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March 27-April 2, 2019 Vol. 20 Iss. 44

Residents try to halt Cherokee mound deed transfer Page 9 Jackson health, social services boards restored Page 10

CONTENTS On the Cover: With Haywood Arts Regional Theatre’s mainstage season opening just around the corner, The Smoky Mountain News takes a look back at the theatre’s 35 years in the community. From a small operation to the renowned theatre company it is today, HART’s growth has been extraordinary. (Page 22) John Highsmith photo

News Haywood NAACP discusses lynching memorial ......................................................6 Waynesville residents push for promised park ..........................................................8 Macon residents try to halt Nikwasi deed transfer ....................................................9 Jackson health, social services boards restored ....................................................10 Indoor pool survey coming to Jackson ......................................................................11 Park, tribe sign gathering agreement ..........................................................................12 New members appointed to Cherokee boards ......................................................13 Tuscola still seeks ‘level playing field’ ........................................................................14 WCU parking deck construction delayed ................................................................15 Education News ................................................................................................................16

Opinion Our job is to earn trust and keep it ............................................................................17

Books The Apollo missions were propelled by a bold vision ..........................................33


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Scott McLeod. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Greg Boothroyd. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Micah McClure . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Travis Bumgardner. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Jessica Murray . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Susanna Barbee. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Amanda Bradley . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Hylah Birenbaum. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Scott Collier . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Jessi Stone. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Holly Kays . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Cory Vaillancourt . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Garret K. Woodward. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Amanda Singletary . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Scott Collier . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Jeff Minick (writing), Chris Cox (writing), George Ellison (writing), Gary Carden (writing), Don Hendershot (writing), Susanna Barbee (writing).

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Grandson of former owner reopens RollsRite Bicycles ......................................34


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Breath still bated ................................................................................................................47



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Summer camps

• Laurel Ridge Country Club. June 24-28 and July 22-26. Kids ages 6-13 sports camp with professional golf and tennis instruction.


• Variety of sports camps at Waynesville Recreation Center. Call 828.456.2030 or email

• Pigeon Community Multicultural Development Center. Summer enrichment camp. 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. June 18 through Aug. 17. Offered for nine weeks. $450 per camper, multiple camper discounts and financial scholarships available. 828.452.7232.

• Camp Henry at Lake Logan. Sessions June 20 through July 22. Cost ranges from $315 to $1,250 for different camps. or 828.475.9264.

• Skyland Camp for Girls offers summer camp stays of varying duration: 3, 9, 18 or 39 days. Sessions begin in late June and mid-July. Prices vary. For more information, call 828.627.2470 or email

• Fearless Athletics Day Camp. Sessions from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. June 18 through Aug. 17 at 123 Park St., Canton. $150 a week. Before and aftercare available. 828.492.1494.

• Challenger International Soccer Camp, July 22– 26, boys and girls ages 314. Prices vary. To register, visit

• Created for a Purpose. Aug. 5-9, for children of rising-third grade to rising-eighth grade age at Providence Church, 1400 Old Clyde Rd, Clyde) in partnership with members of Vine of the Mountains Church. 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Registration opens May 1. $130 per camper. Scholarships will be available. Email

• Smoky Mountain Aquatic Club. Summer Camp. Ages 6-17. Practices are held Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays beginning at 6:15 p.m. and on Saturdays beginning at 8:30 a.m., all at the Waynesville Recreation Center. • Smoky Mountain Sk8way. Eight-week day camp from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. June 18 through Aug. 10. Ages 6-14. $140 a week. 828.246.9124. Enrollment form at

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Your Legacy Leadership Summit for Girls at Western Carolina University are specifically designed to improve self-esteem and bring out leadership qualities in young girls. From Highlands to Asheville, other organizations offer speciality camps for kids with interests in sports, martial arts, ceramics, art, film, writing, science and technology. Whatever your child is interested in, you’re likely to find the perfect camp for them if you begin looking early enough. “The biggest plus of camp is that camps help young people discover and explore their talents, interests, and values,” Scales said. “Most schools don’t satisfy all these needs. Kids who have had these kinds of (camp) experiences end up being healthier and have less problems which concern us all.” While the cost to attend summer camps continues to rise, there are camp options to fit just about anyone’s budget. Also, many of the organizations offer financial aid or scholarships for students who can’t afford the tuition. Don’t be afraid to reach out to camp organizers and other nonprofits for assistance. Having a summer camp experience is about more than keeping the kids occupied during the summer — it’s about providing a valuable experience for them that they will never forget.

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ost families in Western North Carolina haven’t even taken their spring break yet but already parents are clamoring to secure a spot for their kids at an area summer camp. With so many different camp opportunities in the region, parents have many choices when it comes to keeping their children busy in the summer months. Whether it’s sending them to a traditional week-long outdoors camp or a day camp for arts or technology, there are endless benefits for their mental and physical health. “Camp is one of the few institutions where young people can experience and satisfy their need for physical activity, creative expression and true participation in a community environment. Most schools don’t satisfy all these needs,” said noted educator, author and psychologist Peter Scales. Organizations like Pigeon Community Multicultural Development Center in Waynesville and the school systems have a variety of educational camps offered throughout the summer to keep students’ minds sharp in the summer so they don’t lose all the valuable information they learned during the school year. Other camps like Skyland Camp for Girls in Clyde and Live

• Waynesville Recreation Center Volleyball Camp, June 17-20, 9 a.m. to 12 noon, rising third grader through 12th grade. $85 by June 1, $100 after June 1.




CAMPS, CONTINUED FROM 3 For more information or to register please contact Amy Mull at • Waynesville Recreation Center Shooting and Dribbling Basketball Camps, June 24-27 or July 15-18, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. $150 per camp. Applications available at the Waynesville Recreation Center, or contact Kevin Cantwell at • Waynesville Recreation Center Base Camp on the Go. A travelling camp featuring a variety of activities in a variety of locations including the Waynesville Recreation Center, Canton Town Park and Fines Creek. Free. Begins June 10. For more information contact • Youth for Christ Outdoor Mission Camp in Maggie Valley. Sessions start June 25 through July 16. Cost ranges $150 to $700. or 828.926.3252. • Youth for Christ - Creativity In Creation, June 16-21. Campers experience outdoor adventures in and around the Smokies, while also spending time expressing their creative side. $50 per camper. To register, visit • Youth for Christ - Wilderness 101, July 14-19. Spiritually and physically challenging wilderness discipleship camp for high school students. $350 per camper, scholarships available. To register, visit • Youth for Christ - La Aventura, June 23-28. Ven a vivir una aventura al aire libre con otros hablantes de español. Encontrar a Dios en su creación y hacer grandes amigos! $50. To register, visit

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Macon • New Vision Training Center. Summer day camp opportunities for gymnastics, ninja training, bouldering, outside play, arts and crafts, games, and much more. Full days and half days. Snacks will be provided. Bring your own lunch. Ages 3-12. or 828.524.1904. • Macon County Schools Summer Edventure Camp. 8-week day camp. Call Lenora Clifton at 828.524.4414, Ext. 324 or • Bascom Art Center in Highlands. Summer art camp for ages 7-14. Sessions begin June 19 through Aug. 14. $175 a week. or 828.526.4949. • Danny Antoine’s Martial Arts & Fitness Academy in Franklin. Monday through Friday starting May 28 through Aug. 23. $135 per week. Each child must be sent with a packed lunch, two snacks, and a bottle of water. To register, call 828.332.0418.

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• Nantahala Learning Center Summer Program. $25 per day Monday through Friday. Registration fee is $50. All field trip admission, transportation expenses, and


materials is budgeted into the registration fee. Call 219.689.3443 for more info. • Boys and Girls Club in Cashiers Summer Camp. 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. daily June 3 through July 26. $415 per student/$350 for additional family members. or 828.743.2775.

Swain • YMCA Camp Watia. Weeklong sessions from June 16 through Aug. 4 for ages 7 to 15. Limited space still available. $450-$750. Financial assistance available. • Nantahala Outdoor Center. Whitewater kayaking camp. Five-day sessions in June and July. For ages 9 to 17. $850 to $1,500. 828.785.4977 or • Camp Living Water Christian camp. June 30 through July 12. For ages 13-17. $490 per camper. or 828.488.6012.

Cherokee • Cherokee Youth Center (Boys and Girls Club). Email Patrick West at or call 828.497-3119.

Jackson County • Western Carolina University Elite Football Camp. June 22, June 23 or July 21. WCU campus. $50; rising ninth through 12th-graders. • WCU Hawg Camp. June 21-22. WCU campus. $200 day camp; $250 overnight camp; rising ninth through 12th-graders. • Western Carolina Football Skills Academy, June 1820. WCU campus. $150 for three days or $75 for one day; rising first through eighth graders. • “Special Forces” Special Teams Camp, June 21. WCU campus. $50; kickers, punters and long snappers of all ages. • Top Gun QB Camp, June 21-22. WCU campus. $200 day camp, $250 overnight camp; rising ninth through 12th-graders. • Skills Academy Youth Camp, June 18-20. WCU campus. $150 or $75 for one day; rising first through eighth graders. • Karen Glover Volleyball Camp Skills Camp. July 2324. WCU campus. $175 day camp or $200 overnight; rising sixth through eighth-graders.

campus. $45-75; all ages. • Live Your Legacy Girls Leadership Camp. June 1622. WCU campus. $1,500 with scholarships available; rising 10th through 12th-graders.

Cullowhee. $625; ages 6-12. Register March 30 online at 828.293.3053. • British Soccer Camp. July 22-26. Cullowhee. $97$143. Ages 3-16.

• Triple Arts Intensive Musical Theater Summer Camp. July 14 to Aug. 3. WCU campus. $4,300; ages 15 to 22.

• Camp WILD exploring nature and environmental science. July 15-18. Cullowhee. $35. Rising seventh and eighth graders. Jane Fitzgerald, 828.586.5465 or

• Carolina Saxophone Camp. Dates TBA. WCU campus. $499; high school and undergraduate saxophonists. Ian Jeffress,


• Art Tastic arts camp offering ceramics, sculptures, crafts and drawing. July 15-19. WCU campus. $275; grades 6 to 19.

• Camp Hobbit Hill. 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Sleepover and day camp sessions available in June, July and August. Agues 7-17. or 828.808.7929.

• Rocket to Creativity Camp. June 24-28. WCU campus. $140; ages 4-14.

• Camp Highlander. Boys and girls (ages 5-16). Multi-week sessions May 24 through Sept. 6. Visit

• Robotics with Legos Summer Day Camp. June 4-6 grades 4-6; June 17-21 grades 3-5; June 24-28 grades 6-8. WCU campus. $119 through June 1.

• Asheville School App Development Camp. $1,850 a week for overnight, $550 a week for day camp. July 816 and July 15-20. 828.254.6345, Ext. 4042.

• Summer Symposium for Marching Arts. July 7-11. WCU campus. $485 for students; free for directors.

• UNCA Summer Writing Program. For grades 6-12. $265. Week-long sessions in June and July. 828.251.6099 or

• Summer Reading Adventures. July 8-12. WCU campus. $139; rising first and second-graders.

• The Asheville School of Film will host three different rotations of it’s two-week summer film camp for teenagers (June, July and August). Class is held 1:305:30 p.m. and costs $495, which includes access to all equipment, copy of the group film, and screening at a local theater. Co-Ed for ages 13-18. Call 844.AVL.FILM or visit

• Step Back in Time Summer Day Camp. July 30 to Aug. 2. WCU campus. $99. Ages 9-11. • Tales From the Dead: An Introduction to Forensic Anthropology for High School Students. June 17-21. WCU campus. $299. Ages 15-18. • SOAR Llama Trek Camp. June 9-19, June 23 to July 2, July 7-16, July 21-30, Aug. 4-13. Balsam. $3,250$3,450; ages 8-10. • SOAR Backpacking Camp. June 9-20, June 23 to July 4, July 7-18, July 21 to Aug. 1, Aug. 4-15. Balsam. $3,250-$3,450; ages 11-18. • SOAR Canoeing Camp. June 8-19, June 22 to July 3, July 6-17, July 20-31, Aug. 3-14. Balsam. $3,250$3,450; ages 11-18. • SOAR Horseback Riding Camp. June 8-19, June 22 to July 3, July 6-17, July 20-31, Aug. 3-14. Balsam. $3,550-$3750; ages 11-18. • SOAR Expedition Camp. June 12-29, July 3-20, July 24 to Aug. 10. Balsam. $4,450.; ages 13-18. • SOAR Academic Discovery Camp. June 10 to July 5, July 10 to Aug. 4. Balsam. $5,500. Ages 11-18.

• Karen Glover Volleyball Camp Elite Camp. July 2426. WCU campus. $275 day camp or $325 overnight; rising ninth through 12th-graders.

• Jackson County Fun for Kids Day Camp. June 3 to Aug. 2. Cashiers. $700; ages 6-12. Register March 23 at Cashiers/Glenville Recreation Center. 828.631.2020.

• WCU Summer Swim Programs. Various dates. WCU

• Jackson County Fun for Kids Day Camp. Dates TBA.

• ECO Trek. Become a field ecologist for a week. June 17-21. N.C. Arboretum. $310. Grades six to eight. • Discovery Guide Session 2: Outdoor Skills. Care for younger campers and embark on outdoor skill field trips. July 15-19. N.C. Arboretum. $235. Grades six to eight. • Discovery Guide Session 3: Wildlife Management. Care for younger campers and embark on nature field trips. July 29 to Aug. 2. N.C. Arboretum. $235. Grades six to eight. • Asheville Artist Adventure. July 22-26. N.C. Arboretum. $285. Grades six to eight. • Advanced Mountain Sports. Aug. 5-9. N.C. Arboretum. $360. Grades six to eight. • Camp Bell at Carolina Day School in Asheville. Ages 4-11. $285 for one-week sessions June 17 through Aug. 2. Visit • Forest Floor Wilderness Programs. Flexible in-town drop-off/pick-up & after camp available. Monday through Friday. 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Grades K-10. Call 828.338.9787 or email Visit

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WHEN: July 22-26, 2019 WHERE: Waynesville Recreation Center WHO: Boys & Girls, ages 3 to 14 COST: Prices range from $85 to $192 (depending on age) MORE INFO: Stop by the Waynesville Recreation Center, call 828.456.2030 or email

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Haywood’s ‘hidden history’ Monument to Waynesville lynching victim could prove controversial

UNC’s “A Red Record” project shows the locations and details of more than 120 lynchings in North Carolina. UNC photo illustration BY CORY VAILLANCOURT STAFF WRITER lmost 120 years ago, local newspapers reported two separate instances of attempted rape in Haywood County. Similarities between the two cases are many. Both victims were young girls under the age of 11, both alleged perpetrators were grown men, both knew their victims, both were apprehended and both were immediately jailed. There were, however, some important differences between the two cases. In one, Burt Smith was given a sentence of 15 years in the penitentiary after appearing in Haywood’s criminal court. In the other, George Ratcliff was shot to death in his Waynesville jail cell the day after he was arrested. But there was another important difference in the two cases, perhaps the most important difference — Burt Smith was white and George Ratcliff was black. What happened to Ratcliff is properly known as an “extrajudicial killing,” but most people today would probably use a different word that carries with it haunting allusions to racially motivated Jim Crow-era mob justice. Ratcliff was lynched — executed without evidence, without trial, without the benefit of any judicial or legal proceeding. Now, a national project in Montgomery, Alabama, aimed at preserving the memory of lynching victims has a monument with Ratcliff ’s name on it. The idea is for community representatives to pick it up, bring it home, hold a ceremony, and install it somewhere. Not everyone in Haywood County is sure that’s a good idea.

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eneath the blaring March 5, 1900, Asheville Citizen headline “Another Brute Pays Penalty” is recounted in 6 detail Ratcliff ’s violent lynching.


Absent from the story are the linguistic accouterments of present-day crime reporting — today, even the most obvious of fiends remains “alleged” until conviction, and great care is taken to paint all parties in a neutral light while overcoming implicit racial, ethnic and gender biases. It wasn’t like that back then. Every word in that headline serves as Ratcliff ’s ersatz judge and jury; “Another,” means these incidents are and will remain common, “Brute” dehumanizes a criminal defendant, “Pays” presumes a debt and “Penalty” declares guilt. Ratcliff, according to the story, was a “burly negro” who was lynched for “an unnamable crime committed … upon the eight years old granddaughter of Matthias Holland, a respectable farmer living 3 miles from Clyde.” As it’s written in another contemporary newspaper, the Asheville Register, Holland had employed Ratcliff, 25, for a decade before Ratcliff found Holland’s 10-year-old granddaughter — identified in the Goldsboro Headlight as Hester Wagstaff — some distance from her home around 4 p.m. on Saturday, March 3, and allegedly attempted to assault her. Per the story, Wagstaff ’s screams were heard by her grandmother, who came running. Ratcliff fled, pursued by the girl’s uncle, Joe Holland, who sent his brother John to Clyde to spread the news there and to wire Canton to be on the lookout. It wasn’t long until men from both towns, as well as the surrounding countryside, were combing the woods looking for Ratcliff. Meanwhile, Ratcliff headed south, bound for the old railroad tracks, but he couldn’t get across the Pigeon River so he took to the hills outside Clyde where he was discovered by Joe Holland mere hours after the initial alarm was raised.

Lynching incidents in N.C. by decade Decade Number 1860s.........................................................15 1870s...........................................................5 1880s.........................................................34 1890s.........................................................24 1900s.........................................................16 1910s.........................................................14 1920s...........................................................9 1930s...........................................................5 1940s...........................................................2 Total.........................................................124 Total victims............................................169 Source: Ratcliff was subsequently taken to Clyde and placed in the custody of politician/attorney D.I.L. Smathers, who charged seven or eight men with the task of guarding Ratcliff until morning — an ominous sign that they weren’t necessarily concerned with Ratcliff ’s possible escape that night, but instead with his probable abduction. The next sunrise would be Ratcliff ’s last. efinitive details of Ratcliff ’s final days and his possible culpability in the alleged assault on the Holland girl are and will forever be lost to history. Thanks to a University of North Carolina project begun in 2015, his ultimate fate and the base allegations against him — fake news, or not — will forever be remembered. Called “A Red Record,” the UNC effort seeks to document lynchings in the former Confederacy, beginning with North Carolina. Its title comes from African-American journalist, civil rights advocate and NAACP co-founder Ida B. Wells’ 1895 book of the


same name, in which she argues that although lynching was ostensibly a response to crime it was actually a form of domestic terrorism meant to enforce de facto white supremacy after the Civil War. In sometimes gruesome but always authoritative detail, A Red Record’s website,, details 169 lynchings in North Carolina, separated by county, decade and race of the deceased. More than 70 undergrad students — as well as grad students and community historians — contributed to the ongoing work, which was led by Seth Kotch, assistant professor of digital humanities at UNC’s department of humanities, and Elijah Gaddis, now an assistant professor of history at Auburn. “This was very much by design,” said Gaddis. “When Seth and I came up with this, we wanted it to be largely student-led. Much of that was to introduce them to the prospect of doing original research, but we also wanted them to get experience as much as possible of learning about the communities where they come from. It’s hidden history in landscapes they live amongst.” Over the course of four years, they attempted to verify 165 incidents listed in Fort Valley State professor Vann Newkirk’s Lynching in North Carolina: A History, 18651941 by collecting vital records from and searching for newspaper coverage on Period articles — like those from the Asheville papers — are presented in digital format. When possible, a potential motive for the lynchings is noted. “These [lynchings] are things that were sort of ubiquitous to the landscape and contributed to the history of North Carolina and, more broadly, the South, but they are not marked and remembered in the way that other major historical events are,” he said. “We just wanted to start that process with students and then spread it to others, recognizing that this is an important part of our shared history.” That all serves the project’s goal by identifying and documenting the locations of known lynchings in order to “create a space for one facet of an important conversation about race, violence and power in the United States,” according to the website. “What we hope will happen is that people in the communities where these lynchings occurred will find this tool and use it to begin a dialogue amongst themselves about the history of their communities and how they might want to confront this,” Gaddis said. “Our operating assumption as historians is that the past has a profound impact on the present, and these things have a larger ripple effect on the areas where they occurred and in the decades since.” Map data from A Red Record shows the majority of lynchings in North Carolina occurring in the 1880s, followed closely by the 1890s and declining each decade after that through the 1940s. Most incidents were down east, where plantation style slavery was more widely practiced. Only eight documented lynchings, including Ratcliff ’s, took place west of Morganton, where the hilly Piedmont finally gives way in

s , s ,BY CORY VAILLANCOURT STAFF WRITER s ears after demolishing a blighted structure in Waynesville’s historic African, American neighborhood, aldermen still -haven’t funded the park that was supposed -to take its place, and neighborhood resiwdents aren’t happy. “It’s only right that the town of Waynesville dnot slight this community,” said Haywood ,NAACP Vice President Phillip Gibbs. “We have hbeen talking about this for three years now.” t After months of discussion, in March -2017 Haywood County commissioners eacquired by foreclosure three parcels home to ea disused, unsecured former church that had -become both an eyesore and a hotspot for crime in Waynesville’s Pigeon Street corridor. y The county sold those parcels to the nTown of Waynesville for $1, with the stipulastion the church be torn down, and the -parcels become a park. A further stipulation -is that if the park doesn’t materialize, owner-ship of the parcels, which required $20,000 in foreclosure costs and additional funds for ecleanup, will revert back to the county. l e


“These [lynchings] are things that were sort of ubiquitous to the landscape and contributed to the history of North Carolina and, more broadly, the South, but they are not marked and remembered in the way that other major historical events are.” — Elijah Gaddis, A Red Record project

“It’s only right that the town of Waynesville not slight this community. We have been talking about this for three years now.” — Haywood NAACP Vice President Phillip Gibbs

nother lynching commemoration project differs from A Red Record’s digital documentation by remembering victims through public art and architecture. In April 2018, The Equal Justice Initiative opened the National Memorial for Peace and Justice in Montgomery, Alabama. There, suspended from the roof of a large, open-air shelter, hang more than 800 rectangular steel columns, serene in their symmetry but shocking in their symbolism to the crowds craning their necks, looking up from below. Each of the casket-like 6-foot tall columns commemorates a county in which one of more than 4,000 lynchings occurred between 1877 and 1950. Twenty states are represented there, as are 64 North Carolina counties, including Buncombe, Cherokee, Haywood and Macon. Adjacent to the memorial is a 6-acre park, where identical duplicates of each of the columns lay flat and rusting down on the ground — evocative of a coffin during a graveside service. While the columns dangling beneath the shelter will remain in perpetuity, EJI hopes that each of the ones in the park will be claimed by people from the counties they represent, taken home and erected in honor of the deceased. In doing so, they’ll create a link between the memorial in Montgomery as well as change slightly the built environment throughout the American South by serving as a localized reminder of an era some may not want to remember.



Haywood NAACP offers Civil Rights monuments trip Join members of the Haywood County NAACP Branch on a pilgrimage to some of the nation’s most sacred civil rights sites in Montgomery, Alabama. The group will depart from Waynesville’s Jones Temple AME Zion Church, 35 Thomas Park Drive, by bus at 6:30 a.m. on Friday, May 10 and return by 10 p.m. on Saturday May 11. In between, they’ll visit the New Legacy Museum as well as the National Memorial for Peace and Justice that honors victims of lynchings, like Haywood County’s George Ratcliff. Bus tickets cost $50 round trip. Call Haywood NAACP Treasurer Chuck Dickson at 828.456.8082 to reserve yours by Thursday, April 4. Additional out-of-pocket expenses include museum and memorial admission fees of $11 for adults and $7.70 for seniors over 62 and students with ID. Overnight accommodations are available at the Comfort Inn and Suites for $106.89. Call 334.409.9999 by April 10 and reserve under “Haywood County NAACP.” As of Saturday, March 23, there were only 14 seats still available on the bus. Questions? Call Chuck Dickson at 828.456.8082 before April 4.

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murderer usually receives a light sentence or goes free. The rationale is that if society (the state) cannot protect a man or his rights, then he is justified in taking the law into his own hands.” A year after Mozeley and a year before Ratcliff, George Maney was arrested for the alleged murder of wealthy Graham County plantation owner Thad Sherrill. Like Ratcliff, Maney was taken elsewhere for “safekeeping” — to Murphy, in this case — but like Mozeley he was removed from the jail by a mob of 50 and hung from a railroad bridge. During the period studied by A Red Record, Maney was one of 22 white men lynched in North Carolina.

The building’s been torn down, but the proposed park still hasn’t been funded. Cory Vaillancourt photo

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eearnest to the round ruddy knobs of -Appalachia, fundamentally unsuitable land ,for large-scale slave operations. t Still, the relatively small postbellum tAfrican-American communities in Western .North Carolina took little comfort in their hnumerical inferiority; the mob that pulled -Mitch Mozeley (also spelled Moxley) from rthe Franklin jail in Macon County in November 1898 was likely larger than the -entire African-American population in the fcounty at the time. e Mozeley, reported the Asheville CitizennTimes, was arrested for alleged burglaries dand attempted rapes, and purportedly confessed his crimes to an African-American epreacher. s According to the story, the local black ncommunity said they thought Mozeley -deserved to be lynched. y The next night, about 8:30 p.m. a crowd .estimated by the Citizen-Times at 300 sremoved the “black demon” from his cell, ran ea rope off the old railroad bridge on the east eside of town, put Mozeley on horseback, and nset the horse to walking. The horse emerged on the other side of ethe bridge. Mozeley swayed beneath it. a That particular brand of Appalachian jusytice wasn’t strictly limited to Affrilachians; in rhis seminal 1913 book Our Southern Highlanders noted naturalist Horace Kephart ereflected on how the isolated, ruggedly self-sufyficient Scotch-Irish migrants to this region felt about government involvement in their lives. - “They put little trust in the courts,” he ,wrote in chapter 14, titled Law of the nWilderness. “Murders are common, and the

The church has been gone for some time now, but the park still hasn’t emerged. According to a presentation given to the Haywood NAACP by Waynesville Parks and Recreation Director Rhett Langston March 23, it looks like a long shot for this budget year, as well. Langston presented a drawing of the proposed Craven Street park that includes a few parking spaces, a basketball court, a small playground, and a 24-foot-by-44-foot covered picnic shelter along with a few benches and grills. Phase one, he said, would consist of the parking lot, shelter pad and shelter. It’s likely the town could do the lot and pad in-house, but a quote he’d received for the shelter came in around $40,000. That funding request would compete with other major recreation needs this year, including $90,000 for a new bathroom at the Recreation Park and $700,000 for a piece of pool equipment. Phase two would consist of the playground, the basketball court, grills and benches, and would likely cost far more than the current $40,000 request. During the meeting, local attorney and NAACP treasurer Chuck Dickson made clear that he was organizing a group to go before Waynesville aldermen at the board’s April 23 meeting to advocate for the park’s funding. “And remember this is an election year,” Dickson said.


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n Sunday, March 4, 1900, George Ratliff made the 7 miles from Clyde to Waynesville under escort and was booked into the county jail. Around 1 a.m. on Monday, Haywood County Sheriff William J. Haynes — who as was common at the time lived at the jail — awoke to a large crowd. Fifty hidden faces demanded to see Ratcliff. Sheriff Haynes refused. They broke down the exterior door with sledges and pry bars, demanding he let them into the cellblock. Sheriff Haynes refused. They broke down the interior door, and upon arriving at Ratcliff ’s cell demanded Deputy Henson work the combination lock to release Ratcliff. Deputy Henson refused. Crouching in fear in his cell, Ratcliff never did get to see a real judge or jury, but he did get to see his executioners, who struck him with several rounds fired through the bars. During the confrontation, Sheriff Haynes sought help from Waynesville’s town solicitor, a man named Ferguson who responded but to no avail. Meanwhile, the masked mob — “fearing they had not completed their work … — immediately returned and again sent several rounds in his body. Probably 40 shots were fired in all,” reads the Citizen. Miraculously, Ratcliff ’s cellmate was unharmed. In sardonic fashion, the Asheville Citizen story noted that damages to the jail were


“only slight,” as though the extrajudicial killing — the lynching — of an American citizen deprived his constitutional right to due process was of less import than two new doors and a cell wall with 40 bullets in it. Ratcliff ’s lynching is further justified in the story, which ran in newspapers across the state and as far away as Kansas, Louisiana and Minnesota, by the unsupported statement that this was not a “reckless first offense” because Ratcliff had allegedly “ran away from Turkey Creek [near Haywood County’s Fines Creek] some years ago for stealing.” Perhaps unsurprisingly, the story even brushes in rosy hues a surrealist portrait of what must’ve been the most polite and clearheaded lynch mob in recorded history. “It seemed quiet, organized and determined, and spoke but a few words,” reads the Citizen. “None were drinking, and none were recognized.” ecognizing Ratliff in Haywood County has been an ongoing discussion, especially within the Haywood NAACP branch. Branch President Rev. Walter Bryson first related the story of Ratliff to a group of 24 at a branch meeting on Feb. 23. That sparked contemplation of the issue that spilled over somewhat into the subsequent meeting on March 23, especially in light of an upcoming May bus trip the branch has planned to some of Montgomery’s Civil Rights-era sites, including the National Memorial for Peace and Justice. NAACP Vice President Phillip Gibbs said


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“You shouldn’t hide the truth. It would be something that could show people how times have changed, and how grateful we are to have the community that we have now, and how good it is that stuff like that doesn’t go on anymore.” — Dean Gibson

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More than 800 columns bearing the names of counties where lynchings took place, including Buncombe, Haywood, Graham and Macon, hang at the National Memorial for Peace and Justice.


during the meeting that he imagined the group would have plenty of time on the bus to and from Montgomery to discuss the matter, but after the meeting was over, a small crosssection of attendees — one white, one black, and one of mixed race — hinted that the conversation could be unpredictable. Haywood County native Dean Gibson, part of Waynesville’s small African-American community, says he can remember overhearing half-whispered Ratcliff lore while still young. “I couldn’t remember the name, but there was somebody that was supposed to have raped a white woman, and they went into the jail and they shot him,” said Gibson. “I’ve always heard that, but not in detail. They said he didn’t do it, but he didn’t even get a trial.” Gibson supports bringing the monument back to Haywood County. “It’s history,” he said. “You shouldn’t hide the truth. It would be something that could show people how times have changed, and how grateful we are to have the community that we have now, and how good it is that stuff like that doesn’t go on anymore. The nation is divided, but I think we’ve progressed a lot since then.” Although Lillian Woods now lives in

Haywood County, she was born in Bay St. Louis, Mississippi, to a family she called very southern, and very mixed. “Spanish, Choctaw, Croatian,” said Woods. “Lots of mixing.” Woods also has African ancestry on her grandfather’s side, as chronicled in her cousin Emily Raboteau’s 2012 memoir Searching for Zion, which details her family’s quest for identity after her grandfather’s racially motivated murder in 1940s Mississippi. Even with the legacy of violence in her family, Woods says she’s undecided. “There are a lot of tensions that still exist with white people in this community, and I just don’t know if the black community will suffer the effects of having this memorial bring up those bad feelings and prejudices,” she said. “I don’t want to create a situation of more violence being perpetrated against the community while raising recognition of a problem.” Gibson doesn’t think that Haywood County’s African-American population — 794 of more than 61,000 people, or about 1.3 percent — will see repercussions. “No, I don’t think that’s realistic,” he said. “In this community right here, history is wellreceived. I came up in the 1980s, Tuscola, Waynesville Middle School. We got along. I came through school without a hitch. At one point, I was the only black guy on the football team, and these guys treated me like a brother.” Woods’ husband John, a psychotherapist from Springfield, Illinois, is like his wife conflicted about whether or not to bring Ratcliffe’s monument home to Haywood County. “I have two thoughts. One of them is, absolutely, to take a stance on education and honesty and owning our history, we should bring it back,” he said. “But sitting in the meeting today as a white male with all of my privilege, I can imagine how bringing that back could cause people of color harm and put them at peril. I don’t think that’s a dealbreaker, a reason not to do it, but it’s one of those things where I’m reminded about the issue of white privilege — it’s not going to cause me any difficulty to bring it back.”


The complainants insist that the language of the 1946 deed that granted the town ownership of the mound is clear — ownership shall never be transferred. Many residents of Macon County were able to pull enough money together in 1946 to purchase the mound for $1,500 and save it from development. They deeded it over to the town to keep it preserved for future generations. According to the 1946 deed, the mound “shall be preserved for the citizens of Macon County and for posterity” and shall not be excavated, explored, altered or impaired in any way or used for commercial purposes.

The complaint states that losing the mound would be incalculable, “causing emotional and financial harm to the citizens, because the Nequassi Mound has been the iconic symbol for the early history of the county …”

NIKWASI INITIATIVE People in opposition to the deed transfer say they don’t understand why the Nikwasi Initiative can’t move forward with its plans to raise awareness about the mound’s cultural significance under the town’s ownership. The mound is just one part of a much bigger plan that has been in the works for several years. Even before Nikwasi Initiative incorporated as a nonprofit and formed a board of directors, it worked under the name Mountain Partners since 2015 to explore ways in which Macon County residents and the Cherokee people could work together on economic and historic preservation projects. The results so far have been fruitful for the East Franklin corridor. Mainspring purchased the former Duncan Oil site next door to its office on East Main Street in 2015 and completed a brownfield cleanup effort on the site to remove the contamination caused by the old underground oil tanks. Now the property behind the office, which runs along the Little Tennessee River, is lush with grass and picnic


The ongoing issue will likely bring out supporters and opponents to speak up at the next Franklin Town Council board meeting on April 1. Mayor Bob Scott, who is opposed to transferring the deed to the Nikwasi Initiative, said he hopes to propose some kind of compromise. “I’m going to suggest delaying this for a while until the town joins the Nikwasi Initiative. The town isn’t a member of it, never has been,” Scott said. “Then we want to see a detailed plan for what is being proposed at the mound.” Contrary to Scott’s statement, McRae said the town is absolutely already a partner in the Nikwasi Initiative as she has given the board many updates on the project in the last couple of years and has received monetary support from the town. To date, she said, Franklin has contributed $17,500 toward the nonprofit and recognized McRae as the town’s representative on the board. Macon County gave Nikwasi Initiative $12,500 in 2017 for start-up funds and another $12,500 in 2018-19 from its economic development funds to continue to support the group’s mission. 9

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Furthermore, the deed states that any other lease or contract that interferes with the Nikwasi deed shall be null and void. McRae and other supporters of the deed transfer interpret the language of the deed to mean it must be preserved in posterity for all citizens, but that doesn’t mean the town must maintain sole ownership in order to honor the stipulations outlined in the deed. In the event the town fails to carry out the object and purpose of the deed, the 1946 deed grants any citizen of Macon County the right to “apply to the court for injunctive relief and to prosecute said action in their own behalf and on behalf of all other citizens of Macon County.” That’s what the five complainants are now trying to do. As of Tuesday, the preliminary injunction paperwork had not yet been filed and they haven’t hired a lawyer on their behalf. Owenby said she hopes it doesn’t reach that point. “We have the right as citizens — we’re just community citizens coming together and we just want the town to honor the deed,” Owenby said. “We have nothing to gain except to preserve this in perpetuity for future generations. Our children and grandchildren will thank us down the road.” Nikwasi Initiative organizers and supporters also see having joint ownership of the mound as a step closer toward healing old wounds and repairing a strained relationship with the Cherokee people. As a lifelong Macon County resident and former president of the Macon County Historical Society, Owenby said she hasn’t experienced these so-called hurt feelings among early settlers and the Cherokee. “I never knew there was any animosity — from the time my ancestors settled here they lived peacefully with the Cherokee,” she said. “In 2008, we (historical society) erected a kiosk at the mound and held a celebration with the Eastern Band — their dancers came, we played stick ball and cooked dinners. It was a wonderful day.” Wilson, on the other hand, recently told the town board there was animosity after it refused to deed over the mound to EBCI in 2012 at the formal request of then-Principal Chief Michell Hicks. In fact, the debacle was the impetus for starting Mountain Partners and eventually Nikwasi Initiative. Hicks’ request came after the town applied herbicide to the mound in an attempt to kill off the grass and plant a different kind that would require less mowing. The wellintentioned plan — which left the grass on the mound dead and brown — backfired. Many Cherokee people saw it as an act of dis-

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BY J ESSI STONE N EWS E DITOR group of Macon County residents plan to file a complaint seeking an injunction to keep the town of Franklin from giving up its sole ownership of the Nikwasi Mound. The complainants include Betty Cloer Wallace, Gloria Raby Owenby, Mary Ruth Byrd, Edward Burton “Bud” Shope and Judith Dowdle while the defendants are Franklin Mayor Bob Scott and the six members of the Franklin Town Council. The complaint comes weeks after the town council members expressed support for transferring the Nikwasi Mound deed over to nonprofit community development organization Nikwasi Initiative. Vice Mayor Barbara McRae, who also serves as the co-chairwoman for the Nikwasi Initiative, made the request to the town board, and the vote to allow the town attorney to draw up a proposed deed was unanimous. The Nikwasi Initiative is a joint effort between Franklin, Macon County, Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians and Mainspring Conservation Trust that incorporated about two years ago in an effort to preserve Nikwasi Mound and other culturally significant sites in the area. McRae and her co-chair Juanita Wilson of Cherokee told council deeding the mound property over to the nonprofit would allow all stakeholders to have a voice in preserving it. “All the partners involved in this have enormous other responsibilities. It was our feeling that, to go forward in any meaningful way, we needed to have a committed entity,” McRae said. “This is no different, in my mind, than a city establishing a community development corporation to improve a downtrodden neighborhood or perform other revitalization work. That’s what we hope to accomplish eventually.”

tables for the public to enjoy. Mainspring also purchased the Simpson Gas and Oil Company located at 544 East Main Street to clean up and redevelop into green space while the EBCI purchased the former Dan’s Auto property on the other side of the mound. McRae said ECBI plans to invest over half a million dollars to construct a visitor center and an annex for the Museum of the Cherokee Indian on the property. All these projects will tie into Nikwasi Initiative’s plan to create a cultural heritage corridor through Macon County to Cherokee with stops at Nikwasi Mound as well as Cowee School Heritage Center and Cowee Mound. Nikwasi Initiative has already installed historic markers and educational kiosks at the Cowee School and Cowee Mound. There is also now an observation deck just across the river to give people a view of Cowee Mound. Despite the work of Nikwasi Initiative to revitalize East Franklin and increase cultural tourism for the entire county, opposition is questioning the long-term intentions of the nonprofit. As Owenby pointed out, what’s to keep the nonprofit from handing over the property to EBCI and what would happen to the property if the nonprofit dissolves in the future? McRae said all those concerns would be addressed in the new deed being drafted for the town council to consider. “Nikwasi Initiative provides a partnership that combines the resources and strengths of all the partners, and can focus its energies on improving the section of Franklin surrounding the mound,” she said. “There is absolutely no intention of changing the mound’s ownership later, or of making any changes to the mound itself. As the project progresses, we see Nikwasi Initiative owning other parcels, such as the former Simpson property, for park land.”


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respect, and Hicks asked that the deed be handed over to EBCI. The town refused. Whatever hurt feelings there may be on either side, Wallace said that’s not what the complaint is trying to resolve. “The Plaintiffs are addressing only the legal terms of the deed — not public opinion about the rightness or wrongness of reparations to other cultures or races, or about what should be done to the adjacent private property surrounding the mound parcel,” she said. “The Franklin Town Council holds the deed to the mound in Trust for the Citizens of Macon County. The Town Council does not ‘own’ the mound unconditionally, and they have no legal right to dispose of it.”

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Split vote establishes health, social services boards in Jackson


BY HOLLY KAYS STAFF WRITER n a mirror image of a vote taken seven months ago, the Jackson County Board of Commissioners has voted to reinstate independent boards to oversee its health and social services departments. The change took place with a pair of votes at the March 19 commissioners’ meeting, during which the board approved resolutions establishing a five-member board of social services and an 11-member board of health. Previously, commissioners had doubled as the health and DSS boards following an August 2018 vote — also 3-2, though at that time the board had a Republican majority — to abolish the board established that May to oversee the newly consolidated health and social services departments. The August vote also reversed the consolidation, splitting the department in two again. Before consolidation — which was approved in January 2018 following a public hearing in which all 11 speakers stated their opposition and was enacted with the appointment of board members in May — the Board of Health met quarterly and the Board of Social Services met monthly. The consolidated board met monthly during its short existence, which commissioners brought to an end after the board’s July vote to delay hiring a director until after the November elections. The consolidation issue was contentious, with Democratic candidates running on the promise that they would reverse it if they won a majority. However, in the seven months after commissioners appointed themselves the health and social services boards, no independent meetings were scheduled to conduct health and social services department business, though commissioners did vote on various health department items in the course of their regularly scheduled meetings. “Since the Board of Commissioners are our Board of Health, every Board of Commissioners meeting could be considered a Board of Health meeting because Health Department issues could come up at any meeting,” said Health Director Shelley Carraway via email. “There are several required things to bring before the Board of Health that I will simply be bringing to the


Board of Commissioners as the year goes on.” Commissioners completed Carraway’s performance evaluation in December, for example, and on March 19 voted to allow Carraway to pursue a grant application. Since August the board has dealt with various other items from Carraway’s department as part of its regular meetings. Commissioners did not receive orientation training for their new roles as health and social services board members. For health boards, a comprehensive orientation is required within the first year of appointment, Carraway said. Because the governance structure seemed uncertain, that orientation did not happen as quickly as it normally would have. When the new health board is appointed, she said, those members will undergo an orientation to which commissioners will be invited as well.

The resolutions created the boards but did not fill their seats, so commissioners will continue to oversee the departments in the meantime. Every vote related to the consolidation issue — and there have been many over the past two years — has featured lively and at times heated debate. The same was true March 19, but the conversation had an element of tiredness to it, with all present seeming aware that there were few things to say that hadn’t already been said at some point. “We’ve put too much time into this,” said Commissioner Boyce Deitz. “We’ve wasted a lot of money or time going one way or another.” Commissioner Gayle Woody, who just joined the board in December and had not yet participated in any consolidation-related votes, read a three-page statement to make it clear where she stands. Woody said that she supported reinstating the boards for several reasons — because public hearings clearly


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Commissioner Boyce Deitz speaks during a 2017 work session on the possibility of consolidating the county’s health and social services departments. Holly Kays photo showed that citizens wanted it to be that way, because in her eyes the stated reasons for consolidation did not add up and because she believes the experienced professionals appointed to these volunteer boards will be better equipped to make decisions than will commissioners. “I take just as seriously any appointments I make to boards — who will then make decisions or recommendations — as I would making the decision myself, without the background, training and experience of appointees,” she said. “I feel health professionals like doctors, RNs, pharmacists and veterinarians are best equipped to serve our citizens as volunteers on these boards. They are truly governing of the people, by the people and for the people.” “I don’t think anybody is unaware of where I stand on this,” responded Commissioner Ron Mau. “One, it was never about jobs. Two, never did anybody ever say it was anybody doing a poor job. I was always looking forward about streamlining the structure to be able to have better performance in the future.” With upcoming changes to Medicare and Medicaid, as well as new state laws regarding accountability for social services depart-

ments, Mau said, elected officials are a better choice to govern these departments. “I can’t imagine anybody doing a better job and being able to adjust when they have had experience in these fields,” Woody responded. “Nobody knows what’s going to happen with these changes. Nobody knows that.” But, Woody added before the vote, “I think we can agree to disagree.” The discussion concluded with Mau calling for a vote on the resolution establishing a social services board, joining fellow Republican Commissioner Mickey Luker in voting no. Democrats Woody, Deitz and Chairman Brian McMahan voted yes. The vote broke down the same way minutes later when the board voted to establish the board of health. The resolutions created the boards but did not fill their seats, so commissioners will continue to oversee the departments in the meantime. Commissioners are responsible for appointing all board of health members and two of the five board of social services members. Two more social services board members are chosen by the N.C. Social Services Commission, and the four appointed members together pick the fifth member.

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If the public wants a pool, the county will need to take out a bond to pay for its construction and raise taxes to pay the debt service and account for ongoing costs. increase?’” responded Chairman Brian McMahan. “Would you then want to move forward with putting it on the referendum to have them tell you that again?” “The way you answer that question is to put it on the ballot,” Mau replied. Commissioners then went on to talk about the particulars of the survey — how surveys should be distributed, what should be asked. Commissioner Boyce Deitz stressed that the county should take pains to distribute the survey to people representing a diversity of geography and interest within the community. They shouldn’t just be asking rec center members, for instance. Woody pointed out that folks at the senior center would likely have relevant opinions to share, since a pool could be useful for therapy and low-impact exercise. McMahan said that the survey questions should allow the county to build a picture of who each respondent is. For instance, he said, the survey should definitely ask whether the respondent owns property in Jackson County, because property owners would the ones most affected by a tax increase. “I think we ought to look strongly at how we question that and I think we ought to look strongly at who’s asked,” said Deitz. County Manager Don Adams told commissioners he would start working on survey questions and bring them for review to the commissioners’ next work session, slated for 1 p.m. Tuesday, April 9. Then the survey can be deployed for the month of May with results available in June. It will be done inhouse at no cost to the county.

DEBATING THE PROCESS Mau still wasn’t convinced that the survey was a good idea, questioning whether the other commissioners were trying to avoid putting the question on the ballot.

Waynesville town residents have long enjoyed a public indoor pool. Jackson commissioners are contemplating asking voters if they would pay higher taxes to have such an amenity in Cullowhee. SMN photo “Are we trying to survey to find out if it’s going to pass or not, or are we going to put it on the ballot and find out what happens?” he asked. “I’m confused. I don’t get doing a survey for something we’re talking about putting on the referendum when we already have all the data we have. Do you want it to go to referendum?” “We don’t have all the data we need,” replied Woody. “There’s two sitting there that says, yes, put it on the ballot, and there’s three sitting here right now that need to have their mind made up, so if it takes a survey for one of us to side with you, I think you want to support the survey,” McMahan told Mau. “This is kind of like the health department that got designed by Ron Smith 10 years ago and then by Odell (Thompson) and then by Ron Smith again,” said Mau. “We keep doing things multiple times.” Mau compiled a timeline of discussions surrounding the indoor pool, which began in 1991 when an indoor aquatic center was first included in a parks and recreation master plan. The pool continued to appear in master plan updates in 2005 and 2013, as well as in a county comprehensive plan approved in 2017. “We don’t have all the data that we need,” Woody reiterated. “We don’t.” This is the county’s second attempt to get a pool bond referendum on the ballot.

The board sitting in 2017 and 2018 considered the issue, in October 2017 instructing Adams to look for an architectural and engineering firm to do some pre-design work and figure out how much the pool might cost. But when the contract came up for a vote in December 2017, commissioners voted to table it, having second thoughts about the fact that funding the study would lock them into locating any future pool at Cullowhee. The issue returned to the agenda for Jan. 29, 2018, and once again commissioners voted to table it, effectively killing the effort for the 2018 ballot, which was when commissioners had hoped to hold the referendum. In both votes, Deitz, McMahan and then-Commissioner Charles Elders voted to table, with Mau and Commissioner Mickey Luker opposing the move. It appears that commissioners have come to agree that the pool should be built in Cullowhee, if at all. McMahan told the board that the recreation master plan mentioned Cullowhee, and Woody stated her support for the Cullowhee location. Michael Hopkins, assistant director for Jackson County Parks and Recreation, said that the recreation center in Cullowhee was designed with a pool expansion in mind. “The Cullowhee site has millions of dollars in advantage over other sites,” said Mau. 11

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Commissioners are hoping to get a question on the November 2020 ballot asking voters to approve a bond referendum for the pool. That’s still a ways off, but the ball has to start rolling now in order to make it happen. The county needs to request that the question be added to the ballot about five months in advance of the election and requires an additional six months or so beforehand to conduct the studies necessary to determine just how much it would cost to build and operate the pool — that number will inform the size of the bond requested. Because the county is limited in the language that can appear on the ballot — the question can’t say specifically what the bond will fund — it will also need time to inform

voters about the facts surrounding the question they’ll see at the polling place. While three commissioners favor a survey as a first step to the referendum process, the remaining two don’t feel the same way. “If people don’t want to have their taxes raised, the ultimate survey is at the ballot box, and that’s where that gets answered,” Mau said. “What if you did a survey and just hypothetically, what if 90 percent of the people said, ‘No, I don’t want to see a tax

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BY HOLLY KAYS STAFF WRITER ackson County residents will likely be asked to participate in a survey this spring gauging their support for an indoor pool at the Cullowhee Recreation Center. In 2013, an update to the county’s recreation master plan showed overwhelming support for a pool — 86.4 percent of 638 respondents in that survey felt that a centrally located indoor swimming pool was “important” or “extremely important” —  but the 2013 survey did not dig into whether that 86.4 percent would be willing to pay higher taxes as a result. It did ask respondents whether they would support funding for a pool — 86 percent said they would — but the question didn’t specify whether funding above and beyond current taxes would be required. “If I was thinking ‘support funding for’ I might think, ‘Sure, I want some of our general fund to be used for a pool,’ but that’s not really what we’re asking,” said Commissioner Gayle Woody during a March 12 work session where the upcoming survey was discussed. “We want to know if they’re willing to pay more taxes. If you own property, are you willing to pay a higher tax so we can support a pool? I feel that’s a real key question.” Building a pool would cost millions, and ongoing operational and maintenance costs would be significant. If the public wants a pool, the county will need to take out a bond to pay for its construction and raise taxes to pay the debt service and account for ongoing costs. Based on estimates from a 2015 report Ames, Iowa, had done to look at costs and maintenance for various types of indoor pools, Commissioner Ron Mau estimated a property tax increase of 1.5 to 2.5 cents per $100 of value would be needed to build the structure on a 20-year loan and cover operating expenses.


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Park, tribe sign gathering agreement BY HOLLY KAYS STAFF WRITER n agreement allowing members of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians to gather sochan in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park is now official following an event Monday, March 25, in which Smokies Superintendent Cassius Cash and Principal Chief Richard Sneed signed the historic agreement. “The signing of this agreement allows both governments to strike a better balance in honoring the rich Cherokee Indian traditions and also continuing to protect these very special resources for future generations,” Cash said. The agreement allows the EBCI to select up to 36 enrolled members each year to gather sochan, also known as green-headed coneflower. These permittees must complete an annual training and can gather up to 1 bushel of sochan leaves each week using traditional gathering techniques, with the season extending March 29 through May 31. The park will monitor populations in harvest zones and non-harvest zones to assess sochan abundance, population health and incidental impacts such as trampling.

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The agreement allows the EBCI to select up to 36 enrolled members each year to gather sochan, also known as greenheaded coneflower. Park and tribal staff will meet frequently throughout the gathering period to discuss monitoring results and adjust the terms of the agreement if necessary to limit any unforeseen impacts. Sochan, Rudbeckia laciniata, is an herbaceous perennial plant that grows and spreads from its roots. Its early spring leaves were traditionally gathered by the Cherokee, and mature plants reach 3 to 10 feet, producing yellow flowers from July through October. The road to an agreement has been a long one, beginning in 2016 when a federal government rule change allowed members of federally recognized tribes to request to enter into agreements with the Park Service to

Great Smoky Mountains National Park Superintendent Cassius Cash stands with members of tribal government. Pictured are (from left) Councilmember Lisa Taylor, Councilmember Bucky Brown, Councilmember Richard French, Principal Chief Richard Sneed, Councilmember Tom Wahnetah, Cash and Councilmember Perry Shell. NPS photo gather and remove culturally important plants and plant parts. The EBCI made such a request but then had to spend $68,000 to fund the regulatory process necessary to turn that request into an agreement. The money supported staffing, operational and contractual costs for an environmental assessment.

The draft assessment was released last year and then went out for public comment, with the comment period wrapping up Dec. 13. The final document is available at by following the link titled “Sochan Gathering for Traditional Purposes.”

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“Do national reparation proposals represent justice or political posturing?” will be the topic for the next Franklin Open Forum at 7 p.m. Monday, April 1, at the Rathskeller Coffee Haus & Pub, located Downtown at 58 Stewart Street, Franklin. Franklin Open Forum is a moderated discussion group meeting.Those interested in an open exchange of ideas (dialog, not debate) are invited to attend. For more information, call 828.371.1020.

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BY HOLLY KAYS Control Commission. Littlejohn will replace STAFF WRITER outgoing member Bruce Toineeta and serve a ribal Council approved a pair of appoint- four-year term ending July 30, 2022. He will ments March 14 that added new mem- join current TABCC board members Pepper bers to two of the tribe’s most influential Taylor, Consie Girty, Brenda Norville and boards. Mara Nelson. Birdtown resident David E. McCoy Jr. — “I appreciate your support, Chief,” said better known as Skooter — will be the newest Littlejohn. “I hope to do a good job as the member of the Tribal Casino Gaming prior people have done, and if anyone has any Enterprise Board following a vote from questions or anything they need to know Council with 11 in favor and one abstention. once we get started just let us know.” The legislation is still awaiting ratification. Established in 2011, the TABCC works to The five-member board carregulate the purchase, possesries a significant load of sion, consumption, sale and responsibilities, charged with delivery of alcoholic beverages regulatory oversight of all gamon Cherokee lands, which ing operations on the tribe’s mostly occurs at the casinos in two casinos to ensure compliCherokee and Murphy. Before ance with laws and regulations. the TABCC was created, the McCoy will serve a five-year ABC boards in Jackson and term through Sept. 30, 2023, Swain counties handled casino replacing current board memalcohol sales, with revenue ber Richard Sneed. Board from those sales going to the Member Richard Sneed is the counties rather than to the father of Principal Richard tribe. Chief Sneed — Board Member Members of both boards David ‘Skooter’ McCoy Jr. Sneed was appointed prior to are appointed by the principal Chief Sneed’s 2015 entrance chief with confirmation into tribal politics. required from Tribal Council. McCoy graduated from Before hearing who Sneed Western Carolina University was nominating to the boards, with a degree in business Councilmember Bo Crowe, of administration, and his Wolfetown, asked Sneed to resume includes positions as a make his nominees aware the stage manager at Harrah’s pay for those positions could Cherokee Casino, advertising change. Currently, TABCC and coordinator for the tribe’s marTCGE board members draw a keting department, business salary of $80,000. economics teacher at Cherokee “We’ll be bringing in an Central High School, five-seaordinance change and dropson head football coach at the Mitch Littlejohn. ping the pay down to probably high school and destination $25,000 a year,” said Crowe, marketing manager as well as market analyst adding that the change was intended to for the tribe’s Department of Commerce. ensure that board members could hold a fullHe has most recently served as general time job in addition to their board responsimanager for the Cherokee Boys Club and was bilities. named 2018 Leader of the Year by the Steve However, Sneed responded that it would Youngdeer Post No. 143 American Legion. be “premature” to say that such a change is “It’s obvious to everyone here how vital it “absolutely going to happen.” The tribe is in is for the success of the gaming enterprises of the midst of having a complete compensation the Eastern Band,” said McCoy of the board analysis done for all its positions — whether he will now join, “and I hope that with this elected, appointed or hired. nomination that I can contribute in any way “It would be my request that before any possible to continue to further the success of changes are made that we look and see what those enterprises.” the comp analysis says,” said Sneed. “There’s McCoy will join current TCGE board going to be other ordinances that are going to members Chairman Jim Owle, Norma Moss, conflict that we’ll have to address as well.” John Houser and Tommy Lambert. Editor’s note: This story was reported using After approving McCoy’s nomination, online meeting videos, as Tribal Council’s April Tribal Council voted unanimously to install 2018 decisions to ban non-Cherokee media from Mitch Littlejohn, of Yellowhill, as the newest its chambers prevents The Smoky Mountain member of the Tribal Alcoholic Beverage News from attending in person.

Haywood County Senior Games and SilverArts began in 1983 with a vision to create a year-round health promotion and wellness education program for adults 50 years of age and better who live in the county at least three consecutive months. Senior Games and SilverArts is a holistic approach to keep the body, mind and spirit fit while enjoying the company of friends, family, spectators and volunteers. Senior Games and SilverArts events are held at various locations throughout Haywood County during April and May. Registration will be held through April 5. Register at the HCRP office located at 63 Elmwood Way, Suite B, online at For more information, contact the HCRP office at 828.452.6789) or email

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Tuscola still seeks ‘level playing field’ BY CORY VAILLANCOURT STAFF WRITER n January, Haywood County Schools Superintendent Dr. Bill Nolte told The Smoky Mountain News that HCS would engage in a “long haul process” to exhaust every “reasonable and legal thing that we can do” in the fight to reassign Tuscola High School’s athletic programs to a more appropriate division. On March 19, HCS Board Attorney Pat Smathers took another step in that fight. “It is the opinion of the Haywood County School System that the NCHSAA has created a harmful and detrimental system for high school competition, not only for Tuscola High School, but other schools and school systems throughout the state,” reads a March 19 letter from Smathers to the chairman of the N.C. State board of Education and the Superintendent of the N.C. Department of Public Instruction. “As regards to Tuscola, the solution is so simple. Reclassify Tuscola to 2A, remove it from the 9 team Mountain Athletic Conference and place it with the other similar sized schools in the Mountain Six Conference.” The dispute stems from a 2016 reclassification of Haywood County’s Tuscola High School from 2A to 3A for the purposes of athletic competition. That’s inherently unfair, according to Nolte, who pointed out that competing against larger schools — some of which are almost twice the size of Tuscola — has implications far beyond simply winning medals. Smaller colleges, Nolte said, often target student athletes who aren’t NCAA Division I material, providing much-needed scholarships in a county where poverty rates are higher than average; when Tuscola’s competitors face off against bigger schools with a larger pool of talent from which to draw, it’s harder to make a favorable impression on recruiters. Before 2015, high schools were divided evenly amongst four classifications, with 1A being the smallest and 4A being the largest, but all classifications having about 25 percent of schools. During the NCHSAA’s 2017 classification cycle, it was decided that 30 percent of schools would be placed into 1A, 30 percent

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into 2A, 20 percent into 3A and 20 percent into 4A. Smathers’ letter alleges that the change, which boosted tiny Tuscola into 3A, “was made without a formal voting process with recorded written votes by Association members.” The letter isn’t the first time HCS has attempted to get the attention of the NCHSAA. In April 2016, HCS joined the Jackson, Macon and Henderson county school systems in an unsuccessful protest of the disparity. In November 2018, HCS made another request to be classified as a 2A school, but NCHSAA Commissioner Que Tucker denied that appeal. Tucker citing a new rule that reclassification would only be considered in the event a school’s population had dropped 10 percent. That rule does allow for reclassification in the event of a “catastrophic or community based event,” a fact HCS brought to Tucker’s attention when citing the closure of one of Tuscola’s feeder schools, Waynesville’s Central Elementary. According to Smathers, Tucker said she’d bring that information to the NCHSAA board, but the board’s minutes of the Nov. 28, 2018 meeting “do not reflect the issue being addressed.” In December, HCs officials requested a face-to-face meeting with Tucker, which was denied. In January, HCS asked to file a grievance, but was told there was no formal grievance or hearing process. Based on these actions, Smathers’ letter opines that the NCHSAA has been making school classification decisions “in an arbitrary and capricious manner without due process, resulting in unfair competition in Western North Carolina,” as well as across the state. Data on school populations seem to bear that out; the smallest 3A school in the state has 960 students, but the largest 3A school has more than 1,890 students. The smallest 4A school has around 1,480 students. The smallest 2A school has 580 students, and the largest has 1,140. The largest 1A school has 730 students. Tuscola, in 3A, reports it has 974. A copy of Smathers’ letter was mailed to

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Selected N.C. high school populations School Conference Students Pisgah Mountain Six 990 Franklin Mountain Six 933 East Henderson Mountain Six 901 Smoky Mountain Mountain Six 864 Brevard Mountain Six 789 Hendersonville Mountain Six 766 TC Roberson MAC 1644 AC Reynolds MAC 1372 Erwin MAC 1335 Asheville MAC 1332 Enka MAC 1191 North Buncombe MAC 1155 West Henderson MAC 1121 North Henderson MAC 1066 Tuscola MAC 974 Source: Smathers & Smathers

Tucker, as well as Gov. Roy Cooper, D-Rocky Mount, Lt. Gov. Dan Forest, R-Charlotte, N.C. House Speaker Phil Berger, R-Guilford, Haywood County’s entire legislative delegation — Sen. Jim Davis, R-Franklin, Rep. Michele Presnell, R-Burnsville, Rep. Joe Sam Queen, DWaynesville and says that if necessary, HCS will ask the legislature to take a look at the NCHSAA’s decision making process. The letter also asks both NCSBE Chairman Eric C. Davis and NCDPI Superintendent Mark Johnson to “begin an immediate investigation and examination of the procedures and policies of the NCHSAA” regarding not only their classification process, but also the NCHSAA board’s self-appointment process, absence of written voting records and lack of formal grievance procedures. “We are confident that now having been made aware of the situation,” reads the letter in closing, “you can effectively address it not only here in Western North Carolina, but throughout the state.”

WCU will discontinue use of the Scott and Walker residence halls. Plans are in motion to demolish the 50-year-old buildings and replace them with a collection of modern residence halls on the lower campus. “We believe that taking this parking lot offline in favor of building this garage at the same time Scott and Walker are offline really aligns nicely with what we need to do as far as parking supply,” said Byers. The two residence halls are currently home to 1,150 students, and the North Baseball Parking Lot where the parking deck will be built holds 400 parking spaces. By the time Scott and Walker come down, a new 600-bed residence hall will be complete on upper campus and a 500-bed housing complex will be finished on the Millennial Campus, which is outside of the main campus and does not draw from its parking resources. In their September 2018 meeting, the Board of Trustees approved a request to borrow up to $26 million for parking deck construction, though Byers said he believed the cost would actually be under $20 million. The project is not yet under contract — it will go out to bid in early 2020. The debt service will be paid using revenue from parking fees. The North Baseball site is one of three locations on campus that the Board of Trustees added as future parking deck locations in the university’s master plan during its March 2018 meeting. The other sites are Lot 21, known as the former band practice field, and Lot 37, the four-tiered commuter lot across from Hunter Library. The Camp Lot had already been designated as a future parking deck site.

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Jackson TDA earns tourism award The Jackson County Tourism Development Authority has been named the Tourism Office of the Year by the Southeast Tourism Society at the Shining Example Award Ceremony. In addition to the Shining Example Award, STS recently announced that the Jackson County TDA’s Executive Director Nick Breedlove was selected to join its Board of Directors and is one of two people from N.C. to be selected. Breedlove will serve on the board’s Education Committee. “We are thrilled and honored to have been selected for this award and I can’t wait to get started with the STS Board of Directors,” said Breedlove. “Everyone involved at the TDA is extremely passionate about the tourism industry and about Jackson County. We love being able to share this area with visitors from around the country and are overjoyed that STS has recognized our hard work with this award.”

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NAMI Appalachian South, the local affiliate of National Alliance on Mental Illness, is offering the nationally recognized and applauded Peer-to-Peer education course on recovery and wellness for adults challenged with a mental illness. The eight-week series offers a holistic approach to recovery through a combination of lecture, discussion, interactive exercises and stress-management techniques in a safe, confidential environment of sincere, uncritical acceptance so that each individual can explore their own experiences and make choices concerning their own options. The course is taught by trained NAMI peer mentors who themselves are in recovery from mental illness and can share their unique coping strategies with others. The class will meet in Franklin on Saturdays beginning in April 2019. Class size is limited. To register or for more information, contact Perry, 828.200.3000, or Donita, 828.507.8789 or


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BY HOLLY KAYS STAFF WRITER Construction on a 1,000-space parking deck expected to be complete at Western Carolina University by August of this year has been delayed for a May 2020 start. “I think I’m on record as saying we would have the machines ready the minute commencement ended in December,” Mike Byers, WCU’s vice chancellor for administration and finance, told the trustees’ Finance and Audit Committee Feb. 28. “We encountered problems as we went through design, and when we still weren’t able to start construction in the middle of January we decided we needed to take a second look at our project schedule.” The nail in the coffin was learning that it would take “absolutely perfect” weather conditions to get the deck done in the small window that remained. Anyone who’s been in Western North Carolina in the past year knows that perfect conditions have been elusive. Under the original plan, WCU would start construction in December 2018 and finish in time for the fall semester this year. Fall semesters typically have higher enrollment than spring semesters. Because construction will occur on a site that’s currently in use as a parking lot, university officials hoped to avoid dealing with restricted parking options during a fall semester. The new plan, however, calls for a full year of construction. The university will begin construction after commencement in May 2020 and finish the following May. However, as fall semesters go, 2020 will be the best possible time to be down one parking lot, said Byers, because that’s also when

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Tuscola ROTC recognized Haywood County Schools recently received an official written report from Headquarters, U.S. Air Force Junior ROTC Director Col. Paul C. Lips stating that Tuscola’s Air Force Junior ROTC instructors and cadets earned an overall unit assessment score of Exceeds Standards — the highest rating attainable — during their evaluation. JROTC has 878 programs worldwide and this inspection rated Tuscola against all of them. In addition to achieving over 1,600 hours of community service; the cadets scored an overall ‘exceeds’ rating, placing Tuscola JROTC in the top 2 percent in the world. Cadet Lt. Col. Jack Leslie poses The official with second-year cadets who report commented performed 30 Step Drill Evaluation. on how both Senior Donated photo Master Sgt. Steven Robertson and Maj. David Clontz have created a dynamic and supportive learning environment, coupled with an excellent community outreach program. In addition, it noted how the instructors have provided outstanding leadership in administering this cadet-centered citizenship program. During the unit inspection, Cadet Major Jonathan Delacruz and Cadet Captain Clay Payne were honored as top performers.

SCC Swain Center to hold open house Southwestern Community College’s Swain Center is extending an invitation to the public for its open house from 4-6 p.m. on Thursday, March 28. Booths will be set up, and tours will be offered for any community member who wants to learn more about the Swain Center or other general programs offered at SCC as a whole. Guests of the open house will also be treated to refreshments and door prizes. The Swain Center houses the Outdoor Leadership program at SCC, The Nantahala School for the Arts and Educational Opportunities like College and Career Readiness. For more information on the SCC Swain Center, call 828.366.2000.

Apply for Farm Bureau scholarship Haywood County Farm Bureau awards four scholarships each year — two for $3,500 and two for $1,000. The $3,500 scholarships are given to students attending a four-year college and studying agriculture. The $1,000 scholarships will go to students attending a two-year college. Students must be graduating seniors currently enrolled in a Haywood County school or enrolled in a two or four-year school and be a resident of Haywood County. Students must have a 2.5 or better G.P.A. and must be planning to enroll in an approved post-secondary program. They must also provide clear evidence

of financial need and significant community service. Haywood County Farm Bureau members and their children will be given first consideration. Applications are available at Haywood County Farm Bureau on Asheville Road in Waynesville. Applications must be submitted by April 15.

Champion Credit teaches finance Champion Credit Union recently hosted Mad City Money, a financial simulation designed to give youth a taste of the real world, at Tuscola High School. During this all-day event, sophomore students were provided a persona, complete with an occupation, salary, spouse and child, student loan debt, credit card debt and medical insurance payments, and instructed to determine their monthly expenditures based on these assigned attributes. President and CEO of Champion Credit Union Jake Robinson dealt random expenses, such as car or appliance repairs, as well as random profits, such as lottery winnings, to the students. This experiential learning process provided the students with valuable insight into balancing their financial needs, budgeting and differentiating between wants and needs, that they can take with them into adulthood. “As a former educator and personal finance teacher, I have witnessed the desperate need for financial literacy in our schools,” said Business Development Manager Lori Chappell. “It is essential that we equip our youth with basic tools to help them gain financial wellness.”

WCU leader testifies on N.C. Promise Western Carolina University Interim Chancellor Alison Morrison-Shetlar testified Wednesday, March 13, before the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Education and Labor, describing the N.C. Promise tuition program as a “game-changer” that is making a college education more affordable and more accessible to a larger number of students. The N.C. Promise program lowers the cost of tuition for North Carolina residents to $500 per semester at WCU and two other University of North Carolina System institutions — Elizabeth City State University and UNC Pembroke. The cost of tuition for students from other states dropped to $2,500 per semester under N.C. Promise. Total undergraduate enrollment was up at all three N.C. Promise institutions for the 2018 fall semester — 6.6 percent at WCU, 14 percent at UNC Pembroke and 19 percent at ECSU. At WCU, the number of first-time, full-time freshmen increased by 10.5 percent last fall, while the number of transfer students jumped by 40.5 percent.

Summit Charter School hires director Summit Charter School, a tuition-free K-9 public charter school in the Cashiers-Highlands plateau, has appointed Kurt Pusch as its next director, effective July 1. Pusch will succeed Billy Leonard, who has served Summit as interim director since July 2018. Edward Cole, board of trustees chair and search committee co-chair, said, “We consider ourselves very fortunate to have someone of Kurt’s award-winning experience as an administrator and educator. He has spent the past 15 years with KIPP, the nation’s largest and highest regarded network of public charter schools.” Most recently, Pusch served as Chief Schools Officer at KIPP Colorado Schools, overseeing six charter schools serving nearly 2,000 students from early childhood through 12th grade. He will receive his Executive Master of Business Administration from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management in June 2019.

• Haywood County Schools Board of Education will hold a 2019-20 Local Budget Public Hearing at 6 p.m. Monday, April 1, at the Education Center in Clyde. • The Franklin High School Winds and Winterguard Group and the Franklin Indoor Percussion group travelled to Winthrop Coliseum in South Carolina last weekend where over 230 groups competed over two full days in their categories for the CWEA Regional Championships. Panther Sound Winds/Colorguard group got overall fifth place and Franklin Indoor Percussion ranked seventh.


• The University of North Carolina Board of Governors appointed Kathryn Crisp Greeley of Waynesville and Kenneth Hughes of Asheville to the Western Carolina University Board of Trustees. They will join re-appointed board members J. Bryant Kinney of Denver, who currently serves as vice chair of the WCU board, and Rebecca Schlosser of Greensboro. All four were appointed to serve four-year terms that will begin July 1.

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• Enrollment is now open for Head Start in Jackson and Haywood counties. Call 828.452.1447 in Haywood and 828.586.2345 in Jackson County if you’re interested in receiving free, high-quality child care for school readiness for children birth to age 5. Centers are located in Waynesville, Clyde, Canton, Sylva and Cullowhee.

Haywood Community College awarded a new scholarship for spring semester 2019. The David and Denise Matthys Scholarship benefits a full or part-time student who is a resident of Haywood County. “As a young farm kid in Texas in 1960, I was awarded a $50 merit scholarship to our local junior college and I truly believe that started me on my way to completing my own college education and resulting career,” David Matthys explains. “We simply wanted to provide some financial help to any person who wants to improve their lives through higher education or through learning a trade that will allow them to make a living in the future.” For more information, call 828.627.4544 or email

• The Swain County High School Maroon Devil contingent of Air Force JROTC recently spent time on a Saturday supporting Swain CLEAN. The entire group removed over 70 bags of trash from Swain County highways and made the county an even better place to live and enjoy. With this event, the cadets have completed over 400 community service hours since August.


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Our job is to earn trust and keep it A Scott McLeod

little more than two weeks ago I was part of a public radio panel that was discussing the “state of media in Western North Carolina.” The catalyst for the show was the Gannet corporation’s — owner of USA Today and more than 100 dailies and 1,000 weeklies — nationwide layoff of reporters and editors, including five at the Asheville Citizen-Times. We discussed the importance and relevance of local newspapers and media sites, and how our communities are adapting to the shift away from one or two dominant — and trustworthy — media sources. Penny Abernathy, who holds the Knight Chair in Journalism and Editor Digital Media Economics at UNC, was on the show. Her report on “news deserts” — released in October 2018 — shows that 1,800 newspapers have closed in the last 20 years in the U.S., leaving up to 1,300 communities with no local news coverage. Zippo. That report also showed that in communities without a local newspaper government costs were generally higher. No watchdog means less of a need to worry about taxpayer reaction to tax increases, higher fees and a host of other government expenditures. Then last week I and the editors and reporters with The Smoky Mountain News traveled to Raleigh where the North Carolina Press Association holds its annual awards convention. Aside from walking away with enough awards to make us feel like we’re doing a pretty damn good job for our readers, we got to mingle with journalists from across the state. Two things stand out from that get-together. First, the takeover of media organizations by giant corporations is occurring at a frenzied pace. I’ve been attending these conventions for almost 30 years. Many of the newspaper owners I used to hang with are gone. They’ve sold out to corporations like the Gatehouse group which own 11 dailies and three weeklies in the state.

Please support Medicaid expansion To the Editor: More than one million North Carolinians have no health insurance. Many fall in what is known as the “Medicaid coverage gap” — they cannot afford to buy health insurance without fear of bankruptcy. The majority are working adults, between 18 and 64 years of age, without dependent children. Most live paycheck to paycheck. Many hold two or more part-time jobs. All of us have a family member or neighbor who lives in the gap, playing Russian roulette with their health. Expanding Medicaid will help close the coverage gap, can save lives and preserve the health of working families across Western North Carolina.  The Medicaid coverage gap hits rural areas like our mountain home especially hard. Medicaid expansion can bring billions of federal dollars to the state. We are one of 14 states that has rejected Medicaid expansion. Here’s how it works. The federal government pays 90 percent of the costs of expansion

I’m not going to diss corporate media at all levels. As Asheville Citizen-Times Editor Katie Wadington said on Blue Ridge Public Radio during the show we were on together, her paper still has hard-working journalists out there in the field every day. They’re working on important stories and informing their community. The disconnect, though, is all about ownership. Shareholders in New York looking for profits won’t make the kinds of decisions local owners like us will make. Why should they? They aren’t vested, aren’t discussing local issues at their favorite watering hole with politicos and taxpayers, aren’t attending charity events or ball games, don’t get phone calls when mistakes occur or events go uncovered. The second big thing I took away from that NCPA conference is that Western North Carolina is indeed a unique place. For those of us who call this place home this is not breaking news, but that uniqueness is not only about natural beauty and an independent mindset. To this day, people who live here still have a plethora of local newspapers delivering quality content via print and online sites. Trust me, that is an anomaly. As mentioned earlier, many communities have no local news sources while others have only corporate-owned small dailies with skeleton editorial staffs who are often encouraged to cover click-bait stories — like a new Starbucks opening — rather than local government news. Hell, in Jackson County sometimes SMN, the Sylva Herald and the Crossroads Chronicle in Cashiers will all cover the same story. Same thing happens with us and The Mountaineer in Haywood County. Readers can get different perspectives from a couple of news sources and stay wellinformed. And as you can see by the list accompanying this article, all these newspapers are award-winning. It’s a challenge running a small media business today, but it’s hard to run any small business. All’s we can promise is to provide a quality newspaper that strives to be trusted, fair and objective in our news coverage and includes a diversity of opinions on our editorial pages. I’ll point to those awards as

B REIFS while N.C. would pay just 10 percent of the tab. Right now, our citizens pay federal taxes but the state does not receive the 90 percent subsidy back. Basically, we are giving away our hard-earned tax dollars to the 36 states that have expanded Medicaid. It makes no sense to give all that money away. Medicaid expansion would bring increased medical care to people with chronic conditions like diabetes or kidney disease. This would not only saves lives but result in fewer health crises, ER visits and hospital days. This saves money for all N.C. citizens. Treatment options for people with mental health issues is critical. Medicaid expansion is exactly what is needed to combat our growing opioid crisis. Out of desperation, people with untreated medical/mental health issues often self-medicate with alcohol, illegal or illicit drugs. In addition to improved health outcomes, Medicaid expansion will help to keep our rural hospitals open. This will bring jobs and with it, a boost to the local economy.  Please contact your N.C. Senate and House


2018 N.C. Press Association Editorial Awards • 1st place, A&E reporting, Holly Kays • 1st place Education Reporting, Holly Kays • 1st place, News Enterprise Reporting, Cory Vaillancourt • 1st place, Sports Feature Writing, Cory Vaillancourt • 1st place, City-County Government Reporting, Cory Vaillancourt • 1st place, Election/Political Reporting, Holly Kays • 1st place, Lighter Columns, Chris Cox • 1st place, Profile Feature, Garret K. Woodward • 2nd place, City-County Government Reporting, Jessi Stone • 2nd place News Enterprise Reporting, Jessi Stone • 2nd place, Community Coverage, Staff • 2nd place, Photography Feature, Holly Kays • 2nd place, Religion and Faith Reporting, Jessi Stone • 2nd place, Use of Photography, Staff • 3rd place, Election/Political Reporting, Cory Vaillancourt • 3rd place, General Excellence for Websites, Travis Bumgardner • 3rd place, Profile Feature, Holly Kays • Duke University /Green Rossiter Award for Distinguished Newspaper Work in Higher Education, Holly Kays Other local papers also fared well in the contest:

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The Mountaineer (Waynesville) — 14 awards The Sylva Herald — 13 awards Cherokee One Feather — 10 awards Crossroads Chronicle (Cashiers) — 6 awards Highlander (Highlands) — 5 awards Franklin Press — 5 awards Smoky Mountain Times (Bryson City) — 4 awards

affirmation that — according to journalists from other states who judge the contest — more often than not we do a pretty good job. (Scott McLeod can be reached at

representatives to support Medicaid expansion. It makes sense. It brings money to our state. It saves lives and livelihoods. It brings jobs. We can do better. Elaine Slocumb Bryson City

Trump haters overplay their hand To the Editor: In the news story “Constituents of color: Meadows defense of Trump angers many,” published in the SMN edition March 13, the title says it all. The animosity expressed in the article against Rep. Mark Meadows has everything to do with his support of President Donald Trump. When asked what he (Meadows) “could do better and what can he do in the future to mend fences,” the answer from one of those interviewed was, “I think he could have done it better by not coming to the defense of the President.” It seems in case after case criticism of any

Trump supporter is based on just that, their support for Donald Trump. Beyond the antiTrump accusations, nothing else is credible. Further on in the article, after denouncing Meadows for his role in the Michael Cohen Congressional hearing and his support of President Trump, interviewees and the writer question Meadows’ ability to represent constituents of color. I assume this opinion is because he is white, as is his Congressional district — the other side of the racist coin. That claim is expanded because Meadows’ district is described as gerrymandered in his favor. It is remarkable that Democrats are so anti-gerrymandering now that they are out of power in the N.C. legislature after 100 years of control where they did the very same type of gerrymandering. Rep. Meadows congressional record shows no support for any legislation that can be construed as against his constituency … unless of course the support of President Donald Trump’s agenda is interpreted as anti-constituency. That Trump agenda has achieved lowest unemploy-


’m sick of looking at a pair of stylish winter boots sitting beside my bedroom door. I have other cold-weather shoes, but these gray boots seem to go with almost every outfit and also stay dry in the wetness that has become the meteorological norm as of late. Each time I pull these boots over socked feet, I’m reminded that spring has still not quite sprung. I’m ready for sunshine and painted toenails and outdoor adventures. All in due time, I guess. I’m not sure if I actually have seasonal affective disorder, but I know for certain the warm rays of sun and longer daylight hours offer a peace and energy almost non-existent during the doldrums of winter. Even though the calendar says the seasons have changed, we’re still in a holding pattern in regard to the weather actually feeling like spring. With that being said, I’m trying to embrace this time of waiting and anticipation. Ironically, it’s also the season of Lent, another period of waiting and anticipation. Most years, I try to give up something for Lent, something that will feel absent from my life. This year, I’ve given up gluten. I don’t have a gluten allergy, per sé, but if I eat too much of the gunk, I feel lethargic and bloated. It’s become a fad to “go glutenfree.” I’m not one to jump on a bandwagon, but common sense tells anyone that pro-




teins, nuts, fruits and vegetables are healthier for a person than foods high in an elastic substance that exists to hold wheat together. Several weeks ago, I attended the men’s Southern Conference basketball tournament with my boyfriend. He’s a Wofford alumnus and if you’ve had your TV tuned into March Madness at all, you’ve seen this was an epic year for Columnist the small school located in Spartanburg. We attended every Wofford game at the SoCon tournament. We had VIP passes through his company, so during half-time and in between games, we slid into the VIP section and talked to other basketball fans while drinking and eating. There was a food spread like no other, but as we grabbed a plate and contemplated what we wanted to nibble, we noticed nothing on the table was gluten-free except fruit, olives and cheese. There were barbeque sliders, macaroni and cheese, chicken tenders and a number of desserts, but none of that works on a gluten-free diet. We enjoyed our fruit, olives and cheese. A week or so later, a group of us dined at

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the new Italian place downtown called Ian and Jo Jo’s. I love trying new pizza and comparing crust and ingredients among the different local pizza joints. All of the kiddos munched on delicious homemade pizza while we ate a small gluten-free version. After Easter, I’ll be back to try out the authentic dough. Over St. Patrick’s Day weekend, my dad made the trek from Weaverville to hang out with us on Main Street and enjoy the Luck of the Art event hosted by the Downtown Waynesville Association and Waynesville Gallery Association. When my dad visits, he loves to enjoy fish and chips and a cold beer at Boojum. I was thirsty from walking around and talking to all of the folks on the streets and in the galleries. My taste buds were badly craving a Hop Fiend, one of Boojum’s signature beers, but nope because gluten. I ordered a glass of red wine instead and resigned myself to sitting in my favorite brewery and not drinking a beer. Yet another example was when we ate breakfast last weekend at Hazelwood Farmacy. A habit of mine is to get an omelet or some other high-protein meal but finish off with one of my boys’ biscuits or pancakes as a sweet treat. Not this time. Both the biscuits and the pancakes looked delicious but I had to say no to both. Easter is on April 21, so I still have a ways

to go before I can enjoy that cold micro-brew or a hand-tossed piece of pizza. On a positive note, the lack of bread and pasta in my life has resulted in a trimmer figure just in time for shorts and swimsuit season. The lingering cold and the season of Lent have both forced me into a period of sacrifice and longing. I’m certainly ready to put away those boots and pull out the sandals. I don’t love this unpredictable time of year, but I do recognize the perspective it offers. If I lived in Southern California where it was 70 degrees and sunny year-round, I don’t think I would appreciate sun and warmth nearly as much as I do living in Western North Carolina. We earn our springs and summers around here. Likewise, if I never denied myself during the season of Lent, I may not value the luxuries and delights we Americans have at our fingertips. Over the next several weeks as these times of waiting linger, I plan to embrace the intermediary, to slow down and really lean into a phase of growing and learning. They say two of life’s biggest warriors are patience and time. As I age and the battles become darker and more challenging, I rely on these warriors more and more. (Susanna Barbee is a writer, editor, sales professional and a digital media specialist.




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1 8 5 6 D E L LWO O D ROA D • WAY N E S V I L L E , N C As small business owners, we have always appreciated the great “Return on Investment” the chamber provides to its members. If you consider the value of the networking, educational seminars, and advertising opportunities, it is hard for anyone to question the value of a chamber membership. The more you put into your relationship with the chamber, the more return you get for your investment. One of our successes, while owning Twigs and Leaves Gallery, includes the ability to make every dollar count. Even though belonging to the chamber can be a very social event, the bottom line should be whether or not belonging produces a positive ROI for the growth of its members. If a chamber gets it right, they will grow. We feel The Haywood Chamber of Commerce has gotten it right!

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my church welcomes LGBTQ as well. But rather than celebrate what is broken, we pray the LGBTQ, and all the broken, will seek reconciliation and healing. It breaks my heart to see people desperately clinging to that which the Bible very clearly says will separate them from God. As it relates to homosexuals, nowhere in the Bible does it speak of homosexual acts in a positive or acceptable light. But nowhere in the Bible does it say any of our acts are right with God. Each one of us is born broken, and our best are like dirty rags to God (Isaiah 34). Our brokenness separates us from God and prevents us from living the life He would have us live. The only person to ever be whole was Jesus Christ, our only hope for reconciliation with God. God’s love for us does not change our need to obey his commands. God calls us to give ourselves and all our brokenness to Him — our idolatry, selfishness, greed, gluttony and sexual immorality (including adultery, lust and homosexual acts). We are all born with these to some level. It is who we are. We must give them over to God who

loves us so much, He died for us even while we were separated. He loves us so much, He made a way for us to be reconciled (John 3). And since we are all broken, we are all in the same situation. None of us can think of ourselves as better than anyone else. It should be our life’s goal to lead everyone we can to Jesus, our only hope of reconciliation. There is no room for hate ... of anyone. God created each of us in His image, so we all deserve the same respect as humans and the same hope as broken people. Jesus thought so. That is why He came to earth and showed love to everyone. But as with the woman at the well and the woman accused of adultery (John 4 and 8), He expected them to change from what they were to what He called them to be — whole and holy.  So let’s show dignity and respect to all humans. But also, let’s not embrace our brokenness but embrace the healing that God so desperately wants us all to have. He loves us too much to do anything else.  David Onder Waynesville

ment numbers for workers — including minorities — a historic tax cut that put more earnings in paychecks, a booming economy, better trade deals favorable to the United States, U.S. energy independence, fewer Americans on food stamps, foreign policy that has reduced ISIS to little threat, halting North Korean missile firings and national protection with increased border patrols and illegal migrant control by vowing to finish the wall. Thank you Rep. Meadows for supporting President Trump and his agenda. Hating Trump and his supporters is tedious, trite, erroneous and way overplayed. Carol Adams Glenville

Let’s all embrace God’s healing To the Editor: A recent columnist claimed that their church embraces LGBTQ members. Well,

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Principal Chief Michell Hicks turned to the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources seeking their help in getting the Mound. The Department of Cultural Resources advised Chief Hicks that it would be beneficial if the EBCI prepared a detailed Maintenance or Management Plan to submit to the town with specific guidelines ready for discussion. No such plan was presented. The Department also suggested a long-term lease “while acknowledging the Town’s ownership as well as its role in saving the Mound ….” The Department’s final suggestion was for the EBCI to “consider any options to buy adjoining properties to enhance the historic landscape,” which is happening now and I support it fully. In November 1980, the Mound was placed on the National Register of Historic Places. I am no lawyer, but what knowledge I have of historic registration leads me to believe this could have a legal impact, as it was placed on the registry under the terms of the 1946 deed. For the record, there is a strong kinship to the Mound, not only by members of the EBCI, but the residents of Franklin. As the mayor, it is my duty and obligation to look at all sides of issues affecting the town. I believe the best thing that can happen in this issue is for the Nikwasi Initiative to back away from everything hinging on the deed and let the town remain a partner. To do otherwise may well create hard feelings for a long time to come and hinder the vision of the Initiative to revitalize East Franklin. Bob Scott is in his third term as mayor of Franklin. He served four terms on the Town Council before becoming mayor. The above is his opinion and may or may not reflect the opinion of any Franklin Council Members.

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town’s ownership as spelled out in the 1946 deed when the residents of Franklin rallied to raise the $1,500 to buy the Mound from a private landowner who was going to flatten it for a commercial venture. Some of those who took part in this effort to save the Mound are still around and to my knowledge, there has never been a formal thank you from the EBCI to the town for saving it. I have reached Guest Columnist out to three Principal Chiefs of the EBCI and offered to work with them on a mutual maintenance and preservation plan. In October of 2014 the Town council voted unanimously that it was open to discussion of the Mound’s maintenance and would honor the EBCI’s offer of assistance of maintenance of the Mound. Nothing came of it. The resolution also stated that the deed shall remain with the Town of Franklin and shall be preserved for the citizens of the town and Macon County. Deeding the Mound, according to the Initiative, would be an effort for a revitalization of the properties in East Franklin in the vicinity of the Little Tennessee River and the Greenway. In the past 17 years that I have been in town government I have always supported revitalization of East Franklin, and I believe it can be done with the town entering the partnership but holding onto the deed. I cannot understand why any of this hangs on whether the town gives up the deed. In disclosure, I was never a part of the Nikwasi Initiative which started out as Mountain Partners. Following the town’s resolution in 2014,


ive years ago, as mayor, I was placed in the position of defending the Town of Franklin against undue criticism of the town’s stewardship of the Nikwasi Mound. I am again in that position as the recently formed 501 C(3) Nikwasi Initiative has asked the Town to deed the Mound to the Initiative to “give the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians joint ownership with us and ensure that, in perpetuity, they share equally with us in its care and preservation.” (I am not sure whether the ‘us’ is the town or the Initiative). A September 2014 resolution of the EBCI’s Tribal Council says that “The Town of Franklin has repeatedly demonstrated a significant lack of respect for the Nikwasi Mound.” I strongly disagree with that and as mayor, I hate to see that attitude perpetrated. This all began with an unfortunate attempt to place a type of grass on the Mound which would allow for less mowing. It didn’t work and the grass on the Mound turned brown due to a herbicide to take out the old grass and the Mound looked awful. This was not a malicious act. It was purely accidental. I was not mayor at the time but I was a council member. So that action, in my opinion, was what put a spotlight on the Mound and created hard feelings between the Town and the EBCI. But that is water over the dam. The Mound survived and the town has consistently taken care of it. On its face, the Nikwasi Initiative proposal would be fine except for the requirement of deeding the Mound to the Nikwasi Initiative. Therein lies the sticking point with many residents familiar with the deed and how the Mound was saved. My thought, as mayor (and I do not have a vote in this unless things come to a tie with the town council) would be to enter the partnership but keep the Mound in the


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BLUE ROOSTER SOUTHERN GRILL 207 Paragon Parkway, Clyde, Lakeside Plaza at the old Wal-Mart. 828.456.1997. Open Monday through Friday. Friendly and fun family atmosphere. Local, handmade Southern cuisine. Fresh-cut salads; slow-simmered 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. BOOJUM BREWING COMPANY 50 N Main Street, Waynesville. 828.246.0350. Taproom Open Monday, Wednesday and Thursday 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m., Friday & Saturday 11:30 a.m. to 12 p.m., Sunday 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Gem Bar Open Tuesday through Sunday 5 p.m. to 12 a.m. Enjoy lunch, dinner or drinks at Boojum’s Downtown Waynesville restaurant & bar. Choose from 16 taps of our fresh, delicious & ever rotating Boojum Beer plus cider, wine & craft cocktails. The taproom features seasonal pub faire including tasty burgers, sandwiches, shareables and daily specials that pair perfectly with our beer. Cozy up inside or take in the mountain air on our back deck.” BOURBON BARREL BEEF & ALE 454 Hazelwood Ave., Waynesville, 828.452.9191. Lunch daily 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.; dinner nightly at 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Closed Sunday and Monday. Wine Down Wednesday’s: ½ off wine by the bottle. We specialize in handcut, all natural steaks from local farms, incredible burgers, and other classic american comfort foods that are made using only the finest local and sustainable ingredients available. CHEF’S TABLE 30 Church St., Waynesville. 828.452.6210. From 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday dinner starting at 5 p.m. “Best of” Award of Excellence from Wine Spectator

Magazine. Set in a distinguished atmosphere with an exceptional menu. Extensive selection of wine and beer. Reservations honored. CHURCH STREET DEPOT 34 Church Street, downtown Waynesville. 828.246.6505. 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Mouthwatering all beef burgers and dogs, hand-dipped, hand-spun real ice cream shakes and floats, fresh handcut fries. Locally sourced beef. Indoor and outdoor dining., 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 THE CLASSIC WINESELLER 20 Church Street, Waynesville. 828.452.6000. Underground retail wine and craft beer shop, restaurant, and intimate live music venue. Kitchen opens at 4 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday serving freshly prepared small plates, tapas, charcuterie, desserts. Enjoy live music every Friday and Saturday night at 7pm. Also on facebook and twitter. COUNTRY VITTLES: FAMILY STYLE RESTAURANT 3589 Soco Rd, Maggie Valley. 828.926.1820 Winter hours: Wednesday through Sunday 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. 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. EVERETT HOTEL & BISTRO 16 Everett St.,Bryson City. 828.488.1934. Open daily for dinner at 4:30 p.m.; Saturday & Sunday Brunch from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.; dinner from 4:30-9:30 p.m. Serving fresh and delicious weekday morning lite fare, lunch, dinner, and brunch. Freshly prepared menu offerings range from house-made soups & salads, lite fare & tapas, crepes, specialty sandwiches and burgers. Be sure not to miss the bold flavors and creative

combinations that make up the daily Chef Supper Specials. Followed by a tempting selection of desserts prepared daily by our chefs and other local bakers. Enjoy craft beers on tap, as well as our full bar and eclectic wine list. FERRARA PIZZA & PASTA 243 Paragon Parkway, Clyde. 828.476.5058. Open Monday-Saturday 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Sunday 12 to 8 p.m. Real New Yorkers. Real Italians. Real Pizza. A full service authentic Italian pizzeria and restaurant from New York to the Blue Ridge. Dine in, take out, and delivery. Check out our daily lunch specials plus customer appreciation nights on Monday and Tuesday 5 to 9 p.m. with large cheese pizzas for $9.95. FIREFLY TAPS & GRILL 128 N. Main St., Waynesville 828.454.5400. Simple, delicious food. A must experience in WNC. Located in downtown Waynesville with an atmosphere that will warm your heart and your belly! Local and regional beers on tap. Full bar, vegetarian options, kids menu, and more. Reservations accepted. Daily specials. Live music every Saturday from 7 to 10 p.m. Open Mon.-Sat. 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday brunch from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. FRANKIE’S ITALIAN TRATTORIA 1037 Soco Rd. Maggie Valley. 828.926.6216 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday-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 dinner 5 to 9 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday. 5 to 9:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Closed Sunday and Monday. 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. Reservations accepted. HARMON’S DEN BISTRO 250 Pigeon St., Waynesville 828.456.6322. Harmon’s Den is located in the Fangmeyer Theater at HART. Open 5:309 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday (Bistro closes at 7:30 p.m. on nights when there is

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KANINI’S 1196 N. Main St., Waynesville. 828.452.5187. Lunch Monday-Saturday from 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m., eat in or carry out. Closed Sunday. A made-from-scratch kitchen using fresh ingredients and supporting the local food and local farm-to-table program. Offering a variety of meals to go from frozen meals to be stored and cooked later to “Dinners to Go” that are made fresh and ready to enjoyed that day. We also specialize in catering any event from from corporate lunches to weddings. Menus created to fit your special event. MAD BATTER FOOD & FILM 617 W. Main Street Downtown Sylva. 828.586.3555. Open Monday through

MAGGIE VALLEY CLUB 1819 Country Club Dr., Maggie Valley. 828.926.1616. Open seasonally for lunch and dinner. Fine and casual fireside dining in welcoming atmosphere. Full bar. Reservations accepted. MAGGIE VALLEY RESTAURANT 2804 Soco Road, Maggie Valley. 828.926.0425. 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily. Daily specials including soups, sandwiches and southern dishes along with featured dishes such as fresh fried chicken, rainbow trout, country ham, pork chops and more. Breakfast all day including omelets, pancakes, biscuits & gravy.; instagram @carvers_mvr. 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. PIGEON RIVER GRILLE 101 Park St., Canton. 828.492.1422. Open Tuesday through Thursday 3 to 8 p.m.; Friday-Saturday noon to 9 p.m.; Sunday noon to 6 p.m. Southerninspired restaurant serving simply prepared, fresh food sourced from top purveyors. Located riverside at Bearwaters Brewing, enjoy daily specials, sandwiches, wings, fish and chips, flatbreads, soups, salads, and more. Be sure to save room for a slice of the delicious house made cake. Relaxing inside/outside dining and spacious gathering areas for large groups. RENDEZVOUS RESTAURANT AND BAR Maggie Valley Inn and Conference Center 70 Soco Road, Maggie Valley 828.926.0201 Home of the Maggie Valley Pizzeria. We deliver after 4 p.m. daily to all of Maggie


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SAGEBRUSH STEAKHOUSE 1941 Champion Drive, Canton 828.646.3750 895 Russ Ave., Waynesville 828.452.5822. Sunday through Thursday 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Friday and Saturday 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Carry out available. Sagebrush features hand carved steaks, chicken and award winning BBQ ribs. We have fresh salads, seasonal vegetables and scrumptious deserts. Extensive selection of local craft beers and a full bar. Catering special events is one of our specialties. 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 BAR & GRILL 176 Country Club Drive, Waynesville. 828.456.3551. Open seven days a week serving lunch and dinner. 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tucked away inside Waynesville Inn, the Tap Room Bar & Grill has an approachable menu designed around locally sourced, sustainable, farm-to-table ingredients. Full bar and wine cellar. WAYNESVILLE PIZZA COMPANY 32 Felmet Street, Waynesville. 828.246.0927. Open Monday through Friday; 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Saturday, noon to 10 p.m.; Sunday noon to 9 p.m.; closed Tuesdays. Opened in May 2016, The Waynesville Pizza Company has earned a reputation for having the best hand-tossed pizza in the area. Featuring a custom bar with more than 20 beers and a rustic, family friendly dining room. Menu includes salads, burgers, wraps, hot and cold sandwiches, gourmet pizza, homemade desserts, and a loaded salad bar. The Cuban sandwich is considered by most to be the best in town.

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Valley, J-Creek area, and Lake Junaluska. Monday through Wednesday: 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Thursday: 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. country buffet and salad bar from 5 to 9 p.m. $11.95 with Steve Whiddon on piano. Friday and Saturday: 11:30 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Sunday 11:30 to 8 p.m. 11:30 to 3 p.m. family style, fried chicken, ham, fried fish, salad bar, along with all the fixings, $11.95. Check out our events and menu at

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JOEY’S PANCAKE HOUSE 4309 Soco Rd Maggie Valley. 828.926.0212. Open seven days a week! 7 a.m. to 12 p.m. Joey’s is a family-friendly restaurant that has been serving breakfast to locals and visitors of Western North Carolina for decades. Featuring a large variety of tempting pancakes, golden waffles, country style cured ham and seasonal specials spiked with flavor, Joey’s is sure to please all appetites. Join us for what has become a tradition in these parts, breakfast at Joey’s.

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The HART of a community Beloved Waynesville theatre celebrates 35 years

A stage production (above) of ‘Charlotte’s Web.’ John Highsmith photo

BY GARRET K. WOODWARD STAFF WRITER eaning back in his chair, in an office tucked in the depths of a large studio building, a slight grin rolls across the face of Steven Lloyd. “I would never have envisioned this,” Lloyd said in a humble tone. “I would have never thought 30 years ahead and have pictured this. But, everything has evolved.” What has evolved is the Haywood Arts Regional Theatre in Waynesville. With its mainstage season opening just around the corner, HART will celebrate 35 years in 2019. For Lloyd, this will mark 30 years since he first set foot in Haywood County as a visiting artist through Haywood Community College (as part of a statewide initiative, the Edwin Gill Theatre Project), only to become the longtime executive director of HART. “I’ve nursed it along and had it grow organically rather than try to push it to some place where it’s not ready for yet, which is one of the reasons that we’ve be able to financially sustain ourselves,” Lloyd said. “There’s never been a time that this organization has been in debt. We squeeze through the winter like every other business in town. But, we’ve never had a losing season.”


In the 35 years of its operation, HART has gone from a small operation — which took place onstage at The Strand, Tuscola High School and Haywood Community College — to a national renowned theatre company with two large-scale buildings on the property of The Shelton House that contain a mainstage studio, secondary studio space, black box studio and the Harmons’ Den Bistro. Since the creation of the 10,000-square-foot Performing Arts Center, which opened in 1997, and with the opening of the 9,000-square-foot Daniel & Belle Fangmeyer Theatre in recent years, Lloyd estimates there have been over 250 mainstage shows, 125 or so studio shows and another 15 Kids at HART performances. “I had already been other places. I mean, I lived in Los Angeles and worked as an actor. And I had the opportunity to build something here,” Lloyd said. “I have the opportunity to do anything I want to do. I can do any play that I want. There is nothing that’s off limits or too sensitive of material. So, where can you do that? Where am I going to have the opportunity to be this creative, to have this much freedom?” And all of this — the shows, the people, the evolution of HART — started with a group of determined local residents who

arts & entertainment One of numerous scrapbooks (left) put together by HART. An early sign depicting the future site of HART (right). Courtesy of HART

Want to go? For more information on the upcoming Mainstage season of the Haywood Arts Regional Theatre in Waynesville and/or to purchase tickets, visit, call the box office at 828.456.6322 or email here in Haywood County would become such a vital part of the arts scene?” Libba Feichter marveled. “We certainly could not have envisioned the campus that we see now. It’s a matter of great pride to me that this community and surrounding areas have supported us, literally, as we have matured and grown. I’m eternally grateful to the Arts Council for their support since our beginning.” And it was the unrelenting sense of community pride and support that has always been at the core of HART and its mission — to bring arts and culture alive under the bright lights for all to see, hear and experience. “Each time we needed to expand or to purchase equipment or to repair something in the theatre, [the community was] there for HART. There has never been a time that this community has not risen to the occasion,” Libba said. “I’m proud of what we do and the quality of that experience. I must believe the reason for that is that the community realizes the value of HART.” Aside from the community love and support for HART, it didn’t always go without a

hitch. For a small mountain town, the theatre had moments where controversy arose from a production about to hit the stage, most notably the infamous play “The Full Monty.” “[‘The Full Monty’] was brought to the town board’s attention that the production was being scheduled. The question raised before the board was whether or not some of the scenes would violate our nudity ordinance. Having seen the movie, I found the question quite amusing,” said Waynesville Mayor Gavin Brown. “Libba Feichter was on our board at the time. She made an impassioned argument that the production would not violate community standards. Fortunately, rationality entered the discussion and the production went off without a single complaint. Rumor has it that Chief Bill [Hollingsed] told his officers not to spend much time on Pigeon Street [where the theater is located].” But, regardless of controversy, Lloyd has never shied away from bringing hot button issues and topics to the HART stage. “Waynesville was much more conservative, much more provincial back when I came here 30 years ago — we brought the world to Waynesville,” Lloyd said. “We brought in lots of things that 30 years ago we wouldn’t have dreamed of going anywhere close to. And the community has changed. As we’ve progressed over those 30 years, people have experienced all of those different pieces and it’s changed their thinking. This community is so much more cosmopolitan now, and it’s still a small town.” “I think the theatre’s call is the same as the church’s call — to comfort the afflicted and afflict the comfortable. It’s here to entertain, enlighten, inspire and instruct. It opens a world to people in this small town that


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“This has been a healing place for so many people. What we’ve helped to create here has impacted so many lives in so many real and consequential ways.”

decided to launch their own community theatre company. Initially a branch of the Haywood County Arts Council, the community actors and stage production people wanted to set out and become an independent entity. “I think it just gave more autonomy and fewer people involved for decisions to be made, allowed us to grow and get money for ourselves and through ourselves from grants,” said Suzanne Tinsley. One of the founding charter members of HART, Tinsley has been lifelong actor aside from her work teaching in the Haywood County school system. It was also through the community theatre in the late 1970s where she met her husband, Preston. They will celebrate 39 years together this summer. “Our life together is wrapped around this theatre. I think it’s fabulous. Our children — for better or for worse — were raised in this theatre,” Suzanne laughed. “They grew up here. They were all onstage. Our friends were here. For a long time, our house was the post-production party house. I can’t think of a better place to have met.” Now a retired teacher, Preston himself caught the acting bug through Suzanne. He estimated he’s been part of around 25 productions, with Suzanne losing count after 50 plays. “If you’re a school teacher, you’re acting in front of students all the time,” Preston noted. “I just thoroughly enjoyed doing it.” The Tinsleys point to Libba and the late Rex Feichter as pivotal — more so crucial — to the creation of HART, and also in the hiring process to bring Lloyd into the fold. “Who would have thought that what began as a ‘task’ given to Paula McElroy and myself by the Haywood County Arts Council to determine if there was an interest in theatre


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Preston and Suzanne Tinsley.

“I think the theatre’s call is the same as the church’s call — to comfort the afflicted and afflict the comfortable. It’s here to entertain, enlighten, inspire and instruct. It opens a world to people in this small town that many of us would never see.” — Suzanne Tinsley

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HART, CONTINUED FROM 23 many of us would never see,” Suzanne Tinsley added. “It shows us what we’re capable of. And you can live a perfectly fine life and never know what it is you’re capable of. But, how wonderful that life is when you start learning what you’re capable of?” And yet, now in its 35th season, Suzanne can’t help but think of “what could have been” if HART hadn’t had the appreciation from its audience, donors, those onstage and behind the scenes. “In 35 years, I’ve seen community theatres come and go, even with the best of

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Scene from a 1998 production of ‘Treasure Island.’ Photo courtesy of HART


intentions,” Suzanne said. “And I have seen larger community theatres with more technical bells and whistles, and people from those communities are coming here to do theatre because of what we do and the opportunities we provide.” In every discussion or trip down memory lane about the theatre, all stories and sentiments seem to circle back to the heart of HART — Steven Lloyd. “The night we hired him began with board members asking random questions about his plans and dreams for us. I asked him why, with all of the options available to him, he wanted to be here. His answer was simple, and

I believe was the reason he was hired,” Libba Feichter said. “He said that he wanted to be here because he could make a difference here. That there was a need that he felt he could fill. In all honesty, I feel that if he had not committed himself to HART, it would not be here — certainly not as it is today.” “Steve has the gumption to reach out to anybody. He’s obviously a good grant writer. He has connections everywhere. He has the national connections that have given us national recognition,” Suzanne added. “And we did some great things before he came, but I don’t know anybody who was involved at that early time who would have given the time to it. You can have expertise, but if you don’t give the time to it, then who knows what will happen. But, Steve had the expertise and, for a long time now, has lived and breathed HART.” For Lloyd himself, the work is never done. Once one production is done, onward to the next. Build up the set and then tear it down. Create the costumes. Run the lines. Rehearse, rehearse, rehearse. Within this organized chaos, Lloyd seldom has a moment to reflect on the road to the here and now. But, when asked about the future, he considers his words before answering. “For me, it’s just kind of laying the groundwork for the future. I’m 65 now. I’m not planning to retire, but you get to this point in your life and I need to make sure I’ve got things I’ve built that won’t evaporate or fall apart if something were to happen to me,” Lloyd said. And, in that same breath, he remembered his fondest moment at HART. “It was the mainstage ribbon cutting with [the late Waynesville] Mayor Henry Foy. There was a blue ribbon from one side of the stage to the other. We cut it, the curtains were drawn, and the Smoky Mountain Brass Band started playing — that was pretty damn satisfying,” Lloyd smiled. “This has been a healing place for so many people. What we’ve helped to create here has impacted so many lives in so many real and consequential ways.”

Scene from a 2018 production of ‘Hello Dolly.’ Photo courtesy of HART

“He said that he wanted to be here because he could make a difference here. That there was a need that he felt he could fill. In all honesty, I feel that if he had not committed himself to HART, it would not be here — certainly not as it is today.” — Libba Feichter, on hiring Steven Lloyd


Garret with the Clarence White guitar. Marty Stuart photo

Renowned singer-songwriters Claire Lynch, Jerry Salley and Irene Kelley will perform on Saturday, April 6, in the Queen Auditorium at the Folkmoot Friendship Center in Waynesville.

So, there I was last Innovation Station (Dillsboro) will host John Saturday afternoon, sitting on Duncan & Friends (Americana) 7 p.m. Saturday, a couch in the depths of counMarch 30. try music legend Marty Stuart’s tour bus. Right across The “Southern Storytellers” series will continue from me, positioned on the with author/historian Bob Plott on Thursday, other side of the table — the March 28, in the Queen Auditorium at the other side of my tape recorder Folkmoot Friendship Center in Waynesville. — was Stuart himself, his Mountain Layers Brewing (Bryson City) will host trademark silver mane flutterBird in Hand (Americana/folk) 7 p.m. Saturday, ing whenever he’d move his March 30. head while in thought and within conversation. The 37th annual “Country Western Show” will And sitting right next to return to the stage at 7 p.m. March 28-30 and me, on that jet-black leather 2:30 p.m. March 31 in the Tuscola High School couch, was the “B-Bender” Auditorium in Waynesville. guitar, the same exact one owned by the late Clarence up close. Stuart goes, “Strap it on.” I was White (The Byrds/Kentucky Colonels), shocked he’d even let me hold it, let alone which has been signature to Stuart’s sound strap it on. “Go ahead, you can’t scratch it,” since it was bestowed upon him those many Stuart chuckled, seeing as the guitar is so beat years ago. Aside from Willie Nelson’s up from decades on the road. As I placed the “Trigger,” this guitar is arguably one of the heavy strap around my neck, I could feel the most famous in the world — the stories behind it, the musical icons who’ve played it, heaviness of the instrument, more so the heaviness of the history forever attached to it. the towns and cities it has appeared onstage And it was in that moment, just as Stuart to raucous cheers. snapped a picture of me holding the guitar, Following our interview (which will serve that I felt an overwhelming sense of gratias part of an upcoming cover story in The tude — for not only where I stood, but also Smoky Mountain News), I mentioned to Stuart how incredible to was to see that guitar the path to get to this point. Stepping off





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This must be the place

Stuart’s bus, I reemerged into the Suwannee Spring Reunion, a music festival just over the Georgia state line in north-central Florida. You see, when I attended this festival last year, I was in the early stages of a terrible breakup. I felt like a ghost floating through the magical festival grounds, not taking much notice of that beautiful Florida sunshine I’d been craving back in the wintry depths of Western North Carolina. Sure, I conducted interviews with musicians, making a sincere connection. But, that feeling of connectivity became a fleeting one as the music stopped and I hit the road back to Waynesville, back to an empty apartment once filled with love and laughter. Oh, what a difference a year makes, eh? Following the North Carolina Press Association award in Raleigh last Friday, I took off from the state capital and blasted down I-95, onward to I-10 and the Suwannee exit. Windows rolled down, while a warm spring breeze swirled around the truck. The road to finding my spiritual and emotional balance is an ongoing path, as it is for any one of us. But, I’ve found solace in regaining my composure and confidence in recent months. Peel away the layers of the past and slide into the new skin of what tomorrow may hold for you and me (and us). I lost who I was there for a time. But, underneath the large oak trees and rays of sunshine in Florida this past weekend, I could feel a reinvigoration within my restless soul. And while I was in the presence of Stuart, he spoke of the upcoming groundbreaking of his new country music museum, one filled with not only his back history, but also the thousands of tales and memories, trinkets and tokens, of Nashville royalty he’s collected over the decades. The museum will be located in his rural hometown of Philadelphia, Mississippi. Smack dab in the middle of the state, a piece of Stuart’s heart will always reside there, regardless of how many endless miles he himself has traveled in his 47 years as a professional musician (at 60, he got his start with Lester Flatt at age 13). I found solidarity with Stuart as we chatted about our hometowns, the hopes and dreams that seemed so far away from actually happening back then, to where we’re pushing ahead each day towards the personal and professional glory we’ve sought after since we were kids. Stuart rekindled within me a true sense of self, one where I — and probably you reading this, too — need to take a moment everyso-often to stop and reflect, to, in essence, smell the roses, and immerse oneself in the sheer gratitude of being able to live the life we choose to live, to reach and seize for longheld dreams, never once giving up in the face of adversity or the presence of obstacles. When we shook hands goodbye, I smiled at Stuart. The sentiment was reciprocated. Kindred spirits, each from completely different corners of America, separated by a generation or two. But, the yearning to be “close to the source” — of our heroes and our aspirations — remains the same. My restless soul feels lighter today. So, thanks, Marty. Life is beautiful, grasp for it, y’all.


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JAM Kids at Jackson library The Junior Appalachian Musicians (JAM) will sing and play at 2 p.m. Sunday, April 7, in the Community Room of the Jackson County Public Library in Sylva. Also performing will be Alma Russ, William Ritter, Ethan Fortner and Anita Coggins Family, Lisa Hoxit & Family, and local gospel group Spirit-Filled.

Current JAM instructors, Susan Pepper, Elaine Brown, Betty Brown and Johnny Gentry, will be performing. The Jackson County Arts Council will host a reception in the atrium following the show. Jackson County Junior Appalachian Musicians program is an after-school program for kids to learn old time mountain music on traditional instruments. This project is supported by the N.C. Arts Council, a division of the Department of Natural & Cultural Resources, with funding from the National Endowment for the Arts and by the Jackson County Arts Council. The event is free and open to the public.

Folkmoot welcomes Nashville songwriters Claire Lynch.

Renowned singer-songwriters Claire Lynch, Jerry Salley and Irene Kelley will perform on Saturday, April 6, in the Queen Auditorium at the Folkmoot Friendship Center in Waynesville. Started in 1996 at the Balsam Mountain Inn and modeled after similar performances at Nashville’s famous Bluebird Café, the

“Songwriters in the Round” series presents signature in-the-round shows featuring Nashville area songwriters who pen the lyrics performed by country’s biggest stars. Many performances feature Grammy and CMA award winners, and all include writers of many top-ranked songs. Three-time International Bluegrass

Music Association (IBMA) “Female Vocalist of the Year,” Lynch is an award-winning tunesmith and one of bluegrass’ most beloved acts. She’s thrice been nominated for a Grammy and is the 2012 recipient of the United States Artists Walker Fellowship Award. She co-wrote and recorded “Dear Sister” for Compass Records and garnered IBMA’s 2014 “Song of the Year.” Kelley’s signature mix of bluegrass, Country and Americana appeals to music lovers across all genres. Her songs have been recorded by Ricky Skaggs, Alan Jackson, Trisha Yearwood, Loretta Lynn, Pat Green, Brother Phelps, Rhonda Vincent, Claire Lynch, Darrell Scott, The Whites, The Osborne Brothers and others. The 2018 IBMA “Songwriter of the Year” and the 2003 SESAC “Country Music Songwriter of the Year,” Salley has had over 500 songs recorded in his multi-award winning career. To date, his songs have sold in excess of 17 million records worldwide and internationally he has penned no less than eight No. 1 country hits in Australia. In-the-round performances feature performers seated in a circle with the audience all around. The musicians trade anecdotes about the music industry and sing the songs they’ve written. There will be a social from 6 to 7 p.m. with the concert to follow. Tickets are $25 for adults, $12 for students. For more information and/or to purchase tickets, visit or call 828.452.2997. Tickets will also be available at the door.

On the beat

• Balsam Falls Brewing (Sylva) will host Bird in Hand (Americana/folk) April 12. All shows are free and open to the public. • Blue Ridge Beer Hub (Waynesville) will host an acoustic jam with Main St. NoTones from 6 to 9 p.m. March 28 and April 4. Free and open to the public. • Boojum Brewing Company (Waynesville) will host a bluegrass open mic every Wednesday, an all-genres open mic every Thursday and Somebody’s Child (Americana) March 30. All shows begin at 8 p.m. unless otherwise noted.


• Innovation Brewing (Sylva) will have an Open Mic night March 27 and April 3, and a jazz night with the Kittle/Collings Duo March 28 and April 4. All events are free and begin at 8 p.m. • Innovation Station (Dillsboro) will host John Duncan & Friends (Americana) March 30 and Banjo Mitch April 6. All events are free and begin at 7 p.m. unless otherwise noted.

• Lazy Hiker Brewing (Franklin) will host an open mic night at 6:30 p.m. every Thursday, Troy Underwood (singer-songwriter) March 29 and Natti Love Joys (rock) March 30. All shows begin at 8 p.m. unless otherwise

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• Mad Anthony’s Taproom & Restaurant (Waynesville) will host Into the Fog March 29. All shows are free and begin at 8 p.m. • Mountain Layers Brewing (Bryson City) will host the “Stone Soupâ€? open mic night every Tuesday and Bird in Hand (Americana/folk) March 30. All shows are free and begin at 7 p.m.

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• Pub 319 (Waynesville) will host an open mic night from 8 to 11 p.m. every Wednesday. Free and open to the public. • Salty Dog’s (Maggie Valley) will have Karaoke with Jason Wyatt at 8:30 p.m. on Tuesdays and Fridays, Mile High (classic rock) 8 p.m. Wednesdays and Saturdays, and a Trivia w/Kelsey Jo 8 p.m. Thursdays.

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• Satulah Mountain Brewing (Highlands) will host “Hoppy Hourâ€? and an open mic at 6 p.m. on Thursdays and live music on Friday evenings. 828.482.9794 or • The Strand at 38 Main (Waynesville) will host an “Open Micâ€? night from 7 to 9 p.m. on Saturdays. 828.283.0079 or • The Water’n Hole Bar & Grill (Waynesville) will host an “Open Mic Nightâ€? on Mondays, karaoke on Thursdays, Rory Kelly Band March 29 and 80s Karaoke March 30. All events at 10 p.m. unless otherwise noted. 828.456.4750.

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• Isis Music Hall (West Asheville) will host Escaping Pavement (Americana/bluegrass) 7 p.m. March 27, Art Wavey w/Kndrgrdn (jazz/funk) 8:30 p.m. March 27, Danielle Miraglia (blues/folk) 7 p.m. March 28, Matt Fassas & His Guitar (Americana/folk) 7 p.m. March 29, Noche Flamenca w/Eduardo & Flamenco Carolina (world) 8:30 p.m. March 29, Bonomo (folk/jazz) 7 p.m. March 30, Unspoken Tradition (bluegrass) 9 p.m. March 30, Emily Scott Robinson (Americana) 6 p.m. March 31, The Page Brothers (jazz) 7:30 p.m. March 31 and Stig & Friends (bluegrass) 7:30 p.m. April 2. For more information about the performances and/or to purchase tickets, visit

A community jam will be held from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 4, at the Marianna Black Library in Bryson City. Anyone with a guitar, banjo, mandolin, fiddle, dulcimer, anything unplugged, are invited to join. Singers are also welcomed to join in or you can just stop by and listen. The jam is facilitated by Larry Barnett of the Sawmill Creek Porch Band. The community jams offer a chance for musicians of all ages and levels of ability to share music they have learned over the years or learn old-time mountain songs. The music jams are offered to the public each first and third Thursday of the month — year-round. This program received support from the North Carolina Arts Council, an agency funded by the State of North Carolina and the National Endowment of the Arts. 828.488.3030. 

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• Frog Level Brewing (Waynesville) will host Ban Hatton March 30, Dylan Shrader (singersongwriter) April 5 and Darren Nicholson Band (Americana/country) April 6. All shows begin at 7 p.m. unless otherwise noted. Free and open to the public.

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• Andrews Brewing Company (Andrews) will host the “Lounge Seriesâ€? at its Calaboose location with Chris West (singer-songwriter) March 28, Dana Rogers (singer-songwriter) March 30, Scott Stambaugh (singer-songwriter) April 5 and Brother! April 6. All shows are free and begin at 6 p.m. unless otherwise noted.

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On the street Waynesville historic speaker series Presented by The Town of Waynesville Historic Preservation Commission, the fourth annual “Haywood Ramblings” will once again take place this spring. A speaker series on the historic resources and rich cultural heritage of Waynesville and Haywood County, the events will be held from 4 to 5 p.m. on the first Thursday of the month in the courtroom of The Historic Courthouse in downtown Waynesville. The speakers are as follows: • April 4: “Haywood County’s MasonDixon Line,” presented by Patrick Womack.

• The CommUnity Square Dance will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday, March 30, at the old Webster School, located at 1528 Webster Road in Webster. Caller Rodney Sutton will teach and call all dances to live old-time music. No partner or experience is necessary.


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• To honor and celebrate the region’s multicultural heritage, Southwestern Community College’s diversity committee will sponsor its inaugural Cultural Fusion Festival on


Hear stories of the early settlers of the Hyatt and Plott Creek valleys. Womack will share accounts from his ancestors, including the Oxners, McClures and Winchesters. Find out why many claimed that the creeks were separated by a “Mason-Dixon” line. • May 2: “The History of Lake Junaluska,” presented by Nancy Watkins. Learn about the fascinating history of Lake Junaluska, including the early decision to locate the Assembly in Haywood County, and its considerable influence on the local economy, tourism and culture. In case of snow, the event will be automatically rescheduled for the second Thursday of the month. For more information, call 828.456.8647.

Wednesday, March 27, on the college’s Jackson Campus in Sylva. The event’s theme is “How We all Got Here,” and it will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. • Western Carolina University’s Mountain Heritage Center is hosting an exhibit to commemorate World War I and the centennial of the end of hostilities in the “war to end all wars.” “I Want You! How World War I Transformed Western North Carolina” is on display in the museum’s first floor gallery, located in Hunter Library. 828.227.7129.

The Appalachian Womens Museum.

Discussion on ‘Unseen Women of Appalachia’ Western Carolina University’s LIVLAB Artist Collective is partnering with the Appalachian Women’s Museum, Jackson County Public Library and Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians in hosting a panel discussion about the women who have impacted Western North Carolina and the importance of community storytelling. The discussion focusing on “Celebrating the Unseen Women of Appalachia” will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, March 28, in the education and research wing of the Museum of the Cherokee Indian in Cherokee. Panelists will include Kimberly Smith, a partnership specialist with the U.S. Census Bureau and chief-appointed member of the Eastern Band’s Beloved Women Committee;

Marjorie Eyre, board member for the Appalachian Women’s Museum; Barbara McRae, vice mayor of Franklin; and T.J. Smith, executive director of the Foxfire Museum and Heritage Center. Following the panel discussion, audience members will be invited to share their own stories. Those stories will be incorporated into the making of a new public artwork at the museum in Dillsboro. Located at the Monteith Farmstead, the museum is dedicated to preserving the stories of ordinary women leading extraordinary lives. Childcare will be provided and food will be served. For more information, contact WCU assistant professor of sculpture Morgan Kennedy at

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Barbara Putnam, dean of Arts and Sciences at SCC. “I am excited that we have an opportunity to meet Dr. Falzett, hear his stories enhanced with bagpipes and connect him with our students and the community.” Dr. Falzett holds a Ph.D. in Celtic and Scottish studies from the University of Edinburgh and has conducted over a decade of fieldwork among Scottish Gaelic speakers. “Our collaboration with Carolina Public Humanities allows us to bring worldrenowned scholars like Dr. Falzett to our region, said Putman. “The purpose of this is to engage in conversation about a variety of cultural, historical, literary and artistic topics of interest to the community.” For more information on the event, contact Putman at

Carolina Public Humanities is collaborating with Southwestern Community College to host “(Re)collecting Scottish Gaelic Memories,” from 12:30 to 2 p.m. on April 4, at SCC in Sylva. The main speaker at the event will be Dr. Tiber Falzett, a visiting lecturer from Scotland who is currently teaching at UNC Chapel Hill. “Dr. Falzett is spending the year connecting with people who share his interest in the Scottish Gaelic history, ancestry, language and stories that have helped shape our culture in the Southern Appalachians,” said Dr.

On the table

The Main Street Sylva Association will host the fourth annual “Sylva Brew Hop” from 3 to 7 p.m. Saturday, April 6, in downtown. The event will give participants an opportunity to taste several locally brewed and unique craft beers. Participating brewers and shops include: Innovation Brewing, Balsam Falls Brewery, City Lights Café, The Cut Cocktail Lounge, and Mad Batter Food & Film. Tickets are $30 in advance (by March 30) and $35 the day of the event. Each ticket includes a souvenir event glass, two 4 oz. beers at each location, and goodie bags with freebies and chances to win gift cards from local merchants. “Sylva is known for its eclectic breweries and eateries,” explains MSSA Promotions Chair John Wermuth. “It is amazing that a town of our size has two breweries, a growler filling café, plus downtown bars and restaurants that all serve locally made craft beer.”


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Both breweries will highlight two of their signature beers for the event. The other hosts will offer beers from nearby brewing partners. The event takes place over a four-hour time period, and participants are encouraged to enjoy cuisine made to pair with beer at our local restaurants. Tickets are limited to 300 participants and can be purchased online at For more information, contact Bernadette Peters at 828.400.8445.

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The Jackson County Public Library in Sylva will host a recipe swap that will be a quarterly event consisting of a recipe gathering, the making of a cookbook, and finally a potluck dinner using the recipes gathered. If anyone has a recipe they would like to participate with, email it to Danielle Duffy at or bring it to the reference desk on the second floor of the Library. The deadline for recipe submission is March 30. Once the library has all of the recipes, the spring version of the cookbook will be put together. Each participant will receive a copy of the cookbook. Each participant will bring

• The “Pint & Pollinator Tour” is a partnership between Waynesville businesses Leap Frog Tours and Spriggly’s Beescaping. This new and educational experience will run every from 1 to 4 p.m. every Friday in February and March. The journey includes stops at the Asheville Museum of Science, Blue Ridge Parkway Visitor Center and Whistle Hop Brewing Company. The tour is open to all ages and is family friendly, with tickets at $85 per adult and $75 per child. For further details and to reserve your tickets, visit and click on “tours,” or call 828.246.6777.


• A free wine tasting will be held from 2 to 5 p.m. March 30 and April 6 at Papou’s Wine Shop in Sylva. or 828.631.3075. • Free cooking demonstrations will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. on Saturdays at Country Traditions in Dillsboro. Watch the demonstrations, eat samples and taste house wines for $3 a glass. All recipes posted online.

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their dish and everyone will share food, fellowship, stories, and community at 6 p.m. Thursday, April 4, at the library. For more information, call the Jackson County Public Library in Sylva at 828.586.2016. This series is co-sponsored by the Friends of the Jackson County Public Library. The Jackson County Public Library is a member of Fontana Regional Library.

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Now under new management with Stephanie Strickland and Genevieve Bagley, Bosu’s Wine Shop in Waynesville will continue to host an array of wine tastings and small plates. • Mondays: Free tastings and discounts on select styles of wine that changes weekly. • Thursdays: Five for $5 wine tasting, with small plates available for purchase from Chef Bryan’s gourmet cuisine in The Secret Wine Bar. • Saturdays: There will be a free wine tasting from 1 to 5 p.m. Dog friendly patio and front garden open, weather permitting. For more information, call 828.452.0120 or visit


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• There will be “Spring Gala Art Sale” supporting a local artist with autism spectrum disorder from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday, March 30, at the Jackson County Public Library in Sylva. There will also be live music. • The Macon County Art Association will be hosting a student art exhibition in celebration of March as “Youth Art Month” at the Uptown Gallery in Franklin. This month is designated for promoting art and art education in the U.S. and what better way than to showcase the artwork created by K-12 grade students from the Macon County Schools? The artwork may also be viewed from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday until March 30. • The “Comic Book Illustration & Story Development” class with James Lyle will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. March 30 and April 6, at the Haywood County Arts Council in Waynesville. Cost is $20 for HCAC members, $25 for non-members per class. For

• There will be a showcase of Natalie Bucki’s work, “Paintings of People, Pets and Places,” on display in the Macon County Public Library Meeting Room in Franklin during the month of March. Bucki had also produced four soft cover books on amazon. Two are art lessons on how to paint a waterfall, and how to make art with crayons, lessons for beginners. Call the library at 828.524.3600 for available viewing times.


• The exhibit “Outspoken: Paintings by America Meredith” will be on display through May 3 at the Fine Art Museum Gallery B in the Bardo Arts Center at Western Carolina University in Cullowhee. This showcase draws particular attention to the importance of language in Meredith’s work, bringing together paintings that incorporate Cherokee syllabary, reference

Cherokee oral histories, and pair foundobject text with visual imagery. • The Western Carolina University Fine Art Museum at Bardo Arts Center is pleased to present the School of Art and Design Faculty Biennial Exhibition 2019, which will be on display through May 3. All WCU Fine Art Museum exhibitions and receptions are free and open to the public. For further information, visit or call 828.227.3591. • There will several local artisans on display at the Waynesville and Canton libraries through March. Artists at the Waynesville Library will include Patty Johnson Coulter (painter), Linda Blount (painter), Jason Woodard (painter) and Mollie HarringtonWeaver (painter). Artists at the Canton Library will include Russell Wyatt (photographer) and Ashley Calhoun (painter). For more information, click on

• A “Beginner Step-By-Step” painting class will be held at 7 p.m. on Thursdays at Frog Level Brewing in Waynesville. Cost is $25 with all supplies provided. For more information on paint dates and/or to RSVP, contact Robin Arramae at 828.400.9560 or • The Western Carolina University (Cullowhee) Campus Theme, the “Defining America” exhibit brings together artists with different perspectives on the concept of “America” and asks visitors to reflect on the values, definitions, and assumptions attached to this concept. The exhibition will be on view through May 3 at the Bardo Arts Center. Regular museum hours at the BAC are Tuesday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Thursdays until 7 p.m. 828.227.ARTS or visit • Mad Batter Food & Film (Sylva) will host a free movie night at 7:30 p.m. every Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

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exhibition. The public is invited to view the art work and then vote for their favorite art piece. A special “Student Artist’s Reception” will be held at 5:30 p.m. Friday, March 22, at the Gallery & Gifts showroom. The winner of the “The People’s Choice Award” will be announced at the reception. Gallery hours are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday, Tuesday and Thursday through Saturday. They’re closed on Wednesdays and Sundays.

The Haywood County Arts Council is proud to present its 2019 student art exhibition, “Young at Art,” which will be displayed at HCAC’s Gallery & Gifts showroom in downtown Waynesville. The display features works by art students at Bethel Middle School, Canton Middle School, Waynesville Middle School and Tuscola High School. The exhibit will run through March 30. Over 50 two-dimensional and threedimensional art works are included in this

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The next Lego Club meeting will be held at 4 p.m. Thursday, March 28, at Marianna Black Library in Bryson City. The library provides Legos and Duplos for ages 3 and up. The only thing area children need to bring is their imagination. This program provides an excellent opportunity for children to learn how to develop fine motor skills. It also develops problem-solving skills, organization, planning through construction, and improves creativity. All area children are invited join in and let your creativity shine. This month the theme will be “Shamrocks.” The Marianna Black Library is also requesting that you consider donating your gently used Legos and Duplos to the library, to help expand the Lego Club. For more information, call the library at 828.488.3030.


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The 37th annual “Country Western Show” will return to the stage at 7 p.m. March 2830 and 2:30 p.m. March 31 in the Tuscola High School Auditorium in Waynesville. Performed by the Tuscola Choral Ensemble, the show is filled with musical performances in a variety show format. Tickets are $10 for the general public and half-price for Tuscola students and staff. For more information, call 828.456.2408.


The Highlands Performing Arts Center will screen “Live via Satellite” the MET Opera’s production of Wagner’s “Die Walküre” at noon Saturday, March 30. In what is expected to be a Wagnerian event for the ages, soprano Christine Goerke plays Brünnhilde, the willful title warrior maiden, who loses her immortality in opera’s most famous act of filial defiance.

Tenor Stuart Skelton and soprano EvaMaria Westbroek are the twins Siegmund and Sieglinde, and bass-baritone Greer Grimsley sings the god Wotan. Philippe Jordan conducts. Run time is 5.5 hours, there will be sandwiches, snacks and beverages available for purchase. A pre-opera discussion begins at 11:30 a.m. Tickets are available online or at the door.

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Asheville and will run at HART at 7:30 p.m. March 29-30 and 2 p.m. March 31. Featuring Steven Samuels, Scott Fisher, and Art Moore. Directed by Mountain Art Theatre Artistic Director Henry Williamson III. Beckett wrote “Krapp’s Last Tape” in 1958. It is Krapp’s 69th birthday and he hauls out his old tape recorder, reviews one of the earlier years — the recording he made when he was 39 — and makes a new recording commenting on the last 12 months. The one act is a commentary on one’s youth. “The Zoo Story” also written in 1958, was Edward Albee’s first play. The one act concerns two characters, Peter and Jerry, who meet on a park bench in Central Park. Peter is a wealthy publishing executive with a wife, two daughters, two cats, and two parakeets. Jerry is an isolated and disheartened man, desperate to have a meaningful conversation with another human being. He intrudes on Peter’s peaceful state by interrogating him and forcing him to listen to stories about his life and the reason behind his visit to the zoo. For reservations, call 828.456.6322 or visit

The popular Highlands Cashiers Players dinner theatre will return at 7 p.m. March 2830 at the Highlands Performing Arts Center. This year the event will be held in a much more spacious area than in the past — upstairs in the PAC auditorium, so plays will take place on the main stage. The four short humorous plays that will be presented between dinner courses are directed by four different directors: longtime HCP director Donna Cochran, and new directors Lynleigh McLain, Jamie Thomas and Todd Lipphardt. Kristy Lewis, former owner of the Sports Page Restaurant in Highlands will be catering the delicious dinner planned for the evening. Price for dinner and the show is $37.50. For season subscriber there is no charge: it’s part of the 2018-19 subscription package. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. There is no Sunday matinee. The HCP box office is open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the PAC. Stop by or call 828.526.8084 for tickets or visit

HART presents Beckett, Albee plays To close out its winter season, the Haywood Arts Regional Theatre in Waynesville will be bringing The Sublime Theater’s production of Samuel Beckett’s “Krapp’s Last Tape” and Edward Albee’s “The Zoo Story” to the Feichter Studio. The production has just completed a critically acclaimed run at the Bebe Theater in

• There is free comedy improv class from 7 to 9 p.m. every Tuesday at Frog Level Brewing in Waynesville. No experience necessary, just come to watch or join in the fun. Improv teacher Wayne Porter studied at Sak Comedy Lab in Orlando, Florida, and performed improvisation with several groups. Join Improv WNC on Facebook or just call 828.316.8761.



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Apollo missions were propelled by a bold vision We learn about the intense debate over the correctness of raising an American flag on the moon (“All six flags that Apollo astronauts raised on the moon remain, although their

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July 20, 1969. This summer marks the fiftieth anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing. Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin stepped to the moon’s surface while Michael Collins flew above them in lunar orbit. About 650 million people worldwide watched the live event on television. Millions of others listened to it on their radios or followed the progress of the astronauts in their newspaWriter pers. Those of us who watched will never forget where we were when those grainy images of human beings on the moon’s surface flickered on our television screens. In Apollo to the Moon: A History In 50 Objects (National Geographic, 2018, 303 pages), Teasel Muir-Harmony, a curator at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum and a scholar of space history, transports us back to the days of the Apollo program and the various flights to the moon by giving us a history of the items associated with these spacecraft, ranging from Apollo 11’s command module Columbia to the Gillette safety razors and Old Spice brushless shaving cream used by Apollo crew members, from urine collection and transfer assembly to Eugene Cernan’s space suit from Apollo 17. In addition to informing her readers about these various objects used by NASA, MuirHarmony provides plenty of anecdotes about these flights. In her chapter “Urine Collection and Transfer Assembly, Apollo 11,” for example, she writes that Buzz Aldrin was the first human being to urinate on the moon. “Unfortunately for Aldrin, his urine collection device (UCD) bag broke as he took a large leap from the bottom rung of the lunar module ladder onto the moon. As he walked, his left boot filled with liquid. Each subsequent step Aldrin took on the lunar surface sloshed.”

stars and stripes have been bleached white by solar radiation”), the problems with reentering the earth’s atmosphere (“the temperatures at reentry became so hot that atoms were stripped of their electrons”), the careful quarantine measures taken after the first few flights after the astronauts returned to earth (Airstream vacation trailers were modified into these quarantine units), the close relationship at that time “between the United States and Australia in the history of spaceflight (Australia’s location vis-à-vis the United

States made it a “geographically strategic location for supporting the U.S. space programs.” It was this position and some changes in the Apollo 11 astronauts’ schedule that also gave Australia the honor of “enabling the entire world to watch the live flight on television.”) “Apollo 13,” the movie featuring Tom Hanks, remains a vivid reminder of the dangers in these explorations. After a blast crippled two fuel cells and an oxygen tank, astronauts aboard the spacecraft faced possible death from slow asphyxiation. The men in the spacecraft needed filters to remove carbon dioxide, but the ones in the command module and landing modular were incompatible. While the world watched this drama with horror, fascination and pity, the engineers at NASA went to work. In Apollo To The Moon, MuirHarmony shows us the crude device they produced: the “Lithium Hydroxide Canister Mock-Up.” “Using only the limited supplies that were available on board Apollo 13 — plastic bags, plastic-coated cue cards from a three-ring reference binder, hoses from the lunar space suits and gray duct tape — they (the engineers) devised the filtration system pictured here and then radioed instructions to the Apollo 13 crew. The jury-rigged contraption worked perfectly.” (Apparently Clint Eastwood’s Walt

Kowalski in the film “Gran Torino” was right: “Take these three items, some WD-40, a vise grip and a roll of duct tape. Any man worth his salt can fix almost any problem with this stuff alone.”) Indeed, what will strike most readers of Apollo To The Moon is that the objects chosen by Muir-Harmony appear both sophisticated and primitive. Given the times, the engineering behind some of these cameras and lunar craft is exquisite. The care and skill that went into building the spacecraft and all the necessary accouterments, and the number of people involved in a launch, from those who designed and built the equipment to those who planned out how to feed the astronauts, staggers the imagination. On the other hand, half-a-century separates us from these bold pioneers. Theirs was a time when engineers still used slide rules, when computers were in their infancy, when famed newsman Walter Cronkite had to use a model of the lunar landing craft to explain to television viewers what was happening on the moon “because much of the flight was out of sight of film cameras.” Space capsules like Freedom 7, which is featured in Apollo To The Moon and which carried the first American astronaut, Alan Shephard, into space, now appear as old-fashioned and rinky-dink as the Wright Brothers airplane. It was primitive. And it worked. In the Foreword to Apollo To the Moon, former astronaut Michael Collins writes of the National Air and Space Museum as having acquired “an incomparable collection, from the Wright Flyer to the space shuttle.” He then adds: “Beyond that, as demonstrated in this fine book, the curators have displayed their exceptional expertise in organizing these national treasures into fascinating exhibits.” Thanks to Teasel Muir-Harmony and the National Air and Space Museum, we now have some of these exhibits at our fingertips. (Jeff Minick is a writer and teacher.

‘Southern Storytellers’ features Plott The “Southern Storytellers” series will continue with author/historian Bob Plott on Thursday, March 28, in the Queen Auditorium at the Folkmoot Friendship Center in Waynesville. Hosted by Smoky Mountain News writer Chris Cox, Plott will share the evolution of Smoky Mountain culture from the early 18th century until the end of World War II, addressing negative stereotypes and misconceptions and focusing on the colorful people, places and things that boost the storied legacy of this magnificent region. Tickets for this event are $18 in advance and $20 at the door for most events. Ticket prices include a unique southern meal and can be purchased at or by calling 828.452.2997. Limited seating is available so advance purchase is advised. Parking is available in the back of the Folkmoot building.

Civil War historian at City Lights Historian Steve Miller will present his book, North Carolina Unionists and the Fight Over Secession, at 3 p.m. Saturday, March 30, at City Lights Bookstore in Sylva. His book tells the story of the Tar Heel Unionists who bravely fought to steer their state away from the disastrous future they foresaw. Miller is a native North Carolinian, having been born and raised in Asheboro, where he and his wife, Becky, currently live. His past writings included Slave Escapes and the Underground Railroad in North Carolina, published in 2016 by The History Press. Miller is currently an adjunct history instructor for Forsyth Technical Community College in Winston-Salem and Randolph Community College in Asheboro. To reserve copies of North Carolina Unionists and the Fight Over Secession, call City Lights Bookstore at 828.586.9499.



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Founder’s grandson reopens RollsRite Bicycles

Zach Moss spends a lot of time in the shop working on repairs (above) but also enjoys interacting with customers (below). Holly Kays photos

BY HOLLY KAYS STAFF WRITER hen John Mudge opened RollsRite Bicycles in 2002, his grandson Zack Moss was only 9 years old. Moss grew up on the other side of the country in Washington, and he didn’t really know his grandfather, or the bike shop. The first time he visited RollsRite was in 2018, after Mudge’s unexpected death on Nov. 6. Mudge was 71 years old. “That’s the hardest part for me in all of this, the saying that you don’t know what you’ve got until it’s gone,” said Moss. “I always thought about making the trip to come out and visit and all that, and it never happened.” Despite never knowing his grandfather well, Moss, 26, turned out an awful lot like him. As he’s gotten to know the people who knew his grandfather, he’s heard it over and over: there’s a striking similarity in their mannerisms, their love of music, their picky eating habits, the fact that they both played guitar. And, most importantly, their shared a passion for bicycles. “From what I’ve heard from a lot of people that really knew him, it’s kind of like that twins separated at birth kind of thing where we have all these common interests, and we never knew each other, but we share all these niche interests that normally a lot of people aren’t really familiar with,” said Moss.


When Moss came to Waynesville last year after Mudge’s death, the little bike shop outside town caught his eye. What was going to happen to it, he wondered, now that his grandfather was gone? “I got this crazy idea of what if I came and opened this bike shop and ran it for myself?” said Moss. “I asked family members to see what the family wanted, or if there was anybody else in line to buy the shop or take it over. It turned out there wasn’t anybody to take this place over. Nobody was going to buy it.” So Moss made a decision. He would move across the country and carry on his grandfather’s legacy at RollsRite. He would have gotten there sooner, he said, if his girlfriend, a nurse, didn’t need some time to find a new job in Western North Carolina. As it was, they loaded up all their belongings in a U-Haul and drove 2,500 miles to arrive in Waynesville three months after Mudge’s death. They rolled up in the early morning hours of Saturday, Feb. 9, took the weekend off, and the shop opened the following Monday. “We’ve been open for business ever since,” said Moss. The move wasn’t quite as crazy of an idea as it may sound at the outset. Though young, Moss is quite experienced when it comes to bicycles. He spent the past five years working for Bearded Monkey Cycling in Yakama,

“From what I’ve heard from a lot of people that really knew him, it’s kind of like that twins separated at birth kind of thing where we have all these common interests.”

Visit the shop Rolls-Rite Bicycles is located at 362 Asheville Road in Waynesville. The shop offers bicycle repairs, merchandise and information on local rides. Hours are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. Mention this article and receive $20 off a tuneup through April 30. 828.246.9801.

Washington — he knows his way around a bicycle repair, and he’s also experienced in sourcing parts and working with distributors. “A lot of what I had learned working in the bike shop back in Washington directly translated to this place,” he said. Moss likes to ride bikes as well as fix them. “Cycling for me all started when I was living in downtown Seattle, and the first week I had gotten a car and lived in downtown Seattle I paid well over $100 to park my car that week,” he recalled. So, he dropped the car at his parents’ house and started commuting on bicycle. The bike served as his main vehicle during the year or so he lived there. After that, he moved

out of the city but kept biking for fun. Moss said he was “kind of a fat kid coming in” and learned that biking was a way to keep fit without making exercise feel like work. “I could ride my bike 100 miles a week and eat whatever I want,” he said. Moss would then move overseas to spend a few months in Germany, but he always knew he was coming back to the U.S. Every time he’d try to think about what he wanted to do when he returned, bicycles were all he could think of. So, he showed up at Bearded Monkey Cycling and asked if they were hiring. They were. Moss got a job and even joined the shop’s race team — road biking is his preferred flavor of cycling. “I know the area is really big on mountain biking in particular, but I come here with a pretty strong background in road cycling, so I want to bring that experience to the area,” he said of his new home. “To help people get their bike fixed or try to point them in the right direction if they’re looking to get into the sport.” Moss has some grand plans for what is currently a small shop with modest inventory. Mudge mostly worked on cheaper bikes, ridden by customers who cycled to get to work or were casual recreational cyclists. While Moss said “by all means I still 100 percent want to cater to that,” he also wants to add high-end bikes to the shop’s repertoire. “I come from a background where I do race. I do ride high-end bikes, so I speak that language as well,” he said. “Whether it’s the $500 customer just commuting or somebody getting ready for a three-day stage race, I want to be able to cater to cycling of any sort of degree.” He also wants the shop to be a hub — for information, for cycling-centric gossip, for community. One of the first things he did upon taking over the shop was to set up a small seating area, intended for people to come and hang out regardless of whether they’re finishing a ride, starting a ride, or just coming by to shoot the breeze. In the future, Moss wants to add a coffee bar and beer fridge to the store to encourage that sort of mingling. “I don’t want this to be just a shop where you spend money,” he said. “It’s got to be more than that. It’s got to be a place where cyclists feel comfortable that you can literally come in here and chit chat and spread the gossip.” That will all take time, but for Moss it’s a worthy cause. He loves cycling, he loves people and he loves being his own boss. And behind it all runs a desire to honor his grandfather’s legacy. “Everyone only had really kind words to say about him, and that really ups the pressure on me in filling his shoes and keeping people happy, giving that utmost level of customer service,” said Moss.

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The land George Rector and Joan Byrd donated for conservation will help water quality flowing into the Tuckaseigee River.


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Conservation easement protects Parkway view future generations deserve the same access to clean air, clean water and healthy forests that we enjoy in western North Carolina today.” Protecting the property conserves water quality and aquatic habitat, as its intermittent and perennial streams feed into the Bryson Branch and eventually into the Tuckaseigee River. Mainspring Conservation Trust is a regional nonprofit dedicated to conserving the waters, forests, farms and cultural heritage in the Southern Blue Ridge.

Volunteer for Panthertown Help keep Panthertown hikable during a volunteer workday slated for 9:30 a.m. Saturday, March 30. The group will head out from the Salt Rock Gap trailhead to prune the main Panthertown Valley trail. All experience levels are welcome, with tools provided. Sign up beforehand with Jason Kimenker,

Club’s regular monthly meeting. Visitors welcome. 828.524.5234 or

A plethora of online and electronic resources are available to turn novice birders into experts, and a presentation 7 p.m. Monday, April 8, at the Macon County Public Library in Franklin will offer insight into how best to use them. Tim Carstens and Amy Boggan, Ph.D., will give the presentation. Carstens has lived in Western North Carolina since 1990, spending untold hours indulging his passion for birdwatching and bird photography. Boggan teaches psychology at Young Harris College. While a relatively new birder, she is enthusiastic about developing new expertise. Offered as part of the Franklin Bird

Birding walks begin The Franklin Bird Club will start this year’s schedule of weekly birding walks at 8 a.m. Wednesday, April 3, leaving from the Macon County Public Library to walk the Little Tennessee River Greenway. Walks begin at 8 a.m. each Wednesday, typically meeting somewhere along the greenway. Meeting places for April are: Big Bear Shelter April 10, Salali Lane April 17 and the Macon County Public Library April 24. Visitors welcome. RSVP to 828.524.5234.

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Lately there seems to be a lot of name calling when it comes to food. Your friends or neighbors may claim they are trying to "eat clean" or say that they pick foods with "clean ingredients." I am also a fan of clean foods and clean eating, but my definition may be slightly different because it relates to food safety and not to a trendy diet, a particular product, ingredients (or lack of ) or a label. Here's my definition of "Clean Eating": 1. Wash your hands before preparing or eating foods. 2. Store foods at the proper temperature. 3. Make sure you rinse fresh fruits and vegetables before eating and preparing them. 4. Cut and prepare foods on clean surfaces. Don't cross contaminate surfaces by preparing raw, uncooked foods and cooked foods on the same cutting boards or counter tops. Be sure and clean and sanitize or change cutting boards. 5. Cook your food to the proper temperature and refrigerate perishable food within 2 hours.

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A recently conserved 50-acre property is the third conservation easement that George Rector and Joan Byrd have donated to Mainspring Conservation Trust in the past five years. Rector and Byrd bought the land, which is visible from Richland Balsam and other overlooks on the Blue Ridge Parkway, with the express purpose of protecting it for conservation. “The fact that North Carolina has a rapidly growing population is putting increasing pressure on the remaining natural areas of the state,” Rector said. “We believe that

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Adventure film fest comes to Brevard The No Man’s Land Film Festival will return to Western North Carolina with a showing Wednesday, April 3, at Oskar Blues Brewing in Brevard. The event will start with a pre-show discussion at 7 p.m. led by local female adventurers and environmental advocates, followed by the screening of adventure films starring women at 7:30 p.m. Free. Sponsored by MountainTrue. RSVP at

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April is Earth Month in Western North Carolina, and a kickoff event noon to 2 p.m. Sunday, March 31, at New Belgium Brewing in Asheville will get the celebration going.


The event will include information about activities throughout the month of April, as well as a costume contest and hands-on fun for all ages. A litter pickup will be held 10 a.m. to noon the same day on Haywood Road in Asheville. Earth Month is a collaboration of various businesses and nonprofits in WNC called WNC for the Planet, with environmental service, education and community events throughout the month and across the region. Find an event at

Explore national forest history Get an inside look at the history and splendor of the Nantahala National Forest at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, April 4, at the Swain County Regional Business Education and Training Center in Bryson City. Marci Spencer, an author and naturalist who wrote Nantahala National Forest: A History, will speak at this meeting of the Swain County Genealogical and Historical Society. The 500,000-acre forest is home to deep gorges carved by the Cheoah, Cullasaja, Chattoga, Nantahala and Tuckseigee rivers, as well as the peaks and forested woodlands that were home to the earliest settlers. Spencer is the author of two other regional histories, Clingmans Dome, Highest Mountain in the Great Smokies and Pisgah National Forest: A History. She has also published several children’s books about the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Conversation and refreshments will follow the presentation.

Trot for Trout

EQI volunteers use a kicknet to find aquatic insects. Donated photo


The second annual Tuck Trout Trot will offer a chance to jog the Jackson County Greenway at 9 a.m. Saturday, May 18. This self-timed 2.2-mile fun run/walk benefits outdoor programming at the Jackson County Parks and Recreation Department and is a precursor to the third annual Hook, Line and Drinker festival to be held 3 to 7 p.m. that same day at Bridge Park in Sylva. The free festival will feature music acts Another Country and Leesa “Lyric” Jones, as well as trout fishing vendors, food trucks, craft beef vendors and children’s activities. Register online at or day of starting at 8 a.m. Registration includes Tshirt and other swag. $20.

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Be a water quality monitor 6 training is for the SMIE program. For the first time, EQI’s water quality data is available through a new interactive map. The map shows locations of VWIN and SMIE sites in addition to the watersheds contributing to each site, so residents can determine whether the watersheds where they live and play are monitored. Three decades of VWIN data permit more sophisticated analysis of water quality trends, with all VWIN sites showing graphs of current and historical water quality ratings ranging form excellent to poor. Registration is required for the training by emailing The website is available at

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Become part of a regional network dedicated to tracking water quality by attending a daytime volunteer training Saturday, April 6, at Haywood Community College in Clyde. The training is offered by the Environmental Quality Institute, a nonprofit lab located in Black Mountain that provides objective data for public use. For decades, EQI has collaborated with local governments, nonprofits, community groups and the private sector to assess streams and lakes in 15 counties. EQI’s Volunteer Water Information Network conducts chemical water testing while its Stream Monitoring Information Exchange program examines aquatic insect communities as indicators of water quality. The April

The Friends of the Lake 5K will step off for the 12th year running at 9 a.m. Saturday, April 20, at Lake Junaluska. The race route passes Runners cross the bridge through the carefully mainat Lake Junaluska. tained grounds of Lake Lake Junaluska photo Junaluska, and proceeds go toward improvements and annual maintenance on the trail and other recreation areas around the lake, which costs more than $250,000 annually. All ages are welcome, with a kids fun run featuring the Easter bunny following at 9:45 a.m. On-site registration starts at 7:30 a.m., with online registration available at Registration is $25 and comes with a T-shirt ending Friday, April 5. Afterward registration is $30 for adults, $18 for students and free for ages 10 and under. The event is part of Easter weekend festivities at Lake Junaluska, which include children’s Easter egg hunts, a sunrise service overlooking the lake and a buffet lunch.

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A boating safety course will be offered 6-9 p.m. April 3-4 at Haywood Community College, giving participants a shot at a certification required to operate vessels propelled by a motor of 10 horsepower or greater. Participants must attend both sessions and pass a written exam. The free course is offered as a partnership between HCC and the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission. The class will be offered again May 15-16 and June 26-27. Register at by selecting the “Learning” tab.

Rod casting demo offered See spey rod casting in action during the next meeting of the Tuckaseigee River Chapter of Trout Unlimited, 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 2, at United Community Bank in Sylva. As well as a casting demonstration, the meeting will include dinner for $5, as well as the opportunity to buy a raffle ticket for a handcrafted fly rod by chapter member Jim Mills. Ted Kubit, 828.736.3165.

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Orchid extravaganza coming One of the region’s premier orchid events will return to Asheville for the 21st year April 6 to 7 at the N.C. Arboretum in Asheville. Hundreds of orchids will be on display during the Western North Carolina Orchid Society’s Annual Asheville Orchid Festival. The festival will be open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, with world-class orchid growers and breeders exhibiting their flowers in carefully crafted displays. Attendees will discover rare orchid species, cutting-edge hybrids and something for all

orchid lovers. Orchids and growing supplies will be available for purchase. The weekend will feature various orchid programs and educational lectures as well, including a bilingual English/Spanish presentation from Dayaneth Loja Portilla from Ecuador and s native orchid program from naturalist Scott Dean. Orchid Society members will be on site to answer all manner of questions. Admission is $5 per person in addition to standard parking fees. Children 12 and under are free.





Learn how to get a great yield from a small garden space 2 to 3 p.m. Thursday, April 4, at the Waynesville Public Library. Hugh Roberts, a certified square-foot gardening instructor and Master Gardener Volunteer, will present the technique, covering the foundations, fundamentals and techniques created by Mel Bartholomew. This method allows gardeners to grow whatever they want using only 20 percent of the space needed in a conventional row garden. Free, with no registration required. Sponsored by Friends of the Library and the N.C. Cooperative Extension. Refreshments served.

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Take Gardening 101 Learn the basics of gardening with a seminar offered 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, April 4, at the Jackson County Extension Center in Sylva and 10 a.m. to noon Thursday, April 11, at the Swain County Extension Center in Bryson City. The seminar will cover site selection and preparation, soil and fertility needs, spacing, crop rotation, cultivars and cool versus warm season veggies. Common disease, insect and weed problems — and control options — will also be discussed. Free. Register by calling 828.586.4009 in Sylva or 828.488.3848 in Bryson City, or email

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The Haywood County Plant Clinic is now open, with Master Gardeners available during business hours to answer all manner of plant-related questions. Queries about lawns, vegetables, flowers, trees, diseases, pests, soils, weather, chemicals and more are fair game. Stop by the Haywood County Extension Center on Raccoon Road in Waynesville or call 828.456.3575 to discuss any gardening problem.

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A surplus of plant purchases in the Haywood County Master Gardeners Association’s annual mailorder sale will result in an in-person plant sale 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 6, at the Haywood County Extension Office on Raccoon Road in Waynesville. Offerings include blueberries, asparagus, raspberries, blackberries, strawberries and grapevines at exceptional prices. All varieties are proven to grow well in this area with planting and care instructions included. 828.456.3575.

WNC Calendar COMMUNITY EVENTS & ANNOUNCEMENTS • The Jackson County Department of Public Health is seeking input from the community: Info: 587.8288. • The annual State of the Air Briefing and Press Conference is set for 8:30-11:30 a.m. on Friday, March 29, at the Land of Sky Clean Vehicles Coalition in Asheville. 734.7434. • The Jackson County Public Library in Sylva will host a recipe swap that will be a quarterly event consisting of a recipe gathering, the making of a cookbook, and finally a potluck dinner using the recipes gathered. If anyone has a recipe they would like to participate with, please email the recipe to Danielle Duffy at or bring your recipe to the reference desk on the second floor of the Library. The deadline for recipe submission is March 30. Once the library has all of the recipes, the spring version of the cookbook will be put together. Each participant will receive a copy of the cookbook. Each participant will bring their dish and everyone will share food, fellowship, stories, and community at 6 p.m. Thursday, April 4, at the library. 586.2016. or

• The Waynesville Kiwanis Club is accepting applications for unrestricted grants ranging from $500-$3,000 with a deadline of April 7. Proposed projects must serve youth and children in Haywood County and provide tangible, long-lasting items such as equipment and supplies. Include budget detailing. For application: or 456.5183. • An event calendar has been launched to announce various events and volunteer days inspired by and leading up to Earth Day 2019 (April 22): • The Far West Conference for Foster and Adoptive Parents is scheduled for Friday and Saturday, April 5-6, at the Fun Factory in Franklin. Programs for adults and children. Receive up to eight hours credit toward relicensure. Info: or 242.4681. • Volunteers will be available to assist with federal and state income tax preparation and filing through April 12: From 10 a.m.-3 p.m. on Mondays and Fridays at the Jackson County Department of Aging and from 2:306:45 p.m. by appointment on Tuesdays at the Jackson County Public Library in Sylva. Outside of appointments, help is available on first-come, first-serve basis. Library appointments: 586.2016. Info: 293.0074 or 586.4944.

All phone numbers area code 828 unless otherwise noted. the Swain Center. or 366.2000. • Registration is underway for a “Lean Thinking” workshop, which is offered by Western Carolina University’s Office of Professional Growth and Enrichment from 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. on Friday, March 29, at WCU Biltmore Park in Asheville. Early bird registration is $249 before Feb. 28. After, it’s $279. For info or to register: or 227.7397. • Registration is underway for the Western Carolina University’s Office of Professional Growth and Enrichment’s “Creativity in the Digital Age” workshop, which is set for 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m. on Saturday, March 30, at WCU’s Biltmore Park instructional site in Asheville. Registration: $39. For info or to register: or 227.7397. • Registration is underway for a seminar entitled “Marketing Your Business” that will be offered by Haywood Community College’s Small Business Center from 5:30-8:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 2, at HCC’s Regional High Technology Center in Waynesville. Part of the “Are You Ready to Start a Business series. Room 3021. Register or get more info: or 627.4512. • Western Carolina University’s Center for the Study of Free Enterprise will host a “Teach Personal Finance Like a Pro” workshop for teachers from 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. on Monday, April 1, at Hyatt Place in downtown Asheville. To get on standby list: Info: • Registration is underway for a Retirement Planning course that will be offered from 5:30-8:30 p.m. on April 2, 4 and 9 at Western Carolina University Biltmore Park in Asheville. Registration fee: $79. or 227.7397. • Registration is underway for Boating Safety Courses that will be offered from 6-9 p.m. on April 3-4 at Haywood Community College, Building 3300, Room 3322, in Clyde. Preregistration is required: Additional offerings: May 15-16 and June 26-27. • A “Speak Up For Your Nonprofit” class is set for 10 a.m.-4 p.m. on Tuesday, April 9, at the Chestnut Tree Inn in Cherokee. Gain skills for engaging with one person, mid-sized audiences or a large group. Registration underway: Scholarships available. Info:

• Signups are underway for the state’s only preliminary round of “The Apollo Next Giant Leap Student Challenge” – a nationwide drone and robotic challenge - which will be held on May 4 at Southwestern Community College in Sylva. Signup deadline is March 31. Winner advances to the regional round in July in South Carolina. Info:

• Registration is underway for a seminar entitled “How To Find Your Customers” that will be offered by Haywood Community College’s Small Business Center from 5:30-8:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 16, at HCC’s Regional High Technology Center in Waynesville. Part of the “Are You Ready to Start a Business series. Room 3021. Register or get more info: or 627.4512.

• The Lake Junaluska Easter Celebration, featuring Easter egg hunts and a sunrise service at the amphitheater below the cross, is set for April 20-21. Full schedule of events: Info: 800.222.4930.

• Tickets are on sale for the Swain County Chamber of Commerce’s Membership Banquet, which is set for 6-9 p.m. on Thursday, April 18, at the Fryemont Inn in Bryson City. Tickets: $35 per person at the Chamber office or by calling 488.3681.

BUSINESS & EDUCATION • Southwestern Community College’s Swain Center will hold an open house from 4-6 p.m. on Thursday, March 28, at 60 Almond School Road, in Bryson City. SCC’s Outdoor Leadership program, Nantahala School for the Arts and College and Career Readiness are housed at

• Registration is underway for a seminar entitled “Financing Your Business” that will be offered by Haywood Community College’s Small Business Center from 5:30-7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 23, at HCC’s Regional High Technology Center in Waynesville. Part of the “Are You Ready to Start a Business series. Room 3021. Register or get more info: or 627.4512.

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• Registration is underway for Six Sigma Yellow Belt training, which will be offered through Western Carolina University’s Office of Professional Growth and Enrichment from April 23-26 at WCU Biltmore Park in Asheville. Workshops are 8 a.m.-4 p.m. on Tuesday through Thursday and 9 a.m.-1 p.m. on Friday. Led by Dr. Todd Creasy, DM, MBA, MSc and Juran Institute Certified Master Black Belt in Six Sigma. Registration fee: $899. Ideas and tools for immediate use at your workplace. Register and get info: or 227.7397. • Registration is underway for an “Intro to Content Marketing” course that will be offered by Western Carolina University’s Office of Professional Growth and on Friday, May 3, at WCU Biltmore Park in Asheville. Instructor is Scott Rader, Ph.D., associate professor of Marketing and Entrepreneurship. Cost: $119. Register: or 227.7397.

FUNDRAISERS AND BENEFITS • A “Share the Love” fundraiser for Haywood Habitat for Humanity is set for 5-7 p.m. on Thursday, March 28, at The Classic Wineseller in Waynesville. Wine tasting and light hors d’oeuvres. Suggested donation: $20. Info: 452.7960. • A Spring Gala Art Sale supporting a local artist with Autism Spectrum Disorder is set for noon-5 p.m. on March 30 at the Jackson County Public Library in Sylva. Art for sale and live performances. • Tickets are on sale now for the “Wet Your Whiskers” fundraiser for Feline Urgent Rescue of WNC. Scheduled for 5:30-7:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 13 at the Fangmeyer Theatre at HART in Waynesville. Wine/craft beer tasting. Tickets: $35. Sponsorships: $125. Cat photo contest. Info:,, 844.888.CATS (2287) or • REACH is seeking donations of gently used accessories for its silent auction at the “Sprint into Fashion” Social and Luncheon, which is on Thursday, May 9, at Laurel Ridge Country Club. Donations accepted through Friday, April 15, at 627 N. Main St. in Waynesville. 456.7898.

VOLUNTEERS & VENDORS • Women of Waynesville, a nonprofit organization supporting needs of women and children in Haywood County, will hold an open house and membership drive from 6-8 p.m. on Thursday, March 29, at Room 1902, 1902 S. Main Street in Waynesville. 550.9978 or • Table applications are being accepted for the Jackson County Senior Center’s annual yard sale, which is set for 8 a.m.-1 p.m. on Saturday, April 13, at the Department on Aging Building at 100 County Services Park in Sylva. Rent: $10 for one or two for $15. Reservations and info: 586.5494. • Feline Urgent Rescue is seeking volunteers and sponsors. Info: 422.2704,, or 844.888.CATS (2287). • Great Smoky Mountains National Park rangers are recruiting volunteers to adopt a monitoring plot in areas throughout the park. A training opportunity is set for 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 30, at Oconaluftee visitor Center near Cherokee. • Vendor and artisan applications are being accepted for the 22nd Annual Greening Up the Mountains Festival, which is April 27 in Sylva.

HEALTH MATTERS • WNC Blood Connection will hold a blood drive from 16 p.m. on Sunday, March 31, at Sagebrush in Canton.


Visit and click on Calendar for: ■ Complete listings of local music scene ■ Regional festivals ■ Art gallery events and openings ■ Complete listings of recreational offerings at regional health and fitness centers ■ Civic and social club gatherings • WNC Blood Connection will hold a blood drive from 16 p.m. on Sunday, March 31, at Walmart in Waynesville. • Science Café, “Finding a Cure for Alzheimer’s: A Trail of Tears, or Hope on the Hozizon” will be hosted by Mad Batter Food & Film in downtown Sylva at 6 p.m. on April 2. Robert Youker an assistant professor of molecular biology at Western Carolina University will discuss his research. • NAMI Appalachian South, local affiliate of National Alliance on Mental Illness, will offer a Peer-to-Peer education course on recovery and wellness for adults challenged with mental illness starting on Saturdays in April. Register or get more info: 200.3000, 507.8789. • “Your Amazing Newborn” class will be offered from 79 p.m. on April 4, July 11, Sept. 5 and Nov. 7 at Haywood Regional Medical Center in Waynesville. Focusing on abilities, behavior, appearance and reflexes of your new baby. Pre-registration required: or 452.8440. • “Breastfeeding A-Z” class will be offered from 7-9 p.m. on April 11, July 18, Sept. 12 and Nov. 14 at Haywood Regional Medical Center in Waynesville. Focusing on techniques for proper latching and comfortable positions for a baby and mom to get started. Pre-registration required: or 452.8440.

RECREATION AND FITNESS • Yoga on the Greenway is set for 10:30 a.m. on Friday, March 29, at the Macon County Public Library’s Meeting Room in Franklin and the adjacent Greenway in Franklin. • CommUnity Square Dance is set for 7-9 p.m. on Saturday, March 30, at the Old Rock School in Webster. Caller Rodney Sutton teaches and calls dances to live, old-time music. No partner or experience necessary.

SPIRITUAL • St. Andrews Episcopal Church will host Evening Lenten programs at 6 p.m. on April 3 and 10, with supper at 5:30 p.m. • St. Andrews Episcopal Church will host Palm Sunday at 8 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. on April 14 at 99 Academy Street in Canton. • Maundy Thursday is scheduled for noon on April 18 at St. Andrews Episcopal Church, 99 Academy Street in Canton. • St. Andrews Episcopal Church will host Easter ceremonies on the weekend of Friday through Sunday, April 19-21, at 99 Academy Street in Canton. Good Friday festivities are at 11 a.m. and 7 p.m.; Holy Saturday events are at 10 a.m. and 7 p.m., and Easter Day will be celebrated at 8:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. on Sunday. • Registration is underway for Guided Personal Retreats, on July 22-24, Sept. 16-18 and Oct. 21-23 at Lake Junaluska. or 800.222.4930.

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• Registration is underway for Lake Junaluska’s Summer Youth Events, which run from June 15-July 14. Morning and evening sessions with worship, guest preachers and workshops for sixth-through-12th graders. or 800.222.4930. • Registration is underway for Music & Worship Arts Week, which is from June 23-28 at Lake Junaluska. Multi-generational educational event including arts, praise and renewal. For ministry leaders or those who want to sing, dance or act all week.

POLITICAL • The Jackson County Republican Convention and Precinct Meetings will be held at 5:30 p.m. on Friday, March 29, at the Jackson County Senior Center in Sylva. Convention speaker will be Michael LaPaglia, candidate for N.C. Secretary of State in 2020. 743.6491. • “Do national reparation proposals represent justice or political posturing” will be the topic for the Franklin Open Forum, which is set for 7 p.m. on Monday, April 1, at the Rathskeller Coffee Haus & Pub at 58 Stewart Street in Franklin. Open exchange of ideas; dialog not debate. 371.1020.

AUTHORS AND BOOKS • Photographer and writer Roger May will speak at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 28, in UNC Asheville’s Karpen Hall in Asheville. May will display some of his work and discuss issues involved in depicting Appalachia.

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• Historian Steve Miller will present his book “North Carolina Unionists and the Fight Over Secession” at 3 p.m. on Saturday, March 30, at City Lights Bookstore in Sylva. 586.9499. • Carol and Jim Steiner will share stories about their hikes from their book “The Appalachian Trail Day Hikers’ Guide: Downhill to Fine Wine and Accommodations, Georgia, North Carolina and Tennessee” at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, April 5, at the Macon County Public Library in Franklin.

SENIOR ACTIVITIES • Registration is underway through April 5 for the Haywood County Senior Games and SilverArts at 63 Elmood Way, Suite B, or at Info: 452.6789 or


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• Unify March Madness basketball event is scheduled for 6 p.m. on March 28 at Franklin High School. Joins and benefits Franklin High School students with and without intellectual disabilities on the same team. Info:, 342.9449, or 524.6467.


• A Youth Ceramic Series on Face Jugs is set for 10 a.m.-noon or 3:15-5 p.m. on April 3, 10 and 17 at The Bascom in Highlands. Tuition: $60. Info and sign up: • A Nature Nuts: Raising Trout program for ages 4-7 will be offered from 9-11 a.m. on April 15 and April 29 at the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission’s Pisgah Center for Wildlife Education in Brevard. Registration required: • An Eco Explorers: Mountain Habitats program will be offered to ages 8-13 from 1-3 p.m. on April 15 and April 29 at the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission’s Pisgah Center for Wildlife Education in Brevard. Registration required:

⦁ “Aquaman”, will be shown at 7:30 p.m. on April 6 and 6:30 p.m. on April 12 at Mad Batter Food & Film in Sylva. Free. 586.3555. ⦁ “Free Solo”, will be shown at 7:30 p.m. on April 11 at Mad Batter Food & Film in Sylva. Free. 586.3555.


• Registration is now open for a new PGA Junior League golf team forming at Lake Junaluska Golf Course for ages 17-under. Season runs from through July 31. Registration fee: $190. Includes team practice sessions, matches, merchandise. Register: Info:, 456.5777 or

• The 17th annual Spring Literary Festival is set through March 28 at Western Carolina University in Cullowhee. Featuring fiction writers, poets and nonfiction writers. For a complete schedule and list of featured writers and poets:, 227.7264 or

• The Haywood County Arts Council will hold a JAM (Junior Appalachian Musicians) for fourth through sixth graders from 3:30-5 p.m. on Tuesdays through May at Shining Rock Classical Academy. Cost: $85. 452.0593 or

• The N.C. Arboretum will host the 21st annual Asheville Orchid Festival from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, April 6-7, in Asheville. Hundreds of orchids on display from world-class growers. or

• Registration is underway for Discovery Camp with weekly camps available June 10-Aug. 16 at the N.C. Arboretum in Asheville. Open to pre-K through rising eighth graders. Register: • Registration is underway for a summer volleyball camp that will be offered to rising third-through-12th graders from 9 a.m.-noon on June 17-20 at the Waynesville Recreation Center. Cost: $85 before June 1 or $100 after. Register or get more info: • Registration is underway for two basketball shooting and dribbling camps that will be offered from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. on June 24-27 and July 15-18 at the Waynesville Recreation Center. Led by former Appalachian State University coach Kevin Cantwell. Cost: $150 per person; deposit of $25 required. Register or get info: 456.2030 or


⦁ “Captain Marvel”, will be shown at 7 p.m. on March 27 at The Strain on Main in Waynesville. See website for times & tickets. 283.0079. ⦁ “Mary Poppins Returns”, will be shown at 7:30 p.m. on March 28 and 6:30 p.m. on March 29 and April 5 at Mad Batter Food & Film in Sylva. Free. 586.3555. ⦁ “Dumbo”, will be shown at 7 p.m. on March 29-31 and 1 p.m. & 4 p.m. March 30-31 at The Strain on Main in Waynesville. See website for times & tickets. 283.0079.

EASTER • The Fines Creek Community Center will hold an egg hunt and ham dinner with the fixings from 1-3 p.m. on Saturday, April 13. Cost: $8; children under four eat free. • The Annual Town of Canton’s Easter Egg Hunt is set for 10 a.m. on April 20 at Canton Recreation Park. For ages 1-12. Info: 648.2376.

FOOD & DRINK • Bosu’s Wine Shop in Waynesville will host five for $5 Wine Tasting from 5 to 9 p.m. on March 28 and April 4. Come taste five magnificent wines and dine on Chef Bryan’s gourmet cuisine. 452.0120 or • A free wine tasting will be held from 2-5 p.m. on March 30 and April 6 at Papou’s Wine Shop in Sylva. or 631.3075. • Leap Frog Tours and Spriggly’s Beescaping will offer the last”Pint & Pollinator Tour” from 1-4 p.m. this Friday, March 29. $75 Tour starts at Asheville Museum of Science and ends at Whistle Stop Brewing Company. Cost: $85 for adults; $75 for children. Tickets include educational talks, seed bombs, museum admission, one drink and transportation. or 246.6777. • The Currahee Brewing Hiker Bash is set for 6 p.m. on Saturday, April 6, in Franklin. 634.0078 or

• The Main Street Sylva Association will host the fourth annual Sylva Brew Hop on April 6. Participating brewers and shops include Innovation Brewing, Balsam Falls Brewery, City Lights Café, the Cut Cocktail Lounge and Mad Batter Food & Film. Tickets: $30 in advance (by March 30) or $35 on event day; available at Info: 400.8445.

ON STAGE & IN CONCERT • Highlands Performing Arts Center will have dinner theater performances scheduled on March 28-30; and the full-length play “Calendar Girls” by Tim Firth, set for May 23-26 and May 31-June 2. • The Highlands Cashiers Players dinner theater is set for Thursdays through Saturdays, through March 30, at Highlands Performing Arts Center on Chestnut Street in Highlands. Four short humorous plays and meal catered by Kristy Lewis, former owner of the Sports Page Restaurant in Highlands. Price: $37.50. Tickets: 526.8084 or • The Highlands Performing Arts Center will screen “Live via Satellite” the MET Opera’s production of Wagner’s “Die Walküre” at noon Saturday, March 30. Run time is 5.5 hours, there will be sandwiches, snacks and beverages available for purchase. A preoperca discussion begins at 11:30 a.m. Tickets are available online or at the door. • The 37th annual “Country Western Show” will return to the stage at 7 p.m. March 28-30 and 2:30 p.m. March 31 in the Tuscola High School Auditorium in Waynesville. Performed by the Tuscola Choral Ensemble, the show is filled with musical performances in a variety show format. Tickets are $10 for the general public and half-price for Tuscola students and staff. 456.2408. • Southern Storytellers Series will feature Bob Plott on Thursday, March 28, at Folkmoot in Waynesville. 452.2997. • To close out its winter season, the Haywood Arts Regional Theatre in Waynesville will be bringing The Sublime Theater’s production of Samuel Beckett’s “Krapp’s Last Tape” and Edward Albee’s “The Zoo Story” to the Feichter Studio at 7:30 p.m. March 29-30 and 2 p.m. March 31. For reservations, call 456.6322 or go online to • Claire Lynch, Jerry Salley and Irene Kelley will perform in a Nashville Songwriters show at 7:15 p.m. on Saturday, April 6, at the Historic Hazelwood School/Folkmoot Center in Waynesville. Social with food trucks and beverages from 5-7 p.m. Tickets: $25 for adults; $12 for students; available at, 452.2997 and at the door. • The Jackson County Arts Council will present Junior Appalachian Musicians singing and playing at 2 p.m. on Sunday, April 7, in the Jackson County Public

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• Registration is underway for a Viking Axe Making Class that will be offered from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, April 13-14, at Green Energy Park in Dillsboro. With Brock Martin of WarFire Forge. Cost: $380; materials included. Preregistration required: 631.0271. Info:

• A Basic Cake Decorating class will be offered from 2-3:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 28, at the Waynesville Library Auditorium. Registration required: 356.2507 or • The Gem & Mineral Society of Franklin will meet at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 28, at the Robert C. Carpenter Community Building, 1288 Georgia Road (Hwy 441 South) in Franklin. Speaker will be Ann Rogers, retired WCU Anthropology/Native Studies professor. Light refreshments. • March Madness Shopping event will be held at the Cherokee Fairgrounds from noon to 5 p.m. on Thursday, March 28. Come do shopping all under one roof, including baked spaghetti dinners for $8 by Tammie, preorder now at 735.0553. More information about the event: 508.2211. • A Beginner Photography Class featuring Dylan Lytle will be offered from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. on March 30 at The Bascom in Highlands. • Fiber Sunday is scheduled for 2-5 p.m. on March 31 at Cowee Textiles, 51 Cowee School Drive in Franklin. Bring a textile project on which you are working. 349.3878 or • The “Comic Book Illustration & Story Development” class with James Lyle will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. March 30 and April 6, at the Haywood County Arts Council in Waynesville. Cost is $20 for HCAC members, $25 for non-members per class. For more information and/or to register, click on

• Patrick Womack will present “Haywood County’s Mason-Dixon Line” from 4-5 p.m. on April 4 in the courtroom of the Historic Courthouse in downtown Waynesville. Part of the “Haywood Ramblings” series. Stories of the early settlers of the Hyatt and Plott Creek valleys. If weather forces rescheduling, event will move to the second Thursday of the month. 456.8647. • “Nantahala National Forest: A History” is the title of the presentation for the April 4 meeting of the Swain County Genalogical and Historical Society. Featuring author and naturalist Marci Spencer.

• The UNC Asheville Visiting Writers Series will English Department faculty writers Evan Gurney and David Hopes at 7 p.m. on April 9 at Karpen Hall. They’ll read from newly published works • One Heart Singing’s winter term is through April 10 at 89 Sierra Lane in Franklin. No audition or need to read music. Try two sessions before committing. Meets from 6:30-8 p.m. on Wednesdays. Info: 524.3691 or 360.1920. • Dogwood Crafters Coop will offer a class on making a Rug-Hooked Sunflower Pincushion from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. on Thursday, April 11, at the Dillsboro Masonic Lodge. Cost: $20; all materials included. Led by Claudia Lampley. Register by April 4: 586.2248. • Learn how to make custom gift tags or ornaments using simple ingredients commonly found in the

• Registration is underway for entries for the Appalachian Women’s Museum’s second annual “Airing of the Quilts” that will be on display from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. on Saturday, May 4, at 100 W. Hometown Place between Sylva and Dillsboro. $10 suggested donation per quilt. Online registration: Info: 421.3820 or • Haywood Community College’s Workforce Continuing Education Creative Arts Department is offering a series of clay courses through May in Clyde. For a complete listing and details, visit, call 565.4240 or write

ART SHOWINGS AND GALLERIES • Natalie Bucki’s work, “Paintings of People, Pets and Places,” on display in the Macon County Public Library Meeting Room in Franklin during the month of March. Please call the library at 828.524.3600 for available viewing times. • Haywood Community College is currently hosting a Professional Crafts Faculty Exhibition in the Mary Cornwell Gallery on campus in Clyde. Through April, the public is invited to view the exhibition 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday and 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday. There will be a talk with the artists at 4 p.m. Wednesday, March 27. 565.4240 or • An opening reception for “Compose | Decompose” – a new exhibition at Penland Gallery – is set for 4:306:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 30, near Spruce Pine. Combines mixed-media sculpture and sound installations in one space. Musical performance by Make Noise artists Walker Farrell, Meg Mulhearn and Jake Pugh. Exhibition on display through May 12. Info: 765.6211 or • The exhibit “Outspoken: Paintings by America Meredith” will be on display through May 3 at the Fine Art Museum Gallery B in the Bardo Arts Center at Western Carolina University. The WCU Fine Art Museum is free and open to the public from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and and 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday. Free parking is available on site. • The Western Carolina University Fine Art Museum at Bardo Arts Center is pleased to present the School of Art and Design Faculty Biennial Exhibition 2019, on display through May 3. All WCU Fine Art Museum exhibitions and receptions are free and open to the public. For further information, visit or 227.3591. ⦁ The Western Carolina University Fine Art Museum at Bardo Arts Center will have a yearlong exhibition on “Defining America” through May 3 in Cullowhee. Info: 227.ARTS or

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• Southwestern Community college will host Dr. Tiber Falzett, a visiting lecturer from Scotland, presenting “Recollecting Scottish Gaelic Memories” from 12:30-2 p.m. on April 4 on the Jackson Campus in Sylva. Info:

• Registration is underway for a Bladesmithing Basics class that will be taught by Brock Martin of WarFire Forge from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. on April 28 at Green Energy Park in Dillsboro. Cost: $200 (includes materials). Preregistration required: 631.0271.

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• Western Carolina University’s Free Enterprise Speaker Series concludes for the semester with a discussion on race neutrality and ethnic economic disparity at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, April 3, in Room 101 of the Forsyth Building in Cullowhee. Entitled: “Race Inequality: A Discussion with Steve Ha and Samuel Myers on Race Neutrality.” Info:

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Library’s Community Room in Sylva. Multiple local musicians will also perform.

• An exhibition entitled: “Ebb and Flow, Bloom and Fade: Dynamic Rhythms From Hambidge Fellows” is on display through June 16 in the Bunzl Gallery at The Bascom in Highlands. Info: • The Haywood County Arts Council and Haywood


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County Public Library are presenting works from the following artists at the following locations through March: Russell Wyatt and Ashley Calhoun at the Canton Library and Patty Coulter, Linda Blount, Jason Woodard and Molly Harrington-Weaver at the Waynesville Library. • Through April 26, Western Carolina University’s Mountain Heritage Center is hosting an exhibit to commemorate World War I and the centennial of the end of hostilities. “I Want You! How World War I Transformed Western North Carolina” is on display in the museum’s first floor gallery in Cullowhee. 227.7129. • Entries are being accepted for The Bascom’s 2019 Member Show: “Rhythm Systems: Nature and Geometry.” Exhibition will be on display from June 15July 21. or 787.2878.

FILM & SCREEN • The Second Tuesday Movie Group meets at 2 p.m. in the Waynesville Library Auditorium. For info, including movie title: 452.5169. ⦁ “If Beale Street Could Talk”, will be shown at 7:30 p.m. on April 4 at Mad Batter Food & Film in Sylva. Free. 586.3555. • Five Appalachian Trail Conservancy documentaries entitled “MyATstory: Adventures from the People’s Trail” will be shown at 2 p.m. on Thursday, April 4, at the Macon County Public Library in Franklin.

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⦁ “On the Basis of Sex”, will be shown at 7:00 p.m. on April 13 at Mad Batter Food & Film in Sylva. Free. 586.3555. • Tickets are on sale now for “Great Art on Screen” – a series of 90-minute documentaries featuring some of the worlds’ greatest artists presented by The Highlands Performing Arts Center and The Bascom: A Center for the Visual Arts. Upcoming topics: Caravaggio on Friday, April 5; Klimt & Schiele on Friday, May 10; and Monet on June 7. All shows at 5:30 p.m. at Highlands PAC, 507 Chestnut Street in Highlands. Tickets: $16; available at or at the door.


• A recreational racing program for skiers and snowboarders of all abilities will run from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. on non-holiday Saturdays through the end of the season. Cost: $10 for two runs or $20 for unlimited pass. Lift ticket or season pass required. Register:

• Registration is underway for the “Spring Wildflowers of Southern Appalachia” classes, which will be offered by Adam Bigelow from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. on Fridays from through April 26. Learn how to identify wildflowers while walking among them. Single day rates are $40, or $150 for the entire series. • Flix, Food & Brews is set for 5 p.m. on Friday, March 29, at Outdoor 76 in Franklin. 349.7676 or • The Highlands Nature Center is open from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. from March 30 through late May. or 526.2623. • A Thru-Hiker Chow Down is set for noon-3 p.m. on Saturday, March 30, at the Lazy Hiker Brewing Company in Franklin. Chili-dog lunch with homebaked goods and fresh fruit for thru hikers.

• Get trained to protect Western North Carolina’s rivers on Saturday, March 30, with the Stream Monitoring Information Exchange workshop in Flat 42 Rock. Sign up:

• “Cleaning up the Mountains” – Jackson County’s litter cleanup week – is set for the week of March 31April 6. Info: 586.6818 or • Fly Selection 101 will be offered to ages 12-up from 9 a.m.-noon on April 1 at the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission’s Pisgah Center for Wildlife Education in Brevard. Registration required: • The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is seeking public comment on upcoming migratory game bird hunting seasons through April 1 at • The Franklin Bird Club will hold a Greenway walk at 8 a.m. on April 3. Meet at the Macon County Public Library parking area. Info: 524.5234. • An Intro to Fly-Fishing class will be offered to ages 12-up from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. on April 4 at the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission’s Pisgah Center for Wildlife Education in Brevard. Registration required: • A program on “National Trails in Western N.C.” will be offered at 6 p.m. on Thursday, April 4, at the Macon County Public Library in Franklin. Featured will be the Trail of Tears National Historic Trail, the Appalachian Trail and the William Bartram Trail. • A Backyard Birding by Ear for Beginners will be offered to ages 10-up from 9 a.m.-noon on April 6 at the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission’s Pisgah Center for Wildlife Education in Brevard. Registration required: • The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission will close approximately 1,000 miles of hatchery supported trout waters to fishing 30 minutes after sunset through 7 a.m. on April 6. • Franklin Bird Club meeting is set for 7 p.m. on April 8 at the Macon County Public Library in Franklin. Tim Carstens and Dr. Amy Boggan will present “Digital Birding: Using Online and Electronic Resources to Find and Identify Birds. or 524.5234. • The Franklin Bird Club will hold a Greenway walk at 8 a.m. on April 10. Meet at the Big Bear Shelter parking area. Info: 524.5234. • Franklin’s AT110 HikerFest is set for 6 p.m. on Saturday, April 13, at Rathskeller Coffee Haus in Franklin. Hiker Haus Party with live band followed by bonfire/music at 8 p.m. Info: 369.6796. • The 35th annual Tuck River Cleanup is set for Saturday, April 13, in Cullowhee. Rafting registration is from 8-9 a.m. and noon-1 p.m., and walking route registration is from 10-11 a.m. Civic and community groups can sign up by writing Info: or 227.8804. • On the Water: Tuckasegee will be offered to ages 12-up from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. on April 17 at the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission’s Pisgah Center for Wildlife Education in Brevard. Registration required: • The Franklin Bird Club will hold a Greenway walk at 9 a.m. on April 17. Meet at Salali Lane. Info: 524.5234. • A “Casting for Beginners: Level I” program will be offered to ages 12-up from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. on April 18 at the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission’s Pisgah Center for Wildlife Education in Brevard. Registration required: • Tickets are on sale now for the April 20 Spring Social at the N.C. Arboretum in Asheville. Fun, fellowship, food, hikes and more. $24 per person. or • The Outdoor Music Jam and Gear Exchange is set for 6 p.m. on Saturday, April 20, at the Lazy Hiker Brewing Company in Franklin. Live music. or • Registration is underway for a “Leave No Trace Master Educator course, which will be offered by

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• Greenhouse space will be available starting at 8 a.m. on April 5 at the Old Armory Recreation Center Greenhouse in Waynesville. Seed starting class is set for 1-3 p.m. on April 5. Reserve a tray for $5 each in person. Info: 456.9207 or

• A cycling ride exploring the Fire Mountain Trail System in Cherokee will be offered at 6 p.m. every other Thursday, rides started on April 12. Participants will divide into a beginner group and a non-beginner group, with 60 to 90 minutes on the trail each time. Organized by the Nantahala Area Southern Off-Road Bicycle Association, with an event page at

• The Haywood County Extension Office is selling excess blueberries, asparagus, raspberries, blackberries, strawberries and grapevines from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. on Saturday, April 6, at the office on Raccoon Road in Waynesville.

• A cycling ride exploring the Western Carolina University mountain bike trails will be offered at 6 p.m. every other Thursday, begin on April 19 in Cullowhee. Participants will meet at the N.C. Center for the Advancement of Teaching and divide into a beginner group and a non-beginner group, with 60 to 90 minutes on the trail each time. Organized by the Nantahala Area Southern Off-Road Bicycle Association, with an event page at

COMPETITIVE EDGE • The Nantahala River Club Whitewater U.S. Open is set for Friday through Sunday, March 29-31, at the Nantahala Outdoor Center near Bryson City. Practice runs start at 12:30 p.m. on Friday; Slalom runs are at 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday; wildwater sprints are at 11 a.m. on Saturday and 11:45 a.m. on Sunday. Register:; onsite registration is from 3-5 p.m. on March 29 at Big Wesser Riverside. • Haywood Community College will host STIHL Timbersports Mid-Atlantic Collegiate Qualifier Competition from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. on Saturday, March 30, in Clyde. Tickets: $5 for adults; free for children 12-under. • Registration is underway for the ninth annual Valley of the Lilies Half-Marathon and 5K, which is set for Saturday, April 6, at Western Carolina University in Cullowhee. Advance registration (by March 8): $40 for the half marathon, $20 for 5K. Starting March 9: $60 for half marathon and $25 for the 5K. Sign up: Registration: • Registration is underway for Friends of the Lake 5K Race, Walk & Kids Fun Run, which will be held at 9 a.m. on April 20 at Lake Junaluska. or 800.454.6680. • Registration is underway for the annual Greening Up the Mountains 5K Run, which is set for 9 a.m. on Saturday, April 27, at Mark Watson Park in Sylva. Registration ends April 24. Info: 293.3053, ext. 7 or

FARM AND GARDEN • The N.C. Cooperative Extension Service will host a Fruit Tree Workshop from 6-8 p.m. Thursday, March 28, at the Jackson Extension Center, 876 Skyland Drive in Sylva. Topics include site selection, differences between varieties, proper soil conditions, pollination requirements. Register or get more info: 586.4009 or • The N.C. Cooperative Extension Service will hold a seminar on Gardening Basics 101 from 6-8 p.m. on Thursday, April 4, at the Jackson Extension Center, 876 Skyland Drive in Sylva. Site selection, preparation, proper soil, plant fertility needs and more. Register or get more info: 586.4009 or • A square-foot gardening presentation will be offered by Hughes Roberts from 2-3 p.m. on Thursday, April 4, at the Waynesville Library. Info: 356.2507 or

• The N.C. Cooperative Extension Service will hold a seminar on Gardening Basics 101 from 6-8 p.m. on Thursday, April 11, at the Swain Extension Center on 60 Almond School Road in Bryson City. Site selection, preparation, proper soil, plant fertility needs and more. Register or get more info: 488.3848 or • Applications are being accepted for garden space in the Macon County Community Garden in Franklin. Fee: $25. To apply: 349.2046. Available for use by May 1.

HIKING CLUBS • The Nantahala Hiking Club will take a moderate four-mile hike with an elevation change of 1,050 feet on Saturday, March 30, up Scaly Mountain on the Bartram Trail. Info and reservations: 524.5298. • Carolina Mountain Club will have a nine-mile hike with a 1,100-foot ascent on March 30 at Kagle Mountain. Info and reservations: 704.877.7804 or • Carolina Mountain Club will have a five-mile hike with an 830-foot ascent on March 31 on Ox Creek Road. Info and reservations: 713.4660 or • The Nantahala Hiking Club will take a moderate, 3.5-mile hike with an elevation change of 800 feet on Sunday, April 7, to Tellico Valley. Reservations: 534.5234. • Carolina Mountain Club will have an 8.3-mile hike with an 1,800-foot ascent on April 7 at Gabes Mountain Trail. Info and reservations: 628.6712 or • Carolina Mountain Club will have an eight-mile hike with a 1,800-foot ascent on Wednesday, April 10, as part of a Little Cataloochee History Tour. Info and reservations: 628.6712 or • The Nantahala Hiking Club will take a moderate 5.5-mile hike with an elevation change of 600 feet on Saturday, April 13, to Glassmine Gap on the Appalachian Trail. Info and reservations: 524.5298. • Carolina Mountain Club will have a 5.8-mile hike with a 1,635-foot ascent on Saturday, April 13 on Wildcat Rock Trail. Info and reservations: 684.8656, 606.7297 or • The Nantahala Hiking Club will take an easy, twomile walk on Sunday, April 14, in the Highlands Botanical Gardens. Oconee Belles may be in bloom. Info and reservations: 369.7352. • Carolina Mountain Club will have a five-mile hike with a 500-foot ascent on Sunday, April 14 at Big Creek in The Smokies. Known for early spring flowers. Info and reservations: 707.6115 or • Carolina Mountain Club will have a 7.4-mile hike with a 1,500-foot ascent on Sunday, April 14, at Porters Creek Trail. Info and reservations: 450.0747 or • Carolina Mountain Club will have a 10.3-mile hike with a 500-foot ascent on Wednesday, April 17, from Big Creek to Walnut Bottom. Info and reservations: 505.2036, 406.887.3666 or • The Nantahala Hiking Club members and others will prepare and share hard-boiled eggs, fruit and other goodies to hand out to hikers on the Appalachian Trail on Saturday, April 20. Info and reservations: 369.8915.

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Eagle at the nest from early this winter. Don Hendershot photo

The naturalist’s corner BY DON H ENDERSHOT

Breath still bated aybe it’s March Madness, maybe it’s simply madness, but I’m looking at the Lake Junaluska eagles and thinking “they’re gonna pull it off.” I made a quick drive-by the other morning during that last cold snap, March 22 I think, and was happy to see a bird on the nest. I have had “eagle neighbors” report an eagle on the nest almost every time they look up. And there are “eagle neighbors” with binoculars, eagle neighbors with spotting scopes and “eagle neighbors” close enough to just look up and watch. So from these strictly non-scientific observations, it certainly looks like “our” Lake J eagles are — and have been — incubating. One eagle neighbor who watches through a spotting scope from her deck texted me yesterday (March 25) to say the eagle in the nest was very active — up and moving around but never left the nest. As I mentioned in a recent column, the eagles were observed changing places on the nest Feb. 26. This was a good sign eggs were present, and if you add 35 days — normal incubation time — hatch day would be April 2. That means it has to be any day now


and, of course, incubation could have begun before Feb. 26. What eagle neighbors should be watching for now is parents bringing food to the nest, just like the wrens that hatched in the fern basket on your deck; feeding babies is an all-consuming task. You will most likely see this kind of activity before you spot any chicks because the nest is large and deep and it will be a while before the chicks are large enough to be spotted. The real show will begin after the chicks hatch. It takes another 10 to 14 weeks after hatching before the chicks fledge and they grow quickly during this time. The youngsters are as large as adults by the time they fledge and there is a lot of activity at the nest — feeding, wing stretching, limb hopping, etc., before the babes take to the air for the first time. And even after they initially get airborne, the parents will still feed, so we have a lot to look forward to. I applaud the Lake Junaluska community, the eagle neighbors and all interested eagle watchers for being discreet and respectful while observing the birds at the nest. It is still critical to give the birds their privacy and once the chicks start to grow they will be easily observable from your

favorite site. I am thinking, if the pair fledges successfully this year it will only strengthen the site bond for the Lake J nest, perhaps making it

a prime spot for an eagle cam next year? (Don Hendershot is a naturalist and a writer who lives in Haywood County. He can be reached at

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