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Tryon Daily Bulletin

The World’s Smallest Daily Newspaper

Vol. 85 / No. 17

Tryon, N.C. 28782

Thursday, February 23, 2012

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Adventures in the dirt The Landrum High School boys basketball team will take on Great Falls on Saturday, Feb. 25 at 12:30 p.m. in the Upper State Championship at the Bi-lo Center in Greenville, S.C. Landrum High will have 100 tickets to presell beginning Thursday morning, Feb. 23 in the school’s front office. Tickets will also be available at the Bi-lo Center.

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

12-year-old earns sponsorship after 2011 dirt bike racing season by Barbara Tilly

Troy Lieberman of Green Creek just began dirt bike racing last year, but he’s off to a good start. Lieberman ended in fourth place after the 2011 season in the “Hare Scramblers” with Mideast Racing in the 85cc class. The 12-year-old Polk County Middle School student, who is the son of Tracie and James Hanson, raced at a different venue (Continued on page 4)


Polk County Mobile Recycling Unit, Thursdays, 7 a.m. - noon, old Searcy Mill parking lot, Hwy. 108, Columbus. Men’s Prayer Breakfast meets Thursday, Feb. 23 at 8 a.m. at TJ’s Cafe, 456 S. Trade St. in Tryon. You are welcome. Order breakfast from the menu. Bring friends. Saluda Center Thursday activities: knitting group, 9:30 (Continued on page 2)

Troy Lieberman of Green Creek finished fourth in his first season of dirt bike racing in the “Hare Scramblers” with Mideast Racing in the 85cc class. (photo submitted by Tracie Hanson)

Tryon looks at options, costs to replace Harmon Field community center roof by Leah Justice

The Harmon Field community center is in need of a new roof, with an initial bid coming in at approximately $40,000. Tryon Town Council met Tuesday, Feb. 21 and heard an

update on the roof condition from Harmon Field Parks and Recreation Supervisor George Alley. Alley first asked council what the town’s long-term plan is for the community center. About two years ago council considered

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

selling the building, saying at the time future needed improvements would be costly. Council told Alley that the town has since said it was keep(Continued on page 3)


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• Calendar (continued from page 1)

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 caregivers includes music, nursery rhymes, action poems and short books. Storytime at 10:30 a.m. for preschoolers includes books, music and fingerplays. Call 828-457-2218. Polk County Historical Association Museum, open Thursdays, 10 a.m. - 1 p.m., 60 Walker St., Columbus, lower level. Free. 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. Polk County Public Library, free yoga class (bring your own mat) every Thursday from noon - 1 p.m. Rotary Club of Tryon meets every Thursday at noon at Tryon

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Presbyterian Church on Harmon Field Rd. Landrum Library, terrarium-making program for homeschooled children, Thursday, Feb. 23, 2 p.m. Basic materials will be provided, but children may bring items from home to add to their terrariums. Green River Watershed Alliance will present a presentation on Thursday, Feb. 23 at 6 p.m. at the Polk County Library in Columbus. This citizen-led organization will address the need to build a collaborative environmentally protective plan for the Green River watershed. 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.


Polk County Democratic Party Men’s Club will meet Saturday, Feb. 25, 8:30 a.m. at the Democratic headquarters in Columbus. Everyone welcome. 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. Thermal Belt Friendship Council will hold its monthly luncheon Saturday, Feb. 25, 11:45 a.m. at Kyoto’s restaurant in Tryon. All are invited. 864457-2426. Seniors on Sobriety (SOS) AA Meeting, Fridays at noon, Polk County Chamber of Commerce Building, 2753 Lynn Rd. (Hwy. 108), Tryon. 828-894-

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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 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 Holy Cross Episcopal Church on Melrose Ave. in Tryon. Call 828-8990673 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.


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. and 1:30 p.m., with bridge discussion session at 12:45. 828-749-9245. For more activities, email saludacenter@ or visit www.saluda. com. The Meeting Place Senior Center Monday activities include line dancing, 10 a.m.,

senior fitness, 11 a.m., bingo or bead class, 12:30 p.m. 828-8940001. Democratic Women’s Club will hold its monthly meeting Monday, Feb. 27 at 11 a.m. at the Democratic headquarters in Columbus. Asheville Mayor Terry Bellamy will be the guest speaker. Lunch of soup and sandwiches will be served. Everyone welcome. 828-8943219. Christian Fellowship Luncheon, TJ’s Cafe, Tryon, Mondays except holidays, noon - 1 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 AAUW meets on the fourth Monday of each month at 1:30 p.m. at the Tryon Presbyterian Church fellowship hall. Polk Soil & Water Conservation district board meeting is held the last Monday of each month, at the Mill Spring Ag & Community Center. The next meeting will be Sept. 26 at 3:30 p.m. The public is invited. Call 828-894-8550 for more information. 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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• Harmon Field (continued from page 1)

ing the building and a capital improvement plan should be developed. Alley said he’s received one bid to replace the roof from EnviroShield at $39,695. EnviroShield also replaced the roof at Harmon Field’s open-air gym. The open air gym roof was replaced using funds from a few sources, including 1/3 from the town, 1/3 from Polk County and another 1/3 from grants and donations. There are request for proposals out to three other roofing companies, Alley said. Harmon Field should be able to come up with approximately $13,000 for a new roof at the community center, according to Alley. Councilmen Roy Miller and Doug Arbogast suggested getting estimates for an A-frame roof with a slant to go over the current flat roof. Alley said he looked into

Harmon Field’s community center building, which needs a new roof. (photo by Leah Justice)

that option for the open-air gym roof and costs came back about 50 percent higher. Councilman George Baker added that it’s not unusual for flat roofs to be redesigned. Miller suggested Harmon Field put together a 10-year capital improvement plan for the building.

“We’re basically tackling things as they come up,” said Miller. “We need a capital improvement plan for that building.” Alley said moisture is getting through the subroof at the community center building and into the ceiling. He said there’s no structural damage yet, but the roof consistently leaks in the

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northeast corner and around one raised window. Patchwork repairs were done to the roof in 2008, 2010 and 2011, Alley said. Council directed Alley to seek other bids on roof alternatives and in the meantime ask Polk County to help with funding the roof.





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Troy Lieberman on his dirt bike at a “Hare Scramblers” race with Mideast Racing in the 85cc class. (photo submitted by Tracie Hanson)

• Dirt bike racing (continued from page 1)

each month in 2011. Each race included motocross track, forest trails, hill climbs, mud and adventure. “Jimmy and I are very proud of him,” Tracie Hanson said. “We get just as excited as Troy does to go to a race. We are

running through the woods and around the track to cheer him on. It’s always a great day to see him go!” Lieberman’s performance in the 2011 season earned him a sponsorship from Jason Ilardo of California for the 2012 season, which kicked off for Lieberman in Laurinsburg, S.C. over the weekend of Feb. 18-19.

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Columbus adds new building, chlorine contact chamber and well to wastewater treatment plant upgrade plan New engineering contract approved

structure Consultants, which is an increase from the previous engineering costs of $571,750. The engineering contract increased in order for engineers to design a new laboratory, a new second chlorine contact chamber and a new water supply well. Engineer Brian Tripp with W.K. Dickson met with council on Feb. 16 and reviewed the changes to the scope of the project. He said other changes include changing the type and size

by Leah Justice

The Town of Columbus has approved a new contract for its wastewater treatment plant rehabilitation that includes new additions and a lower overall budget. Columbus Town Council met Thursday, Feb. 16 and approved a revised $597,250 engineering contract with W.K. Dickson Community Infra-

of the sludge storage facilities. Tripp’s estimate on the rehabilitation in January was for those additions to increase the total cost of the project to $2,836,750, but with adjustments his estimate is now $2,747,250, which is under the original $2,750,000 estimate. Columbus received a letter in December 2011 from the N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) indicating that the town’s engineering report was

approved. Columbus has been approved for a state loan of an estimated $2,750,000 at no interest in order to rehabilitate its wastewater treatment plant, which is approximately 40 years old. The town is scheduled to submit its final plans and specifications to the state on June 1, to advertise, receive and submit bids in December and to execute the construction contract in January 2013.

Pro Physical Therapy to host Chamber After Hours Feb. 28 of Commerce. The business has just completed an expansion to its facility, which offers a full array of therapy and fitness services. All

On Tuesday, Feb. 28, Pro Physical Therapy and Fitness on Shuford Dr. in Columbus will host an After Hours with the Carolina Foothills Chamber

members and guests are welcome; bring business cards to give out and to enter for door prizes. The event is from 5:30 to 7 p.m. RSVP is required by

calling the chamber at 828859-6236 by 5 p.m. Monday, Feb. 27. – article submitted by Janet Sciacca

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District One Schools educator, Goodwin, receives state award Dr. J. Harrison Goodwin, assistant superintendent of administrative services for District One Schools, recently received an Honor Administrator Award from the South Carolina Music Educators Association. Goodwin was nominated by Chapman High School Band Director Kevin Horton with the support of the music program educators in District One schools. His nomination was also endorsed through letters of support from various distinguished music educators from across the state. “Dr. Goodwin is one of the main reasons that the music program is so successful in District One,” Horton said. “He and Superintendent Dr. Ron Garner have supported and encouraged the growth of our arts program and it shows. Our students are consistently among the best in the region and state on the competitive level of schools much larger than ours. Dr. Goodwin’s love for music and excitement for our expanding programs is contagious. His support for not only the ChapJ. Harrison Goodwin (second from left), assistant superintendent of administrative services and operations man Marching Band, where Dr. for District One, with some of the band directors who nominated him for the S.C. Music Educator’s Association’s his daughter member, Tryon dailyisbaulleTin / Tbut he World ’s smallesT daily neWspaper 3 Honor Administrator Award: John Holloway (left), band director atpage Campobello-Gramling School; Kevin Horton also each school’s respective (second from right), Chapman High School director of bands; and Bryan Ard, Mabry Middle School band program is felt every day. We director. (photo submitted by Paula Brooks) couldn’t accomplish all that we do without him. It was an honor The fine arts program in the community, including band, “It has always been my and a privilege to nominate him District One offers many op- orchestra, chorus and drama belief that it is imperative to for this award.” portunities to the students in programs. educate the whole student,” Goodwin said. “Our mission NOTICE  OF  PUBLIC  HEARING   in District One is to provide Notice of public heariNg a quality, student-centered   education, and that includes Notice  is  hereby  given  that  at  7:00  p.m.,  on  Monday,  March  5,  2012,  in  the  Sunny  View  Elementary  School   academics, arts, athletics and Library,  86  Sunny  View  School  Road,  Mill  Spring,  NC    28756,  the  Polk  County  Board  of  Commissioners   other extracurricular programs. will  hold  public  hearings  on  the  following  ordinances:   It is a tremendous benefit to   the students of this community 1)  An  Ordinance  Amending  the  Mountainside  and  Ridgeline  Protection  Ordinance  for  Zoned  Areas  of   to be well-rounded and I think Polk  County;  Amending  the  Definition  of  the  Term  “Excavation”;  Amending  the  Definition  of  the  Term   we offer many opportunities “Single-­‐‑Family  Dwelling”;  Providing  an  Exemption  for  Minor  Land-­‐‑Disturbing  Activities   for students to be active and   involved in District One. It is a 2)  An  Ordinance  Amending  the  Mountainside  and  Ridgeline  Protection  Ordinance  for  Unzoned  Areas  of   tremendous honor to have been Polk  County;  Amending  the  Definition  of  the  Term  “Excavation”;  Providing  an  Exemption  for  Minor   nominated by Mr. Horton and Land-­‐‑Disturbing  Activities   the other music teachers in Dis   trict One and to have received Copies  of  the  proposed  ordinance  are  available  for  review  or  purchase  (at  a  nominal  cost)  in  the  County   this recognition.” Manager’s  Office  in  the  Womack  Building.    They  are  also  available  online  at    For   – article submitted additional  information  about  these  ordinances  contact  County  Planner,  Cathy  Ruth,  at  (828)  894-­‐‑2732.   by Paula Brooks  

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Community foundation announces Bradley planning grants Application deadlines in March

The Polk County Community Foundation is now accepting applications for its next round of 2012 grants and scholarships and will soon announce recently awarded grants. The late Mr. and Mrs. Bradley created the Marjorie M. & Lawrence R. Bradley Endowment Fund of Polk County, North Carolina in 2005, leaving virtually their entire estate for the benefit of Polk County. This bequest directed the board of the community foundation to implement the Bradleys’ charitable dreams of providing charitable, education, medical and community benefits to their community. There are several Bradley grant programs for the long-term benefit of the Polk County community. In addition to the planning and studies grants described below, the Bradley Fund awards grants for breakthrough community benefits, emergency land conservation and other projects that result in significant long-term benefits for Polk County. The Bradley Fund also contributes to the annual distribution budget for unrestricted grants and provides college scholarships through the Bradley Achievement Awards and the Puddin’ Hill Awards. Bradley Planning & Studies for Breakthrough Benefits grants are intended to fund breakthrough initiatives, projects and learning that have “game-changing” potential for Polk County. Grants may be awarded for models, studies, seed money, plan development, conferences or other learning opportunities for staff and/or board members; all of which are intended to lead to a significant long-term benefit for the community as a whole. Past grants have enabled Polk County representatives to investigate innovative strategies and develop critical expertise for enhancing our community. For example, Bradley grants funded visits to New England agricultural sites that contributed to the creation of the Mill Spring Agricultural Development Center.

Grant applications for Bradley Planning & Studies for Breakthrough Benefits are due Tuesday, March 27 by 1 p.m. Of the many donors to the community foundation’s scholarship funds, three have chosen to support adults in our community in following a passion, changing vocations or enhancing their ability to support themselves and their families. The funds dedicated to adult students are The Kirby Endowment Fund Back-to-School Scholarship for Adults, The Restart Fund and the Frances O. & John W. Wilson Fund for Restart Scholarships. Scholarships for adults returning to school are available for residents of Polk County, Saluda and Landrum with demonstrated financial need. Students must actively participate in the life of the community. Applications are due Tuesday, March 13 by 1 p.m. In March, the community foundation will also announce grants awarded to nonprofit organizations to hire student interns this summer. The grants will be paid to the nonprofits, which are then responsible for hiring the students. Local high school students interested in these paid summer internships may contact their favorite local nonprofits or check the foundation’s website for a list of organizations receiving these special awards. In addition to the intern grants, the foundation will announce Kirby grants awarded for free events at Harmon Field and Rogers Park. The community foundation is happy to work with organizations and students to discuss specific proposals, grant or scholarship criteria and review of applications for completeness before they are submitted. Applicants are encouraged to contact the foundation’s director of grants well in advance of the deadline for assistance. Application deadlines and dollars allocated for all 2012 grants are included on the “Dates & Dollars” sheet available online and at the foundation’s office. For more information about grants, scholarships or charitable giving options, contact the Polk

Marjorie and Lawrence Bradley celebrated their new home, Puddin’ Hill, in Tryon. The Puddin’ Hill scholarship available through the Polk County Community Foundation is a tribute to the Bradleys. (photo submitted by Noah Wood)

County Community Foundation by visiting 255 S. Trade Street in Tryon, calling 828-859-5314 or checking its website, www.

– article submitted by Noah Wood, Polk County Community Foundation



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Now, I am not much of a political scientist, but I am a pretty good church historian and theologian and I have to say quite openly that the United States has never been and was never intended to be a “Christian nation,” simply because the very idea of a theocracy was abhorrent to the minds of our founding fathers and mothers and entirely counter to their intentions. By definition, a theocracy is a system of government grounded in the “establishment” of rule based on a particular religious faith. Authority in a theocracy is vested in some set of divinely dictated or inspired texts believed to be holy writ, or the doctrines of the religious (Continued on page 9)

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institution, and power is executed by or through the clerics of that faith who interpret that tradition according to whatever so-called orthodoxy is most powerfully espoused at a given time in history. Theocratic governance can be administered either directly by the clergy or indirectly through state functionaries.The most obvious and radical example in modern times of a theocratic state could be observed under the rule of the Ayatollah Ali Khamenei during the 1990s Islamic Revolution in Iran. During the colonization of North America and the eventual structuring of the original 13 states, England was ruled by a monarchy and the Church of England – an established state religion. This was not a true the-

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ocracy, but it was close enough that its social, political and religious abuses of absolute power caused our national predecessors to seek a way of governance that not only ensured one could worship as one wished (and what one wished) but also not at all. The Free Exercise Clause of the First Amendment to the Constitution of the United States of America says, “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof….” In short, this means that no one religious entity, nor its adherents, shall exercise control over the government, while it also ensures that all persons are free to believe and practice their own faith as long as their actions do not violate the common good (see Reynolds v. United States for details). During the next several months we are going to hear a


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Schweizer Strings students earn medals

Four members of Schweizer Strings were recently awarded 100-Day Club medals. This honor is earned by practicing the violin for 100 consecutive days. The students are: Triniti Owens, Lillie Bell, Cassie Bell and Juniper Walter-Eger. (photo submitted by Donis Schweizer)

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Cardinals sink Chiefs, earn ticket to state championship by Joey Millwood

Landrum was clinging to an 80-78 lead with 29.6 seconds left against McCormick in the third round of the 1A state playoffs when Daniel Bridges broke away towards the basket behind the Chiefs’ defense and was fouled on what would’ve been a dunk. Bridges hit both shots from the line, then darted back down court to play defense and drew a charge. That charge turned out to be the biggest play of the game. “I thought (the referee) was going to call a block and at the last second he called a charge,” Bridges said. “That was crucial.” As the seconds ticked off the clock, Landrum punched its ticket to the Upper State Championship against Great Falls at the Bilo Center on Saturday at 12:30 p.m. with an 86-78 victory. Landrum players and coaches have been throwing around a number all season. That number – 113.26 – symbolized a goal. That number is the exact mileage from Landrum High School to the Colonial Center in Columbia where the state finals will take place. The Cardinals are one step closer to that goal. How big was this game? It was the largest crowd ever at Landrum High School, Head Coach Lyn Smith said. There was standing room only on the home side and McCormick brought three buses full of fans to the game. Those two crowds were heard in the final three minutes. Landrum controlled the game for three quarters hovering around

Landrum’s Andrew Bridges goes up for a shot against McCormick on Tuesday night. Bridges scored a game-high 27 points to lead Landrum to an 86-78 victory and a spot in the Upper State Championship on Saturday. (photo by Joey Millwood)

a double-digit lead, but with 3:15 left on the clock, the Chiefs pulled to within five points at 78-73. After the Bridges charge in the waning seconds of the game, the game broke out into a few minutes of chaos. McCormick drew two technical fouls. Landrum’s Mark Wilson stepped up to the line and hit four free throws to ice the game for the Cardinals. Wilson finished the game with 24 points. The junior

guard hit six 3-pointers. Bridges finished with a game-high 27 points. The Chiefs were led by Toronce Bryant with 18 points and Aaron Aiken with 13. This will be Landrum’s second trip to the Upper State finals in the last four years. Senior point guard Cole McDowell was a freshman on the 2009 team that made it to the Bilo Center. He will obviously have more of an impact this time around.

The senior scored 12 points on Tuesday night. “I can do more for my team this year,” he said. “I’m ready for it.” And as for Landrum’s coach, Smith could hardly hide his smile when he emerged from the locker rooms after the game. “To win it in front of a crowd like this, the biggest crowd ever at Landrum, is fantastic,” he said. Smith is now 70-9 at home as the Cardinals’ coach.

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General Lloyd J. Austin: A Black History Month moment Editor’s note: Local resident M. J. Hannon submitted the following article in observance of February as Black History Month. General Lloyd J. Austin has secured his place as one of America’s greatest generals. “General Austin is one of the most distinguished American military commanders of his generation,” said U.S. Ambassador to Iraq James Jeffrey, adding that during the war, “nobody has done more or sacrificed more in defending this country.” In the beginning of the Iraq war in 2003, then one-star General Austin commanded and controlled the 3rd Infantry Division, the first American unit to take Baghdad and

fight Saddam Hussein’s Fedayeen, some 40,000 strong. Unlike many commanders, who keep a safe distance from the fight, Austin was actually on the front lines, commanding all the brigades in the fight. In 2008, now three-star General Austin was ordered back to Iraq to maintain control after the 20,000 surge troops had departed. Austin was technically the second highest ranking commander, but for tactical purposes he was in charge. Basra had gotten out of control, and attacks had ramped up, including attacks on the “Green Zone.” If Basra fell, America and its allies would probably lose the war. Lt. General Austin made a bold deci-

sion and decided to help. It would be the first time during the war that Iraqi and American troops would fight side-by-side in combat. He ordered in technical aviation and put in a tactical command post. In a matter of weeks, he turned things around. The Shia militia never gained strength from then on. Attacks fell from 200 a week to about seven. In late 2010, now four-star General Austin returned to Iraq for his third tour to oversee the withdrawal of all combat troops from Iraq. This mission was completed in December 2011. General Austin was the first black to command a division and corps in combat. President Obama

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recently nominated him for the position of vice chief of staff for the U.S. Army. Congress approved the nomination, making Austin the second-highest ranking officer in the army.

Movie night set for Renewal Polk Recreation offers free Point Church Feb. 26 public Zumba class March 5 Showing “Stars in My Crown” Feb. 26

At Renewal Point Church’s movie night on Sunday, Feb. 26 at 6 p.m., the movie “Stars in My Crown” will be shown. In this movie, the pastor of a church in a rural Tennessee

town helps its people confront problems. The title comes from the song, “Will There Be Any Stars in My Crown?” The movie will be shown at Renewal Point Church across from the Columbus Fire Station. – article submitted by Karen Henderson

The Polk County Recreation Department will offer a Zumba class beginning Monday, March 5. Classes will be held on Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings from 10-11 a.m. at Stearns Gym. The first class is free of charge. The instructor is Patty Rodriguez. She received her training

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EXECUTOR'S NOTICE Having qualified on the 26th day of January, 2012, as EXECUTOR of the Estate of Mary Alice Littlejohn, 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 JAMES BOYCE LITTLE-

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Polk Middle’s Amato wins essay contest Polk County Middle School sixth-grade student Abby Amato is the winner of the 2011-2012 Polk County Soil & Water Conservation District essay contest. The winning teacher is John Ruth. Amato’s essay, entitled “Wetlands Are Wonderful Living Soil,” will be entered in the Area 1 competition. Both Amato and Ruth received cash prizes for their award. For many years the Polk County Soil & Water Conservation District has sponsored sixth-grade students throughout Polk County in the North Carolina Soil and Water Conservation District Association essay contest. The student with the winning essay from the county is sent to the area contest, in which winners from 16 counties in Western North Carolina compete. Winners of the area contests are then sent to compete in the final state contest, which includes winners from a total of eight areas. – article submitted by Sandra Reid

Abby Amato, the winner of the 2011-2012 Polk County Soil & Water Conservation District essay contest, with the winning teacher John Ruth. (photo submitted by Sandra Reid)

Polk Middle’s Jackson wins PowerPoint contest


Dietrick Jackson, a sixthgrade student at Polk County Middle School, was the winner of the Polk County Soil & Water Conservation District PowerPoint contest. The winning teacher is John Ruth. Both Jackson and Ruth received cash prizes for the award. The winning PowerPoint presentation will be sent to the area contest, consisting of entries from 16 counties in Western North Carolina. Winners of the area contests are then sent to compete in the final state contest, consisting of entries from a total of eight areas. This is the first year that the North Carolina Association for Soil & Water Conservation Districts has sponsored a PowerPoint contest. This competition is open to sixth-grade students throughout the state. – article submitted by Sandra Reid

Dietrick Jackson, the winner of the Polk County Soil & Water Conservation District PowerPoint contest, with his teacher at Polk County Middle School John Ruth. (photo submitted by Sandra Reid)

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Big Bradley Falls, sense of smallness in grandeur Western North Carolina is either side give you a sense of blessed beyond measure with an smallness in the grandeur of God’s abundance of natural beauty. And creation. And the fall itself is quite a site. ranking high for lots of folks, in those blessings from above, are Estimates are between 65 feet and the many waterfalls that highlight 100 feet, I would guess closer to the 65 feet side; pretty much a our streams and rivers. Waterfalls in our area vary shear drop off. Access to the falls is a flip of greatly. Some are shear drops, some are multi-tiered with sev- the coin. You can get there by eral falls making one large one, traveling Holberts Cove road. some are more of a slide, some From Silver Creek Road, turn left are prevailing while others are onto Holberts Cove Road, you will rather subtle. travel until you cross Cove Creek I guess the variations are part (its not a bridge just a big culvert). of what keeps them interesting, There is a large parking lot it’s not an “ if you’ve on the right side of seen one you’ve seen the road where the them all” scenario. I trail begins. This is the Life find myself standing shortest distance to the Outside falls, about ¾ of a mile in front of a waterfall many times and think- Four Walls or less. A moderately ing this might be my difficult trail crosses by Rob favorite, then when Cove Creek and leads I’m in front of the next to an overlook. McComas one I’m thinking, this You can access the might be my favorite. base of the falls from Some folks know I really en- here as I did, but it is not advised. joy landscape photography, and The descent is extremely dangerwhile I’ll be the first to admit I ous. I have no idea what I was am not very good at it, the efforts thinking going down that way. involved in getting a good shot A longer but easier access is are quite the challenge. And while from Green River Cove Road. I have a deep appreciation for a After turning left off of Silver good shot of a fall, even the best Creek Road, travel across the secpicture will not begin to compare ond bridge over Green River and with experiencing a waterfall in turn into Wilderness Cove campperson. ground. The trail is approximately Consider our own Big Bradley 1 ½ miles. I have not been in from falls. A picture can only show a this side, so I have no input. small glimpse of this shear walled There are few folks who have mini gorge. The ruggedness can described the trail from this side; only be valued standing at the base You can find there directions via of the falls. This small section of Google. Cove creek is as intimidating as And one more thought, now is it gets. Vertical granite walls on the time, no crowds, no bugs, etc.

Rob McComas in front of Big Bradley Falls in Saluda. (photo submitted)

Award-winning Kiwanis men’s cooking class offered in March The award-winning Kiwanis Men’s Cooking Class will be offered for 10 weeks beginning March 6 at the Polk County Extension Center in Columbus. The class size is limited to 10, and only a few spaces remain. Sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of Tryon and North Carolina Coop-

erative Extension Service – Polk County Center, the men’s cooking class has been a popular annual program since 1986. Men say they take the course for a variety of reasons – personal interest, increased cooking responsibilities because of the loss or disability of a spouse or at the urging of their spouse.

In addition to basic cooking skills, the program covers topics such as buying and storing food, nutrition, budgeting, food safety, microwave cooking, special classes on seafood and Italian cooking and meal planning. Jimmi Buell, extension agent for family and consumer sciences, will

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It is particularly important for when you come to the health people at high risk of compli- department. With or without cations, including pregnant insurance, there is no charge to women, people with chronic individuals for the flu vaccine at diseases, very young children the health department. and the elderly. The Polk 0tfn3tue - page 2 However, al- “If you do get sick, County Health most half of the Department children who remember to stay home is located on died from flu from work or school while Walker Street in last season had and you are sick, cover coughs Columbus no known highis open Monday risk conditions, and sneezes, and — most through Friday, so public health important — wash your 8:30 a.m. until officials encour4:30 p.m. age flu vaccine hands.” “It is not too -- Dr. Laura Gerald late to get your even for those in good health. flu shot because This year’s vaccine protects flu season can last well into the against three strains of influenza, spring,” Gerald said. “If you including H1N1. do get sick, remember to stay Local health department of- home from work or school while ficials said flu vaccines are still you are sick, cover coughs and available. If you or your child sneezes, and — most important has Medicaid, Medicare Part B — wash your hands.” or Blue Cross Blue Shield Insur– article submitted ance you should bring your card by Helen White

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North Carolina has reported its first child death from flu for the 2011-2012 flu season. A 6-year old died on Feb. 4 of complications from an influenza infection. (To protect the family’s privacy, the youth’s hometown, county and sex are not being released.) The child was at risk for complications from the flu because of underlying medical conditions. Each year, influenza kills an estimated 25,000 people in the United States and causes more than 220,000 hospitalizations. Most influenza infections can be prevented by the simple act of getting the flu vaccine, State Health Director Dr. Laura Gerald said. She reminds area residents that flu vaccine is readily available and affordable and is the single most effective way to protect yourself and your family. Flu vaccine is recommended for anyone over 6 months old.

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