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Tryon Daily Bulletin

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Vol. 84 / No. 157

Tryon, N.C. 28782

Monday, September 12, 2011

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O.P. Earle Boys and Girls Club wins $10k prize for film by Samantha Hurst

Nightmarish clowns and acrobatic ninjas, plus a few film takes, were all that stood between O.P. Earle Elementary student Miccoa Rice and “The Holy Cupcake” this summer. Student producers in O.P. Earle’s Boys and Girls Club called cut on the final scene of their production two days after beginning to roll film. Cast and crew knew they had something special, but they didn’t know it was $10,000 special until last week when the Boys and Girls Club of the Upstate received notification that the movie was one of 10 national winners in the Disney/Pirates of the Caribbean film competition. “They came up with such a great idea and they executed it so well,” said Heidi Fortune, who (Continued on page 5)

Several of the students at O.P. Earle Elementary who helped write, shoot, act out and edit the video that won $10,000 for the Boys and Girls Club’s art program. Pictured left to right are fifth-graders Hunter Brant, Kaitlyn Painter, Miccoa Price, Shionna Miller and Sophie Sandahl. (photo by Samantha Hurst)

Landrum High tennis coach Savannah Martin reports the girls tennis team is 1-1 for the season. The team lost to Woodruff 0-6 on Sept. 1 but beat Broome 5-2 on Sept. 8. Winning games were Lindsay Wilson, Rina Davenport, Megan Barnwell, Sierra Wiley and doubles team Lindsay Wilson and Rina Davenport. The next match will be against Woodruff on Sept. 14, beginning at 4:30 p.m. at Landrum High School.

N.C. Dept. of Insurance breaks up alleged local insurance fraud ring Seven arrested, two suspects still sought by Leah Justice

The N.C Department of Insurance arrested on Thursday, Sept. 8 seven area residents accused of engaging in an insurance fraud scheme involving

staged accidents. The N.C. Department of Insurance, which conducted the investigation and made the arrests, said the total estimated losses associated with the claims are in excess of $100,000. (Continued on page 3)

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Polk County Mobile Recycling Unit, Mondays, Harmon Field/Tryon, 7 a.m. - noon. Saluda Center, Tuesdays, chair exercise, 9:30 a.m., bridge, 10 a.m., 828-749-9245. For more activities, email saludacenter@ or visit www.saluda. com. The Meeting Place Senior Center Monday activities include line dancing, 10 a.m., senior fitness, 11 a.m., bingo or bead class, 12:30 p.m. 828-8940001. Christian Fellowship Luncheon, TJ’s Cafe, Tryon, Mondays except holidays, noon - 1 p.m.; food, fellowship and discussion of relevant issues; interdenominational.859-5051. Polk County Retired School Personnel, kick off meeting, Monday, Sept. 12 at noon at the Polk County Meeting Place, Skyuka Rd. in Columbus. Please make luncheon reservations by Sept. 8 to Evangelena Barber at 828-894-8705. Chess Club, Mondays, 12:30

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p.m., recreation room, LaurelHurst Apartments, Columbus. Open to anyone in community. 894-3336. Saluda Center Monday activities include line dancing at 12:30 p.m. For more information visit Pearsons Fall Guided Walk led by Robbie Ter Kuile, Monday, Sept. 12, 1:30 - 3:30 p.m. Falls are owned and operated by the Tryon Garden Club. Call 828-749-3031 to register. Harmon Field Board of Supervisors, Monday, Sept. 12 at 6 p.m. at the Harmon Field Cabin. Public welcome. For more information call 828-859-6655. Male Domestic Abuse Intervention Program, Mondays, 6 - 7:30 p.m., Steps to HOPE. 894-2340. Friends of Harmon Field board of directors will meet Monday, Sept. 12 at 6:30 p.m. at Harmon Field Cabin. Public invited. For information, contact Lorna Dever at 828-894-3370 or Meg Rogers at 828-859-6655. Landrum Library, free yoga classes. 6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. Limited to first 30 people. Thermal Belt Stamp Club, first and third Mondays of each month, 7:30 p.m., Tryon Federal Bank, Columbus. Visitors welcome. Alcoholics Anonymous, Mondays, 8 p.m., Columbus Presbyterian Church.


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, 800-617-7132 or The Meeting Place Senior

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Center Tuesday activities include ceramics, 9:30 a.m.; art class, 10 a.m.; bingo or movie, 12:30 p.m. 828-894-0001. American Legion Auxiliary meets Tuesdays at 10 a.m. Located at American Legion Hall, 43 Depot St., Tryon. Polk County Historical Association Museum, open Tuesdays, 10 a.m. - 1 p.m., 60 Walker St., Columbus, lower level. Free. 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 will have preschool story time every Tuesday at 10:30 a.m. Open to all area children and caregivers. 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. PolkFresh Farmers Market, Tuesdays, in the Re-Ride parking lot, crossroads of Landrum and Hwy. 9, 5 - 7:30 p.m., Visa/EBT accepted. Visit polkcountyfarms. org for vendor list or sign-up. Al-Anon Family Group meets 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 1-800286-1326. Thermal Belt Friendship Council meeting, second Tuesday of every month at 7 p.m. at the Roseland Community Center.


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. 828-894-0001. Tryon Youth Center, bridge lessons for grades 6 - 12. Free. From 9 - 11 a.m. 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 Domestic Abuse Intervention Program, Wednesdays 3:30 – 4:30 p.m., Steps to HOPE. 894-2340. 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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• Insurance fraud (continued from page 1)

N.C. Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin announced the arrests last week and is asking the public for help in locating two additional suspects. The following individuals were arrested: • Ashley Leija Hannon, 25, of 406 Spindale St., Spindale, N.C., was charged with one count of felony conspiracy, four counts of insurance fraud, four counts of obtaining property by false pretense and one count of attempting to obtain property by false pretense. • Janice Hannon, 56, of 209 N. Howard Ave., Landrum, was charged with two counts of insurance fraud, and one count each of felony conspiracy, continuing a criminal enterprise, attempting to obtain property by false pretense and obtaining property by false

Tyreke Hannon (left), Julius Hannon (center) and Ashley Hannon are three of the individuals arrested Sept. 8 in connection with insurance fraud. Photos of the others arrested were not available at press time Friday, Sept. 9.

pretense. • Julius Jamal Hannon, 34, of 586 Markham Road, Tryon, was charged with one count of felony conspiracy. • Tyreke Hannon, 18, of 209 N. Howard Ave., Landrum, was charged with one count each of insurance fraud and attempting to obtain property by false pretense. • Domonique Deshae Miller, 19, of 209 N. Howard Ave.,

Landrum, was charged with one count each of insurance fraud and attempting to obtain property by false pretense. • Christopher Nesbitt, 23, of 108 W. Tucker St., Landrum, was charged with one count each of felony conspiracy and continuing a criminal enterprise, four counts of attempting to obtain property by false pretense and two counts of obtaining property by false

pretense. • Khadsha Webster, 17, of 209 N. Howard Ave., Landrum, was charged with one count each of insurance fraud and attempting to obtain property by false pretense. Investigators are also seeking Michael Kareem Hannon, 26, of 740 E. Howard St., Tryon, and Randy Bashawn Littlejohn, 36, (Continued on page 4)


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insurance claims. Insurance reports. Dominique Miller was recarriers who allegedly received false claims from the suspects leased on a written promise to include Progressive, GMAC, return to court, while Tyreke Allstate, Safeco, Geico and Hannon, Christopher Nesbitt Liberty Mutual, according to the and Khadsha Webster were released to the department of custody of their insurance. The susTo report suspected p a r e n t s , a c cording to the pects were insurance fraud insurance comarrested with the assistance Contact the N.C. Depart- mission report. Criminal of the Nation- ment of Insurance Criminal al Insurance Investigations Division at investigators are requesting Crime Bureau, 919-807-6840. t h e p u b l i c ’s Polk County assistance in Sheriff ’s Office, Spartanburg County Sher- locating Randy Littlejohn and iff’s Office, Landrum Police Michael Hannon. Hannon was Department and Tryon Police last seen driving a silver Dodge Department, according to the Charger with Florida license plates. department of insurance. Anyone with information on As of Sept. 9, Ashley Hannon was being held on a $150,000 their whereabouts is encouraged secured bond; Janice Hannon to contact the Tryon Police Dewas being held on a $12,000 partment at 828-859-9195, or secured bond and Julius Hannon the N.C. Department of Insurwas being held on a $20,000 ance Criminal Investigations secured bond, according to Division at 919-807-6840.

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of 111 Gold Medallion Drive, Bostic, N.C. Michael Hannon is wanted on charges of insurance fraud, obtaining property by false pretense, attempting to obtain property by false pretense, felony conspiracy and continuing a criminal enterprise, according to the N.C. Insurance Commission. Randy Littlejohn is wanted on charges of insurance fraud, attempting to obtain property by false pretense and felony conspiracy, according to department of insurance reports. The department of insurance said the investigation was ongoing for two years. Investigators alleged the individuals participated in a staged accident ring in and around Polk County. Investigators said the suspects are either family members or close acquaintances and are charged with filing false

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According to the N.C. Department of Insurance, the department employs 20 sworn state law enforcement officers dedicated to investigating and prosecuting claims of insurance and bail bonding fraud. Since insurance commissioner Goodwin took office in 2008, criminal investigators have received more than 11,000 complaints resulting in 505 arrests, 286 criminal convictions and more than 100 cases currently pending a court appearance. These arrests have resulted in more than $44 million in restitution and recoveries for victims. An estimated 10 cents of every dollar paid in premiums goes toward the payment of fraudulent claims, according to the department of insurance. To report suspected fraud, contact the N.C. Department of Insurance Criminal Investigations Division at 919-807-6840. Callers may remain anonymous. Information is also available at

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runs the theater and filmmaking program for the organization. “I certainly could never come up with such a creative concept.” Fortune mentored fifth graders in O.P. Earle’s Boys and Girls Club theater group throughout the making of the video. She taught them about shot lists, lighting, camera angles, directing and editing, among other elements of the process. “I learned a lot,” said student Kaitlyn Painter. “I thought making a movie like this would be something little – that it wouldn’t take a lot of work, but there was so much to do.” To come up with the story line for the live-action movie, students each created story plots. Concepts from students Sophie Sandahl and Shionna Miller ended up leading the way with (Continued on page 6)

A scene from “The Holy Cupcake,” a film by the Boys and Girls Club of O.P. Earle Elementary School in Landrum. The film won $10,000 as one of 10 national winners in the Disney/Pirates of the Caribbean film competition.


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tales of a clumsy spy and a kid on a journey to find the “Holy Cupcake.” “We’re really excited because it turned out really funny,” Sandahl said. Both girls worked behind the scenes and said they enjoyed learning about making a movie. “I got to help them with what they had to say. I got to help them with their clothes and makeup and Miccoa with shooting the clowns with the silly string,” Miller said. The girls and their peers directed Miccoa Rice, the main character, as he weaved a path through the school past evil clowns at the front door, mean girls in the hallways and tumbling ninjas in the cafeteria to finally reach “The Holy Cupcake.” “Covering the clowns with silly string to stop them and playing the iPod to stop the mean

A scene from the O.P. Earle prize-winning student film “The Holy Cupcake.”

girls were probably my favorite parts,” Rice said. This creative play on an Indiana Jones type film helped the kids grab $10,000 for their Boys and Girls Club art programs. What does $10,000 mean to an art program? Because so many grant programs have been cut, Fortune said the money will help keep

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drum kids did such a great job on an earlier silent film they had made last year that they could definitely do this,” Fortune said. Landrum was one of two liveaction films to win out of the 10 national winners. “Making the film let them explore and that’s what making art when you are a kid is all about,” Fortune said.

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Empty gallon vinegar jugs and used vegetable oil are bolstering a fresh business idea in Polk County. A collaboration between Mountain View BBQ’s Shane Blackwell and Be Kind Solution’s Tawana Weicker has allowed the restaurant to become greener in an innovative way that has been quickly catching on around the country in recent years. Blackwell and his staff collect used vegetable oil from their fryers and trade it with Weicker, who then uses it to create biodiesel and cleaning solutions and soaps with the glycerin byproduct. In return, Mountain View gets a handy supply of cleaning solutions and soaps to use around the restaurant. “The product I was having to buy to clean up grease and such in the restaurant, you had to wear eye protection and hand protection. You don’t have to with this – it isn’t harsh,” Blackwell said. Mountain View cashier and Blackwell’s sister-in-law Elizabeth Russell first spurred Weicker’s interest in biodiesel, and two months ago served as the catalyst for pulling the restaurant on board. Weicker, who was Russell’s English teacher in high school, heard the then senior speak about biodiesel production as part of her senior project. Weicker began doing research on her own and learned she could get a lot of use out of the alternative fuel. Now she takes used vegetable oil

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Above and below: Tawana Weicker creates Be Kind Solutions and Warhorse products for cleaning and other purposes. For some of the products, she recycles vegetable oil from Mountain View BBQ in Columbus. (photos submitted)

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Phyllis May Churchill

Phyllis May Churchill, 89, of Tryon Estates passed away quietly in her sleep on Sept. 3, 2011 at Hospice House of the Carolina Foothills. She was born Dec. 1, 1921 in Romeo, Mich., daughter of Perry and May Griggs. The family had a peach orchard at Mt. View Orchards in Romeo and she and her sisters, Helen and Eleanor, were known as the Three Peaches. Phyllis earned a master’s degree from the University of Michigan and was a school teacher for special needs children. She married Allen Churchill in 1943. They were famous for making music together, especially playing a duet of Chopsticks on the piano. Many summer weekends were spent on Union Lake in Michigan. Vacations were spent at their cottage on an island in McGregor Bay, Canada. For many years, Phyllis and Al lived in Millford, Mich. After retirement, th e y


James E. Slanaker

James E. Slanaker, 78, of Tryon died Sept. 8, 2011. He was the son of the late Homer David and Mabel Velma Shiplett Slanaker and widower of Margaret F. Slanaker. He was a retired business owner and served in the U.S.


moved to Etowah, N.C., and thoroughly embraced the southern lifestyle and mountains. Phyllis was very active in her churches in Millford, Brevard and Tryon. She was known for her love of her family. She also treasured her nieces and nephews and their children. Her family and friends will remember her as a generous hostess. She always made sure there was more than enough on the table and that her home was decorated for the occasion. She was preceded in death by her son, Greg. She is survived by her husband, Allen; sisters, Helen Gurley and Eleanor Bannister; nephews, David Churchill (Diane), Robert Bannister, David (Debbie) Bannister; nieces Nancy (Arnold) Dzick, Helen Mudry, Susan (Michael) Loveman and Collette Mak; and cousins, Alice Rennalls and Byron Carpenter. A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 24 at Tryon Estates. Memorial contributions can be sent to Hospice House of the Carolina Foothills, 270 Fairwinds Road, Landrum, S.C. 29356.

Army during the Korean Conflict. He is survived by three daughters and a son. No services are planned. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Foothills Humane Society, P.O. Box 126, Tryon, N.C. 28782. Condolences may be left at Petty Funeral Home & Crematory, Landrum.

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WHERE WE WORK An in-depth look at an area business

PERSON FEATURED: Norman L. Hammond BUSINESS: NAPA of Landrum ADDRESS: 139 N. Howard Ave., Landrum, S.C. 29356 PHONE NUMBER: 864-457-2604 or 864-457-4876 OPERATING HOURS: Monday - Friday 8 a.m. - 6 p.m. Saturday 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Sunday Noon - 4 p.m. EMAIL: NATURE OF BUSINESS: Auto parts PRINCIPAL OWNER: Norman L. Hammond, owner/ president EMPLOYEES: 6 YEAR PURCHASED: April 2011, however, this location has been serving this area as an auto parts store for more than 30 years. ONE THING YOU WISH EVERYONE KNEW ABOUT YOUR BUSINESS: We not only carry auto parts but we also have heavy truck parts; heavy equipment parts; machinery parts; motorcycle, watercraft and ATV parts; auto body supplies; paint; tools and equipment. If we do not have it in inventory, we can order and receive it the next day.

SOMETHING YOU OFFER THAT A CUSTOMER WON’T FIND ELSEWHERE: Great selection of quality NAPA products that are backed by a nationwide warranty. ADVICE TO YOUNG ENTREPRENEURS: Have a goal. Know your niche. Prepare by researching for knowledge and research some more. Be prepared with knowledge, finances and mental fortitude.

MY FIRST JOB: I grew up on a farm working on and operating heavy equipment at the ripe old age of 9. My first real job was in retail. YOUR ROLE MODEL (IN BUSINESS OR IN LIFE GENERALLY): My mother taught me to never quit and to do what it took to get the job done right the first time. And never, never, never give up.

THE KEY TO A SUCCESSFUL BUSINESS: Know what you are good at and what you are not and fill those spots with a loyal support team. Love what you do so working is a pleasure, not a chore.

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Grateful for good people To the Editor: Last Thursday, our Great Pyrenees dog, Cotton, panicked

by volleys of gunshots in our neighborhood, escaped and ran onto I-26, where she was killed. Someone called the N.C. DOT, who went out and picked up her body. They found our telephone numbers on her tags, and called us to let us know what had happened. They offered to bring her

collar to us, and at our request, they brought Cotton home. They gently laid her down, and each said how sorry he was that this had happened to our dog. Their kindness made our terrible loss easier to bear. While we have always found the DOT to be pleasant, respon•Experienced & Fully Insured • Accredited by Better Business Bureau jbtr-035353


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Don’t vilify wealthy To the Editor: Rodney Gibson (August 31 “Rhyme or Reason�) asserts, “The hoarding of cash by wealthy individuals and corporations is the primary reason for our economic quagmire.� What a profoundly ignorant statement. Suppose for one second a vast evil conspiracy of wealthy people and companies plotted to hoard and hide their vast fortunes from the masses. Just where would they hoard and hide all that cash? Under their mattresses, earning zero return, brought out each evening to light smelly cigars with $100 bills while tee-heeing at the economic misfortune of the helpless peasantry? Mr. Gibson, “the wealthy� didn’t get wealthy or stay wealthy by “hoarding cash.� They became

wealthy through work and investment. Both of those create jobs. And “the wealthy� do only two things with their wealth – reinvest it or spend it. And both of those create jobs. Maybe you genuinely believe the wealthy are evil or have too much cash. But credit them at least for being smart and greedy enough to invest that cash for returns greater than they get by stuffing it under the mattress. Mr. Gibson’s profound ignorance of economics, capitalism, free markets and rational human behavior is shared by the current White House occupant. Both vilify “the wealthy� and try to punish and steal their success with higher taxes and regulatory burdens. Then they complain when “the wealthy� hesitate to invest more wealth for government to confiscate. January 20, 2013 can’t get here soon enough. – Paul Weidman, Tryon

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I NEED YOUR HELP! My name is Terry Biddy. I was recently placed on the top of a liver transplant list. My after care costs are very expensive. If you would be willing to help please make your check payable to NFT NC Transplant fund. Remember to write in honor of Terry Biddy. Send checks to: 5350 Poplar Ave. Suite 430, Memphis TN 38119 ANY HELP WILL HELP!

Patient Financial Services Specialist, Day Shift, 32 hrs. week, 5 days, Full Time 2 - 5 yrs experience. Must have knowledge in Medicare and Medicaid Logs. Send resume to awhiteside EOE

2BR/ 2BA + small office manuf. home. Furn. for 1 or 2 near Lake Lanier on sloped lot. Quiet, woodsy. Near Landrum & Tryon. All appliances. Cable TV/ Internet ready. Deck. $640/ mo. Call (828) 817 - 9134.

Appliances, wd floors, parking, central H&A: 1 BR, 1BA, Godshaw Hill - $550- $570.; Entrance Cliffs of Glassy Utilities paid, $795: 864-895-9177 or 864-313-7848

Full time opening for a Social Worker at Hospice of of the Carolina Foothills. Bachelor's or Master's degree of Social Work from an accredited school of social work, and social work license in SC required. A minimum of one year experience in medical social work, geriatrics experience preferred. Please apply at EOE

4BR 2BA home in country setting in Polk County. Large living room, kitchen, dining area, and laundry room. Gas heat. $650/mo with deposit required. Ask for Ryan (803)371-3116

Lost & Found Small duct taped envelope containing hearing aids. REWARD. Call Bob, (828)279 - 4000.

Services CONLON TREE CARE Quality tree work at reasonable prices. Pruning, removals, chipping, log splitting. Free estimates, references. INSURED, EXPERIENCED AND RELIABLE. Call Tom at 828-863-4011. DE-CLUTTER NOW! Our friendly, efficient, non-smoking team will be glad to haul away your junk. Locally Owned. Great References call.828.817.3793 or 828.859.0241 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.

Lawn Care LANDSCAPING Lawn maintenance, landscape design & lighting, mulching, retaining walls, paver walkways, drainage work. 828-223-5198

Want to Buy - Vehicles WANT TO BUY: Scrap and junk metal, junk cars and trucks. Call 828-223-0277. WE PAY CASH For junk & cheap running cars. Most cars $200 to $750. Towed from your location. No fee for towing. FAST SERVICE. 828 - 289 - 4938.

Farms, Acreage & Timber WE BUY STANDING TIMBER Nothing too big or too small Call 828.287.3745 or 704.473.6501 Green River Forest Products

PART-TIME GATEKEEPER for Pearsons Falls, a nature preserve, Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Requirements include high school diploma or equivalent, good people skills, love of nature/outdoors, ability to walk the 1/4 mile trail twice daily and motivation/self-direction. Hourly salary. Application deadline, Sept. 30. Email for application or questions. POLICE OFFICER The City of Landrum is now accepting applications for a Police Officer. Qualified applicants must be 21 years old, a resident of SC, have a valid SC driver's license and be able to pass a rigid background investigation. Certified officers will be given preference. Applications will be accepted at City Hall, 100 N. Shamrock Avenue until 5:00 pm September 12, 2011.

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FOR LEASE: 940 sq. ft. cabin, 2 bedroom/1& 1/2 bath, secluded, outside Columbus. Includes power and water. $650/month plus deposit. Call 828-894-3528.

Houses for Sale 3bdrm/ 2 bath, hardwood floors. Appliances included. Screened in back porch, very quiet neighborhood with little traffic. Loaded within a mile to downtown Tryon. $83,000 Call 828.817.0514 BEAUTIFUL COLUMBUS HOME for living in the country but 2 minutes from I-26. Four bedrooms (two master suites), three full baths, over 2,200 sq ft and 2+ acres. Cathedral Ceilings, Fireplace, Sunroom and deck. Visit # 22741587. Drastically reduced! $209,900. Call Janice at 864-680-6211 and make us an offer! CHIMNEY ROCK, NC 1328 sf log chalet unfinished on 4+ acres $94,800 or on 2 acres only $79,900 your choice. Call owner for details 866-738-5522 brkr

Public Notices

Houses for Sale or Rent Landrum/ Campobello 3BR 1BA house on 1acre lot. $525/mo. 864-590-7444.

Furniture Whirlpool refrigerator side by side, black, 1yr old - $900. Cherry entertainment center 55 1/4x 21dx6 1/2w, 3 drawers, 2 doors fold in, left glass door with shelves - $799. Cherry china cabinet & table & leaf & 6 chairs, padded - $990. Cherry armoire 2 - door, pullout shelve & drawer; 55hx 35 1/2wx 21 3/4 dtv = 28 1/2w x 21d x 26 h - $599. Executive desk chairs, high back chair with arm rest with casters - $45 each. Cherry coffee table & 2 end tables $150. Marble coffee table with cast iron circle stand - $99. Last supper tapestry 49 1/4h x 74w - $99. Washer and Dryer Set - $450. Thomasville Cherry King size bed , 2 night stands, tall dresser - $3000. OBO Moving. 863 - 696 - 7801.

Public Notices PUBLIC NOTICE The dirt portion of Melrose Extension will be closed for approximately three weeks starting Monday, September 12, 2011 while the contractor is working on the sewer line. adv. 09/12, 13, 14

POLK COUNTY NOTICE OF CURRENT AND UPCOMING VOLUNTEER BOARD VACANCIES Economic & Tourism Development Commission Home and Community Care Block Grant Library Board of Trustees Mental Health Advisory Nursing Home Community Advisory CommitteePlanning Board Recycling Advisory Board-

1 Regular and 1 Alternate Vacancies 2 Regular Vacancies 3 Regular Vacancies 3 Regular Vacancies 3 Regular Vacancies 2 Regular Vacancies 1 Regular Vacancy

Zoning Board of Adjustment

3 Alternate Vacancies

Requirements : Applicants must be current residents of Polk County, with no taxes in arrears. Pick up applications at the County Manager's Office, Womack Building, Columbus, NC, or go to and click Resource Finder to print. For further details: 828-894-3301 ext. 7.

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ICC Polk Campus class: ‘Israel: A walk through history’ “Seeing is believing,” says Dr. Jim Murphy, who will guide students on a visual walk through Israel in a class this fall at the Polk County Campus of Isothermal Community College. Students will see present-day sites of ancient stories as well as modern-day life with the help of present-day technology. Dr. Murphy is a biblical scholar who has visited Israel and the Middle East 19 times. His class will meet on Wednesday mornings from 10 a.m. - noon for four weeks from Sept. 14 - Oct. 5. Each week will have a different focus to help broaden attendees’ knowledge and appreciation for the country and its people. Topics will include reviewing the building and the destruction

of Jewish temples, journeying down the Rift Valley (from the beginning of the Jordan River, through the Sea of Galilee, the lower Jordan, Jericho, Qumran, and Masada), exploring various cities of importance (Nazareth, Bethlehem, Cana, Haifa, Bethany and more) with the last class focusing on Jerusalem (a center for three world religions, Judaism, Christianity and Islam). Dr. Murphy will return to Israel for his 20th trip to the Middle East next spring, April 30 – May 10, 2012 as he co-directs another tour. For more information on the class, or to pre-register, please call the ICC Polk Campus at 828894-3092. – article submitted by Dr. Jim Murphy

Tips for planting local lawns The Labor Day holiday normally signals it is time to plant cool season grasses like tall fescue and Kentucky bluegrass. Tall fescue is the predominant grass in both lawns and pastures in Polk County. Typically, turfgrasses need a minimum of five hours of full sun each day. All grasses except centipede prefer to grow in a soil that has a pH of 6.5. In order to obtain that pH, homeowners need to add lime. In addition, sowing grass seed or “overseeding” on top of our tight, heavy clay soils is not very successful. Some light tilling or at a minimum, aeration of the soil is suggested to improve the chances of your grass seedlings becoming established. Overseeding an existing lawn takes around three pounds of seed per every 1,000 square feet. When seeding bare soil use six pounds of tall fescue seed for every 1,000 square feet. If you are planning to use one of the new turf type seeding blends (5 pounds tall fescue, 1 pound bluegrass, 1 pound fine fescue) you need a total of 7 pounds for every 1,000 square feet. It is always helpful to have a soil test completed to help determine what lime and fertilizer is needed.

Soil boxes and forms are available at the Polk County Extension Center in Columbus. If you plant seed grass remember to mulch the new lawn and bare areas with wheat straw. The straw needed is approximately one square bale of weed-free wheat straw for every 1,000 square feet. After applying the straw, a homeowner should have 50 percent of the bare ground visible. This straw helps keep the soil surface from drying out too quickly. Keep in mind that watering is critical the first 10 to 14 days unless it rains. The latest research also indicates that fertilizing three weeks after seed germination is more beneficial. Use a rate of fertilizer recommended, 10 pounds of 10-10-10 per every 1,000 square feet, or use the special slow-release turf fertilizers at the rate shown on the bag. Contact the Polk County Master Gardeners at the Extension Center in Columbus if you need additional information on establishing a lawn. They can be reached at 894-8218 mornings Monday through Friday. – article submitted by John Vining




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Polk finance director Sandra Hughes receives Certificate of Excellence in financial reporting Polk County Finance Director Sandra Hughes was awarded the Certificate of Excellence in Financial Reporting during the Polk County Board of Commissioners meeting held Tuesday, Sept. 6. Polk County C o m m i s s i o n e r C h a i r R ay Gasperson (left) presented the award to Hughes. The certificate is the highest form of recognition in the area of government accounting and financial reporting. It is awarded by the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada. (photo by Leah Justice)

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Molting cardinals surprise some bird enthusiasts Bald cardinals with somewhat reptilian bare black heads - who ever would see such a thing? Well, welcome to the heat of midsummer and with it the reports of bald-headed northern cardinals, blue jays and even common grackles. Every year I get emails and phone calls describing these mutant-looking birds that aside from their featherless heads otherwise look exactly like the aforementioned species. I must admit that the first time I saw one of these somewhat bizarre looking by Simon birds I thought it Thompson must have been very sick. Most birds molt their feathers twice a year, replacing all or most of their feathers over a period of a few weeks to a month or so. This is easily seen in our summer resident scarlet tanagers. The males are brilliantly colored red with black wings and tail when they arrive in the spring. By the time late summer rolls around the males’ red feathers are slowly being replaced by green. The birds retain this green plumage through the winter months on their wintering grounds, only regaining their red coloration before they begin to again move north in our spring. It is the same with indigo buntings. The males lose their bright blue plumage in September and molt to a very even brown before their southbound migration. They then superficially resemble the plainer females and immature birds, but they do retain some blue feathers in their wings and tail. As in many species, male indigos will molt back into their spring finery before they return north to breed. Even during their spring migration some of the males appear in a rather unusual combination of brown and blue feathers. Here in the mountains of Western North Carolina, many of our

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resident birds also molt in late summer, usually after they have finished their breeding season. With many species, such as tufted titmice, Carolina wrens or Carolina chickadees, it’s not very noticeable, but with others the results can look very peculiar indeed and this is especially noticeable in cardinals and blue jays. Annual molting may indeed be part of the “baldness syndrome,” but it also may be a result of an infestation of feather mites or lice. It seems as if immature birds undergoing their first molt may be just as likely as adults to undergo this feather loss and we don’t really understand why they lose all of their head feathers at one time. Staggered feather replacement is the normal molting pattern and

A molting Cardinal perches on a branch. (photo by Todd Arcos)

this is where those mites may play a part resulting in the complete loss of the bird’s head feathers. Some recent research has suggested that it could even be a result of a nutritional or environmental factor but I am not so sure about this. To be honest, no one knows for sure, as the condition has not been well studied. Fortunately for the birds, new head feathers do grow in within a few weeks and the birds look less and less reptilian, obviously

none the worse for wear after their summer ordeal. Simon Thompson has lived in WNC for the past 16 years. He owns and operates his own birding tour company, Ventures Birding Tours - He and Chris also own and operate the Asheville Wild Birds Unlimited Store. For more information on any of the birding activities in the area, drop by the store or check his website at www.

Center, Forest City, N.C. was son of the late Jessie Monroe Born in Polk County, he was died June 13, 2011 in Atlanta, Ga. Memorial service noon, July and Cora Collins Horne and hus- the son of the late Callaway Bur30 at Columbia Senior Residencband of Mildred Holbert Horne. page 16 T ryon Daily Bulletin   / T he World’s Smallest Daily Newspaper Monday, September 12, 2011 gin and Florence Jackson Gibbs. He was a member of Mill He was a veteran of WWII, hav- es at MLK Village, 125 Logan St. Creek Church of the Brenda naumann ing served in the U.S. SE, Atlanta, Ga. 30312. Contact sister: 678-862-3800. Brethren and Mill Window Fashions and Design Army, a member of Survivors are three sons, AlS p r i n g Ve t e r a n s 828-859-9298 the VFW Post 10349 Lodge. He served in and the Woodmen of len (Rudy) Waymon of Syracuse, the U.S. Army as Medic during the World. Mr. Gibbs was the N.Y., Kenneth Simmons of Hous- fine fabrics • wall coverings • draperies On Saturday, Sept. 17, there • blinds • upholstery WWII. husband of Omie Lee Laughter ton, Texas, and Lovell Simmons (Andrea) of Lawrenceville, Ga.; willInbe a special exhibit addition to his wife, from he is Gibbs, who died in 1986. 10 a.m. -by4 ap.m. theHorne Polk survived son,atBill Survivors include one daugh- one sister, Frances Fox of River1x1 Dominguez of GreenHistorical Creek; four daughters, ter, Patsy Gibbs Toney (Dean) dale, Ga.; three brothers, John IrCounty Association m 2/28/11 vin Waymon of Antelope, Calif., Juanita Odel of Sunny View, Museum located at 60 Walker of Rutherfordton, N.C.; son, Tree Service LLC naum MarilyninHorne and Regina Pate, Harold Gibbs of Rutherfordton, Carrol Waymon of San Diego, Street Columbus. 828 460 7039 both Green Creek. Laura Onofdisplay will be and many ex- N.C.; one sister, Alvah Gibbs Calif., and Samuel Waymon of Free Estimates • Insured Nyack, N.Y.; a host of grandchilSaengerof ofthe Hickory, four of Columbus; and a brother , amples Tryon N.C.; Toy MakNo Job Too Small • Bucket Truck Avail dren, great-grandchildren, other sisters, Harrell ofwork. Bak- Herbert Gibbs of Mill Spring. ers’ andGeneva Wood Carvers’ ersville, N.C., Imogene Burns Also surviving are five grandchil- relatives and friends. At 2 p.m. onJanice that day, local She was preceded in death by of Inman, S.C., Fagan of historians Michael McCue and dren, Randy Toney (Kimberly), both parents, Mary Kate and John Green Creek and Linda Horne Rick Dunn will discuss his- Marc Toney (LeeAnn), Lora D. Waymon; son, Van Waymon; of McAdenville, N.C.; 10the grandBrock (Jeff), Jeffrey Gibbs (Coltory of the Tryon Makers children, Kim Odel,Toy Kelly Brad- leen) and Elizabeth Gibbs and sisters, Lucile Waddell and Nina and the Bradley, Wood Carvers. ley, Lee Brandon Horne, six great-grandchildren, Mason Simone (Eunice) and brother, Tryon Daily Bulletin ThisHorne, event Rebecca is a one-time Ashley Horne, Toney, Kevin Gibbs, Anthony Harold Waymon Sr. Joseph Pate, to Jacob Miles Brock, Bryan Gibbs, Nick Gibbs opportunity see Pate, the private subscribers Saenger andand Will Saenger; collection hear about and the and Zane Gibbs. know! five great-grandchildren. history of the Tryon Toy MakFuneral services were held Must 7/19/11 familyCarvers. will receive Sunday, July 16, in the McFarersThe and Wood friends a.m.-1:30 Localfrom artist11:30 Richard Baker land Funeral Chapel, Tryon. p.m. Friday, July 15 at Mill Creek Burial was in Polk Memowill be available to sketch Church of the Brethren Fellow- rial Gardens, Columbus, with displayed artifacts for a small ship Hall. Funeral services will military rites by the Polk County charge, thethe museum. follow atto 2benefit p.m. in church Memorial Burial Squad. Admission to the exhibit is sanctuary, conducted by Rev. Memorials may be made to free. Steven Abe. Burial will be in the Hospice of Rutherford County, – article submitted Wood carving donated to the Polk County Historical Association church cemetery. P. O. Box 336, Forest City, N.C. (photo submitted) Memorials maybybeKathy madeTaft in museum. 28043 or Hospice of the Carolina memory of Brandon Horne to Foothills, 130 Forest Glen Dr, the Leukemia and Lymphoma KnowColumbus, what'sN.C. going 28722. on in the community! Society, 4530 Park Rd, #240, The family be atTryon the homeDaily Bulletin for Subscribe towill the Charlotte, N.C. 28209. of his daughter, Patsy Gibbs on news and sports Condolences may be left up-to-date at Toney, 400 coverage Radar Rd., fordton, N.C. Petty Funeral Home& CremaAn online guest register may tory, Landrum. be signed at McFarland Funeral Chapel, Tryon.

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