Category Archives: Everybody’s Got a Story

Features about notable Asheboro and Randolph County residents.

PAUL CHURCH: You know his work, now meet the man behind the camera

Paul Church, in behind of the camera. (RAY CRISCOE photo)
Paul Church, in behind of the camera. (RAY CRISCOE photo)

When Paul Church told his family about this interview, one of his sons asked, “Why do they want to talk to you?”

Kids.

Paul Church, in front of the camera. (RAY CRISCOE photo)
Paul Church, in front of the camera. (RAY CRISCOE photo)

Well, son, your dad has been a photographer for The Courier-Tribune for 18 years, nearly half his life. He’s been seen around town more than most people, yet many don’t really know much about him. So here’s a chance for him to peel back his layer of anonymity just a little bit, expense a little advice for those who want it, a few photography tips for others. And as your father is wont to do, he even gets a chance to wax a little poetic.

You may not appreciate all of that right now, but you will one day.

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Mac Whatley still has his eye on the prize: Preserving the past

HUB: Where are you from?

MAC WHATLEY: I am from here. I was born in Asheboro Hospital, April 20, 1955. Dr. Cochran and Dr. Dalton.

HUB: So you grew up in Asheboro?

WHATLEY: I grew up in Asheboro. My mother was a teacher at the high school and then at Teachey School and my father ran the Auto Mechanics Department at RCC. I went to Ashebopro High School, graduated in 1973, then went to Harvard. I was in the Park Street Players when they first started at the high school. I was in the band, all that kind of stuff. I didn’t do that kind of thing when I went to Harvard.

I went to Harvard because of going to governor’s school in drama. They had college day with Ivy League schools. Who knew that Ivy League Schools went to college day? That’s why I applied and got accepted, to the surprise of all the guidance counselors at Asheboro High School.

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Tim Luck has hunted in all 100 NC counties; fishing in all of them is next

Tim Luck’s family roots run deep in Randolph County. His own do, as well.

He’s worked several jobs before landing as an engineer for the NCDOT in Asheboro. Right now, he’s working on Working on the Hwy 24-27 bypass south of Troy, near Town Creek Indian Mound.

He’s also a parent to a teen and a pre-teen, a long-time scoutmaster, for years taught voluntarily at the N.C. Wildlife Commission, helps the commission in Marion spawn about a quarter-milliion trout every year, has a guide’s license which he uses to take youth and many adults on hunting excursions to teach them the right way to hunt.

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Dog pool parties are cool, but there’s more to her story

It's a party — a dog pool party. (CONSTANCE ULRICH photo)
It’s a party — a dog pool party. (CONSTANCE ULRICH photo)

We’re entering the dog days of summer, so when would it be more appropriate to let the dogs in the pool?

Never, you say? Most pool owners would agree, but not Tot Hill. Not after Constance Ulrich, in 2005, convinced them to let her try a dog pool party at the end of the swimming season. It worked so well, it’s been going ever since, with the exception of last year, when Ulrich and her recently retired husband were in New Zealand visitng her son and his wife and her new grandbaby.

“The first year was Hurricane Katrina. That’s what got me going. It was in about two weeks that I whipped this up,” she said.

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Local man building train tracks with more than one purpose

Rob Herronen at the controls of one of his diesel engines. (RAY CRISCOE photo)
Rob Herronen at the controls of one of his diesel engines. (RAY CRISCOE photo)

What can you say? Rob Herronen is just a train guy.

A bit into the woods off Spero Road, unseen by drivers going by, he is slowly but steadily putting together his own rail line — several
engines, rail cars, track lines. And it’s one he can ride. And pull other visitors with.

But while his lifelong love of trains classifies this project — begun in earnest in November 2006 — as a hobby, it serves a dual purpose as a means to haul wood for the wood stove he installed to heat the house. And rocks to use to grade and extend the track. And so on.
What started him on this track? What drives him to stay on it? Let’s find out.

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Jeff Lamb wants to be remembered for this, too

Jeff Lamb has always lived his life to the sound of a different
drummer, though in his case that phrase is as literal as it is figurative. And sometimes, that drummer has even been himself.

THOSE WERE THE DAYS — Jeff Lamb, right, with singer Lee Greenwood.
THOSE WERE THE DAYS — Jeff Lamb, right, with singer Lee Greenwood.

Currently owner (again) of The Comic Conspiracy shop on North Street in downtown Asheboro, he’s now a settled husband and dog owner. But there was a time he lived for his guitar and the road.
In the next few pages, read about his journey and learn a bit about the comic book business, too. Some people have an idea how they want to live their life. Jeff Lamb lived his.

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Australian Damian Rutherford chases an American dream

LIKE PEANUT BUTTER, BUT NOT REALLY — Damian Rutherford takes a selfie with a jar of vegemite, which he keeps with him. He has let friends try it, and often they wish he hadn’t. (PHOTO: DAMIAN RUTHERFORD)
LIKE PEANUT BUTTER, BUT NOT REALLY — Damian Rutherford takes a selfie with a jar of vegemite, which he keeps with him. He has let friends try it, and often they wish he hadn’t. (PHOTO: DAMIAN RUTHERFORD)

One player on the roster of the 2015 Asheboro Copperheads traveled a long path to get there. Australian Damian Rutherford took up the not-too-popular sport of baseball in Australia as a kid, promoted himself into a baseball scholarship in Iowa, eventually found a home in a small school in Georgetown, Ky., and now is spending the summer in Asheboro where, at worst, he’s enjoying fresher fruit.

That’s how you chase a dream.

Recently, the affable 6-foot-5 first baseman and outfielder sat down and discussed life in Australia and in America and some interesting topics in between.

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Ready for (small) business

Daniel Farmer is director of the Small Business Center at Randolph Community College. (RAY CRISCOE photo)
Daniel Farmer is director of the Small Business Center at Randolph Community College. (RAY CRISCOE photo)

Thinking about starting a small business? Don’t know where, how, when to start? Or have you already done so, and now wonder what to do next to get more out of your business?

Those are just a couple of scenarios in which Daniel Farmer and the Randolph Community College Small Business Center can assist you.
Farmer is finishing his second year at RCC, but he’s already made a difference. Both he and the center have won awards for their work with small businesses in the community.

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This time, the community asks the questions in Fabulous Beekman Boys interview

Josh Kilmer-Purcell, left, and Brent Ridge, of Randleman, are better known as the Beekman Boys. The reality TV stars and Amazing Race winners were in Asheboro in May, 2015, as guests of Friends of the Randolph County Public Library. PHOTO: Courtesy Randolph County Public Library
Josh Kilmer-Purcell, left, and Brent Ridge, of Randleman, are better known as the Beekman Boys. The reality TV stars and Amazing Race winners were in Asheboro in May, 2015, as guests of Friends of the Randolph County Public Library. PHOTO: Courtesy Randolph County Public Library

The Fabulous Beekman Boys were in Asheboro in May, spending an evening at the Sunset Theatre reflecting on their agricultural adventures, meeting people, signing books ­— doing all those things celebrities sometimes do. The less snooty ones, anyway.

This down-to-earth duo fits that mold. One of the pair, Dr. Brent Ridge, is a Randleman native, so he spent some time with his family while here. His partner is Josh Kilmer-Purcell.

Once both well-to-do with top-dollar jobs in New York, they purchased the historic 1802 Beekman Farm in Sharon Springs, N.Y., in 2007, as a weekend getaway. However, after both lost their jobs during the recession that soon followed and faced million-dollar mortgages in both the city and the country, they set about to make the farm profitable.

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Asheboro’s Andrea Cavallier is in a place so many are searching for: Exactly where she wants to be

Andrea Cavallier sits on a roof and gazes at the New York City skyline. Photo provided by Andrea Cavallier
TOGETHER AT LAST
It took awhile to get there, but Cavallier has finally found peace in her journey. Photo provided by Andrea Cavallier

Andrea Cavallier has always been drawn to big cities, specifically New York City. Its pull has been great, and in the last decade, she has repeatedly tried to make that connection happen. Finally, a hesitant move to High Point ended up being her stepping stone to the Big Apple. Today, she’s living the dream, and has just accepted a new job from a competitor TV station.

This Q&A chronicles her journey and sheds some insight into both Andrea and the city she loves. Continue reading Asheboro’s Andrea Cavallier is in a place so many are searching for: Exactly where she wants to be

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