit is expected to enshrine reforms that include creating two new military commands aimed at deterring Russia, one of which the U.S. military has agreed to host. Founded to deter the Soviet threat in 1949, NATO, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, is based on cooperation with the United States, which provides for Europe’s security with its nuclear and conventional arsenals. The U.S. president is the de facto leader of the alliance, and Trump has indicated what his message will be this week: other governments must dramatically step up military spending and lower import tariffs. “I’m going to tell NATO: You’ve got to start paying your bills. The United States is not going to take care of everything,” Trump told a rally last week. NATO agreed in 2014 that each member state would boost military

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President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump greet U.S. Ambassador to NATO Kay Bailey Hutchison and U.S. Ambassador to Belgium Ronald J. Gidwitz as they arrive ahead of the NATO Summit, at Brussels Military Airport in Melsbroek, Belgium July 10. spending to 2 percent of its gross domestic product by 2024, and cumulative expenditure by Europe and Canada has risen by almost $90 billion since 2015. But only two-thirds of the 28 allies, excluding the United States, have a realistic plan to hit the 2-percent level in 2024, NATO diplomats say. The United States spent 3.57 percent of GDP on defense in 2017. However, European officials say while U.S. defense spending makes up 70 percent of combined allied governments’ military budgets, just 15 percent of U.S. expenditure is spent in Europe on NATO-related defense. Washington pays about 22 percent of the running cost of NATO, including the headquarters and commonly funded equipment such as AWACS surveillance planes. Wess Mitchell, assistant U.S. secretary of state for European affairs, told diplomats and NATO officials in a recent speech in Brussels that Trump was taking a new approach to problems that have festered for years, such as the Middle East peace process — even if it means going it alone.

“In the actions we take, we are hoping to spur a multilateral response to address some of the world’s toughest challenges,” Mitchell said. Mattis works to bolster NATO military alliance Meanwhile, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis will only play a supporting role to Trump at this week’s NATO summit — an event that by definition is focused on heads of state from the trans-Atlantic alliance. But Mattis’ small part belies his high standing among NATO allies, which has only risen as they become increasingly off-balance by Trump’s bold moves on trade and Iran and anxious about his outreach to Putin, European diplomats, officials and experts say. In recent months, it has become clear that Mattis has a limited ability to influence Trump, but by staying above the political fray and avoiding contradicting Trump, has been quietly helping bolster the NATO military alliance over the past 18 months in ways that are too granular to grab much attention in Washington.

Thai cave rescuers lead all 12 boys, coach to safety By John Geddie and Panu Wongcha-um Reuters CHIANG RAI — All 12 boys and their soccer coach trapped for more than two weeks deep inside a flooded Thai cave have been rescued, a Thai navy SEAL unit said on Tuesday, a successful end to a perilous mission that gripped the world. "We are not sure if this is a miracle, a science, or what. All the thirteen Wild Boars are now out of the cave," the SEAL unit said on its Facebook page, adding all were safe. The "Wild Boars" soccer team, aged between 11 and 16, and their 25-year-old coach became trapped on June 23 while exploring the cave complex in the northern province of Chiang Rai after soccer practice and a rainy season downpour flooded the tunnels. British divers found the 13, hungry and huddled in darkness, on a muddy bank in a partly-flooded chamber several kilometers inside the complex Monday of last week. After pondering for days how to get the 13 out, a rescue operation was launched on Sunday when four of the boys were brought out tethered to rescue divers. Another four were rescued on Monday, and the last four boys and the coach were brought out on Tuesday. Celebrations will be tinged with sadness over the loss of a former Thai navy diver who died on Friday while on a re-supply mission inside the cave. The last five were brought out of the cave on stretchers one by one over the course of Tuesday and taken by helicopter to hospital. Three members of the SEAL unit and an army doctor, who has

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Rescued schoolboys are moved from a Royal Thai Police helicopter to an awaiting ambulance at a military airport in Chiang Rai, Thailand, on July 9. stayed with the boys since they were found, were the last people due to come out of the cave, the unit said. Officials did not comment on the rescue mission as it took place, so details of the final day of the rescue and the condition of the last five to be brought out were not immediately known. The eight boys brought out on Sunday and Monday were in good health overall and some asked for chocolate bread for breakfast, officials said earlier. Two of the boys had suspected lung infections, but the four boys from the first group rescued were all walking around in hospital. Volunteers from as far away as Australia and the United States helped with the effort to rescue the boys. U.S. military personnel also helped. U.S. President Donald Trump hailed the rescue.

"On behalf of the United States, congratulations to the Thai Navy SEALs and all on the successful rescue of the 12 boys and their coach from the treacherous cave in Thailand," Trump said on Twitter. "Such a beautiful moment - all freed, great job!" Authorities did not reveal the identity of the boys as they were brought out one by one. Parents of the four boys rescued on Sunday were allowed to see them through a glass window at the hospital, public health officials said on Tuesday, but they will be quarantined for the time being. Officials said the rescued boys had not been identified out of respect for the families whose sons were still trapped. The boys were still being quarantined from their parents because of the risk of infection and would likely be kept in hospital for a week for tests, officials said earlier.

“In the Trump administration, he is seen as the most articulate adult in the room,” said one senior European official, who has attended meetings in Europe with Mattis, but did not want to be named. Mattis, a retired Marine Corps general and former NATO commander, also helped clinch agreement on a plan known as 30-3030-30. It would require NATO to have 30 land battalions, 30 air fighter squadrons and 30 ships ready to deploy within 30 days of being put on alert. European allies are increasing their spending on defense, partly because of Trump’s public scolding. Mattis has reinforced that message publicly and privately, to the relief of many European security officials, who long thought their nations’ spending was insufficient. “The summit should therefore be a moment (for Trump) to take a victory lap,” wrote Derek Chollet, a former Pentagon official under Obama’s administration, who is now at the German Marshall Fund. Trump to meet with May On Thursday, Trump will visit U.K. where officials there urged Americans in London to “keep a low profile” amid planned protests of the president’s visit. He will hold talks with Prime Minister Theresa May at her 16th-century manor house, meet Queen Elizabeth at Windsor Castle and attend a black-tie dinner at the home of former World War Two leader Winston Churchill - all outside London. Asked whether May would stay in power amid ongoing turmoil over Brexit plans, Trump on Tuesday acknowledged the political crisis but said it was up to the British people to decide whether she remains in power. “That’s up to the people. I get along with her very well, I have a very good relationship,” Trump told reporters at the White House as he departed for a week-long trip to Europe, which includes a visit with May. May is grappling with a political crisis in London after Brexit Secretary David Davis and her foreign minister, Boris Johnson, resigned over her proposals for a “business-friendly” Brexit, or exit from the European Union. Trump is expected to return from the Europe tour on July 18. Reuters News Service contributed to this report.

See SUPREME COURT, page A1 “I will oppose this nominee with everything that I’ve got,” Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer of New York told MSNBC on Tuesday morning. Still, Chris Kofinis, a Democratic strategist and former top aide to Manchin, warned that Schumer should not force atrisk Democrats to oppose Kavanaugh if it isn’t in their best interests. “They have to speak for themselves,” he said. While Collins, Murkowski and Donnelly were noncommittal on Monday night, Manchin spoke up after Trump’s pick was announced. He said on Twitter he would decide whether to support Kavanaugh based on whether the nominee would vote to invalidate sections of the Affordable Care Act, which guarantees insurance coverage for people with pre-existing medical conditions. Sen. Thom Tillis (R-N.C.), a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, called Monday for colleagues to resist the political current. “I hope all my colleagues, regardless of their party affiliation, will ignore the pressure from partisan special interest groups by fairly and thoughtfully assessing Judge Kavanaugh based on his outstanding credentials and qualifications,” said Tillis. White House spokesman Raj Shah, asked whether political wrangling could slow the confirmation, said he expected Kavanaugh to be approved within about two months, just like previous Supreme Court nominees. The court’s new term begins in October. “Democrats are going to look for any reason that they can poke and find to try to delay this nomination,” Shah told reporters, calling a 66-day timeline “a pretty good benchmark.”


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Tepper takes control of Panthers Charlotte The sale of the Carolina Panthers from founder Jerry Richardson to new owner David Tepper is complete, the team announced Monday. Tepper, 60, is the founder of hedge fund Appaloosa Management. He has a net worth estimated by Forbes at $11 billion and bought the Panthers from Jerry Richardson for $2.275 billion, the largest sum ever paid for an NFL franchise. A former Pittsburgh Steelers minority owner, Tepper emphasized his desire to win and his plan to keep the team in Charlotte back in May. The team also announced Monday the resignation of chief operating officer Tina Becker, who worked for the Panthers for 19 seasons and ran the club since December, after Richardson stepped away in the wake of workplace misconduct allegations.

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Hurricanes assistant Smith resigns Raleigh Steve Smith, who spent the past four seasons as an assistant under former Carolina Hurricanes coach Bill Peters, resigned from the position Monday, the team announced in a press release. Smith was set to join Jeff Daniels as an assistant under new coach Rod Brind’Amour, and he participated in the team’s prospect development camp two weeks ago. The release said the team would immediately begin its search for Smith’s replacement. Smith, 55, was charged with coaching the team’s defense and penalty kill during his four seasons with the Hurricanes. A veteran of more than 800 NHL games, Smith won three Stanley Cups as a defenseman with the Edmonton Oilers. He later played for the Blackhawks and, after one year as an assistant coach in Calgary, returned to playing with the Flames. Prior to coming to Carolina, Smith was an assistant for four seasons with the Oilers.

Make-or-break year for some NC football coaches East Carolina’s Scottie Montgomery, Charlotte’s Brad Lambert are both on the hot seat entering 2018 season By Brett Friedlaner North State Journal WITH TEMPERATURES hovering around the mid-90s and humidity levels following closely behind, everyone’s seat has a tendency to get a little hot this time of year in North Carolina. But for some, the heat will only intensify once summer turns to fall and the weather finally begins to break. It’s an annual fact of life for college football coaches whose programs have underperformed in recent seasons. So whose seats are the hottest as the new season approaches? Dennis Dodds of CBSSports.com has taken a look at all 129 FBS coaches and rated each by the degree of their job security, breaking them down into six categories — Win or be fired; Start improving now; Pressure is mounting; All good for now; Safe and secure; and Untouchable. Here’s how the coaches at the state’s seven FBS schools stack up and what those feeling the heat need to do in order to cool things down: • Win or be fired: East Carolina’s Scottie Montgomery and Charlotte’s Brad Lambert fall into this category and for good reason. Montgomery has posted back-to-back 3-9 records since taking over for popular predecessor Ruffin McNeill in Greenville while Lambert’s 49ers have languished since joining Conference USA in 2015, losing all but one of their 12 games a year ago. Lambert is the only head coach Charlotte has had since starting the program six years ago, and that fact may have helped give him one more shot at turning things around this fall. But the honeymoon is close to being over. Not only has Lambert made changes to his staff by replacing both his offensive and defensive coor-

“You’re either going to be a player or you’re going to be on the sidelines. We want to be a player.” Dave Hart, ECU interim athletic director

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North Carolina coach Larry Fedora has gone from one of coaching’s rising stars to someone who could be on the hot seat if the Tar Heels don’t have a bounce-back 2018 season.

Duke pitcher Graeme Stinson is playing with Team USA in the annual USA vs. Cuba International Friendship Series.

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Duke’s Stinson heads to Cuba with USA Baseball Blue Devils pitcher is one of five N.C. collegiate players on the roster By Shawn Krest North State Journal DURHAM — Graeme Stinson was one of five players from North Carolina schools who made the cut for the USA Baseball Collegiate National team. The group played a series of games against Chinese Taipei and Japan before heading to Havana, where they are competing in the seventh annual USA vs. Cuba International Friendship Series. Stinson likely secured his berth with a dominating performance against Chinese Taipei in his home stadium. Playing at the DBAP, the Blue Devil reliever struck out the first five batters he faced, on his way to seven strikeouts in 2⅓ innings of work. Stinson was bothered by the one unearned run he surrendered, however. “I’d grade it as pretty good,” he said of the outing. “If I were going to take something back, it would be that four-pitch walk, because that came up and bit me on the butt (eventually scoring due to a passed ball). I can’t be real mad about one run in there, though. I’ll live with it.” The chance to kick-start his Team USA tenure in familiar surroundings made the experience all the sweeter for Stinson, who became the third Duke player to make the Team USA roster. Bailey Clark (2015) and Marcus Stroman

(2011) are the others. “It really couldn’t be better,” he said. “I’ve been pinching myself all week. This is awesome. It’s a wonderful feeling. It’s a great part of the country to play in, a wonderful city. There’s nothing better than Durham. The DBAP is awesome — they always have the best mound and the best surface.” Stinson made another 2⅓-inning relief appearance, striking out two and not surrendering a run. It continues a successful summer for Stinson, who was dominant out of the Duke bullpen this season. He went 5-1 with a 1.89 ERA this year and struck out 98 batters in just 62 innings while surrendering just 19 walks. Stinson earned a start — one of just four this season — in Duke’s NCAA Tournament run, striking out six Texas Tech batters in six five-hit innings to keep Duke’s College World Series hopes alive for one more game. Following the season, Stinson took part in the prestigious Cape Cod League, striking out 12 batters in a five-inning start before being pulled away for USA Baseball duty. “I’ve had a lot of success the last month,” he said. “It’s really good.” With a fastball that runs 9496 mph and a devastating slider, Stinson put himself in position to be one of the top prospects in the 2019 MLB Draft class. Stinson, a rising junior, will be eligible to be selected next June. Stinson will also continue the conversion to a starting pitcher next season, a natural next step for See BASEBALL, page B4


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Payton Wilson: The NC State freshman linebacker reinjured his right knee and is likely to miss the 2018 season, the News & Observer reported Monday. A prized recruit who flipped his commitment from the Tar Heels to the Wolfpack, Wilson tore his ACL in October and missed the remainder of Orange High’s season. He enrolled at NC State last semester and was rehabbing at the school. Clifford Rozier: The former NBA center who played collegiately at UNC and Louisville died at age 45 after suffering a heart attack earlier in the week. He played just one season for the Tar Heels before transferring to Louisville and guiding the Cardinals to two straight trips to the Sweet 16. The Golden State Warriors selected him 16th overall in the 1994 NBA Draft, but the 6-foot-11 Rozier played just four NBA seasons, averaging 4.8 points and 5.2 rebounds in 173 games (64 starts) with the three teams from 1994 to 1998. Billy Kinard: The former Ole Miss and Garder-Webb coach died at 84 in Fort Payne, Ala. Kinard was the first Mississippi alumnus to be the school’s football coach. Hired by his older brother, Frank, Kinard led the Rebels to a 10-2 record in 1971. The Rebels fell back to 5-5 the next season, and when the team started the 1973 season with a 1-2 record, he was let go. Kinard, who was an assistant coach at Auburn, Florida, Georgia and Arkansas before his tenure at Ole Miss, later coached Gardner-Webb in Boiling Springs to a 4-5-1 record in 1978.

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Topsail baseball turmoil continues Principal is the third person to leave job after school team forfeited wins due to ineligible player By Brett Friedlander North State Journal

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Cotton candy hot dog fascinates, horrifies baseball fans The Erie SeaWolves’ sugary spin on the ballpark favorite goes viral By Shawn Krest North State Journal WHEN FANS order food at the ballpark, nutrition is often far from the top of their mind. And major league and minor league teams across the country have taken advantage of that fact, developing various concoctions of comfort food and junk food with a creativity not seen this side of state fairs. There’s the Dilly Dog, offered at Texas Rangers games, which features a hot dog, stuffed inside a dill pickle and deep fried. There’s the funnel cake, topped with barbeque at Houston Astros games, and the Rocky Mountain Oysters sandwich that you can buy while visiting the Colorado Rockies. Nothing, however, compares to the creation offered up by the Erie SeaWolves, Double-A farm club of the Detroit Tigers. On June 23, the SeaWolves had a promotion called Sugar Rush Night. “It was basically an ode to candy,” said the team’s director of food and beverage, Tom Ando. “It was pretty cool. One of the cool things about minor league baseball — kind of why I’ve stuck with it — is that there are a lot of fun promotions, and you get to go crazy with your ideas.” For Sugar Rush night, the team selected a group of contestants, Willy Wonka style, by using special golden tickets scattered throughout the park. “Each department gave one out,” Ando said. “Ticketing gave out one ticket printed on gold paper. Retail gave out one baseball that was painted gold. We handed out a hot dog that had a special

gold wrapper.” The fans that were lucky enough to find the golden tickets were taken out onto the field after the game and given a balloon. “It was kind of like a gender reveal ceremony,” Ando said. “When they popped their balloons, one person’s was filled with gold, and they won $10,000 in tickets and merchandise.” The team needed a special food item to offer on Sugar Rush Night. That’s where Ando’s sudden rush to fame began. “Over the last couple years, I’ve enjoyed the theme nights and coming up with specialty food items for them,” he said. For ’70s Night last year, he paid homage to Hamburger Helper, invented in 1971, by topping a hot dog with it. He also created a Fruit Gushers sundae for ’90s night, and a garbage plate with warring food factions for Game of Thrones Night earlier this year. So, a month before the big night, Ando gathered ingredients and began to experiment with ways to dress up a hot dog for Sugar Rush Night. “I grabbed a couple things and threw together a dish,” he said. “I put some cotton candy down, then put a hot dog in it.” The cotton candy served as the bun for the dog. Now all he needed were some condiments. Instead of ketchup, mustard and relish, he tried colorful candies. “At first, I wanted Pop Rocks, but they wouldn’t stick well,” he said. “Nerds did. So we went with those.” The result was a horrific-looking, sticky creation known as the Cotton Candy Hot Dog — 311 calories, 41 grams of carbs, 578 milligram of sodium, 13 grams of fat, 40 milligrams of cholesterol and nearly 30 grams of sugar. “I tried it real quick and said it was edible. It’s not awful. We can

probably get away with selling it,” he said. A few brave members of the front office agreed to sample it and also declared that it tasted better than it looked. The rest is viral history. “We thought maybe we’d get a couple retweets,” Ando said. “But nothing like this. Never Jimmy Fallon.” Indeed, the hot dog was gross enough to catch the attention of “The Tonight Show” host, who featured it in his monologue, as did just about every radio and TV affiliate around the country. “There were radio interviews,” Ando said. “We don’t even know who all picked it up. It just depended on what stations people were listening to, because it was on everywhere. We were on Sirius/ XM’s The Highway, and we found out about that just because my father-in-law listens to it.” The clubhouse attendant also gave the dog a try and decided to bring one down to share with the braver players on the team. The video of Tigers’ 2017 first-round draft pick Alex Faedo sampling it kept the story in the news cycle for a bit longer. “One of the main things when I came here that the team president emphasized was an understanding of how important things like that are in minor league baseball,” Ando said, “and how much exposure you can get from it.” The hot dog was originally supposed to make a one-night appearance at Erie’s concession stands, but its popularity has extended its life span. Ando estimated that they now sell about 60 on a good night. Of course, the impact on social media is far more important to the team than the number sold. “Getting retweeted by Pee-wee Herman?” Ando said. “That was pretty cool.”

Fallout from the controversy that cost the Topsail High School baseball team 16 wins and a spot in the state playoffs this spring continued last week with the resignation of principal Berry Simmons. The veteran administrator, who had spent the past six years at the school, stepped down only days after the Pender County Board of Education issued a report on the findings of its investigation into the situation. Simmons is the third major figure in the case to either resign or be fired over missteps that were made in certifying the eligibility of Topsail senior Alex Postma. Athletic director Barry West left his position on May 24 after admitting negligence and failing to comply with his duties. Baseball coach Aaron Rimer was relieved of his duties on June 18 after it was determined that he violated county and state policies by sharing confidential student information. The Board of Education report, commissioned by Pender County Schools Superintendent Dr. Steven Hill, held that all three men were responsible for mistakes made in the certification process and concluded that Postma, whose academic performance was negatively affected by severe anxiety and depression issues, should have been declared ineligible before the start of the season. “As a member of the high school athletic association, Topsail High School must comply with all of its rules and regulations, as well as Pender County Board of Education policy,” Pender County Schools attorney Richard Schwartz said during a June 29 meeting at which the report was released. “Responsibility for assuring that compliance is shared among various school system employees, primarily the head coach of the team involved, the school’s athletic director, principal and county athletic director.” Postma played in only seven games for the Pirates this season, batting just three times. His participation came mostly as a courtesy runner. But because he was in uniform for all but one game, the results of each were invalidated by the N.C. High School Athletic Association. That includes 16 of the 17 games Topsail won. The teenager was ruled ineligible because he did not pass at least three classes during the Fall

COACHES from page B1 dinators, but with Judy Rose — the athletic director that hired him — now retired, he’ll have to answer to a new boss with a different set of standards. While it’s uncertain how many wins Lambert will need to keep his job, Montgomery set the bar for himself last December when after a season-ending 70-13 drubbing at the hands of Memphis, he proclaimed that his Pirates would win at least six games and qualify for a bowl in 2018. Like Lambert, Montgomery will be answering to a new supervisor. But unlike the situation at Charlotte, that could end up working in the former NFL receiver’s favor, since embattled former AD Jeff Compher is gone and the man that has replaced him on an interim basis — Dave Hart — isn’t worried about his own job security. Hart, in fact, has gone on the record this summer absolving Montgomery from at least some of the responsibility for ECU’s recently slide. “Scottie is doing his part recruiting. Now we’ve got to help him,” Hart said, adding that the school needs to put more financial resources into its athletic program. “We’ve got to help all of our coaches to compete in the (AAC), because at some point it’s pretty simplistic. You’re either going to be a player or you’re going to be on the sidelines. We want to be a player.” • Pressure is mounting: UNC’s Larry Fedora sure had the look of a rising coaching star after leading his Tar Heels to 11 wins and the ACC’s Coastal Division champion-

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Blue Devils coach David Cutcliffe has built Duke football into a respectable program after years of the school being an ACC doormat. ship in 2015. But after getting off to an 8-2 start the following season and having his name mentioned for several other, more prestigious jobs, his team has gone 3-12 and won only one of nine conference games. Last year’s 3-9 disaster can rightly be chalked up to an unprec-

edented rash of injuries that saw 17 players listed as “out for the season.” But a coach can only get so many free passes. And with rival Dave Doeren regularly beating Fedora in head-to-head battles for instate talent, patience in Chapel Hill could wear thin very quickly if the

Tar Heels don’t turn things around dramatically and get to the postseason this season. • All good for now: As tenuous as the job security of the previous three coaches might be, their situations are by no means hopeless. NC State’s Doeren is the prime exam-

semester as required by NCHSAA rules, a portion of which he spent on “homebound status.” It was also found that he dressed for games or attended practices on several occasions in which he was absent for the entire school day during the Spring semester. As critical as the Board of Education report was of school officials for allowing Postma to be declared eligible despite those red flags, it also placed blame on his parents, saying that Michael and Julie Postma were given a “thorough explanation” on scholastic and attendance requirements at a preseason orientation meeting on Feb. 19. “Prior to this meeting,” the report stated, “the player and the parents were well aware that the player had not met this requirement.” Michael Postma, in an interview with the North State Journal shortly after the forfeits were announced, said that there were extenuating circumstances surrounding Alex’s academic problems. He said that his son was “nonverbal” and an “exceptional child” who “cognitively, cannot function very well,” when anxiety hits him. He added that “it was quite courageous that he went out for the team.” The report, however, took issue with Michael Postma’s characterization of his son’s condition. “None of this information is accurate,” it stated. “In fact, the student graduated from THS in the spring with support and assistance from staff.” It was a member of that staff that brought the issue of the player’s eligibility to light. According to the report, the unnamed staff member was aware of Postma’s academic and attendance problems but did not know he was on the baseball team until seeing him in uniform at Topsail’s senior night game. “The staff member was shocked to see the player and questioned the player’s participation with the baseball team,” the report stated. Schools officials began looking into the situation the next day and eventually self-reported the violation to the NCHSAA, leading to the forfeits. Two months later, the Board of Education concluded that “there was more than enough blame to go around” and that procedures would be put in place to prevent such a problem from happening again. It also praised Topsail team members for demonstrating character and “maturity beyond their years” for their support of Postma while formally apologizing to them and their families, “who should have expected more and better from their school system.”

ple of that. A year ago at this time, his name was the one popping up on most preseason “hot seat” lists. But he cooled that talk considerably by winning nine games and having seven players selected in the NFL Draft. Doeren’s prospects look just as bright this season with the return of starting quarterback Ryan Finley and another strong recruiting class. Wake Forest’s Dave Clawson also gained a measure of security by leading his Deacons to a breakthrough eight-win season in 2017, punctuated by a Belk Bowl win against Texas A&M. But as secure as both coaches might be now, they’re only too familiar with how quickly their seats can heat back up if their teams fail to build on their current momentum. • Safe and secure: According to Dodd’s list, Duke’s David Cutcliffe and Appalachian State’s Scott Satterfield are the state coaches who enter the new season with nothing to worry about — and for good reason. Cutcliffe will eventually have a statue of himself placed outside Wallace Wade Stadium for transforming the Blue Devils from a college football laughingstock to a viable, competitive program that has been to bowls in five of the past six years. Satterfield, meanwhile, has compiled a 41-22 record in four seasons at his alma mater and has successfully led the Mountaineers through a historic transition from FCS status to become the first program ever to win bowl games in each of its first three season of FBS competition.


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New Hornets braintrust reshapes roster with flurry of post-draft moves New GM, coach lead to changes in Buzz City By Shawn Krest North State Journal WITH A NEW general manager and coach, the Charlotte Hornets were expected to have a roster makeover during the offseason. That process started shortly after the NBA Draft. The biggest departure from the Hornets is center Dwight Howard. Exactly one year after the team acquired Howard in a trade with the Hawks, Charlotte dealt him away to the Brooklyn Nets. Howard increased his scoring by more than three points, averaging 16.6 points per game with Charlotte last season, to go with 12.5 rebounds and 1.6 blocks. Under new coach James Borrego, however, Howard would likely have seen a greatly reduced role on the team. “With our new staff and new coach, we spent time talking and meeting, and the feeling was that coach wasn’t going to play the type of game that Dwight can really excel at and play a lot of minutes,” new GM Mitch Kupchak said in an interview with the team website at NBA Summer League. “The decision was made to try to make a move. We also were up against the tax, so we tried to use the space to bring in some other players. The only piece that the Hornets received for Howard which remains in Charlotte’s possession is a 2021 second-round pick from the Nets. Charlotte also received Hamidou Diallo, selected by Brooklyn with the 45th pick in this year’s draft. The Hornets then sent Diallo to Oklahoma City for a 2019 second-round pick. The Nets also sent Charlotte veteran center Timofey Mozgov, who averaged 4.2 points and 3.2 rebounds last season. Mozgov didn’t last long in Charlotte, however, as the Hornets flipped him in a three-team deal with Orlan-

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do and Chicago. Mozgov was sent to the Magic, while the Hornets received center Bismack Biyombo and two second-round picks — one in 2019 and one in 2020. The Hornets also sent Julyan Stone to the Bulls in the deal. Stone averaged 0.8 points and 1.3 rebounds as a reserve shooting guard in 23 games with the Hornets this year. Biyombo returns to the city where he started his NBA career. Drafted seventh overall by Sacramento in 2011, Charlotte acquired him in a draft-day deal. Biyombo played four seasons in Charlotte, averaging 4.4 points and 6.1 rebounds with the Bobcats and Hornets. He left as a free agent following the 2014-15 season. “We didn’t have a player like Biyombo on the team,” Kupchak said in his Summer League interview. “Someone that can rebound like that, defend the paint, defend the rim. He’s not the perfect player, but there aren’t many perfect players, and we didn’t have a player like him.” While the Hornets emerged from the Howard deal with a stack

of future draft picks and Biyombo, the Nets bought out Howard’s contract for $5 million, putting the former All Star on waivers. Howard later signed with Washington. That sequence of events raised the question of why the Hornets bothered to deal Howard away, rather than waiving him and getting cap relief that way. Kupchak explained in his Summer League interview that the team saved about $7 million by trading Howard and acquired other assets that wouldn’t have come with a straight release. “We ended up with four second-round picks,” he said. “Picks are very important going forward for us as a franchise. But the main reason, once again, was to create some space. We got an asset in Mozgov that allowed us to get picks and add flexibility to add players.” With the cap flexibility that the Howard trade gave the team, Kupchak was able to come to an agreement with a veteran free agent who should help the team in the short term. Point guard Tony

Hornets GM Mitch Kupchak, right with James Borrego during the coach’s introductory press conference in May, traded away center Dwight Howard, has a deal in place to add point guard Tony Parker, and made several other moves in an effort to reshape the team.

Parker agreed to leave the San Antonio Spurs, where he’s won four NBA titles in 17 years, and sign with the Hornets. Parker will fill the role of backup point guard, behind Kemba Walker, while the team develops 2018 draft pick Devonte Graham for the future. “We have an understanding with Tony Parker,” Kupchak said. “He would be a great addition to this club. We were looking for someone in the backcourt who can play 15 to 18 minutes a game. The bonus with him would be his presence in the locker room, his leadership, and his experience in terms of winning.” As of right now, the team appears to be done dealing. “(Parker) would be our 14th player,” Kupchak said, “and we want to go into the season with 14 players.” Despite that, Kupchak will keep his eyes and ears peeled, in case an opportunity presents itself. “There could be another deal tomorrow, or two months from now, or a year from now,” he said.

BASEBALL from page B1 a pro prospect. He’s not looking ahead to any of that, however. Not while he has a country to represent. “I’m just going to keep doing my job,” he said. “Keep executing my pitches. I can’t worry about what’s going on down the road.” Stinson is joined on the USA Baseball squad by ECU lefthander Jake Agnos, Elon righthander Kyle Brnovich, NC State infielder Will Wilson and ECU outfielder Bryan Packard. The AAC Player of the Year last season, Packard was a late addition to the USA Baseball roster. He’s made the most of it, however, hitting a team-high .429 in three games. Wilson has appeared in nine games, starting five. He was one of a pair of Wolfpack position players named to the original roster, but catcher Patrick Bailey wasn’t chosen for the squad that traveled to Cuba. Brnovich is 1-1 in three appearances for Team USA, and opponents are hitting just .150 off of him. Agnos has appeared in three games and boasts a 1.69 ERA. In addition to the games at DBAP, the team has played a schedule that included games at the USA Baseball complex in Cary, BB&T Ballpark in Charlotte, Grayson Stadium in Savannah, Ga., Luther Williams Field in Macon, Ga., and Sun Trust Park in Atlanta — the home of the MLB Braves. A game scheduled for Riley Park in Charleston, S.C., was rained out. The team beat Japan in three of the five games to clinch the 42nd annual U.S. vs. Japan Collegiate All-Star Series, the 24th time the U.S. has won the series, including a 21-1 record in the series that took place on home soil. Now it’s on the road and across the Caribbean to play five games at historic Estadio Latinoamericano. “It’s phenomenal,” Stinson said. “There’s a bunch of men and women that serve our country every day. To come out here and wear this uniform is the least I can do. It’s a lot of fun and an honor.”

Revamped Hurricanes lineup coming into focus While there are still one or two moves coming, Carolina has already altered its roster

Martin Necas, left, and Andrei Svechnikov — the Hurricanes’ first-round picks in the last two NHL drafts — are expected to jump into top-nine roles from the start of the 2018-19 season.

By Cory Lavalette North State Journal RALEIGH — In the first offseason under owner Tom Dundon and general manager Don Waddell, the Carolina Hurricanes already have a different look. A defense that has been lauded as one of the best young groups in the NHL has two new faces — both in top-four roles — with one cornerstone, Noah Hanifin, already gone and another seemingly on the way out. The Hurricanes also seem poised to plug their two most recent first-round picks, Martin Necas and Andrei Svechnikov, into their forward ranks while also adding some snarl with the additions of Micheal Ferland and Jordan Martinook. And Cam Ward’s run as a fixture in the Carolina net ended when the team let him sign in Chicago and brought in Petr Mrazek to share the load with Scott Darling. So where does this leave the team as the hockey world goes mostly quiet until September? There are definitely still moves to be made before the start of the 2018-19 season, specifically with the riches — both in talent and salary — on the right side of the defense and determining the future of Jeff Skinner. Those possible moves aside, here’s a position-by-position look at where the Hurricanes stand after the draft and the first wave of free agency. Goaltenders: Scott Darling, Petr Mrazek Carolina is gambling in net — and doing so without Ward as part of the equation. It’s well-documented that Darling is working hard this offseason to ensure he’ll be in shape come October, and Mrazek’s one-year deal should provide motivation for the former Red Wings starter. Like last season, it’s thought that average goaltending will be enough to end the Hurricanes’ nine-season playoff drought. The

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team is betting on the new tandem getting that done. Defense: Calvin de Haan, Justin Faulk, Haydn Fleury, Dougie Hamilton, Brett Pesce, Jaccob Slavin, Trevor van Riemsdyk The addition of de Haan — a steady, veteran lefty — gives the team seven defensemen that will cost more than $28 million in salary this season. The likely odd-man out is also the most expensive: Faulk, slated to earn $6 million in cash this season and next (though just $4.833 million in cap hit), has been rumored to be on the trading block, and his departure makes the most sense. Hamilton will slide into Faulk’s spot as the defense’s top offensive weapon — perhaps alongside Slavin — while de Haan should bring stability to the top four. Trevor Carrick could push Fleury for the sixth spot or be the team’s No. 7 guy, much like KHL-bound Klas Dahlbeck did the last two seasons. Centers: Sebastian Aho, Necas,

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Ferland Aho Teravainen Skinner Necas Svechnikov McGinn Staal Williams Martinook Rask Zykov Extra: Di Giuseppe Defense

Slavin Hamilton de Haan Pesce Fleury Faulk / van Riemsdyk Extra: Carrick Goalies

Darling Mrazek Victor Rask, Jordan Staal There are plenty of variables here: Will Aho play center or left wing? Is Necas ready to be an every night contributor down the middle? Can Rask bounce back

from a down season? Carolina has talked about Aho playing center — as he has done with success internationally — once he’s ready, and one would think this is the year Aho makes the move to the middle. That said, the Hurricanes have a history of talking about a player being a future center without ever committing to doing so — see Skinner, Elias Lindholm, Teuvo Teravainen, etc. Unless a trade lands Carolina another center, right now Aho is the favorite to center the top line. Necas could be nipping at his heels — more than one person employed by the team said Necas impressed enough at prospect camp to jump right in as the No. 1 pivot — and Staal and Rask have both been top-six centers during their career. Left wing: Phil Di Giuseppe, Ferland, Brock McGinn, Martinook, Skinner The wild card here is a potential Skinner trade. If Carolina moves the former Calder Trophy winner,

they need to replace his scoring. One option is moving Aho back to the left wing and adding another center, even if it’s just a fourth-liner. The team could also use its assets — again, that seems to be Skinner and/or Faulk — to add a scoring left wing. The trio of Ferland, McGinn and Martinook gives Carolina more physicality in the top nine, and Di Giuseppe is a versatile 13th forward. Right wing: Teravainen, Svechnikov, Justin Williams, Valentin Zykov There’s enough depth here that Svechnikov, the second overall pick in last month’s draft, can be eased into a top-nine role. Teravainen will be hitched to Aho, while Williams can bring stability and guile to any line he’s on. Zykov, now on a one-way deal, should be a power play asset. Even with an 18-year-old penciled in as a contributor, this group is probably the most likely to stay the same throughout the season.


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July 11 Dan and Phil 2019 World Tour: Interactive Introverts Greensboro Dan and Phil present their new stage show — Interactive Introverts. Two internet dwelling, insecure nerds standing under the spotlight to give the people what they want: an epic interactive experience of rants, roasts, battles, stories and surprises that will make you laugh, cry and cringe.

July 12-15 63rd Annual Grandfather Mountain Highland Games Linville

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Everett Robbins, left, of Asheboro, walks with surf instructor Jackson Paris after a surfing lesson at Carolina Beach.

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Surf’s Up

Blowing Rock Plein Air Festival Blowing Rock Blowing Rock Plein Air Festival is organized by the Blowing Rock Art & History Museum. Registered artists must check in at BRAHM to have their canvas or paper stamped prior to beginning work. The festival will include artist awards and an opportunity to sell work created during the event to the public. On July 13, the starting day of the event, artists will check in at BRAHM beginning at 9:00 a.m. There will be a welcome cocktail reception for registered artists, sponsors, and BRAHM members on the evening of July 13. The festival will conclude on the evening of July 14 with an exhibition and sale of the art created over the two days of painting. Artists may paint at a variety of locations of their choosing within a defined area surrounding the town of Blowing Rock. All paintings must be done “en plein air” during the days of the event without the aid of photography and with a 16" X 20" maximum artwork size.

Carolina Beach is home to world-class surfing instruction By Clay Abernathy for the North State Journal CAROLINA BEACH — Camps and vacations are the highlight of summer for most N.C. students. At Carolina Beach, professional surfer Tony Silvagni is combining camp and vacation into a week-long experience he hopes proves that “anybody can surf.” Silvagni is a professional surfing champion who calls Kure Beach home and calls the beach just south of Carolina Beach’s boardwalk — and world-famous Britt’s Doughnuts — his office. Silvagni started the Tony Silvagni Surf School in 2008 while he continued to pursue his dreams as a highly ranked longboarder. Since then, Silvagni and his team of surf instructors have expanded their on-thewater skills training to five-day surf camps, individual surfing lessons, paddleboarding lessons, group yoga and surf classes. While his business has been making waves, Silvagni has been riding them. His most recent surfing season included victories at the Belmar Pro longboard competition in New Jersey and a win in the Open Pro Longboard in the Guy Takayama Pro in Oceanside, California. Those wins and his consistent surfing resulted in Silvagni finishing 2017 in ninth place in the world for professional longboard in the World Surf League. Silvagni is off to a strong start in 2018 with early top-five finishes in the Surf Relik in Malibu and the ISA World Surfing Games in China. In China, Silvagni joined Team USA along Rachael Tilly, Tory Gilkerson and Kevin Skvarna in what ISA President Fernando Aguerre called a “dominating performance” to win the team gold in the Aloha Cup at Riyue Bay in Hainan, China. When Silvagni is not surfing competitively, he is riding the waves with first-timers and long-term students on N.C.’s southern coast. He is constantly in the water and on the beach and is actively involved in the day-to-day operations of the school. His title could be "surfing dean" as his surfing faculty has grown to the point that on some days as many as 10 instructors are in the water with classes, camps and individual lessons. “I started this business at age 21,” said Silvagni. “I had great coaches and I wanted to give back to the sport.” Silvagni admits that maintaining a business while competing at a world-class level has challenges. “It’s difficult with a seasonal business to make it,” he said. “We had to diversify to make this a yearround business.”

Brawny athletes, delicate dancers, bagpipe bands, parades, rocking Celtic music and a spectacular highland setting make this colorful celebration of Scottish culture the best highland games in America. Visit the heritage tent to research your family tree and then head to the merchant tents to find your family tartan. Watch men toss telephone pole sized cabers end over end, ladies kick up their kilts with a highland fling and border collies herd sheep with keen precision. Details at gmhg. org.

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Top, Brielle Allen of Carolina Beach (right) rides a wave with another student during a lesson at the Tony Silvagni Surf School. Bottom, Everett Robbins, 7, catches a wave during his first lesson at the Tony Silvagni Surf School.

That year-round business does the bulk of its work in the summer months with camps stretching to mid-Sept. As the tourist traffic wanes, Silvagni and his team focus on his heavier competition schedule and individual lessons with more experienced surfers. But Silvagni says he is primarily focused on the youth of the sport. “My target audience is kids with the camps,” said Silvagni. “Adults take part in the group lessons and the individual lessons — and adults are key to the rental business.” The youth-oriented camps include 10 hours of professional surf instruction over five days.

Those lessons include water safety and shoreside instruction on balance and the lexicon of surfing. While every student may not be able to hang with the professionals, everyone can "hang ten" off the coast of N.C. according to Silvagni. “Anybody can surf. It’s all in your mind,” he said. “It doesn’t matter how old you are; you can learn to surf.” The Tony Silvagni Surf School offers surfing camps from April to September in Carolina Beach. You can find more information on their website, surfschoolnc.com.

Come see the creativity of local quilters and vote on your favorite for the People’s Choice Award. Quilting supplies vendors on hand. More information at spartanc.com. North Carolina Blackberry Festival Lenoir Grab your fork and get ready for the North Carolina Blackberry Festival. The family-friendly event includes the world’s largest blackberry cobbler patchwork, blackberry eating contests, black “beer”y beer garden, colossal cobbler parade brigade and live music. More information at ncblackberryfestival.com.


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Demonstrating the right way to slice a brisket.

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Brisket U instructor inspects the brisket.

Red, white and blue. Texas, trucks and barbecue.

Texas. Barbecue. Searching the Lone Star State for the world’s best brisket. By Jordan Golson for the North State Journal TEXAS — Any trip to the Lone Star State isn’t complete without at least one meal of burnt ends, brisket and beans — if you’re really a BBQ-aficionado, smoked meats are all you need to justify a trip to Texas. And so I found myself behind the wheel of a $50,000 Chevrolet Silverado High Country on a sweltering Friday afternoon in Houston, invited by Chevy to take a Texas barbecue-themed road trip to Lockhart, the capital of Texas BBQ, and then to Austin — the actual capital. In the sweltering humidity of Houston, our first stop was the Gator Pit, where Ritch Robin and his team of welders hand-build some of the world’s finest custom BBQ pits. Backyard versions start around $2,000 and elaborate, towable catering rigs rise into the dizzying “how-big’s-your-wallet?” range. One of the more popular is Ritch’s Edition. It’s a $7,383.90 set up that Ritch built for himself and began selling when customers, bewildered by the sheer number of options on his pits, kept asking him “what would you build?” Perhaps the most impactful thing about the Gator Pit is that Robin’s “rookie” welder has been with him for nine years. That kind of loyalty, especially in the fabrication and welding industry, is deeply impressive. Back in the Silverado, with air conditioning running full tilt, I head west towards Austin. After 56 easy highway miles, I reach the town of Brenham, home of Blue Bell Creameries. Blue Bell ice cream, founded in 1907, is a Texas institution that has expanded through much of the South. The banana pudding ice cream is to die for, and for just a dollar per scoop, it’s easy to get carried away. Our overnight halt is in Kyle, where we attend Brisket U, a backyard pitmaster class that educated us on the ins and outs of dry rub, trimming, smoking and slicing. The biggest takeaways? Smoking takes a long time, so bring beer and be patient; and, cook up some sausage so you’ll have some-

thing to eat while you smoke your brisket. Sage advice. Though we’ve spent Friday learning how to smoke our own meats (and trying to figure out how to convince the IRS that my Ritch’s Edition smoker is a bona fide deductible business expense), Saturday is all about meat. My red Silverado is again waiting for me, and with the air conditioning ripping, I head to Black’s Barbecue in Lockhart. Skipping the buffet of sides, I order a gigantic beef rib that weighs more than a pound. Nine-inches long, the bone alone would satisfy any dog for quite a while. Fragrant and juicy, the meat literally slides off the bone when I try pick it up. The monstrous rib is the most delicious thing I’ve tasted in months. I head across town to Kreuz Market, a traditional German-style meat market with enormous indoor brick pits and a sign on the door to the dining room that says “vegetarians in here, normal people that way” with an arrow pointing towards the meat market. We’re deep in the heart of Texas, now. The brisket is top-notch, and so is the sweet tea — but I have one more important stop to make, so I hit the road again with Austin in my sights. I’ve been to Austin three times in two years. But, somehow, I’ve never made my way to Franklin Barbecue. It’s the Mecca of Texas smoked meat and, according to Texas Monthly, is home to “the best barbecue in the known universe.” I arrive a bit after 1 p.m., and the wait — a line began at 5 a.m. — is down to a mere hour-and-a-half. Sadly, I don’t have time to wait before my flight, so I head inside to buy some souvenirs. T-shirts, Franklin’s signature BBQ sauce, and a copy of Aaron’s book, “A Meat Smoking Manifesto,” and I head to the checkout. But there’s one surprise left in store. A secret of Franklin BBQ is that you can buy an entire precooked, vacuum sealed brisket *without* waiting in line. Shelling out $120 for a five-pound hunk of meat might seem outrageous, but it works out to a relatively reasonable $24 per pound. At the counter, there is only one left and I have but one word to say: “Sold.” TSA doesn’t bat an eye at my brisket carry-on and I happily continue my barbecue road trip all the way back to Boston.

By Liz Moomey North State Journal

Smoking takes a long time, so bring beer and be patient; and cook up some sausage so you’ll have something to eat while you smoke your brisket.

Top left, all the Gator Pit BBQ pits are welded by hand, deep in the heart of Texas. Top right, in his sweltering shop, Gator Pit proprietor Ritch Robin points out the features of an under construction pit. Bottom left, all the pits, including this towable beauty, are finished to perfection. Bottom right, Brisket U instructor Ken Reed demonstrates the appropriate way to smoke brisket: with a beer in hand.


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entertainment Singer Elvis Costello cancels tour after revealing cancer surgery British singer-songwriter Elvis Costello announced on Friday he was canceling the remainder of his European tour after revealing he had undergone surgery for cancer. Costello, 63, whose hits include "Oliver's Army," "Everyday I write the Book" and "Alison," said he had been forced to call off the final six dates of his tour, which included concerts in Croatia, Austria, Norway and Sweden, on medical grounds.

'Sacred Games' marks Netflix debut into Indian original series Netflix's first Indian original series makes its debut on Friday, the first of a slate of new shows aimed at the vast Bollywood entertainment market. "Sacred Games," based on the 2006 novel by Vikram Chandra, is a thriller set in Mumbai with a cast of police officers, politicians and spies, and stars some of Bollywood's biggest personalities: Saif Ali Khan, Nawazuddin Siddiqui and Radhika Apte.

French filmmaker Claude Lanzmann, creator of 'Shoah,' dies at 92 French filmmaker, writer and commentator Claude Lanzmann, best known for his searing documentary film "Shoah," a nine-and-ahalf-hour oral history of the Holocaust, has died in Paris at the age of 92, his publishers Gallimard said on Thursday. A man of letters and high learning, who spent much of the 1950s living with Simone de Beauvoir and working alongside Jean-Paul Sartre and other philosophers, Lanzmann was equally at home as an author, filmmaker, memoirist, journalist and lecturer.

Alice Cooper, Johnny Depp, Joe Perry storm Montreux stage Alice Cooper, Johnny Depp and Aerosmith's Joe Perry brought vintage rock to the mythic stage of the Montreux Jazz Festival on Thursday, performing as the Hollywood Vampires for a sellout crowd. The American trio, all dressed in black with silver chains around their necks, lived up to their reputation as "bad boys" during the 90-minute set.

Netflix is shutting down user reviews this summer By Todd Spangler Variety LOS ANGELES — Netflix no longer wants to share your opinions about TV shows or movies with the rest of the world. The streaming giant is phasing out user-submitted reviews over the next two months. As first reported by CNET, Netflix will stop accepting user reviews as of July 30. Then, by mid-Aug., it will delete all reviews customers have submitted. According to Netflix, over time it has seen a drop in usage of user reviews — which are available only on its website via computers. But some titles have garnered a strong outpouring of feedback: Its popular original series "Stranger Things," for example, currently has 3,897 reviews on the Netflix U.S. site. Ultimately, Netf lix's decision to eliminate user reviews likely boiled down to one thing: They probably have not, on balance,

Netflix's shutdown of user reviews comes a little more than a year after it killed the long-standing five-star rating systems for content recommendations. Now, users rate titles using thumbs-up or thumbs-down, and Netflix displays a personalized percentage "match score" for titles based on its calculation of what kind of TV shows and movies you'll enjoy. According to Netflix, thumbsbased ratings deliver more accurate recommendations and they're easier for people to understand than the five-star scale. The company said that in testing, it saw a 200% increase in ratings by users with the thumbs-up/thumbsdown system. Other digital-content services — including Amazon and Apple's iTunes — continue to list user ratings and reviews. Last year, Amazon-owned IMDb shut down user discussion boards because, it said, they were "no longer providing a positive, useful experience" for the majority of its users.

MIKE BLAKE | REUTERS | FILE

The Netflix logo is pictured on a television in this illustration photograph taken in Encinitas, Calif. driven people to watch more content on the service. Also, negative reviews, it would seem, aren't good for business — especially as Netflix increases its spending on original programming.

The reviews feature on Netflix has allowed viewers to rate a TV show or movie using a five-star scale. The reviews must be at least 80 characters, with a max of 1,999 characters.

Confusion in L.A. court over affairs of Marvel legend Stan Lee By Dana Feldman Reuters LOS ANGELES — A Los Angeles judge on Friday dissolved a temporary restraining order on a business manager accused of elder abuse against Marvel Comics legend Stan Lee, saying she was unsure who was authorized to represent Lee. Two attorneys both told Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Ruth Kleman they represented Lee, 95, whose well-being has been a cause of concern for months. "I'm concerned who has authority to represent Mr. Lee," Kleman said. She dismissed the restraining order issued last month against memorabilia collector and business manager Keya Morgan on grounds of alleged elder abuse. Morgan has denied the allegations. Neither Lee nor Morgan

were in court for Friday's hearing. Morgan's attorney, Alex Kessel, did not comment Lee, the co-creator of comic book superheroes Spider-Man, Iron Man, the Hulk and dozens of others, has an estate worth of some $50 million, according to previous court documents. But his well-being has been the subject of numerous headlines following the death a year ago of his wife, Joan, the firing of previous close associates and the influence of Morgan. The Hollywood Reporter in April published a lengthy investigation which concluded that Lee was caught in the middle of several people close to him who were vying for control over his personal and financial affairs. Tom Lallas, the attorney who filed for the restraining order last month, was fired by Lee earlier

MARIO ANZUONI | REUTERS | FILE

Marvel Comics co-creator Stan Lee attends a tribute event “Extraordinary: Stan Lee” at the Saban Theatre in Beverly Hills, on Aug. 22. "shown nothing but love, respect & kindness to Stan Lee, & his wife, a fact he has repeated countless time. I have NEVER EVER abused my dear friend." However, Lee's company, POW! Entertainment, expressed its concern in a statement in April, saying that his appearances and speeches earlier this year were "not the normal Stan disposition, which is usually loaded with an endless energy and exuberance that fans around the world have come to love and admire throughout the years."

this year, Lee's daughter, J.C. Lee, told reporters after Friday's hearing. "My father has a strong team behind him, and he's doing very well. I've known exactly what was happening every step of the way," she said. Attorney Robert J. Reynolds, who said he now represents Lee, told reporters after Friday's hearing that a new request for a temporary restraining order against Morgan would be filed. Morgan said in a Twitter statement last month that he had

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TAKE NOTICE CABARRUS AMENDED NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE 17 SP 622

Under and by virtue of the power of sale contained in a certain Deed of Trust made by Pearlie T. Peterson, (Pearlie T. Peterson, deceased)(Heirs of Pearlie T. Peterson: Tommy Allen Taylor and Unknown Heirs of Pearlie T. Peterson) (PRESENT RECORD OWNER(S): Pearlie T. Peterson and Tommy Allen Taylor) to Richard H. Lester or G. Robert Turner, III, Trustee(s), dated the 19th day of May, 2006, and recorded in Book 6751, Page 350, in Cabarrus County Registry, North Carolina, default having been made in the payment of the note thereby secured by the said Deed of Trust and the undersigned, Substitute Trustee Services, Inc. having been substituted as Trustee in said Deed of Trust by an instrument duly recorded in the Office of the Register of Deeds of Cabarrus County, North Carolina and the holder of the note evidencing said

JOHNSTON NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE 18 SP 153 Under and by virtue of the power of sale contained in a certain Deed of Trust made by Deborah P. Williford, (Deborah P. Williford, deceased) (Heirs of Deborah P. Williford: Sharon P. Kendall and Unknown Heirs of Deborah P. Williford) to Emery D. Ashley, Trustee(s), dated the 19th day of December, 2008, and recorded in Book 3637, Page 427, in Johnston County Registry, North Carolina, default having been made in the payment of the note thereby secured by the said Deed of Trust and the undersigned, Substitute Trustee Services, Inc. having been substituted as Trustee in said Deed of Trust by an instrument duly recorded in the Office of the Register of Deeds of Johnston County, North Carolina and the holder of the note evidencing said indebtedness having directed that the Deed of Trust be foreclosed, the undersigned Substitute Trustee will offer for sale at the courthouse door in the City of Smithfield, Johnston County, North Carolina,

17 SP 246 AMENDED NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE NORTH CAROLINA, JOHNSTON COUNTY Under and by virtue of a Power of Sale contained in that certain Deed of Trust executed by Linwood E. Burns and Audrey Burns to John M. Mercer, Trustee(s), which was dated April 26, 1999 and recorded on April 28, 1999 in Book 1821 at Page 028, Johnston County Registry, North Carolina. Default having been made of the note thereby secured by the said Deed of Trust and the undersigned, Trustee Services of Carolina, LLC, having been substituted as Trustee in said Deed of Trust, and the holder of the note evidencing said default 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

17 SP 676 AMENDED NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE NORTH CAROLINA, JOHNSTON COUNTY Under and by virtue of a Power of Sale contained in that certain Deed of Trust executed by Michael Neighbors a/k/a Mike Neighbors and Teresa Neighbors to William R. Echols, Trustee(s), which was dated April 28, 2005 and recorded on April 29, 2005 in Book 2889 at Page 208 and rerecorded/modified/corrected on April 21, 2015 in Book 4585, Page 157 and rerecorded/modified/corrected on March 11, 2016 in Book 4731, Page 389, Johnston County Registry, North Carolina. Default having been made of the note thereby secured by the said Deed of Trust and the undersigned, Trustee Services of Carolina, LLC, having been substituted as Trustee in said Deed of Trust, and the holder of the note evidencing said default having directed

18 SP 266 NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE NORTH CAROLINA, JOHNSTON COUNTY Under and by virtue of a Power of Sale contained in that certain Deed of Trust executed by Luis A. Guzman Robles and Soledad Maria Guzman to Allan B. Polunsky, Trustee(s), which was dated July 29, 2016 and recorded on August 1, 2016 in Book 4806 at Page 671, Johnston County Registry, North Carolina. Default having been made of the note thereby secured by the said Deed of Trust and the undersigned, Trustee Services of Carolina, LLC, having been substituted as Trustee in said Deed of Trust, and the holder of the note evidencing said default having directed that the Deed of Trust be foreclosed, the undersigned Substitute Trustee will offer for sale at the courthouse

NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE 18 SP 280 Under and by virtue of the power of sale contained in a certain Deed of Trust made by Alvin Maurice Blue and Melissa Blue to Hewett & Wood, P.A., Trustee(s), dated the 12th day of August, 2015, and recorded in Book 4641, Page 268, in Johnston County Registry, North Carolina, default having been made in the payment of the note thereby secured by the said Deed of Trust and the undersigned, Substitute Trustee Services, Inc. having been substituted as Trustee in said Deed of Trust by an instrument duly recorded in the Office of the Register of Deeds of Johnston County, North Carolina and the holder of the note evidencing said indebtedness having directed that the Deed of Trust be foreclosed, the undersigned Substitute Trustee will offer for sale at the courthouse door in the City of Smithfield, Johnston County, North Carolina, or the customary location designated for foreclosure sales, at 11:00 AM on July 24, 2018 and will sell to the highest bidder for

NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE 18 SP 276 Under and by virtue of the power of sale contained in a certain Deed of Trust made by Jeffrey A. Geisendaffer and Jennifer E. Geisendaffer to Robert N. Tyson, Jr., Trustee(s), dated the 29th day of December, 2006, and recorded in Book 3263, Page 25-36, in Johnston County Registry, North Carolina, default having been made in the payment of the note thereby secured by the said Deed of Trust and the undersigned, Substitute Trustee Services, Inc. having been substituted as Trustee in said Deed of Trust by an instrument duly recorded in the Office of the Register of Deeds of Johnston County, North Carolina and the holder of the note evidencing said indebtedness having directed that the Deed of Trust be foreclosed, the undersigned Substitute Trustee will offer for sale at the courthouse door in the City of Smithfield, Johnston County, North Carolina, or the customary location designated for foreclosure sales, at 11:00 AM on July 24, 2018 and will sell to the highest bidder for cash the following real estate situated in the County of

NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE 18 SP 292 Under and by virtue of the power of sale contained in a certain Deed of Trust made by Joseph Andrew Anastase and Marlie Kathleen Anastase to CB Services Corp., Trustee(s), dated the 3rd day of June, 2011, and recorded in Book 3988, Page 950, in Johnston County Registry, North Carolina, default having been made in the payment of the note thereby secured by the said Deed of Trust and the undersigned, Substitute Trustee Services, Inc. having been substituted as Trustee in said Deed of Trust by an instrument duly recorded in the Office of the Register of Deeds of Johnston County, North Carolina and the holder of the note evidencing said indebtedness having directed that the Deed of Trust be foreclosed, the undersigned Substitute Trustee will offer for sale at the courthouse door in the City of Smithfield, Johnston County, North Carolina, or the customary location designated for foreclosure sales, at 11:00 AM on July 24, 2018 and will sell to the highest bidder for cash the following real estate situ-

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indebtedness having directed that the Deed of Trust be foreclosed, the undersigned Substitute Trustee will offer for sale at the courthouse door in the City of Concord, Cabarrus County, North Carolina, or the customary location designated for foreclosure sales, at 12:00 PM on July 16, 2018 and will sell to the highest bidder for cash the following real estate situated in the Township of Number Four (4), in the County of Cabarrus, North Carolina, and being more particularly described as follows: Lying and being in Number Four (4) Township, Cabarrus County, North Carolina and being all of Lots Nine (9), Ten (10), Eleven (11) and Twelve (12) in Block “A” of MISS ANNA ROGERS HOMEPLACE, recorded in Map Book 3 Page 15 in the Cabarrus County Public Registry. Together with improvements located thereon; said property being located at 1304 Lowrance Avenue, Kannapolis, North Carolina. Trustee may, in the Trustee’s sole discretion, delay the sale for up to one hour as provided in NCGS §4521.23. Should the property be purchased by a third party, that party must pay the excise tax, as well as the court costs of Forty-Five Cents ($0.45) per One Hun-

dred Dollars ($100.00) required by NCGS §7A-308(a) (1). The property to be offered pursuant to this notice of sale is being offered for sale, transfer and conveyance “AS IS, WHERE IS.” Neither the Trustee nor the holder of the note secured by the deed of trust/ security agreement, or both, being foreclosed, nor the officers, directors, attorneys, employees, agents or authorized representative of either the Trustee or the holder of the note make any representation or warranty relating to the title or any physical, environmental, health or safety conditions existing in, on, at or relating to the property being offered for sale, and any and all responsibilities or liabilities arising out of or in any way relating to any such condition expressly are disclaimed. Also, this property is being sold subject to all taxes, special assessments, and prior liens or prior encumbrances of record and any recorded releases. Said property is also being sold subject to applicable Federal and State laws. A deposit of five percent (5%) of the purchase price, 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.

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.

or the customary location designated for foreclosure sales, at 11:00 AM on July 24, 2018 and will sell to the highest bidder for cash the following real estate situated in the County of Johnston, North Carolina, and being more particularly described as follows: BEGINNING at an Ex. P.K. Nail in the centerline of S.R. #1717, northeast corner of Willie E. Jones, evidenced by a new concrete monument located South 04 degrees 35 minutes West 30 feet from said BEGINNING point; runs thence along the centerline of S.R. #1717 South 84 degrees 39 minutes East 206.66 feet to a new P.K. Nail, runs thence South 04 degrees 41 minutes West 420.09 feet to a new concrete monument in the northern line of Willard R. Dean; runs thence along the northern line of Willard R. Dean North 86 degrees 17 minutes West 205.99 feet to a new concrete monument southeast corner of Willie E. Jones; runs thence along the eastern line of Willie E. Jones North 04 degrees 35 minutes East 425.95 feet to an Ex. P.K. Nail in the centerline of S.R. #1717, the point and place of BEGINNING and containing 2 acres, according to the survey and plat prepared by John Y. Phelps, Jr., Registered Land Surveyor, dated September 3, 1982. Together with improvements located thereon; said property being located at 52 Turnip Seed Road, Wendell, North Carolina.

Trustee may, in the Trustee’s sole discretion, delay the sale for up to one hour as provided in NCGS §4521.23. Should the property be purchased by a third party, that party must pay the excise tax, as well as the court costs of Forty-Five Cents ($0.45) per One Hundred Dollars ($100.00) required by NCGS §7A-308(a) (1). The property to be offered pursuant to this notice of sale is being offered for sale, transfer and conveyance “AS IS, WHERE IS.” Neither the Trustee nor the holder of the note secured by the deed of trust/ security agreement, or both, being foreclosed, nor the officers, directors, attorneys, employees, agents or authorized representative of either the Trustee or the holder of the note make any representation or warranty relating to the title or any physical, environmental, health or safety conditions existing in, on, at or relating to the property being offered for sale, and any and all responsibilities or liabilities arising out of or in any way relating to any such condition expressly are disclaimed. Also, this property is being sold subject to all taxes, special assessments, and prior liens or prior encumbrances of record and any recorded releases. Said property is also being sold subject to applicable Federal and State laws.

A deposit of five percent (5%) of the purchase price, 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. 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.

located, or the usual and customary location at the county courthouse for conducting the sale on July 16, 2018 at 12:00PM, and will sell to the highest bidder for cash the following described property situated in Johnston County, North Carolina, to wit: BEING all of Lot 1, 1.35 acres, according to the survey of same entitled “Survey for Mark A. Thompson”, as recorded in Plat Book 48, Page 218, Johnston County Registry, together with the right to ingress and egress over and upon the 50 foot access easement as recorded in Plat Book 48, Page 218, Johnston County Registry. Save and except any releases, deeds of release or prior conveyances of record. Said property is commonly known as 233 Cedar Lane, Selma, NC 27576. 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 expira-

tion of the statutory upset bid period, all the remaining amounts are immediately due and owing. THIRD PARTY PURCHASERS MUST PAY THE EXCISE TAX AND THE RECORDING COSTS FOR THEIR DEED. 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 Linwood E. Burns and wife, Audrey Burns. An Order for possession of the property may be issued pursuant to G.S. 45-21.29 in favor of the purchaser and against the party or parties in possession

by the clerk of superior court of the county in which the property is sold. Any person who occupies the property pursuant to a rental agreement entered into or renewed on or after October 1, 2007, may, after receiving the notice of sale, terminate the rental agreement by providing written notice of termination to the landlord, to be effective on a date stated in the notice that is at least 10 days, but no more than 90 days after the sale date contained in the notice of sale, provided that the mortgagor has not cured the default at the time the tenant provides the notice of termination [NCGS § 45-21.16A(b)(2)].  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.

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 July 27, 2018 at 12:00PM, and will sell to the highest bidder for cash the following described property situated in Johnston County, North Carolina, to wit: BEING all of Lot 34, Lassiter Place Subdivision, Section Five, according to a survey entitled, “Final S/D Plat, Lots 32-34, 49, and 50, Lassiter Place, Section Five,” by Dennis R. Blackmon, R.L.S., dated July 13, 1993, and recorded May 13, 1994, in Plat Book 42, at Page 63, Johnston County Register of Deeds, reference to which is hereby made for a more complete and accurate description. Save and except any releases, deeds of release or prior conveyances of record. Said property is commonly known as 416 Marshall Lane, Smithfield, NC 27577. A cash deposit (no personal checks) of five per-

cent (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. THIRD PARTY PURCHASERS MUST PAY THE EXCISE TAX AND THE RECORDING COSTS FOR THEIR DEED. 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 Teresa Neighbors. An Order for possession of the property may be

issued pursuant to G.S. 45-21.29 in favor of the purchaser and against the party or parties in possession by the clerk of superior court of the county in which the property is sold. Any person who occupies the property pursuant to a rental agreement entered into or renewed on or after October 1, 2007, may, after receiving the notice of sale, terminate the rental agreement by providing written notice of termination to the landlord, to be effective on a date stated in the notice that is at least 10 days, but no more than 90 days after the sale date contained in the notice of sale, provided that the mortgagor has not cured the default at the time the tenant provides the notice of termination [NCGS § 45-21.16A(b)(2)].  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. Trustee Services of Carolina, LLC Substitute Trustee Brock & Scott, PLLC Attorneys for Trustee Services of Carolina, LLC 5431 Oleander Drive Suite 200 Wilmington, NC 28403 PHONE: (910) 392-4988 FAX: (910) 392-8587 File No.: 16-02620-FC02

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 July 27, 2018 at 12:00PM, and will sell to the highest bidder for cash the following described property situated in Johnston County, North Carolina, to wit: BEING ALL OF LOT 127 OF EDEN WOODS SUBDIVISION, SECTION IV, AS RECORDED IN PLAT BOOK 28, PAGE 175, JOHNSTON COUNTY REGISTRY. Save and except any releases, deeds of release or prior conveyances of record. Said property is commonly known as 28 Brookwood Drive, Smithfield, NC 27577. 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. THIRD

PARTY PURCHASERS MUST PAY THE EXCISE TAX AND THE RECORDING COSTS FOR THEIR DEED. 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 Luis A. Guzman Robles and wife, Soledad M Guzman. An Order for possession of the property may be issued pursuant to G.S. 45-21.29 in favor of the purchaser and against the party or parties in possession by the clerk of superior court of the county in which

the property is sold. Any person who occupies the property pursuant to a rental agreement entered into or renewed on or after October 1, 2007, may, after receiving the notice of sale, terminate the rental agreement by providing written notice of termination to the landlord, to be effective on a date stated in the notice that is at least 10 days, but no more than 90 days, after the sale date contained in the notice of sale, provided that the mortgagor has not cured the default at the time the tenant provides the notice of termination [NCGS § 45-21.16A(b)(2)]. 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.

cash the following real estate situated in the County of Johnston, North Carolina, and being more particularly described as follows: BEING all of Lot 50, Clearview Estates Subdivision, Phase One, as shown on a map recorded in Plat Book 58, Pages 323 and 324, Johnston County Registry. Together with improvements located thereon; said property being located at 21 Poppyseed Lane, Selma, North Carolina. Trustee may, in the Trustee’s sole discretion, delay the sale for up to one hour as provided in NCGS §4521.23. Should the property be purchased by a third party, that party must pay the excise tax, as well as the court costs of Forty-Five Cents ($0.45) per One Hundred Dollars ($100.00) required by NCGS §7A-308(a) (1). The property to be offered pursuant to this notice of sale is being offered for sale, transfer and conveyance “AS IS, WHERE IS.” Neither the Trustee nor the holder of the note secured by the deed of trust/ security agreement, or both, being foreclosed, nor

the officers, directors, attorneys, employees, agents or authorized representative of either the Trustee or the holder of the note make any representation or warranty relating to the title or any physical, environmental, health or safety conditions existing in, on, at or relating to the property being offered for sale, and any and all responsibilities or liabilities arising out of or in any way relating to any such condition expressly are disclaimed. Also, this property is being sold subject to all taxes, special assessments, and prior liens or prior encumbrances of record and any recorded releases. Said property is also being sold subject to applicable Federal and State laws. A deposit of five percent (5%) of the purchase price, 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. 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.

lord, to be effective on a date stated in the notice that is at least 10 days but not more than 90 days, after the sale date contained in this notice of sale, provided that the mortgagor has not cured the default at the time the tenant provides the notice of termination. 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.

Johnston, North Carolina, and being more particularly described as follows: Being all of Lot (s) 93, Twisted Oaks Subdivision, Phase I, as recorded in Plat Book 66, Pages 493-494, and re- recorded in Plat Book 67, Pages 37-38, Johnston County Registry. Together with improvements located thereon; said property being located at 176 Great Oak Drive, Garner, North Carolina. Trustee may, in the Trustee’s sole discretion, delay the sale for up to one hour as provided in NCGS §4521.23. Should the property be purchased by a third party, that party must pay the excise tax, as well as the court costs of Forty-Five Cents ($0.45) per One Hundred Dollars ($100.00) required by NCGS §7A-308(a) (1). The property to be offered pursuant to this notice of sale is being offered for sale, transfer and conveyance “AS IS, WHERE IS.” Neither the Trustee nor the holder of the note secured by the deed of trust/ security agreement, or both, being foreclosed, nor the officers, directors, attorneys, employees, agents

or authorized representative of either the Trustee or the holder of the note make any representation or warranty relating to the title or any physical, environmental, health or safety conditions existing in, on, at or relating to the property being offered for sale, and any and all responsibilities or liabilities arising out of or in any way relating to any such condition expressly are disclaimed. Also, this property is being sold subject to all taxes, special assessments, and prior liens or prior encumbrances of record and any recorded releases. Said property is also being sold subject to applicable Federal and State laws. A deposit of five percent (5%) of the purchase price, 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. 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.

sale date contained in this notice of sale, provided that the mortgagor has not cured the default at the time the tenant provides the notice of termination. 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.

Additional Notice for Residential Property with Less than 15 rental units,including Single-Family Residential Real Property

SUBSTITUTE TRUSTEE SERVICES, INC. SUBSTITUTE TRUSTEE c/o Hutchens Law Firm P.O. Box 1028 4317 Ramsey Street Fayetteville, North Carolina 28311 Phone No: (910) 864-3068 https://sales.hutchenslawfirm.com Case No: 1242707 (FC.FAY)

ated in the County of Johnston, North Carolina, and being more particularly described as follows: Being all of Lot 123, South Plantation Subdivision, Section 8, Phase 1, as depicted in Plat Book 39, Page 69, Johnston County Registry. Together with improvements located thereon; said property being located at 1416 Indian Camp Road, Clayton, North Carolina. Trustee may, in the Trustee’s sole discretion, delay the sale for up to one hour as provided in NCGS §4521.23. Should the property be purchased by a third party, that party must pay the excise tax, as well as the court costs of Forty-Five Cents ($0.45) per One Hundred Dollars ($100.00) required by NCGS §7A-308(a) (1). The property to be offered pursuant to this notice of sale is being offered for sale, transfer and conveyance “AS IS, WHERE IS.” Neither the Trustee nor the holder of the note secured by the deed of trust/ security agreement, or both, being foreclosed, nor the officers, directors, attorneys, employees, agents

or authorized representative of either the Trustee or the holder of the note make any representation or warranty relating to the title or any physical, environmental, health or safety conditions existing in, on, at or relating to the property being offered for sale, and any and all responsibilities or liabilities arising out of or in any way relating to any such condition expressly are disclaimed. Also, this property is being sold subject to all taxes, special assessments, and prior liens or prior encumbrances of record and any recorded releases. Said property is also being sold subject to applicable Federal and State laws. A deposit of five percent (5%) of the purchase price, 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. 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.

Additional Notice for Residential Property with Less than 15 rental units, including Single-Family Residential Real Property An order for possession of the property may be issued pursuant to N.C.G.S. § 45-21.29 in favor of the purchaser and against the party or parties in possession by the clerk of superior court of the county in which the property is sold. Any person who occupies the property pursuant to a rental agreement entered into or renewed on or

Additional Notice for Residential Property with Less than 15 rental units, including Single-Family Residential Real Property An order for possession of the property may be issued pursuant to N.C.G.S. § 45-21.29 in favor of the purchaser and against the party or parties in possession by the clerk of superior court of the county in which the property is sold.

Additional Notice for Residential Property with Less than 15 rental units,including Single-Family Residential Real Property An order for possession of the property may be issued pursuant to N.C.G.S. § 45-21.29 in favor of the purchaser and against the party or parties in possession by the clerk of superior court of the county in which the property is sold. Any person who occupies the property pursuant to a rental agreement entered into or renewed on or after October 1, 2007, may after receiving the notice of foreclosure sale, terminate the rental agreement by providing written notice of termination to the land-

An order for possession of the property may be issued pursuant to N.C.G.S. § 45-21.29 in favor of the purchaser and against the party or parties in possession by the clerk of superior court of the county in which the property is sold. Any person who occupies the property pursuant to a rental agreement entered into or renewed on or after October 1, 2007, may after receiving the notice of foreclosure sale, terminate the rental agreement by providing written notice of termination to the landlord, to be effective on a date stated in the notice that is at least 10 days but not more than 90 days, after the

Additional Notice for Residential Property with Less than 15 rental units, including Single-Family Residential Real Property An order for possession of the property may be issued pursuant to N.C.G.S. § 45-21.29 in favor of the purchaser and against the party or parties in possession by the clerk of superior court of the county in which the property is sold. Any person who occupies the property pursuant to a rental agreement entered into or renewed on or after October 1, 2007, may after receiving the notice of foreclosure sale, terminate the rental agreement by providing written notice of termination to the landlord, to be effective on a date stated in the notice that is at

after October 1, 2007, may after receiving the notice of foreclosure sale, terminate the rental agreement by providing written notice of termination to the landlord, to be effective on a date stated in the notice that is at least 10 days but not more than 90 days, after the sale date contained in this notice of sale, provided that the mortgagor has not cured the default at the time the tenant provides the notice of termination. 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. SUBSTITUTE TRUSTEE SERVICES, INC. SUBSTITUTE TRUSTEE c/o Hutchens Law Firm P.O. Box 1028 4317 Ramsey Street Fayetteville, North Carolina 28311 Phone No: (910) 864-3068 https://sales.hutchenslawfirm.com Case No: 1225014 (FC.FAY)

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 foreclosure sale, terminate the rental agreement by providing written notice of termination to the landlord, to be effective on a date stated in the notice that is at least 10 days but not more than 90 days, after the sale date contained in this notice of sale, provided that the mortgagor has not cured the default at the time the tenant provides the notice of termination. 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. SUBSTITUTE TRUSTEE SERVICES, INC. SUBSTITUTE TRUSTEE c/o Hutchens Law Firm P.O. Box 1028 4317 Ramsey Street Fayetteville, North Carolina 28311 Phone No: (910) 864-3068 https://sales.hutchenslawfirm.com Case No: 1234874 (FC.FAY) Publication Dates: 7/11/2018 & 7/18/2018

Trustee Services of Carolina, LLC Substitute Trustee Brock & Scott, PLLC Attorneys for Trustee Services of Carolina, LLC 5431 Oleander Drive Suite 200 Wilmington, NC 28403 PHONE: (910) 392-4988 FAX: (910) 392-8587 File No.: 16-07155-FC01 PUBLICATION DATES: July 4, 2018 and July 11, 2018

Trustee Services of Carolina, LLC Substitute Trustee Brock & Scott, PLLC Attorneys for Trustee Services of Carolina, LLC 5431 Oleander Drive Suite 200 Wilmington, NC 28403 PHONE: (910) 392-4988 FAX: (910) 392-8587 File No.: 18-05791-FC01

SUBSTITUTE TRUSTEE SERVICES, INC. SUBSTITUTE TRUSTEE c/o Hutchens Law Firm P.O. Box 1028 4317 Ramsey Street Fayetteville, North Carolina 28311 Phone No: (910) 864-3068 https://sales.hutchenslawfirm.com Case No: 1239781 (FC.FAY) Publication Dates: 7/11/2018 & 7/18/2018

Publication Dates: 7/11/2018 & 7/18/2018

least 10 days but not more than 90 days, after the sale date contained in this notice of sale, provided that the mortgagor has not cured the default at the time the tenant provides the notice of termination. 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. SUBSTITUTE TRUSTEE SERVICES, INC. SUBSTITUTE TRUSTEE c/o Hutchens Law Firm P.O. Box 1028 4317 Ramsey Street Fayetteville, North Carolina 28311 Phone No: (910) 864-3068 https://sales.hutchenslawfirm.com Case No: 1243660 (FC.FAY) Publication Dates: 7/11/2018 & 7/18/2018


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TAKE NOTICE RANDOLPH NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE 15 SP 27 Under and by virtue of the power of sale contained in a certain Deed of Trust made by Kevin D. Ford and Dana G. Ford, husband and wife to Thomas G. Jacobs, Trustee(s), dated the 30th day of October, 2008, and recorded in Book RE2101, Page 1234, in Randolph County Registry, North Carolina, default having been made in the payment of the note thereby secured by the said Deed of Trust and the undersigned, Substitute Trustee Services, Inc. having been substituted as Trustee in said Deed of Trust by an instrument duly recorded in the Office of the Register of Deeds of Randolph County, North Carolina and the holder of the note evidencing said indebtedness having directed that the Deed of Trust be foreclosed, the undersigned Substitute Trustee will offer for sale at the courthouse door in the City of Asheboro, Randolph County, North

NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE 18 SP 190 Under and by virtue of the power of sale contained in a certain Deed of Trust made by William Kristian King to Fidelity National Title Insurance Company, Trustee(s), dated the 21st day of February, 2014, and recorded in Book RE2380, Page 815, in Randolph County Registry, North Carolina, default having been made in the payment of the note thereby secured by the said Deed of Trust and the undersigned, Substitute Trustee Services, Inc. having been substituted as Trustee in said Deed of Trust by an instrument duly recorded in the Office of the Register of Deeds of Randolph County, North Carolina and the holder of the note evidencing said indebtedness having directed that the Deed of Trust be foreclosed, the undersigned Substitute Trustee will offer for sale at the courthouse door in the City of Asheboro, Randolph County, North Carolina, or the customary location designated for foreclosure sales, at 1:30 PM on July 17, 2018 and will sell to the highest bidder for cash the following real es-

UNION NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE 18 SP 349 Under and by virtue of the power of sale contained in a certain Deed of Trust made by Tim Britt and Tamara Smith Britt to BB&T Collateral Service Corporation, Trustee(s), dated the 5th day of November, 2007, and recorded in Book 4752, Page 37, in Union County Registry, North Carolina, default having been made in the payment of the note thereby secured by the said Deed of Trust and the undersigned, Substitute Trustee Services, Inc. having been substituted as Trustee in said Deed of Trust by an instrument duly recorded in the Office of the Register of Deeds of Union County, North Carolina and the holder of the note evidencing said indebtedness having directed that the Deed of Trust be foreclosed, the undersigned Substitute Trustee will offer for sale at the Judicial Center in the

WAKE 18 SP 1040 NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE NORTH CAROLINA, WAKE COUNTY Under and by virtue of a Power of Sale contained in that certain Deed of Trust executed by Michael E. Wyde and Lori Wyde to Calder & McWilliam PLLC, Trustee(s), which was dated July 14, 2006 and recorded on July 19, 2006 in Book 012068 at Page 00800, Wake County Registry, North Carolina. Default having been made of the note thereby secured by the said Deed of Trust and the undersigned, Trustee Services of Carolina, LLC, having been substituted as Trustee in said Deed of Trust, and the holder of the note evidencing said default having directed

17 SP 2033 NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE NORTH CAROLINA, WAKE COUNTY Under and by virtue of a Power of Sale contained in that certain Deed of Trust executed by Kerwin L. Downing and Lasonya K. Downing to Jackie Miller, Trustee(s), which was dated May 7, 2008 and recorded on May 7, 2008 in Book 013088 at Page 01177 and rerecorded/modified/corrected on September 3, 2013 in Book 015428, Page 00295, Wake County Registry, North Carolina. Default having been made of the note thereby secured by the said Deed of Trust and the undersigned, Trustee Services of Carolina, LLC, having been substituted as Trustee in said Deed of Trust, and the holder of the note evidencing said default 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

16 SP 2959 AMENDED NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE NORTH CAROLINA, WAKE COUNTY Under and by virtue of a Power of Sale contained in that certain Deed of Trust executed by Edgar Fleming to Cyrus A. Holbrook, Trustee(s), which was dated June 21, 2004 and recorded on June 22, 2004 in Book 010884 at Page 02410, Wake County Registry, North Carolina. Default having been made of the note thereby secured by the said Deed of Trust and the undersigned, Trustee Services of Carolina, LLC, having been substituted as Trustee in said Deed of Trust, and the holder of the note evidencing said default 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

14 SP 1727 AMENDED NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE NORTH CAROLINA, WAKE COUNTY Under and by virtue of a Power of Sale contained in that certain Deed of Trust executed by Margaret W. Reeves a/k/a Margaret W. Reaves and Ronald Wayne Reeves a/k/a Ronald Wayne Reaves to First American Title Insurance Company, Trustee(s), which was dated December 23, 2002 and recorded on December 31, 2002 in Book 009830 at Page 02298 and rerecorded/modified/corrected on January 20, 2010 in Book 013829, Page 01107 and rerecorded/modified/ corrected on January 20, 2010 in Book 013829, Page 01110, Wake County Registry, North Carolina. Default having been made of the note thereby secured by the said Deed of Trust and the undersigned, Trustee Services of Carolina, LLC, having been substituted as Trustee in said Deed of Trust, and the holder of the note evidencing said default having directed that the Deed of Trust be foreclosed, the undersigned Substitute Trustee will offer for sale at the courthouse

15 SP 2612 AMENDED NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE NORTH CAROLINA, WAKE COUNTY Under and by virtue of a Power of Sale contained in that certain Deed of Trust executed by Thomas H. Lee, III and Sara Lee to Jennifer Grant, Trustee(s), which was dated August 10, 2012 and recorded on August 10, 2012 in Book 014879 at Page 02197, Wake County Registry, North Carolina. Default having been made of the note thereby secured by the said Deed of Trust and the undersigned, Trustee Services of Carolina, LLC, having been substituted as Trustee in said Deed of Trust, and the holder of the note evidencing said default 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

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Carolina, or the customary location designated for foreclosure sales, at 1:30 PM on July 17, 2018 and will sell to the highest bidder for cash the following real estate situated in the County of Randolph, North Carolina, and being more particularly described as follows: Franklinville Township, Randolph County, North Carolina: Lot No. 28 of the Randolph Mills, Inc. Property, Map No. 2, as shown by plat recorded in Plat Book 14, Page 74, in the office of the Register of Deeds of Randolph County, North Carolina. Together with a perpetual right and easement to use of water and sewer lines serving said lot according to the terms of the easement agreement dated September 20, 1971, and recorded in Book 1925, Page 179, in said office, and subject to any easement affecting said lot as shown on said plat. Together with improvements thereon, said property located at 221 Academy Street, Franklinville, NC 27248 Parcel# 7792464862

Should the property be purchased by a third party, that party must pay the excise tax, as well as the court costs of Forty-Five Cents ($0.45) per One Hundred Dollars ($100.00) required by NCGS §7A-308(a) (1). The property to be offered pursuant to this notice of sale is being offered for sale, transfer and conveyance “AS IS, WHERE IS.” Neither the Trustee nor the holder of the note secured by the deed of trust/ security agreement, or both, being foreclosed, nor the officers, directors, attorneys, employees, agents or authorized representative of either the Trustee or the holder of the note make any representation or warranty relating to the title or any physical, environmental, health or safety conditions existing in, on, at or relating to the property being offered for sale, and any and all responsibilities or liabilities arising out of or in any way relating to any such condition expressly are disclaimed. Also, this property is being sold subject to all taxes, special assessments, and prior liens or prior encumbrances of record and any recorded releases. Said property is also being sold subject to applicable Federal and State laws. A deposit of five percent (5%) of the purchase

price, 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. 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.

dred Dollars ($100.00) required by NCGS §7A-308(a) (1). The property to be offered pursuant to this notice of sale is being offered for sale, transfer and conveyance “AS IS, WHERE IS.” Neither the Trustee nor the holder of the note secured by the deed of trust/ security agreement, or both, being foreclosed, nor the officers, directors, attorneys, employees, agents or authorized representative of either the Trustee or the holder of the note make any representation or warranty relating to the title or any physical, environmental, health or safety conditions existing in, on, at or relating to the property being offered for sale, and any and all responsibilities or liabilities arising out of or in any way relating to any such condition expressly are disclaimed. Also, this property is being sold subject to all taxes, special assessments, and prior liens or prior encumbrances of record and any recorded releases. Said property is also being sold subject to applicable Federal and State laws. A deposit of five percent (5%) of the purchase price, 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. 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.

City of Monroe, Union County, North Carolina, or the customary location designated for foreclosure sales, at 1:00 PM on July 19, 2018 and will sell to the highest bidder for cash the following real estate situated in the Township of Goose Creek, in the County of Union, North Carolina, and being more particularly described as follows: Situated in the Township of Goose Creek, County of Union and State of North Carolina: Being all of Lot 67 of Asbury Downs, Phase II, as shown on a Plat recorded in Plat Cabinet C, File No. 889, Union County Registry, to which plat reference is hereby made for a more particular description. Together with improvements located thereon; said property being located at 4713 Asbury Drive, Monroe, North Carolina. Trustee may, in the Trustee’s sole discretion, delay the sale for up to one hour as provided in NCGS §4521.23. Should the property be purchased by a third party, that party must pay the excise tax, as well as the court costs of Forty-Five Cents ($0.45) per One Hundred Dollars ($100.00) required by NCGS §7A-308(a)

(1).

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.

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 July 18, 2018 at 10:00AM, and will sell to the highest bidder for cash the following described property situated in Wake County, North Carolina, to wit: Being all of Lot 92, Phase II, of Willow Lake Subdivision, as depicted in Map Book 1998, beginning at or including page 1381. Save and except any releases, deeds of release or prior conveyances of record. Said property is commonly known as 3201 Leebrook Road, Raleigh, NC 27616. 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. THIRD PARTY PURCHASERS MUST PAY THE EXCISE TAX AND THE RECORDING COSTS FOR THEIR DEED. 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 Michael Wyde and wife, Lori Wyde. An Order for possession of the property may be issued pursuant to G.S. 45-21.29 in favor of the purchaser and against the party or parties in possession by the clerk of superior court of the county in which

the property is sold. Any person who occupies the property pursuant to a rental agreement entered into or renewed on or after October 1, 2007, may, after receiving the notice of sale, terminate the rental agreement by providing written notice of termination to the landlord, to be effective on a date stated in the notice that is at least 10 days, but no more than 90 days, after the sale date contained in the notice of sale, provided that the mortgagor has not cured the default at the time the tenant provides the notice of termination [NCGS § 45-21.16A(b)(2)]. 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.

located, or the usual and customary location at the county courthouse for conducting the sale on July 18, 2018 at 10:00AM, and will sell to the highest bidder for cash the following described property situated in Wake County, North Carolina, to wit: All that certain lot or parcel of land situated in the Town of Knightdale, St. Matthews Township, Wake County, North Carolina, and more particularly described as follows:

issued pursuant to G.S. 45-21.29 in favor of the purchaser and against the party or parties in possession by the clerk of superior court of the county in which the property is sold. Any person who occupies the property pursuant to a rental agreement entered into or renewed on or after October 1, 2007, may, after receiving the notice of sale, terminate the rental agreement by providing written notice of termination to the landlord, to be effective on a date stated in the notice that is at least 10 days, but no more than 90 days, after the sale date contained in the notice of sale, provided that the mortgagor has not cured the default at the time the tenant provides the notice of termination [NCGS § 45-21.16A(b)(2)]. 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.

All of Lot 7 in The Village at Beaver Dam Subdivision, Phase 1-A, as shown on the map recorded in Book of Maps 2007, Pages 435-438 (with said Lot being shown on Page 435), Wake County Registry, to which map reference is hereby made for a more particular description. Save and except any releases, deeds of release or prior conveyances of record. Said property is commonly known as 207 Allendown Lane, Knightdale, NC 27545. A cash deposit (no personal checks) of five per-

cent (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. THIRD PARTY PURCHASERS MUST PAY THE EXCISE TAX AND THE RECORDING COSTS FOR THEIR DEED. 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 Kerwin L. Downing and wife, Lasonya K. Downing. An Order for possession of the property may be

located, or the usual and customary location at the county courthouse for conducting the sale on July 18, 2018 at 10:00AM, and will sell to the highest bidder for cash the following described property situated in Wake County, North Carolina, to wit: Being all of Lot 30, Kensington Meadows Subdivision, as depicted in Book of Maps 1979, Page 854, Wake County Registry. Save and except any releases, deeds of release or prior conveyances of record. Said property is commonly known as 10616 Chelsea Drive, Raleigh, NC 27603. 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. THIRD PARTY PURCHASERS MUST PAY THE EXCISE TAX AND THE RECORDING COSTS FOR THEIR DEED.

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 All Lawful Heirs of Edgar Fleming and Gail Fleming Rice and Willie Edwards and wife, Gail L. Edwards. An Order for possession of the property may be issued pursuant to G.S. 45-21.29 in favor of the purchaser and against the party or parties in possession by the clerk of superior court of the county in which the property is sold. Any person who occupies the property pursuant to a rental agreement entered into or re-

newed on or after October 1, 2007, may, after receiving the notice of sale, terminate the rental agreement by providing written notice of termination to the landlord, to be effective on a date stated in the notice that is at least 10 days, but no more than 90 days after the sale date contained in the notice of sale, provided that the mortgagor has not cured the default at the time the tenant provides the notice of termination [NCGS § 45-21.16A(b)(2)]. 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 dis-

cretion, 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.

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 July 18, 2018 at 10:00AM, and will sell to the highest bidder for cash the following described property situated in Wake County, North Carolina, to wit: BEING all of Lots 11 and 12, Block G, Carolina Pines, according to a map recorded in Book of Maps 1946, Page 102, Wake County Registry.

the current owner(s) of the property is/are Margaret W. Reaves a/k/a Margaret W. Reeves. An Order for possession of the property may be issued pursuant to G.S. 45-21.29 in favor of the purchaser and against the party or parties in possession by the clerk of superior court of the county in which the property is sold. Any person who occupies the property pursuant to a rental agreement entered into or renewed on or after October 1, 2007, may, after receiving the notice of sale, terminate the rental agreement by providing written notice of termination to the landlord, to be effective on a date stated in the notice that is at least 10 days, but no more than 90 days after the sale date contained in the notice of sale, provided that the mortgagor has not cured the default at the time the tenant provides the notice of termination [NCGS § 45-21.16A(b)(2)].  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.

BEGINNING at a point located North 10 degrees, 38 minutes, West 81 feet from the center line of Sardis Drive, and also being the Northwest corner of Lot 11 recorded in Book of Maps 1946, Page 102; thence North 10 degrees, 38 minutes, West 2 feet to a new iron pipe; thence North 79 degrees, 24 minutes 10 seconds, East 199.98 feet to a new iron pipe, thence South 10 degrees, 31 minutes, East 2 feet to an existing iron pipe; thence South 79 degrees, 24 minutes, 10 seconds, West 199.98 feet to the point and place of beginning, containing approximately 400 square feet as shown on a Plat entitled “Property of Gertrude P.

Morgan” by Bobby R. Lee, R.L.S., dated April 14, 1986. Save and except any releases, deeds of release or prior conveyances of record. Said property is commonly known as 2521 Springhill Avenue, Raleigh, NC 27603. 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. THIRD PARTY PURCHASERS MUST PAY THE EXCISE TAX AND THE RECORDING COSTS FOR THEIR DEED. 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,

located, or the usual and customary location at the county courthouse for conducting the sale on July 23, 2018 at 10:00AM, and will sell to the highest bidder for cash the following described property situated in Wake County, North Carolina, to wit: BEING all of Lot 250, Kelly West, Phase 1, as shown on that map recorded in Book of Maps 2000, Page 588, Wake County Registry Save and except any releases, deeds of release or prior conveyances of record. Said property is commonly known as 201 Kelly West Drive, Apex, NC 27502. 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. THIRD PARTY PURCHASERS MUST PAY THE EXCISE TAX AND

THE RECORDING COSTS FOR THEIR DEED. 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 Thomas H. Lee, III and wife, Sara Lee. An Order for possession of the property may be issued pursuant to G.S. 45-21.29 in favor of the purchaser and against the party or parties in possession by the clerk of superior court of the county in which the property is sold. Any person who occupies the prop-

erty 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 by providing written notice of termination to the landlord, to be effective on a date stated in the notice that is at least 10 days, but no more than 90 days after the sale date contained in the notice of sale, provided that the mortgagor has not cured the default at the time the tenant provides the notice of termination [NCGS § 45-21.16A(b)(2)]. 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.

Trustee may, in the Trustee’s sole discretion, delay the sale for up to one hour as provided in NCGS §4521.23.

tate situated in the County of Randolph, North Carolina, and being more particularly described as follows: Real property in the City of Sophia, County of RANDOLPH, State of North Carolina, described as follows: Being all of Lot No. 1 of Keyauwee Forest Subdivision, Phase I, as shown by plat recorded in Plat Book 30, Page 90, in the Office of the Register of Deeds of Randolph County, North Carolina. Together with improvements located thereon; said property being located at 3386 Beeson Farm Road, Sophia, North Carolina. Being all of that certain property conveyed to William Kristian King from Jason R. Powell and wife, Shana S. Powell, by deed dated AUGUST 30, 2007 and recorded August 30, 2007 in Book RE 2040, Page 1888 of official records. APN#: 7734092802 Trustee may, in the Trustee’s sole discretion, delay the sale for up to one hour as provided in NCGS §4521.23. Should the property be purchased by a third party, that party must pay the excise tax, as well as the court costs of Forty-Five Cents ($0.45) per One Hun-

AND, in addition, the parcel described as follows:

The property to be offered pursuant to this notice of sale is being offered for sale, transfer and conveyance “AS IS, WHERE IS.” Neither the Trustee nor the holder of the note secured by the deed of trust/ security agreement, or both, being foreclosed, nor the officers, directors, attorneys, employees, agents or authorized representative of either the Trustee or the holder of the note make any representation or warranty relating to the title or any physical, environmental, health or safety conditions existing in, on, at or relating to the property being offered for sale, and any and all responsibilities or liabilities arising out of or in any way relating to any such condition expressly are disclaimed. Also, this property is being sold subject to all taxes, special assessments, and prior liens or prior encumbrances of record and any recorded releases. Said property is also being sold subject to applicable Federal and State laws. A deposit of five percent (5%) of the purchase price, 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.

Additional Notice for Residential Property with Less than 15 rental units, including Single-Family Residential Real Property An order for possession of the property may be issued pursuant to N.C.G.S. § 45-21.29 in favor of the purchaser and against the party or parties in possession by the clerk of superior court of the county in which the property is sold.

Additional Notice for Residential Property with Less than 15 rental units, including Single-Family Residential Real Property An order for possession of the property may be issued pursuant to N.C.G.S. § 45-21.29 in favor of the purchaser and against the party or parties in possession by the clerk of superior court of the county in which the property is sold.

Additional Notice for Residential Property with Less than 15 rental units, including Single-Family Residential Real Property An order for possession of the property may be issued pursuant to N.C.G.S. § 45-21.29 in favor of the purchaser and against the party or parties in possession by the clerk of superior court of the county in which the property is sold. Any person who occupies the property pursuant

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 foreclosure sale, terminate the rental agreement by providing written notice of termination to the landlord, to be effective on a date stated in the notice that is at least 10 days but not more than 90 days, after the sale date contained in this notice of sale, provided that the mortgagor has not cured the default at the time the tenant provides the notice of termination. 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. SUBSTITUTE TRUSTEE SERVICES, INC. SUBSTITUTE TRUSTEE c/o Hutchens Law Firm P.O. Box 1028 4317 Ramsey Street Fayetteville, North Carolina 28311 Phone No: (910) 864-3068 https://sales.hutchenslawfirm.com Case No: 1151634 (FC.FAY)

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 foreclosure sale, terminate the rental agreement by providing written notice of termination to the landlord, to be effective on a date stated in the notice that is at least 10 days but not more than 90 days, after the sale date contained in this notice of sale, provided that the mortgagor has not cured the default at the time the tenant provides the notice of termination. 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. SUBSTITUTE TRUSTEE SERVICES, INC. SUBSTITUTE TRUSTEE c/o Hutchens Law Firm P.O. Box 1028 4317 Ramsey Street Fayetteville, North Carolina 28311 Phone No: (910) 864-3068 https://sales.hutchenslawfirm.com Case No: 1241397 (FC.FAY)

to a rental agreement entered into or renewed on or after October 1, 2007, may after receiving the notice of foreclosure sale, terminate the rental agreement by providing written notice of termination to the landlord, to be effective on a date stated in the notice that is at least 10 days but not more than 90 days, after the sale date contained in this notice of sale, provided that the mortgagor has not cured the default at the time the tenant provides the notice of termination. 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. SUBSTITUTE TRUSTEE SERVICES, INC. SUBSTITUTE TRUSTEE c/o Hutchens Law Firm P.O. Box 1028 4317 Ramsey Street Fayetteville, North Carolina 28311 Phone No: (910) 864-3068 https://sales.hutchenslawfirm.com Case No: 1243621 (FC.FAY)

Trustee Services of Carolina, LLC Substitute Trustee Brock & Scott, PLLC Attorneys for Trustee Services of Carolina, LLC 5431 Oleander Drive Suite 200 Wilmington, NC 28403 PHONE: (910) 392-4988 FAX: (910) 392-8587 File No.: 18-03231-FC01 PUBLICATION DATES: July 4, 2018 and July 11, 2018

Trustee Services of Carolina, LLC Substitute Trustee Brock & Scott, PLLC Attorneys for Trustee Services of Carolina, LLC 5431 Oleander Drive Suite 200 Wilmington, NC 28403 PHONE: (910) 392-4988 FAX: (910) 392-8587 File No.: 17-10774-FC01 PUBLICATION DATES: July 4, 2018 and July 11, 2018

Trustee Services of Carolina, LLC Substitute Trustee Brock & Scott, PLLC Attorneys for Trustee Services of Carolina, LLC 5431 Oleander Drive Suite 200 Wilmington, NC 28403 PHONE: (910) 392-4988 FAX: (910) 392-8587 File No.: 12-14532-FC02 PUBLICATION DATES: July 4, 2018 and July 11, 2018

Trustee Services of Carolina, LLC Aaron B. Anderson Trustee Services of Carolina, LLC 5710 Oleander Drive, Ste. 204 Wilmington, NC 28403 Phone: (910) 202-2940 Fax: (910) 202 2941 File No.: 14-04072-FC01 PUBLICATION DATES: July 4, 2018 and July 11, 2018

Trustee Services of Carolina, LLC Substitute Trustee Brock & Scott, PLLC Attorneys for Trustee Services of Carolina, LLC 5431 Oleander Drive Suite 200 Wilmington, NC 28403 PHONE: (910) 392-4988 FAX: (910) 392-8587 File No.: 15-17668-FC01


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TAKE NOTICE WAKE 17 SP 1695 AMENDED NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE NORTH CAROLINA, WAKE COUNTY Under and by virtue of a Power of Sale contained in that certain Deed of Trust executed by Judy Henley a/k/a Judy Henly and Mitchell Henley a/k/a Mitchell Henly to TRSTE, Inc., Trustee(s), which was dated November 19, 2002 and recorded on November 27, 2002 in Book 009767 at Page 02478 and rerecorded/ modified/corrected on April 12, 2006 in Book 011903, Page 02593 and rerecorded/modified/corrected on November 27, 2013 in Book 015516, Page 01799, Wake County Registry, North Carolina.

18 SP 291 AMENDED NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE NORTH CAROLINA, WAKE COUNTY Under and by virtue of a Power of Sale contained in that certain Deed of Trust executed by James A. Powell to Mark A. Reinhard, Trustee(s), which was dated April 28, 1999 and recorded on April 29, 1999 in Book 8301 at Page 1777, Wake County Registry, North Carolina. Default having been made of the note thereby secured by the said Deed of Trust and the undersigned, Trustee Services of Carolina, LLC, having been substituted as Trustee in said Deed of Trust, and the holder of the note evidencing said default 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 locat-

18 SP 1144 NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE NORTH CAROLINA, WAKE COUNTY Under and by virtue of a Power of Sale contained in that certain Deed of Trust executed by James W. Furbee, Jr. and Yvonne H. Barrett Furbee a/k/a Yvonne Barrett Furbee to TRSTE, Inc., Trustee(s), which was dated May 31, 2001 and recorded on June 1, 2001 in Book 008944 at Page 00199, Wake County Registry, North Carolina. Default having been made of the note thereby secured by the said Deed of Trust and the undersigned, Trustee Services of Carolina, LLC, having been substituted as Trustee in said Deed of Trust, and the holder of the note evidencing said default having directed that the Deed of Trust be foreclosed, the undersigned Sub-

Default having been made of the note thereby secured by the said Deed of Trust and the undersigned, Trustee Services of Carolina, LLC, having been substituted as Trustee in said Deed of Trust, and the holder of the note evidencing said default 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 July 23, 2018 at 10:00AM, and will sell to the highest bidder for cash the following described property situated in Wake County, North Carolina, to wit: BEING all of Lot 55, Phase VI-C, as shown on map of Carrington Woods Subdivision, recorded in Book of Maps 1998, Page 1598, Wake County Registry. Save and except any releases, deeds of release or prior conveyances of record. Said property is commonly known as 307 Walbury Drive, Knightdale, NC 27545.

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. THIRD PARTY PURCHASERS MUST PAY THE EXCISE TAX AND THE RECORDING COSTS FOR THEIR DEED. 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 Judy Henley.

ed, or the usual and customary location at the county courthouse for conducting the sale on July 25, 2018 at 10:00AM, and will sell to the highest bidder for cash the following described property situated in Wake County, North Carolina, to wit: BEING all of Lot 26, Section One of Worthdale Subdivision, as same is shown on map thereof recorded in Book of Maps 1958, page 20, Wake County Registry, reference to which is hereby made for a more particular description. Save and except any releases, deeds of release or prior conveyances of record. Said property is commonly known as 2807 Croydon Street, Raleigh, NC 27610. 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. THIRD PARTY PURCHASERS MUST PAY THE EXCISE TAX AND THE RECORDING COSTS FOR THEIR DEED. 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 James A. Powell. An Order for possession of the property may be issued pursuant to G.S. 45-21.29 in favor of the purchaser and against the party or parties in possession by the clerk of superior court of the county in which the

stitute 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 July 25, 2018 at 10:00AM, and will sell to the highest bidder for cash the following described property situated in Wake County, North Carolina, to wit: BEING all of Lot 15, Broadlands Subdivision, Phase 1-A as recorded in Book of Maps 1984, Page 1721, Wake County Registry. Save and except any releases, deeds of release or prior conveyances of record. Said property is commonly known as 3325 Gatcombe Place, Raleigh, NC 27604. 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. THIRD PARTY PURCHASERS MUST PAY THE EXCISE TAX AND THE RECORDING COSTS FOR THEIR DEED. 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 Brookfield Capital, LLC. An Order for possession of the property may be issued pursuant to G.S. 45-21.29 in favor of the purchaser and against the party or parties in possession

An Order for possession of the property may be issued pursuant to G.S. 45-21.29 in favor of the purchaser and against the party or parties in possession by the clerk of superior court of the county in which the property is sold. Any person who occupies the property pursuant to a rental agreement entered into or renewed on or after October 1, 2007, may, after receiving the notice of sale, terminate the rental agreement by providing written notice of termination to the landlord, to be effective on a date stated in the notice that is at least 10 days, but no more than 90 days after the sale date contained in the notice of sale, provided that the mortgagor has not cured the default at the time the tenant provides the notice of termination [NCGS § 4521.16A(b)(2)].  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

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 by providing written notice of termination to the landlord, to be effective on a date stated in the notice that is at least 10 days, but no more than 90 days after the sale date contained in the notice of sale, provided that the mortgagor has not cured the default at the time the tenant provides the notice of termination [NCGS § 45-21.16A(b)(2)].  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

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 by providing written notice of termination to the landlord, to be effective on a date stated in the notice that is at least 10 days, but no more than 90 days, after the sale date contained in the notice of sale, provided that the mortgagor has not cured the default at the time the tenant provides the notice of termination [NCGS § 4521.16A(b)(2)]. 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

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. Trustee Services of Carolina, LLC Substitute Trustee Brock & Scott, PLLC Attorneys for Trustee Services of Carolina, LLC 5431 Oleander Drive Suite 200 Wilmington, NC 28403 PHONE: (910) 392-4988 FAX: (910) 392-8587 File No.: 08-14443-FC04

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. Trustee Services of Carolina, LLC Substitute Trustee Brock & Scott, PLLC Attorneys for Trustee Services of Carolina, LLC 5431 Oleander Drive Suite 200 Wilmington, NC 28403 PHONE: (910) 392-4988 FAX: (910) 392-8587 File No.: 11-17920-FC03

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. Trustee Services of Carolina, LLC Substitute Trustee Brock & Scott, PLLC Attorneys for Trustee Services of Carolina, LLC 5431 Oleander Drive Suite 200 Wilmington, NC 28403 PHONE: (910) 392-4988 FAX: (910) 392-8587 File No.: 16-08300-FC02


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North State Journal Vol. 3, Issue 20  
North State Journal Vol. 3, Issue 20