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Tryon Daily Bulletin

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Vol. 87 / No. 13

Tryon, N.C. 28782

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Winter storm Pax a punch in foothills communities from staff reports

Despite a state of emergency being issued in the early evening, Wednesday, Feb. 12, no serious accidents had been reported as of 3 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 13. “People are safe because they are staying home,” 911 emergency dispatcher Susan Tate told reporter Kiesa Kay. “The less people are on the road, the better. I’d suggest if you don’t have to get out, then stay home and stay safe.” The state of emergency warning was released by the Polk County Sheriff’s Office Nixle system after a wintry ice mix began accumulating on the roads Feb. 12. “I have not had any reports of any trees down or any major vehicle accidents. There were only two minor wrecks that I heard of,” said Polk County Emergency Management Director Bobby Arledge. “There is no report of any power outages and there were two people in the shelter as of 8 p.m. Everything seems good right now.” Some residents in higher elevations such as Saluda saw around 7 inches of snow at about 9 p.m. and about 10 inches Kids and adults alike got out and made a fun day out of the weather despite the county being in a (PAX continued on page 8) state of emergency. (photo by Eddie Jobling)

The hair cutting for Virginia Bowyer, who raised $850 to get a wig for her aunt who is going through chemotherapy, has been postponed until Wednesday, Feb. 19 at 11:30 a.m. at Uptown Girl in Columbus. Bowyer, a student at the Polk County Early College, received many donations from staff, students and community members.

Landrum Road closed for bridge repairs by Samantha Hurst

Motorists traveling from Columbus toward the Green Creek area will face a detour this week even without weather-related road hazards. As of Tuesday, Feb. 11, the North Carolina Department of Transportation closed Landrum Road to replace

the bridge over Hooper Creek in Polk County. DOT says the current bridge, built in 1955, is “considered functionally obsolete and structurally deficient, which means that although the bridge is safe, it was built to design standards that are no longer in use.”

Serving Polk County and Upper Spartanburg and Greenville Counties

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STAFF Betty Ramsey, Publisher

Samantha Hurst, Editor

Leah Justice, Reporter

Kiesa Kay, Reporter

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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 Sundays for $84 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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Tryon Arts and Crafts Heritage Crafts Gallery: “Nature, Form and Spirit” - works in metal, wood, pottery and fiber. Show dates, Jan. 24 - March 6. Open daily from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. and Saturdays from 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. Saluda Center Friday events: chair exercise, 9:30 a.m.; Trash Train, 10 a.m.; NA Meeting, 8 p.m. For more activities, email saludacenter@hotmail. com or visit The Meeting Place Senior Center Friday activities: movie matinee or drumming at 10 a.m. (every third Friday) and bingo or movie at 12:30 p.m. 828-8940001. Have a HeART for Big Brothers Big Sisters, a silent auction fundraiser held at the Upstairs Artspace, through Friday, Feb. 14. Area artists contributed heart-themed artwork for the event. Closing bids reception 5-7:30 p.m. on Valentine’s Day. Bidding ends at 6:30 p.m. Call BBBS @ 859-9230 for info. Alcoholics Anonymous meetings are at Columbus Presbyterian Church every Friday from 6:30 - 7:30 p.m. For info: 864-266-2403. American Legion Post 250 Bingo is hosted every Friday, 7 p.m. at 43 Depot St., Tryon. Doors open 5:30 p.m. Smokefree. Narcotics Anonymous at the Saluda Senior Center, Friday, 8 p.m.


Zumba Class at Green Creek

Community Center Saturdays at 8 a.m. TPS Water-Soluble Pencil Workshop. Denise Cwik will teach from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. Free at the Tryon Painters and Sculptors gallery on Maple Street in Tryon. Eatlight Yoga: One year in business celebration; free yoga, Tibetan bowl playing, coffee, tea and dessert. Chair massage for donation. Demonstration of Bhuda Con Yoga. The event will be held Saturday, Feb. 15 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Mills Spring Agricultural Center. 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. Learn to Quilt at Elaine’s Attic Quilt Shop the third Saturday of each month from 11 a.m.-1 p.m.. Free. Bring machine, tools, fabric and notions.


Tryon Arts and Crafts - Heritage Crafts Gallery: “Nature, Form and Spirit” - works in metal, wood, pottery and fiber. Show dates, Jan. 24 - March 6. Open daily from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. and Saturdays from 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. “Walks in the Woods” with Saluda Community Land Trust on the first and third Sunday of the month at 2 p.m. Meet at Saluda Library’s parking lot for carpooling. SCLT’s phone is 828-749-1560, website: Healing sound therapy and relaxation with Tibetan bowls on Sunday, Feb. 9, 16 and 23 at 3

LOCAL WEATHER Today: Few Showers, with 30 percent chance of rain. High 49, low 28. Wednesday’s weather was: High 31, low 26, 6” of snow (in Tryon).

Tomorrow: Partly cloudy, with 0 percent chance of rain. High 47, low 31. Tonight’s Moon Phase: Full Moon

p.m. Eating Light Yoga at the Mill Spring Agricultural Center. Contact Pauline Ross for reservation: 828-863-2883.


Polk County Mobile Recycling Unit on Mondays at Harmon Field, Tryon, 7 a.m. - noon. Tryon Arts and CraftsHeritage Crafts Gallery: “Nature, Form and Spirit” – works in metal, wood, pottery and fiber. Show dates, Jan. 24 through March 6. Open daily from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. and Saturdays from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saluda Center Monday events: chair exercise, 9:30 a.m., line dance, 12:30 p.m., Saluda Duplicate Bridge, 1 p.m. For more activities, call 828749-9245, email saludacenter@ or visit www.saluda. com. Meeting Place Senior Center Monday activities; singalong, 10 a.m., senior fitness, 11 a.m., bingo or bead class 12:30 p.m. Info: 828-894-0001. Christian Fellowship Luncheon at TJ’s Café, Tryon, from noon to 1 p.m.; food, fellowship and discussion of relevant issues; interdenominational. Join our present study ‘What is God really like.” The group orders from the menu. Info: 828-859-5051. Please submit Curb Reporter items in writing at least two days before 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. Check for events added on a regular basis.

OBITUARIES Nikolas S. Van Dusen, p. 13

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Snow filled scenes from Polk County & Landrrum

Top: A snowy creek scene. (photo by Kaleb Dill) Middle left: Jen Pace’s cat, Riley, takes a short trip outside to play in the new snow. Middle center: Susanna Ashworth hits a hill full speed as she sleds in the snow. Middle right: Verae Upton and her brothers, Henson McEntire and Durham McEntire, built a family of snowmen this week. Bottom left: Lucas Tapp, 8, and Cameron Tapp, 11, built a mini-snowman during their fun two days in the snow Wednesday, Feb. 12 and Thursday, Feb. 13. (photos submitted)


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Public hearing Monday, Feb. 17 for White Oak waterline grant by Leah Justice

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The Polk County Board of Commissioners scheduled a public hearing for Monday, Feb. 17, at 7 p.m. to hear comments regarding applying for a grant to run a waterline into White Oak Development. Commissioners met Feb. 3 and heard from county engineer Dave Odom who asked for the county to proceed with the application. The county is applying for a N.C. Department of Commerce grant through the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program on behalf of White Oak. The county is also drafting an agreement between the county and the developer so all costs are bore by the developer, not the county. The grant is based on job creation. This is the first of two public hearings required for the grant. More information regarding the costs of the project, match requirements and job creation requirements will be released if the county approves moving forward with the grant following Monday’s public hearing. “The purpose of the hearing is to discuss funds available through the state Community Development Block Grant programs, specifically the Infrastructure and Economic Development categories,” states information provided in Polk County’s Feb. 3 packet. “The infrastructure program is designed to improve the quality of life in a residential targeted area or a local government jurisdiction by using CDBG funds to eliminate severe water and wastewater problems with health and environmental consequences. The economic development program provides funds for local governments with projects that involve a specific for profit business that creates or retains jobs.” The information goes on to say the project involves the development of an international equestrian facility center that will be

“The infrastructure program is designed to improve the quality of life in a residential targeted area or a local government jurisdiction by using CDBG funds to eliminate severe water and wastewater problems.” -- packet information

home to an annual international equestrian event. The facility will be utilized by other organizations throughout the year, including local organizations. The grant includes a 25 percent match and White Oak must make a commitment to hire a specified number of jobs with 60 percent being low to moderate incomes. White Oak is a more than 1,000-acre property located off Pea Ridge Road in the Green Creek Township with plans for a maximum of 800 dwelling units, including single-family residential and clustered multi-family condo/townhouses. The development also plans to include a hotel, a stadium, heliport, winery/vineyard and a 100-unit retirement/ independent living and assisted living facility. Commissioners last year approved a new zoning district for the facility called the Equestrian district and also approved a development agreement with developers. Polk County already has run a waterline to White Oak for the development to purchase water through the county’s Broad River Water Authority water source, which is administered through the Inman Campobello Water District. The grant, if applied for and approved, would be to run the waterline into the development.

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Robert Briggs, Mayor Steve Wolochowicz, City Administrator


Council Members Jan Horton , Billy Inman Jon Matheis, Don Smith Joyce Whiteside, Randy Wohnig

100 North Shamrock Avenue Landrum, South Carolina 29356 • 864.457.3000 • 864.457.2702

January 18, 2011 Dear Ed Letterlier, The city of Landrum, its Mayor, City Council and Administrators by this letter wish to recognize and thank you for all the time and energy devoted over the years to the well being and betterment of your town. Your past service as member/officer of the Chamber of Commerce, the Downtown Merchant's Association, and Landrum Horticultural Society and the Downtown Re-Development Council as well as your assistance in the design and installation of our welcome signs and our streetlights are all sincerely appreciated.

Respectfully, Robert Briggs, Mayor


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New parking requirements approved for home business by Leah Justice

With a new classification of home occupations allowed in Polk County, commissioners have also amended its zoning ordinance to allow for parking. County commissioners met Feb. 3 and after conducting a public hearing with no comments, they approved amended wording for parking requirements for both home occupations class I and class II. The previous parking requirement for home occupations, before the approval of home occupations II, stated that two spaces were required in addition to residence requirements. That verbiage was replaced in the county’s zoning ordinance for customary home occupation I and II to state, “parking necessary to conduct business shall be provided. Parking must be off-street and on-site. Parking must be

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F o r t h e d e t o u r, d r i v e r s should follow Red Fox Road north to Henderson Road then to Luther Durham Road to Golf Course Road and back to Landrum Road. Local traffic will be allowed access up to the bridge location from each direction but will not be able to pass through, since the bridge will be removed. Area resident Bill Pomeroi contacted the Bulletin upset that more information had not been provided to citizens who might travel the road. He said “road closed” signs went up three or four days before the road was actually closed. “ I t ’s l o g i c a l t h a t t h e r e should be some interface between the DOT and the county,” Pomeroi said. “It seems that there is a real lack of communication. This is not a

screened so as to obstruct views of the parking area from adjacent properties, streets or roadways, and to maintain the character of the neighborhood.” The county approved a second class of home occupations, class II in August 2013 to allow a home occupation to include an accessory building. Home occupations class II is now allowed in the zoning districts of Multiple Use (MU), Equestrian (E) and Agriculture Residential (AR5). Requirements for an accessory building for home occupations class II allow up to a 2,500 square foot building if the property owner has one and ½ acres of land or less and an up to 4,000 square foot building for any properties greater than one and ½ acres. Home occupations class II also allows up to four nonresident employees.

minor inconvenience. This is a major inconvenience for three months.” According to the NCDOT website (, the project includes grading, drainage, paving and replacing the existing bridge with a cast-in-place concrete culvert. Motorists are advised to use caution while traveling in the area and to expect delays. NCDOT reminds motorists to watch signs for construction information, stay alert and obey the posted speed limit. The $507,722.05 contract for the project was awarded to Sloan Construction of Duncan, S.C. The replacement is expected to be finished by mid-May. For real-time travel information at any time, call 511, visit or follow NCDOT on Twitter at

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Traffic stop leads to two drug arrests by Leah Justice

The Polk County Sheriff’s Office made two drug arrests after stopping a vehicle in Polk County and later searching a resident’s home. Hollie Barnette, of 521 Courtwood Lane, Hendersonville was charged with possession with intent to manufacture, sell and deliver methamphetamine, possession of controlled substances on jail premises, maintaining a vehicle for a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia, according to a release sent by the sheriff’s office. Daniel Badger Franklin, of 26 NC Hwy. 9 North, Mill Spring was arrested and charged with simple possession of schedule III controlled substance, simple possession of schedule VI controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia, sheriff reports stated. Polk County Deputies stopped the vehicle driven by Barnette and officers saw what they believed to be drugs in the vehicle, according to the sheriff’s office. The stop resulted in a search warrant for 26 Hwy. 9 North, Franklin’s residence. Barnette received a $22,000 secured bond, sheriff reports stated. Barnette’s first court appearance was Tuesday, Feb. 11. Franklin’s first court date is scheduled for March 5.


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St. Luke’s Hospital employees bunkered down for weather While a light blanket of white surrounded St. Luke’s Hospital, many employees prepared to sleep under hospital blankets so they can be ready to take care of their patients, regardless of the snow and ice that covered the ground. “When you’re snuggled in at home, watching TV, I’ll be here sleeping on a cot,” said Marlys Schmutz. The ward clerk for the medical surgical unit at St. Luke’s had reserved a former patient room so she could be sure to make it to work by 6 a.m. Wednesday. Biomedical engineer Jeff Gillespie had reservations for a two-night stay at the Days Inn just down the street, while employees in the surgery department reserved several cots placed around the hospital’s classroom. As shops and restaurants, offices and schools closed because of inclement weather, the staff and administrative team at St. Luke’s continued to prep

Tracy Cates, certified nursing assistant at St. Luke’s Hospital, reserves cots for staff who planned to stay overnight at the hospital to care for patients during inclement weather. (photo submitted by Kathy Woodham)

for Wednesday’s surgical cases, rehab therapy, blood draws, CT scans, medications, food and anything else that was needed for general patient and emergency care.

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Some, like Nancy Bailey, came in early to prepare the hospital for the storm — she was expecting a load of fresh clean linen at 6 a.m. Tuesday morning — while Ernie Bautista in the lab stocked extra units of blood. “We were prepared and ready for the weather,” said Ken Shull, chief executive officer. “It’s been a few years since we’ve had such projections for snow and ice, but many of our staff have fond memories of Dr. (Jim) Holleman picking up staff in his SUV to help them get to work. This was a different experience, sleeping on cots in the hospital, but their dedication to their patients is nothing new,” Shull said. Piles of sheets, towels and blankets were available for the

staff who decided it best to stay overnight with the patients they care for. Boxed meals were also prepared as the engineering department monitored the storm. Polk County’s EMS Service, first responders and St. Luke’s Emergency Department were staffed and ready for any emergency, whether an automobile accident on treacherous roads or chest pains that interrupt a peaceful night at home. As they reported for work, many with a suitcase and pillow in hand, they left the comfort and conveniences of home, a warm bed and a remote-controlled television to watch the evening’s weather report. – article submitted by Kathy Woodham

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we still encourage motorists not to venture out,” Davis said. District One Schools announced Landrum area students would not attend school on Friday, Feb. 13 because of the bad weather. Polk County Schools Superintendent Bill Miller as of 4 p.m. yesterday said the system had not made a definitive decision but said it was “highly unlikely students would attend Friday especially considering roads might refreeze tonight (Thursday).”

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Jim Wiprut, H.I.S

by Thursday morning. NCDOT crews made multiple rounds throughout the day along roads like Hwy. 176 in Tryon to clear the way. Tryon Town Manager Joey Davis reported that public works employees scraped until about midnight and were back on the roads as of 6 a.m. Thursday. “Road conditions are not great and

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Mayoral duties and beyond Saluda Mayor Fred Baisden in front of M.A. Pace general store as he takes his tractor and scrapes main street Saluda on Thursday, Feb. 13. Some Saluda residents reported as much as 10 inches of snow Thursday morning. (photo by Tangie Morgan)

Equine studies classes starting at Isothermal Polk Center Isothermal Community College will kick off its new series of Equine Studies classes in several weeks with three great classes at the college’s Polk Center. The new classes feature topics in “Equine Health and Emergency Management,” “Introduction to Equine Dentistry” and “An Inside Look at a Farrier Jam Session.” The initial classes are noncredit, continuing education classes with plans to add equine business technology courses to the college’s business sciences curriculum later this year including equine science, equine nutrition, small business management and principals of marketing. “We are very excited to bring these learning opportunities in the equine sciences to our com-

munity,” said Kate Barkschat, director of Isothermal’s Polk Center in Columbus. To register, call the Isothermal Polk Center at 828-8943092 or email Barkschat at Please register soon as space is limited. Equine Health and Emergency Management

Instructor: Thann Boyum, DVM Tuesdays: March 11-25 1 – 4 p.m.

This class covers basic equine health management including feed selection, immunizations, housing considerations and general horse care. Emergency care and treatment (Equine studies continued on page 11)

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until the veterinarian arrives will be discussed. The hands-on sessions will teach general assessment of the equine patient, treatment techniques for oral and injectable medications, how to apply a foot bandage, and other helpful information for the horse owner. This class will meet in two three-hour classroom sessions plus one three-hour hands on session at an off-campus location. Introduction to Equine Dentistry

Instructor: Rachel Butterworth, DVM Friday: March 28 1 – 4 p.m. This course is designed to introduce and educate the horse owner to equine dentistry. Students will learn about the basic anatomy of the equine skull and dental arcade, the eruption pattern and nomenclature of the teeth and the physiological effect of the teeth on mastication (chewing) as well as riding. There will be additional emphasis on the importance of the dentistry in the geriatric horse. Students will also be introduced to the basic dental equipment and be shown exactly how a trained veterinarian uses the equipment to float or alter the teeth to improve eating and comfort in the bridle. This course is not intended to teach the student how to perform equine dentistry, as this can only be done in North Carolina by a licensed veterinarian. An Inside Look at a Farrier Jam Session

Seminar Facilitator: Bibi Freer, DVM and local farriers Saturday, April 5, 1- 4 p.m. Location: Freer Equine Have you heard of the Farrier Jam Sessions? We have a unique opportu-

nity here in Polk County for farriers and veterinarians to meet every month and examine, discuss and treat equine podiatry cases from our clients in the horse community. These meetings are the product of much time, effort and brainstorming by Bibi Freer and several local farriers. The group also hosts one or two educational seminars every year with nationally and internationally

known farriers. Each monthly meeting allows two cases to be referred to the group by their farriers. The horse owner pays a nominal fee for the exam, radiographs of the feet before and after shoeing, and the shoeing and its associated costs. Discussions can be lively. Because of limited space at Freer Equine facilities, attendance at the regular farrier


jam sessions is limited to farriers, equine veterinarians, and the horse owners who bring their horses for evaluation and shoeing. This Saturday session will allow horse owners and enthusiasts to come to a farrier jam session and see what farriers do. Organizers will present a case to discuss, radiograph and shoe with several local farriers and Freer will give a presentation on the Equine Foot: Form and Function. – article submitted by Mike Gavin

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news briefs A glance at some of the latest news in the area. Polk makes appointments to child protection team

The Polk County Board of Commissioners made two new appointments to its child protection team on Monday, Feb. 3. The county appointed Polk County Sheriff’s Office Det. BJ Bayne and Polk County Emergency Services Director Michael Crater to the team. The county is still seeking a child protection team member who is a parent of a child who passed away prior to the age of 18. Polk hears from commissioner about Project Lazarus

Polk County heard from commissioner Michael Gage on Feb. 3 that he attended a recent workshop call Project Lazarus regarding the illegal abuse of prescription medication. Gage said pills are dangerous and Project Lazars is trying to come up with solutions to help achieve goals of ridding the county of illegal use of prescription medication. He said there is a campaign called “lock it or drop it” and the Polk County Sheriff’s Office has a permit to collect and properly destroy unwanted pills. Saluda calls special meeting Monday, Feb. 17

The Saluda Board of Commissioners has called a special meeting for Monday, Feb. 17 from 6-9 p.m. at the upstairs conference room of the Saluda Public Library. The purpose of the meeting is for the board to review its policies. Incumbents, one newcomer file for board of Education

Three incumbents and one newcomer have filed for the Polk County Board of Education for this November’s election. Geoff Tennant was one of the first to file on Monday, Feb. 10 for the Columbus Township as well as newcomer Jim Patterson, who filed for a Tryon seat. James Cowan, who serves one of two Tryon seats has not filed, but incumbents Sherry Page (Green Creek) and Judy Jackson (Coopers Gap) both filed for reelection on Tuesday, Feb. 11. Polk County Sheriff Donald Hill and Polk County Clerk of Superior Court Pam Hyder have both filed to retain their seats, but no one has yet to file for three open seats on the Polk County Board of Commissioners. Filing ends on Friday, Feb. 28 at noon.

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Polk County district court results In Polk County District Court Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2014 with Judge Athena F. Brooks presiding, 126 cases were heard. Some cases were continued, dismissed or sent to superior court. The following persons were convicted of a crime: Caroleen Kay Ayers was convicted of possession of schedule II controlled substance and failure to appear. Ayers was sentenced to 19 days in jail with credit for time served and court costs. Hillary Ann Gillespie was convicted of driving while license revoked. Gillespie was sentenced to one year unsupervised probation, a $100 fine and court costs. James Willis Nanney was convicted of possession of drug paraphernalia. Nanney was sentenced to one year unsupervised probation, a $50 fine and court costs. Juan Isidoro Ortiz was convicted of expired operator’s license. Ortiz was fined $50 and court costs. Sheena Elaine Parton was convicted of level five driving while impaired. Parton was sentenced to one year unsupervised probation, 24 hours of community service, a $100 fine and court costs.


Nikolas S. Van Dusen Nikolas Spencer Van Dusen, 25, of Tryon passed away unexpectedly Sunday, Feb. 9, 2014 in Spartanburg Regional Hospital. Born in the same hospital in December 1988, he was the only son of Michael and Virginia Van Dusen. He was raised in south Florida but visited the foothills area quite often. He loved the mountains so much he returned to live here as a young man. People were drawn to his loving and caring nature, loyalty, sense of humor and keen intel-

Anthony Pereira was convicted of two counts of domestic violence protective order violation, breaking or entering, possession of drug paraphernalia and assault on a female. Pereira was sentenced to 18 months supervised probation and court costs for one count of domestic violence protective order violation, breaking or entering, possession of drug paraphernalia and assault on a female and 18 months supervised probation and court costs for the second count of domestic violence protective order. Robert Lewis Pilgrim was convicted of misdemeanor probation violation. Pilgrim was sentenced to 15 days in jail with credit for time served. Matthew Tyler Scoggins was convicted of level five driving while impaired. Scoggins was sentenced to one year unsupervised probation, 24 hours of community service, a $100 fine and court costs. Steven Java Williams was convicted of carrying a concealed gun, failure to appear and speeding 100 mph in a 65 mph zone. Williams was sentenced to one year unsupervised probation and court costs for carrying a concealed gun and failure to appear and sentenced to one year unsupervised probation and court costs for speeding.

ligence. Along with his parents, Nikolas is survived by his grandparents, Judy Bonner and Brian Johnson of Jupiter, Fla. and grandmother, Cindy Van Dusen of Coconut Creek, Fla. as well as many aunts, uncles, cousins, countless friends and girlfriend, Charlene Dempsey. A celebration of his life will be held Saturday, Feb. 15, 2014. Memorials may be made to The Mountain, P.O. Box 1299, Highlands, NC 28741. An online guest register is available at McFarland Funeral Chapel


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Hitting Polk County’s slopes

Cameron Tapp, Jake Stone, Cameron Greve, Noah Greve, Lucas Tapp and Alton Kelley hit the hills at Red Fox Country Club. (photo submitted)

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Polk County youth explore careers as public servants by Kiesa Kay

When what felt like a monsoon came crashing across Polk County during the Fourth of July 2013, a group of Young Explorers stood with police in the rain and elements to assist with festivals and ensure public safety. “They stood there in a torrential downpour,” said Columbus Police Chief Chris Beddingfield. “They helped us set up barricades and assisted with directing traffic. If you go into a career in law enforcement, this can happen to you. The Young Explorers participate fully in all types of activities. They set up the grandstand for the Veteran’s Day Parade. They work hard and have fun doing it.” Parents appreciate the Young Explorers program because it can strengthen their trust in a child’s judgment when he or she makes positive, healthy life choices. Beddingfield attributed the club’s success to the vision of Ron Diaz, who has been involved in many activities in this area. “One of the most common issues in Polk County for youths is that there’s not enough to do,” Beddingfield said. “The Young Explorers program combats several different problems at once. The monthly or biweekly meetings provide somewhere fun to go that’s very safe. If youths participate in a Young Explorers meeting with police officers, you know it’s obvious they’re not going to be breaking the law there.” The Boy Scouts of America sanctioned the Young Explorers program as a Learning for Life program. More than 33,000 Explorers and 8,425 adult volunteers participate in law enforcement exploring across the nation. Youths from ages 14 to 20 learn fundamentals of the work, often practicing the

Polk County Young Explorers participants and program assistants include, front row: Kelly Hamby, Ron Diaz, Kathryn Johnson, Hannah Cantrell, Brea Hamby, Trevor Williams and Jerry Williams; back row: Scott Hamby, Lucas Webb, Austin Abrams, Kelsey Warren, Chris Beddingfield and Cody Gordon. (photo by Leah Justice).

skills need for traffic stops and other police activities. Sometimes they ride along with officers. “We teach some basic interview and interrogation techniques, such as the signs of deception,” Beddingfield said. “Law Enforcement Exploring provides educational training programs on the purposes, mission, and objectives of law enforcement. They learn the structure and function of the police department. “It prepares them for careers in law enforcement,” Beddingfield said. “It gives them the opportunity to learn leadership.” The National Sheriffs’ Association and the International Association of Chiefs of Police have supported the program. “It essentially started at the virtual school, with guidance counselors, and the fire department could train up some junior firemen,” Beddingfield said. The program has received

multi-layered support from federal, state, and local groups. Many agencies coordinate the Law Enforcement Exploring programs throughout the United States, including sheriffs, chiefs of police and state police. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (FLETC), Federal Air Marshal Service, US Army Military Police, US Customs and Border Protection Service, US Marshals Service, US Postal Inspection Service and US Secret Service provide national programs, scholarships, workshops and literature. Law enforcement officials must know many things that the general population does not know, Beddingfield said. For example, most adults don’t know what methamphetamine looks like, or what to

“It prepares them for careers in law enforcement. It gives them the opportunity to learn leadership.” -- Columbus Police Chief Chris Beddingfield

do if they find it, but police officers need the knowledge in order to do parts of their jobs. “That’s your job,” he said. “You’re trained for it.” He said he truly enjoyed working with youths in the Young Explorers program. “They’re loving it and we are loving it, too,” Beddingfield said. “We really enjoy showing them how to do vehicle stops. We role play as suspects across the parking lot and demonstrate basic communication skills for staying professional and courteous.”

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Scott to speak on Naval history at Lanier’s Brown Bag Lunch

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Author James Scott will be the speaker at the Lanier Library’s Brown Bag Lunch on Feb. 18. Scott is a former award-winning reporter and investigative journalist with the Charleston Post and Courier, and has written two books, The Attack on the Liberty and The War Below: The Story of Three Submarines that Battled Japan. Scott will speak primarily on The War Below, a book that focuses on the three top submarines – Silversides, Drum and Tang – that helped win World War II for the U.S. in the Pacific. These three vessels together sank 62 freighters, tankers and transports of Japan’s merchant fleet, an accomplishment that devastated the country’s economy by war’s end. Scott’s research for the book included interviews with more than 100 submarine veterans as well as letters and diaries. A Washington Post review lauded him for having “a gift for dramatic narrative.” The Attack on the Liberty, an account of the 1967 Israeli attack on an American naval ship that killed 34 crew members and wounded more than 170, won the 2010 Rear Admiral Samuel Eliot Morison Award for Excellence in Naval Literature and

Honorable Mention in History at the 2013 San Francisco Book Festival. Scott’s father, John, was a survivor of the attack that Israel maintained was an accident. Brown Bag Lunches are held at noon on the third Tuesday of each month at the library. The programs are open to the public and are free of charge. Those attending are welcome to bring a lunch to eat while enjoying the presentation. For more information, call the library at 828-859-9535 or visit - article submitted by Gina Malone


We want to include all area clubs and organizations in the 2014 Come See Us Almanac. Please provide the following information by Feb. 25.

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Humane society announces 2013 Volunteers of the Year FHS volunteers are being recognized for their many hours of service to the organization during the past year. The top six are Shirley Johnson, Joe Eskridge, Steve King, Lynn Henderson, Linda Williams and Sally Orrill. All of these volunteers recorded over 200 hours of service during 2013. The top volunteer, Steve King, accrued over 500 hours of service. There is a wide array of volunteer activities at FHS. Most of the work is with the shelter animals. There are also opportunities outside of the shelter for operational support, picking up donations, transport and much more. Should you have an interest in volunteering at FHS, visit or contact Michelle Ledbetter Phillips, volunteer coordinator, at 828-863-4444. - article submitted by Joyce L. Cox

FHS Volunteers of the Year are, left to right, Steve King, Joe Eskridge and Shirley Johnson were recognized for hours of service to FHS. (photo submitted by Joyce L. Cox)

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TFAC chased away the blues Tryon Fine Arts Center recently held the third annual Chase Away the Blues concert sponsored by Pacolet Milliken. Music flowed all night throughout the building. Chuck Beatty (right) had his “Mojo Working” that night in the Mahler Room venue as he jammed with Tommy Lytle on the saxophone and Lee Stockdale on harmonica. Below: Beth Child and one of the helpful volunteers prepared cake for audience members as TFAC quietly celebrated its 45th birthday during the recent Chase Away the Blues concert. (photos submitted by Marianne Carruth)

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Spring poked its head out just in time for snow Happy Valentine’s Day, dear readers. As I write this column, snow drifts to earth outside, although the heart of spring beats underneath the winter landscape. We’ve been promised a big snowfall this time around, although I find myself wishing it would go somewhere else. Penguins and polar bears would appreciate it more. On an earlier day, one sunny afternoon, as River dog and I took our meandering stroll, I spied small purple-violet flowers peeking up alongside a ditch. The flowers may be humble weeds perhaps, but nevertheless, proof that spring is coming, that things bloom and grow despite the cold. Picking a couple sprigs, I toted the purple smiles home to tuck in a vintage glass bottle. Today, spring blooms in my kitchen window, despite the snow outside. The week before, I’d discovered one creasy green along our path. Once, as a kid, wild creasy greens were found at the edge of every field; we walked many fields far and wide, knife and bag in hand, gathering the leaves for a pot of greens at dinner. Now, I rarely spot them, but there one was. Speaking of nature walks, the trails created by Saluda Community Land Trust (SCLT) are a treat: River and I have enjoyed the Saluda Nature Park hike;

although I’m almost certain they ers: two more sign-ups meetings named the “Lazy Girl Loop” af- will be March 13 and April 10. ter me, but wouldn’t admit that For information, contact Dave publicly. and Marilyn Prudhomme at 828The Lazy 749-9172 or Girl winds e-mail dclp@ Saluda through the Saluda News & Bradley Nature gardener WalNotations ter Hoover will Preserve; enter from Esseola or help those who by Bonnie Bardos Laurel Drive. need practical How lucky we guidance at are to have these special places Robinson Garden; he can be to walk, think, and be with na- contacted at 828-749-5846. ture: thank you, SCLT.   You can Artists: if you’d like to parcontact SCLT at 828-749-1560 ticipate in the 11th Saluda Art or visit their website at www. Festival on May 17, the deadline  to enter is March 15; for inforSaluda Welcome Table is mation,  contact Susie Welsh at every Tuesday, with dinner 828-749-3900, served from 5:30-7 p.m. in the or Catherine Ross at 828-749fellowship hall of Saluda United 3534, Methodist Church. All welcome; There’ll be a community potdonations accepted. luck and bingo evening at Saluda NC Small Town Main Street Center, February 24 at 6 p.m. monthly meetings are scheduled Bring your favorite dish to share!  the third Tuesday of the month at Don’t forget to get your 9 a.m. at Saluda Library.. A Valentine’s Party will be hosted by the promotions team on Feb. 14 at  Saluda Fire Department. Tickets are available at Thompson›s Store or Cathy Jackson Realty.  The Saluda Garden Club will have gardener Dan Wells at the Feb. 17, 10 a.m. meeting at Saluda Library; for more information or to join, call Patty Martin at 828-817-9518. The Robinson Community Garden (sponsored by Saluda Community Land Trust) on Henderson Street is ready for garden-

reservations by Feb. 24 for Thompson’s Store Mardi Gras Masquerade party on March 1 with music, dinner and dancing upstairs in the Boarding House venue. Contact Judy Ward for details at 828-749-2321. Happy February Birthday to: Wylie Rauschenbach, Wesley Pace, Biddie Dawson, Amy Beeson, Ginny Jones, Jenna Igoe, Suzanne Igoe, Pam Thompson, Catherine Raymond, Eva McCray, Ellen Rogers, and Margaret Miller.  Thank you, dear readers, for reading this column. As ever, the goal is to make you feel like you’re enjoying a cup of hot tea and small town life in a friendly little mountain town called Saluda. You can contact me at; or 828-749-1153, visit my website at for more writing and art, or find me on Facebook.

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Maybe there’s a better way

What’s underneath the kudzu reading the article I noticed a huge may be much uglier to look at the contradiction, which I bet most of than kudzu itself. you missed. Several supporters of A man once told me that kudzu the less restrictive class IV claswas a blessing because it covered sification said that the government so much trash and debris left by should not restrict what a person irresponsible people, businesses, can do on his or her land. One man etc. spoke of his family’s ownership The comment stuck with me, of land on the river for the past though it made me a bit angry at 100-plus years, “People that have the time. The man was in essence lived there know how to take care telling me that trying to eliminate of their land. They know how to or control kudzu is a waste of take care of the property.” time, but the comment stayed with The damage we are now facme because it is ing took place Conservation Corner over the past true. Kudzu does by Betsy Burdett 90 years, when cover up a lot those wellof trash left on abandoned prop- meaning people owned the land. erties. For many of us who have Do you see the contradiction? spent the past three or four years All landowners make misgetting rid of kudzu, the problems takes. Us little guys bulldoze a facing us now are bigger and driveway or make a little pond, worse than the kudzu was before. and often cause erosion to set Now we are looking at eroded in. In time Mother Nature heals stream banks, old trash dumps- the wound, and we don’t make legal and illegal, piles of cinder- the same mistake again. We keep blocks where houses stood in the the land for years, being good Go50to 6 inches… past, sink holes, eroded ditches; stewards, and then we either die in Allhome. Papers… got the picture? or move toPut a nursing Our Why did we start worrying children may  choose to live on the about the kudzu? It was spreading land or sell ˆ‹–’”‹–•ʹǦ͵†ƒ›•’‡ it. to our neighborhoods, and into our That’s when the new owner or 3 days… forests and to places where we did begins to 2 make those same land not want it to go, smothering all use mistakes we made, except that  other vegetation in its path. now the bulldozers are bigger, the too Sky Conard of the Green River large tracts—–‹’–„‰Paper of land are converted Watershed Alliance recently has to huge residential developments last… brought public attention to the with level yards magically created problem of sedimentation buildup out of steep mountain slopes. Oh, at Lake Adger, so much sediment what a beautiful view way up on that it is affecting the public mari- top of the mountain, where the na area, the Green River entrance sediment floating downstream is and the tributaries. way out of sight. Sedimentation is now affecting Maybe the answer to our orsomething we really care about, dinance problems would be to just like the kudzu creeping into activate them only when property our residential areas. I think kudzu changes hands, sort of like the rent came here on a boat from China control rule in New York: rents around 1917, about the same can be raised only for new tenants. number of years that it has taken The new tenant, as with the new the Green River’s sedimentation buyer / property owner, agrees to to clog up the lake. The people abide by new ordinance rules to who perpetuated the problem are restrict mountaintop excavation, long gone. earthmoving and development. There was an article in the Maybe there is a way to respect Tryon Daily Bulletin on Feb. 7 our longterm landowners and titled “Polk applies for class IV for protect our environment at the Green River watershed.” While same time.

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Berlin Philharmonic Wind Quintet

TCA presents Berlin Philharmonic Wind Quintet The Tryon Concert Association proudly presents the Berlin Philharmonic Wind Quintet on Tuesday, Feb. 25 at 8 p.m. at the Tryon Fine Arts Center. Take special note of the date: tickets mailed to subscribers accidentally listed the wrong date. This group was founded in 1988 during the era of Herbert von Karajan and has worked with more recent directors, Claudio Abbado and Sir Simon Rattle. Guest conductors of the

Berlin Philharmonic have included Leonard Bernstein, Sir John Barbirolli, Pierrre Boulez, James Levine, Daniel Barenboim and others. Several GrammyAward-winning recordings have been produced by this renowned group. As world travelers, the Quintet has performed throughout Europe, North and South America, Israel, Australia and the Far East. Members include: Michael Hasel (flute), Andreas Wittman

(oboe), Walter Seyfarth (clarinet) Fergus McWilliam (horn) and Marion Reinhard (bassoon). Each musician has a rich musical background and experience in performance across the globe. They are quoted as “Arguably the best ensemble of its kind in the world,” Manchester Evening News, and, “Pure-toned instrumental textures, smoothly blended ensemble and sterling musicianship… a seminar in chamber wind blending, boasting

unfailing precision and pinpoint articulation.” Chicago Tribune The program on Feb. 25 will include works by Mozart, Kalevi Aho, Samuel Barber and Carl Nielsen. For ticket information contact Tryon Concert Association, PO Box 32, Tryon, N.C., 28782 or call 828-859-6065. Visit to listen to samples of the performers. – article submitted by Gwen Suesse

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Name that plant with PAC The Pacolet Area Conservancy (PAC) and Walnut Creek Preserve (WCP) invite the public to attend a free program, “Name That Plant! (dot net),” presented by Janie Marlow, founder of, a website dedicated to the native (and naturalized) plants of the Carolinas and Georgia. The program will be held at the Anne Elizabeth Suratt Nature Center at Walnut Creek Preserve on Saturday, Feb. 22, at 10:30 a.m. The web resource is an approachable storehouse of information about native and naturalized plants of the Carolinas and Georgia, inspired by Jacques-Yves Cousteau’s assertion: “People only protect what they love, but they can only love what they know.” More than a typical “wildflower site” but not intimidating

like many university-backed botanical sites seem to be, is a plant identification tool with a local focus that is both technically accurate and user-friendly (even fun!). Here you can see pictures of plants in different seasons of the year, hear their Latin names pronounced, learn their natural habitats, discover interesting places to visit, and look up botanical terms. You can search for a plant using either its common or scientific name or its family or even by describing it. The site includes articles of interest, recommended books and links to much more. For those that are not botanists, is like a window, a bridge, to the body of knowledge that’s there but that we don’t know how to access, inviting the visitor to enter. Discovering the identity of just one wild plant means that

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Janie Marlow will present the PAC/WCP program on Feb. 22 focused on identification of native plants. (photo submitted by Pam Torlina)

the green blur is now made up of individuals, each with a name. One can allow oneself to become interested, sparking a lifelong passion to learn more about our natural world. There’s more in the site than is immediately obvious, and the presentation will include a short tour of its features and examples

of ways some viewers have put it to use — such as noticing and reporting plants that were previously unknown in their region, including invasive plants that are on the move. To get to Walnut Creek Preserve’s Nature Center from the (Name that plant continued on page 27)

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Carolina Camera Club work at Upstairs Artspace

Downstairs at the Upstairs, 14 members of the Carolina Camera Club offer their work in a wide variety of subject matter and theme. Many of these artists came to photography at a very young age and developed an increasing passion for the medium into adulthood. Left: Photographer Douglas Bishop, in front of her four images on display at Upstairs Artspace. Above: Fran Caldwell shown with two of her four photographs on display at the exhibit. (photos submitted by Mark Schmerling)

• Name that plant (continued from page 26)

Tryon and Columbus area, take Hwy 108 E and turn left on Hwy 9 toward Lake Lure. Follow Hwy 9 N for 5 miles and turn right onto McGuinn Road (at the Exxon Station). Go 1 mile to the intersection with Big Level Road; turn left, go 2/10ths of a mile and take the first right onto Aden Green Road. Follow Aden Green for 4/10ths of a mile and turn left on Herbarium Lane and into Walnut Creek Preserve. Take the first left onto Conservatory Lane, which takes you to the parking area for the nature center. For more information or directions from another location, contact the Pacolet Area Conservancy at 828-859-5060 or e-mail Please note, Walnut Creek Preserve is private property and guests are only allowed on the property by invitation (a planned event or scheduled group). Thank you.

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Name that Plant Feb. 22 at 10:30 a.m. Suratt Nature Center

PAC is a 501(c)(3) non-profit conservation organization (land trust) founded in 1989 to protect and conserve the area’s natural resources (PACs 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 and potentially obtain significant federal, state and local tax benefits. This PAC/WCP program is made possible by a grant from the Polk County Community Foundation. – article submitted by Pam Torlina

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Eating some foods might boost weight loss efforts diets lost 2 to 3 pounds more per sources of fiber include apples, month than those who ate low oat bran, whole grain breads, calorie, low-fiber diets. Fiber in brown rice, carrots, pears, beans, the indigestible and artichokes. part of plants. I recommend Diet & Exercise In the stomach, get 25 by David Crocker women it absorbs wagrams of fiber ter and swells, a day and men thereby helping you feel full. 38 grams. As fiber moves into the intesScientists aren’t sure how caltines, it absorbs water too, and cium helps burn fat, but research speeds up the passage of materi- at the University of Tennessee als through the digestive tract, found that obese individuals preventing constipation. Good who went on a low calorie diet that contained three servings of calcium rich foods lost 70 percent more weight than those ar onations anteD on low calorie diets who ate Cup of Water Ministries (501(c)3) can use just one serving of calcium rich your donation of a car, boat, truck or other foods a day. Good sources of calcium invehicle to help the less fortunate, both here clude fat-free milk, spinach, kale, and in third world countries. We have wells in broccoli, and white beans. If you Africa, India and South America. We supply prefer to take calcium supplebibles, clothes, medicine, etc. here and abroad. ments, I recommend 1200-1500 mg. a day. If the form of calcium you choose is calcium “carbonate”, take with food for proper 2x2 absorption. If you choose cal1F, 3F cium “citrate”, take on an empty changed 1/30/09 per rev. Bill Walker stomach. Coral calcium’s form CUPO-023479 is calcium “carbonate”. Choose one form of calcium, not both. According to the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, women who ate a balanced diet, including omega-3s lost one more pound of torso body fat than women on the same eating plan, minus the omega-3. Omega-3s help slow your rate of digestion, helping you feel fuller, longer. This helps you take in fewer calories. Omega-3 fatty acids also reduce inflammation, a huge contributor to body fat gain, as well as diabetes. Good sources of omega-3s include enriched eggs, tofu, shrimp, walnuts, salmon, tuna, flax, and flax seed oil. Vitamin B12 helps reduce fat by boosting metabolism. It helps convert proteins and fat into energy, and works with folic acid to produce red blood cells, that carry oxygen from the lungs, throughout the body. Without adequate amounts of vitamin

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B12, red blood cells can’t carry oxygen efficiently, resulting in lowered metabolism and energy levels. This problem could not only increase fat levels, but lead to other health problems. Good sources of B12 include nutritional yeast, B12 fortified dairy and eggs, sardines, salmon, and tuna. Careful if you take a B12 supplement. Taking too much of one B vitamin, will rob your body of other B vitamins like B1, thiamine; B2, riboflavin; B3, niacin; B5, pantothenic acid;B6, pyridoxine; B7 , biotin; and B9, folic acid. If you add any single B vitamin to your supplement regimen, I recommend you also take either a multivitaminmineral supplement containing all B vitamins or take a B complex supplement. Oral B12 supplements don’t always absorb well; that’s why vitamin B12 sublingual, taken under the tongue, and B12 injection supplements are available. Ken’s Fine Meats and Seafood will be the site for a second free nutrition seminar in downtown Landrum on Thursday, April 3 at 6:30 p.m.. Reservations may be made at 864-457-3369 or email At this seminar, in addition to answering your fitness and nutrition questions, I’m going to actually show you how to exercise properly at any fitness level. Our last seminar was packed, even with almost half unable to attend because of the bad weather. Sign up soon to save a place. Diet or exercise question? Email me at dwcrocker777@ or visit fitness for your David Crocker of Landrum has been a nutritionist and master personal trainer for 27 years. He served as strength director of the Spartanburg Y.M.C.A., head strength coach for the USCSpartanburg baseball team, S.C. state champion girl’s gymnastic team, and the Converse College equestrian team.


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Icy cold memories return with winter winds Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve never been more grateful to have been tucked up in my own bed (despite becoming rapidly untucked every 15 minutes owing to the norovirus) this past snow day throughout the Carolinas. Watching the mess in Atlanta unfold on television and reading life-threatening accounts of cars and trucks sliding off roads as soon as the snow turned to ice, I truly empathized with those trapped in their cars, only to find their home without power when they returned, 10 hours later, from only a few miles away. The coldest Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve ever been was for five days beginning on Jan. 7, 1973, when the rain that was falling throughout north Georgia began to freeze and the thick layer of ice that began to accumulate on everything brought down trees and power lines with the roads being far too treacherous for anyone to negotiate. We were without electricity for nearly a week. It may simply be that time has erased all the worst parts, but I do remember having an awful lot of fun. â&#x20AC;&#x153;No schoolâ&#x20AC;? was my first thought upon waking the following morning, followed by, â&#x20AC;&#x153;I can see my breath!â&#x20AC;? as I became aware of how frigid it was within my own bedroom. My father had a roaring fire going on in the den and my mother, who was the epitome of responsible parenting when it came to planning the weekly menu of balanced and nutritional meals, was warming a pot of baked beans over the flames. Beans with hot dogs. Not fish with asparagus and a salad, beans. This was a woman who, once a year, on her childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s birthdays, allowed us to choose our own dinner and when we cried out, â&#x20AC;&#x153;McDonaldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s!â&#x20AC;? in a sort of anticipatory processed food rapture, she grimly doled out the cherished hamburgers, still in their wrappers, hunkered woefully next to...asparagus and a salad.

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As long as the power was out, it would be beans, an occasional chicken noodle soup and more beans. As long as we stayed next to the fireplace, in the den, both doors closed to the rest of the house, we could be relatively comfortable. However, when youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re 13 and accustomed to being outside, you begin to itch at the thought of being cooped up longer than 5 minutes so it was decided, along with my brother and neighborhood kids, to haul out our sleds (which hadnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t seen the light of day in years) and tackle our icy street. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t go too far,â&#x20AC;? my mother called out which we dutifully ignored as a flash of inspiration ignited in one kidâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s head to try a golf course, some four miles away. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Are you kidding?â&#x20AC;? I cried, â&#x20AC;&#x153;If we get caught weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll get killed- I remember a kidâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s pony got loose and galloped over it and they sent her dad a bill for $25 a hoof print!â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Nobodyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s gonna know,â&#x20AC;? my brother countered, â&#x20AC;&#x153;and the ice is so thick weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re not going to touch the grass, anyway.â&#x20AC;? With that we were off in what served as Georgia winter wear: a couple of sweaters, medium weight coats and Kedâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, with a thick pair of gym socks. To this day, I remember being pushed down the first hill of the golf course. The undulating ground gave me a ride that went on, it seemed, for a half hour on a sheet of solid ice. There was nothing to slow the sled as it mounted the next hill, flew down the other side, slid through a sandtrap, across the rough, past the ninth and 10th green. We never even slowed. It wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t until we began a steep descent somewhere near the end of the course that I met my Water-

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loo: a narrow creek that gurgled along in a tiny, man-made valley at the bottom of the hill loomed into my sight. I hoped I could skim over it and make my unfazed ascent the other side, but my sled had other ideas as it ground to a stop as soon as its runners hit the icy waters, a moment before I did. There are few things less appealing than finding yourself with soaking gloves, arms and feet in temperatures not even attempting to struggle out of the 20s on a cloudy January afternoon. Shivering like a refugee, I turned for the dismal trudge home, shoelaces already crusted with ice, sled bumping behind me. I passed the opulent homes of wealthy people on my way back to our middle-class neighborhood. Once home, a couple of hours later, teeth chattering, I received the obligatory, â&#x20AC;&#x153;If you get the flu, donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t come running to me!â&#x20AC;? My soaking gloves, shoes and socks were laid across the brick hearth to be baked dry within minutes as I climbed into a pair of flannel pajamas layered beneath a pair of jeans and a sweater. So I watched the news, nodding understandingly at all those stuck in their cars overnight throughout the deep South. I even understood their desire to abandon their vehicles as they tried to make their way home or to any sort of shelter. I would have done the very same thing - less for the warm embrace of a welcoming family, mind you, but more for a pot of beans.

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Learn about prediabetes and how to know if you are at risk Dear Savvy Senior, My 62-year-old sister was recently diagnosed with type 2 diabetes and was surprised when the doctor told her that she’s probably had it or prediabetes for many years. My question is what determines prediabetes and how can you know if you have it? Surprised Senior Dear Surprised, Underlying today’s growing epidemic of type 2 diabetes is a much larger epidemic called prediabetes, which is when the blood sugar levels are higher than normal but not high enough to be called diabetes. The National Institutes of Health estimates that as many as 79 million Americans today have prediabetes. Left untreated, it almost always turns into type 2 diabetes within 10 years. If you have prediabetes, the

long-term damage it can cause – especially to your heart and circulatory system – may already be starting. The good news is that prediabetes doesn’t mean that you’re destined for full-blown diabetes. Prediabetes can actually be reversed, and diabetes prevented, by making some simple lifestyle changes like losing weight, exercising, eating a healthy diet and cutting back on carbohydrates. Or, if you need more help, oral medications may also be an option. Get checked? Prediabetes typically causes no outward symptoms, so most people that have it don’t realize it. The only way to know for sure is to get a blood test. Everyone age 45 years or older should consider getting tested for prediabetes, especially if you are overweight with a body mass

index (BMI) above 25. See cdc. gov/bmi to calculate your BMI. If you are younger than 45 but are overweight, or have high blood pressure, a family history of diabetes, or belong to an ethnic group (Latino, Asian, African or Native American) at high risk for diabetes, you too should get checked. To help you determine your risk of diabetes, the American Diabetes Association has a quick, online quiz you can take for free at Diabetes tests There are several tests your doctor can give you to determine whether you have prediabetes like the “fasting blood glucose test “or the “oral glucose tolerance test,” that each require an eight-hour fast before you take it. The “hemoglobin A1C test,” that can be taken any time regardless of when you ate. If you’re reluctant to visit your doctor to get tested, an alternative is to test yourself. To do that, you’ll need to purchase an A1C home test kit that measures your average blood glucose over the past two to three months.

The ReliOn A1c Test sold at Walmart (or for $9 is a popular option. With this test kit, you provide a small blood sample (about a drop), and send it to the lab in a postage-paid return mailer for analysis. The results are usually sent back within a week. A1C tests measure the percentage of glucose in the bloodstream. A reading of 5.7 to 6.4 percent is considered prediabetes, while 6.5 percent or greater is diabetes. If you find that you are prediabetic or diabetic, you need to see your doctor to develop a plan to get it under control. For more information on prediabetes and diabetes visit the American Diabetes Association at, and the National Diabetes Education Program (, which also offers dozens of free publications you can order online or by calling 888-693-6337. Send your senior questions to: Savvy Senior, P.O. Box 5443, Norman, OK 73070, or visit Jim Miller is a contributor to the NBC Today show and author of “The Savvy Senior” book.

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Girl Scout Troop 124 serves community

Pictured above are girls from Troop 124 who delivered 238 food items to the Polk Baptist Association “Care Kitchen” during December. This was their fall community service project, and they plan for the collection to be on-going. They also returned on Dec. 21 to sing carols for the Care Kitchen dining guests. The troop, made up of young girls from Polk and Rutherford counties, meets regularly at Faith Baptist Church in Mill Spring. Pictured front row, left to right: Tori Thompson, Lacey Gosnell, Lily Gosnell, Lauren Beheler and Tali Thompson. Cheyenne Jennings is on second row. (photo submitted by Ann Carswell)


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Clowning with Avner at Super Saturday “I laughed for two solid hours -- the show lasted an hour and a half.”

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WCCR presents Valentine program Monday, Feb. 17 The Western Carolina Classic Radio Club will meet Monday. Feb. 17 at 2 p.m. The program will take place in Studio 118 on the Polk ICC campus. In keeping with the Valentine Day spirit, there will be a

radio/TV club comedy special presentation with love and possibly a marriage relationship featuring some of the club’s favorite players. Professor Hoyt will keep everyone guess-

ing with his excellent trivia quiz. Come hear it for yourself; everyone is welcome to this free community program. – article submitted by Bob Reynolds

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He calls himself “Avner the Eccentric.” He is an American vaudeville performer - a clown, a mime, a juggler, slight-of-hand magician, international stage and film actor, and he has been called “a clown for the thinking man and the most exacting child.” Just the artist for Super Saturday. Avner will bring his truly unique comedy to the Tryon Movie Theater March 15 with back-to-back performances at 1:15 and 2:30 p.m., sure to delight audiences of all ages. Joel Siegel of ABC-TV said of Avner, “I laughed for two solid hours -- the show lasted an hour and a half.” During his wide-ranging career, Avner played the title role of “the Jewel” in the Michael Douglas/Kathleen Turner film “The Jewel of the Nile.” He took his own shows to the Edinburgh Festival, Israel Festival, Festival of American Mime and the International Festival du Cirque in Monte Carlo. He has performed on Broadway and Off-Broadway, at Renaissance fairs, and spent time as a puppeteer and teacher of theatre skills. Now Tryon has him for all of Super Saturday. The ticket Round Robin to fill

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