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CONTENTS On the Cover Bread baking, radio know-how, fire starting and archery might seem disparate topics, but they do have one thing in common: when the lights go out, they're life-saving skills. The third annual Heritage Life Skills event in Haywood County drew camping hobbyists, survivalists and preppers of all stripes to learn skills that have gone by the wayside in the face of an electricity-dependent modernity. (Page 8)

News Swain County may be closer to getting some Road to Nowhere money . . . . 6 ConMet is poised to move into Jackson’s old Tuckaseigee Mills building . . . . 7 Lake Junaluska residents weigh in on merger . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 A faith-based production plans to film in Haywood County . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12 Macon REACH continues making the rounds with funding request . . . . . . . . 13 Jackson County libraries requests funds, hope for the best . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13 Local educators await funding decisions from Raleigh . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14 School vouchers are back in play after ruling lifts injunction . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14 A judge sides with teachers, tenure-for-raises law unconstitutional . . . . . . . . 15 Vandals drive Sylva to buy more security cameras for town parks . . . . . . . . . . 15 SCC prepared to test shooting range soil for lead . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16

Opinion Haywood’s economic path was set early last century . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20

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Hope is on the horizon for partial Road to Nowhere settlement Stiffed again, and why does the government owe Swain money?

Congressman Mark Meadows, R-Cashiers, invited his predecessor former Congressman Heath Shuler, D-Bryson City (above), to testify alongside him in a Congressional subcommittee hearing this week in hopes of unlocking part of Swain's North Shore Road funding.

BY B ECKY JOHNSON STAFF WRITER $4 million payment to Swain County for the so-called Road to Nowhere cash settlement may soon be freed of the bureaucratic purgatory where it’s been parked for more than two years. A bill by Congressman Mark Meadows, RCashiers, that would force the National Park Service to turn over the $4 million intended for Swain County cleared a critical hurdle this week. It was heard by the Public Lands subcommittee in the House of Representatives on Mark Meadows Tuesday, and airing before a committee is a good sign it will advance to the House floor for a vote. “Due to government bureaucracy, the residents of Swain County are still waiting for funds that were allocated to their county,” Meadows said. The $4 million is merely one installment of

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the larger $52 million cash settlement promised to Swain County by the federal government for breaking its promise to rebuild a road flooded long ago in the construction of Fontana Dam. (See related piece Stiffed Again.) There’s no indication of when the bill to free the hung-up $4 million will go to the House floor, but Meadows said if the bill made it to committee, its chances of final passage would be high. It will actually be the second time Congress has appropriated the same $4 million check for Swain County. The money was first appropriated by Congress in 2012 as part of the National Park Service budget. But the National Park Service claimed that wasn’t good enough. Park service officials in Washington, D.C., wanted a specific, standalone authorization by Congress to turn over the $4 million. Out of the hundreds of line items in its budget, this one is the only one for which the park service insisted on a second layer of authorization beyond the budget document itself. “It was certainly clear the intention of this

When Fontana Lake was built for hydropower in the 1940s, it flooded homes, farms, churches, cemeteries, schools — and a long, windy, dirt road leading from Bryson City to Tennessee. The government promised to build that road back one day, but one day never came, stymied by not-so-small details like a half a billion dollar price tag or traversing 30 miles of Great Smoky Mountains National Park backcountry. After decades of bitter fighting, Swain County gave up its claims to the longpromised road in 2010 and instead settled for a $52 million cash payout — an amount derived from the monetary value of the road when it was flooded and adjusted for inflation and interest. Unlocking the $4 million currently held hostage by the National Park Service for the past two years will only be a modest victory for Swain County in the 70-

Watch online Go to and click on this story for a video of the Congressional subcommittee hearing on Swain’s North Shore Road money. appropriation. My comment to the park service is, ‘Either send it to Swain County or send it back to the federal treasury,’” Meadows said. “Four million dollars was appropriated and sits there and sits there.” One question now is whether the park service still has it laying around. “It is not in a particular bucket that says, ‘This is Swain County’s money,’” Meadows said. But they should still have it, barring rumors that it was spent fixing earthquake damage to the Washington Monument.

year-long dispute over the North Shore Road. “That is just back money,” said Swain County Commissioner David Monteith. And not all the back money at that. The federal government agreed in 2010 to pay Swain County in installments over the coming decade. But after an initial down payment of $12.8 million that year, Swain hasn’t seen a penny since. Twice, the annual $4 million payment was appropriated for Swain County as part of the National Park Service budget — but both times it failed to actually reach Swain County. • In 2011, the payment was appropriated but then rescinded mid-year after being caught up in an across-the-board clamp down on earmarks by Congress. • In 2012, the payment was again appropriated, but the National Park Service refused to release it, claiming it lacked clear authority to do so. • In 2013, the payment never made it in the federal budget. • In 2014, again, the payment never made it in the federal budget. — By Becky Johnson

Meadows has been trying to break the logjam over the $4 million since he took office in early 2013, picking up where former Congressman Heath Shuler, D-Waynesville, had left off before him. This week, Meadows and Shuler appeared side by side at the subcommittee hearing to make Swain’s case. During his time, Shuler asked the General Accounting Office to render an objective opinion on whether the park service could turn over the money in its budget without a specific vote by Congress saying it was OK. The verdict: the park service could release the funds to Swain County if it wanted to. “It was within their discretion to do so,” Meadows said. If it comes through, the $4 million will join the existing $12.8 million received to date from the Road to Nowhere settlement, which is held in a trust fund safeguarded by the state with the annual interest being remitted to the county.

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“They will have made the $350,000 investment,” he said, “so, I think it’s a win-win.” Commissioners approved the terms of the proposed contract unanimously. The county has been trying to market the former factory site for economic development purposes since acquiring it. A third of the building houses Lucky’s Tomatoes, which will remain at the site. The portion being occupied by ConMet was most recently home to QC Apparel and Stanton Woodworking, but has been empty for more than two years. “It does create these jobs, it does create a revenue stream and it does take that building up to current standards,” Wooten said.


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Prior to ConMet — or any other entity — occupying the Tuckaseigee Mills building, the facility needed some work. “Every time we took someone into that facility, the first question we got about that vinyl floor tile is, ‘Does that have asbestos?’” said Jackson County Manager Chuck Wooten. Recently, the county tested the flooring and found that it does contain asbestos. “I don’t think it’s uncommon to find buildings of this age that have this type of material in it,” Wooten said. County commissioners decided to have the facility remediated so that it could be leased. The job will cost nearly $70,000. “It’s about a two-week job,” Wooten said. The county manager said that the county was looking to remedy the asbestos situation at the Tuckaseigee Mills building before being approached by ConMet about leasing the site. The company did, however, have the same question about floor tiles as everyone else. “They’re another one that asked the question,” Wooten said.

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BY J EREMY MORRISON N EWS E DITOR he mostly vacant Tuckaseigee Mills factory in Jackson County will soon become a warehouse and shipping site for ConMet, a company that makes dashboards, consoles and custom-molded cab interiors for 18-wheelers. ConMet employs more than 700 people at two factories in neighboring Haywood and Swain counties. “Their business right now is just going great-guns,” County Manager Chuck Wooten told county commissioners during a recent board meeting. “It really is a good employer and somebody we’d like to have in Jackson County.” ConMet just last year undertook a $5.9 million expansion of its Canton factory. While ConMet is only eyeing the Tuck Mills site for a warehouse — with around 25 jobs — the move is a homecoming of sorts for ConMet. The company was based in Cashiers, but pulled out about 10 years ago, shifting operations to Haywood and Swain instead. Wooten announced at this week’s commissioners meeting that ConMet wants a three-year lease on the Tuckaseigee Mills building, a long-ago sewing factory that the county inherited when it took over the Economic Development Commission. “They have looked at this building probably four or five times,” Wooten said, adding that discussions had been in progress for a couple of months. Wooten shared the terms of the deal: the 66,000-square-foot facility would be rented for $48,000 annually and ConMet would also be required to invest $350,000 in repairs and upgrades. “They would like to get to work remodeling the site immediately,” Wooten said. The county manager explained that the company also wanted an 18-month “escape” clause that would allow it to exit the lease in a year-and-a-half. Wooten panned that prospect, telling commissioners such a clause shouldn’t be seen as a drawback.


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Back to the future Preppers learn old-time skills to ready themselves for times ahead BY HOLLY KAYS STAFF WRITER ire, smoke, and efforts to make more of both fill the event pavilion at Haywood County Fair Grounds on a chilly May morning that feels more like early March. The Dutch oven class gathers around a fire in the right corner of the open-walled building, the blacksmiths get ready for their afternoon class in the far end and a cotton ball flames placidly atop the green metal case that Doug Knight is using to hold flint rocks for his firestarting class. Class is in full swing, but nobody is paying the burning cotton any mind. They’re all too busy trying to ignite nests of frayed rope and char cloth with hardwon sparks from flint and steel. It’s harder than it looks.


Hal Jackson screws together the components of his portable yurt. Holly Kays photo

skills every prepper worth his — or her — salt needs to know? The third annual Heritage Life Skills event, put on by Waynesville-based Carolina Readiness Supply, fit the bill. Classes covered everything from bread baking to butchering to knot tying to radio communication. It drew locals and outof-towners, hobbyist campers and bona fide preppers. But even with such a spectrum of interest and geography, most everyone included the word “learn” in their reason for being there. “It’s always important for people to be able to function without having to rely on others, the government,” said Billy Sterrett, Carolina Readiness’ vice president of operations. “We’ve gotten lazy. Society in general has gotten lazy. Everyone’s used to buying their food. Well, what happens if inflation hits or it’s just not there anyJust like charcoal is partially burned coal that tends to more?” light up easier than fresh, char cloth is singed cotton Answer: you’ve got to that’s capable of catching a spark in a hurry. Having a know how to kill it, grow it, healthy supply on hand is one of the best ways to ensure cook it, preserve it and guard that you’ve got fire-building capacity to last, said fireit, all without help from Walstarting instructor Doug Knight, and it’s easy to make. Mart or the government. “You can do it on a campfire. You can do it at home,” “Everything you learn he said. “I don’t recommend it if your wife is at home — this weekend is going to fall make sure you turn the exhaust fan on.” back to fire and metal imple• Find a metal can with an airtight seal. Fill it loosely ments,” Knight tells his class. with cotton material such as squares of denim. He outlines a laundry list of • Close the lid and poke a hole in the bottom of the materials for getting a fire container with a nail. going quick — hanging • Place it over a hot fire with the hole facing upwards. flower pot liners, pine pitch, • As the material inside heats up, a tornado of brown cotton balls smothered in smoke will come out of the hole. When the tornado stops, Vaseline like the one burning the fire is no longer needed. Allow the fire to go out, but on the metal case — and leave the can there until it is cool enough to pick up and methods. A beam focused open barehanded. from a magnifying glass or • Start building fires. glasses lens, the old-fashioned flint and steel, a cigarette lighter. He schools his class on how to survive when modern infrastructure deserts get at least three more lights out of an empty them. What, exactly, that scenario looks like lighter (you have to remove the metal guard varies from person to person. “About six months ago, we had an ice at the top) and counsels them to pick up discarded lighters they find while strolling storm, and it knocked the power out in our community,” Jaymie Fulmer says. “After a through their daily lives. Just in case. “I have bookoodles of them in my pack,” couple days, people started panicking.” With the right equipment and skills at their Knight says. “I have these because I want to disposal, the Fulmers didn’t have to worry. work smarter, not harder.” They were even a little disappointed when the back on after “only” two days. EEPING WARM IN THE STORM lights“Wecame were actually hoping it would be out It’s great to know how to use flint and steel for five days so we could practice,” Mike says. Tammy and Tony Haney, who sell their because, after all, that’s the most basic way of creating fire, a method that doesn’t depend handmade bracelets at Carolina Readiness on sunlight to work or require a refill of fuel. Supply, put themselves in a similar category But the point of this event is to equip atten- as the Fulmers. They term themselves “everydees with the practical skills they’ll need to day preppers” and say they’re learning the

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Jaymie Fulmer blows a spark from her flint and steel into a blaze of rope threads and char cloth. Holly Kays photo


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“The philosophy is, be prepared,” Knight had warned them. “By being prepared, you’re going to have extra lighters, you’re going to have these things. But just in case, we’re going to teach you how to use flint and steel.” Flint and steel are an ancient combination that has been used to start fires for thousands of years, but it takes some skill to make a spark. There’s the angle of contact between rock and metal to consider, the speed, the sharpness of the edge on the flint, and, of course, the position of the char cloth and tinder waiting to receive the spark. If the spark doesn’t alight on anything flammable, it just dies uselessly in the air. “You have to practice, practice, practice,” says Mike Fulmer, who enrolled in the class with his wife Jaymie. The pair came all the way from Aiken, South Carolina. It was a long drive, threeand-a-half hours, but the Fulmers consider the trip worth it. Their trek was far from the longest, anyway. The fairgrounds parking lot boasted cars from Indiana, Georgia and South Carolina, but that’s not so much of a surprise. After all, where else can you find a three-day event dedicated to teaching all the 8




skills in preparation for inevitables like snowstorms, hurricanes and downed power lines. “You don’t have to wait for the apocalypse for it to pay off,” Tony says. Lauren Henderson, of York, South Carolina, agrees. She traveled to Waynesville mainly to learn some skills that will fuel her interest in camping, but there was a survival element to the decision. “I lived through Hurricane Hugo, and I wasn’t prepared,” she said. “I don’t ever want to do that again.” And plus, the classes are just plain useful. For the most part, they teach tasks that anyone’s grandmother would have lumped in the category of must-know life skills. “It’s just normal heritage things,” Tammy Haney says. “It’s practical. It’s not crazy.”


Diane Bush, of Lake Junaluska, came for the inherent value of the old-time skills peppering the course schedule — when I caught up with her, she was just finishing up her meat canning class — but her interest had a more serious undertone, too. “I think that our economy, our government, there’s going to be a collapse eventually,” she said. “I don’t know how soon, but I want to be prepared.” She’s not kidding. Bush and her family are looking at property, hoping to buy 10 acres or so to set up as a refuge just in case that happens. “You can’t even run your car if you have an EMP, and people don’t realize that,” she said. An EMP, or electromagnetic pulse, refers to a sudden burst of atmospheric energy that would burn out anything that depends on electricity to operate. It’s an acronym that hardcore preppers refer to gravely, a vulnerability of which they fear hostile nations taking advantage, sinking the United States back into


But for the prepper crowd, the other benefit to bow hunting is that it doesn’t require all the commercial components a gun does. Without the bullets, Wynne said, “your gun is nothing more than a club shaped like a gun.” Thus the bow. Wynne walks Waynesville resident Roger Tapp through the arduous task of loading a crossbow, letting Tapp see firsthand just how hard it is to draw that weight back. But Tapp is committed to learn. “I wanted to learn how to do archery because I may need it someday,” Tapp says when he’s finished his lesson. Someday, as in one day you might want to take up hunting, I ask him. No, he replies. “More like the doom and gloom thing” of terrorists causing an EMP, the government crumbling, civilization changing radically. “I think it’s a possibility,” he says. “I think it’s a strong possibility. In the future, it could happen. I don’t know the reason why it would happen, but there’s a huge probability that it can.” And if it does, Tapp says, archery will be a must-have skill. “Most people would have a gun,” he said, “but then you may run out of ammunition.”

BANG FOR THE BUCK As the class ends and I wander up to Building A, I run into someone who sees preparation as something that involves more than just the nitty-gritty skills of shooting your dinner and building a fire to prepare it, or even than tending the perfect garden and canning the results. “The average person spends $100; I spend $25,” says Jennifer Elswick, who is running a booth selling dehydrated food. But she’s there as more than a vendor. Come Sunday, she’ll be teaching a class on financial intelligence. Namely, how to coupon and buy in bulk. She spends about two hours a week clipping coupons and winds up saving $75 out of $100 on each grocery run. Time well spent, she’s decided.

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“My husband and I both got laid off in 2011, and if it wasn’t for this coupon and food storage, we wouldn’t have made it,” she says, offering a dehydrated strawberry. Economy is a big draw for many of the 100-plus people attending Heritage Life Skills. Canning food yourself is more costeffective than buying it from a grocery store. Raising bees yields honey and beeswax, a base for a plethora of products. And living in

Blacksmiths Andrew Pitts, left, and David Burress admire a well-made blade a firestarting student showed them. Holly Kays photo a yurt, well, that’s just a whole lot cheaper than building a house. Plus, you can relocate the whole thing in a matter of days. “If you buy a piece of land and you can’t afford to put a house on it but you really want to live on your land, it can be a great solution,” said yurt builder Hal Jackson, of Mills River. The business has taken off, Jackson said, and demand for yurts is rising quick. “Yurts are really hot right now,” he said while screwing together his demonstration yurt, in preparation for his 3 o’clock class. More permanent yurts take two to three days

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TAKING CARE OF TECH As Jackson finishes his preparations, Dave McCall, of Transylvania County-based McCall Technologies, is in the thick of his class on surveillance detection. “If you pick up your phone and call someone, it will send someone else a text,” he says, showing his class one of the many commercially available bugging devices to be on guard against. “This is not about Big Brother,” he says. “It’s about Little Brother. Your neighbor, or the guy sitting next to you.” Technology is constantly evolving, McCall says, so you have to stay informed about the myriad ways that exist to violate your privacy. That cell phone in someone’s pocket could actually be a voice recorder. The wireless network you join in Starbucks might not belong to Starbucks at all — the signal could originate from a hacker sitting in a car outside. That hotel computer? It might have a bug plugged into it, storing every piece of information you enter. Same with the network itself. You might be connecting to a fake one, and the thing is, there’s really no way to tell the difference. “You just don’t know,” McCall says. “You just gotta stay off it. Take a cable and plug in.” He’s serious about the threat, but McCall isn’t about to let fear ruin one of the best weekends of the year. You’ve got to be aware of the risks, he says, but that’s no reason to ignore the fact that many of the skills, and the people who value them, are just plain enjoyable. “It’s a lot of fun,” McCall says of the event. “You think you’d meet a lot of nuts, but you don’t. Last year I think I met one person with tinfoil on their head, and that was it. It’s just normal people interested in taking care of themselves.” And that, said Carolina Readiness coowner Jan Sterrett, is the point: learning how stuff works so that when the lights go out, there’s no cause for fear. “If there’s no power,” she said, “McDonald’s ain’t going to be there.”

a fire pit. • Cooking implements. • Transportation, including extra fuel for cars or motorcycles, a bicycle or a horse. • Salt for preserving foods. • First aid kit, including over-thecounter medicine and any necessary prescription medications and soap. Better yet, learn how to make your own soap. • Weapons, both for hunting and for self-defense. Extra ammunition is essential, though getting skilled in the bow-andarrow department is a good idea because it reduces that need. • Warm clothes. Of course, equipment can only go so far. To survive, you also need the skills to use it, and that’s where Heritage Life Skills comes in. “We just want to educate and teach people how to be self-reliant,” said Billy Sterrett, Carolina Readiness’ vice president of operations.

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Just how prolific bunkers are in Western North Carolina, or anywhere else for that matter, is hard to tell. They’re generally kept on the down-low, surreptitiously stocked in case of disaster by people who would just as soon keep their efforts quiet. “Most preppers do not tell what they have or that they are preparing, because then people will go raid those places,” said Heritage Life Skills attendee Diana Bush. However, Bush and other attendees were more than happy to share a checklist of what the conscientious prepper should keep in his or her stockpile. • Water and a purifying system. A minimum supply of 45 days is recommended. • Food for at least 30 days. Dehydrated food is recommended to create a compact stockpile that will stay good for a long time. • Alternate cooking method, such as a sun oven, a propane stove with extra fuel or

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“If you want to be quiet about what you’re doing, a bow,” Wynne tells his class in the fairgrounds pavilion Friday afternoon. “At 50 yards, half a football field, you are mine.” Of course, Wynne has been a competitive archer since the 1980s, with winning titles to his name and 16 years of owning Right on Target Family Archery in Waynesville under his belt to boot. He makes it look simple, but achieving any kind of accuracy takes some practice. “It’s the nut behind the bow that’s missing the target,” he tells his class. “The bow will hit the target every single time.” He unpacks a table full of recurves, longbows and crossbows, passing them around the seated group before turning to his collection of arrows, silencers, arm guards and even a fishing bow with accompanying heads. “Deer, pigs, there’s room for all of God’s creatures right next to the mashed potatoes,” he says, cautioning that he never shoots anything he’s not going to eat. But Wynne is certainly all about archery, whether it’s a means to fill a hunting tag or to prepare for the apocalypse. Because first off, it’s fun. That’s why Kevin Williams, 17, took the class. Bow hunting is a hobby he’d like to get started on. “I’ll be using this later,” he said.



something resembling nineteenth-century living. “It’s a warfare thing, and they can disrupt your power grid for the whole United States,” Bush says. “It would shut off your cell phone, your car,” Knight agrees. “Everything that has a magnet in it is fried. So how you gonna get home? You gotta walk.” Thus emerges an importance to his firestarting class that far transcends a hiker’s need to reliably heat up some Ramen. Because, as Knight pointed out, my backpack stocked with a single sandwich and bottle of water wouldn’t get me far down the road. Eventually, I’d have to boil some water and hunt some game. That’s where Les Wynne’s archery class comes in.



Lake Junaluska petition could move the ball in Raleigh on merger BY B ECKY JOHNSON STAFF WRITER he large majority of Lake Junaluska property owners and registered voters want to join the town of Waynesville, according to a volunteer petition drive carried out over the last six months. The petition drive captured the signatures of two-thirds of registered voters at the lake and two-thirds of property owners, signaling overwhelming support among the community for merging with next-door Waynesville. “When you look at the numbers we have gotten back, it’s pretty incredible,” said Ed LaFontaine, president of the Lake Junaluska Property Owners Association. The petition is the latest strategy for Lake Junaluska residents who are pushing for annexation into Waynesville’s town limits. Organizers hope it will be the key to advancing a bill currently before the General Assembly, which has to approve the annexation. The petition mirrors the results of a lessformal, mail-in survey of Lake Junaluska property owners early last year, in which twothirds of respondents said they supported annexation. Lake Junaluska was unable to win support for the measure from the N.C. General Assembly last year, however. Some legislators questioned the legitimacy of the mail-in survey. The survey was discredited for being anonymous and for posing a suite of questions with a sliding scale for each answer. So the petition was created as a second, more definitive measure of support. “This is a petition that addressed a specific issue with a defined outcome: ‘yes, I support annexation.’ It is one that provided a great degree of focus and removed any degree of ambiguity,” LaFontaine said. For now, the petition hasn’t been made public, but it may if it gets entered as evidence to the General Assembly. “People have asked us not to if we could help it, but people always knew that was an option,” Young said. “Our process is open. If anyone

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wants to come by and see how we are counting and what we are doing, we’ll show them.” The one-third who haven’t signed the petition don’t necessarily oppose annexation, LaFontaine pointed out. “When you ask people to sign a petition you get one of four responses. ‘Yes, I will sign it.’ ‘No, I won’t sign it because I am opposed to it.’ Three is, ‘I’ll put it on the corner of my desk and get to it.’ And four is someone who supports it but doesn’t want to sign a petition for whatever reason,” LaFontaine said. The jury is still out whether the petition numbers will be good enough to convince holdouts in the legislature. Anti-annexation purists don’t like the idea of even one property owner who’s outside the town limits being absorbed into town limits involuntarily. But that’s an unfair requirement in a democracy, LaFontaine said.

“This is a petition that addressed a specific issue with a defined outcome: ‘yes, I support annexation.’” — Ed LaFontaine

“You couldn’t get 100 percent agreement if you are passing out free ice cream,” LaFontaine added. Buddy Young, the Lake Junaluska public works director, said the extent of support should be telling. “If we only had 51 percent in favor on the survey we did a year ago, we never would have gone forward with this. We were all so taken with these numbers,” Young said. “We have done everything we can to poll the community and are now doing everything we can on their behalf.” Annexation has unanimous support among Waynesville’s elected leaders and two

A six-month petition drive netted signatures from two-thirds of both Lake Junaluska property owners and registered voters at the lake who support merging with Waynesville. Ed LaFontaine, president of the Lake Junaluska Property Owners Organization, was a leader of the volunteer effort. Becky Johnson photo

bodies representing Lake Junaluska homeowners; the Lake Junaluska Community Council and the board of the Lake Junaluska Property Owners Organization. A bill endorsing the merger sailed through the N.C. Senate early last year, with N.C. Sen. Jim Davis, R-Franklin, carrying the torch. But bills must pass both the Senate and House. And when it came to the House, some Republican legislators had misgivings, fueled by lobbying efforts of property owners who are against the merger. Davis has pledged to try again during the current legislative session, Young said. “Senator Davis has been very supportive of this. He has followed the process closely. He has assured us this is one of his top priorities this session,” Young said. Davis gave the bill a decent but not stellar prognosis. “I am hopeful we’re going to get that through,” Davis said. “I think the chances are better than 50-50. If it doesn’t happen, it’s not because I didn’t try.” There was a measure of risk when the team chose to embark down the path of a petition. If the petition didn’t paint the picture they hoped for, it would be too late to reel it back in. But LaFontaine never saw it as a gamble. “I was confident the community would support this. Particularly if the individuals saw the underlying analysis and the underlying construct for why we were looking to do this, for the viability of Lake Junaluska and the long-term health of the community here. That base resides with annexation. It doesn’t reside with independence,” LaFontaine said.

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BY B ECKY JOHNSON STAFF WRITER ake Junaluska residents spearheading the annexation effort realized they needed more and better ammunition to prove their case and sway holdouts in the General Assembly to let the community merge with next-door Waynesville. They had to show definitively the majority of property owners supported it, but how? An official election — held at the polls with real ballots and tabulated by the county elec10 tion office — is the accepted and democratic way to gauge


sentiment. But election laws don’t allow the lake to just order up an election at will. So proponents settled for the next best thing. Two petitions were crafted: one for all property owners, including those who merely have second homes or vacation homes at the lake, and one only for year-round residents.

PETITION #1 The one for year-round residents was intended to capture registered voters at the lake, theoretically mirroring the

Catching a lifeline or selling its soul? A merger with Waynesville is viewed as a rescue package of sorts for the 775home residential community with centuryold roots as a summer Methodist retreat. Lake Junaluska is burdened by crumbling infrastructure and is over-extended in the services it provides. It offers amenities on par with a bona fide town — water, sewer, police, trash pickup, street maintenance and the like — without actually being a town. Lake Junaluska leaders and property owners undertook an exhaustive year-long study of the pros and cons and concluded a merger with nearby Waynesville was the best way forward. Being part of a larger town brings economies of scale — be it tackling big ticket road, water and sewer repairs or simply providing day-to-day services. While lake residents would have to pay town taxes if absorbed by Waynesville, those taxes are less than what homeowners would pay out of pocket to maintain their infrastructure and services should they continue to go it alone. But holdouts who want Lake Junaluska to remain independent fear a loss of autonomy would undermine the community’s spirit and sense of place. Annexation by Waynesville would also be irrevocable.

results of an official election. Figuring out who is a registered voter at the lake proved problematic, however. “There’s people buying homes. There’s people selling homes. There’s people that die,” said Ed LaFontaine, president of the Lake Junaluska Property Owners Organization. The starting place was obviously voter registration rolls on file with the Haywood County Board of Elections. But it was rife with names of people who weren’t actually registered voters. “We identified 40 people off the bat we knew were dead,” said Buddy Young, Lake Junaluska public works director. While voter rolls are purged of dead people monthly based on in-state death certificates, those

The Jackson County Department on Aging will present two community information sessions from 3 to 6 p.m. Tuesday, June 3, at the Community Table in Sylva and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, June 6, at the Cashiers Library. Do you ever wonder how you will pay your medical expenses? Do you need more money for things like prescription drugs, electricity bills or food? If you answered “yes” to either of these questions and you’re a person with Medicare, help may be available for you. Medicare Savings Programs assist lowincome Medicare beneficiaries with out-ofpocket expenses associated with Medicare. The Seniors’ Health Insurance Information Program—or SHIIP—can help beneficiaries understand and apply for the financial help. With a monthly income of less than $1,458.75 for an individual and $1966.25 for a couple with resource limits of $13,440.00 for an individual and $26,860.00 for a couple you may be eligible to receive help. This does not include burial plot and $1500 for burial expenses or the home that you live in. 828.631.8037.

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who die in another state or simply move While the starting number is more static away can remain on the rolls for years. — there are 816 individual property owners A voter isn’t scrubbed from the roll until at the lake — those individuals change they go four federal election cycles without monthly as property is bought and sold. voting. Young even noticed his own son on the There were other variables, as well. The voter registration rolls, even though he had petition allowed only one signer per housemoved away more than a decade ago. hold, for example. If a home is owned jointly Since an accurate petition hinged on an by a couple, they couldn’t each sign it. accurate list of voters, the first step was cleaning up that master list. “We have a lot of people come An ad-hoc team met regularly at the Lake J public works office, into this office on a regular basis which doubled as the petition and say, ‘What can I do to move drive headquarters. “We have a lot of people come this thing forward?’ and we put into this office on a regular basis them to work.” and say, ‘What can I do to move this thing forward?’ and we put — Buddy Young, Lake Junaluska them to work,” Young said. “We public works director would sit around in the kitchen and go down the list and say, ‘Who The one-signer-per-household rule was knows this one? Who knows this one?’” also enforced for properties owned by severThe team also cross-referenced water al members of an extended family, held by bills and called the landlords of rental housan estate or owned collectively by a church es to verify whether a voter on the rolls still congregation. lived at that particular household. “It would skew the number if we allowed Names were only jettisoned from the everyone of them to sign,” LaFontaine said. master list if there was definitive proof the Likewise, property owners who own person had moved away or died. Otherwise, more than one house or parcel at the lake the name remained on, Young said. could sign only once — not once for each In the end, the number of registered votpiece of property they own. ers at the lake was pegged at 549 names, It’s estimated that half of the homes at after discounting 150 who are dead or no Lake Junaluska are seasonal, which means longer live at the lake. Two-thirds of those the owners live somewhere else for part or signed the petition. most of the year, and that meant tracking them down wherever home was. ETITION “It is always a work in progress,” Young said. ALL TOGETHER NOW The results were nearly identical to regisMeanwhile, the second petition designed tered voters. The petition team gathered signatures from two-thirds of property owners to gauge support of property owners carried in support of annexation. its own set of challenges.


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BY GARRET K. WOODWARD STAFF WRITER hree Haywood County towns will be used as filming sites for an upcoming feature movie. The film — a Catalyst Pictures project called “Chasing Grace” — is a faith-based thriller. Filming sites in the county will include the Canton Police Department, Canton Middle School and Haywood Community College in Clyde. Locations in Waynesville will include The Classic Wineseller, Walker Garage and the First Baptist Church and Director David Temple. a residence near Camp Branch Road. The production will kickoff on May 25 and run through June 10. Extras are currently being sought for the scenes. Those extras would not be paid, but put in the film as volunteers. “I know they’ll be using quite a few local as extras,” said Waynesville Town Manager Marcy Onieal. The film’s director, David Temple, spent his childhood summers at Lake Junaluska, where his father worked for the United Methodist Church. It was the ancient grandeur of the surrounding mountains that’s been cherished by David ever since. “Having grown up in the Blue Ridge Mountains, I’ve always been in love with this area,” he said. “We’re excited about filming there. All of our locations have been secured, the actors are showing up Friday and Saturday, and we’ll begin shooting Sunday. We’ll really be utilizing the natural beauty of this area.” Temple was reacquainted with Haywood County after meeting a local land Realtor

The Jackson County Republican Party will meet at 6 p.m. May 27. Winners in the recent primary races are expected to attend, and both run-off candidates in the the Jackson County Sheriff race — Curtis Lambert and Jimmy Hodgins — have been invited to speak. Plans for the upcoming North Carolina GOP Convention to be held in Cherokee are also slated for the agenda. This monthly meeting will be held at Ryan’s in Sylva. 828.743.6491 or

last year. He stayed at her house and gave her a copy of his book, Discovering Grace, which the film is based on. “I met David last year through a friend and welcomed them into my home as they prepared to film a pilot TV show in Asheville,” said Realtor Jackie Cure. “A week after their stay, I received a thank you card and a copy of Discovering Grace. As I read the story, it was easy to imagine [the small town of] Mission Grove, since I lived in Haywood County for 17 years.” After a series of email exchanges and messages, Temple decided to take Cure up on her suggestion to film in Haywood County. “[Jackie’s] relationship with this area, with us and the vibe are just great,” the director said. “The people have been so welcoming to us here — it’s incredible.” Cure introduced Temple to numerous people and places that she felt would work well as filming locations for the production. Eventually, the pieces of the puzzle began to fit together, thus leading to Catalyst Pictures finding its way to Western North Carolina. “All I found myself doing was sharing a county and the mountains I love deeply with a person (Temple) that loves their craft just asf deeply,” she said. “In my heart, I felt this was a thank you to Haywood County as it was a f small town whose people welcomed my fami- J ly 20 years ago with open arms. My dessert? I got an education in passion, community and connection, and I’m deeply grateful for it.” y Becky Seymour, video marketing manager for the Haywood County Tourism Development Authority, said she was “thrilled” about the film project coming the Haywood. “Haywood County has so much to offer to the film and TV world as a local destination,” Seymour said. The TDA recently revived the Haywood County Film Commission in an effort to plug into the rapidly growing film production industry in Western North Carolina, with “The Hunger Games” series being the biggest blockbuster shot in this region. Seymour heads the commission as its director. “Often, when approached with an opportunity like this, I work with residents of our community that I feel can send me in the right direction to find the location that’s going to seal the deal,” she said. “I’m extremely optimistic when it comes to the future of the relationship Haywood County can have with the production world.”


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The Appalachian Animal Rescue (Macon County Humane Society) will hold a pet adoption day from 3:30 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 27, in the Cowee Farmers Market at the Macon County Heritage Center in Franklin. Ian Moore, an energetic and entertaining mountain fiddler and singer, will perform. Information will be available about what North Carolina law requires for growers and producers of homemade and homegrown products to sell their products and how to go through the process. All activities are free to the public. The Macon County Heritage Center at old Cowee School, 51 Cowee School Drive.

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BY HOLLY KAYS STAFF WRITER EACH of Macon County won’t find out for another month or so whether its application for a $909,000 grant toward a new building gets approved, but the shelter for victims of domestic abuse is optimistic about the outcome. Already, REACH is working to raise the $303,000 it would need to unlock the grant, and the organization is knocking on the doors of county government for help. At the Macon County Commissioners’ meeting last week, REACH’s board president Bonnie Peggs asked the county to kick in $50,000 toward the match. “We can’t show pictures of victims of domestic violence. We can’t show the children who are impacted by that,” Peggs told commissioners. “All we can do is tell you the story and say that REACH is more than a shelter.” REACH provides victims a safe place to escape abuse, help in planning their next steps and plenty of other supports as per the acronym that forms its name: Resources, Education, Assistance, Counseling, Housing. Currently, REACH rents a farmhouse 7 miles outside of Franklin as its shelter. It has six bedrooms and a maximum capacity of 12 people, which it reaches more nights than not. During the first three quarters of the 2013-14 fiscal year, 14 families were turned away due to lack of space.


Local NAACP chapters elect officers Both the Haywood and Jackson county chapters of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People have elected officers. Haywood’s NAACP chapter elected officers in March. Chuck Dickson, a local attorney, was elected as president. The chapter also elected three vice presidents: Rev. William Staley, Rev. Reginald Eldridge and Phillip Gibbs. Rev. Walter Bryson will serve as treasurer, with John Vanderstar serving as assistant treasurer. The group elected Mary McGlauflin as secretary and Katherine Bartel as assistant secretary. The Haywood executive committee is comprised of Lin Forney, Mary Elizabeth Staiger, and Gail Mull. The Jackson Chapter elected its officers during a May 17 event at Liberty Baptist Church in Sylva. The Reverend Charles Lee, who serves at




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“It’s an incredibly heart-wrenching moment every time we say, ‘Our shelter’s full, we can’t take you in,’” Peggs said. The new building would be built on property REACH owns and would include 20 bedrooms, expanded common areas, a state-ofthe-art security system and an in-town location with easier accessibility. The organization hopes to break ground in November. Commissioners expressed support for REACH’s request and plan to discuss it further at their May 31 budget work session. “What I would recommend is to take it under advisement, serious advisement,” said Commissioner Ronnie Beale, who is a former REACH board member. “Being a landlord for 30 years, I’ve witnessed firsthand seeing things that happen,” agreed Commissioner Ron Haven, who has served on the REACH board as well. Jackson County, whose residents account for about one-third of shelter users, is considering a similar appeal. County Manager Chuck Wooten included REACH’s request for $25,000 in his 2014-15 budget proposal. “For years we’ve been looking at building a new shelter, and now we’ve finally come to the place where we are,” Peggs said. REACH is also accepting personal donations as well. Give at or mail to P.O. Box 228, Franklin, NC 28734.

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BY J EREMY MORRISON N EWS E DITOR ackson County Librarian Tracy Fitzmaurice recently pitched her first proposal for library funding before county commissioners. She asked for a bit of a jump in the their financial commitment. “I feel good about it,” Fitzmaurice said. Public libraries in Jackson County are part of the Fontana Regional Library System. The facilities — one in Sylva and another in Cashiers, as well as a portion of a mobile book unit — rely on various funding sources, but most of the needed money comes One expenditure the proposal from the county. Last year, Jackson County funded the suggests spending nearly libraries to the tune of $919,000. For the next fiscal $36,000 less on is books. year, Fitzmaurice has requestConversely, the proposed e-book ed a bit over a $1 million. The proposed budget prebudget is $3,000 larger, due to sented by the librarian lists more people reportedly increased costs for various expenses. There’s a jump of requesting electronic books. nearly $7,000 for equipment maintenance, and an additional $2,500 for audiovisuals. An library budget will have to be looked at increase of $32,000 is being requested for with narrowed eyes. salaries, upping that total from about “We’ll look at hours we are open. It $592,000 to $624,000. would mean reviewing staffing and seeing Fitzmaurice identifies the biggest need where we could cut down, which would as money for an 18 percent uptick in mean people losing hours,” she said. “We employee health insurance costs. would first look to see where we could cut “Which is almost a $1,000 increase per books. But, then of course, you’re offering employee,” Fitzmaurice said. “That was a the public less and less.” big jump.” For now, Fitzmaurice is waiting for the One expenditure on which the proposal commissioners’ response. They will considsuggests spending nearly $36,000 less on is er the county’s budget in June. books. Conversely, the proposed e-book “It’s always sort of hold your breath and budget is $3,000 larger. Those requests see,” she said, “and then do the best with apparently reflect library patrons’ interests, what you get.”

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with more people reportedly requesting electronic books. Fitzmaurice points out that while ebooks lack the tangible presence of their traditional counterparts, the price tags are actually higher per title. “They’re less affordable to buy, far less,” the librarian explained. “No, it does not make sense. It’s a publishing issue.” Fitzmaurice said that the relatively new media, while popular, has proven at times difficult. “Every publisher is different,” she said. “It’s a whole new world out there.” The librarian has found that “some publishers play well with libraries,” and others do not. “They don’t want libraries to check out e-books, they make it very difficult,” Fitzmaurice said. “Harper Collins will only let me buy a book and circulate it 26 times and then it disappears.” Jackson commissioners will be considering the libraries budget request, along with a myriad of other funding requests, later this month. If the funds aren’t available, Fitzmaurice said, the

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While local school leaders aren’t necessarily against pay raises for teachers, the raises can create a budget shortfall at the county level. While most teachers are state employees, local school districts supplement staffing levels with locally paid teachers. Their salaries must mirror whatever the state’s are, so when the state gives teachers a raise, counties must follow suit for locally paid teachers. “What that means is all our locally paid teachers will also receive that 3 percent increase,” Macon Superintendent Chris Bowen said. In Haywood County, it would cost about $170,000 to match the state’s raises for its locally-paid teachers. “This is just a rough estimate,” said Haywood County Schools Superintendent Anne Garrett said. Where that money will come from poses a problem. Ideally, county commissioners would give the school district additional money to cover the raises. But she doesn’t expect that to happen. “I do not,” Garrett said. “I’m just being honest with you.” So that means the school system must cut from other areas of education in order to come up with the money for the state-mandated raises for its locally paid teachers. “It would mean we’d have to cut positions,” Garrett explained, “unless we get an increase from our county commissioners.” In Macon County, the school system has already put in a formal request for a budget increase to county commissioners to cover the cost of raises for its local match — 37 of its total 350 positions are locally funded. The school system has requested a total $500,000 budget increase over last year — which was already $400,000 higher than the year before that. A chunk of that is to cover the pay raises for locally paid teachers. In Jackson County, the prospect of matching state pay increases appears less dire. “We will have to match that money, but we’re encouraged,” Murray said. — Reporter Becky Johnson contributed to this story.

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BY J EREMY MORRISON said he’s hopeful the legislature will do N EWS E DITOR something on the education front. orth Carolina legislators have “Teachers have been under assault,” returned to Raleigh for the General Queen said. “Are we going to stop that and Assembly’s short session. In the turn the tide?” weeks ahead, lawmakers will wrestle with Democrats equate the Republican eduMedicaid, coal ash and a $445 million cation proposals to lip-service during an budget shortfall. election year, an attempt to counter the “There’s a lot of things that we need to backlash over stagnating teacher salaries do,” said Rep. Michele Presnell, Rand education cuts in years past. Burnsville, “and I hope we stay in long “They aren’t even getting back to whole enough to do it.” yet. We cut the whiz out of them, then give The so-called short session of the legislathem back a small percent,” Queen said. ture falls in even-numbered years and can While legislators ponder the proposals, be as short as a couple of months, dependleaders in local school districts are hopeful ing on what legislators want to accomplish. that good news will flow from Raleigh. But The short-session typically tackles only the even good news presents its challenges. most pressing issues, with the majority of “I think it’s a step in the right direction,” state business conducted during the long said Jackson County Schools session in odd-numbered years. Superintendent Michael Murray, who also Also on legislators’ plate during the curcalled the measures “nowhere near enough.” rent session is Gov. Pat McCrory’s proposal Murray said he was particularly glad to to give North Carolina teachers a 2 percent see the textbook component of the goverraise, a more sizeable increase for earlynor’s plan — “we’re hoping that will career teachers, up the spending on earlyinclude digital learning” — as well as the childhood education and double the funds “Teachers have been under assault. Are — to $46 million — available for textwe going to stop that and turn the tide?” books. Sen. Jim Davis, — Joe Sam Queen R-Franklin, has called the governor’s education proposals “a noble goal.” aspect allowing for higher pay for teachers “But I haven’t seen all the numbers to with higher degrees. Murray also plugged make sure we can pay for it,” Davis said. the importance of more money for N.C. Presnell is tentatively embracing the Pre-K, a subsidized preschool program for governor’s proposals. While stressing fiscal low-income and disadvantaged kids formerrestraint, the representative said that her ly known as More at Four. constituents depend on a quality education. The program’s budget was cut by “Here in the mountains, a great educaRepublican lawmakers, which became fodtion is what they need,” Presnell said. “If der for an on-going lawsuit. Funding levels they don’t have one, they’ll end up at Taco aren’t enough to serve all the children who Bell and KFC.” qualify, resulting in waiting lists. Rep. Joe Sam Queen, D-Waynesville, “We need to do intervention in precalled the governor’s proposal “flat,” but school, not just kindergarten,” Murray said.



State court lifts preliminary injunction against Opportunity Scholarship Program BY HOLLY KAYS STAFF WRITER School vouchers are back on the table for the 2014-15 school year following a ruling in the North Carolina Supreme Court last week. In March, N.C. Superior Court Judge Robert Hobgood issued a preliminary injunction against the Opportunity Scholarship Program, preventing the voucher program from going into effect until the

court could hear the case and issue a final ruling. The Supreme Court ruling lifted that injunction, meaning that the state can proceed in offering the vouchers to students for the next school year. The order did not include a reason for the decision. “Today’s historic decision vindicates the over 4,500 parents who applied for their child to receive an Opportunity Scholarship and puts parents back in the driver’s seat of their child’s education,” Darrell Allison, president of pro-voucher group Parents for Educational Freedom, said in a press release. The Opportunity Scholarship Program came from a law the N.C. General Assembly

passed last year, allocating $10 million to help low-income public school students pay private school tuition. To qualify for the scholarships, which would be worth a maximum of $4,200, students must be North Carolina public school students and live in a home that qualifies for free or reduced lunch. Proponents of the legislation say it simply gives families the financial power to make the best choice about their child’s education, while its detractors say that the law is unconstitutional. Specifically, the North Carolina Association of Educators and the North Carolina School


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Change could also come through the legislative route. Rick Glazier, D-Fayetteville, introduced House Bill 1075, which would repeal the Opportunity Scholarship Program. If enacted, the $10 million appropriated for the scholarships would go back into per-pupil funding. That allotment had been reduced in anticipation of savings when recipients of the 2,500 scholarships began attending private schools.

Boards Association say the law illegally provides public funds to private institutions and that the academic oversight required of eligible private schools is not stringent

enough to ensure that those students receive a quality education. The NCSBA suit also contends that the law’s implementation could lead to discrimination if private schools accepting voucher students screen applicants based on attributes such as religious beliefs. With the injunction lifted, the plaintiffs are hoping to have it resolved before money is actually paid out to the private schools, which would likely happen in September. “This case also is ruling that the law as written was unconstitutional. It really doesn’t require a lot of evidence, so this is doable,” said Ann McColl, general counsel for NCAE. “There is a little bit of evidence around the fact that private schools are not held accountable to taxpayers, but it’s still a relatively brief trial.”

process of selecting its 25 percent when Judge Hobgood ruled the law unconstitutional. “We still have not selected those names and presented them to the board,” Garrett said, although the school system had spent months developing a complex, multi-tiered

“I’m pleased that the court saw things our way, that something that was a constitutionally protected property right was indeed a constitutionally protected property right.” — John DeVille, Macon County teacher

formula to rank which teachers would get the 25 percent. The system had actually been adopted from the military, according to Haywood Schools Human Resource Director Jason Heinz. Administration was pouring over past teacher review rankings — focusing on rankings given in the categories of “leadership” and “methods of learning” — and using those rankings to base the 25 percent selection.

Anne McColl, general counsel for the NCAE, confirmed that the association will be appealing the pipeline aspect of the ruling. But she’s hoping the state thinks better of its potential appeal. “I wouldn’t be surprised if they appeal, but we felt very strongly about the strength of our case — that it’s a solid case — and though we would prefer not to spend the time and money on an appeal, we’ll do what it takes,” McColl said. — Reporter Holly Kays contributed to this story.

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that the court validated the view that “teachers should be protected from politics in the classroom.” “Clearly the people who are the most passionate about public education — teachers and school leaders — have been heard by the courts,” Ellis said. The ruling — issued in Wake County Superior Court — results in a permanent injunction against the law aimed at eliminating tenure by 2018, though it does nothing to protect tenure for teachers who have yet to earn such a status, or those who move to a different school district after having earned tenure at their current job. “I’m saddened that people who were in the pipeline won’t be afforded the same protections I am,” DeVille said, “and I think that won’t go our way on appeal.” Also in the ruling, Judge Robert Hobgood halted the implementation of raises for a select 25 percent of teachers on the grounds that the law didn’t outline a clear process for doing so. In both Jackson and Macon counties the school districts gave up on figuring out a formula to hone in on the most deserving teachers and instead settled on a lottery. “At the end of the day, they felt like it would be fine to do a random drawing,” Murray said. That random drawing was slated to happen this week. It wasn’t a task the superintendent was relishing. “It wasn’t an eenie-meenie-miney-mo thing to me,” Murray said. “In the end, I feel like I was being asked to do something I shouldn’t have to do.” Haywood County School District didn’t sign on to the lawsuit. But that wasn’t because the 25 percent law made sense to the district, according to Superintendent Anne Garrett. “The 25 percent, it’s bad for morale,” she said. “I’ve always had difficulty with this.” Haywood was still wading through the

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BY J EREMY MORRISON N EWS E DITOR ocal school leaders and educators are celebrating last week’s court ruling declaring a 2013 law that doles out a small raise for 25 percent of the state’s teachers — no more and no less — unconstitutional. The selective raise of $500 a year over four years came with a catch: any teacher who took it would have to give up tenure. “They can do stuff that’s hurtful. They can do things that aren’t productive,” Franklin High School social studies teacher John DeVille, a plaintiff in the case, said of the legislature. “They just can’t do things that aren’t constitutional.” Jackson County Superintendent Michael Murray said he’s relieved with the ruling. “It violated North Carolina and the United States constitutions,” Murray said. “It really does not stand up in court, and I will not put our teachers through this if we don’t have to.” The task of picking which 25 percent of teachers would make the grade and get the raises was assigned to local school districts. It’s something they grappled with for months, complaining there was no fair way to do it. “We felt it was divisive,” Murray said. The North Carolina Association of Educators initiated the lawsuit last year and was joined by school boards from across the state, including Jackson, and Macon school districts. At the same time, the North Carolina School Boards Association brought a similar lawsuit, which the court heard simultaneously with the NCAE suit. “I’m pleased that the court saw things our way, that something that was a constitutionally protected property right was indeed a constitutionally protected property right,” DeVille said. Following the May 16 ruling, NCAE President Rodney Ellis said in a statement


Judge declares 25 percent law unconstitutional

“We hadn’t actually developed our list yet, because this lawsuit came out,” Heinz said. “We were expecting this would happen. Or, hoping it would.” But the ruling could still change, because both the state and the schools are planning to appeal the decision. “[Senate Majority Leader] Phil Berger immediately indicated that he would be [requesting] the state to appeal, and I know that we have every plan to appeal as well in regards to the pipeline,” DeVille said, referencing the part of the ruling that would allow tenure to disappear for teachers who don’t already have that status.

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BY J EREMY MORRISON room had been repeatedly broken. N EWS E DITOR “They keep breaking the thing off to steal Vandalism is apparently still a problem in the toilet paper,” he said. “It’s $45 every time Sylva public parks. we have to replace one.” It’s a problem that cost the town about ten He also laid out the costs associated with grand last year to install four security cam- purchasing an additional camera: $2,000 a eras as a deterrent. But it wasn’t enough to do pop. the trick, so town leaders will spend another “How much would it cost to fence these $13,400 on more cameras this year. parks, so when they’re closed they’re closed?” “We’re still having a lot of vandalism in the asked Town Commissioner Harold Hensley. parks. It seems to be a lot of teenagers hanging Schaeffer said he thought the fence would out down there. It seems like we’re a babysit- be climbed. ting service,” Sylva Public Works Director “It depends on how high you put the chain Dan Schaeffer informed town commissioners link fence,” Hensley said. at a recent board meeting. “We just finished “They still get into the parks when they’re repainting all the tables down there, and closed,” Schaeffer told him. “We find them they’ve already scratched paint off and put their names down there.” Poteet Park currently has one Schaeffer asked the board memcamera, while Bryson Park bers if perhaps the town could ban unsupervised teens — ages 13 has three; those cameras through 17 — from being at the parks. Sylva Town Attorney Eric were purchased and installed Ridenour was skeptical of such the last year for about $9,000. proposition. “People that have done wrong, we can ban,” the attorney clarified, “but I don’t sleeping in the tubes.” think we can just blanketly ban 13- to 17-year“Well, if they’re sleeping…” Hensley olds.” began. Schaeffer told the board that it has been “Well,” Schaeffer clarified, “I think they’re “only a certain few causing trouble.” passed out.” Commissioner Danny Allen wanted names. By the end of the discussion commissionTown Manager Paige Roberson told him that a ers decided to dip into the town’s revolving couple of parents of some of the teens in ques- loan fund to buy some cameras. tion had already been contacted, to no avail. The town plans to purchase three new “So, the parents are taking the side of cameras for Poteet Park and two new cameras their children,” Roberson said. “It’s difficult for Bryson Park. Poteet currently has one to make them see another way.” camera, while Bryson has three; those cam“Yeah,” Schaeffer added, “I got cussed eras were purchased and installed last year talking to one the other day.” for about $9,000. Bridge Park, which currentDuring a budget workshop following the ly does not have cameras, will get one. town board meeting, the issue came up again. Commissioners will be considering this Schaeffer described to commissioners how $13,400 expenditure along with the rest of the toilet paper dispenser inside a park bath- the town’s budget in June.

SCC seeks DENR input in shooting range management

BY HOLLY KAYS STAFF WRITER outhwestern Community College is gearing up for some soil testing following a meeting with Robin Proctor, environmental chemist with the North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources, on Tuesday. SCC had taken the initiative to call the meeting as plans to improve its shooting range brought up the fact that an estimated 60 tons of lead shot have accumulated in the range’s clay berm in the 30 years it’s been in use. “Basically, as we move forward with the improvements to the range to improve the safety features of the range, any time that you start deciding to remove lead or anything like that, we felt it would be important that we include DENR in that conversation as well to make sure we’re complying with any regulations that are out there,” said Curtis Dowdle, dean of public safety training. SCC had originally contacted the Environmental Protection Agency, which referred them to DENR. The EPA has a guidebook recommending best management practices for range operation, but ranges don’t fall


under hazardous waste regulation as long as they’re in use. For that reason, Proctor said, range operators “very, very, very rarely” contact DENR asking for input. Proctor visited the range and found “a very nicely set up range with very little problems with runoff or anything.” The lead in the berm isn’t causing a problem now, she said, but SCC will test the soil surrounding the berm to ensure that lead isn’t leaching. The college will consult with DENR again in a few weeks when the results come back. SCC had approached Jackson County commissioners at their April 21 work session to request $1.5 to $2 million to install a new backstop at the range and construct a new entrance road so that range users don’t have to travel through the Tuckaseigee Water and Sewer Wastewater Treatment Plant to reach it. The new backstop is necessary, SCC said, because a buildup of lead in the berm was causing “splashback” when students in the college’s law enforcement training program and officers using the range to recertify fired into pockets of bullets already lodged in the bank, causing a ricochet effect. The college has leased the range since 1996, and it was built in the 1980s. In the decades since, no lead has been removed from the property. “That’s pretty standard for ranges,” Proctor said. “Most firing ranges, no one in the past


What to do with lead?

An instructor oversees training at SCC’s firing range in Jackson County. Donated photo really even thought that it was a problem.” “We have talked to companies a few years ago about removing lead, but because of the clay it is very work-intensive, a tedious task,” Dowdle said. “It’s very hard to move the lead out of a clay embankment.” Unless it’s being actively bathed in water, lead isn’t a very mobile substance, but lead poisoning can be debilitating or deadly. In a report SCC ordered from the Sylva-based engineering firm Lofquist and Associates last year to assess the shooting range situation,

lead came up. Lofquist recommended that the college take measures to reduce water contact with discharged bullets and periodically test the soil’s pH to make sure it’s not too acidic, since acid environments cause lead to leach more easily. The meeting with DENR was a first step toward addressing those issues, or at least finding out if there are any issues in need of addressing. “We’re just trying to be good neighbors,” Dowdle said, “just to make sure we’re following the recommendations.” 241-194



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State stance on more Medicaid for the poor unlikely to shift BY B ECKY JOHNSON STAFF WRITER epublican lawmakers in North Carolina are standing by their controversial decision last year to deny Medicaid expansion to 500,000 low-income people who otherwise lacked health coverage. Some Democrats in the General Assembly are pushing to revisit Medicaid expansion, however. The legislative season had barely gotten underway last week when a group of Democratic lawmakers introduced a bill that would reverse course on Medicaid expansion. The federal Medicaid expansion last year was aimed at millions of poor Americans without health insurance who didn’t qualify for Medicaid under the old criteria. Statewide, about 500,000 people who lacked health coverage would have become eligible for Medicaid under the expansion. North Carolina turned down Medicaid expansion, however — along with the federal government’s offer to pay the full cost of that expansion for three years, with states expected to pick up 10 percent of the cost after that. North Carolina was one of about 20 states to decline Medicaid expansion. N.C. Rep. Joe Sam Queen, D-

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Waynesville, said turning down Medicaid expansion made no sense. It’s a common refrain for Queen when on the political stump. Expanding Medicaid would have saved lives among those who need care but can’t

Jim Davis afford it, Queen said, citing a study by the N.C. Institute of Medicine. It would have created jobs due to additional healthcare services being provided and would have relieved the burden on hospitals who are left holding the bag when low-income, uninsured patients can’t pay their bills, Queen says.

Plus, it’s free money from the feds for three years. “Anybody who knows about economics is in favor of it,” Queen said. “This is money we have paid, through our taxes, into the federal treasury that would come back to

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this state. Right now, we are collecting the taxes and giving it to other states.” But just because the federal government would foot the tab doesn’t make it right, according to Republican lawmakers. Tax money is tax money, and spending federal dollars on new programs is the wrong move if the money isn’t there — and judging by

Two unfortunate consequences: a one-two punch for hospitals and the working poor donut hole BY BECKY JOHNSON STAFF WRITER Hospitals in North Carolina face a catch-22 of the worst kind: the $600 million kind, the kind they have no control over, the kind that involves politics. Hospitals in North Carolina are seeing a financial hit they can ill-afford after state lawmakers in the General Assembly turned down the federal government’s offer to expand Medicaid last year. It would have added 500,000 uninsured poor to Medicaid rolls. Now, those 500,000 people will remain where they have been: on the doorstep of the emergency room, where hospitals end up treating them anyway but have no hope of collecting. So-called “charity care” for the uninsured poor is taking a toll on hospitals, and on other patients indirectly. “The hardworking North Carolinians who pay their hospital bills then have to pay more,” said Hugh Tilson, executive vice president of the N.C. Hospital Association. But it’s also not good practice for the uninsured patients, who put off care until it reaches a crisis level. Or, who use the ER like a clinic. “One reason we support giving patients insurance is so they don’t have to come to the hospital to get their chronic diseases managed,” Tilson said. “For whatever reason, if expanding Medicaid is not what policy makers want to do, then we would like to work with them on another solution.” The hit to hospitals’ bottom line was particularly acute in

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rural communities with older populations — like Western North Carolina — where there are fewer patients on private insurance to offset the cost of the charity care. And then there’s the second conundrum caused by the lack of Medicare expansion. The federal government is notorious for not paying hospitals the true cost of treating Medicare and Medicaid patients. Patients on Medicare and Medicaid are a losing proposition for hospitals. The federal government doesn’t reimburse hospitals for the full cost of the care they provide. Hospitals have been clamoring for an increase in Medicare and Medicaid reimbursements, but last year the opposite happened. Hospital reimbursements were cut even further. The federal government pointed out that the blow would be softened, however, thanks to the Medicaid expansion and the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare. With more people on Medicaid and more people now insured through Obamacare, hospitals would have fewer charity cases to write off, and that should offset the hit from shrinking federal reimbursements. That didn’t work out so well for hospitals in North Carolina, however. They saw reimbursements shrink due to federal cuts, but didn’t shed charity cases as intended by Medicaid expansion. Ron Paulus, CEO of Mission Health based in Asheville, said he understands the concerns of some lawmakers over Medicaid expansion. But federal cuts in hospital reimburse-

The vote denying Medicaid expansion to 500,000 working poor in North Carolina last year was along party lines, with just one of the 170 state legislators in the House and Senate voting against the party’s position. Here’s how WNC legislators voted on a Medicaid expansion: ■ Sen. Jim Davis, R-Franklin: DENY ■ Rep. Michele Presnell, R-Burnsville: DENY ■ Rep. Roger West, R-Franklin: DENY ■ Rep. Joe Sam Queen, D-Waynesville: EXPAND the federal deficit, the money isn’t there. “Nothing is a good deal if you can’t pay for it,” said Sen. Jim Davis, R-Franklin. Republican lawmakers who turned down Medicaid expansion were also leery of a bait-and-switch, fearing the federal government might recant on covering the lion’s share of new Medicaid costs as promised. Estimates suggest the half million people who would have been added to Medicaid rolls in North Carolina would carry a price tag of $2 billion. While the federal government pays that bill for the first three years, the state picks up 10 percent of the cost after that point — and 10 percent of $2 billion is still a hefty load. Plus, Davis contends, Medicaid is already a drain on state coffers. “It is driving the state budget,” Davis said. “Medicaid is out of control. We are not the only


ments were “predicated specifically on the assumption that Medicaid would be expanded in all states.” • For Mission, the cuts come to about $300 million annually, without the ability to offset those cuts through Medicaid expansion, Paulus said. • For WestCare, which operates Harris Regional Hospital in Sylva and Swain Medical Center, failure to expand Medicaid is costing $600,000 annually. • Haywood Regional Medical Center does not have an estimate on the financial impact due to the lack of Medicaid expansion. And there’s even more to the picture than that. Hospitals with a disproportionate share of Medicaid patients get a special payment from the federal government, which recognizes the burden faced by fewer privately insured patients coming through the door. The special payments are based in part on the number of Medicaid patients seen by a hospital. “As a result, these payments will increasingly be made to hospitals in states that have expanded Medicaid, which will result in an accelerated punishment for North Carolina hospitals,” Paulus said. The uninsured poor also got a double-whammy when lawmakers turned down Medicaid expansion. Medicaid expansion was supposed to work in tandem with Obamacare. Obamacare was supposed to pick up where Medicaid left off. Assuming the poorest of the poor would be covered under expanded Medicaid, that income bracket wasn’t addressed by Obamacare. Subsidies to offset the cost of health insurance only kick in for the moderately poor, but not for the very poor who were presumably going to be covered by a Medicaid expansion, leaving them in a coverage gap.

ers even more points in the opinion polls than the move to deny Medicaid expansion. Meanwhile, it is unlikely that Democrats’ bill to expand Medicaid will get any traction either, despite Queen calling it a top priority for the 2014 legislative session. “It is the single most important thing we could do to help the economy this session,” Queen said, citing 400 jobs in healthcare that would have been supported by Medicaid expansion in Haywood, Jackson and Swain to serve the roughly 20,000 working poor that would have been added to Medicaid rolls in those three counties. Despite taking political heat last year for denying Medicaid expansion, Republican lawmakers haven’t warmed to the idea over the winter break. And since they remain in the majority, the Democrats’ bill appears dead on arrival in Raleigh. But if nothing else, the renewed posturing by Democrats to expand Medicaid could provide campaign fodder this fall. Jane Hipps, D-Waynesville, who is running against Davis, has already perfected her lines on Republican failings to expand Medicaid. “We didn’t look out for our state when that money was thrown away. By not expanding Medicaid we are putting a burden on our hospitals, so we are paying for it twice,” Hipps said.

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state wrestling with that problem. We have to address that.” When heading back to Raleigh last week, Republican lawmakers were less interested in dredging up the debate over Medicaid expansion, and instead hoped to tackle Medicaid reform during this year’s legislative session. Medicaid is an irksome wild card in the state budget — it simply costs what it costs, with little predictability of how many people will be on the rolls from year to year or what kind of health care they will seek. Medicaid costs grow year over year, to the chagrin of state lawmakers. But there is some room to whittle at Medicaid costs, Davis said. The state currently offers a more generous package of benefits to Medicaid recipients than it is required to. The state could reel in some of the optional services being covered and require bigger copays from Medicaid patients — which Republican lawmakers hoped to do under Medicaid reform this year. But tweaking Medicaid benefits requires federal permission, a process that could take years “lost in bureaucratic morass,” Davis said. Medicaid reform went from being at the top of Republican’s legislative agenda this year to second-tier status, behind the $400 million state budget shortfall and a teacher salary overhaul, which was costing lawmak-

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The northern portion of Jackson County will go without fireworks again this Fourth of July. Last year’s display in Dillsboro was rescheduled for December due to rain, but it appears future fireworks have been scuttled due to funding. “Fireworks require a significant investment in funds,” explained Jackson County Manager Chuck Wooten. In 2013, the Jackson County Parks and Recreation Department contributed $20,800 toward fireworks. That’s $11,800 for the Dillsboro display and $9,000 for one in Cashiers. This year the county is choosing to hold the funding and put it toward musical performances and community events in Sylva and Cashiers. Fireworks used to be set off in Sylva, but that ended when the old courthouse on Main Street was renovated and officials began fearing the fireworks could damage the structure. “We’ll never be able to do that again,” said Sylva Mayor Maurice Moody. The county then moved the display to a quarry in Dillsboro. But that locale is no longer optimal. “Over time, as the rock was removed from the quarry, the height of the ledge from which the fireworks were shot was lowered, thereby requiring larger shells to project the fireworks,” Wooten said. “This caused the price to increase and the number of shells to be reduced.” At a recent Sylva town board meeting,

Ron Robinson — fresh from his primary battle with victor Jane Hipps for a state Senate seat — pitched the concept of a July 4 laser light show on Main Street. He said the spectacle — with a price tag of $15,000 — would draw people to the town without endangering property. “My concern is this: we have not had an event like this for the past couple of years and people are going to Bryson City,” Robinson said. Sylva officials needed a tutorial. “Ron, I’m not familiar with a laser light show,” said Commissioner Barbara Hamilton. “Can you explain what it looks like?” “I’m kind of like Barbara; I’ve never seen a laser light show,” said Moody. “Is there sound to go along with it or just lights?” Robinson explained that a laser light show is “like Stone Mountain.” “There is music and also, like, a story,” Robinson said. “They tell a story, so it would certainly go along with Independence Day.” Sylva officials ultimately balked at the $15,000 price and the short planning window. After receiving a tepid response in Sylva, Robinson, who initially planned to approach Jackson County officials with the pitch, has dropped the laser show concept. A Fourth of July fireworks display can be found in Jackson County this year for those willing to head to Cashiers. The Village Green Council, in coordination with the Greater Cashiers Area Merchant Association, has secured sponsorship for the fireworks. — By Jeremy Morrison


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In 1908, Champion Paper opened in Canton. Perhaps no single event has had a more significant, direct impact on Haywood County. It gave rural mountain men and women jobs. It gave them money to purchase household goods and homes in town. The sons and daughters of these mill workers went to college and came back here as teachers, accountants, lawyers and doctors. And that ripple effect is still occurring today. At its peak, Champion employed well over 2,000 people, and today Evergreen Packaging still has about 1,200 workers at its plants in Canton and Waynesville. The paper mill helped propel Haywood County’s growth as an industrial and manufacturing powerhouse. In addition to Champion, by the 1950s and 60s in Hazelwood there was Dayco Rubber, Lee industries (a furniture plant), Wellco (a shoe factory), a tannery and a chemical factory. Haywood was still very rural, but it also had a growing middle class of work-

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To the Editor: Asheville is a town full of smart, aggressive people and a town with a lot more winners than losers. Anytime a city has an unemployment rate below 5 percent, it is obviously doing something right. However, there are a few people around Asheville who seem to ignore simple economics. They assume that taxing the rich will bring in more money to our state. If that were true Gov. Beverly Perdue would still be in office. Under her we probably had the highest tax rate in the South along with the 49th highest unemployment rate in America. In Western North Carolina we have thousands of second-home owners. In Jackson County, 47 percent of our home owners don’t

ers. In some ways Haywood was more like communities in the Midwest or Northeast due to this group of manufacturers. We had influence in Raleigh at the General Assembly, which helped lead to state infrastructure projects like the construction of Interstate 40 here rather than somewhere else. Today, news entities are constantly reporting about the loss of U.S. manufacturing jobs. That did happen for the first few years after the 2008 recession, but today the facts don’t bear that out. As the economy has recovered, the truth is the country and this region are adding manufacturing jobs. Both Editor Sonoco (a maker of plastic food trays from its Howell Mill Road plant) and ConMet (a maker of foam rubber dashboards for big rigs from its Canton plant) have added workers over the last few years. During 2012, Haywood added 387 manufacturing jobs.

Scott McLeod

he rapid pace of change these days often leaves many of us feeling helpless in its wake. Things change, then change some more, and finally a transformation so complete has taken place that very little of what we started with is familiar. Think the music industry, or what the phone in your pocket will do. Crazy stuff. But every now and again, one can look around and note things that haven’t changed that much. In some cases that is very reassuring; other times it’s scary. A couple of months ago I was honored when members of the Live and Learn group at Lake Junaluska asked if I’d be their guest and deliver a talk. With a two-month window to prepare something, I started thinking about Haywood County’s economy and where it might be heading. While doing some research, I was reminded of something that a Haywood local pointed out to me almost 20 years ago — the county’s economy was set on its current course during a 30-year period in the early 1900s, and very little has changed in the nearly 100 years since. Well, I’m not sure I agree about “little” changing in the subsequent century, but in many ways he was right. So what happened 100 years ago?

LAKE JUNALUSKA, TOURISM Lake Junaluska Assembly opened in 1908. Perhaps it’s not a coincidence that the paper mill and Junaluska Assembly were under construction and being created at the same time. The Appalachians were still an unexplored wilderness, a place where those with dreams and vision could make their mark. Lake Junaluska was one of the early mainstays of an already burgeoning tourism industry in Haywood and today attracts nearly 250,000 visitors a year. Methodists and their families visited the mountains for spiritual enrichment, and many bought homes. Children who spent summers here came back to live. Perhaps just as important when talking about Lake Junaluska is its cultural and civic legacy. I have no doubt that the intellectual life of this community has been more enriched by this religious center than anyone will ever be able to quantify. Whether it’s Jimmy Carter coming to the peace conferences or Elizabeth and Bob Dole just popping in our newspaper office when she was running for Senate — Elizabeth Dole spent time as a youth at Lake Junaluska — it has brought so many ideas and progressive people to Haywood County that its

live in the state. Gov. Pat McCory’s goal has been to lure some of these people back to North Carolina with our lower taxes. In a year and a half our state’s economy has improved and employment has been substantially increased. As a result, next school year our teachers’ salaries will be increased and there will be more money for education. Some people will never understand that lower taxes will actually bring in more money to the state. Jim Mueller Glenville

Don’t leave dogs in hot cars To the Editor: It’s that time of year again when the cool mountain air can rise rapidly by noon. I would like to remind others that it is very dan-

impact both economically and culturally is greater than most give it credit for. And now that the Lake is trying to position itself as both a conference center and still remain a religious center, its impact on the Haywood tourism industry will increase.

THE SMOKIES, THE PARKWAY The third event that happened in the first part of the 1900s was the creation of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and the construction of the Blue Ridge Parkway. These two national park units — along with the Pisgah and Nantahala national forests — have become the anchors of our tourism industry. As many know, the Canton paper mill was a catalyst for the massive logging operations that began to proliferate in this region in the early 1900s. That destruction of the wilderness galvanized socially conscious citizens to begin efforts to preserve what was left. And that led to the eventual creation of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park in 1937. The Blue Ridge Parkway came soon after that, and both of them started bringing in hordes of tourists as the automobile became a staple of life in this country.


So even today, Haywood is still dependant economically on these events that happened in the early part of the last century. But I think that puts Haywood in a good place. Tourism and seasonal residents are taking on a more important role in the economy, and that won’t change. With a still-formidable manufacturing base, that brings diversity many mountain counties envy. While Haywood has to find ways to keep these older industries strong and updated, it should benefit from its neighbors: Asheville and its still-soaring popularity to the east and the ever-growing, sizzling growth at Harrah’s and Cherokee to its west. All things change, but Haywood is still better economically than most mountain counties its size. (Scott McLeod can be reached at

gerous to take your dog anywhere that you have to leave them in the hot vehicle, even for a few minutes. Visitors to the area are prone to this, especially at grocery stores and restaurants. I have witnessed time and time again pets barking in a vehicle only to find windows barely open parked in the sun. The temperature inside the car will kill your pet or cause brain damage in minutes! If you encounter this, please try to assist in any way possible. I will run inside to have the owner paged and have no problem getting the negative feedback from the thoughtless owner. Many businesses here are pet-friendly. If you must leave a pet in the car, at least find a shady spot, leave the windows down enough for their head to be outside the vehicle. The best scenario is to leave them at home or in the motel room. Mylan Sessions Clyde

LOOKING FOR OPINIONS The Smoky Mountain News encourages readers to express their opinions through letters to the editor or guest columns. All viewpoints are welcome. Send to Scott McLeod at, fax to 828.452.3585, or mail to PO Box 629, Waynesville, NC, 28786.




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A TASTE OF NEW ORLEANS 67 Branner Ave., Waynesville, 828.246.0885. 7 a.m. to 10 p.m., 7 days a week. Curtis Henry opened A Taste of New Orleans to cater to the locals and become the place that’s always open that you can rely on for different, flavorful dishes every day. Serving Cajun, French and Creole Cuisine in a lovingly restored space, Curtis looks forward to serving you up a delicious dish soon. AMMONS DRIVE-IN RESTAURANT & DAIRY BAR 1451 Dellwwod Rd., Waynesville. 828.926.0734. Open 7 days a week 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Celebrating over 25 years. Enjoy world famous hot dogs as well as burgers, seafood, hushpuppies, hot wings and chicken. Be sure to save room for dessert. 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; slowsimmered soups; flame grilled burgers and steaks, and homemade signature desserts. Blue-plates and local fresh vegetables daily. Brown bagging is permitted. Private parties, catering, and take-out available. Call-ahead seating available.


Taste the Mountains is an ever-evolving paid section of places to dine in Western North Carolina. If you would like to be included in the listing please contact our advertising department at 828.452.4251

BOGART’S 35 East Main St., Sylva. 828.586.6532. Sunday through Thursday 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.; Friday and Saturday 11 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. Serving classic American food and drink in a casual environment. Daily lunch and dinner specials. Children’s menu available. Call for catering quotes. Private room available for large parties. Accepts MC/Visa, Discover and American Express. 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 handcut, 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.

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BREAKING BREAD CAFÉ 6147 Hwy 276 S. Bethel (at the Mobil Gas Station) 828.648.3838 Monday through Thursday 8 a.m to 5 p.m. (takeout only 5 to 6 p.m.) Friday and Saturday 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., closed Sunday. Deli and so much more. We roast our own ham, turkey and roast beef. Come try our new burger menu with topping choices from around the world. Enjoy our daily baked goods: cinnamon & sticky buns, cakes, pies and cookies. BRYSON CITY BAKERY AND PASTRY SHOPPE 191 Everett St., Bryson City. 828.488.5390 Offering a full line of fresh baked goods like Grandma used to make. Large variety to choose from including cakes, pies, donuts, breads, cinn-buns and much more. Also serving Hershey Ice Cream. Open seven days a week, 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.

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CHEF’S TABLE 30 Church St., Waynesville. 828.452.6210. From 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday dinner starting at 5 p.m. “Best of” Award of Excellence from Wine Spectator Magazine. Set in a distinguished atmosphere with an exceptional menu. Extensive selection of wine and beer. Reservations honored.

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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 11:30 a.m. to 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 6 p.m., and dinner is served starting at 7 p.m. So join us for mile-high mountaintop dining with a spectacular view. Please call for reservations.


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CITY BAKERY 18 N. Main St. Waynesville 828.452.3881. Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 6 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 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. 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 BRYSON CITY CORK & BEAN A MOUNTAIN SOCIAL HOUSE 16 Everett St.,Bryson City. 828.488.1934. Open Monday-Friday 8 a.m. to 9 p.m., Saturday and Sunday brunch 9 a.m. to 3p.m., Full Menu 3 to 9 p.m. Serving fresh and delicious weekday morning lite fare, lunch, dinner, and brunch. Freshly prepared menu offerings range from house-made soups & salads, lite fare & tapas, crepes, specialty sandwiches and burgers. Be sure not to miss the bold flavors and creative combinations that make up the daily Chef Supper Specials starting at 5pm every day. Followed by a tempting selection of desserts prepared daily by our chefs and other local bakers. Enjoy craft beers on tap, as well as our full bar and eclectic wine list. CORK & CLEAVER 176 Country Club Drive, Waynesville. 828.456.7179. Reservations recommended. 4:30-9 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday. Tucked away inside Waynesville Inn, Cork & Cleaver has an approachable menu designed around locally sourced, sustainable, farm-to-table ingredients. Executive Chef Corey Green prepares innovative and unique Southern fare from local, organic vegetables grown in Western North Carolina. Full bar and wine cellar. COUNTRY VITTLES: FAMILY STYLE RESTAURANT 3589 Soco Rd, Maggie Valley. 828.926.1820 Open Daily 7 a.m. to 8:30 p.m., closed Tuesday. Family Style at Country Vittles is not a buffet. Instead our waitresses will bring your food piping hot from the kitchen right to your table and as many refills as you want. So if you have a big appetite, but sure to ask your waitress about our family style service. FRANKIE’S ITALIAN TRATTORIA 1037 Soco Rd. Maggie Valley. 828.926.6216 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday-Saturday. Father and son team Frank and Louis Perrone cook up dinners steeped in Italian tradition. With recipies passed down from generations gone by, the Perrones have brought a bit of Italy to Maggie Valley. FROGS LEAP PUBLIC HOUSE 44 Church St. Downtown Waynesville 828.456.1930 Serving 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. HERREN HOUSE 94 East St., Waynesville 828.452.7837. Lunch: Wednesday - Saturday 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday Brunch 11 a. m. to 2 p.m. Enjoy fresh local products, created daily. Join us in our beautiful patio garden. We are your local neighborhood host for special events: business party’s, luncheons, weddings, showers and more. Private parties & catering are available 7 days a week by reservation only.

tasteTHEmountains J. ARTHUR’S RESTAURANT AT MAGGIE VALLEY U.S. 19 in Maggie Valley. 828.926.1817. Lunch Sunday noon to 2:30 p.m., dinner nightly starting at 4:30 p.m. World-famous prime rib, steaks, fresh seafood, gorgonzola cheese and salads. All ABC permits and open year-round. Children always welcome. Takeout menu. Excellent service and hospitality. Reservations appreciated. JUKEBOX JUNCTION U.S. 276 and N.C. 110 intersection, Bethel. 828.648.4193. 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Serving breakfast, lunch, nd dinner. The restaurant has a 1950s & 60s theme decorated with memorabilia from that era. LOS AMIGOS 366 Russ Ave. in the Bi-Lo Plaza. 828.456.7870. Open from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. for lunch and 5 to 10 p.m. for dinner Monday through Friday and 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Enjoy the lunch prices Monday through Sunday, also enjoy our outdoor patio. MAGGIE VALLEY CLUB 1819 Country Club Dr., Maggie Valley. 828.926.1616. Open daily for lunch and dinner. Fine and casual fireside dining in welcoming atmosphere. Full bar. Reservations accepted. MOUNTAIN PERKS ESPRESSO BAR & CAFÉ 9 Depot St., Bryson City. 828.488.9561. Open Monday through Thursday, 7:30 a.m. to

5 p.m.; Friday 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday 8 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. With music at the Depot. Sunday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Life is too short for bad coffee. We feature wonderful breakfast and lunch selections. Bagels, wraps, soups, sandwiches, salads and quiche with a variety of specialty coffees, teas and smoothies. Various desserts. NEWFOUND LODGE RESTAURANT 1303 Tsali Blvd, Cherokee (Located on 441 North at entrance to GSMNP). 828.497.4590. Open 7 a.m. daily. Established in 1946 and serving breakfast, lunch and dinner seven days a week. Family style dining for adults and children. ORGANIC BEANS COFFEE COMPANY 1110 Soco Road, Maggie Valley. 828.668.2326. Open 7 days a week 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Happily committed to brewing and serving innovative, uniquely delicious coffees — and making the world a better place. 100% of our coffee is Fair Trade, Shade Grown, and Organic, all slow-roasted to bring out every note of indigenous flavor. Bakery offerings include cakes, muffins, cookies and more. Each one is made from scratch in Asheville using only the freshest, all natural ingredients available. We are proud to offer gluten-free and vegan options. PASQUALE’S 1863 South Main Street, Waynesville. Off exit 98, 828.454.5002. Open for lunch and dinner seven 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 indoor, outside on the patio or at the bar. Reservations appreciated.

and desserts. 60+ teas served hot or cold, black, chai, herbal. Seasonal and rotating draft beers, good selection of wine. HomeGrown Music Network Venue with live music most weekends. Pet friendly and kid ready.

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

SPEEDY’S PIZZA 285 Main Street, Sylva. 828.586.3800. Open seven days a week. Monday-Friday 11 a.m.-10 p.m., Saturday 3 p.m.-11 p.m., Sunday 4 p.m.-10 p.m. Family-owned for 30 years. Serving hand-tossed pizza made to order, pasta, subs, gourmet salads, calzones and seafood. Also serving excellent prime rib on Thursdays. Dine in or take out available. Located across from the Fire Station.

PATIO BISTRO 30 Church Street, Waynesville. 828.454.0070. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Breakfast bagels and sandwiches, gourmet coffee, deli sandwiches for lunch with homemade soups, quiches, and desserts. Wide selection of wine and beer. Outdoor and indoor dining. RENDEZVOUS RESTAURANT AND BAR Maggie Valley Inn and Conference Center 828.926.0201 Bar open Monday thru Saturday; dining room open Tuesday thru Saturday at 5 p.m. Full service restaurant serving steaks, prime rib, seafood and dinner specials. SOUL INFUSION TEA HOUSE & BISTRO 628 E. Main St. (between Sylva Tire & UPS). 828.586.1717. Tuesday-Friday 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Saturday noon -until. Scrumptious, natural, fresh soups, salads, sandwiches, wraps

THE WINE BAR 20 Church Street, downtown Waynesville. 828.452.6000. Underground cellar for wine and beer, served by the glass all day. Cheese and tapas served Wednesday through Saturday 4 p.m.-9 p.m. or later. Also on facebook and twitter. VITO’S PIZZA 607 Highlands Rd., Franklin. 828.369.9890. Established here in in 1998. Come to Franklin and enjoy our laid back place, a place you can sit back, relax and enjoy our 62” HDTV. Our Pizza dough, sauce, meatballs, and sausage are all made from scratch by Vito. The recipes have been in the family for 50 years (don't ask for the recipes cuz’ you won't get it!) Each Pizza is hand tossed and made with TLC. You're welcome to watch your pizza being created.


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From welcoming backwoods front porches to raucous downtown stages, the music of Western North Carolina weaves together the rich history, passion and camaraderie of Southern Appalachia and its inhabitants. At the heart of this deep love and appreciation for music are the communities that proudly display their heritage by offering weekly performances for residents and visitors alike. “[The summer concert series] provides opportunities to engage community members in the arts, cultural events and entertainment,” said Michael Corelli, coordinator for the Western Carolina University concert series. “I feel it is a valuable event

BRYSON CITY TRAIN DEPOT SATURDAYS AT 6:30 P.M. June 7 — Boogertown Gap (folk/bluegrass) June 14 — Juniper (Celtic/Americana) June 21 — The Freight Hoppers (Americana/bluegrass) June 28 — Lonesome Sound (old-time string) July 5 — The Elderly Brothers (oldies) July 12 — Chris Monteith (Elvis impersonator) July 19 — The Grove Band (rock) July 26 — Porch 40 (funk/Motown) Aug. 2 — The Josh Fields Band (southern rock/country) Aug. 9 — Liz & AJ Nance (singersongwriter/folk) Aug. 16 — The Barefoot Movement (folk/instrumental) Aug. 23 — Carolina Bluegrass Boys Aug. 30 — Caribbean Cowboys (reggae/rock) Sept. 6 — Ian Moore & The Second Hand String Band (Americana/folk) Sept. 13 — Larry Barnett & Friends (oldtime/bluegrass) Sept. 20 — The Rye Holler Boys (bluegrass/gospel) Oct. 4 — To Be Announced Oct. 11 — Johnny Floor & The Wrong Crowd (southern rock/Texas blues) Oct. 18 — To Be Announced Oct. 25 — Blue Eyed Girl (Appalachian roots)

CASHIERS GROOVIN’ ON THE GREEN VILLAGE COMMONS FRIDAYS AT 6:30 P.M. May 30 — Blind Lemon Phillips (blues/rock) June 6 — Hurricane Creek (folk/rock) June 20 — Soldier’s Heart (Americana/folk) June 27 — Jackson Taylor Band

for people to participate in because it gives individuals the chance to come out during the summer evenings and listen to performers fill the air with amazing music.” And with the official kickoff to summer being Memorial Day weekend, numerous towns around the region will launch their free summer concert series. Everything from old-time bluegrass to gospel soul, rockabilly to honky-tonk country, will hit the stage for all to enjoy. History comes alive through harmonious voices, percussion and vibrating strings that echo into the ancient Great Smoky Mountains, as they have for generation after generation.

CHEROKEE MUSIC ON THE RIVER OCONALUFTEE RIVER STAGE SELECT NIGHTS AT 8 P.M. May 16 — A-36 Band May 17 — AM Superstars May 23 — Amazing Grace Ministries

CULLOWHEE WESTERN CAROLINA UNIVERSITY CENTRAL PLAZA TUESDAYS AT 7 P.M. June 10, June 24, July 8, July 15 and July 22. Artist lineup to be announced.


Mountain Faith performs at one of Sylva’s Concerts on the Creek. Mark Haskett photo

(blues/jazz/rock/country) July 4 — Fireworks Extravaganza with The Extraordinaires July 11 — Joe Lasher Band (country/rock) July 18 — Jeff Sipe Trio (jazz-fusion/rock) July 25 — Erica Nicole (country/singer-songwriter) Aug. 1 — Matt Joiner Band (rock) Aug. 8 — Rockwell Scott & Friends (jazz) Aug. 15 — Unspoken Tradition (bluegrass) Aug. 22 — Hurricane Creek (folk/rock)

July 12 — AM Superstars July 18 — Midnight Express Clogging Team July 18 — A-36 Band July 19 — Eastern Blue Band July 25 — A-36 Band July 26 — AM Superstars Aug. 1 — Will Hayes Band Aug. 2 — Running Wolf Band Aug. 3 — Running Wolf Band Aug. 8 — Will Hayes Band Aug. 9 — Eastern Blue Band Aug. 15 — A-36 Band Aug. 16 — AM Superstars Aug. 22 — Eastern Blue Band Aug. 23 — AM Superstars Aug. 29 — Amazing Grace Ministries Aug. 30 — Amazing Grace Ministries Aug. 31 — The Boomers

PICKIN’ ON THE SQUARE TOWN HALL SATURDAYS AT 7 P.M. May 24 — Macon Grass (bluegrass)/Dixie Darling Cloggers May 31 — The J.W. Band (country) June 7 — The Band Sundown (70s/oldies) June 14 — Taste of Scotland (festival) June 21 — Curtis Blackwell & The Dixie Bluegrass Boys June 28 — Gem City (gospel) July 5 — The Lisa Price Band (variety) July 12 — Earl Cowart (country) July 19 — Mountain Faith (bluegrass/gospel) July 26 — Elderly Brothers (doo wop/oldies) Aug. 2 — Charlie Horse (variety) Aug. 9 — Fast Gear (modern country) Aug. 16 — Tugelo Holler (progressive bluegrass) Aug. 23 — Michael Reno Harrell (singer-songwriter/storyteller) May 24 — Amazing Grace Ministries May 30 — A-36 Band May 31 — An Evening with Elvis June 6 — Will Hayes Band June 7 — AM Superstars June 13 — Eastern Blue Band June 14 — An Evening with Elvis June 20 — A-36 Band June 21 — Eastern Blue Band June 27 — A-36 Band June 28 — The Boomers June 29 — AM Superstars June 30 — Running Wolf Band July 1 — Will Hayes Band July 2 — Eastern Blue Band July 3 — AM Superstars July 4 — Amazing Grace Ministries July 5 — Amazing Grace Ministries July 6 — Amazing Grace Ministries July 11 — Running Wolf Band

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Aug. 30 — The Frogtown Four (bluegrass) Sept. 6 — Ms. Kitty & The Big City Band (variety/blues) Sept. 13 — The Rick Morris Band (country) Sept. 20 — The Remnants (rock) Sept. 27 — Paradise 56 (soul/oldies)



SMN: What will this new that brewery mean to you and what you do? DK: A typical day here is pretty cumbersome and pretty long, adapting pieces into the systems. It’s a lot of monitoring, a lot of changing parts. Climbing over things because I don’t have space to operate. The new facility will be computer monitored and run, and I had a little taste of that brewing at the Sierra Nevada facility, and it was pretty great. It motivated us to move forward. I’m grateful for what we have now, but the time has come to step up. We want people to know about this brewery outside of Asheville that is simply making great beer.

Sheryl Rudd and Dieter Kuhn of Heinzelmannchen Brewery. Garret K. Woodward photo

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have been with us 10 years to people who walk into the door today. And so for people to donate to that campaign, to contribute in that way, it’s huge and very touching. This is Dieter’s dream and his passion, and it really touches our hearts. SMN: You’re celebrating 10 years as a brewery. What does that number mean to you? DK: It means I’ve paid my dues. There has been a lot of positive experiences, developments in craft brewing and different ways of doing things that I’ve been proud of. There are concepts, information and the hard knocks of doing this, and we’ll apply all of those skills and lessons to the new brewery. And it’s those challenges, those new experiences, that get me out of bed in the morning everyday to come and do this.

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He was completely shocked. Standing in front of an empty warehouse in Dillsboro, which will soon be the site of his new The Liar’s Bench will hold its final performance brewery, Dieter Kuhn couldn’t of Appalachian storytelling and music at 7 believe almost 500 people had p.m. May 29 in the Mountain Heritage Center shown up at the recent launch at Western Carolina University. party of his new facility. Alongside his co-owner/wife The Sauce Boss will perform at 6 p.m. May 23 Sheryl Rudd, Kuhn is the man at BearWaters Brewing Company in behind Heinzelmannchen Waynesville. Brewery in downtown Sylva. The The Unto These Hills outdoor drama will run at couple has poured heart and soul 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday May 31-Aug. into the brewery, and now it’s 16 at the Mountainside Theater in Cherokee. time to celebrate — almost. 2014 marks the 10th anniverDarren & The Buttered Toast will perform at 9 sary of the business. It also marks p.m. May 24 at No Name Sports Pub in Sylva. the physical beginning of a longheld dream by Kuhn and Rudd. When they opened in 2004, The “Wesley Wofford: Beneath the Surface” Heinzelmannchen was the first exhibit will run May 24-Aug. 17 at The brewery to be established west of Bascom in Highlands. A reception will be held Asheville, a city that has become a from 5 to 7 p.m. May 24. craft beer epicenter over the last able to sip and enjoy their hearty German two decades. And through the years, brews straight from the mountains of Heinzelmannchen has survived and thrived, Western North Carolina. but now it’s time for the next move. With the 5,000-square foot Dillsboro The Smoky Mountain News: What was it warehouse, the planned brewery (aiming for like to see 480 people show up at your an Oktoberfest opening) would run on a 30launch party? barrel system. This is a “night and day” Dieter Kuhn: It was pretty overwhelming. change, Kuhn said of the location. By the We’ve been used to doing things out of [our numbers, the current Sylva brewery had an current location.] We have an extensive output of 300 barrels for the last year. With email list, social network and we have a great the new building, first year barrel numbers will hover upwards of 1,000 barrels on a 21st local following. And the things we’d have here, we’d get around 80 people or so. We century system that is capable of producing figured maybe 200 people or so [in the news 30,000 barrels. location], not ever realizing you’ve got a Though the reality of 30,000 barrels is scene going on. still some ways off into the future, Kuhn and Sheryl Rudd: [We saw] people we hadn’t Rudd are putting the plans into motion to seen in a long time, new faces and regular make this slow burn brighter and hotter, customers — it was amazing. where folks from around the world will be

SMN: You’ve started a crowdfunding campaign to raise money for the new brewery called “Gnome Nation.” SR: We launched that at our 10th anniversary party. We had a lot of people that we’re interested in helping. They weren’t interested in investing, but they wanted to help in some

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SMN: So what’s currently at the new way monetarily so we created this founders facility? club. Everyone who joins will get their name SR: There’s an empty warehouse waiting on the wall of the new brewery, and we’ll to be renovated. We have the plans, the have a preopening founders club party at the architectural drawings. It’s just under 5,000 facility. People can donate anywhere from square feet, a third the taproom, two-thirds $25 to $75,000. We’re looking to raise about the brewery. Outside we’ll have a beer gar$125,000. We feel so blessed by all of the supden. We’re taking one of the railcars there port and love we’ve gotten, from people who and making it into an outdoor bar. We’ll have a patio area there “We want people to know about where you can sit right by the creek. this brewery outside of Asheville

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HIGHLANDS SATURDAYS ON PINE KELSEY-HUTCHINSON PARK SATURDAYS AT 6 P.M. June 21 — Well Strung June 28 — Jerry Bones July 5 — Shane Bridges July 12 — Hobohemians July 19 — Telico July 26 — Ben Sutton Band Aug. 2 — The Lonesome Road Band Aug. 9 — Hi 5 Aug. 16 — Mangus Colorado Aug. 23 — Copious Jones Aug. 30 — Andrew Scotchie




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Oct. 4 — Blue Ridge (gospel) Oct. 11 — To Be Announced Oct. 18 — The Thomas Family (gospel)

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July 4 — Johnny Webb Band July 11 — Macon Grass Band July 18 — Southern Highlands July 25 — Mountain High Dulcimer Group Aug. 1 — Macon Grass Band Aug. 8 — Fred Kopp Aug. 15 — Johnny Webb Band Aug. 22 — Macon Grass Band Aug. 29 — Mountain High Dulcimer Group Sept. 5 — Curtis Blackwell Sept. 12 — Johnny Webb Band Sept. 19 — Southern Highlands Sept. 26 — Macon Grass Band Oct. 3 — Mountain High Dulcimer Group

SYLVA CONCERTS ON THE CREEK BRIDGE PARK FRIDAYS AT 7:30 P.M. May 23 — The Lisa Price Band May 30 — Caribbean Cowboys June 6 — Eddie Rose & Highway 40 June 13 — Buchanan Boys June 20 — Johnny Webb Band June 27 — Mountain Faith July 4 — Dashboard Blue July 11 — Emporium July 18 — Soldier’s Heart July 25 — Sundown


On the beat • John Morningstar & Stevie Tombstone, Brushfire Stankgrass, Darren & The Buttered Toast and Caleb Crawford will be performing at No Name Sports Pub in Sylva. Morningstar & Tombstone will play May 22, Brushfire Stankgrass May 23, Darren & The Buttered Toast May 24 and Crawford May 25. All shows are free and begin at 9 p.m. 828.586.2750 or • Michael Jefry Stevens will perform at 7 p.m. May 24 at The Classic Wineseller in Waynesville. There is a $10 minimum purchase per person. 828.452.6000.

Brewing Company in Waynesville. The Sauce Boss will perform at 6 p.m. May 23. The jam runs from 8 p.m. to midnight every Monday, with all players welcome. 828.246.0602 or • Craig Summers & Lee Kram, Reed Turchi, Helena Hunt, Bohemian Jean and Andrew of River Rats will perform at Frog Level Brewing Company in Waynesville. Summers & Kram play May 22 and 29, with Turchi May 23, Hunt May 24, Bohemian Jean May 30 and Andrew of River Rats May 31. Free. 828.454.5664 or

• Ginny McAfee and Smoke Rise will perform at the Rendezvous in the Maggie Valley Inn. McAfee will play at 6 p.m. May 23 and 31, with Smoke Rise at 9 p.m. May 24 and 30. Pianist Steve Whiddon also plays every Thursday evening and from noon to 3 p.m. on Sundays. 828.926.0201.

• The “Pickin’ in the Armory” will be at 7 p.m. May 21 and 23 at the Canton Armory. Featured performers will be the Green Valley Cloggers and Southern Mountain Fire, with live music to be determined on May 21. The J. Creek Cloggers and Appalachian Mountaineers will perform with the Carolina Band on May 23.

• The New Black, Jon Stickley Trio, Rye Baby will perform at Nantahala Brewing Company in Bryson City. The New Black play May 23, with Jon Stickley Trio May 24 and Rye Baby May 25. All performances begin at 8 p.m. Free. 828.488.2337 or

• The Caribbean Cowboys Trio, The Freight Hoppers and Granville Automatic will perform at the Fontana Village Resort. The Caribbean Cowboys Trio plays at 7 p.m. May 23, The Freight Hoppers at 8:30 p.m. May 24 and Granville Automatic at 7 p.m. May 24 and 31.

• The Sauce Boss and The Spontaneous Combustion Jam will be at BearWaters

• The Bubbles and Big Band will perform at 7 p.m. May 23 at the Highlands Playhouse.

Champagne, dinner and live music featuring the Asheville Jazz Orchestra. $85 per person. 828.526.2695 or • Karaoke with Chris Monteith, The Imposters and Soco Creek will perform at O’Malley’s Pub & Grill in Sylva. Monteith will perform May 23-24, with The Imposters May 30 and Soco Creek May 31. 828.631.0554. • “Freedom Rocks the Square,” featuring pop hits from the 1950s-1980s, will be held at 7 p.m. Friday, May 23 at the Franklin Town Square gazebo. Free. 828.524.7683 or • Productive Paranoia, Dakota Wadell and Brad Austin will perform at City Lights Café in Sylva. Productive Paranoia plays May 23, with Wadell May 25 and Austin May 31. Free. or 828.587.2233. • Carl Jackson, Larry Cordle, and Jerry Sailey will perform as part of the Songwriters in the Round at 6 p.m. May 24 at the Balsam Mountain Inn. $47, which includes a buffet dinner. 828.456.9498 or • The Freight Hoppers will perform at 8:30 p.m. May 24 at Fontana Village Resort. Harddrivin’ Appalachian string music. 828.498.2211 or

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On the street • The Rockin’ Block Party will be from 7 to 10 p.m. Saturday, May 24, in Waynesville. The Blue Ridge Big Band, Cutthroat Shamrock and The 96.5 House Band will perform. Kids on Main children’s activities will run from 6 to 7 p.m. • The All-Adult First Class Moonshine Car will be serving handcrafted Midnight Moon ‘shine from May 23 through Oct. 31 on the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad in Bryson City. Tickets are $98 for adults from May to September. Tickets for October are $104 per person. 800.872.4681 or


• The Maggie Valley Spring Rally will be May 23-25 at the Maggie Valley Festival Grounds. The event is open 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. May 23, 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. May 24 and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 25. $10 per person, per day. 336.643.1367 or 336.580.1638.

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• The Swain County Heritage Festival will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. May 23-24 at Bryson City’s Riverfront Park. Friday night entertainment will showcase local talent, with an emphasis on old-time gospel. Saturday enter-


tainment will range from classic country to Celtic and bluegrass. Local arts and crafts, food, contests and games for the kids will also be onsite.

We’ll add strawberries, blackberries — whatever we can get our hands on — so everyone can then taste what a difference those ingredients make in the final products. It’s very much a course for beginners, people who’ve not tried brewing more than one batch on their own before.” Cost for enrollment is $99. 828.339.4296 or

• A Spring Fling will be held from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, May 22, at the Mountaintop Wine Shoppe in Highlands. $20 per person. 828.526.2112. • The Blues, Brew and BBQ festival will be from 5:30 to 9 p.m. Saturday, May 24, at the Village Commons in Cashiers. Live music by Mac Arnold & Plate Full O’ Blues and The Rick Fowler Band. Admission is by accepted donations. VIP tickets are $65 per person or $120 per couple. 828.743.8428 or • A barbecue chicken dinner will be from 5 to 9 p.m. May 31 at Bloemsma Barn in Franklin. Silent auction, hayrides, dancing and live music by The Remnants. Tickets available at the Smoky Mountain Pregnancy Care Center and the Franklin Chamber of Commerce or at the door. $15 for adults, $7 for children ages 5-10 and free for children ages 4 and under.

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Frog Level Brewing to teach SCC brewing class Brewmaster Clark Williams, owner of Frog Level Brewing in Waynesville, will teach a beermaking class from June 3 to July 1 at Southwestern Community College in Sylva. To introduce a new generation of aspiring beer makers to his craft, Williams will be teaching SCC’s first beginning home brewing class. The class will run from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. each Tuesday. There will be one Saturday class from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on June 14. “We’ll all be fermenting the same style of beer, a pale ale,” Williams said. “After fermenting, we’ll introduce different ingredients into each batch.

The 12th annual Cherokee Gourd Gathering will take place at the Cherokee Tribal Fairgrounds from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 30 through June 1. The event is a gathering of gourd artists and vendors who share knowledge, tips and techniques on how to create all types of artwork from gourds. There are over 100 classes offered this year that are suitable for beginners and more advanced artists. Classes offered cover painting, wood burning, carving, weaving and many specialized techniques. Gourds are a unique canvas on which to create art — it can be traditionally inspired or modern, representational or abstract, functional or just beautiful. Vendor wares offered range from finished artwork to tools and supplies and, of course, a wonderful selection of raw gourds. Saturday night there is an auction of various donated gourds and artwork that is also open to the public and begins at 7 p.m.

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• The films “Monuments Men” and “Nebraska” will be screened at The Strand at 38 Main in Waynesville. “Monuments Men” will run May 23-24, with “Nebraska” May 30-31. Screenings are at 7:45 p.m. on Fridays and 2 p.m., 5 p.m. and 7:45 p.m. on Saturdays. Tickets are $6 per person, $4 for children. 828.283.0079 or


• A reception honoring weaver Susan Leveille will be held from 5:30 to 7 p.m. May 22 at the Jackson County Public Library in Sylva. • The “Wesley Wofford: Beneath the Surface” exhibit will run May 24-Aug. 17 at The Bascom in Highlands. A reception will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. May 24 at The Bascom. Wofford’s style is characterized by a dynamic use of form and texture. 241-203

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broader countywide population. The Council encourages applications that emphasize African American, Native American, Hispanic or Asian cultures. Persons planning to submit an application are advised to consult a representative of the arts council for instruction and information. There will be a grant application assistance day from 10 a.m. to noon and 6 to 8 p.m. May 29. The grant application is on the Jackson County Arts Council website under the heading of “Grants.” The applications should be sent to or Jackson County Arts Council, 310 Keener Street, Room 201, Sylva, N.C. 28779. 828.293.5675.

• Oil painter Jack Stern will offer a workshop from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, May 24, at the Uptown Gallery in Franklin. 828.369.9802.


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The Jackson County Arts Council is currently accepting applications for the North Carolina Grassroots Grant and the Jackson County Grant. The deadline for applications is June 30. Funding for these grants is contingent upon the Jackson County Arts Council receiving grant funding from the North Carolina Arts Council and Jackson County as the designated granting partner. Qualified organizations such as theater groups, galleries, choruses, art educators, orchestras and other non-profit organizations may apply for funding. The public schools may also apply to provide cultural enrichment programs in the schools. Colleges and universities may apply for funding if the proposed program will serve the

Through the end of May, all six libraries in the Fontana Regional Library system are hosting an exhibit entitled, “Fewer Footprints and More Tears: Commemorating the 175th Anniversary of the Trail of Tears,” by Dr. R. Michael Abram and his wife Dr. Susan Abram in conjunction with the North Carolina Chapter of the Trail of Tears Association. The forced march of the Cherokee took place from 1838 to 1839. “As the approximately 16,000 Cherokee left, there were a lot of footprints, but as they went along there were more and more deaths and fewer footprints,” said Abram. “And more tears, because of the sorrow and sadness and grief for the ones lost as well as leaving their homeland.” Parts of the comprehensive exhibit are on display at each of the six FRL libraries in Sylva, Franklin, Highlands, Cashiers, Bryson City and Nantahala. At each library, different aspects of the Trail of Tears are highlighted, represented by documents, maps and artwork in various media, including paintings, wood and stone sculptures, textiles and pottery. Also included are items, images and newspaper articles from contemporary events — such as the Remember the Trail Bike Ride — commemorating the 175th anniversary of the Trail of Tears.

• A basic knitting class will run from 10 a.m. to noon every Tuesday at the Jackson County Senior Center in Sylva. Bring your own yarn and needles. Free. 828.586.4944.

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The Liar’s Bench will hold its final performance of Appalachian storytelling and music at 7 p.m. May 29 in the Mountain Heritage Center at Western Carolina University. Anne Lough is a nationally known traditional musician, highly acclaimed for her skill as a performer and educator. She has a music education degree from Murray State University and a Master of Music Education degree from WCU.

Dedicated to the preservation of traditional music, stories and folklore, she now devotes her time to festivals, road scholar classes, workshops, performances and school residencies. Her artistic interpretation, sensitive playing style, versatility, creative arranging and skill as an instructor have given her opportunities to share the music and inspire students in major venues of the dulcimer community. or 828.269.7844.

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The “Unto These Hills” outdoor drama will run at 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday May 31-Aug. 16 at the Mountainside Theater in Cherokee. The acclaimed outdoor drama traces the Cherokee people through the eons, through the zenith of their power, through the heartbreak of the Trail of Tears, finally ending, appropriately, in the present day, where the Cherokee people, much like their newly re-scripted drama, continue to rewrite their place in the world. General admission tickets are $20 for adults, $10 for children ages 6-12 and free for children under age 5. Reserved tickets also available. 866.554.4557 or

Neil Sedaka musical comedy comes to HART The musical comedy “Breaking Up is Hard to Do” will be at 7:30 p.m. May 23, 24, 30, 31 and June 6, 7, 13, 14 and at 3 p.m. May 25, June 1, 8 and 15 at the HART Theatre in Waynesville. Featuring the music of Neil Sedaka, the production is set in the Catskills at Esther’s Paradise Resort on Labor Day Weekend in 1960. Marge and her best friend Lois arrive on a vacation that was intended to be Marge’s honeymoon – until the groom left her at the altar. They of course get swept up in the

atmosphere and Lois begins matchmaking with the club’s lead singer, the ambitious Del Demonico. Sedaka has had a bountiful career. He began as a songwriter in the 1950s, creating a series of hits for Connie Frances and continued to ride a wave of success until the British invasion in 1964 with The Beatles. He also wrote for The Carpenters, The Monkees, The Captain and Tennille, Sinatra and Natalie Cole. Tickets are $24 for adults, $20 for seniors and $10 for students. There will be a special $8 discount tickets for students for Thursdays and Sundays. 828.456.6322 or

Books Social media gone awry in this compelling novel I Smoky Mountain News

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n recent years, I have developed a growing discomfort with the Internet. Services like Facebook, Amazon, Linked-in have become increasingly ... well, personal. They want to know how I am doing, mentally and physically (at times they sound like a nosy, well-meaning relative), and I am constantly being asked to take “quickie” surveys or to rate everything from Netflix movies to Amazon products. I am beginning to wonder at what point does their concern become intrusive. Also, I’m not all that pleased with the prevailing “Oh, God, isn’t life just wonderful!” tone of Facebook. It is pretty obvious that if you don’t have photos of your baby/dog/sunset which you are willing to share and if you persist in writing lengthy observations on current issues in Writer the news, you might be “marginalized” or pushed to the side of the information highway while those blessed with a quick wit and cute pets tend to prevail. Your fellow posters will not only leave you stranded with your wordy comments as they vanish in a cloud of instant joy and good will ... You can rest assured that Facebook will edit your “too long” message to a very brief comment. Well, Dave Eggers’ new novel contends that there is something beneath this clever banter and gossip ... something downright ominous. If the current trend continues, we may find ourselves in a desperate war to preserve our shrinking personal rights: namely, the rights to privacy and individuality. In short, Internet services like Facebook may turn out to be a variation of George Orwell’s 1984. Instead of Big Brother, you may find your life controlled by the millions of Internet users who now have the power to create and revise public opinion each day. Following is a summary of The Circle’s plot.

Like many current graduates, Mae Holland was alarmed by the total of her student loans — $230,000. That amount is the consequence of changing her majors too often and ending up with one that had little appeal in the current job market (psychology). Out of necessity, she accepts a job with a public utility in her hometown The Circle by Dave Eggers. Alfred A. and Knop, 2013. 491 pages quickly discovers that the position offers little potential for advancement. After enduring almost two years of nine-to-five monotony, her old college chum, Annie, gives her a reference for a job at the California-based “The Circle,” the world’s most powerful internet company. Scoring the job, Mae arrives on her first day to find what she immediately describes as “paradise. The Circle occupies over 400 acres of bronze and steel in which all offices are transparent. With over 10,000 employees — all young and ambitious, the “campus” is laid out in concentric circles filled with massive atriums. On-campus housing is state-of-theart and employees are encouraged to use them. Restaurants, theaters and night-time entertainment abounds, much of which resembles Hugh Hefner’s old Playboy club. There are literally hundreds of extravagant projects involving research, and it quickly becomes obvious that the Circle is an interna-

N.Y. Times bestseller to speak in Cashiers New York Times bestselling author and public radio personality Sarah Vowell will be speaking at the Jan Wyatt Symposium on Friday, May 30, at High Hampton Inn in Cashiers. The 2014 program, “Unspeakable Journey: The Removal of the Cherokee,” will run from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. The event will feature Vowell and a variety of guest speakers sharing perspectives on one of the most tragic and pivotal events in our nation’s history, the Trail of Tears. or 828.743.7710.

Singleton returns with short story collection George Singleton will read from his new short story collection at 3 p.m. Saturday, May 24, at City Lights Bookstore in Sylva. Between Wrecks takes readers on a raucous bar crawl through an America both startlingly familiar and hilariously absurd, examining paranoia, fear, relentless “truths,” longstanding personal habits

tional organization, doing cutting-edge research in poverty and nutrition, DNA research and controversial criminal justice programs (One involves the planting of identity chips in known criminals so that law enforcement always knows where they are). Mae works in Customer Experience. That means that she fields phone calls from potential customers, (many of whom are promoting their own products) and a complex system of evaluation keeps track of Mae’s efficiency. Mae quickly acquires a reputation for quality performance, rating in the 94 to 98 percent. Her success brings additional work, and she is promoted and rewarded. However, there are troubling experiences. Why is she sometimes “secretive”? When Mae fails to participate in the Circle’s nightlife, her supervisors express concern. If she goes to the parties, attends lectures and participates in workshops and discussions at night, her value to the Circle is even greater. She quickly learns that the emphasis on glass is directly related to the Circle’s belief that their ultimate goal is “to be totally transparent.” When Mae’s father develops health problems and is unable to pay his hospital bills, The Circle offers to include Mae’s parents in the Circle health program ... an advantage that saves his life. However, in return, the Circle requires Mae’s parents to participate in a surveillance program in which hundreds of tiny cameras are installed in the Holland home. Mae’s parents are not pleased and attempt to evade the cameras. The situation becomes even worse when Mae agrees to make the ultimate sacrifice to the Circle by wearing a camera that records every moment of her life, a decision that has disastrous consequences (however, it is great publicity for the Circle). When the Circle uses its vast resources and power to promote the idea of total transparency in the government, there is a massive political move by the public to demand that their government leaders become “totally transparent.” Seeing their political careers threatened, senators and political leaders


begin to accept the cameras that will make every action a matter of public knowledge. Any suspicious behavior results in the Circle notifying their millions of viewers to “investigate.” At one point, as a demonstration of their growing power, the Circle enters a search for a criminal who is suspected of harming children. By flashing the suspect’s picture on the screen and giving his last known address, the Circle tracks the man to his hiding place in a matter of moments, noting that since their membership is in the millions, it is inevitable that “someone, somewhere saw this man today.” The only true evil in the world is secrecy, proclaims the Circle. “We must eradicate it.” This is a general summary of a complex novel. There are endless sub-plots that I have not addressed. Mercer, Mae’s old boyfriend, who is tracked down and inadvertently killed when he refused to abide by the Circle’s rules. I have also decided to ignore Mae’s sex life. Let it suffice to say that she lives with “abandon,” or at least it seems so in my everyday world. There is a fascinating Luddite named Kalden who is a part of the Circle’s hierarchy, but he may perceive the organization’s growing power with alarm. In fact, he may believe that the Circle is a harbinger of “ the Apocalypse.” But then, he may be either a red herring or an unresolved mystery. Some of the most riveting passages in The Circle involve a massive manhunts wherein millions of viewers participate in the search. The culprits are seen attempting to escape, but the pursuers are relentless. Finally, they are captured while the viewers cheer and shout things like “Hang him, now” just like the citizens of Boonsborough used to do in Fess Parker’s old 1960s “Daniel Boone” show. When I read these scenes, I realized that a similar event occurred in Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451 (1951). Then, we got to watch the helicopters pursue O. J. Simpson down the interstate. The Circle may be closer to a new reality than we might think ... perhaps in the next decade.

gone awry, and what it means to look toward a horizon that may or may not be a mirage. His previous short story collection, Stray Decorum, is a staff pick of Eon’s. Singleton has written several short story collections and two novels. He lives in South Carolina. 828.586.9499.

Vietnam veteran book signing Vietnam veteran and local author Charles A. Van Bibber will hold a book signing from 2 to 4 p.m. Monday, May 26, at Blue Ridge Books in Waynesville. Bibber is the author of Valentine’s Day: A Marine Looks Back. The book is the account of his own experience as a young Marine machine gunner sent to Vietnam in 1968. This book will grant civilians insight on the experience of combat, both immediate and long-term. Having served his country in the U. S. Marine Corps and U. S. Navy, Bibber has been a Haywood County resident since 1996. He is currently working on a follow-up account of life after combat.



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Turn it off WCU comes out on top in national energy reduction competition BY HOLLY KAYS STAFF WRITER hen the Campus Conservation Nationals Competition wrapped up this spring, Western Carolina University came out near the top of a nationwide field of 109 schools. Schools didn’t receive specific rankings, but WCU made the top 10 with a 13.7 percent reduction in its residential halls’ energy use over the three-week competition period. “A common adage in the world of energy


conservation is: Human energy change is lowhanging fruit, but the fruit grows back, so as we get new students in, we have to continue to improve our programs,” said Lauren Bishop, chief sustainability officer at WCU. Leveraging some healthy competition to get students excited about energy reduction is one way to do that. The university rallied its students with events such as the Be Ready for the Battle kickoff and the Whee do it in the Dark dance party, featuring white-T-shirt-clad attendees with glowsticks in tow. Student Government Association funding provided T-shirts, sunglasses and other swag to give away at conservation-focused events, encouraging students to unplug unused electronics, take shorter showers and turn off the lights. “I was thinking that 9 to 10 percent reduction would be fantastic because we didn’t do too well last year,” Bishop said. “Last year we had a 0.2 percent reduction and [Appalachian State University] had a 3.1 percent reduction, so it wasn’t good at all.” This year, more than 400 students made an online energy commitment in which they promised to take specific actions to save energy, and WCU again went head-to-head with App State in the annual Battle of the Plug competition to see who could pull off the biggest reduction. App State came in first on that front, recording a 17.5 percent energy savings reduction, but both schools did well

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in both numbers and buy-in. “We had a lot of commitment which was really cool,” Bishop said. “We had over twice as many commitments as App State. That doesn’t mean we won, but we got the word out really well.” WCU saved $4,454 in energy costs over the three-week period, totaling 67,478 kilowatt-hours and 57,768 pounds of greenhouse gasses. With the event over, so too are the rallies and events urging students to pull their weight, but Bishop believes the impact will live on — at least for this set of students. The challenge is to keep the awareness building so that each new crop of students will leave the university with an energy ethic to take with them. “That’s the ultimate goal is to produce critical thinkers and people who will be good productive contributors to society,” Bishop said, “and sustainability is part of that.”

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109 schools, including 265,000 staff and students, involved in the competition 11 to 24 percent energy reduction among the top 10 finishers 13.7 percent reduction at Western Carolina University 35.2 percent reduction at Reynolds Hall, WCU’s top-reducing building $4,454, 67,478 kilowatt-hours and 57,768 pounds of greenhouse gasses saved

Smokies gets new acting superintendent The Great Smoky Mountains National Park will get a new acting superintendent June 1, replacing the currect acting superintendent who has been there since January. The Smokies has been without a permanent leader since last September, when former Superintendent Dale Ditmanson was replaced. A permanent superintendent is still being selected, but in the meantime another acting superintendent is being brought in. Cindy MacLeod, currently superintendent of Independence National Historical Park in Philadelphia, will replace the currect acting superintendent Pedro Ramos, who will return to his position as superintendant of Big Cypress National Preserve in Florida. “I think this is a dream job, especially for the summer,” MacLeod said. “I look forward to working with the park staff, volunteers and partners to continue to meet the mission of taking care of and learning about the wondrous diversity of life, and providing for its enjoyment in a safe, sustainable way.” MacLeod has worked for the National Park Service since 1980, when she started out as an architectural historian in Michigan. She is a Duke University undergrad, has a master’s in architectural history from the University of Virginia and completed management programs at Harvard University.

about potential impacts to private landowners, hunters and native wildlife resulting from this order,” said Jim Cogdell, chairman of the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission. In North Carolina’s other 95 counties, coyote hunting is a no-holds barred affair, allowed by any means, day or night, yearround, with no limit. The Wildlife Commission estimated more than 27,000 coyotes were killed in the state in 20122013.

A public survey to assess North Carolinians’ outdoor recreation preferences, needs and priorities will be online through May 30. The results will feed into the N.C. Division of Parks and Recreation’s decisions in updating its five-year plan. During the five-minute online survey, weigh in on things like why you get outside, how often, what types of outdoor recreation you participate in and ranking state and federal funding priorities, such as land acquisition for new recreation sites versus improving amenities at existing sites. Take the survey at

Garden design talk to ring in series in Cashiers Landscape architect and garden design author Mary Palmer Dargan will give a talk titled “Empowered Gardens: Everything you Wanted to Know About Mountain Garden Design but were Afraid to Ask” at 10 a.m. Thursday, May 29, at the Albert Carlton Library in Cashiers. This is the kickoff to a summer series of soirees Thursdays at 10 a.m. in Dovecote’s Garden celebrating mountain landscape design, sculpture and art in the garden, home gardening and popular garden culture. Free, with reservations available at 828.743.0307 or 241-185

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But the environmental groups argued that hunting coyotes in red wolf territory poses too great a risk while also questioning the effectiveness of ramped-up hunting on coyote populations. The federal judge’s order to suspend coyote hunting in red wolf territory will hold until the final lawsuit is heard. The Wildlife Resources Commission’s board is meeting this week to consider other legal and procedural steps regarding the temporary injunction.

Slots are still open for the one-day Road Construction and Maintenance Workshop for Landowners, hosted by the Land Trust for the Little Tennessee on Tuesday, June 3, at Coweeta Hydrologic Laboratory. Topics will include planning, layout and construction of new roads and maintenance and reconstruction of existing roads. Space is limited to 30 participants, so LTLT encourages landowners to register early at 828.258.3387.

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A federal court issued a preliminary injunction against coyote hunting — which includes spotlight hunting — in the five eastern North Carolina counties, which comprise the world’s only wild population of red wolves, totaling about 100. The suit claims coyote hunting is taking a toll on the red wolf population, since the two species look very similar. Since January 2008, 50 endangered red wolves have been killed, including six in a six-week period last fall. Some hunters who killed red wolves reported to authorities that they had mistaken the wolves for coyotes. “Coyote hunting in the red wolf recovery area posed a serious threat to these extremely rare animals,” said Jason Rylander, attorney for Defenders of Wildlife. Environmental organizations had lobbied the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission to halt coyote hunting in red wolf territory but were unsuccessful and thus turned to the federal courts. The Southern Environmental Law Center filed the suit on behalf of the Red Wolf Coalition, Defenders of Wildlife, and the Animal Welfare Institute. The suit claims the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission violated the Endangered Species Act by jeopardizing red wolf populations. Red wolves were declared extinct in the wild until a species reintroduction in the 1980s restored them to a five-county area in coastal North Carolina. In a press release, the Wildlife Commission called the red wolf re-introduction “non-essential” and “experimental.” Meanwhile, the N.C. Wildlife Commission considers coyotes a pest for preying on livestock, pets and native wildlife. Hunting is one way to keep the sharply increasing coyote population in check. “The Commission is deeply concerned

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Volunteer group to clean up Swain County The Swain County group Trash Task Force has changed its name to Keep Swain Clean and Pristine to emphasize its message of improving aesthetics in Swain County through litter reduction and creating a culture of mountain pride. The group is creating a draft strategic plan to include education, awareness, infrastructure and action. To get involved, contact Roger Clapp at 828.488.8418 or


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New bike shop set to open in Bryson City BY HOLLY KAYS STAFF WRITER ryson City is about to get a second bike shop with the grand opening of Tsali Cycles on May 23. Local cyclists Rob Acton, Chris Royce and Brad Gerard are teaming up to head the business. “I think having a second bike shop in town is going to be good for the community,” Acton said. “You go to any other major trailhead across the country, and there’s way more than one bike shop.” The trio has been tossing around the idea of opening a shop over the course of the last year, and they raised a small amount of money to make it happen. They’ve already been doing some repairs out of the new location on Slope Street in the downtown area, but on May 23 they’ll celebrate the official opening of the store. The three are avid mountain bikers, and Royce and Gerard formerly worked as mechanics and bike trip leaders for the Nantahala Outdoor Center bike shop in the Nantahala Gorge. “It’s time to step out and do it ourselves,” Acton said. All three have side businesses and pick-up odd jobs to support themselves as they grow the bike shop. Bryson City is a popular stepping-off point for the nearby Tsali Recreation Area in the Nantahala National Forest, a mountain bike Mecca that’s attractive for its solitude,


longer trails and accessibility to a spectrum of skill levels. Bryson City is already home to Bryson City Bicycles, which was the first bike store to tap the growing mountain bike scene in

Bryson City when it opened in 2009 and has been increasing its business every year. Nantahala Outdoor Center, also in Swain County, has a bike shop as well. Tsali Cycles will combine Royce and

Opening day at Tsali Cycles What: Raffles, drinks and appetizers, beer and wine samples, 20 percent off all merchandise When: 3 to 7 p.m. Friday, May 23 Where: Tsali Cycles, 35 Slope St., Bryson City Contact: 828.488.9010, Gerard’s skills as bike mechanics and Acton’s expertise in wine-making. In addition to bike sales, rentals and repairs, the business will feature a taproom and wineroom in the back, pending approval of the necessary permits. “Taprooms are quite popular in bike shops,” Acton said. “We’re not the first one, but the wine room is a little bit of a twist.” When he’s not biking, Acton makes his own wine, which he plans to sell at the shop. In addition to wanting to “take my winemaking to a more professional level,” Acton said, the point is to give locals and tourists alike a hangout as well as a bicycle-services destination. “People in there aren’t specifically bikers,” Acton said of those who frequent wine rooms, “so if we can cater to a different crowd, we can help draw people from the Smoky Mountain Railroad and things like that.” However, Acton also hopes to see Tsali Cycles take off with the locals and is looking forward to the business’s upcoming launch. “I hope it will be successful with the local crowd,” he said.

Chris Royce, Brad Gerard and Rob Acton, pictured left to right, stand in front of their soon-to-open bike shop. Donated photo

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British Soccer Camp will give players ages 3 to 14 a chance to learn new skills, practice old ones, understand team tactics and learn about soccer customs in other countries. The camp, organized by the Waynesville Parks and Recreation Department, will take place July 21-25 at Vance Street Park in Waynesville, with campers who register by Friday, June 6 receiving a free jersey. Children 3-4 will attend 9-10 a.m. for $82. Children 4-6 will attend 10-11:30 a.m. for $104. Campers 6-14 may attend a halfday session for $132 or a full-day session, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., for $184. Older campers may also sign up for a three-on-three tournament 6-8 p.m. for $52. All children will receive a free ball and tshirt and are asked to make up cheers, bring flags and dress up as they find out more about the country they represent. Sign up at or contact 828.456.2030 or

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you may feel funny about bringing a smartphone. No detail has been spared in bringing this 18th-century Cherokee village to life. In Oconaluftee Indian Village, visitors can see the Cherokee prepare for war, watch exciting blowgun and stickball demonstrations, and participate in scenes from ancient times made real before your very eyes.

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Swimming classes for children 6 months to teenage will be available at Western Carolina University this summer from Mike Creason, a retired WCU faculty member with 34 years’ experience teaching swimming lessons. An adult must be in the pool with children 5 and younger. Classes will be held on weekdays in the Reid Gymnasium pool. Sessions will run June 16-July 1 and July 7-22 for children 6 and up. Children 6 months to 3 years may attend June 16-27, July 7-18 or July 21August 1. $75 for children 6 and up; $44 for children 6 months to 5 years. Register at 828.227.7397 or

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The “Zoom into the Appalachian Trail” photo contest is looking for the best shots of the close-up details that make the AT what it is. The top three photographers will win a one-year membership to the Appalachian Trail Conservancy and will be featured in AT Journeys, the organization’s official magazine. The grand prize winner will also get a custom ATC-themed ENO hammock. Submissions will be accepted via uploads to ATC’s Facebook page at through June 3. The public will vote for their favorites through July 13, and the winner will be announced the week of July 14. Complete guidelines are available at

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Summer nature programs kickoff in Highlands Regular weekday programs will begin at Highlands Nature Center next week. The programs include guided plant walks, children’s activities, storybook-based nature lessons and animal programs. ■ Monday from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.: Guided, themed walks along the Highlands Botanical Garden trails to learn more about the native flowers and plants of the southern Appalachians, including plant names, wildflowers and their pollinators, historically significant plants, carnivorous plants, deadly plants, and how to use native plants in your home garden. Free. ■ Tuesdays from 3 to 4 p.m.: Family nature activities for ages 4 and older, including critter searches, discovery walks, nature studies and games, or crafts. $1 per person. ■ Wednesdays from 2:30 to 3 p.m.: Storybook Science features a kids’ nature lesson based around a children’s storybook. Free. ■ Fridays from 11 to 11:30 a.m.: Observe what each of the Nature Center’s animals eat and learn how they feed. Free. ■ Saturdays from 11:30 a.m. to noon: Learn more about one of the Nature Center’s live animals up close through our Featured Creature program. Free. or 828.526.2623.

Volunteers sought in bird survey Volunteers are invited to help with a breeding bird monitoring and education program to run from now until August at various sites in Macon County. The ongoing program, now in its fifth year, is a partnership of the Land Trust for the Little Tennessee, Southern Appalachian Raptor Research and Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians Fisheries and Wildlife Management. Volunteers will receive training and supervision from SARR biologists and technicians. The next of seven upcoming sampling dates is Saturday, May 31. A full calendar is available online at or or 828.736.1217.

Beginners’ birding workshop to be held in Balsam Anyone who has thought about getting into birding will have a chance with the Birdwatching for Beginners workshop Balsam Outdoors is holding 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, May 31, at the Balsam Community Center in Balsam. Topics will include bird identification, equipment and finding seasonal birds. “Birding can be either a solitary or a

Volunteers get up close and personal with birds such as this Canada warbler during the breeding bird monitoring and education program. Nicholas Morris photo

social pursuit and the pace of the activity can be as leisurely or energetic as one cares to make it,” according to Larry Thompson, the workshop host ad expert birder. $25. or 828.452.5414. Other upcoming programs by Balsam Outdoors at the Balsam Community Center include: • Wildflower Identification, June 7. Learn the basics of wildflowers identification and how to use field guides to identify plants. • Backyard Wildlife Photography, June 14. Learn how to do nature photography in their backyard, how to photograph birds and do close-up photography among the flowers, grasses, and trees. • How to create Wildlife Friendly Yards and Gardens, June 21. Learn how to create a yard or garden that will attract wildlife and

help restore native habitat. Learn ways to provide food, water, shelter, and places for wildlife to raise their young.

Birding to meet research in Macon Birders will have a chance to look for their favorite species while learning about some ongoing research during a walk lead by Jason Love at 8 a.m. May 29 at Gibson Bottoms in Macon County. The outing is a collaboration for Franklin Bird Club, Coweeta Long-Term Ecological Research and the Land Trust of the Little Tennessee. Birders should meet at the Gibson Bottoms entrance located on Rain Ridge Road off Sanderstown Road, about 5 miles north of Franklin. RSVP to 828.524.5234.

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This year marks the 30th Anniversary of Hart Theater. It has been in the current location on Pigeon Street (Hwy 276) since 1997. During that time, there have been over 300 plays and musicals produced. Something very significant is that in that time also, the theater has never once lost money - every season a success. The last 8 years, box office records have been broken one after the other with the most recent production, To Kill a Mockingbird, being the most successful of all. Steve said that this is a peculiar community - in a good way. There is always an audience for whatever is performed. Western North Carolina has many cultural organizations and audiences to appreciate them from Music, to Art, to Theater and because of this, arts organizations can have a big influence on the economy of the area. In the next year, Stage II of the theater will break ground for construction to be able to offer continuous shows throughout the season.

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Wilderness celebration planned in Asheville outdoors

The Wilderness Act’s 50th birthday will get some recognition at “An Evening of Wilderness Champions — Celebrating 50 Years of Wilderness” from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday, May 30, at Pack’s Tavern in Asheville. Southern Appalachian Wilderness Stewards and the U.S. Forest Service will team up to put on the event, featuring a 5:30 p.m. program to include a keynote address by Doug Scott, historian and longtime wilderness champion and U.S. Department of Agriculture Natural Resources and Environment Chief of Staff Meryl Harrell. The event will include an awards presentation, live jazz music by Stephen Wood, hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar. Free. 828.258.3387.

Linville Gorge Wilderness was one of only three Wilderness Areas designated in the entire eastern United States when the 1964 Wilderness Act passed. Bill Hodge photo

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A program addressing potential hiking hazards and how to guard against them will launch the Village Nature Series’ summer season in Cashiers this month. Burt Kornegay, a professional wilderness guide and outfitter from Jackson County, will present “Perils of the Southern Wild” at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 27, at The Village Green Commons. Kornegay has guided more than 400 backpacking and river trips, published numerous articles on backwoods safety and has appeared on the pages of such magazines as National Geographic and American Hiker. Programs in the monthly Village Nature Series will include wolves, wild edibles and Cherokee lore, and they will be held at 5:30 p.m. on the last Tuesday of the month at Village Green Commons.

Free fishing workshops offered in Waynesville

Kids invited to catch a big one Kids’ fishing events will be held at Cullowhee Creek in Jackson County and Macon Cliffside Lake in Macon County at 9 a.m. June 7, with the Jackson event lasting until 4 p.m. and the Macon event ending at 1 p.m. Young anglers will be entered in a statewide drawing for one of more than 150 fishingrelated prizes. The grand prize is a lifetime sportsman license and first prize is a lifetime freshwater fishing license. Other prizes include tackle boxes, fishing line and rod-and-reel combos. The Jackson event is open to the first 40 children ages 7 to 10 who register with Richard Conley at or 828.557.0618. The Macon event is open to children 15 and younger, with registration organized by Richard McClure at or 828.524.6441, ext. 421.

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An intro to fishing workshop will be offered from 10 a.m. to noon May 24 and June 19 in Waynesville at the Mountain Research Station test farm. Topics in this N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission program will include fish identification, rigging a fishing pole and baiting a hook. “The simple hands-on instruction, along with plenty of fishing, helps young anglers and fishing newcomers feel more comfortable and confident when they go fishing,” said Tanya Poole, the Commission’s mountain region education specialist. Open to anyone 6 years old and older. Located at 265 Test Farm Rd. Free, but pre-registration required. 828.0329.3472.

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COMMUNITY EVENTS & ANNOUNCEMENTS • Spring Rabies Clinics, 5 to 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 21, Hazelwood Elementary School; Thursday, May 22, Jonathan Valley School; Friday, May 23, Bethel Middle School (bus parking lot). $9 per vaccine. 456.5338, 452.6682, • Covenant Christian Church Food Ministry Grocery Giveaway, 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Sunday, May 25, Covenant Christian Church, 486 Fairview Road, Sylva. For those who need a little extra. 283.0018.

All phone numbers area code 828 unless otherwise noted. • “Darkness to Light,” training on child sexual abuse prevention, 3 to 6 p.m. Tuesday, June 3, Haywood Community College, Room 920 in the 900 building. Trainer, Paige Gilliland, Family and Victim Advocate. 456.8995 or


• Open casting call for extras for “Chasing Grace,” family thriller filming in Waynesville/Asheville/Canton area by Catalyst Pictures, Monday, May 26. Contact with the subject line: EXTRA.

• Haywood County Board of Commissioners Public Hearing on the proposed Haywood County budget for Fiscal year 2015-2015, 5:30 p.m. Thursday, May 22, Historic Courtroom, Haywood County Courthouse, Waynesville.

• Pet Adoption Day, 3:30 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 27, Cowee Farmers Market, 51 Cowee School Drive, Franklin.

• Haywood County Schools Grand Opening for school fitness room, 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. Thursday, May 22, Tuscola High School. Other new school fitness rooms are open at Bethel Middle School, Canton Middle School and Waynesville Middle School.

• Prevention of Elder Abuse, Fraud and Exploitation community forum, 10 to 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, May 27, Burrell Center Auditorium, Southwestern Community College, Sylva campus. Co-sponsored by the Southwestern Commission Area Agency on Aging and District 30 Office of the District Attorney, Mike Bonfoey. Register at 586.1962, ext. 223 or email • Franklin Board of Realtors Relay for Life Team Dog Obedience and Behavior Training Classes, 6 to 7 p.m., Mondays, June 2, 9, 16, 23, $80 for all four classes. All profits go to Relay for Life. Sally Mass, 421.4587.

• Free seminar: Getting More Out of Social Media for the Business Owner, 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday, May 22, Regional High Tech Center. Sponsored by HCC Small Business Center. Space limited. 627.4512 or email • S.T.I.R. networking event, 5 to 6 p.m. Thursday, May 22, Bryson Farm Supply, Sylva. 586.2155. • Grand opening, Tsali Cycles, 3 to 7 p.m. Friday, May 23, 35 Slope St., downtown Bryson City. 488.9010.


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• Home brewing class, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesdays, June 3 – July 1, with one Saturday class, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 14, Southwestern Community College. $99. Scott Sutton, 339.4296 or

FUNDRAISERS AND BENEFITS • Ducks on the Tuck, annual duck race fundraiser for Southwestern Community college’s New Century Scholars program, Saturday May 24, Riverfront Park in Bryson City. 339.4227 or • Pancake Breakfast, 7 to 10 a.m. Saturday, May 24, Fatz Café, Franklin. Hosted by Franklin Board of Realtors Relay for Life Team. • Yard Sale, 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, May 31, Unite Properties on Highlands Road, Franklin. Hosted by Franklin Board of Realtors Relay For Life team.

• Waynesville Kiwanis Club Spring Fling, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, May 24, Waynesville Parks and Recreation Department. Inflatables, food, music, and games for children. 456.2030 or email

• Bar-B-Q Chicken Dinner, 5 to 9 p.m. May 31 at Bloemsma Barn in Franklin. Tickets, Smoky Mountain Pregnancy Care Center and Franklin Chamber of Commerce or at the door. $15 for adults, $7 for children ages 5-10 and free for children ages 4 and under.

• Life in the Spirit Seminar, 7 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesdays, through June 4, St. Margaret Catholic Church, Maggie Valley. Don or Janet Zander, 926.2654.

• 3rd annual Wells Fargo Zipping for Autism, Sunday, June 1, at One Resort Drive (behind Crowne Plaza Hotel), Asheville. Hosted by Asheville Zipline Canopy Adventures and Treetops. Teams register online at by May 23.

BLOOD DRIVES Haywood • American Red Cross Blood Drive, noon to 4:30 p.m. Friday, May 23, First Baptist Church Waynesville, 100 South Main St., Waynesville. 800.REDCROSS. • American Red Cross Blood Drive, noon to 4:30 p.m. Thursday, May 29, Haywood Vocational Opportunities, 172 Riverbend St., Waynesville. 800.733.2767. • American Red Cross Blood Drive, 1 to 5:30 p.m. Thursday, May 29, Evergreen Packaging, 34 Park St., Canton. 800.733.2767.

Macon • Franklin Community Blood Drive, 12:30 to 5 p.m. Thursday, May 22, First Baptist Church, 69 Iotla, St., Franklin. 369.9559.

HEALTH MATTERS • Screening breast thermograms, Friday, May 30, Dogwood Wellness, 114 W. Hemlock St., Dillsboro. Offered by Cindy Sullivan, CCT, Clinical Thermographer nurse. $149. Takes about 15 minutes. 586.6262.



• Register through May 23 for Haywood County Recreation & Parks Adult Summer Soccer League. Monday evenings, June 9 through Aug. 4, at Allens Creek Park. Registration fee, $365 per team. Must be 18 years of age or older. Register at Haywood County Recreation & Parks office, 63 Elmwood Way Suite B, Waynesville, NC 28786, 452.6789 or email

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• Registration through May 23 for Adult Basketball League at Cullowhee Recreation Center and Cashiers/Glenville Recreation Center. $425 per team. $100 deposit due at registration. Must be at least 14 years old and in high school. Play begins Monday, June 2. 293.3053. • Haywood County residents admitted free to the Waynesville Recreation Center, 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday, May 24, Waynesville Recreation Center.


SENIOR ACTIVITIES • MemoryCare Family Caregiver Education Program “Caregiver College,” a series of six, two-hour lectures for caregivers of persons with memory disorders, 4 to 6 p.m. Tuesdays, through June 17, Haywood county Senior Resource Center, 81 Elmwood Way, Waynesville. Instructor: Lisa Verges, MD, $85 (free to caregivers of those actively enrolled in MemoryCare), scholarships available. Register at 771.2219, • Jackson County Senior Center’s 90s Birthday Party, 2 p.m. Friday, May 23, Department on Aging Senior Center, 100 County Services Park, Sylva. For anyone age 90 and over. Alicia Maney, 586.4944. • Extra Help Paying For Your Prescription Medications, community information sessions, 3 to 6 p.m. Tuesday, June 3, the Community Table, Sylva; and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Cashiers Library. Diane Parker Medicare/SHIP Counselor, Jackson County Department on Aging, 631.8037.

KIDS & FAMILIES • Kids Fishing Day, 11 a.m. May 22, Balsam Lake Nantahala Ranger District, Nantahala National Forest, (for children with disabilities). Kids Fishing Day, 9 a.m. June 7, Cliffside Lake, Nantahala Ranger District, Nantahala National Forest. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Sponsored by the U.S. Forest Service. • Nature Nuts: Reptiles, 9 to 11 a.m. May 24, Pisgah Center for Wildlife Education in Transylvania County. For ages 4-7. Learn the difference between a reptile and an amphibian. Register, 877.4423 or at • Eco Explorers: Archery, 1 to 3 p.m. May 24. For ages 8-13. Topics covered will include safety, varieties of bows and arrows, and lots of time spent shooting at targets. Equipment and materials are provided. Register, 877.4423 or at • 2014 Great Smokies Used Curriculum Sale and Home Educator’s fair, Saturday, May 31, Covenant Christian Church, Sylva. 507.0452,

Summer Camps • Western Carolina University summer camps:

• Children’s Story time: Happy Birthday Mouse, 11 a.m. Friday, May 23, Jackson County Public Library, Sylva. 586.2016.

• Summer Day Camp for elementary school children, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. June 12 to Aug. 8, Cullowhee United Methodist Church. One-time registration fee of $75 (or $10 per week if less than 8 weeks). $650 for the summer, $95 per week, or $25 per day. Full payment for registered dates due before June 12. 293.9215,

• Children’s Story time: Mice are Nice, 2 p.m. Saturday, May 24, Jackson County Public Library, Sylva. 586.2016.

• Cullowhee Mountain ARTS Summer Youth ARTS Series, 2, 4 and 5-day art camps for ages 5 – 12, Western Carolina University’s Bardo Arts Center and the School of Art and Design. Details at or 342.6913. • Ms. Arty Pants Creation Station , half day Summer Art Camps, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. June 16-20, July 14-18 and Aug. 44-8, in Waynesville. Ms. Arty Pants Creation, S. Main St., Waynesville. 400.6232. • TetraBrazil Soccer Camp, half-day camp 9 a.m. to noon; full-day camp 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., June 23 – 27, Waynesville Recreation Center. Every camper will receive a free ball and t-shirt. Half day, $152 per camper; full day, $202 per camper. 3 vs 3 tournament, 6 to 8 pm for ages 8 to 15. $52 per camper. 456.2030 or email • 22nd annual Crossfire Basketball Camp, 1 to 4:30 p.m. June 30 to July 3, Waynesville Recreation Center. For boys and girls age 6 to 12. $75 per person. 4562030 or email • Highlands Nature Center Day Camps now taking registrations for five different camps. “WOW! – a World of Wonder” (ages 4-6), “Amazing Animals” (ages 7-10), “NatureWorks” (ages 8-11), “Mountain Explorers” (ages 10-13), and “Junior Ecologists” (ages 11-14). Most camps offered more than once during the summer; sessions run from Tuesday to Friday each week. 526.2623 or, visit summer camps webpage at

• Innovative Basketball Training Summer Basketball Camp, 9 a.m. to noon, July 7-9, Waynesville Recreation Center, Waynesville. Boys and girls, ages six to 13. Space limited. Directed by Coach Derek Thomas. $125 per person. Full payment can be made or a $50 deposit can be made to reserve a spot. Balance due at registration. Register from 8 to 9 a.m. July 7 at the Waynesville Recreation Center. 246.2129 or 456.2030.

Literary (children) • Homework Help, 3 p.m. Wednesday, May 21, Jackson County Public Library, 586.2016. • Papercutting Workshop, 6 p.m. Wednesday, May 21, Jackson County Public Library, 586.2016. • Paws to Read, 3:30 p.m. Thursday, May 22, Jackson County Public Library, 586.2016. • The Write Ones: Adult Writing Group., 6 p.m. Thursday, May 22, Jackson County Public Library, Sylva. 586.2016. • Between the Lines: Teen Writing Group, 6 p.m. Thursday, May 22, Jackson County Public Library, Sylva. 586.2016.

POLITICAL GROUP EVENTS & LOCAL GOVERNMENT GOP • North and South Jackson County Republican Party monthly meeting, 6 p.m. Tuesday, May 27, Ryan’s in Sylva. Ralph Slaughter, 743.6491, or

Others • Haywood County unit of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People meeting, cookout, fundraiser and friend-raiser, 2 p.m. Saturday, May 31, Pigeon Community Multicultural Development Center on Pigeon St.,Waynesville. Meal is free, but donations accepted. or join online at, enter Haywood County unit number, 54AD, under “Unit Affiliation.”

SUPPORT GROUPS Haywood • Helpful Hints Seminar, “Swallowing Disorders, 1 to 2 p.m. Wednesday, May 28, MedWest Haywood Health & Fitness Center. Free. Register, 452.8883.

Macon • Ladies Night Out Program, “Fertility, Infertility, and Incontinence,” 4 p.m. and 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, May 27, cafeteria at Angel Medical Center, Franklin. Guest speakers will be Dr. Carole Peterson and Dr. Ladson Gaddy-Dubac. 349.2426. • Men’s Night Out Program, “Melanoma Awareness.,” 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 27, Video Conference Room, 3rd floor, Angel Medical Center, Franklin. Guest speaker will be Sarah Bishop, Senior Representative, Community Engagement, American Cancer Society, Inc. Don Capaforte, 349.6887 or Dawn Wilde Burgess, 349.2426.

A&E FESTIVALS, SPECIAL & SEASONAL EVENTS • “Understanding our Past, Shaping our Future,” an exhibit of Cherokee language and culture, through May 28, Oconaluftee Visitor Center, Great Smoky Mountains National Park. • New York Times bestselling author and public radio personality Sarah Vowell, and a variety of guest speakers, 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Friday May 30, Jan Wyatt Symposium, High Hampton Inn, Cashiers. 2014 program, Unspeakable Journey: The Removal of the Cherokee. Cashiers Historical Society, or 743.7710. • Swain County Heritage Festival, May 23-24, Bryson City’s Riverfront Park. Old-time gospel, 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, May 23; country, Celtic and bluegrass, Saturday, May 24. Arts and crafts, food and more.

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• The Jackson Soil and Water Conservation District Camp WILD (Wilderness, Investigating, Learning, Discovery) for rising 7th graders in public, private, charter or home schools. Hiking, swimming, snorkeling, and learning about the environment. 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. most days, July 28 through Aug. 1, Jackson County Recreation Center parking lot in Cullowhee. $25, register with Jane Fitzgerald, 586.5465

• Teen Time, 4 p.m. Tuesday, May 27, Jackson County Public Library, 586.2016.

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• Haywood County Arts Council Jam Camp, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday, July 8 – Friday, July 11, Canton Middle School, 60 Penland St., Canton. Classes in mountain instruments, mountain dance (clogging, buckdance, flat-footing and square dance) and mountain songs and storytelling. $75. For students in grades 4th through 8th. Register, 452.0593.

• Jackson County Public Library closed for Memorial Day, Monday, May 26.

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• Maggie Valley Spring Rally, May 23-25, Maggie Valley Festival Grounds, 3374 Soco Road, Maggie Valley. Military appreciation Day, May 25. Hot rods and motorcycles. Food, music, hot air balloon rides.

• Rockin’ Block Party, 7 to 10 p.m. Saturday, May 24, Main Street, Waynesville. The Blue Ridge Big Band, Cutthroat Shamrock and The 96.5 House Band will perform. Kids on Main children’s activities, 6 to 7 p.m.

• Blues, Brew and BBQ festival, 5:30 to 9 p.m. Saturday, May 24, Village Commons. Cashiers. Live music. Admission is by accepted donations. VIP tickets are $65 per person or $120 per couple. 743.8428 or

• Michael Jefry Stevens, 7 p.m. May 24, The Classic Wineseller, Church Street, Waynesville. $10 minimum purchase per person. 452.6000.

• 6th annual Spring Cashiers Arts and Crafts Show, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 24 – 25, rain or shine, Cashiers Village Green, Highways 64 and 107, Cashiers. Free admission, but a donation of $3 to $5 is encouraged to help local community service efforts. Sponsored by Rotary Club of Cashiers Valley.

LITERARY (ADULTS) • Retired teacher, preacher and storyteller Victoria A. Casey McDonald will discuss her book, Under the Light of Darkness at 3 p.m. Saturday, May 24, Blue Ridge Books, 152 S. Main St. Waynesville. 456.6000. • DIY at the Library presents Painted Gourd Birdhouses with Frances Glance, 1 p.m. Thursday, May 22, Haywood County Public Library, Waynesville, auditorium, 678 S. Haywood St., Waynesville. Registration required. 356.2507. • George Singleton will read from his new short story collection “Between Wrecks,” at 3 p.m. Saturday, May 24, City Lights Bookstore, Sylva. 586.9499.

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• Book Signing with Vietnam veteran Charles A. Van Bibber, 2 to 4 p.m. Monday, May 26, Blue Ridge Books, 152 S. Main St., Waynesville. Van Bibber is the author of Valentine’s Day: A Marine Looks Back. 456.6000, • Conversations with Poetry, with Michael Beadle, local poet and educator, for five Thursdays, beginning June 5, Waynesville branch of the Haywood Public Library auditorium. 452.5169,,

ON STAGE & IN CONCERT • Breaking Up Is Hard To Do, featuring the music of Neil Sedaka, 7:30 p.m. May 23-24, May 30-31, June 67, June 13-14; and 3 p.m. May 25, June 1, 8 and 15, HART Theater, Performing Arts Center at the Shelton House, 250 Pigeon St., Waynesville. Tickets, $24 for adults, $20 for seniors, $10 for students. Special $8 discount tickets for students, Thursdays and Sundays. 456.6322 for reservations.

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• The Freight Hoppers, 8:30 p.m. Saturday, May 24, Fontana Village Resort. Hard drivin’ Appalachian string music. 498.2211 or • Carl Jackson, Larry Cordle, and Jerry Sailey will perform as part of the Songwriters in the Round at 6 p.m. May 24 at the Balsam Mountain Inn. $47, includes a buffet dinner. 456.9498 or • Unto These Hills outdoor drama, 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday, May 31 through Aug. 16, Mountainside Theater, Cherokee. General admission tickets, $20 for adults, $10, children ages 6-12 and free for children under age 5. Reserved tickets available at 866.554.4557 or

NIGHT LIFE • John Morningstar & Stevie Tombstone, 9 p.m. May 22; Brushfire Stankgrass, 9 p.m. May 23; Darren & The Buttered Toast, May 24; and Caleb Crawford, May 25, No Name Sports Pub, Sylva. Free. 586.2750 or

• Songwriters in the Round featuring Carl Jackson, Larry Cordle, and Jerry Sailey, 6 p.m. Saturday, May 24, Balsam Mountain Inn. $47, includes a buffet din40 ner. 456.9498 or

• Ginny McAfee, 6 p.m. May 23 and May 31; Smoke Rise, 9 p.m. May 24 and May 30, Rendezvous, Maggie Valley Inn. Pianist Steve Whiddon every Thursday evening and noon to 3 p.m., Sundays. 926.0201. • The New Black, 8 p.m. May 23; Jon Stickley Trio, 8 p.m. May 24; and Rye Baby, 8 p.m. May 25, Nantahala Brewing Company, Bryson City. 488.2337 or • Sauce Boss, 6 p.m. May 23; The Spontaneous Combustion Jam, 8 p.m. to midnight Mondays, all players welcome, BearWaters Brewing Company, Waynesville. 246.0602 or • Craig Summers & Lee Kram, May 22 and May 29; Reed Turchi, May 23; Helena Hunt, May 24; Bohemian Jean, May 30; and Andrew of River Rats, May 31, Frog Level Brewing Company, Waynesville. Free. 454.5664 or • “Pickin’ in the Armory,” 7 p.m. May 21 and 23, Canton Armory. Featured performers will be by the Green Valley Cloggers and Southern Mountain Fire, with live music to be determined on May 21. The J. Creek Cloggers and Appalachian Mountaineers and Carolina Band, May 23. • The Caribbean Cowboys Trio, 7 p.m. May 23; The Freight Hoppers, 8:30 p.m. May 24; and Granville Automatic, 7 p.m. May 24 and May 31, Fontana Village Resort. • The Bubbles and Big Band, 7 p.m. May 23, Highlands Playhouse. Champagne, dinner and live music featuring the Asheville Jazz Orchestra. $85 per person. 526.2695 or • Karaoke with Chris Monteith, May 23-24; The Imposters and Soco Creek, May 31; O’Malley’s Pub & Grill in Sylva. 631.0554. • Productive Paranoia, May 23; Dakota Wadell, May 25; and Brad Austin, May 31, City Lights Café in Sylva. Free. or 587.2233.

OUTDOOR MUSIC CALENDAR • “Freedom Rocks the Square,” featuring pop hits from the 1950s-1980s, 7 p.m. Friday, May 23, Franklin Town Square gazebo. Free. 524.7683 or • Concerts on the Creek, 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Friday, May 23, Bridge Park, downtown Sylva. Bring a lawn chair.


his wife Dr. Susan Abram in conjunction with the North Carolina Chapter of the Trail of Tears Association. Through May 31. • Reception honoring weaver Susan Leveille, 5:30 to 7 p.m. Thursday, May 22, Jackson County Public Library, Sylva. • “Wesley Wofford: Beneath the Surface” exhibit, May 24-Aug. 17, The Bascom in Highlands. Reception, 5 to 7 p.m. May 24, The Bascom.

• New movie starring Cate Blanchett and Alec Baldwin, 4:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 21, Meeting Room, Macon County Public Library. Rated PG-13.

• Haywood Community College’s Professional Crafts department 2014 Graduate Show reception, 3 to 5 p.m. Saturday, May 31, Southern Highlands Craft Guild at the Folk Art Center, Mile Post 382, Blue Ridge Parkway, near Asheville. 565.4159.

• Classic movie starring Clark Gable, Jean Harlow, Myrna Loy, 2 p.m. Friday, May 23, Meeting Room,

• “FLORA: Contemporary Botanical Prints from the FAM’s Littleton Studios Vitreograph Archive,” on display through Sept. 5, Fine Art Museum, John W. Bardo Fine and Performing Arts Center, WCU. 227.3591 or • “Remote Sites of War,” exhibition, through May 30, Fine Art Museum, at Western Carolina University, featuring more than 110 works by North Carolina-based artists Todd Drake, Skip Rohde and Christopher Sims. • Artists reception for featured artists in the “North Carolina Art Educators” exhibit, 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, May 29, Fine Art Museum, John W. Bardo Fine and Performing Arts Center, WCU. 227.3591 or • Haywood Community College’s Professional Crafts department 2014 Graduate Show, through Sept. 14, Southern Highland Craft Guild Folk Art Center, Mile Post 382, Blue Ridge Parkway, near Asheville. 565.4159. • Cullowhee Mountain ARTS 2014 Summer ARTS Series, June 15 – July 18, five weeks, Western Carolina University. Includes art and creative writing workshops, youth art camps and the FAM-CMA invitational art exhibit. or 342.6913. • “Fly Over,” photography collection of WWII Warbirds, by local Candler photographer, Barbara Sammons, Main Meeting Room at the Canton Public Library, 11 Pennsylvania Avenue, Canton. 648.2924. Through Aug. 1. • Artists get two festivals for the price of one: Dillsboro’s 125th Birthday Fall Festival, Sept. 6, and Dillsboro Fine Arts & Crafts Fair COLORFAIR, Oct. 4., 506.8331, Jackson County Chamber of Commerce or Town Hall in Dillsboro.

CLASSES, PROGRAMS & DEMONSTRATIONS • Art League of Highlands-Cashiers monthly meetings, 4:30 p.m. June 30, July 28, Aug. 25, Sept. 29 and Oct. 27, The Bascom in Highlands. Guests welcome.

• Spring Fling 2014, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, May 22, Mountaintop Wine Shoppe (former Visitor Center) 269 Oak St. Food will be catered by Sports Page Sandwich Shoppe. RSVP to, 526.2112. $20 per person.

• Beginner Papercutting Workshops, 6 p.m. Wednesday, May 21, Conference Room, Jackson County Public Library, Sylva. Bring cuticle scissors and readers, if you use them. Free, but registration required. 586.2016.

• All-Adult First Class Moonshine Car during the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad Moonshine Experience on the new Carolina Shine. Tickets, $98 for adults (21+), May – September, and $104 for adults (21+) during October. 488.7024 or 800.872.4681 ext. 7024,

• Oil painting workshop with Jack Stern, 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, May 24, Uptown Gallery, 30 W. Main St., Franklin. 369.9802.

ART/GALLERY EVENTS & OPENINGS • “Fewer Footprints and More Tears: Commemorating the 175th Anniversary of the Trail of Tears,” exhibition hosted by all six libraries in the Fontana Regional Library system. Exhibit is by Dr. R. Michael Abram and

FILM & SCREEN • Monuments Men, 7:45 p.m. Friday, May 23 and 2 p.m. 5 p.m. and 7:45 p.m. Saturday, May 24, The Strand, 38 Main St., Waynesville.

• Oil painter Jack Stern will offer a workshop from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, May 24, at the Uptown Gallery in Franklin. 828.369.9802. • The Western North Carolina Carvers meeting, 1:30 to 4 p.m. Sunday, May 25, Harvest House, 205 Kenilworth Road, Asheville. 665.8273. • Summer ARTS Series, June 15 – July 26, Western Carolina University in the Bardo Fine and Performing Arts Center. Details, or 342.6913.

Macon County Public Library in Franklin. • Family movie about a girl and her horse, 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 27, Marianna Black Library, Bryson City. 488.3030. • “Nebraska,” 7:45 p.m. Friday, May 30 and 2 p.m., 5 p.m. and 7:45 p.m. May 31. The Strand, 38 Main St., Waynesville. Tickets are $6 per person, $4 for children. 283.0079 or

Outdoors OUTINGS, HIKES & FIELDTRIPS • Canton Recreation Park Stream Cleanup, 10 a.m. to noon, May 24, main pavilion near the restrooms at the Canton Recreation Park. • Fontana Village Resort’s summer kick-off, May 2326, Fontana Village Resort, or 498.2211. • Gibson Bottoms walk, 8 a.m. Thursday, May 29, Gibson Bottoms, Rain Ridge Road, off Sanderstown Road about 5 miles north of Franklin off Highway 28. Collaboration among the Franklin Bird Club, Coweeta LTER and LTLT. Led by Jason Love. 524.5234. • Free guided, themed nature walks, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Mondays, Highlands Botanical Garden, Highlands Nature Center, Highlands. or 526.2623. • Learn about the eating habits of the Highlands Nature Center’s animals, 11 to 11:30 a.m., Fridays, Highlands Nature Center, Highlands. All ages. or 526.2623. • Featured Creature program, 11:30 a.m. to noon, Saturdays Highlands Nature Center, Highlands. All ages. or 526.2623.

PROGRAMS & WORKSHOPS • Laura Ann Garren will discuss her book, The Chattooga River: A Natural and Cultural History, 2 p.m. Saturday, May 24, Headwaters Outfitters, Rosman. • Salamander Saturday, 9 a.m. Saturday, May 24, Cradle of Forestry, Pisgah National Forest, about 25 miles south of Waynesville on US Highway 276. $5, adults, free for youth under age 16. Golden Age and America the Beautiful passes honored. • Village Nature Series first summer program “Perils of the Southern Wild,” 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 27, The Village Green Commons in Cashiers. Featuring Burt Kornegay, a professional wilderness guide and outfitter. • Bicycle Safety Clinics, 9:30 to 11 a.m. Saturday, May 31, Clyde Elementary School. Sponsored by Bicycle Haywood NC and Haywood County Parks & Recreation. Free, must be 13-17 and accompanied by an adult. Helmets and closed toed shoes required and water or sports drink are recommended. Registration required, 452.6789.

• Birdwatching for Beginners, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, May 21, Balsam Community Center, Cabin Flats Road, Balsam. $25. Taught by Larry Thompson. Register at or 452.5414.

• Boating safety course, 6 to 9:30 p.m. June 2-3, Room 3322, Building 3300, Haywood Community College. Sponsored by HCC’s Natural Resources Division and the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission. Must attend two consecutive evenings to receive certification. Free, no age limit. Must register online at

COMPETITIVE EDGE • Memorial Day Trout Tournament, May 23-25, Cherokee. Participants must possess a tribal enrollment card or a tribal fishing permit, as well as an event permit. Permits at, 554.6113. • Merrell Adventure Dash, 4:30 p.m. Saturday, May 24, Nantahala Outdoor Center. 1K Fun Run and 5K Dash. Register, or from 1 to 4 p.m. Big Wesser BBQ day of race. Late fees may be charged after May 21. $20; children under 12 race free with a participating adult. 785.5082.

HIKING CLUBS • Carolina Mountain Club hosts more than 150 hikes a year, including options for full days on weekends, full days on Wednesdays and half days on Sundays. Nonmembers contact event leaders. • High Country Hikers, based in Hendersonville, plans hikes Mondays and Thursdays weekly. Participants

179 Highlands Road. Geared for all levels. 369.2881 or

• Nantahala Hiking Club based in Macon County holds weekly Saturday hikes in the Nantahala National Forest and beyond.

• A weekly bike ride in Franklin meets Tuesday at 6:15 p.m. at Macon Middle School on Wells Grove Road. Ladies and beginners’ ride. 369.2881 or

• Mountain High Hikers, based in Young Harris, Ga., leads several hikes per week. Guests should contact hike leader. • Smoky Mountain Hiking Club, located in East Tennessee, makes weekly hikes in the Great Smoky Mountain National Park as well as surrounding areas. • Benton MacKaye Trail Association incorporates outings for hikes, trail maintenance and other work trips. No experience is necessary to participate. • Diamond Brand’s Women’s Hiking Group meets on the third Saturday of every month. For more information, e-mail or call 684.6262.

BIKE RIDES • A weekly bike ride in Waynesville meets Thursdays at 5:30 p.m. at Rolls Rite Bicycles on the Old Asheville Highway. Beginner to intermediate rides led by Bicycle Haywood advocacy group. Eight- to 12-mile rides. 276.6080 or • A weekly bike ride meets in Bryson City on Wednesdays around 6 p.m. Depart from the East Swain Elementary school in Whittier on U.S.19 off exit 69 from U.S. 23-74. All levels. 800.232.7238. • A weekly bike ride in Sylva meets Tuesday at 6 p.m., departing from Motion Makers bike shop for a tough 25-mile ride up to the Balsam Post office via back roads and back into Sylva. 586.6925. • A weekly bike ride in Franklin meets Wednesday at 5:30 p.m., departing from Smoky Mountain Bicycles at

• A weekly bike ride in Franklin meets Saturdays at 8 a.m., departing from South Macon Elementary School. 369.2881, • A weekly bike ride in Franklin meets Sundays at 9:30 a.m., departing from the Franklin Health and Fitness Center. 369.2881,

MOUNTAIN BIKE RIDES • Weekly mountain bike ride at Tsali, 6:30 p.m. Wednesdays. Hosted by Nantahala Area SORBA. Social ride, so all skill levels are welcome and encouraged to come. Meet in the Tsali parking lot. Andy, 488.1988. • Montohly ‘Girlz Ride’ at Tsali, last Friday of every month. Sponsored by Nantahala Area SORBA. Meet at 6:30 p.m. in Tsali parking lot. All skill levels welcome. Social and snacks provided after the ride. 506.115,

FARM & GARDEN • Free Rhododendron Pruning Workshop, 2 to 4 p.m. Monday, May 26, Highlands Botanical Garden, 265 N. 6th St., Highlands. Ezra Gardiner, and Kelder Monar, 526.0188. • Composting Workshop, 6 p.m. Wednesday, May 28, The Cullowhee Community Garden, 67 S Painter Road, Cullowhee.

• Mary Palmer Dargan, landscape architect and garden design author, “Empowered Gardens: Everything You Wanted to Know About Mountain Garden Design But Were Afraid to Ask,” 10 a.m. Thursday, May 29, Albert Carlton Library, Cashiers. Free. 848.743.0307. • Food Preservation 101, 5:30 to 7 p.m. Thursday, June 5 and 10:30 a.m. to noon Friday, June 6, Haywood County Cooperative Extension, 589 Raccoon Road, Suite 118, Waynesville. 456.3575, • Simple Sewing Sessions, 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday, June 2, June 16 and June 20, Haywood County Cooperative Extension, 589 Raccoon Road, Suite 118, Waynesville. 456.3575, • Volunteer workdays at The Cullowhee Community Garden, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. every Wednesday afternoon and Saturday morning. More information at or 586.8994. • Haywood County Plant Clinic, 9 a.m. to noon MondayFriday, Haywood County Extension Center on Raccoon Road, in Waynesville. Master Gardeners available to answer questions about lawns, vegetables, flowers, trees, and ornamental plants; disease, insect, weed, or wildlife problems; soils (including soil test results) and fertilizers; freeze and frost damage; and cultural and chemical solutions to pest problems. 456.3575. • The Master Gardeners of Haywood County present their biennial garden tour: “Forests, Flowers & Food,” 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., rain or shine, Saturday, June 21. Tickets, $15, at 456.3575. Or reserve your tickets for “will call” on the day of the tour by emailing Garden Tour proceeds fund education-related horticultural projects in Haywood County.

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LOANS FOR LANDLORDS! We Finance From 5-500 Units. As Low as 5.5%. 1-4 Fam, Townhome, Condos OK. Contact B2R 1.855.940.0227. REAL ESTATE AUCTION Surry County, State Road, 3/BR 2/Bath Country Home with Garage & Barn, & three Home-Sites. Saturday, May 24th, 10:00AM. Also Personal Property. , 336.835.7653, NCAL#4703 WESTERN, NC New cabin on 2.51ac. w/2bdr, loft, large deck, covered porch, fpl, minutes from the lake. $139,900. Call 828.286.1666

HOMES FOR SALE BRUCE MCGOVERN A Full Service Realtor McGovern Property Management 828.283.2112.

ROOMMATE HOME TO SHARE With Mature Female or Married Couple. Centrally Located in Sylva. 2 Private Rooms & 1 Bath. $600 a Month. For more information call 478.550.4792, or email:

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

STORAGE SPACE FOR RENT BULLFROG STORAGE Convenient Location 19/23 Between Clyde and Canton

5 x 10 = $35 10 x 10 = $40 10 x 20 = $85 • NO CONTRACTS • Call Brian

828.342.8700 STORAGE SPACE FOR RENT CLIMATE CONTROLLED STORAGE UNITS FOR RENT 1 Month Free with 12 Month Rental. Maggie Valley, Hwy. 19, 1106 Soco Rd. For more information call Torry

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LOTS FOR SALE 2 TRACTS AVAILABLE IN CLYDE #1 - 2.819 Acres, Has Great Building Lot, City Water, Has 2 1/2 Story Building. Property Near HCC. $64,750. #2 - Available in the Fall. Has 3 Acres and House. For more info call 828.627.2342.

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APARTMENT COMPLEX FOR SALE 14 - 2/BR Units. Excellent Rental History. Sylva Area. Call Broker, Robert A. Kent, NC Broker Lic. #274102, The R.A. Kent Co., LLC 828.550.1455

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The black sheep of the blackbird family 2014 seems to be a banner year for cowbirds. I saw them in large numbers in southeastern Arizona two weeks ago. And this past weekend they were also prominent around Bryson City and along the Blue Ridge Parkway here in the Smokies region. Some folks can’t stand house sparrows (a native of north Africa and Eurasia), while others detest starlings (a native of Europe). Both species were introduced into this country in the 19th century. While I don’t especially admire house sparrows and starlings, my favorite bird to despise is the brownheaded cowbird, a native of North America. The brown-headed cowbird is the black sheep of the blackbird family, which numbers among its kind such upright and attractive denizens of the bird world as bobolinks, meadowlarks, red-winged blackbirds, and Baltimore orioles. Unlike most blackbirds, which have long, sharp-pointed bills the cowbird displays a short, sparrowlike bill. The male’s lower body has the shiny-black coloration of, say, a grackle, but its head is glossy-brown. The female is a

plain gray-brown above, paler below. I often hear cowbirds before seeing them. They “sing” a squeaky, not entirely unpleasant, “glug-glug-glee” gurgling song and emit a call that is a sort of rattling “check.” Look up and you’ll spot them perched on an extended branch or wire. They seem to teeter back and forth on their perches like drunken high wire artists. But, alas, they never fall. Here comes the bad part. Along with its cousin the shiny cowbird, a South American species that appears in the Deep South, and the western bronzed cowbird, the brownheaded cowbird is the only North American songbird that regularly practices “brood parasitism,” which is a fancy way of saying that it lays its eggs in the nests of other birds and leaves the rearing of its young up to them. Yellow-billed and black-billed cuckoos will rarely lay an egg in another species’ nest. According to Fred Alsop’s Birds of the Smokies (1991), the cowbird’s “scientific name (Molothus ater) can be translated to ‘black parasite,’ [as] the female selects the active nest of another species ... and lays her eggs there, often removing an egg of the host for each one she lays … Fledgling cowbirds seem to be perpetually famished and my

attention has often been drawn to the sight of a scurrying vireo or song sparrow feverishly trying to collect and transport insect after insect to the gaping mouth of its constantly calling ‘baby’ cowbird. The foster child is often considerably larger than the attendant ‘parent.’” The brown-headed cowbird will lay its eggs in the nests of over 75 other species,

raised by a cowbird. Female cowbirds do hang around the nest sites and lead their young away once the energy-intensive work of rearing them to flying size has been accomplished. How did cowbird brood parasitism evolve? Some ornithologists conjecture that the bird once followed roving bands of bison to feed (then being known as “buffalo birds”) so that they had little or no time to nest in Brown-headed cowbird one spot. It therefore became expedient to simply lay their eggs along the way in the nests of other birds. With the demise of the bison herds, the cowbird shifted its attention to cows, thereby spreading east from the great prairies into farming areas. George Ellison wrote the biographical introductions for the reissues of two Appalachian classics: mostly those smaller than themselves. Each Horace Kephart’s Our Southern Highlanders female deposits up to 25 or more eggs per and James Mooney’s History, Myths, and nesting season. The energy toll this takes on Sacred Formulas of the Cherokees. In June the hosts, which can’t seem to resist the urge 2005, a selection of his Back Then columns was to raise the ravenous baby cowbirds, is enor- published by The History Press in Charleston as mous. Mountain Passages: Natural and Cultural It’s estimated that well over a million History of Western North Carolina and the cowbird eggs are laid every year. Not a sinGreat Smoky Mountains. Readers can contact gle one is laid in a nest built by a cowbird. him at P.O. Box 1262, Bryson City, N.C., Not a single one is hatched by a cowbird. 28713, or at And not a single cowbird baby is fed and

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