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Volume 23, Number 44

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STICKING UP FOR THE LITTLE GUY ART IN SCHOOL More help needed for small businesses Shuler says


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Local blog receives international attention

Writer Tipper Pressley, the maker behind the Blind Pig Sentinel Writer and the Acorn website, says she stumbled upon the idea to start an online blog. Whether happenstance or not, the site has began to turn the heads of readers worldwide. “I designed a business plan and began from scratch,” said Pressley. “I always thought blogs were for businesses or the news. I’d never done anything like it before, but I wanted to give it a try.” Pressley began writing about what she knows best: her Appalachian heritage. Born and raised in Brasstown, cocooned in the lifestyle which she now explores on her site, Pressley is finding that she has an endless amount of material to work with. “I have always had a passion for the history of our area, folk lore, wives tales, and preserving the old ways,” she said. “I want to show how the past can be remembered, appreciated in the present, and used for the future.” Interestingly she uses modern technology to do so; a digital camera, a computer, and the internet. Pressley’s website,, is now two years old. Currently the site has three hundred and seventy subscribers and averages two thousand five hundred views per week. “As it went on, I really latched on to it,” commented Pressley. “In beginning I thought, ‘What am I going to talk about?’ Now I think I can’t talk about it quick enough!”

Where did it go?

By: Emolyn Liden

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Forward By: Bryan Hughes Editor It’s no secret that art programs are failing in schools everywhere. Every year the amount of funds allocated for art classes dwindles. Band students

and fostering creativity. Not only this, but countless studies have proven that students who are exposed to arts and culture perform better in Math and English classes. It has also been proven that students who attend schools with strong art programs have a higher suc-

“Did the government know that music and math go hand in hand...” -Wil Skelton

are using instruments from 1985, art classes are given nothing more than a few new sets of colored pencils, and maybe some secondhand paint sets. It seems that schools are trying to shut out the one program that provides a foundation for expanding intellect,

cess rate of getting into good colleges and landing good jobs. There are hundreds of charities and organizations that have been founded with the sole purpose of saving art programs but very little progress has been made. In light of this, The

Sentinel will be publishing a series of articles that take a look at the condition of our local art programs, and exploring different solutions for helping to save our art programs, as well as how we can bring the arts back to the forefront - not only in our schools, but also in our community. So what better way to kick this series off than to hear the case right from the people it affects the most - the students! Meet Will Skelton. Will is a Clay County resident who attends Hayesville High School. He moved to Clay County when he was in 1st grade. Will’s mom recognized the importance of Art and enrolled him into John C. Campbell’s “Little Middle Folk School Week.” Over the years Will has developed a love for the Arts and aside from being an incredibly talented artist and painter, he also enjoys performing

in the high school chorus, and drama program. In fact, Will is so passionate about keeping the Arts in Schools that he has written his senior thesis paper on the subject. He has applied to Western NC University, Wingate University, Young Harris College, and New York University. Written below is Will’s thesis.

Keeping the Arts in Schools

By: Will Skelton

Art, it has been used in american school systems for decades. Increasingly though there has been a decline in art being taught in schools. with budget cuts, and a demand for focus on more practical subjects, a person might say that America has forgotten the importance of students expression See ARTS Page 8A

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Repairing I-40

Town Election Results For the results of the Hayesville Town Election

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NEWS BRIEFS Flu View Update Synopsis: During week 42 (October 18-24, 2009), influenza activity increased in the U.S. * 8,268 (42.1%) specimens tested by U.S. World Health Organization (WHO) and National Respiratory and Enteric Virus Surveillance System (NREVSS) collaborating laboratories and reported to CDC/Influenza Division were positive for influenza. * All subtyped influenza A viruses being reported to CDC were 2009 influenza A (H1N1) viruses. * The proportion of deaths attributed to pneumonia and influenza (P&I) was above the epidemic threshold. * Twenty-two influenza-associated pediatric deaths were reported. Nineteen of these deaths were associated with 2009 influenza A (H1N1) virus infection and three were associated with an influenza A virus for which the subtype was undetermined. * The proportion of outpatient visits for influenza-like illness (ILI) was above the national baseline. All 10 regions reported ILI above region-specific baseline levels. * Forty-eight states reported geographically widespread influenza activity, Guam and two states reported regional influenza activity, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico reported local influenza activity, and the U.S. Virgin Islands did not report.

Oath Keepers National Leadership Conference The Oath Keepers National Leadership Conference,held in Los Vegas, Nevada had leadership representation from most of the fifty states.Founder of the Oath Keepers Stewart Rhodes,constitutional attorney and veteran requested Nighta Davis as one of the conference speakers. Davis is the National Organizer of the National 912 Project and founder of the North Georgia/Carolina Patriots that the Clay County Patriots are a part of. Teresa Reece is the Clay County Patriots Founder. Oath Keepers is a nonprofit organization made up primarily of current and former police and military personnel who renew their oaths to the Constitution.

Leiberman denies report on his support for Public Option Less than a week after saying he would campaign for the GOP in 2010, Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-CT) is shooting down a report that he has reached an agreement with Democrats about his opposition to a public option. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) is seeking enough votes for a healthcare reform proposal that he said would have a government insurance plan. In a statement to FOX, Lieberman spokesman Marshall Wittmann said, “If you believe this story is true, you will also believe that I am replacing ARod in game six of the series.” “The suggestion reported in the Hill that Senator Lieberman has made a ‘private understanding’ on his votes on health care reform is absolutely not true,” Wittmann added. “Senator Lieberman’s clear position is that he will vote for the motion to proceed to the health care bill because he supports health care reform that will control costs and insure people who don’t have it now, but will oppose cloture on a final bill if it contains a public option.”

Manufacturing Orders Rise For Fifth Month In Six Orders for manufactured goods in the U.S. increased for the fifth time in six months, the Commerce Department reported Tuesday. Orders rose to a seasonally adjusted 0.9 percent in September after a drop of 0.8 percent in August. The increases were in machinery, autos, defense goods, and chemicals. Economists had estimated a gain of 0.6 percent. Still, orders are down 13.9 percent so far this year compared to the first nine months of 2008. Orders for durable goods rose 1.4 percent after declining 2.7 percent in August. Durable goods constitute slightly more than half of factory demand. Bookings for machinery jumped 7.9 percent, the biggest gain since March 2008. Orders for vehicles and parts rose 0.6 percent. On Monday, the Institute for Supply Management reported that manufacturing firms expanded at the highest rate since April 2006. Inventories dropped 1 percent, a reason for the increase in factory orders.

Clay County Historical & Arts Council presents

The Autumn Arts Expo Celebrating the richness of our area’s arts and artists. Hand-crafted works for sale by local potters, basket-makers, writers, painters and more. Presentations by local arts groups. Join us at the

Truett Memorial Baptist Church Fellowship Hall on Saturday, November 7, from 10 am - 4 pm. This project was supported by the N.C. Arts Council, a division of the Department of Cultural Resources.


Smoky Mountain Sentinel Wednesday November 4, 2009

Sticking up for the little guy More help needed for small businesses Shuler says

By: Frank Bradley Sentinel Writer

In a media teleconference last week, Congressman Heath Shuler spoke of his efforts to help small businesses, many of whom are struggling in the current economy. “Serving on the Small Business Committee of the House of Representatives, he said he is looking for ways to make it easier for these businesses to obtain loans. “We need to cut out the red tape, increase the amount small businesses can borrow up to a maximum of $3 million,” he said. He said his committee is pushing through legislation to get small banks lending again. Regarding health care legislation,

Shuler said the earlier bill HR 3200 had lots of problems that made it a bill he couldn’t support. “There were some bad issues attached to it,” he said;  “however,  the current proposals being circulated in the House are much improved.” “It’s as strong as it has ever been for the general public,” he said. “We’ve got to keep it under $900 billion in keeping with the president’s cost curve parameters. Also, we cannot forget our seniors. We want to make sure they are taken care of and not left out.” Regarding the issue of public option in the health care bill, Shuler said he favors a public option, but that he is fully aware that there are other views regarding it. He again stressed the importance of containing the cost curve to

hold down spending. He said one way to hold down the cost is to put more effort on wellness and prevention. More importantly, he said, the House bill is going to be affected with what the U.S. Senate is going to do. Shuler addressed two other issues: steps taken to make sure there is sufficient “Swine Flu vaccine” distributed to rural areas, and steps he is taking with his congressional counterpart in Tennessee to secure funding to re-open the section of I-40 that has been closed due to a rockslide. He said a letter had been written to the Federal Highway Administration asking that it be declared a disaster and that funds need to be made available to get the road open as quickly as possible due to its economic impact on this region. He said there are

provisions for the federal government to foot the bill 100 percent.

I-40 Rock Slide Update

Crews to begin blasting rock tomorrow; Web site available

Contractors have installed a pulley system and moved two drills into place on the face of the mountain slope and will drill holes in preparation to begin blasting rock tomorrow afternoon. On the ground, crews continue to break up the largest boulders lying in the road. This work will continue to take place over the next couple weeks. The N.C. Department of Transportation has established a Web site dedicated to updates and information on the clean up efforts. It can be accessed directly from People can also sign up for daily updates via

Twitter. The rock slide occurred Oct. 25 on I-40 in North Carolina near the Tennessee line. The slide is about 150 feet high and 200-300 feet wide and the majority of debris is rock.   The N.C. Department of Transportation has hired Phillips & Jordan Inc. of Knoxville, Tenn. and rock stabilization specialist Jonad Contractors of Champion, NY to perform the work.  Travelers can still reach Western North Carolina via a number of routes. An official detour has been set up for inter-state traffic. Motorists traveling

west to Tennessee should take I-40 West to I-240 West (Exit 53b) in Asheville to I-26 West (Exit 4a). Follow I-26 West from Asheville to I-81 South (Exit 8a) in Tennessee, back to I-40. Eastbound motorists will follow the reverse directions. NCDOT reminds motorists to stay alert, travel at non-peak times and use alternate routes when possible. Plan ahead before driving by visiting the NCDOT Traveler Information Management System Web site at or calling 511, the state’s free travel information line, for

current travel conditions. NCDOT also provides alerts about traffic congestion, construction work

Travelers can still reach Western North Carolina through a number of alternate routes and changes to the ferry schedule on Twitter. To access them, visit

Board of Adjustment Meeting Clay County Board of Adjustment will hold meeting on Nov. 12th at 6:00 pm

Application #BOA4040 by Justin Cressman d/b/a BURGER BOY #4 NC 69 (Former Yellow Jacket Café) for a Restaurant Special Exception In the C-2 Zoning District. “Grandfather” status expired. Restaurant was closed over 180 days and was closed when the Ordinance was amended to make Restaurants a Special Exception. Application #BOA4041 by Carl

Patterson for A Multi-Family Special Exception at 58 Palmer St. in the R-2 Zoning District. 0.70 ac. Tax Map PIN 1163. Proposal is to convert the existing single family residence to a two family rental unit within the walls of the existing building. Application #BOA4042 by Alazan, Inc. for a Restaurant Special Exception at 964 NC69 Suite 12 in the C-2

Zoning District. Restaurant is in the Blair Creek Plaza which is part of a Satellite Annexation which was done over twenty years ago. It is south of the ETJ boundary at Blair Creek. Alazan is “grandfathered” to continue operating as is under prior provisions for drive-in restaurants. To add alcohol sales they must be in compliance with current Ordinance provisions to secure Zon-

ing Compliance Certification needed for their ABC application. All three Special Exceptions require a finding by this Board that all provisions of Section 1454, 1., 2. and 3. are satisfied. Condition 4. deals with supervision of new construction and does not apply to any of the above applications. There are no added requirements for Restaurants or Multi-family.

CCCRA Annual meeting overview Organization brought a number of benefits to the County

The Clay County Communities Revitalization Association (CCCRA) held its annual meeting on October 29 with a potluck supper at the Hayesville First United Methodist Church. Various speakers from the association described its accomplishments for the past year, and members voted on a new slate of officers for 2010.  Dr. David Moore, professor of archeology at Warren Wilson College, discussed how Clay County might exploit the economic, educational and cultural value of the Nelson Heritage Park.   During 2009, CCCRA and its members have conducted a host of activities to benefit Clay County.  These include:  • Construction of a Cherokee winter house at the Nelson Heritage Park.  Students from Western Carolina University under Dr. Jane Eastman, assistant professor of anthropology, worked along side CCCRA volunteers to erect the building.   Thirty-one volunteers contributed 405 hours of work on the project. Construction of a Cherokee summer house is now underway at the same site, which is next to the Old Jail Museum.  The Nelson Heritage Park is expected to draw tourists and school children from outside the county to see how early inhabitants lived. • Completion of the trail work on Jackrabbit Mountain Hiking and Biking Trail.  This is a joint venture with the Southern Appalachian Bicycle

Association. Scotty Fane and his crew donated large blocks of time above and beyond the work they contracted to perform. Construction of various trail head amenities is now underway.  The Mountain High Hikers have identified plants along the trail and will post identifying signs this winter.  Partly as a result of the trail, the Jackrabbit Campground logged a 20% increase in visitors over the summer.  The rather primitive trail traffic counter logged 800 hits in the month of August and 1,000 in September.  Various Atlantaarea chapters of the Southern OffRoad Bicycle Association plan a group ride for November 1.  Thus, the trail is already drawing an increased number of visitors to Clay County.  Plans call for a structure at the trail head that will allow Clay County businesses to advertise their services. • Organizing multiple events during the summer on the square in Hayesville.  These include the Car-B-Que, the Family Fun Fest, and a number of concerts.   The Car-B-Que raised $2,200 and the Family Fun Fest raised $700 that will go to support the economic development of Clay County.  Hundreds of people of all ages attended these events. • Construction of a new Hayesville welcome sign at the corner of routes 64 and 69. • Clean-ups of the Nelson Heritage Park site, the Hayesville town square,

Frank Bradley / Sentinel Photo CCCRA officers, board members, committee chairs. From left to right Margie Weathers (vice president), Sandy Nicolette (secretary), Lou Lanwermeyer (board member), Rob Tiger (president), Gail Criss (board member), Millie Bayne (treasurer), Sandy Nichols (board member), and John Bayne (committee chair).

the pocket park, and the road through Warne. Jim Orr of the Clay County Detention Center made jail inmates available to help with clean-up.  CCCRA also donated 130 trash clean-up bags to the elementary school on Earth Day in April. • Participation on the Clay County Comprehensive Planning Committee along with other community organizations.  CCCRA board members Gail Criss and Ron Guggisburg serve on the committee. Its job is to develop a plan that will guide Clay County’s development over the next decade. The committee is currently holding com-

munity meetings and focus groups to identify what Clay County residents believe is important for future development. A survey on the subject is being sent to area residents with their October power bills.  The survey is also available online at www.claycountycomp.  CCCRA officers for 2010 will be Rob Tiger, president; Margie Weathers, vice president; Sandy Nicolette, secretary; and Millie Bayne, treasurer.  Board directors for the class of 2012 will be Gail Criss, Lou Lanwermeyer, and Sandy Nichols.



Smoky Mountain Sentinel Wednesday November 4, 2009

EDITOR’S INBOX Thanks for a great benefit Brasstown Valley Church would like to thank all who made the benefit yard sale for James Vandereedt on October 24, 2009 a great success.  We would like to say thank you to Friends Moving Company for helping us move items and McConnell Memorial Baptist Church for allowing us to use their parking lot.  We would also like to thank all of the individuals who donated items for the sale, those who

volunteered for the sale, and every person who attended the sale. All proceeds will go towards James’s medical expenses associated with his recent liver transplant.  To God be the glory!   -Holly A. Berndt, MD for Brasstown Valley Church

As director of The Learning Center! Charter School, I would like to thank all the parents, teachers and community volunteers who helped make our Addams Family Monster Mash event such a huge success. On the event night and for days after, many comments were made to me about the incredible costumes, variety of activities, “Addams Family” maze and the amount of creativity that was evident in the volunteer work behind the event.   We thank the high school students and community members who played roles in the maze.Tri-County Early College High School students had record participation this year and all students will receive community service hours for their involvement. Thanks also to teachers, parents & grandparents, community members and business supporters. An event of this magnitude would not be possible without them. Special thanks to our main event sponsors: Sounds Good Electronics,BB&T Bank,Cricket Hollow Design,Highland Realty Group, Macon Bank, Party Outlet, Rand & Rawson

Design Thanks to our community supporters: Appalachian Community Bank, Bill McKeever, Bill and Barbara Hughes, Blue Ridge Mountain EMC Board Members and Staff of The Learning Center! Can Do Computers Classy Ground Covers Collinswood of NC Computer Workshop Cricket Hollow Design David Hilton Realty Dickey Supply Doyle’s Restaurant Farley Insurance Ground to Graphics John Sandidge Plumbing Mt. Lakes Board of Realtors Mountain Office Systems Murphy Auto Supply Murphy’s Grill No Name Deli Party Outlet Ritz Refrigeration Rudy Bata Law Office Studley Chiropractor The Collins Law Firm Tim Noland Tri County Early College and Murphy High students Tri-State News & Shoppers Guide Victoria’s Fashions Wayne Roshaven and BJ McFalls And to those who gave anonymously so all students could participate in the fun during these tough economic times.

Addams Family Event a hit thanks to volunteers, community

The Army & Navy Union USA Still fulfilling the needs of our servicemen and women

By: Bill Curns Sentinel Guest Writer At the time it was founded this organization filled a vital need, the need for a coordinated, united efforts by all veterans to aid the soldiers and sailors coming home from the wars to readjust themselves to civilian life. It still

fills that need... and many more. In 1886, men of vision, advanced the idea of a permanent national organization for all veterans, Under the leadership of Peter Lacher, Louis Renkert, and George Russell Downs, they founded an organization open to all who had served in the Armed Forces or who were still in uniform to "pro-

mote loyalty to the country, assemble comrade in order to perpetuate a spirit of fraternity, present social affairs, and befriend ex-servicemen and women who might need help in securing employment, in caring for the sick, and in burying their dead. This organization is known as The Army and Navy Union USA.

The time for change is now By: Jim Fitzgerald Columnist

I have said it before and I will say it again. Insurance companies push as much risk onto the government (you and me) as they can and then do not want the government to compete with them for the less risky population.  For example, do you have a disability policy? If you do, look closely at the language of your contract. Most likely, you will see a clause that requires you to apply for Social Security Disability should you file a claim against the policy.The disability carrier will provide a lawyer to shepherd your case through the SSD process. Then, whatever benefits you receive from SSD reduces any benefits from your disability insurer. If SSD awards you $1,000 a month, then your insurer reduces their benefit to you by $1,000. You may be paying for a $2,000 a month disability policy but your insurer will only be paying $1,000 a month should $1,000 of SSD be awarded. Just consider the “public option” that has been vilified so harshly by the conservatives.  They claim they do not want government in health care. More-

over, they do not want government to compete with private insurers. Do they realize that government has been involved in health care for decades? Who do they think manage the Medicare and Medicaid health insurance programs? Both programs were created to cover individuals that private insurance programs do not want on their books. The government covers the elderly, the poor, and the disabled (both mental and physical). Private insurance companies do not want to cover these populations because they are heavy consumers of health care. That means the unhealthiest among us are forced into government programs and then conservatives complain that the government cannot run efficient health care programs.  This criticism is similar to tying one hand behind a fighter and then blaming him for losing the fight. What do you think would happen if a private insurer were forced to accept only the unhealthiest among us? What if they were prohibited from accepting healthier people to help offset the expenses associated with the unhealthy ones? That company would go bankrupt, plain and simple. However, that does not stop conser-


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-Mary Jo Dyre, Director of The Learning Center!

From the desk of Heath Shuler Reps. Shuler and Roe Seek Federal Funds for I-40 Repair

Congressmen Heath Shuler (DN.C.) and Phil Roe (R-TN) organized every member of the North Carolina and Tennessee Congressional delegations to advocate for a speedy repair of Interstate 40 after the devastating rock slide last weekend.  Reps. Shuler and Roe wrote the Federal Highway Administrator today requesting federal emergency funds to clean-up and repair the main transportation artery between North Carolina and Tennessee. Interstate 40 serves as a vital transportation and commerce thoroughfare for the U.S., particularly the states of North Carolina and Tennessee.  Each day, about 25,000 vehicles travel the section of I-40 which has been closed due to the rock slide.  Approximately 10,000 tractor trailers traverse the road daily to carry goods throughout the region.  Because the portion of I-40 impacted by the landslide is so important to the states they represent, Reps. Shuler

and Roe wrote Victor Mendez, Federal Highway Administrator, for assistance. Specifically, they asked for funds from the Federal Highway Administration’s Emergency Relief Program for the cost of clean-up and repairs.   Every member of the North Carolina and Tennessee Congressional delegations support the effort and have added their names as signatories to the letter.  “Thousands of families are currently isolated from emergency services, and the detour around the I-40 closure can add an hour and a half to a trip,” said Rep. Shuler, D-N.C.  “We have to get this critical route reopened as quickly as possible.” “The impact of this rock slide is being felt across East Tennessee and Western North Carolina.  We want to see Interstate 40 safely reopen as soon as possible,” said Rep. Roe, R-TN. “I am working with my colleagues from Tennessee and North Carolina to secure federal assistance to keep the re-

pair process moving.” On Wednesday, Gov. Bev Perdue declared that the rock slide on I-40 at mile marker 3 was a disaster, which is the first step in seeking federal emergency funds. Federal Highway Administration Emergency Relief Program funds were established to address damages directly caused by natural disasters such as floods, hurricanes, tidal waves, earthquakes, tornados, storms, and landslides.  The letter from Roe and Shuler indicated that the major rock slide on I-40 in North Carolina fits well within the eligibility requirements to qualify for the funds.   “This portion of I-40 is essential to the people and the local economy of Western North Carolina, and I hope the Federal Highway Administration will act as quickly as possible to help in the clean-up and repair,” Congressman Shuler said.

The House Democratic leadership unveiled a health care reform bill last week that, if passed, will make dramatic changes to the health care industry. The 1,990 page bill currently being discussed is significantly different from H.R. 3200, the health care legislation approved by the Energy and Commerce Committee in July. I am pleased to see some positive changes in the new legislation, including the repeal of an anti-trust loophole that currently allows health care insurance companies to drive up the price of medical care. This measure would bar anti-competitive practices such as price fixing and allow for increased state regulation. This provision is similar to the Health Insurance Industry Antitrust Enforcement Act, H.R. 3596, which l cosponsored last month to create more competition in the insurance industry and drive down prices. I continue to be concerned about the $1.2 trillion price tag attached to the health care legislation, H.R. 3962.  Health care premiums for families rose about 5 percent this year, and have more than doubled over the past decade, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation data.  Health care reform must slow the rising cost of health insurance affecting American families and businesses already weighed down by our struggling economy. The current legislation does not adequately reduce the cost of health care for most Americans, and threatens to make health

insurance even more expensive. Additionally, the bill does not do enough to reduce the increasing amount that the federal government spends on Medicare, Medicaid and other health care programs. These cost increases are unsustainable for our federal budget in the long run.   The House leadership may call for a vote on the legislation as early as this week.   Following the House vote, the bill will be considered by the Senate.  As I consider the legislation, I am working on reading the bill and anticipating how the legislation would affect Western North Carolina and our country as a whole.  EPA and Interior Department Spending Last week, both the House and the Senate passed the bill that finances the Environmental Protection Administration and the Department of the Interior, which funds our national parks and federal forests. The Department of Interior,Environment and Related Appropriations Act of 2010, H.R. 2996, included funding for wildlife preservation, land and water conservation, and a substantial increase to provide loans for local sewer and water projects. This bill also included my provision that allocated $713,000 to buy 88 acres of land to provide public access to the scenic site of Catawba Falls and build a parking area.  This follows the passage in September of my bill that allowed the adjustment  of the boundaries of

the Pisgah National Forest to include a total of 301 acres of additional land, 213 acres that already were owned by the federal government and the additional 88-acre tract of privately owned land. Currently, visitors need to pass through a steep and rugged wooded area to legally reach the Catawba Falls, and people often inadvertently trespass on private property. This legislation, coupled with the funding allocated in H.R. 2996, will open up Catawba Falls to hikers and fishermen, as well as give an economic boost to the economy of McDowell County. Small Business The Small Business Financing and Investment Act, H.R. 3854, was passed in the House last week.   This bill was designed  to make obtaining government loans easier and less costly for small businesses. The legislation will cut red tape for small businesses to obtain government loans, lower fees on many loans and raise the maximum amount of a Small Business Administration loan to $3 million. The legislation will get more affordable capital into the hands of small business owners who all too often face difficulties obtaining loans and other financing.   The Small Business Committee, of which I am a member and a Chairman of a Subcommittee, estimates that the bill will allow $44 billion for lending and investment to small businesses, and is expected to create and save up to 1.3 million jobs a year.

Legislative Update: Health Care Reform Bill to Hit Floor  

Sentinel Staff FRANK BRADLEY, Publisher BRYAN HUGHES, Editor DEBBIE WALKER Editorial Assistant Circulation PAT MCCOLLUM Bookkeeping

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Classical Conversation Class coming to WNC

Join us for a One Day Parent Practicum hosted by Little Brasstown Baptist Church and Clay County home school support  liaison,  Janann Fine and surrounding area  home school leaders,  along with North Carolina CC Director, Lisa Bailey and special guest, Region 1 home school support leader, Lise Dews   Place:Little Brasstown Baptist Church, 6210 Harshaw Rd, Brasstown, NC 828) 837-8875 Event: One Day Parent Practicum for Classical Conversations Date:   Friday, November 13, 2009 Cost:  FREE-child care not provided at this time, but seeking volunteers for  young infant child care Time: Registration begins at 10:00 a.m. Event time: 10:30 a.m.- 3:30 p.m. One Day Parent Practicum; and 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. Informational Summary What is a Classical Conversation Parent Practicum? Birthed from a heart of ministry and a desire to equip parents in the teaching of their children, Classical Conversations  has developed free Parent Practicums, which range from one-day to three-day events with economicallypriced academic camps for students at our 3-Day events. Practicum means practice, so join us as we practice using the tools of learning. The purpose of education is to know

God and to make Him known. Our purpose is to lead the home-centered education movement by equipping parents and students with the classical tools of learning needed to discover the order and beauty of God’s creation and to inspire others to do the same.   At its core, Classical Conversations is built on this three-stage learning model, which is often called the trivium. Additionally, as a Christian curriculum, CC integrates a Biblical worldview throughout and strives in its Foundations, Essentials and Challenge programs to promote classical learning within the nurturing atmosphere of Christian community.  But beyond the three C’s classical, Christian and community what sets our program apart from other offerings in today’s educational market? We believe it’s our one-room schoolhouse approach, modeled after America’s early schools where one teacher, equipped with the tools of learning, taught multiple subjects to multiple students of multiple ages and abilities at the same time. This is the approach that produced many of our nation’s greatest thinkers, innovators and leaders! And on shoestring budgets, no less!   Sadly, however, most modern institutions have discarded this successful early approach. Instead, they employ master teachers specialized in one subject, resulting in the stagnant compart-

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mentalizing of subjects that are meant to be assimilated and integrated in celebration. Experiential learning has replaced the idea that to master a subject, students must learn the grammar of that subject, then the related logic and application. In other words, students are no longer taught how to master the skills of learning. Given a parent-teacher equipped with the tools of learning, Classical Conversations believes the one-room schoolhouse approach provides the most conducive atmosphere for true education in a child’s foundational years. As well, it most closely resembles the atmosphere in most home school homes today.   North Carolina is considered one of the four top states in the country for home schooling.  That is, North Carolina has an extremely large number of families that chose to home school their children. Every year the number continues to grow. There are so many reasons why families chose to home school their children.  Many families around the world are taking back their God-given responsibility to educate their children. Here in Clay County and  the surrounding communities,  are many families who home school their children and there are many parents who may feel they are being lead to home school.  There is no one right way to educate your children, however, it is important to make a decision that is best for your family. Educating your child at home is a huge decision and should be one that is made with your spouse. Everyone is welcomed to attend, except that child care is not provided. There is a nursing mothers room available for young infants. If you would like to volunteer to staff the nursery for young infants please contact Janann Fine at 828-389-4025.  For more information you may email me at or call me at 828-389-4025 or visit their website at www.classicalconversations. com

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Smoky Mountain Sentinel Wednesday November 4, 2009

Donnie Ellis


11/4 Deed Transactions:

ton, GA, Martha Barrett and husband, Vester of Hiawassee, GA, and Mary Maney and husband, Ronnie of Hayesville; five sons, Edward, Billy and wife, Joann, Bobby, Gary and wife, Dot, and Mike Ellis all of Hayesville; two sisters, Mildred Woody of Hayesville and Mae Dills of North Carolina; three brothers, Ralph Nichols of Hiawassee, GA, Lex Nichols of Tennessee, and Willard Nichols of Cleveland, GA; and 17 grandchildren; 34 great grandchildren, and eight great great grandchildren. Funeral services will be held at 2:00 PM Wednesday, November 4th in the Chapel of the Ivie Funeral Home, Hayesville with Rev. Clayton Raxter officiating.  Interment will be in the Old

Donnie Ellis, 90, of Hayesville died Sunday, November 1, 2009 in a Towns County, GA care facility. She was a native of Towns County, but had lived in Clay County most of her life.  She was a retired seamstress and a member of the Old Shooting Creek Baptist Church.   She was the daughter of the late Lawrence and Emma Denton Nichols and the wife of the late Lawrence Ellis, who died February 4, 1998.  She was also preceded in death by two grandsons, Bryan and Miki Ellis; and a foster great granddaughter, Amanda Burney.  Surviving are three daughters, Opal Ridings and husband, Heard of Can-

Neva Byers Martin

Neva Byers Martin, 84, of Hayesville died Friday, October 30, 2009 at her residence. She was a native of Town County, GA but had lived in Clay County most of her life.  She was a retired bookkeeper and a member of the Truett Memorial Baptist Church.  She was the daughter of the late E.A. and Mary Elizabeth Keys Byers.   Surviving are her husband of 63 years, George H. Martin; a daughter, Linda Gay Lovingood and husband, Stephen of Hayesville; three sons, William H. “Bill” Martin and wife, Kathy

and Allen E. Martin and wife, Sarah all of Hayesville, and Charles R. “Ronnie”Martin and wife, Glenda of Buford, GA; and eight grandchildren and ten great grandchildren. Funeral services were held at 3:00 PM Sunday, November 1, 2009 in the Chapel of the Ivie Funeral Home, Hayesville with the Revs. Jimmy Rogers and Aud Brown officiating.  Interment was in the Hayesville Baptist/Presbyterian Cemetery. Pallbearers were Michael, Douglas, Harry, and David Lane Martin, Buck Chambers, and Wayne Odom. Honorary pallbearer was Marty Martin.

Jean R. & Wilbert Moss; Harry Page, Marilyn J., William Ray, Eulene M., Bobby Alvin, Elizabeth Rogers and Shooting Creek Baptist Church Cem- Cheryl R. & Ronnie Bracken sold 9.12 etery. Pallbearers will be Barry, David, acres (Rogers property) in Shooting Anthony, and Ryan Ellis, and Kenny Creek Township to Linda T. Patterson and Kevin Barrett. Honorary pallbearer for $ 200,000 on October 27, 2009. United Community Bank sold 1.865 will be Duane Ellis.  The family will receive friends from acres in Shooting Creek Township to 6-8 Tuesday evening at the Ivie Funeral Robert & Tracy Goins for $ 48,500 on Home, Hayesville.   The family requests memorials be made in memory of Donnie Ellis to Christina Lee Gate/Hargett, 32, of Old Shooting Creek Baptist Church Hayesville, NC was arrested for possess Cemetery Fund, c/o Phyllis Leslie, 10 drug parahemalia (3 counts) on OctoCheetah Lane, Hayesville, NC 28904.  ber 26, 2009. Ivie Funeral Home, Hayesville is in William Wesley Hargett, 40, of charge of all arrangements.  Hayesville, NC was arrested for possesAn online guest register is available at sion of drug paraphemalia (3 counts); “Obituaries” at www.iviefuneralhome. probation violation on October 26, com 2009.

October 28, 2009. Robert P. & Judith L. Steinwedel sold Lot 10 (Smith Mtn Property) in Hayesville Township to Gregory A. & Wendy S. Walker for $ 136,000 on October 28, 2009. Phillip E. & Judith C Strout sold 1.07 acres in Hiawassee Township to Rodney James & Tonya Venus Penland for $ 155,000 on October 30, 2009.

11/4 Arrest Report:

William Veston Harkins, 50, of The family received friends from Blairsville, GA was arrested for obtain 1:30-2:45 Sunday afternoon at the Ivie Funeral Home, Hayesville prior to the services.   The family requests memorials be made in memory of Neva Byers Martin to the American Cancer Society, CherNathaniel Dewitt Passmore, 24,of okee County Chapter, P.O. Box 1151, Hayesville, NC and Kelsey Miranda Murphy, NC 28906. Queen, 20, of Hayesville, NC were   Ivie Funeral Home, Hayesville in united in marriage on October 28, charge of all arrangements. 2009.  An online guest register is available at “Obituaries”at www.iviefuneralhome. com

control substnace by false pretense on October 26, 2009 and released on October 26, 2009. Chase Landon Sanders,26,of Hayesville, NC was arrested for injury to personal property; resisting officers; assault on a female on October 31, 2009 and released on November 2, 2009. David Nathaniel Jones, 32, of Andrews, NC was arrested for felony larceny on November 1, 2009.


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Pat Conroy’s South of Broad is perhaps the most eagerly awaited book of the year! Diana Gabaldon’s An Echo In The Bone--The 7th volume in the extraordinary story of 18th century Scotsman Jamie Fraser and his 20th century time-traveling wife, Claire Randall. Lauren Willig’s The Temptation of the Night Jasmine is the 5th installment in the Pink Carnation series, which merges historical accuracy, romance and wit. (Also available, book

on C.D.) Fans of Pride and Prejudice will enjoy. Kate Morton’s The Forgotten Garden transports you to the days of pre WWI London, to the shores of colonial Australia, and back to the windswept coast of Cornwall, with unforgettable characters woven through a spell-binding plot. Larry McMurtry’s Rhino Ranch is the final chapter in the Duane Moore story, which began in 1966 with The Last Picture Show.

Chamber News

Nothing like a Rainy Dreary Halloween Night to get everyone out, we had an amazing turn out for Trick or Treat on the Square this year even with the yucky weather. Everyone had a great time; lots of candy, popcorn, apple cider and hot chocolate were giving out. Thanks to everyone who came out to participate with this event. Especially all the volunteers that help pull this soggy event off. Chairman Mike & Sandy Faggard-Southern Impressions, Co-Chair Butch FreemanCardinal Systems Group, Mary Wiegold- Highway 69 Storage, Jennifer Ray-Murphy Movers, Doug & Marie Taylor-Taylor Electric, Jack & Cathy Jones-Spa & Boat Cover World, Rich Wiegold- ARC Sheet Metal, Josh Ashe-Remax Oak Forest Realty, Bryan Lunsford-Nantahala Bank & Trust, Sherry Rodriguez-Take-A-Break Por-

tables, Sandy Zimmerman-Constituent Service Rep. for Heath Shuler, Bob & Travis Walters- Sunchaser Photography, Kerry Bowler-Exit Realty, Scott, Jacquie & Caleb Tallman-Mountain Painting Company, Missy Stevens, Mindy Sink, Danny Mann, Kay & Michael Warden, Dwight MossDwight Moss & Associates, Pat ListList Construction, Hayesville Fire Station & EMS. Thank you to the Master of Ceremonies Karen Lancaster. We were able to give out lots of candy this year thanks to all that donated candy and money for this event –Fun World, Philip & Joan Cantley-Vertical Blind Outlet, Subway, Ingles, Hardees, Kerr Drugs, McDonalds, First Citizens Bank, Mary St Pierre-St Pierre Wood Pottery, Tim & Pam McClureTim McClure General Contractor, Cardinal Systems Group, Pam & Russ

Margaret Atwood’s The Year of the Flood--The leader of God’s Gardeners (a religion devoted to the melding of science, religion, and the preservation of all plant and animal life) has long predicted a natural disaster that will alter Earth as we know it. LARGE PRINT: Leanne Banks- Some Girls Do Fern Michaels- The Scoop BOOKS ON C.D. James Patterson The Eight Confession

Nora Roberts In the Garden series (Blue Dahlia, Black Rose, Red Lily) Robert Parker- Rough Weather Daniel Silva- A Death In Vienna Anna Quindlen- Rise and Shine Anderson Cooper- Dispatches From The Edge (A memoir of war, disasters, and survival) Jane Austen- Pride and Prejudice

Jones, Mountain Home Nursing, Judy Hawkins-Hawkins Leather, Lloyd & Valerie Schechinger- Lloyd Schechinger Interior Trim & Custom Cabinets, Glen & Betty Love, Tri-County Office Supply, Café Touché. I know all the kids appreciate it as well as I THANK YOU! We are having our next business after hours next Monday at the Shoppes of Brasstown, I hope that you will all make it out to this BAH – the membership drawing is up to $275.00 this is a great opportunity to get out and network with other members I will be introducing our new members at this meeting too. Pam Parrish-Morning Song Studio, Jackie Gentzsch- Carolina Crafting, Pam & Dave Silva- Silva Gallery all of these shops are located in Brasstown. MaryAnn TownsendMaryAnn’s Restaurant located at the old Hayesville Family Restaurant, Pat Margo – American Mountain Properties 389-0661. Scott Ledford-SW Ledford Grade Contracting licensed highway contractors, residential &

commercial site work including roads, homesites, commercial building & trucking 389-0567 joining as silver member. And of course we are gearing up for the Punkin Chunkin Fest that will be held on November 14th come out a enjoy the day of Punkin Fun, starting at 10AM and continuing all day. Anything Punkin Cook-off, Little Miss Punkin Pageant, Chili Cook off, Punkin Chunkin, Womanless Ms Chunkin Pageant, and the street dance.  For more information on any of the above information please feel free to come by the Chamber office, or give us a call 87389-3704, you can also go to to view pictures for these events. for upcoming Hayesville events.  THINK LOCAL! SHOP LOCAL! Marcile Smith, Executive Director Clay County Chamber of Commerce

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teers.Please call 389-8401.

Clay County Commisioners Meeting Agenda

The Clay County Board of Commissioner's will hold their regular scheduled meeting November 5, 2009 in the Multi-Purpose Room at 6 p.m. at 261 Courthouse Drive, Hayesville, NC 28904. The Commissioner will

open the meeting and recess the meeting until November 9, 2009 in the Multi-Purpose Room at 6 p.m. located at 261 Courthouse Drive, hayesville, NC 28904, The tentative agenda is as follows:

1. Approval of Minutes 2. Budget Amendments 3. Smoky Mountain Center Update ( Shelly Foreman) 4. Resolution 5. Board of Equalization Appointments 6. 2010 Holiday Schedule 7. 2020 Proposed Fees

8. Tax Releases 9. Water line Project Contract Award 10. Agreement with Greening Clay County 11. Old Business 12. Public Comment 13. Closed Session

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At Your Service Veterans & Public Servants are invited to our 12th Annual

Barbecue Dinner Wednesday, November 11th National Guard Armory Hwy. 19/129/74, Murphy

We begin serving immediately following the Veteran’s Day Ceremony on the Square in Murphy. Serving until 2 p.m., and again from 4-6 p.m. Our expanded facility in Hayesville will provide takeout dinners from 4-6 p.m.

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For many years the staff at Townson-Rose Funeral Home, LLC has been aware that there is a group of people in our community who devote their time and skills to their profession with very little recognition. They are called “the first responders.” These men and women include law enforcement officers, 911 personnel, fire fighters and rescue squad volunteers. For the past 11 years they have honored these self-sacrificing professionals by serving them lunch. This past September 11th, they served more than 500 first responders and their families in Cherokee and Clay counties. Townson-Rose Funeral Home, LLC… They give back to the community.


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Upcoming Events NCWN Schedule

The NCWN West (Netwest) Poetry Critique will meet at Tri-County Community College in Murphy, North Carolina, Thursday, November 5th. at 7:00 P.M.   For more information contact Janice Moore: 828-389-6394.  We invite visitors to come and observe.  The NCWN West (Netwest) Prose Workshop and Critique Session will meet at Tri-County Community College in Murphy, North Carolina, Thursday, November 7:00 P.M.   Visitors are invited to come and observe.  For more information contact Richard Argo: 828837-5500 The NCWN West (Netwest) presents Coffee with the Poets, hosted by Phillips and Lloyd Book Store in Hayesville, North Carolina, Wednesday, November 11th.  at 10:30 A.M.   A Netwest poet is featured, followed by open mic. Desserts, coffee and tea are served by Crumpets Dessertery for a small charge. Join us for a morning of local writers reading their words in a warm and friendly environment where everyone is welcome to read, to come and listen and visit with friends. The week of November 9th and 16th. The NCWN West (Netwest) Writing for Children Workshop and Critique Session will meet at Moss Memorial Library in Haysville, North Carolina, Wednesday November 18th., at 10:00 A.M.   The Writing for Children Workshop focuses on poetry and stories for children and young adults. Support and advice is offered to writers.. We invite visitors to come and observe.  For more information contact Nancy Gadsby: 706-896-6392 The NCWN West (Netwest) presents two writers reading poems and stories at  John C. Campbell Folk School in Brasstown, North Carolina, November 19th. at 7:00 in the Keith House.  Look for articles about the readers in your local news paper.   The  week of November 23rd and 30th. The NCWN West (Netwest) Poetry Critique will meet at Tri-County Community College in Murphy, North Carolina, Thursday, December 3rd. at 7:00 P.M.   For more information contact Janice Moore: 828-389-6394.  We invite visitors to come and observe.  The Board of Directors of the Hiwassee River Watershed Coalition will meet at the Blue Mountain Coffee & Grill in Peachtree on Thursday, November 12, at 6:30 pm.  Agendas and meeting summaries are now available on our web site: hrwcboardmeetings.htm The HRWC office is located at 1853 NC Hwy 141 in the Peachtree Community of Murphy, NC and is open Monday-Thursday, 8:30-4:30. Call HRWC at (828) 837-5414, toll-free (877) 863-7388 or email for more information.

Self Defense

A Self-Awareness, Self-Defense workshop will be held at the office of One Dozen Who

Care, Inc. (ODWC) on Thursday, November 12, from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. The office is located at 65 Wilson Street, Suite 6, Andrews, between Dollar General and PJs Pizza. Judith Alvarado of Hayesville is the instructor. This Self-Defense workshop empowers participants by providing knowledge, and teaching techniques, to deter assault. This is not Martial Arts; basic concepts and skills are provided to help develop self-protection strategies, skills that you continue to build upon. Come prepared to learn that you have the ability, and the equipment to defend yourself. Wear comfortable clothing and shoes. Space is limited; please call 828-321-2273, or 828-361-1941 to reserve your space for this important workshop. If you leave a message with your phone number you will receive a call-back. Registration fee is $5.

Amaze you! Call for more information @706897-2363 or  check out all the details on our website @  Civitans The Valley River Civitan Club of Andrews is holding their annual Pancake Breakfast Fund

Assault Support

Rape and sexual assault have physical and emotional effects, both short-term and lasting. REACH of Clay County is holding a sexual assault support group for women in Hayesville. Call (828) 389-0797.

Stroke Support A stroke support group meets every third Thursday of each month. The meetings are in the large conference room at Murphy Medical Center. Medical advisor is Dr. Ken Cassell. Contact Carol Dorman or Dawn Colbert in the discharge planning department at (828) 835-7589.

Al-Anon Meetings 7 p.m. Sunday Night, Chatuge Regional Hospital, Hiawassee GA 8 p.m. Monday Night, “The Mustard Seed”, 12 Step and Twelve Tradition Meeting at Mountain Presbyterian Church, Blairsville GA New Ala-Teen Meeting 8 p.m. Wednesday Night at Mountain Presbyterian Church, Blairsville, Ga. 8 p.m. Wednesday Night at Mountain Presbyterian Church, Blairsville Ga. 12:00 noon Tuesday, Mountain Regional Library, Young Harris, GA Al-Anon is open anyone who has been affected by another person’ drinking. The only requirement for membership is that there be a problem of alcoholism in a relative or a friend. Call 706-835-5827, 706-897-0628 or 828-389-8981. for more information.

Free WRAP classes Free weekly WRAP classes are being offered every Tuesday from 4 p.m.-6 p.m. in Clay County at the Hayesville office of Murphy Counseling (the old Smoky Mountain Center). Wellness Recovery Action Planning, i.e. WRAP, is a 10-week course that teaches you an approach for managing mental health and/or substance abuse symptoms that are interfering with your life. Classes are free and you can begin at any time. There is HOPE for a better life! For more information, call the Marble Center, 837-7466, ext. 2311, and talk to one of our facilitators about this wonderful program.

Co-dependents Co-Dependents Anonymous meetings are as follows: •For women only: At 12 noon on

Blacksmith Auction Blacksmith Auction: A Benefit for the John C. Campbell Folk School


The Army and Navy Garrison #66 meets the first Wednesday of each month. Dinner is at 6 p.m. Veterans meeting and Women’s Auxiliary begin at 7 p.m. 2641 Hwy 66, Young Harris, Ga ( at the Ga/NC State Line) Bill Curns, Commander

the ROCK regional sports academy is offering some awesome December Camp  opportunities  for both  Baseball and Tennis. Instruction is top quality  from our professional, college level coaches. No big travel plans needed to learn from some of the best in the coaching field ~ right in your own backyard!  Baseball offers Senior Elite, Junior Elite and  FUNdamental camps.  Tennis offers both Junior Elite and FUNdamental camps.  We also offer year round baseball, tennis & soccer lessons. These are  available for individuals, small groups or a team. The individualized instruction you receive through lessons is tailored to your needs. The lesson experience will

Mondays at Young Harris Library in Young Harris, Ga. Call Linda at (706) 781-3158. •At 8 p.m., Thursdays at Mountain Presbyterian Church in Blairsville, Ga. Call Rocky, (706) 897-2885.

"Recovery" Ministry The First Freewill Baptist Church of Hayesville and Pastor Chris Rumfelt welcomes you to "Celebrate Recovery!," a Christ-centered recovery ministry for alcoholism, divorce, sexual abuse, co-dependency, domestic violence, drug addiction and any other hurt, habit or hang-up from 7-9 p.m., Thursdays. For more information, call Rumfelt at (828) 361-4090.

Alzheimer's Support

The Towns/Union Alzheimer's support meets at Brasstown Manor in Hiawassee, Ga. The group now meets the first and third Friday of each month from 3–4:30 p.m. Call (706) 896-4285

Body Sculpting Class

Body Sculpting/Cardiovascular Exercise classes are being offered at Towns County Recreational Center in Hiawassee, Ga. Class is from 6:30-7:30 a.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. The cost is $4 per class or $48 per month. Contact the recreation center at (706) 8962600 or Susan Rogers at (706) 896-6842.

Divorce Seminar

"Divorce Care," a divorce recovery seminar and support group, meets at 7 p.m. on Mondays at Hiawassee United Methodist Church. For more information, call Mary at (706) 896-9004.

Townson_Rose, LLC Funeral Home proudly invites ALL VETERANS and Public servants to the Annual Barbeque Dinner, Wednesday, November 11th at the National Guard Armory, Hwy 19/129/74, Murphy, NC . We will begin serving immediately following the Veterans Day Ceremony on the Square in Murphy . Serving until 2 p.m. and again from 4 -6 p.m.. Our expanded facility in Hayesville will provide TAKE OUT dinners from 4-6 p.m.

Haunted House

Haunted House Opens Oct. 22 Face your fears this Halloween in Peachtree. Back after a long break, this Haunted House is sure to scare. Open October 22-24 and 27-31 from 6:30-9:00 p.m. $5 per person Hwy 141 in Peachtree, 1 mile from Murphy Medical Center

What do you know about the artists living in our community? The Clay County Historical and Arts Council is sponsoring an Autumn Arts Expo to celebrate the talents of the varied artists in our area. On exhibit and also for sale will be the works of area potters, jewelers, basket weavers, painters, blacksmiths, writers, musicians, card makers, quilters, and other fine craft items. Come and mingle with the artists and learn about their craft. Find oneof-a-kind gifts for the special people in your life. Enjoy the music of members of Irons in the Fire, story telling by local authors, theatre readings by the Licklog Players. This event will be held in the Fellowship Hall of Truett Memorial Baptist Church on Saturday November 7th from 10 to 4pm. This event is partially supported by the North Carolina Arts Council, an agency of the Department of Cultural Resources, and by the Clay County Historical and Arts Council. Area artists are invited to participate in this event as members of the CCHAC.

the rise with deadly consequences. Learn the signs of drug abuse.  Someone you love may be at risk.  Call Narconon for a free brochure on the signs of addiction for all drugs. 877379-0208.

Soaking Prayer A healing prayer team holds prayer sessions each Tuesday evening at 7:00 at The Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd. Sponsored by the River of Healing chapter of the Int'l Order of St. Luke. More information (828)389-3397.


Out-Patient Drug Treatment Program and Education    Narconon warns families that abuse of addictive pharmaceutical drugs is on

Helping Hands meet The ladies group at Sweetwater United Methodist Church meets from 10 a.m. to noon every first and third Tuesday. They make quilts for Clay and Cherokee counties' sick and needy. Helpers are welcome.

Full Gospel Business Men's Fellowship International meets at 6 p.m. every Monday at Daniels in Hiawassee, Ga. Call (828) 389-0140.

Moose Lodge We are now forming a Moose Lodge and invite you to join us. Our meetings are held at Homers Corner Cafe located at Hwy 19/129 in Murphy, NC inside Fosters Flea Market. Come early and join us for a Dutch Treat lunch. Our meetings are held on the 2nd Friday of each month at 1 p.m. For further information please call Art or Donna Harris at (828) 389-6342.

Alzheimer's Group

Cancer support group meets the 2nd and 4th Monday of each month, 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the community room, United Community Bank, Hayesville, corner of Hwy 64 and Hwy 69. Any questions can be directed to Janet Curns, evenings at 828-389-0295.

Classes for beginners and intermediate students, Wednesdays, 9AM - 1PM at Clay County Senior Center. Cost is $65; must furnish own brushes and canvas. Call the senior center for more information at (828) 389-9271

Enchanted Valley Squares is having Basic Mainstream Classess on Tuesday Nights at the Towns Co Middle School Cafeteria from 7:00-9:00 pm. For more information:  GA-Al Supplee (706) 3792191 or NC-Bob or Loretta Hughes (828) 837-2561.

Brasstown Community Club meets at 6:30 p.m., the third Thursday of each month with a pot luck supper. Grocery game night, 7 p.m. the first Saturday of every month. Please bring snack foods.

Cancer support group

Oil Painting Classes

Fellowship Weekly

Brasstown Suppers

An Alzheimer's Support Group meets at 6 p.m. on the second Tuesday of the month at the Clay County Senior Center in Hayesville.

at the health department, downstairs in Hiawassee on Mondays and Fridays, starting at 12:45 p.m. All players welcome. For more information please call (828) 389-8065.

Square Dance Classes

Food Addicts

Meetings are 6:30 p.m. Thursday at Sharp Memorial Church in Young Harris, Ga. Call Jim at (828) 361-7565 (cell) or (828) 389-1975 or Sandy at (828) 361-5278.

The Murphy High School Chorus, the Murphy Middle School Chorus, the Murphy High School Journalism Department, and the Murphy High School Art Department will sponsor a Veterans Day Celebration on Thursday, November 5 in the Murphy Middle School gymnasium at 8:30AM, then again at 9:30AM. All veterans are invited to attend.

Veterans Day BBQ

Computer Club

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Saturday, November 7, 1-4 p.m. Art preview & Silent Auction from 1-2 p.m. Live Auction from 2-4 p.m. Our annual Blacksmith Auction presents some of the finest artist blacksmith and other fine craft items for sale. Proceeds benefit the craft programs at the Folk School. Featuring one-of-a-kind handcrafted items, including pottery, ironwork, basketry, wood items, dolls, paintings, weavings, rugs, jewelry, furniture, and more. Free admission Keith House, John C. Campbell Folk School, Brasstown, NC Call 1-800-FOLK-SCH or 828-837-2775 for more information or visit

Veterans Day

Autumn Arts Expo coming this Saturday

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Raiser on Saturday, November 14, from 7 to 10 AM at Elsie’s Restaurant on Main Street in Andrews. Breakfast includes pancakes, sausage, bacon, juice and coffee.  Tickets are $5.00 for adults and $3.00 for children 10 and under.    Tickets can be purchased in advance at Elsie’s Restaurant or at the door.  Proceeds will go toward college scholarships for Andrews High School students.  Please come out and support the Civitans.

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COMPUTER CLUB TO MEET TUESDAY NOV 10TH The Mountain Computer User Group Will meets in November on TUESDAY at 7 PM in the Goolsby Center, Young Harris College. Please note this is a change from our normal meeting date. At this time we will be presenting a program on all the new technologies that you can expect to get for Christmas. Come join us as we travel into the land of new technology. You might just get a glimpse of what Santa has in store for you at Christmas this year. Don’t forget we are meeting on Tuesday, November 10th. at 7 PM and not on Monday as we normally do.


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Senior Game Day Dominoes, Hearts, Scrabble, Checkers, etc. Every Tuesday, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Clay County Senior Center Call 838389-9271 for more info.

HAMs meetings North Georgia Tri-State A.R.C. (Amateur Radio Club) meetings are held on the first Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m. at Branan Lodge in Blairsville. All of our meetings are open to the public. For more  information about joining the Club or becoming a HAM, call Don Deyton at 706-781-6665.

Intermediate Bridge Intermediate Bridge is being played

Valley Kennel Club Meetings are held at 7:00 p.m. the first Monday of each month at Brother’s Restaurant on Hwy 64 in Murphy, NC.  We invite all those interested in pure bred dogs and canine activities to attend. Call President Kit Miracle @ 706 492 5253 or Peggy Moorman @ 828 835 1082 for details.

Mountain Hikers Mountain High Hikers schedule two hikes each Tuesday, occasionally specialty hikes, and regular trail maintaining tripsall in the beautiful mountains of North Carolina and Georgia. Check the web site: for schedule and meeting locations or call 828-389-8240 for information.

Amateur Radio

The North Georgia Tri-State A.R.C. (Amateur Radio Club) meetings are held on the first Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m. at Branan Lodge in Blairsville. All of our meetings are open to the public. For more  information about joining the Club or becoming a HAM, call Don Deyton at 706-781-6665

Clay Lions to Meet Clay County Lions Club meets the first and third Thursday of each month at 6:30 p.m. at the Scout Hut. Call Membership Chairman Rondle Ford at (828) 389-9530 or Secretary/Treasurer Dr. Russell Hughes at (828) 389-3890.

Amateur Radio

The North Georgia Tri-State A.R.C. (Amateur Radio Club) meetings are held on the first Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m. at Branan Lodge in Blairsville. All of our meetings are open to the public. Our next meeting is to be held  November 3rd and will  begin with a  special technical session on the Jambory Of The Air (JOTA) with Troup 101 Boy Scouts. For more information about joining the Club or becoming a HAM, call Don Deyton at 706781-6665. Amateur license testing will be held on November 7th Blairsville at 310 Welborn Street, Blairsville, GA. Contact Bob Ochs at 706-838-4728 for more information. Walk-ins are welcome. Submitted by George Danner AI4VZ 706-745-7475

Clogging Classes

John C. Campbell Folk School Cloggers New class for beginners will start Monday, No-

British Empire Daughters of the British Empire (DBE) is hoping to establish a local chapter in the North Georgia/Western North Carolina mountains area and would like to contact eligible women. The DBE is a charitable,nonprofit, nonpolitical American organization and membership is extended to women of British or British Commonwealth birth or ancestry and to women married to men of British or British Commonwealth birth. Membership is organized on a chapter basis and meetings are held monthly usually followed by an informal social time over a cup of tea or coffee and British goodies. For more information about joining the chapter please contact: Maureen at 404 583 3958 or email at

Blue Ridge MOAA

The Blue Ridge Mountains Chapter of the Military Officers Association of America (MOAA) meets the third Monday of each month at various area restaurants. All active duty, reserve, retired and former military, and Public Health Service, and NOAA officers, and warrant officers are invited to attend. For information please contact one of the following individuals, in North Carolina: John Bayne at 828-389-9427 and in Georgia: Jim Reynolds at 706-379-6601.

Veteran Consultant

The veterans' consultant, Mike Casey, will be at the Job Link Office on the second Tuesday and the fourth Wednesday of each month. Call (828) 837-7407 of the Social Service Office in Hayesville at 389-6301.

Granny's Attic

Granny's Attic, Auxiliary of Good Shepherd Home Health Care and Hospice, is open Wed. - Sat., 9 am - 4 pm. We are now stocked for Fall.   To make donations or volunteer contact Linda at 828-389-4233.

Library Book Store

Record Albums (33 1/3) are back and we've got dozens of new arrivals. Also books on tape and VCR movies. Don't forget us when you need that special book! Monday to Sat. 10 a.m. -4 p.m across from the moss library in Hayesville.

Arts & Crafts Guild

Mountain Regional Arts and Crafts Guild, Inc (MRACG) meets the second Tuesday of each month at ArtWorks Artisan Centre. ArtWorks is located at 308 Big Sky Drive (behind the Holiday Inn), Hiawassee. Refreshments are served at 6:00 pm and the meeting begins at 6:30 pm.  The next meeting will be held on  August 12.  If you would like to learn more about the Guild, we invite you to the next meeting as our guest Contact us at  706-896-0932  or  or

vember 2 at 4:45pm. Class meets at the “Open House” near the garden at the Folk School in Brasstown NC For information: 828 837 8090

Christmas Crafts Luncheon

Plan to join Tri-County Women’s Connection (TCWC) on Thursday November 5th to get a jump start on Christmas decorations. Skilled craftsperson, Renata “Ronney” Craig of Andrews, will instruct each lady in making a “candle in wreath” bead ornament for her home.  The monthly luncheon meeting will take place as usual in the fellowship hall of Murphy’s First Baptist Church at noon at a cost of $10.50 which includes lunch and all activities. Luncheon will be catered by Shoebooties. Along with making a take home craft, there will be door prizes, music, fellowship and inspiration.  Music will be provided by Tony Prescott of Murphy.  Guest speaker, Rose Lewis of Mansfield, Georgia, will inspire the group with her story, “A Bouquet of Roses, Thorns Included!”  You won’t want to miss as Rose uses silk roses to illustrate different parts of her story and how the thorns of life can definitely get our attention and change lives. Reservations (and cancellations) will be taken by Linda at 828-837-2305 through Monday, November 2, noon.  Participants are encouraged to honor reservations with payment if plans must change after that time.  All women are encouraged to be a part of TCWC (affiliated with Stonecroft Ministries).  Complimentary childcare will be available.  

Marine Corps Birthday

The Marine Corps Birthday Ball will be held on Saturday, November 14th, at 6pm at McGuire’s Millrace Farm in Peachtree. Everyone is invited to attend this formal/semiformal event.  Great food, live band, guest speaker. Tickets are $40 and are available by calling 361-5387 or by emailing No tickets will be sold after November 6th.

Scrapbooking Workshop

One Dozen Who Care, Inc. (ODWC) will offer a scrapbooking/gift idea workshop on Thursday, November 5, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Creative Memories consultant, Brenda Bryan, will bring supplies, ideas, and walk you through the process to create a special and simple gift.

Grocery Bingo

GROCERY BINGO Friday, 10/30/09 at 7 pm at the Bellview Community Center. Door prizes, pot luck dinner, raffles, all to benefit Bellview Volunteer Fire Dept. All welcome. Info at (828) 837-0214 or 835-3844.BINGO

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REACH Thrift Store

The REACH Thrift Store hours are from 10 a.m. - 4:30 a.m. Monday Saturday. We are located at 1252 Hwy 64 W. (Old KT Billiards bldg.,   Donations accepted during business hours.  Volunteers welcome.  Call 828.389.1415 or 828.557.7416 for more information.

CCCC Auxillary

The Clay County Care Center Auxiliary holds it’s monthly meeting the 2nd Thursday of each month. The meetings begin at 10 a.m. at the Care Center. The Auxiliary raises money to help with residents activities. Anyone interested contact Linda Davis at 828-389-4233 or

Merchants Assoc.

Historic Hayesville Merchants Association meets at 8 a.m. the 2nd Wed, The HHM board meets at 8 a.m. the 1st Wed, in the community room of United Community Bank. Contact Joseph Sorensen for information. 828-361-7569.

Tusquittee Community Organization

Tusquittee Community Organization meets at 6:30 p.m. on the fourth Tuesday June 23rd at Tusquittee Community Center, 4374 Downings Creek Road. Meeting will follow at 7:15 p.m. We invite you to brig a casserole, desert or soda, etc. and visit with us as we have a wonderful program lined up with guests, Mary Catherine West and Judi Greenstone for more stories of our beautiful Tusquittee Valley and to hear of their families’ experiences.

Game Day

Dominoes, Hearts, Scrabble, Checkers, etc Every Tuesday, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Clay County Senior Cente Call 838-389-9271 for more info.

Blue Ridge MOAA

The Blue Ridge Mountains Chapter of the Military Officers Association of America (MOAA) meets the third Monday of each month at various area restaurants. All active duty, National Guard, reserve, retired, and former Military, Public Health Service, and NOAA officers and warrant officers and surviving spouses are invited to attend. For information please contact Jim Ferrell at 828-835-9203 or visit chapter/blueridgemountains .

Reach Of Clay County Presents Survivors of Childhood Sexual Trauma Support Group: Beyond the Trauma A Healing Journey for Adult Women Held 1st and 3rd Saturday of every month starting August 1st; 2pm – 4 pm Loretta John Mehan Comm. Svc. Bldg. For more information call Susan Lambert @ Reach – 828.389.0797



1997 Nissan XE pickup 4×4, 5 speed, 2.4 liter, 4 cylinder. Motor rebuilt 11,000 miles ago. New clutch, new tires, tool box, CD player. 127,000 on running gears. $3,700. Call 828-7351897 for more information. GREAT! Automatic, white, power locks, power windows, leather seats, tinted windows. Great gas mileage. Well maintained car. Asking below Kelly Blue Book. Asking $5000, OBO. 706-299-1614 or 706-299-1431 leave message.

200-Employment CNA available excellent references. Will work Sundays. 706-896-5794

300-Services CNA’s needed for Cherokee and Clay County. Please call Helen @ (828) 835-8147 Drywall or Plastering, We can make these worry free with our Guarantee. All types of textures, repairs, remodels, new construction. Free estimates and references. 706-745-7768 or 239560-4560 CLASSIC TRANSPORTATION OF THE TRI-STATE 706-633-3668 AIRPORTS/MEDICAL/SITE SEEING/WINERIES Lincoln Town Car $10 OFF Fall Special! Will baby sit your child or children: Any age. Reasonable rates.References available. Call 706-299-1614 Horse back riding lessons for kids. Horses are calm and well behaved. Given by an experienced rider. Interested? Call for more information or rates. 706-299-1614. A&R Landscape Residential, and commercial lawn care. Plant, turf and grassing, lot clean up, mulching and retaining walls. 706-994-2457. Massage Therapy- in the comfort of your home. Licensed and insured. 18 years experience, call Gerri; 1 hour $40; Half hour $25; 706-896-6108. Walker Storage Corner of Old Highway 64 West and West Cherry Road. Concrete block Construction 828389-4926 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. # Tile installer your tile or mine, 26 years experience have references and liability insurance. Ask for Don at 828389-9394 # Bush hogging, Stump-grinding, gardens plowed, gravel-roads/driveways scraped, post-holes dug, sickle mowing. Free estimates, reasonable rates, dependable service. (828) 8377809 Cell: (828) 361-8738 #

500 - For Sale Sofa bed (queen) beige/ burgundy plaid $100 and small beige recliner $60 All good condition. 706-8966071. Hiawassee Antique Mall 460 N. Main Street Hiawassee. Open year round. Mon.-Sat. 10-5, Sun 12-5. Antiques-Collectibles. 706-896-0587 Pro-Activ Solution for sale! I didn’t read the fine print – am now swamped with the stuff. How about $20 for the $45 product package? Call me – it’s a great product but I can’t use all of it. 706-781-3044.

600-Wanted WANTED – Small to med. poplar trees. Also used boards, 2 by’s, roofing tin. Musician/singer: for gospel duet country/bluegrass style. Must play instrument, sing low key, lead, prefer song writing ability, non-professional. Must be serious, male/female. Send demo info: Music, PO Box 1883, Blairsville, GA 30514. Looking for bumper-pull horse trailer in good shape. Nothing too pricey. If you have one for sale or you want to get rid of call 706-299-1614. Wanted: Old Pinball machines, electro-mechanical, . Call 828-3896459


1000 - Rentals

Labradoodle Puppies- 3rd Generation, lovable, intelligent, low to no shedding, low allergy and no doggy odor. Call Pat @ 706-896-3849 Missing Dog- Chocolate Lab with white spot on chest, name is BEAR. Lost on Highway 64 East, near Walker Point Rd. REWARD!!!! Please call if found: 828-371-2550 or 828-3613642 Missing: 2 English Mastiffs off of Yellow Creek Road in Robbinsville. One is a black brindle male goes by the name Titan the other is a female apricot with black stripes goes by Lola. Very loving animals and missed terribly. If found please call 828-4796905 Black Angus. Appalachian GrownAll natural farm raised USDA Inspected, processed and packaged by the quarter. Heifers and cows bred with quality genetics for sale. Walnut Hollow Ranch, Hayesville, 828-389-8931 Professional dog Training, Boarding & Grooming, 1-4 week courses available, training service guaranteed, references abundant, GSD breeders. Located in Mineral Bluff, GA visit (706)374-9021 #

2BR/2BA Cabin near golf course in Martin Creek area.Unfurnished. Very nice.$600. per month. Call 828.360.4630. Fall Special -Southern Living Apartments, 3346 Highway 64 East, Hayesville, N.C. 28904 828-389-1545 Southern Living Apartments is offering 2 Bed/1 Bath for $495.00. All appliances are furnished along with free water/ sewage and trash disposal. We offer a furnished apartment for only $695.00 a month. 2 Br- 2 Bath Lakeview on Highway 175 $500 a month . 828-524-0514 or 828-507-1617 2 BRM, 1 bath Trailer . Furnished or unfurnished. Very Nice, very clean in Warne, NC, off Ford Road. Includes water, sewer and grass cutting. $500 month. 706-896-6634 3 BR 1 1/2 BA mobile home – not in a trailer park. $300 a month. (828) 837-6222. # 5br/3ba Upscale home 2 car garage 1.71 acres near Young Harris College. $1200 per month/deposit plus utilities or for sale $399,000. Call 706-8966208. 3br/2ba 2 car attached garage close to Young Harris College. Beautiful & private; $900 month/deposit, plus utilities; 706-897-3730. Nothing else like it in Towns County. 2 unrestricted lots for sale or lease. Utilities, beautiful landscaping & drive-ways already done by owner. All you have to do is place your RV, park model, or home on lot. 706-2074159. 2BDRM/2BA mobile, CHA, completely furnished on pond, 55+ community. Year round Mtn. views, decks, carport, many extras. $49,500. 706896-8363 or 706-897-0311. Young Harris rentals available Mountain Realty 706-379-3115 STORAGE Rentals SELF STORAGE RENTAL NEAR PAT COLWELL ROAD, 10’ X 10’ AT $30.00 AND 10’ X 20’ AT $500.00 PER MONTH. 706-994-2935

900 - Real Estate BUILD YOUR DREAM ESTATE! Private – Gated – Long Range Views. Surveyed 36.79 Acres with Long Black Ankle Creek Frontage,Mature Timber, Pasture & Under-brushed . Deer – Turkey – Bear.Was $1 Million Now $750,000 Some Owner Financing! Owner/Broker MLS#188990 United Country John E. Foster Realty 706374-6387 3 Cabins, must see- reduced! In gated communities.Starting at $199,000, Call 706-896-2353. Must sell! Hiawassee, Ga. 2 adjoining lots, long range, year round mountain views. Well established neighborhood; $36,500 each; 706-781-5274. Lots within a gated community. Reduced. Highest elevation in Towns County. Call 706-896-2353. stop THE CAR HONEY! $319,000 short sale Make offer- in town- lake view, lake access & mountain views. 4br/4ba, oversize 2 car garage, complete apartment downstairs. Many, many extras. Almost new. Excellent condition. Must sell. Beautifully furnished by designer. Owner must sell furniture and furnishings at fraction of cost. Charlotte Ledford Realtor; 706-781-7028

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Job Announcement PTR CNA/Clerk(wk-end days) & PTI RN Float

The Cherokee Indian Hospital Authority has the above position available. Anyone interested should pick up an application and position description from Arlenea Chapa or Teresa Carvalho at the Cherokee Indian Hospital Human Resources Office between the hours of 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Monday-Friday. This position will close November 6, 2009. Indian preference does apply and a current job application must be submitted. Resumes will not be accepted in lieu of CIHA application.

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Experienced C.N.A.s PTA (Licensed Position)—Full Time for 12 hour shifts Nursing Home Activity R.N. Director or L.P. N. MDS Experience Time LPN – Nursing Home – PRN StaffDesired—Full Member 12 hour shifts Experience with Medicare Dietary Aide - Full time at applications nursing home Accepting Nursing Home—Part Time for C.N.A. Class (Date for class not finalized)

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“I’ve run across a lot of folks from this area and the larger Appalachian region who are still do a lot of old things. They have modern technology but still garden the way their daddy told them to and can food like their granny told them to.” With her blog, Pressley has created a space to celebrate the rich culture of southern Appalachia. Rather than building a static website, she has worked to develop an interactive online forum. “Blogs provide instant gratification,” said Pressley. “When I post an article, people write back. The readers comment and ask questions. It’s a conversation online.” The subscriber base has grown and continues to do so. Readership spans from Oregon to England, across the United States to Australia, and from small country towns to large cities. “Many of my readers live where they can’t hear the chickens, see the cows, or have a garden.” Not everyone has access to land to grow a garden or facilities to preserve food but they often fondly remember someone who once did. About an article on bleaching apples, a lady commented, “I’ve not thought of that since I was a tiny girl.” In addition Pressley has written about

sleepy summer days, mountain traditions, Appalachian sayings, and even resurrected letters written during the Civil War. “It is gratifying how many people long for it,” said Pressley who has re-


Smoky Mountain Sentinel Wednesday November 4, 2009


through art. The main cause of the art programs being cut is the governments pressure on school systems. More focus on math mean less focus on music. Did the government know that music and math go hand in hand, or that visual art may improve content and organization of writing? Art has numerous connections to school subjects. The arts must be kept in schools. They bring life and color to a gray world where students go through the normal boring routine of fractions and dull sessions of writing work. In Terrance Young’s article “Keeping the Arts Alive,” Young explains the importance of art living in U.S. schools. “When budgets are tightened, the school library media specialist and/or the arts programs are often considered expandable. No child left behind legislation means increasing academic time of core subjects, which translates into cutting time for arts education. As money becomes tight, frills are cut (i.e., the arts). Schools do not seem able to fill the financial gaps in arts education, and they often view ceived letters from people who once music and art as extraneous. Teachers lived in Appalachia, who are travel- can use music and art to help students ing far from home, or may simply be learn content in the core-subject areas. pleased to have remembered some- Songs, pictures, or stories about oceans, thing about their heritage. weather, whales etc., can help invigorate

“The Arts Education Partnership, arguing for the importance of arts in schools says various art forms benefit in different ways: Music improves math achievement and proficiency in reading and cognitive development; Boosts SR verbal scores and skills for secondlanguage learners. Dance helps with creative thinking, originality, elaboration and flexibility; improves expressive skills, social tolerance, self confidence and persistence,” ( Henery). Henery’s article reflects on the importance of keeping art in schools. The benefits explained throughout the article show the effectiveness of different art programs and how powerful they can be on students. Arts encompasses a diverse range of human activities, creations, and modes of expression, including music, literature, film and painting. It opens the door to minds so ideas and feelings can overflow into constructive decisions that shape the youth of America. Some researchers oppose art though, and state that there is not a need for art in the schools. An example of these opposing thoughts can be shown in Robin Pogrebin’s article, “ Book Tackles Old Debate: Role of Art in Schools.” “ When tow researchers published a study a few years ago concluding that art classes do not improve students overall academic performance, the backlash was bitter. Some scholars argued that the 2000 study’s authors, Ellen Winner and Lois Hetlnd of Project

Civitans support Breast Cancer Awareness Ms. Janice Patterson, Director of the Clay County Health Department was the guest speaker at the Hayesville Civitan meeting on Tuesday, October 20, 2009. Along with members of the club, discussion centered on Breast Cancer Awareness and where to turn after breast cancer diagnosis. Mrs. Norma Moody & Mrs. Bobbie Amos, two of the members of the Civitan Club participated in the "Breast Cancer 3 Day" walk in Atlanta, Ga this past weekend. Left to Right: Mrs. Norma Moody, Civitan President; Ms. Janice Patterson, Director of Clay County Health Department; Mrs. Bobbie Amos, Civitan Member.

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Will Skelton displays a Piece of “Recycled Art” that he constructed from old household rubbish. Will’s Art will be displayed along with the work of many other students at an upcoming “Recycled Art Works” exhibit on the Square in Hayesville. these topics and help students retain facts and terminology. Poetry is often expressed in both art and music. One of the great strengths of the arts is their ability to reach inside us and arouse our creativity. It is important that educators expose students to the connections between music and art and other academic subjects “. ( Young) The author expresses his deep compassion for art programs by explaining how America’s government has forgotten the underlying effects for students. Just because school budgets are being constantly tightened does not mean that the arts has to go first. Art is defined as the process of arranging elements in a way that appeals to the senses or emotions. Benefits of art can range from many effects. Tamara Henery explains these effects in her article,” Arts Education has an academic effect,”“School children exposed to drama, music, and dance may do a better job at mastering reading, writing, and math than those who focus solely on academics, says a report by the Arts Education Partnership. The report is based on an of 62 studies of various categories of art-ranging from dance, drama, music and visual arts by nearly 100 researchers. Its the first to combine all the arts and make comparisons with academic achievement performance on the standardized compare tests, improvements in social skills and student motivation. While education in the arts is no magic bullet for what ails many schools, the arts warrant a place in the curriculum because of their intimate ties to most everything we want for our children and schools.The report took two years to produce, with funding from the National Endowments for the Arts and the U.S. Department of Education” ( Henery)The benefits shown throughout this article have endless possibilities with types of art including dance, drama, and music.

Zero and arts education program at the Harvard Graduate School of Education- had failed to mention some beneficial effects of art classes that their research had revealed. Other cited findings that reached the opposite conclusion, indicating that students who take high quality art classes indeed do better in other courses. Some even accused the authors of devaluing arts education and the arts in general. In their view art education should be championed for its own sake, not because of a wishful sentiment that classes in painting, dance and music improve pupils math and reading skills and standardized test scores.” ( Pogrenbin) In her article, “ Arts can lead to a lifetime of learning,: Shana Adams introduces a concept of the learning connections of art to subjects with the reactions of both teachers and students. “ Imagine for a moment that you are in the fifth grade, learning fractions. If you were not a math whiz back then , you may have wondered “ When am I ever going to get this?” Your teacher then announces that your class is going to learn how to dance fractions. You and your classmates are divided into groups of four and in a circle through various movements your group begins to demonstrate the concepts of a whole, half and so on. Suddenly you realize that you actually understand fractions! This is one of many examples of how using the arts to teach and support core curriculum enables students to become active participants in the learning process.( Adams) Adams shows how much fun it can be to learn with lessons like the one described above., but what are the benefits for both teachers and students? “ Learning through the arts ensures that all types of learners have the chance to comprehend math, science, and the world around them in meaningful ways stretching beyond

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traditional lectures and textbooks. Arts integration is an essential, fun, and rewarding way to transform classrooms. As teachers embrace innovative ways to educate students through the arts they often seek relationships and collaborations with teachers across subject areas, artists and with cultural organizations. “ ( Adams) There are numerous studies proving arts’ powerful effects on students, one specific study being found in an article titled, “ The Arts Make a Difference at SPECTRA+, Hamilton, OH”. Written by Jackie Quay, this intense article shows how some towns in America are making the best of art programs in schools. “ Is there such a thing as kids who actually want to go to school on snow days?. At Adams Elementary in Hamilton, Ohio, there are parents and teachers who will proudly tell you this strange devotion to their school really exists. The credit, they believe, goes to a beloved program, SPECTRA, whose guiding principle is reaching the whole child with an arts-rich curriculum. The program integrates arts instruction across the disciplines at every grade level. Children at Adams experience the arts as part of each of their core subjects- math, science, language arts, and social studies. They also participate in a class in each of four art disciplines- visual arts, music,dance and and drama- every week, taught by a certified art instructor. Teachers work together on lesson plans so concepts learned in both arts and non-arts classes are coordinated and reinforce each other. SPECTRA + brings the fine arts into the curriculum and the curriculum into the arts “ (Quay) “ One of the values of integrating art into the curriculum is it gives children multiple opportunities to learn a concept, “ says Jackie Quay, who administers SPECTRA+ for the Fitton Center. In other words, if children aren’t;t learning a concept through one experience, they’ll learn it through another. Children have a better chance to “get” a concept if they’re learning it from multiple sources. Kids at Adams do not just learn to tell time, for example, by hearing a description of an abstract concept and watching the teacher move the arrows on a cardboard display. They are taught a dance where they become a clock, with their movements hanging to reflect the changing hours, They become time. SPECTRA+ also gives us a chance to apply the concept of multiple intelligences. say Quay. “ Kids are smart in different ways. Some kids read and write well, other kids do better showing you what they know through their hands. The program gives a child more options to express what they know, and it gives teacher other ways to know if a child understands what’s being taught.”( Quay) “This program gives kids the chance to watch and interact with artists of all types; including visual artists, folk and traditional artists, authors, puppeteers, quilters, musicians, and composers. Residencies of one to three weeks are tied to teaching units in any core subjects. “ If the kids are studying short stories in language arts,: says Leist,“ we’d invite an illustrator to show how pictures can work with words,” At another SPECTRA+ school in Hamilton, a media artist demonstrated the creative and technical aspects of a video production, a tie-in for a language arts segment. Kids learned how a story is created, made clay animation figure, and learned special-effects features such as how to show the passage of time. The word pride comes up frequently in conversations about SPECTRA+ school pride, professional pride student pride, and parent pride. “ (Quay) Most all of these examples support the fact that arts programs need to remain in American school systems. The importance of art opening the minds of modern day students must continue with future children in the U.S. If art programs are cut then Americans will no longer be able to grasp creative spirits and flourish intellectually. Arts helps people grow, see, and feel things they ahve never imagined. Arts can take people places the mind cannot even comprehend. Art must stay alive.

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11.4.09 – Smoky Mountain Sentinel  


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