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West Henderson outlasts Polk in a classic five-setter

Tue, 08/19/2014 - 22:50
The heat was suffocating in the West Henderson gymnasium Tuesday night, but the battle taking place on the floor was much more humid.
The Lady Falcon volleyball team hosted Polk County, which marked the return of former volleyball player Molly Corhn to her old stomping grounds. Corhn and her Lady Wolverines brought the heat in her first-ever match as a head coach but couldn't pull off the upset of her alma mater.
They pushed West to the limit, however, as the Lady Falcons won the match 3-2 (25-27, 26-24, 26-24, 16-25, 15-9).
"We definitely had our first-game jitters," West coach Tiffany Lowrance said. "We played not to lose. We need to play to win."
Polk jumped out to a 6-0 lead in the first set, but the score was reset after a rotation issue at 1-1. After that, the battle raged. The two teams tied the set up eight times before West took a 23-21 lead after two Mary Catherine Ball kills.
Polk broke serve there but gave a point right back to the Lady Falcons. One point away from victory, the Lady Falcons couldn't hold. Polk broke West's serve and then tied the game up at 24 and then took three out of the final four points to win the first set 27-25.
The next two sets were much of the same. The second set had nine lead changes, and Polk led 24-23 before West scored the final three points to win the second set 26-24.
Polk started the third set with a 7-1 run. A West timeout settled the Lady Falcons down. West went on a 7-1 run after the timeout to tie things up. Polk, however, took the lead back and at one point was up 20-16 after Reagan Waddell served up two aces in four consecutive points.
West called another timeout. This time the Lady Falcons went on a 9-3 run after the timeout. With the scored tied at 24, West scored three consecutive points, and the game ended on a Ball kill to give the Lady Falcons a 2-1 game lead.
Polk dominated the fourth game 25-16. West then handled business in the fifth and final set in a 15-9 win to secure the match.
Ball and Gracie Carrick had two kills each in the final set. Carrick finished with 16 kills and Ball with 21 kills and nine digs. Kasey Kilpatrick had 24 assists and Rachel Kordonowy had 41 digs.
Carrick came up big over and over again at the net on Tuesday night as most of her kills came from the center of the net.
"The passing was good," the junior said. "If we get a perfect pass then we need to put it down. It's just really exciting to be able to do that."
For Corhn, the trip back to West was a good one, despite not getting the win. She saw growth and energy from her team.
"We held our own and I couldn't be more proud," she said. "They really showed heart. They wanted it. They really wanted it."
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Reach Millwood at Joey.Millwood@blueridgenow.com or 828-694-7883.
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Prep roundup: Brevard downs HHS in tennis

Tue, 08/19/2014 - 22:08
GIRLS TENNIS
BREVARD 8, HENDERSONVILLE 1
Tuesday at Jackson Park
Singles
Kathleen Elliott (B) d. Haley Sair 6-3, 6-1, Ava Loftis (B) d. Erin Lindsey 6-4, 6-3, Victoria Roberts (B) d. Amy Yarborough 6-1, 6-1, Bailey Shuler (B) d. Natosha Townsend 6-1, 6-3, Aly Henneberry (B) d. Annabelle Webb 6-2, 6-2, Delaney Holland (B) d. Lina Yokote 6-0, 6-0
Doubles
Sair-Yarborough (H) d. Elliott-Loftis 8-5, Loftis-Henneberry (B) d. Lindsey-Townsend 8-3, Roberts-Holland (B) d. Webb-Rachel Morrow 8-2
Records: Brevard, 1-0. HHS, 0-1.
Next match: HHS, today at Carolina Day.
CAROLINA DAY 9, NORTH HENDERSON 0
Tuesday at Asheville Racquet Club South
Singles
Elizabeth Wood (C) d. Sally Gross 6-3, 6-1, Mia Trupiano (C) d. Kerrigan Osborne 6-0, 6-2, Sydney Stainer (C) d. Maddie Ball 6-1, 6-0, Katie Hull (C) d. Faith Thomas 6-3, 6-1, Maggie Hilderbran (C) d. Gabi Harness 6-0, 6-0, Emily Hull (C) d. Breanna Slagle 6-0, 6-0
Doubles
Wood-Hull (C) d. Gross-Osborne 8-5, Trupiano-Stainer (C) d. Ball-Thomas 8-0, Ana Tsiros-Suhani Gupta (C) d. Gabi Harness-Slagle 8-3
Record: North, 1-1.
Next match: North, Monday vs. Carolina Day.
NORTH HENDERSON 6, ERWIN 3
Monday at North Henderson
Singles
Sally Gross (N) d. Michelle Montero 10-1, Kerrigan Osborne (N) d. Marina Weissman 10-1, Maddie Ball (N) d. Natalie Case 10-8, Faith Thomas (N) d. Sydney McAbee 10-1, Gabi Harness (N) d. Kylie Jinks 10-0, Aleca Martinez (E) d. Breanna Slagle 10-4
Doubles
Montero-Case (E) d. Thomas-Janki Patel 8-3, Harness-Adela Gutierrez (N) d. Weissman-Martinez 8-4, Avery Odum-Megan Dockery (E) d. Slagle-Sophia Cruz 8-5
SOCCER
CHRIST SCHOOL 2, WNC TRAILBLAZERS 2
Highlights: It was 1-1 at halftime. For Christ School, Jack Ruch had a goal, with an assist by Young Perry and Cal Jansen scored the other goal, with an assist by James Wild. The Greenies outshot the Trailblazers 22-5, and goalkeeper Will Iorio had two saves.
Record: Christ School, 0-0-1.
Next match: Christ School, today vs. Smoky Mountain.
VOLLEYBALL
HENDERSONVILLE 3, T.C. ROBERSON 0
Highlights: Scores of this non-conference match were 25-16, 25-7, 25-21. For HHS, Blaire Hawkins had 11 assists and six digs, Cassie Born had 10 kills and 10 digs, Kara Menck had nine digs, Micayla Bedoian had eight kills, and Victoria Schandevel had 13 assists and five digs.
Record: HHS, 2-0.
Next match: HHS, today at Pisgah.
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No photos: Parents opt to keep babies off Facebook

Tue, 08/19/2014 - 19:29
NEW YORK — Behold the cascade of baby photos, the flood of funny kid anecdotes and the steady stream of school milestones on Facebook.
It all makes Sonia Rao, a stay-at-home mother of a 1-year-old in Mountain View, California, "a little uncomfortable."
"I just have a vague discomfort having her photograph out there for anyone to look at," says Rao. "When you meet a new person and go to their account, you can look them up, look at photos, videos, know that they are traveling."
At a time when just about everyone and their mother — father, grandmother and aunt — is intent on publicizing the newest generation's early years on social media sites, an increasing number of parents like Rao are bucking the trend by consciously keeping their children's photos, names and entire identities off the Internet.
Reasons for the baby blackout vary. Some parents have privacy and safety concerns. Others worry about what companies might do with their child's image and personal data. Some simply do it out of respect for their kids' autonomy before they are old enough to make decisions for themselves.
"I have a no tolerance policy," says Scott Steinberg, a St. Louis-based business and technology consultant who has more than 4,800 Facebook friends. Steinberg says he shares no photos, videos or any information about his child.
"If I don't want somebody to know about my child, to take an active interest in them, to recognize them in a city street or as they are leaving the schoolyard, the easiest way to do that is to not have any identifying information out about them," he says.
As for Rao, she says she is otherwise active on Facebook, and even had an Instagram account for her dog before the baby was born. She's happy posting photos of the canine, but not the many snapshots of her daughter and the dog together —no matter how cute they are. Rao does share baby pictures, via email or text, but only with close friends and family.
Facebook, for its part, encourages parents to use the site's privacy setting if they want to limit who can see their baby photos and other posts. It's possible, for example, to create a group of close friends and relatives to share kid updates with. But that's not enough for some users.
New parents Josh Furman and his wife, Alisha Klapholz, are "very protective" of their newborn. The Silver Spring, Maryland couple believes it's in their daughter's best interest to limit her Internet presence for as long as possible. As such, they haven't posted her legal name on Facebook and don't post photos of her on the site. Instead, they share her Hebrew name and also came up with a nickname to use just on Facebook. They ask friends and family to do the same.
"In 2014 we sort of feel like the repercussions of sharing private data are totally unpredictable," says Furman, a doctoral candidate in history at the University of Maryland.
Like his wife, Furman is very active on Facebook. Even so, he says "our child isn't capable of making decisions about what details of her life she'd like to share or not." So they are waiting until she can.
A big reason parents are wary, even if they use social media sites themselves, is that the companies "have not been very transparent about the way they collect data about users," says Caroline Knorr, parenting editor at the nonprofit Common Sense Media, which studies children's use of technology. "Facebook's terms of service and privacy (policies) — no one reads it, it's too obscure."
Some parents look back to their own childhoods, when they were able to make mistakes without evidence of those blunders living on —forever— online.
"I had the choice of what I wanted to reveal publicly," says Wasim Ahmad, journalism professor at Stonybrook University and father of a newborn son. "I'd like to, as much as I can, retain the possibility of choice for him."
Two days after his son was born, Ahmad bought the website domain with his son's name.
"I'm going to make it a private website with a password so family can log in" to see updates, he says. "When he gets old enough, I'll probably give him the keys."
The parents hasten to make clear that they have no problems with other people who post their own baby photos.
"Many of our close friends put up photos of their kids and we love seeing them," says Furman. "This is just a decision that we made for our child, and people have been respectful."
People have shared baby photos since the dawn of the camera, and stories about kid's shenanigans long before that. Parents who decide to keep photos of their children and other data off social media say they still want to share those things, but they are bothered by the idea of online permanence.
"I think my parents told embarrassing stories about me as a child at cocktail parties, no doubt. But those can't be brought back up now — or if they are, it's to a small audience and not the whole world," says Amy Heinz, who regularly shares anecdotes about her three children on her blog, usingourwords.com.
To protect the privacy of her children, she refers to them in blogs by nicknames — Big, Little and Pink. At first, she didn't use photos of their faces, but she's eased up.
"I am always conscious that what I'm posting is affecting more than myself," she says.
Parents who enforce strict blackout rules are still very much in the minority. In a 2011 survey, 66 percent of Generation X parents (people born in the 1960s and '70s) said they post photos of their children online, while more than half said they have shared news about a child's accomplishment online. The poll was part of the Longitudinal Study of American Youth at the University of Michigan's Institute for Social Research.
Aisha Sultan, a fellow at the institute when the poll was conducted, thinks the results might be different if the same questions were posed to respondents today.
"Back (then) there wasn't a lot of conversation about this," says Sultan, who is a nationally syndicated parenting advice columnist at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. "When parents first started joining Facebook in large numbers it wasn't the primary concern. We felt like we were in control of information we were sharing with friends and family."
Facebook's privacy blunders over the years, not to mention frequent updates to its confusing privacy policies, changed all that. Now, Sultan says, parents are much more aware of the little control they have over their personal data online.
Lawmakers have begun to pay some attention to the issue, too. A new California law requires online services, websites or apps that collect personally identifiable information to remove content that minors have posted, if requested. The measure goes into effect next year.
"It's a good start, but I don't think it replaces a lot of parental conversation, regulation and oversight," Sultan says.
She should know. Recently, her sister had a baby. Not thinking about it, Sultan posted a photo of her newborn niece on her Instagram account, which is locked and only includes close friends and family.
"I got in big trouble with my brother-in-law," she says. "He said... 'Please ask before you do that.'"
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Reach Barbara Ortutay on Twitter at https://twitter.com/BarbaraOrtutay
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Tillis: NC coal ash bill could rise from the dead

Tue, 08/19/2014 - 18:38
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Top Republicans at the North Carolina Legislature are signaling they are close to a last-minute deal reviving a measure that aims to force Duke Energy to curb pollution from its 33 coal ash dumps scattered across the state.
House Speaker Thom Tillis said Tuesday a new version of the bill could emerge from committee in time for a vote on Wednesday, shortly before he says the chamber intends to adjourn for the year. Negotiations between the House and Senate attempting to reconcile their competing versions of the bill broke down in late July.
GOP leaders have been saying for months that passage of a clean-up plan is among their top legislative priorities, but as recently as last week appeared ready to go home for the year without passing it. Failure to take action would present a significant political liability headed into the November elections.
Lawmakers have been under significant pressure to pass legislation in response to a February spill from a Duke plant in Eden that coated 70 miles of the Dan River in gray sludge.
Coal ash contains such toxic chemicals as arsenic, mercury and lead. State regulators have previously conceded that all of Duke's leaky unlined ash dumps in the state are contaminating groundwater.
Last month's impasse came down to a single provision in the voluminous bill defining which "low risk" ash dumps Duke would be allowed to cap with plastic sheeting and dirt. Environmentalists want all the ash dug up and moved to lined landfills away from rivers and lakes.
Rep. Chuck McGrady, one of the lead House negotiators on the bill, said Tuesday that the version now under consideration is significantly stronger than past versions of the bill.
"There will be more sites that will not be capped in place," said McGrady, R-Henderson. "More sites will be cleaned up, clearly, under the criteria we've put in the bill."
The last version of the bill publicly released last month would have required Duke to remove the ash at four of its 14 coal-fired plants. It would be up to a newly created commission to determine what Duke would be required to do with the ash at its remaining dumps.
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Review: 'Mystery of Irma Vep' is biting humor

Tue, 08/19/2014 - 16:53
It was a not-so-dark and sultry night in the shadowy streets of downtown Hendersonville when a werewolf, vampire, mummy, and a couple of quick-change actors breathed life into "The Mystery of Irma Vep," the current play at Flat Rock Playhouse Downtown.
With that many supernatural creatures running about the English-proper premises of wealthy Egyptologist Lord Edgar Hillcrest and his second wife, Lady Enid Hillcrest, an actress of questionable talent, this could be the making a popular Syfy hit TV series — such as Being Human. But this campy mock-horror story is more like A Penny Dreadful, another popular horror-based TV series, turned upside down and found to be an absurd parody of itself and all such tales in the genre that both Alfred Hitchcock and Edgar Allen Poe more than dabbled in.
Indeed "A Penny Dreadful" is the subtitle of the play, and for those not schooled in historically important European periodicals, A Penny Dreadful was an on-going lurid tale of the grotesque printed on cheap paper and sold for a penny a piece, mostly to the young men of the mid-1800s in London. Cheap entertainment at its best.
As if the multiple over-the-top characters (nine or 10, depending if you count the iffy appearance of the title character) haunting each other in every sense of the word weren't enough, all the characters are played by just two actors: Vagabond veterans Scott Treadway and Preston Dyar.
Each actor has to play both men and women (and monster) parts, sometimes having to change character and costume in full view of the audience. But consistently, each actor would exit the stage by one door as one character and reappear less than 15 seconds later through another door in a complete change of clothing and personality.
Pay no attention to the streams of sweat running down their breathless faces.
It is a zany and entertaining romp through just about every mode of telling scary stories (novel, legend, cinema, television), reanimated by playwright Charles Ludlam.
"Irma" was first produced in 1984 in the very off-Broadway Ridiculous Theatrical Company in New York City's Greenwich Village. Before his death in 1987 from AIDS-related illness, Ludlam had built a sound reputation for writing and producing cutting-edge contemporary plays for his founding playhouse.
As off-center as his work might have been, it was still — like "Irma" — based on solid literary and theatrical underpinnings. Today, "Irma," though laced with double entendres (no four-letter words), is considered an appropriate production for high school, seasoned, amateur and professional thespians alike.
Irma is the first and presumed dead wife of Lord Edgar, who has remarried and is attempting unsuccessfully to get on with his life in rural England during the brief time between the World Wars. His new wife is a ditzy insomniac, and the two of them are catered to by the opinionated maid, Jane Twisden, and the peg-legged groundskeeper Nicodemus Underwood.
All the while, wolves howl, portraits bleed, and things go bump in the night. The situation presents many questions to be pondered, but at the core is the mystery "Is Irma really dead, and, if so, how did she die? If not, where is she?"
To answer these basic inquiries, you might consider re-arranging the letters of her name (hint: Irma Vep = vampire).
Kudos to Flat Rock Playhouse's production staff for creating a most authentic looking English parlor and for aiding and abetting the actors' rapid-fire changing of the clothes.
Costuming by Ashli Arnold was wonderful, especially the carefully placed tossing tassels that adorned the awakened Egyptian mummy princess, played briefly and unforgettably by Treadway. The princess's dialogue was purposely gibberish, adding to the humor of the scene.
Unfortunately, understanding the heavily British accented dialog throughout the play was a challenge for many patrons. Director Kenneth Kay is commended for bringing such a delightful and unorthodox play to the Carolina foothills, but more attention and fine tuning are much needed in the delivery of the jam-packed script.
It was disappointing that both nuances and outright meanings were lost in translation as Treadway portrayed Nicodemus. Adding just a bit more frustration to the listening audience was the fact that the script is complex and requires precise timing. Unfortunately, Southern ears are accustomed to slow drawls and comfortable pauses. When too much is delivered too quickly, bewilderment sets in.
"The Mystery of Irma Vep" runs through Sept. 14. Go with your tongue in cheek. Check reality at the door. And let yourself laugh at the things that normally scare us.
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Study: Not expanding Medicaid to cost billions

Tue, 08/19/2014 - 14:06
RALEIGH, N.C. — The decision by Gov. Pat McCrory and Republican lawmakers not to expand Medicaid coverage through the Affordable Care Act will cost North Carolina $51 billion in lost federal money and thousands of jobs over the next decade, according to a new report.
The study issued by the non-partisan Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Urban Institute says the state will lose nearly $40 billion in Medicaid funding and more than $11 billion in reimbursements to North Carolina hospitals if the state continues to forgo expansion through 2022.
It's estimated about 319,000 low-income workers would have gained health insurance coverage had the state expanded Medicaid.
McCrory has repeatedly said the state's Medicaid system, which he has overseen since taking office at the beginning of 2013, is too bloated and broken to expand. Republican legislative leaders have said reforming the system was among their top legislative priorities for 2014, but appear poised to adjourn for the year without approving a plan.
McCrory's office didn't respond Monday to a request for comment.
Sen. Ralph Hise, a key budget writer on Medicaid issues, said he's seen at least two other studies contradicting the latest report. GOP legislators are being cautious by choosing not to expand Medicaid, said Hise, R-Mitchell.
An expansion would lead thousands of families now covered by private insurance to switch to subsidized Medicaid coverage, Hise said. There is no guarantee that the federal government will stick to its promise to pay at least 90 percent of the cost of adding beneficiaries, he said.
The rising cost of administering expanded Medicaid coverage could crowd out other spending "at the cost of education, at the cost of transportation, at the cost of the other needs in our state," Hise said.
North Carolina currently spends about $13 billion a year on the federal-state insurance program, which serves 1.6 million residents. Under the Affordable Care Act, the federal government would pay 100 percent of the expansion cost for the first three years and 90 percent after that.
The 10-year cost to expand in North Carolina is $3.1 billion. The report says states participating in the program will receive $13.41 from the federal government for each dollar they spend.
The North Carolina Hospital Association estimates the state's 109 acute care facilities have laid off at least 2,000 employees as a result of the decision to forgo Medicaid expansion, coupled with other state and federal cuts to the entitlement program. Conversely, expanding Medicaid would create an estimated 20,000 new jobs statewide.
"The uninsured continue to show up at hospitals because they have nowhere else to go," said Hugh Tilson, a spokesman for the state hospital group. "The lack of insurance coverage for a lot of folks is really putting them in a difficult position. And from our perspective, we aren't getting paid for the care we are providing."
North Carolina is one of 24 Republican-led states that refused to expand Medicaid under the federal health care law. North Carolina also refused to set up a state exchange where workers qualifying for federal subsidies could buy private insurance.
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Ice Bucket Challenge raises ALS awareness

Tue, 08/19/2014 - 14:06
The “Ice Bucket Challenge” has gained so much attention lately that a passer-by on Hendersonville's Main Street clapped when Kathaleen McWilliams' husband dumped a bucket of ice water on her head Monday.
Standing in front of the Bearfootin' Bear sponsored by the Housing Assistance Corp., the nonprofit's director of resource development accepted the challenge her son, Justin Herdman, sent her from Chagrin Falls, Ohio. She then nominated four local individuals to take the challenge.
McWilliams' chilly dousing Monday afternoon is just one local example of the global fundraising phenomenon that Pete Frates kicked off a few months ago. Frates, 29, a former Boston College baseball player, was diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis in 2012 and now is paralyzed. He can't talk, and he eats through a feeding tube.
awareness of the incurable and fatal neurodegenerative disease by asking participants to dump ice cold water on their heads, then challenge friends, family and even complete strangers to take the challenge.
Though different versions of the challenge have been circulating online and in recent news, McWilliams said she was playing by the rules that participants have to donate $10, while those who decline to take the challenge donate $100 to the ALS Association.
According to an ALS Association news release, from July 29 through Monday, the association has received $15.6 million — compared with $1.8 million during the same period last year — thanks to the Ice Bucket Challenge.
The donations have been made by existing donors and 307,598 new donors.
The challenge has swept through McWilliams' family, as her two children, son-in-law, daughter-in-law and granddaughter all have followed through wit the challenge.
“My son, who did it (Sunday) afternoon, named me,” McWilliams said, just before getting drenched at the corner of Third Avenue and Main Street. “We can't let Hendersonville be behind.”
She said she was happy to take the challenge, in honor of two of her friends battling ALS.
One of McWilliams' friends is Barry Winovich, founder of the Bright Side of the Road Foundation, which raises money for ALS research. McWilliams' other friend lives in Hendersonville and was diagnosed last year.
“It's a very debilitating disease,” McWilliams said. “It's been very heart wrenching to watch her go through this.”
McWilliams dedicated her completed challenge to her two friends, and nominated Ben Kish of Blue Ridge Community College, United Way of Henderson County's Director of Community Impact David Jacklin, Director of Resource Development and Marketing Laresa Griffin, and Lee Henderson-Hill, foundation relations manager at the Community Foundation of Henderson County.
To see McWilliams' Ice Bucket Challenge video, click <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W0oIM6PtI5w">here or find The Housing Assistance Corporation on Facebook.
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Reach McGowan at molly.mcgowan@blueridgenow.com or 828-694-7871.
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Got a Minute? With Heang Uy

Tue, 08/19/2014 - 14:06
Heang Uy
Age: 36
Residence: Hendersonville
Occupation: Teacher, wrestling and girls track coach at North Henderson High
When did you first become acquainted with Baron? Tell us all about your friend.
Four years ago, I decided to do a cross-country bike ride. One of our art teachers, Liz Wiesel, made me a sock monkey to keep me company. I had an unfortunate accident, losing him on an Oregon highway, but a nice person I met that began following my journey went back, found him and mailed him to me. Since then, Baron travels and takes pictures on my summer adventures. He's well traveled.
Talk about your high school days and college years. Did you ever see yourself being in the position you are now?
I stayed really busy in high school. I was student body president at West Henderson and played three sports my senior year. We won state championships in cross country and wrestling. I was an N.C. Teaching Fellow at Elon College (now Elon University), where I majored in history education.
Elon was a great place for me to grow as an individual and get a great education. My decision to teach came late in my senior year of high school. Teachers like Jeff Smith, Sally Campbell, Greg Price and Craig Long made a difference in my life and I thought I might be able to do the same for someone else. But even when I was hired at North Henderson, I didn't see myself teaching for more than four or five years. And here I am, 14 years later. That's a credit to the teachers and students we have at North Henderson.
When did you become the wrestling coach at North and what was the transition like, going from wrestler to coach?
I took over for Barry Bonnett, a very popular and successful coach, when I was hired to the staff at North Henderson in the fall of 2000. To say I was in over my head as a 22-year-old first-year teacher and coach might be an understatement.
I think that teaching and coaching are very similar in that you hold kids accountable, challenge them and have high expectations of them, and I tried to do that. Much of that comes pretty naturally to me, so that helped my transition. The other thing that helped my transition was support of people such as Charles Thomas, Dot Case, Frank Edney and several others who all believed that this inexperienced teacher and coach might turn out alright.
I wrestled for Jeff Smith at West Henderson and, because of that, I knew what a quality program was supposed to be like. He was a wealth of knowledge and support and I still look to him for advice.
You're an avid bike rider. Talk about some of your biggest rides.
Four years ago, I rode 3,500 miles from Cannon Beach, Ore. to Folly Beach, S.C. The year before, a friend and I rode from Skagway, Alaska to Haines, Alaska. The two towns are about 19 miles apart as the crow flies, but the road that connects them is a 360-mile loop that goes up into the Yukon. That ride was spectacular.
I've done a self-supported bike tour in Nova Scotia, as well as supported group rides in Colorado and Iowa. This year was my second RAGBRAI, an annual event where 20,000 cyclists bike across Iowa. I just like to be on a bike; ideally I ride three to four times a week. I have a great group of friends that I get to share rides with, and we are fortunate to live in one of the best places in the country for road and mountain biking.
Have you had any bad accidents on your bike on these rides across the country?
If there was a perfect cross-country bike ride, mine was it. No accidents, only minor mechanicals, and everyone I met was really friendly. Most of my falls are riding with friends in DuPont and Pisgah. In fact, our little group of riding buddies is called "Team Scar."
What has your summer been like this year?
It has been fun but busy. I've not been home much. After school got out, I went to Portland to visit my brother, who I don't get to see enough. We backpacked in Olympic National Park and biked in Bend and ate from food trucks. Then Coach Wayne Nock and I took some wrestlers to a tournament held at N.C. State just to get some camp work in. And finally, I just got back from riding RAGBRAI in Iowa: 480 miles in seven days across Iowa on a bike!
Do you have any future bike rides in store that you are looking forward to?
I'm always dreaming. There's an off road bike route that runs from Banff in Alberta to the Mexican border called the Great Divide that I'd love to do. A trans-Canada ride has also been in my dreams, or a bike tour of the British Isles or Mongolia. I'd like to get some friends to do the length of the Blue Ridge Parkway. Mostly though, it's the after-work rides with colleagues and friends that I enjoy most.
When you go back to school in August, do you still do bike rides? How many miles would you say you ride per week during the school year?
The first part of the school year is when I'm not coaching, so I try to ride as often as I can in the afternoons. Sometimes, the only ride I get is bike commuting to and from school. Winter rides are nearly nonexistent — not because of the weather, but wrestling consumes me. If I had to estimate, I'd guess I probably average about 40 miles a week during the school year.
What's the future hold for you?
Lots of adventure! As long as we can get support at the state level, my hope is to be at North Henderson for a long time teaching and coaching. We have great kids, some of the best teachers in the state and a terrific community. Go Knights!
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Commissioners may put hold on new road names

Tue, 08/19/2014 - 14:06
What's in a name? When it comes to county roads, apparently a lot of dissatisfaction.
Beset by requests to change road names over the last three months, Henderson County commissioners will consider a 120-day moratorium on street renamings to give county staff time to work on an amended ordinance.
“The only reason it needs to be done is if there's duplication between two roads, to avoid confusing the E-911 folks,” said Commissioner Larry Young. “But to just have people coming up there saying, 'I want to name it for my wife,' or 'I don't like this name,' that's not a reason.”
However, the moratorium could kill a chance for one resident to right a wrong he says is the county's fault. James McClain says a county contractor inadvertently changed the name of a street adjacent to his Stoney Mountain property in 2002 and he's asked for time on Wednesday's agenda to fix the goof.
Since the moratorium vote comes before McClain's request, his request may be moot.
Commissioners became dissatisfied with the county's existing renaming policy after a Zirconia resident returned to the board for the second time in three months, asking the board to change the name of his road in the Cobblestone Village subdivision.
In April, William Virginia petitioned the board to change his street, Yorkshire Boulevard, to “Barbaras Mountain Place,” in honor of his wife who died Jan. 15. After commissioners denied his request, Virginia returned on July 16 for a second shot, this time suggesting the name “Barbara Ann Lane.”
Board members were none too pleased, pointing out that the majority of residents along the cul-de-sac were not in favor of the name change.
While sympathizing with Virginia's loss, Vice Chairman Tommy Thompson said he was “uncomfortable going through this again, in that I think it's a second bite at the apple. I don't know how many times this board can go over and over things of this nature.”
Thompson and Young asked County Attorney Russ Burrell to return to the board with an amended policy for renaming roads, one that would not allow residents to ask for more than one renaming per year.
Burrell said Monday it will probably take about two months to draft the new Property Addressing Ordinance, but is asking for a 120-day moratorium to provide enough time for the board to iron out details and hold a required public hearing.
Not only would Young like to see a requirement that requests be at least a year apart, he wants to prohibit road renaming for memorials.
“Because every time you change a road name, it needs to be done for a business purpose, so these emergency services people can find these streets,” he said.
While a road name may seem a trivial matter to some, Young said “it's a bigger deal than people think. It costs the people along these roads to change their checking accounts, their tax forms, their mailing labels.”
McClain, a retired engineer, hopes commissioners will address his road renaming request before they enact any moratorium. He said he discovered his property was no longer considered on Baystone Drive after a fire engine showed up at his house last winter at 1 a.m.
“They were looking for 331 Baystone Drive,” he said. “They just assumed that my next-door neighbor was 328 Baystone, so the firemen decided the next one should be 331. I said, 'There's no such address.'”
Yet there was. During a countywide clean-up of property addresses for 911 purposes, the county had hired a contractor who changed the name of a nearby street, Jennifer Lane, to Baystone Drive and removed that moniker from McClain's stretch of road.
When McClain discovered the change, he requested the county change his stretch of gravel to “Old Baystone Drive” to make it easier for emergency responders to find his property in the event he subdivides his land. He also got five adjoining neighbors to sign his petition.
“It was always Baystone Drive, ever since 1918 when the road was put in,” argues McClain. “So what happened was when the property addressing people came by, they turned left and went onto Jennifer Lane, which they called Baystone. That left this 3,800-foot section without a name.”
McClain said he has hundreds of documents, from deeds to surveys, that show his property abuts Baystone Drive. And he said he and his neighbors deserve to have a similar road name returned to their access.
The problem with McClain's request is that the gravel stretch in question is considered a right-of-way, not a road, said Curtis Griffin, the county's property addressing supervisor.
“That is the big bone of contention,” Griffin said. “We really don't name right-of-ways. We want a physical road. When we sat down with him, we explained that we need a road. We don't want to be sitting here naming right-of-ways or driveways that aren't really roads. That hurts the fire departments, because they're required to know all the names.”
Commissioners will take up the proposed moratorium at 9 a.m. Wednesday in their chambers on the second floor of the Historic Courthouse.
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Reach Axtell at than.axtell@blueridgenow.com or 828-694-7860.
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Community Briefs: Aug. 19

Tue, 08/19/2014 - 14:06
Job Corps to celebrate 50 years
Local leaders will join Forest Service officials and many others to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Job Corps program with a ceremony from 9-10 a.m. Friday at the Schenck Job Corps Administration building, 98 Schenck Drive, Pisgah Forest.
The event will include speeches by N.C. Rep. Chris Whitmire, Mayor Jimmy Harris, Forest Service representatives Carlton Murray of the Cradle of Forestry Interpretative Association and Dr. Carl Schenck, whom the center is named after. There will be presentations of a proclamation and resolution from the city, county and state, and a tree planting ceremony. Smokey the Bear will also be in attendance.
The celebration events at Schenck will include a tour of the center and an opportunity to learn about Schenck Job Corps' history. Visitors will be given student-guided tours of the career technical training areas, education building, recreation areas, residential areas and the new dining hall and culinary arts facility.
Attendees will also have the opportunity to view and learn about the Forest Service wildland fire engine and converse with a wildland firefighter. A luncheon will be provided in the dining hall for $4 each. In addition, a graduation ceremony will be held at 1:30 p.m. in the gymnasium.
For more information, call 862-6100.
Toastmasters accepting new members
Four Seasons Toastmasters, which meets from 8-9 a.m. Wednesdays in the Smoky Mountain Theater at Lake Pointe Landing, 333 Thompson St., Hendersonville, is accepting new members.
Toastmasters is an international organization dedicated to providing a supportive and positive learning experiences for members to develop their communication and leadership skills. The results are greater self-confidence and personal growth. The mission is to help people from all walks of life to speak in an effective manner, listen with sensitivity and think creatively.
For more information, visit www.FourSeasonsToastmasters.com.
Meetings
The Fletcher Planning Board will meet at 7 p.m. today at the new Fletcher Town Hall, 300 Old Cane Creek Road. For more information, contact Planning Director Eric Rufa at 687-3985.
The Laurel Park Town Council will meet at 9:30 a.m. today in the town hall.
<b.Events
The Henderson County Senior Democrats will meet at noon Wednesday at 905 Greenville Highway, Hendersonville. Social and BYO lunch at 11:30 a.m. Info: 692-6424.
The next Personal Growth Forum will be from 7-8:30 p.m. Thursday at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Hendersonville, 409 E. Patterson St., Hendersonville. Jonna Rae will speak. Info: 693-3157.
The WNC Brain Tumor Support will meet from 6:15-8 p.m. Thursday at MAHEC Biltmore Campus, 121 Hendersonville Road, Asheville. Info: www.wncbraintumor.org or 828-691-2559.
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Romney headlining Tillis fundraiser in Charlotte

Tue, 08/19/2014 - 14:06
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Mitt Romney is appearing at a fundraiser in Charlotte for Republican U.S. Senate candidate Thom Tillis.
Tillis campaign spokesman Daniel Keylin said in an email that Romney was headlining the private event in Charlotte on Tuesday night.
The 2012 Republican presidential nominee and former Massachusetts governor has publicly supported Tillis since endorsing him on the eve of the May GOP primary.
Romney appeared recently on behalf of Republican House and Senate candidates in New Hampshire and Florida, and he was scheduled to appear at campaign events Tuesday in West Virginia.
Romney won North Carolina in the 2012 presidential election with just over 50 percent of the vote.
Tillis faces Democratic U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan in November.
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Rare helmet now on display at Heritage Museum

Mon, 08/18/2014 - 22:38
An unusual artifact of Civil War history — hunted by a local collector for 40 years — was added last week to a display case inside the Civil War room of the Henderson County Heritage Museum in the Historic Courthouse on Main Street.
A dress helmet, known as the Model 1863 Light Artillery “Ringgold” Shako, is “one of very few known to have survived to this point in history,” according to a news release from the museum Monday.
Local historian and retired District Court Judge David Fox said he searched for 40 years to find a Shako like this one, and it took a few more months to refurbish it.
The sesquicentennial relic, on loan from Fox's extensive collection of war memorabilia, now sits in prominence at the museum, the first to be seen in the Civil War exhibit. The black helmet is adorned with a brass eagle emblem darkened with age and spouts a new plume and artillery red cords as it once did when its kind were worn by some of the infantry's elite.
“Fox, who has been collecting Civil War relics since he was a young boy, explained that the Ringgold Shako is named in honor Capt. Samuel Ringgold, who created the Light Artillery in 1838. The obsolescent style of the helmet harkens back to that era, though it was only issued for actual use from 1864 until 1872,” according to the release.
“According to Fox, the light ('flying' or 'horse') artillery was the elite combat arm of the U.S. Army during the Civil War. It could gallop with cavalry on a march and swing into position to deliver rapid, accurate fire within a matter of moments.”
“The light artillery was the most expensive combat arm at the time,” Fox said, because every man required a horse, extensive training and expensive artillery. Formed with a battery of 60 guns, it was the “most glamorous unit” to come out of the Mexican-American War, with the likes of Stonewall Jackson and Braxxton Bragg in its ranks, he said.
Fox had searched for a shako to add to his collection for about 40 years, attending Civil War relic shows across the country, but shakos are rare.
“I've only seen three of them out there for sale,” he said.
The first two were too expensive, but the third one proved the charm.
Fox found the shako intact and a bit larger than average at a Mansfield, Ohio Civil War Relic Show in March. He purchased it with a giddy glee.
Fox suspects that this one survived in such good condition because it was unusually large.
“Most items of apparel that have survived are either very small or very large,” he said, since the more average-sized pieces were typically in greater demand.
Fox had the helmet refurbished by an expert in Arizona who was able to replicate the plume and cords. “The rest of the fabric and the hardware are original,” according to the release. “The cords ... are artillery red and they attached the shako to the wearer's body to prevent loss.”
“Museum Board Chair Carolyn Justus expressed appreciation to Judge Fox for his willingness to let others enjoy and learn from knowledge he has gained over his whole life,” according to the release. “It's one thing to read about history, but it's quite another to actually see what the soldiers wore, the weapons and other equipment they used, and their personal items — like letters and photographs.”
“It makes the history come to life, and we are so thankful to Judge Fox for all he has done for the community through the Museum,” Justus said. “Not only do we have his Civil War relics, but also items from all the wars since.”
The shako sits in the company of a Union infantry private's uniform, an early Confederate Stars and Bars flag and several other relics from the Civil War.
The Heritage Museum is open to the public Wednesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. and on Sundays from 1 p.m. until 5 p.m. There is no admission charge. For more information visit www.HendersonCountyMuseum.com. For group reservations, call 694-1618.
Reach Weaver at Emily.weaver@blueridgenow.com or 828-694-7867.
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HHS beats Brevard, title defense underway

Mon, 08/18/2014 - 22:13
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Heat, humidity return with a vengeance

Mon, 08/18/2014 - 20:55
After an unseasonably cool July and early August, forecasters say more typical summertime heat and humidity are back on the menu for this week.
The National Weather Service is calling for highs to creep into the high 80s by Wednesday and Thursday, along with greater humidity that will help fuel chances of late-day showers and thunderstorms.
August is typically the hottest month of the year here, but NWS meteorologists say the overall monthly temperature at Asheville Regional Airport this month so far has been 71 degrees.
July's overall average at the airport was 71.4 degrees. Asheville even tied a record low of 54 degrees on July 30. That's only happened twice in the past 100 years, in 1895 and again in 1897.
A "persistent upper trough" — a region of relatively low atmospheric pressure — that's been sitting over the mountains much of the summer has kept temperatures cooler than usual, said NWS Meteorologist Jeff Taylor.
But a strong upper ridge of high pressure will move over the region this week, allowing surface temperatures to rise.
Add to that a steadily climbing dew point and "it's going to stay pretty juicy throughout the week," Taylor said. "So they'll be a better environment for showers and thunderstorms to develop."
Highs today will top out around 83, with a 60 percent of afternoon thunderstorms. That chance diminishes to 50 percent this evening, with lows only reaching around 65 degrees.
Tuesday's highs will reach near 86 degrees in Hendersonville, with a 30 percent chance of precipitation that will stretch into the evening hours. Lows on Tuesday night will only drop to 66 degrees.
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Reach Axtell at than.axtell@blueridgenow.com or 828-694-7860.
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NC GOP lawmakers diverge on core GOP positions

Mon, 08/18/2014 - 20:31
RALEIGH, N.C. — A disagreement between Republican lawmakers about their goals and the role of government is adding to the extended wrangling over the final few measures before the North Carolina General Assembly decides when to shut down for the year.
Legislators grappled again Monday with a multi-part measure that includes county sales taxes, tax benefits for a Haywood County paper mill, expanded tax breaks for new businesses and a proposed $20 million fund to lure manufacturers with upfront cash.
The Senate has insisted on House passage of the bill before it will allow a fix to a problem in the state budget Gov. Pat McCrory signed last week that threatens to force layoffs of classroom teaching assistants.
Republicans command large legislative majorities. GOP lawmakers meeting in committee disagreed over whether the sprawling bill fosters corporate welfare or encourages jobs, and whether it limits county sales taxes or prompts them to rise. Dissident Republicans last week defied House leaders and fought against bringing the bill to a vote.
The measure places a 2.5 percent cap on county sales taxes, with some exceptions for four urban counties. Wake, Mecklenburg, Forsyth and Guilford counties could increase to 2.75 percent if voters approve. But some Republicans worried the measure would increase the likelihood that county commissioners elsewhere will seek to raise their sales taxes to the cap. That could be viewed as GOP lawmakers violating their anti-tax principals, said Rep. Mike Stone, R-Lee.
"That's an issue for sure," he said.
Meanwhile, Rep. Paul Stam, R-Wake, said a proposal to offer selected corporations upfront taxpayer money if they will move to the state is an unacceptable corporate benefit. The new $20 million incentive fund would be left to the sole discretion of one of McCrory's appointees.
The conservative interest group Americans for Prosperity urged Republican legislators to reject the proposal along with the other business incentives in the legislation.
"There is a distinct difference between being a conservative and being a Republican," AFP state director John Dudley said in an emailed statement. "Anyone who advocates and votes in favor of more crony capitalist programs is at serious odds with fiscal conservatism."
Another provision in the bill would give the largest industrial employer west of Asheville $12 million in aid from taxpayers to keep it from closing. The Evergreen Packaging paper mill in Haywood County, which employs about 1,000, must replace two coal-fired boilers with natural gas-powered units costing $50 million.
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Emery Dalesio can be reached at http://twitter.com/emerydalesio
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Green River breaks ground on Tuxedo Park

Mon, 08/18/2014 - 17:08
TUXEDO — As Creedence Clearwater Revival's “Green River” played over the loudspeakers, a crowd of 50 residents from that community gathered Monday to watch elected officials and other dignitaries break ground on the new Tuxedo Park.
The ceremony came two weeks after Henderson County commissioners authorized a $328,328 construction project at the former Tuxedo Mill site. They awarded Allison Contractors the bid to prepare the park's first two phases.
Four of five county commissioners were on hand Monday to toss a ceremonial shovel of dirt and share slices of homemade pie with local residents. Each praised the work of the Green River Community Association for its dogged pursuit of a park.
“Because without you pushing it and pushing it, it would've been pushed to the wayside and someone else would've gotten the money and the time,” said Commissioner Mike Edney, whose mother grew up on Green River Road. “I'm just grateful to you for making one of my dreams come true.”
Chairman Charlie Messer called the groundbreaking “a great day,” adding the county as whole will benefit from the park's presence.
“We meet people every day moving into this area and they go into subdivisions,” he said. “That's what they prefer or what they can afford or whatever. And by being in those subdivisions, they've got to have a place for kids to participate in sports, for kids to play, etc.”
Vice Chairman Tommy Thompson said the commissioners have already dedicated or spent more than $600,000 toward the park, beginning with their acquisition of the old mill.
“We're proud of you and your efforts; you've raised over $28,000,” he said. “That shows that the community is involved and it shows the community wants this, and we want it for you and we're going to make it happen.”
Commissioner Grady Hawkins, whose district encompasses Green River, said one of his first jobs as commissioner in 1996 was setting aside $50,000 for the purchase of land in the Tuxedo/Green River area suitable for a park.
“To say it's been a long time in coming is certainly an understatement,” he said, adding he's proud of the partnership between residents, commissioners and county staff to bring recreational facilities to the southern reaches of Henderson County.
Corum Smith, a 30-year member of the Henderson County Recreation Advisory Committee, said Jackson Park was the only park in the county when he first got involved. Then the Lion's Club donated land for one in Etowah, followed by facilities in Fletcher and Mills River.
“But still, we always wanted one in the north, east, west and south,” Smith said. “And this was the southern part and finally that's happened today. I'm just proud I lived long enough to see this.”
After grading the site, Allison Contractors will install stormwater controls; build and pave walking trails and parking; import topsoil and sow grass in a meadow and lawn area of the park; plant trees and shrubs provided by residents; put up split-rail fencing; and erect a flagpole and signage.
Chairman David Hill of the Green River Community Association said the park would not have been possible without the hard work of engineer Will Buie, landscape architect Hunter Marks and “so many (volunteers) that we can't name them all.”
Board member Terry Maybin said the community association is already working on raising funds to implement Phase 3 of the park, which will install playground equipment, a multipurpose sports court, gazebos and restrooms.
“We've been looking for land for 18 years and it was worth the wait,” Maybin said.
Reach Axtell at 828-694-7860 or than.axtell@blueridgenow.com.
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Lawyer: Autopsy shows unarmed teen was shot 6 times

Mon, 08/18/2014 - 13:31
FERGUSON, Mo. — A Missouri teenager fatally shot by police suffered a bullet wound to his right arm that may have occurred when he put his hands up or while his back was turned to the shooter, "but we don't know," a pathologist hired by the teen's family said Monday.
An independent autopsy conducted on 18-year-old Michael Brown determined that the teen was shot at least six times, including twice in the head, according to the hired pathologists and the family's attorneys. Brown was shot by a police officer Aug. 9 in Ferguson, touching off a week of rancorous protests in the St. Louis suburb where police have used riot gear and tear gas.
Forensic pathologist Shawn Parcells, who assisted former New York City chief medical examiner Dr. Michael Baden during the autopsy, said a bullet graze wound on Brown's right arm could have occurred in several ways. The teen may have had his back to the shooter, or he could have been facing the shooter with his hands above his head or in a defensive position across his face or chest, Parcells said.
"But we don't know," he added.
Witnesses have said Brown had his hands raised above his head when he was repeatedly shot in a street.
Baden said one of the bullets entered the top of Brown's skull, suggesting his head was bent forward when he suffered that fatal injury. The pathologists said Brown, who also was shot four times in the right arm, could have survived the other bullet wounds.
Baden said there was no gun-power residue on Brown's body, indicating he was not shot at close range. However, Baden said he did not have access to Brown's clothing, and that it was possible the residue could be on the clothing.
Brown's death heightened racial tensions between the predominantly black community and the mostly white Ferguson Police Department, leading to several run-ins between police and protesters. The governor has called in the National Guard to help and put the Missouri Highway Patrol in charge of security.
A grand jury could begin hearing evidence Wednesday to determine whether the officer, Darren Wilson, should be charged in Brown's death. Prosecutors are expected to try to start presenting evidence in the regular once-a-week meeting day for the grand jury, though it's unclear how long it may take, said Ed Magee, spokesman for St. Louis County's prosecuting attorney.
Family attorney Benjamin Crump said the family wanted the additional autopsy because they feared results of the county's examination could be biased. Crump declined to release copies of the report to the media, and the county's autopsy report has not been released.
"They could not trust what was going to be put in the reports about the tragic execution of their child," he said during Monday's news conference with Parcells and Baden, who has testified in several high-profile cases, including the O.J. Simpson murder trial.
The second autopsy, Crump said, "verifies that the witness accounts were true: that he was shot multiple times."
He said Brown's mother "had the question any mother would have: Was my child in pain. Dr. Baden shared with her in his opinion, he did not suffer." Crump also noted that Brown had abrasions on his face from where he fell to the ground, but there was "otherwise no evidence of a struggle."
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Associated Press writers Jim Salter in St. Louis and David A. Lieb in Jefferson City contributed to this report.
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NC jobless rate inches up to 6.5 percent for July

Mon, 08/18/2014 - 12:31
RALEIGH, N.C. — North Carolina's unemployment rate has inched higher for July as the number of people with jobs dipped from the previous month.
The state Commerce Department said Monday that the jobless rate increased by 0.1 percentage points to 6.5 percent in July after remaining flat for two months. North Carolina's unemployment rate is slightly higher than the national rate of 6.2 percent.
The state rate is also 1.6 percentage points lower than it was a year ago.
The number of people with jobs fell from the previous month by nearly 20,000 to about 4.4 million, while the number of unemployed increased by about 5,300 to just over 304,000.
The industry with the biggest gain in jobs from the prior month was professional and business services with an increase of 4,800.
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NC lawmakers direct who will judge their laws

Mon, 08/18/2014 - 11:55
RALEIGH, N.C. — North Carolina lawmakers are making it harder to contest their decisions in court by establishing an unprecedented system to hear cases challenging whether laws are constitutional.
The state budget legislators approved and Gov. Pat McCrory signed into law last week creates the new system after Republican lawmakers found many of their initiatives stymied in state and federal courts, The News & Observer of Raleigh reported (http://bit.ly/1AoBNog) Sunday. Those initiatives taken to court include imposing new conditions on abortions and elections, taking away teacher tenure and providing vouchers for private school tuition.
Starting next month, state constitutional challenges to laws will be heard by three-judge trial court panels appointed by the North Carolina Supreme Court's chief justice and meeting in Raleigh. That means individual Superior Court judges around the state will no longer consider the challenges.
The goal of Republican legislative leaders is preventing plaintiffs from shopping for sympathetic judges who can at least temporarily halt the will of the majority of lawmakers and the governor. Democrats have said their GOP colleagues were seeking insurance after passing unconstitutional legislation.
No other state has taken such a step. A handful of states have used judicial panels for rare and specific purposes but not for constitutional challenges, said William Raftery, an analyst with the National Center for State Courts.
Two other provisions in the new law are also controversial.
One requirement sends appeals directly to the Supreme Court, adding to that court's duties that has been to hear only the most important cases after lower courts filtered out the rest. Only a limited number of cases can be heard by the high court, and that restricts citizens' right to appeal, said Catharine Arrowood, president of the North Carolina Bar Association. The trade association for lawyers opposes the new law.
Another provision allows the state to enforce a law until appeals can be resolved. That itself court be unconstitutional, Arrowood said.
"You could have a statute requiring businesses to do certain things and a court says that's unconstitutional, then you have to operate under the burden of the statute for years to appeal it," she said. "Who pays for the damages?"
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Information from: The News & Observer, http://www.newsobserver.com
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Mental woes on rise in kids

Mon, 08/18/2014 - 11:55
CHICAGO — Disabilities among U.S. children have increased slightly, with a bigger rise in mental and developmental problems in those from wealthier families, a 10-year analysis found.
Disadvantaged kids still bear a disproportionate burden.
The increases may partly reflect more awareness and recognition that conditions, including autism, require a specific diagnosis to receive special services, the researchers say.
Meantime, physical disabilities declined, as other studies have suggested.
The study is the first to look broadly at the 10-year trend, but the results echo previous studies showing increases in autism, attention problems and other developmental or mental disabilities. It also has long been known that the disadvantaged are more likely to have chronic health problems and lack of access to good health care, which both can contribute to disabilities.
The researchers studied parents’ responses about children from birth through age 17 gathered in 2000-2011 governmentconducted health surveys. Parents were asked about disabilities from chronic conditions, including hearing or vision problems; bone or muscle ailments; and mental, behavioral or developmental problems that limited kids’ physical abilities or required them to receive early behavioral intervention or special educational services. Nearly 200,000 children were involved.
Results were published online today in Pediatrics.
Overall, disabilities of any kind affected 8 percent of children by 2010-2011, compared with close to 7 percent a decade earlier. For children living in poverty, the rate was 10 percent at the end of the period, versus about 6 percent of children from wealthy families.
The overall trend reflects a 16 percent increase, while disabilities in children from wealthy families climbed more than 28 percent, the researchers found. The trend was fueled by increas-
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