The Banks County News- August 25, 1999
The perfect weekend
Located high in the mountains of North Carolina, it is a perfect
place for a weekend retreat. The air is cooler, the pace is slower
and the folks are friendly. Highlands, N.C., has always been
a favorite destination for me. It seemed the perfect getaway
for my mom's birthday weekend. I made reservations ahead of time
at a bed and breakfast.
Saturday, we headed out bright and early. It's only a two-hour
drive from our house and we were in no hurry. We stopped in Dillard
for breakfast at the Dillard House. The family-style buffet offers
something for everyone-ham, bacon, sausage, eggs, potatoes, grits,
gravy, biscuits, pancakes, cinnamon rolls and fruit. You certainly
don't leave the table hungry.
Highlands is located only 14 miles from Dillard. It is a very
scenic (and steep and winding) drive. The trees join overhead
to give the roadway the appearance of a covered bridge. The view
is great and there are spots to stop and hike to the waterfalls
along the mountainside. The natural beauty is all around.
The downtown area is filled with unique shops, antique stores,
historic bed and breakfasts and churches and art galleries. Main
Street is usually bustling, but there is plenty of parking. We
started at the end of one side of the road and ended up at the
end of the other side. Benches are scattered throughout town
and we stopped several times to rest. It only took a few hours
to cover all of town and stop at a few shops that caught our
The best find as far as shopping goes was some of the stuffed
animals that I collect. They were all "retired" and
cost only $3 each. The store was apparently getting out of the
business and selling all of their stock.
After checking out downtown, we went to our bed and breakfast,
The Old Edwards Inn. It is located in the heart of downtown and
is within easy walking distance of all of the shops. The rates
range from $100-$115 for one night and it includes breakfast.
The inn was built over 100 years ago and has been carefully restored
by the innkeepers. You step back in time as soon as you arrive
at the front door and see the sign "21 Good Rooms For Ladies
And Gentlemen." The building is red brick with balconies
on the second and third floors. The first floor has two sitting
rooms and a restaurant. One sitting room has the head of a large
moose from Alaska.
The rooms are filled with antiques. Antique furniture in our
room included a queen-sized bed with a curtained canopy atop
it, a dresser, a couch, a chair and an old-fashioned, claw-footed
bathtub. We also had a balcony overlooking town.
The Central House Restaurant is part of the original building.
We made reservations for dinner when we arrived in town. This
is a good idea, as it is popular among tourists and locals alike.
The fresh seafood was outstanding. The desserts also sounded
yummy, but we didn't have room after filling up on shrimp, scallops
and fish. The prices ranged from $15 to $20 for a main entree.
We had breakfast at the inn Sunday morning before heading for
home. A cook was set up in the hallway of the restaurant, and
he greeted guests with the morning's selections-French toast,
omelets, grits, bacon, sausage, biscuits, fruit or cereal. He
made the orders and delivered them to the guests. It was great.
The drive home was also pleasant, with stops at several roadside
stands to get fresh vegetables and fruit. My mother still enjoys
canning and freezing like her mother taught her. She had plans
to can some peach jelly and freeze corn. I've never seen so many
people fighting for fresh corn. They were lined around the bin
grabbing the stalks. Mom found the peaches and corn and I spotted
fresh new potatoes and cabbage. We loaded up the car and continued
on home toward Nicholson.
It was a relaxing weekend and I'm already planning a return trip.
Angela Gary is editor of The Banks County News and associate
editor of The Jackson Herald.
Banks County News
August 25, 1999
The Town of Alto is looking for people to fill the mayor's seat
and four council seats. Last time qualifying was held, the election
had to be canceled because no one qualified for the seats. The
current council members agreed to serve again because of the
lack of interest among the citizens in serving.
The mayor and current council have worked hard and done a good
job for Alto. They have to make tough choices and not all of
them wanted to sign on for another term of office. But their
love of their town led them to step forward when no one else
We hope people qualify for the upcoming election so that it can
be held as scheduled. Qualifying will be held Sept. 15-17 and
the election will be Nov. 2.
to the Editor
Banks County News
August 25, 1999
Let Charity Road
This is in response to an article published in The Banks County
News Aug. 18, 1999, regarding the Charity Road dispute. When
we purchased land from real estate agent Larry Cagle six years
ago on the dead-end of Charity Road, it was no more than a jeep
trail. Mr. Cagle removed trees and graded the road to make it
passable for Jackson Electric Membership Corporation to get power
to us and for a construction truck to get in.
We went to the then county commission chairman Milton Patterson
to ask if the county would rock the road and maintain it. Patterson
said the dead-end of Charity Road and Charity Drive where the
road forks, and dead-ends in both directions were owner-maintained
and had been since before 1974. Patterson stated that the county
couldn't afford to open every dead-end road in the county and
maintain them just because someone wants to build a house. Since
that time, all the rock on the dead-end of Charity Road has been
purchased by my husband, David Tolar, only, but that was fine
with us as for many years we were the only landowners who lived
on the dead-end road. Anyone can see that the end of Charity
has been maintained by us as well or better than the front of
Charity Road that has always been maintained by the county.
In the past year, the county has stopped maintaining many dead-end
roads. If now, after all this time, the county decides to take
maintenance back over on Charity Road, what will the explanation
be to the rest of Banks County taxpayers as to why special attention
is being given to us? Why should our road now be open when their
roads are being closed?
I address this to the BOC. If you take over maintenance of Charity
Road it will set a precedent in the county and everyone living
on a dead-end non-county-maintained road will want the same attention.
Our survey shows us owning to the middle of the road, proving
it is private. As stated in court by Judge Banks at a hearing,
the landowners on Charity Road own to the center of the road,
making it private.
Hasn't Banks County had its fill of the happenings on Charity
Road and the people who live there? Why is the BOC holding special
meetings just about one road and its residents? If the BOC gives
us special treatment concerning our road, the county will be
forced to do the same for others. Leave the road the way it is,
because if you don't, the BOC will find themselves with a flood
of demands that will come following such actions for roads to
be reopened and maintained all over the county. It will not be
fair to the taxpayers of Banks County for the BOC to give us
special attention. The county cannot afford to take on the additional
road maintenance that would result from the re-opening of the
dead-ends of Charity Road and Charity Drive, because what's good
for the goose is good for the gander.
Edna Tolar, Homer