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The Sunday Herald SUNDAY, JANUARY 3, 2009




Biz tax’s days numbered Council’s second repeal vote Tuesday; tax brought in $500K in 2 years By GORDON ANDERSON

SANFORD — The controversial Sanford business privilege tax appears to be on its way out Tuesday as city leaders prepare for a second and probably final vote for the tax’s repeal.

The council voted 4-3 to repeal the tax at a December meeting, but the move will require a second majority vote because it passed with less than two-thirds’ support the first time it was discussed by the council. The issue was a surprise addition to

the December 15 agenda by new Councilman Sam Gaskins. Opponents of the tax have argued that it has been applied inequitably, that it would cause businesses to pass price

INSIDE A further explanation of the business privilege tax, including whom it affects and its purpose in general, as well as a look back at its likely short life Page 4A

See Tax, Page 4A


Fire destroys ‘modernist’ home

Practice didn’t quite make the Lee County Yellow Jackets perfect, but it did help them snap a nine game losing streak and helped them earn a second place finish in the Chatlee Shootout, which concluded on Wednesday at Lee County Page 1B


OBAMA CITES APPARENT AL-QAIDA LINK TO CHRISTMAS TERROR PLOT An al-Qaida affiliate in Yemen apparently ordered the Christmas Day plot against a U.S. airliner, training and arming the 23year-old Nigerian man accused in the failed bombing, President Barack Obama said Saturday

Photo courtesy of Lee County Emergency Management

A North Sanford firefighter looks on as flames engulf a large home on North Plank Road near the Lee-Chatham border Saturday. Crews from seven departments fought the blaze well into the night Saturday.

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Million-dollar home was once featured on architectural Web site CAROLINA


APEX MAN BUILDS HIS OWN HOME IN FIVE YEARS Some men build tree houses, pounding thumbs with hammers. Other do-it-yourselfers aspire to sheds, decks and backyard chicken coops. For five years, Carl Suffredini slowly built his family’s 4,250-square foot house — framing it, wiring it, installing the plumbing and scavenging much of the lumber from his own yard. Page 1C

STATE MOTHER, SON SAVED FROM MOUNTAIN RIVER AFTER WRECK Hours after an Asheville mother picked up her 1999 Buick Century from the mechanic, crews fished it out of the French Broad River. She said she swerved to avoid an oncoming car, causing her to lose control and send her car into the river with her and her 13-year-old son inside.

LEE COUNTY — A large home described on one Web site as the “finest work” of a Harvard University modernist architect was destroyed by a fire Saturday in northern Lee County near the Chatham County line. Firefighters responded to a 3 p.m. call when the fire began and by the time crews arrived, flames had jumped from a garage/shop to the house itself. By 7 p.m. Saturday, crews were still putting out smaller fires in

the home’s top floor, and officials expected to be fighting the fire while braving below-freezing temperatures well into the night. “The house is a total loss,” said Shane Seagroves, director of Lee County Emergency Management. “So is the shop that was attached to it. When the fire department arrived, the shop was fully involved, and strong winds going west to east just blew the flames straight over to the house.”

See Fire, Page 4A


Victim in Friday wreck was 20-year-old Sanford man By GORDON ANDERSON

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BUSINESS CITIES, COUNTIES NATIONWIDE SEEK TO RECOUP TAX BREAKS Cash-strapped communities have a message for corporations that promised jobs in return for tax breaks: A deal’s a deal. Page 7B

Vol. 79, No. 3 Serving Lee, Chatham, Harnett and Moore counties in the heart of North Carolina

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Firefighters braved below-freezing temperatures well into the night Saturday to battle a blaze that destroyed a large home on North Plank Road in Lee County.

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Responders work the scene of an accident on Horner Boulevard near downtown Sanford Friday.

HAPPENING TODAY n The town of Pittsboro hosts its monthly First Sunday downtown. Retailers will set up shop along Hillsboro Street from noon to 4 p.m.


SANFORD — City police have identified the man killed in a Friday afternoon accident on Horner Boulevard as 20-year-old Waldo Ivan Miranda of Sanford. Police said Miranda was killed around 3 p.m. Friday when he sideswiped a vehicle in the northbound lane

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of Horner Boulevard near the intersection with Wicker Street and then traveled into Miranda the southbound lane and struck another vehicle head-on.

See Wreck, Page 4A


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Sanford: Cleo Buffkin, 85; Waldo Miranda, 20 Broadway: Kimberly Hansen, 38 Moncure: Kaleb Brigman, infant Vass: Ella Marion, 68

The Herald’s editor can’t save all the stray dogs, but maybe he can just this one

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GOOD MORNING Corrections The Herald is committed to accuracy and factual reporting. To report an error or request a clarification, e-mail Editor Billy Liggett at or Community Editor Jonathan Owens at or call (919) 718-1226.

On the Agenda Rundown of local meetings in the area:

MONDAY n The Lee County Board of Commissioners will meet at 3 p.m. at the Lee County Government Center in Sanford. n The Chatham County Board of Commissioners will meet at 9 a.m. at the Agriculture Building Auditorium, 45 South St., Pittsboro. n The Harnett County Board of Commissioners will meet at 9 a.m. at the County Administration Building in Lillington. n The Moore County Board of Commissioners will meet at 4 p.m. at the Commissioners Room in Carthage. n The Harnett County Board of Elections’ will meet at 7 p.m. at Western Harnett High School, Old Gymnasium to obtain public comment on the proposed relocation of polling places: Johnsonville Precinct and Boone Trail Precinct and the proposed consolidation of Lillington and Neill’s Creek Precincts.

Birthdays LOCAL: Best wishes are extended to everyone celebrating a birthday today, especially Olivia Anne Perry, Camdyn Faith Eatmon, Jessica Brown, Pamela Keel, Angela Michelle Gilmore, Lateshia Donaldson, Ashley Hope Blackmon, Joshua Perry Hodge, Priscilla Martin, Felton Swann, Iris Victoria McLean, Fronnie Marie Jeter, Xavier Alexander Henry, Margarita Fernandez, Pam McNeill-Bradford, Michael Jermaine Sanders, Dorothy Carrea, James Morgan, Joseph Hamilton, Kyle Jones, Maudestine McMillian, Candace Waddell, Kelsey Wicker, Preston Bryant Strouth, Preston Lynn Cox, Michael Olsen, D.J. Ashworth, Jan Dajounna McGregory, Therman O. McNeill, Sandra Brown, Jamariya Griffin and Rick Stone. And to those celebrating Monday, especially Brian Eliceo Diaz, Justin Todd Reynolds, Alterique Dashon Murchison II, Carson Farlow Luck, Corey Lawson, Garland Smith, Xavier Newby, Marie Wicker, Aniya Elliott, Tamara Tucker Dillard, Junior McDowell, Gabriel Hathcock, Camille Cunnup, Lewis Jones, Dr. Lewis Hooker and Alma Frye. CELEBRITIES: Hockey Hall-of-Famer Bobby Hull is 71. Actress Victoria Principal is 60. Actor-director Mel Gibson is 54. Actress Shannon Sturges is 42. Actor Jason Marsden is 35. Actress Danica McKellar is 35. Actor Nicholas Gonzalez is 34. Singer Kimberley Locke (“American Idol”) is 32. NFL quarterback Eli Manning is 29. Rhythmand-blues singer Lloyd is 24. Actor Alex D. Linz is 21.


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WEDNESDAY n American Red Cross will hold a blood drive from 12:30 to 5 p.m. at Central Carolina Hospital, 1135 Carthage St. To schedule an appointment, contact Margaret Minuth at (919) 774-2194. n Treasure Hunters Roadshow will stop in Sanford from Jan. 5-9 at the Holiday Inn Express, 2110 Dalrymple St. The event is open to the community and people can bring an unlimited number of items. n Preschool storytime at the Harnett County Public Library in Lillington begins at 11 a.m. Storytimes are created especially for children 3-5 years of age. They typically last between 45 minutes to one hour and include stories, flannel boards, fingerplays, puppets and songs, as well as other developmentally appropriate activities. n Temple Theatre will hold auditions for the Winter Conservatory of “Romeo and Juliet.” Appointments available between 4:30 and 8 p.m. for upper middle and high school ages only. To schedule an audition, call Kelly Wright at (919) 774-4512 ext. 221.

2 years of age. Toddler time typically lasts about 30 minutes and includes simple stories, flannel boards, fingerplays, puppets, and songs as well as other activities with a toddler’s short attention span and need for movement in mind. n Temple Theatre will hold auditions for the Winter Conservatory of “Romeo and Juliet.” Appointments available between 4:30 and 8 p.m. for upper middle and high school ages only. To schedule an audition, call Kelly Wright at (919) 774-4512 ext. 221.

FRIDAY n A Quilting and Fiber Art Marketplace will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Dennis A. Wicker Civic Center in Sanford. The marketplace will showcase more than 30 of Eastern North Carolina’s best quilt, fiber and mixed media shops under one roof. For more information, visit n American Red Cross will hold a blood drive from 2:30 to 7 p.m. at Cameron Grove AME Zion Church, 309 Vernon St., Broadway. To schedule an appointment, contact Annie McIver at (919) 775-1424. n Treasure Hunters Roadshow will stop in Sanford from Jan. 5-9 at the Holiday Inn Express, 2110 Dalrymple St. The event is open to the community and people can bring an unlimited number of items. n Temple Theatre will hold auditions for the Winter Conservatory of “Romeo and Juliet.” Appointments available between 4:30 and 8 p.m. for upper middle and high school ages only. To schedule an audition, call Kelly Wright at (919) 774-4512 ext. 221.

THURSDAY n The Grief Support Group will meet at 1 p.m. at the Enrichment Center. n American Red Cross will hold a blood drive from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at CCCC, 1105 Kelly Drive, in the gym. To schedule an appointment, contact Mike Neal at (919) 718-7337. n Treasure Hunters Roadshow will stop in Sanford from Jan. 5-9 at the Holiday Inn Express, 2110 Dalrymple St. The event is open to the community and people can bring an unlimited number of items. n Toddler storytime begins at 10 a.m. to the Harnett County Public Library in Lillington. Toddler storytimes are created especially for children ages 18 months to


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JAN. 12 n A Novel Approach Book Club will meet at noon at the Enrichment Center. n The Alzheimer’s & Caregiver Support Group will meet at 1 p.m. at the Enrichment Center. n Lee County Red Cross will hold a blood drive from 1:30 to 6 p.m. at First Baptist Church, 202 Summit Drive. To schedule an appointment, contact the Lee County Red Cross Chapter at (919) 774-6857.

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SATURDAY n The Country Comedy Tour will make its way through Sanford at Temple Theatre at 8 p.m. Tickets are $15. The tour — starring Matt “Cisco Kid” Mitchell and M.G Gaskin — has been seen on NBC, FOX, MTV, “The Tonight Show,” Turner South and CMT. For more information, visit, and for tickets, go to n “Kick Off to a Healthy New Year” will be held at the American Tobacco Trail near New Hill from 1 to 4 p.m. Wake County Parks and Rex UNC Health Care have teamed up to provide heart-healthy activities to get the New Year started off right. Enjoy free health risk assessment screenings and guided nature hikes. n Treasure Hunters Roadshow will stop in Sanford from Jan. 5-9 at the Holiday Inn Express, 2110 Dalrymple St. The event is open to the community and people can bring an unlimited number of items. n Central Fire State at 512 Hawkins Ave. will check car seats between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Appointments are required. Contact Krista at 775-8310 by 5 p.m. Wednesday to schedule an appointment for the following Saturday. n Power Pro Wrestling at Kendale Entertainment Center (2737 Industrial Drive) begins at 6:30 p.m. with bell time at 8 p.m. Visit for more information.

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TUESDAY n Treasure Hunters Roadshow, a traveling group of experts who make stops in towns around the nation looking for valuable items, will stop in Sanford from Jan. 5-9 at the Holiday Inn Express, 2110 Dalrymple St. The event is open to the community and people can bring an unlimited number of items. n Voice classes will be taught by Marie Vanderbeck beginning at 10:15 a.m. at the Eastern Chatham Senior Center in Pittsboro. Bring your voice, a smile and a bottle of water. For more information, contact Lindsay Hickling at 542-4512. n Temple Theatre will hold auditions for the Winter Conservatory of “Romeo and Juliet.” Appointments available between 4:30 and 8 p.m. for upper middle and high school ages only. To schedule an audition, call Kelly Wright at (919) 774-4512 ext. 221.

Almanac This day in history: On Jan. 3, 1959, Alaska became the 49th state as President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed a proclamation. In 1521, Martin Luther was excommunicated from the Roman Catholic Church by Pope Leo X. In 1868, the Meiji Restoration re-established the authority of Japan’s emperor and heralded the fall of the military rulers known as shoguns. In 1870, groundbreaking took place for the Brooklyn Bridge. In 1938, the March of Dimes campaign to fight polio was organized. In 1949, in a pair of rulings, the U.S. Supreme Court said that states had the right to ban closed shops. In 1961, the United States severed diplomatic relations with Cuba. In 1980, conservationist Joy Adamson, author of “Born Free,” was killed in northern Kenya by a former employee. In 1990, ousted Panamanian leader Manuel Noriega surrendered to U.S. forces, 10 days after taking refuge in the Vatican’s diplomatic mission.


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AROUND OUR AREA decorations first, including lights, tinsel, ornaments and stands,” said Bob Holden, director of Chatham County Waste Management. If the tree was potted or balled in burlap, Holden instructs residents to remove the pot or burlap as well. “In other words, remove anything that wasn’t there when the tree was in the forest.” The Waste Management Office will be open to receive decoration-free trees from 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Jan. 4-8, and Jan. 11-15. The office is located at 720 County Landfill Road (six miles west of Pittsboro off US 64). Call 542-5516 for more information or to ask questions.


CCH still waiting for decades first baby

SANFORD — The first baby of the year is a big deal to most hospitals, and the first baby of the decade is an even more special event. But heading into Day 3 of the 2010 decade, Central Carolina Hospital in Sanford still doesn’t have a “first.” As of press time Saturday, the hospital had no deliveries on Friday and Saturday, and there were no scheduled inductions through the weekend, according to hospital spokesperson Margaret Minuth. “We don’t expect to induce labor until Monday, (when) two are scheduled,” Minuth told The Herald Saturday. “Unless there is an unscheduled birth that comes in through the emergency room, we won’t have any until Monday.” Hospitals typically have gift baskets and other goodies for its first baby of the year.

— from staff reports

Buy firewood to help animals

Christmas trees accepted at office

PITTSBORO — After the holidays, Chatham County residents can dispose of non-artificial Christmas trees at the Waste Management Office west of Pittsboro between this Monday and Jan. 15, 2010. The trees are not accepted at the Collection Centers, only at the main Waste Management facility. “At no cost, we are accepting non-artificial Christmas trees from county residents, such as cut or potted trees. However, it is important for residents to remove all


SANFORD — Shoppers will have a brief reprieve from increasing taxes after Monday, when the Lee County Board of Commissioners appears set to approve a resolution that will delay a county-wide quarter-cent sales tax increase until July 1. The commissioners voted in December to increase the sales tax by a quarter cent to 8 percent

The Lee County Board of Commissioners will meet 3 p.m. Monday in the commissioners meeting room at the Lee County Government Center, 106 Hillcrest Drive. The meeting is open to the public.

following a November ballot measure in which voters gave the board leeway to do so as a method for funding renovations at

Lee County High School. After December’s vote, the tax had been set to take effect in April. The delay in the increase is the result of a ruling by the state Department of Revenue that the increase can only take effect on Jan. 1 or July 1 since the county didn’t give 90 days advance notice to the state. In other business, the board will hold a public hearing on whether to grant $34,781 in economic

incentives to Parkdale America, a cotton spinning mill on U.S. 421. If approved, the incentive will be given over a five-year period after the county receives annual property tax payments. The incentive request comes as Parkdale looks to install roughly $2.5 million in new equipment. The Sanford City Council will consider whether to grant an additional $25,043 in incentive to the company at a future date.


PITTSBORO — Chatham Animal Rescue and Education is sponsoring a firewood fundraiser. All proceeds from the firewood sale go directly to help the animals of CARE. The firewood is available from CARE’s friends at Companion Camp (3408 Castle Rock Farm Road, Pittsboro) by appointment only. Call to place your order and set up your appointment to pick up the wood by calling Companion Camp at (919) 545-2267. The cost is $50 for a small pickup truckload (about 1/4 of a cord); $90 for a large pickup truckload (about 1/2 of a cord); and $15 for a “car trunk” bundle (about 1/12 of a cord). Cash or checks payable to CARE will be accepted.



Soccer group that helps kids to expand


— from staff reports

Sales tax hike pushed to July 1

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PITTSBORO — A Chatham County native is planning to expand her nonprofit initiative, which uses soccer to promote positive values. Erin Johnson, the founder and president of Soccer Kids of America, said she expects the program to continue at the same four elementary schools where it operated last year and to expand to a few more. The program, which holds seven hourlong weekly after-school sessions per group, allows up to 28 third-, fourth- and fifth-graders at a time to learn about soccer and life. “Respect, perseverance, diversity,” Johnson, 28, said of the values that Soccer Kids teaches. “I mean, overall, I think that they gain a lot of confidence in

themselves just coming out and learning something new. If they just take home one little piece of what we’re trying to teach them, I feel like it’s worth it to try and come out and make a difference in their life.” Her organization’s board includes an education professor at a Tennessee university who helped design Soccer Kids’ curriculum. A survey used to gauge children’s knowledge and attitude before and after the seven-week Soccer Kids program was prepared by another professor, Johnson said. She started the charity after what she describes as years of searching for a way to combine her interests in the sport of soccer and helping disadvantaged youngsters. Johnson, a 29-year-old Pittsboro native, was an award-winning soccer and

cross-country athlete at Northwood High School. She piloted Soccer Kids at Brentwood Elementary School in Raleigh last spring and expanded it to three Durham elementary schools in the fall: MerrickMoore, W.G. Pearson and Y.E. Smith. The percentages of those schools’ students receiving free or reduced meals are 83, 93 and 70, respectively. Trasi Pollino, 33, is a Merrick-Moore third-grade teacher who played NCAA Division III soccer and participated in her school’s Soccer Kids session. “It was a nice relaxing environment for the kids where they got to try something new,” Pollino said. “It was definitely fun and fulfilling for me, and I’m sure it was for the kids as well.” The life lessons — Pollino thought the nutrition

segment made the biggest impact on the 21 Merrick-Moore kids — were imparted during warm-ups and reinforced by short homework assignments that had to be handed in every week. Each child who stuck with the program for the duration, including completing all homework, was rewarded with his or her very own soccer ball. “That was a big motivator the whole time, because they wanted to take the soccer balls home the first day,” said Donna Barkley, a former rec-league teammate of Johnson’s, volunteered to coach the Y.E. Smith Soccer Kids session. Barkley, like Pollino, said that most of the children who participated in her session were new not only to soccer but to organized sports of any kind — at least outside of gym class.

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4A / Sunday, January 3, 2010 / The Sanford Herald COLD WEATHER IS HERE TO STAY


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Barbara Cotten (right) of Sanford and her friend were one of the few people walking the trails at Kiwanis Park Saturday in near-freezing temperatures. Forecasters say the coldest stretch of weather in years if not decades has hit the state. While temperatures won’t be falling to record lows, the National Weather Service says the duration of the cold weather is unusual. Highs could struggle to get above freezing for the next week.

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Nobody was home when the fire began, Seagroves said, and nobody was hurt in the fire. By 7 p.m., crews were setting up a tent and began pumping heat into it so firemen could get warm while working in temperatures that dropped into the 20s after sundown. Seagroves said a thorough investigation into the cause of the fire would begin Sunday. The multi-level home, located at 2774 North Plank Road, is owned

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The driver of the vehicle Miranda is alleged to have sideswiped,

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The front entrance to the North Plank Road home engulfed in flames. by Edward Metcalf of Conveyor Technologies in Sanford and his wife

Isaac Carter of Sanford, wasn’t injured. A woman driving the vehicle Miranda collided head-on with, Kelly Hefner of Fort Bragg and her 7-year-old daughter, were taken to Central

April. The home is one of many featured at the Web site,, on a page dedicated to architect Brian Shawcroft, an MIT and Harvard grad who was also an associate professor for the North Carolina State School of Design. According to the site, the home was regarded “as his finest work, taking three years to build,” and according to Seagroves, is worth nearly $1 million in property value. The Web site states the house was sold to the Metcalfs in 1994. The Metcalfs could not be reached for comment for this story Saturday.

Carolina Hospital with injuries police described as non-life threatening. According to the report released by Sanford Police Department, Miranda was allegedly at fault for the accident.

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increases to customers and that it would kill jobs. Proponents argued that the tax would apply mostly to “big box” stores and provide a growing revenue stream as those types of companies began to locate in Sanford. Analysis of city budget figures show the tax brought in roughly $530,000 during the two years of its existence. Further, the bulk of the tax has been paid each year by companies with the highest revenues in the city. In both 2008 and 2009, roughly 75 percent of revenues generated by the tax were paid by businesses with between $1 million and $100 million in gross revenues. In 2008, 19 businesses with revenues between $10 million and $100 million paid 43 percent of the tax, or about $105,000 total, while the rest of the businesses listed (1,543 total) contributed the rest. Those figures held steady for 2009, although overall revenue increased slightly. Specific businesses aren’t named in the city’s public finance documents because gross receipts by businesses aren’t subject to public records law. If the council approves the repeal a second time, the city will need to use $275,000 in savings, or fund balance, to offset revenue from the tax which now will not end up in city coffers. The license fee would have been due in May, which is during the current budget year. Regardless of the outcome of Tuesday’s vote, the city will still collect any delinquent license fees from May of this year. While the city’s fund balance contains more than enough cash to cover the removal of the tax’s revenues in the current fiscal year, cities in North Carolina aren’t allowed to use fund balance to pay for annual expenses. That means

SANFORD n James Joseph Moreland, 29, no address given, was charged Thursday with failure to appear. n Gregory Bennett Randolph, 28, of 3415 Edwards Road was charged Thursday with driving while impaired. n Jaime Donta Dalrymple, 18, no address given, was charged Thursday with larceny. n Evelyn Yolany Martinez, 23, no address given, was charged Thursday with larceny. n Richard Tony Revere, 20, of Fayetteville was charged Friday with disorderly conduct. n Chad Orlando Amerson, 21, of 895 Eisler Drive, Lillington was charged Friday with disorderly conduct.

n Kendaris Patrell Johns, 26, of 712 Courtland Drive was charged Friday with DWI. n Robert Sterling Wright, 25, of 1505 Winslow Drive was charged Friday with assault on a female.

CHATHAM COUNTY n Eric Murdock, 48, of 686 Adolph Taylor Road, Pittsboro was charged Monday with failure to appear and resist, delay and obstruct. He was placed in Chatham County Jail under $1,500 secured bond. n Jeremy Luetjen, 24, of 60 Sam Dixon Road, Siler City was charged Monday with failure to appear. He was released on $100 unsecured bond. n Forrest Davis, 41, of 706 Moons Chapel Road, Siler City was charged Monday with failure to appear.

A timeline of the business privilege tax n June 2007: The Sanford City Council passes the business privilege tax by a vote of 5-2, with councilmen Mike Stone and Joe Martin dissenting. The vote means $250,000 in expected revenue from the tax is included in the city’s 2007-08 budget. The tax generates about $246,000 in the first year of its existence. n November 2007: The anti-tax forces get a third vote in the 2007 municipal elections as Charles Taylor defeats former Councilman Dan Harrington, who voted in favor of the tax, for the council’s Ward 2 seat. Stone, who voted against passage of the tax in 2007, wins re-election over a pro-tax candidate. Councilman Linwood Mann, another pro-tax vote, wins re-election over anti-tax candidate Earl Barker by just a handful of votes. n April 2008: The council turns back an effort to repeal the business privilege tax by a vote of 4-3. Taylor joins Stone and Martin in opposition to the tax. n May 2008: The city’s finance department begins collection of the tax for the first time. Revenue generated by the tax in its first year is roughly $245,000. n May 2008: City Manager Hal Hegwer’s budget for fiscal year 2008-09 includes a 1-cent decrease in the city’s property tax rate. Supporters of the business privilege tax point to its passage as a leading factor in the property tax cut. The budget includes $250,000 in expected revenue from the business tax. n May 2009: The city’s finance department begins collection of the tax in its second year. Revenue for the second year is about $286,000. n November 2009: The anti-tax block wins a majority on the Sanford City Council as Sam Gaskins wins the Ward 1 seat over Councilman Steve Brewer. Martin, an early opponent of the tax, doesn’t seek re-election and is replaced by L.I. “Poly” Cohen, who also opposes the tax. n December 2009: Gaskins adds a repeal of the business privilege tax to the agenda for the council’s Dec. 15 meeting. The repeal passes with a 4-3 majority (Mann and councilmen Walter McNeil and J.D. Williams remain in support of the tax) but requires a second majority vote to be final. The council will hold the second vote at its meeting Tuesday.

What is the business privilege tax? The business privilege tax is assessed against businesses on their gross receipts. For businesses with less than $500,000 in gross receipts, which accounts for most of the businesses in the city, the tax amounts to a flat $50 fee. For manufacturing, wholesale and service businesses, the license costs 25 cents per $1,000 in annual receipts above $500,000. For these businesses, there is a cap of $2,500. For retail businesses or multi-family rental properties with eight or more units per complex, the tax is 50 cents per $1,000 in annual receipts over $500,000. There is no cap for these businesses. Many businesses are exempt from the tax, including nonprofit organizations, owners of commercial rental properties, doctors, attorneys, banks, insurance agents, private investigators, morticians, and many others who already pay license fees to the state.

the budget picture for 2010-11 will have to either factor in the cuts of roughly $250,000 (the same amount city leaders budgeted as usable revenue from the tax in fiscal years 2007-08 and 2008-09) in services or an increase in the property tax rate. “We don’t know the answer to that question

right now,” City Manager Hal Hegwer said. “That’s a determination we’ll have to make as we’re putting together next year’s budget.” The four councilmen who voted for the tax’s repeal didn’t respond to requests for comment on this story in time for publication.

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SANFORD â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Charlie â&#x20AC;&#x153;Cleoâ&#x20AC;? Buffkin, 85 of Sanford died Saturday (1/2/10) at Central Carolina Hospital. Born in Columbus County on March 17, 1924 to the late Coy Buffkin and Lula Morris Buffkin, he served in the U.S. Army and was a dedicated member of Morningside Presbyterian Church, where he served as a deacon and elder for many years. He was the only male member to receive a life-time membership at the church. He is survived by wife Ruth Mills Buffkin, son Danny Buffkin and wife Vickie, step-sons Keith Howard and wife Cathy, Robin Williams and wife Jayne, all of Sanford, daughter Cyndi Buffkin Preast and husband Jim of South Dakota, stepdaughter Barbara Williams Johnson and husband Steve of Sanford, sisters Maggie Buffkin Turberville of Tabor City and Thelma Buffkin Menkes of Greensboro, 10 grandchildren, and six great-grandchildren. Funeral will be held 2 p.m. Monday at BridgesCameron Funeral Home Chapel by Phil Thomas. Burial will follow with full military rites at Lee Memory Gardens. The family will receive friends from 12:30 to 2 p.m. Monday at Bridges-Cameron

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Waldo Miranda SANFORD â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Waldo Ivan Miranda Jr., 20, of Sanford died Friday (1/1/10) at Central Carolina Hospital. He was born in Lee County on Sept. Miranda 7, 1989 to Waldo Ivan Miranda and Inocencia DePaz. He is survived by parents Inocencia DePaz and Waldo Ivan Miranda, sister Aurora Macedo of Greenville, brother Oscar Macedo of Sanford, children Jorge Ivan Miranda and Andrea Vanessa Miranda, fiancee Claudia Cerna of Sanford, maternal grandparents Alicia Lopez DePaz and Isaias DePaz of Mexico, and paternal grandfather Jesus Miranda of Puerto Rico. Funeral will held 3 p.m. Tuesday at Primera Iglesia Bautista by the Rev. Pablo A. Juarez. Burial will follow in Jonesboro Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 7 to 10 p.m. Tuesday at Primera Iglesia Bautista.

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BROADWAY â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Kimberly Anne Hansen, 38, of Broadway died Thursday (12/31/09) after a prolonged fight with cancer. Born June 30, 1971 in Bad Kreuznach, Germany when her parents were stationed there, she lived in Texas and Georgia through her high school years. She was a graduate of N.C. State University and following her graduation lived in Raleigh, Nashville, Tenn., Richmond, Va., Charleston, S.C., and Montgomery, Ala. She was a telecommunications technician for Verizon Business in Raleigh. Dancing was a passion in her life, along with the beach and her pets. She is survived by her husband, Louis Hansen, mother Karen D. Nypaver of Houston, father David M. Nypaver and wife Laura of Houston, and sister Lara M. Ryan and husband Beau, of Houston. Funeral will be held 11 a.m. Tuesday at Miller-Boles Funeral Home, 1150 Fire Tower Road in Sanford. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Comfy for Chemo, which can be accessed by visiting Online condolences may be made at www.

VASS â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Ella Mae Blue Marion, 68, of Vass died Saturday (1/2/10). Born in 1941, she was the daughter of the late George M. and Delia Ann Jessup Blue. She was the widow of Roger H. Marion and owner and operator of Vass Beauty Shop. She was a member of Sandhills Assembly in Southern Pines. She was preceded in death by a son, George â&#x20AC;&#x153;Hiltonâ&#x20AC;? Marion, and brothers George Rosser â&#x20AC;&#x153;Budâ&#x20AC;? Blue and Archie L. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Billâ&#x20AC;? Blue, all of Vass. She is survived by son Chris and wife Tonya of Lakeview, and daughter Elise McInnis and husband Tracey of Southern Pines, sister Mary Catherine and husband Robert of Titusville, Fla., brother Mack â&#x20AC;&#x153;Skipperâ&#x20AC;? Blue and wife Brenda of Vass, and four grandchildren. Funeral will be held 11 a.m. Tuesday at Sandhills Assembly by Pastor Bryan Rainbow. Burial will follow at Johnson Grove Cemetery in Vass. Visitation will be held at Cox Memorial Funeral Home from 7 to 9 p.m. Monday. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Sandhills Assembly Building Project, 6481 U.S. 1, Southern Pines, N.C., 28387. Online condolences

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Kaleb Brigman MONCURE â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Kaleb Joshua Brigman, infant son of Micah Joel and Wanda Whitford Brigman, was born and died Tuesday (12/29/09) at UNC Hospital in Chapel Hill. In addition to his parents, he is survived by brother Cody Brigman, paternal grandparents Jimmy and Cheryl Wolfe of Moncure, maternal grandparents David and Christy Whitford of Sanford, Donna Whitford of New York, paternal great-grandparents Eileen Westbrook of Burlington, Mac Westbrook of Florida, Jack and Marie Wolfe of Moncure, and maternal greatgrandparents Tommy and Louella Wilson of Sanford, Louwanna Jones of New York. Funeral will be held 2 p.m. today by the Rev. Patrick Sinclair at

Chatham United Methodist Church. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. Visitation will be held in the church fellowship hall following the service. Online condolences may be made at www. Arrangements are by Hall-Wynne Funeral Home of Pittsboro.

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Anthony Evans MEBANE â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Anthony Evans, 54, of Mebane died Saturday (1/2/10) at home. Arrangements are incomplete by Knotts Funeral Home.

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Editorial Board: Bill Horner III, Publisher • Billy Liggett, Editor • R.V. Hight, Special Projects Editor Thumbs Up: A new decade

SUNDAY THUMBS Thumbs Down: Due diligence on biz tax With the election of two new Sanford councilmen in November, both of whom stated during the campaign that they favored repealing the tax, it’s no surprise that one of the new board’s first orders of business was a vote on the tax. It wasn’t a surprise, but it wasn’t on the board’s Dec. 15 meeting agenda, either. New councilman Sam Gaskins, in his second meeting, made the motion to abolish it nonetheless.

Despite our gripes with the tax, there are merits — it generates the bulk of its revenues from Sanford’s most profitable “big box” retailers, for example. We’re not saying the council should change its vote. But before the next one is taken, it should seek, and listen to, the city’s finance department plead its case. For a group that claims the tax was forced upon the council, the new board acted just as poorly in trying to sneak it off without telling the people of Sanford just what its defeat would mean to their wallets. The board will vote again Tuesday, needing two affirmative votes on the motion to kill the tax. Hopefully this time, the whole story will be laid before the town.

There were several “Where were you?” moments in The Aughts — the decade from 2000-2009 that ended Thursday night when the clock struck midnight. Sadly, most of them were bad. No one will ever forget where they were when they found out that hijacked planes struck the World Trade Center towers and the Pentagon. No one will ever forget the disturbing images out of one of our nation’s large metropolitan cities when New Orleans found itself under water following Hurricane Katrina’s wrath. And the decade also saw one

of history’s worst catastrophes, the tsunami that killed more than 100,000 people in Asia in 2004. The decade was bookended with terrible economic conditions as well. Sure, there were a lot of good times and great growth in technology and global interconnectedness. But all in all it is with optimism that we enter “The Teens.” Here’s hoping that the next decade is less tumultuous.

Thumbs Up: Comedians at Temple In a move that harkens back to its days as a Vaudeville theater, Temple Theatre officials announced last week that a standup comedian show is coming to town. At 8 p.m. on Saturday night, Temple Theatre will host Country Comedy Tour — a clean com-

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RE: Business strip sees a spring in activity

Don’t shop Cary, please patronize these businesses and those in Riverbirch. It is such a risk to drive down “no insurance alley” to get to where all the restaurants and retailers are. If enough people stop going to Cary to eat and shop then businesses will stay open in west Sanford. You will save money on gas and the environment will benefit from your SUV not using all that wasted gas if you don’t go to Cary. — West Side

RE: One dead in wreck

Waldo, you will be missed. my heart and prayers goes out to his family, his children and everybody who knew him and loved him. we love you waldo, rest in peace. — jes89

RE: Three arrested in murder attempt

With this bad economy, this kind of thing will continue to happen. Good work on apprehending these guys so quickly. Now it’s time for the court system to go to work. Criminals and citizens need to know that if you do the crime, you’re going to do the time. — TOUGH TIMES

RE: Economy, job cuts still our area’s biggest story

Society sets itself up for this problem. It has throughout history. What do you expect when a monetary policy is the paradigm for existence. Greed leads and rules. — Liberty First

RE: Tax office turns to Facebook, Twitter to get the word out

My employer thought this was a good idea too. But then the internet security folks realized that Facebook and Twitter were blocked so one could access the sites only via a personal computer. That’s ok though. If my booses require me to have a computer to access the sites, I needed the tax write off anyway. — Alan Farrier He wants people to be fans of the Tax Office? I doubt that effort will be very successful. Besides, the Democratic Party already has a page. Citizens should be warned, the NYT and WSJ report that government agencies are using sites like Facebook to track down tax cheats and other characters. — Tax Fan

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Today’s Prayer Prepare the way of the Lord, make His paths straight. (Luke 3:4) PRAYER: Help me, Father, to do what is good and right, so it will be pleasing to You. Amen.

edy show safe for the whole family. The featured comedians for the show are M.G. Gaskin and Matt Mitchell, AKA “Casio Kid.” Country Comedy Tour has made appearances on the Tonight Show as well as Fox, MTV, CMT and the Rick and Bubba Show. The best part for our town is that the Temple Theatre expects this show to sell out. Tickets are $15. Seating is general admission. In a time of economic uncertainty, with bad news coming out daily, we all could use a good laugh, and Sanford could sure use some visitors. Kudos to the Temple for booking this show.

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t was too cold to get out of the car, and I was supposed to be at work about 10 minutes earlier, so when I first saw the big yellow dog standing alone along Third Street in Sanford — his ribs showing through his coat and his back left leg so twisted, he not only couldn’t stand on it, he didn’t even try — I just kept going. Stopping and getting out would have required at least an hour of my day, trying to get this big dog in my car and getting a hold Billy Liggett of the vet to have that leg checked out. It was Sanford Herald Editor an hour I simply didn’t have, and like I said, it Contact Billy Liggett by e-mail at was 30 degrees. Thirty degrees. Dog walking with broken leg, looking hungry. Shoot, I thought ... my words a little more Hungry. No signs of a dog house. No signs of PG-13 that that. Ten seconds later, I turned anything for a dog on this porch. Sure, the around and went back toward the dog, who dog could have had a penthouse behind the was standing in the same place when I got house, and I’d never have known, but lookback to him. ing at his condition, I was willing to bet that But instead of being greeted by a dog wasn’t the case. looking for help, he took off the moment I got Suddenly, I realized I was trespassing on within 30 feet of him. I got back into the car. someone’s property and trying to steal their For four blocks, I watched dog. a hobbled dog run away, Defeated, I dumped the I can’t save them all. In eventually turning down dog food I was going to fact, I can’t save a frac- use to get the dog into my a residential road and running up to somebody’s tion of them. But maybe car next to the front porch front porch. I got out of steps and began to walk I can do something about away. I looked back as I the car and approached the porch, and although was approaching the car this one. the house had a car in the and saw the once vicious parking lot, nobody apdog tip toe (on three legs) peared to be home. to the food I’d left and started eating quickly. I walked up to that porch and saw the This probably won’t be the last I’ve seen dog up close. He wasn’t wearing a collar, he of this dog. I can’t give up that easily. I’ve had scratches on his face, and that back leg used this column space several times in the was not only broken, it was mangled. It was past two write about my dogs and the rules scarred, and the foot — which twisted toward (or lack of rules) in our county there to help me at an almost 90 degree angle — was black man’s best friend. ... a sharp contrast to his dirty yellow coat. Yes, I’m a softy when it comes to animals, The dog growled and barked at me, keepand I know many of my readers aren’t (and ing me at bay by about 10 feet, and his teeth some are worse than me). Some don’t see would show if I got any closer. So I got out anything wrong with dogs tied up to six-foot the cell phone, called my wife (I needed food chains for years, and others think it’s no big to lure him) and called the vet to say I’d be deal their dogs are staying outdoors this making an unexpected visit. week when temperatures aren’t expected to Then I waited. rise above 40 and are expected to go as low as The dog barked consistently for the 15 degrees. next 10 minutes, causing neighbors to start I can’t save them all. In fact, I can’t save a peeking out their windows ... I’m sure many fraction of them. But maybe I can do someof them wondering what this stranger was thing about this one. doing on their street. Finally, just as my wife I’m not out to get anybody or to get the was pulling up with food to lure the dog, a owner in trouble. Odds are, they aren’t going neighbor stuck her head out the door and to miss a big, skinny, three-legged dog who yelled to me ... roams neighborhoods and dodges traffic on “Are you waiting for someone?” the weekends. And if they do miss it, well ... “No. Does this dog live here?” It’s Sunday now, and because it’s the “Yes.” weekend, there’s not much I can do about the I was slightly taken aback. situation. But I can assure you the dog will be “Does the owner know his leg is broken?” on my mind today, and it’s very likely I’ll be “Yes, it’s been like that for years.” taking another drive today, bowl of dog food And with that, they stuck their head back in hand. in, and I stood there, dumbfounded. Anybody who wants to help me out, let me So the dog did live here. Untagged. know. You have my e-mail.

I see that one of the state’s new laws (effective Saturday) bans smoking in bars and restaurants where food is served since such smoking could be injurious to someone’s health. However, there are two bills in limbo in Raleigh which will affect someone’s life, the lives of their family and the protection of their property. These bills (H1131 and S928) have been “hanging around” since March and May. Theses bills are very similar to laws already in effect in Texas, Florida and several other states for several years. These laws, commonly called “The Castle Doctrine,” basically protect people who use lethal force to protect themselves, their family or their property from prosecution for using this force against such criminals. If you think this state, city and county doesn’t need this law — read the newspaper or watch the TV news each day. The violent crimes committed each day against law abiding and defenseless people are beyond belief. My word to those in Raleigh — get off your rear and pass this law immediately and make it effective as soon as it is signed by the governor (which also means immediately ... not a minute later). We law-abiding citizens need to send a message to criminals. That message is “call your next-of-kin before you call on me.” RUSSELL B. NOEL Lee County

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Companies With Impressive Art Collections 1. Bank of America -- 60,000 pieces 2. JP Morgan Chase -- 30,000 pieces 3. Deutsche Bank -- 60,000 pieces 4. UBS -- 40,000 pieces 5. Lehman Brothers -- 3,500 pieces 6. Bear Stearns -- 1,500 pieces

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CLASSIFIED INFORMATION Surprising Job Earnings 1. Crop-dusting airline pilots -- up to $100,000 a year 2. Top pro women cyclists -- $30,000 a year 3. Movie body doubles -- $144 for 8 hours ($300 for usual 12-hour day) 4. Career coaches -- about $160 an hour 5. Full-time waiters at top LA restaurants -- $1,000 a week-x x-Including tips

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A real fear of flying

It’s Obama’s ball now


s the new year commences, two facts emerge: George W. Bush is officially retired as the fault-guy for the nation’s ills, and Barack Obama owns the game. Whether he wants to or not. Every president deserves a year of grace to adapt to the job and adjust to its Himalayan learning curve. As Obama’s first year ends — almost with a bang, thanks to a lonely Nigerian who found love in jihad — his grace period is up. Indeed, depending on how he responds to the security breach that almost brought down a Detroit-bound flight from Amsterdam, Obama’s presidency is at risk of being rendered prematurely impotent. If Bush could be blamed for the dot-connecting inadequacies that helped enable the terrorist attacks of 9/11 eight months into his administration, then Obama can fairly be held responsible for the incompetence that allowed a disaffected jihadist to get explosive powder onto a plane. The banality of our most recent would-be attack is almost too on-thenose to exploit, but really. The son of a Nigerian banker, already a punch line to all who’ve been spammed by e-mailers alleging to be Nigerian bankers promising riches, packs his underwear with explosive material? Was this fellow computer-generated by a cartoon character? If it weren’t all so bloody horrifying, the incident would be ridiculous. Which, come to think of it, is a fair appraisal of the Obama administration’s initial performance when faced with a potentially catastrophic terrorist strike. The dots that needed connecting were all but performing the California Raisin dance. Were we ever justified in hoping for better? National security was never considered Obama’s strong suit. Back in September 2008, if I may be excused for quoting myself, I wrote: “I worry that Obama isn’t serious enough about terrorism and free markets. ... I worry about Obama’s over-intellectualizing — that he will get lost in a maze of deep thoughts and fail to be decisive when necessary.” Or lost on a golf course, as the case may be. Obama’s open-collared, vacation response from Hawaii was delivered on Katrina time — about two days too late — and fell a few links short of reassuring. Something about humans and systems failing. Yes, well, that would about cover it. Deep breath. The cool detachment that was so attractive when political opponents were trying to rile Obama is suddenly becoming annoying. Preternaturally unflappable, his demeanor in these circumstances borders on inappropriate. What does it take to get a rise out of Barack Obama? Not that we need bombast and flared nostrils. Calm in the face of potential disaster is laudable, but it’s a fine line between executive tranquility and passive nonchalance. Like a tone-deaf disk jockey, Obama plays elevator music when the crowd wants John Philip Sousa. But, action is being taken, we’re told. Investigations are under way and reports are being tabulated. Soon decisions will be forthcoming as to whether we bomb al-Qaeda outposts in Yemen or insist that airline travelers liberate their inner Britneys and go panty-free through security checkpoints. Full cavity searches can’t be far from the minds of bureaucrats looking for ways to create a faux sense of security rather than figuring out how to draw simple inferences from red flags, recently in numbers sufficient to spell out “Allahu Akbar” on a halftime football field. The brightest among many was the perpetrator’s own father’s reports, both in person (twice) and by phone to American officials, that his son had become radicalized and might be dangerous. A CIA report describing those concerns apparently never made it through the Byzantine intelligence channels until after the foiled attack on Christmas Day.

ow is the time for those of us on vacation to start talking ourselves back onto the planes we have to board to get home. Here I am in paradise — actually, the Grand Wailea in Maui, which looks like paradise to me — and around the pool and on the beaches, almost everyone is squinting into BlackBerries and iPhones trying to figure out exactly what is going wrong in the rest of the world. Actually, I was going to write a column making fun of all of us for our crackberry addictions, even on holiday, but it stopped being funny when the news we were getting was of terror in the sky. It’s the last thing you want to think about, and the first thing on everyone’s mind. I know all the reassuring things. Flying is still safer than driving (especially with me, according to my kids). The Maui airport is not exactly a hotbed of al-Qaida activity. There’s no reason — after all, this is vacation (my first in three years) — not to get to the airport early, be patient with security and be thankful that, as always after a major threat, security will be at its most stringent. It couldn’t be a safer time to fly, we tell each other over our “Breaking News Alerts” by the pool, and even if that’s not really true, it certainly sounds good, especially to the children. So how come I’m still nervous? There’s no way for many of us to live without airplanes. My daughter flies to get to school. I fly all the time for work. Vacations are actually a great thing, and getting away, seeing new places and meeting new people is part of what makes life fulfilling and exciting. Getting off airplanes is just not an option. Besides, trains and busses can be bombed even more easily, I suppose. The problem with terror threats is not so much that they force us to live differently. I’d be almost happy to live differently, if it would make a difference. No, it’s the inability to do much of anything — other than get to the airport early and be patient in line — that makes living with the threat of terror so frightening. For those of us who crave control, crave the sense that we can make things better by doing something, nothing is harder than doing nothing. Of course, awareness is important. Thank God the passengers on Flight 253 were aware and proactive. But should we all sit alert on each flight, watching for false moves by men who look Muslim? I’m sure some people are doing just that, and all I can think of is all my young male students who are dark complexioned or Muslim and are the subject of hostile stares on their way back to school. What makes it even worse, of course, is that terrorists aim for surprise. If we’re all looking for Arab men, leave it to them to use a woman or a child. If we’re focused on flights from Europe, leave it to them to find a flight from somewhere else. If we’re looking on the plane, leave it to them to hit at the ticket counter. If you really want to be vigilant, you have to consider the unexpected, not the expected, which sounds a lot like walking around in a constant state of paranoia, knowing that even paranoids have real enemies, as America does. So we must be vigilant but not vigilante, careful but not paralyzed, alert in situations where, by definition, we have almost no control. This was not what any of us wanted to be thinking about on vacation, but terrorists don’t take vacations. And because of that, Christmas holiday this year is not nearly as peaceful as I’d hoped. So it goes. In a world facing terror, you take your rest where you can find it. I’m grateful for my days in paradise. And I’m ready to sit in my seat without moving if that’s what it takes to get home safely. If only it were that easy. Happy new year. And a safe one.


Modern day lunacy S en. John Rockefeller, D-W.Va., chairman of the Senate Finance Subcommittee on Health Care, and Rep. Joe Courtney D-Conn., a member of the House Education and Labor Committee, have introduced the Pre-existing Condition Patient Protection Act, which would eliminate preexisting condition exclusions in all insurance markets. That’s an Obama administration priority. I wonder whether President Obama and his congressional supporters would go a step further and protect not just patients but everyone against pre-existing condition exclusions by insurance companies. Let’s look at the benefits of such a law. A person might save quite a bit of money on fire insurance. He could wait until his home is ablaze and then walk into Nationwide and say, “Sell me a fire insurance policy so I can have my house repaired.” The Nationwide salesman says, “That’s lunacy!” But the person replies, “Congress says you cannot deny me insurance because of a pre-existing condition.” This mandate against insurance company discrimination would not only apply to home insurance but auto insurance and life insurance as well. Instead of a wife wasting money on costly life insurance premiums, she could spend that money on jewelry, cosmetics and massages and then wait until her husband kicked the bucket to buy life insurance on him. Insurance companies don’t stay in business and prosper by being stupid. If Congress were to enact a law eliminating pre-existing condition exclusions, what might be expected? Say I’m a salesman for Nationwide and you demand that I write you an insurance policy for your house that has already gone up in flames. I send an appraiser out to your house to get an estimate how much money it would take to make you whole. Let’s say it comes to $400,000. Guess how much I’m going to charge you for the policy? If you said somewhere in the neighborhood of $400,000, you’d be pretty close to the right answer. You might say, “Williams, you’re right. Forcing fire and auto insurance companies to sell policies for a pre-existing fire or auto accident is bizarre and stupid, but it’s different with health insurance.” Yes, health insurance is different from fire and auto insurance but the insurance principle remains the same.

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Syndicated Columnist Williams is a professor of economics at George Mason University.

If Congress and the president are successful in making the Pre-existing Condition Patient Protection Act the law of the land, their treachery won’t stop there. Insurance companies will attempt to charge people with pre-existing health conditions a higher price to compensate for their higher expected cost. Those people will complain to Congress. Then Congress will enact insurance premium price controls. Insurance companies might try to restrict just what treatments they will cover under such restrictions. That means Congress will play a greater role in managing what insurance companies can and cannot do. The dilemma Congress always faces, when it messes with the economy, was aptly described in a Negro spiritual play by Marcus Cook Connelly titled “Green Pastures.” In it, God laments to the angel Gabriel, “Every time Ah passes a miracle, Ah has to pass fo’ or five mo’ to ketch up wid it,” adding, “Even bein God ain’t no bed of roses.” When Congress creates a miracle for one American, it creates a non-miracle for another. After that, Congress has to create a compensatory miracle. Many years ago, I used to testify before Congress, something I refuse to do now. At several of the hearings, I urged Congress to get out of the miracle business and leave miracle making up to God. For a president and congressman to shamelessly propose something like the Pre-existing Condition Patient Protection Act demonstrates just how far we’ve gone down the road to perdition. The most tragic thing is that most Americans have no idea that such an act violates every principle of insurance and it’s something that not even yesteryear’s lunatics would have thought up.



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Board of Commissioners E-mail — (for all commissioners) n Chairman Richard Hayes (at-large): 774-7658 e-mail: n Vice-Chairman Larry ‘Doc’ Oldham (at-large): 7766615; e-mail: n At-Large Commissioner Ed Paschal: 776-3257 n District 1 Commissioner Robert Reives: 774-4434 n District 2 Commissioner Amy Dalrymple: 2586695 n District 3 Commissioner Linda Shook: 775-5557 E-mail: n District 4 Commissioner Jamie Kelly: 718-6513 E-mai L:

Sanford n Mayor Cornelia Olive: Phone (919) 718-0571; Email — n City Manager Hal Hegwer: 775-8202; E-mail — City Council n Ward 1 Councilman Sam Gaskins: 776-9916 n Ward 2 Councilman Charles Taylor: 775-1824; Email — n Ward 3 Councilman James Williams: 258-3458; E-mail — n Ward 4 Councilman Walter Mc Neil Jr.: 776-4894; E-mail —none provided n Ward 5 Councilman Linwood Mann Sr.: 775-2038; E-mail — none provided n At-Large Councilman : L.I. “Poly” Cohen: 7757951; E-mail — n At-Large Councilman Mike Stone: 76-2412; E-mail —

Broadway Town Commissioners n Commissioner Woody Beale: 258-6461 E-mail — n Commissioner Thomas Beal: 258-3039 E-mail — n Commissioner Jim Davis: 258-9404 E-mail — n Commissioner Lynne West Green: 258-9904 Email — n Commissioner Clem Welch: 258-3163 E-mail —

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State Legislators n State Sen. Bob Atwater (18th District): 715-3036 E-mail: n State Rep. Jimmy Love Sr. (51st District): 7757119; E-mail:

Federal Legislators n Sen. Richard Burr: (202) 224-3154 n Sen. Kay Hagan: (202) 224-6342 n Rep. Bob Etheridge: (202) 225-4531


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Retirement turns into 2 new jobs

WILMINGTON (AP) — Ask Richard White why he wanted to be mayor of Boiling Spring Lakes, and there isn’t a moment’s hesitation. Running for the often-thankless office was simply the right thing to do, White said. “Several of us were talking, and we just weren’t happy with the monies being spent,” he said. “I never wanted to undertake this. I was always hoping somebody else could do it, but it came down to the week of filing, and I just said I’d do it.” It hadn’t been two years since White, 57, retired as chief of the Boiling Spring Lakes Police Department after 10 years there. He is thoroughly enjoying his new job as an investigator with the 5th District Public Defender’s Office. But when White saw he could benefit citizens in his adopted hometown, he and supporters mounted a grass-roots campaign

that unseated incumbent Mayor Marty Kesmodel. White wants to address what he considers “the big government problem.” “Government’s gotten away from the people. I believe that a government should only provide individuals what you cannot provide for yourself.” Translated to the level of Brunswick County’s third-most populous city, with about 4,200 residents, White wants to keep property taxes down, shepherd the construction of a spillway on the town’s big lake and resolve the ongoing negotiations with the federal government over red-cockaded woodpecker habitat and future development. “I want to be very frugal with the tax (rate), and I want to make sure we don’t collect more than is needed,” he said. But he won’t become a career politician. “I just look for one term and will try to make a difference, and after two years I will not do it

again,” he said. The Boone native had a long career in law enforcement, starting with Air Force duty in the military police. He studied criminal justice after leaving the military and served in police departments in the western section of the state, including as chief in Banner Elk. White regularly hunted in Pender County and heard from a local lawyer about an opening in the Burgaw Police Department. He served as a captain in the department for five years. From there, White became police chief in Boiling Spring Lakes. His 10 years on the job were not without gut-wrenching adversity. White said the murder of city police Officer Mitch Prince in 2005 by Darrell Maness “was the worst day I ever had in my law enforcement career.” Boiling Spring Lakes City Manager David Lewis said White went above and beyond the call of

duty during the troubling period. “He pulled the department through some very difficult times you hate to wish on anyone,” Lewis said. “I know it was strenuous on him, and he took it personally. He felt an obligation to the family that he do everything he could for them.” When White retired from the Boiling Spring Lakes police force at age 55, he was prepared to spend more time with his family and enjoy favorite leisure-time pursuits like motorcycle riding, hunting and fishing. Or so he thought. “After about a month, I said to myself, ’I can’t stand this. All my friends are working,’?” White said. He heard about an open investigator position in the 5th Judicial District that encompasses New Hanover and Pender counties, and spoke with Chief Public Defender Jennifer Harjo and District Attorney Ben David. He got the job.


Mom, teen saved when car plunges into river

ASHEVILLE (AP) — Amanda Burnett has had a recent streak of bad luck behind the wheel. Hours after she picked up her 1999 Buick Century from the mechanic, crews were fishing it out of the French Broad River. Burnett said she swerved to avoid an on-

coming car, causing her to lose control and send her car into the river with her and her 13-year-old son inside. About five people who saw the wreck stopped to help. The Good Samaritans were able to free Burnett and her son, Adam Wolfe, as icy water started to fill the car.

“Just about everybody got out to try to help,” Burnett said, adding that she wasn’t able to get any of her rescuers’ names. “I would like to thank them all from the bottom of my heart. I wish I did catch their names.” Burnett said she was driving south on Brevard Road to her Arden home

about 5 p.m. Thursday when an oncoming car crossed the centerline. Burnett said she swerved to avoid the car, hit some gravel going into a curve and lost control of her car. The car crossed both lanes of traffic, struck a tree and traveled down an embankment into the French Broad River near Sandy Bottoms. “I didn’t expect to lose control,” she said. “It was very scary.” Burnett suffered a cut to her left wrist, and her son suffered a scrape on his head and a bruise on his chest from the seatbelt. The car Burnett swerved to avoid did not stop. Burnett said it looked like a silver Subaru. Crews used a wrecker to pull Burnett’s car out of the river. The car was just repaired following a wreck Burnett had on Christmas when she hit a patch of black ice and spun the car out. She doesn’t have another car, but said she would rely on family to help get her around until she either gets her Buick fixed or gets another car. “I just got the car back three hours ago,” Burnett said, as she watched crews use a wrecker to pull her car from the river. “But such is life. At least we’re OK.”

College president wants to change Charlotte too CHARLOTTE (AP) — The president at Johnson C. Smith University has picked up a new nickname — “Microwave.” Ron Carter’s assistant came up with the new moniker for his boss, because the man who has been at the helm of the university for a year is intense and wants to accomplish things quickly. Carter, 61, wants to transform the 142-year-old historically black college by raising academic standards. But he also wants the school to become a vibrant urban university that reaches out to the surrounding Charlotte neighborhoods. “Every city, I would hope, has a soul,” Carter told The Charlotte Observer. “That’s the mission of every urban university — every urban college — to help a city see, feel and articulate that soul. If we don’t do that, we’re nothing more than an ivory tower that will dry rot.” Carter has already started a leadership program and is developing a performing arts curriculum with local arts leaders. Universities will become more important to cities in the future because of the changing nature of society, said Michael Smith, president of Charlotte Center City partners. “There is going to be a battle for talent in the future. There’s a belief that companies are going to follow the talent, and the cities that retain the best talent are going to have the best jobs,” he said. One of Carter’s first moves when he took the job about a year ago was to push for stricter admission standards at Johnson C. Smith. The new standards may initially cut into the school’s enrollment of about 1,400 students, but Carter said more “highly motivated, highly talented” students are better equipped to become leaders.

Poker player killed after men barge in home ROCKY MOUNT (AP) — Authorities say a North Carolina man playing poker was killed by someone who forced his way into a home after knocking on the door. Investigators told WRALTV that 35-year-old Vernon Foster was fatally shot by two men who barged in after he opened the door at the house in Rocky Mount around 11 p.m. Friday. Police say Foster’s pokerplaying partner, 22-year-old Brian Edwards ran to a home across the street. The gunmen followed, shooting Edwards and a 61-year-old man in the other home. They remain hospitalized. Police have made no

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arrests and are trying to determine a motive for the shooting.

Woman killed while standing on coastal highway JACKSONVILLE (AP) — Authorities are trying to figure out why a woman was killed standing on one of the main highways along North Carolina’s coast. Troopers told The Daily News of Jacksonville that Caroline Cromer was found dead around 10 p.m. Thursday on U.S. 17 in Holly Ridge. Her mother says she was visiting friends in the area. Authorities say several motorists called police to say they saw a woman standing in the northbound lanes of the four-lane highway before Cromer’s body was found. Troopers have ruled the incident a hit-and-run and are trying to find the vehicle that struck the woman and figure out why she was standing in the road on New Year’s Eve. Investigators are waiting for toxicology reports from Cromer’s autopsy.

Homicides in Raleigh drop by more than half RALEIGH (AP) — North Carolina’s second largest city has seen its number of homicides cut in half last year, and Raleigh’s police chief credits more aggressive law enforcement and the department’s community outreach. The News & Observer of Raleigh reports that Raleigh had 15 homicides in 2009 — a huge drop from the 32 homicides reported in 2008. Police Chief Harry Dolan says the federal prosecution of dozens of youth for gang crimes and drug offenses in the last two years has cleaned up city streets. He touts a nearly 50 percent drop in gang crime in the past year in southeast Raleigh. Dolan also credits a youth mentoring program with Raleigh’s parks and recreation department.

Early morning apartment fire kills 1, injures 4 WILMINGTON (AP) — One person has died and four others were injured in an early morning fire at a North Carolina apartment complex. Multiple media outlets report the fire began around 3 a.m. Saturday at the Cypress Pointe Apartment Homes, which are near the University of North Carolina Wilmington. The fire destroyed four apartments and damaged all 16 units in the building. It took firefighters 30 minutes to get the blaze under control. More than a dozen people spilled into the parking lot, most in pajamas in the freezing cold. The name of the victim has not been released. Authorities did not release the conditions of the four people taken to the hospital.

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NATION BRIEFS GOP leader says US will overcome war, recession

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell says the United States will overcome war, recession and double-digit unemployment. Challenges will be met, better days are ahead and the nation’s leaders will unite for the common good despite sometimes sharp political disagreements, which are the hallmark of a vibrant democracy, McConnell said in the GOP’s weekly radio and Internet address Saturday. “The new year always brings with it renewed hope and a spirit of optimism — qualities that have exemplified our nation and its people from the very start,” said McConnell, R-Ky. He drew a historical parallel, citing the colonial army of 230 years ago winning a great military victory amid the exhaustion of a war in which the colonists were facing impossible odds against the British. “Powerful forces may be aligned against us ... but when the challenges are greatest, Americans always join ranks,” the senator said. Democrats and Republicans have been sharply at odds over numerous issues in the last year, from economic stimulus to energy legislation to overhauling the health care system.

Veteran editor, ex-Post ombudsman Howell dies

WASHINGTON (AP) — Former Washington Post ombudsman Deborah Howell, a veteran editor who helped lead two news organizations to three Pulitzer Prizes, has died. She was 68. Howell suffered fatal injuries when she was struck by a car while vacationing in New Zealand, stepson Nick Coleman said Friday, speaking by phone from Minnesota. Steve Newhouse, chairman of, worked closely with Howell during her tenure as Washington bureau chief and editor of Newhouse News Service. He described her as a remarkably skilled editor. “I don’t think I’ve ever met anyone with as much passion for news and as much creativity and as much of a feeling for what it takes to be a great editor,” Newhouse said. Raised in Texas, Howell worked for newspapers there before moving to Minnesota to work as a reporter and editor for the Minneapolis Star. She later was top editor at the St. Paul Pioneer Press, leading it to two Pulitzers. Her staff at Newhouse News Service also won a Pulitzer while she was there. She joined The Post in 2005 as ombudsman, a job in which she advocated for the interests of readers, and held the position until 2008.

Pioneering plaintiff wants DC’s 1st gay marriage

WASHINGTON (AP) — Craig Dean’s first wedding was attended by thousands, and as he recited his vows, gay couples behind him on Constitution Avenue echoed their own. It was 1993, and Dean and boyfriend Patrick Gill headlined what was billed as the largest gay marriage ceremony at the time. Dean, 29, and Gill, 26, were celebrities after suing the city of Washington for denying them a marriage license. They’d been on CNN, were profiled in The Washington Post and sat on Oprah’s couch. And though they lost their landmark case, the city last month finally did what it had refused to do back then: Legalize gay marriage. Dean, who now lives in South Carolina and runs a

talent agency for gay and lesbian speakers, said he cried when he read the news. “They owe me a marriage license,” he said. The law still has to survive a review by Congress, which has final say over the district’s laws. Lawmakers appear unlikely to intervene though, so gay couples could be marrying in Washington — legally this time — by March. It would be the sixth place in the country where gay marriages are allowed. And Dean, who carries bittersweet memories of his and Gill’s pioneering effort, wants the first spot in line.

Mourners honor firefighter killed in Wis. blast ST. ANNA, Wis. (AP) — Firefighters and other mourners have gathered to remember a volunteer firefighter killed when a trash bin outside a Wisconsin foundry exploded. Thirty-three-year-old Steven Koeser died Tuesday after firefighters sprayed water on a trash bin fire, which caused a reaction that led to the explosion at Bremer Manufacturing Co. in Calumet County. Eight other firefighters were injured. Investigators say it could take several weeks to determine the exact cause of the blast. Firefighters from several different departments arrived at Koeser’s funeral on Saturday in fire trucks, minibuses and vans. David Harris of Milwaukee’s fire department says firefighters are brothers first and when one falls, they all lose a little bit of themselves.

Survivor of 1906 SF quake dies at age 107 SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Jeanette Scola Trapani, one of the oldest survivors of the 1906 San Francisco earthquake and fire, has died at age 107. Dolores Legge told the San Francisco Chronicle that her mother had been suffering from pneumonia and passed away at her home in El Dorado Hills on Monday. Trapani had clear memories of the disaster, even though she was only four years old at the time, Legge said. “She vividly remembered the terrible smell of the smoke from the burning city and how she and her family had to live in a tent in the Presidio,” Legge said. The April 18 cataclysmic quake was followed by days of fire that left much of San Francisco in ruin. Trapani was born on San Francisco’s Telegraph Hill on April 21, 1902 and she was raised in the city. She married Vincent Trapani in 1929, and they remained married until his death in 1996. A funeral Mass will be celebrated Monday at St. Vincent de Paul Church. “My mother was married in that church,” Legge said. “We wanted to bring her back to San Francisco.”

Obama cites apparent al-Qaida link HONOLULU (AP) — An al-Qaida affiliate in Yemen apparently ordered the Christmas Day plot against a U.S. airliner, training and arming the 23-year-old Nigerian man accused in the failed bombing, President Barack Obama said Saturday. “This is not the first time this group has targeted us,” Obama said, reporting on some of the findings of an administration review into how intelligence agencies failed to prevent Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab from boarding Detroit-bound Northwest Flight 253. In his most direct public language to date, Obama described the path through Yemen of Abdulmutallab. He also emphasized that the United States would continue its partnerships with friendly countries — citing Yemen, in particular — to fight terrorists and extremist groups. The U.S. plans to more than double its counterterrorism aid to the impoverished, fragmented Arab nation in the coming year to support Yemen’s campaign against al-Qaida. Obama’s homeland security team has been piecing together just how Abdulmutallab was able to get on the plane. Officials have described flaws in the system and by those executing the strategy and have delivered a preliminary assessment. A top counterterrorism official said Saturday that al-Qaida and others extremists are working to test U.S. defenses and launch an attack on American soil. The failed attempt against the plane “is the starkest of reminders of the insidious terrorist threats we face,” said Michael Leiter, director of the National Counterterrorism Center. “We know with absolute certainty that al-Qaida and those who support its ideology continue to refine their methods to test our defenses and pursue an attack on the homeland,” he said. The center, part of the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, draws experts from the CIA, FBI, Pentagon and other agencies who try to ensure that clues about potential attacks are not missed. A senior administration official had said the United States increasingly was confident of a link between Abdulmutallab and an al-Qaida affiliate, but Obama’s statement was the strongest connection between the two. The official said regular updates from the White House Situation Room and from his

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President Barack Obama has shave ice with his daughter Malia Obama, 11, second from right, and other family friends at Island Snow in Kailua, Hawaii Friday. homeland security advisers gave Obama enough confidence to use this radio address — typically, focused on domestic priorities — to communicate a stark message about Abdulmutallab. “We know that he traveled to Yemen, a country grappling with crushing poverty and deadly insurgencies. It appears that he joined an affiliate of al-Qaida, and that this group — alQaida in the Arabian Peninsula — trained him, equipped him with those explosives and directed him to attack that plane headed for America,” the president said in his weekly radio and Internet address. It was released by the White House during Obama’s vacation in Hawaii. Officials have said Abdulmutallab’s father warned the U.S. Embassy in Nigeria that his son had drifted into extremism in the al-Qaida hotbed of Yemen. Abdulmutallab’s threat was only partially digested by the U.S. se-

curity apparatus and not linked with a visa history showing the young man could fly to the United States. Obama has ordered a thorough look at the shortcomings that permitted the plot, which failed not because of U.S. actions but because the would-be attacker was unable to ignite an explosive device. He has summoned homeland security officials to meet with him in the White House Situation Room on Tuesday. Intelligence officials prepared for what was shaping up to be uncomfortable hearings before Congress about miscommunication among anti-terror agencies and sweeping changes expected under Obama’s watch. Obama noted that in recent years, the al-Qaida affiliate in Yemen has bombed government facilities there as well as Western hotels, restaurants and embassies. An attack on the U.S. Em-

WASHINGTON (AP) — A top counterterrorism official is warning that al-Qaida and others extremists are working to test U.S. defenses and launch an attack on American soil. National Counterterrorism Center Director Michael Leiter says the failed Christmas Day attempt to bring down a U.S. airliner is the starkest reminder of that threat. Leiter said in a statement Saturday that officials “know with absolute certainty” that al-Qaida and others are trying to refine their methods. The center is part of the Office of the Director of National Intelligence. It draws experts from the CIA, FBI, Pentagon and other agencies who try to ensure that clues about potential attacks are not missed.

bassy in 2008 killed one American. “So, as president, I’ve made it a priority to strengthen our partnership with the Yemeni government — training and equipping their security forces, sharing intelligence and working with them to strike al-Qaida terrorists,” he said. The United States provided Yemen $67 million in training and support under the Pentagon’s counterterrorism program last year. Only Pakistan got more, with some $112 million.


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Fire kills parents, 2 siblings in Ohio mobile home

More budget pain, cuts ahead for Calif. in 2010

GREENWICH, Ohio (AP) — Two young children and their parents died in a fire in an Ohio mobile home Saturday, and a third sibling is being treated for injuries at a hospital. Ohio fire marshal’s spokesman Shane Cartmill said firefighters were called to the trailer at 6:30 a.m. in Greenwich, about 75 miles southwest of Cleveland. John and Lisa Schunatz and their children, 6-year-old Jeffery and 4-year-old Valerie, were killed in the fire. Daniel Schunatz, 5, was taken to a hospital in Akron, but his condition was not known. Raymond Reed, manager of the mobile home park, said the Schunatz family had lived there for about five years. Reed was somber as he watched firefighters clear debris from what was left of the mobile home. “I’m at a loss for words,” he said. “It’s just a horrific thing.” The cause of the blaze is not known.

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — During last summer’s fiscal crisis, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger borrowed the title of a film classic to describe California’s budget, saying it contained “the good, the bad and the ugly.” He was referring to welfare reforms and the streamlining of state boards that he was able to broker, along with deep spending cuts for schools, health care programs for the poor and AIDS-prevention efforts. All that’s left in 2010 is the ugly. The nation’s most populous state faces a nearly $21 billion shortfall over the next 18 months, a deficit that comes after years of making deep cuts in core state programs. Enrollment in California classrooms could swell, public colleges may further limit enrollment and raise student fees, state workers could face another year of furloughs, and the poor may stop receiving welfare unless Schwarzenegger and lawmakers agree to raise revenue. “It will be an absolutely hard and difficult year,” said Assemblyman Ted Lieu, D-Torrence, who is exploring a run for attorney general. While Democrats are expected to make a play for tax hikes, Republicans can be counted on to push back. Both fear voter revolt in an election year, creating the likelihood of political stalemate.

California pastor calls donations ‘history-making’

LAKE FOREST, Calif. (AP) — Evangelical pastor Rick Warren calls the response to his appeal for donations to his Orange County megachurch “history-making.” In a New Year’s posting on the Saddleback Church Web site Friday, Warren said parishioners called in and dropped off contributions in droves. Warren didn’t specify how much money was raised. He said he’ll talk about the response in a Sunday sermon called “The Miracle.” On Wednesday Warren asked parisioners to help fill a $900,000 deficit by the first of the year. Warren is the author of numerous books, including the best-selling “The Purpose Driven Life.” He founded Saddleback Church in 1980 in Lake Forest, about 65 miles southeast of Los Angeles.

Colorado nurse rests after harrowing ordeal

BRIGHTON, Colo. (AP) — A nurse who was allegedly kidnapped by her ex-fiancee and escaped three days later at a Wyoming hotel was home safe with family Saturday, but she remained traumatized by the ordeal and has not yet spoken with family about it, her mother said. Julie Ann Kilgore, 48, was taken from her Colorado home Tuesday, and she escaped her suspected kidnapper and former fiance, 50-year-old Dennis Gene Cox, Friday in Laramie, Wyo., authorities said. Cox, who reportedly fled Laramie, was killed hours later in a shootout with police in downtown Fort Collins, Colo. Kilgore’s mother said the emotional damage to Kilgore remains deep. “She’s OK physically,” Colleen Kilgore, a psychotherapist, told The Associated Press Saturday morning, a day after her daughter reportedly escaped Cox. “But she’s been very, very traumatized to the point where we haven’t been able to talk about it yet.” According to authorities, the nurse was at her Brighton home watching a 7year-old niece Tuesday when she abruptly left with her ex-fiancee. Family members became suspicious because Kilgore left the girl unattended. And when Kilgore didn’t immediately return, relatives called police, who then secured a warrant for Cox’s arrest on kidnapping charges.

LANCASTER, Calif. (AP) — The asylum seeker from Somalia hung his head as an immigration judge grilled him about his treacherous journey from the Horn of Africa. By air, sea and land he finally made it to Mexico, and then a taxi delivered him into the arms of U.S. border agents at San Diego. Islamic militants had killed his brother, Mohamed Ahmed Kheire testified, and majority clan members had beaten his sister. He had to flee Mogadishu to live. The voice of the judge, beamed by videoconference from Seattle, crackled loudly over a speaker in the mostly empty courtroom near the detention yard in the desert north of Los Angeles. He wanted to know why Kheire had no family testimony to corroborate his asylum claim. Kheire, 31, said he didn’t have e-mail in detention, and didn’t think to ask while writing to family on his perilous trek. It seemed like the end of Kheire’s dream as he waited for the judge’s ruling. He clasped his hands, his plastic jail bracelet dangling from his wrist, and looked up at the ceiling, murmuring words of prayer. Kheire is one of

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Somali asylum-seeker Mohamed Kheire, right, consults with Esperanza Immigrant Rights Project detention attorney, James Lyall, at the Los Angeles Catholic Charities. hundreds of desperate Somalis in the last two years to have staked everything on a wild asylum gamble by following immigration routes to the United States traditionally traveled by Latinos. With the suspension of a U.S. refugee program and stepped-up security in the Gulf of Aden and along Mediterranean smuggling routes, more overseas migrants from Somalia are pursuing asylum through what one expert calls the “back door.” “The U.S. has closed most of the doors for Somalis to come in through the refugee program so they’ve found alternative ways to get in,” said Mark Hetfield, senior vice president for policy and

programs at the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society. “This is their new route.” About 1,500 people from around the world showed up in U.S. airports and on the borders seeking asylum during the 2009 fiscal year, according to statistics from U.S. Customs and Border Protection. Somalis were the biggest group to make the journey, with most arriving in San Diego. More than 240 Somalis arrived during that period — more than twice the number from the year before. Like Kheire, they have been shuttled to immigration detention centers in California while legal advocates have scurried to find lawyers and transla-

tors to help them navigate the country’s immigration courts. Many end up defending themselves. Those who lose may remain temporarily. Somalis may be deported, but immigrant advocates say authorities often do not send them back immediately because of difficulties making the trip. For many, it has become increasingly dangerous to stay in Somalia. The African nation has not had a functional government since 1991 when warlords overthrew longtime dictator Mohamed Siad Barre and then turned on each other, plunging the country into chaos. Somali refugees say they are fleeing repression by armed militias defending majority clans and the Islamic militant group al-Shabab, which has been labeled a terrorist organization by the United States. “There are stories about houses being blown up by rocket launchers that you don’t hear coming out of other countries as a normal occurrence,” said James Duff Lyall, an attorney for the Esperanza Immigrant Rights Project, who has represented several Somali asylum seekers in Lancaster. “The consistently horrific stories are striking.”

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Mountain music without the mountain

RALEIGH (AP) — Over the past three decades, Wayne Martin has made a lot of recordings in his capacity as a folklorist. And at first listen, his latest batch seems typical enough. It’s a two-disc collection of old-time string-band tunes, lively and loose, mostly played on fiddle and banjo. The music sounds like something you’d hear in a mountain hollow, especially A.C. Overton’s rolling banjo on “House Carpenter,” which conjures an image of someone holding forth from a rocking chair on the porch of a cabin in deepest Appalachia. Except that this music didn’t come from North Carolina’s mountain country. Overton didn’t live in Deep Gap; he lived near Garner. Turns out there’s a lot of indigenous old-time music right here in the Triangle, which is why Martin’s project bears the title “Going Down To Raleigh: Stringband Music in the North Carolina Piedmont 1976-1998.” The traditional-music nonprofit group PineCone has released the collection as part of its 25th anniversary observance. “Yeah, I thought that was true, too, that you had to go to the mountains to find this music,” says Martin, who is senior program director of folklife

at the N.C. Arts Council. “But what I found was that there’s an amazing amount of it right around Raleigh, Durham and Chapel Hill, and it’s all pretty much under the radar. I felt like I’d discovered something important, part of the foundation of who we are in this area culturally.” “Going Down To Raleigh” is a snapshot of a time when life in the Triangle moved at a slower pace. As recently as the early 1990s, you would still see commercials for seeds and farm supplies on local television. “The musicians I met were all raised in a rural environment, as farmers,” Martin says. “They were very self-reliant, could fix about anything. They did music the same way.” Martin first heard old-time string-band music in 1970, when some Broughton High School classmates played during intermission at a screening of “Citizen Kane.” As a pre-med major at Duke University, Martin was more interested in fiddling than studying. He dropped out after two years. Martin wound up at UNC-Chapel Hill, where he received a history degree in 1979; he went to work for the state Arts Council. By then, he had met a number of area musicians, including hammered dulcimer player

Virgil Craven and fiddler Lauchlin Shaw. Barry Poss, who would form the hugely successful bluegrass label Sugar Hill Records, was recording these musicians for documentary purposes. Recording at Craven’s house was Poss’ first record-producing experience. “It was August, about a thousand degrees, and Virgil and his wife had a wood stove going inside,” Poss says. “I’ve never sweated so profusely in my life. “But it was great. We were a bunch of kids who didn’t know anything about anything, but we were having a lot of fun. At first, this seemed simple you went looking for this stuff in the mountains. But close to home was interesting as well.” Martin began going along on Poss’ recording trips to assist. Soon enough, Martin was making recordings on his own. Back then, wrestling a heavy recording unit into somebody’s living room was a major ordeal. Martin came at it with missionary zeal. “Most people were very welcoming,” Martin says. “I wonder sometimes if they thought I was a little obsessed. I probably was. But I felt like it was important enough to document, and to get to a place where we could punch through this layer of the marketing

of Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill to find out where the roots are. “And maybe even more so than in the mountains, the music around here is a coming together of African-American and European traditions. Putting it all together, and learning how these rural communities were tied to Raleigh or Durham, was fascinating.” In those predigital days, one of the biggest hurdles was getting tape, which was expensive. Martin rarely recorded conversation, because he couldn’t spare the tape and needed it all for the music. But the stories the players told, about family and community traditions going back many generations, helped tie the experience together for Martin. While most of the players on “Going Down To Raleigh” have died or are no longer musically active, a strain of the music lives on through younger generations. The most notable example is the Carolina Chocolate Drops, a local string band of African-Americans who are recording an album for Nonesuch Records with producer Joe Henry. The Carolina Chocolate Drops have studied and recorded with Mebane fiddler Joe Thompson, who appears on a halfdozen “Going Down To Raleigh” tracks.

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southeast of Atlanta. The 28-year-old Stewart is charged with murder and was being held without bond in the Henry County jail Saturday. His first court appearance is scheduled for Jan. Redd 12. Police didn’t know whether Stewart has a lawyer. Stewart has worked with Young Jeezy, Snoop Dogg and other major artists.

Shania Twain carries Olympic torch

TIMMINS, Ontario (AP) — Shania Twain carried the Olympic torch the final 400 yards into Hollinger Park, cheered on by thousands of parka-clad fans who turned out in arctic conditions to see the hometown hero in person Friday night. After making her final turn toward the stage, Twain paused, held the torch aloft in her mittened left hand, and waved to the crowd. The country star then bounded Twain the final few yards onto the stage, where she lit the Olympic cauldron. “I feel proud, very proud,” Twain said. “It’s a highlight of my life to be able to carry the flame, to light the cauldron.” At 16 degrees below zero and windy, it was so cold that when a dozen red beach balls were tossed into the crowd, the balls came apart within seconds. “I know that sounds crazy, but it wouldn’t be Timmins if it wasn’t 40 below with the wind chill factor!” Twain said.

Kathy Griffin makes another vulgar quip on CNN NEW YORK (AP) — For the second straight year, comedian Kathy Griffin ushered in the new year by saying something vulgar on CNN. During the network’s live New Year’s Eve broadcast from Times Square, Griffin was joking with co-host Anderson Cooper about how to pronounce the first name of “balloon boy” Falcon Heene when she mumbled something that sounded like the F-word. Cooper shook his head and said “You’re terrible.” The network says in a statement that it regrets that profanity was used on the show. Griffin says in a statement that people should just add her to the list of “serious reporters” who had trouble pronouncing the name “Falcon.” ** Planet 51: PG (10:20), 12:20, 5:25 ** Planet 51: PG (10:20), 12:20, 5:25 **= No Pases *Not Showing on Friday 12/25/09

Showtimes for Showtimes Dec. 25thfor-August Jan.21-27 7th ** Sherlock Holmes: PG-13 9:30*, 11:55, 2:30, 5:05, 7:45, 10:20 ** It’s Complicated: R 9:35*, 12:15, 2:45, 5:15, 8:00, 10:00 ** Alvin and the Chipmunks II: PG 10:30*, 12:30, 2:30, 5:30, 7:30, 9:30 ** Alvin and the Chipmunks II: PG 11:00*, 1:00, 3:00, 5:00, 7:00, 9:00 ** Avatar: PG-13 11:30*, 3:00, 6:30, 10:00

** Avatar: PG-13 3D 9:45*, 12:45, 4:00, 7:15, 10:30 ** Did you hear about the Morgans: PG-13 10:30, 12:45*, 3:15, 5:15, 7:30, 9:40 ** Precious: R 12:50, 5:45 New Moon: PG13 10:10*, 3:20, 8:00, 10:25 ** The Princess and the Frog: G 10:35*, 12:35, 3:05, 5:05, 7:10, 9:15 The Blind Side: PG13 10:05*, 12:20, 2:40, 5:05, 7:45, 10:20




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Elizabeth City 35/21

Raleigh 35/18 Greenville Cape Hatteras 36/20 35/29 Sanford 35/18

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Answer: They are strong, low pressure systems that form over the eastern United States.

U.S. EXTREMES High: 82° in Boca Raton, Fla. Low: -26° in Williston, N.D.

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Britain, US to fund anti-terror unit

LONDON (AP) — The British government said Sunday that Prime Minister Gordon Brown and President Barack Obama had agreed to fund a counterterrorism police unit in Yemen to tackle the rising terrorist threat from the country. Brown’s Downing Street Office said the U.K. and the U.S. had also agreed to increase support for Yemen’s coast guard operation. Pirates operating in the waters between Somalia


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and Yemen have seized four ships in the last week. Downing Street said Brown and Obama will push the U.N. Security Council to create a larger peacekeeping force for Somalia. The British government unveiled its plans in the wake of the thwarted Christmas Day bombing of a passenger plane bound for Detroit. Brown called last week for a high-level international meet-

ing later this month to devise ways to counter radicalization in Yemen. He said an international approach is needed to combat the increasing influence of al-Qaida in Yemen. The terrorist group has claimed responsibility for the failed attack. Downing Street said the government of Yemen had been consulted over the decision to boost the country’s coast guard and police operations.

Parliament rejects Karzai’s Cabinet list KABUL (AP) — A chastened President Hamid Karzai must submit new Cabinet picks after defiant lawmakers rejected 17 of his 24 nominees Saturday, including a powerful warlord and the country’s only woman minister. The Afghan parliament rejected nominees viewed as Karzai’s political cronies, those believed to be under the influence of warlords and others deemed unqualified. “I think, unfortunately, that the criteria were either ethnicity or bribery or money,” lawmaker Fawzia Kufi said of Karzai’s picks. The vote was a setback to Karzai, though one political analyst in Kabul speculated that it could free up the president to appoint qualified professionals rather than settle political debts. “There were lots of demands on Karzai from people asking for Cabinet positions because they campaigned for him,” Mohammad Qasim Akhgar said. “This was the only way he could reward them and if parliament didn’t approve them, it wasn’t his fault. Very soon, Karzai will come out with a new list with the names of people he really wants to have in his Cabinet.” The new Cabinet is a bellwether for the U.S. and other nations hoping a stronger government will keep disenchanted Afghans from siding with the Taliban after Karzai won a second five-year term last year in a disputed election rife with ballot-box stuffing. The lawmakers ap-

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An Afghan parliament member votes for the new cabinet in Kabul, Afghanistan, Saturday. proved a handful of incumbent ministers favored by the West and instrumental to the war effort. Karzai has defended his choices, which he announced late last month after several delays. He said his proposed Cabinet represented a balance of the nation’s ethnic factions. But parliamentarians weren’t happy. They complained the list looked too much like the existing Cabinet and spelled another five years of business as usual for the Karzai government, which has been criticized as being corrupt and ineffective. Of the 12 incumbent ministers Karzai sought to retain, the parliament approved only five: Defense Minister Gen. Abdul Rahim Wardak; Interior Minister Hanif Atmar; Finance Minister Omar Zakhilwal; Agriculture Minister Muhammad Asif Rahimi; and Education Minister Ghulam Farooq Wardak. Karzai had wanted to keep Water and Power

Minister Ismail Khan, a warlord in Herat province during the civil war of the 1990s who retains considerable local power. Critics said keeping Khan proved Karzai remained beholden to regional power brokers at the expense of the country’s national interests. Khan’s nomination was narrowly defeated. Had he been seated, Khan would not have been the only warlord in Karzai’s government. The two vice presidents — Mohammad Qasim Fahim and Karim Khalili — are both former warlords widely believed to have looted Afghanistan for years. Karzai likely put them on his ticket to win votes from their minority ethnic communities. The parliament’s rejection of the only woman on Karzai’s current team — Minister of Women’s Affairs Husn Bano Ghazanfar — was an awkward blow to the president, who has pledged to place more women in high government posts in the traditionally male-dominated society.





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Road win Stephen Jackson’s 35 points leads the Charlotte Bobcats to a road win over the Miami Heat

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Whitney’s OT goal lifts Hurricanes over Rangers By IRA PODELL AP Hockey Writer

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TRAINER DIDN’T AGREE WITH LEACH’S TREATMENT LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) — A Texas Tech athletic trainer told university officials he did not agree with Mike Leach’s treatment of receiver Adam James after the player was diagnosed with a concussion. In an affidavit obtained Saturday by The Associated Press, Texas Tech athletic trainer Steve Pincock says he told James he was “sorry” for having placed the player inside an equipment shed near the practice field. On Dec. 21, Pincock spoke with Tech officials, telling them that he did not agree with that “form of treatment for anyone” and that Leach “wanted James to be uncomfortable.”

NEW YORK —Ray Whitney scored 3:45 into overtime and the Carolina Hurricanes earned a split of their home-and-home series against the New York Rangers with a 2-1 victory on Saturday. Whitney controlled the puck amid pressure along the left wing boards, moved it to Matt Cullen behind the New York net and then took a return feed in front for his 11th goal. Carolina,

which has an NHL-worst 29 points, won on the road for just the third time this season (3-13-4). Cam Ward made 27 saves, and Tom Kostopoulos staked the Hurricanes to a 1-0 lead in the second period. Henrik Lundqvist, who appeared to be shaken up after making a save late in regulation, kept the Rangers in it by stopping 17 shots. Lundqvist, in his AP photo 15th straight start, allowed two goals or Carolina Hurricanes’ Ray Whitney, center, celebrates with fewer for the 11th time in 14 games. teammates Matt Cullen (8) and Niclas Wallin (7) after scoring a goal in overtime of an NHL game against the See Canes, Page 5B New York Rangers Saturday in New York.

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basketball PITT HANDS SYRACUSE ITS FIRST LOST OF SEASON SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) — No. 5 Syracuse is no longer unbeaten. Ashton Gibbs scored 24 points and Jermaine Dixon added 21 to lead Pittsburgh to an 82-72 victory over the Orange. The loss dropped the number of major unbeaten teams to four, with other unbeatens scheduled to play later Saturday. Pittsburgh (12-2, 2-0 Big East) has now beaten Syracuse (13-1, 1-1) the last four times it has visited the Carrier Dome. After losing most of a nine-point second-half lead, the Panthers seized control with a 14-3 run. A pair of free throws by Dante Taylor put Pitt ahead 60-47 with 8:33 left and Syracuse couldn’t recover.



RODRIGUEZ LEADS CAMELS TO 3-0 START IN A-SUN SPARTANBURG, S.C. (AP) — Jonathan Rodriguez scored a season-high 27 points as Campbell defeated South Carolina-Upstate 82-69 on Saturday. Rodriguez was 4-for-7 from 3-point range and had seven rebounds and three steals for the Camels (8-4, 3-0 Atlantic Sun Conference), who shot 60 percent (18-for-30) in the second half after leading 29-28 at halftime. The senior forward moved into eighth place on the Atlantic Sun career scoring list with 1,848 points.

FOOTBALL SAINTS TO START BRUNELL AGAINST PANTHERS NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Drew Brees is getting a rest for the New Orleans Saints’ regular-season finale at Carolina. Coach Sean Payton has decided to start Mark Brunell in place of the star quarterback for Sunday’s game. If Brees doesn’t play, as expected, he will set an NFL record with his season-long completion percentage of 70.6. Ken Anderson has held the record since 1982, when he completed 70.55 percent of his passes for the Cincinnati Bengals.

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Lee County’s Darius Cameron (right) tries to dribble around Sanderson’s D.J. Turner during the championship game of the Chatlee Shootout on Wednesday at Lee County High School. The Yellow Jackets fell 52-47 and finished in second place.

Jackets look to build from 2nd place finish in tournament By RYAN SARDA SANFORD — Practice didn’t quite make the Lee County Yellow Jackets perfect, but it did help them snap a nine game losing streak and helped them earn a second place finish in the Chatlee Shootout, which recently concluded at Lee County. The Yellow Jackets fell to Sand-

erson 52-47 in the championship game of the basketball tournament, which featured eight boys and eight girls teams each playing three games in three days. Since Dec. 1, the Yellow Jackets played six games in a span of eight days. After winning the first game of the season against Carrboro, the Yellow Jackets dropped nine in a row

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n 1st Place: Sanderson n 2nd Place: Lee County n 3rd Place: East Chapel Hill n 4th Place: Union Pines n 5th Place: Leesville Road n 6th Place: Cary n 7th Place: East Wake n 8th Place: South Granville

he plan was in place. Once my wife went into labor, then we would make the necessary phone calls to the family. Her family would need six hours to get to the town we lived in six years ago. My family would need three. After a difficult pregnancy, my wife and I knew neither would be at the hospital to wish us well before heading to the delivery/operating room. Things were likely to move fast. And they did. Allison came into the world at 6:30 p.m. on March 19, 2003. My mom and dad got there an hour or two later. Naturally, there are a lot of memories from that day. And one of them involves the gift my dad brought with him. It wasn’t for me. It wasn’t for my wife. It was for Allison, even though she couldn’t possibly use it yet. Golf clubs. Not the plastic, whiffleball-esque kind, either. Real clubs with metal cluubfaces and steel shafts. A driver, an iron and a putter, each with a cute little Snoopy somewhere on the club. Clubs that fit a normal 5- or 6-year-old. Dad had put them in

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liberty bowl: arkansas 20, East carolina 17 (OT)

Arkansas kicks past East Carolina in OT Arkansas running back Dennis Johnson (33) gets past East Carolina defenders Linval Joseph (97), Jay Ross (90), and C. J. Wilson (95) in the first quarter of the Liberty Bowl NCAA college football game on Saturday.

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By NOAH TRISTER AP Sports Writer MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Alex Tejada kicked a 37-yard field goal in overtime to give Arkansas a 20-17 win in the Liberty Bowl on Saturday night after East Carolina’s Ben Hartman missed two field goal attempts late in regulation and another in the extra session. Hartman missed

from 39 yards with 1:03 remaining and from the same distance on the final play, then missed from 35 in overtime. Tejada, who has struggled with kicks in pressure situations himself, made his attempt to end the game. Arkansas won despite going 0 of 13 on third down.

2B / Sunday, January 3, 2010 / The Sanford Herald BOWL roundup South Florida routs Northern Illinois, 27-3

TORONTO (AP) â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Mike Ford ran for a career-high 207 yards and scored one touchdown, B.J. Daniels threw two scoring passes to A.J. Love, and South Florida beat Northern Illinois 27-3 in the International Bowl on Saturday. Carlton Mitchell caught six passes for 94 yards for the Bulls, who won back-to-back bowls for the first time. South Florida beat Memphis 41-14 in last yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s St. Petersburg Bowl, part of a streak of five straight bowl appearances. South Florida scored 24 unanswered points in the second half after the teams traded field goals in a dreary first half. Ford had just one carry in the first half, an 18-yard gain in the second quarter. He broke out in the third, rushing 12 times for 106 yards, then capped his day with a 24-yard scoring run in the final quarter.

Dixon leads Huskies over Gamecocks

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Andre Dixon rushed for 126 yards and a touchdown and resilient Connecticut ended a trying season with a 20-7 victory over South Carolina in the Bowl on Saturday. The Huskies (8-5) are 3-1 in bowl games since moving up to Division I-A (now FBS) in 2002. They won their final three regular-season games and overcame the October stabbing death of cornerback Jasper Howard to reach a bowl. UConn made the most of the trip. The nationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 95th-rated pass defense throttled South Carolina (7-6) and quarterback Stephen Garcia while relying on Dixonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 33 carries to control the ball. Dixon was the Most Valuable Player and joined teammate Jordan Todman as 1,000-yard rushers, the first time two UConn backs have surpassed that mark in a season.


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SUGAR BOWL Florida turns its attention to Meyerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s health, future

NEW ORLEANS (AP) â&#x20AC;&#x201D; With orange and blue confetti falling and a Sugar Bowl trophy being passed around, Florida coach Urban Meyer reiterated his plans for the future. Tentative plans, anyway. â&#x20AC;&#x153;In my gut I feel like Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll be back,â&#x20AC;? Meyer said after Floridaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 51-24 victory over No. 4 Cincinnati on Friday night. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I just want to make sure my family and health are No. 1. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve just got to get that right.â&#x20AC;? Until then, the fifth-ranked Gators (13-1) will be surrounded by uncertainty â&#x20AC;&#x201D; the latest and greatest distraction for a team coming off a chaos-filled season. Talk about Meyerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s chest pains, hospital stay, brief resignation, indefinite leave of absence and potential return AP photo will linger throughout the Mississippi quarterback Jevan Snead throws a pass during the first half of the Cotton Bowl against Oklahoma State offseason. at Cowboys Stadium on Saturday in Artlington, Texas. Sure, there will be news about juniors leaving early, staff changes and offensive tweaks following the end of quarterback Tim Tebowâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s tenure. But nothing will garner as much attention as Meyerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s situation. How long will he be gone? How will his absence affect recruiting and his assistants? ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) Lewisâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; two interceptions, SEC games in 2007 before came on a handoff from What happens if he decides â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Dexter McCluster gave but McCluster scored after Nutt replaced the fired Ed freshman quarterback he doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t want to coach Mississippi fans a finale to a fumble to break a 7-7 Orgeron. Nathan Stanley. McClusagain? remember, rushing for 182 tie. Patrick Trahan picked Ole Miss and Oklahoma ter went to the right and â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s very hard,â&#x20AC;? offensive yards and two touchdowns, up another fumble and State, also 9-4 a year ago, through a gap, running coordinator and interim coach including the go-ahead returned it 34 yards for came into this season with untouched for the second- Steve Addazio said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;You donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t 2-yard run on a direct snap a touchdown less than a unprecedented expectalongest run in the 74-year want to see anybody you care with 4:03 left as the Rebels minute later, then intertions. Both were in the AP history of the Cotton Bowl. about go through what heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s beat No. 21 Oklahoma cepted a deflected fourthpreseason Top 10 before That was Ole Missâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; first going through right now. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s State 21-7 in the Cotton down pass by Oklahoma early losses. Each entered offensive play after Jevan why itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s so very important Bowl on Saturday. Stateâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Zac Robinson on the the Cotton Bowl, the first in Snead threw an intercepto give him this peace, this McCluster also had next drive. Cowboys Stadium instead tion and was hit so hard stability, that he knows this an 86-yard TD run in the The Cowboys (9-4) of the gameâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s namesake on a blindside block while program is in good shape and second quarter after the missed a chance for their stadium, coming off depursuing the defender with in good hands and going well. senior had already become first 10-win season since cisive losses against their the ball that his helmet got â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s what weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re going to do. We owe him and we love the first Southeastern 1988 when coach Mike instate conference rivals knocked off. the guy. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s all that matters, Conference player with Gundy was their starting in their regular-season Snead, a junior who just keep it going that way.â&#x20AC;? 1,000 yards rushing and quarterback. Ole Miss finales. has not declared if he will The Gators headed back to 500 yards receiving in the coach and former OklaThey finished with a return for his senior season Gainesville, Fla., on Saturday same season. homa State quarterback mistake-filled game in or go to the NFL early, with a championship trophy, Ole Miss (9-4) had five Houston Nutt was one of which both teams had returned to the game and commemorative hats and turnovers in the game, but their coaches then. missed opportunities finished 13 of 23 for 168 T-shirts and some redempOklahoma State had six Nutt has led to Rebels â&#x20AC;&#x201D; each was stopped on yards. His three interception after a humbling loss to in the fourth quarter, and to consecutive 9-4 seasons, fourth-and-goal from the tions gave him 20 for the Alabama in the Southeastern seven overall. both capped by Cotton 1, and Ole Miss missed two season. Conference title game last The Rebels failed to Bowl victories. Ole Miss field goal attempts. Robinson was 13 of month. capitalize on Kendrick had lost all eight of its McCluster was the obvi- 27 for 118 yards with two Florida dominated the ous standout, the gameâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s interceptions in his last Bearcats from the start. offensive MVP for the game. Tebow threw for a school-resecond year in a row. He Oklahoma State tied cord 482 yards and finished had 32 carries along with the game at 7-7 midway with a Bowl Championship five catches for 45 yards. He through the third quarter Series-record 533 total yards, leaves Ole Miss with 3,921 when running back Keith breaking Vince Youngâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s mark career all-purpose yards, Toston took a direct snap set in the 2005 title game second in school history on third-and-goal from the against Southern California. behind Deuce McAllisterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 1. He made a step toward Tebow completed 31 of 35 4,889. the line, then stopped passes, accounted for four After becoming only and threw a jump pass touchdowns and capped his Ole Missâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; fourth 1,000-yard to Wilson Youman for a storied college career with his rusher on his third carry of touchdown. finest performance. the game, McCluster surOle Miss made it to the â&#x20AC;&#x153;All those critics, take that,â&#x20AC;? passed 500 yards receiving 3 after Lewisâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; first intercep- running backs coach Kenny on the final play of the first tion. But after a penalty, Carter said. quarter. 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Treasure Hunters Roadshow STAFF WRITER Clean out your attics, closets and lock boxes, because the Roadshow is coming to Sanford. Roadshow experts are in town examining antiques, collectibles, gold and silver. While the Roadshow will accept anything thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s old, they will be focusing on gold and silver coins made before 1965, military items, toys and trains, musical instruments, pocket and wrist watches. Scrap gold is expected to be a popular category this week due to soaring gold prices.

â&#x20AC;&#x153;U.S. coins made before 1965 are most sought after by collectors. Coins made before 1965 are 90% silver and valuable because of the silver content or could be worth even more if one happens to be a rare date.â&#x20AC;? Expert buyers for the Roadshow have noticed a tremendous increase in the amount of gold coming to the Roadshow and for good reason. Record gold prices have Roadshow guests cashing in on broken jewelry or jewelry they donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t wear anymore with our â&#x20AC;&#x153;fair and honestâ&#x20AC;? purchase offers.

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The Roadshow encourages anyone planning a visit to take a minute and examine their jewelry box or their lock box at the bank and gather anything thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s gold. If a guest is not sure if something is gold, bring it anyway and the Roadshow staff will test it for free. Other gold items of interest include gold coins, gold ounces, gold proof sets and dental gold. Other types of items Roadshow experts hope to see include old toys and train sets. Archie Davis, roadshow toy expert spoke about some of the top toys getting great offers. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Old tin windup toys from the late 1800â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s through the 1960â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s are in great demand now.â&#x20AC;? said Davis, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Especially those that are character related. Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck, the Flintstones or any character toys are sought. Old Buddy L toys from the 1920â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s to 1960â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s

are in demand.â&#x20AC;? Basically any toys made before 1965 are wanted. Train sets made by Lionel, American Flyer, Marklin and others have the potential to fetch high prices. Davis also stressed, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Toys with boxes and in mint condition bring sensational

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â&#x20AC;&#x153;Many friends have fun together and make a trip to the Roadshow an afternoon event,â&#x20AC;? comments Roadshow expert Archie Davis, â&#x20AC;&#x153;We see many friends carpool, have lunch together, and even make a bet on who brought the most valuable item.

The Treasure Hunterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Roadshow event continues through Saturday in Sanford.

coins and paper currency. For as long as I can remember I have been fascinated with collecting coins. I would go through the change in my parents grocery store looking for rare dates and errors. Once, I found a silver quarter that I sold for $300.00. Not bad for an 8 year old.â&#x20AC;? Fuller went on to explain that any U.S. coins made before 1965 are most sought after by collectors. Coins made before 1965 are 90% silver and valuable

â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a modern day gold rush,â&#x20AC;? said Roadshow President, Jeff Parsons. Gold is now trading near 40 year highs, and you can cash in at the Treasure Hunters Roadshow. All types of gold are wanted, including gold coins, Krugerrands, Maple

because of the silver content or could be worth even more if one happens to be a rare date. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We help people sort through their coins for unique dates. We buy all types of coins at the Roadshow from wheat pennies to buffalo nickels, which are valuable from one coin to an entire truckload. See you at the Roadshow.â&#x20AC;? said Fuller.

Cash in with the power of the International Collectors Association. Members are looking for the following types of items! t$0*/4Any and all coins made before 1965. This includes all silver and gold coins, dollars, half dollars, quarters, dimes, nickels and pennies. All conditions wanted! t(0-%4*-7&3PRICES AT 40 YEAR HIGH! for platinum, gold and silver during this event. Broken jewelry, dental gold, old coins, pocket watches, Kruggerands, Gold bars Canadian Maple Leafs, etc. t+&8&-3:Gold, Silver, Platinum, diamonds, rubies, sapphires and all types of stones, metals, etc. Rings, bracelets, necklaces, all others including broken jewelry. Early costume jewelry wanted. t 8"5$)&410$,&58"5$)&4 Rolex, Tiffany, Hublot, Omega, Chopard, Cartier, Philippe, Ebel, Waltham, Swatch, Chopard, Elgin, Bunn Special, Railroad, Illinois, Hamilton, all others.

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Jackson, Augustin guide Bobcats past Heat MIAMI (AP) â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Stephen Jackson knew Dwyane Wade wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t going to be stopped in the fourth quarter. So he and the Charlotte Bobcats decided to see if they could slow Wadeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s teammates instead. A risky move, but it worked wonders. Jackson scored 13 of his season-high 35 points in the fourth quarter, D.J. Augustin added all 13 of his in the final 11 minutes and the Bobcats won a road game for just the second time this season, overcoming an early 19-point deficit to beat the Miami Heat 107-97 on Saturday.

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) â&#x20AC;&#x201D; LeBron James had 28 points, nine rebounds and seven assists, and the Cleveland Cavaliers beat the New Jersey Nets 94-86 on Saturday for their seventh straight victory. Mo Williams added 18 points for the Cavaliers, who have won 12 of 13. They have defeated some

of the NBAâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s top teams during their winning streak, but struggled against the leagueâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s worst for much of this game, leading by only four with 4 1/2 minutes left.

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WASHINGTON (AP) â&#x20AC;&#x201D; One NBA coach says the investigation into Gilbert Arenas and guns is â&#x20AC;&#x153;a scary thing for the NBA.â&#x20AC;? Miamiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Erik Spoelstra says his team is closely watching developments regarding the Washington Wizards and their point guard. Law enforcement authorities are investigating the presence of firearms in the Wizards locker room shortly before Christmas. An official within the league says he was briefed by those reviewing the matter. He says the review included a dispute over card playing, gambling debts and a heated discussion between Arenas and another player.

and are in quite a hole at 0-6 in the Tri-9 Conference. Lee County head coach Reggie Peace says that the early struggles of the season were partly because of a lack of practice time the team had due to its grueling schedule. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We went through a two week stretch where we played three games per week and that took away from some much needed practice time,â&#x20AC;? said Peace. â&#x20AC;&#x153;With a young team, the best way for them to learn is by practicing. At practice, they can see what it is that we arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t doing too well and we can focus on those aspects over and over until we can get it right. When we play that kind of schedule, practice time is limited and itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s hard for us to correct our mistakes.â&#x20AC;? The Yellow Jackets spent a lot of time preparing for the holiday tournament by practicing during the schoolâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s holiday break. Peace credits the extra preparation for getting the Yellow Jackets into the title game of the Chatlee Shootout. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re still maturing as a team and itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s starting


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Allisonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s crib before the baby girl was brought home, left there for me to discover first. And when I did, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m not ashamed to say there were tears in my eyes. When I was about 5, they either didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t make junior clubs for little kids my size, or Dad, being the engineer he is, just decided he could make them himself. He took an old set of clubs, cut out a middle part of the shafts, and welded the two pieces â&#x20AC;&#x201D; club head and grip â&#x20AC;&#x201D; together again. No doubt he carefully measured me without my knowing it and adjusted appropriately for the clubs. Now I had the real thing.

to show,â&#x20AC;? said Peace. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The extra practice time over the holiday break really helped us. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re starting to learn from our mistakes. I think we came into this tournament with an extra sense of heart and pride because we were able to practice a lot more. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re starting to get confident in each other.â&#x20AC;? The Yellow Jackets (310) finally snapped that nine-game skid when they defeated South Granville in the opening round of the Chatlee Shootout. A winning streak formed after the Yellow Jackets beat Union Pines 41-39 in the semifinals to advance to the title game. The streak ended with the loss to Sanderson, but the Yellow Jackets didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t go down without a fight. After their performance in the Chatlee Shootout, Peace hopes that they can start to turn the corner as the second half of Tri-9 Conference play begins on Tuesday with Panther Creek coming to Sanford. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think this tournament really gave us some confidence,â&#x20AC;? said Peace. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Anytime you can win some games, it builds your confidence. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve still got things we need to work on, but I think weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re getting better. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll take this into the New Year and build from it.â&#x20AC;?

The young Yellow Jackets are led by four seniors, six juniors, two sophomores and two freshmen. Juniors Dequan Swann and Ricky West, played significant roles in leading the Yellow Jackets to the title game of the tournament. Swann hit the game winning layup in the closing seconds of the Jacketsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; victory over Union Pines. West and Swann also led the Yellow Jackets with 13 points apiece in the loss to Sanderson in the final. Junior Darius Cameron also came up big in the final with eight points. The Yellow Jackets trailed 33-32 at the end of the third quarter but allowed an 8-1 spurt in the fourth quarter, giving Sanderson a comfortable cushion at 41-33 with 4:32 remaining. But the Yellow Jackets werenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t done just yet. Trailing 50-41, junior Israel Williams drilled a 3pointer from the left corner. He was fouled by a Sanderson defender on the shot and had an opportunity for a rare four-point play. Williams sunk the free throw and the deficit was cut to five at 50-45. Cameron hit the final shot of 2009 for Lee County, which was a layup with 1.4 seconds remaining. The

shot kept the Sanderson lead at five (52-47). After the game, Peace told his team that he was pleased with its effort against a team like Sanderson that has three players over 6-foot-5. Other than a few mishaps, Peace liked the intensity that his team played with. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I told them that we played a good team and we competed with them,â&#x20AC;? said Peace. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We just have to execute when we have the opportunities. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve got to capitalize on our trips to the free throw line, weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve got to hit layups and limit the turnovers. We have to make the most of our opportunities.â&#x20AC;? Considering everything the team has been through this season, Peace was still happy with the fact that his young Yellow Jackets took second. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We had some time to prepare and I liked what I saw for the most part,â&#x20AC;? said Peace. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve still got some learning to do. I thought that if we came in and executed everything that we worked on during our practices, then weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d have a good shot. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve improved a lot since the beginning of the season. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve just got to build from this experience.â&#x20AC;?

Maybe they werenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t the prettiest things around, what with the big gold knot of melted metal in the middle, but I didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t notice. (Unless, on a swing, the club head part would go flying off, necessitating a little extra surgery â&#x20AC;&#x201D; not for me, the clubs.). Besides, I had real clubs, using real golf balls, and playing, alongside my dad, on a real golf course. Dad taught me everything I know about the game, just like he taught me everything I needed to know about baseball and basketball growing up. But I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t play baseball anymore, and I havenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t shot a basketball in years. I do, though not nearly as much as I would like to, still play a round of golf here and there.

And Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll be able to as long as I live. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the lasting gift of the game. As she has gotten older, and perhaps from observing my fanaticism about sports, Allison has tried her hand at a few athletic endeavors over the past year or so. She has played rec league soccer and is cheerleading now. But, in the last year, she seems to have found the most enjoyment in breaking out those Snoopy golf clubs more and more. Sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s asked to go play, and when on the course, she doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t like any concessions to be made for her. She wants to tee off where the other girls tee off, and she wants to play every shot all the way to the green, no matter how many swings it takes. Whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s more, she doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t get discouraged. She may

take a hole or two off, but sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 6 years old. Sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not gunning for any course records â&#x20AC;&#x201D; at least not yet. She just likes playing because itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s fun to her. And so, in the last year, as Allison has tinkered with the game my dad also made possible for me at her age, I realize two things: One, the gift Dad gave Allison the day she was born really was partially for me. And two, I have an easy New Yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s resolution this year â&#x20AC;&#x201D; for all of us. To play more golf. Alex Podlogar is The Heraldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s sports editor. Reach him at and at (919) 7181222. Read his blog at www. designatedhitter.wordpress. com

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NFC AFC 8-3-0 3-1-0 8-3-0 2-2-0 4-7-0 2-2-0 1-10-0 1-3-0

Div 5-1-0 4-2-0 2-3-0 0-5-0

Away 6-2-0 1-6-0 1-7-0 1-7-0

NFC AFC 8-3-0 2-2-0 6-5-0 1-3-0 4-8-0 1-2-0 1-10-0 0-4-0

Div 4-2-0 4-1-0 3-3-0 0-5-0

x-clinched division y-clinched playoff spot Friday, Dec. 25 San Diego 42, Tennessee 17 Sunday, Dec. 27 Atlanta 31, Buffalo 3 Houston 27, Miami 20 Green Bay 48, Seattle 10 Carolina 41, N.Y. Giants 9 Pittsburgh 23, Baltimore 20 Tampa Bay 20, New Orleans 17, OT Cleveland 23, Oakland 9 Cincinnati 17, Kansas City 10 New England 35, Jacksonville 7 San Francisco 20, Detroit 6 Arizona 31, St. Louis 10 N.Y. Jets 29, Indianapolis 15 Philadelphia 30, Denver 27 Dallas 17, Washington 0 Monday, Dec. 28 Chicago 36, Minnesota 30, OT

Sunday, Jan. 3 Chicago at Detroit, 1 p.m. Pittsburgh at Miami, 1 p.m. New England at Houston, 1 p.m. Indianapolis at Buffalo, 1 p.m. San Francisco at St. Louis, 1 p.m. Atlanta at Tampa Bay, 1 p.m. New Orleans at Carolina, 1 p.m. Jacksonville at Cleveland, 1 p.m. N.Y. Giants at Minnesota, 1 p.m. Tennessee at Seattle, 4:15 p.m. Philadelphia at Dallas, 4:15 p.m. Washington at San Diego, 4:15 p.m. Kansas City at Denver, 4:15 p.m. Baltimore at Oakland, 4:15 p.m. Green Bay at Arizona, 4:15 p.m. Cincinnati at N.Y. Jets, 8:30 p.m.

College Football Bowl Glance Saturday, Dec. 19 New Mexico Bowl At Albuquerque Wyoming 35, Fresno State 28, 2OT St. Petersburg (Fla.) Bowl Rutgers 45, UCF 24 ——— Sunday, Dec. 20 New Orleans Bowl Middle Tennessee 42, Southern Miss. 32 ——— Tuesday, Dec. 22 Las Vegas Bowl BYU 44, Oregon State 20 ——— Wednesday, Dec. 23 Poinsettia Bowl At San Diego Utah 37, California 27 ——— Thursday, Dec. 24 Hawaii Bowl At Honolulu SMU 45, Nevada 10 ——— Saturday, Dec. 26 Little Caesars Pizza Bowl At Detroit Marshall 21, Ohio 17 Meineke Bowl At Charlotte Pittsburgh 19, North Carolina 17 Emerald Bowl At San Francisco Southern Cal 24, Boston College 13 ——— Sunday, Dec. 27 Music City Bowl At Nashville, Tenn. Clemson 21, Kentucky 13 ——— Monday, Dec. 28 Independence Bowl At Shreveport, La. Georgia 44, Texas A&M 20 ——— Tuesday, Dec. 29

EagleBank Bowl At Washington UCLA 30, Temple 21 Champs Sports Bowl At Orlando, Fla. Wisconsin 20, Miami 14 ——— Wednesday, Dec. 30 Humanitarian Bowl At Boise, Idaho Idaho 43, Bowling Green 42 Holiday Bowl At San Diego Nebraska 33, Arizona 0 ——— Thursday, Dec. 31 Armed Forces Bowl At Fort Worth, Texas Air Force 47, Houston 20 Sun Bowl At El Paso, Texas Oklahoma 31, Stanford 27 Texas Bowl At Houston Navy 35, Missouri 13 Insight Bowl At Tempe, Ariz. Iowa State 14, Minnesota 13 Chick-fil-A Bowl At Atlanta Virginia Tech 37, Tennessee 14 ——— Friday, Jan. 1 Outback Bowl At Tampa, Fla. Auburn 38, Northwestern 35, OT Capital One Bowl At Orlando, Fla. Penn State 19, LSU 17 Gator Bowl At Jacksonville, Fla. Florida State 33, West Virginia 21 Rose Bowl At Pasadena, Calif. Ohio State 26, Oregon 17 Sugar Bowl At New Orleans Florida 51, Cincinnati 24

Sports on TV Sunday, Jan. 3

MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL 3 p.m. FSN — Florida at N.C. State 5:30 p.m. FSN — Xavier at Wake Forest 7:30 p.m. FSN — Clemson at Duke


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Marian Gaborik scored the lone goal for the Rangers, 5-1-2 in their past eight. New York opened the series with a 2-1 win at Carolina on New Year’s Eve. The Rangers are 2-01 against the Hurricanes this season. Gaborik, who moments earlier fired the Rangers’ fifth drive off the post in the game, got a puck past Ward to tie it 1-1 at 9:08 of the third period. After Brandon Dubinsky’s shot from

——— Saturday, Jan. 2 International Bowl At Toronto South Florida 27, Northern Illinois 3 Cotton Bowl At Arlington, Texas Mississippi 21, Oklahoma State 7 Bowl At Birmingham, Ala. Connecticut 20, South Carolina 7 Liberty Bowl At Memphis, Tenn. East Carolina (9-4) vs. Arkansas (7-5), 5:30 p.m. (ESPN) Alamo Bowl At San Antonio Michigan State (6-6) vs. Texas Tech (8-4), 9 p.m. (ESPN) ——— Monday, Jan. 4 Fiesta Bowl At Glendale, Ariz. Boise State (13-0) vs. TCU (12-0), 8 p.m. (FOX) ——— Tuesday, Jan. 5 Orange Bowl At Miami Iowa (10-2) vs. Georgia Tech (11-2), 8 p.m. (FOX) ——— Wednesday, Jan. 6 GMAC Bowl Mobile, Ala. Central Michigan (11-2) vs. Troy (9-3), 7 p.m. (ESPN) ——— Thursday, Jan. 7 BCS National Championship At Pasadena, Calif. Alabama (13-0) vs. Texas (13-0), 8 p.m. (ABC)

NFL FOOTBALL 1 p.m. CBS — Regional coverage, doubleheader FOX — Regional coverage, doubleheader 4:15 p.m. CBS — Regional coverage, doubleheader game FOX — Regional coverage, doubleheader game 8:15 p.m. NBC — Cincinnati at N.Y. Jets

the boards hit traffic in front, Gaborik — the NHL leader with 27 goals — sent a blind backhander from the slot into the net. Gaborik was met with a big bear hug from Dubinsky as the Rangers celebrated their first goal at home in 114 minutes, 4 seconds over three games. Gaborik has scored 25 percent of the Rangers’ 108 goals this season. He turned boos that had rained down on the home team during the uninspiring first two periods into cheers. Kostopoulos broke the scoreless deadlock with 45.9 seconds left in the middle period when he

got to a loose puck in the slot — after Jiri Tlusty’s shot was blocked in front — and swept it past Lundqvist. Kostopoulos had gone 16 games since his previous goal on Nov. 29 at Anaheim. He has three goals this season and 43 in 417 NHL games over eight seasons. The Rangers outshot the Hurricanes 18-14 through the first two periods, but again had nothing to show for it. Including an embarrassing 6-0 loss to Philadelphia on Wednesday night, New York had gone five straight periods without scoring at Madison Square Garden.


The AP Top 25 The top 25 teams in The Associated Press’ college basketball poll, with firstplace votes in parentheses, records through Dec. 27, total points based on 25 points for a first-place vote through one point for a 25th-place vote and previous ranking: Record Pts Pvs 1. Kansas (52) 11-0 1,607 1 2. Texas (11) 11-0 1,556 2 3. Kentucky (1) 13-0 1,476 3 4. Purdue 11-0 1,407 4 5. Syracuse (1) 12-0 1,398 5 6. West Virginia 10-0 1,309 6 7. Duke 9-1 1,241 7 8. Villanova 11-1 1,177 8 9. North Carolina 9-3 1,033 10 10. Connecticut 9-2 1,002 11 11. Michigan St. 9-3 910 9 12. Kansas St. 11-1 892 12 13. Georgetown 9-1 813 14 14. Tennessee 9-2 664 16 15. Ohio St. 10-2 605 17 16. Mississippi 10-2 544 15 17. Washington 9-2 490 22 18. Temple 9-2 403 21 19. New Mexico 12-1 352 13 20. Texas Tech 10-1 334 23 21. Clemson 11-2 300 24 22. Florida St. 11-2 252 — 23. Wisconsin 10-2 180 — 24. UAB 11-1 178 — 25. Northwestern 10-1 144 — Others receiving votes: Gonzaga 129, Georgia Tech 102, Dayton 94, Texas A&M 91, Florida 76, Miami 60, BYU 55, Oklahoma St. 37, Wichita St. 35, Southern Cal 27, UNLV 26, Butler 19, Memphis 16, Mississippi St. 13, Wake Forest 12, St. John’s 10, Baylor 7, California 7, Cincinnati 7, Virginia Tech 7, Cornell 5, Missouri St. 5, N. Iowa 5, Rhode Island 5, William & Mary 5, Seton Hall 2, Army 1.

Top 25 Fared By The Associated Press Saturday 1. Kansas (13-0) beat No. 18 Temple 8452. Next: vs. Cornell, Wednesday. 2. Texas (13-0) beat Texas A&M-Corpus Christi 76-70. Next: at Arkansas, Tuesday. 3. Kentucky (15-0) beat Louisville 71-62. Next: vs. Georgia, Saturday. 4. Purdue (13-0) did not play. Next: vs. Minnesota, Tuesday. 5. Syracuse (13-1) lost to Pittsburgh 8272. Next: vs. Miami, Wednesday. 6. West Virginia (11-1) did not play. Next: vs. Rutgers, Wednesday. 7. Duke (11-1) did not play. Next: vs. No. 21 Clemson, Sunday. 8. Villanova (12-1) beat Marquette 74-72. Next: vs. DePaul, Wednesday. 9. North Carolina (11-3) did not play. Next: at College of Charleston, Monday. 10. Connecticut (10-3) beat Notre Dame 82-70. Next: vs. Seton Hall, Wednesday. 11. Michigan State (10-3) at No. 25 Northwestern. Next: vs. No. 23 Wisconsin, Wednesday. 12. Kansas State (12-1) did not play. Next: vs. South Dakota, Sunday. 13. Georgetown (10-1) did not play. Next: at DePaul, Sunday. 14. Tennessee (10-2) did not play. Next: vs. Charlotte, Wednesday. 15. Ohio State (10-3) did not play. Next: at Michigan, Sunday. 16. Mississippi (11-2) did not play. Next: vs. UCF, Tuesday. 17. Washington (10-3) lost to Oregon 9079. Next: at Arizona State, Friday. 18. Temple (11-3) lost to No. 1 Kansas 84-52. Next: vs. Saint Joseph’s, Wednesday. 19. New Mexico (14-1) did not play. Next: at San Diego State, Tuesday. 20. Texas Tech (11-2) did not play. Next: vs. UTEP, Sunday. 21. Clemson (12-2) did not play. Next: at No. 7 Duke, Sunday. 22. Florida State (12-2) did not play. Next: vs. Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, Monday. 23. Wisconsin (11-2) did not play. Next: at Penn State, Sunday. 24. UAB (12-2) beat Arkansas 73-72. Next: vs. East Carolina, Wednesday. 25. Northwestern (10-2) vs. No. 11 Michigan State. Next: vs. Texas-Pan American, Thursday.

NCAA Boxscores CAMPBELL 82, S.C.-UPSTATE 69 CAMPBELL (8-4) Rodriguez 8-16 7-9 27, Dodson 7-9 1-2 15, Hartley 2-6 3-4 7, Merthie 2-6 3-4 9, Taylor 5-9 2-3 12, Vejraska 2-4 2-2 8, Celestin 0-1 0-0 0, Kossangue 2-5 0-1 4, Reynolds 0-0 0-0 0, Krainiak 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 28-57 18-25 82. S.C.-UPSTATE (1-11)  Uzochukwu 3-7 2-2 8, Schneiders 7-8 1-4 15, Minus 1-2 0-0 3, Chavis 4-11 2-4 13, Cook 2-6 3-3 9, LeGates 3-4 2-3 9, Posey 4-7 0-1 8, Rogers 1-2 1-2 3, Palkert 0-3 1-3 1. Totals 25-50 12-22 69. Halftime—Campbell 29-28. 3-Point Goals—Campbell 8-17 (Rodriguez 4-7, Merthie 2-4, Vejraska 2-4, Krainiak 0-1, Kossangue 0-1), S.C.-Upstate 7-16 (Chavis 3-7, Cook 2-4, Minus 1-1, LeGates 1-2, Posey 0-1, Uzochukwu 0-1). Fouled Out—None. Rebounds—Campbell 32 (Rodriguez 7), S.C.-Upstate 35 (Schneiders 9). Assists— Campbell 23 (Hartley 6), S.C.-Upstate 17 (Chavis 6). Total Fouls—Campbell 21, S.C.Upstate 17. A—798. RHODE ISLAND 63, OKLAHOMA ST. 59 OKLAHOMA ST. (11-2)  Anderson 2-9 4-4 10, Muonelo 6-16 1-4 17, Penn 2-7 2-2 8, Page 1-3 3-3 6, Moses 5-10 1-1 11, Gulley 0-2 0-0 0, Shaw 0-0 0-0 0, Franklin 2-4 0-0 4, Dowell 1-2 0-0 3. Totals 19-53 11-14 59. RHODE ISLAND (11-1)  Cothran 3-12 6-10 13, James 6-14 2-2 14, Ulmer 1-4 2-2 4, Jones 0-1 0-0 0, Martell 2-5 0-1 4, Outerbridge 1-4 0-0 2, Wilson 1-3 0-0 2, Eaves 2-5 0-0 5, Mejia 2-2 5-6 10, Malesevic 1-1 0-0 3, Richmond 2-5 0-0 6. Totals 21-56 15-21 63. Halftime—Rhode Island 35-26. 3-Point Goals—Oklahoma St. 10-26 (Muonelo 4-10, Penn 2-4, Anderson 2-6, Dowell 1-2, Page 1-3, Gulley 0-1), Rhode Island 6-22 (Richmond 2-4, Malesevic 1-1, Mejia 1-1, Eaves 1-2, Cothran 1-7, Wilson 0-1, Ulmer 0-1, James 0-5). Fouled Out—Anderson, Moses. Rebounds—Oklahoma St. 31 (Moses 15), Rhode Island 40 (James 9). Assists—Oklahoma St. 10 (Muonelo 5), Rhode Island 9 (Mejia 4). Total Fouls—Oklahoma St. 24, Rhode Island 14. A—7,111.

NBA Glance By The Associated Press EASTERN CONFERENCE Atlantic Division W L Pct Boston 23 8 .742 Toronto 16 17 .485 New York 13 20 .394 Philadelphia 9 23 .281 New Jersey 3 30 .091 Southeast Division W L Pct Orlando 24 8 .750 Atlanta 21 11 .656 Miami 16 15 .516 Charlotte 13 18 .419 Washington 10 20 .333 Central Division W L Pct Cleveland 27 8 .771 Chicago 13 17 .433 Milwaukee 12 18 .400 Detroit 11 21 .344 Indiana 9 22 .290 WESTERN CONFERENCE Southwest Division W L Pct Dallas 22 10 .688 San Antonio 19 11 .633 Houston 20 13 .606 Memphis 15 16 .484 New Orleans 14 16 .467 Northwest Division W L Pct Denver 20 12 .625 Portland 21 13 .618 Oklahoma City 18 14 .563 Utah 18 14 .563

GB — 8 11 141⁄2 21 GB — 3 71⁄2 101⁄2 13 GB — 111⁄2 121⁄2 141⁄2 16 GB — 2 21⁄2 61⁄2 7 GB — — 2 2

7 Pacific W L.A. Lakers 26 Phoenix 21 L.A. Clippers 14 Sacramento 14 Golden State 9

27 .206 Division L Pct 6 .813 12 .636 18 .438 18 .438 22 .290

14 GB — 1 5 ⁄2 12 12 161⁄2

——— Friday’s Games New York 112, Atlanta 108, OT Orlando 106, Minnesota 94 L.A. Lakers 109, Sacramento 108 Saturday’s Games Cleveland 94, New Jersey 86 Charlotte 107, Miami 97 Minnesota at Indiana, 7 p.m. San Antonio at Washington, 7 p.m. Toronto at Boston, 7:30 p.m. Orlando at Chicago, 8 p.m. Houston at New Orleans, 8 p.m. Oklahoma City at Milwaukee, 8:30 p.m. Denver at Utah, 9 p.m. Memphis at Phoenix, 9 p.m. Dallas at Sacramento, 10 p.m. Golden State at Portland, 10 p.m. Sunday’s Games Indiana at New York, 6 p.m. Charlotte at Cleveland, 6 p.m. San Antonio at Toronto, 6 p.m. Philadelphia at Denver, 8 p.m. Dallas at L.A. Lakers, 9:30 p.m. Monday’s Games Atlanta at Miami, 7:30 p.m. Oklahoma City at Chicago, 8 p.m. New Orleans at Utah, 9 p.m. Portland at L.A. Clippers, 10:30 p.m.

NBA Boxscore Bobcats 107, Heat 97 CHARLOTTE (107) Wallace 3-11 9-11 15, Diaw 3-7 3-4 9, Mohammed 4-4 2-2 10, Felton 3-8 3-3 9, Jackson 11-20 9-9 35, Diop 0-0 0-0 0, Brown 3-4 0-0 7, Murray 3-5 2-2 9, Augustin 5-7 0-0 13, Graham 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 35-67 28-31 107. MIAMI (97) Richardson 7-15 0-0 20, Beasley 6-11 2-3 14, O’Neal 3-10 0-0 6, Arroyo 1-4 1-1 3, Wade 9-19 7-7 29, Wright 1-3 1-1 3, Haslem 5-8 3-4 13, Chalmers 2-3 0-0 4, Cook 1-4 0-0 3, Anthony 1-1 0-0 2. Totals 36-78 14-16 97. Charlotte Miami

17 32 30 16

24 34 — 107 26 25 — 97

3-Point Goals_Charlotte 9-17 (Jackson 4-7, Augustin 3-4, Murray 1-1, Brown 1-1, Felton 0-2, Wallace 0-2), Miami 11-24 (Richardson 6-12, Wade 4-8, Cook 1-4). Fouled Out_None. Rebounds_Charlotte 37 (Wallace, Jackson 8), Miami 42 (Haslem 10). Assists_Charlotte 19 (Felton 6), Miami 23 (Wade 11). Total Fouls_Charlotte 18, Miami 23. Technicals_Charlotte defensive three second, Wade. A_17,856 (19,600).


NFL Playoff Scenarios By The Associated Press AFC CLINCHED: Indianapolis-AFC South and homefield advantage; San Diego-AFC West and first-round bye; Cincinnati-AFC North; New England-AFC East ELIMINATED: Cleveland, Kansas City, Oakland, Buffalo, Tennessee Baltimore — Clinches a playoff spot with a win N.Y. Jets — Clinches a playoff spot with a win Denver — Clinches a playoff spot with: 1) Win and N.Y. Jets loss or tie and Baltimore loss or tie OR 2) Win and N.Y. Jets loss or tie and Pittsburgh loss or tie OR 3) Win and N.Y. Jets loss or tie and Houston win OR 4) Win and Baltimore loss or tie and Pittsburgh loss or tie OR 5) Win and Baltimore loss or tie and Houston win OR 6) Pittsburgh loss and Baltimore loss and Houston loss and Jacksonville loss OR 7) Pittsburgh loss and Baltimore loss and Houston loss and N.Y. Jets loss OR 8) Pittsburgh loss and Baltimore loss and Jacksonville loss and N.Y. Jets loss OR 9) Pittsburgh loss and Houston loss and Jacksonville loss and N.Y. Jets loss OR 10) Miami loss or tie and N.Y. Jets loss and Baltimore loss and Houston loss and Jacksonville loss or tie Pittsburgh — Clinches a playoff spot with: 1) Win and Houston loss or tie and N.Y. Jets loss or tie OR 2) Win and Houston loss or tie and Baltimore loss or tie OR 3) Win and N.Y. Jets loss or tie and Baltimore loss or tie and Denver loss or tie Houston — Clinches a playoff spot with: 1) Win and N.Y. Jets loss or tie and Baltimore loss or tie OR 2) Win and N.Y. Jets loss or tie and Denver loss or tie OR 3) Win and Baltimore loss or tie and Denver loss or tie Jacksonville — Clinches a playoff spot with: 1) Win and Pittsburgh loss and Baltimore loss and Denver loss and Houston loss OR 2) Win and Pittsburgh loss and Baltimore loss and Denver loss and N.Y. Jets loss OR 3) Win and Pittsburgh loss and Baltimore loss and Houston loss and N.Y. Jets loss OR 4) Win and Pittsburgh loss and Denver loss and Houston loss and N.Y. Jets loss OR 5) Win and N.Y. Jets loss and Denver loss and Houston loss and Baltimore loss Miami — Clinches a playoff spot with: 1) Win and N.Y. Jets loss and Baltimore loss and Houston loss and Jacksonville loss or tie Baltimore, N.Y. Jets, Denver, Pittsburgh and Houston can also make the playoffs if they tie this week in combination with various other results. Jacksonville and Miami cannot make the playoffs with a tie. NFC CLINCHED: New Orleans-NFC South and homefield advantage; Minnesota-NFC North; Arizona-NFC West; Philadelphia, Green Bay and Dallas-playoff spot ELIMINATED: Detroit, St. Louis, Tampa Bay, Washington, Chicago, Seattle, Carolina, Atlanta, San Francisco, N.Y. Giants Minnesota — Clinches a first-round bye with: 1) Minnesota win and Philadelphia loss or tie OR 2) Minnesota tie and Philadelphia loss Arizona — Clinches a first-round bye with: Win and Minnesota loss and Philadelphia loss Philadelphia — Clinches NFC East with: Win or tie — Clinches first-round bye with: 1) Win OR 2) Tie and Minnesota loss or tie Dallas — Clinches NFC East with: Win

Bowl Stats SOUTH FLORIDA 27, N. ILLINOIS 3 South Florida 3 0 10 14 — 27 N. Illinois 0 3 0 0 — 3 First Quarter USF—FG Schwartz 39, 10:17. Second Quarter NIU—FG M.Salerno 21, 13:19. Third Quarter USF—FG Schwartz 19, 10:35. USF—Love 46 pass from Daniels (Schwartz kick), 5:12. Fourth Quarter USF—Love 7 pass from Daniels (Schwartz kick), 14:55. USF—Ford 24 run (Schwartz kick), 6:25. A—22,185. ——— USF NIU First downs 19 11 Rushes-yards 40-189 31-108

Passing Comp-Att-Int Return Yards Punts-Avg. Fumbles-Lost Penalties-Yards Time of Possession

217 14-22-0 20 5-37.0 3-1 4-28 32:50

130 12-26-1 0 6-38.8 2-1 3-33 27:10

——— INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS RUSHING—South Florida, Ford 20-207, Plancher 5-11, Kelly 1-0, Lamar 3-(minus 3), Daniels 11-(minus 26). N. Illinois, Spann 20-93, J.Anderson 2-14, Palmer 2-4, Grady 2-0, Harnish 5-(minus 3). PASSING—South Florida, Daniels 14-220-217. N. Illinois, Harnish 12-25-1-130, Grady 0-1-0-0. RECEIVING—South Florida, Mitchell 6-94, Love 3-56, Hester 2-30, Griffin 1-15, T.Wilson 1-13, Landi 1-9. N. Illinois, Lewis 4-38, Spann 3-30, Cunningham 2-25, Moore 1-18, Palmer 1-12, Cox 1-7. CONNECTICUT 20, SOUTH CAROLINA 7 South Carolina 0 0 0 7— 7 Connecticut 10 3 0 7—20 First Quarter Conn_K.Moore 37 pass from Frazer (Teggart kick), 6:37. Conn_FG Teggart 33, 3:35. Second Quarter Conn_FG Teggart 44, 8:56. Fourth Quarter Conn_Dixon 10 run (Teggart kick), 13:12. SC_Maddox 2 run (Lanning kick), 3:24. ___ SC Conn First downs 12 17 Rushes-yards 26-76 48-146 Passing 129 107 Comp-Att-Int 16-38-1 9-22-0 Return Yards 4 43 Punts-Avg. 7-42.3 6-37.2 Fumbles-Lost 1-1 1-1 Penalties-Yards 4-41 0-0 Time of Possession 24:32 35:28 ___ INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS RUSHING_South Carolina, Garcia 15-56, Miles 6-24, Sherman 2-3, Maddox 2-2, Flint 1-(minus 9). Connecticut, Dixon 33-126, Todman 9-36, K.Moore 1-1, Team 3-(minus 4), Frazer 2-(minus 13). PASSING_South Carolina, Garcia 16-38-1129. Connecticut, Frazer 9-21-0-107, Todman 0-1-0-0. RECEIVING_South Carolina, Miles 4-23, A.Jeffery 3-28, Gurley 3-14, Barnes 2-21, Saunders 2-(minus 7), Moore 1-38, M.Brown 1-12.

HOCKEY NHL Conference Glance By The Associated Press All Times EST EASTERN CONFERENCE GP W L OT Pts GF GA New Jersey 39 28 10 1 57 113 86 Buffalo 40 25 11 4 54 111 93 Washington 40 24 10 6 54 144 114 Pittsburgh 42 26 15 1 53 131 110 Boston 40 21 12 7 49 105 95 Ottawa 41 21 16 4 46 115 121 Montreal 43 21 19 3 45 114 119 N.Y. Rangers 41 19 17 5 43 108 115 Tampa Bay 41 16 15 10 42 103 121 Philadelphia 40 19 18 3 41 113 111 Atlanta 40 18 17 5 41 127 129 N.Y. Islanders 42 16 18 8 40 101 129 Florida 41 16 18 7 39 117 133 Toronto 41 14 18 9 37 114 142 Carolina 41 11 23 7 29 102 146 WESTERN CONFERENCE GP W L OT Pts GF GA San Jose 41 26 8 7 59 138 105 Chicago 40 27 10 3 57 126 85 Phoenix 42 25 13 4 54 110 95 Colorado 42 23 13 6 52 125 122 Vancouver 42 25 16 1 51 132 103 Nashville 41 24 14 3 51 118 118 Calgary 40 23 12 5 51 111 97 Los Angeles 41 23 15 3 49 122 119 Dallas 41 18 12 11 47 122 127 Detroit 40 20 14 6 46 104 103 Minnesota 41 20 18 3 43 108 119 St. Louis 40 17 17 6 40 105 115 Anaheim 40 16 17 7 39 112 129 Columbus 42 15 18 9 39 110 140 Edmonton 41 16 21 4 36 114 134 NOTE: Two points for a win, one point for overtime loss. Friday’s Games Boston 2, Philadelphia 1, OT Buffalo 4, Atlanta 3, OT Saturday’s Games Carolina 2, N.Y. Rangers 1, OT Vancouver 3, Dallas 1 Tampa Bay 3, Pittsburgh 1 Washington at Los Angeles, 4 p.m. Atlanta at N.Y. Islanders, 7 p.m. Colorado at Columbus, 7 p.m. Toronto at Calgary, 7 p.m. Chicago at St. Louis, 8 p.m. Detroit at Phoenix, 8 p.m. New Jersey at Minnesota, 8 p.m. Anaheim at Nashville, 8 p.m. Edmonton at San Jose, 10 p.m. Sunday’s Games Philadelphia at Ottawa, 1 p.m. Buffalo at Montreal, 3 p.m. Pittsburgh at Florida, 5 p.m. Anaheim at Chicago, 7 p.m. Monday’s Games Boston at N.Y. Rangers, 7 p.m. Los Angeles at San Jose, 10:30 p.m.

NHL Boxscore Hurricanes 2, Rangers 1 Carolina N.Y. Rangers

0 0

1 0 0 1

1 — 2 0 — 1

First Period—None. Second Period—1, Carolina, Kostopoulos 3 (Tlusty, Dwyer), 19:14. Third Period—2, N.Y. Rangers, Gaborik 27 (Dubinsky, Christensen), 9:08. Overtime—3, Carolina, Whitney 11 (Cullen, Pitkanen), 3:45. Shots on Goal—Carolina 7-7-4-1—19. N.Y. Rangers 8-10-9-1—28. Goalies—Carolina, C.Ward. N.Y. Rangers, Lundqvist. A—18,200 (18,200). T—2:24.

TRANSACTIONS Saturday’s Sports Transactions By The Associated Press FOOTBALL National Football League ARIZONA CARDINALS—Released PK Mike Nugent. Signed DE Jason Banks from the practice squad. BUFFALO BILLS—Signed LB Ryan Manalac. Placed DB Todd Johnson on injured reserve. DENVER BRONCOS—Signed WR Matt Willis from the practice squad. Waived OT Herb Taylor. JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS—Placed DT Atiyyah Ellison on injured reserve. Signed DB Kennard Cox from the practice squad. MIAMI DOLPHINS—Signed LB J.D. Folsom from the practice squad. HOCKEY National Hockey League MONTREAL CANADIENS—Reassigned G Robert Mayer from Cincinnati (ECHL) to Hamilton (AHL). ST. LOUIS BLUES—Fired coach Andy Murray. Named Davis Payne interim coach. SAN JOSE SHARKS—Activated F Jody Shelley from injured reserve. Reassigned F Frazer McLaren and D Jason Demers to Worcester (AHL). TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING—Recalled RW Brandon Bochenski from Norfolk (AHL). American Hockey League HERSHEY BEARS—Loaned F Darren Reid to Reading (ECHL). NORFOLK ADMIRALS—Signed F Matt Fornataro. PEORIA RIVERMEN—Named Rick Wamsley interim coach. SYRACUSE CRUNCH—Signed C Jared Aulin. ECHL READING ROYALS—Signed F Jim Gehring.


6B / Sunday, January 3, 2010 / The Sanford Herald DEAR ABBY


Siblings drifting apart must come together for mother

HOROSCOPES Universal Press Syndicate

Happy Birthday: If you can dream it, you can become it, should be your motto this year. There is nothing too great for you to conquer if you put your talents to work. You are a team player but, most of all, a leader with a mission. A partnership may be offered but, if you don’t need one, don’t be afraid to go it alone. Your numbers are 2, 9, 13, 22, 27, 35, 42 ARIES (March 21-April 19): Sticking your nose where it doesn’t belong will lead to unwelcome changes. Don’t limit what you can do by taking on someone else’s burden. Use your imagination and you can avoid a battle not meant to be yours. 5 stars TAURUS (April 20-May 20): You are in the driver’s seat, so start talking until you have everything you want and more. Hard work will pay off. Don’t let someone who has half as much clout and experience push you aside. 2 stars GEMINI (May 21-June 20): You have to give yourself a little time to have some fun and to inch into the new year slowly. Too much, too fast will leave you spinning in too many different directions. Be positive before you make a commitment. 4 stars CANCER (June 21-July 22): Now is not the time to take chances. You have too much to protect and take care of to be an open target. Expect additional family responsibilities. You will face complaints if you don’t handle matters carefully. 3 stars LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): There will be plenty of talk about what’s to come but, until you have a deal signed, sealed and delivered, don’t count on anything. Protect your position as well as your ideas. You have greater opportunities ahead of you. 3 stars VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): With the struggles behind you and some


interesting options ahead, you have nothing to lose and everything to gain by investing in your talent. Romance is in the stars, so share intimate times with someone special. 3 stars LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): Listen to the complaints being made and you will allow the people around you facing trouble to figure out what needs to be done. It’s the comfort you offer in not judging or meddling that will make you so helpful. 3 stars SCORPIO (Oct. 23Nov. 21): Don’t deviate from your original plans because someone wants you to. If you let someone meddle in your affairs, you will have regrets. Don’t fold to pressure when you should be following your heart. 2 stars SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22Dec. 21): Being aggressive or using emotional blackmail may work initially but, in the end, you will have to face someone who calls your bluff. People will respond to what you want if you are playful and fun and offer them something in return. 5 stars CAPRICORN (Dec. 22Jan. 19): As long as you keep everyone necessary in the loop, you will avoid setbacks and will probably get a little extra help. Being upfront will take you a lot further than going behind someone’s back. 3 stars AQUARIUS (Jan. 20Feb. 18): There will be plenty to discover before you can possibly make a good assessment of your personal situation. Get all the facts you need to handle a confusing personal situation. It may be time to cut your losses and move on. 3 stars PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): You have to be willing to put as much on the line as everyone else if you want to be a participant. Don’t be afraid to put pressure on someone who has put you in an awkward position in the past. 3 stars

DEAR ABBY: My problem is the relationship I have with my brother. We’re both in our 40s and married. Over the last few years our relationship has deteriorated. We live in different states, and I see him once a year when I visit Mom. I call him in between, but he never returns my calls. When we do get together, he makes it clear that he’d rather be somewhere else. It makes me sad because we have a small family and I’d like to be closer -- like we were in the past. Mom is in her 80s and lives alone in the house we grew up in. She has lived by herself for more than 20 years. Although she’s very active, the house has become a burden. She and I have talked about selling it and her moving to a senior residence close to me. She is thrilled with the idea. I am afraid my brother will make a fuss and try to discourage the process, since Mom would be moving out of state. I’ll be going to visit Mom soon to help with some jobs around the house. How do I get through to my brother that this would be a progressive move for Mom? — SENSIBLE SIBLING IN MINNESOTA DEAR SENSIBLE SIB: You’re behaving as if the decision is yours and your brother’s to make. If your mother is “thrilled” with the idea of being closer to you, it’s possible that your brother and his wife are less involved in her life than you think. When you go to visit and your brother comes by acting as if he’d

Abigail Van Buren Write Dear Abby at or P.O. Box 69440, Los Angeles, CA 90069.

she knows I am wise beyond my years because of my past. How can I respond to these strangers -- first about their negative reaction to my having married so young, and second, to their questions about my parents? I don’t like telling strangers about my mother’s passing away because it is still painful after all these years. — NO PARENTS IN CALGARY

rather be elsewhere, start a family discussion on the subject and don’t let him hijack it. Your mother’s wishes should prevail. P.S. I don’t know whether you and your brother will be able to re-establish the closeness you once had or the reason you drifted apart. But a mediator might be able to help if you both are willing.

DEAR NO PARENTS: Ah, the thoughtless questions people come up with about things that are none of their business! You do not have to give a stranger chapter and verse about your family history. Just smile, say, “I was raised by my grandmother, and she didn’t have a problem with it,” then change the subject immediately by asking the person a question about her- or himself.



DEAR ABBY: I am a 22-year-old married woman in Canada. I moved from the United States to be with my husband when I was 19. People seem to react negatively because we married at such a young age. I am often asked, “What do your parents think about that?” Abby, my mother died when I was 17 and I have had little contact with my father since I was 12 because he was abusive. I was fortunate that my grandmother took me in. She loves my husband and has no problem with my marriage as

DEAR ABBY: When riding in a car, who gets to select the radio station? Is it the driver/owner of the vehicle or the passenger? — LIKES TO LISTEN IN FRESNO, CALIF. DEAR LIKES TO LISTEN: Usually it’s the driver or owner. However, if you would like to listen to a station other than the one that’s on, politely ask if you can change the station and the driver/owner may accommodate you.

ODDS AND ENDS China nabs 5,400 people for online porn in 2009 BEIJING (AP) — Chinese authorities caught nearly 5,400 suspects last year in a crackdown on online pornography and have vowed to strengthen Internet policing. Beijing’s pervasive policing of cyberspace and attempts to block the Internet are already among the world’s most stringent. In a statement late Thursday, the Ministry of Public Security said the “purification of the Internet” and fighting of online crime are closely tied to the country’s stability. “Lewd and pornographic content seriously pollutes the online environment, depraves social morals and poisons the physical and psychological health of the masses of young people,” the statement said. “It must be firmly controlled.” The ministry said nearly 9,000 pornographic Web sites have been deleted from the Internet and 5,394 suspects captured in 2009, although it did not say how many of them were formally arrested or charged. It said future efforts would focus on China-based operators of overseas-registered Web sites and companies that provide Internet services, or register domain names or rent virtual space to sites with pornographic content. The ministry also offered rewards to members of the public who provide useful information in policing efforts. The communist government says the main targets of its Web censorship are pornography, gambling and other sites deemed harmful to society. Critics, however, say that often acts as cover for detecting and blocking sensitive political


MY ANSWER content. Its restrictions of the Internet are often referred to as the “Great Firewall of China.” Many foreign sites have been blocked by China’s Internet authorities, including YouTube, Facebook, Twitter and a host of other media and news Web sites. Last year, China backed down from a requirement for new computers to be loaded with a controversial Internet-filtering software known as Green Dam Youth escort after a major outcry from Chinese citizens and computer companies. That software had been introduced as a filter against porn.

Police: Driver passes out, meth lab in back seat MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (AP) — Police say a driver passed out in his car at a Tennessee gas station while a batch of methamphetamine was cooking in the back seat. An employee at the gas station in Murfreesboro, about 30 miles southeast of Nashville, called police because the car was sitting at the pump for about an hour on New Year’s Day. Police say a chemical process to make the drug was in progress. Some meth-making ingredients can be explosive. Murfreesboro Assistant Fire Chief Allen Swader told The Daily News Journal that gas pumps were shut off as a precaution. Thirty-one-year-old Nathan E. Beasley is being held on a $15,000 bond on charges of driving under the influence, driving on a suspended license, reckless endangerment and manufacturing meth. No attorney was listed in police records.

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The objective of the game is to fill all the blank squares in a game with the correct numbers. n Every row of 9 numbers must include all digits 1 through 9 in any order n Every column of 9 numbers must include all digits 1 through 9 in any order n Every 3 by 3 subsection of the 9 by 9 square must include all digits 1 through 9

Billy Graham Send your queries to “My Answer,” Billy Graham Evangelistic Assoc., 1 Billy Graham Parkway, Charlotte, N.C., 28201

Christ died to bring us salvation Q: Why didn’t Jesus stay on earth longer? It seems to me that He could have done a lot more good if He’d lived a long time. After all, He could have avoided getting arrested and put to death, couldn’t He? -- Mrs. N.N. A: Yes, Jesus could have avoided arrest and death if He had chosen to do so — and He did avoid them during most of His ministry. When people in his hometown of Nazareth attempted to kill Him, for example, He deliberately escaped (see Luke 4:28-30). But Jesus Christ came for one main reason: to become the final and complete sacrifice for our sins. In the final hours before His arrest, Jesus confronted the terrible ordeal He was about to endure, and yet He did not refuse it because “It was for this very reason I came to this hour” (John 12:27). This was God’s purpose in sending Him into the world. Remember: Our greatest need is to be reconciled to God -- but that is only possible if our sins are somehow erased. And this is what Jesus came into the world to do. Ahead of Him wasn’t just the physical suffering of the cross, but the spiritual horror of enduring the judgment we deserve for our sins. He was without sin -- but all our sins were placed on Him, and He died in our place. As the Bible says, “God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God” (2 Corinthians 5:21). What does Jesus Christ’s death mean to you? Have you confessed your sins to Him and asked Him to cleanse you and make you His child?


The Sanford Herald / Sunday, January 3, 2010

Business On the Street


Office parties stay downsized Local company Kelly Marcom among many in area that cut back this year Jonathan Owens Have news about your local business? E-mail Jonathan at

Medical clinics merging One of Sanford’s family medical practices will merge with a large clinic in Pinehurst in the early half of 2010. According to a report in The Southern Pines Pilot, Sanford Medical Group, P.A., a six-physician practice located at 555 Carthage Street, has entered into an asset purchase agreement with Pinehurst Medical Clinic Inc. The merger should be complete by May 1. The six doctors at the Sanford location are Drs. John Mangum, Dave Nave, Jennifer Gregory, Glenna Grider, Vaishali Nadkarni and Murali Pisharody. According to its Web site, The Pinehurst Medical Clinic is also associated with Sanford Cardiology, located at 110 Field Road in Sanford, directly across the street from Central Carolina Hospital, and just added a third provider there as well. According to The Pilot, Sanford Medical Group will retain its name after the merger is complete, and Pinehurst Medical Clinic would essentially support the practice through the implementation of electronic medical records and the streamlining of services.

RALEIGH (MCT) — North State Bank isn’t footing the bill for a holiday party for its employees this year. Nor did it do so last year. Blame the ugly economy. North State remains profitable — although it’s not making as much money as last year. Still, CEO Larry Barbour said it just wouldn’t seem right for the Raleigh-based bank to sponsor a celebration at a time when so many others are hurting. Moreover, Barbour is con-

vinced that the more than 100 employees of the bank, which has seven branches, understand he’s no Scrooge. “There are a lot of people without jobs,” he said. “We haven’t had to lay off people as such. They are glad to be in an organization that’s strong enough to keep them employed, and they’re just thankful.” A recent survey found that about 19 percent of large companies nationwide aren’t

having holiday celebrations this year. That ties last year as the most in the 21-year history of the survey conducted by Battalia Winston Amrop, an executive search firm in New York. The firm has found that holiday parties are a good economic barometer, said CEO Dale Winston. Of the companies that are having parties, the survey found that nearly half of them are scaling back, Winston said. That’s in sync with what

Quilting expo coming to Sanford In case you didn’t read Saturday’s edition of The Herald, the Quilting and Fiber Art Marketplace, featuring 38 shops under one roof that will interest any quilter, knitter or fiber craftsperson, is coming to Sanford next weekend. The show will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday at the Dennis A. Wicker Civic Center. Admission is $4.

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Fox, Time Warner reach deal

Roadshow in town this week Just a reminder that the Treasure Hunters Roadshow will be in town this week looking to buy antique items and gold from the good people of Sanford. The show will take place from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Tuesday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday at the Holiday Inn Express located at 20 Dalrymple St. Appraisers will give values and possibly purchase anything from old guitars to chinaware to jewelry and toys to any other antique or item you think may be valuable. As I have mentioned before in this column, I have be come somewhat of an addict of shows such as Pawn Stars on The History Channel and The Antiques Roadshow on PBS. I am definitely going to make a trip out there one day. For more information, visit

Dean Ogan and Laurie Okun are seeing. Ogan is the owner of Rocky Top Hospitality, which encompasses six area restaurants, including Michael Dean’s and Twisted Fork. Okun is director of sales and marketing at the Raleigh Convention Center. Both say the number of company parties they’ve booked is about the same as 2008 — a year that saw a

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Teacher Carrie Cox from Andrew High School in Tinley Park, Ill., protests along with other teachers opposing Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn’s budget cuts and new pension plan.

Cities, counties take back corporate tax breaks CHICAGO (AP) — Cashstrapped communities have a message for corporations that promised jobs in return for tax breaks: A deal’s a deal. As the economy sputters along, municipalities struggling to fix roads, fund schools and pay bills increasingly are rescinding tax abatements to companies that don’t hire enough workers, that lay them off or that close up shop. At the same time, they’re sharpening new incentive deals, leaving no doubt what is expect-

ed of companies and what will happen if they don’t deliver. “We will roll out the red carpet as much as we can (but) they are going to honor the contract,” said Brendon Gallagher, an alderman in DeKalb, Ill., where Target Corp. got abatements from the city, county, school district and other taxing bodies after promising at least 500 jobs at a local distribution center. So when the company came up 66 workers short in 2009, Target got word its next tax

bill would be jumping almost $600,000 — more than half of which goes to the local school district, where teachers and programs have been cut as coffers dried up. The newfound boldness comes from communities and states that have long bent over backward to lure companies and jobs by offering abatements and other incentives — to the tune of an estimated $60 billion a year in

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LOS ANGELES (AP) — Football fans and “American Idol” devotees can breathe a sigh of relief. Fox and Time Warner Cable have reached a deal in principle that will keep the network on the cable provider after Fox threatened to pull the plug over a fee dispute. Friday’s agreement, which included Bright House Networks, ended a week of public sparring that had some viewers worried they’d miss Friday night’s Sugar Bowl, Saturday’s Cotton Bowl and Sunday’s professional football lineup, as well as an array of other programming. Fox had been threatening to force Time Warner Cable and Bright House to drop the Fox broadcast signal from 14 of its TV stations and half a dozen of its cable channels as a contract expired at midnight Thursday. But signals were extended into Friday as talks continued, allowing more than 6 million cable subscribers in New York, Los Angeles, Orlando, Fla., and other markets to continue viewing programs. Neither company would divulge the terms of the deal. Fox wanted to be paid $1 per cable subscriber each month for the broadcast signal it had once given away freely from the stations it owns. Other Fox affiliate stations that are owned by different companies had already cut deals to be paid by cable operators

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N.C.-based company helps drive online commerce RALEIGH (AP) — All day long, a FedEx trailer sits backed up to the merchandise warehouse of Global Golf, which ships golf clubs, shoes, gifts and other accessories worldwide. At the end of each day, a truck comes to haul away the trailer crammed with packages. Soon it will take two trailers a day as Global Golf shifts to holiday overdrive mode. For Global Golf and most online retailers, the year-end shopping frenzy began on Cyber Monday, following the post-Thanksgiving weekend sales.

The recession knocked the wind out of the retailing sector, but the $156 billion e-commerce industry is expected to keep expanding this year. Cyber Monday and the hectic month that follows until Christmas present particular challenges, mainly in the technological realm. Some of the preparation, real-time monitoring and troubleshooting take place in the Triangle, home to ChannelAdvisor, a Morrisville company that sells software and other services to about 3,000 online vendors, including Global Golf.

Downed computers can cost millions of dollars in sales, and despite months of precautions, each year brings a new round of cyber-glitches and techno-hiccups that are the bane of risk managers and software engineers in the e-commerce sector. ChannelAdvisor estimates that retailers that use its software would lose 61 sales for every minute the company’s computers crashed. That would represent about $13,500 in lost revenue on average, significantly more during peak times. “Customers are pretty amped

up at this time of year, and you have to be hyper-responsible to them,” Channel Advisor CEO Scot Wingo said. “For consumers, it means you can enjoy the benefits from all those online deals without having to get up at 3 a.m.” Headaches for online retailers struck on Friday, the day after Thanksgiving, when Home Depot, Toys R Us, Staples and Kohl’s reported Web site glitches. Some outages lasted a few minutes, others several hours.

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significant drop-off in holiday reveling. But flat is the new up in the current economy, so Rocky Topâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Ogan isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t discouraged. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Overall, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m pretty darn pleased with the number of functions we have,â&#x20AC;? he said. But the number of functions only tells half the story. The businesses that are having parties at Rocky Top restaurants have slashed their budgets. Ogan is seeing fewer dinners and more â&#x20AC;&#x153;heavy hors dâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;oeuvres.â&#x20AC;? Cash bars are popular. Okun is willing to cut deals, if necessary, to get the business. â&#x20AC;&#x153;If I have XYZ Corp. that has done a holiday function with us for the past five years, and theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re planning on not doing a function this year, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve instructed my people to work with them,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Buy that company $100 in appetizers ... and letâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s get them in the door. Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re going to spend less, but less is better than nothing.â&#x20AC;? The Raleigh convention center has booked just five holiday parties this year, and those companies also are in

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To create extra computer capacity, Global Golf has temporarily farmed out its memory-hogging Web site images to a thirdparty cloud computing operator. Global Golfâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s goal is to have each of its five Web sites load within 4 seconds of a customerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s click. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the maximum delay impatient online shoppers will tolerate before giving up and moving to a competitorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s site. By midmorning Monday, as customers placed their online orders, Global Golf computer servers revved up to 80 percent of capacity. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We engineer those systems for days like today,â&#x20AC;? said Mitesh Patel, Global

Building relationships Marketing firm Kelly MarCom, which is based in Sanford, often has held its holiday party at a restaurant. But this year, even though revenue has stayed steady with last year, the companyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s annual holiday affair will be at CEO Shelley Kellyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s home to save money. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We want to take the opportunity to provide that camaraderie,â&#x20AC;? said Vice President Mariryan Starr, â&#x20AC;&#x153;but we want to be judicious with those expenditures to help us maintain our funding for the things that are critical â&#x20AC;&#x201D; employee retention and compensation.â&#x20AC;? One company that is spending more on this yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s party is BodyLase Skin Spa, which has locations in Raleigh and Cary. BodyLase President Karen Albright decided to expand this yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s event to include vendors and strategic partners as well as employees and their guests. Consequently, sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s expecting 40 for this yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s catered affair at her home

â&#x20AC;&#x201D; hors dâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;oeuvres, dinner and drinks â&#x20AC;&#x201D; up from 25 last year. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a great way to build relationships,â&#x20AC;? said Albright, whose business is up about 20 percent this year in spite of the recession. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I even look at it as a great way to market.â&#x20AC;? The owner and chef of 18 Seaboard in Raleigh, Jason Smith, has been pleasantly surprised by the bookings for the restaurantâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s new private dining room. It accommodates up to 50 diners and is booked solid for dinner this month. Smith is convinced that the restaurantâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s niche â&#x20AC;&#x201D; â&#x20AC;&#x153;a very reasonable price point for a very nice experienceâ&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x201D; resonates with recession-battered customers. All but one of the restaurantâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s entrees are under $20. Even some companies whose business is booming are resisting the temptation to throw a lavish bash. Linux software company Red Hat, which reported a 29 percent increase in revenue for the latest quarter, took the money it would normally spend on a party and instead donated it to charity. The Raleigh-based company did the same thing last year, reversing what had been a bigger-

and-better trend with its holiday celebrations as the company grew. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It made me very proud,â&#x20AC;? said Shea DeAntonio, a Red Hat quality assurance/customer satisfaction program manager. â&#x20AC;&#x153;When they announced it last year, I sent it out to my friends and said, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;See, this is the kind of company I work for.â&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;? Red Hat isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t saying how much money it is donating to Meals on Wheels. But DeLisa Alexander, senior vice president of people and brand, said the company gave 40 percent more than last year â&#x20AC;&#x201D; enough to supply 20,000 meals, including 5,700 in Wake County. Similarly, yellow pages publisher R.H. Donnelley hasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t had a holiday party for the past three years. Instead, it donates money to the United Way. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We see that as a better way to spend money around the holidays,â&#x20AC;? said spokesman Mike Truell. However, given the Cary companyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s struggles â&#x20AC;&#x201D; it expects to emerge from bankruptcy next month â&#x20AC;&#x201D; the company reduced its United Way donation from $50,000 last year to $40,000 this year.

Golfâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s chief operating officer. Despite the recession, online sales are expected to grow 11 percent this year and 13 percent next year, according to Forrester Research, a Massachusetts technology market research firm. Online sales now represent 6 percent of all retail sales and are expected to claim a bigger share of the market. Many online retailers didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t wait for Cyber Monday for big sales designed to lure consumers from traditional stores. Still, nearly 100million Americans were expected to shop online Monday, up from 85 million last year, the National Retail Federation reported. Online sales in the U.S. rose 16 percent Monday from a year ago as consumers hunted, Bloom-

berg News reported, citing marketing firm Core metrics. The company collects data from 500 retailers, including Petco Animal Supplies, Bath & Body Works and Office Depot., the worldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s largest online retailer, said electronics, toys and kitchen items are among the topselling items Monday. Digital cameras, portable navigation devices and LEGO products are also selling well, spokesman Craig Berman told Bloomberg. Last year, Cyber Monday was the highest sales day for ChannelAdvisor customers, and judging by late afternoon data, Wingo expected Monday sales this year to exceed last yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s record. As it adds new customers and online traffic grows,

ChannelAdvisor is hiring more employees and bulking up its computer power. The company spends six months preparing for the final month of the year, and it added 50 servers to handle an anticipated increase in volume. At ChannelAdvisorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s offices, banks of computer screens report up-to-theminute data from the computer servers that process online orders and shipments. Resembling heart monitors, the graphs showed an increase in online traffic much of the day. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The data center is almost like a nuclear power plant,â&#x20AC;? Wingo said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It has a backup generator, multiple air-conditioning systems, multiple power supplies and multiple Internet communications.â&#x20AC;?

cutback mode. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re saying, we have half the money as last year, but we want the same party,â&#x20AC;? Okun said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We have had to be very creative.â&#x20AC;?

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the United States, according to the Washingtonbased economic development watchdog group Good Jobs First. The willingness to write â&#x20AC;&#x201D; and enforce â&#x20AC;&#x201D; the â&#x20AC;&#x153;clawbackâ&#x20AC;? provisions comes even as companies across the country struggle and against a broader backdrop of governments getting tough on business practices. Whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s more, the poor economy has communities thinking about how the tax breaks they dole out will play with residents who have grown increasingly angry at the thought of anything that hints of corporate welfare. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The public is a lot more aware of tax abatements and thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a climate of skepticism about what can be perceived as corporate handouts,â&#x20AC;? said Geoff McKimm, a member of the Monroe County Council in Indiana. With that in mind, county officials drew up an agreement with Printpack, a packaging company, that includes a provision requiring the company to refund either $197,000 or that yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s abatement, whichever is more, if the number of employees at a new factory falls below 140. Another provision requires Printpack to refund the entire abatement if it employs fewer than 75 people â&#x20AC;&#x201D; a guarantee meant to prevent companies from leaving a â&#x20AC;&#x153;skeleton crewâ&#x20AC;? at a location to avoid paying up. â&#x20AC;&#x153;With so many businesses going to Mexico, communities are desperately trying to hold onto

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for a fraction of that fee. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re pleased that, after months of negotiations, we were able to reach a fair agreement with Time Warner Cable â&#x20AC;&#x201D; one that recognizes the value of our programming,â&#x20AC;? said Chase Carey, chief operating officer at News Corp., which owns Fox. Time Warner Cable Inc. Chief Executive Glenn Britt said he was â&#x20AC;&#x153;happy to have reached a reasonable deal with no disruption in programming for our customers.â&#x20AC;? Politicians and regulators had gotten in on the dispute, especially because Fox sends its signals out

jobs,â&#x20AC;? said Amy Gerstman, the countyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s auditor. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This was a carefully put-together abatement.â&#x20AC;? And businesses increasingly are being forced to hold up their end of the bargain. In Texas, where companies can get money from the Texas Enterprise Fund if they promise to create a specific number of jobs, the number of clawbacks rose to nine in 2008, compared to a total of seven for the previous three years combined, the governorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s office said. In Illinois, the number of companies from which the state sought to â&#x20AC;&#x153;recaptureâ&#x20AC;? incentive money has steadily climbed, from six in 2005 to a total of 37 by 2008. Meanwhile, more communities are contemplating similar action. In St. Louis County, officials have told Pfizer Inc. that if it cuts 600 jobs, as planned, theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll rethink the $7 million in tax breaks they promised to give the drugmaker for the next 10 years. And in Detroit, while the state was approving expanded tax credits in exchange for General Motors Co.â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s promise not to move its headquarters, the city council was talking about cracking down on tax breaks for GM and other major employers. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We know that there are more clawbacks getting triggered because more deals are falling short,â&#x20AC;? said Greg LeRoy, executive director of Good Jobs First, who has written extensively on clawbacks. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s unclear exactly how much is being recovered because nobody collects comprehensive statistics on clawbacks, LeRoy and others say.

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200 Transportation 240 Cars - General 1979 International School Bus $1,800 OBO 919-498-3030 919-478-4108 Automobile Policy: Three different automobile ads per household per year at the “Family Rate”. In excess of 3, billing will be at the “Business Rate”.

250 Trucks 01’ Dakota pickup, 1 owner, 164k mls, all service records, recent starter serp belt, brakes/power steering, subwoofer & amp, $3500. 919-721-0887


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640 Firewood Fire Wood Mixed Hardwoods Full Size Pick Up Split & Delivered $85 499-1617/353-9607

425 Help Wanted Child Care

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720 For Rent - Houses 3BR 1.5 Bath Brick House with Car Port Fenced in Back Yard $700/mo $750/Dep Serious Inquiries 775-2745 3BR, 1 BA, NEW roof, HVAC, flooring, paint and stove. 1298 Hooker St. $500/mo plus sec. dep. 919-444-9546 505-B N. Horner $350/mo 1BD/1BA Adcock Rentals 774-6046 House for Rent 3BR, 2BA - Renovated Jonesboro Area $800/month 774-8033 THE SANFORD HERALD makes every effort to follow HUD guidelines in rental advertisements placed by our advertisers. We reserve the right to refuse or change ad copy as necessary for HUD compliances. West Sanford Home For Rent 4BR 2.5 Bath LG Screened In Back Porch Nice Neighborhood New Fridge, New Paint and Carpet, Excellent Condition $1200/month Call Eddie (919)708-2036

730 For Rent Apts/Condos MOVE IN SPECIAL FREE RENT Spring Lane Apartments 2 bedroom apt. energy efficient, adjacent to Spring Lane Gallaria call today. 919-774-6511

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Small MH For Rent Exc. Condition Wash/Dryer Rental/Credit Application Req $300/Dep $300/mo No Pets (919)499-5523 Total Electric 2 BR 2 Bath M H in Small Park in Northern Lee County Partially Furnished $550/mo $200/dep Water and Garbage Pick Up Included. No Pets. Ref and Proof of income req 774-8003 Leave Message

750 For Rent Miscellaneous Office Space For Rent: All Utilities Included, Centrally Located, $550 A Month Call: 919-777-2826 (Ask For Chris)

800 Real Estate 820 Homes *Houses/Mobile Homes/Real Estate Policy: One (house) per household per year at the “Family Rate”.Consecutive different locations/addresses will be billed at the “Business Rate”.


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300 Businesses/Services 315 Elderly/In-Home Care


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370 Home Repair L.C Harell Home Improvement Decks, porches, buildings repair remodel & electrical Interior-Exterior Quality Work at affordable prices. Senior Discount No job to small or to large (919)770-3853

400 Employment 420 Help Wanted General Full and Part Time Sales Associates Needed Experienced Preferred but not Necessary Send reply to The Sanford Herald PO Box 100 Sanford NC 27331 #03461 How to get a sales job you’ll love…

ties. Hours are M-F, 8am4:30pm. MDS experience required. Excellent benefits and competitive salary commensurate with experience. Send resume or apply at: Lee Cty Nursing & Rehab 714 Westover Drive Sanford, NC 27330 Pinehurst Surgical Competitive Salaries and Excellent Benefits Certified Medical Assistant or Licensed Practical Nurse – Requires license or certification. Prior experience in OBGYN preferred. Pinehurst Surgical, Human Resources, PO Box 2000, Pinehurst, NC 28374 or email:

500 Free Pets 520 Free Dogs Free to good home! Two 1 year old black & chocolate Labs; have been spayed & have all shots. Call: 7762710 or 708-7480

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Attention Woodworkers! Braston-Gail Enterpris- We have 2 positions available immediately. To find es located at 336 Wicker out more information on Street in Sanford, now has this job you may love reclaimed barn wood for all your woodworking proj- please forward your resume to Brian.Whitfield@comects! Come by and check or call out our inventory or call for information. 919-777-9000 1-800-608-1280. WILL MOVE OLD JUNK CARS! BEST PRICES EOE M/F/D/V PAID. Call for complete car delivery price. Looking For Plumbers McLeod’s Auto Crushing. & Plumbers Helpers Day 499-4911. Experienced w/ Copper Night 776-9274. Pipes. Work Will Last For Approx. 1 Year 120 Fax: 334-289-8132


Female Companion Don’t be alone for the New Year! Wholesome gentleman needs livein companion. Room & board included. Plus small salary. No smoking/drugs. Call Ray: (919)995-8945

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total $250 or less, and the price must be included in the ad. Multiple items at a single price (i.e., jars $1 each), and animals/pets do not qualify. One free “Bargain Bin” ad per household per month.

2 - 6FT Neoprene Storage Cabinets $60 Each & 7 ft Metal Shelving $50 919-499-2432 32’’ Sharp CRT TV with remote 5 years old $100. Hall Tree Table 6 FT with mirror $75 919-499-1650 Black Dansko Clogs, Closed Back, Size 36 (6-7) $50 Nearly Brand New 776-0569 - 353-1287 For Sale Propane Gas Heater 12 BKU $45 (919)775-7893 Refrigerator GE, White Good Condition $150 919-7215680 Solid Oak Frame Sofa and Chair Burgundy, Green & Beige Striped Cushions From home with no children and no pets. Excellent Condition $150 919-837-2342 After 6pm

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665 Musical/Radio/TV CLASSIFIED SELLS! “CALL TODAY, SELL TOMORROW” Sanford Herald Classified Dept., 718-1201 or 7181204

675 Pets/Animals *Pets/Animals Policy: Three different (Pet) ads per household per year at the “Family Rate”. In excess of 3, billing will be at the “Business Rate”.

735 For Rent - Room

CLEAN & BRIGHT: Furnished West Sanford, Private bath & entry, MW, frig., TV, $150 wkly. 776-0928.

Need Help Finding a couple that were selling Beagel puppies out of the back of a truck 4 or 5 years ago at the old Wal-Mart parking lot. We bought a red beagle from them and have a friend that wants one. Information about this couple will be appreciated. Please call Walt 919-247-3628

740 For Rent - Mobile Homes 16 x 80 MH 3 BR 2 Ba Ment Condition on Private Lot Deposite Required No Pets Broadway Area 919-499-8333 2 & 3 Bedroom Trailers For Rent, All Refurbished, Olivia Area, For More Information Contact James at 919-935-9116

3 yr. old powder blue, 3 gallon blueberry plants. Plant this year, pick next year, $25 per plant. 919-498-5446.

2BR/1BA, $335/mo., $200 dep. No pets. Rental reference & deposit required. Call 499-5589 before 9pm.

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For Rent: Mobile Homesmall 2 bedrooms, washer & dryer, no pets. 919-776-4836.

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695 Wanted to Buy Looking to purchase small timber tracts. Fully insured. Call 919-499-8704

700 Rentals 720 For Rent - Houses 1,2,3 BR Rentals Avail. Adcock Rentals 774-6046

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All real estate advertising in this newspaper is subject to DRIVER- CDL-A. Attention the Federal Fair Housing Flatbed Drivers! Steady Act 1968 which makes it Freight & Miles. Limited illegal to advertise “any Tarping. Paycheck depositNo Hookups for Washer & preference, limitation or dis- ed to ComData Card, $25 Drye NO PETS Credit crimination based on race, Bonus for every clean DOT Check Available Now !!! color, religion, sex, handiinspection. Must have Jefferson Manor Apartments cap, familial status, or TWIC Card or apply within 919-774-4733 national origin or an inten- 30 days of hire. Western Office in Al’s Sale Store tion to make any such pref- Express. Class A CDL, 22 building across the street. erence, limitation or disyears old, 1 year expericrimination.” ence. 866-863-4117. 2BR, 1BA, Very nice close This newspaper will not knowingly accept any to post office, hospital & advertisement for real Seeking RECRUITER to repdown town, energy estate which is in violation resent NC territory for COLefficient, duplex, central of the law. Our readers are ONIAL LIFE. Recruiting exheat/ac lawn maint. perience required. Life & Included, $515 mo Johnson hereby informed that all Health licensure must be Real Estate 919-777-6060 dwellings advertised in this newspaper available on an obtained. Contact Kristi equal opportunity basis. Hood, (803) 467-7007, Furnished Studios & To complain of 1BR apts, $115-$130 tion call 919-733-7996 a week; all utilities paid (N.C. Human Relations 919-771-5747 Commission). By Invitation Only...Drivers Wanted! Where: Cypress SANFORD GARDENS Truck Lines. When: Now! 830 Age 62 and disabled under What: Great Pay & BeneMobile Homes 62 who may qualify fits! How: CDL-A & 2 years Adcock Rentals experience. RSVP: 800CLASSIFIED LINE AD 774-6046 EHO 545-1351. www.cypresDEADLINE:

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2 DAY LIQUIDATION Auction- January 8 & 9 at 10 FORECLOSED ONLINE a.m., 2920 N. Tyron HOME AUCTION. 800+ Street, Charlotte, NC. Com- Homes. Bids Open 1/11. plete liquidation of Allison- Open House: 1/3, 9 & 10. Erwin Co., a 116 year old View Full Listings & Details: furniture company. New in REDC. box furniture & electronics. Brkr 20400. Bedroom, Dining Room, Living Room Suites, TVs, Com- LAND OR DEVELOPMENTS puters, Electronics. WANTED. We buy or ket development lots. Moun704-888-1647. tain or Waterfront ComNCAF5479 munities in NC, SC, AL, GA and FL. Call 800-4551981, Ext.1034.

PRODUCTION WORKERS NEEDED Volt Workforce Solutions is hiring for a variety of light industrial positions, including assemblers and machine operators, for a large manufacturing facility in Sanford. Positions are 1st and 2nd shift, $8.00/hr. Jobs to start immediately! Applicants must: * Have a HS Diploma or GED * Pass a 7 year criminal background check and pre-employment drug screen * Pass a standardized test * Have 1 year of recent manufacturing/ production experience Interviews and test will be given at 3M in Sanford by Volt by appointment only. Only 15 people per test session. Call Volt today at 919-829-1660 to reserve your seat!



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SUNDAY January 3, 2010



The homemaker D.E. Parkerson

AlexSandra Lett Lett’s Set a Spell

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Del Parkerson is a retired pastor of First Baptist Church. Contact him at

Thriving, not just surviving

Recycled New Year’s resolution



retired as pastor of Sanford’s First Baptist Church on September 30, 1996. Since that date I have served as the interim pastor of nine churches. Now, after six fulltime pastorates and nine interims the time has come to fully enjoy being retired. Needless to say, I have lots of extra time I never had, and I spend it by reading. For more than fifty years most of my reading time had to be devoted to preparation for an assignment of one kind or another. I now have time to read biographies, books dealing with history, mysteries, wellwritten fiction, etc. I enjoy this very much. I recently checked Bill Cosby’s book, “I Am What I Ate . . . and I’m frightened!!!” out of the New Hanover County Library. Cosby, as you know, is an excellent comedian, and his books are as entertaining as his comedy skits on television. I am reading Cosby’s book on the day before Christmas Eve, and it reminds me that the resolution I and many others make at the beginning of each year will need to be made again on January 1st. I try to keep my weight within a range of three pounds, but the Christmas season makes that difficult. I am five pounds over my chosen limit again. Someone asked me fairly recently, “What is your favorite dish?” I replied, “My favorite dish is food — American food, Chinese food, Mexican food, Greek food — anything so long as it is food.” David Early, my fellow minister at Sanford’s First

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Carl Suffredini fills around septic tanks in front of his new house in Apex. Suffredini built his own house over five years, including the framing, the wiring, and the plumbing. He used wood from his own land for two-thirds of the trim. For his office he used red oak trees felled from Hurricane Fran.

Apex man builds his own dream house over 5 years APEX (AP) — Some men build tree houses, pounding thumbs with hammers. Other do-it-yourselfers aspire to sheds, decks and backyard chicken coops. For five years, Carl Suffredini slowly built his family’s 4,250-square foot house — framing it, wiring it, installing the plumbing and scavenging much of the lumber from his own yard. Nearly finished, the threestory home modeled on the Craftsman style stands as a monument to disciplined, almost obsessive, Harry Homemaker fever. It’s one thing to design your dream home and get an architect to sign off on your plans. It’s another to actually complete the thing and to move into your own home office made from oaks felled by Hurricane Fran. He saved money. He gained space. But you get the feeling Suffredini would have taken on this project even if it hadn’t been practical, even if it wasn’t a model for resourcefulness in a down economy, even if it hadn’t taken half a decade. “I don’t like to sit still,” said Suffredini, 47. “This is a bit much for a family of three. In some respects, it’s embarrass-

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Carl Suffredini sits in the office of his home in Apex. ing. But it’s what I’ve always wanted.” An IT consultant, he left IBM in the early ‘90s. Working on his own gives him a flexible schedule, but he muses in middle age about whether he should have built homes instead. In many ways, the work is more satisfying. “In software,” he said, “you’re working on something that fits inside a computer. You can’t see it.” This house wasn’t his first mammoth job. A California native, he longed for a swimming pool. So he dug his own

with a little green John Deere backhoe. Then five years ago, he noticed the 1,750 square foot house off Holly Springs Road getting a little snug for him, his wife and their son. He thought about expanding, but the more they mulled the idea, the smarter it looked and cheaper it looked to move the old house over 200 feet on the six-acre property. So that’s what he did, and three years ago, he poured the footings for the new place. Much of what Suffredini

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The Healing Power of Nature

Careful what you eat during the holidays Sugary treats and excessive fat intake can wreak havoc on the immune system


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act: Eating or drinking 100 grams (eight tablespoons) of sugar, the equivalent of about two cans of soda, can reduce the ability of white blood cells to kill ‘germs’ by forty percent. Also, the immune-suppressing effect of sugar starts less than thirty minutes after ingestion and may last five hours. This means that we can easily be caught with a lowered immune system, which reduces our disease-fighting defenses, during the time of year when we need it the

most – cold and flu season. I have always called the cold and flu season, those months starting with Halloween and ending sometime when our last sugary Easter bunny is eaten. We can understand why now, when we consider the immunesuppressing actions of white sugar. We should also count the sugars in the liquid nutritional drink, Boost, when we calculate our total sugars for the day. Other immune-depleting holiday season dietary choices often also include

excess alcohol and too much dietary fat. Excessive alcohol intake can harm the body’s immune system in two ways. First, it produces an overall nutritional deficiency, depriving the body of valuable immune-boosting nutrients. Second, like sugar, alcohol in excess can reduce the ability of white cells to kill virus or bacteria. High amounts of alcohol suppresses the ability of the white blood cells to multiply, and inhibits the action of ‘killer’ white cells on

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ave you noticed that no matter how hard you try to deal with stress…avoid it, deny it, manage it, prevent it...this anxiety architect seems to consume your life? Most people believe that stress is the result of too many external demands, such as family challenges, work problems, relationship difficulties, and financial troubles. Some conscious folks acknowledge that stress is the byproduct of too many internal expectations about what needs to be done and who must be pleased. One person may think stress is a sensation in the body, like a knot in the stomach, tightness in the neck, or pains in the joints. Another may believe that discomforts related to the mind, such as being tense, irritable, nervous, or overwhelmed, characterize stress. Another might experience stress as emotional trauma…weepy or drained… or spiritual bankruptcy by not feeling close to God. Stress is often related to doing too much instead of just “being” sometimes. While common sense indicates that taking time out to recharge actually helps human beings be more productive most of us act like hamsters riding on the same wheel day after day and going nowhere. As I set my intentions for creating a more balanced life this New Year I vowed to release stress and get more rest. I knew it was time to work smarter and not harder and to delegate more of my work load to others. While exploring various

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INSIDE WEDDINGS ......................Page 3C Williams — McNeill KIDDIE KORNER .............Page 3C Rihanna McLeod Matthew Kidd De’Niriah Gilmore Justin Cleary BIRTHS.............................Page 3C CIVIC CLUBS ................ Page 6-7C MILITARY NEWS .............Page 4C SUNDAY CROSSWORD...Page 7C Contact Community Editor Jonathan Owens at (919) 718-1225 or by e-mail at owens@sanfordherald. com for information about items in our Wednesday or Sunday Carolina section.


2C / Sunday, January 3, 2010 / The Sanford Herald N.C. MOUNTAINS


Southern skiers reveling in snow blast By SOFIA MANNOS Associated Press Writer

BLOWING ROCK â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Skiers in North Carolina have an unusual treat this year: The Blue Ridge Mountains are dressed in winter white from an early snowstorm coating native rhododendrons in iridescent crystal ice and creating a solid base on the slopes. The ski resorts and snow guns are going full bore. The largest and best known ski areas are Sugar Mountain and Ski Beech, along with nearby Appalachian Ski Mountain that has a run playfully called â&#x20AC;&#x153;Candied Appal.â&#x20AC;? These areas boast well-groomed trails, crisp clean air and views that wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t quit. At the tops of these mountains, youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll see the eponymous blue-gray haze swirling around gently undulating peaks. Beginners have no trouble finding ample room and more than enough runs to keep them busy throughout the day and into the evening. A couple hours away are Wolf Ridge ski area and Cataloochee, which offers skiing in the winter and horseback vacations in the summer. The elevations range from about 4,000 to nearly 6,000 feet. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s all about having fun here,â&#x20AC;? Cataloocheeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Tammy Brown said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think sometimes thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s what folks forget â&#x20AC;&#x201D; we want you, your family and your friends to come to Cataloochee ... and have such a blast that you go home talking about your next visit.â&#x20AC;? These ski spots, as in other parts of the country, offer much more than skiing. Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s snow tubing, ice skating â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Sugar has a 10,000-square-foot outdoor rink â&#x20AC;&#x201D; and even zip-lining, where youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re attached to a cable in a sort of aerial slide. Nearby Hawksnest describes itself as the biggest snow tubing center in the East with 20 lanes. This season was jump

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This undated photo from Sugar Mountain in North Carolina shows a group of skiers preparing for a run down Northridge atop Sugarâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 5,300-foot peak. started. Just ahead of the winter solstice, a big storm blew in, sending up to 2 feet of snow across N.C. ski country, delighting skiers and operators alike. But snow can be unreliable in this part of the Blue Ridge. If snow turns to slush, thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s plenty to do off the slopes, as well as on â&#x20AC;&#x201D; and all within an easy drive. In an hour or two, you can hit discount furniture stores, soak in a hot mineral bath deep in the woods, tour a city sometimes called â&#x20AC;&#x153;freaky,â&#x20AC;? and even visit a town where legend says it snows upside down. Welcome to Western North Carolina. Take a stroll along the streets of Blowing Rock, a graciously quaint village that was established in the 1880s and where there actually is a blowing rock. â&#x20AC;&#x153;They say itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the only place it snows upside down,â&#x20AC;? volunteer historian P. Coleman Ratterree said, explaining that the wind blows up from a gorge on the side of the mountain and that inversion sends snowflakes in the opposite direction. If sophistication, or â&#x20AC;&#x153;freakinessâ&#x20AC;? as the locals like to say, is your speed,

head on down the mountain into the hamlet of Asheville. Restaurants, jazz clubs, art galleries, antique shops and craft stores are too numerous to name. Asheville also is home to the world-famous Biltmore Estate, built by George Vanderbilt and still owned by his descendants. The Estate includes a mansion, gardens, inn and special seasonal events. The Christmas decorations, which can be seen through Jan. 3, are impressive in their color, variety and rich historic value. Chandeliers are festooned with live greenery and velvet ribbons, poinsettias line paths and walkways; musical performances are regularly scheduled throughout the house and glittering gifts surround towering Christmas trees. About 40 minutes from Asheville, youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll find Hot Springs Resort and Spa, where staffer Abe Trammell said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve got sort of oddball lodging, but it all seems to work somehow.â&#x20AC;? Guests have their choice of anything from campsites to the honeymoon suite complete with red heartshaped tub. But locals donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t go to Hot Springs for the

lodging. They go for the, yup, hot springs. A series of hot tubs are dotted in the woods and along a river. The tubs are filled with the mineral water that bubbles up out of the ground. Massages also are offered and can be a comforting end to a long day of hard skiing. Hitting the slopes is not only an adventure for visitors and residents alike, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s also big business for the Tar Heel State. The latest figures available are from the 2002-2003 season and they show that skiing generated more than $120 million â&#x20AC;&#x201D; all of that in about 100 days. The ski season in North Carolina runs from about Thanksgiving through the middle of March. Most of the ski areas are smack in the middle of Christmas tree growing country. North Carolina is the nationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s second leading producer, behind Oregon, of Christmas trees. As you drive to the ski areas deep in the mountains, youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll see the farms along the roadways crowded with Christmas trees in different stages of development â&#x20AC;&#x201D; from the tiniest seedlings to mature specimens.


East v. West: Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not just ice versus powder By BRETT MARTEL Associated Press Writer

Long before settling amid the soaring peaks of southwestern Colorado, where she helped create a ski experience unlike any other in North America, Jen Brill learned to carve turns on blue ice at some of the better known ski resorts in the East. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I remember seeing sheets of ice for hundreds of feet and just trying to hold on,â&#x20AC;? Brill recalled. No longer does Brill concern herself with what Eastern skiers sometimes refer to with a bit of humor and hyperbole as â&#x20AC;&#x153;bullet proofâ&#x20AC;? ice. At Silverton â&#x20AC;&#x201D; the ski area Brill opened with her husband, Aaron, 10 years ago â&#x20AC;&#x201D; the only ice she sees is a snowdusted frozen cascade she sometimes cruises past on her snowboard while in powder up to her waist.

Silverton is buried under about 400 inches of natural snowfall each year, so the only question about conditions there each day concerns the depth of snow on hill â&#x20AC;&#x201D; belt-high or only kneedeep? The differences between skiing in the East and West are significant and many: altitude, acreage, snow and weather are all different, starkly so at times. Eastern skiers all have stories of fighting through miserable, face-stinging icy winds and generally wetter conditions that are more common at Appalachian elevations (usually between 1,000-4,000 feet) than in the higher, drier climes of the Rockies, where lifts carry skiers well beyond 10,000 feet above sea level. But some of the best competitive skiers the United States has ever

produced â&#x20AC;&#x201D; World Cup champion and Olympic medalist Bode Miller, for example â&#x20AC;&#x201D; grew up carving turns in the Northeast, where skiers learn by necessity at an early age the kind of knee angle and weight transfer required for setting an edge in hardpack or ice. Brill grew up in New York and her parents normally drove north for ski vacations in New England at places like Killington, Vt. If the wind-chill factor dropped close to zero, or if skiers were getting pelted with sleet or freezing rain, she bundled up and got out there anyway. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We drove four hours ... so my parents were like, â&#x20AC;&#x2122;Youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re going skiing no matter what,â&#x20AC;&#x2122; and it made me tougher,â&#x20AC;? Brill recalled. There are big-mountain experiences to be had in the East at places like Sugarloaf USA in Maine (2,820 vertical feet), where Miller and snowboard cross Olympic gold medalist Seth Wescott trained. Most of the trails in the East are carved out below

the tree line and are well defined. Because Eastern ski areas rely heavily on snowmaking, venturing into the trees, even for the best skiers, can be difficult and dangerous much of the year, though certainly possible after a blizzard or later in the season during a good snow year. Snowmaking has made the conditions at larger Eastern resorts like Sunday River in Maine, or Stowe or Sugarbush in Vermont, very dependable. At Sunday River, more than 90 percent of the resort is open for skiing for about four solid months. Although there is snowmaking in the West as well, if itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a bad snow year, skiers may not be able to get to some of the best terrain in open bowls or in the trees, the things that make skiing in the West special. Darcy Liberty, who grew up in Maine and now handles public relations for Sunday River, spent several years living in Colorado, working part of that time at Winter Park.

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2010 Va. travel guide showcases Parkwayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 75th anniversary RICHMOND, Va. (AP) â&#x20AC;&#x201D; The 2010 Virginia is For Lovers Travel Guide showcases the Blue Ridge Parkwayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 75th anniversary. The guide includes information on sites along the parkway and the best places to visit. Other highlights include Civil War sites and museums, wineries, and special events and festivals. The free guide is available at http://www.Virginia. org or by calling 800-8474882. Those interested in learning more about the Blue Ridge Parkway anniversary can also check out Events are planned throughout the year, from conferences to concerts. The parkway was constructed as part of President Franklin Rooseveltâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s New Deal during the Great Depression, and is considered to have been the first national rural parkway to be developed specifically for leisure road trips, with campgrounds, picnic areas, overlooks and other amenities along the way. The 469-mile road connects Shenandoah National Park with the Great Smoky Mountains National Park in North Carolina.

Santa Fe celebrates 400th anniversary in â&#x20AC;&#x2122;10 SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Santa Fe is celebrating its 400th anniversary in 2010. The commemoration continues through all of the new year with arts, entertainment, festivals and food and wine events. Santa Fe is the oldest capital city in North America. Spanish colonialists claimed New Mexico in the 1500s, and the capital of the territory was moved to Santa Fe in 1610. Santa Feâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Palace of the Governors was made from adobe in the early 17th century and served as Spainâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s government headquarters for the region. Santa Fe describes the Palace of the Governors as the oldest public building in the U.S.; today it houses a library and history exhibits. A market for Native American vendors has been held facing the buildingâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s plaza for centuries. Other noteworthy sites in Santa Fe, both historic and modern, include the Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi, which was dedicated in 1887; Loretto Chapel, built in the 1870s; the New Mexico Museum of Art; the Georgia Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Keeffe Museum; and Museum Hill, where youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll find four museums on a plaza, the Museum of Spanish Colonial Art, the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture, the Museum of International Folk Art, and the Wheelwright Museum of the American Indian. The Railyard, an old part of Santa Fe, has recently been revitalized with a park, a farmers market, art galleries, restaurants and shops. For more information about Santa Fe and the 400th anniversary, visit http://www.santafe400th. com.

Conde Nast Traveler offers tips for port calls NEW YORK (AP) â&#x20AC;&#x201D; The price you pay to book a cruise is only part of the cost of your trip if you plan on taking any shore excursions. In the January issue of Conde Nast Traveler magazine, consumer news editor Wendy Perrin offers tips for getting the most out of your port calls and land tours. First, if you are set on visiting one particular sight or city, book your cruise to begin, end or overnight in that port. Otherwise you risk missing out, as cruises can cancel port calls for all kinds of reasons, from weather to workersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; strikes in the host country. Second, plan ahead for how youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll spend your time in port. The ship concierge will try to sell you the cruise lineâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s tours, and those are going to be expensive, so research your excursion options before you get on the boat. Check out tourism Web sites for any local events the day youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll be there, and visit Web sites specializing in day-trips, like ShoreTrips. com and Check museum Web sites for exhibitions and hours. Finally, donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t forget to figure in travel time from the ship to your land destinations, and the costs of local transportation. Is it a 10-minute taxi ride or a two-hour bus ride? The cruise line should be able to tell you. Weigh public transit options too â&#x20AC;&#x201D; they may be faster and cheaper than alternatives, though renting a car or hiring a cab for a half-day can be a good option too. If everybody on the ship is likely to be headed to the same famous landmark, look into hiring a private car and driver in advance, and compare the cost to what it would be if you took the shipâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s bus tour.

Hotels in San Diego, Miami and Maine make Travel + Leisure best list NEW YORK (AP) â&#x20AC;&#x201D; The Grand Del Mar in San Diego, The Setai in Miami Beach, Harraseeket Inn in Freeport, Maine, and The Palazzo in Las Vegas, are among the new properties that made Travel + Leisure magazineâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s list of the 500 best hotels in the world. The list also includes 66 properties that offer rooms for $250 a night or less, including the Inn on the Alameda, Santa Fe, N.M.; Hotel Lucia, Portland, Ore.; and Rockhouse Hotel, Jamaica. The No. 1 hotel in the U.S., according to the magazine, was the Inn at Palmetto Bluff, in Bluffton, S.C. Other top domestic hotels included the RitzCarlton Bachelor Gulch, in Beaver Creek, Colo.; the Ritz-Carlton in Naples, Fla.; the Halekulani in Oahu, Hawaii; and The Carlyle in New York. The list is based on the magazineâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2009 Worldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Best Awards readersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; survey results. As part of the survey, Travel + Leisure readers rated hotels on several characteristics including rooms/facilities, location, service, restaurants/food, and value. The complete survey methodology is available on


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The Sanford Herald / Sunday, January 3, 2010 / 3C Following a honeymoon trip to the Bahamas, the couple reside in Broadway.

Wedding Williams — McNeill

Samantha Joyce McNeill and Colby John Williams were married at 4 p.m. Nov. 21 at Baptist Church Chapel by the Rev. Alex Smith. The bride, daughter of Sammy and Melba McNeill of Broadway, attended Lee County Senior High School and received her BA in Psychology, BA in Criminal Justice and MA in Criminology at the University of North Carolina in Wilmington. She is employed with N.C. Crime Control and Public Safety. The bridegroom, son of Kim Barna and John Williams of Sanford, attended Lee County Senior High School and Central Carolina Community College. He is employed with Caterpillar, Inc. Escorted by her father, Sammy McNeill, the bride wore a couture ivory silk organza bridal gown with alonson lace appliqués and crystal beading designed by Mori Lee. The V-neckline fitted through the torso with an elegant flare from the waistline. She wore a shoulder-length veil edged with alonson lace and crystal beading, and carried a hand-tied silk bouquet of white peonies, wisteria frutescens

Samantha McNeill Williams and lapice mums flocked with heather attacked with her late grandmother’s handkerchief. Maid of honor was Bobbie McNeill, sister of the bride. Bridesmaids were Lauren Cobb, Dana Battiato, sister of the groom, Aliana Foreman and Jennifer Neal. Best man was John Williams, father of the groom. Groomsmen

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were Adam Kindle, Tommy Battiato, brotherin-law of the groom, Larry Whitaker and Justin Dycus. Flower girl was Rylee Battiato, niece of the groom. Ring bearer was Luca Battiato, nephew of the groom. Guest register were Stephanie Davis and Tristan Reed. Wedding musician was Stephanie McRae. Sound directors were Jennifer Howard and Denise Clark. Wedding director was Dana Pomeranz. Floral designs were by Linda Patterson, aunt of the bride. Program attendants were Britt McRae and Brice McRae, cousins of the bride.

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n Events The reception was hosted by the parents of the bride at Chef Paul’s in Sanford. The rehearsal dinner was hosted by the parents of the groom at Davison’s Steakhouse. A pampered chef shower was hosted by Sandra Smith, Amy McDonald, Jennifer Allen and Tonia Wright at the home of Jennifer Allen. A bridal brunch was hosted by Katrina Johnson, Karen Griffin and Leigh Ann Truelove at the home of Bobby, Katrina and Evelyn Johnson. A pantry/kitchen shower was hosted by the women of Tramway Baptist Church. A miscellaneous shower was hosted by Linda Patterson, Mary Cameron, Clara Howard and the late LaVernie Seagroves, aunts of the bride, and the Baptist Chapel WMU. A bridesmaid luncheon was hosted by Linda Patterson, Mary Cameron, Clar Howard, Sandra Smith, Janet Hunter, Stephanie McRae, Amy McDonald, Julie Thibodeaux and the Baptist Chapel WMU at Baptist Chapel Church. A Christmas theme shower was hosted by the staff at Sanford Medical Group. A lingerie shower was hosted by Dana Battiato at Elizabeth’s Pizza. A his and hers barbecue was hosted by Shawn and Wendy Hunter, Janet and Junior Hunter, Tim and Dacia LaBounty and Robert and Lisa Howard at Baptist Chapel Church. A bachelorette weekend was hosted by Bobbie McNeill, sister of the bride, in Wrightsville Beach. A bachelor weekend was hosted by Larry Whitaker in Wilmington.

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Matthew Kidd

Rihanna McLeod

Matthew Ryan Kidd turned 3 years old July 20. His parents are Brad and Karyn Kidd of Sanford. Grandparents are Myra Bryant, Charles and Sylvia Bryant and Randy and Patty Kidd, all of Sanford. Great-grandparents are Hannah Kidd of Bennett and Dorothy Kessler and Beverly Martin, both of Sanford.

Rihanna Monet McLeod turned 3 years old Dec. 28. Her parents are Ryan and Stephanie McLeod of Newnan, Ga. Grandparents are Toni Bland of Sanford, Melvin and Monique McLeod of Monroe, Alma Rivera of Newnan, Ga. and Joe Rivera of Las Vegas, Nev. Great-grandparents are Charlie and Freddie Bland and Celestine McLeod, all of Sanford, and the late Exselon McLeod.

Justin Cleary

De’Niriah Gilmore

Justin Wayne Cleary turns 4 years old today. His parents are Kevin and Lisa Cleary of Sanford. Grandparents are Ed and Barbara Woodham Kinner, Willard and Debra Cleary, Larry and Millie Johnson, all of Sanford, and the late Jerry Wayne Woodham. Great-grandparents are Jim and Mary Brooks of Sanford.

De’Niriah E. Gilmore turned 6 years old Dec. 23. Her parents are Tiffany Seymore and Dennis Gilmore, both of Sanford. Grandparents are Delaine Seymore of Moncure, Sandra and Walter Petty, Tony Seymore and Tommy Edwards, all of Sanford. Great-grandparents are Bertha Seymore and Mary Gilmore, both of Sanford.

BIRTHS n Leo Hayden Bermudez, born Dec. 8, son of Ashley Nicole Clark and Santana Bermudez, both of Cameron. Grandparents are Rhonda Kay Foster and Bryan Cagle and Delfino and Sista Perez, all of Sanford. (CCH) n Taniya La’Shauna Jones, born Dec. 20, daughter of Shauna Lynn Pearson of Broadway. Grandparents are Joyce and Russell Pearson of Sanford. (CCH) n Daniel Blake Portillo, born Dec. 21, son of Kristy Ann Branch of Sanford. Grandparents are Deborah and Ronald Vogal and Micheal Branch, all of Sanford. (CCH) n David Andrew Stanfield Jr., born Dec. 21, son of Betty Renee Canellas of Cameron. Grandparents are Mitchell and Betty Freeman of Cameron. (CCH) n Hannah Sherlynn Swann, born Dec. 21, daughter of Audrey and Jeff Swann of Sanford. Grandparents are Veralynn Covington and Mr. and Mrs. James Swann, all of Sanford, and the late Kenneth Bland. (CCH) n Natalie Alayna Stover, born Dec. 21, daughter of Victoria Lyne and Charles Daniel Stover Jr. of Bear Creek. Grandparents are Tonya and Dexter Moore, Dan Moore and Charles and Wanda Stover, all of Bear Creek. (CCH) n Eddie James Ry-

als Hardison, born Dec. 22, son of Rodney and Jessica Ryals Hardison of Cameron. Grandparents are KayLoopec, Halford Wilson, Ronnie Ryals and Louis Wilson, all of Sanford, Rodney Hardison, Leonard Allton Hardison, Peggy Hardison and Helga Hardison, all of Cameron. (CCH) n Kailynn Jasmine Torres, born Dec. 22, daughter of Melissa and Juan Carlos Torres of Sanford. Grandparents are John Lucas of Broadway, Carlos Torres of El Salvador, the late Sherry Lucas and the late Rosa Sibrian. (CCH) n O’shyah Mekasiah Lyons, born Dec. 23, daughter of Temikia Murchison of Sanford. Grandparents are Diane Murchison and Tommy Tucker, both of Sanford. (CCH) n Michael Oliver Owens II, born Dec. 25, son of Casonya Renee and Michael Oliver Owens of Sanford. Grandparents are Gloria and Aron Streeter and Cora and Jackie Owens, all of Sanford, and Jermiah McDougald of Johnsonville. (CCH) n Caleb Andrew Boggs, born Dec. 27, son of Renee Danielle Cox and Joseph Andrew Boggs, both of Sanford. Grandparents are Terry Spears, Tommy Boggs and Angie Boggs, all of Sanford, and Jerry Cox of Winsted, Conn. (CCH)


4C / Sunday, January 3, 2010 / The Sanford Herald

Matta serves as Governor’s page

Military News

RALEIGH — Janesa Marie Matta of Sanford participated in the Governor’s Page Program in Raleigh. Janesa spent a week gaining valuable life experience and providing administrative support as a page for the North Carolina Department of Administration for the week of Nov. 2-6. The Governor’s Page Program provides students with an opportunity to gain knowledge of the

roles and functions of state government. During the week, pages have a chance to attend press conferences and meet with the governor. Pages also assist in day-to-day office operations such as filing documents, assisting in mass mailings, answering telephones and delivering agency messages. Pages also tour various state government buildings and facilities, includ-

ing the State Capitol, Legislative Building, Executive Mansion, Museum of Natural Science and N.C. Correctional Institute for Women. She is the daughter of Angela and Jose Matta. She is a junior at Southern Lee High School. The one-week program is open to high school students between the ages of 15 and 18, who are in good academic standing at their schools.


high wainscoting, a pair of fireplaces — one of them original to the old house. Over five years, he spent about $500,000 — half what he figures it would have cost without his work. And now, he can use the old house as a rental. What impresses his wife, Nancy Davis, is his ability to see the thing through. Tackling a job this large, and sticking with it, would have proven too much for most handymen, she said. “It’s extremely unusual,” said architect Carol Rogers, who helped with the project. “He had it all planned out with very sophisticated graphics software. Really, the only thing we did was con-

sulting.” But when Suffredini and his family move in, they’ll know every inch of their house. They’ll walk up the stairs and remember how hard they were to fit in place. They’ll feel heat radiating through the floor and remember how it took four weeks to lay the pex pipe beneath them. When Suffredini takes on his next IT project, he’ll do it in the warm red light of a room made from the tall oaks knocked down by one of North Carolina’s most legendary storms — timber he milled himself. He’ll see his own work every where. The only question is what comes next.

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built is invisible: the frame, the wiring, the pipes. He took a bricklaying class. He studied plumbing and electrical codes. He hired a lot of help, haunting Regency Park in Cary to find good trim crews and tile workers. Two-thirds of the trim on Suffredini’s house came from his own land. More of his timber fills the woodfired boiler that provides heat. The place has the look of a house built a century ago: tapered columns, recessed shelves and nooks cut into all the rooms,

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possibilities by phone and the Internet the answer was obvious: seek more distributors that would sell my books so I could focus my energy on obtaining speaking engagements and creating more products in the future. As others take my books to a larger marketplace I plan to start writing another a manuscript, subject matter unknown. Since I long for selfexpression I vow to write articles about life’s lessons and growth experiences. In this column I will explore what I need to learn most: to go beyond

the idea of survival — exhausting endurance — to a more enlightened view of life: “thrival.” This coined word comes from thrive, which means to grow vigorously and healthily. While survival has been accepted, even applauded, in civilization, this concept implies the act of having managed to live through something. The term denotes a continuation in life but it suggests more than the literal meaning: tolerating uncomfortable circumstances, getting by, just existing in life. Surviving is not thriving. In 2010 I choose to thrive! To thrive is to flourish, prosper, succeed, bloom, blossom, and expand. My personal and professional goals are the same: to become

healthier, to express my creativity, to write inspirational articles, and to present uplifting programs. To thrive I must transform me and in turn I can be of greater service to society and make more contributions to others. AlexSandra Lett is a professional speaker and the author of “Natural Living, From Stress to Rest,” “A Timeless Place, Lett’s Set a Spell at the Country Store;” “Timeless Moons, Seasons of the Fields and Matters of the Heart;” “Timeless Recipes and Remedies, Country Cooking, Customs, and Cures;” and “Coming Home to my Country Heart, Timeless Reflections on Work, Family, Health, and Spirit.”

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Dominique Petty

Inga Raymond

Air Force Airman Dominique D. Petty graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas. The airman completed an intensive, eightweek program that included training in military Petty discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness, and basic warfare principles and skills. Airmen who complete basic training earn four credits toward an associate in applied science degree through the Community College of the Air Force. She is the daughter of Bertha Crump and Eli H. Petty, both of Sanford. Petty is a 2009 graduate of Southern Lee High School in Sanford.

Army Pvt. Inga Raymond has graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson, Columbia, S.C. During the nine weeks of training, the soldier studied the Army mission, history, tradition and core values, physical fitness, and received instruction and practice in basic combat skills, military weapons, chemical warfare and bayonet training, drill and ceremony, marching, rifle marksmanship, armed and unarmed combat, map reading, field tactics, military courtesy, military justice system, basic first aid, foot marches, and field training exercises. She is the daughter of Margie Raymond of Broadway. Raymond is a 2009 graduate of Western Harnett High School in Lillington.


of vitamin C, which also may aid immunity. Vitamin C supports our ability to increase the production of infectionfighting white blood cells and increases our natural levels of interferon (the natural ‘medicine’ or antibody) that coats cell surfaces, and prevents the entry of viruses into the cells. Vitamin C is also a natural antihistamine. That means that it performs similarly to some over-the-counter cold medicines in their actions to prevent sneezing, watery eyes, and symptoms of asthma. Vitamin E, recently the victim of ‘bad press’ and thought by some to be harmful to our health, is actually known now to be important as an antioxidant and to stimulate the production of our natural killer cells. These are the important immune system cells that seek out and destroy virus, bacteria, and cancer cells. (It is my opinion, those who stopped taking vitamin E several years ago out of fear are probably more prone now to many chronic and degenerative illnesses.) Others natural immune boosting nutrients or botanicals to name just a few include zinc, green tea, elderberry, shiitake and maitake mushrooms, garlic, lomatium, echi-

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Baptist Church for many years is well over six feet tall and has an appetite as robust as mine. He has a narrow waist and stands on legs about the size of hoe handles. I asked him a few years ago how he stayed so skinny, and he replied, “You have to choose a skinny daddy.” I had never thought of that. By the time he suggested it as the way to deal with weight gain, it was much too late for me to choose a skinny daddy. All the extra delicious goodies tend to multiply in the days leading up to and including Christmas and New Years’ day. Church suppers. Parties galore. Desserts of all kind. Bacon. Sausage. Hot dogs. Pizza. Cheese. Nobody enjoys cheese more than I do. I think I would enjoy eating sawdust if it was covered with cheese. Dr. Robert Andrews, our family physician and

of Linden and Jerry E. Holder of Coats, recently completed U.S. Navy basic training at Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, Ill. During the eight-week program, Holder completed a variety of training which included classroom study and practical instruction on naval customs, first aid, firefighting, water safety and survival, and shipboard and aircraft safety. An emphasis was also placed on physical fitness. The capstone event of boot camp is "Battle Stations". This exercise gives recruits the skills and confidence they need to succeed in the fleet. "Battle Stations" is designed to galvanize the basic warrior attributes of sacrifice, dedication, teamwork and endurance in each recruit through the practical application of basic Navy skills and the core values of Honor, Courage and Commitment. Its distinctly ''Navy'' flavor was designed to take into account what it means to be a Sailor. Holder is a 2009 graduate of Midway High School in Dunn. nacea root, astragalus, propolis, monolaurin and olive leaf. Synthetic antibiotics are designed to kill only bacteria. They do nothing to reduce virus or strengthen our immune system. Fortunately, we have safe and inexpensive ways to boost our own immunity, the natural system we have in place designed to help prevent an illness from gaining a foothold, be it from bacteria, virus, or cancer. What we must remember, however, is that we cannot use these nutrients like a 10-day antibiotic, but instead we should be including them in our daily nutrient health plan, especially during potentially high-sugar consuming months, such as now.

Christie C. Yerby (ND) is a naturopathic doctor, state licensed in Arizona and nationally boardtested in naturopathic and preventative medicine. Her consultations focus on health education to empower each person to make beneficial health choices for themselves. She is located between Pittsboro and Chapel Hill just off U.S. Hwy 15-501. Look for her next article, Feb. 7, when she will focus on another immune-supporting nutrient, Vitamin D.

a fine member of the church of which I was pastor, slid a book under my office door several years ago containing information about the kinds of foods a person should eat to be healthy and live a long time. His suggestions were on target, of course, and he was looking out for my best interests. I appreciate doctors who take a personal interest in their patients. I try most of the time to take the advice he gave. But every year there seems to be an abundance of extra goodies within easy reach. What do I do? I rationalize by remembering the words found in Deuteronomy 8:10 – “When you have eaten and are satisfied, you can bless the Lord your God for the good land which He has given you.” Then, on New Year’s Day I recycle that same resolution I’ve made for at least the last 30 or 40 years: “I RESOLVE TO LOSE FIVE POUNDS!”


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Fifth-graders bring Christmas kindness to CUOC

Kindness, caring, and giving to help others are not just traits our kids study in school as part of their Character Education Program. The 5th Graders at Edwards put kindness into practice this holiday season! They decided to collect and give the Christians United Outreach Center canned goods, handmade Christmas/Holiday cards and ornaments, toys (both new and gently used) and more. Each month all of our Lee County Schools focus on a key character trait. Since the beginning of the school year, many Jonesboro Rotarians have been involved twice a month with the Character Education Program at J. Glenn Edwards Elementary and Greenwood Elementary. In December the trait has been “Kindness/Caring”, after our kids studied and practiced the traits of Respect, Responsibility, and Cooperation earlier this year. “It’s Up to Me” is the motto for our kids when is comes to those character traits and the traits of Good Judgment, Courage, Integrity, SelfDiscipline, and Perseverance to be studied and practiced in 2010. One major way our Lee County community demonstrates Kindness/Caring is though the many food programs available to feed those in need. The recent assembly for the 5th Graders at Edwards Elementary shared the many ways food is available. The assembly was presented by Jonesboro Rotarians and


n RALEIGH: North Carolina Symphony Music Director Grant Llewellyn will lead the orchestra in concerts featuring three works by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart on Jan. 7 at Kenan Auditorium on the UNC-Wilmington campus and on Jan. 8 and 9 at Meymandi Concert Hall in downtown Raleigh’s Progress Energy Center for the Performing Arts. All three concerts begin at 8 p.m. For tickets and more information, visit the North Carolina Symphony website at, or call Audience Services at (919) 733-2750 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. n PineCone and the N.C. Museum of History present “Songs of the Soul”, featuring Teresa Fernandez, Ed Stephenson and the Paco Band. This program is part of the Music of the Carolinas series, and it is free and open to the public. n RALEIGH: Violinist Joshua Bell will perform at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 14 at the Meymandi Concert Hall at


Teresa Dew, Executive Director of the Christians United Outreach Center. Rotarians reviewed the food services provided to those in need, such as Meals on Wheels, the Bread Basket, the Bread of Life, Stop-Hunger-Now (International Food Program) and more. Teresa then spoke to the kids about one of the largest food providers in Lee County, the Christians United Outreach Center (CUOC - a coalition of 66 local churches). Her CUOC presentation included a virtual facility tour, a review of the dramatic increase in demand for food to feed local families, and need for financial aid. Over 5,000 families have received assistance through CUOC. After the kids heard Teresa’s presentation, they wanted to personally help and make a difference for CUOC by collecting food, holiday cards and ornaments, plus toys for Christmas. The three Rotary Clubs in Sanford have been helping with Character Education in four elementary schools this year. Jonesboro Rotary Club is matched with Edwards and Greenwood. San-Lee Sunrise Rotary is working with Ingram Elementary and the Sanford Rotary is matched with Tramway Elementary. Rotary International has encouraged the over 33,000 Rotary Clubs around the world to share the Rotary FourWay Test and support Character Education in schools. If students (and everyone) would consider these four guidelines that are reviewed at every Rotary meeting before

downtown Raleigh’s Prograss Energy Center for the Performing Arts. For ticket and more information, visit the N.C. Symphony website at www. or call audience services at (919) 733-2750 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. n SANFORD: Carolina Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra will perform at 8 p.m. Jan. 15 at the Temple Theatre. For more information or reservations, call the Box Office at (919) 774-4155 or visit

THEATRE n SANFORD: Temple Theatre will hold auditions for the Winter Conservatory of Romeo and Juliet Jan. 5 through Jan. 8. Appointments available between 4:30 and 8 p.m. (Upper middle and high school ages only) To schedule an audition, call Kelly Wright at (919) 774-4512 ext. 221. The performance dates for Temple Theatre’s Winter Youth Conservatory of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet are Feb. 26-28 and March 5-7. For additional information, please visit our website at www.temple-

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Members of the three Rotary International clubs in Sanford with fifth graders from J. Glenn Edwards Elementary

Michelle Bullard (center) of Jonesboro Rotary Club with two of the fifth-graders.

Larry Aiken (left) of Jonesboro Rotary Club with a fifthgrader.

acting, people would do the right things the first time and the world would be a better place. The kids at Edwards Elementary certainly met the 4-Way Test by

“Helping Many Others” at CUOC this Holiday/ Christmas. The Lee County Schools need more organizations and service clubs like Rotary to help share monthly

Character Education Program in partnership with additional schools to help more kids develop good character and contribute to their community, just like the 5th

Graders at Edwards have done. Please contact Sharon Nettle, Director of Student Resources for Lee County Schools at 744-6226 for more information. n SANFORD: The Country Comedy Tour show featuring Matt Mitchell (aka “Casio Kid”) and MG Gaskin will be held at 8 p.m. Jan. 9 at the Temple Theatre. Tickets are $15. For more information or to reserve seats, call the Box Office at (919) 7744155 or visit n CHAPEL HILL: “The Big Bang” will be presented Jan. 13 through Jan. 17 at the Elizabeth Price Kenan Theatre, Center for Dramatic Art. Show times are 8 and 10 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday and 2 and 4 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $24 to $32. For more information, call the PlayMakers Box Office at (919) 962-7529. n CHAPEL HILL: Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company will present “Fondly Do We Hope ... Fervently Do We Pray” at 8 p.m. Jan. 15 at the Memorial Hall. Tickets are $10 to $75.

For more information, visit www.carolinaperformingarts. org or call (919) 843-3333.

cal artists at 102 S. Steele St. from noon to 5 p.m. Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays and 10 a.m to 5 p.m. Fridays. Paintings, writings, pottery, weaving and photography are featured. The Arts Council is a non-profit organization.

session fee is $10 ($5 for NCBG members). For more information, visit www.ncbg. n CHAPEL HILL: A Skywatching Session will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Jan. 16 at Ebenezer Church Recreation Area at Jordan Lake. People of all ages can discover the night sky with telescopes and expert guidance. Take a tour of the constellations and examine Jupiter, Mars and other objects in the heavens. For directions and weather updates, visit n CHAPEL HILL: The 25th annual University/Community Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Banquet will be held at 6 p.m. Jan. 17 at the Friday Center. This year’s keynote speaker will be Rev. Mitchell Simpson of University Baptist Church. Simpson has served as pastor at University Baptist Church in Carrboro for the past 19 years.

DANCE n SANFORD: The Saturday Nite Dance Group includes a variety of live music. This group of couples and singles meets from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturday nights at The Enrichment Center of Lee County, 1615 S. Third St. This alcohol- and smoke-free event features live entertainment and good fellowship. Admission is $6 per person which includes a complimentary soft drink at intermission. For more information call the Enrichment Center at 776-0501.

MUSEUMS/GALLERIES n SANFORD: The Railroad House Museum is open from 1 to 4 p.m. every Saturday and Sunday. n SANFORD: The Artists’ Loft of the Lee County Arts Council features works by lo-

POTPOURRI n SANFORD: Power Pro Wrestling at Kendale Entertainment Center (2737 Industrial Drive) begins at 6:30 p.m. Saturday with bell time at 8 p.m. The event runs every second and fourth Saturday at the center. Visit for more information. n CHAPEL HILL: Yoga at the Garden will be held from 3:15 to 4:45 p.m. Jan. 10, 17, 24 and 31 at the N.C. Botanical Garden Education Center. Participants should bring a yoga mat because a limited number of mats will be available. The per-


6C / Sunday, January 3, 2010 / The Sanford Herald Upcoming meetings group will meet at 7 p.m. the first and third Tuesday of each month at the old CCCC Barber School, 17273 Hwy. 27 East, Sanford. The Lee County group will meet at 7 p.m. the second and fourth Tuesday of each month in the Wilrik Apartments Ballroom, corner of Wicker and Steele, Sanford. For more information, contact Rae Wilson at (919) 775-5045 or brightside39@

Alcoholics Anonymous

Alcoholics Anonymous is a fellowship of men and women who have a desire to quit drinking alcohol. Meetings are held at 319 N. Moore St., Sunday at 4:30 p.m. for women’s meeting and 6 p.m. for speaker meeting; Monday, Wednesday and Friday at noon, 6 and 8 p.m.; Tuesday and Thursday at noon and 6 p.m.; Saturday at noon. Meetings are held at Jonesboro United Methodist Church, 407 W. Main St., Gamblers at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Thursday Anonymous and Saturday. Gamblers Anonymous For more information, meets at 8 p.m. each Friday call (919) 776-5522. at Trinity Lutheran Church, 525 Carthage St. For more information, Al-Anon call the Gamblers AnonyFamily Group mous hotline at (888) The Al-Anon Family 846-4427, or visit www. Groups are a fellowship of relatives and friends of alcoholics who share their Prostate Cancer experiences, strength and hope in order to solve their Support Group common problems. AlThe Prostate Cancer Anon believes that alcohol- Education and Support ism is a family illness and Group of Lee will meet at that changed attitudes can 6:30 p.m. the second Tuesaid recover. day of each month at the The N.C. Al-Anon Enrichment Center. District 7 Central Carolina Al-Anon Family Group Beaver Creek meetings are held at 8 p.m. Cancer Support Tuesdays at Jonesboro Group United Methodist Church, The support group 407 W. Main St., and 8 p.m. meets at 7 p.m. the first Fridays at the AA Hut, 319 Tuesday of each month N. Moore St. at Beaver Creek Baptist For more information, Church, 2280 Nicholson call (919) 776-5522. Road, Cameron. Directors are Gloria and Jimmy Brick Capital Wicker. For more informaQuilters’ Guild tion, call (919) 775-2544. The Brick Capital Quilters’ Guild will have sew time from 3-6 p.m. on their Take Off Pounds Sensibly monthly meeting day, Jan. Take Off Pounds Sen7, at the Enrichment Censibly (TOPS), a nonprofit, ter. The business meeting will begin at 6:15 p.m. Mary international weight-loss Ratliff and Martha Oldham support group, meets each will have the program. Ma- Monday at the First Baptist terial was passed out at our Church Family Life Center, December Christmas party 202 Summit Drive. Weighin begins at 5:30 p.m.; for two blocks. One block meeting starts at 6 p.m. should be a black Scotty For more information, dog and the other a nine call (919) 775-7451 or (919) patch. Bring both blocks 258-6233. to the January meeting. A The support group also drawing will held for all meets each Monday at Scotty dog and nine patch Moncure Baptist Church, blocks to make into either a throw or small quilt. Also 75 Davenport Drive. Weighbring any items which you in begins at 6 p.m.; meeting starts at 6:30 p.m. have completed and want For more information, to share with the guild. call (919) 775-7537. Guests are welcome.

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Depression and Bipolar Disorder Support Group

The support group is open to anyone who has been diagnosed or think they may have a mood disorder or has a family member or friend who has been diagnosed with a mood disorder. The Harnett County

The Friendship Masonic Lodge 763 A.F. & A.M. conducts its Stated Communication at 7:30 p.m. the second and fourth Tuesday of each month at the meeting hall, located at 102 Main St. in Broadway. Dinner is served at 6:30 p.m.

Central Carolina Jaycees The Central Carolina Jaycees meet at 7 p.m. the second Tuesday and fourth Thursday of each month at the Jaycee Hut on Tryon Street. Membership is open to anyone between the age of 21 to 40.

friends of drug addicts, meets from 8 to 9 p.m. each Tuesday at St. Stephen Catholic Church. For information, call (800) 477-6291.

is $6. Everyone is invited. For more information, call Teresa Dew at (919) 774-6273.

Overeaters Anonymous

The Veterans Discussion Group meets at 2 p.m. the second Wednesday of each month at the Enrichment Center. Members and family are welcome.

Overeaters Anonymous, a 12-step recovery from compulsive overeating, Cancer Support The Sanford Cancer Sup- meets from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. every Tuesday at Kerr port Group meets at 7 p.m. Drugs, 1050 S. Horner Blvd., the first Tuesday of each in the health and wellness month at the Enrichment learning lab. For more Center. Facilitator is Linda information, contact Marie Moore. at (910) 850-7863.

Breast Cancer Support Group Central Carolina Hospital’s Breast Cancer Support Group will hold monthly meetings for survivors of breast cancer at 7 p.m. the second Tuesday of each month in the Women’s Center at the hospital, 1135 Carthage St., Sanford. Reservations are not necessary. For more information, contact Gwyn Sandlin, Breast Health Navigator, at (919) 774-2213.

ALS Support Group The ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease) Support Group meets from 2 to 4 p.m. the second Sunday of each month at Fayetteville Regional Airport Conference Room sponsored by The Jim “Catfish” Hunter Chapter of the ALS Association. For more information, contact Suzanne Gilroy at (877) 568-4347 or

Relay for Life of Lee County Relay for Life of Lee County will be held May 14, 2010, at the Lions Club Fairgrounds. The American Cancer Society Relay For Life is a life-changing event that gives everyone in communities across the globe a chance to celebrate the lives of people who have battled cancer, remember loved ones lost, and fight back against the disease by raising funds for cancer research. If you want to be part of Relay, you can start a team or join an existing team. Team captain meetings are held the third Tuesday of each month at 6 p.m. at First Wesleyn Church. Contact Shirley Crissman at or visit for more information.

Lee County Mothers with Young Children Lee County Mothers with Young Children meets from 9:30 a.m. to noon every Thursday. Mothers of children from birth to age 5 are welcome. For more information, call (919) 353-5617.

NAR ANON NAR ANON, a support group for relatives and

HIV/AIDS Support An HIV/AIDS Support Group meets from noon to 2 p.m. the second Wednesday of each month at different locations in Chatham County. Lunch is provided. The group offers emotional support, education on medications, financial assistance and a caring environment. Any Chatham County resident with HIV/AIDS is invited to attend. Confidentiality is a must. For more information, contact Crystal Campbell at (919) 542-8271.

Marine Corps League Marine Corps League Detachment 1223 meets at 7 p.m. the first Monday of each month at VFW Stanley McLeod Post 5631 on Webb Street in Sanford. Any Marine who has served honorably is invited to join the Marine Corps League.

American Legion Post 347 American Legion Post 347 hosts bingo each Sunday afternoon. Doors open at 1 p.m. and play begins at 3 p.m. Post 347 is located at 146 Main St. in Broadway.

Veterans Discussion Group

Therapeutic Foster Parent Sessions Information sessions on becoming a Therapeutic Foster Parent with N.C. Mentor will be held from 12 to 1 p.m. every Wednesday at the Simpson Executive Center, 503 Carthage St., Suite 302. For more information, call (919) 790-8580 ext. 7151.

Arthritis Support Group The Lee County Arthritis Support Group meets at 11 a.m. the second Thursday of each month at the Enrichment Center, 1615 S. Third St. The Group will meet at 11 a.m. Jan. 14 at the Enrichment Center. The guest speaker will be Dr. Knecht from Knecht Chiropractic. He will be sharing information about Fibromyalgia and how this debilitating disease effects your body and lifestyle. All those that suffer from this disease or those that may wonder if they have this difficult disease come and learn from Dr. Knecht what Fibromyalgia is all about. Bring your questions and get some answers to what may be going on in your body. For more information, contact the Enrichment Center at (919) 776-0501, ext. 201 or Peggy Rowles, group facilitator, at (919) 777-0161.

DAV Chapter 5 Disabled American Veterans Michael J. Thomas Chapter 5 meet at 7 p.m. the first Thursday of each month at 146 S. Main St. in Broadway.

DAV Chapter 83 of Moore County Disabled American Veterans (DAV) Chapter 83 of Moore County meets at 7 p.m. the first Tuesday of each month at 1020 Priest Hill Road, Carthage. DAV is a service organization dedicated to assisting disabled veterans. Service officers are available to help veterans with VA paperwork Tuesday through Thursday. For an appointment, call (910) 944-1113.

Lions Branch Club The Lions Branch Club meets at noon the second and fourth Tuesday of the month at the Lions Club Fairground Lions Den. Cost

Sanford Lodge No. 151 A.F. & A.M The Sanford Lodge No. 151 A.F. & A.M. holds its regular communications at 7:30 p.m. the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month, supper is usually served at 6:30 p.m. the second Tuesday. For further information, call (919) 4998669. The Lodge is located at 231 Charlotte Ave., Sanford.

Central Carolina Toastmasters The Central Carolina Toastmasters club meets from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. the second and fourth Monday of each month in Room 802 of the College Fitness Center at Central Carolina Community College. Membership is open to the public. The club provides a relaxed atmosphere to help improve public speaking

skills while developing leadership skills. For more information, call Cynthia Wilt at (919) 499-6009 or Vivian Rosser at (919) 7187236 or visit the website at www.centralcarolina.

Fleet Reserve Association Fleet Reserve Association and Unit 259 meet the fourth Tuesday of each month at the Retired Military Association building in Fayetteville, located off Gillispe Street. For more information, call Chuch Dittmar at (910) 848-6126.

Sanford Jobseekers Sanford Jobseekers, a faith-based support group for those who are unemployed, meets from 8:30 to 10:45 a.m. each Wednesday at First Baptist Church. The primary focus of the group is to give encouragement to those out of work, and provide programs to help that individual obtain employment. For questions, call (919) 776-6137.

National Active and Retired Federal Employees The Sanford Chapter of the National Active and Retired Federal Employees (NARFE) association meets on the third Monday of each month. All active and retired Federal employees are invited to attend. For more information, call President Jimmie Coggin at (919) 775-3197.

Lee County Scottish Rite Club The Lee County Scottish Rite Club conducts its monthly meeting every month on the third Thursday at the Bay Breeze Seafood Restaurant in Sanford. Dinner begins at 6:30 p.m. and is held in the meeting room. All Scottish Rite Masons are welcome.

Meals on Wheels of Sanford Meals on Wheels of Sanford deliver nutritious specialized diet meals five days a week to residents of Sanford who are homebound and unable to prepare meals for themselves. Many people are struggling to make ends meet and are finding it difficult to pay for their meals. The Sanford Meals on Wheels Board of Directors suppliments some of the costs with donated funds. Sanford Meals on Wheels does not receive government funding and relies on charitable donations from organizations and individuals. For more information about Meals on Wheels, call (919) 708-4181. Meals on Wheels is a nonprofit organization. Tax deductable donations can be made to Meals on Wheels, P.O. Box 2991, Sanford, N.C. 27330.

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Sandhills Natural History Society The Sandhills Natural History Society will meet at 7 p.m. Jan. 25 at Weymouth Woods Auditorium, 1024 Fort Bragg Road, Southern Pines. Spotted Turtles. Writer, illustrator and educator Bob Palmatier will talk about his many years of research and observations on spotted turtles. Club news deadline is 3 p.m. Tuesday. E-mail information and photographs to edwardsk@sanfordherald. com.


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TOASTING THE NEW YEAR By Elizabeth C. Gorski / Edited by Will Shortz









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Past club events Sanford Civitan Club

The regular bi-weekly meeting of the Sanford Civitan Club was held Dec. 17 at the Civitan clubhouse on Golf Course Road. There were 13 members present as well as three guests in attendance including guest speaker Allyson Kane. The meeting was presided by past president John Musselwhite in the absence of president Van Blanton. Musselwhite opened the meeting with a warm welcome for everyone especially the guests then offered the invocation. Reid Harris led the pledge of allegiance. Musselwhite then mentioned that member John Holder is still battling his illness and requested we continue to remember him in our prayers. The featured speaker Allyson Kane gave a very interesting program on relieving stress in our lives, especially at this stressful time of year. Kane works at the Family Doc and is a licensed clinical social worker and holds a Masters in social work. She discussed the many health benefits of stress reduction as better general health, better sleep, better personal outlook and just be-

ing happier in general. She also discussed and demonstrated several yoga exercises. Yoga, she says, has been around for centuries and is recognized as one of the more effective ways to reduce stress. Yoga also improves balance, strength, flexibility and is also known to improve sleep, help fight infection and even help control weight. Kane had all those in attendance perform several exercises most of which from our seats as breathing exercises and some stretching and muscle relaxation exercises. She pointed out that yoga can be done by basically anyone since it is noncompetitive and does not require high physical dexterity or strength. In addition to this, yoga is also drug free. The New Year’s dinner committee has prepared an assignment list for the many tasks required to make this project a success. Every member (and many spouses) who is able has been given a task to help with over the two day event. Many tasks are performed on New Year’s Eve. Aside of supplies procurement, the project is scheduled to begin at 1 p.m. Dec. 31 at the clubhouse. It will continue through the night with cook-

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ing then on New Year’s Day additional food preparation in the early morning with the dinner scheduled to begin at 11 a.m. Tickets have been distributed and members are urged to sell as soon as possible. The Floyd Knight Christmas party committee reported that the party held Dec. 17 went well with Santa distributing gifts to all the children and allowing a little time to talk to Santa and have their pictures made with Santa. There were well over 100 presents and pictures provided free to the children. There were no motions presented for action. The next scheduled regular meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. Jan. 14 at the clubhouse. The New Year’s dinner event which occurs over a normal meeting date will be counted as a meeting.

Jonesboro Rotary Club President Kate Rumely opened the meeting with Michael Basinger giving the invocation. Sgt.-at-Arms Van Sillaman reported both David Spivey and David Taylor had birthdays this month. Note that there will be no Rotary meeting until Jan. 7. Michele Bullard and Larry Aiken reported on Rotary school projects at

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Greenwood Elementary and J. Glenn Edwards Elementary. Bullard said the children are opening up and responding better each week. Aiken even got advice on what to get other children for Christmas. The Edwards students made cards and ornaments which will be put in the food bags at CUOC. Ed Terry is going to make an audio/video program with the kids. Each one will come up with 23 significant historical events and then give presentations that he will film. Ed Terry just returned from Las Vegas and bragged about not losing any money. Rupert Ainsley bragged that his daughter is getting married at the United Nations. Congratulations were offered to our guests Chris and Katie Wright who have been married three years today. Bragging continued as Van Sillaman reported that his daughter made the dean’s list at UNCW and Cliff Peake reported that his daughter recently retired. David Spivey introduced the Director of the Temple Theater, Peggy Taphorn. She introduced Katie and Chris Wright, cast members in the play “A Christmas Carol.” Chris sang a wonderful solo about an impish kid who

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is getting just what he deserves for Christmas – nuttin’. With his ball cap askew, Chris looked and acted the part. Next, Katie shared her own solo, “Santa Baby.” Sung in the piano lounge style, Katie slinked down the aisle drawing laughs and a few red faces. Rotarians got into the act by participating in the singing of “The Twelve Days of Christmas.” Ray Martin was great with his “partridge in a pear tree” part but the clear winner was Kate Rumely’s “five golden rings.” The Wrights ended our program with a jazz version of Jingle Bells. It was one of our best programs ever and thanks go out to the Temple Theater. David Spivey led the 4-way test and the pledge to the flag.

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Delta Kappa Gamma Society International Delta Rho and Gamma Sigma, local chapters of Delta Kappa Gamma Society International, met Dec. 5, at the Country Club of North Carolina in Pinehurst for their annual Christmas bazaar and luncheon. The two chapters have been meeting each December for over 20 years. The chapters use the money raised from the bazaar for scholarships the chapters give each year. Linda Smith and Betty Caldwell, members of Delta Rho, presented a program of Christmas songs. Delta Rho will meet Feb. 7 at First Calvary Baptist Church. Dr. Robert Patterson will present a program on women’s health.


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Technology can monitor seniors for safety

Family global treks a real-world education

LAKE SUMMIT, Mo. (AP) — At 88, Grif Crawford knows he’s at risk of a fall or other sudden health problem. So he wears a pendant around his neck that can summon help if something goes wrong. “It’s kind of like life insurance,” said Crawford, of Lee Summit, Mo. “I feel very comforted with this.” The device has come a long way since the days when it merely allowed the wearer to alert someone that he or she had fallen and couldn’t get up. Crawford’s equipment also can be programmed to answer his phone,

remind him to take his medicine or alert him to a fire, among other things. It’s one of several new products designed to help seniors stay in their homes rather than move to a nursing home or assisted living facility. At-home technology now can monitor senior citizens’ movements, vital statistics, and sleep and bathroom patterns. There are products that remind seniors to take their medicine. Such devices allow older people to remain in their homes with more oversight from loved ones or medical specialists.

The products can monitor how well seniors are managing the chores of daily living, and offer “peace of mind” to caregivers or family, said Majd Alwan, director of the Center of Aging Services Technology, in Washington. The products are most successful when they are tied to an agency that can dispatch meals, medical help or other senior services, he said. Currently, the monitoring systems, which cost about $150 to $200 a month, are more often prescribed to seniors for a limited time after a hospitalization or health

issue, Alwan said. Some also are being used in assisted living facilities where operators like the additional protections they offer. But many people would like to see the technology become more mainstream, added Elinor Ginzler, senior vice president for livable communities for AARP, which recently surveyed seniors about their interest in the products. Seniors are willing to use the technology if it’s affordable, she said. “We’re at the beginning of the wave,” she said. “Money is an issue.”

By LINDA STEWART BALL Associated Press Writer

DALLAS — When Carla Fisher and her husband announced plans to travel the globe with their adolescent daughters for a year, some friends called them crazy. Seven years later, with wonderful memories and a book documenting their world trek, the Fishers now seem like global trailblazers. Despite a recession that may have limited the number of U.S. students traveling abroad in exchange programs, some parents are going out of their way to make sure their children have extended international experiences. “It’s really encouraging to hear that there are a lot of other people who want to educate their kids in that manner,” said Fisher, an environmental biologist in suburban Houston. Some parents are trying to raise enlightened “world citizens,” young Americans who aren’t caught up in the race to acquire more stuff. Others want to give their children the skills they’ll need to compete globally. “You always want your kids to be ahead of the crowd,” said Christopher Holtby, who works in Dallas and commutes to Mexico where his family moved temporarily in August so their three sons could become bilingual. Tuition for their private school in Mexico is $200 a month, per child — a fraction of what it would cost them in the states. “This is a global world,” Holtby said. “My wife and I understand that if we can give our kids some exposure they’ll have more options.” No one knows exactly how many American families are choosing the global education path — about 2,000 U.S. secondary school students studied abroad in exchange programs last year, according to the Council on Standards for International Educational Travel. But global education consultants say a growing number of parents are traveling for a year or more with their children, in part because technology makes it easy for them to work from anywhere. “There is a tremendous amount of interest in spending time abroad at all stages of lifeand increasingly, as a family with children,” said Maya Frost, author of “The New Global Student: Skip the SAT, Save Thousands on Tuition and Get a Truly International Education.” She knows American families in every corner of the globe who have made that choice. She and her husband left their Portland, Ore.,

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Tessa Hill, upper right, posing with her children Charles, left, Jazy, center, and Lia while holding a picture of her husband Ned at their home near Houston in The Woodlands, Texas. suburb for adventures in Mexico and Argentina with their four teenage daughters in 2005. “The old model of the expatriate family —corporate transfers and diplomats — is still an option, but the new global families are more likely to be moving abroad independently and creating their own work for themselves,” said Frost. Some families who opt for nomadic education are former Peace Corps volunteers, children of immigrants, have adopted a child from overseas or simply suffer from wanderlust. Computers enable them to continue working while they’re traveling, and homeschooling makes it easier to pluck children out of traditional schools for some real-world learning. “There’s so much more to education than school,” said Tessa Hill, who recently returned to her Houston-area home, after driving her family across North America, Central America and Europe in a motor home for 13 months. “World travel is an education in people, cultures, in language, in travel skills, street smarts and in how lucky we are to live in the United States.” When Hill and her husband began considering extended global travel, their middle child, Charles, 13, was skeptical. “My first reaction was ‘well, are we really going to do this?” Charles said. “But it did sound like great fun.” Charles said missing his buddies was the hardest part. He stayed in touch via e-mail and made some new friends along the way, playing soccer with kids in France and learning about rugby from youths in Ireland. The tasty and varied cuisine of other lands was another unexpected joy the seventh-grader extols. “I’d definitely recommend this to other kids,” Charles said. “It was such a great opportunity to see different countries and learn geography a different way.”

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