sp sp sp sp en-us http://www.salisburypost.com/article/20141021/SP01/141029944/1001/sp/two-dead-after-wreck-on-jake-alexander-boulevard&source=RSS <![CDATA[Two dead after wreck on Jake Alexander Boulevard]]> Two adults were confirmed dead after a two-vehicle accident near the intersection of Jake Alexander Boulevard and Ivy Street.

The two deceased adults -- who police would not fully identify until notifying the family -- were in the back seat of a brown Honda car. A white Chevy Silverado was also involved in the accident.

Salisbury Police Officer Lt. Andy Efird said the drivers of the truck and car were able to stand and walk around following the accident. The front passenger in the car was transported to a medical center and would be airlifted to another facility, Eifrd said.

The accident was called in at 3:34 p.m.

Salisbury Police Department spokeswoman Shelia Lingle said the truck struck the brown car in the rear.

Police were unable to immediately provide any further details about the accident.

The accident crushed the rear of the brown car and the white truck sustained significant damage to its front end.

Contact reporter Josh Bergeron at 704-797-4246.

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http://www.salisburypost.com/article/20141021/SP01/141029945/1001/sp/boulders-and-faith&source=RSS <![CDATA[Boulders and Faith ]]> In matters of faith, the "solid rock" is often stressed. Those of us native to Rowan, along with newcomers and anyone just passing through its eastern section know that the town of "Faith" is also based on "solid rock," and has the boulders to prove it (Granite Quarry included).

Geologically speaking, in those areas of Rowan County the magma pushed up from below millions of years ago, but didn't break the surface. It cooled below the ground and was exposed over the millenia by something much less "acute," more "chronic": "erosion."

Eastern Rowan's boulders are in a variety of states of erosional "eruption," some with just the "top of the head" showing, some exposed down to the "neck."

On "The Great East Rowan Band Trip of 1966" I saw a similarly great stone head a the Smithsonian on which the ancient Olmec people of Mexico had rounded and carved a face.

The stones in Faith lack faces, as well as expression, although sometimes the rudiment of a "feeling" comes across, but perhaps I'm just projecting my own.

Such exposure invited the efforts of quarriers ( also the name of Granite Quarry graduates). Just stand atop Dunn's Mountain with Bill Gilland and Bob Peeler, and they will tell you.

Growing up with boulders, I could relate to the boulders in Westerns, of both the movies and of television (except they didn't have nice yards of green grass surrounding them as in Faith).

My friend and former work pal of the Caswell County Department of Social Services, David Shatterly showed me a book which had histories of old western movie filming sites. Included were pictures of those sites, both then and now. The boulders looked pretty much the same, but of course, 70-80 years is a drop in the bucket for a boulder.

I think David also gave a copy of this book to his brother Ralph (as far as brotherly names are concerned, both David Shatterly and Arthur Smith have something in common).

One time, the Danville Symphony included the "William Tell Overture" in a concert. Based on my own reaction at the time, I'm sure the symphony audience also ignored that live scene of performing instrumentalists and drifted back to "Those thrilling days of yesteryear", mentally picturing a black-and-white (with gradations of gray) scene of masked man, rearing horse, and boulders.

Riding through Faith, it appears as if some houses are placed to obtain a much coveted boulder in the yard. My brother Joe has several in his, keeping up with the Mccombs, Peelers, etc., and if any Joneses are there, them too.

I always regarded those Faith residents with something great and "igneous" in their yards as fortunate (from time to time in certain parts of the world, there are people with something igneous in their yards which is still hot and flowing, but they are unfortunate).

While exploring the former woods behind my boyhood home in the very early 1960s, I discovered several boulders there. I also found a couple in the wooded area down past Paul Ritchie's house.

To me, these boulders had a "sheepish" look, as if they knew they didn't quite belong there and had been "found out," far from their kin further east.

In one area of Faith, I saw several boulders joined together (such joining occurring millions of years ago). They reminded me of the former man-made wall in Berlin. Like it, some of Rowan's boulders have graffiti (but not to worry; they will outlive it).

In one section of Faith-Granite Quarry, a church cemetery lies next to a wooded area. Beyond the orderly rows of stones can be seen great "unmarked" granite monoliths almost as tall as the trees surrounding them.

The lined-up, smaller "literate" stones seem to be making some sort of obeisance to the "unschooled" ones, in whose image they seem to have been made (and the cut stones' differences, subtle and great, speak to the similar differences, subtle and great, of those entombed below).

"Diamonds are Forever," according to the jewelry business and the James Bond film.

As far as the brevity of our lives is concerned, granite is the same as diamonds, leading me to the following as a most truthful real estate add for any house in the Faith-Granite Quarry area whose yard happens to be "embouldered":

"This beautiful and well-constructed home makes a truly heroic effort in lending a bit of brief, aesthetic enhancement to the view of its much longer-term boulder."

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http://www.salisburypost.com/article/20141021/SP01/141029946/1001/sp/juliana-anderson-salisbury-high-school-volleyball&source=RSS <![CDATA[Juliana Anderson, Salisbury High School volleyball]]> It was a big week for Salisbury volleyball, and Juliana Anderson was at the forefront of it.

The Hornets captured their first Central Carolinas Conference tournament championship since 1995. Anderson had 20 kills against Thomasville in the tournament semifinals and then added 15 more in the title matchup with East Davidson.

The Hornets' great ride continued with a thrilling victory over R-S Central in the first round of the 2A state playoffs. Anderson had 21 kills, eight digs, five aces and four blocks.

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http://www.salisburypost.com/article/20141021/SP01/141029947/1001/sp/third-suspect-charged-in-spencer-double-homicide&source=RSS <![CDATA[Third suspect charged in Spencer double homicide]]> SPENCER -- Authorities have charged a third suspect in the Oct. 8 shooting deaths of Antonio "Tony" Walker and James "Junior" Walker Jr.

James Michael Robinson, Jr., 23, was arrested this morning in Roanoke Rapids and charged with murder, Spencer Police Michael James said in a news release. Robinson is in the Hailfax County Jail pending transfer back to Rowan County. Robinson's last known address is in Salisbury.

Investigators previously charged Kenneth Wayne Abel Jr., 23, and Darius Obryan Abel, 24, with two counts of murder apiece.

"These are the only suspects identified at this time but the investigation is continuing and I can make no additional comments since this is an ongoing investigation," James said in the news release.

Family members who were with the victims at their Fifth Street home on the night of Oct. 8 said three men wearing gorilla masks walked in the door with guns. Angie Walker White, 29-year-old Tony Walker's mother, said they asked for him by name before finding him in a back bedroom and shooting him.

He managed to stumble into the family's living room before he died. His uncle, Junior Walker, 43, tried to defend the family but was beaten with his own handgun and shot by one of the intruders, family members said. He died at the scene.

James credited collaboration of the Spencer Police Department, the Rowan County Sheriff's Department, the State Bureau of Investigation and the Salisbury Police Department for the quick arrests.

"Words are not sufficient to express my appreciation to Sheriff Auten and his personnel for their assistance. The assistance of the NCSBI has been phenomenal," he said. "Spencer Police personnel have worked long hours to solve this case as well, and I appreciate their diligence.

"The message is very clear, if you commit a crime, law enforcement will work together to bring the perpetrators to justice."

James asks anyone has additional information regarding this case to contact the Spencer Police Department during business hours at 704-633-3574 or Crime Stoppers at 1-866-639-5245.

Tue, 21 Oct 2014 13:39:00 EST http://www.salisburypost.com/article/20141021/SP01/141029947/1001/sp/third-suspect-charged-in-spencer-double-homicide&source=RSS
http://www.salisburypost.com/article/20141021/SP01/141029948/1001/sp/scammers-prey-on-ebola-fears-with-bogus-products&source=RSS <![CDATA[Scammers prey on Ebola fears with bogus products]]> News about the spread of Ebola virus is frightening. People are worried about how contagious the disease is? How can it be transmitted? Will it become a widespread health crisis in the United States?

BBB experience shows that bogus health products and unproven claims crop up when there's a high level of fear about a disease. BBB files are full of examples. In the 1950s, one promoter offered an "Atomotrone" device to make "irradiated water" at home to cure "irregular heart action, blood clot in the brain, tumors, etc." He was convicted of mail fraud after BBB showed the device was just a box with colored lights.

Now, preying on fears of Ebola, offers are turning up for "unapproved and fraudulent products" to prevent or treat Ebola, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). An alert issued recently states: "FDA has seen and received consumer complaints about a variety of products claiming to either prevent the Ebola virus or treat the infection."

Despite these claims, FDA states, "There are currently no FDA-approved vaccines or drugs to prevent or treat Ebola ... There are no approved vaccines, drugs, or investigational products specifically for purchase on the Internet."

What about the experimental vaccines that have been in the news? The public may hope to get some of those vaccines, but that wouldn't be any time soon. "These investigational products are in the early stages of product development, have not yet been fully tested for safety or effectiveness, and the supply is very limited," FDA says.

Consumers are also warned against any claims that a dietary supplement could help prevent or treat Ebola. According to FDA, "By law, dietary supplements cannot claim to prevent or cure disease."

The truth is, Ebola does not pose a significant risk to the U.S. public, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). But it's just when fear is high that unproven, fraudulent products appear.

FDA is monitoring for bogus products and false claims, and will take appropriate action if claims aren't corrected or removed. Consumers who have seen fraudulent products or false claims relating to Ebola can report them to FDA, and can also inform BBB.

BBB and FDA offer these tips to recognize fraudulent health products. Be wary of these red flags:

• One product does it all. Be suspicious of products that claim to cure a wide range of diseases. No one product could be effective against a long, varied list of conditions or diseases.

• Personal testimonials. Success stories are easy to make up and are not a substitute for scientific evidence.

• Quick fixes. Few diseases or conditions can be treated quickly, even with legitimate products.

• "All natural." Some plants found in nature (such as poisonous mushrooms) can kill when consumed. Numerous "all natural" products contain hidden, untested or dangerous ingredients.

• "Miracle cure." If a real cure for a serious disease were discovered, it would be widely reported through the news media and prescribed by health professionals--not buried in print ads, TV infomercials or on Internet sites.

• Conspiracy theories. These statements are used to distract consumers from the obvious, common-sense questions about the so-called miracle cure.

If you're tempted to buy an unproven product or one with questionable claims, check with your doctor or other health care professional first.

BBB is a non-profit organization that promotes truth in advertising by investigating questionable advertising claims, and asks advertisers to voluntarily substantiate, modify or discontinue those claims when appropriate. Most advertisers cooperate with BBB and adhere to the guidelines in the BBB Code of Advertising. To report an ad that may be false or misleading, contact your local BBB at bbb.org.

Tue, 21 Oct 2014 11:19:00 EST http://www.salisburypost.com/article/20141021/SP01/141029948/1001/sp/scammers-prey-on-ebola-fears-with-bogus-products&source=RSS
http://www.salisburypost.com/article/20141021/SP01/141029949/1001/sp/special-service-today-reflects-on-domestic-violence&source=RSS <![CDATA[Special service today reflects on domestic violence]]> A special service in observance of Domestic Violence Awareness Month will be held today from 6-7:30 p.m. in Room 315 on the Hood Seminary campus at 1810 Lutheran Synod Drive in Salisbury. Attention will also be given to the problems of child abuse and human trafficking. This event is free and open to the public.

The theme of the service is "Precious in God's Sight: The Call to Cherish and Protect Every 'Child' of God." Renee Bradshaw, executive director of the Family Crisis Council of Rowan County will talk about domestic/intimate violence; Beth Moore, executive director of Prevent Child Abuse Rowan, will speak on the problem of child abuse; and Janet Garner-Mullins, a senior in the master of divinity program and secretary of the Student Government Association at Hood will talk about human trafficking.

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http://www.salisburypost.com/article/20141021/SP01/141029950/1001/sp/attention-teens-learn-these-5-to-drive-rules&source=RSS <![CDATA[Attention teens: Learn these '5 to Drive' rules]]> Car crashes are the leading cause of death for 14- to 18-year-olds in North Carolina. In an effort to save young lives, the N.C. Department of Transportation and the Governor's Highway Safety Program are partnering during National Teen Driver Safety Week, which starts Sunday, to educate teens about the top five ways they can stay safe behind the wheel.

"Teen drivers ages 16-20 comprise just 7 percent of the population in North Carolina, yet they accounted for 13 percent of all crashes and 9 percent of fatal crashes last year," said GHSP Director Don Nail. "In order to bring those numbers down to zero, we ask parents to help emphasize our safety messages and teens to follow the rules of the road."

National Teen Driver Safety Week seeks to boost teen driver safety by challenging parents to engage their teens in ongoing discussion about critical driving practices that could prevent them from being involved in a crash. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's "5 to Drive" campaign addresses the five most dangerous and deadly behaviors for teen drivers.

The "5 to Drive" rules are:

1. No Drinking and Driving.

2. Buckle Up. Every Seat. Every Time.

3. Put It Down. One Text or Call Could Wreck It All.

4. Stop Speeding Before It Stops You.

5. No More than One Passenger at a Time.

GHSP encourages teens and their parents to visit Safety City at the N.C. State Fair in Raleigh to learn firsthand about driving safety and interact with many of the "5 to Drive" elements. At Safety City, fairgoers can tour GHSP's Breath Alcohol Testing (BAT) Mobile Unit, ride in seatbelt convincers that simulate a crash at 5-7 mph, and see the aftermath of a distracted driving crash.

Safety City is located behind Dorton Arena and open each day from 9 a.m. until 7 p.m. All activities and materials are free of charge.

In 2012, young drivers 16-20 years old were involved in 45,517 crashes in North Carolina. Young male drivers were involved in 53 percent of those crashes. Of the fatal crashes involving 16- to 20-year-old drivers and passengers, 60 percent were not wearing their seatbelts, which is why GHSP reminds everyone that it is North Carolina law to buckle up -- every seat, every time.

National Teen Driver Safety Week runs through Oct. 25. For more information about it and NHTSA's "5 to Drive" campaign, visit www.safercar.gov/parents/fivetodrive.htm.

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http://www.salisburypost.com/article/20141021/SP01/141029951/1001/sp/now-that-s-a-winning-lamb&source=RSS <![CDATA[Now THAT's a winning lamb]]> Abigail Wilson, 11, of China Grove, demonstrated the grand champion junior market lamb at the state fair.

Powers Great American Midways bought the lamb for $11,000.

The junior livestock grand and reserve grand champion steers, barrows, lambs, goats and turkeys were auctioned in the Sale of Champions on Saturday at the N.C. State Fair. Bidders paid a total of $167,700 for the top animals, the highest auction total ever.

"The State Fair's livestock shows highlight some of the best animals and brightest kids in North Carolina," said Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler. "The sponsors of this event recognize that our youth exhibitors are the future of agriculture in North Carolina, and I'm pleased to see them support scholarships and educational programs."

Tue, 21 Oct 2014 10:05:00 EST http://www.salisburypost.com/article/20141021/SP01/141029951/1001/sp/now-that-s-a-winning-lamb&source=RSS
http://www.salisburypost.com/article/20141021/SP01/141029952/1001/sp/landis-streets-closing-for-construction&source=RSS <![CDATA[Landis streets closing for construction]]> N.C. Department of Transportation contractors began placing a barrier wall, grading for a new railroad track, installing a permanent retaining wall, curb and gutter along South Central Avenue in Landis on Monday.

Crews will close southbound traffic from South Central Avenue along East Mill Street and Hillside Street starting at 9 a.m., weather permitting. The roadway will remain closed for the next 24 months.

Motorists traveling through the area will follow the 0.6 mile posted detour route along East Mill Street, Chapel Street and West Corriher Street.

NCDOT encourages motorists to pay attention, obey the posted speed limit, and allow extra time to reach their destinations safely.

For real-time travel information at any time, call 511, visit www.ncdot.gov/travel or follow NCDOT on Twitter. Another option is NCDOT Mobile, a phone-friendly version of the NCDOT website. To access it, type m.ncdot.gov into the browser of your smartphone.

Tue, 21 Oct 2014 09:17:00 EST http://www.salisburypost.com/article/20141021/SP01/141029952/1001/sp/landis-streets-closing-for-construction&source=RSS
http://www.salisburypost.com/article/20141021/SP01/141029953/1001/sp/cleveland-s-fire-ratings-improve&source=RSS <![CDATA[Cleveland's fire ratings improve]]> North Carolina Insurance Commissioner and State Fire Marshall Wayne Goodwin announced on Oct. 16 that the Cleveland Community Volunteer Fire Department completed its routine inspection and received a 3 (Town) /5 (rural) rating, effective Sunday, Feb. 1, 2015.

The inspection, conducted by officials with the Department of Insurance Office of State Fire Marshal (OSFM), is required on a regular basis as part of the North Carolina Response Rating System (NCRRS). Among other things, the routine inspections look for proper staffing levels, sufficient equipment, proper maintenance of equipment, communications capabilities and availability of water sources.

The 3 rating for the town of Cleveland insurance district is an improvement over the previous rating of 6 and the 5 rating for the West Rowan insurance district (rural) is an improvement over the previous rating of 9s. The NCRRS rating system ranges from one (highest) to 10 (not recognized as a certified fire department by the state), with most rural departments falling into the 9s category. While lower ratings do not necessarily indicate poor service, a higher rating does suggest that a department is overall better equipped to respond to fires in its district. Higher ratings can significantly lower homeowners insurance rates in that fire district. Ratings from 6-10 affect homeowners rates whereas 1-5 affect commercial and business rates.

"I'd like to congratulate Chief Payne for his department's performance and for the hard work of all the department members," said Commissioner Goodwin. "The citizens in the town of Cleveland and surrounding community should rest easy knowing they have a fine group of firefighters protecting them and their property in case of an emergency."

"I am very proud of our department," said Deputy Chief Greg Summitt. "We have worked on many improvements for the past several years to build up for this inspection. It took a lot of man hours from the department members to achieve this rating. We still have some areas that we need to improve in, like replacing an outdated fire station which in turn will allow us to locate our ladder truck to better respond to areas that it is needed. In addition to housing larger apparatus, the new station will provide living quarters to staff personnel which was an area that we did poorly in. We really need to strongly look at having permanent staffing at the station to get the trucks out quicker, but having a station capable of housing the personnel is our first priority."

Out of nearly 1,600 fire departments in the State of North Carolina, there are only 29 other 3 rated departments. Deputy Chief Summitt urges everyone to call their insurance agency in February to make

Tue, 21 Oct 2014 08:30:00 EST http://www.salisburypost.com/article/20141021/SP01/141029953/1001/sp/cleveland-s-fire-ratings-improve&source=RSS
http://www.salisburypost.com/article/20141021/SP01/141029954/1001/sp/rowan-weather-more-great-days-ahead&source=RSS <![CDATA[Rowan weather: More great days ahead]]> Look for sunny skies today, with a high near 73. We'll have light west wind at 8-13 mph. Tonight should be chilly again, with wind shifting to the Northwest and a low of 43.

Wednesday will be 10 degrees cooler, with a high of just 63, with more north northwest wind at 8-13 mph and gusts up to 22 mph. Turn the heat up -- the low will be 40 degrees.

Thursday should be sunny and a bit warmer, with a high of 66 and continued northwest winds. Thursday night's low will be 42.

Look for mostly sunny skies Friday, with a high near 69, and a low of 43.

Saturday, just about perfect: Sunny and 70. Saturday night's low will be around 45.

For Sunday, another perfect day, with a high near 72 and a low of 46.

The only bad part about Monday is we'll have to be inside while it's sunny and 72.

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http://www.salisburypost.com/article/20141021/SP01/141029955/1001/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:


The double-amputee Olympian is handed down the sentence for killing his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.


Officials are advising full head-to-toe protection for health workers treating patients after two nurses contracted the deadly virus in Texas.


Ballot questions on raising the lowest legal wage in many states could bring more of the Democratic base to polling stations on Nov. 4.


The iconic American designer was part of a defining generation that challenged European fashion houses.


China's economic output wanes to 7.3% in the last quarter raising fears of a spillover effect on global growth.


The top executive of France's Total was killed in a Moscow airport when his corporate jet collided with a snowplow whose driver was drunk.


Retailers could bring the wallet-free day closer by widespread adoption of contactless payment.


Darren Vann, 43, is suspected in the strangulation of 19-year-old Afrikka Hardy, and could face charges in the deaths of six more women in northwest Indiana.


Colorado health authorities first suggested banning many forms of edible marijuana, then backed down, since the state's 2012 marijuana-legalization measure says retail pot is legal in all forms.


Going into Game 1 on Tuesday night, both teams will deal with a familiar issue this deep in the postseason: Does an extended layoff translate into rest or rust?

Tue, 21 Oct 2014 07:56:00 EST http://www.salisburypost.com/article/20141021/SP01/141029955/1001/sp/10-things-to-know-for-today&source=RSS
http://www.salisburypost.com/article/20141021/SP03/141029968/1001/sp/wayne-hinshaw-scuppernongs-are-fall-8217-s-tasty-treat&source=RSS <![CDATA[Wayne Hinshaw: Scuppernongs are fall’s tasty treat]]>

I sat down to write a simple column about eating scuppernongs at my Granddad's when I was in elementary school, and I found I was digging into a vast and complicated subject.

The easy part of the story is:

When in the lower grades in elementary school in Randleman, in the fall of year, after school's start, I would get off the school bus at Papa and Grandma Hunt's house to spend the afternoon eating scuppernongs in their back yard near the chicken house. They had an arbor that was about 20 feet by 30 feet. It might not have been that big, but at 6 or 7 years old, it looked big.

You could walk under the shade of the vines and pick the sweet grapes and eat for hours. Grandma, who was not a big fan of scuppernongs, would tell me to not eat so many because they would give me a stomach ache. Papa Hunt would always say to Grandma, “Now Mollie, let him alone. Let him eat. If he eats too many, he will learn a lesson from it and not do it again.” Grandma would reply, “I just don't want him to go home with a stomach ache.” They had this conversation every day when I stopped to gorge myself with scuppernongs.

When I bought a home in Rowan County in the early 1970s, I dug up a wild scuppernong plant at my dad's and transplanted it to my back yard. I also purchased a cultivated plant from a nursery. The two plants have coexisted side by side, wrapping their vines around each other for over 40 years, producing sweet fruit every fall. The wild vine has smaller, sweeter fruit than the nursery vine, but both quench my annual craving for that sweet taste.

That could be then end of the story, but I have learned a lot more about scuppernongs and muscadines.

A scuppernong is the golden bronze variety of a muscadine, which is purple or black. Both grew in the wild in North Carolina.

French explorer Giovanni de Verrazzano first wrote about the “White Grape” in 1524 growing in the Cape Fear River Valley of North Carolina.

Later in 1854, Sir Walter Raleigh's explorers, Philip Amadas and Arthur Barlowe, found scuppernongs growing on Roanoke Island where the 400-year-old “Mother Vine” still grows. The muscadine grape is the North Carolina state fruit.

Now here is my advice on how to eat and enjoy the scuppernongs: You have to stand near or under the vine and pick a bronze berry. Beware of yellow jackets and birds lurking in the vines. They like the grapes also. Watch out for spiders on the berries, and if there is white stuff on the berry, choose another. If you have ever heard the question, “What is the white in bird poop?,” then you know why to leave the berries with white stuff on them.

Point the “belly button” (stem scar) of that berry at your mouth. Enter the belly button into your lips between your front teeth and bite and squeeze at the same time. The insides of the berry (pulp and juice) will squirt into your mouth. Your mind will register, “Umm, good and sweet.” Don't chew the skin because it is tough and bitter. Toss it on the ground. Now with the insides of that berry deep in your mouth, you can use your tongue to separate the 3-4 seeds from the pulp and spit the seeds out or do like me and swallow them. I have found that the seeds do not digest, but they track their way through your body and out, if you know what I mean.

Scuppernongs and muscadines are rich in vitamin C, potassium, and vitamin B. They are low in sodium, fat free and have no cholesterol. Studies have shown the grapes have properties that inhibit cancer cells. They may help fight coronary heart disease and inflammatory diseases.

I now must explain the sexuality of scuppernongs. This part is for “adults only” because I will discuss the private parts of a scuppernong. Now all of you are reading this part! You have to have male and female flowers on your vines. You might have a male, female, or a hermaphroditic or “perfect” flower. The “perfect” flowers have both male and female reproductive parts and can pollinate themselves.

Now having examined my vines with a giant magnifying glass in the privacy of my backyard under the cover of the vine, I seek to find the stamen inside the flower. When I find the stamen I see paired anthers that hold yellow pollen powder. It is a male vine.

If there is no stamen, it is a female vine.

Why get so personal with the private parts of a scuppernong vine? If you have a cultivated vine, it will be hermaphroditic and produce “perfect” flowers and self-pollinate. Wild vines are either male or female, so there must be a male and female near each other to produce grapes. The wind does most of the pollination.

There you have it. It is far more information than you ever needed to know to eat and enjoy your bronze scuppernongs or purple or black muscadines.

Tue, 21 Oct 2014 01:57:00 EST http://www.salisburypost.com/article/20141021/SP03/141029968/1001/sp/wayne-hinshaw-scuppernongs-are-fall-8217-s-tasty-treat&source=RSS
http://www.salisburypost.com/article/20141021/SP01/141029956/1001/sp/wineka-column-special-nighttime-tours-give-insights-into-people-behind-hall-house&source=RSS <![CDATA[Wineka column: Special nighttime tours give insights into people behind Hall House]]>

SALISBURY — If you've ever taken a tour of the Dr. Josephus W. Hall House, it was probably easy to focus on things — the Civil War cannon out front, the slave quarters in back, the decorative cast iron facade and the furnishings inside.

But give a place 194 years of history, and you also have plenty of people associated with it. Historic Salisbury Foundation has been running with that notion and offering special “Life and Death Tours” of the 1820 Hall House Friday and Saturday nights in October.

The Hall House is located at 226 S. Jackson St.

The tour focus is on people — their lives and sometimes their deaths. Various circumstances behind the inhabitants' stories open the door for tour guides to talk about grim things such as cholera, Southern funeral customs and cemeteries.

Remember this, however:

“It is not a ghost tour,” says Brian M. Davis, executive director of Historic Salisbury Foundation. “... None of us have had any experiences here, and I've been here at all times, day and night.”

The informative candlelit tours — one is offered at 6:30; the other at 8 — definitely give the Hall House a different vibe, maybe fitting for October and the Halloween season.


An interesting cast of characters populate the Hall House story.

Take the slave quarters/kitchen. According to the 1861 Census, nine slaves worked for the Hall family, among them Harriet Cowan, the 47-year-old cook; Lizzie, a 16-year-old “domestic servant”; Nancy, a 10-year-old house servant; and Jefferson, a 32-year-old “day laborer.”

Over more than a century, four generations of the Hall family lived in the main house, and historic Salisbury names such as John Fulton and Maxwell Chambers are closely connected to the property's earliest history.

Dr. Josephus Hall himself provided his medical expertise at the Salisbury Confederate Prison, as did a son-in-law, and it's believed Union prisoners sometimes recuperated in the house.

Mary Cowan Hall, second wife of Hall, used a ring to etch her name into the glass of one of the upstairs doors, which open to the balcony. She planted the boxwoods still gracing the Hall House lawn, and it was Mary who admonished Union soldiers for allowing their horses to snack on the boxwoods.

When Union forces used the Hall House as a Salisbury headquarters, the family reportedly was relegated to one room of the grand residence, whose floor plan closely matches the Fulton-Mock-Blackmer House on South Fulton Street.

A portrait of Henrietta Hall, the doctor's first wife, hangs above a piano in the front parlor. She and a daughter named Josephine died during a cholera outbreak in St. Louis in 1849.

Mildred Seaber, the great-granddaughter of Dr. Hall, was the last member of the Hall family to live in the house. Having sold the house to Historic Salisbury Foundation in 1972, Seaber moved into a Winston-Salem nursing home. She died in 1990, and Mildred had asked that her wake be held in a front parlor of the Hall House.

Historic Salisbury Foundation obliged, and it gives the tour a chance to talk about Southern funeral customs. A touching photo from 1990 shows Seaber's longtime friend and housekeeper, Martha Gillespie, sitting with Seaber's casket in the front parlor.


This National Register house was built first as classrooms for the Salisbury Female Academy and operated as such from 1820-25.

Chambers and his half-sister, Rebecca Troy, purchased the property in 1825 and lived here for about 13 years. It was then a rental property until Hall purchased the home in 1859. Hall had returned to his native North Carolina from St. Louis in 1851 with his surviving children, Henrietta and Stockton.

For $117, Hall ordered from St. Louis the cast iron grillwork which is the Hall House's signature. But it wasn't installed until after the Civil War.

Hall died at 69 on Dec. 6, 1873; Mary, his second wife, in 1902. They are buried in Chestnut Hill Cemetery, though Josephus Hall originally was buried in the Old English Cemetery off North Church Street.

The family installed “the largest monument of marble ever erected in Salisbury” over his grave in 1886 and enclosed the burial site with an iron fence specially ordered from a company in Kenton, Ohio.

When Mary Hall died in 1902, the monument, fence and Hall's body were moved to Chestnut Hill to be with her.


The real matriarch of the Hall family turned out to be Hall's daughter, Henrietta, who married Julius McNeely, Henrietta had five daughters and three sons and lived until 1921.

A daughter, then a granddaughter (Mildred Seaber) followed Henrietta as primary residents of the house.

Historic Salisbury Foundation essentially was founded as an organization when its members worked actively to save the Bell Tower and the Hall House.

Through its history, the house was filled with colorful characters, from gold-prospecting Stockton Hall to domestic servant “Aunt Rachel” in the late 1800s and early 1900s.

But with the stories of people, it's difficult not to come back to some of the things. The house is filled with treasures, such as the 1859 family Bible and Mary Cowan Hall's 1865 recipe book, written in her own hand.

And how many houses include on their walls a presidential pardon? President Andrew Johnson signed a pardon for Dr. Hall on May 11, 1866, to mark Hall's renewed allegiance to the United States and excusing his connection to the Confederate Prison.

U.S. Secretary of War William H. Seward gave Hall a similar exoneration.

“This is about people and their stories,” Davis says.

The Hall House is full of both.

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

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http://www.salisburypost.com/article/20141021/SP01/141029957/1001/sp/polls-hagan-leads-statewide-but-trails-in-704-area-code&source=RSS <![CDATA[Polls: Hagan leads statewide, but trails in 704 area code ]]> North Carolina's U.S. Senate race may be close statewide, but locally it's exactly the opposite, according to the latest numbers released by Raleigh-based group Public Policy Polling.

The poll found that Hagan maintained a slim lead statewide for the third-straight month with 46 percent compared to Thom Tillis' 43 percent. Libertarian candidate Sean Haugh received 5 percent of votes in the poll. Hagan's slim lead falls within the 3.5 margin of error for the survey, which interviewed 780 voters from Oct. 16 to 18th.

Catawba provost and political science Professor Dr. Michael Bitzer said the fact that the results are within a margin of error means it's important for candidates to recruit supporters to show up and vote.

"It's a dead heat, coin-toss kind of contest," Bitzer said.

In the 704 area code, responses were wildly different, with 52 percent of respondents choosing Tillis, compared to Hagan's 37 percent.

Both Rowan Republican Party chairman John Leatherman and Democrat Party chairman Geoffrey Hoy said the polling numbers seemed relatively accurate when compared with real-world encounters.

"I may be traveling around in too small of a circle of people, but everyone seems to like Tillis," Leatherman said. "I think the only people that vote for Hagan in our area will be Yellow Dog Democrats."

Bitzer said pulling out individual area codes for analysis increases the margin of error, but it's unsurprising that Tillis would lead in the 704 area code.

"Charlotte is his hometown and should be his base of support," Bitzer said. "If Tillis wasn't leading in this region, then we would expect to see Hagan up by more."

Bitzer also said he expects Rowan County to heavily favor Tillis on election night.

The Real Clear Politics average of all polls show a slight lead for Hagan. Hagan's lead in the RCP average also falls within the margin of error.

The Public Policy Polling results also ranked the favorability of both Hagan and Tillis. Similarly to other results, Hagan's approval rating statewide was a few points above Tillis. In the 704 area code, Tillis had a slight advantage in his approval rating at 42 percent compared to Hagan's 37 percent.

Leatherman joked that only voters without a TV would have missed Hagan and Tillis campaign ads, many of which have been negative.

Bitzer said there's multiple theories about how attack ads influence an elections, but described two theories that he favors.

"I tend to lean to the idea that negative ads have two effects: one is to irritate the partisans whose candidate is getting attacked, and may generate mobilization and energy when the attacker doesn't want to do so," he said. "Second, the folks who are not as intensely partisan will be turned off by all sides attacking each other. While some negative ads are actually more 'comparison/contrast' in nature, the negativism does come through; the fact of which kind of voter hears, or is even listening by this point, is what makes negative ads work or not."

The poll interviewed 80 percent of voters via phone and 20 percent via internet. Of all the poll's participants interviewed via phone, 704 area code residents were the third highest in number of respondents at 16 percent of the total. The 336 area code was first at 19 percent.

Contact reporter Josh Bergeron at 704-797-4246.

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http://www.salisburypost.com/article/20141021/SP01/141029958/1001/sp/commissioners-breeze-through-meeting-discuss-mall-permit-in-closed-session&source=RSS <![CDATA[Commissioners breeze through meeting, discuss mall permit in closed session ]]> When Rowan County commissioners met Monday, they spent twice as much time in closed session as in the open portion of the meeting.

The closed session covered a community block development grant contract update, approval of two sets of closed session minutes and a special use permit for West End Plaza, which wasn't listed on the initial agenda.

Because it was a closed session, commissioners did not comment about the private discussion. But County Attorney Jay Dees explained after Monday's meeting that the commissioners planned to continue with an appeal of a Salisbury City Council decision to deny the permit.

Dees said the appeal could be submitted as soon as next week, as the final record of the permit denial is being prepared by the City of Salisbury now. The appeal will be submitted before three new board members replace outgoing commissioners Jim Sides, Chad Mitchell and Jon Barber, Dees said.

"We can't wait until the new board is seated," he said. "The order comes out this week and we've got 30 days to file or we lose our right to an appeal. I'm filing this appeal at the request of this board, but it's also to protect that right if the new board comes in and says, 'Wait a second, maybe we do need to pursue this.'"

He said no actual decision on the validity of the permit denial would be made before new commissioners' terms begin.

Dees also addressed a letter signed by all but one county commissioner candidate that called the county's decision to challenge the denial a lawsuit.

"The county is not suing the city," Dees said. "This is not litigation. This is a statutory right that anybody has."

He said the new board could withdraw the appeal once terms begin, which would essentially make the city's decision final. Besides withdrawing the appeal, Dees said the new board could also submit a conditional district overlay, which was recommended by the city council.

In other news from Monday's meeting:

• Commissioners approved a change work order for the landfill. The change work order is for rock excavation.

During a presentation on Monday, Michael Plummer, a project manager with HDR Inc., said a contractor discovered a rock outcrop during work on a landfill cell. Removing the rock outcrop would cost more money than the amount of funds available.

By removing the rock, Plummer said the county would free up space that, with the county's current tonnage rates, equals more than $2 million.

The change work order doesn't actually cost the county any money as the original, approved bid for landfill work included a contingency line item. Commissioners voted to transfer $200,000 out of the contingency line item to remove the rock outcrop.

"So, my understanding is by spending $200,000 we can save $2 million?" Pierce asked Plummer. "That's pretty easy math."

• The commissioners passed an item as part of its consent agenda that allows outgoing commissioners to purchase county-issued property worth less than $500, such as iPads issued to all commissioners.

• Commissioners voted in favor of an item that allows Sides to keep his county email address as he continues to serve as chairman of the Department of Social Services Board.

• Commissioners approved the purchase of a Chevy Tahoe not to exceed $33,893 for the Department of Emergency Services.

• Commissioners approved a $196,500 contract to renovate the county courthouse's roof.

• Two Rowan County Transit System vehicles were declared surplus.

• Commissioners approved two grant applications for the Rowan County Transit System.

• Commissioners held a public hearing for the 2015 schedule of values and 2015 present use schedules. No one show up to speak for or against either. The commissioners will vote on both in November.

Contact reporter Josh Bergeron at 704-797-4246

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http://www.salisburypost.com/article/20141021/SP01/141029959/1001/sp/school-system-reopening-bids-for-central-office-projects&source=RSS <![CDATA[School system reopening bids for central office projects]]> The Rowan-Salisbury School System reopened the bidding process for two of its central office projects at the end of last week because it did not receive enough initial bids.

The school system ran a legal notice Friday in the Salisbury Post, requesting bids from pre-qualified firms for the elevator and cabinets and casework.

"We felt like we had inadequate representation," said Assistant Superintendent of Operations Anthony Vann. "We had seven vendors prequalify for casework and we only received two bids."

He added that two vendors prequalified for the elevator project, but neither firm submitted a bid.

Rather than using a traditional bidding method for the central office, the school system decided to go with a construction manager, and hired Barnhill Contracting Co. of Tarboro earlier this year.

The construction manager takes the plans for a building and sends them out for bids to the subcontractors in their database who are prequalified to work with the company. Then, the firm evaluates the proposals and puts together an offer with a guaranteed maximum price.

Vann said Barnhill has talked to the prequalified vendors and they have committed to submitting bids.

The bids already received by the district will be opened once the new bids are received.

"We did not open them," Vann said, explaining that if the bids had been opened, they could not have advertised for more bidders.

He added that there are a number of factors that influence the timing of a vendor's bid. They have to collect their own bids from subcontractors or manufacturers.

"Sometimes it doesn't all come together if there are other bids due on the same date," Vann said.

The setback pushed the central office timeline back "at least a week or a week and a half," he said.

Bids are due by Friday at 2 p.m. at the Rowan-Salisbury Administration Building, 110 S. Long St. in East Spencer. The sealed bids will be opened publicly in the boardroom.

Barnhill should present a final cost to the school system by the middle of next week.

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http://www.salisburypost.com/article/20141021/SP01/141029960/1001/sp/nc-insurers-want-higher-homeowner-rates&source=RSS <![CDATA[NC insurers want higher homeowner rates ]]> RALEIGH (AP) -- North Carolina's insurance commissioner on Monday began deciding whether to allow homeowners' coverage costs to rise by as much as 35 percent even as more insurers demand even higher rates in agreements with customers.

Craig Smith has seen the annual insurance premium for his rural Pitt County home double to $2,000 since he and his wife Brenda moved in 12 years ago, he said. For about half that time, insurance companies refused to cover his $365,000 home about 130 miles from the Atlantic coast unless he signed an agreement to pay a price they wanted that more than the regulated rate set by state Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin.

"I went to several different companies. They won't write a policy unless you sign a paper," Smith said. "It was, 'you sign this paper or we'll cancel you."'

Such policies increased last year to 30 percent of North Carolina's $2.4 billion homeowners market, up from 23 percent in 2010, according to state Insurance Department data.

Smith spoke as Goodwin opened hearings expected to last four weeks on a rate increase that nearly 100 companies selling homeowners policies in the state requested in January. Goodwin's decision on price increases averaging 25 percent statewide is not expected before late this year.

Goodwin's staffers called the proposal excessive. A lawyer for the North Carolina Rate Bureau representing the companies, Mickey Spivey, said insurers are asking less than the 41 percent increase needed to cover obligations and costs while still making a fair profit. But insurance premiums must be high enough to be attractive for companies to take a risk by insuring homes and amass enough in reserves to pay claims when a big hurricane hits, he said.

Spivey reminded Goodwin about a change in state law five years ago that capped potential costs to insurers from a disastrous hurricane season by allowing a surcharge of up to 10 percent to be added to every property insurance policy statewide.

North Carolina homeowners saw a statewide average 7 percent increase a year ago, but companies said they needed more to meet their projections for future claims.

North Carolina's average premium for a homeowners policy was lower in 2011 than the national average, though state comparisons are difficult because of wide variations in hazards, economic conditions and real estate values, according to the most recent comparison released in December by the National Association of Insurance Commissioners. However the rate at which North Carolina premiums increased was higher than the national average in 2011 and 2010, the report said.

Homeowners in 18 of the state's rural, inland counties including Franklin, Johnston, Nash, Anson, Montgomery, Lenoir, Wilson and Richmond counties also could see rates jump by up to 35 percent. Homeowners in the cities of Durham and Raleigh would see premiums rise by up to 25 percent, Greensboro and Winston-Salem residents by 21 percent, and Charlotte homeowners by 15 percent, according to plans updated last week.

The rate Goodwin approves will also affect people like Smith, since a consent-to-rate agreement can't exceed 250 percent of the rate determined, agency spokeswoman Kerry Hall said.

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http://www.salisburypost.com/article/20141021/SP01/141029961/1001/sp/rowan-teen-charged-with-indecent-liberties-with-a-child&source=RSS <![CDATA[Rowan teen charged with indecent liberties with a child]]> A Rowan County teen remains in the Rowan County jail Monday, a week after being charged with felony indecent liberties with a child.

The Rowan County Sheriff's Office charged 16-year-old Shane Steven Hobart with two counts of felony indecent liberties with a child. The incidents were reported Thursday by a family member who told officials the abuse occurred twice that same day. Hobart was issued a $25,000 secured bond. The victim, 10, was known to him.

In other sheriff's reports:

• A man reported Thursday items were taken from his home sometime between Oct. 14 and Thursday in the 100 block of Squirrel Run.

• Gordon's Used Parts reported Thursday some scrap metal was stolen from the 600 block of China Grove Road, China Grove.

• A man reported Thursday a handgun and crossbow were stolen from his vehicle in the 600 block of Lake Ford Road.

• Austin Coy Coleman, 16, was charged Thursday with felony possession of stolen goods while at the Salisbury Police Department.

In police reports:

• A man reported Friday a burglary occurred at Laurel Pointe from the maintenance building in the 100 block of Laurel Pointe Circle.

• A man reported Friday a theft of his vehicle in the 300 block of Lash Drive.

• A woman reported Friday a larceny in the 600 block of East Monroe Street.

• A man reported Friday he was assaulted by his ex-girlfriend in the 600 block of South Shaver Street.

• A woman reported Friday a bag was stolen from her vehicle in the Walmart parking lot.

• A man reported Saturday a burglary occurred in the 500 block of North Ellis Street.

• A woman reported Saturday the theft of her vehicle from the 900 block of Maple Avenue.

• Iglesia El Buel Pastor church reported Saturday someone drilled holes in the gas tank of a van parked at the church. A gas can was left at the scene and 15 gallons of gas had leaked out in the 2700 block of Cottage Street.

• A woman reported Saturday a simple assault in the 100 block of Elyse Avenue.

• A man reported Saturday a burglary in the 1400 block of West Horah Street.

• A man reported Saturday an unauthorized person used his credit card number in the 1900 block of West Innes Street.

• A man reported Saturday a vandalism occurred in the 1000 block of Rachel Lane.

• A man reported Saturday his medicine was stolen from the 1800 block of Statesville Boulevard.

• A woman reported Saturday a larceny occurred in the 30 block of Kesler Street.

• A man was cited Saturday for indecent exposure at Hurley School Road where an elderly man told an officer he had a weak bladder and could not make it to the bathroom in time so he urinated behind a softball field.

• A man reported Sunday a motor vehicle theft in the 1800 block of West Jake Alexander Boulevard.

• A woman reported Sunday an assault with a deadly weapon offense occurred she said after her boyfriend struck her with a handgun in the 700 block of Wilson Road.

• A woman reported Sunday her boyfriend hit her in the head with a cell phone in the 200 block of West 10th Street.

Contact reporter Shavonne Potts at 704-797-4253.

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http://www.salisburypost.com/article/20141021/SP01/141029962/1001/sp/police-woman-uses-driver-s-license-of-someone-else-charged-with-id-theft&source=RSS <![CDATA[Police: Woman uses driver's license of someone else, charged with ID theft]]> A Salisbury woman faces felony charges after she was pulled over during a traffic stop and produced a license that belonged to someone else.

Salisbury Police charged Cherelle Jenae Chawlk, 28, of the 700 block of Hall Street, with felony identity theft and misdemeanor driving while license revoked.

Authorities received a complaint about drug activity at Civic Park Apartments and an officer noticed a woman walk over to a black Nissan, go inside her apartment and return to the vehicle. When the vehicle drove by the officer, he saw that it did not have a registration plate. The officer stopped the Nissan at the intersection of Brenner Avenue and West Monroe Street.

A report said the woman, later identified as Chawlk, told the officer her name was Ebony Fair and gave him a license for Ebony Fair.

Chawlk denies giving the officer another ID and also giving the officer a different name.

"I pulled out my wallet out of the glove compartment. I gave him the whole wallet and insurance papers," Chawlk said.

Chawlk admits there was another driver's license inside her wallet that belonged to Ebony Fair, whom she knows.

Chawlk said Fair is the mother of her brother's children. Fair left her ID in Chawlk's car so she placed it in her wallet.

The officer looked through the wallet and pulled out both driver's licenses and asked her who the other one belonged to, Chawlk said.

Chawlk said she explained to him and then the officer asked her who she was.

"I said 'I'm Cherrelle Chawlk.' "

She said there was no intent on her part to falsify her identity or use Ebony Fair's identity.

The officer searched the DMV system and found that Ebony Fair had a valid license, but the picture didn't match the driver, a report said.

A report said the officer asked the driver to produce her vehicle registration information.

The woman told the officer the vehicle was registered to her sister, Jalea Chawlk. Cherrelle Chawlk said she was headed to DJs restaurant for karaoke, the report said. Chawlk's license was suspended.

Chawlk told a Post reporter she was in the car with boyfriend, Mario Partee, and they were heading to CITGO convenience store.

Chawlk said she produced her registration information to the officer and it showed she'd received a 30-day temporary renewal.

"I said, 'I should've given this to you too,' " Chawlk said when the officer returned to her car.

She said the officer instructed her to get out of her car. He told her she was under arrest.

The officer knew Cherrelle Chawlk, a report said, because she'd done the same thing in February and March with the same officer. Chawlk denies being stopped on previous occasions by the officer.

Chawlk was convicted in 2007 of possession of firearm by felon, fictitious information to an officer, forgery and unauthorized use of motor vehicle. She's also been convicted of resisting arrest, larceny, trespassing, robbery with a dangerous weapon and felony conspiracy.

She has since been released from the Rowan County Detention Center under a $1,000 secured bond.

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http://www.salisburypost.com/article/20141021/SP01/141029963/1001/sp/posters-tuesday-oct-21&source=RSS <![CDATA[Posters Tuesday, Oct. 21]]> • The Rowan Rose Society will meet this evening at 7 p.m. at John Calvin Presbyterian Church, 1620 Brenner Ave., hosting Caroline Semon of the Beneficial Insect Company. Visitors welcome. Carolyn Alexander, 704-637-0928.

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http://www.salisburypost.com/article/20141021/SP01/141029965/1001/sp/howl-o-ween-dog-walk-set-saturday-to-support-shelter-guardians&source=RSS <![CDATA[Howl-o-ween dog walk set Saturday to support Shelter Guardians]]>

Want to walk your dog for a good cause?

Shelter Guardians is holding a "Howl-o-ween" event at Salisbury Community Park from 11 a.m. .to 1 p.m. Saturday, complete with costume contests for dogs and humans.

The event includes a Walk for Their Life and Adopt Me Stroll that starts at 11:15 a.m.

Registration is $10 for adults and $2 for children under 12.

Dogs get in free and must be with an adult, on a leash and current on rabies vaccine. No remote collars.

Proceeds go to supply intake vaccines at the Rowan County Animal Shelter.

In addition to costume contests, there will be a "musical sit" and trick or treat for dogs. (No tricks, just treats.)

Kabobs of Salisbury will be on the scene with food for purchase, and Cheerwine is providing refreshments.

Don't have a dog? Shelter Guardians will have adoptable dogs sporting "Adopt Me" bandanas at the event. Rescuers who would like to bring a dog available for adoption should indicate so during registration. For more information, contact Nina@shelterguardians.org. Rescuers will receive a free "Adopt Me" bandana at the event.

Shelter Guardians is a non-profit organization whose purpose is to help provide for the material and medical needs of animals in the care of the Rowan County Animal Shelter. For more information, go to www.ShelterGuardians.org.

Contractors working on the Civic Park Apartment project will be installing a sewer line that will require the closure of Standish Street beginning at 7 a.m. Tuesday.

The street is expected to reopen at 5 p.m.

The closure will begin 50 feet from the intersection with Brenner Avenue and will end before Hall Street. Motorists will be detoured along Old Wilkesboro Road and Partee Street.

The Salisbury Parks and Recreation Department, in conjunction with Downtown Salisbury, Inc., will present Halloween Funfest from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday at the Salisbury Post parking lot.

Carnival games, haunted trolley rides, hay rides and the moon walk will take place. Individual games and rides are 50 cents, and an unlimited pass can be purchased for $5 which includes unlimited participation in all games and rides.

Trick-or-treating with downtown merchants will take place from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. Children participating must be 12 years or younger, in costume and accompanied by an adult. A list of businesses participating in trick-or-treating will be available at the event registration table.

Children and adults can participate in the costume contest at 5:15 p.m. for the opportunity to win Downtown Dollars. Food, candy and giveaways will be available during the event and various entertainers will perform live throughout the afternoon.

For more information, contact Parks and Recreation at 704-216-PLAY.

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http://www.salisburypost.com/article/20141021/SP01/141029964/1001/sp/rodney-cress-column-the-battle-of-tunisia&source=RSS <![CDATA[Rodney Cress column: The Battle of Tunisia]]> Tunisia is located in the northernmost country in Africa and is 64,000 square miles in area and proved to be easy to defend by the Germans and Italians in the North African Campaign as part of their Axis powers attempt to take over all of North Africa. The Axis powers, often called the Axis alliance, consisted of Germany, Italy and Japan. The Allies consisted of American, British, Polish, Greek, French and New Zealand forces. Gen. George Patton took over command of the U.S. II Corps on March 6, 1943. Army divisions that fought in Tunisia consisted of 1st, 3rd, 9th, 34th and 1st Armored division. British Field Marshal Montgomery led his troops into the battle from the south. The battle would last from Nov. 17, 1942 until May 13, 1943 and became known as one of the greatest tank battles in World War II. Tunisia was the scene of the first major operations by the Allied Forces against the Axis powers during World War II. It is often forgotten because of the battle of Stalingrad.

Initially, the German and Italian troops succeeded in defeating the Allies quickly at Tunisia, driving Allied Forces back 50 miles through the Kasserine Pass and destroying 100 U.S. tanks in the attack led by German field marshal Erwin Rommel, known as the Desert Fox. During the push back, the Germans seized massive amounts of Allied abandoned equipment. Rommel's troops were badly defeated by the British Eighth Army at Tripoli, so he moved to Tunisia to join up with German General von Arnim. While the British were reworking their supply lines, U.S. II Corps failed to attack the Germans when they had a chance, and the Germans launched a heavy armored assault, destroying 1-3 tanks, 208 vehicles, 18 field guns, 3 antitank guns, one antiaircraft battery and 2,546 troops missing.

Massive amounts of supplies finally reached the Allies and the tide quickly turned around. Rommel's 160 tanks now faced more than 400 British tanks and 500 British antitank guns that caused heavy losses on Rommel but not before Rommel took out most of the Allies' Valentine tanks. The failure of the Allies to defeat Rommel caused the Allies to rethink their strategic plan of attack. The new M-4 Sherman tank was brought in, along with expanded air support and strengthened troop movement into the region. In March 1943, the Allies were back on the offensive. Montgomery and Patton hit the south and east flanks, pushing the Axis forces into the northeast corner. It proved to be too much for the Axis as enemy troops were surrendering in masses. On May 9, over 275,000 prisoners were in Allied custody, thus bringing an end to the Battle of Tunisia.

Allied casualties were around 76,020 as the U.S. Army casualties of 18,221 included 2,715 dead, 8,978 wounded and 6,528 missing. British losses amounted to 38,360 men, with 6,233 killed, 21,528 wounded and 10,599 missing. French casualties totaled 19,439, with 2,150 killed, 10,276 wounded and 7,007 missing. Allies had 849 aircraft destroyed also. The Axis forces had 300,000 casualties, mostly captured after surrendering, 1,045 aircraft were destroyed and 600 aircraft captured.

The Battle of Tunisia played a big part in the North Africa Campaign. The Axis knew if they controlled the Suez Canal, they would also control access to oil coming from the Middle East and raw materials coming from Asia. Since oil was becoming important to the war efforts, Britain, being the first to use a mechanized army, needed to keep control of the Suez Canal. Hitler's plan of world dominance was falling apart piece by piece and Tunisia was only the beginning. Thanks to all the brave soldiers of Allied forces, Hitler finally did the world a favor by committing suicide on April 30, 1945 with a cyanide capsule.

Rodney Cress is a Vietnam veteran and longtime advocate on veterans issues.

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http://www.salisburypost.com/article/20141021/SP01/141029966/1001/sp/foxx-brannon-square-off-in-5th-congressional-district&source=RSS <![CDATA[Foxx, Brannon square off in 5th Congressional District]]> The challenger in the race for North Carolina's 5th Congressional District is running to spread his message that money is corrupting politics.

Democrat Josh Brannon, a software developer from Watauga County, said he decided to run for office after years of frustration with how the nation's wealthiest people influence the country's political landscape without any accountability.

The Republican-leaning 5th District covers the northern part of Rowan County.

Brannon, who is 37 and grew up in Raleigh, said the rich buy politicians, ignore the laws and aren't prosecuted when they break them.

"Money has corrupted the American government," Brannon said, adding that he wants to pass a constitutional amendment that will get money out of politics.

Brannon's platform is "to take our democracy back from the 1 percent."

America was founded on the premise of equal representation, he said, but that's not happening right now.

Brannon faces Republican incumbent Virginia Foxx, who was first elected to the House of Representatives in 2004 after years as a state senator.

Foxx, who is 71 and a former educator, disagrees with Brannon about money's influence on Washington. She said trying to control or limit people's ability to donate money to political campaigns is a violation of free speech and goes against the First Amendment.

"I believe in the First Amendment," Foxx said.

The two candidates don't just have differing philosophies on the subject, their campaign funds show a drastic divide.

According to the latest campaign finance reports, Brannon had $5,300 in his campaign coffers. But Foxx had over $2.1 million to spend.

Brannon said Foxx is a great example of a politician who has been bought by lobbyists and private interests. But Foxx said if someone contributes to her campaign, then they are subscribing to her agenda, not the other way around, adding that most of her campaign money is spent on voter outreach and education.

• • •

Speaking of education. Brannon said, "We need to start treating teachers like we treat any other white-collar profession."

He said a teacher's starting salary should be higher than $35,000 a year, and that they shouldn't have to pay for their supplies. He said salary plays a big role when people are choosing a career, and paying teachers more will bring the best talent to the industry.

Brannon said he is against the for-profit education system, calling it a "scam."

Foxx said the federal government has no role in education. "I believe local school boards and commissioners and the state are the best decision makers for what happens in education," she said.

Foxx said she alone can't get the federal government out of the classroom, but that she works to minimize its role. She supports private schools and charter schools.

"I believe that parents should have lots of choices about education," she said.

• • •

When it comes to national security, specifically the current situation in the Middle East with ISIS, Brannon said ISIS -- Islamic State in Iraq and Syria -- is a threat to America. But, he said, the country can't make the same mistakes it did in the Iraq War -- throwing unlimited resources at a problem with no plan to get out.

"I think we need to let other nations in the area take the lead; if others ask for help, we can do that," he said.

Brannon said dropping bombs on the region is not a solution and that it just builds more resentment toward America.

Foxx said ISIS is beyond a threat, but that President Obama missed the best chance to solve the problem.

"Three years ago, we could have nipped them in the bud, but the President failed to see the severity of the situation in Iraq and Syria," she said. She called the current strategy of airstrikes "half-measures."

• • •

Brannon maintains that until money stops corrupting the government, the other problems the country faces can't be solved.

Foxx said if Republicans win control of the Senate, then the Republican-controlled Congress can pass legislation that will reduce regulations on businesses, lower taxes and create better oversight of federal programs.

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http://www.salisburypost.com/article/20141021/SP01/141029967/1001/sp/statesville-man-takes-police-on-slow-car-chase-charged-with-driving-on-revoked-license-again&source=RSS <![CDATA[Statesville man takes police on slow car chase, charged with driving on revoked license, again]]> A Statesville man took police on a slow-speed chase on Interstate 85 early Saturday and finally came to a stop near Peach Orchard Road after tossing something out of his window.

Salisbury Police charged Gary Wayne Benson, 39, of the 500 block of Greenway Drive, with driving while license revoked and fleeing to elude arrest with a motor vehicle, both misdemeanors. Records show this is not the first time Benson has driven while his license was revoked. He has a number of convictions and a pending case for driving on a revoked license.

The incident occurred at 2:50 a.m. after an officer got behind a Toyota Camry that he determined had an insurance violation. The officer attempted to stop the car, but the driver continued, a report said.

The driver, later identified as Gary Benson, exited the interstate at Julian Road and made a sudden turn and got back onto the interstate heading southbound. Authorities said Benson tossed something out the window near a wooded area and continued traveling 50 mph.

He got back onto the interstate and then exited near Peach Orchard Road. Officers were not able to find what was thrown from the car. The only thing found in the car was $3,790.

Benson was convicted Aug. 3, 2010 and Aug. 17, 2010 of driving while license revoked. In September 2010, Benson was convicted of felony breaking and entering, larceny after breaking and entering and possession of stolen goods. A court convicted Benson in December 2010 of driving while license revoked. In 2011, he was convicted of driving while license revoked and operating a motor vehicle without financial responsibility. He's also been charged with resisting arrest and misdemeanor larceny. On April 1, 2008 and April 2, 2008 Benson was convicted of driving while license revoked.

Benson has two pending 2014 cases in Lincoln County for driving while license revoked, fictitious/altered title or registration card or tag and driving a motor vehicle without registration.

Benson was issued a $1,500 secured bond that he paid at the Rowan County Magistrate's Office and was released.

Contact reporter Shavonne Potts at 704-797-4253.

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http://www.salisburypost.com/article/20141021/SP05/141029969/1001/sp/dr-ada-fisher-police-powers-acts-and-diseases&source=RSS <![CDATA[Dr. Ada Fisher: Police Powers Acts and Diseases]]> While a student at Johns Hopkins University School of Hygiene and Public Health, the Police Powers Acts stood out to me. They were quarantine laws first passed in 1779 Boston to enact sanitary regulations and empower health officers to enforce them.

Up against the 4th Amendment illegal search and seizure, health departments were given the power to enforce a quarantine. Eventually, all states and localities took up the torch, appreciating that the safety of the many outweighed the wishes of the individual.

Faced with Ebola, where data on vector behaviors and spread seem to change minute by minute, public health officials, not government bureaucrats, must keep their right to detain, isolate and quarantine those thought to have contagious diseases.

Through a political filter of mistaken correctness, people don't understand the nature of infections to which we may be exposed. In Charlotte, several cases of mutated tuberculosis have entered through illegal immigrant traffic. Where TB tests are positive and the virus is endemic, such could cause major population problems.

I see basic public health measures neglected in favor of what often doesn't tread on personal behavior. In colonial times, outhouses were built far away from drinking water. Garbage pickup helped cure Scarlet Fever as much as penicillin, personal sanitation by hand washing dampened hospital infections and insect netting limited the spread of Yellow Fever.

Part of foreign policy must deal with the largesse of this nation and what is being brought back to our shores from beyond our borders. Remember what happened to Native Americans whose exposure to Europeans, as well as blankets infected with smallpox, decimated that population. Today's E coli likely invades from the lack of simple sanitary measures.

In 1918, over 21 million people died in the third largest plague, the Spanish flu epidemic, affecting populations worldwide. 550 people died in the US during a 16 week period from October 1918 to February 1919. This epidemic, which affected both my parents, was caught up in World War I and the media failed to adequately cover it, as may be happening now in our desire for compassion and political correctness.

The spread of the Ebola virus could spell doom if we aren't willing to protect the mainland by closing all our borders, spending more on public health research and encouraging people to stay out of infected countries. If already there, insist that safe havens be established with citizen returns limited to specially designed planes where recirculating air does not hit other passengers, and receiving facilities designed to handle the disease burdens predesignated so essential data is collected.

Let us make sure the more than 3,000 troops being sent overseas are as safe as we can make them. Let us insist those entering this nation be screened as part of our public health efforts. This means students, missionaries, soldiers, overseas contractors and others at risk. This also must be a part of immigration reform.

Hopkins taught me the need for disease prevention and to follow the trail from entry to demise. And that politics be minimized when we diagnose, treat and manage diseases.

Dr. Ada Fisher of Salisbury is the N.C. Republican National Committee- woman.

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http://www.salisburypost.com/article/20141021/SP05/141029970/1001/sp/wi-fi-priority&source=RSS <![CDATA[Wi-Fi priority]]> China Grove could get a step ahead of a lot of other municipalities if it succeeds in establishing wireless Internet access points in public places like Hannah Park or downtown streets.

Town board members discussed the possibility at a meeting last week and learned of a disappointing development -- or lack of one. Time Warner has been slow to give the town an estimate on what such a project might cost, according to Town Manager Ken Deal.

If it's affordable for the town to set up Wi-Fi in a few spots, China Grove could become a hot spot in more ways than one -- for students using digital devices and for businesses.

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http://www.salisburypost.com/article/20141021/SP05/141029972/1001/sp/letters-to-the-editor-tuesday-10-21-14&source=RSS <![CDATA[Letters to the editor -- Tuesday (10-21-14)]]> Something surely is fishy about this

When I read the letter to the editor "Something fishy about this" (Oct. 15), I felt like someone had read my mind. What was described pertaining to the connection between Greg Edds and Jim Sides matches my observations perfectly. During my 2012 county commission campaign, I experienced a clique within the Republican Party. The group, headed by Edds and Sides, was orchestrating a plan to dominate Rowan politics.

The first stage was to ensure commissioners were added to the board who would always support the vote of Jim Sides and his agenda. The second stage was to add two additional commissioners in 2014, one of which would be Greg Edds.

Candidate Greg Edds' campaign message is that he is all for the good of the county and will be a true servant to the citizens of Rowan County. Nothing is mentioned of how our citizens are trying to change the commission that Greg and Jim worked so hard to put in place. Will Greg really be part of the change? Jim Sides might just be pulling the strings behind the curtains with the new board if Greg Edds is there for the third vote.

If the citizens still wanted Jim Sides on the board, he would have been re-elected.

There is only one way to guarantee real change in our county commission. Vote three to the board that have no hidden agenda, political or otherwise and no obligations to Jim Sides. I believe we have outstanding candidates who sincerely care about the lives of their friends, neighbors, families and citizens of Rowan County and will work tirelessly without agendas, to ensure that Rowan County will provide the highest quality of life for them, now and years to come.

Serving as a county commissioner is not a game, but the most serious responsibility you will ever undertake for the county.

-- Gus Andrews


Andrews, a former Rowan County commissioner, served as chairman of the board in 2004 and vice chairman from 2001 through 2003.

A skilled planner

I am pleased to have the opportunity to endorse Gene Miller's candidacy for county commission. Gene and I worked together for several years at the Rowan-Salisbury Schools Office when he was associate superintendent and I was elementary education director.

These years of working together gave me the opportunity to observe Gene's capabilities in several areas. Since he supervised several areas of school operations such as maintenance, food service and bus operations, I had the opportunity to see that he is an excellent leader and manager. He also had huge budgetary responsibilities which he handled with fairness and skill. His previous experience in banking contributed to his success in this crucial area.

Later when I was on the school board, I observed Gene's skill in planning. He was responsible for coming up with the information needed to make decisions about which projects would be included in what turned out to be a successful bond referendum. He surveyed the building needs in all of the geographic areas of the county, put together the necessary statistics and helped to lead the building of three new elementary schools, one high school and additions to several other schools.

He has had experience in our local school system, the Winston-Salem/Forsyth Schools and two other systems with construction, architects, attorneys, contractors and business leaders.

In addition to his strengths and experience I have listed above, Gene is a man of fair and honest character. He will be able to work with other commissioners in a respectful and open manner. Most of all, he will respect the citizens of Rowan County and work for what is best for us.

Gene is running as an unaffiliated candidate. Look for his name on the ballot and vote for this fine man. You will be glad you did.

-- Martha K. West


All for youth

I would like to endorse Travis Allen for school board. I have known Mr. Allen for several years, and have been impressed by his strength of character and commitment to youth. I helped him coach a couple of Little League teams and got to know him quite well during that time.

We all know that schools must keep up with technology, yet there is still a need for traditional, human contact instruction. Apparently some of the firmly entrenched decision makers are inclined to simply throw a high-tech tire into a room full of kids, thereby absolving teachers from the responsibility of actually teaching.

Moreover, Mr. Allen places more importance on how the students and teachers are housed than on building a cathedral for the bureaucrats.

Finally, the incumbents have not performed to a level which compels one to extend their tenure. No one cares more about our children's future than Mr. Allen. Please consider Travis Allen for school board on election day.

-- Bruce La Rue

Mt. Ulla

Positive leadership

With all the verbal and written attacks on candidates that are running for county commissioners' office, it's refreshing to know one candidate that is taking the "high road" during this fall political season. His name is Greg Edds.

Greg's theme for his campaign is "positive leadership" and was evident at the candidates forum on Thursday night as he outlined his plan of action to serve the people of Rowan County as a commissioner by being proactive in his projected plans for the future.

Greg Edds has demonstrated through hard work (personally knocking on over 932 doors) and fielding many questions from concerned residents of the city and county to see that the future has never been brighter for all concerned.

Greg Edds is a fine young businessman who loves his wife and three children and country. His stable home-life speaks volumes about who he is as a man of integrity and principle. This county will be blessed to elect him as one of the new Rowan County Commissioners.

-- D. Lee Norris


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http://www.salisburypost.com/article/20141021/SP05/141029971/1001/sp/bravo-les-miserables&source=RSS <![CDATA[Bravo, 'Les Miserables']]> Bravo to the Salisbury Symphony and Piedmont Players for their uplifting production of "Les Misιrables." Keppel Auditorium reverberated with moving music, beautiful voices and enthusiastic applause for three weekend performances that people in this region will be talking about for a long time.

When organizers announced last year that they were undertaking "the longest-running musical of all time," rumor spread that this would not be the full "Les Misιrables" production. The assumption was that a local theater group and symphony could not pull off the full story of Victor Hugo's unforgettable Jean Valjean.

But pull it off they did, in a three-hour production with some 200 people on the stage at once. From young Collette's tender solo to the full cast's boisterous "Do You Hear the People Sing?" the performance proved once again that Piedmont Players is able to draw some of the best actors and singers from the region to its Salisbury productions. The Salisbury Symphony also pulls in tremendous talent from a wide area, and the orchestra's performance of the stirring score was superb.

So bravo, Maestro David Hagy, Director Reid Leonard and the many people on stage and behind the scenes who brought "Les Misιrables" to a stage in Salisbury.

It was a proud moment -- for the Salisbury Symphony and Piedmont Players and for Salisbury-Rowan as a community.

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http://www.salisburypost.com/article/20141021/SP02/141029973/1001/sp/prep-golf-3a-central-regional&source=RSS <![CDATA[Prep Golf: 3A Central Regional]]> SALISBURY -- Corbin Hills was a friendly, smiling golf course when the Rowan County Championships were conducted there in mid-September.

The girls, by rule, couldn't score worse than a triple bogey and they whacked away from red tees that made par-4s reachable with a driver and a chip shot. Those red tees turned every par-5 into a potential eagle for extra-long drivers such as Carson's Micah "Boom Boom" Furr.

But October brings championship golf, Corbin Hills becomes more menacing, and the creek that rules holes No. 7 and No. 8 seems to snatch every ball in sight. The girls took their swings from the white tees at Monday's 3A Central Regional, and the white tees made the par-5s legit and the par-4s a test of nerves.

Not only that, girls couldn't pick their ball up, even if drops and penalty strokes meant carding a 17 on a hole. That's why some scorecards sailed past 100 and 110 and 120 and just kept going.

Chapel Hill phenom Gina Kim handled the course easily, shooting a sweet 73 for medalist honors.

Cardinal Gibbons also handled the course with no sweat -- placing five golfers in the 80s.

The top three team scores qualified for the 3A state tournament at Longleaf Golf & Country Club in Southern Pines. Joining Cardinal Gibbons (243) will be Ledford (264) and Rockingham County (266).

South Rowan senior Alexandria Bare was the best of the Rowan County and South Piedmont Conference girls and easily qualified for the state event for the second straight year.

Bare shot 76 in the county championships. Given the change in yardage, she probably played even better on Monday in terms of ball-striking when she finished at 82.

"I had seven good chances for birdies, but I just didn't make a putt," Bare said.

Bare hasn't committed anywhere yet, but she'll play in college. She lost her sophomore season after tearing an ACL in a skateboard accident, and she's a very young senior, just turning 17 in September. She has a lot of upside and an even-keel temperament. It's hard to tell if she birdied or bogeyed the previous hole.

Bare started on No. 10 and made the turn at 4-over. Then she ran into serious trouble on holes No. 1 and No. 2, taking back-to-back double bogeys to go 8-over with seven holes left.

"I drove behind a tree," she said. "Those two holes got me a little discouraged."

She had a chance to get really discouraged on No. 6, a par-5 that was playing 442 yards from the white tees (it was 361 from the red). Bare whacked a soaring, left-to-right drive, then crushed a 3-wood. She was on the green in three -- with a good chance at birdie -- but she three-putted for a deflating bogey.

That's where the steam could've gone out of her. Instead Bare munched a peanut butter sandwich and played her best golf down the stretch. She finished par-par-par, nailing shot after shot on the tough creek holes that were swallowing up her competition.

"I just needed a little protein," she said with a laugh.

South Rowan coach Hunter Fuller was understandably proud of how Bare played.

"It's a long season and you'll have ups and downs, but she knows the game and she loves the game," he said. "She hit great drives and approach shots today. Her touch and her putter weren't quite where they are some days. If they had been, she would've shot a great score."

Besides the three teams that qualified for the state tournament, the top 17 individuals not on those three teams advanced. Two girls shot 93 and went to playoff for the final spot. Furr was thrilled her 91 made her a qualifier.

"I was topping a lot of stuff today, but fortunately I was chipping better than I usually do," Furr said. "The longer tees didn't bother me, but the wind did. On the ninth hole, I thought I hit a good shot, but the wind pushed it way right."

Rowan's 3A golfers started the season in severe heat -- 98 degrees at Rocky River -- and the season ended for all but Furr and Bare in Monday's polite breezes and mild temperatures.

East Rowan's Kathryn Marcum shot 95. West Rowan's Kelly Boley shot 97. Carson's Adison Collins shot 99.

Also competing were East Rowan's Grace Stokes and Riley Padgett, South Rowan's Lea Morris and Kolby Fisher, Carson's Taylor McCulloh, and West Rowan's Kristen Boley and Savannah Lloyd.

West Rowan shot 304. East Rowan and Carson shot 313, while South Rowan shot 368.

SPC champ Cox Mill shot 290 and qualified two individuals.

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http://www.salisburypost.com/article/20141021/SP02/141029974/1001/sp/prep-golf-salisbury-moves-on&source=RSS <![CDATA[Prep Golf: Salisbury moves on]]> Salisbury girls golf coach Dale Snyder was just glad to get back from Mount Airy in one piece -- and with his team still moving forward.

"We left at 6:30 a.m. and got back to Salisbury at 8 p.m.," Snyder said. "Now that's a long day."

The Hornets did what they needed to do. They won the 1A-2A Central Regional at Mount Airy's Cross Creek Country Club, and they'll advance to the state event at Foxfire in Pinehurst.

Grace Yatawara shot 77 for medalist honors, while Isabella Rusher shot 78 for runner-up status. They went 1-2 like they just about always do, although there were some unexpected struggles,

Yatawara overcame a triple bogey and two double bogeys, but was efficient on the other 15 holes.

Rusher, a senior committed to Richmond, had to overcame back pain.

"It was bad enough on the front side that she might have withdrawn if it hadn't been the regional," Snyder said. "As the weather warmed up, it loosened up some for her. Then it got stiff again while we were waiting around for all the scores to come in."

Three scores count in girls golf. Shelby Holden's 119 was enough to make the Hornets regional champions by a comfortable margin.

"Shelby she gutted it out and played well," Snyder said.

Salisbury's total was 274. The other two qualifying teams were West Davidson (297) and 1A Gray Stone (309).

Scores were high. The third-best score of the day was the 86 posted by East Surry's Madison Moore. Only three girls broke 90.

"It was one of the most difficult courses I've ever seen," Snyder said. "Tough pin placements. Very small landing areas. Hazards jumping out from all over the place. It was almost unfair."

Only 37 girls competed in the regional. Small numbers and a taxing course meant that the cutline for state qualification fell at 127.

Salisbury's fourth golfer, Caroline Parrott, didn't qualify, so the Hornets will have only three competing in the state tournament when they shoot for their fourth consecutive title.

Rusher has won two individual championships and was runner-up in 2013.

"Hopefully, Isabella is going to be fine, but if anything goes wrong -- if someone steps in a hole or something -- we won't even have a scorecard," Snyder said. "That's scary.?

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http://www.salisburypost.com/article/20141021/SP02/141029975/1001/sp/area-athletes-update&source=RSS <![CDATA[Area Athletes Update:]]> Area athletes update...

Gardner-Webb's Jake Kennedy (West Rowan) shot 75-70-75 -- 220 and tied for 26th in the Camden Collegiate Invitational hosted by South Carolina.

Kennedy was the Big South Freshman of the Week earlier this season.

• Troy Beaver (Salisbury) shot 79-75-74 -- 228 for Elon and tied for 62nd in the Camden Invitational. That was the last match of the fall for Elon.

• Davidson also competed in the Camden Invitational. Alex Nianouris (Salisbury) shot 79-77-79 -- 235 for the Wildcats and finished 74th.

• Sandhills Community College's Alex Austin (Salisbury) shot 77 in the Johnston Community College Neuse Invitational.

Virginia's K.P. Parks (West Rowan) rushed for 75 yards on 16 carries in a 20-13 loss at Duke, including a 26-yard burst. Parks also had a pass reception for 7 yards.

Parks is sixth in the ACC with 602 rushing yards.

• Lenoir-Rhyne's Ike Whitaker (Salisbury) served as a captain in the undefeated Bears's win at Newberry. Whitaker is coming back from an injury. He had one carry for 3 yards.

• Romar Morris (Salisbury) had nine carries for 41 yards in a 48-43 win against Georgia Tech. Damien Washington (A.L. Brown) made a tackle for the Tar Heels on a punt.

• Keion Adams (Salisbury) was in on two tackles for Western Michigan in a 26-14 win against Bowling Green.

• West Virginia linebacker Jared Barber (Davie) likely will miss all of this season as he recovers from a torn ACL, but he's expected to play as a fifth-year senior in 2015.

• Emmanuel Gbunblee (West Rowan) had two tackles for Tusculum in Saturday's loss to Carson-Newman. One was for no gain.

• Logan Stoodley (West Rowan) had three tackles, one for loss, for Limestone in a 24-19 loss to Fort Valley Sate. Limestone played the game in Georgia, the first time it's played outside South Carolina.

• John Knox (Salisbury) had two receptions for 20 yards as Charleston beat West Virginia State 28-10.

• Quentin Sifford (West Rowan) made two tackles, one for loss, and ran back a kickoff 18 yards as West Liberty rolled 44-14 against Urbana on Saturday.

• James Lott IV (A.L. Brown) had a sack for Johnson C. Smith in Saturday's 34-14 loss to Fayetteville State. Erik Amaya (A.L. Brown) kicked the PATs for the Golden Bulls.

• A pick-six by Mark McDaniel (South Rowan) got Catawba off to a fast start in Saturday's 30-17 win against UNC Pembroke. Jamal Lackey (Davie) made six tackles, two for loss.

Trey Mashore (West Rowan) rushed twice for 10 yards, caught four passes for 22 yards, returned three kickoffs for 63 yards and made a tackle for the Indians. Donte Means (East Rowan) made the tackle on a kickoff.

Cadarreus Mason (South Rowan) made five tackles for UNC Pembroke.

• Guilford's Adam Smith (Davie) had four catches for 46 yards in a 35-28 win against Bridgewater.

• Averett's Dontae Gilbert (Carson) had eight tackles and broke up a pass in a 38-7 loss to Christopher Newport. Hobie Proctor (West Rowan)) kicked a PAT and averaged 38.6 yards on five punts for Averett.

L.J. McCray (Catawba) had made two tackles for the San Francisco 49ers this season. He's had tackles against Arizona and Kansas City.

K.J. Sherrill (West Rowan) scored 16 points in his debut for Cuxhaven in Germany's 'A' Pro League.

College baseball

In the Pitt Community College fall World Series, Jordan Goodman (NW Cabarrus) hit .625 with three extra-base hits and five RBIs and was named MVP. Also on the winning team were Michael Caldwell (East Rowan), Dustin Ritchie (East Rowan) and Tanner Bigham (NW Cabarrus).

Queens freshman McKenzie Stevens (Salisbury) finished sixth in the 200 freestyle in the Royal Open and was ninth in the same event in the All-North Carolina Invitational in Greensboro.

Catawba's Rowan Connection -- Salisbury's Karen Presnell and West Rowan's Allison Baucom and Allison Parker -- has been instrumental in a strong season by the Indians (10-4, 5-3 SAC). Presnell has four goals. Baucom has three, including two in a 3-2 win against Brevard on Saturday. Parker's only goal lifted the Indians to a 1-0 win against Tusculum.

Georgia Southern's Rebecca Parker (West Rowan) ran 22:01 in the College of Charleston Invitational.

Averett's Nicole Barringer (South Rowan) had 79 assists, 15 digs and eight kills as the Cougars beat LaGrange and Huntingdon. Lynsey Corriher (South Rowan) had a kill against Huntingdon.

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http://www.salisburypost.com/article/20141021/SP02/141029976/1001/sp/nfl-panthers&source=RSS <![CDATA[NFL: Panthers]]> CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) -- Linebacker Thomas Davis takes little solace in the fact the Panthers are still alone in first place in the NFC South.

That's because he views the team's hold on that positon as tenuous at best given Carolina's defense has surrendered 37 or more points in four of its last five games

The Panthers are 1-3-1 in those games.

"We're number one in the division right now, but if we continue to play the way we have it won't last long," Davis said Monday.

The Panthers (3-3-1) are struggling to find answers on defense entering Sunday's game against the defending Super Bowl champion Seahawks, who have their own problems after losing back-to-back games.

Aaron Rodgers shredded Carolina's secondary over the weekend, completing 19 of 22 pass attempts for 255 yards and three touchdowns in the Packers' 38-17 rout. It's part of a larger trend for the Panthers, who've not been able to stop anyone on defense.

Since their 2-0 start, the Panthers have allowed the last five quarterbacks they've faced to complete 76.5 percent of their passes for 1,390 yards for 12 touchdowns.

The Panthers, playing with almost an entirely revamped secondary and without defensive end Greg Hardy, have allowed 15 TD passes in seven games after giving up just 17 all of last season. They've allowed 195 points in seven games after giving just 241 all of last season.

Davis said needs to change in a hurry, especially with Russell Wilson and New Orleans' Drew Brees next up on the schedule.

"We have some really big games coming up," Davis said. "We have to go out and do our jobs against Seattle or the outcome won't be any different than the one we had this past weekend."

Carolina ranks 26th in total defense and only three teams have allowed more points than the Panthers, leaving defensive coordinator Sean McDermott searching for answers.

He has a secondary that includes veteran newcomers Roman Harper and Thomas DeCoud at safety and Antoine Cason at cornerback. While they're more experienced than last year's defensive backs, it's become clear they lack overall speed.

"Regardless of how fast you are, it's how fast you play," McDermott said. "And it's the effort behind the speed. "

Carolina had at least 13 missed tackles against the Packers. McDermott said the Panthers can eliminate big plays caused by missed tackles by doing a better job of swarming to the ball and gang-tackling -- two things they excelled at when they had the league's No. 2-ranked defense last year

"That's how you play good defense," McDermott said.

Davis also questioned the team's effort.

One of Carolina's defensive captains said too many players are taking plays off and not giving their best effort on a consistent basis.

"It's a competitive thing," Davis said. "You have to be willing to go out and compete and give yourself up for this team, for this defense. You have to play like that the whole game. You can't pick your spots and say 'Hey, I'm going to play right now and I'm going to take this play off.' That play you take off could cost us the game. Guys have to go out with the mindset of we have to play a complete game."

Panthers coach Ron Rivera said corrections need to be made, but didn't anticipate any personnel moves or changes in the starting lineup this week.

The Panthers are missing starting rookie nickel back Bene Benwikere, who could be out another week with a foot injury, and Josh Norman is battling a concussion.

Rivera pointed to "undisciplined play" early in the Packers game as a major concern, citing the team's two penalties on the game's opening drive that led to a Green Bay touchdown.

"There were a couple of things that happened early on that snowballed," Rivera said. "Once that happened it was hard to stop it."

Said McDermott: "We have to play a better brand of football."


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http://www.salisburypost.com/article/20141021/SP02/141029977/1001/sp/college-football-unc&source=RSS <![CDATA[College Football: UNC]]> CHAPEL HILL (AP) -- Marquise Williams suddenly has North Carolina's quarterback job to himself. And the Tar Heels' offense is rolling.

After spending the first month rotating with backup Mitch Trubisky, Williams has led UNC from start-to-finish in the past two games. With Williams putting up big numbers, the Tar Heels are consistently finishing drives in the end zone to build some momentum heading into Saturday's trip to Virginia.

Even if Williams doesn't want to take credit for UNC's offensive uptick.

"This game is not about me, man," Williams said Monday. "It's about the rest of those 10 guys on the field. I'm doing whatever I can to help those guys be successful. That's who I play for."

The junior has tallied 898 yards of total offense in the past two games for the Tar Heels (3-4, 1-2 Atlantic Coast Conference), moving the chains through the air, on the ground and even managing a receiving score in the shootout loss at Notre Dame.

Williams threw for 390 yards and four touchdowns to go with a school-record 38 completions in the 48-43 weekend win against Georgia Tech, including directing the go-ahead touchdown drive in the final 3 minutes. He also ran for 73 yards and a score.

A week earlier, he threw for 303 yards and ran for 132 more while accounting for four touchdowns in the 50-43 loss to the Fighting Irish.

On Monday, Williams was named the ACC's offensive back of the week for the second straight week.

"Marquise obviously is playing out of his mind right now," linebacker Jeff Schoettmer said.

The Tar Heels had rotated Trubisky in on the third series of the first five games, then played Trubisky from there depending on game flow. While the Tar Heels had some big scoring outputs, the offense had lacked consistency and was alternating flurries of big plays with empty drives.

The plan suddenly changed heading into Notre Dame. Williams went the whole way against the Fighting Irish and came out for one play against the Yellow Jackets to shake off a brief injury on the sideline while Trubisky took the snap.

Now, with Williams building a rhythm by staying in the game, UNC has scored on 10 of 15 drives going back to the Notre Dame loss. Nine of those have gone for touchdowns.

The Tar Heels converted 10 of 15 third downs and both of their fourth-down chances in the win against the Yellow Jackets.

Williams currently ranks second in the ACC and 17th nationally in total offense (317.7 yards per game), right behind Heisman Trophy winner Jameis Winston of Florida State.

"If you have a reaction (to the big stats), you might come out the next week and throw for like 20 yards," Williams said. "Like I said, I put the ball in the playmakers' hands. I can just throw the ball deep to (receiver) Ryan Switzer. I'm pretty sure my grandma could throw the ball deep to Ryan Switzer and he'd still score."

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http://www.salisburypost.com/article/20141021/SP02/141029978/1001/sp/nfl-steelers-rally&source=RSS <![CDATA[NFL: Steelers rally]]> PITTSBURGH (AP) -- One dizzying sequence, and the Pittsburgh Steelers were in complete control against J.J. Watt and the Houston Texans.

Ben Roethlisberger passed for two touchdowns and wide receiver Antonio Brown added another on a gadget play during a decisive surge late in the first half, helping the Steelers rally for a 30-23 win over the mistake-prone Texans on Monday night.

Pittsburgh (4-3) needed just over a minute to turn a 10-point deficit into an 11-point lead as the Texans self-destructed while losing their third straight.

Roethlisberger finished with 265 yards passing. Le'Veon Bell racked up 145 yards of total offense and rookie wide receiver Martavis Bryant caught a momentum-swinging touchdown pass in his first NFL start.

Arian Foster ran for 102 yards for Houston (3-4), but just 29 over the final three quarters. Ryan Fitzpatrick was 21 of 32 for 262 yards with two touchdowns and an interception but the Texans were undone by three turnovers.

Watt recovered a fumble and picked up his third sack of the season but was neutralized for most of the second half.

By then, the Steelers were on their way to the win.

One frantic stretch turned the tide.

Pittsburgh was listless for the first 25 minutes, letting Foster and Fitzpatrick do whatever they wanted as the Texans raced to a 13-0 lead that seemed larger.

A 44-yard Shaun Suisham field goal with 3:08 left in the half gave the Steelers a minor boost.

A strike from Roethlisberger to Bell provided a much larger one shortly after the 2-minute warning. Roethlisberger hit the versatile back for a 43-yard gain -- Pittsburgh's longest pass play of the season -- to move the ball to the Houston 35.

Roethlisberger then hit Bryant, who struggled staying healthy in the preseason and spent the first six weeks on the inactive list, with a beautiful rainbow Bryant caught at the back of the end zone to make it 13-10 with 1:27 left.

The Steelers were just getting started.

Foster fumbled deep in Houston territory two plays after Bryant's score and the Steelers recovered. Pittsburgh offensive coordinator Todd Haley, who has faced heavy criticism for his play-calling, went deep into his options to help the Steelers take the lead.

On first-and-goal, Roethlisberger flipped the ball to Brown, who was coming in motion. The Pro Bowl wide receiver then spun back around to his left and fired a strike to Lance Moore in the end zone.

Houston's issues escalated on the next snap when Fitzpatrick's throw over the middle was deflected into the arms of Pittsburgh defensive end Brett Keisel. The 36-year-old took the second pick of his career to the Houston 8.

Roethlisberger found Brown for a 6-yard gain and then hit Bell -- who was uncovered after going in motion -- for a touchdown.

The turnaround left Heinz Field euphoric and the Texans and Watt stunned.

The Steelers methodically added on in the second half, extending the lead to 14 points on a pair of Suisham field goals before a late scoring pass from Fitzpatrick to Foster provided the final margin.

The end played in stark contrast to the beginning, when the Texans controlled the line of scrimmage.

Fitzpatrick found rookie running back Alfred Blue for an 11-yard touchdown pass to end a 10-play, 94-yard drive on the Texans' opening possession before Watt went to work.

The MVP candidate recovered a Roethlisberger fumble, leading to a 39-yard field goal by Randy Bullock that gave Houston a 10-0 lead. Watt later dropped Roethlisberger for his third sack of the year.

It was the third time this season that Watt had a fumble recovery and a sack in the same game. No other player in the NFL has more than one.

The Texans played without rookie linebacker Jadeveon Clowney, who missed his sixth straight game due to a right knee injury. Houston didn't need Clowney to get consistent pressure on Roethlisberger, disrupting the pocket whenever he dropped back to pass.

The Steelers came in staggering after falling to Cleveland by three touchdowns. Roethlisberger stressed his team was hardly ready to panic even after the franchise's worst loss to Cleveland in 25 years.

Maybe, but it certainly looked like it after Pittsburgh fell behind by two touchdowns. Whatever button the Steelers hit -- be it panic or otherwise -- worked to perfection as they began a pivotal three-game homestand with a stunningly decisive victory.

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http://www.salisburypost.com/article/20141021/SP02/141029979/1001/sp/area-sports-briefs&source=RSS <![CDATA[Area Sports Briefs:]]> Carson's soccer team stayed in the first place in the SPC with 3-1 road win against Central Cabarrus on Monday.

Ricky Maldonado, Raunel Vasquez and Brandon Flores scored goals for the Cougars (16-2-1, 12-1-1).

Colton Correll assisted on Flores' goal to put the Cougars ahead 2-1 at halftime.

Grayson Owens was stout in goal for the Cougars.

Carson plays at East Rowan on Tuesday.

• West Rowan lost 3-0 to Davie on Monday.

Opening-round pairings for this weekend's individual state championships were announced on Monday.

1A, Cary


Meghan Hedgepeth-Brooke Herlocker (Misenheimer Gray Stone Day) vs. Kaylyn Norville-Hanna Whitehurst (Tarboro)

2A, Cary


Kayla Honeycutt (Salisbury) vs. Tiffany Onia (Lake Norman Charter)


Maria Capito-Julia Honeycutt (Salisbury) vs. Brittany Connor-Lauren Dillard (Newton-Conover)

Grace Steinman-Kathryn Rusher (Salisbury) vs. Haley Fair-Amy Yarborough (Hendersonville)

3A, Burlington


Sena Mucklow-Kristie Kim (Asheville) vs. Laura Isenhour-Sara Lentz (Carson)

The Carolina Rockies baseball team out of Winston Salem finished 2-1 in an Impact Baseball Tournament held at Gardner-Webb over the weekend.

South Rowan's Blake Johnson picked up the win in Game 1, going 5 innings and at one point retiring 10 batters in a row. South Rowan's Austin Corriher led the way at the plate in the second game, smashing two extra-base hits.

The team fell Sunday 6-5 in nine innings.

North Rowan's Jake Pritchard has also played very well for the team this fall but was sidelined this past weekend due to a football injury. The team wraps up its fall season next weekend in the Impact Baseball Fall Championships at Duke.

Salisbury's volleyball team will be on the road Tuesday at 6 p.m. at Polk County in the second round of the 2A state playoffs.

• Salisbury's girls tennis team will be at home on Tuesday at 4:30 p.m. against Hendersonville in the second round of the 2A playoffs.

• Carson's girls tennis team will play at Weddington on Tuesday in the second round of the 3A state playoffs.


The Salisbury Parks and Recreation Department is taking registrations for basketball leagues for boys ages 7-15 until Oct. 25.

To register, go to www.salisburync.gov/play or call 704-216-PLAY for more information.

Livingstone kicks off the women's basketball season at Denmark Tech on Sunday, Oct. 26.

Senior guard Cierra York will lead the Blue Bears.

Livingstone will play an exhibition game at Duke on Nov. 4.

The Blue Bears come into the season ranked No. 1 in the Southern Division.

All-CIAA preseason picks Eric Mayo and Eric Dubose will lead the Blue Bears.

Catawba goalkeeper Bethany Davis was named the South Atlantic Conference Women's Soccer Player of the Week for Oct. 13-19.

The junior recorded 12 saves and two shutouts to help her team to a 3-0 record.

Sign-ups are being accepted at Hurley YMCA for Little Shooters Basketball (Pre-K to first grade) and girls basketball (grades 2-8) through Oct.25.

Practice starts Nov. 3. Season starts Nov. 17.

Register at the J.F. Hurley YMCA or online at www.rowanymca.org. Contact Jesse Byrd at 704-738-5134 or Jbyrd@rowanymca.org.

SAC player of the week were Carson-Newman running back Andy Hibbett, Lenoir-Rhyne defensive back Marcus Kincaid and Lenoir-Rhyne kicker Justin Powell.

Hibbett rushed for a career-best 221 yards and three scores to lead the Eagles to a 55-35 win at Tusculum.

Kincaid turned in 13 tackles and two tackles for loss.

Powell went 3-for-3 on field goal attempts.


ATLANTA -- Paul Millsap scored 21 points and the Atlanta Hawks recovered after losing a fourth-quarter lead to beat the Charlotte Hornets 117-114 in overtime in an exhibition game on Monday night.

Elton Brand's jumper and two free throws by Thabo Sefolosha gave the Hawks a 116-112 lead. Brian Roberts answered with a jumper to cut the lead to two points. Sefolosha, who had 12 points, made one of two free throws with 2.8 seconds remaining. Charlotte's P.J. Hairston missed a last-second 3-pointer.

Kyle Korver had 17 points and Mike Scott, who had four 3-pointers, had 16 for Atlanta.

Gary Neal led Charlotte with 21 points, including two free throws with 1:23 remaining in regulation for a 103-101 advantage -- the Hornets' first lead since late in the opening period.

Cody Zeller had 18 points and Kemba Walker had 17 for Charlotte.

• NEW YORK -- Mason Plumlee had 20 points and 17 rebounds to help the Brooklyn Nets beat the Philadelphia 76ers 99-88 on Monday night.

"That's the aggressiveness and toughness we need from him every night," coach Hollins said. "That's the expectation for him. Not to get 17 points, not to get 20, but to go out and be aggressive."

Deron Williams added 13 points and five rebounds.

, four assists and three steals.

After the game, Williams expressed praise for Plumlee's performance and what it could can forecast for the season.

"We're going to need that type of effort from him, especially when Brook (Lopez) and Kevin (Garnett) are out," Williams said.

Henry Sims and Tony Wroten scored 13 points apiece to lead the 76ers.

Brooklyn led 68-67 heading into the fourth before Plumlee and Jerome Jordan took over. The pair combined for 13 points in the final period. Brooklyn improved to 4-1 with the victory while Philadelphia dropped to 2-5 with the loss.


Nets: Kevin Garnett and Markel Brown remained sidelined stomach virus. Brook Lopez remains sidelined by a right mid-foot sprain. Plumlee and Mirza Teletovic started in place of Lopez and Garnett.

76ers: Philadelphia was without Joel Embiid, Nerlens Noel and Michael Carter-Williams. ... Before the game, coach Brett Brown said Jakarr Sampson was a player that has impressed him particularly when evaluating the roster with final cuts coming in the next few days.

Up Next:

Nets: Brooklyn will conclude the preseason on the road against the Boston Celtics on Wednesday night at TD Garden.

76ers: Philadelphia will conclude the preseason on the road against the Detroit Pistons Thursday night at The Palace of Auburn Hills.

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http://www.salisburypost.com/article/20141020/SP01/141029982/1001/sp/cancelled-standish-street-in-salisbury-closing-tuesday&source=RSS <![CDATA[Cancelled: Standish Street in Salisbury closing Tuesday]]>

UPDATE: The closing has been delayed to another date, yet to be determined.

Contractors working on the Civic Park Apartment project will be installing a sewer line that will require the closure of Standish Street beginning at 7 a.m. Tuesday.

The street is expected to reopen at 5 p.m.

The closure will begin 50 feet from the intersection with Brenner Avenue and will end before Hall Street. Motorists will be detoured along Old Wilkesboro Road and Partee Street.

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http://www.salisburypost.com/article/20141020/SP01/141029980/1001/sp/nc-insurers-press-for-higher-homeowner-rates&source=RSS <![CDATA[NC insurers press for higher homeowner rates]]> RALEIGH (AP) -- North Carolina's insurance commissioner is considering a request from companies seeking to increase homeowner's coverage costs by more than 25 percent on average while more firms demand even higher, unregulated rates.

Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin opened a hearing Monday on the rate increase requested by nearly 100 companies selling homeowners policies in the state. Goodwin's decision is not expected before late this year.

Staffers in the state Insurance Department headed by Goodwin say the proposal is excessive. A lawyer for the North Carolina Rate Bureau representing the companies say they're asking less than the 41 percent increase needed to cover obligations and make a fair profit.

Insurers increasingly are telling customers they won't sell coverage unless homeowners agree to pay more than the rate set by Goodwin's office.

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http://www.salisburypost.com/article/20141020/SP01/141029981/1001/sp/halloween-funfest-comes-to-downtown-salisbury-on-saturday&source=RSS <![CDATA[Halloween Funfest comes to downtown Salisbury on Saturday]]> The Salisbury Parks and Recreation Department, in conjunction with Downtown Salisbury, Inc., will present Halloween Funfest from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday at the Salisbury Post parking lot.

Carnival games, haunted trolley rides, hay rides and the moon walk will take place. Individual games and rides are 50 cents, and an unlimited pass can be purchased for $5 which includes unlimited participation in all games and rides.

Trick-or-treating with downtown merchants will take place from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. Children participating must be 12 years or younger, in costume and accompanied by an adult. A list of businesses participating in trick-or-treating will be available at the event registration table.

Children and adults can participate in the costume contest at 5:15 p.m. for the opportunity to win Downtown Dollars. Food, candy and giveaways will be available during the event and various entertainers will perform live throughout the afternoon.

For more information, contact Parks and Recreation at 704-216-PLAY.

Mon, 20 Oct 2014 14:31:00 EST http://www.salisburypost.com/article/20141020/SP01/141029981/1001/sp/halloween-funfest-comes-to-downtown-salisbury-on-saturday&source=RSS
http://www.salisburypost.com/article/20141020/SP01/141029983/1001/sp/former-east-rowan-band-instructor-charged-with-failing-to-notify-authorities-of-address-change&source=RSS <![CDATA[Former East Rowan band instructor charged with failing to notify authorities of address change]]> Authorities say Christopher David Patterson, a former East Rowan High School band instructor who is a registered sex offender, had not notified officials of a change in address. Officials with the Rowan County Sheriff's Office sent several letters to Patterson, 42, but did not get a reply. He eventually turned himself in nearly a month later. He was arrested at the sheriff's office where a deputy served him with an arrest warrant for felony failure to register as a sex offender.

Patterson was convicted in March 2012 of felony sex act with a student by teacher and felony indecent liberties with a student. He received probation and was required to notify authorities of an address change, records show.

Officials send address verification letters to registered offenders, who are required to return the letter within three days, a report said, Patterson did not. The letter was returned to the Rowan County Sheriff's Office.

A letter was mailed from Raleigh on Sept. 9, a report said. A month later, Oct. 9, a deputy delivered the letter in person to Patterson who was instructed to speak with a detective when he brought the letter in to the sheriff's office.

Patterson called to inform a detective he would bring the letter in on Oct. 15, which was beyond the three days notice. He was arrested and charged when he arrived at the sheriff's office. Patterson was issued a $1,500 secured bond and has since been released from the county jail. He had a first court appearance Oct. 16 and is expected back in court next month.

In 2005, Patterson was acquitted of sexual battery against a 17-year-old female band student. She told authorities Patterson inappropriately touched her. In that case, the judge determined that the case did not meet with state statutes that say a victim must resist and the accused must use force. There wasn't enough evidence to establish either, according to a 2005 Post article. His conviction is for incidents involving that same band student.

Contact reporter Shavonne Potts at 704-797-4253.

Mon, 20 Oct 2014 12:02:00 EST http://www.salisburypost.com/article/20141020/SP01/141029983/1001/sp/former-east-rowan-band-instructor-charged-with-failing-to-notify-authorities-of-address-change&source=RSS
http://www.salisburypost.com/article/20141020/SP01/141029984/1001/sp/several-factors-key-in-recruiting-new-businesses-to-rowan&source=RSS <![CDATA[Several factors key in recruiting new businesses to Rowan ]]> When North Carolina Commerce Secretary Sharon Decker was asked what Rowan County needs to do to be successful in recruiting business, she listed five things to focus on:

• Health

• Education

• Economic development

• Arts, tourism and culture

• Quality of life and the environment

Health and education may be the most obvious of the five items. According to the World Health Organization, people who are healthy live longer and are more productive workers.

Education is more important than ever in the business world. But it's not just about getting a college degree. Plenty of industries recruit employees from technical and trade schools.

What really matters is primary and secondary education; when students learn the basic skills they need to be successful in college, technical school or the workforce if they're starting a career right after high school.

According to Census Bureau statistics, 80 percent of people 25 and older in the county have a high school degree, while 16 percent have a bachelor's degree or higher. For North Carolina, the figures are 84 percent and 25 percent, respectively.

The campaign to improve student literacy rates in Rowan County should be a priority for everyone with a stake in the community. The generation currently going through the school system will be the county's workforce in the future, and the quality of our schools is something businesses look at when deciding whether to locate here.

Education is also tied to health. People with college degrees are healthier than ones without a degree, according to the Centers for Disease Control.

Rowan County is lucky to have RowanWorks, the economic development group focused solely on bringing jobs to the county.

Regional economic development organizations are fine, but sometimes they overlook smaller communities while giving big cities and metropolitan areas all the attention -- a point Decker made during her talk Thursday at a Rowan Chamber of Commerce breakfast.

Salisbury has a growing arts community -- with performance theaters and art galleries in the downtown area. The historic homes in Salisbury and around the county along with the North Carolina Transportation Museum in Spencer attract plenty of tourists.

Preserving and sharing the rich history of the county needs to continue to be a priority.

As for quality of life, about 18 percent of the county's population, and a quarter of those under 18, live in poverty.

Those numbers are similar to statewide figures. People in poverty, especially the children, need access to resources that will help them climb out of poverty. Communities should strive to help those in need and not look away or simply blame people for their problems.

Protecting the environment and the area's natural resources is crucial. Look at a satellite image of Rowan County and it doesn't take long to realize agriculture is a big part the county's economy. Those crop fields need clean water for irrigation.

Having greenways and parks is important. Getting outdoors is great for relieving stress and building happiness. The trail through Spencer Woods is a great asset to the town.

The Carolina Thread Trail, which includes 107 miles of trails planned for Rowan County, is something the county should embrace.

Decker said if the county can focus on those five areas, then success will come our way.

She's right.

David Purtell covers business and city government for the Salisbury Post.

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http://www.salisburypost.com/article/20141020/SP01/141029985/1001/sp/westside-community-benevolent-association-will-meet-this-evening-at-6-pm&source=RSS <![CDATA[Westside Community Benevolent Association will meet this evening at 6 p.m]]> The Westside Community Benevolent Association will meet this evening at 6 p.m. at 911 W. Bank St.

Donovan Hamm of Code Enforcement and Community Relations Officer Reuben Ijames will be the speakers. For details call president Wm. D. Turner at 704-636-1244.

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http://www.salisburypost.com/article/20141020/SP01/141029986/1001/sp/neely-school-foundation-receives-10000-preservation-north-carolina-grant&source=RSS <![CDATA[Neely School Foundation receives $10,000 Preservation North Carolina Grant]]> On Oct. 10, the Historic Neely School Foundation was presented Preservation North Carolina's 2014 Stedman Incentive Grant in the amount of $10,000 for the restoration of the Neely School. The award, funded by the Marian S. Covington Foundation, was established in 1975 to assist in the rescue of an endangered historically and architecturally significant property. This grant was part of Preservation North Carolina's annual conference in Raleigh.

The Neely School was constructed in 1908 by Julius Erastus Neely, a farmer and preacher, and his wife, Katie Stokes McKenzie Neely, so that they could provide education for their seven children and for other children in the community. As the children of slaves, the Neelys had experienced both the severe deprivation of slavery and the hunger for an education that came with emancipation.

The simple one room school house, standing on family land, and administered by the family and with teachers provided by the Rowan County superintendent of public schools, offered the only opportunity for the children of the immediate community to attend a school.

The Historic Neely School Foundation was organized by grandchildren of Julius and Katie Neely in order to preserve their legacy and to share it with the public. Its location in an isolated area led to vandalism. The school has been moved to a location immediately in front of its future permanent home on the Neely Home Site.

It will continue to be a physical reminder of educational advancement and achievement attained by African Americans in rural North Carolina and the struggle for the right to a quality education in the segregated south in the early 20th century.

Mon, 20 Oct 2014 11:39:00 EST http://www.salisburypost.com/article/20141020/SP01/141029986/1001/sp/neely-school-foundation-receives-10000-preservation-north-carolina-grant&source=RSS
http://www.salisburypost.com/article/20141020/SP01/141029987/1001/sp/police-woman-uses-driver-s-license-of-someone-else-charged-with-id-theft&source=RSS <![CDATA[Police: Woman uses driver's license of someone else, charged with ID theft]]> A Salisbury woman faces felony charges after she was pulled over during a traffic stop and produced a license that belonged to someone else.

Salisbury Police charged Cherelle Jenae Chawlk, 28, of the 700 block of Hall Street, with felony identity theft and misdemeanor driving while license revoked.

Authorities received a complaint about drug activity at Civic Park Apartments and an officer noticed a woman walk over to a black Nissan, go inside an apartment and return to the vehicle. When the vehicle drove by the officer, he saw that it did not have a registration plate. The officer stopped the Nissan at the intersection of Brenner Avenue and West Monroe Street.

A report said the woman, later identified as Chawlk, told the officer her name was Ebony Fair and gave him a license for Ebony Fair. The officer searched the DMV system and found that Ebony Fair had a valid license, but the picture didn't match the driver. He asked the driver to produce her vehicle registration information.

The woman told the officer the vehicle was registered to her sister, Jalea Chawlk. Cherrelle Chawlk said she was headed to DJs restaurant for karaoke. Chawlk's license was suspended. The officer knew Cherrelle Chawlk, a report said, because she'd done the same thing in February and March with the same officer.

Chawlk was convicted in 2007 of possession of firearm by felon, fictitious information to an officer, forgery and unauthorized use of motor vehicle. She's also been convicted of resisting arrest, larceny, trespassing, robbery with a dangerous weapon and felony conspiracy.

She has since been released from the Rowan County Detention Center under a $1,000 secured bond.

Contact reporter Shavonne Potts at 704-797-4253.

Mon, 20 Oct 2014 11:22:00 EST http://www.salisburypost.com/article/20141020/SP01/141029987/1001/sp/police-woman-uses-driver-s-license-of-someone-else-charged-with-id-theft&source=RSS
http://www.salisburypost.com/article/20141020/SP05/141029988/1001/sp/safety-a-priority-at-this-year-s-state-fair&source=RSS <![CDATA[Safety a priority at this year's State Fair]]> A year ago, the N.C. State Fair wasn't necessarily a happy place.

On Oct. 24, 2013, the Vortex, a thrilling ride on the Midway, moved when it wasn't supposed to because of a disabled safety mechanism.

The movement dropped unsecured riders at least 20 feet onto a metal floor at the bottom of the Vortex, seriously injuring five people, including a family of four. One of the injured riders spent months in the hospital with brain, skull and neck injuries.

The Vortex isn't on the Midway this year, but the ride's owners, Family Attractions Amusement, still face $100,000 in fines and a $150 million lawsuit.

The N.C. Labor Department says it was an accident that could have been prevented by the ride operators and one that should not be blamed on lax state inspections of rides. N.C. Labor Secretary Cherie Berry has promised that this year's fair, which started last Thursday and runs through Sunday, will be "the safest fair in the country."

Out of 4,900 inspections of rides Berry's department has made so far this year, inspectors have found 1,000 violations.

Last year's accident was a tragedy, but it at least has put the Labor Department inspectors on high alert. That's important, given there are 102 rides on the Midway. Many of these same rides, from the same companies, are subject to state inspections at county fairs such as the one held in Rowan every September.

The rides have always been, of course, just one facet of the N.C. State Fair, whose history goes back to 1853.

The fairs have not been held every year since then. There were breaks for the Civil War and World War II. The fair also was not held in 1926 and 1927 because the Agricultural Society, which put on the event, disbanded.

Since 1928, the N.C. Department of Agriculture has overseen the state fair, and this year's edition represents the 144th staging of the event overall. It used to be the late N.C. Agriculture Commissioner and Rowan County native son Jim Graham's favorite time of year.

Whether you take to the Midway rides or not, the fair is worth the visit, as it brings together the best in the state's agriculture and heritage.

Exhibitors -- a fair amount from Rowan County attend -- earn more than $600,000 in prize money. The State Fair also is known for its Dorton Arena concerts, grandstand shows, fireworks, games and food.

At least for this year, it's also known for its ride safety.

So step right up, and enjoy the biggest 11-day event in North Carolina.

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http://www.salisburypost.com/article/20141020/SP05/141029989/1001/sp/letters-to-the-editor-monday-10-20-14&source=RSS <![CDATA[Letters to the editor -- Monday (10-20-14)]]> "When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

"We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. --That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, --That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government."

How many people know what document those two paragraphs are from? How many children do you think have ever had the words read to them?

This great experiment of these United States is in great jeopardy. The supreme law of land, the Constitution, is no longer followed and is laughed at by our elected officials. The rule of law has been trashed.

This is the government that our forefathers feared. They gave us explicit instructions for what to do should our government betray their constituents and the persons entrusted with supreme power become usurpers of the law.

I wish we could vote our way out of the mess we are in. I urge you to please look up and read the Federalist Paper No. 28 by one of our founding fathers, Alexander Hamilton.

Albert Einstein: "Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results."

-- Wes Rhinier


I have known Rowan County Commission candidate Greg Edds for many years. I have known him as a community leader, business owner, volunteer and friend. Time and time again I've watched him bring individuals and groups together to work toward a common cause. I've witnessed his ability to move others to decisive action by laying out a clear vision and a pathway to growth and excellence. I've witnessed his kindness to those around him, and I appreciate his ability to work respectfully with others. Certainly, our community needs this now more than ever.

Greg is a passionate, creative leader who has a unique ability to unite people and bring out the best in those around him. He is able to weed out the minor issues and cut straight to the things that matter most, things that will make a real, measurable difference in people's lives.

Isn't this what we're looking for in our new leaders? Leaders who can get along well with others, leaders who can articulate a clear vision for a better, more positive, more prosperous community, and leaders who can inspire us not divide us? This is exactly who I know Greg Edds to be.

I'm excited to see what positive leadership will do in our community. Please join me in support for Greg Edds for Rowan County Commissioner.

-- Ben Lynch


Friends have asked me why people get so outraged anytime the subject of "Bibles in schools" comes up. I always explain that it's an agenda. It's only "unconstitutional" because a few liberal judges wrote new laws as part of this agenda. Technically, of course, judges can't write new laws; the Constitution forbids it. But by claiming they were "interpreting" the Constitution, they did it anyway.

Think about it this way. If a judge allows a known child molester to go free, because of a legal loophole, that's within his power. But let's say we have a judge who hates children; and so he says, "This man wasn't found guilty, so his rights will be violated if he isn't allowed to chaperone your children on week-end camping trips." Now here we'd have a problem; because the judge is just making up laws, not interpreting existing ones.

That's what happened to Bibles in schools. The Bible was always in schools; from before our founding in 1789, up until the 1960s. Then came liberalism; and being anti-Christian, liberal judges wrote new laws. The Constitution says: "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof." So, the Constitution says the government cannot prohibit the free exercise of religion; but after 200 years or so, liberal judges decide that the government will do it anyway. That's re-writing the law, replacing it (unconstitutionally); not "interpreting" it.

So now, half our students can't read "at level." We spend three times more per student than any other country on earth, yet rank between 20th and 30th education-wise. That's quite an agenda, don't you think? I'm ready for new leadership, new ideas. I'm voting for Hardin, Allen, and Hunter for the school board. Just remember the initials HAH, and vote!

-- Steve Pender


I have known Gene Miller since he first came to Rowan-Salisbury Schools, and I have had the pleasure of working with him on many projects both for the school system here and again when we both worked for the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools. Gene is a talented administrator who feels strongly about how important schools and teachers are to the community and to families here in Rowan County. He grew up in my hometown of Rockwell, so he has a lot invested in the community and wants to continue to serve our citizens now that he has retired from the school system. I sincerely recommend him as exactly the kind of person we need in a leadership role for Rowan County.

-- Glenda Graham


Bill Rogers is the best possible choice for Superior Court Judge District 19A. After 30 years in the Army, including a combat tour in Vietnam, followed by 13 years as a high school history teacher, I can recognize effective, dynamic leadership and rock-solid integrity. Bill possesses these qualities in abundance. With his extensive, local courtroom experience and over 30 years of active community service (for example, Habitat for Humanity and Hospice of Cabarrus County), Bill understands the legal challenges facing our area. Bill has the energy and determination to forthrightly and honestly address and rule on the complex cases that will reach his bench. Bill can also be depended upon to go the course and finish his term of office in a manner that will reflect favorably upon him and those that support him.

Bill's peers also hold him in high esteem.. He scored significantly higher than his opponent in the 2014 evaluation by The North Carolina Bar Association of those candidates running for judicial office. In fact, Bill scored higher than any other judicial candidate in Cabarrus County.

We could not hope for a better candidate to safeguard our legal rights. Bill Rogers is courteous, thorough and decisive and has the character and the credentials expected of a Superior Court judge.

-- Col. Russ Olson (Ret.)

Davidson (Odell community)

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http://www.salisburypost.com/article/20141020/SP05/141029990/1001/sp/my-turn-by-geoffrey-hoy-i-am-a-person-of-hope&source=RSS <![CDATA[My Turn by Geoffrey Hoy: I am a person of hope]]> I am a person of hope, not wishful thinking. I remember my past, the good and the bad, events, accomplishments, sadness, joys, failures, successes. I remember watching our home burn down when I was 9, but also that I learned how to safely use a power saw to cut boards for the new house we built on the foundation of the old.

I am a person of hope, not wishful thinking. Yes, I am a passionate partisan, but I am deeply committed to democracy with a small "d." Voting and participation by all citizens of an informed (and not so informed) electorate is the basis of our inspired form of government. It is important that we face issues squarely in our current time, seeking understanding of their root causes in our history and discerning choices to be made for the common good of all, not just the good (or greed) of the "successful" at the expense of others. I believe we need to lift EVERYONE through education, employment and entrepreneurship. That means literacy training, job creation (and skill training), and training on how to plan and start successful businesses (incubators, coaches, etc.)

I am a person of hope, not wishful thinking. That means remembering that our foremothers and forefathers organized to accomplish improvements in their lives and the lives of others here. Let's remember that the women of Salisbury organized and "procured" food for their families at the end of the Civil War when their children were starving. This event became known as the "Bread Riot." Let's remember the outcome of the revival in 1887 when Fr. Murdoch of St. Luke's Episcopal Church organized the business leaders of Salisbury, and four cotton mills were developed to provide employment for many. Let's remember the development of the colleges of our community, Livingstone, Catawba and Rowan-Cabarrus Community College -- and so many other services and resources we enjoy today.

I believe in hope, not wishful thinking. Hope is embodied in organizing to accomplish goals. Give a hungry person a fish sandwich, and they are hungry again. Teach someone how to build a fish pond and raise fish, and develop a network of fish ponds and then a network for delivering fish to a market, and you develop an economy!

I am a person of hope, not wishful thinking. I am a person of faith, believing that life is more powerful than death, depression, recession, ignorance, negativity, conflict, pettiness and misinformation. Together We the People can cooperate and organize for the common good. This task is forever dynamic and changing as circumstances arise, some problems are solved and others surface.

We the People of Rowan County have the opportunity NOW to seek the common good. This includes EVERYBODY VOTING, remembering the past (honestly, not nostalgically), discerning current needs and circumstances, envisioning a better future and then cooperating and organizing to make it happen!

Geoffrey Hoy is chairperson of the Rowan County Democratic Party.

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http://www.salisburypost.com/article/20141020/SP01/141029991/1001/sp/george-stewart-emt-firefighter-medical-responder-of-the-year&source=RSS <![CDATA[George Stewart: EMT, firefighter, Medical Responder of the Year]]> George Stewart wears many hats -- firefighter, EMT, husband, and earlier this year he added another: Medical Responder of the Year.

Stewart is a part-time firefighter with Rockwell Rural Fire Department, a part-time EMT with Rowan County EMS and a full-time engineer at China Grove Fire Department. Stewart also serves as part-time EMT at the Charlotte Motor Speedway where he works on medical standby.

"I've wanted to be a firefighter since I was a little kid," he said.

While he was in first grade, his class took a tour of the Concord Fire Department, and after that moment, Stewart knew that's what he wanted to do with his life.

In the spring, Stewart was given the Rufus Honeycutt Jr. Award, which recognizes a county medical responder who has made a significant contribution to the EMS system in the previous year.

The award is given during the annual picnic at Dan Nicholas Park and is based on a peer review process. It's named after the late Rufus Honeycutt, who served as a county commissioner and created the county EMS service in the mid-1980s.

"He's very committed and dedicated to the profession. He's helped out a lot of times and stepped up to the plate to fill in if we have someone call out sick," said EMS Battalion Chief Bill Hamrick.

Hamrick said Stewart "always has a good attitude about him and is very focused on the job."

When Stewart isn't rushing to a fire or tending to a patient as an emergency medical technician, he's conducting fire prevention tours at local schools.

How does he do it all? He's at the China Grove Fire Department every third day for a 24-hour shift and then he has 48 hours off.

He typically starts work in China Grove around 8 a.m., works at Rowan EMS around 7:45 or 8 p.m. and at Speedway events until the crews close up shop, which Stewart said can sometimes be very early the next morning.

"I love coming to work every day," he said.

The various stations are good at working with his schedule, he said.

Stewart said he got his work ethic from his father, who installs floors. During summers, Stewart would help his father, who he said has always worked hard.

Stewart got his start in the fire service at age 18 with Atwell Volunteer Fire Department. His wife, Jessica, is currently a volunteer with Atwell Fire Department and is also a 911 telecommunicator.

His uncle is a retired federal agent with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF).

Contact reporter Shavonne Potts at 704-797-4253.

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http://www.salisburypost.com/article/20141020/SP02/141029992/1001/sp/nfl-manning-reaches-milestone&source=RSS <![CDATA[NFL: Manning reaches milestone]]> DENVER -- Peyton Manning's receivers played keep-away with his milestone memento and the NFL's new leader in career touchdown passes toyed with the San Francisco 49ers in the Denver Broncos' emphatic 42-17 victory Sunday night.

Manning went into the showdown two TDs shy of Brett Favre's record of 508 and threw four touchdown passes, giving him 510.

He surpassed Favre's mark with an 8-yard strike to Demaryius Thomas late in the second quarter. As he went to retrieve the football, his teammates decided to have some fun.

Thomas tossed the historic ball over Manning and to Emmanuel Sanders, who then lobbed it to Wes Welker. From there, Welker dished it back to Sanders, who then flipped it to Julius Thomas -- all of Manning's favorite targets getting into the act.

Finally, Manning got the ball along with congratulations from his teammates and coaches.


JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) -- The Jacksonville Jaguars are winless no more.

Denard Robinson ran for a career-high 127 yards and a touchdown, Jacksonville's defense came up big in the red zone, and the Jaguars snapped a nine-game losing streak.

Jacksonville (1-6) won for the first time since beating Houston on Dec. 15, 2013.

Blake Bortles connected with fellow rookie Allen Robinson for a 31-yard score and the game's first touchdown. It was really all the Jaguars needed on a day in which coach Gus Bradley's defense delivered time and time again.

The Browns (3-3) settled for field goals in two trips inside the 20-yard line and failed to convert on fourth-and-1 at the 24.

Cleveland, which entered the game with the league's third-best rushing attack, was held in check most of the day. The Browns ran 30 times for 69 yards, including 36 by Ben Tate.


ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Punter Johnny Hekker's pass from the St. Louis 18 caught the Seattle Seahawks by surprise for the last of three big plays by Rams special teams.

Stedman Bailey had a 90-yard touchdown on a trick return that fooled the Seahawks into thinking another player was going to catch the punt. Benny Cunningham's 75-yard kickoff return set up an early touchdown for the Rams (2-4).

Russell Wilson rushed for 106 yards on seven carries and also passed for two touchdowns while going 23 for 36 for 313 yards.

The Seahawks (3-3) dominated statistically, outgaining the Rams 463-272. Doug Baldwin's' 9-yard reception cut the deficit to two with 3:18 to go, but the Rams were able to run out the clock after Hekker's completion to Cunningham.


ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) -- Tony Romo threw three touchdown passes, and DeMarco Murray broke Jim Brown's 56-year-old NFL record with his seventh straight 100-yard rushing game to start a season.

The Cowboys (6-1) won their sixth straight.

Romo had a fourth scoring pass overturned on replay. Instead, Murray wound up with his seventh TD rushing on a 1-yard plunge.

Murray finished with 128 yards rushing to pass Brown, who hit the century mark in the first six games of the 1958 season for Cleveland.

The Cowboys are off to their best start since they went 13-3 in 2007 and were the top seed in the NFC before losing to New York in their first playoff game.

Eli Manning had three touchdown passes for the Giants (3-4), who have lost at the NFC East's top two teams in consecutive weeks.


SAN DIEGO (AP) -- Cairo Santos kicked a 48-yard field goal field goal with 21 seconds left and the Chiefs snapped the Chargers' five-game winning streak.

The Chiefs moved into field goal range thanks to Alex Smith, who completed three straight passes for 43 yards, including a 29-yarder to Dwayne Bowe. Smith was playing on the same field where he led Helix High to consecutive San Diego Section championships.

Coming off their bye, the Chiefs (3-3) made the AFC West a three-team race, pulling within 1 1/2 games of San Diego (5-2). The Broncos (5-1) lead the division.

The Chiefs' Andy Reid is 14-2 after a bye week, the most victories for any coach.

The Chargers flunked their sternest test in a month and lost for the first time since a defeat at Arizona in the season opener.


OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) -- Carson Palmer threw two touchdown passes in his return to Oakland to send the Raiders to their 12th straight loss.

Stepfan Taylor caught one touchdown pass and ran for another, and Andre Ellington gained 160 yards from scrimmage for the Cardinals (5-1), who are off to their best start since 1976.

Darren McFadden ran for a touchdown for the Raiders (0-6), off to their worst start to a season since losing their first 13 games in 1962 -- the year before late owner Al Davis joined the franchise.


DETROIT (AP) -- Matthew Stafford threw two touchdown passes in the final 3:38, including the winner to Corey Fuller with 1:48 remaining.

The Saints (2-4) were in control late in the fourth quarter when Stafford found Golden Tate for a 73-yard catch-and-run that made it 23-17. Then Drew Brees was intercepted on third down by Glover Quin, whose 23-yard return gave the Lions (5-2) the ball at the New Orleans 14.

Detroit caught a break when Rafael Bush was called for pass interference on fourth down. Stafford eventually connected with Fuller in the back of the end zone for a 5-yard touchdown and the win.

The Saints committed 12 penalties for 134 yards.


INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- Andrew Luck threw two touchdown passes and the Colts' defense dominated Cincinnati. Luck was 27 of 42 for 344 yards as Indianapolis (5-2) won its fifth straight. It was Indy's first shutout since December 2008 and the 500th victory in franchise history.

Cincinnati (3-2-1), which hasn't won since starting 3-0, endured its first shutout since December 2009 and had a franchise record tying 11 punts Sunday. Andy Dalton was 18 of 38 for 126 yards.

Indy churned out 506 yards, struck early and pulled away late.

Bradshaw's 1-yard TD run made it 10-0 in the second quarter and Luck threw two second-half TD passes to make it 24-0.

Colts linebacker Erik Walden was ejected in the first half for making contact with umpire Bruce Stritesky.


GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) -- Aaron Rodgers threw for 255 yards and three touchdowns, and Randall Cobb torched the Carolina secondary for 121 yards on receptions.

Sure-tackling Green Bay (5-2) limited quarterback Cam Newton in the first half. The Packers scored touchdowns on their first three series and led 28-3 at halftime, eliminating the threat of the Panthers' running game.

Newton, who had a career-high 17 carries last week, had 41 yards rushing on seven attempts. He passed for 205 yards for Carolina (3-3-1).

The Packers never looked back after Rodgers connected with Jordy Nelson for a 59-yard touchdown pass on the opening drive in winning their fourth straight. Eddie Lacy and James Starks each added TDs rushing in the first half.


BALTIMORE (AP) -- Elvis Dumervil and Pernell McPhee each had two sacks, part of a dominant defensive performance that carried the Ravens.

Baltimore (5-2) led 17-0 at halftime and coasted to its second straight blowout win. The Ravens beat Tampa Bay 48-17 last week.

The Falcons (2-5) averted their first shutout loss since December 2004 when Matt Ryan connected with Roddy White for a 4-yard touchdown with 7:12 remaining. It was Atlanta's first fourth-quarter score in five games.

Terrell Suggs sacked Ryan for a safety and Joe Flacco threw a 39-yard touchdown pass to Torrey Smith on a fourth-and-9 to seal Baltimore's fourth win in five games.

The Ravens allowed only four first downs in the pivotal first half and finished with five sacks in dealing the Falcons their fourth straight defeat.


CHICAGO (AP) -- Ryan Tannehill threw for 277 yards and two touchdowns in an efficient performance. Tannehill connected on his first 14 passes and was 25 of 32 overall, helping Miami bounce back from a brutal 27-24 loss to Green Bay.

Lamar Miller also had a 2-yard touchdown run for the Dolphins (3-3), who had lost three of four since an opening victory over New England.

The Bears (3-4) remained winless in three home games this season and have dropped five of their last seven at Soldier Field. Matt Forte scored two touchdowns and Jeremiah Ratliff finished with a career-best 3 1/2 sacks.


LANDOVER, Md. (AP) -- Kai Forbath kicked a 22-yard field goal on the last play of the game, and Colt McCoy stepped in after Kirk Cousins was benched at halftime to lead the Redskins.

McCoy completed 11 of 12 passes for 128 yards and a touchdown in his first meaningful role in a win since Nov. 20, 2011. Back then, he led the Browns to a 14-10 victory over the Jaguars.

The Redskins (2-5) snapped a four-game losing streak. The Titans fell to 2-5.

McCoy's first pass was a career-long 70-yard touchdown to Pierre Garcon after the Redskins trailed 10-6 at halftime.

Charlie Whitehurst was 17 for 26 for 160 yards with two touchdowns and one interception for the Titans.


ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) -- Kyle Orton hit Sammy Watkins on a 2-yard touchdown pass with 1 second remaining. The touchdown capped a 15-play, 80-yard drive which Orton extended by converting a fourth-and-20 and a third-and-12. Orton set up the decisive score with a 28-yard pass to Chris Hogan at the Vikings 2.

Orton overcame an interception, a lost fumble and six sacks to finish 31 of 43 for 283 yards and two touchdowns -- both to Watkins.

It was Orton's second last-second victory in three starts for Buffalo (4-3), which overcame injuries to running backs Fred Jackson and C.J. Spiller.

The Vikings' defense forced four turnovers. Teddy Bridgewater went 15 of 26 for 157 yards with a touchdown and two interceptions as Minnesota (2-5) lost its third in a row.

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http://www.salisburypost.com/article/20141020/SP02/141029993/1001/sp/nascar-talladega&source=RSS <![CDATA[NASCAR: Talladega]]> TALLADEGA, Ala. (AP) -- Brad Keselowski refused to be knocked down -- not by Matt Kenseth, who jumped him from behind after a disastrous race at Charlotte, and not by garage-wide condemnation over his post-race meltdown.

He kept his head up and arrived at Talladega Superspeedway determined to shake off a bad week that earned him a $50,000 fine from NASCAR and moved him to the edge of elimination in the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship.

Only a win would keep his title hopes alive.

Only the toughest of drivers could tune out everything that had happened and ignore the weeklong chorus of criticism from his peers.

Keselowski pulled it off Sunday with an improbable victory that moved him into the third round of the Chase. He used a push from Team Penske teammate Joey Logano on a restart in overtime, and then got last-lap coverage from, who else? Kenseth.

"I know there's probably some people out there that aren't really happy I won. I can understand that. But I'm a man like anyone else and not real proud of last week. But I'm real proud of today," said Keselowski, who found comedic relief in his assist from Kenseth.

"It was funny how this racing world works out. I don't know why it is that way. I don't know why it seems like every week where there's either a fight in the garage or a mishap or something like that happens, those two cars and people end up together."

His professionalism under attack and his season slipping away, Keselowski still managed to focus on the difficult task at hand. He was in a three-way race to Victory Lane with six-time and defending champion Jimmie Johnson and Dale Earnhardt Jr., all three needing to win to stave off elimination.

It was Keselowski who grabbed the checkered flag.

"I'll take the 50 grand and the win this week, wouldn't you?" said Keselowski team owner Roger Penske. The owner and driver can just take the fine out of the winner's check of $288,361.

But Penske, winner of the IndyCar title this year with Will Power, strongly defended the driver who gave him his first career Cup title two seasons ago.

"These guys are jealous of the job he's done this year," Penske said. "He's won six races. He's made poles. He's been up front. Nobody likes to see a guy win like that.

"I want him to get mad. I don't want him to take it. We talked about it (last week). I said, 'Brad, put it in the rearview mirror."'

Logano and Kevin Harvick, the winners of the first two races in the second round, also advanced to the third three-race round along with Ryan Newman, Carl Edwards, Jeff Gordon, Hamlin and Kenseth. The field will be cut to four after the ninth race. Points are reset after each round and the title will be decided by finishing order in the Nov. 16 finale at Homestead.

After the race, NASCAR said Newman's car failed inspection because it was too low on both sides of the back of his Chevrolet. Penalties will likely be issued Tuesday, but that infraction typically is docked 15 points. Newman holds a 27-point lead over Kasey Kahne, who was eliminated Sunday.

The much-anticipated championship battle between Team Penske and Hendrick Motorsports took a major hit. Penske got both Keselowski and Logano into the third round, but Hendrick had three of its four drivers eliminated Sunday. Only Gordon advanced.

"Great teams, great drivers, great friends. I hate to see them not in there," Gordon said about Johnson, Earnhardt and Kahne. "I really thought the chances of two of them getting in were very good, and certainly one of them. I thought two of us would be in there, and I thought there's a decent chance three could be there."

Hendrick and Penske drivers combined for 17 wins in the first 26 races, and have dueled all season as the top two organizations in NASCAR.

"We'll just go and try and win some races before the year's out," Earnhardt said. "That all we've got left."

But Talladega, one of only two tracks in NASCAR that requires horsepower-sapping restrictor plates and most of the field runs in one giant pack, is a crapshoot. One slip can trigger a massive accident, and a drivers' fate often comes down to being in the wrong place at the wrong time.

That's what happened to Kyle Busch, who entered the race ranked second in the 12-driver field but was the fourth driver eliminated from the Chase because he was caught in an early accident. He was hit from behind, had to go to the garage for repairs and finished 40th on Sunday.

"We are destroyed. We are absolutely killed," said Busch, who appeared to be hit by Austin Dillon. "I got wrecked from behind. We are done."

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