sp sp sp sp en-us http://www.salisburypost.com/article/20140902/SP01/140909967/1001/sp/moms-day-off&source=RSS <![CDATA[Moms' day off ]]> Expectant mothers took Labor Day off, but Monday was just the start of another work week for two nurses and a doctor at Rowan Medical Center.

Dr. Michael Mills, Danielle Crack and Hannah Barnhardt all spent their holiday in the hospital's labor and delivery department.

In 2013, more than 700 babies were born at Novant Health Rowan Medical Center, averaging out to about two per day. Though the hospital didn't welcome any new Rowan County residents into the world Monday, Mills, who works at Salisbury OB/GYN, said it only takes a split second before the labor and delivery department is bustling with activity.

"It's not unheard of to have three or four people come in within an hour," Mills said. "It can get pretty hectic."

At its busiest, Crack said, she's gone to get a patient and passed a second one who was traveling up on the hospital's elevator.

There isn't much of a pre-determined schedule for labor and delivery personnel, Mills said. At times, he said, it's a fast-paced environment, but Monday was clearly the opposite. He said it's important to keep each patient's condition in mind when things pick up.

"You have to prioritize what you need to do," he said. "You've got to be there when they are ready to have a baby, and that's not something you can turn your back on when someone is just having a few contractions."

Regardless of the work pace, all three said the joy of delivering a baby was too good to pass up when making a career choice.

"It's witnessing a miracle," Crack said. "Once I did my (obstetrics) rotation, I was in love and I knew that's what I wanted."

But it's more than simply a workplace for Crack. Rowan Medical Center is actually her birthplace.

"It's come full circle," she joked.

Barnhardt initially started out in telemetry nurse, but later had a chance to transition. Her choices were intensive care or labor and delivery. After choosing labor and delivery, Barnhardt, likewise, fell in love.

"I like being able to interact with and take care of families rather than one sick patient," she said.

Besides the joy of delivering a baby, Mills said his experience in third-year rotations played a role in his decision to specialize in obstetrics and gynecology. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and his medical degree from Wake Forest,

"The residents were very excited about teaching and the physicians were very good," he said. "Once I did it I was hooked."

Though he delivers babies regularly, Mills doesn't have any children of his own.

"I have two cats," he joked.

Crack and Barnhardt said fathers are universally nervous when coming into labor and delivery with an expecting mother.

"Sometimes they don't know what to do," Crack said.

Brothers and sisters, on the other hand, are usually curious, Crack said.

"They run around and look at the baby or they might want to poke it," she said. "It's fun to watch them. Sometimes they call it their baby."

As the trio of medical professionals waiting for a Labor Day baby, Mills said labor and delivery remains among the most important departments in the hospital.

"There's no other unit in the hospital and no other nurses in the hospital that can do what these nurses do for these patients," he said.

Contact reporter Josh Bergeron at 704-797-4246

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Tue, 02 Sep 2014 01:36:00 EST http://www.salisburypost.com/article/20140902/SP01/140909967/1001/sp/moms-day-off&source=RSS
http://www.salisburypost.com/article/20140902/SP01/140909966/1001/sp/kannapolis-man-arrested-months-after-robbery&source=RSS <![CDATA[Kannapolis man arrested months after robbery ]]> A Kannapolis man was arrested Sunday after allegedly stealing two TVs, more than $2,000 and two boxes of shotgun shells.

Anotonio Derrell Davis, 23, 1000 Brantly Road, Kannapolis, was arrested and charged with first-degree burglary, robbery with a dangerous weapon and misdemeanor possession of marijuana.

His bond was set at $75,000.

The charges stem from a February incident in which Davis is accused of robbing a woman at gunpoint, stealing a myriad of different items at a house in the 1600 block of South Salisbury Avenue in Spencer, according to the warrant.

The warrant stated that Davis broke into the house between 10:30 p.m. and 11 p.m. on Feb. 25. Davis allegedly entered the house with an SKS semi-automatic assault rifle. According to the warrant, he stole a 52-inch TV, a 19-inch TV, two boxes of shotguns shells, motorcycle patches and pins, a laptop and $2,380 in cash.

He was booked into the Rowan County Jail on Sunday at 11:33 p.m.

Jail records also show that Davis is charged with violating probations; resisting, delaying or obstructing a public officers, possessing an open container of alcohol and driving a license while revoked.

The Spencer Police Department was unable Monday to provide additional details about Davis' arrest or additional details about charges.

Davis remained in the Rowan County Jail Monday afternoon.

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Tue, 02 Sep 2014 01:37:00 EST http://www.salisburypost.com/article/20140902/SP01/140909966/1001/sp/kannapolis-man-arrested-months-after-robbery&source=RSS
http://www.salisburypost.com/article/20140902/SP02/140909974/1001/sp/labor-day-golf-graeber-childress-take-title&source=RSS <![CDATA[Labor Day golf: Graeber-Childress take title]]> SALISBURY -- It went in the books as a 5 & 4 victory for veteran Charlie Graeber and high school freshman Michael Childress, but the difference in Monday's Labor Day Championship match was more like six inches.

That's all it took for the 14th-seeded entry to level everything in its path this weekend at the Country Club of Salisbury.

"It was just a little adjustment we made in Michael's stance after the first round," Graeber said moments after he and Childress made quick work of runners-up Josh Brincefield and Eric Mulkey to win the 61st annual Crowder-Dorsett Memorial 4-ball tournament. "We brought his feet closer together -- three inches on this side and three on the other. And that was it."

The tinkering gave Childress a little more distance on the fairways and a little more accuracy on the greens. He and Graeber won five of the first eight holes, halved the next six and combined for four birdies to win convincingly. "We played well because we're so comfortable together," said the apple-cheeked, 15-year old Childress. "We know when to say what. We know when to be quiet. And obviously we know when to encourage each other to hit a good shot."

The championship was the second for Graeber, who teamed with Joey Rusher to win the 1995 tournament.

"We were kidding about that," Childress said with a smile. "The last time he won I wasn't even born yet."

Graeber and Childress reached the final round with a 3 & 2 semifinal victory against Glenn and Roy Dixon earlier Monday. Eighth-seeded Brincefield and Mulkey -- longtime friends and former members of Salisbury High School state championship teams -- bested Lee Frick and Blake Wray 3 & 2 in the semis to advance. That's where the similarities ended.

"We putted tremendously all weekend," Mulkey said after he and Brincefield failed to win a hole. "And this afternoon it just went away. I actually played my worst round of golf today. They totally earned it. We picked the worst time to play our worst golf."

It was a chore right from the start as each golfer missed the fairway with his opening drive. Childress, who birdied six holes in Sunday's quarterfinal round, remarkably pushed an approach shot through a maze of tree branches, then sank an 18-foot putt for birdie to give his team the lead after the first hole.

"I've been in those trees more than a few times," he said. "I had a sense of how to play it. Once I got on the green I just had to get it started rolling downhill."

Brincefield, who narrowly missed a number of short-range putts, tossed the youngster a verbal bouquet.

"You've got to give credit to Michael," he said. "He's so young, but he makes his putts. He made a good one on 1. He made a good one on 2 and he made a good one on 4. That was a lot for us to overcome."

By the fourth hole Graeber and Childress were already 2-up and threatening to run away with the title. They nourished their lead on the par-4 fifth, where Childress putted for par and Mulkey three-putted for bogey. Then on No. 7 -- a 418-yard par-4 -- Mulkey slid an eight-footer for par just wide that lost the hole.

"They made some mistakes," said Graeber, who coached Childress at Sacred Heart a few years back. "But we never let anybody get close to us, especially after the first and second rounds. We got rolling."

They rolled all the way to No. 14, where Graeber chipped out of a water hazard and drained a three-foot putt to clinch the title.

"When you get to this level, it always comes down to putting," said Brincefield. "And putting was the difference today,"

Nobody did it better than Childress over the long weekend of single-elimination drama.

"I always play better when I'm relaxed and having fun," he said. "Sometimes the pressure's there and it kind of helps. Today we got off to a great start, and if there's one (course) and one tournament where you need to get your putter going, it's this one. I had it going for me, especially on the front nine. When I get it going, it's just a special feeling."



NOTES: Defending champions Jake Kennedy and Davis Richards, surprised in the opening round by Jim Christy and Jimmy Hubbard, rallied to win the consolation title. "I guess that means we won two years in a row," Davis said after the pair shot 6-under over 15 holes and won 4 & 3. ... Craig Rae and Andre Resner won the Senior flight with a 1-up decision over John Kyger and John Henderlite. And in the women's championship bracket Allison Adams and Grace Yatawara won their fourth consecutive title with a 5 & 3 win against Kristy Laton and Faye Durland.

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Tue, 02 Sep 2014 00:13:00 EST http://www.salisburypost.com/article/20140902/SP02/140909974/1001/sp/labor-day-golf-graeber-childress-take-title&source=RSS
http://www.salisburypost.com/article/20140902/SP03/140909968/1001/sp/the-beautiful-bounty-of-summer&source=RSS <![CDATA[The beautiful bounty of summer]]> You may not be able to tell by the weather, but summer is winding down.

All those gorgeous fresh vegetables at farmers markets and roadside stands are dwindling. Oh, you can still find some things, like tomatoes, hot and sweet peppers, even cantaloupe and watermelon. Okra loves this time of year and is still available. But the fall crops are a little ways off.

Retired Salisbury Post photographer Wayne Hinshaw is also an avid gardener. He makes okra look like a stunning work of art or some sort of interesting scientific discovery.

All the photos were a project that Hinshaw worked on all summer a couple of summers ago. As things would ripen in his garden, he would photograph them. He bought the melons and some of the peppers, since he didn't grow them. Post Photographer Jon Lakey gave Hinshaw some of the hot peppers, but Hinshaw grew the corn, grapes, okra and some of the peppers.

The grapes are Concord grapes, which were developed in Concord, Mass., in 1849. The grapes are great for snacking, for making juice and jellies or jams. Grapes, frozen in a single layer on a sheet tray, make excellent snacks, like tiny popsicles.

Below are a few recipes to make use of late summer jewels.

Few recipes could be simpler than this.

Whisk 2 tablespoons olive oil, 1 teaspoon hot sauce, the juice of 1/2 lemon, 1 grated garlic clove, 1/4 cup chopped parsley and 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt in a bowl; season with pepper. Thinly slice 2 green bell peppers and cut 3 plum tomatoes into wedges; toss with the dressing.

-- Food Network Kitchens

3 fresh jalapeno peppers

2 onions, finely chopped

2 Tbsp. garlic, minced

1 Tbsp. white sugar

2 tsp. salt

1 tsp. freshly ground black pepper

1 (7 ounce) can diced green chili pepper (or fresh green chili, roasted and peeled)

1/2 cup minced fresh cilantro

2 limes, juiced

7 (15 ounce) cans canned tomatoes

1 habanero pepper, seeded

Roast jalapenos over a grill or gas burner until completely blackened. Seal in a plastic bag or a bowl covered with plastic wrap, and allow to steam until skins are loosened. When cool, remove skin, stem and seeds.

Place jalapenos, onions, garlic, sugar, salt and pepper into the bowl of a blender or food processor. Pulse to chop and blend, then pour into a large bowl, and mix with the can of green chiles, cilantro and lime juice. Pulse the tomatoes in batches to desired size, and add to green chile mixture. You could also use fresh tomatoes, peeled and chopped.

Return one cup of chopped tomatoes to the blender along with the habanero, and puree well. Strain the puree to remove any large pieces of habanero, and add to the tomatoes. Mix well, cover and chill in the refrigerator at least one hour to allow flavors to blend. Makes 10 cups.

-- Allrecipes.com

1 1/2 cups self-rising yellow cornmeal

1 tsp. salt

1 pound fresh okra

1 1/2 cups buttermilk

Peanut oil

1 head Bibb lettuce

1 large tomato chopped (about 1 cup)

1 medium sweet onion, sliced thin

1 medium size green bell pepper, chopped

Lemon dressing

3 bacon slices, cooked and crumbled

Combine cornmeal and salt. Dip okra in buttermilk; dredge in cornmeal mixture.

Pour peanut oil to a depth of 2 inches into a Dutch oven or deep cast-iron skillet; heat to 375 degrees. Fry okra, in batches, 2 minutes or until golden, turning once. Drain on a wire rack over paper towels.

Arrange lettuce leaves on a serving platter; top with tomato, onion slices and bell pepper. Add Lemon Dressing, tossing to coat. Top with fried okra, and sprinkle with crumbled bacon. Serve immediately.

Lemon dressing

1/4 cup lemon juice

3 Tbsp. chopped fresh basil

1 tsp. salt

1 tsp. paprika

1/2 tsp. pepper

1/4 cup olive oil

Add first five ingredients to bowl, then whisk in oil.

-- Southern Living

1 cup chopped green pepper

1/2 cup chopped onion

3 Tbsp. vegetable oil

2 cups fresh corn, cut from the cob

1 1/2 cups fresh sliced okra

3 medium tomatoes, peeled and chopped (1 1/2 cups)

1 Tbsp. tomato paste

1/4 tsp. dried thyme

Salt to taste

!/4 tsp. coarsely ground pepper

1/2 tsp. hot pepper sauce

In a large skillet, saute green pepper and onion in oil until tender. Add corn and okra; cook over medium heat for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Stir in tomatoes, tomato paste, thyme, salt, pepper and pepper sauce, if desired. Cover and summer for 3-5 minutes, stirring occasionally. 4-6 servings.

-- Taste of Home

1/2 cup sugar

1/2 cup water

3 strips orange zest

2 cups cubed, seeded watermelon

3/4 cup white tequila

1/4 cup lime juice

salt or sugar for rimming glasses (optional)

1 lime, cut in wedges

2 cups ice or as needed.

Bring 1/2 cup sugar, water and orange zest in a small saucepan to boil, stirring constantly. Simmer until sugar is dissolved, about 3 minutes. Remove simple syrup from heat and allow to cool completely.

Place watermelon in a blender or food processor. Pulse until pureed.

Stir watermelon puree into a large pitcher with simple syrup, tequila and lime juice.

Place a small amount of salt or sugar into a saucer. Rub edge of margarita glasses with a lime wedge to moisten. Lightly dip the rim of the glass into the saucer to rim the glass; tap off excess salt or sugar.

Fill rimmed glasses with crushed ice; pour margarita mixture into glasses and garnish with lime wedges to serve.

For a non-alcoholic version, leave out the tequila and use a lemon-lime soda.

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Tue, 02 Sep 2014 01:13:00 EST http://www.salisburypost.com/article/20140902/SP03/140909968/1001/sp/the-beautiful-bounty-of-summer&source=RSS
http://www.salisburypost.com/article/20140902/SP05/140909975/1001/sp/crowder-dorsett-tournament-is-special-and-not-just-for-the-golf&source=RSS <![CDATA[Crowder-Dorsett tournament is special, and not just for the golf]]> Labor Day doesn't quite seem like Labor Day to me this year.

It's not because it fell on Sept. 1, although that timing did catch me off guard. It's because I didn't enter the Crowder-Dorsett Memorial 4-Ball tournament for the first time in 35 years.

This isn't just any golf tournament. It's special for lots of reasons.

My wife and I moved to Salisbury in 1977 shortly after graduating from North Carolina. I became aware of this popular event and set out to earn an invitation in our early years here. Jayne & Joel Hubbard, who were always faithful stewards of the invite list, were kind enough to help me out.

I will always remember watching high-quality matches in the late '70s and early '80s which included players such as John Henderlite, John Frazier III, Randy Bingham, Ed "Junior" Rabon, Gary Miller, Mallory McDaniel, Jake Alexander and many other talented players.

I was also struck by the large number of spectators who came to watch and enjoy quality golf by local amateurs.

I will never forget one particular shot with a 5-iron by Randy Bingham on the 18th hole. The tournament title was on the line, and he was near a large pine tree in the right rough approximately 175 yards from the green. Randy hit a magnificent shot to tap-in range for a deciding birdie.

Quality golf, by quality people had me hooked.

The tournament began in 1952 -- three years before I was born -- and was named in honor of a local popular businessman and World War II bomber pilot, Goode Crowder, who had died that July.

The men who made it happen were also special people, including A.D. Dorsett, Ken Monroe, and Harry Welch. When Dorsett passed away in 1995, the tournament committee renamed it the Crowder-Dorsett Memorial 4-Ball.

Many other special people contributed to making it a special event. While I became obsessed with Labor Day Golf in what some would call the modern era, I was fortunate to play with or at least get acquainted with many from the golden era, including Welch, Dorsett, Richard Rendleman, John Isenhour, Jr., Jim Hurley Jr., Bud Mickle and others. Jimmy Hurley and sports editor Horace Billings also made it special in The Salisbury Post.

The tradition and high visibility of our Labor Day event helped make golf significant in our area. Young boys were inspired which led to state championships at Salisbury High. Young players who won Labor Day championships include Elliot Gealy, David Goodman, Chris McCoy, Freddie Corriher and Will Collins. Many of these young men went on to play in college and beyond.

Remembering all these people who made it a special tournament made me realize its real significance. Every year we get to wind up our summer season with what has been called the Super Bowl of local golf. While the competition is great, what I've enjoyed the most are the relationships built.

I was fortunate to play with partner Mike Whisenant for over 20 years. Mike's wife, Ebbie, usually came along as our caddie and cheerleader. Mike was a rodeo cowboy in his younger days, and after graduating from N.C. State in textile engineering he became a darn good manager for Cone Mills.

While it may seem odd for Carolina and State boys to be teammates, we made a pretty good team on occasion. Over the years we played in almost every flight. Our claim to fame was beating the defending champs one year. The funny part of that story was the prior year we qualified so poorly, we didn't get to play match play. A classic case of going from the outhouse to the penthouse - at least briefly.

Win or lose, we enjoyed the competition.

But just as much, we enjoyed building relationships with other players, and those who came to watch.

I hope I will get to play again next year. But if I don't, I will still enjoy the event -- for the quality golf, and for seeing friends and rekindling relationships.

E.D. Cook lives in Salisbury.

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Tue, 02 Sep 2014 00:13:00 EST http://www.salisburypost.com/article/20140902/SP05/140909975/1001/sp/crowder-dorsett-tournament-is-special-and-not-just-for-the-golf&source=RSS
http://www.salisburypost.com/article/20140902/SP01/140909970/1001/sp/the-old-ice-cream-freezer&source=RSS <![CDATA[The old ice cream freezer ]]> Homemade ice cream!

I mean homemade, hand cranked ice cream in a White Mountain freezer.

On a recent family beach trip, my daughter-in-law, Emmy thought it would be a great learning experience for the children to see and get to turn the hand crank of an old fashion ice cream freezer. She had memories of making ice cream with her grandparents.

About a year, ago my 88-year-old mother passed away, leaving volumes of drawers, cabinets and closets full of 88 years worth of stuff. Stored in the garage were two White Mountain ice cream freezers that were over 60 years old and in pretty bad shape for use.

Through the years, my dad had replaced the wooden bottom in the 6-quart freezer and most of the clamps that hold the churn parts. He made the new parts in his machine shop. The freezer had continued to deteriorate even more with his efforts and years of sitting in the garage.

My brother, Gary, who is a "Mr. Fix-it," decided that he could get the old freezer going again. One of the galvanized hoops that holds the pine wooden tub together had rusted away. In a trip to the hardware store at the beach, he got two rather large hose clamps that he put together to wrap around the bucket to keep it together. He cleaned the outside of the rusty can and we were ready for ice cream. The inside of the can looked good.

When my sister-in-law poured in the ice cream mixture, there was a leak in the bottom of the can. Oh no! Did that mean no ice cream after all that work? Gary remembered that he has a roll of duct tape with him so a 3x3-inch square of duct tape went onto the bottom of the can and it worked like a charm. No leak and we were in the ice cream business again. Duct tape saved the day.

The idea that all of the kids would enjoy the slogan "love to turn the hand crank" was a bit overstated in the ice cream manual. With a lot of persuasion, my niece's 12-year-old daughter Taylor did go first in the cranking. She didn't like the idea of cranking the freezer. She was told, "Crank or you get no ice cream." She said she didn't want any anyway if it was not vanilla. It was vanilla and she did make a ceremonial few turns. The younger kids jumped into the action until the turning got harder.

The entire event was a "photo op." Being a photographer, I hate the term "photo op" since it usually means a staged, meaningless event set up only for the photos. I think the word and idea started at the national White House in Washington for the national press corps. That is where we get most of our White House photo coverage these days.

All the smartphone cameras, point and shoot cameras, GoPro video camera and my Nikon were all busy snapping the photos. I had trouble getting photos with all of the female family members crowding me out with their smartphones.

My brother took over the cranking from the kids. When the cranking got really hard, my niece's husband Ashton cranked us down the stretch to the finished reward. Ashton is a former Davidson College football linesman who has kept in good shape, so he could handle the cranking when others failed.

Watching the crank go around and around brought back my memories of my dad cranking it years ago on Sunday afternoons in our back yard. Gary and I would crank for a while then turn it over to Dad to finish it off. My job was putting a towel on top of the freezer and sitting on it to help hold it down while Dad cranked. I remember the discussion of "how firm is the ice cream? It would be always be more firm if we don't put fruit in the mixture."

Mother used to always take a churn full of ice cream to the church ice cream suppers that were held every summer. That is why they had two churns so they could take more ice cream to church. Actually, we found seven ice cream freezers in the garage, but the other five were electric. I think the cranking got too hard as Daddy aged and he went all-electric. Maybe it was because I wasn't there to sit on the freezer any longer...

Snapping back to reality, I could see some of the white mixture seeping out around the top of the can. That always happens when you put too much mixture into the can. I don't know the chemistry of it, but as the mixture freezes, it expands and seeps out. We started with 4 quarts of mixture in a 6-quart can, and we had seepage.

Finally, it was finished. The lid was lifted and the full creamy, cool dessert was ready. The kids gasped at the sight of the treat that was there for them after all of their hard work cranking but mostly watching.

The duct tape patch on the bottom of the can saved the day. More memories were created for a new generation with the old hand-cranked White Mountain ice cream freezer on the family beach trip.

Wayne Hinshaw is a photojournalist who lives in Rowan.

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Tue, 02 Sep 2014 01:01:00 EST http://www.salisburypost.com/article/20140902/SP01/140909970/1001/sp/the-old-ice-cream-freezer&source=RSS
http://www.salisburypost.com/article/20140902/SP01/140909969/1001/sp/county-water-system-commissioners-may-build-new-rowan-utility&source=RSS <![CDATA[County water system? Commissioners may build new Rowan utility ]]> If the price is right, Rowan County government could build its own water system east of Interstate 85.

When the county's board of commissioners meet at 3 p.m. today, it will consider a feasibility study for extending water and sewer lines along the northern and southern ends of the interstate. A note from former county manager Gary Page to the commissioners recommends McGill Associates of Asheville to complete the study.

Board of commissioners vice-chair Craig Pierce said the feasibility study is the start of a long process that would continue after the Nov. 4 general election, when three of the five commissioners will be replaced. Chairman Jim Sides lost in party primaries. Jon Barber and Chad Mitchell didn't run for re-election.

The study, which could take 60 to 90 days, is an update on a similar one conducted in 1999, Pierce said.

Sides said the county would proceed with water and sewer line construction if cost estimates are reasonable, which he cited as $60 million to $80 million.

"With the widening of (Interstate 85) and all the things going on in that corridor, we know that eventually the growth will come, but people won't come if they don't have water and sewer," he said. "Everything is determined on cost and if the study comes back and says it's going to cost $250 million then there's just no way in the world I think it would ever fly."

To pay for the system, Sides said the county would likely have to issue voter-approved bonds and spread payments over 50 years. He said a tax increase is unlikely to be a funding source for a county water system.

"It's got to be from borrowed money," he said. "If we can prove that we can finance it over 50 years and that we can handle the debt service without a tax increase or with a very minimal tax increase, then it's a lot easier to sell it."

A bond issue won't be placed on the Nov. 4 ballot. Pierce said the county could either hold a special election or wait until regularly scheduled 2015 elections.

A county-run water system would be the second of two, if completed. Currently, the city of Salisbury runs the only water and sewer system in Rowan County.

Salisbury's water system serves more than 42,000 customers, and its wastewater system serves nearly 52,000 customers, according to numbers provided by Salisbury-Rowan Utilities Director Jim Behmer.

In an email, Behmer said the water and sewer system serves Granite Quarry, Rockwell, Spencer and China Grove. Faith and Landis receive sewer service from Salisbury. Kannapolis and Statesville also receive water service from Salisbury.

The city's current fiscal year budget estimates nearly $23 million in revenue from the water and sewer systems, which are pumped directly back into water- and sewer-related expenditures, Behmer said.

Behmer and Salisbury Mayor Paul Woodson said they were unaware of any intention to start a county water system.

In fact, Rowan County transferred all of its water and sewer assets to the city of Salisbury in November 2004, Behmer said.

Pierce said the county's water system couldn't serve all of Rowan. Instead, it would focus east of Interstate 85 and west of U.S. 52.

"With I-85 being widened, it'd be ridiculous to think that we could go underground, so what that would necessitate would be to build [the county system] on one side of the interstate and let the Salisbury system take care of the other side. We'd probably have to have two intakes and two treatment plants to take care of the entire county."

Woodson questioned a potential county water endeavour, citing large initial costs of construction.

"I just can't imagine they would want to do this," he said. "It would just cost a fortune."

Woodson said he would be willing to work with the county in establishing a water system, but wouldn't be interested in selling the city-run water and sewer system.

Sides said the commissioners wouldn't want to compete with city government in opening its own system, but rather boost the local economy. He reflected on rapid growth in neighboring Cabarrus County when discussing the possible effect.

"I'd rather see gradual growth; that's what water and sewer could do," he said. "It could be a joint effort between the county and city, but let's suppose the city doesn't want to cooperate. It would be our intent to proceed without the city."

He said building the system would fill a need for water and sewer service in rural Rowan County.

"We're going to look for a way to provide it and if the city wants to join in with us on that we would be tickled to death."

He said building a water system starts with a simple question -- what can Rowan County government do to increase available jobs?

"I think better than giving incentives to a company we can invest in infrastructure that will bring them here," Sides said.

Pierce said a water system would also improve fire protecting in rural parts of Rowan County.

"If we had waters systems throughout the county then that would eliminate the need for volunteer fire departments to have a tanker truck because they would have hydrants that they could tap on to," he said.

"There's a lot more to it than just running a water and sewer line. There's a reason why every county around us has grown their tax base and we haven't. Every county around us has water and sewer."

Contact reporter Josh Bergeron at 704-797-4246.

or josh.bergeron@salisburypost.com..

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Tue, 02 Sep 2014 01:03:00 EST http://www.salisburypost.com/article/20140902/SP01/140909969/1001/sp/county-water-system-commissioners-may-build-new-rowan-utility&source=RSS
http://www.salisburypost.com/article/20140902/SP05/140909971/1001/sp/letters-to-the-editor-tuesday-9-2-14&source=RSS <![CDATA[Letters to the editor -- Tuesday (9-2-14)]]> President Obama is playing politics in Ferguson, Mo.

A look in your dictionary for a definition for "politics" will offer these ideas.

1. concern with party politics: relating to politics, especially party politics.

2. concerned with government: relating to civil administration or government.

3. resulting from beliefs unacceptable to government: arising from somebody's opposition to a government or support for policies and principles regarded by the authorities as unacceptable, or suffering as a result of expressing such opposition or support: * a political trial * a political detainee.

The word "politics" is used so freely today and sometimes we take for granted what the word means. It is most important when we are talking about what government is doing to you, the people, and not what government should be doing for the people. The forefathers were most concerned about an oppressive government. People through the centuries have suffered because of what oppressive governments do. The novel idea of this new constitution for government was that people were served by government and not the other way around.

I heard Obama say that Attorney General Eric Holder was sent to find out the truth in the recent uprisings in Missouri. Should not he have said the attorney general was sent to uphold the law? No, to find a way to politicize the event to the favor of Obama and company. Man, have we strayed far from the intent of government as conceived by our forefathers!

I could say to Obama, "it's not about you, you know," but I seriously doubt he would agree or understand. Neither would he agree that much of the unrest today in the country is a result of past and present government policy. The people today are like wounded animals -- snapping at any and everything trying to survive. We desperately need a return to what works and Progressivism is not it.

-- Richard Roberts

Kannapolis



Back to school

My thought while making our daily trip to be healthy at the East Y:

As we drove I saw them everywhere -- sitting, standing all of them unaware. Packing as if they were going to Mars, stuffing them into busses and cars. Their first day of schools, all given the tools, forever to change their lives.

-- Bill Smith

Kannapolis

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http://www.salisburypost.com/article/20140902/SP05/140909972/1001/sp/other-voices-fix-criminal-justice-system&source=RSS <![CDATA[Other voices: Fix criminal justice system]]> Weeks of protests in Ferguson, Mo., started because of a police officer killing unarmed teenager Michael Brown. But at its heart, the protests were about the ways our criminal justice system fails nonwhite Americans. The explosive nature of the response to Brown's death is telling us something important about race in America: Nonwhite Americans don't believe the system works for them -- and crime data show that belief is justified.

We've got to fix the system -- and then convince all Americans to believe in it. The events in Ferguson are prompting a conversation about the militarization of police, the diversity of departments, the way officers interact with the residents they're asked to protect, and how shootings or other officer-involved assaults are investigated. ...

Across the country, there's a push for police to begin wearing body-mounted cameras. This seems like a no-brainer. In Rialto, Calif., the Wall Street Journal reported, "the use of force by officers declined 60 percent, and citizen complaints against police fell 88 percent" in the year after body-mounted cameras were adopted.

These small, tamper-resistant cameras aren't terribly expensive, and the cost of cloud data storage required to archive the footage such cameras produce continues to drop. There's no question it would be an outlay for cash-strapped departments, but it would be smart to compare the cost of equipping officers with such cameras to the amount of money paid out each year in police-related lawsuits or settlements.

"Photographic evidence is worth a thousand words," said Mark Thatcher, a staff attorney with the American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan's racial justice project.

Some police advocates have raised privacy concerns. We understand. But police officers aren't average citizens. They're armed and wield the authority of the state, and it's reasonable to ask them to adhere to a high standard.

Most police vehicles are equipped with dashboard cameras, but in the course of action, those fixed cameras are often left behind.

Plus, there's a bonus for police officers, Thatcher said: "If they really are performing their duties as they should, they should welcome this, because it eliminates the ability for suspects to create stories that aren't true."

This is a win-win: Video can provide clear evidence if there's police wrongdoing, but also protect cops from frivolous or malicious claims by the folks they're arresting.

Any adoption of such technology should come with a strict message from police leadership: If your camera's off, you'll have to answer for it. Departments should mandate it, and police unions should support it.

-- Detroit Free Press

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http://www.salisburypost.com/article/20140902/SP05/140909973/1001/sp/patrick-gannon-mccrory-in-a-tough-position-over-incentives&source=RSS <![CDATA[Patrick Gannon: McCrory in a Tough Position Over Incentives]]> RALEIGH -- State lawmakers have returned home to their districts for good to campaign for re-election in November. Or have they?

The latest chatter in the capital is about whether House and Senate members will be called back by Gov. Pat McCrory to consider legislation that would result in more state spending on economic incentives to help lure companies to North Carolina. McCrory hasn't tipped his hand about whether he's going to call a special lawmaking session before the Nov. 4 elections.

Politically, this isn't an easy decision for the first-term governor. His commerce secretary, Sharon Decker, is making the case to call legislators back. Decker said job recruiters are "in a difficult spot" after the General Assembly's failure in its just-ended session to add more money for the popular Job Development Investment Grants and create a special, flexible fund aimed at closing deals in the latter stages of negotiations with companies. She suggested thousands of jobs are at stake in the coming months if lawmakers don't put more money into the fund, which could run out of incentives cash in the next couple of months.

"We won't get all of those jobs even with the Job Development Investment Grant, but I can assure you we will get fewer of them if we don't have it," Decker said.

Powerful groups like the N.C. Economic Developers Association, along with a number of lawmakers from both parties, also are pushing for a special session to give job recruiters the incentives they say they need to bring companies to North Carolina. Still others want the Legislature to return to Raleigh to consider extending the current film incentives program and a historic preservation tax credit, both of which are set to expire at year's end.

The incentives debate also comes as the new Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina -- a keystone of the McCrory administration -- is about to take over job recruiting and other functions of the Commerce Department. The nonprofit partnership is expected to open its doors in Cary in early October. Without incentives, it likely will be more difficult for the organization to land businesses and create jobs. One lobbyist said starting the new partnership without adequate incentives is like forming a Girl Scout troop but denying it cookies.

On the other hand, influential organizations such as the State Employees Association of North Carolina and the conservative group Americans for Prosperity are urging McCrory to resist calls for a special session. AFP's Donald Bryson said last week that North Carolinians "just won't stomach" a special session for the "sole purpose of giving more of taxpayers' hard-earned money to a corporate welfare program." If he calls lawmakers back, McCrory risks alienating a large segment of his conservative base that despises incentives of any kind.

Then again, there's no guarantee that lawmakers will pass anything if they come back, and it could lead to a Republican civil war in the House, a hotbed for clashes on incentives.

Whatever the governor decides, many people won't be happy. But who said governing was easy?

Gannon writes for Capitol Press Association.

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http://www.salisburypost.com/article/20140902/SP02/140909976/1001/sp/area-sports-briefs&source=RSS <![CDATA[Area Sports Briefs:]]> North Rowan basketball coaches Andrew Mitchell and Brian Lytton are the club sponsors for the Fellowship of Christian Athletes at North Rowan.

An important FCA fundraiser is upcoming.

The Harlem Wizards (similar to Harlem Globetrotters) will be entertaining and playing area teachers, principals and alumni from several of the schools in the county. This combined team will be called the Rowan All-Stars. Game day is Sunday, Sept. 21, at the North Rowan Gym. The doors will open at 3 p.m. and the game begins at 4 p.m.

Tickets are available at North Rowan Elementary, North Rowan Middle and North Rowan High and online at www.harlemwizards.com.

Student tickets are $8 in advance and $10 at the door. Adult tickets are $10 in advance and $12 at the door. Reserved section tickets are available for $20. Also, there are a limited number of courtside seats for $30. The courtside seat will includ a meet and greet with the Wizards beginning at 3 p.m. the day of the event, a Wizard team poster for autographs and a meal voucher for one free meal at the North Rowan Booster Club concession stand.

The concession stand will be selling grilled hamburgers and hot dogs along with other foods. All money raised by the boosters will benefit the athletic department at North Rowan. Parking will be $5. All money from parking will go directly to the basketball program. The money raised by FCA will support the club members monthly meeting expenses and future activities. The FCA Club is currently organizing a fall food drive. The club members will also be participating in other service type projects within the county throughout the school year.

Wingate's women's soccer team is ranked 10th in Division II and opens Thursday at USC Aiken. Mariah Coleman (West Rowan) is a freshman midfielder for the Bulldogs.



NFL

The Green Bay Packers have signed former Catawba DB Jumal Rolle to the practice squad. The Packers had waived Rolle on Saturday.

LOUISVILLE -- Dominique Brown's 15-yard touchdown run in the third quarter and Gerald Christian's 10-yard TD catch late in the fourth followed Louisville's big defensive performance that helped beat Miami 31-13 Monday night.

The victory provided a successful Atlantic Coast Conference debut for the Cardinals and to Bobby Petrino's second coaching stint at the school.

Despite the 18-point margin, Louisville showed little of the offensive efficiency expected in Petrino's return as the Cardinals outgained the Hurricanes 336-244 in a ragged game offensively for both teams. Louisville's new 3-4 defense provided many of the opportunities by forcing three takeaways, including one that followed a costly fumble by Cardinals quarterback Will Gardner inside his 15.

After Louisville held Miami to a field goal following Gardner's second fumble in the third quarter, Brown's TD provided a 21-13 cushion. Christian's scoring pass from Gardner with 1:43 remaining sealed the win.

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ATLANTA (AP) -- Cole Hamels and three Philadelphia Phillies relievers combined to pitch a no-hitter Monday, beating the Atlanta Braves 7-0 and giving a last-place team a rare reason to celebrate.

Hamels (8-6) was pulled after six innings and said he was fine with manager Ryne Sandberg's decision. The lefty struck out seven, walked five, hit a batter and threw 108 pitches on a hot afternoon at Turner Field.

Relievers Jake Diekman, Ken Giles and closer Jonathan Papelbon each pitched a perfect inning to finish off the fourth no-hitter in the majors this season. This was the 11th combined no-hitter in major league history.

Clayton Kershaw and Josh Beckett of the Dodgers and Tim Lincecum of the Giants threw no-hitters earlier this year.

Right fielder Marlon Byrd foiled the Braves' best bid for a hit, racing in and toward the line to make a diving catch on Chris Johnson's slicing liner to end the third.

Kevin Millwood and five Seattle relievers threw the previous combined no-hitter in the majors, against the Dodgers in 2012. The first combined no-hitter came in 1917 when Babe Ruth walked the first Washington batter of the game and was ejected, and Boston Red Sox reliever Ernie Shore didn't allow another runner.

Julio Teheran (13-10) took the loss.

ATHLETICS 6, MARINERS 1

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) -- Adam Dunn provided instant pop for the struggling Athletics, hitting a towering, two-run homer in his first at-bat for Oakland to highlight a win over Seattle.

Acquired a day earlier in a trade with the Chicago White Sox, Dunn became the 12th player in Oakland history to homer in his first at-bat with the team.

Dunn homered off Chris Young (12-7) during a five-run first inning. His drive was a welcome sight for a team that just got swept in a four-game series by the AL West-leading Los Angeles Angels and was shut out for 29 straight innings.

Dunn went 2 for 3 batting cleanup as the designated hitter.

Jason Hammel (2-5) allowed three hits in eight innings.

TWINS 6, ORIOLES 4

BALTIMORE (AP) -- Joe Mauer drove in four runs, Phil Hughes held Baltimore without an earned run over eight innings and the Minnesota Twins avoided a four-game sweep.

Nelson Cruz hit his major-league leading 36th home run and Nick Hundley had a three-run shot for the AL East-leading Orioles, who lost for only the second time in eight games.

Hughes (15-9) gave up five hits, no walks and three unearned runs. Glen Perkins gave up a leadoff homer to Cruz in the ninth before getting three straight outs for his 33rd save.

Kevin Gausman (7-8) took the loss.

TIGERS 12, INDIANS 1

CLEVELAND (AP) -- David Price bounced back from an alarming start and Miguel Cabrera homered twice, hitting one of Detroit's three homers off Cleveland's Corey Kluber.

Price (13-10) gave up one run and eight hits in seven innings. The left-hander was coming off a troubling loss to New York in which he allowed nine consecutive hits in one inning and eight runs over two.

Cabrera hit a two-run homer in the first inning off Kluber (13-9) and Victor Martinez and J.D. Martinez connected for consecutive shots in the third. Cabrera homered again in the eighth off rookie Bryan Price. He went 4 for 5 with three runs and three RBIs.

RAYS 4, RED SOX 3, 10 INNINGS

ST. PETERBURG, Fla. (AP) -- Matt Joyce hit an RBI single in the 10th inning to help the Tampa Bay Rays salvage a split of a four-game series with Boston.

Ryan Hanigan opened the 10th with a double off Burke Badenhop (0-3), which withstood a replay review. Kevin Kiermaier was intentionally walked before Ben Zobrist had a sacrifice bunt. After Wil Myers was given an intentional walk, pinch-runner Sean Rodriquez, who ran for Hanigan, scored on Joyce's hit.

Grant Balfour (2-6) worked a scoreless inning for the win.

GIANTS 4, ROCKIES 2

DENVER (AP) -- Hunter Pence hit a tiebreaking double in the eighth and, more than three months after he homered in the early innings, led the San Francisco Giants over Colorado in a game resumed after being suspended on May 22 because of rain.

The game restarted tied at 2 with two outs in the bottom of the sixth and a runner on first. Jeremy Affeldt struck out pinch-hitter Josh Rutledge to end the inning.

Affeldt (4-2) earned the win with 1 1-3 hitless innings. Before Affeldt took over, David Huff was the pitcher of record for the Giants -- he was traded to the Yankees on June 11.

Santiago Casilla, on the disabled list when this game initially began, got his 14th save in 18 chances.

Christian Friedrich (0-4) took the loss.

CUBS 4, BREWERS 2

CHICAGO (AP) -- Welington Castillo homered and drove in three runs, Luis Valbuena also hit a home run and the Chicago Cubs sent Milwaukee to its sixth straight loss.

Rookie sensation Jorge Soler had two doubles in his home debut for the Cubs.

Soler became just the third player in the last 100 years to have at least one extra-base hit in each of his first five games in the majors. Will Middlebrooks did it for Boston in 2012 and Enos Slaughter for the St. Louis Cardinals in 1938.

Jacob Turner (5-8) won in his second start for Chicago after being acquired from Miami last month. Hector Rondon pitched the ninth for his 23rd save in 27 chances.

Jimmy Nelson (2-6), called up from the minors to make the start, took the loss.

CARDINALS 5, PIRATES 4

ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Matt Holliday had the go-ahead RBI single in the seventh inning after Kolten Wong's pinch-hit homer tied it, leading the St. Louis Cardinals over Pittsburgh.

St. Louis moved into sole possession of first place in the NL Central for the first time this season with its third straight win in a row. The Cardinals are one game ahead of Milwaukee.

Wong homered off Pittsburgh starter Gerrit Cole (7-5). Wong did not start after bumping his head in the eighth inning of Sunday's 9-6 win over the Cubs.

Seth Maness (6-3) picked up win in relief. Trevor Rosenthal got the last three outs for his 41st save in 46 opportunities.

MARLINS 9, METS 6

MIAMI (AP) -- Giancarlo Stanton hit his 34th home run and the Miami Marlins scored three runs in the eighth inning to beat the New York Mets.

Miami took advantage of some wildness by reliever Jeurys Familia (2-4) in the eighth. Familia had two throwing errors and a wild pitch.

Marlins starter Henderson Alvarez left in the third inning with a left oblique strain. A.J. Ramos (6-0) pitched a scoreless eighth and Steve Cishek pitched the ninth for his 32nd save in 36 chances.

Dilson Herrera, a 20-year-old second baseman who is the youngest player in the majors and the only one to jump from Single-A to the big leagues, hit his first career home run and first career triple while driving in three runs for the Mets.

PADRES 3, DIAMONDBACKS 1

SAN DIEGO (AP) -- Cory Spangenberg had a two-run single for his first big league hit and Tyson Ross pitched six strong innings to lead the San Diego Padres over Arizona.

Spangenberg, the team's first-round pick in the 2011 draft, had his contract selected from Double-A San Antonio and started at third base. He came up with the bases loaded and one out in the fifth inning and singled to right off reliever Eury De La Rosa for a 3-0 lead.

Ross (13-12) allowed six hits, struck out eight and walked two. Kevin Quackenbush struck out the side in the ninth for his second save in three chances.

Trevor Cahill (3-10) took the loss.

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SALISBURY— Clutch shots and dramatic finishes highlighted day two of the 61st annual Crowder-Dorsett Labor Day golf tournament Sunday.

The final four in the event is now set for this morning at the Country Club of Salisbury's par 71 course. The two winning teams from this morning's match play rounds will square off at about 1:30 p.m. for the championship.

In Sunday's quarterfinals, two of the matches were decided by birdies on the final hole while another turned on a clutch 55-yard eagle shot.

The team of Eric Mulkey and Josh Brincefield advanced with a 3 and 2 win over Jim Christy and Jimmy Hubbard. They will face Lee Frick and Blake Wray at 9 a.m. in one semifinal after their 1-up win over Steve Gegorek and Nick Lyerly. The other semi-final matches Charlie Graeber and Michael Childress against the father-son duo of Glenn and Roy Dixon.

The Dixons edged the team of David Miller and Jon Dyer 1-up on Roy's 8-foot birdie putt on the final hole. Graeber and Childress put together an impressive 6-under round and defeated the 2012 championship team of Ken Clarke and Chris Owen.

The most dramatic finishing shot of the day came from Lee Frick on his team's final hole, the par 3 ninth. He drained a 35-footer from 8 feet off the green for a birdie that won the hole and the match.

“My partner keeps me in there long enough for me to do something crazy, “ Frick said. “I just had a feeling about it, but I really expected Nick (Lyerly) to hit his birdie putt too.”

Lyerly, an East Rowan junior golf star, had a 20-foot birdie attempt to halve the hole, but it was just wide right.

Frick had hit a strong drive on the hole that sailed over the green and landed in a sprinkler head depression. After taking a relief drop, he got the green light to go for the birdie after Wray stuck a sand shot within 2 feet of the hole to assure the team at least a par.

“That was a little lucky there,” Wray said. “We didn't catch many breaks today, but we caught one there. Now we're going to go out Monday and have some fun and do our best. That's all we can do.”

They will next face the confident team of Mulkey and Brincefield, who took control on their 10th hole Sunday enroute to their 3 and 2 win over Christy and Hubbard.

Playing the par 4 first hole, Mulkey put his drive down the left side about 55 yards from the green. His second shot hit 5 feet in front of the hole and rolled in for the eagle.

“I just wanted to try and get it close because Christy had already hit his shot within about 6 feet,” said Mulkey, who has already won the Horace Billings Rowan Amateur tourney this summer. “It's all luck. I was just trying to get it in a 3-foot circle and it went in.”

Christy and Hubbard, who knocked off defending champs Davis Richards and Jake Kennedy in Saturday's opening round, had just won two holes in a row to tie the match before Mulkey's eagle turned the tide for good.

The other clutch shot of the day came from the Dixons as they withstood a furious rally down the stretch from Dyer and Miller. At the turn, the Dixons went 4-up as Glenn drained a clutch 30-foot birdie putt on the ninth. But Dyer and Miller rallied back with an eagle on 15 and a birdie on 17 to even the match with one hole left.

Roy Dixon, a top golfer at UNC Greensboro, nailed the 8-footer for birdie and the win on the final hole.

The last semifinal spot went to the coach-and-pupil team of Graeber and Childress. They shot 6-under as a team. Childress, a 15-year-old freshman at Cannon School, contributed six birdies and shot 68.

“Michael played phenomenal,” Graeber said of the young golfer he coached for three years at Sacred Heart. “My coaching really paid off.”

Graeber won the Labor Day title back in 1995 with Joey Rusher while Childress is making his first serious run in the event. He is the youngest in the championship field, but he already appreciates the storied history of the event.

“I have gotten to the age now where I realize what a great history this tournament has,” Childress said. “The closer we get to the finals, the more I want it.”

A total of 120 teams made up this year's tournament including the championship flight, 10 regular men's flights, a senior flight, a super senior flight and the women's flight. Winners in all flights will be determined today.

In the women's flight, the dominant team of Allison Adams and Grace Yatawara seem poised to claim their fourth straight championship on Monday. They reached the finals with an impressive 8 and 7 win over the team of Kathy Carlton and Cindy Carmazzi.

See today's scoreboard section for a listing of Sunday's winners and the pairing for today's matches.

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CHINA GROVE — Angela Mullis remembers exactly what it felt like when she took a roundhouse kick to the ribs.

Whoooooooosh. The air left her body.

Then the pain came.

EMTs advised her to stop what she was doing, but Angela was adamant. She finished the fight.

Angela, 35, is a wife, mom and teacher. She also participates in competitive karate. A petite 5-foot, 3-inch dynamo, Angela has put on about 10 pounds of muscle since beginning karate a little more than a year ago. Her cholesterol levels have dropped significantly. But most importantly to her, the sport is something she can do with her daughter, Adriana, 10.

At age 6, Adriana started taking karate at Sidekick Karate. For several years, Angela sat on the bleachers with the other parents. Then one day, she had an epiphany.

“I was watching her and I thought, I can do that,” she says. “I told her to get out there and not be afraid to do it. I thought I should get out there.”

Angela and husband John, a mechanic with Wayne Bros. and assistant fire chief at Atwell Fire Department, also have a son, Gray, 6, who has an on-again, off-again relationship with karate.

During days that they have class, Angela stays after school and gets her work done, and the children do their homework. They eat at school and then head over to the karate studio.

She points out, “There are not a lot of sports you can all do as a family.”

A lot of other families feel the same way.

Visit Sidekick on a weekday evening, and you might be surprised at what you see. If you grew up taking karate in the 1970s and 80s, you know it was a sport dominated by men and boys.

No more.

These days, you're likely to see entire families involved, siblings, mothers and daughters.

“We have a strong female program,” says Robert Taylor, owner of Sidekick with wife Carrie. “The girls have done very well the last few years.”

Male and female students alike hold national championship titles from the National Karate Federation, Taylor says. “When families start training together, there's a lot of cohesion.”

There's also cohesion among students and families, who support each other during competitions, he says.

Angela has seen Adriana's self-confidence soar.

“Karate suits me,” the fifth-grader says. “I've learned a lot of fighting routines.”

Angela, a fourth-grade teacher at Millbridge Elementary School, says it's helped her self-confidence, too.

“When I have to speak in front of staff,” she says, “I get a knot in my stomach and I feel like I'm gonna throw up. But I'm getting better at it now.”

In karate, the belts are ranked in a color system from white for beginners all the way up to the coveted black belt. Angela is several years away from a black belt. Promotions are based on attendance and evaluation. Adriana will attain it before she does, and will also soon progress to another class.

Angela, Adriana and Gray take classes on Tuesdays and Thursdays, then mom and daughter practice all day on Saturdays during competition season, which runs November to July. The family has traveled to competitions in Virginia, South Carolina and Georgia.

Because not many women her age compete, Angela is sometimes paired with women who are ranked higher than she.

Carrie Taylor, who owns Sidekick with husband Robert, says there are typically a handful of women in each age division during competitions.

Thus the reason Angela got kicked in the ribs.

Another time, at a practice session in Charlotte, she faced a woman with a black belt.

“I was defending and praying I wasn't going to die,” she says. “You get bruised a little, but you're all right.”

Jenna Hare says karate means something different for each of her five children, ages 5 to 13. For example, for one, it provides needed structure; for another, it's recreation; and for another, it's just for fun.

For Jenna, she says, “It's a way to hold myself accountable, and a way to be in shape. I love to fight.”

Three of Janice Taylor's four children have taken karate. It helped one son with ADD become more level-headed, less impulsive.

“It's been very good for him,” says Janice, who takes karate to stay in shape.

Julia Rooney's two daughters have taken karate, and now she does, too.

“I wanted to try it,” Julia says. “I love it!”

Robert notes, “Karate should be a sport for everybody. It's adaptable.”

For his younger students, he tells them he expects good behavior at the karate studio, at school and at home. He leads through praise. “Karate gives students self-esteem to carry themselves in any situation and be confident.”

Robert and Carrie schedule lock-ins, cookouts and movie nights.

“We are family oriented,” Robert says. “This is our family.”

Angela and Adriana definitely agree.



Freelance writer Susan Shinn lives in Salisbury.

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http://www.salisburypost.com/article/20140901/SP01/140909980/1001/sp/ukraine-rebels-fire-on-border-guard-vessel&source=RSS <![CDATA[Ukraine: rebels fire on border guard vessel ]]> KIEV, Ukraine (AP) -- Russian President Vladimir Putin on Sunday called on Ukraine to immediately start talks on a political solution to the crisis in eastern Ukraine.

Hours later, Ukraine said a border guard vessel operating in the Azov Sea was attacked by land-based forces. Pro-Russian rebels have recently opened a new offensive along the seacoast.

Putin's comment, made to national TV network Channel 1, said Ukraine should "hold substantive, meaningful talks, not about technical issues but about the question of the political organization of society and statehood in southeast Ukraine, with the goal of safeguarding the legitimate interests of those people who live there."

Despite the use of the word "statehood," Putin did not envision sovereignty for the two separatist eastern regions that style themselves as "Novorossiya" (New Russia ), his spokesman Dmitry Peskov said later, according to a Russian news report.

Putin's comments came a day after leaders of the European Union decided to put off any new sanctions against Russia for at least a week.

On Sunday, a spokesman for Ukraine's offensive against Russia-backed rebels said a border guard vessel has been fired on with artillery -- apparently the first incident at sea in the fighting.

The spokesman, Oleksiy Dmitrashkovsky, said the attack occurred Sunday afternoon but he had no further information, including how many people were aboard the boat.

The attack took place amid heightened concern that the rebels are trying to seize a land bridge between Russia and the Crimean Peninsula, which Russia annexed in March.

Until this week, the area along the Azov Sea had escaped the fighting that has gripped areas farther north since April.

Russia previously has called for talks between the central government and the separatist rebels in the east, which Ukrainian forces have been fighting since April and Russia has pushed for federalization that would devolve more powers to the regions.

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko released a peace plan in June that proposed an unspecified level of decentralization of executive powers and budgetary matters. But rebels so have rejected any talks unless Ukrainian forces halt their offensive.

Putin said Ukraine should stop the offensive.

"If anybody believes that in a situation where the cities and villages of east Ukraine come under direct fire that the militiamen will have no reaction to that, but will simply wait for the promised talks, then these people are prisoner to some illusions," he said.

His statement comes as Ukrainian forces battle against newly strengthened resistance from the rebels. After making gains in recent weeks, Ukraine has been forced to pull out of several towns over the past week.

Residents began returning to their homes Sunday in areas vacated by retreating Ukrainian forces.

In the village of Hrabske, Alexander Bezpalko and his son worked to salvage parts from a burned-out Ukrainian tank.

"My home was leveled and I need to rebuild it somehow," Bezpalko said. "This heap of junk is scrap that I can make some money from. Everything is destroyed and there is no work."

There is barely a street in Hrabske and the nearby town of Ilovaysk left unscarred by artillery strikes. The bitter fight for Ilovaysk and surrounding areas lasted the best part of a month. On Saturday, the government conceded its inevitable defeat as its armed forces were surrounded and under relentless attack.

This week, Ukraine seized 10 Russian soldiers well inside the country. On Sunday, Col. Andriy Lysenko, a spokesman for the national security council, said nine of them had been given back to Russia in exchange for 63 Ukrainian servicemen.

"Ukraine has made a step forward," Lysenko said of the release. "This is one of the major steps towards the Russian Federation -- they were not taken to court, they were transferred."

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http://www.salisburypost.com/article/20140901/SP01/140909979/1001/sp/house-senate-intel-chiefs-flag-islamic-state-risk&source=RSS <![CDATA[House, Senate intel chiefs flag Islamic State risk ]]> WASHINGTON (AP) -- Leaders of the House and Senate intelligence committees on Sunday prodded President Barack Obama to take decisive action against what they say are growing threats from Islamic State militants on U.S. soil.

The lawmakers, one Republican and one Democratic, offered bipartisan pressure on the White House to turn back the hazard of Islamist fighters who have taken control of vast swaths of Syria and Iraq. Those militants now are looking toward the United States or Western Europe for their next targets, lawmakers said.

Without offering specifics on any threats or suggestions how to confront them, the lawmakers said Obama soon needs to develop a comprehensive strategy to crush the fighters.

"His foreign policy is in absolute free-fall," said Rep. Mike Rogers, a Michigan Republican who heads the House Intelligence Committee.

In another TV interview, Sen. Dianne Feinstein, the California Democrat who leads the Senate intelligence panel, said Obama is perhaps "too cautious" in his approach to combatting the Islamic State group.

"This is a group of people who are extraordinarily dangerous," Feinstein said. "And they'll kill with abandon."

The pair of lawmakers, who have access to some of the nation's most sensitive secrets and receive regular and detailed briefings from the nation's spy agencies, offered dire predictions of an attack on the United States or its European allies if the militants are not confronted.

"They have announced that they don't intend to stop," Feinstein said. "They have announced that they will come after us if they can, that they will, quote, 'spill our blood.' "

The threat, Rogers said, could include Americans who have trained with Islamic State fighters. He said there are hundreds of Islamic State-trained Americans who can return to the U.S. with their American passports.

"I'm very concerned because we don't know every single person that has an American passport that has gone and trained and learned how to fight," Rogers said.

Rogers said U.S. intelligence agencies were tracking the Americans who are known to have traveled to the region. If they helped Islamic State fighters, he said, they should be charged under laws that prohibit Americans from aiding terrorists.

"ISIL would like to have a Western-style attack to continue this notion that they are the leading jihadist group in the world," Rogers said, using another name for the group.

The top Democrat on his intelligence panel, Rep. C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger of Maryland, was more skeptical. He said more needs to be known before judging whether they plan to commit terrorist acts in the U.S. any time soon. The group's priority now seems to be to hold on to territory it has gained rather than export violence.

"It is extremely urgent, but you don't just rush in," he said.

It was a view shared by Rep. Adam Smith, a Washington state Democrat on the House Armed Services Committee: "We can't simply bomb first and ask questions later."

Sen. John McCain, an Arizona Republican who serves on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, urged fast action and said Islamic State fighters "must be defeated, not contained," because they represent a direct threat to the U.S.

Added Homeland Security Committee member Rep. Peter King, R-N.Y.: "The longer we wait, the more dangerous" the group becomes.

Feinstein said she has seen nothing that compares to the viciousness of the militants who have overrun large portions of Iraq, killed civilians and beheaded American journalist James Foley. The Islamic State group has financing, military structure and weapons unlike any other militants, she said.

Obama said Thursday he did not yet have a strategy for dealing with the Islamic State organization, a remark that brought criticism from Democrats and Republicans. In an interview published early this year by The New Yorker, the president appeared to minimize the group by comparing it to a junior varsity basketball team. The White House said he was speaking about a different threat posed by a range of extremists across the world.

Feinstein said she thought the basketball analogy was wrong -- "I think it's a major varsity team" -- but would not say whether she thought Obama projected weakness by admitting he had no strategy.

"I think I've learned one thing about this president, and that is he's very cautious," she said. "Maybe in this instance, too cautious. I do know that the military, I know that the State Department, I know that others have been putting plans together. And so hopefully, those plans will coalesce into a strategy."

Feinstein spoke to NBC's "Meet the Press." Rogers appeared on "Fox News Sunday." Ruppersberger was on CNN's "State of the Union." McCain, Smith and King were interviewed on CBS' "Face the Nation."

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http://www.salisburypost.com/article/20140901/SP01/140909981/1001/sp/things-you-can-do-to-minimize-menopause-symptoms&source=RSS <![CDATA[Things you can do to minimize menopause symptoms ]]> Happy Labor Day!

My sister Christell and I were chatting on Facetime the other day, and the subject of menopause came up.

She is 45, and she had breast cancer eight years ago. Her cancer was "estrogen fed," so part of her treatment besides chemo was stopping the hormones. As a result, she went through full-blown menopause at 37. At 48, I am perimenopausal -- changes are happening but gradually. Perimenopause can start around 40, and you are considered to be in "real" menopause when you have not had a period for 12 months. She said it is nice to see her friends (and sister) finally dealing with the same symptoms she has been dealing with for almost eight years.

So, when does it start? In the mid-30s, hormone production in the ovaries starts to slow down. Symptoms typically start in the mid-40s, but moreso in the 50s (in the U.S., the average age for menopause is 51). Symptoms of these changes can be:



Hot flashes

Depression, stress and anxiety

Sleep disorders

Irritability

Osteoporosis

Cardiovascular disease



Before you are in total menopause, you could skip one or two months, even more, and start again. And yes, in these times, you are still fertile. I hear about unplanned pregnancies too often.

Going through menopause has some other side effects, such as possible weight gain, particularly around the belly and the waist line.

What some research shows is that when the hormones drop, food intake increases and physical activity decreases. So with the hormone drop, you are doing less and eating more -- a big reason for weight gain. With age, muscle mass already quickly disappears if you don't use it. When your metabolism plummets even more, it becomes a snowball effect.

Check with your gynecologist for what treatments are available. See what you can do to minimize the effects and what steps you need to take to maintain a healthy weight.

Research shows that exercise is one of the best preventions of the negative side effects of menopause such as osteoporosis, muscle loss and cardiovascular disease.

Strength training can lower the risk for osteoporosis. Exercise also can prevent cardiovascular disease -- it keeps the joints and muscles strong, relieves depression and anxiety and improves overall health.

Strength training during and after menopause is highly recommended to increase muscle tone and improve metabolism. Low impact aerobic exercise can help your cardiovascular health. Water exercise or swimming is great to improve your overall health. (The benefits of that were in a column about one month ago.)

As always, check with your primary doctor or gynecologist first before you start a new exercise program.

Alternative therapies such as reflexology and acupuncture have shown great results in managing menopausal symptoms. Of course, a healthy diet is crucial. Stay away from processed foods and start logging your food intake. You will be surprised how many calories you actually eat. Try to avoid eating late -- typically the choices aren't the best ones late in the evening. Check with your gynecologist, create a plan and see what your options are. And most of all, embrace getting older. My sister had to deal with menopause way too young, but she survived breast cancer. She has embraced menopause, but foremost, life. Embrace that getting older is not a bad thing.

Ester H. Marsh

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http://www.salisburypost.com/article/20140901/SP01/140909982/1001/sp/town-crier-community-events-sept-1-7&source=RSS <![CDATA[Town Crier community events Sept. 1-7]]> LABOR DAY

East Spencer Board of Aldermen will meet Tuesday.

Landis Board of Aldermen will meet Sept. 8



Free coffee and doughnuts for veterans, 9-11 a.m., Frontier Coffee Shoppe in Thelma's Restaurant, West End Plaza.

TOPS NC 437, 10 a.m., Lane St. Baptist Church, 2532 Lane St., Kannapolis. Weigh-ins 9:30 a.m. Information Linda Ramsey, 704-938-3634.

Rowan Parkinson's support group, 1 p.m., First Presbyterian education building, Fisher St. 704-633-3181.

Salisbury City Council, 4 p.m., City Hall, 217 S. Main St. (Shown on Access16 Wednesdays, Fridays, Sundays at 9 a.m., 3 p.m., 8 p.m.)

Rowan County Veteran Council, 6:30 p.m., for location call Homer 704-636-5688 or Hercules 704-798-2032.

East Spencer Board of Aldermen, 6:30 p.m., Town Hall, 105 S. Long St., East Spencer.

The Town of China Grove has changed the board meeting to Sept. 9.

Bariatric support group, 7-8 p.m., Novant classroom A2A. Suzie Dinse, RN, 704-210-5474.

Salisbury Farmers Market, 8 a.m.-noon, at West Fisher and South Jackson streets.

Salisbury Rowan County Convention & Visitors Bureau master plan committee, noon, Gateway Building, 204 E. Innes St.

Salisbury Community Appearance Commission, 4 p.m. , Council Chambers, 217 S. Main St.



People Growing Together Toastmasters, 5:30 p.m., J.F. Hurley YMCA, 828 Jake Alexander Blvd. W., Glenda Edwards 828-310-8491, gteamsedwards@windstream.net

Kannapolis Farmers Market, 4-7 p.m., corner of Vance Street and Dale Earnhardt Blvd. cityofkannapolis.com/

Salisbury Rowan County Convention & Visitors Bureau destination marketing committee, 10 a.m., Gateway Building, 204 E. Innes St.

Andrew Jackson Masonic Lodge Stated Communications, 6 p.m. dinner, 7 p.m. meeting.

Kennedy Hall American Legion Post 106 Cleveland, 6 p.m. dinner, 7 p.m. meeting.

NAACP general meeting, 7 p.m., location TBA.

Surviving Stroke support group, 6:15-7:45, Imaging & Physical Rehabilitation Center, Julian Road Medical Park. Free. 704-210-6918.

Eureka Lodge #45, 7 p.m., 1433 Old Wilkesboro Road. 704-636-3267 or 7040-798-2032.

Salisbury AARP chili cook-off lunch, 12:30 p.m., plus "Emergency Preparedness for Seniors" by Rowan County EMS. Rufty-Holmes Senior Center, 1120 S. MLK Jr. Ave. Free to Seniors 50+. Contact: 704-216-7714.

China Grove Farmers Market, 4-7 p.m., China Grove Roller Mill. 308 N. Main St.

Red Cross Blood Drive 11 a.m.-3:30 p.m., J. Fred Corriher Jr. South YMCA, 950 Kimball Road, China Grove. 704-857-7011.

Annual Dukeville/Trading Ford reunion at former Dukeville school building. Noon covered dish with lunch at noon. For all former students of Dukeville School plus residents of the Trading Ford community. Joyce Poole, 336 853 6102.



Goldmine Toastmasters, 8:30-10 a.m., Rotary Hall Kannapolis, 211 West Ave.

Salisbury Farmers Market, 8 a.m.-noon, at West Fisher and South Jackson streets.

Lexington Farmers Market, 8 a.m.-noon, Historic Southern Rail and Freight Depot, 129 Railroad St.

Antique Road Extravaganza for Historic Salisbury Foundation at Carillon, 1915 Mooresville Road, 1-4 p.m. with professional antique appraisers/dealers. $25 per item, proceeds benefit HSF. 704-636-0103.

Arts and crafts show, Gethsemane Missionary Baptist Church, 719 S. Caldwell St., 9 a.m.-5 p.m.





Listings based on last best information received. Double check before attending.



Local arts & entertainment in Thursday's Time Out or at www.salisburypost.com

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http://www.salisburypost.com/article/20140901/SP01/140909983/1001/sp/yesterday-talking-about-the-old-days-in-concordia&source=RSS <![CDATA[Yesterday: Talking about the old days in Concordia]]> In this newspaper photograph from October 1955, farmer Mitchell Karriker, right, grabbed a stump and listened to his uncle, 81-year-old C.E. Ritchie, talk about the old days in the Concordia community off N.C. 152. Today, Concordia generally lies in the Atwell Fire District in the southwestern end of Rowan County. Concordia Lutheran Church, a focal point in this agricultural area, was founded in 1881, and another community gathering place was the Corriher Grange, which still exists. Around 1954, Concordia folks banded together and organized the Atwell Fire Department. Phillip Karriker, who lives in the Concordia community today, provided this newspaper clipping. Mitchell Karriker is his late father.

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Mon, 01 Sep 2014 00:55:00 EST http://www.salisburypost.com/article/20140901/SP01/140909983/1001/sp/yesterday-talking-about-the-old-days-in-concordia&source=RSS
http://www.salisburypost.com/article/20140901/SP01/140909984/1001/sp/mack-williams-toads-frogs-and-a-four-letter-word&source=RSS <![CDATA[Mack Williams: Toads, frogs and a 'four-letter word']]> The other day at our science museum, a custodian excitedly told me that there have been baby frogs in the building's lower floor.

I recently took the elevator downstairs, discovering a tiny toad sitting in front of the open elevator door. It stared, unmoving, so it was in that particular spot just by chance. If purposefully waiting for the elevator's arrival, I'm sure when the elevator door opened, the toad would have hopped right in.

I refer to it as "toad" (terrestrial) instead of "frog" (aquatic), because I knew it to be so by virtue of my being a "gray-haired little boy."

In 1972 (when I began graying), I saw the Ray Milland movie "Frogs." I remember Milland sitting in a wheelchair beside an open window through which a host of frogs was leaping in to "keep him company."

Milland screamed in terror, which made no sense! After all, what can even a million frogs do to someone, gum them to death or drown them in frog pee? (I'm sure frog urine is acidic, but nothing like the caustic saliva of the creature in the "Alien" movies.)

Maybe it was an "interconnected" fear of warts, like the school days' "A=B=C" math problems.

Or perhaps, when Ray Milland saw those frogs hopping in, it was a Friday evening, and he said to himself: "Well, here's another weekend, lost!"

Getting back to our museum, I scooped up the little interloper ("interhopper") and put it in our enclosed butterfly garden. The toad can't get out, but neither can its predators (bird, snake) enter.

The custodian had found four or five of these little "babies," also letting them go in the butterfly garden (now approaching the status of "butterfly-toad garden").

All of this "cold-bloodedness" brings back something from my childhood along the Old Concord Road.

One early morning, about age 5 (1956), I was exploring my back yard and forest threshold. It was always a moist, shadowy place ("shadow-unfriendly" now, due to logging), with all kinds of fungi, especially "toadstools."

Surprisingly, I never saw a single toad take a break on that naturally-provided "furniture," so-named by man in its honor.

From there, a toad could have surveyed his domain and contemplated his lot in this life; but probably not, since toads, like some people, are not very introspective.

Even in that "toad heaven," I couldn't believe how many I was finding. In the movie "Oh Brother Where Art Thou?" the escapees find a "whole gopher village" which they are roasting, shish kabob-style on sticks. Perhaps I had found a "whole toad village" during those early, sunlit, 1950s, backyard hours.

Collecting them, my pants and shirt pockets soon became "toad-filled," equaling upwards of a dozen.

My father was asleep in his bed, having not long returned from third-shift work at the Spencer yard. Being a light sleeper, he wasn't sound asleep.

I carefully opened the door, entered, emptied my pockets and left, quietly closing the door.

I considered this a good trick to play on my father. He had given me whippings for bad behavior, but never for something humor-related, since he had a well-developed sense of humor himself.

My father's light sleep contributed to the trick's playing, with him being easily awakened by "thumping" noises on the floor. If some of the toads' trajectories landed them in his bed, he may have rolled over onto a "cold clump."

Just now, I realize that if I had only given some childhood thought to the trajectories of hopping toads in that time of Sputnik-paranoia-inspired science emphasis, and displayed a proclivity for their mathematical calculation, my life could have been different! I might have later had a career with NASA, or perhaps the Department of Defense, culminating with the publication of my "Principia Toadaeam (not to be confused with "Te Deum") Trajectorae," in the tradition of Newton, Einstein and Hawking (although of much narrower, but sometimes "lengthy" subject matter). I guess it's too late for all of that now, though.

When my father realized what was happening, he immediately knew the source!

He sometimes used four-letter words, but always those of the "D" or "S" variety, never of the "F."

That morning, in which his bedroom itself almost seemed to hop, my father hollered out the "four-letter word" most appropriate to the situation.

From his bed, he yelled: "Mack!"

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Mon, 01 Sep 2014 00:55:00 EST http://www.salisburypost.com/article/20140901/SP01/140909984/1001/sp/mack-williams-toads-frogs-and-a-four-letter-word&source=RSS
http://www.salisburypost.com/article/20140901/SP01/140909994/1001/sp/wineka-column-yost-s-career-as-prison-guard-leads-to-scars-order-of-long-leaf-pine&source=RSS <![CDATA[Wineka column: Yost's career as prison guard leads to scars, Order of Long Leaf Pine]]> ROCKWELL -- Steve Yost still has the knife with which a prison inmate stabbed him 13 times.

He still has the scars, too.

But Yost also has the satisfaction of knowing he probably saved two lives during his 30.5 years with the N.C. Department of Correction. The state honored Yost's eventful career Aug. 21 when Lt. Gov. Dan Forest stopped in Salisbury and presented him with the Order of the Long Leaf Pine, the highest civilian award in North Carolina.

The award caught Yost completely by surprise. That morning, he thought he was accompanying his wife, Kathy, to the Andrew Masonic Lodge for a family portrait. When he arrived at the lodge and saw all the cars, Yost assumed it was a rehearsal for a quarry degree ceremony that weekend.

He was still a bit puzzled when he noticed one of his prison superintendents going into the building. When friend Ronnie Strickland walked out to greet him, "I knew something was up," Yost said.

Inside, the lodge was filled with coworkers, friends and family to mark his June 1 retirement. But when Forest showed up, Yost discovered the morning was more for the special award presentation.

"I was totally surprised," he said. "You could have knocked me over with a feather."

The main conspirators who successfully organized everything, down to the lieutenant governor's visit, were Kathy Yost, Strickland and daughter-in-law Melissa Yost.

In Steve Yost, the gathering honored a U.S. Army veteran and former Bostian Heights fireman who probably drove close to a million miles in prison buses, transporting inmates.

For years, twice a week, he drove a prison bus 360 miles roundtrip to Goldsboro. Two other days a week, he was driving it to a Sandy Ridge processing center between High Point and Greensboro.

Then there were all the days of being a prison guard at both the Rowan Correctional Center and Piedmont Correctional Center, known locally as the high-rise prison.

Yost was working the third floor of the high-rise on Jan. 9, 1989, when inmate Otto Withers stepped off an elevator and charged prison guard Jack Ross.

Withers, who was serving a life sentence for murder, attacked Ross with an 8-inch homemade knife, fashioned from a piece of steel sharpened on both sides.

Withers also had already squirted a mix of gasoline and soap from a shampoo bottle he was carrying. As Yost rushed in to help Ross, he planted a foot to take a good swing, but he slid on the liquid and fell full force into Withers.

As he did so, Withers' knife plunged into the center of Yost's chest.

The men went to the ground and were in a full-fledged wrestling match, with Withers' knife finding its mark on several different parts of Yost's body, including his neck, thigh, ribs and back.

Ross, who had been stabbed two or three times, but not as seriously as Yost, was eventually able to secure Withers' knife.

"I had 15 holes in me, but it was from 13 stab wounds," Yost said.

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Dr. Gary Fink happened to be at the prison that morning, and he stabilized Yost, who was losing lots of blood, until an ambulance arrived. While Fink was examining Yost, he pushed his finger into Yost's chest wound and determined the knife had just missed the heart.

Likewise, the blade had come within centimeters of cutting an important artery in Yost's neck. Fink told him the knife had eyes.

"Well," Yost told him, "they were the good Lord's eyes."

Yost spent a total of 17 days in the hospital and went back to work seven months later, having been reassigned to the smaller Rowan prison nearby.

While he was participating in a May 1992 manhunt training exercise with law enforcement personnel from across the region, Yost helped save another life.

While pushing through a wooded area at night, friend Jimmy Galyan collapsed in front of him and stopped breathing. Yost, who had EMT training and was a combat medic in the Army, removed all of Galyan's gear and started CPR.

For the next 45 minutes, Yost and a sergeant from the Caldwell County Sheriff's Office continued CPR until Galyan could be safely extricated from the area and taken to a hospital.

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Yost, 61, grew up in Statesville and graduated from Statesville High School in 1971. He entered the Army in September of the same year.

Besides being trained as a combat medic, he attended a truck-driving school for a short time at an Army camp in Texas. When he returned home after two years in the Army, Yost worked for about a year for Excel Tire in Salisbury before going to drive trucks and work for Jim Bost Construction.

One day while building a catch basin, Yost realized he might have a knack for laying brick. After a stint as an apprentice, he became a brick mason for several years until suffering a ruptured disk in his back.

It led him to apply for a job with the Department of Correction in 1983, and he stuck with it.

Yost had another brush with death June 30, 2002, when his pickup was struck almost head on by a car that crossed the center line on N.C. 152. The car's driver died in the wreck.

Yost's truck came to rest upside down, and his left leg was broken and caught up under the dashboard. Yost was taken by helicopter to Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center, and he missed almost 10 months of work.

His leg has a steel rod in it today, and he also has had his left knee replaced.

"I still hobble," said Yost, who might soon have to have his right knee replaced, too.

Steve and Kathy have two grown boys, Josh and Eric, and a grandson Ben.

Not long after he retired, Yost still wanted to keep busy. He found a job he loves, driving trucks for Carolina Siteworks.

The stress level is way down, Yost said, and he no longer has to keep telling guys to pull up their pants, turn their hats around or stop cussing.

Contact Mark Wineka at 704-797-4263, or mark.wineka@salisburypost.com.

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Mon, 01 Sep 2014 00:20:00 EST http://www.salisburypost.com/article/20140901/SP01/140909994/1001/sp/wineka-column-yost-s-career-as-prison-guard-leads-to-scars-order-of-long-leaf-pine&source=RSS
http://www.salisburypost.com/article/20140901/SP01/140909991/1001/sp/downtown-incentive-grants-on-council-s-agenda-tuesday&source=RSS <![CDATA[Downtown incentive grants on council's agenda Tuesday]]> SALISBURY -- Salisbury City Council will hear details Tuesday about proposed Downtown Salisbury Revitalization Grants, one of six priority goals it set for 2014-2015.

The program would establish four new grant programs under the headings of building rehabilitation, residential production, residential utilities and fire suppression, with maximum grants ranging from $25,000 to $100,000.

The incentives would be designed to promote both new development and historic rehabilitation.

"A primary focus of the grants is the creation of new residences in the downtown to help grow the tax base and increase the market base for retail and restaurants," Planning Director Janet Gapen said in a memo.

After hearing about the grants program Tuesday, council is expected to set a public hearing on the proposal for Sept. 16.

Council meets at 4 p.m. Tuesday at City Hall, 217 S. Main St.

In other agenda items Tuesday, council:

Will consider awarding a $337,900 contract to APAC Atlantic for the repaving of eight different city streets.

Will consider a text amendment to the land development ordinance in relation to urban farms.

Will consider rezoning roughly 14 acres, including the former Holiday Inn at 530 Jake Alexander Blvd., from highway business to institutional campus, at the request of Livingstone College.

Will consider rezoning the former Coca-Cola Bottling plant at 1828 S. Main St. from corridor mixed-use to highway business. The site includes about 3 acres.

Will hold a public hearing and consider closing a portion of Kentucky and Hillsboro streets.

Will hold a public hearing and consider closing an alley in the 100 block of West Cemetery St., in connection with construction of a central school office.

Will proclaim September as Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month and Sept. 12 as Rowan County United Way's "Raised Here, Stays Here, Shared Here" Day.

Contact Mark Wineka at 704-797-4263.

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Mon, 01 Sep 2014 00:21:00 EST http://www.salisburypost.com/article/20140901/SP01/140909991/1001/sp/downtown-incentive-grants-on-council-s-agenda-tuesday&source=RSS
http://www.salisburypost.com/article/20140901/SP01/140909985/1001/sp/emily-ford-farewell-from-bloop-balls-to-mad-monkeys-i-ve-had-a-blast&source=RSS <![CDATA[Emily Ford farewell: From Bloop Balls to mad monkeys, I've had a blast]]> The first story I ever wrote for the Salisbury Post ended up on the front page.

I was wrapping up an internship in August 1992 with the News and Record in Greensboro and asked my editors which newspaper they considered the best small daily in North Carolina. Without exception, they said the Salisbury Post.

So I started reading the Post every day at lunch in the News and Record library, devouring articles and columns by Rose Post along with my PB&J. The Post had an opening for a reporter, so I applied.

As part of my interview, I had to write a story. Elizabeth Cook, then managing editor, sent me out to interview a local man who made Bloop Balls, little foam balls that stuck on the end of car antennas. While touring the entrepreneur's small warehouse, I peeked inside a huge cardboard box full of Bloop Balls that read "Perot."

Ross Perot had just pulled out of the 1992 presidential race, and I told the owner I was sorry about this overabundance of Perot campaign material that he was obviously stuck with.

He smiled and said that was actually a new order, placed after Perot dropped out.

In journalism, we call that getting the scoop.

I wrote that Ross Perot was apparently getting back into the race for U.S. president, as evidenced by thousands of Bloop Balls in Rowan County bearing his name. (A month later, he did just that.) The story landed on 1A, and my career at the Salisbury Post began on Sept. 4, 1992.

Nearly 22 years later, after two full-time stints that bookended my three babies, I've said a tearful goodbye to the Salisbury Post and have taken a new job that will give me more time with my family. Leaving a job you love is hard enough, but leaving coworkers you adore is positively painful.

I've been hooked on reporting since my first real story ran in my high school newspaper. Another student allowed me to write about her battle with an eating disorder. All of the personal, private details -- she bravely handed them to me like a gift, given with the trust that I would weave them into something real but kind.

Stunned and a little overwhelmed, I worked to write a story that could help others who were suffering but also educate our classmates about this misunderstood condition. I learned that newspapers have a unique ability to influence people, as well as a profound responsibility to inform them.

Soon after arriving at the Post, I was assigned to cover a KKK rally in downtown Salisbury. I had no idea the hate group still existed. When I told my parents in South Dakota about the upcoming story, I think they considered sending in an extraction team.

But the next year, when the KKK pulled another parade permit, the Post made the decision not to cover it. Soon after that, the Klan stopped parading. Another lesson about the power of the press.

My first full-time stint at the Post ran from 1992 to 1995. I covered Davie County for a short but fertile period that produced stories including the arrest of the elderly mayor of Cooleemee by the town's police chief, who happened to be named Matt Dillon. Who needs to write fiction when you've got facts like that?

I covered the long, bizarre demise of Tri-County Mental Health and was briefly chased by an angry monkey at the former Charlotte Metro Zoo.

In a story headlined "Rowan's dirty little secret," I wrote about horrible conditions at the original Rowan County Animal Shelter, where employees could not safely drink the contaminated water. Dogs were crammed into kennels in the overcrowded facility and usually held only for the minimum time state law required before they were euthanized in the now infamous gas chamber. Adoptions were rare.

The story helped fuel a grassroots campaign for a new shelter, just as recent coverage by the Post helped force elected officials to finally remove the gas chamber and replace it with more humane lethal injection.

Because Post reporters rotate the weekend shift, we inevitably cover traffic accidents, no matter our beat. I've covered many. The one I'll never forget happened on July 8, 1995 -- a Saturday -- when a truck driver traveling south on Interstate 85 took his eyes off the road to adjust his coffee cup. He didn't realize how slowly the three-vehicle convoy from South Carolina was traveling as it crept onto the interstate, led by a 1972 Ford flatbed truck hauling a Cadillac.

When the semi driver looked up, he was barreling down on the third car in the convoy, striking it and starting a chain reaction. Four members of the family died, including two children, and nine others were injured. Pregnant with my first child, I cried at the sight of stuffed animals and children's shoes strewn across the highway. That was a tough assignment.

Somehow, whenever I worked the weekend shift, things often had a way of "blowing up," as we say in the newsroom. Wrecks, fires, murders, weird gas leaks and more occurred on my weekends, sometimes many of them at once and often close to home.

I live a block from the church where fugitive John Knox Bridges barricaded himself in the basement with a gun on a Saturday night in 2013. Home for supper while working the weekend, I heard about the armed standoff from a neighbor, grabbed my camera, told the kids to lock the house and walked out the door to cover the events as they unfolded.

I never felt in danger while reporting the news, but looking back, there was one place I probably should not have gone -- down an 11-foot tunnel into a buried school bus in 2001. A disturbed Rowan County man had buried the bus in his backyard and stocked it with everything you'd need for the end of the world: food, water, hand grenades.

If the owner, who was posting bond at the county jail, had come home while the photographer and I were down there ... well, I'm not sure the emergency exit at the back of the bus was in working order.

That wasn't the only dumb thing I did while working for the Post. When the late Jim Hurley owned the paper, staff members who won N.C. Press Association awards stayed at the Carolina Inn on his dime. Despite the hotel's no-pet policy, I took my two dogs to Chapel Hill, convinced no one would discover them in the hotel room. Wrong. The hotel alerted Jimmy, who alerted Elizabeth, who alerted me about the fine, which I sheepishly paid.

I got lost. A lot. I took good care of the Post's equipment, mostly. In 2011, I placed a video camera on the trunk of a parked car so I could use another camera to photograph the Hardiman Building.

When I turned around to retrieve the video camera, the car had driven away. And with it, the camera loaded with my raw video, never to be seen again.

During my second full-time stint at the Post, from 2010 until Aug. 22, I again had the remarkable privilege of telling stories about people -- and even a few animals -- who inspired me when I wrote about them and still do today. I felt honored to tell readers about some of the remarkable people who surround us every day, whose determination, courage and capacity for love and forgiveness may otherwise have gone unnoticed.

Like Johnny Moser, who graduated from high school at age 20 despite an undiagnosed learning disability and a period of homelessness.

Like Mike and Annette Hoosier, who adopted three brothers and later their blind baby sister. The Hoosiers happen to be white. Their children happen to be African-American. And anyone who has a problem with that will hear a word or two from Mike.

Like Sean Summer, who suffers from a rare congenital defect that causes deformities of the face. Sean has endured more than 20 surgeries, speaks with an impediment, walks with a limp and can hear only with the help of a high-tech aid anchored in his skull. Yet he opened a kennel and daycare for cats and dogs.

"The animals, they don't care what you look like," he told me. "As long as you take care of them and play with them, they'll love you."

Dog stories became some of my favorites, especially the story of Woody and Raka, bomb-sniffing military canines that ended up in the Rowan County Animal Shelter. Faithful Friends eventually placed both of the yellow Labrador retrievers with U.S. military veterans, who pledged to give the heroic animals the retirement they deserved after saving many lives.

I hold these and other stories in my heart as I leave the Post, including the story of Harriet Pinkston. Terminally ill, Harriet's dying wish was to see her only child graduate from high school. But she was not expected to survive until the graduation ceremony.

So a dedicated physician at Rowan Regional Medical Center and many others brought the ceremony to her. Harriet passed away nine days after watching from a hospital bed as son Jesse received his diploma from North Rowan High School in the hospital's chapel.

Working at the Post was not all tears and heartbreak. I've probably laughed as hard in the newsroom with my coworkers as I've done anywhere.

We went through a particularly hilarious period a few years ago when former webmaster Andy Morrissey encouraged the reporters to record online videos to promote our Sunday stories.

Each week, Morrissey would pop up and say, "Who's got the enterprise story this week?" Print journalists go into newspapers for a variety of reasons, but one common denominator is a complete disinterest and often downright fear of being on camera.

This aversion made video-shooting days painful and, for those of us lucky enough not to be the subject that day, quite entertaining. I still crack up when I remember Sarah Campbell's mantra "get it together, get it together" as she tried to get through her one-minute video segment without laughing. Or crying.

I think Morrissey had hoped the news reporters would embrace online video-making and create a mini sensation like Ronnie Gallagher, our late sports editor, who was a natural on camera. But Shavonne Potts, with her photogenic smile, was really the only one of us the camera loved. The rest of us appeared to be exactly what we were, terrified and annoyed.

Between my full-time stints, I worked as a freelancer for the Post, covering the N.C. Research Campus in Kannapolis. Soon, I will go to work for Duke University in the Kannapolis office as the communications specialist for the MURDOCK Study.

Like many of you, I often spent more waking hours with my work family than my own family. And as I leave the Post, these hard-working, dedicated, smart, funny people fill my heart and occupy my mind. More than awards, more than getting the scoop, this precious Post family is what I will miss most about a job I truly loved.

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Mon, 01 Sep 2014 00:54:00 EST http://www.salisburypost.com/article/20140901/SP01/140909985/1001/sp/emily-ford-farewell-from-bloop-balls-to-mad-monkeys-i-ve-had-a-blast&source=RSS
http://www.salisburypost.com/article/20140901/SP01/140909986/1001/sp/cleveland-welcomes-growing-field-of-server-farms&source=RSS <![CDATA[Cleveland welcomes growing field of server farms ]]> CLEVELAND (AP) -- Northeast Ohio is hardly ready to usurp Silicon Valley as a high-tech mecca, but a growing number of data centers are choosing to locate in and around Cleveland to take advantage of cheap power, an abundance of fiber-optic cable and one of the safest environments in the country for storing digital information.

BYTEGRID, which got its start in northern Virginia, is investing millions to convert a small data center near downtown Cleveland into a large one capable of using enough electricity to power around 20,000 homes. At least one other company is looking for a site in Cleveland, and several more have established sites in the city and its suburbs.

"One of the things that is attracting data centers to Cleveland is we have a lot of industries with a lot of data," said Tracey Nichols, director of the city's Department of Economic Development.

Data centers do not create large numbers of jobs directly, Nichols said, but their existence is a big attraction to companies that use massive amounts of data. Hospitals and medical research centers such as the Cleveland Clinic and University Hospitals, for example, are prime customers for data centers. Nichols hopes these data centers will help grow the city's fledgling health tech corridor. Information technology companies like Rosetta and Brandmuscle have come to Cleveland, in part, because of its high-speed, fiber-optic data and Internet connections, Nichols and others said.

"We have a very robust fiber trunk that runs through Cleveland, which means excellent connectivity," Nichols said.

Ken Parent, chief operating officer of BYTEGRID, said his company is spending millions to renovate and expand a data center on the edge of downtown because of that connectivity.

Connectivity is best described as the speed at which data flows. If copper wire, one of the means by which homes are connected with telephone, Internet and cable service, is a gentle stream, then fiber-optic cable is a raging river. Or think of it this way: It takes 33 tons of copper wire to transmit the same amount of data as one-quarter pound of fiber-optic cable, a single strand of which is thinner than a human hair.

It's ironic that a Rust Belt city like Cleveland, once a manufacturing giant brought to its knees by disruptive technologies and business models, is so well-suited to the Internet age. The superhighways of the 19th and early 20th centuries -- rail lines -- have proven to be the ideal conduit for routing fiber-optic cable, much like the telegraph lines of old.

"It's an infrastructure legacy," said Kevin Goodman, managing director and a partner in BlueBridge Networks, which has a downtown data center near Playhouse Square and a larger facility in suburban Mayfield Heights.

Servers, like all computers, hew to Moore's Law -- computing power roughly doubles every two years. That means smaller and smaller computers that run faster and faster and are capable of holding even more data. But those smaller computers run hotter and require more electricity. At a data center, one kilowatt of electricity spent powering servers requires an equal amount of electricity to keep them cool.

And that is one of Cleveland's biggest attractions. Parent says power can cost 13 to 16 cents per kilowatt in the Northwestern U.S. but only 5 or 6 cents in Cleveland.

Goodman said BlueBridge wants to reduce its carbon footprint, but he acknowledged that high electric use is unavoidable.

"Power is king," he said.

Data centers, sometimes called server farms, perform a number of vital services to businesses, both high- and low-tech. They provide a secure environment for companies to put servers, which are computers loaded with applications and programs and hard drives for storing data. Companies lease servers from data centers and use them to create a cloud that allows them to operate without having to own or provide space for their own servers. And companies with their own servers also co-locate -- lease server space to back up some or all of their data and to give themselves the means to operate should their own servers fail or should a catastrophic weather or seismic event occur.

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http://www.salisburypost.com/article/20140901/SP01/140909987/1001/sp/tesla-motors-dealing-as-states-play-factory-poker&source=RSS <![CDATA[Tesla Motors dealing as states play factory poker ]]> LOS ANGELES (AP) -- From the start, little has been typical about Tesla Motors' plan for a $5 billion factory to make batteries for a new generation of electric cars.

It's not just the project's massive scale, the cutting-edge technology, or even the bonanza of 6,500 good-paying jobs.

It's how Tesla is deciding where to build.

Through a series of unusual plays, Tesla has five states bidding up subsidy packages to land the coveted plant. The winner is expected to offer the luxury carmaker publicly financed incentives exceeding a half-billion dollars.

Tesla signaled this would be no ordinary competition last fall, when it gathered economic development officials from seven Western states and unveiled its vision for a "gigafactory." ("Giga" refers to the large amount of power that batteries produced at the plant will store.)

This spring, CEO Elon Musk announced Tesla would take the extremely unusual step of spending millions to prepare sites in two states -- or perhaps even three -- before the finalist was chosen. Then, over the summer, Musk said the winning state would pitch in about 10 percent of the cost, effectively signaling a minimum bid of $500 million.

"We don't usually see companies setting a floor at which states will be considered," said Leigh McIlvaine of the research group Good Jobs First, which tracks large subsidy packages by states.

For all the public anticipation Musk has created, much about the process remains secret.

While an industrial park in the desert outside Reno, Nev., is one known site, the other -- or others -- remains a mystery. Tesla has asked states not to discuss their offers, and states aren't talking.

The effect is a game of high-stakes poker, with the states as players and Tesla dealing.

"You can't see any cards at all. Do you stay in or not, push more chips onto the table or fold?" said Kim Hill, who studies incentives at the nonprofit Center for Automotive Research in Michigan.

The factory promises something that every state wants but rarely gets these days: thousands of good-paying factory jobs and all the residual economic benefits they bring.

So far, Nevada, California, Texas, Arizona and New Mexico remain contenders. They have passed tax breaks, promised worker-training funds or proposed shelving environmental regulations that could slow the factory's construction. There is talk of special legislative sessions to sweeten the bids.

When The Associated Press filed public records act requests for documents about the competition with each of the five finalist states, none released much useful information and most refused to release anything at all, citing the competitive need to keep their offers secret.

In one glimpse behind the curtain of confidentiality, California provided an email from a Tesla official to the governor's senior adviser for jobs and economic development. It contained a newspaper story speculating on a possible site and said, simply: "This is unhelpful." What might be unhelpful was unclear, and the governor's office of business and economic development refused repeated requests to discuss its pursuit of the factory.

Tesla needs the factory to make cheaper batteries for its Model 3, a mass-market electric car the company hopes to sell by 2017 for around $35,000. Currently Tesla only offers the Model S sedan, which starts at $70,000.

The tight production timeframe compels Tesla to prepare at least two sites, said spokesman Simon Sproule, who likened the approach to "an insurance policy."

Tesla will pay about half of the factory's cost; the other major investor is Panasonic, which will manufacture the lithium-ion battery cells and invest in equipment.

Musk has said to expect groundbreaking on at least one other site in coming months and a final decision by year's end.

Along the way, there has been plenty of political theater. Texas Gov. Rick Perry drove to California's state Capitol in a Tesla and California state Sen. Ted Gaines delivered a gold-painted shovel to Tesla headquarters. Cities in both states pitched Tesla directly. Tucson, Arizona, sent the company a preapproved building permit.

The director of the industrial park outside Reno where Tesla prepared land said he's seen plenty of secrecy before, but never anything like this.

"It has been a very, very unusual transaction," said Lance Gilman of the Reno Tahoe Industrial Center, which at 167 square miles is the nation's largest industrial park. "They have played their cards so close to the vest."

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Mon, 01 Sep 2014 00:52:00 EST http://www.salisburypost.com/article/20140901/SP01/140909987/1001/sp/tesla-motors-dealing-as-states-play-factory-poker&source=RSS
http://www.salisburypost.com/article/20140901/SP01/140909992/1001/sp/granite-quarry-aldermen-will-hold-hearing-on-sign-changes&source=RSS <![CDATA[Granite Quarry aldermen will hold hearing on sign changes]]> GRANITE QUARRY -- Prior to its regular monthly meeting Tuesday, the Granite Quarry Board of Aldermen will hold a 6:45 p.m. public hearing on sign recommendations coming from the Planning Board.

Aldermen meet at Town Hall, 143 N. Salisbury Ave.

The Planning Board recommendations would modify the town's unified development ordinance by spelling out requirements for blade signs, such as how far they can project toward the street and how they should be suspended.

Blade signs projecting out from a business will be limited in size to a maximum of 4 square feet. The height from the bottom of the sign will have to be at least 8 feet above ground, according to the Planning Board recommendations.

Signs will not be able to project more than 5 feet from the wall.

When they are suspended, the blade signs must hang securely under a canopy or awning, perpendicular to the building, and they will not be allowed to extend past the canopy or awning edge.

Blade signs will not be allowed to project into the street right of way. They may be illuminated, however. Only one blade sign will be allowed per business, if the proposals pass.

People will be given time to speak for or against the sign recommendations at the public hearing. Aldermen later will consider the recommendations during their regular September meeting, which begins at 7 p.m. Tuesday.

In other agenda items, aldermen:

Will consider appointment of a new Planning Board member.

Will hear from Alderman Arin Wilhelm on a Granite Quarry mission statement.

Will discuss a plat for road access to the Gildan plant off Heilig Road.

Will hold a closed session to discuss a personnel matter.

Will hear updates from the Parks, Events and Recreation Committee and the Revitalization Team.

Contact Mark Wineka at 704-797-4263.

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Mon, 01 Sep 2014 00:21:00 EST http://www.salisburypost.com/article/20140901/SP01/140909992/1001/sp/granite-quarry-aldermen-will-hold-hearing-on-sign-changes&source=RSS
http://www.salisburypost.com/article/20140901/SP02/140909989/1001/sp/kahne-holds-off-kenseth-to-win-atlanta-shootout&source=RSS <![CDATA[Kahne holds off Kenseth to win Atlanta shootout ]]> HAMPTON, Ga. (AP) -- Kasey Kahne grabbed the lead on the restart following a caution with 23 laps remaining and held off Matt Kenseth in a two-lap shootout to win the NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Atlanta Motor Speedway on Sunday night.

Kahne's first win of the season earned him a spot in the Chase for the Sprint cup. Kenseth also qualified for the Chase on points.

Denny Hamlin was third, followed by Jimmie Johnson, Carl Edwards and Danica Patrick.

Meanwhile, Tony Stewart's much-anticipated return to racing ended a little more than halfway through the race.

Stewart hit the wall for the second time after his right front tire blew out on Lap 172, ending his night with a 41st-place finish.

It was Stewart's first race since the sprint car he was driving struck and killed 20-year-old Kevin Ward Jr. in an Aug. 9 race at a dirt track in upstate New York. The fatal wreck is still under investigation.

With only two laps remaining and Kahne holding a solid lead over Kevin Harvick, Martin Truex Jr. and Kyle Busch collided, forcing a caution flag and the first shootout. Harvick, who led 195 laps, had contact with Joey Logano in heavy traffic and hit the wall on the restart, bringing another caution flag and a second shootout.

Kahne, who had four fresh tires, started behind Kenseth and Hamlin on the final restart.

Harvick, who also won the Nationwide Series race on Saturday night, started from the pole and led the first 80 laps.

Logano, who won last week at Bristol, finished 14th.

Stewart's problems started when he went into the wall earlier in the race following a collision with Kyle Busch.

Kenseth began the night fifth in the points race, but not yet locked into the Chase because he had no wins. Kenseth needed to finish seventh or better to secure his place in the playoffs.

After leading the final 159 laps of his dominant Nationwide series win on Saturday night, Harvick resumed his mastery of the Atlanta Motor Speedway track. Starting from his series-leading sixth pole of the season, Harvick led the first 80 laps, giving him a combined 239 consecutive laps led at the track over two races.

Hamlin passed Harvick for the lead after Jeff Gordon, who had been second, blew a tire and slid into the wall on turn 3 on the 78th lap, forcing a yellow flag.

Stewart started 12th and opened strong, moving up to sixth in the first five laps. Driving high on the track, three-wide at times, he made two more passes to move to fourth a few laps later. He fell back to 12th before his first big setback. Busch, attempting to move to the top of the track, cut in front of Stewart, forcing Stewart into the wall.

After two visits to pit row for repairs, Stewart didn't last long. Only 50 laps later, he hit the wall on turn 2 after his right front tire blew. This time he drove his more heavily damaged car to the garage, and his race was over.

Brad Keselowski was fourth when a collision with Josh Wise ended his night with 28 laps remaining.

Ty Dillon, making his Sprint Cup debut, finished 25th.

Harvick had a scare early in the race when a small animal ran across the track in front of his car. He told his crew a cat ran across the track, but later it was discovered to be a squirrel, which was found hiding near turn 3.

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Mon, 01 Sep 2014 00:50:00 EST http://www.salisburypost.com/article/20140901/SP02/140909989/1001/sp/kahne-holds-off-kenseth-to-win-atlanta-shootout&source=RSS
http://www.salisburypost.com/article/20140901/SP05/140909998/1001/sp/letters-to-the-editor-monday-9-1-14&source=RSS <![CDATA[Letters to the editor Monday (9-1-14)]]> Time for workers to get paid sick leave

For all of those workers out there who keep our nation running but aren't able to take time off when they get sick or need to care for a loved one, Labor Day is a reminder that it's time we stop being the only industrialized country in the world to not provide paid sick leave.

While the Family and Medical Leave Act has kept millions of people from losing their jobs when serious medical needs arise, it doesn't cover 40 percent of people on the job. That causes too many parents without access to paid sick leave to send sick kids to school, potentially impacting their long-term health and ability to focus on school work.

FMLA is also unpaid leave, so when workers get sick without paid sick days, they either have to take time away from work without pay, putting their jobs and livelihoods in jeopardy, or they have go to work anyway. In fact, people without paid sick time are 16 times more likely to go to work sick, where their productivity suffers and they risk infecting their co-workers.

For all these reasons and more, it is shameful that Republicans in our General Assembly left Raleigh without even allowing a vote on a bill that would have provided just a few days paid sick leave to North Carolina workers. They get paid to cast votes and couldn't even do that much for working people!

One of the best ways to honor workers and create a strong workforce is to ensure we all have the ability to take time off when we're sick or when we need to care for a loved one. That's something worth remembering on Labor Day and every day.

-- Tracy Nail

Woodleaf



Trickle down effect

Many of us have heard the phrase "rush to judgment" mentioned a number of times recently on a national level. How sad that incidents such as the recent accusations made against the Salisbury Police Department encourage many of us to do the same on multiple levels.

To be sure, few understand the rigorous process required to become a police officer. Even fewer understand the dangers every officer faces daily. False allegations always smack of a desire to breed mistrust, which in turn begs the question of agenda. Why?

We may never know. We do know these allegations reveal that many people support Chief Collins and the department. We know the accusations involved local clergy who failed to handle their perceived issues in a biblical manner by speaking directly with Chief Collins, giving the benefit of doubt, giving him time to investigate. (Matthew 18:15) Now we know the evidence reveals how this might have saved some from embarrassment and others from the inevitable fallout.

I have read numerous comments stating these allegations, although now refuted, give proof why one cannot trust clergy or the organized Christian faith. How sad when there are so many dedicated ministers, pastors and priests in our community. How sad, when so many people are searching for spiritual truth, for belonging and acceptance, that the actions of the past few weeks give some an opportunity to discredit fellow clergy and parishes that seek to serve in the model of Christ.

Let us not allow these events to divide us. Instead, may we make a conscious choice to see these events for what they are -- a brief success for the enemy to cause so many of us to be sidetracked from the reality of God's love in and through Jesus Christ.

-- The Rev. Jim King

Salisbury



The value of trust

The recent video of Mr. Godair's traffic stop which was made reference to in his assertion that he has experienced mistreatment by police personally has proven Mr. Godair false on two main points.

First, he says he was mistreated by the officer and that the officer's actions scared his wife. The video proves this to be a lie, as the officer is calm and cordial to them beyond a shadow of a doubt.

Second is his claim that to the press that he was speeding in order to visit a sick church member in the hospital. Lie. He told the officer he was rushing to the dry cleaners.

What makes this so bad is that this story is concocted, not from omission or defense, but solely to jump on the bandwagon to further his own wants and paint himself the victim without provocation. He further claims that five other of his church members have been harassed by the local police, but this incident may further cloud fact and fantasy.

I found it interesting to note this is the pastor of the same church that pledged $10,000 to the Tea Party-led county commission to go towards litigation of the secular prayer issue, an offer which I wondered would not call into question their 501c(3) status as a church. Ten thousand dollars could have fed a lot of people,instead of the billboards.

-- Robert Kent Smith

Spencer



Better use of money

At first I thought I was just a crabby senior citizen when it comes to supplying our students with laptops or iPads in Rowan County.

Wes Rhinier sure hit the nail on the head with his Aug. 27 article ("My Turn: School system overstepping bounds").

Dr. Lynn Moody and the school board have crossed the line on this idea. Why were we not able to vote on this?

I want my tax money spent on teacher assistants and a raise for our dedicated teachers, not laptops and iPads.

-- Alta Christy

Mooresville (Rowan County)

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Mon, 01 Sep 2014 00:13:00 EST http://www.salisburypost.com/article/20140901/SP05/140909998/1001/sp/letters-to-the-editor-monday-9-1-14&source=RSS
http://www.salisburypost.com/article/20140901/SP01/140909990/1001/sp/landis-man-wields-a-mean-landscape-timber&source=RSS <![CDATA[Landis man wields a mean landscape timber]]> SALISBURY -- J.T. Hall, 39, of Rice Street, Landis, was charged Saturday with misdemeanor assault with a deadly weapon and injury to real property.

The Rowan County Sheriff's Office reported Hall's weapon of choice was a landscape timber he tried to push through the windows of Eugene Asbury's truck so he could hit Asbury.

Damage to Asbury's Ford 2004 F-150 was $200. Asbury's address was given as Concord.

Hall's bond was set at $1,000.

In reports from the Rowan County Magistrate's Office:

Brandon Moody, 32, of Rogers Street, Rockwell, was charged Saturday with possession of a firearm by a felon. The Rowan County Sheriff's Office said he had a .22-caliber rifle in his possession.

Moody had been convicted of felonious possession and distribution of a meth precursor on Jan. 13. He was confined a month and 15 days on that felony.

Moody's bond was set at $10,000.

The Rowan County Sheriff's Office charged Katerious Arnez Oaks, 25, of Hidden Oaks Drive, with failure to appear on charges of breaking, entering and larceny and larceny of a firearm.

Oaks is accused of taking jewelry. a .32-caliber pistol and $1,700 in cash from a Saw Road home in China Grove Aug. 11. Total value of the items taken was $2,735. Oaks was placed under $10,000 bond Sunday.

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Mon, 01 Sep 2014 00:21:00 EST http://www.salisburypost.com/article/20140901/SP01/140909990/1001/sp/landis-man-wields-a-mean-landscape-timber&source=RSS
http://www.salisburypost.com/article/20140901/SP02/140909993/1001/sp/mlb-sunday-s-roundup&source=RSS <![CDATA[MLB: Sunday's roundup]]> ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) -- Mike Trout hit his career-high 31st homer and drove in three runs, rookie Matt Shoemaker pitched seven shutout innings of five-hit ball, and the Los Angeles Angels finished off a four-game sweep, beating the Oakland Athletics 8-1 Sunday.

The Angels won their sixth in row and own the best record in the majors at 83-53. They shut out the A's for the 29 consecutive innings while opening a five-game lead atop the AL West heading into September.

Trout had a two-run single during a six-run second inning. Chris Iannetta homered and had three hits for Los Angeles, which has won 15 of 19. The A's have lost 14 of 20.

Shoemaker (14-4) won for the sixth time in August and extended his scoreless streak to 23 1-3 innings.

Scott Kazmir (14-7) got just four outs. A's manager Bob Melvin was ejected for arguing balls and strikes after pulling Kazmir.

The Athletics acquired slugger Adam Dunn from the Chicago White Sox before the game.

MARINERS 5, NATIONALS 3

SEATTLE (AP) -- Dustin Ackley homered and drove in four runs and the Seattle Mariners averted a three-game sweep, overcoming a pair of home runs by Bryce Harper to beat Washington.

Nate Schierholz also homered for Washington. The NL East-leading Nationals hit 10 home runs in the series, one short of the Safeco Field record for a three-game set established by Cleveland in 2009.

Washington has lost four of six. Seattle had lost three in a row, and had been 0-11 against the Nationals since the franchise moved from Montreal to Washington for the 2005 season.

The Mariners trailed 3-1 in the fifth when Ackley hit a three-run homer off Tanner Roark (12-9).

Hisashi Iwakuma (13-6) went six innings. In his last 11 starts, he is 8-2 with 72 strikeouts and five walks.

Fernando Rodney gave up a leadoff single to Harper in the ninth before getting his 39th save in 42 chances.

ORIOLES 12, TWINS 8

BALTIMORE (AP) -- J.J. Hardy hit his fourth career grand slam during a seven-run sixth inning, Nelson Cruz connected for his major league-leading 35th home run and Ryan Flaherty also homered, leading Baltimore over Minnesota.

Caleb Joseph had a career-high four hits for the Orioles, who lead the AL East lead by nine games over the Yankees.

Wei-Yin Chen (14-4) allowed four runs and eight hits in 6 2-3 innings. Minnesota scored three times in the ninth before Zach Britton served up a double-play ball for his 31st save.

Trevor Plouffe and Danny Santana hit two-run homers for the Twins, who have lost seven of eight.

Ricky Nolasco (5-10) gave up eight runs and 12 hits over five-plus innings.

WHITE SOX 6, TIGERS 2

CHICAGO (AP) -- Jose Quintana allowed two runs over seven innings to earn his first win in more than a month, and the Chicago White Sox beat Detroit after trading Adam Dunn.

The White Sox sent Dunn to Oakland before the game, ending a disappointing four-year run in Chicago for the veteran slugger.

Adam Eaton doubled twice and scored two runs. Jose Abreu extended his hitting streak to 12 games.

The Tigers held star Miguel Cabrera out of the lineup because of a sore right foot. He left the second game of Saturday's day-night doubleheader and is day to day.

Quintana (7-10) won for the first time since a victory at Detroit on July 29.

Rick Porcello (15-9) went 6 2-3 innings and gave up six runs, three earned. Detroit made a season-high four errors.

BLUE JAYS 4, YANKEES 3

TORONTO (AP) -- Jose Bautista homered for the fifth straight game and the Toronto Blue Jays erased a three-run deficit to beat the New York Yankees.

Derek Jeter had a chance to tie it for the Yankees in the ninth inning. With the sellout crowd of 45,678 on its feet, Jeter popped up with a runner on third for the final out in his last regular-season at-bat in Toronto.

Brett Gardner finished a single shy of the cycle, but New York lost its second straight. Gardner had a big opportunity in the ninth, grounding out with a runner on second to bring up Jeter.

Edwin Encarnacion and Melky Cabrera also homered for Toronto. J.A. Happ (9-8) won for the first time in seven starts and Casey Janssen got his 20th save in 24 chances.

Brandon McCarthy (5-4) allowed four runs and five hits in six innings, losing for the fourth time in five starts.

RAYS 3, RED SOX 0

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) -- Clay Buchholz threw a three-hitter to stop his string of seven starts without a win, leading the Boston Red Sox over Tampa Bay.

Buchholz (6-8) walked none and struck out six. Only one runner reached second base during his second shutout this season and the sixth of his career.

The right-hander's previous win came over Kansas City on July 18, five days after he tossed a three-hitter in an 11-0 win against Houston. He was 0-3 in that span.

Alex Cobb (9-7) gave up two runs and seven hits over 6 1-3 innings and took his first loss in two months. He had been 7-0 in his previous 11 starts.

ASTROS 3, RANGERS 2

HOUSTON (AP) -- Matt Dominguez hit a tying homer and Jose Altuve's fourth hit drove in the go-ahead run as the Houston Astros rallied in the eighth inning to beat Texas.

Dominguez connected off reliever Neal Cotts (2-8) with one out in the eighth to make it 2-all. One out, one pitching change and three batters later, Altuve singled home Jake Marisnick.

Altuve also doubled twice in matching his career high for hits. Dominguez had an RBI single earlier in the game.

Jose Veras (3-1) got the win and Chad Qualls posted his 16th save.

BRAVES 1, MARLINS 0

ATLANTA (AP) -- Alex Wood struck out 12 in eight dominant innings and Evan Gattis homered to help Atlanta beat Miami.

The Marlins had gone 60 games without getting shut out, the longest active streak in the majors.

The Braves, who have won four of five and 11 of 15, remained 11/2 games out of the second NL wild-card spot. Craig Kimbrel earned his major league-high 41st save in 45 chances.

Wood (10-10) matched his career high in strikeouts for the second time this month. The left-hander gave up five hits and walked none, escaping a bases-loaded jam in the sixth by striking out Giancarlo Stanton and Casey McGehee.

Gattis hit his 21st homer in the second off Nathan Eovaldi (6-10), who dropped his fourth straight start.

GIANTS 15, BREWERS 5

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Pablo Sandoval hit a two-run homer among his three RBIs and finished a double shy of the cycle, powering San Francisco past Milwaukee to match a season high with its sixth straight win.

Madison Bumgarner (16-9) followed up his one-hit gem Tuesday against Colorado with seven strikeouts in six innings to win his third straight start.

Hunter Pence extended his NL-leading hitting streak to 13 games with a third-inning RBI double, the first of his four hits. He doubled again in the fifth and added a seventh-inning triple.

The Brewers lost their season-high fifth straight road game and dropped into a tie for the NL Central lead with St. Louis. It's the first time since July 20 that they don't have sole possession of first place.

Milwaukee has held at least a share of the lead every day since April 5.

Milwaukee was outscored 31-8 in the series. Kyle Lohse (12-8) allowed seven runs and nine hits in 5 2-3 innings for his fourth defeat in five decisions.

CARDINALS 9, CUBS 6

ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Matt Holliday hit his third home run in two games and broke an eighth-inning tie with a two-run single, rallying St. Louis past Chicago.

Holliday had three hits and four RBIs for the Cardinals, who tied Milwaukee for first place in the NL Central.

St. Louis second baseman Kolten Wong homered but left in the eighth after falling backward when he tried to catch a popup in short right field. He appeared to hurt his head and shoulder, and was replaced by Pete Kozma.

Kozma led off the bottom half with a double, his second hit in four big league at-bats this year.

Pat Neshek (7-1) earned the win and Trevor Rosenthal got his 40th save in 45 chances.

Carlos Villanueva (5-7) took the loss.

DODGERS 7, PADRES 1

SAN DIEGO (AP) -- Hyun-Jin Ryu came off the disabled list to pitch four-hit ball over seven innings, and Matt Kemp singled in the go-ahead run as Los Angeles avoided a three-game sweep in San Diego.

Ryu (14-6) struck out seven and walked none while allowing one run in his first start since a loss at Atlanta on Aug. 13, when he hurt his right hip. Ryu improved to 4-0 lifetime against the Padres.

The seven runs were one more than the Dodgers scored in their previous three games combined. The NL West leaders lost by one run in extra innings in the first two games of the series.

Adrian Gonzalez had four hits. He also scored the first of the Dodgers' four runs in the eighth.

The Padres' four-game winning streak was snapped. Eric Stults (6-15) tied for the major league lead with his career-high 15th loss.

DIAMONDBACKS 6, ROCKIES 2

PHOENIX (AP) -- Chase Anderson pitched six strong innings in Arizona's victory over Colorado.

Anderson (8-6) gave up five hits and one run while matching his career high with eight strikeouts. Nolan Reimold's first career pinch-hit homer in the seventh was the decisive hit. His two-run shot highlighted a four-run inning that broke the game open.

Charlie Blackmon led off the fourth with a home run, the only blemish against Anderson -- who is 3-0 in three starts against the Rockies in his career.

Aaron Hill tripled, doubled and singled, scoring twice with two RBIs.

Jorge De La Rosa (13-10) took the loss, the Rockies' fifth in six games.

REDS 3, PIRATES 2

PITTSBURGH (AP) -- Chris Heisey hit two home runs, including a tiebreaking shot in the ninth inning, and Johnny Cueto overcame an early jolt to earn his 16th win as Cincinnati beat Pittsburgh.

Heisey's solo drive with one out in the ninth off Jared Hughes (6-5) helped the Reds avoid getting swept at PNC Park. Heisey began the day with five homers in 229 at-bats this year.

Cueto (16-8) gave up a home run to Josh Harrison on his first pitch. Jordy Mercer homered off Cueto in the second for a 2-0 lead.

Cueto wound up pitching eight innings and tied Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw for the major league lead in victories. Cueto worked around nine hits, striking out six and walking one.

Aroldis Chapman struck two in a perfect ninth for his 29th save.

METS 6, PHILLIES 5

NEW YORK (AP) -- Anthony Recker snapped a sixth-inning tie with a three-run homer in a rare start, and New York held off Philadelphia to avoid dropping into last place.

Wilmer Flores had three hits and made two sparkling defensive plays at shortstop in the final two innings to help the Mets hang on. By taking two of three in the series, they kept Philadelphia in the NL East cellar.

Dillon Gee (6-6) pitched effectively into the seventh inning, and New York finished 13-6 against the Phillies this season.

Domonic Brown homered and had a career-high four hits for Philadelphia, but grounded out with a runner on to end it. Ryan Howard also went deep.

Recker connected off A.J. Burnett (7-15) to give the Mets a 5-2 lead. The home run was only his third hit since the All-Star break.

Jenrry Mejia closed for his 21st save.

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http://www.salisburypost.com/article/20140901/SP02/140909995/1001/sp/college-football-catawba-looking-to-move-up&source=RSS <![CDATA[College Football: Catawba looking to move up]]> SALISBURY -- Sheka Walker has been Catawba football's unofficial MVP in the offseason.

As the wife of head coach Curtis Walker, she's kept her husband focused on the big picture.

"I'm a competitive guy and I want that winning right now and the whole staff wants it right now," the coach said. "But it's a process. My wife reminds me every day that it's a process. It's not going to happen in one day. We've just got to keep working toward our goals."

Some work was done in the fall of 2013.

Catawba's 6-5 record in Walker's first year at the helm wasn't anything to shoot off cannons about, not for a program that was a contender for Division II's national title from 1999-2001 when Walker was a Catawba assistant. Still, after 3-8 and 4-7, 6-5 didn't feel bad at all.

More work was done last spring. Still more work was done over the summer, and still more sweaty work has been done during this preseason by coaches and players.

Walker spoke every week in his debut season about "laying the foundation." The on-field results were mostly positive. There were two steps forward for each step back, and the program is deeper and more talented now than it was two years ago, while the staff has stabilized after a transition period.

Walker has validated his selection as the choice to replace Chip Hester, a popular pillar of the community whose tenure couldn't survive those bad bottom lines in 2011 and 2012.

Not that the Indians were world-beaters in 2013. They weren't. The overall record was boosted by non-conference victories against Livingstone, West Liberty and North Greenville, but the Indians were only 3-4 and tied for fourth in the SAC. They were looking up at Carson-Newman, Newberry and national runner-up Lenoir-Rhyne.

Middle-of-the-pack is where the Indians should've been last year based on the statistics. Catawba had the eight-team league's third-best defense but only the sixth-best offense.

If Walker is losing any sleep, it's over the offense which is minus Danny O'Brien, excellent as a one-year lease at quarterback, and Nate Charest, one of the best receivers in school history.

Still, elusive receiver Carlos Tarrats and energetic running back David Burgess put the ball in the end zone eight times apiece as freshmen, Tyler Hamilton is a beast of a tight end, and Cary Littlejohn teamed with Burgess to produce nearly 1,000 rushing yards. That's plenty of weapons for new quarterback Mike Sheehan, who backed up O'Brien last season.

"Mike is the smartest guy in our program -- a .398 student -- and we are confident he'll operate our offense efficiently," Walker said. "We've got good running backs returning and we've added a big back (215-pound freshman Eamon Smart) to that mix."

Catawba's offensive line, very young in 2013, is now seasoned and will be anchored by preseason All-SAC pick Taylor Fender.

"We had three of the o-line starters here all summer and four for half the summer," Walker said. "That's going to help our continuity with that group."

Defensively, Catawba has a chance to be wicked. Leading tackler Jason Taylor returns as the anchor at linebacker. He has the look and demeanor of an All-American.

Former South Rowan star Mark McDaniel, hurt in the middle of last season, is a force in the secondary when he's healthy, and the defensive front has everyone talking.

That's because former SAC Freshman of the Year C.J. Barksdale is healthy after missing 2013 with injury, and so is touted Kegan Funderburk, a South Carolina Shrine Bowler who was recruited by big-time schools.

"Those two are game-changers," Walker said. "Add them to a really strong group of returners (Jonathan Jean, Stephen Davis, Gabe Evans) and the defensive line can be the most productive position we have."

Davis, who answers to "Yogi," has lost 30 pounds and is in the best shape of his career.

"Our defensive line should be the best in our conference," McDaniel said. "If they stay healthy, I don't see many people being able to compete with those guys."

The SAC is taking a wait-and-see attitude. The Indians haven't won a SAC championship since 2007. That explains why they were picked sixth in the preseason by the league's coaches.

On paper, the Indians are stouter than sixth and better than 6-5, but they still have to do it on the scoreboard.

"It's Coach Walker's second year, and we're all used to everything now," Taylor said confidently. "We've done the running, we've done the working out, and we've prepared ourselves to have a great season."

The schedule is vastly different at the start, with road games at Davidson (Sept. 6) and Western Carolina (Sept. 13), replacing Livingstone and West Liberty.

"That's because of the crazy new coach," Walker said with a smile. "Davidson is close, and it was time to rekindle that rivalry. And playing a bigger school like Western will help us in our conference."

Catawba may not return to regional prominence this season, but expect another step forward.

"It's a process, and I have to remember that," Walker said. "But some things are in place now. The older players have started pushing our young guys. We're on track to building something good."

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http://www.salisburypost.com/article/20140901/SP02/140909996/1001/sp/area-athletes-update&source=RSS <![CDATA[Area Athletes Update:]]> Area athletes update ...

South Carolina State defensive tackle Javon Hargrave (North Rowan) will jokingly remind his teammates all week that speed kills.

Hargrave, all 295 pounds of him, rumbled 61 yards with a fumble for a touchdown on Saturday as South Carolina State opened the football season with a 63-0 rout of Benedict.

Benedict was unofficially killed long before Hargrave's dash to the end zone made it 34-0 early in the third quarter, but it was still a dream moment for a defensive lineman.

Hargrave is no stranger to the end zone. He scored four touchdowns as a North Rowan senior in 2010, one on offense, two on defense, and one on special teams.

Hargrave also was credited with three quarterback hurries on Saturday and a tackle for loss.

Virginia's Kevin Parks (West Rowan) rushed 17 times for 55 yards as the Cavaliers opened with a 28-20 loss to UCLA that was closer than anticipated. Parks' longest run was 17 yards.

Charlotte's Kalif Phillips (A.L. Brown) scored three touchdowns -- all in the third quarter -- in Thursday's 33-19 win against Campbell.Phillips had 70 yards on 17 carries.

UNC's Romar Morris (Salisbury) rushed five times for 20 yards, including a 1-yard TD, as the Tar Heels pulled away from Liberty 56-29 on Saturday.

Damien Washingon (A.L. Brown) had a 7-yard reception for the Tar Heels.

DB Domonique Noble (West Rowan) made three solo tackles in Georgia Tech's 38-19 win against Wofford on Saturday.

Western Michigan sophomore Keion Adams (Salisbury) got the starting nod at left defensive end and made one solo tackle in a 43-34 loss to Purdue on Saturday.

Western Carolina's Shaun Warren (Carson) returned four kickoffs for 40 yards in a 36-31 loss to South Florida.

Freshman Michaela White (Carson) helped Charlotte go 3-1 in a season-opening tournament. She had her first college kill Saturday against East Tennessee State.

Follow Mike London on Twitter at mikelondonpost3.

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http://www.salisburypost.com/article/20140901/SP02/140909997/1001/sp/area-sports-briefs&source=RSS <![CDATA[Area Sports Briefs:]]> Former Catawba Indian LJ McCray made the final cut for the 53-man roster of the San Francisco 49ers.

The rookie, who wasn't drafted, will be a backup safety and is expected to be used as a gunner on special teams.

McCray played extensively in the secondary and on special teams in the 49ers' final preseason game.

He was in on three tackles on defense and two more on special teams. He made the tackle on one kickoff return after being knocked off his feet. That never-give-up, hustle play might have made the difference for him.

Reports from the San Francisco area papers started that McCray spent the final day expecting the dreaded phone call informing him he'd been cut. That call never came. Veteran teammates advised McCray that no call was very good news.

The Sacramento Bee reported that at a team meeting on Saturday, head coach Jim Harbaugh entered and said, "Whoever is in this room, congratulations, you've made the team."

That's how McCray learned he would be part of the NFL's opening day.

McCray has a supporter on the 49ers coaching staff. Former Catawba player and coach Jim Tomsula is the 49ers defensive line coach.

Despite a strong showing in the preseason, Catawba DB Jumal Rolle was released by the Green Bay Packers on Saturday. Rolle can return to the Packers' practice squad if he's not claimed by another team.

The Greensboro Grasshoppers limited Kannapolis to two hits and won 3-1 on Sunday in Kannapolis.

Greensboro broke a scoreless tie with three runs in the sixth inning, including a two-run homer by Brian Anderson.

Whit Merrifield (Davie, South Carolina) has enjoyed a banner season and is batting .343 in 74 games with Triple-A Omaha, Kansas City's top farm team.

Merrifield has 40 doubles this season at Omaha and Northwest Arkansas.

Former West Rowan volleyball coach Jordan Raye (Catawba) is now on the staff of Kelly Burdeau (West Rowan, Catawba) at Brevard.

Raye was a 16-time South Atlantic Conference Player of the Week during her career at Catawba.

Catawba's soccer stadium at E.B. Frock Field on campus is reopening this season with new features that will appeal to fans and players alike.

College officials plan a brief reopening ceremony at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 4, before the first home game of the season, when Catawba's men's soccer team takes on Lees-McCrae.

The work to the soccer stadium has spanned two summers and involved both the men's and women's soccer teams and the support of the local business community.

New bleachers allow an increased seating capacity of 524 and better viewing for fans.

Other improvements include sidewalks that extend from the parking to the spectator seating area and to both team bench areas. New team bench areas have been constructed.

A new, second level press box for sports information to work from during matches is located above the team bench areas. The most notable feature is the new scoreboard, funded by F&M and Cheerwine. This scoreboard has a better field orientation and is in easy line of sight for fans.

New fencing has been installed, and the backstop behind the goals has been relocated. A new windscreen with custom graphics has also been erected. A brick patio area that can display commemorative bricks to honor alumni and friends is another hallmark of the soccer stadium improvements.

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http://www.salisburypost.com/article/20140901/SP05/140909999/1001/sp/my-turn-by-terry-julian-history-at-the-ballpark&source=RSS <![CDATA[My Turn by Terry Julian: History at the ballpark]]> History was made this summer as the Legion baseball season played itself out at old Newman Park.

On the cool summer evenings that offer up close plays at the plate, the smell of hot peanuts being roasted and the great "Pinky Dogs," there was an area of excellence that had not been achieved in the 75-year record of events of our program. True, since baseball is a team game it requires all teammates to perform at a high level for a win to take place. It also takes coaching at the highest level and sometimes good fortune. All of this came together during the 2014 Legion season for Rowan County.

Now pay attention here, as what I am about to put before you requires that. Connor Johnson achieved a feat of winning 20 straight games in Legion (2013), high school (2014) and Legion (2014) without a single loss. During this period he played on some very good teams at East Rowan High and Rowan County American Legion. He had help from some excellent teammates. However, other teams have come and gone over the years that had better records and Rowan County Hall of Fame talent.

With the talent of great pitchers like Tommy Eaton (15-2 in 1955), Donnie Basinger (10-1 in 1969 and 10-4 in 1970), Dickie Myers (10-0 in 1971), Tim Kirk ( 10-0 in 1982) and the remarkable Randy Benson (11-2 in 1969) as benchmarks, Connor's accomplishment stands alone.

One other note that may be of interest to backers of Legion baseball in Rowan County is that during the final game of the 2013 Legion World Series, it was revealed that the winning team would be introduced at the first game of the Major League World Series. Rowan County has never won this title.

The county has the talent but it is spread thin with two teams. Players that are good enough now have all kinds of choices as to where they can play in the summer, from three Junior Legion teams to so-called Showcase ball. We need one team for our county and just maybe another first can be added and the honor of walking on that field at the major league World Series will be a dream come true.

So to Connor, I say thanks for the memories, and I salute you for the hard work that it took to develop your skills to achieve this. Looking forward to see you pitch for Catawba and I owe you a "Happy Meal."



Terry Julian lives in Faith.

"My Turn" submissions should be 500-700 words. Send to ecook@salisburypost.com with "My Turn" in the subject line. Include name, address, phone number and a digital photo of yourself if possible.

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http://www.salisburypost.com/article/20140831/SP05/140839932/1001/sp/letters-to-the-editor-saturday-8-23-14&source=RSS <![CDATA[Letters to the editor -- Saturday (8-23-14)]]> I was looking on the WBTV website and read the article about the layoffs. However the picture of our Supt shows her smiling in front of a seascape. Now who in their right mind would post a picture like this when peoples lives are torn apart. Once again from our City council, County Commissioners now to our School Supt no one seems to care. All I can say is what a mess.



Neil Nurisso

106 Sycamore rd

Salisbury NC 28147

704 6366276

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Sun, 31 Aug 2014 13:44:00 EST http://www.salisburypost.com/article/20140831/SP05/140839932/1001/sp/letters-to-the-editor-saturday-8-23-14&source=RSS
http://www.salisburypost.com/article/20140831/SP05/140839933/1001/sp/letters-to-the-editor-sunday-8-17-14&source=RSS <![CDATA[Letters to the editor -- Sunday (8-17-14)]]> Parents, what's in your back-to-school shopping cart?

As the parent of a Salisbury High student, I've learned to be flexible. Sports practices and game times change, class schedules change and snow changes everything! Last year was especially changeable for SHS, and just when we were settling down with a terrific new principal, the school district decides to throw us a curve ball with a 1:1 laptop program. It's hard to keep up!

That's the point, though, in this fast moving and changing society. We need our kids to keep pace with the rest of the technologically savvy world. According to ERIC Digest, an organization that summarizes educational research, laptops in schools have the potential to increase student motivation, encourage cooperative learning and improve attendance; all while promoting confidence through technological skills. And as our principal, Mr. Brown, said recently, laptops have the ability to equalize learning. Kids with very little financial means have the same resources as everyone else.

As parents, we need to recognize that it's time for our kids to enter the age of technology, because they need to keep up. They can't do it if we don't do our part. At Salisbury High, students won't receive a laptop until their paperwork is done and their computer use fee is paid. If you haven't done so, please turn in the "responsible use agreement" and the computer use fee soon, so all of our kids can move forward together.

Then we can sit back, relax and let them explain it all to us!

-- Amy Wimmer

Salisbury



It's about time, Mr. Obama

At last! The Lord's "terrible swift sword" (America's military capabilities) has been swung.

On the morning of Saturday, Aug. 9, at 10:30 a.m., President Obama spoke shortly to the America people explaining our country's action in response to the savagery of the ISIS/ISIL terrorist army in the Middle East. We are now air-striking ISIS elements that are attacking the Kurds (a real U.S. ally) in northeast Iraq and dropping food and water to many thousands of Christians and other religious minorities stranded on a mountain as they flee from the "barbarians at the gate."

Several weeks ago a friend forwarded me a video of ISIS thugs holding court for about 10 kneeling men, hands tied behind their backs. "Court" took less than a minute; all were found guilty. I was in shock and almost threw up as the "guilty" were summarily executed right in front of the camera -- truly sickening! (I spent a year in Vietnam as an infantryman and never saw anything even close to this barbaric action.) Oh, yes. The men's only crime -- they were Christians.

I seldom agree with Mr. Obama, but I agree with the action he described Saturday morning. However, it bothers me that he did not do this two months ago (or sooner). Had he done so, those ten Christians would be alive, as well as several thousands more who were shot, beheaded or even crucified. Was the "terrible swift sword" kept sheathed too long?

Let us pray for the innocents in the Middle East and also pray that the president's action does not handcuff our military. Now that last prayer could also be emailed to the White House.

-- Ty Cobb, Jr.

Salisbury

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Sun, 31 Aug 2014 13:42:00 EST http://www.salisburypost.com/article/20140831/SP05/140839933/1001/sp/letters-to-the-editor-sunday-8-17-14&source=RSS
http://www.salisburypost.com/article/20140831/SP05/140839934/1001/sp/letters-to-the-editor-tuesday-8-19-14&source=RSS <![CDATA[Letters to the editor -- Tuesday (8-19-14)]]> County's fund balance dwindling

Part of the county's dwindling fund balance reflects the $3.2 million spent on a deteriorating building that is the Salisbury Mall. No amount of name change for confusion sake can alter that.

Now our county's children are being asked to foot the bill for incompetence at the county commissioner and school board level. While a cut of 47 teacher assistants may sound meager to the average person on the street, this amounts to a major loss of human contact that involves teaching skills, love and understanding for in excess of 2,350 pupils each day in our school system.

In addition to the $3.2 million pulled from our children's daily life, the county is spending upward of $17,000 per month for upkeep, repairs and insurance on the old mall. Think of the impact of this when monies spent in one month would provide for one teacher assistant so 50 local school children would have that human contact each day. That is gone at this point for 47 classrooms.

And now a note of warning to any and all educators that think computers are the do all and end all in the classroom. The year was 1951 when the genius Albert Einstein made this observation: "I fear the day when technology becomes so advanced that it replaces human interaction, for when that day comes we will raise a generation of idiots."

The citizens who care in Rowan County have made an attempt to turn the tide on the above mentioned issues during the 2014 elections. Unfortunately, this has occurred too late for 2,350 of our children. Hopefully, none of your family will be involved.

-- Terry Julian

Faith



If you are a Trojan

In an article titled "Teaching will always be a challenge," Phil Kirk thanked teachers for being at Knox Middle School and to forget about the past at Knox except to learn from it. As a former Knox Middle School English language arts teacher from 1995-2007, I want those new to Knox to know that all of Knox's past is not littered with low performance in reading and math. Our students have gone on to become fashion designers in New York, doctors in Maryland and lawyers, news reporters and biologists in North Carolina, just to name a few. I found that my students always stepped up when challenged. They give 110 percent when you invest into their lives. So, welcome to Knox.

I am forever a Trojan. Goooooo Knox!

-- Cynthia M. Sloan

Salisbury

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http://www.salisburypost.com/article/20140831/SP01/140839935/1001/sp/the-week-in-review-test-your-nose-for-local-news&source=RSS <![CDATA[The week in review: Test your nose for local news]]> 1. Lawmakers who represent Rowan County in the N.C. General Assembly disagreed with Gov. Pat McCrory when it came to the creation of what?

A. A commission on offshore oil exploration

B. A commission on fracking

C. A commission on coal ash

D. A commission on historic preservation





2. Bachman Brown, who died last Sunday, is important to Kannapolis history for what reason?

A. He was the last chief executive of Pillowtex before it closed in 2003

B. He served as fire chief for 40 years

C. He was Kannapolis' first mayor

D. He was the first person from Kannapolis ever elected to the U.S. Senate



3. The Anchor House restaurant, which has operated for 30 years on N.C. 152 East, Rockwell, has a new name. What is it?

A. Pete's

B. Deb's

C. Zach's

D. Greg's



4. At a previous press conference, Cornerstone Church Pastor Bill Godair said he was stopped for speeding in February 2013 while rushing to the hospital to visit a member of his church. In a video of the traffic stop released by Salisbury Police, Godair actually told the officer what?

A. That he was late for a recital

B. That he was on his way to pick up dry cleaning before 4 p.m.

C. That he was hurrying to see the University of North Carolina-Duke basketball game

D. That he was late for a doctor's appointment



5. Adam Jackson recently made a special marriage proposal to Hannah Gray. What did he do?

A. Spray-painted the proposal on downtown Salisbury's Graffiti Wall.

B. Sent the engagement ring and a written proposal to Gray's home by goat

C. Flew over Gray's house in a small-engine plane and dropped 100 leaflets, each carrying his proposal

D. Rode up to Gray's house on a horse with a 10-piece band behind him



6. As a Time photographer in the 1970s, Salisbury native Ben Martin took still photographs on the set of a movie starring John Wayne and Richard Attenborough. What was the name of that movie?

A. "The Seekers"

B. "The Great Escape"

C. "True Grit"

D. "Brannigan"



7. Novant Health Rowan Medical Center has formed a partnership with what university in which the school's third-year medical students will do clinical rotations at the Salisbury hospital?

A. Campbell University

B. East Carolina University

C. Duke University

D. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill



8. According to the medical school dean of the university that chose to partner with Novant Health Rowan, why was Salisbury chosen?

A. Because it had a right-sized hospital

B. Because of its location

C. Because it also has the Hefner VA Medical Center

D. Because it has Catawba and Livingstone colleges



9. In March 2013, Larry Wyatt bought the old Shaver School on Stokes Ferry Road. When was it last used as a school?

A. 1936

B. 1945

C. 1950

D. 1969



10. Gary Page retired Friday as Rowan County manager. What did Page rank as maybe his top accomplishment during his six years as Rowan County manager?

A. Not having any major disagreements with the Rowan County Board of Commissioners

B. Many changes for the better at the Rowan County Animal Shelter

C. The improved cooperation between municipal and county governments

D. Consolidation of city and county emergency dispatch services



ANSWERS:

1. C. McCrory argues that creation of a coal ash commission is unconstitutional.

2. C. Brown was mayor of Kannapolis from its incorporation in 1984 to 1993.

3. D. "Greg's" refers to Greg Kakavitsas, who owns the restaurant with his wife, Agne.

4. B. Godair was stopped for speeding in February 2013 and said the Salisbury Police officer displayed "aggressive" behavior.

5. A. Jackson spray-painted, "Hannah, will you marry me?" on the Graffiti Wall in the 300 block of South Main Street. Gray responded on the wall that she would.

6. D. "Brannigan" was released in 1975.

7. A. Campbell's rotation program will begin in June 2015 with 22 third-year medical students. The number will double to 44 in 2016.8. B. Campbell University Medical School Dean John Kauffman said the Salisbury site "gets us closer to the Charlotte area and the western part of the state."

9. C. Shaver School offered grades 1-7 from 1936 to 1950.

10. D. Page said the merging of city and county services for emergency calls saves the city of Salisbury $500,000 a year.

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http://www.salisburypost.com/article/20140831/SP05/140839936/1001/sp/when-lawmakers-show-up-be-there-too&source=RSS <![CDATA[When lawmakers show up, be there, too]]> On the surface, state Sen. Gene McLaurin's scheduling of a roundtable discussion at Jimmie's Restaurant in China Grove this past week sounds like something any incumbent candidate might do for publicity during an election year.

And maybe it was. But there also was great value in McLaurin's meeting with some of his Rowan County constituents, and he said the input would have an impact on where he puts his priorities in the 2015 legislative session, should he win re-election.

McLaurin heard from former China Grove Mayor Jim Morton that the N.C. Department of Transportation is "basically raping" the entire north-south rail corridor between Salisbury and Kannapolis for minimal gain in providing for high-speed passenger train service.

It is "fouling up everybody's life," Morton said.

Chuck Hughes, a member of the Rowan-Salisbury Board of Education, pointed out how school systems throughout the state are working against each other over the amount of salary supplements they can or cannot offer teachers.

Tom Corl presented McLaurin with a 100-name petition against tearing down the Old Beatty Ford bridge crossing Interstate 85. Cathy Triplette gave the state senator a personal testimony on how she has to live with the effects of Duke Energy's coal ash daily by having to buy bottled water for bathing, drinking and washing dishes because her well has been contaminated.

In a brief meeting, McLaurin heard some real-life concerns that all come back to decisions state legislators make.

These "town hall" or "roundtable" meetings legislators and congressmen have -- even in election years -- are more than political grandstanding. They are a real chance for constituents to meet their state and federal representatives in person and sound off.

Elected office is toughest on the local level because the people county commissioners, City Council members and town aldermen represent usually can track them down pretty quickly. We know where they live and work. Salisbury Mayor Paul Woodson sometimes has referred to his dry-cleaning business as a second City Hall because residents know where to find him.

It's a shame, but the higher up the public office ladder you go, the easier it is for our elected officials to hide -- say in Raleigh, or in Washington.

So the next time state Reps. Harry Warren or Carl Ford, Sens. McLaurin or Andrew Brock or U.S. Reps. Richard Hudson and Virginia Foxx happen to be close by and make themselves available, go see them.

First thank them for showing up, then maybe let them know why the government is "fouling up everybody's life."

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http://www.salisburypost.com/article/20140831/SP05/140839937/1001/sp/score-one-for-salisbury-police-dept&source=RSS <![CDATA[Score one for Salisbury Police Dept. ]]> Some of us owe the Salisbury Police an apology.

A couple of weeks ago, two pastors at a press conference said Salisbury officers treated them aggressively during traffic stops. They shared the podium with the president of the local NAACP, who called for Police Chief Rory Collins' resignation. The pastors stopped short of asking Collins to step down, but they said change was in order.

In an editorial based on that information, I suggested Salisbury officers undergo training in how to better approach the public.

Now I'm not so sure who needs to be taught a lesson.

Videos taken by patrol car cameras show the officers in question acting courteous and professional during the traffic stops.

On top of that, one of the pastors, the Rev. Bill Godair, appears to have changed his story. At the NAACP press conference at his church, Godair said he was on the way to visit a church member in the hospital when he was stopped for speeding, a purpose that implied some moral urgency. On the video released by police, however, Godair told the officer he was rushing to get to the cleaners before it closed.

The pastor could well have been running a number of errands that included the hospital, the cleaners and other stops. But his certainty during the press conference suggested singlemindedness; Godair was on a mission.

That twist moved the focus of the story from police behavior to preacher veracity.

At any rate, my apologies to Collins and his department for using these incidents as examples of officers' need for additional training. I was misinformed.

Someone else owes the department an apology, too, if you ask me.



Maybe the real lesson here is how heightened our sensitivities are when law enforcement catches us doing something wrong.

The mind can magnify and distort an encounter when emotions run high, especially if personal bias comes into play. A worker who doesn't like the boss, for example, will say he was chewed out when the boss just raised a question.

And we all have a bias against seeing a flashing blue light in the rearview mirror.

Here's my question: Would Godair and the Rev. Bradley Taylor have joined the NAACP in complaining about police if they'd known the incidents were caught on camera? Were they caught up in emotions stirred by the police shooting of an unarmed teen in Missouri? Or were they stepping into the public spotlight to play to those emotions?

This experience more than justifies putting video cameras in patrol cars. Add the furor over Michael Brown's killing in Missouri, and Salisbury leaders could be convinced to take the next step and put body cameras on officers, if the city can afford it.

Then claims of brutality or bad attitude wouldn't be one person's word against another's. Police and the public would have actual evidence.



Even with video evidence of brute force on the part of officers, one recent case suggests the criminal justice system favors police.

Two men filed a lawsuit accusing Salisbury officer Kareem Puranda of using excessive force while arresting them in 2009.

The city had settled with plaintiffs on other claims regarding Puranda and Sgt. Mark Hunter, but this lawsuit went to trial.

During Puranda's trial last year, the prosecutor showed video of the officer punching one of the men in the face. Another clip showed Puranda lifting a suspect over his head and body slamming him to the ground.

Video was such pivotal evidence that the jury asked to see it again. And again.

Then the jury found Puranda not guilty of violating the plaintiffs' civil rights.

Hunter, sadly, died of a heart attack the day he was scheduled to testify in Puranda's trial. What followed was both confusing and touching. This big, tough man may have roughed up suspects -- or worse -- but his death prompted an outpouring of affection and respect, especially in the predominantly black West Side community he patrolled. Good cop, bad cop. Hunter apparently was both.



To learn from the experiences of Godair and Taylor, don't make claims about police behavior until you check the police video -- now that we're aware of it.

To learn from the Puranda case, don't count on video evidence to sway a jury.

To learn from Hunter's legacy, know this: The best officers have a love-hate relationship with the community. The people he protected loved Hunter. The people he arrested claimed he violated their civil rights.

Police have too much power and authority to operate unchecked; every claim of brutality or aggression should be investigated -- and is, according to the chief. In the two pastors' encounters, officers behaved by the book. That doesn't relieve police of scrutiny on future incidents. But these cases are history.

Elizabeth Cook is editor of the Salisbury Post.

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http://www.salisburypost.com/article/20140831/SP05/140839938/1001/sp/nancy-barkemeyer-column&source=RSS <![CDATA[Nancy Barkemeyer column]]> History puts a spin on the story of the shooting of President James Garfield by recounting remarks made by the assassin, Charles Guiteau, at his trial.

Guiteau, a cast-off political office appointee, stalked, then shot Garfield, who lived 11 weeks before dying of blood poisoning and various botched medical procedures.

At the trial, Guiteau, serving as his own defense attorney, recited poetry and solicited legal advice from those in the courtroom, but when it came down to it, Guiteau's defense came to rest with a statement that sounded something like this. "I just shot him; the doctors killed him."

Using that metaphor, fast forward some 130 years and take a look at public education today.



Whether it's a shot across the bow, or a shot through the heart, public schools are reeling from blows in virtually every state.

Teacher career status, teacher pay, funding of charter schools, vouchers, taxpayer funded religious classes, the merits of cursive writing and even readin', ritin' and 'rithmetic standards are causing an uproar in state assemblies. At home, North Carolina's governor and the General Assembly continue to posture, pontificate and count their votes. Bless their hearts. They're all politicians and that's what they do.

Meanwhile, the public school educators -- the doctors, if you will -- are caught in the crossfire of public opinion.



Just what to do about the mess? Well, some administrators and teachers took the question seriously when they were recently invited to address the General Assembly's budget committee, but they were admonished not to be too offended when members of the Senate didn't stay for the answer. Committee members walked out, but that was strictly a procedural protest, nothing personal.

Indeed. There is nothing more personal than the needs of today's public school kids. They should be the focus.

In the midst of all the wrangling, today's students have become a compelling statistic. A recent article in the National Journal cited the numbers and noted that the 2013-14 school year marked the end of the majority white U.S. public schools. The minority is now the majority. The focus now must become on educating and empowering even those who have historically suffered setbacks; those for whom reversals have been the norm.



The shift in demographics also includes not only children of color, but also children of poverty, and with that, more questions. How will educators now address the well-documented concern of the high percentage of poor, minority students placed in special education programs? Then, too, how will schools meet the individual needs of the brightest of this typically underserved population in gifted education?

Call it Algebra I or Math I or Common Core math, but rigor, relevance and instructional excellence are the key to success in making sense of numbers. It's not genetic, as in "I was never good in math, and so neither is my son." How can educators more effectively support kids in their own personal struggle for academic achievement in higher-level classes, those gateway courses?



Then there are the problems of equity in course offerings, teacher absences in high poverty schools, abysmal reading scores, opportunities for extended year learning, ensuring effective administrators and teachers at all levels, the availability of instructional technology and the critical questions of teacher-student ratio. All of these concerns specific to high-poverty schools certainly have a lasting impact on children, and may have research-based solutions.

But who is listening?



The history book, once again, could tell the story, when President Garfield still held "a glimmer of life." Back in the 1870s doctors Louis Pasteur and Joseph Lister recommended surgeons wash their hands and sterilize medical instruments before operating. Still a decade later, the sawbones attending the president missed that discussion. Despite the advancement of some of their colleagues, they followed their own procedures and continued probing for a bullet they couldn't find and puncturing internal organs with a metal detector. Not surprisingly, the patient didn't survive.

Today, who is listening? Too many kids are depending on the answer. And history can't repeat itself.

Barkemeyer is principal of West Rowan Middle School and the Rowan-Salisbury School System's 2014-15 principal of the year.

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http://www.salisburypost.com/article/20140831/SP05/140839939/1001/sp/letters-to-the-editor-sunday-8-31-14&source=RSS <![CDATA[Letters to the editor -- Sunday (8-31-14)]]> Video different from pastor's story

As a former law enforcement officer, I am disgusted with the actions of Pastor Godair of the Cornerstone Church. He has stated that he was mistreated by a Salisbury Police officer during a recent traffic stop, and he joined the NAACP in an attempt to have the police chief removed from office.

I just finished watching the unedited video of the traffic stop where the offense was alleged to have occurred. The officer was very polite and respectful to Mr. Godair, even after Godair threw a toothpick out right in front of the officer. This was disrespectful and also littering, but the good officer allowed it with only a mention of the possibility of littering.

Mr. Godair has stated that he was on the way to the hospital, but in the video he says he was trying to get to the dry cleaners before they closed.

The stop was textbook in my opinion, and the officer and the chief are due an apology. Their jobs are difficult enough without unfounded complaints being lodged by folks looking for their 15 minutes of fame.

Pastor Godair, have you never heard of a commandment admonishing us about bearing false witness against our neighbor?

-- Jim Hopkins

Salisbury

Ice bucket success

The recent viral trend is the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. People are challenging their peers to dump a bucket of ice water on their head and donate a smaller amount of money than someone who doesn't do the challenge. I heard on the evening news that the challenge had truly worked. During the same time frame last year, the ALS Association raised $2.5 million dollars. This year, they have raised over $80 million! Thank you to all who have donated, and those who will.

More than just donating though, do some research. Visit alsa.org for more.

-- Jeremy Gardner

Charlotte

Editor's note: By the end of the week, the challenge had raised more than $100 million.



Those 'bad' police

So in 2013, Pastor Bill Godair and wife Tina of Cornerstone Church were speeding (58 in a 45 zone) in his Hummer, got caught and felt offended 'cause his speeding need was to get a suit out of the cleaners by a time certain and police pulled him over.

Harboring this angst for over a year, he recently felt comfortable to not only be a part of, but to host, a press conference calling for the dismissal of the Salisbury chief of police, stating generalizations about police mistreatment and how he had been personally mistreated. Mr. Teamer also provided unspecified and generalized (to date) condemnations of the police chief.

Whoops! Evidently, not realizing that the whole incident was being video and audio recorded, the actual incident reappears and it shows a professional law enforcement officer doing his job, being respectful and observant as the pastor spits out his toothpick in his general direction.

Bill and Tina might get serious, negative marks on the "tithe block" for this stunt. I'm guessing the local NAACP is running, not walking, to try to distance themselves from this obvious debacle. Although, they too, might want to get their specifics together prior to trying to ruin someone's reputation and get them fired.

Hopefully, Pastor Godair will get behind his snazzy Cornerstone press prop and let the press in to see actually what is/was going on within his mind when he, in his wisdom, decided to "play" this the way he did.

-- John T. Blair

Salisbury



Under a microscope

Regarding "Police under a microscope" (Aug. 21 editorial): I am in favor of every device, every technology to increase the chances that at shift change, a police officer goes home to his or her family every night, or every morning, and to increase the likelihood that criminals are apprehended that day.

We have plenty of laws on the books to assure that any officer exceeding his authority is disciplined or, if necessary, removed. The people who complain that police have too much firepower would be the first to call for help if their property and lives were threatened.

In that same vein, I hope that the St. Louis county district attorney, Robert McCulloch, refuses to recuse himself, as some are demanding. Mr. McCulloch's father was shot in the head 50 years ago by a black kidnapper, and in the minds of those trying to generate racial hatred in Ferguson Mo., that disqualifies McCulloch from being a prosecutor in this case. In other words, they are worried that McCulloch won't follow their lynch mob mentality. Why, he might actually look at the evidence and weigh the matter of charges fairly! They can't have that.

I love what McCulloch said when the wimpy, Pontius Pilate-style crowd pleaser Governor Nixon hinted McCulloch should resign. He told the governer to man up. Good for him. Wonder if he'd consider moving to North Carolina?

-- Stephen Owen

Kannapolis

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http://www.salisburypost.com/article/20140831/SP05/140839940/1001/sp/david-post-taxes-and-magic&source=RSS <![CDATA[David Post: Taxes and magic]]> Remember that uncle who could pull a coin out of your ear?

It was magic.

Politicians fiddling with taxes are like that uncle. They try to pull coins out of taxpayers' pockets without them feeling it.

Jean-Baptiste Colbert was a 17th century French economist who served as finance minister for King Louis XIV. King Louis was a big spender and relied upon Colbert to balance his budgets. Colbert, who must be an ancestor of comedian Stephen Colbert, remarked, "The art of taxation consists in so plucking the goose as to obtain the largest possible amount of feathers with the smallest possible amount of hissing."

Two years ago, I gave my daughter a 2007 Mazda with 125,000 miles on it. Since we had no bill of sale, the tax assessor in Fairfax County, Va., established a value of $5,500.

Last month, my daughter got a new car and was offered $3,000 trade-in value. She thought it too low and offered to give it back to me. I accepted.

To get tags, I had to pay local taxes. North Carolina's Highway Use Tax value was $5,100. Rowan County, the anti-tax haven, valued that Mazda, now eight years old with 145,000 miles, at $8,600.

Taxes are conceptually simple: revenues equal the tax rate multiplied by the tax base. Politicians fight tax rates, not the tax base, because all the public seems to care about is rates.

Washington plays the same game. The Great Recession of 2008 and 2009 exploded the deficit to $1.5 trillion because 9 million people lost their jobs. Fewer taxpayers meant lower tax collections. Since the bottom in 2009 (the month after Obama took office), 17 million new jobs and taxpayers have increased tax collections from $2.1 trillion to more than $3.3 trillion. (Not bad for most presidents.)

The federal deficit dropped 60 percent to below $600 billion, lower than the last two Bush years. Meanwhile, Congress bickered about tax rates for five years. Finally, as the New Year's ball dropped ushering in 2013, Congress cut its typical last-minute deal raising rates 3.6 percent on people earning more than $450,000, the top one-tenth of one percent. The national "fiscal cliff" was only about rates, not about the base.

Somehow, Rowan County property values avoid ever going down. My home's tax value is 60 percent more than I paid for it two years ago. My business building's tax value is 20 percent higher than my bank's appraisal. Despite my appeal, the county disagreed with the appraisal.

In 2008, before the Great Recession and foreclosure crisis hit, Rowan County property was valued at $6.9 billion. Rowan County's unemployment rate almost tripled from 5.1 percent to 14.5 percent. National real estate values dropped 35 percent. But, Rowan County property valuations increased to $7 billion and rose this year to $7.1 billion.

I lived in Fairfax, Va., when the recession started. The tax value of my house there decreased 30 percent and my taxes went down. Even though the tax value has increased some in the past six years, the tax bill is still lower than it was in 2008.

Politically, Rowan County leaders steadfastly pride themselves on not raising taxes. Or did they? If property values drop 35 percent and the tax bill remains the same, isn't that a tax increase? In fact, a big one.

What is Rowan County's real tax rate? Use my house. Rowan County says it's worth $184,086 and hit me for $1,146. Based on what I paid for it two years ago, the tax would have been $623, or $523 less. Rowan County says my tax rate is $0.62 cents per $100 value. My real tax rate is $1.15 per $100, almost double the stated rate.

It's magic.

The "no tax increase" county commission just pulled a pile of coins out of my ear.

David Post lives in Salisbury.

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http://www.salisburypost.com/article/20140831/SP05/140839941/1001/sp/dr-michael-bitzer-hagan-tillis-begin-home-stretch&source=RSS <![CDATA[Dr. Michael Bitzer: Hagan, Tillis begin home stretch]]> Even though the "general" campaign started immediately after Thom Tillis won the May primary, the real general campaign can start in earnest with the end of summer.

And in the notorious "sixth-year" itch that voters can get against the president's party, Hagan has added baggage that makes her climb to re-election even harder.

Hagan certainly benefited from the ground game that Obama brought to the state in 2008, but now she has to figure out how to develop a ground game with a president who isn't on the ballot and has a low approval rating to boot.



In recent polls, Obama's popularity is more about the fact that he isn't popular. In the most recent Public Policy Polling survey of North Carolina likely voters, the president garnered 41 percent approval to 54 percent disapproval.

And in typical national fashion, Obama's approval in the state is based on partisan views: 75 percent of Democrats approve, while 94 percent of Republicans disapprove. Independent respondents had a 31 percent approval for the president and 59 percent disapproval.

And so when the president comes to a state, say to deliver a speech at the American Legion convention, incumbent Democrats start that delicate kabooki dance: Appeal to their core base of partisan supporters, but don't shimmy up too close to the party's leader-in-chief, lest the independent voters tag the candidate to the unpopular president.

Granted, in the PPP survey, three-quarters of both partisan groups are already in the camp of their party's candidate (72-74 percent of Democrats for Hagan, with 73-79 percent of GOP voters for Tillis, dependent on how voters for Libertarian Sean Haugh break).



But it's not just about support for the respective candidates from their likely voters, it's also about who shows up at the polls. In figures from the North Carolina State Board of Elections, I was able to calculate the turnout by different groups, most notably white voters (by their party registration) and black Democrats.

When one looks at the turnouts for the past five elections (three presidential and two mid-term elections), you can spot trends that might point to the reasons different candidates and the parties did well in North Carolina

For example, in the anti-Bush/Democratic wave year of 2006, white registered Democratic voters had a higher turnout percentage than white registered Republicans, with white unaffiliated voters not even making 30 percent. Black Democrats had 31 percent turnout.

In 2008, with the Obama grassroots mobilization effort, Democrats focused on both white and black Democrats to turn out their vote above their 2004 numbers. White Democrats increased from 67 percent to 73 percent. Black Democrats increased from 63 percent to 76 percent, while white Republican turnout only went from 69 percent in 2004 to 74 percent in 2008.

In the 2010 anti-Obama/GOP wave year, it was only white Republicans who saw a majority of their voters show up.

And in the 2012 presidential election, Republicans secured North Carolina in the closest of contests because Democrats saw both their white and black registered voters decrease in their turnout from 2008.

In all the elections, however, it is interesting that white unaffiliated voters have the lowest voter turnout percentages, in both presidential and mid-term congressional years.

For the Hagan and Tillis campaigns, the key question is: Will 2014 be more like 2006 or 2010? It appears, with about two months to fight it out, the electorate could be between the two mid-term elections in turnout among key groups.



If we're truly expecting a neck-and-neck race into November, turnout among white partisans could be around 50 percent for each; if the Democrats are truly able to mobilize black Democrats, then it could be the unaffiliated voters who make the difference.

But if the unaffiliated turnout numbers are around a third, why would either campaign focus on the potentially unreliable voters, and instead go after their own partisans who are typically a sure vote?

Dr. Michael Bitzer is provost and professor of political science at Catawba College. This column first appeared on his blog for WFAE, The Party Line.

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http://www.salisburypost.com/article/20140831/SP05/140839943/1001/sp/science-of-young-brains-has-put-more-emphasis-on-early-education&source=RSS <![CDATA[Science of young brains has put more emphasis on early education]]> DALLAS -- A generation or so ago, even the best day care centers were mostly about keeping little kids clean and fed and away from chomping on each other. These days, the best-respected programs have curriculums and lesson plans and assessment goals. Even for infants.

What happened? Science happened. Experts on early childhood education have reached a broad but hardly unanimous consensus about what best helps the youngest children learn. And most of those experts assume that what's done in those earliest years has profound effects for the rest of our lives.

Political and public support for early ed is easy to find nationally. President Barack Obama talked about it in a State of the Union message and has called for a boost in birth-to-5 education programs.



There is general agreement among researchers that early ed is much more important than people used to think. Some of the results of that can be found in day care centers and pre-kindergarten programs across the country.

Summer break ended last week at the ChildCareGroup center in Oak Cliff. The small class of kids surrounding instructor Crystal Wallace ranged from a 6-month-old who just arrived to a 3-year-old about to move that very day into a class of older students.

Wallace read from the book "Violet's House" while keeping up a steady conversation ("Soft touches! Careful of the baby!").

In the literacy corner of Wallace's classroom, signs lined the walls, none much higher than a 3-year-old's eye level. "How do you feel today? Como te sientes hoy?" Even though none of Wallace's charges were likely to be able to read a word of it.

"We want a very print-rich environment," said Tori Mannes, president and CEO of ChildCareGroup.

That's in keeping with a belief that hearing words and having them pointed out helps even the smallest children start to make an association between the sounds and those funny markings. But that belief is relatively recent.

A century ago, the consensus position was that children were basically miniature adults, to be trained and put to work as soon as they were large enough to contribute. About 50 years ago, the work of a Swiss psychologist named Jean Piaget started to shatter that model. Piaget watched very young children (particularly his own) and realized that their abilities to perform mental tasks seemed to follow a predictable progression and timeline.

That led in the 1960s to programs that tried to tie education with the developmental schedule created by Piaget and other researchers.

Later researchers found evidence that stuff was going on in tiny noggins, stuff that observers like Piaget simply couldn't see. Studies on physical brain development -- most of it on animals -- suggest that a lot of the brain's internal wiring happens in the first year or two of life.

The theory is that even children who can't talk are absorbing a lot more information than Piaget and his peers might have thought. And over the past couple of decades, that theory is finding its way into classrooms and public policy debates.



But here's a dirty secret about education policy: Despite the seeming certainty of the public and political rhetoric, the research behind most education theory generally includes huge uncertainties and comes with cautionary notes about making too much out of small studies. Those "howevers" tend to get stripped out when the debate leaves academia.

Partly, that's because most of us think we're education experts, said Matthew Makel, a researcher at Duke University who just co-authored a peer-reviewed paper about gaps in education research.

"Education is unique in that everyone has experience with the topic because everyone can refer to their own education," he said. "Very few people have any experience similar to conducting brain surgery, so it's harder for us to 'backseat drive' research on that topic."

In that dismal environment, some experts say that early childhood education provides the best evidence for what should work. For some, that's because the physical facts about developing brains are better grounded than social science research.

Others say that education experiments on smaller children are less prone to some of the issues that can make the lives of older kids so chaotic.

So what do scientists think they know about young brains? There's a wide belief that more brain connections form in the first three years than will ever be connected again. The assumption is that stimulation at that young age sets a pattern.



An often-quoted example is the idea of the "word gap." In the 1980s, two researchers named Betty Hart and Todd Risley found 42 families in Kansas willing to be observed for months at a time for several years. The researchers concluded that children in the poor families heard about 30 million fewer words in the first four years of life than those in wealthier families. And follow-up work indicated that there was an education achievement gap that seemed to be associated with the word gap.

If the brain researchers are right that what's done to the early brain is so important, then the difficulty of a child catching up from that early gap only grows over time.



What researchers were discovering didn't get quickly translated to where the teachers were working. A moment where that changed was the publication of "From Neurons to Neighborhoods" in 2001. The book, produced by the federal National Research Council and Institute of Medicine, was an attempt to put in one place what top scientists thought they knew about early childhood education, and to do it in a way that educators could understand and use it.

Some of it was a sober debunking of fads. But it did present the best evidence at the time for the importance of well-planned educational programs that start with the tiniest children.

The book had a huge impact on people like Carol Shattuck, president of Collaborative for Children, a Houston nonprofit.

"That book really made a difference for me," she said. "I remember when I found out about it and read it."

ChildCareGroup mostly serves about 600 kids in six centers, with another 175 served by educators visiting homes. But this is hardly the only kind of place where an emphasis on very early education can be found.

Consider the Dallas' Perot Museum of Nature and Science that opened in 2012. In the old science museum at Fair Park, the infant area wasn't much different than you'd find at a mall: A clean, carpeted, enclosed space for babies to crawl.

At the Perot Museum, that space is a lot more complex. A circular bench for parents surrounds a carpeted area, true. But every few feet, along the inner wall of that bench, are items for crawlers and toddlers to find and play with, all with a specific educational value.



"Even for the youngest of babies there is a overhanging cloud going on there," said Bette Schmit, a museum designer who was responsible for that part of the Perot. "It gets their eyes to focus. That is the business of the first months of life."

Do any of these programs do any good? Advocates say that evaluation of early ed programs is hard because too many simply aren't done very well. So programs do the best they can with the best staffers and science the organizers can find.

"The child of today can't wait," said Shattuck, "so we do the best we can with the knowledge that we have."

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http://www.salisburypost.com/article/20140831/SP05/140839942/1001/sp/amid-outcry-over-police-shootings-departments-adopt-cameras-for-officers&source=RSS <![CDATA[Amid outcry over police shootings, departments adopt cameras for officers]]> WASHINGTON -- It was a police shooting that initially triggered a public outcry similar to the recent confrontations in Ferguson, Mo.

In 2011, police in the small community of Rialto in San Bernardino County shot and wounded a man who witnesses later protested was unarmed. Outrage grew after cellphone video taken from a nearby balcony suggested that police had overreacted.

But unlike in Ferguson, where it is still not clear why Officer Darren Wilson shot Michael Brown at least six times, a Rialto officer was wearing a small camera on his uniform. That camera revealed what was unseen from above: The suspect bolted from his car and ran into the street, waving a handgun in the air.

The footage allowed police to defend themselves against allegations of excessive force. "We were very, very upset about how they reacted," said Police Capt. Randy De Anda. "We said, 'If you want transparency, here are the actual facts.' "

In an era of questionable officer-involved shootings, cop cameras are catching on around the nation and will probably spread as the furor over Ferguson continues.

The Justice Department is weighing whether to provide funding to more police departments to buy body-worn cameras, which are usually placed on an officer's lapel, shoulder or cap. The Los Angeles Police Department is testing body cameras and New York this week announced plans to study the program too.

Although some local law enforcement agencies are resisting the campaign, others say that there are potential benefits, as seen in the Rialto case.

"If the public has this type of technology with cellphones and iPads, why not all the better that we have this resource for our officers too?" De Anda said.

In Salt Lake City, for instance, an officer shot and killed a 20-year-old man two days after Brown was slain Aug. 9 in Ferguson. But in Utah, the officer had turned on his body camera. That video will probably play a key role in deciding whether the officer is disciplined, prosecuted or cleared.

In Rialto, officials say that complaints of police abuse plummeted after 120 uniformed officers were equipped with cameras in early 2012.

"Having a video record of events not only deters the use of excessive force, but it also helps dispute or demonstrate claims of police brutality," said Rep. Adam B. Schiff, D-Calif., who is leading an effort to provide Justice Department grants for body cameras nationwide.

In Los Angeles, about 30 officers who patrol skid row have been testing various body camera models with a goal of purchasing about 500 cameras.

The plan originated with Steve Soboroff, president of the civilian commission that oversees the LAPD. On his first day as a commissioner, he said the cameras were important and vowed to raise funds to bypass budget constraints and red tape. He has since raised more than $1 million.

Schiff said the cost of cameras would more than pay for itself because the videos would discourage false lawsuits against the police. "The savings can be quite dramatic, through improved community relations and decreased litigation," he said.

That may be the result in the Salt Lake City shooting.

"We're just waiting for the prosecutor to finish his investigation and then we'll release [the footage] as a public document," Police Chief Chris Burbank said in a phone interview this week. "You will see a young man being shot, through the eyes of a police officer.... These cameras are capturing good work by law enforcement. If we're doing something wrong, it will capture that too. But it is an advantage for all law enforcement. What the camera captures is a factual representation of what took place."

Burbank said it started with 15 cameras two years ago, an idea born from his work as vice president of the Major Cities Chiefs Association. By the end of next month, about 440 sworn officers on duty will be equipped with them, he said. Around the country, he said, about a dozen cities use cameras.

In Rialto, where 120 officers patrol 30 square miles and protect 105,000 residents, officials said the incidence of police use-of-force events dropped by 66 percent the first year cameras were worn, and in the second year, complaints against the police decreased 83.3 percent.

De Anda said they spent $100,000 in grant programs, or about $1,200 to acquire each device and run an internal website to store the images.

"We have had a big success," De Anda said. "Great success."

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http://www.salisburypost.com/article/20140831/SP02/140839959/1001/sp/-labor-day-golf-tourney-tees-off&source=RSS <![CDATA[ Labor Day golf tourney tees off]]>

SALISBURY — The grand-daddy of local golf tournaments was expected to be dominated by youthful talent this year and it was for the most part on opening day Saturday.

But there were some significant exceptions in the first round of the 61st annual Crowder-Dorsett Labor Day Golf tournament at the Country Club of Salisbury. The biggest surprise was a close loss by the defending champions and top-seeded team of Jake Kennedy and Davis Richards. They fell 1-up to the veteran team of Jim Christy and Jimmy Hubbard.

Sixteen teams made up the championship flight in the event based on qualifying scores from last week. The match play competition will continue until Monday afternoon when a champion will emerge. And there will definitely be a new champ this year with the win by Christy and Hubbard.

“In match play anything can happen,” Christy said. “We were very consistent today, but it was never more than a one-hole lead all day. We beat a really good, young team.”

Kennedy, 18, a Gardner-Webb freshman golfer placed the blame for the loss on himself.

“I shot 74 today and made no birdies. Davis (a South Rowan senior) had three birdies but you are not going to beat Jimmy Hubbard and Jim Christy that way.”

All of the first day championship flight matches were extremely competitive.

The medalist team of Jon Dyer and David Miller edged past Jared Barnette and Justin Lefler 1-up. The father-son team of Glenn and Roy Dixon defeated young golfers Alex Austin and Walker Cress 3 and 2. Josh Brincefield and Eric Mulkey beat Kevin Lentz and Shane Benfield.

The 2012 champion team of Chris Owen and Ken Clarke also won on the first day 2 and 1 over Jon Allen and Derek Paschal while two other teams featuring a young gun and an older partner also prevailed.

Michael Childress, 15, teamed with his former Sacred Heart golf Coach Charlie Graeber to edge Corey Basinger and Steven Harvey 1-up. Nick Lyerly, 16, from East Rowan and his partner Steve Gegorek slipped by Seth Correll and Chris Nesbit 1-up.

The most impressive comeback win the first day saw Lee Frick and Blake Wray come from three holes down with six left to rally past Ronnie Eidson and Andrew Morgan 1-up in 19 holes.

“That was the grind of all grinds,” Frick said of the match. “In an event like this you have to win one close match like that to be successful. And this is the tournament you want to win, no doubt.”

Frick and Wray birdied 14 and 15 but still trailed by two holes with two to play after Morgan notched a birdie. But the winners won the next two holes, capped by Wray's 18-foot birdie putt to send the match to an extra hole. Frick then iced it with a 15-foot birdie putt.

Quarterfinal pairings will tee off this afternoon at 1:30 p.m. The semifinals follow on Monday morning at 8:30 a.m. with the final two teams squaring off for the Crowder-Dorsett trophy at about 1:30 p.m. Labor Day afternoon.

“I think the field this year may be one of the strongest we have ever had, “said Labor Day tournament committee chairman Jake Alexander. “That is based on the number of really good young players, not only high school and college players but the under-30s that are just tearing the golf course up.”

He also noted the low qualifying score this year of 64, with three others at 65 and 10 teams at 68 or under.

“Whoever wins this not only will deserve to win,” Alexander said, “but the golf, I guarantee you, will be great.”

The medalist team of Dyer and Miller wrapped up their 1-up win over Lefler and Barnette, then made a bee line for the practice putting green.

“That's because my partner struggled today on the greens,” Dyer said with a laugh.

The duo, members at Irish Creek Club in Kannapolis, faced a big deficit right out of the gate as Lelfler and Barnette were four under after three holes.

“It looked ugly, but we kept playing hard,” Dyer said. “We finally caught them.”

Two other Irish Creek products didn't fare as well, as Austin, 19, a college freshman and Cress, a Concord High junior were no match for the father-son Dixon team.

“They really lit it up” Austin said. “We supported each other, but there was not a lot we could do.”

The Dixons are the only father-son team in the event this year and are very compatible, says Roy, a UNC Greensboro golfer.

“We get along very well,” he said. “We we both know we can't let emotions get out of control or it will go south very quickly.”

A similar playing relationship makes Graber and Childress a good team, as they shot a 4 under 66 on Saturday.

“We don't put pressure on each other and we play well together,” said Graeber who won the tournament back in 1995. He coached Childress three years at Sacred Heart and has watched his game improve dramatically while teaching him the mental aspects of the sport..

“It is a lot of fun out there,” said Childress, a freshman at Cannon School. “ I like to think we are both good golfers and we are very competitive too.”

A complete listing of first day results as well as pairings for today's matches in all flights can be found in the scoreboard section of today's newspaper.

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http://www.salisburypost.com/article/20140831/SP01/140839944/1001/sp/home-schooling-is-on-the-rise&source=RSS <![CDATA[Home schooling is on the rise]]> Brenda Smith never planned to home-school her children.

Her oldest son went to public school from kindergarten all the way through high school, with the exception of one year in private school, and her second youngest son, Jared, attended a private school in Greensboro.

Although she had friends who home-schooled, she never really gave it any thought until Jared begged her to home-school him after a particularly rough sixth-grade year.

"He kept asking," she said.

Smith said she and her husband decided to give it a try for Jared's seventh-grade year.

"It removed the stress of the peer pressure at that age that was really getting him down," Smith said.

Not too long after deciding to home-school, the family relocated from Greensboro to Salisbury. Instead of trying out a new school for Jared, Smith continued to home-school him, but put her younger son and daughter, Aaron and Rayna, in Rockwell Elementary School.

While public school has its advantages, such as the speech therapy and the tutoring Rayna needed, the twins experienced some bullying.

"Bus rides weren't fun," Rayna explained.

So the Smiths decided to enroll the twins at a private Christian school.

After a few years, however, Jared was beginning to feel isolated, so he decided he wanted to go to a private school.

That's when Smith decided to try home-schooling Rayna and Aaron.

"The first year was great," Smith said. "The second year -- not so much."

Now, Rayna home-schools, Aaron goes to a private Christian school and Jared has graduated.

"We take it one year at a time," Smith explained.

Brandon Murguz started his educational career at Overton Elementary School. After the first grade, however, his parents decided to home-school him

"It just didn't seem very conducive to learning," said Brandon's father, Jason Murguz.

Murguz said he felt the focus was on what wasn't done right or fast enough, rather than what was done well.

"I started to see a real drive for perfection and speed," he said. "Here, it's okay for him to make mistakes."

The Wagoner family has been home-schooling for seven years. Maddie and Austin Wagoner have used the flexibility home-schooling provides to tailor their curriculum to match their interests and work internships.

Families like these are becoming more common in Rowan County. Home-schooling is growing across the county and the entire state.

In fact, the number of students enrolled in home schools has surpassed the number enrolled in private schools in the county.

The overall population of home-school students in Rowan County has grown just shy of 15 percent over the past five years, and the state of North Carolina has seen a 20 percent growth in the total population.

Over the past five years, 231 children -- an average of 46 per year -- have started home schooling in Rowan County alone.

The Rowan County Home School Association is growing and currently has approximately 180 member families, said Smith, who just finished a term on the board.

Home schools are held to different, but similar standards as public and private schools.

In order to home-school in the state of North Carolina, parents must have at least a high school diploma or its equivalent and submit a notice of intent to operate a home school to the Division of Non-Public Education. The home school must operate on a normal schedule and maintain immunization and attendance records for each of its students.

Home-schooled students must take a nationally standardized achievement test each year, which tests them in English grammar, reading, spelling and math, and parents must keep those test results for at least one year.

In addition, the Division of Non-Public Education must be notified when a home school is no longer in operation.

While it isn't legally required, home schools are encouraged to "offer instruction of at least similar quality, scope and duration as local conventional schools," and parents are encouraged to maintain a "current daily log, journal or lesson plan book throughout the entire school year detailing time period for each subject each day and information covered during the specified time period," according to the Division of Non-Public Education.

It is preferred for the school year to be at least be 180 days in length, and for each school day to include at least five instructional hours for students.

Other recommendations include retaining records until the student is enrolled in a public or private school or graduates, and having someone outside of the home the student lives in administer the student's standardized test sometime between March 1 and April 15.

Parents make the choice to home-school for a number of reasons, including religious, academic, economic and social ones.

"We decided to home-school because of our Christian values," said Sandra Wagoner, Maddie and Austin Wagoner's mother.

Brenda Smith said home-schooling allows her to weave Bible into Rayna's curriculum throughout the day.

"We still do a good amount of schoolwork, but you can pick the curriculum that works best for you," Maddie Wagoner.

In addition to picking a curriculum that caters to each student's learning style, parents can also pick specific subjects their children are interested in. Home schooling also leaves room for extracurricular activities such as internships.

Austin Wagoner served as a docent at the Hall House and interned in an attorney's office, and his sister, Maddie, is currently doing an internship at Dan Nicholas Park.

"They focus on experience. I work with some of the snakes, because they're my favorite animals," she said.

Brandon Murguz also loves wildlife, Jason Murguz said, adding that they use the snake in the terrarium on the kitchen table as a part of Brandon's science curriculum.

When Brandon found the snake and brought it home, they used that as an opportunity to learn all about snakes and how to take care of them.

"Kids don't get a lot of this type of interaction," Jason said. "I can't think of too many schools that have snakes in their classrooms."

The Wagoners keep a strict schedule, while the Murguz and Smith families start later in the day to accommodate their night owl children.

Rayna Smith kicks into full gear around 10 p.m., her mother said. After fighting with a schedule, Brenda decided to let Rayna start later and finish up work after she went to bed.

Maddie Wagoner said it's nice being able to work around things like sick days or family vacations.

Many home-school families work hard to prevent their children from feeling isolated by getting them involved in things outside of the house.

Some choose to get involved with a home-school association, where they can share their resources and build relationships. Parents can even find other parents who teach more difficult or specialized classes.

Sports, arts and part-time jobs are other ways home-schoolers avoid isolation.

Jason Murguz said Brandon makes friends "pretty much everywhere he goes," including soccer, classes and church.

"We're just like anyone else" Donnie Wagoner said.

Contact reporter Jeanie Groh at 704-797-4222.

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http://www.salisburypost.com/article/20140831/SP01/140839945/1001/sp/local-legislators-looking-ahead-to-2015-medicaid-reform&source=RSS <![CDATA[Local legislators looking ahead to 2015, Medicaid reform]]> The N.C. General Assembly's short session ended just over a week ago, but local senators and representatives are already focusing on Medicaid reform for the next session.

The short session began in May and wrapped up on Aug. 20. Local legislators said teacher pay raises, the state budget and a measure that would have changed the makeup of the Cabarrus County Board of Commissioners were highlights of the session.

The teacher pay raises were funded through the state budget and became official in late August with Gov. Pat McCrory's signature. The raise functioned differently depending on experience. For example, a teacher in his or her fifth or sixth year received a larger percentage pay bump than a teacher in his or her 30th year.

Teacher pay in North Carolina ranked significantly lower on average than other states, according to the National Education Association. In the 2012-2013 school year, North Carolina was fourth worst for average teacher pay, only behind Missouri, Montana and South Dakota.

Sen. Andrew Brock, a Republican who represents Rowan, Iredell and Davie counties, said teacher pay may seem low, but ultimately depends on the area's cost of living.

"When you move away from those large cities, your dollar goes further," Brock said.

Rep. Harry Warren, a Republican who represents Rowan County, said the budget and, subsequently, the teacher pay raise, weren't fiscally responsible.

"By making a commitment to fund everything that we funded, it's going to cause some very tight fiscal maneuvering," he said. "Money was pulled from a lot of different pots to fund the teacher raises. It was more than we can afford."

To Sen. Gene McLaurin, a Democrat whose district includes southern Rowan County, the state's budget was put together in an inappropriate, secret method.

"I got the budget at 8 a.m. and had to vote on it at 3 p.m. that same day," McLaurin said. "We should have had at least seven to 10 days to review it, and we ought to have a public hearing in our districts."

Rep. Carl Ford, who represents Rowan and Cabarrus counties, said he spent most of his time fighting a measure that reappeared multiple times on different bills. It would have added to the number of commissioners in Cabarrus County. Ford said the measure was reintroduced multiple times because some legislators didn't approve of the Cabarrus board's actions.

"It just dominated this session for me," Ford said. "It's a big concern in that it was a temporary change from now until December."

All four legislators who represent Rowan County had ideas for the next legislative session, which starts in January 2015.

Medicaid reform was a topic repeated by three of the four Rowan legislators. Ford said Medicaid costs are driving up the state's budget expenditures, but said expansion isn't the answer.

Warren agreed that Medicaid reform is a vital issue to be addressed in January.

"We need to get our arms around it," he said. "The costs from medicaid have been exorbitant."

He said expanding Medicaid may be possible in North Carolina, but only if the state controls costs first.

Though he said the short session was productive, McLaurin, who was previously the mayor of Rockingham, said legislators should focus on being more transparent and efficient in future sessions.

"Some of the issues that were priority items early on just frankly dragged along," he said. "I thought we could've gotten our work done much sooner."

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Sun, 31 Aug 2014 01:01:00 EST http://www.salisburypost.com/article/20140831/SP01/140839945/1001/sp/local-legislators-looking-ahead-to-2015-medicaid-reform&source=RSS
http://www.salisburypost.com/article/20140831/SP01/140839950/1001/sp/wineka-column-sunday-schoolers-become-home-remodelers-for-disabled-mother&source=RSS <![CDATA[Wineka column: Sunday Schoolers become home remodelers for disabled mother]]> CHINA GROVE -- By the end of this week, "Project Get Wendy Home" should be winding up.

Since Aug. 11, Sunday School classes from First United Methodist Church in China Grove -- with the help of many other generous people -- have led a significant remodeling of Wendy and Kelly Hunsucker's home on Mount Hope Church Road.

It's all aimed at making the home more accessible for Wendy, whose latest setback from reflex sympathetic dystrophy syndrome (RSDS) has confined her mostly to a wheelchair.

When Terry Holt, a retired educator, heard his onetime Erwin Middle School student was living elsewhere because of her maneuvering difficulties, he had one thing to say to his Pairs and Spares Sunday School Class:

"Our new project," he announced one Sunday, "is to get Wendy home."

It quickly took on a life of its own.

The past three weeks have seen Holt and others travel to the Hunsuckers' home daily to do some demolition, widen door frames, put up new drywall, redo wiring and plumbing, remodel a bathroom, build a wheelchair ramp to the front door and lay a new front sidewalk.

There will be painting, new flooring and more cleaning up involved, too.

The volunteers also are giving a U.S. Marine Corps theme to the bedroom of the Hunsuckers' 11-year-old son, Trevor.

The professionals required for certain jobs have donated their labor. Monetary contributions have gone toward paying for all the materials.

Mike Burr has served as general contractor, handling much of the planning and ordering.

"Thank you so much," Wendy wrote in a text to the workers Friday. "I can't tell you how much this means."

The Hunsuckers have been nomads in recent weeks, staying at various relatives' homes.

Becky Sifford, Wendy's mother, said Holt and the other church members are the most selfless group of people she knows.

"I can't even hardly talk about it because it's so humbling," Sifford said. "They're all amazing people."

"Project Get Wendy Home" has extra special meaning for Holt, who grew up in this same 1946 house and sold it to the Hunsuckers six years ago.

Holt knew both Wendy and Kelly from his days at Erwin. And though they're not members of First United Methodist in China Grove, Kelly is Scoutmaster for the Cubs at the church.

Kelly called Holt one day with a question about the house, and during the conversation, Holt learned about Wendy's having to stay elsewhere because of her RSDS.

Holt didn't give Kelly any say in whether or not the Sunday School classes (the Williams Class also is involved) should take on the remodeling of the house. All he said was, "Look, this is what we're doing."

"I just announced to him we were coming," Holt added.

When Wendy Hunsucker was nearing the end of eighth grade, she fell and injured her right leg while practicing for a dance competition.

Though she didn't break any bones and doctors couldn't find anything wrong with her muscles, the leg kept swelling and caused her a lot of pain.

It was so bad at times, she would pass out. Wendy eventually was diagnosed with a problem related to her sympathetic nerve system.

A rare disorder, RSDS can occur in both legs or be localized to a knee or hip. Its exact cause isn't fully understood, although it's usually associated with injury to the nerves, trauma, surgery, infection, radiation therapy and cardiovascular disease, according to Web MD.

Wendy Hunsucker has dealt with RSDS for more than 20 years. Kelly Hunsucker said his wife also was treated for and survived a brain tumor almost two years ago. She regularly goes to Duke University Medical Center for treatment for the RSDS, Kelly says.

This past Wednesday was Wendy's birthday, and Friday was the Hunsuckers' 15th wedding anniversary.

Sometime soon, there will be a new day to celebrate -- Wendy's coming home party.



Contact Mark Wineka at 704-797-4263, or mark.wineka@salisburypost.com.

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