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“It seems like something that the visitors and merchants appreciate,” said Buffy Phillips, executive director of the Downtown Waynesville Association. If someone has chops, merchants don’t mind a performer setting up shop outside their store. It’s the buskers that make dogs howl and babies cry that town officials fear. “I believe that a thriving downtown

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deserves good music,” said Ian Moore, a fiddler in Sylva who was recently spotted busking before a large crowd in downtown Waynesville during the Friday evening Art After Dark stroll. “A permit kind of gets under my skin, but if you are not the kind of performer who can make $25 in a good hour on a good day, then you probably don’t need to be a street performer,” Moore added. With a permitting process in place, Moore said that the town can be more judicious about who it hands a license. It also allows the police to shoo unlicensed street performers away. “Now, the cop has something to point to,” said Moore. Moore said he doesn’t usually play in Waynesville unless it’s a paid gig, but he just might put down the money for a license if the town board approves busking downtown. “I think I would pay for a permit,” Moore said. “I can certainly make that $25 back without much difficulty.” Judging by the collection of bills accumulating in his instrument case during the Art After Dark stroll three weeks ago, that’s indeed the case. However, Moore said the small town just west of the busking capital of Asheville doesn’t have enough traffic to draw him to Waynesville regularly. He would likely stop into downtown Main Street only during the height of tourism sea-

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BY CAITLIN BOWLING STAFF WRITER aynesville officials will hold a public hearing next week on an ordinance that would pave the way for street performers, known colloquially as “buskers,” to play in the town’s public spaces in hopes of making a buck or two from passersby. Under the proposed policy, buskers would have to pay a $25 fee to the town in exchange for an annual license. First, however, the performer would have to provide a name, contact information, photo identification, a detailed description of the act, what instruments or props the act includes and two 2-by2 color headshots. The person would also have to undergo a background check. Currently, street performers playing for money aren’t allowed in Waynesville. By default, they fall under the town’s panhandling ban. Even the mere suggestion of soliciting money by placing a hat, bucket or open instrument case on the sidewalk would deem the busker a panhandler — since there is no explicit language in the town’s ordinances making an exception for street performers. Several people have inquired about busking in downtown Waynesville during the last year, according to Town Manager Marcy Onieal. The volume of requests prompted the board to consider allowing street performing for money. The general thought is that buskers add vibrancy to the downtown-shopping district.

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“If you are not the kind of performer who can make $25 in a good hour on a good day, then you probably don’t need to be a street performer.” — Ian Moore, fiddler

see them show up at anytime,” Phillips said. A valid Waynesville street performing license will also give buskers permission to sell DVDs or CDs of them performing. “That’s great,” said Moore, who sometimes tries to sell used books that he doesn’t want anymore while performing.

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son or if he feels everyone in Asheville has heard him play. The ordinance, if passed, would limit the hours people can play — no earlier than 11 a.m. and no later than 9 p.m. — as well as where they can play. Buskers may not perform within 50 feet of any school, library, hospital, church, funeral home, courthouse or cemetery, or within 100 feet of a townapproved special event such as the annual Apple Festival, according to the proposed language. Performers may not impede the flow of traffic or busk on private property without written permission from the owner. The regulations are aimed at keeping street performers from cropping up anywhere and everywhere and preventing people with a questionable amount of talent from littering the sidewalk. “I would rather see them permitted than


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BY CAITLIN BOWLING STAFF WRITER he Moral Monday protests that started in Raleigh and made national headlines are now making the rounds in North Carolina with a stop scheduled in Sylva next Wednesday, Aug. 28. Called the “Bringing the Dream Home to Sylva” rally, the event will be one of 13 held simultaneously in each of the state’s congressional districts to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I have a dream” speech. The rally will focus on a number of decisions that came out of

Raleigh this year but will place a particular emphasis on the recently passed voting law, which will require residents to show identification prior to voting. Speakers at a press conference announcing the Sylva rally called the voting bill regressive. “We feel like we are going back to the pre-50s, pre-60s age,” said Frank Wilson, head of the Henderson County chapter of the NAACP. The rally will kick off at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 28, in Bridge Park and is sponsored by The Canary Coalition, OccupyWNC, the NAACP and others. All are welcome. Organizers will be registering people to vote and handing out information about how the new voting law will affect them. Speakers will address the crowd throughout the 90-minute rally. “We are expecting a large turnout,” said Avram Friedman, head of The Canary Coalition, a regional clean air advocacy group based in Sylva.

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Cherokee sets sights on Nikwasi mound, but Franklin leaders reluctant to let go BY CAITLIN BOWLING STAFF WRITER he chief of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians wants the town of Franklin to relinquish ownership of the historic Nikwasi Mound, but town leaders may not let it go. “I just want to say that this mound is, to us, simply not just a mound,” said Michell Hicks, principal chief of the Eastern Band. “The mound belongs to the Cherokee people, and it needs to be back in our title.” The tribe and town have been at odds over the mound for more than a year, with the tribe questioning the town’s stewardship of this ancient spiritual and cultural site on the outskirts of present-day downtown Franklin. Franklin leaders are reticent, however, to give up the Nikwasi Mound completely and may be more inclined to approve a mutual care agreement. “I do not want to see the mound deeded to the tribe,” said Franklin Alderman and mayoral candidate Bob Scott. “I am open to exploring ways that would benefit the town, the tribe and the protection of the mound.” Scott said he would be more interested in some sort of understanding where the town would maintain ownership, but both parties would care for it. However, tribal and town leaders have yet to sit down and actually discuss any possibilities regarding the mound’s ownership and future care. Instead, Hicks went over the town’s head last week when he attended a Macon County Board of Commissioners meeting and appealed to the county commissioners for their blessing in his effort to acquire Nikwasi Mound. The county does not own the property; the town does. It will ultimately be up to town leaders whether to let the tribe have ownership of the mound. “I know that there are some jurisdictional issues probably between the county and the town, but I humbly ask for you all to give consideration and help us,” Hicks said during the meeting. “We are willing to talk about trade opportunities. We are willing to talk about value, but it is time for it to come home.”

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The tribe’s desire to acquire Nikwasi Mound, which sits just outside downtown Franklin, is no secret. A little more than a year ago, the town sprayed the mound with herbicide to kill all the existing grass, so town workers could then plant naturally low-growing “eco” grass and thus eliminate the routine mowing. Members of the Eastern Band called the move culturally insensitive and said the town desecrated the sacred mound, which served as the spiritual and political gathering place for Cherokee villages. Hicks wrote a letter to town leaders asking for a formal apology, and in the same letter, he broached the idea of town deeding the 8 mound to the tribe.

New grass has since been replanted on Nikwasi Mound after a Franklin employee sprayed it with weed killer. File photo The majority of Franklin aldermen voted not to formally apologize, however, and no official discussion was had about handing over the mound. Only Scott and Mayor Joe Collins wanted to apologize. When Collins later issued an apology anyway, the town board moved to censure him for going against the majority of the board’s decision not to apologize. After the spraying, both Eastern Band members and Franklin residents briefly talked about working together to care for the mound. Some also called for the town to hand the mound over to the Eastern Band. But nothing came of either option.

‘BURDEN ON MY HEART’ The mound-spraying incident doesn’t have anything to do with Hicks’ recent request though, he said. “That is water under the bridge. No issue there,” Hicks told Macon commissioners last week. The Eastern Band simply wants to ensure the preservation of the culturally significant mound, he said. There is a series of mounds along the Little Tennessee River valley marking the site of Cherokee settlements, he said. Hicks publicly reaffirmed his desire to gain ownership of Nikwasi Mound in June when he spoke at an event celebrating the conservation of another ancient mound site in Macon County, namely the Cowee Mound. “I have a burden on my heart for this community. This is not the end of the land that needs to come back to our tribe. It’s not. There is a mound in this town called Nikwasi Mound that belongs to the Cherokee people, and it’s not because the issue that we’ve dealt with the last couple years,” Hicks said in a speech at the event. “That mound needs to come back to our people.” But town officials have not talked to Hicks

since May when Town Manager Warren Cabe said he visited with the chief to update him on the care and maintenance of the mound. “I wanted to make sure communication was clear with us before we did anything,” Cabe said, adding that he had hoped the meeting would open the lines of communication with the tribe, but the town hasn’t heard from Eastern Band leaders since then.

‘A POOR CALL’ Town leaders were surprised find out that Hicks went to the Macon commissioners when they have no official say in the future of the mound. “Obviously, the board of aldermen need to be informed, or they need to be the ones approached,” Cabe said. “That was obviously a surprise to the town of Franklin.” The biggest problem Franklin officials have is that no one from the tribe has even approached the town board since last year. “I am not quite sure why this went before the commissioners because no one has come to the town,” said Alderwoman and mayoral candidate Sissy Pattillo. Pattillo said the decision about whether to transfer ownership of Nikwasi Mound should lie with Franklin residents. “It is not our mound. It is owned by the people. It would be up to the wishes of the townspeople,” Pattillo said. “It is just as much a part of their heritage.” The townspeople of Franklin scraped money together to save it from being developed in the 1940s. The town has owned Nikwasi Mound ever since. “The tribe did not preserve the mound; the people of Franklin preserved the mound,” Scott said. He, like other town officials, was shocked to hear about Hicks’ visit with the county

commissioners. “The big question in my mind is ‘Why did he not come to the town?” Scott said. “(Town officials) have reached out to the tribe before, but nothing.” Pattillo said Hicks’ decision to meet with county commissioners and not first try to reach out to the town was “a poor call.” “I was just surprised when I heard this,” Pattillo said. “To me, there is professional respect and principles. I am a stickler for those.” It is unclear when the town board will meet with Hicks to discuss the future of Nikwasi Mound. Though some Franklin residents have previously called for the town to give up the mound, it seems more likely that the town would sign a mutual agreement with the Eastern Band. “Right now, there is a sentiment that we not give it to the tribe, but a sentiment that maybe we can work with the tribe,” Scott said. During his address to Macon commissioners, Hicks said he would be willing to talk about options other than purchasing the mound. “Maybe this is even an opportunity to create a treaty,” Hicks said, or a memoriam of understanding. He also added that the tribe could start a fund to pay for the care and maintenance of Nikwasi Mound as well as other properties with distinct Cherokee ties in Macon County. After his speech, the Macon County commissioners voted unanimously to urge the town board to start a dialogue with the tribe about Nikwasi Mound. “We would be happy to encourage the town in anyway we can,” said Commissioner Ronnie Beale. “I think that is probably the best we can do.” However, the Franklin aldermen argued that the town has tried to engage tribal leaders in conversation without luck. “Mr. Cabe reached out, but there has been nothing. It hasn’t been reciprocated,” Pattillo said. Franklin leaders also wondered why the county should even have a place in the conversation since the mound is outside the commissioners’ purview. However, Commission Chairman Kevin Corbin commented that the board oversees the whole county. “Technically, it is not our place to get involved in negotiations,” Corbin said. “But I think any issue the happens in Macon County, the commissioners have a responsibility to voice an opinion.” The commissioners also said they were willing to weigh in because they want to continue to strengthen the county’s relationship with the tribe. “It would benefit everybody if we could have a better relationship,” Beale said. Given that this year is an election year for the town board, Beale said that the town leaders might be more willing to work with the tribe. However, Pattillo said the future of the mound is a separate issue from elections. A video recording of the Macon County Commission meeting posted on was used in the reporting of this article.



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BY ANDREW KASPER soul of the building has not changed much from STAFF WRITER when it was a school serving the community. f n old closed-down elementary school in “The community still treats this place like the rural Cowee community in Macon they’ve always treated it,” Guffey said. “And County will soon reclaim its role as a that’s as place to gather and have fun.” community focal point and gathering place. Macon County Historical Society has plans The former school is being remade and to use the space for local history exhibits. transformed into an Appalachian cultural The school’s alumni organization wants center, a space where community groups and to showcase the school’s history. And even nonprofits can hold meetings, programs, the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians is planworkshops and performances. ning an exhibit depicting the native heritage “There are a whole mix of uses on the of the region. The Cowee area along the Little table right now,” said Stacey Guffey, the cen- Tennessee River, dotted with ancient burial ter’s coordinator named by the county. mounds and campsites, was once an epicenGardeners have already laid out small, ter of Cherokee civilization. raised-bed plots for willing horticulturalists. Cowee fTextiles, a fiber arts group, will soon be putting on weaving and quilting classes there. A pottery club has also reserved a room for studio space and hands-on demonstrations. But those are only some of the organized pursuits. Guffey said the campus of the old school is usually hustling and bustling with impromptu doings. “I try to never forget to mention that there are Stacey Guffey, one of the organizers behind the re-purposing always people using the of the old Cowee School, surveys an classroom during renovatrack, playing ball on the tion work. Andrew Kasper photo ball field and using a picnic shelter,” Guffey said. A kick-off party celebrating a soft opening But the details are still being worked out for the Cowee community center was held by the tribe. last Saturday, featuring mountain music and “Tribal members are going through a dinner prepared onsite. process to decide how to use the room,” Guffey The school has undergone a slew of said. “The ideas on the table are for educationimprovements since the county commission- al displays on the Cherokee in river valley.” ers got behind the project last fall. With nearThe old library will be left open for a public ly $70,000 pledged by the county for renova- lounge, meeting area, a book exchange and tions last year and another $120,000 this even movie nights. The school’s gymnasium year, the building is shaping up, Guffey said. will feature ping-pong, basketball, badminton, The classroom trailers out front have been volleyball and other types of recreation. hauled away; there is new audio equipment; Concerts, though, may turn out to be the lighting and seats for concerts; holes in the big draw. The school is also a designated stop roof were patched up; old carpeting torn out; on the Blue Ridge music trail. and the handicapped access fixed. Balsam Range, a local bluegrass group, The school has also been rigged with wireless was set to be the first band to fill the 200Internet access and the cafeteria outfitted with a capacity gymnasium last weekend for the commercial grade stove and new stainless steel kick-off event. But they overfilled it, and the table for food preparation. As one of its many concert had to be moved outside. uses, Guffey said the kitchen will be used for This fall, Guffey has scheduled a music classes on canning and cooking put on by the series, including Buncombe Turnpike, to play Macon County Cooperative Extension Service. in the auditorium. He plans to start the series This year, a large chunk of the county cap- again in the spring with monthly sets in the ital funding will go to upgrade the old oil fur- auditorium and a big event in August nace to an electrical heat pump. Guffey said “I think we’re going to try to do one big the upgrades will pay off in the long run and yearly event,” Guffey said. “Where we try to save $22,000 per year in fuel costs. pull the community together and try to pull But even with all the upgrades, the heart and school alumni together, outside.”



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BY B ECKY JOHNSON regardless of the volume of calls they AND ANDREW KASPER respond to. STAFF WRITERS The fire tax system is commonly used in ackson County commissioners signaled other counties, including in Haywood and support this week to change the way volMacon. unteer fire departments are funded, However, the changes have resistance in although the plan is not without its critics. some parts of Jackson county — namely fire The changes would give each fire departdistricts where property values are lower. ment autonomy over its own budget — but The lower the property values in an area, along with it would come the onus to fund the higher the fire tax rate would have to be J their own operations by levying a fire tax to make up for the loss of direct county within their service area. funding. Under the proposed system, fire departThe idea was first broached in May this ments would no longer get money directly year and was discussed at a meeting of repfrom the county. Instead, they would set resentatives from each of the fire departtheir own fire tax rates to be paid by all property owners in the department’s jurisdiction and budget the money they raise accordingly. “I would like to see Jackson County go toward the fire districts, and I would like to see if the other commissioners feel the same way, and if so, where do we go from here,” Commissioner Vicki Greene said at a county meeting on Monday. Currently, the county divides a pot of about Fire chiefs discuss the idea of a new fire tax at a meeting $800,000 among each of the seven volunteer fire departheld a few months ago. The idea has gained momentum with ments to subsidize their support from most commissioners. operations. The county also funds one full-time employee for each volments, volunteer firefighters and county unteer fire department, to keep regular officials. office hours at the fire station and handle Since then, the fire departments in Little administrative duties. Canada and Qualla have officially come out But whenever the fire departments need against it, Wooten said. Balsam Fire extra money for major equipment purchasDepartment is neutral at best. But the rest es like a new fire truck, or if they want to of the fire departments are in favor, he said. build a new substation or enlarge their fireIf county funds were pulled, each district house, they must come hat in hand to the would have to raise taxes to fill the hole. county. It’s not a position commissioners Less-affluent districts with lower property like to be in. values would have to impose a higher tax “When they come in here and make rate — as much as 5 cents on the property requests, we look like the bad guys when we tax rate in Canada. But in Cashiers, it would don’t hand them everything they want,” take just one-third of a cent on the property Commissioner Doug Cody said. tax rate to replace what they were getting County Manager Chuck Wooten agreed from the county, since property values there fire taxes as opposed to direct county fundare so much higher. ing would shift the responsibility to each Nevertheless, county commissioners all fire department to raise the money they seemed to be in favor of the idea — or at need from within their own service area, least exploring it further. They asked instead of passing the buck to the county as Wooten to outline the next steps. a whole. “Even if we don’t move forward with it, I “The fire tax puts the responsibility back am not saying we do it, but I would like to on them,” Wooten said. know if we thought about doing it where Each fire department would bear the would we start,” Commission Chairman burden of justifying and substantiating their Jack Debnam said. own fire tax rate. Wooten favors the shift. The process would involve a public hear“I would like to get to a point where ing and most likely a countywide referendepartments have a reliable source of revdum. enue they can rely on in the future,” Even if county commissioners don’t Wooten said. push the idea, fire departments in favor of a Wooten also questioned whether the fire tax could force the issue by stepping forcurrent system is logical, since it awards ward and calling for a referendum themappropriations to every fire department, selves.

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Survey says

BY B ECKY JOHNSON STAFF WRITER ne of life’s great unsolved mysteries will soon be settled thanks to an official survey of the murky border between Jackson and Macon counties. Property owners straddling the JacksonMacon county line will no longer have to lay awake at night pondering which side they are really on and to whom they truly owe their allegiances — or their property taxes as the case may be. A formal declaration on their status — be it Jacksonites or Maconians — will be handed down by the N.C. Geodetic Survey within a year or so. At the behest of Macon County commissioners, Jackson County commissioners this week joined in a request for the state surveyor’s office to delineate the county border once and for all. Ages ago, the countyline between Jackson and Macon was merely defined as the “ridgeline.” But the old methods of calculating where the ridgeline lies is somewhat circumspect by today’s more sophisticated methods, like laser scans of the earth’s surface, for


“We will not work on the county boundary unless both the counties involved request our assistance. We are a neutral party,” explained Gary Thompson with the N.C. Geodetic Survey in Raleigh. Other than sheer curiosity, it’s not a bad idea to sort out the border from a legal standpoint, Thompson said. “The purpose is to put back on the ground the legal definition of what the boundary is,” Thompson said. The state will pick up the tab for the survey, which will largely be conducted by a contracted survey firm. Countyline surveys can run $10,000 to $15,000 on average, according to Thompson.

vey. But the request is not exactly an uncommon one. The N.C. Geodetic Survey is actively working on eight countyline surveys involving disputed borders and has also been surveying the state’s border with South Carolina. A far more rancorous borderline dispute in the mountains played out a few years ago between Swain and Graham counties. Sparring over the county border called into question which county was entitled to tens of thousands in property taxes paid by Tennessee Valley Authority for its hydropower generators at Fontana Dam. The contested border dispute between Swain and Graham even resulted in a civil lawsuit and countersuit, each claiming the other county should pay up for collecting more than its fair share in property taxes all these years. A far more rancorous borderline In Jackson and Macon, figuring dispute in the mountains played out which side of the line a piece of property fell on has been an amicaout a few years ago between ble process. Employees in the mapSwain and Graham counties. ping, land records and deeds offices would put their heads together, check terrain maps and old deed While the cost won’t come out of county books and arrive at a consensus. coffers, Cody objected to the survey as an There is one hiccup surveyors could unnecessary. encounter when ferreting out the natural “I think it is a waste of money. It is not ridge line between Jackson and Macon. In Jackson taxpayer money, but it is someone’s some areas, the natural terrain has been money,” Cody said. altered by human development over time. Cody was the only Jackson County commis“In some cases, the ridgeline is gone. It’s sioner to vote against a resolution calling on the been mowed down. There’s houses on it, golf N.C. Geodetic Survey to wade into the fray. courses on it, lawns on it, development on it,” Thompson concurred that very few prop- said Bobby McMahan, the Jackson County erties would likely switch sides after the sur- tax appraiser.

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example. Some old-fashioned digging in property deed books will also be part of the year-long process, however. Just what’s at stake? For starters, which county does the property owner vote in. If they want to develop their property, are they subject to Jackson’s tougher building regulations or Macon’s looser ones? And ultimately, to whom do they pay their property taxes? The property tax rate in Jackson and Macon varies only by a few pennies, so it will make little difference in the tax bills for any property owners who switch sides as a result of the survey. And it will likely be a wash from the counties’ perspectives as well. “We don’t think there is going to be a winner or loser or a lot of swapping back and forth,” Jackson County Manager Chuck Wooten said. Fewer than 10 parcels are likely to swap county affiliations. So then why do it at all, Commissioner Doug Cody asked when the topic was discussed at a Jackson commissioner meeting this week. “What is the motivation behind this?” Cody asked. “To me, it is an exercise in futility.” “From Macon County’s perspective, it would remove the uncertainty,” Wooten answered. Indeed, Macon County commissioners have been the impetus in the quest for a clearer, less-muddled picture of the county line. Macon County commissioners had already asked the state Geodetic Survey to perform a survey, but Jackson commissioners had to make a similar request to get the ball rolling.



Jackson Meals on Wheels leaves money on the table Budget increase fails to cure waiting list BY B ECKY JOHNSON STAFF WRITER ackson County commissioners took the director of the Jackson County Department on Aging to task this week over why Meals On Wheels still has such a large waiting list. Jackson County commissioners thought the waiting list for Meals On Wheels would be solved after they ponied up an emergency appropriation of $15,000 in February to handle the growing demand among low-income, housebound seniors for a daily meal. At the time, Meals on Wheels was delivering a hot meal to the doorstep of 80 clients a day, but had a waiting list of 43. Commissioners expected the extra money would help eliminate the waiting list. But today, Meals On Wheels is serving only a handful more than it was then — now up to 88 clients a day. And it still has a waiting list of 32. Jackson commissioners this week questioned why more people hadn’t been added to the rolls of Meals On Wheels and why people were still languishing on the waiting list despite the extra funding the county provided. “We expanded the budget for that purpose, and at the time we voted on it, I thought it was to take care of that backlog,” Commissioner Doug Cody said. “I see 32 people still on a waiting list, and I don’t know why they are there.” Eddie Wells, director of the Jackson County Department on Aging, which oversees Meals On Wheels, didn’t have a good answer. In fact, he was somewhat flummoxed by the question, having only been with the agency since April and lacking institutional knowledge of what had transpired before he came. Wells said people on the waiting list are

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Wheels for the cost of the meals it serves, based on invoices submitted to the county to the tune of $4.88 per meal. Despite the additional $15,000 made available, it was never actually spent. Commissioners didn’t realize money was being left on the table. Assuming a larger budget was needed, the county actually continued to fund Meals On Wheels at a higher level this new fiscal year, which started in July. The extra $15,000 awarded mid-stream last fiscal year was permanently built into the Meals On Wheels’ budget at the outset of the year this go around. The budget increase of $15,000 was estimated to provide meals for an additional 30 clients at the time it was awarded in February. But with the number of clients inching up from 80 to only 88, the program is once again on track to not use all the money at its disposal, despite funding being available to serve more people. Wells said there are other factors at play besides money — namely the volunteer manpower to deliver the meals. Some people on the waiting list live in remote areas that aren’t on the existing Meals On Wheels routes. “We have to find a volunteer willing to drive all those miles to deliver meals up that way,” Wells said, citing Caney Fork as one example. There are currently 11 routes. Cody said if it is a matter of volunteers, not funding, then that’s the type of thing commissioners need to know so the problem can be solved. “I would like a better explanation,” Cody said. Commissioner Vicki Greene asked Wells to outline a plan for what it would take to serve everyone. “If our goal is to completely eliminate the waiting list for Meals On Wheels, you need to tell us what it would take so those in need can be served,” Greene told Wells.

awarded spots in Meals On Wheels as they open up. The list of who gets meals is in constant flux as clients either die or move into nursing homes. In just the past six weeks, 24 people have moved off the waiting list and gotten into the program, Wells said. New applicants, Wells said, are constantly replenishing the number on the waiting list. “We will continue to be aggressive in pulling people off the waiting list,” Wells said. But he is hesitant to add all of them at once. “We didn’t want to get into a situation where we didn’t have enough money at the end of the year,” Wells said. To be fair, Jackson County Manager Chuck Wooten said the county never explicitly instructed Meals On Wheels to serve each and every person who applies for the service. “We’ve never said we would provide Meals On Wheels to everyone on the waiting list,” Wooten said. “As well off as Jackson County is, we

“I see 32 people still on a waiting list, and I don’t know why they are there.” — Doug Cody, Jackson County commissioner

should be ashamed of ourselves if we don’t,” Commissioner Charles Elders replied. The crux of commissioners’ question, however — why aren’t more people getting Meals On Wheels in light of the extra money they pledged back in February — went unresolved during the discussion. After the meeting, however, County Finance Director Darlene Fox checked the county’s financial records and found that Meals On Wheels never in fact tapped the extra funds that commissioners made available. The county reimburses Meals On JOHN HAMEL M.D.

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Some commissioners questioned whether Meals On Wheels is losing resources due to an increase in free cafeteria meals served to seniors at two community feeding sites. Known as congregate meals, the Jackson County Department on Aging serves an average of 70 people a day.

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Cody suggested reallocating money from the congregate meal program to Meals on Wheels. “There is something wrong with the mix of Meals On Wheels and congregate meal funding somewhere. The people who eat congregate meals aren’t as needy as the people living at home,” Cody said. “We don’t want these people living at home to be deprived nutrition.” Other commissioners agreed that those who show up for the congregate meals at the two senior centers in Webster and Cashiers don’t have as a dire a need, since they can at least get out and about. The demand for congregate meals has gone up substantially in the past year, and as a result the community meal program was also awarded an emergency budget increase of its own last February to the tune of $14,000. The congregate meal program was formerly budgeted to serve only 50 people a day, but around 70 were showing up. Previously, the Department on Aging served any seniors who showed up, regardless of a proven need. While the agency asked those eating the meals for donations and contributions on a voluntary basis, it wasn’t required. Recently, however, a litmus test was imposed, and those who don’t meet the need criteria must contribute based on a sliding scale if they want to keep coming. The new system is bringing in an extra $200 a month to help fund congregate meals, in addition to more than $1,000 in voluntary donations it gets. Also, the free meals have been replaced twice a month with a potluck, where participants bring in the food themselves — saving the program $6,500 a year, Wells said. So despite the increased number being served, the cost to the county for congregate meals hasn’t gone up substantially, Wells said. As a result, the extra $14,000 appropriated for the congregate meal program last February was never actually spent either, according to county budget records. Last fiscal year, the cost of meals served through the two programs was $157,000 — despite having around $190,000 in county funding it could have tapped. This fiscal year, which started in July, the county budgeted $192,000 between the two meal programs. 202-66

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BY ANDREW KASPER “I got a lot of feedback from business STAFF WRITER owners really wanting to put out something t’s not quite little Las Vegas, yet, but new to draw people in,” Jeleniewski said. sign laws in Sylva are clearing the way for When it comes to blinking lights and a brighter, blinkier town. changing digital displays on signs, they will For a year or so now, the town’s planning now be allowed, but there will be restrictions board has been re-working what is allowed on frequency of flashes and animations, and what isn’t for sign owners in Sylva. The although they will continue to be banned in final product was passed by town board the downtown area. members this month. It expands the range The nights could get bright in Sylva as of sandwich board signs, increases the size of well, with the addition of accent lighting wall signs and gives the OK to moving images on signs and accent lights punctuating buildings. It’s been 15 years since Sylva overhauled its sign ordinances. After the changes were approved, town board member Lynda Sossamon joked that “maybe this one will last another 15 years.” The looser sign rules are aimed at giving local businesses a bit more leeway in advertising themselves and attempts to get with the times in regards to advances in sign technology, digital displays and animation, said John Dunkin’ Donuts changing digital display board was not permitted Jeleniewski, the code enforcer for the town of under Sylva’s old sigh laws, but changes to the town’s sign regSylva. ulations have brought it, and others like it, into compliance. “People need this Becky Johnson photo because they feel it will help their business,” he said about the trimming the outlines of buildings to help updated regulations. “It’s just keeping up create an ambience to attract customers in with evolution of signs and technology and the evening. things.” “It gives it a little bit more of a glow,” Jeleniewski said the hampered economy Jeleniewski said. “And it’s a little bit more was weighing heavy on the minds of planpleasing at night for people driving by.” ning and town board members when both Despite the past ban on building accent bodies passed the new regulations anonylights, several businesses in Sylva already mously. had accent lighting, like Speedy’s Pizza. “When things are going strong in the Dunkin’ Donuts along N.C. 107 had also economy, it’s easier to enforce these things,” broken the barrier and put up a sign with Jeleniewski said. “As long as people and busi- changing digital displays, even before the nesses are doing well and are successful, ordinance was changed. Since it would soon there is no reason to buck what’s there.” be an outdated law, town leaders looked the But with businesses feeling a slowdown, other way for the time being. loosening some of the sign rules was seen as “We just left it alone until the adopting of a way to help. the new ordinance,” Jeleniewski said. He said that was some of the reasoning to Another business already reaping the expand the use of sandwich board signs benefits of the town’s updated sign ordiaround town. Under the old laws, the foldnance was Walmart. While looking to re-do ing, upright signs were only permitted in the the façade on its storefront and flagships downtown area where storefront signage is sign, the company ran into the part of the much smaller and more limited. But now old ordinance that limited the amount of they will have free rein throughout all the square footage it wall signs could be. commercial districts. The new regulation, rather than placing a Businesses will also be able to string up maximum limit on wall signs, uses a calculabanners and flags advertising special deals tion based on the size of the wall. So, the bigand sales — and can hang up to two banners ger the wall of the building, the bigger the at a time. Considered “temporary” signs, sign can be. however, they can only stay up a month at a “It’s easier to figure out and brings the stretch and for no more than five months of sign in scale with the building,” Jeleniewski the year. said.


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Waynesville puts brakes on the slow creep of sandwich boards, for now

BY CAITLIN BOWLING “They came in with a list of other violaSTAFF WRITER tors,” said Town Planner Paul Benson. “In the ending changes to Waynesville’s sign name of being fair, we have to take notice of laws could pave the way for sidewalk it.” sandwich boards downtown, but they That is when the code enforcement office aren’t legal yet. decided to send out a warning letter to busiThe upright, folding signs have been on nesses, even those without portable signs. the uptick nonetheless, forcing Waynesville “We are not ignoring anything now,” code enforcers to issue a stern reminder to Benson said. downtown merchants to rein in the proliferSince then, Downtown Waynesville ating sandwich boards. Association Executive Director Buffy Phillips Waynesville Code Enforcement employees mass-mailed businesses in and around its downtown, warning owners that if they saw temporary signage outside a store or restaurant, the owner would be fined $200 for each day it remains there. Businesses such as Panacea Coffeehouse, Café 50 and City Bakery have all pulled their sandwich boards off the sidewalks following the town’s warning. For a long time, Waynesville’s code enforcers ignored the smattering of sandwich boards that popped up in front of downtown businesses. In fact, rather than fighting an uphill battle to enforce the ban, the town may simply embrace the scourge of sandwich boards with changes to its sign ordinance. A final decision is pending further study. However, last month, when Jack and Yvonne Wadham, the owners of Frog Pond Auction in Frog Level, Various businesses in downtown Waynesville and in Frog Level were cited for mountposted sandwich board signs outside their establishments. ing a large sign to a However, the signs, including the one picture above, were taken in truck outside their earlier this month to comply with the town sign ordinance. business, the couple cried foul. “It’s either for all or for none,” Yvonne has heard from both sides about the sudden Wadham said, adding that they felt singled enforcement of the town’s sign ordinance. out. “There have definitely been a lot of people No other business owners were facing who have made phone calls and fines even though they were violating the sent emails,” Phillips said. town’s sign ordinance too, the couple argued. In many cases, the business


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Stand up for N.C. educators A “Stand Up for Education” rally will be held from 6-7:30 p.m. Monday, Aug. 26, on the front lawn of the Haywood County historic courthouse. The event will express appreciation for teachers, support for public education and dissatisfaction with recent legislation enacted by N.C. General Assembly that affects teacher pay and public education funding. Featured speakers include N.C. Senate Minority leader Martin Nesbitt, DBuncombe, who chairs the Senate Education Committee; N.C. Rep. Joe Sam Queen, D-Waynesville; and Haywood County Commissioner Bill Upton, a former school superintendent.

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owners just want everyone to follow the same planters and in the ground around street rules. City Bakery in Waynesville used to have trees, and well as mounting them on her husa chalkboard propped up near the entryway band’s truck parked in front of the store. listing a few of the food and beverage items it One concern over portable signs is that offers, but Jeff Smith, who runs the restaurant they can block the sidewalk. with his wife Megan, took it in after the “Our sidewalks are very narrow, both in town’s letter. Unlike some, Smith wasn’t Frog Level and downtown. We have a lot of upset by the town’s change in enforcement. foot traffic,” Phillips said. “I don’t have a problem with what the If the town ultimately allows sandwich town is doing as long as it’s the same thing for boards, there would be restrictions on where everyone,” Smith said. “I believe in consistency.” “I don’t have a problem with what He said he doesn’t think the loss of the sandwich board will the town is doing as long as it’s affect the business — that is, as long as no one else is allowed to the same thing for everyone. I set one up. believe in consistency.” “If no one else had it, then no, I don’t think it would hurt — Jeff Smith, City Bakery us,” Smith said. City Bakery also has a menu posted in its window. Smith said that passers- they can go. There would need to be 5 feet of by often see that just as much as a sandwich clear walking space on the sidewalk in front board. of the building, and the signs must be within “It does help business because I see people 3 feet of the business and should not block out there looking at it,” Smith said. entrances. Wadham said the auction house always The planning board is seeking input on saw a boost in walk-ins whenever it placed a the proposed sign ordinance changes, Benson portable sign outside and wants the town to said, admitting that business owners likely allow such signage. didn’t have enough input in the past. “It is something that is going to attract “That is something we probably didn’t do attention and attract people to your busi- a good job of when we first drafted the ordiness,” Wadham said. “My foot traffic that nance,” Benson said. “It was a little extreme I came in my business was triple.” think.” Wadham had not limited her signage to a Another change will allow businesses and sandwich board, however. She had been stick- nonprofits to hang up or post event signs ing signs up and down the street in flower advertising a special event for up to 30 days.

All lanes of I-40 reopened after slide All lanes of Interstate 40 West in Haywood County have reopened following a rockslide that occurred Monday evening, Aug. 19. Initial reports from county emergency workers claimed that all four lanes of Interstate 40 at Exit 7 (Harmon’s Den) in Haywood County were blocked by a rockslide around 7:45 p.m. However, the picture quickly got brighter. Only one lane — the right lane of I-40 westbound — was covered by rock debris, according to a North Carolina Department of Transportation news release issued Monday night. N.C. DOT crews worked overnight to clear the debris, and the road was completely reopened by Tuesday morning. In a DOT news release, department officials reminded motorists to watch signs for construction information, stay alert and obey the posted speed limit. For real-time travel information, call 511 or visit

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Discouraged but not defeated, Swain continues quest for overdue cash settlement BY CAITLIN BOWLING STAFF WRITER he outlook for Swain County doesn’t look any better this year than it did the last three years in its quest to make good on the government’s stale promise of a cash settlement. Despite being promised $4 million a year during a 10-year period, it seems Swain County is once again being stiffed by the federal government. The county inked the deal in 2010, releasing the federal government from its obligation to rebuild a county road flooded by the creation of Fontana Lake in the 1940s. The county agreed to a $52 million cash settlement in lieu of rebuilding the flooded-out road through the Smokies. But the county hasn’t gotten the annual payment for the past four years, and the allocation was left out the president’s budget again for the coming year. “The current administration was going to put those monies in their budget. They have failed to do that,” said U.S. Rep. Mark Meadows, R-Cashiers. “It doesn’t look real promising from a priority standpoint with the administration right now.” The budget for 2014 is a continuation budget, meaning there will be little room for new allocations, Meadows explained. Had the money been included in the 2013 budget, it may have found its way into the 2014 budget as well. Since taking office earlier this year, Meadows has worked with Swain County leaders to get the money its residents are owed with no luck. “It’s very frustrating and disappointing,” said Leonard Winchester, a member of the Citizens for the Economic Future of Swain County who was an active participant in the

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North Shore Road settlement process. When the deal was signed in 2010, the county received an initial lump sum of $12.8 million. It hasn’t seen any more money since. In 2011, the money was cut from the federal budget following an across-the-board crack down on earmarks. This year, legislators said the allocation was accidentally left out of the budget, and next year is the same story. Only in 2012 did any money — $4 million to be exact — actually get appropriated for Swain County. It was inserted into the National Park Service’s construction budget, and the National Park Service was then supposed to hand the money over to Swain County. However, the $4 million got caught up in bureaucracy. For two years now, Park Service leaders have refused to let the money go without an additional authorization from Congress, even though the federal General Accounting Office ruled that a seperate act of Congress is not necessary. “I guess since we don’t need it, we are going to have to get it,” Swain County Manager Kevin King said sarcastically. “Another way the government is keeping us from getting what we deserve.” King was part of a Swain leadership delegation that visited Washington, D.C., at the end of last month. At this pace, the North Shore agreement will expire before Swain County receives what it was promised. “If it wasn’t paid in 10 years, they don’t owe us none of it,” Commissioner David Monteith said. The county could negotiate an extension of the agreement, but given its past luck, that doesn’t seem likely to happen.

Panels tell Swain County history More panels detailing the history of Swain County are now on display outside the county administration building in Bryson City and even more are on the way. The marble panels list important points in the county’s history, its veterans from various wars and historical facts. Already Swain County Commissioner David Monteith has spotted kids doing rubbings of veterans named on the panels. “The school classes are going to eat this thing up,” Monteith said. The first few panels were installed last year, and over time, the county has added more. In total, 60 panels will cover the concrete wall outside the administration building.

GETTING AUTHORIZATION King and Commissioners Monteith and Phil Carson visited Washington, D.C., in late July to meet with Department of the Interior officials and hopefully convince them to release the hung-up $4 million that’s been sitting in the park service budget with Swain’s name on it since 2012. “That was the biggest reason we went up there,” King said. “It didn’t go as we had planned.” The attorneys with the U.S. Department of the Interior, which oversees the National Park Service, fed the county the same line as last year — the money is there; it just needs

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BY CAITLIN BOWLING STAFF WRITER he recent three-day trip to Washington, D.C., marks the fourth time Swain County representatives have visited the capital during the last couple years. Swain County Manager Kevin King and Commissioners David Monteith and Phil Carson drove about eight hours from the small town of Bryson City to the big city of D.C. at the end of last month to speak with federal officials about the North Shore settlement money (see related story). The trio pulled off the three-day trip for $2,000. About a quarter of the budget was spent on hotel rooms in the Hamilton Crowne Plaza Hotel on 14th Street in downtown. With the four trips altogether, King estimated that the county has only expended about $10,000, adding that such costs are necessary. “If you don’t go up there, they are not going to come to you. You have to get in front of them,” King said. During their trip, they also met with the National Park 16 Service, U.S. Forest Service and Tennessee Valley Authority


The high spirits witnessed during the pomp-filled North Shore settlement signing ceremony in 2010 are now deflated. File photo officials to talk about partnering on exhibits in the county’s new museum. The county is currently converting its old historic courthouse into a visitor center and cultural heritage museum.

the authorization. It was the same line, even though this year the county had the backing of the General Accounting Office ruling saying that in fact extra authorization is not actually needed. So, Meadows plans to introduce two pieces of legislation into the U.S. House in the next couple of weeks — one would force the park service to part with Swain County’s $4 million and the other would authorize the park service to pay out the remaining cash settlement balance of $35.2 million when it is appropriated. “I just want them to get what they are due,” Meadows said, adding that Sen. Kay Hagan, D-N.C., has been


“We want them to participate in all our heritage projects,” King said. “The Forest Service was very receptive to that as was the TVA.” One particular point of interest for Monteith was the condition of Hall Cabin and Calhoun House. Both are historic homes located in the Swain County section of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and are supposed to be maintained as a cultural resource by the park service. However, Monteith said houses have fallen into disrepair. “Inside of them is withering away. It’s pathetic,” Monteith said. Hall Cabin has holes in the roof of the porch, leading to further damage the longer it goes unrepaired. Meanwhile, the Calhoun House looks nice on the outside but the inside is a different story. “You would be so disheartened,” Monteith said of the houses’ appearance. If the park service isn’t willing to take care of them, Monteith said, then the commissioners would rather they be moved out of the park onto county property. That way, the county can care for them. He even suggested moving one of the houses next to the courthouse museum and making it an historic attraction.

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very involved as well and will carry the bills through the U.S. Senate. Meadows split the two sums to give the $4 million authorization bill a better chance at passage. “The lower the dollar amount, the lower the resistance,â€? Meadows said. “I want to make sure the $4 million is appropriated.â€? Plus, the companion authorization bill won’t actually net Swain County any money unless Congress allocates more settlement funds in the National Park Service budget. It is unlikely that the park service would willingly take money from its budget to fork over the $35.2 million unless that much is allocated through the federal budget. “I don’t see that happening really,â€? Meadows said. But that way, if it is allocated, the park service can’t pull the song and dance about not having authorization. As a freshman representative, Meadows was dragged into the fray of the ongoing fight between Swain County and federal government from day one in D.C. Meadows said he was previously optimistic that an agreement could be reached with the park service. “I believed for the last 60 days that we would not have to go this route,â€? he said. Both Meadows’ and Hagan’s offices have reached out to various committee chairs, Sen. Richard Burr, R-N.C., and Hayden Rogers — Meadows’ one-time political opponent and current chief of staff to Sen. Joe Manchin, DW.V. — anyone who can help further their cause. “A standalone authorization bill is difficult. At the same time, we have been making the case ‌ that the money was appropriated, and it was paid in for this specific purpose,â€? Meadows said. “When you appropriated for a specific purpose, it needs to be paid out to that.â€? Department of Interior officials have told both Meadows and the Swain County leaders that they are ready to sign the check as soon as the authorization bill passes. “(National Park Service Comptroller Bruce Sheaffer) has indicated twice that he would be glad to write the check and wants to write the check,â€? Meadows said. Winchester was pessimistic about the chances of the bill moving through Congress. “Introducing a bill like that and getting it passed are two different things,â€? Winchester said. Considering its past struggles to obtain the North Shore settlement money, Swain County may need an act of God, in addition to act of Congress, if it hopes to see the rest of the money the federal government owes it. “We have got to have the National Park Service do their part, and they are not,â€? Winchester said. But that doesn’t keep the county leaders from continually plugging away. “We call. We call everybody once a week to say, ‘Hey, we are here,’â€? King said about his frequent calls to federal officials and legislators. Meadows said King and the commissioners have worked tireless to get the money owed to the county. “Those county commissioners are daily trying to look out for the best interest of the people they serve. It makes me want to work twice as hard,â€? Meadows said.




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The Small Business Center of Southwestern Community College will offer a free seminar entitled “How to Price Your Product or Service” from 5:30-8:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 5, at the college’s Macon Campus. Participants will learn internal and external factors to consider when setting prices. Tonya Snider of REAL Entrepreneurship will also introduce breakeven analysis as a tool for assisting entrepreneurs in measuring financial feasibility. ••• Anne G. Garrett, superintendent of Haywood County Schools, has been named the Region 8 Superintendent of the Year. This honor includes a nomination as a candidate for the 2014 A. Craig Phillips North Carolina Superintendent of the Year Award. The nomination is a highly recognized commendation for her work and accomplishments of Haywood County Schools. ••• The Haywood County Chamber of Commerce Young Professionals received a $20,000 New Generation Leaders Grant. The program encourages young people, ages 16-30, to become more active in civic and economic affairs, in part by tackling community improvement projects. ••• The Western Carolina University School of Nursing got a $1 million federal workforce diversity grant to enroll nursing students from underserved rural populations, including recruiting nursing students from the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians. WCU will create the Western North Carolina Nursing Career Network Project, enabling nursing faculty to serve as mentors to ethnically diverse and disadvantaged students from Andrews, Cherokee, Murphy, Robbinsville, Smoky Mountain and Swain high schools who are interested in nursing as a career. The funds will also offer stipends for nursing students from those high schools. 828.227.7467 or ••• Harrah’s Cherokee Casino and Resort donated $15,000 to the North Carolina Senior Games for its annual Senior Games state finals. The casino has sponsored the event for 12 years. ••• The Trail Tree Coffee and Expresso Bar has opened inside Three Eagles Outfitters on Siler Road in Franklin. The Trail Tree serves lattes, cappuccinos, espresso, various blends of coffees, fruit blends, iced and blended cold coffees, shaved ice and fresh bagels with varying sweet treats as well. 828.524.9061. ••• Mountain Favors, a locally made items store that specialized in gift baskets, has opened downstairs from Twigs & Leaves on Main Street in Waynesville. 828.734.4281. ••• WNC Supply, a prepper supply and survivalist store, has opened on U.S. 441 outside Cherokee. WNC Supply is the one-stop shop for all survival materials, including: bunkers, MREs, bulk foods, long-term food storage systems, canning supplies, solar panels, faraday bags, aquaponics systems, gardening supplies,


Stay-at-home mom finds time to start her own business BY CAITLIN BOWLING STAFF WRITER aising children is rewarding, but stay-athome moms and dads need something for themselves. While some set aside a few hours a week to themselves, Michelle Williams, a 37-year-old mother of two, decided to start a home business, a website company called Pixels in My Pocket. “I really just missed having something that was mine. I missed contributing to my family finances,” Williams said. An English literature graduate, Williams learned how to build, setup and maintain a website from a friend and former co-worker. Now, she has a suite of different, ready-made website designs for businesses that want something simple and easy to keep up. “It is very affordable. You can have a really cute website up and running for $15,” Williams said. Prices for Williams’ site designs vary depending on the features included and whether the business wants her to operate and update the website. She can also design custom sites specific to a particular business


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and help bolster its online presence. For a small investment, every small business can have a website, Williams said. It doesn’t Michelle have to be a major underWilliams taking as a simple template will do. In the digital age, however, having a site for people to visit gives businesses more validity. “It just gives people confidence in a businesses,” Williams said. Because she is still a stay-at-home mom to her 8-year-old daughter and 4-year-old son, Williams said she had to figure out how to juggle both her kids’ needs and those of her clients. While she is available from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Williams often works some odd hours to finish tasks while the kids are asleep. “It has been a transition for us, but it has been really good,” she said, adding that it

shop when it first opened and was given a doll to refurbish. Since then, she’s fixed up more than 1,000 dolls to be sold in the hospital thrift store. The dolls usually cost between $2 and $5. “It enriches your life to be doing something for somebody else and knowing what you’re doing makes someone happy and helps people on their way to wellness,” said Walker, a retired MedWest-Harris nurse. The Harris Regional Hospital Auxiliary Thrift Shop is located on Skyland Drive and is open 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays. 828.631.8893.

HCC strengthens ties and employment training for industry Volunteer puts passion for dolls toward fund-raising efforts Ellen Walker has a passion for giving dolls new life and sending them on to their next home. For the past two and a half years, she’s put her that passion to work raising money for the Harris Regional Hospital Auxiliary through its thrift store. Walker started buying dolls from the thrift

Haywood Community College is strengthening ties to the community through industry training with the arrival of a new Industry Training Coordinator Doug Burchfield. After 19 years at Borg Warner, Burchfield understands the industrial workplace and will draw on this knowledge as a liaison to local businesses and industries to determine their employee training needs. HCC’s customized training services for industries range from job profiling and preemployment training and assessment to posthire technical and critical soft skills training.

helps that her daughter is old enough to help around the house. Williams won the Haywood County Chamber of Commerce’s Business Start-Up Competition this year, which included a $10,000 prize. The money was the boost her budding business needed, Williams said, and it helped her buy new equipment necessary for her job. “I am so grateful,” she said. “The money that I make in my business goes to support my family, and I just don’t have the money to invest.” In addition to buying new Adobe graphic design products and an iPad, Williams purchased a much-needed new computer. Her previous one was 6 years old, which in computer years seems like decades. “It was crashing on me all the time,” she said. After moving from place to place with her parents as a child, Williams said she is happily settled in Waynesville with her husband, daughter and son. “We love it,” Williams said. “I am so excited to start this business in this area.”

Customized training is offered to new, expanding and existing businesses and industries providing they meet the following criteria: job growth, technology investment and productivity enhancements. The training is funded by the state and free to qualified industries. 828.564.5128 or

Drake Software to add 50 jobs, build call center

Drake Software, a national leader in professional tax preparation software headquartered in Franklin, is expanding their call center in Hayesville and will hire about 50 new customer service representatives to man it. A new 10,000-square-foot facility will be constructed in the Clay County Industrial/Technology Park and is expected to open in January 2014. The new building will be linked to the already established call centers in Franklin and Sylva and provide access to the same benefits and resources. Customer service representatives for Drake Software provide technical assistance to users of the software programs Drake develops, including their award-wining tax and accounting software suites. Last year, customer service representatives were able to assist more than 37,000 tax preparers in a matter of seconds during tax season.

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Carolina Foundation to help implement the Circles of Hope program in Haywood County. Circles of Hope is committed to helping families get out of poverty and build new systems of support that will lead to achieving economic stability. Volunteers needed. 828.452.1447, ext. 134 or email ••• Fourteen physicians, nurse practitioners and physician assistants and three physician practices at MedWest-Harris/Swain/Franklin ranked in the top 10 percent of the nation’s providers for patient satisfaction, according to Professional Research Consultants, a consulting firm that benchmarks data from hundreds of hospitals around the United States. The top-ranking providers were Drs. Charles Toledo, Angela Connaughton, David Zimmerman, Clay Smallwood, Larry Supik, Steve Queen, Jennifer Bunnow, William Handley, Teresa Green, Bill Sims, Bill Ralston and Waverly Green. Hannah Hill, a physician assistant, and Jodie Wade, a nurse practitioner, also received awards. ••• Wells Fargo has granted $7,700 to Southwestern Community College to help unemployed residents attend occupational training programs through the college’s workforce and economic development department. 828.339.4218 or ••• Mission Hospital is one of the nation’s “Most Wired” hospitals, according to a survey published by the American Hospital Association. ••• Meredith Carpenter, an entrepreneurship instructor at Haywood Community College, was selected as the college’s 2013 Master Teacher. ••• The Cashiers Historical Society is accepting nominations for the Village Heritage Award through August. 828.743.7710.

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camping gear, tools, ammo, knives, surgical kits, water filtration and more. ••• Dr. Douglas Gates will join Sylva Orthopaedic Associates at MedWest-Harris in September. Gates completed a fellowship at Triangle Orthopaedic Associates in Durham, focusing on the upper extremities including disorders of the hand, wrist, elbow and shoulder. Prior to his medical school education, Gates made his living as a furniture maker and potter. ••• Western Carolina University psychology professor Harold Herzog received the 2013 Distinguished Scholar Award from the International Association of Human-Animal Interaction Organizations and the International Society for Anthrozoology for contributing to the understanding of human-animal interactions and relationships. 828.227.3360 or ••• The Adult Education Department at Haywood Community College is offering free GED classes at the Canton Community Kitchen from noon until 3 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. 828.565.4182 or 828.627.4648. ••• Queen’s Retirement home in Waynesville has come under the ownership of Haywood Lodge and changed its name to Creekside Villas Retirement home. Creekside Villas is a family-style retirement home. ••• Western Carolina University has been designated a “College of Distinction” for 2013-14 by an online guide that provides information for prospective college students, their parents and high school counselors. ••• Mountain Projects has received a grant for $18,000 from nonprofit Sisters of Mercy of North

state’s “Performance Measures for Student Success.” “We’re extremely pleased, but not surprised, by the findings in this report,” said Dr. Don Tomas, SCC president. “The performance measures are evidence of just how dedicated and diligent our faculty and staff are.” SCC is currently accepting applications for fall.




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Dr. Gates is fine addition to Sylva Orthopedics

To the Editor: I was pleased to see in my most recent issue of The Smoky Mountain News that Dr. Doug Gates has joined Sylva Orthopedics. I worked with Doug over many years of his training in surgery and in orthopedics. He is a good doctor and a fine gentleman. William G. Sullivan, MD Raleigh

Legislature did a lot for this state’s citizens

To the Editor: It’s time to speak the truth about the gains for North Carolina citizens made by the state legislature in its 2013 session just completed. Here is a summary of some of the bills passed. You will find that fiscal responsibility, parental and citizen choice, economic and job recovery and freedom from excessive regulation are the threads that weave through this 2013 legislation. Slanted news reports and editorials have neglected to report the advantages these new laws bring to N.C. citizens. Here are a few example of how the Republican legislature chose to govern in favor of citizens.

But here’s a short list of the parts of the bill that smell so much like voter suppression in favor of the GOP that it’s almost laughable. The law eliminates a week off early voting in the state (used by up to 70 percent of African American voters in 2012) and barred local election boards from keeping the polls open on the final Saturday before the election after 1 p.m. It also eliminated same-day voter registration and a program that pre-registered high school students to vote, which had added 160,000 youths to the voting rolls. It also eliminated straight-ticket voting. In 2008, North Carolina led the country in the percentage increase in Editor voter turnout, and that included a record turnout of African Americans and young people. And about 75 percent of those voters supported Democrats. So I guess the reasoning is that if you can’t win those voters through your ideas, why not just make it harder for them to cast a vote. The law places tough new rules for voting on the state’s 300,000 college students. Their student ID is not sufficient to vote, so they’ll have to wait in the long lines at the DMV in order to get the new ID. And according to the DMV website, they’ll need four forms of ID. That’ll be tough for busy students, many of whom don’t even have cars. And even if they get the ID, voting may still be more difficult. In Watauga County, one of the first moves by the newly installed GOP-led county board of elections was to close a

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he photo ID requirements included in the new voting law passed by the General Assembly and recently signed by Gov. Pat McCrory are problematic. Still, if it was just a voter ID law there wouldn’t be so much hell being raised about the bill’s ramifications. It’s the other voter suppression measures in this over-reaching bill that have many scratching their heads and wondering just what’s going on. As most anyone who follows public policy in this country knows, voter ID laws — a requirement that every person have a state-approved photo identification card before being allowed to cast a vote — are being passed in many states and are very controversial. Many contend they disenfranchise the elderly, the poor, those barely literate and even the young. Supporters argue they will reduce voter fraud. The tipping point of the debate is whether the scales are weighted too heavily one way or the other — do the new laws actually prevent legal voting, thereby taking away a constitutional right; or do they restore confidence in the voting process, thereby upholding the constitution. That fight will roil on, but the fact that this is a constitutional issue makes the debate fundamentally important. Supporters of voter ID laws say you won’t have to have any more ID to vote than if you were boarding an airplane or getting a prescription filled. But making purchases is not a constitutional right. In my mind, I shouldn’t have to jump through hoops to vote, to express my opinion, or to be insured that my habeas corpus rights won’t be taken away. That said, I think eventually we’ll come around on the ID requirement and develop a procedure that is at least palatable and reasonable.

Education: 2013-14 education appropriations increase $361 million over the previous year, with 38 percent being money for K-12 public schools; tenure reform allows local school districts to have the option of renewing contracts based on performance; teacher assistants are funded with $450.8 million, giving school districts the flexibility to fund additional assistants; scholarships, grants and vouchers totaling $13 million are provided for federal free and reduced lunch programs, special needs students and can be used for public school students tuition and expenses for private school; $5.1 million dollars to attract, hire and train more teachers for high need districts. Election process: VIVA, the Voter Information Verification Act, ensures all voters are treated the same when the votes are counted by requiring photo ID that is already necessary for everyone at banks, doctor’s offices, hospitals, for licenses, loans, check cashing etc.; that all voter registration must be completed at least 25 days prior to election day; that voters vote in their precinct of residence; that all voting systems must provide paper ballots, a back-up for vote checks; and increases donation limits to help candidates that do not fund their own campaigns. Tax Reform: Personal income tax reduction to a flat rate of 5.75 percent by 2015; a greater standard reduction of $7,500 for singles and $15,000 for married filers; Social

polling place and early voting site on the campus of Appalachian State University. They had to combine three precincts to do it, but what the heck. At Elizabeth City State University, a GOP-led election board is denying the residency of a student who wants to run for city council, declaring that a valid campus address is not sufficient residency. The appointed election board chair even wants to block on-campus students from voting. And he’s encouraging his cohorts across the state to do the same. “I plan to take this show on the road,” Pasquotank County GOP Chairman Pete Gilbert told the Associated Press. Another measure in the new bill allows any registered voter in a precinct to challenge the validity of another voter’s credentials. This promises to gum up what will already be longer than usual lines due to the elimination of so much early voting. This could actually lead to fisticuffs depending on the manner in which such a challenge is handled and who is doing the challenging. Finally, the new law says election precincts don’t have to stay open to accommodate those who are in line trying to vote come closing time. Since these are usually working people who can’t get off work early or those who have a hard time getting to the polls, this also seems like a direct attempt to stop certain groups from casting their ballots. Taken in its entirety, it’s hard to see this new law as anything less than an attempt to drive down voter turnout among legal voters who are in the working-class, who are elderly, who are young, and who are poor. As one of my least-favorite football coaches often says, “It is what it is.” Indeed. (Scott McLeod can be reached at

LOOKING FOR OPINIONS The Smoky Mountain News encourages readers to express their opinions through letters to the editor or guest columns. All viewpoints are welcome. Send to Scott McLeod at, fax to 828.452.3585, or mail to PO Box 629, Waynesville, NC, 28786. Security remains fully exempt; repeal of the state estate tax; reduces the corporate income tax rate to 5 percent by 2015. The tax reform bill is expected greatly to increase investment and job opportunities. Individual Rights: Protects the safety and health of women by requiring common sense and reasonable safety standards for abortion facilities; expanded places where citizens who have undergone required special training may carry a concealed weapon; enables Gov. McCrory’s office to make the Medicaid system more patient-oriented and fiscally responsible; places a cap on state “special indebtedness,” requiring voter approval to increase debt; regulatory reform requires that agencies review regulations every 10 years and that any not reviewed automatically expire. No doubt the spend, tax and regulate crowd … also known as liberals and

Democrats … finds much to criticize when government seeks to control spending, restore individual rights and decrease the money grab from hard-working citizens. Fair-thinking voters will see that they made the correct choice in electing a majority Republican legislature. Carol Adams Glenville

Is it too much to ask for an honest election? To the Editor: All I want is an honest election. Is that too much to ask? Why are some Democrats, like Sen. Kay Hagan, D-N.C., so opposed to an attempt to have honest elections? OK, the answer is obvious, but who do they think buys that drivel? OK, the answer is also obvious. Being guaranteed the right to vote does not mean you are guaranteed to be coddled, carried and pampered without exerting an iota of effort or personal responsibility on your part to vote. It also does not mean you get to vote if you’re dead, or vote twice or more in different precincts, or vote for your sister, aunt, cousin, or comatose nursing patient. It also does not mean you can walk across the state line or be bussed in and register to vote on Election Day, giving the address of a local motel. All of these things have been done

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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.

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August 21-27, 2013

To the Editor: Since the radical cabal of Republican reactionaries has taken control of our state government, much has been reported about the Republican “War on Cities,” with the theft of Asheville’s airport and water systems and Charlotte’s airport. But now they have expanded this to the “War on Rural Areas,” with the defunding of the Rural Center and, specifically, a “War on WNC” with the defunding of AdvantageWest. They also started a “War on Local Governments,” redrawing district lines for Buncombe County commissioners and the school boards of several counties. And just to make sure that we all respect their power and arrogance, they have declared “War on the Middle Class” with new taxation and budget policies. According to NC Policy Watch, taxes will increase for the 80 percent of us with lower incomes to finance tax cuts for the wealthy and corporations. There is also a “War on Voters.” Look forward to long lines come future election days. Voting will take much longer as early voting time is reduced, judges must check IDs, voters must mark their preferred candidate in each race because of the elimination of straight party voting, and vigilantes challenging voters will be allowed to cause trouble at the polls.   If you don’t get there early, you may not even get to vote since county elections boards may no longer keep the polls open an extra hour to accommodate voters standing in line when the polls close. As reported in your Aug. 14 issue, the “War on Taxpayers” of Haywood and Jackson counties will require these counties (plus 29 others) to pony up $1 million in Haywood and half that in Jackson to replace touch-screen vot-

ing machines with paper ballots, even though the touch-screen machines have a paper trail. Wonder who will get campaign contributions from the companies supplying scanners and paper ballots? There’s also a “War on the Unemployed” with a law to reduce the benefits and eligibility for unemployment assistance and a “War on the Poor” with the refusal to provide federally funded Medicaid for 500,000 poor North Carolina families. Associated with the “War on the Poor” is the “War on Hospitals,” which requires hospitals to keep eating the cost of indigent care for these 500,000 families. The “War on the Poor” also phases out the Earned Income Tax Credit, impacting 970,000 low-wage workers, including 67,000 military families. They have also declared a “War on Teachers and Public Education,” cutting more than $100,000 from what the state budget office said was needed to keep the schools running at last year’s levels. Teachers yet again will see no pay raise, and tenure and incentive pay for teachers earning a master’s degree will be eliminated. The “War on Young Children” reduces the number of children from low-income families who are eligible for subsidized pre-K programs. There is also a “War on College Students” with funding cuts to the state university system. In addition, the Republican-run Board of Elections of Watauga County eliminated the early voting site at App State University and combined three Boone precincts into one with 9,340 registered voters and 35 parking spaces. The Board in Pasquotank County is also challenging the residency of students at Elizabeth City State University. They have also declared “War on Clean Water” with legislation gutting landfill regulations, threatening our groundwater with contamination. And with Rep. Michelle Presnell’s bill for a state religion, they have declared “War on the Constitution.” Who are the Republican allies in all these wars? The wealthiest 1 percent and large corporations which finance their re-elections. If you are a casualty of any of these wars, all is not lost. We can vote them out in 2014. Sure it will be difficult because of the gerrymandering and their unlimited supply of dark money, but not impossible. They may have the money, but we can get the votes. Carole Larivee Waynesville


in recent elections. I’m betting Democrats would have a hard time actually coming up with any individuals who are “minorities, seniors, students, the disabled, and low and middle incomes citizens” who do not have an ID or who can’t easily get one. Larry Wright Maggie Valley


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tasteTHEmountains 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 herb-baked chicken, complemented by seasonal vegetables, homemade breads, jellies and desserts. We also offer a fine selection of wine and beer. The evening social hour starts at 6pm, and dinner is served starting at 7pm. So join us for mile-high mountaintop dining with a spectacular view. Please call for reservations. CHEF’S TABLE 30 Church St., Waynesville. 828.452.6210. From 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday dinner starting at 5 p.m. “Best of” 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.

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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 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. CORK & CLEAVER 176 Country Club Drive, Waynesville. 828.456.7179. Reservations recommended. 4:30-9 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday. Tucked away inside Waynesville Inn, Cork & Cleaver has an approachable menu designed around locally sourced, sustainable, farm-to-table ingredients. Executive Chef Corey Green prepares innovative and unique Southern fare from local, organic vegetables grown in Western North Carolina. Full bar and wine cellar. 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. 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. 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 WedFri. from 4 to 6. 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

tasteTHEmountains 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 homemade deserts. Selection of wine and beer. Lunch and Dinner menus. Wednesday and Thursday nights only. 1 appetizer and 2 selected entrées with unlimited salad and Lucio’s famous garlic rolls for $24.95. Winter Special: half-off house wines, Friday and Saturday only. MAD BATTER BAKERY & CAFÉ Located on the WCU Campus in Cullowhee. 828.293.3096. Open Monday-Thursday 7:30 a.m. to 8 p.m., Friday 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday and Sunday 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Earth-friendly foods at people-friendly prices. Daily specials, wraps, salads, pastries, breads, soups and more. Unique fare, friendly service, casual atmosphere and wireless Internet. Organic ingredients, local produce, gourmet fair trade and organic coffees. MAGGIE VALLEY CLUB 1819 Country Club Dr., Maggie Valley. 828.926.1616. Open daily for lunch and dinner. Fine and casual fireside dining in welcoming atmosphere. Full bar. Reservations accepted.

MOUNTAIN PERKS ESPRESSO BAR & CAFÉ 9 Depot St., Bryson City. 828.488.9561.

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. 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. PASQUALE’S 1863 South Main Street, Waynesville. Off exit 98, 828.454.5002. Open for lunch and dinner seven days a week. Classic Italian dishes, exceptional steaks and seafood (available in full and lighter sizes), thin crust pizza, homemade soups, salads hand tossed at your table. Fine wine and beer selection. Casual atmosphere, dine indoor, outside on the patio or at the bar. Reservations appreciated. 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. HomeGrown Music Network Venue with live music most weekends. Pet friendly and kid ready. SPEEDY’S PIZZA 285 Main Street, Sylva. 828.586.3800. Open seven days a week. Monday-Friday 11 a.m.-10 p.m., Saturday 3 p.m.-11 p.m., Sunday 4 p.m.-10 p.m. Family-owned for 30 years. Serving hand-tossed pizza made to order, pasta, subs, gourmet salads, calzones and seafood. Also serving excellent prime rib on Thursdays. Dine in or take out available. Located across from the Fire Station. TAP ROOM SPORTS BAR & GRILL 176 Country Club Dr. Waynesville 828.456.5988. 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. seven days a week. Enjoy soups, sandwiches, salads and hearty appetizers along with a full bar menu in our casual, smoke-free neighborhood grill. THE WINE BAR 20 Church Street, downtown Waynesville. 828.452.6000. Underground cellar for wine and beer, served by the glass all day. Cheese and tapas served Wednesday through Saturday 4 p.m.-9 p.m. or later. Also on facebook and twitter. VITO’S PIZZA 607 Highlands Rd., Franklin. 828.369.9890. Established here in in 1998. Come to Franklin and enjoy our laid back place, a place you can sit back, relax and enjoy our 62” HDTV. Our Pizza dough, sauce, meatballs, and sausage are all made from scratch by Vito. The recipes have been in the family for 50 years (don't ask for the recipes cuz’ you won't get it!) Each Pizza is hand tossed and made with TLC. You're welcome to watch your pizza being created.





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Americans to love their country while we’re bringing things back to life,” he said. “This is not a ‘chase-a-dollar’ show. Education is at the top of our ladder. We want to provide education and discovery through entertainment. It’s about history and preservation.” Thus far, the program has Walksler and his son, Matt, traveling to Fresno, Pittsburgh, BY GARRET K. WOODWARD Denver and Philadelphia, among STAFF WRITER other locations. loud roar echoed from the back of the The Hillclimber discovery building. The deafening sound is terrifying, came through a cold call, where yet captivating, heightened by the smell of the owner of the motorcycle sent oil and gasoline. A cloud of smoke wafted along some blurry photos of what through the air, evoking the power and intrigue he thought was something of a mechanical performance about to unfold. unique and worth checking out. “It’s more than the Walksler jumped on the chance sound,” Dale Walksler and headed for Central City. said, straddling a 1928 “Hillclimber motorcycles are Harley-Davidson what I’m familiar with intimateHillclimber. “It’s also the ly,” he said. “I’ve been collecting sight, smell and taste. them for over 40 years and know Starting this motorcycle every inch of every one made up achieves all of your between 1926 and 1932.” sensitivities.” The trip resulted in three Walksler, the masterbikes: the 1928 Hillclimber, 1928 Based in Maggie Valley, the Wheels Through Time museum is home to the world’s premier collection of rare Dale Walksler mind behind the Wheels Harley-Davidson JD and a 1929 American vintage motorcycles. The nonprofit museum recently finished season one of their reality show Through Time museum Hillclimber, all of which had “What’s In The Barn?” through Velocity TV, a division of the Discovery Channel. Garret K. Woodward photos remained dormant in an old genin Maggie Valley, suddenly became a magnet, a role he is not only accustomed to, but thrives eral store for the better part of Founded by Walksler in 1992 in Illinois, in. Fans strolling the floor of his famous showthe last 80 years. Walksler figures they were Walksler relocated his museum to Maggie Valley room flocked to Walksler as soon as he fired originally custom built for Harley-Davidson in 2002 and almost instantly claimed a title as up the machine. He then regaled them with legendary rider Floyd Clymer. Season One of the reality show “What’s one of the region’s top tourist attractions. the motorcycle’s mechanics and origins. Like The bikes found their way into the hands In The Barn?” will air on Velocity TV on the Featuring over 320 of the most highly many of his pieces, this one was rescued and of a man named “Wild Bill,” who used them following dates and times: sought-after American motorcycles in the restored to mint condition, namely from an to smuggle moonshine during Prohibition. Wednesday, Aug. 21 (2 a.m. and 2:30 a.m.) world, the collection is a living, breathing hisold general store in Central City, Colo. From that point, the exquisitely preserved Sunday Aug. 25 (10 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.) “We rebuilt this here and had it running in tory of this county on two, three and four bikes were left in the store to gather dust and Tuesday, Aug. 27 (7 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.) wheels, with hundreds of thousands of visitors one day,” he said. “This museum is a very stay forgotten. Wednesday, Aug. 28 (2 a.m. and 2:30 a.m.) over the years. earthy place, where “I have to be one of the luckiest guys in the Velocity TV is distributed through Charter At the center of this things are brought world finding these motorcycles,” he said. “Education is at the top (Channel 778), DirectTV (Channel 281) and showcase is Walksler, back to life everyday.” “There are other people in the industry with Dish Network (Channel 364), among who has spent over 45 The Hillclimber as much passion as me who know what I’m of our ladder. We want other service providers. years scouring the became one of the sublooking at is a one-of-a-kind built machine.” or to provide education and world, from musty jects of Walksler’s new And that passion for motorcycles seeps barns to urban storage reality show, “What’s into the deepest parts of Walksler’s soul. He’s discovery through enterunits, in an effort to In The Barn?” a bundle of energy, a lightning in a bottle perpreserve the mechaniProduced by sonality who bounces around his 38,000 tainment. It’s about hiscal history of the Velocity TV, a division square foot showroom like a pinball. He tory and preservation.” United States. of the Discovery shakes hands and takes photos with anyone “I have the best Channel, the show travhe crosses paths with. They are visitors from — Dale Walksler, connections and repuels around the country all over the world, all wanting to experience Wheels Through Time Museum tation for vintage in search of forgotten the vision Walksler had those many years ago, motorcycles in the and highly prized a shrine not just to the transportation world,” he said. “My phone rings everyday motorcycles to bring back to Maggie Valley to machines of the past but the American history with opportunity.” resurrect and once again hit the open road. and culture that they embody and reflect. Wheels Through Time is no stranger to telFilmed from Labor Day last year through They follow him around, hanging on his evision. Since its inception, Walksler has been Easter, the eight-episode first season has been every word and action. One moment he’s producing hundreds of his own videos online airing throughout the summer. With much cranking up a bike, the next he’s pointing out of bike rebuilds and treasure hunts. The worldwide interest, plans are already in the where an antique sign or machine part came History Channel and Discovery Channel have works for the next season. from. Each piece in the museum has a story, “It’s a very simple premise where we take a both featured Walksler and the museum and Walksler knows them all. numerous times, with popular show cross-section of American history, where it’s “This isn’t just a museum of motorcycles, it’s “American Pickers” tapping his shoulders over about finding something and doing somea museum of people’s lives,” he said. “Passion a half-dozen times. 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The floor below me began to shake. For a moment, the idea of the structure collapsing seemed plausible. All around me, thousands of people were screaming, Asheville Wine & Food Festival heats up Aug. thrashing their arms wildly with 20-24 at the Edison in The Grove Park Inn. manic looks on their faces. It was Sanford Stadium in Athens, Ga., and I was partaking in my Strung Like A Horse performs at the Water’n first Southeastern Conference Hole Bar and Grill in Waynesville on Aug. 24. (SEC) football game. Football runs deep in my family. My father, uncles and cousins A book discussion and organic treats will be played it at Peru High School, a served by author Fred Bahnson at St. John’s storied pigskin program in Episcopal Church in Sylva on Aug. 26. Upstate New York. My Aunt Cheryl was also a cheerleader on Smoky Mountain Folk Festival will be Aug. 30the sidelines each Friday night. In 31 at the Stuart Auditorium in Lake fact, my Uncle Barney actually Junaluska. played for legendary Coach Buddy Ryan at the University of The Barefoot Movement plays the Great Buffalo in the 1960s before Ryan Smoky Mountains Railroad Depot in Bryson held a long career in the NFL City on Aug. 24. (Ryan’s son Rex is the current head coach for the New York Jets, chilly northern winds. while Rex’s twin brother Rob is the defensive It wasn’t until college that I became a coordinator for the New Orleans Saints). “football fiend.” Although I’d been cheering To my father’s dismay, my high school (Northeastern Clinton) didn’t have a football on my beloved New England Patriots throughout my youth, attending Quinnipiac team, and he often threatened he would University in south-central Connecticut took “transfer you out of there and make you a that passion to a whole new level. With roomquarterback at Peru.” Regardless of not parmates and colleagues from New York City, ticipating on the gridiron (though I was a Boston, Philadelphia and Baltimore, football runner and basketball player), my love for was a way of life for these folks – whether it football grew. I learned by watching, was a professional team or collegiate powerwhether it was through television or at a house. Every Saturday and Sunday most of us Peru homecoming game. would be glued to the screen watching an SEC Being a lifelong Dartmouth College footshowdown or AFC East division race. ball fan, my father would take me to their And then came the women. Maybe it was games each fall in rural New Hampshire. There was something truly captivating about the sports fan circles I was running around in, but I found myself dating femme fatale the smell of apple cider, trees bursting with football freaks. There was the Philadelphia foliage, the sounds of cowbells and whistles Eagles girlfriend who screamed at the televiechoing across the Ivy League field as you sion during a touchdown, and yelled even bundled your jacket a tad tighter against the

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louder when they again failed to make the I later got an opportunity to cover Super Bowl, which was often. Then there Western Carolina University against the was the New York Giants girl who I swore University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa. “Like a bled “blue and white.” When we first met cavalry charging across the Great Plains, and eventually discussed football, she casual- Alabama awoke Saturday morning ready to ly stated, “Patriots fan? Well, that’s too bad, claim victory,” I wrote. “Flags were hung but at least you aren’t a Dallas Cowboys fan, proudly off the back of pickup trucks and so I guess we can go on a date.” minivans, waving furiously in the warm When I moved to Western North Carolina breeze heading to the stadium. Tailgates last year, I knew I would be smack dab in the were pulled down, and grills fired up. It’s middle of the college football world. All of game day, and in Alabama, that means all those immortal matches and longtime rivaleyes are on the Crimson Tide.” ries seen on television would now been WCU was trounced 49-0. It was a heartviewed in person. I soon found myself with breaking loss, but an incredible learning tickets to the Tennessee Volunteers versus experience for the budding program. For Georgia Bulldogs game in Athens. For a moment, the idea of the Pulling into Athens on game day, I had never structure collapsing seemed plausible. seen so many people All around me, thousands of people packed in such a small city. I also had never were screaming, thrashing their arms seen so many beautiful girls, all southern belles wildly with manic looks on their faces. in red dresses and cowgirl boots. Football, southern sunshine and cute girls. What myself, reporting from the stadium press more could this boy ask for? box in Tuscaloosa, surrounded by the likes of Sanford Stadium literally shook during ESPN, Sports Illustrated and NFL scouts, every big play or touchdown. Traditional only reinforced my deep passion for the songs, chants and movements echoed back game, and why I keep coming back, game and forth with a deafening roar. I felt like I was after game, season after season. in Mad Max’s “Thunderdome.” It was bewilWCU opens its 2013 football season on dering and exhilarating at the same time – SEC Aug. 29 against Middle Tennessee State in gridiron at its finest. Georgia eventually won, Murfreesboro, Tenn. Their first home game 51-44, in what turned out to be highest-scoring will be on Sept. 14 versus The Citadel in game ever between the two conference rivals. Cullowhee.


August 21-27, 2013

Renowned Western North Carolina bluegrass/gospel band Balsam Range received seven nominations for the International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) Awards. They are nominated for Entertainer of the Year, Vocal Group of the Year, Album of the Year (Papertown) and Gospel Recorded Performance of the Year (“Row • Chuck Spencer & Dylan Riddle, LOCAL, Rory Kelly’s Triple Threat and Brett Wilson will perform at No Name Sports Pub in Sylva. Spencer & Riddle will be Aug. 22, with LOCAL on Aug. 23, Kelly Aug. 24 and Wilson Aug. 25. All shows are free. 828.586.2750 or • Singer/songwriter Eric Hendrix will play at 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 29, at the Macon County Public Library in Franklin. Enjoy an evening of original, lyric and story driven melodies full of harmony and great energy. Free.


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• Strung Like A Horse plays at 9 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 24, at the Water’n Hole Bar and Grill in Waynesville. $3. 828.456.4750.


• Relient K hits the stage at 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 22, in the Central Plaza at Western Carolina University. Free. or 828.227.3622. • Singer/songwriters Liz & AJ Nance will play at 7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 24, at City Lights Café in Sylva. Free. 828.587.2233 or • Bluesman Blind Lemon Phillips plays the Groovin’ on the Green concert series at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 23, at the Village Commons in Cashiers. The series is sponsored by the Greater Cashiers Area Merchants Association. The event is free and open to the public. • A mountain jam, DJ Jessi, and Sean Leonard tap into Frog Level Brewing

Company in Waynesville. The jam is on Aug. 22, DJ Jessi on Aug. 23, and Leonard Aug. 23. Free. 828.454.5664 or • A benefit concert for the Black Mountain Home will be at 3 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 25, at the First Presbyterian Church in Franklin. Donations of money and material items accepted. • Porch 40 will play the Concerts on the Creek concert series at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 23, at Bridge Park in Sylva. The series is sponsored by the Jackson County Chamber of Commerce, the Town of Sylva and Jackson County Parks and Recreation. Free. 800.962.1911 or • Blue Ridge Music Band will perform as part of the Friday Night Live concert series from 6 to 8 p.m. Aug. 23, at the Highlands Town Square. Free. or 828.524.5841. • The Music in the Mountains concert series continues with The Barefoot Movement at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 24, at the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad Depot in Bryson City. The group brings together Americana, jazz and modern rock. The free concert series brings together local residents, visitors and musicians for an evening of melodies and mountains. • The Pickin’ On The Square summer concert series continues with oldies group Sundown at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 24, at the lower level town hall in Franklin. At 6:30 p.m. the stage is opened to anyone wanting to play a few songs. Free. 828.524.2516 or

Jazz guitarist plays Sylva Library Local jazz guitarist Chad Hallyburton will present a musical program at 7 p.m. Tuesday, August 27, at the Jackson County Public Library Complex in Sylva. Hallyburton has played guitar for more than 20 years. At the library concert, he will share some of his favorite songs, discuss the mechanics of improvisation, and share what goes on in the mind of an unaccompanied performer. This event is co-sponsored by the Friends of the Jackson County Public Library. Free. 828.586.2016. Donated photo

Balsam Range receives seven IBMA nominations

By Row”). They have two songs nominated for Song of the Year (“Any Old Road” and “Papertown”). Buddy Melton is nominated for Recorded Event of the Year for his collaboration on “What’ll I Do.” Balsam Range’s fourth album, Papertown, spent five consecutive months as the #1 album on the Bluegrass Unlimited National Bluegrass Survey. Additionally, Papertown has produced four #1 singles: “Any Old Road,” “I Could Do You Some Good,” “Born Ramblin’ Man,” and “Row By Row.” Founded in 2007, Balsam Range consists of five friends who’ve blended their unique individual experiences and backgrounds to form a distinct sound. Together, Tim Surrett, Buddy Melton, Darren Nicholson, Marc Pruett and Caleb Smith creatively blend bluegrass, folk, gospel and jazz into a an acoustic music experience. The band was honored with the 2011 IBMA Song of the Year Award for “Trains I Missed.”

Folk Festival returns to Lake Junaluska

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The 43rd annual Smoky Mountain Folk Festival will be Aug. 30-31 at the Stuart Auditorium at Lake Junaluska. Each night will feature open tent shows on the lawn at 5 p.m., with the main stage show from 6:30 to 11 p.m. Main show tickets are $12 at the door, $10 in advance, with children under 12 admitted free. Advance tickets can be purchased at the Haywood County Arts Council in Waynesville or the Bethea Welcome Center at Lake Junaluska. 828.452.1688 or 800.334.9036 or

Guitarist Jared “Blue” Smith will perform an evening of traditional music at 6 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 22, at the Marianna Black Library in Bryson City. Smith will perform on the front porch of the library if the weather is good or in the library auditorium if it rains. Free. 828.488.3030 or

WCU music faculty to present showcase

Eve Haslam and Satin Steel Jazz perform at 7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 24, at The Classic Wineseller in Waynesville. Haslam will be joined by Brian Felix (piano) and Zack Page (bass). The evening’s music will consist of Bossa Nova, original compositions, and jazz classics. Tickets are $39.99 per person plus tax and gratuity and include a four-course dinner. 828.452.6000 or

Faculty musicians from Western Carolina University’s School of Music will kick off the fall semester with a Faculty Showcase concert at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 27, in the recital hall of WCU’s Coulter Building. In recognition of this year’s campus-wide interdisciplinary theme, “The 1960s: Take It All In,” the concert will begin with a performance featuring jazz arrangements of the John Lennon and Paul McCartney composition “Eleanor Rigby” and the traditional tune “Scarborough Fair.” Other performances will include Mario Gaetano presenting “Cortege, for solo timpani” by Steve Grimo; P. Bradley Ulrich with two movements on the piccolo trumpet of the “Concerto in e minor” by Francesco Maria Veracini; and clarinetist Shannon Thompson presenting Leo Weiner’s “Peregi Verbunk, Op. 40.” 828.227.7242.

Eve Haslam, Satin Steel Jazz to play Waynesville

Shake a leg at community dance

The Waynesville Community Dance will be at 2 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 25, at The Gateway Club ballroom, Waynesville. Dancing will include circle, square and contra dances. All dances will be walked through before dancing. No previous experience is necessary and no partner is required. $5 admission per person.

Stray Birds bring Americana folk to Stecoah

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The Stray Birds will perform at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 24, at the Stecoah Valley Cultural Arts Center in Robbinsville. A pre-concert barbecue dinner will be available in the Schoolhouse Café, with a dinner option to eat with the band. Tickets are $15 for adults, $5 for students grades K-12. 828.479.3364 or

On the streets Craft beer festival on tap in Waynesville

held at 3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 24, during the Haywood County Fair at the fairgrounds in Waynesville. Local youth talent can enter, which includes musicians, dancers and other forms of performance and unique talent. 828.456.3575 or

Charity golf events and gala for HRMC The Haywood Regional Medical Center Foundation 22nd annual Charitable Classic Golf & Gala will be Aug. 27-28. The fundraiser for MedWest-Haywood features five golf tournaments and an evening gala. The HRMC Foundation Charitable Classic Golf & Gala kicks off Tuesday, Aug. 27, with

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Ticket price is $100 and is tax deductible as we certify that you get NOTHING of value for your donation. Tickets are STRICTLY LIMITED to the one performance and can be obtained at Wilson Gas in Highlands, the Highlands Methodist Church on Main Street or by calling 526-3605.

A celebration for the Rickman Store, with the presentation of the recently released book of Cynthia Schumacher, will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 24, at the store in Franklin. To commemorate the sixth anniversary of the purchase of the store by the Land Trust of the Little Tennessee, an ice cream social and a music jam will commence at 1:30 p.m. The Friends of the Rickman Store invite the community, and especially to teachers and families with school-aged children, to be active participants in the presentation of the childrens’ book Willebron and the Gralumpy. The Rickman Store is located at 259 Cowee Creek Road. Doors open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. every Saturday. Free. 828.369.5595. • Two WNC locals won awards at the fifth annual Mountain High BBQ Festival in Franklin. Fatso’s BBQ Competition Team from Whittier was named the Grand Champion of the Backyard Division, while Big Bad Wolf of Otto took home third place for the People’s Choice at the Tastin’ Tent.


• Rev-It-Up For the Vets will be from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 24, at Smoky Mountain Chevrolet in Franklin. Cruise-in and benefit for the Macon County Veteran’s Association. Live music, food and prizes. $10 entry free.

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Men’s Golf Tournament at 8:30 a.m. at Maggie Valley Club and Ladies’ Golf Tournament at 12:30 p.m. at Waynesville Inn Golf Resort & Spa. On Wednesday, Aug. 28, a Men’s Golf Tournament starts at 8 a.m. at Waynesville Inn Golf Resort & Spa, followed by Men’s Golf Tournaments at noon at Laurel Ridge Country Club in Waynesville and again at 1 p.m. at Waynesville Inn Golf Resort & Spa. The Gala celebration will be from 6 to 10 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. 28, at Waynesville Inn Golf Resort & Spa. The Gala will feature an elegant dinner buffet and live music. Individual tickets to the evening Gala are $65. Individual golf tournament slots are $150 and include one ticket to the evening Gala. Discount tickets for men participating in two tournaments are $250 each and include two Gala tickets.

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Auditions for “Haywood’s Got Talent” will be Aug. 24 and 25 at the Haywood Arts Regional Theatre in Waynesville. Performers of any age and with any talent can come in and audition at 1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 24, or 6:30 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 25. Those who get past the initial audition will part of a semifinal round of performances at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 6-7. There will be three guest adjudicators at each level who will narrow the field down. The finals will be held at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 14. The winner selected by the three judges and the audience will win $1,000, and the runners up will get $300 and $200. The event is being presented as a fundraiser for HART. Anyone unable to attend auditions may submit a recorded audition. Meanwhile, a “Youth Talent Show” will be


Talent shows return to HART, Haywood fair

The inaugural Waynesville Craft Beer Festival will be from 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 31, at the American Legion baseball field in Waynesville. The event will feature more than 20 breweries from around Western North Carolina and the Southeast, including Altamont, BearWaters, Catawba Valley, Frog Level, Heinzelmannchen, Highland, Hi-Wire, Nantahala, Oskar Blues, Samuel Adams, Southern Appalachian, SweetWater, Tipping Point and Wicked Weed, among others. Live music will be provided by ‘Round The Fire, The Get Right Band and Smoke Rise. The festival is put on by BearWaters Brewing. It is also sponsored by American Legion Waynesville Post 47, Haywood County Tourism Development Authority, The Smoky Mountain News, Three Sheets Design, and The Mountaineer. Tickets are $35 per person and can be purchased online or at BearWaters Brewing in Waynesville. The event is for ages 21 and older. or

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The WestCare Foundation will hold its 14th annual gala on Saturday, Aug. 24 at Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Resort and Event Center in Cherokee. This year’s event, “Super Gala,” will feature a superhero and villain theme. All proceeds from this year’s event will benefit New Generations Family Birthing Center, a new renovation project at MedWest-Harris. In addition to funds raised at the event, six community members have generously volunteered their time as “Gala Candidates,” and are actively raising money locally to benefit the New Generations campaign. 828.631.8924 or

Sponsorships and golf entries are available. 828.452.8343 or or 828.452.8317 or

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On the wall

Cherokee exhibit on view at SCC

August 21-27, 2013

The Cherokee exhibit “Understanding our Past, Shaping our Future” is on display through Sept. 19 in the Balsam Building Lobby at Southwestern Community College in Sylva. A community input session will be held from noon until 3 p.m. Thursday, Aug 22, at SCC. Slated to travel to 10 sites in the region, the exhibit places cultural interpretation in locations frequented by the public. Using recordings made by Native speakers, the exhibit focuses on Cherokee language and culture and is sponsored by a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services. The exhibit is a community-based exhibition sponsored by the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians in partnership with Cherokee Central Schools, Southwestern Community College, and the Cherokee Center and Cherokee Language Program at Western Carolina University.

Sculptor Barbara Sorensen to speak at The Bascom

Art and crafts show comes to Highlands

Nationally recognized artist Barbara Sorensen will give a presentation at 5 p.m. Friday, Aug. 23, at The Bascom in Highlands. Known for her monumental sculptural installations that draw on geological formations and classical elements, Sorensen will talk about her work and those places and things that inspire it in “The Goddess and the Landscape.” Her installation, Barbara Sorensen: Goddesses, is currently on view through Dec. 15 at The Bascom. or 828.526.4949.

The Village Square Art & Crafts Show will be from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Aug. 24-25 in downtown Highlands. The show is in the Kelsey-Hutchinson Park and neighboring Highlands Village Square at Fifth and Pine streets, just a block from Main Street shopping and dining. Enjoy music from 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on both days, with the Nikwasi Dulcimer players on Saturday and the Ross Brothers on Sunday. Child and pet friendly. Free. 828.787.2021 or

Photographer exhibit, reception at WCU

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Photographer Dr. Rick Cary will have a reception for his exhibit “Credo: Documentary Photographs of Signs Following Believers” from 6 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 22, in the Star Atrium at the Western Carolina University Fine Art Museum. An artist talk will be at 5 p.m. in room BAC 130. Cary practices what he terms “photo-ethnography.” His work as a documentary photographer is rooted in his academic training in both photography and in the psychology of art. He presents the exhibition Credo after 12 years of research with the Rev. Jimmy Morrow at the Church of God in Jesus’ Name Only in the Southern Appalachian Mountains. Cary is a professor of art and chairman of the Division of Professional Programs at Mars Hill College. Free.

• Muddy Summer Nights will take place from 7 to 9 p.m. Aug. 23, at Pincu Pottery in Bryson City. Make your own pottery plaque to hang on the wall. $30 per person. 828.488.0480. • The August Balsam Arts & Crafts Show will be from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday Aug. 24, at the Balsam Fire Department, seven miles east of Sylva. The event is indoors and ample parking is available. A portion of all entry fees will benefit the Balsam Fire Department. 828.226.9352.

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• The 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. Interested artists can find the proposal guidelines on the Jackson County Arts Council website: 828.342.6913.





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Mountain momma BY B ECKY JOHNSON There’s entertainment at 5 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, including a variety show, a jamboree and a hoedown. My favorite is always the Firemen’s Competition, where fire departments around the county compete to see who can suit up in their turn-out gear, roll out their hoses and put out a flame the quickest. It is held in the arena at 6 p.m. Thursday. During the fair’s five-day run, there will also be a cake walk, timber sports competition, horse pull, youth talent show, natural beauty contest, corn hole and horseshoe competitions and so, so much more. For a full schedule, visit the Arts and Entertainment page at Take time to walk the stalls of livestock and catch the Future Farmers of American and various 4-H clubs prepping their animals. If you’ve never seen someone blow-drying a goat, I must say you’re missing out in life. The Macon County fair is coming up Sept. 11 through 14. Jackson’s version of a county fair is Mountain Heritage Day, held the last Saturday in September at WCU. On a completely unrelated note, I’d like to offer my hats off to the Jackson County Recreation Center for their awesome kids programs, like Little People Yoga, offering a six-week yoga class for two age groups: 3- to 5-year-olds on Thursday afternoon and 6- to 8-year-olds on Tuesday afternoons. How cool is that! Classes start the second week in September but register now by calling 828.293.3053.

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My kids have been in training all summer for the Haywood County Fair. They haven’t been raising giant pumpkins nor whipping their dairy cows into shape for the show ring. Nor have they been boning up on their bingo skills, perfecting recipes for the cake walk contest, or even rehearsing comedy routines for the variety show. While all those things sound like loads of fun — and are secretly on my own personal bucket list — my kids have had their nose to the grindstone for weeks now in preparation for none other than the annual ice-cream eating contest. Practice makes perfect, after all. For this penny-conscious mom, I’ll admit I had an ulterior motive when I first entered my daughter in the ice cream eating contest at the fair at the spry and nimble age of 2. Hey, it’s free ice cream, I reasoned, and thus that much more disposable income to spend on cups of food pellets at the petting zoo area. Besides, the winner does get a shiny blue trophy, and maybe she has an untapped penchant for speed eating I never knew about. Alas when she bellied up to the ice-cream eating bench beside those burly 6-year-old boys, I knew she didn’t stand a chance. Yet I distinctly recall whooping and cheering her on to beat the band. The fabulous Haywood County Fair starts Wednesday, Aug. 21, and runs through Sunday. We’ll be going at least two or three times to take in the smorgasbord of events and activities.

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• An orientation meeting for children interested in joining Voices in the Laurel’s upcoming season will be at 4 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 27, at the First Baptist Church in Waynesville. Regular rehearsals will be Tuesdays, starting Sept. 3, with practices for treble makers at 4 p.m., concert chamber at 5 p.m. and chamber choir at 6:15 p.m. 828.734.9163. • The “All Male Beauty Contest” to benefit the Highlands Bolivian Mission will be at 8 p.m. Monday, Aug. 26, at the Highlands Playhouse. There will be a free wine bar at 7 p.m. $100 per person. 828.526.3605.

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In order to introduce area residents to the potential of a voice acting career path, Voice Coaches presents “Getting Paid to Talk,” an introduction to the world of voiceovers, from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 29, at Southwestern Community College’s Macon Campus in Franklin. Attendees will learn the basics of getting started, working in the studio, effective demo production methods, and industry pros and cons. They’ll also get insight on where to look for employment opportunities in and around the community as well as tips on how to land a job. Attendees will also have the opportunity to record a mock commercial under the direction of a Voice Coaches producer. Class is $35 per person. Registration at least a week in advance is required. Enrollment is limited to 25. 828.339.4426.

• Pisgah Promenaders “Funny T-Shirt” square dance will be held from 6:45 to 8:45 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 24, at the Old Armory in Waynesville. There will be Plus and Mainstream dancing. Workshop is at 6:15 p.m. 828.586.8416 (Jackson) or 828.452.5917 (Haywood) or 828.926.0695.


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Miracles and the miraculous in everyday life very once in a while, we encounter a situation so strange and so far removed from the natural order of things that we label the event a “miracle.” (In my own case, this would involve getting eight straight hours of sleep in a single night.) The unexplained healing of some horrific, normally fatal illness; synchronistic convergences so strange that they go far past mere coincidence; the appearance of some apparition — a deceased relative, an angel, the Virgin Mary — bearing private, detailed and accurate information to a human recipient: these are some of the occasions which startle us into breaking out the concept of a miracle to explain or at least acknowledge the unexplainable. Some people take easily to this idea of the miraculous, while others just as ferventWriter ly deny what they regard as a tear in the natural fabric of the world. Most of us, one suspects, stand somewhere in the middle of these two camps, always looking for possible explanations but allowing, too, for the unexplainable. (Here some Christians provide an amusing example. Although acknowledging the divinity of Jesus Christ, they nonetheless seek out every explanation possible for the New Testament miracles like the loaves and the fishes or walking on water. They can believe, in other words, that God once walked as a man on the earth, but not on water.) In Full of Grace (ISBN978-0-06-137453-1, $12.99), novelist Dorothea Benton Frank

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takes a bold, brave look at the idea of the miraculous — not only the small daily miracles which so many of us in our busy lives overlook but also miracles as we traditionally think of them, events so grand and outrageous that they fill us with awe. Benton’s protagonist is Maria Graziella Russo, a high-spirited young woman who demands that her family and friends call her Grace. Having recently moved at her father’s behest from Manhattan to Charleston, S.C., Grace finds herself once again caught up in the problems of her raucous Italian family: her overbearing father Big Al; her subservient mother Connie; her domineering, acid-tongued grandmother Nonna; her siblings. All are Italian; all are devoutly Catholic; and all are snarled in different problems. Grace, who Full of Grace by Dorothea works for an Benton Frank. William international, Morrow, 2008. 352 pages. high-end travel company, loves her boisterous family but finds herself relating less and less to their faith and their Italian customs. Her predicament deepens when she falls in

Family writer hosts Sapphire Valley signing Writer Deanna Klingel will sign books from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 24, at the Sapphire Valley Community Center. Klingel is an acclaimed author of books for family enjoyment. Among her published books are Just for the Moment: The Remarkable Gift of the Therapy Dog, Avery’s Battlefield (Book 1, 1861-62), Avery’s Crossroad (Book 2, 1863-65), Cracks in the Ice, and more.

Memoir discussion, organic meal in Sylva City Lights Bookstore will host Fred Bahnson who will present his memoir Soil and Sacrament at 6:30 p.m. Monday, August 26, at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Sylva. Soil and Sacrament is a personal exploration of how cultivating a garden can root one’s individual spirituality and also give rise to a heightened sense of community. The garden at St. John’s has raised a variety of organic vegetables year round. After donating all

love with Michael Higgins, a research scientist at the medical center. In the eyes of Grace’s parents and Nonna, Michael has some major strikes against him. He’s a fallen-away Catholic and possibly an atheist. He is working in stemcell research, which contradicts the tenets of their Catholic faith. He and Grace are living together without being married. And worst of all, he’s not Italian but of Irish descent. “The Irish baby butcher,” as Big Al labels him, is forbidden access to the Russo compound. The story takes on new complications when Nonna falls and breaks her hip, followed by the discovery that Michael has a deadly brain tumor. With Nonna living in a despised assisted living facility while undergoing physical therapy, and with Michael suffering depression not only from his illness but from the death of his own mother, Grace finds herself backed into unexpected emotional corners, trying to help assuage her mother’s guilt over Nonna’s condition while looking for ways to find a cure for Michael. Her life takes a turn when she seeks counsel from the local parish priest, who surprises her by his understanding about her doubts in God. Eventually, she begins praying for Michael’s recovery. At this point in the novel, Grace ends up conducting a tour of local parishioners to Mexico — they’ve won a church raffle sponsored by Big Al — and they visit the Cathedral of Guadalupe, founded on the spot where in the sixteenth century the Virgin Mary supposedly appeared to a local Indian, Juan Diego, an event which led to the conversion of the native population. Michael joins the tour here and begins to encounter some supernatural forces that affect his own views of religion and faith. In addition to her intriguing plot — to

the produce to local food banks for three years, this year, the parish decided to offer a simple soup supper each Wednesday evening to the community, using the fresh vegetables from the garden and supplementing them with dried beans and homemade bread. Alongside the conversation about food and faith will be goodies and tasty treats from the church’s garden. 828.586.9499.

Crowe collaborates on international Arts Council project Acclaimed Jackson County poet Thomas Rain Crowe and painter Robert Johnson, in collaboration with a Brazilian publisher and the North Carolina Arts Council, will be presenting the product of a unique project at 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 24, at the Blue Spiral Gallery in Asheville. The event will focus on the Johnson/Crowe book Postcards From Peru, a project that was funded by a Regional Artist Project Grant from the Haywood County Arts Council as an affiliate with the N.C. Arts Council. In collaboration with Sol Negro Edicoes’s editor Marcio Simoes based in Brazil, a limited-edition, bilingual book has been created based on poems and postcards that Crowe penned while on an extended trip to Peru in April 2007.

reveal more here would give away too much of the story — Frank brings other gifts to Full of Grace. Her informal prose and slang help make Grace real to readers. Grace’s observations, particularly those regarding her family, are humorous and often biting, and also serve to reveal Grace’s own imperfections; her constant sniping at her future sister-in-law, Marianne, show us her uncharitable side, offsetting her worshipful love of Michael. Frank also writes convincingly of different topics — medical research, cancer, the travel industry, religion and theology, miracles. Her accounts of Grace’s occupation as a host to different travel groups who fly off to Sicily, to the Napa Valley, to Mexico, are accurately drawn and often quite funny. The Sicily and Napa tours in particular are entertaining, with her descriptions of the annoying wealthy clients who rally round Grace when they learn of the stresses she faces back home with Nonna and Michael. What is perhaps most fascinating about Full of Grace is the line that the author walks regarding her novel’s genre. Publishers tend to separate religious from secular novels, a divide that is at times unnatural. Frank manages to occupy the narrow territory between the two; her spiritual message is not subtle — Grace comes to believe in miracles and enters more fully into her faith — but at the same time, she has created in Grace a woman with a sharp tongue, real problems and a zest for living. By this combination, Frank has herself performed a minor miracle in getting Full of Grace published as a secular work of fiction. Read the book. You may not end it believing in miracles, but you will definitely believe in Grace Russo.

A reception and book signing will follow the formal presentations, and both artist and author will be available to talk to those in attendance. Free. 828.251.0202 or

Nordan racial murder novel discussed The “Let’s Talk About It” book discussion series will present Wolf Whistle by Lewis Nordan at 4 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 29, at the Haywood County Library in Waynesville. In 1956, a black boy, Emmett Till, was murdered for wolf whistling at a white woman. The two white men accused of Till’s murder were tried and acquitted in a Mississippi town near the author’s boyhood home. These events changed the author forever. Nordan transforms one of America’s most notorious racial crimes into a magical mystery where actual truth and fiction are difficult to separate. Nordan won the Southern Book Critics Award for this novel. Merritt Mosely of UNC-Asheville will lead the discussion. “Let’s Talk About It” is made possible by a grant from the North Carolina Humanities Council and the Haywood Friends of the Library. Free. Refreshments will be served. 828.456.5311 or



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Unlocking the mystery of Graveyard Fields Why there’s so few trees and so many people

BY ANDREW KASPER STAFF WRITER hile lines of cars zip down the Blue Ridge Parkway and hikers scurry along its zigzagging trails, Graveyard Fields moves at its own pace. The high elevation meadows of Graveyard Fields are a crowned jewel of the Shining Rock Wilderness. No trees means great views — views without scrambling up a mountain peak or peering out from intermittent windows in


the tree canopy. Graveyard Fields is a hiking experience more common to the Rockies where the combination of cold and elevation keep the treeline at bay. Here in the Southern Appalachians though, the wide-open spaces found at Graveyard Fields are a rarity, an exception in the otherwise lush and densely forested slopes. But Graveyard Fields wasn’t always this way, and it won’t always be. It is mired in a slow march to return to the

forest it once was — but progress is unnoticeable. A fire ravaged the area on the day before Thanksgiving in 1925. Typically, the forest would have nearly grown back by now. But the botanical regeneration has progressed so slowly, it’s what you’d expect a couple of decades after a fire — almost a century later. “Here we are, nearly 100 years after that big fire, and we are in a stage we would be at normally 20 years afterward,” Parkway Ranger Emily Gamble told a group of curious hikers

“Here we are, nearly 100 years after that big fire, and we are in a stage we would be at normally 20 years afterward.” — Parkway Ranger Emily Gamble

A waterfall along the Yellowstone Prong of the East Fork of the Pigeon River is a favorite stop for hikers through Graveyard Fields. (left) Blue Ridge Parkway Ranger Carol Petricevic takes a brief break on a guided hike through Graveyard Fields to explain some of the areas unique ecology. Andrew Kasper photos

who joined her on a guided hike through Graveyard Fields last Friday. The short jaunt across Graveyard Fields was a first for some. Others had visited the area many times before, but this time saw their stomping grounds with new eyes thanks to the added expertise of the rangers lifting the veil that hangs over this unique landscape. Graveyard Fields is stuck in time. Typically, following heavy logging, a big fire or a devastating windstorm, a forest’s rebound from a barren, denuded landscape is a process called succession. But nearly a century has only brought Graveyard Fields two decades of advancement. It remains an expanse of dense thickets, shrubs and grasses with only a smattering of trees. “We see them coming in now,” said Parkway Ranger Carol Petricevic pointing to the intermittent trees sprouting up in the valley. They’re the harbingers of the forest to come, “as long as there aren’t any more fires,” she added. Graveyard Fields is taking its sweet time to become forest again, still reeling from the big 1925 blaze that charred some 25,000 acres. The fire was sparked by a train wreck along a logging railroad line. The fire was so intense — fueled by an inordinate amount of slash and debris littering the ground in the wake of logging operations — that it sterilized the soil, Petricevic said. Another fire hit in the 1940s, and the floods that followed probably further destabilized the ground and washed away the nutrients plants needed to grow. The result is a unique, mountain gem tucked along the Parkway. “It’s not very common,” said Petricevic. “And one of the most popular spots.” Drawn by its one-of-a-kind landscape — a rolling meadow at 5,000 feet in elevation, with fields of blueberry bushes, a rocky meandering creek bed, swimming holes and two waterfalls — visitors swarm to the location. The Graveyard Fields installment of the Parkway’s weekly hike series proved one of the more popular so far this season, likely witness to the popularity of Graveyard


Wind birds up

A Swallowtail butterfly along a path through Graveyard Fields rests and shows its colors.

Pectoral sandpiper. NPS photo tion. But for large-bodied birds like hawks, eagles, ospreys etc., the heat of the day is the key to migration. Theses birds rely on thermals and updrafts to make their southerly journey easier. The most common diurnal migrant in the East is the broadwinged hawk. And one of the best places in the region to get a glimpse of broad-winged hawk migration is Caesar’s Head State Park, located on U.S. 276 in South Carolina, just south of Brevard. About 12,000 broadwinged hawks will pass through Caesar’s head from late August through late September. We are not migrant — unless your family left you a house in Florida and a house in the mountains. But as the morning sun rises later, and the evening sun sets earlier, and the white light of summer turns to soft orange of autumn, don’t be surprised if you get the urge to go somewhere. (Don Hendershot is a writer and naturalist. He can be reached a

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hue due to the copious amounts of berries it ate. The hordes of humans at Graveyard Fields staking out the blueberry bushes with pails in hand will probably fair no different. The group of hikers following Petricevic and Gamble that day struggled to maintain an orderly procession down the trail as individuals strayed into the thickets to pick handfuls of the blue and purple fruit. Many braved stepping off the wooden planks through one of the lowlying areas and onto the soggy ground in chase of the perfect blueberry. Unlike the coast, where low-lying wetlands and swamps are commonplace, mountain bogs like the one tucked into Graveyard Fields comprise another special cog in the make up of the rare landscape. At Graveyard Fields, boggy areas not only host high-elevation amphibians but also the endangered bog turtle. The turtle grows only three inches in length but lives up to 30 years. Coveted as pets and stolen off public lands, rangers keep the turtles’ whereabouts secret. “They’re so small and so cute; people get them and take them for pets,” Gamble said. Yet, with so much life in the valley, many ask where it got a name like Graveyard Fields. And the answers diverge. Some say it was given as moniker to describe the site following a tree blow down hundreds of years ago. The chunks of ground and roots left erect at the base of the toppled trees were eventually covered in moss and resembled gravestones. Another theory, along the same lines, says it got the name following extensive logging that left a valley of stumps that were similarly covered in moss to resemble headstones. Either way, proof of either theory would have burned in the massive fire. Rangers assured hikers there are no secret graves in the valley.

County, Tenn. The elegant, swift, strong flying wind birds are also joined by a multitude of warblers, thrushes, grosbeaks, flycatchers, vireos and more as the eons-old urge to migrate takes hold. One great place to get a glimpse of passerine (songbird) migration is Ridge Junction Overlook at the entrance to Mount Mitchell State Park at milepost 355.5. Another intriguing aspect of fall migration is diurnal migrants. Wind birds, ducks, geese and most passerine migrants are nocturnal migrants. It is believed that the cover of darkness provides protection from predators plus may offer easier celestial naviga-

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Fields itself. The parking area on busy summer weekends is so full a line of waiting cars jockey for spaces as they become free. In addition to the big-picture ecology of the Graveyard Fields, Petricevic and Gamble, the rangers leading the hike last Friday, took time to point out the little treasures the place has to offer: the minnow in the stream the average walker might miss or the seemingly unimportant plant more likely to be stepped on than understood. Like the primordial lychophytes, they look like a small pine sampling, so the hikers were surprised when the rangers explained that the vascular plant once stood as tall as trees when dinosaurs roamed the earth. The plants fossilized ancestors are also one of the main ingredients in coal. St. John’s Wart and Angelica are two more unsuspecting plants. St. John’s Wart is used to treat ailments like depression. The nectar of the Angelica plant is opiumlike to the bees that drink it. Petricevic said she has poked and prodded bees sucking away at an Angelica plant, but the insect pays no mind and keeps slurping. “It’s a bit of a narcotic — it makes them slow, stupid and drunk,” she joked to the cadre of hikers who had formed a semi-circle around her as she pointed out the Angelica plant. Meanwhile, many of the hikers seemed distracted by an equally powerful narcotic: wild blueberries. The acidic soil and open canopy at Graveyard Fields is ideal for blueberries, which struggle to find adequate sunlight in the dense Appalachian forest. “Blueberries like a lot of sun,” Petricevic stated plainly. The blueberries in turn draw wildlife. During blueberry season, Petricevic frequently spots bear scat with a deep purple

Like the breathing in and out of newborns; like the ebb and flow of the tide, and like the cycle of day and night, the spring and fall migration is part of the pulse of the planet. This phenomenon, beautiful and intricate in detail, scope and scale, is hardwired in the evolutionary psyche of so many creatures we share the planet with that sometimes we forget to revel in the magic and mystery of it, finding it easier to hubristically acknowledge that migration is basically the annual or seasonal movement of certain animals from breeding grounds to wintering grounds. That way we don’t have to try and answer the question of how is it possible for a monarch butterfly weighing .026 ounces with a wingspan of 4 inches to leave it’s home in North America in late summer or early fall and travel 3,000 miles or more to Mexico to overwinter in the same place that its great, great ancestor did the winter before. Peter Matthiessen, first in his Shorebirds of North America, and then when Shorebirds was shortened and reissued as The Wind Birds, helped to point out in simple prose the astonishing feats of peeps and plovers and other shorebirds that birders of the day simply associated with this marsh or that mudflat. Then as ornithologists and researchers became more intrigued and technology provided tiny geolocators, stories began to surface of bar-tailed godwits taking off on 7,000-mile nonstop sojourns and sooty shearwaters making a figure-eight roundtrip migration of more than 40,000 miles. Today, wind birds are still a harbinger of migration, and they are passing through right now. Recent reports on Carolina birds include buff-breasted sandpipers, pectoral sandpipers, semipalmated plovers, least sandpipers and semipalmated sandpipers, plus lots more are pouring in from sod farms near Orangeburg, S.C. These are the same species that are beginning to show up at Super Sod farm on Hooper Lane in Henderson County or at Rankin Bottoms Wildlife Management Area in Cocke


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Due to high lake levels, water flows and a wet weather forecast, construction of the Pines Recreation Area and swimming beach on Lake Glenville has been postponed until the fall of 2014. The 16-foot drawdown on the lake will not take place this fall, despite previous announcements. The recreation site is scheduled to have a swimming area, located off Pine Creek Road, a fishing pier, added parking and a restroom. Duke Energy will continue this fall with its plans to install additional amenities at the Pine Creek and Powerhouse boating access areas on the north side of Lake Glenville. The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission will also complete ramp upgrades at access areas as well. 33

New women’s volleyball league to start outdoors

The Waynesville Parks and Recreation Department will offer a women’s volleyball league. Games will be from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesdays, starting Sept. 10, at the Waynesville Recreation Center. The league is open to all females, ages 16 and older. The entry fee for members of the Waynesville Recreation Center is free, and all other players must pay $4 per night. Each team will need to have six players but may start with four players if needed. More information is available through the Waynesville Parks and Recreation Department by phone or email. 828.456.2030 or Patrick Parton photo

Waynesville race helps the children County fair gets bigger zoo for 2013 The Haywood County Fair will feature a newly expanded zoo this year. The zoo will occupy space in the Burley Livestock Barn and in the Waynesville Lions Club Horse Barn at the fairgrounds. The zoo will feature the usual farm animals, as well as exotic animals, from 6 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 21, through 5 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 25. A special feature at this year’s Haywood County Fair will be a draft horse and mule pulling contest at 12:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 24, in the Great Smokies Arena at the Haywood County Fairgrounds. Teams may enter one of four classes — light horses, light mules, heavy horses and heavy mules. Horse and mule teams will attempt to pull a dead sled with 500-pound weights added after each successful pull. Also featured at this event will be a parade of horse- or mule-drawn equipment.

It’s the fastest and flattest one-mile race in Western North Carolina. The Main Street Mile will take off at 6:30 p.m. Aug. 23, on the main strip in downtown Waynesville. This is the fourth year of the charity event. The race cost $15 to run and its theme is “run for the children.” Proceeds from the run go to the Shriners Hospitals for Children in Greenville, S.C. The hospital sees thousands of patients per year and treats children free of charge for orthopedic ailments such as cerebral palsy, scoliosis, bone diseases and mylodysplasia. The race is a flat-out heat that starts and ends downtown. The first 300 runners to register get free T-shirts. All participants are invited to the after party at the United Community Bank parking lot, with music, food, local craft beer and kid’s activities. Participants can register the day of the race or beforehand online.

Blue Ridge Breakaway Lauren Tamayo, a silver medalist in sprint cycling at the 2012 Olympics in London who lives in Asheville, led riders out of the Lake Junaluska Assembly at the start of the Aug. 17 Blue Ridge Breakaway bike ride. The annual cycling event sponsored by the Haywood County Chamber of Commerce attracted about 500 riders despite overcast conditions. Ride director Cecil Yount said the fourth Blue Ridge Breakaway received “glowing reports” from riders about the routes, the rest stops, the ride volunteers and the overall organization of the event.

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Tuscola senior Allie Dinwiddie won a $500 scholarship and $100 cash for making the top score on an exam during the Resource Conservation Workshop in Wake County. Dinwiddie and Maggie Rogers, also a Tuscola senior, recently joined 91 high school students from across the state at the workshop. The girls were sponsored by the Haywood Soil and Water Conservation District and were chosen based on their interest in natural resources and their participation in local programs such as Envirothon and the Youth Environmental Stewardship Camp. At the workshop, students were housed in a dorm at North Carolina State University and spent their days with scientists, foresters, biologists, wetland specialists, wildlife experts and engineers who provided classroom instruction and outdoor study in the environmental sciences. Students also received information and insight into careers in natural resource management. This year marked the 50th anniversary of the workshop.


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Now is the time to plant vegetables for round two of the gardening season. The N.C. Cooperative Service is holding free seminars on how to choose the right vegetables for a fall crop, called season extenders, and how to become a seed saver. Seminars will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 27, at the Jackson Extension Center in Sylva, and from 2 to 4 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 28, at the Swain Extension Center in Bryson City. Individuals will learn how cultivar selection, shade, multiple cropping, mulches, floating row covers, low tunnels, cold frames and more will extend their growing season. Also, gardeners will learn the basics of seed selection, harvesting, processing

Environmental and gardening grants available in Haywood The Haywood County Extension Master Gardener Volunteer Association is accepting applications for educational or research grants for 2014. Projects must be in Haywood County and be related to gardening, horticulture or the environment. Applications can be obtained at the Haywood County Extension Office on Raccoon Road in Waynesville and must be submitted by Oct. 1.

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It’s a Wild Things Weekend from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 31, at Jubilee Community Center on Wall Street in downtown Asheville. The event, sponsored by local conservation organization Wild South, will feature live animal shows, award-winning wildlife films and interactive exhibits from a wide range of outdoor businesses, environmental educators and conservation groups. The event is free, but any concessions or donations will go to support Wild South’s wildlife education initiatives, delivering top quality environmental educators to area schools. “Our goal at Wild South is to inspire people to value and protect wild places and wild things. Our wildlife education and outreach events help accomplish this in a fun-filled atmosphere that everyone can enjoy,” said Ben Prater, associate director of Wild South. This year’s schedule includes reptile and amphibian shows at 10 a.m. and 11 a.m.; birds of prey exhibits at 1 p.m. and 2 p.m.; and wolves at 3 p.m. and 4 p.m. The event will also feature food and drink, local music, prize drawings and environment-related exhibits.


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Old fire towers at risk of being forgotten North Carolina’s lookout towers once stood watch over our mountain forests. Now, they run the risk of becoming forgotten monuments to the value of our wild lands. Peter Barr, who has hiked to every fire

some of the features of still-standing fire towers, as well as the importance of restoring them, including the well-known tower at nearby Yellow Mountain. He will also lead a hike to the Yellow Mountain tower on Aug. 30. Although technology has deemed lookout towers obsolete for spotting fires, the structures still provide excellent, and sometimes panoramic, views of the landscape. The Village Nature Series is a free monthly A fire tower expert will lead a group hike to the tower at Yellow Mountain. community event that tower in North Carolina, will present a prohighlights distinctive features of the area gram, “Blaze Watch,” at 7 p.m. Tuesday, and partners with the Highlands-Cashiers Aug. 27, at The Village Green Commons in Land Trust. Cashiers. Barr will share with participants or 828.526.1111.

The parkway from CCC to LEED The upcoming guided Blue Ridge Parkway hike will form a link between the old and the new. Blue Ridge Parkway rangers will lead an easy evening stroll at 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 22, to the parkway visitor center. Titled “CCC to LEED: Parkway Construction Then and Now” participants can learn about parkway construction, from the early days of the Civilian Conservation Corps projects to the new era of technology and eco-friendly building designs. The parkway’s visitor center has achieved an efficiency rating called Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, or LEED, certified. Participants should meet at the Blue Ridge Parkway visitor center parking lot at Milepost 384. Call for more details. 828.298.5330 x 304.

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Fall color forecast affected by the rain


the yellow and orange hues,” Mathews said. Those hues result from pigments that the leaves make year-round, hiding under the green color of chlorophyll, she said. As days get shorter and nights get colder, the One of the wettest summers in Western chlorophyll will break down to reveal the North Carolina may mean less colorful fall pigments underfoliage this year, unless neath. autumn brings vastly drier The red pigconditions, predicts Kathy ments are manufacMathews, Western Carolina tured by leaves University’s fall foliage foremainly in the fall in caster. response to cooling A professor of biology at temperatures and WCU, Mathews believes the excess sugar producformation of higher levels of tion caused by lots pigments in the leaves corof sun, Mathews relates with dry weather WCU biology professor Kathy said. She predicts throughout the year, espeMathews is an expert in fall foliage the fall color peak cially in September. The drier the climate, the more forecasting. WCU photo will be during the second week of brilliant the fall leaves tend October in the higher elevations and during to be, especially the bright reds, she said. the third week in the mid-elevations. “There always will be plenty of color in

Cherokee exhibit puts culture center stage

An exhibition at Southwestern Community College focuses on the heart of Cherokee language and culture. Donated photo

recordings made by Native speakers, the exhibit focuses on Cherokee language and culture and is sponsored by a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services. It

Raleigh National Historic Site. Wissinger has experience in major museum design and construction, land acquisition planning, view shed management, road and bridge projects, exhibit design, educational outreach, and managing visitor services.

NC native chosen for Smokies top spot

Friends of Great Smoky Mountains National Park raised more than $200,000 through its “Friends Across the Mountains” telethon this year, thanks to hundreds of callers and help from sponsors. The money will fund more than $1 million of park improvements this year, to protect black bears, heal hemlock trees, and preserve historic log cabins and churches from Cades Cove to Cataloochee Valley. Since 1995, Friends of the Smokies telethons have raised more than $2.9 million. During the broadcast, Sugarland Cellars owner Don Collier presented a $20,000 check to the organization. Other sponsors include Dollywood, Mast General Store, Pilot Corporation and SmartBank. “The generous response to this year’s ‘Friends Across the Mountains’ telethon is a continuing testimony to the love that people have for the Smokies and how very important it is to our region,” says Friends of the Smokies President Jim Hart. Telethon donations can still be made online at

The Great Smoky Mountains National Park has found its next deputy superintendent in Patricia M. Wissinger. She replaces Kevin Fitzgerald, who retired earlier this year. Wissinger currently is the superintendent of Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area in Atlanta, one of the busiest recreation areas in the United States. She is scheduled to start her new assignment in mid-September. She is a North Carolina native and holds a master’s degree from Western Carolina University. She began her career with the National Park Service in 1980 as a seasonal campground ranger on the Blue Ridge Parkway and moved up the ranks from there. She has served in management positions on the parkway, at Shenandoah National Park, Cape Hatteras National Seashore, Wright Brothers National Memorial and Fort

Telethon draws support for national park

Park finishes work on damaged road Sections of Greenbrier Road in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park will be closed for repairs from Wednesday, Aug. 14 through Friday, Aug. 23. The roadway was washed out last winter during a flood, exposing the underlying rock and damaging culverts. Park crews made temporary repairs this winter and will now complete the repairs by installing culverts, re-grading the roadway and adding new gravel. From Aug. 14 through Aug. 18, the road will be closed just past the intersection with the road to Ramsey Cascades trailhead. Beginning Aug. 19, the road will be closed at the Greenbrier Ranger Station until Aug. 23. The road provides access to several popular hiking trails, backcountry campsites, picnic areas and scenic river views. But park officials believe that the repairs will help prevent flooding of the road in the future. The affected road sections will be closed to pedestrians as well as vehicle and bicycle traffic throughout the duration of the project. In addition, the Greenbrier picnic area and picnic pavilion will be closed throughout the closure, along with a backcountry campsite. or 865.436.1200.


“Understanding our Past, Shaping our Future” is an exhibition that displays Cherokee language, culture and history through images, text and sound recordings. The exhibit runs through Sept. 19 in the Balsam Building Lobby on the campus of Southwestern Community College in Sylva. Also, the exhibit team will solicit community input from noon until 3 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 22. Slated to travel to ten sites in the region, the exhibit places cultural interpretation in locations frequented by the public. Using

is also done in partnership with Cherokee Central Schools, SCC, and the Cherokee Center and Cherokee Language Program at Western Carolina University. Fall showings include Western Carolina University, Health and Human Services Building on the Millennial Campus, Blue Ridge Parkway Visitor Center in Asheville and the Cherokee Central Schools Cultural Arts Center in Cherokee.


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BUSINESS & EDUCATION • 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,, SCC’s Small Business Center, 339.4211 or • Business After Hours, 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 22, Chinquapin Community and Brookings Cashiers Village Outfitters. RSVP to 743.5191, info@CashiersAreaChamber. • 6:30 p.m. Thursday Aug. 22, iPad Users Group, Jackson County Public Library. Register, 586.2016 • National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association picnic and auction, noon Saturday, Aug. 24, Shady Grove Methodist Church picnic shelter, 3570 Jonathan Creek Road, Waynesville. Bring covered dish and item for Alzheimer’s benefit auction. Ed Fox, 456.5251. • Free 90-minute computer class, Basic Internet/Job Search, 5:45 p.m. Wednesday Aug. 28, Jackson County Public Library. Register, 586.2016

COMMUNITY EVENTS & ANNOUNCEMENTS • Drugs In Our Midst, 6 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 21, Bethel Baptist Church, 5868 Pigeon Road, Bethel. Featured speakers are local law enforcement officers. • Haywood County Fair, Aug. 21-25. Hours, 5 to 10 p.m., opening ceremonies, 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. • “Birthday Bouquet” activities of the Junaluska Woman’s Club will close at the business meeting, 9:30 a.m. Monday, Aug. 26, Gaines Auditorium. Bethea Welcome Center, Lake Junaluska. • Stand Up for Education Rally, 6 to 7:30 p.m. Monday, Aug. 26, front lawn/Haywood County Court House, Main Street, Waynesville. • Getting Paid to Talk, introduction to the world of voice-overs, 6:30 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 29, Southwestern Community College Macon Campus. Registration at least a week in advance is required. Enrollment limited. 339.4426. • Free Lunch, noon, Saturday, Aug. 31, Franklin Covenant Church, 265 Belleview Park Road, Franklin. Rich, 342.9085. All are welcome.

FUNDRAISERS AND BENEFITS • 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 Bradleys priced as marked, all other purses $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.

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SENIOR ACTIVITIES 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. • All Male Beauty Pageant, 8 p.m. Monday, Aug. 26, Highlands Playhouse, Highlands. Free wine bar, 7 p.m. Tickets are $100 each and tax deductible. Tickets available at Wilson Gas, Highlands, and Highlands Methodist Church on Main Street, or by calling 526.3605. Proceeds to benefit the Highlands Bolivian Mission. • Swain County’s P.A.W.S. Animal Shelter 10th annual Wine Tasting and Silent Auction benefit, 7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 31, Lands Creek Log Cabins’ Harmony Hall. Advance tickets at PAWS Thrift Store or tickets may be purchased at the door for $20. Lands Creek Log Cabins is located about three miles north of Bryson City on Balltown Road. 333.4267 or email

BLOOD DRIVES Jackson • Western Carolina University Blood Drive, noon to 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 28 and Thursday, Aug. 29, Hinds University Center Grand Room, WCU, Cullowhee. Keyword: CATS or call 800.733.2767 for more information or to schedule an appointment.

Haywood • 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.

RECREATION & FITNESS • Register now through Aug. 29 for Haywood County Recreation & Parks’ first ever Fall Adult Co-Ed Kickball League. Games played Saturdays, 2 and 3 p.m. from Sept.21 to Oct.19, International Paper (IP) Sports Complex, Canton. 452.6789 or email • Women’s volleyball league, 6 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesdays, starting Sept. 10, Waynesville Recreation Center. Open to all women ages 16 as of Sept. 1 or older. Free for members of the Waynesville Recreation Center. All other players pay $4 per night. Six players per team; teams may start with four players, if needed. 456.2030 or email

THE SPIRITUAL SIDE • Fred Bahnson will present his memoir, Soil and Sacrament, 6:30 p.m. Monday, Aug. 26, St. John’s Episcopal Church, Sylva. Soil and Sacrament is a personal exploration of how cultivating a garden can root one’s individual spirituality and also give rise to a heightened sense of community. Sponsored by St. John’s Episcopal Church and City Lights Bookstore. 586.9499. • REcharged! 6 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 1, Canton

• Foster Grandparents needed in Head Start, non-profit day care centers and public schools in seven county Western North Carolina Region. Meet 200% of federal poverty guidelines and receive a small tax free stipend plus annual and sick leave plus mileage. Must be 55 or older. Torrie Murphy, Mountain Projects, 356.2834. • 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. 22 and 29. Class is free for senior participants and $10 for all classes for non-participants. 586.4944, 226.3840. • Tai Chi for Health, 3 p.m. Tuesdays through Sept. 24. $10 for participants and $15 for non-participants. Class size limited. Jackson County Senior Center, 586.4944. • Book club, 2 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 21, Senior Resource Center, 81 Elmwood Way, Waynesville. • Regular Parkinson meeting, 1 to 3 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 28, Senior Resource Center, 81 Elmwood Way, Waynesville. Megan Griffin, guest speaker. 452.2370. • Happy Wanderers Senior Program trip to the NC Apple Festival, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday, Aug. 30, Hendersonville. $10. 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 . • Voices in the Laurel will hold auditions and interviews for all three choirs, 5 p.m., Monday, Aug. 26, First Baptist Church in Waynesville., or call 734.9163.

Literary (children) • 11 a.m. Friday Aug. 23, Children’s Story time, Favorites, Jackson County Public Library, 586.2016. • 3:30 p.m. Friday Aug. 23, Children’s Story time with Miss Sally, Favorites, Jackson County Public Library, 586.2016. • Jackson County Public Library closed for annual training, Monday Aug. 26. • 11 a.m. Tuesday Aug., 27, Children’s Story time, Favorites, Jackson County Public Library, 586.2016. • 4 p.m. Tuesday Aug. 27, Teen Time, Jackson County Public Library, 586.2016.

POLITICAL GROUP EVENTS & LOCAL GOVERNMENT • Rep. Mark Meadows (NC-11) will host a town hall meeting, 6 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 22, Chief Joyce Dugan Center for Cultural Arts, 1968 Big Cove Road, Cherokee. • OccupyWNC Working Groups, 7 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, August 27, Jackson Justice Center, Room 246, Sylva. Public welcome.

SUPPORT GROUPS Jackson • MedWest-Harris WNC Breast Cancer Support Group, 7 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 27, Harris Medical Park conference room, 98 Doctors Drive, Sylva. Mary E. Mahon, RN, 631.8100.

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Macon • Ladies Night Out, 4 p.m. and 6 p.m., Tuesday, Aug. 27, cafeteria, Angel Medical Center, Franklin. Topic will be Women’s Health and Fitness. For women, and girls 13 years of age and older. Dawn Wilde Burgess, 349.2426.

A&E FESTIVALS, SPECIAL & SEASONAL EVENTS • Matt Papa music video shoot, Aug. 21, with Aug. 22 as a backup date, Cullowhee. Cast and crew needed. Caleb Goodnight,, • Third annual Haywood’s Got Talent auditions, 1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 24, and 6:30 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 25, Haywood Arts Regional Theater, 250 Pigeon St., Waynesville. Anyone unable to attend auditions may submit a recorded audition via mail to HART at P.O. Box 1024, Waynesville, NC 28786 or email or YouTube prior to auditions. • Smoky Mountain Roller Girls doubleheader, “Cruisin’ for a Brusin,’ 5:30 p.m. Aug. 31, Birdtown Gym, Highway 19, Cherokee. Tickets $5 in advance, $7 at the door. Purchase at Children under 5 free. •Understanding our Past, Shaping our Future, community-based exhibition sponsored by the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians, through Sept. 17 in the Balsam Building Lobby, Southwestern Community College, Sylva. In partnership with Cherokee Central Schools, Southwestern Community College, and the Cherokee Center and Cherokee Language Program at Western Carolina University. Community input meeting, noon to 3 p.m., Thursday Aug. 22, by the exhibit team. • Maggie Valley Summer Rally, Aug. 16-18, a family friendly event, offering a variety of entertainment, vendors, bike games, bike show, tours of the area and special guests. • Haywood County Fair, Aug. 21-25. Hours, 5 to 10 p.m., opening ceremonies, 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 Fourth annual August Balsam Arts & Crafts Show is set for 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 24, the Balsam Fire Department, seven miles east of Sylva. Featured artisan is potter Connie Hogan. Jane McClure, 226.9352. • Village Square Art & Craft Show, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Aug. 24-25, Kelsey-Hutchinson Park and neighboring Highlands Village Square, 5th and Pine streets, Highlands., 787.2021.

• Maggie Valley Labor Day Craft Show, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 31 to 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 1. 497.9425 or 736.3245 or

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• Fall Arts and Crafts Show, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Aug. 31-Sept. 1, with fireworks, 5:30 p.m., Sept. 1, Cashiers Village Green, Cashiers. Rain or shine. Sponsored by the Rotary Club of Cashiers Valley. Admission is $3 per adult. Proceeds from admission and food sales to benefit local Rotary programs and community service efforts.

• Fireworks Over Cashiers, Sunday, Sept. 1. Hosted by The Village Green and GCAMA. Live music by The Extraoridnaires. No coolers. • 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. Applications at or by calling 456.3021.

LITERARY (ADULTS) • “Chapters and Dessert” seniors book club, 2 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 21, Senior Resource Center, Waynesville. Bring a dessert to share with the group while discussing the book. Coffee and tea will be furnished by the Senior Resource Center. 452.2370. • 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, 3 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 25, Blue Ridge Books, 152 S. Main St., Waynesville. 456.6000, • Fred Bahnson will present his memoir, Soil and Sacrament, 6:30 p.m. Monday, Aug. 26, St. John’s Episcopal Church, Sylva. Soil and Sacrament is a personal exploration of how cultivating a garden can root one’s individual spirituality and also give rise to a heightened sense of community. Sponsored by St. John’s Episcopal Church and City Lights Bookstore. 586.9499.

August 21-27, 2013

• Asheville resident and author Bob Mustin will sign his new book, Sam’s Place, 3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 31, Blue Ridge Books, Waynesville.

• Michael Beadle will sign copies his new book, Canton, 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 27, Canton Public Library, 11 Pennsylvania Ave., Canton, and Canton Labor Day Festival, Monday, Sept. 2. Chanler Jeffers, Arcadia Publishing, 843.853.2070 x181,

• Bob Mustin will read from his new collection of interwoven stories, Sam’s Place, 3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 31, 152 S. Main St., Waynesville. 456.6000,

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• Let’s Talk About It book discussion, 4 to 6 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 29, auditorium of the Haywood County Public Library, Waynesville. Book is Wolf Whistle by Lewis Nordan. Nordan won the Southern Book Critics Award for this novel. Merritt Mosely of UNC-Asheville will lead the discussion. Linda Arnold, 456.5311,

ON STAGE & IN CONCERT • Guitarist Jared “Blue” Smith 6 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 22, Marianna Black Library front porch in Bryson City. If it rains, Smith will play in the library auditorium. Free. 488.3030,


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• “Dearly Departed,” 7:30 p.m. Aug. 22-24 and 29-31, and 3 p.m. Aug. 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 open 1 to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday. 456.6322,

25, Gateway Club Ballroom, 37 Church St., Waynesville. Beth Johnson caller. Music by Out of the Woodwork.

• WCU School of Music faculty members’ woodwinds recitals, 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 22, recital hall of the Coulter Building, Western Carolina University. Free. 227.7242.ds

• Jackson County Arts Council is accepting proposals for regional artist exhibitions in the Rotunda Gallery on the first floor of the Historic Jackson County Courthouse on Courthouse Hill., Norma Hendrix, 342.6913.

• The Stray Birds concert, doors open, 6 p.m., show starts at 7:30 p.m., Stecoah Valley Cultural Arts Center, 121 Schoolhouse Road, Robbinsville. Adults $15, students K-12 $5, children under 5 free. 479.3364, • Almost, Maine, Thursday, Aug. 22-25, and Thursday, Aug. 29-Sept. 1, Highlands Performing Arts Center, Highlands., 526.8084. • American Idol’s 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 75 cent Ticketmaster charge. • Local jazz guitarist Chad Hallyburton, 7 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 27, Community Room of the Jackson County Public Library Complex. Free. 586.2016. • Thursdays at the Library, music with Eric Hendrix, 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 29, Macon County Public Library Meeting Room. 524.3600.

August 21-27, 2013

• An Appalachian Evening Concert Series, historic Stecoah Valley Cultural Arts Center. 7:30 p.m. Saturdays, through Aug. 31. General seating $120 adults, $40 students (K-12); season reserved seats are $50 rows A through E and $25 all others., 479.3364. • Belchers and Friends, an evening of music and dance, 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 3, John W. Bardo Fine and Performing Arts Center, Western Carolina University. Featuring Chancellor David O. Belcher, a classically trained concert pianist, and wife Susan Brummell Belcher, a professional opera singer and vocal teacher, and other WCU performers, including recent Tony Award-nominated Broadway star Terrence Mann. Concert is free, but tickets required for admission. 227.2479,



• “Drawings for Art” fundraiser drawing, 5 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 22, Fine & Performing Arts Center, Western Carolina University. To benefit the Cullowhee Mountain ARTS. • Third Thursday: Credo Reception, artist’s talk ,5 to 6 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 22, BAC 130, reception, 6 to 7 p.m. Atrium, WCU Fine Art Museum, Cullowhee. Credo: Documentary Photographs of Signs Following Believers by Rick Cary, professor of art, chair of division of professional programs at Mars Hill College. • Artist Barbara Sorensen, “The Goddess and the Landscape,” 5 to 6 p.m. Friday, Aug. 23, Center for Life Enrichment (CLE) Lecture Hall, lower level of the Peggy Crosby Center on S. 4th St., Highlands. 526.4949. • 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,” bird art exhibition featuring paintings, carvings and photography by local artists, through Aug. 31, Hudson Library, Main Street, Highlands. • 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.

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

• Green Biennial Invitational Exhibition featuring nine new sculptures, through Dec. 31, the Village Green Commons, Cashiers., 743.3434.

• Live music: Angela Faye Martin, 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 30, City Lights Café, Sylva.

• Regional fine artists are invited to show and demonstrate their art form at ColorFest, Art & Taste of Appalachia in fall 2013. Applications available at or 293.2239.


• Porch 40, 7:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 23, Concerts on the Creek, downtown Sylva at Bridge Park, 800.962.1911. • Blind Lemon Phillips, 6:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 23, Groovin’ on the Green, Village Commons, Cashiers. • Lisa Price Band, 7:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 30, Concerts on the Creek, downtown Sylva at Bridge Park, 800.962.1911. • Hurricane Creek, 6:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 30, Groovin’ on the Green, Village Commons, Cashiers.

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. Marty Northrup caller. Workshop, 6:15 p.m. 586.8416 (Jackson County) or 452.5917 (Haywood County). Square dance lessons, 926.0695.

40 • Waynesville Community Dance, 2 p.m. Sunday, Aug.

CLASSES, PROGRAMS & DEMONSTRATIONS • Exhibit featuring works by WNC painter Elizabeth Ellison and fabric crafter Ann Smith, through Sept. 2, North Carolina Arboretum, Asheville., 665.2492. • Doreyl Ammons Cain, 6:15 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 3, Swain County Center for the Arts, Bryson City. Cain will demonstrate the four-step process of creating a historical mural., 488.7843,

FILM & SCREEN • New movie, 4:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 21, Meeting Room, Macon County Library, Franklin. Story about President Franklin Roosevelt, starring Bill Murray and Laura Linney. 524.3600. • Movie night, 5:30 p.m. Wednesday Aug. 21, Jackson County Public Library, 586.2016.

• Family movie, 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 27, Marianna Black Library in Bryson City. Animated adventure featuring a tiny “borrower” named Arrietty. 488.3030. • New movie, 4:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 28, Meeting Room, Macon County Public Library, Franklin. Stars Matt Damon, Hal Holbrook, and Frances McDormand. Rated R for language. 524.3600. • Classic 1943 movie, 2 p.m. Friday, Aug. 30, Meeting Room, Macon County Public Library, Franklin. Stars Greer Garson and Walter Pidgeon. 524.3600.

Outdoors OUTINGS, HIKES & FIELDTRIPS • 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 Macon County Public Library. 524.5234. • Blue Ridge Parkway evening hike (evening stroll), 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 22, Visitor Center, Milepost 384, Blue Ridge Parkway. 298.5330, ext. 304 for details. • 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. Brock Hutchins, past president of HPAS, will lead this gentle but long walk. • Franklin Bird Club and Audubon Society join bird walk, Saturday, Aug. 31, along Franklin’s Greenway. Details, • Core Strength for the Outdoor Athlete Presentation, 7 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 27, REI Asheville. Free. Register,

PROGRAMS & WORKSHOPS • 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. • Blaze Watch, 7 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 27, The Village Green Commons, Cashiers. Peter Barr will talk about North Carolina’s lookout towers and why they run the risk of becoming forgotten monuments. • Ecology and Evolution in Las Islas Encantadas - A Darwin-Inspired Exploration of the Galapagos Islands, by Jim Costa, executive director, Highlands Biological Station, 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 29, Highlands Nature Center, 930 Horse Cove Road, Highlands. The free talk is part of the Zahner Conservation Lectures. or 526.2221. • Wild Things Weekend, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 31, Jubilee Community Center on Wall Street in downtown Asheville. Live animal shows, award winning wildlife films and interactive exhibits from outdoor businesses, environmental educators and conservation groups. Presented by Wild South.

• Hunter safety courses, 6 to 9:30 p.m. Sept. 3-5, Haywood Community College Auditorium, left side. Must attend three consecutive evenings to receive certification. Free. Additional hunter safety courses offered Oct. 28-30 and Nov. 4-6. Register online to attend. Register at

COMPETITIVE EDGE • 22nd annual Charitable Classic Golf & Gala, twoday fundraiser Tuesday, Aug. 27 and Wednesday, Aug. 28 for MedWest-Haywood that features five golf tournaments and an evening gala. Individual tickets to Gala are $65. Individual golf tournament slots are $150 and include one ticket to the evening Gala. Discount tickets for men participating in two tournaments are $250 each and include two Gala tickets. HRMC Foundation Assistant Marge Stiles, 452.8343, or Executive Director of Foundations Steve Brown, 452.8317, • Caddyshack Open, Saturday, Sept. 7, Sapphire National Golf Club , Cashiers. Texas Scramble format. Prizes include $10,000 Hole-in-One, week in Cancun, cash and more. 743.5191 for reservations. Space limited.

FARM & GARDEN • Haywood County Fair expanded Viewing Zoo, 6 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 21 through 5 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 25, Burley Livestock Barn and Waynesville Lions Club Horse Barn, Haywood County Fairgrounds, Waynesville. Richard Messer, 400.1528 or Sam Smith, 456.3575. Animals 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., Entry fee, $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, 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.

Cashiers • Cashiers Tailgate Market Cashiers Community Center. 226.9988.



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ASSISTANT TEACHER 2 Positions Available - One in Haywood County and One in Jackson County. These are nine month positions with full time benefits. An Associate Degree in Early Childhood Education is mandatory for this position, must also have the ability to assume the responsibilities of the teacher when absent, work well with parents and co-workers, good judgment/problem solving skills. Candidate must be able to work well with diverse families. Basic computer skills and 2 yrs. experience in Pre-K classroom child care preferred. Applications will be taken at Mountain Projects, Inc., 2251 Old Balsam Rd, Waynesville, NC 28786 or 25 Schulman St, Sylva, NC 28779. Pre-Employment drug testing required. EOE/AA. OWNER OPERATORS Charlotte & Raleigh, NC - Immediate Openings for 12 - Regional Runs - 800.444.0585 X 3205 or 3206


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Smoky Mountain News August 21-27, 2013

A favorite time to watch the home garden


George Ellison

his time of the year is perhaps the best time to enjoy flowering plants in a home garden. Many of the larger and showier species are just now coming into full bloom and will remain so into fall. Several evenings ago, I came home tired and sat on the deck with a glass of iced tea, and the dogs and I just watched the plants. That was sort of therapeutic. Every once in a while, it seems the perfect thing to do. Just sit down and watch the plants. Dominating and Columnist defining the yard between the house and the creek are the larger flowering shrubs: buddleia, swamp rose mallow, and a beautiful ornamental hydrangea that bears long cone-shaped clusters of snow white flowers. The rosy pink flowers of the mallow are delightful because they are the size of small dinner plates. On the other hand, I don’t usually like ornamental hydrangeas because the flower heads are often so large that they look top-heavy, awkward and artificial. But the hydrangea I purchased in Highlands during the early 1990s has compact flower clusters that look just right.

BACK THEN Beds of black-eyed Susan, green-headed coneflower, bergamot and garden phlox glowed in the soft evening light. Observe phlox throughout the day and you’ll notice that individual flowObedient plant ers often change their colors from darker to lighter. Biologists call this “color morphing” and theorize that the plant is doing so in order to attract different pollinators under different light conditions. The trumpet vines growing on the trellises situated above the stairs leading up to the decks are attracting an unusual number of hummingbirds this year. We normally have

just one or two pairs, but in the last three or four weeks there have been dozens of males, females, and immature birds zooming here and there. Sometimes a male will perch deep in the trumpet vine foliage and come storming out when another hummingbird

dares to feed at a nearby blossom. One day, we saw something that seemed incredible. A preying mantis that lived in the trumpet vine had captured a ruby-

throated hummingbird. There was nothing we could do as the unfortunate bird was already half ingested. The only plant we have that’s somewhat unusual is obedient plant (Physostegia virginiana), sometimes called false dragonhead. Elizabeth rescued a few of them 30 or so years ago from a wet meadow on Toot Hollow near Bryson City that was going to be drained and converted into dry pasture. It now grows about five feet high in a several beds that currently numbers upwards of 100 plants. They are called obedient plants because the lovely pale purple or pinkish flower heads remain bent in whichever direction you turn them. If you’re looking for a new plant to propagate next year and then sit on your deck or porch to watch, you could do a lot worse than obedient plant. George Ellison wrote the biographical introductions for the reissues of two Appalachian classics: Horace Kephart’s Our Southern Highlanders and James Mooney’s History, Myths, and Sacred Formulas of the Cherokees. In June 2005, a selection of his Back Then columns was published by The History Press in Charleston as Mountain Passages: Natural and Cultural History of Western North Carolina and the Great Smoky Mountains. Readers can contact him at P.O. Box 1262, Bryson City, N.C., 28713, or at

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Our mission is to provide high quality, personalized and compassionate obstetrical and gynecological care to women beginning in adolescence and continuing through menopause. We strive to consistently exceed the expectations of all of our patients.

Dr. Janine Keever earned her Bachelor of Science degree at Western Carolina University in 1996. After her residency in OB/GYN at the University of Maryland in Baltimore, she returned to the mountains and opened Smoky Mountain Obstetrics and Gynecology. Dr. Keever is especially skilled at performing minimally invasive gynecological procedures including vaginal hysterectomies. She performs in office procedures including hysteroscopy, the Essure permanent sterilization procedure and colposcopies. Dr. Keever supervises the management of high risk pregnancies and is responsible for all ultrasound studies. Dr. Keever is accepting new patients.

Dr. Mila Bruce specializes in performing minimally invasive operations, such as total laparoscopic hysterectomies, laparoscopic-assisted vaginal hysterectomies and other minimally invasive pelvic surgery. Her training in high-risk obstetrics includes treating diabetes, hypertensive disorders, endocrine disorders, twin pregnancies and cardiac conditions. “In addition to my training, I feel as though recently becoming a new mother has allowed me to connect with my patients on a more personal level.” Dr. Bruce is accepting new patients.

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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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Smoky Mountain News  

A weekly newspaper covering Haywood, Jackson, Macon and Swain counties in the Smoky Mountains of Western North Carolina.

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A weekly newspaper covering Haywood, Jackson, Macon and Swain counties in the Smoky Mountains of Western North Carolina.