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Ball drops in Tryon as New Year arrives

Area residents gathered at the clock tower on Trade Street in Tryon Thursday night to watch the ball drop from the tower and welcome a new year. Organizers of the event claimed Tryon’s ball drop at the stroke of 10 p.m. was the first in the nation, beating the famed Times Square event by a full two hours and setting a “celebratory tone” for the rest of the nation to follow.&bsp; Upstairs Artspace, Elmo’s Pub and Lilac Wine were among the locations in the area holding New Year’s Eve gala events.