Fire destroys apartment building - Carolina Weekly Newspapers

Fire destroys apartment building - Carolina Weekly Newspapers

CAROLINA WEEKLY NEWSPAPERSWe crown ourfootballchampionpage 26Ads inside this issue . . .Randy Marion GMC ............................. 2Lake Norman Chrysler Jeep Doodge .... 7Volume 9, Number 50 • Dec. 17-23, 2010Wish fulfilledpage 3Serving The Arboretum, Ballantyne, Blakeney, Cotswold and SouthPark communitieswww.thecharlotteweekly.comFire destroys apartment buildingNobody hurt, but one petkilled in late-morning blazeby Mike Parksedtor@thecharlotteweekly.comGingerbread madnesspages 20-21USAWEEKENDinside!Inside ...Crime Scene .........................5News Briefs .........................6Education ...........................13Around Town .....................18Arts ...................................20Calendar/Crossword ..........22Movies ..............................23Sports ...............................26Classifieds..........................32Ballantyne ZonePacking upmiraclespage13Firefighters watch from the ground as asecond-floor apartment goes up in flamesTuesday. Michael Porowski/SCW photoNext widening work onIndependence coming in JuneState officials hope to clarify property owners’confusion about right-of-way letterby Frank DeLoachefrank@thecharlotteweekly.comThe N.C. Department of Transportation has notified ownersof almost 90 parcels along Independence Boulevard that thestate will need a portion – or all – of their property for utilityrelocation by next June, as part of the next widening project.By June 1, 2011, state officials must acquire all or parts of87 parcels along Independence from Albemarle Road to a pointbetween Conference Drive and Wallace Lane so contractors canbegin moving utility lines on both sides of the roadway. In a newapproach to large road-widening projects, state officials planto move the utility lines about a year before road constructionwork begins – so the roadwork can proceed quicker, accordingto Neil Burleson, who supervises right-of-way acquisition for theDepartment of Transportation in the Charlotte region.The relocation process has caused some confusion, Burlesonsaid. The Department of Transportation sent the 90-dayResidents stood in shock Tuesday, Dec.14, staring up at what was left of theirneighbors’ homes after a three-alarm firebroke out in south Charlotte’s ReafieldVillage apartment complex off Pineville-Matthews Road.“It was pretty dramatic… pretty tough,”said Dustin Adams, a Reafield Village resident,while standing near the collapsedbuilding. Adams lives in the next-doorbuilding and helped police warn residentsof the fire.Charlotte Fire Department officialssay the blaze started around 10:25 a.m.Tuesday in the complex just west of theArboretum shopping center and quicklyspread throughout the three-story structure.Sixty firefighters needed roughly twohours to get the blaze under control.Officials have set a damage estimate at$750,000 to $1 million for the destroyed(see Independence on page 12)(see Fire on page 11)A firefighter on a ladder truck works to putout flames after the roof collapsed. No onewas injured.Mike Parks/SCW photoPolice do best todeter Christmasshopping thievesby Mike Parkseditor@thecharlotteweekly.comMany people have their eyes on SouthPark Mall this month.Economists are looking for good holiday shopping news, whileshoppers are looking for everything on their Christmas lists.But thieves have something different on their minds: a quick,easy score.Cue an influx of Providence Division police officers whoflooded the large shopping district before Black Friday, aimingto cut down on the car break-ins that typically flourish eachholiday season at malls and shopping centers.Just on Thursday, Dec. 9, police saw the following break-insin the SouthPark Mall parking lots, according to Charlotte-Mecklenburg police reports:• Thieves stole a Wii uDraw system and game, gift cards,clothing and Legos, a combined loss of $230, from a vehicle(see SouthPark on page 10)

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Local girl believes in wishes coming trueby Erica Oglesbynews@thecharlotteweekly.comTis’ the season to believe. Andbelieving is exactly what happenedwhen Ieshia Horton hadher wish granted Friday, Dec. 10,by the Make-A-Wish Foundationand Macy’s of SouthPark.Horton, who is battling Hodgkin’slymphoma, has been dreamingof a limitless shopping spreefor as long as she can remember.“(Going on a shopping spree) issomething I have always wantedto do since I was a little girl,”Horton, who is from Matthewsand a senior at Forest Hills HighSchool in Marshville, said.Macy’s kicked off its thirdannual National Believe Campaignon Nov. 7, donating $1to Make-A-Wish for each letterdeposited in Santa Mailboxesacross the country.Next came National BelieveDay, created to grant wishes ofchildren battling life-threateningillnesses. The department storechain donates an additional$1 for each letter received onNational Believe Day in hopesof inspiring others make a differencein their communities.Horton arrived by limo Fridayin SouthPark, before she and ahost of personal shoppers spreadout through the store from 10a.m. to 5 p.m. in search of thetrendiest outfits for a high schoolsenior.The store set up a specialdressing room just for Horton,stocked with several outfits andshoes and topped off with herown personal red carpet to modeleach outfit.“It was fun!” Horton said afterward,noting that shopping forshoes and accessories was herfavorite part – other than whenshe got her new iPad.It was a good day for the senior,who was diagnosed with cancerin March. Horton has undergonechemotherapy and is still gettingtreatment.The National Believe Campaignaims to help many peoplewho share similar stories withHorton.In the past two years, Macy’shas received more than 2.5million letters to Santa as part ofthe Believe Campaign. They’vereceived 790,032 this year alone.Based on the true story of an8-year-old girl named Virginiawho wrote a letter to the editorof the New York Sun in 1897asking if Santa truly existed,Macy’s has embraced the editor’sresponse, which assured youngVirginia that Santa does indeedexist, just as surely as beauty andjoy exist.(The Believe Campaign) “isa campaign we have across thecountry to spread goodwill andencourage others to spread goodwillthrough the holidays and therest of the year,” Ivonne Amor, ofMacy’s, said.On hand to help Ieshia fulfillher wish, Amor was excited tosee the young girl’s eyes sparklewith happiness as she enjoyedseeing her wish come true.“It is so wonderful to be ableto grant a wish to somebodyso wonderful and that is reallydeserving of a wish,” Amor said.Find out more about the programat the Macy’s website, qNewsIeshia Horton struts her stuff on the red carpet at the SouthPark MallMacy’s. The National Believe Day wish winner is currently being treatedfor Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. To help brighten her life, Make-A-Wish andMacy’s teamed up for the all-day shopping spree in south Charlotte.Erica Oglesby/SCW photoCAROLINADENTAL ARTSof Ballantyne VillageAt Carolina Dental Arts we are committed to serving our patientswith consideration and understanding in a warm relaxingenvironment. Our goal is to provide healthy beautiful smiles andconvenient appointment times to fit your schedule.Free Teeth WhiteningFor New Patients with payment of New Patient Exam & X-RaysTreatment plan must be completed before receiving free gift• Complete Dentistry for Adults & Children• Tooth colored fillings• Teeth whitening• Digital xrays (less radiation)• Crowns and bridges• Complete and partial dentures• Extractions / Wisdom TeethCall today to reserve a New Patient appointment!704.369.5200Carolina Dental Arts of Ballantyne VillageRoth & Cox, DDS, PA14825 Ballantyne Village Way • Suite 280 • Charlotte, NC 28277www.carolinadentalarts.comwww.thecharlotteweekly.comSouth Charlotte Weekly • Dec. 17-23, 2010 • Page 3

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Second arrest for DWI driverBallantyne woman hadprovisional license after2009 DWI, hit and runby Mike Parkseditor@thecharlotteweekly.comA south Charlottemother accused ofdriving drunk andrunning into anothercar with her 8-yearoldchild in the backseat had already hadher license taken after Denise Baucomregistering a very-highblood-alcohol content following a hitand run last year.A Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police officerarrested Denise Baucom Howle, 43,of 9308 Whispering Wind Drive, Dec. 2and charged her with driving under theinfluence. Police say she ran into therear of another car that had stopped onBallantyne Commons Parkway around7:40 p.m. Howle was driving about 20mph at the time of the collision, accordingto a Charlotte-Mecklenburg policeThe very best in women’s healthGet the care you deserve Now gynecology only with fullcomplement of in office diagnosticand treatment optionspelvic organ prolapse includingvaginal plastic repair Minimally invasive operativeprocedures including laparoscopichysterectomy Office diagnostic equipment forincontinence Preventive Pap testing and problemoffice visits 22 years experience in Charlotte13657 Providence RoadWeddington, NC 28104704-814-4963The Crime SceneThis week’s bulletins from south Charlotte-areapolice and fire departmentsreport, but her child, who was in a safetyseat in the back, was not injured.The driver of the other car told SouthCharlotte Weekly she is wearing in aneck brace.The arresting officer wrote in his reportthat Howle blew a .3 on the blood-alcoholtest at the scene and failed a numberof sobriety tests, according to courtdocuments. State law defines a .08blood-alcohol level as intoxicated. Twohours later, while in custody, Howle stillregistered a .26 blood alcohol, accordingto the documents.The incident follows another DWIcharge from June 25, 2009. In that case,an eyewitness called police, saying shewas following a driver who was “all overthe road, on the curb, on the wrong sideof the roadway and driving very slowly,”according to court documents.The witness told police the driver,identified later as Howle, pulled into herdriveway on Whispering Wind Drive,stood beside her car for a moment, gotback inside, backed out of the drivewayand ran over two mailboxes, knocking(see DWI/Blotter on page 9)MegremisG Y N E C O L O G Y& PELVIC SURGERYTommy Megremis, MDBoard CertifiedOffering you the personalized care of anIndependently owned officeMajor insurance plans accepted, includingTRICARE Prime and MedicareBLACKLION!BLACKLION CHARLOTTE www.thecharlotteweekly.comSouth Charlotte Weekly • Dec. 17-23, 2010 • Page 5

1421-C Orchard Lake DriveCharlotte, NC 28270Phone: 704-849-2261 • Fax: 704-849-2504www.thecharlotteweekly.comEDITORIALManaging EditorFrank DeLoacheEditorMike ParksSports EditorC. Jemal HortonAssistant Sports EditorAaron GarciaSports WritersChris HuntDenny SeitzBook Club EditorAlison WooEducation ReporterSarah GilbertContributing WritersHugh FisherRyan HillRev. Tony MarcianoErica OglesbyLayout DirectorMichael KerrProduction ManagerDebbie ArcherFin d us on Fa c e b o o kMember of theN.C. Press AssociationSouth Charlotte Weekly is published by theCarolina Weekly Newspaper Group, 1421-COrchard Lake Drive, Charlotte, NC 28270.All rights reserved. Reproduction withoutpermission is strictly prohibited.Advertising:adsales@carolinaweeklynewspapers.comCEOAlain LillieADVERTISINGAccount ExecutivesCathy KowalskiFranchesca LamkinSuzanne WaltersAccountingKelly WrightClassified and Service DirectoryMonica GoldstonGRAPHICSGraphics DirectorSteve PiggGraphics ArtistJulie AustinDISTRIBUTIONManagerGary BonenoAssistant ManagerChristopher GrahamNewsBriefsWastewater spills intoMcMullen CreekAbout 1,500 gallons of wastewaterspilled Dec. 9 from a sewer in the 3700block of Sharon View Road and intoMcMullen Creek, according to the Charlotte-MecklenburgUtilities Department.A grease blockage caused the spill,according to utility officials. Workersfound no dead fish in the creek. qFirebirds supportsemployees out of workfor fireFirebirds restaurant at the Stonecrestshopping center is helping its employeesget through the holidays even as the restaurantworks to repair damages caused byan electrical fire.Officials hope to reopen the restaurantshortly after Christmas, but in the meantime,its hourly employees are losing thetips and wages they depend on.“We are a people-based company, andwe always want to do what is right,” ChiefExecutive Officer Mark Eason said in anews release. “We decided the best thingwe could do was continue to pay ourhourly employees their usual wage as wellas compensate for lost tips.”Salaried managers will continue toreceive their salary and benefits in full.Some hourly and salaried employees arealso lending a hand at Firebirds’ two otherCharlotte-area locations – in SouthPark,at Sharon and Colony roads, and NorthlakeMall.“Even a fire can’t stop us,” Owner DennisThompson said in the same release.“We have set up a drive-through outsideof Stonecrest to sell holiday gift cards andsales are up at our other two Charlottelocations. We’ve had great support fromthe community, and we look forward togetting our flagship store back open assoon as possible.”The local Firebirds’ group observedits 10th anniversary Dec. 6. Renovationcrews continue working around the clock.Find more information at the company’swebsite, qLillie acquires soleownership of CarolinaWeekly NewspapersAlain Lillie, CEO of the Carolina WeeklyNewspaper Group, which publishes theSouth Charlotte Weekly, has acquired soleownership of the group’s six weekly newspapers.Lillie founded the company in 2002 andhad shared ownership with two other investors.He recently bought their shares of thecompany, which also publishes the Matthews-MintHill Weekly and Union CountyWeekly, Herald Weekly, Mooresville Weekly,Mountain Island Weekly. Combined, thosenewspapers have an audited circulation of106,000 in the Charlotte region.Lillie, who launched South CharlotteGirls gather around Mrs. Claus Dec. 5 for a special reading at the Perfectly Pink Tea withMrs. Claus at the Ballantyne Hotel and Lodge. The event helped raise money for the Lift UpFoundation that helps families dealing with pediatric cancer.Perfectly Pink Tea draws big crowdIt was a big turnout Dec. 5 for thePerfectly Pink Tea with Mrs. Claus inBallantyne.The celebration honored Ellie Potvin,who died in June after battling pediatriccancer for two years. Ellie’s mother, Amy,started the Lift Up Foundation after the8-year-old’s death and now works to helpcomfort families dealing with pediatriccancer.Weekly first, said, “Our newspaper grouphas always been locally focused on thecommunities each paper serves, and nowI’m proud to say that our newspaper companyis entirely locally owned.”Lillie, 46, and his wife and their twodaughters live in south Charlotte. MikeParks continues as editor of South CharlotteWeekly. Find more information abouteach newspaper online at investment firmannounces promotionMark Thompson has been promotedto senior vice president of investments atAnderson Strudwick Inc., 13860 BallantyneCorporate Place.“Mark has consistently performed in thetop tier of our firm over the last severalyears,” J. Todd Newton, chief executiveofficer and president of Anderson Strudwick,said in a news release. “His contributionsto our Charlotte branch have beensubstantial, and this promotion recognizeshim as being among the most accomplishedfinancial consultants at our firm.”Thompson joined Anderson Strudwickin 2004. qRealtors group formsin south CharlotteThe recently formed Carolina’s RealtorPhoto courtesy of kristinvining.comThe Perfectly Pink Tea broughttogether two of Ellie’s favorite things:tea parties and pink. She enjoyed hostingtea parties with her twin sister,Grace, who participated in the PerfectlyPink Tea.Roughly 200 people attended, raisingabout $500. Organizers hope to raiseeven more next year once more peoplelearn about the event. qResource Alliance is gearing up for anothermeeting in south Charlotte.The group, formed by Chris Reshetar,Carol Schulenberg, Gail Matre Alloco andMarianne Linker, hosts educational andsocial events for south Charlotte Realtors.They held a Thanksgiving luncheon in thearea last month, and a recent DecemberHoliday Appreciation Celebration at theBlack Lion on Park Road.Rick Ruby, president of Summit Funding,will speak at the group’s Jan. 11 meeting.For more information on Carolina’sRealtor Resource Alliance, search for thegroup on q8 the Salon opens atVillage at SouthPark8 the Salon is now open at The Villageat SouthPark.The salon, owned by Rodger Azadganian,offers cut and color services. Fashionmagazines have featured Azadganian’swork. 8 the Salon is open from 10 7 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Formore information or to book an appointment,call 704-366-0858. qNew businesses comingto local shopping centersTwo south Charlotte shopping centers(see News Briefs on page 8)Page 6 • Dec. 17-23, 2010 • South Charlotte

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NewsNews Briefs(continued from page 6)have welcomed or will soon welcome newbusinesses.In the Blakeney Shopping Center, FlipFlop Shops is scheduled to open in February.Ballantyne residents Jeff and PamBurrus own the new store and another FlipFlop Shops at Carolina Place Mall.Today’s Outdoor Living should open atBlakeney Crossing in January. The storespecializes in custom designing and buildingoutdoor living spaces and providingpatio furniture and more.Doolittle’s, a children’s hair salon, willopen at Sharon Corners later this month.Along with salon services, Doolittle’swill offer kid-friendly entertainmentand participates in the Locks of Loveprogram. Another Doolittle’s alreadyoperates at Stonecrest at Piper Glen inBallantyne. qFlagstones Restaurantopens at hotelFlagstones Restaurant and The Bar atFlagstones are now open at the newly renovatedRenaissance Charlotte SouthParkHotel, 5501 Carnegie Blvd.The restaurant offers Southern-stylecuisine, using many ingredients from localproducers. Flagstones Restaurant is openfor breakfast, lunch and dinner seven daysa week. The Bar at Flagstones is opennightly. For more information, call 704-501-2510. qChiropractor raises cashfor Samaritan HouseZitel Family Chiropractic, 3419 TorringdonWay in south Charlotte, raised$600 for Samaritan House to help thehomeless.Dr. Jeff Zitel donated his first day of servicesto any patient who made a $30 donationto the Samaritan House, which is inthe process of raising money to purchasethe former Summit House at 611 FortuneSt. The building would be used to providerecuperative care to homeless people whenthey are discharged from the hospital. qTrading pints for poundsThe Community Blood Center of theCarolinas will donate 6 pounds of food toSecond Harvest Food Bank of Metrolinafor each blood donation in January andFebruary.The Pints for Pounds program, startedin 2009, has collected nearly 100,000pounds of food for the food bank.“The need for food in the frigid wintermonths is especially crucial for the peoplewe serve in our region, so we appreciate allthat the Community Blood Center of theCarolinas and their blood donors are doingto support our organization,” Kay Carter,executive director of Second Harvest FoodBank of Metrolina, said in a news release.Find a list of upcoming blood drives atthe center’s website,, organizations and churchesinterested in hosting a blood drive shouldcall Jennifer Teague at 704-972-4709.Community Blood Center of the Carolinasis located at 4447 South Blvd. Peoplecan donate blood at the center duringbusiness hours. qThe Ivey offersholiday helpThe Ivey, a nonprofit adult-day-carecenter at 6030 Park South Drive in South-Park, is offering free four-hour visits forany senior in the area with Alzheimer’s,Parkinson’s or other chronic conditions.The program is aimed at allowing thosewho care for a senior with those conditionsa chance to get their holiday shopping anderrands done this month.“This is our holiday gift for the community,”Lynn Ivey, founder of the center, saidin a news release. “It’s difficult for most ofus to get our shopping done. When you’rea caregiver, you need all the help you canfind. We’re here to make the holidaysbrighter for caregivers.”To arrange a visit – limit one per family– call 704-909-2070. The Ivey is openweekdays from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., andwill be closed Dec. 23, 24 and 31. qAyrsley Toy Drive netsmore than 900 toysPeople were still donating toys well afterthe end of the Ayrsley Toy Drive last week,helping push the donation total to 917toys.The toys go to the U.S. Marine CorpsReserve’s Toys for Tots program, whichcollects toys for needy children eachLocal Scout honoredat ceremonyScott Singletary, a 16-year-old junior atCharlotte Catholic High School, was honoredSunday, Dec. 12, with an Eagle ScoutCourt of Honor ceremony at St. PatrickCathedral Family Life Center.Singletary’s Eagle Scout project consistedof adding benches, birdhouses andlandscaping to a science-learning gardenat Holy Trinity Catholic Middle School. Acrew of 25 volunteers helped him.Singletary, the son of Dan and MaggieSingletary, was selected for the Arrow ofLight Scout society and a youth volunteerfor St. Patrick’s annual Christmas dinnerfor the underprivileged. qholiday season. Though the goal’s drivewas 1,000 toys, organizer Chris Stulginskywas excited about the volume of toyscollected, especially a donation of 10 largeRubbermaid boxes full of toys from TheJimmie Johnson Foundation.“Our community is putting smiles on 917different faces, and that is a great thing,”Stulginsky said in a news release. qBy Jove!I think I’vefound the perfectAssisted LivingCommunity!Stocking Stuffer! Just $ 9.95 for three Charlotte’s Premier Assisted Living & Memory Care CommunityA Bell Senior Living CommunityPage 8 • Dec. 17-23, 2010 • South Charlotte

DWI/Blotter(continued from page 5)the left rear-view mirror off the car. Thewitness said Howle then pulled backinto the driveway and into the garage.When an officer arrived at the home,Howle answered the door “and wasobviously very intoxicated,” the officersaid in court documents. The officerobserved Howle stumbling in her homeand had to steady her several timeswhen she was about to fall, according tothe documents.Howle told the officer she had drivenhome to pick up her son and had consumedtwo glasses of wine earlier in theday. Two hours later, after the officertook her into custody, she registered a.26 blood-alcohol level.An alcohol counseling organizationrecommended Howle go to substanceabuse treatment for a minimum of 40hours, according to court documents,and a judge took her license away andalso ordered her to serve 72 hours ofcommunity service.Howle later obtained a provisionallicense, after telling a judge her job fora mortgage wholesaler requires her todrive often.Contacted by a South CharlotteWeekly reporter, Howle declined tocomment on either DWI charge. Shewas released on bond and awaits a Jan.13 court hearing.Man arrested for sexualact in bookstorePolice say Daniel Vallecillo, a 28-yearoldWaxhaw resident, was arrested Monday,Dec. 13, and charged with publicmasturbation in theBorders bookstore,7836 Rea Road, infront of a 34-year-oldwoman, according to aCharlotte- Mecklenburgpolice report. The incidenthappened aroundDaniel Vallecillo8 p.m.Vallecillo is being held in the MecklenburgCounty Jail under a $7,500secured bond, according to the MecklenburgCounty Sheriff’s Office jail log.Light, sign destroyed inhit-and-runPolice found a car with no driver afterresponding Saturday, Dec. 11, to a hitand-runwreck in the 7900 block ofCamellia Lane.The car hit a street sign and then alight post at the Camden StonecrestApartments, causing $1,800 in damages,according to a Charlotte-Mecklenburgpolice report. No bystanderswere injured.At the time of the report, nobody hadtaken responsibility for the wreck, andthe report did not indicate the type ofvehicle or the owner.www.thecharlotteweekly.comNewsThe Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Departmentreported the following incidents insouth Charlotte between Dec. 8 and 13:Home break-ins• 6000 block of Providence Square Drive:Digital cameras, gaming system and games,computer and electronic reader, worth $1,000total, stolen. Dec. 9.• 2000 block of Kilmonack Lane: Doorkicked in during attempted break-in, causing$25 in damages. Nothing stolen. Dec. 10.• 7000 block of Windyrush Road: iPod, laptopand cell phone, worth $1,150 total, stolen.$150 clock damaged. Dec. 11.• 6000 block of Wisteria Drive: Televisions,jewelry, iPod, DVD players, video games andcash, worth $1,578 total, stolen after doorkicked in, causing $250 in damages. Dec. 11.• 7000 block of Waterford Lakes Drive:Cash, phones, gaming system and games, laptop,CDs, DVDs and radio, worth $4,119 total,stolen. Bedroom door kicked in, causing $300in damages. Dec. 12.• 800 block of Bradford Farms Drive: $60in damages to door in attempted break-in.Nothing stolen. Dec. 12.• 3000 block of Champaign Drive: Walletstolen. Dec. 13.• Smith Academy of International Languages,1600 Tyvola Road: Metal cabinet priedopen, causing $30 in damages. Dec. 13.• 8000 block of St. Pierre Lane: Nothing stolenduring home break-in. Dec. 13.• 2000 block of Heathmoor Lane: $10,880 injewelry stolen. Dec. 13.• 500 block of Lees Court Street: Nothingstolen in home break-in. Dec. 13.Vehicle break-ins• 16000 block of Orchard Stone Run: Laptopand suitcase, worth $600 total, stolenafter window shattered, causing $200 in damages.Dec. 8.• 16000 block of Hawfield Way Drive: Laptop,iPod and charger, headphones, attachécase and personal papers, worth $3,700 total,stolen after window shattered, causing $500in damages. Dec. 8.• 6000 block of Clavell Lane: $100 radio stolenafter window shattered, causing $400 indamages. Dec. 8.• 6000 block of Morrison Boulevard: Doorlock punched out, causing $500 in damages.Nothing stolen. Dec. 8.• 10000 block of Fairway Ridge Road: $200cell phone stolen. Dec. 9.• SouthPark Mall, 4400 Sharon Road: Canvasbag and text book, worth $120 total, stolenafter window shattered, causing $600 indamage. Dec. 9.• SouthPark Mall, 4400 Sharon Road: Wiigaming system, gift cards, clothes and Legos,worth $230 total, stolen. Dec. 9.• SouthPark Mall, 4400 Sharon Road: GPSunit and jewelry box, worth $250 total, stolenafter door lock punched, causing $400 in damages.Dec. 9.• 100 block of Medearis Drive: Two unlockedvehicles ransacked, but nothing stolen. Dec.9.• 6000 block of Hickory Forest Drive: $450rifle stolen after trunk lock broken, causing$100 in damage. Dec. 9.• 5000 block of Sharon View Road: Creditcards, valued at $900 total, stolen. Dec. 9.• 6000 block of Park South Drive: $200 DVDplayer stolen. Dec. 9.• 3000 block of Northampton Drive: $5 sunglassesstolen. Dec. 9.• 8000 block of Fairview Road: Door lockspunched in vehicle, causing $500 in damages.Dec. 9.• 6000 block of Rollingridge Drive: $90 GPScharger stolen. Dec. 9.• 5000 block of South Boulevard: Stolenvehicle found missing all four tires, worth$5,000 total. Dec. 9.• 3000 block of Teversham Lane: Two vehicles,a 2009 Honda Odyssey worth $29,000 anda 2002 Ford Explorer worth $7,000, stolen.Camera and iPad, worth $1,000 total, stolen(see Blotter on page 11)PUBLIC NOTICEHUGE PRICE REDUCTIONSON ALL NEW PIANOS IN STOCKSample SavingsROLANDDIGITALSUp to 12 monthsNo Interest FinancingCoping with Heartburn & Reflux?Holiday feasting can leadto heartburn - call usfor relief!Pascale Anglade, MDAnthony Colvin, MDRonnie Cyzner, MDStephen Deal, MD, FACGAccepting PatientsAge 16 and upGRANDPIANOSSTARTING AT$4988USED PIANOSSTARTING AT $ 488Spinets, Consoles, Studios & Grands, by: Yamaha, Young Chang,Wurlitzer, Kimball, Story & Clark, Everette & More!PIANO OUTLETHwy 74 (4 mi. 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Millions of Lights.Millions of Memories.This holiday season......Charlotte Motor Speedway transformsinto a winter wonderland! Over 1 million LED lights Celebrity gingerbread houses Bethlehem Village and live Nativity Horse-drawn carriage rides Photos with Santa and Mrs. Claus Food vendors Christmas Village Children’s play area … and much more!November 22 – January 2NewsSouthPark(continued from page 1)between 1:30 and 3 p.m. Police did notlist how thieves got into the vehicle.• Thieves stole a GPS unit and smallgold jewelry box, worth $250 combined,after punching out the door lock of a2007 Ford Expedition, causing $400 indamages, between 4:30 and 6 p.m.• Thieves stole a large bag containingpersonal papers and a college text book,worth $120 combined, after shatteringthe window of a 2010 GMC Acadia,causing $600 in damages, between 4:50and 6 p.m.Despite those recent incidents, Sgt.Fred Newell, commander of the South-Park Mall area for the Providence Division,said he’s been pleased with the limitednumber of break-ins since Thanksgiving.He credits part of that to theincreased awareness of shoppers thanksto fliers and pamphlets handed out byofficers in the parking lots.“It’s a common thing that people willgo shopping till their hands are full, goload up the car with thousands of dollarsworth of items and then go back to shopping,”Newell said. “(Thieves) will sit inthe parking lot and watch for that.”Some shoppers have turned around toremove or hide valuables in their vehiclesafter police officers warn them, but plentyof people still don’t, Newell said. Thievesgot away with $3,895 of items, includinga laptop, $300 headphones and an MP3player, from one vehicle Dec. 2 between1 and 3 p.m. in the mall parking lot.“People just get so busy, they just don’tremember,” Newell said.So when shoppers aren’t helping themselves,police have to take up the slack.Officers stationed a watchtower in theparking lot for some time to give thema bird’s-eye view 20 to 30 feet over cars.While that helped, the simple act ofputting more officers into the area hasbeen nice for Newell.Thanks to a Justice Assistance Grant,made possible with federal stimulusfunds, Newell can afford to pay officersovertime to patrol the mall area withoutpulling officers from their regular schedulein other parts of Providence Division.“We’ve been able to have more officersavailable, have more of a presence,”Newell said.Police can combine their extra forceswith some additional help from the mallitself. Though mall officials won’t go intodetails about what security additionsthey’ve made this month, Nicole Kennon,director of marketing and businessdevelopment for the mall, said they’vemade adjustments to deal with one of themall’s busiest times of the year.“We maintain a close working relationshipwith the Charlotte-MecklenburgPolice Department to ensure the appropriatesecurity measures are being takento help provide and maintain a safe environmentat the mall,” Kennon said in ane-mail to South Charlotte Weekly. “Thesafety and security of our shoppers andemployees is our top priority…”The mall does ask shoppers to follow afew simple rules to keep safe, like parkingin well-lit areas and shopping witha friend if going to the mall in the evening.Police are pushing the same advice theypromote year-round: Don’t leave valuablesin plain sight in your car, whethergifts or your normal valuables, such as aGPS, and lock the vehicle at all times.For those shoppers too loaded downwith purchases to carry them around,police ask shoppers to take at least oneprecaution to throw off thieves beforethey return to shopping:“At least move your car to a differentspot,” Newell advised. q1013 Technology DriveIndian Trail, NC 28079877-GO-HELMS877-464-3567www.helmsheating.comLicense # 23840To learn more, go to www.VisitCarolinaChristmas.comor call 800-455-FANS.TIME IS RUNNINGUT!TAX CREDITSenergy-efficient Carrier ® SystemAND REBATESfrom your local utility companies12 Months Interest FREE Financing12 MONTHS INTERESTFREE FINANCINGFREEEvaluationof Current SystemExpires: 12/31/2010877-464-3567www.helmsheating.comPage 10 • Dec. 17-23, 2010 • South Charlotte Weekly1225-0028 4.854x12.5.indd 1 11/16/10 1:22:37

Blotter(continued from page 9)from third car. Dec. 11.• 7000 block of Waterford Lakes Drive: 1999Toyota Corolla, worth $3,000, stolen. Dec. 11.• 6000 block of Providence Square Drive:Tools, camera, GPS unit and video game,worth $3,650 total, stolen after door locks ofthree vehicles punched, causing $600 in damage.Dec. 11.• 1000 block of Halesworth Drive: $40 incash stolen. Dec. 11.• 9000 block of Sandpiper Drive: Purse andwallet, worth $280 total, stolen. Dec. 12.• 4000 block of Piedmont Row Drive: Laptopand tools, worth $3,200 total, stolen. Dec.12.• 5000 block of South Boulevard: $200 stereostolen after windows shattered, causing$400 in damage. Dec. 13.• 100 block of South Sharon Amity Road:Jewelry and pocketbook, worth $2,175 total,stolen. Dec. 13.Thefts• Horizon Eye Care, 135 S. Sharon AmityRoad: $865 in cash and $180 in checks stolenfrom night deposit. Dec. 9.• Bissell Companies, 13040 Ballantyne CorporatePlace and 11515 North CommunityHouse Road: Fire-gate valves, worth $7,400total, stolen. Dec. 9.• 1000 block of Brockton Lane: $80 in jewelrystolen. Dec. 9.• Lowes Foods, 16045 Johnston Road:Twelve lighters and four razors, worth $139total, stolen. Dec. 10.• Kay Jewelers, 4400 Sharon Road: $2,299ring stolen. Dec. 10.• Kangaroo Express, 15620 John J. DelaneyDrive: Wallet stolen. Dec. 11.• Ulta, 236 S. Sharon Amity Road: $500worth of fragrances stolen. Dec. 11.• 6000 block of Bratton Place: $60 plasticsnowman stolen. Dec. 12.• 11000 block of Ballantyne Trace Court:Camera, perfume bottle and statues, worth$960 total, stolen. Dec. 13.• 8000 block of Nightingale Lane: Childsupportcard stolen. Dec. 13.• 4000 block of Carnoustie Lane: Watch andcamcorder, worth $8,500 total, stolen. Dec.13.• 6000 block of South Boulevard: Walletand personal papers stolen. Dec. 13.NewsVandalism• 5000 block of Providence Road: Bleachand other liquids poured over clothes, computer,carpet and stove, causing $7,300 indamage. Dec. 9.• 1000 block of Whispering Forest Drive:Tires slashed, causing $200 in damage. Dec. 9.• 3000 block of Circles End: Woman shotwith BB gun after going outside to see whoshot her window. Damages estimated at $25.The woman suffered minor injuries. Dec. 11.• 8000 block of Castlekeep Road: $4,000in damage to vehicle, drywall and furniture.Dec. 12.• 3000 block of Huntington Ridge Court:Christmas lights cut, causing $40 in damage.Dec. 12.• 4000 block of Providence Road: Windowshattered, causing $300 in damage. Dec. 13.Fire(continued from page 1)building, according to Capt. Rob Brisley,Charlotte Fire Department spokesman.No one was hurt in the blaze, thoughfire officials say one pet died. Adams raninto one unit and attempted to rescue adog after a police officer kicked down thedoor, but the animal fled to the back of thehome and Adams was ordered to leave theburning building before he could find it.“I did the best that I could do …”Adams said. “But I wasn’t successful” insaving the dog.The American Red Cross is assisting11 people displaced by the blaze, Brisleysaid. The organization had volunteers onthe scene Tuesday, caring for residentsand firefighters alike in the 32-degree,windy weather.The situation could have been muchworse, Brisley said. Firefighters doing aquick search of the building were able toget out before the roof collapsed, leavingthe units unsafe for search or investigationimmediately after flames were extinguished.“We were grateful to get those firefightersout before the collapse,” Brisley said.Also key, Brisley said, was the timing ofthe fire. Happening in the middle of theday, the fire occurred when many peoplewere away for work.The apartment complex will put up asmany of the displaced families as possible invacant apartment units, according to GeneJudd of the American Red Cross, which willprovide cots and blankets to those families.If the apartment complex runs out of space,the Red Cross will provide housing for theother displaced families.The fire started in a third-floor attic, andinvestigators worked into the evening Tuesdaybefore determining the cause of thefire was accidental, Brisley said. Investigatorssay an electrical failure started the fire.Because of where it started, Brisley says firefightershad difficulty preventing the blazefrom spreading through what is known asa “common attic,” which means differentunits share the same large attic space.“The fire had a huge head start,” Brisleysaid. 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We take a very personal approachwith every patient and are committed to servingour community. Schedule an appointment withMetrolina Eye Associates today and discover howwe can achieve the best results for you and yourfamily.Stallings Professional Center4101 Campus Ridge RoadMatthews, NC 28105704.234.1930www.metrolinaeye.comPage 12 • Dec. 17-23, 2010 • South Charlotte WeeklyMelissa Game Shipley, MDPediatric Ophthalmology & Adult StrabismusNow Accepting New Patients!Metro Medical Center630 Comfort Lane, Ste. EMonroe, NC 28112704.289.5455NewsIndependence(continued from page 1)“assurance letters” as required by theFederal Relocation Act. The federal lawrequires governments to give propertyowners displaced by a road project at least90 days advance notice to move fromtheir property.Some property owners – particularlythose facing demolition of their houses orbuildings – thought they had only 90 daysto vacate once they got the letter, Burlesonsaid. But the state’s own deadline foracquiring the utility-related properties isJune 1.After state officials have acquired theproperty – either through a negotiatedsettlement or eminent domain – the ownersreceive a final 30-day notice to move,he said.According to planning documents, thestate won’t have to demolish many structureson most of the land it needs for theutility-line work. Those same documentsindicate nine houses, four buildings andlights and/or signs at 10 businesses willhave to go.But Burleson acknowledges the list isn’tcomplete – that more property owners willface some type of demolition work.The list doesn’t indicate the need fordemolition on the property of Richard andConstance Keffer, but Rick Parker, vicepresident of Keffer Automotive Group,doesn’t see how the state can avoid it.Parker points to the survey markings inthe middle of the front parking lot of Keffer’sadministrative office and body-andpaintshop at 4800 Independence Blvd.The closest marking can’t be much morethan 6 feet from the former show roomfront door, and the front parking lot lightsfall well within the survey markers.Parker points to a second building atthe south end of the Keffer property. Thesurvey markings appear to run under orright next to the front of that building.An appraiser already has toured thebody shop and office, Parker said, but he’snot heard the results. By cutting off thefront of the parking lot, the road projectwill “neuter” the property. “We won’t beable to use the property,” Parker said. “I’mnot going to let it remain standing – if Ican help it.”The survey markings appear to bisectthe showroom of the next business north,Auto City, at 4700 E. Independence Blvd.General Manager Benjamin Irkhin saidMonday, Dec. 13, that Auto City movedinto the space about a month ago, and heplans to keep selling cars there until thestate says he has to move.Burleson doesn’t disagree with Parker’sassessment of the Keffer property. A certifiedappraisal should reflect the loss invalue of the property, Burleson said. Thestate pays independent, certified appraisersto determine a fair value. The statewill try to negotiate a settlement, based onthe certified appraisal, and if a propertyRick Parker, vice president of Keffer AutomotiveGroup, stands between the survey marksindicating how much of Keffer’s praking lotthe state will need when it widens the nextsection of Independence Blvd. Keffer keeps itsoffices and paint-and-body shop at 4800 IndependenceBlvd.owner insists, he or she can take the caseto arbitration and then to court.Roughly 95 percent of cases are settledthrough negotiations or arbitration, savingthe state and the property owners thecost of going to court, Burleson said.In the coming project, the state willexpand Independence from six to eightlanes and extend two center, high-occupancylanes to Cityview Drive, just southof Conference Drive. State officials alsowill exercise a partial restriction on accessto Independence as far as Wallace Lane,Burleson said. That may mean that ashopping center with four driveways willbe reduced to two.The state is buying 15 to 20 feet of rightof way on both sides of Independenceand an additional 8 to 10 feet of permanentutility easement on the eastern side,Burleson said. Once construction crewsbegin moving utilities, the state will maintaindriver access to all businesses. Stateofficials are meeting with city staff andbusinesses in the area to work out details,including adding signs to let drivers knowthat businesses remain open.Of the 23 parcels the state already hasidentified the need for demolition, theowners are listed as:• House: Harvey M. and Jonell B.Thomas; Alejandro and Sandra Lopez;Zachary K. Duck; Paul E. Kerr Jr.; XouWeasah; Victor K. and Tina P. Chen;Evelyn H. Purr; Dorothy L. Marshall; andPaul J. and Thelma Bowers.• Building: Kenneth D. Sauder;Chatham Associates LP; Assent PropertyManagement LLC; and TKC XXIV LLC.• Lights: V.J.G.&S. Associates; HendrickAutomotive Group; R.I.M., M.JU.M.& A.A.M. Investment Corporations;MMR Holdings LLC; Assent PropertyManagement LLC; and IndependenceShops LLC.• Lights and sign: Cole CK Portfoliotwo LLC; Borough Land Limited Partnership;and Sidney & Jerome L. Levin.• Sign: Guy Properties.See a complete list of properties affectedby the utility relocation work online DeLoache/SCW photo

EDUCATIONCovenant Day students lace shoes, pack boxes for children in needby Sarah Gilberteducation@thecharlotteweekly.comStudents at Covenant Day School tooktime away from the classroom last weekto help children around the world.The entire Covenant Day MiddleSchool spent Dec. 9 and Dec. 10 helpingout at Samaritan’s Purse and Samaritan’sFeet as part of the school’s Doulos Dayprogram.Covenant Day participates in DoulosDays every semester, giving the studentsan opportunity to give back to the community.The name comes from the Greekword “doulos,” which is used in the NewTestament to mean “bondservant.”This semester, the students worked tohelp children in need have a brighter holidayseason.“We went to Samaritan’s Feet and spentthe day tying shoelaces and unpackingshoeboxes,” seventh-grader Meg Osowskisaid. “We were tying the shoes for peoplearound the world who don’t have anyshoes.”Samaritan’s Feet collects shoes anddistributes them to children in need. Theorganization taught the students aboutthe goals and origins of its efforts.“We learned about the basketballplayer who started Samaritan’s Feet,” saidseventh-grader Zachary Eagy, who spentthe day unpacking new shoes for anotherGive your family theperfect gift this Christmas...zA beautiful cabin in theNorth Carolina MountainsBear CreekA Deerwood Park Communitywww.thecharlotteweekly.comRegister to win aFREE3-day/2-night stayVisit our website for detailsgroup to lace. “He went to Africa and sawall of the people who didn’t have shoes, sohe decided to start collecting them. Hisgoal is to give 10 million shoes to 10 millionpeople in 10 years.”The basketball player, Manny Ohonme,was a child in Nigeria when a missionarygave him his first pair of shoes. Receivingthe shoes was instrumental in motivatinghim to work hard and eventually earn abasketball scholarship to a university inthe U.S.“We learned that in countries like Nigeria,one in five people don’t reach theage of 5 because of problems with theirfeet,” Eagy said. “It made us really think,because we get to choose the shoes wewant to wear each day, and some kidsdon’t have any at all.”Ohonme, who lives in Charlotte,founded Samaritan’s Feet in 2003 aftervisiting Nigeria and remembering whatreceiving shoes had meant to him.Learning about Ohonme and the 300million people worldwide without shoeshelped the students see the value in thework they were doing.“It was a lot of fun,” Osowski said. “Itwas hard work unpacking the shoes, butwe were with friends and we knew wewere doing it for a great cause.”While the sixth and seventh-graderswere helping out at Samaritan’s Feet, theeighth-graders gave their time to anotherDeveloper MODELCLOSE OUT SALE3 bedroom, 2 bathnext to a running creek.Only $279,000Mountain Home Sitesstarting at $24,900Cabins starting at $159,000Private gated communityless than 2 hours from CharlotteDiscover a lifestyle as magnificent as theNorth Carolina mountains themselves.336-372-8256866-686-5263www.deerwoodpark.comCabin Rentals Availableinfo@deerwoodpark.comorganization.“We were at Samaritan’s Purse, whereOperation Christmas Child shoeboxes gobefore they are sent around the world,”eighth-grader Megan Embry said. “Groupslike churches and schools get shoeboxesand fill them for kids who may not get anypresents.”Embry spent the day folding clothesfor the shoeboxes, but the organizationhad several tasks for the students to helpwith.“We had stations where people packedboxes and others where people checked tomake sure they were ready to be shipped,”eighth-grader Andy Dinsbeer said. “Wewould inspect them and then put themon a big cart for shipping.”Samaritan’s Feet shipped the shoeboxesto children in the country of Georgia thatvery afternoon.“When I got there, I felt like I couldn’tdo much because there was so much thatneeded to be done,” Embry said. “Butthen I worked all day, and when I left, Ifelt like I had made a difference. I felt likeI almost knew the kids who were going toget my boxes.”Leading up to Doulos Days, the studentscollected shoeboxes to contribute tothe cause. They took approximately 400with them to Samaritan’s Purse.“The Samaritan’s Purse goal was to sendout 2 million boxes this year,” DinsbeerzNOW OPEN!andEnrolling Students!NOW OPEN!andEnrolling Students!Give your child the gift ofCall now to reserve your space your space at our nextCall now to reserve your space your space at our nextPARENT TALK704-540-6363Students at Covenant Day spent two daysworking with Samaritan’s Feet and Samaritan’sPurse to make sure kids around the worldwould have a happy Christmas. Students arepictured here packing shoeboxes with clothing,which was later shipped out.said. “They sent out 1.9 million last year,so we really wanted to help them beat thatnumber this year.”There is still time to contribute toOperation Christmas Child. 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EducationState revises high school graduation requirementsStudents will need twoU.S. history courses toearn diplomaby Sarah Gilberteducation@thecharlotteweekly.comThe N.C. State Board of Educationapproved changes to state social studiesstandards last week, including splittingU.S. History into two courses andemphasizing financial literacy.Freshmen entering high schoolin 2012-13 will be the first studentsrequired to meet the new high schoolstandards to graduate.Students will have to pass two U.S.history courses instead of one, increasingthe total number of required socialstudies courses from three to four.When the new standards are implemented,the current U.S. History courseAARP ® MedicareSupplement Plansmake it easier towill be split into U.S. History I, whichwill outline the discovery of the NewWorld through the Reconstruction Era,and U.S. History II, which will studythe 19th century through contemporaryAmerica.“We received a lot of concerns aboutthe amount of content in U.S. History,”said Cindy Bennett, director of curriculumand instruction at the Departmentof Public Instruction. “People askedget fit and be healthy!Join one of the nation’s leading exercise programs designed exclusively for olderadults, the SilverSneakers ® Fitness Program. Your AARP ® Medicare SupplementPlan, insured by UnitedHealthcare Insurance Company, makes SilverSneakersavailable to you for no additional cost. It’s easy to get fit, have fun and makefriends using your complimentary SilverSneakers membership at more than 10,000participating locations nationwide.For more information on SilverSneakers, call toll-free at866-248-5476 or visit services provided by the SilverSneakers program are made available as a courtesy to AARP members insured byUnitedHealthcare Insurance Company (United) and are not part of insurance coverage and may be discontinuedat any time. AARP and United do not endorse and are not responsible for the services or information provided bythis program. Consult a health care professional with questions about your health care needs.SS-2how we could cover such a large amountof time with any depth and understandingin only one year. By developing twocourses, we’ll have time to go deeperinto the content.”Administrators at some school districtsare concerned about adding courses duringthe budget crunch, Bennett said.“The bottom line is that it will be upto principals to determine the best planof attack,” Bennett said. “The state willmake sure everyone has what they need,including instructional resources andprofessional development, and they’llhave until 2012-13 to determine thebest plan.”Bennett said districts’ options couldinclude adding teachers, assigning U.S.History teachers to teach both of thenew courses, using online instructionsystems and allowing students to takerequired courses at community colleges.“Some principals are concerned thatadding courses may force them to cutother courses and limit their offerings,but we’ll be working with districts to rollthis out,” Bennett said. “We’re lookingat all of our options and determining thebest way to execute the plan.”The revised standards also requirea stronger focus on financial literacythroughout the curriculum from kindergartenthrough 12th grade.“(Financial literacy) is embeddedintentionally into the social studies curriculumso that students understandthe fiscal impacts of events in U.S. andworld history,” Bennett said. “The newstandards won’t mean new courses. Therenewed focus will be integrated intoexisting courses.”The new standards also emphasizeN.C. history in fourth grade, U.S. historyin fifth grade and world civilizations andgeography in sixth and seventh grades.“Our students cannot become productivecitizens without an understanding ofthe people and events that have shapedour nation and our world,” June Atkinson,superintendent of the state boardof education, said in a news release.“The curriculum that will be taught inour classrooms reflects the importanceof these lessons as well as a high level ofinput from teachers, historians, parents,students and the citizens of this state.”Under the new state standards, studentswill need 22 credits to graduatefrom high school, but Charlotte-MecklenburgSchools’ standards are moredemanding.Under the current district requirements,students need 28 credits to graduatefrom high school, including threesocial studies credits.Find more about the new standardsat the state’s website, qPage 14 • Dec. 17-23, 2010 • South Charlotte

The first lottery for students interestedin enrolling in Charlotte-Mecklenburgmagnet schools lasts from Jan.7 to Feb. 7.The district will hold a magnet fair atPhillip O. Berry Academy, 1430 AlleghanySt., on Jan. 8, a Saturday, from 9a.m. to 1 p.m. Representatives fromall magnet schools will be available toanswer questions.South Charlotte is home to 12 magnetprograms, and over the next twoweeks, South Charlotte Weekly will takea closer look at each of them.Find out more information at theschool district’s website, LanguageAcademy, 4000 ApplegateRoad (K-8)World LanguagesAt Collinswood, students spend halfthe day learning in English and half theday learning in Spanish. The programwas the first dual-language program toopen in the state.“We have faculty members from 14Spanish-speaking countries, and studentsare taught each year by a teacherfrom a different country,” PrincipalNicolette Grant said. “They learn thelanguage, but they also learn the culture,stories, idioms and jokes from ahost of nations.”Students can apply through the lotteryas kindergarteners or first graders, butolder students must prove proficiency.Open houses: Jan. 11, 9 a.m.; Jan. 20,noon; Jan. 27, 6 p.m.East Mecklenburg High,6800 Monroe Road (9-12)International BaccalaureateThe IB Diploma Program is consideredwww.thecharlotteweekly.comthe most academically rigorous programoffered in high school. The programfocuses on intellectual development,community service and good citizenship.East Meck is a partial magnet designedto prepare students who are “balanced,caring, reflective, knowledgeable, principled,and open minded,” accordingto the program’s website. “The IB programproduces students who are moreprepared for college, who have bettercredentials for admission to high-levelcolleges, who may have earned enoughcollege credits to start as a sophomoreand who may earn more academicscholarships, depending on the collegeattended and scores on IB exams.”Open houses: Jan. 6, 8 a.m.; Jan. 25, 7p.m.; Jan. 26, 7:30 a.m.; Jan. 27, 8 a.m.;Jan. 31, 6:30 p.m.Huntingtowne FarmsElementary,2520 Huntingtowne FarmsLane (K-5)International BaccalaureateHuntingtowne Farms is a partial magnet,but all students participate in theIB program, which produces internationallyminded students with strongresearch and critical-thinking skills.“We look at the whole child throughacademics and character development,”Principal Pamela Frederick said. “At ourschool, we feel like a family. When youwalk in the front door, you belong.”Students participate in a range ofcommunity-service projects, from localenvironmental work to adopting aschool in Malawi.“We like to study the world and celebrateother cultures,” IB facilitatorValerie Dixon said. “We try to instillleadership skills and teach students theimportance of respecting themselvesand others.”EducationA look at south Charlotte magnet programsby Sarah Gilberteducation@thecharlotteweekly.comOver 40 Unique Booths fromHigh Fashion to Home Decorating!DaVinci Bracelet $ 6.99 HomeStylesG A L L E R Y& Specialty Shops Now Open on Sundays 12pm – 5pm through Christmas!Open houses: Jan. 13, 8:30 a.m. andFeb. 4, 8:30 a.m.Park Road Montessori,3701 Haven Drive (Pre K-6)Teachers at Park Road Montessoriuse the Montessori Method.“Respect for the child is the foundationof our philosophy,” academic facilitatorJennifer Parker said. “The staff believesstrongly that the needs of the child comefirst. Children, not subjects, are taught.The Montessori Method is based oncareful observation of and respect for thenatural development of the child.”The ideal Montessori candidate isindependent, focused and self reliant.“Expectations for doing one’s best,working hard and serving the communityare part of the school’s everydaylife,” Parker said.Open houses: Jan. 13, 9:30 a.m. andJan. 20, 9:30 a.m.Myers Park High,2400 Colony Road (9-12)International BaccalaureateThe Myers Park IB program is openonly to students assigned to Myers Park,and students sign up through the schoolinstead of through the lottery.“We offer a college preparatory programwhere students leave with theability to get into top colleges and earnSTATE OF !ORTH CAROLI!ACOU!TY OF O!SLOWI! 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EducationSouth Charlotte WeeklySchoolNOTESCollinswood wins $20,000grant from CloroxCollinswood Language Academy, asouth Charlotte magnet school, won a$20,000 grant through the Power a BrightFuture contest, sponsored by the CloroxCompany.The Collinswood staff plans to usethe funds to replace playground equipmentthat teachers called “outdated” and“unsafe” in the grant application.More than 1,600 schools created applicationsdetailing what they could achievewith the grant money, and the public castapproximately 1.6 million votes for thenominees.The top vote getter, Indian Trail’s MetrolinaChristian Academy, earned a $50,000grant toward building an athletic complexon its campus. The next three schools,including Collinswood, each earned a$20,000 grant.Learn more about the competition at itswebsite, of America seeksStudent LeadersThe Bank of America CharitableCharlotte Christianhosts live nativityStudents at CharlotteChristian School got intothe holiday spirit by performinga live nativityscene for drivers passingtheir Sardis Road campus.The students hosted thescene, which was completewith live animals, duringthe morning commuteTuesday, Wednesday andThursday, Dec. 14 to 16.Charlotte Christian hasstaged a live nativity everyyear for more than 15years. qFoundation is accepting applications fora national Student Leaders program,which honors five high school juniors andseniors in 45 participating communities,including Charlotte, for leadership andcommitment to community service.The students selected will participatein paid, eight-week summer internshipsat nonprofit organizations and travel toWashington, D.C., for a weeklong StudentLeadership Summit.Applications are due by Jan. 12 andrequire a letter of recommendation froma teacher, guidance counselor or principal.Photo courtesy ofCharlotte ChristianApply online at Teeter program awardsmore than $250,000 to schoolsHarris Teeter’s Together in Educationprogram made the first payout ofthe 2010-11 school year and distributed$254,648 to participating schools.The Providence High School parentorganization secured the highest grantin the Charlotte area, earning more than$3,000.Charlotte Country Day, Charlotte Latinand Providence Day schools also earnedspots in the top five.Harris Teeter has donated more than$14.5 million to participating schoolssince the Together in Education programlaunching in 1998.All schools are encouraged to applyfor a Together in Education code, whichcommunity members must re-link everyAugust.Learn more at the Harris Teeter website,visit named Duke EnergyPower PartnerDuke Energy rewarded Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools’ energy savingefforts by presenting the district Tuesday,Dec. 14, with a Power Partner award.Duke Energy honored school systems,grocery stores, manufacturers and othercustomers who have worked to reducetheir energy use or found innovative waysto use energy more efficiently.The school district has improved itsenergy performance by 10 percent sincethe 2008-09 school year and has reducedits annual operating budget by more than$2.5 million through the EnvironmentalProtection Agency’s Energy Star program.Since 2009, the district has earnedmore than $200,000 in Duke Energyincentives for lighting, foodservice equipmentand chiller installations.Duke Energy also recognized DavidsonCollege, Hickory Chair Co., Wells Fargoand others. qSeason’s Greetings fromOffering the freshest and finestExtra Virgin Olive Oils and Balsamic Vinegarsfrom all over the world.Over 32 flavors to choose fromand you can taste before you purchase.and a Happy New Year! ® located atBirkdale Village16620 Cranlyn Road, Suite 120Huntersville704/895-6950Visit us on the web atwww.TheHouseOfOlives.comor better yet stop in with yourfriends and have a fun andeducational experience.Ivan Mac, MDRussell Fry, MD704.234.1930Dara Khalatbari, MDMelissa Shipley, MDwww.metrolinaeye.comJason Berkebile , OD704.289.5455See the collection at…James MichaelFINE JEWELRYSUITE A-2/1201 STAFFORD ST.WWW.JAMESMICHAELCO.COMPage 16 • Dec. 17-23, 2010 • South Charlotte

South Charlotte Weekly prints school honors rollswhen that information is provided to us by areaschools. Jay M. Robinson Middle School does notseparate their A and AB honor rolls by grade.Jay M. Robinson Middle SchoolA honor rollBryan Aldana, Hope Allen, Alexa Arciero, Caroline Aufgebauer,Alexandra Baer, Cuan Bailey, Shiva Bakhtiyari, Annie Ball,Charles Ballentine III, Emily Benson, Bhargavi Bhaskar, JacksonBoatwright, Matthew Boerio, Maura Boerio, ChristopherBond, Sarah Bowen, Benjamin Brady, Matthew Brady, NatalieBriggs, Joshua Brodowicz, Angelina Brookins, Holly Burnett,Melissa Burroughs, Lenora Byrum, Justine Canady, EliseCarlsten, Ann Carter, Allison Chang, Daniel Chang, IzzabellaChristian, Madelyn Cichy, Peyton Clifford, Anthony Comer,Nicole Connor, Madelyn Craig, Samantha Culver, MeghanCunningham, Nicole Dalrymple, Brenna Davis, Emma Davis,Anna Deutschle, Varsha Devarapalli, Addison Diehl, RalitsaDimitrova, Sean Donaldson, Jackson Dye, Lauren Ellis, SarahEvren, Chloe Fang, Kristin Ferretti, Meghan Fleury, AnthonyFranco, Ebrie Franklin, Jared Gaines, Bryson Getz, SydneyGill, Ryan Gilley, Kiele Goins, Rachel Goode, Gauri Goswamy,Gaelin Griffith, Nicole Grouge, Sydney Grouge, Mary Hadley,Emma Hankins, Matthew Harrill, Elisa Hicks, Cameron Hobson,Natasha Hodas, JaVon Hopkins, Samantha Horenstein,Ann Hu, Mileena Ireland, Rebecca Iyoob, Dina Jarkas, RobertJohnson, Madison Johnston, William Jones, Lily Jordan, Ye NaKang, Yeon Jin Kang, Ryan Kapur, Nicholas Karpov, KarthikKartha, Momo Katsumata, James Kelly, Meghan Kelly, GraceKim, Jooyoung Kim, Chinmay Kulkarni, Olivia Lane, EstherLee, James Lee, Samantha Levinson, Preston Lewis, HaoxuanLi, Claire Liu, Quinn Lopreato, Hannah Magraw, Ria Mahajan,Cassidy Mangini, Emily Manning, Lauren Marlowe, JoslynMathew, Allison McCarthy, Mairead McConnell, Tiara McDay,Meagan McNairy, Meredith McNairy, Daisy Medeiros, MistyMedeiros, Margaret Miller, Adrian Mucha, Nicholas Murrer,Jennifer Na, Aadithya Nair, Nhi Nguyen, Amy Nussman, PrateekPamula, Caroline Pate, Asha Patel, Maya Patel, StevenUse the Patrick, current Jordan Pelliciotta, ad from Evan 11/27/09 Pencek, Caroline but Petronis, change it someone witha “Need 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Armstrong, Jake Aschenbrenner, Caroline Aufgebauer,Emma Baer, Olivia Baer, Shadi Bakhtiyari, Michael Balanda,Claudia Bale, Eliot Ball, Michelle Ballasiotes, Micayla Barnes,Nefer Batsuli, Donald Bayne, Taylor Beck, Julian Belal, CalebBellamy, Kendall Bender, Colin Bentley, Andrew Birch, BlakeBishop, Sydney Blue, Jackson Boguski, Laura Bones, BaileeBourgeois, Anna Bowden, Patrick Brady, Viviana Brambila,Shawn Brett, Jeremy Brians, Benjamin Brodowicz,Angelina Brookins, Maggie Brouse, Justin Brown, KelseyBrown, Annetta Burgess, Jenna Burroughs, Shelley Busbee,Patrick Buskill, Jean-Pablo Cabrera, Shala Cachelin, LillianCalman, Mark Capecci, Jarrod Casper, Cobey Chambers,Felix Chamielec, Elizabeth Champion, Peter Chase, AnnieChen, Moon Cheong, William Chesney, Kayla Chevis, IrisChong, Caylie Cincera, Logan Collins, Lauren Cooper, Jean-Michel Corbier, Selin Coskun, Victoria Cottrill, William Coulter,Logan Cox, Samantha Craig, Johnathon Crawford, SeanCunningham, Isabella Dahlke, Andrew Daly, 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Invites You To ExperienceChristmas Eve at the Barn!AROUND TOWNSouth Charlotte WeeklyReligiousNEWS & NotesVolunteers needed forchurch programsThe Outreach Committee of the Church ofthe Holy Comforter, 2701 Park Road, is lookingfor volunteers for two important programs.As of last week, the group still had fourfamilies that needed sponsors for Christmas.People can sponsor a family by signing up andproviding a gift for each child and a holidaymeal, either by preparing the meal yourself orproviding groceries. Sponsors have the discretionof buying gifts for parents or additionalgifts for the children.Those interested should e-mail Lauren Cavinsat or SusanneShaw at church also needs volunteers to staffthe Room in the Inn. The church will continueto give warm food and beds to people in needthrough the end of March. People can sign upto help or ask questions by calling Doug Shawat 704-516-5157 or Susanne Shaw at 704-962-1527.Church looking for men’sshelter donationsSharon United Methodist Church, 4411Sharon Road, is looking to collect more itemsbefore volunteering at the Charlotte Men’sShelter next week.The church needs lotion; new or gently usedcoats, from large to 5XL; socks; hats; gloves;and new or gently used work and dress pants,sizes 32 to 48. The shelter also badly needslarge containers of oatmeal, instead of the individualpackets.Church youth will deliver the items Monday,Dec. 20, to the shelter.Temple Beth El readies for“Sex, Women and Religion”Temple Beth El will host eight nights of“thought-provoking lectures” early next yearas part of its 14th annual comparative religionseries.“Sex, Women and Religion” will take placeTuesday evenings from Jan. 4 to Feb. 22 atthe Sam Lerner Center for the Cultural Artsat Shalom Park and at Temple Beth El. Severalleading educators and religious leaders willoffer their perspectives on the seminar’s maintheme, including:• Rabbi Judy Schindler, of Temple Beth El,who will welcome those attending and offer anoverview of “Sex, Women and Religion” on Jan.4.• Sally McMillan, of Myers Park BaptistChurch, who will give the Christian perspectiveon Jan. 11.• Rabbi Dr. Barbara Thiede, of the Universityof North Carolina at Charlotte, who willprovide the Jewish perspective on Jan. 18.• Paul Garrett and Heather Jenkins, of theChurch of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, whowill offer the Mormon perspective on Jan. 25.• Dr. Kathryn Johnson, of the University ofNorth Carolina at Charlotte, who will give theIslamic perspective on Feb. 1.• Sister Jane Russell, or Belmont Abbey College,who will provide the Catholic perspectiveon Feb. 8.• S. Catherine Johnson, J.D., of QueensUniversity of Charlotte, who will discuss sexualharassment Feb. 15.• Dr. Maria Hanlin, of Mecklenburg Ministries,who will discus “The Blame Game inAmerica” on Feb. 22.Find more information at the Temple BethEl website,, or call 704-366-1948. qThe Christmas Story announces that God is with us.That we no longer walk the journey of our lives alone.Five Stones Church will hold its annual Christmas EveService at a working barn in order to bring us back tothe true meaning of what Christmas is all about. Soleave your church clothes behind and prepare to enterinto an authentic Christmas environment.Two Services:Friday, December 24 Location: CedarHill Farm, Waxhaw NCCost: FreeGo to website for more information and registrationwww.fivestoneschurch.comPage 18 • Dec. 17-23, 2010 • South Charlotte Weekly Dorothy Doreen Buckwell Dorothy Doreen “D.D.” Buckwell, 62, diedDec. 7, 2010, at her home after battling ALS,better known as Lou Gehrig’s disease.Born Feb. 14, 1948, in Port Perry, Canada,Ms. Buckwell was a daughter of the late Haroldand Maria Davey. She was an installationcoordinator with CPI security services for 20years and a wine connoisseur.Sister Beverly Warner preceded her in death.Survivors include her son, Andrew Buckwell,and wife, Anita; sisters Kathy Kemp andSylvia Davey; brother, Bruce Davey; and agranddaughter.A memorial service was held Saturday, Dec.11, at McEwen Pineville Chapel. Online condolencesat ALS Association DevelopmentDepartment or Humane Society of Charlotte. Earl Edward Oquist Earl Edward Oquist, 88, died Dec. 8, 2010,at his home.Born Dec. 31, 1931, in Chicago, Ill., Mr.Oquist was a son of the late Elmer and LillieBelle Oquist. He attended Greenville Collegebefore joining the U.S. Air Force during theKorean War and serving in Puerto Rico.Survivors include his wife, Judy; daughtersLynn Trenning and husband, Jeff, Charlotte,and Tracy Ballas and husband, Cary, Dallas,Texas; sons Eric Oquist and wife, HeatherDeaton, Milwaukee, Wisc., and John Oquistand wife, Karen, Columbus, Ind.; brother,South Charlotte WeeklyDeathsEugene Oquist; and numerous grandchildren.A memorial service was held Saturday, Dec.11, at Harry & Bryant.Memorials: The Urban Ministry Center, 945N. College St., Charlotte, NC 28206 Ruth Fletcher Williams Ruth Fletcher Williams, 89, of Charlotte,died Friday, Dec. 10, 2010, at Carolinas MedicalCenter.Born July 13, 1921, in Mecklenburg County,Mrs. Williams was a daughter of the late Turnerand Lula Cobb Fletcher. She was a member ofWhiting Avenue Baptist Church, played competitivesoftball in earlier years and avidly followedthe Atlanta Braves.Her husband, Jessie, preceded her in death.Survivors include sons Maxie Williams andwife, Ruby, and Ted Williams, all of Charlotte;daughter, Joan Thompson, and husband, Robert,Indian Trail; sister, Mary Lou Purser, Stallings;and numerous grandchildren and greatgrandchildren.A funeral service was held Tuesday, Dec. 14,at the Dilworth Chapel of Hankins & WhittingtonFuneral Service, with burial at

Guest columnReal Helpfor Real LivingHow do youcapture the heart ofthe peasant girl?Rev. TonyMarcianoby Rev. Tony Marcianonews@thecharlotteweekly.comBy now, you’ve heard Catherine Elizabeth“Kate” Middleton is the fiancée ofPrince William of Wales. In 1987, herparents, Michael and Carole Middletonfounded Party Pieces, a mail-order companythat sells partysupplies and decorations.They have sincebecome millionaires.Let me changearound the story. Whatif Kate did not haveparents who are millionaires?What if shewas a pauper, a peasantgirl? What if PrinceWilliam just happened to come upon herand fell madly in love with her, in spiteof her poverty? How would he have capturedthe heart of a peasant girl?In their book “The Sacred Romance”(it’s not a love story between a man and awoman but between God and us) BrentHodges and John Eldridge tell a figurativestory of a king, centuries ago, whowould deal with the same challenge.Permit me to modify their story.In the story, the king, riding alone inthe forest, comes across a poor, peasantgirl living in a thatched roof hut. She isbeautiful, yet simple. She is charmingand yet humble. The king only stoppedby her simple home for a drink of water.Yet in those brief moments, she stole hisheart.As he rides off from this encounter, hehas found true love. No other woman inhis kingdom had stolen his heart in theway she has. What would he do? Howwould he win her over?He assembled his wisest counselorsand sought their wisdom.The first advisor suggested he send hisroyal ambassador stating the king wouldlike her hand in marriage. But what ifshe said, “No,” the king asked. What ifshe declines his marriage proposal?What if she said she was totally unworthy,a woman of no means, marrying theking of this great kingdom?The king continued to struggle whenthe second advisor came up with a plan.He suggested the king send a militaryforce – 100 soldiers. In addition, hewww.thecharlotteweekly.comwould send men with banners and otherswith trumpets. They would arrive ather simple hut with much fanfare. Theking would dismount his stallion, knockon her door and ask for her hand inmarriage. But what if she were frightenedfrom all the attention? What if shestayed inside her home and chose not tocome out?The king found himself deeply troubled.What could he do to win the handof this woman who had stolen his heart?Finally, his third advisor had a solution.He explained to the king that he wouldsay hello to your world.However you want to connect, we’ll help you say hi.hiDef.(only on cable!)Time Warner Cable Triple PlayhiSpeed.hiMom. $33/mo.Plus, get an amazing offer!Time Warner Cable Triple Play 3 MONTHS FREEDVR 1.877.387.9249have to become just like the woman – apauper. He would have to lay aside hiskingship and dress just like her – a peasant.He would arrive at her home as asimple man, not the king. Then and onlythen would he know she had respondedto the purity of his love for her and nothis lofty status.That story is symbolic of the Christmasstory: How would God win ourhearts? He would have to become justlike us – to be born as we are born, tolive and work as we would live and work,to become one of us, laying aside his$33/mo. 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ARTS & ENTERTAINMENTA guide to events, organizations and people in the communityNot for eating!Mike Parks/SCW photosDespite groups of kids with roaming fingers Saturday,Dec. 11, at the Ballantyne Hotel and Lodge,these gingerbread houses lived to fight another dayand will be on display at the hotel between now andDec. 26. Both amateur and professional gingerbreadhouse architects combined to create the GingerbreadVillage. People can donate $1 to vote on theirfavorite house, with all proceeds going to the LevineChildren’s Hospital.Presented by:Jean-Pierre Bonnefoux’sCharlotte’s Favorite Holiday Tradition!“If you want to see the full-blownNutcracker, this is the one.”– The Charlotte ObserverThank You!You Helped Us Raise $600 for theSamaritan House to Help the HomelessPhoto: Jeff CravottaON SALENOW!DEC. 17-19 | BELK | 704.372.1000Dr. Jeff ZitelPalmer GraduateMember NC Chiropractic AssociationSamaritan House is currentlyraising funds to purcahse a newproperty that will be used toprovide recuperative care to thehomeless when they are dischargedfrom the hospital.Zitel Family Chiropractic providesstate-of-the-art chiropractic careto help families lead a healthy lifeTogether We Helped!Call Today! 704-544-8881www.zitelfamilychiropractic.comToringdon Market3419 Toringdon Way, Suite 104Charlotte, NC 28277Page 20 • Dec. 17-23, 2010 • South Charlotte

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‘Tron: Legacy’by Hugh Fishermovies@thecharlotteweekly.comI’m an unapologetic sci-fi fan. Computers,space battles, strange alien worlds– all of these sparked my imaginationwhen I was a kid, and still do. If you findyourself in that category, you’ll love “Tron:Legacy.”The sequel to the 1982 film about warriorsfighting for freedom inside of a computersystem is full of action and is visuallystunning. If you grew up with “Tron,”you’ll find a lot that’s familiar here.Programmer Kevin Flynn (Jeff Bridges)got control of programming giant Encomin the original, but disappeared undermysterious circumstances. Young son Samwas left behind with millions of dollars instock and the ability to control the companysomeday, if he chose.Flash forward to today, and Sam (GarrettHedlund) has no desire to follow inhis father’s footsteps. Instead, like BruceWayne crossed with Julian Assange, heuses a blazing-fast Ducati motorcycle andsome high technology to pull pranks onhis dad’s old company.Olivia Wilde and Garrett HedlundAlan Bradley (Bruce Boxleitner), Flynn’sold sidekick who’s still on the board ofEncom, sets Flynn on the trail to solvinghis father’s disappearance. Like father, likeson, Sam ends up being pulled inside theworld of the computer, forced to fight on“the Grid” for his survival.When we finally meet him, and hisapprentice Quorra (Olivia Wilde), Flynnclaims to have found inside the systemthe secrets of how the universe works.Learning those secrets leaves Sam facinga choice: saving his father, or saving theoutside world.Even if you’re decidedly not a fan of“Star Wars”/“Star Trek” sci-fi, this is still aride worth watching. And it’s worth watchingin 3-D, which I typically consider agimmick, but “Tron: Legacy” does it right.Grade: HHH out of 4MPAA Rating: PG for sequences of sci-fiaction violence and brief mild languageCast: Jeff Bridges, Garrett Hedlund,Olivia WildeGenre: Action/Sci-FiStudio: Walt Disney PicturesThe filmmakers mix 2-D and 3-D scenesand make good use of visual effects, especiallyin fight sequences. The result is milesbetter than other recent films which, in myopinion, try to self-consciously remind theviewer that “this is a 3-D experience!” byshoving monsters and such at the screen.A couple of effects in “Tron: Legacy”made most of the people in the theaterjump in their seats. That’s how smoothlythis is done. I won’t say more because youneed to see it yourself.A lot has changed about computers,both in movies and in day-to-day life, since’82.I could wax philosophical for a momentand say that “Tron: Legacy” does whatscience fiction ought to do by making usthink about our own world differently.That’s what the first film managed to do,whether that was the intent or not.And there’s certainly room to thinkabout how technology affects our livestoday, and how jaded we’ve become. Theoriginal “Tron” had a storybook quality.Computer programs were cheerful andeager to serve the godlike human “Users”on the other side of the digital veil.The lines are blurry today. Clu (playedby a digitally-animated younger version ofBridges) was a good-guy program in thefirst “Tron.” He’s now a megalomaniacaloverlord, determined to “create the perfectsystem” even if it means destroyinghumanity in the process.Other programs are jaded and cynical,seeing belief in “Users” as outdated andlaughable.Unfortunately, the storyline feels abit shallow. There are plenty of actionsequences, and all of the favorite scenesfrom the original are updated with cuttingedge technology.The only other franchise to come closeto this kind of questioning, the “Matrix”trilogy, went way too heavy on the symbolismand the deep philosophical questions.“Tron: Legacy” left me wanting a littlebit more than what we saw. There’s a lotleft to be done with the “Tron” universe.The effects department outdid themselveswith a digital re-creation of a youngerJeff Bridges as Clu – a stark contrast tothe grizzled Bridges of today. I would’veliked to have seen the same attemptedwith Boxleitner’s characters. We hardlysee Tron, the hero program of the originalfilm, which he also played.Bottom line: “Tron: Legacy” will makescience-fiction and action fans happy,and will leave fans of the original wantingmore.For a movie audience that can be jadedand cynical about sequels and remakes,that’s good news. And it’s good news, too,for those of us geeks who see sci-fi as away of looking at our own world from aslightly different angle. qOPEn I n GFriday, 12/17Black Swan (r)The FiGhTer (r)hOw dO yOu knOw (PG-13)Tamara drewe (r)TrOn: leGacy (PG)yOGi Bear (PG)wedneSday, 12/22liTTle FOckerS (PG-13)True GriT (PG-13)BOx OFFICEWEEkEnD TOTAL1. The chrOnicleS OF narnia:The vOyaGe OF The dawn Treader (PG)$24M $24M2. The TOuriST (PG-13)$16.5M3. 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Movies‘The Tourist’by Ryan Hillmovies@thecharlotteweekly.comOn paper, “The Tourist” should bea sure-fire blockbuster. The film featurestwo of the biggest movie stars onthe planet, Johnny Depp and AngelinaJolie, a lush, beautiful setting in Veniceand a plot that promises twists andturns at every corner. So, what exactlywent wrong?Depp stars as Frank Tupelo, a Wisconsinmath teacher who meets thesultry, gorgeous Elise (Jolie) on a train.The two strike up a conversation, andthings seem to be going aces for Frank.What he doesn’t realize, though, isElise has chosen Frank because of hisresemblance to her boyfriend, AlexanderPierce, a mysterious man onthe run for stealing more than $2 billionfrom a gangster. Soon everyoneseems to think that Frank is Pierce,from Scotland Yard to the local Venicepolice and even the gangster Piercestole from. With this case of mistakenidentity, the chase is on.But there really isn’t much of a chaseor anything else for that matter. DirectorFlorian Henckel von Donnersmarckspends most of the movie takingin either the sights of Venice withextended crane shots or the film’s starssitting in various spots around the city,trying to make them look like a classicmovie couple. Sadly, it takes more thanclever lighting and pretty locations tomake Depp and Jolie a classic couple àla Cary Grant and Grace Kelly or evenSteve Carrell and Tina Fey from thisyear’s “Date Night.”Von Donnersmarck, who won aBest Foreign Language Film Oscar for2006’s “The Lives of Others,” refusesto put any kind of stylistic stamp on thefilm, instead opting for a light, breezyfeel that goes in one ear and right outthe other. Think of this film as a poorman’s version of Steven Soderbergh’s“Ocean’s Twelve,” itself a mediocreromp through Europe, albeit with afew twists and turns.Any film as light and breezy as “TheTourist” must have something to hangits hat on, or else it will float away intoobscurity. You could use chemistry sohot it could start a fire, snappy dialogue,action that leaves you on theGrade: HHout of 4MPAA Rating: PG-13 for violenceand brief strong languageCast: Johnny Depp, Angelina Jolie, TimothyDalton, Paul Bettany, Steven BerkoffGenre: Drama/ThrillerStudio: Columbia Picturesedge of your seat or a plot that keepsyou guessing until the end, regardlessof its complexity.Unfortunately, the chemistry iskilled by a toned down Depp tryingto act uncool – which, as it turnsout, is impossible for him – makingElise’s attraction to his character thatmuch more baffling. This is a beautifulwoman of intrigue and means.What the heck is she doing with someschlubby math teacher in need of ahaircut?The dialogue is run-of-the-mill,thanks to Depp’s wimpy Frank and asupporting cast of clichéd characters,Angelina Jolie (left) and Johnny Deppled by Paul Bettany as a Scotland Yardinspector who’ll stop at nothing to gethis man, a character rarely seen inprevious films. The action is slow andtedious, just like the rest of the movie,and the plot is about 20 twists short ofbeing worthy of the talent involved.Under normal circumstances, thecombination of Depp’s cool and Jolie’ssultriness should be enough to makeany movie theater spontaneously combustinto flames, and one day they maymake a film together that does justthat. In the meantime, they’re playingsecond fiddle to 2010’s best on-screencouple: Steve Carell and Tina Fey. q“JOLIE AND DEPP SIZZLE!!”Mosé Persico, CTV, MONTREAL“‘THE FIGHTER’ IS ‘ROCKY’ PLUS‘THE BLIND SIDE’ PLUS ‘THE DEPARTED’ BUTIT’S MORE SATISFYING THAN ANY OF THEM.”RICHARD CORLISS“THRILLINGENTERTAINMENT!!”.Mosé Persico, CTV, MONTREALA FLORIAN HENCKEL VON DONNERSMARCK FILMGK FILMS AND COLUMBIA PICTURES PRESENT IN ASSOCIATION WITH SPYGLASS ENTERTAINMENT A GK FILMS AND BIRNBAUM/BARBER PRODUCTION IN ASSOCIATION WITH STUDIOCANALCASTINGMUSICJOHNNY DEPP ANGELINA JOLIE “THE TOURIST” PAUL BETTANY TIMOTHY DALTON STEVEN BERKOFF RUFUS SEWELL CHRISTIAN DE SICA BY SUSIE FIGGIS BY JAMES NEWTON HOWARDCOSTUMEPRODUCTIONDIRECTOR OFEXECUTIVEDESIGNER COLLEEN ATWOOD EDITORS JOE HUTSHING, A.C.E. PATRICIA ROMMEL DESIGNER JON HUTMAN PHOTOGRAPHY JOHN SEALE, ASC, ACS PRODUCERSLLOYD PHILLIPS BAHMAN NARAGHI OLIVIER COURSON RON HALPERNPRODUCED BY GRAHAM KING TIM HEADINGTON ROGER BIRNBAUM GARY BARBER JONATHAN GLICKMAN SCREENPLAY BY FLORIAN HENCKEL VON DONNERSMARCK AND CHRISTOPHER MCQUARRIE AND JULIAN FELLOWESDIRECTED BY FLORIAN HENCKEL VON DONNERSMARCKCHECK LOCAL LISTINGS FOR THEATERS AND SHOWTIMESPage 24 • Dec. 17-23, 2010 • South Charlotte WeeklySTARTS FRIDAY, DECEMBER 17AT THEATRES EVERYWHERECHECK DIRECTORIES FOR THEATRES AND SHOWTIMES SPECIAL ENGAGEMENT - NO PASSES OR DISCOUNT TICKETS

MOVIE LISTINGSArboretum 128008 Providence Rd.704-643-3456tron: Legacy In RealD 3D (PG)Fri. - Sun. (100)400 710 1000tron: Legacy (PG)Fri. - Sun. (1110 200)450 740 1030the Fighter (R)Fri. - Sun. (1120 205)445 730 1005How Do You Know (PG-13)Fri. - Sun. (1105 145)425 715 1010Yogi bear (PG)Fri. - Sun. (1100 105)310 515 720 925the tourist (PG-13)Fri. - Sun. (1150 225)455 725 950Chronicles of Narnia: Voyage of the Dawntreader (PG)Fri. - Sun. (1145 230)500 735 1015Chronicles Narnia: Voyage of the Dawn treaderIn RealD 3D (PG)Fri. - Sun. (1115 155)430 700 935black Swan (R)Fri. - Sun. (1105 150)420 705 940tangled (PG)Fri. - Sun. (1200 215)435 655 930Harry Potter And the Deathly Hallows 1 (PG-13)Fri. - Sun. (1210)330 650 955unstoppable (PG-13)Fri. - Sun. (1205 235)505 725 945AYrSLeY 149110 Kings Parade Blvd.980-297-7539tron: Legacy (in Real-D 3D) PGFri-Thurs 1:25, 4:10, 7:05, 9:45tron: Legacy (in 2D Format) PGFri-Thurs 1:35, 4:30, 7:15, 9:50Yogi bear (in 2DFormat) PGFri-Thurs 12:50, 1:55, 3:05, 4:40, 5:05, 6:55, 7:45, 9:00, 9:40the Fighter RFri-Thurs 1:45, 4:15, 7:25, 9:55black Swan RFri-Thurs 1:05, 3:35, 7:30, 10:00How Do You Know? PG-13Fri-Thurs 1:30, 4:20, 7:10, 9:35the Chronicles of Narnia: Voyage of the Dawntreader (in Real-D 3D) PGFri-Thurs 1:20, 4:00, 7:10, 9:35the Chronicles of Narnia: Voyage of the Dawntreader (in 2D Format) PGFri-Tues 1:40, 4:30, 7:20, 9:50the tour ist PG-13Fri-Thurs 1:00, 3:45, 7:00, 9:20Harry Potter & the Deathly Hallows Part 1PG-13Fri-Tues 12:40, 3:40, 6:40, 9:35tangled (in 2D Format) PGFri-Thurs 1:10, 4:05, 7:40, 9:50unstoppable PG-13Fri-Tues 1:15, 3:25, 5:30, 7:50, 10:00Due Date RFri-Sat, Mon-Tues 1:10, 3:35, 7:00, 9:25elsamma enna Aankutty (Malayam Language)Sun 12:50, 4:15, 7:45tees maar Khan (Hindi)Weds-Thurs 1:00, 4:00, 7:00, 9:45bALLANtYNe ViLLAgeCommons Pkwy. & Johnston Rd704-541-9611black Swan (R)Fri. - Sun. (200 240)430 510 700 740 930 1000Fair game (PG-13)Fri. - Sun. (230)450 720 1010127 Hours (R)Fri. - Sun. (220)500 730 950the Social Network (PG-13)Fri. - Sun. (210)440 710 940www.thecharlotteweekly.comtimes are subject to change. Please call the theater for up-to-the-minute information.CAroLiNA PAViLioN 22South Blvd. (Off I-485 exit 65A)888-262-4386the Fighter (R) AMC INDEPENDENT; No Passes AllowedFri - Sun: 10:50 AM, 1:40, 4:30, 7:15, 10:05; Mon & Tue: 1:40, 4:30,7:15, 10:05How Do You Know (PG-13) No Passes AllowedFri - Sun: 11:05 AM, 12:15, 2:00, 3:15, 4:45, 6:30, 7:35, 9:20, 10:20;Mon & Tue: 1:00, 2:00, 3:45, 4:45, 6:30, 7:35, 9:20, 10:20tron: Legacy (PG) No Passes AllowedFri - Sun: 10:30 AM, 11:30 AM, 12:30, 1:30, 2:20, 3:30, 4:30, 5:20,6:40, 7:40, 8:30, 9:35, 10:35; Mon & Tue: 1:00, 1:45, 2:30, 3:50, 4:45,5:35, 6:40, 7:40, 8:30, 9:35, 10:35PRODUCTIONDIRECTOR OFEXECUTIVEPHOTOGRAPHY JOHN SEALE, ASC, ACSPRODUCEDCO-COLUMBIA PICTURES PRESENTSSCREENPLAYA GRACIE FILMS PRODUCTION A FILM BY JAMES L. BROOKS “HOW DO YOU KNOW” KATHRYN HAHNPRODUCEDYogi bear (PG) No Passes AllowedFri - Sun: 10:40 AM, 12:45, 3:05, 5:10, 7:25, 9:45; Mon & Tue: 1:10,3:05, 5:10, 7:25, 9:45the Chronicles of Narnia: the Voyage of theDawn treader in Digital 3D (PG) RealD 3DFri - Sun: 11:00 AM, 1:50, 4:40, 7:30, 10:15; Mon & Tue: 1:55, 4:40,7:30, 10:15the Chronicles of Narnia: the Voyage of theDawn treader (PG) No Passes AllowedFri - Sun: 10:30 AM, 1:20, 4:10, 7:00, 9:40; Mon & Tue: 1:20, 4:10,7:00, 9:40the tourist (PG-13) No Passes AllowedFri - Sun: 10:35 AM, 12:00, 1:05, 2:40, 3:35, 5:15, 6:20, 7:45, 9:05,10:10; Mon & Tue: 1:05, 2:40, 3:35, 5:15, 6:20, 7:45, 9:05, 10:10black Swan (R) AMC INDEPENDENTFri - Sun: 11:00 AM, 1:45, 4:55, 7:50, 10:30; Mon & Tue: 1:45, 4:55,7:50, 10:30the Warrior’s Way (R)Fri - Tue: 9:35 PMburlesque (PG-13)Fri - Sun: 10:40 AM, 1:35, 4:15, 7:05, 9:55; Mon & Tue: 1:35, 4:15,7:05, 9:55Faster (R)Fri - Sun: 11:15 AM, 1:50, 4:25, 7:10, 9:50; Mon & Tue: 1:50, 4:25,7:10, 9:50Love and other Drugs (R)Fri - Tue: 1:15, 4:00, 6:35, 9:10tangled (PG)Fri - Sun: 10:45 AM, 12:05, 1:30, 3:50, 4:50, 6:15, 7:20, 8:50, 9:45;Mon & Tue: 1:05, 1:30, 3:50, 4:50, 6:15, 7:20, 8:50, 9:45Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part1 (PG-13)Fri - Sun: 11:45 AM, 1:00, 3:00, 4:05, 6:30, 7:50, 9:50; Mon & Tue:GK FILMS AND COLUMBIA PICTURES PRESENT IN ASSOCIATION WITH SPYGLASS ENTERTAINMENT A GK FILMS AND BIRNBAUM/BARBER PRODUCTIONJOHNNY DEPP ANGELINA JOLIE “THE TOURIST” PAUL BETTANY TIMOTHY DALTON STEVEN BERKOFF RUFUS SEWELLCASTINGMUSICCOSTUMECHRISTIAN DE SICA BY SUSIE FIGGIS BY JAMES NEWTON HOWARD DESIGNER COLLEEN ATWOOD EDITORS JOE HUTSHING, A.C.E. PATRICIA ROMMELDESIGNER JON HUTMANPRODUCERSLLOYD PHILLIPS BAHMAN NARAGHI OLIVIER COURSON RON HALPERNBY GRAHAM KING TIM HEADINGTON ROGER MUSICBIRNBAUM MUSIC GARY BARBER EXECUTIVE JONATHAN GLICKMANPRODUCERBYALDRIC LA’AULI PORTER SUPERVISION BY NICK ANGELFLORIAN HENCKEL VON DONNERSMARCK AND CHRISTOPHER MCQUARRIE AND JULIAN FELLOWES DIRECTED BY HANS ZIMMERWRITTEN ANDBY FLORIAN HENCKEL VON DONNERSMARCKIN ASSOCIATION WITH STUDIOCANALA FLORIAN HENCKEL VON DONNERSMARCK FILMSTARTS FRIDAY, DECEMBER 10 17THEATERS AND SHOWTIMESBY JAMES L. BROOKS PAULA WEINSTEIN LAURENCE MARK JULIE ANSELL DIRECTED BY JAMES L. BROOKSCHECKChECkLOCALloCAlLISTINGSlISTIngSFORFoRThEATERS AnD ShowTIMES1:30, 2:35, 5:00, 6:30, 8:10, 9:50unstoppable (PG-13) CC/DVS-Closed Captions & DescriptiveVideoFri - Sun: 11:25 AM, 2:10, 4:40, 7:10, 9:30; Mon & Tue: 2:10, 4:40,7:10, 9:30megamind (PG)Fri - Sun: 11:40 AM, 2:05, 4:35, 7:05; Mon & Tue: 2:05, 4:35, 7:05the Social Network (PG-13)Fri - Sun: 12:40, 3:30, 6:45, 9:25; Mon & Tue: 1:15, 4:05, 6:45, 9:25mANor tWiN609 Providence Rd.704-334-2727PRODUCERS JOHN D. SCHOFIELD RICHARD SAKAIblack Swan (R)Fri. - Sat. (200)430 700 930 1200; Sun. (200)430 700 930127 Hours (R)Fri. - Sun. (215)445 715 940PHiLLiPS PLACe6911 Phillips Place Ct.704-643-3456How Do You Know (PG-13)Fri. - Sun. (1105 140)430 720 1000tron: Legacy in RealD 3D (PG)Fri. - Sun. (1100 145)440 730 1020the Fighter (R)Fri. - Sun. (1145 220)500 740 1025Yogi bear in RealD 3D (PG)Fri. - Sun. (1200 200)400 700 920Chronicles of Narnia: Voyage of the Dawntreader (PG)Fri. - Sun. 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SPORTS WeeklyBulldogs win second Super 10 crownAaron Garcia/SCW photoby C. Jemal Hortonsports@thecharlotteweekly.comIt’s that time of year again!Carolina Weekly Newspaper Group announces itsfinal Super 10 Football Rankings of 2010, crowningits annual champion from the 31 teams in MecklenburgCounty.All season long, we labored through our weeklyselections, and the final ones were no exception. Infact, these were even more difficult.1. Butler (16-0)Ok, this one was easy.For the second consecutive year, the Bulldogs areClass 4AA state titlists and Super 10 champs. Whenyou take into account the fact that Butler facednational and local scrutiny yet still managed to emergeunblemished, it says a lot about coach Mike Newsome’sbunch.Final 2010 Super 10Football RankingsRank, TeamRecord1. Butler 16-02. Charlotte Country Day 10-23. Vance 11-44. Mallard Creek 13-15. Charlotte Catholic 14-16. Berry 11-37. Ardrey Kell 8-58. Charlotte Latin 9-39. Hopewell 8-510. SouthLake Christian 8-5Also receiving votes: Providence Day (1)Charlotte Latin School senior Collin Higgins has signed a National Letter of Intent to swim forVirginia Tech.Butler football players, who celebrated their 44-0 victory over Wake Forest-Rolesville in the Class 4AA state championship gamein Raleigh Dec. 11, also have been honored as Carolina Weekly Newspaper Group’s Super 10 football champions for the secondconsecutive season.The Bulldogs literally had it all this season – a polishedrunning game led by Jahwan Edwards and DeionWalker, a passing game that improved weekly underhighly touted quarterback Riley Ferguson and a corpsof budding stars at wide receiver, and a selfish defensepaced by All-American linebacker Kris Frost.Heck, at one point this season, the Bulldogs had thenation’s No. 1-ranked punter, Tommy Hibbard – notthat he had to do it that often. But when he was calledupon, Hibbard was special.Just like the entire team.2. Charlotte Country Day (10-2)Let the debating begin.Some of you probably cringe at the thought of a privateschool being the No. 2-ranked team in the county.Well, the 2010 Bucs were unlike most private-schoolteams.Make that any team, private or public.In the state.Country Day was able to play smash-mouth footballwith running back Thomas Passenant, yet the Bucshad one of the most effective passing offenses around,featuring quarterback Morgan Roberts and receiversBrian Erb, Wake Hamilton, Lee Harrison and BrandonSantiago.The defense, which allowed just 15 points per outing,was downright nasty. Consider: This season,offensive power Charlotte Latin averaged 17 pointsper night in its two games against Country Day; in itsother 10 games, Latin averaged 40.3.The Bucs’ two losses this season came by a combinedeight points – 35-28 in overtime to Charlotte Catholic,which reached the public-school 3AA state semifinals,and 18-17 to conference rival Providence Day.(see Super 10 on page 31)Making a SplashLatin’s accomplishedHiggins feels he hasmuch more to proveby Aaron Garciaaaron@thecharlotteweekly.comAt first, Charlotte Latin boys swimmerCollin Higgins was a bit underwhelmedby his records and the blazing times thatearned him those distinctions.Last February, during the N.C. IndependentSchools Athletic Association 3Achampionship meet, Higgins broughthome gold in two events. He finished the100-yard backstroke in 50.15 secondsbefore logging a 1-minute, 54.02-secondtime in the 200 individual medley.His finish in the 100 backstroke set astate record, while the 200 medley timeis still tops at Charlotte Latin.“Oh, OK,” he thought to himself.A ho-hum response to what hethought was a ho-hum mark.“I wasn’t even focused on the recordor anything,” he recalled. “I reallywanted to break 49 (seconds in the 100backstroke).(see Splash on page 30)C. Jemal Horton/SCW photoPage 26 • Dec. 17-23, 2010 • South Charlotte

sports shortsSportsCountry Day’s Shealy named All-Americanby C. Jemal Horton and Aaron Garciasports@thecharlotteweekly.comCharlotte CountryDay senior Loren Shealyhas been named to the2010 Harrow Sports/National Field HockeyCoaches AssociationHigh School All-AmericanSecond Team.Loren ShealyShealy, who also wasselected for the NFHCA High School All-Region Team, has signed a National Letterof Intent with the University of NorthCarolina.Last year, Shealy was named CarolinaWeekly Newspaper Group’s Field HockeyPlayer of the Year.Knights, Cougars lead Wachovia CupArdrey Kell and Charlotte Catholic havetaken early leads in the 2010-11 WachoviaCup race.This week, Wachovia Bank and theN.C. High School Athletic Associationannounced the standings for fall sports inthe Wachovia Conference Cup competitions.Ardrey Kell leads the Southwestern 4Aconference fall standings, thanks to leaguechampionships in boys and girls crosscountry, and girls golf. The Knights totaled48 points. Myers Park (45.5) was secondafter winning titles in girls tennis and boyssoccer. A championship in volleyball andsecond-places finishes in boys and girlscross country earned Providence (43.5)third place. South Mecklenburg (33.5)was fourth, Butler (30) fifth, Independence(18.5) sixth, East Mecklenburg (16)seventh and Rocky River (five) eighth.In the MEGA 7 3A/4A conference,Charlotte Catholic (49 points) dominated,finishing first in all fall sports. Olympic(36) is in second after runner-up finishesin boys and girls cross country, and girlsgolf. East Gaston (28) is third, followedby West Mecklenburg (18), Harding (15),Waddell (12) and Garinger (10).The Wachovia Cup award, sponsoredby Wachovia and the NCHSAA, recognizesthe high schools that achieve thebest overall interscholastic athletic performancewithin each of the state’s fourcompetitive classifications. Wachovia hassponsored the conference awards programsince 1980.In most conferences, points are awardedbased on participation and standings inconference play. Each conference determinesits own method of awarding points.Conferences are listed alphabetically byclassification.South Charlotte grapplers take titlesOn Dec. 12, Ardrey Kell finished secondat the Al Kessie Mecklenburg Countywrestling tournament, which featured19 Charlotte high school teams.Host Olympic won the event with157 points, followed closely by ArdreyKell’s 149.5. Myers Park finished sixth(120.5), followed by Charlotte Catholic(117). South Mecklenburg (102.5) was10th.Individual winners from south Charlotteincluded 112-pounder MichaelBedard (Ardrey Kell), who outscoredHopewell’s Wesley Petrick, 10-2;119-pounder Tyler Medlock (Myers Park),who pinned Olympic’s Jaryn Williams in5 minutes, 30 seconds; 130-pounderMike Basse (Ardrey Kell), who defeatedSouth Meck’s Michael Dudley, 7-0; andCharlotte Catholic 152-pounder ChaseHayes, who outscored Mallard Creeks’sSamuel Wallace, 11-2.Meineke game becomes Belk BowlCharlotte Collegiate Footballannounced an agreement with Charlotte-basedBelk, Inc. designating thecompany as thenew title sponsorof the collegebowl game playedat Bank of AmericaStadium, beginningin 2011.Belk, the nation’slargest privately owned mainline departmentstore company with 305 storesacross the South, replaces Meineke CarCare Centers as the title sponsor for thegame.The three-year contract ensures thefuture of one of the most successfulbowl games in NCAA history. 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SportsBoys Basketball NotesWhite-hot Knights begintough stretch of gamesby Aaron Garcia and C. Jemal Hortonsports@thecharlotteweekly.comEarly in the 2010-11 season, theArdrey Kell Knights are embarking ona stretch that resembles the postseason.On Dec. 14, the Knights defeatedIndependence, 63-52, in the first of fivegames in seven days. Ardrey Kell alsohad games scheduled at home againstWeddington (Dec. 15), at Myers Park(Friday, Dec. 17), at home againstWaxhaw Marvin Ridge (Monday, Dec.20) and at Weddington (Tuesday, Dec.21).“We pushed our schedule backbecause of football,” Knights coachMike Craft said. “We knew we hadsome big guys coming from our footballteam, so we didn’t play until Nov.30.”The Knights have looked good in theearly going, jumping to a 4-1 record,including a 2-0 mark in the Southwestern4A conference. Their only losscame against West Mecklenburg.But Ardrey Kell appears built for thelong haul, especially with junior guardElvis Kisonas shooting the ball.Heading into the Independencegame, Kisonas was shooting a sizzling71 percent from beyond the 3-pointline, making 12 of 17 shots. He’s averaging15.3 points while making 64 percentof his field goals and 93 percentof his free throws.“He’s been a pleasant surprise,”Craft said. “He played JV last year. WeThe Weekly Super 10BOYSTEAMBASKETBALL RANKINGSLast week1. Charlotte Christian 12. West Charlotte 23. Olympic 34. North Mecklenburg 55. Berry 86. Vance 77. West Mecklenburg 48. Butler 69. Ardrey Kell Not ranked10. Providence Day Not rankedAlso receiving votes: Rocky River (1), Waddell (1)Dropped out: No. 9 Rocky River, No. 10 WaddellPage 28 • Dec. 17-23, 2010 • South Charlotte Weeklyweren’t expecting him to come in andshoot the ball like this.”Craft said senior swingman AndrewAlexander, a football player, also hasplayed well, averaging 10 points andfour rebounds.Mustangs making ‘big’ stridesMyers Park has lost five of its sevengames this season, but the Mustangsaren’t panicking. Coach Rick Lewis’steam is extremely young, having lostfour starters from a squad that finishedthird in the Southwestern 4A conferencelast season.“I’ve got two sophomores who areplaying, and the seniors I have justdon’t have a lot of playing time undertheir belts,” Lewis said.The Mustangs found reason foroptimism in a 75-71 loss to Butler inthe first league game of the season.Until that Dec. 10 contest, they hadn’tscored more than 48 points in a game.But against Butler, the Mustangsshowed they can exploit somethingmost teams in the league cannot: bonafide big men.Myers Park’s interior trio of 6-foot-7Clayton Massey, 6-5 Tyler Powelland 6-5 Major Thomas was effectiveagainst Butler’s guard-heavy squad.Massey powered his way to 27 points,10 rebounds and three blocks. Powell,who weighs 220 pounds, had 11points, nine rebounds and one block.Thomas, who like Massey is a sophomore,added four rebounds.“We knew (Butler) didn’t have all thefootball players since they hadto play in the state championship(the next day), sothey probably didn’t have aguy over, maybe, 6-1,” Lewissaid. “So we just decided topound (the ball) inside. Ourhigh-low offense workedreally well.“We’ve struggled offensivelyearly, just trying toget the flow and continuitythat we’ve had the last fewyears. We took several stepsforward (against Butler).I’m real pleased. We havethe advantage most nightsinside. If our guards continueto play well, we’ll givepeople a hard time. We’ll beOK.”Sabres success imminent?While it might not be evidentin its record, South(see Boys basketball on page 29)GIRLS Basketball NotesCharger Mitchell scores1,000th career pointby C. Jemal Horton and Aaron Garciasports@thecharlotteweekly.comA little more than halfway throughher high school career, ProvidenceDay’s Tiffany Mitchell has scored morethan 1,000 points.Mitchell, a highly recruited juniorguard, eclipsed the 1,000-point barrierDec. 3 during a victory over RaleighRavenscroft.The 5-foot-11 Mitchell is averaging15.7 points, 10 rebounds, six steals andfour assists for the Chargers, who havea 4-2 record.This season, Providence Day also hasreceived strong contributions from 6-3freshman Jatarie White, who averages12 points and 10 rebounds; 6-1 juniorforward Olivia Parker, who averages 10points while making 67 percent of hershots; 5-11 senior forward Sarah Burnick,who averages eight points andshots 90 percent from the free-throwline; and 5-6 sophomore point guardJada Brayboy, who scores 6.3 points andalso adds 3.5 assists and 3.3 steals.Providence girls starting to gelAfter losing its first five games of theseason, Providence High seems to beheating up after consecutive victoriesover Weddington (52-41 on Dec. 8) andRocky River (68-33 on Dec. 10).While the losing skid season was painful,it was probably necessary, first-yearcoach Bill Smith said.“First of all, we’re playing together,”said Smith of the difference he’s seenafter the two wins. “We only have tworeturning girls, so those fivegames were preparation andallowed the girls to learnhow to play together, learnthe system, the plays and thedefenses and begin to executethem. They’ve gotten bettereach game.”Smith replaced Mike Bellisimo,who went 10-16 lastseason. The fact that Smithhas spent the previous fiveseasons in the program as theJV coach and a varsity assistanthas helped the transition.“That helps bring someconsistency to all the changewe’ve had,” said Smith. “I’mthe fourth head coach in sixyears here, and that’s beenquite tough for the team.”The biggest key to the twogamewin streak has beentaking care of the ball. Afteraveraging more than 15 turnovers in thefirst five games, the Panthers committedjust five miscues against Weddingtonand four against Rocky River.Returning starters and junior captainsAlyson King (seven points per game) andElena Covert (8.4) have been solid inthe backcourt. But perhaps the biggestchange from last season has been frontcourtplay, led by Emily Franklin (9.7rebounds per contest), Casey Rieger(7.3) and Alexandra Mayo (6.3).Conditioned Knights ready to runArdrey Kell coach Tina Lawrence isexcited about her team – and with goodreason.The Knights are off to a 4-1 start thisseason, including a 2-0 mark in theSouthwestern 4A conference after routingIndependence 82-38 on Dec. 14.Lawrence said the Knights finally areable to play the aggressive brand of basketballshe wanted after taking over theprogram last season. The difference?Hard work away from the basketballcourt.“We’ve done a lot of work on thetrack,” Lawrence said. “We’ve beendoing conditioning four days a week,and that’s helped us tremendously. Inthe past, some of the girls have doneit, but this year we did it as a team. It’shelped our stamina, our footwork andour agility.“We’ve always wanted to be an uptempoteam, but this year’s it seems tobe clicking. The girls are in great shape,and we hope to keep that up.”(see Girls basketball on page 29)The Weekly Super 10GIRLS BASKETBALL RANKINGSTEAMLast week1. Butler 12. Hopewell 23. Mallard Creek 44. Providence Day 35. Charlotte Christian 66. Berry 57. West Mecklenburg 88. North Mecklenburg 109. SouthLake Christian Not ranked10. Hough 9Also receiving votes: Harding (1), Olympic (1)Dropped out: No. 7

SportsBoys basketball(continued from page 28)Mecklenburg has shown majorimprovement from a year ago.With a 1-6 mark heading into a Dec.14 game with Providence, two of theSabres’ losses were by a combinedthree points. The lopsided losses evenGirls basketball(continued from page 28)The Knights have no seniors onthe roster, but the young players havestepped up. Junior Oceania Andersonleads the way with 17 points per game,while junior Christelle Shembo scores15 points and pulls down six reboundseach night. Junior Katelyn White hasbeen a key player on defense, averagingtwo steals per game, while freshmanMackenzie Crenshaw has come in andprovided strong outside shooting.Bevy of Bucs contributingFirst-year Charlotte Country Daycoach Andre Haston said there’s a simplereason the Bucs are off to a 4-2 startthis season: pretty much every player iscontributing.“I feel great about what we’ve done,”Haston said. “All the girls have steppedup to help this team.”The Bucs have victories over CovenantDay, Greensboro Day, CharlotteCatholic and Raleigh St. Mary’s. Hastonsaid sophomore Beth Erb “is havinga great season,” averaging 12 points pergame.“Her assists, rebounds and steals areup this season, too,” Haston said. “I’mproud of her. But again, so many othergirls have played well.”That includes senior guard SydneyJones, who he said has exhibited greathave provided optimism. In a Dec. 10loss to Ardrey Kell, the Sabres surrenderedonly one field goal in the fourthquarter.“We’ve played well, we just haven’tdone the little things to win games atthe end, and that’s something we’vebeen trying to stress to (the players),”second-year coach John Fitch said.leadership and made big shots despitenursing an injured shoulder. JuniorRachel Roberts has been a force in theinterior, despite being a bit undersizedat 5 foot 7, averaging nine points andeight rebounds. Roberts also has beenadept at exploiting mismatches againstthe bigger girls defending her, steppingout for 3-poiners and penetrating forbaskets.The team also received a pleasantsurprise when junior Courtney Stuttsrejoined the team after initially decidingto focus on soccer. Stutts, who hascommitted to play soccer at VirginiaTech, is averaging nearly 12 reboundsper game and providing leadership forsophomores Brook Vann and JudithCohen inside.The Bucs’ two losses came againstHigh Point Wesleyan Christian andMonroe Parkwood. And Haston said theWesleyan Christian loss, during whichthe Bucs scored just 20 points, was a bitof an aberration.“I blame that one on Harry Potter,” hesaid with a laugh. “The night before theWesleyan game, some of our girls wentto the Harry Potter (movie) release thatstarted really late and didn’t get homeuntil about 3 a.m. on a school night.Then they had to go to school and try toplay a game that night.“I think we learned a lot from that,”Haston said, still chuckling. “We knowwhat we have to do now.” qPLAY LACROSSEat www.StickWithUs.orgBoys & GirlsClinicsCampsLeaguesTravel TeamsInjuries have played a role, too, butFitch pointed to a lack of urgency duringpractice as the biggest culprit.“They’ve got to mature a little bit,and they don’t know what it takes towin,” he said. “Practice is so vital – andhow you practice, because that developsyour muscle memory when you gointo the game. If you’re inconsistent inpractice, you’re going to be inconsistentin the game.”But Fitch acknowledges the moralvictories and believes success is on thehorizon.“I’m very optimistic,” he said. “It’searly, but once we get everyone healthyand get everyone on the same page,hopefully we can be pretty strong.”Panthers trudge through injuriesIt’s not uncommon to see severalfootball players on Providence’s roster.So naturally, a transition period isnothing new for coach Myron Lowery.But this season has been unlike anythingLowery’s witnessed.The Panthers have dealt with severalconcussions and broken wrists, alongwith a broken leg. Currently, they’reonly able to dress eight players for varsitygames, and only eight more for JV.But returning starters Robby VanGrandSlam USaLanen and Howie Davenport havehelped ease things. Van Lanen averages10.4 points and 6.4 rebounds pergame, while Davenport contributes9.3 points and 3.4 rebounds. However,senior guard Chauncey Concepcion,the school’s star football quarterback,has truly led the charge with 14.8points and two steals per contest.“He wants to win, and a lot of thatsuccess he’s had in football kind ofcarries over, so I’m not surprised,” saidLowery.But Concepcion will miss this week’saction while preparing for the ShrineBowl of the Carolinas football gameon Saturday, Dec. 18.The key for the basketball team,said Lowery, is continuing to focus onimprovement despite the injuries andmissing players.“We just keep working hard andspending the time with the guys,” hesaid. “We’re just trying to get thembetter and better. We’re trying todevelop them. It’s just going to takesome time. We’ve still got enough toplay, and we have kids that want to getafter it. We’re just trying to get themto understand what we’re good at andwhat we’re not good at. 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SportsHiggins(continued from page 26)It’s not often that one response cansummarize what sets a person apart. Butin Higgins’ case, the lack of excitementpretty well describes what has made thesenior one of the area’s best swimmers:If he’s not improving, he’s not succeeding.“He’s been a very determined swimmer,”said his mother, Sally. “He’d sethis goal, and you could see it in theraces: He was going to (achieve thegoals he set).”With two siblings swimming in college,some might assume that the Higginschildren were born with chlorinein their veins, but Collin said he wasn’tunlike any other kid. He played baseballin the spring and swam in a neighborhoodleague during the summers.But when he was 7 years old, hedecided to follow his older brother,Charlie, and sister, Caroline, to Swim-MAC, for more competition. But after acouple years, the intensity continued tobuild. And at one point, Higgins wasn’tsure if he wanted to continue to swimor if he wanted to give the dry-landactivities another try. At the age of 10,Higgins already was practicing 11 or 12times a week, and it was beginning tofeel like a grind.“I wasn’t into it,” he recalled. “Myheart wasn’t there.”It was the middle of the season andhis mother was fine with his decision totry other things. It’s not as if Sally andher husband, John, had grown up asswimmers, so the pressure to stay in thepool wasn’t there.But the pressure not to quit surewas.“I said, ‘You know what Collin? We’vepaid for the whole year, so you needto finish the whole year out,’” Sallyrecalled. “‘We’re not going to let you justquit. Then, if you don’t want to go backin the fall, that’s fine. You don’t have togo.’”It’s a good thing his mother didn’tcave in to his request. That same summer,Higgins set a club record in hisage group, which was just the boost heneeded.“That’s all it took,” Sally said. “Afterthat, he was ready to go.”His career took off.“Each year, I got progressively a littlebetter, so that motivation got me going,”noted Higgins. “There have been somedown moments where getting up at 4:30a.m. is pretty rough, but I think seeingwhere I came from to where I am now,that’s really gotten me where I am.”But for all he’s accomplished in hiscareer, this season will be a bit differentfor Higgins; for the first time in his life,he won’t have any siblings in the poolwith him. Brother Charlie is a junior atVirginia Tech and sister Caroline alsojoined the Hokies this year.Charlie was always the tough-lovetype, Higgins said. Charlie was the typeof swimmer who’d remind his siblingsabout practice and pushed everyoneelse, to the point that Collin said hisbrother assumed a quasi-coaching rolefor the Hawks. Caroline was the opposite,more of a go-with-the-flow type.“It was good having them around toknow I wasn’t the only one in the householdthat had to get up that early,” Collinsaid with a chuckle.But as for missing their presence atmeets, it’s a temporarysituation. Higginsrecently signedto swim at VirginiaTech with Charlieand Caroline.Higgins hadother opportunities,but he chosethe Hokies overNorth Carolina,Florida State, LSUand Louisville.Location and academiccurriculumplayed a big part inHiggins’ decision,especially sincehe hopes to studyengineering at VirginiaTech.“I want to beclose to where Ican go home on the weekend but farenough to where my parents can’t pullany surprises,” he said, laughing.But before then, Higgins said he andhis Charlotte Latin teammates have apoint to prove. Last season, despite Higgins’record-breaking times, the Hawksfinished third in the state behind CharlotteCountry Day and Raleigh Ravenscroft.Despite the success, Higgins isn’tcocky. In fact, he errs on the side of caution,even when it isn’t required. Almostapologetically, Higgins pointed to thefact that the Hawks had beaten CharlotteCountry Day in both a dual-teammeet and the conference meet headinginto last year’s state championships. So,yes, the Hawks were expecting to win.“We were really confident going intoCharlotte Latin’s Collin Higginsstates,” he said. “We knew it would beclose, but now I know you have to beready for anything. You don’t know forsure what’s going to happen.”As if he needed any more motivation,Higgins said he also wants to prove toVirginia Tech – and big brother Charlie– that the Hokies made the right choiceby offering him a scholarship.“Some seniors tend to slide, but Iwant to prove to (Virginia Tech) that I’mworth what they’ve offered me,” he said.“I’m trying to catch (Charlie) and hopefullyI’ll be there beating him one day.”He pauses.“I don’t want to be one of those peoplethat slips – I want to try to bettermyself,” he added.And anything else simply won’t do, nomatter how many records he breaks. qAaron Garcia/SCW photoSports Shorts(continued from page 27)Best in Class award, given by the PGATour at its Tournament Advisory Councilmeetings. The award was based onthe south Charlotte tournament’s overallpresentation, as well as innovationssuch as the EZ Pay payment plan thatwas enacted this year to combat thelagging economy.“To win ‘Best in Class’ once is anhonor, but to win it two consecutiveyears is a tremendous tribute to the hardwork and dedication from the manypeople that had a hand in the success ofthe Wells Fargo Championship,” KymHougham, the tournament’s executivedirector said in a prepared statement.“We’ve had a philosophy of improvingthe tournament experience for ourpatrons each year, and we look to makefurther improvements going forwardwith the support of Wells Fargo.”In 2011, the tournament will be heldMay 5-8 at Quail Hollow Club.Charlotte Christian middle-schoolbasketball teams sweep tourneyOn Dec. 4, the Charlotte Christianmiddle-school boys and girls teamseach won the Golden Corral ChristmasClassic, hosted by Covenant DaySchool.The Charlotte Christian girls went3-0 in the tournament with wins overCharlotte Prep, 27-8; Carmel Christian,39-15; and Covenant Day, 36-14.The boys also went undefeated, collectingwins over Providence Day’sseventh-grade team, 33-9; CharlotteCountry Day, 48-32; and ProvidenceDay’s eighth-grade team, 52-29.It was the second Golden CoralChristmas Classic title in three yearsfor the Knights girls team and the firstfor the boys.Country Day hoopsters give backOn Dec. 9, the Charlotte CountryDay varsity and JV boys basketball teamshosted the second-annual BasketballChristmas Party, which benefited theHarvest Center of Charlotte.Photos courtesy of Candace GowanThe Charlotte Christian Middle School boys basketballteamThe Charlotte Christian Middle School girls basketballteamOrganized by senior player Mac Cramer,the event allowed young men andteenagers from the Harvest Centerto play basketball with the Bucs. Theteam donated athletic socks and shoesfor the event, along with water, Gatoradeand dessert.The Harvest Center of Charlotte isa nonprofit dedicated to serving lowincomefamilies, the homeless and areayouth by providing food, clothing, classopportunities and Bible studies.For more information, visit www.theharvestcenter.orgor call 704-333-4280.Bucs wrestlers fall to EaglesOn Dec. 10, the Charlotte CountryDay wrestling team lost to SouthLakeChristian Academy, 45-27.Five Country Day wrestlers earnedwins, including 152-pounder SamWishnek, who pinned Bobby Troutmanin 1 minute, 36 seconds; 171-pounderWill Davis, who pinned Gant Allen in3:07, 189-pounder Thomas Campbell,who pinned Coleman Palmer in4:37, 215-pounder Carter Touma, whooutscored Jackson Smith, 4-1; and285-pounder Dalton Waite, who pinnedNate Taylor in 38 seconds. qPage 30 • Dec. 17-23, 2010 • South Charlotte

SportsSuper 10(continued from page 26)It wasn’t a surprise that the Bucs wontheir first N.C. Independent SchoolsAthletic Association state title since2004.3. Vance (11-4)Make no mistake: The Cougars werethe surprise team in Mecklenburg footballin coach Phil Culicerto’s secondseason.It wasn’t just that they came withina victory of reaching the state championshipgame at North Carolina’s largest– and most difficult – classification(4AA); the Cougars were throwbacks,making their opponents abandonedwell-thought-out game plans to playVance’s way: gritty.The Cougars had one of the best allpurposeplayers in the state in defensiveback/return man/receiver CalvinHunter and a pair off young, offensiveup-and-comers in quarterback IsaiahLaster and running back Larenz Bryant.Vance also finished an impressive 6-1in the I-MECK 4A conference, secondonly to Mallard Creek.Unfortunately, the Cougars ran intothe Butler Bulldog machine in the statesemifinals. And, well, nobody passedthat test this year.4. Mallard Creek (13-1)The Mavericks were surprising thisseason, too, but only in the fact that theywere eliminated from the state playoffsbefore reaching a Class 4AA semifinalshowdown with Butler.Mallard Creek lost to Vance, 10-7,in the quarterfinals and, with all duerespect to the Cougars, it’s hard not towonder if things would’ve been differentif Mavericks star quarterback MarquiseWilliams, a North Carolina TarHeel recruit, hadn’t been hampered byan ankle injury.We’ll never know.But what we do know is the Mavericks,who won the I-MECK 4A conference2010 Preseason Super 10Here’s how our staff saw the top 10 teamsbefore the 2010 season kicked off:1. Butler2. Mallard Creek3. Independence4. Charlotte Latin5. Providence6. Olympic7. Berry8. Charlotte Catholic9. Charlotte Country Day10. HopewellAlso receiving votes: Vance (2), ArdreyKell (1), Charlotte Christian (1), WestCharlotte (1)www.thecharlotteweekly.comCharlotte Country Day players prepare to receive their state championship trophy last month.title with an 8-0 record, were magicalthis season. Even with the seven-pointoffensive stinker in the season finaleagainst Vance, the Mavericks averaged50 points per game, thanks to highlightreelplays from Williams and pass-catchersJamel Harbison, Kevin Asante andBrent Spisak. Mallard Creek also hadone of the best offensive lines in townand a defense that allowed a paltry 8.86points per game.5. Charlotte Catholic (14-1)Even by Charlotte Catholic’s loftystandards, this was a remarkable seasonfor the Cougars, who romped toanother conference championship andlooked as formidable as any of its twostate championship teams of the 2000s.They also posted wins over Class 4AAplayoff squads South Mecklenburg andProvidence, as well as private-schoolchampion Charlotte Country Day andrunner-up Charlotte Latin.Heading into their season finaleagainst Boiling Springs Crest, the Cougarshad six runners who carried the ballat least 15 times and averaged at least6.2 yards per game: David Herlocker(51 carries for 11.2 yards per attempt),Nick Johnson (108 for 9.9), StevenBevilacqua (176 for 9.3), Ben Thomas17 for 7.2), Nick Beato (29 for 6.8) andVince Campagna (32 for 6.2). Oh, andfreshman sensation Elijah Hood startedon the JV squad but didn’t miss a beatwhen he saw varsity action, averaging15.4 yards on his 14 carries.Alas, Crest ended the Cougars’ thrillingpostseason run, but it certainlydidn’t diminish their legacy.6. Berry (11-3)The 2010 campaign marked the bestseason in Cardinal history. Granted, theschool’s only been open nine years, butwhat Berry did was eye-popping, nonetheless.The Cardinals were aggressive on bothsides of the ball, and they boasted collegeprospects at a number of positions.The highest-profile player undoubtedlywas running back/wide receiverGermone Hopper, who many believehas Southeastern Conference talent.But even with Hopper missing muchof the season with an injury, Berrystill dominated opponents, thanks toquarterback Kenny Patterson, receiverQuincy Ekechukwu and linebackersNick Dawson and Elijah Williams.The Cardinals looked destined for theClass 2AA championship game untilfalling to Salisbury, 45-35, in the thirdround.Next year, they move up to Class3A competition. Expect coach AndrewHoward’s squad to remain strong.7. Ardrey Kell (8-5)The Knights carved out their own littlespace among the great stories of the2010 season, thanks, in large part, tofirst-year coach Adam Hastings’ abilityto improve upon the strong foundationformer coach Marty Woolbright laid forthe fifth-year school.And then there was the magic of JustusPickett.Ardrey Kell’s star running back easilyeclipsed the 2,000-yard mark and foundhimself among the greatest runners inMecklenburg County history. His electricity,coupled with Hastings’ emphasison fundamentals and toughness, madethe Knights a team you just had towatch for on the Friday night highlightshows.Along the way, Ardrey Kell won thefirst playoff game in school history,35-10 over South Mecklenburg, beforedropping out in the second roundagainst mighty Mallard Creek.The Knights would’ve had an evenbetter record this season, but they hadto forfeit a victory over Weddingtonafter inadvertently using a player whosephysical had expired. However, finishingsecond in the Southwestern 4A conferencewith a 5-2 record is no small feat,and the Knights show no signs of slowingdown in the future.8. Charlotte Latin (9-3)When the season started, we didn’tknow this would be Hawks coach LarryMcNulty’s swan song. And although itdidn’t end with his 12th state championship,it still was a thing of beauty.The Hawks lost to just two teams thisseason: No. 2 Charlotte Country Day(twice) and No. 5 Charlotte Catholic.That’s a rare distinction. The rest of thetime this season, despite losing severalAaron Garcia/SCW photokey players to injury, the Hawks werestellar, thanks to the tireless running ofJalen Ross and Thomas Armstrong, andan aerial attack engineered by collegeprospect Sam Spence.The defense included two of theCharlotte Independent Schools AthleticAssociation’s best in Stephen Ball andColton Walls (a Clemson Universitycommitment), as well as defensive backsCharlie Fellers and Scott McGinnis.Unfortunately for the Hawks, theysimply didn’t have enough for CharlotteCountry Day, which ousted them in thestate title game.9. Hopewell (8-5)Hopewell tied with SouthLake Christianfor the most on-the-field lossesamong Super 10 teams, but that doesn’tmake what the Titans accomplished anyless impressive.Hopewell established a milestone thisseason by defeating traditional powerhouseWest Charlotte for the first timein school history, 30-27. Led by therugged running back duo of DondreLewis-Freeman and Denzel Heath, theTitans averaged more than 23 pointsper game and also managed to shake offa three-game losing streak to advance tothe second round of the state playoffs,where they dropped a close 17-7 decisionto No. 3 Vance.No shame in that at all.And perhaps more important to Titansfans, Hopewell posted its fourth consecutivevictory over archnemesis NorthMecklenburg in the annual Battle forthe Shield.Yes, it certainly was a productive seasonfor coach Chris Rust’s squad.10. SouthLake Christian (8-5)The Eagle football program has grownby leaps and bounds in recent years, andthis season marked some of its greateststrides.All year, SouthLake Christian battledinjuries to key players, includingstar quarterback/defensive back SamRemick, who quietly had one of themost spectacular seasons in the county.Despite the physical setbacks, theEagles made it all the way to the N.C.Independent Schools Athletic AssociationDivision II semifinals, falling tostate runner-up Westminster Catawba.But the Eagles’ season won’t beremembered for that loss.Several veterans lived up to their preseasonhype – receiver/linebacker TravisHallman, receiver Demetri Allison andlineman Charles Hazzard – and a numberof other players found their way intothe spotlight – cornerback Andre Dioufand linebacker Taylor Jurney.Along the way, SouthLake finishedwith the second-most victories in schoolhistory, falling one game short of 2007’s9-3 campaign.How ‘bout them Eagles?! qSouth Charlotte Weekly • Dec. 17-23, 2010 • Page 31

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Checkus out at Call:704-443-7183, 704-905-1451 or email info and we will mailpacket. 030411NEED ADDITIONAL INCOME! Learn tooperate a Mini-Office Outlet. 50 yr old DistributionCompany looking for online trainers.Work from home. Flexible hours. Freeonline training.$75k+++ Leads Leads Leads. Mort. Prot. Ins.Call 1-800-424-2817. 012111serVicesELECTRICAL CONTRACTOR LICENSED& Insured. For Residential & CommercialInstallations: Ceiling Fans, Light Fixtures,Receptacles, New Construction, Renovations,Services Upgrades, Outside Lighting, ElectricalTrouble Shooting and Repairs, “Call So /Lo Electric Company Anytime” at 704-622-0654. Your Dependable Electrical Contractor,for Reliable Low Cost Electrical Installations.We can Meet & Beat other written LegitimateEstimates. 122410.R. SIMON’S LAWNCARE Fall Pruning.Leaf Removal. Yard Clean-ups. Full ServiceMaintenance Company. Weekly, Monthly,Yearly contracts available. We are licensedand insured. B.B.B. Accredited. Call 704-849-8075. email – – 042211WINDOW & GUTTER CLEANING Interior,Exterior, Sills, Screens & Frames Cleaned,No Streak Guarantee. All Done By Hand.Residential or Commercial. Gutter CleaningStarting at $75.00. Gutter Repairs, GutterGuards Installed, Roof Debris Removal, PressureCleaning Up To 3300 psi. Whole HouseSpecials & Package Deals Available. FreeConsultations & Estimates. Fully Insured. 14Years Experience. Call Tony Grooms @ 980-329-4410. 030411MISSION CLEANING A local Christianowned and operated house cleaning serviceproviding affordable home cleaning with aprofessional touch. Mission Cleaning givesback to the community through local andworldwide humanitarian aide projects. Let usmake your life easier, while together making adifference. Please call 704-723-9476 for a freein home estimate and ask about our free homecleaning promotion. 030411DRYWALL You hang it, we’ll finish it orwe’ll hang it & finish it. Bonus Rooms. Garages.Kitchens. Bathrooms & more. Call Frank@ 704-430-9769. 021811J & S LANDSCAPING and Pressure Cleaning.Residential/Commercial. Installation,maintenance and mowing, leaf clean-ups.House washing, driveways, decks and fleettrucks. Deck Installation. Free estimates.Call Jim at 704-724-4915. 123110MARTIAL ARTS $25 MONTHLY for yourchild and $40 for adults. We offer Judo Tuesdayand Thursday evenings, ages 5-12 @6:15pm. Older kids and adults @ 7pm. Visitour website: for moredetails in our service and cause. 123110RESTRETCH & CLEAN YOUR CARPETBEFORE YOU BUY NEW!! 20 Years Experience– We Accept Cash/Check/Credit Card.Your Friends Will Swear You Bought NewCarpet! Call Kent or Dawn at 704-960-0187or 704-960-0186 123110TILE AND FLOORING Installation, highquality for low price. Tile. Travertine. Marble.Mosaic. Backsplash. Shower Pan. Pre-finishedHardwood. Laminate Floor. Call Adrian at704-773-2835. Free Estimates. For picturesvisit 021111CANFIELD PLUMBING Commercial & Residential.Licensed & Insured. 35 yrs experience.New construction remodel & repair. Waterheaters, tank less water heaters, water/drainlines, gas lines, gas log installation. Call 704-847-2195 or 704-560-2695 (cell). 021111WE BUY JUNK & UNWANTED VEHICLESwith or without titles. We remove abandonedautos also. Bellinger Wrecker Service – 704-891-7829. 021111ALL STEEL BUILDINGS End of year discounts!Sizes available 30’ x 30’ to 210’ x500’. Call Arbor Construction Group today fora free estimate at 704-361-8489. 021111GREG HANDYMAN SERVICE Dependable& Affordable. Ask About Discounts. SeniorsDiscounted 15%. 20 years of Home Building& All Around Repairs. You Need It, I Can DoIt!! References Available. Free Phone Estimate.Call 704-900-4835. 061711PROPERTY MAINTENANCE Lawn mowing$25, yard clean up, leaf removal $2/bag,gutter cleaning $40, trees & shrubs trimmed/removed, affordable home repairs $50 plusmaterials, bathroom tile floor installation$300, wood laminate floor installation $500/bedroom, bedrooms painted $150, trash removal(attic/garage/carpet, etc.). All quotesin writing and all work guaranteed! Call 704-877-9362. Charlotte. 121710DOG TRAINING A Dog’s Best Friend Trainingoffers obedience training in a group or privatesetting. Lessons taught by certified trainerRuth Wenzel. 704-992-2175 020411Page 34 • Dec. 17-23, 2010 • South Charlotte

Classified Marketplacecirculationof 106,000 weekly in the southcharlotte, huntersville, cornelius, davidson,union county, matthews-mint hill, mountainisland and mooresville advertise, email or call 704-849-2261.THE FAMILY TREE Light tree work and yardwork. Very reasonable rates. Brush stacked atcurb (no hauling). Free Estimates. Brian 704-650-4029 010711HUNTER’S CARPET CLEANING Any 5rooms for $120. Any 3 room for $75. Car interiorsfor $25. Licensed & Insured. Call 704-577-7282 or 704-756-5249 012811DUMP TRUCK AND BOBCAT SERVICESpecializing in Landscape Dirt. Gravel Driveways.Drainage. Demolition. Clearing. TrashRemoval. Or any project that is needed! CallCasey Jones for Quick Quote. 704-400-6696.122410DO YOU NEED COMPANIONSHIP? Availablefor light house keeping, laundry, transportation& errands. Many References. PleaseCall Cindy @ 704-905-5798. 121710N.C. CONCEALED CARRY HANDGUNPERMIT CLASS Classes on Saturday &Range time on Sunday. Call 704-235-8139for more information & reservations. LakeNorman Firearms, Inc., 20823 N. Main Street,Cornelius. 123110BILL’S HANDYMAN SERVICE Qualityhome repair and remodeling. Wood Repair.Tile. Decks. Flooring. Kitchens. Baths. Drywall.Painting. Framing. Carpentry. Repairs.Honey-Do-List. Call Bill: 704-430-7219.021811ESTATE CARPET CLEANING LLC is runningan end of the year special until 1/31/2011.3 rooms steam cleaned for $90.00. Give us acall to schedule your appointment today @704-254-9127 or 012811LOOKING FOR CHILDCARE? Is CHILD-CARE TOO EXPENSIVE? Would you like awarm, loving environment where your child getsindividual attention with flex schedule? Call 704-728-2831 for more information. Thanks!$50 FOR 90-MINUTE MASSAGE by JulieDean. Lake Norman Location. 16501-DNorthcross Drive, Huntersville, Across FromOutback Steakhouse. 704-502-5695, Or 704-990-5533 Licensed, Professional, Therapeutic,Completely Nonsexual, Swedish, Deep Tissue,Prenatal. 15 Years Experience. LICENSE#2096. WWW.JULIEDEANMASSAGE.COM. 121710.IN-HOME CARE THAT’S BEYOND COM-PARE! We provide companions, nursing assistantsand registered nurses for all of yourin-home care and private duty care needs. Wecome to you – at home, in the hospital or ina long term care facility. Licensed, Bonded &Insured. Available 24/7. Call Comfort Keepers@ 704-987-2224. www.comfortkeepers.com012811www.thecharlotteweekly.comVALUE PAINTING – HUGE DISCOUNTS$79 Per Room every day all the time. ValuePainting is Charlottes premier painting company.Fully licensed and insured. We are skilledprofessional painters and do paint every day.Services include painting, drywall, wallpaper,and pressure washing. Interior and exterior.Commercial and residential we paint for everyone.Free Estimate 704-261-4875. 010711.MISS GINGER CHILDCARE Flexible hoursto meet your schedule. Jan 2, 2011 opening.Very Competitive Pricing. 23 years of childcare& development experience. For additionalinformation Call 704-947-0177. 122410SENIOR CAREDO YOU NEED COMPANIONSHIP? Lighthouse keeping, laundry, transportation and errands.Many references. Please call Cindy @704-905-5798. 011411RETIREE’S CARE Will run your day to dayerrands for you. Very capable of light housekeeping. Pet sitting also. Have a genuine carefor helping others in any way thatI possiblycan. References available if needed. Pleasecall Brenda @ 980-226-7761. 122410EVENTSINTERNATIONAL COLLECTIBLES andantiques, held the first full weekend of everymonth at Metrolina Tradeshow Expo. Showdates: Sept 30- Oct 3. The tradition continues,in Charlotte, where treasures await! 7100Statesville Road, Charlotte, NC 28269, 704-714-7909. 020511.Oct 29, Nov 5, Nov 26, Dec 3, Dec 31, Jan 7,Jan 28, Feb 4.FIFTH ANNUAL “TRAINS FOR A CURE”Please join the Montalbano Family for our“Trains for a Cure” display benefiting TheSusan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation,Charlotte Affiliate.An elaborate Christmasvillage display with multiple trains runningon different levels. Please stop by and enjoythe trains as well as helping support the fightagainst Breast Cancer. This event will takeplace Dec. 1st thru Dec. 30th (with the exceptionof the 24th & 25th) A special visit fromSanta on Dec. 17th & 18th from 7pm – 10pm.20133 Beard St., Cornelius – Exit 28 from I77(Catawba Ave.) A few blocks past Victoria BaySubdivision – Beard St. will be the first leftafter the light. Visit our website: www.trainsforacure.org123110ALL STEEL BUILDINGSShop Shop & & Warehouse / Garage && RV RV Storage StorageOffice & Recreation / Mini StorageOfce & Recreation / Agricultural & Barn AviationALL SIZES AVAILABLE - Free QuotesMini Storage / Churches / Fitness CenterALL SIZES AVAILABLE - Free QuotesCUSTOM HOME BUILDINGCUSTOMBuildHOMEon our lot or yourBUILDINGown!Experts Build in Residential on our & lot Commercial or your own! Consturctionwww.blutobuilders.comblutobuilders@bellsouth.net704-782-6212 704-782-6216 OfceMISCEllANEOuSELECTRICAL CONTRACTOR LICENSED& Insured. For Residential & CommercialInstallations: Ceiling Fans, Light Fixtures,Receptacles, New Construction, Renovations,Services Upgrades, Outside Lighting, ElectricalTrouble Shooting and Repairs, “Call So /Lo Electric Company Anytime” at 704-622-0654. Your Dependable Electrical Contractor,for Reliable Low Cost Electrical Installations.We can Meet & Beat other written LegitimateEstimates. 122410REAl ESTATE- RENT/lEASENEED MONEY??? If you have a property thatwon’t sell and would like a qualified tenant,you need to talk to CAROLINA CONNEC-TION. Low fees and hassle free management.Kitty Giese 704-502-5656 122410BIRKDALE RENT/BUY 15728 GatheringOaks 4 bedroom, 2.5 baths, beautiful brickhome. 2 car garage, hardwoods, new paint andcarpet. Security system, nice yard, communitypool, playground. $1700/mo. 704-905-3986122410ROOM FOR RENT Room for Rent near DavidsonCollege. Safe Area. Individual Room.Share Living Room, Kitchen, and Bath. UtilitiesIncluded. Cable. Pool Table. No Children.Deposit $120.00 / Rent $120 per week. Call704-892-7420. 123110BEAUTIFUL SHEPERD’S VINEYARDHuntersville - 3BR/2BA. Large Master. Hardwoods.New Carpet. Fireplace. W/D. GorgeousYard. Deck. Storage. Swing. No Pets/Smoking. $1000/month. Call for address/appointment.504-421-1071. 1231102BR/2.5BATH 1380 Sq ft Townhouse availFeb/March. Oakhurst near Lake Norman inHuntersville. Ceramic tile floors in kitchen/baths. New kitchen appliances. Master Bedroomgarden tub, double sinks & walk incloset. Full covered front porch, landscapedback patio. Pool/Sidewalk Community. $1025/month rent. $1025 security deposit. Call 843-224-1034. 123110$550/Mo. – HUNTERSVILLE - 1 BED/1BADuplex – Ramah Church Road. 550 sp ft. CeilingFans.Refrigerator/Stove/Laundry Closetfor full-size W/D. 1 month deposit required.All lawn maintenance included. No Smokingor Pets. Call – 704-607-9643. 123110REAl ESTATE- FOR SAlEBIRKDALE Own a Lifestyle and a House.Most convenient neighborhood in Lake Normanarea. Awesome Restaurants. Shopping.I-77 just north of Charlotte and Northlake Mall.$175K-$599K. Kitty Giese – Broker. SouthernHomes – 704-502-5656 122410BLUE RIDGE MOUNTAIN Condos-Sparta,NC: Gated/Maint Free, 2bd/2ba, 1400 sqft.Great Views, 90 minutes North of Charlotte.New Const/Custom, Start $170k’s. 800-470-8949, 121710.CORNELIUS 2BR/2BA Condo, etc. $99,000.Huntersville Real Estate 704-875-3999.122410DAVIDSON WATERFRONT HOME INSPINNAKER COVE Incredible views of LakeDavidson. Completely Renovated. New Hardwoods.Kitchen. Master Suite. Large Deck w/Hot Tub. Very Private. $599,000. Agent Owned.Northlake Realty. Call Geri 704-488-5909123110KERNS ROAD 3 Wooded acres. $110,000.Huntersville Real Estate 704-875-3999.122410LONG CREEK 2.5 wooded acres. $65,000.Huntersville Real Estate 704-875-3999. 122410LAWING SCHOOL 5+ Wooded acres.$155,000. Huntersville Real Estate 704-875-3999 122410HAMBRIGHT ROAD 6 Acres with 3BR/2BAhouse. 2 & 4 car garage, etc. Business.$800,000. Huntersville Real Estate 704-875-3999 122410LONG CREEK, 2.5 wooded acres. $80,000.CORNELIUS, 2B2BA, condo, etc. $99,000.KERNS ROAD, 3 wooded acres, $110,000.LAWING SCHOOL, 5+ wooded acres.$155,000. CORNELIUS, 4BR2BA brick duplex.$215,000.CORNELIUS 4BR/2BA brick duplex.$215,000. Huntersville Real Estate 704-875-3999 122410DAVIDSON Potential Homesite. ¾ acre+ lotw/useable house. $275,000. Huntersville RealEstate 704-875-3999 122410KERNS ROAD 4BR/3BA Marble. Granite.Tile. 3 Car Garage. On 3 Acres. $385,000. HuntersvilleReal Estate 704-875-3999 122410DOWNTOWN MOORSEVILLE 1800 sfcommercial space – great for artist studio, retailor hobby shop. $695/mon incl water andelec. 704-562-6427 TFNOFFICE RENTAL $1200 sqft Office Unit. 6Offices. Reception, Break & Bathroom. NewPaint. New Carpet. Fully Furnished. Just BringYour Phones. Cornelius Rd. Frontage withSign Space. Just $1,450/mo. or call 704-807-5580 121710PETSCONSIDERING A NEW PET? Take a look atwhat’s available at the Lake Norman AnimalShelter. Visit www.lknshelter.freeservers.comto view pictures of dogs and cats available forimmediate adoption. TFNHUMANE SOCIETY UNION COUNTY-Wanna feel needed, make a difference, meetfriends? Furry & not! Volunteer! Foster/webhelp/fundraise/photos. Fellow animal lovers,our dogs/cats need YOU. Please e-mail Animal Rescue has animalsfor adoption at Pet Smart in Gastonia. Hoursare Friday 6-9, Saturday 12-6 and Sunday 2-6.704-263-2444. TFNTHE GREAT DANE Rescue of the Carolinasis 100% funded and ran by public donationsand volunteers. The GDRC helps place GreatDanes and all size mixed breed dogs in theirforever homes. Please visit our website You can visit withour wonderful orphans the 1st and 3rd Sundayof each month from 1-4pm at 10425 Mt. Holly-HuntersvilleRoad, Huntersville. “We FindGreat People For Danes, Not Great Danes ForPeople.”CAROLINA P.A.W.S. (Pet Adoption & WelfareSociety) has an urgent need for fosterhomes to continue rescuing animals fromabuse and potential euthanasia. Please call(704) 916-9138 if you can help!• Income - Unlimited income potential, outstandingcompensation/training program with monthly businessdevelopment allowance and extensive benefits package.• Impact - Play a vital role in families’ and businesses’financial well-being. Impact individuals and communitieswith fraternal programs.Build your own business• Independence - Build a business for yourself. 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