sp sp sp sp en-us http://www.salisburypost.com/article/20140822/SP01/140829856/1001/sp/rowan-weather-hope-you-like-humidity&source=RSS <![CDATA[Rowan weather: Hope you like humidity]]> We might be in for another loud storm tonight or Saturday, thanks to the heat and a front moving through the area.

Today is sticky and warm, with 100 percent humidity at 7:30 a.m. Expect a high of 92 under mostly sunny skies. The air quality will be moderate for ozone today, but good throughout the weekend.

The chance for showers and thunderstorms is just 20 percent. That goes up to 40 percent tonight, with a chance of fog in the wee hours of Saturday. If the storms form a line as they move into the state from Kentucky, some storms could become severe, with damaging winds and hail.

Saturday has a 40 percent chance of showers and storms throughout the day and night. But it will be partly sunny and hot again, with a high of 89. Rain may be heavy in those storms. The low will be around 68.

Sunday, it's a 30 percent chance of rain, with storms more likely in the afternoon. It will be partly cloudy and noticeably cooler, with a high of 80 under mostly cloudy skies. Sunday night, expect showers, mainly before 9 p.m., with a low of 64.

Just in time for the first day of school, Monday will be partly sunny and 81, with a low around 65. Tuesday's good, too, with a high of 82 and mostly sunny skies. Tuesday's low will be near 65.

Add a couple of degrees to Wednesday for a high of 84 with mostly sunny skies. Wednesday night's low will be around 64.

And amp it up to 85 for Thursday with mostly sunny skies.

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http://www.salisburypost.com/article/20140822/SP01/140829857/1001/sp/10-things-to-know-for-today&source=RSS <![CDATA[10 things to know for today]]> Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today:


A Gaza security official says the 11 men had previously been sentenced by Gaza courts.


The first trucks cross the Ukrainian border, seemingly without Kiev's approval, after more than a week's delay amid suspicions the mission was being used as a cover for an invasion by Moscow.


The president may continue helping Iraqi forces to reverse the Islamic State's land grabs, but extremist might also pull back into Syria and regroup.


The government urges people to wear black and observe a minute of silence to honor those who died when the Malaysia Airlines aircraft was shot down over Ukraine in July.


Proponents say the devices add a new level of accountability to law-enforcers' work. Still, there are drawbacks.


As new farms are popping up and the local food movement is spreading across the region, young people are choosing crops over cubicles.


The country's gas boom threatens to spew heat-trapping carbon dioxide as the world tries to curb emissions.


Many of them take refuge in booming call centers that cater to American consumers.


Despite its enduring place in pop culture, the sales of the dessert have tumbled 19 percent in the past four years and efforts to revitalize them have been a flop.


Athletic departments are opening taps in college football stadiums that traditionally have been alcohol-free zones.

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http://www.salisburypost.com/article/20140822/SP05/140829858/1001/sp/quotes-of-the-week&source=RSS <![CDATA[Quotes of the week]]> "If one person changes their driving habits because of that ... or second guesses something they were doing in light of the fact that someone has died on that road, then it has served a good purpose."

-- Officer Matt Benjamin, Salisbury Police,

on roadside memorials

"I think it's wonderful. It brings tears to my eyes."

-- Lisa Earnhardt, whose husband Mike died of ALS,

on popular "Ice Bucket Challenge" to raise funds to fight ALS

"We are the prominent supplier of talent in the field of technology in this region. How can we be at your service?"

-- Dr. Yi Deng, UNCC College of Computing and Informatics,

talking to Salisbury City Council about Fibrant and recruiting high-tech industry

"We have to restore the voice of the community."

-- Bradley Taylor, pastor, Outreach Christian Ministries,

on churches' role in helping people deal with law enforcement

"This is going to accomplish nothing. ... I think it's a waste of time. To me, we're setting a precedent that says we're all about responsibility, we're not about compassion, and I just can't vote for it."

--Craig Pierce, vice chair, Rowan County commission,

on resolution calling on federal government to stop allowing undocumented immigrants to stay in the country

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http://www.salisburypost.com/article/20140822/SP05/140829859/1001/sp/talkback-what-online-readers-are-saying-about&source=RSS <![CDATA[Talkback: What online readers are saying about ...]]> Very sad in Mr. Barringer's passing. A great Rowan County and North Carolina icon. He will be missed by many both as a superior photo-journalist and also as a fine human being. Well done, thy good and faithful servant.

-- Mac Butner

He pulled me out of an upside-down car in 1962 and took a photo of me leading a high school track race in 1973. Only times those things happened to me and I never got the chance to thank him. Always enjoyed his photos in the Post. My condolences to his family.

-- Robert Graham

He rode with me one day combining wheat. I have a framed picture of the combine in operation.

-- Ed Hall

He took a picture of me at Christmastime carrying some gifts I had purchased. I still have a copy of the newspaper clipping. Praying for his family during this time.

-- Melodye Grubb

Condolences to the family. He was always so great to our family when we lived in that special placed called West Rowan

--Ruth McSwain

He inspired more than a few. It is strange to think of a world without him in it. Thank you Mr Barringer, for letting me see the world through the magic of a lens.

-- Cynthia Hill

God Bless the Barringer Family. I knew of Jim (during) my childhood visits to the Salisbury Post to visit my father, the late Edward "Pete" Davis. The Salisbury Post family of years past were a close group of people. Seeing the last few of the surviving employees die out saddens me, but I remind myself that God is in control and makes no mistakes. Prayers and strength to the family.

-- Michael Davis

I hope that the city forecasts the upcoming traffic pattern changes on Jake! This county and city have not proven to be visionaries. ...

-- Deborah Scales

I'm hoping this is a positive step for Livingstone versus purchasing problems in reference to repairs. It would have been wise to try and get sponsors to build a new facility and establish a major in Hotel Management...on the job training, as well as providing a place for visiting alumni and others , as a means of revenue for the school.

-- Yvonne Mungo-Morton

This movement away from special interest will have to be a grassroots, local one since politicians will never vote themselves into less power.

-- Cathy Hutchens Mahaffey

Term limits: a bad idea that's time has come.

-- Bruce LaRue

The comments on using two signals contain some specious reasoning. When traffic lights were first used, there were so many accidents when the single light would go out, it became necessary to have more than one traffic signal. People were really dying. ... Most people appreciate living through earthquakes in buildings with redundant systems. Ask the motorists in Minneapolis if they would have appreciated having a redundant system on the I-35 bridge before it collapsed back in 2007.

-- Shawn Strange

Thank you for your service!

-- Crystal Gale

Alicia and Chris, I can imagine those smiles without seeing them. Thank you, Thomas Mills, for your service to our country and certainly glad to have you home. Enjoy your stay with family and friends.

-- Carrie Adams

If police officers should be required to take a course on "how to treat people," then so should any other occupation which involves human interaction. Think about the number of idiots normal people deal with in a day during work, and then imagine the number of idiots they deal with (not to mention the drug addicts, thieves and liars of the world).

-- Jennifer Skinner

Have any of these men attended Salisbury Citizens Police Academy? Might give them a better insight into the workings of SPD.

-- Deborah Lynn Krueger

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http://www.salisburypost.com/article/20140822/SP05/140829860/1001/sp/sierra-club-coal-ash-bill-falls-short&source=RSS <![CDATA[Sierra Club: Coal ash bill falls short ]]> N.C. Sierra Club response to final passage of S 729, Coal Ash Management Act:

The legislature today (Wednesday) gave final approval to the Coal Ash Management Act of 2014, a complex measure that for the first time regulates coal ash like other wastes but also undermines a court ruling that would have required immediate cleanup of coal ash.

Following the Dan River coal ash spill, revelations that coal ash pollution has contaminated rivers, lakes, streams and drinking water resulted in an unprecedented public demand for action. Duke Energy produces an estimated 1.2 million tons of coal ash a year in North Carolina. Currently, all coal ash sites have groundwater contamination and nearly all are releasing contaminants into rivers, lakes or reservoirs.

The bill will require Duke Energy to phase out wet ash handling. Duke's outdated method of disposing of coal ash in ponds next to waterways has led to water contamination across the state. With the passage of this bill, for the first time all coal ash will be covered by North Carolina's solid waste laws. Further, when coal ash is used as fill to build up land for large construction projects, measures like groundwater monitoring and liners will be required.

Unfortunately, final changes to the conference report intended to protect against ongoing groundwater pollution at 10 sites do not go far enough to address a major issue that must be resolved to protect N.C. residents and communities.

And, while making strides in many respects, the legislation attempts to undermine a current ruling on groundwater law. A recent ruling in the state Superior Court requires immediate clean up action at all sites by requiring the source of groundwater contamination, the coal ash, to be removed.

Finally, while the bill provides much needed financial resources to DENR to implement the provisions, the bill fails to provide sufficient guidance to the newly created Coal Ash Commission, which is charged with making key decisions.

After the bill's passage, Molly Diggins, state director of the North Carolina Sierra Club, issued the following statement:

"Today the General Assembly completed work on the nation's first attempt by a state legislature to tackle the challenge of developing a statewide comprehensive coal ash management plan.

"Without this legislation, coal ash would have remained essentially unregulated, an untenable position for North Carolina residents. Still, today's action does not go far enough to prevent more contamination of our treasured water resources.

"Looking ahead, North Carolina's coal ash crisis will not be resolved by one piece of legislation. It will take continued attention and leadership by our elected leaders and an engaged citizenry to ensure that coal ash cleanup is successful. The Sierra Club will continue to engage our tens of thousands of members in North Carolina who support strong action to address coal ash pollution.

"We call on the EPA to finish what North Carolina started to ensure full protection by adopting strong national standards for coal ash to protect every community in the United States. EPA action is needed more than ever to set a national standard and to stop the piecemeal approach to addressing coal ash waste and contamination across the U.S."

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http://www.salisburypost.com/article/20140822/SP05/140829861/1001/sp/left-out-in-the-cold-by-bucket-challenge&source=RSS <![CDATA[Left out in the cold by bucket challenge]]> From a column by Michael Hiltzik, a columnist for the Los Angeles Times:

Americans are probably not unique in treating philanthropy as a sort of game, with the goal of making it go down painlessly.

The ice bucket challenge sweeping the nation -- or at least Facebook and Twitter -- is another example. It's a system that includes credit card companies making a Christmastime donation every time you charge a purchase, or shoe companies sending a pair to Africa when you buy one for yourself, or your pledging money for every mile that someone else runs a charity race....

The concern of philanthropy experts ... is that high-profile fundraising campaigns end up cannibalizing other donations -- those inclined to donate $100 to charity this summer, or this year, will judge that they've met their social obligations by spending the money on ALS.

The explosive spread of the ice bucket challenge could even end up hurting ALS fundraising in the long term. The challenge is a fad, and fads by their nature burn out -- the brighter they glow, the sooner they disappear.

The hard work of philanthropy always lies in creating a sustainable donor base. ...

Even today the connection between the ice bucket videos and ALS seems tenuous -- think about how many times you heard about the ice bucket challenge or saw the hashtag #icebucketchallenge on Twitter before you had any idea that it was associated with ALS. The ALS Assn. may be very pleased with its haul of donated cash this summer, but here's betting that next year's collections will be closer to last year's than this year's.

You want to contribute to the fight against ALS, great. But if you're doing it just because you saw or heard about Bill Gates, Jimmy Fallon, Justin Timberlake or Ethel Kennedy dumping ice water on their head, maybe you should give a bit more thought to where you donate your money.

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http://www.salisburypost.com/article/20140822/SP02/140829862/1001/sp/friday-football-previews&source=RSS <![CDATA[Friday Football Previews]]> East Rowan at North Rowan

The season begins with a bang with fans wondering if the Cavaliers (13-1) can repeat the runaway success of 2013, and fans wondering if new coach Kenneth McClamrock can lead the Mustangs somewhere better than last season's 4-8.

North Rowan was clearly the county's best team last season -- the best offense, the best defense, the best just-about-everything, including the coach of the year (Joe Nixon) and both players of the year.

Senior running back Jareke Chambers, the offensive player of the year, is still around, and needs just 72 yards Friday to break Mark Sturgis' school rushing record of 3,259 yards that has stood since 1976. Even with an all-new offensive line, Chambers may get those 72 by halftime.

North also has a lot of a good 4-2-5 defense back on the field and will present a challenge for an East Rowan offense that will again count on the passing combination of brothers Samuel and Seth Wyrick.

The Wyricks scored a touchdown apiece against the Cavaliers last season, but Chambers rushed for 147 yards to lead North Rowan's 33-16 victory in Granite Quarry.

North Rowan leads the all-time series 37-16-1 and has won the last three meetings. Nixon is 2-0 against the Mustangs.

WSTP-1490 will broadcast the game,

Salisbury at Carson

Joe Pinyan coached Salisbury to 100 wins in 10 consistent seasons (2003-12) that produced one 2AA state championship and other years when the Hornets were among the elite teams in their classification.

While it still feels weird to see Pinyan in Carson orange coaching against the Hornets, this matchup has less hype and hoopla than it did in 2013. That's partly because people have gotten used to Pinyan at a different school and partly because Salisbury head coach Ryan Crowder is no longer a rookie. When these two teams met last August, Crowder was making his debut against his mentor.

Salisbury (2-9) played inspired on Pinyan's "homecoming" visit to Ludwig Stadium in 2013, and Carson (7-5) was fortunate to pull out a turnover-plagued 14-9 victory.

Carson should have an easier time tonight, as it returns a half-dozen marquee players, including running backs Brandon Sloop and Darren Isom, veterans who will take pressure off new quarterback Andy Lear.

Quarterback Riley Myers returns to steer Salisbury's offense, and you can expect a few more aerials than when Pinyan was directing the Hornets.

Salisbury leads the all-time series 5-2.

Mooresville at West Rowan

Mooresville (11-2) is a 4A program on the rise and takes on a 3A program determined to prove it's not fading.

West Rowan (6-6), the dominant team in Rowan County for a decade, is coming off it shakiest season since 1998, so coach Scott Young, who has three state titles to his credit, has preached character even more than execution in the preseason.

Mooresville looked loaded in scrimmages, and veteran coach Hal Capps still has quarterback Tommy Bullock to direct a brisk rushing attack that averaged 336 yards per game last season.

West Rowan has a reputation for physical play, is huge on the defensive line, and is never easy to run against. This one figures to come down to who prevails in a vicious fight in the trenches.

West Rowan's offense breaks in a new quarterback Kacey Otto, a junior. It's a difficult assignment for him to face a fast Mooresville defense in his first outing.

West Rowan beat Mooresville in Mount Ulla in 2012. Mooresville won 35-21 at home last season and leads the all-time series 23-21. Young is 10-5 against the Blue Devils.

There's always heat and history when these two neighbors play. Mooresville broke the Falcons' 46-game winning streak on opening night in 2011.

WSAT-1280 is broadcasting the game.

South Iredell at South Rowan

South Rowan is 5-37 the last four seasons and was winless (0-11) in 2013.

Don't look for an immediate turnaround because South Iredell (8-4), which rolled 44-9 against South Rowan a year ago is expected to be solid again.

South Rowan does have good players back, with quarterback Aaron Kennerly leading a spread offense and inside linebacker Burke Fulcher anchoring a 3-4 defense.

The state association has a new mercy rule -- an automatic running clock whenever there's a 42-point differential in the second half. That rule would've come into play in a number of South Rowan games last season, but the Raiders are optimistic they've improved enough through the weight room and transfers that mercy rules won't be a factor.

South Rowan leads the all-time series 5-1-1, although South Rowan's most recent victory was in 2002.

The schools battled to a scoreless tie in 1974.

A.L. Brown at Concord

This is still the state's best series. The neighboring high schools battled in football for the first time in 1924 and have tussled without interruption since 1931. Counting three playoff meetings, the Spiders lead the Wonders 43-40-4, so it's been highly competitive, to say the least.

Concord (15-1) has had the upper hand lately, winning 33-20 in 2013 and 21-14 in 2012 on its way to back-to-back 3A state championship game appearances.

The difference in 2013 was Concord back Rocky Reid, a Tennessee commit. He is one of the top handful of players in the state and arguably the best player in 3A. Reid broke scoring runs of 57, 82 and 48 yards against the Wonders (7-5) in 2013 and figures to make the difference again.

Still, Concord is rebuilding its defense, while the Wonders' have a lot of offense back (four starting offensive linemen and three good backs). Even with an unsettled quarterback situation, A.L. Brown should make this one very interesting.

A.L. Brown's Mike Newsome is 0-2 in Bell Games, so he'd love to get this one. It probably comes down to whether or not the Wonders' defense can limit Reid's big plays.

Davie at Greensboro Page

Davie leads this series 5-4 thanks to a wild 50-49 overtime win in 2008 in which the War Eagles rallied from a 27-0 deficit.

This Davie team doesn't figure to get down 27-0 in what looks like a toss-up contest.

Davie (4-7) lost 32-22 to Page (6-6) in 2013 as the Pirates limited Davie star Cade Carney to 93 yards on 20 carries.

Davie still has Carney, quarterback Parker Correll and two strong linebackers. Davie has stressed improved special teams and defense in the preseason and hopes to start working on a winning season tonight.

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http://www.salisburypost.com/article/20140822/SP02/140829863/1001/sp/roaming-the-county&source=RSS <![CDATA[Roaming the County]]>

CHINA GROVE -- The video is dark, but it's clear to see what's happening. Carson head coach Joe Pinyan and his assistants took the Ice Bucket Challenge. Players turned up coolers full of cold water and ice and gave their coaches a cold chill running down their back.

Pinyan said about six players dumped water on him. Senior defensive back Jonathan Rucker was one of those.

"It felt pretty good," Rucker said. "It was like the players got the chance to freeze coach with ice and water after yelling at us at all the practices."

Carson assistant Daniel Pinyan, Joe Pinyan's nephew, was challenged by his brother, and Daniel Pinyan passed it on to the Carson coaching staff.

Pinyan looked up the Ice Bucket Challenge to see what it was all about. He said a feature story on ESPN about former Boston College outfielder Pete Frates, who was diagnosed with ALS in 2012, asking anyone and everyone to do the Ice Bucket Challenge and raise awareness for the cause. Video of Frates' challenge sparked the viral movement that has spread on YouTube and social media.

Pinyan, who went to Appalachian State, also knew the struggles of the late Bob Waters, the head coach at Western Carolina from 1969-88. Waters fought ALS for six years before passing away in 1989. He was 50.

"It kind of hit home there, I told our coaches, 'Listen, we're going to step up to the challenge, and not only are we going to step up to the challenge, we want to challenge all the other coaches in the county and make it a fun thing and bring awareness to our community," Pinyan said.

In Pinyan's video, he throws down the gauntlet for all football coaching staffs in Rowan County.

"Then we threw our principals in there, and things just kind of blossomed from there, and the principals have gotten a kick out of it," Pinyan said.

If more than $1,000 is collected, Carson principal Angelo DelliSanti and Salisbury principal Luke Brown will get drenched in cold water and ice at halftime of the game. There will be areas to collect donations for the ALS Association.

"We're not only hoping for a great game but a great turnout to try to make a donation from both of our great schools," Brown said.

The schools already have $250.

"I think we're going to blow $1,000 out of the water," DelliSanti said.

That would be a drop in the bucket. This nationwide movement has involved professional athletes and celebrities. The Ice Bucket Challlenge, inspired by Frates, has raised more than $40 million for the ALS Association.

Coaches and administrators at South Rowan completed it. A video was posted on Facebook of North Rowan head coach Joe Nixon and his assistants getting soaked.

"It brings a lot of attention to the cure for the disease," Pinyan said. "I know they need money to find this cure, and I'm not sure if we can ever give them enough money. But whatever it takes to keep from people losing the length of their life that they should have, that's something we all as human beings can pitch in and do."

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http://www.salisburypost.com/article/20140822/SP02/140829864/1001/sp/common-sense-picks&source=RSS <![CDATA[Common Sense Picks]]> There is a new undisputed king of football in Rowan County.

West Rowan held the mantle starting in the early 2000s. Salisbury got up there in the latter part of the decade. West Rowan won back-to-back-to-back state titles starting in 2008, and both schools brought home the crown in 2010. The Falcons made it to the state championship game again in 2011, and Salisbury was a 2AA West region finalist in 2012.

Now it appears to be North Rowan's turn.

Last season, the Cavaliers went 13-1. That includes a 3-0 record against East Rowan, Carson and Salisbury. The Cavaliers outscored those three opponents 108-31.

They also rolled through the Central Carolina Conference on their way to a conference crown. In five league games, the Cavaliers put a whopping 217 points on the board while allowing only 32. Their final two games of the regular season against Thomasville and Salisbury were both shutouts.

The Cavaliers' run was halted in the playoffs with a 24-point loss to Shelby in the N.C. High School Athletic Association 2A playoffs. Since that night in November 2013, North Rowan's goal has been to get better.

Even though head Joe Nixon won't say the Cavaliers could win a state title, the team's eyes are on the big prize.

Returning from last year's offense are running back Jareke Chambers, quarterback Alexis Archie and wide receiver Sakil Harrison. It's a three-headed monster that is hard to stop even when teams know where the ball is going.

The defense isn't so bad either.

Defensive linemen Wesley Jeffries and Shane Parker can wreak havoc on opposing offensive linemen. There's also the secondary that returns Kenyaun Coney, Trae Clark, Jaleel Hitchens and Xavier Partee.

Opposing teams passed for only 1,091 yards in 14 games. The Cavaliers allowed a stingy 201.9 yards per game last season.

The Cavaliers open the season at home against East Rowan on Friday. It'll be the first test of what could be a big season.

East Rowan at North Rowan

The first part of this was dedicated to how good North Rowan can be. So, let's talk about East Rowan. The Mustangs went 4-8 a year ago. Now, they look to improve under new coach Kenneth McClamrock. Twin brothers Seth and Sam Wyrick will be the force behind the offense. Sam Wyrick passed for 1,846 yards and 22 touchdowns. Seth Wyrick's 66 catches last season were a school record. He also hauled in 12 touchdowns. The Mustangs have a chance to be good this year. It's too bad they're opening the season with the best team in Rowan County. Common Sense pick: North Rowan 42, East Rowan 10

Salisbury at Carson

The Cougars begin their second year under head coach Joe Pinyan against Salisbury. The Cougars won last year's meeting 14-9. The Hornets won only twice last year. They return a few starters on offense. One of those is quarterback Riley Myers. Carson, however, has Brandon Sloop in the backfield for the fourth year. Sloop is seventh on the all-time list for rushing yards in Rowan County history. Common Sense pick: Carson 27, Salisbury 6

Mooresville at West Rowan

It's generally a good game when these two teams get together. The teams have traded wins the last three years, with Mooresville getting victories in two of those contests. Mooresville's offense is powered by running back Akease Rankin, who rushed for more than 2,100 yards and 21 touchdowns in 2013. West Rowan is coming off a 6-6 season. The big thing for the Falcons is protecting the lead in the fourth quarter, a problem they had last year. West Rowan breaking in new quarterback Kacey Otto, and Harrison Baucom, last year's signal caller, moved to running back. Common Sense pick: Mooresville 28, West Rowan 21.

South Iredell at South Rowan

The teams met last year in the season opener. The Raiders lost that game 44-9. That was the start of the first winless season in school history. South Iredell is young, but it has a lot of experience returning on defense. Bottom line, it doesn't look good for the Raiders. Common Sense pick: South Iredell 45, South Rowan 6.

A.L. Brown at Concord

Traditionally a season finale, the Battle for the Bell is the season opener for these two historic programs. Last year was the first time the Spiders and Wonders met in a season opener since 1931. The Spiders have Rocky Reid in their backfield. Reid ran for more than 3,300 yards last year and scored 39 touchdowns. Stopping him will be the key to the Wonders' success. Common Sense pick: Concord 21, Brown 14

Davie at Greensboro Page

Page's strength on offense is an experienced offensive line, which boasts four returning starters. Jacori Johnson and Keith Murphy are expected to be reliable receivers. The Pirates also added new talent to that position group. Page won last year's meeting by 10 points. The War Eagles are coming off just the second losing season in the last 18 years. Christian Launius, Davie County's leading tackler from 2013, is back to lead the War Eagles' 3-4 scheme. Common Sense pick: Page 31, Davie 27.

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http://www.salisburypost.com/article/20140822/SP02/140829865/1001/sp/friday-night-legend&source=RSS <![CDATA[Friday Night Legend:]]> SPENCER -- Bo Geter turns 60 in December, but he's still on the football field.

Thursday, he was scheduled to officiate the Carson-Salisbury JV game at Ludwig Stadium. Friday, he'll be one of the striped shirts at Thomasville's Cushwa Stadium when North Davidson visits.

"I tell the kids that I'm a little slower than I used to be," Geter said. "But I also tell them that I've got a 20-yard head start and I can still beat them to the end zone."

Geter grew up in Heiligtown, north of East Spencer. His parents were factory workers, his father at North Carolina Finishing and his mother at a furniture plant.

Geter's passion for football came directly from his mother, Vinnie. She loved those Johnny Unitas-John Mackey-Bubba Smith Baltimore Colts teams, and Sundays at the Geters were spent watching the NFL.

"The thing I didn't like about the Colts was they lost to Joe Namath and the Jets in the Super Bowl when they were in the NFC," Geter said. "Sure, they won the Super Bowl against the Cowboys a few years later, but they were in the AFC then."

Geter played Little League football in sixth, seventh and eighth grade, and he was good enough to make the North Rowan varsity as a sophomore. Geter remembers playing against Salisbury defensive lineman Robert Pulliam, who would star at Tennessee. That's something no one forgets.

"Robert was a gentle giant, but that was off the field," Geter said. "On the field, he was going to beat you."

North Rowan went 7-3 in 1971, Geter's junior year.

"We had good coaches -- Larry Thomason, Bob Hundley, Ralph Shatterly, Kelly Sparger," Geter said. "Coach Thomason was highly intelligent. On Monday, we'd already have our blocking assignments down for Friday."

For every good athlete there's a season they'll never forget. For Geter, it is 1972. As a senior, he paced Rowan County in rushing and scoring.

North Rowan was loaded in 1972, with two capable quarterbacks in Randy Hutchins and Ronnie Roberson and swift receivers in slotback James Peek and split end Melvin Dixon.

At the heart of the offense and defense were linebackers Geter and Jimmy Heggins. On offense, the 189-pound Geter was the fullback. Heggins, who went on to star at Florida State, played halfback.

The nine-team NPC had a five-team division and a four-team division. The two division winners met for the conference championship.

Mooresville and North Rowan -- members of the same division -- were both 6-0 in the league heading into their late-October showdown. The loser wouldn't even make the playoffs.

"Mooresville had a really great team," Geter said. "But that game still upsets me a little bit."

The Blue Devils and Cavaliers got rained out on Friday and it was still too wet to play on Saturday. By the time the teams took the field at Mooresville on Monday, Oct. 30, nerves were frayed.

The Cavaliers were well-prepared and were allowing just 10 points per game, but you can never prepare for turnovers. Geter fumbled. Heggins fumbled. Mooresville's offense, which put up 445 yards that night, couldn't be stopped, and the Blue Devils built a 33-13 lead.

Geter led the comeback. He pounded into the end zone to cut the lead to 33-19. Then he intercepted a pass to set up another score, and the deficit was one touchdown.

North had the ball again late and was driving for the winning points when Mooresville's David Jones picked off a pass at the Mooresville 3.

Mooresville then drove against the clock with the veer. On third-and-long at the North 16, Curtis got 8 yards for the first down. Geter can still see Mooresville fullback David Mullis breaking the next play for a touchdown. There were 21 seconds on the scoreboard. The Cavaliers didn't make the playoffs.

Four days after Mooresville, North hosted Davie County and won 34-24 to finish 8-2.

Geter went to Livingstone and then to Winston-Salem State. He graduated from WSSU with a history degree.

He went to work for the Salisbury Fire Department in 1978, one of just three black firefighters in the department. He rose to battalion chief in 1989 and eventually retired after 31 years of service.

Geter's love affair with high school football rekindled in the 1990s when his son was at West Rowan, and officiating offered a doorway back to the game. In 2007, he was part of the officiating crew when New Bern beat Independence in the 4AA state championship game in Winston-Salem.

Geter is a little slower than he once was, but even in that state championship game, he beat the kids to the end zone.

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http://www.salisburypost.com/article/20140822/SP01/140829866/1001/sp/rowan-salisbury-employees-kick-off-school-year-with-spirit&source=RSS <![CDATA[Rowan-Salisbury employees kick off school year with spirit]]> If there's one thing the Rowan-Salisbury School System isn't lacking, it's spirit, and it showed Thursday at the district's first-ever back-to-school pep rally.

"We cheered and chanted and the big purpose of today was to come together and just celebrate and get excited about a new school year," said Superintendent Dr. Lynn Moody.

The excitement was so contagious that Chairman of the Board of Education Dr. Richard Miller commended the staff on "the enthusiasm, the joy you're bringing to this new school year."

For the first time on record, all 3,000 Rowan-Salisbury School System Staff members gathered in one place at one time.

Busloads of teachers came pouring into the stadium at North Rowan High School right around 8 a.m. They were chanting and cheering, dressed in school colors and armed with signs, pompoms and props.

Each school participated in a spirit contest. As they entered the stadium, they were judged on their spirit, as judged by the staff's cheers, excitement, props and wardrobe choices.

"We cheered a lot," Moody said.

Although Salisbury High School won the spirit contest, Moody said each school "did a fabulous job."

But the pep rally wasn't just for teachers - custodians, administrators, bus drivers and food service workers were invited, too. The crowd nearly filled all the bleachers in the stadium.

Sponsors and school board members made a grand entrance on a trolley, and Moody was escorted into the stadium in the back of a classic sheriff's cruiser to the tune of "Hail to the Chief."

"We've been working all summer," Moody said, as she described a number of conferences and professional development programs teachers and staff completed.

"We just want to have one big pep rally today," she said.

Moody briefly addressed the district's new strategic plan, goals and mission to the crowd, including having 90 percent of students reading on grade level and incorporating problem-based learning with digital conversion in a collaborative environment.

"This is our year," Moody said.

"I felt like it was inspiring, and I thought it was a great way to boost the morale of the district," said North Rowan Middle School social studies teacher Jennifer Pantell.

Ledra Welchwalker, a first-grade teacher at Hanford Dole, has been a teacher for 12 years.

"This has been a very positive motivator," she said.

Not only did Rowan-Salisbury staff celebrate and cheer, local businesses donated a wide variety of door prizes, including a new car for a year, a diamond ring, a classroom makeover, attending a national conference of their choice, catered lunch for a school's staff, a spa day package, tickets to Oprah, gift certificates, a field trip and a fire pit -- just to name a few.

"Our community really came out and supported our schools," Moody said. "We're grateful to be able to work here."

We wanted to "tell our teachers how much we appreciate them," she added.

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http://www.salisburypost.com/article/20140822/SP01/140829867/1001/sp/plans-for-dixonville-cemetery-memorial-park-taking-shape&source=RSS <![CDATA[Plans for Dixonville Cemetery memorial park taking shape]]> SALISBURY -- With a $348,000 price tag, the Dixonville Cemetery project has a long way to go to raise the money needed to create a memorial park on Old Concord Road.

But organizers say the project is gaining momentum and presented an update this week to City Council, which for the first time appropriated funds to the memorial this year, $4,500. The Dixonville Cemetery Task Force will host a community fish fry from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the Civic Center to raise additional money.

The first phase of the memorial park will cost about $150,000 and include columns facing Old Concord Road with the names of the 489 individuals identified who were laid to rest there. Dixonville Cemetery was the first city-owned African American cemetery in Salisbury, and many more people are believed to have been buried there.

Designers proposed arranging the granite columns engraved with names, dates and historical images in a timeline. They would stand before a patterned walkway, with steps ascending to cemetery.

Committee chairman Fred Evans said ground-penetrating radar was used on the cemetery site, which is next to Lincoln Park, to determine where bodies are buried.

"We won't disturb or build any structure on any remains," Evans told City Council.

Many city residents don't know the story of Dixonville Cemetery yet, Evans said. He thanked local historian Betty Dan Spencer for her research and work to generate the list of people who were interred in the graveyard. The first known burial was Mary Valentine's in 1851.

The plan for the memorial was developed by the Dixonville Cemetery Task Force with design assistance from landscape architecture faculty and students from N.C. A&T State University. It provides a framework to put the cemetery in context, particularly its relationship with other sites associated with Dixonville history, City Planner Lynn Raker said.

The Dixonville Cemetery memorial plays a role in other long-range plans, including the city's parks and recreation master plan, which calls for consolidating recreation facilities at the nearby Civic Center and building a new public pool. Within this plan, Lincoln Park and its current pool could become open space.

The Complete Streets Corridor Study of Innes and Long streets also incorporates the future memorial, making the area safer for pedestrians with more landscaping, improved sidewalks, curb bumpouts and more.

Students used to cross the cemetery on their way to school each day, Evans said.

The plan includes identification of some kind for the site of Dixonville Baptist Church, which was razed during urban renewal in the 1960s, such as a grassy area marking the footprint of the church or an historical marker.

The cemetery and Lincoln School were at the center of community life, Evans said, and the task force has set a long-term goal to make the redevelopment of Lincoln School as an economic generator for community.

Phase two of the memorial includes a plaza and commemorative sculpture.

The task force has launched a website for the memorial, created by city employees Fern Blair and Michelle Nguyen. The website offers a brief history and description of the project and the opportunity to donate to the effort.

It also contains a link to the "Memories of Dixonville" with interviews of long-time residents of the neighborhood.

Nguyen and Salisbury resident Emily Perry created the video.

Contact reporter Emily Ford at 704-797-4264.

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http://www.salisburypost.com/article/20140822/SP01/140829868/1001/sp/knox-principals-meet-city-council&source=RSS <![CDATA[Knox principals meet City Council]]> SALISBURY -- The new co-principals for Knox Middle School met Salisbury City Council members on Tuesday and pledged to do their best.

Dr. Michael Waiksnis and Dr. Latoya Dixon have been friends and worked together in the Rock Hill school district, although not at the same school, for 10 years.

"We have established a sense of professional trust as well as personal trust that's been in existence for a long time," Dixon said.

They are excited about the opportunity to work together in the same building every day, she said.

"We are dedicated to doing a very good job -- our very best -- at Knox Middle School for those children," Dixon said.

The co-principal concept is still new to many, she said, and the community has warmly welcomed the pair.

Waiksnis said their top priority is to make sure students are prepared for Salisbury High School and beyond. He said he and Dixon have an "extreme focus on student achievement."

Waiksnis noted physical changes at the Knox campus this year, including new paint, landscaping and other improvements.

Mayor Paul Woodson said people are "geared up in the city right now and feel our schools are going to move forward." Three schools in the Rowan-Salisbury School System are in the city limits -- Knox, Overton Elementary and Salisbury High.

In an unusual arrangement, the city is paying Waiksnis and Dixon each $15,000 annually for four years, separate from their employment with Rowan-Salisbury Schools. They signed a contract with the city in June to create and implement a school transformation plan for Knox, which had four principals from 2008 to 2013.

The co-principals are also on the faculty at Catawba College.

No one brought up the contract with the city at Tuesday's meeting. City Council members had given approval for the arrangement during separate, private meetings with the mayor.

Woodson has said that contracting with the co-principals, who arrived with top-notch credentials including Waiksnis' S.C. principal of the year award and are considered turnaround experts, was less expensive than trying to take over operation of Knox, which some business leaders had asked the city to consider.

In other business Tuesday, City Council:

• Approved new stairs at St. John's Lutheran Church that will encroach by 1 foot into the city's right of way.

• Acknowledged the 40th anniversary of the federal Community Development Block Program, which has helped the city and Salisbury Community Development Commission pay for projects like the West End Business and Community Center, Park Avenue Community Center, several parks and new housing in the Park Avenue, Jersey City and West End neighborhoods.

• Agreed to reimburse the N.C. Department of Transportation by Salisbury-Rowan Utilities for a project estimated cost to $13,730.

N.C. DOT plans to make improvements at the intersection of Gold Knob Road, Crescent Road and Anthony Road in Rowan County. N.C. DOT requested that Salisbury reimburse the state for the cost of relocating public water utilities that will be in conflict with proposed changes located within state's right-of-way.

Contact reporter Emily Ford at 704-797-4264.

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http://www.salisburypost.com/article/20140822/SP01/140829869/1001/sp/posters-friday-aug-22&source=RSS <![CDATA[Posters, Friday, Aug. 22]]> Deadline for posters is 5 p.m.

• Monthly prayer breakfast, 8 a.m. Saturday, by the men of Tower of Power Church, 601 E. Cemetery St. with speaker the Rev. William J. Allen of Shady Grove Baptist of Bear Poplar. Information 704-636-1244.

• Community Outreach picnic at St. Luke Baptist Church, Hawkinstown Road, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday. Activities for all age groups. Geared to reach new community members and fellowship in the Hawkinstown community.

• Annual picnic at Cedar Grove AME Zion Church, Cleveland, 10 a.m. Saturday. Hot fish, chicken, hot dogs, hamburgers, snowballs, homemade ice cream, desserts available for purchase. Also bouncy house for children and other entertainment.

• Will not meet: Dixonville-Lincoln Memorial Task Force will not meet Tuesday due to the fact that they are having a fundraiser at the Civic Center that day.

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http://www.salisburypost.com/article/20140822/SP01/140829870/1001/sp/items-stolen-from-ex-girlfriend-end-up-at-pawn-shops&source=RSS <![CDATA[Items stolen from ex-girlfriend end up at pawn shops]]> SALISBURY -- The ex-boyfriend of a Mooresville Road woman took items from her, then pawned those things in two different locations, according to the Rowan County Sheriff's office.

Capt. John Sifford said jewelry and lawn equipment were among the things pawned by the boyfriend at Quick Cash Pawn, 2045 Statesville Blvd., and also a Quick Cash Pawn in High Point.

The boyfriend also stole, forged and cashed checks from the woman, reports said. An arrest has not been made yet.

In other reports from the Sheriff's Office:

• Road signs were reported damaged at Woodleaf and Enon Church roads. It's not known exactly when the vandalism occurred.

• Christopher Lamar Harrington, 29, was charged Tuesday with larceny.

In reports from Salisbury Police:

• Stephen Charles Etters, 20, of the 400 block of West Kerr Street, was charged with resisting, delaying and obstructing an officer after his car was stopped at 100 W. Colonial Drive early Wednesday morning. Etters also was charged with driving while impaired. His bond was set at $1,200.

• Anne Tuttle Gaines, 52, of the 1400 block of Dunn's Mountain Road, was charged with resisting, delaying and obstructing an officer and second-degree trespass Wednesday morning. Her bond was set at $1,000.

• Shaheem Marouis Mason, 23, of the 1100 block of Bringle Ferry Road, was charged with vandalism to real property in a criminal summons served Monday night.

• Theron Dory Williamson, 21, of the 800 block of Bringle Ferry Road, was charged Wednesday with possession of a controlled substance with the intent to manufacture. He was placed under $1,000 bond.

• Alvis James Graves, 56, was charged Monday with resisting, delaying and obstructing an officer.

• Alisha Renne Brinson, 28, was charged Monday with larceny.

• Emily Ora Houston, 21, was charged Tuesday with misdemeanor injury to personal property.

• Miquale Lashawn Clark, 19, was charged with possession of a controlled substance at South Ellis and West Thomas streets.

• A woman reported an attempted larceny from her vehicle while it was parked at 133 E. Council St. Monday.

• A woman reported a break-in in the 300 block of Oakwood Avenue sometime between 5:30 p.m. Sunday and 1:15 p.m. Monday.

• A 16-year-old boy reported Monday morning the theft of $20 from his wallet at the Hurley YMCA.

• A man reported a burglary in the 1700 block of Stokes Ferry Road between 5:30 p.m. Sunday and 6:19 p.m. Monday.

• A man in the 100 block of Mahaley Avenue reported the theft Monday of a cable television box.

• A man reported a larceny in the 1500 block of West Innes Street Monday.

• A woman reported vandalism Tuesday to her car while it was parked in the 200 block of West Harrison Street.

• A man reported a larceny from his vehicle while it was parked in the 300 block of South Main Street Tuesday.

• A larceny occurred sometime early Wednesday morning at 2143 Statesville Blvd.

• A woman reported a vandalism Wednesday in the 700 block of South Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue.

• A burglary occurred between midnight Aug. 14 and 7:15 a.m. Wednesday at 232 American Drive.

• A man on Pearl Street reported a larceny Wednesday night.

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http://www.salisburypost.com/article/20140822/SP01/140829872/1001/sp/point-the-way-city-approves-destination-signs&source=RSS <![CDATA[Point the way: City approves destination signs]]> SALISBURY -- Long-awaited wayfinding signs that are supposed to help tourists and residents alike find their way around Salisbury are one step closer to appearing in the city.

"This is long overdue," Bill Burgin, chairman of the tourism board, told City Council this week.

Burgin and James Meacham, executive director for the Convention and Visitors Bureau, sought approval for the signs, which first appeared on City Council's list of goals in 2006.

"Every aspect of this plan has been vetted over and over," Meacham said.

Council members gave their blessing Tuesday and agreed to submit a request to the N.C. Department of Transportation, which has the final say on the design and wording of the signs. The Convention and Visitors Bureau will pay $190,000 for 53 signs with money from the hotel room tax and did not ask City Council for funding, although they did request help from city staff to install the signs, which stand up to 14 feet high with the bottom of the sign about 7 feet from the ground.

Meacham said he has set aside $10,000 for sign maintenance and replacement.

The new signs will remove clutter, Meacham said, as 47 will replace existing signs, including many of the DOT blue information signs.

The signs are designed to do the following:

• Improve navigation

• Increase awareness of key locations, sites and attractions

• Create a greater sense of place

• Provide a consistent and uniform system of signs

• Improve visitor and citizen experiences

Signs in phase one will appear downtown and on Innes Street from Interstate 85 to Statesville Boulevard. Phase two includes Jake Alexander Boulevard from the interstate to Statesville Boulevard and Statesville Boulevard to Innes Street.

Phase three includes Julian Road and Old Concord Road.

Buzz Bizzell, a wayfinding signage consultant in North Carolina, designed the signs. Six signs will direct motorists to parking, and all signs will include a photo of a local landmark and up to five destinations on a decorative pole similar to a lamppost.

"They will reflect not only directions but also the flavor of the community," Meacham said.

While the signs cannot include the name of a business, they will direct people to activities like shopping, dining, theaters and lodging. The name of the hospital will appear as Rowan Medical Center because the state will not allow brands like Novant on a sign.

"The beauty of this, in addition to reducing clutter, is a real sense of place, a consistent look and feel throughout the community," Mayor Pro Tem Maggie Blackwell said.

Pedestrian signs are slightly smaller than motorist signs.

Clyde, a local artist who only uses one name, told council members he has attended many meetings about the signs but did not have the chance to air his concerns. He wanted Bizzell to include unique Salisbury features on the signs, such as historic windows and brackets, but said the consultant did not return his calls.

"We don't have a chance to say anything about what these signs look like, so what we got is computer-generated art by an out-of-town consultant," Clyde said.

He also said he's concerned the signs will have inaccuracies and pointed out what he said is an error on the city seal above City Council's dais. Clyde said the date on the seal, 1753, should be 1755.

Mayor Paul Woodson asked city staff to look into whether the seal is correct.

Contact reporter Emily Ford at 704-797-4264.

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http://www.salisburypost.com/article/20140822/SP01/140829871/1001/sp/nc-judge-private-school-vouchers-unconstitutional&source=RSS <![CDATA[NC judge: Private school vouchers unconstitutional ]]> RALEIGH (AP) -- A new school voucher program for low-income families was ruled unconstitutional Thursday by a judge who said taxpayer money should not be used for tuition to private or religious schools.

The vouchers pay for students to attend privately run K-12 schools that do not have to meet state curriculum requirements, violating the state constitution, Wake County Superior Court Judge Robert Hobgood said.

"Appropriating taxpayer funds to unaccountable schools does not accomplish a public purpose," Hobgood said.

A teachers group and many of the state's 115 school boards challenged the voucher program. Advocates said they planned to appeal.

At least a dozen states and the District of Columbia provide state-funded school vouchers, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.

The State Educational Assistance Authority, which was given the task of managing $10 million in government-funded scholarships, planned to distribute the first $728,000 in tuition money to schools for 363 students on Tuesday. None of that money was given out, said the agency's grants director Elizabeth McDuffie.

Iris McElveen, 45, of Fayetteville got the news of the judge's ruling as she was running back-to-school errands, including a visit to the doctor's office. She'd already bought a uniform and school supplies for her 12-year-old son, who enrolled at a Christian school ready to accept the state payment.

"It's very stressful," said McElveen, a single mother whose three older children are in high school and college.

McElveen sought to send her son to the religious school because it "would have been a more one-on-one" than the charter school, where she said "the classes were too, too large. He was getting overlooked."

Hobgood blocked the state voucher program in February until there could be a trial. The state Supreme Court reversed him in May and allowed implementation to go ahead.

In June, the state agency moved up the date to distribute tuition funding so that it could do it before Hobgood's ruling. Executive director Steven Brooks said the agency decided distributing the money sooner was better, not that they wanted to get out ahead of the judge.

The program's supporters hoped an appeal would let the vouchers continue, said Darrell Allison, president of Parents for Educational Freedom in North Carolina.

"While this court decision might represent a temporary roadblock on the path towards educational freedom in North Carolina, I believe it's just that -- temporary," Allison said in a statement. "We're going to continue to fight for a parent's right to choose the educational setting that works best for their children."

The group Public Schools First NC praised the ruling.

"This upholds North Carolina's long-standing commitment to public education. Public education creates productive citizens, a strong economy, and a great democracy," Yevonne Brannon, the group's chairwoman, said in an emailed statement.

Children seeking the scholarships must qualify for the federal free or reduced-price school lunch program, which has an income limit of about $44,000 for a family of four. The grants aren't available to students already attending private schools.

The General Assembly set aside $10 million last year to give up to $4,200 each for up to 2,400 students. About 5,550 children applied for the lottery to select the first year's scholarship students, and of those 4,200 met the criteria to qualify, McDuffie said. Nearly 1,880 lottery-winning families had accepted vouchers by Thursday, she said.

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http://www.salisburypost.com/article/20140822/SP01/140829873/1001/sp/rowan-veterans-honor-guard-competes-tonight-at-legion-national-convention&source=RSS <![CDATA[Rowan Veterans Honor Guard competes tonight at Legion national convention]]> CHARLOTTE -- A five-member team from the Rowan County Veterans Honor Guard will be competing tonight in color guard competition at the American Legion National Convention.

The color guard competition begins at 6 p.m. at the Charlotte Convention Center. Teams from across the country will be judged in the posting of colors, marching with the colors, proper display and how they wield their rifles.

The team members from Rowan County include Commander Eric Culbertson, Charlie Cauble, Bill Lane, Rebecca Forbes and Chuck Quinn.

The Rowan County Veterans Honor Guard has 28 members, an all-volunteer group that provided its services at more than 300 funerals for military veterans last year.

The group also appeared in numerous parades and at high school and college football games, a Kannapolis Intimidators baseball game and the Monster Truck Mash at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

"We don't get paid a dime for anything we do," member Jim Fox said, "and we don't ask for it."

Fox said the state commander of the American Legion invited the Rowan honor guard to participate tonight in Charlotte.

Contact Mark Wineka at 704-797-4263.

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http://www.salisburypost.com/article/20140822/SP03/140829874/1001/sp/danelle-cutting-tomatoes-and-other-vegetables-can-be-grafted&source=RSS <![CDATA[Danelle Cutting: Tomatoes and other vegetables can be grafted]]> Cooperative Extension employees get the latest research information and it is our job to share that information with the citizens of the county. One of those situations of sharing happened last week.

Our latest program was teaching individuals how to graft tomatoes and what makes grafting them important. Dr. Sanjun Gu is the horticulture specialist at North Carolina Agriculture & Technical State University in Greensboro. His latest projects include work with high tunnels, grafting cucumbers and tomatoes, and working with small farms.

We were lucky to have him present a program on grafting tomatoes and its history. We learned that grafting vegetables has been used in Asian countries for many centuries, but this is a new technology for the United States. Grafting tomatoes has helped reduce diseases and cracks and provides a better tomato.

The Extension Master Gardener Association wanted to learn more about grafted tomatoes because they had recently performed a tomato trial at the Cooperative Extension office. From the trial, the Extension Master Gardeners witnessed vigorous growth, fewer cracks, increased production and less disease earlier in the season.

From Gu's presentation, the attendants learned how to graft tomatoes. They learned how to graft an heirloom tomato on a commercial rootstock. Gu said that for first-timers it was important to practice grafting on cheaper rootstock such as a commercial variety of cherry tomatoes to get a good technique.

Grafting tomatoes is fairly simple. All you need is a clean sharp razor blade, rootstock and heirloom tomatoes with about the same diameter stems, clips and a "healing" chamber. The most difficult part is growing the rootstocks and heirloom tomatoes to be about the same size. Once you have the materials, you cut in the middle of the tomatoes, removing the tops of the rootstock and the bottom of the heirloom, then connect them with a clip.

Once finished, you place them in a healing chamber. A healing chamber is usually built inside of a greenhouse. It does not have to be large, but the chamber needs to have a humidifier and be able to be covered with clear and dark plastic. The grafted tomatoes will stay in the healing chamber for a few days to a few weeks to make sure the wound heals.

After healing you harden the plants off, like you would transplants, and once hardened you can then plant. Be sure to remove suckers because the rootstock is very vigorous. Then you can enjoy your heirloom tomatoes with less disease and crack issues.

Gu also said there is more research with grafting cucumbers, squash and other vegetables. Maybe in the future we can have a program on how to graft other vegetables.

For more information on grafted tomatoes, please call the Extension office at 704-216-8970.

For more information on the topics discussed, visit these links: Grafted tomatoes -- http://growingsmallfarms.ces.ncsu.edu/growingsmallfarms-2008tomatografting/

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http://www.salisburypost.com/article/20140822/SP03/140829875/1001/sp/sara-drake-rowan-4-h-ers-get-electric&source=RSS <![CDATA[Sara Drake: Rowan 4-H'ers get electric]]> A delegation from Rowan County attended the 67th annual 4-H Electric Congress held July 14-16 at Western Carolina University in Cullowhee. Two hundred 4-H'ers, adult leaders and N.C. Cooperative Extension staff from 59 counties attended the three-day event.

4-H Electric Congress is an educational event designed to recognize excellence in the electric program throughout the state. 4-H Electric Congress travels from region to region of the state, thus allowing for a variety of programming opportunities for everyone. 4-H members participate in workshops, meet their power company representatives, and interact with other electric winners.

Since 1947, Duke Energy and Dominion North Carolina Power have sponsored the annual congress to emphasize energy conservation and safe electricity use. The 4-H electric energy program is one of the most popular activities among Tar Heel 4-H'ers.

The 4-H program is the youth education program of North Carolina Cooperative Extension, based at North Carolina State and North Carolina A&T State universities. More than 227,782 young people between the ages of 5 and 19 participate in North Carolina 4-H activities each year with the help of 20,333 adult and youth volunteers.

For more information concerning 4-H in Rowan County, please contact Sara Drake, 4-H Extension agent, at 704-216-8970 or sara_drake@ncsu.edu. For more information about 4-H or NC Cooperative Extension, call the Rowan Extension Office at 704-216-8970 or visit http://rowan.ces.ncsu.edu.

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http://www.salisburypost.com/article/20140822/SP03/140829876/1001/sp/darrell-blackwelder-fescue-rescue&source=RSS <![CDATA[Darrell Blackwelder: Fescue rescue]]> Fall is the best time of the year to seed cool season fescue lawns. This narrow window of opportunity during the fall promotes optimum root growth and development in fescue lawns. Seeding now provides optimum growth before the arrival of cold weather since seed germination can be slow during cold weather and often produces weak, thin turf.

Seed companies provide more than 50 different cultivars of turf-type fescues providing more than an ample selection. However, it's impossible to carry them all, so most retail outlets and garden centers only carry four or five different cultivars or blends. Most retail outlets sell fescue blends or fescue/bluegrass mixtures in an effort to provide maximum seed quality. Local garden centers will also feature custom blend turf seed to homeowner's needs -- you can design your own blend.

It's important to plant a blend of different turf type fescues each year. Commercial labels such as Scotts, Pennington, Rebel and Southern States often sell fescue products that are actually blends of three or more different types of fescue cultivars. Turf researchers generally recommend a blend of three or more different types of turf type fescues. The rationale is new cultivars are bred to adapt better to our growing conditions and often provide disease resistance. Planting single fescue cultivars often allows a fungus to spread freely, whereas a mixture of different fescue types will limit its spread.

Avoid planting turf blends that contain ryegrass. Annual and perennial ryegrass is very competitive and weakens fescue stands. These are often sold as "quick start" or contractor lawn seed. Check the contents carefully before purchase.

Apply fescue seed at 5-7 pounds per 1,000 square feet or about 220 pounds per acre. Apply half the seed to a given area, and then apply the remainder of the seed at a right angle to the previous application in an effort to guarantee thorough coverage.

Use half the normal seeding rate (3-4 pounds/1,000 square feet) when over-seeding thin or bare areas in existing turf. Core aerating before over-seeding is beneficial, allowing the seed to make contact with the soil, improving germination.

New lawns or highly compacted areas need to be plowed and raked to a depth of at least 6 inches to insure good seed penetration. Lime and fertilizer should be tilled into the soil at least 4 inches deep in an effort to put nutrients in the root zone of emerging grass seed. Spreading grass seed on hard, untilled soil always ends as a disaster.

Apply clean wheat straw as a mulch to cover bare ground areas. I really want to emphasis clean wheat straw with no seed heads. Germinating wheat in fescue lawns can be rather unattractive and may compete with emerging fescue.

Wheat straw mulch holds moisture, allowing seed to germinate quickly. Gently shake one to two bales of straw per 1,000 square feet. Be careful not to apply too much straw. After application, you should be able to see the bare ground through the mulch. Over-mulching produces thin, weak stands of turf.

Keep the soil moist for adequate germination. Water deeply to prevent sparse, inadequate root development. Irrigation may be needed two or three times per week during dry fall weather. Water less frequently when turf becomes established.

During typical fall weather, fescue will germinate in 14 days; however, as the soil temperatures begin to decline, so does seed germination. Fescue germination slows down in late October and November when hard frosts occur. Seeding within the next few weeks is essential for maximum turf growth.

Darrell Blackwelder is county Extension director, Rowan County Center, North Carolina Cooperative Extension

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http://www.salisburypost.com/article/20140822/SP03/140829877/1001/sp/toi-degree-learn-about-fruit-infused-waters&source=RSS <![CDATA[Toi Degree: Learn about fruit-infused waters]]> Do you turn to soda, diet soda, sugary "juice" cocktails, vitamin enhanced waters, chemical-laden drops or other drinks with artificial colors, flavors and sweeteners to quench your thirst? Better options exist and the health benefits of fruit infused waters are numerous and delicious.

Some of the top spas have known about the great health benefits of fruit-, herb- and flower-infused water for decades. They not only promote hydration, but make your drinking water tasty and full of nutrients.

The great news, though, is that you don't have to go to a high-end, pricey spa just to get these trendy waters. You can easily make your healthy, delicious and vitamin infused water on your own at home.

So if you are interested in learning more about infused waters and how to make your own, join me on Thursday, Aug. 28 at noon for the Naturally Infused Water Lunch and Learn. During the workshop, you will learn the basics of how to make infused waters.

Registration is required, and the sessions are free and open to the public. Participants will receive samples, recipes and other educational materials. The classes will be held at the Rowan County Agriculture Center, located at 2727 Old Concord Road, Salisbury. Funding for the series is made possible through the Blanche & Julian Robertson Family Foundation Inc.

To reserve your seat, give us a call at 704-216-8970 by Tuesday, Aug. 26.

For more information, feel free to contact Toi N. Degree, Family & Consumer Education Agent at the Rowan County Cooperative Extension office, 704-216-8970.

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http://www.salisburypost.com/article/20140822/SP01/140829878/1001/sp/beheading-of-journalist-forces-debate-over-paying-ransom&source=RSS <![CDATA[Beheading of journalist forces debate over paying ransom ]]> WASHINGTON (AP) -- The beheading of freelance journalist James Foley has forced a new debate between the longtime U.S. and British refusal to negotiate with terrorists, and Europe and the Persian Gulf's increasing willingness to pay ransoms in a desperate attempt to free citizens. The dilemma: How to save the lives of captives without financing terror groups and encouraging more kidnappings.

By paying ransoms, governments in the Mideast and Europe have become some of the biggest financiers of terror groups. By refusing to do likewise, the U.S. and Great Britain are in the thankless position of putting their own citizens at a disadvantage.

Foley's captors, the Islamic State militants, had for months demanded $132.5 million (100 million Euros) from his parents and political concessions from Washington. They got neither, and the 40-year-old freelance journalist from New Hampshire was savagely beheaded within the last week inside Syria, where he had been held since his disappearance in November 2012.

Extremists called his death a revenge killing for the 90 U.S. airstrikes, as of Thursday, that have been launched against Islamic State militants in northern Iraq since Aug. 8. But the ransom demands began late last year, even before the Islamic State -- one of the world's most financially thriving extremist groups -- had begun its brutal march across much of western and northern Iraq.

"They don't need to do this for money," said Matthew Levitt, a counter-terror expert at the Washington Institute think-tank. "When you ask for $132 million, for the release of one person, that suggests that you're either trying to make a point ... or you don't really need the money."

A senior Obama administration official said Thursday the Islamic State had made a "range of requests" from the U.S. for Foley's release, including changes in American policy and posture in the Mideast.

At the State Department, deputy spokeswoman Marie Harf said the militancy -- which controls a swath of land across northern Syria and Iraq -- has collected millions of dollars in ransoms so far this year alone.

"We do not make concessions to terrorists," Harf told reporters. "We do not pay ransoms."

"The United States government believes very strongly that paying ransom to terrorists gives them a tool in the form of financing that helps them propagate what they're doing," she said. "And so we believe very strongly that we don't do that, for that reason."

The issue of payments by American families or U.S. corporations is now under debate within the Obama administration, according to a U.S. official familiar with the conversations who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to discuss them by name.

The USA Patriot Act prohibits any payment or assistance to terror groups that could boost their support. The families of three Americans held by a rebel group in Colombia for five years, for example, were repeatedly advised against sending even medication and sneakers to the hostages to avoid potentially breaking the law.

But prosecution in those types of cases is rare and enforced haphazardly. "I never saw, in my time as an FBI agent, where the U.S. government threatened to prosecute a family for paying a ransom," said Clinton Van Zandt, the FBI's former chief hostage negotiator.

He said government-paid ransoms help create "a growing cottage industry in kidnap ransoms."

"You may get that person back that time, but what you've done is put a price tag on the head of every American overseas," he said. "And you've advertised that we pay to get Americans back."

Diplomats say ransoms paid or arranged by western European governments and the Gulf state of Qatar have provided the bulk of financial support for violent groups. That has spurred the U.S. and Britain -- as well as some north African states -- to push a campaign discouraging ransom payments.

In January, the U.S. and Britain secured a U.N. Security Council resolution appealing to governments not to pay ransom to terror groups. The Group of Eight, a bloc of some of the world's most developed economies, made the same pledge a year ago, also under U.S. and British pressure.

U.S. and British officials say it's not clear to what extent allied governments are abiding by those pledges.

The Treasury Department has estimated at least $140 million worth of ransoms have been paid to al-Qaida and other terror groups in Africa and the Mideast since 2004.

France and Qatar are most often identified as governments that frequently pay or arrange ransoms -- usually to free European nationals. But France has denied doing so, as have Germany, Italy and the Nordic counties of Denmark, Norway and Sweden. All are accused by security experts, diplomats and others of having paid ransoms in some cases.

Qatar typically refuses to comment on the issue of ransoms, and Spain has neither confirmed nor denied that it pays terrorists for hostages' release.

Despite its insistence that it does not make concessions to terrorists, the U.S. did just that earlier this year in securing the release of American Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl from the Taliban. In exchange for Bergdahl, the Obama administration released Taliban prisoners from the U.S. detention center at Guantanamo Bay -- including some whom critics called among the most hardened fighters of the war against terror.

Rather than pay ransoms, the United States often tries to rescue its hostages with covert military teams trained to raid extremist camps. That was how the three hostages in Colombia were freed in 2008 in a joint operation with Colombian spies and U.S. intelligence, for example.

And a secret operation was launched in early July to rescue Foley and other U.S. hostages being held by the Islamic State in Syria. U.S. special forces engaged in a firefight with the Islamic State, and killed several militants, but did not find any American hostages at the unspecified location.

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http://www.salisburypost.com/article/20140822/SP02/140829879/1001/sp/area-sports-briefs&source=RSS <![CDATA[Area Sports Briefs:]]> Carson's soccer team won another big match on Thursday, beating South Iredell 2-1 in a weather-shortened game.

Raunel Vasquez scored for the second straight game on an assist by Brandon Flores.

Pedro Perez scored on a penalty kick.

South Iredell was the team that eliminated Carson in the playoffs last season in the third round.

Carson's first home match is Tuesday against Lake Norman.

East Rowan won 3-2 against Carson in SPC volleyball on Thursday, the first loss to a county team by the Cougars in a number of years. Both teams are 1-1 in the SPC.

In other SPC contests, South Rowan beat Concord 3-0 and Cox Mill beat Hickory Ridge 3-2. West Rowan's game with Northwest Cabarrus was postponed by transportation issues.

Salisbury defeated Ledford 9-0 in a non-conference home match on Thursday.

Kayla Honeycutt won 6-3, 6-1 at No. 1 singles. Kathryn Rusher own 6-2, 6-0 at No. 2. Grace Steinman won 6-2, 6-0 at No. 3.

Maria Capito won 6-0, 6-1 at No. 4. Emily Capito won 6-3, 6-1 at No. 5. Julia Honeycutt won 6-0, 6-0 at No. 6.

Winning doubles were Kayla Honeycutt-Maria Capito, Rusher-Steinman and Emily Capito-Julia Honeycutt.

"The girls have done a good job progressing each day in practice and matches," SHS coach Scott Maddox. "Ledford is a quality team and I thought the girls responded by playing their best tennis in this young season."

Catawba's women's cross country team was picked eighth in the SAC preseason poll. The Catawba men were picked eleventh. The Mars Hill men and the Wingate women were picked first in their respective polls.

Register at the J.F. Hurley YMCA for"

Mighty Kickers Soccer

Open to boys and girls, ages 3-4. The Mighty Kickers league is a great introduction to the sport of soccer and teaches the fundamentals and rules of soccer along with YMCA values and principles.

Fall soccer

Open to boys and girls, Grades K - 8th (ages 5 - 14)

Fall T-Ball

Open to boys and girls, Grades Pre-K - 1st (ages 4 - 6)

Registration ends Saturday, Sept. 6

Sign up today to become a volunteer coach, assistant coach, or official. Register at the J.F. Hurley YMCA or online at www.rowanymca.org Contact Jesse Byrd at 704-636-0111 or Jbyrd@rowanymca.org.

After seven days of practice, Catawba held its first football scrimmage on Wednesday. Coach Curtis Walker tabbed it as a much needed scrimmage and the team was able to get in about 60 plays on a warm late afternoon.

"The scrimmage today gives us a guage on where we are in the preparation for the 2014 season," Walker said. "We had some really well executed plays but also some plays that left me scratching my head on how we could mess them up so bad. It was good to have the officials here to help our team understand the disciplines of the game."

Walker said QB Mike Sheehan is doing an outstanding job.

A scrimmage is scheduled Saturday morning at 11.

The Asheville Tourists completed a series sweep by beating the Kannapolis Intimidators 7-1 on Thursday.

Weather issues affected jayvee football action on Thursday.

Carson led 14-0 after a half against Salisbury. It's not clear yet if it will be counted as an official game.

Jay Wilkerson scored from 6 yards out, and Owen White threw a 22-yard TD pass to Nathan Yow.

Matt Beaver kicked two PATS. Coach Joe Pinyan praised Isaac Bell for leading Carson's defense and White for directing the offense.

• West Rowan trailed Mooresville 7-0 when weather stopped the game at halftime. Devin Turner, Tyler Wheeler, Gavin Miller, Timmy Wilmot and Miles Poteat led West's defense.

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http://www.salisburypost.com/article/20140822/SP02/140829880/1001/sp/little-league-world-series&source=RSS <![CDATA[Little League World Series]]> SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. (AP) -- Chicago manager Darold Butler has a message for the Windy City.

"Keep cheering," Butler said Thursday night after the biggest victory of his baseball career. "We hear you. It's working. Make it louder."

Joshua Houston hit a clutch two-run single, reliever Cameron Bufford pitched a tense scoreless sixth inning, and Jackie Robinson West Little League held off gritty Philadelphia 6-5 in a matchup of inner-city teams at the Little League World Series.

The loss eliminated Philadelphia and prevented star pitcher Mo'ne Davis from getting one last shot to put another stamp on what had become her personal playground.

Don't worry about her, though. Philadelphia manager Alex Rice certainly isn't.

"The world's her oyster, right?" an emotional Rice said after the loss. "Mo'ne will figure out her future, and it's going to be terrific. She's going to dictate what it is. Good for her."

Davis, just the 18th girl to play in the Little League World Series and the only one to win a game on the mound, played first base the first two innings against Chicago, was taken out and re-entered the game at third base in the bottom of the fifth.

The Jackie Robinson West team, comprised of all black players, is making its first appearance in 31 years in the Little League World Series. The victory sends the Great Lakes champs into the U.S. title game on Saturday against Las Vegas.

Las Vegas, the West champions, beat Philly 8-1 on Wednesday and humbled Chicago 13-2 in four innings in a mercy-rule game last Sunday behind five homers, including a grand slam by Brad Stone and two home runs from Austin Kryszczuk.

"It (the lopsided loss) woke us up," Butler said. "The kids have been more focused and today's game showed how focused we were. We had a lot of adversity. They find a way to get it done, and it's always a new guy."

Bufford walked Scott Bandura to lead off the top of the sixth, putting the tying run at first. He then struck out Jahli Hendricks, induced Jared Sprague-Lott to hit into a fielder's choice and walked dangerous Zion Spearman before getting Jack Rice on a fly to right to end it.

Philly trailed 6-2 after two innings but clawed back within a run on Tai Cummings' long home run to center leading off the fifth.

The grassy hill beyond the outfield fences at Howard J. Lamade Stadium was jammed Wednesday night with 34,128 fans who craned their necks to see every pitch from Davis. With the star right-hander playing the field and not eligible to pitch until Saturday, attendance dipped to 21,119 against Chicago.

The 5-foot-4 Davis and her teammates gave the Taney Youth Baseball Association Little League in Philadelphia an amazing dose of publicity.

In her first outing, Davis pitched a two-hit shutout to become the first girl to win a game in the Little League World Series. In splitting her two starts, Davis pitched 8 1-3 innings, allowed eight hits and three earned runs, and struck out 14 with only one walk. She also threw a three-hit shutout to lead Taney to an 8-0 victory over Delaware in the Mid-Atlantic Regional championship game.

Small wonder that during batting practice Wednesday night on the West Coast the Los Angeles Dodgers streamed the Little League telecast on two giant video boards.

The glare of the spotlight on Davis and her teammates had grown exponentially as the Little League World Series unfolded. Television ratings were up 143 percent Wednesday night from the corresponding game last year and this week she became the first Little Leaguer to grace the cover of Sports Illustrated.

Baseball is trying to lure young African-Americans back to the game, and the opponents Thursday night offered some evidence the strategy might be making inroads.

That one inner-city team had to beat another for a spot in the U.S. title game was not lost on Major League Baseball Commissioner-elect Rob Manfred.

"With respect to baseball games, we try to take a position of neutrality," Manfred said at Lamade Stadium. "I have to tell you a Philadelphia-Chicago matchup is pretty darn good. It's so wonderful when people turn on their televisions and they see people from very different socio-economic backgrounds in a setting like this. When you have a diverse group like the Philadelphia group, it sends a message that baseball's a wide-open sport."

When the two teams finally do return home, they likely will be overwhelmed a little bit more.

"We've always had the goal of baseball in the inner cities, how to get more African-Americans to play baseball," said Phillies slugger Ryan Howard, who hung out with the Philly kids and other teams earlier in the day during an appearance for sponsor Subway. "I think it shows it's working. I don't think they understand the magnitude of what they've accomplished.

"I think they have a grasp of it, but I don't think they'll really understand it until they get back."

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http://www.salisburypost.com/article/20140822/SP02/140829881/1001/sp/mlb-atlanta-rolls&source=RSS <![CDATA[MLB: Atlanta rolls]]> CINCINNATI (AP) -- Atlanta's rallies came so often and went so long that manager Fredi Gonzalez worried his starter would lose his touch while sitting on the bench.

That's a good problem to have.

Justin Upton extended his hitting streak to 12 games with a bases-loaded single during Atlanta's decisive third inning, and the Braves extended their offensive resurgence with an 8-0 victory over the fading Cincinnati Reds on Thursday night.

Atlanta sent 11 batters to the plate in the third for five runs. Jason Heyward got it started with a single off David Holmberg (0-1) and drew a bases-loaded walk that finished the rally. Upton singled home a pair of runs during the inning and later added a sacrifice fly.

"We got on 'em early," said Freddie Freeman, who walked, was hit by a pitch twice and scored a pair of runs. "We got on base for the middle of the lineup, and Justin's been awesome."

Julio Teheran (12-9) went six innings and allowed four hits by the Reds, who have lost six in a row. His biggest problem was staying loose while the Braves offense had its way with Cincinnati.

"Julio was good," Gonzalez said. "It was tough to pitch today. We had some long innings and he was sitting on the bench for a long time. But he kept his concentration."

Teheran went into the clubhouse and stretched while the innings went on and on.

"It was difficult," Teheran said. "I was trying to stay warm and trying to stay loose."

The Braves have won six of their last seven games, scoring at least seven runs four times. They remain seven games behind Washington in the NL East, the product of their 15-18 mark since the All-Star break.

Cincinnati fell a season-high 10 1/2 games back -- its biggest deficit since the end of the 2011 season -- with its 11th loss in its last 13 games. The Reds are 10-23 since the All-Star break, tumbling out of playoff contention.

Holmberg retired only eight batters. The left-hander gave up six runs and five hits, walked four and hit two batters in his second start for Cincinnati.

Andrelton Simmons hit his seventh homer in the second inning to put Atlanta ahead. He also drove in a run with a groundout.

Skip Schumaker pitched the ninth for Cincinnati, walking one and throwing a fastball that hit 90 mph on the radar gun. It was the utility player's fourth career pitching performance.


Braves: Gonzalez was waiting for a medical update on right-hander Shae Simmons, who had to quit throwing at Triple-A Gwinnett because the back of his pitching shoulder was bothering him.

Reds: Manager Bryan Price said 1B Joey Votto has started jogging, but isn't doing any baseball-related activities. Votto has been on the DL since July 8 with strained muscles above his left knee.


Braves: LHP Mike Minor (5-8) won both of his starts against the Reds last season, allowing three runs in 14 innings.

Reds: RHP Mat Latos (4-3) is 2-0 with a 2.70 ERA in his last four starts. He is making his 13th start in a season cut short by two injuries.


The Reds sent struggling relievers J.J. Hoover and Carlos Contreras to Triple-A Louisville. They brought up Holmberg and right-hander Pedro Villarreal, who relieved Holmberg in the third inning. Villarreal also singled in the third for his first big league hit.


Heyward got a single to open the five-run third inning when the Braves challenged a call that Schumaker had made a diving, backhand catch of his sinking liner to left field. The replay showed the ball was trapped and the call was overturned. And the big inning had begun.


Holmberg, acquired in the Ryan Hanigan trade, has faced 37 batters during his two starts and allowed 21 of them to reach base: 12 hits, seven walks, two hit batters, four homers.


Upton is 16 for 40 with four homers and 18 RBIs during his hitting streak. ... Heyward is 8 for 17 with a homer in his last four games. ... Cincinnati 2B Brandon Phillips is 3 for 15 in four games since returning from a torn ligament in his left thumb. ... Reds closer Aroldis Chapman, who had a sore shoulder over the weekend, pitched the eighth inning and retired all three batters with pitches clocked at 100 mph. ... The last Reds position player to pitch in a game was Paul Janish in 2009 at Philadelphia.


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http://www.salisburypost.com/article/20140821/SP01/140829882/1001/sp/378-people-pay-it-forward-at-fla-starbucks&source=RSS <![CDATA[378 people 'pay it forward' at Fla. Starbucks]]> ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) -- A woman started an act of kindness chain that lasted for hours at a Starbucks drive-thru in Florida.

She ordered an iced coffee around 7 a.m. Wednesday in St. Petersburg and asked to pay for the caramel macchiato for the stranger in the car behind her. He returned the favor. The chain kept going as employees began keeping count.

The Tampa Bay Times reports the chain finally ended around 6 p.m. when customer number 379 pulled up and ordered a regular coffee. Barista Vu Nguyen leaned out the window and explained the chain that started earlier in the day, asking if she'd like to participate. She declined, saying she only wanted to pay for her coffee.

Nguyen says he doesn't believe she understood the concept of paying it forward.

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http://www.salisburypost.com/article/20140821/SP01/140829883/1001/sp/va-man-named-stoner-arrested-on-pot-charges&source=RSS <![CDATA[Va. man named Stoner arrested on pot charges]]> ORANGE, Va. (AP) -- A Virginia man with the last name Stoner is facing drug charges after police found more than $10,000 worth of marijuana plants at his home.

The Orange County Sheriff's Office says 42-year-old Paul Scott Stoner of Unionville is charged with growing marijuana and having a firearm while in possession of more than a pound of marijuana.

Media outlets report that the charges stem from an ongoing investigation related to the alleged sale of marijuana to children in Orange County. Further charges are pending.

Authorities say they acted on a tip that Stoner was selling to children and during the search last Thursday seized marijuana, marijuana plants, drug paraphernalia, prescription drugs, needles, spoons and guns.

Stoner is free on bond. A hearing is set for Aug. 27.

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http://www.salisburypost.com/article/20140821/SP01/140829928/1001/sp/salisbury-native-to-hold-peaceful-march-sept-13&source=RSS <![CDATA[Salisbury native to hold peaceful march Sept. 13]]> Salisbury native Tifini Simpson Long says she's been following news of violence and crime in her hometown and decided to organize a peaceful march.

The march had been set for Friday, but has been rescheduled for Sept. 13. Long said today she's delaying the event due to the process for getting a permit and to give other organizations time to get involved.

On Sept. 13, the march will begin at 6 p.m. at the former Frito Lay plant, 900 North Long St. and the former Lloyd's Grocery, 409 South Long St.

Long, who now lives in Winston-Salem said with the violence going on, she wanted to do something.

"It hits home when it's in Salisbury. I want to do it to say stop the violence and let the young generation know you can do things in a peaceful manner," she said.

Long said she's kept up with the crime that's plagued Salisbury and said "it's sickening."

She has family who still live in Salisbury, including nieces and nephews. She wants to expressly reach out to the youth.

She said what's going on in society is an issue that impacts all families, "because this is our generation."

She hopes local community leaders will join her for the march.

To get more information or tell Simpson your organization would like to participate, email her at Tsimpson511@yahoo.com .

Contact reporter Shavonne Potts at 704-797-4253.

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http://www.salisburypost.com/article/20140821/SP01/140829884/1001/sp/citizen-deputies-foil-home-break-in-on-patterson-road&source=RSS <![CDATA[Citizen, deputies foil home break-in on Patterson Road]]> SALISBURY -- A man checking on a residence Wednesday morning surprised a break-in attempt, then deputies with the Rowan County Sheriff's Office nabbed the suspects in a Patterson Road area around the Davis Farm subdivision.

Landis Police also assisted in the arrests.

The Sheriff's Office said deputies were dispatched to 2530 Patterson Road at 11:29 a.m. Wednesday in response to a break-in in progress.

Deputies spoke to James Gregoire, who had dropped by to check the residence. When Gregoire pulled up in his truck, he saw two men running from the house.

Gregoire also noticed a woman sitting in a dark-colored Honda Accord, parked at the home. The woman drove around his truck and sped down Patterson Road. Gregoire was able to read the car's license tag.

Deputy Ashby, who was responding to the call, spotted the Honda and stopped it on Patterson Road, where he took the woman suspect into custody.

Meanwhile, Deputy Andrew Rowland determined the place the two male suspects were last seen -- a field next to Davis Farm.

As Rowland walked the wood line near Lizzie Lane, the 911 Center received a call that a man was spotted in that area running on foot. Rowland called Landis Police for assistance with its K-9 unit.

Deputy Michael Dixon, who was assisting with the K-9 track, spotted a man, later identified as Katerious Oakes, fitting the description of one of the persons who ran from the home break-in.

Dixon placed Oakes under arrest.

Deputy Charles Cauble, riding in the area of the break-in, received information from the 911 Center that a citizen had spotted a man on foot on Patterson Road.

Cauble placed the second suspect, later identified as Jhmere Daniels, under arrest.

Each of the three suspects was charged with the break-in at 2530 Patterson Road. The trio also were charged with another home break-in that occurred at 3417 Weaver Road., China Grove, which is not far from the Patterson Road address.

Those charged:

• Jhmere Desmond Daniels, 25, of 1074 Pond Court, Kannapolis, with two counts of felony breaking and entering and a count of felony larceny. He was placed in the Rowan County Detention Center under a $50,000 secured bond.

• Katerious Arnez Oakes, 25, of 1280 Hidden Oaks Drive SE, Concord, with two counts of felony breaking and entering and a count of felony larceny. He was placed in jail under a $25,000 secured bond.

• Amber Nicole Smith, 28, of 543 Odell School Road, Concord, with two counts of felony breaking and entering, a count of felony larceny, driving while license revoked, simple possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. She was placed in the Rowan County Detention Center under a $25,000 secured bond.

Daniels already is on probation after being involved in residential break-ins previously in Rowan County. Oakes was arrested in March for felony child abuse.

Contact Mark Wineka at 704-797-4263.

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http://www.salisburypost.com/article/20140821/SP01/140829885/1001/sp/mccanless-house-now-on-national-register&source=RSS <![CDATA[McCanless house now on National Register]]> The North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources is pleased to announce that 12 individual properties and districts across the state have been added to the National Register of Historic Places. The properties were reviewed by the North Carolina National Register Advisory Committee and were subsequently approved by the North Carolina State Historic Preservation Officer and forwarded to the Keeper of the National Register.

In Salisbury, the Napoleon Bonaparte McCanless House, in the block of South Main Street, was listed May 23.

Napoleon Bonaparte McCanless was important in the economic and business history of Salisbury at the turn of the 20th century. In partnerships and individually he invested in an extraordinary number of ventures in industry and commerce between the late 1890s and 1917, when he died.

McCanless was the owner of a local granite business and was involved with banking, a cotton mill, mining, hotels, real estate development, transportation and the development of community infrastructure. The granite, Second Empire-style house was his home after 1897 and is the building most directly associated with him.

"The National Register is a vital tool in the preservation of North Carolina's historic resources," said Susan Kluttz, Secretary of the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources and former mayor of Salisbury. "North Carolina is a leader in the nation's historic preservation movement. When all of the buildings in historic districts classified as contributing to the districts' significance are counted, it is estimated that North Carolina has approximately 73,300 National Register properties."

"The textile industry shaped many of our downtowns, and it's clear that our country values that manufacturing and industry history," Governor Pat McCrory said. "Districts and properties such as these contribute to tourism in our state, and the vast array of revival-style houses the Register has chosen to recognize show off even more of the culture and beauty that North Carolina has to offer."

The listing of a property in the National Register places no obligation or restriction on a private owner using private resources to maintain or alter the property. Over the years, various federal and state incentives have been introduced to assist private preservation initiatives, including tax credits for the rehabilitation of National Register properties. As of Jan. 1, 2014, 3,000 rehabilitation projects with total estimated expenditures of $1.7 billion have been completed.

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http://www.salisburypost.com/article/20140821/SP01/140829886/1001/sp/man-betrayed-by-squirting-problems-during-drug-test&source=RSS <![CDATA[Man betrayed by 'squirting' problems during drug test]]> SALISBURY -- Bradley Keith Hampton's drug test Wednesday afternoon didn't go well.

As part of the rules of his probation, Hampton must submit to regular drug screenings at a probation office on Kerr Street.

Salisbury Police reports say Hampton, 29, of the 500 block of Brook Circle, borrowed some clean urine and put it in a plastic hand-sanitizer bottle.

He concealed the bottle under his clothing and had tied it around his waist with a shoelace, reports said.

While he was in a restroom to give his sample, reports said, the probation officer could hear squirting noises made from the pump on top of the hand-sanitizer bottle.

Hampton was cited for defrauding a drug test, which is a misdemeanor. It was not reported how the failed test could affect his probation.

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http://www.salisburypost.com/article/20140821/SP01/140829887/1001/sp/sheriff-s-department-scores-hit-against-pot-growing-operation&source=RSS <![CDATA[Sheriff's Department scores hit against pot-growing operation]]> mwineka@salisburypost.com

SALISBURY -- Four search warrants hit paydirt Wednesday and put a dent in a suspected marijuana-growing operation in Rowan County.

Two men were arrested in connection with the warrants: Cody Lane Morris, 24, of the 1600 block of Majolica Road, and Fernando Alonso Alvarez, 24, of the 300 block of South Rowan Avenue, Spencer.

The Special Investigations Unit (SIU) of the Rowan County Sheriff's Office and the Aggressive Criminal Enforcement Unit (ACE) executed the four search warrants at locations connected to the manufacturing and distribution of marijuana.

Spencer Police assisted in the search at one location.

According to a Sheriff's Office release, the Sheriff's Office began an investigation into the marijuana-growing activities of Morris in June.

Information obtained indicated Morris had growing operations at his residence, 1685 Majolica Road; an adjoining parcel on Majolica Road; 118 Polo Drive, Salisbury; and 303 South Rowan Ave., Spencer.

Investigators also suspected that a residence at 503 Yost Road was being used as a location to process and package marijuana for distribution.

On a June 3 traffic stop of Morris in his 2006 Chevrolet pickup, a sheriff's deputy detected a marijuana smell coming from the vehicle. On questioning, the Sheriff's Office said, Morris indicated he had a half-pound of marijuana inside the truck.

The marijuana was seized and Morris charged.

On June 18, the Sheriff's Office searched the 118 Polo Drive address and found evidence that a marijuana manufacturing operation had been present at the residence, but had been removed, reports said.

Wednesday, deputies executed a search warrant at 303 South Rowan Ave., Spencer, and discovered evidence that a marijuana manufacturing operation was present, but not working at the time of the warrant's execution, reports stated.

Investigators seized approximately 2.5 pounds of marijuana and $3,910 in United States currency from the Spencer residence, where Alvarez was living.

Alvarez was charged with possession with intent to sell, deliver and manufacture a controlled substance, manufacturing marijuana, felony maintaining a dwelling and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Alvarez was placed under a $25,000 bond.

After the execution of the Spencer search warrant, deputies executed two search warrants at 1685 Majolica Road and an adjoining parcel.

Deputies discovered evidence that a marijuana manufacturing operation had been present in an attic at 1685 Majolica Road, reports said.

An active marijuana manufacturing operation was located in a building on the adjoining parcel of property, reports said.

The marijuana operation had electrical power supplied to it by an extension cord running from a detached garage at 1685 Majolica Road. It went to a hidden room in the building on the adjoining parcel of property.

In the room, deputies discovered 94 marijuana plants and some dried marijuana plants.

Morris was charged with possession with intent to sell, deliver and manufacture marijuana, manufacturing marijuana, felony maintaining a dwelling and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Morris was placed under a $50,000 secured bond.

Morris also has pending charges from a May arrest by the Salisbury Police Department for first-degree burglary. He was released under a $750,000 bond.

He was also arrested this month in Cabarrus County for reckless driving to endanger.

The search at 503 Yost Road resulted in the seizure of a small amount of marijuana and drug paraphernalia. No one has been arrested in connection to that search.

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http://www.salisburypost.com/article/20140821/SP01/140829888/1001/sp/rowan-weather-crank-up-the-air-conditioning&source=RSS <![CDATA[Rowan weather: Crank up the air conditioning]]> Going to be a scorcher out there today. The high should be near 94 degrees under mostly sunny skies with a UV index in the very high range. There's just a 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms this afternoon. Tonight, the chance rises to 30 percent, mainly before 9 p.m. The low will be around 70. We'll have moderate air quality.

Not much relief for Friday, when the high will be 92, again with mostly sunny skies. No breeze and another 20 percent chance of showers and storms. Air quality will be moderate for particle pollution, but good for ozone. Friday's low will be around 71, still with a chance of showers and thunderstorms.

The 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms will be mainly after 5 p.m. on Saturday, which will be partly sunny and near 89. Expect a good air quality day. The low will be 69, with a continuing chance of precipitation.

Sunday should be mostly cloudy, with a high near 81, quite a change. Sunday night's low will be near 66, with a 30 percent chance of showers.

Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday don't mention any rain in their forecasts. Monday will be partly sunny and 81 again, with a low around 66 again.

Tuesday will be mostly sunny with a high of 82 and a low of 65, and Wednesday will be mostly sunny, with a high near 84.

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http://www.salisburypost.com/article/20140821/SP01/140829889/1001/sp/10-things-to-know-for-today&source=RSS <![CDATA[10 things to know for today]]> Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today:


Obama sent special forces to Syria this summer to save Americans held by the Islamic State, but they failed to locate any -- including journalist James Foley.


The U.S. attorney general tells community leaders of the humiliation he felt after having his car searched after he was twice pulled over in New Jersey.


Some Palestinian and Israeli officials say Qatar pressured Hamas to reject a lasting ceasefire to undermine Egypt's efforts in that regard.


Three senior military leaders in the militant Palestinian group are killed in a raid in southern Gaza.


The government wants to find a "win-win" solution for demonstrations that are besieging parliament and demanding the prime minister's resignation over alleged election fraud.


Bank of America has reached a record $17 billion deal with the government to resolve an investigation into its role in the sale of mortgage-backed securities before the 2008 financial crisis, officials say.


The AP's Robert Burns reports that the sailors are being kicked out of the service for their roles in a cheating ring at a nuclear power training site.


The world's largest consumers of ramen are spurning a U.S. study that links the beloved fast-food staple to some risks for heart disease.


As Americans' appetite for the sport grows, international clubs seek to increase their fan base and find the next Leo Messi in places like South Florida.


Las Vegas is making sure the LGBT community knows it is welcome in the world's marriage mecca--even if gay marriage is still banned in Nevada.

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http://www.salisburypost.com/article/20140821/SP02/140829890/1001/sp/prep-soccer-carson-opens-with-a-bang&source=RSS <![CDATA[Prep Soccer: Carson opens with a bang]]> CHINA GROVE -- Carson's boys soccer team believes it can play with anybody and is walking the walk.

On Tuesday, the Cougars made a long haul to Waxhaw to take on Marvin Ridge and returned to China Grove with a Hall of Fame victory. They beat the defending state champs and the preseason No. 1 in 3A.

That 2-1 win qualified as the biggest regular-season moment in program history, but it won't get any easier tonight when the Cougars visit South Iredell. That's the school that beat Carson in the third round of the postseason in 2013.

"It's like we're starting this season with the playoffs," coach Justin Buckwalter said. "The drives are like the playoffs, and Tuesday's game had a playoff atmosphere. It was a good win Tuesday, but we've got to move on from it right away."

Carson dominated possession in the first half against Marvin Ridge but allowed a soft goal -- a left-footed shot that snuck under Carson's keeper.

"That was a goal out of nowhere," said 5-foot-5 senior Fidel Flores, the center back who anchors Carson's defense. "But we were able to put it behind us and keep going."

Carson answered quickly with two goals in a five-minute span.

Sophomore midfielder Raunel Vasquez got the Cougars level with a "laser from 30 yards out to the upper left corner," as Buckwalter described it.

Brandon Flores, Fidel's cousin and a talented junior forward, put Carson ahead to stay with an improbable shot.

"Brandon had an awful angle, but he took on a defender and made the shot side net and far post," Buckwalter said.

Brandon Flores was All-State as a sophomore.

"We've got a lot of very good players, but Brandon is an upper echelon guy," Buckwalter said. "He's lightning in a bottle and he has an ability to finish that sets him apart. He's instinctive. He rarely does the same thing twice. If a keeper adjusts to what he did the first time Brandon beat him, he'll score again in a different way. He's very good one-on-one and he's good from long distance."

Brandon Flores found the back of the net 39 times for the Cougars as a sophomore and added 11 assists. He added seven goals in preseason jamborees as Carson warmed up for this season.

"Brandon is very skilled, very fast with the ball," his cousin, Fidel, said.

But even with a striker such as Brandon Flores, Carson didn't threaten much in a scoreless second half at Marvin Ridge.

"We didn't play nearly as well in the second half," said Buckwalter, a Pennsylvania native who came to the area to play for Catawba. "Marvin Ridge didn't have many chances until late, but those last five minutes they had us back on our heels. We didn't do what we'd talked about. We were just hanging on."

But Fidel Flores, who can bench press 225 pounds, contained a prolific scorer with en eight-inch height advantage, and the Cougars did hang on for their breakthrough win.

"We all got tired at the end," Fidel Flores said. "But to win was a great feeling. That team was on their home field and it was their first game as defending state champions. They didn't want to lose, but we showed that Carson has good soccer players."

Buckwalter described the emotional roller coaster after the Cougars won.

"At first, there was just relief in the huddle that we'd held on," he said. "And then I reminded them how poorly they'd played in the second half."

It got quiet for a few seconds, but as he broke from that solemn huddle Buckwalter turned and told his team, "OK guys, now you can celebrate."

And they did.

As tough a road as the Cougars have chosen to travel -- their first home game is Tuesday against strong 4A Lake Norman -- there should be plenty of celebrations ahead.

"It's a confidence thing and winning at Marvin Ridge added confidence," Buckwalter said, "As coaches, we tell these kids how good they are. Now you can see in their eyes that they're starting to believe it."

Notes: Buckwalter is married to former South Rowan athlete and coach Cassie Siege. They're expecting another addition to the family soon. The due date is Sept. 3. ... Carson and the county's traditional power -- defending 2A state champ Salisbury -- aren't currently scheduled to meet, but Buckwalter is optimistic that will change. Salisbury's schedule was booked, but two nights came open on the calendar due to North Rowan not fielding a team. "That's a game we'd like to play," Buckwalter said.

Carson was very young but very good last year, 17-5 overall and 13-3 champions of a balanced SPC. Carson actually lost twice to Hickory Ridge, but Hickory Ridge lost twice to Concord. The Spiders in turn, lost twice to Cox Mill, which lost twice to Carson.

Buckwalter still has only three seniors, two of whom start, but the Cougars entered the season ranked 10th in 3A.

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http://www.salisburypost.com/article/20140821/SP05/140829891/1001/sp/police-under-a-microscope&source=RSS <![CDATA[Police under a microscope ]]> Salisbury Police may be wondering; are they too tough, or not tough enough?

Residents have complained for several months that the police are not visible or active enough to keep the predominantly black West End neighborhood safe from break-ins and gun violence. This week, on the other hand, the NAACP and others brought up accusations of overly aggressive behavior from officers. Two pastors said they were treated gruffly, and the threat of lawsuits from other citizens has been mentioned.

Meanwhile, the shooting death of a young black man by a police officer in Ferguson, Missouri -- and disastrous handling of the incident by local authorities -- have ramped up racial tensions and questions about how law enforcement operates in 21st century America. Police find themselves caught in a vortex of whirling accusations, high emotions and impossible expectations.

The police are not the only ones under the microscope. Also facing scrutiny locally are the elected leaders charged with running the city and overseeing the Police Department. How actively are City Council members listening and responding to citizens' concerns?

Salisbury leaders have begun to address West End concerns. Police Chief Rory Collins restructured patrols to put more officers in the neighborhood, appointed a community relations officer and started operating a satellite police station at the Miller Center a few hours each week. That's a good start. Now people are unhappy that a Salvation Army program set up to provide after-school care and other programs for youth at the Miller Center is crowding out neighborhood activities -- something that may be more a failure of communication than anything else. Time will tell.

As for the NAACP complaints, City Council has to pay close attention and respond appropriately. It's all too easy for the NAACP to call for the police chief's resignation. That gets attention, but it does nothing to shed light on the alleged problems in the department. Certain officers may indeed be too aggressive with the people they stop; the recent apprehension and fingerprinting of a woman whose license plate had been switched is another example. As West End residents have suggested, officers may need better training in interacting with the public.

But officers should also know that citizens value and respect the job they take on, even at times like this. Maybe that's why we set such high standards for police conduct. The men and women in law enforcement face huge risks every day. Without them, there would be no law and order in Salisbury. It is out of respect for them that the city must investigate critics' claims and make sure the entire department balances vigilance with being servants and protectors of the community.

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http://www.salisburypost.com/article/20140821/SP05/140829892/1001/sp/letters-to-the-editor-thursday-8-21-14&source=RSS <![CDATA[Letters to the editor -- Thursday (8-21-14)]]> Fan program helped 105 people

Rufty-Holmes Senior Center has just completed another successful Summer Fan Program. Our initial allotment of box fans was supplied through generous funding from the Duke Energy Foundation. Additional fans were later purchased, allowing us to serve a total of 105 individuals in Rowan County.

This program gives priority to senior adults who do not have air conditioning or adequate cooling in their homes. Extra cooling during hot summer weather becomes critical for those who have ongoing breathing problems and other medical conditions.

We always receive valuable support for our fan program from the Salisbury Post, Senior Savvy, various county offices and area organizations A special thank you goes to the Xi Delta Chi chapter of Beta Sigma Phi service sorority in Salisbury, for their generous donation of funds.

We are grateful to everyone who helped publicize and support our Summer Fan Program.

-- Susan A. Davis

Rufty-Holmes Senior Center

Invest in a child

It is that time of year again -- time for a new school year, time for high school football, time for cooler temperatures, and time for Knox's 6th Annual Invest in a Child Fundraiser!

This year is different, though. There's excitement in the air at Knox. You can almost feel it, and if you drive by the school you can definitely see it. In case you didn't know, there are new leaders at Knox, and if you haven't met them, I hope you will have the opportunity to meet Dr. Dixon and Dr. Waiksnis soon. They have come to Knox with a vision, and they are bringing hope -- hope that we can improve the conditions at an old, rundown school, hope to the teachers who need to be inspired to teach our children, hope to the parents who want to believe Knox can be a place where all children can learn, and hope of a brighter future.

They have reached out to the community for help, and you have answered the call. Thank you to everyone who came out the past two weekends and shoveled mulch, pruned bushes, planted flowers, pulled weeds and joined us in a labor of love. We could not have done it without you.

We now ask you to once again offer your financial support by making a donation to Knox's Invest in a Child. The money you donate will be used to fund before and after school programs, college visits for students, professional training, school supplies, landscaping, outside receptacles and much, much more!

We hope you will consider Investing in a Child. Please send donations to Knox Middle School PTA, 1625 Park Road West, Salisbury, NC 28144

Together we can do this!

-- Leah Ann Honeycutt


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http://www.salisburypost.com/article/20140821/SP05/140829893/1001/sp/cal-thomas-theater-of-the-absurd-in-ferguson&source=RSS <![CDATA[Cal Thomas: Theater of the absurd in Ferguson]]> It was in a college theater class that I learned about a genre called "Theater of the Absurd." These were plays written mostly by European playwrights between the 1940s and 1960s, as well as a certain style that flowed from their work.

What reminded me of this is now "playing" in Ferguson, Missouri, following the shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown, who was -- select one -- a) innocently walking down the street when a police officer shot him to death without provocation, or, b) walking with a friend in the street and told by a police officer to get on the sidewalk, whereupon a physical confrontation occurred and Brown allegedly tried to grab the officer's gun and was shot by the cop, now identified as Darren Wilson. This after Brown allegedly robbed a convenience store of some cigars and was seen on a store camera intimidating the clerk as he walked out, which may, or may not, have been related to the shooting.

The rioting and looting that followed and the pundits who weighed in with the familiar narrative about slavery, discrimination, stereotyping, joblessness, lack of education and absent fathers, are familiar scenes we have watched in incidents dating back to the race riots of the 1960s. Blue ribbon commissions have been appointed to study the "causes," laws have been passed, little has changed.

The Theater of the Absurd, as defined by The American Heritage Dictionary, is "A form of drama that emphasizes the absurdity of human existence by employing disjointed, repetitious, and meaningless dialogue, purposeless and confusing situations, and plots that lack realistic or logical development."

Doesn't this sound like Ferguson, Missouri, in recent days?

The cast of characters has expanded with the introduction of the National Guard, ordered to Ferguson by Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon to quell the unrest, much of it apparently fomented, according to some locals, by outsiders taking advantage of the situation to engage in criminal activity.

Just how absurd things are getting in the St. Louis suburb and in some of the commentary written before all the facts are known can be seen in these headlines on the Drudge Report: "George Zimmerman attorney urges caution" (Zimmerman was found not guilty in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin); "Iran's Ayatollah weighs in;" "Jesse Jackson: 'state execution.'"

If jumping to conclusions were an Olympic sport, some of these loudmouths who insert themselves where they don't belong and frequently fan flames instead of working to extinguish them would win gold medals.

The shooting galleries in Chicago and other major cities leave hundreds dead each year. Most shooters and victims are black, or Hispanic, but only the local news gives coverage. There are no statements from the president. No FBI or Justice Department investigative task forces are sent from Washington. I have yet to hear a credible explanation for this.

It is the same when a child disappears. A white child, especially a female, gets a lot of attention, a black child, no matter the gender, not so much. Isn't this a form of racism?

One more question that adds to the absurdity: Why is so little attention paid to African-Americans who have overcome difficult circumstances to become responsible citizens and committed husbands and fathers? Possible answer: It doesn't play into the media's stereotypical portrayal of the black man as a frightening, threatening, menace to society. Blacks who loot stores make for more dramatic pictures than those who are law-abiding. (To their great credit, Brown's parents have repeatedly called for calm in Ferguson, to little avail.)

Don't the major media have a bias of their own in these matters?

It's all so absurd.

Cal Thomas' latest book is "What Works: Common Sense Solutions for a Stronger America" is available in bookstores now. Readers may email Cal Thomas at tcaeditors@tribune.com.

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http://www.salisburypost.com/article/20140821/SP01/140829894/1001/sp/sheriff-man-charged-with-assault&source=RSS <![CDATA[Sheriff: Man charged with assault]]> The Rowan County Sheriff's Office charged a Salisbury man with assault after the victim's father called authorities saying he witnessed his son being assaulted with a knife.

Authorities charged Michael Wayne Brooker, 26, of Cedar Drive, with misdemeanor assault with a deadly weapon.

The victim and his father told officials Brooker asked him to work on his vehicle and refused to remove an item from his car to have it fixed. Brooker got mad, a report said.

According to the victim, Brooker began cursing him and calling him a derogatory name, went inside his own car and came back with a knife. The victim's hand was cut in the assault. The victim told a deputy Brooker began throwing rocks at his garage and then nearly kicked his mailbox off its post. A witness said they saw Brooker, also known as "Stunner" kick a mailbox.

Another witness driving down Airport Road saw the incident unfold and saw a man throwing rocks at the house and kick the mailbox three times.

Brooker got into his car and took off. When the deputy asked to see a video camera in a tree on the victim's property, the victim refused. The victim told the deputy he wasn't sure the video was recording when the incident occurred.

Brooker was charged in July with misdemeanor assault on a female. In June, Brooker was one of eight people charged after months of undercover investigations. Officials said he sold crack cocaine to an undercover officer.

In other reports:

• A man reported Tuesday a burglary in the 6500 block of Old Beatty Ford Road, Rockwell.

• Saint Enoch Lutheran Church reported Tuesday a vandalism in the 2600 block of Eagle Street, Kannapolis.

• A woman reported Tuesday a larceny in the 100 block of Bee Tree Lane.

• A man reported Tuesday a burglary in the 8200 block of Castor Road.

• A man reported Tuesday a burglary in the 900 block of North Enochville Avenue, China Grove.

In police reports:

• A man reported Tuesday a vandalism in the 200 block of Claymont Drive.

• A woman reported Tuesday items were stolen from her home with no signs of forced entry in the 1400 block of North Church Street.

• A man reported Tuesday his grandson used his information to get a credit card in the 200 block of Sudley Circle.

Contact reporter Shavonne Potts at 704-797-4253.

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http://www.salisburypost.com/article/20140821/DC/140829895/1001/sp/obits-dorothy-page-thornton&source=RSS <![CDATA[Obits: Dorothy Page Thornton]]>

Dorothy Page Thornton

Dorothy May Page Thornton, 72, of Mocksville died at her residence on Monday, Aug. 18, 2014, after a period of declining health. 

Born Feb. 14, 1942, in Conneaut, Ohio, she was the daughter of the late Lloyd A. Page and Lucile Lamson Page. Prior to her retirement in 2009, she was a national account specialist for Carolina Office Systems. She spent most of her life in northeast Ohio, but lived in Waco, Texas from 1991-2002 when she moved to North Carolina to make this her home. 

Survivors: 2 sons, Bryan Thornton and wife Elizabeth “Beth” Taylor of Mooresville, and Barry Thornton and companion Dorothea Heater of Austin, Texas; a daughter, Teresa Miller and husband George of Chattanooga, Tenn.; 2 brothers, Gary Page and wife Betty of Waco, Texas, and Richard Page and wife Martha of Louisville, Ky.; a sister, Janet Ball and husband Bob of Kingsville, Ohio; and her companion in life, Mike Winter of Mocksville. 

A celebration of life service will be conducted at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 22 at Davie Funeral Service Chapel. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service. 

Memorials: Storehouse for Jesus, PO Box 216, Mocksville. 

Online condolences: www.daviefuneralservice.com.


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http://www.salisburypost.com/article/20140821/DC/140829896/1001/sp/obits-james-robert-spillman&source=RSS <![CDATA[Obits: James Robert Spillman]]>

James Robert Spillman

Mr. James Robert “J.R.” Spillman, 75, of Clemmons, died Sunday, Aug. 17, 2014, at Forsyth Medical Center in Winston-Salem.

He was born on Dec. 22, 1938 in Davie County to the late Lloyd Baxter “Shorty” and Treva Elizabeth Livengood Spillman. Mr. Spillman was a veteran of the U.S. Army. 

He was also preceded in death by his wife, Patty Sue Boles Spillman.

Survivors: a daughter, Stephanie Byrd (Barry) of Yadkinville; a son, Ryan Spillman of Lexington, S.C.; 3 grandchildren, Judah Spillman, Brandon and Nicole Byrd; a sister, Ann Spillman Younts (Richard) of Advance; an aunt, Nell Livengood of Atlanta, Ga.; and several nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be conducted at 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 23, at Fork Baptist Church. The family will receive friends at the church following the service. 

Memorials: Cancer Services, 3175 Maplewood Ave., Winston-Salem, 27103.

Online condolences: www.eatonfuneralservice.com.REPRESENTATIVE Julia Howard NC House 79th District Please contact me in: MOCKSVILLE: (336) 751–8567 RALEIGH: (919) 733–5904 State Legislative Building 16 W. Jones Street, Rm 1106 Raleigh, NC 27601–1096 Email: juliah@ncleg.net Look for us on Facebook at: Rep Julia 


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Irvin George Scherer

Dr. Irvin George Scherer, MD, of Statesville, died on Monday, Aug. 11, 2014, at The Gardens of Statesville.

Scherer was born Oct. 21, 1929, in Kansas City, Kan. and was the son of the late George Jacob Scherer and Dovie Deloras Jones Scherer. He earned his bachelor's and medical degrees from the University of Kansas and on June 18, 1954, was married in Asheville to Lois Anita Varner Scherer, who died Jan. 17, 2010. He served in the U.S. Navy as a lieutenant from 1954-1957 and in the Navel Reserves until 1962. In July of 1957, he came to Hamptonville, at Windsor Crossroads and opened a medical practice along with being a doctor with the Lula Conrad Hoots Memorial Hospital in Yadkinville. He served as an assistant pastor at the Fair Oaks Gospel Church in Winston-Salem. In April of 1976, he and Dr. Jim Ward opened the Tri-County Medical Park Family Practice between Harmony and Union Grove. His office served patients from Iredell, Yadkin, Wilkes, Davie, and Alexander counties. He continued his association with the medical park until his retirement in 2009, at which time he gave the building back to the community. He was associated with Iredell Memorial Hospital for 50 years and served 17 years on the board of trustees. He was a member of the Community Baptist Church at Mt. Mourne. Scherer was called to be a missionary but because of only one kidney, could not be accepted so he made the medical practice his mission. He did not charge ministers, missionaries, or Christian workers a fee. He had a love for teaching the Bible and had Bible study in his home on many Friday evenings for years followed by foods and desserts prepared by Mrs. Scherer. He was a supporter of the Gideons Organization.

Survivors: a son, George Joseph Scherer and grandson, Jesse Alexander Scherer, both of Monrovia, Calif.; a niece, Annette Ladd and husband Ernie of Winston-Salem; and a brother, Alfred Scherer.

A service to celebrate his life was conducted 11 a.m. Friday, Aug. 15 in the Nicholson Funeral Home Chapel with his longtime friend and minister, the Rev. J.R. Speece, officiating. Burial with full military honors provided by the Iredell County Veterans Burial Detail followed in the Community Baptist Church Cemetery, Mt. Mourne. The family visited with friends Thursday evening at Nicholson Funeral Home.

Memorials: Gideons International, PO Box 148, Statesville, 28687; or to Doctors Without Borders via https://donate.doctorswithoutborders.org/onetime.cfm.

Online condolences:www.nicholsonfunerals.com/obituaries.





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Betty Jo Sparks Bowens

Mrs. Betty Jo Sparks Bowens, 82, formerly of Milling Road, Mocksville, died Sunday, Aug. 17, 2014, at Wake Forest Baptist Health – Davie Medical Center in Advance.

She was born Sept. 29, 1931 in Davie County to the late Henry Martin and Maggie Hellard Sparks. Since 1951, she was a faithful member of Cornatzer United Methodist Church where she had served as United Methodist Women treasurer for 15 years, ladies Sunday school teacher for 25 years, had taught the young adult Sunday school class for several years, taught vacation Bible school and served on committees. 

She was also preceded in death by her husband, Garland L. Bowens; 2 sisters; and 4 brothers.

Survivors: 2 daughters, LuVada Howell (Stewart) and Garlene Kurfees (Stuart); a sister, Doris McDaniel; a brother, Bob Sparks; 3 grandsons, Jason Wisecarver (C.J.), Tyler and Eli Kurfees; 2 great-grandsons, Gavin and Ganon Wisecarver, all of Mocksville; and numerous nieces and nephews.

A funeral service was conducted at 11 a.m., Tuesday, Aug. 19 at Cornatzer United Methodist Church with the Revs. Shane Young and George Williams and Pastor Jason Wisecarver officiating. Burial followed in the church cemetery. Visitation followed at the graveside.

Memorials: Cornatzer UMC General Fund, 1032 Cornatzer Road, Mocksville.

Online condolences: www.eatonfuneralservice.com.


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Marie Townsend Butler

Marie Townsend Butler, 90, of Bermuda Village, Advance, died Friday, Aug. 15, 2014.

She was born June 20, 1924 in Marlboro County, S.C. to Mary Rogers Townsend and John R. Townsend. She was preceded in death by her husband, James Preston Butler, a son, John W. Butler and a grandson, Charles P. Butler.

Before retirement at Bermuda Village, she was a 35 year resident of Fayetteville, where she was an active member of Highland Presbyterian Church. She and J.P. spent time on Figure Eight Island, and at High Meadows, Roaring Gap, where they enjoyed vacation homes and the company of friends. She attended Marlboro County schools and was a graduate of Winthrop University. As a young woman she enjoyed working in journalism on assignments from the small towns of North Carolina to Washington, D.C. Acquiring her pilot's license at age 18, she flew with the Civil Air Patrol during World War II. She was active in forming the family business, Butler Electric Supply, Inc. in 1948. She and her husband's retirement years were filled with trips throughout the world as well as visiting friends and family.

Survivors: her children, Ben Butler of Myrtle Beach (Vicki), James Butler of Wilmington, Carlos Butler of Greensboro (Kelly); 8 grandchildren; and 4 great-grandchildren. 

A memorial service was held 2 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 17 at the chapel, Bermuda Village.

Memorials: Lake Waccamaw Home for Boys and Girls, PO Box 250, Lake Waccamaw, 28450. 

Online condolences: www.hayworth-miller.com.


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Patricia 'Trish' Chandler

Patricia “Trish” Chandler died on Friday, Aug. 15, 2014.

She was born Sept. 19, 1950, in Rowan County to the late U.M. and Lillian Sales Ervin Chandler. She was also preceded in death by a brother, Tony Ervin.

Survivors: a brother, John Chandler and wife Regina, and a sister, Karen “KC” Smith and husband, Jeff; 7 nieces and nephews, Dana Ervin, Adam Chandler, Claire Chandler, Phillip Chandler, Lauren Smith, Taylor Smith, and Ted Smith; aunt and uncle, Doris Lakey and Ken Sales; plus numerous cousins. 

She graduated from Baulder College in Atlanta, Ga. and pursued a career in fashion and design. This led her into dressing windows for Zimmerman's and Belk's department stores in downtown Salisbury. Returning to Atlanta, she was employed at Lord and Taylor department store for several years. In the early 1970s she was employed at Lawndale Veterinarian Clinic until 1980 when she became a flight attendant for US Airlines where she served for more than 20 years. Her most recent employment was with Davie County Schools where interacting with children was the highlight. The small-town environment beckoned her return and she became active in the beautification and rejuvenation of her hometown of Cooleemee. Her strong wit and faith in God became an inspiration to many during her two-year journey through cancer. She love dand respected all God's creatures, had a rebel spirit and zeal for life.

A memorial service to celebrate her life will be held at First Baptist of Cooleemee at 3 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 23. Visitation will begin at 1:30 p.m.

Flowers are welcome, or donations may be sent to First Baptist Church, PO Box 518, Cooleemee, for the establishment of a new prayer garden in her memory.

Online condolences: www.daviefuneralservice.com.


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Eric Steven Whitaker

Eric Steven Whitaker, 42, of Mocksville, died unexpectedly on Aug. 9, 2014.

He was preceded in death by his father, William Charlie Whitaker Jr.

Survivors: his mother, Barbara Gwen Whitaker; and a brother, Jeffrey Kyle Whitaker.

A private memorial service will be held later.


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Veigh Barnhardt Shoaf

Veigh Barnhardt Shoaf, 93, of Lexington, died Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2014, at Lexington Health Care.

The funeral was at 2 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 17 at Friendship United Methodist Church, where she was a member, with the Rev. Doug Pryor officiating. Burial followed in the church cemetery. The family received friends Saturday, Aug. 16 at Davidson Funeral Home.

Mrs. Shoaf was born July 14, 1921, in Davie County to George E. Barnhardt and Dellie Hendrix Barnhardt.She was a member of VFW Post 3074 Ladies Auxiliary and retired from Frazier Shops in Lexington. At her church she was a member of the Ladies Bible Class. 

She was also preceded in death by her husband, Henry V. Shoaf on Jan. 5, 1989; a sister, Levy Barnhardt; and 7 brothers, Olin, Dermont, Elward, Charlie, Herman, Bill and Eudell Barnhardt of Davie County; and a great-granddaughter, Jessica Hope Prince.

Surviving: a daughter, Henrietta Shoaf Prince and husband Jimmy; son, Larry D. Shoaf and wife Sharon; 2 grandsons, Michael Shoaf and wife Karyn of Crandall, Texas and David Prince and wife Kimberly of Lawrenceville, Ga.; a granddaughter, Jamie Beth Bailey and husband Brad of Cornelius; 3 great-grandsons, Luke Shoaf of Crandall, Texas, Jedidiah Bailey of Cornelius and Matthew Prince of Lawrenceville; 2 great-granddaughters, Marleigh Anna Shoaf of Crandall and Journey Bailey of Cornelius; a sister, Virginia Dare Foster of Advance; 2 sisters-in-law, Betty Hartman Barnhardt and Ann Wilson Barnhardt, both of Davie County; and several nieces and nephews.

Memorials: Friendship UMC, 2840 Friendship Church Road, Lexington, 27295.

Online condolences: www.davidsonfuneralhome.net.


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William Phillip Marklin

Mr. William Phillip Marklin, 61, of Deer Run Drive, Mocksville, died Saturday, Aug. 16, 2014, at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem. 

He was born on July 30, 1953, in Rowan County to the late Leonard Ward and Margaret Ann Burke Marklin. Phillip was a loving father and a great man to all who knew him. 

Survivors: a daughter, Elizabeth Marklin of Mooresville; a son, Jonathan Grady of Clemmons; a sister, Sharon Cohen (Laverne) of Advance; and a brother, Don Marklin (Dorothy) of Mocksville. 

There was a visitation from 6-8 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 19 at Eaton Funeral Home. 

Online condolences: www.eatonfuneralservice.com.


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Worth McCoy Bowles

A memorial service for Worth McCoy Bowles of Clemmons will be held on Saturday, Aug. 23 at 2 p.m. at Jericho Church of Christ, Mocksville.


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