TIDBITS
BY RALPH SHEALY
 

 
GOOD RIDDANCE
 

 
  I don’t think you break any of the Ten Commandments if you wish a TV character would die.
  As I wrote last week, I just started watching “Game of Thrones,” but I have seen enough in just six episodes to loathe the little twit, King Joffrey.
  Sunday, I was totally unprepared for what was going to happen (spoiler alert), but the King, at his wedding reception,  humiliated his uncle to the point I was hoping somebody in the audience was packing a crossbow and would take him out.
  Of course, that wouldn’t happened to a main character.
  Suddenly, the little jackass, after drinking wine, started choking.
  “Yes!,” I said.
  Then he fell to the ground and started shaking uncontrollably. And then he stopped.
  I didn’t take my eyes off him. I wanted to make sure he was really dead.
  Celebrations began throughout the world.
  I’ve learned people who’ve read the book knew King Joffrey was going to die.
  I’ve got hand it to Jack Gleeson, the actor who played the king. He’s only 21-years-old, but he did a heck of an acting job in the part.
  I’ve read wherever he goes people tell them they hate him.
  Now, that’s an actor.
  Another young actor whose character’s demise affected me greatly was Lizzie on “The Walking Dead.”
  She was killed out of necessity to protect others, because she had already killed her little sister, and was playing with zombies.
  But that moment when Carol said, “Look at the flowers, Lizzie, Just look at the flowers,” before she pulled the trigger, broke my heart.
  I actually “liked” the young actress’ Facebook page to make sure she was all right!
 

 
BROTHERLY ACT
 

 
  Saluda’s baseball team beat previously unbeaten Mid-Carolina on Friday, April 4. The Tigers had not beaten the Rebels since 2005.
  I few days after the big win, I got the following email from Candy Pou.
  “Saluda High School’s 2014 baseball team beat Mid-Carolina 2-0 Friday night, April 4. Cousins Michael Pou (RF, pitcher) and Jeffrey Miller (catcher) both have older brothers who played baseball for Saluda High School the last time SHS beat Mid-Carolina  in 2005 by the score of 10-9.
  “Philip Pou was a pitcher and designated hitter, and DJ Miller was the catcher. Philip Pou hit a walk-off home run to win the game at Saluda. Scott Taylor was the head coach; the home side was on the first base line.
  “Michael was 7-years-old at the time and Jeffrey was 8, and both were playing their own baseball game behind the stands. That night was as cold as the night Saluda played at 96 this year.”
  Candy is the proud mother of Philip and Michael, and proud cousin of DJ and Jeffrey.
  I’m kin all of them, so I am proud, too!
 

 
ANOTHER SAD WEEK
 

 
  Last week was another sad one in Saluda County.
  Saluda High’s Bettis Herlong Stadium at Matthews Field is getting fresh coat a paint.
  It saddens me that Terry Merchant, who died of a heart attack last week,  won’t be able to sit in the seats.
  As P.A. announcer I get to the stadium an hour and half before kick-off, but Terry and his son Daniel always beat me there, taking their seat on the top row, just below the press box.
  Like I said a couple of weeks ago, I imagine hearing Bull Chapman’s voice every time I enter the stands, and now I’ll see Terry in his “spot.”
  Myrle Williams was a community leader. Before there was an Equal Rights Amendment, she learned how to support a family by necessity, when her husband Ed died suddenly at the age of 43, leaving her with four young children to raise.
  Her Williams Gift Shop was a popular Saluda store, where you could redeem “stamps” you collected at the grocery. Along with the gift shop, she continued to be a partner in her husband’s Williams Hardware with Everette Rhodes, until it came time for them to retire from the business.
  She did not stop working, however. She got a job in the office at Millken and Company and worked there several more years, before she really did retire.
  For many years, she and the late Elnora Gunter, another Saluda business woman, worked several days a week putting inserts together, and inserting them in papers here at the Standard-Sentinel. We had the best time with those two great ladies, and loved them both.
  Mrs. Myrle was devoted to this county, spending years as treasurer for the Pull-It Festival. She loved her church, her friends and she was so proud of her four children and their families.
  Mike Stancel was also devoted to this community.
  Fresh out of the Marines, Mike moved to his mother’s home county of Saluda and went to work for the Saluda Police Department. He rose through the ranks and eventually was named Chief of Police, where he served admirably for many years.
  The Police Department moved to the modern era under his leadership. More officers and vehicles were added, and the town became a safer place.
  Mike won his first battle with cancer, but the second one took him home. He loved to hunt and fish, and just a few weeks before he died, took his grandson Christopher hunting, and saw Christopher kill his first turkey.
  Pictures were posted on Facebook, clearly showing a proud grandfather,
  Mike, we thank you for your service to us all. Well done, good and faithful servant.
  Even if you never meet Terry Sams in person, you felt you knew him if you grew up here in the 1960’s and watched Augusta’s Channel 6.
  Trooper Terry was our afternoon hero, along with Mr. Knozit on Channel 10, Monty and Mr. Doohickey on Channel 4, and Fred Kirby on Channel 3.
  My first TV appearance was on Trooper Terry as a kid. I remember how nice he was to us, just as Joe Pinner was when our group appeared on Mr. Knozit.
  I must admit, I hated his primary cartoon star, “Felix, the Cat,” but I was among the thousand of kids in the CSRA who loved him.
  Thanks, Trooper Terry, for making my childhood brighter.
  I learned Tuesday morning of the death of my old friend, Buddy Jones. I’ll remember Buddy in this column next week. R.I.P., Buddro.