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On the Cover: Students, slowly trickling back to Cullowhee this month, are returning to a campus where guns are now permitted, more nearby restaurants are serving alcohol and football season is about to start. (Page 8)


News Head of regional DOT division demoted . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 Haywood hospital to hold public hearing on future. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 Man incites anger after posting videos of obese Maconites . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 Free phone program begs question “What’s a necessity?”. . . . . . . . . . . . . 11 The evolution of names for native people. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12 Lake Junaluska forced to raise rates after merger delayed . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15 N.C. reverts to paper ballots, costing counties . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16 Construction sector in Jackson County sees steady increases. . . . . . . . . . 17 Couple appeals jury decision in Camp Hope trial. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18 Border not so clear between Macon and Jackson counties . . . . . . . . . . . . 19



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Regional DOT chief demoted to new position BY B ECKY JOHNSON STAFF WRITER he regional head of the N.C. Department of Transportation has been demoted after nine years at the helm of road building decisions in the mountain’s far western counties. Joel Setzer was demoted last week as division engineer of DOT Division 14 and given the newly created position of assistant division engineer. Setzer oversaw DOT operations in a 10-county territory, including Haywood, Jackson, Macon and Swain counties, with an annual budget of $125.31 million. Setzer lives in Cullowhee and works out of the DOT’s regional headquarters in Sylva. The reason for the demotion is unclear. “They simply decided a change was needed, but they did not disclose why. People did tell me it was not conduct or performance related,” Setzer said. State DOT officials confirmed that. “It wasn’t because of a specific project or circumstance,” said Julia Casadonte, DOT spokesperson in Raleigh. Setzer’s salary was lowered from $120,000 to $99,000 with the title change. The position of assistant division engineer did not exist previously and was newly created for Setzer. Only three other DOT divisions — out of a total of 14 statewide — have such a position of assistant division engineer. By creating the new position, the state now has a bigger overall salary load being paid out within Division 14. A new division engineer was named to replace Setzer: Ed Green, a 29-year DOT veteran who has gradually advanced up the ladder during his career. He most recently was serving as the maintenance engineer for DOT Division 13, the territory that encompasses Buncombe County. Setzer said he plans to stay, is pleased to continue working for DOT in his new role and looks forward to working with Green. Setzer was informed of his demotion last Tuesday. “I had been hearing rumors that this could come. I had not heard anything official, so it was a surprise,” Setzer said. The letter Setzer received from the state told him he was being “transferred” to a new position, but he has openly referred to it as a demotion. “My letter said it was transfer, but when you move down to a lower pay grade position, most people would call that a demotion. I am not afraid to call it that,” Setzer said.

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Like other influential state positions that carry broad-stroke decision-making power, the job of DOT division engineer is not protected under the state personnel act. The majority of state employees can’t be demoted or fired without grounds, namely poor job performance or bad conduct. 6 But the position of a DOT division engi-

neer is exempt. “They can remove you from that position without cause. They did not need to provide a reason. I knew it was that kind of job when I took it,” Setzer said. In other words, he knew it could come with the territory. “This is not the first time where something like this has happened,” Casadonte said.

Two of the three other assistant division engineers in the state ended up with the job under similar circumstances — they were demoted from the top leadership position for their division to an “assistant” in 2012. Often, philosophical shifts or new political tides can trickle down from Raleigh and result in leadership changes in top jobs. Setzer is a Democrat in a now-Republicandominated state political landscape. The only official reason issued by the DOT in Raleigh chalked it up to a general changing of the guard. “This decision reflects a shift in direction as the department continues to move forward with its goals of operating more efficiently and improving customer service,” Chief Deputy Secretary of Operations Jim Trogdon said in a press release. Historically, the DOT has been viewed as a large, unwieldy bureaucratic machine fraught with cronyism and overspending. A new era of accountability in the DOT was ushered in by former Democratic Gov. Beverly Perdue with pledges by McCrory to continue the overhaul. Under Perdue, a more objective system was put in place for deciding what roads got built. It is also a more bottom-up approach that gives local communities more voice. Power to advance one road project over another — including the particular design or particular location for a new road — was almost entirely concentrated among politically appointed DOT board appointees in the past. The DOT was also known for its bullish approach and “daddy-knows-best” attitude to building new roads without always being sensitive to local wishes. At times, the DOT was at loggerheads with local communities over road projects, including several road projects in Haywood and Jackson counties

during the past decade. Being more receptive to local input is an attitude shift the DOT has tried to instill as part of its new culture. Setzer, for his part, says he was on board with the new DOT paradigm that gives local input a bigger seat at the table. Setzer said during his tenure he worked to improve “public outreach methods and practices” and establish new partnerships with a transportation committee made up of local leaders from the Division 14 region. But it has been a challenge to convince the public during the past five years that the DOT had truly entered a new era of accountability. Setzer said he wished he could have done more to fix the “lack of trust” some citizens have of Joel Setzer DOT. “Part of my passion for public participation and being open in our actions and decision making was to attempt to eliminate this lack of trust,” Setzer said. “I feel progress was made in this area but would have liked to have seen more progress.” Setzer said he regrets that his leadership did not align with the direction of the new state administration. “I share the goals of Gov. McCrory of improving efficiency and customer service,” Setzer said.

LOOKING BACK Setzer’s tenure the past five years has been a time of shrinking budgets. Between 2008 and 2012, Division 14 employees based in Jackson County went from 298 to 247. McCrory put in place a new formula for road funding that has been criticized as potentially unfair to rural areas, one that may make it harder for the mountains to compete. Each DOT Division will no longer get its own dedicated pot of road building money, but a road project in the mountains will now have to go head to head with projects in urban areas when vying for funds. One blemish on Division 14 during Setzer’s tenure was a fraud and waste investigation by the N.C. Auditor’s Office last year that uncovered mismanagement of state funds, equipment and contracts within the Haywood County DOT maintenance unit, according to DOT officials. Setzer’s demotion was not tied to that, however. At the time of the audit, employees deemed responsible were reprimanded, let go or transferred. Setzer was not one of them, and said it would be incorrect to tie his demotion more than a year later to that investigation.

Accomplishments under Joel Setzer: • Repair of Interstate 40 after the 2009 rockslide • Repair of the major roadway and bridge damage inflicted by the remnants of Hurricane’s Francis and Ivan • Worked with the Rural Planning Organizations to develop criteria for ranking new projects • Led several studies to reduce number of employees and equipment to become more efficient while retaining the ability to respond to emergencies • Improvement of customer service Setzer said he has stood up against fraud and waste during his career. “My demotion is not associated with those audit findings. For people to associate them is hurtful,” Setzer said, citing previous reports by other media outlets to that effect. That assertion was confirmed by DOT officials in Raleigh. “The decision was not about the audit. That is not the reason,” said Casadonte. Another blemish on Division 14’s record under Setzer was an astronomical cost overrun on what was supposed to be simple entrance road to Southwestern Community College. Setzer fast-tracked the entrance road, which was criticized as being a political favor for SCC leaders. Setzer said the entrance road would be an easy project with a low cost of just $6 million. It ballooned to $24 million. Meanwhile, two highway projects that Setzer has spent years advocating for are indefinitely on hold — partly due to lack of concrete data that they are truly needed. The “Southern Loop” bypass in Jackson County and Corridor K in Graham County are both highway projects Setzer has vigorously promoted. But both are in limbo due to questions from permitting agencies, public opposition or the DOT’s own higher-ups in Raleigh questioning whether there is a legitimate need for them given the cost and environmental impacts. The town of Waynesville was so displeased with a design the DOT came up with recently for a redesign of South Main Street that it hired its own consultant to come up with an alternative design plan. Setzer said he is happy with the state’s selection for his replacement and looks forward to working with Green. “I find him to be a great person and a capable engineer,” Setzer said. Monday, the two went to lunch together at Ryan’s Steak House in Sylva. It goes to show that the two are friendly and ready to work with each other. “For the record, I like Ed Green,” Setzer replied in good humor when asked. Caitlin Bowling contributed to this story.

Could just the operational side of HRMC be sold and not the bricks and mortar building, or is it possible to separate the two? MedWest Health System is investigating multiple partnering options.

If it is sold for more than the outstanding debt, who gets the money? It is premature to discuss how proceeds, if any, would be distributed, according to MedWest leaders.

How does the process playing out at HRMC relate, or not relate, to the greater MedWest

Will WestCare and HRMC take the same future direction at the end of this process, or could the two sides of MedWest theoretically come to different conclusions about the direction they want to go? All options are being considered. All parties understand that any specific solution must meet with supermajority approval of the MedWest Board. There is consensus that both WestCare and Haywood will ideally be put in the best possible position to serve their communities as intended, whatever structure emerges from the process. Have any decisions been made? Is MedWest board leaning a certain way? If not, when is a decision expected? It is too early in the process to comment, according to MedWest leaders.

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BY B ECKY JOHNSON picture, namely MedWest-Harris and STAFF WRITER MedWest-Swain? public hearing on the future of The MedWest hospital system as a whole is Haywood Regional Medical Center will exploring and studying its future options, be held at 6 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 22, at including a sale or merger. But HRMC is the the MedWest-Haywood Health & Fitness only one required to have a public hearing Center on the hospital campus. because it is the only one that is a public hospiThe community will have a chance to tal authority. The others are private nonprofits. speak up about the potential of the hospital being sold or irrevocably merged with larger Who will make the final decision — each of hospital system, a course currently being the respective hospitals or the umbrella explored by hospital leaders. MedWest board? Haywood Regional Medical Center is a The MedWest board. In the case of HRMC, public hospital authority, governed by a the Haywood County commissioners must local hospital board appointed by county vote to approve a sale, merger or transfer of commissioners. the hospital given its public status. Selling the hospital would mean a loss of autonomy and likely strip the county of any Will the public have another opportunity to say over the hospital, but the backing of a weigh in once more is known about the larger hospital system could also bring more direction the hospital board is leaning? stable financial footing. Yes. State statute stipulates the process that MedWest hospitals voted to entertain the must be followed in the event a public hospiidea of selling or merging with a larger hostal authority is sold, transferred or disposed pital system in the spring and have solicited of, and it includes more public hearings and offers from any takers. The fact-finding misdisclosures. sion was brought on by financial realities in a shifting healthcare landscape, one that has made it increasingly more Selling the hospital would difficult for smaller community hospitals to survive without being under mean a loss of autonomy, but the wing of a bigger system. the backing of a larger hospital Almost everything is confidential right now — such as which hospitals system could also bring more have made offers, what those offers look like, and whether MedWest will stable financial footing. split or stay together. But the leaders of MedWest were able to answer a few frequently asked questions the public may What, if anything, does the public hearing have in general about the process. coming up in Haywood have to do with the WestCare side of MedWest, and will Does the fact that a public hearing is being WestCare have a public hearing also? held mean that the board has already While WestCare is not bound by a public arrived at a decision or that hospital leaders hearing process as part of the selection of a are leaning toward selling the hospital? capital partner, WestCare CEO Steve Not necessarily. State statute stipulates various Heatherly said they are committed to transsteps that must be followed by public hospital parency within the communities they serve. authorities when considering a sale or conWe will share information as it becomes pubveyance of the hospital, and the public hearing licly available within the scope of the confiis required at the outset of the process. dentiality agreements currently in place.



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Gridiron Gals WCU program teaches women football tactics Above: Attendees at the Women Love Football event crouched down across from WCU football coaches and assistant coaches, practicing the players’ stance on the line of scrimmage. Below, left: Zoey, daughter of Assistant Football Coach Brad Glenn, posed in her miniature WCU cheerleader outfit during the Women Love Football event last Friday. Below, right: WCU Head Coach Mark Speir gives the ladies a pep talk and thanks them for their support at Catamount games. Caitlin Bowling photos

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BY CAITLIN BOWLING STAFF WRITER emale fans of Western Carolina University athletics know three things — which player the quarterback is, when a touchdown is scored and, more importantly, how to tailgate. What they don’t know so much about is the actual game of football, which is why WCU Head Coach Mark Speir started Women Love Football, an event that aims to teach women a little bit about football. Speir, who is in his second year as head football coach, started a similar program when he was coach at Appalachian State University and brought the event with him to WCU. “He is a family man, and he wants couples and families to come to football games. And sometimes women don’t know all the rules and what is being done on the field, and this is a way to educate them,” said Stefanie Conley, director of Corporate Sponsorships and Special Events for WCU. Last Friday night, a revved-up crew of about 50 women decked out in WCU paraphernalia gathered in the Ramsey Center overlooking the football field for the university’s second annual Women Love Football. Although it was less about your football smarts and more about team spirit, the women got a hefty dose of football lessons. Attendee Lynn Stanberry estimated that she knows about 50 percent of football’s rules, which was more than those around her “That’s good because I know about five percent,” joked Jen Pressley. But Stanberry does have a little bit of a 8 leg up. She co-owns O’Malley’s Pub and

for a minute or two before someone mustered a guess. Pass? Yep. Why? To make sure the team keeps control of the ball, one woman ventured. “I got it right,” she said quizzically, inciting supportive claps from her fellow football novices. When several members of the current football team joined the offense demonstration to answer questions, only a few revolved around the game or practices. “How many hours a day are you rehearsing? I mean, practicing,” asked Susan Belcher, an opera singer and wife of WCU Chancellor David Belcher. Players said they will spend 14 hours a day during the summer attending meetings, practicing on the field, watching films of football games or working out. But the women were more concerned about the personal lives of the players — where they hail from, what position they play, what their major is and why they don’t have enough time to call their mothers. During the defense presentation, which Defensive Coordinator Shawn Quinn deemed “the right side of the ball,” the WCU football program revealed its theme for the year — relentless. If the team wants to win this year (last year, it had a losing record of 1-10), then players need to be relentless in pursuit of a “W,” Quinn said. Quinn explained that defense is not as simple as doing a cheer and lining up on the field.


Grill, a Sylva sports bar with her footballfanatic husband. Stanberry went to WCU’s Ladies Love Football event last year, and returned this year for more. “We are big Catamount supporters, and it’s just fun to have a ladies’ event,” Stanberry said. After lavishing the ladies with wine and food, the women were split into two groups of 25 — purple and gold — before a crashcourse on player strategy and later taking the field for a taste of work-out practice. Progress stalled as the women busied themselves with conversation, but the staff was eventually able to herd the spirited hens into their respective rooms to learn about either offense or defense. Although the coaching staff isn’t afraid to threaten players with up-downs, they exude

humor and personableness — an atmosphere clearly created and promoted by Coach Speir. “He could talk to the wall and make it feel special,” said Paige Speir of her husband. During the offense demonstration, Coach Speir raced in and asked one of the younger assistant coaches to show the women the correct posture for hiking a football, positioning his hindside to the all-female audience — much to their enjoyment. Speir said the demonstration was for “PR” purposes and there would be no extra charge before quickly exiting to a hoot of laughter. “Can we see the PR snap again?” quickly joked one of the women. Then came time for a pop quiz, do football teams want to run or pass the ball? The abstruse question hung over the crowd

“It’s not just about ‘rah-rah, let’s go hit ‘em,’” he said, letting the women in on some of the hand signals and code words that the defense uses for specific plays. The WCU football coaching staff have spent the last couple of years recruiting new talent and are optimistic going into this season. “It’s a great time to be at Western,” Quinn said. Coach Speir concluded the event with a pep talk, encouraging everyone to turn out for WCU’s home games and use some of the knowledge they gained from the event to impress their spouses. “That makes the biggest difference in the world,” he said. “Make your husbands look silly and then cheer like crazy for the Catamounts.”


Leef, one of the restaurant’s owners. “Just all good timing.” Leef said he wants Tuck’s to thrive as a restaurant first and foremost. But clearly, with a college population at its doorstep, the bar, live bands, DJs, karaoke night and 2 a.m. closing time will definitely attract folks not just looking to eat. However, Italian-style pizza and the Tuck Daddy burger, or “barbecue on a burger,” as Leef describes it, are not to be overlooked. Leef only wishes it could have been around when he was a student. “If I could have walked here, I would have.” he said, thinking back to his university days. “I think it will be awesome.” For students, no longer having to make the haul into Sylva to drink at a bar or pick up a six-pack will help limit drinking and driving. Recent WCU graduate Jared Gant said bars a little closer to campus will inevitably make the road between Sylva and Cullowhee safer. “It should keep a lot of people from making stupid decisions and driving back from Sylva and getting tickets or hurting somebody,” Gant said. Tuck’s opened last week, with Cullowings close on its heels with promises to be in full swing by the start of fall semester and football season. Jamie and Dwight Winchester are similar to the owners of Tuck’s in that they had the idea for Cullowings long before it became a reality. As owners of the Catamount Travel Center gas station across from campus, the Bryson City couple had been leasing an adjacent storefront to Huddle House. When the contract expired with the breakfast chain, they decided it was time to open the college sports restaurant.

A WHOLE NEW WORLD But, what do two new bars with copious amounts of beer on tap mean for the peace of Cullowhee? Not to fret, said Steve Morse, recently hired director of the WCU’s hospitality and tourism program, it doesn’t signal the

Bartender Maile Schwab pours a beer on tap at newly opened Tuck’s Bar and Grille in Cullowhee. Andrew Kasper photo descent of the community into the depths of eternal party-dom. “I don’t think you’re going to see Cullowhee on the top 20 university party list,” he said, in reference to the list annual rankings compiled by the Princeton Review. Instead, he said the addition of places like Cullowings and Tuck’s Tap and Grille will build the college town atmosphere the school is lacking. “From my experience, it only adds to the

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school Aug. 19, he urged them to leave the gun behind. One of Hudson’s objections wasn’t that the 21-and-older, law-abiding gun owners would turn to violence on campus, but that they would try to interject if it did occur. The 20-person university police force can arrive about anywhere on campus in a matter of minutes. But individual gun carriers might feel obligated to react if there is a situation, such as a shooter on campus, Hudson said. Then, when law enforcement arrives at the scene, there are good guys and bad guys both holding guns with no way to distinguish between them. “This just brings another element to the table that we prefer not to have to tangle with,” Hudson said. “In an emergency like that, folks might not think all of those things through.” Also, if laptops and cell phones are stolen regularly on campus, why couldn’t a gun fall into the wrong hands? Better to avoid the problem entirely.

“College campuses are unique places of education,” Hudson said. “We haven’t found any situation on campus where it’s important for our students to be armed.” At Haywood Community College, President Barbara Parker said school officials are still deciding how to approach the new set of laws. The college has a meeting planned this week with campus security and administrators. “We’ll have to figure out whether we need policy changes, which I anticipate we will, and figure out how to adhere to the law,” Parker said. HCC has a small cadre of security guards, some armed, some not, she said. Yet, she wouldn’t offer an opinion as to whether the new law was a good or bad development for HCC. “My personal feelings are really irrelevant,” Parker said. “The main point is safety. It is always our concern, and it will continue to be.” The new gun laws do have their merits, though, according to Matthew Reynolds, a law enforcement instructor at Southwestern

Community College’ s Public Safety Training Center in Macon County. The old laws didn’t just prevent permitted gun carriers from bringing weapons onto campus. It infringed on their right to carry them in general, he said. Law-abiding citizens couldn’t carry a gun all day if they knew they would be stopping on a college campus at some point because once they arrived there was no way to legally store the gun. “As soon as I roll on campus ‘uh oh, I can’t carry my gun,’” Reynolds said. The alternative was to leave the gun at home, which wasn’t fair to people who wanted a gun for their safety while driving or running errands before and after a campus visit. The changes will give them the option of securing it in their vehicles while on campus. Although Reynolds didn’t want to downplay the concerns of educators and university police, he said the changes in the law give gun owners more options for personal protection. “We’re allowing the lawful conceal carry permit holder to protect themselves in transit,” he said. 9

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BY ANDREW KASPER STAFF WRITER ack to school essentials have always been a familiar list of pens, pencils, fresh notebooks, new sneakers and a calculator, but a changes in the state law might be adding one more thing to that list: a gun and carry permit. New on college campuses this October are firearms in the cars of permitted carriers. The change is part of new state laws passed by the General Assembly that expand the rights of gun-toters. But the part about allowing guns on campus, albeit only in a secured case within a locked vehicle, has university police concerned. Within the University of North Carolina system, all 17 of the chiefs of campus police opposed the law. “We simply didn’t want any more weapons on our campuses,” said Western Carolina University’s Police Chief Ernie Hudson. And as students pack for the start of

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BY ANDREW KASPER STAFF WRITER estern Carolina University students will open their textbooks this year with a livelier Cullowhee awaiting them after the class bell rings, one with more dining options, hangout spots and beer on tap. Leading the charge are two new restaurant and bar venues within walking distance of campus: Tuck’s Tap and Grille near the entrance on the backside of campus and Cullowings just across N.C. 107 by the front entrance. For WCU senior Kyle Moser, eating a barbecue sandwich and sipping a cold one at Tuck’s bar last Saturday was worth waiting for. “It’s been a real long time coming,” he said. The BBQ-and-a-beer-at-the-bar moment he was having was vastly different than the Cullowhee his father experienced while attending WCU — with not much more than a Taco Bell for dining choices. Moser also imagined what the nearby bar, with sports games on flat screen televisions and live bands, would mean for the social lives of students once classes start. “It will be huge here,” he said. Bars — and booze sales in general — are still a novelty in the Cullowhee student scene, following a countywide alcohol referendum that passed last year. Previously, Cullowhee was dry, stifling the university-town atmosphere around campus as most students traveled to bars in Sylva or threw private parties. Tuck’s is a joint venture of four WCU grads, all friends since college. They had kicked around the idea of opening a restaurant and bar together for a few years. When alcohol sales became legal, they decided to strike. “We talked about it before and said if it ever came around we would do it,” said Alex

variety of things to do,” he said. Along with the two new bars rolling out the red carpet for students this month, established restaurants in Cullowhee began adding alcohol to their menus last year. Food at the Rolling Stone Burrito is great with a beer on the side and philosophy discussions at the Mad Batter Café are great over a glass of wine. But owner of the Mexican restaurant, Sazon, Alex Rodriguez likes to remind people that it all began with his place, as far as when the suds actually met the mouth. The first beer was served in his restaurant last June after it became legal to drink in the unincorporated parts of Jackson County. “We are the pioneers my friend,” Rodriguez said. “We broke the spell.” Encouraged by the newly opened Tuck’s Tap and Grille down Old Cullowhee Road, he is planning on staying open until midnight this school year so patrons can take advantage of the full bar. “Starting with tequila and ending up with whiskey,” he says. He has already had his best year in business yet after the addition of alcohol sales. And in the future he pictures a full-blown college scene for old Cullowhee, an improvement over the strip of dilapidated properties and abandoned buildings, one invigorated with new life, business and someplace worth sticking around when the sun goes down. The community, he said, is moving forward and not looking back. “College life and dreams — that’s what I call Cullowhee,” he said. “I think it is the place to be.”


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“It’s been a hope and dream of mine and my husband’s for a couple of years,” Jamie said. “We just looked to do something a little different than what they offered on campus.” With 25 different kinds of chicken wings, 31 beers on tap and a view of a television from anywhere in the restaurant, it probably won’t be hard to fill the place. And it will be worth the short walk from WCU.


Going rogue to fight obesity Undercover video project stalks overweight people in Macon BY ANDREW KASPER STAFF WRITER ne man’s mission to bring to light an obesity epidemic in Macon County has offended many in the community, prompted threats from some and even prompting a response from the sheriff. A series of narrated videos posted on YouTube last week capture images of overweight people going about their lives — from sitting at a computer in the library to walking out of Fat Buddies BBQ restaurant. The subjects had no idea they were being filmed, let alone that they would make a star appearance in the footage of this underground, amateur reality show posted online for the world to see. Within days of being posted, some videos had nearly 10,000 views. Hugh Simpson, the man behind the movies, claims he wasn’t trying to offend anyone. Putting overweight residents on display in his YouTube series was his way of addressing what he sees as a serious issue. “I would hope that Macon County would realize they got a problem by looking at

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that,” Simpson said. “I was just hoping it would be a wake-up call.” He even shot a segment on the greenway in Franklin, showing the largely empty recreational space as proof that Maconians are not exercising. The only thing the videos seemed to wake up, however, was anger and reproach from community members. Debbie Nickerson, a manager at Fat Buddies in Franklin, didn’t take kindly to Simpson filming the restaurant’s patrons and making fun of the establishment’s name Hugh Simpson while he narrated. Via Twitter If Simpson’s goal was to prompt healthy lifestyle changes, Nickerson said sarcastic and offensive Internet videos were not the most effective approach. “Nagging doesn’t get anybody anywhere,” Nickerson said. “Negativity does not breed anything but more negativity, really.” Nickerson went on to defend Fat Buddies. Sure, the place has great, albeit unhealthy, barbecue. But it also has menu choices like salads and low-fat and gluten-free options. Since the video was made from the parking lot of the restaurant, she said the restaurant

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tured in the videos called in upset. Others were uncomfortable with the fact that some of Simpson’s footage contained children — though Simpson contends they were in a public place merely standing next to their has had an uptick in patrons coming out to overweight parents. support it. But that was the only silver lining After conferring with the district attorshe could find from Simpson’s videos. ney’s office, Holland decided the video proj“We certainly don’t condone his actions or ect didn’t warrant criminal charges and was the comments that he made about the people not actually illegal. Simpson videotaped the here in Macon County,” Nickerson said. individuals without their consent, but they’re At the center of Simpson’s campaign are a all fully-clothed and in a public place, so it’s set of statistics he came across from a health not a violation of state law, Holland said. survey conducted last year. That data, collect“While personally I think it’s rude and ed from random phone interviews, indicates inappropriate, the unfortunate part is that that Macon County has an obesity rate about there’s nothing illegal about it,” Holland 7 percent higher than the national average and said. “If he was videotaping people from 6 percent higher than the regional average. inside their residences it would be a different ballgame.” Simpson said the sheriff “I would hope that Macon County did, however, communicate to him that his safety was in danwould realize they got a problem ger and that the videos were causing a disturbance. by looking at that. I was just Simpson said he’s had hoping it would be a wake-up call.” threats posted on his blogs in the wake of the videos, includ— Hugh Simpson ing one commenter who promised to look for him if he went With more than 35 percent of the counon the greenway again. ty’s adult residents reportedly obese, and “They want to murder me, lynch me, nearly 70 percent overweight, Simpson said beat me,” Simpson said. there is cause for alarm and didn’t want to Reactions of that sort from the local sugarcoat it. County health officials state the residents didn’t surprise Bonnie Peggs, numbers are self-reported and not entirely marketing director at Angel Medical accurate. Macon County is no worse off than Center and organizer of the hospital’s most of the rest of the country, said Kathy weight-loss program. She likened McGaha, quality program manger at the Simpson’s videos to an antiquated method county health department. of schoolroom punishment. “It’s something that is an issue, but it’s an “It’s sort of like the old idea of kids in the issue for the entire nation,” McGaha said. school when they would make them wear a But Simpson pointed to another statistic: dunce hat to make them behave better, when more than 30 percent of Macon residents are it actually made them worse,” Peggs said. limited in activities in some way due to physAngel Hospital’s program, Lighten Up 4 ical, mental or emotional problems, comLife, encourages teams of people who want to pared with 17 percent nationally. Obesity is lose weight to take on the challenge by turning affecting how people live — maybe even keeping them off Simpson videotaped the the greenway. “We face a health crisis,” individuals without their consent, Simpson said. “We’ve got to go back to taking care of ourbut they’re all fully-clothed and in a selves.” public place, so it’s not a violation Simpson said he once struggled with weight himself, of state law, according to Macon and recently lost 50 pounds County Sheriff Robby Holland. by switching his choice of breakfast foods to a Subway sandwich and practicing one of his favorite pastimes of walking along it into a fun competition, based on group suphighways and roads. He also maintains a port and positive reinforcement. The teams website,, with tips on that lose the largest percentage of weight durhow to trim belly fat. ing the course of the competition win prizes. The videos, he said, were the product Since the program started two years ago, of his past career as an investigative televi- participants have lost a collective 4,000 sion news reporter and were merely aimed pounds. For the session that starts at the end at helping people acknowledge the obesity of August, already 700 people have signed up. epidemic. She said Simpson might have the right However, the counter-obesity YouTube idea in wanting to do something about the venture was short-lived after Macon County scourge of obesity in the county, but maybe Sheriff Robbie Holland contacted Simpson he didn’t choose the right way to attack it. last week and asked him to take the videos “If you just badger them down, they down because of numerous complaints the don’t have any desire to change anything office had received. Simpson obliged. except be unkind back to the person who is The sheriff said people who were capbeing unkind to them,” Peggs said.

Cell phone subsidies for low-income people: a luxury or necessity?


in an emergency if you don’t have access to a phone,” he said. “Most employers assume that they are going to be able to contact someone at a consistent number.” LifeLine is not funded through taxes. Telephone companies contribute a percentage of their revenues to the federal Universal Service Fund. However, each company typically passes the cost onto its customers in the form of a fee on their phone bills, so it still comes out of consumers’ pockets. People can find out about LifeLine through their local Department of Social Services, but they do not actually administer it. Participating phone companies implement the program. “If the client inquires about the program, we advise them about what the program is, and we also let them know that they will need to contact their phone company directly,” Dove said. “It would be up to them to pursue it.” In Western North Carolina, less than a handful of companies — T-Mobile, Virgin Mobile, TracFone and SafeLink Wireless — offer free cell phones with a limited amount of free monthly texts and minutes. Other companies only offer the LifeLine program for people with landline phones. Through the different programs, lowincome individuals and families can receive up to $12.75 a month off the cost of their phone bill. On average, people receive a $9.25 discount per month, according to the Federal Communications Commission. Depending

on the provider, eligible individuals can also receive a free phone. Only one discount is given per household. Virgin Mobile runs a LifeLine program called Assurance Wireless, which gives participants just more than four hours of free talk and 250 texts a month. Any additional minutes or texts must be paid for. The average cell phone user sends about

Cell phones in particular have become so prevalent that people generally presume that every American of a certain age owns one. “It has become a part of who we are. The assumption is that everybody has the ability to communicate,” Dove said. Although Verizon does not offer LifeLine to North Carolina customers, it does operate a similar program called HopeLine for victims of domestic violence. In Western North Carolina, President Ronald Reagan started the Verizon Wireless provides free phones, minutes and LifeLine program in 1985. It was text messaging to people expanded in 2005 to include pre-paid affected by domestic violence, in partnership with cell phones as they began to replace the 30th Judicial District Domestic Violence-Sexual landline phones for many households. Assault Alliance. The program allows 1,000 texts per month and spends more than victims “to safely contact a friend and family six hours on calls each month, according to to arrange for housing, to secure employreports by both the Pew Research Center and ment, for job interviews, just to rebuild their Nielsen. lives,” said Karen Shulz, a spokeswoman “We take for granted every day the things we with Verizon. do with our phone,” said Jack Pflanz, Each year, domestic violence organizaspokesman for Assurance Wireless. “How do tions reapply with Verizon to participate in you set appointments and follow up with health the HopeLine program. Then, the organizacare providers without a way to communicate?” tion distributes the phones as they see fit. Assurance Wireless also provides people “They tell us what their need is,” Shulz with a phone if necessary. The retail value of the said. free phones is $10, which the company covers. People can donate to the program by “We pay for the cost of the phone, the charg- dropping off their old phones and phone er, the manual and the shipping,” Pflanz said. accessories at any Verizon store.

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BY CAITLIN BOWLING STAFF WRITER n addition to food, shelter and medical care, access to a phone is one of life’s bare necessities — at least according to the American federal government. Those too poor to afford a phone can qualify for federal assistance to help pay either landline or cell phone bills. The program is called LifeLine, but in popular culture, most people likely know it as “Obama phone,” which sprouted from a misconception that LifeLine was started under President Barack Obama. In fact, phones handed out through the LifeLine program should be more accurately called “Reagan phones” since President Ronald Reagan started the LifeLine program in 1985. It was expanded in 2005 to include prepaid cell phones as they began to replace landline phones for many households. This year, some legislators have introduced measures to eradicate LifeLine, calling it a form of government waste, calling cell phones luxury items rather than necessities. But if someone can’t afford a phone, they can’t call a doctor or hear back from a potential employer. For example, how does a school contact a parent during an emergency if they don’t have a phone, asked Ira Dove, director of Haywood County Department of Social Services. “You are going to miss a lot of information, or you are going to have great difficulty

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The tricky terrain of Native American labels What’s in, what’s out, what’s accurate, what’s not

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BY B ECKY JOHNSON STAFF WRITER Diamond Brown has perfected the art of bait and switch. He hooks his unsuspecting subjects with an eye-catching spread of indigenous tools — arrows and adzes, bone awls and baskets, pelts and pestles. They edge closer, riffling through their pockets or purses for a camera, then raising it timidly as they scan the other onlookers, not quite sure what the protocol is for photographing a Cherokee man wearing nothing but a tanned hide around his waist. Brown soon loosens them up with a joke, a story, a punch line or two. But before they know it, they have stumbled headlong into a lesson on Cherokee culture and history. “If you want entertainment, go over there,” Brown told the audience amassed around his prototype of a historic Cherokee encampment. He pointed to the stage on the other side of the Cherokee Fairgrounds filled with drum beats and costumed dancers appearing in the Festival of Native Peoples. But no one made a move to escape, despite Brown’s declaration that what they were about to get from him was “an education.” Brown has spent three decades on the guest speaker circuit educating whites and non-natives about what it means to be Cherokee. Most of that time was in Atlanta, delivering his message to thousands of school children during the years. In the 1980s, kids often greeted him with a raised palm while uttering “How” and showed off their skills at sitting Indian style. “Indian style? What’s that? If you were sitting back in your recliner with your feet up, and a remote control in your hand, then OK, that’s Indian style,” Brown quipped, a signature form of dark humor that often makes its way into his programs. Despite Brown’s life work on the front line of a movement to re-calibrate America’s perception of native people, he didn’t expect to actually see the fruits of his labor come to pass so soon. “I thought it would be my kids or grandchildren that would see that shift happen. It really knocked me over that I was able to see that in my lifetime,” Brown said. Today, it’s rare that Brown is ever greeted with a “How.” And school children draw a blank if told to sit “Indian style.” Instead, the cross-legged posture is known ubiquitously by youth as sitting “criss-cross applesauce.” Perhaps the most notable change: the word “Indian” being tossed out in favor of Native American. The 1990s brought on a new wave of political correctness and cultural sensitivity 12

Diamond Brown attracts an audience at the Festival of Native Peoples at the Cherokee Fairgrounds last month, giving them a healthy does of education and enlightenment. Margaret Hester photo

for all ethnicities. The advent of Native American rode the same wave as terms like African American and Asian American. But challenging assumptions is what Brown does best, and lately he’s been asking a new question: how accurate is the term Native American? “I have always had a problem with being called Indian — and even being called Native American,” Brown said. To drive the point home, he picked a guinea pig from the audience corralled around him at the Cherokee Fairgrounds.

“[Amerigo Vespucci] mapped these two continents and so they named these two continents after him. And now we have been tagged and named after another man.” — Diamond Brown

“Who’s lived in the same state all their life?” Brown asked. Hands shot up. The honors went to a woman from Florida, who was asked three basic questions. Did she consider herself a Native Floridian? Yes, she said. Is Florida in the United States of America? Well, yes, she said, but now growing hesitant that Brown was laying a trap.

If she is a native Floridian, and Florida is in America, doesn’t that make her a Native American? “Anyone who is born in America is a Native American,” Brown said. Brown admits Native American is a step up from Indian, a label leftover from Christopher Columbus who thought he’d landed in India. But Native American isn’t much better, Brown contends. On one hand, Native American just isn’t accurate, since it technically describes anyone born here. And it doesn’t encompass native people from Alaska or Hawaii. But at its core, it’s a namesake of the Italian explorer Amerigo Vespucci. “He mapped these two continents and so they named these two continents after him. And now we have been tagged and named after another man,” Brown said. It’s more of the same — an inaccurate label assigned entire nations of people by outsiders.

WHEN IN DOUBT, ASK What to call Native Americans — a single sweeping term to refer to the hundreds of tribes acting as nations unto themselves before the arrival of Europeans — is a philosophical one, with no single right answer. “A lot of that does have to do with a matter of opinion,” said Mike Littlejohn, the collections manager at the Museum of the Cherokee Indian in Cherokee. The subject even has a prolific Wikipedia entry dedicated to it under the banner “Native American Name Controversy.” There’s a common denominator in the debate: almost any term is going to have

potential landmines associated with it. “It is always going to be precarious because you are trying to say a whole bunch of things that don’t make any sense,” said Tom Belt, a Cherokee linguist and Cherokee language instructor at Western Carolina University. “Suffice it to say, it has caused a whole lot of discussion. Everyone is wanting to be politically correct in some form or another.” The most accurate — and most preferred by native people — is to use the name of their individual tribe. “It is a matter of personal identity is what it boils down to,” said Dennis Zotigh, a cultural specialist at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian “All native people are fiercely proud of their tribal affiliations. If someone incorrectly called them a tribe that they weren’t, they would be very quick to correct them. ‘I am not that tribe; I am this tribe.’ That personal identity is a very strong identify.” If you don’t know someone’s tribe, just ask, Zotigh said. “It should be protocol for when you meet a native person for the first time to ask them. We should start training Americans to do that,” Zotigh said. “Otherwise, we are lumped in a very broad general group. If you do that, you dismiss the histories and diversity of Indian people.” Belt agreed it’s preferable to refer to a native person by their individual tribe. But even that carries its own set of baggage and is not always accurate. Native people were often labeled by settlers and explorers with names other than what a tribe actually called themselves. “We all knew who we were and had our own names for ourselves. But most of the tribes have names that were imposed on them,” Belt said. Sioux is the most oft-cited example. Sioux is thought to actually be a derogatory term meaning “snake” used by the rivaling Ojibwa for the Dakota and Lakota people. But when explorers asked the Ojibwa what the neighboring tribe was called, it went down in history as the Sioux. Now, the Lakota, Dakota and Nakota people prefer those distinct tribal references and have shed the name Sioux. They are even actively working to change the official geographic place names that bear the word Sioux, such as the Sioux River, citing the appearance of Sioux over and over on maps as derogatory and insulting. In that vein, Cherokee is technically not what the Cherokee people called themselves. Hernando de Soto picked up the name Cherokee from a tribe to the east. “We got stuck with it. It isn’t even our tribal word,” Belt said. Cherokee people called themselves Kituwah. Some Cherokee people have again taken to calling themselves Kituwah — indeed, Cherokee who held on to their native language never quit — but a tribal-wide shift would be a likely insurmountable task, Belt admitted.





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To Brown, it’s a huge step that society is even engaging in a wide-scale discussion of Diamond Brown, Cherokee cultural and historical specialist. the preferred and proper Margaret Hester photo term for native people. Brown told the audience gathered around his encampment at the “Native American, Festival of Native Peoples last month to take note of the festival’s name — native American Indian. It people. Native people, or simple native, is growing in popularity as the preferred doesn’t matter. We know point of reference. who we are.” Across the fairgrounds from Brown on the official performance stage, the emcee for — Osceola Redshirt the festival was filling airtime while the next set of dancers was queuing up, and he, too, from the Irish tribe, or from the German tribe. touched on the subject. So instead, Brown suggested, ask a native “We don’t get hung up on titles. Native person “Who are your people?” American, American Indian. It doesn’t mat“And they would say, ‘I’m Cherokee,’” ter. We know who we are,” Osceola Redshirt Brown said. told the stadium full of people waiting for For Zotigh, however, the answer would the next show. But, “We like to call each be even more complicated. He’s Kiowa, other Native.” Santee Dakota, and Ohkay Owingeh Pueblo. Zotigh said it was too soon for him to It’s a mouthful, even for a native person weigh in on whether America was witnessing who’s used to speaking in such circles. a collective shift from the term Native And thus, sometimes, a singular term to American to simply “native,” and whether in refer broadly to all native people is a necessity. 20 years it’s what we would all be saying. Zotigh personally prefers American “I hate to make any predictions that far Indian. Mostly because he’s accustomed to it, in the future because something new might just as the generations before him had adopt- come along,” Zotigh said.


Before you go asking a native person what tribe they belong to, however, Brown offered up even more food for thought. Is the word “tribe” even technically correct? Native peoples were actually functioning as their own nations, operating with distinct languages and sophisticated political structures across vast territories. The word tribe is an understatement, carrying the connotation of wandering nomadic bands. “Before the explorers came, we had nations of different people with their own governments, languages and cultures. Those are nations of people,” Brown said. After all, if someone was of Irish or German ancestry, you wouldn’t say they are

ed the word Indian and made it their own. “My grandparents’ and parents’ generation were perfectly fine with being called Indian. They didn’t think anything of it, and I don’t think anything of it,” Zotigh said. “For people of your generation, it became politically correct to say Native American. But for my generation, it was American Indian.” Indeed, the term American Indian was chosen by the Smithsonian for its flagship museum celebrating native cultures — the National Museum of the American Indian. But to Brown, American Indian is a twofold misnomer. It borrows from the name of Italian explorer Amerigo Vespucci and the false label from Columbus to boot. There’s an argument to be made for the term American Indian, however. “American Indian is still the language of the law,” Zotigh said. There’s the Bureau of Indian Affairs, the Indian Child Welfare Act, the Indian Health Service, National Congress of the American Indians, National Indian Education Association, and so on, Zotigh pointed out. In Canada, native people are collectively and officially known these days as “First Nation.” It pays homage to the fact they were living on this land first, and to the fact that they were their own nations. “I kind of like that. It doesn’t say America and has no political overtones,” Zotigh said.

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BY CAITLIN BOWLING STAFF WRITER ake Junaluska community leaders gave residents a first look at how its service fees will increase since its merger with Waynesville was thwarted, at least temporarily. The Lake Junaluska Community Council recommended increasing its garbage pickup fee and homeowner service fee but postponed any decision on water and sewer costs during a series of unanimous votes at its meeting last week. More than 50 people were in attendance. A fee increase was both anticipated and expected if the merger with Waynesville did not go through. Paying town taxes would be cheaper than a go-it alone approach, where Lake Junaluska residents shoulder the burden of community services and infrastructure repairs among a much smaller population. The town’s critical mass gives it economies of scale, allowing it to provide services to the masses more cheaply than Lake Junaluska can muster as a stand-alone entity of just 765 homes. Some opponents to a merger, however, have questioned whether the threat of increased homeowner fees and water and sewer maintenance surcharges is a ploy to galvanize support for annexation. Critics of a merger are distrustful, wondering whether the numbers are being manipulated to convince homeowners to support annexation. “I think there are people that have concluded that. I would like to think that is not true, but there are people who think that. I hope it is not true,” said Walt Logan, a seasonal homeowner at Lake Junaluska from Florida who is against merging with Waynesville. Merging with Waynesville was supported by a 60 percent majority in a survey of property owners and was supported by both the homeowners association and community council. But opponents lobbied against it Raleigh and derailed its passage. There are plans to push for it again next year, however. In the meantime, a fee hike is poised to come to fruition. The final decision on any fee increases rests with the Lake Junaluska Assembly Board of Directors, a 32-member body that oversees the Lake Junaluska Conference and Retreat Center’s operations. However, the recommendations of the Community Council, a seven-person board elected by Lake Junaluska homeowners to represent residential issues, would likely be heeded by the Assembly. • The council agreed to increase the trash pickup fee by $3 to $16.86 a month starting Jan. 1 due to increased hauling fees to the landfill. The increase will bring in an additional $21,750 a year. • The service charge, akin to a homeown-


tinue to deteriorate. The lake has limped along in its upkeep of the water and sewer lines. But the time of reckoning is upon them. “We are just patching and plugging the best we can. Sooner or later they get to the point where you can’t patch them anymore. It is patch upon patch. It is the worst way to er’s fee common in most subdivision comconsidered since the bill is stopped for now. run a water and sewer system,” Young said. munities, pays for street maintenance, “Annexation is the option I am working In March, the Lake lost 54 percent of the upkeep of commons areas and security. It toward at this time,” Young said. water it purchased because of old pipes. will go up from 33 cents to 35.25 cents per Murmurs from the rest of the crowd indiYoung presented three options to the $100 of home value starting Nov. 1. cated the room’s general support for the community council for how much to hike Ironically, about $5,000 in the homeown- merger. water and sewer maintenance fees. er’s service fees will fund continued efforts The homeowner’s fee increase will bring They were based on studies and assessments of the water and sewer system conducted by two different engineering consulting firms. One option covering only critical needs called for a $3 increase a month. The other option called for an increase of $20 a month. A third option, calling for an even larger increase of $48 a month, was dismissed as just too much. Lake Junaluska has an estimated $5.6 million water and sewer infrastructure repairs. The current water and sewer maintenance surcharge is $16 a month. Had the lake merged with Waynesville, the infrastructure liability would be assumed by the town. The town could have taken care if it for less, able to borrow money and make repairs upfront but pay it off over time. But Lake The Lake Junaluska Community Council met last week to debate how much its new rates will be. Junaluska Public Works can’t borrow money and has to pay as it goes for repairs, levying the needed on Lake Junaluska’s part to get the merger in $50,000 in new money. It is primarily amount for repairs year to year. passed. The money will primarily cover trav- needed to fund a transition plan for top Young said the $3 a month increase eling expense to and from Raleigh for Public positions within Junaluska’s residential serv- would just be “hanging in there another year Works Director Buddy Young to lobby in ices division due to retirements coming or two and hoping we get the merger with favor of the merger bill. down the pike. The public works director Waynesville.” The Lake and Waynesville shared costs and security chief are both retiring next year, The $20 a month increase takes the for a lobbyist this year, services rendered by and whoever is hired may require a bigger approach of “OK, we are in it by ourselves, Haywood County’s own Chip Killian, an salary than what the old guys were getting. and let’s get to it,” Young said. attorney and lobbyist. However, Young plans “I can’t imagine they are going to get The Lake Junaluska Conference and to do the legwork himself next year to save anyone for close to what they are paying Retreat Center is biggest consumer of water costs. me,” Young said, citing that the security and generator of waste because of its size. If this bill gets passed next year, it will chief is also underpaid given his position. While a monthly increase maybe difficult for likely require an official referendum vote of Plus, there will be overlap time when the individual residents, the conference and Lake Junaluska residents as a condition. new public works director is already on the retreat center will undoubtedly be most “It is unrealistic that a bill will be passed payroll and Young stays on as a consultant affected. that doesn’t include a referendum,” Young to train the new hire. “They will be substantial, but we knew said. that,” said Jack Ewing, the CEO of Lake Only those registered to vote at a Lake Junaluska Conference and Retreat Center. Junaluska address could participate in the Community Council member Ken Zulla ATER AND SEWER referendum vote, however, and more than indicated his support for increasing the WHERE THE RUB LIES half of Lake residents claim full-time resiwater and sewer rates at the $20 a month dence elsewhere. While the other fees were easy enough to level, “knowing that is probably not the Only one audience member addressed agree upon, the sewer and water base rates right fix,” but that a higher level of repairs the issue of the merger to ask if other were trickier. Parts of Lake Junaluska’s water will just have to wait, he said. options, such as incorporation, were being and sewer system are a century old and conIn the end, the council decided to hold off on a vote until the next meeting so they could see how the two options would affect “We are just patching and plugging the best we can. the budget of the Conference and Retreat Sooner or later they get to the point where you can’t Center operations, which has been financially challenged in recent years. patch them anymore. It is patch upon patch. It is the “We will have the entire picture before us next meeting,” Community Council Chair worst way to run a water and sewer system.” Bill King said. — Buddy Young, Public Works Director Reporter Becky Johnson contributed to this story. 15

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Despite computerized voting, Jackson County Board of Elections has stacks of boxes filled with absentee ballots and ticker tape print-outs from recent elections. The switch to paper ballots will require far more storage space to keep all those ballots. Caitlin Bowling photo BY CAITLIN BOWLING STAFF WRITER orth Carolina is reverting back to paper ballots, forcing Haywood, Jackson and 29 other counties in the state to purchase completely new voting equipment by 2018. To make the switch to paper ballots, Haywood County will have to scrounge up an estimated $1 million to replace all its voting machines, and Jackson County will have to find about $500,000. County tax payers will foot the bill. “We will have to start preparing for this today,” said Robert Inman, director of the Haywood County Board of Elections. The counties need to buy the equipment, which includes individual ballot booths, a scanner to read the ballots, ballot boxes, and the ballots themselves. “Everything that we haven’t used for many, many years,” Inman said. Haywood County last used paper ballots in 2005, before switching to an electronic touch screen. The touch screen system was all inclusive: it had built-in voting booths around them and served as both the ballots and ballot boxes all in one. Jackson County uses the same electronic voting machines; its voters haven’t cast paper ballots since the 1960s. Boards of elections will also need more security to protect the ballots, more poll workers to handle them and more storage space for the ballots once the election is over. “It takes more people to operate on paper. You don’t require just a few poll workers,” Inman said. “This will not be painless.” Politicians in the General Assembly who favored the switch to paper claim that elec-


tronic machines can malfunction and the paper ballots offer a concrete and tangible record of each and every vote. N.C. Sen. Jim Davis, R-Franklin, argued that the cost is not much more than if counties had to replace aging electronic voting machines. The counties would eventually have to replace their computerized voting systems. Switching to paper ballot systems may be slightly “in excess of what it would cost to replace their machines anyway, but that cost should be minimal at best,” Davis said in an email. Davis also said the state board of election informed him that most counties will replace their current election equipment following the 2016 election anyway. Lisa Lovedahl-Lehman, director of the Jackson County Board of Elections, estimates that Jackson County’s 120 electronic voting machines will last about another five years. “It would depend on the vote machines. We would still use them while they are sound and reliable,” Lovedahl-Lehman said. Or until they become illegal. Inman said the life expectancy for Haywood County’s 187 voting machines is 14 to 18 years. By 2018, the machines will only be 13 years old. Inman said he will recommend that the county hold off on purchasing the new equipment until 2018 draws closer. That will allow the county to save up money, plus the technology used for elections may change between now and then. Equipment used now could be obsolete in five years. Boards of elections will have to ask their county commissioners for the money to buy the new equipment. Counties are responsible for funding election

VOTING ACCURACY Another consideration in the paper ballot matter is storage. In Jackson County, each election generates three or four of boxes full of absentee ballots and rolls of ticker-tape computer printouts. That volume will likely quadruple once the switch is made to paper ballots, said Lovedahl-Lehman. “You need to keep up with all the ones that have been voted and even ones that haven’t been voted,” LovedahlLehman said. Storage will likely be the number one challenge for Jackson County, she said, because of the small amount of space her office has. Ballots, both used and unused, must be kept for at least 22 months. Next to cost and storage space, the biggest hurdle will be teaching people how to fill out the paper ballots. While it’s easy in theory — just fill in the bubble for the candidate you want — there is always the chance for human error. Inman said he has seen people color in circles for all the candidates in a race, only to mark out two. The electronic machines also tend to be more accurate than paper ballots because they eliminate human error. The

machines warn voters if they voted for too many people in one race and ask repeatedly if the person is sure about their vote. “If there is one thing that frustrates people, it asks you too many times if you are sure,” Inman said. It also forces people to review all their votes one last time before submitting them. “The types of electronic voting we have now result in fewer errors,” said Chris Cooper, a political science professor at Western Carolina University. Cooper added that he is puzzled why state leaders would choose to use paper ballots in elections. “It really is counter to what is happening in the rest of the country,” Cooper said. Every year, Cooper has some of his students try to tally up votes from the 2008 Coleman-Franken U.S. Senate race. The election was so tight that it ended in a recount, and a number of the ballots were contested because it was difficult to gauge the voter’s intent. Since starting the exercise, Cooper’s students have never gotten the same vote totals, he said. The count is subjective because marks may be barely there or someone may have tried to erase their original vote and cast one for the other candidate. “Counting paper ballots is harder than it sounds,” Cooper said. On the other hand, the votes from the electronic voting machines usually add up. “Sometimes, it takes us five or six times, but they always come out correct,” Lovedahl-Lehman said. Paper ballots will also increase the amount of time it takes to audit the votes. Every election, a couple of races are chosen for review. This helps ensure the accuracy of the vote counts. With the electronic machines, the audit only takes a couple days. With paper ballots, it will take longer. “I am not looking forward to auditing 2,500 paper ballots,” Lovedahl-Lehman said. Not to mention races where candidates ask for a recount.

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costs, including staff salaries and voting equipment. Lovedahl-Lehman said they try to be frugal. “If we don’t need it, we don’t buy it,” she said. “Or we try to do it in-house.” The Jackson election office returned as much as $50,000 back to the county one year thanks to penny-pinching. Lovedahl-Lehman said she hopes the commissioners consider that when faced with the $500,000 cost of new voting equipment. “I hope that they do remember,” she said. Macon and Swain counties already use paper ballots, so they will not be affected by the change. “It will not affect us, thank goodness,” said Joan Weeks, director of the Swain County Board of Elections.

The building sector in Jackson County has continued its upward swing in 2013. For the first half of the year, the county issued permits to build more than 90 new homes, and about a third of those were for houses worth $500,000 or more. The new construction signals a renewed interest in spending and promises short-term jobs for area workers. “Contractors, electricians and plumbers, most of them have work now,” said Tony Elders, director of permitting and code enforcement for the county. “And there were times they didn’t have anything to do.” The residential construction figures put the county in the lead among other counties west of Buncombe and ahead of its own tallies from the same period last year. Apart from residential construction activity, the county also issued permits for 18 new commercial buildings in the first seven months of 2013 — a new bank along U.S. 441 heading toward Cherokee, a doctor’s office near the hospital in Sylva and a new office building in Cashiers, to name a few. Six of those permits came in the month of July alone. More to come soon will be the county’s new liquor store in Cashiers, a Verizon store and a drive through burger joint in Sylva. During 2008 and 2009, Elders said only a couple of commercial building permits were issued each year. “That’s a big deal,” he said. “That number dies during the recession.” — By Staff Writer Andrew Kasper

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Rally cry to save Camp Hope persits in wake of lawsuit BY CAITLIN BOWLING STAFF WRITER he town of Canton is not out of the woods yet in its fight to keep Camp Hope, a public recreation area in Cruso. John and Deborah Prelaz, the couple that sued the town in an attempt to gain ownership rights to Camp Hope, have appealed a Haywood County jury’s May ruling in favor of Canton. The case will head to the North Carolina Court of Appeals, where a three-jury panel will decide whether to affirm the original verdict or send the case back to Haywood County for a new trial. The process could take up to a year depending on how the Court of Appeals rules. The appeal was not unexpected. “We are not surprised,” said Canton Town Manager Al Matthews. Matthews hopes the verdict sticks and the town retains ownership to the 100-acre tract, in turn preserving it as a public use area instead of falling into private ownership by the Prelazes. “We still feel we were right in the case we presented the first time,” Matthews said. The Prelazes have reversion rights on Camp Hope, a 100-acre property off U.S. 276 in Cruso should the town fail to uphold certain stipulations that are a condition of the town’s historic ownership of the property. During a weeklong civil trial in May, the

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couple argued that Canton failed to meet the deed requirements — namely that the property was not adequately made available for public use. The town successfully countered that the property was in fact always open for public use, even though Camp Hope was rented out

Since April, Camp Hope has hosted four events, mostly family reunions. Eight more events are scheduled for August and September. to Wellsprings Adventure Camp, a private entity that runs weight-loss camps during the summer months. However, Canton officials could not say how many people had used the property for planned gatherings, walks or fishing. The town was accused of not making it widely

toward getting the word out. Since the suit, Canton employees have fielded many calls inquiring about the property’s availability for events later this year and next. Since April, Camp Hope has hosted four events. Another eight, including a wedding, are on the calendar to take place between now and

the end of September. Now, whenever people call to inquire about using Camp Hope, town employees send out a packet explaining the rental rates and rules. Most of the inquiries have been for next year. However, the calls could be all for naught if the Prelazes’ appeal is successful, and Camp Hope becomes private property. As a result of the lawsuit, Wellsprings Adventure Camp pulled out of its agreement with the town. In exchange for use of Camp Hope, Wellsprings had performed maintenance and upkeep of the property, a job and expense that has now fallen back on the town. During the May trial, Canton leaders talked about reconnecting with Wellsprings Adventure Camp to bring its weight-loss program back to Camp Hope, but Matthews said the town hasn’t in fact spoken with Wellsprings about that possibility since the trial ended. “We forward the mail to them. That is about it,” he said. Currently, a community-led group called Friends of Camp Hope is sprucing up the property, maintaining the cabins, planting flowers and clearing walking and running paths. Everyday, people visit the property, according to Camp Hope neighbor Pam Kearse, who co-founded



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slight advantage at best. Luckily, the counties have two of the lowest tax rates in the entire state. “I don’t know if it’s going to benefit Jackson County more or Macon County more,” Tate said. “But what’s fair is fair and what’s right is right.” Defining the border could put an end to some of the confusion and possibly avoid a larger problem down the road. Macon County commissioners passed a resolution last month inviting the N.C. Geodetic Survey to define the border, using historical data and a survey. Now, they need Jackson County commissioners to agree before the state agency will get involved. Jackson County Manager Chuck Wooten made the pitch to commissioners at their meeting last week, saying it would be good to at least hear what a survey might offer at an upcoming work session. “It’s my recommendation that we invite the folks from the geodetic office to do a presentation and maybe a survey,” Wooten said. “Macon County feels it would be best to establish this line once and for all.” The survey would be non-binding and free to the counties, Wooten said. He surmised that historical boundaries established along ridgelines were becoming obsolete as people build on top of the ridges and alter the landscape with development. And though he didn’t believe that the records the Jackson County’s tax office was using were that far out of line, he acknowledged the discrepancies. “In some cases they appear to be different,” Wooten said.



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St. John the Evanglist Church in Waynesville will host a special seminar from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 24, to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Second Vatican Council. Featured speakers include Rev. John Rausch, the director of the Catholic Committee of Appalachia; Rev. James Cahill, former priest of Our Lady of Lourdes in Bemus Point, N.Y.; and Mary Keenan. Lunch is provided. Register by Aug. 17. 828.456.6629 or 828.586.5881

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Friends of Camp Hope. “Each evening, we have people up here walking,” Kearse said. “We are excited to see more and more people using it.” Since the publicity surrounding the trial, people who have never visited Camp Hope or have not been there in years have shown up. “The activity up here has increased each day. That is just real exciting for us in the neighborhood to see,” Kearse said.

Friends of Camp Hope is always looking for volunteers to help clean-up and maintain the property as well as the buildings on it, which include eight cabins, a bathhouse, an open pavilion and a dining hall facility with a kitchen. The group is also asking people to submit pictures and stories from their experience with Camp Hope, so they can start compiling a history of the property. Any submission should be sent to Friends of Camp Hope, P.O. Box 884 Canton, N.C. or

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BY ANDREW KASPER STAFF WRITER hether you live in Macon County or Jackson County may depend on which one you ask. For about a year, Macon County Commissioner Jimmy Tate has been championing the cause of defining, once and for all, the county line that separates Maconians and Jacksonians. Tate, who represents the Highlands area of Macon County, recently had a property owner approach him about the matter. The resident has nearly 10 acres of land on the border between the two counties and wants to build a house on it, except the he doesn’t know with which county to submit an application for a building permit. “I said ‘go online and look at the maps,’” Tate said. “And they said, ‘I did that and I can’t tell.’” Apparently the land records used by each county have conflicting information in regards to sections of the border. By some counts a handful of properties could be affected by the ambiguity. Since that first property owner contacted Tate, two more have come forward: one property owner thought he lived in Macon County but paid taxes to Jackson, while the other did the opposite. Tate’s mission is to settle the issue for good, or as he puts it “to get the line straightened out.” Stealing a few properties from the tax rolls of one county and adding them to the other, or vice versa, would most likely end up as a wash financially speaking, or give a

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however, that’s the way it looks to many of us who live in places not named Raleigh, Charlotte, Greensboro or Winston-Salem. Everyone braced for change when Gov. Pat McCrory and Republicans in both the House and Senate were duly elected to govern North Carolina. That’s the natural order of politics — to the winner goes the spoils. However, even many long-time observers were caught unawares by the speed, the ideological bent, and the reliance on unproven economic principals that infused the legislation passed during the first session in which the GOP had total control of the state. In our cover story last week, The Smoky Mountain News wrote about the plight of the N.C. Rural Economic Development Center, which has distributed millions of dollars in state grants during the last couple of decades. The agency had come under criticism after a scathing audit revealed that it did not always assure that its grants met goals for job creation. The audit, coupled with a series of stories by The Raleigh News and Observer, revealed that many of the job creation goals were simply untrue that they were often low-wage. The newspaper articles also claimed that the center had a cozy relationship with some politicians. The answer to these accusations was to cut off funding to the Rural Center rather than try and fix the woes. If you live in counties where those Rural Center grants played a vital role in economic development — which is true for all of us west of Buncombe — then you subsequently immediately question throwing out the baby with the bathwater. “Who is going to be our advocate, and where are we going to find funds?” asked Ron Leatherwood, a member of Haywood County’s EDC and former board member at AdvantageWest. “Someone has got to fill that void.” In addition to essentially shuttering the Rural Center, the

Judicial hearings should remain open to public

To the Editor: When sponsors can’t give a good reason for proposed legislation, it usually means there are bad ones. It’s not hard to perceive the bad ones behind House Bill 652, which would wreck the way North Carolina polices judicial integrity. Presently, the Commission on Judicial Standards — comprised of judges, lawyers, and lay citizens — investigates complaints from the public, dismisses as unfounded all but a few of them, and goes thoroughly into the substantial ones. It can reprimand a judge on its own authority, or recommend that the Supreme Court impose suspension or even removal. If formal hearings are ordered, the commission’s proceedings are public. These are rare events. Among 1,420 cases received over the past five years, there were 54 letters of caution, 13 public reprimands, 10 public hearings, and four recommendations for discipline filed. But someone evidently wants these to be even rarer. HB 652 calls for all proceedings to remain secret unless and until a majority of

state has cut its support of AdvantageWest from $1.2 million per year to $250,000 this year. It is slated to receive nothing from the state in 2014-15. Before the funding, the economic development entity that was under the state Department of Commerce served all of Western North Carolina and had a $2.2 million annual budget. Its board is meeting this month to map out a viable future, one it hopes includes a place in the state news economic development roadmap. That new roadmap is pointing toward a new statewide economic development entity that will be private instead of public (which means little to Editor no public oversight). And, in a move particularly telling for Western North Carolina, just one of the 39 members of the group that will draft the plan for the state’s new economic development efforts is from west of Interstate 77. That’s Jack Cecil of Biltmore Farms, a well-known businessman and WNC community leader, but not exactly a person grounded in the issues affecting the small communities in these mountains. “If you don’t have a spokesman, then you are not at the table,” said Waynesville Mayor Gavin Brown. Speaking at a meeting of southwestern North Carolina leaders a few weeks ago in Cherokee, Tony Almeida, the governor’s economic development adviser, promised not to forget WNC in particular and rural areas in general. The head of the state Department of Commerce, speaking in rural Roberson County (just south of Fayetteville along the Interestate 95 corridor) last week, made similar statements. According to an article in The Fayetteville Observer, Commerce Secretary Sharon Decker had this to say to local business leaders: “The intent is to put more resources in rural North Carolina and not fewer. North Carolina has two major

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difficult for me to believe that the new leadership in Iruralt’sRaleigh would purposely sacrifice development in the state’s areas at the altar of political ideology. On purpose or not,

what is now a politically polarized Supreme Court agrees to impose discipline on a judge. Worse, it would allow the justices to sit in judgment on their own colleagues — a duty now properly assigned to an independent panel of senior Court of Appeals judges.     This lends itself to cover-ups and cronyism — exactly what one would want, perhaps, if one is a Supreme Court justice who fears being accused of favoring campaign contributors. It amounts to an engraved invitation to corrupt the courts. The only explanation sponsors offered for HB 652 is that some of the justices wanted it. Chief Justice Sarah Parker made clear that she did not. The possibility of campaign-related misconduct is much greater now that the General Assembly, in the massive voter suppression bill, has repealed public financing for judicial campaigns and increased to $5,000 from $1,000 the maximum contribution to a candidate for judge. The secrecy in which the General Assembly — or should we say the General Assassins? — wants to envelop judicial misconduct reminds me of Florida’s situation in the mid-1970s. Two justices tried to fix cases for campaign supporters in lower courts. One of them was acting on behalf of a man appeal-

economic engines in Raleigh and Charlotte — the one and four fastest growing communities in the country. We are fortunate they are there. But ... we can’t grease those wheels at the expense of rural North Carolina.” Then she urged the local leaders to work locally to imrpove her own list of the five tenets of economic health: health; education; economic development; arts, tourism and culture; and quality of life. Well, that sounds nice, but leaders of her boss’s own party have passed legislation that makes shoring up those five “tenets” much more difficult. • Health — The legislature chose not to expand Medicaid for more North Carolinians, a move that has dealt a terrible financial blow to rural hospitals. • Education — The legislature has slashed money for teacher assistants, eliminated the extra pay for teachers who attain advanced degrees, and eliminated teacher tenure. Our schools are having to do more with less, and leaders in Raleigh somehow think they have helped our schools. • Economic development — Well, as discussed earlier, we have virtually shut down the agency that the state’s 85 rural counties depended on for grants to improve infrastructure and aid business expansion. So right now we have a lot of talk about how the changes in Raleigh will help rural North Carolina, how it will steer more money into economic development. Many of us have our doubts, but we have no choice now but to accept the change and get to work so the economic health of our region will improve. Rep. Joe Sam Queen, D-Waynesville, was right on in his assessment of the changes: “Right now, we have a pig in a poke,” a promise that we are on the right track. A promise, though, won’t even get you a cup of coffee. (Scott McLeod can be reached at

LOOKING FOR OPINIONS The Smoky Mountain News encourages readers to express their opinions through letters to the editor or guest columns. All viewpoints are welcome. Send to, or mail to PO Box 629, Waynesville, NC, 28786. ing a bribery conviction, who had also bribed him. But Florida’s judicial discipline agency couldn’t agree on what to do about it, and for a long time no one else knew. Two justices also let a lawyer lobby them out of court on a major case and accepted a secret draft opinion from him. When the chief justice heard of it, he ordered a cover-up. Thanks to courageous whistle-blowers and the press, the mess was eventually exposed and cleaned up. Two justices resigned, and the constitution was amended to open all disciplinary cases once probable cause is found to proceed with them. Given the awesome powers judges have, their ethics must be impeccable, far more so than what is expected of legislators and other

politicians. With House Bill 652, the General Assembly makes plain that it doesn’t much care whether judges are ethical. But the people care, and we will remember Martin A. Dyckman Waynesville

Poor leadership will drag down the state To the Editor: Once again Jim Mueller, vice chair of the Jackson County Republican Party enlightens us with his Tea Party perspective on austerity and the path to economic recovery in North Carolina, citing the example of Detroit as a warning to those who borrow too much. Detroit’s crisis has more to do with deindustrialization: from 2000 to 2010, metro Detroit lost 52 percent of its manufacturing jobs. The federal government bailed out the Big Three automakers, but that did not stop the shuttering of factories or the offshoring of production. Mr. Mueller would rather blame the victims of hard times. He offers us the same old “double down on trickle down:” more corporate tax breaks and a state budget that unfairly taxes the

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. The cobbler, pie and cake selections are sure to satisfy any sweet tooth. ANTHONY WAYNE’S 37 Church St, Waynesville. 828.456.6789. Open for lunch Monday-Friday 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.; open for dinner Thursday-Saturday 5 to 9 p.m.; and Sunday brunch 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Exceptional, new-American cuisine, offering several gluten free items. BLUE RIDGE BBQ COMPANY 180 N. Main St., Waynesville. 828.452.7524. 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. TuesdayThursday; 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday-Saturday; 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. Blue Ridge BBQ is a family owned and operated restaurant. The BBQ is slow hardwood smoked, marinat-


ed in its own juices, and seasoned with mountain recipes. All menu items made from scratch daily. Featuring homemade cornbread salad, fresh collard greens, or cornbread and milk at your request. Old-fashioned homemade banana pudding and fruit cobbler of the season. Catering, take-out, eat-in. BLUE ROOSTER SOUTHERN GRILL 207 Paragon Parkway, Clyde, Lakeside Plaza at the old Wal-Mart. 828.456.1997. Monday-Friday 11 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.; Sunday 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Friendly and fun family atmosphere. Local, handmade Southern cuisine. Fresh-cut salads; slowsimmered soups; flame grilled burgers and steaks, and homemade signature desserts. Blue-plates and local fresh vegetables daily. Brown bagging is permitted. Private parties, catering, and take-out available. Call-ahead seating available. BOGART’S 35 East Main St., Sylva. 828.586.6532. Sunday through Thursday 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.; Friday and Saturday 11 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. Serving classic American food and drink in a casual environment. Daily lunch and dinner specials. Children’s menu available. Call for catering quotes. Private room available for large parties. Accepts MC/Visa, Discover and American Express. BOURBON BARREL BEEF & ALE 454 Hazelwood Ave., Waynesville, 828.452.9191. Now open for lunch 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Dinner nightly from 4 p.m.

Closed on Sunday. We specialize in hand-cut, all natural steaks, fresh fish, and other classic American comfort foods that are made using only the finest local and sustainable ingredients available. We also feature a great selection of craft beers from local artisan brewers, and of course an extensive selection of small batch bourbons and whiskey. The Barrel is a friendly and casual neighborhood dining experience where our guests enjoy a great meal without breaking the bank. 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. CATALOOCHEE RANCH 119 Ranch Dr., Maggie Valley. 828.926.1401. Family-style breakfast seven days a week, from 8 to 9:30 am – 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 till 2. 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 herbbaked chicken, complemented by seasonal

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middle class more than the wealthier 5 percent. This is how you create jobs. We are asked to be patient and give Gov. McCrory’s economic plan time to show results. I’m out of patience with the phony war on austerity. We see that the state needs to spend millions on problems that don’t exist: from drug testing applicants for public assistance to restoring confidence in our elections by passing a new omnibus bill that state legislators passed overhauling how elections are held in North Carolina. That bill, “An Act To Restore Confidence In Government By Establishing The Voter Information Verification Act To Promote The Electoral Process Through Education ...,” mandates the use of new voting machines that will produce a paper ballot. In the case of Jackson County, the current voting machines already produce a traceable paper audit log. The cost of these new machines to Jackson County will be between a quarter and a half million dollars. Multiply this by 100 counties. Detroit does provide some insight into our state’s problems. It’s had a share of flawed leadership. North Carolina is now seeing its share of failed leadership. I’ve seen enough. Roger Turner Sylva

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To the Editor: We won! The vibrant green bear Friends of the Smokies specialty license plate has been rescued from extinction. The North Carolina legislature in the 11th hour voted to preserve the full color specialty license plate program. A big Smokies bear hug thank you goes out to all the vocal citizens and legislators who spoke up on behalf of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. On this issue, our western legislators banded together and stepped up to the tough fight. Bear plates since their birth have raised $3.3 million for significant projects in Great Smoky Mountains National Park, like the new Oconaluftee Visitor Center near Cherokee. Those funds come in one license plate at a time with $20 going to the Smokies and $10 to state projects such as handicap accessibility at visitor centers. To the 20,000-plus owners of Friends of the Smokies license plates — thank you for your continued participation over the years. Congratulations. You get to keep your plate, exactly as it is. The more the merrier — join celebration and purchase your own bear license plate at a plate office or Yes, we won. All of us: Full color plate owners. North Carolina causes. State coffers. Tourism development. Visitors to Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Our Smokies. And our bears. Holly Demuth North Carolina Director Friends of the Smokies

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vegetables, homemade breads, jellies and desserts. We also offer a fine selection of wine and beer. The evening social hour starts at 6pm, and dinner is served starting at 7pm. So join us for mile-high mountaintop dining with a spectacular view. CHEF’S TABLE 30 Church St., Waynesville. 828.452.6210. From 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday dinner starting at 5 p.m. “Best of” Award of Excellence from Wine Spectator Magazine. Set in a distinguished atmosphere with an exceptional menu. Extensive selection of wine and beer. Reservations honored. CITY BAKERY 18 N. Main St. Waynesville 828.452.3881. Monday-Friday 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday 8 a.m. to 2 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

CORNERSTONE CAFÉ 1092 N. Main Street, Waynesville. 828.452.4252. Open Monday through Friday 6 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. Fresh meats purchased daily, great homemade breakfast, burgers made to order. Comfortable and friendly atmosphere, with curb service available. Make lunch easy and call ahead for to go orders. COUNTRY VITTLES: FAMILY STYLE RESTAURANT 3589 Soco Rd, Maggie Valley. 828.926.1820 Open Daily 7 a.m. to 8:30 p.m., closed Tuesday. Family Style at Country Vittles is not a buffet. Instead our waitresses will bring your food piping hot from the kitchen right to your table and as many refills as you want. So if you have a big appetite, but sure to ask your waitress about our family style service. FRANKIE’S ITALIAN TRATTORIA 1037 Soco Rd. Maggie Valley. 828.926.6216 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday. Father and son team Frank and Louis Perrone cook up dinners steeped in Italian tradition. With recipies passed down from generations gone by, the Perrones have brought a bit of Italy to Maggie Valley.

CORK AND BEAN 16 Everett St., Bryson City. 828.488.1934. Open Monday-Saturday, 8:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Sunday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Enjoy organic, fair-trade, gourmet espresso and coffees, a select, eclectic list of wines, and locally prepared treats to go with every thing. Come by early and enjoy a breakfast crepe with a latte, grab a grilled chicken pesto crepe for lunch, or wind down with a nice glass of red wine. Visit us on Facebook!

FRYDAY’S & SUNDAES 24 & 26 Fry St., Bryson City (Next To The Train Depot). 828.488.5379. Frydays is open; but closed on Wednesdays. Sundaes is open 7 days a week. Fryday’s is known for its Traditional English Beer Battered Fish & Chips, but also has burgers, deep fried dogs, gyro, shrimp, bangers, Chip Butty, chicken, sandwiches & a great kids menu. Price friendly, $3-$10, Everything available to go or call ahead takeout. Sundaes has 24 rotating flavors of Hershey's Ice Cream making them into floats, splits, sundaes, shakes. Private seating inside & out for both locations right across from the train station & pet friendly.

CORK & CLEAVER 176 Country Club Drive, Waynesville. 828.456.7179. Reservations recommended. 4:30-9 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday. Tucked away

FROGS LEAP PUBLIC HOUSE 44 Church St. Downtown Waynesville 828.456.1930 Serving lunch and dinner from 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Tuesday through

Saturday, Sunday lunch and dinner from 11:30 a.m. to 7 p.m., closed Mondays. Frogs Leap is a farm to table restaurant focused on local, sustainable, natural and organic products prepared in modern regional dishes. Seasonal menu focuses on Southern comfort foods with upscale flavors. Come for the restaurant’s 4 @ 4 when you can choose a center and three sides at special prices. Offered Wed- Fri. from 4 to 6. GUADALUPE CAFÉ 606 W. Main Street, Sylva. 828.586.9877. Open 7 days a week at 5 p.m. Located in the historic Hooper’s Drugstore, Guadalupe Café is a chef-owned and operated restaurant serving Caribbean inspired fare complimented by a quirky selection of wines and microbrews. Supporting local farmers of organic produce, livestock, hand-crafted cheese, and using sustainably harvested seafood. 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. Take-out 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. LUCIO'S RESTAURANT 313 Highlands Road, Franklin. 828.369.6670. Serving Macon County since 1984. Closed Sunday, Monday, Tuesday. Lunch Wednesday-Friday 11:30 a.m. until.Dinner Wednesday-Saturday 5 p.m. until. Owned and operated by Tanya and Dorothy Gamboni. Serving authentic Italian and continental cuisine including appetizers, pastas, poultry, veal, seafood, steaks and

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MAD BATTER BAKERY & CAFÉ Located on the WCU Campus in Cullowhee. 828.293.3096. Open Monday-Thursday 7:30 a.m. to 8 p.m., Friday 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday and Sunday 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Earth-friendly foods at people-friendly prices. Daily specials, wraps, salads, pastries, breads, soups and more. Unique fare, friendly service, casual atmosphere and wireless Internet. Organic ingredients, local produce, gourmet fair trade and organic coffees. MAGGIE VALLEY CLUB 1819 Country Club Dr., Maggie Valley. 828.926.1616. Open daily for lunch and dinner. Fine and casual fireside dining in welcoming atmosphere. Full bar. Reservations accepted. MOONSHINE GRILL 2550 Soco Road, Maggie Valley loacted in the Smoky Falls Lodge. 828.926.7440. Open Wednesday through Sunday, 4:30 to 9 p.m. Cooking up mouth-watering, woodfired Angus steaks, prime rib and scrumptious fresh seafood dishes. The wood-fired grill gives amazing flavor to every meal that comes off of it. Enjoy creative dishes made using moonshine. Stop by and simmer for a while and soak up the atmosphere. The best kept secret in Maggie Valley.

beer selection. Casual atmosphere, dine indoor, outside on the patio or at the bar. Reservations appreciated. 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. PATIO BISTRO 30 Church Street, Waynesville. 828.454.0070. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Breakfast bagels and sandwiches, gourmet coffee, deli sandwiches for lunch with homemade soups, quiches, and desserts. Wide selection of wine and beer. Outdoor and indoor dining. RENDEZVOUS RESTAURANT AND BAR Maggie Valley Inn and Conference Center 828.926.0201 Bar open Monday thru Saturday; dining room open Tuesday thru Saturday at 5 p.m. Full service restaurant serving steaks, prime rib, seafood and dinner specials. Live music Thursday, Friday and Saturday. SOUL INFUSION TEA HOUSE & BISTRO 628 E. Main St. (between Sylva Tire & UPS). 828.586.1717. Tuesday-Friday 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Saturday noon -until. Scrumptious, natural, fresh soups, salads, sandwiches, wraps and desserts. 60+ teas served hot or cold, black, chai, herbal. Seasonal and rotating draft beers, good selection of wine. Home-Grown Music Network Venue with live music most weekends. Pet friendly and kid ready.

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.

TAP ROOM SPORTS BAR & GRILL 176 Country Club Dr. Waynesville 828.456.5988. 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. seven days a week. Enjoy soups, sandwiches, salads and hearty appetizers along with a full bar menu in our casual, smoke-free neighborhood grill.

OLD STONE INN 109 Dolan Road, off Love Lane. 828.456.3333. Classic fireside dining in an historic mountain lodge with cozy, intimate bar. Dinner served nightly except Sunday from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Signature dinner choices include our 8oz. filet of beef in a brandied peppercorn sauce and a garlic and herb crusted lamb rack. Carefully selected fine wines and beers plus full bar available. Open year round. Call for reservations.

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.

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

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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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.

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MOUNTAIN PERKS ESPRESSO BAR & CAFÉ 9 Depot St., Bryson City. 828.488.9561. Open Monday through Thursday, 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Friday 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday 8 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. With music at the Depot. Sunday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Life is too short for bad coffee. We feature wonderful breakfast and lunch selections. Bagels, wraps, soups, sandwiches, salads and quiche with a variety of specialty coffees, teas and smoothies. Various desserts.

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BY GARRET K. WOODWARD STAFF WRITER Don’t mess with a mountain girl, especially one on roller skates. “We’re a tough bunch, and we stick together,” said Krista Robb. Aka “Butternut Squash,” the 28-year-old Robb is a star player on the Smoky Mountain Roller Girls, a nonprofit sports organization rallying folks from all corners of Southern Appalachia. “We want to get everyone in the community together,” Robb said. “We want to be a positive influence on Western North Carolina, a place where everyone can get along and enjoy each other.” The team will square off against the Upstate Roller Girl Evolution team (Easley, S.C.) during their “Cruisin’ for a Krista “Butternut Bruisin’” event on Aug. Squash” Robb 31 at the Birdtown Gym in Cherokee. The match will feature two bouts, with proceeds going to the Cherokee Children’s Home and Hawthorne Heights in Bryson City. “We’re always giving back to the community. Every bout we’ve had, the funds went to another organization in the area,” said Lisa “Lisal Injection” Bernier. The 43-year-old Bernier is a physician’s assistant at the Cherokee Indian Hospital,

and assist the fifth member, called a jammer, whose job it is to skate pass as many opposing players in each lap. For each player passed, the jammer is awarded a point, where five points would be the maximum per lap. Each bout is two periods of 30 minutes. “It’s like a marathon where you’re thinking during the first mile, ‘how am I going to do this?’ But, you keep going, and it clicks, and you get ‘into the zone’ and just all about the focus,” said Coach Jennifer “Polly Pounder” Grabo. The 36-year-old began her roller derby career with the San Diego Derby Dolls. After stints in Los Angeles and Savannah, Grabo found herself in Asheville, Jennifer “Polly where she soon was Pounder” Grabo coaching and refereeing for the Balsam Mountain Roller Girls. It’s a passion that hasThe Smoky Mountain Roller Girls n’t left her since the day she first laced up and of Western North Carolina. stepped onto the track. “We take it seriously, but we do have a lot of fun and fool around,” she said. “We hang out and have a good time beating each other up, then we go for a few beers afterwards.” For her day job, Grabo is, ironically, a human resources officer for Sitel Contact Center Outsourcing in Asheville. Being a roller girl is “cheaper than therapy” Grabo feels. Once she hits the track, all bets are off. “I love to get beat up, I say ‘thank you’ to that other player and then return the favor,” she said. “Being a roller girl has made me a more confident person and brought more positivity to my life.” Off the track, the team is a The Smoky Mountain Roller Girls will face off against band of sisters, helping out the Upstate Roller Girl Evolution team (Easley, S.C.) during around the community and their “Cruisin’ for a Bruisin’” event at 4:30 p.m. Saturday, providing support in each Aug. 31, at the Birdtown Gym in Cherokee. other’s lives. It’s about finding The match will feature two bouts, with a “Fresh Meat the greater good amongst a Invitational” at 5:30 p.m. and a SMRG match at 7 p.m. group of tightly knit friends There will be a pre-bout car show in the parking lot. All prowho were once once strangers. ceeds from the bout will go to the Cherokee Children’s Home “It’s a really great support and Hawthorne Heights in Bryson City. system. Whether you’re the Volunteers, scorekeepers, timers, announcers, etc. are best skater or the worst, this always needed, and anyone is welcome to join and help the group of women will always team. Those interested in participating in the invitational or support you,” Grabo said. in joining the SMRG can come to their weekly practices from “We’ve been through divorces, 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday and Sunday at the gym on Hwy 19. broken bones and deaths or 828.400.0809. in our own lives, and we all pull together.” do some workouts and skate practices in At a recent practice within the Birdtown Franklin and Bryson City. And, with an unexGym, Bernier scans the 1,200-seat capacity pected amount of enthusiasm, the Smoky gym. The event will have a maximum of 800 Mountain Roller Girls were born. occupants, and Bernier expects it to be a sold“We weren’t sure what the response would out affair. It’s an exciting time to be a Smoky be, but there are now about 40 girls on our Mountain Roller Girl, with the only direction team, with about 25 consistently here at every to go being fast and forward. practice and bout,” Robb said. “This team is getting bigger and bigger, A contact sport consisting of two teams of and that’s great. Anyone interested, just come five skaters, the game has origins back to the on out to a bout or practice and just talk to 1930s, with more than 1,250 clubs currently one of us,” she said. “We have every personaliin existence worldwide. On each team at the ty here, whether you’re shy and quiet or loud starting line, there are four blockers who try and gregarious – it’s all here.”

Skating the Smokies for a good cause hence the nickname. The skaters come from all walks of life, all backgrounds. From doctors to nurses, teachers to college students, each with a different personality and skill they bring to the team. Robb is a local farmer and calls herself “Butternut Squash” because “I’ll butter you up and squash you.” “We all enjoy the fellowship and athletic side Lisa “Lisal of doing this,” Robb said. Injection” Bernier “All of our girls work really hard, and we devote a lot of our time as a team to service projects in the community.” Robb and a few female friends became interested in the sport when they would go to Asheville and watch the Blue Ridge Rollergirls in action. They went to one of the team’s boot camps and soon wanted to participate. But, due to driving logistics and time, it seemed a lost cause. Eventually, Robb and her crew started wrangling other girls in the region to

“It’s a really great support system. Whether you’re the best skater or the worst, this group of women will always support you.” — Jennifer “Polly Pounder” Grabo

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“Chronicle, Vol. 1” – Creedence Clearwater Revival (1976)

Rising string band Strung Like A Horse performs at No Name Sports Pub in Sylva on Aug. 17.

It’s the Stones, baby. Holed up in France during a tax feud with The Maggie Valley Summer Rally will be Aug. the British government, the group 16-18 at the festival grounds. took refuge in a villa near Nice to record this masterpiece. Spewing a tough-as-nails mixture of rock, The Big Nasty Jazz Band hits the stage at the blues, country and gospel, the Saturdays on Pine concert series in Highlands album is the essence of the nittyon Aug. 17. gritty, an ode to midnight romps, booze-addled shenanigans and trying to find reality in an otherwise distorted existence. Pouring a wide array 1970. It’s an album of solace, sadness and of brass instruments over the songs, the serendipity – a feeling the band members record remains a cornerstone of what an have carried with them to this day. album could be and where it could go. Key Tracks: “Dire Wolf,” “New Speedway Key Tracks: “Tumbling Dice,” “Torn and Boogie,” “Cumberland Blues.” Frayed,” “Happy.”

“Workingman’s Dead” – The Grateful Dead (1970)

transported to the open road, to forgotten heartaches and moments where the possibilities seamed endless. One could easily go through a whole paycheck pumping dollar bills into the jukebox just to hear another of his hits. He remains the common denominator between every walk of life and everything cherished across this great big, unfolding landscape. Key Tracks: “Night Moves,” “Against the Wind,” “Mainstreet.”


“Exile on Main Street” – The Rolling Stones (1972)

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This might get loud. ensemble came together and created their I tend to say that to anyone who finds most stripped down and emotionally themselves in the passenger’s seat of my rusty charged offering. Shifting from Americanapickup truck. I live and die for rock-n-roll. styled ballads to pedal steel honky-tonk, the I’m a rocker through and through, a self-prorecord tells the story of a wild, untamed land claimed “slave to the groove.” Music is quite that many felt America was no longer by possibly mankind’s greatest contribution to the universe. It’s something that if aliens ever do come down to visit us, I hope someone immediately hands them a copy of “Pearl” (Janis Joplin), “A Love Supreme” (John Coltrane), “Axis: Bold as Love” (Jimi Hendrix) or anything by Kitty Wells and Hank Williams. As a features writer, I spent a lot of my time driving to and from assignments. One day I’m on a back road in search of a moonshiner, the next rocketing down the highway to cover a football game or weekend festival. And I love that time, just cruising. There’s something magical about a sunset drive, windows down, hands steady on the wheel, eyes aimed forward toward destinations unknown. The open road is truly a wonderful place. The soundtracks to these trips are all over the map, from Miles Davis to Dr. Ralph Stanley, AFI to The Renowned bluegrass/gospel group Balsam Black Keys, Robert Johnson to Range will play at the Cowee School in Daft Punk. I love it all. Franklin on Aug. 17. With that said, I always have a handful of essential albums The off-beat romantic comedy “Almost, one must (must!) have when Maine” opens Aug. 22 at the Highlands embarking on any summer road Performing Arts Center and will run on select trip. They are as follows … dates through Sept. 1.

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frontational. From the Vietnam War to the Civil Rights Movement, each melody was an anthem for its time. The record remains not only a time capsule, but also the eternal battle cry for injustice, serenity and peace. Key Tracks: “Down on the Corner,” “Fortunate Son,” “Long As I Can See the Light.”

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On the beat Balsam Range will play the Cowee School on Aug. 17. Garret K. Woodward photo

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Acclaimed bluegrass/gospel group Balsam Range will play a free concert at 7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 17, at the Cowee School Celebration in Franklin. Built in 1943 on the site of a Civilian Conservation Corps camp, the school served thousands of students until it was closed as a school in 2012. Efforts are now underway to preserve and reuse the


historic school as a community and heritage center. The dinner, prepared by chef Lindsey Kent of the Cottage, is sold out, but there is still plenty of space and parking left for the free performance. Food vendors will also be on-site. or

American Idol singer at Harrah’s American Idol singer Lauren Alaina will perform a free concert at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug 22, at Harrah’s Cherokee Event Center. Runner-up on Season 10 of American Idol, Alaina earned comparisons to the genre’s premier vocalists, Carrie Underwood and Martina McBride. A record-breaking 122.4 million votes were cast for Lauren and Idol winner Scotty McCreery. Soon after, she made her Opry debut to sing her debut hit, “Like My Mother Does.” Her first album “Wildflower” was released in 2011 and landed at No. 2 on the Billboard’s Top Country Album chart and No. 5 on the Billboard Top 200. She became the youngest female artist to debut this high on the Billboard charts since LeAnn Rimes’ debut 15 years ago; Alaina is the best-selling country female debut since 1996. or

American Idol runner-up Lauren Alaina performs at Harrah’s Cherokee on Aug. 22. Donated photo

WNC woodwind recitals Live music, auction at feature WCU spaghetti benefit Gail Childers & the Ward Family Singers faculty members and The Frost Family will sponsor a Faculty members from the School of Music at Western Carolina University will present a free woodwind recital at two venues in Western North Carolina this month. The faculty musicians will perform at 3 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 18, at the Haywood County Public Library in Waynesville. The event is sponsored by the Haywood County Arts Council. The ensemble will then perform on campus at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 22, in the recital hall of the Coulter Building. 828.227.7242.

• Jeff Sipe Trio, The Travers Brothers, Strung Like A Horse and Chuck Spencer & Dylan Riddle will perform at No Name Sports Pub in Sylva. Jazz-fusionist Sipe plays Aug. 15, rock/blues act The Travers Brothers Aug. 16, string band Strung Like A Horse Aug. 17, and country singers Spencer & Dylan on Aug. 22. All shows are free and start at 9:30 p.m. 828.586.2750 or • Alarm Clock Conspiracy Duo, Chris Blaylock and a comedy showcase hit the Water’n Hole

spaghetti benefit dinner from 4:30 to 9 p.m. Friday, Aug. 16, at the Faith Community Church in Waynesville. The event includes an auction, cake walk, raffle and live gospel music. Love offerings and donations are suggested at the door. The benefit is being held for Christian recording artist Jaydeen Georgeff, mother of three in Haywood County, who has cancer. The proceeds will help to offset the travel and medical expenses that she will endure during her long treatment period. 828.356.4146 or

Bar and Grill in Waynesville. Indie rockers Alarm Clock Conspiracy Duo play at 10 p.m. Aug. 16, with Blaylock at 9:30 p.m. Aug. 17 and the comedy showcase at 9 p.m. Aug. 21. 828.456.4750.


• A bluegrass and BBQ benefit will be held 6:30 to 10 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 17, in the Hudson House at the Highlands Country Club. The event features Nitrograss, who will perform at the benefit for the Four Seasons

The Jeff Little Trio will be in Robbinsville on Aug. 17. Donated photo

Jeff Little Trio brings Americana to Stecoah The Jeff Little Trio will perform at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 17, at the Stecoah Valley Cultural Arts Center in Robbinsville. Much influenced by mountain flat-picked guitar tradition, Little’s style is breathtaking in its speed, precision and clarity. He is conversant with traditional jazz, old-time, country, bluegrass, rockabilly and blues. Accomplished musicians Steve Lewis on guitar and banjo, and Josh Scott on upright bass round out the trio. Tickets are $20 for adults, $5 for students grades K-12. 828.479.3364 or

and Hospice House. There will be a silent auction, barbecue dinner buffet, with beer and wine served. $125 per person. 828.526.2552. • Nicolas Prestia and Build Me a Boat will play City Lights Café in Sylva. Prestia performs Friday, Aug. 16, and Build Me a Boat on Aug. 17. Both shows begin at 7 p.m. Free. 828.587.2233 or • Music with Mary Kay & Harry, and Country Memories will be at 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug.

15, at the Macon County Public Library. The Thursdays at the Library series is sponsored by the Friends of the Macon County Library. Free. • Traditional Cajun group Les Freres Michot plays the Groovin’ on the Green concert series at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 16, at the Village Commons in Cashiers. The series is sponsored by the Greater Cashiers Area Merchants Association.


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• Singer/songwriter Jamie Kent & The Options perform from 8 to 11 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 17, at Nantahala Brewing Company in Bryson City. Free. or 828.488.2337.

• The Cashiers-Highlands Humane Society will host its annual “Bark, Beer, and Bluegrass” event from 6 to 10 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 21, at The Farm at Old Edwards. Event includes barbecue and music from Curtis Blackwell and The Dixie Bluegrass Boys, as well as an auction. $90 per person. 828.743.5752.

• Singer/songwriter Ben Wilson and guitarist Joe Cruz will play The Classic Wineseller in Waynesville. Wilson performs on Aug. 16, with Cruz on Aug. 17. Both shows begin at 7 p.m. The kitchen begins serving at 5:30 p.m. $10 minimum purchase each night. 828.452.6000 or

• A Celtic jam, Kevin Lorenz and Chris Minick tap into Frog Level Brewing Company in Waynesville. The jam is on Aug. 15, Americana artist Lorenz Aug. 16, and singer/songwriter Minick Aug. 17. Free. 828.454.5664 or

• Steve Weames & The Caribbean Cowboys will play the Concerts on the Creek concert series at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 16, at Bridge Park in Sylva. Free. 800.962.1911 or

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The Haywood County Fair will run Aug. 20-26, at the Haywood County Fairgrounds. With an array of food and craft vendors, live entertainment, contest, farm animal exhibit and carnival rides, the beloved Western North Carolina pastime returns with gusto. Feature events include the opening ceremony community concert (Aug. 21, 6 p.m.), variety show (Aug. 22, 5 p.m.), firefighters competition (Aug. 22, 6 p.m.), New Generation Jamboree (Aug. 23, 5 p.m.), HCC Timber Sports Team show (Aug. 23, 6 p.m.), Haywood County FFA BBQ (Aug. 24, 3 p.m.), Heritage Hoedown (Aug. 24, 5 p.m.), horse pull (Aug. 24, 12:30 p.m.), tractor pull (Aug. 24, 6 p.m.), horseshoe tournament (Aug. 25, 1:30 p.m.) and the Smoky Mountain Jubilee closing ceremonies with bluegrass group Balsam Range (Aug. 25, 2 p.m.) The fair opens at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 20 for acceptance of fair exhibits. The festivities officially open to the public at 5 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 21. Parking is $2.


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Off-beat romantic comedy hits the stage The Highlands-Cashiers Players present the off-beat romantic comedy “Almost, Maine” Aug. 22-25 and Aug. 29-Sept. 1, at the Highlands Performing Arts Center. The play, one of the most produced plays across the country, is best described as a fresh, smart, modern, funny look at the uncertainties, the heartbreaks, the wonder and joy of love. Set in the small town of Almost in the northernmost part of Maine, on a cold, winter night with the aurora borealis flickering overhead, various characters fall in and out of love in nine different episodes. The box office will open on Aug. 15-16 for season subscribers and Aug. 17 for others. or 828.526.8084.


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The romantic comedy “Almost Maine” will be at the Highlands Performing Arts Center on select dates throughout the next month. Donated photo

Rollicking southern comedy at HART The comedy “Dearly Departed” will be performed at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 16-17, 22-24 and 29-31, and 3 p.m. Aug. 18, 25 and Sept. 1, at the HART Theatre in Waynesville. The production is a laugh-out-loud southern comedy by David Bottrell and Jessie Jones. In the Baptist backwoods of the Bible Belt, the beleaguered Turpin family proves that living and dying in the South are seldom tidy and always hilarious. Despite their earnest efforts to pull themselves together for their father’s funeral, the Turpin’s other problems keep overshadowing the solemn occasion: Firstborn Ray-Bud drinks himself silly as the funeral bills mount; Junior, the younger

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son, is juggling financial ruin, a pack of noneck monster kids, and a wife who suspects him of infidelity in the family car; their spinster sister, Delightful, copes with death as she

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Summer bike rally in Maggie Valley The Maggie Valley Summer Rally will be Aug. 16-18 at the Maggie Valley Festival Grounds. The family friendly event offers a variety of live music, entertainment, vendors, tours of the area and special guests, Jeff (left) and Mark (right) from the reality TV show, “Moonshiners.” There will also be a bike show, games, door prizes and a cornhole tournament. Weekend admission is $25 or $10 for Sunday. 336.643.1367 or 336.580.1638 or

does life, by devouring junk food; and all the neighbors add more than two cents. Tickets are $22 for adults, $18 for seniors, and $10 for students. A special $8 discount tickets for students is on Thursdays and Sundays. Box office hours are 1 to 5 p.m. Monday-Saturday. 828.456.6322 or • The “Who’s Got Talent?” showcase will be at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 17, at the Great Smoky Mountains Center for the Performing Arts in Franklin. The local competition is open to all singers, dancers, musicians and variety acts. $7. or 866.273.4615.




Donate to Cullowhee Mountain ARTS “Drawings for Art� fundraiser is currently going on to benefit the Cullowhee Mountain ARTS. The drawings will take place during a reception and art talk at 5 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 22, at the Fine & Performing Arts Center at Western Carolina University. Decide which art work(s) you would love to own and purchase tickets for the drawing(s) of your choice. If your ticket gets drawn you will own a highly collectable piece of artwork donated by 2013’s Cullowhee Mountain ARTS Summer Faculty.

All artists are of national/international acclaim, and there will be a couple of staff donations, too. Your chances increase with your donation amount. The reward of owning a piece of artwork created by a highly visible contemporary artist is matched by knowing you are supporting a non-profit that supports artists of every level. CMA is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization, which means your donation/purchase is tax deductable. One ticket for $20, three for $36, five for $50, and 12 for $100.

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the stables. This satellite shop will display fine arts and crafts for sale, all one-of-akind works by regional artists. A wide range of media—pottery, textiles, glass, baskets, wood, floor cloths, paintings, wall dÊcor and more—will be offered, handcrafted by emerging, mid-career and established artists. 828.743.7710 or or

The much-loved wrap-up to the summer season on the Highlands-Cashiers Plateau is the Cashiers Designer Showhouse to benefit the Cashiers Historical Society. The 2013 showhouse will be held Aug. 17 through Sept. 1. Twenty-five well-known interior designers and 14 landscape specialists will transform the rooms and gardens of Serenity Acres, a spectacular 40-acre equestrian farm near Cedar Creek Racquet Club. The Bascom Visual Arts Center has announced its participation in this year’s showhouse with an extension of The Shop at The Bascom, to be located in the stalls of


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• “Come Paint with Charlesâ€? will be held at 4 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 21, at the Charles Heath Gallery in Bryson City. Enjoy refreshments as you paint. All materials provided. $18 per child. 828.538.2054.

If you’re feeling more adventurous, try any number of outfitters on the Tuckaseegee River in Jackson County that rent various and sundry types of floating devices you can ride in and on. Every year, we have the same conversation in our house about buying a canoe. How many times a year would we actually use it? Given the cost of renting one, and the few times we would actually go out, we conclude we can rent a canoe a few times a year for the next 10 years for the cost of buying one. But still, buying one would be nice — one day. I’ll admit I’m a safety nut, but it’s just

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he scramble is on across WNC to pack in a few last drops of quality family time before school starts back. If we’re lucky, we can make up for time lost to the perpetual rain that dominated the summer, washing out one weekend after another like a sharpshooter picking off toy ducks in a shooting gallery at the county fair. The older your kids get though, quality family time becomes a harder and harder sell. So here’s a new strategy: Take them out in a boat. River or lake, canoe or raft, it doesn’t matter. The point is, they’ll be trapped in a boat with nothing better to do than actually talk to their parents. Mention off-handedly what a catastrophe it would be if the boat tipped over and everyone’s phones fell in the water, and hopefully they’ll conclude on their own it’s best to leave them locked safely in the car. The Little Tennessee River is a good, gentle choice you can easily float yourself with virtually no paddling experience. You can rent canoes or kayaks from the Great Smokey Mountain Fish Camp near Franklin in Macon County, complete with a shuttle. If you aren’t sure about moving water and would rather tool around on a lake, you can rent canoes or kayaks on Lake Glenville in Jackson County from Lakeshore Pontoon Boat Rental. At Lake Fontana, you can rent canoes and kayaks from Fontana Marina. If you want to keep it super simple and super cheap — i.e. you have little ones with a short fuse when it comes to being still in a confined space — you can just take a spin in a paddle boat on Lake Junaluska.

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Tragic realism makes for a riveting read et me begin by saying that this is a remarkable novel, and I suspect that it will be around for a long time as critics debate its literary significance. In fact, there are passionate debates in some of the current major literary magazines about such themes as Friedrich Nietzsche’s “the eternal return” and/or Yeats’ apocalyptic vision. This review will avoid such heavy freight. Although the author, Juan Gabriel Vasquez, like Gabriel Garcia Marquez, hails from Colombia, these two authors have very little in common. Whereas Marquez is credited with creating “magical realism,” Vasquez rejects the eloquence and lyriWriter cism of works like One Hundred Years of Solitude as unrepresentative of his country. Instead, Vasquez strives for a chilling realism. However, the plot is appealing and contains the requisite ingredients: young love, tragic loss and passionate idealism. At the center of this novel is Antonio, a young lawyer and a professor of jurisprudence in Bogota who is drifting through life teaching university classes in which his students debate legal issues in literature. For example, is Hamlet’s insanity (real or feigned) a justifiable defense in Polonius’ murder? Does Antigone have a legal right to bury her brother?  However, Antonio’s life abruptly changes when he befriends an older man named Laverde in a local pool hall. Antonio learns that Laverde has been in prison for the past 19 years. In addition, the older man is planning to find his wife, Elaine and his daughter Maya, in the hope of rejoining them. In the meanwhile, Antonio has married and now has a daughter. However, he contin-

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ues to meet Laverde at the pool hall and learns some startling facts about the older

killed in a plane crash. Knowing that his in her death. Now, Antonio acquires a copy of friend is devastated by his wife’s death, the same tape and listens to it repeatedly. Not Antonio approaches him on the surprisingly, when he visits Laverde’s daughstreet just as two assassins ter, he learns that she also has a copy of the strike. Laverde is killed, and tape. Ironically, there is nothing on the tape Antonio is severely wounded. except the painful knowledge that they are lisAntonio’s narrow escape has a tening to Laverde’s wife die again and again. disastrous effect on his marriage A large portion of The Sound of Things and Aura, his wife, becomes Falling is devoted Laverde’s wife’s career in the despondent as she watches her Peace Corps. It is a marvelous passage that is husband become increasingly filled with Elaine’s youthful spirit, for she unstable. Suffering from physical managed to embody all that was worthwhile and mental injuries, Antonio is on about this misguided humanitarian prothe verge of abandoning both his gram. As she works tirelessly to bring sanitaemployment and his family. Then, tion, health care and education to Colombia’s Antonio is contacted by a woman poor, she is blissfully unaware that the Peace named Maya who claims to be Corps was instrumental in promoting the Laverde’s daughter. After a series marijuana and drug cartels. In fact, Peace of telephone conversations, Corps workers taught Colombia’s farmers the Antonio decides to visit Maya in basic information that they needed to plant the hope of unraveling Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold; the mystery of Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world, Laverde’s death. At this point, The The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere The ceremony of innocence is drowned; Sound of Things The best lack all conviction, while the worst Falling reveals a disAre full of passionate intensity. turbing — “The Second Coming,” W.B. Yeats theme. Antonio learns that Laverde’s grandfather had been a famous pilot and cultivate marijuana. who had received acclaim in the Yet at the same time, Elaine and her felwar with Peru. In addition, lows volunteers resemble our own youth culLaverde’s father had been disfigture of the 70’s as they protest the Vietnam ured when a plane crashed into War, sing Simon and Garfunkel songs and the grandstands during an aerial cheer Robert Redford and Paul Newman in show. Suddenly, it seems that his“Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid.” It is The Sound of Things Falling by Juan Gabriel Vasquez. tory is repeating itself as characdisquieting to realize that Colombia’s disturbRiverhead Books, 2013. 270 pages ters are maimed and killed by ing history, filled with countless assassinacrashing planes. tions, violence and revolution, are simply man. Laverde is a former pilot who had been In addition, Antonio learns that Laverde cycles within cycles, and the tragic events in involved in a major marijuana operation, a had managed to acquire the “black box” from the lives of Laverde, Antonio and Elaine are fact that had resulted in his capture and his wife’s fatal crash. Before his death, the the events that destroyed the country of imprisonment. Then, before he can be reunitgrieving husband had played the recording Colombia, only written smaller, a microcosm ed to his wife and daughter, Laverde’s wife is over and over in the hope so find some logic of a national tragedy.

Ruff presents Appalachian novel Native Western North Carolinian Zeata P. Ruff will read from her new novel End of the Road at 3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 17, at City Lights Bookstore in Sylva. The Crawford family, Mom, Dad and all seven children, live at the end of the road in the Appalachian Mountains of Western North Carolina. They are a typical family in the quiet town of Hazelgrove, a community of mostly farmers. Work, school, church and family are the priorities of their lives. That is, except for the Hall family. When R.L. Crawford denies David Lee Hall, a gruff, abusive man, a prize-winning pup, it sets in motion a grudge that ends with two murders. 828.586.9499.

Pisgah Press writers, Reinhardt to read at Blue Ridge Pisgah Press authors and Susan Reinhardt will present their works at Blue Ridge Books in Waynesville. PP writers Sarah-Ann Smith, Donna Lisle Burton and A.D. Reed will hold a discussion at 3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 17. Smith, a novelist, essayist, retired U.S. diplomat and former Asheville resident, will lead off with her acclaimed novel, Trang Sen, which focuses on a young Vietnamese woman as she comes of age through the fear and turmoil of the Vietnam War. Burton is the author of Letting Go, Collected Poems 1983-2003, whose work has appeared in dozens of publications during the past 20 years. Reed is the author of the popular writer’s guide, Reed’s Homophones: a comprehensive book of sound-alike words. Reinhardt will also read from her book Chimes from a Cracked Southern Bell at 3 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 18. An award winning Asheville Citizen Times columnist, Reinhardt will read from her debut novel. She is author of six books along with many anthologies. 828.456.6000 or


BY ANDREW KASPER STAFF WRITER his year’s Aug. 17 Blue Ridge Breakaway is hoping to attract nearly 600 cyclists to Haywood County, and leading those riders out of the gate will be Asheville resident and Olympic medalist Lauren Tamayo. The 29-year-old Tamayo won a silver medal on her bike last summer in London. She pointed out, though, that her medal-winning event was a three-kilometer team sprint that clocked in at just over three minutes on the track. That kind of ride didn’t necessarily prepare her for a grueling, 105-mile jaunt in the Smokies. So as of last week, she was still pondering which of the four Breakaway rides she would tackle. “My event was only three kilometers,” Tamayo said. “One hundred (miles) is a lot longer than that.” What the Asheville-based cyclist is looking forward to in this year’s Breakaway is exploring a different part of WNC, a bit to the west of her typical training circuits. She also realizes that events like the Blue Ridge Breakaway are helping to make a name for the Southern Appalachians as a premier place to cycle by putting its best rides on display. And she hopes her appearance will help promote the sport among women in the area, a demographic she says is taking a growing interest in the sport as of late. For this year’s Breakaway, about a Lauren Tamayo third of the registrants are female riders. “The past two years, I love actually seeing a lot of females out riding,” she said. “It’s really awesome to see because cycling has always been deemed a male sport.” Tamayo is definitely part of a sport that is exploding in popularity in the region. Since its inception in 2010, the Blue Ridge Breakaway has nearly doubled in size. The first ride attracted nearly 300 riders, while this year organizers expect to sign up somewhere close to 600. “In four years, it has grown to be a signature event,” said Race Director Cecil Yount. “We’re all extraordinarily pleased with that.” The breakaway offers stunning views of the Smoky Mountain scenery, with routes of varying distances running from Lake Junaluska to the Blue Ridge Parkway to Fines Creek and everywhere in between. Each of the four rides has its own name — the Rabbit (25 miles), the Panther (40 miles), the Trout (62 miles) and the Hawk (105 miles). But it’s the Hawk, the century ride that follows a 32mile stretch of the Blue Ridge Parkway that is really helping the breakaway make a name for itself. “That’s a massive draw,” said Yount. “And it’s paired with phenomenal country to ride in.” And many of those riders are traveling long distances, as word spreads through the biking community, for a chance to ride the historic road usually dominated by motor vehicles. In his influential blog, writer/rider Aaron West named the Blue Ridge Breakaway his 2011 Ride of the Year. He participated in the 105-mile Hawk, which he is planning to ride again this year. He wrote last week on his blog that the Hawk could once again be his ride of the year. Here’s why: “Two years later, and I’m coming back. Blue Ridge



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Olympian to lead riders in fourth Blue Ridge Breakaway Breakaway out of Lake Junaluska is still among my favorite organized mountain rides. It was my Ride of the Year in 2011, and could end up repeating this year … Why do I enjoy this ride so much? First off, it is a tremendous challenge, but not one that’s going to wreck your body like Assault on Mount Mitchell or last weekend’s Boone Gran Fondo. It is not one to take lightly, as it is 105 miles with nearly 10,000 feet of climbing, but aside from some challenging rolling hills around

from 15 different states and a handful of countries — among them Germany, Guam, Canada and Kenya. Out of the 500 or so riders that signed up last year, only one out of 10 was from Haywood County. About two-thirds of the participants traveled an hour and a half or more, usually along with family and friends, just to be a part. And that influx of cyclists to the area doesn’t only make for a good ride. The Blue Ridge Breakaway is becoming a

on a race like the Blue Ridge Breakaway. For Ham radio operator Al Sanders, the breakaway is not just about the bike. Though it was invented nearly 100 years before radio, the two work in perfect unison on Breakaway day. “When the chips are really down, we’re one of the only things that likely still works,” Sanders said. “We’re available when all else fails.” Though not very apocalyptic sounding, a bicycle ride through Haywood

verifiable pick-me-up for the August tourism sector in the midst of the peak season doldrums — after the July rush and before the leaf-looker blitz. Sponsored by the Haywood Chamber of Commerce, the organization pegs the rides economic impact at more than $150,000. So, if local drivers get frustrated having to go extra slow and share the road with packs of cyclists on the day of the race, Yount jokingly offers a simple visualization technique. “I suggest people see dollar bills on their heads if they get angry,” he said. There’s no telling how many riders will turn out for this year’s ride. Although early registration is a bit ahead of last year’s pace, its not as far along organizers would like it to be. Many fault this year’s relentless rain for that, which definitely doesn’t push people to get on their bikes, and organizers expect a registration rush if the forecast looks promising. Apart from an Olympic athlete, the ride is also getting a boost from a slew of dedicated volunteers. From the folks manning the rest stops to the motorcycle sag wagons to the Ham radio operators, takes about 250 volunteers to put

County is about all it takes to make all else fail. With a rugged terrain and nearly 20 peaks over 6,000 feet in elevation, the ham radio is the form of communication race organizers rely on to cover the entire county because it is more reliable than cell phones, smart tablets and text messages. The radios are used for communication and linked with GPS units attached to the motorcycles of volunteers. Those units in turn feed back to a command station where organizers can watch the movements of and talk with volunteers on the road. If an accident should occur, help is on the way as quickly as possible. Not bad for old technology. “A lot of folks think Ham radio is an old and going away thing,” Sander said. But Yount insisted you don’t have to be Lance Armstrong, ham radio expert or motorcycle man to be part of the race. Bystanders and fans are just as important. He urged anybody with some free time to get to the top of one of the climbs — Rabbit Skin, Hyder Mountain or the Parkway at N.C. 215 — to give the riders an emotional boost. “Cheer them on,” Yount said. “Ring some cowbells and shout out some encouragement.”

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the beginning, there are not many backbreaking steep hills. I can handle 6-8% grades, even if the climbs are long … Of all ‘cookie’ rides in which I’ve participated, this one has the most mileage on the Blue Ridge Parkway. Riding on the parkway is a treat, pure and simple, and I’m looking forward to getting back up there.” The breakaway has attracted riders

Want to ride? The Aug. 17 Blue Ridge Breakaway is still signing up riders and volunteers. Cyclists can register in person from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, Aug.16, and 6 to 6:30 a.m. on the day of the ride at the Lake Junaluska Conference and Retreat Center Visitor Center. Online registration closes at 5 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 15. There are four ride options, in varying difficulty and length, from the 24mile Rabbit to the 105-mile Hawk. Registration is $54, except for the Rabbit, which is $45. All routes will begin at 7:30 a.m. Aug. 17. or 828.456.3021 or


A pistol of a shrimp

THE BIG BANG THEORY The snapping shrimp’s big claw has two parts. Like the hammer of a pistol, one part cocks at a right angle. The other half is fixed. When the hammer is released it snaps into a niche in the fixed part of the claw. It was thought at one time that this snapping action created the popping sound, but the truth is way cooler. The hammer falling into the niche shoots out a small stream of water

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Hike the parkway with rangers Blue Ridge Parkway rangers will lead a 2.5-mile hike at 10 a.m. Friday, Aug. 16, at Graveyard Fields along the parkway. The trip will be moderate to easy and pass by a waterfall. The hike will be on a loop trail and guided by a parkway ranger who will teach participants about the unique area and how it has developed. There may also be ripe blueberries along the way, so participants are encouraged to bring a container. Hikers will meet at the Graveyard Fields Overlook at Milepost 418. The overlook can be busy, so drivers should get there early to allow enough time to find parking. Hikers should bring water, wear sunscreen and good walking shoes. 828.298.5330 x304.

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at speeds up to 60 miles an hour. As the liquid moves faster the pressure inside decreases and air bubbles form, as the stream slows down, the pressure increases and the air bubbles implode creating the popping noise. The entire process, from the snapping of the claw to the bursting of the bubble, takes about 300 microseconds. It produces a short (10 nanoseconds) intense flash called sonoluminescence as temperatures in the collapsing bubble reach about 4,700 degrees Celsius — nearly the temperature of the surface of the sun. The “shot” is used for hunting and is powerful enough to stun passing crabs and/or kill small fish. Snapping shrimp are often found in large colonies in reefs in the ocean. Their snapping is so loud that it can interfere with sonar and other underwater communications. It is one of the major sources of noise in the ocean, rivaling the sounds emitted from beluga and sperm whales.

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Once again, through the gracious hospitality of a dear friend the Hendershot family found itself on the Isle of Palms — one of the South Carolina barrier islands just up the coast from Charleston. We have been here before and I have written about it before. It is always the same; it is always different; and it is always wonderful. We stay on the marsh side and there is a long dock reaching out into the marsh. It provides a great setting to watch the dramatic and continuous ebb and flow of the tide. There are two high and two low tides and the marsh is always filling or emptying. When it empties the fiddler crabs take over the mudflats and seem to scurry in waves across the pluff mud. And when walking along the dock at low tide, one is always aware of the smacking sound emanating from the marsh. Now I’ve trudged the marshes of South Louisiana and I lived on Hilton Head Island for a short spell and the popping/smacking sound has always been a part of the marsh. I am at a loss to figure where I filed that sound away — who or what I attributed it to. But for some reason on this trip, perhaps because we spent so much time trudging back and forth on the dock — to get in the kayaks, for the girls to go crabbing, and/or to take a peek at the perseids — the popping got under my skin. I’m sure you pogie-boot wearing, skin-sosoft smearing, clam digging aficionados of all things marshy know what causes that sound. But I had to research it — and I am so glad I did. That ubiquitous marsh popping sound comes from a small crustacean — the bigclaw snapping shrimp or pistol shrimp in the family Alpheidae. Snapping shrimp are worldwide in distribution. There are more than 600 species. They are common in our neck of the woods from Chesapeake Bay down to Florida and the Gulf of Mexico. Alpheus heterochaelis is the largest and one of the most common bigclaw snapping shrimp of the Southeast. It grows to about 2 inches in total length. And the claw that it is named for may be half it’s body size. This asymmetrical critter may be right-clawed or left-clawed, with the opposite appendage being “normal” with typical pincers. Like

most arthropods, if the pistol shrimp loses an appendage it can regrow it. If this shrimp should lose its mega claw the other pincer will grow into its namesake, and the new appendage will be typical.



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In September, Dillsboro will host the Western North Carolina River Rescue Rodeo, a whitewater rescue competition. The rodeo is a combination of five river rescue events where teams compete for prizes. The Sept. 29 competition runs from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and includes heats such as the rope throw, the knot rodeo, the yard sale rescue and other rescue scenarios. The idea was born back in the mid-1990s by a paddling club based in Asheville. However the last River Rescue Rodeo in WNC was in late summer of 1998. Based on popular demand, Landmark Learning, an outdoor education school in Cullowhee, is bringing the River Rescue Rodeo back. The school trains about 2,000 students per year in wilderness medicine and Teams will have a chance to see how their river rescue rescue skills and wanted an opportunity for groups to skills stack up against the competition at the River Rescue practice their skills in a comRodeo in Dillsboro. Justin Padgett photo petitive atmosphere. The events will take place at the Dillsboro Drop rapid, which has been in place since the 2011 Dillsboro dam removal. Event organizers are looking for more teams to compete and volunteers to help out. 828.293.5384.

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Plants are most commonly harvested for their food or appreciated for their beauty, however many plants in the Southern Appalachians have important medicinal qualities. Herbal expert Patricia Kyritsi Howell will give a lecture titled “The Southern Appalachians: Apothecary of North America” at 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 22, in the Highlands Nature Center. Howell has been a student of herbal studies since she was a teenager and attended the California School of Herbal Studies. She has opened two schools of her own for herbal studies and published a book, Medical Plants of the Southern Appalachians, which stands as the foremost resource on regional native plant medicines.

The talk is part of the Zahner Conservation Lectures, a summer tradition in Highlands that brings experts in the field of science and conservation to give free talks. Howell’s presentation is dedicated to Joseph Gatins, the Highlands Biological Foundation Trustee who died last September of a heart attack while on vacation. or 828.526.2221.

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County officials and survival experts will meet and outline emergency response and individual preparedness for when disaster strikes. Jackson County Commissioner Doug Cody and County Emergency Management Director Todd Dillard will headline the Jackson County Patriots meeting Aug. 15, in preparation for National Emergency Preparedness Month in September. Joining them will be Bill Sterrett of Waynesville, head of Carolina Readiness Supply Co., which specializes in survival tactics and products. The Speakers will talk about specifics of the county emergency operations plan, including what scenarios fall under the heading of emergencies, and how county government, emergency management team and other agencies will coordinate their response. Sterrett will provide information on individual, family and business preparation for various types of situations, with emphasis on supplies needed, strategies and mental preparedness. The Jackson County Patriots meet at Ryan’s Steak House in Sylva, with dinner at 6 p.m. and the meeting at 6:30 p.m. All area residents are welcome to attend.



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Native Southern Appalachians plants take front and center at the Native Plant Symposium in Highlands. Mike Hunter photo

Support the Highlands Botanical Garden Residents of Highlands established the Highlands Botanical Garden in 1962, to display the diverse array of Southern Appalachian plants. But the survival of the garden depends largely on a once-a-year fundraising event. The Highlands Biological Foundation’s Native Plant Symposium will be held Sept. 13-14, at the Performing Arts Center in Highlands. The Symposium is designed for gardeners of all levels to learn how to incorporate concepts of ecology and conservation into their gardening practices. Gardening with native plants has numer-

ous benefits and provides food and shelter for native insects, birds, and animals. The event features a native plant auction and lectures from well-known gardeners and conservationists. This year’s speakers are Patrick McMillan, director of the South Carolina Botanical Garden and the Clemson Museum of Natural Sciences; Tres Fromme, landscape design and planning manager at the Atlanta Botanical Garden; Kimberly Brand, a Trustee of Audubon North Carolina; and Timothy P. Spira, an author and a professor at Clemson University. Registration is available online or by phone. or 828.526.2221.

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Plott hounds in the Macon library North Carolina’s favorite dog will be on display at an upcoming program in Macon County. Bob Plott, a descendant of one of the original Plott hound breeders in Western North Carolina, will put on a program

Bob Plott with one of his hounds. nized as one of the world’s premier big game hunting hounds. The breed is unique in many ways, including its Germanic origins, distinctive appearance, fierce loyalty, tenacity and intelligence. But it is the story of the breed that truly sets it apart from all others. And it is a story that award-winning author and historian Bob Plott, the great-great-great grandson of Johannes George Plott, is uniquely qualified to tell. Bob Plott will be accompanied by one of his Plott hounds.

Grant provides internships and science education Friends of Great Smoky Mountains National Park is expanding the park’s high school science internship program with the help of a $25,000 grant. The grant will fund science programs including internships for high school students from Swain, Graham and Haywood counties. It also will support a local teacher’s work with the interns, allowing the teacher to pick up instructional ideas to take back to the classroom. The grant was awarded through the Ribbon of Hope program, which provides one-time awards of $25,000 to a variety of causes across the state. The program is administered by the North Carolina GlaxoSmithKline Foundation. Since 2008, the foundation has awarded 84 such grants, in the areas of health, science and education. “This grant allows students to get hands-on experience with real science projects in the Smokies, including a chance to work directly with scientists from inside and outside the park,” North Carolina Director Holly Demuth said. “This gives them a valuable lesson that can’t be learned in the classroom.”



You’ve learned to spot them, now try your hand at drawing them. John Sill, an artist, illustrator and bird expert, will teach bird enthusiasts how to sketch their favorite winged critters at 7 p.m. Aug. 19, at the Macon County Public Library. His talk “Field Sketching 101” will focus on the how-to of drawing all types of birds, and lay out easy-to-follow steps for everyone from beginners to bird experts. The skill of sketching can add clarity to any bird-watcher’s field notes. The presentation is sponsored by the Franklin Bird Club. Everyone with an interest in birds is welcome. 828.524.5234.

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building at the Lake Junaluska Conference and Retreat Center. From on-site race support for athletes to financial sponsors, the triathlon is welcoming any one who can lend a hand. Already, the event has picked up big names like the cycle wear company, Rudy Project, and Ken Wilson Ford to come on board. And each year it has loads of local volunteers to help with everything from lifeguarding and providing medical resources to handing our refreshments and setting up.

park. Current projects include trail rehabilitation, suppression of the hemlock woolly adelgid, and funding for environmental education programs. The 19th annual telethon is sponsored by Dollywood, Mast General Store, Pilot Flying J, and SmartBank. Individuals and business owners have three different ways to make a gift.  They

Friends of the Smokies will host a telethon to benefit the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The annual Friends Across the Mountains Telethon has a long history as the only telethon for a national park, and has raised over $2.5 million dollars. This year’s broadcast will take place from 7 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 15, on WLOS-TV Channel 13 in Asheville and WBIR-TV Channel 10 in Knoxville. “This broadcast provides a great chance to learn more about the tremendous national resource Telethon workers prepare for pledges for the Great that’s right in our own backyard,” Smoky Mountains National Park. Donated photo said Friends of the Smokies President Jim Hart. can make a donation online, over the phone More than $1.1 million will go to supduring the broadcast or by mail. port education, conservation, recreation, or and historic preservation in the 877.884.6867.

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Moonshine tasting, auctions, hikes, talks, hunts, barbecue, dancing and star gazing are just a few of the activities planned for Great Smoky Mountains Association’s Membership Appreciation Weekend Sept. 13-15 in Townsend, Tenn. The organization is celebrating its 60th anniversary with a party to honor its 19,000-strong members. GSMA supports the national park through funds raised primarily from sales of publications for the park and from its membership program. Beginning Friday, Sept. 13, there will be a barbecue dinner, birthday cake, a cakewalk, moonshine samples and music by strings musicians Michael Searcy and Darrell Acuff. Sam Venable, storyteller, humorist and columnist for the Knoxville News Sentinel, will close the evening. Saturday, Sept. 14, features hikes, Civil War and black bear educational talks, mountain crafts activities, geocaching in the Townsend area, and a star gazing party in the evening. Children’s activities will be available throughout the day. Sunday’s activities include a volunteers meeting, a bike ride around Townsend, a hike and a driving tour of Cades Cove. The deadline to register is Aug. 31. Registration can be done online, by phone or email. New members are also welcome to join. or 888.898.9102 x222 or x254.

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Food, beverages, and music are scheduled from 5 to 8 p.m., while hiking, a trail building demonstration and other daytime activities are planned from 3 to 5 p.m. Friends of Panthertown volunteers are responsible for maintaining 30 miles of public trails in adjacent Panthertown Valley, the popular backcountry recreation area in Nantahala National Forest. The event is held each year to show appreLake Fairfield will be the site of the ciation for the volunteers, Friends of Panthertown volunteer party. members and community who support the conserMerrie-Woode in Sapphire Valley. vation of Panthertown Valley and for the The public is invited to the free event, work volunteers undertake each year. which will be held rain or shine under a or 828.269.4453 covered picnic pavilion along the lake. or Made possible with funding from the North Carolina Community Transformation Grant Project and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.



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BUSINESS & EDUCATION • Free 90-minute computer class, Basic PowerPoint, 5:45 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 14, Jackson County Public Library. Register, 586.2016. • Celebration of Teaching, 6:30 to 8 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 15, Community Room, Jackson County Public Library Complex, Sylva. Non-partisan event. Sponsored by Democratic Women of Jackson County., 918.645.1973. • How to Start a Business, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 15, Southwestern Community College’s Macon Campus. Register at or contact Tiffany Henry, 339.4211 or • Western Carolina University fall classes start Aug. 19. • Free 90-minute Computer Class, Basic Microsoft Word, 5:45 p.m. Monday, Aug. 19, Jackson County Public Library. Register, 586.2016. • Real Estate pre-licensing course, 6 to 8:15 p.m. Mondays and Wednesday, Aug. 19-early December, Southwestern Community College’s Groves Building, Macon Campus, Franklin. In-state tuition, $375, textbook, $40. Bob Holt at 339-4274 or Apply online at, by clicking on the “apply now” section at the top of the page. • Bartending class, 6 to 9 p.m. Mondays and Tuesdays (except Sept. 2) Aug. 19-Oct. 21, Southwestern Community College’s Jackson Campus. $125, Vita Nations, 339.4656, or Scott Sutton, 306.7034 or • Free How to Write a Business Plan seminar, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 22, Southwestern Community College’s Macon Campus. Register at or contact SCC’s Small Business Center, 339.4211 or

COMMUNITY EVENTS & ANNOUNCEMENTS • HandMade in America celebrates their Appalachian Women Entrepreneurs (AWE) with a day-long conference packed with opportunity and community, 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 20, 125 S. Lexington Ave. Ste. 101, Asheville. Free, register with Linda LaBelle, AWE Coordinator at or 252.0121 ext. 303. • Drugs In Our Midst, 6 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 21, Bethel Baptist Church, 5868 Pigeon Road, Bethel. Open to the community. • Haywood County Fair, Aug. 21-25. Hours, 5 to 10 p.m., opening ceremonies at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 21; 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Aug. 22-24; and 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 25, Haywood County Fairgrounds, Waynesville. $2 per person, or $6 per car.

All phone numbers area code 828 unless otherwise noted. • Bluegrass & BBQ, featuring Nitrograss, 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 17, Highlands Country Club. Hosted by Four Season and Hospice House to support the nonprofit hospice and palliative care agency. Tickets, 526.2552, 526.5841 or email • Historic Inman Chapel’s annual Homecoming, 11 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 18, off Lake Logan Road, adjacent to the Lake Logan Fire Department. Bring dish to share, pictures. Drinks, ice and picnic supplies provided. Gospel singing featuring the Inman Sisters and others. Benefit for upkeep of the church and cemetery. Carolyn B. Inman, 246.0199. • Christmas in August Craft Fair & Bake Sale ¸9 a.m. to 2 p.m. light lunch, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 24, Shady Grove United Methodist Church, 3570 Jonathan Valley Road, Waynesville. Handcrafted gifts, prints & gourds lots of homemade goodies, pickles and jewelry. • Purse Sale on a Sale, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 24, Sylva First Presbyterian Church, Sylva. Sponsored by United Christian Ministries of Jackson County. Designer purses and Vera Bradley’s are priced as marked, but all other purses are $1. UCM, 586.8228. Cash payment preferred. • 14th annual Gala, Saturday, Aug. 24, Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Resort Event Center. Sponsored by The WestCare Foundation to benefit New Generations Family Birthing Center. WestCare Foundation, 631.8924,, • Drawing for Myrtle Beach Fall Get-away to support Mountain Mediation Services, Aug. 25, Clyde, during Mountain Mediation Volunteer Appreciation Picnic. Raffle tickets, $5 each or 3 for $12. Purchase tickets online at or at several area businesses. MMS, 631.5252 or 452.0240. Attendance not required to win.

BLOOD DRIVES • Best Buy of Waynesville Blood Drive, 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 15, 45 Plaza Place, Waynesville. 800.733.2767. • Waynesville Masonic Lodge Blood Drive, 12:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday, Aug. 19, East Marshall St., Waynesville. Jennifer Stump, 231.6511. • MedWest Haywood Blood Drive, 1 to 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 21, 75 Leroy George Road, Clyde. 800.733.2767.

HEALTH MATTERS • Lighten Up 4 Life weight loss challenge kick off, 5 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 22, Angel Medical Center dining room, Franklin. Free weight loss, four-person team challenge that is entirely web based. Bonnie Peggs, 349.6639.

FUNDRAISERS AND BENEFITS • High Tea with Champagne, Thursday, Aug. 15, Bloemsma Barn, Patton Road, Franklin. Tickets, $15. Proceeds to help Angel Hospice provide services for patients and families not covered by Medicaid, Medicare or insurance. 369.4206. • Spaghetti Benefit Dinner, 4:30 to 9 p.m. Friday, Aug. 16, Faith Community Church, 259 Industrial Park Dr., Waynesville. Sponsored by recording artists Gail Childers & the Ward Family Singers to benefit Christian recording artist, Jaydeen Georgeff, of Haywood County, who has cancer. Love offerings and donations taken. Gail Childers, 356.4146,

RECREATION & FITNESS • Register now through Aug. 29 for Haywood County Recreation & Parks’ first ever Fall Adult Co-Ed Kickball League. Games will be played on Saturdays at 2 and 3 p.m. from Sept.21 to Oct.19 at International Paper (IP) Sports Complex, Canton. 452.6789 or email

SENIOR ACTIVITIES • Photography class for senior citizens, 1 to 2 p.m. Thursdays in August, Jackson County Senior Center,

Sylva. Optional lab sessions, 2 to 3 p.m. Dates are Aug. 15, 22 and 29. 586.4944, 226.3840. • Tai Chi for Health, 3 p.m. Tuesdays through Sept. 24. $10 for participants and $15 for non-participants. 586.4944. • Balance Class, a twelve week exercise program to improve balance, 3 to 4 p.m. Wednesdays and Fridays, Aug.14 – Nov.1, Jackson County Senior Center. 631.8033. • Community Potluck, noon Wednesday, Aug. 14, Senior Resource Center, 81 Elmwood Way, Waynesville. Bring a dish to pass. 452.2370. • Book club, 2 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 21, Senior Resource Center, 81 Elmwood Way, Waynesville. • Happy Wanderers Senior Program trip to the NC Apple Festival, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday, Aug. 30, Hendersonville. Registration closes Aug. 15. $10. Haywood County Recreation and Parks Department, 452.6789. • Happy Wanderers Senior Program trip for Storytelling, with Donald Davis, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 2, Jonesborough, Tenn. $25. Registration closes Aug. 20. Haywood County Recreation and Parks Department, 452.6789. • Happy Wanderers Senior Program trip to the Smoky Mountain Center in Franklin to see Mark O’Connor & Friends for An Appalachian Christmas, 4 to 10:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 6. Registration opens Aug. 16. Haywood County Recreation and Parks Department, 452.6789.

KIDS & FAMILIES • Home school activity, 2 to 3:15 p.m. Thursdays, Aug. 22-Oct. 5, Waynesville Recreation Center. 456.2030 or email .

Literary (children) • Friday, Aug. 16, Macon County Public Library closed for staff training. • Children’s Story time, 11 a.m. Friday, Aug. 16, Jackson County Public Library, Sylva. 586.2016. • Children’s Story time with Miss Sally, Favorites, 3:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 16, Jackson County Public Library. 586.2016 • Children’s Story time, Rotary Readers, 11 a.m. Monday, Aug. 19, Jackson County Public Library. 586.2016. • Children’s Story time, Favorites, 11 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 20, Jackson County Public Library, 586.2016. • Teen Time, 4 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 20, Jackson County Public Library, 586.2016.

ECA EVENTS • Extension and Community Association (ECA) groups meet throughout the county at various locations and times each month. NC Cooperative Extension Office, 586.4009. • 1 p.m. Monday, Aug. 19 – VA Projects, Sew Easy Girls ECA, Conference Room of Community Service Center, Sylva. • 6 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 20 – Spider Embroidery, Cane Creek ECA, location to be announced. Call the Extension Office.

POLITICAL GROUP EVENTS & LOCAL GOVERNMENT • Rep. Mark Meadows (NC-11) will host three town hall meetings in Western North Carolina’s 11th District: 6 p.m. Monday, Aug. 19, Franklin High School Fine Arts

Visit and click on Calendar for: ■ Complete listings of local music scene ■ Regional festivals ■ Art gallery events and openings ■ Complete listings of recreational offerings at regional health and fitness centers ■ Civic and social club gatherings Center, 100 Panther Drive, Franklin; 6 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 20, Haywood Community College Beall Auditorium, 185 Freedlander Drive, Clyde; and 6 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 22, Chief Joyce Dugan Center for Cultural Arts, 1968 Big Cove Road, Cherokee. • Jackson County Democrats annual barbecue picnic, 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 17, Western Carolina University softball picnic area. Tickets, $12, and may be purchased at the door. Sponsored by the Jackson County Democratic Men’s Club. JC Cagle, 506.6387. • Mountain High Republican Women’s Club’s “Power of the Purse,” 10 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 15, Highlands Civic Center. Lunch, fashion show, raffle and handbag sale. Tickets, $30. Full table or individual reservations available, 526.9195, 526.4146 or by email to

FESTIVALS, SPECIAL & SEASONAL EVENTS • Maggie Valley Summer Rally, Aug.16-18, • Haywood County Fair, Aug. 21-25. Hours, 5 to 10 p.m., opening ceremonies at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 21; 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Aug. 22-24; and 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 25, Haywood County Fairgrounds, Waynesville. $2 per person, or $6 per car. • The Haywood Chamber of Commerce is accepting applications for artists and crafters – as well as craft demonstrators – for the 25th annual Haywood County Apple Harvest Festival, scheduled for 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct.19, Historic Main Street downtown Waynesville. Deadline for applications is Aug. 30. or 456.3021. • Matt Papa music video shoot, Aug. 21, with Aug. 22 as a backup date, Cullowhee. Cast and crew needed. Caleb Goodnight at, • Who’s Got Talent, annual talent competition, 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 17, Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts. Tickets are $7., 866.273.4615.

A&E LITERARY (ADULTS) • The Coffee with the Poet series featuring WNC poet Michael Beadle, 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 15, at City Lights Bookstore. He will read from his new collection of poetry, Invitation. 586.9499. • Native Western North Carolinian Zeata P. Ruff will read from her new novel, End of the Road, at 3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 17, City Lights Bookstore. 586-9499. • Pisgah Press author Sarah-Ann Smith, a novelist, essayist, retired U.S. diplomat and former Asheville res-

• Haywood Community Band free concert, 6:30 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 18, Maggie Valley Pavilion next to the Maggie Valley Town Hall on Soco Road., Rhonda Wilson Kram, 456.4880.

• Award winning Asheville Citizen Times columnist Susan Reinhardt will read from her first novel, Chimes from a Cracked Southern Bell, at 3 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 18, Blue Ridge Books, 152 S. Main St., Waynesville. 456.6000,

• Porch 40, 7:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 23, Concerts on the Creek, downtown Sylva at Bridge Park. 800.962.1911.

• Thursdays at the Library, 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 22, Macon County Public Library Meeting Room. Touching the Face of History—the Story of the Plott Hound, North Carolina’s Official State Dog. • Contributors to the Old Mountain Press Anthology Series will read at 3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 24, Blue Ridge Books, 152 S. Main St., Waynesville. 456.6000, • Phyllis Inman Barnett will read from her book, Love in the Time of War, at 3 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 25, Blue Ridge Books, 152 S. Main St., Waynesville. 456.6000, • “Chapters and Dessert” seniors book club, 2 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 21, Senior Resource Center, Waynesville. 452.2370.

ON STAGE & IN CONCERT • Mary Kay & Harry, and Country Memories, 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 15, Macon County Public Library. Free. • Jeff Little Trio, 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 17, Stecoah Valley Cultural Arts Center, 121 Schoolhouse Road, Robbinsville. Tickets, $20 adults, $5 students in grades K-12; and free for children age 5 and under. 479.3364 or visit our website

• Annie, through Aug. 17, Highlands Playhouse, 362 Oak St., Highlands. Tickets, $30 adults; $12 children 12 and under. Box Office, 526.2695. • WCU School of Music faculty members’ woodwinds recitals, 3 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 18, Haywood County Public Library, Waynesville, and at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 22, recital hall of the Coulter Building at Western Carolina University. Free. 227.7242. • Almost, Maine, Thursday, Aug. 22-25, and Thursday, Aug. 29-Sept. 1, Highlands Performing Arts Center, Highlands. Box office opens Aug. 15-16 for season subscribers, and Aug. 17 for all others., 526.8084.

NIGHT LIFE Karaoke, 6 to 9 p.m. every Friday; Party on the Porch, 6 to 9 p.m. Saturdays, Randy Flack, Saturday, Aug. 17; the Mix, Saturday, Aug. 24 and 31, Mountaineer Restaurant, 6490 Soco Road, Maggie Valley. 926.1730

OUTDOOR MUSIC CALENDAR • Les Freres Michot, 6:30 p.m., Friday, Aug. 16, Groovin’ on the Green, Village Commons, Cashiers. • Steve Weams & the Caribbean Cowboys, 7:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 16, Concerts on the Creek, downtown Sylva at Bridge Park. 800.962.1911.

JAMS • Music Jam, 6 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 15, Marianna Black Library, Bryson City. 488.2382. • Back Porch Old-Time Music Jam, 1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 17, porch of the Oconaluftee Visitor Center, 194 Newfound Gap Road, Great Smoky Mountains.

DANCE • Pisgah Promenaders “Funny T Shirt” square dance, 6:45 to 8:45 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 24, Old Armory Recreation Center, 44 Boundary St., Waynesville. Plus and mainstream dancing with caller Marty Northrup. Workshop, 6:15 p.m. 586-8416 (Jackson County) or 452.5917 (Haywood County). Square dance lessons, 926.0695.

FOOD & DRINK • Virtual Wine Dinner, 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 15, The Classic Wineseller, 20 Church St., Waynesville. $50 per person. 452.6000, .

ART/GALLERY EVENTS & OPENINGS • Jackson County Arts Council is now accepting proposals for regional artist exhibitions in the Rotunda Gallery on the first floor of the Historic Jackson County Courthouse, part of the Jackson County Library Complex on Courthouse Hill., Norma Hendrix, 342.6913. • “Drawings for Art” fundraiser drawing, 5 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 22, Fine & Performing Arts Center at Western Carolina University. To benefit the Cullowhee Mountain ARTS. • Postcards From Peru, joint international NC Arts Council project between painter Robert Johnson and poet Thomas Rain Crowe, Saturday, Aug. 24, Blue Spiral Gallery, Asheville. In collaboration with Sol Negro Edicoes’s editor Marcio Simoes based in Brazil. Official Arts Council book-launch. Blue Spiral Gallery, 251.0202, • “Avian Perspectives,” a bird art exhibition featuring paintings, carvings and photography by local artists, will run through Aug. 31, Hudson Library, Main Street, Highlands. Artists’ reception, 4 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 20, at the library. • Painter Kel Tanner solo exhibition, through Sept. 2, Haywood County Arts Council’s Gallery 86, downtown Waynesville. • Stained glass course, 9 a.m. to noon, Mondays, Sept. 9-Oct. 28, Haywood Community College, Clyde. Taught by George Kenney. $148, students responsible for purchasing their own glass. Other supplies included. 627.4500, 565.4240. • Southern Lights, a colorful exhibition, through Sept. 1, The Bascom, Highlands.

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• Lauren Alaina, 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 22, Harrah’s Cherokee Event Center. Free tickets, and open to all ages. Free tickets available at Ticketmaster will charge a 75 cent booking fee per ticket.

• Music in the Mountains Free Evening Concert Series, 6:30 p.m. Saturdays, through Oct. 26, Great Smoky Mountains Railroad Depot, Bryson City. 872.4681.

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• “Dearly Departed,” 7:30 p.m. Aug. 16-17, 22-24 and 29-31, and 3 p.m. Aug. 18, 25 and Sept. 1, HART Theatre, 250 Pigeon St., Waynesville. $22 adults, $18 seniors, $10 students, and $8 student discount tickets for Thursday and Sunday performances. Box office is open 1 to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday. 456.6322,

• Blind Lemon Phillips, 6:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 23, Groovin’ on the Green, Village Commons, Cashiers.

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ident, will read from her acclaimed novel, Trang Sen, at 3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 17, Blue Ridge Books, 152 S. Main St., Waynesville. 456.6000,

CLASSES, PROGRAMS & DEMONSTRATIONS • Smoky Mountain Quilters Guild, 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 15, Tartan Hall, First Presbyterian Church, Franklin. Becky Goldsmith of Piece ‘o Cake Designs


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from Sherman, Texas, will speak about color combinations and design. Dianne Schickedantz, 524.4530, • Weaving, spinning, quilting, corn shuck and basket demonstrations, 2 to 5 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 17, Room 104, Cowee School, Highway 28, Franklin. Hosted by Cowee Textiles in support of Cowee School Celebration., Teresa, 349.3878 or • Exhibit featuring works by WNC painter Elizabeth Ellison and fabric crafter Ann Smith, through Sept. 2, North Carolina Arboretum, Asheville., 665.2492.

FILM & SCREEN • New movie starring Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe, and Anne Hathaway, 4 p.m. and 7 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. 14, Meeting Room, Macon County Library, Franklin. Rated PG-13 for suggestive and sexual material, violence and thematic elements. 524.3600. • Family movie, 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 20, Marianna Black Library, Bryson City. Animated adventure featuring Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny, the Tooth Fairy, the Sandman and Jack Frost, 488.3030.

Outdoors OUTINGS, HIKES & FIELDTRIPS • Bike Maintenance Basics, 7 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 14, REI Asheville. Free. Registration required,

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• Blue Ridge Parkway Friday Hike, “No Ghosts in this

Graveyard,” 10 a.m. Friday, Aug. 16, Graveyard Fields. Easy to moderate, 2.5-mile hike. Meet at the Graveyard Fields Overlook at Milepost 418. Bring water, wear sunscreen and good walking shoes. 298.5330, ext. 304, for details. • Bike Maintenance: Derailleur and Shifting Systems, 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 20, REI Asheville. $20 REI members,$40 non-members. Registration required, • Map and Compass Navigation Basics, 6 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 21, REI Asheville. $30 REI members, $50 non-members. Registration required, • Franklin Bird Club weekly bird walk, 8 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 21, along the Greenway. Led by Karen Lawrence. Meet at the parking area at the Macon County Public Library. 524.5234. • Biodiversity Hike to Mount Le Conte, Aug. 24-25, with Discover Life in America (DLIA) and Travel Channel. $275 per person, with partial proceeds supporting DLIA and the Smokies ATBI program. To register or reserve a spot, contact Todd at or 865.430.4757. • Highlands Plateau Audubon Society morning bird walk, Saturday, Aug. 24, around Lake Fairfield in Cashiers. Meet at 7:30 a.m. in the Highlands Town Hall parking lot near public restrooms to carpool.

PROGRAMS & WORKSHOPS • Zahner Conservation Lecture by Lenny Bernstein of L.S. Bernstein & Associates, 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 15, Highlands Nature Center. “Why We Should All Be Concerned about Climate Change.” Sponsored by the Highlands-Cashiers Land Trust. Free. • Local storyteller and Appalachian Trail thru-hiker Nancy Reeder will share her experience through an interactive storytelling presentation at 7 p.m.

Thursday, Aug. 15, at the Feed & Seed, 3715 Hendersonville Road, Fletcher. For ages 10 and up. • Sportsman’s Camp, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 17, Balsam/Willets/Ochre Hill Volunteer Fire Department. Turkey calling, gun safety, BB gun contest, archery, fishing, first aid and more. Admission is $7 and includes a barbecue lunch. Sponsored by Heritage Christian Academy. • The Southern Appalachians: Apothecary of North America, by Patricia Kyritsi Howell, 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 22, Highlands Nature Center, 930 Horse Cove Road, Highlands. The free talk is part of the Zahner Conservation Lectures. or 526.2221.

GREAT SMOKY MOUNTAINS NATIONAL PARK • Mingus Mill Demonstration, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily through Aug. 17, one-half mile north of the Oconaluftee Visitor Center on US 441, 194 Newfound Gap Road, Cherokee. 497.1904, • Mountain Farm Museum, dawn to dusk, daily through Aug. 17, adjacent to Oconaluftee Visitor Center,194 Newfound Gap Road, Cherokee. 497.1904, • Back Porch Old-Time Music, 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 17, Oconaluftee Visitor Center porch, 194 Newfound Gap Road, Cherokee. 497.1904, Bring an acoustic instrument or just listen. • Hike Bradleytown to Smokemont Baptist Church (near Smokemont Campground entrance), 9 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 17. Join park volunteer Dick Sellers. 497.1904, • Junior Ranger: Batteries Not Included, 10 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 11 a.m. and 11:30 a.m., Fridays through Aug. 17, Oconaluftee Visitor Center. 497.1904, • Junior Ranger: Be a Blacksmith, 10 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 11 a.m. and 11:30 a.m., Fridays through Aug. 17, Blacksmith Shop at the Mountain Farm Museum. 497.1904, • Junior Ranger: Can you guess? 11 a.m. Wednesdays through Aug. 17, Oconaluftee Visitor Center Porch. 497.1904, • Old Time Mountain Religion, 1 p.m. Wednesdays through Aug. 17, Smokemont Baptist Church. 497.1904, • Junior Ranger: Slimy Salamanders, noon Tuesdays through Aug. 17, Mingus Mill, Newfound Gap Road. 497.1904,

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• A Stitch in Time, 2 p.m. Tuesdays through Aug. 17, porch of Davis Queen cabin at the Mountain Farm Museum. 497.1904, • This “Tree-mendous” Place, 10 a.m. Mondays through Aug. 17, Oconaluftee River Trail adjacent to the Oconaluftee Visitor Center. 497.1904, • Once upon a time…, 7 p.m. Mondays, through Aug. 17, Smokemont Campground between C-Loop and DLoop. 497.1904,

• Macon County poultry club meeting, 7 p.m. Tuesday Aug. 20, Macon County Cooperative Extension Office, Thomas Heights Road, Franklin. Chad McConnell, 369-3916. • Haywood County Fair expanded Viewing Zoo, 6 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 21-5 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 25, Burley Livestock Barn and Waynesville Lions Club Horse Barn, Haywood County Fairgrounds, Waynesville. To submit animals for display, call Richard Messer, 400.1528 or Sam Smith, 456.3575. Animals received from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 20, and must be removed by 5 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 25. • Speaking of Gardening symposium, Aug. 23-24, the North Carolina Arboretum, Asheville. 665.492, • Draft Horse and Mule Pulling Contest, 12:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 24, Great Smokies Arena, Haywood County Fairgrounds, during the Haywood County Fair. Registration, noon to 12:30 p.m., with an entry fee of $10 per team. Sheila Brown, 246.1273, Doc Brown, 400.2032 or Richard Messer, 400.1528.

FARMER’S & TAILGATE \ MARKETS Waynesville • Haywood’s Historic Farmers Market 8 a.m. to noon, Wednesdays and Saturdays. 250 Pigeon St, Waynesville in the parking lot of the HART Theatre. 627.1058. • The Original Waynesville Tailgate Market 8 a.m. to noon, Wednesdays and Saturdays, 171 Legion Dr., Waynesville, at the American Legion in Waynesville behind Bogart’s restaurant. 648.6323.

Canton • Canton Tailgate Market will be open from 8 a.m. to noon Tuesdays and Thursdays at Municipal parking area, 58 Park Street in Canton. 235.2760.

Sylva • Jackson County Farmers Market Jenny McPherson, 631.3033.

Cullowhee • Whee Farmer’s Market, 5 p.m. until dusk, every Wednesday, Cullowhee United Methodist Church grass lot, behind BB&T and Subway on WCU campus, Cullowhee.


• Hike: Where the Waters Sing, 11:30 a.m. Sundays through Aug. 17. Meet in Smokemont Campground D Loop. 497.1904,

• Cashiers Tailgate Market 9 a.m. to noon, Saturdays, N.C. 107, Cashiers, in the parking lot at the Cashiers Community Center. 226.9988.

• Smoky Mountain Elk, 5:30 p.m. Palmer House, Cataloochee Valley. 497.1904,


• Junior Ranger: Night Hike, 8:45 p.m. Sundays through Aug. 17, Bradley Fork Trailhead, D-Loop Smokemont. 497.1904,


FARM & GARDEN • Chicken and bird inspection and testing 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 20, Haywood County Fairgrounds for any foul planning to be exhibited at the Haywood County Fair, by order of the N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, Veterinary Division. Inspection by state veterinarian Ryan Higgins. If you plan to exhibit birds or chicken, must notify Erin Freeman, 456.3575 no later than Friday, Aug. 16.

• Fourth annual Blue Ridge Breakaway, Saturday, Aug. 17, Haywood County. Pre-register online at

• Franklin Tailgate Market 8 a.m. to noon, Saturdays, 226 E. Palmer St., Franklin, across the street from Drake Software. 349.2046.

Bryson City • Swain Tailgate Market 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Fridays, Main Street behind the historic courthouse downtown. 488.3848.



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73 Love, in Dijon 74 Memorial bio 75 Idyllic place ACROSS 76 Hogtie an old Roman 1 Source of healthful fighter? fatty acids 8 Cards for soothsayers 82 Allow to enter 83 Hoppy brew 14 Stunning weapons 84 Understand 20 Produced by its own 85 Angel player Cheryl staff 86 Be sickly 21 Latin “and others” 88 Agcy. that helps 22 Sound setup mom-and-pops 23 Really big souvenir 89 Paws, e.g. given to a 91 “Well, let me think trick-or-treater? 26 Throat-infecting bug ...” 92 “Where do -?!” 27 Nada (“It’s a deal!”) 28 Lion tail? 95 Sanders and Klink: 29 Great Plains natives Abbr. 30 Sit in (for) 32 Dawber and Anderson 96 Vast sand hill in Central Park? 34 Tapioca-yielding 102 Screenplay plants 103 Moby Dick’s adver38 Connected group of a World War II gener- sary 104 Itty-bitty drink al’s combat units? 105 Sand 43 Saintly 106 Palme - (film award) 44 Actor Sam 108 Put tears in 45 Sweetie pie 110 Clean a spill 46 Father deer 114 A heptad of mischie47 Viper type 48 The Gem State: Abbr. vous sprites turned laterally? 49 “... hear - drop” 120 Charlotte - (capital 51 Partner of to of the Virgin Islands) 54 In a funk 121 Rocker Ric of the 55 Tail ends Cars 57 Mentally ill Martian 122 Fiji is in it yaks it up? 62 Theater tickets, infor- 123 Hot winter drinks 124 Equine, in tot-speak mally 125 Football great Tony 64 City in Texas 65 Lauder of perfumery DOWN 66 Go uninvited to a 1 Smyrna fruits nightclub show in an 2 Beginning ltr. Asian ethnic district? TRIPLE FEATURES

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Rabbit gums and cold, windy mornings Editor’s note: This Back Then column first appeared in The Smoky Mountain News in August 2004.


George Ellison

hile perusing the shelves in a used bookstore recently, I spotted a title that was irresistible: From the Banks of the Oklawaha — Facts and Legends of the North Carolina Mountains. Pulling it out for further examination, I discovered that the book was the third and final volume in a series self-published between 1975 and 1979 by Frank L. FitzSimons of Henderson County. I learned from the information on Columnist the dust wrapper, that, in addition to a career as a school teacher and banker, FitzSimons had for years broadcast over WHKP-AM in Hendersonville a series of historical stories and remembrances. The three volumes in the Oklawaha series represented the ones he considered worthy of being gathered for book publication. They are very good stories, portraying in 151 short chapters the people, places, and ways of the author’s immediate region. Chapter 59 is my favorite. It’s titled

BACK THEN “Rabbit Gums,” and is, of course, about rabbit traps. “In early days the fall of the year was the season to set rabbit gums,” FitzSimons noted. “This was before rabbits were protected by stringent game laws and wild rabbits supplied a sizeable portion of the fresh meat eaten during the winter months. At that time, it was not against the law to sell wild game in our stores and meat markets. It is rarely done now but in the days of another generation practically, every boy on a farm in Henderson County had a string of rabbit gums … A rabbit gum is a simple trap made from a portion of hollow log or made by nailing four boards together in the shape of a rectangular box. The opening of the trap or gum was a door held by a trigger. When a curious rabbit went into the gum, the trigger was tripped, dropping the door, and the rabbit was caught.” I can add some details in regard to the use of the word “gum” in this context. Almost every other mature blackgum tree is hollow because the species is highly susceptible to heart rot fungi. This is an infection that occurs after spores from various decay fungi are deposited on wounds, fire scars, or dead branch stubs. The fungi that invades blackgum attacks only the tree’s central column of inactive heartwood. An infected tree retains

its outer vascular tissues for support and nutrient transport, but internally it becomes hollow. Bee gums represent the best-known use of hollow blackgum, but a small hollowed section could also be closed at one end, fitted with a triggered sliding door at the other end, baited, and used as a trap. “Many a boy on a cold, gloomy winter morning has been surprised to find a possum, a small dog, cat or other animal in his gum instead of a rabbit,” FitzSimons continued. “And it was a sad boy who found some morning a skunk in the trap instead of a rabbit.” I never found a small dog, cat, or skunk in one of my gums, but I often trapped possums. After being bitten several times by those sharp-toothed critters, I learned to turn the trap up on the hind end and shake it until the possum was discombobulated. You then quickly grab the possum by the tail, pull it out, and drop it into a burlap sack. My grandmother paid me 25 cents per possum, which she then placed in a holding cage and “fatted up” for a couple of weeks on vegetables before baking it along with sweet potatoes. “When a boy caught a wild rabbit, skinned and dressed it for sale, the fur was always left on one of the hind feet,” FitzSimons continued. “This was required so that the purchaser could know the animal being sold was actually a rabbit. At the

beginning of one winter, a rumor spread through town that some boys were killing and skinning cats for rabbits. The market for rabbits was completely wiped out until some wise person came up with the idea of leaving the fur on one hind foot for identification. The rabbit market immediately revived. “Every farm boy used his own favorite bait in the traps … Some held to apples. Others claimed that onions were better than apples. Some boys baited their gums with salt. Then there were those who argued that the best bait of all was a combination of cabbage leaves, onions and salt.” My uncle taught me to bait traps with apple slices. This was his preference because apples were readily available that time of the year and would keep in the trap for a long while. “The times when a mountain boy set rabbit gums are gone,” FitzSimons concluded. “In these days of consolidated schools and school buses and television, a boy misses something in life as he goes through his boyhood days and never sets and tends a string of rabbit gums, even if he did have to visit them every day before daylight on a cold, windy, snowy morning.” Yes, that’s precisely what I most vividly remember from my rabbit trapping days: those “cold, windy, snowy” mornings, and the keen anticipation as to what might be in the next gum down the line.

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Anne Karner, CNM was a labor and delivery nurse before she became a midwife. She enjoys helping women have a safe and enjoyable birth experience. Anne leads our 28 week prenatal class where women who are approaching their third trimester get together to discuss things like waterbirth, epidurals, circumcisions, preterm birth, etc. Anne provides well woman care for women of all ages and she is accepting new patients.

Cindy Noland, CNM has been delivering babies in Jackson County for over ten years. She bring a wealth of experience to our practice and is well loved by her patients. Cindy enjoys providing well woman care for women of all ages. She is especially interested in contraceptive options and is an expert in the field. Cindy enjoys helping women choose the best birth control options for their lives, whether it be pills, a ring, IUDs or the new Nexplanon implant. Cindy is accepting new patients.

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Betsy Swift, CNM has many years of experience in both obstetrics and gynecology. She is a teacher and is often busy training new midwifery students or nurse practitioners. Her passion for women’s health has made her a very popular care provider in WNC. Betsy considers it a privilege to be a partner in women’s healthcare during the most significant times of her life – adolescence, pregnancy, birth and menopause. Betsy is accepting new patients.


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