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Bob Tinsley Authors 'The Florida Panther'

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Last updated 12/22/2020 at 9:59am



The following briefs are from the Thursday, Dec. 24, edition of The Transylvania Times.

Temperatures averaged 56 and 34 degrees during the past six days, which is a bit warmer than usual for December. The week’s high reading was Saturday 66 degrees, while the low was 22 on Friday morning.

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Bob Tinsley, who has made quite a name for himself in Florida as an educator, author, sportsman, cowboy and folk-singer, is the author of a new book entitled “The Florida Panther.” Tinsley is a guidance counselor in Ocala, Fla., and his wife, Dottie, is a teacher in early childhood education. They are currently visiting here in Brevard. Tinsley is a native of Brevard. He is well known for his collection and rendition of cowboy ballads. He performed for Sir Winston Churchill and President Franklin D. Roosevelt and has appeared in numerous folk festivals throughout America.

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The Transylvania Shrine Club met Dec. 14 for the purpose of electing club officers to serve during 1971. Elected officers are: President, Judson McCrary; Vice President, Donald D. Culin; Secretary, Gerald E. Uhler; Treasurer, Robert L. Merrill; and Chaplain, Rev. Russell L. Willis.

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The Schenck Civilian Conservation Camp in Pisgah National Forest held its annual Christmas Banquet on Dec. 17. All 200 corpsmen and approximately 300 outside guests attended the banquet. The Conservation Center holds the event annually as a send off for the corpsmen returning to their homes for the Christmas holidays and in appreciation to the community for their support and encouragement given these young men to improve their lot in life.

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Lawrence Terry Owen, son of Mr. and Mrs. Bill Owen of Cherryfield, was awarded a master’s degree in management from Clemson University on Dec. 17. Now commissioned a 2nd Lt. in the U.S. Air Force, Owen will report to his duty station at Wichita, Kansas, next month.

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In memory of Mr. Photiades, Mrs. Keirstead’s second period French II class donated a book to the BHS library. The book is titled “The Portable Voltaire.” The class chose this book because it was something that would be available and useful to all students. Each member of the class contributed to the fund to buy the book. Mr. Photiades, a native of Egypt, taught at BHS for two years. He was killed in an automobile accident near Hendersonville in October of 1970.

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Airman Paul D. Deavers, brother of Mrs. James L. Farley, 14 Far Hills Terrace, Brevard, has received his first U.S. Air Force duty assignment after completing basic training at Lackland AFB, Texas. The airman has been assigned to a unit of the Tactical Air Command at Eglin AFB, Fla. He is a 1970 graduate of Brevard High School.

Airman Kenneth W. Drake, son of Mr. and Mrs. Dewitt A. Drake of Brevard, has completed basic training at Lackland AFB, Texas. He is remaining at Lackland for training as a security policeman. Airman Drake, a 1969 graduate of Brevard High School, attended Montreat-Anderson College, Montreat.

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The end of World War II has special meaning for many married couples in Transylvania County. For it was right afterward, in 1946, that they and some 2,300,000 other couples in the United States descended upon their marriage bureaus in a rush to get licenses to wed. It was the biggest marrying year of all time. The great majority of them, having escaped divorce and death in the intervening years, are now ready to celebrate their silver wedding anniversaries. Of the 4,100 or so married couples who are now living in Transylvania County, approximately 189 of them, a record number, will be marking their 25 years of marriage in 1971.

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