Caldwell Journal 08 17 2017

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Volume 3, Issue 45


Thursday, August 17, 2017

Residents Say “No” to US 321 Superstreet Design at community meeting GRANITE FALLS, NC (August 14, 2017)…On the evening of Monday, August 14, 2017 a community meeting was held at Grace Chapel United Methodist Church in Granite Falls to discuss the US 321 Widening Project. The fellowship hall at the church quickly filled up with an approximate estimate of 130 residents in attendance.

Local business owner of Sunlife Sunrooms Spas & More, John Dunn along with daughter, Sharon Grindstaff and son, David Dunn organized the meeting. When they saw that the new 2017 version of proposed plan US 321 for southern Caldwell County changed significantly from the 2016 version, they started asking questions and thus spending a lot of time researching this project extensively which led to having this community meeting. John Dunn spoke at length to inform the meeting participants how the proposed project would adversely affect the community as well as his business and other businesses. They did a fine job and were much appreciated for their hard work. Caldwell County Rep. Destin Hall, Caldwell County Commissioner Donnie Potter and Caldwell County Commissioner Mike LaBrose as well as Catawba County Rep. Jay Adams were on hand to facilitate the discussion and to take questions. NCDOT officials were invited but were unable to attend. Photo courtesy of Shelia Williams. Continued on page 2...


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Residents Say “No” to US 321 Superstreet Design at community meeting Continued from page 1…

Rep. Destin Hall assured the residents in attendance that all concerns would be communicated to the NCDOT and said that this project is one of his top priorities. Hall was very encouraged by the turn out to the meeting and thanked everyone for coming out. “This is the way we change things.” Catawba County Rep. Jay Adams also helped to explain the nuts and bolts of the project but when he stated that “what we’re probably going to have to do is swallow hard and live with it (superstreet design) and then challenge it afterwards if it doesn’t work” to the dismay of the attendees. Many people ended up being concerned that the six-lane superstreet design proposed would be an experiment. Doug Duffy of Northlakes stated, “I don’t want to be an experiment.” If residents were allowed to vote on the Superstreet design it would have been a landslide in opposition. Most of the residents that spoke at the meeting had very strong convictions about the Superstreet design and are very concerned about traffic flow, accidents, and access to US321 South. Many people simply said they were not in favor of right hand only turns onto US321. Another rumbling groan came from the meeting attendees when it was stated that the NCDOT decided to completely change the planned interchange at Grace Chapel Road and US321 to an intersection based on a few comments that they received. One recurring topic of discussion was about New Farm Road and Alex Lee Blvd. Most in attendance, if not all, could not understand why these roads were not built to allow truck traffic. There is a 66+ acre parcel of land for sale by Caldwell EDC Properties which is located on New Farm Road that is zoned industrial that apparently would not benefit the exclusion of truck traffic. It was mentioned at the meeting that these roads could be brought up to specification to allow for truck traffic but at what and who’s cost? This begs the question…Why were these roads not built for truck traffic in the first place? Continued on page 3...

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Residents Say “No” to US 321 Superstreet Design at community meeting Continued from page 2…

Captain Travis Davenport from the Grace Chapel Fire Department was quite adamant in speaking about the department’s response times to Lakeview Park as they could possibly be greatly extended by the proposed 2017 plan. Having another access point to Lakeview Park, possibly from Wolfe Road, would greatly increase response times to homes there resulting in saving precious lives. Davenport went on to say that they have difficulty now in meeting response times for this area. School bus routes would possibly be greatly extended if they are forced to travel south across Lake Hickory out of Caldwell County to make a Uturn near Arby’s Restaurant to then travel north to turn right into Lakeview Park. School buses are required to travel in the right lane on highways and would result in bus drivers crossing over 3 lanes of traffic each way to make U-turns. Local school bus drivers already have a difficult time changing lanes on US 321.

A resident of Wolfe Road, Dan Christian, brought up a great point about tractor trailer traffic coming from Alex Lee Blvd. merging onto US321 South and then immediately coming upon a U-turn stating that this could be an accident-prone area. Residents were also concerned about the process by the NCDOT to inform them about public meetings and updates to the proposed plans. Rep. Destin Hall said that he would address this concern with the NCDOT.


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Residents Say “No” to US 321 Superstreet Design at community meeting Continued from page 3…

We encourage our membership to participate in the collaborative process with the NCDOT to ensure that all concerns are heard and addressed by the agency during the design process.” Rep. Destin Hall stated that “my plan is to go back to DOT, there is great unrest and expect them to hold further meetings.” Hall also stated “The most effective thing to do is email, this will help me fight for you in Raleigh.” We would be remiss if we didn’t thank Grace Chapel United Methodist Church for hosting the meeting and especially to church member Sheila Williams for her assistance. Sunlife Sunrooms Spas & More owner John Dunn graciously made a donation to Grace Chapel United Methodist Church for their hospitality and use of their fellowship hall. Contact person at the NCDOT concerning this project: Gene Tarascio - NCDOT Project Development Comment here: Project website: NCDOT Public Meetings website: US 321 Widening Project for Caldwell County Facebook Page:

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A Father’s Advice SPECIAL TO THE CALDWELL JOURNAL (By Dan B. Rundquist)…This month I have the new experience of sending my oldest son away to college. With the high school graduations and parties past, it is all but certain that in the long term much of these things will fade in memory. And while graduation gifts, too, will be spent and forgotten my goal as a father was to give my son something of value that could not be spent, broken, used up, or lost. This would be the fatherly advice which only parents can provide. So I sat down to write such advice in a letter to my own son. With many other parents similarly situated, it occurred to me that this piece might also be useful if shared. While the original document spans some four pages, I have edited here for the sake of brevity and space. You are my son, and I have of course loved you since the first moment we met. As your father, I want you understand the truth, and that is not always the thing we want or expect to hear. As parents, the joy, pride, and satisfaction we both have in your advancement is unfortunately for me balanced against— checked by—some degree of sorrow and regret as I arrive at the realization that your entire childhood has passed. In such circumstances I resort to the only thing I seem to do well anymore, and that is put pen to paper. I tell you that your life will change now. You are an adult and will meet many new people and go places you have never been. You will have the chance to achieve things only you can do. It is a time to grow, learn, and do. While it is easy to get distracted in this new freedom you have, it is important to focus now on what you must do to reach your own goals in life. I thought it better to provide you with some fatherly advice that might have been shared around that campfire or on the fishing trip we never seemed to get to: 1. President Thomas Jefferson wrote, “Determine never to be idle. No person will have occasion to complain of the want of time who never loses any. It is wonderful how much may be done if we are always doing.” Plan to work at college like a regular job. This will require personal discipline on your part. Your actual course schedule may be erratic, with gaps and odd times. The gaps between classes is not “free time.” You should get up every morning early and start your “class day” promptly at 8:00am whether you have an 8:00am class or not. Take time for lunch, no more than an hour—and “work” to 5:30pm regardless as to when your last class ended. You establish this pattern on day one and stay with it—you will thank me later. This is a major key to success in school. Weekends, make sure you get done whatever coursework remains for the week, projects, etc, but do take time on the weekends to do your fun stuff. Remember that Monday morning comes early. 2. Jefferson also wrote: “Friendship is but another name for an alliance with the follies and the misfortunes of others. Our own share of miseries is sufficient: why enter then as volunteers into those of another?” Be careful and selective on whom you associate with as friends. 3. Jefferson writes again, “Do not bite at the bait of pleasure, till you know there is no hook beneath it.” Don’t complicate your life with alcohol, drugs or women. You will be presented with opportunities to partake in all three of these things but know that some are expensive and all have consequences. This will also require personal discipline on your part. 4. Be helpful and professional with your class peers, but don’t allow people to steal your time. You are working 8am to 5:30 pm weekdays on your college “job” and can’t have folks taking much time away from you. After work, ok. Weekends ok, but not while you are working each day. 5. Get rest. Don’t be one of these guys that stays up all night every night socializing with your buddies. That is what Friday nights and Saturday nights are for. Get your rest—body and mind. Don’t overdo any part or you can burn yourself out. 6. Consider attending a local church. There are several within walking distance of the campus. You don’t have to join the church or lead the choir there, just hearing a message now and then can help. Make time for the quiet things in life. Continued on page 8...


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A Father’s Advice

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7. Again we read Jefferson: “Whenever you do a thing, act as if all the world were watching.” Do everything in moderation—no huge swings in excesses of one thing and paltry absence of another. Moderate. Do your hard work when you are supposed to and get it done. Then use your “after hours” spare time to do the things you like. Underdoing things can cheat yourself and others. 8. Learn from your mistakes, don’t obsess on them. All that does is waste time and energy and create a mental obstacle for you later. If you screwed up, admit it, own it, and understand how not to do it again. Then move forward. 9. Use the campus. While you are a full-time student make full use of the campus and its services and facilities. Get your student tickets for athletic events and attend. Maybe do an extramural sport with other students. Take time to periodically visit the art museum there, the planetarium, and so on. Get the most from your time there. 10. Finish what you begin. Be careful not to become distracted away from your goals by a temporary setback, a failure, a change in course direction, or some other thing. When making these points it is often helpful to provide a few physical somatic markers or reminders. Therefore I have enclosed with this letter the following items for you as gifts, please find: • One sterling silver cross. School is a long way from home both in miles and ideology. It’s a big place there where they create a world where you may be expected to change, to conform to the local norms and values. It is all too easy to be swept into the comfort of hedonism and falsehoods promoted at universities today. This cross is to help remind you who you are and what Christ did for you. • One World War I U.S. Victory medal. This medal was issued by the U.S. government to all servicemen participating in that war. They faced challenges and hardship with important consequences in the balance if they failed in their objective. While they engaged their missions, the outcome was yet uncertain. They dug in, worked hard, and got the job done, and at their successful completion was victory over a common enemy. Continued on page 10…

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A Father’s Advice

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You are somewhat similarly situated in your stage of life today. You also have a daunting mission to complete on your own. But keep this medal to remind you that your goal is front of you—graduation is to be your victory. • One pair binoculars, so that you may remember to look far ahead and develop clear plans for your life along the way. Don’t allow the years (now and after you graduate) to creep up on you without your having a plan for them. The worst tragedy (and most widespread I am afraid) is that of people who can never achieve their full potential in life. They are either ignorant of what it means to achieve that or sadly lack the ability or means to do so. Look ahead in your life and make certain that you are taking the correct path to fulfill your potenThe Caldwell Pregnancy Care Center is in tial. need of strong Christian women and men willing to • One compass, so that no matter where you go, volunteer their time on a once a week basis for a you may never be lost; and that you can always find few hours meeting with young moms and dads who your way back home. You are missed by your father are expecting, or have little ones under 6 months of and your family each and every day. Please make age. If you are interested, you may call 757-9555 time to come home on occasion because we love for more information or go by the center for a vol- you very much. unteer application. The center is open Tuesday Good luck, and Godspeed, dear son. through Thursday.

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Dr. Herb Says….Stay healthy with nature Fiber Back in the 1940s, Dr. Denis Burkitt noticed the correlation of diet and good health. Working as a surgeon in East Africa, he rarely saw conditions like constipation, hemorrhoids and appendicitis that were widespread in the Western world. He came to believe the amount of fiber or roughage in a diet could explain why. Fiber is the part of fruits, vegetables, and grains that your body cannot digest. There are two kinds of fiber, both important in keeping healthy. Soluble fiber dissolves easily in water and becomes a soft gel in the intestines. Insoluble fiber remains unchanged as it speeds up the food’s passage through the digestive system.

Bumping up the fiber in your diet can help you avoid these conditions or deal with them in a healthier way: Diabetes. Fiber helps improve the way your body handles insulin and glucose. That means you can lower your risk of diabetes by eating whole grains rather than refined carbohydrates. Whole grain bread and crackers, bran muffins, navy beans, Brussels sprouts and zucchini are good choices. Heart attack and stroke. The soluble fiber in foods like oatmeal, okra, and oranges helps eliminate much of the cholesterol that can clog your arteries and cause a stroke or heart attack. Constipation and hemorrhoids. “If fiber intake were adequate, laxatives would seldom be required,” said Burkitt. Apples, sweet potatoes, barley, and pinto beans provide this roughage. Appendicitis. “Keeping bowel content soft,” said Burkitt, “seems to provide the best safeguard against the development of appendicitis.” Treats like apricots, peaches, pears and figs are a tasty way to do this. Diverticulitis. As the body processes, fibrous foods like peas, spinach, corn and artichoke it tones up the intestinal muscles. This helps prevent pouches, called diverticula, which can cause abdominal pain if they become inflamed. Weight gain. The best way to lose weight is to eat low-fat, low-calorie vegetable and grains. “The bulkier fiber-rich foods you eat,” said Burkitt, “the less unhealthy fat you will be consuming.” And since fiber swells, you’ll feel satisfied faster. If feeling the need of dessert, choose fruits like plums or strawberries. Cancer. Burkitt believed a high-fiber diet defends against colon and rectal cancers in two ways. His cultural studies showed the more animal fat in a diet, the higher incidence of bowel cancer. A healthy portion of fiber speeds cancer-causing compounds out of the digestive system more quickly, before they have a chance to make trouble. Burkitt also considered fiber a protector against other conditions such as gallbladder disease, varicose veins, and hiatal hernia. Start the day with a whole-grain cereal. Top it off with raisins, dates, sliced banana or chopped apple. Eat raw vegetable salads, munch on carrot and celery sticks. If cooking, steam only until crisp tender. Enjoy fruit salads and fruits. Eat the skins. Substituting brown rice for white will triple the fiber. Add legumes to soups and stews, use in whole grain burritos or with rice. Consume at least 20 to 35 grams a day. Sun 7 to 6 M-T 7 to 6

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Dr. Herb Says….stay healthy with nature Healing Fats, Killing Fats and the Role of Essential Fatty Acids in Optimal Health Some fats heal and some fats kill. Today Americans eat a diet of 40% fat. The majority of this fat comes from refined oils, grease-laden convenience foods, trans-fatty acid-containing margarines, shortenings, hydrogenated and partially hydrogenated oils, fat spreads, and fat inbred pork and beef. These are the killing fats. Even though hydrogenated and partially-hydrogenated oils may be cholesterol free, hydrogenated oils increase cholesterol levels, promote cancer, and cause hardening of the arteries. Studies have shown that these oils have detrimental effects on the cardiovascular function. Research shows that they increase bad cholesterol and lower the good cholesterol, make platelets stickier and double the risk of heart attack. Hydrogenated oils also weaken the immune system, affect insulin response and function (bad for diabetics), inhibit the liver from removing toxins, affect reproductive function, and weaken cell membranes. Not only does frying foods destroy good properties of oils, fried oils have been shown to increase atherosclerosis and cancer. Saturated fats or animal fats tend to make platelets stickier, slow the metabolism causing fat deposition and weight gain, interfere with insulin function and they interfere with function of Essential Fatty Acids (EFAs). Four Fats that Kill: *Hydrogenated and partially hydrogenated oils (margarines, shortening – these are used in chips, convenience foods, cookies, and breads) *Fried oils – oils heated to a very high temperature *Refined commercials oils – most oils on grocery store shelves have been refined and are actually hydrogenated *Hard fats and cholesterol (saturated fat, animal fat) Humans require not only the right amount of fats and oils for optimum health, but they must be the right kind of fats and oils. Fats that heal are fresh, unprocessed fats containing essential fatty acids. These are essential for life and health. Essential fatty acids (EFAs) cannot be made by the body. Therefore, they must be obtained through the diet. EFAs are just as important as protein, vitamins, and minerals. If we do not get enough EFAs, our cells deteriorate. The good news is that all symptoms of cell degeneration can be reversed by adding back EFAs to the diet. Healing Fats are: *Fats high in Essential Fatty Acids – nuts, seeds, and fresh unrefined oils like flaxseed, fresh cold water fish like salmon and cod Continued on page 13... Sun 7 to 6 M-T 7 to 6

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Dr. Herb Says….stay healthy with nature Healing Fats, Killing Fats EFAs deficiency symptoms are: *Eczema – like skin eruptions *Behavioral disturbances *Susceptibility to infections *Heart and circulatory problems (like high blood pressure, High triglycerides) *Inflammation *Slow metabolism *Hair loss *Thirst *Arthritis-like conditions *Dry Skin *Water retention Approximately 95% of the population is deficient in EFAs. Therefore most people’s health will improve by increasing EFAs intake. Flaxseed is the very best oil for human nutrition. Flax oil can be added to foods after cooking, like hot cereals, steamed vegetables, potatoes, used in salad dressings, etc. Look for balanced EFAs combination like Ultimated Oils. Functions and benefits of EFAs: *regulate oxygen use *lubricate joints *help to regulate blood pressure and kidney functions *help transport cholesterol *help heart beat in orderly sequence *strengthen immune function *prevent development of allergies *lower cholesterol levels by 25% and triglycerides by 65% *decrease probability of clots blocking arteries in the brain (strokes) and clots in the heart (heart attacks) and lungs (pulmonary embolism) *cancer treatment *helpful for diabetics *prevents and treats arthritis *asthma *PMS *decrease allergic response *skin conditions *more energy *quick recovery from exercise *corrects body’s thermogenic system (ability to burn off calories) *stabilize appetite *help gland function Sun 7 to 6 M-T 7 to 6

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Dr. Herb Says….stay healthy with nature Original Bible Diet Best For Man Today “Behold I have given YOU every herb bearing seed, which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree, in the which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed; to YOU it shall be for meat.” Genesis 1:29 The following explanation of Genesis 1:29 is given according to FOODS as we know them today: “BEHOLD I HAVE GIVEN YOU EVERY HERB BEARING SEED….” (A seed plant which does not develop woody persistent tissue).

GRAINS – wheat, corn, rye, barley, rice, millet, oats, buckwheat, etc. SEEDS – sunflower, sesame, flax, pumpkin, etc. LEGUMES – soybeans, lentils, peas, peanuts, other beans, etc. SUCCULENT FOODS CONTAINING SEED – eggplant, okra, bell pepper, squash, green beans, pumpkins, cucumbers, tomatoes, melons, etc. “….and EVERY TREE, in the which is THE FRUIT OF A TREE YIELDING SEED…” (A woody perennial plant, shrub or bush).

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Hudson man found guilty of multiple property crimes LENOIR, NC (August 14, 2017)...A Hudson man will spend at least seven years in prison after he was found guilty of multiple property crimes by a Caldwell County jury on Friday, Aug. 11, 2017. Thomas Victor Rinehart Jr., 46, was sentenced to serve an active prison term of seven to nine years in custody of the North Carolina Division of Adult Corrections by the Honorable Nathaniel J. Poovey, Superior Court Judge from Catawba County, at the conclusion of a two-day trial. Rinehart’s sentence was enhanced by his status as a habitual felon, which includes prior felony convictions for breaking and entering a motor vehicle, sell or delivery of marijuana and maintaining a vehicle or dwelling for use or storage of a controlled substance. Those offenses occurred in Caldwell County between 1989 and 2008. Between July 4-10, 2015, Rinehart and a codefendant, Jason Richard Setser, broke into a rental home on Mount Hermon Road owned by a Burke County couple. The men took items from the home, including antique furniture, electronics, light fixtures and plumbing pipes. They caused extensive damage to the home. Detectives with the Caldwell County Sheriff’s Office began an investigation that led them throughout Caldwell County and resulted in several of the stolen items being found in the Lick Mountain area. Witnesses described items being discarded by the two men and took detectives to a wooded area where the items were stashed. A gas fireplace unit, audio speakers and antique sewing machine were returned to the property owners. Setser already has pleaded guilty to his involvement in the crimes and currently is in custody. Det. Ed. Morgan was the lead investigator for the Caldwell County Sheriff’s Office. Assistant District Attorney Jennifer C. Mathews prosecuted the case for the State of North Carolina.

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Thursday, August 17, 2017

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Wichita Lineman, Still on the Line by Mike Holsclaw (August 12th, 2017) Glen Campbell died yesterday. I could make a big show out of analyzing his role in John Wayne's "True Grit", praising the relaxed manner of a neophyte who played his part with such amazing conviction considering how new he was to the art of acting, I could proclaim, with apologies to Matt Damon, that Campbell proved himself to be the one true La Boeuf, and I could lament the fact that he didn't play more roles after such a successful beginning, but, frankly, although I was moved deeply by Campbell's work as an artist, it wasn't as an actor that he made his most profound impact on me. So, for the first time, I'm going to abandon the raison d' etre for this blog and just simply talk about a performer who meant something to me on a personal level, and I'm not going to try and justify it through some strained connection to his life in film. I simply want to memorialize him and this is the best place to do it. By almost any standard, Glen was a phenomenal musician; he began his professional life in earnest by playing session guitar as an informal member of the group known as the Wrecking Crew, who, in turn, were providing background instrumentation for some of the biggest names in popular music at the beginning of the 1960's. Although he was often uncredited, he provided distinctive, and memorable, accompaniment for artists as varied as Elvis Presley, Frank Sinatra, Ray Charles, and Phil Spector. His guitar can be heard in "Strangers in the Night", "You've Lost That Lovin' Feeling", "California Dreamin' ", and "I'm A Believer". He worked on most of the songs on "Pet Sounds" and, after Brian Wilson stopped touring with The Beach Boys, played bass guitar for them. By general consensus, he is considered one of the best, if not the best, session guitarists of all time. In addition to all this other work, in the mid-60's, his career as a solo artist really began to pop; he had been releasing albums in his own name since 1962 but, in 1967, the album "Gentle on my Mind" appeared and the eponymous single became a massive hit. Later that same year came the album "By The Time I get to Phoenix" which, once again, produced a mega-hit from the single of the same name. From that point until the late seventies, he persistently dominated the charts with singles such as "Gentle on my Mind", "By The Time I get to Phoenix", "Galveston", "Rhinestone Cowboy", "Southern Nights" and, my personal favorite, "Wichita Lineman." Between his exemplary guitar and the mellow, inviting tones of his voice, he could make almost any song he performed distinctively his own but, when he began collaborating with composer Jimmy Webb, he brought his artistry to an entirely different level; the combination of lyrics and performer in those songs resulted in something truly magical. Glen Campbell's voice was characterized by some of the peculiar qualities of certain Arkansan's speech patterns: a meticulous attention to proper pronunciation, the avoidance of contractions, no slurred words, but, in spite of all that, still just enough of a sugarcured sprinkling of Southern inflection to make the mix piquant. Couple this with the idiosyncratic genius of Jimmy Webb, who, as a lyricist, had the rare gift of seeing the world through a perspective just skewered enough to make us look at the world with fresh eyes, and you had a unique blending of talents. I suppose the three joint efforts for which they are most famous are "Galveston", "By The Time I Get To Phoenix", and "Wichita Lineman". Of the three, "Wichita Lineman" is my favorite Glenn Campbell song and, in truth, one of my favorite songs of all time. There are a few songs that I can set on "repeat" on my car stereo and listen to in a continuous loop for thirty or forty minutes at a stretch; chief among these is "Linus and Lucy" by the Vince Guaraldi Trio, "Into the Mystic" by Van Morrison, Martina McBride's version of "Over the Rainbow", Frank Sinatra's "One for my Baby (And One More For The Road)", The Beach Boy's "God Only Knows", and, of course, "Wichita Lineman.” These, along with some others I didn't name, are, in my humble opinion, some of the best pop songs ever created. Continued on page 17...

Thursday, August 17, 2017


Wichita Lineman, Still on the Line by Mike Holsclaw (August 12th, 2017) Continued from page 16‌

With any luck, if my executors follow my wishes, these will be some of the songs playing in the background at my wake someday; if nothing else, maybe I'll show that my taste wasn't as tacky as some of my detractors suspected! Some interesting facts about "Wichita": Jimmy Webb was driving down a road in Washita county, in southwestern Oklahoma, when he realized there was what looked like an endless succession of telephone poles on the side of the road. Far in the distance, he saw a lone telephone repairman at the top of one of the poles, talking on one of the portable phones they used to jack into the system to see if the line was working. Webb wondered who the repairman was talking to and what he was thinking. It struck him that this solitary man at the top of a pole was a perfect picture of loneliness and the idea for "Wichita Lineman" was born. Once in the studio, the soulful bass guitar interludes that thrum between the lyrics were played by Glen Campbell himself; he hadn't originally intended any bass guitar to be in the song but spontaneously decided he wanted that specific sound and borrowed the bass guitar of Carol Kaye, who often played background for him, to achieve the effect he wanted (I think it adds immeasurably to the end result). The song was a huge, immediate hit for Campbell and, due to its popularity, has been covered by numerous artists, people as diverse as Robert Goulet, Andy Williams, Ray Charles, and James Taylor. There have been many instrumental versions, the one by Jose Feliciano being considered one of the best. Of course, no one has ever equaled Glen Campbell who, I think, has provided the ur-track of the song for all time. Many music journalists made much of the fact that this was the first "existential" country song; I might contest that point (I think much of Hank Williams oeuvre falls within that category), but it is amazing how much emotional depth Webb was able to plumb with such simple lyrics and how those self-same lyrics were able to convey so many complex ideas. With your indulgence, I'll spend a little time looking (and marveling) at those words: I am a lineman for the county And I drive the main road Searching in the sun for another overload. With these first three lines, he establishes the protagonist, his occupation, and what his job entails. Yet, because his language is so spare, even minimalistic, there is an otherworldly quality about the word "lineman", and the words "main road" and "overload" also imply something symbolic, of a spiritual or at least metaphysical nature. These lines always make me think of some barren, denuded landscape like you find in "Waiting for Godot" or the desert in "It Came from Outer Space" or "Them!', with their lonely, empty spaces and constantly howling winds. I hear you singin' in the wire, I can hear you through the whine And the Wichita Lineman is still on the line. The Loved One appears, but only as she is reflected in the Lineman's thoughts when he hears the noises the telephone lines make; in the third line, we receive a premonition of what will be the song's beating heart: despite his longing for the Loved One and his loneliness, he's "still on the line". There is an unresolvable tension between his feelings and his sense of obligation. He makes some small concession to the pressure he feels in the following lines; he admits he needs "a small vacation" but knows he won't get it because its not going to rain. He then gives us a glimpse of the larger anxiety he feels lest it should snow and "the stretch down south won't ever stand the strain"; Just these few words hint at some larger catastrophe that, so far, only the Lineman (and possibly his brethren) have been able to avert. Finally, we arrive at the coup de grace: And I need you more than want you, And I want you for all time And the Wichita Lineman is still on the line. Continued on page 18...


Thursday, August 17, 2017 Wichita Lineman, Still on the Line by Mike Holsclaw (August 12th, 2017) Continued from page 17...

These first two lines pull off the kind of clever reversal of expectations that Brian Wilson accomplished in "God Only Knows" when he says "I may not always love you but, as long as there are stars above you, you never need to doubt it, I'll make you so sure about it." The most interesting thing, to me, that Webb does here is that instead of starting the third line with the word "but" he chose "and". The Wichita Lineman is perfectly poised between his love and his duty, his passion and his obligation, and I think this is where the song becomes existential; as with every human being, there is a irreconcilable tension between our fondest desire and the things we have to do to survive. "The Wichita Lineman" not only recognizes this contradiction, it weaves it directly into the Lineman's identity; he is one who loves, and loves deeply, but he also manages the Lines, and that's as much a part of who he is as his hidden self. I know we always say this in retrospect about an artist and his most recognizable works, but I honestly can't imagine anyone else other than Glen Campbell capturing the nuances of this man, defined by his conflicting impulses, who achieves his integrity as an individual by threading that particular needle. I think the brilliance of his performance is epitomized by the way the song ends; on a rising crescendo, he announces one final time, in a mixture of resignation and defiance, that he's "still on the line." It may well be that that ending is as much of a reason the song has endured as anything else; the emotion it arouses is so authentic that the song lingers in our memory long past the point we first heard it. In our irony-drenched culture, Campbell's earnestness might seem old fashioned but I always found it one of the most appealing parts of his persona; for instance, if anyone else was singing it, the "O Henry" type twist at the end of "Gentle on my Mind" might seem contrived but Glen Campbell convinced you that it was true. That authenticity was his most enduring trait and the thing I'll miss most. Good bye, old friend; I don't think we'll see your like again! 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:

Thursday, August 17, 2017




Thursday, August 17, 2017

Eclipse Tips RALEIGH, NC (August 10, 2017)…Eclipse Day is getting closer. This unique natural phenomena will darken the whole Tar Heel state, and a total eclipse will be visible in some parts of the state. Regardless of where you’ll be, if you’re planning to look up on August 21st make sure you have safe eyewear. If you’re planning to drive to a spot where a total eclipse will be visible, you’ll have a lot of company. The NC Highway Patrol says try to arrive early, expect delays, be patient, and plan alternate routes. The Patrol relates these and other suggestions in its news release. And if you’re trying to book lodging in or near the total eclipse area, the usual vacation-planning advice still holds: • Read all contracts carefully before signing. Make sure all promises are put in writing, and keep good records in case you have a problem later. • Get a confirmed reservation before you agree to pay anything. • If your travel deal involves a third party (like an online travel agency) that is providing any sort of discount, make sure the company on the other end (like a hotel) is actually partnering with the travel agency and will honor the discount. • Pay with a credit card instead of cash to improve your odds of getting a refund if there’s a problem. The eclipse will be fun, especially if you keep your eyes, your vehicle and passengers (and your wallet) safe. If you spot a travel scam or have another travel related consumer complaint, file a complaint or call tollfree within North Carolina at 1-877-5-NO-SCAM. (From the North Carolina Department of Justice.)

Thursday, August 17, 2017



Thursday, August 17, 2017

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

Acts 5:31 “Him hath God exalted with His right hand to be a Prince and a Savior, for to give repentance to Israel, and forgiveness of sins.” There is no salvation without repentance. No impenitent sinner can believe with his heart unto righteousness. Repentance is a godly sorrow for sin, that worketh repentance to salvation not to be repented of. Repentance has in it nothing of the nature of merit, but it prepares the heart for the acceptance of Christ as the only Savior, the only hope for the lost sinner. Except the sinner repent, he cannot be forgiven; but the question to be decided is as to whether repentance is the work of the sinner or the gift of Christ. Must the sinner wait until he is filled with remorse for his sin before he can come to Christ? The very first step to Christ is taken through the drawing of the Spirit of God; as man responds to this drawing, he advances toward Christ in order that he may repent. We can no more repent without the Spirit of Christ to awaken the conscience than we can be pardoned without Christ. Christ is the source of every right impulse. Jesus is the only one who can implant in the heart enmity against sin. Every desire for truth and purity, every conviction of our sinfulness, is an evidence that His Spirit is moving upon our hearts.

By Dr. Herb Cole Of The Natural Food Store

Caldwell County Begins Community Health Assessment Process for the year of 2017 LENOIR, NC (August 15, 2017)…Every three years local health departments and hospitals are charged with the responsibility of conducting a Community Health Assessment (CHA) in their respective county. The CHA is the foundation for improving and promoting the health of the community. The role of the assessment is to identify factors that affect the health of a population and determine the availability of resources within the community to adequately address these issues. Through collaborative efforts forged among community leaders and members, the community can begin to answer questions related to health status as well as available resources for all human services. In a community-based assessment, community members take the lead role in forming partnerships, gathering data, determining priority issues, identifying resources and planning community programs. The community has the primary responsibility of determining the focus of assessment activities at every level. This includes the collection and interpretation of data, evaluation of resources, identification of problems and development of strategies to address these problems. Thus, the community health assessment is done by the community rather than on the community. To assist us in this important endeavor, we are asking for the community’s help. The Community Health Assessment Opinion Survey will be available for community members to take through September. The purpose of this survey is to learn more about the health and quality of life in Caldwell County. The Caldwell County Health Department, Caldwell UNC Healthcare and various community based agencies will use the results of this survey and other information to identify the most pressing health problems in Caldwell County and to develop plans to address those identified problems. All the information provided during the survey will be completely confidential and will not be linked to any individuals in any way. Continued on page 23...

Thursday, August 17, 2017


Caldwell County Begins Community Health Assessment Process for the year of 2017 The survey can be found online in English at r/CaldwellCHAsurvey or online in Spanish at rEncuestadeCaldwell2017CHA. If individuals do not have access to a computer or internet, paper copies of this survey can be found at Caldwell County Health Department, Caldwell UNC Health Care, Caldwell County Main Library and other organizations throughout the county. Should you have any questions or would like to learn more on how you could be involved in the CHA process please do not hesitate to contact Anna Martin, MPH, Health Education Supervisor, at 426 -8506 or Miller Hill Baptist Church will have a Gospel Concert featuring The Pathfinders on Sunday, August 27 at 6:00pm. Everyone is invited. There is no charge but a love offering will be collected. The church is located at 1230 Virginia Street, Lenoir. Center Grove Baptist Church will host a Golf Tournament on Friday, September 8 at Lenoir Golf Club. Lunch will be provided at 11:45am with the tournament beginning at 1:00pm. The format is 4 player teams, captain's choice. The cost is $200.00 per team. Tee box and hole sponsorships are $100.00 each. Team and hole sponsorship is $275.00. If you have questions or wish to sign up, please contact Center Grove at 396-5284 or B.J. Fore at 381-0996. The Lenoir Soup Kitchen also needs volunteers to serve, clean, put up stock, cut desserts, prep, and other duties as needed. Must be 14 or older. No court or lawyer ordered community service. Current volunteer's hours open are as follows: 8:30am-12:30pm Kitchen Helper Tuesdays and Thursdays 10:00am-12:30pm 2nd & 5th Wednesday of the month 3rd & 5th Thursday of the month 2nd, 4th & 5th Friday of the month

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Thursday, August 17, 2017


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