Monday, November 17, 2014

Poet Brenda Kay Ledford's Interview on YouTube

Poet Brenda Kay Ledford was interviewed by Pam Roman, director of Clay County, North Carolina Chamber of Commerce.

You may watch the interview at:

Monday, October 6, 2014

Clay County Sheriff's Office Citizen's Academy

Fifteen graduates of the Clay County, NC Sheriff's Office Citizen's Academy conclude the six-week course on September 15, 2014.  The course provides an overview of the duties of the sheriff's office.  Judge Richard K. Walker presented certificates at the commencement ceremony.  

Present for the graduation ceremony are, front from left:  Sheriff Vic Davis, Jackie Chatterton, James Davis, John Lepore, Joy Jakelis, Kimbererly Chatterton and Lois Dinsmore; second row: Captain Jake Erhart, Ronald Jakelis and George Dinsmore; third row:  Gordon Brown, Janet Thomas, Cecile Thurston, Fred Delili, and back:  Tom Thomas, Julie Sunsted and Brenda Kay Ledford.

Judge Richard K. Walker presents a certificate to Brenda Kay Ledford at the commencement ceremony of the Clay County Sheriff's Office Citizen's Academy.  Sheriff Vic Davis congratulates the fifteen graduates of the six-week program.
Deputy Stacey Posey who is a resource officer with the Hayesville High School took these photos.

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

The Picture Postcards Project

Brenda Kay Ledford's photo and essay about Hayesville, NC, appeared on "The Picture Postcards Project."  Heather Lang and H.L. Hix co-edited this project to connect others with places we love.
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Tuesday, September 10, 2013


Ranger Jason Guidry and Don Schneider are pictured with the largest red mulberry tree in North Carolina.  Schneider owns the tree and received a certificate from North Carolina Big Tree Program in 2012 for his outstanding tree.  He lives off Tusquittee Road in Clay County, North Carolina.


A special tree,
you tower above the forest,
catching sunlight with
heart-shaped leaves.

More than an ornament,
you amaze our state
with your unusual size
and grace a century.

You lift a 69-foot crown,
toss your hair in the clouds,
offering milky white sap,
and cradle baby birds.

You hold a piece of history
in your wrinkled hands:
windstorms, fires, floods.
Your feet cleave to Clay County.
      --Brenda Kay Ledford

I thank Becky Long, editor and publisher, of CLAY COUNTY PROGRESS for giving me permission to reprint the above photo from her newspaper.

Thursday, March 28, 2013


Hayesville, North Carolina is celebrating its centennial this year (2013).  A historical exhibit was displayed in the old Town and Country Drugstore Building.

A display of clothing made from feed sacks is included in this exhibit.

This rag doll and pillow were made from feed sack fabrics.

A child's nightgown was made from feedsacks.

It took three feed sacks to make a lady's dress, but could take more depending on the size and pattern.

An old Singer sewing machine is pictured.

A collection of thread.

Penny Rugs were made by rural American women in the 1800's.  Also called button or spool rugs, named after the template (pennies, buttons, or a spool), that were used for the size of a circle.

The Penny Rugs were not used on the floor, but on tables or other furniture.  The term "rug or rugg," was meant as coverlets for beds.  We do not know when "rug" was referred to floor covering.

Women who mde these rugs wanted to brighten their homes using scrapes of material. 

Pennies are graduated circles sewn on top of each other with the blanket stitch.  Circles weren't the only designs used.  Birds, trees, animals, stars, and flowers were used everyday.

Penny Rugs with circles were made around the end of the Civil War and more ornate Penny Rugs were made throughout the Victorian era.

In the early 1900's, textile factories emerged and Penny Rugs took a back seat to factory made items.

A pioneer kitchen.

Dr. Staton was a country doctor who practiced medicine for years in this area. He made house calls.

There was a railroad in the early 1900's in Hayesville that hauled timber and goods to the city.

A display about Hayesville High School is included in the Hayesville Centennial Exhibit.

Friday, March 15, 2013


            A cold drizzle drove citizens inside Town Hall to celebrate Hayesville, North Carolina’s centennial on March 11, 2013.
            Rev. Bob Abel, co-pastor of Hayesville Presbyterian Church, gave the invocation.
            The VFW, George Lee American Legion, Cub Scouts, Girl Scouts, and Boy Scouts posted flags.  Lee Holland sang the National Anthem.
            Kenny West, representing Congressman Mark Meadows, presented plaques to Mayor Harrell Moore.
            Folks flocked to a display of Hayesville’s history in the former Town and Country Drugstore located on Sanderson Street.  The exhibit spurred memories of our past.
            I recall my family always went to Hayesville on Saturday.  The town was lively during the 1950’s.
            Mama shopped at Tiger’s Store.  My brother, sister, and I got a soda and ice cream at Booth’s Drug Store.  Then we explored Evie Crawford’s Dime Store. 
            Daddy would visit Cutworm Phillips’ country store.  Old-timers perched on the “loafer’s bench” and spun tales in front of the People’s Store.
            Lastly, Mama took my siblings and me to the library in the old courthouse on the town square.  We checked out arm loads of books and traveled beyond the confides of the Blue Ridge Mountains through reading.
            Our town will always hold a special place in my heart.  Hayesville!
                                                                              --Brenda Kay Ledford
                                                                             Copyright, 2013.


Home from trading eggs
at Cutworm Phillips' store,
the farm wife emptied
flour into the bin,

cut an apron from the sack.
Her husband unwrapped
a moon pie, drank an RC Cola.
The brush broom swishing,

he swept red dirt,
rows straight as arrows
across the front yard.
Like a ghost,

a white-tailed deer
appeared from the pine thickets,
nibbled Queen Pippin apples
and left tracks in the dirt.
        --Brenda Kay Ledford

This poem is from BECKONING, a poetry book by Brenda Kay Ledford published by Finishing Line Press, February, 2013.  This book is available at the Clay County Chamber of Commerce or online at:  www.finishinglinepress, or