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CONTENTS On the Cover: As charges are thrown out and lawsuits filed, police are caught in the middle of the sweepstakes debate deciding whether or not to crack down on video gaming machines. (Page 8)


News How fast is too fast in a high-speed chase? . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 Police nab pipe bomb-toting driver . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 Heavy rains cause Duke Energy to take drastic measures. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13 World kayaking competition commences in Bryson City . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14 Ralliers in Sylva keep the dream alive. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15 Professor looks to animals to understand humans . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17



Opinion War-weary Americans don’t want to get involved in Syria . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18



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A wild, fast motorcycle pursuit to nab a low-level criminal: is it worth the risk? BY ANDREW KASPER STAFF WRITER hen it comes to a high-speed chase, law enforcement must constantly ask the question: is it worth it? A 23-year-old Franklin man took police on a chase through Macon County in August reaching speeds of nearly 125 miles per hour. The chase took off after a deputy tried to pull David Ridao over for going 74 miles per hour in a 55-mile zone on U.S. 64. Ridao wasn’t wanted on outstanding charges, was current on his tags and had only a minor rap sheet. But something prompted him to flee on his yellow Suzuki motorcycle, when Macon County Sheriff ’s Deputy Jonathan Phillips tried to pull him over for speeding. When Phillips pulled a U-turn to get behind Ridao, Riado looked over and “then tucked down on his motorcycle” and “accelerated to a high speed,” according to Phillips police report. Ridao swerved recklessly to pass slower moving traffic on the highway “in a manner likely to endanger others,” according to Phillips. At one point Phillip’s clocked Ridao at 124 miles per hour before he lost sight of him. Later, as other officers became involved in the chase, Ridao was spotted passing two vehicles while going the wrong way on a two-lane road, heading directly toward an oncoming patrol car. Eventually, with two cops on his tail, he crashed his motorcycle in a field, uninjured. But it could have ended differently for Ridao or the officers pursuing him — or perhaps even injured innocent drivers on the road that day. In the end, the only thing Ridao was guilty of — other than a huge list of offenses racked

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up in the chase itself — was having a concealed weapon without a permit. It begs the question: when does an officer simply let the suspect flee? “Some say, if you only have traffic violations you cut it off at the point when the chase gets dangerous,” said Steve Brown, head of Western Carolina University’s Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice. “But that’s where the debate comes in — at what point is it not worth the risk.” For many agencies, some sort of outstanding felony charge is the litmus test for when to take on a high-speed pursuit, or if the driver has a weapon or is deemed a danger to the public, Brown said. Other factors such as road conditions and traffic should be considered, too. However, while those guidelines may seem black and white on paper, the situation can easily turn grey where the rubber hits the road. In the case with Ridao, although his attempt to flee earned him a slew of charges — including driving without a motorcycle endorsement, reckless and aggressive driving and a felony fleeing charge — the pursuit was sparked by a simple traffic violation. Ridao was also charged with having a concealed gun and knife on him when he finally crashed, but police didn’t know about the weapons beforehand. Ridao’s criminal record included marijuana possession and carrying a concealed weapon without a permit in May and driving without a license in June, though at the time of the chase he had no outstanding warrants. Just because someone flees, is not always an indication that they’ve committed a more serious crime. “Oftentimes they have a warrant, or for

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their calculation it makes sense for them to run,” Brown said. “Oftentimes they don’t — but they still risk their lives.” Youth in particular will risk everything to flee, even for trivial reasons, Brown said. In a recent case in Johnson City, Tenn., a pair of college students were killed in a crash while evading police, Brown said. Their only crimes were speeding and drinking. The deaths led the local agency to change its policies as to when and under what circumstances to pursue suspects at dangerous speeds. “It’s not a terribly uncommon instance in policing to encounter someone who will run like that that,” Brown said. “Particularly youth, who are not thinking about the particular risk in running.” In fact, having a well-written policy is key in deciding when it is alright to pursue and when it is not, said Tom Johnson, a professor at WCU’s Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice and former police chief. Johnson said there are national accreditations and protocol available to guide law enforcement agencies in adopting a policy. With clear rules about pursuits in place, it’s easier for police, or their supervisors, to asses the factors involved and make a decision. “If they have well-written policy, it’s not an arbitrary and capricious decision,” Johnson said. “But that doesn’t mean that every agency has a good policy.” Macon County Sheriff Robbie Holland said his agency’s policy follows a simple rule of thumb for when to chase someone. “At any point that it puts the lives of others in jeopardy, we will discontinue the chase,” Holland said. “The chase is not worth killing somebody over.” It’s up to the officer or supervisor to make the call when that line’s been crossed. Holland said the incident with Ridao did not cross that threshold. Phillips’ own report, however, noted that Ridao’s driving was endangering others on the road. A request for a copy of the agency’s chase policy was not made available by press time. As for why Ridao decided to flee, Holland

could only speculate but chalked it up to poor decision-making. And Holland said it was not the first time that Ridao has tried evading deputies, without success. “He basically plays the lottery and takes his chances and he’s lost both times,” Holland said. “He put the safety of the officer and public in jeopardy and himself.” It’s not the first time this year the agency has been part of a high-speed pursuit, either. In March, a deputy crashed his cruiser into an embankment while chasing a suspect who had stolen a car in South Carolina and led police on a three-state chase. The suspect crashed the stolen car as well. Most drivers, though, when pulled over by a cruiser, are cooperative, Holland said. But when they’re not, an officer may have to make a split-second decision whether to chase them, said Macon County Sheriff ’s Office Chief Deputy Andy Shields. The severity of the initial offense committed by the fleeing suspect is a factor, but not the only factor, and can sometimes be misleading. Shields recalled a previous case in Macon County where a deputy pursued a car for miles at high speeds over a simple traffic violation, only to find, when the chase ended, that the suspect had a kidnapped woman in the car. “It rests on the officer, at the time, given the best information he has, to decide what his decision should be,” Shields said. “It’s done in a split-second and then you live with it forever.” Shields, a veteran in law enforcement, said the situation has improved over the years and there are less high-speed chases than in the past. He attributed that shift to several reasons: penalties for fleeing have increased; cars are not as fast as they used to be; there are more police to help corner a suspect; and training has improved for law enforcement. Nevertheless, he acknowledged that there are still those drivers who spark a high-speed chase with little or no reason. “I’ve had people, for no apparent reason, run like there’s no tomorrow,” he said. “People are afraid, they get scared to death and take off and run.”


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Waynesville theater closes suddenly Smoky Mountain Cinemas in Waynesville shut its doors last week, leaving Haywood County residents with no full-sized movie theater playing current releases on a local screen. “We have put forth every effort to keep operating the theater. Unfortunately we were just another causality of our time due to the crossroads of film changing to digital,” according to a recorded message at the theater’s phone number. The long-time movie theater in Waynesville still had film projectors. New movies will no longer be put out on film, so the movie theater would have to convert to digital, but the volume of customers the theater gets wasn’t enough to justify the cost. “We had no choice but to close the theater,” the message states. The owners could not be reached.

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Waynesville leaders as expected lifted a de facto ban on street performers last week, opening the door for musicians to play on the sidewalks of town as long as they get a permit first. “We have already received our first application this morning,” Town Manager Marcy Onieal said the day after the new ordinance was passed. The town has been considering the change for weeks. Previously, buskers soliciting money from passersby were considered panhandlers and not allowed. Now, there is an exemption for performers who get a permit. Performers must provide a detailed description of their act, what instruments or props the act includes and two 2-by-2 color headshots. They must also undergo a background check by the Waynesville Police Department and pay a $25 yearly fee. And when performing around town, they must wear a special town-issued photo badge. No busking is allowed prior to 11 a.m. or after 9 p.m. everyday. Also, buskers may not perform within 50 feet of any school, library, hospital, church, funeral home, courthouse

he told officers. “Mr. Cathy told me that he picked the item up and took it out of the area because there were families and he didn’t want anyone to get hurt. Mr. Cathy told me that he was going to bring it to the Sheriff ’s Office but he had forgot it,” Gilmore recounted in his police report on the incident. Cathy told Gilmore the pipe was in the pocket of a raincoat wrapped up in the bed of the pickup. Gilmore found the jacket and gently peaked inside, revealing a 6-inch PVC pipe with caps on each end and a fuse coming out of it. “I left the raincoat where it was at and walked back to where Mr. Cathy was sitting and explained to Mr. Cathy the severity of the situation,” Gilmore recounted in his report. “Mr. Cathy continued to tell me that the pipe wasn’t his and he was just trying to do a good deed.” Gilmore called in the Asheville Police Department’s Bomb Squad, who arrived around 4 a.m. The bomb unit attempted to use a robot to retrieve the bomb from the car but was unable to do so, according to police reports. So a member of the bomb squad donned a bomb suit and pulled the homemade pipe bomb. “They detonated it right there in the middle of the road way,” Waynesville Police Chief Bill Hollingsed said. Cathy was charged with felony possession and felony transport of a weapon of mass destruction. He posted bail of $30,000 shortly following his arrest.

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BY B ECKY JOHNSON STAFF WRITER aynesville police discovered a homemade pipe bomb in the bed of a pickup truck in the early hours of the morning Sunday. Officer Brandon Gilmore was on routine patrol when he came across a vehicle stopped in the middle of the roundabout on the Old Asheville Highway around 2 a.m. A passenger was out of the vehicle at the time and jumped back in when Gilmore approached. Gilmore recognized the driver as John Clinton Cathy, 37, who sometimes goes by “Cat Hair.” Cathy was acting extremely nervous — his hands were trembling, he was sweating profusely and breathing heavily, according to Gilmore’s report on the incident. Based on Cathy’s erratic behavior and his social connections to known meth users, Gilmore decided to search the vehicle using his K-9 dog. As Cathy smoked a cigarette on the side of the road watching the search unfold, he saw the K-9 go after something in the bed of the pickup, trying to crawl up under it. Cathy then happened to volunteer some interesting information to another officer who had arrived as back up, according to police reports. Cathy told Officer Jason Reynolds that he’d found a plastic PVC pipe with wires hanging out the end of it earlier in the day. It was in the Pigeon River near Sunburst Campground in the Pisgah National Forest,


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One look at the marquees of video sweepstakes confirms their pedigree, a direct lineage from annals of old-fashioned video gambling. Leprechauns waving four-leaf clovers, glittering Lucky 7’s and brimming pots of gold entice players to risk their money in hopes of scoring a winning hand — an uncanny resemblance to betting. Becky Johnson photo

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BY B ECKY JOHNSON STAFF WRITER weepstakes-style video gambling is making bold forays into the rural communities of Western North Carolina, back for yet another skirmish in the decadelong war against the betting devices. State lawmakers have tried to ban them. Police have tried to bust them. Judges have tried to reprimand them. But they don’t stay gone for long. They reappear with a crow bar in hand, prying open some imperceptible loophole just enough to weasel through. Each time, the machine operators simply declare their latest incarnation legal and start up again in plain sight. It’s a brazen strategy — so brazen in fact that cops aren’t quite sure what to do. Now, as they brace for the next round, exasperated lawmen are trying to decide if they should bother cracking down or simply give up. “There is a resource question for small communities, whether it is worth fighting 8 this,” said Jeff Welty, a legal scholar with

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UNC’s School of Government. “We live in a world of limited resources. Law enforcement can’t target every crime. They make decisions every day about what to prioritize or not to prioritize.” That doesn’t sit well with Waynesville Police Chief Bill Hollingsed, however. He doesn’t believe law enforcement should brush off sweepstakes — or any criminal activity — as a mere irritant that’s not worth the hassle. “The Waynesville Police Department is not going to sit back and pick and choose which laws we are going to enforce. If it is brought to our attention that there is a violation of the law, it is our duty to enforce that,” Hollingsed said. A N.C. Supreme Court ruling technically pulled the plug on the gambling machines in early January. The top court declared sweepstakes a chip off the old block of video gambling, which is illegal. But the hiatus was short-lived. Machines are once again turning up, tucked in the back corners of gas stations between the bathrooms and beer coolers. It’s easy not to notice them. The players perch silently at the rows of stools, feeding dollars into the slots as they peck at a colorful touch screen, hoping for a cash prize.

STACKING THE DECKS The mountains have become a proving ground as sweepstakes operators test the waters with their new breed of machines. In apparent acts of civil disobedience, a

handful of sweepstakes operators kept the lights on and machines humming even after the N.C. Supreme Court handed down its cease and desist order at the end of last year. A memo from District Attorney Mike Bonfoey warned law enforcement to be prepared for rebellious sweepstakes operators unwilling to shut down. “I doubt that the video gambling industry will end its efforts to dispute the North Carolina statutes on this issue,” Bonfoey wrote in a letter to sheriffs and police chiefs

charged and have all gotten off. All three claimed a new version of the games involve “skill and dexterity,” making them exempt from the state’s ban. There’s another 800-pound gorilla in the sweepstakes debate: a civil suit filed against the Sylva police chief, Highlands police chief and Macon sheriff. The civil suit waged by sweepstakes company Gift Surplus claims its new style of machines are in fact legal and should be left alone. Bonfoey had predicted this tactic as well. “In all likelihood additional appeals and court cases will continue. There may be additional injunctions and orders issued by various courts,” he wrote in the January memo. In the meantime, law enforcement organizations don’t know what to do about the emboldened sweepstakes operators taking cues from the trio of not guilty verdicts and the pending civil case in Macon County. Local law enforcement groups are between a rock and a hard place. It certainly looks bad that sweepstakes operations are back up and running right under their noses, in full view for all to see, while law enforcement stands idly by claiming their hands are tied. There are two gas stations in Sylva with sweepstakes machines making cash payouts to players almost daily. Yet if you ask Sylva Police Chief Davis Woodard what his position is on these operations, the answer is short and sweet. “As long as it is a state law, it will be enforced,” Woodard said. Woodard said he couldn’t comment further per orders from the town attorney. Woodard is among those named in the Macon civil suit asking the court to spare the new style of machines from pesky lawmen.


The “not guilty” verdicts handed down in three District Court cases certainly look good for the sweepstakes companies, but only on paper. District Court rulings on individual, low-level charges don’t constitute a sweeping vindication of sweepstakes. “A District Court ruling sets no precedent whatsoever. It would not prevent those same machines from “It is ... possible what we are seeing being charged,” said Brian Welch, attorney for the Macon is once again an evolution of the County Sherriff ’s Office. “We games to get around the law. The feel like those particular machines are still illegal.” legislature brings the hammer Waynesville Police Chief Bill Hollingsed agreed. down on one type of game and up “A judge may find an indipops another type of game.” vidual not guilty in a DWI case, but that doesn’t make the — Jeff Welty, legal expert with the statewide statutes for a DWI UNC-School of Government any less valid. A DWI is still illegal in the state of North in the seven western counties in late Carolina,” Hollingsed proffered as an analogy. December. “We have not seen the definitive Yet if the cases keep getting tossed out, end of this issue.” does it make sense for police to keep making Criminal charges were brought against arrests? And does it make sense for the district more than half a dozen sweepstakes holdouts attorney’s office to keep prosecuting them? in Haywood, Jackson and Macon counties Macon County Sheriff Robbie Holland back in January and February. But some have said he is in wait-and-see mode and is not been getting off as their cases come to trial. actively going after any sweepstakes operaThree sweepstakes operators in tors, although Welch said he doesn’t know of Waynesville, Franklin and Sylva were any operations in the county anyway.

Sweepstakes machines in a corner of Valero gas station in Sylva are back up and running, attracting players hoping for a cash prize despite their questionable legal status. Becky Johnson photo

“If people don’t like the lottery, don’t play it. If people don’t like the casino, don’t go. If people don’t like the stock market, don’t invest. If people don’t like sweepstakes, don’t purchase entries. Simple as that.” — Tami Nicholson, Winner’s Circle

The upcoming case involves a high-profile defendant as well: Tami Nicholson, the owner of a shutdown sweepstakes parlor in Waynesville called Winner’s Circle. Nicholson is not merely a hapless clerk of a convenience store, working the counter shift when cops made the bust. Nicholson has been a vocal champion of sweepstakes and spoken up at every turn in protest of the state ban that put her out of business. She has quit giving interviews, citing a pending court date later this month. But she regularly makes comments on The Smoky Mountain News’ web site whenever there’s an article on sweepstakes developments.

But the latest devices still bear an uncanny resemblance to those previously outlawed. One look at their marquees confirms their pedigree, a lineage that flows from annals of old-fashioned video gambling: leprechauns waving four-leaf clovers, glittering lucky 7’s and brimming pots of gold. The new sweepstakes machines don’t seem to be as popular with players, however. “Not even close,” said Greg Hildebrandt, the manager of PJ’s Exxon gas station in Sylva, which currently has the new machines in operation. Hildebrandt said he didn’t know why they don’t have the same allure. “I am not a gambler so I couldn’t tell

you,” said Hildebrandt, one of the three sweepstakes operators who garnered not guilty rulings this summer.

SKILL AND DEXTERITY — ACCORDING TO WHOM? Three reporters with The Smoky Mountain News went to a gas station in Haywood County last week and played the new games the first day they showed up. For the record, the staff spent $6 and won $1. But the real goal was to test claims that the games require skill and dexterity. Here’s how they work: You push a button and nine symbols appear on the screen. You have to match three of a kind to win. But more often than not, the screen doesn’t display three of a kind. No matter how skilled and dexterous you are, it’s impossible to match three of a kind because three of a kind doesn’t even show up on the screen. So you automatically lose the hand. On occasion, three of the same symbols do in fact appear on the screen. If you match them by touching the screen, you win that hand. Brian Welch, attorney for the Macon County Sheriff ’s Office, said these games don’t meet the litmus test of requiring “skill and dexterity.” He pointed to a 2004 lawsuit waged by a poker club in Durham claiming it should be exempt under the “skill and dexterity” loophole. The poker club lost. The N.C. Court of Appeals ruled that chance trumps skill in poker since “victory is not entirely in the player’s hand.” “A skilled player may give himself a statistical advantage but is always subject to defeat at the turn of a card which is an instrumentality beyond his control,” the Appeal Court ruling stated. That’s not unlike the sweepstakes games. While it might take skill to match the images — albeit a skill typically mastered by the age of 3 — whether the images can be matched at all depends on the hand that’s dealt in the first place and thus beyond the player’s control. Hyler disagreed. He said the matching of icons on a screen is definitely skill-based. “There is an element of chance. But the skill has to predominate over the chance,” Hyler said. “There has to be a skill component in it.” The skill and dexterity loophole was intended for games like pinball or ski ball, or carnival games like throwing darts at a balloon or a shooting gallery at a county fair, said Waynesville Police Chief Bill Hollingsed. “They never thought the industry would be arguing that raising and lowering your finger an eighth of an inch is dexterity,” Hollingsed said. Sweepstakes operators are clearly interpreting the “skill and dexterity” clause differently, however. “If skill and dexterity is involved, even if luck is also involved, then the argument is that it is outside that category,” Welty said. The subjective nature of measuring skill and dexterity leaves it open to a hodgepodge of rulings depending on a particular

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As criminal cases come to trial, sweepstakes companies are bankrolling the legal defense of store managers and clerks who have been willing to stick their neck out and risk arrest by housing and running the machines. When cops bust a sweepstakes operation, the person behind the counter caught in the act of paying out cash to players is the one who gets charged. But in reality, they are merely front men, parking the machines in their stores in exchange for a cut from the

“Bottom line, NC residents should be allowed to spend their money how and where they want without control by the state,” Nicholson wrote in a post last week. “We have the lottery, casinos and even the stock market. Isn’t that all gambling? Yes! And all legal. “If people don’t like the lottery, don’t play it. If people don’t like the casino, don’t go. If people don’t like the stock market, don’t invest. If people don’t like sweepstakes, don’t purchase entries. Simple as that,” she continued. Nicholson equated the ban on sweepstakes to a “modern-day prohibition.” “Do we not live in the ‘land of the free?’” Nicholson wrote in her comments to the newspaper last week. Nicholson’s comments don’t square with the sweepstakes industry’s party line, however. Sweepstakes companies have tried to separate themselves from gambling, coming up with various technical arguments for why they don’t meet the legal definition.

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sweepstakes companies. Attorney George Hyler on behalf of two sweepstakes companies, Gift Surplus and Sweet Carolina, argued the three cases tossed out in District Court so far. Hyler believes his three cases, when viewed together, add up to a de facto precedent. After all, they spanned three counties and came before two different judges — District Court Judges Donna Forga and Monica Leslie. “At this point I don’t think one judge would come in and say, ‘Well that other judge thinks it is legal but I don’t,’” said Hyler, a leading lawyer for the sweepstakes industry in the state. For now, all eyes are on Hyler’s fourth and final criminal case coming up Sept. 23 in Waynesville. He will once again argue the new style of machines is exempt due to “skill and dexterity.” Will the verdict in that case reverse the trend or be another notch in the belt for sweepstakes companies?


Hollingsed isn’t as lucky. He knows of two gas stations in Waynesville operating machines, and now faces a conundrum. “If all the cases are being thrown out for the exact same reason, then that is a decision we are going to have to make, ‘How we are going to proceed from here?’” Hollingsed said. “That is something law enforcement heads will be concurring with the district attorney on, so we are all on the same sheet of music. That decision will have to be made in the future.” Haywood Sheriff Greg Christopher met with Hollingsed last week to begin those discussions. He wants the sheriff ’s office and all four police departments in the county to act in concert so there isn’t a discrepancy in enforcement strategy, whatever that may end up being. District Attorney Mike Bonfoey said he still stands ready to prosecute any charges law enforcement makes against sweepstakes operators. Sweepstakes operations are still illegal under state law and the three District Court rulings don’t change that, he said. “Prosecutors look at these cases on a case-by-case basis to see if the evidence gathered and obtained is enough to go forward with a case,” Bonfoey said. “Not guilty in any case means there was not enough evidence to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.” Prosecutors and law enforcement are now catching on to the defense used by the sweepstakes operators, however, and will hone their own strategy for pending cases, Bonfoey said. “It is a new statue, it is a complicated statue and one law enforcement has no experience investigating and enforcing,” said Jeff Welty, a legal expert with the UNC-School of Government at Chapel Hill. “So maybe it is not surprising that the early cases weren’t investigated in a way that satisfies the judges. Maybe there is a learning curve for law enforcement to know what evidence they need to document, and for prosecutors what witnesses do they have to be able to call and what boxes do they have to check.” But on the flip side, the sweepstakes operators may indeed have honed a convincing argument that their new style of games is legit under the law. “It is also possible what we are seeing is once again an evolution of the games to get around the law,” said Welty, citing the ubiquitous “whack-a-mole” analogy used time and again to describe sweepstakes. “The legislature brings the hammer down on one type of game and up pops another type of game,” Welty said.



SWEEPSTAKES, CONTINUED FROM 9 judge’s take. Sylva Town Attorney Eric Ridenour said the “skill and dexterity” argument is a red herring anyway. “Even if it involves skill and dexterity, it doesn’t matter because it is still gambling under this statute. If you have to do a back flip in order to win, it doesn’t matter,” Ridenour said. As a side note, Hyler pointed out that the sweepstakes players aren’t technically getting cash payouts, despite being handed cash from the store clerk when they win. “It is not a payout. It is redeeming what you won in a sweepstakes,” Hyler said.

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If the sweepstakes industry racks up another win in the upcoming case against Nicholson later this month, proliferation of the machines is likely imminent. The devices rolling over the threshold of gas stations are already touting the District Court rulings to date as ammunition. Note cards have been taped to each machine asserting that they are legal, citing the specific the rulings by Judge Forga and Judge Leslie. The companies themselves presumably taped the note cards there. When asked whether this declaration in fact makes them legal, Haywood County Sheriff Greg Christopher said “No.” The sweepstakes issue is a new one for Christopher. He came into office in March. By then, a rash of arrests against defiant sweepstakes operators in Waynesville, Canton and Maggie Valley had already taken care of the stragglers who refused to heed the N.C. Supreme Court ruling. They remained dormant in Haywood County until just last week when machines bearing the Gift Surplus name turned up in three gas stations — two in Waynesville and one just outside the town limits beside Shoney’s. The owner of the three gas stations called the police department last week and announced that he had just gotten some new sweepstakes machines in. He asked if an officer could come down and play the machines and give them the OK since they took “skill and dexterity.” Waynesville Police Chief Bill Hollingsed declined the invite. “I am not going to put a police officer in the position of making that call — especially when you have judges across the state that can’t decide if those machines are legal or illegal,” Hollingsed said. “Law enforcement has been placed square in the middle of trying to decipher and interpret the statute.” The counties west of Asheville have been called a “hotspot” for sweepstakes’ resurgence. But it is playing out in other regions

as well. A hodgepodge of criminal cases against defiant sweepstakes operators have been heard in District Courts around the state with mixed results. “You have all these different prosecutorial districts with opinions made by District Court judges and those decisions are not valid statewide,” Hollingsed said. “It is not the enforcement that is inconsistent. What’s inconsistent is the ruling in the courts.” Brooks Frye has been battling these same frustrations in rural counties in Eastern North Carolina. “There are not a whole lot of black and white answers,” said Frye, an assistant district attorney. In the Tarboro area, law enforcement brought charges against nine sweepstakes operators over the winter. It’s one of the other “hotspots” of sweepstakes activity in the state. It’s not clear whether sweepstakes are actually more rampant in these hotspots, or whether cops in these places were simply willing to crack down. “We told them we had their back and would be ready for trial,” Frye said. “It isn’t our job to decide whether we are going to prosecute a certain law. We aren’t going to choose among them.” Still, Frye admits it is a drain on resources for smaller communities.

ON THE UP AND UP, OR DOWN AND OUT? The state first banned video gambling in 2006. Loopholes promptly emerged, so more laws were passed in 2008 and again in 2010. Sweepstakes’ rise to popularity during this time was questionable from the start. Sweepstakes were never technically legal, but merely operated in a state of purgatory, forging ahead with a tenuous claim that the ban on video gambling didn’t apply to them. Across the state, leniency or severity varied from county to county, creating an even more confusing landscape over what was and wasn’t legal. Ultimately, the N.C. Supreme Court declared sweepstakes illegal in late 2012 — more than six years after the state first banned video gambling. But by then, the gamble had paid off. The industry had rocked on for years. Despite its legality being in limbo, each day that passed was another day of money in the bank for the machine operators. The tried-and-true formula could be playing out once more. The civil lawsuit filed in Macon County is one of five around the state asking Superior Court judges to declare their newest games legal. To Sylva Town Attorney Eric Ridenour, it’s a stalling tactic. “I think they know full well it is illegal under the statute but their hope is to keep in operation as long as they can,” Ridenour said.

Sweepstakes companies are taping note cards to their machines declaring themselves legal. Despite a trio of murky not guilty rulings in sweepstakes cases, they are still illegal in the eyes of law enforcement. Gift Surplus, the sweepstakes company behind dozens of machines popping up in the region, has filed a civil law suit against Sylva’s police chief and Macon County Sheriff asking to be left alone. Andrew Kasper photos

The unrelenting, unstoppable, indefatigable industry State lawmakers have banned video gambling and sweepstakes three times already — in 2006, 2008 and 2010 — capped off by a N.C. Supreme Court ruling in 2012. Each time the industry skirts the law by tweaking the machines and just keeps on operating. The video gambling industry has a blemished record marked with scandals. Video gambling operators were busted for running an illegal racket in Buncombe County several years ago. The corruption — including money laundering and bribing law enforcement — landed former Buncombe County Sheriff Bobby Medford in federal prison along with hard time for key deputies and the gambling operators involved. At the same time, Former House Speaker Jim Black landed in prison following a federal investigation into campaign donations by video poker industry.

they got an acquittal and so why would we waste our time charging the exact same type of machine?’� said Chris McLaughlin, a policy expert with the UNC School of Government. “There is a risk you may end up wasting your time.�

A CIVIL THREAT For the town of Sylva, going after sweepstakes operators has not only taken time, but money. The town has been to court twice this summer for hearings in a civil suit filed against Sylva Police Chief Davis Woodard by the sweepstakes company Gift Surplus. Ridenour said if the sweepstakes companies have a beef with the ban, they should take it up with the state, not small towns like Sylva. It’s cost the town $4,000 in legal fees so far, even with Ridenour donating half the time he’s spent on the case pro bono. “Our entire goal is to get out as soon as possible. This has nothing to do with the town of Sylva,� Ridenour said. “We don’t want the burden of the state’s legal issues to be borne by the taxpayers of the town of Sylva.� The civil suit could bring some real clarity to the issue that’s been lacking, said George Hyler, the attorney representing Gift Surplus. “This is an attempt to show in a civil court that this game is legal and law enforcement should not be able to come and pick the games up,� Hyler said. Ridenour, along with attorneys for the

town of Highlands and the Macon Sheriff ’s office, argued in court in early August that the case should be dismissed. Specifically, they said the civil suit erroneously targets local law enforcement, when in fact the proper party to sue is the state. “If it gets dismissed we will appeal,� Hyler said of the suit filed in Macon. Civil suits filed against local police chiefs and sheriffs by sweepstakes companies elsewhere in the state have been successfully dismissed on the same grounds. Ridenour doesn’t even think local cops

“It is putting additional case load on the town of Sylva. It would be like saying the town of Sylva is in charge of organized crime. That is a pretty big undertaking.� — Eric Ridenour, Sylva town attorney

should be the enforcement arm over sweepstakes. Gambling enforcement is supposed to be handled by the N.C. Alcohol Law Enforcement. And sweepstakes is really just garden-variety gambling. “In the past this was an area that A.L.E. pretty much policed. For whatever reason

they appear to be absent on this,� said District Attorney Mike Bonfoey. Ridenour wants to see ALE take over the enforcement of sweepstakes, and the N.C. Attorney General’s office take over prosecution instead of dumping it in the laps of local jurisdictions to deal with — or not deal with — as the case may be. “It is putting additional case load on the town of Sylva,� Ridenour said. “It would be like saying the town of Sylva is in charge of organized crime. That is a pretty big undertaking.� The N.C. Attorney General’s Office says it isn’t passing the buck, however. They spent years fighting video gambling and sweepstakes operators at the state level, ultimately prevailing before the N.C. Supreme Court. But it is now up to local jurisdictions to enforce the law at the local level, said Noelle Talley, spokesperson for Attorney General Roy Cooper. “Law enforcement agencies have authority to enforce the laws in their jurisdictions and district attorneys have authority to prosecute violations of the law, just as they do with any other criminal law,� Talley said. If sweepstakes operators are found guilty by a local court and appeal their conviction, only then would the state take over prosecution. Bonfoey said his office will take any charges that are made by law enforcement and prosecute them the best he can. “There is no blanket remedy that I can do or that law enforcement can do to eliminate all the machines,� Bonfoey said.


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In some counties, sweepstakes never shut down at all following the N.C. Supreme Court ruling earlier this year but have been operating with impunity all along. “In some areas law enforcement went out and charged folks. In some cases they went out and warned folks they could be charged if they didn’t shut down. And in some cases, law enforcement said ‘It isn’t a priority in our community and we don’t have a lot of complaints,’ and so they didn’t actively enforce the law,� said Jeff Welty, a legal scholar at the UNC School of Government. That wasn’t the case here. District Attorney Mike Bonfoey sent word to law enforcement agencies in January that he would gladly try any cases law enforcement brought him. Bonfoey even met with police and formulated a strategy — namely figuring out what type of evidence police had to get when making the arrest so Bonfoey would have what he needed come trial. Ultimately, police would need to go in undercover, play the machines until they won something, and then collect their cash winnings in order to catch operators in the act. There was a reason to be so exacting. It was no secret sweepstakes operators were gunning for a fight. All they needed was a test case to get their foot back in the door of the court system. Local law enforcement didn’t shy away from making charges at the time, but that could change if judges keep letting sweepstakes operators off. “It is not unreasonable to say, ‘We charged someone running that system and

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BY ANDREW KASPER STAFF WRITER ith September’s tropical storm season gearing up, residents living downstream of large Duke Energy dams in Western North Carolina may spend the fall on high alert, wondering when and if Duke will open the flood gates to release pent-up water from its dams on the


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splashing over the top of its floodgates, said Lisa Hoffmann, a spokesperson for Duke. “Even though it can cause some issues in low-lying areas, it is better than the other way,” Hoffmann said. Despite what people think, the gates are not opened to prevent the dam from collapsing. The dam walls are built to withstand floods beyond what has ever been seen in recorded history, she said. The flood gates are opened to keep the gate mechanisms from being broken should heavy debris be carried over the top of the gates by raising water, Hoffmann said. Only enough water is released to bring reservoirs down to normal levels, she added. Another method for controlling water is to pre-drain a reservoir. In anticipation of the early July rains, Duke ran turbines to push water out of its reservoirs, Hoffmann said. However, relentless rainfall and a saturated ground caused the reservoir levels to rise faster than anticipated, she said, forcing Duke to open its flood gates anyway. “It was out of our control so to speak,” Hoffmann said. She also pointed to record rainfall in the region. Glenville Lake received 30 inches more rain from January through mid-July this year than it does in a typical year.

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shelter. Seven people showed up at the shelter, located in a county senior center. Downstream flooding wasn’t as bad as it could have been had the rain not stopped when it did. Duke was able to shut the flood gates back again after a matter of hours sparing extensive property damage. “Everything went really well,” Dillard said. “But can’t say it will go that well the next time.” Like Jackson, Swain County had to deal with several unplanned water releases coming off Nantahala Lake throughout the summer as well. A riverside campground even had to be evacuated. But Lake Glenville is an expansive reservoir, but it Swain County occasionally overtops from heavy rains, and flood Emergency gates release water downstream. Donated photo Management Coordinator Nantahala and Tuckasegee rivers. David Breedlove said he’d welcome a conWith no path to follow other than the trolled release any day over the alternative. riverbed, the surge of water floods downRain and dam releases filled the Nantahala stream and sometimes jumps the banks River to the brim, and sometimes over, durflooding riverside houses. ing July. The heavy rains this summer prompted “You can let it out in a measured manDuke to open flood gates on both rivers, ner, in which it is controlled and you notify sending Jackson and Swain county emerpeople downstream,” Breedlove said “Or gency officials scrambling to warn residents failure to do so can cause catastrophic failabout the potential for impending floods. ures.” In early July, Duke told Jackson County The brunt of hurricane season is yet to Emergency Management Director Todd come, bringing the risk of prolonged heavy Dillard it was opening the dam gates at rain should storm systems settle in over the Lake Glenville because water levels in the mountains, as was the case in 2004. On the lake had gotten too high. heels of such a wet summer, there’s not “We just had a couple hours notice,” much capacity to absorb a major rainfall. Dillard said. “This was one of those short “This would be a good season not to notice events.” have a tropical system,” Dillard said. The county used its alert system to While the region is at the mercy of the inform residents via phone, text or email weather, in many ways, it’s also at the mercy about the high water about to surge down of Duke. Dillard said the company is always the Tuck. Although it was late in the diligent in letting local emergency personevening, in no time, dozens of fire and resnel know when it will release water, but cue personnel were knocking on doors of when the phone call comes, he knows he houses in the low-lying areas or close to the better get moving. river banks — from Glenville to Dillsboro When Duke opens the dam on short — and assembling a makeshift emergency notice it is primarily to prevent water from

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BY GARRET K. WOODWARD STAFF WRITER cacophony of voices and cheers echoed across Bryson City as a sea of humanity overtook the small town, a wall-to-wall crowd churning and pressing their way through downtown with excitement radiating from each face. “This is a great day for Swain County,” said Joe Jacobi. “We’re doing something tonight that’s never been done here, and that’s host an ICF World Championship. This is a great step forward for the sport, and we’re so excited to bring the world to the U.S.” A gold medalist in doubles canoe at the 1992 Olympics and the current CEO of USA Canoe/Kayak, Jacobi made the Nantahala Joe Jacobi River his training spot. Swain County became his home during that time, and its allure hasn’t waned. With the Nantahala Outdoor Center playing host to the 2013 International Canoe Federation’s (ICF) Freestyle World Championships, seeing more than 500 paddlers from 45 countries in Swain County is almost unimaginable for Jacobi. “After years of planning, the entire county, from the chamber of commerce to the Tourism Development Authority to the NOC, worked together and made this happen,” said Brad Walker, the chair of the TDA and chamber of commerce board member. “And now it’s here. It’s happening, and that’s one thing you can’t take away from us.” Thousands of spectators, athletes and the curious alike descended into downtown for the opening ceremonies. Flags from participating countries were held high as languages from every corner of the globe drifted through the late summer air. During the parade, a marching band moved down the street as each country walked behind them. Crowds lined the street, cheering on their newfound international family. With the United States team bringing up the rear, the masses erupted in chants of “USA, USA” that grew louder and louder as the group approached the welcoming stage. “It’s been fantastic being here, it’s a great atmosphere,” said James Bebbington, the current freestyle world champion from Great Britain. “We have a couple days left of rest before the competition. It’s been tiring with all the training, but we’re ready to go.” As the athletes and crowd surrounding the stage, ICF President Lluis Rabaneda of Spain readied himself to give a speech signaling the official opening to the competition. “The Nantahala River has that outdoor 14 soul, which is what we love about it,” he said.

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The opening ceremonies for the 2013 ICF Canoe Freestyle World Championships were held Monday, Sept. 2, in downtown Bryson City. In addition to a parade (below), live music and speeches, a 30foot ramp was constructed on the Tuckasegee River to launch athletes into the water.

“We’re spreading the word about the event through live streaming and social media. This may be the largest coverage ever for an ICF competition, and we’re ready to start.” After the commencement speeches, the Warriors of AniKituwa, the official cultural ambassadors of the Eastern Band of the Cherokee Indian, conducted an intimate performance. Fully clothed in their ceremonial attire, they brought members of the audience into their spectacle, which included the “ant” and “bull” dances. “We are the indigenous people of this land, and we want to give everyone a better idea of who we are as a culture,” said performer Sonny Ledford. “Having this competition here locally puts us on the world map. I’ve already been able to meet folks from Great Britain and Canada.” Standing in the crowd is Joyce and Dennis Eshleman. Based out of West Palm Beach, Fla., the couple has a second home in Bryson City. They have a deep affection for the beauty of Southern Appalachia, with the ICF world championships as the cherry on top. “It’s truly an honor to have these fine young people from all over the world come and experience this area,” Joyce said. “This is a great town. It has everything and it’s a great place to explore watersports.” “And this will be a good thing for the local economy,” Dennis added. “We have the waterskiing world championships in West Palm Beach, so it’s great to see similar activities here.”

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Following the speeches, a splash could be heard under the bridge on Everett Street. Gazing down, one could see a 30-foot ramp erected on the riverbank. Dozens of athletes were lined up with their freestyle kayaks, eager to slide down the ramp and be launched into the Tuckasegee River. With each launch came a variety of tricks displayed in midair as applause reverberated through those watching from the bridge. The crowd eventually dispersed into every direction. Troves headed for the nearby Nantahala Brewing Company where locals, athletes and tourists converged for an evening of music, craft beer and camaraderie. Co-owner of Bryson City Cork & Bean, Scott Mastej scans his busy dining room. It’s filled to the brim with hungry, jovial customers, some from around the corner, many from around the world. “It’s amazing to see all of this happening. We’ve had a large number of international athletes come in already,” he said. “The competition is here, and Bryson City is excited to welcome the world.”


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spoke of carrying his dream into the future. “It is never the wrong time to do the right thing,” and, “A man can’t ride your back unless it’s bent,” were two King quotes repeated by speakers. Organizers of the event also referenced King’s call at the end of his I Have a Dream speech for attendees to go home and organize. At the event, there were voter registration booths. “Dreams take work,” said Michael Beadle, a Waynesville author and poet and emcee for the event. He encouraged each person in attendance to register 25 others to vote. “This is not a moment, it’s a movement.” Mark Case, union organizer from Asheville, said civil rights topics such as voting rights and working rights are still essential to American Democracy. He said the rights of workers to unionize and collectively bargain for wages and benefits must not be abridged. He reminded the crowd that King was assassinated while assisting sanitation workers in labor efforts. “It’s just as much an issue today as it was 50 years ago,” Case said. “Jim Crow laws in North Carolina have to go.” Jonni Medford, a women’s rights activist from Bryson City spoke in favor of equal pay for women, citing that women make 77 cents on the dollar compared to their male colleagues for performing similar work. She spoke against new state policies that aim to limit access to reproductive health clinics, birth control and abortion. “We must agitate and we must fight,” she said. Valerie Summers, a political activist from Buncombe County, said the key to bringing about a change in policies was to organize and vote. She urged the crowd to pick the right candidates, gather friends and family, and get them out to the polls on election day; attend meetings of their local elections boards to understand the new voting laws and ensure the changes are implemented in the public eye; and write letters to their local newspapers. Even with more than a month until local elections and more than a year until national elections, Summers said time is short. “We have no time to waste,” she said to the crowd. “Vote early and take others with you.”

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BY ANDREW KASPER STAFF WRITER n honor of the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.’s march on Washington, D.C., political activists in Western North Carolina celebrated a dream of their own. With a full lineup of speeches, music, poetry and more, a group of more than 100 people converged at Bridge Park last week in Sylva to celebrate the momentous march and express their own hopes for political change in the state. Melinda Lowrance, president of the Hendersonville chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, spoke to attendees at the event and drew parallels between the civil rights movement of yesteryear and the challenges facing minorities today. She said the activists couldn’t sit back on the accomplishments of yesterday. “We are here today to bring the dream home,” Lowrance said. “True democracy begins today, not yesterday.” She praised the 900 or so protestors who have been arrested at the Moral Monday rallies in Raleigh. She called the actions of legislators in passing new state voting laws “immoral and unconstitutional.” Opponents claim the new laws would have the greatest affect on the elderly, African Americans and the poor. In the spirit of King, she urged unity in opposing such laws. “We need each other,” Lowrance said. “We’re all family.” The event was part of a larger, statewide movement organized by local chapters of the NAACP in each of the state’s congressional districts. In Sylva, religious leaders, politicians, educators and labor organizers addressed issues ranging from the new voting laws — requiring identification at the polls and limiting early voting windows — to education spending, health care and taxes. Many also paid homage to King and

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tions for fighting them,” he said. “And if you were to come back as a chicken in your next life, you’d rather be a North Carolina gamecock than a chicken nugget.” Yet, one activity is widely accepted and the other exists on the fringes of society. This let him know, early on in his career, that you can tell a lot about a culture by how it treats its animals.

U.S. Congress Mark Meadows, R-Cashiers, will speak at the Haywood County Republican Party’s annual fall harvest dinner from 6 to 9 p.m. on Sept. 14 at the Canton Armory. Other speakers include Lt. Gov. Dan Forest; N.C. Sen. Jim Davis, R-Franklin; and Dr. Greg Brannon, an announced candidate for the U.S. Senate. Tickets are $25 and includes a prime rib dinner. 828.246.7021 or 828.246.7921 or

Lawmen address drug abuse prevention in Haywood Waynesville Police Chief Bill Hollingsed and Haywood

County Sheriff Greg Christopher will join other speakers at a program about drug abuse that will be held at 6 p.m. Sept. 8 at Spring Hill Baptist Church near Canton. The program is called “Drugs in our Midst” and will include a discussion of prescription drug abuse and a description of what is happening with drugs in Haywood County. The public is invited.

New superintendent to speak at monthly League meeting New Macon County Schools Superintendent Dr. Chris Baldwin will speak at the monthly Macon County League of Women Voters meeting at noon on Sept. 12 in the Tartan Hall of the First Presbyterian Church in Franklin. Baldwin is a native of Nantahala and previously has

served as principal of Nantahala School and of Franklin High School, winning numerous awards for himself and his schools. Attendees are welcome to bring a bag lunch.

Learn about knee replacement at MedWest MedWest-Harris is hosting a free Lunch and Learn session on knee replacement with an from noon to 1 p.m. Friday, Sept. 6, at MedWest-Harris in Sylva with Dr. Lawrence Supik, an orthopedic surgeon, and Robin Pope, a certified PA at Sylva Orthopaedic Associates. There will be a Q&A plus a brief program discussing the benefits of knee replacement and the options a patient has in relieving pain and restoring mobility. Advance reservations. Lunch included. 828.631.8889.

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BY ANDREW KASPER STAFF WRITER assion, love, hate and violence — are all very human. But the best way of understanding these and other human attributes might not be by studying humans at all. The animals around us, says Western Carolina University Psychology Professor Harold Herzog, may hold the key. Herzog has spent a quarter century researching and shedding light on the interactions between humans and animals: from the relationship between you and the chicken in your freezer to the one between a Southern cock fighter and his fighting rooster. “We see the best and worst in human nature played out through other species,” Herzog said. “My real goal is to understand human behavior.” This year, he won the Distinguished Scholar Award from the International Association of Human-Animal Interaction Organizations and the International Society for Anthrozoology. It’s an award given out every three years to the person who has made the biggest contributions as to how humans think about and relate to other species Herzog got his start in the 1970s with his doctoral dissertation on the culture surrounding cock fighters in Western North Carolina and Eastern Tennessee. He spent two years studying the sport and it became blaringly apparent to him that there was something profoundly telling about humans at the center of it all. Many people, who are content to eat chicken mass-produced on mega farms under despicable conditions look down on the immoral act of chicken fights. Meanwhile, his research seemed to indicate there was a strong argument for the contrary. “My justification for eating them was really not that much different than their justifica-

atives. You’re 100 times more likely to be injured by a dog than a poisonous snake. Dogs are a common tripping hazard and send their owners to the emergency room, and the pets are one of the top reasons for disputes between neighbors. Moreover, despite assertions to the contrary, many dog owners choose the breed or the type of dog they get based on fads — similar to popular music, fashion and baby names. By studying a data set of 50 million dogs kept by a kennel association, Herzog could see rapid rise in popularity of certain dogs over the years, regardless of their suitability as pets, and then the breed’s following downfall. “Breeds that are hard to live with can get very popular very fast, so can unhealthy breeds,” Herzog said. “Our breed choices are basically choices of fashion. They’re just copying.” The current trend is to adopt a rescue dog, and tell everyone it’s a rescue dog. Before that it was purebred German Shepherds or Labradors. The dog data was so telling, it caused Herzog to change his ideas about the driving force behind human nature. “Culture is more important than biology,” he said. “I changed my mind because of how people pick their dogs.” Another interesting trend in pet ownership is the growing number of people who are keeping rats as pets, but also keeping it a secret. Herzog found similar lessons and insights covering animal crusaders, like members People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals; church services in the south that utilize poisonous snakes; and animal hoarders who tend to believe they are doing a service for abandoned animals while keeping them in horrendous living conditions. Herzog is now researching the relationship between circus animals and their trainers. Though the trainers often get a bad rap, as cruel and abusive, many hold their animal — whether they be tigers, dancing elephants or shows horses — in the highest regard. “It’s a relationship that’s really, really morally complicated,” Herzog said. “It’s not ethical to keep them in cages and make them do animal pet tricks — but they really do love these animals.”


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This pattern of morality, he saw repeated time and again throughout his studies and research. Take a dog, for example. In Western culture dogs have been humanized and made part of the family. In Asia, approximately 25 million dogs are eaten per year. And in other countries, such as Saudi Arabia, they most likely wouldn’t eat a dog, or spend too much time petting it, because the animal is generally seen as vermin, like rats. “We don’t eat the animals we really love and we don’t eat the animals we really hate,” Herzog said, as a rule of thumb. The morality humans choose to attribute to different animal species is purely cultural, and it is blatantly obvious, when you can take a step back and view things with an objective lens. Many cat owners, who consider themselves animal lovers, knowingly let their cats roam free and kill countless numbers of birds and small critters for pure sport, only because the owners feel too guilty locking their feline friends up in the house. Herzog knows because he is a guilty party and feels worse about owning an outdoor cat than eating meat. Yet, most cat owners tend to live in denial that their little Fluffy is a “recreational serial killer,” as he puts it. On the other side of the issue are bird lovers, who hold a disdain for cats and in some cases turn to poisoning and shooting the pets in defense of the birds. “They’re both good people and want to do the right thing,” Herzog said. “But they see that in completely different ways and invent their own justifications.” Some dog owners go to similar lengths in defense of their canines. A friend of Herzog recently shelled out $12,000 in medical bills to treat a Labrador with cancer. The dog survived, but the owner’s checkbook took a serious hit. Why most humans wouldn’t go to similar lengths for the well being of other species of animals was the topic of one of Herzog’s books, Some We Love, Some We Hate, Some We Eat: Why It’s So Hard to Think Straight About Animals. “There are two types of animals in our house,” Herzog said. “The one that we consider our pets and the others whose flesh is in our freezer.” Herzog said many dog lovers will tout the benefits of having a dogs and ignore the neg-




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War-weary Americans don’t want to get involved in Syria

BY DOUG WINGEIER G UEST COLUMNIST t doesn’t seem to matter which political party a president belongs to: if he wants to go to war he’ll find a way, regardless of what the American people may want. We are tired of war — civilian and military deaths, billions drained away from domestic needs, lives disrupted, families separated, futures ruined. One president falsely claimed weapons of mass destruction. Now another wishes to rain death on Syrians in retaliation for the use of chemical weapons. Fortunately, though, this time he has agreed to seek Congressional approval. So we must urge our representatives not to grant it. Here are some reasons we can use to persuade them to refrain from military action: 1. A U.S. attack would both cause Syrians to rally around President Assad and also motivate extremists from other countries to enlist in his cause, thereby strengthening his hand and swelling his forces. 2. It’s not yet known for sure who is responsible for the Aug. 21 chemical weapons attack. While it’s likely that it was the Assad regime, it is also possible that the opposition could


New attempt to help domestic abuse victims To the Editor: Domestic abuse, according to statistics, has increased. Although the exact reasons cannot be pinpointed, the latest analysis points to the possible presence of a “warrior/bully” gene which can manifest all the time or just activate when the person gets under excess stress. And, of course, one of the causes of excess stress is fear of economic loss. This may explain why recession can bring out the worst in anyone with this gene. However it may be, abuse — whether committed by a male or a female — is ugly and potentially lethal. A new project is beginning, called AWAY TO GO. The aim of this program is to help relocate abused spouses, as well as children and abused elderly, to other counties within the state and also to other states. This program would be a victim protection program, similar to the well-known witness protection program. The idea for this project was that of Haywood resident Preston Tinsley. To speak about this program, he can be reached at 828.646.8667. If there is no answer, leave a clear message with your name and phone number and he will call you back. The program is in a fledgling state, as there are many facets to consider, such as means of transportation, job training provision in the new location, temporary shelter until housing can be found, food, clothing and medical supplies needed until a means of income is established and, of course, notification of protective police agencies in the new location, as well as help from police agencies and the sheriff ’s office in Haywood County. Domestic violence is against the law and victims have the right to take legal action to

have done it to win international sympathy and outside military support. 3. A U.S. attack would only intensify the cycle of violence. As Gandhi put it, “An eye for an eye makes us both blind.” A military intervention would lengthen and worsen the alreadyatrocious violence. 4. Unless authorized by Congress, a military strike would violate the Constitution and the War Powers Act, which stipulate that only Congress can declare war. It would also violate international law, as no such action has been authorized by the United Nations Security Council. 5. The latest poll I’ve seen shows 60 percent of the American people opposed to military intervention in Syria, with only 9 percent supporting. 6. What would be the targets? To hit chemical weapons stockpiles would release deadly poisons into the air, killing thousands more. And it would be impossible to destroy all the planes, missiles, and mortars that could be used to deliver them. 7. U.S. intervention on the side of the opposition could easily benefit the terrorist groups fighting with them, thereby

end the abuse. The U.S. Department of Justice defines domestic violence as “a pattern of abusive behavior in any relationship that is used by one partner to gain or maintain control over another intimate partner.” If you, or anyone you know needs immediate assistance, the National Domestic Violence Hotline is 800.799.7233 (SAFE). The many forms of abuse defined are: • Physical abuse includes hitting, biting, slapping, battering, shoving, punching, burning, cutting and pinching and pulling hair. • Sexual abuse is any coercion of a victim into having sexual contact without the victim’s consent. • Emotional abuse is just as serious and involves deflating a victim’s sense of self-worth by constant criticism, name-calling, injuring a person’s relationship with his/her children. • Psychological abuse involves an attempt to invoke fear through intimidation, verbal threats to physically hurt him/herself, the victim, the children, family, friends or pets. It also includes destruction of property and preventing the victim from going to work or school • Also in the abuse category are stalking and cyberstalking. Stalking involves continuous spying, watching, following, sending gifts, collecting information about a victim, making phone calls, leaving written messages, showing up at a victim’s home or workplace. Cyberstalking refers to any online action or unwanted repeated emailing. • Dating violence is actually considered another form of domestic violence. North Carolina law also protects disabled adults and disabled elderly, both male and female. Abuse is not exclusive to Haywood County. It exists in every state and nationally and internationally. JoAnna Swanson Waynesville

bringing to power a regime even more despicable than that of Assad. 8. U.S. involvement could transform the conflict from a nasty civil war to an international conflagration, spreading to nearby countries like Iran, Lebanon and Israel. And once thus engaged, how would we exit? 9. The term “smart bombs” is an oxymoron. Many civilians would lose their lives — women, children, the elderly and infirm. Having caused so much “collateral damage” in Iraq and Afghanistan, can we afford another black eye in world public opinion — and another deep wound to our soul? 10. No, the wiser — and in the long run much more effective path — is that of diplomacy. It may be less flashy and dramatic, but what is needed at this point are peace talks, involving both the current belligerent parties, and also their backers like the U.S. and Russia. This time around for a change, let’s try flexing our negotiating muscles instead of our military ones. After the fiascos in Iraq and Afghanistan, can’t we learn a better way? (Doug Wingeier is a retired seminary professor and United Methodist minister who lives at Lake Junaluska.)

Gov. McCrory, GOP have Wrong priorities turned business loose causing problems To the Editor: We live in the greatest country the modern world has ever known. Our president has not been able to energize our economy and has passed thousands of new regulations that hinder rather than promote employment. The most disadvantaged people — which includes the poor and many minority groups that elected him — have been hurt the most by these regulations. Many liberal newspapers have given this president a pass on his handling of the economy. The entire world needs a thriving U.S. When our economy is booming, we are world’s greatest market for the world’s goods. For many years people around the world have depended on the U.S. to buy their goods and services to bolster their economies. Under this president, the United States’ economy has let them down. However, in North Carolina Gov. McCrory and the Republicans have revamped our tax rules to encourage manufacturers to return to our state. Many Carolinians have been out of work for two years or more. With these revised tax laws in North Carolina we can attract new industries to move to our state and help our unemployed men and women find jobs. This should also help our young college graduates find jobs in their home state. It now appears our tax revenues will actually be going up because businesses are starting to expand. Watch our state grow for the next four years. Our young entrepreneurs have been turned loose. It is too bad the president did not try and do the same thing in the USA when he was elected. Jim Mueller Glenville

To the Editor: The 50th anniversary of the “March on Washington” and Martin Luther King’s “I have a Dream” speech have been recently observed. King hoped to see a generation of black Americans who would “not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.” For the past 40-odd years we have indulged a system called affirmative action, which demands a person be evaluated by skin color. We have added equal opportunity to the mix, so now we have affirmative action based on gender as well as race. As we celebrate King’s vision, the dreams, hopes and aspirations of white male Americans — for my two sons, my three grandsons and 10 great grandsons — are substantially over, or greatly inhibited, or even seriously imperiled. I naively allowed my own career to be halted early and abruptly by Jackson County Schools and WCU because of my lack of appreciation of changes in the workforce. For 50 years we’ve been mesmerized by King’s words, and now we’re equally enthralled with more euphemistic drivel of liberal origin such as diversity, social justice, and (my favorite), multiculturalism. In 50 years of strengthening the weak by weakening the strong all we’ve accomplished is to trade one model of discrimination for another. A French writer, Charles Louis de Secondat, (1689-1755), stated: “There is no crueler tyranny than that which is perpetuated under the shield of law and in the name of justice.” Would that our leaders could even begin to grasp such a passionate and straightforward warning, much less heed it. David L. Snell Dillsboro

tasteTHEmountains BLUE ROOSTER SOUTHERN GRILL 207 Paragon Parkway, Clyde, Lakeside Plaza at the old Wal-Mart. 828.456.1997. MondayFriday 11 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.; Sunday 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Friendly and fun family atmosphere. Local, handmade Southern cuisine. Fresh-cut salads; slow- simmered soups; flame grilled burgers and steaks, and homemade signature desserts. Blue-plates and local fresh vegetables daily. Brown bagging is permitted. Private parties, catering, and takeout available. Call-ahead seating available.

AMMONS DRIVE-IN RESTAURANT & DAIRY BAR 1451 Dellwwod Rd., Waynesville. 828.926.0734. Open 7 days a week 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Celebrating over 25 years. Enjoy world famous hot dogs as well as burgers, seafood, hushpuppies, hot wings and chicken. Be sure to save room for dessert. The cobbler, pie and cake selections are sure to satisfy any sweet tooth.

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

BLUE RIDGE BBQ COMPANY 180 N. Main St., Waynesville. 828.452.7524. 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. TuesdayThursday; 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday-Saturday; 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. Blue Ridge BBQ is a family owned and operated restaurant. The BBQ is slow hardwood smoked, marinated in its own juices, and seasoned with mountain recipes. All menu items made from scratch daily. Featuring homemade cornbread salad, fresh collard greens, or cornbread and milk at your request. Old-fashioned homemade banana pudding and fruit cobbler of the season. Catering, take-out, eat-in.

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

BRYSON CITY BAKERY AND PASTRY SHOPPE 191 Everett St., Bryson City. 828.488.5390 Offering a full line of fresh baked goods like Grandma used to make. Large variety to choose from including cakes, pies, donuts, breads, cinn-buns and much more. Also serving Hershey Ice Cream. Open seven days a week, 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. CATALOOCHEE RANCH 119 Ranch Dr., Maggie Valley. 828.926.1401. Family-style breakfast seven days a week, from 8 to 9:30 am – with eggs, bacon, sausage, grits and oatmeal, fresh fruit, sometimes French toast or pancakes, and always all-you-can-eat. Lunch every day from 11:30 till 2. Evening cookouts on the terrace on weekends and Wednesdays (weather permitting), featuring steaks, ribs, chicken, and pork chops, to name a few. Bountiful familystyle dinners on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday, with entrees that include prime rib, baked ham and herb-baked chicken, complemented by seasonal vegetables, homemade breads, jellies and desserts. We also offer a fine selection of wine and beer. The evening social hour starts at 6pm, and dinner is

served starting at 7pm. So join us for milehigh mountaintop dining with a spectacular view. Please call for reservations. CHEF’S TABLE 30 Church St., Waynesville. 828.452.6210. From 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday dinner starting at 5 p.m. “Best of” Award of Excellence from Wine Spectator Magazine. Set in a distinguished atmosphere with an exceptional menu. Extensive selection of wine and beer. Reservations honored. CITY BAKERY 18 N. Main St. Waynesville 828.452.3881. Monday-Friday 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Join us in our historic location for scratch made soups and daily specials. Breakfast is made to order daily: Gourmet cheddar & scallion biscuits served with bacon, sausage and eggs; smoked trout bagel plate; quiche and fresh fruit parfait. We bake a wide variety of breads daily, specializing in traditional french breads. All of our breads are hand shaped. Lunch: Fresh salads, panini sandwiches. Enjoy outdoor dinning on the deck. Private room available for meetings. CITY LIGHTS CAFE Spring Street in downtown Sylva. 828.587.2233. Open Monday-Saturday 7:30 a.m. to 9 p.m., Sunday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tasty, healthy and quick. Breakfast, lunch, dinner, espresso, beer and wine. Come taste the savory and sweet crepes, grilled paninis, fresh, organic salads, soups and more. Outside patio seating. Free Wi-Fi, pet-friendly.

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CORK & CLEAVER 176 Country Club Drive, Waynesville. 828.456.7179. Reservations recommended. 4:30-9 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday. Tucked away inside Waynesville Inn, Cork & Cleaver has an approachable menu designed around locally sourced, sustainable, farm-to-table ingredients. Executive Chef Corey Green prepares innovative and unique Southern fare from local, organic vegetables grown in Western North Carolina. Full bar and wine cellar. CORNERSTONE CAFÉ 1092 N. Main Street, Waynesville. 828.452.4252. Open Monday through Friday 6 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. Fresh meats purchased daily, great homemade breakfast, burgers made to order. Comfortable and friendly atmosphere, with curb service available. Make lunch easy and call ahead for to go orders. FRANKIE’S ITALIAN TRATTORIA 1037 Soco Rd. Maggie Valley. 828.926.6216 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday. Father and son team Frank and Louis Perrone cook up dinners steeped in Italian tradition. With recipies passed down from generations gone by, the Perrones have brought a bit of Italy to Maggie Valley. FRYDAY’S & SUNDAES 24 & 26 Fry St., Bryson City (Next To The Train Depot). 828.488.5379. Frydays is open; but closed on Wednesdays. Sundaes

FROGS LEAP PUBLIC HOUSE 44 Church St. Downtown Waynesville 828.456.1930 Serving lunch and dinner from 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, Sunday lunch and dinner from 11:30 a.m. to 7 p.m., closed Mondays. Frogs Leap is a farm to table restaurant focused on local, sustainable, natural and organic products prepared in modern regional dishes. Seasonal menu focuses on Southern comfort foods with upscale flavors. Come for the restaurant’s 4 @ 4 when you can choose a center and three sides at special prices. Offered WedFri. from 4 to 6. GUADALUPE CAFÉ 606 W. Main Street, Sylva. 828.586.9877. Open 7 days a week at 5 p.m. Located in the historic Hooper’s Drugstore, Guadalupe Café is a chef-owned and operated restaurant serving Caribbean inspired fare complimented by a quirky selection of wines and microbrews. Supporting local farmers of organic produce, livestock, hand-crafted cheese, and using sustainably harvested seafood. J. ARTHUR’S RESTAURANT AT MAGGIE VALLEY U.S. 19 in Maggie Valley. 828.926.1817. Lunch Sunday noon to 2:30 p.m., dinner nightly starting at 4:30 p.m. World-famous prime rib, steaks, fresh seafood, gorgonzola cheese and salads. All ABC permits and open year-round. Children always welcome. Take-out menu. Excellent service and hospitality. Reservations appreciated. JOEY'S PANCAKE HOUSE 4309 Soco Rd Maggie Valley. 828.926.0212. Winter hours; Friday through Sunday and Mondays, 7 a.m. to noon. Joey’s is a family style restaurant that has been serving breakfast to the locals and visitors of Western North Carolina since 1966. Featuring a large variety of tempting pancakes, golden waffles, country style cured ham and seasonal specials spiked with fla-

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BRYSON CITY CORK & BEAN A MOUNTAIN SOCIAL HOUSE 16 Everett St.,Bryson City. 828.488.1934. Open Monday-Friday 8 a.m. to 9 p.m., Saturday and Sunday brunch 9 a.m. to 3p.m., Full Menu 3 to 9 p.m. Serving fresh and delicious weekday morning lite fare, lunch, dinner, and brunch. Freshly prepared menu offerings range from house-made soups & salads, lite fare & tapas, crepes, specialty sandwiches and burgers. Be sure not to miss the bold flavors and creative combinations that make up the daily Chef Supper Specials starting at 5pm every day. Followed by a tempting selection of desserts prepared daily by our chefs and other local bakers. Enjoy craft beers on tap, as well as our full bar and eclectic wine list.

is open 7 days a week. Fryday’s is known for its Traditional English Beer Battered Fish & Chips, but also has burgers, deep fried dogs, gyro, shrimp, bangers, Chip Butty, chicken, sandwiches & a great kids menu. Price friendly, $3-$10, Everything available to go or call ahead takeout. Sundaes has 24 rotating flavors of Hershey's Ice Cream making them into floats, splits, sundaes, shakes. Private seating inside & out for both locations right across from the train station & pet friendly.

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tasteTHEmountains vor, Joey's is sure to please all appetites. Joey & Brenda O’Keefe invite you to join what has become a tradition in these parts, breakfast at Joey’s. JUKEBOX JUNCTION U.S. 276 and N.C. 110 intersection, Bethel. 828.648.4193. 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Serving breakfast, lunch, nd dinner. The restaurant has a 1950s & 60s theme decorated with memorabilia from that era. LOS AMIGOS 366 Russ Ave. in the Bi-Lo Plaza. 828.456.7870. Open from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. for lunch and 5 to 10 p.m. for dinner Monday through Friday and 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Enjoy the lunch prices Monday through Sunday, also enjoy our outdoor patio. LUCIO'S RESTAURANT 313 Highlands Road, Franklin. 828.369.6670. Serving Macon County since 1984. Closed Sunday, Monday, Tuesday. Lunch Wednesday-Friday 11:30 a.m. until.Dinner Wednesday-Saturday 5 p.m. until. Owned and operated by Tanya and Dorothy Gamboni. Serving authentic Italian and continental cuisine including appetizers, pastas, poultry, veal, seafood, steaks and homemade deserts. Selection of wine and beer. Lunch and Dinner menus. Wednesday and Thursday nights only. 1 appetizer and 2 selected entrées with unlimited salad and Lucio’s famous garlic rolls for $24.95. Winter Special: half-off house wines, Friday and Saturday only.

MOONSHINE GRILL 2550 Soco Road, Maggie Valley loacted in the Smoky Falls Lodge. 828.926.7440. Open Wednesday through Sunday, 4:30 to 9 p.m. Cooking up mouth-watering, wood-fired Angus steaks, prime rib and scrumptious fresh seafood dishes. The wood-fired grill gives amazing flavor to every meal that

OLD STONE INN 109 Dolan Road, off Love Lane. 828.456.3333. Classic fireside dining in an historic mountain lodge with cozy, intimate bar. Dinner served nightly except Sunday from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Signature dinner choices include our 8oz. filet of beef in a brandied peppercorn sauce and a garlic and herb crusted lamb rack. Carefully selected fine wines and beers plus full bar available. Open year round. Call for reservations. PASQUALE’S 1863 South Main Street, Waynesville. Off exit 98, 828.454.5002. Open for lunch and dinner seven days a week. Classic Italian dishes, exceptional steaks and seafood (available in full and lighter sizes), thin crust pizza, homemade soups, salads hand tossed at your table. Fine wine and beer selection. Casual atmosphere, dine indoor, outside on the patio or at the bar. Reservations appreciated. PASQUALINO’S ITALIAN RESTAURANT 25 Everett Street, Bryson City. 828.488.9555. Open for lunch and dinner everyday 11:30 a.m.-late. A taste of Italy in beautiful Bryson City. Exceptional pasta, pizza, homemade soups, salads. Fine wine, mixed drinks and beer selection. Casual atmosphere, reservations appreciated. PATIO BISTRO 30 Church Street, Waynesville. 828.454.0070. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Breakfast bagels and sandwiches, gourmet coffee, deli sandwiches for lunch with homemade soups, quiches, and desserts. Wide selection of wine and beer. Outdoor and indoor dining.


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SOUL INFUSION TEA HOUSE & BISTRO 628 E. Main St. (between Sylva Tire & UPS). 828.586.1717. Tuesday-Friday 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Saturday noon -until. Scrumptious, natural, fresh soups, salads, sandwiches, wraps and desserts. 60+ teas served hot or cold, black, chai, herbal. Seasonal and rotating draft beers, good selection of wine. Home-Grown Music Network Venue with live music most weekends. Pet friendly and kid ready.



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



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



THE WINE BAR 20 Church Street, downtown Waynesville. 828.452.6000. Underground cellar for wine and beer, served by the glass all day. Cheese and tapas served Wednesday through Saturday 4 p.m.-9 p.m. or later. Also on facebook and twitter.


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VITO’S PIZZA 607 Highlands Rd., Franklin. 828.369.9890. Established here in in 1998. Come to Franklin and enjoy our laid back place, a place you can sit back, relax and enjoy our 62” HDTV. Our Pizza dough, sauce, meatballs, and sausage are all made from scratch by Vito. The recipes have been in the family for 50 years (don't ask for the recipes cuz’ you won't get it!) Each Pizza is hand tossed and made with TLC. You're welcome to watch your pizza being created.

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

RENDEZVOUS RESTAURANT AND BAR Maggie Valley Inn and Conference Center 828.926.0201 Bar open Monday thru Saturday; dining room open Tuesday thru Saturday at 5 p.m. Full service restaurant serving steaks, prime rib, seafood and dinner specials. Live music Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

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Nature-inspired metal artist garners acclaim from unusual fanbase Metal artist Grace Cathey (left) is shown with a small model of her piece “Wildflowers of the Smokies,” selected by the Waynesville Public Art Commission to crown the mini-park at the corner of Main and Depot streets. Jan Griffin, chairman of the art commission, is also pictured. Garret K. Woodward photo

Grace Cathey’s metal flowers to join the ranks of Waynesville public art pieces

BY GARRET K. WOODWARD STAFF WRITER new public art sculpture will be unveiled in downtown Waynesville this week by renowned Western North Carolina metal sculptor Grace Cathey. Entitled “Wildflowers of the Smokies,” the three, large metal panels — six-feet-high by four-feet-wide — each represent a beautiful native wild flower found in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The piece is the fifth annual installment of public art commissioned by the Waynesville Public Art Commission and funded entirely through private donations. A dedication for the piece will be at 5:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 6, at the mini-park at the corner of Main and Depot streets. “There’s an incredible diversity in Grace’s work,” said Jan Griffin, chairman of the Waynesville Public Art Commission. “Her pieces showcase a great mind of talent, one that focuses on bringing out the essence of nature in this region.” Each year, the Waynesville Public Art Commission invites artists to submit proposals, including miniature mock-ups of their piece, based on a specific theme. A selection committee then vets the designs and selects the winning artist. Cathey was this year’s winner. The cost of the piece was $12,500, which was raised through private donations, as has been the case for the previous four art pieces sanctioned by the Waynesville Public Art Commission. “I believe in a body of work that is whimsical, abstract and interpretive,” Cathey said. “Art adds so much to the quality of life here in Waynesville, and everyone in this community, residents and leaders, supports the artists.” Cathey’s contribution being the final, crowning piece of public art installed at the mini-park on Main Street that pay homage to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Following the park’s 75th anniversary three years ago, the Smokies was chosen as the theme for a trio of art pieces for the pocket park, which underwent a transformation to make it a more inviting space. The first piece was a metal railing with designs depicting the mountains and salamanders. The second was the ”Gateway to the Smokies” arch over the entrance to the park, which is a replica of one that historically spanned Main Street itself. The event is free and open to the public.


Metal sculptor Grace Cathey sits on her front porch in Waynesville with Kevin Cullen, host of “The Motorhead Traveler.”

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fiery inferno blasts through the sheet metal like a hot knife through butter. The screeching sound of a grinder echoes down into the valley surrounding Waynesville. Flipping up her face shield, metal sculptor Grace Cathey wipes her brow, smiles momentarily then shuts the mask back down. She’s in the midst of her creation and all focus is on the task at hand. “I’ve been an artist in this area for over 32 years and I’ve had so much support from the community. It’s overwhelming and I feel so blessed,” she said. “I chose this community because I knew this would be a great place to live, and it has been.” Standing next to her at Cathey’s workshop, Kevin Cullen is one of those supporters. “When I saw Grace’s work for the first time, I was in awe,” he said. “I’ve welded before, but when you get a chance to see such beautiful creations like hers up close, it’s incredible.”



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t’s like losing your virginity and seeing the Apocalypse at the same time. Each Labor Day weekend, tens of thousands of people from around the globe descend Merle Haggard plays the Smoky Mountain on the Black Rock Desert, northCenter for the Performing Arts in Franklin on east of Reno, Nev., for Burning Sept. 6. Man. Coming into its 27th year, the celebration — with a focus Metal sculptor Grace Cathey unveils her latest on life, humanity, all things work during the Waynesville Public Art beautiful and artistic — remains Commission installation in downtown a beacon of light amid uncertain Waynesville on Sept. 6. modern times. To try and explain what it is to someone Monks from the Drepung Loseling monastery unaware is like describing colors will demonstrate the art of mandala sand to a blind person. painting and perform sacred music and In 2008, I was a rookie dance on Sept. 9-13 at Western Carolina reporter in Teton Valley, Idaho. University. Spending the better part of that year running around the high Acclaimed columnist Susan Reinhardt will desert of Idaho, Wyoming and discuss her first book at the Macon County Montana, my subjects ranged Public Library in Franklin on Sept. 12. from a blacksmith to a 92-yearold Mormon farmer, professionPoet Thomas Rain Crowe will present his new al skiers to honky-tonk musibook at the Jackson County Library in Sylva on cians, park rangers to old cowSept. 7. boys. The West truly is wild, and its temptation to a 22-year-old recent college graduate was as every bit allur- Man. I had heard of the celebration, but it was only the usual rumors of it being a druging as it was real. filled orgy or extravagant music festival. I found myself playing horseshoes one “It’s nothing like that at all. It’s about afternoon at the Timberline Bar & Grill in people and coming together, exploring the Victor, Idaho. Talking to a friend of mine, endless possibilities of creativity and humanshe mentioned that a local photographer, ity,” he said. “It opens your eyes to the world Andrew Wyatt, was looking for a writer to and in turn you’ll walk away with the greatcover music/art festivals. He coincidentally est experience of your life. When you go to was at the bar that day. Burning Man, you’ll never be the same again Andrew was a 39-year-old ex-Southern – I can promise you that much.” Baptist preacher from Virginia who ended I was immediately sold on the idea, but up in nearby Jackson Hole, Wyo., following had already made plans to head to Tijuana his passion for photography. His colors, angles, themes and subjects were completely with a couple of friends. Andrew needed a ride to Reno, so I offered to take him en unique, which is a very difficult thing to route to meet my Tijuana entourage in Lake achieve in such a cluttered industry. He was Tahoe. By the time we rolled into downtown readying himself to head out to Burning

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Reno, Andrew convinced me to scrap awe at the “Thunderdome‚” the Mad Max Tijuana and head for the Black Rock Desert. replica‚ where participants battle in an allA day later, my two friends followed suit. out frenzy of dust‚ sweat and lukewarm Leaving Reno, we rocketed down I-80 booze – first sign of blood declares winner; East. Exiting the interstate, heading north on was stunned by explosions from flamethrowa secondary road to the celebration, our cell- ers and pyrotechnics being launched in phones lost reception. Small towns dissolved every direction by fire dancers‚ jugglers‚ into a barren landscape resembling the sursword swallowers and avant-garde performface of the moon. We were immediately ers; conversed with friends and strangers flung into the chaotic that became friends paradise, a never-endfrom across the United Setting up my tent ing space of unique peoStates, Lithuania‚ ple, places and things. amid Camp Gallavant, I Australia‚ British Thousands milled Columbia‚ England‚ raised my arms in utter South Africa‚ Nova about. There was no money involved, all Scotia‚ Spain‚ Russia ecstasy as the horizon barter system. No one and Ireland; slept on a spoke of what they did trampoline under a before my eyes was outside of Burning Man canopy of stars so clear‚ filled with glowing‚ – here you can be whoso bright‚ I never knew ever it is you want to be, such illumination existsparkling and blinking or really are. It’s anared from the heavens faraway dots‚ as if they above; ate Kansas City chy in its purest form, which is there are no barbeque and Alaskan were a lighthouse rules, but one must smoked salmon‚ fresh respect everyone’s perfrom their native lands‚ directing me home. sonal boundaries. while the sun set over Setting up my tent the jagged peaks to the amid Camp Gallavant‚ the rum-drenched west; was poured a fresh cup of French roast pirate brigade from Reno, I raised my arms coffee during a majestic sunrise‚ the rays of in utter ecstasy as the horizon before my light cascading down ancient rock and ultieyes was filled with glowing‚ sparkling and mately upon my joyous aura. blinking faraway dots‚ as if they were a lightI awoke‚ after 10 days in the desert‚ to a house directing me home. rebirth of my soul. I discovered inner peace‚ During the celebration, I took cover durand my long lost inner child‚ as I headed ing a dust storm and was invited to join the back home‚ back to reality‚ for now at least‚ American Steel camp for dinner; stood in until my next venture into the desert.

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On the beat WCU music professor to perform 25th anniversary trumpet recital

Ulrich’s former students also will speak to current WCU students during a master class on Wednesday, Sept. 11. 828.227.7242.

Trumpeter and Professor P. Bradley Ulrich will hold a reunion of sorts when he celebrates his 25 years at Western Carolina University with an anniversary recital at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 10, in the Coulter Building at WCU. Joining Ulrich will be musicians that he taught or worked with during his tenure at WCU. The program will include Bradley works for solo trumpet Ulrich with piano, solo trumpet with brass quintet and trumpet ensemble. Ulrich won the James Dooley Award for Excellence in Teaching Music in 2002 and again 2008. In 2013, he was presented WCU’s University Scholar Award. His scholarly works include more than a dozen articles for the journal of the International Trumpet Guild.

Bluegrass, barbecue at Francis Mill

Merle Haggard to bring honky-tonk to Franklin

The Francis Mill Preservation Society will celebrate the preservation of the 126-year-old mill during the 8th annual Music at the Mill from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 14, in Waynesville. The 1887 timber frame mill operated until 1976. More than just a place of business, the mill served as the mountain community’s social hub for many of its early years. The FMPS first pioneered “Music at the Mill” at the mill site in 2006. The bluegrass and barbecue celebration will include performances by Whitewater Bluegrass Co., Hill Country Band, and The Frog Level Philharmonic. Advanced tickets are $7 per person and are available at Elements Salon in Waynesville or Mountain Dreams Realty in Maggie Valley. All proceeds from this event go to the continuing preservation of the Francis Mill and educational/heritage programs. 828.456.6307.

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Music festival comes to Burningtown The Burningtown Music Festival will be Sept. 14 in the Nantahala National Forest in the Burningtown Township of Macon County. Live music will be provided by Jerry’s Bones, Winston Holder, Liz and AJ Nance, The Grove Band, Reckless Mercy, and others to be announced. The event is a gathering of like-minded Christian people seeking to connect with both God and man through music, art and community. Tickets are $12.50 per person. Camping is free with price of admission. or

World music comes to Franklin The combined Franklin and Dillsboro Ubuntu Choirs will perform a concert of music from around the world at 4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 8, at the Town Square Gazebo in downtown Franklin. Over two-dozen voices strong, the a cappella group sings inspiring and uplifting music from diverse traditions and cultures, in several languages. Ubuntu is a worldwide choral movement open to all people who enjoy singing together in harmony. Free. 828.524.7683 or

Pianist prodigy plays HART

Nineteen-year-old pianist Drew Petersen will perform at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 13, at the Haywood Arts Regional Theatre in Waynesville. Petersen has an extensive repertory that includes major works by Liszt, Mendelssohn, and Chopin. For this program, he has chosen works by Robert Schumann, Franz Liszt, and the Samuel Barber Sonata in E-flat minor, Op. 26. In 2005, at age 12, he was the winner of the Manhattan School of Music Concerto Competition. He was a Chopin Foundation scholarship recipient for the last four years. He currently attends The Julliard School, 24 majoring in piano performance and cham-

ber music studies. In addition, he is pursuing a bachelor of liberal arts degree at Harvard University. Tickets for the performance are available at the Haywood County Arts Council on Main Street in Waynesville and also at HART. This project was supported by the N.C. Arts Council, a division of the Department of Cultural Resources. or

Ballew, Cruz come to Classic Wineseller Multi-instrumentalist and bluesman Marshall Ballew and guitarist Joe Cruz will perform at The Classic Wineseller in Waynesville.

Merle Haggard will play Franklin on Sept. 6. Donated photo

Legendary country singer Merle Haggard will perform at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 6, at the Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts in Franklin. The word “legend” usually makes an appearance at some point when discussing Haggard. The word is an acknowledgement of his artistry and his standing as the poet of the common man. It’s a tribute to his commercial success and to the lasting mark he has made on American music as a whole. Studying, analyzing and observing the details of life around him, Haggard relays what he sees, hears and feels through his songs. In addition to 40 #1 hits, Haggard has charted scores of Top Ten songs. He has won nearly every music award imaginable, both as a performer and as a songwriter. In 1994 Haggard was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame. Opening act is Edens Edge. Tickets are $39, $47 and $55. or 866.273.4615.

Ballew plays Friday, Sept. 6, with Cruz on Saturday, Sept. 7. Both shows start at 7 p.m. Ballew is a singer, songwriter, and multiinstrumentalist based in northeast Tennessee. His dobro and lap steel work can be heard on recordings by David Childers, Christine Kane, Hot Guitar, Chris Rosser, Gospel Playboys, Mama Said, Wanda Lu Greene, and Radiation Blues Banned. Cruz was a regular on the club scene in New York City and has opened for Bonnie Raitt, Chicago, and Santana, among others. He performs the best of The Beatles and Elton John. The Classic Wineseller is a retail wine and craft beer shop, small plate restaurant, and intimate live music venue, which presents local, regional or national talent each Friday and Saturday nights. or 828.452.6000.

Community dance in Sylva Out of the Woodwork will perform at the community dance at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 8, in the Jackson County Library Complex in Sylva. Dancing will include circle, square and contra dances. No previous experience is necessary and no partner is required. Stephanie Marie Voncannon will call the dance to the live music of Out of the Woodwork. Anyone who plays an instrument can sit in with the band, to jam and learn how to play music for dancing.  There will also be a potluck dinner at 5 p.m. Please bring a covered dish, plate, cup and cutlery, and a water bottle. or

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Mountain Faith, Primitive Quartet in Franklin

Acclaimed gospel groups Mountain Faith and the Primitive Quartet will perform at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 13, at The Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts in Franklin. Primitive Quartet backs their soulful harmony with the sounds of acoustical instruments such as the mandolin, banjo, fiddle, guitar, and acoustic bass. Joining them will be Mountain Faith, who has performed at venues such as Dollywood and Silver Dollar City and who has appeared on the award-winning Great American Gospel show. The stellar sound is a combination of gospel and bluegrass. Tickets are $15 per person. or call 866.273.4615.

An “Appalachian Heritage Music Guitar Class” will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. Mondays, from Sept. 9 through Nov. 18, at Haywood Community College in Clyde. This course is for beginners as well as for those who have some playing experience. Students will learn basic flat-picked lead playing and accompaniment, with emphasis on clarity, smoothness, and solid

• Singer/songwriter Ashli Rose hits the stage at 10 p.m. Friday, Sept. 6, at Water’n Hole Bar and Grill in Waynesville. Free. 828.456.4750.

• The Freestylers will play at 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 6, at City Lights Café in Sylva. Free. 828.587.2233 or

• The Music in the Mountains concert series continues with an Elvis tribute act at 6:30

p.m. Saturday, Sept. 7, 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.


• The Pickin’ On The Square summer concert series continues with 1970s/oldies The Rhey Holler Boys at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 7, at the lower level town hall in Franklin. At 6:30 p.m. the stage is opened for anyone wanting to play a few songs. Free. 828.524.2516 or

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• The Screaming J’s, Porch 40, American Gonzos, and Caleb Crawford will perform at No Name Sports Pub in Sylva. The Screaming J’s plays Sept. 5, with Porch 40 Sept. 6, American Gonzos Sept. 7 and Caleb Crawford Sept. 8. All shows are free and begin at 9 p.m., with Sunday performances at 4 p.m. 828.586.2750 or

rhythm with a focus on folk, bluegrass, gospel, and country traditions. Scales, basic chords, and simple songs will be taught, along with variations of different strums. Instructor will be Travis Stuart. Stuart has played as part of a duo with his brother Trevor for more than 20 years. Though their music has deep roots in the local area, they have also carried their music far abroad playing for dances, festivals, music camps, and concerts all through the United States, as well as in England, Ireland, Germany and Russia. Course fee is $105 per person. 828.627.4500.

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HCC to hold Appalachian heritage music guitar class

Cullen is the eccentric host of “The Motorhead Traveler,” a reality show on MavTV (Movies, Adventure, Variety). A feverish globetrotter in search of motorsport adventures, unique artisans and outdoor endeavors, he’s snowmobiled Siberia and Greenland, driven racecars on various international courses, hit the desert in a sand-buggy and jet-skied waters around the world. His energy is infectious, his ambition unrelenting. “I’m one of the people who believes that what you want to do when you’re off work is what you should do for work,” he said. Sitting on Cathey’s porch, Cullen is taking a break from the day’s project. Filming the latest episode of “The Motorhead Traveler,” Cullen decided on exploring North Carolina. When he contacted the state tourism office, they suggested something NASCAR related, which resulted in a trip to the NASCAR Hall of Fame in Charlotte and a chance to drive Jeff Gordon’s racecar. The office also suggested something Southern Appalachian related, perhaps a trip to the mountains in search of an artist to profile. Sifting through possible candidates, he picked Cathey. “He called me and asked if I wanted to do a project together, so I started thinking about things that symbolize this area,” she said. “I wanted something to incorporate the winding roads and motorcycles, the plant and mountain life of the Great Smokies.” The duo decided to make a handcrafted metal mirror. Adorned with S-curve road lines and majestic trees, the piece is a 34-inch square, Kevin Cullen, aka “The Motorhead Traveler,” at work some three inches in depth. Besides on the handcrafted metal mirror that will be featured the hours planning and putting his show of the same name. The episode will air this together a design, Cathey and Fall on MavTV, which is Channel 148 on Dish and 219 Cullen spent a whole day cutting, on DirecTV. Garret K. Woodward photo welding and grinding all the intricate pieces together into a functional work of art. “Experientially speaking, when you come “I’ve welded before, but into a community and learn from a local when you get a chance artist, who has spent years developing their craft and style, it’s a humbling experience to see such beautiful that can be also intimidating,” he said. “But, the feeling you get working on and completcreations like hers up ing an art piece is very similar to the exciteclose, it’s incredible.” ment you get when driving a racecar — it’s exhilarating.” — Kevin Cullen, Based out of Toronto, Cullen has been a ‘The Motorhead Traveler’ television personality for over 15 years. Creatively unfulfilled as a marketing executive in the electronics industry, he ditched the breath and smiled. Though there’s still a full suit and tie to pursue a dream incorporating afternoon of work left to do on the project, it’s his travel bug with a lifelong fascination for another day in paradise and she’s glad to motorsports. In 1997, he launched “Personal spend it creating, surrounded by the natural Watercraft Television” on the Outdoor beauty of Southern Appalachia. “There’s a feeling you get when you come Channel, which lasted 130 episodes viewed in over 140 countries. From there, he created here, it’s in the air, the mountains, the water,” “Sled Sense,” where he jumped on a snowmo- she said. “With the presence, energies and bile and hit some of the most remote areas on vibrations, you could feel it even if you were blind. The vision here is so rewarding — it the planet. His latest endeavor, “The Motorhead brings out your soul.” 25

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Mountain Faith (pictured) and Primitive Quartet perform in Franklin on Sept. 13.

Traveler” combines the mechanical culture of a community with its artistic and culinary flavors. Cullen not only wanted to learn as much as he can about anything unknown he crossed paths with, he also felt the urge to get his hands dirty in the process, where experiences are up close and every bit as unique and real as the subjects themselves. “It’s a real bonding experience when you’re doing this much work with somebody and getting dirty together,” he said. “It’s about ongoing learning. Always keep learning, always keep exploring.” As Cathey gazed off her front porch and down into the lush valley, she took a deep


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On the streets The Boots and Bling benefit will be held at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 14, at Bloemsma Farm Barn in Franklin. “Boots and Bling,” a new fundraiser for Zonta Club, will benefit REACH of Macon County, which provides free and confidential services and a shelter to victims of domestic violence and sexual assault in Macon and Jackson counties. The second nonprofit beneficiary, New Life Women’s Center in Hayesville, is a 90-day emergency shelter for women and women with children, which serves Clay County and surrounding counties in Western North Carolina and North Georgia. The event will feature music, dancing, specialty foods provided by a number of area restaurants from Franklin, Highlands, Dillard, and Hayesville, and a silent auction. The silent auction will include various forms of art, along with jewelry, food baskets, numerous gift certificates, and more. Individual tickets for Boots and Bling are available at the Franklin Chamber of Commerce. Table sponsorships are available. 828.349.9194.

Monks from the Drepung Loseling monastery will lay millions of grains of colored sand to create a sand mandala.

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Sylva church offers a taste of cookbook recipes

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Monks to build sand mandala, perform sacred music and dance at WCU

A cookbook tasting experience will be at 6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 12, at The First United Methodist Church in Sylva. Guests will be able to taste a wide variety of food made from recipes that are included in the newly published church cookbook, Feast and Fellowship, 125 Years of Feeding the Body and Soul. The tasting event, part of the church’s 125th anniversary celebration, will be a step back in time. The room will be decorated with historic quilts and 1800s style clothes, aprons and hats. Replicas of the original 1888 wooden white church will serve as table centerpieces. As part of the evening festivities, individual photos will be taken of guests dressed in period fashions that might have been worn by church members at the time the church was established. Tickets are $25 and guests will receive an advance copy of the “Feast and Fellowship” cookbook, as well as having the opportunity to sample more than 50 different foods. 828.586.1640.

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Monks from the Drepung Loseling monastery will demonstrate the art of mandala sand painting and perform sacred music and dance on Sept. 9-13 at Western Carolina University A sand mandala will be created in the A.K. Hinds University Center Grandroom. Derived from the artistic traditions of Tantric Buddhism, the sand mandala is considered a tool for healing the earth. Chants and music at an opening ceremony at noon on Sept. 9 will precede the drawing of an

outline on a wooden platform on which lamas will lay millions of grains of different colored sand. The sand will depict geometric shapes and ancient spiritual symbols. When complete on Sept. 13, the sand mandala will be ceremoniously dismantled at a noon closing ceremony. Sand will be swept up to symbolize impermanence and poured into a body of water to send healing energies to the world. The demonstrations and ceremonies are free and open to the public. Multi-phonic singers from the monastery will perform “Sacred Music Sacred Dance” at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 11, at John W. Bardo Fine and Performing Arts Center The group has performed with acts ranging from Philip Glass to Paul Simon and the Beastie Boys. Tickets are $5 for students and $10 for all others. or 828.227.2479 or

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Annual charity bingo event in Haywood

Macon County Fair opens in Franklin The 60th annual Macon County Fair will be Sept. 11-14 at the Wayne Proffitt Agricultural Center in Franklin. Highlights of the event include opening ceremonies at 1 p.m. Sept. 11, cross-cut saw demonstration at 6 p.m. Sept. 12, barbecue supper at 3 p.m. Sept. 13, kids pedal tractor pull at 6 p.m. Sept. 13, cake contest at 11 a.m. Sept. 14, tractor driving contest at 2 p.m. Sept. 14. There will also be numerous livestock shows, entertainment and live music throughout the fair. For a complete schedule, click on 828.369.3523.

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Co-chairs of the St. John Catholic Women’s Circle ‘Baskets and Bags Bingo’ charity event, Ann Simmons and Cherry Stone. The event will be held Sept. 13 at the Haywood County Fairgrounds. Donated photo The St. John the Evangelist Catholic Women’s Circle will hold its annual “Baskets and Bags Bingo” charity event at 6 p.m. Friday, Sept. 13, at the Haywood County Fairgrounds. The cost is $20 for 21 games. Bingo prizes include Longaberger baskets filled with goodies and Vera Bradley bags, plus many door prizes. Prizes include themed baskets such as “Mountain Pride,” containing artisan jams and pickles from Waynesville company Copper Pot and Wooden Spoon; “Much

Needed Coffee Break,” with a Mr. Coffee French coffee press, coffee from Smoky Mountain Roasters, and hand-made coffee cups from local potter Nancy Yocom; “Nothing but Nuts;” and “Breakfast Delight.” There will also be drawings for Vera Bradley travel combo in the Provencal pattern, a Longaberger laundry basket and a Longaberger serving tray with liner. For sponsorship information call 828.452.0768. 828.456.3901 or 828.456.6707.

Art After Dark continues from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, Sept. 6, in downtown Waynesville. Stroll through working studios and galleries on Main Street and Depot Street. Festive Art After Dark flags denote participating galleries, such as Haywood County Arts Council’s Gallery 86, Earthworks, Jeweler’s Workbench, Twigs and Leaves Gallery, TPennington Art Gallery, Main Street Artist’s Co-op, Grace Cathey Sculpture Garden and Gallery, Cedar Hill Studios and the Village Framer. Twigs and Leaves Gallery will showcase the work of Melissa Enloe Walter, whose painting collection “Forest Spirit Illuminated” will be on display during the month of September. The Haywood County

Arts Council’s Gallery 86 presents “Contemporary Traditions,” an exhibit of artists and mixed mediums. The exhibit will run from Sept. 5-28 with an artist reception during Art After Dark. The event is presented by the Waynesville Gallery Association.

• The Laughter Yoga Club will hold an introductory session at 1 p.m. Sept. 11, at the Jackson County Department of Aging Senior Center in Sylva. People do laughter yoga for the health of it, reducing stress and lowering blood pressure. 828.586.4944. • WNC’s Largest Indoor Fall Yard Sale is 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 7, at the Ramsey Activities Center at Western Carolina University. Attendees can find an array of unique items, crafts and antiques. 828.586.2155 or • The 40th annual Fall Regional Shelby/Mustang & Ford Meet/Open will be from noon to 6 p.m. Sept. 6 and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 7, at the Maggie Valley Festival Grounds. Friday is a cruise-in day, with the car show Saturday. Food vendors will be on-site. Free. 678.378.5799 or


• The Pisgah Promenaders Square Dance Club is starting a beginners square dance lessons at 7 p.m. Monday, Sept. 9, at the Old Armory Recreation Center in Waynesville. The first two lessons are free. 828.586.8416 (Jackson County) or 828.507.7270 (Haywood County).

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Works by artist Dominick “Nick” DePaolo will be on display throughout the month of September in the lobby at The Strand at 38 Main in Waynesville. This exhibit coincides with the reopening of the renovated theater, which will be showing films on Fridays and Saturdays beginning Sept. 6. Along with his exhibit, DePaolo will be on hand at The Strand that evening to provide a demonstration and greet the public. An award-winning artist, DePaolo’s creations range from nostalgic drawings influenced by classic cowboy heroes to fine art paintings in oil, watercolor or acrylic. He is also known for his colored pencil portraits of people, pets and homes from photos.

• The Museum of North Carolina Handicrafts in historic Shelton House will host a program by textile historian, Suzanne Hill McDowell, titled “Happy Days are Here Again: Quilts from the 1930s,” from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 7, in Waynesville. McDowell will relay a year’s study of several quilts and coverlets from the Shelton House collection. Quilts of the 1930s era reflect much of the hopeful exuberance of the times. Tickets are $15 and are available in advance at Blue Ridge Books and Olde Brick House. 828.452.1441.


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Participants are needed for the Heritage Alive! Mountain Youth Talent Contest from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Sept. 14, at the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad Depot in Bryson City. Contestants must exhibit a talent that reflects the heritage and old Appalachian ways of the region. Categories include poetry/storytelling, vocal performance, instrumentalists and dance. Prizes are offered for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners. First Place Best of Show winner will have the opportunity to play at Western Carolina University’s Mountain Heritage Day on Saturday, Sept. 28. Entry forms available at (under 4-H Youth Development tab) and Deadline for entry is Sept. 6. Mail form to: Jackson County 4-H, 538 Scotts Creek Rd., Suite 205, Sylva, NC 28779, fax to 828.586.5509, or send to 828.586.4009 or

The Haywood Arts Regional Theatre will hold auditions for its October production of the classic drama “The Heiress” at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 8-9. The show opens Oct. 25 for a two weekend run. The show has lead roles for adults of various ages. The play is based on the novel “Washington Square” by Henry Irving and is set in New York in the 1890s. It is the story of a plain middle-aged woman destined to inherit a large fortune who is suddenly being courted by a handsome young man who has squandered his personal fortune. Actors auditioning as professionals should come with a prepared monologue, headshot and resume. HART defines professional actors as those with professional credits elsewhere, and whose credits include major leading roles, or B.F.A. theater students at area universities. Actors auditioning as volunteers will be asked to cold read from a provided script. Anyone interested in working backstage is also encouraged to come by.

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A realistic, refreshing look at teaching or most students, parents, and teachers, autumn rather than spring is the season of budding growth, new life, and hope. For students, the classroom still feels fresh as an April morning. The books which they jam in their backpacks or stack in their lockers are still new and unfamiliar enough to arouse their curiosity. The friends whom they saw only on Facebook in the summer are sitting with them now every day for lunch. They groan when they discover that they’ve scored Miss Grundy for their English lit class and wonder if they’re up to the demands of Mr. Parker’s physics labs. Parents go through a similar Writer catharsis. Some are happy to have their children out of the house each day. Some face the bittersweet experience of leaving their children for their first day of kindergarten. Most eagerly anticipate the return of their children home from school, with some having the pleasure of listening to their second-grader deliver a full, rambling report on the day while others must do with a few grunted replies from a teenager. And teachers? Most of them reflect the excitement of the students. Veterans move confidently among the desks of the classroom, becoming familiar with names and faces as they explain their expectations and how the classroom will work. Rookies may do the same thing, but with their hearts in their throats. Most teachers want to do their best — not for reward, not for recognition, but because that drive to help others succeed is often a key component of their character. In Real Talk For Real Teachers: Advice for Teachers from Rookies to Veterans: “No Retreat, No Surrender!” (ISBN 978-0-67001464-4, 2013, 319 pages, $26.95), Rafe Esquith offers a great gift to teachers and, in

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many ways, to parents. Esquith, who wrote Teach Like Your Hair’s On Fire, an excellent

valuable book for teachers and even for many parents in any educational institution, from a fourth-grade classroom to college, from Sunday school to Cub Scouts. Real Talk For Real Teachers serves first of all as a great source of enthusiasm from a man who has spent 28 years with students. Esquith, the recipient of many honors, including the president’s National Medal of the Arts, reveals here why he merited these awards. He is a teacher who leads his students to new experiences. He demonstrates that children want to be challenged, that they are capable of good behavior in the classroom — the mission of his Hobart Shakespeareans, as his students are called, is to “Be nice and work hard,” while the motto of his classroom is “There are no shortcuts.” Time and again, principally by the use of example, Esquith shows us that the students learning math, grammar, and reading in his classroom are also learning lessons for life: the value of perseverance and organization, for example, or the rewards of kindness and humility. Real Talk For Real Teachers: Advice for Teachers from Rookies Yet Esquith is also a realto Veterans: “No Retreat, No Surrender!” by Rafe Esquith. Viking ist. He knows that Adult, 2013. 336 pages. Hollywood movies set in the classroom, those films account of his classroom at the Hobart where the teacher enters the class, faces resistElementary School in Los Angeles, returns ance and scorn, but finally leads the class in here to the subject of education, but with even some triumphant and elevating breakthrough, more pointed advice for teachers. don’t reflect the experiences of real teachers Two qualities in particular make this a operating in real classrooms. In the opening

pages of his book, for example, he recounts that thousands of young teachers have visited his classroom and always ask him the same question: “Rafe, if you could tell a beginning teacher one thing, what would it be?” In his written response here he welcomes them to the classroom and commends their dedication. But then he writes: “But here is what I really want all young teachers to know: ‘You Are Going To Have Bad Days.’” Esquith frequently resorts to accounts of his own bad days, his encounters with students, and even worse, with some parents, many of whom have cursed or threatened him. He doesn’t sugarcoat his trials as a teacher. What he does give to teachers, however, is the way to face these trials, to accept criticism with equanimity whenever possible, to use reason rather than argument as a tool, to accept the fact that a teacher, any teacher, is going to fail at times to get through to a student. Along with these two principal ideas teachers new and old will find many helps. Esquith addresses the question of dress (he usually wears a tie in the classroom, believing that dressing up rather than down will encourage students to take their work seriously), the question of classroom discipline (he separates recalcitrant students from the group and at times even has the class decide on when they may return), the need for order and a few rules, and the sense of personal responsibility on which those rules and the effective operation of the classroom depend. He stresses the benefits of initiative, the importance of presentation (teachers who grade essays will relate), and the value of the courage to be found in asking questions. He encourages teachers, particularly novices, to take care of themselves physically and to make room in their lives for family and friends. If you teach, if you’re looking for a gift for a teacher, if you’re interested in fresh ideas in education, or if you’re simply a parent who wants help with your own teaching skills, Real Talk For Real Teachers is the book for you.

Great Smokies Writing Program announces fall workshops Local writers will have the opportunity to hone their skills with UNC Asheville’s Great Smokies Writing Program (GWSP) workshops in poetry and prose. Classes will be held in Asheville, Black Mountain, Hendersonville and Burnsville. The classes are: Character and Setting, Memoir, The Pre-Submission Edit, The Novel, Writing for Young Readers, Poetry, Prose Poetry, Flash Fiction, Narrative Nonfiction, Creative Prose Workshop with Tommy Hays, and Prose Master Class with Elizabeth Lutyens. The 10-week courses qualify for two UNC Asheville credit hours in Literature and Language; the 15-week courses earn three credit hours. In-state cost for 10-week courses is $275.36 and cost for 15-week courses is $413.04. The costs are higher for out-of-state residents. A $20 non-refundable application fee for new students is also required. or 828.250.2353.

Authors Michael Beadle and Douglas Woodward will discuss their works at Blue Ridge Books in Waynesville. Beadle will present at 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 7, with Woodward at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 10. Beadle will show slides and discuss his new book of historical photographs of Canton. This is Beadle’s third Images of America book, having previously published books on Haywood County and Waynesville. A touring writer-in-residence and award-winning poet living in Canton, Beadle coauthored the bicentennial retrospective Haywood County: Portrait of a Mountain Community and has published hundreds of newspaper articles on the history, arts, and culture of Haywood County. The Mountain Writers Group will host their monthly meeting with Woodward as the special guest. Woodward is the author of Wherever Waters Flow: A Lifelong Love Affair with Wild Rivers. In a candid look at his whitewater roots, Woodward takes you back to the time when his paddling skills were still trying to catch up with his enthusiasm for exploring wild rivers. 828.456.6000 or

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Susan Reinhardt will discuss her first book, Chimes from A Cracked Southern Belle, at 7 p.m. Sept. 12, at the Macon County Public Library in Franklin. Books Unlimited on Main Street is bringing the Asheville humor columnist to the library for a fun evening celebrating her first novel. Reinhardt wrote the bestselling book of humor, Not Tonight Honey, Wait ‘Til I’m a Size 6, followed by Don’t Sleep with a Bubba, and Dishing with the Kitchen Virgin, a best-selling collection of hilarious culinary disasters. Reinhardt helped raise funds for Macon County Public Library’s new building, which opened in 2007.

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Acclaimed Jackson County poet Thomas Rain Crowe will present his new book at 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 7, at the Jackson County Library in Sylva. The event will focus on the painter Robert Johnson/Crowe collaboration book Postcards From Peru, a project that was funded by a Regional Artist Project Grant from the Haywood County Arts Council as an affiliate with the NC Arts Council. In collaboration with Sol Negro Edicoes’s editor Marcio Simoes Thomas Crowe based in Brazil, a limitededition, bilingual book has been created based on poems and postcards that Crowe penned while on an extended trip to Peru in April of 2007. Combining postcards written to artistfriends in the United States and abroad and companion poems during Crowe’s journey in the South American country, the result is a unique and interesting view into the landscape, lives and cultures of that country. Johnson, too, spent extended time in Peru in 2011, traveling and sketching before returning home to North Carolina and creating a whole series of Peru-inspired paintings. The event is free and co-sponsored by the Jackson County Arts Council and City Lights Bookstore. A book signing and reception will follow the presentation.

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Katey Schultz will read from her short story collection Flashes of War at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 6, at City Lights Bookstore in Sylva. Illuminating the intimate, human faces of war, this unique series of short stories by Schultz questions the stereotypes of modern war by bearing witness to the shared struggles of all who are touched by it. Numerous characters appear, like a returning U.S. soldier and pragmatic jihadist, Afghan mother and listless American sister, courageous amputee and a ghost that cannot let go. The stories capture personal moments of fear, introspection, confusion, and valor in one collection spanning nations and perspectives. Written in clear, accessible language filled with metaphors, this collection of stories brings readers closer to a broader understanding of war by focusing on individuals, their motivations, and their impossible decisions. 828.586.9499.

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Citizen scientists help PARI catalog celestial photographs BY ANDREW KASPER STAFF WRITER he Pisgah Astronomical Research Institute is making use of citizen scientists from around the world to help sort and catalog its photo albums of the universe. Since the late 1800s, astronomers have been taking images of the night sky, using the telescope like a long camera lens and putting either film or small, photographic plates at the eyepiece. Oftentimes scientists placed a prism at the front of the telescope to refract light from the myriad stars into spectra. So, instead of bright points of light on a dark background, as one would envision a picture of the universe, the


has plenty of space to hold old photography collections. The first collection the institute agreed to take on was from a University of Michigan researcher, Nancy Houk, who retired and was politely asked to give up her spacious workspace for a smaller office reserved for professor emeritus. She was at a loss as to what she would do with the plates accumulated over years of research, until she got a hold of PARI and its staff made the trip to Michigan. “We went up there with a U-Haul truck and found her,” Castelaz said. “She had all of her plates stacked up in boxes outside of her new office.” PARI took 3,000 six-inch-by-six-inch plates off Houk’s hands. She had been taking photos

To make the task even more daunting, since that first set of plates was brought to PARI in 2004, the site has amassed more than 40 collections containing more than 220,000 plates, with some photos dating back to 1898. With the likes of the Yerkes Observatory at the University of Chicago and the Harvard College Observatory, PARI has become one of the go-to repositories for historic photographs of the universe. “People began to realize this might be a home for photographic plates,” Castelaz said. “Now, we have all these collections of plates.” Yet, the task that PARI faced was how to take the information on the plates and make it available to researchers in Russia to California. To do that, the old plates need to

The Pisgah Astronomical Research Institute has become one of the main repositories of historical space photographs. (left) For decades, astronomers used telescopes equipped with prisms to capture light from the night sky onto photographic plates. (above) photograph looks more like a night sky filled with dozens of tiny barcodes of light. Like a celestial fingerprint, each star’s light spectrum holds invaluable data about the star — clues about its age, brightness, temperature and more. “You get all types of good information,” said Michael Castelaz, PARI’s science director. As astronomers went digital with their photography in the 1990s, collections of star plates have ceased to grow. And, universities and observatories across the globe, through years of accumulating plates of the universe, are faced with the dilemma of where to store them. PARI, with multiple buildings scattered across 200 acres in the Pisgah National Forest,

of the universe since she began studying astronomy in the early 1960s, but had only managed to classify 180,000 stars. Between 200,000 and 300,000 remained. The spectra of light captured on each plate allows scientists to catalog stars in seven different main categories and about a handful of sub-categories based on size, brightness and other characteristics. After taking over the collection, Castelaz was determined to categorize the uncategorized stars. But reality soon set it. “About an hour later, I said to myself ‘this is nuts because there’s no way I’m going to go through 3,000 plates and look at the stars from 3,000 plates,’” Castelaz said. “That’s nuts, nobody will ever do that job.”

be digitized. And the data of the stars needs to be classified and organized. PARI’s solution was to create the citizen science project SCOPE: Stellar Classification Online Public Exploration. PARI staff has scanned and uploaded thousands of the plates and star spectra online to a website. There, willing volunteers can access them and sort through the images, following PARI’s instructions to classify stars. The only way to classify decades of history of hundreds of thousands of stars was to employ the help of as many people as Castelaz could. Once accessible to researchers, the data will inevitably contribute to advances in the field.

Want to go? The Pisgah Astronomical Research Institute is holding a night sky presentation at 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 13, at their campus in the Pisgah National Forest. The evening’s activities will include a tour of the PARI facilities, a presentation in the PARI StarLab planetarium and, weather permitting, celestial observations using PARI’s telescopes. The program is part of PARI’s monthly Evening at PARI series and will feature presentations by PARI astronomers. Reservations are required and will be accepted until 3 p.m. the day of the event. $20 per adult, $15 for seniors and military and $10 for children under 14. or 828.862.5554.

“There are 220,000 plates — there will be eureka moments. We just haven’t had them yet,” Castelaz said. “It just takes time and people power.” Though advances in technology have made plate photography essentially obsolete, what makes them valuable to science is when they were taken. Apart from the historic imagery, astronomers have few options for tracking changes in the universe. Over the span of a century or half-century, a star may have gone nova, expanded, contracted or gone binary, Castelaz said. Examining modern images would lend limited insight into a star’s past. Also, each photographic plate contains information on the earth’s atmosphere, which might be useful to a climatologist. Or a historian might be interested in plates with historical or social significance. “Today is not 1965 or 1970 — the sky changes,” Castelaz said. Studying the old photographs is a field called time-domain photography. “We’re time travelers.” But progress for SCOPE is still slow to get a grasp on the massive amounts of star data at PARI. With 1,800 citizen scientists participating around the globe, Castelaz likes that the project allows everyday people to get hands on with astronomy. However, he understands its limitations as well. Only about 5 percent of the plates have been uploaded onto the website and countless stars sit collecting dust and waiting for a classification. Which is why the institute is enlisting the help of a programming specialist to make the star classification more automated. Currently, a star needs to be classified by a dozen or so volunteers before PARI takes the average classification and officially documents the star. However, doing away entirely the human component is not something Castelaz has in mind. “We don’t want to hide this data,” he said. “We want people to see what astronomers actually do — if we were to computerize it all it would be done and no big deal.”


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And come they will, by the thousands. Two streams of raptors flow southward across North America each fall. They are composed primarily of Swainson’s hawks in the West and broad-winged hawks in the East. Others, like eagles, falcons, kites and vultures join in, sometimes only for a few hundred miles as the Swainsons and broadwings continue on their Neotropical journey. The thing that makes hawk migration unique is the fact that it’s diurnal. Hawks

Mountain, Mahogany Rock, Mount Pisgah and, probably the most notable hawk watch in the region, Caesars Head State Park in South Carolina just below the North Carolina border along U.S. 276. These migrant streams pick up sojourners along the way. The eastern stream eschews the Gulf of Mexico and turns westward, passing over Corpus Christi, Texas, a million strong. There is a confluence of the two streams of migrants in south Texas and Mexico creating a “river of raptors” that moves through Veracruz, Mexico, and down to the Isthmus of Panama. This river comprises nearly the entire world population of Swainson’s hawks, broad-winged hawks and Mississippi kites. These birds are joined by at least a dozen other species and viewers are often treated to more than a million migrants in a single day. To find a hawk count near you, go to And no matter where you are this September and/or October, remember to look up. While it’s true these migrants have established routes a front or some other weather pattern can always jostle them a few miles off course. I remember one October years back when I was headed to Cherokee and around Uncle Bill’s Flea Market caught a glimpse of a swallow-tailed kite (unusual for this neck of the woods). I stopped the car and scanned the skies and found a mixed flock of a couple of hundred migrating Mississippi and swallow-tailed kites. (Don Hendershot is a writer and naturalist. He can be reached a

The Native Plant Symposium put on by the Highlands Biological Foundation will feature two days of gardening related talks, guided walks and workshops Sept. 13-14 in Highlands. Learn how to make your garden bird friendly or plant the perfect herbarium. Discover new landscape design principles and delve into the Southern Appalachian ecosystem. Or come prepared to buy rare plants during the annual native plant auction. Keynote speaker for the weekend is Timothy P. Spira, author of Wildflowers & Plant Communities of the Southern Appalachian Mountains & Piedmont.

A hands-on class will teach foodies the how-to of dehydrating food — a trick great for hiking in the woods or for making a quick meal for the family. “Just Add Water, Dehydrating 101” is the name of the workshop at 10 to 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 10, at the Community Service Center in Sylva. The class will be put on by Kim Lippy and sponsored by the Jackson County Cooperative Extension. The rewards of dehydrating can be tasty, turning meats, vegetables, and more into beef jerky, fruit roll-ups, trail snack, readymixes and ingredients for fast cook meals. The cost for the workshop is $5. Registration can be done by phone. 828.586.4009.








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From plane of light to plane, wings dipping through Geometries and orchids that the sunset builds, Out of the peak’s black angularity of shadow, riding The last tumultuous avalanche of Light above pines and the guttural gorge, The hawk comes.

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The loud, piercing keee-eeeeerrrr jerks your head up involuntarily to see the essence of wild freedom — a red-tailed hawk, wings outstretched banking slowly in the blue. It stops you, if only for a second or two, it stops you. If you are close enough to get a good look with naked eye or, more likely, through binoculars or spotting scope at the eyes of the perched adult Cooper’s hawk — the limpid reddish-orange pool reflects the universe with a clarity that stops you. If only for a second or two, it stops you. And it stops you, should you be fortunate enough to see a peregrine projectile, wings folded falling at 200 m.p.h., exploding midair into its unsuspecting prey or a sharp-shinned outrace and capture a flicker trying to escape through the woods. Hawks are more than Merriam Webster’s “… any of numerous diurnal birds of prey belonging to a suborder (Falcones of the order Falconiformes) and including all the smaller members of this group …” Maybe more akin to Ba — the Egyptian spirit that flies from the tomb to live forever. Or from Thoreau, “The hawk is aerial brother of the wave which he sails over and surveys, those his perfect air-inflated wings answering to the elemental unfledged pinions of the sea.” Hawks have always had a special place in the human psyche. It’s the place that connects us to our most primordial essence, the place that connects us to nature. Hawks are symbolic of clarity, awareness, strength and spiritual rejuvenation. And everyone stops to watch when the hawk comes, as described in the poem by Robert Penn Warren:

seek out thermals (currents of rising warm air) to lift them up like a boiling kettle till they spill out the top and set their wings and glide south looking for the next thermal or perhaps and updraft created when prevailing winds bump into a mountain range. And because these birds have been following basically the same routes for millennia, watchers know just where to go to get a look. Places like Hawk Mountain Sanctuary in Pennsylvania draw thousands of watchers to see tens of thousands of hawks. Some area hawk watches include Grandfather

The Jackson County Genealogical Society will hold a program, “Early Engineers and Scientists in the Great Smoky Mountains,” at 7 p.m. Thursday Sept. 12, in the Community Room of the historic Jackson County Courthouse. Don Casada and Wendy Meyers, both of Swain County, will give a presentation on the topic. The program is free and open to the public. More information is available by phone. 828.631.2646.

Spira’s book takes a holistic approach to plant identification that better reflects the natural world, where plants do not live in isolation. Spira emphasizes that — regardless of whether you are a wildflower enthusiast, naturalist, student, gardener, expert or amateur — plant identification is only the beginning. Recognizing the vegetation leads to a better understanding of the conditions in the landscape — wet or dry soils, shade or sun, slope and aspect — which, in turn, can enhance your garden. Registration is requested. All proceeds benefit the Highlands Botanical Garden. or 828.526.2221.


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Oil your bike chain and air up the tires for the Tour de Franklin charity bicycle ride. The “Fall Classic,” as it is known, will leave of at 9 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 28, from the Smoky Mountain Bicycles shop in Franklin, one of the ride’s sponsors. With more than 100 cyclists participating in past years, the ride has become a popular fall event. There are three ride choices, 30, 55, and 66 miles, each with fully stocked rest stops along the way. Cost of the ride is $35 for early registration by Sept. 14 and $45 thereafter. Ride sponsorships are available from $100 to $1,000. All proceeds from the tour are donated to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society and Ride 2 Recovery. 828.369.2881 or or

Blue Ridge Breakaway a success Olympic silver-medalist Lauren Tamayo from Asheville was among the 460 riders from 18 states who pedaled the scenic roadways, byways and Blue Ridge Parkway during Haywood County’s Blue Ridge Breakaway, Aug. 17. The event featured rides of varied distances, from 24 to 105 miles, up and down the Appalachian Mountains. The breakaway, in its fourth year, is sponsored by the Haywood Chamber of Commerce.

Paddlers ready to hit the Tuckasegee The Old Cullowhee Canoe Slalom, a family-friendly paddling competition on a calm section of the Tuckasegee River, is set for 9 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 14. The competition will begin on the backside of Western Carolina University campus, just upstream of the Old Cullowhee Road bridge. There are multiple categories of competition for canoes, kayaks, stand-up paddle boards, men, women, and children. Canoes, paddles and lifejackets will be provided, but kayakers and paddle boarders are expected to bring their own boats. Paddlers will have a chance to practice the course starting at 1 p.m. Friday, Sept. 13. Pre-registration is requested starting Sept. 12, at WCU’s Base Camp Cullowhee from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. The entry fee is $5 per person per category. Proceeds from the event will go toward a proposed river park. The event will be followed by a raffle and an awards ceremony. 828.227.3844 or

Competitors paddle hard toward the finish line during last year’s Old Cullowhee Canoe Slalom. Donated photo

A great dam run The annual Dam Race at Fontana Dam — featuring a run over the top of the towering dam itself — was held last week, attracting runners from throughout the Southeast to race against the backdrop of mountain peaks and Fontana Lake. Daniel Brooks from Cullowhee placed third in the 10K race. The 5K race included two Robbinsville High School Cross Country Team members finishing ahead of the field, Irvin Portugal placed first and Zach Beasley placed second. The female race went to two Robbinsville High School Cross Country Team members as well, Kaitlyn Carringer placed first and Madison Dockery placed third.

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Record rainfall, is it climate change? A program about climate change in Western North Carolina will explore how oldtimers and scientists alike view changing weather patterns in the mountains. The Watershed Association of the Tuckasegee River will hold two meetings on the topics on Monday, Sept. 9. The first discussion, from 3:15 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Senior Center off Hughes Branch Road in Swain County, will explore climate change as experienced by local residents. Connie Southard will present her personal weather records and lead a discussion with other long-time WNC residents and scientists on weather. From 6:30 to 7:45 p.m., there will be a similar program at the Jackson County Library in Sylva. This program will include personal and scientific presentations. Both programs will include staff from the University of Georgia’s Coweeta Listening Project, a group that promotes communication between scientists and nonscientists. Partners in the events are the Canary Coalition and the Tuckaseigee Chapter of the Western North Carolina Alliance. Those with questions or looking to make their own presentations can contact the organization by phone. 828.488.9337 or 828.488.8418.

Trail promises cemeteries and rapids Friends of the Smokies will host a guided, 9-mile roundtrip hike, Tuesday, Sept. 17, along Noland Creek Trail. The hike runs along a rushing creek and through cemeteries and remnants of home sites in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park near Bryson City. The outing is meant to highlight historic preservation in the park. The scenic hike will be guided by Sharon McCarthy and Gracia Slater, both who have hiked all the trails in the park. Â The hike is $10 for members of the friends group Hikers rest along Noland Creek near Bryson City. Donated photo and $35 for nonmembers. Meeting locations for the daylong excursion will be in Asheville, Waynesville, and Bryson City. Registration is requested. or 828.452.0720 or

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Blue Ridge Parkway rangers will lead a hike at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 5, starting from the third oldest river in the world, the French Broad. Participants can learn about its geology and history, and how it essentially eroded the mountains, then washed them out to sea. Hikers will meet just north of the French Broad River Bridge, north of N.C. 191 and Brevard Road intersection on the parkway. There is a gravel parking lot alongside the Mountains-to-Sea trail for parking. Hikers should wear long pants to thwart mosquitos and poison ivy. 828.298.5330 x304.

Parkway reopens along damaged stretch The Blue Ridge Parkway has reopened a closed section of the motor road — from Ox Creek Road in Asheville to Mount Mitchell State Park — using temporary bypass lanes. The speed limit of the previously closed section of roadway has been reduced to 15 miles per hour and officials are warning the reduced speed limit will be strictly enforced. The Craggy Gardens visitor center and picnic area, located along the closed stretch, was also reopened. A 500-foot by-pass allows traffic to pass through an area affected by structural damage as a result of unusually heavy rainA temporary bypass allows traffic to temporarily skirt a fall earlier this summer. Parkway section of the Blue Ridge Parkway damaged by heavy staff will most likely close the rains. Donated photo stretch and the detour traffic off the parkway by November so construction can resume to stabilize the road’s slope and repair the area permanently.

Michel Hicks, Principal chief of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians, has been appointed a commissioner on the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission. Created in 1947, the commission oversees conservation of land and sustains the state’s fish and wildlife resources through research and scientific investigation. With an annual budget of $65 million and 590

Michel Hicks, Principal Chief of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians, is sworn in to serve on N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission. Donated photo

full-time employees, the commission also enforces state fishing, hunting, trapping and boating laws.   “This is a great honor for me and also for the Eastern Band,” Hicks commented. “Our tribe has long been committed to environmental preservation and sustainability and this appointment represents a natural extension of the work we have been doing for many years on the Quall Boundary and in Western North Carolina.”

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Madison, Buncombe and Henderson counties. The 26-year veteran with the commission was previously a lieutenant in the district. His predecessor, Greg Daniels, recently retired. “This region has a rich heritage of hunting and fishing, boating and wildlife watching,” said Sisk. “We have numerous game lands, state and national forests and parks, rivers and lakes that are world-renowned for outdoor recreation. I look forward to my new position and continuing role in serving conservation and public safety in these beautiful mountains.” Sisk holds a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from UNC- Charlotte and is a 1987 graduate of the Wildlife Basic Law Enforcement Training School.

The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission has promoted Tim Sisk to the position of captain for the state’s western counties, covering a district that stretches from Madison to Cherokee counties. Sisk will manage enforcement operations for hunting, fishing and boating, and coordinate boating safety and hunter education programs. He will supervise 23 wildlife officers and a hunter education specialist in Cherokee, Clay, Graham, Swain, Macon, Jackson, Col. Dale Caveny, left, presents Tim Sisk with Haywood, his certificate of promotion to captain. Transylvania,

Ever wondered about the connection between lacrosse and stickball? If so, there will be a demonstration detailing the historical link between the two time-honored sports at 4 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 5, at the UNC-Asheville Intramural Fields. Community members of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians and Asheville Youth Lacrosse league will meet for the event to compare notes on the games’ similarities. The presentation is part of the university’s Native American Speaker and Performance Series. or 828.258.7727.

Kestrel one of many exhibits at mountain fair

Event sets out to find best dahlia in the land It’s all things dahlias at the Dazzling Dahlias Dahlia Festival Saturday, Sept.14 in Highlands. The show is for amateur dahlia growers to showcase their favorite flowers and be judged by local flower judges. Last year there were 287 entries by amateur hobbyists vying for best of show. The event will be held at the Highlands Recreation Center and will feature tours of the grounds, a seminar about how to grow dahlias and bouquets of flowers available for purchase. The Dazzling Dahlias Dahlia Festival has become one of the premier flower shows in the area. Admission is $5 and entries into the proceedings cost $10 each. Any dahlia grower

Photo classes offered for all skill levels Lens Luggers, a Western North Carolina photography group, is offering a series of fall photography programs to take full advantage of the changing colors. The group will hold its first class of the fall series from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 17, at the old Armory Recreation Center in Waynesville. Participants will discuss the latest techniques, equipment, composition and venues for photography in WNC. Throughout the season, the group will hold field shoots from 8 a.m. to noon on Wednesdays. Trips are planned to Cataloochee Valley for the elk rut, area waterfalls and the Blue Ridge Parkway. Attendees bring their gear and can carpool. All skill levels are invited and individual instruction is available. The Wednesday field shoots are $50 each and Tuesday evening discussion and critique sessions are $15 each. There will be seven sessions this fall and those who sign up for each one will receive a 20 percent discount. 828.627.0245 or or

Photo club seeking new members

can participate and submit as many entries as he or she would like. All proceeds go to benefit the Highlands Historical Society. Registration forms for entering the show are available at stores, restaurants and in newspapers throughout the Highlands-Cashiers plateau, including Franklin, Clayton, Otto and other surrounding areas. 828.526.9418.

The Cold Mountain Photographic Society is looking for amateurs and professionals alike, to join the photography club. The meetings take place at 7 p.m. on the second Monday of each month in the conference room at MedWest Health and Fitness Center in Clyde. Activities and events range from expert speakers to image critiquing sessions to photography field trips and competitions. Anyone with an interest in photography is invited to share what they know or learn from others. or

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North America’s smallest, and perhaps most colorful falcon, the American kestrel, will be the star of the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission’s exhibit at the Mountain State Fair this year. The fair will be held Sept. 6 through Sept. 15 in Fletcher in Henderson County. The commission’s exhibit will open from 3 to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and 10 a.m. until 8 p.m. Friday through Sunday. The kestrel exhibit will include a nest box with real eggs, as well as mounts of a male and female kestrel. Visitors also can find out more about the latest kestrel research and banding efforts being conducted by wildlife staff on the Sandy Mush Game Land, which is located in Buncombe and Madison counties. In addition to kestrels, the Commission’s exhibit will feature several hands-on activities, such as a Nerf archery game, a pool where kids can test their fishing skills, and

the mobile aquarium —two 300-gallon tanks that showcase some of the freshwater fish of the state. or 828.687.1414.

Fall presents a unique opportunity for photo shoots.

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Stick and ball are historical combination


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BUSINESS & EDUCATION • Member Reception and Open House, 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 4, Haywood Chamber office in downtown Waynesville. • 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. • Haywood Chamber Issues & Eggs Breakfast featuring the Canton Candidates for Board of Aldermen, 8 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 4, Gateway Club, Church Street, Waynesville. • 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. SCC’s Small Business Center, 339.4211 or

All phone numbers area code 828 unless otherwise noted. • Watershed Association of the Tuckasegee River (WATR) meetings from 3:15 to 4:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 9, for Climate Change as Experienced by Swain County Residents, at the Senior Center off Hughes Branch Road, and at 6:30 to 7:45 p.m., at Jackson County Library, Sylva, on “Climate Change in Southwestern NC as Experienced by Residents and Measured by Scientists. Connie Southard, 488.9337. • Jackson County Genealogical Society September Program, “Early Engineers and Scientists in the Great Smoky Mountains,” 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 12, Community Room of the Jackson County Courthouse. 631.2646.

• iPad Users Group, 6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 5, Jackson County Public Library, Sylva. 586.2016.

• Foster Care and Adoption Awareness Walk, 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 14, First Baptist of Waynesville, 100 S. Main St. Waynesville. Laura Turner,

• Medical Coding online course, Sept. 9-Dec. 13 and costs $185, Vita Nations, 339.4656, or Scott Sutton, 306.7034 or

• Yard sale, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, Sept. 13 and 8 a.m. to noon, Saturday, Sept. 14, Eckerd Living Center, Highlands-Cashiers Hospital, in the parking lot next to Jane Woodruff Building. Selling old furnishings.

HCC Small Business Center puts a Focus on • Free 90-minute computer class, Basic Word/Resume Prep, 2 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 11, Jackson County Public Library, Sylva. 586.2016. • Basic Email/Online Applications class, 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 11, Jackson County Public Library, Sylva. Class size limited. Two hour class. Register at 586.2016. • Annual fall banquet for Western Carolina University’s accountancy program, 6 p.m. Friday, Sept. 20, Waynesville Inn, 176 Country Club Drive, Waynesville. Featured speaker, Michell Hicks, principal chief of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians and WCU alumnus and certified public accountant. Free for WCU master of accountancy students and members of the WCU chapter of Beta Alpha Psi, and $35 per person for all others. Dona Potts, 227.3383 or for reservations by Friday, Sept. 13. • Professional Office Management class, 1:30 to 5:30 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays, Sept. 9-Nov. 22, Southwestern Community College’s Macon Annex. $185, Vita Nations, 339.4656, or Scott Sutton, 306.7034 or • Western Carolina University Open House, Saturday, Sept. 14. Preregister at or by calling the Office of Undergraduate Admission at 227.7317 or toll-free 877.928.4968.

COMMUNITY EVENTS & ANNOUNCEMENTS • Cherokee Stickball Demonstration, 4 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 5, UNC Asheville Intramural Fields., 258.7727. • 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. 586.2155. • Public Hearing on proposed revisions to the 441 corridor development ordinance and map, 6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 5, Smoky Mountain Elementary School Cafeteria. • Drugs In Our Midst, 6 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 8, Spring Hill Baptist Church, 1918 Murray Road, Canton. • Pigeon Valley Bassmasters Club of Canton will meet at 7 p.m. Monday, Sept. 9, at the J & S Cafeteria, Enka, Exit 44, I-40.

FUNDRAISERS AND BENEFITS • 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 at noon, Sept. 7. Purchase tickets at 734.3848 or 565.4245. • The Frog Hop, 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 7, Tartan Hall, First Presbyterian Church, Franklin. Tickets,$40, at Frog Quarters, Franklin Chamber of Commerce. • Loaves & Fishes Supper, 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 7, First United Methodist Church, 566 S. Haywood St., Waynesville. Fried catfish, cole slaw, baked beans, hushpuppies, dessert and drink. Carry out available. $10 adults, $5 children age 10 and under. • Patron party for the Dazzling Dahlias! Dahlia Festival, 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 11, The Farm at Old Edwards. Joyce Franklin, 526.1517. Proceeds to support Highlands Historical Society. • Golf Tournament to raise money for the Smoky Mountain Senior Games and the Jackson County Senior Center Friday, Sept. 13, Smoky Mountain Country Club. Registration starts at 8 a.m. with a shot gun start at 9 a.m. $65 per person/2-man Captain’s Choice Mulligans - $5. Lunch provided after the tournament. • Baskets and Bags Bingo, annual charity bingo event, doors open at 6 p.m. Friday, Sept. 13, Haywood County Fairgrounds. Sponsored by St. John the Evangelist Catholic Women’s Circle. $20 for 21 games. Bingo prizes include Longaberger baskets filled with goodies and Vera Bradley bags, plus many door prizes. Sponsorship information, Karen Connor, 452.0768. Tickets, Ann Simmons, 456.3901 or St. John Catholic Church at 456.6707. • 3rd annual Dazzling Dahlias! Dahlia Festival, 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 14, Highlands Recreation Center, Highlands. $5. All proceeds to benefit the Highlands Historical Society. Joyce Franklin, 526.9418. • 8th annual Western NC Run/Walk for Autism, 9 a.m. to noon, Saturday, Sept. 14, UNC Asheville. Challenging 5K race, 5K non-competitive run, and recreational 1K run/walk. or call 236.1547. • 8th annual Music at the Mill, 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 14, Francis Grist Mill, Highway 276 South, Waynesville.

To benefit the continued preservation of the 126-yearold Francis Grist Mill. Advanced tickets $7, at Elements Salon in Waynesville or Mountain Dreams Realty in Maggie Valley, or by calling 456.6307. Bring lawn chairs. No pets. • 12th annual Calvin Taylor Toy Run, noon Saturday, Sept. 14, throughout Haywood and Buncombe counties. Ride ends at Stomping Grounds in Maggie Valley. $10 donation or $10 new toy per rider. Proceeds given to the NC Masonic Home for Children and the Calvin Taylor Scholarship Foundation. POC Gene Canter,, 734.3439, • Boots and Bling, 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 14, Bloemsma Barn, Patton Road, Franklin. Sponsored by the Zonta Club of Franklin to benefit REACH of Macon County and New Life Women’s Center.

VOLUNTEERING • The Haywood Jackson Volunteer Center has many new openings for volunteers throughout the region. Call John at 356.2833. • The Haywood County Meals on Wheels program needs volunteer drivers to deliver meals to Haywood County residents who cannot fix meals for themselves. Drivers are needed in the following areas: Mondays or Thursdays – Route #9, Beaverdam, Wednesdays – Route #3, Clyde; Route #14, Hyatt/Plott Creek; and Fridays – Route #10, Bethel. Also need substitute drivers on several routes throughout the county. Jeanne Naber, program coordinator, 356.2442,

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SENIOR ACTIVITIES • Foster Grandparents needed in Head Start, non-profit day care centers and public schools in seven county Western North Carolina Region. Torrie Murphy, Mountain Projects, 356.2834. • Meditation for a Healthy Brain And Body six-week class, 10:30 a.m. starting Thursday, Sept. 5, Senior Resource Center, Waynesville. 452.2370. • Something to Remember Me By classes, 10 to 11 a.m. Thursdays, beginning Sept. 5, Swain County Senior Center, 125 Brendle St., Bryson City. Record life history and memories. Free. • Fall Painting Class, 5 to 7 p.m., Monday, Sept. 9, Jackson County Department of Aging Senior Center, Room 125. $ 5. Non participants, $ 7. Materials provided. Register, 586.4944.


• Tai Chi for Health, 3 p.m. Tuesdays through Sept. 24. $10 for participants and $15 for non-participants. Jackson County Senior Center or call 586.4944.

• MedWest Harris Blood Drive, 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 12, 68 Hospital Drive, Sylva. Melissa Southers, 586.7131.

• Laughter Yoga Club introductory session, 1 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 11, Jackson County Department of Aging Senior Center, Room 124, Sylva. 586.4944.


Haywood • 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.

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

RECREATION & FITNESS • Church Co-Rec Volleyball League signup through Oct. 1, Jackson County Parks & Recreation Department. $175 per team. Starts Oct. 8, Tuesday nights at the Recreation Center in Cullowhee. Jackson County Parks & Recreation Department, 293.3053, • New women’s volleyball league, 6 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesdays, starting Sept. 10, Waynesville Recreation

KIDS & FAMILIES • Contestants sought for the Heritage Alive! Mountain Youth Talent Contest. Deadline for entries is Friday, Sept. 6. Entry forms at (under 4-H Youth Development tab) and Heather Gordon, Jackson County 4-H, 586.4009 or • Nature Nuts: Underground Animals, 9 to 11 a.m. Sept. 10, Pisgah Center for Wildlife Education near Brevard. For ages 4-7.. 877.4423 or sign up online at spx. • Eco Explorers: Stream Stats, 1 to 3 p.m. Sept. 10, Pisgah Center for Wildlife Education near Brevard. For ages 8-13. 877.4423 or • 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. Register at Recreation Center in Cullowhee. No phone registration. 293.3053. • 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 .

Science & Nature • N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission American kestrel exhibit, 3 to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 10 a.m.

to 8 p.m. Friday through Saturday, Sept. 6-15, Mountain State Fair, Fletcher.,, 687.1414.

Literary (children) • Children’s story time: Book Friends! 3:30 p.m. Wednesday Sept. 4, Jackson County Public Library, 586.2016.

• OccupyWNC, working group general assembly, 7 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 10, Jackson Justice Center, Room 246, Sylva.

SUPPORT GROUPS • 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. • 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.

• Preschool story time, 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 4, Marianna Black Library, Bryson City, 488.3030. • Family night: Fun With Books, 6 p.m. Thursday Sept. 5, Jackson County Public Library, 586.2016. • Family Night: Fun With Books, 6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 5, Jackson County Public Library, Sylva. 586.2016. • Clifford’s 50th Birthday Party, 10 a.m., Toddlers Rock, 4 to 4:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 9, Children’s Program Room, Macon County Public Library, Franklin. For children ages 5 and under. 524.3600. • Family story time, 10 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 10, Clifford’s 50th, Macon County Public Library, Franklin. 524.3600. • Family Night: Fun With Books, 6 p.m. Thursday Sept. 5, Jackson County Public Library, Sylva. 586.2016 • Children’s story time: Bats at the Library, 11 a.m. Friday Sept. 6, Jackson County Public Library, Sylva. 586.2016. • Children’s story time: Books, Books, Books!, 1 p.m. Friday Sept. 6, Jackson County Public Library, Sylva. 586.2016.

• Children’s story time: Piggie and Elephant, 11 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 10, Jackson County Public Library, Sylva. 586.2016. • Lego Club, 4 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 10, Jackson County Public Library, Sylva. Jackson County Public Library. 586.2016.

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

FESTIVALS, SPECIAL & SEASONAL EVENTS • 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, rain or shine. Free for spectators. Rick Hayslip, 678.378.5799,; Northeast Georgia Mustang Club on FaceBook, or • Macon County Fair, Sept. 11-14, Wayne Proffitt Agricultural Center, Franklin. Macon County Cooperative Extension, 349.2046. • Appalachian Heritage Music Guitar Class, 6 to 9 p.m. Mondays, starting Sept. 9 through Nov. 18, Haywood Community College Creative Arts Building. $105. Taught by Travis Stuart. Register, 627.4500. • 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.

• 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.


• Neal Hellman – Mountain Dulcimer, 1 to 5 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 10, United Methodist Church, Bryson City. Hellman will teach two sessions of workshops, 1 to 2:20 p.m. and 2:35 to 3:50 p.m., followed by a one hour performance by Hellman. Donations accepted. Ann Carvalho, 488.6697.

• 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.

• Sacred Music Sacred Dance, 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 11, John W. Bardo Fine and Performing Arts Center, Western Carolina University, featuring multiphonic singers of Drepung Loseling Monastery of Tibet. $5 for students, $10 for all others. Tickets at or at 227.2479. or contact Rotimi Ariyo, 227.3751.

• Second Sunday Community Dance, 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 8, Community Room, second floor of the old courthouse, Jackson County Library Complex, Sylva. Potluck follows at 5 p.m. Bring covered dish, plate, cup and cutlery and a water bottle. Ron Arps at or

• Gospel groups Primitive Quartet and Mountain Faith, 7:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 13, Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts, Franklin. Tickets $ or 866.273.4615. • Pianist Drew Petersen, 19, 7:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 13, Performing Arts Center, 250 Pigeon St., Waynesville. Tickets at Haywood County Arts Council, 86 N. Main St., Waynesville. or at • Heritage Alive! Mountain Youth Talent Contest, 10


• Pisgah Promenaders Square Dance Club beginners square dance lessons , 7 p.m. Monday, Sept. 9, Old Armory Recreation Center, Waynesville. 15-week class. $65 per person. First two lessons are free. Marty Northrup instructs. 586.8416. • Pisgah Promenaders “Black and White Costume” dance, 6:45 to 8:45 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 14, Old Armory Recreation Center, 44 Boundary St., Waynesville. Plus and mainstream dancing with caller, Ken Perkins. Workshop, 6:15 p.m. 586.8416, Jackson County, or 452.1971, Haywood County.

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• Thomas Crowe, the WNC recipient of the 2012-13 Regional Artist Project Grant (RAP-G) through the North Carolina Arts Council, will present his new book, Postcards from Peru, at 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 7, Jackson County Library Complex Community.

• Author Douglas Woodward will present his book, Wherever Waters Flow: A Lifelong Love Affair with Wild Rivers, at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 10, at Blue Ridge Books, 152 S. Main St., Waynesville. 456.6000.

• Noon Thursday, Sept. 12 – Drying Foods, Lunch and Learn ECA, Conference Room of Community Service Center, Sylva.

• Thursdays at the Library, author and humor columnist Susan Reinhardt will read from her first novel, Chimes from a Cracked Southern Belle, 7 p.m. Sept. 12, Macon County Public Library Meeting Room. • Great Smokies Writing Program classes begin Sept. 16., 251.6099.

ON STAGE & IN CONCERT • 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. • Champion mountain dulcimer players, Lois Hornbostel and Ehukai Teves, 3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 8,




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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 register.

• Republican Party of Haywood County hosts its Fall Harvest Dinner, 6 p.m. Saturday, Sept, 14, Canton Armory, 71 Penland St., Canton. Prime rib dinner, $25. Chicken or vegetarian penne dinner options available if ordered in advance. Tickets and reservations, 246.7021 or email

• Trumpeter and Professor P. Bradley Ulrich reunion celebration concert, 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 10, in the Coulter Building at WCU. 227.7242.

• Live music: A Man Called Bruce, 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 14, City Lights Café, Sylva.


• Author Michael Beadle will present his book, Images of America, at 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 7, at Blue Ridge Books, 152 S. Main St., Waynesville. 456.6000.


• Auditions for “The Heiress,” 6:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 8 and Monday, Sept. 9, HART, 250 Pigeon St., Waynesville.

NIGHT LIFE • Live music with Jackson Emmer, Sept. 7; David Mann, Sept. 14. Mountaineer Restaurant,6490 Soco Road, Maggie Valley. 926.1730.

• Katey Schultz will read from her short story collection Flashes of War at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 6, at City Lights Bookstore in Sylva.586.9499.

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


• Combined Franklin and Dillsboro Ubuntu Choirs, directed by Tom Tyre, perform music from around the world at 4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 8, at the Town Square Gazebo in downtown Franklin. Bring a lawn chair. Rain location is First Presbyterian Church’s historic Chapel,downtown Franklin. Free, but donations welcome. 524.7683 or

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• Children’s story time: Rotary Readers, 11 p.m. Monday Sept. 9, Jackson County Public Library, Sylva. 586.2016.


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FOOD & DRINK • Basic Culinary Cooking class, 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 10, Whittier Community Center. Jennifer Siweumptewa, local culinary instructor. $5 per person. Pre-registration required. 488.3848. • Cookbook tasting, 6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 12, Church Life Center, First United Methodist Church, Sylva. Tickets $25, includes an advance copy of the cookbook. “Feast and Fellowship, 125 Years of Feeding the Body and Soul.” Betty Screven, 586.1640.

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• Shelton House Bed Turning, 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 7, The Museum of North Carolina Handicrafts in historic Shelton House, 49 Shelton St., Waynesville. Textile historian Suzanne Hill McDowell’s program, “Happy Days are Here Again: Quilts from the 1930s.” A Bed Turning is the study of a quilt or coverlet on one side, then turning it over to view the back-side. Tickets, $15, in advance at Blue Ridge Books and Olde Brick House. Shelton House, 452.1441.

• Classic movie starring Ginger Rogers and Ray Milland, 2 p.m. Friday, Sept. 13, Meeting Room, Macon County Public Library, Franklin. 524.3600.

Outdoors OUTINGS, HIKES & FIELDTRIPS • Join Parkway rangers at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 5, for an easy evening stroll starting just north of the French Broad River Bridge on the Parkway. 298.5330, ext. 304 for details. • Nantahala Hiking Club , 13-mile strenuous hike, Saturday, Sept. 7, Mount Sterling-Little Cataloochie loop in the Smoky Mountains National Park. 7:30 a.m., Huddle House, Dillsboro, to carpool. 586.5723, for reservations. • Volunteer Trail Work Days, 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 7, Kelsey Trail. Highland-Cashiers Land Trust office at the Peggy Crosby Center in Highlands or contact Kyle at, 526.1111. • Nantahala Hiking Club 3-mile moderate hike , Sunday, Sept. 8, Tennessee Rock Trail at Black Rock Mountain Park in Georgia. 2 p.m., Smoky Mountain Visitor Center to carpool. 410.852.7510. • Franklin Bird Club weekly bird walk, Wednesday, Sept. 11, Greenway. Meet at 8 a.m. at Salali Lane. 524.5234. • Nantahala Hiking Club 6.5 mile moderate hike, Saturday, Sept. 14, Little Cataloochie in the Smoky Mountains National Park. 9 a.m. Ingles, Waynesville to carpool. 456.8895.

• Stained glass course, 9 a.m. to noon, Mondays, Sept. 9-Oct. 28, Haywood Community College, Clyde. $148, students purchase own glass. Other supplies included. 627.4500, 565.4240.

• Caddyshack Open, Saturday, Sept. 7, Sapphire National Golf Club, Cashiers. 743.5191.

• Smoky Mountain Quilters Guild meeting, 9:30 a.m. Monday, Sept. 9, Tartan Hall, First Presbyterian Church, Franklin. Mary Kay Mouton, “Introduction to Flip-Flop Paper Piecing.”

• Pigeon Valley Bassmasters Club Tournament, 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 14, Lake Keowee, Gap Hill Marina, Six Mile, S.C. Patty Blanton, 712.2846.

• Western North Carolina Woodturners Club, 6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 12, Blue Ridge School, Glenville. Back of the school.

• Eighth annual WNC Run/Walk For Autism, 9 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 14, UNC-Asheville Asheville Track Club Grand Prix series.

FILM & SCREEN • New movie, 4:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 4 Meeting Room, Macon County Public Library, Franklin. 524.3600. Stars Maggie Smith, Tom Courtenay. PG-13. • Classic 1937 movie starring Tyrone Power, Alice Faye and Don Ameche, 2 p.m. Friday, Sept. 6, Macon County Library, Franklin. 524.3600.


• New movie starring Nicholas Hoult, Teresa Palmer, and Analeigh Tipton, 4:30 and 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 11, Meeting Room, Macon County Public Library, Franklin. 524.3600. PG13 for zombie violence, language.

ART/GALLERY EVENTS & OPENINGS • 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.

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• The Second Tuesday Movie Group will watch “Fresh: New Thinking about what We’re Eating” at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 10, Waynesville library auditorium. Special Guest Tina Masciarelli, Buy Haywood. Kathy, 356.2507.

• Family movie, 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 10, Marianna Black Library, Bryson City. Animated movie featuring space galleon cabin boy Jim Hawkins. 488.3030.


• The Old Cullowhee Canoe Slalom, 9 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 14, Tuckasegee River, backside of Western Carolina University campus, just upstream of the Old Cullowhee Road bridge. Pre-registration starts Sept. 12, at WCU’s Base Camp Cullowhee from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. $5 entry fee per person per category. Proceeds for proposed river park. 227.3844 or • Cashiers Trail Mix 5-Mile Mountain Trail Run and 3-Mile Team Adventure Run , 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 14, The Outpost at Chinquapin on Breedlove Road.

FARM & GARDEN • Seed saving expert Keith Nicholson, 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 5, Macon County Public Library Meeting Room. 524.3600. • Macon County Beekeepers Association meeting, 7 p.m. Thursday Sept. 5, at the Cooperative Extension Office, Thomas Heights Road. 524.5234. • Just Add Water, Dehydrating 101 workshop, 10 to 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 10, Room 234 of the Community Service Center, Sylva. $5. Register at Sylva NC Cooperative Extension Office, 586.4009. • Native Plant Symposium, 1 to 8 p.m. Sept. 13 and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 14, Performing Arts Center, 507 Chestnut St., Highlands. Patrick McMillan lecture, 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 13 on “Natural Communities at Risk in the Southern Appalachians.” Sonya Carpenter, 526.2221. Benefit for Highlands Botanical Garden. or call 526.2221. • 3rd annual Dazzling Dahlias! Dahlia Festival, 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 14, Highlands Recreation Center, Highlands. $5. Benefit for Highlands Historical Society. Joyce Franklin, 526.9418. • Blue Ridge Naturally™ Workshop: Connecting Medicinal Plant Growers with Buyers, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 14, Room 200, Haynes Conference Center, AB Tech Enka Campus, Candler.

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

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

Sylva • Jackson County Farmers Market 9 a.m. to noon, Saturdays, Bridge Park in downtown Sylva., Jenny, 631.3033 or

Cullowhee • Whee Farmer’s Market, 5 p.m. until dusk, Wednesdays, Cullowhee United Methodist Church grass lot, Cullowhee.

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

Franklin • Franklin Tailgate Market 8 a.m. to noon, Saturdays, 226 E. Palmer St., Franklin. 349.2046.



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Liverworts — a unique bridge in the plant world


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ome years ago, when I first became interested in plant identification, I became curious about liverworts. They are one of the distinctive plant groups (like fungi, lichens, mushrooms, etc.) without advanced vascular systems. The very name “liverwort” was intriguing, but I didn’t really know what one looked like. So I studied the illustrations and texts in several plant books and went out looking for liverworts in the woodlands near my house. It was the sort of low-key “adventure” that botanizers Columnist relish. We’d rather locate a new type of plant, however mundane, than encounter a dinosaur. I was armed with the information that “wort” means plant or herb, and that the first part of their common name derives from the fact that about one-fifth of all liverworts grow in flattened lobes (thalli) that somewhat resemble the human liver. Moreover, liverworts were reported to be “particularly abundant in rocky, moist places where the light level is too low for competing flowering plants.”

BACK THEN I decided to restrict my hunt to those more obvious types that display a ribbonlike thallus rather than those that closely resemble moss. And it seemed as if I needed to head down the creek from my house, where there’s plenty of shade and an abundance of rock seepage slopes along the pathway. I’d advanced perhaps 75 feet down the creek when I spotted my first liverwort stand. A little colony was growing on a small outcrop situated in perpetual shade just above the creek. I’d walked past it hundreds of times in the past without knowing that liverworts even existed. Several weeks later, looking out my kitchen window toward the springhead behind the house, I spotted a colony of several thousand liverworts growing along a small streambed. Which all goes to prove, I suppose, that you generally have to know what you’re looking for before you’ll actually “see” it. I have become fond of liverworts and no longer go near a seepage area or waterfall without looking for them. In liverworts, one can observe an example of the type plant that bridged fundamental evolutionary gap between aquatic algae and the land-dwelling plants millions upon millions of years ago.

Like ferns and club mosses — which represent the next step up the evolutionary ladder — they live on land and reproduce by spores but must do so in damp places because they have no protective outer layer to prevent water loss. In addition, their freeswimming sperm require a film of water to reach and fertilize the egg cells. I have learned that liverworts exist in two forms that can be readily distinguished. First, there’s the gametophyte plant (the ribbon-like thallus); and second, there are the sporophyte plants (resembling tiny umbrellas) that grow out of the thallus and contain the male and female sexual parts. As each liverwort plant is either male or female, colonies that reproduce successfully in a sexual manner (cross-fertilization) grow closely together — often overlapping in dense, tangled mats — so that the transmission of sperm can take place via the constant moisture covering the plants. Such a

colony resembles a miniature rain forest as viewed from an airplane. To insure reproduction when there isn’t enough moisture, liverworts also reproduce asexually by little cups or nests that form on the thallus. Inside these cups, very small spherical bodies (gemmae) appear that eventually detach themselves and germinate directly into new plants. The And as a final reproductive backup, some species are able to divide themselves where forks develop along the thallus strands and go their separate asexual ways. Each of these detached branches may fork again and separate, without any apparent limit, ad infinitum. It’s easy to cull through a dense liverwort colony and locate branching divisions that are just about to divide in this manner. It’s a system whereby the youngest part of the plant body is always in the forefront, nearest the fork, while the older, dying part brings up the rear. Curiously enough, when death reaches a fork, it creates new life.

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