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On the Cover: More than 1,650 bills were introduced during the 2015 North Carolina General Assembly this year, but fewer than 100 are likely to become law. With the April 30 crossover deadline behind us, take a look at the bills that still have a chance of making it to the finish line. (Page 6)

News Haywood considers tax increase for raises ........................................................4 Legislation crosses over to the other side ..........................................................6 Legislators working on sales tax formula ............................................................9 Smart pharmacist wins Macon business award ..............................................11 YMCA breaks ground on Swain summer camp ..............................................12 Jackson schools might expand drug testing ....................................................13 Cashiers residents question proposed fire tax ................................................14 Sylva budget haggling comes to a close ..........................................................15 Jackson to replace planning position ................................................................16




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Haywood commissioners ponder property tax hike to give county workers raises BY B ECKY JOHNSON STAFF WRITER aywood County commissioners are contemplating a property tax increase to pay for raises for county employees. Salaries for county workers were frozen for a few years during the recession — as was the case for many Americans. County workers have been getting a 2 percent raise a year for the past three years, but county commissioners say Haywood’s salaries have fallen behind that of other counties and must be brought up to industry standard. Commissioner Kirk Kirkpatrick said some county employees have come to him in confidence recently and shared their dissatisfaction with the county’s pay scale. “They really cooperated with the economy and downturn over a period of time,” Kirkpatrick said. “I somewhat feel like we have neglected them a little bit.” Commissioner Mark Swanger agreed. “Our employees have been excellent team players,” Swanger said. Swanger said salaries have been climbing in the private sector, and the county must eventually reconcile its recession mindset with workforce trends. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average annual salaries in the state have indeed been going up. The average annual salary across all occupations in North Carolina — from low-paying jobs like reporters and dishwashers to high-flying lawyers and dentists — climbed from $39,420 to $43,280 over the past five years, between 2009 and 2014. The idea of a major pay hike for county employees came up during informal budget work session in late April. A clearly unscripted discussion played out as commissioners gingerly felt out where the others might stand. County Manager Ira Dove was the first to bring up the issue — more or less as an FYI to commissioners.

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Commissioners ultimately instructed Dove to come up with some sort of pay raise proposal, but what it entails — namely how much it might be and how much property taxes would have to be raised to cover it — won’t be revealed until Monday (May 18), when the proposed budget is presented at the commissioners meeting.


Macon and Jackson counties have dished out major raise packages to their employees in recent years. Jackson County hiked employee salaries over a two-year period from 2008 Haywood County to 2009, claiming its salaries were lower Manager Ira than its neighbors. Dove discusses Macon County then hiked its employthe proposed ee salaries in 2013. The raises carried a total price tag of $750,000 annually. budget with Now, Haywood claims it is behind its commissioners. peers. Becky Johnson photo “We are beginning to lose people to surrounding counties. Our ranking is not where it has been in the past,” Sorrells said. Certain departments are lower compared to industry standards than others. County employment records show three employees have left since March of this year — all to take higherpaying jobs with Buncombe County — “If we are going to address in the environmental health and building inspections departments. this problem, we are going to “I don’t want to be a training need more money.” ground for other counties,” Upton said. While county employees have been — Ira Dove, Haywood County manager getting a modest 2 percent raise every year for three years, they have been con“What little bit of growth we’ve had in the sidered “merit raises.” budget has barely kept up with the increases In theory, only those who do a good job are in the cost-of-doing-business, like your higher rewarded with a raise. But in reality, almost insurance costs and your retirement costs,” every county worker gets the merit raise. Sorrells explained. Still, there’s a downside. Since they aren’t So there is little left over for things on the across-the-board raises, the base salaries have wish list — in this case employee raises. remained stagnant. The merit raises are tied Dove estimated new money in the county to the person, not the position, so new budget next year could be as much as $1.8 employees have to start at square one — at million, but it was all spoken for already on the base salary for their job rather than the other budget needs, Dove said. salary the person before them was making “The $1.8 million is gone?” Swanger said. due to accruing merit raises. “Yes, it is gone,” Dove said. “Not only are we losing people but we are “So the only place to find it is where we having trouble recruiting people,” Kathi find dollars,” Swanger said, referring presum- McClure, the county’s human resource direcably to county taxpayers. tor, told commissioners.

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The upshot: Haywood County employees make less than their counter parts in other counties and a few have left as a result, Dove said. “If we are going to address this problem, we are going to need more money. So I am just putting it out there to ask for guidance,” Dove said. Commissioners asked how much it would take to bring the county’s pay scale up to par. “You are going to need somewhere in the neighborhood of $700,000,” Dove said. “Will it fix it, or just be a Band-Aid?” Commissioner Mark Swanger said. “Will it put us in the ballgame?” chimed in Commissioner Bill Upton, a former high school football coach. “Would it stop the bleeding?” Commissioner Michael Sorrells added. Swanger said he didn’t want to spend money on a pay scale adjustment that wasn’t a genuine solution. “If we just Band-Aid it we are going to be back here again in two years,” Swanger said, asking how far $700,000 would go. “It is a little more than a Band-Aid but not a complete fix. If we throw down a couple percent raise in certain positions — given the disparities in some of these positions — it isn’t a permanent fix,” Dove said. “A permanent fix is going to be significantly higher.” How much higher was the question on everyone’s mind, but Dove couldn’t say on the spot. “So we are looking at raising taxes?” Swanger said, partly as a statement, and partly in the form of a question. “I know that sounds like a dirty word but I don’t know what the other options are.” “You either raise taxes or you don’t fix the problem,” Dove answered. “Is there a consensus we have to fix this problem?” Swanger asked the other commissioners point blank. Kirkpatrick said he was ready to go to the mat to give employees raises. “I was prepared to come in and say today

that I am not going to support a budget that doesn’t pay employees what they deserve and that isn’t competitive with other counties. I’m just not. And that’s how I feel about it this year,” Kirkpatrick said. There’s usually there’s an extra pot of money to work with each new budget year — sales tax typically grows some year over year and new houses getting built add to the property tax rolls. That new pot of money is a go-to source for anything and everything the county hopes to undertake, but quickly gets burned up on obligatory costs.

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lars this coming year, according to County Finance Director Julie Davis. • Medical costs for jail inmates will likely rise yet again. Technically, it’s impossible to predict what medical bills the county will be stuck with for its jail inmates, but it’s required to cover health care costs for inmates. Instead of keeping fingers crossed that they won’t rise, and then having to dig up the dough when they inevitably do, this year Dove bit the bullet and built in higher jail medical costs out of the gate. “It is in your realistic spending patterns over the past three or more years,” Dove said. • The county also has to fork out more in retirement pay every year and has swallowed that reality, too, budgeting a bigger line item for retirement benefits at the outset. “You are just fooling yourself if you didn’t budget for that when you know it is going to be there to pay,” Commissioner Mark Swanger said. • The county has delayed replacing vehicles on a regular schedule, and now has a hole to dig out of. “I would say drop a motor in and keep plugging along, but we have kicked the can so far down the road on vehicles, that I don’t see that working,” Dove said. But instead of merely resuming the replacement schedule — phasing out a certain number of older vehicles each year with new ones — there’s now catch-up involved. That catch-up factor has become a universal challenge for towns and counties as they climb out of the recession-era budget mindset. Overall, the county is no longer reeling from budget shortfalls that dominated the budget discussion in recent years. Budget cuts to the school system and community college have been restored, for example. And the county is in the planning stages for two building projects: a new animal shelter and a new emergency services hub with equipment bays. But some of the austere budget measures imposed during the recession are still in place. Library hours were cut during the recession, for example, and haven’t been restored. The Canton library is closed Saturdays and the Waynesville library is closed Sundays — and neither have night hours anymore, despite 33,000 library cards holders. The county also cut contributions to nonprofits during the recession, but has largely not restored those. “We tried to do the right thing and I think we did when the economy tanked,” Commissioner Mark Swanger said. “We cut our workforce by more than 50 people and kept flat budgets and put a lot of things off, but you can’t continue to do that indefinitely. Right now we are operating at 2008 levels. That is not sustainable.”

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BY B ECKY JOHNSON STAFF WRITER he give-and-take of crafting a budget is in full throttle in Haywood County, but what will be cut and what will come out on top is a close-to-the-vest affair until next week. A draft budget will be unveiled at a county commissioners meeting Monday, and it could be in flux up until the last minute, as the county budget writers tinker with where to slot the dollars they have to work with. Spoiler alert: the proposed budget will likely include a property tax increase of a tobe-determined amount, which is being billed as the only way to pay for raises for county employees. Fast on the heels of the public’s first look at the county budget Monday (May 18), a public hearing will be held on Thursday (May 21). While that’s not a lot of time to digest the proposed budget, County Manager Ira Dove said it actually gives the public more of a voice in the process than if the county waited longer to hold the hearing. Rather than mull the budget amongst themselves over coming weeks and then have a public hearing at the end of the road — which is what most counties do — Haywood is doing the opposite. Front-loading the process with the public hearing means commissioners can take the feedback into account in subsequent machinations as they zero in on a final budget. “It will provide more time for contemplation of the recommended budget and afford more opportunities for public comment,” Dove said. Coming up with a county budget is like a mathematical juggling game. Even the most meticulous and dexterious need a little luck to keep all the balls in the air. The county can usually count on a little wiggle room in the budget year over year, thanks to upticks in sales tax revenue and new construction that adds to the property tax rolls. Dove roughly estimated that there would be an additional $1.8 million in the budget this coming year to work with, but warned commissioners it would quickly be used up. “You have a lot of needs pressing on that,” Dove said during preliminary budget work shop in late-April. For example, foster care costs are rising as more kids end up in foster care. Deaths from drug overdoses mean a bigger tab for the county medical examiner. More mental health and substance abuse patients have led to overtime pay for deputies to transport them to mental health facilities. And there’s more: • The cost of health insurance benefits for county employees climbs every year — the county’s bill for the employee health insurance plan may rise by half a million dol-


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Legislation crosses over, has chance to become law BY B ECKY JOHNSON & J ESSI STONE


tate lawmakers unleashed a torrent of proposed bills in the halls of the General Assembly this year — more than 1,650 bills in all, from possum drops and bobcat mascots to abortion restrictions and coal ash rules. Most of the bills are doomed from the start, with fewer than 100 likely to make it to the finish line. To help winnow the list and weed out the losers, a bill must prove its merit by making cross-over — the bill has to pass the Senate or the House and “cross-over” to the other chamber by the end of April to stay alive, with a few exceptions for certain types of bills. Join us for a gander through some of the most interesting, most pertinent, most controversial — and most random — bills that are still flying in the halls of the General Assembly. Possum Drop organizers in Brasstown are hoping a bill passes the General Assembly this year that will allow the New Year’s event to continue with the use of a live possum. Midge Roach/Clay County Progress photo

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Sen. Jim Davis, R-Franklin, said he will get it passed for the town. WHY BE FOR IT: Prime downtown parking spots are a coveted commodity, and when workers hog Main Street spots all day, it hurts business for merchants. “The reason is primarily trying to preserve the parking on Main Street,” said Sylva Town Manager Paige Dowling. But parking tickets were an empty threat. The town needs a bigger stick.

Lake Junaluska annexation WHAT THE BILL SAYS: Lake Junaluska would become part of the town of Waynesville pending approval by voters of both Lake Junaluska and the town. DULY NOTED: A plan to merge Lake Junaluska with the town of Waynesville has been in the works for three years now, but needs the blessing of state lawmakers. Behind-the-scenes political forces waylaid its passage in the General Assembly last year and the year before. But the chances are good this year, according to Sen. Jim Davis, R-Franklin. Davis easily got the bill passed in the Senate last time, but it stalled when it went to the House. “I have been given assurances it is going to get out of the House this time,” Davis said. “In fact, I would be shocked if it didn’t.” If the bill passes, the merger would still be contingent on a special election in November. The merger would have to pass muster with the majority of voters who live at Lake Junaluska, as well as the majority of voters in Waynesville. WHY BE FOR IT: The majority of Lake Junaluska residents support the merger. The town would take over the cost and the headache of trash pick-up, brush collection, street maintenance and, most of all, a repair backlog to its water and sewer infrastructure. In return, the town would add some 860 homes to its property tax base.

WHY BE AGAINST IT: The minority of Lake Junaluska homeowners who are against it say they won’t be better off as a part of Waynesville. They fear the loss of autonomy will be 6 irreversible. They would rather foot the bill for the looming

For the third year in a row, a local bill has been introduced to annex Lake Junaluska into the town of Waynesville. Sen. Jim Davis, R-Franklin, feels certain it will pass this year. Max Cooper photo water and sewer line repairs on their own rather than pay town taxes and rely on the town to do it for them.

Sylva parking WHAT THE BILL SAYS: Sylva would be allowed to use wheel locks to enforce willful violators of downtown parking limits on Main Street. DULY NOTED: Sylva passed a law four years ago banning employees of downtown businesses from parking on Main Street while they were at work, in hopes of keeping spots open for shoppers. Those who violate the rule are ticketed — in a small community, it’s not hard to learn which vehicles belong to downtown employees at the various businesses. But the town has had no way to compel violators to pay the tickets, and thus the parking rule had no teeth. The bill would give Sylva authority to use wheel locks for repeat parking offenders who haven’t paid a ticket after 90 days.

WHY BE AGAINST IT: Coming back to your car to find a boot on the wheel ruins an otherwise good day. Besides, if you’re late for work or it’s raining outside, who wants to walk? And what if you buy a cup of coffee on your way to work — are you a shopper or employee that day?

Brasstown possum drop

WHAT THE BILL SAYS: House Bill 574, introduced by Rep. Roger West, R-Marble, would suspend all state wildlife laws related to possums between Dec. 29 and Jan. 2 each year so the beloved Brasstown New Year’s possum drop tradition could continue.

DULY NOTED: This is the third year in a row that a bill has been introduced in an effort to allow the Possum Drop to continue in Clay County. The alcohol-free New Year’s celebration includes a Miss Possum cross-dressing contest and other possum-related events that culminate with the possum drop at midnight. But since the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals has been fighting in court to keep Brasstown from using a real possum, the organizers have compromised. Last year they used a pot of possum stew.

WHY BE FOR IT: Clay Logan, Possum Drop event organizer, has always argued that the possum is in no way injured dur-


Hunting on Sundays

WHY BE AGAINST IT: The law is essentially aimed at making abortions more difficult by putting up barriers. Mandatory waiting periods may present a hardship as they necessitate two trips to the health care provider.

WHAT THE BILL SAYS: The Sunday hunting ban would be lifted on private land. (House bill 640)

DULY NOTED: Sunday hunting was historically banned all together, but there’s been a piecemeal attempt to roll back back the ban. Archery, skeet and falconry hunting are legal on Sundays already. This bill would allow hunting with firearms, but only on private land — not on national forests or game lands. Also, you couldn’t hunt within 300 yards of a church. There have been various unsuccessful attempts to lift the Sunday hunting ban in recent years, but this time it appears the bill’s chances are good. Among Raleigh lawmakers, Democrats are more likely to support the Sunday hunting ban, while Republicans are more likely to want to repeal it. N.C. Rep. Michele Presnell, R-Burnsville, is a sponsor of the bill to lift the Sunday hunting ban. The bill passed the House and is with the Senate.

WHY BE FOR IT: Supporters of Sunday hunting have a litany of reasons. For starters, North Carolina is one of only 11 states that ban Sunday hunting. Hunters often venture to South Carolina, Georgia and Tennessee to hunt on Sundays, and that’s an economic loss to North Carolina. The idea of banning certain activities on Sundays due to religious reasons is antiquated. Hunting is declining as a pastime, so Sunday hunting would give parents more chances to take their kids hunting.

Abortion waiting period increased

DULY NOTED: The waiting period is waived if it would cause death or serious and irreversible bodily harm to the woman. There is no exception for rape. North Carolina is one of 26 states that require a waiting period before a woman can get an abortion. A 24-hour waiting fperiod is most common. Only Utah, South Dakota and Missouri have waiting periods of 72 hours. Oklahoma also has a bill pending that would extend its waiting period to 72 hours. The bill passed the N.C. House largely along party lines — the GOP supports the measures, Democrats oppose it — and is with the Senate. WHY BE FOR IT: An abortion is an irreversible decision that should not be made in haste. The waiting period would

DULY NOTED: It is already illegal for any state employee to engage in political activity while on the clock or to use state equipment for political purposes. Teachers already couldn’t use their school email to send out invites to a political rally, nor could use a school-issued thumb tack to hang up a candidate flyer in the teachers’ bathroom.

“Even school board issues are political. Could [teachers] come to school board meetings and speak up for a curriculum change? What political activities would they be barred from participating in?” — Chris Baldwin, Macon County school superintendent

The bill stipulates that these same rules apply to any and all public school employees — state, local or otherwise. It passed the Senate. The bill comes after four years of Republican lawmakers being pummeled by public education advocates. Teachers have organized rallies, petition drives and public forums criticizing the Republican leadership in Raleigh for policies that harm public schools, although none of the planning, coordinating or messaging should have been happening during school hours. WHY BE FOR IT: Schools should not be grounds for political activity or campaigning. The bill protects school employees from feeling coerced to participate in political activities, either by unspoken peer pressure or direct instruction by their superiors, and it offers freedom from being subjected to political posturing in the schools. Principals and superintendents would be exempt, and thus would still be free to publicly advocate for school policies and funding while on the clock. Or, if the school system assigns a particular employee to advocate for school interests as part of their job description, that person is also exempt. WHY BE AGAINST IT: Lawmakers seem to be singling out teachers with this bill. It also creates confusion and fear. Macon County Superintendent Chris Baldwin said the bill as written seems to be over-reaching. “Even school board issues are political. Could they come to school board meetings and speak up for a curriculum change?” Baldwin asked. “What political activities would they be barred from participating in?” If a lead teacher is giving a Power Point on school test scores and off-handedly says, “All this standardized testing is really stressful for the kids.” Would that be considered advocating against a state policy? Could a teacher chaperoning a school dance on a Friday night say to another teacher: “I sure wish the county commissioners would give us the money to fix the gym floor next year so kids won’t trip on the warped spot,” as it could be perceived as advocating for a local policy issue.

Sharing money given to schools WHAT THE BILL SAYS: Public school systems have to share a portion of their grants, gifts, trust funds and other donations with charter schools, unless the grants were stipulated up front as being for specific projects at specific schools only. (Senate Bill 456) DULY NOTED: Under current law, charter schools get a cut of state and county funding based to how many students the charter school has. This bill would work the same way when it comes to grants, gifts and donations. The portion the charter school would get depends on how many students it serves in the county’s school system. If it serves 5 percent of the students from that county, it would get 5 percent of any grant. Grants and donations wouldn’t have to be shared if the donor specifically asks that the school system to “use a separate fund to account for those funds,” according to the bill language. WHY BE FOR IT: Charter schools could only lay claim to a share of grants, gifts and donations of a general nature. “It’s not the intent to grab PTA money,” said Eddie Goodall, director of the N.C. Public Charter Schools Association. “If it is restricted and they say it is not to be shared with charters, then it wouldn’t be.” But otherwise it should be shared. “If someone gives a grant to the school system for the benefit of education in that county, there is no logic in it not being shared with charters,” Goodall said. “We need to share funding more fairly.” Goodall said he understands why traditional school systems don’t like cutting a check each month to the charter schools that draw students from their district, but ideally it would motivate the school system to improve. “I am sure that for those who write the check every month it is like writing an alimony check. It is a check they wouldn’t be writing if they still had that kid,” Goodall said. “The idea is it will make them want to do something to earn that kid back.” WHY BE AGAINST IT: The bill could inadvertently siphon a portion of grants or donations intended for a specific school project to charter schools if the donor fails to stipulate specifically what the money is to be used for. Jackson Schools Superintendent Mike Murray said Jackson schools shouldn’t have to turn over a share of grants and fundraising dollars to a charter school that doesn’t have the same accountability. “We have absolutely no control over what the money would be spent on once we turned it over,” Murray said. “Why do I have to give money to folks who aren’t doing the things we are doing in a public school?” Murray feared having to share grants would remove the incentive for going after them in the first place. “It will be rewarding the competition,” he said. He also questioned why charter schools wouldn’t have to share a portion of the grants they get with the public school system. “We want to make sure we have a level playing field,” Murray said. “I understand school choice, but we are taking money away from the students who don’t have that choice. I don’t want to see much needed dollars being siphoned off public school funds.”

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WHAT THE BILL SAYS: The waiting period for an abortion would be increased from 24 to 72 hours. (House Bill 465)

WHAT THE BILL SAYS: Teachers and other school employees can’t engage in political activity during the work day or advocate “for or against issues of local, state or federal policy” using school resources. (Senate Bill 480)

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WHY BE AGAINST IT: Those against Sunday hunting cite tradition and reverence for Sunday religious services, as well as providing balance among various forms of recreation. N.C. Rep. Joe Sam Queen, D-Waynesville, voted against the bill for Sunday hunting, his support of hunting heritage and gun rights not withstanding. A letter explaining his position to a constituent stated: “Those who wish to attend services at their respective place of worship are not burdened by the echoes of firearms; those wishing to participate in our outdoor heritage of horseback riding activities Rep. Joe Sam fwill not worry about spooking their horse; and those who wish to simply enjoy nature Queen on a hike or a picnic need not worry about providing distance to those hunting, one day out of seven.”

No political activity in schools

Could a teacher email her husband from her work email after school to ask: “Can you get the kids from soccer tonight? I am attending that teacher salary protest and won’t be done in time.” As for teachers that work long days, or come back in for evening programs at the school, “When would they be considered off duty?” Baldwin asked. Could a teacher talk to a reporter about education issues during their planning period?



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LOCAL, CONTINUED FROM 6 ing the special event. He said in January that he expects the PETA lawsuit to be settled sometime this year so the live possum can return for New Year’s. But there might be other ways around it. Sen. Jim Davis, RFranklin, said last year the General Assembly passed a bill making the possum the official state marsupial. To build on that this year, he said a bill might be introduced designating a day of special events to honor and Sen. Jim Davis celebrate the state marsupial — and that day just might be Dec. 31. “We thought it would be appropriate to have a designated time to honor our state marsupial,” Davis said.

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WHY BE AGAINST IT: PETA continues to fight the legislation, claiming the midnight lowering of a possum in a Plexiglas cage is animal cruelty and therefore against the law. “Under this law, anybody in North Carolina would be able to harm opossums, release them from cages at zoos, lower them in boxes during the much-despised and ridiculed Opossum Drop, or interfere with the drop by removing the opossum,” said Jeff Kerr, PETA’s general counsel, in a previous interview. “It spells chaos and is a return to the mid-1800s, when wildlife was not protected by law.”


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Maggie Valley de-annexation WHAT THE BILL SAYS: The local bill, introduced by Rep. Michele Presnell, RBurnsville, would de-annex an entire subdivision, Evergreen Heights, from the town of Maggie Valley. DULY NOTED: Without discussing the issue with local government officials, Presnell introduced a similar bill during last year’s short session. Last year’s bill would have only de-annexed one resident — Joe Maniscalco — but Presnell pulled the bill claiming the legislature had a full plate and promising to introduce it again this year. The bill she introduced this year would de-annex 14 residents from the same subdivision. The subdivision was annexed into the town in 2009 without opposition from any residents. Many of the residents now petitioning to be de-annexed weren’t even living in the subdivision in 2009. But ever since it was annexed, Maniscalco has been fighting the town to get de-annexed without much success. He even went so far as to forge a town of Maggie Valley resolution stating that his property had been deannexed and tried to submit it to the register of deeds at the Haywood County Historic Courthouse. He faced several felony forgery charges in 2013 for the incident and ended up pleading guilty to four lesser charges.


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Presnell’s bill didn’t make crossover but she said it was her understanding that the local bill didn’t need to make crossover to continue to move forward in the General Assembly. The bill hasn’t moved since being referred to the Committee on Finance on March 19. WHY BE FOR IT: Residents of a Maggie Valley subdivision argue that the town isn’t able to service their neighborhood because the road is too narrow for a snowplow or other service trucks to turn around safely. After visiting the neighborhood, Presnell agreed that the road was too narrow to allow service trucks to turn around safely. WHY BE AGAINST IT: Maggie Valley Mayor Ron DeSimone and three of the four aldermen are adamantly opposed to the bill to de-annex the Jonathan Creek subdivision. While residents claim the town can’t service the road, DeSimone said the town has been providing services since 2009 without a problem. He admits that the road is narrow, but so are most of the town maintained roads in Maggie Valley. DeSimone said it is a regular practice for town service trucks to have to back down a narrow road to plow snow or make other road repairs. Fire trucks also are accustomed to backing down a mountainside road and that happened last year when Maniscalco’s home caught fire after being struck by lightning. The town board sent a letter to the General Assembly opposing the legislation. The bill passed a first reading but hasn’t moved since March when it was referred to a committee.

< < < Franklin gas station < < annexation WHAT THE BILL SAYS: Senate bill 218, < introduced by Sen. Jim Davis, R-Franklin, remove certain restrictions on satellite < would annexations for the town of Franklin. The law < currently states that if any portion of a subdiis going to be annexed, the entire sub< vision division has to be annexed. However, this bill would remove that requirement < local only for Franklin. < DULY NOTED: The Franklin Board of < Aldermen decided to ask Davis to intro< duce the bill in March after discussing a annexation issue back in January. < satellite Steve Isaacs, president of Pioneer Company, requested the volun< Petroleum tary annexation of property at 44 Lowery < Lane off U.S. 441 South so he can construct new gas station. Having his gas station < alocated in the town limits would allow him alcohol and also receive better insur< toancesellratings. < The property didn’t meet satellite annexaqualifications because it is technically < tion located inside a subdivision even though the < subdivision covenants expired more than 20 ago. Since the former subdivision is < years becoming more of a mixed-use area, the < board voted unanimously to ask for the

exemption to accommodate future growth. While the bill didn’t make crossover, Davis said local bills didn’t have to make that crossover deadline to be able to move forward.

WHY BE FOR IT: Davis said he anticipated that the bill would pass without any problem. Passing the bill would allow the town of Franklin to proceed with the annexation process for the gas station, but it doesn’t automatically mean Isaacs will receive the annexation. “It will allow this project to move forward,” Davis said. WHY BE AGAINST IT: No one has offered any possible downside to allowing this particular exemption for Franklin since the subdivision hasn’t been under covenants for more than 20 years.

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WHAT THE BILL SAYS: House Bill 95, sponsored by Rep. Roger West, R-Marble, states that Cherokee’s Alcohol Beverage Control Commission has the same powers as the state’s ABC commission, which would allow the commission to issue permits for special events, breweries and distilleries.

DULY NOTED: The Qualla Boundary was dry until 2009, when a referendum vote allowed it to be served at Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Resort. Voters overwhelmingly voted down a referendum question to allow alcohol sales reservationwide in 2011. In the same year, both the Rep. Roger West Legislature and Tribal Council passed laws to set up the Cherokee ABC Commission, which would handle alcohol sales to the casino. An oversight in the state law, Sen. Jim Davis, R-Franklin, said, meant that it didn’t spell out that the tribal commission would have the same permitting powers as the state commission. The current bill is an effort to correct that, and the upshot would be that the commission would be able to offer a few different kinds of permits without a referendum vote — namely, one-time permits for special events and permits for places like breweries that manufacture alcoholic products but do not sell them on site.

WHY BE FOR IT: “It’s a good thing because it fulfills both the intent and the spirit of the original legislation that passed in 2011.” — David Huskins, lobbyist for the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians ABC Commission

WHY BE AGAINST IT: “The people voted that alcohol would only be on the casino premises only — at the casino building. That’s what the people said. There’s not supposed to be no exceptions.” — Denny Crowe, pastor of Old Antioch Mission Baptist Church


A new proposed sales tax distribution formula would benefit some towns while hurting others financially. While Sylva stands to gin $107,000, Bryson City is estimated to lose $35,000.

Sales tax shuffle WHAT THE BILL SAYS: The method of doling out sales tax to towns and counties would be changed to give more to rural counties and less to towns and cities than under the current formula.

TOWNS: Waynesville...............................................loss of $550,000 Sylva.........................................................gain of $107,000 Franklin....................................................gain of $216,000 Bryson City .................................................loss of $35,000 Maggie Valley .............................................loss of $70,000 Highlands ..................................................loss of $745,000 Canton ......................................................loss of $230,000 COUNTIES: Haywood...............................................gain of $1.1 million Jackson ......................................................gain of $26,000 Macon ......................................................loss of $1 million Swain........................................................gain of $900,000

— that doesn’t make up for the out-migration of local spending that’s lost to Sylva, Waynesville or Asheville. The bill is still evolving, however, and is in for some tweaking, according to Davis. Instead of sales tax given out by population alone, a new plan calls for a portion to go back to the county or town where the purchases were made after all, but less than goes back now. “They need to have some sort of premium for the point of sale and I am good with that,” Davis said. Other variations floating around call for new local sales tax to help counties and towns losing under the current plan make up for it by a sales tax hike. WHY BE AGAINST IT: Waynesville Alderman Gavin Brown called the new sales tax formula the “Berger Tax Fiasco,” referencing the Senate Speaker Pro Tem Sen. Phil Berger. It came out of the blue packing a major wallop to towns and cities. “It is sort of like they threw a hand grenade in there without telling anybody what they were going to do,” Brown said. Waynesville Town Manager Marcy Onieal briefed town aldermen recently on the detrimental impact to towns and cities. “The rationale is that every person in the state has to buy

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WHY BE FOR IT: Rural counties don’t get their fair share of sales tax currently, simply because they don’t have the same concentration of stores. When someone from Swain County drives to Walmart in Sylva to buy a TV, Swain loses out on the sales tax, even though the person doing the buying and paying the sales tax is from Swain. “The municipalities are getting richer and the poor counties are getting poorer,” said Sen. Jim Davis, R-Franklin. When rural people leave their own county and spend sales tax in urban centers, it’s not fair for the urban center to lay claim to a disproportional share of that sales tax. Davis said the county where that rural person lives should get more back. “It is the fair thing to do so every body benefits from the success of the state,” Davis said. Swain County Manager Kevin King said Swain stands to gain $1 million under the proposal to dole out sales tax based on population alone. While Swain sees lots of tourism spending —and currently gets back a portion of the sales tax paid by those tourists

A new formula for divvying up a share of state sales tax to counties and towns creates winners and losers. Below are the impacts of the original plan on mountain towns and counties. But the blows — and windfalls — haven’t completely shaken out as there’s been a flurry of language amendments and substitute bills that will alter the landscape.

things. It doesn’t matter where they buy things, and sales tax should be distributed where people live rather than where they do the buying.” But the town doesn’t share that rationale. “This would destroy the economic engines across the state,” Onieal said. Towns and cities provide infrastructure and services that serve all those who come and go through town, not just those who live within the town. There’s a cost associated with being the hub for commercial activity for the greater population. “It costs the town money to provide the infrastructure and environment for these businesses to thrive,” Waynesville Alderman Leroy Roberson said. It also isn’t fair that tourist towns would lose out on the sales tax from tourist spending in their community. “Shouldn’t the communities making the investments to draw the tourists receive the benefit and continue to have the resources to provide infrastructure associated with tourism?” Mooneyham said. Within Haywood County, the county may gain while Waynesville would lose. We don’t want to be in a position where the towns and county are at odds with each other,” Onieal said. Haywood County hasn’t thrown support to the bill yet. “We are monitoring it and the jury is out what the final proposal will be. It is yet to be determined whether the citizens of Haywood County would benefit financially or otherwise,” said Haywood County Manager Ira Dove. Even counties that stand to fare better under the new formula are still skeptical of the proposal. Many are afraid there will be hidden strings attached down the road, some sort of funding bait and switch. There’s also concern over the local share of sales tax being redesignated as a state revenue stream — which is hidden in the bill. Instead of going straight to town and county governments, it would go to the state first, and then be sent along to towns and counties. That makes many towns and counties nervous, Mooneyham said. “It would imperil what is a locally authorized tax and turn it into a state tax. We fear that could potentially make this money subject to the budget appropriations process,” Mooneyham said. In other words, a future legislature could tie up the sales tax and decide to keep some it for the state instead of sending it along to towns and counties. In 2009 Gov. Beverly Perdue raided the state lottery money to balance the budget despite the fact that the law establishing the lottery promised its revenue would only be used for education. 9

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DULY NOTED: Two cents of the state sales tax currently goes to towns and counties. Of that, 1.5 cents is given out according to where the purchase was made and remaining half cent is according to population. More sales tax goes back to wherever the sales are being made, so the more stores and more shopping a town has, the more sales tax it gets. The same is true for tourist towns that get back a portion of the sales tax tourists paid while shopping in their community. “Currently, the more economic activity there is in a place, the bigger share they get,” explained Scott Mooneyham with the N.C. League of Municipalities. Meanwhile, rural counties with fewer stores don’t fare as well under the current formula, because people who live there leave the county to shop, and in the process give their sales tax to a nearby urban area. The proposed bill would change the formula. Sales tax would be doled out to towns and counties based wholly on their population — it would go into one big pot and be divided based on the size of the community only, not where the spending was done.

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Prohibiting powdered alcohol WHAT THE BILL SAYS: House Bill 290 prohibits the sale, possession or consumption of powdered alcohol and clarifies that the Administrative Procedure Act applies to certain actions taken by the ABC Commission. The bill had bipartisan support in the House and is now moving through the Senate. DULY NOTED: The Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau approved the sale of powdered alcohol “Palcohol” earlier this year. The creator, Mark Phillips, has said he made the just-add-water pouch product for hikers, campers and other outdoor enthusiasts that may have a difficult time carrying around heavy bottles and cans. The single-use packets can be mixed with six ounces of water or any other liquid to make one drink, which would have 10 percent alcohol by volume.

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WHY BE FOR IT: Six states have already passed legislation banning the product. Sen. Charles E. Schumer, D-New York, has introduced a bill to ban the sale and manufacturing of Palcohol nationwide. Opponents say the product could increase underage drinking and alcohol abuse. Schumer compared the pouch to the kid-friendly Kool-Aid drink. Critics also worry that a pouch is easier for people to conceal and bring to school, movie theaters, stadiums and other places where alcohol is prohibited. WHY BE AGAINST IT: Phillips had adamantly defended his product, claiming it is no more dangerous that than the alcohol sold in every store. After a few off-the-cuff comments were published about sprinkling the product on food or snorting the product to get drunk, Phillips decided to test out that theory. He snorted palcohol to show that it was not an effective or quicker way to get drunk.

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Partisan elections for statewide judicial candidates WHAT THE BILL SAYS: House Bill 8 would restore partisan elections for Appeals Court judges and Supreme Court justice candidates. DULY NOTED: The law was changed in 2002 to make statewide judicial races nonpartisan, but Republicans want to go back to the way it was for 100 years prior to that change. Another bill was introduced to make local school board elections partisan too, but it didn’t make crossover. HB 8 passed the House and is currently in the Committee on Rules and Operations of the Senate.

WHY BE FOR IT: Rep. Michele Presnell, RBurnsville, supports the bill, stating that many of her constituents had asked why there wasn’t a ‘R’ or ‘D’ next to the judge candidates 10 on the ballot. She said many people didn’t

Bill bloopers Many North Carolinians are focused on important legislation that may affect their lives, like healthcare, education, social services and taxes. But many people never get to see the minutia that gets passed through the General Assembly. Some bills are silly at best, others are insulting at worst and some prove that common sense must not be that common if we need a law to keep us from doing it. Here are a few of the outlandish bills that made crossover. • House Bill 792 would make posting “revenge” porn online a felony. • Senate Bill 524 would require students to learn new Founding Principles in school, including: constitutional limitations on government power to tax and spend and prompt payment of public debt; strong defense and supremacy of civil authority over military; and money with intrinsic value, or the gold standard. • Senate Bill 455 would ban state government from contracting with companies tied to Iran’s energy sector. • House Bill 158 would make it illegal for people under 18 to use tanning equipment. • House Bill 601 would allow the sale of deerskins. • House Bill 554 would make it illegal to possess, sell, breed or transfer dangerous animals such as gray wolves, lions, tigers and hyenas. • House Bill 161 would make the bobcat the official state cat. • Senate Bill 423 and House Bill 407 would allow foster children to have sleepovers, play sports and participate in other activities.

know who to vote for without a party affiliation next to their names, especially since judicial judges can’t take a position on issues because they are supposed to be impartial. WHY BE AGAINST IT: Several of the voting rights organizations don’t see the benefit of making more elections a partisan matter, especially for judges who are supposed to remain objective. Bob Phillips, executive director of Common Cause North Carolina, an organization that advocates for more open government, said the proposed legislation is a step backward. Common Cause North Carolina is also concerned about the increase strain it will put on judicial candidates to raise big money during their campaigns and where that money will be coming from. The last thing candidates want to do is accept money from someone who may appear before them in a courtroom because it would cause a perception of bias.

Law enforcement body and dash cams WHAT THE BILL SAYS: House Bill 713 would make law enforcement body and dashboard camera recordings exempt from public record laws. Under this bill, recordings from body or dash cameras would be considered criminal investigation records, which don’t have to be released while an investigation is ongoing. The bill received bi-partisan support in the House before moving over to the Senate on April 27. DULY NOTED: Law enforcement vehicle dashboard and body cameras have been a hot button issue on the news recently as claims of police brutality and misconduct are popping up all over the country. Such footage could protect an officer from being wrongfully accused of misconduct and could help solve the “he said, she said” issues that arise during any incident involving law enforcement. Since the Michael Brown shooting in Ferguson, Missouri, and other cases, more

agencies are considering the use of body cameras as an extra precaution. WHY BE FOR IT: Supporters of the bill say that some dash and body videos shouldn’t be released because what is said or shown on them may bring retribution against witnesses or compromise a case. Some also see it as a privacy issue for alleged victims and offenders. Body cameras especially could deter someone from calling law enforcement if they thought their domestic violence complaint video would be openly available to the public. Public viewing of footage could also hinder the jury selection process. WHY BE AGAINST IT: Opponents of the bill say that a body or dashboard camera should be considered a public record just like any other incident report. In a recent column, Amanda Martin, General Counsel for the North Carolina Press Association, said a body cam recording would be the most honest look at what transpired. “They offer an un-edited and un-editorialized account of an event,” she said. Martin said the “invasion of privacy” argument doesn’t hold up because the public doesn’t have any expectation of privacy when walking or driving on public streets. But if you’re looking for another reason these recordings should be public, Martin said it is taxpayer money that pays for those cameras an its taxpayer money that pays the salaries of those officers. “If law enforcement cameras record what transpired, the public should be able to see the videos taken,” she said.

Opt out option for magistrate judges WHAT THE BILL SAYS: Senate Bill 2 would allow magistrate judges to opt out of performing weddings and registers of deeds from issuing licenses if they sincerely have religious beliefs against doing so. However, if a judge recuses himself or herself from per-

forming a ceremony, the recusal is in effect for at least six months or until the recusal is rescinded in writing. The bill was sponsored by Sen. Philip Berger, the president pro tem of the Senate, and was in response to the legalization of gay marriage in the state.

DULY NOTED: Last October, a federal North Carolina judge struck down the state’s ban same-sex marriage. That ruling opened the doors for gay couples to get married, but many magistrate judges have said they couldn’t perform same-sex marriages because of their religious beliefs. Swain County Magistrate Judge Gilbert Breedlove resigned just 10 days after the ruling before he had even been asked to perform such a ceremony. In addition to serving as a magistrate for 24 years, Breedlove also served as a Baptist pastor for 17 years and said his belief in the Bible wouldn’t allow him to marry two men or two women. The federal ruling stated that magistrates or registers of deeds who refuse to issue a marriage license or perform a ceremony would be in violation of the 14th Amendment and the action would be considered discrimination.

Gilbert Breedlove. Holly Kays photo

WHY BE FOR IT: Supporters of the bill claim that government employees shouldn’t be forced to marry same sex couples or issue a license if it is against their personal religious beliefs.

WHY BE AGAINST IT: On the other hand, some legislators, including Sen. Jeff Jackson, said the bill only undermines marriage equality and legitimizes discrimination. Looking past the argument of whether magistrates have the duty or just the power to perform civil marriage ceremonies, it is hard for legislators to ignore the day-to-day problems it will cause throughout the state. Jeff Thigpen, Register of Deeds in Guilford County, told legislators that the state already has a magistrate judge deficit and if magistrates are given an opt-out option it is likely there won’t be enough magistrates to perform any marriages. Wayne Rash with the North Carolina Association of Register of Deeds pointed out that 42 counties have three or fewer magistrate judges and eight of those only have one magistrate. That shortage has local government officials scratching their heads wondering what they will do if their one magistrate recuses him or herself.

Jacob Reiche, owner of Smart Pharmacy in Franklin, won the first ever Macon County BizWeek Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award. Jessi Stone photo

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Macon County EDC Director Tommy Jenkins (left) and Asheville’s Entrepreneur of the Year Justin Belleme (right) are pictured with the Entrepreneur of the Year finalists Joe Deal, Brett Murphy, Timothy Crabtree and Jacob Reiche. Donated photo

The nominees Four finalists for the 2015 Macon County BizWeek Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award • Tim Crabtree – Motor Company Grill • Joe Deal – Deal Family Farms Inc. • Brett Murphy – Arrowood Construction • Jacob Reiche – Smart Pharmacy The years Reiche spent working with Carter Mason, owner of Plaza Pharmacy in Franklin, made him want to own his own pharmacy one day. But when Mason died, Reiche went to work for Kerr Drug and soon realized the corporate setting was not for him. That led him to start his own business — Jacob’s Pharmacist Services — in 2010. He traveled from Black Mountain to Murphy

“When you have a new business, you work every day, all day,” he said. Reiche has worked hard to market his business through advertising and by being an active part of the community. Word of mouth has really worked well for recruiting new customers. “Great customer service is what it all boils down to — you’ve got to get your name out there,” he said. “I think the business is coming along well and I’m happy with the progress.” Reiche was chosen for the Entrepreneur of the Year award out of 11 nominees and is proud of his accomplishment. The Macon County Certified Entrepreneurial Community leadership team selected the finalists who were announced at the April 28 Entrepreneur Networking Night held at the Bowery in downtown Franklin. Reiche was named the winner at the BizWeek 2015 Banquet last week.

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BY J ESSI STONE N EWS E DITOR fter years of education and learning the pharmaceutical ropes, Jacob Reiche had just about reached the end of his. He loved being a pharmacist but hated the corporate nature of his profession once he started working for a larger company. “I was absolutely miserable working for a corporation and I actually thought about changing my job,” he said. But he didn’t. Instead, he found a way to enjoy his work again by starting his own business — Smart Pharmacy — in Franklin. Starting your own business from scratch is no easy task as Reiche soon discovered. “Getting financing is one of the biggest hurdles because banks don’t want to loan money to start ups with no financial track records,” he said. Somehow Reiche made it work and the new business is moving right along into its second year of operation. It was that perseverance that earned him the first-ever Macon County BizWeek Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award. The new award was established by the Macon County Economic Development Commission to recognize the growing number of young entrepreneurs in the county. “The committee felt that Jacob epitomized the true definition of an entrepreneur. Starting only with an idea and the desire to succeed,” said Tommy Jenkins, Macon County’s EDC director. “Jacob displayed the initiative and accepted the risk to build a successful business.” Reiche is originally from Maine and attended pharmacy school at the University of Florida. He relocated to Franklin 10 years ago after graduation to take a job as the pharmacy manager at K-Mart.


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and everywhere in between to relieve independent pharmacists while they took some time off — sometimes it was for a day and sometimes it was for a week. That job gave him insight into what he needed to do to have a successful, independent pharmacy. “That helped me gain a lot of experience in how to run and own my own business,” Reiche said. He spent two years developing a business plan before finally opening Smart Pharmacy in September 2013. Reiche said he wanted to do what he loved while also providing a much-needed service in downtown Franklin. Smart Pharmacy allows clients to make an appointment with the pharmacist, provides a delivery service and does specialty compounding. “Franklin needed another independent pharmacy since Carter passed away,” he said. “Personalized customer service is the main difference between a corporate pharmacy and one that’s independently owned. You actually get to speak to a pharmacist here and I know my customers when they walk through the door.” Owning your own business is hard work, but now it’s hard work that Reiche enjoys doing because it’s something he built from the ground up. Smart Pharmacy has eight employees, including Reiche.

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A land of possibilities YMCA breaks ground on Swain summer camp BY J ESSI STONE N EWS E DITOR It’s a land with a rich past and a hopeful future. As YMCA employees, volunteers and future campers walked the Watia Creek Farms property along the western corner of Swain County last Friday, they could see the future. They could see children playing in nature, learning about the great outdoors and making lifelong friendships at the future home of YMCA’s Camp Watia. “The things we do in our lives change the path we’re on and who were are,” said Paul Vest, CEO of YMCA of Western North

without the 125-year land lease donation from Ken and Nancy Glass. The 130 acres that will be used for the camp is part of the Glass’ 900 acres they purchased in 2005. Nancy served on the YMCA board and knew the Watia land would be perfect for a children’s summer camp. “It really is a beautiful setting with the valley and lake surrounded by mountains. The Appalachian Trail runs through the corner of the property and it is bordered by National Forest and the Nantahala River and Nantahala Outdoor Center,” Nancy said. “We thought it was a perfect location for a residential youth camp where kids could

themselves.” The overnight camp will operate eight weeks out of the summer and it’s estimated that it will cost about $550 per week for each camper. To make that happen by next summer, the YMCA has put together fundraising teams in each county to raise $6 million for construction. So far, YMCA has quietly raised more than $2.5 million. Camp Watia will include a dining hall and kitchen, cabins that can house 265 campers ages 6-16, an administrative center, an adventure course, a volleyball court, campfire and amphitheater space, and a dock and pavilion on the 3-acre pond for

to support the camp’s mission. “I lived in a log cabin before it became a status symbol,” Edith joked as she took another look across the mountains surrounding her. “We were very isolated out here — we had to entertain ourselves with a lot of work.” While it was no picnic walking three miles to school, Edith and Betty did have a few neighbor children to play with, and Edith said she got really good at horseshoes growing up. “I’m very happy and glad these kids will get to enjoy this property — it’s a pretty place,” Edith said. Michell Hicks, principal chief of the Eastern Band of Cherokee, also helped move some dirt during the ceremony and was excited to partner with the YMCA on the project. “It’s amazing to see this idea develop,” he said. “It’s an opportunity to explore nature but also an opportunity to share culture.” Hicks said the Cherokee Tribal Council was in the process of discussing a financial

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Betty Lou Wright (left) and her sister Edith Wright Freeman hold up a photo of the cabin they lived in as children on the Watia property where a YMCA summer camp will be built. Jessi Stone photos

Carolina. “This property will become an opportunity for us to change the heartbeat of children — and that will be felt throughout our region.” Building a YMCA summer camp in Western North Carolina with the mission of serving WNC children has been an idea for many years, but no one could have imagined such a perfect piece of property surrounded by mountain ridges and Fontana Lake. The project wouldn’t have been possible

swimming. Vest said it was important for the YMCA to preserve the natural beauty and history of the property, which has been home to the Eastern Band of Cherokee as well as early Swain County settlers. Edith Wright Freeman, 82, and Betty Lou Wright, 80, grew up on the Watia property in a modest log cabin. While the cabin is now located near Freeman Hotel on N.C. 28, the two sisters were at the groundbreaking ceremony

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contribution to the project, and he is also excited about the tribe contributing cultural programs like language and craft camps. It is also his hope that the children of Qualla Boundary and the children that attend Camp Watia will learn from one another. “We share your vision,” he said. To donate to the project, visit and click on give or call 828.210.9649.

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BY HOLLY KAYS STAFF WRITER bigger number of Jackson County students could be subject to random drug testing if a proposed policy change being considered by the school board gets approved. Currently, only high school student-athletes are eligible for drug testing, but the policy — proposed by Superintendent Mike Murray — would expand the eligible pool to high school students who participate in any extracurricular activity or hold a school parking permit. “I don’t really want to get involved in people’s business. I’m not trying to be Big Brother,” Murray said. “I really do feel that if a child decides not to do drugs because it might cost them being in a club or parking on campus, it’s worth every bit of the money and effort.” During the 2013-14 school year, 157 studentathletes at Smokey Mountain High School and Blue Ridge School were drug tested. Of those, five tested positive. The school spent about $9,000 on drug testing last year, Murray said. It hasn’t been decided yet how much money would be allocated for drug testing under the new policy or how often the random tests would be conducted. For now, the school board is just working on gathering public input into how the policy should work, Murray said. However, it appears that many on the board support the notion. “I would say right now pretty much there is a real good chance it will have a favorable vote,” said Chairman Ken Henke. Parents have been asking the system to do more to prevent drug use in schools, he said, and this is one way to make that happen. “I have yet to have anybody come by and tell me this is wrong, we shouldn’t be doing this, or so forth,” Henke said. “Parents want to take care of their children, and we as a school board, a school system, want to do the same thing.” Jackson Schools won’t be treading new ground with the policy change. In Haywood County, students who park on campus or participate in after-school activities, athletic or not, are already eligible for random drug testing. Parents can also choose to put their child on the list. Macon County, however, has a policy similar to Jackson’s current one, with only students on school sports teams eligible for testing. Every athlete undergoes mandatory drug testing when they first make a team, though students don’t get any notification of when they’ll be asked to take the test, said Superintendent Chris Baldwin. After the initial test, athletes can be randomly selected for drug testing.


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Cashiers residents support fire department, question fairness of proposed fire tax BY HOLLY KAYS STAFF WRITER public hearing to get Cashiers’ take on a proposed fire tax for the area drew about 70 people to the CashiersGlenville Recreation Center. Judging by the 10 speakers who said their piece to the Jackson County Commissioners, one opinion is fairly unanimous among Cashiers taxpayers: the Cashiers Fire Department needs more revenue. “Minutes can mean the difference in life and death, and improving the response time is very, very important,” said Milton Stork, a Cashiers resident and business owner. Nobody took issue with that statement. What they disagreed on was the fairest way to make it happen. They especially disliked the fact that the proposal, as it stands now, means the fire department would lose the $200,100 allocation it currently receives from the county if a tax were levied. Meanwhile, other fire districts in the county — which are not pursuing a tax at this time — would continue receiving allocations of $130,000 to $172,000 to supplement their operating budgets. “I don’t really think it’s fair to take our $200,000 appropriation, take it back and put the tax on us through double taxation,” Steven Foster told commissioners. “I don’t think really that’s where we want to go.” Some residents were especially sour on the idea when considering that most of the county’s budget comes from Cashiers anyway, due to the fact that property values are higher there and so a larger percentage of the county’s property tax is paid by residents of the community. “Most of the [county’s] money come from up here and it goes down [the mountain], said Cashiers resident Stuart Foster. “We’ve got a lot of expensive houses up here, but the $200,000 should stay in Cashiers township. If we’re paying that plus the extra, that is still our money, and that is just the way I feel.”

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As the fire department’s fire call volume has gone up — from 488 in 2012 to 627 in 2014 — its volunteer force has gone down. The economy is recovering, and more of the volunteers have regular full-time jobs than was the case a few years ago. Regular work means they can’t leave multiple times a week to respond to daytime calls, and because housing is so expensive in Cashiers, most of the volunteers live some distance away from the community’s center, increasing response time during nighttime calls. The department needs to start paying full-time firefighters to man the station at all times, Chief Randy Dillard told the audience. And it also needs 14 to have money to replace equipment that is,

Jackson County commissioners listen to input from the public regarding a proposed fire district tax for Cashiers. Holly Hays photo in some cases, dangerously old. “It’s just got to the point of being overwhelming. There’s no way we can keep going like we’re doing now,” Dillard told the crowd. “If another recession were to hit and our donations dropped like they did last time, something pretty drastic would have to happen.” The proposal? To levy a fire tax on the area Dillard’s department serves, setting the rate to whatever would be necessary to meet his budget needs — likely about 2 cents per $100 of property value. Meanwhile, a portion of Jackson County that’s closer to Macon County’s Highlands fire station would be split off from Dillard’s district and charged a tax equal to the amount that Macon levies on the Highlands area, 0.9 cents per $100 of property value, likely to rise to 1 cent per $100 once Macon completes its revaluation process. Currently, the county gives Macon $7,090 each year to offset the cost of fire protection for Jackson County land near Highlands and $200,100 annually to the Cashiers-Glenville Fire Department, which raises the rest of its budget through grants and donations. The tax, if adopted, would replace those contributions. If the tax passed, Dillard said, home insurance rates would go down, the fire department would no longer compete with schools and nonprofits for local grants and firefighters would no longer hold up traffic with their yearly fundraising drive. “We will not stand in the intersection and bother you on Memorial Day weekend, I can promise you that,” he said. That’s all well and good, said many of those who spoke to commissioners last week, but losing the $200,000 allocation is something of a sticking point. “What bothers me the most is we are giving up $200,000 that we had been get-

Be heard Commissioners will continue to accept written comments on the proposed fire tax for Cashiers and the area of Jackson County served by the Highlands Fire Department until they vote on the issue, likely at their May 21 meeting. They will also take verbal comments at the beginning of their May 21 meeting, as well as at their May 19 work session. Written comments can be sent to Angie Winchester, board clerk, at or 401 Grindstaff Cove Rd, Sylva, N.C. 28779. Information about the proposed tax, as well as a map of the county’s fire districts, is online at ting — and Randy [Dillard] gave it up, I understand why — but that doesn’t mean that we want to give it up in our community,” said Marva Jennings, a native of the area. “I would like to see that money stay here in this community.” Some people said they’d like to see that $200,000 used to support the rescue squad, EMS or Blue Ridge School. Others said they thought it should stay with the fire department and be used to reduce the tax rate needed to meet the department’s budget needs. “I would just ask you to think about it as you go forth and make the decision,” said Glenville resident Carolyn Franz. Dillard, however, urged residents not to derail the fire tax due to concern over the $200,000. “We cannot give up this option for that money,” he said. “This is the end of the line for us. If this doesn’t go and we get another recession, things would go downhill pretty rapidly.”

INVESTING IN CASHIERS Riding back to Sylva after the meeting, County Manager Chuck Wooten said that Jackson County is indeed planning to invest in Cashiers over the coming fiscal year but that making a county budget isn’t a one-toone recipe in which a $200,000 savings in one area spells surplus for another. The county has a lot of needs and only so much revenue, he said, and it has to base its funding decisions on factors other than which community pays the biggest tax bill. “Allocations are not considered based upon the revenue generated in a particular township or community,” he said in a followup email. “Rather, allocations are considered based upon the programs offered to the citizens of the county as a whole.” Wooten sent out a list of new spending in Cashiers over the past month or planned for the upcoming budget year — among others, items included $26,000 of increases to Glenville-Cashiers EMS and rescue squad, $145,000 for an addition to the library and $150,000 for renovations to the Cashiers office of Inspections and Code Enforcement. The total value of the list is $370,000. “I would suggest that Jackson County is re-investing $1.82 in the Cashiers community for every $1 reduction in the CashiersGlenville Fire Department,” he wrote.

NOT A STEADY TAX Be that as it may, Cashiers residents were concerned that ratio might not remain constant. The fire tax rate would not be set in stone — rather, it would be reevaluated each year depending on the fire department’s budgetary needs. With a county revaluation looming that is expected to yield a reduced overall value — and, therefore, higher tax rates in order to keep the county’s budget revenue-neutral — some residents were afraid that any fire tax approved this year could skyrocket the next. “This 2-cent tax is probably going to be a 4-cent tax,” resident Ray Trine told commissioners. According to Cashiers native Conda McCall, that’s something a lot of people can’t afford. “There are a lot of sick people and a lot of elderly in the community, a lot of people without jobs,” she said. “An additional tax would be burdensome to a lot of those people.” The question will be up to commissioners to vote on, likely at their May 21 meeting. But the representatives’ ears are open till then, with opportunities for residents to comment at the May 7 and 21 meetings and May 19 work session — with written comments accepted as well — before the vote occurs. Regardless of which way the vote goes, though, one thing is true, resident Edward Morris said. “When you scratch a fireman, whether he’s in blue or white, you scratch a hero,” Morris said. “When everything breaks loose, there’s one group of men that come to help you, no matter what it is. That’s the firemen.”

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their tenures on the town board, were against the property tax increase. They were joined in the end by Mary Kelley Gelbaugh, who was the swing vote in the debate. As it came down to the wire, Gelbaugh pitched a last-minute compromise of a onecent tax increase instead of two cents, but the idea failed to gain traction. This isn’t the first year Sylva has relied on its reserve fund to make ends meet. In fact, Sylva leaders have taken nearly $750,000 from reserves over the past seven years, usually for extras of some sort that there otherwise wasn’t room for in the budget. This past year reserves took a large hit of $250,000 to buy a public parking lot downtown beside the popular Bridge Park venue. Hensley said he didn’t see a problem with drawing down the reserves as long as they’re there. “It’s money that has been saved out of left over taxes. So it is still the people’s money,” Hensley said. “You do have a certain point you can’t pull it below, but until you pull it down to that point, I don’t support raising taxes.” Town Manager Paige Dowling said this is the last year the town could responsibly take from reserves, however, as the remaining cushion of about $2.1 million is needed to ensure the town has adequate cash flow for its budget of $5.3 million. The town board pledged that this year would be the last they took from reserves.


“We all agree it is not fiscally responsible to continue dipping into our fund balance,” Gelbaugh said. Gelbaugh pointed out that the money the town took from reserves was for single, onetime expenses — not the routine sort of costs that the town would just be staring at again next year and once again wondering how to pay for.

Mayor Maurice Moody said in his 18 years on the town board, the property tax rate has only been raised once. “We had some major purchases that could no longer be delayed and in the end I felt that using the fund balance for capital equipment was justifiable,” Gelbaugh said. Some town board members questioned whether the equipment was truly needed or just wanted. “If you have to raise taxes you have to raise them but don’t raise taxes for your want list,” Hensley said. That “want list” included a new knuckleboom claw truck that collects brush, limbs and yard waste from the side of the street in residential neighborhoods. The existing one is get-

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BY B ECKY JOHNSON STAFF WRITER stalemate over whether to raise property taxes in Sylva ended last week with the majority of town board members opting to take money out of the town’s reserve fund to cover a $140,000 projected shortfall in next year’s budget. But with some town board members on the fence heading into last week’s budget discussion, it wasn’t clear which way things would go until the last minute. “It is easy to say raise taxes. There are people that raising taxes is a problem for because they are already living hand to mouth,” said town board member Harold Hensley. But Mayor Maurice Moody said in his 18 years on the town board, the property tax rate has only been raised once, and that was 12 years ago. “We are doing a good job on the basics but it has made it difficult to do extra things,” Moody said. “We are somewhat limited. We have accomplished a good bit but we have not done everything I would have liked to see done.” The final breakdown was: • Town Commissioners Barbara Hamilton and Lynda Sossaman supported a 2-cent property tax increase. So did Mayor Moody, but he only votes in the event of a tie. • Town Commissioners Harold Hensley and Danny Allen, who have consistently voted for more conservative budgets during

ting old and could break soon, and its replacement has been delayed three years already. The knuckleboom truck will cost around $140,000, about the amount being taken from reserves. Allen said he would have agreed to raise taxes if there had been some concessions on the spending side. “I was not for raising taxes because I didn’t get enough cuts out of our budget,” Allen said. “I know it takes money to run a town, but we need to cut things before we go to the taxpayers.” Allen questioned the replacement plan for police cars. The town ideally buys three new police cars each year and sells off the oldest ones. But the past two years, only two cop cars were purchased. This year, it’s back up to three, but Allen felt like the town should stay at two again. He also questioned why the town isn’t selling off three cop cars since it is buying three. Instead, the town will only sell off two — bringing the total number of police cars up from 12 to 13 for 15 officers, creeping closer toward a one-to-one car-to-officer ratio. Allen says he thinks officers can share cars since they aren’t all on shift at the same time. “Every year there is something they ‘need’ or have ‘got’ to have,” Allen said of the police department. The town board has an election this year, with four of the six town board seats on the ballot. The mayor’s seat is up for election, and Moody has already announced he won’t run again. The seats currently held by Allen, Hensley and Sossamon are also up for election.



Jackson gears up to replace planning position

BY HOLLY KAYS STAFF WRITER he business end of Jackson The recently announced departure of County Planner Gerald Green’s departure — who Planning Director Gerald Green dominated will be in charge of finding a commissioners’ comments at the beginning of replacement, what the timeline their meeting last week. Here’s what they had might be — was a necessary topic of discussion at last week’s to say about Green’s 4.5 years as department county commissioner meeting, head, which touched on everything from but commissioners prefaced the landslide mapping to collegiate student logistics with a unified lament over his leaving. housing to groundwater absorption. “Gerald was and still is recognized by his peers and colleagues “His wealth of knowledge and planning issues, his around the state as a senior-level ability to administer very technical ordinances — planner,” Chairman Brian and even more importantly, his ability to articulate McMahan read from a two-page himself well and to communicate in an effective written statement he’d prepared. way to a sometimes not-so-receptive audience of Green will be leaving his posiproperty owners — were the very reasons that I tion with Jackson County May 15 and the 2010 Board of Commissioner chose to start work as executive director Gerald as our county planner.” of the Metropolitan Planning — Chairman Brian McMahan Commission in Knoxville, which handles planning issues for the “I was really impressed with him. I hate to see city of Knoxville and Knox him go. I think it says something about the job he County as a whole. The job will be did in this county if he’s able to take a job in a step up in both pay and responKnoxville.” sibility — Green will oversee a — Commissioner Boyce Dietz staff of 22 compared to the 1.5 positions under him now — but “My sincere wishes go out to Gerald Green, and I last week he told The Smoky wish him the very best in all his endeavors.” Mountain News that his decision — Commissioner Charles Elders to leave was also spurred by lack of administrative support for his “I knew Gerald for two years when he was county department and lack of enforceplanner and I was an employee of the ment of the regulations it created. Southwestern Commission, so we were He’ll be a hard person to colleagues before I became a commissioner, and replace, commissioners agreed, I was aware firsthand of what an outstanding job but the quest to do so will begin he was doing for Jackson County.” immediately. The job has already — Commissioner Vicki Greene been listed, and a search committee will likely form soon to weed through the applications and bring the much affect the trajectory of the Cullowhee top picks before the full board of commis- zoning standards, which commissioners were sioners. A commissioner or two, the county set to vote on May 21 — though that timeline manager, the economic development direc- could be extended to their June 4 meeting — tor, the human resources director, the plan- and commissioners might vote on the cell ning board chair and a planning department tower ordinance as well, as it has already staff member should sit on the committee, cleared the planning board. To help accommodate for the workload County Manager Chuck Wooten recomuntil Green’s replacement get started, a halfmended to the board. “I consider this position to be one of the time position in the department that had key positions in county government, and the been slated to go full-time with the start of Board of County Commissioners will have a next fiscal year has been accelerated to very active role in the selection process, con- become fulltime as of last week. However, a new planning department ducting the final interviews and making the position that had been included with the proselection,” McMahan said. The position will likely take two or three posed 2015-16 budget will likely be delayed, months to fill, Wooten said. In the meantime, Wooten said, until after the planning director he said, he will work with John Jeleniewski of is chosen. “We’ll have it in the budget,” he said. “It the planning department and Permit and Code Enforcement Director Tony Elders to will be there but we will not advertise or fill it address any planning issues that arise in the until the new person’s on board.” At its May 19 work session, commissioninterim. The planning department won’t be recommending any new ordinances while the ers will look through the list of planning tasks director position is vacant, Wooten said, but and committees that Green agreed to leave in he doesn’t believe Green’s departure will order to decide on priorities going forward.

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Bakery turns bar in Sylva

WNC entrepreneurs win $7,000 in prize money

Perk and Pastry Bistro in Sylva has a new look — and a new name — after being closed for a week of renovations. “It was really challenging in a small town to make a bakery model work unless you invest in a lot of wholesale equipment,” explained owner Bernadette Peters. The bakery is now called Evolution Wine Kitchen, serving wine by the glass, beer, small plates and desserts, and selling 240 labels of wine, five different olive oils and five different types of balsamic vinegar. The goal, she said, is to serve a new niche in the community by providing a daytime sandwich place but nighttime spot for small plates, desserts, wine and high-end olive oils.

Emily Edmonds of Sylva took second place and $1,000 in an entrepreneur contest held at Western Carolina University for her proposal to establish a shared beer production and distribution facility for breweries across the region. Entrepreneurs and owners of existing small businesses from Asheville, Sylva and Hickory shared $7,000 in prize money to help launch or grow their companies during the inaugural.

Swain Chamber gives business awards Swain County Chamber of Commerce recently handed out several awards during its annual banquet. Dr. Randall Castor with Smoky Mountain Urgent Care received the Business Citizen of the Year for positively impacting Swain County in many ways. Since starting the cen-

Dr. Randall Castor (left) of Smoky Mountain Urgent Care receiving Swain County Chamber of Commerce Business Citizen of the Year Award from Chamber Board Vice President Brad Walker. Donated photo ter in 2013, he has served over 75,000 patients in Bryson City and opened up two other locations in Western North Carolina. Castor also serves as EMS Director in Swain County as well as the director of Mountain View Manor. Carolyn Allison received the Duke Energy Service and Citizenship Award for her nonprofit and community service work. She has been involved with the Watershed Association of the Tuckasegee River, the Swain County Chamber, the Tourism Development Authority, Rotary Club, Partnership for the Future, Big Brothers & Big Sisters and P.A.W.S.


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e was tall, maybe 6 feet 8 inches or taller, and was standing at an intersection studying a map. My wife, Lori, and I had just dumped out from a favorite trail at Bent Creek in Asheville onto the well-used Forest Service Road 491, jogging along as we enjoyed the warm early spring afternoon. We gave him some directions, and he asked if he could just follow along for a while so as not to get lost. His strong French accent made it obvious he wasn’t a local. As we picked our way along the trail Lori struck up a conversation. He was here on business at the Michelin plant in the Upstate. He liked to bike and run, and friends from work had recommended he try Asheville’s Bent Creek if he wanted some good hill running in a beautiful spot. He planned to stay the night at a hotel, perhaps hit a brewery or restaurant. We parted in just a few minutes as we gave him what we thought were good directions. A half hour later after getting to our car and starting the drive out, we saw him still running, obviously headed to a different parking area than the one we had sent him to. Oh well. I thought about the guy as I heard the news about how economic development officials in North Carolina are bemoaning another big one that got away. Volvo announced Monday that it is building a plant near Charleston that will employ about 2,000. Earlier this year, Mercedes also announced plans to build a plant in the same area, this one going to North Charleston. With the two announcements, South Carolina is solidify-

ing its position as the go-to state for upscale car manufacturers. BMW located in the upstate of South Carolina in the 1990s and transformed the GreenvilleSpartanburg area, which was already home to a Michelin Tire plant. North Carolina and Georgia wanted the Volvo plant, and it’s easy to see why. The Greenville-Spartanburg area has undergone a radical transformation over the last decade as other suppliers and manufacturers flocked around the BMW plant, creating thouEditor sands of jobs. There’s little doubt the same thing will happen in the Charleston area. As a business owner, I’m generally opposed to the massive tax breaks given by local and state officials as they try to outbid one another for these huge plants. I wonder how many jobs the medium and small businesses already in existence would create if given similar incentives. The flip side to dwelling on what North Carolina may have lost in not landing these plants, though, is what made me think of that trail runner from France. We have natural features the Upstate and Charleston can never replicate. As long as the tourism marketing professionals in our mountain counties continue to do their job well, we indeed do benefit from the prosperity that rains down on South Carolina,

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If you’re not ‘of the beach,’ it’s just a nice place to visit


the wrong time, you might sit there for 15 or 20 minutes and watch the boats mosey through like cows ambling across the pasture, not in a hurry, not at all. We loved the atmosphere at Sunset Beach. Myrtle Beach has become so commercialized, even more so than when I was a kid. It’s mostly golf courses and familiar touristy attractions now. Basically, it’s Gatlinburg, with Columnist sand. Sunset Beach is more like Cruso, with an ocean. Not much going on, except beauty and peace, if you’re into that kind of thing. “Oh honey, it’s the home of my heart,” Tammy said, when we used to roll through Calabash every summer, looking at all the familiar restaurants and ice cream and Tshirt shops, waiting there to greet us like a row of old friends at a reunion. I laughed. “Are you a person or a postcard? And what about Haywood County? I thought you had adopted that as your new home. Can’t

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ven though she’s an Indiana girl who had only seen the ocean once before we met, there is something about the beach that feels like home to Tammy. She especially likes Edisto Beach, where we go every summer. But we also have fond memories of Sunset Beach, where we went for a few years before discovering Edisto. When I was a kid, on the rare occasions my family took a vacation, we went to Myrtle Beach, about a half hour south of Sunset Beach, but another world entirely in character. Myrtle Beach is kinetic, bright, boisterous ostentatious. It’s a peacock preening in a neon-pink thong. It’s a big wet Labrador Retriever loose in the house, knocking over lamps and getting your sofa muddy. It’s a couple you invited over for dinner who got way too drunk and didn’t know when to leave. Sunset Beach is still, relaxed, quaint, folksy. It’s a terry cloth bathrobe and a pair of old slippers. It’s an old hound stretched out on the porch, one eye barely opening when something makes a noise. It’s an elderly stranger offering to take your family’s picture, then telling you about her daughter. For many years, there was a pontoon bridge, for goodness sake, that you had to go over to get to the island. If you caught it at

Atlanta and even Charlotte. I’ve written before about the engineer I met from the Boeing plant that is also near Charleston. Twice in less than a year I’ve randomly ran into this guy, the first time at a brewery in Asheville and the second time — months later — at brewery in Waynesville. He and his wife come here to get away, to hike and eat and tour breweries. His home base is a Waynseville bed and breakfast. Do we live in the most desirable place to reside or visit in the U.S.? It seems that more and more lately that’s what I keep hearing from locals and visitors, especially young visitors. This place has always held a draw for tourists, but right now the beer-food-outdoors-art-music- scene is exploding all at once, all mixing together with a go-local mentality that is making Asheville and all points west to the Smokies something quite unique. There’s an allure that is feeding off itself, one that is as strong as it’s ever been in the 23 years I’ve called this place home. In the best of all possible worlds, Western North Carolina will land a few clean manufacturers to keep a good mix of different kinds of jobs. But put a big new plant four or five hours away — or closer, like the Upstate, as the French trail runner proved — and we still reap big benefits. If people are that close and have good-paying jobs, they’re gonna come to the mountains. We just have to show them a good time. (Scott McLeod can be reached at

we call Sunset our Great, New Age in a two-piece. ‘home away from home’? I could get it Crystals slathered in Coppertone. embroidered on a pillow for you. I bet Deepak Chopra in a Speedo. Kumbaya. there’s already a postcard.” “You know what I mean,” she said. “It’s sunscreen. I was soaked from top to bottom, just a spiritual thing for me here. I’m just at and my swim trunks were bunching up in the peace with all of this.” most unpleasant way as I walked, chafing me Great, New Age in a two-piece. Crystals in regions best not chafed. About 75 percent slathered in Coppertone. Deepak Chopra in a of my body was coated in sand, and my Speedo. Kumbaya. shoulders felt as if they were being polished In fairness, I know what she means. There to a smooth sheen by a power tool where the is nothing I like better than returning to the belt from the folding chairs dug fiercely into mountains after traveling, no sight more my flesh. It was nearly a hundred degrees, inviting than the first glimpse of the mounthe sun bearing down like it was personal tain range on the horizon, no feeling more between us. I felt like an ant being tortured comforting than the gradual ascent on a under a magnifying glass by cruel boys with winding road, the land suddenly rising up on nothing better to do. both sides of the car, cupping me in its palm, In short, I needed a hot shower and a carrying me home. margarita, not necessarily in that order. I I do like the beach, I do, and I look forneeded to be on a hammock between two big ward to going once again this summer. But maples, trading the sound of crashing waves there comes a time, a defining moment, if for the music of wind playing a tune in the you will, when you will realize whether you leaves high above me. I needed to feel a real are of the beach, so to speak, or simply on breeze envelop me, not an oven blast. I needthe beach. That time came for me on day ed dry underwear. I needed to go home. four of a vacation we took several years ago, Yes, Sunset Beach was once our home as we were making our way back to the motel away from home. Now Edisto is. But it’s not after a four-hour outing on the beach. home. I like to be on the beach, but I will I was lugging the folding chairs and the never be of the beach. beach toys, and Tammy had the kids. I was (Chris Cox is a writer and teacher who slightly burned on my left arm in an oddlives in Haywood County. He can be reached shaped splotch that somehow escaped the at

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To the Editor: One of the great mysteries of government in America is how and why we give over $50 billion a year in foreign aid. Trying to point out many of the strange questions that exist in this seemingly total waste of money within the word limit of publications is all but impossible. I will share a few things to think about. We are $18.5 trillion in debt and we continue to pour borrowed money out to countries, many of whom hate us. Nine of the 10 top receiving countries in Obama’s 2016 budget are Muslim countries. Does that tell you the same thing it tells me? One of the countries that we do not “officially” give foreign aid to is Australia; however, we did give them money for economic development. It is interesting though that we gave Al-Taqwa College, Australia’s largest Muslim school, $11.3 million dollars. The state government last year froze the school's funds and asked it to repay $9 million in government grants over allegations the notfor-profit school was funneling funds back to the Australian Federation of Islamic Councils. This collage president has banned running by girls because he says “running causes loss of virginity in girls.” A few other interesting numbers show that we give $6 million to China, $160 million to Syria, $370 million to the West Bank and Gaza, $150 million to Egypt, $1.2 billion to Afghanistan, $478 million to Packistan, $103 million to Vietnam, $79 million to Yemen, $110 million to Lebanon and we have increased our aid to Kenya by 14 percent to $622 million. If that isn’t enough to raise your blood pressure, we gave $71,500,000 to Russia. All of, of course, borrowed from future generations. Bruce Gardner Waynesville

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tasteTHEmountains Thursday and 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Carry out available. Located in downtown Waynesville, Bogart’s has been long-time noted for great steaks, soups, and salads. Casual family atmosphere in a rustic old-time setting with a menu noted for its practical value. Live Bluegrass/String Band music every Thursday. Walking distance of Waynesville’s unique shops and seasonal festival activities and within one mile of Waynesville Country Club.

APPLE CREEK CAFE 32 Felmet St., Waynesville. 828.456.9888. Monday-Friday 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Home to an extensive build your own sandwich menu as well as specialty salads, soups burgers and more. With local ingredients and made-from-scratch recipes using a variety of good-for-you ingredients Apple Creek Cafe is sure to become favorite lunch spot.

BOURBON BARREL BEEF & ALE 454 Hazelwood Ave., Waynesville, 828.452.9191. Lunch served 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Dinner nightly from 4 p.m. Closed on Sunday. We specialize in hand-cut, all natural steaks, fresh fish, and other classic American comfort foods that are made using only the finest local and sustainable ingredients available. We also feature a great selection of craft beers from local artisan brewers, and of course an extensive selection of small batch bourbons and whiskey. The Barrel is a friendly and casual neighborhood dining experience where our guests enjoy a great meal without breaking the bank.

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.

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BOGART’S 303 S. Main St., Waynesville. 828.452.1313. Open 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday through

BREAKING BREAD CAFÉ 6147 Hwy 276 S. Bethel (at the Mobil Gas Station) 828.648.3838 Monday-Friday 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturaday & Sunday 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Chef owned and operated. Our salads are made in house using local seasonal vegetables. Fresh roasted ham, turkey and roast beef used in our hoagies. We hand make our own eggplant and chicken parmesan, pork meatballs and hamburgers. We use 1st quali-

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plate; quiche and fresh fruit parfait. We bake a wide variety of breads daily, specializing in traditional french breads. All of our breads are hand shaped. Lunch: Fresh salads, panini sandwiches. Enjoy outdoor dinning on the deck. Private room available for meetings.

CATALOOCHEE RANCH 119 Ranch Dr., Maggie Valley. 828.926.1401. Family-style breakfast seven days a week, from 8 to 9:30 a.m. – with eggs, bacon, sausage, grits and oatmeal, fresh fruit, sometimes French toast or pancakes, and always all-you-can-eat. Lunch every day from 12 till 2 p.m. Evening cookouts on the terrace on weekends and Wednesdays (weather permitting), featuring steaks, ribs, chicken, and pork chops, to name a few. Bountiful family-style dinners on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday, with entrees that include prime rib, baked ham and herb-baked chicken, complemented by seasonal vegetables, homemade breads, jellies and desserts. We also offer a fine selection of wine and beer. The evening social hour starts at 6pm, and dinner is served starting at 7pm. So join us for milehigh mountaintop dining with a spectacular view. Please call for reservations.

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

CITY BAKERY 18 N. Main St. Waynesville 828.452.3881. Monday through Friday 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Join us in our historic location for scratch made soups and daily specials. Breakfast is made to order daily: Gourmet cheddar & scallion biscuits served with bacon, sausage and eggs; smoked trout bagel

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. Friday and Saturday serving freshly prepared small plate and tapas-style fare. Enjoy local, regional, or national talent live each Friday and Saturday night at 7 p.m. Also on facebook and twitter. CORK & CLEAVER 176 Country Club Drive, Waynesville. 828.456.7179. Reservations recommended. 4:30-9 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday. Tucked away inside Waynesville Inn, Cork & Cleaver has an approachable menu designed around locally sourced, sustainable, farm-to-table ingredients. Executive Chef Corey Green prepares

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tasteTHEmountains COUNTRY VITTLES: FAMILY STYLE RESTAURANT 3589 Soco Rd, Maggie Valley. 828.926.1820 Open Daily 7 a.m. to 8:30 p.m., closed Tuesday. Family Style at Country Vittles is not a buffet. Instead our waitresses will bring your food piping hot from the kitchen right to your table and as many refills as you want. So if you have a big appetite, but sure to ask your waitress about our family style service. FROGS LEAP PUBLIC HOUSE 44 Church St. Downtown Waynesville 828.456.1930 Serving lunch 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday; Dinner 5 to 9 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday. 5 to 10 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. JUKEBOX JUNCTION U.S. 276 and N.C. 110 intersection, Bethel. 828.648.4193. 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday; Sunday 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Serving breakfast, lunch, nd dinner. The restaurant has a 1950s & 60s theme decorated with memorabilia from that era.

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.

NEWFOUND LODGE RESTAURANT 1303 Tsali Blvd, Cherokee (Located on 441 North at entrance to GSMNP). 828.497.4590. Open 7 a.m. daily. Established in 1946 and serving breakfast, lunch and dinner seven days a week. Family style dining for adults and children. ORGANIC BEANS COFFEE COMPANY 1110 Soco Road, Maggie Valley. 828.668.2326. Open 7 days a week 7 a.m.

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PASQUALE’S 1863 South Main Street, Waynesville. Off exit 98, 828.454.5002. Open for lunch and dinner, 7 days a week. Classic Italian dishes, exceptional steaks and seafood (available in full and lighter sizes), thin crust pizza, homemade soups, salads hand tossed at your table. Fine wine and beer selection. Casual atmosphere, dine indoors, outside on the patio or at the bar. Reservations appreciated. PATIO BISTRO 30 Church Street, Waynesville. 828.454.0070. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Breakfast bagels and sandwiches, gourmet coffee, deli sandwiches for lunch with homemade soups, quiches, and desserts. Wide selection of wine and beer. Outdoor and indoor dining. RENDEZVOUS RESTAURANT AND BAR Maggie Valley Inn and Conference Center 828.926.0201 Open Monday-Thursday 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Friday 11:30 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Saturday 7:30 a.m. to 11 p.m and Sunday 7:30 a.m to 9 p.m. Full service restaurant serving steaks, prime rib, seafood and dinner specials. SMOKY MOUNTAIN SUB SHOP 29 Miller Street Waynesville 828.456.3400. Open from 8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday. A Waynesville tradition, the Smoky Mountain Sub Shop has been serving great food for over 20 years. Come in and enjoy the relaxed, casual atmosphere. Sub breads are baked fresh every morning in Waynesville. Using only the freshest ingredients in homemade soups, salads and sandwiches. Come in and see for yourself why Smoky Mountain Sub Shop was voted # 1 in Haywood County. Locally owned and operated.



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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.

PAPERTOWN GRILL 153 Main St., Canton. 828.648.1455 Open 7 days a week 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Serving the local community with great, scratch-made country cooking. Breakfast is served all day. Daily specials including Monday meatloaf, chicken and dumplings on Thursdays and Friday fish.

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MAD BATTER FOOD & FILM 617 W. Main Street Downtown Sylva. 828.586.3555. Open Tuesday 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Wednesday-Saturday 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Hand-tossed pizza, steak sandwiches, wraps, salads and desserts. All made from scratch. Beer and wine. Free movies with showtimes at 6:30 and 9 p.m. with a Saturday matinee at 2 p.m. Visit for this week’s shows.

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Folk School bridges the essence of humanity BY GARRET K. WOODWARD STAFF WRITER aking a left off U.S. 64 onto Settawig Road in rural Clay County, the busy commercial thoroughfare transforms into lush farmland. The mountain air gets sweeter, soothing late spring sunshine spilling into the open windows of your vehicle. A few miles down the winding road, you enter the tiny community of Brasstown, with its one gas station and handful of buildings. You take another left and cross a bridge into Cherokee County. And though that bridge may just seemingly provide transport over the waters of Brasstown Creek, one will soon understand that the threshold is more than meets the eye. You immediately find yourself in an enormous meadow, one you may remember from childhood, from a time before housing developments and big box store takeovers of such properties. Your eyes scan the whimsical landscape, soon landing on a handful of structures in the distance along the tree line. It’s the John C. Campbell Folk School. And though you may be in the middle of nowhere in Western North Carolina, you’re actually at the center of the universe.


“There is nothing like this on earth,” said Pam East. “This place opens up, sparks and reawakens people.” A metal jewelry/clay instructor at the Folk School, East recently strolled the picturesque 300-acre campus, with a smile ear-to-ear when asked about what makes this place so special, and Pam East why she keeps coming back to teach, even 12 years after her first class here. “You’re in this beautiful setting, you’re not in the thick of life, you’re away from all the things that distract you,” she said. “You let your mind calm down and you immerse yourself in an experience you’ll never forget. Being with people is important, connecting with people is important, and here, you do that.”

A PLAYGROUND FOR ADULTS Entering the Keith House (the central hub of the campus), one is greeted by Keather Gougler, marketing manager for the Folk School. Having previously lived in Seattle for years, Gougler has been at the folk school for the last 13 years. With that, she finds herself more occupied than she could have ever imagined back in Washington. “I lived in the middle of Seattle, and I’m busier here than I ever was out there,” she

The John C. Campbell Folk School in Brasstown is home to an array of artisan and tradition craft courses, which bring in people from around the world, who study and perpetuate the ancient techniques. Donated photo

Want to know more? For information on the John C. Campbell Folk School, class schedules, tours, weekly community concerts, and more, click on or call 800.365.5724. laughed. “Here, it’s about the people and the community. There’s always something going on, which you really wouldn’t expect from such a small, rural town.” Specializing in an array of year-round weeklong courses, the Folk School attracts people from every corner of the globe. Housed on campus, the students (around 150 at a given time) spend their days immersed in their chosen course, which reads like a “Pick Your Own Adventure” book when one can pick blacksmithing or broom making, mandolin or pottery, wood-burning or jewelry. Pupils don’t dip their toe into the artistic traditions, they jump right in, ready to create and discover what they’re made of. “The Folk School is a restorative thing, it balances you out and makes you feel human,”

Gougler said. “We’re curious by nature and these folks coming here are curious about themselves and their creative potential. In many ways, you’ll have a very diverse classroom of people, from all backgrounds, but they all want to learn, they want to create, they want to make things.”


The Folk School gets its namesake from John C. Campbell, born in Indiana in 1867, raised in Wisconsin, educated in New England. At the turn of the century, he and his wife Olive, headed for Southern Appalachia, a region at the time teaming with opportunities for education and social causes. John studied the farming, artisan and musical traditions of the mountain folk he and Olive encountered. The couple not only wanted to preserve these techniques and traditions, they also wanted to perpetuate and grow them. Following John’s death in 1919, Olive traveled around Europe, eventually discovering the idea of the “folkehojskole” (or “folk school”) in


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On the beat Mangas Colorado brings Americana to Sylva Americana/bluegrass act Mangas Colorado will perform at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, May 21, at the Jackson County Public Library in Sylva. Mangas Colorado will This rough and tumble play Sylva on May 21. string band with hearts of gold cites a broad range of influences, drawing from a unique blend of sounds rooted in rock, outlaw country, bluegrass, folk, and singer-songwriter music. They released their EP “Call You Home” in October 2013 and their debut album “Dawn” in January 2014. The event is co-sponsored by the Friends of the Jackson County Public Library. Free. 828.586.2016 or

COLLINGSWORTHS HIT THE STAGE IN FRANKLIN Acclaimed gospel group The Collingsworth Family will perform at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, May 23, at the Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts in Franklin. Since their first engagement together as musicians for a church camp in Petersburg, Michigan in 1986, the ministry God has given Phil and Kim Collingsworth has expanded and flourished until it is a full-time livelihood that involves their entire family. Tickets start at $15.

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Internationally-known organist Dr. Jack W. Jones will perform at 3 p.m. Sunday, May 17, at the First Baptist Church of Franklin. The program features favorite organ classics Toccata and Fugue in D minor by J.S. Bach, Cesar Franck’s Piece Heroique, and Symphony No. V, “Toccata,” by Charles Marie Widor, as well as arrangements of “Amazing Grace” and “O God, Our Help in Ages Past,” plus other Southern hymns and folk tunes. Jones holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from The Juilliard School, and is widely known as an organist, composer, recording artist and music educator. He has performed in many prestigious venues, including Westminster Abbey and St. Paul’s Cathedral in London, England. After serving 25 years as organist-director for The Royal Poinciana Chapel of Palm Beach, Florida, Jones retired in 2013 and now serves as organist for the Church of the Good Shepherd in Cashiers. This event is produced by the Arts Council of Macon County, supported by the North Carolina Arts Council, a divi24 sion of the Department of Cultural Resources.

Rickman Store welcomes Owenby, music jam Writer Nita Welch Owenby and the SouthEast Bluegrass Association will perform on Saturday, May 16, at the Rickman Store in Cowee. At 11 a.m., Owenby will read from her autobiography Echoes of the Appalachian Mountain, which provides the readers with an in-depth view of farm living in the 1940s and 1950s and shares with them her values and experiences. Owenby was born and raised on a farm by the Little Tennessee River, and although her professional life led her to experience life in different states, her connection to her roots continues being strong. She is the author of The House of Rose and over

400 articles and short stories published for the Burningtown News. From noon to 3 p.m., the Southeast Bluegrass Association will host a music jam. The Friends of the Rickman Store invite the community and visitors to the region for the opening of a new series of weekly educational and cultural programs and for a special year of celebrations. It was built in 1895 by John Hall, with the business established in 1925 by Tom M. Rickman. Considered one of the gems of Macon County, the Rickman Store has been preserved by the Land Trust for the Little Tennessee (LTLT) and the Friends of the Rickman Store since 2007. The store is open to visitors from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. every Saturday. The event is free and open to the public. 828.369.5595.

country) June 12, Emporium (rock) June 19, 96.5 House Band (classic hits) June 26, Dashboard Blue (rock/rhythm & blues/beach) July 3, Lisa Price Band (country/rock/bluegrass) July 17, Buchanan Boys (country/rock) July 24, Robertson Boys (bluegrass) July 31, Porch 40 (southern funk rock) Aug. 7, Mountain Faith (bluegrass/gospel) Aug. 14, Mangas Colorado (Americana/folk/rock) Aug. 21 and Unspoken Tradition (bluegrass) Aug. 28. The July 4 Fireworks Festivities will feature Darren Nicholson & Friends with David Holt (bluegrass) from 4 to 6 p.m. and The Business (rhythm & blues) 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Fireworks at dark. The July 10 band will soon be announced. The Concerts on the Creek series is a Blue Ridge Music Trail partner. The events are free with donations accepted. Bring a chair or blanket. 828.586.2155 or Donated photo

Concerts on the Creek returns to Sylva The 6th annual Concerts on the Creek season begins on May 22, and will run from 7 to 9 p.m. every Friday through Labor Day at the Bridge Park Pavilion in downtown Sylva. Performers include Productive Paranoia (folk/bluegrass) May 22, Sundown (rock) May 29, (PMA) Positive Mental Attitude (reggae/rock) June 5, Corbitt Brothers (outlaw

There is no admission charge. Donations will be accepted. 828.524.ARTS or

Haywood Community Band opens 2015 season The Haywood Community Band will kickoff its free concert series at 6:30 p.m. Sunday, May 17, at the Maggie Valley Community Pavilion. “Favorites from the Music Library” is the theme for the evening, with songs from the wide-ranging melodies of popular music. Concertgoers will hear a tribute to the presidency of Abraham Lincoln; a medley of songs by George Gershwin who along with his lyricist brother Ira composed more than two dozen scores for Broadway and Hollywood; the theme of the popular 70s television show The Rockford Files; rock hits by The Rolling Stones; a medley of tunes from the film Mary Poppins; and a selection titled Best Broadway Marches. A beautifully scored ballad in the British folk song style,

Greenwillow Portrait, will also be heard along with a tone poem, Awakening Hills, which begins with a peaceful morning theme and then moves to the sounds of the countryside coming alive. New members are welcome to join the Haywood Community Band. Rehearsals are Thursday evenings from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at Grace Church in the Mountains in Waynesville. 828.456.4880.

Stecoah bluegrass festival

The Heritage Bluegrass Music Festival will be held from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, May 16, at the Stecoah Valley Cultural Arts Center in Robbinsville. Performances by the Stecoah JAM Kids (Junior Appalachian Musicians), Jackson County 4-H Music Competition, Graham County Line, The Wilson Family, Jonah Riddle, and The Pressley Girls. There will also be jam sessions with Larry Barnett. Arts, crafts and food vendors onsite.

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• BearWaters Brewing (Waynesville) will have Daphne & The Mystery Machines (Americana/roots) 7 p.m. May 16. or 828.246.0602. • Big Wesser BBQ (Nantahala Outdoor Center) will have Trees Leave (folk/rock) on May 22, The Freight Hoppers (Americana/bluegrass) May 23 and Somebody’s Child (Americana/blues) May 24. All shows begin at 6 p.m. • Canton Public Library will host Honey Hollar (bluegrass) at 3 p.m. May 17. Free. 828.648.2924. • Classic Wineseller (Waynesville) will have Bob Zullo (singer-songwriter) May 15, The Russ Wilson Quartet (jazz/swing) May 16, The Moon and You (jazz/classical) May 22 and Joe Cruz (piano/pop) May 23. All shows begin at 7 p.m. 828.452.6000 or


• Derailed Bar & Lounge (Bryson City) will have Karen “Sugar” Barnes & Dave Magill (blues/folk) at 7 p.m. May 16. Free. 828.488.8898. • Frog Level Brewing (Waynesville) will have Sarge’s Dogs & Suds May 14, Jerry Gaff May 15 and Chris Minick (singer-songwriter) May 21. All shows are free and begin at 6 p.m., unless otherwise noted. 828.454.5664 or

• Innovation Brewing (Sylva) will have an Open Mic night May 13 and 20, and a jazz night with the Kittle/Collings Duo May 14 and 21. All events begin at 8 p.m. • The Lost Hiker (Highlands) will have Dustin Martin & The Ramblers (Americana/rootsrock) at May 16 and Porch 40 (rock/funk) May 23. All shows are free and begin at 9 p.m. 828.526.8232 or • Maggie Valley Pavilion will host the Haywood Community Band at 6:30 p.m. May 17. Free. or 828.456.4880.

• Oconaluftee Visitors Center (Cherokee) will have an old-time music jam from 1 to 3 p.m. May 16. • O’Malley’s Pub & Grill (Sylva) will have Chris Monteith Karaoke May 15 and 22, Somebody’s Child (Americana/blues) May 16, The Moon and You (Americana/string) May 17, Through the Hills (Americana/folk) May 23 and Rye Baby (Americana/bluegrass) May 24. All shows begin at 9 p.m. 828.631.0554. • Rathskeller Coffee Haus & Pub (Franklin) will have Pam McCall May 15, DJ Justin Moe May 16, Lip Sync Battle 6:30 p.m. May 20, Louis-Virie Blanche May 22 and Ronnie Evans May 23. All shows are free and begin at 8 p.m. unless otherwise noted. • The Stompin’ Ground (Maggie Valley) is now open for live mountain music and dancing at 8 p.m. Saturday. 828.926.1288. • The Strand at 38 Main (Waynesville) will have a free Open Mic Night at 7 p.m. May 14 (signup at 6 p.m.), The Josh Daniel/Mark Schimick Project (Americana/soul) at 7:45 p.m. May 21 (tickets are $10 in advance, $12 at the door) and Lee Roy Parnell (country/blues) at 7:30 p.m. May 24 (tickets are $35). or 828.283.0079. • Tipping Point Brewing (Waynesville) will have ‘Round the Fire (Grateful Dead tribute) 8:30 p.m. May 15 and James Stinnett (singer-songwriter) 9 p.m. May 22. All shows are free. • The Ugly Dog Pub (Highlands) will have Mangas Colorado (Americana/bluegrass) May 16 and Fish Out of Water (rock/funk) May 22-23. • Water’n Hole Bar & Grille (Waynesville) will have DJ Side Three May 15, The Rocketz (punk/rockabilly) May 17, The Hooten Hallers (blues/hard rock) May 18, Tonology (metal/hard rock) May 22 and Ginny McAfee (singer-songwriter) May 23. All shows begin at 9:30 p.m. • Waynesville Public Library will host Honey Hollar (bluegrass) at 3 p.m. May 16. Free. 828.452.5169.

FINDING YOURSELF The classroom buildings and cabins are scattered throughout the forest campus. Stepping into one, a wood-burning course is nearing the end of their morning session. At a nearby table, student Jim Davis is working on an owl design. Hailing from Louisiana, Davis figured he’s taken over 50 weeklong courses at the Folk School since first coming to Brasstown in 1992. “I’ve taken cooking classes, basket weaving, rock hunting,” he said. “What’s not to like about this place? It’s as close to heaven as I’ll ever get.” “If you can’t find something you like here, you lack imagination,” added a student at another table, to which the rest of room agreed in unison. Davis now attends the Folk School with his wife, who also have take numerous courses at the campus. The couple comes up around four to six times a year. They encourage any and all to give it a go themselves. Look into the programs and see what you’d like to do. It’s about realizing that childlike wonder is actually a lifelong journey. “Maybe you have some skills you’d like to develop or maybe you tried something once and it didn’t work. Well, here, your teachers are the people who wrote the instructional books, here people discover

Jim Davis.

music or a poetry reading. Who knows? The possibilities are as endless as the imaginative minds surrounding you. Sitting down to eat, the cafeteria is abuzz with jovial folks, all sharing their experiences today with others at their table, many of which were just strangers a couple days ago. The room is as sunny and bright as the landscape right outside the bay windows. Looking around the vibrant cafeteria, Davidson points out the ultimate purpose of the Folk School. “The secret underlying mission of this place is that it brings folks together, where it opens a window into a world if everyone was kind to each other,” he said. “It’s about that magic dust that’s here, and how it rubs off on you when you return to your daily life.” Passing the fresh salad and bread down his table, Davidson is already working on what’s next for the Folk School. For him, it’s about always keeping one foot firm in tradition, one in the progressive evolution and creative spirit that embodies the institution. “We’re going to built a walk-in silo kaleidoscope. To tell you the truth, we don’t yet know how it will exactly work, but we’re going to build it,” he confidently chuckled. 25

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• Harrah’s Cherokee will have Boston (classic rock) at 9 p.m. May 22.

• No Name Sports Pub (Sylva) will have Ray Vietti & Chris Blaylock (rockabilly/newgrass) May 15, The French Broads (blues/rock) May 16, The Hooten Hallers (blues/hard rock) May 17, Watt Tombstone (Americana/folk) May 20, Dirty Soul Revival (rock/blues) May 22 and Darren & The Buttered Toast (soul/funk) May 23. All shows are free and begin at 9 p.m. 828.586.2750 or

Denmark. There, the culture took the creative arts very seriously, in that they believed society evolved when these traditions were nurtured and shared. Bringing that sentiment back to Western North Carolina, the Folk School was launched in Brasstown in 1925, which celebrates its 90th anniversary this year. “We’re a school that really teaches people how to do things, but we do it in a way that’s fun,” said Jan Davidson, director of the Folk School. “There are no grades or competition here, which makes it a lot of fun for the students and the teachers.” Davidson notes that the learning process at the Folk School is a two-way Jan Davidson street, one where both sides of the instruction are taking something intrinsic and artistic away from their experiences. Though some attend for specific reasons, to learn more about their craft or to simply get away from it all, others find themselves here for reasons unknown initially, but the answers will be found in due time. It’s a “Fields of Dreams” type of atmosphere, a magnetic place where all will make sense once you arrive. “We all have a built-in memory of how to do these skills, how to use our hands to create,” Davidson said. “Humans have been doing these things for so long, and we’ve also been separated from these things for so long, too, so when you get in touch with it again, it’s in your soul, your intuition of being a human.”

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• Historic Cowee School (Franklin) will have Jonathan Bryd & The Pickup Cowboys (country/blues) at 7 p.m. May 23 as part of their concert series. $15 per person, $75 for a season pass.

• Nantahala Brewing (Bryson City) will have Circus Mutt (rock/roots) May 15, The Paper Crowns (gypsy folk/acoustic) May 16 and Soldier’s Heart (Americana/roots) May 22. All shows are free and begin at 8:30 p.m. unless otherwise noted.

their inner self,” he said. “People need to understand that they can learn no matter what their age is, they can meet new people. This is a place that’ll remind you that playing, having fun and learning something new isn’t just for kids.” Suddenly, a loud bell echoes from somewhere outside. The class puts down their tools and heads for the door. It can only mean one thing — lunchtime. Heading for the cafeteria, East exits her classroom and walks with her students. An artist in Atlanta, East has a studio down there, as well as a full life, but it’s coming to the Folk School where she finds the most enjoyment. “It was love at first sight when I came here in 2003. Every time I drive on campus, I can feel my soul relax — it’s my home away from home,” she said. “Your experience here can be anything you want it to be. I love that face-to-face interaction with a student, when the light bulb goes on in their head, and that happens all over here.” After a delicious made-from-scratch farm-to-table meal (with many ingredients from their onsite garden and farm), it’ll be an afternoon class session, followed by an evening of activities, perhaps some live

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• Andrews Brewing Company will have Heidi Holton (blues/Americana) 6 p.m. May 15, Natti Love Joys (roots/reggae, $5) 7 p.m. May 16, Frank Lee (bluegrass/folk) 6 p.m. May 22 and Mangas Colorado (Americana/bluegrass, $5) 7 p.m. May 23. All shows are free, unless otherwise noted.


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will be the featured brewery. Live music will be provided from 5 to 6:30 p.m. by Porch 40 (rock/funk) and from 7 to 9:30 p.m. by The Shane Pruit Band (southern rock). The festival is free, with donations accepted. Rain or shine. Personal coolers, food and pets are not permitted. Attendees are encouraged to bring a chair or blanket. The festival is presented by the Greater Cashiers Area Merchants Association.

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There will be a handful of new nightlife businesses popping up around Western North Carolina in the coming weeks. • Lazy Hiker Brewing (Franklin) will have a soft opening from 3 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, May 20. What used to be the old Franklin Town Hall in downtown, the brewery will be the second of its kind in Macon County. An official grand opening is scheduled for June 13. • Mad Anthony’s Bottle Shop & Tap Room is scheduled to open on May 22 on Branner Avenue in downtown Waynesville.

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Owner/brewmaster Dale Heinlein of Satulah Mountain Brewing Company in Highlands. Satulah will be the featured brewery at the Blues, Brew & BBQ festival in Cashiers on May 23. Garret K. Woodward photo

New brewery, bars in WNC

The “American beer garden” will feature 40 rotating taps and 300 unique bottles of craft beer and hard cider. There will also be wine available. Outdoor seating is onsite, with plans for an outdoor music stage in the works. Stay tuned for a full feature in this newspaper in the near future. • Derailed Bar & Lounge recently opened in downtown Bryson City. Located in the same building as Anthony’s Italian Restaurant on Depot Street, the location features an array of adult beverages and live music when scheduled.

Cashiers Blues, Brew & BBQ festival The Blues, Brew and BBQ festival will be from 4:30 to 9 p.m. Saturday, May 23, at the Village Green in Cashiers. The event mixes local barbecue, craft beers and two of the most popular rock bands in Western North Carolina. Satulah Mountain Brewing Company of Highlands

Nantahala Brewing celebrates five years

The Nantahala Brewing Company “5th Anniversary Party” will be held from 4 to 11 p.m. Friday, May 15, in Bryson City. Alongside a special anniversary craft beer release (on tap at 4 p.m., bottle sales begin at 6 p.m.) and other festivities, there will also be live music at 8 p.m. by Circus Mutt (rock/roots). Free to attend. or 828.488.2337.

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The Ingles Market “Taste of Local” will be held May 21 in Waynesville.

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Waynesville Ingles ‘Taste of Local’ Ingles Markets will host a “Taste of Local” event from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. Thursday, May 21, at their Waynesville location on Barber Boulevard. Meet local farmers and vendors, sample products, and more. Participants include the Ardenne Farm, New Sprout Farms, Carolina Pig Polish, Cane Creek Valley Farm, VanWingerden International, Inc., Celtic Sea Salt, Sunny Creek Farms, Roots Hummus, Sunburst Trout Farms, Brasstown Beef, City

Bryson City celebrates Appalachian heritage The Swain County Heritage Festival will be May 22-23 at Riverfront Park in Bryson City. The festival will feature an array of live music, including gospel, country and bluegrass. Dozens of crafters and vendors will be on hand to sell their products, with plenty of activities for children. Friday night entertainment runs from 6 to 9 p.m., with Saturday acts from 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.

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• The upcoming “Teens Cook!” program will be held in Haywood County libraries. Learn to make spring rolls and dipping sauce at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 26, at the Waynesville Public Library. 828.356.2512 to signup. A “Samosa vs. Samosa” class will be at 4 p.m. Wednesday, May 27, at the Canton Public Library. 828.648.2924 to signup.


• The 3rd annual Beer, BBQ and Bluegrass will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday, May 14, at Outdoor 76 in Franklin. The event serves as a benefit for the Land Trust for the Little Tennessee. Barbecue plates are $6, beer is $5. Music by Frogtown Four. • The Oconaluftee Indian Village is currently open. The venue that replicates 18th-century Cherokee life attracts thousands of visitors from throughout the world each summer. The village is open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. with guided tours every 15 minutes except from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. The last tour is given at 4 p.m. and the village is closed on Sunday. Arts and crafts classes for children are held daily Monday through Saturday. Check with the box office for times and prices.

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A “BBQ & Brews Dinner Train” will be departing at 7 p.m. Saturday, May 23, at the Great Smoky Mountain Railroad depot in Bryson City. The dinner features slow-cooked barbecue prepared fresh and beer tastings showcasing Nantahala Brewing Company. The train travels to the Fontana Trestle and arrives just around sunset for a spectacular view, then arrives back to the depot at 9 p.m. The event is ages 21 and over. Tickets start at $69. Additional beer will be available for purchase onboard the train. Admission to the Smoky Mountain Trains Museum is included with ticket purchase. 800.872.4681 or

The event is free and open to the public.


Bryson City craft beer, barbeque

The first Rockin’ Block Party of the summer will be at from 6 to 10 p.m. Saturday, May 23, in downtown Waynesville. From 6 to 7 p.m., the “Kids on Main” will begin with several merchant sponsored hands-on activities, balloon twisting, face painting and a children’s area. Live music will follow at 7 p.m. with the 96.5 House Band on the south end, with Travers Brothership (blues/rock) on the north end in front of Tipping Point Brewing. There will also be food and craft vendors onsite. As well, the Labor Day Rockin’ Block Party has been moved to Saturday, Sept. 19.


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Open call for artists for ColorFest ColorFest, Dillsboro Fine Arts & Craft Fair, is looking for artists of all mediums to participate in the 7th annual festival to be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 3 in Dillsboro. Regional fine artists are invited to apply. Once again this year cash prizes, sponsored by Champion Credit Union, will be awarded to the artisans. Categories: First place for fine art $100; Second place for fine art $50; $25 Third place for fine art. First place for fine craft $100; second place for fine craft, $50; $25 Third place for fine craft. Best of Show — Booth $150. ColorFest, Dillsboro Fine Arts & Crafts Fair, is produced by the Dillsboro Merchants Association, in partnership with Jackson County Chamber of Commerce. This project received support from the Jackson County Arts Council, North Carolina Arts Council, a

• A “Paint Nite” will be held at 8:30 p.m. on Friday nights starting May 15 at Panacea Coffeehouse in the Frog Level District of Waynesville. Bring your friends and come paint your masterpiece while enjoying a glass of wine, draft beer or specialty drinks. Hosted by artist Robin Smathers. All materials provided. $25 per person. • The drama/comedy film “Age of Adaline” (May 13-21) will be screened at the Highlands Playhouse. Tickets are $9. For show times, go to • The Smoky Mountain Quilters Guild will have their next meeting at 6:30 p.m. Monday, May 18, at the Tartan Hall in Franklin. A corn and beans pattern will be demonstrated by Susan Roper. Open to the public. • The Spring Into Summer Craft & Art Show will be from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 22-23 at the Macon County Fairgrounds in Franklin. Free admission and parking. Food by Roadside Eats. 828.349.4324.

• The film “Dolphin Tale 2” will be screened at 7 p.m. May 22 at the Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts in Franklin. 28

The graduating class of Haywood Community College’s Professional Crafts Program will exhibit their work at the Graduate Show through Aug. 23 at the Southern Highland Craft Guild Folk Art Center on the Blue Ridge Parkway in Asheville. This year’s show has work in Clay, Jewelry, Fiber, Metal and Wood. This exhibit marks the professional debut for many exhibiting craftspeople. The college makes involvement in the installation, organization, and publicity of this exhibit part of the coursework for HCC professional crafts students. The HCC Professional Crafts Program is a two-year commitment, focusing on all aspects of becoming an independent craft professional. In addition to sharpening their technical and artistic skill in their chosen medium, students also create a marketable line of production work, plan a studio, and become familiar with the craft market. Mandatory coursework includes photography of finished pieces for gaining entrance into craft shows, creating a business plan, and designing and building a studio tailored to fit production needs. The Folk Art Center is open daily from 9 a.m. until 6 p.m. Admission and parking are both free. 828.565.4159 or

Presented by the South Macon School. $5. • A Ceramic Bells workshop with Allison Anne Brown will be from 10 a.m. to noon May 19 at The Bascom in Highlands. The class will be making ceramic bells and learn techniques such as pinching and coil building. Cost is $25. 828.787.2865 or


• A “DIY @ The Library Presents: Glass Etching” class will be from 2 to 3 p.m. Thursday, May 21, at the Waynesville Public Library. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library. 828.356.2507. • The Groovy Movie Club will host a screening of “Selma” at 7 p.m. May 15 in Waynesville. A potluck will be held at 6:30 p.m. before the film, with a group discussion to follow. 828.926.2508 or 828.454.5949 or • The “Come Paint with Charles Kidz Program” will be at 4 p.m. May 21 at the Charles Heath Gallery in Bryson City. $20 per child. Materials and snacks included. 828.538.2054.

Brannon to host paper-making class A paper-making Creating Community Workshop will be held at noon Saturday, May 16, at the Jackson County Public Library in Sylva. Ever wonder how paper is made? The class will be exploring the process of hand papermaking using a variety of plant fibers. Dillsboro book artist Frank Brannon will be showing the process. Wear some clothes you don't mind getting wet, as well as non-slip rubber-toed shoes. The workshop is limited to 16 participants. Call the library to register. Brannon is a graduate of the M.F.A. in the Book Arts Program at the University of Alabama and is proprietor of SpeakEasy Press. A member of the Southern Highland Craft Guild, he is a printmaking instructor with Southwestern Community College in Western North Carolina and an adjunct book arts instructor with Western Carolina University. This event is co-sponsored by the Friends of the Jackson County Public Library. 828.586.2016 or

Frank Brannon will lead a paper-making workshop May 16 in Sylva. Donated photo

Macon library to screen Front Porch Interviews The Folk Heritage Association of Macon County will show some more of their DVDs of past Front Porch Interviews with local residents at 2 and 6 p.m. Thursday, May 21, at the Macon County Public Library in Franklin. Interviewee Sue Waldroop has a great interest in genealogy and preservation of family heritage. She is a fifth generation Macon County native as her great-great grandfather brought his wife and children to Macon County and built a home on Matlock Creek in the Cowee area in 1832. Interviewee Fred Stiles moved from Rabun County to Macon in 1948. In his interview, he refers to the memory of such events as his daughter getting the polio vaccine on a sugar cube and chores like stacking hay and churning milk.

• “Muddy Mondays Wine and Wheel Throwing” will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. May 18 at The Bascom in Highlands. Wheel throwing and wine sipping. For more information or to register, contact Anna Alig at 828.787.2865 or • There will be an After-School Art Adventure for children and students from 3:15 to 4:30 p.m. May 13, 20 and 24 at The Bascom in Highlands. Participants will work on individual and collaborative art projects. Free. • The stage production of the classic romantic comedy “Man and Superman — Live from the National Theatre of London” will be screened at 7 p.m. Saturday, May 16, at the Highlands Performing Arts Center. Tickets available at or 828.526.9047. • The Franklin Kid’s Creation Station will be from 10 a.m. to noon May 16 and 23 at the Uptown Gallery. There will also be a station from 10 a.m. to noon May 16 and 23 at The Bascom in Highlands. or 828.349.4607 (Franklin) or 828.526.4949 (Highlands).

• “Black or White” (May 14), “Paddington” (6:30 p.m. May 15-16), “Fifty Shades of Grey” (8:30 p.m. May 15-16), “American Sniper” (May 21 and 8:30 p.m. May 23), “Songcatcher” (May 22) and “Strange Magic” (2 and 6:30 p.m. May 23) will be screened at the Mad Batter Food & Film in Sylva. Screenings are free and begin at 6:30 and 8:30 p.m. unless otherwise noted. There is also a 2 p.m. matinee on Saturdays. • “Selma” (May 13-20) and “Still Alice” (May 22-June 3) will be screened at The Strand at 38 Main in Waynesville. Every Friday and Saturday in May, “Dazed and Confused” will be shown for free at 9:30 p.m., with “Paddington” also for free every Saturday in May at noon and 2 p.m. For screening times, click on or call 828.283.0079. • The Franklin After-School Art Adventure for children and students will be held from 3:30 to 4:45 p.m. May 13, 20 and 24 at the Uptown Gallery. Participants will work on individual and collaborative art projects. Free.

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There will be an array of upcoming glass blowing and blacksmithing classes at the Jackson County Green Energy Park in Dillsboro. • Create your own paperweight, flower or garden stone on Friday, May 15. The 30minute classes will be from 3 to 8 p.m. Participants will work with molten glass to create unique and beautiful pieces of glass art. No experience necessary. $30. • The Fundamentals in Basic Blacksmithing will be from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 16 and 30. The course is designed to introduce students to the art of blacksmithing, forge safety, basic hammer techniques, general shaping, heating, and more. Limited to five students. $100. • Create your own ruffle bowl or plate on May 22 and 30. The 45-minute classes will be from 3 to 8 p.m. Participants will work with molten glass to create unique and beautiful pieces of glass art. No experience necessary. $50. • A four-week Introduction to Blown Glass Vessels and Basic Coldworking will be from 6 to 9 p.m. May 25, June 1, 8 and 15. Participants will work with molten glass and gain a more in-depth experience of glassblowing. $345. The same class will also be offered for another four-week session on May 26, June 2, 9 and 16. 828.631.0271 or

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The Broadway musical comedy “Nunsense” will be held at 7:30 p.m. May 22-23 at the Haywood Arts Regional Theatre in Waynesville. Five of the 19 surviving Little Sisters of Hoboken, a one time missionary order that ran a leper colony on an island south of France, discover that their cook, Sister Julia, Child of God, accidentally killed the other fifty two residents of the convent with her tainted vichysoise while they were off playing bingo. Tickets are $26 for adults, $22 for seniors and $13 for students.

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• An “On Broadway” recital will be held from 7 to 8:30 p.m. May 22 at Encore Dance in Sylva. Tickets sold at the door. Cash only.




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A place where home is an elusive ideal n the last decade, British authorities uncovered evidence of massive sexual abuse and human trafficking in Rotherham, South Yorkshire. Two years ago, in a blistering investigative report, Professor Alexis Jay and her committee conservatively estimated that 1,400 English girls had been sexually abused or traded for goods and favors by a network of older men, mostly British-Pakistani Muslims. The committee charged both police and social workers with negligence and in some cases, with deliberately overlooking the Writer sexual assaults for fear of offending minority communities. Further investigations revealed other communities where such abuse was either ignored or unreported. While bureaucratic incompetence and timidity were both enormous factors in this scandal, the families of these girls must also bear some of the blame. Nearly all the victims came from broken homes where the “caregivers” lived on the dole. In many cases, adult supervision was nil and the girls were left to fend for themselves. Some of them tried to report these rapes, others remained silent, and still others attached themselves to their assailants, perhaps finding there more love than they did at home. In his novel The Disappeared (Bloomsbury Reader, 2015, 282 pages, $14.99), English philosopher and commentator Roger Scruton turns a light on this shadowy world of kidnapping, sex, lust, and secrets. By creating a platoon of characters, ranging from a kind-hearted schoolteacher to a young Afghan woman being forced into marriage, Scruton allows us to understand the forces at play on this stage of violence and evil. Justin Fellowes is an environmentalist and heavy metal fan smitten by Muhibbah, an

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her, Laura works out a plan of escape from her captors. In the meantime, Stephen Haycraft, a teacher of literature at St. Catherine’s Academy, becomes aware that one of his students, Sharon, is suffering some savage ordeal which she keeps locked in her heart. As he attempts to help this girl, who lives like so many of the other students in Angel Towers, an enormous decrepit block of government sponsored flats, Stephen falls in love with her, with the innocence she has maintained and with the courage with which she has faced her abusers. As The Disappeared progresses, the lives of all these characters become entwined by circumstance, culminating first in a miscarriage of justice, then murder, and finally redemption. In addition to its fast pace and realistically drawn characters, The Disappeared is worth reading because of the author’s sense of fair play and his familiarity with the reliThe Disappeared by Roger Scruton. Bloomsbury Reader, 2015. 282 gious tenets of Islam. pages. Scruton writes here with the heart of a novelist and Afghan refugee with a dark past and two the mind of a philosopher, a combination that brothers who abduct English girls and pack allows for many insights into the awful tangle them off to Eastern Europe. Justin’s new assisof different cultures grinding against one tant, Laura Markham, has just settled into her another. flat when she is mistakenly abducted by We meet Iona, for example, a cynical social Muhibbah’s brothers. With the help of Yunus, worker whom Justin befriends. Through her the younger brother who comes to admire we see how those in her profession fear being

Creative writing contest winners Haywood Community College’s 2015 Creative Writing Contest recently named two student winners in three categories. Lyndsey Long, Associate in Arts student, claimed first place in the fiction category with her work titled “Moth Dust.” Associate in Arts student Leanne M. Marquis won first place in the poetry category with “Invisible Me.” The nonfiction category was also claimed by Marquis for “Beauty in the Cracks.” Winners were awarded $100 and their work was published in the 2015 issue of Haywood Press. A panel of HCC faculty and staff selected the winners from more than 50 entries. The HCC

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Touching memoir at City Lights Author Diana Kenney will present her book How Cancer Transformed Our Lives at 3 p.m. Saturday, May 16, at City Lights Bookstore in Sylva. This guide is designed to be an empowering self-help manual for patients and loved ones as they wade through the many difficulties of battling cancer. Included in the book are helpful hints for emergency room visits, hospital admissions and medical tests, cre-

labeled as aggressive or racist if they pursue too hotly tips in these abuse cases. As she changes, as she begins to dig into Sharon’s past, Iona also shows us a woman set on finding justice for Sharon and others like her. Through Muhibbah, we come to know the constant tension many young Muslim women face, the anxiety and stress that comes from trying to live in two radically different cultures. Then there are Abdul Kassab and his son Farid, Shi’ite Muslims from Iraq who have escaped death by fleeing to England. Abdul is a visionary and a practitioner of Sufism who “looked forward to the day when his sons, Farid and Hazim, would study the Holy Koran, the Christian Gospels, the works of Plato and the poetry of Ferdowski and Shakespeare, side by side with Sunnites, Christians — and yes, if any still remained in Basra, Jews ….” The Disappeared is also an elegiac tribute to a disappearing European civilization. Sharon, Muhibbah, Stephen, Farid, Justin: all of them, at one time or another, read the poetry of the West or reflect on its art and music. At one point, when Sharon is visiting Stephen’s apartment, she picks through a copy of Thomas Mann’s The Magic Mountain, and Stephen explains to her its significance in European civilization. She replies by saying: “Yes, sir. But Europe was a place then. There’s no places now.” This sense of displacement runs throughout the novel. With the exception of Abdul and his sons, the poor who live in Angel Towers have no sense of home, no feeling for their flats or for the neighborhood. The same holds true for those who, like Stephen and Justin, live in better apartments. Rather than becoming an idea to be celebrated, Scruton seems to say, multiculturalism has instead produced a fractured society in which no one has a home. In The Disappeared, and in his earlier nonfiction The West and the Rest, Roger Scruton has given us valuable insights into our contemporary clash of cultures. Highly recommended.

ative management of cancer symptoms and side effects due to radiation and chemotherapy treatments, and suggestions on developing a personal wellness program. Founder of Good Grief Ministry, Kenney runs workshops on grief work, leads support groups, teaches online classes and does pastoral counseling. She has a Doctorate of Ministry in Shamanic Psycho Spiritual Studies from Venus Rising University in Whittier and is certified in Death and Grief Studies from The Center for Loss and Life Transition in Colorado. Kenneyis also certified as a Shamanic Breathwork Facilitator from Venus Rising Association for Transformation. 828.586.9499.


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Cast away Cherokee man finds competitive success with the fly rod

BY HOLLY KAYS STAFF WRITER hen Michael Bradley first picked up a fly rod in 2011, he wasn’t looking for anything more than a relaxing pastime. He’d tried fly fishing once before, as an 11-year-old kid, but “didn’t do so good at it.” At age 20, he thought things might be different if he gave it another try.


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He was right. Within a year, he was on the North Carolina Fly Fishing Team, one of the top state teams in the country, touring the TroutLegend circuit from Pennsylvania to New York to Colorado and plenty of other states too. The team routinely wins the national championship, keeping up the trend with a clean sweep of the medal stand at the

2014 competition. On that top team, Bradley is a top contender. He should have “been a write-in” for Rookie of the Year in 2013, the TroutLegend website said, but had amassed just a little too much competition experience to qualify for the award. But in 2014, he went on the competitive circuit once again and took home the title of 2014 Trout Legend League Champion. Bradley isn’t apt to tell you the tale in those terms, though. He’s a lot more humble about his success. “It still surprises me,” he said. “I won the Casting For Hope [competition in April], and I didn’t expect to. A lot of times if you look at

your draw sheet, who’s going to be fishing in your group, you can tell how well you’re going to do. I didn’t think I was going to win it.” In that competition, Bradley caught a total of 146 fish, winning a $1,000 check that he donated back to the organization, which provides financial assistance to Western North Carolina women living with ovarian and gynecological cancers. The whole process of competition was a challenge to figure out at first, a difficulty level perhaps on par with that of learning how to fish in the first place. In a fly fishing competition, anglers are divided into groups of six or so, with each group fishing about four sections of a river for 1.5 to three hours each. The competitors get fish points for each fish caught, with larger fish earning more points. Then, at the end of each section, each competitor gets placing points depending on their rank within the group. The highest score gets one point, the second-highest score gets two, and so on. At the end of the competition, placing points are added and the lowest scorer wins. Ties are broken based on fish points. “It took me about four tournaments to figure it out,” Bradley said of the scoring system. Obviously, he has. All the competition has proven tiring to Bradley, though. Now a full-time guide and salesman at Rivers Edge Outfitters in his native Cherokee, he’s hoping to stay around home a little more, keeping his competitions more clustered around the United States Fly Fishing League events — yes, he’s on the national team too — which are less frequent. Last year, Bradley attended more than 20 fly fishing competitions, but the USA events are held only six to eight times a year. “We were in Pennsylvania last weekend and it was snowing and my fingers were frozen,” he said. “I like it here. Everybody here is walking around in T-shirts and shorts.” One of the best things about Western North Carolina, Bradley said, is that it’s got plenty of rivers and the weather to keep them open to anglers year-round. “We’ve got, I feel like,


Cast a line The Casting for Hope Cherokee Classic will offer competitors a chance to fish a newly stocked trophy section of water and vie for a $3,000 top prize in a one-day competition Sunday, June 7. The competition, presented by Fly Fishing Museum of the Southern Appalachians and the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians, will consist of two-man teams fishing four sections of water. The event will come the day after the museum’s grand opening June 6. Casting for Hope is an Asheville-based organization that provides financial assistance to Western North Carolina women living with ovarian and gynecological cancers. $200 entry fee per team with online sign-ups at

Bradley’s been on the road a lot as a competitive angler, but he’s happy to be hanging home in Cherokee now guiding at Rivers Edge Outfitters. Holly Kays photo

“I get paid for it, but seeing someone catch a fish on a fly rod and showing them is pretty cool. It’s a lot cooler than winning a tournament.” — Michael Bradley


Waynesville Kiwanis to host day of fun The Waynesville Kiwanis will host the fifth annual “Spring Fling” from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, May 16, at the Waynesville Recreation Center. Activities include a 21-foot Ninja slide, the 30-foot obstacle course, or bouncing on a large castle. All of Saturday will be “Haywood County Resident Day” at the Waynesville Recreation Center, with all Haywood resident admitted free from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. Hot dogs and hamburgers available for sale by the Waynesville Kiwanis. 828.456.2030 or

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like being outside in the mountains where he grew up, connecting with the water and the organisms that live in it. One of his great joys is helping others do the same. The tribe sponsors his competitions, so in return he’ll help out where needed, recently showing up in the schools to do casting demonstrations with kids. He likes that. He also likes taking customers out on his guide trips and helping them find success in the water for the first time. “I get paid for it, but seeing someone catch a fish on a fly rod and showing them is pretty cool,” he said. “It’s a lot cooler than winning a tournament.” Not that he plans on quitting with the tournaments. He’s looking to slow down the schedule, but competitive success is still a goal. The next dream? Making the world team. “They’re great fishermen,” Bradley said. “They’ve just been in the game a lot longer than me.”

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one of the best rivers in the Southeast and as far as nationwide, it’s up there. It’s got to be,” Bradley said. “And we get to fish here for free, being enrolled [in the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians].” The accessibility of quality water has played a strong role in his success, Bradley said. He can step out his back door and throw a line in the water, and it takes just half an hour to get to his favorite trophy section of the Nantahala. He’s quick to give praise to his competitors in other states, like Georgia, who have a harder time getting the practice in. “For them to not have as much water as I’ve got, they do really good,” he said. And of course, Bradley is in the water pretty much all the time. Every day he’s fishing or tying flies or “doing something to make myself better.” It’s all about having the experience at hand to read the water. But even with that every-day-on schedule, he said, it doesn’t feel like work. It feels

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The Appalachian Trail Conservancy is hosting a workshop to discuss the A.T. Seasons phenology monitoring project at 1 p.m. on May 20 in the Macon County Public Library meeting room. This project is an opportunity for individuals or groups of all ages to track the seasonal life cycles of plants and animals (phenology) along the Appalachian Trail and in A.T. Communities. By observing and reporting seasonal changes of plants and animals, this project helps ‘citizen scientists’ appreciate the cycles of natures and contribute to a nationwide dataset, with the goal of understanding the relationship between phenology and climate on a large scale. The workshop is free. For information email or visit



Rubber ducks float down the Tuckasegee River during last year’s fundraiser for the New Century Scholars. This year’s Ducks on the Tuck event is scheduled for 1 p.m. on Saturday, May 23. Donated photo

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Why adopt a tiny rubber duck that’ll soon be floating down the Tuckasegee River in Swain County? If your duck crosses the finish line first at the 15th annual Ducks on the Tuck, which is set for 1 p.m. on Saturday, May 23, at Riverfront Park in Bryson City, you’ll win a 50-inch flat screen television. But even if you don’t win the TV or other prizes that are up for grabs, you’ll be helping change someone’s life because all proceeds benefit the New Century Scholars. Since 1995, this program has been providing last-dollar tuition assistance and extra support such as dedicated advising to help deserving students in Jackson, Macon and Swain Counties attend Southwestern Community College. So far, more than 2,150 students have been served by the program. “New Century Scholars is awesome,” said Susan Cutshaw, whose son Craig Cutshaw is a New Century Scholar and a

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sophomore at Swain High. “It benefits a lot of children who might not get the opportunity to go to college. It is a huge financial help for us. This scholarship will allow Craig to have a chance to pursue his dreams for the future and make a good living. Ducks can be adopted for $5 apiece at Southwestern Community College from Kathy Posey ( or 828.339.4227) or from any New Century Scholar. Program coordinators at high schools in each county are also selling tickets. Besides the TV, other prizes on the line include Dollywood tickets, zipline tickets from Wildwater, Nantahala rafting passes from Endless River Adventures; Ocoee rafting passes from the Nantahala Outdoor Center, season pool passes to the Swain Recreation pool and much more. For more information about Ducks on the Tuck or New Century Scholars, contact Pamela Judson at 828.339.4477 or

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Two programs on beavers and how they alter the landscape will be held at 10:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. on May 23 at the Cradle of Forestry. Participants will take a guided walk along the Pink Beds Trail to learn about the natural history of beavers, their wetland-creating activities and the changing habitats they create. The programs begin in the forest Discovery Center with a talk about beavers. $5 for adults, 15 and younger free. or 828.877.3130.

Richland Creek clean-up day is May 16

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Haywood Waterways is sponsoring a Richland Creek stream clean-up from 911:30 a.m. on Saturday, May 16. Haywood Waterways will provide gloves, trash bags, pick-up sticks, and refreshments. Participants should wear close-toed shoes and clothing that can get wet and muddy. Don’t forget a change of clothes. Meet in the Bi-Lo parking lot off Russ Avenue. RSVP by May 14 to Christine O’Brien at or 828.476.4667.

The inaugural Maggie Valley Community Creek Clean will take place at 10 a.m. on May 30 in Jonathan Creek. Trophies and yearlong bragging rights will be awarded for the most interesting pieces of trash found and for the most trash reclaimed. Individuals and teams are encouraged to participate. Bags will be provided by Haywood Waterways. For information and to sign up contact the Maggie Valley Town Hall at 828.926.0866.

A float trip down the Little Tennessee River on May 16 is being sponsored by two land conservation organizations, the Highlands-Cashiers Land Trust and the Land Trust for the Little Tennessee (LTLT).

A limited number of canoes and of kayaks will be available for a 4.5-mile trip down the river to the 4,800-acre Needmore Game Lands, LTLT’s flagship conservation project. Along the route are Cherokee cultural sites, stream restoration sites, and wildlife, which may include bald eagles and river otters. Cost is $35. 828.526.1111.

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Public invited to Graveyard Fields hike Haywood Waterways will lead a free hike in Graveyard Fields on Saturday, May 23, that will explore the headwaters of the Pigeon River. Graveyard Fields is a high mountain valley located at 5,000 feet and is surrounded by several peaks over 6,000 feet. This area once support-

ed dense spruce and fir forests but heavy logging in the early 1900s — followed by a devastating fire — left much of the soil infertile. The event is part of Haywood Waterways “Get to Know Your Watershed” series of outdoor hikes, lectures and paddle tours. Haywood Waterways works to maintain and improve the waterways of Haywood County through education, public events, and partnerships that bring technical and financial resources to restore degraded waterways.

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A program allowing kids to sample freestyle and slalom kayaking and to build whitewater skills while meeting other young paddlers will be held May 23-24 in the Nantahala Gorge, and is sponsored by the Nantahala Racing Club. The Family Whitewater Weekend is for experienced youth paddlers who can execute a confident wet-exit (whitewater roll a plus but not required). The goal is to provide these paddlers with wide-ranging experience and to build key river-running skills such as balance, stroke technique, surfing, speed and stroke drills. The program is for kids 18 and under. Registration costs range from $5 for NRC members to $15 for non-members. Parents are encouraged to participate. Online registration close, but for day-ofevent registration details visit

Merrell Adventure race is family-friendly The Merrell Adventure 5K Dash and 1K Fun Run will be held Saturday, May 23, along the Nantahala River near Bryson City. Participants negotiate a series of challenge elements while racing to the finish in this family-friendly adventure race. Pre-registration online for a cheaper price until May 19. Kids 12 and under race free with a participating adult. Day-of-event registration is from 1-4 p.m. at Big Wesser BBQ and Brew. 5K starts at 4:30 p.m., Fun Run at 4:45 p.m. All participants receive Merrell schwag and winners get awards.

Interested hikers should meet at the Jukebox Junction Soda Shoppe at 9 a.m. to carpool and will depart sharply at 9:15 a.m. The hike will conclude by 1:30 p.m. Hike is considered moderate in difficulty. Bring lunch and light refreshments will be provided by Haywood Waterways. Carpooling encouraged due to limited parking. RSVP by May 20 to Christine O’Brien at or 828.476.4667.

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Free hands-on gardening classes in Canton Master Gardeners will provide lessons on how to plant a garden at free hands-on classes at 10 a.m. on May 18 and June 1 at the Canton Branch Library. The classes will focus on square-foot gardening techniques, which allow for a great yield from a small amount of space and adapts to all levels of experience. A special four-foot by four-foot raised bed was built at the Giving Garden site located behind the Canton Branch Library specifically to demonstrate the square-foot gardening technique to the public. It is not required to attend both the May 18 and June 1 sessions. Participants may come to either or come to both. 828.648.2924.

Find out more about your soil A program titled “Can you Describe Your Soil?” will be held at 10 a.m. on May 21 at the headquarters of the Friends of the Greenway in Franklin. Doug Johnson of the Macon Soil and Water Conservation Service will discuss how to use of land and water resources to preserve top soil and prevent erosion. He will show how to determine soil types by what type of Raised-bed gardens are designed for maximum yield and minimum use of space. plants are growing in a particular area. 828.369.8488. Donated photo

Extention office seeks gardens for tour The Haywood County Cooperative Extension Service is seeking gardens to include in its 2016 Haywood County Garden Tour. Anyone who has a garden that might be included or knows someone who has a garden that deservers to be showcased can contact Sarah Scott at the Extension Center. or 828.456.3575.

Waynesville hosts senior tennis program Waynesville Parks and Recreation will offer Monday-Wednesday-Friday Senior Tennis for ages 55 and older from 8:3011:30 a.m. beginning May 4 and lasting until Oct. 30. The three-time-a-week program is for intermediate and above players and costs $1 per week. The tennis courts are located at the Donnie Pankiw Tennis Center at 128 W. Marshall Street in Waynesville. 828.456.2030 or

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COMMUNITY EVENTS & ANNOUNCEMENTS • Haywood County Fallen Officer Memorial Service is at 10:30 a.m. on May 14 at the Haywood County Sheriff’s Office. • Vietnam veterans will be honored at 3 p.m. May 16 at Stuart Auditorium at Lake Junaluska for Armed Forces Day. The public is invited to show appreciation to the veterans. • Oconaluftee Indian Village, which replicates 18thcentury Cherokee Life, is open from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Saturday through Oct. 17 in Cherokee. More info at • Spring rabies clinics will be held throughout Haywood County from 5-6:30 p.m. from May 18-22. Locations are as follows: May 18 at Old Fines Creek School and Bethel Middle School; May 19 at Canton Middle School’s bus parking lot; May 20 at Hazelwood Elementary; May 21 at Riverbend Elementary School; and May 22 at Jonathan Valley Elementary School. $9 per vaccine. 456.5338 or 452.6682 or visit • A Taste of Local event will be held from 3:30-6:30 p.m. on May 21 at the Waynesville Ingles Stores. Vendors include Firewalker Hot Sauce (Asheville), New Sprout Organic Farm (Black Mountain), Sunny Creek Sprouts (Tryon), Sunburst Trout (Canton) and Roots Hummus (Asheville).

BUSINESS & EDUCATION • A basic introduction to the social media site Pinterest will be offered from 5:45-7:15 p.m. on May 13 at the Jackson County Public Library in Sylva. To register or for more info, call 586.2016. • Appalachian Farm Weddings will celebrate the grand opening of its rustic event venue at 4 p.m. on May 14 at 592 Qualla Road in Waynesville. • A free class on job networking will be offered by Goodwill’s Career Connections Center at 3 p.m. on May 14 at the Canton Branch Library. Attendees will learn how to identify their personal network, how to utilize their network and how to use social media to connect with their network. Free; registration required. 648.2924. • Carolina Public Press, the online nonprofit news service providing in-depth and investigative reporting, will hold “Digging Deep with Charles Lewis: Why Investigative Reporting Matters” from 6:30-8 p.m. on May 14 at The Crest Center in Asheville. $15 for presentation only or $50 to attend a prior cocktail party (5-6 p.m.) and the presentation. Ticket purchases support Carolina Public Press. Info and tickets available at or call 279.0949. • “Business Owner’s Guide to Social Media: Starting from Scratch to Online” will be the topic of a seminar from 6-9 p.m. on May 19 at the Regional High Technology Center. Bring tablet/iPad if you have one. or 627.4512. • “Business Owner’s Roundtable: SEO Demystified” will be held from 8:30-10 a.m. on May 20 through Haywood Community College’s Small Business Center. or 627.4512. • A basic Internet will be offered at 5:45 p.m. on May 20 at the Jackson County Public Library in Sylva. Free. 586.2016.

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FUNDRAISERS AND BENEFITS • Yoga for Nepal, an outdoor, one-hour yoga class taught by Chad Hallyburton, will be held at 6:30 p.m. on May 14 at Bridge Park Pavilion in Sylva. All donations will benefit the Episcopal Relief and Development Nepal Earthquake Response fund. Mats and other yoga props will be available. Hallyburton at

Riverfront Park in Bryson City. Adopt a rubber duck for $5 or six for $25; first duck to cross finish line wins a 50-inch flat screen Insignia TV. Other prizes include rafting and zipline tickets and other gift certificates. New Century Scholars provides last-dollar tuition assistance to Southwestern Community College and extra support to deserving, high-potential students in Jackson, Macon and Swain Counties. or 339.4227. • Fourth-annual Fashion Show and Luncheon, a fundraiser for United Christian Ministries, is set for May 23, at Sylva First Baptist Church Mission and Fellowship Center. Featured clothing from Krismart Fashions; flowers provided by Ray’s Florist; tuxedos by Nell’s Fabric Loft. Tickets are $15 each and on sale now at Krismart Fashions. 586.6144. • Clyde Elementary PTO is selling Asheville Tourists baseball tickets for $6 each. This is a discount of $2/adult and $1/child. or 627-2206. • Friends of the Library Book Sale Committee needs books for its annual sale on July 23-25. Books can be picked up at your home. Call Sandy Denman, committee chair, at 627.2370.

• An Indian meal, Part 2 of the “Dinner Around the World Series,” is May 15 at the Pigeon Community Multicultural Development Center in Waynesville. Seatings at 5:30, 6:30 and 7:30 p.m. $12 per person. Reservations: 452.7232. If roof construction is in progress, event will be moved to Francis Cove United Methodist Church in Waynesville.

• Two free educational programs on tired leg/varicose vein problems are scheduled for May 14 at Haywood Regional Medical Center in Clyde. Sessions start at 4 p.m. and 5 p.m. Register by calling 452.8346.

• The Bascom of Highlands is holding its Collective Spirits weekend/Fantastic on May 15. Events include a Women of Wine Fashion Show & Luncheon at 11:30 a.m., at Highlands Country Club for $100 per person; a “Stock Your Cellar” Wine Tasting & Market at 6 p.m. at the Terrace at the Bascom for $150 per person. Proceeds benefit The Bascom – a center for the visual arts. Purchase tickets at 787.2896 or online at

• A forum on mental health, sponsored by the Macon County League of Women Voters, is set for 6:30 p.m. on May 14 at the Franklin Town Hall. Forum participants include Officer Steve Stewart of the Macon County Sheriff’s Department; Ronnie Beale, chairman of the Mental Health Task Force; representatives from the National Alliance on Mental Illness and Smoky Mountain Center; and Cindy Solesbee, navigator for the Affordable Care Act.

• An authentic Mexican Food and hot dog supper is scheduled for 5 p.m. on May 16 at South Macon Elementary School in Franklin to raise money for kidney and pancreas transplants for Sandy Rippetoe-Jordan. Event will also feature games, 50-50, live auction, cakewalk and raffle.

• A Memory Care caregiver education class is set for May 26-June 30 at the Haywood Senior Resource Center. Instructor is Dr. Lisa Verges.

• A yard sale benefitting Relay for Life will start at 8 a.m. on May 16 at 555 Depot Street in Franklin. Organized by Personal Lab Services/Dosher Physical Therapy Relay for Life Team. • A benefit for Shannon Reece, a Waynesville father of two children who is battling cancer, will be held 12-5 p.m. May 16 at Waynesville VFW Post 5202. $8 for BBQ dinner, $4 for hotdog plate, cake auction, and much more. • Limited reservations are available for Casino Royale Night, which is from 6-11 p.m. on Saturday, May 16, at Maggie Valley Club and Resort. Tickets are $100 each and include gaming chips, a door prize ticket, heavy hors d’oeuvres and a complimentary drink ticket. or 734.6783. • A benefit brunch for PAWS, an animal rescue nonprofit in Bryson City, is set for 12:30 p.m. on May 17 at Fryemont Inn. Gourmet five-course champagne brunch is $25 per person. Tickets available at the Fryemont or PAWS Thrift Shop.

• A celebration of Haywood Family Eye Care’s renovated space is set for 11 a.m. on May 21 in downtown Waynesville.

• Fat Buddies Ribs & BBQ will hold a Relay for Life fundraising day from 11 a.m.-9 p.m. on May 19, at its Westgate Plaza location. Twenty percent of all sales go to Relay for Life of Franklin.

• An Open House and Franklin Chamber Mingle is set for 5-7 p.m. on May 21 at the Franklin Health & Fitness

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RECREATION AND FITNESS • Registration is under way for Haywood County Recreation & Parks’ adult summer soccer league, which will have games on Monday and Wednesday evenings from June 8-July 26. Deadline is May 20. Register at the Haywood County Recreation & Parks office in Waynesville. 452.6789 or • Smoky Mountain High School’s “Mustang Classic” Golf Tournament will be held June 23 at Balsam Mountain Preserve. All proceeds benefit the high school’s athletic department. Hole-in-One contest for a 2015 Ford Mustang sponsored by Andy Shaw Ford. $135 per player; four-man Captain’s Choice format. Call Adam Phillips (508.2158) or Buddy Parton (507.5066).

POLITICAL CORNER • Jackson County Board of Commissioners Chair Brian McMahan will be special guest at the upcoming annual legislative breakfast at 8:30 a.m. on May 21 at the Zookeeper Bistro in Cashiers. Hot breakfast buffet is $20 for members of the Cashiers Area Chamber of Commerce; $25 for nonmembers. RSVP at or 743.5191.

THE SPIRITUAL SIDE • Mountain Synagogue will be holding a Havdallah Service at 6 p.m. on Saturday, May 16. 524.9463.

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SENIOR ACTIVITIES • A class on Excel will be held from 10-11:30 a.m. each Wednesday from May 6-27 at Haywood Senior Resource Center. • A high tea is set for 3:45 p.m. on May 13, at Haywood Senior Resource Center. • The Waynesville Parks and Recreation Department will host the Silver Sneakers New Member Orientation at 10 a.m. on May 13 at the Waynesville Recreation Center. 456-2030 or • A senior trip to Waterrock Knob is being offered by the Waynesville Parks and Recreation Department on May 19. Trip leaves the rec center at 6 p.m. Cost is $3 for members and $5 for nonmembers. Register by calling 456.2030. • Senior Sale Day is on the third Friday of every month at the Friends of the Library Used Bookstore. Patrons 60 and older get 20 percent off all purchases. Proceeds benefit the Sylva Library. • Haywood County Senior Resource Center is considering the formation of a weekly cribbage group starting in July. If you’re interested, contact Michelle Claytor at or 356.2800.

KIDS & FAMILIES • A free hands-on gardening class for kids is scheduled for 4 p.m. on May 13 at the Canton Branch Library. Master Gardeners will teach the square-foot gardening technique, allowing for a great yield in a small amount of space. 648.2924. • Nature Nuts: Salamanders, a program about local species, is set for 9-11 a.m. on May 13 at Pisgah Center for Wildlife Education in Pisgah Forest. For ages 4-7. 877.4423. • There will be an After-School Art Adventure for children and students from 3:15 to 4:30 p.m. May 13, 20 and 24 at The Bascom in Highlands. Participants will work on individual and collaborative art projects. Free. • The Franklin After-School Art Adventure for children and students will be held from 3:30 to 4:45 p.m. May 13, 20 and 24 at the Uptown Gallery. Participants will work on individual and collaborative art projects. Free. • The Franklin Kid’s Creation Station will be from 10 a.m. to noon May 16 and 23 at the Uptown Gallery. There will also be a station from 10 a.m. to noon May 16 and 23 at The Bascom in Highlands. or 828.349.4607 (Franklin) or 828.526.4949 (Highlands). • The Waynesville Kiwanis host the fifth annual “Spring Fling, Fun for Kids Day” from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. on May 16 at the Waynesville Recreation Center. Free; open to the public. 21-foot Ninja slide, 30-foot obstacle course and bouncy castle. Free admission from 7 a.m.-9 p.m. to Waynesville Recreation Center for Haywood residents. 456.2030 or • The “Come Paint with Charles Kidz Program” will be at 4 p.m. May 21 at the Charles Heath Gallery in Bryson City. $20 per child. Materials and snacks included. 828.538.2054. • Beyond the Birds & Bees, a program on puberty for parents and their children in fifth-through-seventh grades, is May 19 at Mountain Valley Elementary School in Franklin. Girls program is from 6-7:30 p.m.; boys pro-

gram is from 7:45-9 p.m. Free pizza from 7-8:15 p.m. Preregistration required at 524.3314.

• Nature Nuts: Salamanders, a program about local species, is set for 9-11 a.m. on May 23, at Pisgah Center for Wildlife Education in Pisgah Forest. For ages 4-7. 877.4423. • “Eco Explorers: Bird watching,” a program that shows you distinguishing characteristics of birds at backyard feeders and in the woods, is set for 1-3 p.m. on May 23, at Pisgah Center for Wildlife Education in Pisgah Forest. For ages 8-13. 877.4423 • Teens Cook! – a Haywood County Public Library program – offers teens the opportunity to learn how to make healthy, tasty snacks at 3:30 p.m. on May 26 at the Waynesville Library, and at 4 p.m. on May 27 at Canton Branch Library. All supplies and ingredients supplied. Free. Sign up by calling 356.2512 (Waynesville) or 648.2924 (Canton). • Family Fly Fishing Day, an opportunity to learn the basics of fly-fishing, is from 9 a.m.-noon on May 26 at Pisgah Center for Wildlife Education in Pisgah Forest. 877.4423. Ages 8 and up. • Book Buddies for ages 0-3 is from 9:30-10:15 a.m. on Tuesday at Blue Ridge Books in Waynesville. • Page Pals for ages 3-5 is from 10:30-11:15 a.m. on Tuesday at Blue Ridge Books in Waynesville. • A beginning baseball program for 3-4 year olds is offered from 5:30-6:30 p.m. Thursdays till May 28 at the Waynesville Recreation Center. Contact Donald Hummel at 456.2030 or


• Registration for summer camp at Waynesville Parks and Recreation has started. Camp dates are June 8Aug. 14 at the Waynesville Recreation Center. 456.2030 or • A Summer Day Camp experience for ages 6-to-11 will be offered by Cullowhee United Methodist Church from June 19-Aug. 7. 293.9215 or visit • A TetraBrazil Soccer Camp will be offered for Academy, Challenge or Classic Level players from ages 8-15 from June 22-26 at the Waynesville Recreation Center 456.2030 or

• “Strange Magic” will be screened on May 23 at 2 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. at the Mad Batter Food & Film in Sylva. Free. • The film “Dolphin Tale 2” will be screened at 7 p.m. May 22 at the Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts in Franklin. Presented by the South Macon School. $5.

• Family movie time, 4 p.m. Mondays at Jackson County Public Library. Call for title of movie. 586.2016. • Family movie time Thursdays, 3:45 p.m. at Albert Carlton, Cashiers Community Library. Free with popcorn. Call for title. 743.0215.

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• The Land Trust for the Little Tennessee will host a Beer, BBQ, Bluegrass Festival from 5-8 p.m. on May 14 at Outdoor 76 in Franklin. 524.2711. • Satulah Mountain Brewing Company will be the featured brewery at the Blues/Brew/BBQ Festival from 59 p.m. on May 23 at the Village Green in Cashiers. • The historic Rickman Store will celebrate its 120th anniversary on May 16 in Cowee. Author Nita Owenby presents her autobiographical book “Echoes of the Appalachian Mountain” at 11 a.m., and a music jam featuring the Southeastern Bluegrass Association will be held from noon-3 p.m. 369.5595. • Maggie Valley Spring Rally Mopars & Hawgs is May 22-24 at Maggie Valley Festival Grounds. or 336.643.1367. • Concerts on the Creek will be held from 7-9 p.m. every Friday from May 22-Aug. 28 at Bridge Park in Sylva. Free, open to the public. Donations accepted. Complete concert listing at 800.962.1911. • Blues, Brews & BBQ is set for May 23 at the Village Green Commons in Cashiers. • A Downtown Waynesville Block Party will be held May 23. Kids activities will be scattered along main Street 6-7 p.m., with live music kicking off at 7 p.m. Three stages will feature the 96.5 House Band, Blue Ridge Big Band with big band music, and Travers Brothership soulful blues, rock, funk jazz. or 828.456.3517.

ON STAGE & IN CONCERT • “Man and Superman” will be performed at 7 p.m. on May 16 at the Highlands Performing Arts Center. Academy Award nominee Ralph Fiennes (“The English Patient,” “Schindler’s List,” “Oedipus”) plays Jack Tanner. Tickets available at or by calling 526.9047. • Waynesville Public Library will host Honey Hollar (bluegrass) at 3 p.m. May 16. Free. 452.5169.

• “Paddington” will be screened at 6:30 p.m. on May15-16 and also 2 p.m. on May 16 at the Mad Batter Food & Film in Sylva. Free.

• Dr. Jack W. Jones, an organist, will perform at 3 p.m. on May 17 on First Baptist Church of Franklin’s Schantz Pipe Organ. Free. Donations accepted. For info, call 524.ARTS or visit

• “Paddington” will be screened each Saturday in May at noon and 2 p.m. for free at The Strand at 38 Main in Waynesville. or 283.0079.

• Canton Public Library will host Honey Hollar (bluegrass) at 3 p.m. May 17. Free. 828.648.2924. • The Haywood Community Band opens its 2015 sea-

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• Registration is now underway for a summer basketball camp for boys and girls that is being offered for third through ninth grades at Waynesville Recreation Center. June 29-July 2. Kevin Cantwell at

• Free family movies are shown at 3:30 p.m. each Tuesday at Marianna Black Library in Bryson City. Disney, Hallmark and other family-oriented movies. Popcorn is provided by Friends of the Library. Each attendee receives one free movie check-out. 488.3030.

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• Kids on Main festivities will be held from 6-7 p.m. May 23 along Main Street in Waynesville in conjunction with the downtown block party. Shops are sponsoring hands-on activities, balloon twisting, face painting, and a children’s area. Waynesville SWAT will again serve food. or 456.3517

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son at 6:30 p.m. on May 17 at open-air Maggie Valley Community Pavilion. New members are welcome to join the band. Rehearsals are from 7-8:30 p.m. at Grace Church in the Mountains in Waynesville.

• The Russ Wilson Quartet performs jazz standards, swing and doo wop at 7 p.m. on May 16 at The Classic Wineseller in Waynesville. $34.99 per person. 452.6000.

• The Josh Daniel/Mark Schimick Project (bluegrass, soul, reggae, rock n’ roll) performs at 7:45 p.m. on May 21 at the Strand in Waynesville. $10 in advance; $12 at door.

• Daphne & The Mystery Machines (Americana/roots) 7 p.m. May 16 at BearWaters Brewing in Waynesville. or 828.246.0602.

• A musical concert featuring local band Mangas Colorado (rock, outlaw country, bluegrass, folk) is set for 6:30 p.m. on May 21 in the community room of the Jackson County Library. Free, open to the public. For info, call 586.2016. Co-sponsored by Friends of the Jackson County Public Library.

• No Name Sports Pub (Sylva) will have The French Broads (blues/rock) May 16 at 9 p.m. 586.2750 or

• An “On Broadway” recital will be held from 7 to 8:30 p.m. May 22 at Encore Dance in Sylva. Tickets sold at the door. Cash only.

• Nantahala Brewing (Bryson City) will have The Paper Crowns (gypsy folk/acoustic) May 16 at 8:30 p.m.

• Historic Cowee School (Franklin) will have Jonathan Bryd & The Pickup Cowboys (country/blues) at 7 p.m. May 23 as part of their concert series. $15 per person, $75 for a season pass.

• The Lost Hiker (Highlands) will have Dustin Martin & The Ramblers (Americana/roots-rock) on May 16 at 9 p.m. 526.8232 or

• Legendary comedian Jay Leno will perform at 7:30 p.m. on May 30 at Harrah’s Cherokee Resort Event Center. Tickets start at $43. or 800.745.3000. • Tickets are now on sale for “An Appalachian Evening” summer concert series featuring bluegrass, blues, folk and old-time mountain music. The series starts on June 27 in Stecoah. Season tickets are $150.To purchase tickets, visit:

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• Innovation Brewing (Sylva) will have an Open Mic night at 8 p.m. May 13 and 20. • Innovation Brewing (Sylva) will have a jazz night with the Kittle/Collings Duo at 8 p.m. on May 14 and 21. • An open mic (pick, sing, concoct, yell, snark, dance or gander) event is set for 7 p.m. on May 14 at the Strand in Waynesville. • Frog Level Brewing (Waynesville) will have Sarge’s Dogs & Suds May 14 at 6 p.m., 454.5664 or • Frog Level Brewing (Waynesville) will have Jerry Gaff May 15 at 6 p.m. 454.5664 or

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• Water’n Hole Bar & Grille (Waynesville) will have DJ Side Three May 15 at 9:30 p.m. • Rathskeller Coffee Haus & Pub (Franklin) will have Pam McCall May 15 at 8 p.m. • Heidi Holton (blues/Americana) 6 p.m. May 15 at Andrews Brewing Company. Free. • Nantahala Brewing (Bryson City) will have Circus Mutt (rock/roots) May 15 at 8:30 p.m.

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• The Ugly Dog Pub (Highlands) will have Mangas Colorado (Americana/bluegrass) May 16.

• Harrah’s Cherokee will have Boston (classic rock) at 9 p.m. May 22.

• Guitarist, singer and songwriter Lee Roy Parnell plays Texas roots-music at 7:30 p.m. on May 24 at the Strand in Waynesville. $35 all seats.

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• Natti Love Joys (roots/reggae) at 7 p.m. on May 16 at Andrews Brewing Company. $5.

• Tipping Point Brewing (Waynesville) will have ‘Round the Fire (Grateful Dead tribute) 8:30 p.m. May 15 at 9 p.m. • No Name Sports Pub (Sylva) will have Ray Vietti & Chris Blaylock (rockabilly/newgrass) May 15 at 9 p.m. 586.2750 or • Bob Zullo (guitars, vocals) will perform jazz and pop standards from James Taylor, the Beatles, Eric Clapton and Carlos Santana at 7 p.m. on May 15 at The Classic Wineseller in Waynesville. 452.6000.

• Derailed Bar & Lounge (Bryson City) will have Karen “Sugar” Barnes & Dave Magill (blues/folk) at 7 p.m. May 16. Free. 828.488.8898. • Water’n Hole Bar & Grille (Waynesville) will have The Rocketz (punk/rockabilly) May 17 at 9:30 p.m. • No Name Sports Pub (Sylva) will have The Hooten Hallers (blues/hard rock) May 17 at 9 p.m. 586.2750 or • “Muddy Mondays Wine and Wheel Throwing” will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. May 18 at The Bascom in Highlands. Wheel throwing and wine sipping. For more information or to register, contact Anna Alig at 828.787.2865 or • Water’n Hole Bar & Grille (Waynesville) will have The Hooten Hallers (blues/hard rock) May 18 at 9:30 p.m. • No Name Sports Pub (Sylva) will have Watt Tombstone (Americana/folk) May 20 at 9 p.m. 586.2750 or • Rathskeller Coffee Haus & Pub (Franklin) will have Lip Sync Battle 6:30 p.m. on May 20. • Frog Level Brewing (Waynesville) will have Chris Minick (singer-songwriter) May 21 at 6 p.m. 454.5664 or • Karen “Sugar” Barnes and Dave MaGill perform at 7 p.m. on May 22 at City Lights in Sylva. • Nantahala Brewing (Bryson City) will have Soldier’s Heart (Americana/roots) May 22 at 8:30 p.m. • Tipping Point Brewing (Waynesville) will have James Stinnett (singer-songwriter) 9 p.m. on May 22. • Big Wesser BBQ (Nantahala Outdoor Center) will have Trees Leave (folk/rock) on May 22 at 6 p.m. • Rathskeller Coffee Haus & Pub (Franklin) will have Louis-Virie Blanche May 22 at 8 p.m. • Frank Lee (bluegrass/folk) 6 p.m. May 22 at Andrews Brewing Company. • No Name Sports Pub (Sylva) will have Dirty Soul Revival (rock/blues) May 22 at 9 p.m. 586.2750 or • Water’n Hole Bar & Grille (Waynesville) will have Tonology (metal/hard rock) May 22 at 9:30 p.m. • The Moon & You (cello, guitar, vocals) will perform Americana, folk, pop and originals at 7 p.m. on Friday, May 22, at the Classic Wineseller in Waynesville. For dinner and music reservations, call 452.6000. • Randy Flack will perform from 7-10 p.m. on May 22

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• BearWaters Brewing (Waynesville) will have a comedy show at 8 p.m. Saturday, May 23. or 246.0602. • No Name Sports Pub (Sylva) will have Darren & The Buttered Toast (soul/funk) May 23 at 9 p.m. 586.2750 or • Rathskeller Coffee Haus & Pub (Franklin) will have Ronnie Evans May 23 at 8 p.m. • Water’n Hole Bar & Grille (Waynesville) will have Ginny McAfee (singer-songwriter) May 23 at 9:30 p.m. • Mangas Colorado (Americana/bluegrass) at 7 p.m. on May 23 at Andrews Brewing Company. $5. • The Lost Hiker (Highlands) will have Porch 40 (rock/funk) May 23 at 9 p.m. 526.8232 or • Big Wesser BBQ (Nantahala Outdoor Center) will have The Freight Hoppers (Americana/bluegrass) May 23 at 6 p.m. • Joe Cruz (piano, vocals) will perform the music of the Beatles, Elton John and James Taylor on May 23 at the Classic Wineseller in Waynesville. For dinner and music reservations, call 452.6000. • Kristen & Her Jumping Jacks perform from 7:30-10 p.m. on May 23 at Fontana Village Resort. • Big Wesser BBQ (Nantahala Outdoor Center) will have Somebody’s Child (Americana/blues) May 24 at 6 p.m. • The Stompin’ Ground (Maggie Valley) is now open for live mountain music and dancing at 8 p.m. Saturday. 926.1288.


CLASSES AND PROGRAMS • The Lens Luggers Photographic Association is having a Field Photography through June 2 at the Waynesville Old Armory Recreation Center in Waynesville. Participants will meet Wednesday mornings and carpool to various locations to take photos of landmarks, wildlife and wildflowers. They’ll meet on Tuesdays to review the images. $48 per field shoot and $15 per Tuesday. Bob Brytten at 627.0245 or

• The sixth Creating Community Workshop is set for noon on May 16 in the atrium of the Jackson County Public Library. Hand papermaking will be explored. Instructor will be Frank Brannon, proprietor of SpeakEasy Press and printmaking instructor for Southwestern Community College. 586.2016. • A genealogy workshop is set for 1-4 p.m. on May 16 at the Macon County Public Library in Franklin. Free; reservations recommended. For info, directions or reservations, call 369.8030 or write Open to the public. • The Smoky Mountain Quilters Guild will have a meeting at 6:30 p.m. on May 18 in Tartan Hall in Franklin. A corn-and-beans pattern will be demonstrated by Susan Roper. Open to the public.

• Glass etching, an opportunity to create an affordable gift for yourself or others, is offered from 2-3 p.m. on May 21 at the Waynesville Library Auditorium. Sign-up required: 356.2507.

• A new comedy, one of Robin Williams’ last movies, will be shown at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, May 13 and 2 p.m. on May 14 at the Macon County Public Library in Franklin. Rated R for language and sexual content. Runtime: 1:23. • “Black or White” will be screened on May 14 at 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. at the Mad Batter Food & Film in Sylva. Free.

• Folk Festival Front Porch interviews will be held at 2 and 6 p.m. on May 21 at the Macon County Public Library in Franklin. Both showings feature interviews with Sue Waldroop and Fred Stiles. 524.3600.

• “Selma” will be shown at 7 p.m. on May 15; as well as at 4 and 7 p.m. on May 16; as well as at 2 and 4 p.m. on May 17 at The Strand at 38 Main in Waynesville. or call 283.0079.

• Chair Seat Weaving, an Extension and Community Association group, meets from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. on May 21-22 in the Conference Room of the Community Service Center in Sylva. $11 approximate cost, depending on project. For info or to register, call 586.4009.

• “Selma” will be screened by Groovy Movie Club at 7 p.m. on May 15 at Buffy Queen’s home in Waynesville. To RSVP or get directions, call 926.2508, 454.5949 or email Potluck at 6:30 p.m.; discussion will follow movie.

• Local Potter Connie Hogan and local artist Toni Kender will be featured artists for May at Tunnel Mountain Crafts in Dillsboro. Kender will paint small magnets from 1-4 p.m. on May 23. Shop is open from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

ART SHOWINGS AND GALLERIES • The Spring Into Summer Craft & Art Show will be from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 22-23 at the Macon County Fairgrounds in Franklin. Free admission and parking. Food by Roadside Eats. 828.349.4324. • The “Countdown to Ecstasy: A Faculty Biennial” art exhibit runs till May 29 in the Fine Arts Museum at Western Carolina University. Featuring professional and studio artwork from WCU faculty members. • An exhibit commemorating the life of Horace Kephart and his impact on the region is on loan from Western Carolina University for a display in Asheville from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday through Friday through June 30 at the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources office. • The graduating class of Haywood Community College’s Professional Crafts program will exhibit their best work at the 2015 Graduate Show held through Aug. 23 at the Southern Highland Craft Guild Folk Art Center on the Blue Ridge Parkway in Asheville. The Folk Art Center is open daily from 9 a.m. until 6 p.m. Admission and parking are free. 565.4159.

CALL FOR VENDORS / SPONSORS • A “Front Street Arts & Crafts Show” will premiere on June 20 in Dillsboro. Silent auction will benefit Community Table of Sylva. Food and entertainment. Vendors can apply at visit or Info: 954.707.2004. • Artists of all mediums are invited to participate in the seventh-annual fine art festival set for Oct. 3 in Dillsboro. Regional fine artists and crafters must apply by July 1. Cash prizes range from $25-100 for winners. To apply, go to, write, call 631.0900 or stop by the Jackson Chamber of Commerce. Food vendors may also download a food application. • A limited number of arts and crafts vendor spots are available for the 2015 Sweet Corn Festival, set for

• “Fifty Shades of Grey” will be screened on May 1516 at 8:30 p.m. at the Mad Batter Food & Film in Sylva. Free. • “American Sniper” will be screened on May 21 at 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. and May 23 at 8:30 p.m. at the Mad Batter Food & Film in Sylva. Free. • “Songcatcher” will be screened on May 22 at 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. at the Mad Batter Food & Film in Sylva. Free. • “The Gold Rush” starring Charlie Chaplain is set for 2 p.m. on May 22 in the Macon County Public Library Meeting Room. Runtime: 1:35. 524.3600. • “Still Alice” will be shown at 7 p.m. on May 22; as well as at 4 and 7 p.m. on May 23; at 2 on May 24, as well as at 7 p.m. on May 26-27 and May 29 and again on May 30 at 2 p.m. at The Strand at 38 Main in Waynesville. or call 283.0079. • “Dazed and Confused” will be shown for free at 9:30 p.m. every Friday and Saturday in May at The Strand at 38 Main in Waynesville. or call 283.0079. • A classic movie will be shown at 2 p.m. every Friday in the Macon County Public Library Meeting Room. 524.3600 or • A movie will be shown at 2 and 6 p.m. on Thursdays in the meeting room of the Macon County Public Library in Franklin. For movie title call: 524.3600.

• A workshop on Permaculture will be held from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. on May 15 at Dovecote Porch and Gardens in Cashiers. Workshop covers how to draw a dream garden with compost stations, greenhouse huts, potting areas and more. $125 per person includes light lunch and field trip. Pre-registration required: 743.0307 or • An introductory class to fly fishing, an extension of the “Becoming and Outdoors Woman” program, is set for May 15-17 through the Pisgah Center for Wildlife Education in Pisgah Forest. For ages 18 and up. Register at 979.218.3638. • A stream clean-up is set for 9-11:30 a.m. on May 16. Meet in Bi-Lo parking lot off Russ Avenue. Wear close-toe shoes and clothing that can get wet and muddy. RSVP by May 14 to Christine O’Brien at or 476.4667. • A float trip on the Little Tennessee Rivers is set for 1-4 p.m. on May 16. $35 per person includes a 1-person kayak or 2-person canoe. $10 shuttle/launch fee if you bring your own boat. Reserve your spot by contacting Molly Phillips at • The Haywood County Fairgrounds Truck Pull is at noon on May 16. $3 admission per person; ages 3 and under as well as active and retired Military with ID are free. Pre-registration for pullers is available at • Great Smoky Mountains Association will present “Smoky Mountain Birding” with Kevin Burke on May 17. $15 for GSMA members and $35 for nonmembers, which includes a one-year membership opportunity. or call 888.898.9102, Ext. 325, 222 or 254. • A casting for beginners, level 1, class is set for 10 a.m.-3 p.m. on May 19, at the Pisgah Center for Wildlife Education in Pisgah Forest. For ages 12 and up. All equipment and materials provided; bring a lunch. 877.4423. • An introduction to fly fishing/lake fishing class is set for 10 a.m.-3 p.m. on May 20, at Pisgah Center for Wildlife Education in Pisgah Forest. For ages 12 and up. Must have completed intro to fly-fishing or have equivalent experience. 877.4423. • The Appalachian Trail Conservancy will hold a phenology workshop at 1 p.m. on May 20, at the Macon County Library in Franklin. • A bird walk along the Greenway, sponsored by the Franklin Bird Club, is set for May 20. Meet at Salali Lane at 8 a.m. 524.5234. • Haywood County Pesticide Collection Day is from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. on May 20, at Haywood County Extension Center. Dispose of pesticides at your home or farm that you no longer use or need. 456.3575. • An Introduction to Tenkara, a form of traditional Japanese fly-fishing, will be presented by Jason Sparks from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. on May 23, at Pisgah Center for Wildlife Education in Pisgah Forest. 877.4423. For ages 14 and up.

Outdoors • A bird walk along the Greenway, sponsored by the Franklin Bird Club, is set for May 13. Meet at the Macon County Public Library parking area at 8 a.m. 524.5234. • Jack Johnston will lead a Franklin Bird Club walk on May 14 at Queen Branch. 524.5234. • A spring wildflower walk of Highlands Aerial Park is set for May 15 in Scaly Mountain. Moderate, 1-mile loop. Observe the diversity of spring wildflowers in the mountains. $5. Van leaves at 10 a.m. from Cashiers Recreation Center. For info, contact Max Lanning at

• “Bogs, Bugs and Beavers,” two guided walks along the Pink Beds Trail, are set for 10:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. on May 23, at the Cradle of Forestry. $5 for adults; kids 15 and under are free. or 877.3130. • Practice fly-fishing skills under the supervision of instructors from 9 a.m.-noon on May 25, at Pisgah Center for Wildlife Education in Pisgah Forest. 877.4423. For ages 12 and up.

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• An “All Singing Call Dance” will be hosted by the High Mountain Squares from 6:30-9 p.m. on May 15 at the Macon County Community Building in Franklin. Dr. Jim Duncan of Otto will be the caller. Everyone welcome. 371.4946, 342.1560, 332.0001 or

• A Ceramic Bells workshop with Allison Anne Brown will be from 10 a.m. to noon May 19 at The Bascom in Highlands. The class will be making ceramic bells and learn techniques such as pinching and coil building. Cost is $25. 828.787.2865 or

FILM & SCREEN • The drama/comedy film “Age of Adaline” (May 1321) will be screened at the Highlands Playhouse. Tickets are $9. For show times, go to or 631.2020.

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• Meta Commerse, an instructor at Haywood Community College, will present “The Mending Time” at 3 p.m. on May 23, Blue Ridge Bookstore in Waynesville.

• The Plastic Canvas Craft, Cane Creek Extension and Community Association group meets at 6 p.m. on May 19 at a location to be determined. 586.4009.

July 11 at St. Cyprian’s Church in Franklin. 369.6997.

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• The Ugly Dog Pub (Highlands) will have Fish Out of Water (rock/funk) May 22-23.

• The Sew Easy Girls Extension and Community Association group meets at 1 p.m. on May 18 in the Conference Room of the Community Service Center in Sylva.

• Rain barrels are for sale throughout spring for $80.25 each at the USDA Agriculture Service Center in Waynesville. 476.4667 or • Boating safety courses will be offered by Haywood Community College’s Department of Arts, Sciences


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and Natural Resources from 6-9:30 p.m. on May 2728 in Building 3300, Room 3322 in Clyde. Registration is required at • A bird walk along the Greenway, sponsored by the Franklin Bird Club, is set for 8 a.m. on May 27. Meet at Macon County Public Library parking area. 524.5234.

COMPETITIVE EDGE • Haywood Regional Medical Center, in collaboration with American Heart Association, will present HeartChase from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. on May 16 at the Haywood Regional Health & Fitness Center in Clyde. Registration starts at 9 a.m. HeartChase is an interactive event that moves teams of five through 12 heart-healthy activities. All funds raised go to the American Heart Association. or 800.424.DOCS. • A Collier Lilly Ride for Outward Bound will be held on May 24 the last day of the 15th Mountain Sports Festival in Asheville. Riders will complete 8,600 feet of climbing. The ride honors the memory of Lilly, a graduate from the North Carolina Outward Bound School. • The Good Samaritan Cycle 2015, a fundraising event to benefit the Good Samaritan Clinic of Jackson County, is scheduled for May 29-31. Teams of four cyclists apiece will ride a combined 427 miles from Murphy to Sylva. • Run for the Park 5K run and walk is set for 8 a.m. on May 30 in Highlands. Run starts at the corner of Fifth and Pine Streets. Pre-registration fee is $25 for adults, $20 for students (13 and older) and $10 for 12 and under. Race-day registration costs $35, $30 and $15, respectively. Register online at

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 or . Skip Taylor at 526.4280 or • A 5K Open Water Swim is set for July 12 at Lake Chatuge in Hiwassee, Ga. Register before early season pricing changes on April 1. Special prices for groups or teams of 20 or more. Register at 389.6982 • Early registration is open for the Blue Ridge Breakaway, a multi-distance bike ride set for Aug. 15 in Haywood County. Early bird rates are $41 for the 26-mile route through Aug. 1 and $46 for the 51-, 76and 106-mile distances. or 456.3021.


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• A Greenway Gathering program entitled “Can you describe your Soil” is set for 10 a.m. on May 21 at FROG Quarters of the Macon Soil and Conservation Service. • A workshop on soil-blocking and seed-starting is set for 10 a.m. on May 22, at Dovecote Porch & Gardens in Cashiers. Mary Palmer Dargan will lead the workshop. $25. Participants take home soil blocks ready to grow out and plant in their gardens. Light lunch will be served. To pre-register, write or call 743.0307. • The Hunter Community Garden in Haywood County is accepting gardeners. $35 per plot. Contact Sarah Scott at 456.3575.

• Free, hands-on gardening classes will be taught by Master Gardeners at 10 a.m. on Monday May 18 and Monday, June 1, at the Canton Branch Library. Learn

• The Macon County Community Garden Committee is now taking applications for garden space in the 2015 Community Garden. $25 per spot. 349.2046.



• The Nantahala Hiking Club will take a two-mile easy hike with very little elevation change on May 16, to Mud Creek Falls. Call leader Kathy Ratcliff, 349-3380, for reservations or alternate meeting place if coming from Highlands or Cashiers. • The Nantahala Hiking Club will take an easy 3-mile hike with 300 ft. elevation change along Jones Creek to a small waterfall with wildflowers possible along the way on May 17. Jean Hunnicutt, 524-5234. • The Nantahala Hiking Club will take a moderate sixmile hike in Panthertown Valley on May 23. 380-foot elevation change. Mike and Susan Kettles at 743.1079. • A hike in Graveyard Fields will be led by Haywood Waterways on May 23. Free, open to the public. Meet at Jukebox Junction Soda Shoppe at 9 a.m. to carpool; depart sharply at 9:15 a.m. Hike concludes by 1:30 p.m. RSVP by May 20 to Christine O’Brien at or 476.4667. • A half-day, five-mile hike organized by the Carolina Mountain Club is set for May 24. Bev MacDowell at 777.5806 or • The Carolina Mountain Club will have a 10.4-mile hike with a 2,800-foot ascent on May 24. Jeff McGurk at 864.921.6469 or • Carolina Mountain Club will have a 10-mile hike with a 2,500-foot ascent on May 25. Betty Smucker at 231.2190 or

• The Sylva Community Garden and The Cullowhee Community Garden have individual plots available for adoption. or

HIKING CLUBS • Carolina Mountain Club will have an 11-mile hike with a 1,800-foot ascent on May 13. Randy Fluharty at 253.1626, 426.9030 or • The Nantahala Hiking Club will take a strenuous eight-mile hike with 2,000-ft. elevation change on May 16 to Ramsey Cascade. Don O’Neal, 828-5865723. • The Nantahala Hiking Club will take moderate-tostrenuous 9.5 mile hike, elevation change 900 ft., on May 16 to Cabin Flats in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, following Bradley Fork to an old logging camp. Keith Patton, 828-456-8895. • Carolina Mountain Club is holding a seven-mile hike with a 1,100-mile ascent on May 16 from Pisgah Inn to Stony Bald Overlook. Judy and Jim Magura at 606.1490 or

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• The Sylva Garden Club will host a Garden Party from 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. on Tuesday, May 19, at McGuire Gardens at 558 W. Main Street. $10. Door prizes. All proceeds will be used to build a pavilion at Bicentennial Park to be used by the community.

• The Jackson County Farmers Market will be on Saturdays from 9 a.m.-noon on at its Bridge Park location in Sylva. or website


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• Cowee Farmer’s Market opening is set for 3:30 p.m. on May 19 at Cowee School – now the Macon County Heritage Center. Open until 6:30 p.m. Anyone interested in becoming a vendor can stop by the information tent or visit

• A gardening lunch and learn Extension and Community Association group will meet at noon May 14 in the Conference Room of Community Service Center in Sylva.



the square-foot gardening technique, which allows for great yield from a small amount of space. This is a Giving Garden program. 648.2924.

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The naturalist’s corner BY DON H ENDERSHOT

Avian adventures hat better way to spring into the season than chasing migrants across Western North Carolina? I was with the Franklin Bird Club at Kituwah on April 27 and we had beautiful weather and good birding. I had teased that trip by noting that Kituwah is one of the most reliable places I know of for finding bobolinks in migration. Well, you guessed it, after tromping all the fields we wound up bobolink-less. But the pain was eased by killer looks at orchard orioles and a group of female and immature blue grosbeaks plus outstanding views of normally hard-to-see white-eyed vireos. These skulkers, though quite vociferous, hardly ever come out of the dense brambles. However, on that morning, they danced and flitted about on the edges of their brushy homes giving great looks. We were having a great morning for sparrows, and by the time we got around to a spot along the railroad tracks, where white-crowned sparrows had been all winter, we already had six species — song, field, savannah, swamp, chipping and whitethroated. The white-crowneds did not disappoint. They were in beautiful breeding


plumage and we got a bit of lagniappe at that spot. A tail-bobbing palm warbler was foraging alongside the tracks and a two-bythree-foot puddle of water had the rapt attention of a northern waterthrush. Now fast-forward a week. I caught up with George Ellison and friends on their annual Great Smoky Mountains Birding Expedition (GSMBE) during their lunch break at Collins Creek picnic area in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. I missed the morning tour around Bryson City because I was at work — birding. After a two-year hiatus, I am once again contracted with the Forest Service (FS,) to do bird point surveys across the region. It’s a highly enjoyable yet quite intensive gig, with 213 points to survey between May 1 and June 15, from Hiwassee Dam to the Overmountain shelter along the Appalachian Trail near Roaring Creek and from Roan Mountain to Brevard; every available morning is spent in the field, darn it. After birding along the Blue Ridge Parkway, the GSMBE hit the fields (Kituwah) where we always finish Saturday afternoon. Orchard orioles and blue grosbeaks were again showing off and Monday’s absent bobolinks were present and account-

potential for a great annual event at the Ranch. One of the coolest aspects of birding is that something totally unexpected can occur at any moment. Last Saturday (May 9) I had finished my last Forest Service point of the morning at a beautiful spot — the end of FS Road 351-A in the Tusquitee District in Clay County — when some movement caught my eye. I got my binoculars on a small bird foraging in some bushes. It was backlit Bobolink. creative commons photo but I could see a yellowish-green spot on a gray back – diagnostic of northern parula. But then the bird turned its head and, whoa, black markings across the face and a long, heavy yellowthroated-warblerlooking bill. What in the world? I opened my Peterson’s field guide to the page that had northern parula and yellow-throatCataloochee Ranch for a short birding hike ed warblers on it to look at the markings to on the property. We had a nice walk around see if I was missing something and bingo: up top and got great looks at chestnut-sided there was a drawing of Sutton’s warbler, a warbler, black-throated blue warbler, northrare yellow-throated X northern parula ern parula, eastern bluebird, blue-headed hybrid. That’s what I love about birding! vireo, veery and more. This was part of a (Don Hendershot is a writer and naturalist. He “birding weekend” program that is in the can be reached a planning stages at Cataloochee. I see lots of ed for. With the day waning and the group looking forward to social hour, I urged them on to the railroad tracks where the northern waterthrush and palm warbler (two species lacking on our list) had been on Monday. Well the puddle was bone dry and the waterthrush and palm warbler had seemingly evaporated as well — ah, the vagaries of migration. On Friday, May 8, I joined four guests at

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