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CONTENTS On the Cover Republican Mark Meadows and Democrat Hayden Rogers took time from their busy campaigning schedules to talk about their lives growing up and their lives now as candidates for the 11th Congressional District. (Page 6)

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HCC employees feel left out of presidential search ..........................................4 Meadows, Rogers debate myriad of topics at WCU ........................................7 Jackson tourism changes in homestretch ..........................................................10 Cashiers aims to block sweepstakes businesses ..........................................11 Macon to begin three-part pool renovations ....................................................12 Swain to vote on sales tax increase to benefit schools ................................14 “Twilight” actor shares wisdom learned from personal troubles....................17 Maggie tries to decide what type of town it wants to be ..............................18 Counties look at disposing of potentially harmful light bulbs ........................21 A round-up of the business news from the region ..........................................22

Opinion Military bubble will be next to burst......................................................................24

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Outdoors Tobacco farming loses footing in Haywood ......................................................44 Oct. 31-Nov. 6, 2012

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Do-over on Haywood Community College president search raises questions BY CAITLIN BOWLING STAFF WRITER aywood Community College employees earlier this month presented the board of trustees with a list of concerns about the college’s protracted search for a new president. The community college began looking for a president after retiring president Rose Johnson announced her resignation last year. The search made it all the way to three finalists, who visited the college and met with community members as well as HCC employees. However, the process stalled at the trustees, who could not agree on a final pick. Instead, the board started the process over again from scratch in August. But this time, the trustees changed their process. In an attempt to move the process along, the HCC board decided not to hold public meet-and-greets to vet the five finalists like it had the first time around. In fact, the names of the finalists would not be made public at all this time. This time around, the consultant that HCC hired has a more limited role in the process. For the first search, consultant Donnie Hunter, who was hired at a price of $19,000, solicited applicants and narrowed the pool down to a short list of candidates to be interviewed by the board. During the second search, Hunter will simply help with the background check. His role was scaled back because of an unsatisfactory outcome the first go-round. “That first process didn’t provide the anticipated result,” said Trustee Mary Ann Enloe. Also, applicants this time would not be required to have a background in higher education or hold a doctorate degree. “A master’s by the state law is doable,” said Bob Morris, chair of HCC’s Board of Trustees. By requiring management and leadership experience, not education-specific experience, more people are eligible to apply for the job. “We opened that up in case some business people apply,” Morris said. However, in an open letter to trustees, members of HCC’s employee senate stated that they believe a background in higher education is essential.

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finalists and rubberstamp a college or university’s final choice. Briggs said that search methods run the gamut — some hire a consultant, and some don’t. Some hold public forums, but not all. The main thing is outlining a process and standing behind it, he said. “A credible process will go a long way in validating the selection,” Briggs said. HCC’s Board of Trustees unanimously approved the changes to the process and qualifications for the second search. “We did change the process this time around, and I am comfortable with the process we chose,” Enloe said. “We will certainly hire the very best person out of those that we can.”


A third of the Haywood Community College trustees are new to the board since July. The board has gone back to the drawing board on a search for a new president after being dissatisfied with the process the first time around. Caitlin Bowling photo “Education is not a business,” the letter states, adding that the future president must have knowledge of the inner workings of the community college system. And, the reduction of the degree requirement from doctorate to master’s is “not appropriate for a college president,” the letter reads. The letter was unsigned; however, the employee senate is comprised of three officers and 17 representatives, both faculty and staff, from various areas of HCC. All employees can attend and participate in senate meetings. Although employees said they would prefer a president with a doctorate, there are no state guidelines requiring a specific level of education. In fact, Molly Broad, former head of the University of North Carolina system from 1997 to 2006, only had a master’s degree. Broad did have previous higher education experience though. “We made the case, what if Bill Gates applied?” Enloe said. “Would we turn him down? I don’t think so.” The N.C. Community College System gives boards of trustees words of advice when they begin a search for a new president.

“We were allowed to be part of (the conversation) with the first Board of Trustees. We liked being a part of it, and now that we are not a part of it, we just have to live with whatever the results are.” — Hilary Cobb, employee senate chair

“The most important thing you do as a board is to select the president of an institution,” said Ken Briggs, executive vice president of state community college system. “Find the right fit.” However, community college system representatives do not advise the institutions on how to conduct the search. The state’s only other duties are to conduct background checks on

The employee senate’s overarching problem with round two of the presidential search was communication, or the general lack there of. “The communication is an issue,” said Rudy Beharrysingh, secretary of the employee senate. HCC staff had their own meet-and-greet with the three finalists in July and expected the board of trustees to name a new president soon after. However, when employees and students returned to campus in August, they found out that a new search was being launched, the job requirements were changed, and the process this time around would be a closed search — without clear explanation. “A lot of people didn’t know why?” Beharrysingh said. “It seemed like they did not want to include the staff (in the process).” Employees felt as if they had suddenly been shut out of the process. Hilary Cobb, chair of the employee senate, said the change might be related to a change in the make-up of the board of trustees. Turnover on the 12-person board of trustees has been abnormally high, with half the board leaving in the past 15 months. Four new trustees have joined the board since July. Trustees can serve multiple four-year terms. Terms are staggered so that only three seats come up for appointment any given year, but since board members will often serve more than one term on the board, turnover can be as low as one or two trustees a year. The previous board of trustees invited employees to weigh in on the search process, and recommend qualities they would like to see in a new president. They were also invited to meet the finalists.



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HCC’s process the second time around is not much different than two other nearby higher education institutions. When Southwestern Community College needed to find a new president last year, they hired a consultant who narrowed the pool of applicants to six. SCC’s Board of Trustees then interviewed the six, narrowed the group to three, conducted background searches and named a finalist. The board asked employees and other stakeholders what qualities they wanted to see in SCC’s next president but did not make public the names of the finalists or hold public forums so people could meet them. “That’s the way it has always been done,” SCC Trustee Conrad Burrell said of the closed search process used at SCC. Western Carolina University was the same way. It did not publicly announce the names of its finalists either. The board of trustees set up a search committee, which gathered comments and suggestions from stakeholders. Once the finalists had been narrowed down, they visited the campus and met with faculty, staff, students and community representatives, who then offered feedback on each candidate. But, large-scale public forums were not held. Some applicants prefer a more closed process because they may not want their current employer or peers to know that they are looking for a new job or a promotion if they are applying from within. Although universities and colleges are not required to hold open searches, it is still important to gather public input, whether it is at the beginning, middle or end of the process, said Ken Briggs of the state community college system. “These are community colleges. Community is the key word,” Briggs said. “It’s hard to say we have a community college and not have some community input.”


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“We were allowed to be part of (the conversation) with the first Board of Trustees,” Cobb said. “We liked being a part of it, and now that we are not a part of it, we just have to live with whatever the results are.” Earlier this month, 54 employees met with Board of Trustees Chairman Bob Morris and Trustee Richard Lanning to discuss their concerns. Beharrysingh said he and other employees realize that the board is not required to include them in the conversation but did not want to start a negative trend. “We did not want a precedent to be set that we would not have a say,” Beharrysingh said. Morris and Lanning stated that the board did not intend to cut employees out of the process, according to minutes from their meeting with the employee senate. “I felt that we had a very good interaction with them,” Lanning said. “We want to keep the employees updated on the process. They are extremely important to us.” During the first search, outgoing president Rose Johnson had agreed to stay on until a replacement was found. But Johnson’s offer ultimately expired when a second search was launched. The college has brought in an interim president, and thus the trustees may have a different sense of urgency this time around. Morris and Lanning did not offer up specifics about why they launched a second search but did give a little insight. “(Morris) stated the board had too many doubts about the original five candidates and that they wanted to get a president that fit the college,” state the minutes from the meeting between employees and the two trustees. “They also said that there was information they were privy to that deterred them from making the decision,” the minutes later state. And, even though higher education experience was omitted from the job qualifications, the trustees told members of the employee senate that they would not hire anyone without community college experience. Leaders within the employee senate were optimistic following the meeting. “We were satisfied with the meeting,” Beharrysingh said. “They got the point that we

North Carolina Department of Transportation will perform work on two tunnels in the Pigeon River Gorge on Interstate 40 in Haywood County starting next week. From Monday, Oct. 29 until Friday, Nov. 2, work will be performed on the tunnel located on I-40 West between Exit 7 (Harmon Den) and the Tennessee border. On Monday, Nov. 5, and Tuesday, Nov. 6, work will be performed on the tunnel located on I40 East between Exit 7 and Exit 15 (Fines Creek). The hours of work will be 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Each day, traffic will be reduced to a single lane at the tunnel site. The work will involve completing a clean of the tunnels’ drainage systems.



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oth considered conservatives within their own political parties, Republican Mark Meadows and Democrat Hayden Rogers have more in common than just a handful of political similarities. Both are Christian, came out of humble beginnings to find success, married their high school sweethearts, have two children and are running for the U.S. House in North Carolina’s

Rogers keeps his roots close on campaign trail

“It’s a great place to grow up. It really molds you into who you are, and you really get a good appreciation of that strong sense of little, tight-knit communities,” Rogers said. Rogers played football at Robbinsville High School, which led him to meet his future wife, Donna. Rogers decided to attend a football game between Murphy and Swain County high schools when Robbinsville had a bye week. Donna was homecoming queen and a majorette at Murphy. “I saw her and (she) was the prettiest girl I’d ever seen, and I was just taken back by

BY CAITLIN BOWLING STAFF WRITER ayden Rogers grew up hunting, fishing and playing the chasing game ‘Fox and the Hound’ in Robbinsville. Touting himself as the all-around Western North Carolinian, Rogers reminisced about his childhood in rural Graham County, just a short jaunt from his grandparent’s house. “I was a rambunctious kid, lively and spirited — some of that hasn’t changed; some of it has,” Rogers said. Specifically, Rogers recounted a time as a young boy when he was getting ready for school and saw a squirrel bouncing around an oak tree next to his parent’s driveway. He ran inside and when he emerged from the house again — “This was during season by the way,” Rogers interjected — he was holding a gun and shot the squirrel out Hayden Rogers sat and spoke with employees at Murphy Electric of the tree. Power Board about their families and hunting a few weeks ago. “My mom comes out, and I had my school clothes on, and there I her,” Rogers said. was skinning a squirrel. I had hair all over He asked a small ball boy standing near me, and my poor mom — cause, you know, the fence what her name was. The boy later she was teacher so we couldn’t be late — and told Donna that Rogers had asked about her. she comes out, and I’m over there with a foot When they saw each other at a basketball on the tail, and I’m pulling the hide off the tournament later, Donna waved at him, squirrel,” Rogers said, amused by his younger Rogers recalled. About a month later, they ran self. “My mom’s just panicking.” into each other again and soon started dating. Rogers has often talked about being the The two dated for “a long time,” Rogers child of two teachers who did not earn much said, and about 10 years ago, they married. in the way of wages but instilled the imporDuring high school, different colleges tance of education and being a good neigh- tried to recruit Rogers to play football. One of bor in him. When someone fell ill, communi- those schools was the Ivy League Princeton ty members would take it upon themselves to University, which Rogers ended up attending. bring casseroles or other food items to help S EE ROGERS, PAGE 8 6 the person and their family.

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11th District. The list could continue. Despite those commonalities however, the two have a distinct difference. Meadows has an ‘R’ by his name, and Rogers has a ‘D,’ and only one of them will serve Western North Carolina in Congress next year. The Smoky Mountain News followed the two candidates on the campaign trail and examined their politics and their personal stories.

Although he is now a successful real estate broker with a large home in Cashiers, he said his upbringing taught him to work hard because if he wanted something, he BY CAITLIN BOWLING would have to save and save. STAFF WRITER “Growing up poor gave me a real appreooking at Mark Meadows today, it is ciation for work,” Meadows said. difficult to imagine him as a selfSince both his parents worked, Meadows described “fat nerd” wandering the and his two younger siblings would come high school halls in Tampa Bay, Fla. home with a list of chores to do. While he The Republican candidate for the 11th excelled in academia, Meadows said his sisU.S. Congressional District has come a long ter and brother were more outgoing. way during his life — both in his self-made “They were more gifted in terms of looks success and actual distance. and sociability than I was,” Meadows said. Meadows described himself during his formative years as “a fat nerd” — something that did not change until after he started high school and decided to ask a girl out, not realizing how large he was. “I was probably, as they would say, morbidly obese at that particular time. So, I asked her out and she goes, ‘Well, no,’ and I didn’t leave well enough alone,” Meadows said. He asked her if she had other plans. No. Did she have a boyfriend? No. Mark Meadows handed stickers out and even jokingly asked chil“I just don’t want to go with you,” Meadows dren if they would vote for him at Waynesville’s Apple Festival. recalled the girl saying. “I Meadows, 52, was born on a U.S. Army went home and looked in the mirror and base in Verdun, France, where his father was said, ‘You’re fat.’ So, I started almost immestationed during the Vietnam War. His mother diately to run a mile to lose weight.” worked as a civilian nurse in the army hospital Meadows said he started out slow, partly there. After a couple of years, Meadows’ par- running, partly walking the mile, eventually ents moved into a 900-square-foot, three-bed- working his way up to four miles every night. room home in Tampa Bay to live near family. Being rejected for a date ended up being Meadows parents did not have much a blessing in disguise, Meadows said. money when he was growing up, but at the “We all have different motivations that time he didn’t realize his family was poor. motivate us to do things, so I can be thankHis mom worked as a surgical nurse and his ful,” he said. dad worked as a draftsman. But, jobs for Meadows compared his experiences with draftsmen came and went. being teased and rebuffed to running for “They would kind of go through feast political office. and famine,” Meadows said. “There was S EE M EADOWS, PAGE 9 never really money for extras.”

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BY CAITLIN BOWLING STAFF WRITER n a debate that focused on everything from Iran and health care to equal pay for women and earmarks, Congressional candidates Republican Mark Meadows and Democrat Hayden Rogers pushed back from the similarities that people draw between the two conservatives. The candidates answered a series of 12 questions during the 90-minute debate at Western Carolina University, which marked one of the final opportunities for voters to see the two men battle for their votes. Meadows is a 52-year-old Realtor from Cashiers. Rogers, 41, is a Brasstown resident and former chief of staff to U.S. Rep. Heath Shuler, D-Waynesville. The two candidates are vying to represent the 11th District and fill Shuler’s seat.



WELFARE PROGRAMS When the conversation turned to welfare, both Meadows and Rogers agreed that a safety net is necessary but actions should also be taken to keep people from mooching off the system. Rogers said he would support making welfare recipients volunteer so many hours for the money they receive. Rogers also stated the country needs to be more proactive, focusing on early childhood education and health programs that have been shown to decrease the number of people who end up on welfare later in life. Meadows said the country needs to focus on creating more jobs to get people off unemployment and food stamps. “I can even imagine my friend over here believes that 47 million people on food stamps is the best that we can do,” Meadows said, motioning to Rogers. Meadows restated a falsehood perpetuated by presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s campaign — that Obama eliminated the federal work for welfare program. Meadows said he supports reinstating the work for welfare program. However, the program is still in place, despite Romney’s claims to the contrary. Meadows also supports drug testing for welfare recipients.

A NUCLEAR IRAN The debate briefly touched on foreign policy — specifically the threat of a nuclear Iran. Meadows and Rogers both agreed that the U.S. cannot sit by and allow Iran to gain nuclear weapons. “A nuclear Iran is the greatest national security threat that we have today,” Meadows said, later adding that he would favor aiding Israel in a first strike. Rogers instead supports a U.S. military strike if necessary but said he does not want to commit troops for an extended period of time. Rogers said he would not want to wait until Iran was armed with nuclear weapons before taking action.


Smoky Mountain News: Did you support the auto bailout and TARP? Mark Meadows: “I don’t think it is the government’s role to pick winners and losers. If we continue to bail out companies, it only encourages large corporations to take greater risks knowing that they have a safety net in the form of the American taxpayer.” Hayden Rogers: “On principle, I would not have supported any of the bailouts had I been in Congress during the time of their consideration. … however, I do believe that the economic restructuring of our automotive industry was an effective and important move that saved millions of American jobs directly and indirectly tied to the auto industry.” SMN: Would you support the higher taxes for those making more than $250,000 per year if they were coupled with guaranteed spending cuts? Meadows: “I believe tax increases of any kind are not the answer to our country’s financial problems. Cutting wasteful spending is where we need to focus.” Rogers: “We must take a bipartisan, balanced, and comprehensive approach to deficit reduction, and that means all options, including revenue reform, must be on the table.” SMN: Both of you say you support efforts to increase domestic energy production. How much should the country’s energy plan focus on renewable sources? Meadows: “Certainly being able to find cost effective ways to use (renewable) resources are part of any overall energy plan. However, an over-emphasis with government subsidies on sustainable energy sources does not provide enough energy to meet our demands and lower gasoline prices. We must drill for oil and natural gas while allowing private research and development of more cost effective ways to produce energy.” Rogers: “I would support a strong comprehensive national energy plan to achieve energy independence. That plan would include utilizing renewable energy resources. Investing in alternative energy not only puts our nation on a path to energy independence, it creates the potential for hundreds of jobs right here in Western North Carolina and helps keep energy prices low for families, small businesses, and farmers.” SMN: Do you support public employee unions? Do you support private-sector unions? Meadows: “In a job market where we compete for new jobs with neighboring states that putting an over-emphasis on unions and forced union participation will make us less competitive and will push jobs to Tennessee and South Carolina.” Rogers: “I support the fundamental right to organize, but I also support the fundamental right of workers to make their own choices on whether or not to join a union without the fear of intimidation from an employer or labor leaders.”

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EDUCATION The attacks from both sides continued as the candidates tackled a question about education. Meadows said he favored taking power away from the federal Department of Education and bringing decision making back to the state and local level. States should be responsible for curriculums and education funding, Meadows said. Rogers countered, asking the room if anyone actually knew everything the Department of Education does. Rogers cited his

EQUAL PAY FOR WOMEN When the matter of equal pay for women arose, Meadows and Rogers once again found themselves at odds. Both said they favored equal pay for equal work for women; however, Rogers indicated that he supports the Lilly Ledbetter Act, whereas Meadows does not. The Lilly Ledbetter Act, passed in 2009, extended the length of time in which women can sue an employer for pay discrimination. Previously, women had to take legal action within 180 days of their first paycheck even if the discrimination continued with later paychecks. Proponents of the act argued that many times women do not find out about the discrimination until after the 180-day window. “Business people make business decisions, and quite frankly if they could hire all women for a fraction of the cost of men, there wouldn’t be any men. The unemployment among men would be much greater than among women because business people are going to go and find the lowest cost,” Meadows said. Meadows likened it to the hiring of undocumented workers because of their cheap wages.

The Smoky Mountain News asked Republican Mark Meadows and Democrat Hayden Rogers a short series of questions about pertinent topics not covered during the recent debate at Western Carolina University. Excerpts from their answers are below, minus three questions they had the same answers for. Both candidates said they are pro-life, believe marriage is between one man and one woman and support a balanced-budget amendment.

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The two candidates differ on the Affordable Care Act: Meadows wants to repeal it, while Rogers doesn’t. That said, Rogers doesn’t necessarily support the bill in its current form. Shuler voted against the law twice. “We didn’t think the bill did enough to curb costs,” said Rogers, who served as Shuler’s chief of staff at the time. Rogers said he also would have voted it down, but now that it is passed he would not work to repeal it. There are good components to the bill, including reducing the cost of medicine for senior citizens and preventing people with pre-existing conditions from being denied health care, Rogers added. If the bill were repealed in one fell swoop, then the positive effects of the act would be negated as well while Congress tries to come up with another health care reform bill, Rogers said. Instead, representatives should work to revoke specific items in the bill that they disagree with, he said. Meadows, on the other hand, wants to repeal the entire health care act. He took issue with a 15-person advisory panel, which was setup by the law to review Medicare and look at ways to cut costs. Republicans have called it a death panel that will limit Medicare coverage for seniors. Meadows said people need to look at ways to solve health care problems from within the private sector. Meadows accused Shuler of not voting for the health care bill not on principle but simply because his vote wasn’t needed to pass it. Moderator Russ Bowen of WLOS in Asheville asked Meadows if he could work with the other side to revise the health care act. Meadows responded that he will be able to find common ground with members of the Democratic Party and cited his job as a Realtor, in which he brings together a buyer and seller who have different ideas about price. However, Rogers took a moment to bash his opponent, saying the Republicans would get rid of all the good things the Affordable Care Act did. “It is absurd to think there is one bipartisan bone in Mr. Meadows’ body,” Rogers said. “The ultimate goal is to fix health care. If you let your political motives drive you in getting there, you are going to miss the mark.”

own educational experience, saying he never would have been able to afford Princeton tuition without federal loans and grants that are awarded by the Department of Education. “I don’t think Jackson County can help with that,” Rogers said, harping on Meadows’ comment that states and counties should put more money into education. Meadows responded that he doesn’t want to get rid of federal loans. “I have never said that,” Meadows said.

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ROGERS, CONTINUED FROM 6 “I think it would have just broken my mom’s heart had I not gone,” Rogers said. While at Princeton, Rogers took out loans, applied for financial aid and worked in the cafeteria to help pay for the pricey private school, where he majored in political science. His parents also took out loans to help with the cost. “It was something that my parents really believed in,” Rogers said. After graduating, Rogers moved back to Western North Carolina. He currently lives on about eight acres of land in Brasstown, just a short way from his in-laws. “This is home. This is why I came home from college. This is where I want to raise my family. This is the area, and the community that has been good to me,” Rogers said. He then started his own grading and landscaping business in Knoxville, Tenn., which at its height employed about 30 people, Rogers said. “I really enjoyed it, the challenge and the gratification.” But, in 2005 Rogers got a chance to put his political science degree to use. Current U.S. Rep. Heath Shuler, whom Rogers had known from his high school football days, was making his first bid for office and wanted Rogers to work on his campaign. Shuler ended up beating eight-term incumbent Charles Taylor to become a U.S. Congressman, and Rogers became his chief of staff. If he wasn’t involved in politics, Rogers said he would likely be involved with the ParentTeacher Association, would hunt and fish more, attend more of his girls’ soccer games, mow his own lawn and “just live life.” “I don’t know what I’d be doing to make a living,” Rogers said. “I’d still be involved in my community as far as finding other ways to give back and participate.”

A FAMILY AFFAIR Earlier this year, Shuler announced that he would not run for a fourth term, opening the door for Rogers to run for Congress in his boss’ footsteps. Having campaigned for Shuler, Rogers knows how the process goes. He is sometimes leaving the house at 4 or 5 a.m. and not getting home until 10 p.m. That makes it hard, Rogers said, to spend as much quality time with his daughters, Torin, 8, and Lochlan, 7, as he would like.



While most questions were directed toward both candidates, each received one candidatespecific question. Meadows dealt with earmarks, which he has previously stated that he would not accept. The government’s outlawing of earmarks was one of the best actions it has taken, Meadows said, and representatives need to weigh whether government money coming into the district is worth the price. 8 “Is it something worth borrowing money

“It’s hard on your family, but I’ve tried to be at as much of their things as I can, and on the mornings, I can take them to school, I do,” Rogers said. When he can make time to spend with his family, the agenda is up to his daughters. “I’ll play anything my little girls want me to play. We play with Barbies; we play with little cars; we color together,” Rogers said. “They

include the three following things: face painting, rides and cotton candy. “They figured out what the minimum standard had to be for us to use the word ‘fair’ because they didn’t want to get excited and find out it’s not true,” Rogers said, amused by his children’s reasoning. Despite being disillusioned by terms like ‘fair’ and ‘party,’ Rogers said his daughters are supportive. “They are for me. They are both going to vote for me, they say, which is good,” Rogers said. Torin in particular has even lobbied her classmates to vote for her dad, making sure the kids on the playground know that her dad is the right man for the job. “She’ll come home and say, ‘Daddy, I got votes today,’” Rogers said. “I’m Rogers and friend Larry Kernea visited the farm of former Cherokee like, ‘That’s great.’” County Commissioner Eugene Morrow, asking for his support. If the election was decided by the second- and third- grade classes at “You need local folks in every Murphy Elementary, then Rogers would have a clear community. (They) put their credibility upper hand this election. However, it’s the eligible on the line.” voters of Western North — Hayden Rogers, on his campaign supporters Carolina’s 11th District that he must impress in an love to sing and dance and put on little shows.” election that could go either way. The girls and his wife, Donna, campaign Although the district leans conservative, with Rogers at certain times — which has been Rogers is considered a conservative Democrat, a learning experience, Rogers said. a title that has fared well in the mountain disA Democratic Party used to sound like a fun trict before. However, the district was redrawn event to Rogers’ two young daughters; maybe prior to this election season, cutting liberal there would be sweets or face painting. But, Asheville out. they have since learned that it’s not anything at all what they thought. UT ON THE TRAIL “They used to think when they heard somebody say like Democratic Party, they thought Rogers spent a day recently traveling around ‘party.’ So, they were excited when they were Cherokee County talking to voters, hoping peoyoung about going to things,” Rogers said. ple who met him would pass on the message, The same went for any references to a polit- Vote Hayden Rogers, to people they knew. ical fair, which on the surface conjured images The day was not so much about talking polof Ferris wheels. itics and espousing his views as it was simply One day, “I heard them talking in the back- talking to people. seat, and they finally leaned forward and said At a couple of the stops Rogers made that ‘Now, mom and dad, from now on you can’t morning, politics were not the focus of the concall it a fair,’” he said. versation. Instead, Rogers and voters spent the After feeling duped previously, the girls majority of the time talking about hunting, decided that to qualify as a fair, an event must their family histories or what friends they have

in common. “I like meeting people, talking to people,” Rogers said. The day of campaigning was more about simply showing up than the content of the conversation. Not long after meeting Rogers, Cherokee County voter Paul Indelicato thanked Rogers on Facebook for visiting him at the Murphy Electric Power Board and stated that for the first time in his 51 years, a politician had taken the time to visit him at work. Rogers spent the day on the stump with his friend Larry Kernea, who heads the Murphy Electric Power Board, who drove Rogers around, introducing him to people. “You need local folks in every community,” Rogers said about Kernea and others who had traveled with him on the campaign trail. “(They) put their credibility on the line.” At each stop, Kernea asked voters to put in a good word for Rogers with their friends and neighbors. “Mr. Meadows is not focused on us. Hayden (Rogers) focuses on people,” Kernea told one voter. A couple of men took the opportunity to quiz Rogers on his political stances. One agreed with Rogers’ views, while the other said he would not vote for Rogers simply because he is a Democrat. Despite being a Democrat, several Republican voters in Cherokee County told Rogers that they plan to vote for him. In a competitive race like the one being run by Rogers and his opponent, Republican Mark Meadows, there is not much time for rest. Similar to Meadows, Rogers has been crisscrossing the 11th District meeting with voters. In about six months, Rogers has put 36,000 miles on his new white GMC pick-up truck. “We had an event in Caldwell County that I had to attend on a Saturday that was basically seven hours driving for an hour event,” Rogers said. “I started thinking about it. I could have loaded my family up and driven to the Gulf Coast, the panhandle, I could have been in Charleston, almost to D.C. — that is how much road time there was involved in making that one hour meeting.” Rogers admitted that he could work on budgeting his time during the election season, perhaps scheduling meetings later in the day closer to his home in Clay County. “I think I could do a little bit better with the planning of the allocation of my time. You really feel like you are drinking out of a fire hose,” he said about his frantic campaigning schedule.

from China to do?” Meadows said, a nod toward the country’s growing debt — a topic that has ruled Republican stump speeches throughout the election. Meadows said that earmarks would not likely be an issue for a new representative in Congress. “The chances of bringing an earmark back to the district as a freshman are not good,” Meadows said. Rogers agreed that earmarks had gotten out of hand, but said federal earmarks are not all bad. Some help support community colleges, fire departments and other services, he said. “Western North Carolina and our very small rural communities are dependent on that federal aid,” Rogers said.

support the president. “I deliberately chose not to take part in the federal election,” Rogers said. Rogers said he would stand up for mountains values and not let a “D” or “R” affect his decisions if elected. Meadows jumped at the chance, saying Rogers skirted the question about whether he supported Obama. “I think it’s time to get an answer,” Meadows said. “Is Mr. Rogers going to vote for Obama?” The debate became contentious when the candidates took a moment to accuse each other of not showing up for debates and forums at various locations in the district in a battle over who cares more.


He added that earmarks don’t always mean that the government is spending more money but rather that dollars were re-appropriated from elsewhere.

SUPPORT FOR OBAMA Rogers was next up for singling out. Bowen asked Rogers whether he supports President Barack Obama. Rogers did not publicly endorse Obama for president as many Democrats have. But Bowen simply wanted to know whether Rogers personally supported Obama. Rogers, a conservative Democrat, said he wanted to focus on Western North Carolina, and the reason was not because he does not


The seat Meadows is after has been held by a Democrat the past six years, but that hardly makes the mountain voters that comprise the 11th Congressional District liberal. U.S. Rep. Heath Shuler, D-Waynesville, is a conservative, self-described Blue Dog Democrat. Meadows’s opponent Hayden Rogers served as Shuler’s chief of staff and right hand man for five years in D.C., and is presumably cut from the same political cloth as Shuler and on the surface a natural replacement for the seat. However, some consider the district more Republican-friendly now — which would be a positive sign for Meadows’ campaign. New voting lines in effect this election carved the Democratic stronghold of Asheville out of the Congressional district. Plus, Shuler’s reign could have been a mere phenomenon. Prior to Shuler’s win in 2007, the seat had been held for eight terms — since 1991 — by Republican Charles Taylor of Brevard. Meadows said he feels good about his chances. “We are very optimistic,” Meadows said. “It’s in the hands of the Lord and the voters.” As Election Day draws nearer, Meadows spends most days on the road, traveling around the district. Sometimes he goes alone, but more often, he attends events, visits businesses or goes door-to-door with his campaign manager, a supporter who offers to drive him around, or his wife, Debbie. For both U.S. House candidates, campaigning has been a family affair. “My mom has been very supportive. She’s put out signs for us, calls and gives us reconnaissance all the time,” Meadows said with a laugh. His children have also pitched in on breaks from college, going door-to-door for their dad. In the few days leading up to Election Day, both Blake, 20, and Haley, 19,

are traveling back to Western North Carolina to help with the final campaign push. His son Blake attends Patrick Henry College, a private college in Virginia whose mission is to graduate public servants who will serve with Christian ideals. Meadows said the college even gives its students Election Day and the Monday before off so they can campaign for different people. Meadows said his son plans to bring about a dozen classmates to Western North Carolina to help with his campaign during the final days. Although Meadows and Rogers have fought a relatively clean campaign thus far, Meadows said it’s difficult for family members to read the articles or letters to the editor. “I think that is the toughest thing for family members is — for wives and children and moms —you know, is they read everything, and they want to respond, and they want to say, ‘Well, that’s not true,’” Meadows said. “You just have to say, ‘Mom, just don’t read the paper for the next three or four weeks.’”

LIFE OUTSIDE POLITICS If he wasn’t out campaigning, Meadows said he would likely still be working six days a week but would have more time for his family than the 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. days on the campaign trail allow. And, Sundays would be spent at church, enjoying family time as well as his afternoon nap and walk, he said. Rogers has painted Meadows as a citizen of the upper class who spends his time at country clubs playing tennis. While Meadows does not deny that he plays some tennis, he added that he also hikes and hunts. In fact, the license plate on his car states, “I HUNT 2.” Meadows said that his son got the license plate a couple years ago to match another

‘TIS THE POLITICAL SEASON During a recent day of campaigning, Meadows looked and acted like a seasoned political candidate. Dressed in tan slacks, brown loafers, a blue button-up and a Patrick Henry College jacket, Meadows stood in front of the Republican booth at Waynesville’s Apple Festival, shaking hands and passing out “Mark Meadows for Congress” stickers. “I’m Mark Meadows. I’m running for Congress,” Meadows said repeatedly as the endless line of people flowed by. A few stopped for prolonged chats, but most who said “hello” just took a sticker, shook his hand and promised to vote for him. Even some out-of-town visitors paused to talk for a moment and agreed to wear a sticker. “It’s just about meeting as many people as you can,” Meadows said. “There are a lot of folks who aren’t from here, but part of it is just being an ambassador.” A big part of campaigning is simply meeting people and taking the time to talk to them. People seem more excited to vote after meeting a politician, Meadows said. And, “The more time I can spend with people, the more energized I am.” Meadows estimated that he spends only about 10 to 20 percent of his time at festivals but touted them as an effective way to meet many people at once. “You really have to work hard for my vote,” quipped voter Ken Brown, who was already sporting insignia supporting Meadows as well as presidential candidate Mitt Romney and vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan. As little kids passed with their parents, Meadows asked the child to wear one of his stickers and jokingly asked them for their vote. “If I can’t get votes with you, then I can’t get votes,” Meadows said as he placed a sticker on an infant. 9

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Meadows moved to the mountains with his wife in his mid-20s. Although his opponent has criticized him for not growing up in Western North Carolina, Meadows has lived in the area for more than 25 years. The couple had visited on their honeymoon and decided the mountains, with its slower pace of life, would be the optimum place to raise their future children. So, Meadows quit his job at Tampa Electric and moved to the mountains. “It was a job I enjoyed doing, but it was not the mountains,” Meadows said. They moved to Jackson County and opened up a sandwich shop called Aunt D’s Place in Sylva. “We just figured the worst-case scenario was we would start a business, and if we fell flat on our face, I would be 26, 27 years old starting over,” Meadows said. Like many other small businesses in their first year, the sandwich shop struggled. The outlook improved, however, during the next couple years. During that time, Meadows earned his real estate license. After about three years, he and his wife decided to sell the business, and Meadows became a real estate broker fulltime. He started Meadows Mountain Realty, which he later sold. Meadows now owns Highlands Properties. Campaigning, however, has been his primary focus for the last year. Meadows had to fight off seven Republican challengers during the primary this spring.

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“I think that is the toughest thing for family members is ... they read everything, and they want to respond, and they want to say, ‘Well, that’s not true.’”


“It’s tough. When you grow up as a fat kid, everybody makes fun of you, and all you want to do is fit in,” Meadows said. “When you run for office, people say stuff. It, at times, can step on pains. We just want to like everyone and be liked.” After dropping weight, Meadows said he was unrecognizable to many — even his future wife Debbie, who went to the same high school in Tampa Bay. Debbie had thought Meadows was a new student, he recalled. “I wasn’t the new guy. I had gone there the whole time,” Meadows said. “When you’re overweight, you know, you a lot of times blend in, and nobody pays attention at times, or they all pay attention.” Meadows and his future wife began dating while still in high school but broke up when they went off to separate colleges. Meadows attended Florida State University in Tallahassee for a year, but the summer after his freshman year, he and Debbie reconnected and began dating again. Both ended up finishing their degrees at the University of South Florida in Tampa. They have now been married for 33 years. Meadows had originally planned to be a weatherman but ended up studying business management. “I still love weather, still follow it,” Meadows said. “That is the nerd part of me.” Meadows owns as well as a couple other area weather sites. However, the websites have not been updated because of Meadows busy campaign schedule.

vanity plate that reads, “I DEBATE.” Prior to running, consultants advised him to get rid of the plate, Meadows said. However, during the election, the vanity hunting plate has taken on new meaning. Rogers is repeatedly using the fact that Meadows was not born in Western North Carolina as ammunition against him. Rogers has claimed that Meadows can’t represent the mountains because he did not grow up here. Despite insinuations to the contrary, Meadows said he started hunting with his dad when he was young and started hunting more often after moving to WNC. Meadows said his son, Blake, was 4 when he took him hunting for the first time. His son was so excited he could hardly sleep, but eventually he did. In the morning, “I went over to wake him up, and I didn’t even touch him, and he goes ‘Ready to go!’ He was Johnny-on-the-spot,” Meadows said. After talking the whole way in the car, Meadows wasn’t sure Blake would sit still or stay quiet enough to see any deer, he said. But once they situated themselves, Blake fell asleep in his dad’s lap, holding onto an unloaded 22-caliber rifle. “We saw more deer that day,” Meadows said.


Jackson commissioners declare time’s up on wrangling over new tourism structure

BY B ECKY JOHNSON STAFF WRITER festering disagreement over how to overhaul Jackson County’s tourism agency is coming to an end, but some lodging owners who have resisted the changes aren’t happy about it. The major sticking point: how much autonomy should the new county tourism agency wield over the roughly $484,000 collected in tourism tax dollars annually? That amount should go up to about $650,000 a year once the lodging tax is raised from 3 to 4 percent. In the past, the tourism industry has controlled the money, but questions over whether it was being spent wisely led county commissioners to pursue an entirely new structure. Instead of two tourism agencies — one for Cashiers and one for the county as a whole — there will now only be one. “Obviously what we have done in the past has not worked and we need to get beyond that and start pulling together to get Jackson County back into competitive mode with the people around us,” Commissioner Doug Cody said. There are also a host of other changes (see accompanying box). But the one that has caused the most ire among the lodging industry is a new level of oversight by county commissioners. Machinations over how the new county tourism agency would operate and who would serve on it have played out for more than a year. A vocal contingent of lodging owners has resisted most of the changes being proposed. County Commissioner Chairman Jack Debnam said the views of the lodging industry have been listened to and well-noted over the past year, but it was time to move on. At a commissioner meeting two weeks ago, Clifford Meads, manager of the High Hampton Inn in Cashiers — who has emerged as a spokesperson for the greater Cashiers tourism industry — mounted final objections to the now-imminent changes, but was shot down. “We have talked about it many times, and we have had the same differences every time,” Debnam said, addressing Meads. “We have talked and talked and everybody has had the chance for their input.” “I am trying to show you the light before something like this happens,” Mead replied. “Talk about a structure that is lost from the very beginning — in my estimation you are looking at it.” Meads conveyed reservations about the tourism director falling under the county manager’s chain of command. Meads believes the county tourism director should answer only to the tourism board. He also lodged objections to tourism board members being appointed by commissioners. “There are a fair number of people out there who don’t want to be bound by the county commissioners,” Meads said, suggesting not 10 enough people would step forward to serve on

tourism dollars clearing overgrown trees along Blue Ridge Parkway overlooks to improve views. And Buncombe County has spent tourist dollars building a major soccer complex that attracts tournaments and teams from across the South.

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Jackson County commissioners discuss the formation of a new county tourism authority at a recent workshop. File photo

From whole cloth: A new tourism authority in the making Jackson County commissioners will vote this month to create a new county tourism authority. The authority will develop and steer a tourism strategy for attracting visitors to Jackson County. It will also decide how to spend roughly $650,000 collected annually from a tax on overnight lodging to further tourism. Here’s what the new tourism authority will look like, and how it will differ from the current set-up. • The tax on overnight lodging will increase from 3 to 4 percent. • The tourism board will be comprised of 15 members. Five must be from the lodging industry in the greater Cashiers area and five from the lodging industry in the rest of Jackson County. Three must be from other tourism-related businesses, such as attractions, outfitters, galleries or retail shops, with at least one of those from the Cashiers area. The remaining two seats on the board will go such a tourism board. Cody disagreed. “I think it is silly to think we can’t find 15 people who would look beyond their own individual self interests to promote us as a whole,” Cody said. “That would disappoint me immensely if everyone got on there and stared looking after their own individual self interests.” Tourism leaders in Jackson County fear that if commissioners get too much control over the tourism board, however, they could steer

to representatives from the Jackson Chamber of Commerce and Cashiers Chamber of Commerce. • County commissioners will make appointments to the board, but the board can submit a preferred list of names for consideration. • The county tourism director will answer to the tourism board on all matters related to tourism, but will answer to the county manager on personnel issues. • There will be a single, countywide tourism development authority. Currently, the county has two tourism agencies — one serving Cashiers and one serving Jackson County as a whole. • The Jackson County Chamber of Commerce and Cashiers Chamber of Commerce will continue to operate visitor centers, and presumably will continue to get a cut of tourism tax dollars for visitor operations. • One-third of the tourism tax dollars can be spent on tourism-related projects if OK’d by county commissioners. Before, tourism tax dollars were limited solely to marketing and promotions, such as billboards, magazine ads, brochures, visitor center operations and vacation guides. tourism dollars toward their own pet projects. While tourism dollars historically were narrowly focused on advertising and marketing, counties have increasingly branched out in their tourism strategy in recent years. Swain County is spending some of its tourism dollars augmenting the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad operations in Bryson City and building an artificial rapid on the Nantahala River to host kayaking competitions. Haywood County has spent some of its

At stake is around $650,000 in tourism tax dollars that is pumped back in to luring more tourists to Jackson County. A tug-of-war over the best way to spend those tourism dollars isJ not uncommon in counties across the state. And it’s easy to see why. The expenditures have a direct bearing on the success and livelihood of those in the tourism business. For example, lodging owners in Cashiers may prefer tourism dollars go toward advertising their community in golf magazines and resort guides. Meanwhile, Dillsboro shop owners would rather see economic assistance for the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad to bring back the scenic tourist train. And Jackson’s outdoors industry may prefer money to be spent printing hiking, fly-fishing and rafting brochures. In Jackson County, those types of decisions for years occurred outside county control and oversight and instead were left up to inner circles of the tourism industry — primarily those in the lodging business. Under the changes, county commissioners would take on a small — albeit indirect — role. Namely, commissioners would appoint members to the county’s tourism board. While the tourism board would still ultimately decide how to spend tourism dollars, commissioners could indirectly influence tourism strategy and objectives by who they appoint. “This puts anywhere from $500,000 to $1.2 million into the potential control of the future commissioners,” said County Commissioner Mark Jones, who works in the tourism industry as an assistant manager at High Hampton Inn in Cashiers. Jones has been the lone commissioner to speak out against the county taking a role in tourism activities. But Debnam said it is the commissioners’ responsibility. “It all comes down to the fact that this is county tax dollars. People look at us when the tax money is spent. They aren’t going to be looking at the (tourism) board,” Debnam said. Philosophical points aside, allowing the tourism board to appoint its own members doesn’t jibe with state policy for tourism authorities. State policy governing the structure of tourism boards stipulates that county commissioners “shall” make the board appointments. “The way I read that is it is imperative,” said County Attorney Jay Coward. “Not ‘may,’ but ‘shall.’” The tourism board can offer up the names of people they want to be



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appointed to their board, but the county com- hire — or should it be necessary — to fire the missioners would have the final say. tourism director. “There is no county or town I could find Under Jackson structure, however, a fivewhere the elected board has delegated that person personnel committee will hire the direcauthority away,” County Manager Chuck tor and be in charge of performance reviews. Wooten said. “So this is nothing unusual.” The committee will include the county managAnother major battle line was whether the er, the county human resources director and county tourism three members from director would be the tourism board. under the county The county manager “It all comes down to the manager’s chain of has the ultimate say, fact that this is county tax command. That’s however. Should the another point committee disagree dollars. People look at us tourism leaders difon whether the fer from commistourism director is when the tax money is sioners on. doing a good job, the spent. They aren’t going County commiscounty manager’s sioners offered a opinion trumps the to be looking at the compromise in the committee’s. (tourism) board.” dispute: the tourism County commisdirector will answer sioners will hold — Jack Debnam to the tourism board one last public hearing Monday, Nov. 5 fon all matters related to tourism, but to — one of several the county manager of matters of county per- since the issue first arose a year ago — but it sonnel policy. seems the majority of commissioners plan to The two-boss arrangement is unusual for move forward with the proposal as it stands. county tourism directors. Most directors in the “We’ve beat this horse to death. It is time to region report only to the tourism authority move on and it is time to vote on the tax and board. Typically the board has sole authority to establish the committee,” Debnam said.

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BY ANDREW KASPER STAFF WRITER he upscale tourism and second-home community of Cashiers hopes to ban sweepstakes parlors, making it one of the first in the region to outright prohibit the pseudo video-gambling businesses that have cropped up in staggering numbers over the past year. The Cashiers planning council has deemed sweepstakes operations incompatible with the community and have asked Jackson County commissioners to amend Cashiers’ land-use regulations to outlaw sweepstakes. One sweepstakes parlor made a fleeting business attempt in Cashiers, but there wasn’t the right clientele to support it. It lasted about a month before going out of business this fall. “There are some places sweepstakes appear to fit in better than others,” Jackson County Planning Director Gerald Green said. “The one in Cashiers wasn’t making any money and (the planning council) felt it was out of character with the area.” The owner of the failed establishment reportedly encouraged the Cashiers planning council to support the ordinance outlawing his business so he could get out of his lease. Cashiers is not an incorporated town, but it has special status as a planning district and its own set of commercial development guide-

lines. Ultimately, changes to the ordinance will be decided by county commissioners. While sweepstakes operations are detested by many, few if any towns or counties have actually banned them. Along with Cashiers, Jackson County is home to one of the only other communities in the region that doesn’t allow sweepstakes — the U.S. 441 highway corridor leading to Cherokee. The U.S. 441 corridor, known as the Gateway area, is a 3.5-mile stretch of highway leading to the Cherokee reservation. The county adopted planning ordinances for the area more than three years ago. Controversy erupted this summer when county planning officials discovered two sweepstakes operations had popped up along the highway and issued them a warning. “It’s not a witch hunt,” said Green. “There are plenty of them here. There are just some places people feel they are inappropriate.” Although the sweepstakes parlors are not explicitly prohibited along U.S. 441, they are not explicitly permitted either — causing confusion over how to deal with the situation. The property owners where the two sweepstakes are located along U.S. 441 have since petitioned to let Double Deuces and the Winners Circle stay where they are. Sweepstakes parlors didn’t exist in North Carolina four years ago when the U.S. 441 land-use regulations were created, so naturally they didn’t appear on the list of allowed businesses at that time. The property owners renting to the sweepstakes parlors hope to have them added. Shortly after the sweepstakes conundrum on U.S. 441 came to light, the Cashiers planning council voted to explicitly prohibit sweepstakes gambling parlors in the community.


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A Voice for the People of Haywood County PROPERTY OWNERS NEED A BREAK • Haywood Co. revenue from property owners increased 30% in 5 years. • In 2009 commissioners raised property tax rate 3.4%. 2010 they increased the solid waste fee, this is a tax; it is on your tax bill. • 2011 commissioners increased property tax rate 5.3%. This was called revenue neutral. Property

owners were lead to believe there was no change in revenue coming into the county. Commis sioners actually voted to increase property tax revenue by 2.81%. • There are 100 counties in N.C. Haywood County has a higher property tax burden per every man, woman & child than 73 of the 100 counties in NC.

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Interest on Haywood Co. debt increased 128% since 2005. Haywood County total liabilities increased $34,613,545, or 55.9% in five years

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BY ANDREW KASPER showing its age. STAFF WRITER “It’s 40 years old, and nothing has been acon County is poised to begin major done with it,” said Franklin architect renovations to its pool at Veterans Thomas Ritter of the locker rooms. “It’s an Memorial Recreation Park, including embarrassment.” extensive upgrades to the locker rooms and Ritter said the improved pool house will the addition of water play features in the kiddy pool. The $600,000 project will consist of three parts — revamping the pool itself, renovating the pool house and installing a new floor area around the pool. In total, about 25 changes and improvements will be made to the grounds, said Macon County Manager Jack Horton. “Its time has come,” Horton said of the pool, originally built in the The Macon County pool is starting to show its age. 1970s. “It needs a complete renovation.” Most of the pool work will be concentrat- include locker rooms, private stalls for changed on the children’s pool. Several fun water ing and accommodations for users with disfeatures, such as a mushroom that sprays abilities. The new plans will also improve water, spurting fountains and dumping pool access by not forcing users to walk buckets, will be installed. Also the kiddy through the locker rooms to the pool deck. pool will be separated from the main pool. By late February, those renovations That will allow the larger pool to remain should be complete. Kopp Construction, a open even if a small child has a bathroom company in Franklin, will complete the pool accident in the kiddy pool. house work for $207,500. Construction on the pool house will be Augusta Aquatics, a company out of the first of the three phases. The pool house Georgia, will do the actual pool renovations renovation got the green light for construcfor the low bid price of $338,500. Work on tion last Monday. The other phases will soon the main pool will upgrade the water pumps, follow with the goal of having the entire jets and filtration system. One end of the lap facility upgraded at the start of next outdoor lanes will be deepened to allow for easier pool season. turns during competitive swimming events. According to the architect working on Replacing the floor area around the pool the pool house renovation, the building is will cost an additional $90,000.


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Sales tax on the ballot in Swain If passed, money would go toward school construction BY B ECKY JOHNSON & CAITLIN BOWLING STAFF WRITERS wain County voters are being asked this election whether they want a quarter-cent sales tax increase to help pay for school construction. The quarter-cent sales tax would bring in roughly $250,000 a year and would pay for a $2 million expansion of East Elementary. The additional classrooms would let the school do away with “dilapidated” modular units that currently serve as classrooms to handle overcrowding, said County Manager Kevin King. The student body at East Elementary has grown by more than 40 students in the past five years. Last year, West Swain Elementary added eight new classrooms, at a cost of about $1.8 million, and now it’s East Elementary’s turn. County commissioners have little choice when it comes to school construction. The state doesn’t build schools — that job is left to the counties. So the choice for Swain voters is not whether to build an addition at East Swain but merely how they want to pay for it. If the sales tax doesn’t pass, school construction must be paid for with property taxes. Given the county’s dire budget straits, a property tax increase to pay for the school construction seems highly likely unless voters approve the sales tax. “I would rather see the sales tax,” said Swain School Superintendent Bob Marr. “Then you are spreading it over a wider audience of people who are bearing the burden of taxation than just the people that own property in Swain County.” Commissioner Donnie Dixon said he supports the sales tax increase, particularly since it will tax visitors to Swain County, not just residents. If the referendum fails there’s a third option to pay for the school construction: cutting the county’s budget in other areas to come up with the money. But that isn’t likely given the cuts that were already made to weather the recession. At a meeting just last month, commissioners said that further cuts to the county budget would be difficult and unpalatable.

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A DAY LATE The quarter-cent sale tax on the ballot in Swain will no doubt come as a surprise to many voters when they walk into the polling booth. County commissioners voted unanimously in February to put the sales tax for schools on the ballot come November.

But since that quiet and uneventful decision, it has been vastly under-publicized. School leaders nor county commissioners haven’t talked it up. Local papers have been devoid of stories on the issue. Few even seem to be aware of it. “I don’t think we will get it passed because people don’t know about it,” said Gerry McKinney, a Swain County school board member. “I just don’t think we got enough word out on it.” McKinney thinks people would vote for it if they realized it was going toward

“If it’s going to help the schools, then I think we should (do it),” Moon said. “This is a minor concession.” Despite support for the tax increase from most of the commissioners, little has been said or done to let people know about the issue. There should have been a proactive public information campaign to get the word out about the sales tax, McKinney said. “That has been kind of frustrating to me,” McKinney said about the lack of publicity. “I wanted to go out and talk to the community

West Elementary added eight classrooms last year to deal with classroom overflow. East Elementary plans to do the same soon. Donated photo

schools. “People do support education,” McKinney said. But unfortunately, the question on the ballot won’t mention the words “schools” or “education.” “It don’t say it on the ballot,” Marr said. Instead, the question simply asks voters whether they want a quarter-cent sales tax increase. Based solely on that question — do you want higher sales taxes — most would probably answer no, Marr said. “People don’t want no more taxes,” Marr said. That’s the personal opinion of Commissioner David Monteith, even though he voted with the rest of the county commissioners to put the sales tax on the ballot. “I have no problem sending this to the public and letting the public vote on it,” said Monteith. “My personal opinion is I don’t want to pay any more taxes.” But, fellow commissioner Steve Moon said it is the better option.

and churches and things like that.” But, a coordinated effort never manifested, in part simply due to no one stepping up and taking the lead, and in part because they thought the wording on the ballot would sufficiently explain what the vote is about. School leaders said they were surprised several weeks ago when they first saw the wording for the vote on sample ballots. “Originally, we thought the wording might be different. We thought it would say the sales tax would be dedicated for school construction,” said Sam Pattillo, director of auxiliary services for Swain Schools. “It surprised us when the ballot came out and didn’t say ‘directed to school construction.’” Marr said school advocates have been trying to get their word out during the past month in a last-ditch effort. “It is never too late,” he said. Unfortunately, the State Board of Elections stipulates the sales tax wording on the ballot, not counties — and it can’t say what the sales tax revenue will be used for. The reason: what one set of county com-

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— Gerry McKinney, a Swain County school board member

missioners promise to spend the sales tax money toward isn’t necessarily what future commissioners will spend it on. Today’s commissioners can publicly declare their own intentions to spend the sales tax money on schools. But, they can’t promise what commissioners in the future would do and thus can’t make that promise on the ballot. In hindsight, Marr said, there should have been a better public campaign to drum up support for the sales tax, although he doesn’t know who would have stepped up to do it. The school system can’t expend its own money or resources — not even printing out fliers on the school photocopier — because county and state resources can’t be spent on political purposes. School employees can’t advocate for the sales tax vote while on the clock or use their school email addresses to send messages asking people to support the tax vote. Few counties in the state have successfully gotten voters to pass a sale tax increase. The success rate is as low as one in four. Since 2007, 56 counties in North Carolina have held ballot referendums, hoping that voters would voluntarily approve a tax increase — some counties had a second go at a vote after it failed the first time. Only 23 counties have been successful, however. Haywood County was one of the first in the state to get a quarter-cent sales tax approved by voters back in 2008. The county pitched the tax as a way to pay for a construction master plan at Haywood Community College. Community college supporters launched an aggressive and visible campaign months ahead of the election to lobby voters for its passage, and county commissioners also spoke up in favor of the sales tax at every turn — citing a sales tax as a better option that property taxes since it gets tourists and visitors rather than just local property owners. Buncombe County voters earlier this year passed a quarter-cent sales tax to fund construction at its community college, AB Tech. AB Tech supporters mirrored the successful strategy in Haywood, including the creation of an official political action committee.

IN THE WORKS An addition for East Elementary has long been part of the school construction master plan. The number of students has gone up steadily, and they eventually outgrew the school building a few years ago. Modular classrooms were brought in as a stopgap measure, but it is time to get students out of the modulars and in a real school building, McKinney said. Swain has two elementary schools: East and West. Until recently, West Elementary was overcrowded and also holding class in modulars. A $1.8 million expansion at West has now solved that school’s problem with eight new classrooms. Now, it is East’s turn, McKinney said. When school leaders met with the county in January to talk about their school construction master plan, County Manager Kevin King was the one to

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Fairground auction seeking donations Second annual benefit auction for the Haywood County Fairgrounds will be held at 6 p.m. Nov. 3 at the fairgrounds. Donated items for the auction will be accepted beginning at 1 p.m., with the auction scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. Items of every description may be donated. Ed Johnson, of Hot Springs, will be the auctioneer. Concessions will be available. For pick-up or delivery of donated items at other times, call Richard Messer at 828.400.1528. 828.456.3575 or 828.400.1978.


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School leaders hope to hurry up and get the expansion at East Elementary out of the way. They have bigger fish to fry in coming years: namely building a new high school. The school master plan calls for a new high school in the next several years. The middle school would then move to the current high school. The high school has seen student increases of its own during the past decade. The high school faces a unique problem — it can’t always simply make class sizes bigger. “When you are offering a calculus class, you may only have 10 or 12 people, but you still need to offer it,” McKinney said. The high school population has also grown thanks to a lower dropout rate now compared to five years ago. But, the county must wait until at least 2018 before it even considers taking on more school debt. Swain County is currently paying off bonds for past school construction, and the main bond will be paid off in 2018, freeing up $500,000 a year that can be used to help pay off the debt service on a new high school building. But, it still won’t be enough so the county will have to find other ways to pay for a new high school. “Even that part won’t make a dent in a new school building; however at some point in the future, that need needs to be addressed,” King said, adding that it cannot be ignored for long. “We are planning for the future.” If the middle school moves into the existing high school, the existing middle school could serve several other uses, Pattillo said. It wouldn’t happen for another 10 years, but one use Pattillo already envisions is a new site for Pre-Kindergarten. But, East Elementary has to be checked off the list before starting on the new high school. “We got to keep plugging along,” Pattillo said.

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suggest a quarter-cent sales tax. The matter was voted on “kind of almost last minute,” King said. The measure passed quietly with no conversation among the commissioners, according to minutes from the Feb. 13 meeting. To pay for the expansion at West Elementary, the county simply took out a loan and paid for it from its regular coffers. It got an expansion first because its modulars were older. The growing student body in Swain is perhaps surprising given the 12 percent unemployment rate the county is struggling under. But, the hundreds of new jobs added at nearby Harrah’s Cherokee casino during the past few years has provided a source of employment for families who in turn end up with kids in the school system. “The casino employs a lot of people out of Swain County so that has added to people coming back here or moving here,” McKinney said. “Our population of students from Cherokee has also grown.” Indeed, East Elementary has a large number of students from Cherokee. Although the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians has its own school system, enrolled members of the tribe that live on the Swain County side of the reservation can chose whether to go to school in Cherokee or come over to Swain County. For many Cherokee families, East Elementary in Swain is closer than their own elementary school on the reservation. And many parents attended East Elementary and send their own kids there out of tradition, even though Cherokee recently built a brand-new state-of-the-art school. Like at West Elementary, the expansion at East Elementary would add eight classrooms. It has not yet been designed but would likely cost about $2 million, Pattillo said. If the school were given the green light to start on the project today, it would take nearly two years until it was completed, Pattillo estimated.


21st annual Haywood County Motorcycle Parade and Toy Run will take place at noon Saturday, Nov. 10, starting at Canton’s Town Hall. This year’s route will take riders up N.C. 110 to Bethel and then turns toward Waynesville on U.S. 276. After turning on Main Street in Waynesville, the parade will continue to Wheels Through Time Museum in Maggie Valley. The event provides new toys to deserving children in Haywood County. Toy and cash donations are accepted. All proceeds serve children in the county. In the previous 20 years, motorcyclists have distributed more than $128,000 dollars to various helping agencies in Haywood County. All toys are distributed through a joint effort of Haywood County Department of Social Services, the Salvation Army and Haywood Christian Ministries. Cash awards are made to nonprofit agencies, including K.A.R.E., The Open

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Spencer’s stop in Cherokee last Thursday was part of a personal talking circuit called “Be The Shift.” It’s an offshoot of a larger social movement called United Global Shift, meant to be a source of empowerment for youth and concerned citizens hoping to better society from the ground up. Over the last several years, Spencer, a Lakota Sioux, has made visits to reservations and college campuses across the United States, preaching his message through sharing his personal trials and tribulations and pushing young people to go after their own goals and dreams. It was his first time visiting Cherokee, and he was impressed by the school’s topnotch facilities. “Are we on a reservation?” Spencer joked as he first took the stage. Although many in the crowd that night were Twilight fans with hopes of catching a more personal glimpse of the werewolf heartthrob, Spencer’s success as an actor in the popular movie series is in many ways inseparable from his mission. And it also helps draw the crowds.

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BY ANDREW KASPER STAFF WRITER haske Spencer, more widely known as werewolf Sam Uley from the “Twilight” saga series, drew on his Native American roots during an appearance in Cherokee last week, hoping to transcend his star appeal to bring home a broader message. His mission was to convince an auditorium full of mostly adolescent girl “Twilight” fans, waiting impatiently for him with readied flash cameras and video recorders, that he had something deeper to say — some useful advice to convey, derived from a life of drug abuse, poverty and jail that eventually transformed to money, success and stardom. That was a lot of pressure for the 37year old actor, who claims to still get nervous while speaking in public. “I could talk until I’m blue in the face, but in the end, most of the kids just want to know about “Twilight” and me taking my shirt off,” the chiseled teen idol kidded. While preparing for a “Twilight” shoot he works out daily to maintain his man-wolf physique.

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Chaske Spencer plays werewolf Sam Uley in the “Twilight” saga. Spencer spoke to youth last week about his life experiences. Andrew Kasper photo


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Spencer believes people in any situahim to an audition. He was told he would tion can take control of their lives and be auditioning for a werewolf in a movie make positive and lasting change. And he called “Twilight.” At that point he had knows it from experience. never heard of the saga, but when they After living on a number of reservations called him in back for a second audition he in his youth, Spencer moved to New York thought he had better find out what City when he was 21, with only $100, a “Twilight” was. So he asked a 12-year-old one-way bus ticket and the dream of being girl. According to Spencer that girl a photographer. That dream later changed “schooled him on everything” “Twilight” after he began hanging out with actors. related, including exactly who his character But before making it big, he held a Sam Uley was. number of jobs such as a video clerk, He signed the contract to act the part garbage man and as a waiter in countless on March 5, 2009, exactly a year after he restaurants. Over time, he was cast in a became sober. series of plays, strangely his first role was But, it wasn’t until his drug addiction story not as a werewolf but as Dracula in an offwas sold to the National Enquirer by another Broadway production. He received horripatient at the rehabilitation clinic that he ble reviews, he said. decided to confront the bad publicity. He Later, he was hired to act in several film began speaking about the problems of drugs productions, landing a movie directed by and alcohol to crowds around the country. Steven Spielberg and a contract with ABC. Spencer said if he can get through to at But interestingly enough, the lowest point least one person in each crowd, that he or in his career came after he achieved his she hears his message and is moved, he first taste of success. considers it a success. “I started dabbling in heroin and “If you want to do something in life,” cocaine,” Spencer said to the crowd at Spencer said in his closing remarks to the Cherokee. “That’s when the downfall start- young crowd in Cherokee, “Be a doctor, ed happening. Next thing you know it I’m lawyer, actor photographer, whatever you broke and I’ve burned every friend and I’ve want to do — there’s nothing stopping you stolen from everybody.” except what’s in your head.” His life shifted from living in a $3,000 He was given a generous round of per month apartment with a model girlapplause then began taking questions friend on the upper Westside, to sleeping from the crowd. The microphone was on a pee-soaked mattress, talking to himhanded to a senior high school student self and drinking alone at local bars. He from Swain County. went without an acting job for several years, showing up at auditions drunk or stoned. Then, in 2008, Spencer checked himself into a Washington state drug and alcohol rehabilitation clinic geared toward treating Native Americans. Spencer said it was there that he reconnected with his Native culture and began to understand the history of drug and alcohol addiction that has plagued reservations and their residents for years. “I began to see the whole pattern of my life — my uncles, my dad, me — drinking and drugs,” he said. “I come from a long line of drugs and alcohol.” Through rehabilitation he learned how drugs and alcohol on “The scariest day of my life was reservations are closely tied to a slew of social problems like coming back to New York fresh domestic abuse, violence and out of rehab. I knew all the poverty. After graduating out of the drug dealers. I knew where to clinic, Spencer vowed a life of go to score.” sobriety. He said he wanted to help the Native American commu— Chaske Spencer nity and contemplated becoming a drug and alcohol counselor, but instead made the decision to return to “Are you single?” she asked. He is not. New York City and face his demons. Other questions ranged from what “The scariest day of my life was coming types of traditional Native dances he could back to New York fresh out of rehab,” do to advice he could give to aspiring Spencer said. “I knew all the drug dealers. actors or young people leaving the reservaI knew where to go to score.” tion for the first time. There he took a job as a garbage collecAfter the talk, Spencer signed autotor. He was ready to give up on acting until graphs for a snaking line of fans in the he got a call from a casting director inviting lobby. 17

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Maggie leaders question the wisdom of holding out for tourism BY CAITLIN BOWLING STAFF WRITER Maggie Valley is trying to figure out what exactly it wants to be. Maggie once reigned supreme in the mountain tourist trade, witnessed by the row of restaurants, bars, hotels and gift shops that line the valley’s main drag. But a gradual decline in visitors over the past 20 years has left the town looking for a new identity. While some want to reclaim Maggie’s former glory as a tourist kingpin, a few town leaders advocate for diversifying Maggie Valley’s business portfolio beyond tourism — something that proponents say would bring financial stability to the valley. There has been some movement in that direction. Maggie is now home to a retirement center, for example, and an increasing number of businesses these days cater to the valley’s growing second-home population instead of solely tourists. But how far to stray from its tourist roots evokes passion on both sides. Putting a face to that debate is Automation Design Technology, a Springboro, Ohio-based robotics manufacturer. The owner of the business, Mick Combs, recently moved to Maggie and wants to bring his business and 10 jobs with him. More specifically, he wants to buy the building that once housed Carolina Nights, a dinner theater on the main highway through Maggie that has been shut down for two years. “I think it would be great. We have a vacant building sitting there right now,” Alderman Mike Matthews said. Mayor Ron DeSimone agreed that the new business would be a positive addition. “I think it’s a great thing for the valley,” DeSimone said. Combs needs the town to rezone the property from its commercial designation, however, and is facing opposition from tourism purists who don’t think light manufacturing business on Maggie’s main tourist

strip is a good idea — particularly in the highly-visible location of the old Carolina Nights. “I would like another tourist attraction there. I think that is what this town is about mainly,” said Karen Hession, president of the Maggie Valley Area Lodging Association. “It sort of opens the door for more industry in a section that has always been a tourist town, and I am afraid it would take away from the tourism.” Hession added that she would love to see the business come to Maggie, just not in a heavy tourism area. “I do want people to have jobs,” Hession said.

Technology to move into the old Carolina Nights building. Currently, that land is not zoned for any form of industry. Hamel was not opposed to the business, she said, but allowing it along Soco Road would change the tenor of the town. It would no longer be strictly tourism. Some think that is a good thing, while others do not. “Yeah, we are a tourist town, but yeah, we can be other things than that,” Matthews said. “If we would have Carolina Nights or something like that back, then that would be wonderful.” But Matthews doesn’t see that happening. Since the change in zoning was not

And, she is not the only one who feels that way. At a recent meeting of Maggie Valley’s zoning board, board member Marion Hamel was the sole dissenting vote on a measure that would have allowed Automation Design

approved by a fourth-fifths majority at the zoning board meeting, it did not pass. But, Combs had another option — going through the planning board and the board of aldermen. Not wanting to waste any time or lose

Donate a turkey dinner for those in need Maggie Valley Area Lodging Association is once again donating turkey dinners to Haywood County residents this year, which will be distributed at the Haywood County Department of Social Services in Clyde starting at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 20. “We are very happy to announce that we have 200 dinners to give away this year to those who need them. We also welcome donations from the community to provide even more boxes this year,” said Phillip White, a member of the association. The dinners are provided to serve those in need who might not have the means to provide a Thanksgiving dinner for themselves or their family. To receive a turkey dinner box, contact your Social

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WCU to hold open house Western Carolina University will welcome prospective students and their families and friends to campus when the university holds its second open house starting at 8:30 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 10. Hosted by the Office of Undergraduate Admission, the open house gives visitors a chance to tour the campus, learn about the university’s academic programs and extracurricular opportunities, and find out the important details of topics such as

Combs’ business to another town, the planning board held a special meeting last week to talk about allowing a light industry like Combs’ to operate in Maggie Valley’s general business district. While the zoning board has the power to rezone particular parcels, the planning board can make more general changes — like allowing new types of uses along entire sections of Soco Road. Members of the planning board spoke out in favor of allowing high technology firms or light industry in Maggie Valley. “People say not to put all our eggs in one basket. Here is a perfect opportunity,” said Planning Board Member Allen Alsbrooks. Opponents of the change were concerned that the business would mean more noise and traffic on Soco Road. However, proponents have said people will not even know the manufacturer is there. No one “would be a better neighbor or a better fit,” said Billy Case, a planning board member. Case added that there is plenty of room in the back of the building for any trucks that may need to stop by the building. Fellow board member Cathy Young said that the possible new business is a great opportunity for Maggie, especially given that the price tag of the Carolina Nights building will not likely attract many purchase offers. “We can’t stay this little small-minded (town), not looking into the future,” Young said. “How many opportunities do we have for someone to do this?” The planning board voted unanimously to allow high technology firms in general business districts in Maggie. The matter went before the Board of Alderman Tuesday night, but the town board had not voted on the issue by press time. Although DeSimone, Matthews and Alderman Phillip Wight all said they support Automation Design Technology moving to Maggie. Alderwoman Saralyn Price did not return multiple calls for comment, but the three aldermen who support have enough of a majority to push it through.

financial aid. The day’s activities will begin with registration and an academic fair located around the concourse of WCU’s Ramsey Regional Activity Center. Following a 10 a.m. welcome session in the main arena of the Ramsey Center, prospective students will have a chance to engage in more in-depth academic sessions led by WCU faculty members. Tours of campus in late morning will be followed by an information fair, where visitors will be able to find out about the many activities, student organizations and services that are available for WCU students. Lunch will be available at university dining facilities and prospective students can redeem their free lunch voucher at Courtyard Dining Hall or the A.K. Hinds University Center food court. or 828.227.7317 or 877.928.4968.

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Silent auction to benefit K.A.R.E. The newly formed Haywood Area Wholistic Integrative Practitioners group (HAWIP) is throwing a silent auction and reception at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 10 at Where Angels Gather, a holistic retail store and education center at 124 Miller Street in Waynesville. HAWIP members are actively gathering donated items and gift certificates from local businesses and service providers/practitioners. Donations will be accepted until Thursday, Nov. 8. All funds raised will go to Kids Advocacy Resource Effort (K.A.R.E.), a local organization dedicated to relieving the suffering of abused and neglected children through counseling, education and compassion. 828.558.4139 or 828.246.2682 or 828.550.7685.

A steering committee overseeing the creation of a comprehensive master plan to guide development and improvements of Western Carolina University’s Cullowhee campus will hold its first public forum from 5:30 p.m. until 7 p.m. Monday, Nov. 5 at the Cullowhee Valley School. A direct outgrowth of the university’s recently approved strategic plan, titled “2020 Vision: Focusing Our Future,” the campus master planning process will address issues related to new building needs, utilization of existing space, parking and transportation, technology infrastructure, sustainability, safety and security, preservation of campus heritage and integration of the campus with the surrounding community. 828.227.3082 or

Programs and events centered on nutrition, fitness and developing a positive body image will be hosted at Western Carolina University as part of an annual celebration of “Love Your Body Week” from Monday, Nov. 12 to Thursday, Nov. 15. Events include nutrition assessments 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 12 and Nov. 15, a clothes swap from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 12, a race across campus at 4 p.m. Nov. 13, an introduction to weights session from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Nov. 13, “Celebrate! A Belly-Dancing Workshop” from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Nov. 13, and “The Secrets of Powerful Women” leadership class from 12:30 p.m. to 1:45 p.m. Nov. 15. To register a team of two to four people for the race across campus (Amazing Catamount Challenge), email or register in Room 331 of A.K. Hinds University Center by Sunday, Nov. 11. 828.227.2617.

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Haywood Spay/Neuter is holding a pet microchip clinic 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 3 in Waynesville. Many dogs and cats end up in shelters because they lack proper identification to be returned to their owners. A microchip can help identify a lost pet. For a fee of $15, a pet can be permanently registered. If the owner moves, changes phone number or gives the pet away, registration information can be easily and quickly updated anytime with no additional fee. The microchip is a permanent form of identification, the size of a grain of rice, and is injected into the space between the pet’s shoulder blades. 828.452.1329.






A Family Man Who Has Our Mountain Values

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Obama Keeps his Promises to Native Americans • 3 Billion in aid to Native Communities for jobs, schools, police, housing, energy. • Made permanent the Indian Health Care Improvement Act • $300 million for Tribally Controlled Colleges and Universities • Cleared the way for Tribes to make improvements to infrastructure. • Created the Annual White House Tribal Nations Conference • Created Senior Policy Advisor for Native American affairs • Tribal authority strengthened by Violence Against Women Act • Committed to funding Native Language restoration A Native American for Obama


MERCURY IN THE TRASH Fluorescent bulbs contain small amounts of mercury. Andrew Kasper photo


Meanwhile, Haywood County has been ahead of the curve. It’s been following best-practices for compact florescent bulbs for about five years. It is free for residents to drop off their fluorescent bulbs. And county Solid Waste Director Stephen King reports each year, more residents are setting aside their burned out bulbs and bringing them to county trash sites for processing. In 2009 when the county started taking bulbs in Haywood County, its facilities collected about 5,000 feet of fluorescent light bulbs. In 2011, the county collected about 37,000 feet. Already, in the first four months of this fiscal year, 15,000 feet of bulbs have been collected. He said a majority of those are not the long, four- or eightfoot tubes, but rather the small, compact fluorescent bulbs. “As people become more and more aware, we have more and more participation,” King said. “It’s actually pretty easy to do, which is great because it’s not going into landfill.” He said the primary reason for collecting the bulbs was to keep mercury from leeching out of the landfill and into the water. But, King is so leery of the bulbs and the mercury in them he doesn’t even allow them in his home. When a fluorescent bulb breaks it releases a small amount of mercury vapor. The EPA recommends if one breaks inside, people and pets should evacuate the room for five to 10 minutes and any air circulation devices should be shut off. “I have a hard time with mercury-containing devices where kids can break it and breathe it in,” said King, who is also a father. “When you start looking at the whole picture, they’re not as green as we thought they were.”

Stephen King handles a fluorescent light bulb at one of Haywood County’s collection sites. Andrew Kasper photo

In 2009 when Haywood County started taking bulbs, its facilities collected about 5,000 feet of fluorescent light bulbs. In 2011, the county collected about 37,000 feet. Already, in the first four months of this fiscal year 15,000 feet of bulbs have been collected.

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BY ANDREW KASPER STAFF WRITER compact fluorescent light bulb uses about 75 percent less energy than the old-fashioned kind and lasts up to 10 times longer. They may cost more upfront, but a net savings of $25 during the life of each bulb has spurred American households to make the switch en masse to the energy-saving bulbs in recent years. But there’s a little-known fact behind the bulb that’s otherwise so environmentally friendly on the surface. Compact fluorescent light bulbs contain mercury that can end up in the air or water if not disposed of properly. Yet, in many North Carolina communities, the bulbs end up in the trash and eventually the landfill rather than special disposal programs. “It’s a dirty little secret that we’re not managing them properly,” Macon Solid Waste Director Chris Stahl said. Soon, however, Macon County will be one of the few in North Carolina to set up a system for collecting and properly disposing of the compact fluorescent bulbs. It’s a long time coming, Stahl said, expressing his frustration with dealing with them during the years without a proper system in place. “I have hated bulbs for 11 years,” Stahl said. Macon County will collect bulbs from residents for free. They will then be shipped to a facility in South Carolina for processing. Commercial entities will be charged 75 cents per fluorescent bulb. The program should be in place by January 2013, contingent on receiving the required state permits and a grant that will hopefully help cover the special disposal costs. Without a disposal program in place, Stahl previously referred business owners and residents who brought him


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County landfills grapple with fluorescent bulb conundrum

But as it stands, many residents just throw them in the trash, which is not explicitly illegal. While it is illegal for commercial entities to throw fluorescent bulbs away, residential light bulbs containing mercury are given a free pass to the trash. The N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources only goes as far as strongly encouraging residents handle the bulbs properly. Scott Mouw, the state’s recycling director, said the best way to keep the fluorescent bulbs and their mercury out of the landfill would be to have local towns and counties operating, and promoting their local programs. Because even though residents can toss the fluorescent bulbs in the trash, mounting levels of mercury can be troublesome for landfills. A typical compact fluorescent bulb contains about three milligrams of mercury — the equivalent of the tip of a ballpoint pen. Once thrown in the trash, the mercury can eventually find its way to water and contaminate fish populations. Eating contaminated fish is one of the most common ways humans ingest harmful mercury. And although three milligrams of mercury per bulb is seemingly a small amount, Mouw predicts it will become more of a problem given the sheer number that are out there. “There will be a lot more of them over time,” Mouw said. “Incandescent bulbs are starting to lose the market share.” In the region, Buncombe, Haywood, Swain, and soon Macon counties have disposal programs. Jackson County does not have a residential program. In Jackson County, Public Works Director Chad Parker, who also oversees solid waste, said he refers residents to Lowe’s. Yet, for a county that is roughly 500 square miles, only using retail stores such as the hardware giant can limit accessibility, versus accepting the bulbs at all eight of the county’s trash sites. “For residents, we don’t have a program in house,” Parker said. “But it’s something we’ll be looking at.” Counties, like commercial entities, are supposed to dispose of their fluorescent bulbs properly. Parker said he hopes the county could piggy-back off the program they use for the county’s own bulbs while implementing one for residential disposal. However, he cited the law as being on the county’s side for the time being when it comes to handling residential fluorescent bulbs. “The only thing I can say is that residential bulbs can go

into garbage,” Parker said. “Commercial waste has to be dealt with separately, but the state will allow residential bulbs to go into the waste stream.”


bulbs to disposal centers as far away as Asheville or Johnson City, Tenn. Some large retail stores such as Lowe’s also accept fluorescent bulbs. But Stahl was doubtful many residents made the extra trip. “If you bring me 20 bulbs, I would refer you to places which are authorized to take them,” Stahl said. “But what you might do instead is take heavy duty trash bags, break them into little bits and bring them back to my facility. And I don’t look into every bag.” In North Carolina, only 20 counties and a few cities are set up to collect bulbs. Many large businesses have contracts with companies to collect their bulbs, and some residents use mail-in programs, in which a prepaid box is shipped full of the fluorescent lights to a processing facility.




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Net zero home built in Haywood County

Bootiful Babies Benefit

In an effort to raise proceeds for a new birthing center, Smoky Mountain OB/GYN Associates hosted the Bootiful Babies Benefit outside their Sylva office. The benefit was a family-geared event that included a daddy derby for men and trick-or-treating for children. The New Generations Birthing Center is a $3 million renovation project on the third floor of the MedWest-Harris hospital.

A “net zero home” constructed in Haywood County will have an open house from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Nov. 3 and 10. Located in Beaverdam Valley, the structure strikes an elusive balance between work and play. It produces all the power it needs on site to operate and in the future will produce much of the food — meat, eggs, vegetables and fruits — its occupants will need to thrive. It also sports a brass firepole and a hidden room for a kid’s getaway. The 2,000-square-foot home of Val Lamberti and Mark Bondurant was completed in July 2012 by Rare Earth Builders Inc. The metal standing seam roof supports a 4.8-kilowatt solar array and will also be used to gather rain water for irrigation. A groundbased high efficiency heat pump heats and cools the passive solar home. Wall and roof cavities are insulated with sprayed open cell foam. An energy recovery ventilator brings

Business notes Caesar’s Entertainment recently donated $2 million dollars for the purchase and continued maintenance of a Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) machine to the Cherokee Hospital. A groundbreaking ceremony was held on Oct. 24. ••• Russell Hawkins, a financial advisor with Edward Jones Investments, recently opened an office at 141 Iotla Street, Suite 141, in Franklin. Office hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. 828.349.5184. ••• The Macon County Board of Commissioners recently honored Nathan B. “Nat” Henry and Thomas M. McNish, who were among the longest serving prisoners of the Vietnam War. The ceremony was held at the gazebo on the square in downtown Franklin. ••• James Zhang is now dean of Western Carolina University’s Kimmel School of Construction Management and Technology. Zhang had served as interim dean since August 2011.

fresh, filtered air into the house. Bondurant and Lamberti are gradually installing the elements of a permaculture site plan that includes a large vegetable garden, tilled and fertilized by free range chickens, a greenhouse, a fish pond, honey bee hives and fruit and nut trees. The driving principle for the home’s interior was lots of curves, brilliant color and finely crafted trim and built-

ins from local hardwoods. All of the trim wood — cherry, birch and poplar — was cut by the Rare Earth Builders crew, three miles away, then kiln dried and milled locally. From Beaverdam Road, turn right on

••• 21st Annual Golf and Gala Charitable Classic was held Aug. 28-29 at Haywood County golf courses to benefit MedWest-Haywood through the HRMC Foundation. The golf tournaments and gala, held at Waynesville Inn Golf Resort and Spa, raised more $140,000. ••• A workshop to discuss changes that have been made to the federal contracting registration process will be held from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Nov. 8 at the Macon Cecil L. Groves Center Room 107 at Southwestern Community College. 828.306.7019 or ••• A health fair and phone bank manned by community volunteers raised funds for the Outpatient Medicine and Chemotherapy Treatment expansion at Angel Medical Center in Franklin. Local radio stations 96.7 WNCC-FM and 1050 WFSC-AM broadcasted the event. More than $25,000 was raised. ••• Princeton Review has listed Western Carolina University’s College of Business among the nation’s best schools at which to earn a master’s degree in business administration. The education services company included WCU in the 2013 edition of its guidebook, “The Best 296 Business Schools.”

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••• Paxton Myers is the new vice president of Casino Marketing for Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Hotel. Myers is a graduate of Western Carolina University and was previously at Harrah’s Cherokee in the Cherokee Development Program and later as Casino Marketing Manager.

••• Western Carolina University has received a $100,000 grant from the Appalachian Regional Commission for a new balance and fall prevention clinic under development in the university’s recently opened Health and Human Sciences Building. ••• Ladsen Gaddy-Dubac, MD, has recently started practicing at the new Angel Ob/Gyn & Family Practice in Franklin. Gaddy-Dubac is a graduate of the University of Georgia in Athens and attended the University of North Carolina School of Medicine in Chapel Hill.

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“Partners in Leadership” launches mentoring program The Haywood County Chamber of Commerce Women in Business and the Young Professionals of Haywood have launched the “Partners in Leadership” mentoring program. “Partners in Leadership” is designed to prepare Haywood County Young Professional Women (YPW) to become future business leaders by connecting them with seasoned Women in Business (WIB) professionals (Leadership Coaches) in their field. Through a formal mentor-mentee relationship, Leadership Coaches (WIB) will guide Young Professional Women (YPW) through the process of developing professional/career goals, helping them gain the skills necessary to achieve them. 828.456.3021 or or •••

Wild Thyme Gourmet in Highlands has opened a new location at Town Square. The new 343 Main Street location will offer many of the same favorites but with almost double the space, including a full bar and patio. or 828.526.4035. ••• Jolene Sneed, a school social worker at Smokey Mountain Elementary School in Whittier, was recently presented with Subway®Restaurants School Health Champion award. She received $500 to help promote and advance her school’s health-related efforts. ••• The Evergreen Foundation has given a $10,000 grant to Webster Enterprises of Sylva to renovate its sewing machine operation. The grant will help add seven sewing and additional training positions. Webster offers sewing positions as employment opportunities to people with disabilities. ••• Donna Tipton-Rogers has recently joined the board of directors of the Cherokee Preservation Foundation. Tipton-Rogers has been the President of Tri-County Community College in Murphy since 2007. ••• Brian Boyd, a Waynesville landscape designer and irrigation specialist, has received his certification from the North Carolina Irrigation Contractors’ Licensing Board. Boyd works with WNC Landscaping and Nursery.



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John will work to provide a safe living environment for families, free from crime and the dangerous effects of drugs and alcohol. He will strongly support restoring the budget cuts in education to provide a good learning environment and the best possible education for children and students of all ages. John will work hard to reverse the tuition increases and restore need based student aid. He believes that education creates job opportunities and is a strong supporter of the community college system, which provides workforce training necessary to attract new industry and new jobs.

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The military bubble will be the next to burst

KEN JACOBINE G UEST COLUMNIST s students of the Austrian School of Economics understand, financial bubbles are caused by central bank monetary policy and government intervention in the economy. The housing boom and subsequent crash in the first decade of this century is an excellent example of the Austrian Business Cycle Theory (the Austrian School’s explanation for booms and busts in the economy). For more than four years — between June 2001 and September 2005 — the Federal Reserve kept its federal funds interest rate under 4 percent. Artificially low mortgage rates resulted. This, coupled with large investments by the Bush Administration for low income homebuyers, created the largest housing boom in American history. As interest rates were gradually increased by the Fed, reaching a decade high of 5.25 percent in June 2006, investments in housing that were made at lower interest rates became unsustainable at higher rates. As adjustable rate mortgage rates rose, defaults increased, eventually causing home prices to plummet. The housing bubble had burst. Of course, pundits, politicians, mainstream economists, and others dependent on big government for their sustenance blamed the free market and deregulation for the housing boom and bust. Yet, time and again in the twentieth century, from


Uninformed populace a sad state of affairs

To the Editor: Some 30 years ago about 33 national broadcast companies existed. Today approximately five provide an extremely limited and controlled source of information for a population of more than 360 million. These broadcast companies know their audience and “frame” their message to appeal to their particular populations.  While the presentation varies, when we look beyond the framing, the message stays amazingly consistent across networks. As a result, we Americans remain largely in the dark as to the ramifications of many of the laws and policies that directly affect us but have an overblown sense of being well-informed. It might be safe to say that we the American public are high on confirmation bias and on fixation of our preconceived notions, overconfident in our opinions, and rigidly persistent in our beliefs — without much evidence to support most of our conclusions. We watch with feverish attention, staged and carefully scripted debates. The so-called “non-partisan” Commission on Presidential Debates tightly controls the content but never fails to deliver up a well-orchestrated but low-on-substance theatrical extravaganza. Though the commission strictly forbids any voice other than the narrow and well-rehearsed perspectives of the GOP and Democratic parties, we believe because we are told to believe, that these spectacles provide us with a broad and informed per-

the stock market crash of 1929 to the dot com bubble of the late 1990s, the fingerprints of Fed manipulation and monetary price fixing have been all over every economic downturn and crisis. Now, there are other bubbles in our economy that have yet to burst. These are the bubbles insulated by politics. They include higher education and defense spending. In terms of defense spending, the political forces that protect it are currently working overtime to maintain that bubble. In January, under provisions of the Budget Control Act of 2011, defense budget cuts totaling about $50 billion a year for the next 10 years go into effect. Opponents of the cuts, like Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., are claiming “It would be like shooting yourself in the head. It would be the most destructive thing in the world.” Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., has even warned that the cuts would leave us unable to defend the country. Then there are the threats of widespread layoffs by defense contractors and the devastation to local communities like Newport News, Va., that defense budget cuts would bring. Corporate officials and community leaders have teamed up to decry the cuts based solely on the harm they would do to their bottom lines and tax bases without any regard for whether as a nation we should spend the money on more armaments. After all, defense spending accounts for close to 20 percent of all federal spending. The U.S. spends more on defense than

LOOKING FOR OPINIONS The Smoky Mountain News encourages readers to express their opinions through letters to the editor or guest columns. All viewpoints are welcome. Send to Scott McLeod at, fax to 828.452.3585, or mail to PO Box 629, Waynesville, NC, 28786. spective. The statement, “He who owns the news, makes the news” holds true for our current times. To find a developed nation more propagandized than today’s USA, we have to step several decades back in time. Propaganda is made of lies that are framed to look like truths.  Blinded by our propaganda, we have become a nation that believes these truths to be self-evident, that all humans are created unequal, and that some more than others are endowed by their Creator with the right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. In this great nation, many believe the ludicrous assertion that class warfare is perpetrated by the powerless and disenfranchised poor upon the privileged and influential wealthy. We are provoked to love Jesus but hate our neighbor if he or she is different. We can patriotically wave the flag for God and Country but cannot enjoy the freedom to assemble non-violently in protest. Pseudo-scientists are popularly supported, while valid scientific evidence is deemed ridiculous. It is the moon

the next 13 highest spending countries combined! This enormous government bubble has been financed for years by deficit federal spending monetized by the Federal Reserve — in other words, debt. Since at least Reagan, military spending has been erroneously used as a fiscal stimulus to the economy, financing millions of jobs in the military-industrial complex. And it has been used to launch several seemingly endless wars and other lethal adventures worldwide. The country doesn’t need that much military and can no longer afford it. As the real fiscal cliff approaches, political defenders of the military-industrial complex are going to find it more and more difficult to protect their bubble. With hundreds of trillion of dollars in future unfunded liabilities on the books of the federal government, the only answer for Washington is to continue to print more money. Eventually interest rates will rise, increasing the interest payments on the debt. More printing will occur, perpetuating a financial spiral that will destroy what’s left of our economic system. Cutting a measly $50 billion a year from military spending now should be a no-brainer. But it probably won’t happen because today politics takes precedence over reason in Washington. (Jacobine teaches internationally and maintains a summer residence in North Carolina. He can be reached at

that shines by day, the sun by night and we believe because our favorite ideology says it is so.    Somewhere, though, there is truth but it is not to be found in the well-framed propaganda of our selected network or our favorite polarized website. Truth is always elusive and even more so in an environment where it is deliberately and methodically obviated. Though allusive and challenging to ascertain, truth is always here to be unearthed. Truth does not support one party or another. Truth informs and educates. It is often inconvenient. We discover truth when we challenge our bias, when we let go of imbedded two party fixations, and when we question the reliability of our propagandized opinions. Allen Lomax Sylva

Obama deserves another term To the Editor: Neither of our presidential candidates has reached the stage of perfection. Neither has all the answers to all the challenges. But when I see a foreign policy of arrogance and unilateralism replaced by a policy of openness and cooperation; when I see a national economy moving from the brink of collapse toward stable recovery (though moving slowly); when I see people who were once without health insurance, now with coverage (although the plan needs perfecting); when I see the American automobile industry rising from near death to a flourishing industry, saving

millions of jobs; when I see Wall Street now having to abide by some rules that may save us from another debacle there; when I look at the recovery of much of my pension losses; then I think I would like to give President Obama a chance to build on the remarkable achievements of his first four years. I do not agree with all his policies and statements, but I like his broad vision and he is consistent about what he believes. He is not as liberal as some would like. He is not as conservative as others would prefer. I believe this country will be better off with him at the helm and I enthusiastically and hopefully cast my vote for President Obama.    Garland Young Lake Junaluska

GOP does not deserve a single vote

To The Editor: Both parties have some valid points that need to be examined. But very simply, one party has spent the past four years doing all it could to disrupt the people’s business and thereby extend the recession, causing the unnecessary suffering of millions of Americans. That party has wrongfully and in my mind unlawfully punished the American people solely for voting a “black man” into the presidency. From top to bottom, that party should not get a single vote from the American people. Bill Lyons Cullowhee

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Economics, jobs, and future business To the Editor: Do our politicians that run for public offices really care about our future, or are they just thinking of theirs? Just over two years ago Swain County had the golden opportunity to land a construction project — the North Shore Road — that would have created almost 1,000 construction jobs and well over $14 million dollars in retail sales alone. Not to mention the associated benefits of trickle down jobs. On the national average, one construction job touches no less than three to five other professions. All of this because of our elected officials and candidates in this election are not standing up for Swain County and Western North


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To the Editor: I was born January 1933, and I have been a student of our state and our nation’s political and legislative scenes for some 70 years and counting. During those many years I have been able to evaluate, for myself, many political figures and legislators. And there is a difference, in my view. One of the very best is Rep. Ray Rapp. Due to space restrictions, I’ll limit my superlatives here. In my 70 years, I can not recall a harder worker. Even when he had a close family member with a serious and mysterious illness, Ray kept going, night and day, to care for his kin and his elected job. He is very capable, honest, fair and dedicated to helping any and all of his constituents. Now, the N.C. Republicans and his opponent, Michelle Presnell, want to paint him as “being out of touch” with North Carolina. I say no way. Because Ray supported keeping a 1 cent sales tax for schools, his opposition changed this to a “15 percent increase” that sounds worse. He rightfully says “if we do not adequately fund education, we are eating our seed corn.” Meanwhile these no-tax people quietly let a state gas tax increase go in to effect. Of course, the gas tax increase did not punish the North Carolina Association of Educators, as the 1 cent sales tax did.

To the Editor, Recently a friend of mine said to me: “Mormonism sure is a strange religion.” How so, I asked, and was shown Doug Wingeier’s letter in your Oct 24 issue. Mr. Wingeier makes a fine point that we should not base our vote solely on a candidate’s religion. Yet one’s religious beliefs often determine how one leads his life and what is his or her world view, and these are valid considerations in determining how one votes. I then read Mr. Wingeier’s synopsis of Mormon tenets and was shocked. I am not a Mormon, but this was far removed from what little I did know about them. What to do? I went to the World Book Encyclopedia and looked it up. There were the tenets I had expected to see in stark contrast with the mishmash presented by Mr. Wingeier. He strongly objects to “spreading misinformation” when it comes to the president, but, it seems, not so much regarding his opponent. The discrepancies between Wingeier’s Mormonism and that of the World Book is so great that it is either a case of willful ignorance or deliberate malice. It only took a moment to get the truth, but how much damage was done to those who just believe what they read? William Fisher Franklin

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To the Editor: I am writing to ask for your support for Hayden Rogers for Congress. When I look at the two candidates running for the 11th Congressional District, I see a definite difference that does not relate to their political parties. Mark Meadows states his positions with “I believe” or other “I” statements, while Mr. Rogers uses “you” or “the district.” Mr. Rogers wants to do what’s best for the district and says he will work with both political parties to get that done. I have listened to Mr. Meadows. He hasn’t said anything about working with both parties, especially in the presidential election. It takes a strong person who truly cares about the people of his district to say that they will do what is best rather than pushing their own ideas. Mr. Rogers has experience in Washington but still embodies the best of our district. He is a family man who believes in education and bettering the people of this area. He supports the Lily Ledbetter Act, which maintains equal pay for women for equal work. As a woman, I do not know how any women could support a candidate like Mr. Meadows who is against this act. Remember, Mr. Rogers is here to support you — Democrat or Republican. Please support Mr. Rogers, whether you are a Democrat or Republican, on Election Day! Stephanie Edwards DeBruhl Bryson City

I would encourage anyone concerned about our children and our citizens’ futures to look past these mudslinging ads paid for by billionaires that do not care squat about you and I, the common folk, and reelect a fine upright man that fits the mold of a Democrat as defined by the late Sen. McGovern, “Above all, being a Democrat, means having compassion for others and it means standing up for people that have been kept down.” May God continue to bless America. John C Scroggs Clyde




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Commissioners We are both Jackson County natives who value our heritage, these mountains and the people. As your county commissioners, we will work with the other commissioners to: • Maintain a low county property tax rate. • Improve the quality of life for all citizens. • Adopt and implement an economic development strategy that recognizes and strengthens all sectors of the county economy and that results in living wage jobs.

LETTERS, CONTINUED FROM P. 26 Carolina. Politicians like John Snow, Joe Sam Queen, Hayden Rogers, and Walter Dalton are only interested in their election and selfish interests. Now, these same individuals that are running for public office in this election are asking us to trust them, when they have turned their backs on us and our region. Who are these guys kidding? There would have been a huge economic windfall for the years of the construction and the rest of the future. This project would have given many opportunities for individuals to access our county, our region and our state into the future. We lost these jobs and retail sales because they were and are not supportive of us, the people they say they want to represent. Their records speak for themselves, regardless of the rhetoric they constantly spout. Raleigh Grant Bryson City

Hayden Rogers willing to work with GOP To the Editor: During the 11th District Congressional debate at Brevard College, Hayden Rogers clearly distinguished himself from his Republican opponent Mark Meadows. In my opinion, Rogers made the best connection with the audience, but I think the most important point in the debate occurred when the candidates were asked (if elected) who they would support as the leader of the U. S. House of Representatives. Without hesitation, Hayden said his choice would be Steny Hoyer – a highly respected Democratic statesman who nurtures friendly relationships with many top Republicans and is widely recognized for his willingness to reach across the aisle to promote civility and collaboration. In contrast, Meadows identified House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, a Tea Party favorite who is responsible for much of the infighting within the Republican Party and, by his own admission, identifies Newt

Gingrich as his leadership model. Cantor has been described as the “classic Republican obstructionist who has become the face of the current do nothing Congress.“ If we have any hope of improving the current gridlock in Washington, you cannot vote for a candidate who chooses “Can’t Do” Cantor as his leader. I urge you to vote for Hayden Rogers. Nancy Fish Maggie Valley

Be very careful what you wish for

To the Editor: Do you wish that your child got less attention from the teacher because teachers and their aids are getting laid off while enrollment increases? Do you wish that you could subsidize other peoples’ tuition at private schools? Do you wish that your child’s college tuition would continue to go up because of cuts to higher education budgets? Do you wish that your friends or relatives with asthma would have more and worse attacks because regulations on ozone producing air pollution have been relaxed? Do you wish that emergency responders response time would slow down because so many have been laid off? Do you wish that you and your children would have more salmonella and listeria infections because there are fewer inspectors of the food supply? Do you wish that your children would have more sickness from playing in the river because water treatment plant maintenance and inspections have been reduced? Do you wish that your medical insurance premiums would continue to be higher because hospitals must charge you for the uninsured patients that show up in the emergency room? Yes, these things cost money, but if these are the things that you wish for, vote for the Tea Party Republicans. They’ve already delivered on some of these and more are promised. If these are not what you wish for your family, friends, community and state, then vote Democratic. John Gladden Franklin

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• Stop the “brain drain” of our students, in cooperation with Jackson County schools, Southwestern Community College and Western Carolina University. • Encourage the development of “last mile” broadband access. • Encourage green energy, alternative energy and technologybased entrepreneurs. • Continue to monitor and modify, as needed, the Mountainside and Steep Slope Ordinance and the Subdivision Ordinance so they result in their stated goals and are more easily understood and implemented.


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AMMONS DRIVE-IN RESTAURANT & DAIRY BAR 1451 Dellwwod Rd., Waynesville. 828.926.0734. Open Monday through Thursday 11 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. and Friday through Sunday 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Celebrating our 25th year. Enjoy world famous hot dogs as well as burgers, seafood, hushpuppies, hot wings and chicken. Be sure to save room for dessert. The cobbler, pie and cake selections are sure to satisfy any sweet tooth.




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ANTHONY WAYNE’S 37 Church St, Waynesville. 828.456.6789. Open for lunch Monday-Friday 11 a.m.-3 p.m.; open for dinner Thursday-Saturday 5 to 9 p.m.; and Sunday brunch 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Exceptional, new-American cuisine, offering several gluten free items. BLUE RIDGE BBQ COMPANY 180 N. Main St., Waynesville. 828.452.7524. 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. TuesdayThursday; 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. FridaySaturday; 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. Blue Ridge BBQ is a family owned and operated restaurant. The BBQ is slow hardwood smoked, marinated in its own juices, and seasoned with mountain recipes. All menu items made from scratch daily. Featuring homemade cornbread salad, fresh collard greens, or cornbread and milk at your request. Old-fashioned homemade banana pudding and fruit cobbler of the season. Catering, take-out, eat-in. BLUE ROOSTER SOUTHERN GRILL 207 Paragon Parkway, Clyde, Lakeside Plaza at the old Wal-Mart. 828.456.1997. Monday-Friday 7 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.; Sunday 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Friendly and fun family atmosphere. Local, handmade Southern cuisine. Now offering a full homemade breakfast menu. Also fresh-cut salads; slowsimmered soups; flame grilled burgers and steaks, and homemade signature desserts. Blue-plates and local fresh vegetables daily. Brown bagging is permitted. Private parties, catering, and take-out available. Call-ahead seating available. BRIDGET’S BISTRO AT THE HERREN HOUSE 94 East St., Waynesville. 828.452.7837 Lunch Tuesday through Saturday 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., Sunday Brunch 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Enjoy fresh local products, created daily. Enjoy dining in our beautiful patio garden. Let us host or cater your next special event; weddings, rehearsal dinners,showers or office parties. Private parties & catering are available 7 days a week by reservation only. BRYSON CITY BAKERY AND PASTRY SHOPPE 191 Everett St., Bryson City. 828.488.5390 Offering a full line of fresh baked goods like Grandma used to make. Large variety to

choose from including cakes, pies, donuts, breads, cinn-buns and much more. Also serving Hershey Ice Cream. Open seven days a week, 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. CATALOOCHEE RANCH 119 Ranch Dr., Maggie Valley. 828.926.1401. Mile-high mountaintop dining with a spectacular view. Join us for cookouts on the terrace on weekends and Wednesdays (weather permitting) and family-style dinners on Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday. Social hour starts at 6 p.m., with dinner at 7 p.m. Our bountiful family-style meals include prime rib, baked ham, and herb-baked chicken; cookouts feature steaks, ribs, chicken and pork chops, to name a few. Every dinner is complemented with an assortment of seasonal vegetables, homemade breads, jellies and desserts, and we offer a fine selection of wine and beer. Breakfast is also served daily from 8 to 9:30 a.m., and lunch from 12 to 2 p.m. Please call for reservations. CHEF’S TABLE 30 Church St., Waynesville. 828.452.6210. From 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday dinner starting at 5 p.m. “Best of” Award of Excellence from Wine Spectator Magazine. Set in a distinguished atmosphere with an exceptional menu. Extensive selection of wine and beer. Reservations honored. CITY LIGHTS CAFE Spring Street in downtown Sylva. 828.587.2233. Open Monday-Saturday 7:30 a.m. to 9 p.m., Sunday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tasty, healthy and quick. Breakfast, lunch, dinner, espresso, beer and wine. Come taste the savory and sweet crepes, grilled paninis, fresh, organic salads, soups and more. Outside patio seating. Free Wi-Fi, pet-friendly. Live music and lots of events. Check the web calendar at CORK AND BEAN 16 Everett St., Bryson City. 828.488.1934. Open Monday-Saturday, 8:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Sunday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Enjoy organic, fair-trade, gourmet espresso and coffees, a select, eclectic list of wines, and locally prepared treats to go with every thing. Come by early and enjoy a breakfast crepe with a latte, grab a grilled chicken pesto crepe for lunch, or wind down with a nice glass of red wine. Visit us on Facebook! CORK & CLEAVER 176 Country Club Drive, Waynesville. 828.456.7179. Reservations recommended. 4:30-9 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday. Tucked away inside Waynesville Inn, Cork & Cleaver has an approachable menu designed around locally sourced, sustainable, farm-to-table ingredients. Executive Chef Corey Green prepares innovative and unique Southern fare from local, organic vegetables grown in Western North Carolina. Full bar and wine cellar. CORNERSTONE CAFÉ 1092 N. Main Street, Waynesville. 828.452.4252. Open Monday through Friday 6 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. Fresh meats purchased daily, great homemade breakfast, burgers made to order. Comfortable and friendly atmosphere, with curb service available. Make lunch easy and call ahead for to go orders.

tasteTHEmountains COUNTRY VITTLES: FAMILY STYLE RESTAURANT 3589 Soco Rd, Maggie Valley. 828.926.1820 Open Daily 7 a.m. to 8:30 p.m., closed Tuesday. Family Style at Country Vittles is not a buffet. Instead our waitresses will bring your food piping hot from the kitchen right to your table and as many refills as you want. So if you have a big appetite, but sure to ask your waitress about our family style service. FRANKIE’S ITALIAN TRATTORIA 1037 Soco Rd. Maggie Valley. 828.926.6216 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday. Father and son team Frank and Louis Perrone cook up dinners steeped in Italian tradition. With recipies passed down from generations gone by, the Perrones have brought a bit of Italy to Maggie Valley. FROGS LEAP PUBLIC HOUSE 44 Church St. Downtown Waynesville 828.456.1930 Serving lunch and dinner from 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, Sunday lunch and dinner from 11:30 a.m. to 7 p.m., closed Mondays. Frogs Leap is a farm to table restaurant focused on local, sustainable, natural and organic products prepared in modern regional dishes. Seasonal menu focuses on Southern comfort foods with upscale flavors. Come for the restaurant’s 4 @ 4 when you can choose a center and three sides at special prices. Offered Wed- Fri. from 4 to 6.

JUKEBOX JUNCTION U.S. 276 and N.C. 110 intersection, Bethel. 828.648.4193. 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Serving breakfast, lunch, nd dinner. The restaurant has a 1950s & 60s theme decorated with memorabilia from that era.

LUCIO'S RESTAURANT 313 Highlands Road, Franklin. 828.369.6670. Serving Macon County since 1984. Closed Sunday, Monday, Tuesday. Lunch Wednesday-Friday 11:30 a.m. until.Dinner Wednesday-Saturday 5 p.m. until. Owned and operated by Tanya and Dorothy Gamboni. Serving authentic Italian and continental cuisine including appetizers, pastas, poultry, veal, seafood, steaks and homemade deserts. Selection of wine and beer. Lunch and Dinner menus. Wednesday and Thursday nights only. 1 appetizer and 2 selected entrées with unlimited salad and Lucio’s famous garlic rolls for $24.95. Winter Special: half-off house wines, Friday and Saturday only.

MILL & MAIN 462 W. Main St., Sylva. 828.586.6799. Serving lunch and dinner. 11:30 a.m.-9 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday. Noon to 4 p.m. Sunday. Pizza, pasta, outstanding homemade desserts, plus full lunch and dinner menus. All ABC permits. Take-out menus available. MOONSHINE GRILL 2550 Soco Road, Maggie Valley loacted in the Smoky Falls Lodge. 828.926.7440. Open Wednesday through Sunday, 4:30 to 9 p.m.; lunch Saturday 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and Sunday buffet 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Cooking up mouth-watering, wood-fired Angus steaks, prime rib and scrumptious fresh seafood dishes. The wood-fired grill gives amazing flavor to every meal that comes off of it. Enjoy creative dishes made using moonshine. Stop by and simmer for a while and soak up the atmosphere. The best kept secret in Maggie Valley. MOUNTAIN PERKS ESPRESSO BAR & CAFÉ 9 Depot St., Bryson City. 828.488.9561. Open Monday through Thursday, 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Friday 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday 8 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. With music at the Depot. Sunday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Life is too short for bad coffee. We feature wonderful breakfast and lunch selections. Bagels, wraps, soups, sandwiches, salads and quiche with a variety of specialty coffees, teas and smoothies. Various desserts. NEWFOUND LODGE RESTAURANT 1303 Tsali Blvd, Cherokee (Located on 441 North at entrance to GSMNP). 828.497.4590. Open 7 a.m. daily. Established in 1946 and serving breakfast, lunch and dinner seven days a week. Family style dining for adults and children. OLD STONE INN 109 Dolan Road, off Love Lane. 828.456.3333. Classic fireside dining in an historic mountain lodge with cozy, intimate bar. Dinner served nightly except Sunday from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Signature dinner choices include our 8oz. filet of beef in a brandied peppercorn sauce and a garlic and herb crusted lamb rack. Carefully selected fine wines and beers plus full bar available. Open year round. Call for reservations. PASQUALE’S 1863 South Main Street, Waynesville. Off exit 98, 828.454.5002. Opend for lunch and dinner seven day a week. Classic Italian dishes, exceptional steaks and seafood (available in full and lighter sizes), thin crust pizza, homemade soups, salads hand tossed at your

PATIO BISTRO 30 Church Street, Waynesville. 828.454.0070. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Breakfast bagels and sandwiches, gourmet coffee, deli sandwiches for lunch with homemade soups, quiches, and desserts. Wide selection of wine and beer. Outdoor and indoor dining. RENDEZVOUS RESTAURANT AND BAR Maggie Valley Inn and Conference Center 828.926.0201 Bar open Monday thru Saturday; dining room open Tuesday thru Saturday at 5 p.m. Full service restaurant serving steaks, prime rib, seafood and dinner specials. Live music Thursday, Friday and Saturday. TIki Bar open (weather permitting) Friday, Saturday & Sunday beginning April. SOUL INFUSION TEA HOUSE & BISTRO 628 E. Main St. (between Sylva Tire & UPS). 828.586.1717. Tuesday-Friday 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Saturday noon -until. Scrumptious, natural, fresh soups, salads, sandwiches, wraps and desserts. 60+ teas served hot or cold, black, chai, herbal. Seasonal and rotating draft beers, good selection of wine. HomeGrown Music Network Venue with live music most weekends. Pet friendly and kid ready. SPEEDY’S PIZZA 285 Main Street, Sylva. 828.586.3800. Open seven days a week. Monday-Friday 11 a.m.-10 p.m., Saturday 3 p.m.-11 p.m., Sunday 4 p.m.-10 p.m. Family-owned for 30 years. Serving hand-tossed pizza made to order, pasta, subs, gourmet salads, calzones and seafood. Also serving excellent prime rib on Thursdays. Dine in or take out available. Located across from the Fire Station. TAP ROOM SPORTS BAR & GRILL 176 Country Club Dr. Waynesville 828.456.5988. 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. seven days a week. Enjoy soups, sandwiches, salads and hearty appetizers along with a full bar menu in our casual, smoke-free neighborhood grill. THE SWAG COUNTRY INN Hemphill Road off of Hwy 276. 828.926.0430. Serving a 4-course gourmet dinner seven nights a week at 7:00, with a social hour and hors d'oeuvres on the dog trot beginning at 6. Also offering the chef's gourmet picnic at noon every Wednesdays on Gooseberry Knob, BBQ Cookout every Thursday night and Sunday brunch each week. Daily backpack lunches are also available for hiking. Bring your own wine and spirits. Reservations required. THE TIKI HOUSE SEAFOOD & OYSTER BAR 2723 Soco Road, Maggie Valley. 828.944.0445. Fresh seafood made to order. Oysters raw, steamed, or fried. Hand-cut steaks. Live music, cocktails, pet-friendly patio dining with a nice fountain. Friday patio music starts at 7 p.m. and Saturday night after dinner. Live bands and a dance floor. THE WINE BAR 20 Church Street, downtown Waynesville. 828.452.6000. Underground cellar for wine and beer, served by the glass all day. Cheese and tapas served Wednesday through Saturday 4 p.m.-9 p.m. or later. Also on facebook and twitter.







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LOS AMIGOS 366 Russ Ave. in the Bi-Lo Plaza. 828.456.7870. Open from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. for lunch and 5 to 10 p.m. for dinner Monday through Friday and 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Enjoy the lunch prices Monday through Sunday, also enjoy our outdoor patio.

MAGGIE VALLEY CLUB 1819 Country Club Dr., Maggie Valley. 828.926.1616. Open daily for lunch and dinner. Fine and casual fireside dining in welcoming atmosphere. Full bar. Reservations accepted.

table. Fine wine and beer selection. Casual atmosphere, dine indoor, outside on the patio or at the bar. Reservations appreciated.

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GUADALUPE CAFÉ 606 W. Main Street, Sylva. 828.586.9877. Open 7 days a week at 5 p.m. Located in the historic Hooper’s Drugstore, Guadalupe Café is a chef-owned and operated restaurant serving Caribbean inspired fare complimented by a quirky selection of wines and microbrews. Supporting local farmers of organic produce, livestock, hand-crafted cheese, and using sustainably harvested seafood.

MAD BATTER BAKERY & CAFÉ Located on the WCU Campus in Cullowhee. 828.293.3096. Open Monday-Thursday 7:30 a.m. to 8 p.m., Friday 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday and Sunday 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Earth-friendly foods at people-friendly prices. Daily specials, wraps, salads, pastries, breads, soups and more. Unique fare, friendly service, casual atmosphere and wireless Internet. Organic ingredients, local produce, gourmet fair trade and organic coffees.

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TWIST again



We’ve all done it. At a middle school dance, high school prom, college formal, wedding reception, anniversary celebration, New Year’s Eve or perhaps on your kitchen floor during a lazy Saturday morning. It’s “The Twist,” and Western North Carolina better watch out. An icon of rock-n-roll, Chubby Checker will be taking the stage Nov. 2 at the Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts (SMCPA) in Franklin. Born in Spring Gulley, S.C. but raised in Philadelphia, Checker began his musical career singing in a street-corner harmony group, honing his skills and carving a niche for himself as an entertainer. He would do impressions of popular singers at the time, which included Jerry Lee Lewis, Elvis Presley and Fats Domino. While singing to customers at a produce market he worked at, others began to see his raw, unique talent. They got him into a recording studio and soon his world flipped upside down, starting with an immortal performance on American Bandstand with Dick Clark. During the show, Checker sang and shook his body to “The Twist,” a melody and motion that took the music industry by storm. Nothing was ever the same after that program. Checker offered up more sensations through the likes of “The Hucklebuck,” “Pony Time,” “Let’s Twist Again,” “The Fly” and “Limbo Rock,” amongst others. Now, more than a half-century later, the music still endures, as fresh as the day his voice was put to vinyl. In 2008, “The Twist” topped Billboard magazine’s list of most popular singles to have appeared in the Hot 100 since the chart debuted in 1958. At 71, Checker is still as mobile as ever. Fresh from a performance in Australia, he caught up with The Smoky Mountain News while bouncing through a Dallas airport, on his way to another gig in Ft. Lauderdale. He is a Southern boy at heart, something he holds up with pride. With eyes aimed for his upcoming show in Franklin, Checker is excited to bring his style and flare to Southern Appalachia.

Smoky Mountain News: When did you first realize you wanted to be a singer? Chubby Checker: When I saw Ernest Tubb in Jamestown, S.C. at a county fair when I was 4 years old. And when I get down there to the theater (SMCPA), I’ll be getting into my country side, so be looking out for that. The first music I ever heard was country music. It’s what inspired me to do “The Twist.” That music sounds so fresh, even today. It goes back to my childhood. When I was a young boy, I heard cowboy music. SMN: It seems when people get older they tend to go back to the music they originally grew up on. CC: That’s so true. And when people come to see us in North Carolina, they’re coming to see the number one song on the planet. From 1958 to 2008, it was named the number one song. The next time that event takes place will be 2058, so that means the next song hasn’t been nominated yet, so “The Twist” will reign for a hundred years. SMN: What is “The Twist” to you? CC: “The Twist” is the dance floor. That style of dancing was born when that song was showcased on American Bandstand. Nothing in the music industry was the same again. It’s not line dancing. It’s not slow dancing. And as we speak, it was the biggest event in the music industry because anybody that has a song, has a beat, they’re always coming through the Chubby Checker post office. SMN: Who invented that style of dance? CC: You know, I watched kids in the inner city and added some things to it. SMN: Do ever get tired of being tied to it all? CC: I’m tied to this because it was a big event in the music industry. “Let’s Twist Again” was the first song to receive a platinum award. It was also the first rock song to receive a Grammy. In those days, rock and roll was considered a dirty type of music that nobody appreciated, and then we won a Grammy. SMN: What is it about that era that resonates so deeply with people? CC: It’s not an era. It’s the light bulb in an office. When this came along, it’s not a period that we remember. We remember that the lights went on, and the lights are still on. The way we dance on the floor is still here.

Want to go? Chubby Checker will be performing at the Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts in Franklin on Nov. 2. The show begins at 7:30 p.m. Tickets range from $28-$36. or 828.524.1598.

SMN: Why do you still keep touring? CC: It’s the only thing I can still hold onto. I’m in a business where everything is controlled by other people. The only thing I can hold onto is the performance. So, when we come to North Carolina, you better bring your helmet because we kill people, and there are stray bullets. SMN: You turned 70 last year. Do you see a rebirth at this age? CC: All I know is God steps into this body he gave me. When I go onstage, he just gives me everything I ask for when I perform for those people. If you’re coming to see an old worn out man, stay home. If you’re coming to see Chubby Checker and you’re curious, come out and see it. I’ll be doing this as long as I’m healthy. I still run like a racehorse, but not as fast as the one that ran in 1960. The one in 1960 ran 150 miles an hour, but the one in 2012 goes 107 miles an hour.

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WCU presents Hollywood satire

“Once in a Lifetime,” a satiric look back at the Golden Age of Hollywood will hit the stage at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 8-10 in the John W. Bardo Fine and Performing Arts Center at Western Carolina University. Written by Moss Hart and George S. Kaufman, the satire tells the comedic story of three members of a failing vaudeville act who head to Hollywood to cash in on the conversion to “talkies” by posing as elocutionists, attempting to teach silent stars to speak on camera. Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for seniors/WCU faculty and staff and $10 for students (or $7 in advance). or 828.227.2479.

Garden club to make wreaths, visit tree farm

Silent auction to benefit K.A.R.E. House

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K.A.R.E. to hold Festival of Trees fundraiser Kids Advocacy Resource Effort (K.A.R.E.) will host its 3rd annual Festival of Trees fundraiser and live auction at 5:30 p.m. Nov. 15 at Laurel Ridge Country Club. The event will begin with a cocktail hour and live music by Marc Pruett of Balsam Range and his wife Anita. Voice in the Laurels will also perform several holiday selections. Dinner will be served with a live auction to follow. All proceeds will directly benefit K.A.R.E.’s programs, which provide services to child victims of abuse and their families. Tickets can be purchases by phone or online. 828.456.8995 or

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The newly formed Haywood Area Wholistic Integrative Practitioners group (known as HAWIP) is throwing a silent auction and reception at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 10 at Where Angels Gather, a holistic retail store and education center at 124 Miller St. in Waynesville. HAWIP members are actively gathering donated items and gift certificates from local businesses and service providers/practitioners. Donations will be accepted until Nov. 8. In addition to the auction, the event will include food, door prizes, and entertainment by local musicians. All funds raised will go to K.A.R.E., a local organization dedicated to relieving the suffering of abused and neglected children through counseling, education and compassion.

Anyone with questions or donations can call 828.558.4139 or 828.246.2682 or 828.550.7685.


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The November meeting of The Sylva Garden Club will be held at 9:30 a.m. Nov. 6 at The Tuckasegee Trading Company in Sylva. Refreshments will be served, and the meeting will begin at 10 a.m. The program will be “Create a Wreath Workshop.” After the business meeting, members and guests will travel to Larry Haskett Wholesale Christmas Tree Farm in Tuckasegee for a workshop on creating your own personal Christmas wreath. The cost of

workshop is $15, which should be paid that day. This will include all materials. Attendees are encouraged to bring embellishments to add to their wreath. The Sylva Garden Club meets the first Tuesday of every month (September-May) and is open to the public.


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Album perfectly interprets ‘songs’ of Blake BY GARY CARDEN part from the fact that this is a remarkable recording, in terms of Martha Redbone’s liquid vocals and the harmonious blend of John McEuen’s instruments (banjo, guitar, dubro, fiddle, mandolin, autoharp and dulcimer), the combining of music with William Blake’s “songs” is an amazing achievement. It is as though this 18th century poet’s work has been quietly waiting for Redbone. After all, Blake always called his poems “songs,” suggesting that they were meant to be sung. Here they are then. After more than two centuries, finally, exquisitely complete. Without altering a single line, Redbone transforms Blake’s mystical but simple lyrics into songs that shimmer. Each poem is interpreted by being clothed in an appropriate melody. For example, consider Blake’s poem, “The Poisoned Tree” which contains one of the poet’s favorite themes: The bitter consequences of suppressed desire: I was angry with my friend; I told my wrath, my wrath did end. I was angry with my foe; I told it not, my wrath did grow. Sung in a cappella, Redbone’s crystalline voice gives this poem a daunting and cautionary quality reminiscent of traditional Appalachian hymns that were sung without musically accompaniment. Again, in “The Garden of Love,” Blake defines the shameful consequences of suppress and denial. This poem suggests that religion is sometimes a destructive force: And the gates of this Chapel were shut. And Thou shalt not, writ over the door. Redbone give this poem a plaintive quality


that laments the loss of a love that is unencumbered by rules and strictures: And I saw it was filled with graves, And tombstones where flowers should be: And priests in black gowns, were walking their rounds And binding with briars, my joys & desires. Redbone seems to have an instinctive awareness of Blake’s subtle shifts in emotions. Some of the poems are given as chants, while others acquire that “high lonesome” sound that we associate with traditional mountain ballads. Some of the poems are fittingly interpreted as lullabies: Sleep sleep Beauty bright, Dreaming o’er the joys of night, Sleep Sleep: in thy sleep, Little sorrows sit and weep. y “How Sweet I Roamed” sounds like an old English ballad that addresses the destructive results of a love that possesses and confines: He b caught me in his silken net, And shut me in his golden o cage. He loves to sit and hear me sing, Then, laughing sports and plays with me; Then stretches out my golden wing, And mocks my loss of liberty. Redbone runs the musical gamut from dirge and lament to the defiant shout in “Why should I Care for the Men of Thames” given by Jonathan Spottswoode. Throughout all of these songs, we hear faint echos of the forces that have shaped Martha Redbone: American Indian, African American, traditional folk music and, yes, a touch of Nina Simone. The variety of musical W instruments on this recording are wonderfully diverse and, M like Martha Redbone, original and enchanting. C (Gary Carden can be reached at

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Tae Kwon Do Expo planned in Waynesville

Family movie at Bryson City library

Denise Drury, interim director of the Western Carolina University Fine Art Museum, was recently named to the North Carolina Museums Council board of directors and will serve as arts section chair. As chair, Drury is charged with taking the pulse of what’s happening at art museums across North Carolina and using that information to create programming for the annual meeting and content for the arts section listserv. Drury moderates the recently revived listserv, which enables NCMC arts section members to post questions, comments and suggestions NCMC works to enhance public education by improving the administrative, interpretive and collections practices of museums, historic sites, science centers and related facilities in North Carolina.

Nickelodeon’s favorite characters celebrate autumn and going back to school on the big screen during family movie at 3:30 p.m. Nov. 6 at the Marianna Black Library in Bryson City. Dora embarks on an expedition to rescue her class’s hamster; Blue joins the soccer team and learns the alphabet; and the loopy “Yo Gabba Gabba” gang celebrate Halloween. The Wonder Pets return to the classroom for a new school year, and Mel throws a “super swell dance party.” The movies are free to the public and projected onto an 8-by-10-foot screen, with a theater sound system. The library will also be giving away one free movie check out voucher to each patron who attends the event. 828.488.3030.

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The Blue Dragon Tae Kwon Do Expo will be held at 5:30 p.m. Nov. 3 at the MedWest Health and Fitness Center in Waynesville. The event will include demonstrations of fighting techniques, form displays and block breaking by youth and adult Tae Kwon Do students as well as a demonstration by The Tiny Tigers, Blue Dragon’s youngest branch. Sifu Paul Francis, instructor of Tai Chi and Kung Fu, will also perform. Master Tae Kwon Do Instructor Marshall Hale will complete a performance break of 13 concrete blocks with a single punch at the event. Hale has awed crowds with his performance breaks throughout his 30-year Tae Kwon Do career, tying an old personal record with last year’s 12-block punch. The expo is free and opened to the public. 828.452.8080.

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The Franklin Chamber of Commerce has entry forms available for the 2012 Christmas Parade. With “A Country Christmas” as this year’s theme, the parade is scheduled for 3 p.m. Nov. 25. Judging of the floats will begin promptly at 2 p.m., and prize money will be awarded. Terry Bradley will be this year’s Grand Marshall. Bradley served 30 years on the Franklin Police Department and was chief of police for 18 of those years. Each entry can choose its own location to disband. No Santas are allowed on any float other than the traditional Santa float, which signifies the end of the parade. Candy cannot be thrown but is allowed to be handed out by walkers alongside the float. ATVs or motorcycles are prohibited. Businesses wishing to purchase the use of a commercial float may do so again this year at a cost of $500. Entry fees are $25 for all entries. or 828.524.3161.

Waynesville parade deadline nearing Titled “Dreaming of a White Christmas,” the annual Waynesville Christmas Parade will be held at 6 p.m. Dec. 3. The deadline for parade applicants is noon Nov. 16. The parade route starts at Walnut/Main Street, proceeds south on Main Street and ends at the intersection of Haywood/Main Street. No Santas are allowed on any float other than the traditional Santa float, which signifies the end of the parade. Candy cannot be thrown but is allowed to be handed out by walkers alongside the float. Large vehicles are prohibited. Full rules, entry fees and applications can be found online. 828.456.3517 or or




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Moogfest TAKES OVER ASHEVILLE Held on Oct. 26/27, the multi-venue festival Moogfest honors the vision of Robert Moog and his innovative musical inventions.

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From top left, clockwise: Iconic rapper NAS entertains a raucous crowd at the U.S. Cellular Center. The lobby at the Thomas Wolfe Auditorium. Bassist Les Claypool (of Primus) during the group’s 3-D show extravaganza. Hip-hop icon GZA (of Wu-Tang Clan) performed his milestone album “Liquid Swords” in its entirety at The Orange Peel. Photos by Garret K. Woodward

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‘Beethoven Project’ series continues

Fall jazz festival wraps-up

The second performance in Western Carolina University’s “Beethoven Project” will be at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 5 in the Coulter Building Recital Hall. The concert will feature Beethoven Sonata Nos. 2 and 7 and “Theme and Variations” for violin and piano by Olivier Messiaen. Bradley Martin, WCU associate professor, will perform on piano along with Justin Bruns, assistant concertmaster from the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, on violin. “The Beethoven Project” will run through the spring semester at WCU and will feature the performance of all 10 Beethoven violin sonatas. The event is free and open to the public. or 828.227.3726.

Finishing up a month-long festival of jazz and food, The Classic Wineseller and Satin Steel Jazz will present the Steve Davidowski Duo at 7 p.m. Nov. 3 at The Classic Wineseller in downtown Waynesville. Tickets include dinner from Angelino’s Piattino Ristorante in The Classic Wineseller and a three-hour show. Reservations/tickets are $25 in advance or $30 at the door. Dinner and music begins at 7 p.m. 828.452.6000 or

Choral concert at WCU Western Carolina University School of Music will present the Fall Choral Concert at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 1 in the Coulter Building Recital Hall. Featured student ensembles are the University Chorus, Early Music Ensemble and Concert Choir. The choirs will be conducted by Michael Lancaster, director of choral activities at WCU. The performance is free and open to the public. 828.227.7242.

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Renowned pianist set to play church Critically acclaimed pianist David Troy Francis will perform at 3 p.m. Nov. 4 at the First Baptist Church in Waynesville. The concert is a “donate-what-you-can-afford” event. Francis was born in Memphis and is best known for his steadfast championing and performance of contemporary American music. Now living in Asheville, he is an esteemed concert pianist and recording artist as well as a respected composer, arranger and accompanist. Among his many accolades, he has been nominated for “Best Score” by the Los Angeles Drama Critics’ Circle Awards and awarded three consecutive ASCAP Plus Awards for musical excellence.

Album release party and benefit In conjunction with the choral music department of Tuscola High School, singer/songwriter Mackenzie Leigh Wilson will hold an album release party for her debut record, “The Start” at 7 p.m. Nov. 3 at the Tuscola High School Auditorium. The concert is free and open to the public. Donations will be accepted, with all proceeds going towards to the choral department. 336.259.6358. 71185

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Critically acclaimed “August Osage County� will be performed on select dates in November at the HART Theatre in Waynesville. Show times are 7:30 p.m. Nov. 9, 10, 16, 17 and 3 p.m. Nov. 11, 18. “August Osage County� tells the story of a family coming together under extreme conditions when someone has gone missing. As you meet each member, they present one image. As is true with most people, the longer you spend the more you know and, in this case, the darker it gets. It received the 2008 Tony Award for “Best Play�. Tickets are $20 for adults, $18 for seniors and $8 for students. There will be special $6 discounted tickets for students during the Sunday matinees. 828.456.6322 or


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Heritage Arts Institute will be holding a pottery workshop from 5:30-9 p.m. Nov. 5 at Southwestern Community College-Swain Center on Almond Road in Bryson City. The event is held in conjunction with the WNC Pottery Festival. Travis Berning, Alysha Baier and David Long will be demonstrating their pottery making and glazing techniques at the workshop. Anyone may participate in the workshop. There is no cost to attend, but please bring a potluck dish to share (Dinner is at 5:30 p.m.). WNC Pottery Festival will be held from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Nov. 3 on Front Street in Dillsboro. More than 40 artists from 14 states will be selling both functional and decorative pottery. There will also be raku demonstrations and a wood kiln opening at Tree House Pottery. Admission is $3. 828.488.6413.

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Western North Carolina Carvers will hold its annual show Nov. 3/4 at the Folk Art Center on the Blue Ridge Parkway (Milepost 385) in Asheville. Registration for competitors will be form 8:30-10:30 a.m. Nov. 3. The show is open to the public 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Nov. 3 and 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Nov. 4. Competitors will pick up their entries from 4-5 p.m. Nov. 4. or 828.252.6877.



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Tracing the source of mountain music Guitarist Henry Queen will perform at 7 p.m. Nov. 1 at the First Thursday Old-Time and Bluegrass Jam Series in the Mountain Heritage Center at Western Carolina University. Queen’s performance will focus on the journeys of songs across oceans and through time. A member of the award-winning Queen Family Band of the Johns Creek community, he specializes in the claw-hammer banjo and mountain-country guitar. It will be followed by an 8 p.m. jam session, in which local musicians are invited to participate. Pickers and singers of all ages and experience levels are invited to take part in the jam sessions. The concerts and sessions will continue at the Mountain Heritage Center through the fall and winter, with programs from 7-9 p.m. on the first Thursday of each month. The events are free and open to the public. 828.227.7129.

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The next “Songwriters in the Round” event will take place Nov. 3 at the Balsam Mountain Inn. Renowned southern songwriters Steve Williams, Wil Nance and Wood Newton will be taking the stage, intimately performing alongside a gourmet dinner served by the inn. The evening is $45 per person, which includes dinner, show, tax and tip. Reservations are now available. 828.456.9498.

A community music jam will be held from 6-7:30 p.m. Nov. 1 at the Marianna Black Library in Bryson City. Anyone with a guitar, banjo, mandolin, fiddle or dulcimer (anything unplugged) is invited to join. Singers are also welcome. The event is free and open to the public.

The jam is facilitated by Larry Barnett of Grampa’s Music in Bryson City. Normally, he starts by calling out a tune and its key signature, and the group plays it together. Then everyone in the circle gets a chance to choose a song for the group to play together. The community jams offer a chance for musicians of all ages and levels of ability to share music they have learned during the years or learn old-time mountain songs. The music jams are offered to the public each first and third Thursday of the month, year round. Marianna Black Library, a member of the Fontana Regional Library, is located in downtown Bryson City at the corner of Academy and Rector. 828.488.3030.

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S.C. band wins WCU marching band contest White Knoll High School marching band from Lexington, S.C. was named grand champion at the 12th annual Tournament of Champions, an invitational competition held at Western Carolina University on Oct. 20. Hickory Ridge High School of Harrisburg won the North Carolina Roll of Honour, which is awarded annually to the band from North Carolina with the highest score in finals competition. The Tournament of Champions is an annual event hosted by WCU’s award-winning Pride of the Mountains Marching Band. Each year, more than 3,000 high school musicians from across the Southeast come to E.J.

Tourism workshop to be offered Blue Ridge National Heritage Area Partnership is sponsoring a workshop, “The ABC’s of Group Tours,” in two locations to support tourism partners and other businesses that want to develop more group tour business. On Nov. 6, the workshop will be held at Relia’s Garden Restaurant at the Nantahala Outdoor Center near Bryson City. On Nov. 7, the workshop will be held at the Old Rock School in Valdese. Both workshops will be from 10 a.m.-1:30 p.m. The workshops will be limited to 30 people. The cost is $20, which

Whitmire Stadium on the WCU campus to compete. Twenty-one bands from four states took part in this year’s event. Bands were evaluated by six expert judges from across the United States who consider how well each band plays, marches and entertains the audience, while additional adjudicators rank drum lines, drum majors and auxiliary units.

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Poker tournament to benefit art council

A Texas hold’em tournament will be held at 6 p.m. Nov. 1 at The Classic Wineseller in downtown Waynesville. All proceeds from the event go to support Haywood County Arts Council programming. First-place winner receives a donation tax credit letter. Buy-in is $100 per person. 828.452.6000 or


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Lahane scores with steamy suspense novel

have been a Dennis Lehane fan for about two decades now, and after reading classics like Mystic River, Shutter Island and the short story collection, Coronado, I can easily recognize the author’s “signature” talents: cliff-hanger chapters, passages of riveting suspense/terror and, a marvelous gift for writing introductory paragraphs that hook the reader immediately. Here is the opening of Live by Night:


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“Some years later, on a tugboat in the Gulf of Mexico, Joe Coughlin’s feet were placed in a tub of cement. Twelve gunmen stood waiting until they got far enough out to sea to throw him overboard, while Joe listened to the engine chug and watched the water churn white at the stern. And it occurred to him that almost Writer everything of note that had ever happened to him in his life — good or bad — had been in motion the morning that he first crossed paths with Emma Gould.”

So begins the story of Joe Coughlin, an Irish lad whose father is a corrupt police officer in Boston during the Prohibition era. Like most of Lehane’s novels, Live by Night begins in Boston where Lehane’s characters love, murder and dance surrounded by the city’s familiar landmarks. The narrative lovingly captures the gin mills and speakeasies of the “roaring 20’s” as well as the opulent lifestyle of the city’s gang lords and politicians. Boston’s underbelly is depicted too, with slums, dark streets and “blind tigers” filled with blacks, Cubans and shanty Irish — all looking for a fight. It is a world that Joe Coughlin and his two brothers move through with style and confidence ... Well, for a while. Ah, but Joe is about to be exiled ... not only from Boston but from everything he holds dear. That includes Emma Gould (presumed dead), his father (who has rejected his son), and his two brothers. Suddenly, Joe is on

his way to prison where he must learn a new set of survival tactics. For a decade, he finds himself serving as the right-hand of Maso Pescatore, an aging warlord, who continues to rule Boston’s underworld from prison. Joe is valuable to Maso because Maso can use Joe to get to his father, the corrupt and powerful

rules. By choosing to “live by night,” Joe endorses an exciting world of violence and chaos where theft and robbery are talents to be acquired by experience. And that isn’t all. Joe’s freedom requires that he move to Tampa, Fla., a place of tropical heat, raging racial strife, and an obscenely luxuriant lifestyle based on the manufacture of illicit spirits — rum, to be exact. Joe, backed by Maso’s crime syndicate, is to be Tampa’s new warlord. It is a position that he can only hold by destroying anyone who opposes him.  At this point, Live by Night begins to resemble Mario Puzo’s The Godfather as Joe builds a “family” consisting of devoted followers who protect their “warlord” with a fierce devotion. In the world of prohibition and organized crime, Tampa becomes known as “Little Chicago,” and Joe finds himself dealing with Lucky Luciano’s henchmen as well as Cuban rum runners, Spanish gangs and one of the most powerful, brutal and infamous Ku Klux Klan operations in the South. Ironically, Joe finds his thriving moonshine operations equally threatened by a charismatic and mentally unstable female evangelist, Loretta Figgis. At times, it seems that Joe manages to survive only because these factions spend a great deal of time fighting each other. Eventually, Joe Coughlin Live by Night by Dennis Lehane. HarperCollins, Publishers, becomes so successful in the bur2012. 416 pages. geoning world of bootleg operations — both before and after police officer. As a result, Joe’s father is forced Prohibition — he is sent, like Michael to be a reluctant accomplice to Maso’s crimiCorleone in The Godfather trilogy, to Cuba nal activities. Joe lives to walk out of prison, where he learns to survive in yet another but it comes at a brutal cost. During his 10world of decadence and corruption. This is year sojourn in hell, Joe has learned to “live by where he meets Gracelia Corrales and her night.” brother, Esteban, and the three become devotAs Joe explains it, people like his brothers ed friends. Esteban, a gifted photographer and live in a bright and orderly world governed by Gracelia, a fervent rebel, introduce Joe to the

Author’s works come to life The Touring Theater of North Carolina will present “Look Back the Maytime Days: From the pages of Fred Chappell” at 2 p.m. Nov. 15 in the Haywood Community College Auditorium. Chappell was born in Canton and is the author of over two dozen books of poetry, fiction and criticism. He was the Poet Laureate of North Carolina from 1997-2002 and a N.C. Literary Hall of Fame inductee in 2006. Audiences will meet wise, eccentric, playful and profound members of Fred Chappell’s fictional family as they converse, expound, and exaggerate. This production is an Appalachian rhapsody of voic-

es taken from the ridges and hollows of the mountains of North Carolina and woven together with traditional mountain music. At the close of the event, Chappell will be on hand for a book signing.

Mississippi writer’s to discuss new works Two Mississippi authors, Angela Jordan and Molly Walling, will be showcased at 3 p.m. Nov. 3 at Blue Ridge Books in Waynesville. The account of maverick governor Kirk Fordice and his family,

lush and sensual land of tobacco, rum and a thriving alcohol/prostitution racket. After a bit of sparring and verbal dueling, Joe and Gracelia become lovers and LeHane devotes pages to the details of their love-making. The result is an excess of steamy passion. In fact, the only aspect of Live by Night that rivals these sexual bouts are those devoted to violence and bloodshed. LeHane is at his best in creating atmosphere. The passages that define Tampa during the Prohibition era are a marvelous blend of sensory details. A bygone era comes to life in the descriptions of nightclubs, plantations and social events where opera stars and classical musicians perform for corrupt and wealthy patrons. Heat permeates everything. One of the most memorable passages in Live by Night involves the cigar factories that employed thousands of workers to roll the tobacco. Eventually, the workers were replaced by machines, but for a brief time “readers” were posted in the factories to read to the workers while they performed their monotonous duties. They read classics — Shakespeare, Dickens, Chekhov. One can’t help but wonder what affect this activity had on the workers. In the final analysis, Live by Night qualifies as one of LeHane’s best. The narrative exudes blood, sweat and suspense. Joe Coughlin’s journey from Boston to Cuba reads like a dark version of Candide. Joe emerges from each experience with a few more scars and a growing suspicion that the innocent are always victimized. He seems to be slowly building a plan that allows him to survive while doing a minimal amount of harm to others. Of course, he insists that life remain “interesting.” Each encounter renders this more difficult. He finds that he must revise and compromise if he is to continue to be “an outlaw instead of a gangster.” And what about Emma Gould, Joe’s lost love? She didn’t die, you know. No, she is actually in Cuba! What about Emma’s other lover, Albert White, Joe’s “nemesis” that pursues him from Boston to Cuba? I don’t think you want me to answer those questions.

Jordan’s We End in Joy: Memoirs of a First Daughter offers an perspective on public life in an intimate account from the daughter of a controversial Southern governor and a widely beloved first lady. Walling, author of Death in the Delta: Uncovering a Mississippi Family Secret, is a non-fiction book about the shooting death of two returning black soldiers on the Mississippi Delta just after World War II. It also beings into light the suspected involvement of her own newspaper editor father, a returning bomber pilot, during a time of roiling change in the deep South. Jordan now lives in Haywood County and Walling resides in Buncombe County. The event is free and open to the public. 828.456.6000 or



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Bill Holbrook gazes across the family farm in Bethel where he grows tobacco and other crops.

THE FADING GLORY OF BURLEY Once a staple cash crop, only a handful of tobacco fields are still hanging on

BY ANDREW KASPER STAFF WRITER his year, Bill Holbrook will start drawing on the “old man pension” — as this local tobacco farmer likes to refer to Social Security. At 66 years old, Holbrook is one of the older, if not the oldest, tobacco growers left in Haywood County. Although looking at the spry, tanned farmer, you’d never guess it. He just finished a September of harvesting and now his 6-acre tobacco crop hangs curing in his old, wooden barn on his farm near Bethel. Several weeks from now when the tobacco is ready, Holbrook and whoever he can hire to help him, will begin separating the leaves from the stalks and readying the crop for market. But, Holbrook, has to ask himself how many more seasons does he have left in him. He began working in the tobacco fields helping his father when he was 16. He remembers his grandfather cutting off part of a tobacco leaf to chew on while working on the farm. Yet, soon, he and his wife will have to make a decision: how much longer can they, or do they want to, grow tobacco and continue the labor intensive cycle of planting, tending, harvesting and preparing the plant for market?


Tobacco has been a fixture in Holbrook’s fields for more than 30 years. “I’d like to continue to farm,” Holbrook said. “But, that’s something we’ll have to talk about.” And, unlike the familial chain of tobacco growers that came before him, Holbrook’s three children and four grandchildren will most likely not carry on the practice. Yet, his situation isn’t unique. Soon, the rest of his tobacco-growing peers in Haywood County — at least what’s left of them — will follow in his aging footsteps. It’s a shift that could leave Haywood County, once consisting of a patchwork of small tobacco fields, without a single grower.

“I don’t know any young tobacco farmers.” — Bill Holbrook

Farmer Bill Holbrook displays a tobacco leaf as it cures in the barn. Andrew Kasper photos

“I don’t know any young tobacco farmers,” Holbrook said. In the past decade, the number of tobacco farms in the county plummeted from nearly 300 to about 10. A shift in federal policy was responsible for the dramatic decrease in tobacco farmers during the early 2000s; old age may finish off the rest. Although Macon County was never a tobacco growing Mecca like Haywood, Madison and Buncombe counties, agriculture officials there say it is already void of a tobacco farm.

A BURLEY CIGARETTE The type of tobacco grown by Holbrook and others in the mountainous regions of Western North Carolina, Kentucky and Tennessee is called Burley tobacco. It carries a neutral taste and is usually mixed with its counterpart, the sweeter flue-cured tobacco, to make what is called an American blend of cigarette. After harvest, Burley tobacco is left to cure in the open air of a barn for several weeks. It also is typically harvested and prepared by hand — a trait that makes it more labor intensive to grow. Flue-cured growers, whose farms are typically on lower-lying, flat land, have benefited from farming mechanization. But, as Holbrook pointed out, the way he harvests and prepares Burley tobacco today on his picturesque farm along the Upper Pigeon River is very similar to the methods his grandfather employed in the early 1900s,

using two trusty tools: the tobacco knife to cut the stalk and a cone-shaped tool called a spud to pierce and secure the stalk when its hung upside down to cure in the barn. Except today, migrant workers have replaced the chattering barns of local, rural women and men folk who used to prepare the leaves after the tobacco was dried. “Americans don’t work on farms,” said Don Smart, who has a tobacco farm in the Crabtree area of Haywood County. “They’ll smoke cigarettes and drink but won’t work on a farm.” Smart said he now uses primarily Latino laborers to help him with his 45-acre tobacco crop in Haywood County. And not only does his labor come from other nationalities, much of the tobacco he grows is shipped abroad as well. He claims restrictions on smoking and taxes on cigarettes in the United States are the enemy of the tobacco grower. However, after watching many other farmers drop their tobacco crop, Smart, now 60 years old, said he still makes a good living growing it. And he said he wouldn’t be contemplating retirement anytime soon, if he can help it. “Farmers don’t retire, we just fade away,” Smart said. “I’ll retire the day I die.” Currently, Smart and his brother operate several farms in the region, producing dairy, beef, corn and other vegetables, but he prefers growing tobacco — a crop he’s been cultivating for more than 40 years. “It’s the best show in town if you’re a farmer,” Smart said. “It beats the devil out of growing vegetables.” In a good year, Smart can make $5,000 to $6,000 dollars per acre selling his tobacco to the Southwestern Tobacco Company, a middle-man leaf dealer which in turn sells the product to tobacco giants such as Phillip Morris, the makers of Marlboro cigarettes, and R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company, the makers of Camel and Winston brands.

DEATH OF THE QUOTA But in a bad year it can be a different story, which is why in many counties across the Southern Appalachians, like Haywood and Madison in, tobacco farms are a dying breed. The exodus came after the federal government ended the tobacco quota system in 2004. Relying on the old-fashioned law of supply-and-demand, the quota system kept tobacco prices high by matching supply to the anticipated demand of cigarette makers each year. Tobacco farmers grew only what was needed, and collectively banded together to set their own prices. At the start of the growing season, farmers were assigned allotments that determined how many acres they could plant. If they wanted to plant more than that, they had to buy or lease additional allotments from other farmers who weren’t going to use all of theirs — but the total amount of Burley tobacco



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Mountains to Sea Trail photo contest Public submissions are being accepted for a statewide outdoor photography contest. The Friends of the Mountain to Sea Trail are offering cash prizes, gift cards for outdoor gear and the chance to have participants’ photographs published. Photos must be related to the trail and will be judged in three categories: The View from the Trail; People on the Trail; and Youth Photographer (17 or under). The deadline for submitting photos in this second annual contest is midnight on Wednesday, Oct. 31. To enter the contest, read the rules and submit photographs visit

Forest Service to open “green” ranger station A new, environmentally friendly ranger office will be opening in Mars Hill in Madison County Nov. 13 to serve the public. The office will host staff from the Appalachian Ranger District in the Pisgah National Forest. The existing district office located in Burnsville will close Nov. 5. All services will be moved to the new Mars Hill office at that time. The Forest Service plans to sell the office in Burnsville. The Forest Service designed the facility to meet standards required by the United States Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver certification. Additional environmentally friendly design elements were included in the building that may allow it to achieve the higher gold-level certification. The Forest Service will apply for LEED certification in the coming months. The address of the new facility is 632 Manor Road, Mars Hill, located just passed Madison Manor. or

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are evening grosbeaks. These large gold, black and white finches are a sight to behold – an avian Darth Vader in a super dark and gold helmet. Beautiful to look at, evening grosbeaks can be scary to feed. They like to congregate in large numbers where food is available and if you make food available you can expect a sharp uptick in your winter bird food bill. The last time I had them at my feeders was in 1999 or 2000. I began just piling sunflower seed along the deck railing and it was common to see 30 to 40 of these beautiful finches lined up for the buffet. It would be nice to see them again. (Don Hendershot is a writer and naturalist. He can be reached a

The Benton MacKaye Trail Association has announced this fall the completion of the new Benton MacKaye Trail Guide — Smokies Section. The guide completes the series of three trail guides, including the Georgia section and Tennessee/North Carolina sections. The 275-mile trail starts in Spring Mountain, Ga., like the Appalachian Trail. But, it veers more westerly, skirting the Tennessee state line along the edge of Cherokee, Graham and Swain counties, reaching from the southern tip of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and all the way to Georgia. The Benton MacKaye Trail is named for the visionary behind the Appalachian Trail. It follows MacKaye’s original vision for the AT, which consisted of a more westerly route. It has been in the making for 30 years thanks to a loyal trail association that has diligently pursued its construction. The new guide was authored by Association Board Members Richard Harris, Ernest Engman and Kim Hainge. Each section’s guide can be purchased at the Association’s online store for $10.

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Finch irruptions are not that uncommon. They generally occur in some numbers, in some locations almost every year. But in some years the movements are larger and more widespread. The winter of 20122013 is shaping up to be one of those years. Irruptions are not necessarily caused by inclement weather. It appears to be more associated with a lack of available food. Ron Pittaway has spent years studying irruptions and has become the guru of winter finch forecasts for southern Canada and the northeastern United States. Pittaway is predicting a pretty good year for finch movements to the south this year. Some of the species he notes are red and whitewinged crossbills, redpolls, pine grosbeaks, evening grosbeaks and purple finches. Matt Young of Cornell has kind of taken up the banner of finch forecasting farther south (mid-Atlantic and Southeastern states.) Young believes, “… much of the south will get numbers of purple finches, pine siskins, and redbreasted nuthatches ... with that said, I also think you’ll actually get a few flocks of evening grosbeaks (like countable numbers) down that way and perhaps a few common redpolls in the hills too (wouldn’t be shocked if numbers of redpolls make it into Maryland/Delaware) ... and these will go along with some invading Type 3 red crossbills as well. Everyone should record crossbills down that way, because I strongly suspect Type 3 will occur in the Appalachians this year.” Forecasts are forecasts, kinda like presidential polls – maybe not that bad – more like weather forecasts. The last big winter finch irruption forecast was for the winter of 2007-2008 and that didn’t produce many out of the ordinary sightings here in WNC. But, as I look out at my feeders today and

over the past weekend, I get a little tinge of anticipation. I first noted a female purple finch at my feeder last Friday (Oct. 26.). Saturday there were larger numbers. By Sunday, I was hosting at least 15 to 20 purple finches. And this morning (Oct. 29), I looked out to see a finch triple play. On one feeder, I had purple finch, American goldfinch and pine siskin, diving voraciously into black oil sunflower seeds. I guess I’m gonna have to go get some thistle seed and hang the finch feeder. The siskins and goldfinches will likely gravitate to it and won’t have to bump wings with the larger purple finches – although siskins take up for themselves pretty well. But, what I’ve got my fingers crossed for

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about two weeks in jail. This year, the forest has seen a sharp increase in violations issued to plant poachers over previous years. Conservationists, botanists and others are concerned about the decline of ginseng populations, and poaching may eventually cause harvests to be restricted. Ginseng root has been favored as a tonic with exports to East Asia for the past two-and-ahalf centuries. In North Carolina, the plant primarily occurs in the mountains. The Forest Service continues to monitor the harvest in the national forests in North Carolina to ensure the future viability of the plant. Removing any plant or its parts from national forest land without a permit or outside of the legal harvest season is considered theft. Every national forest plant is public property, which means plant thieves are robbing all citizens of a resource that is collectively owned. Penalties for

plant poaching may include a fine up to $5,000 or six-month sentence in federal prison, or both. “Unfortunately, not everyone respects the rules, and there are times when we need to take action. In recent years, the punishment for ginseng poaching has included up to 30 days in jail for a first-time, misdemeanor offense in some Western North Carolina cases,” said Bail. “Poachers need to understand that the federal courts are taking plant theft, as well as wildlife poaching, very seriously and that the penalties for such acts may be harsh.” Visitors to the Nantahala and Pisgah National Forests must obtain a permit to collect ginseng during the designated harvest season, which runs Sept. 1 through 30. Ginseng permits cost $40 per wet pound. An individual may purchase up to three wet pounds annually although harvest is prohibited in Wilderness and Natural Areas.

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The upcoming International American Ginseng Expo in Western North Carolina will be an opportunity for local ginseng retailers to learn how to promote their ginseng overseas, meet wild forest ginseng experts and to network with state officials, harvesters, buyers, sellers and dealers. The event will be held on Dec. 7 and 8 in Mills River. It is put on by The North Carolina Natural Products Association and will take place at the Mountain Horticultural Crops Research and Extension Center. American ginseng has been a major export crop for nearly 250 years and North Carolina Ginseng is regarded as a state and national treasure. The program will include recognized experts in the ginseng field from Southern Appalachia. Program highlights include presentations on the current status of wild and wild-simulated ginseng, industry rules and regulations, parameters of ginseng quality, ginseng production and poaching issues, marketing, a ginseng root auction and opportunities for value-added products. Cost to register varies from $65 to $140, depending on timeliness.

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Kristin Bail, forest supervisor of the Pisgah and Nantahala national forests, warned would-be ginseng poachers last week that law enforcement officers are cracking down on the illegal act. While ginseng can legally be harvested from the national forests, there are several restrictions. The roots can only be dug at certain times of year, there’s a limit on how many you can take, and only larger roots can be taken. Ginseng diggers must also have a permit. So far this year, Forest Service officials caught and arrested nine people for illegally possessing ginseng. The average ginseng poacher was caught with 25 roots and ultimately spent

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A special presentation of the fall night sky and the first public display of new space shuttle artifacts will be held at 7 p.m., Friday, Nov. 9, at the Pisgah Astronomical Research Institute. NASA gifted the artifacts to PARI’s Exhibit Gallery. The new exhibits include a section of the Orbiter Wing Leading Edge, an antenna assembly, and other items that have flown in space. The new items on display have an assigned value in excess of $1 million. The evening’s activities will also include celestial observations using PARI’s optical or radio telescopes. The night sky presentation is part of the monthly “Evening at PARI” series and will be conducted by PARI Astronomer and Educator Bob Hayward. He is known as “Dr. Bob” to thousands of school children who have seen his StarLab Planetarium presentations. “The clear, cool autumn sky is perfect for observing the wonders of the night sky,” said Hayward, “And I’ll be pointing out how to spot Andromeda, Perseus and Pegasus. I’ll also share the stories surrounding these constellations and how they have been viewed by different cultures.” The Evening at PARI program will begin with the night sky presentation, followed by



Backcountry camping fees coming soon in the Smokies Great Smoky Mountains National Park plans to implement changes to its current backcountry reservation and permitting process in early 2013. As reported last March, the National Park Service approved the park’s proposal to begin collecting fees for use of the park’s backcountry campsites and shelters. The changes include a $4 per person per night fee for backcountry camping. The money collected will fund the salaries of new backcountry rangers to help with backcountry trip planning, reservations, permits and the backcountry experience. However, any plans could be derailed or delayed pending a potential lawsuit by park advocates. The organization Southern Forest Watch has warned the park that it, and many other outdoor enthusiasts, oppose the

Along with uncertainty over the quota changes, many were already looking for an being brought to market any given year out because of other factors such as mountwouldn’t exceed the market demand. ing labor costs and old age, McGaha said. When the quota system ended, farmers Furthermore, since the buyout, stricter could plant as much they wanted. It was regulations on smoking, less land available good for big industrial farms with huge for agriculture and fewer young people economies of scale. But for the smaller going in to farming, have exacerbated the mountain tobacco farmer with just an acre trend. or two in cultivation, they simply couldn’t Although McGaha said a Haywood compete. County without a tobacco grower is a disThat acre or two of tobacco had once tinct possibility, other agriculture experts been a significant source of income. don’t believe that day will ever come. “It put me through college,” said Tony “Our nation is pretty much founded on tobacco,” said Martha Mills, who works with the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Farm Service Agency in Waynesville. “I don’t think it will ever be extinct.” Mills said she knows at least one farmer who decided to return to growing tobacco after leaving it for year. She was once a tobacco farmer herself in Haywood County, along with her husband. Now, Mills wonA tobacco knife to cut the plant and a spud to hang the stalks to ders about the dry, are two essential tobacco harvesting tools. prospects of returning tobacco to their family farm. She said fertilizer would be McGaha, whose family once grew tobacco more expensive now, as would labor costs on less than an acre of land. McGaha now in contrast to a time when everyone helped works as an agent with the Haywood each other out with the harvest. County Cooperative Extension Office. But she also worries her 18-year-old When the government ended the quota daughter might grow up missing out on the system, it ushered in a free-market system opportunity to understand the plant. tailored to larger farms, and many small “I have said to my husband it would be mountain farmers decided it was time to get good for her to know what it is about,” she out of the business. said.

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fees. The group said in a letter to the park’s superintendant in September that it would go so far as to take them to court over it. Yet, the park claims the price will allow them to improve service to backpackers and law enforcement in the backcountry areas. The park listed some of its so-called improvements to the backcountry camping experience that would come along with the fee. In addition, park rangers assigned exclusively to the backcountry will attempt to increase enforcement for issues such as wildlife violations and food storage. An online reservation and permit system will allow backcountry campers to make reservations and obtain permits 24/7. Reservations may be made at any time up to 30 days in advance. “It is anticipated the online reservation and permit system will be available to the public within the first few months of 2013,” said Superintendent Dale Ditmanson. “We will provide notification of a specific implementation date later this year.” or 865.436.1297.

The U.S. Forest Service is discouraging people from backcountry camping of bringing food into the Panthertown Valley area outside Cashiers in the Nantahala National Forest, following several bear encounters. Recently, backpackers in Panthertown experienced three separate bear encounters. A bear damaged tents and stole food even though some of the food was properly hung in trees, according to the backpackers reports to rangers. No injuries were reported. The incidents occurred in the vicinity of the Mac’s Gap, Green Valley and the Little Green Mountain area. The alert comes on the tails of a backcountry camping closure in the Pisgah National Forest in Haywood County. Last week forest officials closed overnight camping in the Shining Rock Wilderness, Graveyard Fields and Black Balsam areas because of bear encounters. The bears entered campsites and went after food, and campers had a hard time scaring them away. Campers are encouraged to not store food in tents and instead hang food high in a tree far from the trunk or put it in a secure bear canister away from the campsite. Also, campers should clean up food scraps and handle food away from the campsite.

Lift tickets will be $25 per person with reduced rates for children and seniors. As a Halloween promotion, guests purchasing a lift ticket on opening day will have the opportunity to enter a drawing for a season pass.

Cataloochee Ski Area breaks records with October opening For only the second time in its history, Cataloochee Ski Area in Maggie Valley will be open for skiing in October, with lifts ready to roll on 9 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 31. Cataloochee will continue to operate for day skiing only (until 4:30 p.m.), as long as conditions allow. The ski slope has been making snow around the clock since Oct. 29 to be added to the four inches of natural snowfall from superstorm Sandy. Cataloochee Ski Area’s snowmaking technology allows it to be consistently one the first areas in the country to open for skiing each season. Cataloochee will be opening with three slopes this season. The current base of snow on these slopes is eight to 12 inches.

Haywood Farmers Market moves indoors for November The Historic Haywood Farmers market will move indoors starting this weekend, with Saturday’s market held from 8 a.m. until noon at the Shelton Barn House in Waynesville, just in time to get out of the snow. The site is just above the HART theater parking lot where the market is held during summer and fall months. This year’s indoor lineup will feature a mix of vendors selling fall greens, roots, vegetable jams, jellies, pickles, scones and cracker mixes. Also seafood will be available each Saturday as well and customers can special order cakes and breads. The market will run through Dec. 8 and remain open Nov. 24. The Jackson County Farmers Market in Sylva will also move indoors starting this weekend, to the Community Table building near the playground.

Pack your brownbag and head to WCU for garden talk A Western Carolina University lunch speaker series is drawing to a close for the fall with a talk about community agriculture Wednesday, Nov. 14. Philip E. Coyle, professor of anthropology, will discuss “Community Gardening as Intensive, Sustainable Agriculture: The Sylva Community Garden in Comparative Perspective.” Coyle will compare the Sylva Community Garden with Robert Netting’s intensive, sustainable agricultural type. Netting was a famous academic who helped established cultural ecology as a respected discipline. WCU Department of Anthropology and Sociology Brownbag Series is a lunchtime series, which is free and open to the public. It is an opportunity for faculty and students associated with the department to share research and ideas with the community. All events are held in Room 110 of the McKee Building at WCU from 12:10 to 1:15 p.m. 828.227.3837 or


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BUSINESS & EDUCATION • Free 90-minute class on Excel for Beginners, 5:45 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 31, Jackson County Public Library, Sylva. Taught by retired WCU professor Roger Bacon, assisted by his wife Lisa Bacon and by library staffer Laura Chapman. Register at 586.2016 • Public forum on development and improvements at Western Carolina University’s Cullowhee campus, 5:30 to 7 p.m. Monday, Nov. 5, Cullowhee Valley School. Public invited. 227.7239 or email • Free seminar, Quickbooks for Small Business Training, 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 6, Macon Campus of SCC, Small Business Computer Lab Room 108, Tommy Dennison, 306.7019. • “The ABC’s of Group Tours,” 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 6, Relia’s Garden Restaurant at Nantahala Outdoor Center, near Bryson City; and 10a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 7, Old Rock School in Valdese. $20, includes lunch. Sponsored by Blue Ridge National Heritage Area Partnership. Reservations required. Amy Hollifield, 298.5330, ext. 303, or email to • The Spanish Club at Southwestern Community College will watch “A Better Life” from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Nov.7, and Wednesday, Dec. 5, in room 110111 at the Macon Campus. • Haywood Chamber of Commerce Issues & Eggs, “Protecting Your Business by Preventing & Combating Business Fraud,” 8 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 7, Gateway Club, 37 Church St. Waynesville. Speaker is Dana Klinger, vice-president and information security officer, Old Town Bank. • Computer class: Intermediate Excel, 5:45 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 7, Jackson County Public Library, Sylva. Registration required. 586.2016. • Workshop to discuss changes made to federal contracting registration process, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 8, Southwestern Community College’s Macon Cecil L. Groves Center room 107. Register with Tommy Dennison, Business and Industry Training Coordinator, 306.7019 or • Fireside Chat, 9:30 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 8, Southwestern Community College Macon Campus downstairs lobby. Topic: building and perfecting your resume. Guest speaker is Bob Holt, business administrator instructor and director of the Real Estate Licensing program at SCC. • Chamber Holiday Reception, 4:30 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 8, Chamber office in the historic Hooper House, 773 W. Main St. Sylva. Bring Christmas boxes filled with goodies for homebound elderly. RSVP to 586.2155. • Veteran’s Appreciation Dinner, 5:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 8, Sylva Heritage Room at the Senior Center, 100 County Services Park. Members of all branches of service welcome. Veteran and one guest admitted free; $10 additional person. RSVP by Nov. 5. 586.4944.. • Asheville Mountain BizWorks, “ Getting Your Farm to Scale,” 9 a.m. to noon, Friday, Nov. 9, 153 S. Lexington Ave., Asheville. Speaker is Lee Mink. Free. RSVP to Ashley Epling, 253.2834 ext. 27. • Open House, Saturday, Nov. 10, Western Carolina University. Register at or by calling the Office of Undergraduate Admission at 227.7317 or toll-free 877.928.4968. • War memorabilia display in honor of Veterans Day, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 13, Southwestern Community College Macon Campus upstairs lobby. Fairley Pollock, 306.7017

All phone numbers area code 828 unless otherwise noted. • Information sessions for parents and students interested in Jackson County Early College High School, 6 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 13; Wednesday, Dec. 5; and Thursday, Jan. 24, 2013, lobby of the JCEC Building, next to the Holt Library at Southwestern Community College Sylva’s campus. 339.4468. • Job Fair, 9 am. to noon Thursday , Nov. 15, Southwestern Community College Macon Campus. Fairley Pollock, 306.7017. • Spanish Club Round Table Discussions, noon to 1 p.m. Thursdays, gazebo at the Macon Campus of Southwestern Community College. • SCC offers an employability lab from 8 a.m. to noon on Monday and Wednesdays and from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Fridays in the Founders Hall on the Jackson Campus. Course is also offered 8 a.m. to noon on Mondays and Wednesdays and from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays at the Macon Annex Campus. 339.4272 or • The Entrepreneur Skills Network holds business skills meetings from 6 to 7:30 p.m. every Monday in the Jackson County Justice and Administration Building in Sylva. Experienced and startup entrepreneurs are welcome. 586.5466 or • Haywood Community College will offer a series of Get a Job workshops which include: • Basic Computer Skills from 10 a.m. to noon every Tuesday. • Create a Great Resume workshop from 2 to 4 p.m. every Tuesday. • Job Search Basics from 10 a.m. to noon every Wednesday. • Interview Tips from 10 a.m. to noon every Thursday. • Customer Service Excellence from 2 to 4 p.m. every Thursday. • Time Management from 10 a.m. to noon every Monday. • Your Electronic Portfolio from 10 a.m. to noon every Friday. • Spanish Translation Career Coaching and Self-paced English Study from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. every Friday. Career Coaches are available for individual help from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Evening hours will be added during the summer. Individuals with incomes below a defined level may attend free. Advance registration is not required, but class size is limited. 564.5093 or 246.9233.

COMMUNITY & EVENTS ANNOUNCEMENTS • Macon County Beekeepers Association, 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 1, Cooperative Extension Office on Thomas Heights Road, Franklin. Tim Burrell will talk about queen raising, past and future, trials and successes. Public invited. 524. 5234. • Foster Pet Adoption, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 3, Sarge’s Animal Rescue Foundation’s Adoption Center, 256 Industrial Park Drive, Waynesville. Additional Pet Adoption at the new Petsmart at Exit 98 on Hwy 74 in Walmart Shopping Center, Waynesville. or 246.9050. • Haywood Spay/Neuter is holding a microchip clinic from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 3, 182 Richland St. $15; micro chipping permanently registers pet. 452.1329 to reserve chip. • Holiday Pet Pictures, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 3, City Lights Bookstore, Sylva. $5 sitting fee will be

donated to local rescue efforts. $10 sitting fee will get you a 4 x 6 print. Additional prints and digital images for making holiday cards may be purchased online. 586. 9499 or • Fairgrounds Benefit Auction, 6 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 3, Haywood County Fairgrounds. Cooperative Extension Office, 456.3575, Richard Messer, 400.1528, or Bruce Metcalf, 400.1978. • Woodcarving Competition and Exhibition, Nov. 3-4, Folk Art Center, Blue Ridge Parkway, milepost 385, Asheville. Ken Michalove at or 252.6877. • Free Hunter Safety courses, 6 to 9:30 p.m. Nov. 5-7, in rooms 309 and 310 on the Haywood Community College. Must attend three consecutive evenings to receive certification. No age limits. Pre-registration is required. Course registration may be completed at • Haywood Area Wholistic Integrative Practitioners is hosting a silent auction and reception, 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 10, at “Where Angels Gather”, a holistic retail store and education center, at 124 Miller St., Waynesville. To benefit KARE. Great food, door prizes, and entertainment by local musicians. Martha Juchnowski, 558.4139 and 246.2682, or Paulette Harper 550.7685. • Kids Advocacy Resource Effort, KARE, 3rd annual Festival of Trees fundraiser and live auction, 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 15, Laurel Ridge Country Club. Entertainment by Marc Pruett of Balsam Range and his wife Anita. entertainment by local musicians, Marc and Anita Pruett and Voices in the Laurel. All proceeds to KARE. Tickets can be purchased by calling the KARE House at 456.8995 or via PayPal on KARE’s website: • Members of the Silas McDowell Chapter, North Carolina Society of Sons of the American Revolution, are collecting items for homeless veterans in the region. Items may be dropped in the box at the Sylva Wal-Mart or the Highlands Chamber of Commerce through Oct. 31. Don Connelly 507.2351 or Tom Long 557.0162. • Swain County / Golden LEAF Community Assistance Initiative – Community Forum, 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 20, in the Mountain View Room at the Business Training Center, 45 East Ridge Road, Bryson City. Pat Cabe by email at or 888.684.8404. • Macon County Poultry Club, 7 p.m. Nov. 20, at the NC Co-operative Extension’s Macon County Center, Thomas Heights Road, Franklin. Free. For anyone interested in raising chickens, ducks, geese, guineas, or turkeys. • Sarge’s Animal Rescue Foundation Adoptions, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays, new adoption center at the Waynesville Industrial Park, off Old Asheville Highway. Pet photos available online at or or 246.9050. • P.A.W.S. Adoption Days first Saturday of each month from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the front lawn at Charleston Station, Bryson City. • Coats for Kids of Jackson County is accepting donations of good condition used and new children’s clothing and items (tops, pants, dresses, sweaters, shoes, coats, hats, gloves). Drop off locations include Cullowhee United Methodist Church and Sylva WalMart.

HOLIDAY GIVING • 21st annual running of the Haywood County Motorcycle Parade and Toy Run, noon, Saturday, Nov. 10, leaving from Canton Town Hall. Registration from 10 to 11:45 a.m. $10 per person per bike or a new unwrapped toy of equal or more value. Haywood County

Visit and click on Calendar for: ■ Complete listings of local music scene ■ Regional festivals ■ Art gallery events and openings ■ Complete listings of recreational offerings at regional health and fintness centers ■ Civic and social club gatherings Toy Run, c/o Cecil Yount, 160 Bethel View Heights, Waynesville. •The Loyal Order of the Moose will host a Christmas is for Kids Poker Bike and Car Run at noon, Saturday, Nov. 17, starting at the Canton Moose Lodge. Registration starts at 11 a.m. Five stops. Entry fee $15 a hand or 2/$25. All proceeds to Christmas for the needy Children. Diane, 734.2234

BLOOD DRIVES Jackson • American Red Cross Blood Drive, 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 1, MedWest-Harris, 68 Hospital Drive, Sylva. Participants entered to win a $1,000 gift card. 586.7130 or

Haywood • American Red Cross, Haywood Community College Blood Drive, 12:30 to 5 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 31, 185 Freedlander Drive, Clyde. All presenting donors will be entered in a drawing for a chance to win a $1,000 gift card. Angie Uhl-kalev, 627.4504. • American Red Cross Blood Drive, 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 10, Fellowship Hall Crabtree United Methodist Church, 5405 Crabtree Road, Clyde. Dave Woody, 627.3666. All presenting donors will be entered in a drawing for a chance to win a $1,000 gift card.

Swain • American Red Cross, Cherokee Indian Blood Drive, 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 7, 268 Hospital Road, Cherokee. Doris, 497.9163 ext. 6498 or go to and enter Sponsor code Cherokee Hospital for more information or to schedule an appointment. Presenting donors eligible to win $1,000 gift card.

Macon • American Red Cross, Franklin Community Blood Drive, 12:30 to 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 8, First Baptist Church, 69 Iotala St., Franklin. 369.9559. Presenting donors eligible to win $1,000 gift card. • American Red Cross, Angel Medical Center Blood Drive, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, Nov. 9, 120 Riverview St., Franklin. Barbara 369.4166 or go to and enter Sponsor code Angel for more information or to schedule an appointment. Presenting donors eligible to win $1,000 gift card. • American Red Cross, Mountain Valley Fire Department Blood Drive, 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 10, 188 Echo Valley Road, Franklin. Joyce, 421.3454 or go to and enter Sponsor code Mountain Valley for more information or to schedule an appointment. Presenting donors eligible to win $1,000 gift card.

HEALTH MATTERS • Angel Medical Center offers a four-week class on the stages of labor and birth of a newborn from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesdays, Nov. 6, 13 and 20, in ICU Conference room on the second floor of the hospital. 369.4421.

• Free balance screenings, 1 to 2 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 8, MedWest-Harris, Sylva. 586.7235.

• Free shoulder screenings, 1 to 2 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 15, MedWest-Harris, Sylva. 586.7235. • Flu shots, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, Home Care service building on the Haywood MedWest campus. No appointment necessary. The Home Care building is located directly behind MedWest-Haywood. $20. Home Care will accept traditional Medicare and will file the insurance for the beneficiary. Vaccines available for everyone over 18 years of age. 452.8292.

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• Ladies Night Out, 4 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. the fourth Tuesday of each month in the cafeteria at Angel Medical Center. 349.2426. • The Men’s Only Grief Support Group meets from 9 to 10:30 a.m. the second Tuesday of each month at First Presbyterian Church, 305 Main St., Waynesville. John Woods, facilitator. MedWest Palliative Care & Hospice Services offers compassionate care for people who are terminally ill and their families and caregivers. 551.2095 or

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• Love Your Body Week, Nov. 12 -15, Western Carolina University. Full slate of events and activities. Sarah Carter, 227.2617.

• Free dental clinic for low-income patients, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays by appointment at Blue Ridge Mountains Health Project Dental Clinic on the upper level of Laurel Terrace in Cashiers. 743.3393. • The Community Care Clinic of Highlands-Cashiers, 5 to 9 p.m. Thursdays, provides free care to uninsured patients who meet financial need requirements and live or work in Highlands and Cashiers. $10 donation suggested. The clinic is in the Macon County Recreation and Health Building off Buck Creek Road. 526.1991.

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• HealthTracks, the wellness and healthy lifestyle program at Highlands-Cashiers Hospital, offers a toning class from 3 to 4 p.m. every Monday, Tuesday and Thursday on the lower level of the Jane Woodruff Medical Building at the rear of the hospital campus. $8 per session. 526.1FIT (526.1348) • Heart Healthy Exercise Group meets at 8:30 a.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at the Highlands Civic Center. $15 per month. 526.3556. • Outpatient Diabetes Classes are offered from 9 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4 p.m. bimonthly at Harris Regional Hospital in Sylva, and from 9 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4 p.m. monthly at Swain County Hospital in Bryson City. 586.7734. • Teen Prepared Childbirth Classes are offered at Angel Medical Center. 369.4421.

RECREATION & FITNESS • 4th annual Blue Dragon Tae Kwon Do Expo, 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 4, MedWest Health and Fitness Center. Free. 452.8080.


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• The Waynesville Parks and Recreation Department is hiring basketball officials for upcoming adult basketball season. Games played 6:30 p.m., 7:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. Monday and Thursday nights. Must be at least 18 years of age. Previous experience desirable. Must pass a written and/or oral exam on the rules of basketball. 456.2030 or email • Smoky Mountain Sk8way is looking for a naming rights partner to rename the soon to be expanded Smoky Mountain Sk8way Sports and Entertainment Arena in exchange for revenue to help expand. Proposals deadline Oct. 31. JoLynn Bryant, 246.9124, or email

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THE SPIRITUAL SIDE • Dinner and a Movie, 4:30 to 8 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 11, High Street Baptist Church, 73 High St., Canton. The movie is “Courageous.” Free with RSVP. visit, or call 648.8830.

SENIOR ACTIVITIES • AARP Driver Safety Classroom course, 1 to 5 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 7, Jackson County Senior Center, 100 County Services Park, Sylva. Free to veterans and their families. Non veteran AARP members $12, non AARP members $14. Sheila, 631.2294 to register. • Beginning Tai Chi Classes for arthritis, 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Fridays, beginning Nov. 13, Senior Resource Center, 81 Elmwood Way, Waynesville. $4 per class, 452.2370. • Health Screening 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 14; Craft Show 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 15-17, Senior Resource Center Brain Gym, 81 Elmwood Way, Waynesville. Players wanted for Social Bridge, Mexican Dominoes, Word and other games. Caregivers Unite, Memory Cafe and/or Parkinson/MS Support Group Monthly Meetings. 452.2370.

KIDS & FAMILIES • Kids Against Hunger Franklin, 30,000 meal packing event, help needed, two-hour shifts, 8 a.m., 10 a.m. noon, and 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 3, First Christian Church of Franklin, 156 Bellview Park Rd., Franklin. 332.8771 or 524.6840

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required and will be accepted until 3p.m. the day of the event. $20 per adult, $15 for seniors/military and $10 for children under 14. Register and pay online at or call 862.5554. Christi Whitworth at

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• Children’s Story time, Family Night: Theme: Goodnight, Teddy Bear, 6 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 8, Jackson County Public Library, Sylva. 586.2016.

• Preschool Halloween party and story time, 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 31, auditorium , Jackson County Public Library, Sylva. Costumes optional. 586. 2016. • Children’s Story time, theme: Trick-or-Treat, 1 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 31, Jackson County Public Library, Sylva. 586.2016. • Family Night: Theme: Leaves, 6 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 1, Jackson County Public Library, Sylva, 586.2016. • Write On! writing group (ages 8-12), 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 1. Jackson County Public Library, Sylva 586.2016. • Story time with Miss Sally, 3:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 2, Jackson County Public Library, Sylva, 586.2016. • Children’s Story time: Theme: Duck for President, 11 a.m. Friday, Nov. 2, Jackson County Public Library, Sylva, 586.2016. • Story time with the Rotary Readers: Theme: Family. 11 a.m. Monday, Nov. 5, Jackson County Public Library, Sylva. 586.2016.

• Macon County Public Library will be closed Friday, Nov. 9 for employee training, and on Monday, Nov. 12 for Veterans Day. Friends of the Library Bookstore, 121 Highlands Road (Hwy 28), 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Food & Drink • The Headliner: A Fundraiser for the Community Table, 6:30 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 3, at the Community Table, featuring The Headliner Beer, donated by Sierra Nevada and Heinzelmannchen Brewery of Sylva. $10 for a pint and plate of Bratwurst, Sauerkraut using Heinzelmannchen’s own recipe, potato chips, rolls, and dessert. Or $5 a pint, plus Heinzelmannchen’s homemade Root Beer for $2 a pint. Silent auction, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Bid on items donated by the festival artists. 586.6782 or 586.6782 or visit • Breakfast Buffet, 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. every Saturday, American Legion Auxiliary of Waynesville, Legion Drive. $6 donation. Proceeds to veterans and community.


• Children’s Story time. Theme: Election Day. 11 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 6, Jackson County Public Library, Sylva, 586.2016.


• Children’s Story time: Theme: Hug a Bear, 1 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 7, Jackson County Public Library, Sylva, 586.2016.

• Haywood County Democratic Party Headquarters at 286 Haywood Square, Waynesville, is open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday. 452.9607 or

• WORD teen writing group (ages 13-19) 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 8, Jackson County Public Library, Sylva, 586.2016. • Family Night: Theme: Goodnight, Teddy Bear. 6 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 8, Jackson County Public Library in

• The Haywood County Democratic Executive Committee meets at 6:30 p.m. the fourth Monday of each month at Democratic Headquarters, 286 Haywood Square, Waynesville. 452.9607 or

• The Jackson County Democratic Party meets the third Tuesday of every month at 6:30 p.m. at Democratic Headquarters, 500 Mill St., Sylva. Brian McMahan, 508.1466. • Jackson County Democratic Party executive committee members meet at 6:30 p.m. the third Tuesday of each month at Democratic Headquarters, 500 Mill St., Sylva. 631.1475 or • Jackson County Democratic Women meet at 6 p.m. the third Thursday of every month at Democratic Headquarters 500 Mill St., Sylva. 631.1475 or

GOP • The North Jackson County GOP monthly meetings are held at 6:30 p.m., the fourth Monday of each month, at the Sylva headquarters, 58 D Sunrise Park, a retail complex located opposite the intersection of Highway 107 and the Asheville Highway behind Rite-Aid Drugstore. Ralph Slaughter, Jackson County GOP Chair at 743.6491 or • The South Jackson County GOP monthly meetings are held at 6:30 p.m. the fourth Tuesday of each month at the GOP headquarters office at Laurel Terrace on N.C. 64 east in Cashiers. Ralph Slaughter, Jackson County GOP Chair at 743.6491 or • Sen. Jim Davis will meet with constituents at 6 p.m. before the regular monthly GOP meeting at the Haywood County headquarters, 303 N. Haywood St., Waynesville. The Haywood Republicans meet at 6:30 p.m. the second Thursday of the month at the GOP headquarters. 246.7921. • Republican NC House candidate Mike Clampitt will host Mornings with Mike from 7 to 8 a.m. every Tuesday morning at the NC Victory Office, 58 D Sunrise Park Road, Sylva. Coffee and donuts provided. 421.4945 or email • The Haywood Republicans meet at 6:30 p.m. the sec-

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ond Thursday of the month at GOP headquarters, 303 N. Haywood St., Waynesville. 246.7921. • The Jackson County Patriots will meet Nov. 1, at Ryan¹s Steak House in Sylva. The Patriots will offer voter guides, and intensive information and get-outthe-vote efforts throughout the county. Bill Adams at or Ginny Jahrmarkt at • League of Women Voters of Macon County, noon, Thursday, Nov. 8, Tartan Hall, Franklin. Stacy Guffey will speak about plans to convert the historic Cowee School into a community and heritage center. Bring lunch and a drink. The League of Women Voters is a nonpartisan political organization, which encourages informed and active participation in government, works to increase understanding of major public policy issues, and influences public policy through education and advocacy. • Occupy/WNC General Assembly meets from 7 to 8:30 p.m. every Tuesday in room 220 of the Jackson County Administration and Justice Center in Sylva. 538.1644. • A TEA Party group meets at 2 p.m. the third Saturday of each month at the 441 Diner in Otto. • The League of Women Voters meets at noon the second Thursday of each month at Tartan Hall in Franklin. Lunch available by reservation. Open to all. $6 for food. 524.5192.

SUPPORT GROUPS Haywood • Men’s Only Grief Support Group, 9 to 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, Nov. 13, (second Tuesday of each month) First Presbyterian Church, 305 Main St., Waynesville. John Woods, facilitator, 551.2095 or; or call MedWest-Haywood, 452.5039.


• The Man to Man Support Group for prostate cancer patients and survivors will meet Monday, Nov. 12, (the second Monday of each month) Harris Medical Park conference room at 98 Doctors Drive, Sylva. Hugh Moon and Joe Hurt, MD are co-chairmen of the American Cancer Society support group. 631.8100 • WNC Breast Cancer Support Group meeting, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 13, private dining room next to cafeteria at MedWest-Swain, and 7 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 27, Harris Medical Park conference room, 98 Doctors Drive, Sylva. Mary E. Mahon, RN, 631.8100


• Trunk-or-Treat, 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 31, Post Office Parking lot, Haywood St., Waynesville. Sponsored by First United Methodist Church, Waynesville.

• Waynesville Christmas Parade, 6 p.m. Monday, Dec. 3, in downtown Waynesville. The theme is “Dreaming of a White Christmas” and all entries must use lights to participate in this evening event. 456.3517. • Poker for the Arts, Texas Hold’em Tournament, 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 1, Classic Wineseller, 20 Church St., Waynesville. $100 buy-in. Proceeds to Haywood County Arts Council programming. 452.6000. • Nov. 1 is the deadline to apply for the Regional Artist Project grant of Western North Carolina (RAP go WNC) for 2012-2013. RAP go WNC provides financial support to developing arts professionals. Mail applications and appropriate documentation material to RAP go WNC, PO Box 2212, Cullowhee NC 28723. For application and guidelines visit • Western Carolina University Sociology Club’s “A New Lens Film Series” continues at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 1, in the theater of A.K. Hinds University Center at Western Carolina University, Cullowhee, with “Miss Representation,” which offers a look at how mainstream media contribute to the underrepresentation of women in positions of power in America. Marilyn Chamberlin, associate professor of sociology, at or 227.3839. • Applications for new grants from the Blue Ridge National Heritage Area Partnership are due by Dec. 14; funding will be announced in April, 2013. Grants are available for the preservation, interpretation, development, and promotion of heritage resources in agricultural heritage, Cherokee heritage, craft heritage, music heritage and natural heritage Applicants must provide at least a one-to-one match. Further details or

LITERARY (ADULTS) • Kiwanis Club of Waynesville Spelling Bee Friday, Nov. 2, at First United Methodist Church, Waynesville. 5:30 p.m. box dinner, 7 p.m. bee starts. Sponsorships and funds go directly to assist the children of Haywood County with their educational, medical, nourishment and clothing needs. Marti Peithman at 926.3678 or email at or call George Dixon at 452.3573 or email at • Authors Angela Jordan and Molly Walling, 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 3, Blue Ridge Books, 152 South Main St., Waynesville. Both authors are from Mississippi, but Jordan now lives in Haywood County and Walling in Buncombe County. Jordan wrote “We End in Joy: Memoirs of a First Daughter.” Walling wrote “Death in the Delta.” Both non-fiction 456.6000. • Catch the Spirit’s annual Holiday Celebration of Writers, 6 p.m. Friday, Nov. 9, Carriage Room of the Jarrett House, Dillsboro. 631.4587. • Adult Creative Writing Group, 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 11, Jackson County Public Library, Sylva. 586.2016.

• Great Smoky Mountains Railroad presents the Polar Express, Nov. 9-Dec. 29, Bryson City. Tickets start at $39 for adults, $26 children ages 2-12. Children under two ride free. 872.4681.

• Macon County Public Library will be closed Friday, Nov. 9 for employee training, and on Monday, Nov. 12 for Veterans Day. Friends of the Library Bookstore, 121 Highlands Road (Hwy 28), 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

• 25th Hard Candy Christmas Craft Art & Show, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 23-24, Ramsey Center at Western Carolina University, Cullowhee. More than 100 regional artisans. $4 weekend pass for adults; free for children under 12. or Doris, 524.3405,

• Highlands Chamber of Commerce Tree Lighting, 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 24. Window decorating contest entry forms due Wednesday, Nov. 21. Highlands Olde


• Halloween Day festivities, 4 to 7 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 31, Dillsboro. Trick-or-treating, costume contest for all ages, plus movies and music. Family costume parade at 6 p.m. • Trick-or-treat. 5:30 p.m. Oct. 31, downtown Highlands. • Halloween in the Park, Wednesday, Oct. 31, Macon County Veteran’s Memorial Recreational Park, sponsored by Macon County Recreation Department. • Halloween Candy, 3 to 8 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 31, VFW Post 5202, 216 Miller St. Waynesville. Candy will be passed out to children dressed in costume.

ON STAGE & IN CONCERT • Western Carolina University’s original radio broadcast adaptation of Bram Stoker’s 1897 novel “Dracula” will air at 9 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 31, on WWNCAM/570. It is also is available for streaming online at • Fall Choral Concert, 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 1, Coulter Building Recital Hall, Western Carolina University. Free. WCU School of Music, 227.7242. • Essence Lounge, Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Resort, Cherokee: Karaoke, 8 p.m. to midnight, Thursday, Nov. 1; Hoss Howard, DJ Paul, 8p.m. to 2 a.m., Friday, Nov.2; Crocodile Smile, DJ Dizzy, 8 p.m. to 2 a.m., Saturday, Nov. 3; Karaoke, 8 p.m. to midnight, Thursday, Nov. 8; Straight No Chaser, 9 p.m., Fortunate Sons, DJ Suave, 8 p.m. to 2 a.m., Friday Nov. 9; Buchanan Boys, DJ Suave, 8 p.m. to 2 a.m., Saturday, Nov. 10. • Chubby Checker, 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 2, Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts. Tickets start at $28 each. or 866. 273.4615. • Steve Davidowski Duo, 7 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 3, The Classic Wineseller, 20 Church St., Waynesville. $25 advance reservations, $30 at the door, includes dinner, three-hour show. 452.6000 or • Songwriters in the Round, 6 p.m. (buffet dinner), 7:30 p.m. (performance), Saturday, Nov. 3, Balsam Mountain Inn, Balsam. Performers: Steve Williams, Wil Nance and Wood Newton. $45, includes buffet. Reserved seating. 800.224.9498. • Haywood Community Band, 3 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 4, First United Methodist Church, Haywood St., Waynesville. Special concert to honor memory of founding director, Bob Hill. Free. Rhonda Wilson Kram, 456.4880, or • Piano concert by David Troy Francis, 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 4, First Baptist Church, 100 S. Main St., Waynesville. Donations accepted. 456.9465. •The Beethoven Project, 7:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 5, recital hall of WCU’s Coulter Building. Features concerts of two Beethoven sonatas plus a significant work for violin and piano from the 20th century. Bradley Martin, WCU associate professor of piano, and Justin Bruns on violin. Free. Martin at or 227.3726. • Percussion recital, Mario Gaetano, professor in the School of Music at Western Carolina University, 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 6, in the recital hall of the Coulter Building. Free. School of Music, 227.7242. • Once in a Lifetime,” a satiric look back at the Golden Age of Hollywood and the birth of the “talkies,” 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 8, through Saturday, Nov. 10, John W. Bardo Fine and Performing Arts Center at Western

• August: Osage County, 7:30 p.m. Nov. 9, 10, 16, and 17; 3 p.m. Nov. 11, HART Theatre, Waynesville. Adults $20, seniors $18, students $8 and special $6 discount tickets for students for Sunday matinees. Contains adult language and subject matter. 456.6322 or • Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker, 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 24, at Harrah’s Cherokee Event Center, Cherokee. Tickets available at or 800.745.3000. • Scotty McCreery show, 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 15, at Harrah’s Cherokee Event Center. All ages. or 800.745.3000. • Styx, 9 p.m. Friday, Jan. 18, at Harrah’s Cherokee Event Center, 777 Casino Drive Cherokee. • The hour-long radio show Stories of Mountain Folk airs at 9 a.m. every Saturday on its home station, WRGC Jackson County Radio, 540 AM on the dial, broadcasting out of Sylva. Stories of Mountain Folk is an ongoing all-sound oral history program produced by Catch the Spirit of Appalachia (CSA), a western North Carolina not-for-profit, for local radio and online distribution.

ART/GALLERY EVENTS & OPENINGS • Western North Carolina Pottery Festival , 1 to 5 p.m. Friday, Nov. 2, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 3, Dillsboro. Admission $3 per person; children under the age of 12 free. 631.5100, or visit • Sylva Art Stroll Square Foot Show, small scale art, 5 to 9 p.m. Friday, Nov. 9, Gallery One, 604 W. Main St., Sylva. 507.4248. • The Waynesville Public Art Commission seeks an artist for its fourth outdoor public art project to be located in the Mini Park at the corner of Main and Depot Streets. The theme of the piece is Wildflowers of the Smokies to honor the historic connection between the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and the Town of Waynesville. The selected artist will receive $12,500 for proposal development, fabrication and installation. or call Town of Waynesville at 452.2491.

CLASSES, PROGRAMS & DEMONSTRATIONS • Pottery workshop, 5:30 to 9 p.m. Monday, Nov. 5, SCC Swain Center gym, in conjunction with the WNC Pottery Festival. Three artists from the festival will demonstrate their pottery making and glazing techniques. Hosted by the Heritage Arts Institute at Southwestern Community College. Free, but bring a potluck dish to share. Dinner, 5:30 p.m. SCC at 488.6413. • Mountain Shapes and Colors, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 10, SCC Swain Center, 60 Almond School Road, Bryson City. Crafts, mini pottery classes, food. or • Beginning Glass Tumbler Class, 45-minute time slots from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 10, Green Energy Park, Dillsboro. $40 per person; limited to 8 students. 631.0271 or

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• Canton Papertown Christmas Craft Fair is now seeking vendors for the event to be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1. Booth fees are $25 and $45. 648.0101 or


Carolina University. $15 for adults; $10 for seniors and WCU faculty and staff; and $10 for students (or $7 in advance). Tickets online at or by calling the box office at 227.2479.

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• General Cancer Support Group for men and women dealing with any cancer diagnosis, 5 to 6 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 1, Harris Medical Park conference room at 98 Doctors Dr. in Sylva. Mary E. Mahon, RN, 631.8100.

Mountain Christmas Parade, 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 1. Applications at Visitor Center.

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• Entry forms are now available for the 2012 Franklin Christmas Parade set for 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 25. Entry forms can be picked up at the Chamber office at 425 Porter St. or downloaded online from Entry fees are $25 for all entries. 524.3161.

• North Carolina Glass 2012: In Celebration of 50 Years of Studio Glass in America, exhibit through Friday, Feb. 1, Fine Art Museum at Western Carolina University. • Western North Carolina Woodturners Club, 6 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 8, Blue Ridge School, Glenville. Drive to the back of the school to the woodworking shop.



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Visitors are always welcomed. The club meets every second Thursday at 6 p.m., March through November. 526.2616.

• Art classes with Dominick DePaolo, 10 a.m. to noon on the first and third Tuesdays of each month at the Old Armory Building, 44 Boundary St. in Waynesville and from 1 to 3 p.m. every Friday at Mountain Home Collection at 110 Miller St., Waynesville. Watercolor classes will be offered from 10 a.m. to noon every Monday and oil painting classes from 1 to 3 p.m. every Monday at the Uptown Gallery in Franklin. Registration requested. For Armory classes call 456.9918; for Home Collection classes call 456.5441; for Franklin classes call 349.4607. • Catch the Spirit of Appalachia will host Creative writing workshops. $35. For details: 631.4587 or • The Smoky Mountain Knitting Guild is offering free Learn to Knit classes for both adults and children at the Waynesville Library on Tuesdays. The adult class meets from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Children (boys and girls ages 8-12) meet from 5 to 6 p.m. Pre-registration required. 246.0789.

FILM & SCREEN • Free movie: 1978 horror classic, call for title. 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 31, Jackson County Public Library, Sylva, 586.2016.

• Free movie, 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 6, Marion Black Library, Bryson City. Your favorite Nickelodeon characters celebrate autumn and going back to school.4883030. • Movie Night, 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 8, Jackson County Public Library, Sylva, 586.2016.

DANCE • Country Music & Dance, 7 to 10 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 3, Old Fines Creek School, concessions available.

MUSIC JAMS SWAIN COUNTY • Community music jam, 6 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 1, library auditorium at Marianna Black Library, downtown Bryson City. 488.3030. • Old-time music jam from 1 to 3 p.m. the third Saturday of the month at the Oconaluftee Visitor Center in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park on U.S. 441 outside Cherokee. 452.1068 • Community music jam from 6 to 7 p.m. each first and third Thursday of the month at the Bryson City library in downtown Bryson City. 488.3030. • Music in the Mountains from 6:30 to 8 p.m. every Saturday in downtown Bryson City.

Jackson County Henry Queen, 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 1, First Thursday Old-Time and Bluegrass Jam Series at Western Carolina University’s Mountain Heritage Center, ground floor of WCU’s H.F. Robinson Administration Building. 8 p.m. jam session will follow. 227.7129.

Outdoors OUTINGS, HIKES & FIELDTRIPS • Little Tennessee Land Trust 13th annual Fall Celebration, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 3, Rainbow Springs along the Upper Nantahala River. Music, kids’ activities, aquatic insect hunt, Bartram Trail and native and exotic plant exhibit, Native and mountain cultural demonstrations, and annual conservation award presentation. Chili, hotdogs and dessert. Free. Jill Wiggins, 524.2711. • Waynesville Watershed Hike, 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 3. Guides include naturalist Don Hendershot, and Blair Ogburn of Balsam Mountain Trust, and Dr. Peter Bates of Western Carolina University. No pets. Registration required, 452.2491, or online at • Nantahala Hiking Club, 9-mile moderate-to-strenuous hike, 9 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 3, Palmer Creek, Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Meet at 9 a.m. at Waynesville Ingles. Keith Patton, 456-8895, for reservations. Hike limited to 15. • Nantahala Hiking Club, 3-mile easy hike, Saturday, Nov. 3, to Amethyst Mines, which used to produce semi-precious stones for Tiffany’s Jewelers. Meet at 9:30 a.m. at Highlands Bank of America. Jim Whitehurst, 526.8134 for reservations. Visitors welcome. No pets. • Nantahala Hiking Club, 2-mile easy hike, Sunday, Nov. 4, on Pickens Nose Trail to a view point over Clayton and surrounding hills and a stop at Mooney Falls. Meet at 2 p.m. in Franklin at Westgate Plaza opposite Burger King . Change clocks to Daylight Standard Time. Kay Coriell, 369.6820, for reservations. Visitors welcome. No pets. • Nantahala Hiking Club, 2-mile strenuous hike, Saturday, Nov. 10, to the South Face of Whiteside Mountain. Awesome rock structures and views of Whiteside Cove. Leader advises wearing lugged boots and gloves; bring weather protection, lunch, water, and camera. Meet at 10 a.m. at Whiteside Parking Lot (parking fee or Golden Age). Jim Whitehurst, 526.8134, for reservations. This is the last time Jim will offer this hike. • Nantahala Hiking Club, 7-mile, moderate-to-strenuous hike, Saturday, Nov. 10, on Coweeta Lab Ridge Trail to Dyke Gap, returning on the Gage Trail. Meet at 9 a.m. at Westgate Plaza opposite Burger King in Franklin, Gail Lehman, 524.5298 for reservations. Visitors welcome. No pets. • Nantahala Hiking Club, 1-mile easy-to-moderate hike, Sunday, Nov. 11, on Rufus Morgan Trail. Two small stream crossings. Meet at 1:30 p.m. at Westgate Plaza opposite Burger King in Franklin. Joyce Jaques/Bill Crawford, 410.852.7510, for reservations. Visitors welcome. No pets. • Classic Hike of the Smokes, Thursday, Nov. 15, Hyatt Ridge Trail Loop. Meet at 8:30 a.m. Asheville, 9 a.m. Maggie Valley or 9:30 a.m. Cherokee, to carpool. Trail

• The “Shadow of the Bear,” located in southern Jackson County near Cashiers, is visible for about 30 minutes daily between 5:30-6 p.m. from mid- October through early November, as the autumnal sun sets behind Whiteside Mountain. Jackson County Visitors Center, 800. 962.1911, or • Sons of the American Legion Turkey Shoot, 9 a.m. every Saturday, Legion Drive, Waynesville. Benefits local charities. • The local Audubon Society is offering weekly Saturday birding field trips. Meet at 7:30 a.m. in the Highlands Town Hall parking lot near the public restrooms, or at 8 a.m. behind Wendy’s if the walk is in Cashiers. Binoculars available. or 743.9670. • The Gorges State Park is looking for volunteers to assist in maintaining existing trails and campgrounds in the park on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., weather permitting. Bring gloves, water and tools supplied. Participants need to be at least 16 years old and in good health. Registration not required. Meet at 17762 Rosman Highway (US-64) in Sapphire. 966.9099.

PROGRAMS & WORKSHOPS • Adventure Education Conference “Twenty Years of Adventure,” 8 a.m. Friday, Nov. 2, Grandroom of the A.K. Hinds University Center, Western Carolina University, Cullowhee. Keynote speaker is WCU’s Winford Gordon, assistant professor of psychology. $25 ($30, non-students), includes catered breakfast and lunch. Door prizes. Ben Tholkes, 227.3843 or or Maurice Phipps, 227.3844 or • WMI - Wilderness First Responder Recertification (WFR Recert), Nov. 9-11 and Dec. 7-9, Cullowhee. Three-day course recertifies WFR, includes adult and child CPR. Landmark Learning, 293.5384 or • Dirt, the Movie, 6 p.m. Monday, Nov. 12, Clayton Municipal Complex, highway 76 west. Offered by Sustainable Mountain Living Communities. 706.782.7978 or • Regional Trails Plan public workshop, 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 15, multi-purpose room, Waynesville Recreation Center, Vance St., Waynesville. Hosted by the Southwestern Commission to generate ideas for future trails in Haywood County, including greenways, mountain bike trails, equestrian trails and hiking trails. • WMI - Wilderness First Responder (WFR), Dec. 1321, Cullowhee, and Jan. 5-13, 2013 in Asheville. This nine-day comprehensive wilderness medical course is the national standard for outdoor trip leaders. Landmark Learning 293.5384 or • WMI Wilderness Emergency Medical Technician (WEMT) Jan. 7- Feb.1, 2013 in Asheville. This 30-day course provides certification in NC EMT-basic, National EMT- Basic and Wilderness EMT. Landmark Learning, 293.5384 or

COMPETITIVE EDGE • Third annual Bogey Fore the Volunteer Center Golf Tournament, 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 31, Waynesville Inn and Golf Resort. Benefit for the Haywood Jackson Volunteer Center. Fee is $160 for a two man team with captain’s choice. John, Haywood Jackson Volunteer Center, 356.2833. • Conquer The Mountain Half Marathon, Saturday, Nov. 3, Little Tennessee Greenway, Franklin. 8 a.m. race day

• Turkey Shoot-Out Golf Tournament, 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 10, and Sunday, Nov. 11, Maggie Valley Club. Entry deadline 5 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 2. No telephone entries. Download form from Send to Maggie Valley Club, Attention: Trey Smith 1819 Country Club Drive Maggie Valley, NC 28751. Entry fee is $100 per player for non-members and $75 per player for Club members. 926.6013.

FARM & GARDEN • Sylva Garden Club, 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 6, Tuckasegee Trading Company, 7987 Hwy. 107S, about four miles past WCU.

HIKING CLUBS • Carolina Mountain Club hosts more than 150 hikes a year, including options for full days on weekends, full days on Wednesdays and half days on Sundays. Nonmembers contact event leaders. • High Country Hikers, based in Hendersonville, plans hikes Mondays and Thursdays weekly. Participants should bring a travel donation and gear mentioned on their website: 808.2165 • Nantahala Hiking Club based in Macon County holds weekly Saturday hikes in the Nantahala National Forest and beyond. • Mountain High Hikers, based in Young Harris, Ga., leads several hikes per week. Guests should contact hike leader. • Smoky Mountain Hiking Club, located in East Tennessee, makes weekly hikes in the Great Smoky Mountain National Park as well as surrounding areas. • Benton MacKaye Trail Association incorporates outings for hikes, trail maintenance and other work trips. No experience is necessary to participate. • Diamond Brand’s Women’s Hiking Group meets on the third Saturday of every month. For more information, e-mail or call 684.6262.

ONGOING CLUBS • The Cherokee Riders, a new cycling club in Cherokee, seeks members for weekly group rides. Hugh Lambert 554.6810 or • The Cherokee Runners meets each month on the 1st and 15th of the month (if the first falls on Sunday, the group meets on the 2nd), at the Age Link Conference Room. Anyone, no matter the fitness level, is welcome to join. Group runs are being held each Tuesday and Thursday at 6 p.m. starting at the Flame. • Small RV Camping club is seeking additional members. We camp one weekend per month March through November. All ages are welcome. No dues, no structured activities. Just an enjoyment of the outdoors, fellowship, good conversation, pot luck dinners and a roaring campfire. Contact Lillian for more details or 369.6669. • Mountain Wild, the local chapter of the N.C. Wildlife Federation works to preserve and increase wildlife and wildlife habitat of the region. Free programs and guest speakers held periodically at the WNC Nature Center in Asheville. Call 338.0035.

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• Second Sunday Contra Dance, 2:30 p.m., potluck at 5:30 p.m., Sunday, Nov.11, Community Room on the second floor of the old courthouse in the Jackson County Library Complex, Sylva. Charlotte Crittendon, caller. Music by Out of the Woodwork. Bring covered dish, plate, cup and cutlery and water bottle. Ron Arps at

• Music Jam at 2 p.m. Saturdays at the historic Rickman General Store in Macon County, located in the Cowed Community on Cowed Creek Road just off N.C. 28. 369.5595.

registration. Entry Fee: individual, $30 before Oct. 31; $40 race day. Long sleeve race T-shirts to the first 100 registered racers. Register at

Oct. 31-Nov. 6, 2012

• Western Carolina University Sociology Club’s “A New Lens Film Series” continues at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 1, in the theater of A.K. Hinds University Center at Western Carolina University, Cullowhee, with “Miss Representation,” which offers a look at how mainstream media contribute to the underrepresentation of women in positions of power in America. Marilyn Chamberlin, associate professor of sociology, at or 227.3839.

• Old Timey Bluegrass Jams are held at 7 p.m. every Tuesday at Spring Street Cafe in Sylva.

head begins off Straight Fork Road near Cherokee. 9.5mile hike. Moderate. Led by Danny Bernstein. $35 donation, includes membership to Friends of the Smokies. Current Friends of the Smokies members hike for $10. Hikers who bring a friend hike for free. 452. 0720 or

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• The Cherokee County Arts Council and the Stecoah Valley Cultural Arts Center are offering classes made possible with grants through Handmade In America and the Blue Ridge National Heritage Area. For details: 479.3364,, or

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• Free Fly Fishing Classes are offered at River’s Edge Outfitters in Cherokee every week. Participants of all ages and skill levels are welcome and encouraged to attend. Classes will be approximately an hour and half long. For more information contact Rivers Edge Outfitters at 497.9300. 55



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AUCTION Utility Equipment & Trucks, November 10, 10am, Gastonia, NC. Selling for PSNC Energy. Service & Pickup Trucks, Backhoes & More! Motley's Auction & Realty Group. 804.232.3300. NCAL#5914.



Service truck available for on-site repairs LEE & PATTY ENSLEY, OWNERS STEVE WOODS, MANAGER




FARM & TOBACCO EQPMT AUCTION November 3rd, Alma, GA. 49 (Taylor Barns 3) Decloet Combines. Visit for more info. Rebel Auction Co. GAL2563. 1.800.533.0673

BUILDING MATERIALS HAYWOOD BUILDERS Garage Doors, New Installations Service & Repairs, 828.456.6051 100 Charles St. Waynesville Employee Owned.

CONSTRUCTION/ REMODELING DAVE’S CUSTOM HOMES OF WNC, INC Free Estimates & Competitive rates. References avail. upon request. Specializing in: Log Homes, remodeling, decks, new construction, repairs & additions. Owner/Builder: Dave Donaldson. Licensed/Insured. 828.631.0747 or 828.508.0316 SULLIVAN HARDWOOD FLOORS Installation- Finish - Refinish 828.399.1847.

ELECTRICAL BOOTH ELECTRIC Residential & Commercial service. Up-front pricing, emergency service. 828.734.1179. NC License #24685-U.

CAMPERS TRAVEL TRAILER 2006 Prowler Regal, 34’, 2 slideouts, fully contained with a Deck. Parked in Hillbilly Campground, spot #12. $12,000 for more info call 352.874.1350

CARS DONATE YOUR CAR, Truck or Boat to Heritage for the Blind. Free 3 Day Vacation, Tax Deductible, Free Towing, All Paperwork Taken Care Of. 877.752.0496.

PICTURE FRAMING EQPMT AUCTION Thursday, November 8 at 10am. 420-A West Fleming Drive, Morganton, NC. Wizard CMC 8000 Mat Cutters, (6) Mat Cutters, Vacuum Presses, Pistorius Saws. 704.791.8825. ncaf5479.

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1993 TOYOTA TRUCK 4/WD, 5-Speed, Lock-out Hubs, A/C, 4 New Tires, 133k Miles. $4,500 Call for more info 828.456.3116


EMPLOYMENT 90+ COLLEGE CREDITS? Serve one weekend a month as a National Guard Officer. 16 career fields, $50,000 student loan repayment, benefits, tuition assistance and more! rufus.steadmaniii@ or call 910.495.7992 or 7908. A SUCCESSFUL GENERAL CONTRACTOR IS SEEKING A Project Manager/Estimator for work in the Triangle. This company has been in business for 60+ years and provides an environment where an employee can develop a long career. Generous compensation & benefits package included. The ideal candidate will have 5+ years experience estimating & managing NCDOT resurfacing projects. Duties include: Ensure thorough & accurate take-off. Contact subcontractors, suppliers, specialty services & truckers for quotes. Develop thorough, timely & accurate estimates, proposal & bid documents. Review plans & specifications. Process contracts, bonds & insurance certificates. Communications with owners of projects. Perform additional assignments as needed to complete projects within budget & on schedule. If you are the qualified candidate looking for an exciting career with a winning team send your resume to AIRLINES ARE HIRING Train for hands on Aviation Maintenance Career. FAA approved program. Financial Aid if Qualified Housing available. CALL Aviation Institute of Maintenance. 1.866.724.5403. SAPA AVERITT KEEPS YOUR Wheels Rolling! Hiring CDL-A Drivers and Recent Grads - Great Benefits. Weekly Hometime & Paid Training. Apply Now by calling 888.362.8608 or go to: Equal Opportunity Employer. APPLY NOW, 13 Drivers. Top 5% Pay & Benefits. Need CDL Class A Driving Exp. 877.258.8782. Or go to:



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EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR For small nonprofit animal welfare group specializing in spay/neuter. Self-directed with proven ability to work/collaborate with diverse groups of people. Background with data-driven program evaluation and track record of effectively leading an outcomes-based organization and staff. Nonprofit experience and past success working with a board of directors and budgets a plus. Fundraising, marketing, and public relations experience. College degree and strong written/verbal communication skills required. Candidate must show specific examples of strategies developed to take an organization to the next stage of growth. Salary $30-35k with benefits. Send resume to:



Oct. 31-Nov. 6, 2012

DRIVERS NC to MIDWEST CDL-A w/ 4yrs experience. Up to 0.41/mile & benefits. $1500 Sign-on Bonus. Advance Dist. 877.992.9079, ext. 200 or apply online



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EMPLOYMENT FTCC Fayetteville Technical Community College is now accepting applications for the following positions: Programmer/Analyst. Job #12-49. Deadline: Nov 12. An FTCC application, cover letter, resume, and copies of college transcripts, must be received in the Human Resources Office by 4 p.m. on the closing date to be considered. For further information and application, please visit our website. Human Resources Office, Fayetteville Technical Community College, PO Box 35236, Fayetteville, NC 28303. Phone: 910.678.8378. Fax: 910.678.0029. Internet: An Equal Opportunity Employer. TANKER & FLATBED Independent Contractors! Immediate placement available. Best Opportunities in the trucking business. CALL TODAY 800.277.0212 or

EMPLOYMENT MEDICAL CAREERS BEGIN HERE Train Online for Allied Health and Medical Management. Job placement assistance. Computer available. Financial Aid if qualified. SCHEV authorized. Call 1.877.206.7665 SAPA HELP WANTED!!! Assembly Workers - Online Data Entry Positions - Homemailers Needed!! Extra Income at Home Assembling CD-Cases, Crafts, Sewing, Wooden-Toys. - Homemailer Pays $5/Envelope. Apply Now! SAPA GYPSUM EXPRESS Class A CDL Flatbed Drivers. Road & Regional Positions. Call Melissa, 866.317.6556, x6 or apply at FREIGHT UP = MORE $. Need CDL Class A Driving Exp. Call Now 877.258.8782 or go to:

EMPLOYMENT EARLY HEAD START TEACHER Two Positions - One in Haywood Co. and One In Jackson Co. Candidates must have a B-K or BS in Early Childhood Education, computer skills, will be responsible for classroom paperwork, have the ability to work with diverse populations and community partners, have 2 years experience in Pre-K classroom and have good time management skills. This is a 10 month position with full time benefits of health, dental and vision insurance, life insurance, retirement, and short term and long term disability. Applications will be taken at Mountain Projects, Inc. 251 Old Balsam Rd, Waynesville 28786, or 25 Schulman St, Sylva, 28779. Pre-employment drug testing required. EOE/AA. SEEKING STUDENT For Sunday Housekeeping and Weekday Evening Inn-Sitting. The Chalet Inn 828.586.0251

Oct. 31-Nov. 6, 2012

SODA/SNACK VENDING ROUTE! $9k Investment for Machines & Locations. Big $ Income! Must Sell! 1.800.367.2106, ext. 6077.


Flossie Girl - A pretty gray and white tuxedo kitty with beautiful amber eyes. She loves people and will make a wonderful pet!

Ann - She has some of the physical attributes of the Mountain Cur with her beautiful blond coat and bobbed tail. She has an incredibly sweet and gentle disposition.

NOW HIRING! National Companies need workers immediately to assemble products at home. Electronics, CD stands, hair barrettes & many more. Easy work, no selling, any hours. $500/week potential. Info 1.985.646.1700 DEPT NC - 4152 (Not valid in Louisiana) SAPA TRUCK DRIVERS WANTED Best Pay and Home Time! Apply Online Today over 750 Companies! One Application, Hundreds of Offers! SAPA

FINANCIAL $$$ ACCESS LAWSUIT CASH NOW!! Injury Lawsuit Dragging? Need $500-$500,000++ within 48/hours? Low rates. Apply Now By Phone! 1.800.568.8321. Not Valid in CO or NC. SAPA BEWARE OF LOAN FRAUD. Please check with the Better Business Bureau or Consumer Protection Agency before sending any money to any loan company. SAPA BUY GOLD & SILVER COINS 1 percent over dealer cost. For a limited time, Park Avenue Numismatics is selling Silver and Gold American Eagle Coins at 1 percent over dealer cost. 1.888.470.6389 GOLD AND SILVER Can Protect Your Hard Earned Dollars. Learn how by calling Freedom Gold Group for your free educational guide. 888.478.6991

LAWN AND GARDEN HEMLOCK HEALERS, INC. Dedicated to Saving Our Hemlocks. Owner/Operator Frank Varvoutis, NC Pesticide Applicator’s License #22864. 48 Spruce St. Maggie Valley, NC 828.734.7819 828.926.7883, Email: MANTIS DELUXE TILLER. NEW! FastStart engine. Ships FREE. OneYear Money-Back Guarantee when you buy DIRECT. Call for the DVD and FREE Good Soil book! 888.485.3923


FURNITURE COMPARE QUALITY & PRICE Shop Tupelo’s, 828.926.8778. HAYWOOD BEDDING, INC. The best bedding at the best price! 533 Hazelwood Ave. Waynesville 828.456.4240

LUMBER WHITE PINE LUMBER 4 - 2x6 - 14ft., 6 - 5/4 x 16 inches x 15ft. In storage for 12 years $125. For more info call 828.627.2342 WORMY CHESTNUT LUMBER 10 Boards - 13” x 5/4 x 12’. Some 6 foot sections. $400 828.627.2342 HARDWOOD LUMBER SALE All remaining lumber must go! Best offer over $4,000. Call 828.627.2342

Prevent Unwanted Litters And Improve The Health Of Your Pet Low-Cost spay and neuter services Hours: Monday-Thursday, 12 Noon - 5pm 145 Wall Street

HEAVY EQUIPMENT SAWMILLS FROM ONLY $3997.00 Make/Save Money with your own bandmill. Cut lumber any dimension. In stock ready to ship. FREE Info/DVD: www.NorwoodSawmills. com. Call now 1.800.578.1363, Ext. 300N.

REAL ESTATE ANNOUNCEMENT *FREE FORECLOSURE LISTINGS* Over 400,000 properties nationwide. LOW Down Payment. Call NOW! 1.800.498.8619 SAPA

PUBLISHER’S NOTICE All real estate advertising in this newspaper is subject to the Fair Housing Act which makes it illegal to advertise “any preference, limitation or discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, handicap, familial status or national origin, or an intention, to make any such preference, limitation or discrimination” Familial status includes children under the age of 18 living with parents or legal custodians, pregnant women and people securing custody of children under 18. This newspaper will not knowingly accept any advertising for real estate which is in violation of the law. Our readers are hereby informed that all dwellings advertised in this newspaper are available on an equal opportunity basis. To complain of discrimination call HUD toll-free at 1.800.669.9777. EVER CONSIDER A Reverse Mortgage? At least 62 years old? Stay in your home & increase cash flow! Safe & Effective! Call Now for your FREE DVD! Call Now 888.418.0117. SAPA NC MTN LOG CABIN SHELL On 1.72acs. EZ to finish. Reduced $79,900 OR New 2bd 2ba, 1200sf cabin on 1.87acs. $139,500. Owner must sell. Call 828.286.1666.

Pet Adoption Jack Russell. He weighs 10 lbs., is very friendly, and active. This black and white boy needs to be placed where there are no cats. Call foster home at 1.877.ARF.JCNC. LITTER OF FIVE - 11 week old Beagle mix pups. They are scheduled for spay/neuter surgery on 10/29/12. They could go to their adoptive homes only after they return from their surgery on October 30th. Call 828.293.5629 for more info GABBY - Is a beautiful, female, Lab mix. She is four months old, happy, energetic, but is recovering from a bad chemical burn on her back. She will need a forever home as soon as she is released from her vet. She may have a scar, but that's all. Call 828.293.5629. POLLY - Senior Lhasa Apso mix. She is sweet and housebroken. Here coloring is off white. Call 1.877.ARF.JCNC. MILA - A two year old Elkhound mix. She weighs 27 lbs., and is blackish colored. She needs work on puppy behavior. Call 1.877.ARF.JCNC. RASCAL - A cute terrier/corgi

mix who is 3 years old. He weighs just 16 pounds. He is neutered, housebroken, and current on all his shots. He plays well with other dogs, but he is frightened of people. His not a lapdog, nor does he like to be on a leash. He is a good porch dog; he'll sit there all day and bark to let you know if someone is coming. He doesn't run off once he is used to being at his new home. Call 226.4783. CLARA - A 2-3 yr old "Whatizit?" She weighs 68 lbs., is friendly, and shaggy. Call 877.273.5262. SUSAN - Two year old great cat. She is very affectionate, litter box trained, and is good with other cats and dogs. She is quite talkative. 828.586.5647 CUDDLES - Female, Terrier/ Hound mix. She got her name because she likes to cuddle. She is very friendly with people and gets along well with other dogs She is white with brown spots. Cuddles is 2-3 years old and weighs 26 pounds. She is making progress on being housebroken. Call 828.226.478.

VISIT ARF ON SATURDAYS 1-3 To register for November 12th low-cost spay/neuter trip.

BAXTER - Beagle Mix – brown & white, I am a young guy who is very loving and enjoys snuggling -- A LOT. I’m great with children and other dogs, and enjoy walks. $125 adoption fee, Animal Compassion Network 258.4820 ESTHER - Hound Mix – reddish

GRETTA - Shepherd Mix –

ANIMAL COMPASSION NETWORK Pet Adoption Events - Every Saturday from 11a.m. to 3p.m. at Pet Harmony, Animal Compassion Network's new pet store for rescued pets. Dozens of ACN dogs, puppies, kittens and cats will be ready to find their permanent homes. The store also offers quality pet supplies where all proceeds save more homeless animals. Come see us at 803 Fairview St. (behind Province 620 off Hendersonville Rd), visit, or call 828.274.DOGS.

APT. FOR RENT UNFURNISHED 1 BEDROOM APARTMENT Above Gallery, W/D, Heat & Air, Clean & Ready to Live In, All Hookups Available. $575/mo. Move in with First & Last. Call 828.400.1041 or 828.400.1040

VACATION RENTALS NORTH CAROLINA MOUNTAINS Come enjoy a wonderful winter vacation! Cabins, Condos, Vacation Homes. Bring the family pet! Boone, Banner Elk, Blowing Rock. Foscoe Rentals 1.800.723.7341 SAPA CAVENDER CREEK CABINS Dahlonega, GA. GAS TOO HIGH? Spend your vacation week in the North Georgia Mountains! Ask about our Weekly FREE NIGHT SPECIAL! Virtual Tour: Cozy Hot Tub Cabins! 1.866.373.6307 SAPA

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506-0542 CELL 71009

101 South Main St. Waynesville

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OFFICE HOURS: Tues. & Wed. 9 am - 4 pm & Thurs. 9 am - 3 pm 168 E. Nicol Arms Road Sylva, NC 28779

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brown, I am about 7 years old and I’m a loving, sweet-natured girl. I have been through basic obedience training and get along well with other dogs. I do fine with kids but probably need to be in a home without cats. $125 adoption fee, Animal Compassion Network 258.4820

tan/buff & white, I am about 5 years old and can be a wonderful companion IF I am the only dog! I’m sweet and intelligent, and very well mannered in the home with no chewing of furniture or belongings, or raiding of food from tables or garbage cans. I sleep in my dog bed (and not in yours!), ride well in the car, and know all the basic obedience commands plus many more! I love all people including young children, by my ONE PROBLEM is that I do not like other dogs. I will growl and bark and will not tolerate them. Since I am almost perfect otherwise, I just need a person/family who will work with this and I let me be an only dog. $125 adoption fee, Animal Compassion Network 258.4820

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Oct. 31-Nov. 6, 2012

ARF (HUMANE SOCIETY OF JACKSON COUNTY) Holds rescued pet adoptions Saturdays from 1:00 - 3:00 (weather permitting) at 50 Railroad Avenue in Sylva. Animals are spayed/neutered and current on shots. Most cats $60, most dogs $70. Preview available pets at, or call foster home.

BRUCE MCGOVERN A Full Service Realtor McGovern Property Management 828.283.2112.

LOTS FOR SALE MUST SELL BY OWNER .936 acre lot, ready to build on w/ house pad and septic for 4/BR. $29,000. Located in Ocono Lakes Estates in Whittier. For more info please call 904.997.6482

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Prudential Lifestyle Realty — Realty World Heritage Realty — Martha Sawyer — Linda Wester — Greg Stephenson — Naomi Parsons — Lynda Bennet — Thomas Mallette & Christine Mallette —

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GREAT SMOKIES STORAGE Conveniently located off 19/23 by Thad Woods Auction. Available for lease now: 10’x10’ units for $55, 20’x20’ units for $160. Get one month FREE with 12 month contract. Call 828.507.8828 or 828.506.4112 for more info.


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MEDICAL | Brian K. Noland — Connie Dennis — Mark Stevens — Mieko Thomson — The Morris Team — The Real Team — Ron Breese — Dan Womack — Bonnie Probst —

FEELING OLDER? Men lose the abilityto produce testosterone as they age. Call 888.414.0692 for a FREE trial of Progene- All Natural Testosterone Supplement. SAPA PELVIC/TRANSVAGINAL MESH? Did you undergo transvaginal placement of mesh for pelvic organ prolapse or stress urinary incontinence between 2005 and present time? If the patch required removal due to complications, you may be entitled to compensation. Call Johnson Law and speak with female staff members. 1.800.535.5727.

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ARE YOU PREGNANT? A married couple (in our 30’s) seeks to adopt. Stay-at-home mom. Financial security. Expenses paid. Call Ann & Michael 1.800.505.8452 SAPA PREGNANT? Considering Adoption? Call Us First! Living Expenses, Housing, Medical and continued support afterwards. Choose Adoptive Family of Your Choice. Call 24/7. ADOPT CONNECT 1.866.743.9212. SAPA

CHAMPION SUPPLY Janitorial supplies. Professional cleaning products, vacuums, janitorial paper products, swimming pool chemicals, environmentally friendly chemicals, indoor & outdoor light bulbs, odor elimination products, equipment repair including household vacuums. Free delivery across WNC. 800.222.0581, 828.225.1075.

WHITE MALE, NON-DRINKER, Looking for a live-in girlfriend for companionship & light housework. Any age, kids okay. 2/BR in a nice neighborhood. For more info call Donnie at 706.335.6496 or write to PO Box 411, ILA, GA 30647.

WANTED TO BUY CASH FOR Unexpired Diabetic Test Strips! Free Shipping, Friendly Service, BEST prices and 24 hour payment! Call Mandy at 1.855.578.7477 or visit SAPA

WANTED TO BUY CASH FOR DIABETIC TEST STRIPS Check us out online! All Major Brands Bought 1.866.446.3009 SAPA EXTRA DIABETIC TEST STRIPS? We Pay More! Most Major Brands Bought. Volume Sellers Welcome. CALL TODAY! 800.293.0492.

ENTERTAINMENT DIRECTV® Limited Time offer! Get the 2012 NFL Sunday Ticket included with Choice Package for $29.99/month (1yr)! Call 919.246.5556 today! SCOTTISH TARTANS MUSEUM 86 East Main St., Franklin, 828.584.7472. Matthew A.C. Newsome, GTS, FSA, SCOT., Curator & General Manager, Ronan B. MacGregor, Business Assistant.

SCHOOLS/ INSTRUCTION AIRLINES ARE HIRING Train for hands on Aviation Career. FAA approved program. Financial aid if qualified. Job placement assistance. Call Aviation Institute of Maintenance. 877.300.9494. 71007

Jerry Smith 828-734-8765

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Beauty, form and function go hand in hand


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The brief life of most kinds of pollen requires that it be launched, transported and go to work on a pistil quickly — usually within an hour or two. All this must be done between showers, too, for pollen is damaged by rain. To keep their powder dry flowers are equipped with special structures as well as the ability to twist and turn to protect their anthers from rain drops.” • “Some flowers are built so that they never have to take action to keep their pollen dry. A beautiful example of wellhoused anthers is the Jack-in-the-pulpit with its graceful and sturdy hood. The flowers of the wild ginger and May-apple grow under a broad protecting leaf. The quivering bright orange touch-me-not often has a leaf, like a tiny umbrella, over its blossom.” • “The structure of the flower itself may help keep its pollen dry. Some have petals always closed over the stamens. This is

vividly true of the clovers and all other members of the pea family ... In the iris a great broad stigma makes a roof over the stamens ... Many others like Solomon’s seal, bellwort, columbine, and milkweed dangle face down.” And so it goes — beauty, form, and function go hand in hand. George Ellison wrote the biographical introductions for the reissues of two Appalachian classics: Horace Kephart’s Our Southern Highlanders and James Mooney’s History, Myths, and Sacred Formulas of the Cherokees. In June 2005, a selection of his Back Then columns was published by The History Press in Charleston as Mountain Passages: Natural and Cultural History of Western North Carolina and the Great Smoky Mountains. Readers can contact him at P.O. Box 1262, Bryson City, N.C., 28713, or at

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BACK THEN be observed with a 10X magnifier. You will be looking directly at one of the most beautiful and functional aspects of the natural world. Beauty follows form. In a natural history classic titled This Green World, first published in 1942, Rutherford Platt devoted four chapters to pollen forms and the intricacies of pollination. The most interesting of these chapters, for me, is the the one titled “Pollen Jewelry and How Flowers Guard It.” Here are some of the points Platt makes: • “Each pollen grain is like an exquisite piece of jewelry. Its size, shape and sculpturing are distinctive for the kind of plant which makes it.” • “The sizes of pollen grains are not in proportion to the sizes of their plants. The pollen of a sequoia tree that grows to a height of over 300 feet happens to be about the same size as the pollen of a violet. • “Althea and hibiscus and the members of the four-o’clock family are famous for their large pollen grains. The smallest grains are produced by the forget-me-not. They are about one ten-thousandth of an inch in diameter.” • “The outside cover of pollen with its wonderful sculptured armor is practically indestructible. This fact has written a fascinating chapter in the fossil history of the lush plant life of pre-historic times. Pollen is preserved perfectly, as though prepared for a scientist’s microscope, in the coal measures of the carboniferous age, after 250 million years.” • “This kind of longevity, however, is interesting only to man and not to nature.

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ll too often, we tend to think of flowering plants as something beautiful put on this earth to stimulate human sensibilities. Nothing, of course, could be less true. Plants produce flowers to attract pollinators or otherwise distribute pollen in order to achieve fertilization — preferably crossfertilization — and produce fruit (or seed) so as to assure the viability and continuation of a given species. Beauty, as we perceive it, is a mere side-product of this essential process. Beauty is as beauty does. At the heart of this reproductive process is the pollen Columnist produced on the anthers of the flower stamens, the male part of the plant. In order to achieve fertilization, pollen must be transferred from the stamens to the female part, the pistil, of the same or another flower. This transferral is most often obtained via the wind or by insects. The beautiful and highly individual sculpturing of a pollen grain’s outer wall is a unique feature of each plant species; so much so, in fact, that scientists have been able to determine the abundance of some species over time by separating pollen from cores of peat extracted from acid bogs. Next spring, as you find your favorite wildflowers in bloom, take time to note the presence or absence of stamens. When stamens are present, see if pollen grains are on the anthers. Their specific configuration can


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