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Tryon Daily Bulletin

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Vol. 84 / No. 61

Tryon, N.C. 28782

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

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Steeplechase: Heyday for horses, hats by Samantha Hurst

Here’s a list of upcoming meetings and events for area nonprofit community and governmental organizations:

Hazy clouds and chilling breezes gave way to clear blue skies just in time for the 65th running of the Block House Steeplechase Saturday, April 23. As kids ran around grassy areas, families and friends prepared for the day of festivities. Tailgating groups set up everything from simple tables of paper plates and fried chicken

to elaborate spreads of silver serving platters and gourmet entrees. Tailgate judges Joyce Cox, Libby Johnson and Russ and Billie Jordan selected their favorites from among the crowds including: • Best Country Tailgate - A Day at the Races by (Continued on page 4)


Polk County Mobile Recycling Unit, Tuesdays, Ozone Drive and Hwy. 176, Saluda. Polk County Transportation Authority makes a regular trip to Hendersonville on the first and third Tuesday of each month. 894-8203. Hospice of the Carolina Foothills, “We Care” is a weekly informal social group open to women coping with loss. The group meets at 9 a.m. at TJ’s Cafe in Tryon and is open to newcomers. For more information, contact Shannon Slater at 828-894-7000 or 800617-7132 or Saluda Center, Tuesdays, chair exercise, 9 a.m. Bridge, 10 a.m., 828-749-9245. For more activities, e-mail or visit The Meeting Place Senior Center, Tuesday activities include ceramics, 9:30 a.m.; art class, 10 a.m., bingo or movie, 12:30 p.m. 828-894-0001. Polk County Historical Association Museum, open Tuesdays, 10 a.m. - 1 p.m., 60 Walker St., Columbus, lower (Continued on page 2)

Ann Weed (Center) and her daughters, (left to right) Ana, Sophie and Louisa sport whimsical hats with ribbons and bows as well as fun cartoon characters at the Block House Steeplechase Saturday, April 23. The Weeds traveled from Florida for the event. (photo by Samantha Hurst)

Polk employees may pay more for insurance New plan includes increases in copay/deductible by Leah Justice

Polk County employees on the county’s health insurance plan could see more money coming out of their pockets next year. The Polk County Board of Commissioners spoke on Mon-

day, April 18 with Tracy McCarty of Mark III, the county’s insurance broker, about options for next year. The county’s new fiscal year begins July 1. Polk County, which is selfinsured, increased its allotment for employee insurance this year 20 percent, or approximately $160,000. Polk County Manager Ryan Whitson said when he presented the 20-percent increase

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to the previous board of commissioners he promised he wouldn’t come back with a recommendation for another increase this year. Whitson also said the county will still be paying for the employee premiums with the proposed new plan. “I don’t need an increase on health insurance for next year,” Whitson said. (Continued on page 6)

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level. Free. Landrum Library, Book Discussion Group, fourth Tuesday every month, 10:30 a.m. at the library. 864-457-2218. LIFECare of Polk County/ Adult Day Health Care provides services Monday - Friday. Pet therapy is scheduled every Tuesday. An opportunity for participants to interact with a trained pet therapy dog in a safe and meaningful environment. Call 828-894-2007 for more info. Polk County Library Preschool Storytime, Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m. Free. All area children and caregivers welcome. Caregiver must remain with child. Green Creek Community Center, Zumba exercise class, Tuesdays and Thursdays 11 a.m. and 7 p.m., in gym. Cracker Barrel, 1 p.m. Tuesdays, conference room, Congregational Church. Guided wildflower identification walks, Tuesday afternoons at 1:30 p.m. beginning March 29 - April 26. Members of the Tryon Garden Club will lead the guided walk on April 26. Walks will be held at Pearson’s Falls. Contact Tryon Garden Club at 828-8170382 for info. Teen Character/Skills Building Group, Tuesdays 3:30 – 4:30 p.m., Steps to HOPE. 894-2340. Al-Anon Family Group, meets

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Tuesdays, 6:30 p.m., Saluda Senior Center, 64 Greenville Street, Saluda, one half block off Main Street (U.S. Hwy. 176 S.), 828-749-2251 (Saluda) or 1-800-286-1326. Foothills Fire Service Area Commission meeting will be held Tuesday, April 26 at 7 p.m. at the Landrum Fire Department. VFW Ladies Auxiliary Polk Memorial 9116 will meet Tuesday, April 26 at 7:30 p.m. in the Womack building in Columbus. VFW Post, Polk County Memorial 9116 of Columbus will meet Tuesday, April 26 at 7:30 p.m. in Columbus Town Hall.


Polk County Mobile Recycling Unit, Wednesdays, Fire Department in Green Creek, 7 a.m. - noon. The Meeting Place Senior Center, Wednesday activities include Tai Chi, 9 a.m.; ceramics, 9:30 a.m.; Italian club meeting (Buon Giorno), 10 a.m.; senior fitness, 10 a.m.; bingo or bridge, 12:30 p.m.; medication assistance program, 9 a.m. - noon. 828-8940001. Saluda Center, Wednesday activities, Trash Train, dominoes game, 10 a.m., gentle Yin Yoga 12:30 p.m. 828-749-9245. Tryon Kiwanis Club, meets Wednesdays, noon, Congregational Church, 210 Melrose Ave., Tryon. Female Anger Management/ Domestic Abuse Intervention Program, Wednesdays 3:30 – 4:30 p.m., Steps to HOPE. 894-2340. Male Anger Management/ Domestic Abuse Intervention Program, Wednesdays, 5 - 6:30 p.m., Steps to HOPE. 894-2340.


Polk County Mobile Recycling Unit, Thursdays, 7 a.m. noon, old Searcy Mill parking lot, Hwy. 108, Columbus.

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Partly cloudy Partly cloudy Wednesday: Par tl y cloudy, with 50 percent chance of scattered thunderstorms. High 83, low 59. Friday’s weather was: High 53, low 48, 0.41 inches of rain. Saturday’s weather was: High 76, low 50, no rain. Sunday’s weather was: High 84, low 63, no rain.

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Thursday Men’s Prayer Breakfast, will meet Thursday, April 28 at 8 a.m. at T.J.’s Cafe, 456 S. Trade St., Tryon. Saluda Center, Thursday activities: knitting group, 9:30 a.m.; gentle Yin Yoga, 5:30 p.m.; Saluda Center. 828-749-9245. The Meeting Place Senior Center, Thursday activities include ceramics, 9:30 a.m.; art class, 10 a.m., bingo or movie, 12:30 p.m. 828-894-0001. Landrum Library, Lap Babies, Thursdays, 10 a.m.; storytime, 10:30 a.m. Polk County Historical Association Museum, open Thursdays, 10 a.m. - 1 p.m., 60 Walker St., Columbus, lower level. Free. Saluda Public Library, Bouncing Babies and Toddlers in Tow, Thursdays, 10 a.m. Tryon Little Theater’s final show of the season, “Done to Death,” opens Thursday, April 28, at the Workshop, to play through May 8. The box office is open at the Workshop, 516 S. Trade Street, Monday - Saturday, 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. For reservations: 828-8592466. Green Creek Community Center, Zumba exercise class, Tuesdays and Thursdays 11 a.m. and 7 p.m., in gym. Rotary Club of Tryon meets every Thursday at noon at Tryon Presbyterian Church on Harmon

Field Road. Tryon Historic Preservation Commission will meet on Thursday, April 28 at 4:30 p.m. at Tryon Town Hall, McCown Room. Public welcome. Information: 828-859-6655. Parenting Education Program, beginning Thursday, Feb. 10 from 6 - 8 p.m. (continuing for 12 weeks), Steps to HOPE. 894-2340. Al-Anon: Foothills Come to Believe, Thursdays, 7 p.m., Polk Wellness Center, 801 W. Mills St., Suite A, Columbus. Green Creek Community Center, Zumba exercise class, Thursdays 11 a.m. and 7 p.m., in gym. Mill Spring VFW Post 10349, Bingo, Thursdays, 7-9 p.m. (year round). 828-894-5098. AA’s Sobriety and Beyond, Thursdays, 8-9 p.m., Immaculate Conception Roman Catholic Church, 1024 W. Main St., Forest City. 828-863-1313. Alcoholics Anonymous, Thursdays, 8 p.m., CooperRiis, Mill Spring. 828-859-7099. Alcoholics Anonymous, Thursdays, 8 p.m., Holy Cross Episcopal Church, 150 Melrose Ave., Tryon. Please submit Curb Reporter items in writing at least two days prior to publication. Items must include a name and telephone number of a contact person. Items will be printed in order by date of event, as space allows.

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Former Tryon Federal property faces foreclosure

Notices (right) are posted on the doors of the former Tryon Federal Bank property in downtown Tryon (left ) announcing foreclosure hearings set for May 10. The three buildings that make up the property, which are owned by McCray Smith, have been empty for years. Smith, who operates the development company Cray Inc., originally purchased the Tryon Federal buildings with the idea of redeveloping the property as a multi-use facility. Ideas considered included retail shops, offices, a restaurant and a jazz club in the basement and apartments or condos on the second floor. The property was included in an auction of McCray Smith holdings held in July 2008. The auction company initially sought bids of more than $700,000, but stopped seeking them after none were received even as low as $400,000. According to county tax records, Smith bought the property from Tryon Federal Bank for $350,000 in 2005. More recently, a planned purchase and multi-use development of the property by Tryon House fell through in November 2010. (photo on right by Barbara Tilly)

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Pete Inman and friends, Beth and Jim Champion, Steve Jones and Eve Thornton; • Most unusual tailgate 20 Years of the Block House Steeplechase by Steve and Jill Wallace, which included photos of them and friends with their favorite horses; • Most elegant tailgate Bridle Affair by Elizabeth “Cornee” Yountz, featuring an array of bridal-themed décor; and • Judge’s pick tailgate Flamingo Friends by Wanda Henderson and friends, which included splashes of neon pink and black accessories as well as pink flamingos. Hats – fanciful, funny and stylish – were worn by many steeplechase attendees. On course around noon came the parade of equine related groups such as the Old Tryon Foot Beagles, Green

Creek Hounds, Tuckaway Farm Paso Finos and the Carolina Carriage Club. Rev. Michael Doty of Holy Cross Episcopal Church blessed the day just prior to a dove release by L.J. Myers. Amateur racer Susie Kocher sang the national anthem and then the horses entered the paddock for the first race of the day, the BMW Performance/ race. Susan Petty sponsored the second race of the day in honor of her son Cannon Harmon. This race was followed by the Green Creek Equestrian Park Race sponsored by Ken Feagin Truck and Trailer Sales, Kem and Linda Ketcham, Chuck and Bonnie Lingerfelt, Kenneth A. Petit and Roger and Jennifer Smith. The day ended with the Carolina First race and then the Foxhunter’s Cup amateur races. (See page 5 for race results, and visit www.tryon for more photos from the day’s events.)

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Paula Stathakis of Landrum sports a hat of ostrich feathers, tulle and miniature horse figurines at the Block House Steeplechase Saturday, April 23. The hat was purchased during a Steeplechase hat party held by Sue Spiegel at Chateau du Cheval. (photo by Samantha Hurst)


Phyllis E. Kuekes

Phyllis E. Kuekes, 86, of Tryon Estates, Columbus, died Thursday, April 21, 2011. Born in Cleveland, Ohio, she was the daughter of Earl and Hazel Benson. She is survived by her sons, Lawrence Kuekes of Hilo, Hawaii, and Tom Kuekes of Bakersfield, Calif.; and daughter-in-law Cynthia Kuekes and granddaughter Ofelie Kuekes of Menlo Park, Calif. Preceding her in death were her beloved husband of 66 years, John Henry Kuekes Jr., her son Philip Kuekes of Menlo Park, Calif., and her sister Louise Sturm of Worthington, Ohio. Phyllis grew up in Lakewood, Ohio, where she and

John were high school sweethearts. After John’s military service in World War II, the couple moved to Illinois and then Connecticut, where they raised their three sons. Phyllis and John moved to the Columbus area following John’s retirement in 1987. Some of her joys included playing the piano, flower gardening and her pet cats. No memorial service is planned. Burial will be in Lakewood Park Cemetery, Rocky River, Ohio. Memorial donations may be made to the animal shelter of your choice to honor Phyllis’ concern for abused and unwanted pets. An online guest register is available at McFarland Funeral Chapel, Tryon.

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Horses race past spectators in the BMW Performance/ race, the first race of the day at the 65th annual Block House Steeplechase at FENCE Saturday, April 23. (photo by Samantha Hurst)

Northern Bay rules Carolina First Block House by Laura Weicker

Northern Bay, campaigned by the estate of Maryland ownerbreeder Cary W. Jackson, took command on the final circuit of Sandlin Racecourse and drew clear to a ten-length victory in the $25,000 Carolina Cup Block House, featured race of the 65th annual Block House Races in Tryon, N.C., on Saturday, April 23. Karen Eyles’ Canardly came on to finish second in a field of five. Randleston Farm’s Spy in the Sky took third, and Julia Thieriot’s Fantastic Foe finished fourth. Bill Pape’s Lead Us Not set the early pace under jockey Brian Crowley, with Northern Bay and jockey Roddy Mackenzie shadowing the pace in company with Fantastic Foe. Crowley misjudged the finish line by one circuit while comfortably in front and steered Lead Us Not off the course, apparently believing the race was over. Fantastic Foe inherited the lead, but Northern Bay took command when asked by Mackenzie and drew away to the finish line. Northern Bay ran the Carolina

First Block House’s 2 1/2 miles in 5:01.60 on a course rated as good. Trained by Todd Wyatt, Northern Bay won his only start of 2010, a Philadelphia Park optional allowance at 26.70-1 odds. The husband-wife team of Richard and Lilith Boucher accounted for two victories on the Block House program. Lilith Boucher trains Marilyn S. Ketts’ Flying Friskie, who won the $10,000 Cannon Harmon Memorial, a maiden claiming hurdle, by two lengths with Richard Boucher in the saddle. The trainer-jockey duo also accounted for a narrow victory by Mede Cahaba Stable’s Class Tie in the $10,000 Greek Creek Equestrian Park, a conditioned claiming hurdle. Clorevia Farm’s Better Be Ready finished second by a head. In the afternoon’s kick-off race, Crowley collected a victory in the $15,000 Performance Center/ aboard the Elkstone Group’s Last Man Standing for Racing Hall of Fame trainer Jonathan Sheppard. Inti finished second in the maiden hurdle. – article submitted

Last Man Standing with jockey Brian Crowley (left) pushes to pass a competitor on their way to a victory in the BMW Performance/ race and the $15,000 purse at the Block House Steeplechase Saturday, April 23. (photo by Fulton Hampton)


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The proposal is to change the plan, which will mean deductibles, copays and out of pocket maximums will increase for employees. County employees currently pay $25 for regular physician visits and $35 for specialists. The proposal is for physician copays to rise to $30 and specialists to rise to $60. Deductibles are proposed to go from the current $500 to $1,500 with out-of-pocket limits proposed to increase from $2,500 to $3,000. Under Polk County’s selfinsurance plan, the county pays for up to $35,000 in claims per employee, and a “stop-loss” insurance carrier pays any costs remaining after that amount. According to Mark III’s projections, Polk County’s expected total costs for insurance claims this fiscal year are estimated at $1,000,546. The expected total costs for next fiscal year are estimated at $1,191,803. McCarty said so far this fiscal year the county’s claims are running 16 percent below the county’s claims last year. But if Polk stays with its current plan, the county will be guaranteed a 19-percent increase, McCarty told commissioners. Commissioner Renée McDermott asked if the county has considered bidding insurance out and not continuing with self-insurance. Whitson answered that he prefers the self-insurance plan

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the county currently uses. He said once the county bids out the service, the county will receive a really good price the first year, but those rates will increase the next year and subsequent years. McCarty said Polk County’s current deductibles are extremely low. She said the average deductible is in the $1,500 to $2,000 range. Commissioner Tom Pack asked McCarty if traditionally some months have more claims than others. McCarty said normally claims rise towards the end of the fiscal year because people will get medical procedures done then because their deductibles are either paid or nearly paid.. So far this fiscal year, the number of county employees who receive health insurance ranged between 135 and 157 depending on the month. Employees are not required to have the county’s plan. Polk County pays for all of its employee’s health insurance premiums, with employees paying for any dependents. The county’s dental and vision insurance is contracted out, with employees paying for those premiums. If the current proposal is approved, it will be the first time health insurance rates for employees have increased since 2003. Commissioners are scheduled to further discuss the proposal with Mark III during the county’s next meeting on Monday, May 2, which will be held at 7 p.m. at the Stearns Building in Columbus.

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Polk Blue plays Landrum in Mites youth baseball

Above: Cal Ripken Mites youth baseball player Cole Pereira, playing for the Polk County Blue team, works to tag out a Landrum team player before he reaches the base ion a recent game. Far left: Angus Weaver takes a swing at the ball in Polk Blue’s game against Landrum. Left: Evan Jones of the Polk Blue team knocks out a home run. (photos by Fulton Hampton)

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Thanks to you, all sorts of everyday products are being made from the paper, plastic, metal and glass that you've been recycling. But to keep recycling working to help protect the environment, you need to buy those products. Some of the participants and caregivers at the Polk Life Care adult day care center. Left to right: Sophia Moore, participant; Sherrie Beam, nurse; Christy Beddingfield, director; Kristen Bullman, nurse; Kathryn Green, participant; and Louise Deyton, direct care staff. (photo submitted)


RLS gets $25K grant to offer eldercare wellness program for Polk caregivers Rutherford Life Services, Inc. will use a $25,000 grant from the North Carolina GlaxoSmithKline Foundation’s Ribbon of Hope program to provide an eldercare wellness management program for hundreds of caregivers in Polk County and surrounding areas. Rutherford Life Services is a community-based nonprofit that exists to be a positive and proactive voice for people with disabilities. RLS and Polk County Council on Aging have partnered to provide quality education and services regarding caregiver depression, burnout and isolation. The eldercare wellness management program is built on the experience and knowledge gained from working with hundreds of caregivers over the past 10 years. Organizers say there are two components to this program. First, the program will raise awareness about caregiver burnout, increase knowledge of signs and symptoms of burnout and depression, and reduce isolation associated with long-term

caregiving. field, said, “How well we care for Secondly, Rutherford Life Ser- the frail elderly, and their caregivvices will expand and provide adult ers, in our communities is the inday health care nermost social services to careand moral test givers in Polk “How well we care for this generation County and sur- the frail elderly, and will encounter. rounding com- their caregivers, in The eldercare munities. RLS, wellness manwhich has pro- our communities is the agement provided services to innermost social and gram will edufamilies in Ruthcate families, erford County moral test this generation help them navisince 2001, also will encounter.” gate through serves Polk fam-- Polk Life Care Program their difficult ilies through the Director Christy Beddingfield journeys and Polk Life Care provide adult adult day care day health care center in Columbus. RLS is one services to lighten their loads.” of the 50 nonprofit organizations The GlaxoSmithKline Founawarded grants since March 2008 dation’s Ribbon of Hope profrom the North Carolina GlaxoS- gram provides one-time grants of mithKline Foundation’s Ribbon of $25,000 to nonprofits for projects Hope program. furthering science, health and eduPolk County is ranked high- cation in their communities. est in the state of North Carolina For more information about for percentage of people age 65 the eldercare wellness manageor older (23.6 percent), with the ment program, contact Christy senior population being the fastest Beddingfield at 828-894-2007 or growing segment. Polk Life Care’s cdunaway@rutherfordlifeserprogram director, Christy Bedding-

AND SAVE. So look for products made from recycled materials and buy them. It would mean the world to all of us. For a free brochure, write Buy Recycled, Environmental Defense Fund, 257 Park Ave. South, New York, NC 10010, or call 1-800-CALL-EDF.




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PROFESSIONAL PRESSURE WASH We wash homes, decks, roofs, exterior/interior of gutters, etc. Also seal or stain wood. Excellent references! For free on-site estimate, call 828-894-3701.

FOR RENT: DUPLEX in Green Creek. Spacious, attractive, clean 2BR 1.5BA w/large master, walk-in closet, W/D, non-smoking. $650/month plus deposit. Call 704-996-2186.

FOR RENT in Mill Spring, 1 Br + den, 1 BA mobile home, water, appliances, dumpster provided, just renovated, large 4 season porch, new paint, new flooring, new HVAC, $300/month, 828-748-8400.

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GREEN CREEK: New 3BR, 2BA, hardwood floors. No pets. $800 plus security. References. FIRST REAL ESTATE, 828-859-7653.


CREDITOR'S NOTICE Having qualified on the 11th day of April, 2011, as executor of the Estate of John Austen Flint Wood, deceased, late of Polk County, North Carolina, this is to notify all persons, firms and/or corporations having claims against the decedent to exhibit the same to the undersigned Executor on or before the 18th day of July, 2011, or this notice will be pleaded in bar of their recovery. All persons, firms and/or corporations indebted to the Estate should make immediate payment to the undersigned Executor. This the 19th day of April, 2011. David Flint Wood Executor of the Estate of John Austen Flint Wood Hibicus Hill Harbour Island The Bahamas William A. McFarland, Jr. Resident Process Agent McFarland and McFarland, PLLC 39 S. Trade St. Tryon, NC 28782 adv. 4/19,26;5/3,10

Help Wanted ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR Receiving Dept. Mgr. Must be able to accurately verify yarn, chemicals & dye deliveries. Must be able to set up yarn lots to be dyed, while keeping yarn types and sizes separate. Apply in person at Carolina Yarn Processors, 250 Scriven Rd., Tryon, NC 28782. NOW HIRING Housekeeping, laundry, kitchen & wait staff. Apply in person Thurs. 4/28 from 2-4 Bright's Creek, 355 Clubhouse Lane, Mill Spring NC 28756 SALUDA CABIN RENTAL COMPANY hiring part-time cleaners. Primarily Saturdays and/or Sundays. Absolute musts: dependable reliable transportation, attention to detail, possess high moral character. Starting $9/hour. Experience not necessary; will train the right people. 828-749-2233.

Homes For Rent COLUMBUS: 3BR, 2BA, private, no pets. References. $1200 plus security. FIRST REAL ESTATE, 828-859-7653. FOR RENT: 1BR, 1.5 BA cabin, partially furnished, covered parking, water, garbage included. No pets, no smoking please. $550 mo plus $500 dep. 828-894-8406.

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FOR RENT: Peniel Rd., 2 Br, 2.5 BA, LR, DR, eat-in kitchen, sun room, office, 2 stall barn. $885 plus electricity. 828-817-3359.

Apartments FOR RENT: 2 bedroom, 1 bath duplex near Harmon Field in Tryon. Wood floors. $500/month. Call 828-859-5858 or 786-303-7108. FURNISHED 1 BEDROOM LOFT APARTMENT. Includes utilities plus cable/internet, $675, references, no pets. 828-817-4509.

Houses for Sale NORTH CAROLINA MOUNTAINS. Large one-level unfinished log cabin on 1.72 acres. Borders 168 acre private estate, 15-ft. ceilings, spacious porches, priced to sell. $87,900. Call now, 866-738-5522. UNLIMITED POTENTIAL, 9+ mature acres, mostly open pasture, beautiful mountain views, great building sites, 2 houses, barns, out-building, freshwater spring, city water & sewer available, quiet & peaceful, short walk to downtown Columbus, $300,000, may trade for house and lot of equal value, may divide, by appointment only. 828-817-0706.

Farms, Acreage & Timber POLK, RUTHERFORD, SPARTANBURG COUNTIES LAND LIQUIDATION SALE One Day Only - May 14! 1+ to 200+ Acres. Mtn views and waterfront. 864-909-1035.

COMMUNITY CHORUS TICKETS AVAILABLE AT THE TRYON DAILY BULLETIN. See the front desk for details. FOR SALE: Clay free top soil, aged cow manure, pine and hardwood bark mulch, rotted sawdust, gravel, sand, fill dirt. Can be picked up or delivered in pickup or dump truck size loads. Also will haul off brush, limbs, trash, etc. 828-863-4453.

Cars FOR SALE: 2010 silver 2-dr. Honda Civic coupe. 16,500 miles. In brand new condition. Great gift for a graduating senior. $17,500 OBO. For more information call 828-863-2934 or 828-817-3508.

Public Notices EXECUTRIX'S NOTICE Having qualified on the 15th day of April, 2011, as Executrix of the Estate of Ruby Lee Forenberry, deceased, late of Polk County, North Carolina, this is to notify all persons, firms and corporations having claims against the decedent to exhibit the same to the undersigned Executor on or before the 26th day of July, 2011, or this notice will be pleaded in bar of their recovery. All persons, firms and corporations indebted to the estate should make immediate payment. This the 26th day of April, 2011. Helen Tucker, Executrix Estate of Ruby Lee Fortenberry 601 Earley Road Saluda, NC 28773 adv. 4/26;5/3,10,17

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FOR RENT IN GREEN CREEK: 2 BR 2 BA, nice mobile home. $550. No pets. 828-899-4905.

NOTICE OF ADMINISTRATION Having qualified on the 20th day of April 2010, as Executor of the Estate of JOHANNA MARION WALLACE, late of Polk County, North Carolina, this is to notify all firms, persons, and corporations having claims against the estate of said deceased to present them to the undersigned on or before 26th day of July, 2011, or this notice will be pleaded in bar of recovery. All persons, firms and corporations indebted to said estate should make immediate payment. This the 26th day of April, 2011 John Michael Lamp Executor of the Estate of Johanna Marion Wallace 16675 Beulah Road Dawson Springs, KY 42408 Phillip R. Feagan Attorney Feagan Law Firm, PLLC P.O. Box 309 Columbus, NC 28722 adv:4/26;5/3,10,17

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Public Notices NOTICE OF ADMINISTRATION Having qualified on the 20th day of April 2010, as Co-Personal Representatives of the Estate of HELEN T. SMITH, late of Polk County, North Carolina, this is to notify all firms, persons, and corporations having claims against the estate of said deceased to present them to the undersigned on or before 26th day of July, 2011, or this notice will be pleaded in bar of recovery. All persons, firms and corporations indebted to said estate should make immediate payment. This the 26th day of April, 2011 Susan S. McHugh Co-Personal Rpresentative of the Estate of Helen T. Smith Post Office Box 1093 Saluda, NC 28773 Joan S. Feagan Co-Personal Representative of the Estate of Helen T. Smith Post Office Box 507 Columbus, NC 28722 Phillip R. Feagan Attorney Feagan Law Firm, PLLC P.O. Box 309 Columbus, NC 28722 adv:4/26;5/3,10,17

The facT ThaT you are reading this ad confirms our claim to be a closelyread newspaper – and illustrates the old motto multum in parvo – much in little. The next time you have something to sell, remember the quickest, surest and most welcome way to reach buyers is through their favorite newspaper. The Tryon Daily Bulletin

The second annual Art & Garden Bazaar, to be held Saturday, April 30 on McCown Street in downtown Tryon, will coincide with the Green Blades Tour of Homes. Sponsored by the Carolina Foothills Chamber Foundation, the bazaar will feature nursery vendors who will donate 15 percent of their plant sales to ArtScapes, a project to beautify the towns with landscaping and art led by Tryon Fine Arts Center in conjunction with local garden clubs. Above, shoppers from last year enjoy the selection. (photo submitted)

Johnson to speak at Kiwanis on equine economics: bringing business, dollars to Polk County Equine activist Libbie Johnson will be the guest speaker for the Tryon Kiwanis Club, Wednesday, April 27. Johnson believes “Our Horses Mean Business,” and she has the numbers to prove it. Armed with are reading thisaadfact-based confirms equine study, our economic claim to beimpact a closelyJohnson the word read spreads newspaper – andlocally and nationally as she works illustrates the old motto to promote jobs and –economic multum in parvo much opportunities horse in little. Thefornext timeowners you something businesses to sell, andhave equine-related remember quickest, throughout the the Carolina Footsurest and most welcome hills. way to reach buyers is through their favorite newspaper. The Tryon Daily Bulletin The Saluda Community Land Trust (SCLT) will hold its fourth annual meeting, Wednesday, April 27 at 6:30 p.m.

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Active with the local Chamber of Commerce, Polk Economic Development, Foothills Economic Partnership and various horse organizations, Johnson has made it her mission to increase awareness of the benefits of the area’s horse economy. Johnson will share equine news to all who will listen, and to any “neigh sayers,” she said she has proof that the horse industry is an economic boon for Polk County. Plus, horses are a lot of fun, she said, and Polk County has nu-

merous venues and opportunities from a slow, easy trail ride to the nail-biting jumper competitions. Johnson will present the program “Our Horses Mean Business,” Wednesday, April 27, at the Congregational Church on Melrose Ave, Tryon. The public is invited to attend. The presentation follows lunch, served at noon, and a short meeting. Anyone interested in attending is asked to call 828-894-2408 for reservations. –article submitted

Saluda Community Land Trust holds meeting April 27 The meeting will be held in the Parish Hall of the Episcopal Church of the Transfiguration. The guest speakers this year

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Historical Treasure of the Month: Cannonball that started Civil War Fort Sumter, South Carolina, April 12, 1861, about 4:30 a.m. The darkness of the predawn hour was shattered by cannon fire that hurled a cannonball toward the fort. “Almost immediately afterward a ball from Cummings Point lodged in the magazine wall, and by the sound seemed to bury itself in the masonry about a foot from my head, in very unpleasant proximity to my right ear.” That ear belonged to Capt. Abner Doubleday, a Tryon resi-

dent, who personally witnessed the first shot of the Civil War. Capt. Doubleday retrieved the cannonball and then fired the first shot in defense of Fort Sumter. The cannonball was handed down in the Doubleday family for 123 years. In 1986 Betty Doubleday Frost, grand-niece of Abner Doubleday, donated this family treasure to the Polk County Historical Association Museum in Columbus so future generations could see it and perhaps reflect upon the four years of horrific conflict that

followed. The Civil War ensured the future of the United States as “one Nation under God,” but that future was sealed with the blood of over 620,000 soldiers. Learn more about Capt. Doubleday and on this 150th anniversary year see the historic cannonball at the Polk County Historical Association Museum in Columbus. The museum is open Tuesday and Thursday from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. and on Saturday from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. – article submitted

The cannonball that supposedly started the Civil War has been passed down in the Doubleday family of Tryon.

Monthly Men’s Prayer Breakfast Thursday, April 28 at TJ’s Cafe at TJ’s Cafe, 456 S. Trade St., Tryon. Come and bring a friend. Along with a breakfast ordered

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The Thursday Men’s Prayer Breakfast will meet this month on Thursday, April 28 at 8 a.m.

from the menu, there will be fellowship and prayer for the needs of those in our community, state,

nation and world as well as for those who want to cause us harm. – article submitted

Carolina Keglers Bowling results The following are the results of the Carolina Keglers games bowled on Wednesday, April 20, at Autumn Lanes in Forest City. Women’s High Game: 1. Gerri Reitz – 178; 2. Karen Andersson – 174. Women’s High Series: 1. Karen Andersson – 511; 2. Gerri Reitz – 439. Men’s High Game: 1. Mike Lohr – 176; 2. Mike Davidson – 174.

Men’s High Series: 1. Mike Lohr – 499; 2. Mike Davidson – 475. Most Pins Over Average: Karen Andersson - +35; Mike Lohr - +38. Best Team (4 points/most wood): Mike Lohr; Walt Flaschar. Anyone wishing to join the Carolina Keglers should contact Gerri Reitz at 828-859-5206. – article submitted

Community members invited to potluck dinner at Saluda Center April 28 The Saluda Center will hold its monthly community potluck on Thursday, April 28. The potluck begins at 6 p.m. and the entertainment for the evening will be songs by the Saluda

School children. Bring your favorite dish and enjoy a relaxing evening with friends. All are welcome to attend. – article submitted

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Strokes – not just affecting elderly Growing up in these United The numbers continue to States has really changed since stun with a 47 percent increase I was a little boy more than 60 in the same time periods for years ago. males between 35 and 44 and a Today we have incredible 36 percent increase for women technology at our fingertips and, in the same age group. So what for the younger kids, that’s prov- could possibly be the cause of ing to be almost all-consuming such a jump in strokes? of their time and limited attenObesity is one of the undertion spans. lying conditions that can lead Medicine has made fabulous to strokes, but there’s a story strides, and we’re living longer. behind the story. Processed foods and fast foods Researchers think there may that didn’t even be a strong exist when I was link in those Senior young are now age groups for LifeStyles people who conthe mainstay of the younger sume diet sodas. Ron Kauffman g e n e r a t i o n ’s Isn’t it amazing diet, and reto think that by searchers have begun reporting trying to reduce their sugar inthat what kids are eating is doing take, these drinkers of diet sodas enormous amounts of damage, may be increasing their risk for first with unbelievable jumps a brain attack – a stroke? in the obesity rate and secondly That same study also found in the soaring rates of Type 2 increased risk for stroke for diabetes. those people who consumed We used to think only “old” more than 1500 milligrams of people had strokes, and they still salt a day – a little more than ½ do. But in a shocking announce- a teaspoon per day. ment from the American Stroke Processed food and the use Association in its February of table salt can really add up, report, older people are suffer- and those people who consume ing fewer strokes while young at least 4,000 milligrams were and middle-aged Americans are found to have a 250 percent showing alarming increases in higher risk of stroke than people the frequency of strokes. who limited their daily salt inHere are just a few eye-open- take to 1,500 mg or less. ing statistics taken from research This is critical information done nationwide comparing because in this country, stroke is stroke hospitalizations by age the third leading cause of death, in the time periods of 1994-95 behind heart disease and cancer, and 2006-07. The results from taking the lives of more than a sample of hospitals in 41 dif- 137,000 people a year according ferent states involving about 8 to the American Stroke Associamillion cases were shocking. For tion. The possible link between every 10,000 hospitalizations strokes and diet soft drinks is for stroke, there was an increase just one more red flag regarding of 51 percent from 9.8 percent in the intake of soft drinks. 1994-05 to 14.8 percent in 2006Previous research has al07 for males ages 15 to 34. Age ready been substantiated and 15! That’s outrageous. reported that those who drank For females the differences more than one soft drink a day, from the 1994 time period to the whether regular or diet, were 2006 time frame was an increase more likely than non-drinkers of 17 percent among those ages to have several other health risk 15 to 34. Who would have ever factors including high blood thought we’d be discussing pressure, elevated triglycerides strokes among kids and young (blood fats), low levels of good adults? cholesterol, high fasting blood

sugar and large waists, all part of a diagnosis referred to as metabolic syndrome. And metabolic syndrome is known to and has been proven to increase the risk of diabetes and cardiovascular disease. While strokes continue to occur most frequently among older people, the increase among those as young as 15 is a major wake-up call regarding our diet and eating habits. As you can imagine, there are several other factors to consider regarding increased likelihood of a stroke, such as gender, level of physical activity, daily calorie intake, smoking and alcohol consumption. But the bottom line remains that people in the studies who drank diet soda daily - compared to those who drank no soda - were 61 percent more likely to have a vascular event. Not surprisingly, while the research shows a high correlation between soda and stroke, there is not yet a consensus as to why. More research has to be done, but if the original study is replicated in subsequent research, it will not bode well for the daily consumption of diet soft drinks. Does this mean you can never have another soda? Of course not, but common sense does suggest, just as with sugary desserts or even red wine that is high in antioxidants, all things in moderation. Try to cut down on salt, read food labels to see what’s in the foods you’re eating and hold yourself to no more than one soft drink a week. That’s a tough prescription to follow, but the truth be told, it’s a lot easier to do than recover from a stroke – at any age. Ron Kauffman is a Geriatric Care Manager and Certified Senior Advisor. He is the author of “Caring for a Loved One with Alzheimer’s Disease,” available at He can be reached by email at

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Russell speaks at PCHA meeting At the Polk County Historical Association meeting on Tuesday, May 3 at 2:30 p.m. at the museum in Columbus, Bill Russell will re-live his life in Saluda for the audience. Russell was born in Saluda and grew up there. He will talk about the places he has lived, going to school, chores he had as a child, shopkeepers he knew and city workers who kept Saluda going. He will also tell of times at the Mountain Page Baptist Church. Russell has written a memoir “In Times Gone By.” This will be available for purchase after the meeting. All are welcome. – article submitted

Homeschool program at Landrum Library Stephanie Winterrowd will present a program about birds to homeschooled children at the Landrum Library on Thursday, April 28. This program will begin at 2 p.m. and will be appropriate for children grades kindergarten - sixth. For more information about this program or other programs held at the library, please call 864-457-2218. – article submitted

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