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Every holiday season on the day after Thanksgiving, Americans are regaled with stories of the pandemonium that ensues in retail chains throughout the country.

Known as “Black Friday” it is a day known for huge retail sales with some of the biggest and best deals for hot selling items all year. Accompanying the hordes of jovial holiday shoppers, are stories of violence and even death.

This year, for instance, a 61-year-old man in Charleston, West Virginia was trampled to death by fellow shoppers who reportedly did not even slow down to help. On the west coast, two men in Palm Desert, California gunned each other down on Black Friday after the women shopping with them fought over items at a Toys “R” Us.


Pastor and Mrs. Benny Bagwell announce the engagement and forthcoming wedding of their son, Ben Bagwell, to Melissa Rock, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. David Rock of King, N.C.

The wedding will take place at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 31, at the Calvary Baptist Church in King.

Invitations have been sent.


Don and Linda Ries of Franklin recently celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary.

Don, of Baltimore, M., and a retired engineer from B&O Railroad, and Linda, of Glenville, N.C., were married on Nov. 9., 1946, in Clayton, Ga.

The couple has one son, Wayne, who lives in Maryland with his wife, Theresa, two grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

The family visited from Maryland over the Thanksgiving holiday to celebrate.


Highlands 10th Annual Christmas Day Dinner will spend its second year in its new home, The Hudson House at Highlands Country Club. Despite the foot of snow, more than 175 hearty Highlanders made their way to the scrumptious feast.

The warmth and charm of the room partnered with the beautiful snow outside the big windows made for a perfect holiday setting. But most of all, everyone was able to sit in the same room, making Christmas for our “Highlands Family” a more intimate, caring and fun experience. It was like a family dinner without the work.

This amazing buffet will feature traditional holiday fare including turkey, ham, beef tenderloin, squash casserole, scalloped potatoes, sweet potato soufflé, Donna Wood’s famous dressing, sautéed green beans with red peppers, rolls, cranberry sauce, mixed green salad and a plethora of mouthwatering desserts. Highlands’ finest chefs Marty Rosenfield, Holly Roberts, and Martha Porter prepare this meal for all to enjoy.


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