Our View: Ups & Downs - Mattie Clyburn Rice; HPU women’s lacrosse
THUMBS UP to 90-year-old Mattie Clyburn Rice of Archdale and her longtime search for information about her father and her persistence in getting for him the recognition he deserved. The story of her father, that she pieced together over five decades of research, is truly one of the enigmatic stories of the American Civil War.
Rice’s father, Weary Clyburn, was born a slave in 1841 in Lancaster County, S.C., on the Clyburn family plantation. When the master’s son, Thomas Frank Clyburn, went off to war to fight for the South, Weary Clyburn went with his friend to help protect him and also to help support the South’s cause.
From her research, Rice learned that when Thomas Frank was wounded during one battle, her father found him on the battlefield, got him to safety and eventually back to South Carolina. For his service to the South, Weary Clyburn was among a number of African Americans who were awarded pensions after the war by the states that had made up the Confederacy. Rice’s father received a pension and is listed on a marker in Union County, southeast of Charlotte, that commemorates the memory of that county’s “Confederate Pensioners of Color.”
THUMBS UP to the High Point University women’s lacrosse team for its 9-7 victory last Sunday over Davidson to win the inaugural Big South Conference Women’s Lacrosse Tournament. The victory earned the women a berth in the NCAA Women’s Lacrosse Tournament, which will get underway next week. The Panthers, in just their third year of participation in women’s lacrosse, will find out on Sunday whom their opponent will be in the NCAA tournament’s first round.
THUMBS DOWN to the news that Libby Hill Seafood restaurant, a fixture on N. Main Street for about 40 years, closed its doors last Friday. Company officials at Libby Hill’s corporate office in Greensboro said declining business, especially its lunch traffic during the last few years, made keeping the business open no longer feasible. Company officials said, however, that a major renovation of the restaurant, which had been considered, has not yet been ruled out as a course of action for the future. Let’s hope company officials do see merit in maintaining a presence in High Point. The company is celebrating its 60th anniversary this year. It has locations in Greensboro, Hickory, Mount Airy, Reidsville and Danville, Va.
News that Tar Heel Lanes on N. Main Street will close Sunday also wins a THUMBS DOWN. The bowling center has attracted young and old for 37 years, but a decline in bowling in general combined with the Tennessee owner’s inability to get refinancing to keep Tar Heel Lanes open is resulting in the business closing. However, company officials said, the facility and equipment will remain as is in the event that another owner might be interested.