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Time Warner speeds up as Fibrant service begins BY EMILY FORD firstname.lastname@example.org
As Salisbury officially launched its Fibrant fiber-optic service this week, Time Warner Cable announced it would speed up its own Internet service in Rowan and the region.
But Fibrant already offers the new Internet download speeds touted by Time Warner, a city official said. “We just haven’t advertised it,” Assistant City Manager Doug Paris said. And Fibrant’s top available speed is 10 times faster than the cable giant’s when upload-
ing, Paris said. Uploading is sending information out, like video chatting on Skype. Downloading is bringing information in, like opening a photo attachment in an e-mail. “We’re cheaper, and we’re faster,” Paris said. The city launched Fibrant
on Monday, offering Internet, cable TV and digital phone service. The next day, Time Warner Cable announced new Internet download speeds in the Charlotte area of up to 50 megabits per second — twice as fast as Fibrant’s quickest advertised speed of 25 Mbps.
A ‘TRANSFORMATIONAL’ YEAR Chamber looks back, keeps focus on future
Pless, the third to hold post, out after 21⁄2 years
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Winston Kelley, executive director of NAsCAr hall of fame, was the featured speaker at the rowan Chamber of Commerce’s 85th Annual meeting thursday night.
“We enjoy being in the community and working with the folks here.” LEE SNOW accepting the Chamber Champion Small Business of the Year Award for Snow Benefits Group
Snow was traveling out of state with his wife, who is having health problems, and was unable to attend. His son and colleague in the family business, Lee Snow, accepted the award on his behalf. “We enjoy being in the community and working with the folks here,” Lee Snow said. Calling Snow Benefits Group “a well-kept secret in Salisbury,” he recounted the company’s history and its work providing insurance and other services to local businesses. “(The award) means a lot to us, and especially him,” Snow said on behalf of his father. Cindy Hart of Great American Publishing was the recipient of the 2010 Paul E. Fisher Volunteer of the Year Award. An incoming 2011 Chamber of Commerce officer, Hart has led the group’s Women In Business initiative and is a past re-
cipient of the Small Business of the Year Award. The night’s keynote speaker was Winston Kelley, executive director of the HART NASCAR Hall of Fame in Charlotte. The longtime Motor Radio Network announcer and former Duke Energy Carolinas executive talked of the economic impact that the Hall of Fame is having on the region. One thing Kelley said right away: recent news reports that the Hall of Fame isn’t attracting as many visitors as expected don’t tell the whole story. “It’s actually doing a whole lot better than you might have heard,” Kelley said. The Hall of Fame is part of
a large downtown Charlotte complex, and is much more than just a “car museum,” he said. Kelley highlighted the impact the Hall of Fame is having as part of a nearly $6 billion motorsports industry in North Carolina. And, he said, the convention facilities surrounding the new NASCAR-themed complex have helped the region draw the National Rifle Association and made Charlotte a possible choice for the 2012 Democratic National Convention. Current Chamber members said they were pleased to have the opportunity to meet others and honor those who received awards. “I think the Chamber is doing an excellent job and providing the tools to help any business succeed, if they’re willing to look for the help,” said Tyler Weant, owner of Spencer-based Elium Exterminator Co. Mark Lewis, senior vice president of Bank of North Carolina, said the Chamber offered unparalleled opportunities for networking, as well as a means for local residents’ concerns to
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Republicans jockey for leadership positions in Raleigh RALEIGH (AP) — Republican lawmakers are ratcheting up their campaigns for key leadership posts in the General Assembly following Election Day returns that will put them in control of both chambers. At least four House Republican members have indicated they’re running for speaker or are interested in the job, including Minority Leader Paul Stam of Wake County and Minority Whip Thom Tillis of Mecklenburg County. Reps. Mitch Gillespie of McDowell County and Ric Killian of Mecklenburg County also said Thursday they’re seeking the top job. In the Senate, Republicans are coalescing around Minority Leader Phil Berger of Rockingham County for the top job — Sen-
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At its 85th annual meeting, the Rowan County Chamber of Commerce reflected on a year that was “transformational.” That word was repeated throughout the night by those gathered to celebrate the group’s accomplishments and to honor the small business and the volunteer of the year. “From my perspective, 2010 has been a transformational year for our Chamber and our community,” said Skip Wood, outgoing Chamber board chairman. He cited the accomplishments of Chamber members and the beginnings of new projects such as the I-85 bridge replacement at the Yadkin River. “Do I think our challenges are all over? Nope. … Do I wake up every morning thinking the glass is half full? Yes,” Wood said. Soon after, LOEBLEIN Wood welcomed the chairman-elect, Tom Loeblein, who will lead the Chamber of Commerce board in 2011. Loeblein said that the Chamber was “financially strong” and ready to offer leadership in the time of recovery ahead. The 2010 Chamber Champion Small Business of the Year Award was presented to Snow Benefits Group of Salisbury, headed by Ed Snow. Snow has been a member of the chamber for decades. Snow Benefits Group was founded in 1974. The Chamber cited Snow’s many accomplishments, including his leadership in the Chamber’s annual membership drive and his volunteerism, particularly in the Business After Hours program and the Chamber’s annual Business Show.
But on Thursday, Paris said Fibrant does offer download and upload speeds of 50 Mbps. The fastest upload speed available with Time Warner’s new upgrade is 5 Mbps. Fibrant’s speediest service
ate president pro tempore. Berger, the minority leader for the past six years, has been widely praised by fellow Republicans for organizing and building up a campaign war chest to compete with Senate Democrats this fall. “We’re unified around Sen. Berger, and more importantly we’re unified around our agenda,” said Sen. Bob Rucho, R-Mecklenburg, who challenged Berger for minority leader two years ago. The other 2008 challenger, Sen. Pete Brunstetter, R-Forsyth, also said Thursday he didn’t believe anyone would run against Berger for pro tem. The scramble began picking up two days after the GOP wrested control of the two chambers from the Democrats, who
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haven’t been out of power in both chambers simultaneously since 1898. Although the full House and Senate don’t elect a speaker or pro tem until the Legislature reconvenes Jan. 26, Republicans who won Tuesday meet in two weeks to pick their nominees for both posts, as well as jobs in their respective caucuses such as majority leader. The speaker and pro tempore will become the top Republican leaders in state government, setting the tone for what legislation will be heard and which lawmakers will get plum committee assignments. They’ll also serve as chief negotiators with, and likely foils of, Democratic Gov. Beverly Perdue.
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CHINA GROVE — Town staff confirmed Thursday that Town Manager Bill Pless “has been let go.” According to town attorney Tom Brooke, Pless was terminated because of unsatisfactory job performance. Brooke said that starting in September, the China Grove town board laid out specific goals. Brooke said Pless had not met those goals. Pless is no longer listed on the town’s website as an employee. The board had been meeting in closed session since September to evaluate his performance. “Basically as a result of those evaluations, the board determine he wasn’t satisfactorily performing his job,” Brooke said. Part of the evaluation included goals and changes the board set that needed to be made. “He didn’t make them,” Brook said. After Tuesday night’s meeting, where the board conducted an evaluation, Pless was terminated. The board made a motion to dismiss “for cause after evaluation for failure to perform duties as directed by the board,” according to information
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Man with plans of bombing abortion clinic to plead guilty GREENSBORO (AP) — A former Rowan County resident who called himself an “extremist radical fundamentalist” has agreed to plead guilty to giving bomb-making instructions to a confidential informant who said he planned to attack an abortion clinic, according to court documents. Justin Carl Moose, 26, of Concord, faces up to 20 years in prison and a maximum fine of $250,000, according to a plea agreement filed Monday in U.S. District Court in Greensboro. According to the plea agreement, Moose will plead guilty to the charge of distributing information pertaining to the manufacturing and use of an explosive. Moose is scheduled to be sentenced March 2 in Winston-Salem. “He has taken responsibility for his conduct, which is set out in the plea agreement,” said Moose’s at- MOOSE torney, Walter Holton Jr. Moose was arrested by the FBI in September after Planned Parenthood alerted the agency that he was advocating violence against abortion clinics on his Facebook page. On his Facebook page, Moose said he graduated from South Rowan High School and attended Royal Oaks Baptist Church in Kannapolis. According to documents filed by federal prosecutors, Moose had described himself as a “freedom fighter” on his page, advocating opposition to abortion “by any means necessary and at any cost.”
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Students protest racist BUSINESS graffiti in tunnel at NC State RALEIGH (AP) — A reappearance of racist graffiti directed at President Barack Obama has protesters at North Carolina State University calling for changes to a part of campus dedicated to anything-goes speech. Student protesters blocked access overnight to the Free Expression Tunnel, a major pedestrian thoroughfare that connects two parts of the Raleigh campus divided by railroad tracks. By late Thursday morning, although some protesters remained, the students had stopped their blockade, university spokesman Keith Nichols said. Chancellor Randy Woodson met with students protesting at the tunnel and elsewhere on campus. “The chancellor went down and visited with the students for about half an hour this morning and had a very constructive conversation,” Nichols said. Woodson has condemned the graffiti, which has been painted over. It apparently depicted Obama along with
racist and anti-gay slurs. The Free Expression Tunnel was built in 1939, and was dedicated to freewheeling student speech in the 1960s. Sentiments painted or posted in the tunnel commonly range from the political to the mundane. “Students are free to say whatever they like, and if you walk through the tunnel on any given day you’ll see advertisements for events, or you’ll see someone complaining about a boyfriend or girlfriend,” Nichols said. The several dozen student protesters, though, say they want tighter restrictions on what can be depicted inside the tunnel. Some of the proposed remedies include more surveillance cameras and stricter enforcement of a request, posted on a sign near the tunnel, that asks students to refrain from offensive messages. “Right now, we don’t know what can be done,” junior Kelvin Carter told Raleigh’s WRAL-TV. “We’re trying to figure that out.”
abortion clinic, according to court documents. Prosecutors say Moose talked for over an hour with the informant, providing instructions on how to make three different explosive or incendiary devices. Moose also advised the informant on the best way to conduct surveillance on the clinic, prosecutors say, telling him to drink several beers at a local bar and then stagger around the facility, claiming to be searching for a place to urinate. “Moose explained that he would only be arrested for public drunkenness, but it is better than conspiracy or trespassing,” court documents say.
FROM 1a “Whatever you may think about me, you’re probably right,” he wrote, according to the court papers. “Extremist, radical, fundamentalist? Yep!” FBI agents say Moose linked to a website that provided instructions on making explosive material, and offered commentary on the safest way to fashion the material into bombs. During an FBI investigation, a confidential informant met with Moose and told him he wanted to bomb a local
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“When you have a collective voice to speak on issues that are relevant to the business community, that is imFROM 1a portant,” Lewis said. be heard in Washington, Those were also the reaD.C., and Raleigh. sons Rowan Chamber Presi-
FIBRANT FROM 1a isn’t listed on the utility’s rate card or website. But the city always has planned to offer 50x50 Mbps upload and download for $85 per month, Paris said. “We plan to roll out higher speeds over time,” he said. Fibrant has the capacity to go up to 1 gigabit per second upload and download, Paris said. The utility plans to offer 100x100 Mbps and 200x200 Mbps but has not set prices, he said. Fibrant customers can request the 50x50 Mbps option, Paris said. The city has yet to determine when that option will appear on the advertised rate schedule, he said. Time Warner Cable boosted Internet speed overnight this week for all Turbo and Standard Internet service customers, said Mike Smith, area vice president for Time Warner Cable’s Charlotte operation. Turbo download speed went from 10 Mbps to 15 Mbps, matching Fibrant’s basic Internet speed. Turbo upload speed went from .5 Mbps to 1 Mbps. “We don’t feel that’s much to brag about,” Paris said. All Fibrant Internet speeds are symmetrical, meaning the upload and download speeds are the same. Time Warner’s Standard Internet service went up to 10 Mbps for downloading and 1 Mbps for uploading. To access the new speeds, cus-
FIRED FROM 1a provided by the town. The termination became effective the same night. Pless was hired as town manager in May 2008 after nearly a year as interim manager following the departure of then-manager Eric Davis. Pless was hired under a two-year contract. Initially, Pless worked for the town through a contract with All American Associates, a Mount Airy-based consulting firm. The contract under
dent Robert Wright cited as compelling for new businesses to join. “We offer contacts, networking and a lot of different events throughout the year,” Wright said.
tomers need to reboot their cable modem by leaving it unplugged for about a minute. The faster speeds will come with a higher price for some Time Warner customers. The company has increased rates, effective in December. Customers will receive notification during the next two weeks, said Dan Ballister, director of communications for Time Warner’s Charlotte operation. Customers who have Time Warner standalone Internet will pay more, Ballister said. But more than half of Time Warner’s Charlotte area customers will not see a rate increase because they have bundled services or special promotions, he said. Time Warner also introduced two new services this week, Wideband and Road Runner Extreme. Wideband goes 50 Mbps downstream and 5 Mbps upstream for $99.95 per month. Extreme — which offers 30 Mbps downstream and 5 Mbps upstream — costs $64.95 per month when bundled with another Time Warner service. While Fibrant has a faster upload speed, quick download is more important for many people, Ballister said. “It depends on how the customer uses their Internet service,” he said. Paris said consumer behavior is becoming more “upload intensive,” with more people using Skype, Facebook, Netflix and other applications that perform better with faster upload speeds. “To me, it’s all about upload speed,” Paris said. “When you’re online, you’re constantly switching between pushing
which he was hired allowed Pless up to 18 months to relocate to China Grove. In the two years he worked for the town, he never did. Pless lives in Lexington, according to town staff. When asked if his location had anything to do with his termination, Brooke said, “I will say we would’ve preferred that he lived here.” Since working for the town, Brooke said, Pless was given what Brooke called a “minor” evaluation before, but this was the first “complete” evaluation. The town is looking at getting someone in the meantime, perhaps part time. “We have a good staff that
And, he said, both membership and involvement countywide remain high. “We’re cautiously optimistic that 2011 will be another good year for us,” Wright said.
and pulling information, and you can only go as fast as your upload speed.” City officials weren’t surprised that Time Warner announced faster Internet speeds the day after Fibrant launched, Paris said. “We’ve seen this in every other city that has invested in fiber optics,” he said. “They are trying to match our speeds, but they can’t.” Ballister said Time Warner’s new speeds were not in response to Fibrant but were part of a service upgrade for the entire Charlotte area. Charlotte can thank Fibrant for Time Warner’s faster service, Paris said. Paris said he is not sure how many people have subscribed to Fibrant since Monday. The city has a waiting list of about 260, he said. Requests from the Post for information about Fibrant are now handled by Paris or the city public information officer, rather than city employees who run Fibrant. For several weeks, questions about Fibrant left in phone messages and e-mails for Fibrant Director Mike Crowell, Fibrant Marketing Director Len Clark and Salisbury Management Services Director John Sofley have been answered by Paris or Karen Wilkinson, the city’s director of public information and communications. Although Crowell, Clark and Sofley previously answered the Post’s questions about Fibrant, Paris said the city handles the Post’s Fibrant requests as it does for any other media outlet, by sending the request to the public information officer. “It’s standard practice,” he said. Contact Emily Ford at 704-797-4264.
can keep things going day-today,” Brooke said. He added that Mayor Don Bringle and Mayor Pro Tem Lee Withers have also been helping out. Bringle referred specific questions to Brooke. Withers said he wasn’t worried at all, “those guys know what to do.” “We have great department heads that will get us through this time. We look forward to getting an interim in place and hiring through that practice,” Withers said. Brooke said the town will advertise for a town manager and review applications, but realistically it would probably occur sometime after the first
of the year. When Pless, 40, was first hired, the town council approved a contract that paid Pless $67,000 a year and provided additional benefits that included 10 days of vacation. Pless was to get a 5 percent salary increase after six months. Before that, as interim manager, his salary was $45,000. At the time of termination, his salary was $72,321. Pless was the third person to hold the job since the town switched to a manager form of government. Attempts to reach Pless were unsuccessful. Contact Shavonne Potts at 704-797-4253.
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Deadline looms for upset bids on former post office Anyone interested in buying the building that used to house the downtown post office has until 5 p.m. today to enter a bid. The last bid on the countyowned building at 110 W. Innes St. came in at $58,181. To upset that offer, the next bid has to-be at least $61,185.05, according to the upset-bid formula. Bidders must place a deposit equal to 5 percent of their offer. The county will return the deposit on any bid not accepted. Rowan County is selling the building “as is, where is” and it needs about $100,000 in repairs, county officials have said. The U.S. Postal Service abandoned the downtown post office in early September as part of its plan to consolidate services and save money.
Services and post office boxes have been moved to the East Innes Street post office. On Sept. 7, the Rowan County Board of County Commissioners accepted a $50,000 offer for the building from Kurt and Carrie Gibson, starting the upset-bid process. Commissioners must approve the final high offer before the sale is closed, which they would do within 30 days after the final upset bid-period has passed. The buyer must pay cash at closing. Bids should be submitted to the office of the county clerk, Room 202 in the J. Newton Cohen Sr. Rowan County Administration Building, 130 West Innes Street. For more information, contact the county clerk at the County Administration Building or by phone at 704-2168180 during normal business hours.
Woman charged with fraud On Nov. 3, Brandi Marie Lark was arrested by Salisbury Police Officer J.M. Cottingham at 1017 Bringle Ferry Road. Lark was charged with financial-card fraud, a felony, and possession of stolen goods, a misdemeanor. After appearing before Magistrate Joe McGee, she was placed in the Rowan County Detention Center under $500 secured bond. Lark’s court date was set for 9 a.m. today. In other Salisbury Police reports: • Guy Patrick Bacelo of 1024 S. Fulton St., reported a
larceny from a vehicle at the same address between the afternoon of Oct. 31 and morning of Nov. 1. Stolen property is valued at $1,869. • Steven David Saunders of 1321 Parkview Circle reported a larceny from a vehicle at the same address the night of Nov. 1. Items taken were a GPS unit and an i-Pod. • Bennie Ray Garvin, 56, was charged at 226 W. 11th St. on Nov. 1 with possession of firearm by a felon. • Harvey Leon Ratcliff, 28, was charged Nov. 2 with possession with intent to manufacture, sell and distribute a controlled substance, a felony.
N.C. ranks low for injuries RALEIGH (AP) — A new story because employers federal study estimating the work to avoid reporting inrate of workplace injuries last juries. year finds North and South “It’s technically illegal, but Carolina among the country’s it does happen in ways that safest in which to work. companies basically get away But some workplace safe- with it,” Dooley said. “Workty experts doubt whether the ers are increasingly worried rates accurately reflect which about having the jobs they states are safer. have and that can really effect North Carolina’s rate of in- the bottom-line numbers.” juries or illnesses at private The declining injury rates companies dropped to a his- also are a puzzle to Gary toric low in 2009 of 3.1 cases Tencer, assistant director of per 100 full-time workers, occupational safety at Duke compared with 3.4 cases in University in Durham, at a 2008, the time when restate’s Labor cession-hit Department workers are said Thursunder greater day. The U.S. pressure. Bureau of La“When you bor Statistics think about said the injury the number of rate in South workers doCarolina was ing more 3.2 cases per work than 100 workers they did belast year, fore — comPETER DOOLEY compared to panies are Safety consultant 3.1 in 2008. trying to do I n j u r y more with rates in both less, or doing states were near the country’s the same with less — that inlowest, along with Texas, creases exposure because Louisiana, Virginia and New you’ve got people doing more York. The states with favor- things, doing more things able rates include both those more quickly,” he said. “You like Texas and Louisiana that actually have bigger potential are regulated by the federal for injury with less people.” Occupational Safety & Health Last month, a U.S. Labor Administration and those that Department audit blasted run their own workplace safe- workplace safety programs in ty programs, like North and both Carolinas for downplaySouth Carolina. ing serious safety problems Workplace injuries have and assessing weak fines on been falling nationwide for at violating companies. least seven years. The average penalty per But Peter Dooley, a Michi- serious violation was about gan safety consultant who is a $281 in South Carolina and member of OSHA’s national $512 in North Carolina, the readvisory committee, said the port said. The federal OSHA’s numbers don’t tell the whole average penalty is $970.
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Deputies find husband under house EDEN (AP) — Breaking up seems hard to do for a Rockingham County man. The sheriff’s department says Allen Turner faces a breaking and entering charge after deputies found him in a crawlspace under his former mother-in-law’s house. Authorities say Turner’s ex-wife was staying at the house and he tried to awaken her Thursday morning by throwing acorns at a glass. A sheriff’s deputy says Jes-
sica Turner then got a text message saying Allen Turner left his car in the driveway because he ran out of gas. She discovered he’d entered the house through a window. Allen Turner then called his ex-wife and said he got a ride and left, but deputies searched and found him under the house. Allen Turner was jailed under $1,500 bond. It wasn’t clear whether he had an attorney.
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KANNAPOLIS — Bobby Eugene Lawrence, age 76, of Kannapolis, died at his home after a 2-1/2 year battle with cancer. Bobby was born in Martinsville, Va., a son of the late Charlie and Cordie Lawrence. He retired from the U.S. Army after 22 years of service and was a veteran of the Vietnam War. Bobby then moved to Kannapolis in 1974 and worked for Cannon Mills in the sheet department, retiring again in 1998. He enjoyed working outdoors, collecting stamps and working around his home. He was a friend to many and will be missed. He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Jeanette Waters Lawrence of the family home; son Tony Lawrence of Morrisville; daughter Dina Lawrence of Kannapolis. Bobby is also survived by four sisters, Iliene Hite of Ridgeway, Va., Edna Rakes and Lucille Gravely, both of Martinsville Va., Nancy Hall of Columbia S.C.; and two brothers, Wayne Lawrence of Columbia, S.C., and Paul Lawrence of Texas. Bobby was preceded in death by his brother, Lloyd Lawrence. Service and Visitation: Memorial services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 6 at Whitley's Funeral Home Annex Chapel with Rev. Rick Wilson officiating. Private interment will follow at a later date. The family will receive friends after the memorial service at the Annex Chapel. At other times, they will be at the family home. Memorials: In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Hospice and Palliative Care of Cabarrus County, 5003 Hospice Lane, Kannapolis, NC 28081. Online condolences may be left at www.whitleysfuneralhome.com
SPENCER — Ms. Mary Louise Lee, age 53, of Third Street, passed Monday, Nov. 1, 2010, at Brightmoor Nursing Center in Salisbury. She was born Jan. 23, 1957, in Washington, D.C., to the late Robert and Annie Boyd Lee. A graduate of Salisbury High she previously School, worked at Pillowtex. Ms. Lee attended Mount Zion Baptist Church, Boyden Quarters, Mount Ulla. Survivors are brothers, Darnn Lee, San Diego, Calif., Gary Lee, Bronx, N.Y., Jerome Lee and Alvin Watkins, Jr., both of Salisbury; sisters Annie Lee, Spencer, and Barbara Summers, Salisbury; a niece, Latiffa Bestman, reared as a daughter; a granddaughter, Nia Bestman; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. Visitation and Service: Visitation will be Saturday at 1:30 p.m. and funeral at 2 p.m. at Jerusalem Baptist Church with Evangelist Alice Perry officiating. Burial at Mount Zion Baptist Church, Boyden Quarters, Mount Ulla. Services are entrusted to Hairston Funeral Home, Inc. Online condolences may be made at www.Hairstonfh.com
WOODLEAF — Norma Wetmore Goodson, 78, of Woodleaf, passed away Thursday, Nov. 4, 2010, at her residence. Born June 28, 1932, in Woodleaf, Norma was the daughter of the late Ruth Moore Wetmore and John Watson Wetmore. She was a graduate of Woodleaf High School, Class of 1950, where she played basketball for four years. Norma worked for RowanSalisbury Schools Food Services and felt it was her privilege to also keep Brian Anderson, Leslie Hellard Robertson, Travis Moore and Wade Moore, while their parents were at work. A member of St. George's Episcopal Church, she attended Unity Presbyterian Church, where she taught Sunday School from 1975 until a month before her death. She was preceded in death by her husband of 45 years, Boyce Wade Goodson, on June 12, 1995. Survivors include her children, John Goodson (Sandra) and Suzanne Goodson, all of Woodleaf; a dear uncle, Paul H. Wetmore (Lucille) of Raleigh; Norma's aunt Mary Wetmore Moore of Cleveland. Norma loved her nephew, nieces and many cousins, all very much, but shared special relationships with cousins Wade Moore, who she loved as a son, and Betty Myers, who she considered a sister. The family would like to take this opportunity to thank the staff of Rowan Regional Medical Center, especially the fourth floor, for their love and kindness during Norma's hospital stay. They would also like to thank all the Hospice staff who helped Norma after her return home. Words can not express what their loving care meant to those who loved Norma dearly. Visitation: 6-8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 5 at Lyerly Funeral Home; and at other times, the family will be at the residence. Service: 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 6 at Unity Presbyterian Church, 885 Woodleaf Barber Road, Woodleaf. The Rev. Carroll Robinson will officiate. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. Memorials: Rowan Regional Hospice, 720 Grove St., Salisbury, NC 28144. Lyerly Funeral Home is serving the Goodson family. Online condolences may be made at www.lyerlyfuneralhome.com
MOCKSVILLE — Mrs. Mary Frances Call Smith, 91, of Cherry Hill Road, died Wednesday, Nov. 3, 2010, at her home. She was born Jan. 2, 1919, in Davie County to the late Marshall Kelly and Ida Ann Young Call. She was a graduate of Cooleemee High School, where she was a member of the Beta Club. Mrs. Smith was a lifetime member of Concord United Methodist Church, where she was a member of UMW and had been a Sunday School teacher. Mrs. Smith was a former member of Cooleemee Senior Citizens Club, was the last surviving member of the Jerusalem Home Demonstration Club and was well-known for making homemade mints. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Cicero “Sid” Watkins Smith; a son, Anthony Earl Smith; and a daughter-in-law, Mary Loretta Austin Smith. Survivors include a daughter, Marsha Smith Correll (Robert) of Mocksville; a son, William Ronald Smith of Salisbury; four grandchildren, Randall Todd Smith (Kelly), Rhonda Smith Elliott (John), Lewis Correll (Susan) and Laura Correll Ward (Andy); three great-grandchildren, Corbin Elliott, Amelia Correll and Caleb Correll; a brother and sister-in-law, J. L. and Dot Smith of Mocksville; and numerous nieces and nephews. Service: A funeral service will be conducted at 11 a.m., Saturday, Nov. 6, at Concord United Methodist Church, with Dr. John Eddinger and the Rev. Roy Miller officiating. The body will be placed in the church 30 minutes before the service. Interment will follow in the church cemetery. Visitation: The family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 5 at Concord United Methodist Church. The family would like to express a special thank you to her caregiver, Maudie Harris, the Monday morning prayer group, United Methodist Women for their care and concern shown to Mrs. Smith. Memorials: The family requests that memorials be considered for Jerusalem Fire Dept. First Responders, c/o Wayne Williams, 232 Oakdale Circle, Mocksville, NC 27028. Online condolences may be made at www.eatonfuneralservice.com
Edward 'Smitty' Smith GREENSBORO — Mr. Edward Rae “Smitty” Smith, of Whitestone Masonic and Eastern Star Community and formerly of Cannon Farm Road, Enochville, passed away Wednesday night, Nov. 3, 2010, in Greensboro. Mr. Smith was born July 31, 1921, in Rowan County to the late Edward Alonzo Smith and Annie Mae Freeze Smith. He was also preceded in death by a son, Richard A. “Rick” Smith. Smitty was owner and operator of Smith Air Conditioning and was a member of Calvary Lutheran Church. He was a member and Past Master of Allen Graham Masonic Lodge, an honorary member of Eureka Lodge of China Grove, a 32nd Degree member of Scottish Rite and a member of the Kannapolis Chapter of the Order of the Eastern Star. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army Air Corps in the 364th Service Squadron serving in New Guinea. Survivors include his wife, Catherine Holt Smith of Greensboro; daughter Debra Karriker and husband Dave of China Grove; son Charles “Chuck” Smith and wife Ann of Jacksonville, Fla.; daughter-in-law Jean N. Smith of Concord; grandchildren Lauren Smith, Amanda S. Barritt, Katie S. Gaston, Jessica Karriker and Brandon Smith; and four great-grandchildren. Service and Visitation: A memorial service will be 2 p.m. Saturday at Calvary Lutheran Church officiated by Rev. Richard Little and Rev. Bernie Hess. The family will receive friends Saturday from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. in the church parlor. Memorials: May be made to Whitestone Masonic and Eastern Star Community, 700 S. Holden Road, Greensboro, NC 27407; or Hospice and Palliative Care of Greensboro, 2500 Summit Ave., Greensboro, NC 27405. Wilkinson Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Condolences may be left at www.wilkinsonfuneralhome.com
Gaynell Gibbons Fisher SALISBURY — Gaynell Myers Gibbons Fisher, 85, of Salisbury, went home to her Lord Tuesday, Nov. 2, 2010, at Presbyterian Hospital, Charlotte. Born March 4, 1925, in East Spencer, she was the daughter of the late Steele and Ethel Lee Myers. Mrs. Fisher was educated in the Spencer and Granite Quarry schools and graduated from Salisbury Beauty College. A beautician, she operated Gaynell's Beauty Shop for 50 years before retiring. She also was in the wig business, custom-made drapery business, florist business and framing business. She was a charter member of Southside Baptist Church, the Ladies Circle and Choir and Woodman of the World. She had a love for her family, church and pastor. She was preceded in death by her husbands, Donald William Trexler on Aug. 16, 1966, Paul Byerly Gibbons on Aug. 14, 1992, Earnest Bandy Fisher on Nov. 16, 2005; and her sisters, Yvonne Pickler and Betty Helms. Those left to cherish her memory are her daughter, Carolyn Paris and husband Claude of Faith; brother Tom Myers and wife Joy of High Point; sisters Clara Rogers and Evelyn Kluttz, both of Salisbury; grandchildren Douglas Todd Paris, Sr. of Salisbury, Kimberly Love and husband Jeff of Mint Hill and Matthew Paris and wife Misty of Harrisburg; great-grandson Doug Paris and wife Melissa of Salisbury; stepgreat-grandson, Jacob Moore of Harrisburg; and several nieces and nephews. Service: Funeral services will be conducted 2 p.m. Friday at Southside Baptist Church with the Rev. Thomas L. Smith officiating. Mrs. Fisher will lie in state 30 minutes before the service. Interment will follow at Rowan Memorial Park. Visitation: The family reThursday ceived friends evening at Summersett Funeral Home and will see friends at the church from 1:30-2 p.m. Friday. Memorials: May be made to Southside Baptist Church, 500 Morlan Park Road, Salisbury, NC 28146. Summersett Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be made at www.summersettfuneralhome.com
John Luther Morgan SALISBURY — Mr. John Luther Morgan, of North Cedar Street, passed Wednesday, Nov. 3, 2010, at his residence. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced at a later date by Noble and Kelsey Funeral Home, Inc.
Randal Dockins CONCORD — Rev. Randal Dockins, 77, died Wednesday, Nov. 3, 2010, at The Oaks at Town Center, Harrisburg. He was born Aug. 12, 1933, Bradley County, Tenn. Service: 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 6 at Centerview Baptist Church, Kannapolis. Entombment: Carolina Memorial Park Plaza Mausoleum. Visitation: 6-8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 5, Whitley's Funeral Home, Kannapolis.
Claudia Elaine Ellis STATESVILLE — Ms. Claudia Elaine Ellis, age 41, of Windrush Court, passed Wednesday, Nov. 3, 2010, at her residence. Arrangements are incomplete. Services entrusted to Hairston Funeral Home, Inc.
Ruth L. Moore SALISBURY — Ruth L. Moore, 89, died Thursday, Nov. 4, 2010, at Autumn Care of Salisbury. Arrangements are incomplete with LinnHoneycutt Funeral Home in China Grove assisting the Moore family.
Willie Andre Bruce SALISBURY — Willie Andre Bruce, 26, of Celebration Drive, passed unexpectedly Wednesday, Nov. 3, 2010, at Rowan Regional Medical Center. Rowan Funeral Services will assist the Bruce family.
Mr. Samuel Lee McIntyre 11:00 AM Friday Gays Chapel United Methodist Church Visitation: 10-11 AM Friday At the church ——
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FRIDAY November 5, 2010
BEAUTY BLOOMS Flowers transform woman’s porch Y
ADKIN — What’s the story, morning glory? As the days chill, hay goes into the barn and frost looms for the pumpkin, it’s a good time to pay tribute to something that reminds us that much in life in cyclical. I choose the morning glory. I choose Bessie Ludwig’s morning glory. Bessie, who lives off Brown Yadkin Road not MARK far from the former N.C. WINEKA Finishing plant, buried four magic seeds in a plastic pot last spring, used generous amounts of Miracle Gro and watched her morning glory vine climb like Jack’s beanstalk. She had placed the pot at the bottom corner of her front porch. The vines springing from the dirt marched upward to a wrought-iron column, which became a trellis enabling it to weave eventually around the spouting at the edge of the porch roof. The morning glory not only went up, but it went out along the porch ceiling, making for a shady end — a beautiful respite when the morning sun prompts the spiral buds to open into saucer-shaped blossoms. Bessie has blue morning glories, with pleats or crease marks of purple. A glorious sight. “Yesterday, it was prettier than this,” Bessie complained. But I wondered how it could have been. How did such a network of vines grow from such a little pot? “I guess ’cause it was just fertilized good,” she answered. The thing about morning glories is they thrive on light. They open when the sun comes up, but just as quickly as the flowers bloom, they fade and fall to the ground, making room for more. Every morning, Bessie has new flowers waiting for her,
Man collapses, dies during basketball game at gym A 26-year-old Salisbury man who collapsed while playing basketball Wednesday died of natural causes, police say. Willie Andre Bruce was playing at Hall’s Gym, 1400 W. Bank St. about 9 p.m. when “He, for whatever reason, just suddenly collapsed,” said Deputy Police Chief Steve Whitley for the Salisbury Police Department. “He literally was just playing ball with his buddies and DEPUTY CHIEF STEVE just fell out.” WHITLEY When police arSalisbury Police rived, fire and medical personnel were at the gym performing CPR. Lifesaving efforts continued at Rowan Regional Medical Center, but doctors were unable to revive Bruce. Family members told an attending physician that Bruce had been in a wreck in March and had complained of pain in his leg since then, Whitley said. The doctor theorized that Bruce may have developed blood clots in the leg and that one may have broken loose and gotten into his lung, according to the police report. Ticora Jones attended Salisbury High School with Bruce, who was named prom king there in 2002. She said he took courses for the academically gifted and remembered him Thursday as “a very smart young man, a very good guy.”
“He literally was just playing ball with his buddies and just fell out.”
Vehicles clipped corners, causing fatal I-85 wreck
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Bessie Ludwig, 92, used Miracle Gro and a lot of patience to grow a trellis of morning glory across the porch of her home. It’s only a matter of time before the coming winter will make the ﬂowers fade, but Ludwig hopes to plant anew in the spring.
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A Charlotte man killed when his pickup flipped several times on Interstate 85 Wednesday evening caused the wreck when he tried to pass another vehicle, an N.C. Highway Patrol trooper said. Matthew Edwin Garrett, 31, of 2336 Gemway Drive, Charlotte, was not wearing a seat belt when the crash occurred in the southbound lanes of I-85 near the Cabarrus County line, Trooper Bradley Potts said. Garrett was driving his red Ford behind a Nissan Titan driven by Anthony Thomas Campanaro, 43, of Fort Mill, S.C., about 7:50 p.m., Potts said. Both trucks were in the left-hand lane when Garrett moved to the right lane and tried to pass. “When he was passing the other vehicle, he clipped the right front of the other vehicle with his left rear and lost control,” Potts said. Garrett’s truck then flipped multiple times, coming to rest upside down on a cable barrier in the median. The roof of Garrett’s truck caved in, with the driver’s side sustaining the heaviest damage, Potts said. Garrett suffered head trauma and internal injuries. After the trucks collided, the Nissan pickup ran off the road into the median, then across the highway and hit a bank. It rolled over but came to rest on its tires. Medical responders took Campanero to Carolinas Medical Center-NorthEast, where he was treated and released. The wreck snarled traffic in the southbound lanes of I-85 for more than two hours.
Hundreds of students gather to hear role models BY LAURIE D. WILLIS Livingstone College News Service
CHARLOTTE — A symposium designed to address the needs of black and minority males began Thursday as hundreds of high school and college students watched a powerful film, were afforded the chance to network with positive AfricanAmerican men and heard inspirational words from several former NFL players.
The symposium, “Black/Minority Males Taking Flight through Personal Development, Knowledge Sharing and Commitment to Community,” is part of The Second Annual Commemorative Classic and continues today at The Park in Charlotte. The Commemorative Classic celebrates Livingstone College and Johnson C. Smith University, HBCUs with the distinction of having played the first organized black col-
lege football game on Dec. 27, 1892. The historic contest was played in the snow on Livingstone’s campus, and JCSU won the defensive struggle 5-0. Thursday, though Livingstone College President Dr. Jimmy R. Jenkins Sr. and Johnson C. Smith University President Dr. Ronald L. Carter ribbed each other about Saturday’s football game, to be played at 1 p.m. in Memorial Stadium in Charlotte, the upcoming game was
hardly the main focus. Instead, students were surrounded by positive men of color — who in many cases have been where they are — but who found a way to defy the odds rather than reaffirm the stereotypes. Archie Hunt, a junior at RowanCabarrus Community College, said he wanted to attend the symposium to be enlightened and to share what
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bury. The organization anticipates increased needs for pet food during the upcoming winter months and is appealing to groups and individuals to hold pet-food drives. Donations may be brought to the spaghetti dinner. All pet-food donations to the HSRC are dispensed to pet owners in need of assistance. Last January and February, nearly 800 pounds of food were dispensed each month. New or used dog houses are also needed. HSRC volunteers will sell concessions at the Rowan County Airport’s 80th anniversary celebration on Nov. 11 at the airport, beginning at 3:30 p.m.
Snow may fall in NC mountains GREER, S.C. (AP) — A winter storm watch has been posted for three counties in northwestern North Carolina. The National Weather Service says a cold front and a storm system will combine to produce snow showers in
BLOOMS FROM 4a like a bouquet from a suitor. These days, 92-year-old Bessie has regular visits from Meals on Wheels and those morning glories wrapped around her porch. She appreciates the company.
the upper elevations of Haywood, Madison and Swain counties. The watch is in effect through late tonight for areas about 3,500 feet. Up to seven inches of snow could fall in some areas.
But the season’s first frost is coming. When it arrives, the morning glories will be gone for good — these annuals don’t come back. Bessie will have to plant new magic seeds if she wants her morning glories to visit next year. Something tells me she will.
Police arrest suspect in break-ins Smokes,
EAST SPENCER — Police have charged a man with breaking into a Royal Street home and say he is a suspect in several other break-ins. But Police Chief Floyd Baldo has not named Larry Victor “Lobo” McCluney a suspect in a string of nearly two dozen break-ins that have happened in the town since mid-October. “We just know we have a group of breaking and enterings going on and we know he’s a suspect in some, but we really can’t elaborate on which ones quite yet,” Baldo said. McCluney, 55, of Broad Street, is charged with one count of felony breaking and entering, one count of misdemeanor breaking and enter-
ing and obstructing or delaying an officer. Responding to a reported break-in on Royal Street around 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Officer Cass a n d r a Rankin saw McCluney leaving the area, police said. Rankin called Officer Daniel Smith, who tried to MCCLUNEY Mcstop Cluney, but McCluney ran and broke into an apartment at Weant Street Apartments, police said. The officers took McCluney into custody and he received a $1,000 secured bond. He remained in the Rowan
County jail Thursday evening. Baldo said earlier this week that more than 20 homes in East Spencer have been broken into within the past few weeks around Pine Tree Drive and in the southern part of town. He said the homes targeted are owned by high-profile members of the community. Thursday, Baldo said police suspect there may be two groups operating in the town, and McCluney is suspected of stealing scrap metal. “We’re not sure if he’s involved with the other group as well,” Baldo said. “We can’t rule him out because he was in the vicinity of a breakin just reported and wouldn’t stop for officers.”
Two men sought after woman says she was abducted Concord Police are seeking two suspects in a sexual assault that occurred Oct. 22. Police said a woman was leaving the Family Dollar Store at 876 Concord Parkway North in Concord about 9 p.m. when she drove to the rear of the shopping center. As she approached Central Drive, two men stopped the vehicle at gunpoint. The two men forced the woman into the back of the van and drove her to an unknown
location where she was sexually assaulted, police said. The woman and the van were then abandoned on Pounds Avenue in Concord. The first suspect was described as a black man in his mid-teens to early 20s, 6 feet tall with a slender build, thick braided hair, and with a scar or tattoo on his lower jaw. The second suspect is a black man, midteens to early 20s, 5 feet 8 inches tall, also with a slender build.
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Thieves took an estimated 300 cartons of cigarettes, along with eight bottles of Mountain Dew, during a break-in at a convenience store Tuesday night, police said. Officer M.M. Causey responded to an alarm at the Kountry Market at 12955 Bringle Ferry Road about 11 p.m. He found an open door with the frame splintered. Anwar Ul Haque, the store’s key holder, estimated the value of the cigarettes at $13,000. The 1-liter Mountain Dew bottles were estimated at $10.
Pistol among items stolen A .380-caliber pistol, a Playstation and five Playstation games were reported stolen from a Salisbury home on St. Peter’s Church Road. Renee LaPoint told deputies with the Rowan Cou nty Sheriff’s Office that she realized the items were missing after she arrived home about 5:30 p.m. Tuesday. LaPoint did not know how the thief got in her home because the door and all the windows were locked. The video games were taken from her son’s room, but the gun was taken from another room.
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Humane Society plans fundraiser for Saturday The Humane Society of Rowan County will hold its 11th annual spaghetti dinner fundraiser from 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday at VFW Post 3006, 1200 Brenner Ave. Dine-in or carry-out will be available, and volunteers will deliver orders of five or more to a workplace. Orders should be called to the HSRC voicemail, 704-636-5700, option 9, by 5 p.m. on Saturday. Tickets may be purchased in advance by calling the HSRC and will also be available at the door. The cost is $6 for adults and $3 for children under 10. Proceeds from the dinner will be used for veterinary expenses for animals in the care of the HSRC. Sponsors of the event are L&M Kustom Karts and Waffle House of Salis-
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Salisbury Post “The truth shall make you free” GREGORY M. ANDERSON Publisher
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‘NEW’ SHERIFF READY TO LEAD
Strong vote for Auten affirming heriff Kevin Auten has been serving at the pleasure of the Rowan County Board of Commissioners’ five members since they appointed him to fill former Sheriff George Wilhelm’s vacant position several months ago. After Tuesday’s vote, Auten can feel confident that he now serves at the pleasure of many more people — 16,481 voters, by a preliminary count. Auten’s resounding victory, with 72.71 percent of AUTEN the votes cast in the sheriff’s race, is the validation he has been waiting for. Now he can move forward with confidence to put h— imprint on the department — an imprint of hard work, honest dealing, professionalism and integrity. This was an unusually amicable race. Republican Auten and Democrat John Noble have a long history of working in the Sheriff’s Office, and they did not let their competition for the top job sour their relationship. The story might be different if it were a tight contest; that kind of race can raise emotions. Not that Auten took his election for granted. Noble rose to the top among several viable candidates in the Democratic primary for sheriff, so he proved he was no pushover. Nevertheless. Rowan County’s right-leaning ways and Republican-dominated record — along with the Auten family’s many connections in the community — put the odds heavily in Kevin Auten’s favor. Now that he has the job for the next four years at least, Auten can really get to work. He knows he needs to raise the public’s confidence in his department. Wilhelm’s secretary was charged with embezzling $50,000 from the department, right under the sheriff’s nose. Wilhelm resigned, but not before asking the county for 11 years of vacation and sick pay. The Sheriff’s Office seemed to be out of control and without leadership. Now there can be no doubt that Auten is in charge. He heads a department of more than 200 employees, charged with maintaining law and order in a county of 136,250 people spread over 511 square miles. He has a tight budget, an overcrowded jail and now delayed plans for a jail annex — and the need to prove that this will not be business as Wilhelm-usual. That’s quite a responsibility. Congratulations to the new sheriff — and good luck.
(Or uncommon wisdom, as the case may be)
“Those who cannot remember the past will spend a lot of time looking for their cars in mall parking lots.” — Jay Trachman
hen I sat down to write today, my thoughts turned to a published writer I heard on the Internet talking about the process of writing and creating. As a matter of fact, I was listening to Elizabeth Gilbert, the author of the book “Eat, Pray, Love.” She said that once you make it as a published author or an accomplished artist, people tend to come up to you and ask if you’re afraid. Afraid of what? Afraid there’s nothing left to create. Isn’t it interesting that DICY artistic adMCCULLOUGH ventures seem to be the one place people have that perception and think that once you have produced a product, you’re all used up? It’s like, once you’ve written a book, you couldn’t possibly have anything else to say. Or, once you paint a masterpiece, your artistic gifts go right out through your finger tips. For some reason, another perception held of artistic or creative people, no matter the venue, is they have some sort of mystic vapor that lasts only for a short period of time. Also, there’s the perception only a few people have artistic abilities. If
GOP to do heavy lifting now ALEIGH — Because there hasn’t been a GOP legislature in North Carolina since the 1800s, the new Republican majorities have no shortage of initiatives to pursue in the 2011 legislative session. In the past, most bills introduced by Republicans were JOHN either voted down by DemoHOOD cratic majorities or blocked from consideration by Democratic leaders. Now, with Republican running the state House and Senate, bills to, say, remove the cap on charter schools, privatize some state services, reform annexation laws and amend the state constitution to protect property rights will probably get to the floor and pass both chambers. But for all the pent-up demand to exercise legislative power on behalf of conservative causes, most of the heavy lifting during the 2011 session will be devoted to two massive barbells: the budget deficit and redistricting. The fiscal challenge facing North Carolina is daunting. At a minimum, state revenues will fall short of planned state spending by more than $3 billion. Depending on one’s definition — should it include only immediate operations or obligations such as state pensions? — the deficit could be described as $5 billion or more. While past Democratic governors and legislators were responsible for most of the reckless decisions that created the problem, Republicans won’t find much political value in playing the blame game. They wanted power in Raleigh. Now they have it. Having (properly) ruled out tax increases as the solution, Republicans now have the responsibility to help Gov. Beverly Perdue enact a balanced
2011-13 budget. That means proposing or agreeing to billions of dollars in short-term budget savings, as well as structural reforms of the budget process and a longterm plan for reducing North Carolina’s tens of billions of dollars in accumulated debts and unfunded liabilities. Make no mistake: you can’t balance North Carolina’s budget simply by eliminating redundancies, axing obvious pork-barrel projects, eliminating vacant positions, and econ-
Lawmakers will have to make tough decisions about such items as Medicaid .... nonteaching expenses in the public schools ... big state subsidies for private firms and nonprofits, and the use of costly imprisonment for nonviolent crimes omizing on travel budgets. These are praiseworthy first steps, but their total value is denominated in the hundreds of millions of dollars at most, not billions. The new Republican legislature will have to make some tough decisions about such items as Medicaid and other welfare programs, non-teaching expenses in the public schools and universities, big state subsidies for private firms and nonprofits, and the use of costly imprisonment for nonviolent crimes. Most North Carolinians are grown-ups. They’ll understand the need to make tough decisions to bring state expenses in line with state revenues. Most North Carolinians have already had to do that for their own households and businesses.
LETTERS Nominate a star for Service Above Self We need your help in submitting nominations! Rowan County has many outstanding children and youth with great character! They perform untold, and sometimes unrecognized, hours of volunteer service — giving of themselves to help others. We need your help to show and tell others how important their contributions are to our community. Each year Service Above Self seeks nominations of individuals and groups in the divisions of elementary school age, middle school age, and high school age noting their service to others. It is not too late to nominate a student or group of students for this year’s awards. The deadline for nominations is Nov. 15 and this deadline will not be extended. A Service Above Self awards ceremony is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Dec. 9 at Keppel Auditorium on the Catawba College campus. All nominees will be recognized and given certificates of appreciation for their service. In addition, group and individual awards will be given in each of the age groups for community service
While the budget deficit is the biggest problem facing the new legislature, the responsibility to redraw North Carolina’s congressional and legislative districts may consume almost as much political and media attention. The maps will define the political playing field for a decade. And they may well determine the fate of dozens of political careers, including those of many sitting lawmakers. I have long favored amending the North Carolina constitution to reform our redistricting process — both to create a redistricting commission and, more importantly, to apply additional neutral rules to the resulting maps. But we’re out of time. The earliest general-election date for voters to consider such a constitutional amendment would be a year from now, and the 2011 ballot will feature only municipal and school-board races. Major changes to our constitution are best considered in highturnout elections. Besides, even a November 2011 date would be too late to get maps approved by both a commission and the U.S. Justice Department before the start of candidate filing in early 2012. Instead, GOP leaders should advance three pieces of legislation in 2011. First, they should enact new redistricting rules that telegraph their commitment to compactness and other neutral principles for drawing districts. Second, they should enact new maps according to those rules. And third, they should enact legislation authorizing a referendum to write such rules, and a commission system, into the state constitution. If the Republican legislature can lift both the budget and redistricting barbells over their heads next year, the rest of the session ought to be no sweat. • • • Hood is president of the John Locke Foundation and publisher of CarolinaJournal.com.
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judged by an independent panel of judges to be exemplary. We are currently accepting nominations for the 2010 Service Above Self Awards. I urge you to visit our website at www.rowanserviceaboveself. com and submit a nomination form or call the Rowan United Way at 704-633-1802 for more information. Come join us and help tell the story of our great children and youth in this community who are helping others. Help us recognize them by nominating an individual or group today. — Jerry Chandler Salisbury
Chandler is chairman of the Service Above Self project.
Lines too long What is up with the long line in the morning at Erwin Middle School? I have some family that goes there and the line in the mornings is terri-
ble. The children are tardy on some days and even the buses run late. The principal says to drop your kids off early, but what good is that when the door does not open until 7:55? I guess it is all right to have our children stand out in the cold weather and rain? Maybe the school does not care about our children out there in the weather, but we as parents do. Something needs to be done about this. Maybe they could have two lines in the morning like they do in the afternoon, and that would take care of the problem. Let some of the staff stand outside with the students waiting to get in. I’m glad my son is not at this school, but I have to sit in that mess when taking him to school on the same road. Does anyone else care about this? — Kim Morris Salisbury
There’s the perception only a few people have artistic abilities. ... These attributes are just like any others. They have to be developed. truth be told, these attributes are just like any others. They have to be developed. True, there are those who have natural talents or gifts, but even in that realm, it often comes down to trial and error. Beyond that, it’s the dreaded words: practice, practice, practice. Ask a concert pianist how many hours he or she has to practice before allowed to perform in a concert hall. Ask an opera singer how many lessons he or she has to take before allowed to perform in an opera house. Even at that point, there is and always will be more practice. Then you have the visual artists. Consider the many lessons and hours spent in the studio or at home perfecting the craft. How many papers and images wind up in the trash can before the one perfect or nearly perfect art form appears? Find an artist, and talk to him or her about the many struggles of this chosen path. Perhaps these artists can be appreciated more if we understand the commitment and dedication involved. Anything done well involves time, patience, and practice. Come to think of it, ask parents how many times they have to practice before they perfect raising a child. We all know the answer to that one. It’s a work in progress. If you stop to think about parenthood, it too is a creative adventure. Parents learn by trial and error, and sometimes it may seem like there is a mystic vapor. Oh, and one more thing: There is never enough time to practice and get it perfect. The one big unfortunate circumstance, however, is there’s a real live baby on the other end of the practice sessions who has to endure the learning curve. I tend to believe structured lessons and tests should be given for parenthood just like any other skill acquired. I suppose that could be another topic for another day. • • • Dicy McCullough is a freelance writer and poet who lives in Rowan County. She can be reached at 704-2784377.
SALISBURY POST No. 60690 NOTICE TO CREDITORS Having qualified as Administrator for the Estate of Alisha Victoria Hartman, 617 Faith Rd., Salisbury, NC 28146. This is to notify all persons, firms and corporations having claims against the said decedent to exhibit them to the undersigned on or before the 19th day of January, 2011, or this notice will be pleaded in bar of their recovery. All persons, firms and corporations indebted to said estate are notified to make immediate payment. This the 12th day of October, 2010. Tammie L. Gamez, Administrator of the estate of Alisha Victoria Hartman, File #10E883, 617 Faith Rd., Salisbury, NC 28146
No. 60686 NOTICE OF SERVICE OF PROCESS BY PUBLICATION NORTH CAROLINA GENERAL COURT OF JUSTICE ROWAN COUNTY DISTRICT COURT DIVISION - 10CVS2827 ERICK G. KOWALSKI, Administrator of the Estate of JEFFREY KOWALSKI, Plaintiff VS. TRAVIS YOST, STEVEN FRANKLIN JENKINS, Defendants To Travis Yost, the above named defendant, whose last known address was 4720 Highway 601 N, Salisbury, NC 28147: Take notice that a pleading seeking relief against you has been filed in the above entitled action. The nature of the relief being sought is damages for personal injury, resulting from your negligent operation of a motor vehicle. You are required to make defense to such pleading not later than the 8th day of December, 2010, said date being 40 days from the first publication of this notice, and upon your failure to do so the party seeking service against you will apply to the court for the relief sought. This the 29th day of October, 2010. Vernon A. Russell, Attorney for Plaintiff 29 Church St. SE, Concord, NC 28025 Telephone: 704-788-3142, Fax: 704-786-8408 State Bar No. 10023
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No. 60685 CREDITORS NOTICE Having qualified as Executrix of the estate of Billy J. Wilkinson, deceased, this is to notify all persons, firms, or corporation having claims against the estate to file an itemized, verified statement thereof with the undersigned on or before the 7th day of February, 2011 or this notice will be pleaded in bar of any recovery thereon. All persons indebted to said estate are requested to make prompt settlement. This the 5th day of November, 2010. Sarah Casey Wilkinson, Executrix, 176 Wilk Rob Road, Mooresville, NC 28115 Brian R. Harwell, Attorney, Brawley & Harwell, P.A., P.O. Box 27, 283 North Main Street, Mooresville, NC 28115
No. 60711 NOTICE TO CREDITORS Having qualified as Executor of the Estate of Ruth M. Jenkins, deceased, this is to notify all persons, firms and corporations having claims against the said decedent to exhibit them to the undersigned on or before the 17th day of February, 2011, or this notice will be pleaded in bar of their recovery. All persons, firms and corporations indebted to said estate are notified to make immediate payment. This 3rd day of November, 2010. Dale Edwin Longsworth, Executor, Estate of Ruth M. Jenkins, 2646 Kinsley Avenue, NW, Concord, NC 28027. File 10-E-1083, Shuford Caddell & Fraley, LLP, PO Box 198, Salisbury, NC 28145-0198.
No. 60712 NOTICE TO CREDITORS Having Qualified as Co-Executors of the Estate of Bobby Olin Myers, deceased, this is to notify all persons, firms and corporations having claims against the said decedent to exhibit them to the undersigned on or before the 17th day of February, 2011, or this notice will be pleaded in bar of their recovery. All persons, firms and corporations indebted to said estate are notified to make immediate payment. This 3rd day of November, 2010. Sandra Myers Jarrett and Ronald Wayne Myers, Co-Executors, Estate of Bobby Olin Myers, PO Box 51, Salisbury, NC 28145. File 10-E-1082. Shuford, Caddell & Fraley, LLP, PO Box 198, Salisbury, NC 28145-0198
No. 60707 NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE
NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE NORTH CAROLINA - COUNTY OF ROWAN - 10 SP 912 In the matter of Foreclosure of a Deed of Trust executed by Frank R. Hoyt and Frances E. Hoyt dated September 23, 1998 recorded in Book 0832, Page 0728 Present Record Owner: Frank R. Hoyt (Frances E. Hoyt-deceased) Pursuant to Order of the Clerk of Superior Court of Rowan County, North Carolina, dated the 21st day of October, 2010 authorizing foreclosure, and under and by virtue of the power of sale contained in that certain Deed of Trust indicated and recorded in Book 0832, Page 0728, Rowan County Registry; and under and by virtue of the authority vested in the undersigned by an instrument and default having been made and the said property being subject to foreclosure and the holder of the indebtedness thereby secured having demanded a foreclosure thereof, the undersigned will offer for sale at public auction to the highest bidder for cash at the usual and customary place for such sales at the Rowan County Courthouse in Salisbury, North Carolina, at 11:00 a.m., on the 12th day of November, 2010 the property conveyed in said Deed of Trust, the same consisting of property lying and being in Rowan County, and more particularly described at follows: BEGINNING at a railroad spike in the centerline of Emanuel Church Road on Neal C. Wall's line; thence runs two (2) lines with wall as follows: (1) South 86 deg. 14 min. 20 sec. East (past an EIP at 30.16 feet) 420.00 feet to an EIP and (2) North 09 deg. 28 min. 29 sec. West 105.02 feet to an EIP Peggy E. Daniel's corner; thence runs with the line of Daniel, South 86 deg. 15 min. 22 sec. East 105.82 feet to an EIP, Calvin Edgar Eller's corner; thence runs with Eller's line South 86 deg. 14 min. 43 sec East 1200.66 feet to an EIP on John A. Holshouser's line; thence runs with Holshouser's line South 06 deg. 09 min. 19 sec. West 294.28 feet to an EIP on Spencer C. Selle's line; thence runs with Selle's line North 89 deg. 21 min. 49 sec West (past an EIP at 1052.42 feet and past a NIP at 1257.94 feet) 1627.94 feet to a PIK nail in the centerline of Emanuel Church Road; thence runs with the centerline of Emanuel Church Road North 09 deg. 13 min. 07 sec West 286.71 feet to the POINT OF BEGINNING, containing 12.06 acres more or less, according to a boundary survey prepared by Giles Moss by Mel G. Thompson RLS dated November 19, 1986 and revised December 8, 1986. SAVE AND EXCEPT THE FOLLOWING:
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No. 60713 WAIVER OF COMPETITIVE BIDDING The Rowan County Board of Commissioners will consider a waiver of competitive bidding under G.S. 143-129(g) at its regular meeting on November 15, 2010 for the purchase of a Caterpillar 930H Wheel Loader and a Caterpillar 730 Articulated Truck for the Rowan County Environmental Management Department from Carolina CAT, the seller having agreed to extend to Rowan County the same or more favorable price and terms set forth in its contract with the United States General Services Administration under the GSA Cooperative Purchasing Program, effective June 4, 2008. This is the 5th day of November, 2010. Rowan County By: David Sifford, Purchasing Agent No. 60706 NOTICE OF SALE IN THE GENERAL COURT OF JUSTICE OF NORTH CAROLINA SUPERIOR COURT DIVISION - ROWAN COUNTY - 10 SP 932 IN THE MATTER OF THE FORECLOSURE OF A DEED OF TRUST EXECUTED BY JASON UPRIGHT AND NATALIE UPRIGHT DATED APRIL 7, 2003 AND RECORDED IN BOOK 970 AT PAGE 712 IN THE ROWAN COUNTY PUBLIC REGISTRY, NORTH CAROLINA NOTICE OF SALE
Under and by virtue of a Power of Sale contained in that certain Deed of Trust executed by CHARLES P. DENAUX, SINGLE to MICHAEL L. RIDDLE, Trustee(s), which was dated August 27, 2004 and recorded on September 1, 2004 in Book 1017 at Page 139, Rowan County Registry, North Carolina. Default having been made in the payment of the note thereby secured by the said Deed of Trust and the undersigned, Brock & Scott, PLLC, having been substituted as Trustee in said Deed of Trust, and the holder of the note evidencing said indebtedness having directed that the Deed of Trust be foreclosed, the undersigned Substitute Trustee will offer for sale at the courthouse door of the county courthouse where the property is located, or the usual and customary location at the county courthouse for conducting the sale on November 18, 2010 at 10:00AM, and will sell to the highest bidder for cash the following described property situated in Rowan County, North Carolina, to wit: Lying an being on the South side of the Sherrills Ford Road and described as follows: BEGINNING at a point in the centerline of the Sherrills Ford Road said point being South 79 deg. 35 min. West 597 feet from the corner of the property of the State of North Carolina (North Carolina State Experimental Farm) and runs thence three new lines as follows: (1) South 4 deg. West 250 feet to a stake (2) South 79 deg. 35 min. West 180 feet to a stake and (3) North 4 deg. East 250 feet to a point in the centerline of Sherrills Ford Road, thence with the centerline of said road, North 79 deg. 35 min. East 180 feet to the point of BEGINNING containing 0.96 acre, more or less, as shown on plat of survey by S. Leon Hartley, dated July 4, 1969. Save and except any releases, deeds of release or prior conveyances of record.
1. A 1.320 acre tract of land formerly reserved by Ila Taylor in Deed Book 629, Page 758, Rowan County Registry. 2. A 1.004 acre tract of land conveyed to Frank P. Hoyt II by Deed Book 644, Page 671, Rowan County Registry. 3. A 1 acre tract of land conveyed to Linda Ann Sullivan Hutchinson and husband William Henry Hutchinson by Deed recorded in Book 645, Page 288, Rowan County Registry. Property Address: 1813 Emmanuel Church Road, Rockwell, North Carolina 28138 An order for possession of the property may be issued pursuant to NCGS 45-21.29 in favor of the purchaser and against the party or parties in possession by the Clerk of Superior Court of the County in which the property is sold. Any person who occupies the property pursuant to a rental agreement entered into or renewed on or after October 1, 2007, may, after receiving the notice of sale, terminate the rental agreement upon 10 days written notice to the landlord. That upon termination of a rental agreement, the tenant is liable for rent due under the rental agreement prorated to the effective date of the termination. 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 to warranty relating to the title or any physical, environment, health or safety conditions existing in, on, at, or relating to the property being offered for sale. This property will be sold subject to outstanding ad valorem taxes and/or assessments for the current year and subsequent years, prior Deeds of Trust, if any, and prior liens, if any, and encumbrances of record. Third party purchasers must pay the excise tax, and the court costs of Forty-Five Cents(45) per One Hundred Dollars ($100.00) pursuant to NCGS 7A-308(a)(1). Pursuant to NCGS 45-21.10, the highest bidder at sale will be required to make a cash deposit of five (5) percent of the bid up to and including SEVEN HUNDRED FIFTY DOLLARS ($750.00), or a greater amount if the instrument so provides. Following the expiration of the upset bid period, all the remaining amounts are immediately due and owing.
Under and by virtue of the power and authority contained in the above-referenced deed of trust and because of default in the payment of the secured indebtedness and failure to perform the stipulation and agreements therein contained and, pursuant to demand of the owner and holder of the secured debt, the undersigned substitute trustee will expose for sale at public auction to the highest bidder for cash at the usual place of sale at the county courthouse of said county at 2:30 PM on November 18, 2010 the following described real estate and any other improvements which may be situated thereon, in Rowan County, North Carolina, and being more particularly described as follows:
Said property is commonly known as 8685 Sherrills Ford Road, Salisbury, NC 28147. Third party purchasers must pay the excise tax, and the court costs of Forty-Five Cents (45) per One Hundred Dollars ($100.00) pursuant to NCGS 7A-308(a)(1). A cash deposit (no personal checks) of five percent (5%) of the purchase price, or Seven Hundred Fifty Dollars ($750.00), whichever is greater, will be required at the time of the sale. Following the expiration of the statutory upset bid period, all the remaining amounts are immediately due and owing.
Larry W. Pearman, Substitute Trustee P.O. Box 8178, Greensboro, NC 27419 Phone: (336) 294-9401
Lying on the west side of Alma Street and being more particularly described as follows:
Said property to be offered pursuant to this Notice of Sale is being offered for sale, transfer and conveyance "AS IS WHERE IS." There are no representations of warranty relating to the title or any physical, environmental, health or safety conditions existing in, on, at, or relating to the property being offered for sale. This sale is made subject to all prior liens, unpaid taxes, any unpaid land transfer taxes, special assessments, easements, rights of way, deeds of release, and any other encumbrances or exceptions of record. To the best of the knowledge and belief of the undersigned, the current owner(s) of the property is/are Charles P. Denaux.
Beginning at a stake in the west edge of Alma Street, this beginning point being North 155 feet from the northwestern corner of the intersection of Alma Street and Ninth Street, and runs thence S. 75 W approximately 137 feet to a stake in the old Emma Wycoff line; thence N. 8 E 95 feet to a stake, an old corner on the bank of the branch;thence N 73 1/2 E 127 feet along the branch to a stake in the western edge of Alma Street; thence S 95 feet with the western edge of Alma Street to the point of beginning. And Being more commonly known as: 905 Alma Ave, Kannapolis, NC 28081 The record owner(s) of the property, as reflected on the records of the Register of Deeds, is/are Jason Upright. 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, being foreclosed, nor the officers, directors, attorneys, employees, agents or authorized representative of either 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. Any and all responsibilities or liabilities arising out of or in any way relating to any such condition expressly are disclaimed. This sale is made subject to all prior liens and encumbrances, and unpaid taxes and assessments including but not limited to any transfer tax associated with the foreclosure. A deposit of five percent (5%) of the amount of the bid or seven hundred fifty dollars ($750.00), whichever is greater, is required and must be tendered in the form of certified funds at the time of the sale. This sale will be held open ten days for upset bids as required by law. Following the expiration of the statutory upset period, all remaining amounts are IMMEDIATELY DUE AND OWING. Failure to remit funds in a timely manner will result in a Declaration of Default and any deposit will be frozen pending the outcome of any re-sale. SPECIAL NOTICE FOR LEASEHOLD TENANTS: If you are a tenant residing in the property, be advised that an Order for Possession of the property may be issued in favor of the purchaser. Also, if your lease began or was renewed on or after October 1, 2007, be advised that you may terminate the rental agreement upon 10 days written notice to the landlord. You may be liable for rent due under the agreement prorated to the effective date of the termination. The date of this Notice is October 28, 2010. Grady I. Ingle Or Elizabeth B. Ells , Substitute Trustee - 10-008364 10130 Perimeter Parkway, Suite 400, Charlotte, NC 28216 (704) 333-8107, http://shapiroattorneys.com/nc/ No. 60683 NOTICE OF SUBSTITUTE TRUSTEE'S FORECLOSURE SALE OF REAL PROPERTY STATE OF NORTH CAROLINA - COUNTY OF ROWAN IN THE GENERAL COURT OF JUSTICE SUPERIOR COURT DIVISION - 10-SP-879 In the Matter of the Foreclosure of the Deed of Trust executed by Neng Tou Vue and Mary Vue, Grantor, to Southland Associates, Inc., Original Trustee, As recorded in Book 1054, Page 494 of the Rowan County Public Registry. See Substitution of Trustee which Substitutes L. Ragan Dudley as Substitute Trustee in the place and stead of Original Trustee, as recorded in Book 1167, Page 74 of the Rowan County Public Registry. Pursuant to the power and authority contained in the Deed of Trust from Neng Tou Vue and Mary Vue to Southland Associates, Inc. (the "Original Trustee") for the benefit of SunTrust Bank recorded in Book 1054, Page 494 of the Rowan County Public Registry (the "Deed of Trust"), the undersigned Substitute Trustee will sell at public auction, to the highest bidder for cash, the real property described as follows, together with all rights, privileges and appurtenances thereto (the "Property"): BEING Lot No. 12, Block 7, Revised of Morlan Park, said Map being registered in Book of Maps 9995, Page 427, Rowan County Registry. Said property is commonly known at 607 Morlan Park Road, Salisbury, NC. The record owner of the Property as reflected by the records of the Register of Deeds of Rowan County not more than ten (10) days prior to the posting of this Notice was Neng Tou Vue. The Property will be sold subject to any and all matters superior to the lien of the Deed of Trust, including without limitation: (a) superior mortgages, deeds of trust, liens and assessments, if any; (b) the lien of unpaid ad valorem taxes; (c) valid and enforceable, easements and restrictions of record; and (d) matters which would be revealed by a current and accurate survey of the property. The Property will be sold "AS IS, WHERE IS." Neither the Substitute Trustee nor the holder of the Note secured by the Deed of Trust, nor the officers, directors, attorneys, employees, agents or authorized representatives of either the Substitute 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, and any and all responsibilities or liabilities arising out of or in any way relating to any such conditions expressly are disclaimed. Pursuant to North Carolina General Statutes Section 45-21.10, any successful bidder may be required to deposit with the Substitute Trustee immediately upon conclusion of the sale a cash deposit in an amount not to exceed the greater of five percent (5%) of the amount bid or Seven Hundred Fifty Dollars ($750.00). Any successful bidder shall be required to tender the full balance of the purchase price so bid in cash or certified check at the time the Substitute Trustee tenders to him a deed for the Property or attempts to tender such deed, and should said successful bidder fail to pay the full balance purchase price so bid at that time, he shall remain liable on his bid as provided for in North Carolina General Statutes Sections 4521.30(d) and (e). In addition to the purchase price so bid any successful bidder will also be responsible for payment of revenue stamps and other costs of closing the sale, including fees and costs of the Substitute Trustee incurred after the date of sale. The sale will be held open for ten (10) days for upset bids as by law required. NOTICE TO TENANTS If you are a tenant of the Real Property, please read the following carefully. Your legal rights may be affected. The street address of the Real Property being sold is: 607 Morlan Park Road, Salisbury, North Carolina 28146 Pursuant to North Carolina General Statute Section 45-21.16A, you are hereby given notice that an order for possession of the Real Property may be issued pursuant to North Carolina General Statutes Section 45-21.29 in favor of the purchaser and against the party or parties in possession by the clerk of superior court in the county in which the Real Property is sold. If an order for possession is issued, you may be required to vacate the Real Property. Any person who occupies the Real Property pursuant to a rental agreement entered into or renewed on or after October 1, 2007 may, after receiving this notice of sale, terminate the rental agreement upon 10 days' written notice to the landlord. Upon termination of a rental agreement under this provision, the tenant is liable for rent due under the rental agreement prorated to the effective date of the termination. DATE OF SALE: 12 November 2010 HOUR OF SALE: 12:00 p.m. PLACE OF SALE: Rowan County Courthouse This the 19th day of October, 2010. L. Ragan Dudley, Substitute Trustee, Homesley, Gaines & Dudley, LLP 316 East Broad Street, Statesville, North Carolina 28677 Telephone: (704) 873-2172
An Order for possession of the property may be issued pursuant to G.S. 45-21.29 in favor of the purchaser and against the party or parties in possession by the clerk of superior court of the county in which the property is sold. Any person who occupies the property pursuant to a rental agreement entered into or renewed on or after October 1, 2007, may, after receiving the notice of sale, terminate the rental agreement upon 10 days' written notice to the landlord. The notice shall also state that upon termination of a rental agreement, the tenant is liable for rent due under the rental agreement prorated to the effective date of the termination. If the trustee is unable to convey title to this property for any reason, the sole remedy of the purchaser is the return of the deposit. Reasons of such inability to convey include, but are not limited to, the filing of a bankruptcy petition prior to the confirmation of the sale and reinstatement of the loan without the knowledge of the trustee. If the validity of the sale is challenged by any party, the trustee, in their sole discretion, if they believe the challenge to have merit, may request the court to declare the sale to be void and return the deposit. The purchaser will have no further remedy. Brock & Scott, PLLC, Substitute Trustee, Jeremy B. Wilkins, NCSB No. 32346 5431 Oleander Drive Suite 200, Wilmington, NC 28403 PHONE: (910) 392-4988, FAX: (910) 392-8587 File No.: 08-04511-FC02
No. 60682 NOTICE OF SUBSTITUTE TRUSTEE'S FORECLOSURE SALE OF REAL PROPERTY STATE OF NORTH CAROLINA - COUNTY OF ROWAN IN THE GENERAL COURT OF JUSTICE SUPERIOR COURT DIVISION - 10-SP-880 In the Matter of the Foreclosure of the Deed of Trust executed by Nengtou Vue and Mary Vue, Grantor, to Southland Associates, Inc., Original Trustee, As recorded in Book 1023, Page 675 of the Rowan County Public Registry. See Substitution of Trustee which Substitutes L. Ragan Dudley as Substitute Trustee in the place and stead of Original Trustee, as recorded in Book 1167, Page 76 of the Rowan County Public Registry. Pursuant to the power and authority contained in the Deed of Trust from Neng Tou Vue and Mary Vue to Southland Associates, Inc. (the "Original Trustee") for the benefit of Central Carolina Bank recorded in Book 1023, Page 675 of the Rowan County Public Registry (the "Deed of Trust"), the undersigned Substitute Trustee will sell at public auction, to the highest bidder for cash, the real property described as follows, together with all rights, privileges and appurtenances thereto (the "Property"): BEGINNING at a new iron in the northeastern margin of the right of way of Seventh Street and in the line of Lot 9, Block 45 of the Henderson-Vanderford Property and running thence with the northeastern margin of the right of way of Seventh Street, North 28 deg. 00 min, 54 sec. West 78.20 ft. to an existing iron in the corner of property now or formerly owned by Richard L. Whitesell; thence with the line of Richard L. Whitesell, North 62 deg. 00 min. 00 sec. East 150.16 ft. to an existing iron in the line of property now or formerly owned by Fisher Realty, Inc., and in the line of Lot 7, Block 45 of the Henderson-Vanderford Property; thence with the line of Fisher Realty, Inc., South 27 deg. 59 min. 23 sec. East 78.20 ft. to a new iron in the line Lot 6 and in the line of Lot 9, Block 45 of the Henderson-Vanderford Property; thence continuing through Lot 9, South 62 deg. 00 min. 00 sec. West 150.13 ft. to the POINT OF BEGINNING containing 0.269 acre and being Lot 8 and part of Lot 9, Block 45 of the Henderson-Vanderford property, part of an unnamed street and part of an alley as shown in Book of Maps 9995, Page 42-A and also being Tract One as shown on a property survey for Lee Holton by Richard L. Shulenburger, PLS dated July 31, 1989 and revised April 2, 2002. The record owner of the Property as reflected by the records of the Register of Deeds of Rowan County not more than ten (10) days prior to the posting of this Notice was Neng Tou Vue. The Property will be sold subject to any and all matters superior to the lien of the Deed of Trust, including without limitation: (a) superior mortgages, deeds of trust, liens and assessments, if any; (b) the lien of unpaid ad valorem taxes; (c) valid and enforceable, easements and restrictions of record; and (d) matters which would be revealed by a current and accurate survey of the property. The Property will be sold "AS IS, WHERE IS." Neither the Substitute Trustee nor the holder of the Note secured by the Deed of Trust, nor the officers, directors, attorneys, employees, agents or authorized representatives of either the Substitute 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, and any and all responsibilities or liabilities arising out of or in any way relating to any such conditions expressly are disclaimed. Pursuant to North Carolina General Statutes Section 45-21.10, any successful bidder may be required to deposit with the Substitute Trustee immediately upon conclusion of the sale a cash deposit in an amount not to exceed the greater of ten percent (10%) of the amount bid. Any successful bidder shall be required to tender the full balance of the purchase price so bid in cash or certified check at the time the Substitute Trustee tenders to him a deed for the Property or attempts to tender such deed, and should said successful bidder fail to pay the full balance purchase price so bid at that time, he shall remain liable on his bid as provided for in North Carolina General Statutes Sections 45-21.30(d) and (e). In addition to the purchase price so bid any successful bidder will also be responsible for payment of revenue stamps and other costs of closing the sale, including fees and costs of the Substitute Trustee incurred after the date of sale. The sale will be held open for ten (10) days for upset bids as by law required. NOTICE TO TENANTS If you are a tenant of the Real Property, please read the following carefully. Your legal rights may be affected. The street address of the Real Property being sold is: 906 7th Street, Spencer, North Carolina 28159 Pursuant to North Carolina General Statute Section 45-21.16A, you are hereby given notice that an order for possession of the Real Property may be issued pursuant to North Carolina General Statutes Section 45-21.29 in favor of the purchaser and against the party or parties in possession by the clerk of superior court in the county in which the Real Property is sold. If an order for possession is issued, you may be required to vacate the Real Property. Any person who occupies the Real Property pursuant to a rental agreement entered into or renewed on or after October 1, 2007 may, after receiving this notice of sale, terminate the rental agreement upon 10 days' written notice to the landlord. Upon termination of a rental agreement under this provision, the tenant is liable for rent due under the rental agreement prorated to the effective date of the termination. DATE OF SALE: 12 November 2010 HOUR OF SALE: 12:00 p.m. PLACE OF SALE: Rowan County Courthouse This the 19th day of October, 2010. L. Ragan Dudley, Substitute Trustee, Homesley, Gaines & Dudley, LLP 316 East Broad Street, Statesville, North Carolina 28677 Telephone: (704) 873-2172
NOTICE OF SALE STATE OF NORTH CAROLINA - COUNTY OF ROWAN UNDER AND BY VIRTUE of the power of sale contained in that certain Deed of Trust executed by Tamara L. Hartsell, dated June 4, 2004, and recorded in Book 1009 at page 704 in the Office of the Register of Deeds of Rowan County; and under and by virtue of the authority vested in the undersigned as Substitute Trustee by that certain instrument recorded in Book 1154 at Page 265 the Office of the Register of Deeds of Rowan County; and under and by virtue of that certain Authorization, Findings and Order entered by the Clerk of Superior Court of Rowan County on October 21, 2010, and of record in File 10 SP 819, default having been made in the payment of the indebtedness secured by said Deed of Trust and the said Deed of Trust being by its terms subject to foreclosure, and the holder of the indebtedness thereby secured having demanded the foreclosure thereof for the purpose of satisfying said indebtedness, and due notice having been given to those entitled to same, the undersigned Substitute Trustee will offer for sale at public auction, to the highest bidder, for cash, at the Courthouse door in Salisbury, Rowan County, North Carolina, at 12:00 Noon, on November 19, 2010, the land conveyed in said Deed of Trust, the same being owned of record by Tamara L. Hartsell, and being more particularly described as follows: BEGINNING at a new spike set in the centerline of Jones Road, a common corner with the northwesternmost corner of Mrs. M.O. Brown (see Deed Book 233 at page 220) now or formerly, Rowan County Public Registry; thence with the centerline of Jones Road the following courses and distances: North 14-08-26 West 54.68 feet to a point; North 17-23-14 West 39.89 feet to a point; North 20-23-59 West 60.50 feet to a point; North 24-22-12 West 75.01 feet to a point; North 29-27-54 West 215.65 feet to a new spike set, a common corner with James R. McBride (see Deed Book 645, page 748), now or formerly, Rowan County Public Registry; thence with the line of McBride North 8542-47 East 298.30 feet to an existing iron pin, a common corner with Robert Scott Brown (see Deed Book 647, page 249), now or formerly, Rowan County Public Registry; thence with the line of Brown North 85-42-47 East 673.18 feet to an existing iron pin (said pin being located South 02-37-18 West 949.10 feet from an existing locust post); thence with the line of Wilkerson South 02-37-18 West 530.28 feet to another existing locust post in the line of Mrs. M.O. Brown; thence with the line of Mrs. M.O. Brown and Helen K. Brown (see Deed Book 324, page 78), now or formerly, Rowan County Public Registry, North 66-00-00 West 663.79 feet to an existing iron pin, a common corner of Helen K. Brown and Mrs. M.O. Brown; thence with the line of Mrs. M.O. Brown North 86-00-00 West 99.18 feet to the point and place of beginning, the same containing 9.176 acres, more or less, all in accordance with that certain survey dated December 13, 1991, prepared by Richard L. Shulenburger, Registered Land Surveyor. Being that parcel of land conveyed to Kenneth Dwayne Jones and wife, Judy V. Jones, Tenants by the Entirety from William W. Jones and wife, Elizabeth Ann Jones by that deed dated March 10, 1988 and recorded April 20, 1988 in Deed Book 638, page 846 of the Rowan County, NC Public Registry. Being that parcel of land conveyed to Kenneth Dwayne Jones and wife, Judy V. Jones, Tenants by the Entirety from Faye Brown Smith and husband, Grady Smith; Judith Brown McBride and husband, Jimmy McBride; Farrell Brown and wife, Ann Brown, Judith Brown McBride, Executrix of the Estate of Dolly O. Brown, and Helen Karriker Brown (widow) by that deed dated October 12, 1988 and recorded October 17, 1988 in Deed Book 642, page 822 of the Rowan County, NC Public Registry. Together with all the buildings, fixtures and improvements thereon, and all rights, easements, hereditaments and appurtenances thereunto belonging, including all heating, plumbing, ventilating, lighting goods, equipment and other tangible and intangible property, attached to or reasonably necessary to the use of such premises. The aforesaid sale will be made subject to all encumbrances existing prior to the recording of the above-referenced Deed of Trust, including all valid and enforceable liens and also will be subject to all taxes and special assessments outstanding against the property. 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 representatives 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. Should the property be purchased by a party other than the holder of the Deed of Trust being foreclosed, that purchaser must pay, in addition to the amount bid, the following items: (i) the tax required by N.C. Gen. Stat. Section 7A-308(a)(1) of Forty-five Cents (45) per One Hundred Dollars ($100) of the bid amount up to a maximum tax of Five Hundred Dollars ($500), and (ii) the excise tax on conveyance required by N.C. Gen. Stat. Section 105-228.28 et seq. of One Dollar ($1) per Five Hundred Dollars ($500) or fractional part thereof of the bid amount. The successful bidder at sale may be required to make an immediate cash deposit of the greater of five percent (5%) of the amount bid or Seven Hundred Fifty and no/100 Dollars ($750.00). The upset bids procedure of North Carolina General Statute Section 45-21.27 is applicable to this sale. The following applies if the property being sold is residential real property with less than 15 rental units: (1) Pursuant to NCGS Section 45-21.29, the clerk of superior court of the county in which the property is sold may issue an order of possession of the property in favor of the purchaser and against the party or parties in possession. (2) Any person who occupies residential real property pursuant to a rental agreement entered into on or after October 1, 2007, may, after receiving this notice of sale, terminate the rental agreement upon 10 days written notice to the landlord. The tenant is liable for rent due under the rental agreement prorated to the effective date of the termination. This communication is an attempt to collect a debt and any information obtained will be used for that purpose. Date of Notice: October 21, 2010 Michael A. Myers, Substitute Trustee P.O. Box 21029, Winston-Salem, NC 27120-1029 336-722-3700
8A â€˘ FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 5, 2010
FORUM FROM 4a he learned with fellow members of Men Inspiring Success through Education and Role models (MISTER), an RCCC male-mentoring program. Kevin Gillespie, 17, a senior at East Rowan High School, knows the importance of having positive male role models. His father isnâ€™t part of his life. â€œMy older brother is a good person to follow because most of the time he does the right thing,â€? said Kevin, an A student who plays on his football squad. â€œMy mom, Georgia Gillespie, is my biggest role model, though. Sheâ€™s very strong and has maintained our household the way it is and has raised me in a positive way.â€? Kevin said he was grateful to Jenkins and Carter for holding the symposium. â€œI think itâ€™s a very positive thing because it shows that somebody is really taking the time out to show us they care about us,â€? Kevin said. He and some East Rowan classmates attended the symposium with Andre McCain, a teacherâ€™s aide for exceptional children and an assistant football coach. Jamell Clarke, 22, a junior marketing major at JCSU, said he came to the symposium so he could better understand what it means to be a leader. â€œI want to be a role model and have a positive influence on kids,â€? said Clarke, of Atlanta. â€œMy dad taught me a lot and is still teaching me a lot, and I want to do the same thing for others.â€? Chelson Perry, 22, a senior business administration major at Livingstone, said he is enjoying the symposium. â€œI really enjoyed hearing the men share their stories and struggles and how itâ€™s very important to have positive black male role models in your life.â€? The symposium began after Livingstoneâ€™s drum line and JCSUâ€™s drum line pumped up the crowd before Jenkins and Carter spoke. â€œI must tell you that Iâ€™m awed by what I see here today,â€? Jenkins said. â€œIâ€™m awed by what we are about here today.â€? Carter told the students they were planting seeds of hope by attending the symposium. â€œYou are planting the seeds today â€” seeds of promise, seeds of hope, seeds of opportunity for young men of color today, tomorrow and tomorrowâ€™s tomorrow,â€? Carter said. After both presidents spoke, Dr. Maya Angelou recited her poem â€œSons and Daughtersâ€? via videotape before emcee â€œBustaâ€? Brown told the crowd to get ready for the film, â€œBeyond the Bricks.â€? Produced by Washington Koen Media Productions and directed by Derek Koen, the powerful documentary was a symposium highlight. It began with a voice-over by President Barack Obama and transitioned to Shaquiel Ingram, 15, a freshman at Barringer High Schoolâ€™s 9th Grade Success Academy in Newark, N.J. Once Shaquiel spoke, it became obvious heâ€™s bright beyond his years. â€œItâ€™s not cool to be smart because everybody wants to emulate the rappers â€Ś when it should be the other way around,â€? Shaquiel said. â€œYouâ€™ll find when you get older that the smart kids who did all the work and stuff are really going to be your boss.â€? Shaquiel discussed not living with his mother because she already had five other children at home and not having a close relationship with his father. The film depicted Shaquiel doing poorly in school until he was connected with some positive male role models, including Thomas Reddick Jr.
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