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Tryon Daily Bulletin Progress Annual Edition

Late 1930s in the pressroom of the Tryon Daily Bulletin. From left: unknown, Seth M. Vining Sr. (founder), Elbert H. Arledge (founder of Arledge Printers), E.E. Missildine (Missildine’s Pharmacy), Ralph Erskine and Charles J. Lynch (Realtor), seated. Photo by Hansel Mieth, from the collection of Carol Erskine Bartol.




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The Bulletin’s theme this year for its annual Progress edition is “Getting to Know You.” Through this special issue we will present the personal stories of a variety of local businesses. We all have stories, but we don’t all have an opportunity in our busy work lives to share them with others we come in contact with each day. In this special issue, these businesses jumped at the chance to do just that - share the stories behind what they do. Have you ever met June Beddingfield of Seasons Home Care - she and her staff become a part of their clients’ families. Did you know that at 19 years old the owner of Watson’s purchased his business from his dad? Gold Exchange owners bring family and faith into their daily lives and use those principals to remind themselves how to be good business people. At Tryon Health and Fitness, Tina Durbin shares the power of health and fitness with clients. Dentistry 2000 and Dr. Cotty aim to bring a softer touch to dentistry, while Mike Karaman touts craftsmanship. Mike Ashworth talks about how fitness and finance play into his day, while Justin McDaniel wants prospective clients to know he’s here for them. In the newspaper business it’s our job to let you know even small tidbits of information to help influence your decisions each day. Were you aware that Lake Lure Classical Academy offers bus transportation for students in Polk County? The Blue Ridge BBQ and Music Festival celebrates 20 years this summer. Hospice House of the Carolinas is waiting to offer peace



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to families dealing with illness in a homelike setting, while Owen’s Pharmacy continues to pride themselves on service even after all these years. At Landrum Veterinary Hospital a pet owner can feel confident that Dr. Raines and her staff will find them answers quickly and offer them high-tech or holistic solutions. Once you’re done taking your furry friends there, drive by Dark Corner Diner and get a scrumptious treat for you and one for Fido! If you’ve eaten too many Dark Corner Diner delights, head over to Pro Physical Therapy in Columbus. They’ll take care of your personal fitness or physical therapy needs. Of course, there is also Dr. Walters who can make sure those pearly whites stay bright. After all other dentists come to him! Last, but not least, there is Henthorn Architecture, which is building the future of beautiful abodes in the foothills. The idea is that there is something unique about the people behind every business in our area and you owe it to yourself to get to know their owners - you might just find you have more in common with them than you realize.

Help for life’s seasons: Seasons Home Care When June Beddingfield steps across the front Seasons Home Care door of a client’s home she aims to become part of the 2060 Lynn Rd., family. Columbus After all, the families seeking her help place their 828-859-0147 loved ones’ well being in her hands. She said the care she and aides with Seasons Home Care provide is vital to these individuals. “I would like to think when someone calls me, they know that their parents are my parents while they are away,” Beddingfield said. Beddingfield opened Seasons Home Care in October 2011 with the purpose of serving an aging Polk County population. Beddingfield began working in the medical field in 1984, going into home health care in 1994. For years she saw, through first hand experience, the need for home health care help. Polk County did not have a home care company and Beddingfield felt strongly the area needed one. Seasons Home Care steps in to care for individuals when families are stretched too thin to do so on a daily basis themselves. “Polk County still has many residents in it that were born and raised here and they deserve the luxury of growing old at home,” Beddingfield said. Beddingfield said this might seem like a luxury to some because they may no longer be able to take care of the daily tasks they once did. Without a child or other family member to assist, they have nowhere to turn. Home health aids working with Seasons provide services on varying levels. Some clients might require a one-hour safety check once or twice a day; meanwhile, other clients might need 16 to 24 hours of constant care.

Beddingfield said one of the key services Seasons offers is home management. “If you’ve ever been sick for any length of time, you can understand how difficult it can be to keep things going,” Beddingfield said. “You look around and think, ‘If someone could just sweep that floor; if someone could just wash those dishes, things would be OK.’” One client for example, often needs his aide to check food in his home because his low vision prevents him from seeing when mold has grown on food. When she finds mold on his favorite food – corn bread – she’ll throw it out and make him a fresh pan. Aides also regularly provide transportation to doctor’s appointments and the grocery store, Beddingfield said. Polk County is blessed with a large population of senior adults who have lived remarkable lives. Some led major national corporations and others worked bluecollar jobs every day to care for their families. All deserve to live his or her last years with dignity and comfort, Beddingfield said. “Everyone wants to tell their story to someone who cares. They can tell us their story 100 times and we listen,” she said. “I think that is the good thing about not being a national chain; the clients become part of the family.” The real key to Seasons, Beddingfield said, is that it is not her company to take with her. Seasons Home Care is after all a 501 (c)(3) organization. “This company will stay in Polk County – I’d love for it to be here in another 40 years.” To reach Seasons Home Care, call 828-859-0147 or visit GETTING TO KNOW YOU 5

Your friendly flooring and appliance store

Watsons Furniture Flooring Appliances 84 W. Mills St., Columbus. 828-894-5150 107 S. Alabama Ave. Chesnee, S.C. 864-461-7317


When Arthur Watson was 18 years old, he was 50/50 owner of an appliance store in Chesnee, S.C. with his father and by the time he was 19, he owned the store out right. Appliances, furniture and flooring is all Watson has ever known. There are now three locations of Watsons, the largest store located in Chesnee, one in Columbus and a scratch and dent warehouse in Mayo, S.C. Watson, now 71, has owned stores for the past 53 years. He said he tried to retire when he was 65 and during the downturn of the economy his two sons were running the stores and called him to come back to work while he was then living in Florida. “At their age, they’d never seen hard times,” Watson said. “They didn’t know to cut the lights off and run the stores with full staff even with no customers.” Growing up in Chesnee, Watson’s father owned a store and when his father’s health began to fail, he bought his father out at the young age of 19. “This was the only thing I knew,” Watson said. “I didn’t look back, didn’t think of it. I just worked day and night.” Watson’s ties to Polk County come from his wife of 53 years, Rebecca, whose uncle was the first Republican sheriff ever elected in the county, Lloyd Westbrooks. Watson says when he started his first store he did it with $1,500, when he sold sofas for $100 and refrigera-

tors for $298. His first store in Chesnee began with 5,000 square feet and now it’s grown to 25,000 square feet. He says his largest sales come from scratch and dents. “We sell them like hot cakes,” Watson said. In fact, he says even people building million-dollar homes buy scratch and dent appliances because you can get them from Watson for up to 40 percent off. The best years of business have come in the last two years for Watson and he says he thinks it’s because he offers that hometown feel and customer service that big box stores can’t offer. When you walk into Watson’s stores, it won’t be unusual to have three employees greet and help you, something you can’t get at larger companies. And the service isn’t the only reason for success. Watson’s prices are lower than what customers can find at the big box stores. “Other stores are trained to sell up,” Watson said. “People that come in here don’t get treated that way. We try to find your best fit for what you need. If you need a low-end washer, that’s what we’ll find you.” Located at 84 Mills Street, Columbus, Watson Furniture, Flooring and Appliances sells all appliances, all flooring and furniture including couches, recliners and beds. The store also offers decorating services. The Columbus store is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. For more information call 828-894-5150.

The Gold Exchange

The Gold Exchange 2633 Lynn Rd., Tryon. 828-305-3696

The Gold Exchange in Tryon has turned buying gold and silver into a family business. Bobby Rice Jr. runs the store with his sister, Rita Harris and their father, Bobby Sr. Bobby Jr. is the oldest of four children from Bobby Sr. and Estella Raines Hutchins (mother), then there’s Rita, Stella and Danny. And then there’s Bobby Jr.’s almost four-year old son, Caleb, who knows a thing or two himself about the best purchases. Caleb does all the modeling for the store’s advertisements and when he’s not “working” at the store, he enjoys being outside, monster trucks and spending time with his 16 nieces and nephews, six of whom are older than him. Bobby Jr., who is originally from the Enka/Candler area and now lives in Rutherford County with his wife Diane, first opened the store four years ago and has been dealing gold for the past eight or nine years. Bobby Jr. came from a big family, as Bobby Sr. was one of 19 children. Bobby Sr.’s father the Rev. Henry Rice preached for 75 years until he died in 1996 at 100 years old. Henry had over 100 grandchildren, over 100 great-grandchildren and many great-great grandchildren. Bobby Jr. said he thinks they just stopped counting at 100. At the Gold Exchange, the customer can feel confident knowing they are getting the best deal around from an honest and faithful dealer. “My grandfather always told me your word is your bond,” Bobby Jr. said. “I’ve always tried to live by that.”

When walking in the Gold Exchange you may notice Christian music playing in the background from our local Columbus WJFJ 1160am station. Bobby Jr. says while he would never push his faith on a customer, he always makes himself available to listen with whoever may need him. He says he’s not only here to provide a service, but people come in who may have things going on in their life and just want to talk; he is always willing to listen but never gives advice. Bobby Jr. says he always tries to recognize the opportunities God lays before him to help someone. “Because you never know who God may put before you,” Bobby Jr. says. “You don’t know what’s going on in their life and don’t know if that moment is going to be their last opportunity.” Everything he has belongs to God, he says. “God allows me enough to support my family and that’s all I need,” Bobby Jr. said. The Gold Exchange purchases a variety of items, including gold, silver, platinum and coins. The family also purchases items that people may not know hold value such as flatware, watches, paper money and military items as well other items. Bobby Jr. used to pick for antique stores and can also put his customers in touch with dealers for many other items they may be interested in selling. The Gold Exchange is located 2633 Lynn Road, Tryon next to the Lynn Post Office. For more information call 828-305-3696.


Passion for health & fitness

Tryon Health & Fitness 66 Academy St., Tryon. 828-859-5935


Having three kids back-to-back left Tina Durbin in a physical disaster during her 40s. High blood pressure, weight and blood sugar issues plagued her constantly and caused her to hurt all the time. That was 25 years ago. “I know fitness has healed me,” Durbin said. “I’ve never had a surgery or spent the night in the hospital. I’ve been very, very fortunate; I’ll say God has used exercise to do that for me.” Durbin slowly pulled herself out of bad health by exercising at home. Eventually she improved her blood pressure and lost weight; her doctor was impressed. “So I thought if the doctor thought what I’ve done is great, I need to do this for others,” she said. She started out slowly by teaching classes three times a week in a low-income housing project and at her husband’s office. Before long she was teaching aerobics at the Spartanburg YMCA and eventually became the aerobics director. “I have such a passion for this that I would teach classes outside if that is what I have to do,” Durbin said. Durbin has no need to teach outside though. Instead she teaches inside Tryon Health and Fitness surrounded by state-of-the-art equipment such as new Pilates machines and LifeFitness treadmills with personal TVs to entertain an individual as they walk, jog or run. “We are trying to stay on the cutting edge of what is going on in fitness,” Durbin said. “I don’t think many people would expect the level of what we do to be in

Tryon but it is.” Durbin regularly attends fitness conferences to be on the forefront of fitness movements and new strategies to bring to clients. After 15 years in Tryon, Durbin and her staff continue a focus on keeping their clients in shape. Some of those clients have even worked out with her for all 15 years. Tryon Health and Fitness offers several types of yoga (including anti-aging yoga that helps muscles regain pliability), cardio-kickboxing, Zumba and a new class called “Weapons of Mass Destruction” taught by former Army drill sergeant Adam Palmer. Tryon Health and Fitness also offers indoor cycling and three instructors to teach Body Sculpting classes, plus takes things a step further in offering one-on-one instruction. “Our personal training program is really strong here; I probably train 35 people several times a week,” Durbin said. “I’ve got great members and I feel they deserve the best, so I try and give them the best that I feel I am qualified to give.” She said she fully believes exercise – particularly cardio – is the key to defeating disease like Type II diabetes. Keeping yourself interested and motivated is often the trouble, she said. At Tryon Health and Fitness the goal is to promote healthy lifestyles by always “shocking” the body by asking it to perform a variety of things to maintain flexibility and movement.

Dentistry 2000: dentistry with care Dentistry 2000 816 W. Mill St., Columbus. 828-894-2000

When Dr. David Cotty was in high school trying to figure out his way in the world, his mother said he would make a good dentist due to him being good with his hands. Turns out, his mother was right. When it came time for him to decide which way to go after college, dentistry was what he pursued and he keeps adding to his education. Dentistry 2000, located in Columbus has been providing dental services for 25 years in Polk County. Dr. Cotty attended high school in Germany and was able to graduate a year early. He then graduated from the College of Charleston and in 1985 obtained his doctor of dental medicine from the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston. He came to Tryon to take over Dr. Magnum’s practice before relocating his office to Columbus. When you walk into Dentistry 2000, it won’t be unusual to overhear patients talking with staff like they are best friends. “We treat everyone like family,” Dr. Cotty said. “It really is a nice atmosphere and I think people enjoy that when they come here. We all have a good time.” One of the most important things his staff offers patients is listening. He says “Oftentimes patients feel rushed and ignored when they go to a doctor’s office. We understand that feeling, “That’s why, at our office, we make it a daily commit-

ment to listen to our patients’ needs.” Dr. Cotty also says the most important approach to dentistry is gentleness and being careful. “We’re not under any constraints to rush through a certain quota of patients in order to meet our production goal,” he says. “We like to take our time, do a terrific job on your teeth and get to know you as a patient and as a friend.” He leaves it up to the patient to do nothing, to do some of the dentistry his office recommends or to complete all of the work they feel is ideal for the patient. Dr. Cotty provides a range of services, including general cleaning, root canals, oral surgeries, fillings, crowns, prosthodontics and orthodontics. Dr. Cotty introduced orthodontics to his practice about eight years ago. “I love all of it,” said Dr. Cotty. “I consider myself blessed to wake up in the morning to work in a profession I truly love and I am able to help my patients. Dentistry to me is like a canvas to an artist. I enjoy the creative process of being a dentist, the craftsmanship and the challenges that I have to face every day. It’s always new, never boring and it continuously challenges me to be on top of my game.” Dr. Cotty has three children and in his spare time enjoys golf. For more information about Dentistry 2000, located at 816 W. Mills St., Suite E, Columbus, N.C., call 828-894-2000 or visit


Crafting quality Karaman Properties, Inc. 42 Forest Ridge Ln. Tryon. 866-450-6592


At Karaman Properties, Inc., we provide you, our residential and commercial customers, with the quality building services you deserve, and the exceptional workmanship you desire. We demand excellence in every aspect of what we do. We build lasting, functional, and attractive structures, and with our unlimited classification, we are ready to take on any project, regardless of size. We are highly skilled at building additions, remodeling, and restoring historic structures to their original state. We are proficient at adding modern conveniences to your historic structure while cleverly keeping them out of sight to ensure that vintage look and style you love. Home improvements are crucial to maintaining and increasing the value of any home or business property. Our skilled crew provides quality repairs and improvements as well as creative solutions for those problem spaces. Call Karaman Properties, Inc. when you’re ready to commence construction on your new dream home or commercial project. We can build your structure starting from the foundation, and ending with your vision and finished product. Regardless of any functional and geographical roadblocks, our creative solutions and crew are skilled at taking your dream and making it a reality. Our long list of satisfied customers will be happy

to share stories of our excellence. And we’re happy to provide references upon request! We look forward to hearing from you! Call Mike Karaman at 828-8172965. If Mike Karaman looks familiar, he first came to Polk County as the first plant manager for the Timken Company in 1994. He was an active member in the community serving on the Polk County Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors and Blue Ridge BBQ Steering Committee until he was transferred to Ohio in 2000. Mike and his wife, Kim had fallen in love with Polk County and vowed to return to Polk County in retirement. Corporate life led Mike to Ohio, Asheboro, N.C. and Wuxi, China before leaving the company in 2009. Beginning in 1988, Mike’s personal experience as a real estate investor and later a developer, provided him the opportunity to learn all aspects of construction, repairs, renovations and improvements. This led Mike to become a licensed contractor in 2005. His corporate experience included overseeing the development and expansion of several manufacturing facilities. In 2010, Andy Millard provided Mike the incentive to bring his hammer to Polk County and act as the general contractor for the Tryon Depot renovation project. Mike and Kim now reside in Tryon. Best kept secret about Mike Karaman? He’s the lead singer for the rock-n-roll band Nobody’s Fault. If you don’t like the band, it’s Nobody’s Fault!

Good Neighbor, State Farm Agent Kim Ryan

Kim Ryan - State Farm Insurance Agent 114 E Rutherford Street Landrum. 864-457-1042

Plush beige armchairs surrounded by decorative frames create a homey atmosphere that envelopes you as you step inside Kim Ryan’s State Farm office in downtown Landrum. “Our business is to get to know you so we can offer you the products and services that might help you in your life,” Ryan said of her work as a State Farm Agent. Ryan spent ten months prepping to open her own agency. She said the hard work and weekend after weekend away from family was worth the effort. Owning a State Farm agency allows Ryan to serve people and help them manage the risks of everyday life while planning for the future. Ryan, who grew up in Ohio, spent most of her adult life in Florida working in a State Farm Agency. Her husband, Bill, a disabled New York City firefighter and Kim have two children – Billy, 16, and Maddie, 12. Billy, who’s life revolves around baseball, is looking forward to his first season on the Landrum Cardinals’ Varsity team. Maddie, meanwhile, is very academic and interested in activities like art and drama at Rainbow Middle School. It was Ryan’s father who introduced the family to the Upstate. Ryan’s father moved here seven years ago and throughout those years Ryan and her family would

drive up from Florida to visit. The Ryan’s loved Landrum but missed the water activities in Florida. “If I can just sit for 10 minutes and look at the water, I’m at peace,” Ryan said. Then the family found Lake Bowen, which would allow them to swim, jet ski and go tubing. Before long both Kim, Bill and the kids then realized that the Upstate offered everything they wanted for their home. “I originally moved here to spend more time on family and then State Farm came back into my life in a really cool way by offering me the opportunity to open the new State Farm Agency in Landrum. It’s been a path that I couldn’t have scripted better,” Ryan said. Coming to settle on a church family was just another indication of life pointing the Ryans to Landrum as home. The family decided to join St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Tryon and discovered another piece of home. Serving as a deacon at the church was “Deacon Joe.” Deacon Joe had also served as deacon in the Ryan’s church in Deerfield Beach, Florida. “This man knew my son from the time he was in second grade,” Ryan said. “We were so involved in that church … so it’s like a little bit of home came with us.” State Farm agent Kim Ryan’s office is located at 114 E Rutherford St., Landrum, S.C. 29356. She can be reached at 864-457-1042.


Wells Fargo Advisors, LLC

Wells Fargo Advisors LLC 187 N. Trade St. Tryon. 828-859-9499


Wells Fargo Advisors LLC Branch Manager and Senior Vice President-Investment Officer Mike Ashworth has worn many hats since he came to Tryon from Raleigh three years ago. And whether it’s finances, coaching youth sports or sponsoring area events, Wells Fargo and Ashworth’s aim is to help the community in any way they can. Mike’s latest passion has been sponsoring and running in area races. Wells Fargo sponsored Tryon’s first Half Marathon held last November that benefited the Thermal Belt Outreach Ministry. In January, Mike ran his first 26.2-mile marathon in Charleston, S.C. Mike said he’s always enjoyed recreational running and tried to train himself for marathons but kept getting injured until he signed up with local trainer Katie Malone. Mike and his wife, Amy, have four children; Susanna, 8; Harrison, 6; Brinson, 4 and Claire, who just turned a year old. Mike is a youth baseball coach and an active vol-

unteer with Polk County Youth Sports. He also serves on the boards for Thermal Belt Outreach Ministry and Polk Wellness. Mike says he has always wanted to be a part of a community where he could help people and make a difference. “Thankfully I have the ability with Wells Fargo to give back,” Mike says, “especially giving back to the kids in this community.” Mike grew up in Emporia, Va. and graduated from N.C. State University. He originally thought that he would go into accounting, but ended up with a double major in Accounting and Business Management with a concentration in Finance. He said he had put off a finance class early on because he didn’t think he’d enjoy it and turns out, finance is what clicked. For more information about Wells Fargo Advisors LLC, visit the office, located at 187 North Trade Street in downtown Tryon or call 828-859-9499 or toll free at 800-688-9499.

Our house is your house

Hospice House of the Carolina Foothills 260 Fairwinds Road Landrum. 864-457-9122

Photo credit: Samantha Michael

A hospice patient living with end-stage heart disease suffers an acute episode of pain and shortness of breath… A man with lung cancer is discharged from the hospital with hospice care, but his situation calls for further stabilization before he can return to his home… A woman is exhausted from caring for her terminally-ill mother, and simply needs a few days to rest and restore her own emotional and physical health… These are all plausible scenarios for seeking out the services offered by Hospice of the Carolina Foothills Hospice House. Hospice care is about quality of life. Whether patients stay at Hospice House for a week and then return home, or are living their final days, they receive expert and compassionate care in a comfortable homelike environment where family and friends are encouraged to visit and where children and well-behaved pets spread joy. Doctors, nurses, nursing assistants, social workers, chaplains, and volunteers offer physical, emotional and spiritual support. Medical staff is on site around the clock, seven days a week, every day of the year. “What an outstanding staff of caring and professional care workers! From the nurses to the pastor; everyone was so helpful and sensitive. The rooms were absolutely beautiful and the outside was as pristine as any well-manicured, four-star hotel. It was a light at the end of a very dark tunnel,” writes a woman from Campobello, whose parent stayed at Hospice House. The staff is assisted by dozens of dedicated volunteers — from friendly greeters to office support, patient companions to food servers. People with green thumbs, along with the cooks, tend a vegetable garden so that patients can enjoy fresh, nutritious veggies with

their meals. “The volunteer that helped with our family was one wonderful person. She also stayed with us until the end. We could never thank her enough,” writes one family member. Some of the most popular volunteers have paws. Caring Canines therapy dogs offer unconditional love and comfort to animal-loving patients and families. The 18,000-square-foot, 12-bed facility is located on 14 wooded acres in Landrum, SC, offering a serene and private refuge for those who need it. In addition to patient rooms, relatives and friends can gather in the family room, nourish the soul in the chapel, have a snack in the dining room, and allow kids to be kids in the children’s playroom. Outside, guests can wander through the flower gardens, or sit in the sun on one of the many benches. They can also stroll the Path of Remembrance, “paved” with bricks and pavers that commemorate loved ones of all types--parents, children, mentors, friends, hospice patients, caregivers and beloved pets. Since March 2009, Hospice House has been a nurturing and essential part of the upstate community, serving 800 patients, and their families, from cities, towns, and rural communities of Polk, Spartanburg and Greenville counties. In the words of a Columbus family, “We really did feel like we were home (only better).” If you would like more information about Hospice House, call 864-457-9100 directly. For information about any of the services provided by Hospice of the Carolina Foothills, contact our Information Desk at 828-894-7000 or 1-800-617-7132, or visit online at


Growing with Lake Lure Classical

Lake Lure Classical Academy 2520 Memorial Hwy, Lake Lure, N.C. 828-625-9292


Any committed gardener knows some plants need more than water to grow. They require nutrientfilled soil, enriching sunlight and attentive care. Lake Lure Classical Academy (LLCA) focuses on providing similar necessities to the growing minds, bodies and good character of their students. “We have an amazing group of talented teachers and staff that are dedicated to our students and work diligently to foster their abilities and prepare them for college,” said School Director Caroline Upchurch. Lake Lure Classical Academy opened in August 2010, a free local public school of choice, for students in grades K-7. Now in their third year LLCA has stretched its branches to the sky, adding over 135 students and expanding to serve grades K-9. “At LLCA your children can start here in Kindergarten and graduate from our high school as we will be a K-12 school by 2015-2016,” Upchurch said. LLCA utilizes the rich and robust Core Knowledge Curriculum to enhance the states common core standards. And our teachers work hard to incorporate what they learn in class into tangible working examples. Like our second graders who read Charles Dickens, then they built an entire Dickens Village. Or our ninth grade students, who discovered

the mystery of Egypt during history then crafted Egyptian masks in art. At LLCA “we strive for excellence in state testing and use our fantastic curriculum gets kids excited about what they are learning” said Upchurch. LLCA is proud to “offer a number of after school opportunities for students to become part of our family environment” said Upchurch. Opportunities through our athletics such as flag football, boys and girls basketball, cross-country, girls softball, baseball, soccer and golf. LLCA also offers art club, chorus, village band, rock band, Greek club and outdoor club. “Kids have talents in a lot of different areas and we want to be able to provide them an experience that enhances those talents,” Upchurch said. A quarter of the academy’s student population hails from Polk County, with three convenient bus stops located in the area. Class size averages around 17 students and LLCA is looking around the corner at opening a brand new building in 2014. Next year LLCA will be adding our tenth grade, junior varsity sports picking up wrestling and possibly track and we will be adding Spanish in grades K-6. Applications for the 2013-2014 school year are available on our school website at www.llca.teamcfa. org.


Blue Ridge BBQ & Music Festival

Blue Ridge BBQ & Music Festival June 14 and 15, 2013 Harmon Field, Tryon. 10 a.m. - 11 p.m.


Meet the Pig People These folks have been working since the end of last year’s Blue Ridge BBQ & Music Festival—which was one of the best ever!—to bring you even MORE FUN in June this year, when the whole town will be celebrating 20 years of Fantastic Festival Fun. What are they planning? First of all, they’re inviting EVERYONE to attend -- admission is FREE to ALL from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Friday. And to show the community’s love for its service people, all active duty personnel get in free with military ID. Look for the 20th Anniversary Display at the Chamber of Commerce tent. It’ll showcase some of the best of the best over the past two decades of the festival. And, there will be the usual great things to eat— around 90 teams from all across the country will be on hand to compete in the Kansas City BBQ Societysanctioned contest, and some of the best of them will be selling their great barbecue to the public. And, of course, there’ll be other vendors with all the trimmings plus delicious desserts and refreshing beverages. They’re also working up another fabulous lineup of entertainers for both the Main Stage and the Riverside Stage. There will be MUSIC and more for everyone to enjoy!

Rides and Carnival games for kids of all ages are a perennial favorite, and this June will be no exception. Oneprice ride bracelets will be available for three convenient time periods each day. The Arts and Crafts Festival is sure to draw some of the region’s finest artists, and they’ll not only be displaying and selling their artwork, but many also will be demonstrating their skills. It’s a juried show, so quality is to be expected. Year after year, people start their Christmas shopping here. Saturday brings some extras. . . Like the 3rd annual Classic Car Show. 200 or more are expected to be on display, and they’re sure to bring back memories for many. The Hawgs will be back, too. It’s fun to watch them come streaming in with their chrome all shiny. There are two separate “Hawg Run for Fun” events--one originating in Greenville and the other in Asheville. Motorcycle riders pick up playing cards at stops along the way, and when they arrive at the festival, the best poker hand for each event wins a prize. And last but not least, on Saturday night there will be a Fireworks Extravaganza to close out the 2013 celebration. Volunteers are the heart of the Festival. If you’d like to get involved, or if you need more information, visit

In good hands with McDaniel

Justin McDaniel - Allstate Agent 155 W Mills St. #106 Columbus. 828-894-3269

When a client walks into Justin McDaniel’s Allstate agency in Columbus the last thing he wants them to feel is intimidated. No one should feel like they need to don a suit to be taken seriously or fear they might be gouged because they don’t understand the lingo. McDaniel said he doesn’t want potential clients to stress over not understanding how insurance works or where to begin when deciding what plan is right for them. After all that’s what the agency is there to do – provide you with the coverage you need. Working with McDaniel to do so are longtime employees Xavier Martinez and Nancy Myrick and financial specialist Thomas Haislop. “With every client we break down what we offer into simple, relatable language and help them make an informed decision about what coverage to get based on their needs.” Did you just buy a boat and want to make sure it’s covered? Maybe your wife just had a baby and you’re pondering whether or not to add life insurance. The agency provides insurance plans for auto and recreational vehicles, homes, life and retirement plans. Within those categories, and others, a client can find a litany of services to fit their personal needs. Justin McDaniel grew up in Shelby, N.C. and considers himself a small-town guy at heart. He chose the Lynn/Columbus area for his agency because the area

had that same feel, he said. “I like working closely with people,” McDaniel said. “I don’t want anyone to feel like they are just another person walking through the door. We want the client to know they can call us for just about anything.” McDaniel stands behind his word. He has, after all, been up on a client’s roof, helped clients cut down trees and picked one client up from the side of the road when he ran out of gas. “Our goal is that everybody is completely satisfied,” McDaniel said. “We have people who come in just to talk and update us on their lives. Without the client, we wouldn’t be here.” McDaniel moved the agency to Columbus from Lynn four years ago, but McDaniel himself has been in the industry 14 years now. When he’s not wrapped up in working on policies for clients, McDaniel said he looks to spend his time by being active playing golf, basketball or soccer, spending time with his extended family or maybe even attending a college football game in the fall. The agency also sponsors area youth baseball and soccer teams. McDaniel has even helped as a volunteer conditioning coach with the Polk County Middle School soccer team. He said in the end he wants potential clients to get to know him so they feel like they can count on him to have their best interests in mind at all times.


Where customer service never goes out of style

Owen’s Pharmacy 38 N Trade St., Tryon. 828-859-9181


The bell bottoms and paisley print tops gracing faithful customers to Owen’s Pharmacy back in the 1960s faded quickly from the covers of fashion magazines, but the customer service offered inside this neighborhood pharmacy never went out of style. Owen’s Pharmacy provides the same one-on-one quality care as it did back then. “We are the only family-owned, independent pharmacy left in Tryon and possibly Polk County,” said co-owner Steve Cobb. “When you call, you get to talk to a person and you don’t have to wait hours, or days, for your prescriptions.” When Dean Butler purchased the store in 1961 from Fred Owen, he kept the pharmacy’s name because he knew it meant so much to the community’s history. Mr. Owen opened the pharmacy in 1939 and really ran it as more of a 5-and Dime. When the Butlers owned it, the pharmacy included a soda fountain too. Melanie (Butler) Campbell-Cobb said she and all four of her brothers worked there in some capacity. “I started out washing dishes in the soda fountain when I was just a child,” Melanie said. “It was a rite of passage.” And since that time, Melanie and Steve’s kids have also given their stint of time to the pharmacy. Even those who aren’t blood-related become like family once

they cross through the pharmacy door. “We continue to strive to be more than just a pharmacy to people,” said Steve, “though the pharmacy profession is not what it was when Mr. Butler owned it.” The store offers much more than prescriptions, or over-the-counter remedies. Towers of greeting cards, magazines and stationery flank aisles stocked full of daily needs such as vitamins, toothpaste and shaving cream. Owen’s even carries plush stuffed animals, entertaining and educational games and cases of jewelry or home décor to give as gifts. For the Cobbs’, owning Owens Pharmacy is about more than meeting a bottom line or filling a prescription. They want their business to continue to succeed to keep alive a unique standard of business. “We support the community and we give back because we live here,” said Melanie. “That’s why you live in a small town, so you can be involved with your community and know your customers by name.” The staff at Owen’s Pharmacy request one thing of the community … “Let our family take care of your family.” Owen’s Pharmacy is located at 38 N. Trade Street in the heart of Tryon. You can reach them at 828-8599181, by visiting or find them on facebook.

High-tech to holistic care

Landrum Veterinary Hospital 1600 E. Rutherford St., Landrum. 864-457-3351

As Dr. Donna Raines of Landrum Veterinary Hospital examines a new patient – a kitten that cannot use its back legs or even a screech owl with a broken wing – she puts to use a breadth of veterinary knowledge. “It’s easy to rely just on what you learned in medical school and think there is only one way to do things,” she said. “But there are a lot of options out there and an enormous amount of value in alternative medicine.” Raines said when a pet owner brings in a beloved furry friend they want the best care possible for that animal, just as they would for any member of their family. They also want answers quickly. Prompt answers are where the high-tech end of Dr. Raines practice comes into play. “When you come here we can get a better diagnosis more quickly,” Raines said. “When your pet is sick you want to know what’s wrong with them sooner rather than later. With this new X-ray equipment you don’t have to wait for an answer tomorrow.” Landrum Vet’s new equipment provides an X-ray image in about six seconds, Raines said. In the last four years the clinic has also obtained all new blood and

dental equipment, as well as making available the latest in medication for pets. New dental equipment allows Dr. Raines’ staff to complete a cleaning or even extract a tooth in a less invasive manner. A vaccination line known as Purevax, meanwhile, is meant to offer felines vaccinations without as high of an instance of reaction or tumors at the injection site down the road. At the same time, Raines and her staff want patients to know they can also provides a range of holistic medication to their beloved pets as well. Landrum Vet uses acupuncture to treat patients who have not found help with traditional medicine. “Acupuncture is excellent for pain control for older dogs with arthritis and we offer something known as Standard Process that assists the body in self-healing. From the itchy patient to the heart patient – we get good results.” Raines said in the end her practice wants pet owners to be as present and involved in their pets’ overall treatment so the best outcomes can be reached. “It all makes for better medicine and allows us to provide the most comprehensive care possible,” she said.


Moveable morsels

Dark Corner Diner Wednesdays, roaming 11:30 a.m. – 2 p.m. Fridays, downtown Landrum 11:30 a.m. – 2 p.m. Saturdays, roving but often at the old Celtic Tavern 11:30 a.m. – 2 p.m.


Virginia Maclure places a platter of macadamia nut bars outside her window knowing exactly what comes next. As the smell of the nutty dessert morsels wafts through the air, tongues come wagging. No, we’re not talking about her service dog Hubert trotting over, though he’d probably love to try a bite. We’re actually talking about anxious customers making their way to place orders at her Dark Corner Diner food truck when it sets up shop in Landrum or at the state line. “My friends come and everybody supports me,” she said. “Even if they can only come and buy one little thing once a week, they make an effort to be there. We have one woman who comes to grab lunch from us each Saturday. ” Not positive mushroom and sherry soup would fulfill your need for flavorful warmth? Maybe you are intrigued by curried artichoke and rice salad. “That’s the reason we offer samples, so people will try new things and be exposed to foods they weren’t sure they’d like,” Maclure said. “I’m glad people can finally get a taste for what homemade stuff is like.” The diner’s mouthwatering combinations include a plethora of vegetarian options, since those seem to be one of the most requested at the food truck. “We’ve got more veggie stuff because it seems the vegetarians have come out of the closet,” Maclure said. “So, we have a sandwich with marinated chickpeas, roasted red peppers and olives that is incredibly popular.” Customers seeking a meaty dish grab the roast beef sandwich with radish slaw, greens, black pepper mayo and hot grilled red onion. Maclure doesn’t keep her menu stagnant – every week she’s using her neighbors and friends as taste testers for her latest concoctions. Next on the agenda, breakfast offerings each Saturday from 7-9 a.m. during the Landrum Farmers Markets beginning in June. Maclure said she can’t wait for those sunny summer days when she can enhance the food truck experience with pop-up picnic tables for customers to sit and enjoy their meals. “We have great energy in the truck,” Maclure said of the fun she and employees have each day. “I just can’t wait now for pretty weather so we can set out tables and get that full community feel we’ve been after.” Until those warmer, sunny days, Maclure is spreading the cheer from her truck into the cars of customers who can pull right up to her window and through catering work on site at many companies around Upstate South Carolina and western North Carolina. Don’t worry about Hubert, or your four-legged friends waiting in your own truck or horse trailer, Maclure comes prepared to each site with treats to entice their taste buds too. To keep up with Dark Corner Diner, visit www. or find them on Facebook.

Wellness is at our core Pro Physical Therapy Health & Fitness 60 Shuford Rd., Columbus. 828-894-0277

Stepping through the doors of PRO Physical Therapy & Health & Fitness, one often cannot distinguish the businesses two major focuses- physical therapy clients and regular fitness clients, mostly because they co-exist wonderfully there. “I think what makes us unique is that we have both sides – physical therapy and fitness,” said Owner Dan LaPlaca. “We become a lifelong resource for our clients.” PRO Physical Therapy opened 10 years ago, adding the fitness side of the business four years later. LaPlaca said what happens to be hot in fitness right now is something his staff has long believed in – functional fitness. This is a fun and efficient form of training that allows the exerciser to maximize their time exercising and produces amazing results combining multi-plane exercises and several muscle groups so that each movement is improving whole body strength, balance, flexibility and core stability. “Machine training alone ignores the way our bodies really work because by design it isolates muscle groups, where as functional training gets the whole body working in ways that quickly translate into improved performance.” “We’re all athletes in our own way, whether you are gardening for a few hours a week or functioning as a high-level golfer or equestrian, and we need to condition our bodies for those lives,” LaPlaca said. Some clients begin their journey to health at PRO by

starting in physical therapy to rehabilitate from illness, injury or surgery, while others join the fitness center never having had a need for therapy. If problems arise, therapy staff members are on site to screen and correct problems before they get worse. Certified professional trainers on staff due one on one and small group coaching. There are numerous exercises classes all included in membership including Use It or Lose It senior fitness, yoga, Zumba, SilverSneakers® classes and more. Beginning in March, PRO will launch senior circuit training. LaPlaca said PRO Physical Therapy’s overarching goal is to get and keep a person healthy. “Through physical therapy people restore their ability to move and function, but when they are finished they go home and don’t maintain what they’ve accomplished,” he said. “On the other hand an athlete may feel they’ve healed from an injury but without expert physical therapy they may never restore their full potential to return to the activities they love. We want to make sure they get there.” Aquatic exercise and massage are also offered on-site and are part of the full complement of wellness services. Many Medicare advantage plans and other insurance companies cover all or part of the cost of both physical therapy and even fitness memberships at PRO. For individuals without this insurance benefit, services are offered at very reasonable rates. Invest in your health and in your quality of life by discovering what PRO has to offer.. GETTING TO KNOW YOU 21

The dentist’s choice Dr. Paul Walters, DMD, PA 502 E. Rutherford St., Landrum. 864-457-3901


While every patient has his or her choice of dentists, not every dentist is another dentist’s choice. Dr. Paul Walters of Landrum is the choice of Dr. Raymond Meyers, DMD, who when considering retirement sought out someone who would provide his patients the care and compassion they had come to expect at his office. Not only did Dr. Meyers send his patients Dr. Walters’ way, but he also receives his own oral care from Dr. Walters. Dr. Walters has cared for patients in the foothills area for over 21 years having practiced in Landrum since 1992. A native of low country South Carolina near Charleston, Walters received a Bachelor of Science degree in Professional Biology from the Baptist College of Charleston in 1987. He earned a doctorate in Dental Medicine from the Medical University of South Carolina in 1991. He is currently a member of the Spartanburg County Dental Society, the South Carolina Dental Association and the American Dental Association. While at MUSC, Doctor Walters served as president of his graduating class and was voted by his peers to serve as life member to the Dental Alumni Board of MUSC. He was selected by the faculty to receive the National Society of Dental Practitioners Law and Ethics in Dentistry Award. He also served as a teachers’ assistant for the MUSC Department of Anatomy, was named a Hinman Scholar, was presented a Student Leadership Award by the administration, a Junior League of Charleston Scholarship during his sopho-

more year and received honors for research from the ADA/Dentsply Student Clinician program. After graduating from MUSC, Dr. Walters completed a general practice residency in clinical dentistry from Richland Memorial Hospital, Columbia, S.C. where he served as a mentor for other dentists in training. He is also a recent graduate of “DOCS” Oral Sedation Dentistry. He also served as a mentor for other dentists in the labs for cosmetic dentistry being a graduate of the NASH Institute for Cosmetic Dentistry. In his personal time, Dr. Walters enjoys giving back to his community and time with his wife, Tina, and 16-year old daughter, Merihazel. The Walters enjoy family outings at the beach and in the mountains. Dr. Walters is active in his church, First Baptist North Spartanburg, where he currently helps teach the 11th grade Sunday school class. Dr. Walters is also interested in local history, architecture, antiques and being outdoors. Dr. Walters says his staff of Melissa, Margaret, Lisa, Donna and Mary help create a family atmosphere at his office. His office hours and parking area will soon be expanding due to the community’s overwhelming response. Dr. Walters is accepting new patients at his 502 East Rutherford Street, Landrum location. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call 864457-3901 or visit

Constructing & designing quality Henthorn Architecture/Construction 170 Camelot Dr., Spartanburg, S.C. 864-595-2380

Mike Henthorn, AIA, is building his first home in the Polk County/Landrum area, doing what he does best; making it efficient. Architect and builder Henthorn is a Certified Master Builder of South Carolina, a LEED accredited professional and an EarthCraft House Certified builder. He is currently working on a 9,000 square foot home on North Pacolet Road just over the South Carolina line that he both designed and is building for a United Kingdom couple retiring to the area for her love of horses and his love of golf. Henthorn has lived in Spartanburg, S.C. since 1998 after coming from Chicago and Pheonix where he worked as an architect. Once he had his first child, he no longer wanted to travel and focused his time on building and renovating homes. “After being in construction for 30 years, I just realized custom design build is the most efficient way of getting houses built,” Henthorn says. “In design build, you have to be very transparent. It’s a matter of trust.”

Henthorn built his first LEED certified home in Spartanburg last year and builds every home as efficiently as possible even if the owner doesn’t want it certified. The house he is building on North Pacolet Road is on a 38-acre parcel known as Thanksgiving Hill, where a fox hunt is held every year. The property will be a small horse farm with a caretakers’ cottage already constructed by Henthorn. The home will include French overtones requested by the owners and will have stucco and stone with a slate roof. The property will also have a pool and terrace constructed outside as well as a horse barn and a theatre and fitness room inside. Henthorn’s specialty is in modern, contemporary, high-end design builds, but he says he’s happy to construct or renovate a home designed by someone else. “My homes focus on energy efficiency,” Henthorn says. “Even if the home is not of my design, I focus on building it as efficiently as I can.” In his spare time, Henthorn focuses on his two girls, ages nine and 12. For more information about Henthorn visit www. or call his office at 864-5952380.


Lavender Bistro delights culinary senses Lavendar Bistro 205 Fashion Circle, Rutherfordton, N.C. 828-287-2932


In the kitchen of a tucked away restaurant in Rutherfordton, a Campobello resident crafts culinary creations that tempt regulars from Polk County and Landrum to Lavender Bistro’s tables. Chef JP Debeuf and wife, Judi, moved into the former Water Oaks Restaurant location about a year ago after moving to the area from New England. It wasn’t food that brought the couple to our area though; it was the weather. Judi and JP shared a passion for horses for 15 years, eventually leading them toward warmer climates in upstate South Carolina and western North Carolina. “We love it here - the area is so great for horses and the weather here is beautiful for riding,” JP said. Now the couple finds themselves filling most all their free time trail riding with their Icelandic horses. By May they expect to have eight horses frolicking on their farm in Campobello. JP found his way into the kitchens of two well-known restaurants after moving here but knew owning his own place once again was the goal. Originally from the south of France, Debeouf moved to America in 1983 working for big hotels and restaurants throughout the northeast. He and Judith have even owned two of their own restaurants. Luckily, it wasn’t long before the opportunity to launch another restaurant endeavor came up. One distinct aspect about Chef Debeuf and Lavender Bistro sets them apart from all the rest. Debeuf doesn’t craft his culinary creations as exclusive to his tastes. If a customer wants sea bass, he’ll get it for them. Craving pâté and bouillabaisse? Chef Debeouf enjoys accommodating such whims.

“I think 80 percent of food we sell are specials or food we make specifically for our regulars – our menu is constantly changing,” he said. “We want people to enjoy their experience here so if it’s going to make the customer happy then we want to do it. Sometimes this means we get to do really interesting things.” Lavender Bistro’s menu alters by at least 50 percent each month to month and a half, Debeuf said. Everything that finds a place on the menu incorporates fresh or even homemade items such as pastas and breads that Debeuf makes on site. A small garden out back provides all the herbs he needs and, whenever possible, the couple purchases local ingredients for the variety of dishes they serve. Chef Debeuf especially delights in sharing the love of food with his customers. On a monthly basis the couple invites regulars and curious newcomers to wine dinners and cooking classes. They also encourage people to consider the restaurant for more than a delectable dinner. “It’s a great spot for events and there is a lot happening here,” he said. Lavender Bistro seats up to 170 people through the two private dining rooms and an outdoor patio, making it ideal for wedding receptions or other special events. Lavender Bistro is open Tuesday-Saturday 11:30 a.m. -3 p.m. for lunch, reopening at 5 p.m. for dinner. You can find your way to their intimate spot at 205 Fashion Circle, Rutherfordton, N.C. 28139. To learn more about the restaurant, call 828-287-2932, email or visit

Hot off the press The World’s Smallest Daily Newspaper

Tryon Daily Bulletin 16 N. Trade St., Tryon. 828-859-9151

Things move fast in the basement of the Tryon Daily Bulletin. Step inside most any night of the week and you’ll see a flurry of activity as Press Manager Tony Elder directs his staff – Jeff Allison, Jonathan Burrell and Nick Elder – to get out the next day’s issue. Tractor tire-sized rolls of paper must be lifted and put into place, film of each page must be processed and inserts must be organized and stuffed inside each of the almost 4,000 copies. It’s not uncommon to find Jeff climbing atop the press to adjust ink or Tony organizing his crew to bundle up the next day’s paper. Some of the most crucial parts of their jobs, however, involve developing film to create pages and actually delivering the finished product. This means each person must help keep a keen eye open for photos that are too dark or pages that develop incorrectly. They inspect the negatives to

ensure pages are sized correctly and that there are no strange lines running across photos. As they watch for such issues, the pressroom staff can also quickly point out a paper that is sure to fly off racks. “There have been times when we have actually had folks waiting on us to grab a paper before everyone else could read it the next morning,” Elder said. The guys take the paper from Deb’s in Mill Spring to the post office in Landrum. On long nights, such as Election Day, whoever is driving the truck might be dropping off papers within an hour of it being printed. And yes, the paper is actually a bit warm to the touch when it comes off the press. Our pressroom staff combines for more than 40 years of service to the Bulletin and we’re proud to share just a portion of their story with all of you!



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