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Tryon Daily Bulletin

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Vol. 84 / No. 230

Tryon, N.C. 28782

Thursday, December 29, 2011

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A look back at the top stories of 2011 starts on pg. 5.

Ann Weed (Center) and her daughters, (left to right) Ana, Sophie and Louisa sport whimsical hats with ribbons and cartoon characters at the Block House Steeplechase Saturday, April 23. (photo by Samantha Hurst)

On Tuesday, Jan. 3, Ted Owens will talk about Lake Adger at 2:30 p.m. at the Polk County Historical Association museum in Columbus. His talk will include the importance of Lake Adger development and the people who brought it about. Stories of people that lived during that time will also be told.

Polk County High School graduated 175 students (photo by Leah Justice)

Virginia Rostick was surprised May 20 by a visit from PBS character Read-A-Roo for winning the PBS KIDS GO! Writers Contest. (photo by Leah Justice)

Landrum High School graduates. (photo by Samantha Hurst)

Norfolk Southern denies Tryon streetscape railroad encroachment Project still ongoing by Leah Justice

The Town of Tryon has hit a snag in its Streetscape plans to improve the South Trade/New Market/McCown Street intersection as Norfolk Southern said the

town is not allowed to encroach its right of way. Tryon Town Council met Dec. 20 and heard from town manager Justin Hembree who said the town received two good bids

Serving Polk County and Upper Spartanburg and Greenville Counties

Trusted to care for her whole family. Emily Wilson, Polk High teacher and son, Chester

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


Polk County Mobile Recycling Unit, Thursdays, 7 a.m. - noon, old Searcy Mill parking lot, Hwy. 108, Columbus. Saluda Center, Thursday activities: knitting group, 9:30 a.m.; gentle Yin Yoga, 5:30 p.m.; 828-749-9245. The Meeting Place Senior Center, Thursday activities include ceramics, 9:30 a.m. and bingo or movie, 12:30 p.m. 828894-0001. House of Flags Museum, open Thursdays, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., 33 Gibson Street, Columbus. Landrum Library, Lap Babies, 10 a.m., 20- 25 minute session for young children and care givers includes music, nursery rhymes, action poems and short books. Storytime at 10:30 a.m. for preschoolers includes books, music and fingerplays. Call 828457-2218. Polk County Historical Association Museum, open Thursdays, 10 a.m. - 1 p.m., 60 Walker St., Columbus, lower level. Free.

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Saluda Community Library, will have preschool story time every Thursday 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. Rotary Club of Tryon, meets every Thursday at noon at Tryon Presbyterian Church on Harmon Field Rd. 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.


Saluda Center, Friday events: chair exercise, 9:30 a.m.; Trash Train, 10 a.m. The Meeting Place Senior Center, Friday activities include movie matinee at 10 a.m. and bingo at 12:30 p.m. 828-894-0001. Seniors on Sobriety (SOS) AA Meeting, Fridays at noon, Polk County Chamber of Commerce Building, 2753 Lynn Rd. (Hwy 108), Tryon. 828-894-0293. Tryon Toy Makers Museum, open Friday 2 - 6 p.m., 43 E. Howard St., Tryon. 828-2906600. American Legion Post 250, weekly bingo games, Fridays, 7 p.m., 43 Depot St., Tryon. Doors open 5:30 p.m. Smoke-free. Narcotics Anon., Saluda Senior Center, Friday, 8 p.m.


Grassroots Art Project, holds art classes to benefit Lennie’s

Local Weather Forecast:




Partly cloudy

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Today: Sunny. No chance of rain. High 55, low 35. Friday: Mostly sunny. High 61, low 40. No chance of rain.

Tuesday’s weather was: Cloudy, with 30 percent chance of rain. High 53, low 37.

OBITUARIES William “Bill” Rice, p. 11 Sara Frances Newman, p. 11 Roland H. Bushner, p. 12

Fund and the Humane Society, Saturdays from 9:30 – noon. There is no fee for the class and all materials will be provided. Classes are held at the Holy Cross Episcopal Church, 150 Melrose Ave. in Tryon. Call 828-899-0673 for more information. House of Flags Museum, open Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., 33 Gibson Street, Columbus. Polk County Historical Association Museum, open Saturdays, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., 60 Walker St., Columbus, lower level. Free. Tryon Toy Makers Museum, open Saturday 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. 43 E. Howard St., Tryon. 828290-6600.


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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. NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) Family Member Support Group, meets in Columbus on the first Monday of the month, 10 a.m. - noon. For info and/or location, contact Lisa at 828-894-0104 or Annie at 864457-7278. The Meeting Place Senior Center, Monday activities in-

clude line dancing, 10 a.m., senior fitness, 11 a.m., bingo or bead class, 12:30 p.m. 828-894-0001. Christian Fellowship Luncheon, TJ’s Cafe, Tryon, Mondays except holidays, noon - 1 p.m.; food, fellowship and discussion of relevant issues; interdenominational. 828-859-5051. Chess Club, Mondays, 12:30 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 Harmon Field Board of Supervisors, meets the first Monday of the month at 5:30 p.m. at Harmon Field Cabin. Public welcome. Information: 828-859-6655. Male Domestic Abuse Intervention Program, Mondays, 6 - 7:30 p.m., Steps to HOPE. 894-2340. Friends of Harmon Field, will meet Monday, Jan. 2 at 6:30 p.m. at the Harmon Field cabin. Public invited. For information, contact Lorna Dever at 828-8943370 or Meg Rogers at 828-8596655. 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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tTogether, we keep the arts thriving! Take a look at what your bucks bought in 2010-2011 Arts experiences for 7,000 adults and 3,000 children


Main Stage Performances • Taylor 2—inspiring modern dance • Hot 8 Brass Band—from New Orleans • Danu—Ireland’s own • Sarah Jarosz—Texas star rising


Special Performances on the Veh Stage • Creation of Dance—Nick Kepley, choreographer • James Gregory, comedian Arts in Education • Fall Theater Tour—13 schools visited • MLK celebration & play—“We are the Dream” • Taylor 2 master class for dance students • Hot 8 performance at Polk High School • Student Internship for Summer youth plays


Explore the Arts • Explore Installation Art • Explore Poetry in Black • Explore Photo Play • Explore Music, Mystery and Method • Explore Drumming Around the World • Explore Myths & Legends of Irish Verse • Explore Photography in the Garden • Explore Art on a Plate Community Partnerships • Foothills Humane Society—Annual photo exhibit • Singing for the Soldiers—gospel sing • FENCE—children’s nature art exhibit • Thermal Belt Friendship Council—Martin Luther King play • Carolina Chamber of Commerce—Art & Garden Bazaar • Polk County Extension—Art & Garden Bazaar • Town of Tryon—ArtScapes Project • Local Garden Clubs—ArtScapes Project • Tryon & Landrum merchants—The Ultimate Holiday Party • Local musicians—“Do-it-Yourself” Messiah • TDDA—Business Coffee Host • Lanier Library—Burnsville Little Theater Production • Carolina Camera Club—Annual Photo Exhibit • Foothills Cooperative Education—Drama and Art Classes • Tryon Concert Association St. Lawrence String Quartet Jeremy Denk, piano Jose Franch-Ballester, clarinet Chanticleer • Tryon Little Theater “Aida” “Charlotte’s Web” “Oliver!” • Children’s Theater Festival—“Super Saturday” • Tryon Painters & Sculptors—classes, receptions workshops




for the project, but railroad owner Norfolk Southern denied any work being done in the right of way. Hembree said the denial from Norfolk Southern does not mean the project is not possible. The town has communicated back to Norfolk Southern saying it understands a very small portion of the project is within the railroad’s 20-foot right of way and asked the railroad what their specific issues are so the town can try to avoid any problems. Hembree said he hopes Norfolk Southern will approve the request once the company realizes this is a paving and sidewalk project. “ We h a v e r e c e i v e d t h e application that you sent in on behalf of the town of Tryon to request right of entry into railroad property,” said Norfolk Southern’s Matthew Jones to Hembree. “The attached application requests permission to enter railroad right of way for the purposes of surveying rail property related to a parking improvement project. I am familiar with the project and have discussed the proposal with our Strategic Development department. We have determined that at this time we do not wish to allow further encroachment in the area. This line will be reactivated at some point and it is important that we maintain minimum safety clearances in compliance with FRA regulation. If you have any questions please let me know and I will be glad to talk with you.” Tryon council approved the preliminary design for its streetscape III project in April, which includes work at the New Market/South Trade intersection.

“We have determined that at this time we do not wish to allow further encroachment in the area. This line will be reactivated at some point and it is important that we maintain minimum safety clearances in compliance with FRA regulation.” -- Norfolk Southern representative Matthew Jones

The town has budgeted $12,000 this fiscal year for the project, as well as $2,000 from the Tryon Downtown Development Association (TDDA) and a $15,000 grant from the Polk County Community Foundation (PCCF) Unrestricted Fund. The South Trade/New Market section was selected as the first to be constructed for the streetscape project due to its minimal construction costs and visibility. The design includes the N.C. Department of Transportation (DOT) straightening the intersection of the two roads, placing a crosswalk and an area for plantings as well as a bump out. Tryon officials have said the DOT wants to make the intersection more of a 90-degree angle. Other work is for drainage improvements, curb and guttering, sidewalks and paving. Also in the plans is making McCown Street one-way. For more information on the town’s streetscape Master plan and information about downtown Tryon, visit

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The frame of the new DSS building. (photo by Leah Justice) Editor’s note: With another memorable year winding down, the Bulletin chose to reflect on those stories that kept the community talking. Over the next several issues, we’ll present highlights of those stories.


• Polk County High School’s farm celebrated five years. • The Columbus Fourth of July committee needed to raise $10,000 by April 15 to secure the annual fireworks display. The Polk County Board of Commissioners agreed later in the year to contribute more than $6,000, as well as other donors, to save the July 4 festival. • South Carolina Department of Transportation (DOT) budgeted $1.9M to replace the North Pacolet River bridge along Hwy. 14 just outside Landrum. Construction began in April. • Tryon held its annual April Fool’s Day festival on April 2, sponsored by the Tryon Downtown Development Association (TDDA). • Polk rescinded its Rails to Trails resolution after hearing from local property owners against the effort. • Tryon native DeCarlo Wilkins won the “Big of the Year” award for the state of Georgia for his volunteering with the Big Brothers Big Sisters Program in Atlanta. • The City of Landrum held a public hearing for residents to voice their opinions on whether or not to hold a referendum to allow restaurants to serve alcohol on Sundays. • The Polk County Board of Commissioners on April 4 approved

a resolution to preserve its fund balance from state budget threats. • The Polk County Sheriff’s Office busted an indoor marijuana grow operation on King Laughter Road in Sunny View April 8. The sheriff’s office seized more than 9 pounds of plants.


• The Polk County Sheriff’s Office arrested Laura Lee Laughter, 26, of Mill Spring and charged her with assault on emergency personnel with a firearm. Laughter was accused of pulling a gun on an EMS worker after the EMS responded to the home on a sick call. • Polk County Commissioners approved a new development agreement with Bright’s Creek after new owners took over management of the property. • Multiple local farms, restaurants and vineyards were included in a new book by Diane Daniel called “Farm Fresh.” • The Polk County Child Protection Team reported to county commissioners that the lack of prosecution of cases is a gap in local efforts to protect children. District Attorney Jeff Hunt set up a meeting and later in the year DSS reported that communications with the DA’s office had improved.



The Polk County Sheriff’s Office busted an indoor marijuana grow operation in Sunny View April 8. (photo submitted)

• Multiple agencies responded to a fire at 170 Whitney Avenue in Tryon April 15 that caused both fire and water damage to the home. • The Polk County Board of Commissioners decided to hire an economic development director after going more than a year without one. • The Tryon Riding and Hunt Club sponsored its 65th Blockhouse Steeplechase at FENCE April 23. • St. Luke’s Hospital asked Polk County to deed the hospital property to the hospital in order to obtain financing for an expansion. It was later discovered that the county cannot deed over public property. The hospital is moving forward with a $6.5 million expansion of its facility, located in Columbus. • Some Tryon Eastside residents enjoyed better living conditions as repairs and rehabilitations began through a $600,000 Community Development Block Grant. • Tryon Town Council approved the preliminary design for the town’s streetscape III project, which will include work along the South Trade Street/New Market Road intersection. • Columbus considered increasing its water and sewer rates to pay for $2.75 million worth of needed upgrades to its aged wastewater treatment plant. The town was awarded a loan from the N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources Construction Grant and Loans Section clean Water State Revolving Fund to pay for the upgrades.

In Memoriam

David ‘PY’ Allen Dempsey Louise Martin Louise DuLong Ragland Anne W. Langley James Kenneth Herman Sr. Carol-Lynn E. Robbins Edward Joseph Weber Jr. Carl Herndon Coghill Jr. Ardis Scevil Greer Lonzo Laughter Marguerite Kerr Van Pelt Michael Raymond McGuinn Jackson (Jack) Atwater Moore David Fredrick Schwendenmann Helen Turner Smith James Floyd Jackson Beatrice ‘Bea’ Cone John Austen Flint Wood Madeleine Chew Miner Memory Lloyd Burns Joanna Johnson Phyllis E. Kuekes James Floyd (Jim) Jackson Mary Louise Goyak Edward Joseph Comolli John Randolph Littlejohn Fritzes F. McGee Charlie Francis Stepp


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The horse-drawn hearse McFarland’s used in 1911, shown here during Polk County’s centennial celebration in 1955. (photo by submitted)


• Polk County’s oldest business celebrated its 100-year anniversary. McFarland’s Funeral Chapel was established in 1911. • President Barack Obama announced Sunday, May 1, 2011 that Osama bin Laden was killed by U.S. forces. Local veterans expressed their joy and relief that the terrorist leader responsible for Sept. 11, 2001 was finally brought to justice. • Polk County Commissioners agreed to purchase a house in Columbus owned by the Thermal Belt Outreach Ministry for $110,000. The county made the purchase to move mental health, substance abuse and developmental disability services out of the aged Jervey-Palmer building in Tryon. • Polk commissioners voted unanimously May 2 to combine the county’s travel and tourism department with its economic development commission (EDC). Polk County decided to provide travel and tourism with an estimated $64,000 annually from hospitality tax and no additional county funding. • Tryon Country Club celebrated its 95th birthday. • More than 50 people gathered at the Polk County Courthouse to celebrate the National Day of Prayer on May 5. • According to a report prepared by the Town of Tryon in partnership with the Tryon Downtown Development Association (TDDA), Tryon’s business area has received overall funding totaling $3.2 million since

2008. • The Historic Saluda Oral History Committee announced a release date for the much anticipated DVD titled “Home, Hearth & History: Stories of Old Saluda.” • Polk County Sheriff Donald Hill began a program to recruit more officers that reside in Polk County. At the time, the sheriff’s office had 58 percent of officers who were Polk County residents and 42 percent who resided in nearby counties.


• Anders Krarup, a junior at Polk County High School sent an article about his time on a one-year AFS high school exchange in Timaru, New Zealand. • Polk County hired John Crill of Parker Poe Adams & Berstein, LLP, in Raleigh, at a rate of $395 per hour to help with questions regarding deeding St. Luke’s the hospital property. The county hired Crill after St. Luke’s asked for the county to deed over the property in order to finance its expansion but later discovered the county could not deed over public property. • 12 Polk County High School students competed for the title of Miss Polk County High School 2011. Aliyha Mullins won the crown.

Miss PCHS 2011 Aliyha Mullins (right) and first runner-up Savannah Callahan. (photo by Leah Justice). (photo by Leah Justice)

• The Polk County Sheriff’s Office arrested Christopher Eugene Packer, 25, of Columbus on May 11 and charged him with felony assault by strangulation, misdemeanor assault on a female and communicating threats. • The Landrum High School boys track team won the state championship, while the girls’ track team placed seventh. • Polk County decided to spend $10,400 to install video cameras in various locations of the courthouse as well as increased the security of the courthouse’s back doors. • The Columbus branch of Carolina First Bank announced that it would officially close as Carolina First merged with Toronto Dominion Bank. The Tryon location remained open. • The Polk County High School girls 4x400 meter relay team came in first in the state 2A track meet May 21 in Greensboro, N.C. The team set a new school record with a time of 4:06. Team members included Autumn Miller, Maggie Phipps, Rebecca Elliott and Mary Kate Christiansen. Elliott was also third overall in the 800 meter race with a time of 2:22, and Savannah Mitchell was second in pole vault. • The Town of Columbus approved a $249,000 engineering con-

In Memoriam

Florence Penola Hudgins Ruff Joann Shytle Prince Betty Hall Velma ‘Jack’ Whiteside Fagan Benny William Coggins Ralph Michael Gifford Ethel B. Jackson Wanda Gilbert Robbins Mildred Ann Waters Bobby Simpson

tract with W.K. Dickson to design its wastewater treatment plant upgrades and announced that the town was approved for a zero-interest loan from the state for $2.75 million. • The Polk County Mental Health Advisory Board presented Dr. Robert Ratcliffe with the 2011 Norman Boyer Award for Ratcliffe’s service in mental health. • The City of Landrum began offering carriage rides through downtown Landrum. • Tryon Elementary School second grader Virginia Rostick won the PBS KIDS Go Writers Contest for the state for her book, “Blackberry Pie.” She was selected among 251 contestants.

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Jeff Campbell with Wicked Que displays his award for winning the grand championship at the Blue Ridge BBQ Festival. (photo by Leah Justice)


• Landrum High School graduated 108 seniors as the class of 2011. • Polk County Sheriff’s Office arrested Katrina Sue Batey, 52, and Kimberly Ann Batey, 50, both of 6410 Big Level Road in Mill Spring on opium charges, according to Polk County Sheriff Donald Hill. • A rabid raccoon attacked three dogs in Green Creek. • PCHS’s land judging team placed 17th in the nation. • Lilian Jackson Braun Bettinger, a prolific best-selling author of “The Cat Who” mystery series for more than 40 years, died at Hospice House of the Carolina Foothills in Landrum June 4. She was 97. • The Polk County Board of Commissioners agreed to fund an additional $100,000 to Polk County Schools to help fund its More-AtFour program for preschoolers. • The 18th annual Blue Ridge Barbecue Festival was held June 10-11. Wicked Que was the grand champion. • Polk County High School’s class of 2011 graduated 162 graduates and 13 graduated from the virtual college program June 10. • The Polk County Sheriff’s Office arrested Tommy Lee Johnson, of 63 Bingham Rd., Lot 45, Asheville, N.C., and charged him with five counts of trafficking opium or heroin, trafficking cocaine, selling

and delivering cocaine and six counts of maintaining a vehicle to distribute narcotics, according to police reports. Johnson has not yet been tried. • M.A. Pace’s store in Saluda was reopened by the Morgan family. Leon Morgan and his daughters Tonya and Tangie reopened the historic downtown store on June 18.


• Work began repairing roads in Silver Creek Community Friday, June 17. A sign saying “Community Pride Works” illustrates the residents’ efforts over the past several years to improve the community. • Polk County closed on the Alexander’s Ford at Bradley Nature Preserve property to create a nature preserve on 163-acres. The land was held by the Majorie M. and Lawrence R. Bradley Endowment Fund through the Polk County Community Foundation while the county sought grants to make the $830,000 purchase using no county funding. • The N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) took over maintenance of the county’s former Little Mountain Landfill and reimbursed Polk



Workers began repairing roads in Silver Creek Community Friday, June 17. (photo by Leah Justice)

County $241,590. • Cooperative Extension Director John Vining won a national communications award for his 2010 Showstopper Plants’ publication. • Polk County Commissioners approved a no tax-increased budget for fiscal year 2011-2012 that included increases to county employee insurance deductibles and no employee raises. The budget was approved by a 3-2 vote. • Evelyn Denise Petty was sentenced to 25 years in prison for homicide by child abuse that caused the death of a 5-month old baby boy in 2009. • The Polk County Republican Headquarters released drawings of its proposed building on Peak Street in Columbus following the collapse of the roof of the former building the previous winter. The new building is currently under construction. • The Spartanburg County Sheriff’s Office arrested Stephanie Irene Greene of Campobello June 24 on charges of homicide by child abuse. The 37-year-old, of 180 Kimbrell Loop in Campobello, was accused of feeding her infant daughter breast milk that contained painkillers. • Tryon Town Council approved a budget that included no tax, water or sewer increases. Garbage rates increased $1.20 per month for residential customers, from $18.16 to $19.36 per month. • More than 1,500 Polk residents signed a petition to keep the Mill

In Memoriam Sarah Ethel Carswell Mel Percival

Hugh Bridges Tessener Vicky Ann Green Dealmeida Dorothy Blanton Simpson Odus Wayne Stott Christina Swan Lilian Jackson Braun Aurelia H. Perry Cindy Owens Judith Joyner Cowan James Preston Patterson Thomas Tipton Lillie Mary Henson Robert J. Westfall William Bruce Williams Henry von der Lieth Donovan D. Hines Simon P. ‘Bill’ Walker R. Odell Burrow Dorothy A. Phillips Joseph James Capparelli Anna L. Jaeger F. Gilman Spencer Dr. Arthur E. Marshall

Spring Post Office open. Although there were no threats to close the post office at the time, some duties were sent to the Columbus Post Office. The Polk County Board of Commissioners also approved a resolution to keep the post office open in Mill Spring.


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Outreach receives end of year gift from Trinity Thermal Belt Outreach Ministries received an end-of-year gift in the amount of $3205.15 as a result of a community outreach project by Trinity Lutheran Church of Tryon, in conjunction with a supporting gift from Thrivent Financial for Lutherans, as part of their “Compassionate Care in Communities” program. The funds given to Outreach were the result of Trinity’s mission commitment, collections from Trinity’s congregation, and community giving by way of solicitations at the IGA Store


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Polk County Sheriff’s Office, Ward Street, Columbus, 828894-3001 Rabies vaccinations are required for all dogs and cats over the age of 4 months; recommended for horses and cattle. In North Carolina, rabies vaccinations are required to be given by a veterinarian. Rabies clinics are scheduled throughout the year; watch the Bulletin for announcements, or contact the Polk County Sheriff’s Office for information. Strays are taken to the Foothills Humane Society on Little Mountain Road in Columbus, a volunteer nonprofit organization that shelters homeless animals and tries to find caring owners for them, or to the Rutherford County Animal Shelter in Rutherfordton. People missing a pet should call the Foothills Humane Society at 828-863-4444 or Rutherford Shelter at 828287-6025. Spaying and neutering of pets is highly recommended. If financial assistance is needed, call the spay/neuter assistance allowance number, 828-859-5305. To adopt a pet or find out more information about Foothills Humane Society, check out their Web site at Injured or orphaned wildlife or nuisance wildlife questions can be referred to Beth Knapp-Tyner at Wild at Heart Wildlife Rehabilitation in Green Creek, 828-863-0505.

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in Tryon, with a proportioned amount allocated to Thrivent’s South Blue Ridge Chapter, of which Trinity Lutheran Church is a member. Outreach appreciates IGA for proving that “it pays to shop local.” Trinity would like to thank all those who helped make this gift possible as an offering to their neighbors in need in Polk County; the management of IGA, which supports the work of the Outreach Ministry; the folks of Tryon who encouraged Trinity to solicit pennies, nickels, dimes and dollars for this



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Lane Estates, Subdivision of Property Belonging to Alfred H. Schmitt, Vic, of Tryon, N.C.", made by A.G. McMurray, Surveyor, recorded in Map Slide A-77, Page 40, Polk County Registry, and more particularly described by metes and bounds as follows:  BEGINNING at a point in the center of the roadway that leads from North Carolina Highway Number 108 into Fair Lane Estates Subdivision, said point being a corner common to lot numbers 3, 4, and 10 as shown upon a recorded plat hereinabove referred to, said lot number 10 having been conveyed to H.G. Coffman and Mary Gail T. Coffman, his wife, by Lena P. Schmitt, a widow, by deed dated August 5, 1963, recorded in Book 127, Page 143, Polk County Registry, and running thence from said BEGINNING point South 53 degrees 45 minutes West (crossing an iron pin at 25 feet) 385.9 feet to an iron pin in the center of a service drive; thence South 37 degrees 54 minutes West 267.9 feet to an iron pin , a corner common to lots 2, 3 and 4, as shown on the above referred to plat; thence South 0 degrees 37 minutes West (crossing an iron pin at 120.4 feet) 401 feet to an iron pin the line of the property now or formerly owned by Newman; thence with the Newman line North 59 degrees 47 minutes West 443.2 feet to an iron pin, a corner common to the property now or formerly owned by W.M. Newman and the property now or formerly owned by J.C. Williams and to lots number 4 and 5 as shown upon the above referred to plat, said iron pin being located on the western bank of Skyuka Creek; thence North 35 degrees 58 minutes East 575.2 feet to an iron pin in the northern margin of said

service road; thence North 17 degrees 12 minutes East 161.1 feet to an iron pin; thence North 37 degrees 58 minutes East 280 feet to a point in the center of the roadway leading from North Carolina Highway 108 into the Fair Lane Estates Subdivision; thence with the center of said roadway eight (8) calls as follows: South 26 degrees 10 minutes East 37.8 feet; South 15 degrees 48 minutes East 31.2 feet; South 12 degrees 34 minutes East 49.2 feet; South 18 degrees 24 minutes East 36.3 feet; South 67 degrees 11 minutes East 33.1 feet; South 81 degrees 37 minutes East 193 feet; South 52 degrees 45 minutes East 30.8 feet; and South 34 degrees 55 minutes East 20.3 feet to the BEGINNING.  The above metes and bounds description was taken from the plat hereinabove referred to, to which reference is hereby had in aid of the description.  There hereinabove described property is conveyed subject to those protective covenants as set forth in deed from Lena P. Schmitt, widow, to George R. Simpson and wife, Margaret S. Simpson, dated April 16, 1958, recorded in Book 111, at Page 6, Polk County Registry.  The above described property is identical to that conveyed to Paula R. McCown by that certain deed from Frederick G. Seavers and wife, Evelyn P. Seavers recorded on October 27, 2000, in Book 266 at Page 1889, Polk County Registry. The said Paula R. McCown has since remarried and therefore signs this Deed of Trust as Paula G. Richardson.  Save and except any releases, deeds of release or prior conveyances of

record.  Said property is commonly known as 277 Fairlane Road, Columbus, NC 28722.  Third party purchasers must pay the excise tax, and the court costs of Forty-Five Cents (45¢) per One Hundred Dollars ($100.00) pursuant to NCGS 7A-308(a)(1). A cash deposit (no personal checks) of five percent (5%) of the purchase price, or Seven Hundred Fifty Dollars ($750.00), whichever is greater, will be required at the time of the sale. Following the expiration of the statutory upset bid period, all the remaining amounts are immediately due and owing.  Said property to be offered pursuant to this Notice of Sale is being offered for sale, transfer and conveyance “AS IS WHERE IS.” There are no representations of warranty relating to the title or any physical, environmental, health or safety conditions existing in, on, at, or relating to the property being offered for sale. This sale is made subject to all prior liens, unpaid taxes, any unpaid land transfer taxes, special assessments, easements, rights of way, deeds of release, and any other encumbrances or exceptions of record. To the best of the knowledge and belief of the undersigned, the current owner(s) of the property is/are Paula R McCown.  An Order for possession of the property may be issued pursuant to G.S. 45-21.29 in favor of the purchaser and against the party or parties in possession by the clerk of superior court of the county in which the property is sold. Any person who occupies the property pursuant to a rental agreement entered into or renewed on or after


 Under and by virtue of a Power of Sale contained in that certain Deed of Trust executed by PAULA G. RICHARDFull-time Position for a SON f/k/a/ Paula R. REE ERVICE Marketing Assistant at Hospice of the Carolina Landrum, Business or McCown and W ERIC CONLON TREE CARE Foothills. A minimum of a Residential - 2bd/1ba, EDWARDS to CHRISTOQuality tree work at rea- high school diploma (or range, refrigerator, central PHER REDDICK, Trussonable prices. Pruning, GED), two or four year de- h/a - $540. 3bd - $550. tee(s), which was dated removals, chipping, log gree in Business, Market- Call 864-895-9177 or August 25, 2005 and recorded on August 31, splitting. Free estimates, ing, Communications or 864-313-7848 references. INSURED, related field preferred. Ex2005 in Book 331 at perience in customer servEXPERIENCED AND REPage 1241, Polk County LIABLE. Call Tom at ice, sales, marketing Registry, North Carolina. and/or public relations reOBILE OME 828-863-4011  quired, and hospice or ENTALS Default having been Selling your home? healthcare preferred. Promade of the note thereby Advertise here and ficient computer skills and FOR RENT IN GREEN secured by the said Deed professional telephone CREEK: 2 BR 2 BA, nice sell it faster. skills required; graphics mobile home on 1/2 acre of Trust and the underCall Classifieds and writing skills pre- lot. Garbage, grass mow- signed, Trustee Services at 828.859.9151. ferred. Position involves ing & water included $500. of Carolina, LLC, having contact with referral N o pets. C a l l been substituted as Trussources and community 828-899-4905 tee in said Deed of Trust, OOFING partners, and includes and the holder of the note IDING UTTERS some evenings and weekevidencing said default ends. For more informahaving directed that the L & R ROOFING/SIDING tion or to apply, please Deed of Trust be foreFREE ESTIMATES. PARTMENTS visit: closed, the undersigned Shingles & Metal Roofs All types of Siding Substitute Trustee will ofTRYON GARDEN 828-817-1278 ELP ANTED APARTMENT, fer for sale at the court1 Bed828-817-3674 EDICAL room, Secluded, Minutes house door of the county Leo Price/Robert Ives from downtown. $545 per courthouse where the ENTAL month MANY EXTRAS: property is located, or the Do you like knowing you heat, water/garbage, ca- usual and customary loOME have made a difference in ble, internet, washer/dryer, cation at the county MPROVEMENT someone's life? Looking your own yard & off-street courthouse for conductIncrease The Value of for afternoon/ evening parking. 828-333-4546 or ing the sale on January Your Home! Brick, Block hours? Arcadia Health 828 243-2195 available 10, 2012 at 2:00PM, and & Rock Underpinning. Ve- Care , a leader in home January will sell to the highest bidneers, Fireplaces & Foun- care, is seeking a comder for cash the following passionate & caring Certidation. Pictures & local described property situfied Nursing Assistants for references. 828-817-4726 ated in Polk County, ANTED O the Polk County area. North Carolina, to wit: Must have current NC UY EHICLES  Selling your home? CNA license, a current Advertise here and driver's license, & at least WANT TO BUY: Junk Being Lot Number 4, sell it faster. one (1) year relevant job cars, trucks and vans. Call containing 6.38 acres, as Call Classifieds experience. Call 828-277- anytime for pick up. shown and delineated (828)223-0277 5950. upon a plat entitled "Fair at 828.859.9151.













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William “Bill” Rice William “Papa Bill” Joseph Rice, 63, of 166 Collinsville Road, Green Creek died at his home December 27, 2011. He was the son of the late Major J. and Kathleen Pye Rice and husband of Kay Edwards Rice. He was a truck driver for Tankstar and a Baptist. In addition to his wife he is survived by two sons, Joseph Maddox (Rachelle) of Las Vegas, John Maddox (Amy) o f C h a r l e s t o n ; a d a u g h t e r, Rianne Wilkins (Chuck) of Inman, a brother, Gene Rice ( C a r o l y n ) o f S p a r t a n b u rg ; two sisters, Dianne Smith

(Bill) of Boiling Springs, Kathy Lee (his loving caregiver) of Columbus; three grandchildren, Camron Frost, Luke and Lily Maddox; nine nieces and nephews. The family will receive friends from 1-2 p.m. Thursday Dec. 29, 2011 at Petty Funeral Home. The funeral service will follow at 2 p.m. in the Petty Funeral C h a p e l c o n d u c t e d b y R e v. Gary Curtis. Burial will be in Greenlawn Memorial Gardens. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the American Heart Association. The family is at the home. Condolences may be left at Petty Funeral Home & Crematory, Landrum, S.C.



Sara Frances Newman Sara Frances Newman, 85 of Lake Lanier, S.C. died Wednesday, December 28, 2011 in St. Lukes Hospital. Born in Hendersonville, she was the daughter of the late Clarence and Una Spurlin Newman. She graduated from Tryon High School in 1944 and Flora MacDonald College in 1948. She worked for Duke Power for seven years, then went back to school in the Prebyterian Training School in Richmond, Va. and worked as a director of christian foundation at the Christian Church in Norfolk, Va. and returned to St. Lukes

Hospital in Columbus NC until retirement as a medical transcriber. Ms. Newman also worked in tthe offices of Dr.’s M o rg a n a n d B l o m e l e y, D r. Kornmeyer and Dr. Pagter. She was a member of the Congregational Church of Christ, Tryon. Surviving is a niece, Martha Gardo Campbell of Bostic, N.C. and a nephew William Leon Gardo II of Hendersonville. Also surviving are several great nieces and nephews. A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Frida,y Dec. 30, 2011 in the CongregationalChurch of Christ, Tryon NC. Condolence cards may be sent to the family at www. or to Po Box 945, Hendersonville, N.C. 28793.

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October 1, 2007, may, after receiving the notice of sale, terminate the rental agreement upon 10 days’ written notice to the landlord. The notice shall also state that upon termination of a rental agreement, the tenant is liable for rent due under the rental agreement prorated to the effective date of the termination.  If the trustee is unable to convey title to this property for any reason, the sole remedy of the purchaser is the return of the deposit. Reasons of such inability to convey include, but are not limited to, the filing of a bankruptcy petition prior to the confirmation of the sale and reinstatement of the loan without the knowledge of the trustee. If the validity of the sale is challenged by any party, the trustee, in their sole discretion, if they believe the challenge to have

merit, may request the court to declare the sale to be void and return the deposit. The purchaser will have no further remedy.  Trustee Services of Carolina, LLC Substitute Trustee Brock & Scott, PLLC Attorneys for Trustee Services of Carolina, LLC 5431 Oleander Drive Suite 200 Wilmington, NC 28403 PHONE: (910) 392-4988 FAX: (910) 392-8587  File No.: 11-05945-FC01


ment of the Treasury, by a majority of the votes eligible to be cast either in person or by proxy by members of the Bank at a meeting at which the Plan of Conversion will be presented. November 30, 2010 has been established as the eligibility record date for determining the eligible account holders entitled to receive non-transferable subscription rights to subscribe for the conversion stock. Prior to approval, members will have an opportunity to file written comments including objections and material supporting such objections, with the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency. Copies of the Plan of Conversion are avail-


Notice is hereby given that on December 22, 2011, the Board of Directors of HomeTrust Bank, Clyde, North Carolina (also doing business as Tryon Federal Bank, Shelby Savings Bank, Home Savings Bank, Industrial Federal Bank, Cherryville Federal Bank and Rutherford County Bank, the divisions of HomeTrust Bank) (the “Bank”) has adopted a proposed Plan of Conversion to convert the Bank from a federally-chartered mutual savings bank to a federally-chartered stock savings bank and reorganize simultaneously as a wholly owned subsidiary of a newly Do you have formed holding company. The proposed Plan of available jobs? Conversion is subject to Call 828.859.9151 to approval by the Office of the Comptroller of the let others know about Currency of the Depart- job opportunities at

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able for inspection by the This the 29th day of DeBank's members at each cember, 2012. of the Bank's offices. R. Anderson Haynes, Tryon Daily Bulletin Executor Dec. 29, 2011 Estate of Ruth P. Casey P. O. Box 100 HOMETRUST BANK Tryon, NC 28782 LEGAL NOTICE Having qualified on the 8th day of November, 2011, as Executor of the Estate of Ruth P. Casey, 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 29th day of March, 2012, or this notice will be pleaded in bar of their recovery.


LEGALS sons, firms, and corporations indebted to the estate should make immediate payment. Thomas N. Page Executor, Estate of Catherine Coxe Page, 585 Willow Knoll Dr SE, Marietta, GA 30067.

Tryon Daily Bulletin Tryon Daily Bulletin Dec. 29, 2011, Jan. 5, Dec. 15, 22, 29 and Jan. 5, 2011 12 and 19, 2012 EST/CASEY, RUTH LEGAL NOTICE

Having qualified on the 23th day of November, 2011, as Executor of the Estate of Catherine Coxe Page, 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 All persons, firms, and undersigned Executor on corporations indebted to or before the 31st day of the Estate should make March 2012, or this notice will be pleaded in bar immediate payment. of their recovery. All per-

EST/PAGE LEGAL NOTICE The Town of Tryon will be closed Friday, December 30, 2011 and Monday, January 2, 2012. There will be NO commercial garbage pickup on these days. Tax payments have to be paid in office or postmarked by January 6, 2012 to avoid penalties. Tryon Daily Bulletin Dec. 27 and 29, 2011 CLOSURES


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Rolland H. Bushner Rolland Haggart “Bush” Bushner died Tuesday, December 27, 2011 at the Smith-Phayer Hospice House in Landrum, SC. He was 91. Many knew this slight, cheerful, unassuming man, but few knew about his remarkable life — a life that took him across the globe to serve his country in war and peace. Bush was born on Dec.13, 1920 in Joplin, Mo. His mother was Grace Hawbaker Haggart and his father was Harold Park Haggart. Later, following his mother’s second marriage, to Richard H. Bushner, Bush adopted his stepfather’s name. He attended Joplin Junior College from 1938-40 and obtained a bachelor of music degree in piano from Kansas State Teachers College in Pittsburg in 1942. Following the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, Bush learned to fly in a civilian pilot training program and subsequently volunteered for the U.S. Army Air Force, where he served in the 2nd Division’s 466 Bomb Group. With his crew of nine men, Lt. Bushner piloted B-24 Liberator bombers on 35 missions over Germany and occupied France during 1944-45. Only one in four B-24 crewmen survived a full 35-mission tour. But rather than punching a ticket home, Bush volunteered to fly weather reconnaissance missions over Germany in an unarmed British-made de Havilland DH98 Mosquito. Made mostly of wood, with massive Rolls-Royce engines, the two-seat Mosquito was perhaps the fastest piston-driven aircraft of the war. Bush flew the equivalent of a half-tour in the Mosquito before the war came to an end. One can hardly imagine making the transition from wartime pilot to classical pianist, but Bush did it. Returning to the states in 1945, he attended New York’s prestigious Julliard School of Music. But service to country once again beckoned, and after a single term at Julliard, he joined the U.S. Foreign

Service. Thus began a long and distinguished career as a diplomat. During the 18-year period immediately following the war, Bush served in a variety of settings and capacities. In Tokyo, he was assigned to the Supreme Commander for the Allied Powers (SCAP) U.S. Political Advisor’s office, 1946-48. There followed a series of assignments where he served as political reporting officer at U.S. embassies in Bangkok, Thailand (1948-52); Pusan, Korea (1952-53); Tehran, Iran (1953-55); and the American Consulate in Khorramshahr, Iran (1955-56), where he opened the new U.S. Consulate. Returning stateside, he spent three years at the State Department as Thailand Desk Officer and one year at the U.S. Air Force War College in Montgomery, Ala. His final assignment for the Department of State was as Counselor for Political Affairs at the American Embassy in Jakarta, Indonesia from 1960 to 1963. In 1963, Bush left the State Department to accept a position with the nonprofit, nonpartisan Council on Foreign Relations (CFR), considered to be the nation’s most influential foreign policy think-tank, headquartered in New York City. As director of committees on foreign relations from 1963 to 1987, his job was to arrange for statesmen and foreign affairs experts to address some 36 CFR affiliated committees scattered across the nation. During this period, he earned a master’s degree in Government from New York University in 1976. During his CFR years, while living in an 1883-vintage home in

New Jersey, Bush developed an interest in antique automobiles, and in 1972 he bought a 1926 Packard 8 Touring car, Series 236. This was followed in 1974 by the purchase of a 1933 Packard club sedan, which had been sitting in an icehouse for 17 years. He spent much of the next 20 years lovingly restoring the grand vehicle. Over the years, his classic car collection would grow to include a ’54 Packard, ’57 Chrysler Imperial, ‘60s era MG, ’66 Lincoln Continental convertible, and ’69 Buick Riviera. For Tryon locals, however, perhaps Bush’s most recognizable vehicle was an old multicolored Volkswagen Beetle that he drove around town for a number of years. In 1987, Bush came across an article in a retirement newsletter that touted Tryon, NC as a good place to spend retirement. He bought a home here and lived out a happy retirement. Bush’s Tryon home reflected his unique experiences. The baby grand piano, photos and awards from World War II, unique furnishings and eclectic artwork from across the globe, letters from dignitaries and heads of state, and his stunning collection of antique automobiles all stood as a testament to a long journey on a road less traveled. He was active even in his final months. In August, the Smoky Mountain AACA sponsored him on an Honor Air flight to visit the World War II Memorial in Washington, DC. As a measure of their esteem, 60 club members greeted

him upon his return flight to Asheville. The following month, the club honored him as Outstanding Member of the Year. Rolland Bushner was active in three regions of the Antique Automobile Club of America (AACA): New Jersey, Sparkle City and Great Smoky Mountain. He also belonged to the Blue Ridge Packard Club, Foothills MOPAR Club, the Riviera Owners Association, the Southeast British Motor Car Owners Club and the Southern Region Lincoln and Continental Car Club. He was a member of the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship and a friend of the Congregational Church of Tryon. Survivors include a sister, Bea Bushner Stevens of Paonia, Colo., an artist and widow of sculptor Lawrence Tenney Stevens; nieces, Sara Stevens and Sylvia Stevens, also of Paonia; nephews Marc Stevens of Passaic, N.J. and Chad Stevens of Montrose, Colo.; and two grand-nieces, Hannah Stevens of New York, N.Y. and Elizabeth Stevens of Colorado Springs, Colo. At Bush’s request, there will be no service. A drop-in in his honor will be held at the Tryon Depot in downtown Tryon at 3 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 31. Memorials may be made to Hospice of the Carolina Foothills. Inquiries or condolences may be addressed to Sara Stevens, c/o 236 Erskine Rd., Tryon, NC 28782; email Phone inquiries may be directed to 828-859-3141.

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Katie Ruff guards a Chapman player during the first girls’ game at the Battle at the Border basketball tourney held Dec. 28 at Landrum High School. The championship games will be held Dec. 30. See www. for a complete bracket of the boys and girls tournament. (photo by Joey Millwood)

Polk girls win first game in Battle at the Border Polk County got off to a strong start in the first round of the Battle at the Border in Landrum. The Lady Wolverines, led by Jamie Hrobak, dominated Chapman for most of the game, but the Lady Panthers made the ball game closer in the end before Polk closed out a 55-52 victory. The Lady Wolverines were up by double digits in the game’s entirety. “We need to keep working on keeping the intensity up the whole ball game,” Polk Coach Craig Culbreth said. Chapman tied the game up at 38 with 4:15 left in the third quarter. At that moment, Hrobak took over the game. The senior post player scored six of Polk’s eight points in the final four minutes of the third quarter to extend Polk’s lead to 46-38. After two baskets by Chapman’s Tanae Copeland the Lady Panthers were down 51-50 with 1:42 left in the game.

“It feels good (to get off to a good start in the tournament).” -- Coach Craig Culbreth

Alyssa Montgomery answered the call. The senior guard scored a basket and hit two free throws to ice the victory for Polk. “It feels good (to get off to a good start in the tournament),” Culbreth said. After a one-year hiatus, the Lady Wolverines are hoping to make a run. Hrobak led the way for Polk with 21 points and 12 rebounds. Shalyn Brown and Savannah Deaver scored nine points each. Montgomery chipped in six points and Cassidy Mazzilli had four steals. Polk will play the winner of East Rutherford and Fort Mill today at 4 p.m.

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Old Timey Christmas offered music, buggy rides, holiday stories Tryon Elementary School held its first Old Timey Christmas on Dec. 8. “It was a magical evening complete with amazing music, outstanding singing, a sense of community and the true spirit of Christmas,” said organizers. The Polk County Middle School eighth grade band performed under the direction of Jill Bennett, the Hostetler family sang Christmas songs, Mr. Cowan and Mr. Upton’s band, along with Julie Miller performed, and The Polk County Middle School Chorus performed under the direction of Anna Marie Kuether. Kathy Wheaton, Tryon Elementary’s librarian, and Lance Smith entertained the children by firelight with Christmas stories. Kim Kay arranged the horse and buggy rides, which were provided by Brian and Ethan Price. The Tryon Fire Department provided light on the playground

The Hostetler children sing at Tryon Elementary’s “Old Timey Christmas,” held Dec. 8 at the school. (photo submitted by Sue Heston)

and the Saluda Fire Department helped Santa bring happiness to the children.

The fifth grade closed the evening with their rendition of “Auld Lang Syne” and “We

Wish You a Merry Christmas.” – article submitted by Sue Heston

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One New Year’s Scottish custom died out in America

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“First footing” never really or blond hair are generally conestablished a foothold in American sidered unlucky. This likely is (and Dark Corner) celebrations of because the Vikings who invaded New Year’s Eve, though it was, Scotland in the 8th century were and still is, a fair-haired. major tradition have Twice-told beenThere in Glasgow, reports of Tales of the “cheating” on Edinburgh and Dark Corner this aspect of other cities of Scotland, the tradition in by Dean Campbell as part of the modern times. extended HogThe family manay New Year’s celebration. may rig their luck by getting a tall, The first person to cross a dark and handsome partygoer to house’s threshold after midnight step outside in order to then knock on New Year’s Eve — the “first on the door and enter as the first footer” — will help determine the footer once the clock strikes 12. family’s luck in the new year, acWhile it is generally considered cording to Scottish lore. bad luck for the first footer to be Tradition says the first footer fair-haired, it is also unlucky for should be a tall, handsome male him to come empty-handed. Trawith dark hair. Males with red ditional gifts brought by the first

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cooking fuel, but coal was seen as a symbol of luck that was often carried into battle by soldiers. Variations of the tradition in some places required that the first footer be silent until he had placed the lump of coal into the fire, while in other places he was expected to make loud, shouting noises while running through the house. Another noticeable variation of the tradition in modern times concerns the gender of the first footer. Female first footers are still

and its close ties to the Roman Catholic Church was seen as “too Papist.” With the abundance of early settlers to the Dark Corner being Scots-Irish Presbyterians and borderline England Calvinist Baptists and Methodists, Christmas always was a major celebration, far overshadowing any during New Year’s Eve. Perhaps that is why “first footing” never really caught on in this locale.

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being in the Big Brother Big Sister program and the Big organized the chess class with Mrs. Smith’s help for his and the class’ benefit. The first chess club meeting will be held at Morning Glory Farm in Mill Spring which is located a mile north of Polk Central School off Hwy. 9 from 3 – 5 p.m. Chess sets will be available for use, but youths can bring their own if they have them. Pr-eregistration is appreciated, but not required. The meeting will be held in the building by the pond. Call Lynne Parsons at 828894-5595 or email for further information. – article submitted by Lynne Parsons

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Parsons at morninggloryfarm8@ Research says that test scores improved by 17.3 percent for students regularly engaged in chess classes. In 30 nations across the globe, chess is incorporated in the country’s scholastic curriculum. Chess benefits children by developing decision-making, critical thinking, evaluating and planning, and perseverance. Chess also improves concentration while promoting independence. Mrs. Smith says that one reason she appreciates what her class learns in chess is simply practice with winning and losing with grace. The idea for this program began in Mrs. Smith’s class two years ago due to a child in her class

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knee osteoarthritis, improves sleep quality, promotes cardiopulmonary fitness through deep breathing and improves balance. Tai Ch’i is for all ages with the only requirements being that you can stand and do gentle stretching. Ed Kan of Isothermal Community College is the instructor. Each session is limited to 12 participants. The winter session will begin

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This Friday afternoon, Dec. 30, at 3 p.m. there will be the first meeting of the Polk County Youth Chess Club. Dr. Brian Crissy and other adult coaches will teach. All level of players are welcome. Currently, the Polk Central Elementary School in Mill Spring has a weekly chess class in Mrs. Smith’s fifth grade. Soon fourth graders at Polk Central also can apply to begin chess instruction. Program organizers are interested in expanding the program of chess instruction in the elementary school system besides having a monthly chess club meeting. People interested in supporting this or in getting chess into their child’s school can contact Lynne

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