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Public cites physician quality at hearing on possible sale of hospital BY B ECKY JOHNSON STAFF WRITER aintaining high-quality doctors in Haywood County emerged as a common theme in a public hearing last week on the future of MedWest-Haywood. Hospital leaders are contemplating a sale, merger or lease of the Haywood County hospital to a larger system. Who owns the hospital is ultimately less important than the caliber of Haywood County’s medical community, according to several residents and civic leaders who spoke up at a public hearing last week held at the Haywood Regional Fitness Center. Haywood County has a reputation for having top-notch doctors representing an impressive number of specialties. That was a deciding factor for Lee Hiatt and his wife when retiring here. “We were fortunate to find doctors who were not only qualified to take care of our needs but in our opinion as good as the doctors we had in Tampa,” Hiatt said. “We decided this was the place we wanted to spend the rest of our lives.” Luise Johnson, a retiree from Raleigh, said she has been highly impressed by the quality of physicians and medical care she found since moving here six years ago. She doesn’t want that to change — or the community feeling for that matter. “I love the idea that when I am treated it is someone I see in the grocery store, at the library, walking on the track,” said Johnson, who popped into the hearing while working out at the fitness center. “They care about me as an individual and a member of our community. I don’t mind who takes us over but I want the people who work here to be people who live here if at all possible.” She wasn’t the only speaker who wanted to keep the best of both worlds — excellent physicians plus the ambiance of a community hospital.

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Haywood County leaders, hospital officials and concerned citizens met to discuss the future of MedWest-Haywood. Becky Johnson photo “The personality of hospitals like this is different than the personality of larger hospitals. Smaller community hospitals are a lot more hands-on and personable because we are taking care of our friends and neighbors,” agreed Steve McNeil, a board member on the Haywood Chamber of Commerce. Speakers pleaded with hospital officials and board members to do what it takes to make sure Haywood remains a desirable place where good doctors want to practice. Tom Ezell cautioned that going hat in hand asking to be rescued by a bigger hospital company could go poorly. “There may be a diminution in services. There may be a disaffection of medical doctors,” Ezell said. “You are a grossly underfunded and under capitalized institution. If you put yourself up for lease or sale or infusion of capital — whatever you want to call it — the underdog always ends up the under dog.” Hospital officials have indicated all options are on the table, including a sale of the hospital, citing the challenging health care landscape and precarious financial footing faced by

Groundbreaking on the horizon for new hospital in Cherokee BY CAITLIN BOWLING STAFF WRITER Preliminary sitework on a new Cherokee Indian Hospital could start as early as December. The hospital has entered contract negotiations with a construction management company that would oversee construction of a new hospital, estimated to run between $50 to $65 million. Tribal Council approved the selection of Alabama-based Robins & Morton earlier this month from about a dozen other firms that submited proposals.

small, community hospitals everywhere. Business leaders in the community also spoke during the meeting, imploring the hospital board to remember the important economic role a strong, quality hospital plays. “With good local health care, businesses will locate here, people will move here, jobs will be created and the overall health and quality of the community will continue to improve,” said Laura Leatherwood, the vice president of student and workforce development at Haywood Community College and chair of the Haywood hospital foundation.

WHAT NEXT Three boards would ultimately have to concur on a sale of the hospital. • First, there’s MedWest, the partnership between the hospitals in Haywood, Jackson and Swain counties that was forged three years ago. • Then there’s the local governing board of Haywood Regional Medical Center, which has some semblance of autonomy despite its

“It seems to be moving. We were really glad to get that authority,” said Casey Cooper, CEO of the Cherokee Indian Hospital. Because the hospital is still negotiating its contract with Robins & Morton, a more exact cost estimate for the project isn’t yet known. But “We are going to build a hospital within that budget,” Cooper said. A multidisciplinary panel ranked each company and then invited the top four for in-person interviews, Cooper said Other multi-million dollar tribal projects, including a second casino in Murphy and an adventure park near downtown Cherokee, have become targets for people who say the tribe is over-extending itself financially. However, the hospital project has been spared backlash from enrolled members given its direct impact on improving and expanding health care on the reservation. “There is not a greater priority for the tribe than to

collaboration under MedWest. • But veto power — up or down — ultimately rests with the Haywood County commissioners. Haywood Regional Medical Center is a publicly-governed hospital, established by the county more than 80 years ago. Somewhere in there, Carolinas HealthCare System would have to agree to release MedWest from its long-term management contract. The trio of MedWest hospitals pays Carolinas, a network of 32 hospitals, to manage them, providing operational oversight, consulting services and expertise. A couple of speakers spoke poorly of Carolinas and accused them of making things worse, not better, since they took the helm. Hospital officials are not saying how many suitors they may have, who those suitors are or what the offers look like, citing confidential and sensitive business negotiations. With such limited information to go by, however, comments at the hearing were general and hypothetical. Before signing on the dotted line, however, the hospital will have to eventually share more details with the public. As a publiclycontrolled hospital, MedWest-Haywood will be obligated under state statute to disclose the top three proposals it received. After that, a second public hearing will be held, allowing for far more substantive input. The elephant in the room during the hearing was whether Mission Hospital in Asheville is among the contenders. Mission tried to partner with Haywood four years ago, but Haywood’s medical community feared it would be overshadowed by Mission and hospital leaders heeded their wishes and declined. That’s still a concern for some. “We don’t want to be consumed by anybody. We want a friendly partnership,” said LaNae McCracken, a retired nurse who warned against an alliance with Mission. But as Haywood faces ever-increasing competition from Mission, it may make more sense to join Mission’s growing network of hospitals in Western North Carolina. “I would implore you to keep an open mind and consider all the options, including even Mission,” Jerry Case told the hospital board. “I have nothing against Mission. It offers what appears to be a very good business operation. We could stand that here.”

build a health system for its people,” Cooper said. The new hospital will be nearly double the size of the current hospital, allowing the Eastern Band to offer additional medical services in-house and expand its office and waiting spaces. The waiting areas in the pharmacy and dentist’s office are particularly tiny. “It is so small that we feel the community deserves much, much more,” Cooper said. “We believe it is beginning to hinder the ability to enhance our mission” — to improve the health of enrolled members. Even with the expansion, however, the tribe will not be able to provide all the medical services people need, from childbirth to heart surgery, because there is not enough demand to support specialized doctors in those fields. Instead, health care providers will focus on Cherokee’s strengths, including primary care and disease control. “Unless you have enough demand in your community to do things frequently and become really, really good at it, then you shouldn’t do it,” Cooper said.



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BY CAITLIN BOWLING STAFF WRITER here’s only one feasible option for what to do with the abandon Haywood Department of Social Services building: turn it into apartments. The rundown, four-story brick office building was originally built as a hospital in the 1940s. It most recently housed DSS offices, but has been empty for nearly two years. The county would like to sell it, but so far interested buyers haven’t been forthcoming, most likely daunted by the massive renovations necessary to turn the old space into something marketable. So Haywood County, the town of Waynesville and the Haywood Advancement Foundation together commissioned the University of North Carolina School of Government to evaluate and recommend redevelopment options for the aging building, which affects both the county and town. “That building impacts us both greatly,� said Waynesville Alderman Wells Greeley. Findings from the study were presented at a joint meeting of county and town leaders on Monday. The study evaluated turning the hospital into a small business incubator or hotel but neither was deemed a good use of the space — either because of lack of demand or financing options. So instead, the consultants focused on housing. Similar old buildings in North Carolina, including a historic hospital in Gastonia and one in Lexington, have been transformed into some type of housing. The old hospitals historic status could play in Haywood County’s favor when marketing the structure to developers, or eventually to residents. “The sales point would be the historic nature of it,� said Haywood Commissioner Kevin Ensley. One of the leading options is affordable, low-income apartments, which could qualify for a generous tax credit as an incentive to developers. However, Haywood County officials have been down the affordable housing road before. A company that specializes in lowincome senior housing around the state offered to buy the old hospital for about $1.3 million. But the deal was contingent on getting sizeable state tax credits to offset the upfront cost of renovations. The plan fell through when the building didn’t qualify for the tax credits because it wasn’t within walking distance of a grocery story. “The primary reason this project failed is because of a low site score,� said Jordan Jones, a community revitalization fellow at

Development Finance Initiative at the UNC School of Government. Since then, the criteria of how close a site must be to a grocery store has changed, and the building would now qualify for the credits after all. The county would just need to find a developer willing to take on the project once more. However, the low-income tax credit is a competitive process, and the application deadline is only four months away. Still, the analysis concluded that a 54 unit affordable housing project was a top contender. “We recommend that the county go ahead and move forward quickly on this,� Jones said referring to the tax credit application process. Waiting for the low-income tax credit approval could take 14 to 18 months. Instead of low-income apartments, the building could be converted into a regular apartment complex catering to the growing number of 20- to 34-year-olds in Waynesville. During the next decade, the town’s 20 to 34 age group is expected to increase by 15 percent, or 1,262 people, according to the N.C. Office of State Budget and Management. A large, 54-unit apartment complex would give them somewhere to live. “This would be a very niche project,� Jones said. However, it would likely require the county to make use of the basement, such as leasing it to a business, and some money put forth by taxpayers. “Some level of public involvement will be needed,� Jones said. If converted into regular apartments instead of low-income ones, the tax credits would not be nearly as substantial — about $2 million as opposed to $6 million. That means a bigger upfront expense for developers, making it potentially cost prohibitive unless there was public funding from another source. Commissioner Mike Sorrells indicated support for the apartment idea, saying that it might be the better option. “The affordable housing is probably going to be the harder one to take to fruition,� Sorrells said. Despite having to put forward its own capital, Commission Chair Mark Swanger said the county couldn’t let that get in the way. Otherwise years down the road, the old hospital will become a painful eyesore. “That is not something I want to see,� Swanger said. Still, Swanger wanted to digest all the information for a few days before coming to a final decision on how to go forward. As the commissioners know, it could prove difficult to find anyone willing to purchase the old hospital, but pending a decision from the county, the School of Government is ready to put out some feelers. “It is hard to know unless you put it out to the market,� said William Lambe, director of UNC’s Community and Economic Development Program. “We could test those waters.�


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Curtain call: Waynesville welcomes revival of the Strand theater

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Rodney and Lorraine Conard, pictured with their 4-month-old baby Della, have spent two years renovating The Strand at 38 Main in downtown Waynesville, with a soft opening slated for September. The Strand’s exposed architectural elements give it an intentional speakeasy feel (below). Becky Johnson photo.

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BY B ECKY JOHNSON STAFF WRITER hen Rodney and Lorraine Conard took the keys to the shuttered Strand movie theater two years ago, the hulking shell was like a blank canvas full of promise — a tad dusty, worn and tattered, but it was loved once and surely could win Waynesville’s heart again. The young couple envisioned a boutique cinema screening indie movies, perhaps a dessert and coffee lounge, or an intimate live performance venue — maybe all of the above. “We wanted to build up the local nightlife scene. There wasn’t much in the way of night life in Haywood County unless you want to just go to a bar,” said Lorraine Conard, a local singer-songwriter with a sizeable following. The possibilities came with an immense responsibility though. The Strand, after all, was a community icon in its day. “I saw a lot of cowboy movies here,” said Nick DePaolo, recalling his 1950s childhood when downtown Waynesville had two fullsize movie theaters. But the silver screen inside The Strand went dark in the late 1970s. The community has been waiting and longing for someone to resurrect it ever since. “I think Waynesville is becoming an incredibly exciting, active art community, and you can’t have too many venues for that,” said DePaolo, an artist in Waynesville. Ever since the Conards bought the build8


ing out of foreclosure for $182,000 in fall 2011, there’s been a steady buzz of contractors and work crews coming and going. Finally, after two years of peering through tiny gaps in the plywood and paper that covered the windows and doors, the waiting and wondering over what was happening inside will soon be over. The doors will be opened to the community next month with a diverse line-up of evening movies to start with and live shows to soon follow— adding another notch to the belt of Waynesville’s growing nightlife scene. A handful of new establishments have stepped up to the plate to fill the nightlife void in Waynesville over the past couple of years, but most of the time, bands or musicians are squeezed into a corner of the bar — not truly taking center stage. Lorraine has played plenty of those gigs herself. Bars lucky enough to get her on the playbill could count on packing the house. “There are some lovely bars, but if you want to do something other than go to a bar or restaurant, there wasn’t a lot to do,” Lorraine said. Richard Miller, owner of the Classic Wineseller, debuted a regular new perform-

Whether it will help downtown as a whole remains to be seen, however. “Will it help downtown? That will be up to the merchants if they decide to stay open later,” said Miller. “But we have to start somewhere, so the more activity we have after six o’clock the more likely downtown is going to be open after six.” A champion of downtown Waynesville, Miller once contemplated buying The Strand himself to revive it. He envisioned a full-size movie house that served pizza and beer. But the business plan was based on a hunch: the hope that enough people would buy tickets, drinks and food to pay off the cost of buying and renovating the space. Ultimately, he couldn’t round up enough investors to take on the risk. The Conards are convinced the demand is there, however. “There is absolutely the population to support it. Right now, a lot of people just drive to Asheville if they want to go out,” Lorraine said. There’s another challenge these days, however. People are too easily tempted to just stay home, sequestered in their own living rooms. “We have become very disconnected as individuals with our own TV sets where we can just stay at home and you don’t have engage with the community,” Lorraine said. But maybe the revival of The Strand can tease them out of the house and bring them downtown. “It is the experience — it is something fun you can go and do,” Lorraine said. Still, it costs $250 for the rights to screen a movie for the weekend. Throw in electricity, salaries, insurance, cleaning and various overhead — it’ll take a lot of $6 tickets just to even break even any given night, let alone paying off the huge investment made in the building. “We are kind of crazy for doing this,” Lorraine said. “It really matters that people show up because that is the only way it is going to work. By showing up, they are helping create this space for the community.” Buffy Phillips, director of the Downtown Waynesville Association, said The Strand’s façade improvements on Wall Street have transformed its appearance. Historically a rear alley, Wall Street is flanked by the utilitarian backside of buildings. But over the past decade, more merchants are putting entrances on Wall Street, and The Strand has given a huge boost to that effort. “There’s nowhere to go but up on Wall Street. There is a good future happening back there,” Phillips said.

WORK IN PROGRESS ance space in downtown Waynesville last year following expansive remodeling of his wine bar and restaurant. His Friday night jazz series and other weekend music acts regularly attract a full house, proof of the pentup demand for nightlife options. “Personally, I don’t mind competition. The more people that come downtown, the more people that will see me and come the next week,” Miller said.

The blank canvas the Conards took on two years ago took far longer to become a masterpiece than they hoped. The building was a shell lacking even the basics of water, electricity and air. As with any major renovation of an old building, challenges lurked behind every wall. “Unforeseen circumstances,” as Rodney called them. Rodney, 38, and Lorraine, 34, also had their first baby this summer, and the couple is now juggling the soft opening of their the-

and say ‘Here is what it is.’ We want the whole community to be involved.” Nights that don’t have movies or shows on the docket, the theater space can be rented by groups and clubs to hold their own programs. The important pieces, however, are in place. A projector and a $60,000 sound system that Rodney calls the “best sound system in Western North Carolina.” The Conards also plan on a lot coming together in the home stretch to opening night. DePaolo is making sure the walls in the lobby don’t stay blank. An artist with a penchant for drawing cowboy heroes, DePaolo will hang an installation of his Americana art. It’s a full circle moment for him. He used to stand in the lobby of the old Strand, gazing at the movie posters that covered the wall “trying to figure out how to draw them,” he said. Now, his own art of Roy Rogers will hang on those very walls. “I never would have thought it in my wildest dreams,” DePaolo said.

Coming soon to The Strand at 38 Main Movies will be screened three weekends in September for the soft opening of The Strand at 38 Main, an 80-seat boutique theater in downtown Waynesville. Sept. 6-7 is the Goonies; Sept. 13-14 is American Graffiti; Sept. 20-21 is Casablanca. Show time is 7 p.m. Adults are $6; kids under 12 are $4. 828.283.0079 or Stay tuned to the Arts and Entertainment section of the paper to keep up with more movies and live performances on the docket.

BEHIND THE SCENE Lorraine describes the ambiance inside The Strand at 38 Main as a “speakeasy” feel. To some, a restored 1950s boutique theater may scream for period décor, a glass chandelier and red velvet curtains. But the Conards went the opposite direction, going for the rustic-industrial look. Their renovations were aimed at stripping back and exposing the original raw elements of the building, from giant steel I-

The Conards have cordoned off part of the Strand building for their family business that refurbishes and distributes handheld barcode readers. Becky Johnson photo

beams to the underside of barrel-shaped roof trusses to remnants of the original paint job on concrete walls. There is a secret ingredient that’s allowed the Conards to pull off their theater undertaking: thousands of used, handheld barcode readers. A niche business if there ever was one, the Conards’ day job is running an electronics distribution company called Broken Media along with Lorraine’s brother and his wife. They buy up old bar code readers from defunct retailers, refurbish them and resell them. The growing company was on the prowl for warehouse space for their massive inventory a couple of years ago when happenstance, divine intervention or a little of both led the Conards to The Strands’ doorstep. It would have been far simpler — and far cheaper — to forgo the theater entirely and use the whole building for their business operations. But they couldn’t pass up the once-in-alifetime chance to resurrect The Strand and were instantly determined to do both. Hidden behind the cordoned off theater space are rows of industrial shelving reaching two-stories high. If you swivel around in your seat, you’re likely to spy stacks of cardboard boxes peaking up from the other side of the wall. This dual use for the Strand building is the key financial underwriter behind the theater’s comeback — and is ultimately part of its ambiance and character. “We aren’t disguising that. We are embracing it,” Lorraine said. “It adds to the speakeasy feeling.”

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ater with 4-month-old Della in tow. Last Friday afternoon, with the debut of their first movie night just two weeks away, Lorraine and Rodney still faced a daunting to-do list. A concession stand was nonexistent aside from a lone popcorn machine in the corner. They don’t have their beer and wine permit yet. The lobby walls were bare, save a homemade sign with the single word “Theater” and an arrow pointing the way in. Once down the hall and inside the theater, cardboard boxes were piled up on stage. And they still weren’t quite sure who was going to take tickets or run the projector yet. They are looking for volunteers to help in exchange for free admission. But after the renovations the Conards have tackled the past two years, those are drop-in-the-bucket details. So why wait, they decided. The Conards are ready to put the theater to use. They also want to get the community plugged in sooner rather than later to round out whatever final form the gathering place will ultimately take on. “The community is a very real part of building this. We can’t do it ourselves. It is very much a community project,” Lorraine said. “It is all the community. That is very important to us. We don’t want to come in

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While the town hall in Cherokee was orderly for the most part, the only major back and forth came during the second question of the night. If the Affordable Care Act is repealed, what recourse will uninsured North Carolina residents have? “We will have to replace that,” Meadows said, but with a better system. Right now the full effects — both negative and positive — of the health care law commonly known as Obamacare are unknown. Meadows said that even under the Affordable Care Act some Americans would remain uninsured. “Even under Obamacare, 31 million people will not be covered,” he said, citing new


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estimates from the Congressional Budget Office, which provides a nonpartisan look at the effects of legislation. According to a budget office report, the Affordable Care Act will reduce the number of uninsured by 25 million through Medicaid expansion and health insurance exchanges, but another 31 million will still not carry health insurance. In many cases, Meadows said, people will still not purchase health insurance even though it is mandatory under the law. He contended that a healthy 30-year-old would likely pay the $95 penalty imposed by the federal government on those without insurance rather than pay a $300 a month premium for health care. Meadows also said that some companies are cutting back the hours of workers so they qualify as part-time. Employers are only required to provide health insurance to fulltime employees A woman for the audience countered that the government should make it illegal for the businesses to do so and verbally chastised Meadows for not supporting the Affordable Care Act.

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BY CAITLIN BOWLING STAFF WRITER .S. Rep. Mark Meadows, sporting an Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians button, hosted a town hall meeting last Thursday in Cherokee that he said was the “most vocal” he has held in the district. Meadows, R-Cashiers, has made the rounds during the last two weeks, hosting meetings with constituents to answer their questions and field their opinions on various matters. “You want to allow for differences of opinions,” Meadows said. The most popular topics at the town halls have been the Affordable Care Act, immigration and government waste. It was no different at his Cherokee town hall, which Meadows postulated might be the first ever held on the Qualla Boundary. The crowd of about 50 was a mixture of enrolled members of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians and Jackson County residents. The goal of the town halls was to gather as much feedback as possible. “We have tried to be open and transparent and get feedback,” Meadows said. “There have been some good, constructive opinions. We have an open-door policy and truly want to serve you.”


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that the only way to lower gas prices is if the U.S. starts tapping into the oil under its surface. An audience member raised concerns, however, about fracking, a method for extracting natural gas from beneath the surface, and its effects on the environment. Meadows countered that the country could access plenty of natural gas without using the controversial method. “Even without fracking, we probably have a 200-year supply,” Meadows said. The recent uprising in Egypt has put that country in the spotlight, and since Meadows is a member of the U.S. House Foreign Affairs Committee, attendees were curious about his thoughts on the ongoing strife in the African country. Meadows said he is in favor of suspending military aid to Egypt. “To say it was not a coup is ridiculous,” Meadows said. “I am really for cutting it off at this point.” However, Meadows also said he supports the Camp David Accords, a 1970s agreement signed by the U.S., Egypt and Israel that ended a war over the Gaza Strip and sent billions in aid to the two countries. Meadows also fielded questions about education. The U.S. House recently passed a U.S. Rep. Mark Meadows, R-Cashiers, took questions from measure that would roll back the audience in Cherokee on Thursday, Aug. 22, at one of the the No Child Left Behind program and Common Core State town hall meetings he is hosting in the district. Caitlin Bowling photo Standards Initiative, both of which Meadows said did more U.S. Senate that would create a way for mil- harm than good for education. lions of undocumented immigrants currently “We are hopeful that Senate will take it in the country to receive citizenship. It would up,” Meadows said. “I think it will be a good also give money to border security and start thing if it’s implemented.” new visa programs for foreign workers. In 2010 and 2011, individual states adopted a similar curriculum for its schools that students a consistent education. NERGY GYPT gave“Itallcame down to governors who said this is a great common core of curriculum,” AND EDUCATION Meadows said. But, things went awry when Jackson County resident Jim Mueller the federal government decided to attach asked Meadows why the president has done money to the program, he added. Instead, the federal government should so little to make the U.S. energy independent. While Meadows said he wouldn’t pretend to have allowed school superintendents to make know Obama’s reasoning, he asserted his own education decisions based on what is best for support for drilling in the U.S., calling the coun- the students instead of being influenced by try “the Saudi Arabia of natural gas.” He said the possibility of funding. Meadows took a moment to point out a man, a constituent, in the audience who had legally immigrated to the U.S. and put in countless hours to do so. “I don’t oppose immigration,” Meadows said. “I just don’t want a special pathway to citizenship. … I think it cheapens the process they go through.” The congressman added that he does not support the immigration bill put forth in the



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BY ANDREW KASPER STAFF WRITER ackson County has extended the application deadline for a new economic development director after the first round failed to attract a large pool of applicants from Western North Carolina. “Basically we sent out another advertisement,” said County Manager Chuck Wooten. “Just to make sure we covered the region and to make sure they knew we were advertising.” The county has been without someone at the helm of its economic policy development for about five years, when the previous director resigned. The economic development commission ceased to exist as well. But the county has begun to slowly put back together the pieces, officially dissolving the defunct economic development commission last winter and creating a new one in the spring dubbed the Business and Industry Advisory Committee. In July, the county began accepting applications for the director position. When the window closed in early August, the mix of nearly 20 applicants wasn’t what the county wanted — nearly all were from outside the region — so officials opened it up again. “We didn’t have many regional applicants in the pool,” Wooten said. “One of the things we’re hoping to not have to spend a lot of time training someone in is what this region has to offer.” The final pool contains about 25 applicants, a handful from Jackson County and others applying from Florida, Virginia and other parts of the state. This week, the search committee is meeting to begin interviewing finalists. “There are some good qualified people in there so we’re ready to move forward now,” Wooten said. The minimum starting salary is set a $51,000 per year, but the actual salary for the director could be a lot higher depending on what he or she can offer. Nonetheless, Wooten hopes the investment pays off for the county in the long run. By the end of September, Wooten hopes to have the position filled. Once the director is chosen, the advisory committee will start meeting regularly to help develop an economic strategy for the county. One of the first tasks, he says, will be creating a database of the counties assets, strong points and infrastructure to court potential businesses looking to move in. “As people are looking at Jackson County, we can show them what we have 12 to offer,” Wooten said.

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Appalachian Women’s Museum finally gets Monteith House BY ANDREW KASPER STAFF WRITER The Appalachian Women’s Museum finally has a home to call its own. Dillsboro town council members agreed Monday to lease a section of the historic Monteith farmstead to the organization, whose members have sought a brick and mortar place to honor the feats of Appalachian women. While the town manages the lion’s share of the 16-acre Monteith tract, whose primary use is a public recreation area, the non-profit organization will assume responsibility for a four-acre section, including a barn and a farmhouse that will serve as the center of the museum. “To gather, preserve and share the stories of women of southern Appalachia,” said Tim Osment, president of the Appalachian Women’s Museum, reciting the organization’s mission statement. However, even he acknowledged that to carry out the lofty purpose the organization still has some work to do and is in its beginning stages of planning. “What the actual museum is going to look like is really yet to be determined,” he said. Years spent in on-againoff-again talks with the town over the Monteith farmstead have put a damper on the organization’s progress. Since the town bought the Monteith property in 2001, the location has been identified as an ideal spot for a women’s museum. Yet, getting town officials and the organization to come to a consensus and turn over the site to the Appalachian Women’s Museum has been a painstaking process, with town officials citing concerns about accountability and guarantees that the space would be put to proper use. A previous attempt to strike a deal failed in 2010. The latest round of negotiations began at the first of the year and was finalized this week. Ultimately, the degradation of the property pushed officials over the edge. “We want to do this, but Dillsboro needs us to do this,” Osment said. “They don’t have

the resources to restore it and preserve it.” This week, council members were able to agree with the museum organizers on a contract that gives the group five years to get the restoration work underway. The cost of the lease is $1 per year, plus the nonprofit group will foot all the expenses of upkeep and repairs. If the first lease goes well, the museum is entitled to take ownership of the farmhouse and extend its lease on the adjacent property for 30 years. The freshly inked deal was a longtime coming, said Dillsboro Mayor Mike

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is it just sitting there?” Fitzgerald said. “If you had any house in your town that was an eyesore, you’d want to do something about it.” However, there’s a lot to be done in those first years of the lease to get the museum in shape, Osment said. He estimates between $300,000 and $400,000 in restoration work needs to be done to the three-story house to make it exhibition worthy. The property dates back to the early 1900s and is on the National Register of Historic Places. While the inside is supposedly in good condition, the outside structure is showing its age. “The outside looks very rough,” Osment said. “But when you go inside it’s beautiful.” The first year, though, Osment said progress may be slow as the organization devotes its efforts primarily to fundraising. Over the years, the Appalachian Women’s Museum has had difficulty soliciting grants and donations without a museum and clear plan of action. After the deal with Dillsboro was finalized on Monday, Osment expects all that to change. The Monteith farmstead will be the site of the “We didn’t have a Appalachian Women’s Museum. Donated photo defined mission because we didn’t know if we would get Fitzgerald, who has served with the town the house or not,” Osment said. “Now we can throughout years of negotiations with the go to people and say this is the house we want museum. to restore.” “It’ll just be good to get it going,” he said. Osment has a history degree from “We’d just like to have a nice looking house Western Carolina University and has worked that’s open to the public.” with a variety of state and local historical Striking a deal was just a matter of getting groups. He said the first, and only, the right players in the right places and arrivAppalachian Women’s Museum will garner ing at a consensus, he said. support from the historical community. He With the museum agreement in place, expects organizers to be able to draw from Fitzgerald sees the potential for more than government grants and resources from unihistory exhibits and has asked the museum versities with women’s studies programs. organizers to provide space for community Just as important, though, the project has organizations to host meetings and other stirred interest in the local community. events. “There is no Appalachian women’s museBut whatever becomes of the house, it um in the country — that is what is generatshould be better than the path of slow decay it ing a lot of interest outside of Jackson is on now, he said. County,” Osment said. “Within Jackson “It looks more like a haunted house, and it County, they’re saying ‘Oh great, you’re sits there year after year and you wonder why restoring that neat house down there.’”

accepted. Distribution day for Coats for Kids will be held 9 a.m. until noon, Saturday, Oct. 5 at the Sylva First Presbyterian Church. Children will need to be present to receive items. Money donations are also accepted and volunteers are needed.

BY ANDREW KASPER STAFF WRITER ackson County commissioners turned down a start-up Internet provider asking for a $1 million economic development loan to bring high-speed internet to rural areas. County leaders have publicly lamented the lack high-speed Internet service in rural areas and have partnered with the N.C. Department of Commerce to conduct a survey of unmet demand. But they were ultimately unwilling to extend an economic development loan to Vistanet, questioning whether the business venture would meet the job-creation criteria to qualify for such a large sum. Vistanet, which recently launched wireless high-speed Internet service in parts of Haywood County, wants to expand into Jackson County. The company beams an Internet signal from towers, considered a more cost-effective way of reaching rural areas where there’s otherwise not enough customers per mile to justify the cost of running fiber, cable of DSL infrastructure. Still, Vistanet CEO Andrea Robel said the loan was needed to cover the upfront cost of the equipment.


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She took her request this month to the county commissioners, who double as the county’s revolving loan committee. Commissioners denied the application last week. The seven jobs Robel said she would create fall far short of the job-creation criteria for that size loan — seven jobs would technically only be eligible for a loan of $70,000. Robel’s request, if it had been granted, would have been be the largest loan the county has ever given from its revolving fund. Moreover, the county only has $500,000 currently available in the fund. “I don’t want to speak for the commissioners,” Jackson County Manager Chuck Wooten said. “I just think she’s got a difficult story to convince commissioners to invest that kind of money.” The last time the county granted an economic development loan to an Internet service provider, the company defaulted. The county was handed the title to a network of fiber lines along with a wireless Internet tower that had been put up as collateral for the loan. The equipment was sold off for a fraction of its worth, meaning the county did not recoup what it had extended to the company.


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BY CAITLIN BOWLING STAFF WRITER group of veterans in Haywood County lodged a formal complaint claiming that the hiring process of the county’s veterans service officer was discriminatory. The complaint states that one of the candidates was asked about their disability during their job interview in violation of Federal Equal Employment Opportunity laws. About a dozen veterans appeared at a county commissioners meeting last week to show their displeasure. “Part of the reason why we got together is because we had concerns with how this process went down,” said Mark Schuler, a state liaison whose job is helping Haywood veterans find work. “Part of that process is unlawful. That is what we are saying.” Roy Pressley, who was on the interview panel, agreed that one of the applicants was questioned about their disability. However, Pressley asserted the subject came up naturally in the course of conversation and had no bearing on the panel’s final recommendation for veterans services office. “I remember someone was asked that question, but I didn’t think it was out of context of the questions being asked at that time,” Pressley said. “That had no bearing on me or anyone on the panel.” While the veterans services officer is a county employee, a four-person ad-hoc committee was invited to participate in the inter-


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Disability discrimination alleged in hiring of county veteran’s officer view and selection process. The veteran’s service officer serves as a resource and advocate for veterans in the county, particularly in applying for myriad veterans benefits and sorting out issues that may arise, so it seemed worthwhile to get insight from a group of veterans on who they felt would do well in that role. About a dozen applicants responded to the job opening initially. Six came before the committee for an interview. “We looked at the best person for that position,” Pressley said. Following a full day of interviews, the committee narrowed the pack to two. County Manager Marty Stamey made the final hiring decision from those two. The job went to Stephen Allred of Canton, who will start next week. Allred served in the U.S. Army and is a captain in the Tennessee Army National Guard. He is replacing Brandon Wilson, who transferred to the North Carolina Division of Veterans Affairs in Canton. The matter came to Schuler’s and other veterans’ attention after the applicant who was questioned about their disability voiced concerns. Schuler said he feels it is his responsibility to help. “We have to support each other when we feel someone else’s rights, especially a veteran’s rights, have been violated,” he said. Schuler declined to name any of the applicants involved.

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a veteran himself. Pressley dismissed the complaints as coming from a minority rather than the majority of veterans. “We hired the best person for the position,” Pressley said. The complaint is not a vendetta against Allred, Schuler said, adding that he holds no particular opinion of the new veterans services officer. Schuler said the grievances only pertain to the process. However, Schuler also argued that if the committee did violate Equal Employment Opportunity laws, then its decision would not be legal either. “Since the process was unlawful, then the selection — no matter who was selected under this process — was unlawful,” Schuler said. The complaint presented to county commissioners by veterans also criticized new education requirements for the position, accusing the county of intentionally altering the standards to disqualify the assistant Haywood County veterans services officer “who we believe was the most qualified candidate,” it reads. Previously, the veterans services officer only needed a high school diploma. However, this time around, the job description required a bachelor’s degree. “The more educated person you have in a position such as this the better,” Pressley said.



“We are not prepared to go public with any names at this point,” Schuler said. “We are going to let the commissioners do their thing.” The county released a statement saying it will investigate the allegation. “The county takes all matters regarding the integrity of our personnel practices very seriously. Haywood County also has a long history of honoring and serving our veterans and takes any questions related to these services very seriously,” the statement reads. County Attorney Chip Killian said he was unsure how long the investigation would take and declined to say what might happen if it turns out laws were violated. “I just can’t say. It’s just too speculative,” Killian said. Haywood County Commissioner Chair Mark Swanger also declined to comment until the inquiry concluded. “I don’t really have a comment until the results of the investigation are presented to us. I don’t want to prejudge anything,” said Swanger. The complaints of misconduct by the hiring committee never reached Pressley until he was contacted for comment. Pressley said the malcontents were only upset that their friend wasn’t chosen to fill the position. “People are taking this way out of context. They were displeased because their friends were not hired,” said Pressley, who is

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BY CAITLIN BOWLING STAFF WRITER hile political candidates are usually quick to point out their differences, this election season Maggie Valley residents are calling on them to come together. For nearly a year, the Maggie town board has been mired in a logjam — the four town representatives locked in two-to-two stalemate on issue after issue — and Maggie residents are fed up. “The people who live here are exasperated,” said Mandy Hartline, owner of Stony Creek Motel. “If a good idea is brought up by two, then the other two are against it no matter what. It’s almost like kids in the playground.” The town boards are supposed to have an odd number, preventing tie-votes and standoffs like the ones witnessed in Maggie. But a seat became vacant a year ago when long time Alderman Phil Aldridge moved away. The remaining board members couldn’t agree on who to name as a replacement, so the seat has been vacant all this time. With a town election around the corner in November, residents hope the divisiveness will end, one way or another. Voters will elect someone to the empty seat, and a majority will finally be had — either on the side of Aldermen Mike Matthews and Phillip Wight or Alderwoman Saralyn Price and Mayor Ron DeSimone, assuming that Matthews and Price keep their seats in the election. “I feel like a majority view, no matter what point of view it is, is better than a stalemate all the time,” said lifelong Maggie resident Beverly Ketner. The current board was elected two years ago with the hope that Maggie would move forward after years of a ruling “good ole boy” system. Past boards were accused of making decisions to benefit their friends rather than all of Maggie. However, some residents feel that is still the case — only now it’s a different “in-group” on the receiving end of favors. “If they don’t start making decisions for everybody, you know, the whole group instead of friends, then I feel like we are definitely not going to go anywhere,” said former Alderman Colin Edwards, who resigned after being fed up by town politics. “When you are put on a board, you are supposed to work together. You’ve got to make the best decision for everybody.” Edwards said different groups of people in the valley have always been at odds, but he hopes that will change. “It’s been like this ever since I was young, but it’s time for change,” Edwards said. “I think there are some good candidates running. Then there are some, I hope and pray they don’t get elected.” Edwards, who now lives outside the town limits, declined to say which candidates he preferred. Ketner became so frustrated with the 16

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development, who has business sense,” Johnson said, adding that she doesn’t want an alderman with a questionable history. “I want someone who can stand having a background check and a criminal check and financial check.” Business owner Hartline said her top consideration is business sense, and she already knows which alderman candidate fits that profile for her.


Since former Maggie Valley Alderman Phil Aldridge (third from the left) resigned last September, the Maggie Valley Board of Alderman has been divisive, split two to two. However, town residents hope that will change after the election this November. Caitlin Bowling photo

Maggie Valley candidates In Maggie Valley, three of the five seats are up for election. Two of the seats are held by Mike Matthews and Saralyn Price, who are both running for reelection, along with challengers Billy Case, a Realtor; Mike Eveland, manager of the Maggie Valley Inn; and Steve Hurley, owner of Hurley’s Creekside Dining and Rhum Bar. The third seat is vacant, with two years left in the term. Three candidates — Janet Banks, retired nurse practioner and nursing school professor; Joe Maniscalco, retired police officer; and Charlie Meadows, owner of Charlie’s Wing House — are running for the empty seat. goings-on in town hall that she stopped attending board meetings. Like Edwards, she wants aldermen who consider the whole valley rather than just the business-interests lining Soco Road. “I am thinking 60 percent of the people who live in the valley are not business owners. I am looking for someone who is for the total valley, not just the businesses,” Ketner said. Ketner said she would also like someone who is open-minded and willing to work through disputes.

BUILDING BUSINESSES In addition to compromise and cooperation, one of the top issues weighing on Maggie voters’ minds is the economic climate. Jo Pinter, a resident and Realtor, said she wants the town to ease up on business regulations since they are still struggling. “They need to be a little more lenient this time because the commercial people are having a hard time,” Pinter said. “If you have places boarded up in the commercial zone, it is going to hurt the residential zone.” It is about a balance, Pinter said. Residents need to appreciate the motorcyclists who feed the economy, for example, but the motorcycling tourists also need to respect that people live nearby and don’t want to hear a lot of noise after 10 or 11 p.m. Pinter doesn’t know whom she will vote

for yet. “I am kind of going to wait and see what stand they take,” she said. Meanwhile, fellow resident June Johnson said she wants town hall to expand its business horizon and not focus all its time and energy on lodging accommodations. “I don’t just think, I know that what must be done is broad-based economic development,” Johnson said. “Our town officials have become focused on getting heads in the beds.” The valley can’t survive as it did in the past, catering to blue-collar families taking week-long vacations to the mountains every summer. The tourist demographic that once fueled Maggie’s economy simply doesn’t exist anymore given the massive loss of furniture and textile jobs in the eastern part of the state — demanding Maggie adopt a new strategy. Maggie also can’t place all its hopes on the resurrection of Ghost Town, an amusement park that was once the tourism king-pen in the valley, she said. “All you have to see is what Dolly is doing over in Dollywood right now,” Johnson said, referring to the $300 million planned expansion of the Tennessee amusement park. For Johnson, and other Maggie voters, the preferred candidate is interested in expanding the valley’s business portfolio. “The candidate has got to be someone who is knowledgeable about broad-based economic

While much of the focus is on who will snag the board’s vacant seat — Janet Banks, part-time resident Joe Maniscalco or business owner Charlie Meadows — two seats are also up for reelection, and there is no guarantee that the incumbents will be the victors. Challenging Matthews and Price are Billy Case, Mike Eveland and Steve Hurley. Should one knock out Matthews or one beat out Price for votes, the board could flip from two against two to four against one. Depending on the outcome of the election, “It could turn much worse or it could turn much better,” said Mayor Ron DeSimone, who is not up for reelection. “It is a very crucial election for Maggie Valley.” DeSimone has become the main target for the other side to lob its vitriol at, claiming that he is the reason Maggie is stuck in neutral. “There are only a few issues separating us. We aren’t far from working together now,” said Alderman Phillip Wight. “The only person that has held up everything has been the mayor himself.” Not to say that DeSimone and those on his side of the fence haven’t done their share of mud slinging as well. “Phillip Wight thinks that compromise is a sign of weakness,” Johnson said. “He doesn’t represent the rest of us.” For many, the problem is not that the board of aldermen don’t see eye-to-eye, it’s that they cannot compromise and find a mutually agreeable solution. “It is not the disagreement that matters. It is the inability to be flexible to reach an agreement,” DeSimone said. Maggie residents have to decide if they want five people with five different points of view that can do what’s best for Maggie or five people with the same views, he said. “I think that is the question out before the town,” DeSimone said. However, for Wight, the question is different. Do residents want progress or regress? “If they want to roll back to eight o’clock noise ordinance and more taxes and behindthe-door-meetings, then they know who to vote for,” Wight said. “It’s a clear choice. Which direction do you want to take the town?” To help keep the candidates she finds undesirable out of town hall, Johnson said residents, who have in the past thrown their hands up in frustration, will need to rally and vote this November. “What we need to do is get the residents who’ve just given up,” Johnson said. “We have got to reengage them.” She added that much of Maggie still gets along despite the town board’s infighting. “The community is still out there that is still vibrant and cohesive, but it’s not apart of town hall,” Johnson said.

BY ANDREW KASPER STAFF WRITER onstruction could start in September on a paved 1.2-mile section of greenway along the Tucksegee River in Cullowhee. The county awarded a $300,000 contract to a construction company to start work. It could be ready by spring. WNC Paving submitted the lowest project bid, beating out three other companies to win the job. The cost was lower than the county thought it would be. However, Jackson County Planning Director Gerald Green wasn’t too optimistic that the surplus would last. Money saved on the greenway construction could get eaten up by the other component of the project, a bridge over the river. The greenway is on the opposite bank from the parking area at one end. The bridge has not yet been bid out, but could cost $600,000 to $800,000. “We’ll probably be right at budget by the time


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Trail official worries new cell tower will mar views BY ANDREW KASPER STAFF WRITER communications tower in Macon County is expected to bring better wireless phone coverage to a remote region but has environmentalists concerned over its visibility from the Appalachian Trail. The tower in question is slated for the Rainbow Springs area of the county, just north of U.S. 64 and a little more than a mile west of the Appalachian Trail. Site work has already begun and should be completed in a matter of months. Once complete — at 170 feet tall atop a knoll — the tower will likely be visible along five miles or so of the national scenic trail and from Silers Bald, a popular outlook accessible via the AT. “Any towers that stick up are unnatural looking,” said Morgan Sommerville, southern regional director for the Appalachian Trail Conservancy. The sight of a communications tower can disrupt the landscape and act as a stark reminder to the backpacker or day hiker trying to escape into the woods that civilization is not far. Sommerville acknowledged that there was no way to stop the tide of telecommunication towers cropping up across the mountain landscape, but what troubles him is the lack of outreach by local governments when it comes to new towers. Macon County commissioners approved the Rainbow Springs tower in July, but the ATC and local hiking clubs didn’t catch wind of the development until after the fact. “We’d like to know about it and have an opportunity to comment,” Sommerville said. The protocol of using local newspapers and local government websites to advertise proposed telecommunications towers poses a problem for the ATC. The winding trail traverses more than 2,000 miles of territory and countless local jurisdictions, making it hard to keep tabs on everything that might affect the trail. Sommerville was hoping commissioners, especially those governing a county like Macon with a little less than 50 miles of the trail, would seek his input. The county seat, Franklin, is also an official Appalachian Trail Community, a designation the ATC gives to trail towns. “A lot of times these notices are very obscure in a local newspaper at some time,” Sommerville said. “It’s pretty easy to miss.” A similar situation recently took place in Tennessee, north of the AT at Sams Gap, where a tower was approved and constructed without input form the ATC. “Again we heard about it after the fact,” Sommerville said. In Macon County, the ATC had Bill Van Horn, a member of the Nantahala Hiking Club, speak to the commissioners in August, a month after they had unanimously approved the tower. He asked them to con-


sider better notification in the future for organizations like the ATC, which has its regional headquarters in Asheville. He also urged commissioners to consider broadening the notification guidelines for properties surrounding towers. The Macon County Telecommunications ordinance requires notification by mail of all property owners adjacent to the site and within a quarter-mile radius. Considering the tower can be viewed beyond a quarter-mile, expanding that requirement might be a good policy. Sommerville said his organization wants to be privy to major happenings within four miles of the trail. In addition to the AT, the Nantahala National Forest lies about a halfmile from where the new tower will be erected. Sommerville and other trail advocates aren’t necessarily gunning to stop construction of a new tower, but to make sure its owners takes steps to reduce its visual impact. “It isn’t a rare occurrence to see a tower

Once complete, the tower will likely be visible along five miles or so of the national scenic trail and from Silers Bald, a popular outlook accessible via the AT. along the trail,” Sommerville said. “We don’t oppose new cell towers, but we urge cell phone companies to be respectful of neighbors — and they can usually do that without great loss of coverage.” What Sommerville fears the most is a brilliant strobe light perched on top a massive tower in plain sight from the trail. Simple measures like setting the tower down off the ridge top, no or subtle red lighting, and a non-illustrative finish can make a world of difference, he said. While the Rainbow Springs tower plans do not call for any lighting, according to County Planning Director Matt Mason, it will be substantial in height. Standing 170 feet tall the tower will be just five feet shorter than the maximum height allowed by Macon County’s regulations. Mason also downplayed the visual impact of the tower. By the ATC’s predictions, the top 80 feet of the tower will be the most visible to hikers, although vegetation will block the line of sight most of the year. “Looking at their map and their data, it could be visible,” Mason said. “But I don’t think it’s going to be the impact that they think it is.” The tower is being built by Pegasus Tower for use by AT&T and other carriers. It is also available for the county to expand its emergency radio communica-


• In Macon County, towers are capped at an absolute height of 175 feet regardless of the tree canopy height. • In Jackson County, towers are capped at an absolute height of 120 feet regardless of the tree canopy height. At their last meeting, Jackson County Planning Board members broached the topic of increasing that maximum height and of eliminating some prohibitions on where new towers can go. “When you put them on a ridge they might look bad but, then again that’s the only place where they can get the best coverage,” Koenig said. “There are tradeoffs there.” Tower heights up to 160 feet — 40 feet taller than the current regulations — are being considered as well as lifting the county’s ban on lattice-type towers with the justificaA telecommunications tower in Haywood County is tion that an open structure easily visible above the forested hills. Andrew Kasper photo is less visibly jarring than a solid monopole. But if taller, more visible towers are permitted, other rules might have to be included that limit spacing between them, Green said. “The planning board said if they do allow them on ridges, they may restrict the number allowed in an area,” Green said. The talks are very preliminary and any recommendation by the planning board would have to come before county commissioners. Nevertheless, with at least two communications companies scoping out tower sites in the county, change could be brewing for local residents when it comes to things like cellular phone service and wireless Internet. The telecommunications giant AT&T of 3,000 feet in elevation and 500 feet above the valley floor — compared to only 2,500 even offered suggestions and a draft ordifeet in elevation and 400 feet above the valley nance of its own as a guideline for the county to use as a template during its revision floor in Jackson. process. “AT&T expressed interest in providing ALLER TOWERS better service to the county here and to be If a tower isn’t going on a protected ridge, able to do that they’ll have to install several the rules stack up like this; towers,” Jackson County Commissioner • In Haywood County, towers are capped Doug Cody said. “And it’s been a while since at 60 feet above the tree canopy. those ordinances have been looked at.”

No Jackson County resident is a stranger to shoddy cellular phone service while traveling through the steep terrain and walled-in coves of the Appalachians. Many can’t even get a signal in their living rooms. But one concerned resident has voiced his opinion on the matter, asking whether a proliferation of tall towers was the solution. Ron Robinson, in an email to the county planning director, said he opposed any more towers visible from the highways and encouraged the county to find creative ways to keep them hidden. He said his own church has a cell phone tower hidden in the steeple. “I’m sure there are many other creative ways to have towers without placing them all on our ridge tops,” he said. The county already had grandfathered in some tall towers on the tops of ridges when the current ordinance was passed in 2008, but since then, Green said the laws have done an effective job of keeping ridges and peaks tower-free. The discussion of the county’s Wireless Telecommunications Facilities Ordinance, as it is officially titled, surfaced due to new laws recently passed at the state level. The state laws reduce the costs for certain telecommunication-related permits and streamline the review process for infrastructure upgrades and equipment additions on existing towers. These are rules local entities have to comply with and integrate into their ordinances. However, it also opened the door for a general discussion of the ordinance and for the Jackson County Planning board to consider other changes. “We’ve got to bring ours in line with the state, it wasn’t just a whim,” said Board Member Joe Ward on why a review of the ordinance had come up. “Of course whatever you’re looking at you might as well do some other little stuff, too.” Any other changes, however, should be brought to county residents first, to give them an opportunity to weigh in, Green said. Also, many questions remain about what the visual impact will be on the county landscape. And if the planning board starts tweaking the ordinance, the consequences of those changes need to be fully explored, Green said. Green stated that the Planning Board will have to balance the level of service provided to county residents with the impact of the telecommunications towers that make this service possible. “There are lots of questions the board will have to answer or address,” Green said “And we need to know what the people who live in the county want.”

tions, if need be. County Commissioner Ron Haven said county personnel have difficulty communicating in Rainbow Springs and residents can’t call on their mobile phones. Haven’s own wife had an unfortunate incident in which her car broke down near Rainbow Springs and she had to hike two miles to get

cell phone reception. “I do know there is a definite need for a tower for safety purposes,” he said. Haven, who is also a fan of the AT and operates a shuttle service and a motel for hikers, said he was unaware of the full extent of the tower’s visibility from the trail when he approved it. A map was created by the ATC

storm on a section of the AT in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. That phone call probably saved his life. “I love the Appalachian Trail, but I want to see the very best for safety too,” Haven said. “I do know hikers who have struggled and been hurting bad and didn’t have cell reception.”




showing its line of sight after the vote was already taken. Nevertheless, he said the tower will benefit hikers too in regards to safety. Being able to phone for help may be a small tradeoff for sacrificing a bit of the view. Last year, a hiker was able to get just enough cell phone coverage to call 911 after being trapped in a snow-

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suade builders from using protected ridges void of vegetation for tower sites and keeps towers from towering over the trees. “In a little bit of a roundabout way it makes them look at locating their towers in a forested area,” Boyd said. However, Boyd said it can be painstaking to take the dozens of tree top measurements necessary to fine the average canopy height needed to determine a tower’s maximum height above the tree line. Yet, as written, Jackson’s tower regulations are by far the most restrictive out of the three counties. On protected ridges in Jackson, towers can only be 20 feet about the tree canopy, compared to 40 in Haywood and Macon. And in Macon and Haywood, the extra ridgeline protections kick in on ridges

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BY ANDREW KASPER STAFF WRITER he Jackson County Planning Board is delving into a review of cell tower regulations and discussing changes that could ultimately allow for taller towers on mountaintops and ridges. Current regulations limit the height of telecommunications towers countywide to 120 feet. The standard is tougher on protected ridges — with towers extending no more than 20 feet above the top of the tree canopy and banned on the crest of the ridge. County Planning Director Gerald Green said board members are taking a fresh look at those rules, and others on the books, possibly clearing the way for high-profile towers that offer a better signals but more eyesores. “The pros are there would be better service,” Green said. “The cons are there would be towers on ridges.” There is another general dilemma: is it better to have more towers that are less visible or less towers that are more visible and thus more effective at sending signals? A tall tower on a prominent mountaintop can beam its signal to a bigger territory instead of multiple, shorter towers. The concept of less towers has already caught the eye of Planning Board Member Richard Frady. He believes less towers, albeit taller ones, would have a less dramatic impact on the landscape. “We’ll have less invasions of the landscape if we do that — taller towers that are less invasive to the scenery,” he said. The tougher rules for protected ridges apply to ridgelines more than 2,500 feet in elevation and more than 400 feet above the valley floor. Green and other board members have expressed an interest in doing away with a maximum tower height that’s tied to the height of the tree canopy. “We need to avoid defining things by a tree canopy because that’s so hard to define,” said Planning Board Chairman Zac Koenig. “The consensus of the board is that we don’t want to go defining by tops of trees.” However, that is standard practice in neighboring Macon and Haywood counties, where towers are limited to 40 feet above the surrounding canopy on protected ridges. If there are no trees to go by, towers on protected ridges are limited to an absolute height of 100 feet in Macon County and 60 feet in Haywood — where they also must be disguised as a coniferous tree. Haywood County Planning Director Kris Boyd said the county’s ordinance tends to dis-


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put me in a minority. Maybe it was my parents’ influence. My dad was a high school graduate and the son of a textile mill foreman in Cheraw, S.C. He joined the Navy as soon as he could and got the hell out of Cheraw. My mom quit high school when she got married at 16 but earned her GED when she was in her 40s. I always felt that they both had high expectations for me — the youngest of three boys — from a very early age. I certainly know my first three teachers played a huge role in my lifelong love affair with learning. So I’ll give credit to my first-grade teacher at the U.S. Naval Station in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba (Mrs. Chambers), and my secondgrade teacher at Berkley-Peckham Elementary in Middletown, R.I., Mrs. Paranzino. By third grade at a third school, Aquidneck Elementary, also in Middletown, I was Mrs. Finch’s favorite and was all in. That is, part of my identity as a youth was trying to be the best student in class and please those teachers. By the time I got to junior high school, there were a lot of distractions in the part of Fayetteville where I lived, and there were also challenges in my home life. Still, I was an A student and had no intentions of slipping. Good grades got me a scholarship to college, and once there I realized public schools had

Meals on Wheels needs volunteers To the Editor: I volunteer with Jackson County Meals on Wheels, and I also serve on the volunteer committee. I would like to address some of the concerns raised in last week’s article (“Jackson Meals on Wheels leaves money on the table,” Aug. 21 SMN, The Department on Aging provides meals through both a congregate dining program and by homedelivered meals. Congregate meals provide important benefits that go far beyond the meal itself. The social and nutritional benefits of eating in community keep older adults in better health and allow them to remain more independent and active for a longer time. These congregate meals are funded through a Home & Community Care Block Grant (HCCBG), county funds, and through private donations, not by diverting funds from the Meals on Wheels budget. Several factors come into play in adding clients for home-delivered meals. Funding does play a role, and most of the funding comes from HCCBG funding set each fiscal year. Clients must also be screened individually, including face-to-face interviews, and eligibility can change rap-

prepared me pretty well. I also considered myself extremely fortunate to get paid to study rather than having to play a sport for my scholarship and jump through all the hoops athletes were forced to jump through. I simply went by the financial aid office every semester, picked up my check, paid my tuition, bought my books and headed to the library to start studying. So when I attend rallies like the one Monday on the courthouse lawn in Waynesville, where dozens of teachers, retired educators and their supporters were protesting the cuts to education, I Editor get livid. It was a series of inspirational, caring, hard-nosed and smart teachers who played a huge role in my life and kept me focused in at least one area — academics — while other parts of my life were a whirlwind of change. What if those talented young teachers had decided on other career? What will today’s smart college students considering education as a career think when they research public schools in this state? They’ll learn that legislative leaders passed a budget that spends less per student now than we did in 2008. That perpupil spending in North Carolina ranks us at 48th in the nation. As for teachers, they once again did not get a pay raise, and we are now somewhere between 46th and 48th in salaries,

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idly based on circumstances. These include a move to an assisted living or nursing facility, home health services, kinship care, or improved health of a client such that meal delivery is no longer needed. These meals are delivered by volunteers. There is a limit to the number of clients who can be served on each route. Not only do we volunteers donate our time and gasoline, but the meals must be delivered in a timely manner for safety reasons. Food safety guidelines require foods to be delivered at certain temperatures. When new clients are added, there is often a need to change the delivery routes or to add a route to meet these guidelines. New routes require more volunteers. Volunteering is easy and enjoyable. The clients and staff are wonderful. The whole process takes from one to two hours a week, depending on the route. All of us volunteers have times we need to be out of town. Don’t let that stop you from volunteering. There are people who substitute on routes, and you are not expected to find your own sub. Funds are available. Support from the county commissioners is there. All we’re missing is some wheels for those meals. If you are able to volunteer for a route or as a substitute, call Debbie Baird at 828.631.8044. Lisa Bacon Sylva

depending on which gauge one uses. Instead of encouraging teachers to go back to school for a master’s degree, legislators cut the extra pay teachers would get for attaining that advanced degree. Statewide, we have 5,200 hundred fewer teachers and 3,800 fewer teacher assistants. There are no limits on class size. Maybe worse than all these short-sighted decisions, though, is the implication from current legislative leaders that our schools are fine, that their budget is an education budget, that teachers have all they need. That is simply a lie. I was researching for this column when I read the Aug. 25 piece by my friend Jim Buchanan, the editorial page editor of The Asheville Citizen-Times. Here’s his description of the current attitude in Raleigh: “Now, we have never really appreciated these daily miracles (teachers perform) to the extent we should. However, we’ve never actually sneered at them, but boy, we sure seem to be treading that line these days.” Well said. Everything that promotes the prosperity of North Carolina is directly linked to better support for education — public schools, community colleges, universities and, of course, teachers. I’ve never been a one-issue voter. However, the next time state elections roll around, I hope voters do their homework and support those who will invest in education. (Scott McLeod can be reached at

Students food insecure as school starts children return to school this week, the joy of Aingsseeing their friends, sharing summer stories, wearnew shoes or clothes and hearing the laughter ring though the hallways of Haywood County Schools is all too familiar. However, this joyous time is overshadowed for many children, as they fear going hungry on the evenings and weekends. According to a recent Map the Meal Gap Study, 28.2 percent — 3,240 children in Haywood County — are “Food Insecure.” This means those children live in households facing difficulty meeting basic food needs. Over half of the children attending school in Haywood County are on free or reduced lunch. For many, this is the only source of food all week. Food insecurity in Haywood has become epidemic, and teachers and counselors have discovered that students are having trouble learning; their attention span is short; and their focus is on food rather than school. That’s why the Waynesville Rotary Club stepped forward to help fight this issue. “It hurts in your heart to know that children are going hungry,” said Brandon Anderson, past president of the Waynesville Rotary Club. “We refuse to deny these children what they need, and the need is great. Children cannot learn when they are hungry.” In the 2011-2012 school year, The Waynesville Rotary Club began an ambitious campaign they call Haywood’s Hungry Kids. This program developed out of a pilot program in Haywood County Schools in partnership with MANNA Food Bank where a qualifying child would receive a packaged meal to take home each Friday so they would have some nutrition over the weekend. Due to lack of funding the program was to be cut, being able to serve only 267 children out of the 3,200

in need. Through the efforts of many generous people, organizations, civic clubs and churches, last year Haywood’s Hungry Kids was a great success. The program did not die and, in fact, increased by 50 percent, serving 387 students last year. In addition, The Waynesville Rotary Club Foundation funded a pilot program this summer with the help of MANNA Food Bank and was successful in feeding 107 children each week for 10 weeks. “While last school year was a success, we have begun another year, another challenge, and we need donations and volunteers to insure the success of the program this year,” said Anderson. “This is not something that is just going to go away. The last thing we want to do is reduce the size of the program or have to cancel the program due to funding. Our children are counting on us.” Currently, Haywood’s Hungry Kids — through the Waynesville Rotary Club Foundation — is in receipt of donations that will insure the 387 children participating in the program last year will receive food bags each week through mid-fall. “We need help,” said Anderson. The Waynesville Rotary Foundation has several fundraisers planned throughout the year to attempt to sustain and grow the current program. A $128 donation will support one child for the entire school year in the MANNA Food Packs Program, but all donations of any amount are accepted and appreciated. All donations to Help Haywood’s Hungry Kids are tax-deductible and benefit the children of Haywood County directly. Checks can be made out to the Waynesville Rotary Foundation, P.O. Box 988, Waynesville, N.C., 28786. For further questions about the program or to volunteer call 828.452.1288. (Submitted by the Waynesville Rotary Club)



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ICF Canoe Freestyle World Championships

Freestyle Kayaking World Championships descend on NOC

On the Cover: Kazuya Matsunaga of Japan performs a “loop” during the 2012 ICF Canoe Freestyle World Cup Final on the Nantahala River. Athletes earn additional points for moves that bring them far out of the water and are deemed “huge” by the panel of judges. NOC photo

Construction of “The Wave” was completed in January of 2012 in preparation for the Freestyle World Championships. The project was supported by the Golden Leaf Foundation. NOC photo


destination for paddlers around the world, the Nantahala River is known for its complexity of rapids and consistent waters 2 levels, ensuring a level of competition that can’t be found anywhere else in the United States. The world’s top paddlers will descend on the river for a week of competition, camaraderie and cold water during the 2013 International Canoe Federation’s (ICF) Freestyle World Championships Sept. 2-8. Meaning “Land of the noon-day sun,” Nantahala is not only the name bestowed on the river, but also the proud moniker for the surrounding gorge, which stretches for several miles. Originating from Nantahala Lake, a hydro project reservoir, the water cascades down from an elevation of 3,000 feet. As it flows into the region, the river becomes highly-

regarded haven for fly fishermen and whitewater enthusiasts alike. During the championships, more than 500 freestyle kayakers from 45 different countries will dig through their bag of tricks for the ideal medley of moves — cartwheels, full flips and near vertical turns alongside other specialized maneuvers with names like “Roundhouse,” “McNasty” and “Donkey Flip” — in hopes of capturing a world title. Thousands of spectators will line the river, cheering on those aiming for glory. Kayaks used in these events are much shorter and lighter than traditional boats, something that ultimately creates more mobility for the rider to perform and work their way through the routine. At the helm of the festivities will be the “The Wave,” an underwater apparatus that generates waves and holes for competitors to work within. The backdrop for the festivities will be the

Nantahala Outdoor Center, headquarters for the championships. The world-class Nantahala Adventure Resort, tucked along the side of the steep gorge, includes plenty of amenities such as restaurants, pub, a fullservice bike store and outdoor gear shop. The facility also straddles the Appalachian Trail, with day-hikers heading for the hills and thru-hikers taking the opportunity to wander in for a bite to eat or respite from the arduous journey. But not all the action is in the Nantahala Gorge. Bryson City is kicking off the event with the Opening Ceremonies Parade, and following that with a full week of music and festivities, including a Big Air Competition, BMX show, rafting/boating trips and more. or or — By Garret K. Woodward

Meet the Athletes

Adriene Levknecht Age: 25 Country: United States of America Awards: Five time Green Race Champion 5th at 2012 World Cup 2nd at 2013 U.S. Nationals Day job: E.M.T for Greenville County, S.C. My parents bought me my first kayak when I was 5 years old. It was a sea kayak because I grew up in Michigan. With river kayaking, my dad brought me down here to the Nantahala – it was actually the first river I paddled on. I was a swimmer, so I really liked the water. My parents took me to all these places in Michigan, and that was time to hangout with them and be in the water, which was real nice. My career culminated through creeking, where I was a five-time Green Race champion. I was fifth at World Cup last year, second at U.S. Nationals this year and second at Team Trials for the U.S. I got into competition because it was something I thought would be fun. Athletes continue | Page 6

Parking and Shuttles On competition days (Sept. 3-8), $5 parking is available in the Nantahala Gorge. Head to the event site at the Nantahala Outdoor Center and follow signage/flaggers to the nearest available parking lot. Expect to ride a short shuttle to the event site. Free parking is available in Bryson City, with shuttles leaving from town on the hour. Signage and flaggers will lead from Exit 67 off Hwy 19/74 to the shuttle lots. There will also be open-air gondola train one-way shuttle tickets available on the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad, with the return by bus to the train parking area.

Swain County Information ■ 2013 Freestyle Kayaking World Championships: Includes links for lodging, family activities and other Swain County amenities. ■ Nantahala Outdoor Center: ■ Swain County Tourism Development Authority: ■ Swain County Government: ■ Swain County Chamber of Commerce:

What is freestyle kayaking? Combining an array of difficult tricks, precision paddling and finely tuned choreography, freestyle kayaking can be described as aquatic gymnastics. With fast-moving rivers taking center stage, paddlers attack the rapids (or “hole”) with a set routine. Alongside help from The Wave — a manmade underwater concrete structure that creates a near-perfect wave each time — athletes will go one by one into the Nantahala River and perform to the best of their abilities. The kayaks used for freestyle aren’t your typical water devices. They are smaller, more maneuverable kayaks compared to typical whitewater brands. Freestyle involves sleeker and lighter carbon-made kayaks, each weighing in around 15 pounds unlike traditional plastic models coming in at 30 pounds or more. The end result with freestyle model kayaks is more of a range of motion for paddlers to execute combinations of tricks to perfection. Once in the water, paddlers find themselves in The Wave, which re-circulates rushing water causing a flow back upstream creating a continuously rolling wave. During their routine, competitors perform their tricks that can have them doing spins, cartwheels, 360-degree rotations and everything in between. Between the water and the athlete, the possibilities are endless, with each technique and trick as unique as the paddler themselves. When competitions are underway, paddlers each get 45 seconds per run to perform their routine. They try to fit in as many tricks in that timeframe, all the while keeping the set crisp and seamless. For every trick and movement, paddlers are awarded points. The harder the trick or bigger the air gained, the more points scored from the five-judge panel. Categories for the championships include kayak (K-1), closed deck canoe (C-1) and open canoe (OC-1). Each category has a men’s, women’s, junior men’s and junior women’s division.

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Peter Csonka Age: 28 Country: Slovakia Awards: 2012 World Cup Champion Day job: Kayak retailer I was 12 when I started paddling. We had a group of kids doing canoe sports, traveling around and doing competitions. It was really nice to have those trips together. At that time, we all were just starting to race and do rafting, doing small competitions, sometimes winning, sometimes losing. It was a great experience to win the World Cup in 2012. It’s better to have a good feeling about winning than have a bad feeling about losing. I felt very lucky to have won. A long time ago, I was just playing around and paddling for myself. I didn’t have a car or was able to compete further out. Then I started to get sponsored by our national team. They supported the trips I was doing and I continued to do that. I have to do many things to keep this going. I work for Vajda, a composite kayak company. I’m selling kayaks, designing them and managing things. The “Faculty of Physical Training” is what I do for my workouts. We set our trainings to be based with the season. Two or three times a day, sometimes running or paddling. It all depends of where you are and what competition is in front of you. I don’t care about anything when I’m out there. It’s all about doing my best. I love traveling, and with this I can go to places I’ve never been before. I like to meet new people, play in the hole and kayak with my friends.


Events + Happenings MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 2


■ The athlete parade will take place in downtown Bryson City, followed by an official welcome to all athletes and spectators. Ceremony will include traditional Cherokee dance group, the Warriors of AniKituhwa and will be followed by a Big Air Show, which will launch athletes high into the air before splashing down into the Tuckasegee River. 6 p.m. Opening Ceremonies 6:45 p.m. Warriors of AniKituhwa, presented by Duke Energy 7:30-10 p.m. Live Music 8 p.m. Big Air Show

■ Everyone is welcome to participate as heats of SUPpers race head to head through the 2013 Wave in the Bomber Gear SUP Race. ■ 2013 ICF Canoe Freestyle World Championships competitors face off in the Dagger Dash Attainment Race on the Nantahala. 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Competition: Heats (K1 Men) 1 p.m. Bomber Gear SUP Race 3-5 p.m. Competition: Heats (K1 Men) 5 p.m. Dagger Dash Attainment Race 5-8 p.m. Live Music with The Fritz

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TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 3 ■ Everyone is invited to participate in the NOC Mini-Me Rodeo. Teams of up to four paddlers surf the 2013 Wave, earning points for spins, surf style, stunts and spectacular carnage. No rafting experience is necessary, just an adventurous spirit and comfort swimming in whitewater. 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Competition: Heats (K1 Men Juinor) 12:30 p.m. NOC Mini-Me Rodeo 2:30-3:30 p.m. Competition: Heats (K1 Men Juinor) 5-8 p.m. Live Music with The Broadcast

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 4 ■ The Wave Sport Wesser Falls Extreme Race runs through the 2013 Wave and finishes in Fontana Lake, approximately. Top athletes negotiate the Class 5 Wesser Falls, striving to find the fastest line and stay upright and ahead of the competition. The winner of each heat will progress to the next round, until a winner emerges from the final race. 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Competition: Heats (Squirt Women & Men) 1 p.m. Wave Sport Wesser Falls Extreme Race 3-4:30 p.m. Competition: Heats (Squirt Men, K1 Women Junior) 5-8 p.m. Live Music with Chalwa

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 6 ■ Open to paddlers of all ability levels, the Bomber Gear Dress for Success Challenge is a fun, approachable way to get involved. Competition takes place just downstream of the 2013 Wave. ■ The US Wildwater Nationals Classic Race will begin at Ledge’s Rapid and finish below the 2013 Wave. A variety of classes promotes fair competition. Cost is $20 for both Sprint and Classic components. ■ Paddlers race head-to-head, negotiating gates, and trying not to get knocked off course as Dagger Presents: 8-Ball through the 2013 Wave. 11 a.m.-12 p.m. US Wildwater Nationals Classic Race 12-1 p.m. Competition: Heats (OC1 Men, K1 Women) 2 p.m. Bomber Gear Dress for Success Challenge 3-4 p.m. Competition: Heats (K1 Women) 4-7 p.m. Live Music with Playing on the Planet 5 p.m. Rubber Duckie Race to benefit Swain and Robbinsville High School Athletics 6-7 p.m. Competition: Quarterfinals (K1 Men) 7 p.m. Dagger Presents: 8-Ball 8-11 p.m. Live Music with The Freight Hoppers 9-10 p.m. Competition: Quarterfinals (K1 Men)



Claire O’Hara sets up for a loop on the 2013 Wave. Her performance in the K1 Women’s final round earned her the gold medal at the 2012 ICF Canoe Freestyle World Cup Final. Steven McBride photo

■ The Sprint component of the US Wildwater Nationals will start below the Nantahala Falls and finish below the 2013 Wave. Top athletes will paddle Wildwater boats and vie for the title of US Champion, but the event is open to everyone, and multiple rec. classes will be available. Cost is $20 for both Sprint and Classic components. ■ Wilderness Systems Lake Demos are free and available to paddlers and non-paddlers alike. Test out Wilderness Systems’ large fleet of flatwater boats and explore beautiful, tranquil Fontana Lake from NOC’s flatwater access, just a short walk downstream of the 2013 Wave. ■ Teams of three maneuver flatwater boats around a course on Fontana Lake in the Wilderness Systems Challenge. Winners receive a Wilderness Systems prize pack. This event is suitable for paddlers of all ability levels. ■ The Nantahala Gorge Organizing Committee invites all VIPs to participate in the VIP Raft Race through Nantahala Falls and the 2013 Wave. ■ $5 buys you a duckie and a chance to win great prizes in the Rubber Duckie Race. Proceeds benefit PAWS No-Kill Animal Shelter in Bryson City, Nantahala Racing Club, and Swain and Robbinsville High School athletics. ■ Like to kayak? Like to play basketball? Then don’t miss AT Canoe Ball, Adventure Technology’s mixture of the two. Register in teams of three or let us help you find a team. 11 a.m.-12 p.m. US Wildwater Nationals Sprint Race 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Wilderness Systems Lake Demos 12-3:20 p.m. Competition: Semifinals (Squirt Men & Women, K1 Men Junior, C1 Men)


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SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 8 ■ Wilderness Systems Lake Demos are free and available to paddlers and non-paddlers alike. Test out Wilderness Systems’ large fleet of flatwater boats and explore beautiful, tranquil Fontana Lake from NOC’s flatwater access, just a short walk downstream of the 2013 Wave. ■ Dagger presents: The RPM Stern Squirt Session – dust off your long boats, pull on your neoprene, don’t miss this retro rodeo through the Nantahala. Points are awarded for pirouettes, surfs and squirts, as well as style. 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Competition: Finals (Squirt Women and Men, OC1 Men, K1 Women Junior) 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Wilderness Systems Lake Demos 1 p.m. Awards Ceremony 1:30 p.m. Dagger presents: The RPM Stern Squirt Session 2:30 p.m. Rubber Duckie Race to benefit Nantahala Racing Club 3-5 p.m. Competition: Finals (K1 Men Junior, C1 Men, K1 Women, K1 Men) 4-7 p.m. Live Music with Unspoken Tradition 5 p.m. Awards Ceremony 5:15 p.m. Closing Ceremonies 8 p.m. Live Music with Dirty Bourbon River Show


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Freestyle for me has been really interesting because it’s a totally different sport. Freestyle was never really part of my plan. If you asked me eight months ago about being at Worlds, I would’ve said “no,” but I’ve been putting my head down and will be competing against great freestylers. When I describe freestyle to someone, I use the analogy of BMX biking, where it’s all about timing, technique and tricks. When you get really technical, it’s all about height and angles. For training, I


run and do mountain biking. On days that I work, I do a dry land routine, which can be tough after a 14-hour work shift. Usually it’ll be two one-hour sessions a day on the water, with cross training inbetween. The NOC is like my home. I’ve been coming here since I was 10. The people here at NOC have watched me grow. It’s great to see this facility evolve. It’s going to be great that there are so many foreign athletes. It’s fun to see everybody again and see people I only get to see every few years. When I’m out there, I try not to think about anything at all. I try to make sure I know that I got the move. If I’m not

sure, I’ll do it again. I’m always thinking about doing my personal best. James Bebbington Age: 26 Country: Great Britain Awards: 2010 & 2011 World Cup Champion Day job: Paddling coach I was about 9 years old when I saw paddling on TV. I then joined a local canoe club. It just looked exciting to me when I first saw it. It captured my imagination. And then I saw freestyle and that was more exciting than anything else. Competing was a good way to meet a lot

of kids my age that were doing it, seeing as not many kids in my town were doing freestyle. So, I went to competitions to meet other kayakers, and through that made a lot of friends. We all did it together and I just kept going with it. It was always kind of dream to do well, but it was more about doing as good as I could. It’s stressful when you’re in your kayak and aren’t able to do what you want, so it’s motivating to do your best and reach your potential, and a byproduct of that is being successful in it. I do some coaching as well, but this is my main thing. Nothing goes through my head when I’m in the hole. I’m spending the whole time leading up to the event preparing my routine. Whatever happens in there happens. As soon as you go in, it’s empty and time to compete. It’s a bit like gymnastics in a kayak. It’s a combination of skateboarding, surfing and kayaking, and is a very technical sport. If you don’t know what to look for, it can look like you’re getting trashed out there. It’s all about strict angles. I’ve been here a week and a half at the facility. The hole here is tricky, but that makes it fun and enjoyable. My final preparations are all about working on my moves. I do a lot of cycling in the winter as well on top of water training. Now, I’m just making sure I’m happy with how the moves are going and take it easy before the competition. By competing, I learn about myself, I learn a lot of personal lessons. I enjoy kayaking, but I find I learn so much from being out there competing. It’s all about trying to be a good person, working hard and spending time with your friends. We don’t compete against each other, we all just aim to do our best. Whatever place I end up in, I’ll be happy.


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Brewing the next chapter

BY GARRET K. WOODWARD STAFF WRITER During the last 20 years, the Western North Carolina craft beer scene has exploded. While Asheville’s nearly 20 breweries earned it the “Beer City USA” title, a loud rumble has also echoed out of the small towns west of the metropolis. Waynesville, Sylva and Bryson City have all thrown their hats into the craft beer ring. The microbrew industry has found a comfortable niche in a tourist region that prides itself on outdoor activities, Appalachian culture, arts and Southern hospitality. In fact, the tourist traffic passing through the mountains could be the key to the expansion of local breweries hoping to broaden their market beyond their loyal hometown fans. “This area is a vacation destination for the state, and all of these tourists are interacting with our companies while they’re here, and now, they want our products where they live,” said Kevin Sandefur, owner of BearWater Brewing. “If we’re making that kind of lasting impression, it’s great, and it says a lot of the

Kevin Sandefur, owner/brewmaster of BearWaters Brewing.

Clark Williams, owner/brewmaster of Frog Level Brewing.

Waynesville taps into craft beer festival

BY GARRET K. WOODWARD STAFF WRITER he 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 Western North Carolina and around the Southeast. Tickets are $35, which buys unlimited samples — as many as you can muster — in the four-hour window. Capped at 500 attendees, the festival is destined to sell out, with only 75 tickets left as of press time. It’s a right of passage for Waynesville, which has catapulted headlong into the WNC microbrewery scene with the opening of three breweries in less than two years.


breweries here and what we’ve all accomplished in such a short time.” With BearWaters, Frog Level and Tipping Point in Waynesville, Heinzelmannchen in Sylva and Nantahala in Bryson City, all five establishments started out on the ground floor of a dream molded into a reality. Each has had numerous obstacles to overcome, whether it be simply the long slog of entrepreneurship or trade-specific hurdles like getting your product noticed in a sea of other flavors and brands. “It’s all about consistency. If you’re not making good beer, you won’t be in business long,” said Clark Williams, owner/brewmaster at Frog Level. “It’s about increasing production while maintaining consistency. It’s challenging, but it’s something we can do, will do and have done.” Through their own blood, sweat and tears, with uncertainty and risk at every corner, all five breweries have persevered, each with a loyal clientele and firm footing in an industry still evolving. “The beer is flowing; the people are drinking it; the people are liking it,” said co-owner/brew-

master Scott Peterson of Tipping Point. But, the journey has only begun. The first phase is now complete — the local breweries have a firm toehold and established local customer base. That leaves the future wide open for exploration and innovation. “Overall, there’s still lots of room for growth in this business, and it’ll be interesting to see what happens,” said Joe Rowland, coowner of Nantahala. “For now, we’re all making what we make well, but soon we’ll be making things outside of our comfort zone, focusing on making better quality, more unique products.” And within all of these delicious brews is the secret ingredient, the flavor that sets the tone for everything — the customer. A brewery is nothing without those who saddle up and lick their lips when a fresh, cold one is placed in front of them. The interaction is a two-way street, where the community supports the establishments and the breweries support those in their own backyard. “It has to do with the support of local agencies, people in the community and, of course, the customers,” said Dieter Kuhn, coowner/brewmaster of Heinzelmannchen. “Everyone has been supportive of us. Yes, we’ve worked hard. We’re still here, but we couldn’t have done it all without the support.”

Scott Peterson, co-owner/brewmaster of Tipping Point Brewing.

This final test — staging its very own sold out craft beer festival — was the brainchild of Kevin Sandefur, owner of BearWaters Brewing. In the taproom of BearWaters last week, the phone was ringing off the hook with curious beer lovers purchasing tickets and fellow breweries figuring out logistics. In the backroom, Sandefur strolled past rows of fresh kegs cooling in the refrigerator, awaiting their eventual demise at the hands of joyous craft beer aficionados who’ll be arriving this weekend from every direction. “It’s a lot of fun to showcase products, spend time with other breweries, try an array of different flavors and meet all kinds of new people,” he said. “This festival will be a great way to interact with our client base, and create a new client base.” Sandeford got a $3,000 grant from the Haywood County Tourism Development Authority to help promote the ferstival. He also got a helping hand from the Asheville Brewers

By the numbers BearWaters (est. 2012) 120 barrels their first year, with 2013 on track for 250 barrels, while an expanded facility will bring their numbers to around 2,500 barrels by 2015.

Frog Level (est. 2012) Pushing 450 barrels a year, with plans and new equipment to eventually hit 2,000 barrels.

Heinzelmannchen (est. 2004) Began at 100 barrels, with 350 barrels for the end of this year, with plans to expand into a new facility in 2014.

Nantahala (est. 2011) Hit the starting line at 300 barrels and is running 1,000 barrels this year, with hopes of 3,500 barrels in the coming years using newly installed equipment.

Tipping Point (est. 2012) Brewed 200 barrels during its first year, with 300 barrels aimed for next year.

Joe Rowland, co-owner of Nantahala Brewing.

Want to go? The inaugural Waynesville Craft Beer Festival will be Aug. 31 in Waynesville. Alliance, which sounded the call to microbreweries across the region to step up and participate in the festival. With Asheville an increasingly saturated territory in the microbrew scene, many were eager to expand their brand into new territories. “A lot of them understand the growth moving forward will be outward, west and east, from Nantahala Brewing in Bryson City to Catawba Valley Brewing in Morganton,” Sandefur said. While competitors in one sense, craft breweries have a unique camaraderie amongst themselves and their communities. And really, that’s what the festival is all about. “We all really appreciate the local support,”


Dieter Kuhn, co-owner/brewmaster of Heinzelmannchen Brewery.

Sandefur said. “We’ve come so far, and the communities here are a huge part of that.” The festival will feature three bands: ‘Round The Fire, The Get Right Band and Smoke Rise. Brewers include BearWaters, Tipping Point, Nantahala, Frog Level, Heinzelmannchen, Catawba Valley, Highland Brewing Company, Hi-Wire, Altamont, Oskar Blues, Samuel Adams, Southern Appalachian, SweetWater, and Wicked Weed, among others. Waynesville Craft Beer Festival is also sponsored by American Legion Waynesville Post 47, Haywood County Tourism Development Authority, The Smoky Mountain News, Three Sheets Design, and The Mountaineer. Proceeds go to Post 47 charities. Tickets can be purchased online or at BearWaters Brewing in Waynesville. A special “designated driver” ticket is only available online for $15. The event is for ages 21 and older. or

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This must be the place BY GARRET K. WOODWARD

SMOKY MOUNTAIN FOLK FESTIVAL Stuart Auditorium Lake Junaluska August 30 & 31, 2013

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Webb Pierce and Jimmie Rodgers come to mind. Give a listen to any of those original country names and your Top 40 radio dial will remain dormant thereafter. Once you’re hooked on the real deal, you’ll never go back. Growing up, those old country sounds were always around me. Whether it was sitting on that camp porch or riding along with my father as George Jones, Merle Haggard Willie Nelson at Thomas Wolfe and Willie Nelson constantly echoed from Auditorium in Asheville (2012). the speakers of the old Chrysler minivan, the Garret K. Woodward photo melodies soaked into my mind. And, for many years, I kind of just chalked it up to the music my elders enjoyed. As a teenager, I listened to what most kids my age liked – pop radio sprinkled in with some catchy classic rock songs my uncles and aunts would blast. Music is a lifelong evolution and, at that time, I was only at the starting line of my journey. I soon discovered The Beatles, The Grateful Dead, Neil Young and Led Zeppelin, onward into Miles Davis, John Coltrane and Herbie Hancock. From there, I swung into the realms of bluegrass, mountain music, jam rock, with ventures into classical and world beats. When my grandfather passed away in 2007, it was only a week after I graduated Garret K. Woodward photo college. It was a crossroads of my life where I didn’t know which way was up. I wondered what the hell I was going to do now, and how I would manage without the steadfastness and The inaugural Waynesville Craft Beer Festival guidance of my grandfather. will be at the American Legion on Aug. 31. During the funeral and celebrations of his life, the old country music he loved played, driftGary Carden presents his new book ing between groups of his Appalachian Bestiary at City Lights Bookstore friends and family sharing stoin Sylva on Sept. 1. ries through laughter and tears. I found myself captivated by it. Legendary outlaw country singer Hank It grabbed hold of me in ways it Williams Jr. hits Harrah’s Cherokee on Sept. 1. hadn’t before. All of those melodic heartaches, drunken nights and battle scars of life P.A.W.S. Animal Shelter will be celebrating its seemed more real to me, where, 10th annual Wine Tasting and Silent Auction now as an adult, I could relate benefit on Aug. 31 at Lands Creek Log to the lyrics with visions of my Cabins’ Harmony Hall in Bryson City. own endeavors. The songs also

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I had never heard anything like that before. Sitting on the porch of my grandfather’s camp on Lake Champlain, a voice echoed from the small portable tape player covered with paint specks and years of winter storage dust. It was a lonesome sound, almost like a cry for help or someone licking their wounds and walking back home with their tail between their legs. The background beat seemed to move along like the pace of a broken heart, where each drum kick, bass thump and guitar chord aimed to keep the soul alive. It was the sound of country singer Hank Williams. A child of the Great Depression and veteran of World War II, my grandfather grew up on a dirt poor farm in the Thousand Islands of Upstate New York. As a teenager, he and his cronies enlisted in the Army on a whim. He was eventually deployed to Pearl Harbor in early 1941 and was present for the Japanese surprise attack on the base on Dec. 7. He also found himself at Guadalcanal and an array of other conflicts and unimaginable experiences, for good or ill. Following the war, he came back to New York, met my grandmother and worked on the Canadian border as a port director for U.S. Customs, all the while raising a family of five and running a successful real estate business on the side. He was a “man’s man,” someone who helped anyone in need and never wanted anything in return. And alongside his love of hunting, camping, fishing and the nearby Adirondack Mountains was his deep passion for country music. I’m not talking about the “country” music of today. No, this isn’t about Taylor Swift, Toby Keith, Carrie Underwood, Little Big Town or Jason Aldean. It’s about real country music, where names like Ernest Tubb, Patsy Cline, Buck Owens, Kitty Wells,

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reminded me of my grandfather, which provided me some comfort and solace as I dealt with his death. When I moved out to eastern Idaho for my first reporting job, I found myself in the high desert of the western Rocky Mountains. Scratchy local AM stations fueled my old country desires with plenty of Tex Ritter, Lefty Frizzell and Floyd Tillman. I would cruise dusty back roads and s-curve mountain routes, blaring these beloved musicians, thinking of the steps that brought me there. I also thought of my grandfather who had a lifelong urge to live in the West. He might not have made it out there, but his grandson did, with the songs of old country whistling from his lips. Editor’s Note: Merle Haggard will be performing at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 6, at the Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts in Franklin ( Willie Nelson hits the stage at 9 p.m. Friday, Oct. 18, at Harrah’s Cherokee (

Local artist exhibit “Contemporary Traditions” opens Sept. 5 at Gallery 86 in Waynesville.

It’s about real country music, where names like Ernest Tubb, Patsy Cline, Buck Owens, Kitty Wells, Webb Pierce and Jimmie Rodgers come to mind. Give a listen to any of those original country names and your Top 40 radio dial will remain dormant thereafter. Once you’re hooked on the real deal, you’ll never go back.

On the beat

Western Carolina University’s first couple will team up with other WCU performers, including recent Tony Award-nominated Broadway star Terrence Mann, for “Belchers and Friends,” an evening of music and dance at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 3, in the John W. Bardo Fine and Performing Arts Center at WCU. Chancellor David O. Belcher, a classically trained concert pianist, will perform George Gershwin’s “Rhapsody in Blue” with an ensemble of student and faculty musicians, and wife Susan Brummell Belcher, a professional opera singer and vocal teacher, will offer a selection of classics and songs from stage and screen. The evening will feature performances by Mann, who holds WCU’s Phillips Distinguished Professorship in Musical Theatre; William Martin, associate professor of music; and Terry Welch, assistant to the chancellor and a familiar figure on the local theater scene. The concert is free, but tickets are required for admission. 828.227.2479 or

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• Singer/songwriter Eric Hendrix will play the Thursdays at the Library 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.

WCU chancellor, his wife and an array of other performers will perform Sept. 3 in Cullowhee. WCU photo

Mountain dulcimer concert, workshop

Day Celebration that is sponsored by the Town of Canton. Free. 828.400.3496.

• Traditional British Isles music group Bean Sidhe will perform at 6 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 29, at the Marianna Black Library in Bryson City. The band explores the melodic connections between Ireland, England, Scotland and Wales. Free. 828.488.3030 or • 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 in the auditorium from 6:30 to 11 p.m. Tickets are $12 at the door, $10 in advance, with children under 12 admitted free. 828.452.1688 or 800.334.9036 or


Red June will perform at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 31, at the Stecoah Valley Cultural Arts Center in Robbinsville. The group is a powerful acoustic trio from Asheville who performs beautifully distilled original American music. 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

Gospel concert at Labor Day celebration

Jazz pianist to hold clinics, play WCU

“REcharged,” a faith concert, will be at 6 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 1, at the Canton Recreation Park. The show will be an evening of music and fellowship for youth and college-age students to renew their zeal for God. Music will feature Faith Under Fire and The Andrew Brown Band. Faith Under Fire is a group of young men who attend Crestview Baptist Church in Canton and sing primarily gospel music. The Andrew Brown Band is based out of Brasstown and sings contemporary Christian music. “REcharged” is a part of the 107th Labor

Pianist Michael Jefry Stevens will perform his original jazz compositions at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 5, in the Coulter Building at Western Carolina University. There is a possibility of a joint performance with sponsoring faculty Pavel Wlosok, as well as partial participation of WCU students in performance with Stevens as part of the evening program. Stevens will also conduct an afternoon clinic/masterclass on jazz improvisation and interact with WCU music students. Free.

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Red June performs American roots music

• Sparkly Nipples hits the stage at 10 p.m. Friday, Aug. 30, at Water’n Hole Bar and Grill in Waynesville. Southern rock. Free. 828.456.4750. • A “Tribute to Elvis and Conway Twitty” with Chris Monteith and Ray Wike will be from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 5, at Papou’s Wine Shop in Sylva. Free. 828.586.6300. • Jazz singer Virginia Schenck will host a benefit concert for the Highlands Friends of Haiti and the Highlands Playhouse at 5:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 1, at the Highlands Playhouse. $75. 828.526.2695. • Singer/songwriter Angela Faye Martin will play at 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 30, at City Lights Café in Sylva. Free. 828.587.2233 or • Hurricane Creek Band plays the Groovin’ on the Green concert series at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 30, at the Village Commons in Cashiers. Free. • Americana singer Jack Snyder taps into Frog Level Brewing Company in Waynesville at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 30. Free. 828.454.5664 or

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Champion mountain dulcimer players Lois Hornbostel and Ehukai Teves will perform at 3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 8, at the Swain County Center for the Arts in Bryson City. A reception will follow the performance, which is free and open to the public. Mountain dulcimer player Neal Hellman will host a Ehukai workshop from 1 to Teves 5 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 10, at the United Methodist Church in Bryson City. Hellman is a nationally acclaimed performer and teacher of the mountain dulcimer. His latest recording, “Emma’s Waltz,” is a colorful dance through traditional and contemporary acoustic music styles. Hellman will teach two sessions of workshops: 1 to 2:20 p.m. and 2:35 to 3:50 p.m. He will also perform a one-hour set for the public, following the workshops. Donations accepted. 828.488.6697.

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The 43rd annual Smoky Mountain Folk Festival will be Aug. 30-31 at Stuart Auditorium at Lake Junaluska. Spectators will be treated by performances from more than 200 mountain dancers and 30 performing groups. Each night will feature open tent shows at 5 p.m. on the lawn and the main stage show from 6:30 to 11 p.m. in the auditorium. Tent shows are free to the public. There will also be a free kids concert outside from 5 to 6 p.m. Performers include Whitewater Bluegrass Co., Ross Brothers, The Trantham Family, William Ritter, Betty Smith, Mike Pilgram, Mike & Maggie Lowe, Spirit Fiddle, Fines Creek Flatfooters, Nick Hallman, Stoney Creek Boys, Mountain Tradition, J. Creek Cloggers, Fall Creek, Green Valley Cloggers, Joe Penland, Mack Snoderly & Flave Hart, Dixie Darlin’s, Hominy Valley Boys, Laura Boosinger, Bailey Mountain. Cloggers, The Cockman Family, Smoky Mountain Fire-clogging, George & Brooke Buckner, Southern Appalachian Cloggers, Don Pedi, Phil & Gaye Johnson, Appalachian Mountaineers, Ann & Phil Case, Green Grass Cloggers, Roger Howell, Southern Mountain Smoke, Paul’s Creek, Carolina Country Cloggers, and others. Main show tickets are $12 at the door, $10 in advance, with children under 12 admitted free. Advanced 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

• Circus Mutt and Point of View will perform at No Name Sports Pub in Sylva. Circus Mutt plays Aug. 30, with Point of View Aug. 31. All shows are free and begin at 9 p.m. 828.586.2750 or

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• Smoke Rise will play the Concerts on the Creek concert series at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 30, 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 27

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On the beat • The Johnny Webb Band will perform as part of the Friday Night Live concert series from 6 to 8 p.m. Aug. 30, at the Highlands Town Square. Free. or 828.524.5841.

Hank Williams Jr. to perform at Harrah’s

“Sinatra Forever,” a tribute featuring Rick Michel will be at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 31, at the Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts in Franklin. The concert pays homage to perhaps the greatest singer of all time. This is not an impersonation show, but an interpretation performed by Michel, one of Las Vegas’ premier singers and impersonators, who channels “Old Blue Eyes” through his spot-on vocals of the legendary crooner. Tickets are $20, $23 and $26. 866.273.4615 or

• Acoustic duo The Two Armadillos play at 6 p.m. Aug. 29-30 at Nick and Nate’s Pizza in Waynesville. Free. 828.452.0027. • The Music in the Mountains concert series continues with The Caribbean Cowboys at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 31, at the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad Depot in Bryson City. The group plays Americana, jazz and modern rock. The free concert series brings together local residents, visitors and musicians for an evening of melodies and mountains. The series is sponsored by the Swain County Chamber of Commerce and the Swain County Tourism Development Authority.


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• The Pickin’ On The Square summer concert series continues with country group The J.W. Band at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 31, at the lower level town hall in Franklin. At 6:30 p.m. the stage is opened up for anyone wanting to play a few songs. Free. 828.524.2516 or

Hank Williams Jr. Legendary outlaw country singer Hank Williams Jr. will play at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 1, at Harrah’s Cherokee Event Center. There are very few music artists who surpass superstar status to become true American icons. Hank Williams Jr. is a founding member of that elite club. Throughout his career, he has helped shape the country’s cultural landscape with his unbridled creativity, honesty and unwavering personal convictions. His music reflects his life, and often the common experiences



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that unite us. His career achievements include five Entertainer of the Year awards, four Emmys, 10 number one singles, 13 number one albums, 20 gold albums and six platinum albums. His hits include “Family Tradition,” “Whiskey Bent and Hell Bound,” “There’s a Tear in My Beer,” “A Country Boy Can Survive,” and “All My Rowdy Friends Are Coming Over Tonight.” Tickets are $44.50, $54.50 and $74.50. 800.745.3000 or or

Gospel/bluegrass festival to benefit Shriner’s Hospitals

The Shriners in the Smokies gospel/bluegrass festival will be Aug. 30 to Sept. 1 at Happy Holiday Campground in Whittier. No ticket required with a three-day camping reservation. The festival is free, with a $10 donation suggested. All proceeds go to Shriners Hospitals for Children. 08/shriners-in-the-smokies.

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River on Saturday and Sunday. or 800.849.2258.

Parade, activities come to Canton

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A “Block Party” will be held from 7 to 10 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 31, in downtown Waynesville. Restaurants are open, with a handful expanding into the street with tables and chairs. Hot dog dinners will be served by the Waynesville Police Department. Many downtown shops and galleries will also remain open late. An hour of “Kids on Main” art activities will begin early at 6 p.m. for young families to come eat and play before bedtime. Children’s activities include games, cupcake decorating, cookie decorating,

The “Fireworks Extravaganza on the Green” begins at 5:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 1, at the Village Green Commons in Cashiers. Live music will be provided by rhythm and blues band The Extraordinaires. The Cashiers Farmers Market and numerous food vendors will be on-site. There will also be moonshine margaritas, beer and wine. Fireworks begin at dusk. Free, with VIP packages available. Also part of the Labor Day weekend festivities will be the Hurricane Creek Band at Groovin’ on the Green at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 30, at the Village Green. Free. The fifth annual Fall Arts and Crafts Show will be from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Aug. 31, and Sept. 1, at the Village Green. Free or 828.743.8428.

color/decorating birds, colored pencil masterpieces, chalk art and more. 828.456.3517 or or • Ladies night with Fusion Spa will be from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 29, at Papou’s Wine Shop in Sylva. Fun, wine and chair massages. 828.586.6300.


• A “Cellar Club” wine tasting will be from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 3, at Papou’s Wine Shop in Sylva. Paul Bucklin with Country Vitner will pour five great wines to try. 828.586.6300.

Copper Pot named by Food & Wine The editors of Food & Wine magazine honored Waynesville’s Copper Pot & Wooden Spoon in the September issue. The artisan food company received an Editors’ Top Ten list nod for its Roasted Red Pepper & Peach Jam. The company, owned by Jessica DeMarco, specializes in small batch preserves and pickles, handcrafted from locally grown seasonal produce. The business, which began in 2011, was named a co-winner of the 2012 Haywood County Chamber of Commerce Startup Business Competition. In the summer of 2012, it was selected as one of 100 “American Made” finalists on a nationwide competition on, and in November it was featured in Garden & Gun Magazine’s 2012 Made in the South Awards, growing demand for items such as its Oven Roasted Tomato Jam with Garlic & Herbs and Onion & Peppercorn Dill Pickles. or 828.593.0501.

Talent shows return to HART, Haywood fair 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 — from musicians to jugglers to dancers to acrobats — 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 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

PAWS wine tasting, auction at Lands Creek Swain County’s P.A.W.S. Animal Shelter will celebrate its 10th annual Wine Tasting and Silent Auction benefit at 7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 31, at Lands Creek Log Cabins’ Harmony Hall in Bryson City. The shelter, a small non-profit and no-kill facility, has served the community and found homes for abandoned, unwanted stray animals since 1990. The event is the shelter’s largest fundraiser of the year. Items for auction include works by local artisans, local businesses and hospitality services, such as weekend getaway packages, spa treatments and dinners for two. Proceeds from the event go to the direct care of the animals. Advance tickets are available at PAWS Thrift Store or may be purchased at the door the day of the event for $20. or 828.333.4267 29 or

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Fireworks, music, craft show in Cashiers

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The 4th annual Labor Day Weekend LakeAlooza celebration will be Aug. 30 to Sept. 1, at Fontana Village Resort, with an array of family activities, live entertainment, food and fireworks. From 4 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 31, the LakeALooza Lake Celebration will be in full swing. The Josh Fields Band will perform a blend of southern rock, classic and contemporary country and bluegrass at the marina, but you don’t need a boat to enjoy the festivities. Fontana Marina accommodates those who want to remain on shore with great food, dancing, music and entertainment. Enjoy lake games, paddleboard/kayak races and even a frozen T-shirt contest. Guests will be treated to Fontana’s famous fireworks starting at 9:30 p.m. Aug. 31, in front of the Wildwood Grill on the Village Green. The resort will also offer free admission to the Stone Creek Pool & Lazy

The Canton Labor Day celebration will be Aug. 30 to Sept. 2, and feature children’s activities, rides for kids and numerous food and craft vendors. From 7 to 10 p.m. Aug. 30, there will be “Pickin’ in the Park.” From 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Aug. 31, there will be a three-on-three basketball tournament, classic car show (10 a.m.) and cornhole tournament (3:30 p.m.), with live music from Joe Lasher Jr. (3 p.m.), Gina Gailey (4:30 p.m.), Folsom Prison Gang (6 p.m.), My Highway (7:30 p.m.) and Michelle Leigh (9:30 p.m.). From 1 to 10 p.m. Sept. 1, there will be traditional gospel (2 p.m.) and contemporary gospel (6 p.m.) with the “REcharge” program, featuring The Andrew Brown Band and Faith Under Fire. On Sept. 2 from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., there will be the 107th annual Labor Day Parade (10 a.m.), Miss Labor Day (noon), entertainment from 4 to 10 p.m. with Vintage Country, Bostic Yard, Carolina Misty, Heart of the South, Jerico Band and Carolina Band, and clogging, 4 to 10 p.m.

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Mountain momma BY B ECKY JOHNSON f you’re lucky enough to stay home this Labor Day weekend, revel in the fact you live somewhere other people — lots of other people — love to visit. By Friday, droves of tourists will be here. In our house, we approach these prime time tourist weekends the same way others react to the weatherman’s call for a wintery mix: hit the store and stock up while the getting is good, because by Saturday, the inventory of hotdog buns and selection of sweet pickle relish will be severely depleted. But there’s an upside to living in the midst of all this tourism mayhem. Every town seems to offer some kind of Labor Day festival or party that we, as locals, get to bask in. The hard part will be choosing. • In Canton, a hometown Labor Day parade will weave through downtown at 10 a.m. Monday. With centuries-old roots as a blue-collar paper mill town, no one does Labor Day bigger than Canton. The Canton Labor Day festival — now in its impressive 107th year — runs Friday through Monday at the town park on Penland Street, and comes complete with carnival rides, bluegrass, country and gospel acts, clogging groups and


youth performances. (See for each day’s schedule.) Note there’s a contemporary youth Christian concert from 6 to 10 p.m. Sunday. • At Lake Junaluska, the Smoky Mountain Folk Festival held Friday and Saturday evening is a great place for kids to get up-close and personal with bluegrass. A staggering 40 some musical acts and clogging groups will take the stage at Stuart Auditorium over the two-night run. But you don’t need a ticket to mosey around the jam sessions on the lawn just outside the auditorium. My kids are captivated by being so close to these intimate huddles of musicians, innately sensing the special interplay that unfolds as their hands work the strings, trading melodies and weaving impromptu tunes. A special show for children with songs and stories will be staged each evening at 5 p.m. under a big tent outside the auditorium, and is free as well. • In Cashiers, you can even catch a fireworks show Sunday, Sept. 1, on the Village Green. This is a reschedule from the rainout on July Fourth. A free concert by the energetic pop-rock-folk-blues band The Extrodinaires will be held Sunday evening before the fireworks, with beer, wine and food for sale on-site. • In Waynesville, a Saturday night downtown block party features a “Kids on Main” segment from 6 to 7 p.m. with various activities geared for kids scattered up and down Main Street. The street will be closed to cars and taken over by pedestrians, with live bands from 7 to 10 p.m. As always, check our calendar for more great stuff going on.

On the stage Rehearsals for Waynesville Christmas concert Rehearsals for the First United Methodist Church Christmas concert will begin at 7 p.m. Monday, Sept. 2, at the church in Waynesville. The dress rehearsal will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 30. The concert date is at 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 1. All chorus members will want to be at the first rehearsal, though it is on Labor Day, in order to meet and greet the new staff and new vocalists. All interested singers are welcome, especially tenors, to become a part of the chorus. There is no audition and member dues are $10 per concert. The membership is usually 70 to 80 voices. The Community Chorus is sponsored in part by a Grass Roots Grant from the Haywood Arts Council and the Junaluskans. 828.456.1020 or 828.452.0156.

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‘How to create a mural’ presentation in Bryson City

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Artist, writer and speaker Doreyl Ammons Cain will do a demonstration and presentation on the four-step process of creating a historical mural, at 6:15 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 3, at Swain County Center for the Arts in Bryson City. Cain is currently creating a historical mural for Jackson County. She will describe her materials, resources, working process and final placement of the mural. She’ll have images of her murals available for viewing and will demonstrate some of her painting techniques. Her four-step process includes rough concept sketches based on research, transfer of art sketches using the grid method, the painting of the mural using high-quality mural paint that resists fading, and the protection and placement of the mural. Cain cofounded Catch the Spirit of Appalachia, Inc., a not-for-profit organization dedicated to honoring the heritage and creativity of all people ( In 2010, she received a commission from the Jackson County Library Complex to paint a mural based on the heritage of the area during the time the Courthouse was built. Her concept was “Cakewalks.” The mural took a year to complete and is now on permanent display on the first floor of the Jackson County Library. The presentation is sponsored by Swain County Center for the Arts and Swain County Schools. Free. 828.488.7843 or 30

Open Air Indian Art Market in Cherokee The Open Air Indian Art Market will be from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 31, at the Qualla Arts & Crafts Mutual in Cherokee. With dozens of authentic Cherokee artisans, the event offers traditional food and crafts, such as beadwork, basket weaving, sculpture and woodworking. Artwork at the market and inside the gallery will be available for purchase. Free. 828.497.3103 or

Children’s art class offered in Waynesville

Pine needle basket class in Sylva

A children’s art course will be held from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. each Tuesday through Sept. 17, at the First Baptist Church in Waynesville. Children from ages five to 12 will have fun exploring how to draw from shapes and use multi-media color techniques. Parents will enjoy the creative pieces their young artists bring home. Students are eligible to show their creations in the Children’s Section of the Inspired Art Ministry, Inc.’s (Iam) annual Art Show/Fundraiser. The Inspired Art Ministry, Inc. is a non-profit Corporation. Donations are tax deductible. All materials are included. Cost is $15 per class, with full term prices available. or 828.456.9197.

Learn the basics of beautiful pine needle basketry with Dogwood Crafter Joyce Lantz from 1 to 5 p.m. Sept. 5 and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sept. 6, at the Jackson County Cooperative Extension in Sylva. Cost for the class is $25 and due at registration. 828.586.4009.

Arts and crafts show in Cashiers The fifth annual Fall Arts and Crafts Show will be from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Aug. 31 and Sept. 1, at the Cashiers Village Green. The Rotary Club of Cashiers Valley, which sponsors the show, will run a concessions stand, with all proceeds from admis-

sion and food sales benefitting local Rotary programs and community service efforts. The club’s fund-raising raffle will be for an Apple Personal Computing Package, consisting of an Apple iPad, iPod and iTV. The winner can choose this package of Apple products or $1,000 cash. Tickets are $10 each and available at the show or from any Rotarian. Proceeds from the raffle will go to local charities. The arts and crafts show wraps with the “Fireworks Extravaganza on the Green” at 5:30 p.m. on Sunday.

Maggie Valley celebrates Labor Day

The Maggie Valley Labor Day Craft Show will be from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Aug. 31 and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 1, at the Maggie Valley Festival Grounds. The show celebrates local crafters. Crafts range from furniture to paintings to handmade jewelry, and many other traditional crafts. Food vendors will also be on-site. There will also be a food drive to benefit the local community. This year, the show has teamed up with the Maggie Valley Methodist Church Food Pantry, which has offered volunteers to help with the collecting and distribution process. The show will also host a raffle. Just bring a non-perishable food item to be donated to the food pantry and receive a raffle ticket for a chance to win a handmade craft donated by one of the participating artisans. 828.497.9425 or 828.736.3245 or

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BY N EWTON S MITH CONTRIBUTOR ary Carden, local bard, playwright, host of the Liars Bench and reviewer for The Smoky Mountain News, has once again come up with a surprising publication. Appalachian Bestiary, written by Carden and whimsically illustrated by Mandy Newham-Cobb, will become a treasure for anyone serious about Appalachian folklore or for anyone hoping to frighten young children into better behavior or pull the legs of credulous tourists. The book is a compendium of wondrous beasts that once were sighted in the southern mountains and other places, each described delightfully by Carden and imaginatively depicted by Newham-Cobb. You will find such creatures as the Fur Bearing Trout, the Galoopus, the Fruit Bearing Deer, the Hugag, and the Whirling Whimpus among others. Learn about Milk Snakes who love to milk cows. When farmers became distressed about their cows being dry, they hung the milk snakes head down and milked them instead. There is the Squonk, a melancholy creature whose skin is so misshapen and morbid


that in shame it weeps uncontrollably, hiding in hemlock forests. If hunters manage to capture them, when they get home all they have is a wet sack because the Squonks have cried themselves to death. Some of the creatures that lurk in the hills are fantastic snakes. The Hoop Snake was part of my growing up in South Carolina. When we saw a black snake, we ran because it could have been a Hoop Snake that had a poisonous horn on its tail. It could grab its tail in its mouth and roll so fast it would catch even the fastest of us. Or it could have been a Coach (whip) Snake, which was known to seek out children who have been wicked and bite their lip and with the rest of their body whip the child within a hairbreadth of their lives. Another species of the Coach Snake sought out adults who fished on Sunday or broke other moral codes. This species combines the “worst traits of rattlesnakes, hoop snakes and … will bite, sting and whip its victims to death.” Unfortunately, these snakes are rarely seen no matter how much we might wish they were still doing their work. Many of us have been the victim of a Snipe

hunt, pursuing what Carden describes as, “a small bird (two or three inches long) with a white spot in the center of its back.” He goes on to describe his own experience: “Armed with two candles (some folks use a flashlight) and a burlap sack, I sat in the dark and whistled. I’m not too embarrassed about that since you probably did it too.” He adds, “The snipe hunt has become a ‘kind of initiation’ for many Boy Scout troops.” If you want to pull that trick on someone, the notes at the back of the book provide a detailed description of how it is done. For those interested in Cherokee folklore, Carden and Newham-Cobb have included some of the creatures rarely seen in these mountains today. These include the Uktena, a snake with horns that eats children; the Tlanusi, a leech-like creature living in the Hiwassee river; the Tlanuwa, a divine hawk that come from the “world above” to live with the Cherokee; and the Dakwa, a great fish who swallowed Cherokee warriors like the whale in Jonah. For me, one of the most impressive of the creatures in the book is the Saw Hog, “usually a sow, that can actually be used to saw wood,” according to Carden. The illustration shows

Mustin’s small town America comes to Waynesville

Susan Reinhardt returns to Sylva bookstore

Writer Bob Mustin will discuss his new collection of short stories, Sam’s Place, at 3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 31, at Blue Ridge Books in Waynesville. Sam’s Place is a collection of interwoven short stories that revolve around a local watering hole and pool hall. Sam’s Place is in the fictional Alabama town of Striven. Locals from all walks of life come to Sam’s Place to escape the heat, play pool, drink and talk. It’s a wild and rowdy bar at times, but a place as full of life and heart as you’ll find anywhere in the Deep South. Everyone has a story to tell. In Sam’s Place you’ll learn the powerful stories of a wayward preacher, a reformed hooker, an Iraq vet amputee, Sam Witherspoon himself and other customers. Pull up a chair, have a drink and get to know the locals by listening to their life stories at Sam’s Place.

Asheville writer and columnist Susan Reinhardt will present her new novel Chimes from a Cracked Southern Belle at 3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 31, at City Lights Bookstore in Sylva. Most people think the reason Dee Millings married the best looking man in the Carolinas, who turned out to be a complete psycho and near-murderer, is because she was raised all wrong. Dee, a 38-year-old heroine to root for, sets out on a path winding with loveable kooks, wanting to prove there is a great life on the other side of tragedy. Her new adventure begins two years after the crime spree that nearly stopped her heart and left her flat-lining. As Dee begins a journey toward recovery and becoming a registered nurse, a dark secret resurfaces, one that if handled right, could be her ticket to allowing herself to love again. 828.586.9499.


how fierce these creatures were. Farmers had to buckle their jaws to keep safe. Newham-Cobb’s illustrations are fantastical and add to the vividness of the stories. One of my favorites is the Cabbage Snake, a deadly viper that lives inside cabbages. Carden, who received the North Carolina Award for Literature in 2012 and the 2006 Brown-Hudson Award from the North Carolina Folklore Society, began writing this book 15 years ago and has been researching the folklore about imaginary creatures that have inhabited parts of the country since. Some of the references Carden has unearthed go back to John Larson’s, A New Voyage to Carolina, in 1714. Newham-Cobb is an illustrator of children’s books and a member of the Society of Children’s Books Writers and Editors. She received her MFA at UNC Greensboro and lives outside Philadelphia. She also works as an illustrator at Smoky Mountain Living. The book is available at neighborhood bookstores and will be sold at Mountain Heritage Day by the Mountain Heritage Center. (Newton Smith is a professor emeritus of English at Western Carolina University who specializes in Appalachian literature and technical writing.)

Carden presents new book Acclaimed Southern Appalachia writer Gary Carden will release his new book, Appalachian Bestiary at 1 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 1, at City Lights Bookstore in Sylva. His book features, as Carden puts it, “wondrous creatures that run the gamut from whimsy to spine-tingling terror. The weeping squont and the pongereen bird, which suffers from Montezuma’s revenge; the legendary beasts of the Cherokees such as the Uktena; and the terrifying products of mass paranoia like the supernatural “painters” and the “vampire beast of Bladenboro.” All are drawn from the same deep well — the oral tradition of the southern mountains. Carden is a storyteller, playwright, author and artist. He has written numerous plays, including the recent Outlander, which tells the story of Horace Kephart. Carden will be joined by illustrator, Mandy Newham-Cobb. 828.586.9499.



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Balancing grades, world-class training no problem for SCC Early College student

BY TYLER NORRIS GOODE CONTRIBUTOR owan Stuart’s favorite kayak maneuver is called the “Phonics Monkey” and involves spinning the vessel on its bow like a pirouette for a full 360 degrees then flipping the boat end over end. There’s nothing easy about the trick, but Stuart’s ability to cleanly achieve it at high-level competitions is a big reason she’ll be competing in the Freestyle World Championships, the premier competition for freestyle paddling athletes, that start Sept. 2 in the Nantahala Gorge. In much the same way, the 17-year-old has managed to successfully balance her academic pursuits at Southwestern Community College with world-class kayak training. She currently holds a 3.2 GPA in SCC’s College Transfer program and is scheduled to complete her two-year associate’s degree and high school diploma before she turns 18 through the Jackson County Early College. “It’s just a lot of time management,” said Stuart, who enrolled in SCC’s Early College as a freshman in 2010. “Some days, I’ll go paddling at seven in the morning before school, or I’ll go at 2 p.m. afterward. I have a little more flexibility than if I were a traditional high school student.” While she’s had little problem fitting her kayaking time in between her college and high school studies, Stuart is taking 14 college hours this fall and knows the weeks ahead will test her like never before. So she has started talking with instructors and advisors to map out the most efficient way for her to make up for class time she’ll miss while training for and participating in the international competition. The biennial event takes place at different locations across the globe and is much like the Olympics of trickboating, meaning the training necessary to compete is no walk in the park. “That says a lot about how she balances her priorities,” said Matt Kirby, who serves as Stuart’s advisor through SCC’s Early College. “She’s got her head on straight, and she has a sound plan for the future.” Stuart qualified for the world championships by placing among the top three junior women in the spring team trials for the United States’ team. At the standing wave in front of the Nantahala Outdoor Center, Stuart will try out her routine of tricks, flips and twirls against other world-class athletes. She’s guaranteed three 45-second rides – two of which count – in the competition’s preliminary round. If she advances to the finals, she’ll get three more rides – and only her best run will count. Points and bonuses are given for the most complex and perfectly executed paddling aerobatics. “I’m definitely getting excited,” said Stuart, whose sponsors include Pyranha Kayak, Astral Buoyancy, Immersion Research and Watershed Drybags. “There are definitely some nerves, too, when I think about putting my ride together and which tricks I’m best at.” For general information about SCC’s programs for high school students, contact Cindy Thompson at 828.339.4610 or


Rowan Stuart, a student in SCC’s Early College, will compete in the Freestyle World Championships next month in the Nantahala Gorge.


A bird of two tales

State and local officials are advising people to avoid contact with Long Creek in Graham County after recent water quality sampling found wastewater. The partially treated wastewater is making its way into the creek because of a malfunction at the Robbinsville treatment plant. An official with the N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources first discovered the problem while doing some routine water sampling two weeks ago downstream of the plant. Tests revealed fecal coliform in the water exceeded levels considered safe by the state. High fecal coliform counts can indicate that disease-causing bacteria are present. Public water supplies appear to be safe, as there are no public drinking water sources in the affected area downstream of the plant. However, state officials are saying no one should fish, drink, swim in or otherwise come into contact with the water in Long Creek. State and Graham County officials, meanwhile, continue to investigate the problem and seek a solution to better treat

National Park trail temporarily closed Great Smoky Mountains National Park officials have temporarily closed Springhouse Branch Trail to all horseback riding because of unsafe trail conditions. Heavy rainfall this year resulted in the development of a wet weather spring which recently washed away the trail surface along a section of Springhouse Branch Trail, exposing slick bedrock. The trail connects Jonas Creek Trail and Noland Creek Trail. Because of the steep terrain and unstable surface, the area is no longer safe for stock travel. The trail is passable for foot traffic, but hikers should exercise extreme caution. Crews begin work in early September and expect to be finished by early October. To make repairs, trail workers will build an elevated structure made of locust posts and crushed stone that will allow for proper drainage and create a durable surface for horse travel. or 865.436.1297. 

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Movie touts benefits of local food A movie showing in Waynesville is asking folks to think hard about their food choices. The documentary-style movie “Fresh: New Thinking About What We’re Eating” will be featured at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 10, in the auditorium of the Waynesville Library. The film focuses on the woes of industrial food and meat production and the remedies provided by local and organic agriculture. Discussion will continue afterward with Tina Masciarelli from the local food initiative “Buy Haywood,” who will be on hand to answer questions and engage in discussion about the importance of eating locally grown foods. Popcorn will be provided; participants may bring their own drinks. 828.356.2507.

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inform water policy in the Everglades. The first phase of a new “spreader canal” that helps redistribute water into the bays and estuaries was opened in January, and bridges are beginning to be punched through the Tamiami Trail, a road that forms the northern boundary of the Everglades Park and acts as a dam keeping the natural flow of water out. Time will tell if these policies continue and if they will be enough to revive the dwindling spoonbill population. The flip side of that equation is that in Louisiana, Mississippi, Texas and Georgia, Roseate spoonbills appear to be expanding their nesting range northward. I have seen pictures this summer of post-nest dispersal from Black Bayou National Wildlife Refuge in northeast Louisiana, Red Slough in southeastern Oklahoma and Hunting Island State Park in South Carolina. (Don Hendershot is a writer and naturalist. He can be reached a

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Roger Tory Petersen called it, “one of the most breathtaking of the world’s weirdest birds,” and it was John James Audubon’s “rose-coloured curlew.” But the name that has stuck is roseate spoonbill. The roseate spoonbill is one of only six species of spoonbills in the world. It is the only one found in the New World and the only one with the fantastic pale pink to bright rose coloration. These unique waders can stand nearly three feet tall and have a wingspan of more than four feet. Adults have a greenish featherless head and a large spatulate bill. Their necks are white with a tuft of pink feathers in breeding season. The white spills onto the back and breast but is quickly replaced with a pinkish, rosy hue. The color runs the gamut from a pale pink to a brilliant rose pink. The saturation is diet dependant. The crustaceans the birds feed on, feed on algae that contain carotenes and other pigments that ultimately produce the color in the feathers. The roseate spoonbill ranges primarily from the Gulf States south to Chile and Argentina. The collection of feathers for the millinery trade in the mid to late 1800s decimated spoonbill populations along with many egrets and herons. In the 1940s, they were granted protection and had habitat set aside for them. They have been making a steady comeback across most of their range. The Everglades, however, once a stronghold for roseate spoonbills, is once again seeing a precipitous decline in numbers. The culprit according to a piece by Rene Ebersole in Audubon Magazine is poor water management. Spoonbills in the Everglades were making steady recovery until around 1979 when wetlands were drained and ditched to create housing developments and roads. That was followed by “upgrading” the canal system and increasing pumping stations to divert water for agricultural purposes. The spoonbill’s intuitive clock tells it that when water levels begin to fall in November and December, it is nesting time. In the natural order of things, when the eggs hatch about three weeks later, the fish and aquatic invertebrates that the spoonbill feeds on (and feeds to its chicks) will be concentrated

in the shallow pools prevalent during the dry season. Unfortunately, it has been common practice for water managers, working to keep those new developments dry, to open gates and spill water into the bay, which in turn floods the shallows where the spoonbills would be feeding making it impossible for the adults to feed the chicks. According to the article, flood control and agriculture still take precedence over a balanced ecosystem, but the tide may be changing, at least enough to give the spoonbills a fighting chance. Audubon Florida executive director Eric Draper noted that science was helping to

the wastewater before it is discharged into Long Creek. Long Creek flows into the Cheoah River in Western North Carolina, which in turn flows into Santeetlah Lake on the Tennessee border.    


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A storied estate in Cashiers, preserved for future generations, will be the destination of an A group of hikers enjoy the view from upcoming ecotour. Timber Ridge, part of a conservation The Highlands-Cashiers Land Trust will lead a easement in Cashiers. trip Sept. 13 to Timber Ridge, located on the Warren Estate Conservation Easement. The more than 100-acre easement is home to Polly’s Branch, part of the headwaters of the Chattooga River, a National Wild and Scenic River. Numerous rare and endangered plant species have been identified on the property; it also serves as habitat for many animals, birds and fish. The estate traces its history back to the 1820s when one of the early pioneers to the region settled in Whiteside Cove. In the 1930s, James Warren, from Atlanta, bought the property and built a cabin there. After some time left abandoned, the grandson of Warren took over the property, restored it and the family decided to place nearly half of it in a conservation trust. The tour costs $35 and includes lunch and a membership to the land trust. Reservations are requested. or 828.526.1111 or


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Renowned beekeeping expert Kim Flottum will share his bee and beekeeping knowledge at 6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 7, at Haywood Community College. He is the editor of Bee Culture, a magazine that covers the practical side of keeping honeybees, from one or two colonies in a backyard or rooftop to managing hundreds or thousands. Moreover, Flottum has three books on bees and beekeeping and served at the helm of local, state and regional beekeeping organizations. The event is sponsored by the Haywood Beekeepers Association and the Haywood County Extension Service. A donation of $5 is requested for nonmembers of the association. 828.279.5614 or

Bird lovers in Macon County, get ready to head for the greenway. The Highlands Plateau Audubon Society and the Franklin Bird Club have a joint bird walk planned Saturday Aug. 31 along the Franklin Greenway. The field trip is a continuation of the society’s weekly Saturday morning bird walks and will be led by the chapter’s president Russ Regnery. Bird enthusiasts in Highlands or Cashiers interested in attending should meet at 7:15 a.m. in the Highlands Town Hall parking lot near the public restrooms to carpool to Franklin. Participants in Franklin should meet at 8 a.m. in the Franklin Library parking lot. or 828.743.9670.  

Birding beginners learn the ropes Beginner birders will have a chance to learn the ropes of bird watching and identification at an upcoming educational outing in Highlands. The Highlands Plateau Audubon Society is hosting its beginners bird walk Sept. 7 in Highlands. The field trip will be led by Romney Bathurst, an experienced and internationally traveled birder. She will empha-

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size basic skills beginners can use to find and identify birds. Participants should meet at 7:30 a.m. at the Highlands Town Hall parking area near the public restrooms to car pool. Extra binoculars will be provided if necessary. These walks are held the first Saturday of each month. or 828.743.9670.  

Nature Center. Costa will take attendees on an oral journey through evolution on the Galapagos Islands. Costa is executive director of the Highlands Biological Station and author of several books including The Annotated Origin: A Facsimile of the First Edition of On the Origin of Species. Costa is a biology professor at Western Carolina University and has devoted much of his time to studying evolution and Charles Darwin’s life and work. He has also studied the work of Alfred Russell Wallace, who helped develop early theories of evolution. Costa’s most recent writing project, which centers around the works of Wallace, will be available in October.

Highlands lecture offers insights into the secrets of life Entomologist Jim Costa will give a lecture titled “Ecology and Evolution in Las Islas Encantadas – A Darwin-Inspired Exploration of the Galapagos Islands” at 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 29, at the Highlands

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Learn ins and outs of home seed saving Seed expert Keith Nicholson will cover the what, why and how of vegetable seeds and seed saving at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 5, at the Macon County Public Library Meeting Room. His lecture will cover the basics of vegetable seeds and help anyone looking to save their own seeds at home. His presentation will clarify the terminology of seeds and plants, explain the progression of seed technology and outline the life cycles of vegetables. His talk will include demonstrations for wet and dry seed processing. Nicholson first learned seed saving growing up on a farm in rural Ohio and later received a degree in horticulture. He also worked as a research technician in the vegetable improvement division of a large

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The view of the Cowee Mound and Little Tennessee River from above Hall Mountain. Ralph Preston Photo

Input sought for park at Hall Mountain The tract is six miles north of Franklin and is the backdrop of the historic Cowee Mound site, once the diplomatic and commercial center of the Cherokee people until the arrival of Europeans and early settlers. The meetings are hosted by the Cherokee Tribal Office of Environment and Natural Resources and will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. Aug. 27 and Sept. 17, at the Cowee School near Franklin, and Sept. 3 and 24 in Cherokee, at a location not yet determined. 828.554.6225 or

Lend your voice to trail plan vision Time is running out for trail users to offer input on a regional trail plan for the seven western counties or simply offer up a wish list of future trail projects. The trail plan maps out a long-range vision for new trails, connectors and improvements to the diverse trail and greenway systems in the region. Input is being sought through an online survey through Sept. 6. To check out the trail plan, go to: and click on “regional trail plan” on the left. To take the survey, go to: The regional trail plan was created by the Southwestern Commission with a grant from the N.C Division of Parks and Recreation.

Nearly $800,000 in grants will fund research in North Carolina that investigates threats to various aquatic species and habitats in the state. Through the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and matching resources from local partners, nearly $700,000 will go toward a project that seeks to study the effects of contaminants in the water and food of the robust redhorse. The large fish is found in only three river drainages in the Southeast, mostly in the piedmont and coastal plains

areas, and is listed as an endangered species in North Carolina. Another state project received nearly $100,000 in funding to analyze and map conservation opportunity areas based on habitat threats such as urban growth, pollution, and impacts from climate change. The information will be published online for the public. The two projects were funded as part of a recent round of grants to help imperiled species. More than $8 million was awarded across 11 states through the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s competitive State Wildlife Grants program. The grants focus on largescale conservation projects yielding measurable results.


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Community members are invited to attend upcoming public meetings to learn more about the use of the Hall Mountain Tract in Macon County as a public park and to submit input for potential uses of the land. The Hall Mountain tract, once a Cherokee settlement, is 108 acres of forest and open space the tribe bought with help from a federal grant. Tribal leaders plan to develop it as a recreation site, with trails and a picnic pavilion, a demonstration site for traditional Cherokee land management and a resource for traditional artisans.


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BUSINESS & EDUCATION • Choosing the Right Legal Structure, 6 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 29, Sequoyah Fund office, Ginger Lynn Welch Complex, 810 Acquoni Road, Cherokee. $5. Preregistration required. Russ Seagle, 359.5003 or John Ross, 359.5006. • “Insights and Reflections,” Roland Johnson, chairman, chief executive officer and founder of Piedmont Pharmaceuticals of Greensboro, 4 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 29, Room 101, Forsyth Building at Western Carolina University. College of Business, 227.7412. • Member Reception and Open House, 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 4, Haywood Chamber office in downtown Waynesville. • Free seminar, Business Start-Up Issues A – Z, 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 3, Student Center, Haywood Community College, Clyde. Register at 627.4512. • Free seminar, Business Essentials, 10 a.m. to noon, Wednesday, Sept. 4, Student Center Building, first floor, Haywood Community College, Clyde. Register at or 627.4512.

All phone numbers area code 828 unless otherwise noted. SCC’s Small Business Center, 339.4211 or • Medical Coding online course, Sept. 9-Dec. 13 and costs $185, Vita Nations, 339.4656, or Scott Sutton, 306.7034 or

COMMUNITY EVENTS & ANNOUNCEMENTS • 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 is limited. 339.4426. • Free Lunch, noon, Saturday, Aug. 31, Franklin Covenant Church, 265 Belleview Park Road, Franklin. Rich, 342.9085. All are welcome.

• Haywood Chamber Issues & Eggs Breakfast featuring the Canton Candidates for Board of Aldermen, 8 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 4, Gateway Club, Church Street, Waynesville.

• WNC’s Largest Indoor Fall Yard Sale, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 7, Ramsey Activities Center at Western Carolina University, Cullowhee. Sponsored by Jackson County Chamber of Commerce, 586.2155.

• Free seminar, How to Price Your Product or Service, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 5, Southwestern Community College’s Macon Campus.

• Public Hearing to get comments on proposed revisions to the 441 corridor development ordinance and map, 6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 5, Smoky Mountain Elementary School Cafeteria.


• Cribbage Grass Roots Club, 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Maggie Valley Inn., Keith Miller, 410.440.7652,, or Dale Henry, 926.3978.

FUNDRAISERS AND BENEFITS • Shriners in the Smokies gospel/bluegrass festival will be Aug. 30 to Sept. 1 at Happy Holiday Campground in Whittier. $10 donation suggested. All proceeds go to Shriners Hospitals for Children. • 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 • Food Drive, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 31 and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 1, Maggie Valley Festival Grounds, to replenish food, diapers, pet food, tissues and more at the Methodist Church Food Pantry, 4192 Soco Road, Maggie Valley. Bring a non-perishable food or donation to the Labor Day Weekend Craft Show. • Soul Revivers Christian Motorcycle Rally, Aug. 31Sept. 1, Cherokee Fairgrounds. Sponsored by, as a fundraiser that provides 100 percent of event proceeds to Lifted-Up motorcycle accident victims. Sober bike rally with music, games, vendors and speakers. Weekend admission is $10 per person; under 12 free with paid adult. Bike and car shows for 50/50 cash. • Quilt raffle to support the Ronald McDonald House. Haywood Community College quilting students will sell raffle tickets at the Haywood County Fairgrounds flea markets Saturday, Sept. 7. Drawing for quilt at noon, Sept. 7. Tickets are $1 each or six for $5. Purchase tickets at 734.3848 or 565.4245.

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.




• MedWest Harris Blood Drive, 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 12, 68 Hospital Drive, Sylva. Melissa Southers, 586.7131. • Lowe’s 2257 Sylva Blood Drive, 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 20, 1716 N. Main St., Sylva. Leah Crisp, 586.1170. • Southwestern Community College Blood Drive, 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 26, 447 College Drive, Sylva. Amanda Pressley, 339.4305.



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• Maggie Valley United Methodist Church Blood Drive, 2 to 6 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 3, 4192 Soco Road, Maggie Valley. 800.733.2767. All presenting donors are automatically entered into a drawing for a $1,000 gift card. • Center Pigeon Fire Department Blood Drive, 2 to 6 p.m. Monday, Sept. 9, 2412 Pisgah Drive, Canton. Jennifer Stump, 231.6511.

Swain Victory Baptist Church Blood Drive, 2 to 6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 5, 2175 Fontana Road, Bryson City. Doris Bonilla, 488.7888.

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Macon • Angel Medical Center Blood Drive, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, Sept. 6, 120 Riverview St., Franklin. Barbara Hall, 369.4166. • Prentiss Church of God Blood Drive, 1 to 6 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 11, 59 Church Hill Lane, Franklin. Jean Crane, 524.4976.

HEALTH MATTERS • Free Lunch and Learn, noon to 1 p.m. Friday, Sept. 6, MedWest-Harris board room, second floor of MedWestHarris campus, Sylva. Orthopedic surgeon Lawrence Supik and Robin Pope, Ph.D., PA-C. Topic is knee replacement. 586.5531 or • Spero M. Manson, the Distinguished Professor of Public Health and Psychiatry and head of the Centers for American Indian and Alaska Native Health at the University of Colorado at Denver, will speak at 3 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 4, in Room 204 of the Health and Human Sciences Building. 227.3896.

RECREATION & FITNESS • Register now through Aug. 29 for Haywood County Recreation & Parks’ first ever Fall Adult Co-Ed Kickball League. 452.6789 or email • Church Co-Rec Volleyball League signup Sept. 3-Oct. 1, Jackson County Parks & Recreation Department. $175 per team. Limited to the first 10 teams to pay the fee. Games will be played on Tuesday nights at the Recreation Center in Cullowhee beginning Oct. 8. Jackson County Parks & Recreation Department, 293.3053, • New 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. 456.2030 or email

THE SPIRITUAL SIDE • REcharged! 6 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 1, Canton Recreation Park. An evening of music and fellowship surrounding God’s Word.

SENIOR ACTIVITIES • 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. • Grandparents Appreciation Dinner, 5 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 3, Jackson County Department of Aging Senior Center, Sylva. Free catered meal, entertainment and activities. Bring your grandchildren. Anyone can attend, with or without grandchildren. Sign up at 586.4944.

• Tai Chi for Health, 3 p.m. Tuesdays through Sept. 24. $10 for participants and $15 for non-participants. Class size is limited. Sign up in the Lobby of the Jackson County Senior Center or call 586.4944. • Regular Parkinson meeting, 1 to 3 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 28, Senior Resource Center, 81 Elmwood Way, Waynesville. Megan Griffin will be presenting. 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, through Oct. 5, Waynesville Recreation Center. $27 for a family of four who are members of the WRC, $2 for each additional child, and $45 for a family of four who are nonmembers, $3 for each additional child. 456.2030 or email . • Tumbling class, Thursdays, starting Sept. 12, at First Methodist Church in Sylva. Ages 3 to 4, 6 to 6:45 p.m., ages 5 to 8, 7 to 7:45 p.m. $25. Class size limited. Register at Recreation Center in Cullowhee. No phone registration. Information, Jackson County Parks & Recreation Department, 293.3053. • Art classes for children, 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. starting Tuesdays, Aug. 27, First Baptist Church, MAC Building, 100 S. Main St., Waynesville. $75 tuition for a 5 week session, or children may attend individual classes for $15 per class. Char Avrunin,, 456.9197. • 11 a.m. Friday Aug. 30, Children’s Story time, Favorites, Jackson County Public Library. 586.2016. • 3:30 p.m. Friday Aug. 30, Children’s Story time with Miss Sally, Favorites, Jackson County Public Library, 586.2016. • Closed for Labor Day, Monday Sept. 2, Jackson County Public Library, 586.2016. • 11 a.m. Tuesday Sept. 3, Children’s Story time. Library Lion, Jackson County Public Library, 586.2016.

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

• MedWest-Swain WNC Breast Cancer Support Group, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 10, private dining room next to the cafeteria at MedWest-Swain in Bryson City. Mary E. Mahon, RN, 631.8100.

A&E FESTIVALS, SPECIAL & SEASONAL EVENTS • Smoky Mountain Roller Girls doubleheader, “Cruisin’ for a Brusin,’ 5:30 p.m. Aug. 31, Birdtown Gym, Highway 19, Cherokee. Proceeds to benefit the Hawthorn Heights and Cherokee Children’s Home.

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• Game Day, 2 p.m. third Saturday of the month, Papou’s Wine Shop, Sylva. Bring cards, board games, etc. 586.6300. • Bingo, 5:45 p.m. Thursdays, through Sept. 5, Pavilion next to Maggie Valley Town Hall. Cash prizes. • Hunger Games Fan Tours - Walking Tour, Aug. 31, DuPont State Forest (between Hendersonville and Brevard). $59 per person.

• Preschool story time, 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 4, Marianna Black Library, Bryson City, 488.3030.

• LakeALooza Lake Celebration, 4 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 31, Fontana Village Resort. 800.849.2258, • Open Air Indian Art Market, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 31, at the Qualla Arts & Crafts Mutual in Cherokee. 497.3103, • Fall Arts and Crafts Show, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Aug. 31-Sept. 1, with fireworks at 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.

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• 1 to 5 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 5 and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, Sept. 6 – ECA Craft Club Workshop: Pine Needle Basket Workshop, Conference Room of Community Service Center, Sylva (call Extension Office to sign up).

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• 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 at 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.

• Block Party, 6 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 31, downtown Waynesville.

• 9:30 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 5 – Leaf Printing, Potpourri ECA, Conference Room of Community Service Center, Sylva.


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• 3:30 p.m. Wednesday Sept. 4, Children’s Story time, Book Friends! Jackson County Public Library, 586.2016.

• 6 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 3 and Thursday, Sept. 5 – Basket Class, Kountry Krafters ECA, JoAnn Luker’s home.

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• Shelton House Bed Turning Event, 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 7, the Shelton House, 49 Shelton St., Waynesville.

• Streetfest, 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 30, downtown Franklin. Extended business hours, musical entertainment at the Gazebo square and Town Hall parking lot.

• Extension and Community Association (ECA) groups meet throughout the county at various locations and times each month. NC Cooperative Extension Office, 586.4009.

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• Man to Man Support Group for prostate cancer patients and survivors, 7 to 8 p.m. Monday, Sept. 9, Harris Medical Park conference room, 98 Doctors Drive, Sylva. Mary E. Mahon, RN, 631.8100.

• 4 p.m. Tuesday Sept. 3, Teen Time, Jackson County Public Library, 586.2016.


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• Meditation for a Healthy Brain And Body six-week class, 10:30 a.m. starting Thursday, Sept. 5, Senior Resource Center, Waynesville. Taught by Melissa Moss, assistant chaplain at MedWest Haywood and volunteer at the Senior Resource Center. 452.2370 to reserve a spot.

• 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 • Cherokee Bonfire, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, through Aug. 31, Oconaluftee Islands Park (across from KFC), Cherokee. Hear stories


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next to a roaring fire. Light refreshments. Free. 800.438.1601,

Mann. Free, but tickets required. 227.2479 or

• Sept. 1 is the deadline to apply for a booth for the second annual Christmas Craft Fair, Saturday, Dec. 7, Canton Armory. 10x10 booth without tables, $25. 10x10 booth with two tables, $45. Booth fees go to a local charity. Carolyn Surrett, 648.0101 or email Denise Cairnes,

• Pianist and composer Michael Jefry Stevens, 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 5, recital hall of WCU’s Coulter Building. Free. WCU School of Music, 227.7242.

• Fireworks Over Cashiers, Sunday, Sept. 1. Hosted by The Village Green and GCAMA. Live music by The Extraoridnaires. No coolers. • 40th annual Fall Regional Shelby/Mustang & Ford Meet, noon to 6 p.m. Friday, Sept. 6, and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 7, Maggie Valley Festival Grounds. Free admission for spectators, rain or shine. Rick Hayslip, 678.378.5799,; Northeast Georgia Mustang Club on FaceBook, or • 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. Booth space assignments for the festival will be announced after October 4. Applications available at or by calling 456.3021.


Aug. 28-Sept. 3, 2013

• 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 or at • Asheville writer and columnist Susan Reinhardt will present her new novel Chimes from a Cracked Southern Belle at 3 p.m. Saturday Aug. 31, at City Lights Bookstore in Sylva. 586.9499. • Gary Carden booksigning,1:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 1, City Lights Bookstore, 3 E. Jackson St., Sylva. Carden’s new book is Appalachian Bestiary., 586.9499.

ON STAGE & IN CONCERT • Bean Sidhe (pronounced: ban-shee), 6 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 29, Marianna Black Library, corner of Academy and Rector streets, Bryson City. Premier Celtic band of the Smokies. 488.3030, • Almost, Maine, Aug. 29-Sept. 1, Highlands Performing Arts Center, Highlands, 526.8084,

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• Thursdays at the Library, music with Eric Hendrix, 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 29, Macon County Public Library Meeting Room. 524.3600. • An Appalachian Evening Concert Series at 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. or call 479.3364. • Rehearsals for Community Chorus Christmas concert, 7 p.m. Monday, Sept. 2, First United Methodist Church, 566 S. Haywood St., Waynesville. 456.1020 or 452.0156.

• 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 40 recent Tony Award-nominated Broadway star Terrence

• Champion mountain dulcimer players, Lois Hornbostel and Ehukai Teves, 3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 8, Swain County Center for the Arts, Bryson City. Eugenia (Jenny) Johnson, 488.7843, • Auditions for “The Heiress,” 6:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 8 and Monday, Sept. 9, HART, 250 Pigeon St., Waynesville.

NIGHT LIFE • The Two Armadillos, acoustic duo , 6 p.m. Aug. 2930, Nick and Nate’s Pizza, 111 Main St. Waynesville. • Live music: Angela Faye Martin, 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 30; A Man Called Bruce, 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 14; Liz & AJ Nance, 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 24; and Tina & Her Pony, 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 4, City Lights Café, Sylva. • Tribute to Elvis and Conway Twitty, 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 5, Chris Monteith and Ray Wike, Papou’s Wine Shop and Wine Bar, Sylva.

OUTDOOR MUSIC • 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. • Music in the Mountains Free Evening Concert Series, 6:30 p.m. Saturdays, through Oct. 26, Great Smoky Mountains Railroad Depot, Bryson City. 872.4681. • Bryson City band jakleg, 8 p.m. Monday, Sept. 2, downtown Bryson City.

DANCE • Pisgah Promenaders Square Dance Club beginners square dance lessons , 7 p.m. Monday, Sept. 9, Old Armory Recreation Center, Waynesville.

ART/GALLERY EVENTS & OPENINGS • Jackson County Arts Council is now accepting proposals for regional artist exhibitions in the Rotunda Gallery on the first floor of the Historic Jackson County Courthouse, part of the Jackson County Library Complex on Courthouse Hill., Norma Hendrix, 342.6913. • “Avian Perspectives,” a bird art exhibition featuring paintings, carvings and photography by local artists, will run through Aug. 31, Hudson Library, Main Street, Highlands.

• “Contemporary Traditions” new exhibit featuring local artists, Sept. 5-28, Gallery 86, 86 N. Main St., Waynesville. Artist reception, 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, Sept. 6.,

• Highlands Plateau Audubon Society beginner’s bird walk, Saturday, Sept. 3, select areas of Highlands. Meet at 7:30 a.m. at the Highlands Town Hall parking area to car pool. 743.9670,

• 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.

• Volunteer Trail Work Days, 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 7, Kelsey Trail. Meet at the Highland-Cashiers Land Trust office at the Peggy Crosby Center in Highlands or contact Kyle at, 526.1111.

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, • Beginning Weaving on a Rigid Heddle Loom, 9 a.m. to noon Tuesdays, Sept. 3-Oct. 3, Creative Arts Building, Haywood Community College. Cost is $105 plus supplies. To register, please visit Student Services. 565.4240. • ColorFest artists work displayed, Sept. 5—October 5, Dillsboro shops.

FILM & SCREEN • 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. • “King – From Montgomery to Memphis,” 7 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 28, Niggli Theatre, Western Carolina University, Cullowhee. Documentary, in honor of the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington where the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. made his famed “I Have a Dream” speech. Jack Sholder, director of WCU’s Film and TV Production Program and an editor of the 1970 Academy-Award nominated documentary, will take part in a panel discussion.227.2324 or • Classic 1943 movie, 2 p.m. Friday, Aug. 30, Meeting Room, Macon County Public Library, Franklin. Stars Greer Garson and Walter Pidgeon. 524.3600. • Family movie, 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 3, Marianna Black Library, Bryson City. Animated adventure. 488.3030. • Classic 1937 movie starring Tyrone Power, Alice Faye and Don Ameche, 2 p.m. Friday, Sept. 6, Macon County Library, Franklin. 524.3600. The O’Leary brothers become powerful figures, and eventually rivals, in Chicago on the eve of its Great Fire.

• Painter Kel Tanner solo exhibition, through Sept. 2, Haywood County Arts Council’s Gallery 86, downtown Waynesville. • Public Art Project Dedication for Grace Cathey’s “Wildflowers of the Smokies,” 5:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 6, corner of Depot and Main streets, downtown Waynesville. 452.2491. • 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. All other supplies included. 627.4500, 565.4240. • Southern Lights, a colorful exhibition, through Sept. 1, The Bascom, Highlands. • Green Biennial Invitational Exhibition featuring nine new sculptures, through Dec. 31, the Village Green Commons, Cashiers., 743.3434.

Outdoors OUTINGS, HIKES & FIELDTRIPS • Blue Ridge Parkway rangers guided hike, 10 a.m. Friday, Aug. 30, base of Mount Hardy in the Middle Prong Wilderness Area. Three miles, moderate in difficulty. Meet at Rough Butt Bald Overlook, near Milepost 425, just south of Devils Courthouse. 298.5330 x304. • Franklin Bird Club and Audubon Society join bird walk, Saturday, Aug. 31, along Franklin’s Greenway. Highlands/Cashiers folks meet at 7:15 a.m. in the Highlands Town Hall parking lot to carpool. Franklin people should meet at 8 a.m. in the Franklin Library

• Sports Films fundraiser, 7 p.m. Monday, Sept. 9, Carolina Cinemas, Ashville. REI event to support Trips for Kids WNC. See Epic big mountain ski and snowboard descents, nail-biting speed climbing, stomach turning kayaking drops., VIP tickets available for $30. Register/Info:

PROGRAMS & WORKSHOPS • 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. • 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. Must register online to attend any session. Register at

COMPETITIVE EDGE • 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 is limited. • Eighth annual WNC Run/Walk For Autism, 9 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 14, UNC-Asheville Asheville Track Club Grand Prix series. 5K Run/Walk, 1K Fun Run/Walk. Proceeds support the programs and services of the Autism Society of North Carolina in western North Carolina.

FARM & GARDEN • Sylva Garden Club meeting, 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 3, Fellowship Hall of the First Presbyterian Church, Sylva. • Seed saving expert Keith Nicholson, 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 5, Macon County Public Library Meeting Room. 524.3600.

FARMER’S & TAILGATE MARKETS Bryson City • Swain Tailgate Market Organic produce, plants, trout, honey, jams, quail and rabbit as well as an array of local crafts. 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Fridays, Main Street behind the historic courthouse downtown. 488.3848.

Cherokee • Cherokee Farmers Tailgate Market Fresh local, organic and heirloom produce. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Fridays, Acquoni Road, Cherokee. 554.6931.

Stecoah • Stecoah Tailgate Market The Stecoah Tailgate Market, 8 to 11 a.m., Wednesdays, at the Stecoah Valley Cultural Arts Center. 479.3364.



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FANTASTIC AUCTION, Friday August 30th @ 4:30 PM. at Boatwright Auction building in Franklin. Selling over 800 lots! Some of the nicest items we’ve sold all year. Items Including: fine furniture, primitive funiture, unique primitives, loads of glassware, gently used furniture, coins, jewelry, granite, antiques, quilts, rugs, artwork, collectables, household, box lots & TONS MORE!! Dont Miss This Auction! View pictures and more details @ Boatwright Auction, 34 Tarheel Trail, Franklin, NC. 828.524.2499 NCAL Firm 9231 PROMOTE YOUR AUCTION With a classified ad published in 100 North Carolina newspapers with over 1.3 million circulation. A 25-word ad is only $330. For more information, call NCPS at 919.789.2083 or visit LENOIR COMMUNITY COLLEGE In Kinston, NC offers Auctioneering beginning Sept. 3. Call 252.527.6223, ext. 714 or Hall of Fame Auctioneer Josie Graves at 252.523.4337.

AUCTION ABSOLUTE AUCTION Sat. Aug. 31 @ 9am. 10% Buyer's Premium. 926 Moonlight Road, Halifax, NC 27839. Estate of John E. Winslow, Deceased. Army Trucks, Home Gym Equipment, Combine, Tractors, Skid Steer, Gen Sets, Pickups, Golf Carts, Boat, Jeep, Motorcycle, 300 Small New Tools, Steel, New Tools, Trailers. Lloyd Meekins & Sons Auction Co. Lumberton, NC. NCLN858. EB Web. 252.245.1405. 10% Buyer's Premium.

BUILDING MATERIALS HAYWOOD BUILDERS Garage Doors, New Installations Service & Repairs, 828.456.6051 100 Charles St. Waynesville Employee Owned. WHITE PINE, HEMLOCK, POPLAR Lumber and Timbers, Any Size! Rough Sawn or S4S, Custom Sawing. Smoky Mountain Timber, 3517 Jonathan Creek Rd., Waynesville, NC. 828.926.4300.

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AUTO PARTS DDI BUMPERS ETC. Quality on the Spot Repair & Painting. Don Hendershot 858.646.0871 cell 828.452.4569 office.

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3/BR 2/BA HOME IN Upper Crabtree with magnificent long range views nestled in a cove with stream and garden space. $220,000. 828.777.0312 Broker. LOG HOME SALES Territories available. Alta Log Homes - 42+ years of excellence. 800.926.2582 or go to:


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Prevent Unwanted Litters! The Heat Is On! Spay/Neuter For Haywood Pets As Low As $10. Operation Pit is in Effect! Free Spay/Neuter, Microchip & Vaccines For Haywood Pitbull Types & Mixes! Hours: Monday-Thursday, 12 Noon - 5pm 182 Richland Street, Waynesville, North Carolina

BRUCE MCGOVERN A Full Service Realtor McGovern Property Management 828.283.2112.

LOTS FOR SALE 2.819 ACRE TRACT Building Lot in great location. Build your 2nd home log cabin here. Large 2-story building near HCC, was a Hobby Shop. $71,000. Call for more info 828.627.2342




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HAYWOOD COUNTY Basement Apartment for rent. Exit 33 1.5 miles off Newfound Rd. 1/BR with wall to wall closet space, 1 Full Bath, living room, kitchen, 1-car garage with storage area. 4 yrs old, new paint, flooring & appliances. Private entrance, yard and road entrance Beautiful Mtn. Views from your front porch swing. Pets with pet deposit. $850/mo. includes all utilities, water, power, DirecTV, Internet Service, Non Smokers Only! 1 year lease preferred. 828.776.1002. Available Oct. 1st

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ADMINISTRATIVE SUPPORT ASSOCIATE (Contributing) Grade/Salary Range: 57/$24,381-28.336 The Administrative Support Associate must have current knowledge of the Microsoft suite of products, as well as Access and Outlook and desire to further enhance their computer skills. The person in this position must: possess a high level of confidentiality; have the ability to adapt to change when necessary; professionalism at all times; excellent telephone and/or communications skills using a good command of spoken and written English; dependability; ability to multi-task; general knowledge of office procedures; general knowledge of and ability to use correct spelling, punctuation and specialized vocabulary with a high degree of accuracy; ability to proofread; ability to learn and apply a variety of guidelines applicable to the work process; and ability to record and compile information based on general guidelines. Provides support at an executive level. Organizes and implements office procedures; Assists in the planning and implementation of special events; Must remain current with issues such as travel and purchasing guidelines, as well as personnel policies. Plans and implements the organization’s master calendar and conducts monthly meetings with regard to such and corresponds with all staff for upcoming events. To read the complete job listing, please go to the following link: d=314 To apply for the above position, please fill out the State Application and mail, email or fax to: Belinda Carringer email: fax: 828.293.7835

ADMINISTRATIVE SUPPORT ASSOCIATE (Contributing) Grade/Salary Range: 57/$24,381-25,300 The Administrative Support Associate must have current knowledge of the Microsoft suite of products, as well as Access and Outlook and desire to further enhance their computer skills. The Administrative Support Associate must remain current with issues such as travel and purchasing guidelines, as well as personnel policies. The position requires attention to detail and accuracy. A professional appearance and telephone manner are also essential. Duties will include, but not be limited to, the following: Receiving and processing phone calls; completing presenter contracts; composing and typing letters, memorandums, and e-mails; proofreading documents; maintaining filing system; taking and transcribing meeting minutes; managing logistics and preparing materials for conferences and meetings; compiling reports; completing and processing check requests; ordering supplies; scheduling appointments. To read the complete job listing, please go to the following link: d=314 To apply for the above position, please fill out the State Application and mail, email or fax to: Belinda Carringer email: fax: 828.293.7835

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.

HEALTH CARE NAVIGATORS One year positions- Mountain Projects is currently accepting applications for multiple positions. Bachelor’s degree with experience in Human Services, and/or Health Care is preferred. Applicants must have reliable transportation, valid NC driver’s license, be willing to travel the seven most western counties of NC. Must be willing to work flexible hours, including some nights and weekends. Out of area travel is required. 20-30 hours of training is required to be certified. Applications will be taken at Mountain Projects, Inc., 2251 Old Balsam Rd, Waynesville, NC 28786, 25 Schulman St, Sylva, NC 28779, and Macon Program for Progress in Franklin and Four Square Community Action in Murphy, or on line at: Pre-employment drug testing required. EOE/AA.

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She loves everyone. She is tan and white. 877-ARF-JCNC. BLACKIE - A sweet, relaxed, female black and tan hound. She gets along with people and other dogs. She weighs 40 lbs. and is about six years old. She is spayed and current on her vaccinations. She is house broken and is learning to use a doggie door. She has some special needs that can easily be met in a loving home. 1-877ARF-JCNC. ARF HAS MANY kittens and cats from which to choose. They are spayed/neutered, vaccinated, tested, cute! 877-ARF-JCNC.

ARF’S NEXT LOW-COST spay/neuter trip will be September 9th. Register and pre-pay at ARF’s adoption site on Saturdays from 1-3. Spaces are limited, so don’t wait!

ARF (HUMANE SOCIETY OF JACKSON COUNTY) Holds rescued pet adoptions Saturdays from 1:00 - 3:00 (weather permitting) at 50 Railroad Avenue in Sylva. Animals are spayed/neutered and current on shots. Most cats $60, most dogs $70. Preview available pets at, or call foster home. PEANUT - Hound Mix dog – black, brown, & white, I was born in early 2012 and I like to explore the world! I already know some basic commands, but being a hound I do like to follow my nose and need to be kept on a leash when out and about. I’m eager to please people, and I get along fine with other dogs, especially if they also enjoy high-energy play. Adoption fees vary; if you’re interested in me, please contact Pam at CHANCE - Domestic Shorthair cat – black, I was born in May 2013 and I’m a cuddly, sweet boy. I can be a little shy at first, but once I’m comfortable I like to

get my cheeks and head rubbed. I’m good with children and other cats. Adoption fees vary; if you’re interested in me, please contact Pam at DOROTHY - Domestic Shorthair cat – dilute calico, I am about 3 years old and I’m a sweet girl who was brought in as a stray with some fur and skin problems. But now after 6 weeks of TLC in a loving foster home, I’ve regained my beauty and am ready to find a forever home! I’m a little shy at first, but warm up quickly. Adoption fees vary; if you’re interested in me, please contact Pam at

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located at all ranger stations and the Oconaluftee Visitor Center near Cherokee.) If you do choose to hike the entire trail downstream from the Newfound Gap Road, you’ll come upon Campsite No. 60 at approximately 11.3 miles (3 miles upstream from the campground). At this point, Bumgardner Branch enters Deep Creek, where Cindy Bumgardner once lived. According to The Hiking Trails of the Smokies, W.J. Wiggins located his farm, consisting of a house, barn, and corn crib, a mile or so up the branch. Arvil Greene was one of the folks who built barns up on Bumgardner Branch and other spots along

Deep Creek. He remembered that most of the barns had four stalls: one for the horses, one for the mules, one for the cows, and one for gear (harnesses, wagons, sleds, etc.) as well as fodder. These structures were entirely functional. Green noted that “When I was growing up, people laughed at somebody that put paint on a barn, saying he was trying to show off.” It was the rippling water and the hazy mountains that provided the aesthetic touches to daily life. Paint was superfluous. And it’s still like that way back up on Deep Creek. 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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areas — lived for a short while with the Bob Barnett family in one of the last houses up Deep Creek in 1910. And until his death in an automobile accident in 1931, he used the old Bryson Place near where the Left Fork enters the main portion of Deep Creek as his summertime camping spot. A permanent marker there commemorates his use of the site. Last summer the marker and general area were refurbished by a Boy Scout Troop from Franklin. All but the lowermost three miles of Deep Creek became a part of the national park in the 1930s. Through the years, the Deep Creek Campground, situated just inside the park boundary, has gained a reputation as the campground-of-choice for those seeking a quiet getaway that’s readily accessible. According to Hiking Trails of the Smokies (Gatlinburg Tenn.: Great Smoky Mountains Natural History Association, 1994), “The center of the Deep Creek Campground was the site of Deep Creek Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) Camp from 1933 to 1936. First, Company 1216 lodged here; then Company 4488 moved in from Mingus Creek Camp to construct several trails in the area, including Deep Creek, Noland Divide, and Thomas Divide trails.” Unlike many of the larger campgrounds on both sides of the park, the one at Deep Creek has something for everyone. Younger people can entertain themselves for days tubing along the creek, and a variety of trails — easy, moderate, and strenuous — lead away from the campground along the watershed or up the ridges to Thomas Divide and Clingmans Dome. The lower terminus of the main Deep Creek trailhead is at the campground. It’s 14.3 miles to the upper trailhead on the south side of the Newfound Gap Road (U.S. 441), 1.7 miles south of Newfound Gap. Road access at each end of the trail provides an excellent opportunity for those wanting to make a one-way hike by leaving a vehicle at one end or the other. Most choose to hike from U.S. 441 (4,810 feet) down to the campground (1,990 feet), a gradual descent of 2,820 feet. The average hiking time — allowing for a lunch break — is perhaps seven to eight hours. Many choose to leave out early and make the excursion a leisurely all-day outing. One of the best things about the Deep Creek Trail is that it has no crossings of the main creek except in the very highest elevations, where it can be hopped over. Other trails in the region, like those along Forney and Hazel creeks, have numerous places in the higher elevations where fording a sometimes raging torrent numerous times is part of the deal. Designated backcountry campsites along Deep Creek provide scenic spots to settle down for a night or two and really enjoy the solitude and opportunities for fishing or

simply exploring along the main stream or its tributaries. (Overnight hikers must obtain a backcountry use permit, which is available from backcountry permit stations

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e are attracted to water. Mountain paths always wind down to water — springs, branches, creeks and rivers. Water is the essence of our very being here in the mountains. Deep Creek on the North Carolina side of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park probably has as much or more to offer in the way of recreational opportunities than any other watershed in the park. If you want a truly remote backcountry experience, places like Hazel Creek or Eagle Creek would be your choice. But if you’re looking for a variety of directly accessible Columnist outdoor experiences like tubing, fly fishing, horseback riding, and hiking — as well as sites of historical interest — and a campground that’s one of the best in the Smokies, Deep Creek is the place to be. Archaeological surveys have determined that the watershed has been the site of human occupation for nearly 8,000 years. Small Cherokee villages were established there within the last 1,000 years as outlying settlements from the old mothertown of Katuah, which was located several miles to the southeast on the north side of the Tuckasegee River between Bryson City and Cherokee. A friendship wall on the ridge between Katuah and the Deep Creek watershed existed into the middle of this century. When the Cherokees were being removed from Western North Carolina in 1838, many of them sought refuge in the higher reaches of the Smokies where the Left Fork of Deep Creek drains the southeastern side of Clingmans Dome. The rock shelter many old-time Bryson City residents believe was the Cherokee martyr Tsali’s last hideout is located up on the Left Fork. White settlers were established all along the watershed by the middle of the 19th century. When Deep Creek was logged just after the turn of the century, splash dams were built near the logging operations as a way of getting the timber down to the sawmill and rail line at Bryson City. Once the ponds created by the dams were full of logs, they would be opened (sometimes with dynamite) to provide enough water to float the logs downstream. Many of the mountaineers-turned-loggers were agile enough to ride the logs down the narrow, rocky watercourse. The sites of the splash dams can still be spotted if you know just where to look. Bryson City author Horace Kephart — whose Our Southern Highlanders (1913) and Camping and Woodcraft (1906) remain in print as classics in their respective subject


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