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Miller receives award at horse competition
Christina Miller of Salisbury has received the 2007 N.C. Hunter Jumper Association’s Champion Award for the children/adult jumpers on the “C” show circuit.
The champion ribbon and a monogrammed horse blanket were presented to her at the association’s Jan. 5 banquet and awards ceremony in Pinehurst.
Miller, who competes on her horse Goldie, was awarded points based on her placing in association horse shows. She earned the most points to receive the Champion Award.
Daughter of Richard and Debbie Miller, she is an honor student and junior at Salisbury High School. She is a member of the South River Bend Pony Club where she has her C2 rating.
She competed last summer on the Carolina Region show jumping team, which took second place at the Pony Club National Championships in Lexington, Ky.
Livingstone College social event
The Livingstone College Local Alumni Chapter is sponsoring a Three in One Social ó dinner, concert and dance ó on Friday at the Salisbury Civic Center.
– Men who cook ó Taster’s Choice Dinner, will be served 6:30-8 p.m.
– Concert by artists Phyllis Partee, Albert Stout Jr., Earnestine Ingram, Virginia Williams Rush, J. Henderson Stout and the PCS Trio, will be from 8-10 p.m.
– Dance from 10-11:45 p.m. with Mr. Clean as DJ.
Tickets are $20 each and may be purchased by contacting Melvin J. Rush at 704-633-1323 before noon, Friday.
Master Gardener Volunteers sought
Cooperative Extension is now accepting applications for the 2008 Master Gardener Volunteer Program.
The program consists of 15 classes to meet on Wednesday afternoons, beginning Jan. 23, from 1-3:30 p.m. Applications for the spring program are due in the Extension Office by Jan. 14. There will be an information meeting and question and answer session on Friday at 1:30 p.m. at the Agriculture Center on Old Concord Road.
Those interested in the participating in the program are encouraged to attend. For more information visit the Master Gardener Web site at www.rowanmastergardener.com or contact Darrell Blackwelder at 704-216-8970.
Ester Hoemen to speak at NAMI meeting
Ester Hoemen, fitness director at the J.F Hurley YMCA, will be the guest speaker at the Jan. 15 education meeting of the Rowan County chapter of National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI).
Hoemen will address the importance of exercise. The meeting will be held from 7 to 8 p.m. in the Community Room of the Rowan Health Services Building at 1807 E. Innes St.
For more information, call Darlene Calvert at 704ń636ń0797.
Wildlife District Six public hearing tonight
A public hearing for Wildlife District Six, which includes Rowan County, will be held tonight at South Stanly High School in Norwood at 7 p.m.
Nine public hearings sponsored by the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission are held statewide. The hearings allow the public to discuss proposed new regulations involving hunting, fishing and trapping.
Among the proposed regulations that may impact local sportsmen are:
– Remove the exception that allows the harvest of two bass smaller than 14 inches within the five fish daily creel limit downstream of Cooleemee Dam on the South Yadkin River. The proposal would standardize rules with those of the Yadkin River and High Rock Lake.
– Implement an 8-inch minimum size limit for crappie and a 20-fish-per-day creel limit downstream of Cooleemee Dam on the South Yadkin River.
– Limit the number of jug hooks that can be fished to 100 per boat, require them to be labeled with the name and address of users, fished daily, and allow enforcement officers to remove jug hooks that are unattended.
– Establish a creel limit of one fish per day for blue catfish longer than 32 inches for Lake Norman and Badin Lake.
– Implement a two-buck bag limit for counties and parts of counties in the Eastern Deer Season that currently have a four-buck bag limit.
– Remove season and possession hunting limits for red and gray squirrels, raccoons and rabbits. Daily hunting bag limits will remain in effect (red and gray squirrels: 8; raccoon: 3; and rabbit: 5).
A complete list of the proposed regulations can be found at www.ncwildlife.org.
Cabarrus Democratic Women to meet
The Cabarrus County Democratic Women will hold their annual breakfast fundraiser on Jan. 12 from 9-11 a.m. at Troutman’s BBQ, 1388 Warren C. Coleman Blvd., Concord.
Tickets are $12 and the cost includes speaker and breakfast. There will be door prizes.
Special guests will be Sen. Kay Hagan, 2008 candidate for U.S. Senate; Judge Kristin Ruth, 2008 candidate for N.C. Court of Appeals; Attorney Suzanne Reynolds, 2008 N.C. Supreme Court; Secretary Elaine Marshall, running for re-election as the N.C. Secretary of State; Larry and Tina Kissell, candidate for the U.S. Congress 8th district and his wife; and Harry Taylor, candidate for U.S. Congress 9th district.
All proceeds will go to candidates running for public office. For more information, contact Grace Liem at 980-322-5447.
Lisa Wear to speak at Democrats’ meeting
Lisa Wear, director of Horizons Unlimited supplemental education center, will talk about Rowan County’s air quality at the Jan. 24 meeting of the Rowan County Democratic Party.
The meeting starts at 7 p.m. in the commissioners’ chambers on the second floor of the County Administration Building, 130 W. Innes St., Salisbury.
According to the American Lung Association, Rowan County’s air quality is among the worst in the nation. Wear, also an adjunct professor at the Catawba College Center for the Environment, will present an overview of the problem and invite discussion about it.
The Vision Statement of the Rowan County Democratic Party calls for “the creation of a county, state and nation which provides for a healthy and sustainable natural environment, including clean air and water.”
The public is welcome to attend the meeting.
For more information, www.myspace.com/rowandems.

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