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Volume 3, Issue 20 Free Thursday, February 16, 2017

Granite Falls Cub Scouts Pack 260 holds 2017 Pinewood Derby GRANITE FALLS, NC (February 14, 2017)…Cub Scout Pack 260 of Granite Falls, Chartered by First United Methodist of Granite Falls recently held their 2017 Pinewood Derby. There were a total of 36 Scouts racing their cars in a double elimination tournament. The top 5 finishers were… 1st Place - Ethan Hodge, 2nd Place - Bryce Rutter, 3rd place - Jackson Puckett, 4th Place - Jabin Wise, 5th Place - Brian Coons

Chestnut Restoration May Be Happening HICKORY, NC (February 8, 2017)…The American Chestnut tree, once twenty-five percent of the hardwood forests of the eastern United States is virtually extinct, but there are hopes for its restoration. This is part of what members of Newcomers of Catawba County learned at their monthly general meeting held at the Hickory Regional Airport on 8 February 2017. Doug Gillis, president of the Carolina’s Chapter of the American Chestnut Foundation presented an informative and interesting program on the decline of the American Chestnut and the work of the Foundation to achieve its restoration. There are three chestnut varieties: American, European and Asian. The Asian variety is much hardier than the other two, but does not grow large enough for lumber and larger craft uses. The American and European varieties are similar, but the European has a larger and sweeter nut. The American Chestnut, at least in lower elevations, began to suffer from a root fungus, found in the water table, in the mid1800’s. The piedmont and mountain forests were not subject to this malady, but were attacked in the early 1900’s by a white fungus which enters breaks in the bark and, in effect, girdles the tree so that the tree dies above the infestation. Continued on page 2...


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Chestnut Restoration May Be Happening Continued from page 1... Cut or fallen trees will sprout new growth from the stump, but when the new growth tree matures and suffers a break in the bark, the fungus attacks again. Loss of the chestnut forest has caused a loss not only of very desirable lumber, but the fallen nuts were a significant and nutritious source of food for wildlife. Chestnut is a very desirable lumber, approaching oak in strength but at only twothirds of the weight. It is also late-blooming and frost resistance, resulting in healthy trees reaching significant height and girth. As the blight spread in the early part of the 1900’s much of the diseased forest was harvested for timber and paper. Many Civilian Conservation Corps projects in mountain areas harvested and finished the damaged trees for lumber to build lodges and shelters in recreation areas that are still in use today. The American Chestnut Foundation operates a breeding orchard and research laboratory in Meadowview VA and state-level chapters are also conducting independent and cooperative research. Current programs to blend blight-resistant characteristics of the Asian variety into the American have resulted in trees which are about 25 percent very resistant and fifty percent so-so resistant. Researchers at the State University of New York have also had success with “transgenetic” approaches, introducing wheat DNA into the chestnut genome with early results showing promise. Perhaps one day the American Chestnut will again be widespread over the eastern seaboard. More information about the American Chestnut Foundation and its work is available at At the conclusion of the presentation Newcomers of Catawba Valley made a financial contribution to the Carolinas Chapter of the American Chestnut Foundation. Newcomers of Catawba Valley is primarily a social organization which enables new and long-time residents of the region to meet and make friends and participate in a variety of social activities, including support of area charities and service programs. For information about Newcomers of Catawba Valley see

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Job Opening Medical Lab Technician I for local Health Department. To perform and report limited lab procedures in clinic setting. Graduation from High School and completion of a certified lab tech program in medical technology. Caldwell County employment application required. Applications can be found on the county website

Troopers Heroic Actions Save a Life in Henderson County RALEIGH, NC (February 15, 2017)…Four State Troopers heroic actions saved the life of a young female in Henderson County on Tuesday, Feb. 14. Trooper Christopher Jeffries was on routine patrol when he was approached by motorist advising him they had observed a young female, possibly in her twenties, standing on the overpass of U.S. 25 which crosses over I-26. Trooper Jeffries immediately traveled to the location where he located the female, obviously distraught, standing on the southbound side of the U.S. 25 overpass. After contacting Highway Patrol Communications requesting assistance from fellow patrol members, Jefferies approached the female. Seeing the female was upset and crying profusely, Jefferies engaged in conversation with her, attempting to calm her down. At one point during the conversation, the female sat down on the edge of the bridge while conversing with Jeffries. While attempting to develop a sense of security for the female, Jeffries stooped to both knees while continuously talking to her. Placing his own life at risk, Jeffries seized an opportunity to grab the female’s arm to keep her from falling. Trooper Mark Corbin, who had heard the call for assistance, arrived on scene and assisted Jeffries by pulling the female to safety. Troopers Haley Onderdonk and Kyle Smith stopped the westbound traffic on I-26 during the incident. The female was placed into the custody of the Henderson County Sheriff’s Office where she was provided further assistance. “The selfless acts of heroism demonstrated by these troopers make me proud to be a member of this fine organization”, said Colonel Glenn McNeill, commander of the State Highway Patrol. “Each day, officers across our country voluntarily place themselves in danger to save the life of another.”


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Tesla Quartet to perform two concerts in March HICKORY, NC (February 14, 2017)...Hickory Metro’s Quartet-in-Residence, the Tesla Quartet, will once again perform two concerts in March. The first concert will be in conjunction with the very popular Soup, Salad & Strings luncheon series. For those that prefer a more relaxed concert during the day, the third Soup, Salad & Strings concert will be on Friday, March 3 at 11:45 am in the Keiser Community Room on the SALT Block. This luncheon will be catered by J. McCroskey’s Irish Pub & Grill and Hav-a-Cup. Tickets are $35 for lunch and concert. The Friends of the Quartet Chamber Classics III concert will be held in the Drendel Auditorium (SALT Block Auditorium) on Saturday, March 4 at 7:30 pm. The quartet will perform selections by Mozart, Puts and Sibelius. Tickets range from $22 to $32. Reception with cash bar follows the concert. All tickets are available at, (828) 324.8603, or Enjoy an evening or afternoon of beautiful music performed by our international, award-winning young musicians. Western Piedmont Symphony is a grant recipient of the North Carolina Arts Council and a funded affiliate of the United Arts Council of Catawba County. Business offices are located on the SALT Block at 243 Third Avenue NE, Hickory. Box Office hours are 10:00 am until 2:00 pm M-F. Visit the Symphony’s website at

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CCC&TI SGA to Host “Dinner and a Movie” Fundraiser for Foundation HUDSON, NC (February 9, 2017)…Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute’s Student Government Association will host a “Dinner and a Movie” fundraising event for the Foundation of CCC&TI on Friday, March 10. Dinner will be prepared and served by CCC&TI Culinary Arts students and the Oscar-nominated movie “La La Land” will be shown. Cost for the event is $10 for students and $20 for the general public. Space is limited for the event. The menu for the dinner will include a salad of grilled romaine, with charred sweet corn, roasted red pepper, shaved red onion, crispy tortilla strips, cilantro and avocado Caesar dressing, grilled beef filet with roasted brocolini, gremolada, parmesan risotto and marsala-mushroom demi and for dessert, cinnamon-rum bread pudding. A vegetarian option will be available on request. For tickets, call 828-726-2242 or see the front desk in Continuing Education in the H Building on the Caldwell Campus. The event will be held in K Building on the Caldwell Campus in Hudson. Space is limited. Deadline to purchase tickets is March 1.

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Why America Must Win the War on Terror – Part Two Special To The Caldwell Journal (By Daniel B. Rundquist)…Revolutionary War era writer Thomas Paine called war “…the art of conquering at home.” He was talking about the heavy burden of an additional increase in taxation on the people. I concede that building and maintaining an impressive military as I have described earlier will cost money and will take taxes to pay for it. However, if all military spending was to be eliminated from the federal budget today, the sum saved would amount to little more than a rounding error compared to the total budget. We spend so little on our military now that presently we have families of our soldiers and veterans on foods stamps while the government freely gives away billions of dollars in aid to people in other countries. Our navy has the smallest operating fleet since 1916, I am told. And nearly half of the American military aircraft is grounded—either not flyable or lacking trained pilots. As a citizen and taxpayer I find this the most deplorable act of our politicians. Indeed, most of the money the federal government spends has absolutely nothing to do with its primary constitutional function which is national defense. Can anyone alive deny that the modern system of taxation is now simply a mechanism used to reduce the liberties of the American citizens by degrees? Again, according to Thomas Paine, “…taxes were not raised to carry on wars, but that wars were raised to carry on taxes.” The fledgling American Continental Army of 1775 was woefully understaffed, poorly trained, hardly equipped, and half starved –and they still managed to defeat the most efficient and well trained superpower of the day, England, in only seven years. So you will forgive me if one might get the notion that keeping a war going for fifteen years might serve a specific purpose for government. It seems to come down to money.

The currency of America, the dollar, is used as money. What is money? Money is the labors of the people converted to a portable and divisible trade unit. Your money then represents your time and labor of course, and the more of that government demands from the people, the less freedom Americans have at home. So your money equals your freedom. The basis of American free economy, which differs from most other nations, is that the people possess property rights; they can earn money and use it to do the things they wish as they see fit. Instead today we see it is government that has positioned itself as the clearinghouse for all money as they decide what you should spend and what they believe you should spend it on. Have you bought any tobacco or alcohol products lately? Big Government doesn’t not want you buying those and so cigarettes and alcohol are heavily taxed. Did you buy a new tankless water heater? Then Big Government rewards you with a $150 tax credit. On and on the behavioral manipulation goes using taxes as the tool, but ultimately taxes are always higher and rising. They never go down, and never will in the long term. They can’t because of the $20 trillion-dollar debt hung around the necks of the citizenry. And so much of this debt is war expense. As government grows itself in spite of the Constitutional constraints the Framers placed upon it, the bureaucracy they feed grows to oppose this entire notion of free economy. Milton Friedman would agree with this principle as he stated: “A major source of objection to a free economy is precisely that it gives people what they want instead of what a particular group thinks they ought to want. Underlying most arguments against the free market is a lack of belief in freedom itself.” So if we are to continue to engage in the present war, let us pray for the safety of our servicemen and servicewomen; for a swift and decisive victory at last—to protect them abroad as well as our own liberty at home; something I have been hoping for now for fifteen years. The End...

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Early Spring Planting Is Upon Us Stop by and see us for: Cabbage, broccoli, and cauliflower plants Seed potatoes, onion sets, and garden seed Peas, Beets, Greens, etc. Bonnie Plants have started arriving also SCCM receives donation from Duke Energy GRANITE FALLS, NC (February 13, 2017)…As we bundle up for cold weather, South Caldwell Christian Ministries wants families to know there are resources available to help with winter heating bills. Through its Share the Warmth program, Duke Energy has given the South Caldwell Christian Ministries $3025.00 to aid qualified senior citizens, families and other customers with financial assistance. “South Caldwell Christian Ministries is very grateful and honored to accept this donation from Duke Energy. We have partnered with Duke Energy for over 30 years. This company continues to be a blessing to our families that need assistance with their power bills,” said Deborah Thomas, Director of SCCM.

For the past 31-years, Duke Energy employees and customers have partnered to lend a hand to those struggling to pay their winter energy bills. The company annually matches up to $500,000 in employee and customer contributions during the heating season. “We greatly appreciate the many customers and Duke Energy employees who contribute to Share the Warmth and our other energy assistance programs each year,” said David Fountain, Duke Energy’s North Carolina president. “Their generous support provides a meaningful impact for thousands of people across the Carolinas.” In 2016, Duke Energy, its employees and customers provided $1,400,000 in bill assistance to North Carolina and South Carolina customers through Share the Warmth. Since the program’s establishment in 1985, it has provided more than $34 million in heating bill assistance. More than 80 local agencies across the Duke Energy Carolinas service territory receive funds from Share the Warmth.

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Obituaries Spenser Chance Wilhelm Spenser Wilhelm, age 30, of Newton passed away suddenly Thursday, February 2, 2017, at Catawba Valley Medical Center. He was the son of Carolyn Kymberly Lundy and the late David Wayne Wilhelm.

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In addition to his mother he is survived by his sister, Krystal Wilhelm Phillips and husband Neil of Wilmington, NC; brother, Justin Wayne Wilhelm (Jessica) of Statesville, brother Chris Ayers and wife CoCo of Statesville; maternal grandmother Lynda L. Vaughn of Newton; fraternal grandmother Virginia Williams of Newton; special love for “Little Man” Chase Spencer fugett. The family will receive friends Saturday, February 11, 2017, from 4:00 to 5:00 PM at Corinth Baptist Church ,7929 W. North Carolina 10, Vale, N.C. 28168. A Celebration of Life Service will follow at 5:00 PM with Rev. William Kanupp officiating. Burial will be private. Mackie Funeral Home of Gr an ite Falls, NC is serving the family. You may view the obituary online at

Caldwell Pregnancy Care Center needs volunteers LENOIR, NC (February 8, 2017)…Caldwell Pregnancy Care Center is in need of dedicated, faithful volunteers who are willing to share Christ and what He has done in their lives with young women in our community. You would be working one on one with young mothers who need extra support throughout their pregnancies and until their babies are 6 months old. If you have a few hours per week to donate your time, please contact us to sign up for our next volunteer training. The training will be held on Thursday, March 9th from 8:30am3:00pm at the center. Email or call 757-9555 for more information or to sign up for the training.

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Dr. Herb Says….Stay healthy with nature The Forgotten Sunflower Seed Health benefits Looking for a health-promoting snack? A handful of sunflower seeds will take care of your hunger, while also enhancing your health by supplying significant amount of vitamin E, magnesium and selenium. Anti-inflammatory and cardiovascular benefits from sunflower seeds’ vitamin e Sunflower seeds are an excellent source of vitamin E, the body’s primary fat-soluble antioxidant. Vitamin E travels throughout the body neutralizing free radicals that would otherwise damage fatcontaining structures and molecules, such as cell membranes, brain cells, and cholesterol. By protecting these cellular and molecular components, vitamin E has significant and anti-inflammatory effects that result in the reduction of symptoms in asthma, osteoarthritis, and rheumatoid arthritis, conditions where free radicals and inflammation play a big role. Vitamin E has also been shown to reduce the risk of colon cancer, help decrease the severity and frequency of hot flashes in women going through menopause, and help reduce the development of diabetic complications. Sunflower seeds’ phytosterols lower cholesterol Phytosterols are compounds found in plants that have a chemical structure very similar to cholesterol, and when present in the diet in sufficient amounts, are believed to reduce blood levels of cholesterol, enhance the immune response and decrease risk of certain cancers. Phytosterols’ beneficial effects are so dramatic that they have been extracted from soybean, corn, and pine tree oil and added to processed foods, such as “butter”-replacement spreads, which are then touted as cholesterol-lowering “foods.” But why settle for an imitation “butter” when Mother Nature’s nuts and seeds are a naturally rich source of phytosterols—and cardio-protective fiber, minerals and healthy fats as well? In a study in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, researchers published the amounts of phytosterols present in nuts and seeds commonly eaten in the United States. Sesame seeds had the highest total phytosterol content (400-413 mg per 100 grams), and English walnuts and Brazil nuts the lowest (113 mg/100 grams and 95 mg/100grams). (100 grams is equivalent to 3.5 ounces.) Of the nuts and seeds typically consumed as snack foods, sunflower seeds and pistachios were richest in phytosterols (270-289 mg/100g), followed by pumpkin seeds (265 mg/100g). Calm your nerves, muscles and blood vessels with sunflower seeds’ magnesium Sunflower seeds are a good source of magnesium. Numerous studies have demonstrated that magnesium helps reduce the severity of asthma, lower high blood pressure, and prevent migraine headaches, as well as reducing the risk of heart attack and stroke. Continued on page 10... Sun 7 to 6 M-T 7 to 6

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Dr. Herb Says….stay healthy with nature The Forgotten Sunflower Seed Continued from page 9...

Magnesium is also necessary for healthy bones and energy production. About two-thirds of the magnesium in the human body is found in our bones. Some helps to give bones their physical structure, while the rest is found on the surface of the bone where it is stored for the body to draw upon as needed. Magnesium counterbalances calcium, thus helping to regulate nerve and muscle tone. In many nerve cells, magnesium serves as nature’s own calcium channel blocker, preventing calcium from rushing into the nerve cell and activating the nerve. By blocking calcium’s entry, magnesium keeps our nerves (and the blood vessels and muscles they enervate) relaxed. If our diet provides us with too little magnesium, however, calcium can gain free entry, and the nerve cell can become over-activated, sending too many messages and causing excessive contraction. Insufficient magnesium can thus contribute to high blood pressure, muscle spasms (including spasms of the heart muscle or the spasms of the airways, symptomatic of asthma), and migraine headaches, as well as muscle cramps, tension, soreness and fatigue. Improved detoxification and cancer prevention from sunflower seeds’ selenium Sunflower seeds are also a good source selenium, a trace mineral that is of fundamental importance to human health. Accumulated evidence from prospective studies, intervention trials and studies on animal models of cancer has suggested a strong inverse correlation between selenium intake and cancer incidence. Selenium has been shown to induce DNA repair and synthesis in damaged cells, to inhibit the proliferation of cancer cells, and to induce apoptosis, the self-destruct sequence the body uses to eliminate worn out or abnormal cells. Selenium’s richness is another reason that sunflower seeds can make a good snack. Source: These good tasting, crunch seeds are good for your body. There are many ways you can use the sunflower seed. One way would be to sprout the raw seed and increase its vitamin/mineral values. Just soak the seeds in a jar overnight or for about 8 hours. Cover the jar with a sprouting lid or piece of nylon so the water can easily be drained. Turn the jar on its side with a slant so any leftover moisture can drain. Rinse and drain a couple of times each day. After two days, you should see little sprouts appear. A good length to let them grow before eating is about ¼ to ½ inch so they do not become bitter. The sprouts can be eaten in salads, blended with your vegetable smoothies, or simply add chopped olives and your favorite salad dressing for a side dish or healthy snack and enjoy! These seeds are God’s gift to you. They are a product straight from the beautiful sunflower which has bathed in the sunlight and absorbed all of its health promoting properties. Enjoy the health benefits from these simple little seeds.

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Dr. Herb Says….stay healthy with nature Promoting Optimal Immune Function against Diseases You are constantly exposed to outside substances. When these invade your body, your immune system comes to your defense, but you can still contract all kinds of diseases. Immune sufficiency varied between people, so within the exact same environment, some people stay healthy while others suffer chronically. Although everybody has inherited some type of cancer cells, people with healthy immune systems can defend against the growth of cancer. The raw food diet helps strengthen your immune system and encourages it to function optimally, so when we focus on fighting one disease, we simultaneously fight other diseases. Cancer Cancer is the leading disease of the immune system. Although everybody carried cancer genes, a strong immune system prevents cancer cells from growing. Although the exact causes of cancer aren’t fully-known, the American Cancer Society lists all kinds of chemical substances, viral infections, stress, pollution, and bad eating habits as possible causes and/or accelerants. In fact, poor eating habits make up 70% of the causes. Salty food, smoked food, acidified high-fat diets, processed food, artificial colors, and irregular eating habits cause the body to accumulate poisons in its organs. These substances attack cells or create abnormal cells that cause cancer; or they weaken your immune system, enabling or accelerating cancer. To treat cancer, oncologists use surgery, radiation treatment, and anticancer agents, but these methods also attack healthy cells, creating numerous side effects. Current cancer treatment methods are like bombing an entire area to destroy a few scattered enemies in war. The best way to destroy enemies while saving allies is to supply those allies with the right fighting equipment at the right time. Revitalizing the immune system’s ability to kill cancer cells is the safest treatment with the least side effects. And the best way to do that is through your diet. Institutions such as the American Cancer Society and Korea Cancer Society suggest the following common diet habits for cancer prevention and treatment: * Eat small portions * Avoid salty, spicy and stimulating food.

* Eat meals regularly * Consume more mushrooms, marine plants, green and red raw vegetables and whole grains. Raw food meets all these diet stipulations. Phytonutrients, vitamins, and minerals obtained through raw food empower the immune system’s ability to fight cancer cells. Bad eating habits can cause cancer; good eating habits can accomplish the opposite. Continued on page 12...

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Dr. Herb Says….stay healthy with nature Promoting Optimal Immune Function against Diseases Continued from page11...

Gastric Disorders Indigestion leads to decreased usage of nutrients and accumulation of undigested substances, leaving poisonous materials inside the body. These affect circulatory and digestive systems and ultimately all organs and cause numerous chronic disorders. Medicines can help with temporary and partial indigestion, but they don’t resolve the problems. Medications and antacids can temporarily relieve inflammation and pain, but they can’t treat the causes, ulcers or damaged areas. Food is digested by enzymes that dissolve the three major food substance groups (glucose, protein and fat) into smaller units so they can be absorbed into the bloodstream. As previously stated enzymes act as catalysts for the body’s chemical responses and accelerate digestion. Ever since the discovery of fire and cooking, humans have lost digestive enzymes in our diets. Meals with insufficient enzymes weaken our immune systems and render the stomach’s mucous membrane vulnerable to acids and attacks from bacteria and viruses. Raw food is abundant in natural enzymes that pre-digest the food, minimizing the burden on the stomach to perform digestive activities. Vitamins and minerals restore damaged epithelial cells and promote healthy digestion and stomach structure. Chlorophyll, phytonutrients, vitamins, and fiber strengthen the body’s immunity against infection, including attacks from Helicobacter pylori, one of the main causes of gastric disorders. Once you are infected, H. pylori tend to remain. Most H. pylori carriers have chronic gastritis, and 10% to 20% of carriers have either stomach or duodenum ulcer. The World Health Organization identifies H. pylori as one of the causes of stomach cancer. The nutrients in raw food can also further protect the stomach by rendering inactive any viruses already present and they buffer the stomach’s mucous membrane against excessive acid release. Raw food also vitalizes the digestive functions to restore damaged stomach lining and intestines.

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New Twist on IRS Scam RALEIGH, NC (February 15, 2017)…Many consumers have received the call. A recorded message from someone claiming to be with the Internal Revenue Service or Treasury Department threatens arrest if back taxes are not paid immediately. If you return the call you’ll be instructed to use a money order, wire transfer or prepaid debit card, perhaps even an iTunes gift card, to send your payment. Sometimes the scam message is delivered by email instead of by phone. Now the scammers are searching for potential victims via a new route: texts. The message begins “WARNING: Criminal Investigation Unit of the I.R.S. is filing lawsuit against you…”. It includes a phone number to call for more information, and continues “This is your last chance… arrest warrant will be forwarded to local police…”. Regardless of which method scammers use to try to scare you into paying money you don’t owe, remember: government agencies like the I.R.S. would never threaten you with immediate arrest, or demand that you make payment using iTunes gift cards, money orders, or wire transfers. If you are contacted by an IRS scammer, you can report it to the Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Division by calling 1-877-5-NO-SCAM or by filing a complaint online. If you think you may have been a victim of an IRS scammer, file a report with the real I.R.S.

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“Movies with Mike� Whose Taste Is It, Anyway? M ik e Holsclaw (Febr u ar y 15th, 2017) "De Gustibus Non Est Disputandum" - There is no disputing about taste. The origin of this wise old maxim is shrouded in mystery; some sources say it originated in the middle ages, others that it is of more recent vintage. If it is medieval, I envision a scholarly old monk instructing his acolytes that, in matters of theology and doctrine, there is little room for question but, in other, more ambiguous aspects of life, the quality of food or drink, say, one may have to rely on one's intuition as a guide, and in such instances, one view may be as valid as another. This may be true but, alack, as long as there are arts, there will be disputation. A healthy portion of my relationship with the Moviegoer's Companion is predicated on the fact that we have been amiably disagreeing with one another for years about one thing or another; we often find that, over time, we draw closer to the other person's point of view as we argue our respective cases. Of course, the reason we have continued to be so good natured about our differences is that we recognize the underlying truth of the maxim; in an absolute sense, neither one of us is either "right" or "wrong" about our esthetic judgments. When you stop and try to examine it in granular detail, "taste" is one of those elusive concepts that defies precise definition; just when you think you're about to explain it, you realize that you're doing something akin to nailing a block of jello to a wall. I mean, in all seriousness, you can talk about thematic unity, rising action, denouement, antagonist, and protagonist all at great length, and, all of those things are important parts of a successful narrative but, at bottom, there is no infallible formula for combining these elements in such a way that the result will be pleasing to every audience that experiences it. There is an almost mystical alchemy that takes place between story and audience (at least when the story is working), and the intimate feeling of identification that often takes place in the space between the two is always unpredictable. When I was a child, I glommed onto four movies that were shown frequently by our local television affiliates and, despite the fact that I now can see those films more objectively because of all the time I have devoted to critical analysis over the years, I still have a fierce, almost visceral sense of affection for them. Whatever deficiencies they may possess, more often than not, whenever "Cool Hand Luke", "The Great Race", "The Music Man", and "It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World" pops up, I'll sit back and watch them for the umpteenth time, even though I wouldn't necessarily say that any one is them is my all-time favorite movie. Still, each one acts as a time machine back to a period in my life when everything was more vivid, both inside and out, and everything I encountered in my world had more depth of feeling than I would ever experience again. There is a condition known as synesthesia where one experiences an intermingling of the five senses; among its various manifestations, you can sometimes hear colors and smell sounds, and some synesthetes can even see musical notes and spoken words. I always thought that having synesthesia would almost be like having a super power and I always envied those who were so lucky as to have those "wild talents" (of course, I never considered how distracting or even annoying it might be to constantly experience the world in such an atypical fashion...). Continued on page 15...

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Whose Taste Is It, Anyway? M ik e Holsclaw (Febr u ar y 15th, 2017) I was never "blessed" with anything quite so profound but, at one time, I possessed two faculties that were, to me, almost as satisfying; when I would hear a word, especially if it was for the first time, I would automatically envision a corresponding object or experience that would become shorthand for that word's weight and texture in terms of my own very specific, very idiosyncratic style of internal bookkeeping. I don't mean I would imagine an object that might actually be associated with the word; I mean that seemingly arbitrary objects would come to symbolize that word for me. For instance, the word "torpid" always summoned an image of a big, lazy whale, slowly rolling his bulk around in the ocean like a sleeper turning over in his bed. "Xenophobic" was a shiny black beetle, "putrescent" was a hungry black dog with ribs showing, and "tumult" was a mountain range in Europe. As I grew older, the associations became more complex and particular to my own personal history; "hunter" was the band of fearless vampire hunters that gathered to fight Dracula in Bram Stoker's novel; "bulk" was Bruce Banner's brother and "slime" was the monster Steve McQueen fought in "The Blob". There was an emotional resonance attached to these images; these associations gave an added flavor to words and heightened my appreciation for language; I grew to love just the way words sounded because of the way they made me feel and the cascade of connections they might summon, quite apart from what they might actually mean. Not too many years ago, I heard the expression "Everything is Everything" for the first time; if I understand it correctly, it seems to be the urban equivalent of "que sera, sera". That might be the literal meaning of the expression, but to me, it was a nice encapsulation of the other faculty that I once possessed in ample supply; the conviction that everything I had ever learned and everything I had ever experienced were all just contiguous tiles in a vast, metaphysical mosaic; the abiding sense that there was a subtle, but astonishingly tensile, interconnectedness to nature, history, God, and man. I couldn't spell out in so many rational terms how all these things were so intimately connected, but the intuition that they were was as deep and abiding as the assurance that I occupied a physical body. Before I ever heard of Spinoza, Alfred North Whitehead, or Einstein, I was a primitive or rudimentary monist; everything was everything because all things were part of the same thing - like Kurt Vonnegut had his sardonic prophet proclaim in "Cat's Cradle": "Nice, Nice, very Nice; all God's creatures in one device", except, of course, I wasn't limiting this description to just creatures; animate and inanimate, material particles and energetic forces were also included. I suppose I was "holistic" before the expression ever became popular. Also, although I didn't know it yet, I was gravitating toward an intuition shared by stoics like Marcus Aurelius and St. John in the fourth Gospel, that there is some pattern or direction that guides the warp and woof of the universe in which we live; their term was “logos" or, more simply, the Word. Why have I indulged in these embarrassing, seemingly irrelevant autobiographical digressions? Because, these cognitive quirks I have described contributed to my esthetic sense; all these quasi-mystical biases I felt shaped my emotional response to whatever I might be purveying. If a book or film seemed to endorse, even if only implicitly, this peculiar weltanschauung I had, then I would feel warmly toward it even if it was deficient in other categories. This didn't mean, however, that everything had to espouse a shallow optimism in order to gain my approval; an artist could play devil's advocate and suggest that the world was indifferent or even malevolent and I would consider their view with an open mind if they were sufficiently adept in making their paranoid or conspiratorial perspective seem plausible; "Invasion of the Body Snatchers" (both 1956 and 1978 versions) were just encompassing enough in their despairridden visions to make the grade. Of course, over time, my somewhat unsophisticated cosmology gave way to considerable shading by exposure to alternative points of view; Continued on page 16...


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Whose Taste Is It, Anyway? M ik e Holsclaw (Febr u ar y 15th, 2017) Continued from page 15...

I've already mentioned elsewhere what a depth charge to my psyche it was to encounter some of the more existential thinkers of the late nineteenth through mid- twentieth century, particularly Nietzsche, Camus, and Beckett. Still, I've never totally abandoned my monist leanings and I still favor works that have an inherent sense of proportion and balance, artistic creations that know how to exploit the feeling of an underlying, unifying logos. I think that's why my feelings were so deeply stirred by "Arrival" and "La La Land" last year; the intensity, and purity, of the visions of the two film's respective directors was both so coherent and so total in their realizations that they had already won my respect even before I began to judge them on their other artistic merits. Ultimately, I suppose the point I'm trying to make is that the visceral reaction that any one individual has to an artistic creation is predicated as much upon personal criteria as it is on any elaborate theory about the necessary ingredients for "good art", and I don't think we can ever completely flense that aspect of our appreciation away, nor should we try. Today, my criteria for what constitutes "good", "satisfying", and "excellent" are much more complex and nuanced than what they were in my salad days but I would never be so presumptuous as to assume that mine is the final, definitive word on the subject. Not only is variety the spice of life but it is a vital part of the ongoing dialogues that make life worth living. Come, let us reason together! Learn more about classic films and enjoy the magic of movies at Movies with Mike. Held the 1st Thursday of each month at 6:00pm downstairs at the Lenoir Library. This program is free and popcorn is provided! For more information, please call 828-728-4207. Caldwell County Public Library website:


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Man accused of making false bomb threats last summer to spend at least 11 years in prison NEWTON, NC (February 13, 2017)…The man accused of making false bomb threats last summer in Burke, Caldwell and Catawba counties will spend at least 11 years of active prison time after pleading guilty to charges of terrorism and making false bomb reports during Burke County Superior Court Monday, Feb. 13, 2017. Cody Matthew Startt, 27, of Matoaka, W.Va., entered his guilty plea to 253 counts of terrorism and 251 counts of making false bomb reports, and was given an active prison sentence of 11 to 21 years to be served in the North Carolina Division of Adult Corrections by the Honorable W. Todd Pomeroy, Superior Court Judge from Lincoln County. Startt faces pending matters of the same nature in Caldwell and Catawba counties. He is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty in those counties. Assistant District Attorney Scott Lippert arraigned the defendant and presented a factual basis for the case prior to District Attorney David Learner’s sentencing argument on behalf of the State. Judge Pomeroy also imposed judgments for an additional 10 to 20 years of suspended sentences for Startt and placed him on supervised probation over a period of 36 months. If he violates the terms of his probation, those sentences will be activated, and Startt will serve the time at the end of his initial active sentence. Startt was arrested on July 6, 2016, in West Virginia for making more than 400 bomb threats in Burke, Caldwell and Catawba counties following a large-scale investigation by local, state and federal authorities. “His actions cost a huge amount of money to fire, police and other emergency agencies and workers. All these units that had to respond to these bomb threats were not available to handle anything else going on,” Learner said. “Plus, he cost merchants a lot of money, and he caused a lot of fear throughout our communities.” Chief Ronnie Rector of the Morganton Department of Public Safety also addressed the court, noting the stress that Startt’s actions placed on law enforcement with regard to treating each report as a real threat to life. The defendant was convicted in October 2015 on three counts of making false bomb reports in May 2015. When he was arrested last summer, Startt admitted to violating terms of his probation by absconding from supervision, being in arrears of court indebtedness and failing to complete courtdirected community service. His probation was revoked in July 2016 in Catawba County, activating a prison sentence of four to 14 months that Startt served in custody of the North Carolina Division of Adult Corrections. Learner and Lippert prosecuted the cases for the District Attorney’s Office.

ETSU’s Gatton College of Pharmacy announces fall 2016 dean’s list JOHNSON CITY, TN (February 13, 2017)…East Tennessee State University’s Bill Gatton College of Pharmacy has announced the names of students who attained a grade point average qualifying them for inclusion in the dean’s list for the fall 2016 semester. Students who qualified for the dean’s list were enrolled in no fewer than 12 credit hours and achieved a semester grade point average of 3.5 or above on a 4.0 scale, with no grade lower than a B-minus. Those named to the Bill Gatton College of Pharmacy dean’s list in our area are:

Boone: Hodges, Spencer W., Deep Gap: Phillips-Brown, Courtney L. and Hudson: Reynolds, Kirsti L.

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The Good Word from the Bible ...a weekly Inspirational Message for today’s life-styles...

1 Corinthians 10:13 “There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will, with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear.” Blessed is the man that endureth temptation: for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life which the Lord hath promised to them that love Him. Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God; for God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempteth He any man: But every man is tempted when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed. Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin; and sin, when it is finished bringeth forth death. Temptation is not sin. Jesus was holy, and pure; yet He was tempted in all points as we are, but with a strength and power that man will never be called upon to endure. Jesus resisted temptation, and left us an example that we should follow His steps. When we are tempted, if we look to Jesus to come to our aid, He will make a way of escape. Caldwell County Safe Kids Coalition is to reduce the Jesus met and overcame temptation by using, number of children hurt and killed due to unintentional and preventable injuries. The coalition focuses on “It is written.”

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Thursday, February 16, 2017

Caldwell Hospice Offers I Just Want to Help LENOIR, NC (February 13, 2017)…How do you help someone who is grieving? What do you say? What should you not say? An upcoming community workshop from Caldwell Hospice and Palliative Care answers those and other questions with practical guidance on providing support and encouragement to a grieving person. I Just Want to Help will be presented from 6 to 7:30 pm, Thursday, March 16, at Caldwell Hospice’s Ashewood Grief and Counseling Center, 1002 Ashe Ave., Lenoir, NC. Bereavement Coordinator Steve Butler, DMin, ACC, will facilitate the workshop. Caldwell Hospice is committed to providing community bereavement services to anyone who needs and wants help in coping with their grief, including those with no hospice affiliation. This workshop is one of many grief services made possible through the generous support of the community. For more information about I Just Want to Help or to register, call 828.754.0101 or email To learn more about bereavement services visit or Facebook.

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