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Tryon Daily Bulletin

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Vol. 85 / No. 230

Tryon, N.C. 28782

Monday, December 31, 2012

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YEAR IN REVIEW A look back at the top stories of 2012 starts on pg. 3. Right: Strolling puppeteer Drew Nowlin flies his giant dragon through downtown Tryon on Super Saturday, March 17. (photo by Leah Justice)

Bottom left: Rescue workers struggled through the night April 26 to recover the body of a missing hiker who had fallen to his death at Big Bradley Falls near Saluda. Bottom right: Tryon Riding and Hunt Club Director Laura Weicker, left, and Block House Steeplechase Chairman Mark Lehner, far right, present the Glassy Mountain Farm Block House trophy and blanket to winning jockey Brian Crowley and trainer Jonathan Sheppard. (photos by Samantha Hurst)

The Tryon Midnight Ball Drop celebrates early on New Year’s Eve. Downtown Tryon will celebrate the New Year at 10 p.m. with music and the annual ball drop at the Rotary Clock Tower Plaza on Trade St. ***

Happy New Year from all of us at the Tryon Daily Bulletin.

Columbus banks 54 percent fund balance in 2011 - 2012 ABC store doesn’t profit but distributes $4k to town by Leah Justice

The Town of Columbus brought

in more revenues and spent less than budgeted during fiscal year 20112012, leaving the town with a 53.93 percent available fund balance. Columbus Town Council met (Continued on page 4)

Serving Polk County and Upper Spartanburg and Greenville Counties

HAPPY HOLIDAYS! To you and yours this holiday season. - From the Tryon Daily Bulletin Staff

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


Polk County Mobile Recycling Unit, Mondays, Harmon Field/Tryon, 7 a.m. - noon. Saluda Center, Mondays, chair exercise, 9:30 a.m.; line dance, 12:30 p.m.; Saluda Duplicate Bridge, 1:30 p.m. 828-7499245. For more activities, email or visit The Meeting Place Senior Center, sing-along, 10 a.m.; senior fitness, 11 a.m.; bingo or bead class 12:30 p.m. 828-8940001. Christian Fellowship Luncheon, TJ’s Cafe, Tryon, Mondays except holidays, noon - 1 p.m.; food, fellowship and discussion of relevant issues; interdenominational. 859-5051. 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

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Alcoholics Anonymous, Mondays, 5:30 p.m., Tryon United Methodist Church, New Market Road in Tryon. Green Creek Community Center, line dance classes (ultra beginner and beginner/intermediate), Monday’s 5:30-6:30 p.m. in the gym. Male Domestic Abuse Intervention, Mondays, 6 - 7:30 p.m., Steps to HOPE. 828-894-2340. Joy Night service at St. Luke CME Church in Tryon, Dec. 31 at 6:30 p.m. The event will include praise singing, testimony prayer and scripture readings. Landrum Library, free yoga classes. 6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. Limited to first 30 people. Watch Night Service, Faith Temple Baptist Church of Mill Spring will hold a watch night service Dec. 31 beginning at 7 p.m. Thermal Belt Stamp Club, first and third Mondays of each month, 7:30 p.m., Tryon Federal Bank, Columbus. Visitors welcome. Alcoholics Anonymous, Mondays, 8 p.m., Columbus Presbyterian Church. New Year’s Eve Ball Drop, downtown Tryon at 10 p.m.


Polk County Mobile Recycling Unit, Tuesdays, Ozone Drive and Hwy. 176, Saluda. Polk County Transportation Authority, makes a regular trip to Hendersonville on the first and third Tuesday of each month. 894-8203. Green Creek Community Center, Zumba exercise class, Tuesdays and Thursdays 9 a.m. and 7 p.m., in gym. The Meeting Place Senior Center, beginner/intermediate pilates, 8:30 a.m.; ceramics, 9:30 a.m.; devotions and art class, 10 a.m.; Let’s move...Let’s move dance, 10:30 a.m.; bingo, 12:30 p.m. 828-894-0001. House of Flags Museum, open Tuesdays, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., 33 Gibson Street, Columbus. Polk County Historical Association Museum, open Tuesdays, 10 a.m. - 1 p.m., 60 Walker St., Columbus, lower level. Free.




Moon Phase

Today: Partly cloudy, with 10 percent chance of rain. High 53, low 41. Tuesday: Shower s, Partly cloudy with a 50 percent chance of rain. High 53, low 41.


Thursday’s weather was: High 45, low 31, no rain.

LIFECare of Polk County/ Adult Day Health Care, provides services Monday - Friday. Pet therapy every Tuesday is an opportunity for participants to interact with a trained pet therapy dog in a safe and meaningful environment. Call 828-894-2007 for more info. Cracker Barrel, 1 p.m. Tuesdays, conference room, Congregational Church. Polk County Public Library, quilting club meets on the first Tuesday of each month, 4-6 p.m. Harmon Field Board of Supervisors, meets the first Tuesday of the month at 5:30 p.m. at Harmon Field Cabin. Public welcome. Information: 828-859-6655. Saluda Business Association, first Tuesday of each month, 5:30 p.m., top floor, public library. 828-749-3444. Al-Anon Family Group, meets Tuesdays, 6:30 p.m., Saluda Senior Center, 64 Greenville Street, Saluda, one half block off Main Street (U.S. Hwy. 176 S.), 828-749-2251 (Saluda) or 1-800286-1326. American Legion, Polk County Memorial Post 250, first Tuesday of each month, 7 p.m., 43 Depot Street, Tryon. Foothills Knitting Guild, first Tuesday of each month, North Woods Farm Fiber and Yarn, 221 North Main St., Campobello, 7 p.m.


Polk County Mobile Recycling Unit, Wednesdays, Fire Department in Green Creek, 7 a.m. - noon. The Meeting Place Senior Center, Wednesday activities include Tai Chi, 9 a.m.; medication assistance; ceramics, 9:30

a.m.; Wacky Wednesday, senior fitness and Italian club, 10 a.m.; bingo and bridge, 12:30 p.m. 828-894-0001. Green Creek Community Center, quilters’ group, Wednesdays, 10 - 11:30 a.m. Saluda Center, Wednesday activities, Trash Train, 10 a.m.; gentle Yin Yoga 12:30 p.m. For more activities, email or visit www. Tryon Kiwanis Club, meets Wednesdays, noon, Congregational Church, 210 Melrose Ave., Tryon. Female Domestic Abuse Intervention Program, Wednesdays 3:30 – 4:30 p.m., Steps to HOPE. 894-2340. Alcoholics Anonymous Tryon 12 and 12, Wednesdays, 6:30 - 7:30 p.m., Tryon Coffeehouse, 90 Trade Street.


Polk County Mobile Recycling Unit, Thursdays, 7 a.m. noon, corner of Hampton Court and Hwy 108. Green Creek Community Center, Zumba exercise class, Tuesdays and Thursdays 9 a.m. and 7 p.m., in gym. Caregiver support, First Thursday at 9:30 a.m. at Tryon Estates MCF, 619 Laurel Lake Dr., Columbus. Contact Carolina Eller or Kim Minowicz at 828894-5500. Saluda Center, Thursday activities: knitting group, 9:30 a.m.; gentle Yin Yoga, 5:30 p.m. For more activities, email or visit The Meeting Place Senior Center, Thursday activities (Continued on page 15)


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• Year in review (continued from page 1)

Editor’s note: With another memorable year winding down, the Bulletin chose to reflect on those events that kept the community talking. Over the next several issues, we’ll present highlights of those stories.


Johnson receives Tryon firefighter of the year award Wesley Johnson, 18, was named the youngest ever recipient of the Tryon Fire Department’s Clarence G. Scoggins Firefighter of the Year award. Green River Watershed Alliance seeks community partners Green River Watershed Alliance (GRWA) co-founders Sky Conard and Jamie Davidson met with concerned citizens Feb. 23 about efforts the organization is making to protect the Green River Watershed. To learn more about the GRWA, email or call Conard at 704-299-1424. Heart disease, cancer leading causes of death in Polk

Tryon received a grant to assist in upgrades to the downtown depot plaza. (illustration submitted)

Heart diseases and cancer are the leading causes of death in Polk County, with obesity on the rise in both children and adults across the state, according to the 2011 Polk County State of the County Health

Report. Commissioner tells Sunny View residents zoning is “off the table” Sunny View residents packed the Sunny View Elementary library

March 5, where the Polk County Board of Commissioners held public hearings to amend the Mountain and Ridgeline Protection Ordinance (Continued on page 6)

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• Fund balance (continued from page 1)

Dec. 20 and heard from Terry Andersen with Carland & Andersen Inc. Certified Public Accountants who performed the town’s audit. Andersen told council the town has an approximate 54 percent available fund balance and a 61 percent total fund balance. “Obviously that’s a good percentage and you’re in good financial status there,” Andersen said. He mentioned the town’s good management and financial control and that the town’s tax collections were “excellent.” Columbus collected 97.41 percent of its property taxes and 88.82 percent of its motor vehicle taxes, according to the audit. Andersen said he is very confident in the cooperation from the town manager and staff and mentioned that he would like to take assistant finance director Kathy Gregory around to other entities he audits to have her tell others

how to organize information. eral fund and debt decreased by Council members then asked $190,417 for its proprietary, or about the town’s ABC financials. water and sewer fund. Andersen said the ABC store In the general fund actual had no profits last year but still revenues exceeded budget by made $4,000 in distributions $16,125 and actual expensto the town. Andersen said the es were less than budget by ABC gross profits were similar $42,845, according to the audit to the prior year but expenditures report. were higher primarily in salaries. In the water/sewer fund, operHe said the ABC store did have ating expenses of $837,216 were several budget $275,304 less overages and “Obviously that’s a good than operating recommended income for the that the ABC percentage and you’re year. Columbus b o a r d m a k e in good financial status implemented budget amend- there.” a 10 percent ments or stay sewer rate in-- Terry Andersen within their crease in fiscal budget better next year. year 2011-2012, which caused At the close of last fiscal year, charges for services to increase which ended June 30, 2012, over $42,000, according to the Columbus had a total fund bal- audit report. Council decided ance of $619,518, an increase not to implement any further of $58,970 to the prior year. Of increases in rates this fiscal year, the total, the town has available which began July 1. $532,233. The town was also able to Other highlights for the town make several equipment purwere that the total debt decreased chases last fiscal year, due some by a net of $17,388 for the gen- in part to grants.

Columbus purchased a 2012 Kawasaki motorcycle and equipment at a cost of $29,658 fully funded by a N.C. Governor’s Highway Safety Grant; purchased a 2012 Dodge Charger and equipment for $26,178 fully funded by a traffic grant from the N.C. Governor’s Highway Safety Program; purchased a 2012 Dodge Charger in the amount of $22,338 funded by a three year loan; purchased nine police portable radios at a cost of $7,048 and seven mobile data terminals at a cost of $17,877, partially funded by insurance proceeds of $15,681 from an accident involving a 2004 Crown Victoria and purchased an in-car video system for the police department at a cost of $9,327. Columbus implemented a one-cent tax increase for the fire department this fiscal year in order to fund full-time employees. The town also granted employees a four-percent increase in salaries for their first increase in a few years.


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The remains of a deck hang precariously from the unstable foundation of a house on Amy Road in Columbus that fire destroyed March 20. (photo by Leah Justice)

• Year in review (continued from page 3)

In Memoriam Howard Gotthardt

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Walter John Gregonis Ann Elizabeth (Bette) O’Brien Dunne Patricia Austin Sherer Betty Marie Stuart Roland V. ‘Bud’ Phillips Herman V. Conner Nancy Libhart Rev. Dick Turnage Robert Lewis Owens Thomas M. ‘Bud’ Stone Patricia O. Vassey John L. ‘Jack’ Greenwood S.L. Langley Thomas Hawkes Nash Jr. Charles W. Ford Sr. Franklin Junior Moss Charles W. Ford Sr. Mary Lee Parker Hayes Robert Lanning Ron Littlefield Jr. Koneta Kimler Pemberton Gail Miller Flynn Barbara A. Gotshaw Jewel Ann Cole Vonda B. Moore William James Flower Hans R. Luedi Galda service Robert Scott Huston Robert L. Lanning

(MRPO) in both the zoned and unzoned areas of the county. Polk votes to pay off senior center loan Polk County commissioners decided on Monday, March 5 to pay off the senior center loan early to save approximately $316,000. The board was split on whether to pay off the loan early, with commissioners Ted Owens and Tom Pack voting against paying off the loan. Commissioners Ray Gasperson, Renée McDermott and Cindy Walker approved the payoff. Commissioner recommends 3-cent property tax decrease Commissioner Ted Owens proposed a 3-cent tax decrease for residents. Owens said the 2005 board of commissioners asked taxpayers to take on a 9.24-cent tax increase to meet the county’s debt of approximately $27 million. That debt originated from costs related to building Polk County Middle School and recreation complex, as well as the transfer station. A vote was not taken on the suggestion. Green Piece show highlights art made of discarded items Gallery space at the Tryon Painters and Sculptors location showcased works fashioned from rusted tools, scrap mesh, wine corks and bottle caps. Economic development subject of public meeting Polk County’s Economic Development and Tourism Committee (EDTC) board held its first open meeting March 7 to inform the community of its efforts and to seek input. (Continued on page 7)

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• Year in review (continued from page 6)

PCHS farm receives community foundation grant The farm at Polk County High School received a $21,400 grant from the Polk County Community Foundation. The grant was made possible through the Paul Culberson Quality Local Food Initiative Fund. The grant was to be used for an animal science barn, 500-feet of cross fence, a historical garden and registered Boer goats. TDDA Gallery Trots open season On March 24 the Tryon Downtown Development Association opened its 2012 season of Gallery Trots. The event included 10 participating galleries. The events ran almost monthly through November. Alley suspended as Harmon Field supervisor after filing for N.C. Senate Harmon Field Parks and Recreation Supervisor George Alley was suspended in March after he filed as a candidate for the N.C. House of Representatives District 113 seat. The Harmon Field Board of Supervisors suspended Alley because the town’s personnel policy restricts employees from running for partisan seats. Alley permanently resigned on March 20. Sheriff’s office releases info on Eastside drug bust The Polk County Sheriff’s Office released arrest information on a drug bust that occurred in Tryon’s Eastside neighborhood on Jan. 17. Gary Lee Thomas, 31, of 27 Fred Lyles Circle, Tryon, was arrested and charged with possession of a firearm by a felon, felony maintaining a vehicle/ dwelling/place for a controlled substance and two counts of felony possession with intent to manufacture/sell/deliver a schedule II controlled substance (cocaine). Columbus wins $22K grant for water planning study The Town of Columbus received a $22,000 grant from the North Carolina Rural Economic Development Center board of directors for a Water System PER and Asset Management Plan. The town committed to match those funds in order to complete the water system planning study. Tryon receives $150k grant for

depot plaza The Commerce, Community Development Division of the Main Street Solutions Fund (MSSF) awarded the Town of Tryon $150,000 for its depot plaza master plan. Overmountain wins bidding war for White Oak development The foreclosure auction for White Oak Development ended with a $4,750,000 bid placed by Overmountain Trace Holdings, LLC. The final bid was placed on Feb. 27, with no further upset bids made by the required date of March 8. Saluda proposes budget with no tax, rate increases YEAR IN After a 10-cent tax increase this fiscal year, Saluda commissioners considered a new budget with no tax or rate increases. Sheriff’s office busts indoor marijuana grow The Polk County Sheriff’s Office discovered an indoor marijuana grow operation estimated at a $75,000 street value. Kurt Andrew Markel, 35, of 106 Nelson-Greene Lane, Mill Spring was arrested and charged with felony possession with intent to manufacture/sell/deliver a

schedule VI controlled substance, felony maintaining a place for a controlled substance and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia. Super Saturday draws hundreds to Tryon Hundreds of kids and parents filled the streets of Tryon around the Tryon Fine Arts Center for the annual Super Saturday children’s theater festival. The festival includes a day of stage and street performances, as well as face painting, crafts and food. Case receives $500,00 bond on murder charges A Saluda man accused of murdering his friend received a $500,000 bond from Judge REVIEW Athena Brooks March 16, during Henderson County District Court. Brandon Cody-Lee Case, 23, was charged with murder in connection with the death of Joshua William Lindsay on Feb. 25. Tryon crews save dog from groundhog hole Fire departments are known at times to save cats from trees, but on March 18, the Tryon Fire Department saved a dog from a groundhog hole in a hill. Dog owner Robin Sandler said she started out of her house with leash in hand to take her


4-yearold Shih Tzu, Mazzy, for a walk when the dog ran up the side of the dirt-covered hill and directly into what appeared to be a groundhog hole. Sandler said she tried for an hour or so to get Mazzy to come out but finally got desperate and called 911. Fire destroys Columbus home, community holds fundraiser Fire destroyed a home on Amy Lane in Columbus March 20. The house was fully engulfed in flames shortly after firefighters received the call. Community members later held a fundraiser to help the family replace necessities lost in the fire. Harmon Field Heritage days teach history in hands on way Civil War reenactors brought history to life March 22-23 during the Harmon Field Heritage Educational Days. They taught students about the soldiers’ uniforms, how they camped and the type of tactics they used in battle. Columbus Police Sgt. Stott receives national law enforcement award Sgt. Nicholas Stott received an award from the National Criminal Enforcement Association and was recognized at a conference in Tulsa, Okla. March 12-16. (Continued on page 8)

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• Year in review (continued from page 7)

Stott received the award for his work during an Aug. 6, 2011 seizure of $159,785 along Hwy. 108. Columbus fire asks for 1-cent tax increase The Columbus Fire Department asked for a one-cent tax increase to fund three full-time positions. Columbus Town Council approved supporting the increase at its meeting March 22. The Polk County Board of Commissioners later approved the one-cent increase in June. Towns approve joint water agreement Columbus, Saluda and Tryon councils held a joint meeting March 27 and approved an interlocal agreement to operate the joint water line, as well as a passthrough agreement to compensate an entity in the middle of a water transfer. YEAR IN


Hannon Hauling celebrates 100 years of service Beginning on Feb. 1, 1912, William H. Hannon started Hannon Hauling, making deliveries in Tryon with a horse and buggy. Hannon would be proud to know his descendants have kept the business going strong for 100 years. Hannon’s is one of the oldest businesses still operating today in Polk County. O’Shields, Still take on new District 1 roles The District One Schools board of trustees named Lana O’Shields assistant principal for O.P. Earle Elementary School in Landrum, while Jennifer Still became the assistant principal at Campobello-Gramling School. Taylor arrested for arson in connection with Abril fire The Polk County Sheriff’s Office arrested David Charles Taylor, 78, of Columbus in connection with a fire that destroyed the home of Colleen Abril on March 20. Amendment 1 stirs debate in Polk Nearly 200 people packed the Womack building in Columbus April 2 for a meeting in which the

Polk County Board of Commissioners was expected to consider a resolution in support of N.C. Amendment 1. Amendment 1 was an amendment to add a new section to the state constitution stating that marriage between one man and one woman is the only domestic legal union that shall be valid in the state. Commissioners chose not to take a vote on the issue. The referendum was later approved across the state. Construction begins on Green Creek Dollar General Contractors began clearing the site for a new Dollar General store in a multiple use zoning area of Green Creek. Polk County officials said because of the area’s zoning, restrictions could not be placed on the style of the building as was done in Saluda and Tryon previously. Family Dollar store in Tryon closes The Family Dollar on Hwy. 176 in REVIEW Tryon closed May 19 after being open for more than 50 years. Some workers and customers said they remembered shopping at the store with their parents when they were children or when they were newly married years ago. Foothills Music Club announces scholarship awards The Foothills Music Club announced its 2012 scholarship recipients. Winners included Paulina Ray-Zorick, Tyler Graeper, Katelyn Duncan and Rachel Richards. The Foothills Music Club has supported student musical talent since the group’s beginning in 1988. To date, more than $36,000 has been awarded to young musicians in the area. Landrum swears in new police chief Landrum Mayor Robert Briggs swore in Tim Edgens as the city’s new police chief on April 10, following the retirement of former Chief Bruce Shelnutt. Crews began filming ‘Distraction’ in Landrum City leaders and business owners celebrated the beginning of filming for a science fiction TV pilot in April. Writer and director Jeff Prince said he wanted to film the pilot in Landrum because it offered the look and

feel of an All-American town. Crews wrapped up filming around April 22. Columbus police arrest fugitive wanted for attempted murder The Columbus Police Department arrested Justin Enrikus Jackson, 23, of Inman, S.C. during a traffic stop on I-26. Jackson had multiple felony warrants out of Greer, S.C. including two counts of attempted murder. Elwell, Regoni win Lanier poetry contest Lynn P. Elwell of Durham, N.C. took the top prize in the adult division of the Sidney Lanier Poetry contest with his poem “Mr. and Mrs. Gregg.” Meanwhile, Chelsea F. Regoni of Campobello won the student division with her poem, “In the End, Dear Sister.” ‘Knock Knock’ opened April 19 at TLT’s Workshop “Knock Knock,” Tryon Little Theater’s last show of the season was described as a “knockabout farce.” The show, written by Jules Feiffer included actors Elvin Clark, Chris Bartol, Lavin Cuddihee, Nancy Winker, Lorin Browning, Becky Oliver and Joshua Moffitt. Polk Democrats honor party members, plan for year Polk County Democrats honored their own during the county convention Saturday, April 14. Recognized were Jack Jolley, Liston B. Ramsey award; Dr. Mary Bosien, Lifetime Achievement; Jean Pruitt, Volunteer of the Year; and Franklin Smith, Community Service. 25-year-old killed in Coxe Rd. accident A 25-year-old Polk County resident was killed in a one-vehicle wreck along Coxe Road in the Green Creek community April 18. N.C. State Trooper Robert Cochran said Caleb Armand Newlon Grindley died at the scene. Polk to give schools an extra $150k next year The county board of commissioners on April 16 approved adding an additional $150,000 in funding to the budget for Polk County Schools in the 2012-2013 fiscal year, which began July 1. Superintendent Bill Miller requested the funds because the system expected additional cuts and the lack of previous federal stimulus money.

In Memoriam Nancy Kunzl

James ‘Jim’ E. Greene Eva Gertrud Wagner Grace Shehan Abrams Ruth B. Johnson Kenneth Ray Morris Mabel M. Littlefield George Eddins Jr. Joan ‘Daisy’ Burgess John T. ‘Jack’ Carey J. B. Ogle Robert ‘Bob’ William Thomas Mary Rogers Hix Charlene Patton Foy Annie Inez Knuckles Ruth S. Stockton Dianne Berlin Frewin Richard G. LeBlanc John (Jack) Carey Caleb Grindley James Kyle Kingsolver Mary Marshall Denise Hornbeck Robin Morsch Alfred Franklin Newton Mark C. Pleune Jr. Lois Case

Tryon approves new three-year BBQ festival contract The Town of Tryon, Harmon Field Board of Supervisors and the Carolina Foothills Chamber of Commerce all agreed on a new contract for the Blue Ridge Barbecue Festival. The three-year contract included a tiered payment system to Harmon Field based on admissions. Polk to apply for $250,000 expansion grant for Allrail Inc. The Polk County Board of Commissioners approved applying for a $250,000 grant to help a local company, Allrail Inc., with expansion plans. The company planned to add 10 new jobs and contribute $100,000 toward the expansion. Polk to switch to U.S. House of Representatives District 10 Polk County moved to U.S. House of Representatives District 10 after state redistricting. Polk was (Continued on page 9)


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• Year in review (continued from page 8)

previously included in District 11 under Heath Shuler (D). Patrick McHenry (R) will now be Polk’s representative. Cardinals softball region champs again On April 19 the Lady Cardinals beat Blacksburg 14-4 to win their sixth consecutive region title. Since Tucker Hamrick took over the team four years ago, Landrum has been 42-1 in region play. YEAR IN Crowley, Divine Fortune win Block House Jockey Brian Crowley rode William Pape’s Divine Fortune to victory at the 66th Block House Steeplechase April 21. Cash tackles Saluda Grade again to fight cancer John Cash made his fourth fundraising trek up the Saluda Grade by bike in his annual Climb to Conquer Cancer on April 28. He rode his bike

10 times up and down the Saluda grade section of Hwy. 176 from the Tryon Youth Center to Saluda and back. The event raises funds for the Lance Armstrong Foundation and the survivorship program at Gibbs Regional Cancer Center in Spartanburg, S.C. Columbus improves fire protection rating to 5 The Columbus Fire Department improved its fire protection rating from a class 7/9 to a class 5/9, which will REVIEW mean lower homeowners’ insurance rates for residents within city limits. 24-year-old dies at Big Bradley Rescue workers recovered the body of Jesse Pague, 24, of Saluda from the bottom of Big Bradley Falls April 26 after hours of efforts, said Saluda Deputy Fire Chief Zach Pace. A 911 call originally came in at 10 p.m. April 26 reporting the hiker missing. The American Red Cross was called out shortly after midnight

Some of the people who stood outside the Womack building to support N.C. Amendment 1 before the county commissioners’ meeting Monday, April 3. (photo by Leah Justice)

to support rescue crews working into the early morning hours to find the man and later to recover his body. Zieler completes embezzlement payments Former Polk County Tax Office employee Jenny Zieler appeared in a Polk County Superior Court administrative session April 18. Her probation was terminated because of

the completion of payments. Zieler pled guilty in December 2009 to embezzling $49,744 from the tax office while she was employed. She was sentenced to 13 to 16 months, with the sentence being suspended for her to serve three years of supervised probation and the requirement to pay back the money.

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

PERSON FEATURED: Eric Mack BUSINESS: Purrrfect Bark PHONE NUMBER: 828-894-2444 ADDRESS: 155 West Mills St, Unit 109, Columbus Commons. OPERATING HOURS: Monday - Saturday 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. NATURE OF BUSINESS: Pet supplies store PRINCIPAL MANAGER: Eric Mack YEAR FOUNDED: Dec. 10, 2011 NUMBER OF EMPLOYEES: 2 HOW’S BUSINESS? Business is good, we’re now offering wild bird products and expanding our selection of toys, collars and leashes to go along with our quality food selections. We’ve had tremendous support from Columbus/Tryon/Landrum and others. We’re excited to be here.

ONE THING I WISH EVERYONE KNEW ABOUT THIS BUSINESS: That you can afford better quality than grocery store foods. Our products start priced at the same as what you find in grocery stores and lasts longer because you can feed less of it, while still filling the dog/ cat up. We have no foods with fillers, by-products or chemical dyes.

Eric Mack with purrrfect pup, Bailey.

SOMETHING YOU OFFER THAT A CUSTOMER WON’T FIND ELSEWHERE: Our nutritional knowledge and many of our brands we carry. ADVICE TO YOUNG ENTREPRENEURS: Do it right the first time, and write it all down. You will forget things. MY FIRST JOB: A host at Fatz Cafe, in Forest City. YOUR ROLE MODEL (in business or in life generally): My mother. THE KEY TO A SUCCESSFUL BUSINESS: Quality service to the customers, and their pets. Believing that a customer is not just a number, but rather a very important piece of the puzzle. Organization helps as well.

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Area businesses offer New Year’s Eve special events Several area businesses plan to ramp up their offerings for New Year’s Eve. In Tryon you can dance the night away after the annual 10 p.m. ball drop at the clock tower or hang out for a special four-course dinner and music at The Purple Onion in Saluda. Below is a list of events: Stone Soup – Landrum Chef Amanda Greene will offer specials for the evening including an amuse bouche for each guest as well as a Good

Luck stew with hoppin’ John two options for New Year’s and collards. Eve. You can go for an early Zenzeras – Landrum dinner at 5:30 p.m. to hear Owners Debbie and Rob- music from Fred Whiskin or atert Briggs will tend the 8 p.m. host their annuseating for The MarketPlace al New Year’s JPQ Band and Eve Party with a four-course Special Edition. There will be dinner. A champagne toast will special menu items, music, also be available. specialty drink items and a midSaluda Grade Café – Sanight Champagne toast. luda Purple Onion – Saluda A 1950s classic retro menu The Purple Onion will offer will be available from 5-9 p.m.

La Bouteille – Tryon Fred and Shelly Block at La Bouteille invite the community to come join in a night of bubbly toasts and potluck hors’ devours. Kyoto - Tryon A DJ will keep the night going at Kyoto’s in Tryon on New Year’s Eve. Party favors and more will be handed out during the dance party, which begins at 9 p.m. There will also be a champagne toast at midnight.

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If you are looking for something to do with your kids during their holiday break, the Chapman Cultural Center might have some options. ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas Dioramas will be on display at the Spartanburg Regional History Museum through Jan. 5. James Buchanan designed and created many works of art and made a huge impact on historic preservation in Spartanburg. Buchanan also created the dioramas of ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas scenes that have enchanted

visitors to Dickens of a Christmas for years. The Spartanburg Science Center will also host several holiday science camps. For more information, call 864-583-2776. Camps Jan. 2-3, 9 a.m. - noon, We Do Lego Robotics, Grades 1-3, limit 15. 1-4 p.m. Star Light, Star Bright, ages 6-11 Jan. 4, 9:30 a.m.-noon It’s Electric 1-4 p.m. Star Light, Star Bright, ages 6-11 - article submitted



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DRIVERS/ DELIVERY/OTR Class A CDL Drivers B.A.H. Express in Kings Mountain and Concord, NC needs Class A CDL Drivers for regional/OTR. .34 cpm. 18 mo. + exp. req. Miles based on P.C. practical. Per diem avail., home weekends, assigned equip., excel. benefits, incentives/ log bonus. Call 704-730-7060 or email Now Hiring: Company need employees to assemble products at home. No selling any hours. $500 wkly pot'l Fee Req'd For Info Call 1-985-646-1700 DEPT. AL-3142 Do you have available jobs? Call 828.859.9151 to let others know about job opportunities at your business.

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The Town Hall office will be closed Tuesday, January 1 in observance of New Years. ARS The Sanitation Department will be closed Monday and Tuesday Decem1996 BUICK ber 31 and January 1. If ROADMASTER your garbage is normally Station Wagon, 110k picked up on Tuesday miles, Extra Nice! then it will be picked up $3995/ negotiable on Friday. Jerry's Auto Sales If you have any ques864-579-0048 tions, please contact Town Hall at Lincoln LS, 2004. Looks (828)859-6654. and runs like new. New tires. 130k miles. Asking $6000. Cream color, Tryon Daily Bulletin leather, 6 cylinder. Call Dec. 31, 2012


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Foothills Duplicate Bridge Results for games played on Dec. 27 Morning Restricted Pairs: Section A: North-South 1. Jackie Caldwell - Mary Elder 2. Charles Trevathan - Helen Trevathan East-West 1. Edward Krainer - Marcie Mack 2. Donald Eifert - Yinghan Ding

Section B: North-South 1. William Kelly - Peggy Henson 2. Sherril Wingo - Carolyn Ashburn 3. Margaret Kennard - Jane Janke East-West 1. Janice Rasmussen - Janet Cannon

2. Elizabeth Easley - Elaine Riley 3. Jean Stratford - Charlie Stratford Afternoon Open Pairs: NorthSouth 1. Charles Cannon - Sally Jo Carter 2. Jackie Caldwell - Mariana

Tarpley 3. Donald Eifert - Mary Elder East-West 1. Mickey Brandstadter - Ronald Wingo 2. John Memory - Jim Jackson 3. Linda Sherer - Yinghan Ding - article submitted by Marily Williams

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A volunteer Santa’s helper assists as two children select their gifts. (photos by Anne Regan)

Ross Fox stops to grab his own plate as volunteers and guests come by to thank him for hosting another Shepherd’s Feast.

Phil and Gaye Johnson perform.

Jewell Carswell and Eloise Thwing enjoy their Christmas day meal.

Sharing joy at the seventh annual Shepherd’s Feast The weather Christmas Day 2012 arrived rainy and cloudy but not at this year’s seventh annual Sheperd’s Feast. Arrivals were warmly welcomed at the door by a smiling young man with a friendly Merry Christmas greeting. Stepping inside to hear Christmas music played by popular local group Phil and Gay Johnson, coordinator Ross Fox said, “Phil and Gaye were fantastic, people were singing and clapping.”

The Polk County Middle School cafeteria transformed Tuesday, Dec. 25 to a room filled with holiday decorations. Everyone from children to seniors enjoyed platters of ham and turkey, with all the fixings, as they sat at tables with china and silverware lent by Holy Cross Church. “We have never broken a piece of china in all these years,” Fox said of the carefulness volunteers and attendees take with the lent items.

Throughout the lunch strangers talked with their tablemates sharing the holiday, creating memories. Under a decorated Christmas tree presents for all the children, wrapped and labeled by gender and age, sat awaiting new owners. A volunteer Santa helper spent time with each child under the tree, until the right present was found. Children walked off back to their tables hugging the accepted gift. Year after year enthusiastic

volunteers return to participate in the Sheperd’s Feast. Fox, finally taking a break in the festivities to enjoy his meal, didn’t seem to mind being interrupted by the thank-yous he received. More than 300 meals were served with 35 meals sent to the Polk County Sheriffs office for personnel and prisoners. “Celebrating Christmas, that’s what its all about,” said Fox. - article submitted by Anne Regan


Monday, December 31, 2012 Tryon Daily Bulletin  / The World’s Smallest Daily Newspaper

Letter to the Editor

Thanks to you, all sorts of everyday prod-

Still good people out there

ucts are being made from the paper, plastic, metal and glass that you've been recycling.

Really good people still exist in the world. On Friday, Dec. 22 Shannon and Hope Ashley helped change my flat tire at Polk County Middle School. They just pulled up beside me, got out of their car and said, “We’re going to help you.” Santa’s going to be good to them this year. – Monica Hill

But to keep recycling working to help protect the environment, you need to buy those products.



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include ceramics, 9:30 a.m.; devotions, 10 a.m.; bingo or movie, 12:30 p.m.; grocery shopping, 1 p.m.; yoga, 6 p.m. 828-894-0001. House of Flags Museum, open Thursdays, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., 33 Gibson Street, Columbus. Landrum Library, Lap Babies, 10 a.m., 20- 25 minute session for young children and care givers includes music, nursery rhymes, action poems and short books. Storytime at 10:30 a.m. for preschoolers includes books, music and fingerplays. Call 828457-2218. Polk County Historical Association Museum, open Thursdays, 10 a.m. - 1 p.m., 60 Walker St., Columbus, lower level. Free.

So look for products AA open discussion meeting, Happy, Joyous and Free, noon on Thursdays, Columbus United Methodist Church, 76 N. Peak Street, across from Stearns gym. Rotary Club of Tryon, meets every Thursday at noon at Tryon Presbyterian Church on Harmon Field Rd. Al-Anon: Foothills Come to Believe, Thursdays, 7 p.m., Polk Wellness Center, 155 W. Mills St., Suite 202, 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). 828-8945098. 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. 828-817-0382. 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. 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.

made from recycled materials and buy them. It would mean the world to all of us. For a free brochure, write Buy Recycled, Environmental Defense Fund, 257 Park Ave. South, New York, NC 10010, or call 1-800-CALL-EDF.

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Tryon local Pfc. (Private first class) Mark Brannon Neville of Fox Company, Platoon 2096 earned the title Marine after 13 weeks of training for the United States Marine Corps. He passed the final test, “The Crucible” a 54-hour ordeal made up of several events that test the recruits’ endurance, strength and overall teamwork as he faced the stress of limited food, sleep and exhaustion, to earn the title Marine. A graduation ceremony was held Friday, Dec. 7, at Parris Island, S.C. Attending the graduation were parents Mark W. and Tina Neville; sister Abby Laughter; brother-in-law, Jesse Laughter; and nephew, Cayden Laughter. After a 10-day leave, Pfc. Neville will report to Camp Lejeune, Jacksonville, N.C. in January.

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