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Tryon Daily Bulletin

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Vol. 86 / No. 159

Tryon, N.C. 28782

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

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Conquering the Green

Joe Scarborough, seen here paddling toward shore, placed 11th overall in the Green River Games’ Sierra Nevada Silverback signature event. Jack Ditty won the Silverback with a time of 4:04:34. Organizer John Grace expected the winning athlete to come in around 5 hours. The Green River Games were held in the Green River Gamelands of Saluda Sept. 6-8. See more photos on page 3 and at www.tryondailybulletin. com. (photo by Mark Schmerling)

The Tryon Farmers Market hopes to entice a few extra customers this week with a drawing. Anyone who comes to the market this Thursday, Sept. 12 can enter a drawing for a free car pass to the Saturday, Sept. 21 Polk Fresh Farm Tour.

Saluda’s new water policy to disconnect customers 15 days past due by Samantha Hurst

Saluda plans to disconnect about 30 water customers Wednesday, Sept. 11 if their bills are not paid in accordance with the new water policy council approved in August. “I do expect a lot of people to come in last minute – that often happens,” said Saluda City Clerk Monica Pace.

Pace said a letter was sent out to all customers scheduled for disconnection reminding them of the city’s new policy. The policy states that all accounts with a past due balance will now be disconnected 15 days after the account becomes past due. (water policy continued on page 4)

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STAFF Betty Ramsey, Publisher

Samantha Hurst, Editor

Leah Justice, Reporter

Gwen Ring, Design

Lenette Sprouse, Marketing Consultant

Harry Forsha, Marketing Consultant

Kevin Powell, Marketing Consultant

Jessy Taylor, Administrative Assistant

Jeff Allison, Pressroom Manager

Jonathan Burrell, Pressroom

Ethan Price, Pressroom

How To Reach Us Main number, classifieds and subscriptions: 828-859-9151 FAX: 828-859-5575 e-mail: Founded Jan. 31, 1928 by Seth M. Vining. (Consolidated with the Polk County News 1955) Betty Ramsey, Publisher THE TRYON DAILY BULLETIN (USPS 643-360) is published daily except Saturdays and Sundays for $60 per year by Tryon Newsmedia LLC, 16 N. Trade St., Tryon, NC 287826656. Periodicals postage paid at Tryon, North Carolina 28782. POSTMASTER: Send address changes to Tryon Newsmedia LLC., 16 N Trade St., Tryon, NC 28782-6656.

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Polk County Mobile Recycling Unit, Wednesdays, Fire Department in Green Creek, 7 a.m. - noon. Saluda Planning Board meets the second Wednesday of each month at the Saluda Library. The Meeting Place Senior Center, Wednesday activities include Tai Chi, 9 a.m.; ceramics, 9:30 a.m.; Wacky Wednesday and senior fitness, 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. 9-11 Benghazi Memorial Motorcycle Ride The Sons of Liberty Riders of NC plan to host a 9-11 Benghazi Memorial Motorcycle Ride on Wednesday, Sept. 11. The ride is being held to honor fallen heroes who died on Sept. 11, 2012 in the Benghazi, Libya attacks. The event will begin at 10:30 a.m. leaving from Veteran’s Park in Columbus at 11 a.m. The ride is restricted to motorcycles, but there is no cost to ride or attend. For more information, call 352-638-2981. Homeward Angels White Dove release will be held on Sept. 11 at noon at the Landrum Fire Department. Tryon Kiwanis Club, meets Wednesdays, noon, Congregational Church, 210 Melrose Ave., Tryon. Tryon ABC board meeting

will be held Wednesday, Sept. 11 at 5:30 p.m. The Tryon ABC Board meets the second Wednesday of each month at 5:30 p.m. at the Tryon ABC Store. The public is welcome. Info: Richard Rardin at 828-859-7053. Female Domestic Abuse Intervention, Wednesdays 6-7:30 p.m., Steps to HOPE. 894-2340. Polk County High School boys soccer will have a game on Sept. 11, 6 p.m. at Mitchell. 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. Saluda Center, Thursday activities: knitting group, 9:30 a.m.; gentle Yin Yoga, 5:30 p.m. For more activities, email or visit www. The Meeting Place Senior Center, Thursday activities include medication assistance, 9 a.m.-noon; 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.

LOCAL WEATHER Today: Isolated t-storms, with 30 percent chance of rain. High 86, low 65. Monday’s weather was: High 85, low 66, no rain.

Tomorrow: Scattered t-storms, with 30 percent chance of rain. High 85, low 65. Tonight’s Moon Phase:

Polk County Historical Association, open Thursdays, 10 a.m. - 1 p.m., 60 Walker St., Columbus, lower level. Free. 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. Storytime: Zoo Animals will be held on Sept. 12, 12:30 p.m. at the Saluda Community Library, Saluda. Listen to stories about zoo animals and make zoo animal stick puppets. Kudzu Baskets Class will be hosted on Sept. 12, 1 to 5 p.m. at the Mill Spring Ag Center. Tryon Planning & Adjustment board meeting will be held Sept. 12 at 3 p.m. The Tryon Planning & Adjustment Board meets on the second Thursday of each month at 3 p.m. at the Tryon Fire Department. Info: 828-859-6655. Tryon Tailgate Market, every Thursday, 4 to 6:30 p.m., until November. All items are grown or made in Polk County. Drum Circle at Polk Library, enjoy pizza and iced tea before the drumming. Some instruments provided or bring your own. All ages. Polk County Public Library, Columbus. Saluda’s Top of the Grade Concerts will continue on Thursday, Sept. 12 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. This special free concert featuring Geoff Achison is sponsored (calendar continued on page 23)

OBITUARIES W. C. Johnson, p. 11

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Green River Games Below: Bob Fay placed first in the 50-59 male age group for the Green River Games’ Cove Climb 6K held Friday, Sept. 6. Fay came in second overall behind Joshua Marcus, who won the 20-29 age group. Right: Greg Junge, with an overall time of 11:56, placed eighth in the Oskar Blues Enduro mountain bike race as part of the first Green River Games. Mike Thomas won the race with a time of 10:21. (photo by Mark Schmerling)


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• Water policy (continued from page 1)

All water bills in Saluda are due on the 25th of each month. Disconnection notices will go out shortly after the month’s billing cycle (10 days), and a disconnect will take place five days after the date of the disconnect letter. Any account disconnected will now be charged a $100 reconnection fee to restore service. The entire account balance, plus the reconnection fee will be required to be paid in full before service will be restored. Saluda previously charged a $25 fee, but Mayor Fred Baisden said the city needed a tougher penalty. “Our primarily problem in terms of delinquent bills is with renters. So, we looked at what an average water bill was and looked at how much they owed by the time they were cut off,” Baisden said. “Doing that [setting the deposit at $150 for new customers and increasing the reconnection fee], we thought maybe we would not lose as much money as we had in the past.” Baisden said officials realizes the reconnection fee might be a burden on some individuals, but said the city hopes customers would not let their bill get behind enough to require disconnection. “We try to work with people as much as we can, but by the same token we have about 99 percent of our customers that do pay their bill on time. The primary objective here is to not get into the situation we were in previously,” Baisden said. Saluda officials in April discovered the city had $23,000 in delinquent bills still on record. The city soon after purged the list of all water bills older than three years and sewer bills older than four years because state law prohibits towns from collecting on bills that far back. When the city did so it removed 58 accounts or $17,555 from its records. Pace said the board has met with a debt collection agency, but has not contracted with anyone

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Any account disconnected will now be charged a $100 reconnection fee to restore service. The entire account balance, plus the reconnection fee will be required to be paid in full before service will be restored. to go after past due accounts that can still be collected. Pace said part of the problem is finding valid addresses for those individuals who have moved. Commissioner George Sweet at the city’s August meeting said the Saluda is down to less than one percent of the year’s revenues not collected. He said in his mind that is a good percentage. In August the city disconnected three meters that were past due from July. As of the Monday, Sept. 9 meeting Saluda had as many as 34 customers delinquent on their water bills from August. Those 34 accounts amount to $3,931.26, but Pace said multiple customers dropped by city hall Tuesday, Sept. 10 to make payments. Saluda offers an automatic draft program that allows customers three days of the month to have their bill amount taken directly from their checking account. The letter suggests this might help some customers avoid late fees or disconnection from non-payment. Customers who enroll in this program will receive a bill in the mail so they can monitor consumption and have a record of the payment amount. Pace said the city’s new policy was also sent to anyone on the city’s email notification list, it was posted at city hall and will be posted to the city’s website as well as Saluda Lifestyles. Anyone with questions about their bill, the new policy or the automatic draft program, is encouraged to contact city hall at 828-749-2581.

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Polk County K9 officer Ronnie Russell introduced new K9 Ike to county commissioners during a meeting held Sept. 9. Commissioners and the audience asked questions about the new dog, a little over a 1-year-old German Shepherd. (photo by Leah Justice)

New K9 helps in six arrests Dog introduced to commissioners by Leah Justice

The Polk County Sheriff’s Office introduced new K9 Ike to county commissioners and answered questions about the new dog during a meeting Sept. 9. K9 officer Ronnie Russell said Ike helped the sheriff’s office in six arrests last week and was able to take three to four guns off the streets. Polk County Sheriff Donald Hill explained that Ike is able to go anywhere his trainer goes, much like a seeing-eye dog. He also explained there are new laws against persons harassing or assaulting K9s, where someone could be charged. Harassment against a K9 is a misdemeanor and an assault against a K9 is a felo-

ny. Interim county manager Marche Pittman, who formerly served as a county magistrate, said assault on an officer is still a misdemeanor. Hill also explained that Ike, a German Shepherd the county received in August when the dog was 15 months old, is trained differently than former K9s. Hill said you can take a 5-year-old child who is missing and Ike won’t be aggressive when he finds the child. Some K9s are trained to be aggressive when they locate what they are trained to and, Hill said. Ike is trained in narcotics, tracking, building searches, article and area searches and criminal apprehension. Hill said Ike is not trained in explosives, after being asked by an audience member. (k-9 continued on page 7)

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Polk County Sept. 12 planning board agenda The Polk County Planning Board will meet Thursday, Sept. 12 at 5 p.m. at the Bryant Womack Justice & Administration Center in Columbus. The agenda is as follows: I. Call to order II. Approval of agenda III. Approval of minutes IV. Planning Board ordi-

• K-9

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Other questions included whether or not Ike would be fitted with a bullet-proof vest. Russell said the sheriff’s office currently has a vest for the dog to use until he is full-grown. Hill said it would be up to Russell when to utilize a bullet-proof vest because in some situations the sheriff’s office doesn’t want the dog weighed down. Ike weighed 77.8 pounds during training; it is not known what he will be at maximum size. Another audience member asked if the sheriff’s office will get any more K9s. Polk County currently has two K9s with the addition of Ike, who was a replacement to Trixie, another German Shepherd that suddenly died of cancer earlier this year. The community, county commissioners and the sheriff’s office contributed $11,500 to purchase Ike. Hill said most K9s serve nine to 10 years until the sheriff’s office retires them out. Hill said Ike has already helped the sheriff’s office in several arrests, including during an Aug. 29 joint operation where Ike found drugs in vehicles. “The first four or five arrests came from the first four cars this dog was put on,” Hill said. “We found some stuff we were anticipating, but also found some new drugs like Molly.” Molly is the powder or crystal form of MDMA, the chemical used in Ecstasy.

nance V. Clarifying & modernizing zoning Ordinance - NC House Bill 276 VI. Parking requirements for customary home occupation class II VII. Other business VIII. Public comments IX. Adjournment


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Question the candidates The Tryon Downtown Development Association, in conjunction with the Tryon Daily Bulletin and Andy Millard, will host a set of Tryon Candidate Forums Tuesday, Oct. 22 and Thursday, Oct. 24. The events will be held on the Depot deck at 5:30 p.m. each evening. Though voter turnout can sometimes be low without national races at stake, the Bulletin reminds voters that municipal elections often have a more direct impact on your lives than national elections. Every decision made at a local level affects you. You can see the impact of municipal elections as it hits your pockets through sales taxes, property taxes and fire taxes. You can feel the impact if law enforcement or fire protection isn’t valued and you no longer feel safe. In Tryon, a number of topics grabbed front pages this year – water quality issues, water bill costs, economic development and fluctuation of downtown business, a need to improve infrastructure and tax increases. But, we want to know what concerns you. What do you want to ask your potential leaders? Tryon, it’s time to have your say about who you want to make up your next council and who you want to lead them as the town’s mayor. Do you want Mayor Alan Peoples to continue leading the way or are you looking for a new face (Anne Day or Jim Wright) to take Tryon’s helm? What about the makeup of the council? Are you enthusiastic, apprehensive or confident about any of the candidates’ potential? Looking to take a seat on the council for Tryon are incumbents Doug Arbogast and Wim Woody, as well as candidates Bill Crowell, Bill Ingham, Happy McLeod and Billy Moss. What would you like to know about how they would run the town? These candidate forums to be held in October offer the opportunity to hear from each of them. We just need your questions. Send questions you’d like to have asked of the candidates to our editor, Samantha Hurst, at samantha.hurst@ Please specify if your question is for the mayoral candidates, council candidates or both. Deadline to submit questions will be Thursday, Oct. 11. - The Tryon Daily Bulletin Editorial Staff

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Samantha Hurst Gwen Ring Leah Justice

Put Tryon front and center in building name

announcement about what is going to be inside the building yet. Perhaps it is being called St. Lukes because it will be a place To the editor: of worship; little do we know. I suggest that the owners of Each entry of the contest the handsome new building on should feature the word TryTrade Street have a contest to on. An example entry might name Tryon’s newbe “Tryon Downest building on Trade Letter town.” Does that Street; entries open to the sound familiar to all. from the TV seEditor That building is an ries? exciting addition to our town. How about Tryon’s Phoenix? It is a great opportunity to I like the Wikipedia definition... promote “TRYON” instead of “Phoenix is a long lived bird putting the onus on using the that is regenerated or reborn. former name of a thrift store. A Phoenix obtains new life We hear it being called the St. by rising from the ashes of its Lukes building. That site also predecessors.” was once a gas station. No need What’s in a name, TRYON? to name it Shell, Tex or Octane. - Betsy Freeman, We have not heard any public Tryon

Funny story To the editor: Reading Rev. Parsons reminds me of a funny little story. Rev. Parsons says that two of his three children Letter are headed for col- to the lege, and he didn’t Editor know what to say. Now, my sister and I got on a Greyhound bus leaving for college and a job. Well, my mother, Florence Haynes and my

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Letter to the Editor

Response to opinion To the editor: This letter is in response to the letter from Mr. Kachadoorian in the Sept. 4, 2013 edition of the [Tryon Daily Bulletin] paper. In his letter concerning Obamacare and its negative effects on the economy, I found several oversimplifications and some incorrect information. First, Mr. Kachadoorian’s comparison of jobs and benefits in the past and what they are like today is very accurate. However, I disagree that the shift from full time employment to part time employment for many Americans is not a result of the enactment of Obamacare as he states. If we look at history, we can see that there were other causes. In the late 1990’s Walmart began experimenting with reducing their full time work force and replacing them with part-time workers. The main reason for this was so that

these employees would not be entitled to pensions, 401Ks, paid vacations and health care benefits. In an article in the New York Times during this time period, the senior vice president of human resources at Walmart was quoted as saying Walmart had an internal goal of making 60 percent of their current work force part-time employees. In many large companies in the United Letter States, their executive to the groups watch the new Editor management tools that Walmart employs, and if they are successful, these companies will imitate the practice. I worked for a Fortune 100 company during this time period and saw the same actions being taken in our company. A study was made to determine what jobs within the company could be managed by part-time workers and then these positions started to be filled with part timers. This shifting of full time jobs to part time employees is growing

throughout American industry. I recently had a discussion with a former employee of BMW in Greer and was shocked to learn that this practice is now being done at their US facility. Even highly profitable companies like BMW are adopting this practice to make even more money at the expense of their workers. I think we would all agree that BMW should be profitable enough to pay their workers a fair salary and provide benefits. So as you can see, the push to move employees from full-time to part time started way before Obama was elected and before Obamacare was passed. I will agree that Obamacare has probably pushed some of the few companies that were not practicing “part-timing” to now make the move. Second, Mr. Kachadoorian states that our health care system is one of the best. I do not know how you can consider it one of


the best when it does not currently cover over 30 percent of our citizens. I agree that for the 70 percent who do have health care coverage the system works pretty well, but even with this group, the United States pays more for health care per person than any other country. I too think that there are many flaws in the new health care system, but it is a start. I also believe that the health care bill could have much been better if it had been a truly bipartisan effort. It seems in today’s political environment compromise is a dirty word on Capitol Hill. Yet compromise is how most of our best laws were conceived – that is how our country and our wonderful constitution were conceived. Republicans and Democrats alike all need to remember they are Americans first, and work for the people – not their party. - Robert W. Quattlebaum, Tryon

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Letter to the Editor

Going after fleas with flamethrowers To the editor: A gentleman in Wednesday’s, Sept. 4 paper does not seem to know that in the last 10 years, there have been exactly two cases in North Carolina of Letter voter fraud that went to the to prosecution — for Editor voter impersonation. In response to those two cases (which prove that the system was working), the legislature has effectively disenfranchised 318,643 voters — 55 percent of whom are Democrats. While two fraudulent votes is two too many, punishing more than 300,000

What the cross means to me To the editor: A symbol, noun, is a thing that represents or stands for something Letter else. to the A c r o s s i s a n Editor upright post with a transverse bar, as used in antiquity for crucifixion; the cross on which Jesus was crucified. It is an emblem of Christianity. When I see a cross, any kind of cross, its not just a nice shape or symbol to be adorned or to

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voters for the misdeeds of two seems to me like going after a flea with a flamethrower: the response is out of all proportion to the threat. The gentleman further reveals his ignorance of — or unwillingness to communicate with — those with whom he disagrees when he states — without any proof — that “… the only reason anyone could object to having to ID oneself at the voting booth is because he wants to cheat.” Surely he realizes most people have multiple motivations — conscious and unconscious – for their acts. – Bill Holcomb, Tryon

adorn. To me, it represents a death... a horrible, agonizing kind of death... the death of my Savior, Jesus Christ. To me, it also represents life... a resurrected life. A life that, because of that initial death, is going to be eternal for those of us who believe Jesus is the only Son of God. When I see a cross I can only bow my head and say, “Thank you, Jesus!” - Karen Johnston, Tryon


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Tryon fire chief completes chief training officer process Tryon Fire Chief Joey Davis has successfully completed the process that awards him the professional designation of “Chief Training Officer” (CTO). The Commission on Professional Credentialing (CPC) met on Aug. 14 to officially confer the designation upon Davis. Davis is one of only 39 designated CTO’s worldwide. The CPC awards the CTO designation only after an individual successfully meets all of the organization’s stringent criteria. The process includes an assessment of the applicant’s education, experience, professional development, technical competencies, contributions to the profession and community involvement. In addition, all applicants are required to identify a future professional development plan. The CTO designation program uses a comprehensive peer review model to evaluate candidates seeking the credential. CPC, an entity of the Center for Public Safety Excellence Inc. (CPSE), administers the FM Designation Program. The CPC consists of individuals from academia, federal and local government, and the fire and emergency medical services profession. In 2011, the CPSE designated Davis as a “Chief Fire Officer,” one of less than 920 to hold that designation worldwide. Last year, the CPSE designated him as “Fire Marshal,” currently one of only 60 worldwide. He is one of only a few to have the distinction of holding all three designations the CPSE awards. Davis also holds certification as a Certified Fire and Explosion Investigator through the National Association of Fire Investigators. The Certified Fire and Explosion Investigator (CFEI) NAFI’s Certified Fire and Explosion Investigator program began in 1983 and has grown to be the largest fire investigator certification program in the world.

The process includes an assessment of the applicant’s education, experience, professional development, technical competencies, contributions to the profession and community involvement. The designation of CFEI is a confirmation of an investigator’s skills and experience. Candidates for this certification are reviewed through an application process and then must successfully pass testing reflecting a comprehension and mastering of NFPA 921: Guide for Fire and Explosion Investigators. – article submitted


W. C. Johnson W. C. Johnson, 78, of Tuckaway Lane, Tryon died Monday, Sept. 9, 2013 in the Hospice House of the Carolina Foothills, Landrum. Born in Spartanburg County, S.C., he was the son of the late Otha and Tucora Miller Johnson. He was a veteran of the U. S. Army, retiring in l980 as a Master Sergeant after 23 years of service. W. C. was a member of the St. Luke’s CME church, Tryon. Surviving are his wife of 41 years, Rose Jackson Johnson; a daughter, Kristina Johnson of

Spartanburg, S.C. and a sister, Lorena Cunningham of Tryon. Also surviving are five grandchildren Kaliana, Kaleb, Raquel, Trey Sean and Efrin Lowell and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by a son, Sean L. Johnson, who died in 2006; and a brother, Savannah Johnson. Graveside memorial services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 14, 2013 in the Good Shepherd Cemetery, Tryon, with Rev. Eleanor Miller officiating. Family will receive friends from 6-7:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 13 in the McFarland Funeral Chapel, Tryon. An on-line guest register may be signed at

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TES back-to-school barbecue

Tryon Elementary School faculty and staff entertained a few hundred of their closest friends for the school’s annual back-to-school barbecue. The event was held Thursday, Sept. 5. (photo submitted by Kevin Powell)


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Classical music takes over Landrum Presbyterian Sept. 29

Joanna Lebo, Jan Daugherty, Kathleen Foster, John Malloy and Kym Mahnke will play Schumann’s Piano Quintet and Beethoven’s String Quartet, Opus 18, No.4 at Landrum Presbyterian Church on Sunday, Sept. 29 at 3 p.m. Free and Belgian chocolate violas for all. (photo submitted by Whitney Blake)

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Ferguson-Hostetler engagement Malia Ferguson of Tryon and Cole Hostetler of Fayetteville, Ga. will wed Saturday, Sept. 21 in Tryon. Malia is the daughter of Danny Ferguson and Barbara Tilly, both of Tryon. She is the granddaughter of the late Joseph and Roberta Ferguson and the late Laurence and Ardiene Tilly. Malia is a graduate of Pratt Institute. Cole is the son of Paul and Gladys Hostetler of Fayetteville, Ga. He is the grandson of Dale and Lola Hostetler and Marjorie Cecil. He is a graduate of Georgia State University. The bride’s attendants will be Sarah Mosseller, Nicole Wall and Jamie Ferguson. The groom’s attendants will be Brent Hostetler, Patrick Huie, Craig Morris and Wesley Rose. At right: Cole Hostetler and Malia Ferguson.


WCCR presents the Whistler The Western Carolina Classic Radio Club will meet Sept. 16 at 2 p.m. at the Isothermal Community College Polk campus. The presentation will be “The Return of the Whistler” movie from 1948. The plot is a very clever take off of the Paris hotel room. A young couple are preparing to get married, the only problem is the bride suddenly disappears. The Whistler radio show aired from 1942 to 1955 and was known for the opening lines, “I am the whistler, and I know many things, for I walk by night. I know many strange tales, many secrets, hidden in the hearts of men and women who have stepped into the shadows. Yes, I know the nameless terrors of which they dare not speak.” Professor Hoyt will keep attendees guessing with his trivia quiz. – article submitted by Bob Reynolds

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Exhibits & Events

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Ferullo Fine Art Studio, 140 Pacolet St., Tryon. 828-8593177. New watercolors by Pat Cole Ferullo and mixed media collage by Dom Ferullo, along with selected watercolors by the Thursday Expressive Watercolor class. Info: 828-859-3177 or e-mail for information on classes, workshops and for gallery hours. Honking Tonkers Gallery, 78 East Main St., Saluda. 828-7491070. Offering mandala classes every Wednesday evening at 7 p.m. Live music this weekend. Kathleen’s Gallery, 66 E. Main St., Saluda. 828-749-2640. Gallery hours are Monday - Saturday 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Info: 828-859-8316. Landrum Library Fall Fest, 111 Asbury Dr., Landrum. 864-4572218. Russ Wilson and The John Henrys – Thursday, Sept. 12 at 7 p.m.; The Wilhelm Brothers – Thursday, Sept. 19 at 7 p.m. Millard & Co. Depot, “Essentially Silk” an exhibit of Barbara McCombs Thomas’ work in silk painting. Now-Sept. 30. New View Realty, 285 N. Trade St., Tryon. 866-498-0088. Showing works of Jim Shackelford and Linda Page Hudgins. Monday through Friday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Skyuka Fine Art, 133 N Trade St., Tryon. 828-817-3783. William Jameson “Exploring The Blue Ridge,” Now - Sept. 13. Info: or call 828-859-0318. Thompson Garden Gallery and Outdoor Living, 83 Palmer St., Tryon. 828-859-3185. Showcasing local artists and craftsmen. Gallery and showroom hours 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Monday Saturday. Info: 828-859-3185. Tryon Arts & Crafts School, 373 Harmon Field Rd., Tryon. Sept. 11, Fall Session 1 classes start. Info: 828-859-8323 for new classes and schedules. Sept. 14, Beginning Metal Clay with Landen Gailey. Tryon Fine Arts Center, 34 Melrose Ave., Tryon. Info: 28-8598322. Sept. 20 - Oct. 25, Fall Kindermusik classes. Sept. 21 - Nov. 5, Teen oil painting class. Sept. 17, The first show of the “Tryon Connections” Fall Film Series “The Rose” at 7 p.m. Tryon Painters & Sculptors, 26 Maple St., Tryon. 828-8590141. Sept. 14 - Oct. 5, James Brooks, Don Blackwell and Ann Davin, Wildlife Show. Info: www.tryonpaintersandsculptors. com. Gallery and gift shop hours are Thursday - Saturday, 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. Upstairs Artspace, 49 South Trade St., Tryon. 828-859-2828. The gallery will open Saturday, Sept. 14, at 5 p.m. with a reception for “100 x 100 Canvas Project,” a fund-raiser for the organization where 100 paintings by local artists will sell for $100 each. Previewing the art is from 5 - 6:30 p.m.; art is available for purchase from 6:30 until 9 p.m., and for two weeks thereafter. Gallery hours: Tue.-Sat., 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Contact 828-859-2828 or visit


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Live Music WEDNESDAY, Sept. 11 Zenzera Shag Night, 6 p.m. THURSDAY, Sept. 12 Purple Onion Mark Bumgarner, 7:30 p.m. FRIDAY, Sept. 13 Back Alley Barn Jammin’ JP, 6 p.m. Honking Tonkers Jeremy, 7 p.m. Kyoto Jim Peterman Band, 8 p.m. Purple Onion Fred Whiskin, 7 p.m. Saluda Grade Café Old Timey Music, 7 p.m. Zenzera Matt Forester and Hannah Rainwater, 8 p.m.

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SATURDAY, Sept. 14 Hare & Hound Darryl Rice, 7 p.m. Party Place and Event Center Free Flight, 8 p.m. Purple Onion JPQ Quintet, 8 p.m. Zenzera Sterling Price Trio, 8 p.m SUNDAY, Sept. 15 Kyoto Red Dog’s Rendezvous, 3 p.m. Larkin’s in Columbus Fred Whiskin, 11:30 a.m. TUESDAY, Sept. 17 Zenzera Open mic night, 7:30 p.m.

Movies Tryon Theater, 45 S. Trade St., Tryon. Sept. 11 - 15: The Lone Ranger Sept. 18 - 22: Grown Ups 2

Music Venues Back Alley Barn - 24 Main St., Saluda. 828-749-2321.

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Hare and Hound - 101 E. Rutherford St., Landrum, 828-457-3232 Honking Tonkers Gallery - 78 E. Main St., Saluda, 828-749-1070 Kyoto’s - 112 N. Trade St., Tryon, 828-859-9043 Larkin’s - 155 W. Mills St., Columbus, 828-894-8800 The Little Hat Tavern - 22349 Asheville Hwy, Landrum, 864-457-4215 Melrose Inn - 55 Melrose Ave., Tryon, 828-859-0234 Purple Onion - 16 Main St., Saluda, 828-749-1179 Party Place & Event Center - Friendship Rd., Saluda, 828-749-3676 Saluda Grade Café - 40 Main St., Saluda, 828-749-5854 Saluda Inn & Wine Cellar - 229 Greenville St., Saluda, 828-216-3421 Tryon Fine Arts Center - 34 Melrose Ave., Tryon, 828-859-8322 Zenzera - 208 E. Rutherford St., Landrum, 864-457-4554

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New county record – Georgia Holly found in Polk County During a joint native plant rescue performed by the Pacolet Area Conservancy (PAC) and the Tryon Garden Club (TGC) at Pearson’s Falls this spring (in preparation for the “Green Restrooms”), PAC’s Director of Stewardship and Land Protection Pam Torlina discovered a new species of plant for Polk County. Georgia Holly (Ilex longipes) was found growing at Pearson’s Falls. Prior to this sighting no one had ever identified (or vouchered) this specimen in the county before. Torlina took a couple of cuttings and preserved them to voucher the specimens. Just recently, the specimens were verified by botanist David Campbell. Prior to March 31, 2013, Georgia Holly had never been reported as growing in the county. The shrub/small tree is native to the Carolinas and Georgia but uncommon, even rare in the Carolinas. The plant has been found and collected from nearby counties, such as Rutherford County, N.C. and Cherokee County, S.C., and now specimens from Polk County are on their way to Charlotte to be filed in the database of the UNCC Herbarium housed at the Dr. James F. Matthews Center for Biodiversity Studies. Campbell said, “This is proof that there is much to be discovered in Polk County. It is very interesting botanically.” Pearson’s Falls, a nature pre-

Prior to March 31, 2013, Georgia Holly had never been reported as growing in the county. serve, has been owned and operated by the TGC since 1931. TGC is the fourth oldest garden club in North Carolina and celebrated its 85th anniversary this year. Members of the 501(c)(3) organization are active in preserving, protecting, and treasuring Pearson Falls, contributing to the beautification of Tryon, educating members and the community and collaborating with others, fulfilling the organization’s mission to foster awareness and appreciation of the natural world. PAC is a 501(c)(3) non-profit conservation organization (land trust) founded in 1989 to protect and conserve the area’s natural resources (PAC’s mission). PAC works with area landowners to ensure the long-term protection of their property through voluntary conservation easements (agreements), which enable landowners to maintain ownership of their property, preserving precious natural resources (open lands, forests, wildlife habitat, scenic vistas, farmland, stream banks, etc.) and potentially obtain significant federal, state and local tax benefits. PACs vision is a community

Georgia Holly (Ilex longipes) discovered at Pearson’s Falls on May 31. (photo submitted by Pam Torlina)

living and growing in harmony with our natural resources and their goal is to provide a legacy that will endure and be valued by generations to come. PAC works diligently to provide leadership to encourage

conservation and provide education programs emphasizing native species appreciation and responsible land use practices to help – save the places you love. – article submitted by Pam Torlina

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Sinatra Tribute Sept. 26-29 opens TLT 2013-2014 season If someone refers to “Ol’ Blue Eyes,” you know who they mean. Same with “The Chairman of the Board” or for our older population, “The Voice.” All instantly bring to mind one Francis Albert Sinatra of Hoboken, New Jersey: the skinny Jimmy Dorsey crooner, gutsy Capital Records swinger, Academy Award winner, Gene Kelly dance partner, Rat Packer, family man . . . the lion in winter who did things his way. “My Way – A Musical Tribute to Frank Sinatra,” is set to open Tryon Little Theater’s 20132014 season, playing Sept. 26-29 and Oct. 3-6. Directed by Ben Chumley, a professional musician and actor, “My Way” takes the audience through many of Sinatra’s best songs. He recorded more than 1,300, and while they considered singing every one of them, the “My Way” company realized it would take them exactly eight days if they didn’t take any intermissions or breaks. So, instead, patrons will be treated to many favorites via medleys: Broadway, cities, young love, summer, losers, big flirt, moon, survivors and more. “The Lady is a Tramp,” “I’ve Got You Under My Skin,” “You Make Me Feel So Young,” “It Was a Very Good Year,” “One for My Baby,” “New York, New York,” “My Funny Valentine,”

“The Best is Yet to Come,” on and on. It has been said that probably half the US population more than 50 was conceived while their parents were listening to the music of Frank Sinatra. Johnny Carson once asked Sinatra what music he put on when he wanted to get a woman in the mood. Sinatra laughed so hard, he couldn’t answer. The stage set for TLT’s “My Way” will be a cabaret, complete with working cash bar onstage open to patrons before the show starts and during intermission. Director Chumley at the piano will be joined onstage by singer/ actors Debbie Craig-Archer, Katie Cilluffo, Terry Neal and Josh Moffitt. The TLT box office at the Workshop, 516 South Trade Street, will open Sept. 16, and be open Monday-Saturday 10 a.m. – 1 p.m., plus Tuesdays and Thursdays 4-7 p.m. Group discounts are available at 15 percent off for groups of 10-20, and 20 percent off for 21 tickets and above. All discounted group tickets must be for the same performance (not available opening night), and paid for by a single check or credit card. For reservations, call 828859-2466. Further information is available at – article submitted by Connie Clark

Last chance to make an Empty Bowl Anyone interested in making a bowl for Spartanburg County’s Empty Bowl’s project will have their last chance to make a pottery bowl for the Hub City Empty Bowl 2013 project on Saturday, Sept. 14 from 10 a.m.-noon and 1-3 p.m. at the Chapman Cultural Center. You can help feed the hungry in the community by getting your hands dirty with clay. Experienced potters will guide you, and plenty of clay and utensils will be available to boost your creativity. There

is no cost to participate. The bowls made will be used on Soup Day, Nov. 9, when you’re invited back to donate $15 for a painted and fired bowl of your choice to keep, live music, entertainment and more soup than you can eat. All proceeds go to Total Ministries this year to fight hunger locally. For more information, please call 864-542-ARTS. – article submitted by Steve Wong

My Way Frank Sinatra

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Wednesday, September 11, 2013



Shunkawauken Falls on White Oak Mountain near Columbus. (photo by Bob Bruce)

Carolina Camera Club members share summer in photos For the Sept. 17 meeting, members will take turns showing and discussing photos taken over the summer break. Vacation photos, photos you would like to show off or have questions about, or just some shots taken walking around town or on local trails will be reviewed and discussed. Bring up to 10 jpgs on a jump drive. Members will also discuss possible topics for future meetings and will take suggestions for future field trips as well. As always, questions about gear, technique, processing, etc. will

be welcome. The Carolina Camera Club is open to anyone interested in photography, from beginners to advanced. Meetings are at 6:30 p.m. and are held at the Tryon Fine Arts Center, 34 Melrose Ave., Tryon, in the Mahler room, which can be accessed on the Lanier Library side of the building. For any questions please contact either Bob Bruce, rbruce1@ or Shields Flynn, – article submitted by Patricia Roshaven


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Post 250 Commander Mike Collins and Ladies Auxiliary President Cindy Worrall. (photo submitted by John Johnson)

Polk County American Legion Auxiliary recognized with award Mike Collins, Commander of Tryon’s American Legion Post 250, gave special recognition to the Ladies Auxiliary, at a spaghetti supper on Aug. 31. Cindy Worrall, president of the Ladies Auxiliary, accepted the award on behalf of the ladies of the unit that put much time and effort into the awardwinning project, which involved providing service animals for use in the K9’s for Wounded Warriors Service Animal Project. Presently, there are about 72 dogs in the program training

facility near Jacksonville, Fla. Amazingly, five of the dogs have been provided by the local unit. The local auxiliary has received support from Post 250, as well as the Foothills Humane Society. The supper was well attended with about $2,000 raised to help defray the cost of acquiring, transporting and training the animals at the Florida facility. Most of the dogs in training are of the Labrador and Golden Retriever breed, chosen for their quiet and friendly demeanor. – article submitted by John L. Johnson

Two area students awarded degrees in August at UNC Asheville UNC Asheville awarded bachelor’s degrees to 42 students in August. The following area students completed degrees at the university: Marla Lee Bailey of Tryon – bachelor of arts in psychology, with a distinction in psy-

chology. Zachary Covington Ashley of Saluda - bachelor of arts in interdisciplinary studies, with a concentration in ethics and social institutions – article submitted by Hannah Epperson

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Tryon Federal sponsors Tryon Half Marathon Tr y o n Fe d e r a l B a n k sponsors The Tryon Half Marathon to be held Nov. 16. The event benefits Thermal Belt Outreach Ministry. Pictured here a r e Tr y o n R u n n i n g Club member Kathryn Gillie, Tr yon Federal Bank president Jerr y Johnson and Thermal Belt Outreach Ministry Director Carol Newton. (photo submitted by Kathryn Gillie)

Spartanburg Little Theatre opens 20132014 season with “Singin’ in the Rain” The Spartanburg Little Theatre will present the MGM classic musical Singin’ in the Rain, on the stage of Chapman Cultural Center on Sept. 13, 14, 20 and 21 at 8 p.m. and on Sept. 15, 21 and 22 at 3 p.m. There will be a 100 percent chance of showers when this exciting adaptation of one of the most loved and celebrated movie musicals of all time hits the stage. This clever and charming adaptation of the 1952 MGM film musical unforgettably tells the story of the first Hollywood movie musical, a time when the silver screen found its voice and left the silent movies and some of its stars behind. Featuring an amazing cast of more than 30 Upstate singers, dancers and actors, and a score that includes “Good Morning,” “Make ‘em Laugh,” “Moses Supposes,” and the classic title song, Singin’ in the Rain is sure

to make a splash. “This production is unlike anything we’ve ever done before,” said Jay Coffman, executive artistic director of The Spartanburg Little Theatre. “Of course, you can’t do Singin’ in the Rain without making it rain on stage. It’s been an exciting challenge to undertake.” Season tickets for the entire 2013-2014 season, which also features Dial M for Murder, Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story, 9 to 5: The Musical and Boeing Boeing, are still available. Tickets to Singin’ in the Rain can be purchased through the ticket office at Chapman Cultural Center. Group rates are also available. For tickets, call 864-5422787 or visit Singin’ in the Rain is sponsored by White Oak Estates. – article submitted by Steve Wong


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Time for butterflies and birds to ‘go south’

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Twice-told Tales of the Dark Corner by Dean Campbell

When I was 6 years old, I asked my maternal grandfather, Morris Plumley, a question that was gnawing at me that late September, “How come I don’t see any dead big yellow butterflies? I see other kinds.” “The big Monarch butterfly don’t die around here, Dr. Ramon (his nickname for me). He ‘goes south’ where it’s warm for the winter, along with the big birds. It’s what they call migrating,” he said. It was years later, when I was a freshman in high school, that I learned just how far south the Grand Monarch flies to spend the winter. By the millions, they fly an annual 3,000-mile migration route to spend the winter in temperate Mexico — the only butterflies to do so. Birds of all descriptions — from broad-winged hawks, peregrine falcons, eagles, vultures and other raptors, ducks and geese, to a variety of blackbirds — are feeding and fattening themselves for their migratory journeys to begin shortly. It won’t be long before the skies will be filled with Vshaped flying formations or black masses of synchronized movement. Even birds that are yearround residents of the Dark Corner are feeding with a hurried frenzy, sensing that the onset of cold weather is not too many weeks away. Wild turkeys strut proudly with young poults strung out behind them along old logging trails, deep woods, fields and pastures (and my front yard!) finding seeds, acorns and variety of other nuts to fatten themselves. Squirrels, chipmunks and other small creatures are becoming very active in storing their food for the winter. Even

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Joe Pye Week blossoms. (photo submitted)

reptiles are more agitated in food gathering than they were just a few weeks ago when they sunned themselves (between the many rain showers of this summer) on logs, ties and fence posts. Even though spring and summer were dazzling with dozens of blooming shrubs, flowers, small plants and wildflowers, there is a healthy smattering of plants that offer their flowers well into the early stages of fall. The towering Joe Pye Weed, with its top of massive, lav-

ender-colored flower clusters, stands supreme right now along byways. Soon it will turn an October brown, along with members of the sunflower family, including deep purple blossoms of tall ironwood plants and familiar flower heads of Black-eyed Susans. Plants of all descriptions are going to seed — literally — to feed the foraging animals and to perpetuate themselves for another year. Just like the creator ordained it, it’s fall in Dark Corner.

by the North Carolina Small Town Main Street Promotions Committee. The Connection Group meet-up from 7-8 p.m. every Thursday at Tryon Presbyterian Church, located at 430Harmon Field Rd., Tryon, and anyone in the community is welcome to attend. Individuals interested in joining may show up at the next meeting or call Charlotte, group co-facilitator, for more information at 864-457-7278. Landrum High School varsity volleyball will be playing Chesnee on Sept. 12, 7 p.m. at home. Al-Anon Foothills Come to Believe, Thursdays, 7 p.m., Polk Wellness Center, 155 W. Mills St., Suite 202, Columbus. Fall Fest at the Landrum Library continues Thursday, Sept. 12 at 7 p.m. with a performance from “The John Henrys.” Call the library at 864457-2218 for more information. Green Creek Community Center, Zumba exercise class, Thursdays 11 a.m. and 7 p.m., in gym. Bingo at the Mill Spring VFW Post 10349 is open to the public on 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. 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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Landrum Middle School summer reading incentive group. (photo submitted)

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purchase a book at the school’s book fair this week. Students also have the opportunity to do a book talk for the school’s news show to air in the next few weeks. It was a grand day at Landrum Middle School celebrating students’ accomplishments. Congratulations to the following students who worked hard this summer: Bailey Butler, Chris Easler, Brandi Hutchins, Crystal Parris,

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Crystal Parris and Bailey Butler enjoy snacks during the Summer Reading Incentive celebration held Aug. 30 at LMS. (photo by Kimberly Raber, eighth grade yearbook staff)

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Twenty-six Landrum Middle School (LMS) students celebrated their summer reading accomplishments Friday, Aug. 30 with ice cream sundaes at lunch and a popcorn and coke party. The event also included a preview showing of new books from the book fair. Students were provided with information in May regarding this year’s incentive for the summer. Students kept track of their summer reading on a Cardinal Credit Keeper form, which was available at school, on the website and at the Landrum Public Library. Suggested books were also posted. In order to qualify for the incentive, students were required to obtain 15 total credits from reading and Study Island. Five of the required credits had to come from reading. The other 15 could come from a combination of reading and/ or Study Island, a resource that District One Schools uses to offer students an opportunity to build skills in math, reading, science and social studies. The Study Island program awards students with blue ribbons when they pass each assignment. For the summer incentive, one blue ribbon equaled one credit. As a final surprise, the students received one voucher worth $8 to

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