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www.yanceycountynews.com vTo be a voice, and to allow the voices of our community to be heard.v Feb. 28, 2013 W Vol. 3, No. 9 v Recipient of the 2011 E.W. Scripps Award for Distinguished Service to the First Amendment v

Who should secure the schools?

By Jonathan Austin Yancey County News Though few may know it, the Yancey County School System operates its own law enforcement agency, tasked with providing on-site policing and security on school property. The agency’s officers are seen daily at Mountain Heritage High School and East Yancey Middle School, wearing the uniform and operating vehicles of the Yancey County

Schools Special Police. The agency was formed in the 1990s under state statute. “They are true police officers on any school property in Yancey County,” said Superintendent Dr. Tony Tipton. Currently the school system employs two special police officers, and the high school officer, Anthony Renfro, is identified as the supervisor of the force. “One of the officers

has to be the commanding officer,” Tipton said. “Renfro is the commanding officer.” The officers are supervised by the principals at their respective schools, and ultimately by the superintendent and the board of education. The formal existence of a school police agency may be important as Yancey County leaders grapple with the question of how to See Page 3

1,000 Points

Mountain Heritage senior Samm Chandler helped the Cougar girls into the state 2A Sweet 16 Wednesday night by beating North Henderson, and was honored for scoring 1,000 points in her four years at Mountain Heritage.

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Mental health improvements creep forward

By Peggy Manning Carolina Public Press As state officials proceed with a plan to move people with mental illness out of adult care homes, the governing board of the Western Highlands Network

recently approved its first step to comply by increasing staff for care coordination of individuals who require mental health services. The change is prompted by an Aug. 23, 2012, settlement agreement between North Carolina

and the U.S. Department of Justice reached after an investigation begun in 2010. The advocacy group Disability Rights North Carolina filed complaints alleging that the state was violating the Americans with Disabilities Act

by placing individuals with mental health problems in adult care homes, co-mingled with elderly men and women, and without a proper plan for care. The purpose of the settlement agreement is to See Page 2

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What did the sheriff promise?

Dear Editor: This letter concerns the commissioners’ meeting, as well as all the talk about putting a police officer in every school. It is very clear that Sheriff Banks and Commissioner Whitson had already spoken about the sheriff’s request for a budget change, When did the sheriff have to ask permission to spend his budget, unless he wants to hook the commissioners for next year’s budget? What did the sheriff promise the commissioner that is concrete for the schools? Nothing. When did the sheriff become the authority on what the schools need? Isn’t that what the board of education is elected for? Should this discussion not have been with commissioners, county manager, and the superintendent? It was obvious that the other four commissioners and the county manager did not know what the

sheriff was going to ask for. What would it have hurt if the request had been held until some sound thinking and discussion could have taken place? Money is tight right now; let’s think before we act. Does the school system have a police department? What does the school police chief think about all of this? Was he let in on the secret? It is my understanding that School Special Police is scrutinized by the Attorney General’s office much more than the sheriff or a deputy. It is my understanding that it will take sixty to eighty thousand dollars to put a fulltime police officer on the road, and there would no promise that this officer was for the schools’ benefit. If the county has that kind of money, why can’t it be given to the schools for them to put in the police budget? Name witheld on request

‘Helping women improve their lives’ The New Opportunity School for Women at Lees-McRae College is accepting applications for its ninth summer intensive, a three-week residential program that helps low-income women gain the skills and confidence to turn their lives around. “Our mission is to help women improve their personal, educational, and financial circumstances,” said NOSW director Karen Sabo.Between the program at Lees-McRae College in Banner Elk, NC, and the original program in Berea, KY, the program has helped over 700 women overcome past problems to achieve success personally and professionally. During the three-week residential session, women take classes in many subjects, including self-esteem, creative writing, public speaking and interview skills, and Appalachian literature. Experienced volunteer instructors teach basic accounting, computer skills, navigating the college application process, and resume writing. Women attending the program will also go to cultural events, such as concerts, plays, and lectures. There is no cost to the students for attending this program. Applicants should be between the ages of 30-55, possess a high school diploma or GED, and have no college degree. To apply for this program contact Karen Sabo at nosw@lmc. edu, or call 828-898-8905 . Interested parties may download applications from the website at http://www.lmc.edu/nosw.

Regional mental health agency considers changes From the front assure that persons with mental illness are allowed to reside in their communities in the least restrictive settings of their choice. In the 18 westernmost counties of the state, there are nearly 300 of these homes, according to the N.C. Division of Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities and Substance Abuse Services. Yancey County has two group homes, while Mitchell County has four. Western Highlands Network provides mental health, substance abuse, and developmental disability services for residents of Yancey, Buncombe, Henderson, Madison, Mitchell, Polk, Rutherford, and Transylvania counties. Local managed care organizations like Western Highlands are charged with screening and assessing the needs of individuals with disabilities or behavioral health issues. They are also charged with developing a plan to provide the appropriate services to each individual. That often includes transitioning those individuals from a hospital or other care facility into community housing. People

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move into adult- or family-care homes either from their own home or the home of a family member, directly from a hospital or psychiatric unit, or after being released from prison or jail. An adult-care home can house seven or more residents, while a family-care home houses two to six residents. Under the settlement agreement, North Carolina’s system will, within the next eight years, expand community-based services and supported housing that promotes inclusion and independence, according to a U.S. Department of Justice news release. The N.C. General Assembly set aside money in this year’s budget to begin the transition. The N.C. Department of Health and Human Services has funded all managed care organizations with four positions to help transition individuals into appropriate care and 5.64 positions for peer support specialists. Peer support specialists have been through the mental health system and, after being trained and certified, provide support to others who can benefit from their experiences. Charlie Schoenheit, the Western Highlands’ interim chief executive officer, said that means the Western Highlands Network will receive 9.64 additional positions as a result of the settlement. Western Highlands Network currently employs 55 care coordinators. The additional positions that are being provided by the state will bring that number to nearly 65. Schoenheit said the department will continue to fund these positions after they are hired. The annual cost of the 9.64 positions is estimated at $490,095, he said. “If not, we simply can’t do it,” he told a Western Highlands personnel committee. The committee also heard whether the agency is able to meet benchmarks for monitoring patient care. “The current case load for intellectual and developmental disability care coordination staff is 47.5 cases per worker per month, versus a case load of 30 to 35 per worker in other managed care organizations,” Schoenheit told the committee. “Internal monitoring shows that approximately 60 percent of the total cases are monitored monthly.” The N.C. Division of Medical Assistance requires 100 percent of the cases to be monitored monthly. Schoenheit said Western Highlands simply does not have enough

staff to do that and suggested that 13 new positions be created to primarily address care coordination. That is in addition to the 9.64 positions being provided by the state. Funding is available within the agency’s budget for seven of the 13, which could include transfers within the organization, he said. After deliberating whether to add six unfunded positions and the impact it would have on financial projections for the remainder of the year and going forward, the committee decided on a plan to transition seven people through Western Highlands’ reorganization. The governing board approved the recommendation on Feb. 8. “With these positions, we may be able to handle 38 to 39 caseloads per worker per month and may be able to monitor 80 percent of the total cases,” Schoenheit said. “That is still not 100 percent, as required.” Settlement outlines statewide changes The settlement agreement between North Carolina and the U.S. Department of Justice requires the state to provide access to 3,000 housing slots, with at least 100 housing slots for a maximum of 300 individuals by July 1. In order to qualify for one of the slots, an individual must be Medicaid-eligible, have an income equal to or less than the federal poverty level or be eligible for special assistance funding. The state must also have 33 Assertive Community Treatment teams to serve 3,225 individuals by July 1. That ratio will increase to 50 teams serving 5,000 individuals by July 1, 2019. Supported employment services must also be provided to at least 100 people by July, with that number increasing to 2,500 by 2019. This settlement also comes following questions about Western Highlands’ leadership and financial management, which resulted in the firing of the agency’s CEO and state legislators’ questions about the financial health of the organization. The agency is still working through a hiring process for a new CEO as a part of its reorganization. Carolina Public Press is North Carolina’s first online nonprofit news organization to be devoted to original, enterprise-level, investigative journalism in the public interest. It’s also the only news organization of its kind in the 18 westernmost counties of the state.


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Dixie Deer Classic one of best in the nation Each year around this time I endure an annual pilgrimage that takes me to all corners of the Earth. I encounter some of the most unique, revered, and feared beasts. One particular animal stands out amongst all others though. If a deer hunter, and I mean a hardcore, thinks about hunting 25 hours per day 8 days a week, big buck down dreaming deer hunter were to die and go to Heaven, this place would still surpass anything he could envision. Whitetails by the hundreds surround you. The chatter in the air consists of voices telling story after story of deer taken by bow, crossbow, rifle, muzzleloader, and dogs. There are also the sounds of the ones that got away. The big one that stepped out just after dark or left just before daylight. The monster that stared right into the eyes of the hunter as if to dare him to take the shot and consume the hunter with excitement, anxiety, and sheer madness to the point of either not taking the shot or fumbling altogether. The one that does not induce buck fever, but rather buck plague! Yes, the Dixie Deer Classic in Raleigh is one of the premiere hunting exhibitions not only in the Southeast, but the whole country. Too big for just one roof, the DDC as it is commonly called fills up a good portion of the North Carolina State Fairgrounds for a three day extravaganza. World class guides and outfitters stand at the ready to convince you the next trip of a lifetime is within reach. Break-out sessions offering instruction covering everything from quality game and land management to how to call turkeys in close are there to enhance your hunting experiences. Well known and well regarded outdoorsman personalities are there to offer encouragement and share their wisdom as well. Last year I interviewed Steven Rinella, who is one of the featured guests this year. Rinella offered me an advance copy of his

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book Meateater before its national release. A great book that told the story of what hunting means to him. While he has done some things wrong in the past, his story mirrors most peoples. He understands the benefits of proper game management through the events in his life. He recently partnered with the Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership and has become an advocate for proper management to maintain ongoing, sustainable land and wildlife resources. Another guest will be Tom Miranda. Miranda is the first person to successfully take all 29 big game species in North America with archery equipment on film. In the annuls of history, Miranda will be mentioned with other great outdoorsmen of North America that include Davy Crockett, Daniel Boone, Teddy Roosevelt, Art Young, Fred Bear, and Chuck Adams. Think about it. Not only did he hunt each species, but he harvested the animal. He closed the distance enough to take it successfully with a bow. And he did it while being filmed. One other thing, they were all trophy sized animals as

well. Looking at both Rinella’s and Miranda’s youth, it seems they could have been brothers. Both grew up and spent time in the upper Michigan area. Both fueled their passion for nature through trapping. They both tried to make a career out of what has become a lost art in today’s world. Trapping was their entry. Hunting became their legacy. Our world now encourages youth to stay inside and use computers for both play, study, and work. They grew up learning to be self reliant. Middle schoolers now receive iPads and are taught how to use a calculator, word processor, and spreadsheet. When I was in school we were taught how to do arithmetic, calculus, physics with pencil, paper, and often, a very big eraser. The world has changed. If we do not build the excitement in both youth and new hunters, the very things we enjoyed growing up and the things that Rinella now fights for will become a distant memory only to be studied in text books. Shows such as the Dixie Deer Classic and later this summer the Southern Trophy Hunter show in Greensboro can help ignite the fire. Take someone who has never hunted, whether youth or adult, and look at their eyes as they enter. You will see the same awe and twinkle that Miranda had as he stalked another record book beast. The Dixie Deer Classic runs March 1-3 at the North Carolina State Fairgrounds in Raleigh, NC. Bill Howard is an avid bowhunter and outdoorsman. He teaches hunter education (IHEA) and bowhunter education (IBEP) in North Carolina. He is a member of North Carolina Bowhunters Association and Pope & Young, and is an official measurer for both. He can be reached at billhoward outdoors@ gmail.com.

Schools must consider who should supervise additional officers From the front of the mass shooting at an elementary school in Connecticut late last year. Ti p t o n a n d t h e school board are already working on addressing aspects of school security, i n c l u d i n g e ff o r t s to improve access and install security cameras. Tipton said the board is pursuing adding ‘swipe card’ access controls to the doors of county school buildings, as well as limiting access to those who satisfy staff as to their need to be inside the school buildings during the school day. Ya n c e y C o u n t y Sheriff Gary Banks appeared before the County Commission in early February to request permission to shift funds to increase staffing in

order to better patrol the county’s school property. “Additional needs for this position can be addressed in my 2013-2014 budget request. This will dramatically increase the time deputies can spend in our schools,” Banks wrote in a letter to County Manager Nathan Bennett. But Bennett and several commissioners have said they feel the school board and the school superintendent should be involved in the process rather than just the sheriff. Bennett said he sees a “potential for larger expenses in next year ’s budget. We want to have a good, full discussion with the school system.” U.S. Rep. Mark Meadows, who represents Yancey, has put forward a bill in Congress to

fund additional school police officers nationwide by shifting $30 million from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to the Cops in Schools grant program, which was signed into law in 2005. A majority of Americans believe “that increasing police presence at schools would be very effective in preventing future tragedies,” Meadows said in a press release. “After speaking to local la w en f o r cem en t, superintendents and principals in my district, I believe this is the best path forward.” The bill, H.R. 751, would fund the Cops in Schools grant program. Meadows said passage of the bill

would mean up to $30 million per year could be distributed in grants to help states afford stationing police in schools. “The Cops in Schools program is specifically designed to assist local law enforcement agencies in the hiring of new officers,” Meadows said. But that raises the question: Is the Ya n c e y C o u n t y Schools Special Police agency a local law enforcement agency, or would federal monies only go to municipal or county law enforcement such as the sheriff’s department or the Burnville Police Department? Ti m Ti p t o n , a former ranking law officer living in Burnsville who is circulating a petition

to hire law officers for each school, said he believes the school special police agency should qualify for federal funding. “I believe that is the proper way to do it. The officers need to be totally school police,” Tim Tipton said. “That way they can focus, be trained and become experts in school policing tactics and strategies. This will provide the most safety and security to our school children and teachers. “Yancey County Schools Police is a valid agency,” he said. The attorney g e n e r a l ’s o f f i c e seems to agree. “These agencies and their officers may by law provide the same police services within their territorial jurisdiction as do municipal law

enforcement officers in North Carolina,” according to a fact sheet posted on the attorney general’s website. Special agency officers “must meet the minimum standards required for employment and certification as a law enforcement officer in North Carolina … including completion of the Basic Law Enforcement Training course required of any other officer.” The school superintendent says he and the board of education are going to “wait and see how that plays out. We are just now looking to put some safety measures in.” As for adding additional resource officers, he said, “We’ve not gotten to that point” in budget discussions.


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Obituaries Hoyle Ledford

Hoyle Ledford, 72, of the Little Creek Community, died Wednesday, February 27, 2013, at Blue Ridge Regional Hospital. A native of Yancey County, he was a son of the late Mack and Naomi Honeycutt Ledford. He was also preceded in death by sisters Alma Huffman, Thelma Garriott, Ann Hunt, Onecia Howell, Callie Laws and Madge Poteat; and brothers Glenn, R.C., Floyd and Charles Ledford. He loved collecting and trading antiques, and dearly loved his family and church family. Surviving are his wife of 50 years, Judy Fender Ledford; daughter Penny Dahlberg and husband, Tom, of Suwanee, Ga.; son Reginald Ledford and wife, Teresa, of Cumming, Ga.; sister Univea Dale of Marion; 5 grandchildren; Brent Ledford, Peyton Ledford, Liam Dahlberg, Alex Dahlberg and Yancey Dahlberg; and several nieces and nephews. Funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, March 2, in the Little Creek Holiness Church. The Rev. Dayton Lewis, the Rev. Lou Franklin and the Rev. Bill Mitchell will officiate. Burial will be in the Ragan Fender Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 6 until 8 p.m. on Friday in the Chapel of Yancey Funeral Service.

of cardinals, pigs, loved her flowers but mostly her grandchildren. Surviving are her daughter, Susie Potter of the home; son Mike Potter and wife, Kay, of Linville; two grandchildren, Jessica Potter and friend, Mac Welliver, of Chapel Hill and Max R. Potter of Linville; aunt, Eva Keller of Elk Park; sister-in-law, Dot Forbes of Hope Mills; special nephew, Robin Forbes of Terrell; three special friends: Mildred Carpenter, Georgia McClain and Betty Shirley; her special dog, Rosie and her cat, Tigger. Several other nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews also survive. Funeral was Thursday in Newland United Methodist Church. Dr. Louis Woodard and the Rev. Lander Heafner will officiate. Burial followed in the Tanglewood Cemetery. Memorial donations may be to the Tanglewood Cemetery, Tanglewood Cemetery Road, Linville, NC 28646.

Charles ‘Larry’ Barton

Charles Lawrence “Larry” Barton, 61, of the Double Island community, died on Wednesday, February 27, 2013, at his home. A native of Garden City, Kansas, Larry grew up mostly in Detroit, a son of Marjorie Elizabeth Baker Barton and the late Donald Silas Barton. He was preceded in death by a brother, Donald Stephen Barton, and a grandson, Silas Fisher Barton. He was a veteran, having served in the Vietnam Era. He was a singer and entertainer who loved music, being on the river and the outdoors. Surviving are his partner, Diana Lyons; two daughters, Angela Dawn Barton Adams and husband, Ryan, of Charlotte and Sarah Elizabeth Barton of Asheville; sister, Marsha Elizabeth Honeycutt of Burnsville; grandson, William Mason Adams. A memorial service will be held at a later date and will be announced by Yancey Funeral Services.

Marie Forbes Potter

Marie Forbes Potter, 88, of Newland, died Tuesday, February 26, 2013, at Cannon Memorial Hospital. A native of Linville, she was a daughter of the late Rob and Juanita Coffey Forbes and the wife of Max M. Potter, who passed away in 1968. She was preceded in death by brothers Miles, Herman, Robert Jr. and Frank Forbes. She worked with Ford Motor Company for 15 of years, where she received a National Award called the Ford Dealers Accounts Award. She later worked for Daniels Insurance for several years, later retiring with the Avery County DSS. After her retirement, she went back to work with the Avery County C.A.P. Office where she retired a second time. Marie was a member of Newland United Methodist Church, where she was the treasurer for a number of years. She was a collector

Louann Edwards Hoover

Louann Edwards Hoover, 74, of the Pensacola community, died Friday, February 22, 2013, at Blue Ridge Regional Hospital. A native of Yancey County, she was a daughter of the late Andy and Ruby Berry Edwards. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Ranious Hoover, who died in 2005; a brother, Andy Edwards; and grandson Zachary Hoover. Louann was a retired employee of Baxter Healthcare. She was a member of Concord Baptist Church and a loving mother and grandmother who enjoyed her friends at the Yancey Senior Center. Surviving are five children: Dennis Hoover of Micaville, Karen Hoover and Bo Mosley of Spruce Pine, Gary Hoover and wife, Sandy, of Micaville, Stanley Hoover of Newdale, and Ann Cable and husband, Doug, of Marion; 11 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; 6 sisters, Roxie Cromeans of Micaville, Ellen Ballew of Old Fort, Della McCracken of Burnsville, Betty McEntyre of South Toe, Maxine Newton of Loretta, Tenn., and Jean Edwards of Newdale; and, special friends Robert and Louise Blackburn. Funeral was Monday in the Chapel of Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home. Burial was in the Concorde Baptist Church Cemetery.

Cora Lee Huskins

Cora Lee Huskins, 91, of Stream Road in Burnsville, died peacefully surrounded by her family at Brian Center Health and Rehabilitation in Spruce Pine on Saturday, February 23, 2013, after a period of declining health. Born on July 6, 1921, in Mitchell County, she was the daughter of the late William H. and Martha Woody Huskins. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her brothers, Jim, Avery, Rom, and Ray Huskins and her sisters; Inez Wilson, Tina Konopnicki, Margie Howell, Helen Hicks, Catherine Robinson, and Willa Ann Wyatt. Survivors include her sisters, Nell McMahan of Burnsville and Georgia Self of Spruce Pine; and many nieces and nephews. She was a loving sister and aunt who delighted in the time she was able to spend with her family. Even though she didn’t have children of her own, she played an important role in the lives of her many nieces and nephews. After attending Warren Wilson College, Cora Lee was employed by Robbins and Ellen Knitting Mills and Hampshire Hosiery as secretary and office manager. She was selected as Mitchell County Secretary of the Year in 1993. A year later, she retired after 51 years of dedicated service. Funeral was Tuesday in the Chapel of Webb Funeral Home with the Rev. Billy Mitchell officiating. Interment followed in the Will Young Cemetery. The family requests that memorial donations be made to Yancey County Meals on Wheels, 10 Swiss Ave., Burnsville, NC 28714, or Gideons International, P.O. Box 611, Spruce Pine, NC 28777

Bernice King

Bernice Carpenter King, 89, of the Henson Creek Community died Thursday, February 21, 2013 at The Heritage in Newland. Born on September 18, 1923, in Avery County, she was the daughter of the late Orene Carpenter. In addition to her mother, she was preceded in death by her husband, Bill King, who passed away in 2002, and by her grandson; Samuel King; her great grandson; Christopher Conley; and her sisters, Clarice Carpenter and Orene Ollis. She was a member of the Powdermill Baptist Church. She is survived by her son, Sam King and wife, Kaye of Star Prairie, Wisc.; her daughter; Sylvia Sullins and husband, Skip of Hollywood, S.C.; her sister, Patsy Carpenter of Newland; four grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Funeral was Saturday in the Chapel of Webb Funeral Home with the Revs. Wallace Wise and Clay Dale officiating. Interment followed in the Big Meadows Baptist Church Cemetery.

Bonnie Norris

Bonnie Norris, 69, of the Cattail Community, died Wednesday, February 20, 2013. A native of Ohio, she was a daughter of the late Tom and Mae Barry Hinton and the wife of Dr. Michael Norris, who died in 2011. She and her husband had been part-


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Obituaries time residents of the Cattail Community for more than 15 years and full-time residents for the past four years. Bonnie attended Pensacola United Methodist Church. Surviving are sons Brian Mitchell of Franklin, Tenn., Stephen Mitchell of New York City, and Paul Norris of Allen, Texas; a daughter, Heather Bowman of Burnsville; a step-daughter, Jennifer Harrison of Taylor, Mich.; a sister, Suzanne Kahn of Mineral Bluff, Ga.; a brother, Tom Hinton of Estero, Fla.; six grandchildren: Campbell Mitchell, Liam Couper, Emerson Mitchell, Gillian Norris, Camden Norris and Hailey Harrison; and a step-granddaughter, Haiden Bowman. A memorial service will be held at a later date at Western Carolina State Veterans Cemetery in Black Mountain. Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home is business. She served as executive director assisting the Norris family. of Leadership Pinellas, a community organization, for several years before Harriet Coren retiring. Harriet Coren passed away February Harriet volunteered thousands of hours 12, 2013, at Southampton Rehabilitation at Mease Hospital in Clearwater, along with Center in Philadelphia following a brief Joe. She had a determined work ethic, was illness. She was 85. an accomplished quilter, expert seamstress, Harriet was a devoted and loving wife, transcribed Braille in two languages, loved mother, grand and great-grandmother with playing mahjong and working crossword many loving friends who appreciated her and jigsaw puzzles. She was determinedly many abilities and loving kindness. She independent, never stopped learning new was a woman of strong, lifelong faith. things, and stayed current with computer She worked for the U.S. Signal Corps skills and creative with her hobbies until during WWII, met her to-be husband, a few days before she died. Joseph, upon his return from the Army, She is survived by daughter Susanne married in 1947 and settled in the (Ken) Shear of Abington, Penn., son Philadelphia suburbs. Buzz Coren (Debbie) of Burnsville, Her career as an executive secretary grandchildren Adena (Andrew) Sternthal, started with an electronics firm, followed Jonathan (Michal) Shear, and Sophia by a few years owning and working in a Coren; and great-grandchildren Lucy small restaurant with Joe. She resumed her Sternthal and Naftali Shear. She is dearly career as a secretary following a move to missed by family, friends and caregivers Florida, took classes at a local junior college alike; we are all blessed to have been in and started her own successful freelance her wide net of love.

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Top-seeded girls advance

By Jonathan Austin YC News The No. 1 Mountain Heritage girls beat North Henderson 5437 at home Wednesday night to move on in the 2A sectionals and seal a 27-2 season school record. Senior Samm Chandler was honored after the game for scoring her 1,000 career points in the match against West Caldwell Monday night. Coach Susie Shelton said Chandler has been a consistent leader all four years she has played. “I guess the best part is just seeing her mature,” Shelton said. “From where she was as a freshman to where she is now; she was good as a freshman but now she competes, she goes for it, she’s a good team leader. She’s unselfish, she’s always good for some points and she’s somebody to rely on.” Chandler can obviously play at the next level, Shelton said, but she’s waiting on word about an academic scholarship before committing to play college ball. “Her motor’s always running. She’ll take a lick and get back up and keep going.” The Cougars came out and, is their style recently, poured in three pointers to go up 12-4 early in the first

quarter. Is the barrage of three pointers meant to make a point? “I think people respect it. People come out and try to shut the middle down, which frees your outside shooting up. Our girls have confidence, and I have confidence in them to step out there. That’s the best time to shoot (three pointers); you’ve just come from warming up and your legs are fresh,” Shelton said. “When teams start coming out you start looking inside. It opens up your inside game, just like the inside game opens up the outside game. You hit a couple and they’ve got to respect it.” The top-seeded Cougars handily d e f e a t e d We s t Caldwell on Monday to advance to Wednesday’s game. The boys defeated Charles D. Owen at

home Monday night and advanced to play East Lincoln away on Wednesday night. The Gaston Gazette reported Thursday that East Lincoln High School “roared ahead early, overcame a midgame lull and rolled to a 74-43 2A sectional semifinal victory over the Mountain Heritage boys.” The Mustangs went up 19-6 after one quarter, and led by as much as 24-8 before a Mountain Heritage (19-10) rally pulled the Cougars within 25-18 at the half. “But after Mountain Heritage scored two of the first three buckets of the second half, East Lincoln put the game away with 14 unanswered points to give it a 20-point lead late in the third quarter. The Mustangs’ biggest lead was the final 31-point margin,” the Gazette reported. Shelton said her

Cougar girls will face a tough Pisgah team Friday at home as they try to move up to the Elite Eight. “Each round you face better teams. That automatically evens things up. If we win on Friday we will be sectional champions and we will be going to regionals.” Against North Henderson “We came out and played really well early. The little offense they threw at us gave us trouble. Their strength is their inside. Once we got (ahead) we kind of lost focus a little bit. We’ve got to be more disciplined. We’ve got to quit relaxing and push through.“ Shelton said her girls are healthy. “ We ’ v e d o n e everything we “ Are there any hidden injuries lurking? “No, as far as I know,” she said. “We’re good right now.”

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Emancipation Procamation display in Raleigh The public will have the opportunity to see the Preliminary Emancipation Proclamation document at the North Carolina Museum of

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The important benefits of antioxidants

Medea Galligan MS Nutrition, CHHC, AADP Most of us have heard that free radicals - the undesirable byproducts of various metabolic functions - damage cells. Over time, this damage, called oxidative damage or oxidative stress, is believed to play a leading role in certain diseases and agerelated changes. Free radical destruction is thought to be a contributing factor to the decline in memory and motor performance seen in aging. But what does this really mean? And how can we prevent cellular damage from free radicals? If you could view the inside of your body at a molecular level, you would see free radicals and antioxidants engaged in an ongoing dance. With virtually every step you take, and every bite you eat, free radicals are generated. This is because free radicals are actually a result of normal metabolism and energy production. Other influences, like cigarette smoke, exercise, chemicals, sunlight, and cosmic and manmade radiation, also generate free radicals in your body. If they’re allowed to overwhelm your system, they can and do result in age-related deterioration. The good news is that there is something called antioxidants, and they are nature’s way of defending your cells against attack by these free radicals, thereby helping you resist aging and disease. If you don’t have adequate antioxidants to step in and combat free radicals, then oxidative stress tends to lead to accelerated tissue and organ damage. The brain may be particularly vulnerable to the damaging effects of free radicals because it is relatively deficient in antioxidants to begin with. This is why getting antioxidants in your diet is so crucial to your health. And just as it’s important to consume a wide range of vitamins and minerals because each plays a different, essential role in health, it is equally important to consume a variety of antioxidants as well. This is because each has a little something different to offer you. Water-Soluble vs. Fat-Soluble Antioxidants Antioxidants are often lumped together into one category in how they protect your cells from free radicals, but they are actually very different. For instance, certain antioxidants are water-soluble while others are fat-soluble. Why is this important? Because the interior of your cells and the fluid between them are composed mainly of water, whereas your cell membranes are made largely of fat. Free radicals can strike both the interior of your cells and the cell membrane, so you need to be sure you’re consuming both

water-soluble and fat-soluble antioxidants to protect you. If you consume only water-soluble antioxidants, such as anthocyanins, polyphenols or resveratrol, your cell membranes will still be vulnerable to free radical damage. Likewise, if you consume only fatsoluble antioxidants, such as astaxanthin and ubiquinol, the interior of your cells are still vulnerable. Consume them both, and you’re giving your cells a far more comprehensive shield against free radical damage.

Marine Carotenoids for Your Optimal Health When you hear carotenoid, you might automatically think of betacarotene and carrots, and this is probably the most common, well-known member of the group. But there’s much, much more to carotenoids than carrots! Specifically, marine carotenoids are among the most exciting substances in the antioxidant realm, and, as their name suggests, they come not from a garden patch but from the sea. Carotenoids are

the compounds in your foods that give you that vibrant cornucopia of color—from green grasses to red beets, to the spectacular yellows and oranges of your bell peppers. They also exist in algae and seaweed and the marine and aquatic animals that consume these foods. There are two major marine carotenoids, astaxanthin and fucoxanthin. A new study on these marine carotenoids show that they have strong antioxidant properties, and possible anticancer effects. As researchers wrote in Marine Drugs, “Both these two carotenoids [astaxanthin and fucoxanthin] show strong antioxidant activity attributed to quenching singlet oxygen and scavenging free radicals. The potential role of these carotenoids as dietary antioxidants has been suggested to be one of the main mechanisms for their preventive e ff e c t s a g a i n s t c a n c e r a n d inflammatory diseases.”

water supply dries up, forcing it to protect itself from ultraviolet radiation. It’s the algae’s survival mechanism—astaxanthin serves as a “force field” to protect the algae from lack of nutrition and/ or intense sunlight. There are only two main sources of natural astaxanthin—the microalgae that produce it, and the sea creatures that consume the algae, such as wild-caught (not farmed!) sockeye salmon, shellfish, and krill. Astaxanthin is fat-soluble and is FAR more potent than beta-carotene, alpha-tocopherol, lycopene and lutein, other members of its chemical family. It exhibits exceptionally powerful free radical scavenging activity and protects your cells, organs and body tissues from oxidative damage. A s t a x a n t h i n ’s u n i q u e “antioxidative artillery” provides for an impressive array of health benefits, including improving cardiovascular health, stabilizing blood sugar, boosting your immune The Pigment That Makes system, fighting cancer, reducing Salmon Pink inflammation, improving eye N a t u r a l a s t a x a n t h i n i s health — and even helping protect produced only by the microalgae you from sunburn. Most of Haematoccous pluvialis when its See next page

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Antioxidants are “free radical scavengers”, and prevent and repair damage done by free radicals. Therefore, consuming foods high in antioxidants is great for your health. Antioxidants are found in many foods, with some of the top sources being fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, spices, whole grains, and some meats, poultry and fish. The antioxidant capacity of food is measured using the ORAC (oxygen radical absorbance capacity) scale, of which berries score very high. Hence, the name of this smoothie recipe! For healthy smoothies all year round, look for bags of organic frozen mixed berries, which you can find at your local grocery store or whole foods market. In the summer, look for fresh berries at your local Farmer’s Market. Now to fighting those free radicals with some antioxidant power! Ingredients 1 cup water, coconut water, or organic whole milk 1 cup of organic mixed frozen berries (raspberries, strawberries, and blueberries) 1-2 Tbs organic unrefined coconut oil 2 Tbs raw honey ½ cup whole greek yogurt or kefir 1 handful organic spinach or locinato kale, washed and chopped OR 1Tbs green superfood powder 1/4 cup unsweetened coconut flakes or raw cacao powder (optional) Directions Add the ingredients into your blender and blend on high for 45 sec-1 min, pour and enjoy a delicious and healthy breakfast or mid-afternoon boost!


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Best to let natural learning occur for children

By John Rosemond Q. Each of my children has a daily routine of chores that they perform without much complaint. Occasionally, however, my 8-yearold son persuades his 6-year-old sister to do one of his chores for him. She adores him, so he doesn`t have to do much to get her to do his work for him. I`m concerned that he’s learning how to be manipulative and that she`s being taken advantage of. Should I put a stop to this and if so, how? A. I don`t think you have anything to be concerned about. As long as your son isn`t using threats or force on his sister, I`d advise you to just sit back and let the two of them work this situation out on their own. There`s no doubt that your daughter is helping your son learn something about how to manipulate people. Keep in mind, however, that despite its negative connotations, manipulation isn`t necessarily dishonest or destructive. It`s not only a fact of life, but also essential to getting anything done. Manipulation is at work whenever one person persuades others to see and do things his or her way. All effective managers are manipulators at heart. So are politicians, ministers, coaches,

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bargain. In other words, she`ll become more manipulative of him and things will even out. In time, as her brother becomes less and less a hero, she`ll even learn to say no to him. As this natural process unfolds, it`s best that you not interfere. Q: My 13-month-old son is eating on his own; finger-food, that is. When he eats, however, he’ll put a bite in his mouth, chew it a bit, then spit it out. He’ll play with it, then put it back in his mouth, chew some more, and swallow it. It’s driving me nuts, but I haven’t said anything. Is this something to be concerned about? A: Not at all. You’re describing nothing more than the natural curiosity and experimentation characteristic of this age child. He wants to know what things are made of and how they work. In this case, it fascinates him that he can change what food looks like by chewing it. Believe me, this will pass. In fact, I predict that if you pay it no attention at all, it will pass quickly.

editorial writers, broadcasters, therapists and salespeople. Whether manipulation is creative or destructive, honest or dishonest, depends upon whether or not there is benefit to both parties. In this case, it sounds to me as if both parties are getting something out of the “deal.” Your son pawns some of his work off on his sister, and she gains his approval, which she wants. Wouldn`t you jump at the chance to do a favor for one of your heroes? Sure you would! Look at it this way: your son is simply Family psychologist John Rosemond being resourceful. In time, your daughter will answers questions at rosemond.com. figure things out and learn to drive a harder

Finding and benefiting from antioxidants in your diet

From page 10 astaxanthin’s benefits come from its powerful anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. New research suggests you could enjoy even MORE benefits by further increasing your astaxanthin, even if you are already taking a krill oil supplement that naturally contains astaxanthin. If you decide to give astaxanthin a try, I recommend starting with 2 mg per day. If you are on a krill oil supplement, take that into consideration; different krill products have different concentrations of astaxanthin, so check your label. A Powerful Antioxidant in Brown Seaweed

Resveratrol’s antioxidant action helps stop free radical damage and also opens your arteries by enhancing nitric oxide. It also stops the proliferation of cells in blood vessels that narrow your arteries and it keeps blood cells from sticking together. Both are very important for helping prevent heart attacks. As a water-soluble antioxidant, resveratrol deeply penetrates the center of your cell’s nucleus, giving your DNA time to repair free radical damage. Resveratrol is found in abundance in red wine, and it’s highly soluble in alcohol, meaning your body may absorb more of it from red wine than from other sources. I do not, however, suggest drinking large amounts of red wine, since alcohol is a poison to your system. You can get some resveratrol by eating grapes (muscadine grapes have the highest concentration of resveratrol in nature because of their extra thick skins and numerous seeds where it is concentrated), cocoa, dark chocolate and peanuts, but it will likely be difficult to get a therapeutic dose, since you should only eat them in moderation. The other option is to take a resveratrol supplement, and in this case be sure to look for one made from a whole food complex.

Fucoxanthin exists naturally in brown seaweed, a type of kelp. Fucoxanthin is found in brown seaweed, such as the kind used in traditional miso soup. It is not found in significant amounts in other kinds of edible seaweed, such as green or red seaweed, but you can find it in supplement form. Preliminary animal research performed in Russia and Japan suggests that fucoxanthin may help rev up your metabolism and burn fat. Although it’s not fully understood how fucoxanthin works, it appears to target a protein called UCP1 that increases the rate at which belly fat is burned. Evidence is emerging showing that fucoxanthin is also How To Get All the Antioxidants You Need a powerful antioxidant that can protect your cells from free radical damage, thereby helping Your body can manufacture certain to support your heart and a healthy immune antioxidants, but not others. And your body’s response, as well as fight cancer. natural antioxidant production tends to decline with age. Fortunately, most of the Free Radicals can damage the heart vegetables you eat are loaded with potent phytochemicals that act as antioxidants. The Scientists have found yet another positive closer they are to being harvested, the more property in another antioxidant, resveratrol, potent these antioxidants will be - which is why a chemical compound found in certain plants consuming plenty of raw, locally harvested, like grapes, blueberries and cranberries. In a organic vegetables is one of the best ways to study published in the Journal of Cellular and get antioxidants. Juicing is another convenient Molecular Medicine, scientists reported that way to increase your intake, especially if you cardiac stem cells treated with resveratrol in eat the pulp, or make smoothies using the mice helped cardiac function that lasted several whole organic fruit or vegetable. months, and improved heart cell regeneration. There are many experts who believe that One of the serious complications of free radical one of the main benefits of following a Paleo damage is hardening and thickening of your type diet is related to the enormous amount arteries. There is a “vicious cycle” of free of antioxidants that were consumed by eating radicals, artery damage, and narrowing due to nearly half of our food as vegetables and fruits. scar tissue, which, in turn, promotes more free Please note that these were NOT the cultivated radical activity and more damage. fruits we consume today but are their wild

ancestors, which are much closer to a blueberry today. They were much smaller than today’s fruits and thus had a much larger proportion of their volume as skin and seeds, which is where most of the antioxidants are located. They are NOT located in the sweet part of the fruit that is loaded with fructose. Since most of the wild type fruits are not commercially available to us today, we need to be very careful about making sure we have a full complement of antioxidants that replicated our ancestors’ dietary patterns. This means supplementation since we simply do not have access to these types of fruits today. Additionally, reducing your sugar and fructose intake will decrease your antioxidant stress so that you will need less, and the ones that you have will work better and last longer. So be sure to limit sugars, including fructose, and all processed foods in your diet. Sources The Journal of Neuroscience October 1998 Marine Drugs epub June 27, 2011 GreenMedInfo.com June 2011 Journal of Cellular and Molecular Medicine February 25, 2011 Medea L Galligan earned her Masters of Science in Nutrition from Oklahoma State University, and also attended the Institute for Integrative Nutrition’s Health Coach Training Program. Visit www.HealthyLifestyle Concepts.com for more information.

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