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News WestCare wants to dissolve MedWest partnership ..........................................4 Bear zoo in danger of closure ................................................................................5 Candidates detail their personal views on women’s issues ............................6 Lack of a right-of-way leads to debacle for homeowners ................................9 Old Town Bank breaks ground on new headquarters ....................................10 South Main Street development picks up after slow start ............................10 Ghost Town owner slowly checks off to-do list ................................................12 Should Maggie rely on Ghost Town for revival?................................................12 Jackson lawmakers, tourism leaders hash out new TTA policy ....................14 New taxi service pops up in Sylva ......................................................................19 Swain hopes to curtail jail costs with new agreement ....................................19

Opinion Separation of church, state will take time in Middle East ..............................20


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Galax poaching harms regional plant population ..............................................36

Back Then Let the fall wildflower fruit displays begin ..........................................................55

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WestCare wants out of hospital partnership with Haywood BY B ECKY JOHNSON STAFF WRITER he hospitals in Jackson and Swain counties formally declared last week that they want out of the partnership forged nearly three years ago with Haywood’s hospital — however, it’s not at all clear whether the leaders of Haywood Regional Medical Center will agree to let them leave. Dissatisfaction has risen up through the ranks of the medical community and hospital staff, who claim WestCare has been relegated to a backseat status while Haywood has been steadily built up as the flagship of MedWest. WestCare employees were pleased by the news of the board’s vote to try to pull out last week. “They made the right decision,” said Stephanie Sutton, who works in WestCare’s cafeteria. “Not that Haywood is a bad hospital, but sometimes you just need to be on your own.” That independent streak is commonly held in the Jackson medical community. “For it to have a sense that we have our own hospitals, we will take care of our own people and work toward our own goals,” said Roni Decker, a nurse at WestCare. “We just need to get our hospital back.” When WestCare and Haywood Regional Medical Center united under the MedWest banner, they left the door open for dissolving the partnership down the road. But to dissolve MedWest, three-fourths of the MedWest board members have to agree. Since MedWest’s board is comprised equally from both sides — seven each from Haywood and WestCare — WestCare would need at least some of the board members from Haywood to side with them in a vote to dissolve. Even if Haywood agrees to let WestCare exit gracefully, MedWest as an entity isn’t going anywhere any time soon. “It took a long time to put together, and you can’t take it apart overnight,” said Mark Clasby, a member of the MedWest board from Haywood County. The contract that created MedWest outlines a long and arduous process should it disolve. Steve Heatherly, the CEO of WestCare,

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admitted that WestCare’s formal vote to pull out of the partnership doesn’t make it a done deal. “This action is the start of a decision-making process,” Heatherly said. WestCare does have another option if the Haywood side of MedWest tries to keep them from leaving. An escape clause was written into the creation of MedWest that lets either side out if its financial stability was at risk, or if it can claim a breach of contract by Haywood. Going down that road could mean an expensive and protracted arbitration. The vote by WestCare’s board last week asking to be released from MedWest has been more than year in the making. “It was a very difficult decision. We went into this two years ago with very great hopes,” said Bunny Johns, chair of the WestCare board. “Over the last two and a half years things have changed dramatically.” WestCare leaders have tried to be tactful in describing their reasons for wanting out. “I think all the major stakeholders went into MedWest almost three years ago now hoping for and expecting different results,” Heatherly said. “Simply over time it became the perspective of the WestCare board and medical staff that MedWest wasn’t producing those results.” While WestCare seems to blame MedWest for struggling finances and a drop in market share, Haywood’s hospital leaders disagree. The MedWest merger simply coincided with a particularly difficult time. “Rural hospitals throughout the country are struggling,” Clasby said. “There are so many factors and lot of them are beyond our control.” Doctors in Jackson County played a significant role in the decision by WestCare’s board. The medical community has been urging the hospital board to pull out of the MedWest affiliation with Haywood for months. Johns said that the board values the input of the medical community, but added that the board had many of the same concerns regardless of the pressure coming from physicians.

“When they came to us we certainly listened. No board can ignore their medical staff and it was important that we listen to them,” Johns said. But, “I think we were asking those questions early on because the financial results were not what we wanted them to be.” Johns said WestCare tried to right its course within the MedWest structure before resorting to pulling out. “We actually did a number of things to try to set the situation up to be successful. Most of those did not work,” Johns said. Now, doctors in Haywood County may play an equally large role in whether the Haywood’s representatives on the MedWest board let WestCare bow out. Haywood physicians fear WestCare may be bailing on MedWest in order to enter a new partnership with Mission

Hospital in Asheville, which could put the squeeze on Haywood’s medical community. The seven Haywood members of the MedWest board will also presumably take their cues from the separate Haywood Regional Medical Center board. The board of Haywood Regional discussed the situation for than two-and-a-half hours in a private meeting Monday evening (Sept. 24), but did not emerge with an answer. HRMC Board Chairman Cliff Stovall said it would be “premature” to make a decision of this magnitude so quickly. “Our duty, for this board that met tonight, is to do what is right for the people of Haywood County,” Stovall said after the meeting. “Therein we can’t make some snap decision.” The Haywood Regional board issued a statement after the meeting that vaguely alluded to legal due diligence that will ultimately have to be part of the decision. “The Haywood Regional Medical Center

Board of Commissioners continues to analyze and evaluate all the parties’ obligations to each other and their constituents arising out of the formation of MedWest, and in doing so will continue to focus on what is in the best interests of the residents of Haywood County,” the statement read. The statement also alluded to renewed commitments from Carolinas HealthCare, which has a management contract over MedWest and is actively trying to hold the partnership together. It has 32 hospitals under its umbrella. According to the statement, Carolinas HealthCare System’s has made a commitment “to provide a broader range and higher level of cost-effective management services to MedWest.” Technically, whatever becomes of MedWest, so goes Carolinas HealthCare. Carolinas management contract is with MedWest. If it ceases to exist, there is no contract. WestCare, however, asked Carolinas if it would stay on board with WestCare as an individual entity. Carolinas answer was no, according to Johns. “They are not willing to move outside MedWest,” Johns said. It remains to be seen, however, whether Carolinas was merely bluffing in hopes of keeping MedWest intact — or whether it truly isn’t interested in a management contract with the individual hospitals if they are no longer joined under MedWest. While a formal answer from Haywood could be weeks or a few months away, WestCare is already showing signs of pulling back and disengaging from MedWest. “We have already started working with a more Harris- and Swain-centric management plan,” Heatherly said. It is unusual for hospitals to dissolve a partnership, according to Don Dalton with the N.C. Hospital Association. Dalton said that while the business landscape of the hospitals may be in turbulence, those in the community should be confident in their hospital. After all, the turbulence is simply due to the hospital leaders trying to chart the best course for their respective institutions. “The hospitals are trying to figure out a very dynamic and complex health care landscape today and in the future,” Dalton said. “The hospitals are trying to position themselves to best serve their communities.”

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Agriculture has issued the complaint against Chief Saunooke’s Bear Park and its owner Kole Clapsaddle for more than a dozen violations the bear zoo accumulated in 2009 and 2010. Infractions can be minor offenses, such as expired medicine being stored on the premises, for example, and usually don’t carry a penalty as long as they are addressed. But if a site gets too many, fails to address recurring problems or has very serious animal care violations, it can have repercussions. Revocation of a license can be one of the most severe penalties levied against the zoo, but other possible penalties include a fine of up to $10,000 or a suspension of the operating license. The USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service is responsible for monitoring all facilities where live animals are on display. The agency does routine, unannounced inspections, sometimes on an annual basis or perhaps more frequently. Between December 2009 and November 2010, inspectors visited the troubled zoo more than half a dozen times. The complaint against Chief Saunooke details alleged violations of the Animal Welfare Act. One of the violations repeated-

ly listed in the complaint is failure to maintain an adequate barrier between the bears and visitors, which resulted in a girl being bitten on the hand by a bear. Animals at the park injured a caretaker as well. The zoo also failed to maintain clean enclosures for the bears and failed to provide proper food, according to the complaint. It states that the zoo willfully violated the Animal Welfare Act. The zoo will have the opportunity to respond to the complaint and attend a hearing before an administrative judge with the USDA. If a settlement is not reached, the judge will take several things into account, such as violation history and good faith efforts to correct infractions, before issuing the civil penalty, according to David Sacks, a USDA spokesman out of Atlanta. The owners of Chief Saunooke’s Bear Park could not be reached for comment. Although, caretakers in previous interviews with The Smoky Mountain News have asserted the bears were well cared for and happy. Chief Saunooke’s Bear Park has been on animal rights activist radar for a long time. It, and two other bear parks on the Cherokee Reservation, became the subject of a national PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) campaign. Activists picketed the bear zoos, took out a billboard campaign and orchestrated a visit to Cherokee by Price Is Right celebrity Bob Barker, an animal sympathizer. The other two bear parks do not have a complaint filed against them, Sacks said. Delcianna Winders, director of captive enforcement for PETA, called the steps by the USDA positive ones in the effort to get rid the Cherokee bear zoos. “For the USDA to file formal charges like this, it’s rare — it’s the worst of the worse,” Winders said. “Unfortunately, what we had seen until now were small citations and no action.” She pointed toward an incident last summer where a girl was bitten while feeding a bear at one of the zoos. In 2010, PETA activists hand-delivered a letter to the USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack petitioning the closure of these bear zoos. Winders said she hopes the result of this complaint is a permanent revocation of Chief Saunooke’s license to display live animals, and action taken against the two other bear zoos. “They all have similar conditions,” Winders said. “All three are amongst the worst we have seen. There is literally no other place in the U.S. where bears are kept like this.”



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Reproductive health, abortion battles loom BY ANDREW KASPER STAFF WRITER tate lawmakers during the past two years have passed several pieces of legislation centered around the abortion issue — including the attempt to cut funding for Planned Parenthood and a new set of protocols, dubbed the Women’s Right to Know Act, that set ground rules for performing abortions. Although a woman’s right to abortion is protected at the federal level by the Supreme Court’s 1973 Roe v. Wade ruling, there is substantial leeway left at the state level to create laws regulating the medical procedure of abortions and the clinics where they take place. For those on one side of the debate, the year was characterized as a legislative attack on reproductive rights. But for those on the other side, last year was one of the most positive for the pro-life cause in more than a decade.


“We tried to point that out to the bill’s supporters, but they wanted to push it through,” Rapp said. “It’s a problem we’ve had down there all session — there’s been very controversial legislation pushed through without adequate vetting.” According to the bill, the physician is not only required to perform an ultrasound but also offer to let the mother see a live video feed of the fetus, typically accomplished through a vaginal insert, and listen to its heartbeat. The physician also has to verbally describe the fetus to the mother, although the mother is allowed to avert her eyes and refuse to see the image of the fetus or not listen to the description.

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The Women’s Right to Know Act, which added new regulations for performing abortions, was a landmark piece of legislation passed in 2011 over a veto by Gov. Beverly Perdue. The bill — though now under scrutiny by the courts — enacted several new rules. A woman seeking an abortion must be recited a script by a physician detailing alternatives such as adoption, explaining that government assistance is available for mothers and that the father is required to pay child support if she were to keep the baby. Barbara Holt, the president of North Carolina Right to Life, said after years of watching legislation she supported not even make it out of committee, the last two have been refreshing for her cause. Not only have Right to Life bills passed, but they have passed with enough numbers to override a governor’s veto. She credits the new Republican majority that swept into power in the state legislature for the change. “The Democrats had basically controlled North Carolina. We had informed consent bills brought forward before, but they never passed,” Holt said. Although the Act gained the support of several Democrats, it was a controversial topic among local politicians. Jim Davis, RFranklin, supported the bill, while Ray Rapp, D-Mars Hill, who is an incumbent member of the N.C. House of Representatives, voted against the bill twice. “One of the concerns I had about the bill is that it applied the same whether it was 40 yearold-woman considering that procedure or an 11-year-old girl who had been raped by her father,” Rapp said. “It makes no exceptions.” The bill also mandates a 24-hour waiting period for the abortion. Rapp said the bill need6 ed more revision before it was voted into law.

funds — for services such as sexually transmitted disease testing, health exams and cervical cancer screenings. Anti-abortion politicians at the state level were uncomfortable with Planned Parenthood’s stance on abortion and the fact that some of its clinics — although not all — provide the abortion procedure. The link between the government funding and abortion at Planned Parenthood was tenuous at best: the clinic in Durham does not perform abortions, and the medical procedure is explicitly excluded from being covered by the federal family planning funds. Yet, state lawmakers passed a special provision specifically naming Planned Parenthood as an organization ineligible to receive public funds. But, a judge challenged the practice of singling out a specific provider and excluding it from the state budget. So, the lawmakers went back to the drawing board and re-wrote the provision to say that only public health departments were eligible to receive public funds, not private organizations, accomplishing the same goal.

This section of the law was granted a preliminary injunction by U.S. District Judge Catherine Eagles in October 2011 while the entire law is being reviewed. A hearing is scheduled this January. For Holt, the injunction of the ultrasound requirement in the law was a setback for her organization’s cause. In 2008, more than 33,000 women had abortions in North Carolina, according to the Guttmacher Institute. The institute also reported one in three American women will have an abortion before she reaches the age of 45. “Many people are alive today because their mothers changed their minds after seeing the ultrasound,” Holt said. “Sometimes, they find out they have twins.”

PLANNED PARENTHOOD SCUFFLE Another controversy at the state level was the fiercely debated and highly symbolic attempt to defund a Planned Parenthood clinic in Durham — but the results weren’t what Republicans were expecting. At the heart of the issue were federal funds passed to the state and then on to Planned Parenthood to provide family planning services to Latinos. The clinic in Durham received about $120,000 per year in the federal dollars. However, conservative lawmakers decided to target Planned Parenthood by excluding the organization from receiving the federal family planning funds — known as Title X

Davis and other conservative candidates in WNC have asserted that the move was better for local health departments because the money previously given to Planned Parenthood was instead re-directed to local government health centers providing the same family planning services. But, the plan backfired. Planned Parenthood circumvented the state and applied for the same funds directly from the federal government. Only now it was competing with county health departments for the $7.3 million pot of family planning dollars doled out each year to the state from the federal government. The result: several Planned Parenthood clinics statewide were awarded an additional $1.2 million or so in federal dollars from the state’s allotment of Title X funds than the clinics were previously getting. That meant there was less to go around for county health departments, resulting in a more than 10 percent cut to the departments’ family planning grants. But even the family planning dollars sent to county health departments are not free from controversy. Haywood County Commissioner Kevin Ensley consistently votes against his county getting these funds because of their association with birth control. He is the only Haywood County commissioner to do so. “When we get family planning money from state I vote against it,” Ensley said. “I don’t think the state should be handing out condoms and birth control.” The closest Planned Parenthood clinic, which received new funding, is in Asheville.

But vice president of public policy for North Carolina’s Planned Parenthood, Melissa Reed, was wary of calling the new funds a total victory. She predicted a difficult future for the organization in North Carolina with conservative lawmakers in office. “We anticipate that the Republican majority will continue to pass laws to restrict access to women’s health care,” Reed said. “They will continue to ban Planned Parenthood to provide family planning or sex education.”


Looking forward, many issues could be brought before the legislature that could dictate how accessible abortion and perhaps birth control and other reproductive health services are for women in Western North Carolina. Reed says several issues brought before lawmakers in other states could be passed in North Carolina, like personhood laws that officially define a person as starting at the point of conception or restrictions on abortion facilities. Isolated by its geography and distance from urban centers, Western North Carolina is served currently by only one abortion facility in Asheville. Apart from that clinic, women seeking an abortion would have to travel to Charlotte or to South Carolina. “We’re not talking about limiting a small portion of the population,” said Marilyn Chamberlin, director of the Women’s Studies Program at Western Carolina University. “We are talking about limiting an entire region of our state.” She used the neighboring state of Virginia as an example. Recently state leaders there passed more stringent regulations on abortion facilities. Imposing arduous building codes or medical regulatory hoops to jump through can prove too costly or difficult for smaller clinics to comply with and thus force them to shut down. Also, some states like Mississippi are currently down to one abortion facility due to the tightening of regulations. But for some state office candidates, eliminating abortion in WNC would be a favorable outcome. Michele Presnell, R-Burnsville, who describes herself as a staunch pro-life candidate, said the region would be better off without an abortion clinic and sees it as her duty, if elected, to try to prevent the practice. She said she has the endorsement of N.C. Right to Life. “It would not bother me one bit if every abortion clinic in North Carolina were shut down,” Presnell said. “You’d better believe it. It’s the state’s duty to push back on federal law that supports abortion.”



With more than a month before Election Day, the issue of abortion is being used as political leverage in one campaign, a grudge match between two state politicians. The Republican Party of North Carolina recently mailed a campaign flyer on behalf of N.C. Sen. Jim Davis, R-Franklin. The brochure accuses challenger John Snow, D-

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Murphy — a former state senator who was defeated by Davis two years ago and is now running again — of standing with President Barack Obama for taxpayer funding of abortion clinics. “Jim Davis said that money would be better spent at our local health departments, for real health programs that save lives,” the brochure reads. “But John Snow wants to spend it at abortion clinics, where they take lives.” For the record, federal law makes it illegal for any federal tax dollars to go toward abortions, yet the claim is frequently proferred by

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Ray Rapp, D-Mars Hill “As a rule I’m opposed to abortion. However in certain circumstances — rape, incest, where the health of the mother is endangered or where children are involved — it seems to me we need to be open enough to address individual situations. “For that very reason, I was against the Women’s Right to Know Act. It was hastily crafted and pushed through. It needed to be thoughtfully addressed. So much of this has been passed through simply because they have the votes to do it. “Part of what I see happening is we have had a number of social agenda items pushed in the past two years in the legislature with so much energy, that the real issues like jobs and education were put on the backburner. “We need to take a step back and get people from both sides of the aisle to look at the other issues — respectfully.”

Michele Presnell, R-Burnsville “Abortion under any circumstances is wrong — that’s where I stand. I will not falter on that in anyway. “God made that life, and if you were raped, then I still would not have an abortion. I’d have that child, and if you didn’t want it, there are many places that would take that child. I feel very, very strongly about that. “They say, ‘Oh what about when the life of the mother is in danger?’ You know what, God can take care of that, too. I don’t believe there’s a situation where if you don’t abort this child, you are going to die too.

conservative candidates. The interesting aspect of the flyer authorized by Davis is not the exaggerated nature of its assertions or political attacks, which many Americans have come to expect from their elected politicians, but rather a finer detail that casts a questionable light on the entire criticism: Snow, although a Democrat, is essentially a pro-life candidate. “My position on abortion,” Snow said in response to the advertisement by Davis, “is that I oppose abortions except for cases of rape, incest and where the life of the mother

N.C. Senate, District 50 The seat includes the seven western counties, including Haywood, Jackson, Macon and Swain. “My position on abortion is that I oppose abortions except for cases of rape, incest and where the life of the mother is threatened. I do not know where this position falls in the pro-life and pro-choice controversy. As to the Women’s Right To Know Act, I approve of the waiting period and the required information on adoptions.” Snow further explained the benefits of funding an organization like Planned Parenthood and re-iterated that abortions can’t be funded with that government money. “We must first remember that because of the Hyde Amendment we can’t use government money to fund abortions; Planned Parenthood services are for low-income women; 97 percent of Planned Parenthood services are for reproductive health issues including breast and cervical cancer screenings, contraceptives counseling and parenting classes for teens in unexpected pregnancies.”

Jim Davis, R-Franklin “I’m not opposed on moral grounds to abortion in case of rape, incest or where the mother’s life is in danger. I understand some people are, but I am not. When I was in the Senate, we passed the Women’s Right to Know Act — that hopefully will reduce the number of abortions by giving her a 24-hour waiting period and she can also be advised that she can look at the ultrasound before she can go through with the abortion. Abortion is not illegal in the United States, and we’re not going to change that with state law, but our role was to reduce the number of abortions.” Davis defended his support of diverting state funds from Planned Parenthood. “As for the money that we were sending to Planned Parenthood — Planned Parenthood funds abortions. So, we decided at the state we were going to take the money from Planned Parenthood and gave it to local health departments, for women’s health issues.”

is threatened.” Ironically, Davis has the same set of convictions about abortion carried by his Democratic challenger. But, Snow said funding for organizations like Planned Parenthood and issues like abortion are being used to distract from larger economic issues the Republicans were afraid to tackle. “These wedge issue like abortion are issues Republicans use to excite their base and get them out to vote,” Snow said. When it comes to politics in Western

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“It’s very simple. I am pro-life and I believe life begins at conception. I’m a conservative Christian, and I believe what the Bible says, that before we’re born God knows the number of hairs on our head. “I think there should be stricter standards for abortion clinics, and I don’t think they should be on every street corner. Abortion is too many times being used and abused as a form of birth control

“Imagine if one of the babies were going to grow up to be the scientist that finds a cure for cancer, and you killed him.” Presnell also made clear her stance on the funding of Planned Parenthood. “I wouldn’t fund Planned Parenthood a dime, not a nickel, not a penny. I am a woman who will stand up for these other women; some of them cannot get out there and stand up for themselves.”

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“Women’s health is very important — important to the next generation. Children should be wanted and prepared for, and women should be in control of their own reproductive decisions. The legislature should stay out of those personal decisions. “They have voted to force pregnant victims of rape and incest, if they’re thinking to end the pregnancy, to have unwanted vaginal probes while their doctors describe the fetus. I think that is way out of line for the legislature. It is meddling in a personal relationship between a woman and her physician.” Queen went on to comment about the controversy over state funding for Planned Parenthood. “This current legislature’s assault on Planned Parenthood was ideologically driven. It shows that some legislators are willing to throw women’s rights away to curry favor with special interests. I’m not one of them.”

— and any abortion clinic is just facilitating a legalized, premeditated murder of unborn children. “I know it sounds hard line, but people need to take more responsibility for their actions. I would not feel bad at all without an abortion clinic in Western North Carolina — or any place at all.” Clampitt added that it is not the role of government to provide birth control and instead of supporting organizations like Planned Parenthood there should be an emphasis on abstinence education.


During the past two years, several keystone issues regarding abortion and women’s reproductive health have been debated at the state level. The Republican-led General Assembly has attempted to cut funding for Planned Parenthood and passed the Women’s Right to Know Act, which dictates new regulations for receiving an abortion. Although the law is under review by the courts, its language implemented new protocols such as a 24-hour waiting period for a woman wishing to receive an abortion, a mandatory ultrasound and a state mandated-script detailing alternative options available like adoption. The Smoky Mountain News questioned candidates in this fall’s state races where they stand.

North Carolina, most Democrats already take a conservative stance on social issues when compared to their national counterparts. Of the Democratic candidates running for three statewide offices in the seven western counties only one, Joe Sam Queen, DWaynesville, is openly pro-choice. N.C. Rep. Ray Rapp, D-Mars Hill, like Snow, believes abortion should only be permissible in the case of rape, incest or when the mother’s life is endangered by the pregnancy. Rapp also believes abortions are acceptable in certain situations involving minors. 7


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Gaining legal access to landlocked tracts can get murky in Western North Carolina

Conley’s Creek in Whittier with his client when the opposing party in the case began shooting at them. Hines and his client “died in a hail of gunfire,� according to an Associated Press story from the time. Although person-to-person property disputes rarely end in murder, Coward agreed that battles over land can get contentious. “Nations go to war over property,� Coward said.

LEGAL RECOURSE When people do find themselves in a dispute over right-of-ways, sometimes it can simply be resolved by talking. “You try to reach an agreement,� Coward said. Either one party allows the other to use a small section of their property as a thoroughfare free-of-charge or lets the other party purchase a strip of land to use as a right-of-way. Coward said in some cases, a property

owner will impede a developer from using a traditional right-of-way to access a tract simply because they know the right-of-way is worth something — they can get money out of the developers in exchange for formalizing the right-of-way in deed books. If an arrangement cannot be made, there are three legal arguments left that could convince a judge or jury to grant someone access. The easiest option, however, is obsolete in modern society. Called a “cart way proceeding,� people can condemn a right-of-way for mining, agriculture and logging purposes. But, as the name suggests, it only allows for a 12 to 16 foot right-of-way — enough room for a cart and horse. “It basically wouldn’t help you,� Brown said. The next argument is adverse possession, also known as squatter’s rights. If an individual can prove that they have used and maintained a drive for more than 20 years, then they can claim the land as a legal right-of-way. The final is for special case — easement by implication. If a property owner has 50 acres and decides to sell the back 25 acres, a right-of-way is implied whether or not it actually appears in the deed. The right-of-way is simply added to the county property books for good. What a court has deemed a right-of-way, no man can tear asunder. “Once established, it couldn’t be taken away,� Coward said. If a case gets to the point where a jury is involved, Coward said, the person without right of entry will likely be granted some form of right-of-way. “Juries are generally reluctant to deny someone access,� Coward said. “I think it is just human nature.� In Cherokee, the process operates a little differently. Enrolled members with right-of-way problems must go to Bureau of Indian Affairs’ survey department to see where roads lead and what parcels they would need to go through to get to their land. If a landowner along the necessary route denies access over their property, the only recourse is to appeal to tribal council. Tribal council has the right to declare a right-of-way.

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BY CAITLIN BOWLING STAFF WRITER Alice Parker Watty canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t get to her house. The only driveway to her front door crosses her neighborâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s land, and suddenly they donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t want her using it anymore. Watty said she has driven on and maintained the driveway for 19 years. But recently, Watty found herself in the midst of a lawsuit for trespassing on her neighborâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s property. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I have no access to my property,â&#x20AC;? said Watty, an enrolled member of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians. â&#x20AC;&#x153;That is the only way I have to get to my home.â&#x20AC;? Watty brought her greviances to Cherokee tribal council earlier this month to ask for help securing a right-of-way to her property, which previously belonged to her mother. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I need my driveway to get to my house,â&#x20AC;? Watty said. Watty is one of many people in the mountains who find themselves without a way to access their home when they are suddenly barred from a right-of-way they historically used. The concept is likely foreign to the majority of Americans who live in suburbs, where neat rows of houses line the streets, each with their own driveway. But, thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s neighborhoods, which have been meticulously laid out and constructed. In rural parts of Western North Carolina, when you start delving into family-owned property that has been passed down and slowly parceled out over the generations, getting to a piece of property without crossing through someone elseâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s land can sometimes be impossible. Generations before, the family patriarch owned a large tract of land and then spilt it

on land, particularly in the mountains where property is a prized asset. Brown quoted one of his law professors: cut off a manâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s foot, and the jury will award him $1; take a foot of his land, and a jury will give him $1 million. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We value land much more than we do human life,â&#x20AC;? Brown said. The statement may seem hyperbolic, but it is not without its basis in fact. Just ask Stedman Hines, a lawyer in Swain County in the 1970s. In 1975, Hines, then 60, was working on a property dispute case. One day, he was walking the property line on


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amongst his progeny. In many cases, there was not even a will recording the separation of the property, let alone a legally recorded right-of-way that gives one property owner permission to travel over their neighborâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s land to reach their own. It didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t matter. Everyone was family. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Especially among family members, you would never think much about right-of-ways,â&#x20AC;? said Sylva attorney Jay Coward, who specializes in real estate law. The heir who got stuck with the slice of the property that sat squarely in the middle of a larger family tract would simply travel up a make-shift, unofficial road across a siblingâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s plot to get to their house. No problem. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The roads were there; people traveled them. It just wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t that big a deal,â&#x20AC;? Coward said. Until the land changed hands, that is. As descendents sold off their portion of the family land to outsiders, the unspoken right-ofways were no longer guaranteed. In some cases, a farmer who historically crossed his cousinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s property to reach his fields finds himself blocked by new landowners. In other cases, a developer will buy a landlocked tract with visions of building houses on it, only to learn the lone dirt road leading to the tract crosses private land and its owners donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t like the idea of a subdivision as a neighbor. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This comes up all the time,â&#x20AC;? said Gavin Brown, a Waynesville attorney who focuses on residential and commercial real estate transactions, wills and estates. â&#x20AC;&#x153;There are lots of tracts of land up here where you never talked about a right-of-way; you just had one.â&#x20AC;? According to Brown, in cases when an individual suddenly stops letting their neighbor have a right-of-way through their property, the real reason is often some other squabble. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the barking dogs,â&#x20AC;? Brown said, tossing out a motivation. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s really not about using the road; itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s about another issue.â&#x20AC;? The dour economy suppressed the number of cases during the last several years, but as the real estate market has improved and more property is changing hands, such cases are again becoming a regular part of real estaterelated law. It is a â&#x20AC;&#x153;very distinctâ&#x20AC;? and increasing conundrum in the mountains, Brown said. One of the reasons that cases end up in court is because of the value that people place


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South Main renaissance may be in Waynesville’s cards yet BY CAITLIN BOWLING STAFF WRITER hen Super Walmart opened in Waynesville in 2008, it was viewed as just the beginning of a business boom that would reverse a long, steady downward spiral of South Main Street. But, the economy had other plans. The hoped-for land rush of new stores and development along South Main stalled out before it ever got started. Today, the economy seems to be rebounding from the recession, and new businesses are becoming a part of South Main’s façade. A PetSmart is already open, with Belk, Rack Room Shoes and Michaels soon to follow. The town plans to open its new ABC store in that same area, and Old Town Bank has broken ground on its new headquarters (see related story). The advent of the new stores has area leaders saying it is the coming that everyone heralded a few years ago. It just took time. “It just got slowed down a bit,” said Waynesville Mayor Gavin Brown. The recession kept people from buying property or opening new businesses — and perhaps more critically it kept banks from handing out the commercial loans typically needed by developers. “That had a tremendous impact on development, just incredible,” said Mark Clasby, executive director of Haywood County’s Economic Development Committee. The recession was directly to blame for Home Depot canceling plans to build alongside Super Walmart on South Main. It took nearly three years to fill the hole left by Home Depot — which will now be the collection of aforementioned retail stores. Despite its initial struggles, many still think


that South Main is where Waynesville can and will expand. It’s what led Old Town Bank early on to get in on the ground floor of an eventual South Main renaissance. “The founders of the bank believed that the growth of Waynesville would be in that direction and believed that there would be a lot of opportunity,” said Charles Umberger, president of Old Town Bank.

DARN THE CREDIT CRUNCH The new growth has lined right up with the passage of Waynesville’s new revitalization plan and long-range vision for South Main Street. Based on a report conducted last year, the South Main corridor is plagued by dilapidated buildings, no distinct image, scrubby patches of overgrown and unattractive weeds and little pedestrian traffic — all hallmarks of urban decline. To remedy such problems, the town in May approved a comprehensive plan for the street’s future development, which includes bike lanes, a continuous sidewalk, street trees and crosswalks, a roundabout and intermittent planted median. As more businesses move to South Main, pedestrian-friendly features would make the corridor look and feel more inviting, allowing people to park and walk from store to store. “They are going to park, and they are going to walk,” said Brian Noland, a Haywood County Realtor. “You have a lot more choices” now in businesses. There is currently no funding or timeline to make the street improvements envisioned by the town, and the N.C. DOT has not necessarily embraced Waynesville’s idea for a South Main

makeover in its entirety. But at least it is on paper now. The plan was crafted not only to improve the appearance of South Main, but also to attract businesses to move there. Although there has been a burst in activity this year with regards to new business, don’t expect more companies to flood suddenly into lots on South Main. Growth will continue, but it is not expected to be rapid, Clasby said. “It will happen. The question is how fast it will happen,” Clasby said. “I see new development happening; it’s just going to take time.” Part of the ongoing struggle to open a new business is the lack of available loans. Two years ago, Noland developed plans for a commercial building with six retail storefronts on a South Main beside Super Walmart, but he has been stymied by the credit crunch. He even had blueprints approved by the town of Waynesville in 2010 and already had interested tenants lined up. But, he couldn’t get a bank loan to cover the project costs and is still having troubles. “I am just set back and waiting right now,” Noland said. “The lending for commercial is absolutely dead.” Clasby agreed that banks are still being cautious with whom they lend to. “It is pretty difficult to get the loans you need,” Clasby said. And, businesses don’t necessarily want to front the money to open a new location. Another snag in attracting specifically chain stores is the town’s size. No matter what other national chains come to Waynesville, some will likely never find a home in the town because it lacks a sizeable

consumer base to entice some companies.


Customers at the nearby Super Walmart parking lot were generally happy to see new businesses cropping up along South Main. Bill Hartley, a Waynesville resident who was shopping at Walmart with his wife, said the additional stores would make it more of a “onestop shopping” destination. It also offers customers some alternative if they can’t find what they need at the longstanding Super Walmart. “I am glad PetSmart is here. It saves me a little bit of money,” said Shawn Bresnahan, a Waynesville resident. Bresnahan said he typically has to visit a veterinarian or drive to Asheville to get special items for his pet. He added that the additional businesses will like bring more people into that area. “It will probably help this shopping center,” Bresnahan said. Bresnahan’s only concern was the traffic, he said. On weekends, it can be difficult to navigate the traffic on the single two-lane road that leads back to the shopping center and will only be exacerbated during the holidays. Jackson County resident Betty Davis was in a similar situation to Bresnahan. She needed pet food but wasn’t sure she would find exactly what she was looking for at the Super Walmart. But, with PetSmart just a few doors down, Davis wasn’t worried. “It would have been an alternative,” Davis said. Davis said she and her husband often come to Haywood County and usually stop at the South Main complex.

Community bank expands operations

BY CAITLIN BOWLING STAFF WRITER hen Old Town Bank opened in 2007, its founders already had plans for building a dream headquarters, but the grand plans had to be put on hold until the locally owned bank got on its feet and the recession ended. Now, five years later almost to the day, spectators gathered to watch as a line of bank officials and area dignitaries, wielding gold shovels, moved the first chunks of dirt where the new Old Town Bank headquarters will sit on South Main Street in Waynesville. “That is the property we always planned to build on, we just didn’t think it would take that long,” said Charles Umberger, president and CEO of Old Town Bank. “We are very pleased” to get started. Umberger added that the bank has seen four consecutive profitable quarters, and if all goes well in the next few days, that will become five consecutive quarters. For the last several years, the Haywood County-based bank has operated out of a temporary building at 2045 South Main Street. The new building will sit at the same location but closer to the street front. “We are very excited to be building on South Main,” Umberger said. The new 9,000-square-foot building will be two stories, cost 10

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Old Town Bank’s Board of Directors and county and town leaders broke ground Monday, Sept. 14 on the new Old Town Bank building along South Main Street. about $3 million and take about a year to build. The larger space will allow for the bank’s 16 employees to work under one roof with enough area for possible new employees in the future. “We think we’ve designed a real good building,” Umberger said. Throughout the construction, Old Town Bank will remain open. And, once the new building opens, the bank will continue to offer the same services to its customers, with the addition of safety deposit boxes. “We hope our new building will provide more convenience for you and more services for our customers,” said Neal Ensley, president of Old Town Bank’s Board of Directors, at the groundbreaking.

Umberger then pointed directly across the street to PetSmart, Belk and Michaels — all of which are opening stores near the Super Walmart — and joked that the community bank was the impetus for their arrival on South Main Street. “They clamored to be across from us,” he quipped. When Waynesville Mayor Gavin Brown spoke, he also mentioned the national chains moving to Main Street, saying he is happy to see them but they can’t compare to seeing a local business on that stretch of road. “What I see here, though, makes me the proudest,” Brown said. “Thank you (customers) for coming and putting your money where your heart is.”

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Ghost Town pledges to reopen rides and attractions BY CAITLIN BOWLING STAFF WRITER aggie cheered when Ghost Town in the Sky reopened this summer, but with only a small portion of the rides and attractions up and running, the real potential of the amusement park to lure hordes of tourists back to the struggling town hasn’t been realized overnight. After rescuing the shuttered park from foreclosure earlier this year, Ghost Town’s new owner Alaska Presley has been slowly whittling away at a laundry list of projects she hopes to complete before it closes down for the winter and reopens next spring. Presley chose to do a limited opening of the park this year while plugging through the massive to-do list. Only the chairlift and a zip line have been open for much of the summer, but a couple of weeks ago, three children’s rides were added to its current offerings. There is also an arcade and tours of the as yet unfinished park. “It’s looking good, and I’m proud,” said Presley. Because not all of Ghost Town is open, employees have been sure to let people know what exactly their $15 buys them, said Robert Bradley, a gunfighter in the Wild West Town, who is helping with the repairs. “Everybody that leaves seems to be satis-

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fied and happy and going to come back,” he said. “We have not had any disappointments that I have seen so far.” Ghost Town is only open Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. After its limited opening three months ago, the park operated all week long, but with school starting up in early August, Presley said she saw little reason to remain open all seven days. “It’s really good business on the weekend,” she said. “We had a great weekend this last two weekends.” Despite the scant offerings, Presley felt strongly about opening at least a small portion of Ghost Town this year. “I knew I would not make any money,” she said. Presley is independently wealthy. The amusement park will remain open until the last week in October or the first week in November, at the latest. Workers recently started toiling away on the plumbing and wiring in the amusement park’s famous Wild West Town, where faux cowboys and scallywags fight in the streets. How much work can be accomplished in the next few months is unclear given the high altitude of the mountain and typical harsh Western North Carolina winters. But, until the park opens again in April or May, employees and contracted workers will focus on repairing a cable car known as the “incline railway,” drilling another water well, refitting the A-line building at the bottom of the mountain, sprucing up the Wild West Town and possibly adding more ziplines as well as a complex, high-altitude walkway.

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Maggie debates whether to put its eggs in Ghost Town’s basket

BY CAITLIN BOWLING “It’s a shame that the mayor keeps running STAFF WRITER it down,” said Alderman Phillip Wight. “We’ve s Maggie Valley business owners and lead- got a golden gem on the mountain.” ers look toward the town’s future, it is DeSimone countered that he is not antiunclear how large a role town leaders real- Ghost Town. istically expect the amusement park Ghost “I am certainly supportive of Ghost Town, Town in the Sky to play. and every other business in the valley,” During the 1970s and 80s, Ghost Town was DeSimone said. DeSimone had simply quesa boom, bringing tens of thousands of tourists tioned whether Ghost Town was the solution to to the valley, but the next decade brought a all the valley’s economic woes. decline in both attendance and the mainteAlthough Presley has not specifically asked nance of the park. It eventually closed in 2002, the town for anything, she said, she has not felt briefly reopened under new ownership, only to much support from town leaders. shut down again. “I have not had that much cooperation from Earlier this year, Maggie resident Alaska them, but I have not asked for anything,” she Presley bought the park out of bankruptcy and said. “I wish they would get behind me and help has been slowly trying to revive it herself. It has been more than a decade since the park first closed, but some Maggie Valley residents still view Ghost Town as a bright saving light. Others have become wary of the open-close-openclose pattern of the amusement park during the last decade and don’t want to pin the A zipline course is one of the new attractions at Ghost Town. prosperity of the valley on that one attraction. me.” Both Alderman Saralyn Price and Mayor Presley said she wants to do a lot herself but Ron DeSimone said the valley should not limit admitted, “It’s a hard road.” itself to being simply the home of Ghost Town. As for other business owners, many are “You can’t tie it to one thing,” DeSimone eager to voice their support for Ghost Town. said. “No one thing is going to define Maggie “I think Ghost Town is going to be a sucValley.” cess,” said Richard Boris, owner of Maggie Part of the problem is that Maggie has no Country Store. “There are so many people who clear identity. Almost as a default, the valley has love Ghost Town.” been labeled a second home and retirement Boris agreed that the valley cannot simply community, which does not sit well with some rely on the amusement park to attract tourists. who still pine for the happening, youthful However, he said he doesn’t know what else there tourist town it once was. is. Ghost Town once drew hundreds of thouTrying to fill the void left by Ghost Town’s sands of people to the valley during these years. decline, Maggie Valley has become known for “You never put all your eggs in one basket, its yearly line-up of motorcycle festivals. They (but) at this point, we don’t have anything else draw thousand of bike enthusiasts who, in turn, to hang our hats on,” Boris said. “What else?” spend thousands of dollars in nearby establishBoris said he did not necessarily think that ments. the town should offer Ghost Town financial aid But, Maggie Valley is not just motorcycles or because it could set a bad precedent. However, Ghost Town, DeSimone said. “I think they he said he personally would be willing to volunshould be part of the plan, but they should not teer some time helping with clean up or other be the plan,” he said. needs before his own store and campground Although Alderman Mike Matthews indi- opened for the season. cated his support for the amusement park, he Other business owners said anything that said it still has a long way to go. entices people to come to Maggie Valley and “I think Ghost Town is going great,” spend money is positive. Matthews said. But, “We can’t count on Ghost “Anything that draws people is going to be Town be the savior of Maggie Valley.” good,” said Bari Lynn Weinstein, owner of Another alderman said he was unhappy Hillbilly Grocery. “I think if she can do it then with what he viewed as DeSimone’s disparaging great.” remarks about the amusement park.




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Diverging opinions among aldermen came to light as part of a separate debate over who should fill an empty seat on the town board. Aldermen are currently locked in a stalemate over who to pick. One candidate, Steve Hurley, stated during his interview for the post that Ghost Town was the key to bringing Maggie back. He added the town had not done enough to support the latest owner’s attempt to bring it back. Last week, DeSimone and Price cited Hurley’s stance on Ghost Town one of the reasons they disagree with appointing Hurley. “I think people should stand together and say, ‘OK, Alaska, what do you need now?’” Hurley said. “They have to get together and help this lady. She stuck her neck out.” Hurley, owner of Hurley’s Creekside Dining and Rhum Bar, is planning a benefit for Ghost Town in late October and said the town could orchestra a similar fundraising event to help Presley out. Hurley then echoed the sentiments of fellow business owner Boris, saying that the valley does not currently have any other baskets to put eggs into. “We have to take a chance on putting everything in Alaska’s basket,” Hurley said. “We are no worse off than fwe were if the basket breaks.” Matthews has defended Hurley’s comments and has continued to champion him as a good addition to the town board.

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Maggie Valley has hired an outside consultant to help the once-bustling and now-struggling tourist town overcome an ongoing identity crisis. The consultant is now ready to move from business to business talking to people about what they want for the valley. Maggie Valley received a $20,000 grant from the North Carolina Rural Center to commission Craig Madison, the former president and CEO of the Grove Park Inn Resort and Spa, to spearhead the project. Madison will start talking to business owners this week. The three parts of the process include creating an identity for the valley, drawing up a master business plan that falls in line with that identity and setting benchmarks for progress, said Maggie Mayor Ron DeSimone. Maggie has declined from it tourism heyday but has not fully embraced the trend as a secondhome and retirement community — and thus has been a town in flux. DeSimone said he views the plan as a something that every aspect of the valley can look to for a guide. Individual shops or hotels can create their own plan that would fit in with the overall vision for Maggie Valley, DeSimone said. The mayor threw out an example of the festival board as one group that could use the plan when making decisions about events. “The Festival Board will use that business plan as a guide to what sort of events to bring in,” DeSimone said. The town will host a meeting at 5 p.m. Nov. 8 for business owners in Maggie Valley to gather to form a business council, which will discuss the valley’s future and work together to bring customers in.


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Jackson commissioners at odds with task force on tourism overhaul BY B ECKY JOHNSON STAFF WRITER tourism task force in Jackson County has spent several months formulating a major overhaul of the county’s tourism agency, but the recommendations seem to be dead-onarrival now that they’ve landed at the county commissioners’ doorstep. A majority of the county commissioners philosophically disagree with the task force on how a new county tourism agency should operate and what it should look like. The major sticking point: how much autonomy should the county tourism agency wield over the roughly $484,000 in tourism tax dollars annually. The money is raised from a tax on overnight lodging and is pumped back into luring more tourists. The tourism industry in general — and the lodging industry in particular — feels it is amply equipped to do the job without meddling by county commissioners. Some commissioners, however, believe that a measure of county oversight is needed — not only to ensure the county gets the most bang for its buck but also to make sure the tourism tax dollars are being spent wisely and for the greater good. “I think if we are using taxpayers’ money, the commissioners are responsible for it,” County Commissioner Chairman Jack Debnam said. “I don’t know how we can be expected to turn over tax money. I am not happy with that.” Commissioner Doug Cody agreed. “I think we need to be involved to quite a degree simply due to the fiduciary obligation there,” Cody said of county oversight. For more than two decades, county leaders have been kept at arms length when it comes to tourism tax dollars, and the task force made it clear this month they prefer to keep things that way. County commissioners have the final say on how the county’s new tourism agency will operate. Nonetheless, the task force bucked the clear wishes of commissioners when making its final recommendations earlier this month.

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Jackson County Commissioner Mark Jones (left) and Clifford Mead from High Hampton Inn make the case for Jackson's tourism agency to act as sovereign entity. “You asked for our best and brightest thoughts,” said Clifford Mead, manager of the High Hampton Inn in Cashiers and a member of the task force, when he presented the recommendations to county commissioners at a meeting last week. Tourism leaders, not county commissioners, know best how to spend tourism marketing dollars, according to Mead. “The group felt it was very important that we keep our distance from the political environment when it comes to marketing a destination,” Mead told commissioners. At a previous task force meeting, Mead objected to what he called “force fed county control” over the new tourism agency.

STICKING POINTS One of the biggest issues is whether the new 15-member tourism board that will oversee tourism tax dollars will appoint its own members

— as opposed to county commissioners appointing them. The majority of the task force was adamant that the tourism board should decide among itself who should serve on its own board. The majority of commissioners disagree, however. “I am not in favor of the tourism board appointing themselves,” Commissioner Charles Elders said. Those on the board would tend toward appointing those who share their existing views, commissioners said. “A self-perpetuating board has a tendency to remain in its comfort level with its members,” Debnam added. Others disagree that that would be an issue, however. The sheer number of people serving on the TDA board — 15 members to be exact — would alone ensure a diversity of ideas. Furthermore, board members would serve three-year terms and be limited to serving no more than two consecutive terms.







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“I think you do always have an infusion of new people with new ideas,” said Julie Spiro, director of the Jackson County Chamber of Commerce and executive director of the Jackson County Travel and Tourism Authority. Debnam said commissioners should make the appointments — not only as a measure of oversight for how public dollars are being spent, but also to ensure the tourism interests of the county as a whole are being represented. “The industry acts like this is their money and it is not,” Debnam said in reply to Mead at the August task force meeting. “It is a tax and the money belongs to the people of Jackson County. There are 40,000 people in Jackson County that I need to justify what I’m doing with their tax money.” Opinions diverge on other points as well. Should the lodging industry control the majority of seats on the new tourism board? In the past, lodging owners have had the biggest voice in how the tourism tax dollars were spent. That would remain the case under the task force proposal, which gives lodging owners two-thirds of the 15 seats on the county tourism board. While lodging owners collect the tax from tourists, the tax is ultimately paid by the tourists themselves, and the lodging industry has no more claim to the money than other tourism sectors, Cody said. Elders questioned whether the lodging industry should lay claim to such a large share of seats on the tourism board. Of the 15 seats on the tourism board, only three would be dedicated for other sectors of the tourism industry under the task force’s recommendations. But small business owners — art galleries, restaurants, retail shops, tourist attractions and the like — are an important part of the tourism community and equally vested in seeing the tourism tax dollars spent wisely, some commissioners believe. “The lodging industry is not the only one that is negatively or positively affected by that,” Cody said. Elders said board make-up would likely be among the issues commissioners “take another look at.” “I feel like we need to get more people involved, a lot of the other smaller businesses,” Elders said. Another issue is whether the new county tourism director will report solely to the tourism • 828.633.1806 945A SMOKY PARK HWY. CANDLER

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The Blue Ridge National Heritage Area Partnership (BRNHA) is accepting grant applications for 2013. BRNHA grants are investments in collaborative efforts that preserve the character of our landscapes, small towns, farms and historic sites; that nurture and share our distinctive craft, music and Cherokee traditions; and that let the world know about the natural wonders and rich cultural heritage of Western North Carolina.

JACKSON, CONTINUED FROM 14 board or also answer to the county manager. Yet another issue is whether seats on the tourism board should be split among the Cashiers area and the rest of the county. Under the task force recommendations, roughly half the seats are specifically reserved for tourism representatives from the greater Cashiers area. A primary goal of the tourism overhaul was to bring together two separate tourism marketing arms in different parts of the county that at times failed to function in unison. The Cashiers tourism agency had largely taken a go-it-alone approach over the past two decades, pursuing its own marketing strategy that catered to its niche, high-end tourism demographic. While the greater Jackson County tourism agency regularly kept its counterparts in Cashiers apprised of its initiatives, Cashiers did not do the same. “One of the major objectives of this whole things was to tear down the walls the communities had built around themselves,” Commissioner Doug Cody said. “We have to I feel we have to come together as a county to be able to compete.” Robert Jumper, the chairman of the Jackson County Chamber of Commerce board, agreed. “I think instead of everybody doing their own thing we’ll be following the same direction. We should be able to do more with less than if it was two separate entities,” Jumper said. But Cody questioned whether divvying up seats among geographic areas would run counter to that goal. “We’ll be in the same situation,” Cody said.

BACK TO THE DRAWING BOARD These philosophical disagreements likely mean the task force recommendations won’t be adhered to by commissioners. “I know the people who drew these recommendations up worked very hard on it,” Cody said.

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How we got here Jackson County is in the process of merging two tourism agencies into a single countywide tourism development authority. Currently, the county has two tourism agencies — one serving Cashiers and one serving Jackson County as a whole. They divvy up the tourism tax dollars collected on overnight lodging and funnel the money to their respective chambers of commerce — namely the Jackson County Chamber of Commerce and Cashiers Chamber of Commerce — which in turn carry out marketing and promotions. While the two chambers of commerce will continue much in their current form, county commissioners decided to merge the two tourism entities in hopes of creating a more cohesive approach and avoiding unnecessary duplication. A task force comprised of tourism leaders was appointed to come up with recommendations of what the new countywide tourism agency would look like and how it would operate. Part of the plan also calls for increasing the tax on overnight lodging from three cents to four cents, which would increase room tax collections in Jackson to more than $600,000 annually.

“The group felt it was very important that we keep our distance from the political environment when it comes to marketing a destination.” — Clifford Mead, manager, High Hampton Inn

“The draft that was presented to us, I don’t feel that is the end-all document. It is a starting point,” Cody said. Not all commissioners would agree. Commissioner Mark Jones, who works in the tourism industry in Cashiers at the High Hampton Inn, sides with the task force. He said the task force has made several concessions and compromises throughout the process. However, after several months of work by the task force, county commissioners may find themselves back at the drawing board after the task force proposal fell short of what commissioners wanted. The commissioners had made their views

known to the task force during the process. County Attorney Jay Coward acted as a liaison between the task force and commissioners to make the commissioners’ wishes known. Coward even brought suggested wording to the task force, asking them to change parts of their proposal — namely to make commissioners in charge of appointing tourism board members and to put the tourism director within the county’s chain of command. But task force members balked at the changes Coward inserted. At a task force meeting in early August, Mead called Coward’s changes “unacceptable.” He said the commissioners asked the task force for its recommendations, but then told them what those recommendations should contain. “This is everything that we were against and now we are right back to where we started from,” Mead said at the meeting. “The past four months have been wasted.” When the task force reconvened the following week, Mead and presented a new version of the recommendations that largely removed the changes Coward had made the week before. “Anything short of this could be a bumpy road,” Mead said when passing out the rewritten recommendations at the task force meeting.


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BY ANDREW KASPER STAFF WRITER A new taxi service will be coming soon to Sylva. The Sylva town board last week unanimously approved a taxicab business license for Brian Paquin, who plans to launch 24hour, seven-day per week service under the name Freedom Taxi. There is a lack of sufficient taxi service in the area, said Police Chief Davis Woodard, who welcomed the addition of Paquin’s company. A former taxi-operator in Sylva passed away over the summer, leaving a gap in services. However, Paquin’s hopes of monopoly may be short-lived. The wife of that taxi driver who died has decided to renew her license, she drove for the operation along

Cost savings prompt Swain to outsource inmate health care care for inmates. However, Cochran hopes that the jail will be able to keep the same doctor and nurse who have worked with the prison for years. “It is going to be up to them (South Health Partners) really who they hire, but that is the hope,” Cochran said. The new contract, which will take effect

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within the next 30 days, will also provide the county with insurance, which lowers the risk of being held legally liable in the event that something happened to one of its inmates. The next year will act as a trial run for the county and South Health Partners. If all goes well, then county leaders could decide to renew the contract for a longer period of time. “We are going to try it for a year and see how it benefits us,” Cochran said. Southern Health Partners manages medical care for inmates at 190 jails and prisons in 13 states. About half of North Carolina’s 100 counties, including Haywood County, contract with the firm.

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BY CAITLIN BOWLING STAFF WRITER Swain County is outsourcing medical care for inmates at the county jail to an independent firm that specializes in the niche field of health care for prisoners, and move the county hopes could save several thousand dollars a year. The county currently spends between $105,000 and $150,000 on health care for its inmates each year. The new contract with Southern Health Partners could mean a savings of $20,000 annually. “We are just trying to look out for the taxpayers of Swain County,” said Sheriff Curtis Cochran, who presented the agreement to the Swain Board of Commissioners last week. Counties are financially on the hook for all health care expenses of inmates who are in jail awaiting trial, from medication to doctor’s visits to dental care. Escalating costs have increasingly led counties to outsource with large firms that specialize in jail health care. Currently, the Swain jail has two agreements, one for a certified nursing assistant and another with Carolina Mountain Medical to provide a doctor. The new contract will consolidate all its health care needs and expenses into one agreement. “This is kind of all inclusive,” said County Manager Kevin King. The contract with South Health Partners includes the services of a registered nurse to

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with her husband, Town Manager Paige Roberson said. While Paquin will be a one-man operation, he says he will be on-call at all times. Paquin believes there is a need for taxi service in the area — from the college crowd at Western Carolina University and Southwestern Community College needing to get home after a night out to elderly residents without vehicles who need help with errands. His cost will be $2.50 plus $2 per mile, discounts to seniors or veterans. Although, he said he can’t compete with the prices of Jackson County Transit, he hopes to offer a faster more personalized service. Paquin was a former taxi driver and police officer in New Hampshire and Vermont. He hopes to be in business by Oct. 1 after getting the decals fitted on his businesses’ van. A license to provide a taxi service in Sylva is the only business license that requires approval by the Board, said Roberson. She said the rule was put in place due to safety concerns unique to the business of being a taxi driver, but thinks the process will be changed so taxi licenses can be approved at the administrative level by the town manager and the police chief instead.





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A different kind of freedom in the Middle East American colonies beginning in the 1700s had flowered in the Middle East at the same time? The recent demonstrations against America and the killing of our ambassador and consulate employees — though admittedly these acts were carried out by a small minority — got me thinking about this. But then two relatively mundane stories I read in our own newspaper brought the issue full circle. In rural Swain County, the library is celebrating national Banned Books Week. We in the U.S. have such a secure sense of our freedom that librarians — government bureaucrats, really — have no problem poking fun at our humorous and puritanical history of censorship. Once upon a time, books about the likes of Tarzan and Jane were banned because a halfnaked jungle man and a woman from high society were living together in the jungle, unmarried. Sounds almost quaint to think that someone could find such a scenario disturbing enough to ban a book. In less-liberal countries, all kinds of books and information remain hidden or talked about only behind closed doors. To say we’ve come a long way is an understatement.

Women’s rights, the unfinished struggle

To the Editor: Throughout America’s history courageous women have struggled to achieve social and political freedom and equality. They have fought against laws and cultural and religious traditions assigning them subservient roles in American society. This long struggle has produced many heroines. Colonial American Anne Hutchinson defied laws forbidding women to speak publicly and interpret the word of God. Forbidden the right to defend herself, she was tried and convicted of heresy, and banished from Massachusetts Colony. Elizabeth Cady Stanton organized the Seneca Falls Convention in 1848, over her frustration regarding the inferior role of women in America. This meeting, attended by 68 women and 32 men, marks the birth of the women’s rights movement. In 19th century America, women were not allowed to inherit property, sue for divorce or retain custody of their children. Brave women who spoke publicly against cultural and legal restrictions on their freedom were persecuted and labeled unfeminine. Gradually, their cause gained support from mothers, wives, sisters and daughters. Women exerted pressure on male lawmakers and by the end of the century these legal restrictions were eliminated. Another heroine, Susan B. Anthony, began working for women’s rights in mid-1800. Her struggle to gain the vote for women continued until her death in 1906. The 70-year-long crusade for women’s suffrage became a reality with the passage of the 19th Amendment. No

In Jackson County, a peaceful sit-in by illegal immigrants in the lobby of the Jackson sheriff ’s office earlier this month has prompted the county manager to suggest that an ordinance governing protests is needed. Jackson County landed on the protesters’ national itinerary due to allegations that Sheriff Jimmy Ashe engaged in racial profiling with strategically placed traffic checkpoints. We take for granted our rights to gather in public and engage in protests Editor against our government. In fact, as this example shows, it’s the government who must get permission from elected leaders — in this case, the county commissioners — before anything can be done to stop a peaceful demonstration by those opposed to government actions. The Arab spring may have brought democracy to countries like Egypt, Libya and Tunisia, but it didn’t bring our brand of freedom. The foundation of our democracy is based on the free flow of ideas — even those we detest — and limits on what the government has a right to do. In the infant democracies of the

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political party can take credit for this victory. It came about because dedicated women worked tirelessly, putting pressure on male legislators and vigorously campaigning against elected officials who opposed women’s right to vote. Women have struggled for centuries for equality in the workplace. The Lilly Ledbetter Act was passed in 2009, guaranteeing women equal pay for equal work. Responding to corporate lobbyists, Congress later rejected legislation requiring disclosure of workers’ pay by business owners. Inequality continues when women can’t know if their pay equals that of their male counterparts. Today women are fighting for the right to control decisions regarding their own bodies. Male-dominated legislators pass laws restricting women’s right to choose. Lingering cultural and religious attitudes view women as being emotionally and intellectually inferior, not to be trusted with their own reproductive decisions. Introduction of the “pill” freed women to make choices about family planning. Middle and upper class women can afford good medical care. Many poor and often single women cannot afford this. Planned Parenthood fills this need providing many services including reproductive counseling and cancer screening. Most women and men understand women are capable of making responsible choices regarding their bodies without government intervention. Some current legislators, including Sen. Jim Davis, R-Franklin, hold contradictory attitudes about a woman’s right to affordable health care. They argue poor women shouldn’t have children while opposing funding for Planned Parenthood providing women access to responsible health care. Concerned voters must examine the position on women’s

Middle East, that is not the case. The freedoms that come with the new democracies end where religion begins. And though we enshrined religious and individual freedoms in our Constitution, it has taken more than 200 years for us to get where we are today, where minorities are protected and women have equal rights, where poll taxes have been abolished and we don’t kill black men for dating white women. It wasn’t until the 1960s that a Catholic was elected president, and today Mitt Romney’s Mormonism is a non-issue. Gay Americans, though, are still fighting for equal rights. Our democracy has evolved over almost 250 years. With the Internet and social media, it will likely take half a generation — perhaps much less time — for those in the Middle East to move from free elections to some brand of institutionally accepted secularism. The time will come when a controversial Internet video poking fun at Mohammed won’t send violent protesters running into the streets but rather will be roundly ridiculed by Arab government leaders and citizens for its poor taste. Then it will be quickly forgotten; the end. Hopefully that day comes sooner than later, but it will come. (Scott McLeod can be reached at

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. rights of candidates running for elective office. Today’s women owe a great debt to the courageous heroines from our past. We must carry their torch to the finish line. Margery Abel Franklin

Video archives useful in combatting lies To the Editor: I noticed that last week some of Mitt Romney’s defenders tried to claim that the video from the May fundraising event was “deceptively edited” to make it look like Romney demeaned 47 percent of the electorate. I find this a very amusing defense considering the ads run by the Romney campaign and supporting Super PACs. Apparently no amount of “deceptive editing” of Obama statements is too egregious for them to try to use against Obama. I guess the Romney camp assumes that if they do it all the time, everyone else does too. Several fact checking sources have docu-

mented numerous lies created by deceptive editing in campaign ads, stump speeches and statements to the press, but they keep repeating the lies anyway. One staff member even said they were not going to let fact checkers dictate the campaign. Let me suggest two more plausible statements supporters could use in defense of that May speech. One might say, “You can’t believe any other thing Romney has said in this campaign. Why would you think that what he said about 47 percent of the voters was true either?’’   Or another response might be, “You should know by now that Romney says whatever he thinks his audience wants to hear. Why do you think those remarks at that fundraiser were any different? After all, he is now telling audiences in public speeches that he is for the 100 percent.” I guess the wonderful editing technology available today has made the ninth commandment obsolete for today’s politics. Thank goodness for video tape archives. Jane Harrison Waynesville

Thanks to the GOP communications chair To The Editor: In Carol Adams’ reply to my column (“Proud to be an American … sort of,” SMN Sept. 5, 2012) she asks “Where have you been been these nearly four years, sir?” I would answer that I’ve been closely watching our government and Congress waste time in gridlock, while the president has been trying to


Jim Davis living in Alice in Wonderland world? To the Editor: Sen. Jim Davis, R-Franklin, is apparently living in a world in where up is down, less is more, and the truth in our world is the opposite in his. In a recent “Senate Update” (Aug. 17), he is talking about his accomplishments since he took office and wrote that the legislature “cut the gas tax.” The month before he took office in December 2010, the N.C. gas tax was 31.9 cents per gallon. The gasoline tax today is 37.5 cents per gallon. Maybe in Davis’ world 37.5 cents is less than 31.9 cents. This increase represents approximately $300 million more per year or almost $600 million since Davis took office. The vast majority of this increase is paid by aver-

factually true. In 2008, because of eight years of disastrous policies by George Bush and the Republican Congress, the United States entered the greatest recession in the last 50 years. When President Obama came into office, the state was facing huge budget deficits because of the economic downturn. Obama was able to pass the Economic Recovery Act that allowed N.C. to receive hundreds of millions of dollars in federal economic aid that helped keep thousands of educator jobs funded until the economy improved and we could again fund these jobs with our own revenues. Davis apparently would not have taken this federal aid and just eliminated all the teaching jobs this money funded. He and his Republican state legislature did not provide the state funds to replace the temporary federal funds when they took control in 2011. Davis apparently blames loss of education money on federal and local governments, and does not realize that it is our state government that is primarily responsible for funding public education for our children and grandchildren in our great state. Perhaps the make believe world of Davis’ Wonderland is pleasant place to visit, but the citizens of Western North Carolina cannot afford to have a state senator who lives in “Wonderland” and does not tell the citizens the truth. Let Davis stay in Wonderland, but send John Snow to represent the 50th District on Nov. 6. Ed Morris, MD Franklin 70895

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To the Editor: From U.S. media coverage we get the impression that the Muslim world is burning with anti-Western anger over an Islamophobic film, with hordes of violent protesters on the streets threatening us all. Actually, however, most Muslims have found that video as trashy and offensive as we have. To be sure, the protests have tapped into understandable and lasting grievances over racist, neocolonialist U.S. policy in the Middle East, as well as religious sensitivities about depictions of the prophet Muhammad. But our media have mostly ignored the following facts: • Early estimates put participation in anti-film protests at between 0.001 and 0.007 percent of the world’s 1.5 billion Muslims – a tiny fraction of those who marched for democracy in the Arab spring. • The vast majority of protesters have been peaceful. The breaches of foreign embassies were almost all organized by the Salafist movement, a radical Islamist group that seeks to undermine more popular moderate Islamist groups. It was the Salafists

age, middle-class citizens like you and me. I’m sure Davis will probably say he actually did cut the gas tax after he raised it. Davis wrote himself in the Asheville Citizens-Times on Sept. 18, 2011, that, “It is a fact that teachers and teacher assistants were fully funded in the new state budget.” The N.C. Department of Public Instruction in a news release on Aug. 31, 2011, writes, “This is the first time since the Great Depression in the 1930s that North Carolina public schools have decreased the number of teacher positions during a time of student growth.” Lost educator jobs (both vacant and filled) during the 2011-12 school year that Davis is responsible for were 1,723 teachers and 2,282 teacher assistants. A total of 4,005 educator positions were eliminated that were not available to our students. Clearly the state could have budgeted and funded every one of these lost positions but chose not to, and clearly these jobs were not “fully funded in the new state budget” as Davis wrote on Sept.18. Davis writes in Macon County News on Sept. 6 that “the facts have not fared well in Ed Morris’ hands.” He is complaining about a quote from the Department of Public Instruction website ( that reads, “The 2011-13 biennial state budget that was passed by the General Assembly in June 2011 contained more than $1 billion in cuts to public school funding.” He attacks me for quoting the Department of Public Instruction, but never denies that the quote from the Department of Public Instruction is

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that distributed the film far and wide to instigate the rage. Their tactics resemble those of anti-Muslim U.S. pastor Terry Jones (who first promoted the film in the West) and other Western (often Christian) extremists.  • Libyan and U.S. officials disagree as to whether the killing of the four Americans was pre-planned to coincide with 9/11, and therefore not connected to the film.  • Apart from Libya and Afghanistan, up to Sept. 20 the protesters had killed no one. The deaths cited by media were protesters killed by police. • Nearly every major leader, both Muslim and Western, has condemned both the film and the succeeding violence. • When the pope visited Lebanon at the height of the tension, Hezbollah leaders attended his sermon, refrained from protesting the film until he left, and called for religious tolerance. • After the attack in Benghazi, ordinary people turned out on the streets with signs, many in English, grieving and apologizing for the ambassador’s murder and saying the violence did not represent them or their religion. • A leading figure in Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood wrote in the New York Times: “We do not hold the American government or its citizens responsible for the acts of the few that abuse the laws protecting freedom of expression.” We must be careful not to view the Muslim world as an homogenous unit. In both Western and Muslim worlds moderates far outnumber extremists. The Muslims I’ve known — as a missionary in Malaysia and Singapore, and as a peacekeeper in Palestine — were all among the vast majority who are moderate, friendly, gentle, courteous, generous, hospitable and respectful of me and my faith. Uninformed, one-sided anti-Muslim comments — whether in pulpit, pew, or private conversation — only serve to perpetuate (and heighten) the us vs. them, good guys vs. bad guys, Christian vs. Muslim climate that legitimates the hate and violence on both sides that we are now seeing. Doug Wingeier Waynesville


clean up the mess G.W. Bush left this nation. Almost from the day Obama took office, the Republican members of Congress signed a pledge to stall any and everything he tried to accomplish in an effort to make him appear as a “do-nothing” leader. She decries the efforts of the president’s campaign and PACs that have “thrown everything they can conjure up at Mitt Romney,” conveniently forgetting that Karl Rove, the Koch brothers and Sheldon Adelson’s PACs have spent many millions of dollars smearing the president and his efforts, while offering little in substance and few details as to how they would fix things. She goes on to present her statistics of how much worse off people are, forgetting that the Bush tax cuts for the wealthy have served to increase the national debt, how deregulation of banks and Wall Street has served to increase poverty and trash many people’s retirements, destroyed home values and sent many families to the financial brink — and shaken Americans’ confidence in our government. Does she really think the president controls the price of gasoline? As a GOP communications chairman, she has an obligation to promote the party’s message, so rather than an opinion of her own we got a regurgitation of the party line which appears to center around “trash and deride the president, without presenting anything substantive or specific about our candidates.” I also notice the Bushes are somehow missing throughout this campaign, and I can only wonder why. I thank Ms. Adams for her comments since I feel it only adds to my position that re-election of our president and dumping the Washington do-nothings is the best choice for America. John Beckman Cullowhee

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To the Editor: Webster’s dictionary defines the following terms as stated below: • Conservative: “of or relating to a philosophy of conservatism,” “tending or disposed to maintain existing views, conditions, or institutions.” • Conservatism: “disposition in politics to preserve what is established,” “a political philosophy based on tradition and social stability, stressing established institutions, and preferring gradual development to abrupt change.” • Liberal: “of or befitting a man of free birth,” “marked by generosity,” “given or provided in a generous and openhanded way,” “of or constituting a political party advocating or associated with the principles of political liberalism.” • Liberalism: “a movement in modern Protestantism emphasizing intellectual liberty and the spiritual and ethical content of Christianity,” “a theory in economics emphasizing individual freedom from restraint and usually based on free competition, the self-regulating market,” “a political philosophy based on belief in progress, the essential goodness of the human race, and the autonomy of the individual and standing for the protection of political and civil liberties.” According to the definitions above, Jesus Christ was a liberal, George Washington was a liberal, Abraham Lincoln was a liberal, and Martin Luther King was a liberal. If any of the above mentioned were conservatives, we would all be Jews, we would still be subjects of England and a king, we would still have slavery, and there would be no civil rights. So, if you call yourself an American, a Christian, or a patriot, the next time you here someone call their self a conservative, you should be appalled, be afraid, and be enraged because they are what this nation left behind in 1776, 1861, 1964, and finally in 2008. We can’t continue to be a free country if we are controlled by conservatives who would keep us from the very freedom that our forefathers fought and died for. Stephen White Franklin

Life in the GOP fact-free bubble To the Editor: I just don’t get it. Many Republicans think that Obama is a Kenyan socialist out to destroy the country by creating a permanent welfare state with money stolen from rich people. But why would they not believe that since most Republicans live in a fact-free Fox

LETTERS News bubble. What I don’t get, though, is independent voters, people who still believe in provable facts who continue to believe in that extreme Republican narrative. Take for example the Romney-Ryan budget. They claim that it will benefit the middle class and create jobs. Yet, what it actually does, is create new tax breaks for the wealthy; tax cuts which will be added to the already budget busting Bush tax cuts. By their own figures the top 1 percent would get more than $155,000 in tax breaks. This budget also calls for almost no taxes on investment income, which is most of their income. Mitt Romney’s own taxes rate would be about 1 percent. No that is not a misprint but a provable fact. So if under the Romney-Ryan plan, the wealthy pay almost no taxes on invested wealth, who do you think will be paying for the government services we all depend on? Answer — the middle class. The poor have little to give. As for creating jobs, their budget  depends only on trickle down money from the top, an idea that was thoroughly disproved during the Bush years. If you listen to their billionaire paid for ads, you would think that the national debt was the worst crisis facing this country. But the Romney-Ryan budget would not balance the budget for nearly 30 years, according to the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office. And during that time, it would add $4 trillion more to the national debt. Republicans accuse Obama of removing the work requirement for welfare. It is an unmistakable attempt to anger white voters using the tried and true “welfare queen” stereotype. Every credible news organization has characterized the ad as outright lies. Yet they continue to run the ad because they believe emotions are more powerful than facts. On a local level we have only to look at what the N.C. Republican legislature has done to education funding in to see the disconnect between what they say and what they do. There have been a billion dollars in education cuts in the current budget according to the N.C. Department of Public Instruction. But Sen. Jim Davis, R-Franklin, says that the legislature “continues to fully fund at the state level all classroom teachers and teaching assistants.” That statement would probably come as a surprise to the Macon County Board of Education, which is facing a $550,000 deficit at the end of this year. If facts don’t matter and emotions rule, then billions in false advertising will work. If you still believe in the truth and provable facts, then make your vote count.  Louis Vitale Franklin

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tasteTHEmountains Taste the Mountains is an ever-evolving paid section of places to dine in Western North Carolina. If you would like to be included in the listing please contact our advertising department at 828.452.4251 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. 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. BIG MOUNTAIN BBQ 79 Elysina Ave., Waynesville 828.454.0720 Open Monday through Saturday 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Sunday 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Offering a wide selection of

traditional hickory smoked BBQ, pork, chicken, beef and ribs. All complimented by homemade sides and desserts. Full service catering for special events. 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. BOGART’S 35 East Main St., Sylva. 828.586.6532. Sunday through Thursday 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.; Friday and Saturday 11 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. Serving classic American food and drink in a casual environment. Daily lunch and dinner specials. Children’s menu available. Call for catering quotes. Private room available for large parties. Accepts MC/Visa, Discover and American Express. 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 spe-



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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.

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

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 familystyle 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”

COPPER LEAF CAFÉ & COFFEE 3232 Dellwood Rd., Waynesville. 828.926.4486. Open Monday thru Saturday 7 a.m. until 5 p.m. Enjoy the atmosphere and charm of the Copper Leaf Café’s signature sandwiches and salads featuring Boar’s Head meats & cheeses. Home-made soups served daily as well as “made from scratch” desserts. Full service Espresso Bar and a unique selection of gifts. Located next to High Country Furniture and Design. 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, fairtrade, 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

CORK & CLEAVER 176 Country Club Drive, Waynesville. 800.627.6250. Open nightly from 4:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Enjoy fine a la carte dining in a nice, relaxed setting. Extensive menu features natural Niman Ranch steaks and fresh seafood flown in from American waters. 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. 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. EL TORITO 2840 Old Cullowhee Road, Cullowhee. 828.293.9333. Monday-Friday 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Saturday 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Offering authentic Mexican fare featuring wild mush-

rooms, flowers and herbs, epazote and many oreganos and chilies. A full menu of traditional Mexican foods. Take-out orders available. 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. 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,

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unlimited salad and Lucio’s famous garlic rolls for $24.95. Winter Special: half-off house wines, Friday and Saturday only. 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. 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. 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, woodfired 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.



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PASQUALINO’S ITALIAN RESTAURANT 25 Everett Street, Bryson City. 828.488.9555. Open for lunch and dinner everyday 11:30 a.m.-late. A taste of Italy in beautiful Bryson City. Exceptional pasta, pizza, homemade soups, salads. Fine wine, mixed drinks and beer selection. Casual atmosphere, reservations appreciated.

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.

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

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THE TIKI HOUSE SEAFOOD & OYSTER BAR 2723 Soco Road, Maggie Valley. 828.944.0445. Fresh seafood made to order. Oysters raw, steamed, or fried. Handcut 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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VITO’S PIZZA 607 Highlands Rd., Franklin. 828.369.9890. Established here in in 1998. Come to Franklin and enjoy our laid back place, a place you can sit back, relax and enjoy our 62” HDTV. Our Pizza dough, sauce, meatballs, and sausage are all made from scratch by Vito. The recipes have been in the family for 50 years (don't ask for the recipes cuz’ you won't get it!) Each Pizza is hand tossed and made with TLC. You're welcome to watch your pizza being created.

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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.

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. Home-Grown Music Network Venue with live music most weekends. Pet friendly and kid ready.

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


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BY GARRET K. WOODWARD STAFF WRITER It’s noon on a Wednesday and Scott Peterson already has beer on the mind. Brewmaster at the Tipping Point in downtown Waynesville, Peterson wanders behind the bar, down a narrow staircase and through a cool corridor to his basement laboratory. A mad scientist of sorts, he moves around the small space like a man with 10 hands and 10 legs, always checking temperatures, water levels, cleanliness and most all, the magic process coagulating within the large barrels he constantly mixes like a mysterious cauldron. “People just think you sit here with a beaker and measure stuff, but you’ve got to be hands on,” he said, shoveling grain into a wheelbarrow. “You just keep your eye on everything and react to it. It’s a lot of hard work, sometimes seven days a week.” Peterson is one piece of a rapidly growing machine in the newly formed Waynesville microbrew scene. Alongside Tipping Point Brewing, Frog Level Brewing and Headwaters Brewing have all opened in the past year, striking while the iron is hot in an industry with seemingly no ceiling of potential. As nearby Asheville is continually voted “Beer City USA,” it seems Western North Carolina has become a hub for beer connoisseurs and the curious alike. More than a dozen breweries (with 50plus different beers made) and innumerable niche bars dot the cosmopolitan city. Microbrew giants Sierra Nevada and New Belgium are both eager to break ground in the area, with enormous breweries planned that will not only accelerate the already-bustling scene but also provide hundreds of jobs and a well-needed shot in the arm for the regional economy. The same could be said for the burgeoning brewery scene in Waynesville. The Haywood County Chamber of Commerce recently touted the launch of Waynesville’s three new microbreweries as a symbol of its healthy business climate and the role of industrious entrepreneurs in growing the local economy. “People think that it’s a bar scene here, and it’s not. Microbreweries are an affordable luxury. We’re not a party crowd,” said owner/brewmaster Kevin Sandefur of Headwaters. “In reality, it’s a form of manufacturing we’re bringing back to the county, with breweries in North Carolina being one of the fastest growing, job creating scenes.” While the culinary and nightlife culture of Haywood County evolves and strengthens, Waynesville resident and microbrew aficionado Greg Kidd thinks the small town can grab a piece of the Western North Carolina brewery attention for itself, a deserving piece of respect that’s proving itself each day. “Though Asheville gets all the recognition,

Brewmasters (from left) Taylor Rogers and Clark Williams (owner) of Frog Level Brewing stand in front of their equipment. They’re now on a three-barrel system, producing around 80 gallons during their four days of brewing a week, which can last upwards of eight hours a session. Garret K. Woodward photo now that Waynesville has three breweries, we just might have more brewers per capita than they do in the city,” he said. Homebrewing for more than 30 years, Kidd said the fascination with a do-it-yourself method came from the simple fact that years ago you couldn’t find craft beers at your corner store and instead were stuck with mass-produced American pilsners, which were sometimes weak or basic in taste. “What’s so great about these breweries is they abandoned the old model of making American beer,” Kidd said. “Nowadays, brewers have developed a completely American style of craft beer, which has sophisticated the palate of this country significantly.”

Ultimately, Frog Level Brewing was first out of the gate. Clark Williams, owner/co-brewmaster of Frog Level, called craft beer a “good drive.” “If I can grow a successful business and at the same time bring others here who would normally not come here, who will then enjoy and experience our culinary scene, our mountains, our artwork and museums, then that’s great,” he said. Viewing the art of brewing as a way to connect all other aspects of touring in Haywood County, Jon Bowman, co-owner/manager of the Tipping Point, feels the more the merrier for breweries in Western North Carolina. “This area is already a tourist destination, and these breweries give them one more thing to do while they’re here. Hike all day, bike all day, float the river then go check out the breweries,” he “The beauty of food and drink is it’s said. “At some point, we’ll bottle our beer to subjective. As Waynesville becomes more be distributed around recognized for its food and drink, maybe the area, the South and the country. more restaurateurs will recognize this town maybe The great thing is it will always say as a great opportunity for investment.” ‘Waynesville, North — Greg Kidd, Waynesville resident Carolina.’” Despite all of the The sudden explosion of the microbrew scene noise and excitement echoing out Asheville’s in Waynesville is impressive — from zero to three microbrew scene, those in Waynesville look to crebreweries in a single year span. Leading up to their ate their own buzz, something that will stand on launch, all three were working simultaneously to its own and ultimately link into the future of brewget their operations up and running: honing their ing and backwoods tradition in the Appalachians. recipes, dialing in a business plan, finding a locaWatching the beer landscape unfold in his tion, creating their brand and applying for the own community, Kidd said he’d be surprised if myriad permits needed to mass produce alcoholic Waynesville could support more breweries, but is beverages. optimistic because in a game of survival of the

fittest, only the best beers will prevail. “The beauty of food and drink is it’s subjective,” he added. “As Waynesville becomes more recognized for its food and drink, maybe more restaurateurs will recognize this town as a great opportunity for investment.” Though the national attention is aimed at Asheville, Bowman looks to establish Waynesville as a destination for quality beer. On a recent trip to the northwest, he pulled inspiration from the high density of breweries in Oregon and beyond, learning to pay attention to detail, freshness and have a keen sense of what the consumer wants. “I’m picking up that Haywood County has people here that appreciate craft beer. You might not think that, but there is a population of that, and the tourists definitely seek out craft beer,” Bowman said. “We’re getting people from Asheville trying our beers, just like we go over there and try their beers. They like it, and we’ve gotten some great feedback.” Reflecting on his own heritage growing up and residing in Haywood County, Williams feels these up-and-coming breweries will be a catalyst for the culture and tradition unique to the Great Smoky Mountains. “I think that heritage mentality goes from the tobacco grower to the moonshiner, being proud of something and making a product to support their families,” he said. “I like that Bryson City can claim they have a brewery; Sylva can claim one; Waynesville can claim they have three. It’s almost retrograding back to the days when every town had a brewery.” And with the bottom line being camaraderie in this industry of friendly competition, vast exploration and discovery, Williams feels there’s more than enough room for three breweries in Waynesville, a notion that could spur on future businesses to open up shop in town. “I want everybody who comes to Haywood County to try all the breweries, pick a favorite and support them. Try us all, like us all,” he said. “Amongst the breweries, there is camaraderie, and we also want that from those who drink our beer. Enjoy the Smoky Mountains. Buy and consume what this county has to offer.”

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190 North Main Street Steam and the smell of mash fill the basement at the Tipping Point. With sweat rolling down his forehead, brewmaster Scott Peterson is exhausted from another cycle of brewing, which today was an autumn harvest ale in celebration of the upcoming season. But, a smile remains on his face. “I like the respect that goes along with brewing,” he said. “People don’t really know how to do it, and it’s great showing them around and how things work.” Training from the ground up in Colorado, Peterson was 25 when he started washing kegs, working in the cooler, eventually moving up to brewmaster. As the beginning of the microbrew scene exploded in the Rocky Mountains during the 1990s, he was on the ground floor of a new era in American beer.

Headwaters Brewing

Headwaters brewmaster Kevin Sandefur (top) pours one of his six microbrews on tap. Brewing four days a week, their pilot system can make 20 gallons at a time, with between 120-200 gallons being produced a week. Each cycle takes around four hours. Once kegged, the liquid needs around a month (the usual timeframe) for fermentation before it goes on tap. Tipping Point brewmaster Scott Peterson (above) brews a few times a week. Each cycle takes seven hours and produced 3.5 barrels — a total of seven kegs, with 124 beers per keg. With an amber and India pale ale (IPA) as their flagship brews, talks are already in the works to introduce a wheat beer. Garret K. Woodward photos

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Frog Level Brewing

Heading west Besides the triangle of brewing in Waynesville, there are also two other area establishments carrying on the tradition in Western North Carolina: Heinzelmannchen Brewery — Located at 545 Mill Street in downtown Sylva, specializing in German-style ales. Nantahala Brewing — Located at 61 Depot Street (across the street from the train depot) in downtown Bryson City, specializing in traditional and seasonal beers, with flagship beer “Noon Day IPA.”

“I think the ‘go local’ aspect is a better wing of craft brewing. You’re not going to get any fresher beer than beer made in Haywood County, and if we can get local products to make it, then it just comes full circle,” Williams said. “The creative aspect has grown on me. Developing a product from grain to the glass was inspiring, just to know that I could do that.” For Rogers, the time is now to brew and the place to be is Western North Carolina. “It’s a boom time, and it will continue. I think over the next few years we’re going to solidify our place here, then continue to improve the product and refine our methods,” he said. “I’m glad to see other places trying their hand at it. Hopefully, Waynesville will become its own destination.”

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56 Commerce Street Strolling down Commerce Street in the Frog Level district of downtown Waynesville, the sweet, smoky smell of roasting of coffee beans from Panacea Coffee Roastery wafts onto the sidewalk. A few steps further and nostrils are treated to the invigorating scent drifting from Frog Level Brewing. Learning how to brew in his garage, owner/co-brewmaster Clark Williams got positive reviews and attention for his concoctions from friends and aquaintences. The encouragement put ideas into motion, but the real birth of Frog Level was a chance encounter within homebrew circles. Eventually, Waynesville native Taylor Rogers returned to the town after graduating from college and teaching for a brief period in Spain. A career path as a professional brewmaster wasn’t his life plan at the time, but the pieces just fell in place. “I couldn’t find a job when I moved back home and heard about this guy opening up a brewery. I got hold of him, started homebrewing, and we worked well together,” Roger said. Offering four flagship beers (cream, rye, nut brown and pale ale), Frog Level also brews several “rare keg” selections, which can range from a coffee stout (with beans from next-door Panacea) or a harvest ale (with apples from the local Barber Orchard).

130 Frazier Street, Suite 7 When trying to locate Headwaters Brewing, one questions if they’re at the right place. Creeping down a side-street off the busy commercial thoroughfare of Russ Avenue, you pass a corner gas station and a smattering of boot repair shops, beauty salons and metal storage units and soon begin to loose faith that a microbrewery could actually be tucked down the narrowing alley. But behind a huge bay of garage doors, which are typically flung open to create an openair pavillion with corn hole boards and picnic tables out front, another fresh batch of fine local brew awaits. “We’re brand new; we’re just getting started, but we have big ideas and big vision for the future,” said owner/brewmaster Kevin Sandefur. “We want to grow to the level of an industry leader around here.” Pouring drinks with a grin ear-to-ear, Sandefur is getting ready for another jovial Thursday afternoon. As soon as the clock strikes 5 p.m., numerous vehicles slide into parking spaces. Friends and strangers filter in, shaking hands with Sandefur, asking him about “What’s on tap?” and “When will the (weekly) cornhole tournament begin this evening?” “It’s a very labor-intensive business to run. You always have to be concerned about consistency and quality because one bad batch can ruin a business,” Sandefur said. “It’s like a child. You nurture and care for it, then release it when it’s matured.” Before hatching a business strategy for Headwaters Brewing, Sandefur traveled all over the country studying different breweries, working on perfecting recipes and entering homebrew contests. He believes the three breweries will ultimately be good for each other. “We need to have a healthy brewing community here to really be a draw for the overall county,” he said. “It’s hard to get people to make that trip from Buncombe County, but as the industry grows, and with more breweries around here having different things to offer, people will migrate and make the trip.” Using the taproom as a way to refine flagship beers and introduce new styles, which range as different and frequent as the calendar months and seasons, Sandefur likes being able to provide a wide array of beverages. “We’re really trying to offer a quality product and create an atmosphere that’s family friendly, a place people are comfortable to come to,” he said. “People can bring their kids, their dog and have a pint, where you can be yourself and hangout.” Readying himself for the renowned Great American Beer Festival, which takes place in Denver next month, Sandefur will be pouring his flagship Stiff Paddle IPA and Barrel Roll Bourbon Porter in-person at the event. “I’m really proud to be able to represent our town and Haywood County in a very respected and prestigious event like the Great American Beer Festival,” he said. “I’m looking forward to going out there and saying, ‘We’re from a little town in Western North Carolina, we’re making really good beer, and we’re ready to compete with some of the biggest and best breweries in the world’.” 27

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“That’s why I think there’s such a surge in microbrews, because the younger generation is getting into more tastes. People want quality,” he said. Though the location has been known as the Tipping Point Tavern, the transition from a restaurant and bar into a brewery was all part of the original plan. “We wouldn’t have opened this without the idea of the brewery. It’s all about the brewery,” Bowman said. “I’ve been drinking craft beer since that revolution started. Then, I started brewing my own beer. I always thought it’d be cool to brew your own beer.” One of its five owners, co-owner/manager Jon Bowman remembers the initial seed of thought that has now grown into a reality. Working behind the bar at the popular downtown Waynesville restaurant The Sweet Onion a few years back, he befriended its three owners Dan Elliot and Jenny and Doug Weaver, where they tossed around the idea of a brewery with Peterson. Add associate Tony Rogers to the mix, and soon the Tipping Point was formed. At the time, Waynesville’s bar scene was in flux. Main lacked a quality pub with a neighborhood feel, so they seized their chance and opened the Tipping Point, even though the brewery side would be a couple more years in the making. The success of the business has given the green light to unveil the brewery. Soon, the front entrance awning will be changed, along with a few additions to facilitate and expand the brewery, something that will give Peterson all the tools and space he’ll need to create. “It’s a baby here, and we’re getting the ball rolling, making sure everything is going right. It all depends on if everything wants to cooperate with you,” Peterson said.


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BENTLEY CRUISES THROUGH CHEROKEE Country star Dierks Bentley rolled into Harrah’s Casino in Cherokee on Sept. 21. The wild, nonstop performance featured many of his hits, including “5-1-5-0”, “Home” and “What Was I Thinkin’”. Garret K. Woodward photo

HART to present musical The Haywood Arts Regional Theater will stage the musical “The Light in the Piazza” Oct. 5 through Oct. 21 at the Performing Arts Center in Waynesville. The musical tells the story of a woman from Winston-Salem whose husband, a tobacco executive, sends her off on holiday with their daughter. Margaret Johnson takes her daughter Clara to Florence, a city Margaret once visited with her husband in happier times. Clara is learning impaired, having suffered a head injury as a child. Now 26, her mother has sheltered her from harm and reconciled her to a life without romance. But Florence has other ideas. The city is alive with love and Clara is not immune. The show is based on a 1960 novel by Elizabeth Spencer, a native of Mississippi who met her husband in Italy. She would go on to teach in Canada and finally at UNC-Chapel Hill where she still lives. A 1962 film version of the story stared Olivia de Havilland as Margaret, Yvette Mimieux as Clara and George Hamilton as Fabrizio, the young man she meets. The musical was created by Adam Guettel and Craig

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‘Smoke on the Mountain’ stages in Franklin

The Overlook Theatre Company will present “Smoke on the Mountain: A Rip-Roaring Musical Comedy Revival” at 7:30 p.m. throughout the month of October at the Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts in Franklin. Show dates are Oct. 2, 5, 9, 12, 16, 19 and 23. “Smoke on the Mountain” is full of laughs and bluegrass and traditional gospel music. It’s set in the 1930s in Mount Pleasant and revolves around the Sanders family of the Mount Pleasant Baptist Church, who sing in celebration of their new electric light bulb. Tickets may be purchased online or at the theatre’s box office located at 1028 Georgia Road, Franklin. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for students. or 866.273.4615.


Winners chosen in Haywood talent competition

Stayin’ Alive Canada.

Stayin’ Alive Canada, the world’s number one tribute to The Bee Gees, will hit the stage at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 6 at the Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts in Franklin. It was The Bee Gees contribution to the soundtrack album for 1977’s “Saturday Night

The other finalists included: Meadow, River, Sky and Forest Byrd who did a gymnastic dance routine “From Rock to Hip Hop;” Ben Tetreault who performed “Beyond the Sea” Bobby Daren style; Samantha Mulholland on harp; Tracy Long who channeled Patsy Cline to perform “Crazy;” the Raq Shuraka Dance Company did a traditional belly dance; Matthew Curry brought Johnny Cash’s “Sunday Mornin’ Comin’ Down” to the stage; Lindsey Long who sang “Arms” with the young bluegrass folk band Productive Paranoia; Heather Ferguson who performed an opera piece from “Candide;” “K-Swag” who did a hiphop routine; vocalist Holly Ann Harmon Haywood’s Got Talent winners (from left) Ashlyn who sang “The Way I Am;” and Ashely Combs, Helena Hunt and Tierney Cody. Wood who performed “I’m the Only One.”

Fever” that took the trio to the ultimate limits of fame and fortune. This double album set, featuring three #1 American singles by The Bee Gees (“How Deep Is Your Love”, “Stayin’Alive” and “Night Fever”) went on to sell 30 million copies worldwide. Now you can relive the uncanny live performance of The Bee Gees as meticulously recreated and performed by Stayin’ Alive Canada. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased online or stop by the theatre’s box office at 1028 Georgia Road, Franklin. or 866.273.4615.

‘Beethoven Project’ to perform The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra will perform all 10 Beethoven violin sonatas during a

Sacred Music Songfest coming to Franklin

WCU presents ‘British Invasion’

Western Carolina University School of Music will present “British Invasion,” an evening of 20th century music for clarinet and piano, at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 2, in the Coulter Building recital hall on the Western Carolina University campus. Shannon Thompson, on clarinet, and Bradley Martin, on piano, will perform a sonata by Arnold Bax; Paul Reade’s “Suite from the Victorian Kitchen

Garden,” a 1980s television series from the BBC2; Alec Templeton’s jazzinfluenced “Pocket Size Sonata No. 1”; and Geoffrey Bush’s “Tributes” to musicians Artie Shaw, Darius Milhaud, Erik Satie, Harold Arlen and Joseph Horovitz. The program also will feature soprano Susan Belcher joining Thompson and Martin in “A Garden of Weeds” by Terence Greaves. Thompson heads the clarinet studio at WCU and Martin teaches a variety of music courses. The duo has performed together in North Carolina, Tennessee and Oregon. They’re planning future concerts at the South Carolina Governor’s School and the University of North Carolina School for the Arts. 828.227.7242.

Celebrate Oktoberfest in Waynesville Celebrate Oktoberfest with the Haywood County Arts Council from 5:307:30 p.m. Oct. 6 on the patio at the Classic Wineseller in downtown Waynesville. The event includes a traditional Bavarian meal of bratwurst, potato salad, sauerkraut and tea or soda. From the start, beer was an important part of Oktoberfest. Oktoberfest beers, a wide variety of craft beers and a large selection of wine are available for purchase. Proceeds from food and drink sales are to benefit the Haywood County Arts Council. Tickets are $12 per person and can be purchased by calling the Arts Council office at 828.452.0593 or by visiting 86 North Main Street or the Classic Wineseller at 20 Church Street. In case of inclement weather, the celebration will continue inside the Classic Wineseller.

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“Hymns We Know By Heart,” a sacred music songfest, will be held at 4 p.m. Sept. 30 on Franklin’s Town Square gazebo. The event is a front porch-style sing-along of familiar hymns and spirituals, from “Amazing Grace” and “In The Garden”, to “Swing Low, Sweet Chariot” and “This Little Light.” Cindy Miles and Bobbie Contino will lead the singing, with Lionel Caynon playing keyboard. Bring a The gazebo is on the corner of Main and Iotla Streets, across from the Macon County Courthouse. Attendees should bring a lawn chair. In case of rain, the audience will sit under the gazebo cover. The program is sponsored by the Arts Council of Macon County, with support from the Grassroots Arts Program of the North Carolina Arts Council, a division of the Department of Cultural Resources. The final event of the fall “Sundays On The Square” series is a concert by Remnants Classic Rock Band at 4 p.m. Oct. 7. 828.524.7683 or

series of five concerts this fall and spring at Western Carolina University. “The Beethoven Project” will feature concerts of two Beethoven sonatas, plus a significant work for violin and piano from the 20th century. Bradley Martin, WCU associate professor of piano, will perform along with Justin Bruns on violin. The recitals all are free and open to the public and will be held at 7:30 p.m. in the recital hall of WCU’s Coulter Building. The first performance is Oct. 8 and will feature Beethoven Sonata Nos. 1 and 6 and Stravinsky’s Duo Concertante for Violin and Piano. Dates for the other “Beethoven Project” concerts are Nov. 5, Jan. 28, Feb. 25 and March 18. Asheville radio station WCQSFM will broadcast a recording of the concerts at later dates. The WCU College of Music, WCQS and the Asheville Symphony Orchestra are event sponsors. or 828.227.3726.

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Haywood Arts Regional Theater’s regional talent show finals played to a standing room only on Sept. 22 at the HART Theatre in Waynesville, with 16 acts competing for a top prize of $1,000. In the end the judges were split, each favoring a different performer and the audience helped decide the final outcome. Top honors and a $1,000 prize went to Tierney Cody, a B.F.A. Student at Western Carolina University. Tierney won with her rendition of “Taylor, the Latte Boy.” Second place went to Ashlyn Combs, a vocalist who sang “Part of Your World” from “The Little Mermaid.” Third place went to Helena Hunt, a Tuscolla student who won with her guitar and vocal rendition of “Oh Atlanta.”


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Cruisin’ show coming to Franklin The “Cruisin’ in the Mountains” car, truck and bike show will be held Oct. 5 and 6 at Southwestern Community College’s Driving Course on Industrial Park Loop. Registration is now being accepted at the Franklin Chamber of Commerce. Registration forms can be downloaded from the Chamber’s website or can be picked up at the Chamber Visitor Center. Friday will kick off with a Cruise In and show pre-registration. The Cruise In is free. Gates will open at 5:30 p.m. and close at 8 p.m. Saturday’s gate admission will be $5 for adults, while children 12 and under are free. Saturday will also feature a Cornhole Tournament at 10 a.m. Registration is open with forms available at the Franklin Chamber. or 828.524.3161.

Cashiers Valley Leaf Festival is Oct. 5-7

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The Cashiers Valley Leaf Festival will include everything from concerts to crafts during its three-day run Oct. 5-7. The Lovin’ Spoonful will appear “On the Slope” in Sapphire on Oct. 5. Gates open at 5 p.m. General admission is $25 and VIP tickets are $50. Glenville Village, about five miles north of the Cashiers Crossroads on Lake Glenville, will have crafters and artists ranging from potters

to woodworkers. Also, beginning at 10 a.m. each day Signal Ridge Marina launches pontoon boat cruises to view Lake Glenville’s wooded shoreline and hear a bit of lake lore. Moving east from the Cashiers Crossroads on N.C. 64, attendees will find a variety of shops and eateries at Sapphire Village. 828.743.8428 or

Cherokee Indian Fair turns 100 The Cherokee Indian Fair will mark its 100th year Oct. 2-6 with a five-day celebration of great music and traditional games, dancing, music, crafts, displays and food. Music acts include Sawyer Brown on Oct. 4 at 9:30 p.m. and Lonestar on Oct. 6 at 8:30 p.m. Each day is themed to an important part of the Cherokee culture. Parade day, Tuesday, kicks off with the Chief’s Challenge run through downtown Cherokee at 2 p.m. Wednesday is Children’s Day, with special activities and attractions. Thursday, the Cherokee Indian Fair honors the elders with a special meal. Friday, Cherokee salutes the armed forces. This year, the Cherokee Indian Fair is honored to host the traveling Vietnam War Memorial Wall, which will be on exhibit at the Cherokee Expo Center. Saturday’s Community Day completes the celebration. The fair also includes a carnival featuring games and high-tech rides. Admission to the fair is $10 and tickets are available in advance at

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Western Carolina University will celebrate road above Central Plaza. Homecoming 2012 — whose theme is • From 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Oct. 6, “Tradition Long, Catamount Strong — with a attend an open house at WCU’s new Health host of activities Oct. 4-7. and Human Sciences Building, the first on the • David Dorondo, associate history profes- university’s West Campus. sor, will deliver the annual “Last Lecture” at 3 • Also on Oct. 6, let the tailgating fun begin p.m. Oct. 4 at the A.K. Hinds University Center at noon with food, friends and games prior to theater on the WCU campus. kickoff in the parking lots around Whitmire • The annual Alumni Scholarship Stadium. Kickoff for the WCU football game Homecoming Golf Tournament tees off with a versus Georgia Southern University is 3:30 p.m. shotgun start at 11 a.m. Oct. 5 at Sequoyah Western Carolina University’s Homecoming National Golf Club in Parade begins at 6:15 p.m. Oct. 5 on Main Cherokee. Street in downtown Sylva. • Cheer as community and student floats, WCU cheerleaders, the 2012 Homecoming Court and the Pride of the Mountains Marching Band participate in the Homecoming Parade at 6:15 p.m. Oct. 5 on Main Street in downtown Sylva. • After the parade, alumni, students, faculty, staff and friends are invited to WCU’s Central Plaza, adjacent to the at Whitmire Stadium/Bob Waters Field. Alumni Tower, during Spirit Night, beginning • Choose from a number of activities after at 8 p.m. the game, including the African-American • The Chancellor’s Brunch and Alumni Alumni Postgame Reception; a 7 p.m. Awards, honoring the WCU Alumni Catamount volleyball game versus the Association award recipients and the universiWildcats of Davidson College; and at 7 p.m., ty’s Distinguished Service Award recipient, will Stompfest, an annual stepping competition be held from 10 a.m.-noon, Oct. 6, in the performed by black fraternities and sororities. Grandroom of the A.K. Hinds University • Homecoming activities will come to an Center. end at 12:30 p.m. Oct. 7 with a performance by • After brunch, join the effort to bring the Inspirational Choir Concert in the UC back the Cullowhee lily on campus with a Grandroom. 12:30 p.m. ceremonial planting of the flower at 877.440.9990 or 828.227.7335 or magthe Centennial Garden near the curve in the

Mountain Heritage Day returns to Cullowhee

Show Saturday, October 6 Registration: 8-9 a.m. Gates open: 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Judging: 9 a.m.-Noon Gate Admission: $5 Adults; 12 & under, Free Cornhole Tournament Saturday 10 a.m. Registration Free: $2 per team

WCU to celebrate Homecoming in October

Registration Form & Information Franklin Chamber of Commerce • 425 Porter Street, Franklin 828.524.3161 or

Mountain Heritage Day gets under way Sept. 29 at Western Carolina University with a variety of arts and crafts, music, clogging, folk arts, contests and other activities. Balsam Range will present two shows at this year’s Mountain Heritage Day, one at 10:45 a.m. on the Balsam Stage and 3:15 p.m. on the Blue Ridge Stage. Mountain Heritage Day activities, including stage performances, will take place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., with the exception of the 5-K race, which begins at 8 a.m. and registration for the chain saw contest, which starts at 9 a.m. The Snowbird Stickball Team will demonstrate the sport of stick ball at 11 a.m. At 1 p.m., team members will join with their female associates in playing the courtship game of “Fish.” The team also will demonstrate the use of Cherokee blowguns at 3 p.m. Performers on the Balsam and Blue Ridge stages will include the Queen Family, the Roan

Mountain Hilltoppers, Mountain Faith, Whitewater Bluegrass Company, the Tried Stone Gospel Choir, the Deitz Family, Phil and Gaye Johnson, and the Jeff Little Trio, among others. Clogging fans will want to check out performances throughout the day by the Bailey Mountain Cloggers, Cole Mountain Cloggers and J Creek Cloggers. The museum also will host a free performance of “The Liars Bench” Southern Appalachian variety show at 1:30 p.m. The show cast will present “Osley Saunooke: Colorful Chief of the Cherokees,” featuring Cherokee storyteller Lloyd Arneach, singer-songwriter Barbara Duncan, claw-hammer guitarist Paul Iarussi and the Boys from Tuckasegee. Mountain Heritage Day will go on rain or shine. Admission and parking are free. Pets are not allowed on festival grounds, but service animals are welcome. Festival attendees are encouraged to bring lawn chairs or blankets for comfortable seating during stage presentations. Shuttles operate throughout the day. 828.227.7129 or

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Rooted in the Mountains to be held at WCU

The 4th Annual Cashiers Valley Leaf Festival October 5, 6, & 7 Cashiers Village Green Cashiers, Glenville & Sapphire Fine Arts & Crafts

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The Lovin’ Spoonful with the Jackson Taylor Band & von Grey at The Slopes at Sapphire Valley General Admission: $25/$30 Day of Event VIP: $50 (Meet & Greet with The Lovin’ Spoonful, Valet Parking, Hors d’Oeuvres, Beer & Wine, VIP seating) Friday October 5 | Gates Open at 5pm

The Rooted in the Mountains symposium — designed to raise awareness of the intersection of health, language, environmental and indigenous issues with the stewardship of Appalachia and its resources — will be held Oct. 4 and 5 in the A.K. Hinds University Center at Western Carolina University. Organizers encourage those interested in the effects of continued destruction of mountain landscapes and learning more about the Native ways of understanding these issues to attend. Following a 10 a.m. opening on Oct. 4, participants will watch a screening of “GasLand” at 10:30 a.m. in the University Center movie theater. “GasLand” is a 2010 documentary film focusing on communities in the U.S. affected by natural gas drilling; a facilitated discussion will follow the film. Also on Oct. 4, in the UC Grandroom: keynote speaker Katsi Cook (Mohawks of Akwesasne) at 2 p.m.; a panel discussion titled “Teaching Native American Studies Across Disciplines,” featuring WCU faculty and staff members Tom Belt, Roseanna Belt, Mae Claxton and Jane Eastman, as well as T.J. Holland, cultural resources manager for the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians, at 3:30 p.m.; and a 6:30 p.m. concert featuring Sheila Kay Adams, Where’s Mike Jones? and the Downhome Divas. All events Oct. 5 will be held in the University Center Grandroom. At 9 a.m., keynote speaker Mary Berry Smith, president of the Berry Center and daughter of writer, activist and farmer Wendell Berry, will speak about the human connection to the land and commitment to the idea of living well without doing harm. Also Oct. 5: “The Snowbird Doula Project: Working through Language,” with Margaret Bender, associate professor of cultural/linguistic anthropology at Wake Forest University, and Eastern Band tribal elders Sally Smoker and Myrtle Driver, at 10:30 a.m.; “Patient-Centered Practice with Native Science in Mind,” with Danna Park, medical director of Mission Hospital’s integrative medicine program, at 1:30 p.m.; “Healing Touch Nursing: Working with the Cherokee Community,” with Healing Touch practitioner Nancy Stephens and WCU staff member and Eastern Band tribal elder Roseanna Belt at 2 p.m.; and a panel discussion titled “Language and Wellness,” with Hartwell Francis and Tom Belt of the WCU Cherokee Language Program, Renissa Walker, manager of the Kituwah Preservation and Education Program in Cherokee, and Walter Wolfram, a faculty member at N.C. State University and director of the North Carolina Language and Life Project, at 2:45 p.m.; and closing remarks at 4 p.m. Early registration is available through Sept. 28 for $75 and then increases to $125. Registration is available online at or 828.227.3926.

Illusionist coming to WCU

Western Carolina University brings magician Jason Bishop to the John W. Bardo Fine and Performing Arts Center in Cullowhee at 7:30 p.m. on Oct. 7. The Jason Bishop Show features exclusive large illusions, award-winning sleight of hand and “close-up” magic that is captured live and projected onto LCD screens for the audience to have a clear view of every detail. Bishop is currently the only illusionist in the U.S. to tour with the rare double levitation, plasma illusion and Op-Art. Tickets $20 for adults and $5 for students/children and can be purchased online at 828.227.2479.

Scarecrow festival coming to Bryson City The scarecrows are coming to Bryson City from Oct. 6 through Oct. 20. Families, neighborhoods, businesses, churches and schools are invited to make scarecrows and decorate Bryson City for the fall season. The fee is $25 to participate, with proceeds going to the Swain County Public Schools Foundation, which awards teacher grants and scholarships for Swain High School students. The top three winning scarecrows will be on display at the Chili Fest in Bryson City on Oct. 20. Applications are available at the Swain County Public School Central Office or the Bryson City Chamber of Commerce and are due by Oct. 1. 770.315.8950.

Superintendent of Swain County Schools Bob Marr with a Maroon Devils football scarecrow.

Georgia historian to deliver talk at WCU A historian and author from the University of Georgia who specializes in Native American history will speak at 7 p.m., Sept. 27, at Western Carolina University in Room 130 of the John W. Bardo Fine and Performing Arts Center. Claudio Saunt will address the topic “Beyond the Revolution: North America in 1776” during his presentation. Saunt is associate director of the Institute of Native American Studies at the Georgia campus in Athens. A focus of his work is the indigenous peoples of the Southeast and is the author of two award-winning books. Saunt’s talk at WCU will be based on his forthcoming book, America in 1776, which examines the history of eight communities outside the 13 Anglo-American colonies in the year of American independence. WCU’s Department of History and Cherokee Studies Program are sponsoring the program. 828.227.3867 or

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The jaw-dropping magic of Jason Bishop comes to WCU Oct. 7.

Skate Jam rolls into Cherokee The inaugural “SK8 Jam” will take place at noon Oct. 6 on the SK8 Park in Cherokee, with registration available before the start of the competition. Besides the street comp/open bowl comp, there will also be food and live music by Vic Crown at the park. Entry fee is $20 per skater. There is a $500 cash purse for the advanced/sponsored division. Prizes will also be awarded in other divisions. The event is sponsored by Push, Skis and Tees and the Cataloochee Ski Area. For more information, go to Facebook and search “WNC SK8 Shop.” 828.400.1252 or 828.452.4040.

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Professional potters Susan Phillips and Velda Davis will hold a special kiln opening and pottery sale from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sept. 29 and 30 and noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday at their studio located in the Utah Mountain Estates. Both artists’ work is available in local galleries, but this event allows their new work to be seen as soon as it is unloaded from the kiln, and is also a celebration of the “Buy Local” and “Handmade in America” movements. Everyone who attends the kiln opening will receive a free piece of pottery, while supplies last. Take Interstate 40 to Exit 20 on US 276 (Jonathan Creek) for three miles, turn left onto Utah Mountain Road, then left at Windy Hill. The studio is on the right. 828.507.1305 or 828.400.5494.

Craft demonstrations at Dogwood Crafters in Dillsboro this week include Susie Ray, Susan Lingg, Claudia Lampley and Mary Ethel Prater. Crafters will demonstrate their work and discuss their craft in the Gallery Room. • Sept. 27 from 2-3 p.m. — Susie Ray will demonstrate how to make felted purses. • Sept. 29 from 1-3 p.m. — Susan Lingg will do a watercolor demonstration. • Sept. 30 from 2-5 p.m. — Claudia Lampley will demonstrate rook hooking. • Oct. 2 from 2-4 p.m. — Mary Ethel Prather return to demonstrate how she creates delicate hummingbirds using hawthorn spikes, maple wings and other materials from nature. Dogwood Crafters is open daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., with evening hours until 9 p.m. in October. 828.586.2248.

Art/craft exhibition opens in Highlands

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Art by Justin Moe is currently on display in the Albert CarltonCashiers Community Library through the month of October. Moe is an artist living in Macon County.


“American Craft Today” opened on Sept. 22 and will run through Dec. 29 in the Bunzl Gallery at The Bascom in Highlands. Fifty-seven craftspeople from across the nation have been chosen to exhibit baskets, ceramics, decorative and wearable fiber, furniture, glass, jewelry, leather, metal, mixed media, paper and woodcraft objects at “American Craft Today”, a prestigious, juried exhibition of fine craft. Ticket are still available for Celebration!, a weekend event at The Bascom in Highlands on Sept. 28-29. The itinerary will include a patronsonly cocktail reception; artists’ demonstrations, such as woodturning and ceramics making; a panel on “Collecting Craft: A Love Affair”; a silent auction and cocktail buffet. The festivities will culminate in a live auction of select craft by major American artists. To purchase tickets, call 828.787.2896 or The Bascom is open year-round, Monday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday noon to 5 p.m.

Call for art/writing submissions Daydreamz Project is partnering with several local entities to display artistic expressions that promote healing of domestic violence, sexual assault and dating. Those who want to take part are encouraged to submit poetry, prose, drawings, paintings or decorations of any type (which can be anonymous). These will then be placed on posters and displayed at various galleries and venues throughout Haywood County during the month of October, which is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. The deadline for the “Ripples of Hope” collaboration is Oct. 1. The teardrop blanks can be picked up from Daydreamz Project, by calling 828.476.4231 or at Earthworks Frame Gallery on 21 North Main Street in Waynesville or at the REACH of Haywood office on 1085 North Main Street in Waynesville. Earthworks Frame Gallery is donating the teardrop blanks. 828.456.7898.


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A thoughtful examination of love and parenting

distracted mother off to the store forgets to shut the door from the kitchen to the garage, puts her car into reverse, and drives over the two-year-old who has followed her into the garage. Late for work, a father intends to take his napping 18-month-old to daycare, receives a call from his boss that he is urgently needed, drives straight to work and comes out at the end of a long, hot day to find his infant dead in his car seat. Rare as such cases are, they do happen. While some may condemn the parents involved as careless, I suspect that most parents hearing of such cases of accidental death respond by hugging their own chilWriter dren more tightly that evening while whispering to themselves: “There by for the grace of God go I.” They easily recognize the possibility for mistakes in the pace of their own frenetic lives. In Rachel’s Contrition (978-1-933184-72-2, $14.95), Michelle Buckman tells the story of Rachel Winters, a mother whose daughter has died by being forgotten and left in a hot car. Rachel suffers a complete breakdown after her daughter’s death, which she blames on her husband’s carelessness. Because of her breakdown and her time in an institution, a court awards Rachel’s husband Sinclair custody of their surviving child, a 4-year-old boy. As Buckman reveals more of Rachel’s past, we learn that she grew up poor in Raleigh, that her emotionally abusive mother and her mother’s many lovers caused emotional havoc in the young Rachel, that she turned to boys and drugs for comfort, and that Dr. Sinclair Winters of Asheville fell in love with her, married her, and brought her into his own world of wealth and privilege. For a number of years, Rachel then leads the life of a wealthy socialite, traveling overseas, joining the country club, tending to her marriage and to her

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children. The death of her daughter seemingly ends this part of her life. In the wake of her breakdown, she loses her husband, her home, her son, her friends and her self-respect. After her release from the hospital, she moves into a pool house converted to an apartment on the

property of a wealthy friend, whose own son, a teenager, is murdered and whose adopted daughter Lilly dresses like a Goth but reads Saint Therese of Lisieux. Wrapped up in grief and guilt, her life a shambles, Rachel reaches out to Lilly for companionship, comforts her for the loss of the stepbrother who was also falling in love with Lilly, and becomes her friend and confidant. It is Lilly who introduces her to the idea of Saint Therese’s “Little Way,” which is to seek God in the ordinary tasks of the everyday world, and it is this Little Way and various revelations about her past that help Rachel recover her sanity. Although not all readers will take to Rachel’s Contrition — the book will appeal much more strongly to women, and some readers may find the tone of Rachel’s desperation at times irritating and whiny — Buckman’s novel deserves praise on several levels. First, of course, it is set in Asheville and Rachel’s Contrition by Michelle Buckman. Sophia Institute Press, 2010. 352 pages points east, and

Tweens and teens to meet at library The “tween” writing group “Write On!” for 8- to 12-year-olds will meet at 4:30 p.m. on Oct. 4 at the Jackson County Public Library in Sylva. The group will meet twice a month in the conference room of the library. A similar program for older teens, aged 13-16, will be called “WORD” and will begin meeting on Oct. 11 at 6:30 p.m. in the same location. “Write On!” began last year and was a success, with 20 regular attendees. At the end of last year’s workshop, the children submitted stories and poems for a book that was published and put in the library’s catalog. “Write On!” will meet twice monthly through

December. A spring schedule will be decided upon at a later date. Like the group for younger writers, WORD will also meet twice monthly through December. No sign-up is required for either of these programs. 828.586.2016 or

Marianna Black Library celebrates freedom to read In honor of National Banned Books Week and to celebrate the freedom to read, the Marianna Black Library in Bryson City is challenging patrons to read a challenged book. From now until Oct. 5, the Marianna Black Library will have a

readers who enjoy novels with local color will find it here. Buckman, who lives on the Carolina coast, nonetheless clearly knows Asheville and the surrounding mountains well, and recreates the city on the page in a credible and entertaining way. She also gives us a fine portrait of a woman suffering from enormous and unbearable distress. She shows us the effects on Rachel Winters of alcohol, sedatives, fatigue, and mental collapse. Though all people grieve in their own individual ways, Rachel’s deep sadness and bitter regret over the death of her daughter as well as over some of the decisions she has made affecting her own life will strike readers as universal emblems of despair. Buckman presents Rachel as a flawed character, a woman fragmented not only by her daughter’s death, but by her efforts to come to terms with her past life with her own mother. Frequently, too, Rachel misjudges the motives and actions of those around her, particularly her husband. Yet these same flaws somehow add to her appeal, completing the ultimate vitality of her character as she attempts to work past the failures and disappointments of her life. Finally, Buckman’s novel is also a story of conversion. Too often we hear that people in distress turn to God out of weakness and fear, that they are cowards unable to face life headon. Here, in Rachel, we have a woman, a wife and mother, who fits this category — she is weak, she is broken, and she does ultimately seek God — but like other people who must live in that awful darkness cast at some point over the life of every human being, she is also depicted as looking for answers to desperate questions, as a tormented soul who wants not only consolation but truth. By using the teenage Lilly for Rachel’s guide, and by the revelations offered in the last few pages of the book, Buckman avoids the sugary sentimentality that color so many novels of this sort. Here then is an earnest story of love, marriage, parenting and faith that not only entertains, but may help some of us to reflect more deeply on our own lives.

display of books wrapped in plain paper with only an explanation of why the book has been challenged in the past. This will allow patrons to only guess the title of the book they’re about to check out. If you decide to check out a challenged book. Banned Books Week is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read. Typically held during the last week of September, it highlights the value of free and open access to information. Banned Books Week brings together the entire book community — librarians, booksellers, publishers, journalists, teachers and readers of all types — in shared support of the freedom to seek and to express ideas, even those some consider unorthodox or unpopular. By focusing on efforts across the country to remove or restrict access to books, Banned Books Week attempts to draws national attention to the harms of censorship. 828.488.3030.



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BY ANDREW KASPER STAFF WRITER hey operate in groups, or sometimes alone, packing duffle bags of the illicit product by foot through the Western North Carolina wilderness as they try their best to evade federal agents. Once out of the woods, they smuggle their contraband in the trunks of cars, traveling back roads as they move the goods from remote drop points to warehouses where it is then sold and shipped domestically and to countries across the globe. Unsuspecting consumers on the receiving end are hardly aware that they are purchasing contraband, however. They’re merely ordering floral arrangements. As for the perpetrators, they aren’t drug dealers; they’re galax poachers — and their actions are having a detrimental impact on the Southern Appalachian landscape. Galax is a small, cool-weather plant with broad, waxy, heart-shaped leaves. It’s prized as a base plant in floral arrangements because the leaves hold their green color for up to several weeks after they’ve been picked. The larger the leaf, the more desirable it is — which is why a unique type of galax, called tetraploid galax and found only along the Blue Ridge escarpment in the eastern range of the Southern Appalachians, has come under increasing pressure from illegal poachers. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service estimates that as many as three billion galax leaves are harvested each year from the Southern Appalachians — some taken with a valid permit, but much of it poached illegally. North Carolina alone accounts for approximately 99 percent of the national galax harvest. Around nine galax dealers in North Carolina dominate the trade, shipping most of what’s harvested here across the country and worldwide, from Japan to Holland. The Blue Ridge Parkway runs right along the escarpment, making the Parkway a hotspot for galax poachers. Recent surveys on galax along the Parkway have yielded startling results, said Nora Murdock, an ecologist with the Appalachian Highlands Inventory and Monitoring Network, a federal agency which monitors animal and plant populations on national park land. Between 80 and 95 percent of the galax patches along the Parkway had been targeted by poachers, according to a general survey her team conducted last year. The team monitors groupings of galax plants, some as large as 20 acres and some as small as a few square feet, for precise quantitive data as well as more general data. Sometimes the signs of poaching are more discreet, such as a drag mark on the forest floor from a duffle bag full or leaves or a plot of plants with only the larger leaves selectively harvested while the rest, are left intact — this represents a more traditional way of harvesting galax that doesn’t necessarily kill the plant, a more careful approach that allows the picker to return to the same plot year after year. However, other times the results are more devastating.


“They are not just picking it off the side of road. They are bushwhacking on hands and knees, climbing cliffs — that says someone is paying a lot of money for this.” — Nora Murdock

A confiscated bag of galax leaves. USFS photo

Galax takes a beating from blackmarket trade Murdock has discovered patches where every plant has been pulled up from the ground along with its root system. The larger leaves are clipped on the spot, and the rest are dropped and left in the woods. This recent trend in harvesting methods is a particular concern because it kills the entire plant. “We’ve found tens of thousands of roots dropped on top of the ground,” Murdock said. “The scale of it is beyond anything you can imagine.”

THE ELUSIVE POACHER The poachers are willing to go to great lengths to find these galax patches, skirting cliffs, climbing on all fours through thickets and hiking long distances hauling thousands of leaves. Some of the harvested galax comes from parts of the Parkway so well hidden or difficult to access that Murdock is led to believe the poachers are monitoring and cataloguing the plots as well, perhaps with the use of a global position system. “They are not just picking it off the side of road,” Murdock said. “They are bushwhacking on hands and knees, climbing cliffs — that says someone is paying a lot

of money for this.” Law enforcement agents have also noted that the poachers’ approach has become much more discreet, with a driver dropping off a crew of pickers on the Parkway and then picking them up at another point further down the road. This coordination eliminates leaving a car parked along the Parkway for long periods — a traditional tip-off for agents. And the payoff for poachers can be well worth it. While traditional prices for galax were between 1 and 5 cents paid to pickers per leaf, Murdock said she noted a recent jump in wholesale prices leading her to believe pickers may be making more. Prices for galax leaves can also increase in the winter while supply is low and the leaves assume a seasonal purple color. Several web-based wholesale floral supply companies are selling galax for as high as 80 cents to $1.70 per leaf, depending on the size. And a picker can gather as many as 5,000 leaves per day along the Parkway — bundled in groups of 25 and typically stacked in a spiral pattern inside of duffle bags or boxes — making it one of the more lucrative plants to poach along with wild ginseng roots, which can sell for up to $1,000 per dry pound. Galax and ginseng are two of the most threatened plant species in the Southern Appalachians due to poaching, according to Tim Francis, district ranger for the Pisgah District of the Blue Ridge Parkway. In 2005, the galax industry in the region was expected to bring as much as $20 million to local harvesters. Harvesting of galax for use in floral arrangements has been reported since the early 1900s, but Francis said recently the galax harvest has reached a point beyond sustainability. Some experts have attrib-

uted this to fewer jobs and higher unemployment. Another factor, however, is the increase in immigrant populations in the region who have taken up galax hunting. Enforcement of galax poaching can be particularly difficult. For the 10 rangers assigned to the Pisgah District of the parkway — a 165-mile stretch running from Grandfather Mountain to Cherokee — their primary concern is patrolling the scenic roadway itself. From handling car wrecks to catching speeders, backcountry trails and pockets of forest along the Parkway don’t get daily attention. But, some poachers do get busted. Last year, rangers arrested eight galax poachers on the Parkway. In 2008, more than 60 were arrested in a single year between joint operations with the U.S. Forest Service and the Parkway, including a bust of an organized poaching ring whose leaders were charged with conspiracy and sentenced to jail time. Yet, despite routine arrests, the risk of jail time and fines of up to $5,000, Francis said efforts may fall short of curtailing the number of ready poachers. “For every four or five we catch today, there are four or five more the next day,” Francis said.

CONTROLLING THE SOURCE Although, picking galax from the Parkway or the Great Smoky Mountains National Park is illegal — given their status of national parks — harvesting galax from the Pisgah or Nantahala national forests is legal during certain times of year with a permit. That makes enforcement difficult. Someone with a forest service permit



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Wild foods expert Alan Muskat of Asheville will lead a foraging workshop from 1 to 4 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Sept. 28 and 29, at Haywood Community College in Waynesville. Participants will learn “find dining,” or how to safely identify, harvest, and prepare wild foods. The workshop will also cover wild medicines, dyeing with mushrooms. Experience the life of a modern hunter-gather firsthand with Muskat’s blend of poetry, story and song. The workshops are being offered in conjunction with The Heritage Life Skills Fair, taking place at the Haywood County Fairgrounds nearby. The cost is $50, and pre-registration is required. or 828.779.2121.

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Introduce kids to the joys of mountain biking Grab the kids and the bikes and head to the trails of Deep Creek outside Bryson City to celebrate ‘Take a Kid Mountain Biking Day’ 9 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 6. Bryson City Bicycles will lead a free group mountain bike ride in the Deep Creek section of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, geared for young riders ages 6 to 16. After the ride, there will be bicycling games, prizes and refreshments. Parents can either drop their kids off for the event or are welcome to stick around. The nationwide “Take a Kid Mountain Biking Day” is supported by the International Mountain Bicycling Association. Space is limited so reservations are required. Stop by Bryson City Bicycles in downtown Bryson City or call 828.488.1988.

Whooo ... do you think can Male American Kestrel. USF&W photo

Birds of prey to swoop into farmers market Owls, falcons and other birds of prey will make an appearance at the Haywood Historic Farmers Market in Waynesville from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 29. Doris Mager, known as the eagle lady, has dedicated her life to rehabilitating and caring for orphaned and injured birds of prey. Mager, who works with the organization Save Our American Raptors, will give people a chance to get up-close and personal with some of her birds, as well as learn about these amazing species. T-shirts will be available for sale depicting some of the North American Birds of Prey. You can also have your picture taken with one of the birds. A $5 donation is requested. Also featured at the farmers market will be Jim Rigg & the Coffee Branch Band on stage playing some of the finest toe-tapping gospel, old standards and original songs in the area. 828.456.1793

The Balsam Mountain Trust, that’s whooo! Call 828-631-1060 to find out how you can really experience the wonders of the natural world — right here in our big back yard. You can also visit the Trust’s website to discover programming possibilities for you and your group, classroom, etc. at

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Mary Gollwitzer of Maggie Valley and I hung with the Pisgah hawk watchers till about 2:30 p.m. We had already seen about 10 broad-wings as we traveled the Parkway and we probably added five or six more at Mills River Overlook. And while it wasn’t a big migration day for broad wings we did get good looks at an American kestrel and Peregrine falcon. And – a “trying to remember” butterfly list would include pipevine swallowtail (several,) painted lady (several,) buckeye (several) and a few sulphurs plus a few migrating monarchs. (Don Hendershot is a writer and naturalist. He can be reached a

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I had the pleasure of leading nine women from the Great Smoky Mountains Audubon Chapter on an outing along the Blue Ridge Parkway last Saturday (Sept. 22.) Initially hyped as a birding trip, the early fog and high wind had us focusing on many other aspects of nature. Now this isn’t to say birds weren’t there, just conditions were difficult for getting good looks. We had a couple of large mixed flocks of migrants at our first stop — the Waynesville Overlook. Rose-breasted grosbeaks in about any plumage you could imagine were abundant and we got good looks at a few of these. Tennessee warblers were, as usual, the most common migrants and it was hard searching through them for different species. But at that first stop we also had blue-headed vireos, chestnut-sided warblers, magnolia warblers, scarlet tanagers, Swainson’s thrushes and wood thrushes. But the fog was pretty thick and the birds were quite active and getting really good looks was difficult. We headed a little ways up the Parkway and found some sunshine but the wind was picking up. We did get good looks at a pair of Cooper’s hawks here. And it was here that I discovered these ladies were keen on all Mom Nature had to offer. There was a pipevine swallowtail caterpillar moseying across an asphalt path at the edge of the overlook. After a short photo-op, I immediately disseminated false information. Someone asked what that caterpillar was doing so late in the year, and I said it would find a place to overwinter — then pupate in the spring. Wrong! While many butterflies do overwinter as caterpillars, pipevines are not one. They will actually overwinter in the chrysalis — sorry ladies. But with the wind building and the fog moving in and out it was nice to know that we were free to talk about whatever we stumbled upon — and I really enjoy that type of outing. We stopped next at the Roy Taylor over-

look. Here we got looks at dark-eyed juncos; some got a brief glimpse of a black-throated blue warbler and while we could clearly hear golden-crowned kinglets none presented themselves for viewing. We had a great stop at the large cliff seepage area at Wolf Mountain Overlook. Here we focused on wildflowers and found grass-of-Parnassus, turtlehead, soapwort, saxifrage, hawksbill, ladies’ tresses and sundew. We also encountered a garter snake here that we assisted across the busy Parkway. We lost the fog but the wind was still with us as we headed to Mills River Overlook and the Mount Pisgah hawk watch. It was around noon and people with other commitments began peeling off.

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could illegally pick from the Parkway, but unless caught in the actual act, they could lie about the leaves’ origin to rangers. Likewise, wholesale galax dealers when presented with a batch of leaves have no way of knowing if they were poached from the Parkway or picked legally. Picking galax in the national forest does have its restrictions. Harvesting is off-limits for two months of the critical growing season in spring. Only leaves larger than 3 inches in diameter can be picked, thus ensuring the plant survives and keeps growing. The cheapest permit is $35 and allows pickers to collect up to 100 pounds of leaves but is only good for up to two weeks after being issued. In fiscal year 2012, the Pisgah Ranger District of the Pisgah National Forest issued 224 galax harvesting permits. In that same year, rangers also apprehended six people for harvesting without a permit. Several efforts have been made to stop the taking of galax at its source. One deterrent included painting galax leaves within the Parkway boundaries with orange paint to ruin their economic value, but the sheer

expanse of the acreage to cover made that approach difficult. The paint also has to be applied anew ever two years or so. North Carolina State University researchers at their Mountain Horticultural Crops Research & Extension center near Asheville have also attempted to develop a method of growing galax commercially, to relive the pressure on wild plants and create another cash crop option for farmers, but Francis said the results have not been economically viable. From the day a galax seed is planted in the ground, it can take four years before a harvestable leaf appears on the plant, Murdock said. With many unsuccessful attempts to slow the illegal harvest, Murdock worried about the options left for those concerned with protecting the mountain galax species, and the future of the plant if a solution weren’t discovered quickly. “Before we started monitoring, I would have said ‘no’, the poachers couldn’t make it go extinct,” Murdock said, “But from what I’ve seen in last few years … I don’t know now.”

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Grab your axes. The 17th Annual John G. Palmer Woodmen’s Meet at The Cradle of Forestry in the Pisgah National Forest will take place Saturday, Oct. 6. Events will run from 7:45 a.m. to 8 p.m. and feature competitions such as the axe throw, the pole climb and the cross cut saw race. Forestry students from Haywood Community College’s awarding-winning lumberjack team are one of six teams from a several state area that will be competing, along with N.C. State University, Virginia Tech, Montgomery Community College, Warren Wilson College and Penn State Mont Alto. The lumberjack competition is part of a larger event called Forest Festival Day. Other activities of interest during the day will be exhibitions of Southern Appalachian cultural heritage by more than 30 traditional craftsmen, forestry students, wood carvers, weavers and a blacksmith. The cost is $6 for ages 16 and up and $3 for kids. 828.877.3130 or .


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Nantahala Outdoor Center will host its end-of-season Guest Appreciation Festival Sept. 28-30. A cornerstone of the annual event is the used gear marketplace, a flea market where enthusiasts can buy and sell gear to one another. Kids can experience the outdoor climbing wall, try out NOC’s new Zip Line Adventure Park, catch a live raptor show, enjoy storytelling, bounce houses, games and face-painting. Adults can watch a range of free outdoor events, including acrobatic bike trials exhibitions, a head-to-head “boater cross” race, a freestyle kayaking competition, and a slalom kayak race. They are also invited to participate in wilderness survival skills clinics and an on-the-water surf school. Five bands will play live music on Friday and Saturday at NOC’s riverside café and bar. This year’s lineup includes music by the Freight Hoppers, the Vertigo Jazz Project, the Packway Handle Band, the Archrivals and The Secret B-Sides. The event is anchored by NOC’s used gear sale where the company liquidates gear and equipment used throughout the summer season. Dozens of manufacturer representatives will be on hand to discuss product features and answer guests’ questions. or call 866.535.5743.

First whitewater releases hit the Upper Nantahala Paddlers hungry to sample the newest whitewater run to hit WNC’s rivers will flock to the upper reaches of the Nantahala River this Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 29 and 30. Duke Energy will release water from the Nantahala Dam into the upper reaches of the Nantahala River starting at 10 a.m. each day. Several hundred paddlers are expected to try out the new steep whitewater descent. Duke Energy normally diverts the water from this stretch of river through pipes for several miles to a hydropower generator, but the paddling organization American Whitewater helped orchestrate occasional water releases from the dam to allow for paddling. “Because this is a first, much effort has gone into planning for success,” said Fred Alexander, manager of Duke Energy’s Nantahala district. “Still, experience tells us we will all learn some things that will make the next release better.” Starting next year, there will be eight annual release days on the Upper Nantahala: one weekend in late April, four summer afternoons, and one late September weekend. Here’s some things people should know: ■ Only highly skilled boaters should attempt to paddle on the Nantahala River. Fishermen are advised to avoid this region of the Nantahala River until water levels decline. ■ Endless Rivers Adventures and the Nantahala Outdoor Center will provide free

shuttles to boat launch areas. Shuttle pickup will be located on Duke Energy property immediately adjacent to the national forest put-in along Wayah Road. Shuttles will also be provided to run multiple laps of the Cascades Section. ■ American Whitewater asks that boaters please be patient with the shuttle system, as many paddlers will likely be looking for access to the upper river. The Wayah Road that follows the Upper Nantahala and Cascades is a very narrow road with limited roadside access and the community upstream is concerned about their ability to travel the road unimpeded. ■ The Upper Nantahala consists of two dis-

tinct whitewater runs. The uppermost section is known as the Cascades and offers advanced and expert paddlers a relatively short Class V descent over numerous waterfalls and slides. The section from the base of the Cascades to the powerhouse is generally referred to as the Upper Nantahala and offers intermediate to advanced paddlers a longer Class III/IV descent. ■ Western Carolina University students will survey participants Saturday and Sunday to help improve logistics for future releases. Paddlers can also email feedback to the Forest Service at or to Duke at

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Help sought in mapping historic settlements When the Great Smoky Mountains National Park was created in the 1930s and 1940s, hundreds of families were forced to leave their homes and farms to make way for the new park. An extensive research project is now underway to map and characterize the home sites of the people who once lived in the Swain County section of the park. A presentation by Don Casada and Wendy Trehern Meyers on the project will be held at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 27, at the Marianna Black Library in Bryson City. This presentation is an overview of their research and will be of interest to anyone concerned with local history or genealogy. The researchers are also looking for descendents of the original settlers, along with pictures and stories to help

contribute to the body of knowledge. 828.488.3030.

Rooted in the Mountains symposium comes to WCU The third annual Rooted in the Mountains symposium at Western Carolina University will be held from 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 4, and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, Oct. 5, at A.K. Hinds University Center. Rooted in the Mountains is designed to raise awareness of the intersection of health, language, environmental and indigenous issues with the stewardship of Appalachia and its resources. Organizers encourage those interested in the effects of continued destruction of mountain landscapes and learning more about the native ways of understanding these issues to attend. Presentations include movies, speakers, discussions and concerts, with topics ranging from the human connection to the land to Cherokee language. Several programs this year have a focus on Cherokee issues. Early registration is available through Sept. 28 for $75 and then increases to $125. Registration is available online. or 828.227.3926.

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and Country Road Farms Nursery & Garden Center in Sylva, Ray’s Florist & Greenhouse in Dillsboro and Tuckasegee Trading Co. in Cullowhee. In addition, bulbs will be available at Cullowhee lily information booths at WCU An effort to re-establish the Cullowhee on Mountain Heritage Day on Saturday, lily on the Western Carolina University Sept. 29; before the Homecoming football campus gets under way this fall with a game Saturday, Oct. 6, and before the footfundraising drive, a bulb sale and ceremoniball game against Appalachian State al planting in the Centennial Garden. Saturday, Oct. 27. A white flower with six petals formally Supporters of the Cullowhee lily initiacalled the tive who give a Zephyranthes atam$50 donation asco, the Cullowhee toward plantlily once common at ing and mainWestern Carolina taining a lily now grows in only a bed on camfew spots on campus and suppus. Some speculate porting the the water-loving WCU Alumni plant began to disScholarship appear from the Fund will be Cullowhee region honored as when the low valley charter memwetlands were bers of the drained first for Western Carolina Univeristy Chancellor David O. Cullowhee Lily farm use then later Belcher, Frances Owl-Smith and Susan Belcher Society. Those during (from left) Showing a limited edition framed print of who donate construction. The $250 will the Cullowhee lily. WCU photo receive a proliferation of aggressive kudzu framed limited along the river banks may have been anothedition and numbered photo of the er factor in the disappearance of the nonCullowhee lily printed on canvas and signed competitive lily. by Chancellor David O. Belcher. The first bulbs to be planted on campus The Cullowhee lily committee will also will be in the Centennial Garden, located sell, while supplies last, a package of the near the curve in the road above the Central hard-to-come-by bulbs for $10 to those Plaza fountain. A ceremonial planting will interested in planting the Cullowhee lily, be held Homecoming weekend at the garwith proceeds supporting ongoing care for den at 12:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 6. the plants at WCU and the WCU The bulbs will be sold Sept. 29-Oct. 31 828.227.7335 or or at businesses including Bryson Farm Supply

Haywood Master Gardeners to give grants The Haywood County Master Gardener Volunteer Association is accepting applications for grants for horticultural projects in Haywood County. The deadline for submissions is Monday, Oct. 1. The grant money must be used for research or educational purposes in the area of environment, gardening or horticulture. Beautification projects will not qualify. For example, in previous years, several local schools have requested and received grants for greenhouses and gardens to teach students how to propagate and care for plants. Applications for grants more than $200 should be accompanied by a detailed budget and timeline. Each application must have a Master Gardener sponsor, who will review the application and budget, oversee funding and report to the MGVA on the progress of the project. 828.456.3575.

The Appalachian Trail Conservancy’s Rocky Top Trail Crew is looking for volunteers to help reconstruct a remote section of the Appalachian Trail in Great Smoky Mountains National Park from Sept. 30 to Oct. 7. Food, gear and equipment will be provided in exchange for labor. The crew will spend eight days living in the backcountry building steps, turnpike and trail structures to protect and harden one of the most damaged sections of the trail. Paid crew leaders will work alongside volunteers and teach them the latest techniques in trail construction. Partners from the Backcountry Horsemen of America will

also provide assistance to the crew by packing up food and tools for a week of hard work. The Rocky Top Crew is supported by the Smoky Mountains Hiking Club, the National Park Service, the ATC, Mountain Khakis and the North Carolina Recreation Trails Program grant. The 70 miles of the A.T. through Great Smoky Mountains National Park crosses the Trail’s highest point and traverses the most diverse ecosystem and the largest roadless area along the Trail. 828.254.3708 or

Professional Development Breakfast Oct. 9 • 8 a.m. • The Gateway Club “The Engagement of WCU College of Business in the Economic Development of our Region,” presented by Darrell Parker, Dean of the Western Carolina University College of Business.


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BUSINESS & EDUCATION • The annual Break by the Lake Conference for student support services personnel will be held Friday, Sept. 28, at Lake Logan. Sponsored by Western Carolina University counseling programs within the Department of Human Services.; Phyllis Robertson at or 227.2635. • Mountain Biz Works will offer a business planning course for small business entrepreneurs, food, Ag and rural focus from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 27 through Thursday, Nov. 15, at the Jackson County Community Service Center, 538 Scotts Creek Road, Suite 234, Sylva. 253.2834 ext. 27, • Cosmetic Arts Color 101 will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday, Oct. 1, in the Cosmetic Arts Building at Haywood Community College, Clyde. To register in person, stop by the Student Services Building from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday and from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday. $140 includes tuition and supplies. Mailed registration forms must be received by Sept. 26. Fees must be paid to be registered. For details, call 627.4500. • A Building Your Web Presence seminar will be held at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 2, in the boardroom of the Groves Center at SCC’s Macon Campus. 306.7019 to register. • The Small Business Center of Haywood Community College will offer a free seminar entitled, “Business Start-up Issues…A to Z” from 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 2, on the first floor of the Student Center building on the HCC campus. Russ Seagle of Seagle Management Consulting is the presenter. 627.4512. • The Haywood County Chamber of Commerce will host Issues & Eggs, Meet & Greet the Candidates at 8 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 3, at the Gateway Club, 37 Church St., Waynesville. 456.3021. • A basic introduction to Microsoft Word will be held from 5:45 to 7:15 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 3, at the Jackson County Public Library, Sylva. The class is free but is limited to the first 15 people who register. 586.2016. • Highlands Chamber of Commerce Business After Hours will be held from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday Oct. 4, at the Highlands Historical Society. 526.5841. • The Haywood County Chamber of Commerce will hold the first of seven free Business Academy sessions from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 4, at the Gateway Club, 37 Church St., Waynesville. Must attend all seven sessions (one session per month for two hours). Advanced registration required. or call 456.3021.

COMMUNITY & EVENTS ANNOUNCEMENTS • A Haywood County Rabies Clinic will be held from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Sept. 24-28 at various locations in the county. The schedule is Wednesday, Sept. 26 – Hazelwood Elementary School; Thursday, Sept. 27 – Riverbend Elementary School; and Friday, Sept. 28 – Bethel Middle School. Cost is $6 per vaccine. Animal Services, 456.5338 or county Environmental Health Department, 452.6682. • Angela Rose, executive director of Promoting Awareness, Victim Empowerment, will speak at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 26, in the Grand room of A.K. Hinds University Center at Western Carolina University. Rose’s presentation is part of the university’s annual Take Back the Night campaign to help educate and empower students to protect themselves and others from sexual assault. or 227.2617. • Claudio Saunt will give a public talk called Beyond

All phone numbers area code 828 unless otherwise noted. the Revolution: North America in 1774 at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 27, in Room 130 of the John W. Bardo Fine and Performing Arts Center at Western Carolina University. Saunt is a historian and author from the University of Georgia who specializes in Native American history. 227.3867 or • The Canada Volunteer Fire Department will hold its 22nd annual barbecue fundraiser at 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 29. Bluegrass, gospel singing, cake walk and raffles. • Headwaters Brewing Company of Waynesville will host a Corn Hole Tournament to benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters of Haywood County from 2 to 4:30 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 29. $40 for a 2-person team; you must be at least 18 years of age. A $100 grand prize plus prizes for second and third place. 273.3601 or • Journey Stories, an exhibit from the Smithsonian Institution that examines the intersection between modes of travel and Americans’ desire for freedom of movement, will be on display from Saturday, Sept. 29 through Friday, Nov. 9, at Western Carolina University’s Mountain Heritage Center. 227.7129. • Bark in the Park will be held from 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 30, at Mark Watson Park in Sylva. Free. Bleacher seating available, or bring a chair. Well-behaved, vaccinated dogs on a leash (no flexies) welcome. • The fourth annual ‘Coats for Folks’ collection will kick off on Monday, Oct.1. This annual event collects gently used or new winter clothing articles for children and adults. The public may drop off their donation of coats, sweaters, jackets, hats, gloves, toboggans, or sweatshirts at any Swain County governmental facility. 736.6222. • Maggie Valley Women’s Club will meet at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 3, at United Methodist Church in Maggie Valley. Jan Kaiser, 246.1884 for information. • Construction Career Day will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 3-4 at the Haywood County Agriculture and Activities Center. 508.1781 or email • The Furry Friends Benefit Bash will be held at 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 4, at the Cork & Cleaver in the Waynesville Inn on Country Club Drive. Sit-down dinner, live and silent auctions. $50 per person at Sarge’s Adoption Center and Earthworks Frame Gallery in Waynesville or through the link at • The Pack the Pantry community food drive competition will be held during the junior varsity football game between Pisgah and Tuscola high school at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 4, at Weatherby Stadium, Waynesville, and during the Pisgah/Tuscola varsity game at 7:30 p.m. at Pisgah. Fans are urged to bring non-perishable items to the game. The school that collects the most wins a Pack the Pantry trophy. 452.2491. • The third annual Rooted in the Mountains symposium will be held Oct. 4-5 at A.K. Hinds University Center at Western Carolina University. Rooted in the Mountains is designed to raise awareness of the intersection of health, language, environmental and indigenous issues with the stewardship of Appalachia and its resources. Early registration available through Sept. 28 is $75; after is $125. Registration available online at Pam Duncan at or 227.3926. • Foster Pet Adoption from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 6, at Sarge’s Animal Rescue Foundation’s Adoption

Center, 256 Industrial Park Drive in Waynesville. View pets at 246.9050. • Western Carolina University will celebrate Homecoming 2012 Oct. 4-7. or call the Office of Alumni Affairs at 877.440.9990 or 227.7335, or email • The Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimers will be held at 1 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 7, at Lake Junaluska. Start or join a team today at or call 800.272.3900.

BLOOD DRIVES • The American Red Cross will host the Clyde Elementary School Blood Drive from 2 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Friday Sept. 28, at 4182 Old Clyde Road, Clyde. All presenting donors will be entered in a drawing for a chance to win a $3,000 gift card. • The American Red Cross will host the SCC Macon Campus Blood Drive from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 2 at the Macon County Library, 149 Siler Farm Road, Franklin. Call Cheryl Davids, 306.7018 for more information or to schedule an appointment. • The American Red Cross will host the Sylva Community Blood Drive from 1:30 to 6 p.m. Friday, Oct. 5, at the Jackson Senior Center, 100 County Services Park, Sylva. Call Eric Kehres at 989.3126 for more information or to schedule an appointment. • The American Red Cross will host the Otto Community Blood Drive from 12:30 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 7, at the Asbury United Methodist Church, highway 441 South, Otto. Call Phyllis Castle at 524.3473 for more information or to schedule an appointment.

HEALTH MATTERS • The Haywood County Health Department will offer a one-day drive-through flu clinic for adults, ages 16 and up, from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 29, at the Health Department’s new location (the old Wal-Mart Building) 157 Paragon Parkway, Clyde, in the parking lot. 452.6675. • Macon County Public Health will give flu shots from 1 to 4 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 3, at the Jane Woodruff Building at Highlands-Cashiers Hospital in Highlands, and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 13, at the Autumn Leaf Craft Show at the Fair Grounds in Franklin. No appointment necessary. 349.2081. • Free balance and knee pain screenings will be held from 1 to 2 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 3, at MedWest-Swain Rehabilitation Services on the MedWest-Swain campus in Bryson City. Licensed physical therapists will conduct screenings. 488.4009. • Look Good, Feel Better workshops supporting women with cancer will be held from 10 a.m. to noon Oct. 1 and Dec. 3 in the Conference Room of Harris Medical Park, 98 Doctors Drive. 631.8100 or

RECREATION & FITNESS • The Waynesville Parks and Recreation Department has hired tennis pro Bunnie Allare to teach new lessons and programs at Recreation Park in Waynesville. For rates, program information or to sign up for lessons go to, text 513.608.9621, or 456.2030. • Register for Church Co-Rec Volleyball through Oct. 2. Entry fee: $175. League play begins Tuesday, Oct. 9, at Cullowhee Recreation Center. Mandatory coaches meeting 6 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 2, at the Recreation Center,

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THE SPIRITUAL SIDE • MedWest-Haywood and the MedWest pastoral care team will dedicate the newly renovated hospital chapel at 2 p.m. Friday, Sept. 28. • The youth of Rockwood UMC, 288 Crabtree Mountain Road (Thickety Community), Canton, will lead the worship service at 10:45 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 30. The community is invited. A covered-dish luncheon will follow the service. 648.6870. • The annual German dinner will be held from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 7, at Our Savior Lutheran Church on Paragon Parkway. German music, Sauerbraten, bratwurst, German potato salad, sauerkraut, red cabbage, schwarzbrot, dessert and beverage for $13.50, eat-in or carry-out. Benefits the Good Samaritan Clinic, Mountain Projects Fuel Fund, and Camp New Life for the homeless. Children over 6 pay $6; those under 6 are free. Tickets available at the door but advanced purchases will guarantee reservations.

KIDS & FAMILIES • A balloon twisting party with Professor WhizzPop will be held at 6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 27, at the Jackson County Public Library, Sylva, in story time room. Appropriate for all ages. 586.2016. • The tween writing group Write On! for eight to 12year-olds will meet at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 4, at the Jackson County Public Library in Sylva. 586.2016. • Bryson City Bicycles will host young riders, ages 6 to 16, for a free youth mountain biking event, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 6, as part of Take a Kid Mountain Biking Day, supported by the International Mountain Bicycling Association (IMBA. Register in advance at Bryson City Bicycles, 157 Everett St., Bryson City or by calling 488.1988.

Get Active • Swain’s newest 4-H Club, the Outdoor Adventurers, is accepting fall registrations for youth ages 5-19. 488.3848.

Literary • Story time (seeds) will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 26, at the Jackson County Public Library. 586.2016. • Family Night with Professor WhizzPop (balloon twisting) will be held at 6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 27, at the Jackson County Public Library. 586.2016. • Children’s Story time (A is for Apple) will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, Sept. 28, at the Jackson County Public Library, Sylva. 586.2016. • Afternoon Story time with Miss Sally (Johnny Appleseed’s birthday) will be held at 3:30 p.m. Friday,

Sept. 28, at the Jackson County Public Library, Sylva. 586.2016.

• Children’s Story time (Pancake, Pancake, Muffin) will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 2, at the Jackson County Public Library, Sylva. 586.2016. • Children’s Story time (Mouse Cookie) will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 3, at the Jackson County Public Library, Sylva. 586.2016.

Food & Drink • Visit five regions of France during the French Wine Dinner at Fontana Village Resort on Friday, Sept. 28. Reservations required. $89 per person. To make dinner reservations only, call the Mountview Restaurant at 498.2115. For lodging and Wine Dinner reservations call 498.2211. • Wild foods expert Alan Muskat of Asheville will lead a foraging workshop from 1 to 4 p.m. Friday, Sept. 28 – 29, at Haywood Community College in Waynesville. Learn to safely identify, harvest and prepare wild foods. $50, pre-registration required at

POLITICAL GROUP EVENTS & LOCAL GOVERNMENT Dems • The Haywood County Democrats will hold their annual fall rally at 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 29 in the cafeteria at Pisgah High School, 1 Black Bear Drive, Canton. Tickets are $15 for adults and $5 for children under 12.They may be purchased at Democratic Headquarters, 286 Haywood Square, in Waynesville. The office is open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday-Friday and from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday. 452.9607 or visit

• 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

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.

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Others • 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. • The Jackson County Patriots will expand their meeting schedule for the remaining weeks before the Nov. 6 election. Meetings will be held at 6 p.m. Oct. 4, Oct. 18 and Nov. 1, at Ryan¹s Steak House in Sylva. The Patriots will offer voter guides, and intensive information and get-out-the-vote efforts throughout the county. Bill Adams at or Ginny Jahrmarkt at

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• The Macon County League of Women Voters will host a forum for county commission candidates at noon Thursday, Oct. 11, at Tartan Hall in Franklin. Bring your own lunch. The League of Women Voters is a nonpartisan organization. No display of campaign paraphernalia. Campaign signs, banners and paraphernalia are prohibited. • 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 meets from 9 to 10:30 a.m. the second Tuesday of each month at First Presbyterian Church at 305 Main St. in Waynesville. The October meeting is Tuesday, Oct. 9. John Woods, facilitator, 551.2095 or; or call MedWest-Haywood, 452.5039.

Jackson • The Harris Monthly Grief Support Group meets from 3 to 4 p.m. every third Tuesday of the month in the Chaplain’s Conference Room at MedWest-Harris in Sylva. The October meeting will be held Tuesday, Oct. 16. MedWest Harris, 586.7979.

A&E FESTIVALS, SPECIAL & SEASONAL EVENTS • Hymns We Know By Heart, a Sacred Music songfest, will be held at 4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 30, at Franklin’s Town Square gazebo, at the corner of Main and Iotla streets, across from the Macon County Courthouse.

Congratulations to the MedWestHaywood Osteoporosis Center for achieving re-accreditation by the International Society for Clinical Densitometry (ISCD). That means you’re getting top-quality care for your bones at the MedWest-Haywood Osteoporosis Center. The program is led by Kate Queen, MD, a rheumatologist with Mountain Medical Associates. Dr. Queen and the staff at the osteoporosis center are dedicated to the prevention, detection, and treatment of osteoporosis. For more information call 452-8850 or visit

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• 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

• The Haywood Republicans meet at 6:30 p.m. the second Thursday of the month at GOP headquarters, 303 N. Haywood St., Waynesville. 246.7921.


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• 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

• 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, for round table conversations with area business owners and managers regarding business concerns in Jackson County. Business owners and managers invited. Coffee and donuts provided. Clampitt can also be heard on 540 AM WRGC Tuesdays at 7 a.m. for his Mornings with Mike program. 421.4945 or email

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• Children’s Story time with the Rotary Readers will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, Oct. 1, at the Jackson County Public Library, Sylva. 586.2016.

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.

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Cindy Miles and Bobbie Contino will lead the singing, with Lionel Caynon playing keyboard. Bring a hymnal if you wish. Bring a lawn chair. or 524.7683. • A scarecrow festival will be held Oct. 6-20 in Bryson City to raise money for the Swain County Public Schools Foundation. Bryson City families, neighborhoods, businesses, churches and schools are urged to make scarecrows and decorate Bryson City for fall. $25 entry fee. Top three winning scarecrows will be displayed at the Chili Fest in Bryson City Oct. 20. Applications at the Swain County Public School Central Office or the Bryson City Chamber of Commerce. Deadline is Oct. 1. 770.315.8950. • Swain County Center for the Arts is the site for a demo of acrylic techniques in a city scape by Nick Depalo at 6:15 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 4; a bluegrass concert by Rye Holler Boys, followed by an artist reception for Sheena Kohlmeyer at 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 14; and Capoeira, a Brazilian Martial arts dance group at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 23. The Swain County Center for the Arts is located in Swain County High school. 488.7843 or


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• Hiking Through History with Leanna Joyner at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 27, in the Meeting Room of the Macon County Library, Franklin. A history of Civil War events in the mountains of Western North Carolina, and along the Appalachian Trail. Learn where to hike through history along the Appalachian Trail. • The Jackson County Public Library in Sylva will celebrate national Banned Books Week from Oct. 1-6 with a special display in the New Books area and a presentation by guest speaker David Carr, retired professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s School of Information and Library Science. Carr will speak at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 2, in the Community Room of the Jackson County Public Library Complex in Sylva. 586.2016 or • The second annual Smokin’ BBQ and Bluegrass Festival will take place at 10 a.m. Sept. 29, at the Cold Mountain Corn Maize in Canton. Admission is $10; proceeds to benefit the Good Samaritan Clinic of Haywood County. • The 38th annual Mountain Heritage Day will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 29, at Western Carolina University to celebrate mountain culture. The event will feature arts and crafts, music, clogging, folk arts, contests, and a special Smithsonian Institution exhibit Journey Stories. on the Web or call 227.7129.

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• The Cherokee Indian Fair celebrates 100 years Oct. 26. Sawyer Brown performs at 9:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 4, and Lonestar at 8:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 6. Traditional Cherokee activities, food, carnival rides and more. Fair admission is $10; tickets available in advance at or at the fairground box office. • A Festival of Unrivaled Variety (formerly the Cashiers Valley Leaf Festival) will be held Oct. 5 – 7, in Cashiers, Saphire and Glenville. Festival Headquarters is at the Cashiers Village Green and Commons, located at the Cashiers Crossroads. 743.8428 or go to • The Fall Festival at the John C. Campbell Folk School in Clay County near Hayesville will host its Fall Festival from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 6-7. Crafts, music and dance. Tickets are $5 for adults, $3 for kids age 12 to 17, and free for kids 12 and under. • Cruisin’ in the Mountains car, truck and bike show will be held Oct. 5-6, at Southwestern Community College’s Driving Course on Industrial Park Loop (U.S. 64 West). Registration forms can be downloaded from or can be picked up at the


Franklin Chamber Visitor Center. 524.3161. • ColorFest, Art & Taste of Appalachia Festival will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 6, in Dillsboro. 800. 962.1911 or go to: • Celebrate Oktoberfest with the Haywood County Arts Council from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 6, on the Patio at the Classic Wineseller, 20 Church St., Waynesville. Tickets $12 per person and can be purchased by calling the Arts Council office at 452.0593, or by visiting the Arts Council office at 86 N. Main St., Waynesville or the Classic Wineseller at 20 Church St., Waynesville. • Oktoberfest In Franklin will be held at 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 6, at the National Guard Armory. Tickets: $50 each and include authentic German food and two beers or two glasses of wine. Live Band, silent auction, raffle, biergarten. Proceeds to benefit outpatient medicine and chemotherapy expansion.

ON STAGE & IN CONCERT • Season subscriptions and individual tickets are on sale for the 2012-13 Mainstage season at Western Carolina University’s School of Stage and Screen. The first performance is Pump Boys and Dinettes, 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 26, through Saturday, Sept. 29, plus a 3 p.m. matinee on Sept. 29, at Hoey Auditorium. 227.7491, 227.2479 or visit • Shannon Thompson and Bradley Martin, faculty members in the Western Carolina University School of Music, will present British Invasion, an evening of 20th century music for clarinet and piano, at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 2, in the Coulter Building recital hall on the WCU campus. Free. 227.7242. • The Overlook Theatre Company will present Smoke on the Mountain: A Rip-Roaring Musical Comedy Revival at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 2, 5, 9, 12, 16, 19 and 23, at the Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts in Franklin. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for students. For tickets, go to or to the theatre’s box office, 1028 Georgia Road, Franklin. 866.273.4615. • HART Theatre presents The Light in the Piazza at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 5-6, 12-13 and 19-20, and at 3 p.m. Oct. 7, 14 and 21 at the Performing Arts Center at the Shelton House, 250 Pigeon St., Waynesville. Tickets are $24 for adults, $22 for seniors, $10 for students, and special $6 discount tickets for students for Sunday matinees. Box Office hours are 1 to 5 p.m. MondaySaturday. 456.6322 for reservations. Tickets available on line at • Stayin’ Alive Canada, a tribute group to the Bee Gees, will perform at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 6, at the Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts, Franklin. Tickets start at $20 each and can be purchased at, or at the theatre’s box office, 1028 Georgia Road. 866.273.4615. • Country music legend John Michael Montgomery will perform at 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 6, at Carpe Diem Farms, near downtown Highlands, to celebrate 20 years of experiential programming. Gates open at 1 p.m. Tickets are $50 each, $10 for children under 12. Bring a chair or blanket to this family friendly event. The Tux, Tails and Blue Jeans Ball will begin at 6:30 p.m. with wine and appetizers, followed by a formal multi-course dinner. Tickets for the Ball are $200 per person. Peter Raoul at 526.5700, or visit our website at • The Remnants Classic Rock Band will perform the final event of the fall Sundays On the Square, at 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 7, at Franklin’s Town Square gazebo. or 524.7683. • Illusionist Jason Bishop will perform at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 7, at the John W. Bardo Fine and Performing Arts Center at Western Carolina University. All ages. $20 for adults; $15 for groups and WCU faculty and staff; and $5 for children and students. 227.2479 or go online to

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R 3rd Annual Chief's Challenge (a very fun run) R Vietnam Traveling Memorial Wall R Walker Calhoun Remembrance R Cherokee Idol R A visit from Chief Hicks R Youth archery R Magicians R Teen Miss Cherokee Pageant R Authentic storytelling R Plus all the games, cotton candy, and traditional fair fun you've come to expect for a century.

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• A live auction of select craft by major American artists will be held at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 29, in the Bunzl Gallery at The Bascom, in Highlands. The auction is part of American Craft Today, a juried exhibition of fine craft, which runs through Dec. 29. Tickets for the auction are $100 per person. Benefactor tickets are also available. 787.2896 or visit • 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. • An exhibition at Western Carolina University’s Fine Arts Museum will be available through Oct. 5. The exhibition features work of WCU faculty members, all teaching artists who in in a range of media, and is part of the School of Art and Design Faculty Biennial. Museum hours: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday – Friday; 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday. 227.3591.


• Craft demonstrations from Sept. 27 through Oct. 2 at Dogwood Crafters in Dillsboro include felted purses by Susie Ray, watercolor paintings by Susan Lingg, rug hooking by Claudia Lampley, and hummingbirds by Mary Ethel Prater. Hours: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily, with evening hours until 9 p.m. in October. Details, 586.2248. • The WCU Fine Art Museum will host an exhibition of thesis work by candidates for the degree of master of fine arts from Oct. 1-12. The thesis exhibitions are “Contradictions in a Mad World” by Julie Boisseau and “Retracing the Trace” by Luzene Hill. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, with hours extended to 7 p.m. Thursdays. 227.2553 or

• To honor American Craft Week, Cullowhee will host its first Cullowhee Studio Tour from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 5, and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 6, at the studios of weaver Neal Howard, potter George Rector and blacksmith William Rogers. For maps and directions, visit the Caney Fork General Store, 7032 Highway 107, or email • Blue Ridge National Heritage Area Day from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 6, at the Blue Ridge Parkway Visitor Center in Asheville. Family-friendly activities and demonstrations, such as cornshuck dolls, pumpkin decorating and Cherokee syllabary. Whitewater Bluegrass will perform at noon, followed at 1:30 by Twilite Broadcasters. For a complete schedule, visit • Landscape painter Jo Ridge Kelley will present a one

• Movie night featuring a 1955 classic, 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 27, at the Jackson County Public Library, Sylva. Call for title. 586.2016 • A family movie matinee (Dr. Seuss) will be held at noon Saturday, Sept. 29, at the Jackson County Public Library, Sylva. 586.2016. • A free Halloween-themed family movie will be shown at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 2, at the Marianna Black Library in Bryson City. A 9-year-old boy befriends an aristocratic vegetarian vampire. Based on the children’s books by Angela Sommer-Bodenburg. 488.3030. • A new movie starring Judi Dench and Maggie Smith will be shown at 4:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 3, at the Macon County Library in Franklin. PG-13 for sexual content and language. 524.3600.

Outdoors OUTINGS, HIKES & FIELDTRIPS • The Land Trust for the Little Tennessee will host a bird walk with Jeremy Hyman on Wednesday, Sept. 26 in the Tilley Creek area. Meet at the Jackson County Recreation Park at 8:30 a.m. to carpool to the location, which is about 3 miles away. or 524.2711. • Join Parkway rangers at 10 a.m. Friday, Sept. 28, for a moderate 2.2-mile roundtrip hike on the Mountainsto-Sea Trail near Mount Pisgah to learn more about fall migrations. Meet at the Big Ridge Overlook milepost 403.6. Bring water, wear good walking shoes, and be prepared for changeable weather. 298.5330, ext. 304, for details. • The Nantahala Hiking Club will take a 2-mile easy hike at 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 7, in the Otto area on the Tessentee Farm trails. Meet at the Smoky Mountain Visitors Center. Drive six miles round trip. Kay Coriell, 369.6820. Visitors welcome but no pet please.

PROGRAMS & WORKSHOPS • Hiking Through History with Leanna Joyner at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 27, in the Meeting Room of the Macon County Library, Franklin. A history of Civil War events in the mountains of Western North Carolina, and along the Appalachian Trail. • Don Casada and Wendy Trehern Meyers will present a program on the people who inhabited sections of Swain County that now lie within the boundaries of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 27, at the Marianna Black Library in Bryson City. 488.3030. • Nantahala Outdoor Center (NOC) will host its Guest Appreciation Festival Sept. 28-30. Used gear sale, boat races, live music and more. or call 866.535.5743.

• Friends of Panthertown is hosting a volunteer trail work and hike day at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 29, in honor of the 19th annual National Public Lands Day. Meet at the Salt Rock entrance to Panthertown at the end of Breedlove Road in Cashiers. Tools and instruction provided. All ages welcome. Bring water, lunch, and wear good shoes. The group will hike 4-5 miles on easy to moderate trails and expect to be done by 2:30 pm. 269.4453 or visit • Forest Festival Day will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 6, at the Cradle of Forestry, four miles south of Parkway milepost 412 on Hwy. 276 in the Pisgah National Forest. Craftsmen, exhibitors and musicians. Six colleges will compete in log roll, archer, chain saw, orienteering, standing block chop and more for a trophy in the 17th Annual John G. Palmer Intercollegiate Woodsmen’s Meet.

COMPETITIVE EDGE • A 5-kilometer foot race will be held at 8 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 29, at Western Carolina University as part of WCU’s 38th annual Mountain Heritage Day festival. The race will begin from McKee Building. Raceday registration and registered runner check-in will be held from 7 to 7:45 a.m. Entry fees $15 for runners who register by noon Friday, Sept. 28; $25 race day; $10 for students. (WCU students must have valid ID.) Race Tshirts to first 250 registrants. Proceeds to Sport Management Association Scholarship fund to help students attend conferences and events. 283.0203 or • The Cherokee Harvest Half Marathon & 5K will be held Saturday, Sept. 29, to benefit the Madison Hornbuckle Children’s Cancer Foundation. Online registration for both races continues through Thursday, Sept.27 with onsite registration and packet pickup on Friday and Saturday at the Acquoni Events Center in Cherokee. • A few entries still remain in Southwestern Community College’s Fall Foursome 2012 set for Wednesday, Oct. 3, at Sequoyah National in Cherokee, a Robert Trent Jones II designed course. Proceeds from the annual fundraising golf tournament benefit student scholarships. Entry fees are $100 per player or $400 per foursome. Kathy Posey at 800.447.4091, ext. 4227. • The Highlands-Cashiers Hospital Foundation will host Pour Le Pink 5-K Walk/Run for Breast Health and Women’s Services at 9 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 6, in Highlands. Funds raised will go toward maintaining HCH’s state-of-the-art equipment as well as financial aid for HCH patients. or 526.1313. • The 14th annual Smoky Streak race will be held Saturday, Oct. 6, in Sylva, to raise funds to pay for mammograms for underserved, qualifying women. The race is part of MedWest’s month-long Fall Fight breast cancer awareness campaign.

FARM & GARDEN • The Town of Waynesville will hold its compost and mulch sale from 8 a.m. to noon Sept. 27-29 at the town yard waste landfill, off Bible Baptist Drive, from Russ Ave., near the bypass. Cash or check. Town personnel will be available with a wheel loader to load

• A Winter Garden Workshop will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 6, at Dan Pitillo’s Cane Creek Road property in Cullowhee. He will demonstrate his tried and true gardening practices and discuss weed control, cover crops and how he uses low tunnels to control frost. A suggested donation of $5 per person will benefit the Jackson County Farmers Market. Purchase tickets from 9 a.m. to noon, Saturdays, at the Farmer’s Market in the Bridge Park Parking Lot or at Dan’s the day of the workshop. Jenny McPherson at 631.3033 or email • An informational meeting for the upcoming Extension Master Gardener class at the Haywood County Extension Center will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 10, at 589 Raccoon Road in Waynesville. 456.3575. • Area farmers interested in applying for new grants from the N.C. Tobacco Trust Fund Commission consider attending attend one of the following question and answer sessions: 1 to 3 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 2, room 234, Jackson Extension Center, 538 Scotts Creek Road, Sylva; 2 to 4 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 11, room 114, Swain Extension Center, 60 Almond School Road. Christy Bredenkamp at 586.4009 or 488.3848, or visit to download an application.

ONGOING CLUBS • The Sylva Garden Club will meet at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 2, in the Fellowship Hall of the First Presbyterian Church in Sylva. After the business meeting, members will tour the Nature Center at Balsam Preserve. Lunch on your own at The Lodge. • The Macon County Beekeepers Association will meet at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 4, at the Cooperative Extension Office on Thomas Heights Road. Speaker is Carl Chesick, executive director, Honeybee Research Institute. 524.5234. • The Cherokee Riders, a new cycling club in Cherokee, is seeking 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.

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.

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• American Craft Week will be celebrated throughout western North Carolina from Oct. 5-14. 252.0121 or visit

FILM & SCREEN • Western Carolina University will offer a series of films on topics from local food to the life of a forgotten civil rights activist as it again hosts the Southern Circuit Tour of Independent Filmmakers for the 2012-13 academic year. 227.3622 or email Also, visit

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• Ceramic artist Linda Christianson will demonstrate her work at 9:30 a.m. and at 1:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 27, in room 151 of the John W. Bardo Fine and Performing Arts Center at Western Carolina University in Cullowhee. She will give an artist’s talk at 5 p.m. in room 130.

• The Western North Carolina Woodturners Club meets every second Thursday at 6 p.m., March through November. Drive to the back of the school to the woodworking shop. Visitors welcomed. 526.2616

• Dan Pittillo, professor emeritus in botany at Western Carolina University, will give a talk on The Natural History of the Southern Appalachians at 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 29, at the Macon County Library in Franklin as part of the 35th anniversary of the North Carolina Bertram Trail Society. Following Pittillo’s presentation, participants will eat lunch beside the Cowee Mound. Box lunches may be reserved for $6 through the North Carolina Bartram Trail Society website Or call Meg Petty at 371.0633. Deadline for lunch reservations is Sept. 27. Water provided.

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• Susan Phillips and Velda Davis will hold a special kiln opening and pottery sale from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 29-30 at their Utah Mountain studio off Jonathan Creek in Haywood County. I-40 to Exit 20 on US 276 (Jonathan Creek) for three miles, turn left onto Utah Mountain Road, then left at Windy Hill. Studio is on the right. Susan, 507.1305 or Velda, 400.5494.

day workshop, Expressive Landscape, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 6, at River’s Edge Studio, 191 Lyman St., Studio 310, River Arts District, Asheville. $125. Demo will be oil., 226.0549; or, 776.2716

• 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, email or call 684.6262. 47



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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. LUCY - Chihuahua Mix dog – brown & white. I am an adult girl who LOVES attention and affection! Although I can be shy at first, I just want to be the center of someone's universe. I would prefer a quiet home but do get along well with cats, children, and other dogs. $125 adoption fee, Animal Compassion Network 258.4820 or POPPY - Australian Cattledog Mix – blue/grey merle. I am an adult girl who is very friendly and loves to play with kids. I get along well with dogs, cats, horses, and chickens! I’m very sweet and like to cuddle up with you and watch TV, but am also active and enjoy taking walks. $125 adoption fee,


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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 year old "Whatizit?" She weighs 68 lbs., is friendly, and shaggy. Call 877.273.5262. SUSAN - A two year old great cat. She is very affectionate, litter box trained, and is good with other cats and dogs. She is quite talkative. Call 828.586.5647. ROWDY - An active 10 lb. terrier mix. He is active, six years old, and needs a cat-free home. Call 877.ARF.JCNC. CUDDLES - A female, Terrier/Hound mix. She got her name because she likes to





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Sheila - A gorgeious 6 month old Australian Shepherd mix. She has a beautiful strawberry blond coat and very pretty eyes. Sheila is a friendly, active, playful and fun dog. She adores people and loves to play! Shay - A sweet baby girl, about 4 months old, with a beautiful coat of gray and cream. Shay loves to play and run around, but she purrs as soon as you touch her and comes to cuddle in your lap when she's done playing.

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tard), burs (chestnut), samaras (maples), berries (grapes), false berries (gooseberries), schizocarps (parsley family), nuts (beech), acorns (oak), and on and on. The fleshy fruits are contrived to induce a variety of birds and mammals to devour them and scatter seed to likely habitats. Other non-fleshy fruits are constructed so as utilize wind or water for dispersal. And still others like witch hazel and touch-me-not have evolved explosive seed dispersal mechanisms that literally “shoot” seeds some distance from the parent plant. Some plants are showier when fruiting than when in flower. Doll’s-eyes, a common plant in rich upland coves, are fairly inconspicuous plants when their clusters of white flowers appear in April or May. But from August into October, the white berries that appear on thick fleshy red stalks are unmistakable. The red stalks (or pedicels) and white berries with their vivid black pupillike spot (which account for the apt common name) are no doubt designed to attract small mammals. They also catch and hold human eyes. Mountain ash, ginseng, staghorn sumac, wild yam, pawpaw, blue cohosh, pokeberry, sassafras, jimson weed, virgin’s bower, speckled wood lily. and many other plants are at their most distinctive during their late-season fruiting phases. One scarcely notices hearts-a-bustin’ (“Euonymus americanus”), which is also known as strawberry bush, from late April to early June, when its inconspicuous, small, greenish-purple flowers appear. At that time of the year, the plant is easily identified by the angular, four-sided,

green, artificial-looking stems, which can stand six feet tall. The rough-textured fruits that mature in September and October are an entirely different story. Each capsule is nearly an inch


in diameter and can range in color from deep pink to raspberry. When these open fully, smooth-textured seeds with scarlet or orange hues are displayed. Each plump seed remains attached firmly to the capsule. No other fruit in this part of the world exhibits such extreme variations in texture and color. Also of interest, in this regard, is the probable relationship between the early fall

colors displayed by some plants and their seed distribution tactics. A concept described as “foliar fruit flagging” has been advanced in recent years by various biologists. According to this theory, plants like poison ivy, Virginia creeper, black gum, sassafras, spicebush, dogwood, the sumacs, and the wild grapes produce an early flush of foliage color from late August into midSeptember, while most of the forest is still green, so as to attract migrating birds to their alreadyripened fruit. 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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ost wildflower enthusiasts quite naturally hone in on the showy flowering phase of a plant’s life cycle for observation, identification and enjoyment. Only slowly do we learn to appreciate the post-flowering phase. Late summer into fall is certainly one of the most interesting seasons to get out and take a look at what your favorite flowering plants are up to. You can usually still recognize individual species by their leaf, stem, other characteristic growth and habitat patterns. And now you can readily observe their fruits as well. The setting and distribution of fruit Columnist is, after all, what the hustle-and-bustle of germination, flowering and pollination was all about. Not taking an interest in this final phase would be like watching three-quarters of an exciting football game and heading for the exit. Fruiting and seed dispersal is the grand finale of a given plant’s yearly cycle, and it’s quite often conducted in a manner every bit as colorful and dramatic as anything that came before. Fruits are the ripened ovaries of plants that are usually located at the base of the flowering structures. Seeds develop from the fertilized ovules within the ovaries. Fruits appear in a variety of forms with a range of evocative names: pomes (apples), follicles (milkweed pods), loments (beggarlice), pods (honey locust), silicles (shepard’s purse), akenes (sunflowers), siliques (mus-


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