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Tryon Daily Bulletin

The World’s Smallest Daily Newspaper

Vol. 85 / No. 62

Tryon, N.C. 28782

Thursday, April 26, 2012

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Saluda aims to build all-inclusive playground by Samantha Hurst

If you didn’t get your official T-shirts from the 66th Block House Steeplechase Races last Saturday, they are still available in the Tryon Riding & Hunt Club office. Adult sizes are available with the Alice Feagan print. Call 828-863-0480 or for more information.

Saluda officials held a community interest meeting earlier this month to discuss potential plans for an all-inclusive playground to be built in the future at McCreery Park.

City administrative assistant Monica Pace said she began

working on the project last October after the city’s insurance company told Saluda it would have to either make major repairs to the city’s skate park or demolish it. Years ago the City of Saluda

worked with the school to help build tennis courts at Saluda Elementary, Baisden said, so a group of people put in a skate park at McCreery. Baisden said as those people’s kids grew up and left, (Continued on page 4)

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


Polk County Mobile Recycling Unit, Thursdays, 7 a.m. - noon, old Searcy Mill parking lot, Hwy. 108, Columbus. Thursday Men’s Prayer Breakfast, Thursday, April 26, 8 a.m. at T.J.’s Cafe, 456 S. Trade St., Tryon. All are welcome. Saluda Center Thursday activities: knitting group, 9:30 a.m.; gentle Yin Yoga, 5:30 p.m.; 828-749-9245. (Continued on page 2)

The existing playground at McCreery Park in Saluda. The city is discussing the possibility of building a playground at the park that would be accessible to all, including children in wheelchairs. (photo by Samantha Hurst)

Columbus improves fire protection rating to 5 Homeowners could save on insurance by Leah Justice

The Columbus Fire Department has improved its fire protection rating from a class 7/9 to a class 5/9, which will mean lower homeowners’ insurance rates for

residents within city limits. The 5 rating is for city limits and the 9 rating is for outside city limits, according to fire department officials. Columbus Fire Chief Bobby Arledge said he is waiting for the state to give the department a date in an effort to lower the township rating as well. The fire protection rating

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system ranges from 1 (the best rating) to 10 (the worst rating). Most rural departments fall into the 9 category, according to the Office of the State Fire Marshal. The Columbus department’s new rating, which will become effective Aug. 1, 2012, was re(Continued on page 6)


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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 9 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. Polk Fit, Fresh and Friendly, a coalition for wellness promotion, will hold its quarterly meeting Thursday, April 26 at noon at Hospice of the Carolina Foothills. Public invited.

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Rotary Club of Tryon meets every Thursday at noon at Tryon Presbyterian Church on Harmon Field Rd. PCHS golf at Foxden CC, 2 p.m. PCHS V. softball at home vs. Pisgah, 4 p.m. PCHS JV softball at home vs. Pisgah, 5:30 p.m. 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. NAMI support group, Thursdays, 7 - 8 p.m. in the blue room of Tryon Presbyterian Church, located on Harmon Field Road in Tryon. The group, sponsored by the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill (NAMI), is for anyone feeling anxious or depressed and those with a diagnosis of a mental illness. All conversations are confidential. No charge. 828817-0382. 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. Tryon Little Theater, second weekend of “Knock Knock,” Thursday, April 26, Friday, April 27 and Saturday, April 28 at 8 p.m., Sunday, April 29 at 3 p.m. Tryon Little Theater Workshop, 516 S. Trade St., Tryon. Call 828859-2466 for tickets.


Saluda Center Friday events: chair exercise, 9:30 a.m.; Trash Train, 10 a.m. Polk Recreation Zumba class, Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, 10 - 11 a.m. at Stearns Gym. Patty Rivera is the instructor. The Meeting Place Senior Center Friday activities include movie matinee at 10 a.m. and bingo at 12:30 p.m. 828-894-0001.

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Seniors on Sobriety (SOS) AA Meeting, Fridays at noon, Polk County Chamber of Commerce Building, 2753 Lynn Rd. (Hwy. 108), Tryon. 828-8940293. PCHS JV/V baseball at home vs. Hendersonville, 4 p.m. PCHS V. softball at home vs. Hendersonville, 4 p.m. American Legion Post 250, weekly bingo games, Fridays, 7 p.m., 43 Depot St., Tryon. Doors open 5:30 p.m. Smoke-free. Medicinal Music Benefit, Friday, April 27, 6-9 p.m. at Rogers Park in Tryon. Put on by Polk County High School’s Student Action for Global Awareness (SAGA) club. Family friendly event featuring live music, student acts. Free, but donations will benefit Doctors Without Borders. Narcotics Anon., Saluda Senior Center, Friday, 8 p.m.


Polk County Democratic Party Men’s Club will meet Saturday, April 28, 8:30 a.m. at the Democratic headquarters in Columbus. Everyone is welcome. Green Creek Community Center, Zumba class, Saturdays, 9 a.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 828-899-0673 for more information. House of Flags Museum, open Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., 33 Gibson Street, Columbus. Polk County Historical Association Museum, open Saturdays, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., 60 Walker St., Columbus, lower level. Free. Rabies clinic, Saturday, April 28, 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. in front of the Polk County Sheriff’s Office at 40 Ward Street in Columbus. Hosted by the sheriff’s office. Cloverfield Vet will administer the shots. Tryon Fine Arts Center, Greensboro Symphony Youth Orchestra performance Saturday, April 28, 3 p.m. Free.


Polk County Mobile Recycling Unit, Mondays, Harmon Field/Tryon, 7 a.m. - noon. Tryon Elementary School will hold kindergarten registration on Monday, April 30 from 8-10 a.m. and from 2-6 p.m. in the annex building, in the hall right outside the kindergarten classrooms. 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. (Continued on page 15)

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Tryon receives grant from Carolina Foothills Chamber Foundation to install downtown information kiosk The Town of Tryon was notified recently that the Carolina Foothills Chamber Foundation has awarded the town a $2,000 grant for placement of an information kiosk in downtown Tryon. The estimated cost for the kiosk is $8,000, so additional funds are being sought for the project. The exact location for the kiosk has not yet been finalized, but it will be centrally located in the downtown area. The proposed kiosk will include lockable lighted display areas for map and event information and all-weather brochure rack for visitor self-service. “We are delighted and extremely appreciative that the Carolina Foothills Chamber Foundation has awarded us $2,000 toward our goal of building an information kiosk in downtown Tryon,” ExploreTryon Tourism Board Chairman Carl Caudle said. “With donations and successful awards from other foundations, we are excited the kiosk will be a valuable resource for visitors to our community, and a proud landmark for our residents.” Mayor Alan Peoples thanked the chamber foundation and said, “This should benefit all.” Tryon Business and Tourism Coordinator Crys Armbrust said, “The Carolina Foothills Chamber Foundation grant demonstrates well how proactive partnerships combine to benefit both citizens and visitors alike. Not only is downtown development moved forward by addition of the kiosk, local area information access is made easier.” – article submitted by Meg Rogers

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The former skate park at McCreery Park in Saluda. The city’s insurance company has said the city would have to either make major repairs to the city’s skate park or demolish it. (photo by Samantha Hurst)

• Playground (continued from page 1)

the park fell into disrepair. “Now we’re just trying to

figure out how to reuse the park in the best way,” Baisden said. One suggestion would involve creating a playground area accessible to all children, including those in wheelchairs, Pace said. “We decided that we wanted to find ways to make the whole park more accessible to the community,” Pace said. This would be made possible through specially designed surfacing and ramps. Pace said initial designs also include additional landscaping to provide shade for families as they watch their children enjoying the playground. Because individuals had already attempted to tear down fencing around the park, the city has removed the fencing altogether. April 4, Pace held a meeting for members of the community interested in help-

“We decided that we wanted to find ways to make the whole park more accessible to the community.” -- Monica Pace

ing raise funds to cover costs of the park and pitch in when the time comes to install the playground. So far 10 people have signed up online to participate in the build day once it comes along. “We had a great community meeting to introduce the idea to people and we got a lot of feedback,” Pace said. “Now we just have to come up with a master plan for the park and figure out overall costs.” Once those steps are complete, Pace said the city would really need the community’s support to fund the project. To learn more about the project, visit projects.kaboom. org/projects/6718.

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Candidates answer questions at Democratic candidate forum by Samantha Hurst

Editor’s note: The following includes answers to one of the questions asked during the Meet the Candidates Forum held Thursday, April 19 by the Polk County Democratic Party at The Meeting Place in Columbus. It also includes each candidate’s final statement. See the Wednesday, April 25 Bulletin for the candidates’ answers to other questions at the forum. Democratic candidates for the Polk County Board of Commissioners - Emily Bartlett, Ernie Giannini, Renée McDermott (incumbent), Rickie McFalls and Russell Mierop - stood before citizens Thursday, April 19 to discuss their views on everything from improving the county’s economic status to mountain ridgeline protection. Question #3: What experience do you have that would qualify you to deal with issues related to mountain ridgeline protection? Emily Bartlett “I’ll be honest, I do not have any experience dealing with slope or land ordinances, but my experience is dealing with people,” Bartlett said. Bartlett said when she expects to make a change to a policy she knows the most important thing is education. “You’ve got to bring people along to get their input and get them to embrace the situation and the changes you are going to make,” Bartlett said. Ernie Giannini Giannini also said he admits to not knowing a lot about the Mountainside Ridgeline Protection Ordinances or land use but said what he does know is “common sense.” “What I do know is that the 1,650 feet is important but you’ve got to remember that there is a lot

of flat land at 1,650 feet. Basically on this subject I would say I would go along with what has to be done and make my suggestions as necessary after reviewing the information thoroughly,” Giannini said. Renée McDermott McDermott told the audience that she spent much of her career as an attorney working environmental cases related to water, soil and erosion. She said she also worked as a county attorney near a hilly area of southern Indiana where they frequently dealt with ridgeline issues. “Rickie [McFalls] brought up Saluda – first I want you to understand Saluda was not targeted at all [during the Mountainside Ridgeline Protection Ordinance discussions], that was just not the case,” McDermott said. “But our mountainous areas need to be preserved. When the mayor [of Saluda] and others came to the UDO [Unified Development Ordinance] committee and asked for help – they got help.” McDermott said new options allow for a large amount of commercial development in Saluda. She said the difference is that citizens who are neighbors of those areas where commercial development is possible would have the chance to voice their opinions before developers could get approval to begin building. Rickie McFalls Rickie McFalls grew up around mountains and said he worked as a timberjack on ridgelines so he has an understanding of soil and other issues that arise on steep slopes. “I’ve talked to a lot of graders who said if they had the degree of slope they would know what to do with the land – whether they could put something on it or not,” McFalls said. “But as far as the ridgelines go, I think we (Continued on page 6)




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need to go to a tolerance degree of slope to where Saluda can do something with their land.”

Russell Mierop Mierop said his recently acquired education in agri-science makes him well suited to discuss and make decisions on such issues. “From my education, I know that it’s not just elevation that is important, it’s not just your percentage of slope – it’s your rain percentages, your soil type, etc., that give mountains their soil stability,” Mierop said. “So I believe my education – soil science – gives me the background to understand the issues related to the ridgelines ordinances our county is facing.” He said he would use background and knowledge related to various factors to make educated decisions about ordinances related to land use.

Closing statements Emily Bartlett “I think I might bring a different perspective to the BOC. I’ve worked with retirees on fixed incomes and families trying to make ends meet. Those people living on the margins who are struggling depend on the services that our county provides,” Bartlett said. “Our current commission has done such a great job making sure those services thrive but I have a few ideas of things I’d like to tweak and I’m very excited about the work.” Ernie Giannini “The big things I am very proud of are being on the county visioning committee, comprehensive committee, Second Wind Hall of Fame, Big Brothers Big Sisters and guardian ad litem. So I’m really into children and that is part of my platform. My other part is senior citizens,” Giannini said. “Some of the most important things to know about

me, though, are that I am a team player, an organization man and a certified mediator.” Renee McDermott (incumbent) “I’m not running for reelection for myself, not at all, I’m running to do good things for you and Polk County – that’s the only agenda I have,” she said. “I offer you my listening ears, my active mind and my resolute determination to accomplish your goals.” McDermott said she wants to keep taxes low and preserve the natural resources and scenic beauty of the county. She said with voters’ help and support she would work to improve what the Democratic majority of the board has already worked on over the last four years. Those priorities include providing for economic development, supporting St. Luke’s Hospital, installing more fire hydrants, water lines and more, she said.

ideas to get some things going,” McFalls said. “But I don’t want to promise nothing because if I promise something I’ve just lied to you. I’m asking the folks, ‘What would you like to see in Polk County?’ And I’ve gotten a number of answers I think I could put to work.” Russell Mierop Russell Mierop grew up in Green Creek and said he is running in order to do something good for the community that supported him throughout his young life. He said he is especially focused on maintaining the strength of the Polk County school system so students can receive the quality education he did. “I moved back here to get involved with local business and agriculture pursuits,” he said. “I want to give back to the people and the community that gave me so much.”

Rickie McFalls Rickie McFalls said living here all his life has made him keenly aware of the challenges the county faces and its strengths. He said more than anything he wants to be truthful in all that he says. “I think I have some new

Candidate Bubba Greene was not in attendance. The Democratic headquarters is open to provide sample ballots from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. Monday through Friday during early voting, which lasts until May 5. The last day to vote in the primary is May 8.

• Columbus

Town of Columbus should rest easy knowing they have a fine group of firefighters protecting them and their property in case of an emergency.” State law requires officials with the state fire marshal’s office to inspect departments serving districts of 100,000 people or less, which makes up all but six of the state’s fire districts. Arledge said the 5 rating means residents could save approximately 17 percent on their homeowners’ insurance. The department is requesting a one-cent property tax increase in the budget for the next fiscal year, which begins July 1, in order to fully staff the department by hiring three full-time employees. Currently the Columbus Fire

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ceived following an inspection conducted by officials with the N.C. Department of Insurance Office of State Fire Marshal. The inspection, which is required on a regular basis as part of the North Carolina Response Rating System, includes inspections for proper staffing levels, sufficient equipment, proper maintenance of equipment, communications capabilities and availability of a water source. “I’d like to congratulate Chief Arledge for his department’s performance and for the hard work of all the department members,” said department of insurance commissioner Wayne Goodwin, who made the announcement April 13. “The citizens in the

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Saturday Italian Supper at Tryon United Methodist It won’t be just the aroma of lasagna and spaghetti that greets diners Saturday night at Tryon United Methodist Church’s Italian dinner. Displays of affordable silent auction items will be on offer for guests to explore before and after dinner. Here, Pastor Phillip Hurst eyes one of the items that will be available in the auction. Tickets are on sale at Cowan’s Hardware and Owens Pharmacy in Tryon and at The Flower Cottage in Columbus. They can also be obtained from the church office and at the door. All ticket proceeds will be donated to local community service agencies. Tryon United Methodist Church is located at 195 New Market Road. Call the church office at 828-859-9218 for more information. (photo submitted by Nancy Hiley)

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Department has one paid employee who works from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. The additional tax, proposed to increase from 4 cents per $100 of property valuation to 5 cents per $100 of valuation, would enable

the department to be staffed 24 hours a day. “This will make the response time to emergencies a lot quicker, especially after 5 p.m. and on weekends,” Arledge said. “By doing this it will ensure our citizens of a timely response to any type of emergency they may have.” The fire department has been

holding public meetings to discuss the increase and the new fire rating, with both town and township residents encouraged to attend. The final public meeting will be held May 10 at 7 p.m. at Columbus Town Hall. Columbus Town Council has endorsed the tax increase proposal. The Polk County Board

of Commissioners will have to approve the increase in order for it to take effect next fiscal year. Saluda Fire and Rescue also recently announced it received a fire rating of 5. Commissioners are scheduled to meet with fire departments concerning their budgets on May 16.



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N. Greenville University percussionists to perform with chorus

Dr. Christopher Davis will return to perform with the Community Chorus this spring, and this time he provides an ensemble of five musicians and 15 percussion instruments, including four tympani, bass drum, tam tam, crash cymbals, two glockenspiels, chimes, xylophone, two snare drums, triangle, tambourine and, of all things, a suspended gong. Add this menagerie to a vocal chorus of almost 100, two professional soloists and two grand pianos and you have a performance of the world-famous “Carmina Burana,” by Carl Orff. Dr. Mark Schweizer will direct the chorus on Sunday, May 6 at 3 p.m. at the Polk County High School auditorium. Tickets will be available at the door. All proceeds will go to the Rotary Club of Tryon Scholarship Fund. (photo submitted by Art Brown)

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Tryon Elementary School honor rolls A and A/B honor rolls at Tryon Elementary School for the fourth six weeks: Third grade - A honor roll: Ian Anderson, Zachary Blowe, Rollins Carter, Jackson Edwards, Jessie Emory, Graham Frazier, Madison Geddings, Cameron Greve, Julia Griffin, Kristen Hall, Katie Hoosier, Althea Iamurri, Gaige Lewis, Emily Prince, Virginia Rostick, Madison Smith and Shy’Quan Wingo. Third grade - A/B honor roll: Brittany Bautista, Ethan Byars, Omar Carson, Abel Casas, Marilyn Castillo-Ibarra, Calista Cline, Blake Dimsdale, Jonathon Edwards, Georgia Foster, Scout Harmon, Caleb Horton, Alton Kelley, III, Austin Lindsey, Brandon Lloyd, Alex Mize, Hunter Moore, Sara Muse, Justin Pierce, Michael Simoncic, Shakira Smith, Sierra Smith, Luke Stewart, Delaney Tipton and Sherilyn Troyer. Fourth grade - A honor roll: Dylan Ballentine, Jacob Grigg, Emma Hay, Smith Metcalf, Hayley Snyder, Raines Strader and Sydney Waldman.

Fourth grade - A/B Honor Roll: Grace Basye, Kaya Bishop, Nicholas Capozzi, Carolina CastilloIbarra, Jackson Geddings, Erin Heston, Meleah Jennings, Grayson Jones, Lilly Klovach, Gracie Lance, Ava Marino, Parker McCool, Sydney Metcalf, Tyler Muse, Hope Patterson, Angela Price, Nicola Rountree-Williams, Daniela Santibanez, James Tipton, Jacob Wolfe and Grant Wooten Jr. Fifth grade - A honor roll: Reese Alley, Mervin Graber, Izzy Jackson, Sam Korzelius, Bailey Lowman and Julianna Robbins. Fifth grade - A/B honor roll: Isabella Bowen, Tatianna Carey, Keenan Harmon, Brooke Hostetler, MaKenna Jackson, Markell Lipscomb, Javontae Miller, Taylor Newton, Amber Raulerson, Israel Roman, Aislin Salerno, Jillian Snyder, Morgan Stott, Elijah Sutton, Dustin Walker, Hannah Watkins, Jeffrey Weaver, Nicholas Wilson and Kinslee Wright. – article submitted by Sue Heston


Alfred Franklin Newton

Alfred Franklin Newton, 75, husband of Jeanette Yelton Newton, of 1097 Ted Smith Road in Rutherfordton, N.C. went home to be with the Lord Sunday, April 22, 2012 at Spartanburg Regional Medical Center. Born Oct. 20, 1936 in Polk County, he was a son of the late Grady Newton and Angus Cantrell Newton. Mr. Newton was retired from Hoechst Fibers, was a U.S. Navy veteran and a member of Sandy Springs Baptist Church. Surviving in addition to his wife are a son, Randy Newton



and wife Tami of Union, S.C.; two daughters, Sharon Dellinger and husband, Mike, of Wilmington, N.C., Sandra Francis and husband, Andy, of Forest City, N.C.; three brothers, Homer Newton of Tryon, Stanley Newton and Chris Newton, both of Greenwood, S.C.; three sisters, Jeanette Byrd of Laurel, Miss., Barbara Dotson and Reba Hudgins, both of Rutherfordton; five grandchildren, Kyle, Ashley and Kenna Newton, Hope Francis and Kelli Honeycutt. Also a special friend, Olean Lail of Rutherfordton. The family will receive friends from 6 - 8 p.m. Thursday, April 26 at Eggers Funeral Home of Chesnee. Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. Friday, April 27 at Sandy Springs Baptist Church, with the Rev. Phil Bailey officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. The family will be at the residence. E-condolences may be sent online to www.eggersfuneralhome. com. Eggers Funeral Home & Crematory, Chesnee, S.C.



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April fishing report 2012 Keeping a fishing log of your more cooperative. Its hard to beat fishing trips is a good idea. You Powerbait and good ole corn. But can look back at several years of I like in line spinners like a 1/8 notes and see what the “norm” is oz. Rooster tail in yellow coach for the dates and conditions you dog or white colors. are fishing. But you might want Lake Adger to put it on the shelf till next year Bass fishing is still very good or try to use it on a on Lake Adger. The “curve” this year. small impoundment Life Fishing in lakes is of a few hundred a good three weeks Outside acres is pumping out ahead of the norm this 5 pound-plus fish spring. Patterns that Four Walls regularly. Its hard to are usually just now beat soft plastics for by Rob starting are now alnumbers this time McComas ready past. Although of year. Finesse and the cool spell we trick worms fished have had recently has Texas rigged, Caroslowed things up a bit, fish are lina rigged, shakey head etc. still ahead in there patterns and Green is still the color for locations. the most part. Some folks like Broad River purples, browns and the sort, The general trout waters of but day in and day out shades of the Rocky Broad river have been green are the staple. doing well the past year or so. Flukes are a good early or late With the more difficult access to bait. Its hard to catch a big fish the river, fishing pressure seems on a fluke, but if the fish are acto have faded and the fish are tive a fluke is hard to beat. Shad

Rob McComas with a Lake James Smallmouth. (photo submitted)

colors are the best, with green a close second. Lake Lure Lake Lure is fishing good too. The fore mentioned baits work good on Lure, as well as Senkos,

beaver baits, and the occasional floating worm. I don’t have much to say about the crappie, they came and went (Continued on page 13)

Jim Wiprut, H.I.S.

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a very important time for the fry of future years. About the worst thing you can do is catch a limit of fish, haul them around in the boat for a picture, then release them 2 miles away from the place you caught them. Those fry left behind are as good as gone. Studies have shown that in

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prime conditions, of the several thousand eggs that are laid by a decent size largemouth, only a handful (less than 10) make it to maturity. So taking away about the only line of defense from these fragile fry is not in the best interests of the fish or the future of fishing.



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Springtime events abound at Tuesday School this year Fundraiser May 5 at Harmon Field Tuesday School, Tryon’s parent-cooperative preschool, is busy celebrating the spring season. Springtime songs and class lessons are a part of the young students’ school experience. So far this season, the 3 and 4-year-old classes took a trip to a different continent… here in Polk County. Tuesday Schoolers spent weeks learning about Africa, and once warmer weather returned to the Foothills, they joined their teachers at Ms. Beverly’s farm for an indoor-outdoor field trip. Ms. Beverly, who is the lead teacher of the 4-year-olds, has opened her home each year for this event. All of the teachers worked to transform the farm into Africa for a day. The preschoolers also took

Preschoolers at Tuesday School enjoy an Easter egg hunt. (photo submitted by Brittany Tokay)

part in their annual Easter egg hunts. The 2-, 3- and 4- year-old classes each had their own hunts. For Tuesday School family and friends, springtime is cel-

ebrated with the annual Spring Fling and silent auction, a family fun fundraising event, which will be held at Harmon Field on May 5 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

BBQ and hot dog plates will be provided by Paul Dale of Foothills BBQ. - article submitted by Brittany Tokar

Opening reception May 12 for TPS members’ sculpture show “Sculptures Only”

Tryon Painters & Sculptors (TPS) will hold an opening reception May 12, 5 to 8 p.m. for its members’ show, “Sculptures Only.” The show includes members’ newest creations, never before seen at the TPS Gallery. Painters and sculptors will demonstrate their talents outside in front of the TPS Gallery from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Refreshments will be served. Tryon Painters and Sculptors is located at 26 Maple St. in downtown Tryon. The show will end June 16. If you have any questions, please contact Aviva Kahn, 828-894-6374 or email at – article submitted by Pauline Ross

“Horse Play,” by Lalage Warrington. (photo submitted by Pauline Ross)

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Remembering pencil tablets and inkwells When I started to Tryon Grad- long poster across the top of the ed School in 1936, I went into blackboards with all the letters Mrs. Kittrell’s First Grade. There correctly drawn for us to try to was no kindergarten or other pub- copy when we ‘wrote.’ We had lic “pre-school.” Mrs. Kittrell had to practice certain ‘strokes’ and gray hair, glasses and wrinkles, moving the whole arm to write, like your grandmother, and was but most of us could write better just as friendly and loving. But by just moving our fingers. Many she had rules and required quiet of us have a lump on the side of and attention. our middle finDo you reRemember ger developed member learnby pressing the When ing to ‘print’ on pencil against a coarse paper the knuckle. by Garland Goodwin ‘tablet’ with a There was pencil? A soft a round hole in No. 2 pencil made a black mark our desktop for a glass “inkwell.” that was hard to erase. A cheap When it was time to learn to write pencil with a harder lead made with a pen, inkwells were placed a lighter mark, but was also dif- in those holes and we were given ficult to erase! We learned to stick pen staffs and steel pen points that the end of the pencil into our slid into them. Another new ball mouth and wet the hard lead so it game! The pens would dig in if would make a darker mark. That pushed and spread out if pressed was even harder to erase! Best too hard when pulling them. not to make a mistake; neatness They required a delicate touch counted. mastered by very few. I think we learned capital letOh, then there were the leftters first, then numbers and finally handed kids. A severe handicap “small” (lowercase) letters. In when writing from left to right those days the books were all set as was required. Many curled in Century Schoolbook font with their arm above the page to avoid serifs. We were not putting serifs smearing the ink. My Fran was on our letters, so they did not look forced to write with her right hand like the ones in our books. I think from the beginning, and is not that may be why some kids found comfortable with that even today. it so hard to learn to read. She uses regular scissors, too. Then along about third grade Getting back to those pencils we had to learn how to connect with erasers on one end: the ‘rubletters with a continuous line, ber’ usually wore down to the called ‘writing.’ There was a metal sleeve before the pencil got

too short to write with. Therefore some pencils had erasers about twice the diameter of the pencil. Separate erasers that slipped over the end of a pencil were also available. And in a pinch, you could bite the sleeve to flatten it and thus push out some more rubber to take care of a few more mistakes. Metal barrels with advertising on them and erasers in one end were available to slide onto a short pencil to extend its useful life. Along about sixth grade our English “compositions” had to be written in ink. Then we got slick white ‘notebook paper’ to fit into a ‘loose leaf binder’ and we learned to write with ‘fountain pens.’ No more inkwells in which to dip the pigtails of the girl in front of you, and no more scratchy “Post Office pens.” But, alas, no more erasing either! We could “line out” a few words, but were graded down if there were too many. Another thing about those pencils . . . they had to be sharpened. There was a mechanical sharpener fastened to the frame of the blackboard at the front of the room. By junior high, we boys noticed that most girls jiggled nicely when turning the crank on the sharpener, so we would ask to add our pencils to theirs when they went by. They were always accommodating us that way . . . reckon they were on to us?

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Polk Recreation Zumba class, Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, 10 - 11 a.m. at Stearns Gym. Patty Rivera is the instructor. 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. 828-894-0001. Christian Fellowship Luncheon, TJ’s Cafe, Tryon, Mondays except holidays, noon - 1 p.m.; food, fellowship and discussion of relevant issues; inter-

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