New Gold Spot Price Has Been Reached In UAE

Spot gold was little bit altered at $1,203.86 by 0106 GMT, after climbing 0.5 per cent in the previous session.

US gold futures were up 0.1 percent at $1,209 an ounce what was almost the lowest point since 2017

24k gold is valued at Dh146 in Dubai and also customers can buy 22k for Dh137.25.

Investors are awaiting following week’s Federal Book meeting. The United States central bank is widely anticipated to increase benchmark interest rates and shed light on the course for future price hikes.

Greater gold rates damage demand for non-interest producing gold as well as in turn boost the dollar in which it is valued.

The buck index was hovering near a seven-week low versus a basket of significant money. To understand what drives the price of gold compared to the dollar you need to check the current factors listed underneath.

China stated on Wednesday it will not stoop to the affordable devaluation of its currency, hours after it countered with a softer strike than the one landed by the United States in their escalating tariff disagreement.

On Tuesday, Beijing included $60 billion of US items to its import toll list punitive for President Donald Trump’s planned levies on $200 billion well worth of Chinese goods.

The tolls, nonetheless, were seen to be at lower degrees compared to some had actually feared, reducing some problems after the months-long trade battle in between the globe’s leading economic climates threatened to lower international development prospects.

Capitalists have actually been getting the dollar in the belief the USA has less to lose from the disagreement. But an area of weak point in the dollar suggested that concerns over trade tensions have actually reduced.

US homebuilding raised more than expected in August, a favorable sign for the housing market which has actually underperformed the more comprehensive economy amid climbing interest rates for home loans.

India ought to not tamper with its gold import task or impose various other limitations to support the rupee, the World Gold Council said on Wednesday, as the government thinks about ways to reduce “non-necessary” imports to stem an outflow of bucks.

Autocatalyst steel palladium increased 2.5 percent on Wednesday, noting its highest possible because April 19 at $1,041.70. It was last up 0.1 percent at $1,035.30.

Have you heard about affiliate marketing? How does it work?

In todays post, we are going to cover something new. It is called affiliate marketing and has become increasingly popular in the last few years.

In a nutshell, you can get paid by recommending other peoples products. In most cases it happens online, as the sales are tracking via “hops” which are tracked when someone clicks an affiliate link. When someone clicked a link, they get “cookied” and tracked if they end up signing up or buying the product. That is when the affiliate who sent the person gets credited for the sale and earns a commission.

There is literally every niche available and many networks as well. While there is a sign up process for affiliates, to ensure to keep the quality high. If you would like to get easily accepted, we can give you one tip: go above and beyond in the application!

For anyone starting out, we think it is best to learn from someone experienced like Mark Ling, who has been doing everything from SEO, email marketing, media buys and much MUCH more. For the latest training you can check out the profit engine course review at

When first starting out, there are some startup costs, but if you compare that to other types of businesses and the startup capital needed, it is very low. It also depends what type of traffic source you will be utilising as the prices vary and it also depends on the skill level you have. You can burn through $100 pretty quickly if you don’t know what you are doing. The best way you can start out is by slowly scale up once you find a profitable ad campaign without burning through a lot of cash. The strategy mentioned here was perfected by Matt McWilliams that also has a training on it and you can find more on this page.

What Are The Top 5 Alternatives For Shopify

The Top 5 Alternatives To Shopify

Are you looking for somebody who provides services similar to Shopify’s? The good news is, there are several competitors out there worth your consideration.

Shopify has earned its dominant place in the e-commerce site-building industry by providing outstanding services. There’s no guarantee that the services they offer are a perfect fit for what you need. There might just be someone out there offering a platform that works better for you.

If you’re still in your initial fact-finding phase, I’d strongly recommend trying out the 14-day free trial Shopify has to offer. (To study up further on Shopify, you can check out our in-depth review here.)

If you’ve already taken a close look at Shopify and you’re still looking for alternatives, the discussion presented here may help you.

Some of the alternative platforms deliver a suite of tools roughly equivalent to those offered by Shopify, while some have less functionality. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing; you might be in the market for a less complex platform.

The following Shopify alternatives have earned our recommendation for customers that are looking for something different.

Shopify Alternatives

* BigCommerce: This service provides hosting, minimizing the amount of effort required on your part. Perfect for larger companies, BigCommerce’s plans start at $26.95 per month.

* Magento: This self-hosting platform is perfect for larger businesses with in-house technical knowledge. Magento offers free plans, with hosting costs handled separately.

* WooCommerce: This is another self-hosted platform suitable for larger businesses with somewhat more technical know-how. There are free options available, with separate hosting costs.

* Wix: Wix is a drag-and-drop website-building service that offers hosting solutions as well. Suited nicely to smaller businesses, Wix has plans starting from $17 per month.

* Weebly: Weebly is another all-in-one service suitable for small businesses looking for an easy-to-use solution. Their plans start at $8 per month.

* Oberlo: Oberlo is a product sourcing app which is a perfect fit with Shopify Plus. Shopify also recommends it officialy to be used with their platform. You can find more information here:

That’s the basic roster of Shopify alternatives; as we progress we’ll talk more about how they compare to each other and which ones might fit your needs.

If your e-commerce platform requirements are fairly robust and you’re looking for a platform that offers you plenty of flexibility (i.e., one very close to Shopify), these are the best alternatives to look at. You can get more information here:

These platforms are ideal for constructing larger e-commerce stores, namely those with more than 10 products to sell. They work well for high sales volume businesses, and they’re also perfect if you want to customize your webstore extensively.

If your goals are more focused on ease of use and simplicity, skip down to the next section to look at the most user-friendly Shopify alternatives. If you want to get more information you can find the details here in this article:

Watch the video below to see our video overview of the top 5 Shopify Alternatives in 2018

Galax firms sign trade petition

GALAX, Va. – Employees of three furniture companies in Galax, Va., signed petitions on Tuesday in support of levying duties, or an import fee, on furniture imports from China.

“It went extremely well,” Wyatt Bassett, of Vaughan-Bassett Furniture in Galax, said about the petitions. “Ninety-eight percent of the workers at our companies supported the petition.”

A group of furniture manufacturers joined together recently and announced that they were going to file a petition with the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) that could levy duties or an import fee on furniture imports from China.

Local factories in Caldwell County can join the petition if 51 percent of the workers at a factory sign in support of the duties, even if management decides not to join the effort.

“No one can stop anyone from doing this. It’s the law,” Bassett said. “But the employees of furniture companies have a say in this.”

Vaughan-Bassett Furniture, Webb Furniture Enterprises and Vaughan Furniture were the three companies that held the petitions. Approximately 3,229 of the 3,305 workers at the companies signed the petition, according to Bassett.

A group of 15 companies announced that they plan to file a petition this fall and since the announcement, seven more companies have joined the petition. Both Bernhardt and Broyhill haven’t joined, but individual Bernhardt and Broyhill factories can join through a petition.

The actual petition is an antidumping petition that will target imports from China of wood bedroom furniture. If the petition is successful, bedroom furniture imported from China would become subject to antidumping duties.

“When a plant closes, the employees don’t have a say in it,” Basset said. “But they have a say in this.”

Once a petition has been filed, the ITC will immediately commence a preliminary investigation to determine whether “there is a reasonable indication that the domestic industry is materially injured, or threatened with material injury, by reason to dumped imports from China,” according to the committee’s legal counsel Joe Dorn. The ITC is required to make a preliminary determination within 45 days.

If the ITC’s preliminary determination is affirmative, the Department of Commerce will proceed to determine the margins of dumping and the corresponding level of duties that would be applied to U.S. imports of bed furniture from China. Antidumping duties, if imposed, would be paid by the U.S. importers of record. The duties would be set at the amount required to offset the margin of dumping and to restore fair competition to the market, according to Dorn.

Currently there are 25 furniture companies that are in support of the petition. The 25 companies are: Bassett Furniture Industries of Bassett, Va.; Carolina Furniture Works, Inc., of Sumter, S.C.; Century Furniture Industries of Hickory; Copeland Furniture Company of Bradford, Vt.; Crawford Furniture Manufacturing Company of Jamestown, N.Y.; Cresent Manufacturing Company of Gallatin, Tenn.; Durham Furniture Inc. of Canfield, Ohio; Good Companies of Carson, Calif.; Hart Furniture, Inc. of Collierville, Tenn.; Higdon Furniture Company of Quincy, Fla.; Hooker Furniture Corporation of Martinsville, Va.; Johnston/TomBigbee Furniture Manufacturing of Columbus, Miss.; Keller Manufacturing of Corydon, Ind.; Michels-Pilliod Company of Linwood, Calif.; Mobel Furniture Company of Ferdinand, Ind.; Moosehead Furniture of Monson, Maine; Palliser Furniture Limited of Manitoba, Canada; Sandberg Furniture of Los Angeles, Calif.; Shermag, Inc. of Sherbrooke, Canada; Stanley Furniture Company of Stanleytown, Va.; Stickley, Inc., of Manlius, N.Y.; Vaughan Furniture Company of Galax, Va.; Vaughan-Bassett Furniture Company of Galax, Va.; Vermont Tubbs, Inc., of Brandon, Vt.; and Webb Furniture Enterprises of Galax, Va.

For more information about the petition, contact the Vaughan-Bassett Furniture Co.

Book details Grandin railroad dream

LENOIR – Many years ago William J. Grandin had a dream that included a railroad that is little known today – the Watauga and Yadkin Railroad – and a lumber empire in Caldwell and Wilkes counties.

Thanks to Matthew C. Bumgarner and R. Douglas Walker people can now read about the railroad and Grandin’s dream. The two men have complied” “The Watauga and Yadkin Railroad: A History of Grandin.”

The book is the latest in a series of books that Bumgarner has compiled on the history of Western North Carolina. Other books he has written include two books on the Civil War – “Kirk’s Raiders,” and “My Face to the Enemy.”

“I am interested in the history of Western North Carolina,” said Bumgarner, a Hickory native. “I am especially interested in the history of North Carolina railroads, particularly smaller ones. It’s easy to get to know the people who ran them and lived beside them.”

The president of an electronic manufacturing firm, Bumgarner spends his spare time doing research and writing historical books. “I find it to be relaxing,” Bumgarner said. “I can’t dig up a dinosaur, but I can read a 100-year-old newspaper.”

Bumgarner’s first book on a railroad was about the June Bug line in Alexander County. “I fell in love with the history of railroads,” he said. “They have a marvelous history. I love the stories of the people who ran them. Railroads have a rich tapestry of history that is fascinating.”

Bumgarner also wrote a book about the Carolina and Northwestern Railroad. “I am glad that Caldwell County was able to save the line to Hickory,” he said. “I served on the committee that worked on the effort to save the railway.”

While doing research, Bumgarner became interested in the Watauga and Yadkin Railroad. “It’s a little railroad that not many people have heard about that has a wonderful history,” he said. “It was not just a railroad. William Grandin was planning a way of life around the forest, the mill and the village. He was creating his whole lumber empire. Any one project would have been daunting enough for anyone else. Grandin was from southeastern Missouri. He was trying to relocate his timber business from there to Caldwell and Wilkes counties. Ultimately he was unsuccessful, primarily because of the Yadkin River. The Yadkin River has not been beaten in thousands of years.”

The story of the Watauga and Yadkin Railroad “is a story of real interest that at the turn of the century Grandin was trying to build a railroad to Boone through the mountains to Tennessee,” Bumgarner said. “It’s a good story of yet another episode in Western North Carolina’s history, like the stories of Tom Dooley and Fort Hamby. It’s an epic tale of man versus nature.”

A native of Tidoute, Penn., Grandin was a grandson of Samuel Grandin, a Quaker State investor in oil and lumber in Pennsylvania. His two sons led a successful effort in Southeastern Missouri to create a logging company and a town also called “Grandin.”

As that business began to slow down, Grandin turned his sights on North Carolina. He hoped to harvest timber along Elk Creek into Darby and Buffalo Cove. By 1912, he had begun to put his dream into action.

Grandin wanted to build a railway from Lenoir into Grandin and eventually into Watauga County. However, human events and the flooding of the Yadkin River created problems. He chose instead to build his railroad from Wilkesboro.

This lumber venture of Grandin’s lasted a lot shorter than his Missouri venture. However, it did result in the creation of the town of Grandin in Caldwell County. A few people who relocated with Grandin remained after the lumber business failed and contributed to Caldwell County’s growth.

The town of Grandin had water lines and fire hydrants and some people had electricity from a generator. Thirty-two houses were completed or in the process of being completed. The town also had an official boarding house, a company store, a Baptist church, a company doctor, a brick kiln, a horse barn, a blacksmith shop and a small depot. At one time, approximately 50 people lived in Grandin. Today, all that remains are two mill buildings and the boarding house.

On May 3, 1913, the Watauga and Yadkin train made its first run. The railroad had a spur line up Elk Greek to near Darby. The name of the train reflects Grandin’s intention of extending the line on the Boone. The Grandin Lumber Co. had 66,000 acres of timber in Caldwell, Watauga and Wilkes counties.

“One can only speculate what the future of Grandin Lumber Company and the town of Grandin might have been if the war in Europe had not broken out and the floods of 1916 and 1918 had not occurred,” Bumgarner said

Hickory teen may be charged in fatal crash

HUDSON – Assistant District Attorney Richard Holloway said a Hickory woman may be charged with misdemeanor death by vehicle in connection to a crash last Saturday evening in Hudson that claimed the life of David Malcolm Burkhart, 54, of Lenoir.

Sgt. R.C. Blevins of the Hudson Police Department stated that, according to statements of witnesses, that Carla Anne Kazmierski, 18, allegedly ran a red light at the intersection of Hickory Boulevard and Mount Herman Road, causing the accident.

“The Hudson Police Department has recommended to the District Attorney’s office that Ms. Kazmierski be charged,” stated Blevins.

Blevins stated that David Burkhart’s 2001 Toyota sedan stopped for a red light and, when the light turned green, the car proceeded west on Mount Herman Road. Before it crossed the intersection, the sedan was struck broadside by Kazmierski’s 2000 Chevrolet pickup, which was traveling north on Hickory Boulevard.

The pickup struck the car in the driver’s side door where David Burkhart was seated. In addition to the fatality, a passenger in the car, Loretta Burkhart, 41, of Lenoir, was seriously injured in the accident. She was admitted to Frye Regional Medical Center in Hickory and was reported to be in stable condition on Monday.

Neither Kazmierski nor her teen-age female passenger were injured in the accident.

Blevins stated the everyone involved in the accident was wearing a seat belt prior the collision.

Holloway, who as of Wednesday had not yet reviewed the evidence in the case, said Kazmierski could be convicted of misdemeanor death by vehicle if it can be shown that she was responsible for the accident that killed David Burkhart.

Depending on the defendant’s criminal record, misdemeanor death by vehicle is an offense punishable by up to 150 days imprisonment.

But typically, when the defendant has no criminal record, the court usually orders a person convicted of this offense to serve a community punishment, probation and community service, Holloway said.

5 indicted in Caldwell vote-buying case

LENOIR – What started out as an investigation conducted late last year by the Caldwell County Board of Elections into alleged vote buying on behalf of the Republican Party and current Caldwell County Sheriff Gary Clark has now resulted in five Caldwell County residents being indicted on federal charges.

Wayne Shatley, Anita Moore, Valerie Moore, Carlos R. “Sunshine” Hood and Ross “Toogie” Banner were indicted Wednesday by a federal grand jury in Charlotte on nine counts alleging conspiracy to commit and actually committing vote-buying.

The indictment alleges that the defendants recruited various residents of Caldwell County to participate in early voting at the Caldwell County Board of Elections office prior to the Nov. 5, 2002 general elections.

“The indictment indicates that individuals recruited by the defendants were offered and/or paid $25 to vote the “straight Republican ticket” for all the Republican candidates for state and federal office appearing on the ballot in the general election or, alternatively, to vote for the Republican Party’s candidate for the office of Caldwell County Sheriff (Clark),” stated Suellen Pierce, spokesperson for the U.S. Attorney – Western District of North Carolina.

The indictment also alleges that the defendants and others offered to pay and paid persons to register to vote in the 2002 general election.

In the “overt acts” described in the indictment, Banner allegedly paid a persons, “H.M.” and “B.B.,” $25 each to vote on Oct. 29, 2002.

Shatley and Anita Moore allegedly offered “L.C.” $25 for voting and paid “D.L.H.” $10 to register on Oct. 30, 2002. Also on that date, Anita Moore and Valerie Moore allegedly paid D.L.H. $25 to vote and Anita Moore allegedly paid “T.P.” $25 to vote.

Shatley, Anita Moore and Hood allegedly paid “C.H.” $25 to vote on Oct. 30, 2002. The next day Anita Moore allegedly paid “T.P.” $25 to vote, the indictment states.

Pierce stated that, if convicted on all counts, Shatley faces 20 years in prison, Anita Moore – 35 years in prison, Valerie Moore – 10 years imprisonment, Hood – 10 years and Banner – 15 years.

Fifteen people testified before the Caldwell County elections board in December that they sold their votes to a handful of people working at Caldwell County Republican headquarters in the days before the election.

Information presented at the hearing also implied that up to 250 voters sought to sell their votes. The lawyers for the Republican Party’s candidates claim only a handful of votes may have been changed. No one has linked either the GOP’s candidates or the Republican Party to the vote buying.

In the 2002 general election, Clark won the sheriff’s race by 746 votes. Clark received 11,588 votes and former Sheriff Roger Hutchings, a Democrat, received 10,842 votes. Republicans Tim Sanders and Alden Starnes also defeated Democrat Bill Wall in the race for two seats on the Caldwell County Board of Commissioners.

Appeals for a new election by Hutchings and Wall to the N.C. Board of Elections and a N.C. Superior Court judge failed and Clark, Sanders and Starnes were admitted into their elected offices in late February.

An appeal for a new election by Hutchings and Wall is pending in the N.C. Court of Appeals and a decision by the court is expected in October.

Hutchings, who now heads the N.C. Boxing Commission, declined to comment Wednesday as to whether he would run against Clark if a new election is ordered by the court.

Clark, who learned of the indictments from the News-Topic, said he was glad that justice was moving forward in the vote-buying scandal. He said the alleged actions of the conspirators resulted in a four-month delay in him being sworn into office.

“It hurt me and it hurt my family being without a job for so long,” Clark said.

Hutchings also said he learned about the indictments from the News-Topic. He said the alleged vote-buying conspiracy hurt the faith of many people in Caldwell County in the democratic process.

“It was deplorable to a lot of honest people. It hurt people in both parties,” Hutchings said.

Clark and Hutchings both commended the work done by the State Bureau of Investigation (SBI), the Federal Bureau of Investigation and U.S. Attorney’s office in investigating the matter.

Clark criticized the Hutchings administration for not making arrests and putting an end to the alleged vote-buying scandal as soon as they learned about it.

“The thing that perplexes me is why the old Sheriff’s Department administration did not arrest anybody for buying votes, said Clark. “Why did they let it go on?”

Hutchings said he contacted the SBI about the alleged vote-buying conspiracy as soon as it was detected, about two weeks before the election. He said there was a delay in fully investigating the conspiracy until the District Attorney’s Office realized the scope of the matter.

“We could have made arrests but we would have been accused of making a political issue of it,” Hutchings said. “We did our best to get an outside agency to look into it.”

Caldwell improves on ‘No Child Left Behind’

Caldwell County showed improvement in 2003-2004, based on the Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) requirements of the federal No Child Left Behind Act.

But there were still four schools, two of which are now considered “Schools of Choice”, that had not shown AYP in a given area, based on the federal mandates.

Parents of students at Gamewell Middle and Hudson Elementary will receive notification this week of the designation and, according to No Child Left Behind rules, will have the option of transferring their child or children to alternate schools that do meet the qualifications.

Of the 374 required testing objectives established by the federal program, schools in Caldwell County met 363 goals or 97 percent in every area tested for 10 different subgroups: White, Black, Hispanic, Native American, Asian, multiracial, economically disadvantaged students, limited English proficient students, students with disabilities and the school as a whole.

Out of Caldwell County’s 24 public schools, 20 (83 percent) made AYP, an improvement of more than 20 percent over last year.

“The overall data is very good, and we are pleased with the high success rate; however with this legislation if one subgroup does not meet the standard, then all are subject to a dark shadow of nonperformance,” Caldwell County Schools Superintendent Tom McNeel said. “We, like every school system in North Carolina and across the nation, have this challenge with this new legislation because if a school misses even one goal it does not make adequate progress.”

The schools making AYP are: Baton Elementary, Collettsville, Davenport, Dudley Shoals, Gamewell Elementary, Granite Falls Elementary, Granite Falls Middle, Happy Valley, Hibriten, Horizons Elementary, Kings Creek, Lower Creek, Oak Hill, Sawmills, South Caldwell, Valmead Basic, West Caldwell, West Lenoir and Whitnel Elementary and William Lenoir Middle.

Gamewell Middle, Gateway Alternative School, Hudson Elementary, and Hudson Middle did not make AYP in 2003-04. For Gamewell Middle and Hudson Elementary, 2003-04 was the second consecutive year of not meeting the federal AYP standards.

Because both schools are entitled to Title I federal funds, students in those schools are eligible for “school choice.” That means that all students enrolled, approximately 600 at Gamewell Middle and 790 at Hudson Elementary, now have the option to transfer to designated schools, with priority given to the lowest achieving, low income students.

Hudson Elementary students will be allowed to transfer to Whitnel Elementary or Baton Elementary. As for middle school students at Gamewell Middle, they may attend Oak Hill or Kings Creek.

This week, parents of students enrolled at Gamewell Middle or Hudson Elementary school will receive a letter in the mail providing notification of the NCLB status and options available, to include student transfer and transportation services.

Signed into law by President George W. Bush in 2002, the No Child Left Behind Act is intended to create accountability for results; an emphasis on doing what works based on scientific research; expanded parental options; and expanded local control and flexibility, according to the Department of Education Web site.

Caldwell County Schools Title I Coordinator Caryl Burns said she is pleased with the school system’s performance in the first two years of the program. Last year Caldwell County Schools had a total of eight schools that did not show AYP, four of which were Title I schools.

“I feel pretty good about it,” Burns said. “We cut it in half. If we cut it in half next year we will be doing well.”

But that still leaves the opportunity for parents of students at Gamewell Middle, which has an enrollment of 600, and Hudson Elementary, which has an enrollment of 790, to transfer.

It’s impossible to predict how many students will opt for transfers because this is the first year that the School of Choice requirements will take effect, School-Community Relations Director Libby Brown said.

“At Hudson, parents are very satisfied with the new facility and they have done well with their test scores,” she said. “I think the parents (of both schools) are satisfied.”

Parents of Gamewell Middle and Hudson Elementary will have until July 30 to decide whether they want to exercise their right to have their child transferred to one of the designated alternate choices.

Other than the possibility of having to move teachers, Brown said there is no anticipated cost to the school system if large groups of students transfer. Those students who transfer will be bussed to their alternate school choice, but funds for that service are financed with federal funds.

McNeel emphasized that the newly released results are not necessarily a poor reflection of the school, and in the case of Gamewell Middle and Hudson Elementary, it was a failure to meet standards in one specific area.

McNeel said that in End of Grade reading and math testing, more than 90 percent of Hudson Elementary students in grades 3 through 5 were at or above grade level. At Gamewell Middle, 85 percent of students were at or above grade level. As a whole, 91 percent of Caldwell County’s students were at or above grade level on the End of Grade tests.

Under NCLB, schools are expected to have 100 percent of their students at proficiency level by 2014. Schools must make AYP toward meeting proficiency goals each year, and the state has established gradually increasing levels of proficiency.

The yearly standard for improvement is based on the same reading and math End of Grade test scores for grades 3-8 used in the State ABCs accountability model and for high schools the 10th grade Comprehensive Reading and Math Test. Science will be added in 2007-08.

Hibriten falls in MVC opener

The Ashe County Huskies eked past the Hibriten Panthers in the first game Tuesday night in Lenoir before cruising to a 3-0 (25-22, 25-16, 25-9) victory in the volleyball conference opener for both squads.

The see-saw battle for the first game began early as both teams made runs. The Panthers jumped out to a 6-4 lead before the Huskies rallied to take a 10-6 lead.

Hibriten fought back trimming, the lead to just one, 10-9. The Panthers steadily regained the lead and extended it to 18-14.

But Ashe battled back knotting the first game at 18-18. With the score tied at 20-20, the Huskies posted two points on Briana Day serves. The Panthers picked up two more points, but Whitney Day finished off Hibriten with two aces.

The second game began in much the same fashion as the entire first game. However with the game tied 7-7, the Huskies rattled off a 9-2 run for a 16-9 lead. Ashe County steadily built upon their lead gaining a 2-0 lead by winning the second game 25-16.

The Huskies cruised in the final game as Kendra Tedder posted eight service points, including the final six points of the match.

For the Panthers, Rachel Keller posted a team-high seven service points for the match while her teammate, Aya Negooka, posted six straight service points in the second game.

The loss drops the Panthers to 0-6 on the season and 0-1 in the Mountain Valley 2A. Hibriten travels to Wilkes Central to take on the Eagles on Thursday.

West wins MVC opener

The West Caldwell volleyball team got its conference season off to a solid start, winning in three games at West Wilkes.

The Lady Warriors improved to 4-2 with the 25-20, 25-9, 25-20 victory.

Kaylin Carswell led the team in service points, kills and digs. The Lady Warriors had 17 points on her serve, Carswell put down 12 kills and came up with eight digs.

Lauren Owens totalled 16 assists, and Jordan Greer finished with nine service points and 10 assists.

Ashley McKinney had eight service points, and Melissa Watson totalled eight kills.

McKinney had five service points in the opening game, and Carswell and Watson combined for 10 kills.

With the Lady Warriors wining 7-2 in the second game, Carswell rolled off nine service points for a 16-2 Lady Warrior advantage. Greer served out the game.

West Wilkes (4-2, 0-1) used a 6-1 run to open an 18-16 lead in the third game. But the Lady Warriors bounced back to take a 21-18 lead before Owens served out the game.

Girls’ tennis

The Ashe County Huskies narrowly nipped the Hibriten Panthers 5-4 in the tennis conference opener for both teams.

Hibriten’s Maggie Sime knocked off the Huskies’ No. 1 player, Katherine Hanes 6-4, 6-1.

Cameron Joyce, the Panthers’ No. 2 player, helped out the Hibriten cause with a dominating 6-0, 6-1 victory over Emily Hudler.

The Panthers’ Katie Rash, playing in the No. 4 spot, secured a 3-3 tie for Hibriten heading into doubles play with a 6-2, 6-4 victory over Lauren Roland.

However, the Panthers doubles team of Wallis Hutchens and Rash were the only Hibriten team to pick up a victory in the final three matches of the contest.

Hibriten will travel to defending North Carolina 2-A team champion Wilkes Central on Thursday.

Ashe County 5, Hibriten 4


Maggie Sime (H) def. Katherine Hanes 6-4, 6-3; Cameron Joyce (H) def. Emily Hudler 6-0, 6-1; Alex Eller (A) def. Wallis Hutchens 6-1, 6-4; Katie Rash (H) def. Lauren Roland 6-2, 6-4; Lorna Vaga (A) def. Gracelyn Cruden 6-0, 6-0; Ruthie Stafford (A) def. Kate Barlow 6-3, 6-1.


Vaga/Hanes (A) def. Sime/Joyce 8-6; Hutchens/Rash (H) def. Hudler/Eller 8-1; Roland/Stafford (A) def. Cruden/Barlow 8-3.

Middle School Softball

The Granite Falls Blue Demons knocked off the Gamewell Braves 23-7 Tuesday afternoon at South Caldwell High School.

Kayla Gross picked up the win for the Blue Demons. Granite Falls’ Allyson Minton went 3-for-4 with a homer and five RBIs while her teammates Britney Bartle and Kristin Lackey each went 3-for-4 also and driving in three and two runs respectively.

Felisha Smith and Holly Beane each posted triples for the Braves.

Granite Falls’ next game is Thursday at East Alexander.

Blue-collar attitude: McCall gives consistency and heart on defensive side of ball

There is a bulletin board that hangs in the auxiliary gym at West Caldwell as you head down the hallway towards the boys’ basketball locker room.

On this particular bulletin board, draped in royal blue paper, hangs a white banner across the top proclaiming “Player of the Week” and two weeks into the 2004 football season Justin McCall’s name has been posted under that banner twice.

The senior linebacker, who is also putting in some time at tailback and punting, was a natural choice for the Warrior coaching staff to make for consecutive players of the week.

“He plays hard when you’re winning and he plays hard you’re behind,” West Caldwell head coach Mark Buffamoyer said. “He exemplifies what we’re asking our football players to do and that is play hard regardless of what the score is, regardless of what the situation is.

“He’s out there trying to make plays and we’re proud of him. He’s setting an example for some young kids in West Caldwell football.”

Even during a disappointing 31-13 loss to South Caldwell – the first loss to the Spartans since 1993 – McCall tallied 14 tackles and an interception against West Caldwell’s county rival.

“Every game I play, I play with all my heart,” the Warrior linebacker said. “I try my best to do what I can out there. I just leave it all out on the field and try until I can’t go no more.”

The loss hurt, but McCall said he cannot dwell on past games.

“It was hard (to lose to South Caldwell),” McCall said. “(You) go out there and try your best and lose. You’ve just got to fight until next week and see what happens.”

Even in the fourth quarter, the Warrior linebacker never conceded the victory to the Spartans, posting five of his 14 tackles in the final frame.

“That’s when it counted for us. It’s an opportunity to say, ‘Hey, I slept,’ or ‘I’m not going to make a play,’ and here’s a kid who makes four (tackles) in a row at one time in the fourth quarter,” Buffamoyer said about McCall’s fourth quarter performance.

“That’s what we tell our kids – it’s easy to play when you’re winning. We want to know when the chips are down how hard you’re going to play.”

However, McCall, in a typical football defense mindset, is less interested in individual accomplishments than he is in winning.

“Without the team, we can’t win because one guy can’t do it all,” he said.

McCall would not mind repeating his all-conference and all-county performance from last year in his senior season, but he also recognizes there are 10 other guys on defense that have to do their jobs for the Warriors to find success.

“We’ve got to practice hard everyday and get better and better,” the Warrior linebacker said.

This get-the-job-done mentality impresses his new football coach to no end.

“We may have some kids who have great numbers that may not be our player of the week,” Buffamoyer said. “We’re talking about beyond the call of duty and he’s been named (player of the week) twice – the Watauga and the South Caldwell (game) – because he plays hard consistently.

“He’s not playing one quarter and then taking a quarter off – just consistently for eight quarters now in two football games, he’s exemplified that.”

As with any coaching change, especially at the head coach’s spot, there is an acclimation period for a football team. However, McCall’s blue-collar attitude made the adjustment quickly.

“It’s a lot different. We changed offenses and we changed the defense around a lot,” McCall said. “But the more you practice, you get used to it. It didn’t take long for me to get used to it.”

As a linebacker, he preferred the 6-3 defense to the 4-4, eight-man front which Buffamoyer brought in, but he’s never complained and simply made the changes he’s needed to make to be successful in the new system.

“Whatever he wants to do,” McCall said about Buffamoyer’s changes.

And the coaching staff has the utmost confidence in McCall’s talents and leadership on the gridiron.

“He sets his example by what he does, and that is on the field. When he is on the field, I trust him because I know that he is going to play hard,” Buffamoyer said. “Vocal? No, but I think he sets the best example. He’s going to do it and then talk about it, and actually he doesn’t really talk about it. He just plays hard and that’s what we want him to do is play hard.”

The senior linebacker is more than just a football player, though.

McCall also plays baseball and wrestles. He admires St. Louis Cardinals’ slugger Albert Pujols and plays first base for the Warriors as well as wrestling in the 189 weight class.

“My dad got me into (baseball),” McCall said. “He’s pushed me to play any sport that I could, mainly to keep me out of trouble.”

He enjoys hunting and swimming.

But for now, he’s a football player – a blue-collar, get-your-job-done football player.

“He’s not looking for anything special,” Buffamoyer said. “He’s just wants the opportunity to play football, and he’s getting that opportunity and he’ll continue to get the opportunity to do that here.”

Copyright News-Topic 2018
News brought to you by News-Topic