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Tryon Fine Arts Center unveils new master site plan Phase I set to be complete March 2013 After years of study, the Tryon Fine Arts Center board of directors Thursday, Feb. 2 unveiled a master site and building plan that board members said will preserve and accentuate the natural beauty of the Melrose Ave. site and is community-focused and cost-effective. The master plan includes a park on the site of three existing outbuildings that have become too costly to maintain. It also expands parking and improves access to the building while forming an outdoor amphitheater for concerts and plays. Phase II is a multi-purpose addition to the rear of the building that takes advantage of the mountain views. The new structure will provide a forum for smaller gatherings, art shows, music (Continued on page 3)

Right: The master site plan for Tryon Fine Arts Center, designed by landscape architect Mark Byington. Phase I addresses accessibility, parking and maintenance issues in addition to creating a community park.

The Polk County High School (PCHS) athletic department will offer spring physicals Monday, Feb. 6 from 5-7 p.m. in the high school gym. The physicals are required for all students planning to participate in spring sports. For more information, call PCHS Athletic Director Jeff Wilson at 828-817-2093.

Columbus wastewater treatment rehab costs could increase $282k by Leah Justice

Columbus’ plan to rehabilitate its wastewater treatment plant could include an additional $282,250 of costs for a new operator building and a second chlorine chamber. Columbus Town Council met Thursday, Jan. 19 and spoke with engineer

Brian Tripp with W.K. Dickson regarding the possible additions. Columbus is working on plans to rehabilitate its outdated wastewater treatment plant, with original estimates at $2,750,000. If the additions

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


Western Highlands Area Authority board of directors will meet Friday, Feb. 3 at 8:30 a.m. at Western Highlands Network, located at 356 Biltmore Ave., Asheville, N.C. For more information, call 828-225-2785. 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. 828-8940293. Tryon Toy Makers Museum, open Friday 2 - 6 p.m., 43 E. Howard St., Tryon. 828-2906600. Polk County Democratic Men’s Club will hold a bean supper Friday, Feb. 3 from 5-7 p.m. at the Polk Democratic headquarters in Columbus. Donation

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requested. Everyone welcome. 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 Fund and the Humane Society, Saturdays from 9:30 – 11:30 a.m. There is no fee for the class and all materials will be provided. Classes are held at the Congregational Church on Melrose Ave. in Tryon. Call 828-899-0673 for more information. Lanier Library Book Lovers will meet Saturday, Feb. 4 at 9:30 a.m. to discuss books members have enjoyed. Open to all book lovers. 828-859-9535. 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.


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 864-457-7278. 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

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p.m.; food, fellowship and discussion of relevant issues; interdenominational.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 Polk Soil & Water Conservation District board will meet on Monday, Feb. 6 at 3:30 p.m. in the Mill Spring Agricultural Center. The public is invited. Call 828-894-8550 for more information. Harmon Field Board of Supervisors meets the first Monday of each month at 5:30 p.m. at Harmon Field Cabin. The next meeting will be Monday, Feb. 6. Public welcome. Information: 828-859-6655. Male Domestic Abuse Intervention Program, Mondays, 6 - 7:30 p.m., Steps to HOPE. 894-2340. Landrum Library, free yoga classes. Mondays, 6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. Limited to first 30 people. Thermal Belt Stamp Club meets first and third Monday at

7:30 p.m. at the Tryon Federal Bank in Columbus. Alcoholics Anonymous, Mondays, 8 p.m., Columbus Presbyterian Church.


Polk County Mobile Recycling Unit, Tuesdays, Ozone Drive and Hwy. 176, Saluda. 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 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 on Tuesday at 10 a.m. at the American Legion Hall in Tryon. Please submit Curb Reporter items in writing at least two days prior to publication. Items must include a name and telephone number of a contact person. Items will be printed in order by date of event, as space allows.

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productions, community events and privately sponsored events. Mark Byington of Innocenti & Webel Landscape Architects, who designed the master plan, said it takes maximum advantage of the hillside site as well as the rear garden and its mountain views. “The plan creates a cohesive property and will support a wider range of community events,” Byington said. Richard Webel, former managing partner of Innocenti & Webel and a volunteer consultant on the project said, “We believe this plan provides a setting that is both world-class and cost-effective.” The 43-year-old organization has wrestled with numerous solutions regarding basic accessibility to the facility. There is a lack of handicapped parking and a very tight drop-off for patrons at the Melrose Avenue entrance. Patrons wishing to attend events in the 335-seat auditorium must

Presenting the new site and building plans for the Tryon Fine Arts Center (TFAC) to the community were Richard Webel, landscape architect (left); Beth Child, TFAC executive director; Rebecca Barnes, TFAC board president, and Mark Byington, landscape architect. (photo submitted by Marianne Carruth)

often park behind the building in the neighboring lots and then climb the many steps to the front entrance of the facility. Another issue the board of directors had to confront was the future of the center’s outbuildings. Although these houses were used

creatively by affiliates in past years, they now serve only as storage facilities for two local arts organizations. Board members said major and costly improvements would be needed to keep them rentable. “After many years and many plans for updating the Tryon Fine

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TFAC master site plan design team Heading up the design for Phase I are Rick Webel and Mark Byington, both of whom have had vast training and experience in recreational, institutional, corporate, medical, residential and urban landscape design. Mark Byington is director of the Carolinas office of Innocenti & Webel, one of the nation’s oldest landscape architecture and land management firms. Byington has an extensive background in landscape architecture. A few of his regional projects have included: • Furman University • Mary Black Hospital • Wofford College • Milliken Corporate Headquarters • Greenville-Spartanburg Airport: Steven’s Aviation • RiverPlace • Augusta National Golf Course Rick Webel has been president of Pacolet Milliken since its founding in 2007. Before 2007 he was the managing partner of Innocenti & Webel. Some of his regional and national design clients include: • Fluor Daniel • Gibbes Cancer Center • Rockefeller Center • BMW North America • U.S. Department of State: Blair House

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spaces and beautifully landscaped parks,” said Becky Barnes, TFAC board president. Phase I Phase I of the plan focuses on the exterior of the property and addresses accessibility, parking and maintenance issues in addition to creating a community park for families and groups to gather to celebrate the arts and other events. Beginning at the front of the building on Melrose Avenue, the small semi-circular drop-off will be widened and straightened to allow easier vehicular access to the main entrance. The drop-off will lead down a new one-way drive to a small parking lot for seven cars, including four handicapped spaces, near the front of the building. The drive will continue to an existing lot, which will add three handicap spaces for a total of 22 parking spaces. The new drive will exit onto Pacolet Street. The new traffic plan is designed to simplify main entrance drop-offs while relieving traffic congestion and pedestrian safety issues on Melrose Avenue. The drive will be bordered

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by community green spaces. The existing Sassoon Park along Melrose Avenue will be structurally unchanged, per the original request from benefactor Stella Sassoon in the 1970s. Tryon Peak will be visible from most points on the campus. A 100-person permanent amphitheater will be built in the natural bowl just above the north edge of the property. This natural amphitheater is already used during Super Saturday as the community stage, providing a spot for families and friends to congregate and to be entertained. Circling the amphitheater and connecting it to the Melrose Avenue entrance will be a gentle winding sidewalk. With railings and lights, it will provide a walking route from the church parking lot up to the front door of the theater without involving steps. It will adhere to the grade mandated by the Americans with Disabilities Act and provide level places for resting every 20 feet. The sidewalk’s 8-foot width will allow a golf cart to be used to carry patrons from the parking lot to the theater entrance. (Continued on page 5)

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Mill Spring theft victim Arledge ups reward to $10k by Leah Justice

A victim of recent break-ins along Silver Creek Road in Mill Spring is now offering a $10,000 reward for information, according to the Polk County Sheriff’s Office. William Arledge was one of three homeowners who suffered

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Phase II Phase II will further incorporate the beauty of the foothills by expanding the rear of the main building into a multi-use facility that will afford an open view of the mountains. Brady-Trakas Architects has designed a twoand-a-half-story glass addition extending into the current Farwell Garden, providing a space for exhibitions, performances, receptions, lectures, meetings and various art programs. The two existing studios at the rear of

break-ins the night of Monday, Jan. 23. Arledge was the hardest hit, with $527,000 in cash taken from a safe in a building whose security system he forgot to turn on that night. Arledge also had guns, ammunition and his work truck stolen. His truck was found the next day along the

Polk/Rutherford County line, according to sheriff’s office reports. Arledge originally offered a $5,000 reward and increased it to $10,000 this week. The reward is being offered to anyone who supplies information in the case that leads to an arrest

and conviction of the suspect(s). The sheriff’s office has followed up on several leads in the case but still have no suspects. Anyone with information is encouraged to contact the Polk County Sheriff’s Office at 828894-3001.

the main building will flow into the new space, which will incorporate a balcony from the second floor studio, allowing for flexibility in event planning. Remodeling plans include improved restrooms and dressing rooms, as well as a catering kitchen and box office. Further accessibility issues will be addressed by having the garden entrance on the same level as the larger parking lots. The TFAC board of directors said it has resolved to place fiscal responsibility at the forefront. “We will not spend any money we don’t have,” said Barnes. The two-phase plan is designed to take advantage of the strong points of the arts center to get “more

bang for the buck,” Barnes said. Hard numbers for building costs have been projected with contingencies included. Phase I, focusing on the campus and main building façade, will cost approximately $366,000. Phase II, focusing on improvements inside the existing building and including the addition, will cost $885,000 - $1,135,000. The board has resolved to spend no more than $1.5 million on both phases. Plans are to complete phase I before March 2013. There is no timeline for phase II, although it has been recommended to complete it within two to three years to keep construction costs lower. Cash and

pledges to complete phase I are almost in hand. Clyde Kaericher, former board member and member of the finance committee, said, “This plan accepts the building and site as it is. That’s what makes this plan unique.” TFAC donor and operations committee member David Warden said, “I have lived through every iteration of this plan in the last ten years. This organization owes the planning team a big thank you. Issues addressed in previous plans have been solved with this one. I think it will work and will be an enduring asset for the community.” – article submitted by Marianne arruth


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to the project are made, engineer estimates put the total costs at $3,032,250. The town has been approved to receive a no interest loan from the Construction Grants and Loans Section of the N.C. Division of Water Quality. Columbus recently received word that its engineering report has been approved by the state. Tripp told council that the current wastewater treatment plant site has problems with the roof, the HVAC system and the flooring. He also said a second chlorine chamber could be added to the project to avoid having to shut down the flow in order to clean the one chamber. “There’s an opportunity here to get those work items done at a reasonable price due to current construction costs,” said Tripp. “If costs come back too high, you could take those two items out.” Council seemed in favor of adding the building because of its

current condition. Board members had differing opinions on whether a second chlorine chamber is a necessity. If the two additions are designed it will cost approximately $25,000 more in design fees. “I’m sorry but I’m not seeing the necessity of all of it,” said councilwoman Ernie Kan. “I understand why you see that we need it…. We could put that $25,000 towards the well. Don’t spread ourselves so thin that we put a burden on the people that live here.” Columbus Mayor Eric McIntyre said he tends to agree with Kan. “It seems like we could do something a lot less expensive (to improve the current chlorine chamber),” said McIntyre. He suggested installing a valve in the current chlorine chamber to better control the flow coming back into the chamber. One of the issues with having only one chlorine chamber is when it is cleaned twice annually and the flow stopped, all the backup sewage comes flushing back into the newly cleaned tank at once,

officials said. Tripp said it puts the town at risk for violating its state permit during those times of cleaning. Of the $25,000 in proposed new design fees, $7,500 is for the second chlorine tank design and approximately $18,000 is for the new building design. The second chlorine tank is estimated to cost approximately $57,500, including its design. “Actually we’re just talking right now about $7,000,” said councilman Richard Hall. “Down the road we’ll be deciding whether to build it or not.” McIntyre said the building at the wastewater treatment plant now is “pitiful.” “My personal opinion is the lab has to be built,” McIntyre said. “My opinion is to leave the building and take out the chlorine chamber.” Councilwoman Margaret Metcalf said her concern is that the additions may be needed in the future, and she worries it will end up costing the town more in

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the long run if the town pulls out needed projects. “The only thing I’m thinking is, is it going to cost us more in the long run?” Metcalf said. “I’m just afraid if we start pulling this and pulling that then we’re not going to have the capacity to do the things we want to do when Columbus keeps growing. “ Tripp said his firm will take a look at putting in a valve for the current chamber, which should cost only around $2,000, and he won’t charge design fees. Council tabled the issue and plans to discuss the additions further during its February meeting. The project’s plans and specifications are due to the state by June 1. The town plans to advertise and receive bids in December and begin construction as early as January 2013. The town plans to pay for the financing of the project through its enterprise fund rates, with a 10 percent increase in sewer rates implemented this fiscal year.

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Sherry Blevins Carney Sherry Blevins Carney of Mill Spring passed away Wednesday, Feb. 1. B o r n Aug. 29, 1954 in S m y t h County, Va., she was the daughter of Harry Green Blevins and Glenna Sturgill Blevins. She graduated from Hillsville, Va. High School in 1971. On Dec. 30, 1982, she married Robert D. Carney. She was a member of North and South Carolina Realtors for more than 20 years. She was a member and deaconess at Tryon Seventh-Day Adventist Church. She is survived by her husband,


Eva Stuckey Fowler Eva Stuckey Fowler, 101, of Laurel Lake Dr., Tryon Estates, Columbus, died Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2012 in Tryon Estates Medical Facility, Columbus. Born in Bloomingburg, Ohio, she was the daughter of the late Simon and Sara Catherine Brown Stuckey. She was a veteran of WWII, having served in the U.S. Women’s Army Corps. Mrs. Fowler was a retired high school teacher with a B.S. and master’s degree in education from Temple University in Philadelphia. She was a member of Silver Creek Baptist Church, Mill Spring, and was the widow of Jesse L. Fowler Sr., who died in 2001. Surviving are two stepsons, Richard W. Fowler of New Prospect, S.C. and Jesse L. Fowler Jr. of Chester, Va.; one stepdaughter, Helen Tolerico of Mill

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Robert Carney; two sons, Jason Robert Carney (Jerusha) of Candler, N.C. and Christopher Michael Carney (Brooke) of Mill Spring; mother, Glenna Sturgill Blevins of Hillsville, Va; one brother, Scott Blevins of Mill Spring; one sister, Sara Lee McCawley (Michael) of Fort Knox, Ken. and three grandsons, Noah Jason Carney and Micah David Carney, both of Candler, N.C., and Easton Michael Carney of Mill Spring. A memorial service will be held Saturday, Feb. 4 at 2 p.m. at the Tryon Seventh-Day Adventist Church at 2820 Lynn Road, Tryon. Pastor Mark Heisey will officiate. The family will receive friends Friday, Feb. 3 from 6-8:30 p.m. at the Morgan Center at the Tryon Seventh-Day Adventist Church. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the SeventhDay Adventist Church School Scolarship Fund, 2820 Lynn Road, Tryon, N.C. 28782; or to Hospice of Rutherford County, P.O. Box 336, 374 Hudlow Road, Forest City, N.C. 28043.

Spring, and one sister, Mary Louise Stuckey Marsh of Grove City, Ohio. Also surviving are 14 grandchildren and 15 greatgrandchildren. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 4, 2012 in Silver Creek Baptist Church, Mill Spring with Dr. Chris Osborn officiating. Burial will be in Silver Creek Baptist Church Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 10-11 a.m. Saturday prior to the service in Silver Creek Baptist Church. Memorials may be made to Silver Creek Baptist Church, “Good Neighbor Fund,” 1955 Silver Creek Rd., Mill Spring, N.C. 28756. The family will be at the home of her stepdaughter, Helen Tolerico, 373 Chimney Rock Rd., Mill Spring, N.C. 28756. An online guest register may be signed at McFarland Funeral Chapel, Tryon.

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Polk district court results Cody Lee Horton was conIn Polk County District Court held Wednesday, Jan. 25, with victed of speeding 92 mph in a 65 Judge Mack Brittain presiding, mph zone and speed competition. 163 cases were heard. Some Horton was sentenced to one year cases were continued, dismissed unsupervised probation, a $400 fine and court costs. or sent to superior court. Leon Gilberto Ibarra was conThe following persons were convicted of a crime (names are victed of driving a vehicle with given as they appear in court no operator’s license. Ibarra was sentenced to one year unsuperrecords): Norman Elliot Bonnette was vised probation, a $50 fine and convicted of driving a vehicle court costs. Kristen Lee King was convictwith impaired equipment. Bonnett was fined $40 and court ed of possessing an open container after consumption of alcohol costs. Zachary Blake Born was first. King was sentenced to one year unsuperconvicted of vised probation, obtaining a Court Results controlled suba $20 fine and stance by legal court costs. script misrepresentation. Born Kim Anton Koivu was conwas sentenced to seven days in victed of speeding 79 mph in a jail with credit for time served. 65 mph zone and driving after Danielle Renee Crooks was consuming under age 21. Koivu convicted of speeding 74 mph in was sentenced to one year unsua 65 mph zone. Crooks was fined pervised probation, a $100 fine $30 and court costs. and court costs. Pamela Beason Dill was conTerre Lynn Kroeger was convicted of level 2 driving while victed of speeding 79 mph in a impaired. Dill was sentenced to 65 mph zone. Kroeger was fined 18 months unsupervised proba- $40 and court costs. tion, seven days in jail, a $400 Authur Chad Lee was confine and court costs. victed of possession/consumpSnyder McNeil Dubose was tion of beer/wine on unauthorized convicted of reckless driving – premise. Lee was sentenced to wanton disregard. Dubose was one year unsupervised probation, sentenced to one year unsuper- a $50 fine and court costs. vised probation, a $100 fine and James Arthur S. Miller was court costs. convicted of driving while license Carolyn Kay Elgin was con- revoked. Miller was sentenced to victed of speeding 44 mph in a one year unsupervised probation, 35 mph zone. Elgin was fined $50 a $100 fine and court costs. and court costs. Daniel Wayne Owenby was Daniel Franklin Grigg was convicted of failure to report/tag convicted of speeding 45 mph in big game. Owenby was sentenced a 40 mph zone. Grigg was fined to one year unsupervised proba$20 and court costs. tion, a $35 fine and court costs. Andrew Benjamin Hamilton George Jeffrey Rivers was was convicted of felony posses- convicted of possession of deer sion of a schedule VI controlled taken during closed season. Rivsubstance, trespassing on posted ers was sentenced to one year property and simple possession unsupervised probation, a $100 of a schedule VI controlled fine and court costs. substance. Marlon Shane Ruff was conHamilton was sentenced to victed of expired registration 10 days in jail with credit for card/tag and expired/no inspecpretrial time served, one year tion. Ruff was sentenced to five unsupervised probation, a $250 fine and court costs. (Continued on page 12) natural way- page 6

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Under and by virtue of a Power of Sale contained in that certain Deed of Trust executed by ROBERT J SHEETS aka ROBERT SHEETS, Unmarried to CHRIS S. ROBERTS, Trustee(s), which was dated November 13, 2007 and recorded on November 19, 2007 in Book 360 at Page 511, Polk County Registry, North Carolina.  Default having been made of the note thereby secured by the said Deed of Trust and the undersigned, Brock & Scott, PLLC, having been substituted as Trustee in said Deed of Trust, and the holder of the note evidencing said default having directed that the Deed of Trust be foreclosed, the undersigned Substitute Trustee will offer for sale at the courthouse door of the county courthouse where the property is located, or the usual and customary location at the county courthouse for conducting the sale on February 17, 2012 at 1:00PM, and will sell to the highest bidder for cash the following described property situated in Polk County, North Carolina, to wit:  BEING all of Lot No. 11, Camp Skyuka, containing 0.73 of an acre, and being shown and delineated on that certain plat entitled, "Camp Skyuka, Phase I, Polk County, North Carolina", dated March 4, 1987, revised May 18, 1987 and pre-

pared by Wolf & Huskey, Inc., Engineering and Surveying, said plat being duly recorded in Map Slide A-382, Page 788, in the Office of the Register of Deed for Polk County, North Carolina; reference being made to said recorded plat for a full and complete metes and bounds description of said property pursuant to North Carolina General Statues 47-30(g). The above described property is conveyed subject to the Reservations and Restrictive Covenants of Camp Skyuka dated March 15, 1987, recorded in Book 194, Page 1259, Polk County Registry, and the Amendments thereto as recorded in the Office of the Register of Deeds for Polk County, North Carolina. The above described property is the identical property conveyed to Robert J. Sheets by deed from Robert A. Walden, II and wife, Kay W. Walden, dated October 10th, 2000 and duly recorded in Book 266, Page 1093, in the Office of the Register of Deeds for Polk County, North Carolina.  Save and except any releases, deeds of release or prior conveyances of record. Said property is commonly known as 53 Bear Run Drive, 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 Robert J. Sheets.  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 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.  Brock & Scott, PLLC Substitute Trustee 5431 Oleander Drive Suite 200 Wilmington, NC 28403

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PUBLIC NOTICE As per House Bill 1160, Clean Water Act 1999 Clearwater Services, Contact Operator for Polk County Schools Has completed the 2011Annual Performance Report for Polk Elementary School's Wastewater Treatment Facility Permit No. NC0033553. A copy of the Annual Performance Reports can be obtained during Regular business hours at the County Board of Education and Polk Central Elementary School. Tryon Daily Bulletin February 3, 2012 PUBLIC NOTICE

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supervised probaWilliam Court Results tion, a $50 fine Graham Tribble was conand court costs. Marilyn Denise Thompson victed of speeding 99 mph in a 65 was convicted of intoxicated and mph zone. Tribble was sentenced to disruptive behavior. Thompson one year unsupervised probation, a was sentenced to one day in jail $99 fine and court costs. Georgios Tsolakis was conwith credit for time served.

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victed of speeding 79 mph in a 65 mph zone. Tsolakis was fined $40 and court costs. Glen Thomas Wade was convicted of failure to stop for stopped bus. Wade was sentenced to one year unsupervised probation, a $200 fine and court costs.


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great dancer, a true friend and a loving daughter, sister and mother. She is survived by her son, Richard Wayne Braswell Jr.; her brothers, Robert Powell Holding III and wife, Pam, Frank Royall Holding and George Edward Bell Holding and wife, Lucy, and her sister, Margaret Jane Holding. A memorial service was held at 2 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 2 at Laurelhurst Community in Columbus. A graveside service will be held at Riverside Cemetery in Smithfield on Saturday, Feb. 4 at 11 p.m. Everyone is invited for lunch and celebration of Temp’s life at the home of Robert and Pam Holding, 1052 Ennis Road, McGee’s Crossroads, immediately following the service. Memorial gifts may be made to Christ’s Home Outreach, 5311 Woodsdale Road, Raleigh, N.C., 27606. An online guest register is available at McFarland Funeral Chapel, Tryon.

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Pellatt named finalist for full scholarships at UNC Polk County High School senior Cole Pellatt was recently named a finalist for two prestigious full-ride scholarships, one at UNC-Chapel Hill and the other at N.C. State University. Pellatt will join 104 other finalists in competition for 45 Park Scholarships at N.C. State on Feb. 17-18. He will participate in individual interviews, a group task and panels with Park Scholars and faculty, as well as a dinner hosted by the chancellor, with the keynote address delivered by former Governor Jim Hunt. Park Scholarships are drawn from a pool of nearly 1,500 applicants. Pellatt will then travel to Chapel Hill Feb. 25-28 to join about 125 fellow finalists for the approximately 55 MoreheadCain Scholarships. Pellatt and the other finalists will participate in two 20-minute interviews. Both scholarships target exceptional students, those with “outstanding accomplishments and potential in scholarship, leadership, service and character,” according to the Park Foundation. Pellatt is the senior class president at Polk County High School and serves as a member of the Science Olympiad Team, the varsity soccer squad, Interact and the news team. He is also captain of the ski and snowboard team. He is a resident of Saluda and the son of Mark Pellatt and Carol Lynn Jackson. The Park Scholarship includes educational trips to Washington, D.C. to study national issues alongside members of Congress and leadership retreats held at sites such as the Grand Canyon. The Morehead-Cain is the first merit scholarship in the United States, and it also has a four-year summer enrichment program, with the first summer including courses from Outward Bound or National Outdoor Leadership School, each aiming to test and overcome limits, mentally, physically and emotionally. Coy Durham was the most

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recent Polk County student to win the Morehead-Cain scholarship, 10 years ago. Pellatt attended the North Carolina Governor’s School last summer in math but said he felt at home in science, too. If he attends N.C. State, he said he’ll go with an engineering degree, as in the aerospace field; if he goes to UNC-Chapel Hill, he said he’ll probably major in general math or physics. Pellatt, who learned to read music and sing as part of the PCHS chorus and Vocal Impressions groups, said he taught himself the guitar when he decided he wanted to perform in the eighth-grade talent show. Then, as a junior at PCHS, he took up piano when he decided he wanted to perform on the piano for the talent show. Laura White, sponsor to the PCHS News Team, said as a news anchor, Pellatt is “extremely talented and very organized. He is able to see beyond the immediate problem and anticipate upcoming glitches.” Pellatt should get the results of the scholarship decisions by Feb. 29 for the Park Scholarship to N.C. State and by March 2 for the Morehead-Cain Scholarship to UNC-Chapel Hill. As Pellatt says, “The frontiers are wide open.” – article submitted by Stan Coss

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All things considered Everyone wants all of their I have a dear friend named Chuck who is always there for money and George is trying to exmy cause and many others. He is plain that their money is invested a quiet, unassuming man of deeds to help other people, could they please just take what they need and not words. Every now and then, which to tide them over. One older lady is quite often, he will hand me says, “one dollar and eight cents $100 and say, “this is for your will get me through the week.” kids.” I am humbled by him but Don’t forget, this is a very old that’s okay, I know that humility is movie. George tearfully reaches good for the soul. There are oth- over and kisses her as he counts out the money. ers like him but Some time for the purpose Humane Society ago Barbara of this tale, I Special Cases lost her beloved choose to recLeonard Rizzo deerhound. ognize Chuck, Shortly thereafwho would never dream of bringing attention to ter she decided to try and get another deerhound for it was a breed himself. There is an old and magnificent she had come to know and love. movie called, “It’s A Wonderful She contacted a reputable breeder Life,” I’m sure most of my older in Florida and asked if they had readers are familiar with it. In any dogs she could rescue. After being approved she was it there is a scene where there’s a run on the bank and George told there was a 2-year-old and a Bailey is trying desperately to 7-year-old available to her. Barkeep the doors open of his savings bara, being who she is, obviously took the seven year old. I have and loan.


recently visited the large, beautiful and oh so loving Stella, Barbara’s deerhound. Stella stole my heart in an instant and thoroughly enjoyed our interaction just as much as I did. Barbara has fallen on some hard times and a few weeks ago made a call to me, which I know was difficult for her to do.

“Lennie, I wonder if you could help me?” “What do you need Barbara?” “I’ve just purchased heartworm preventative for Stella and was hoping you could purchase the next one for her till I get caught up, it’s $30.” I immediately (Continued on page 19)

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welled up with tears, for though big things humble me, small things truly move me. Once a lady sent me $2 and a beautiful letter and I wept for half an hour while reading it. What I did for Barbara, Stella and her two beautiful cats is unimportant. What she did for me was far more valuable. “God bless you Lennie,” Barbara said, “I’ll have a mass said for you.” “Now we’re talking,” I thought, putting in a good word for me and my kids is more than I could ask for, all things considered.” Thanks for listening.

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Polk County Middle School Conference Champs Polk County Middle School boys grabbed the Blue Ridge Conference Championship Wednesday, Feb. 1 over Canton, 40-25. “We went on a 17-0 run in the fourth quarter,” said Coach Billy Alm. “It was a bit intense there for a bit but then we got to relax.” Alm said the team’s defensive play won the game, only giving up eight points in the second half. Eighth-grader Jamal Tanner (left) had the most points on the evening with 21. Coach Alm said Tanner averaged between 15-20 points throughout the season. The middle school’s girls team lost their game by just one point, 33-32. Player Haley Kropp had the most points for the girls team with 20. (photo by Fulton Hampton)

Cannon signs with Greenville Titans Sports Academy by Joey Millwood

On Wednesday, Feb. 1, Landrum quarterback Brandon Cannon signed his letter of intent to play football at Greenville Titans Sports Academy. After the signing, head coach Russell Mahaffey stood around talking about his quarterback. One story stuck out in Mahaffey’s mind. At a scrimmage last season, Cannon took the snap rolled to one side of the field and when nothing was there, he reversed his course to the other side of the field. Once he got to the other side, he let loose a 35-yard strike for a touchdown. A coach from an opposing team after that play told Mahaffey that Cannon’s ability wasn’t fair. “(Brandon) has God-given ability,” Mahaffey said. “He just can do some things that others can’t do.” Cannon led the Cardinals to one of the greatest seasons in the history of the program. He did that with his feet and his arm. (Continued on page 21)

Landrum quarterback Brandon Cannon signed to play football with Greenville Titans Sports Academy on Wednesday. From left: (front) grandmother Wanda Lindsey, Cannon and Tonya Lindsey; (back) Landrum Athletic Director John Cann and Landrum football coach Russell Mahaffey. (photo by Joey Millwood)

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Landrum defensive player Jon Perry signed his letter of intent to play soccer at Presbyterian College on Wednesday. From left: (front) Beth Perry, Perry and Dan Perry; (back) Daniel Perry, Nestor Shakon, Landrum soccer coach Josh Fowler, Gabe Perry and Landrum Athletic Director John Cann. (photo by Joey Millwood)

Perry signs to Presbyterian by Joey Millwood

Playing soccer at Landrum is a tough road. Region II-1A is the toughest region in the state at the 1A level. Teams like Christ Church, Southside Christian and St. Joseph’s are strong programs. Landrum’s Jon Perry has been the anchor in the Cardinal defense the last four years, especially the last two when he’s served as team captain. “He’s a great player,” Landrum coach Josh Fowler said. “He saw some quality players in high school.” He also played for the Carolina Football Club based out of Spartanburg. The club finished 17-0-1 last season and lost to the third ranked team in the nation in the

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Cannon threw for 2,241 yards and 12 touchdowns last season. He ran for 785 yards and 12 touchdowns. He broke two records at quarterback for the Cardinals. He had 8,656 all-purpose yards in his career at Landrum. He also had 94 total touchdowns in his career. Cannon is excited about the possibilities next season brings. He was recruited to play quarterback,

national semifinals. That will help Perry as he plays at the next level. That next stop will be Presbyterian College. The Cardinal defender signed his letter of intent to play for the Bulldogs on Wednesday afternoon. “It’s Division I,” Perry said. “It gives me the opportunity to play at that level.” Perry is a physical player. He’s quick. He never gives up on a play. That’s what PC is getting. “No matter what the score is, he keeps playing,” Fowler said. The Bulldogs had a little help on the family side of his recruitment. His grandfather, Dr. Vernon Lake, played football at Presbyterian. Perry liked the campus and the coaching staff as well. but could play any position. “It’s a very valuable opportunity,” Cannon said. “It gives me a chance to keep playing football.” Cannon, however, is grateful for what he’s leaving behind. He was inserted as the starting quarterback six games into his freshman year and hasn’t looked back. It’s not about his individual effort, however, he said. “(I know) what it’s like to help build something,” he said. “We really started to build a tradition here my last two years.”

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With the Iowa caucuses and and higher prices and unemthe New Hampshire and South ployment fueled in the business Carolina primaries finished for community (OK mostly in the the Republican Party, the 2012 corporate world). presidential campaign is offiOn the issue of taxes, I don’t cially off and running now. I’m think I’ll ever be able to agree going to miss debating the is- that the rich and the poor should sues confronting America with pay the same percentage of their our recently departed fellow income, so advocates of a “flat traveler Chuck Ross in the com- tax” completely miss the point of a fair and ing months. equitable tax We didn’t often agree Conversations code. (though we did It might be from Birdland a little sometimes), more by DonWeathington but we did likely if the manage to keep poor had the our discussions same access civil and respectful. We talked to loop holes and write-offs, on the phone a few times, and but almost by definition that presented our views as honestly can’t happen without some as we knew how. knee jerk reactionary calling it Some of the current crop “socialism.” A progressive tax of republican candidates have code seems to be the most fair been running for almost the way to apportion the nation’s entire time since the election tax burden – i.e. the more you of President Obama. I can’t earn, the higher your tax rate. recall a more contentious time The privilege of earning a lot of criticism of the nation’s of money shouldn’t be free. commander-in-chief in my life- High earners should pay to time. Naturally the republicans maintain the civilization that will say that it is deserved and they exploit. democrats will counter that The wars that we jumped more progress has been made into in Afghanistan and Iraq than in the previous eight years. still burn our treasure and cripSo goes the clatter of partisan ple and kill our young, but we politics in modern America. don’t seem to be able to find a Unfortunately for America way out of the mess. Current the clatter has displaced honest republicans seeking the highest debate with lies and innuendo. office either pay no heed to the Respect has been trumped by contributions the wars make to name calling and rudeness. our overall problems; or those Common sense has lost its who do have other ideas that are footing to fear mongering and so outlandish that they aren’t repetitive brainwashing about viable candidates otherwise. old solutions that have never The recent re-emergence of worked being the answer to Muqtada al Sadr in Baghdad current problems (these are emphasizes the lack of judgculmination of the old problems ment exercised in invading Iraq that weren’t solved by the old at all, much less believing that solutions). By this I mean, for we would be welcomed there example, that I wish that we as liberators. Instead we have could deregulate and that banks deepened the suspicion and and businesses would play by hatred that were focused on our the rules, so that life could move interests in the area already. We along smoothly. We did deregu- are slow learners in this regard. late under Bush and look what I read in the Miami Herald happened – a financial crisis (Continued on page 23) nested in the banking industry,

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this morning (1/12) that members of the “Occupy” movement are demonstrating in south Florida against the continued use of Gitmo prison in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. I continue to believe that the prison should be closed and inmates transferred to US facilities where their treatment and fates would be visible to the country. A case for keeping it open has been made by saying that we don’t need terrorists being housed in the homeland. I still disagree since “transparency” has become such a sought after position. The candidates? I haven’t heard any of the republican wannabees even say the word Gitmo. “Corporate personhood?” Oh my gosh! Can you really imagine a corporation (like General Electric that didn’t pay a single dime in taxes for 2010) being granted the same status as the police officers or teachers who

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work their jobs and can’t afford to own their own home on their salaries? What fair-minded individual can support such a position? There are numerous other issues that should soon be debated – voter fraud, global warming, immigration, abortion, healthcare, social security, unemployment, the selling of US elections by removing limits on individual (or corporate) contributions to PACs and more on a long list. With Chuck we could always count on a spirited and mostly fair (though like my own views, highly partisan) take on these and other issues. I wonder what he would be saying about things now. A few others have tried to take up the banner since Chuck left us, but their efforts have, by comparison to him, ranged from weak to downright silly. Yes, Chuck was the man and I miss him. I can’t imagine how the republicans can win this election without him.



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Editor’s note: The following article was written by Jim Shamp, senior editor at the N.C. Biotechnology Center, about a project undertaken by Polk County High School biology teacher Jennifer Allsbrook with funding from the biotechnology TRYonbapTisT - page 31 center. They’re actually rather puny and unimpressive to look at. These Sweetbay magnolia trees scattered around the woods of Western North Carolina’s Polk County are not like the robust ornamentals with dark waxy leaves that drop big white flowers onto manicured lawns throughout the Southeast. But these ho-hum Polk County magnolia misfits are changing the life of Polk County High School biology teacher Jennifer Allsbrook – and helping her students discover the joys of detective work using the tools of biotechnology. The problem is, this isolated stand of scrubby specimens doesn’t belong in the moun-

tains. So Allsbrook and her students have embarked on what has become known as the Magnolia Detectives project, to see what they can learn about these trees’ origins and what it all might mean scientifically. The project has already brought Allsbrook two grants from the North Carolina Biotechnology Center, providing a total of $16,000 to help her make biotech locally relevant to her students. She has also landed grants from ING and Toshiba foundations to help equip her lab and propel the research. And she has established important collaborations with other scientists in the process. Allsbrook, who holds a B.S. from Appalachian State University and a master of life science degree from the University of Maryland, said her tree-tracking exploits started a couple of years ago when she was looking for a way to incorporate more biotechnology into her teaching. “I wanted to find a project that would let me set up a (Continued on page 25)

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biotech lab where we could do DNA extraction, gene sequencing, things like that,” she said. “But I needed outside support to help fund it. And I knew writing grants for general purposes wouldn’t work.” The door to the “detective agency” was opened when Allsbrook discussed her biotech aspirations with Polk County Cooperative Extension Agent John Vining. He suggested Allsbrook study why these magnolias were growing nearby, well outside their normal range. Voila! The Magnolia Detective concept was born when Allsbrook confirmed Vining’s quandary with one of the world’s top magnolia experts, South Carolinian Richard Figlar, who had helped assemble a distribution map for these Magnolia virginianas, also known as laurel, sweetbay, swamp bay or swamp magnolias.

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The map confirmed that the Allsbrook. “I’d never heard of normal range of that species is that before. But it’s amazing. coastal, stretching much of the It’s so exacting you can identify way up the East Coast – but not individuals within a population. as far inland as Polk County. Fortunately, that first biotech“In North Carolina there’s nology center grant allowed me no place that has such a west- to learn from her.” erly population of magnolias,” Allsbrook returned to the said Allsbrook. “It’s an isolated Columbus, Ohio, campus this out-population, past summer which is why to fine-tune it’s so weird – “In North Carolina the research and so interest- there’s no place that has project with ing.” lfe, and such a westerly population Wo Allsbrook plans to then arranged of magnolias.” bring Wolfe -- Jennifer Allsbrook t o N o r t h for two grantfunded mentorCarolina for ing visits with Andrea Wolfe, a scientific exchange with AllsPh.D., a scientist at Ohio State brook’s students and others University, who agreed to work interested in the project. with Allsbrook in applying the Now that she’s back home, most appropriate genetic analy- Allsbrook is already busy colses to search the “family tree” lecting leaves and numbering of the Polk County magnolias specific trees, so she and the and see if they have relatives in students will be able to compare South Carolina and other places DNA fingerprints within the in the Southeast. population. That exposes them “She uses a technique called to the relatively recent specialty ISSR DNA fingerprinting,” said dubbed phylogeography – the



study of the historical processes that may be responsible for the contemporary geographic distributions of individuals. “The project has been evolving as I go,” she said. “Dr. Wolfe wants to expand it and do a phylogeographic study testing 15 to 25 populations throughout the North American range, stretching from Pennsylvania and Virginia to West Virginia through South Carolina and Georgia all way down to Florida and Louisiana, and even to a population recently discovered in Cuba. She wants each population to have as many as 40 specimens that we can work on.” Did Native Americans carry these trees’ ancestors into the mountains centuries ago for some medicinal use? Did birds or animals somehow drag them in? It’s too soon to tell. But an enterprising biology teacher in the North Carolina mountains and her enthusiastic students are hot on the case.







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Pair certain foods for quick nutritional boost Our society today seems almost obsessed with counting calories, subtracting fat grams,and dividing portions. In and of itself, this isn’t a bad thing. However, in this frenzied attempt to improve health, lose fat, and get fit, many people are missing a viable piece of the health puzzle. “Adding” certain foods together can dramatically increase their nutritional punch, as well as increases variety and flavor. Here are a few examples of some quick food pairings that taste great, and provide great benefits to your diet. 1. Scrambled eggs plus red peppers. This combination is great for smoother skin, because eggs have high quality protein, plus ½ cup of chopped red peppers has more than 100 percent of your daily vitamin C needs. 2. Whole grain cereal plus sunflower seeds for better im-

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Greene to serve as judge Aaron Greene will serve as one of the judges for Polk’s Got Talent. Recent Polk County High School students and graduates know about many of Aaron Greene’s talents. He can beat box (providing a verbal, rhythmic beat to rap-type music). He can do cartwheels, he does impressions and he claims he makes a “mean scalded lettuce.” And he can say the Pledge of Allegiance with tongue-twisting speed. Greene holds degrees from Aaron Greene Appalachian State University and UNC-Charlotte and was the principal at Polk County High district director of curriculum School until he was promoted and instruction for Polk County last summer to serve as the Schools.

ond place is $75 and third place is $25. In the open category, the first place award is $500, second place is $250 and third place is $75. The first round of competition will be Feb. 20-21 from 6-9 p.m. at the Tryon Movie Theatre. Talent advancing to the finals will compete on Feb. 27 from 7-10 p.m. at the Polk County High School Performing Arts Auditorium. Audience member’s ticket prices will vary for age groups and rounds. “We wanted to provide a platform for our students, friends, and neighbors to showcase their talents while raising money for the very worthy cause of music education,” says Patrons for the Performing Arts president Bibi Freer. “We also wanted to plan an event that would attract the

best talent in Polk County and we think we have hit the mark with this ambitious, but highly entertaining idea.” Last year, the Vocal Impressions group attended Festival Disney in Orlando and individuals raised their own funds to travel. This year, the group and parents will work to support the costs of the Festival Disney trip by performing several fundraisers in addition to Polk’s Got Talent, including product sales, individual and business sponsorships and “singing telegrams” performed by Vocal Impressions members for holiday or personal messages. The Disney trip is scheduled over spring break in April. – article submitted by Mimi Alexander and Carol Lynn Jackson

Men’s Monday Duplicate Bridge Club results, Jan. 30 On Jan. 30 the members of the Men’s Monday Duplicate Bridge Club met in the home of Don Iaffaldano for their weekly duplicate bridge tournament. At the conclusion of the afternoon’s

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