Caldwell Journal 04-02-2015

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Thursday, April 2, 2015
Happy Easter
Students battle it out over books…Collettsville School Winner
of Elementary and Middle Competitions
By Caldwell County Schools...Students have been engaged in an all-out battle, gaining advantages over
their opponent with plot, character, and imagery during the Battle of the Books competition for Caldwell
County elementary and middle schools, events where Collettsville School prevailed as victor.
The Education Foundation Inc. of Caldwell County sponsored both the Elementary Battle of the Books
and the Middle School Battle of the Books events that were back to back competitions framed with similar guidelines, but showcased different book selections and age groups.
The 9th Annual Elementary Battle of the Books
filled the Whitnel Pentecostal Holiness Church
on Tuesday, Mar. 17, with fourth and fifth grade
students from 15 elementary schools in the district. After 22 rounds of competition, Collettsville School was declared 2015 Elementary Battle of the Books champion.
The winning team at Collettsvlle School consisted of Mackenzie Adams, Isaiah Caldwell, Annie
Godfrey, Taszi Gupta, Emma Hartman, Madison
Martin and Bruce Tefteller, coached by Amy
McMasters, Amanda Coffey and Dana Hicks.
Moderators, judges, scorekeepers and food coordinators included Caldwell County School employees, retirees and parent volunteers. Superintendent Dr. Steve Stone awarded 2nd place trophy to Whitnel Elementary and Davenport A+ received a
trophy for the third place finish.
The following day, Mar. 18, the 7th annual Middle School Battle of the Books was held at the Caldwell
County Library in Lenoir and eight middle school teams battled over 27 titles selected by the North Carolina School Library Media Association during seven rounds of competition. Continued on page 2...
Thursday, April 2, 2015
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Students battle it out over books…
Collettsville School Winner of
Elementary and
Middle Competitions
Continued from page one…
In addition to classics and new young adult titles,
there were nonfiction books such as Outcasts United: Story of A Refugee Soccer Team That Changed
a Town by Warren St. John.
Moderators pelted specific questions about the 27
books, and the students were expected to give the
correct title and author’s name within 20 seconds
to earn three points. A round of competition involved 20 questions, and if the team gave an incorrect answer, it was redirected to the opposing team
for possible two points.
Elizabeth McQuaid, Gamewell Middle School media coordinator and Middle School Battle of the
Books organizer said that all middle school teams
had been practicing since September to get ready
for this event, “and even some of the students
started reading over the summer just to prepare for
one day.”
Middle School director Keith Hindman served as
the official scorekeeper keeping all scores cleverly
hidden until the awards ceremony. Judges included all of the middle school instructional facilitators, retied Media Coordinators, and several Caldwell County past and present employees. Moderators, who read the questions, included
Heather Puhl, Caldwell County Schools (CCS)
Mentor; Pat Triplett, Education Foundation Director; Pat Pennington, former CCS Administrator
and educator; and Becky Stevens, former CCS Media Coordinator and educator. Superintendent Dr. Stone, School Board Vice-Chairman
Duane Knight, and Board Chairman Darrell Pennell presented the trophies for 3rd place to
Hudson Middle, 2nd place to William Lenoir, and
1st place to Collettsville School.
The winning team included Cade Kelly, Luke
Vines, Anya Blackwelder, Paigelyn Gragg, Blake
Bumgarner and Aubrey Carter led by coaches Jennifer Jurney, AIG teacher; Amy McMasters, Media
Coordinator; and Jenny White, 7th grade teacher.
Students from Collettsville School returned triumphantly to their K-8 campus located in rural Caldwell County as champions for both elementary and
middle Battle of the Books.
Thursday, April 2, 2015
Spring is Coming
Written By Amanda Taylor {Extension Agent,
Horticulture / Local Foods Caldwell County,
North Carolina}...Spring has sprung. That means
it’s time to turn our attention to the garden.
Here are some timley gardening tasks to keep your
garden on track.
Broccoli, cabbage and cauliflower transplants
should be set out in the garden.
Other vegetables that can be planted this month
include beets, carrots, Chinese cabbage, kale, kohlrabi, lettuce, Swiss chard and turnips.
Plant your small fruit plants, grape vines and fruit
trees before the buds break.
Order flower and vegetable seeds.
Transplant any trees and shrubs that weren’t
moved in the fall.
New shrubs and trees can be planted the entire
month of March. Be sure to select the right plant
for the right place.
Before planting your vegetables, fertilize your garden as recommended by your soil test results. Lime
should have been applied in the autumn. If not,
apply it now.
Send in soil samples from your plant beds and vegetable garden for analysis. The North Carolina Department of Agriculture tests soil for $4 per sample. Results from samples sent in now should be
back in 1-2 weeks. Kits are available at the Caldwell
Extension Center.
Prune all fruit trees (apple, cherry, nectarine,
peach, pear and plum) and grapevines if you haven’t done so already.
Prune spring flowering plants like forsythia (yellow
bells), spirea, and flowering quince after the flowers fade.
Prune roses before buds break.
Deadhead pansies to keep them looking good.
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Thursday, April 2, 2015
Caldwell Arts Council announces
Winners of The 3rd Annual High
School Shakespeare Monologue
By the Caldwell Arts Council...The Caldwell Arts
Council is pleased to announce the winners of Saturday’s Shakespeare Monologue Competition. This
event was sponsored by the Caldwell Arts Council
and Caldwell County Schools.
Top finishers receiving cash awards this year were:
1st Place-Molly Miller, 11th Grade
Hibriten High School
2nd Place-James Kurts, 12th Grade
South Caldwell High School
3rd Place-Nicolette Steelman, 12th Grade
Hickory Christian Academy
4th Place-Nick Grozier, 10th Grade
Caldwell Career Center Middle College
5th Place-Caroline Collins, 9th Grade
Hickory Christian Academy
6th Place-Marcus Hughes, 12th Grade
Hibriten High School
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About the Caldwell Arts Council
The Caldwell Arts Council presents monthly and
quarterly exhibits, education and collection programs that foster cultural arts in Caldwell County.
Located at 601 College Avenue SW near downtown
Lenoir, hours are 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Friday
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Thursday, April 2, 2015
Warm Weather Brings Black Bear
Sightings and Advisories
By the N.C. Wildlife Resource Commission...The
N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission advises that
black bear sightings will become more common
across the state as weather becomes warmer.
While black bears are not inherently dangerous
and rarely aggressive toward people, the Wildlife
Commission advises caution and using common
sense to reduce the potential for problems.
If left alone, most transient bears will find their
way quickly out of town and back to natural habitat. People are urged not to approach or follow
bears, or put themselves between a bear and its
possible escape route.
“Seeing a bear passing through a neighborhood can
cause a lot of excitement,” said Ann May, the Wildlife Commission’s extension wildlife biologist. “But
folks need to give a bear plenty of room and allow
it to move out of the area freely. To prevent a dangerous situation, crowds should not gather nearby.”
The Wildlife Commission advises people to not
feed bears, whether intentionally or inadvertently.
Bears accustomed to feeding on pet food, table
scraps, garbage and birdseed can lose their fear of
humans resulting in property damage or other
more serious problems. Suggested ways to avoid
Use bear-proof garbage cans or trash containers
with a secure latching system.
Keep trash inside as late as possible on pick-up
days — don’t put trash curbside the night before.
Take down birdfeeders, even those advertised as
If you feed pets outside, make sure all food is consumed and empty bowls are promptly removed.
“It’s a good idea to clean food and grease from barbecue grills after each use,” May said. “Bears are
attracted to food odors, so you don’t want to dispose of grease or cooking oil nearby. Be careful
with food and food odors in vehicles, as well.”
The Wildlife Commission rarely traps and relocates
bears. Relocation can be dangerous to personnel
and the bear, and generally proves unsuccessful.
Relocated bears often return to where they were
originally captured. Additionally, there are few remote areas remaining in the state to which bears
can be relocated. For more information, go to or call 919-707-0050.
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Spring Turkey Hunting Season
Starts April 11;
April 4 -10 is Youth-Only Week
The statewide spring hunting season for male and
bearded turkeys runs from April 11 through May 9
for all hunters. A youth-only week, for hunters
younger than 16, runs from April 4-10.The daily
limit is one turkey and the possession and season
limits are two turkeys per hunter, only one of
which may be taken during youth season.
Thursday, April 2, 2015
Wildlife Commission Opens Hatchery-Supported Trout Waters,
Provides New Stocking Information Online
By the N.C. Wildlife Resource Commission ...The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission will open ap-
proximately 1,100 miles of Hatchery-Supported Trout Waters in 25 western counties at 7 a.m. on April
4. The season will run through Feb. 29, 2016.
While fishing on Hatchery-Supported Trout Waters, anglers can harvest a maximum of seven trout per
day, with no minimum size limits or bait restrictions.
To give trout anglers better opportunities to plan fishing trips in advance, the Commission now is posting stocking dates and locations for the entire stocking season by week, and posting daily updates at
noon for all waters stocked that day. Information can be searched by county, by month, or both.
“We have wanted to help trout anglers by giving more advance notice of stocking dates and locations so
they can plan fishing trips better without impacting our program,” said David Deaton, fish production
supervisor for the Commission’s Division of Inland Fisheries. “Between the weekly stocking schedule
and the daily stocking updates, anglers can go online at noon to see which streams got stocked that day,
and which streams have yet to be stocked that week.”
Hatchery-Supported Trout Waters, marked by green-and-white signs, are stocked from March until
August every year, depending on the individual stream. Many of these waters are stocked monthly, although some heavily fished waters are stocked more frequently.
Commission personnel will stock nearly 926,000 trout - 96 percent of which average 10 inches in
length, with the other 4 percent exceeding 14 inches in length.
Stocked trout are produced primarily in two mountain region fish hatcheries operated by the Commission and are distributed along hatchery-supported streams where public access for fishing is available.
While Hatchery-Supported Trout Waters are open to public fishing, many of those miles are privately
“Opportunities to fish on many of these hatchery-supported trout streams are only available through
the support and generosity of landowners,” Deaton said. “It’s important for anglers to respect the property that they’re fishing on and remember that landowners can take away access if they feel their property is being misused.”
Anglers can help prevent the loss of public access to fishing by:
 Respecting private property and landowners at all times;
 Removing all trash and litter from fishing and parking areas;
 Parking only in designated areas and leaving driveways open for traffic;
 Closing and/or locking gates after use; and,
 Reporting wildlife violations by calling 1-800-662-7137.
For a complete list of all Hatchery-Supported Trout Waters, as well as trout maps and weekly stocking
summaries on Hatchery-Supported Trout Waters, visit the Commission’s trout fishing page. Weekly
stocking information appears online for seven days, and updates are posted on Fridays after fish are
For more information on fishing in public, inland waters, visit the Commission’s website, or call the Division of Inland Fisheries, 919-707-0220.
Caldwell County trout fishing spots that are hatchery supported include Wilson Creek,
Boone Fork Pond, Yadkin River Greenway (Pee Dee River), Joes Fork and Buffalo Creek.
Thursday, April 2, 2015
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Hudson man murdered…two people arrested
By the Caldwell County Sheriff’s Office (Mon 3/30/2015 10:16 AM)
On 03/28/2015 at 8:34 PM deputies responded to 4875 Free Mason Road in Hudson in reference to
deceased individual. Upon arrival deputies found Marcus Alexander Devlin, white male, age 34, deceased in his residence from an apparent assault. Investigators with the Caldwell County Sheriff’s Office and the North Carolina SBI developed early leads in the case and used evidence located at multiple
scenes to connect Nathan Alexander Vasquez, age 20, and Shea Elise Fullard, age 23, as being the individuals responsible for the murder of Marcus Alexander Devin.
Vasquez, along with his attorney, turned himself in to investigators at the Caldwell County Sheriff’s Office Sunday evening after learning he was wanted for Murder.
Fullard was taken into custody at her residence in Catawba County with the assistance of Catawba
County Sheriff’s Office.
The cause of death is not being released at this time while an autopsy is being performed and a motive is
not being released as the investigation is still ongoing.
Sheriff Alan Jones stated “The officers from our department, the SBI and Catawba County Sheriff’s Office work nonstop to solve this case and make an arrest. The investigation is continuing to ensure a successful prosecution.”
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Thursday, April 2, 2015
Caldwell County Law Enforcement agencies conduct drill at
Granite Falls Middle School
By Mark Jackson {Caldwell Journal} ...On Friday, March 27, Granite Falls Police Department, Cald-
well County Schools, Caldwell County Sheriff’s Department, Hudson Police Department, Lenoir Police
Department, Granite Falls Fire Department and Caldwell County Emergency Services participated in a
training exercise at Granite Falls Middle School beginning when students left campus due to an early
release day to allow for training and staff development for faculty and staff districtwide.
The drill was designed to evaluate the response of emergency agencies, law enforcement and the Caldwell County
Schools in the event of a crisis situation. GFMS was to
simulate a normal day with teachers from other schools
participating as students in various classrooms. There
were approximately 124 people involved in the drill. Previously, all traditional high schools, Gateway School, all
middle schools, and several elementary and K-8 schools
have conducted similar exercises with faculty and staff.
At the briefing before the drill, GFPD Chief of Police Ritch
Bolick stated that the average response time for law enforcement is three minutes and also stated that incidents
take place during those three minutes. Chief Bolick went
on to say that “these guys in uniform will not be the ones to save your children, you will…teacher’s response saves lives.”
GFMS Principal Bill Schreiber stated “Everything went well. I was very pleased with all aspects of the
drill. The teachers, staff and emergency services personnel reported that it was a positive learning experience, well worth the effort and time.”
GFPD Assistant Chief of Police Captain T.J. Bates said, “Overall it was a
success. I know for sure the law enforcement side of the drill benefited
greatly from the training. I also feel the school staff benefited based on the
comments I received from several staff members.”
District Attorney David Lerner was also on hand to observe the drill.
After the drill was over, Caldwell County Schools Community Services Director Libby Brown stated “After their nerves settled and the school faculty
and staff were back in their seats for a debriefing, they expressed their gratitude to all the agencies involved and wrote comments of support for this
type of drill to be conducted in every school in the district. Their current
school safety practices and steps for locking the school down served them
well in this exercise and by simulating different roles, such as students, they
experienced a crisis situation from several different perspectives. The feedback has been completely positive and supportive, and we will continue to
provide this type of training for schools as the school calendar allows.”
Here is an account of the drill by Susan G Duncan Lead Secretary at GFES. “I went into the drill with no
idea of how to prepare, however I came out of the drill with an awareness that could potentially save
lives in an emergency situation. It was very intense, very real...guns firing blanks, screams of terror, the
fire alarm engaging from the smoke of gun shots and sounding for what seemed like hours. I was stationed in the office (my normal position) and was among the first "killed.” I made eye contact with the
shooter as he entered the office but before any of us could press a panic button, announce a lock down,
or even take cover, the shooter fired several rounds "killing" all 6 people in the office.
Continued on page 15...
Thursday, April 2, 2015
Caldwell County Law Enforcement agencies conduct drill at
Granite Falls Middle School
It was then left up to the other people in the school to
identify what they heard as gun shots and to take action on their own, without receiving an official word
from the office/administration to lock down. The
phone was ringing off the hook, perhaps staff or worried parents...but no one was "alive" to answer the
calls. As I lay "dead" on the floor hearing the phone
continuously ringing, the fire alarm blasting, more gun
shots being fired, screams of people pleading for their
life and wounded people crying for help, all while
rounds of law enforcement personnel storm through
the office to count and step over our dead bodies, I realized how very real this could be, and how life could
be gone in the blink of an unsuspecting eye. It really
hit home. I no longer just stroll down the hall looking for sweet little faces, I now think about my closest
shelter or evacuation point in case something like this happens while I'm out of my office walking
through the school. I make a point to always have my school keys on me, in case I need to access a
locked door or lock a door behind me for protection. I watch the security cameras more often, and pay
attention to people's behavior. When I hear a loud noise, I don't just assume that it was a heavy book
that fell to the floor and ignore it. The drill has definitely provoked awareness of my surroundings at
school and elsewhere.”
Blue Ridge Electric, Energies Named Two of
North Carolina’s Best Employers
By Blue Ridge Electric...Blue Ridge Electric Membership Corporation and its propane and heating
fuels subsidiary, Blue Ridge Energies, were recently named as two of the top Best Employers in North
Carolina for 2015.
This statewide survey and awards program is designed to identify, recognize and honor the best places
of employment in North Carolina, benefiting the state’s economy, workforce and businesses. The list of
the Best Employers in North Carolina was created by Business North Carolina magazine, the Society for
Human Resource Management (SHRM) – NC State Council and Best Companies Group.
Blue Ridge Electric ranked third and Blue Ridge Energies ranked ninth in the state’s small to medium
sizes companies. To be considered for participation, companies had to fulfill the following eligibility
- Be a for-profit, not-for-profit business or government entity;
- Be a publicly or privately held business;
- Have a facility in the state of North Carolina;
- Have at least 15 employees working in North Carolina; and
- Be in business a minimum of one year.
Companies from across the state entered the two-part survey process to determine the Best Employers
in North Carolina. The first part consisted of evaluating each nominated company’s workplace policies,
practices, philosophy, systems and demographics. This part of the process was worth approximately 25
percent of the total evaluation. The second part consisted of an employee survey to measure the employee experience. This part of the process was worth approximately 75 percent of the total evaluation.
The combined scores determined the top companies and the final rankings.
Continued on page 16...
Thursday, April 2, 2015
Caldwell is Hiring scheduled for April 30
By the Caldwell County EDC…The Caldwell County Economic Development Commission, in cooperation with NCWorks and Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute, will be sponsoring the
10th Caldwell is Hiring on Thursday, April 30 from 9 a.m. to noon at the J.E. Broyhill Civic Center in
Information regarding employers and jobs available will be posted regularly on the Caldwell EDC's website, along with the Caldwell is Hiring and Caldwell County Economic Development Commission pages
on Facebook.
Spring Reading Bingo at Caldwell County Public Library
By the Caldwell County Public Library...This spring, Caldwell County Public Library is encouraging families to take time to read together. Beginning April 1, the library will distribute Spring Reading Bingo
cards featuring a reading activity in each square. During the month of April, patrons of any age are invited to complete these simple, fun reading challenges. Readers can return their completed bingo cards
to any library branch by April 30 for a prize. Bingo cards are available at all library locations and can be
printed from the library’s website or Facebook page. For more information, visit or call the
library at 828-757-1270.
Blue Ridge Electric, Energies Named Two of
North Carolina’s Best Employers
Continued from page 15…
Best Companies Group managed the overall registration and survey process in North Carolina and also
analyzed the data and used their expertise to determine the final rankings.
To see the entire list of the state’s Best Employers visit Business North Carolina’s website: For more information, visit
Blue Ridge Electric is an electric cooperative utility serving some 74,000 members in Caldwell, Watauga,
Ashe, and Alleghany counties and parts of Wilkes, Alexander and Avery counties. Its subsidiary, Blue Ridge
Energies, provides propane and heating fuels to commercial and residential consumers across northwest
North Carolina and features product showrooms in each Blue Ridge Electric district office in Caldwell, Watauga, Ashe, Alleghany counties in North Carolina as well as Independence, Virginia.
Thursday, April 2, 2015
Nature Photography Weekend
registration opens April 1
Online registration begins Wednesday for Grandfather Mountain's annual Nature Photography
Weekend, an exciting workshop for photographers
planned for May 29-31.
The event features presentations from five renowned photographers, spectacular shooting opportunities on the mountain and a friendly but
competitive photo contest.
The featured presenters for 2015 — Justin Black,
Brian Call, Vinny Colucci, David Marx and Alistair
Nicol — come from across the nation and will
speak on a variety of photography topics encompassing both the technical and artistic elements of
the craft.
Presentations take place in the afternoons and evenings, allowing participants to explore Grandfather
Mountain and take their own shots during the day.
Opportunities for sunrise and sunset photography
also will be offered.
Participants are invited to camp free at the Woods
Walk Picnic Area during the weekend, taking advantage of one of few opportunities to stay overnight inside the attraction.
Admission to Nature Photography Weekend is
$115 and covers three-day park admission, a Saturday evening meal, entry to all presentations and a
flash drive for submitting contest entries.
Family members and guests of participants may
visit the mountain at a discounted rate during the
weekend if registered in advance.
Online registration begins at 8 a.m. April 1 at Photographers should act
fast — the event usually fills within a matter of
For more information, visit
events/nature-photography-weekend-2/ or call
(828) 733-2013.
The not-for-profit Grandfather Mountain Stewardship Foundation strives to inspire conservation of the natural world by helping guests explore, understand and value the wonders of
Grandfather Mountain. For more information,
visit to plan a trip.
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Thursday, April 2, 2015
Grandfather Mountain gets the
Google Trekker treatment
By Grandfather Mountain...Grandfather Mountain’s iconic Mile High Swinging Bridge and
Grandfather Trail are now among the newest sites
available for 360-degree virtual viewing on Google
Maps Street View.
Through a partnership between Google, The Conservation Fund, Grandfather Mountain State Park
and the Grandfather Mountain Stewardship Foundation, visitors can now examine every angle of the
228-foot suspension bridge and the rugged hiking
path to MacRae Peak with the few clicks of the keyboard.
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with thanksgiving let your requests be made
known unto God.”
The Street View of Grandfather Mountain is now
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“It’s really cool that people who want to go and
physically can’t can still take a virtual hike,” said
John Caveny, chief interpretive ranger for Grandfather Mountain Stewardship Foundation. “You
can take every step on the trail through the camera.”
In fall 2014, Caveny and a representative of The
Conservation Fund borrowed and set out with
Trekker, a 4-foot-tall, 40-pound camera and backpack that’s part of Google’s project to create a digital reflection of the world for people to explore and
The Trekker enables Street View to feature places
around the world not accessible by car, bike, trolley
or snowmobile.
Caveny said the 0.9-mile hike to MacRae Peak was
even more rigorous with the Trekker, which contains 15 lenses shooting photos every 2.5 seconds
to capture the scene. Google’s Street View engineering team then stitches together each image to
show the trail from every perspective.
“It was tough because the Trekker is 4 feet tall, so it
was definitely awkward to have my center of balance up high,” Caveny said. “The trail canopy isn’t
that high either, so it was a lot of hiking bent over
to avoid brushing up against the trees.”
But the ranger’s pain was the public’s gain, as the
Trekker captured incredible 360-degree views of
the Blue Ridge Mountains as the first hints of fall
color emerged. Continued on page 21...
duced by real or imaginary fears. Jesus condemns the practice of anxiety and worry
about the material things of life. He condemns the desire that leads to extravagance
and outward show. The person who is trusting God to supply all of his needs will not
have anxiety and worry if the” Jones” have
more to display than he does. A real child of
God will recognize that God is the giver of all
good things, provides for our daily necessities,
and is the one in whose love we can safely
trust. Jesus used many illustrations to show
how God provides for the necessities of His
creatures. He called attention to the birds of
the heavens, which neither sow nor reap but
are fed by our Heavenly Father. How much
more are humans better than birds? God
knows all of our needs and He has promised
to supply all of our needs. So, what is there to
anxious or worried about?
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Grandfather Mountain gets the
Google Trekker treatment
Continued from page 19...
“We hope that panoramic, fully navigable imagery
of these places on Google Maps enables people to
explore and learn about these sites of historic significance and national pride,” said Deanna Yick,
Google Maps Street View program manager. “The
imagery collected with The Conservation Fund and
its natural resource partners truly brings Grandfather Mountain to life.”
Grandfather Mountain is among a host of sites
across the Eastern seaboard that The Conservation
Fund unveiled earlier this month after hiking, paddling and exploring with the Street View Trekker.
Each site highlighted was one that The Conservation Fund and its partners have worked to protect.
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State Park and DuPont State Recreational Forest in
North Carolina, join a cadre of incredible locations
ranging from the paths of the Grand Canyon to the
pyramids of Egypt to the canals of Venice.
“We are appreciative of the support North Carolina
State Parks have received from The Conservation
Fund,” said Sue McBean, superintendent of Grandfather Mountain State Park. “It is exciting for
Grandfather Mountain State Park to be a part of
the Google Trekker project!”
Caveny said the Google Street View images will
help prospective visitors get a better sense of the
“This put us on the map as one of the most iconic
hikes in North Carolina, so it was a privilege that
they wanted to come up and do this with us,”
Caveny said.
The not-for-profit Grandfather Mountain Stewardship Foundation strives to inspire conservation of the natural world by helping guests explore, understand and value the wonders of
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By Mark Jackson {Caldwell Journal}...We had
the great pleasure of tagging along behind the Table Rock Fish Hatchery crew while they stocked the
beautiful Wilson Creek of Caldwell County with
The Horsemen are Mounting
trout on the morning of Thursday, March 26,
2015. Assistant Hatchery Manager Jimmy Lowman and Cody Patton, a senior from Patton High
School who was working on his senior project,
made several stops along Wilson Creek stocking
2500 trout in preparation for the upcoming season. They utilized 5-gallon buckets, nets and a
pipe to transfer the trout from their truck to the
creek. Of the 2500 trout, 40% were Rainbow, 40%
were Brook and 20% were Brown with approxi-
Revelation 6 begins a terrible time on the earth call
the tribulation period which consists of 21 consecutive
judgments upon mankind. Four horses are mounted
by various characters to carry out this carnage.
Chapter 6:2 describes the white horse of deception
which is the antichrist who lies his way into global
power only to turn upon any who opposes him.
Chapter 6:4 lists the red horse which takes peace from
the earth which will possibly be carried out with nuclear weapons (Zechariah 14:11-12, Malachi 4:1, II
Peter 3:10-12, Ezekiel 39:8-15)
Chapter 6:5 a black horse rides through the earth
spreading famine and lack of food and clean drinking
Chapter 6:8 the pale horse is the last of the four
horsemen of the apocalypse. He delivers death to a
fourth part of the earth.
World events including ISIS, disease, threat of war,
national debt and chaos worldwide are surely telling
earth’s citizens that the horsemen are mounting and
getting ready to ride. Regardless of one’s prophetic
interruption of scripture, one thing is for sure; something is about to happen and soon!
Revelation 6 ends with a question; “Who shall be able
to stand?”
Romans 14:4 gives the answer; “to his own master he
standeth or falleth.”
You’re only hope is in Christ by means of the new
He’s coming soon!
The Horsemen are mounting.
Are you ready?
“Even so, come Lord Jesus.”
(Revelation 22:20)
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