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News Guardian Ad Litems are voice for children in court system . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 Two Maggie employees gone following festival grounds controversy . . . . . . 7 Maggie aldermen candidates address finances, festival grounds . . . . . . . . . 8 Lodging tax revenues on the up and up in WNC . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 Haywood County jail annex project more costly than expected . . . . . . . . . 10 Jackson program takes educational approach to child safety violations. . . 11 Bryson City aldermen pass first-ever sign ordinance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12 Case against suspected cross burner dismissed . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13 Haywood GOP asks county leaders to perform costly revaluation. . . . . . . 14



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Guardian Ad Litems try to be a voice for children BY CAITLIN BOWLING STAFF WRITER alking to kids is hard enough when life is going fine, but when their parents are going through a divorce or maybe having substance abuse problems, children can clam up. It’s Janet Thatcher’s job to gain their trust. As a Guardian Ad Litem, Thatcher is an advocate for the children in the court system when the question of their guardianship is up in the air. When she started two years ago, she wasn’t confident about how to approach children at a time when few things in a child’s life are stable, but she quickly developed an aphorism. “I have always had the motto of, ‘They have to know you care before they care what you know,’” said Thatcher, who has served as a Guardian Ad Litem for nearly two years. “Just get them to talk as much as you can. Then start asking the harder questions.” Things are continually changing, which is disconcerting enough to an adult, but utterly terrifying to a small child. One of the few constants, however, is their Guardian Ad Litem, the person who stands up and speaks for the children in court. “That is going to be the one person that is going to stay with the child all the way to the end,” said Shawn Moore, the Guardian Ad Litem program supervisor in Haywood County. Whenever a family ends up in court for whatever reason — typically substance abuse or domestic violence — a judge must decide the fate of the children. Let them return home, stay at home (if they have not been removed), or let them remain with a relative or in foster care. What is pervasive in these cases is adults claiming to know what is best for the child or children in question, but the children need someone who can speak with their voice, someone who has gotten to know them, their wishes and the particulars of their home situation. That is where Guardian Ad Litems come in. They are trained advocates for abused and neglected children who perform an independent investigation separate from the Department of Social Services or any other interested party.

Guardian Ad Litems Janet Thatcher and Shawn Moore, the program’s supervisor in Haywood County, work every day to ensure that children in Western North Carolina have a voice in court.

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“I have always had the motto of, ‘They have to know you care before they care what you know.’ Just get them to talk as much as you can. Then start asking the harder questions.” — Janet Thatcher, Guardian Ad Litem

“Our first priority is talking with the children, if they can talk,” Thatcher said. “We try to interview them. We interview with the parent.” Guardians, who are all volunteers, will also go to the children’s schools and talk to their teachers as well as talk to caseworkers at DSS. At the end, they must compile a report for the judge and make recommendation as to what they believe is best for the child or children involved.

Children can talk to their Guardian Ad Litem about where they want to live, about their life at home and the possible physical or sexual abuse they have endured. First, though, the guardian usually has some barriers to breakdown. The kids have sometimes learned not to trust adults or been taught to lie — each child is different. “It just depends on the child and the willingness, and motivation, and the fear,” Thatcher said, especially if abuse is involved.

“They know that will separate them from their parents.” The guardians also keep the children updated on the progress of their case, though they try to shield children from knowing too many of their parent’s transgression since most are under the age of 11. “I try to inform them as much as I can. There is a fine line,” Thatcher said. “When the kids are in court, it is difficult because they are going to hear everything.” If a child is older than 10, he or she can decide whether to go court when their parents appear before a judge. In general, everyone involved, including the Guardian Ad Litem office, is working toward bringing the family back together, if possible. “The goal is always to try to reunify the kids with the parents,” Moore said. “That is a very traumatic thing to pull a child away.” At any time, the Guardian Ad Litem office in Haywood County is working on behalf of about 100 kids, a decrease from earlier this year when it had about 130 children. It also currently has 60 active Guardian Ad Litems, who devote about seven hours a month to each case. “It varies from volunteer to volunteer, depending on how much they have going on in there own lives,” Moore said. The program is always looking for volunteers in any of the seven westernmost counties. Guardians typically work with program contacts in their home county. “There is always going to be a need for more volunteers,” Moore said. “There’s always going to be new cases coming in unfortunately. It is a sad thing.” Program supervisors are also willing to work with volunteers if they prefer to only work with girls, with a certain age group or don’t want to work on sexual abuse cases. All Guardian Ad Litems must undergo 30 hours of training and an extensive background check before they can be sworn in as court officials. To learn more about the Guardian Ad Litem program or to become a volunteer, visit

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The Arc of Haywood County will host “Arc”toberfest from 6 to 10 p.m. Friday, Oct. 18, at the Gateway Club in Waynesville. The event provides The Arc of Haywood funding to support residential programs and services for individuals with developmental disabilities. Community businesses and organizations can sponsor the event. For $500, the business receives 10 tickets and a reserved table as well as recognition as a sponsor. Contributors can also sponsor the event at $300, $200 and $100 levels and will also receive special recognition. Another option is to sponsor a “cool ghoul” ticket for $30 which will enable one of the 30 Arc group home and community living residents to attend. The $50 per person ticket includes music, dancing and

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Angel Medical Center will have a “topping off ” celebration at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 9, in Franklin. Each attendee will be invited to write their name or the name of a loved one on the last beam before it’s put into place at the new 25,000-square-foot AMC Cancer Center. Heavy hors d’oeuvres will be offered for $5 donation. The community will also have the opportunity to purchase a brick in honor or memory of a loved one for $100 to be used in the sidewalk in front of the new Cancer Center. The event is in partnership with Western Carolina Digestive

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before bringing Barth back in. By the time the Maggie Board of Aldermen resumed open session to announce its decision regarding Barth and Hagar, both were out of the room. Barth gave the board verbal notice of his resignation, signifying that he had not gone into the meeting necessarily prepared to leave. However, Alderman Mike Matthews said that town manager’s resignation was something the board and Barth agreed on. “I think we and everyone felt it was time,” Matthews said, adding that Barth was an asset to the town. Despite the controversy over the concert, Alderman Phillip Wight said that he and other board members liked Barth and wished him well going forward. “We are definitely not here to hurt someone’s future,” Wight said. Both will leave with a little extra money in their pocket. Hagar, who worked for the town for four years, left with $5,900 in vacation payouts, but nothing else. Barth, who has served as town manager since 2005, will leave with $48,000. Despite resigning, the board allowed Barth to keep his severance pay, an agreement typically reserved for when an employee is fired. According to his contract, Barth will receive six months pay, about $38,000. The remaining money is paid vacation time; Barth had saved up 30 vacation days. Maggie Planning Director Nathan Clark started as interim town manager Monday. During the controversy, Hagar said she would focus on her private business, AHPromotions, if fired. She described her services as similar to those that she performed as festival director, which included helping to organize events. However, AHPromotions does not have a readily apparent website nor is it a registered LLC with the state.

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BY CAITLIN BOWLING STAFF WRITER fter a week of paid suspension, Maggie Valley’s town manager and festival director are gone. Last week, the Maggie Board of Aldermen voted unanimously to fire Festival Director Audrey Hagar and accept the resignation of Town Manager Tim Barth. The decision was made after a two-hour closed session to further investigate choices made by Barth and Hagar leading up to a concert at the town-owned festival grounds. Both former employees signed off on a deal to front money to Charlie Meadows, a business owner and Maggie alderman candidate, to put on a country music concert in August as long as Meadows agreed to reimburse the town. Hagar spent $16,000 in taxpayer money on the event, which in the end lost money. Now, Meadows owes Maggie $11,000. The agreement was made without the mayor or aldermen’s knowledge. After Maggie residents called into question Barth and Hagar’s actions, Maggie leaders conducted their own investigation of the events surrounding the mid-August Matt Stillwell concert. The town board met for a couple hours on Sept. 24 and voted to suspend Barth and Hagar with pay for a week until more questions could be answered. That following Friday, Maggie leaders met for a few more hours to gather additional information. By last Wednesday, Oct. 2, there was only one last person to hear from. “We have heard from Audrey. We have heard from the entire staff, and now, we are going to hear from Mr. Barth,” said Mayor Ron DeSimone before entering closed session last week. Barth answered the board’s questions for an hour. Then, the mayor and aldermen talked for another hour in closed session • 828-497-9425 • 828-736-3245


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Maggie boasts crowded field for town elections BY CAITLIN BOWLING STAFF WRITER inances and the future of the festival grounds were front and center at a Maggie Valley Board of Aldermen candidate forum last week. About 30 spectators showed up to hear what the candidates for aldermen had to say. Each candidate answered 11 questions posed by voters and vetted by the Maggie Valley Chamber of Commerce, which sponsored the event. Unlike Maggie town board meetings during the last year, the forum was amicable with each of the six present candidates taking turns answering questions and even agreeing with each other at times. Two candidates, Joseph Maniscalco and Charlie Meadows, did not attend. The election for Maggie Board of Aldermen will end a yearlong standoff between the board’s current four members. Since former Alderman Phil Aldridge left last year, the board has been split on many decisions, including who should fill the fifth alderman seat. But once Nov. 6 rolls around, Maggie Valley will again have a five-person board of aldermen, preventing tie votes.


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Given the number of times the Maggie Valley Festival Grounds has made headline news during the last two months, it was not surprising that a couple of the questions dealt specifically with the town’s ownership of and continued investment in the venue. Saralyn Price, who is running for reelection, said she is grateful for the festival grounds and thinks that the town should still organize events such as the popular Red, White and Boom Fourth of July celebration but not other events. “I don’t think the town should be in the event business,” she said. If the town hires a new festival director, then he or she should only market the festival grounds to promoters, not help with the funding or organization of non-town functions, Price said. Maggie Valley Inn Manager Mike Eveland agreed with Price’s assessment. Following a debacle where the town fronted $16,000 to a promoter to host a concert at the festival grounds, many have called for the town to cease giving any funding, no matter how small, to for-profit event promoters. “We as a town should never finance or help a promoter,” Eveland said. Because of the controversy surrounding the concert, it was revealed that the town has a policy of regularly handing out taxpayer money to promoters for advertising. The promoters would agree to pay the town back, but Janet Banks, who is running for the two-year alderman seat, said that policy must change. “I firmly believe the festival ground current policies and procedures need to be examined,” Banks said. “I don’t think the town needs to be promoting events.” Town leaders also need to look for ways to make the festival grounds profitable, she said. Alderman candidate Charlie Meadows, who put on the concert and received a loan of taxpayer money to do so, did not come out for or against the practice. Meadows, who now owes the town $11,000 after the concert lost money, was more concerned about how the policy could affect promoters. “How do the taxpayers guarantee that a promoter does not lose money?” Meadows said. The festival grounds itself has been bleeding money every year since the town bought it 10 years ago. Despite this, candidates still saw the festival grounds as a key for tourism. “I think it is the nerve center of Maggie Valley. I think without it we would be in deep trouble here,” said Steve Hurley, an alderman candidate and owner of Hurley’s Creekside Dining & Rhum Bar. Events, particularly the motorcycle rallies, throughout the

The candidates This November, there are three seats up for election in Maggie Valley. Incumbents Saralyn Price and Mike Matthews are running against three competitors for two of the seats. The two winners will serve four-year terms. The remaining seat has been open since last year when former Alderman Phil Aldridge resigned. Three candidates are running to serve the remaining two years of Aldridge’s term.

Running for Phil Aldridge’s vacant seat

Janet Banks, 68, is a retired nurse practitioner and nursing school professor. She and her husband moved to Maggie Valley seven years ago from Texas.

Joseph Maniscalco, 76, is a retiree who has lived in Maggie Valley for more than five years with his wife. He has written fiction novels and served in the casino collections division at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, among other things.

Charlie Meadows, 41, owns Charlie’s Wing House, Sweetbriar Motel and Lucky Jake’s bar in Maggie Valley. He is an active voice at Maggie Valley Board of Aldermen meetings.

Running for four-year terms

Billy Case, 59, is a fifth generation Maggie Valley resident and is currently serving his second term on the town planning board. He is a Realtor.

Mike Eveland, 54, spent 17 years in upper level management at Ryan’s Steakhouse. He is currently a manager at the Maggie Valley Inn.

Steve Hurley, 68, owns Hurley’s Creekside Dining & Rhum Bar and has lived in Maggie Valley for 10 years with his wife, son and twin daughters.

The election for Maggie Board of Aldermen will end a yearlong standoff between the board’s current four members. Since former Alderman Phil Aldridge left last year, the board has been split on many decisions, including who should fill the fifth alderman seat.

Mike Matthews, 33, is a current alderman on the town board. He previously worked at Ghost Town in the Sky amusement park. He has lived in Maggie Valley on and off for 17 years and has two children.

Saralyn Price, 58, is a native of Maggie Valley and current alderwoman. She is the former police chief at Maggie Valley Police Department and prior to that worked for the Haywood County Sheriff’s Office.

year draw thousands of people to Maggie — people who sleep, eat and shop at area businesses. “I think the festival grounds is doing pretty well,” said Alderman Mike Matthews, who is running for reelection. “It’s bringing business into the valley.” Similar to most of the other candidates, Matthews is not in favor of giving advertising money to promoters. Realtor and candidate Billy Case said the festival grounds could be “an anchor” for the Maggie Valley economy and could also become more of a recreational space for residents to host family gatherings or picnics. Candidate and retiree Joseph Maniscalco has grander plans though. Maniscalco, citing his experience in casino collections at MGM Grand, said Maggie could bring big time musicians in to play the festival grounds or maybe the closed down Eaglenest Entertainment venue. “We could bring in heavy stars like in Las Vegas,” he said.





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Earlier this fall, an independent consultant hired by the town premiered a business plan aimed at moving Maggie toward greater prosperity. The valley was hit hard during the recession, as were many towns; however, Maggie has struggled more than some to bounce back. The plan, named Moving Maggie Forward, pointed out specific improvements that business owners could make to draw in tourists, including sprucing up its curbside aesthetics. It also gave overall suggestions for the business community, such as opening the Maggie Valley Chamber of Commerce to all business owners rather than simply those who pay to be members. Many residents and business owners have come out in support of Moving Maggie Forward because they see it as a way to boost tourism in the town and save residents money. “The more tourism dollars we can have coming in here, we can offset our taxes,” Meadows said. However, since May, little movement has been made toward enacting any of the recommendations. Town leaders and business owners need to get the plan back on track, Hurley said “It is the only thing we have going for us,” he said. “We need it desperately.” Candidates were faced with the question of the board of aldermen’s role in helping with the plan. Case simply pointed to the neighboring town of Waynesville, which has a business association. The Downtown Waynesville Association spearheads streetscape improvement projects, such as the installation of oldfashioned lampposts, in the downtown area. If Maggie businesses form their own association, “then I think we will be on our way for a good future,” Case said. Matthews thought elected officials should stay out of it unless the business community approaches the board. “It is not our decision what goes on. It is for the businesses,” he said. “I think it is best for us to keep our noses out of it.” While they agreed that businesses should lead the movement, Banks and Price said that the town could help in one area — funding. “I think it is up to the businesses to decide what is going to happen,” Price said. “I think they can tell the board what they need, and we can try to assist them anyway we can.” Eveland was the only candidate to express a desire to have the board take a more active rle in by helping craft a three- to five-year implementation plan.


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During the last two years, the Maggie Valley Board of Aldermen has cut or maintained its tax rate of 39 cents per $100 of property value. Going into this November’s election, voters wanted to know if the tax rate would remain the same next year. “I think we have a great opportunity to make that goal,” Eveland said about keeping the tax rate stagnant. “The last two years of budgets have been very positive.” However, none of the candidates can predict how changes at the federal or state level might affect Maggie’s budget. “I certainly don’t want to raise taxes any more than I have to. I can’t predict the future, I wish I could. We can’t predict what state and federal are going to do,” Price said. “We will do everything we can to do that.” But higher levels of government aren’t the only thing elected officials have to worry about. Expenses are constantly on the rise, and Banks said changes — such as an increase in Duke Energy’s power rate — could force the town’s hand. She promised to try and keep the tax rate the same. “I will do my best to keep the taxes as low as they can possibly be,” Banks said. Realtor Case would not commit to setting the current tax rate in stone. If property values declined for some reason, Case said the tax rate would need to increase to ensure that the amount of tax revenue collected by the town didn’t decline. Hurley, Maniscalco and Meadows indicated that they would like to see the board of aldermen take a more active role in budget preparations. All three suggested creating a new committee to review budgets and make recommendations, rather than having the town employees draft it and present it to the aldermen each year. “I think the budget should be line by line and see if we can have a finance committee,” Meadows said. “Just to have some kind of committee to tell the board where there is wasteful spending at or where we might could cut.” Referencing past experience dealing with company budgets, Mansicalco said he would like to lead such a committee if elected. “I want to be the chair of the budget-cutting committee because I know I could do a good job and save the taxpayers money,” he said. Maniscalco added that he believes there is enough room in the budget to cut taxes by 5 percent by 2015 without harming services. “I differ from Saralyn Price who says the roof is going to fall down,” he said. During the forum, candidates also addressed the countywide lodging tax. Despite some vocally opposing a 2 cent increase in the lodging tax earlier this year, the candidates at the forum all said they were in favor of the increase, which would net about $450,000 a year for tourism-related capital projects. The tax is added to the bills of people who stay overnight in an accommodation in Haywood County, so it is not paid for by local residents.

Because of the dissent in Maggie though, Haywood County will have to wait until 2015 to get permission from the N.C. General Assembly to enact a lodging tax increase. “This is a resource that we turned our back on,” Eveland said. Although all expressed support for the increase, Banks, Hurley and Matthews all inserted a caveat, saying they would like more specifics about how the new revenue will be spent. “There needs to be some very clear stipulations about where this money is going to go, who decides where it goes,” Banks said.


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Room tax revenues rise, though not necessarily number of travelers Haywood, Jackson, Macon and Swain counties all reported an increase in lodging tax revenue last fiscal year, compared to the prior year, though in some cases the hike is due to tax increases rather than an increase in travelers. The tax is added to the room charges of people who stay overnight in an accommodation and is then used by travel and tourism associations to try and attract more travelers. Western Carolina University also recently released a study predicting that lodging tax revenue would rise 2.1 percent in Macon County and 3.5 percent in Haywood, Jackson and Swain counties this October. The study’s conclusion is based on steady or slightly falling gasoline prices, stable hotel rates, favorable weather conditions, and a number of popular events, according to the news release. However, it included a caveat — the government shutdown could negatively affect those numbers. The amount of the room tax depends on the county or the town. For example, the lodging tax is 4 percent in Haywood and Jackson counties but only 3 percent in Macon County. The town of Franklin, which tracks its revenues separately from the rest of the county, has its own 3 percent tax on overnight stays. When added to the county’s tax, the actual tax charge for those staying overnight in the town of Franklin is 6 percent of the room’s cost. The town of Franklin is the only place to register a slight decline in revenue from lodging tax. Janet Anderson, finance officer for Franklin, blamed the loss of an accommodation. “We used to have one more motel, but that was tore down,” she said.

Haywood will pay to upgrade jail rather than use more deputies Haywood County will pay more than it anticipated on state-mandated renovations to its jail annex. The county will pay $91,314 to the Monroe-based State Building Group for upgrades to the jail annex. Renovations include setting up a secure fence to separate the jail annex from the main jail building, installing a secure door between the inmates and deputies, adding another secure door leading out to the inmate recreation area and laying concrete sidewalk in the recreation area. Originally, the county set aside $75,000 for the jail annex improvements but will move another $26,000 out of its general fund to pay the difference. A state inspection had mandated the county improve security at the annex — which houses female inmates — after find-

Tax breakdown The following is how much each county or town earned in lodging tax revenue last fiscal year (July 1-June 30) and the prior year, as well as how much the tax is. Haywood County (4 percent) FY 2012-13: $714,212 FY 2011-12: $661,315 Jackson County (4 percent) FY 2012-13: $575,870 FY 2011-12: $484,370* Macon County (3 percent) FY 2012-13: $495,915 FY 2011-12: $467,430 Franklin (3 percent) FY 2012-13: $103,415 FY 2011-12: $105,486 Swain County (4 percent) FY 2012-13: $499,365 FY 2011-12: $371,525 * *During fiscal year 2011-2012, Jackson and Swain lodging tax rates were only 3 percent. Swain County saw a 34.4 percent increase in its lodging tax revenue, but that’s due to a hike in the room tax from 3 to 4 percent rather than an influx of travelers. “That is in part because of the increase to 4 percent,” said Karen Wilmot, head of the Swain County Chamber of Commerce. “The 3 percent numbers are pretty static.” Jackson County also increased its lodging tax to 4 percent from 3 percent effective Jan. 1. ing flaws in the aging building. Either the sheriff ’s department needed to permanently increase the number of on-duty deputies at the annex or pay for structural security improvements. The county informally bid out the project in August and received three bids, which all came in way over budget. The lowest bid was $138,360. Rather than allocate an additional $63,000 to the project, Haywood County officials consulted the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services Division of Jail Construction to see if anything could be cut from the plans to decrease the construction price. A redesign of the renovations left off about 80 percent of the fencing surrounding the inmate recreation area. The enclosed space will remain the same size; however, there will not be a second fence surrounding the recreation area. Dale Burris, director of Facilities and Maintenance, emphasized that the change would not decrease the security of the building.

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The annual “Coats for Folks” collection will run through the month of October at all Swain County government buildings and schools. Individuals are asked to drop off gently used coats, sweaters, sweatshirts, gloves,

stocking caps or other articles of warmth. The items will be distributed to those in need by the Swain County Resource Center. “The program has been a great success story for our citizens in Swain County. Every year, approximately 400 items are collected and re-distributed,” said Mike Clampitt, organizer of the program. Residents unable to get to a collection site can call 828.736.6222 to arrange a pickup.


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BY ANDREW KASPER lesser risk for injury and has a greater chance STAFF WRITER for survival if they’re in an accident. here heavy-handed fines fail, the Without one, the consequences can be Jackson County Health Department disastrous, Carden said. is pushing a program to urge negli“Have you ever passed a car and seen a kid gent drivers to put their child passengers in not in a car seat?” Carden said. “My thought car seats. is ‘Oh gosh, what if they get in an accident? Starting in January, drivers pulled over Where is that kid going to end up?’” with a child passenger who is not secured in Jackson County has had a program for a car seat will have the option of foregoing a some time now to provide car seats and propfine and instead participating in a diversion erly install them for interested residents. Last program. The program will provide a free year, the county supplied and installed 40 car child car seat to the driver, professionally seats. In some years, the number has been as installed by the trained health department high as 200. Carden is hoping to add a few staff. The offender will also have to watch an more to the rolls once the diversion program educational video. Paula Carden, director of the health department, said the optional class should be preferable to drivers over the $260 or so fine for not having child in a car seat. It’s also what the staff at the health department and law enforcement would rather see. Paying a fine, she said, doesn’t do much in the way of ensuring child safety. “It’s not our goal to Last year, Jackson County supplied give an expensive ticket,” she said. “It’s a hardand installed 40 car seats. In some ship to pay that much money, and the bottom years, the number has been as high line is they don’t have a as 200. car seat even if they’ve paid that money out.” The expansion of the county’s program goes into place, and she has law enforcement should also help to reduce an easy out and the courts on board. offenders have after receiving a ticket for not Jackson County Sheriff ’s Office Deputy having a car seat. They can generally get the Shannon Queen said the problem is much fine waived if they appear in court demontoo prevalent on the roads and views the strating they have since gotten one — much implementation of the program as a step in like the pardon given for expired tags. The the right direction. Much like driving school conventional wisdom is that simply making is used for reckless drivers and speeders, the driver present a car seat in court falls Queen said the diversion program could short of ensuring it’s properly installed in help offenders correct their behavior. the vehicle. The status quo is that many people just Carden said local law enforcement roupay the ticket and don’t correct the problem, tinely stops cars in which children are in car Queen said. seats, and statistics show that about half of “We’re relying on a citation that costs a lot car seats, with their multitude of straps and of money to put kids in car seats, and we’re anchor points, are not properly installed. A not training the parents or guardians,” he child adequately secured in a car seat is at a said. “The hope is to keep it from recurring.”


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from having signs, so we made it as painless to the people as we possibly could while still trying to retain some control. It is not really a restrictive sign ordinance,� White said. Although the ordinance addresses all types of signage, the main target of the new regulation were snipe signs, or temporary signs affixed to trees or utility poles. A fami-

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town, and it is not so much that we wanted to impose strict regulations on everyone, but you can’t tell anybody anything if you don’t have an ordinance,� said Bryson City Mayor Tom Sutton. Sutton said he has seen people set trailers along the road with “For Sale� signs tacked to them — not the impression he

Signs, such as those pictured above, will not be allowed to litter the side of the road now that Bryson City has passed a sign ordinance. ly may tack a sign up to a tree to let people know about a yard sale, which is all fine and good, but after the sale, the sign often remains until a Good Samaritan or town employee removes it. “They put them up, but they never have the energy to take them down,� White said. “There were some god-awful signs.� Such signs are not only nuisances, but they are also eyesores for a town that survives based on its appearance. Visitors want to see mountains and a quaint downtown, not a bombardment of signs. “The stakes are big if you are a tourist

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wants visitors to have of Bryson City. However, it could take several months to figure out which signs can stay and which must go. “We don’t really have the staff to go around and measure every sign in the town limits right now,� Sutton said. Typically, existing signs are grandfathered in, but Bryson City’s new ordinance requires property owners and those who posted nonconforming signs to bring them into compliance. Within six months, town employees should have identified nonconforming signs and given notice of when they must be taken down or altered to fit the new sign standards. People have five years to alter or remove signs that are more than 40 percent too large or too tall, according to the new regulations. However, no definite deadline is given for those signs that violate the ordinance for other reasons. Violators could face penalties of up to $50.

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BY CAITLIN BOWLING STAFF WRITER or years Bryson City has battled gaudy signs, decrepit signs and too many signs, particularly along U.S. 19 coming into town. Until now, it’s never had a legal foot to stand on. Bryson City passed its first ever sign ordinance last month. The dearth of standards had led to unattractive sign clutter on the side of the road, with everything from flimsy yellow yard signs that read “Open� to signs tacked to trees advertising a service or yard sale to portable marquee signs. Towns like Sylva and Waynesville have long had sign regulations and are continuously revising their standards. “There needed to be some kind of control. That’s what it boils down to. There were so many little signs popping up and so many big signs,� said Dennis White, a member of the town’s planning board. The planning board worked for more than two years on the sign ordinance, in part because changes to state laws regarding billboards forced the board to start again. The final product, which the Bryson City Board of Aldermen approved last month, allows for sandwich board signs outside businesses and temporary signs, but there are rules. The sandwich boards must meet certain size requirements, and they cannot block the flow of foot traffic. Temporary signs can only remain up for 30 days after their purpose ceases to exist. For example, political signs must come down 30 days after an election. Yard sale signs can only be posted for 48 hours, however. Signs of any type can’t have any flashing or blinking lights either. Although the new regulations may be a lot to take in, Bryson City’s ordinance still give business owners more leeway than some towns. “We were not trying to prevent people




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Election forum for Franklin candidates for mayor The Macon County League of Women Voters will host a forum for mayoral candidates for the town of Franklin at noon Thursday, Oct. 10, at Tartan Hall. Longtime mayor Joe Collins is stepping down, and two candidates, Sissy Pattillo and Bob Scott, have come forward to compete for the position. Both currently serve as aldermen on the town board. The forum will provide for an in-depth discussion by the two candidates. All are invited, and attendees are encouraged to bring a bag lunch.

BY CAITLIN BOWLING & BECKY JOHNSON STAFF WRITERS he case against a Haywood County teenager charged with felony cross burning was dismissed two weeks ago. Assistant District Attorney Rachael Groffsky dismissed the case against Brandon Kersey of Crabtree on Sept. 27 because evidence showed that he was not aware of what was taking place at the time of the crime. “All of the co-defendants indicated that he was so intoxicated that the only reason he went was because they put him in the trunk,” Groffsky said. Kersey was one of four Tuscola High School students charged after allegedly burning a cross in the yard of a biracial classmate. The action led to charges of felony conspiracy, burning a cross with the intent to intimidate, also a felony, and burning a cross in another person’s property without permission, a misdemeanor. Another teen involved in the incident, Matthew Mitchell of Fines Creek, pled guilty in February. “All the evidence showed that Matthew (Mitchell) was the principal in this,” Groffsky said. Mitchell was sentenced to 18 months


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“Greene is being given a free ride, free ride, free ride,” Geltman said of the court case being delayed every time it came up — and now isn’t even on the trial docket until Dec. 16, more than 18 months after the incident. So far, the only one who has been found guilty is a Native American, she supervised probation with 100 hours of said. Mitchell was convinced to plead community service. If he does not fulfill the guilty after being told that the other boys obligations set by his probation, he would were all going to testify against him, face five to 15 months of jail time. Geltman said. Mitchell regretted his A third suspect, Ben Greene, a Tuscola guilty plea almost immediately, according football player, will next appear in court on to Geltman, who finds it ironic that a Dec. 16, though his case has been repeatedNative American is the only one brought ly continued. to justice so far in the racially motivated crime while the white men either got off or have seen Kersey was one of four Tuscola their case delayed. Change Makers for Racial High School students charged Understanding has met with after allegedly burning a cross in both law enforcement and prosecution to advocate for the the yard of a biracial classmate. victim’s rights in the cross burning and make a case for The track record of prosecutors in the restorative justice, a type of creative sencross burning case is disappointing so far to tencing that aims to heal the victim and Helen Geltman, an organizer with Change reform the suspects’ way of thinking, using Makers for Racial Understanding in things like direct dialogue between the vicHaywood County. tim and suspects, therapy and role-playing Of the four young men charged with scenarios. cross burning, one was a minor, whose The group also met with the county name cannot be released, but charges school board to encourage the school sysagainst him were not pursued. tem to take the charges seriously, considerBut of the other three, it doesn’t seem ing all the students were back in school like justice is being served very well, accord- together — the victim and suspects alike — ing to Geltman. following the incident.

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King leads group saying revaluation was off the mark BY CAITLIN BOWLING STAFF WRITER he Haywood County Republican Party, siding with a two-time county commission candidate, has submitted a resolution to the county saying it should hire a professional appraisal firm to review all home values. The resolution, among other things, urges the Haywood County Board of Commissioner adjust erroneous property values, perform another revaluation in 2015 Denny King and get rid of its current method of property evaluation, which splits similar parcels into 900 different “neighborhoods.” The resolution alleges that properties in 119 of the neighborhoods are valued too highly. However, Republican Commissioner Kevin Ensley defended the most recent property revaluation in 2011. He estimated that a review would cost the county more than $1 million and be less accurate than the county’s current method for evaluating properties. Hiring a consultant would be a “more difficult, less reliable method,” Ensley said. The resolution also asks the county to drop its case against Haywood resident Denny King. King has become a poster boy for a contingent of Haywood County residents who say the property revaluation conducted by the county in 2011 was erroneous and forced them to pay higher taxes. King, a Republican who has twice run for the county board (see related story), is locked in a battle with the county about the value assigned to his home and property. Assessors valued King’s more than threeacre property in Canton at $205,100 in the 2011 revaluation; however, he felt that was excessive. He believed his property value should be $62,100 less, so he appealed it to the county Board of Equalization and Review. The Board of Equalization and Review is appointed by commissioners and is charged with determining whether homes and land were given a correct value. “The value of my house increased substantially. I don’t believe the county has any data to validate the increase,” King said in an email. “Most homes in my neighborhood increased by approximately 30 percent with the last revaluation.” When the county board denied King’s appeal, he took his case to the state, which sided with King. The state assigned a new

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value to King’s property, $172,200, which is less than the original appraised value from the county but not quite as low as King believed it to be. “I am well pleased with the total value the N.C. Property Tax Commission assigned,” King said. But the county did not let it rest with the state tax commission’s decision. Haywood County Tax Administrator David Francis asked for permission in mid-July to appeal the tax commission’s decision. Some residents questioned why the county spent money on an appeal. “People have told me they believe the county’s appeal is a waste of the taxpayer’s money, and I agree,” King said. During the state hearing, only three commissioners on the state tax commission were present at a time, Francis said. A fourth showed up late, and another left early. He did not feel like the county got a fair shake, he told commissioners. “We didn’t feel that we were heard,” Francis said. King pays about $1,300 in property taxes to the county each year. The reduced value will equal a couple hundred dollars in savings each year. The executive committee of the Haywood County Republican Party passed a resolution last month asking the county commissioners to reverse the decision to appeal and also get rid of the delineated neighborhood system. Most counties in N.C. use a delineated neighborhood system, Francis said. The system divides the county’s 48,876 property parcels into neighborhoods of 30 or 40 similar plots that would have similar values. Based on extras such as complete basements or decks, size of the house, and wear and tear, the county uses a complex computer program to calculate the market value. During the revaluation, assessors visit each parcel to makes sure generated value matches the property’s specific characteristics. The counties can only truly check the accuracy of values though once houses start moving off the market. The state requires counties to track actual sale prices compared to the estimated values. If a county’s homes are selling on average 5 percent above assessed value, the county is awarded a percentage of 95 percent. Haywood County is currently at 103 percent, meaning that sales are coming in about 3 percent lower than the assessed value. However in King’s case, he argued that the lots in his neighborhood were selling at 30 percent lower than the

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The recent disagreement between Haywood County resident Denny King and county officials is not an isolated incident; the two have been at loggerheads for quite sometime. King, a Republican who has run for a seat on the Haywood County Board of Commissioners in the last two elections, has been a consistent critic of board decisions, lambasting the commissioners as fiscally irresponsible. Meanwhile, the commissioners have fought back, censuring King and like-minded citizens whom they have said spread falsehoods about the 2011 property revaluation, taxes and county spending. King has questioned whether houses would actually sell at their appraised values and even appealed his own property value all the way to the North Carolina Property Tax Commission, which reduced his appraised value. The county has since appealed the state decision (see related story). Some in the political arena believe Haywood County’s decision to appeal King’s property value is a vendetta, that the county is making an example of him because of his outspokenness. Last month, the executive committee of the Haywood County Republican Party submitted a resolution to the board of commissioners to rescind its appeal of King’s property.


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Denny and his wife Deborah King own a three-bedroom home on three acres of land in Canton. For the last two years, he and the county have gone back and forth on the value of the property. King appealed the county-assigned value all the way to the state, only to have the county appeal again when the state lowered his property value.

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revenue did not increase despite the tax hike. Property taxes were raised after the revaluation to ensure that Haywood County did not see a reduction in tax revenue as a result of reduced property values. However, some individual taxpayers did pay more in taxes while other individuals paid less, depending on the value assigned to their homes and property during the revaluation. In general, the Haywood County revaluation saw most higher-priced homes go down in value while more modest houses retained their value or were assessed at a higher value. This pattern was the same nationwide. Haywood County has had a tax rate of 54.1 cents per $100 of property valuation since 2011. That is still lower than the tax rate from 2000 to 2005 — 61 cents per $100 — but higher than the 2006 rate, when it dropped to 49.7 cents per $100. During his campaign in 2012, King said he would work to reduce taxes. He also questioned the purchase of the old Walmart building in Clyde, which is now the new Department of Social Services office, and why the county paid for maintenance and upkeep of the MARC building while renting it out for $1 per year to nonprofits that serve the elderly. Swanger and other county officials argued that the purchase of the old Walmart was necessary considering the dilapidated condition of DSS’s old offices and that the nonprofits in the MARC building offer valuable service to citizens.

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assessed value. “I don’t believe all sales used by the county to set our neighborhood rate were valid, nor do they justify the 130 percent rate,” King said. Commissioner Kevin Ensley said that three of four properties in King’s neighborhood sold for a price above the appraised value. “I think this proves that our reval was spot on,” Ensley said. However, King argued that what Ensley said was untrue. “Last time I checked, I found four homes out of six that sold below their assessed value since the revaluation,” King said, with the caveat that his sales data may not be complete. “This is much different than the report Kevin Ensley gave during the last commissioners meeting.” Based on his own research, King said lower-priced properties saw an increase in value, while more costly properties declined. “This shifted more of the tax burden to the lower priced properties, whose owners can least afford the increase,” King said. Although some properties are selling below their market value, Commissioner Kirk Kirkpatrick said, the board of commissioners is responsible for doing what’s best for the whole county, not just a minority residents. “We are not there to protect necessarily one person’s rights. We are here for the county,” Kirkpatrick said. The county commissioners as well as Francis said that neighborhood delineation is the most accurate way to assign values. “I stand by the work that we did. I think it is very accurate,” Francis said.

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U.S. Navy Capt. Betsy Bird has worked with everyone from Mickey and Minnie Mouse to the admiral commanding the Pacific Fleet, and Tuesday, Oct. 15, she will share some of her life stories with the Aviation Historical Society. The event begins at 10:30 a.m. at the Macon County Airport near Franklin and is open to the public. Bird is a Franklin native who began flying

The N.C. Department of Transportation will hold a public meeting from 4 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 10, on proposed safety improvements to U.S. 23/441 at Cat Creek Road east of Franklin. The meeting will take place at the Franklin Town Hall Board Room, located at 95 East Main St. in Franklin. DOT first held a public meeting on this project in March. Based on public input, engineers examined alternatives for possible safety improvements at this location, including partial signalization and a directional crossover in the median to control traffic movements. The study findings and conclusions will be available at the meeting. 828.321.4105 or

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Lawmakers in denial about plight of poor the new reality for teachers the 120 or so 12th-graders I teach each year, about twoOtherefthirds have jobs outside of school. Of those two-thirds, is a large number who work 30 to 40 hours a week. Their jobs range from bagging groceries and stocking shelves, to cleaning motel rooms, to chopping, splitting, and delivering firewood. As I included in my first column about the teaching I do at Swain County High School, the per capita income in 2011 was $19,506. For 2012, the projected income was $19,089. Of the county’s 14,000 residents, 3,000 live below the poverty level, and of those, almost 1,000 are children, including my students. For most readers, these are merely numbers, but for me, as a teacher, they are numbers that have faces. Their faces are those of the boy whose moped broke down, so he walked home from Bryson City to Alarka from his work at a fast-food restaurant, and this was on a school night. They are those of the straight-A girl whose income as a cashier helps pay for rent, for groceries, for gas, and for childcare for her infant son. They are those of the thin boy whose shoes have busted fronts, whose jacket is already too thin for the cool mornings, and, because he is proud, refuses help from the social workers. They are those of the 17- and 18-year-olds who come to my classroom and listen closely when I tell them that the primary importance of knowing grammar is to keep people from unfairly judging them as stupid when they communicate in nonstandard English. They are those who are astonished when we read a cell phone contract, and they see where Verizon uses tricks of rhetoric to make customers relax and

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To the Editor: Governor Pat McCrory’s approval rating stands at 35 percent. Given the way he’s stuck it to the people of North Carolina, that seems high. Robert Michael Jones Sylva

‘We have met the enemy, and he is us’ To the Editor: Does John Boehner like what he’s seeing in the mirror these days? Maybe not, but the problem for the nation is that he is too fond of what he sees on his office door: “Speaker of the House.” Boehner could lose that by acting like a statesman instead of an extortionist. What has been called the "suicide caucus" among House Republicans, led by Mark Meadows, would try to dump him as speaker the instant he called for a vote on a clean budget resolu-

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merely scan a contract instead of reading it carefully. They are those who tell me they want to be able to write an essay because they want to do well in the required college English courses and get a degree so they don’t always have to bus tables, stack rocks, and change tourists’ bed sheets. I tell them, not joking, my now worn line about the essay I wrote that won me a white trash fellowship to the Ivy League school where I earned my masters. I tell them they should never lose their dialect or accent, but should make their subjects and verbs agree when speaking to those who can influence the outcome of their lives. I tell them there are many ways to increase their options, to break the poverty cycle, to earn the comfortable lives they see both on television and in the expensive ridgeline developments where they mow grass in the summertime. Columnist When I tell them all this, I can see I have their attention. I can see the hope, anxiety, and, sometimes, fear that is on their faces. I want to offer them more, to offer them facts about how they can bring about this change, so I bring in the wonderful people from agencies like Talent Search and Upward Bound, who, in turn, tell them of the importance of grades, of hard work, of applying early to colleges, of applying exhaustively for scholarships. And, again, many of them listen. And they begin to look specifically at schools and tuition rates, at room and board costs. They begin to do the math, to ask teachers for reference letters, to stay after class to ask me if I think they are college material, if I think there is any way they can get the money to go to Western, to Duke, to Southwestern, to Haywood. I tell them that if they want it enough, they can make it happen, and a decade ago there was no doubt in what I said. But in October of 2013, I am no longer certain I am speaking

tion or on raising the debt ceiling. It’s the Democrats who could save him and the country too. Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi should offer him Democratic votes to keep the speakership if his own party turns on him for doing the right thing. It’s the whole House, after all, not just the majority caucus, that elects the Speaker. It would take only 17 Republican votes to keep Boehner in the speakership if all 201 Democrats had his back. Presently, the Democrats are trying to get that many to sign a discharge petition that, under House rules, would preempt the Speaker’s obstructionism. But it might be a lot harder for 17 moderate Republicans to buck Boehner directly than to vote to reward him for doing the right thing. What I suggest would require historic statesmanship on the part of the Democrats, and there may not be much of that virtue left on Capitol Hill. Still, it’s worth a try. In practical terms, the Democrats would be offering Boehner a temporary coalition to keep the government solvent. He could continue to try to repeal Obamacare, but not at the point of a gun. Coalition politics is how governments

The corporate income tax will also be reduced in 2014 to 6 percent from 6.9 percent. It will drop to 5 percent in 2015. And if revenue growth targets are met, the rate could go as low as 3 pecent thereafter. — “North Carolina’s Republican Tax Reform” CNN Money Paying for college has often raised significant barriers for many of those wishing to attend. The need to work and make money is the number one reason students leave school before earning a degree or certificate. North Carolina students and their families have seen the cost of a college education increase during a time when a postsecondary education credential is becoming a necessity for an increasing number of jobs. As state funding for higher education has declined, and tuition and fees have increased in turn, attending college has become an increasingly costly proposition for students and their families. For North Carolina, the average Pell grant covered just 67 percent of average tuition and fees for public colleges and universities within the state’s public university system. — North Carolina Justice Center, Oct. 1, 2013 the truth. I look at the cuts to funding for state colleges, at cuts in grants to students, at increasing interest rates for student loans, and I hope, again and again, that what I am preparing them for is to live the lives they want, not the one that is forced on them by legislators who are clear sighted regarding corporate profits, but who are willfully blind to the dreams of poor children throughout the state, to the dreams of the poor children whom I teach. (Dawn Gilchrist-Young can be reached at

LOOKING FOR OPINIONS The Smoky Mountain News encourages readers to express their opinions through letters to the editor or guest columns. All viewpoints are welcome. Send to Scott McLeod at, fax to 828.452.3585, or mail to PO Box 629, Waynesville, NC, 28786. abroad function when no party holds a majority and some American legislatures have had to resort to them too. In effect, there are now three parties in the House — the Democrats, traditional Republicans, and the Tea Party. Unable to win elections on its own, the Tea Party has taken over gerrymandered House districts like a virus infecting a host. Many good citizens identify with the Tea Party out of a frustration with government. Liberals share that too. But the difference is that the Tea Party is being played like a violin by other ultraconservative groups, including the billionaire Koch

Brothers who financed its establishment. The New York Times reported Sunday that the strategy to destroy Obamacare by threatening to defund the government was hatched more than a year ago by some three dozen conservative groups under the leadership of former Attorney General Edwin Meese III. They had lost the elections for the presidency and the House despite spending hundreds of millions of dollars to misrepresent and demonize Obamacare. The spending continues. One of its most tawdry tactics is to try to persuade young people against signing up for insurance coverage. That’s playing politics with their lives. It is sinful. But it’s no more so than what their puppets in Congress are threatening to do if they can’t destroy Obamacare. A deficit default would be the worst economic tragedy to befall this nation since the Great Depression. No foreign enemy could hope to do us so much harm. But as Pogo the possum used to say, “We have met the enemy, and he is us.” Martin A. Dyckman Waynesville

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Jackson’s new tourism logo is lacking To the Editor: Neither of the logos considered by the Jackson County TDA convey the proper message for tourism development. Both, per the logo display in a recent edition of The Smoky Mountain News, are lackluster, lack excitement (one being almost a kindergarten level piece of art) and should be shelved. How many logo designs did the two advertising agencies submit for the TDA group to consider? Each should have presented no less than five each. If these two were the best, I question the creative ability of the agency. Having represented Cherokee and the region at several dozen consumer travel shows over almost 15 years, I don’t recall one person out of thousands ever saying “Oh, I love Jackson County.” Travelers don’t recognize counties but they associate with communities within a county. Mention Maggie Valley, Sylva, Bryson City, etc. and there’s an immediate visitor association. Mention Haywood, Swain, Macon or Jackson county and there’s a look of “duh” on their face. “Play On” is as equally unimpressive as the logo itself. Ms. Teasley is quoted as saying “The mountains with ‘Jackson County’ and the simplicity of the design is going to make it easily recognizable.” Recognizable and meaningful are two different things. The discussion regarding the use of the logo by others? Just copyright it and that

gives the TDA legal right to go after those who misuse it. The trademarking would protect words, color, design. Simple answer to that dilemma. If the TDA is so promotionally oriented and thinking about bumper stickers, etc, where is the website name so folks can get information? The Outer Banks of North Carolina, cited in the article, has a unique OBX identification. It says something: “Outer Banks.” “Smoky Mountains” says something. “Play On” says let’s go to the casino. Well, Jackson County TDA, good luck. You’re playing around with many businesses in our county. Time will tell whether this “branding” is a success or failure. Dave Redman Jackson County

The system isn’t broken, it’s fixed To the Editor: If we hadn’t figured it out by 2008, we should have at least gotten a clue. The congressional and White House phones and emails were jammed with unprecedented pleas from We the People. Not only were the lines jammed; the polls strongly indicated that We the People oppose the banker bailout. Regardless, the banks got bailed out and We the People got sold out. Corporate privilege continued into the next administration. We see now that the health care reform effort had little to do with

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the care of our health but a lot to do with the care of healthy profits for private insurance conglomerates. Elizabeth Fowler, Wellpoint VP in charge of government lobbying, was invited as chief advisor and principal drafter of Obamacare. In contrast, advocates for the health of We the People, such as physician Margaret Flowers, were barred – even imprisoned for the impudence of insisting that the People’s voice be heard. Whether one supports or opposes Obamacare and the coming mandate, the shameless advancement of corporate privilege throughout its passage and implementation is impossible to deny. In 2010, after helping with initial implementation as a special assistant to the president, Wellpoint’s Fowler left the administration to lobby for Johnson & Johnson. The pharmaceutical industry, one of the biggest backers of ObamaCare, will be one of its greatest benefactors. Fowler is one of many jumping the ship of “public service” for the conglomerate plunder to come. These are only two examples of the egregious privilege our government grants at our expense to corporate conglomerates. The list is endless. We are not helpless. As Obamacare open enrollment begins this month, remember that we are not sheeple; we have the power to make a difference. A People’s movement is underway to reclaim the vision of the Founding Fathers and amend the Constitution, to put the freedom of We the People above the privilege of the mega conglomerates that have taken control of our government. The system isn’t broken. It’s fixed! Allen Lomax Sylva


To the Editor: The federal government shutdown is probably the most counter-productive action that Congress could have taken during this recession. Not only will it cost money, but it is harming our economy in so many ways … not to mention that it is making America the laughing stock of the world. There’s been much in the national news about the poor tourists who have lost out on their vacations, but in WNC our local economy is tied to national park and parkway visitation. And this, during leaf season, will have an accelerated effect. The newest of shenanigans is to exempt national parks, monuments, and museums from the shutdown. I have worked in museums, directed one, spent a year at the Smithsonian, and taught museum studies. An advocate to be sure, still, I do not support a piecemeal solution to a national problem. Is there no logic in those hallowed halls of Congress? I cannot understand how people who are in government can so be so hateful of government. You would think they would want a different job. As voters, we can help them out during the next election cycle. Anna Fariello Cullowhee

Meadows playing up to Tea Party

To the Editor: Regarding a recent op-ed piece by Doug Wingeier on Congressman Meadows, RCashiers, and his feigned interest in alleviating hunger in the U.S.: I also have noted a certain disingenuousness about Rep. Meadows in his latest series of town hall meetings, two of which I attended. The meetings are controlled by asking people to submit their questions in writing, which are screened and read by his staff. I prefer a more open meeting where people stand and ask their questions, as in the voice of the people. I suppose my written questions were never asked because they may have posed certain challenges to the Congressman on Obamacare and the federal Voting Rights Act. Rep. Meadows was quite clear and proud about his leadership role in defunding Obamacare as a condition for keeping the government open. This played well to his Tea Party constituents in Franklin, but was somewhat more subdued in Cherokee. When I asked one of his staff “why the Congressman wanted to shut down the government,” she replied that was not true. A few days later, I noted the Asheville CitizenTimes headline: “Meadows OK with shutting down DC.” You can also note a comparable disingenuousness in the N.C. State Republican Party in defending its 2013 voting laws: “… If you need a photo ID to purchase Sudafed, what’s the big deal about using a photo ID to vote ….” Somehow the most fundamental right of American citizens has been reduced to the “right” to purchase a controlled substance. The federal government is rightfully challenging N.C.’s voting laws as a violation of the Voting Rights Act. Our state has made significant progress in expanding the franchise: in 1991, N.C. was number 47 in the nation in voter turnout; by 2012, we were number 11. Yet the N.C. legislature in 2013 sought to “restore confidence” in the electoral process, as if creating more access to voting was a problem. College IDs will not be allowed at polling stations. Even states with strict photo ID laws like Georgia and Indiana allow college IDs. What is so suspect about using a college ID, or is it more about preserving political power by creating hoops for younger voters — a group that tends to vote Democratic. Roger Turner Sylva

Rep. Meadows is proud of poster boy status To the editor: In a Sept. 27 CNN article, Congressman Mark Meadows, R-Cashiers, was identified as “the architect of the brink” and a member of the “suicide caucus.” Although he’s claiming that the CNN reporter was “sensationalizing” his role in the government shutdown, the letter Meadows wrote to the House lead-

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To the Editor: I do so hope that Rep. Mark Meadows, RCashiers, read the Oct. 2 issue of The Smoky Mountain News. The lead story details how much this government shutdown is damaging his own home district economically. I am one of Meadows’ constituents, and even though I am approaching the age of 70, I am still working part-time, self-employed in my profession as a craftsperson. I am grateful that I am old enough to be covered by Medicare, but were I younger I would be quite excited about the possibilities of The Affordable Care Act as I always had to fund my own health insurance. I hope Rep. Meadows would please be so kind as to give me a clear and concise explanation as to why the ACA is such a bad law. I have never heard an explanation that I have been able to understand. Why can’t the richest country in the world assist its citizens to have decent health coverage? I am deeply distressed by the actions of the current Congress. We elect people to represent us and to go to Washington to sit down, discuss and compromise, not to shut down the government. Please compromise, Rep. Meadows. Kaaren Stoner Haywood County

To the Editor: The Republicans, including our own Rep. Mark Meadows, R-Cashiers, who have repeatedly stated dislike for the federal government, have closed much of the U.S. government. What is particularly obnoxious about this is that they are blaming Democrats for something that the Republicans have been wanting to do, again, for many years. Shutting down government services in order to nullify a law (Obamacare) that has already been debated, compromised, passed and even approved by the Supreme Court is far from the Republicans’ stated tactic of principled action. The Republican shutdown is more like spoiled children throwing a tantrum when they don’t get their way. As for the Republicans’ solution of re-funding bits and pieces of the government that they like, that goes against their Constitutional obligation to fund the government. They have already debated and voted on the priorities. The Democrats have already compromised the current budget down to the amount that the Republicans demanded. That the Republicans are willing to shut down much of the government, and possibly even default on our debt to get their way, is the opposite of principled. In all honesty, it is stupid and harmful to the economy, government, and people of this nation. Real people are being hurt by this shutdown. Real businesses and real families are taking the hit because of the Republicans’ rigid political agenda. Here in Macon County we have scores of federal employees who are now laid off at Coweeta Research Lab and the U.S. Forest Service. Of course the closure of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park is hurting hundreds of employers and employees across the region. Who will pay their mortgages? Who will buy their food? Who will pay their doctor bills, their car payments, their utilities? They won’t be patronizing many restaurants or stores without an income during the shutdown. The Republicans care more about their power, ideological purity and their big ideas than they do about real people. The wealthy politicians don’t know what it is to live paycheck to paycheck. Besides, their paychecks aren’t stopped by the shutdown. They are playing with our livelihoods. They are playing with our lives to score points in their political game. They are gambling with our lives, and we are losing. We are not amused or impressed. The Republican Party of so-called family values is hurting families directly, without apology, without insight. Republicans often talk about the dignity of work, yet they carelessly throw tens of thousands out of work with their shutdown. The Republicans created this disaster. They have cornered themselves into this mess. They need to find some real principles and do the job that we are paying them for — open the government to serve We the People! Dan Kowal Franklin


October 9-15, 2013

Please explain what is so bad about Obamacare

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ership “encouraging them to defund Obamacare through the appropriations process” is prominently displayed on his website ( He also boasted about the letter during the pseudo town hall meetings he conducted in August and gleefully proclaimed that he had persuaded 79 of his colleagues to co-sign it. Additional information in the CNN article ties Rep. Meadows directly to the Tea Party agenda; for example, the leader of the Asheville Tea Party, Jane Bilello, indicated they are so pleased with Meadows’ job performance that “he’s turning out to be their poster boy” and a “conduit for their agenda.” Ms. Bilello also disclosed that Meadows hosts regular conference calls with her group “to explain what’s happening in Congress, including the challenges that he faces promoting their agenda.” I contend Rep. Meadows is sensationalizing when he claims he’s “doing what the majority of his constituents want in shutting down the government over Obamacare.” Redistricting may have made the state’s 11th District the reddest district in the state, but the Tea Party is not the dominate force within the 17-county area. I believe the majority of WNC Republicans, and certainly most Democrats, share Sen. Richard Burr’s sentiment that risking a government shutdown to defund Obamacare is the “dumbest idea” he ever heard. Contact Meadows to express your concern about his poster boy status and tell him to add something to his diet besides tea! Myrna Campbell Waynesville

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FRYDAY’S & SUNDAES 24 & 26 Fry St., Bryson City (Next To The Train Depot). 828.488.5379. Frydays is open; but closed on Wednesdays. Sundaes is open 7 days a week. Fryday’s is known for its Traditional English Beer Battered Fish & Chips, but also has burgers, deep fried dogs, gyro, shrimp, bangers, Chip Butty, chicken, sandwiches & a great kids menu. Price friendly, $3-$10, Everything available to go or call ahead takeout. Sundaes has 24 rotating flavors of Hershey's Ice Cream making them into floats, splits, sundaes, shakes. Private seating inside & out for both locations right across from the train station & pet friendly. FROGS LEAP PUBLIC HOUSE 44 Church St. Downtown Waynesville 828.456.1930 Serving lunch and dinner from 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, Sunday lunch and dinner from 11:30 a.m. to 7 p.m., closed Mondays. Frogs Leap is a farm to table restaurant focused on local, sustainable, natural and organic products prepared in modern regional dishes. Seasonal menu focuses on Southern comfort foods with upscale flavors. Come for the restaurant’s 4 @ 4 when you can choose a center and three sides at special prices. Offered WedFri. from 4 to 6. 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

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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

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. RENDEZVOUS RESTAURANT AND BAR Maggie Valley Inn and Conference Center 828.926.0201 Bar open Monday thru Saturday; dining room open Tuesday thru Saturday at 5 p.m. Full service restaurant serving steaks, prime rib, seafood and dinner specials. SOUL INFUSION TEA HOUSE & BISTRO 628 E. Main St. (between Sylva Tire & UPS). 828.586.1717. Tuesday-Friday 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Saturday noon -until. Scrumptious, natural, fresh soups, salads, sandwiches, wraps 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. 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.







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Church Street at 30 BY GARRET K. WOODWARD STAFF WRITER Richard Miller can’t believe the Church Street Art & Craft Show is 30 years old. “I don’t know how it got that old, and I didn’t get any older,” he chuckled. “I can’t figure that out.” Alongside artist Teresa Pennington, Miller founded the festival in 1983. At that time, there were very few shows of its kind in the region, if any. Whereas today there’s seemingly a festival every weekend somewhere in Western North Carolina, Church Street started as a Teresa Pennington risky idea to get visitors and local residents alike to wander that part of downtown Waynesville. This year’s event will take place on Oct. 12. “Back then, it was difficult to get people to turn the corner on Main Street and head down to where these other businesses were on Church Street,” Pennington said. “Richard really wanted to get folks down here, and that’s where the idea for the show came about.” What started out with 28 artist booths and a decent crowd has now become a festive day show-

casing more than 120 vendors with attendance approaching 20,000.


Back in 1983, when the idea for an art and craft show was taking shape, Miller decided to hold it in a parking lot behind the buildings on Church Street. There used to be a dirt lot where the outdoor seating patio is today for The Classic Wineseller, Chef ’s Table and The Patio. Miller had the space paved and startRichard Miller ed readying it for the event. Artists for the inaugural event were handpicked and invited from other shows in Banner Elk and Boone. “Since it was a new show, we let the artists come for free,” Pennington said. “As the show got more and more successful, it started to attract more and more people and talented artists.” They had a location and artists, but both thought they needed music to complete the day. Miller and Pennington were eating at the now-

Cutting through to your passion

BY GARRET K. WOODWARD STAFF WRITER tanding in his basement workshop, furniture maker Roy DuVerger looks around the cluttered, dusty space. It may look like chaos to some, but to him, it’s the sign of a busy man doing what he loves. “If I need to blow off some stream, I just come down, and I’ll be making things for hours,” he smiled. “I work all the time.” At his home in rural Haywood County, DuVerger has been handcrafting furniture since he was a teenager in Auburn, Mass. He took an interest in the craft during high school while helping his father build a home. “I’ve always liked the idea of creating something — something different,” the 87year-old said. Relocating to Western North Carolina 21 years ago, DuVerger and his wife love living in the mountains of Southern Appalachia. It’s a landscape reminiscent of New England to them, one that stops the couple in their tracks daily. “We came for the views, the mountains,


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Furniture maker Roy DuVerger has been handcrafting wood items since he was a teenager. Originally from Massachusetts, he has resided in Haywood County for the last 21 years. For more information of his art, call 828.627.1060 or Garret K. Woodward photo rivers and beautiful nature,” Roy said. “You get so much inspiration from looking at the mountains. The two of us sit down and look out our back window at four ranges of moun-

tains crisscrossing.” That crisscrossing view fuels the intricate designs DuVerger pursues. He likes to create works of natural beauty, where the

essence of the wood remains. To him, the imperfections, or knots in the wood, are what truly make a project unique. “Trees have knots and limbs, so I go with nature,” he said. “If I get a 12-foot board and the ‘beauty’ of it ends at five feet, I’ll cut it at five feet.” DuVerger attends arts and crafts show around the region, selling his work to curious and appreciative customers. He enjoys talking “shop” with anyone wanting to know more about wood and furniture making. For the last 18 years, he’s participated in the Church Street Art & Craft Show in downtown Waynesville, which takes place Oct. 12. “I spend all my time at the shows talking to people,” he laughed. “I just love when people call me up wanting to know more about the piece they bought. It makes me feel good that they like my work.” Although he’s approaching 90, DuVerger has no intention of slowing down. If anything, his passion for his work keeps him 87 years young, rather than old. “I was a building contractor all of my working years. I’m supposedly retired, but it didn’t happen that way,” he said. “I’ll lay awake at night thinking about what I’m going to do with ‘that table’ tomorrow — I love what I do.”


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I needed to make an escape. Last Tuesday morning, my cell phone vibrated incessantly on the nightstand. It was 8 a.m., and the sender was my news editor. My eyes creaked open like a rusted The Alash ensemble will perform the ancient cellar door. The message tradition of throat singing Oct. 16 at Western informed me that the government Carolina University. shutdown had taken effect. Thus, we needed to scrap our original Chris Blaylock plays Oct. 12 at the Water’n cover story while going to press Hole Bar and Grill in Waynesville. that day and do a whole new feature on the closures in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park Catman2 will host “The Cat’s Meow Auction” and along the Blue Ridge Parkway. Oct. 19 at the Jackson County Public Library Oh, and did I mention all of this in Sylva. came during the height of the fall tourism season for the area? Storyteller Victoria Casey McDonald will I was assigned to rush up to discuss her new book Oct. 12 at City Lights the national park and get firstBookstore in Sylva. hand accounts of the closure chaos and people being turned The comedy thriller “Murder Among Friends” away. I got myself together, will hit the stage on Oct. 17-20 and 24-27 at physically and mentally, and the Martin-Lipscomb Performing Arts Center jumped into my (usually) reliin Highlands. able pickup truck. I put the key into the ignition and turned it. porch. As I pulled up to my building, one of Nothing. A few failed tries later, I realized the repairmen who was renovating the apartthe starter was dead. Damn. After borrowment above mine ran towards me. ing an extra vehicle from my news editor, I “We need to get in your apartment right left my truck in the driveway and headed now,” he shouted. for the national park. It was a day of “Why?” heartache and reflection cruising through “A water valve just exploded upstairs, and the empty park, which normally is brimwe don’t know how much damage it did to ming with people eager to explore this natyour apartment.” ural wonderland in our own backyard. I unlocked my front door, hoping for the After a whirlwind day, running around best. Flipping on the light switch, the room Western North Carolina, we finished the new was a disaster. Innumerable gallons of water cover story, proofed the paper and put it out leaked from the upstairs floor, causing my in a somewhat suitable timeframe. I was ceiling tiles to explode like water balloons. exhausted. All I wanted to do was go back to Luckily, me being a minimalist, I didn’t really my apartment and sink into the couch on my

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own much to get destroyed by the onslaught Balsam Road (off the parkway), I laced up of water — though I can’t list my personal my running shoes and hit the trail. Coasting laptop as a survivor. The carpet was soaked along the rocky terrain, I jogged by hikers, and started to smell like an old, wet dog. young and old, all immersed in the fall “Well, we’ll do the best we can to clean scenery. Eventually, it was just me, alone, this up tonight and come back tomorrow to amid a silence only found in nature. I wantsee what the next step is,” the repairman said ed to find a bald mountaintop, so I jumped with an uneasy chuckle. onto a side trail straight up a ridge. Reaching “Yep,” I said dryly, staring at a large pudthe top, I stood on a large rock and took a dle that had condeep breath, exhalsumed my bed. into my 360When the going gets tough, ing I needed to make degree view of endan escape. less mountains. some people either lash When the going After a few out or have a breakdown. gets tough, some moments, my body people either lash relaxed, every musFor me, I head for the hills. out or have a breakcle unwinding, finddown. For me, I ing peace once There was enough daylight head for the hills. again. I could hear left at this juncture to find a the wind drift There was enough daylight left at this trailhead and lose myself in through the trees juncture to find a below. Gazing out the serenity of our natural trailhead and lose into Southern myself in the sereniAppalachia, I knew surroundings. ty of our natural surall was well in the roundings. world again. Soaked Still unsure of how the shutdown would apartments and dead trucks are just things, affect regional hiking, and if I would have to while nature is everything. pursue guerilla tactics to enter the woods, I Editor’s Note: To get to the Art Loeb Trail decided on the Art Loeb Trail. Winding down from Waynesville, head down Route 276 Route 276 from downtown Waynesville, I towards Brevard. Turn right onto Route 215 turned onto Route 215 at Jukebox Junction (near Jukebox Junction) and follow the road and headed for the Blue Ridge Parkway. Route until you reach the Blue Ridge Parkway. Turn 215 was a peaceful jaunt into the mountains, left onto the parkway and go a few miles before as, layer by layer, the matters of the day you turn left onto Black Balsam Road. From peeled away. there, you can park at any of the trailheads or In the parking lot at the end of Black parking lot at the end of the road.


CHURCH STREET, CONTINUED FROM 22 defunct Bill Stanley’s BBQ in Asheville. Haywood County banjo player Marc Pruett was the leader of the house band. The bluegrass music was impressive, and so Miller asked them to play at the inaugural Church Street festival. Pruett accepted the invitation. Miller now had to build a stage for the group, which eventually was constructed out of old scaffolding and sheets. “Back in the day, you didn’t have a stage or bleachers like the town has now,” Miller said. “So, we had to build our own, and we must’ve been out there until three in the morning putting it together.” The day of the show finally arrived — sunshine, blue skies, with troves of curious folks milling about. And as the parking lot sloped down toward Montgomery Street, The Marc Pruett Band began to play at the bottom of the hill, providing the audience with a natural amphitheatre filled with the sounds of Southern Appalachia. “Oh, it was a great group that day,” Pruett said. “I loved the camaraderie in seeing so many people interested in crafts, and the arts and variety they brought to the festival was stunning.”


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Following several years of growth, Pennington and Miller began the process of transitioning the festival to the Downtown Waynesville Association (DWA). Though the founders are still involved in fund-raising

efforts and picking artists to bring into the fold, the DWA has largely grabbed the ball and run with it, making it one of the most successful festivals of its kind in the Southeast. “I’ve worked with this show since 1990 and watched it grow even through slumps in the economy, rockslides and rainy weather,” said Buffy Phillips, executive director of the DWA. “Maintaining the show’s mission of

“I’ve worked with this show since 1990 and watched it grow even through slumps in the economy, rockslides and rainy weather.” — Buffy Phillips, executive director of the Downtown Waynesville Association

quality is essential to its success.” The craft show is juried, which means only quality artists are allowed to display their wares. Artists are handpicked for their superior work, and the show is an authentic competition for prize monies offered for the finest work displayed. “I feel so proud of the show, especially with the fact we’re been able to maintain the quality of it through the years,” Pennington said. “A lot of shows have had to compromise the quality to get more people and artists in, but I’m thankful we haven’t had to do that.”


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years. They appreciate the quality of the show and continue to do well in sales.”


The 30th anniversary celebration is a full circle moment for Pruett. He’s now a member of acclaimed bluegrass/gospel group Balsam Range, which recently won the 2013 International Bluegrass Music Association award for “Album of the Year.” The group will be headlining the musical lineup, which will include performances throughout the day in front of the Haywood County Courthouse. “[Church Street] is one of the many things that gives you that sense of place, of being in the mountains,” said Pruett. “Some years, it has been cold; it rained, but I always have remembered the good people and memories I’ve made at it.” Pennington enjoys the electric atmosphere that resonates through downtown Waynesville when all the diverse people, artists and music come together. “I love the good mood everybody is in. They all come in happy,” she said. “The skies are usually blue, with a nip in the air in the morning. The 30th annual Church Street Art & Craft Show will be You get your cup of coffee to warm from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 12, on Main Street in up, then the jackets come off in theC downtown Waynesville. Alongside more than 120 craft/food afternoon as the sun comes out.” vendors, live music will be provided throughout the day from Pennington is optimistic for Balsam Range and Whitewater Bluegrass Company. Free. the future of the Church Street Art or 828.456.3517. and Craft Festival and has taken a special pleasure in watching it Phillips said the Church Street Art and grow and succeed. Craft Show represents the best of “This show is almost like my child,” she said. Appalachian traditions. “It’s the same reason I love doing my work. It’s “This show is a reflection of the art and about sitting in front of that canvas and creating craft culture found in our mountains,” something from scratch, something that has Phillips said. “Most people here are repeat never been done before. This show is like that vendors who have been coming for over 20 — we created it and have watched it grow up.”

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Banjoist for acclaimed bluegrass/gospel group Balsam Range, Marc Pruett (below) will play the 30th anniversary of the Church Street Art & Craft Show. His former group, The Marc Pruett Band (above), took the stage at the inaugural show, while he has continued to perform at the event throughout the years. Donated photo (above) • Garret K. Woodward photo (below)

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Smith, Sebens present works of Ron Rash Oct. 19 Actress Barbara Bates Smith and musician Jeff Sebens will showcase the works of author Ron Rash during “A Rash of Stories” at 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 19, at the Waynesville Public Library. The program of varied selections in an informal format encourages audience feedback. The selections have been adapted by Smith from the collections Nothing Gold Can Stay, Burning Bright, Chemistry and Other Stories, and The Night the New Jesus Fell to Earth. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library. Free. 828.356.2507.

The MET Opera live in HD will be shown on Oct. 12 in Highlands. Donated photo

The MET Opera live in HD in Highlands “The Metropolitan Opera Live in HD” will be shown at 12:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 12, at the Martin-Lipscomb Performing Arts Center in Highlands. MET opera stars serve as hosts for the HD series, conducting live interviews with cast, crew, and production teams, and introducing the popular behind-the-scenes features. Altogether the worldwide HD audience is given an unprecedented look at what goes into the staging of an opera at one of the world’s great houses. “The Met: Live in HD” series is made possible by a generous grant from its founding sponsor, The Neubauer Family Foundation. Global corporate sponsorship of “The MET: Live in HD” is provided by Bloomberg. HD broadcasts are supported by Toll Brothers. For tickets, visit 828.526.9047.

The comedic play “The Dixie Swim Club” will be performed at 7:30 p.m. Oct.

Cat shelter auction in Sylva Catman2 will host “The Cat’s Meow Auction” at 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 19, at the Jackson County Public Library in Sylva. The largest no-kill, cats-only shelter and adoption center in Western North Carolina, Catman2 seeks donations from local businesses and individuals to help raise money for the ever-rising cost of caring for nearly 100 homeless cats. All donations are tax-deductible. A list of items for auction and advertisements are at 828.293.0892.

The comedy thriller “Murder Among Friends” will stage on Oct. 17-20 and 24-27 at the Martin-Lipscomb Performing Arts Center in Highlands. Showtimes are 7:30 p.m. nightly, with Sunday performances at 2:30 p.m. The “friends” involved in this clever and amusing murder mystery are Palmer Forrester, a vain, aging actor, his very rich wife Angela, and their friends Gert and Marshall. A double-dealing theatrical agent, a creepy old man next door, and an intruder terrorizing the neighborhood complete the cast. Murders are planned to take place during a dinner party at the Forrester’s elegant New York duplex — but who is going to murder whom? Tickets are $22 per person.

The off-Broadway musical hit, “The Last Five Years,” will run at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 11, 12, 18, 19 and at 3 p.m. Oct. 13 and 20 at Haywood Arts Regional Theatre in Waynesville. The story explores a five-year relationship between Jamie Wellerstein, a rising novelist, and Cathy Hyatt, a struggling actress. The show uses a form of storytelling in which Cathy’s story is told in reverse chronological order, beginning the show at the end of the marriage, and Jamie’s is told in chronological order, which is starting just after the couple has first met. The characters do not directly interact except for a wedding song in the middle as their timelines intersect. Proceeds from the two-week run will benefit the HART Stage II building campaign. For ticket information, call 828.456.6322 or click

On the streets Celebrate fall with Maple Leaf Festival

covered wagon rides will be available throughout the event. 828.497.2393.

The 14th annual Maple Leaf Festival will be from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 12, in downtown Whittier. The event features artisan crafters, vendors and a yard sale. Proceeds will benefit scholarships and other community projects. STUFF-n-SUCH will also showcase a historical exhibit of the town, circa 1900. There will be a raffle at the shop for a gift certificate. Live music will be provided by Jim Overocker, while

• “Heritage Day” will be from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 12, at the Cold Mountain Corn Maize in Bethel. There will be apple butter making, apple cider and have applesauce stack cakes, with children’s crafts and a local blacksmith demonstrating on-site. Admission is $10 for ages 4 and over. 828.648.8575.

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Comedy comes to Bryson City stage

11-12, 18-19 and 21 and 2:30 p.m. Oct. 13 and 20 at the Smoky Mountain Community Theatre in Bryson City. The story centers on five women who meet once a year for a reunion of their college swim club. Taking place in a beach cottage on the North Carolina coast, these five share the ups-and-downs of their lives over a period of 55 years. Tickets are $8 for adults, $5 for children ages 5 to 17.

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“The Dixie Swim Club” comedy will be at the Smoky Mountain Community Theatre on select dates this month. Donated photo

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Master throat singers bring Asian culture to WCU

The Tuscola High School marching band will be one of the 25 marching bands competing at the WCU Tournament of Champions on Oct. 12. Donated photo

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High school bands from six states to participate in WCU tournament Twenty-five top high school marching bands from six states will compete at Western Carolina University’s 13th annual Tournament of Champions invitational at 8:45 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 12, at E.J. Whitmire Stadium in Cullowhee. Hosted by WCU’s award-winning Pride of the Mountains Marching Band, the musicians will compete for the prestigious Chancellor’s Award, a large glass traveling trophy that is presented to the grand champion band, and the North Carolina Roll of Honour, awarded to the highest scoring band from North Carolina, as well as place trophies in various categories. The Pride of the Mountains Marching Band will share an exhibition performance of its 2013 halftime show “Generation NeXt” at 4:15 p.m. Local high school bands from Western North Carolina participating in the Tournament of Champions include Pisgah (Canton), Enka (Candler), Cary, Cleveland (Clayton), Smoky Mountain (Sylva) and Tuscola (Waynesville). Tickets are $10 for the preliminary competition. Tickets for the finals are $8 if purchased in advance or at the gate before 4 p.m., and are $10 if purchased after 4 p.m. Group rate is $8 for preliminaries and $8 for finals (15 or more paid by one check). Children under the age of 12 will be admitted free when accompanied by an adult. 828.227.2998 or

Educator-trombonist performs at WCU

Music educator and trombonist David Vining will perform at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 18, in the Coulter Building at Western Carolina University. The program will include a variety of trombone standards by Leonard Bernstein, Camille St. Saens, Lars-Erik Larsson, Alexandre Guimant, Johann Ernst Galliard and Arthur Pryor, as well as a solo composition by Vining titled “Travelieder.” Vining will work with members of WCU’s trombone and euphonium studio in various master classes and coaching sessions. He will also be presenting a symposium on body mapping for all stu26 dents, faculty and staff earlier in the day

The Alash ensemble will hold a special performance featuring the ancient tradition of throat singing at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 16, in the John W. Bardo Fine and Performing Arts Center at Western Carolina University. From the Tuva Republic in Central Asia, the group will offer a unique look at the power of the human voice. Throat singing is a technique that involves singing multiple pitches at the same. In Tuva, nomadic herdsmen developed the art generations ago as they mimicked sounds and harmonies in nature,

Master throat singers, the Alash ensemble, will perform at WCU on Oct. 16. Donated photo

Admission is free, but donations will be accepted to support the SCC Foundation’s Student Success Campaign — an effort to bridge the gap between scholarship demand and supply. or

The Richter Uzur Duo comes to SCC on Oct. 15. Donated photo

Classical/rock duo to play SCC Trombonist David Vining. Donated photo

at 2:30 p.m. Admission to the performance is free. 828.227.7242.

such as birdsongs and wind. Newsweek has compared the sound to “a human bagpipe — a person who could sing a sustained low note while humming an eerie, whistle-like melody. For good measure, toss in a thrumming rhythm similar to that of a jaw harp, but produced vocally — by the same person, at the same time.”   The performance at WCU is part of the 2013-14 Arts and Cultural Events Performance Series. The show is free to students, $5 for the general public. or 828.227.03751 or or 828.227.2479.

The Richter Uzur Duo will perform at 7 p.m. Oct. 15 in the Burrell Building at Southwestern Community College in Sylva. Featuring guitarist Brad Richter and cellist Viktor Uzur, the duo’s chamber music-meetsrock-n-roll style has been described as, “From Led Zeppelin to Bartok, from the Beatles to Rimsky-Korsakov, from Gershwin to their own unique tunes, the music sashays all over the planet and back again.”

Commercial, electronic concert planned at WCU

The Commercial and Electronic Music Faculty Ensemble will perform at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 15, in the School of Music at Western Carolina University. The ensemble will premiere new compositions by music faculty and perform several jazz standards, including Herbie Hancock’s “Cantaloupe Island.” A variety of instruments that generate and manipulate sound and audio effects electronically will be featured in the hour-long program. The program will include brief demonstrations of some of the software and electronic musical instruments used in the concert. Free. 828.227.7242.

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• Neal Morgan, Prophets of Time and Damn Union will perform at No Name Sports Pub in Sylva. Morgan plays Oct. 10, with Prophets of Time, Oct. 11 and Damn Union, Oct. 12. All shows are free and begin at 9 p.m. 828.586.2750 or

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• The MIXX and Sean Leonard tap into Frog Level Brewing Company in Waynesville. The MIXX will be Oct. 11, with Leonard, Oct. 12. Both shows begin at 6:30 p.m. Free. 828.454.5664 or

Inspirations are ‘Singing in the Smokies’ Acclaimed gospel group The Inspirations will host the Singing in the Smokies fall color festival at 6 p.m. Oct. 1718 and 1 p.m. Oct. 19 at Inspiration Park in Bryson City. On Thursday, performances include Martin, Squire & Ray Dean, The Inspirations, Squire Parson Trio and Kingsmen. Friday will showcase the Old Fashioned Singing Chuck Wagon Gang, Walkin By Faith, and The Inspirations. Saturday will present the Family & Friends Tour, Josh Jordan Family, The McKameys and The Inspirations. Tickets are $20 per night, with children 12 and under admitted free.

• Chris Blaylock hits the stage at 9 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 12, at the Water’n Hole Bar and Grill in Waynesville. Free. 828.456.4750.

• Brad Boulet & Friends will play at 8:30 p.m. Oct. 11 at O’Malley’s in Sylva. The group will also perform at 8 p.m. Oct. 12 at Tuck’s Tavern in Cullowhee.


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• The Pickin’ On The Square summer concert series continues with Marshall Henson and Gem City at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 12, at the lower level town hall in Franklin. At 6:30 p.m., the stage is opened up for anyone wanting to play a few songs. Free. 828.524.2516 or

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• The Music in the Mountains concert series continues with The Tuckasegee Ramblers at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 12, at the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad Depot in Bryson City. The group plays Americana, jazz and modern rock. The free concert series brings together local residents, visitors and musicians for an evening of melodies and mountains. The series is sponsored by the Swain County Chamber of Commerce and the Swain County Tourism Development Authority.

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• Ben Wilson plays at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 11, at The Classic Wineseller in Waynesville. $10 minimum food, drink or merchandise purchase. Eve Haslam & Satin Steel performs at 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 12. Dinner available. 828.452.6000 or

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Downtown Sylva comes alive with art The last Sylva Art Stroll of the season will be from 5 to 9 p.m. Friday, Oct. 11, in downtown Sylva, with dining, shopping, music, artist receptions and more. Jackson County Library Complex will showcase photography by Tim Lewis; It’s By Nature welcomes jewelry designers Sara Day Hatton and Louise Turner, with a reception and demonstration from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.; Signature Brew Coffee House presents abstract paintings by local artists Tadashi Torii and Audrey Ellington; Nichols House Antiques will feature artwork by Jackson County Visual Arts Association members and host a beer and wine reception until 9 p.m.; City Lights Bookstore will host a reception for Macon County mixed media artist Justin Moe, while City Lights Café will feature the nature photography of Michael Thames. Folk group Tina and her Pony perform until 9 p.m.; Gallery 1 will hold its fall show of watercolor, oil and acrylic paintings, photographs and three dimensional art. The JCVAA is dedicated to enriching the arts community and presenting visual arts. Membership is open to the public, and new members are always welcome. The Sylva Art Stroll is a monthly event, occurring every second Friday of the month through October. Free. 828.337.3468.

Introduction to quilting class in Sylva A beginners quilting class will be offered from Oct. 21-24 at the Jackson County Extension Center in Sylva. Ann Gill-Johnson of Sew Easy Girls and an Extension and Community Association (ECA) member will teach the class. Participants will learn how to create a lap quilt or wall hanging during this four-day class that will meet from 1 to 3 p.m. Oct. 21 and 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 22-24. Cost is $5 per person. 828.586.4009.

Film club to screen ‘Now You See Me’ The Groovy Movie Club will show the film “Now You See Me” at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 11, in Waynesville. A mostly organic potluck dinner will precede the screening at 6:15 p.m. The mission of the Groovy Movie Club is to show excellent films, both feature and documentary, with a message. A discussion will follow for all who wish to participate. The screening will take place at Buffy Queen’s home in the Dellwood area of Waynesville. This event is free and open to the public. The club meets the second or third Friday of every month. 828.926.3508 or 828.454.5949 or



tourism operations with hayrides, concession stands and special festival days. Teens are particularly talented at psyching themselves up to be freaked out by the “haunted” maze that takes over the corn

To justify our pumpkinbuying sprees, we craft grand plans for an entire ensemble of carved pumpkins, but never bring more than three or four to fruition by the big night. fields at the Cold Mountain and Darnell Farms corn mazes come dusk. Younger kids, in fact, may want to avoid the mazes after the witching hour when the spooks start to roam the stalks. Here’s a round-up of corn mazes in our neck of the woods: • Darnell Farms Corn Maze, Bryson City. A corn maze, hayrides and working family farm in a picturesque setting along the Tuckasegee River. The corn maze becomes haunted on weekend nights. A produce stand on site sells farm goods of all sorts, including apples, jam and fall decora-

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Clay artist to give demonstrations, talks

Myers taught at the University of South Carolina from 1967 until 1972. He then spent the next 20 years teaching at the University of Georgia. He has an extensive history of professional activities within the ceramics com-

munity and has been artist-in-residence at WCU and the Archie Bray Foundation in Helena, Mont. His schedule at WCU includes individual critiques of student work at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 16, followed that day by a noon illustrated talk on ceramics history in Room 158 of the John W. Bardo Fine and Performing Arts Center and clay demonstrations from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. in Room 151 of the center. Clay demonstration sessions will be at 9:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 17, in Room 151, with an artist’s talk at 5 p.m. in Room 130 of the center. The program is underwritten by the Randall and Susan Parrott Ward Endowed Fund for Ceramics. All events are free. 828.227.3595.

A stained glass course will be offered from 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesdays from Oct. 16 to Dec. 11 at Haywood Community College in Clyde. The Introduction to Stained Glass course will introduce the basics of creating stained glass art. Students will select glass materials, cut, grind and assemble stained glass windows, and complete the copper foil stained glass process. Students must register by Oct. 9. Fee for the course is $148. Students are responsible for purchasing their own glass. All other supplies included. 828.565.4240.

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Acclaimed clay artist and University of Georgia emeritus faculty member Ron Myers will give demonstrations and talks on the subject of ceramics Oct. 16-17 at Western Carolina University.

Artist Ron Myers will hold a series of ceramic discussions and demonstrations at WCU Oct. 16-17. Donated photo

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always end up with too many pumpkins by Halloween, a trajectory I am headed down once again despite telling myself to abort mission. Artfully arranged heaps of pumpkins, with dried corn stalks and hay bales as extra bait, are just too irresistible for the kids and I to pass up. So inevitably, almost everywhere we go this time of year, we come home with another pumpkin or two in tow. There’s the “pumpkin patch” on the church lawn, locally grown pumpkins at various roadside produce stands (like the family– run Duckett’s Produce in Haywood County) or pumpkins at the farmers market. To justify our pumpkin-buying sprees, we craft grand plans for an entire ensemble of carved pumpkins but never bring more than three or four to fruition by the big night. Not wanting to waste them, I then pledge to roast the seeds for snacks and render my own pumpkin puree for muffins. But that too falls by the wayside until my husband eventually totes the rotting pumpkin remnants off our porch and to the compost heap. One place we absolutely won’t pass up a pumpkin souvenir, however, is from our annual corn maze outing. Several corn mazes have cropped up in the mountains, and they make a great family tradition every fall. These aren’t just a romp through a corn field but are major agri-

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Corn maze becomes haunted after dark. Open 4 to 9 p.m. Wed.-Fri. and 1 to 9 p.m. Sat.-Sun. $8 for ages 4 and older; 3 and younger free. Find them on Facebook. • Deals Farm, Franklin. A hayride takes you around the farm to the entrance of the corn maze. Open 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Fri.-Sat. To visit on Mon.-Thurs. or from 6 to 9 p.m. on weekend nights, call ahead to make an appointment. $5 for ages 6 and older, free 5 and younger. 828.524.5151. • Eiliada Corn Maze, Asheville. The biggest corn maze in WNC, it has four miles of maze trails winding through a 12-acre maze. There are two storybook trails where younger kids can follow along with a story as they go through the maze. Other activities include corn cannons with pumpkin men targets, hayrides, a giant sandbox filled with corn kernels cutline cold mtn corn maze cutline acutline cold mtn corn and spider-web climbing net. maze cutline acutline cold mtn corn maze cutline a It’s run by a nonprofit that helps abused, displaced, tions like gourds and dried corn. Open daily, neglected or disadvantaged children in the with hayrides Fri.-Sat. $5 for ages 4 and up; region. 3 and younger free. 828.488.3167. Find them $9 for ages 12 and older; $6 for ages 4-11. on Facebook. Open from 4-8 p.m. on Fridays, 10 a.m.-8 • Cold Mountain Corn Maze, Bethel p.m. on Saturdays, and 11 a.m.-7 p.m. on (outside Canton). Hayrides, concessions, Sundays. and “pint-sized” maze for toddlers. adas-annual-corn-maze.



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A warts and all biography of a WNC original first encountered Robert Henry’s name some 30 years ago in Lyman Draper’s account of the Battle of Kings Mountain (Oct. 7, 1780). Robert (who was either 13 or 14 years old at the time) had been wounded when a British bayonet pinned his hand to his thigh. Later, the young soldier gave a graphic description of the battle, including the manner in which the bayonet was removed from his hand and thigh (a fellow soldier simply grasped the bayonet Writer and stomped on Robert’s hand until bayonet was removed). Later, I found a reference to Henry’s presence at the historic signing at the Mecklenburg courthouse some five years prior (Aug. 14, 1775), which he had attended with his father, Thomas Henry. When I realized that he could not have been more than 10 years old when he appeared at the Mecklenburg courthouse, I knew that I had stumbled on the beginning of a legend. Shortly after young Robert’s father went off to fight the Cherokees, the Henry family acquired a tract of land in the Swannanoa Valley. The family prospered, and within a decade, Robert Henry, now in his mid-20s, was teaching school at Union Hill near Asheville. The history of Buncombe County is filled with “Robert Henry stories,” and by the time he resigned in 1797, Robert and his brothers were well-known public figures. However, by 1799, Henry had acquired a new profession. He became a surveyor and with an impressive staff of assistants. He undertook the establishment of an accurate western boundary between North Carolina and Tennessee. This was a grueling undertaking and required exceptional physical stamina. The expedition was plagued by bad weather,

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hazardous terrain, unreliable guides and lack “events and inhabitants” of that state. Henry of food. However, it was successfully completemerges as one of the novel’s most colorful ed with considerable fanfare. characters, “Mr. Johns.” Strange describes Shortly after the completion of the survey, Henry as follows: “In his countenance, there Robert’s name appeared again. He had was a sneaking, craven expression, better become a popular lawyer in Buncombe and becoming a criminal than an advocate.” Mr. Haywood counties. In addition, Henry began Johns appears throughout the novel and is to “practice medicine.” Now at some point, described as a coarse-spoken, vulgar man who even the most credulous is frequently drunk and researcher may become extremely disheveled. skeptical of Robert According to Strange, Mr. Henry’s career. There Johns often appeared in seems to be scant evicourt in his bare feet and dence of Robert’s training “without his stockings.” in these varied fields, As disconcerting as this other than the fact that image may be, it is not necesthe Henry family was selfsarily at odds with Henry’s sufficient. Robert’s brothachievements. In fact, I ers and his other relatives believe Richard Russell’ priproved to be shrewd and mary achievement in writing adept, acquiring wealth this biography is that he and political influence weaves together all of the throughout Western disparate threads of Henry’s North Carolina. life into a multi-colored tapHowever, there were estry or mountain quilt that detractors. Nathaniel C. blends the heroic, the coarse, Browder, the author of the the ribald and the gifted. In highly entertaining The other words, Russell has creHistory of the Cherokees ated a “warts and all” chroniRobert Henry: A Western Carolina and Those Who Came cle of a remarkable man: Patriot, by Richard Russell. History After (1970), notes that flawed, talented, self-serving Press, 2013. 191 pages. many of Robert’s exploits and memorable. may have been total fabriMuch of the latter half of cations. In fact, in many instances, Robert Russell’s biography deals with Henry’s land Henry’s personal records and journals were acquisitions. Prompted by his role in the the primary source of historians such as American Revolution and his reputation as a Draper, Soundley and John Preston Arthur. capable surveyor, Henry was able to acquire Could it be that Henry emerges as one of the thousands of acres of valuable land in most remarkable figures in the history of Western North Carolina and East Tennessee. North Carolina because of his gift for self-pro- As a result, he became a crafty land speculator motion? who used tracts of land as collateral in buildOne of the most unflattering descriptions ing and expanding his holdings. His business of Robert Henry is provided by Robert investments included the famous Sulphur Strange, the author of Eoneguski, which is the Springs Hotel near Asheville, a highly successfirst novel written by a native of North ful mineral springs resort, complete with ballCarolina that contains descriptions of historic rooms and music. Henry and an associate

Pinsky presents Appalachian murder mystery Mark Pinsky will discuss his book Met Her on the Mountain: A Forty-Year Quest to Solve the Appalachian Cold-Case Murder of Nancy Morgan at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 15, at Blue Ridge Books in Waynesville. Set in the mountains of Western North Carolina, it is a stirring mix of true crime, North Carolina political history and one man’s devotion to finding the truth. Free. or 828.456.6000.

‘Coffee with the Poet’ features spiritual roots The “Coffee with the Poet” series continues with Kathy Nelson at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 17, at City Lights Bookstore in Sylva. Nelson will read from her new chapbook, Cattails. With deep southern roots, both geographically and spiritually, Nelson trained and worked as a non-denominational health care chaplain and has served as a chaplain in both nursing home and hospice environments. She began to write poetry seriously during her experience as chaplain. Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in The Cortland

named Reuben Deaver built and developed Sulphur Springs; however, the two men became bitter enemies who engaged in series of lawsuits that continued long after the resort, Deaver and Henry were gone. Although the reader may be astonished by Henry’s talents, including teaching, law, medicine and surveying, it is discomfiting to discover that Henry never hesitated to use his talents to acquire impressive wealth. His surveying activities at the time of the Cherokee Removal enabled him to buy and sell and trade large tracts that had previously been owned by the Cherokees. In addition, Henry became a slave owner who treated his slaves as property that he could sell, lease and lend as he saw fit. Finally, in the final years of his life, Henry engaged in endless lawsuits, many of them involving petty issues. He sued, or was sued by, his sons and in-laws, and he bickered endlessly over the ownership of livestock and furniture. He cast his own wife out, forcing her to return to parents’ home and developed a reputation as a slovenly drunk. Near the conclusion of this biography, Richard Russell notes that, despite his achievements, Henry seems to have vanished into obscurity. Quite frankly, I am not too distressed by that. Near the end of his life, Henry read his daughter a lengthy poem that had been published in England that celebrated the brevity of fame, wealth and glory. Apparently, Henry heartily approved of its sentiments. The poem/ballad, titled “One Hundred Years Hence,” contains the following verse: “The rich brawling lawyer with fool wrangling strife, Will plead you a tune to the end of your life. He will plead you a tune while a client’s in slavery The pleader makes conscience a cloak for his knavery. He boasts of his cunning and brags of his sence, Knows not will become of us one hundred years hence.”

Review, The Edison Literary Review, Exit 13, The Great Smokies Review, Off the Coast, The Paterson Literary Review, Poets Online, Shot Glass Journal, Switched on Gutenburg, US 1 Worksheets and other journals. The “Coffee with the Poet Series” gathers every third Thursday of the month and is co-sponsored by the NetWest chapter of the North Carolina Writer’s Network. 828.586.9499.

Canton celebrates ‘Literacy Night’ Oct. 15 Local author Anna Browning will read from her book, Tanner Turbeyfill and the Moon Rocks, at 6 p.m. Oct. 15, at North Canton Elementary School. The book is about a young boy who has always wanted his own moon rocks. Tanner’s dream was to fly to the moon and dig up his own lunar rocks. Much to his surprise, that trip would come sooner than he could imagine. Book illustrator Josh Crawford will be also on hand. Browning grew up in Haywood County and attended Pisgah High School. Crawford is also from Haywood and a graduate of Tuscola High School. Free.



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BY ANDREW KASPER STAFF WRITER rom wedding planners to elk tour guides to non-profit organizations, the closing of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park hasn’t only disrupted the livelihood of federal workers. The park is home to a wide variety of outside enterprises working independently yet inextricably tied to it. In many ways, the federal impasse that caused the ongoing shutdown has hurt these operations more than the federal workers who have been furloughed. Esther Blakely, owner and operator of Cataloochee Valley Tours, has stood by and watched the shutdown threaten her business. Blakely, operating with a park-issued permit, specializes in taking visitors into the valley to view the elk herd. The month of October — the height of the animal’s rut and the peak of fall foliage — is normally her busiest time of year. Tours are booked nearly every day of the week. But this time around it’s different. “I’ve had to cease all my tours,” she said. “I don’t know what else to say.” Since the park closed last week and she had to turn away the tour group that had already booked a nearby hotel for their trip. She has spent a lot of her down time fielding countless phone calls from people asking if the valley is open to visitors. Because the National Parks Service’s website was shut down and the regular park staff members aren’t in their offices to answer the calls, people are calling her and she is delivering the bad news. Unlike federal employees, who will most likely be reimbursed for their time out of work, Blakely doesn’t



A Blue Ridge Parkway ranger blocks the entrance to the Pisgah Inn after the innkeeper ignored a National Park Service directive to close.

Businesses with ties to national parks suffering during shutdown

Inn closure highlights controversy surrounding shutdown The operator of the Pisgah Inn is fighting National Park Service efforts to close the establishment during the federal shutdown, claiming it can remain open independent of the government. Located along the Blue Ridge Parkway east of Waynesville, the inn was ordered to close its restaurant and clear its rooms of guests by last Thursday evening. At first, the inn took steps to comply. However, the following day it reopened for lunch, prompting action by parkway rangers who blocked its entrance. Although inn operator Bruce O’Connell, 60, had intended to remain open, he said having park rangers turning away customers effectively forced him to close. The rangers stayed in front of the inn around the clock to make sure customers did not enter the premises. “I don’t think I can beat that,” O’Connell said. “I think that was it — this was our stand, making a point.” And although the inn was closed as of the beginning of this week, O’Connell said he was readying a lawsuit against the parkway and park service that would allow him to remain open. O’Connell’s defiance won the support of a small group of supporters during the weekend, who arrived to protest what they saw as heavy-handed action by the park service. The closure of the cherished stop on the parkway, known for its food and windowed dining area with a stunning view of the mountains, also disappointed patrons at the height of tourist season who were being turned away. The employees will also suffer. The inn employs more than 100 people, including servers, housekeepers and maintenance positions. Most of the service-oriented positions will miss out on one of their busiest months. “All these people without a paycheck — it’s useless and for no reason,” said Beth Robinson, from Etowah.

Robinson was traveling with two friends visiting from out of state. They drove up to the parkway with the hope of dining at the inn. They arrived just as it was closing, for the first time, last Thursday. They were allowed to stay for tea and hot drinks but couldn’t get a meal. Helen Chase Ford, who traveled from Abbeville, S.C., to spend a day with a friend on the parkway, was also disappointed that the inn was embroiled in the federal shutdown. She echoed the sentiments of others by questioning the logic behind closing a private operation. “I don’t see how it’s fair that they’re making this private business shut down,” she said. “This has nothing to do with the National Park Service.” But the inn is not entirely private either. It exists in a gray area between public and private. Operated by a private company, the inn works under a contract with the park service to make use of federally owned buildings and facilities on public property. During the shutdown, the park service ordered the halt of private operations within national parks. Bookstores and a visitor center operated by the nonprofit Smoky Mountains Association were closed in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, as were the privately run elk tours in Cataloochee Valley, a horseback riding outfit at Smokemont, and another inn located along the parkway in Virginia. The Pisgah Inn should be treated no differently, said Steve Stinnett, chief ranger for the parkway. Stinnett said he was operating under the direction of the director of the National Park Service to block entry to the inn and ensure it remained close. “This is federal land, and all the buildings are federally owned,” Stinnett said. O’Connell, who has operated the inn since the late 1970s, contends that he doesn’t need the park service to stay open and to pro-

vide for his customers. He said his staff is self-sufficient and can make do in the case of a government shutdown. However, his arguments didn’t sway the position of the higherups in the park service. Park Service spokesperson Bill Reynolds said the agency has a legal obligation to close down completely when there is a lapse in funding, which was caused by Congress’ failure to agree on a federal budget. “We explained it to them that they could not stay open independently,” Reynolds said. “The facilities there are all owned by the National Park Service. We are required by law, when there is lapse in funding, to close all visitor facilities.” The parkway remained open however — as did other through roads in national parks, such as U.S. 441 through the Smokies. But all the bathroom facilities, visitor centers and campgrounds along the parkway were closed, and only a skeleton crew of law enforcement and essential maintenance personnel left on to oversee the motor road. That the parkway wasn’t closed, but the facilities were, was another justification O’Connell used to try and remain opened. He would have had one of the only operating bathrooms along the nearly 500-mile long parkway and been one of the only lodging stops for the lines of cars driving the road during the busiest month of the year. The parkway sees an average 70,000 visitors each day in October. Typically, the 51-room Pisgah Inn is full up and its restaurant packed all month long, before shutting for the winter season in November. This year, instead of scrambling to manage a booming business and hordes of patrons, O’Connell is fighting the federal government to open his doors. “I’ve got nothing to lose,” he said. “At what point does a man have to do what a man has to do?” — By Andrew Kasper


Shut down? Shut up! The Swain County Chamber of Commerce has come up with a funny, offbeat video to explain to potential visitors that there is still plenty to do in the Smokies while the federal shutdown continues. To view their “Shut down? Shut up!” video response to the federal shutdown, go to


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cost. Both plants are climbers, and both have red fall foliage. But poison ivy has only three leaflets on its compound leaves — leaves of three, let it be — while Virginia creeper has five leaflets — five is fine. The structure of the leaflets is different also. Poison ivy leaflets have distinctive stems or petiolules and the margin of the leaflets is entire or slightly serrate (toothed.) Virginia creeper leaflets lack a petiolule and the margin is more serrate or toothed. Poison ivy

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I was at the Allens Creek soccer fields Saturday morning watching Maddie play when my eyes were drawn to the mountains across the way. Red splashes like watercolor brush strokes climbing a mottled green canvas were shinning from the forests. It was Virginia creeper ablaze in autumn splendor. The hues ran from yellowish-orange to a deep burgundy-red — and a lot of really bright red. Virginia creeper, Parthenocissus quinquefolia, is a deciduous climbing vine that can reach dizzying heights. It is native to eastern and central North America growing from Canada all the way south to Mexico and Guatemala. It grows as far west as Manitoba in Canada and South Dakota, Utah and Texas in the U.S. Parthenocissus is from the Virginia creeper autumn foliage. wikimedia commons photo Greek and means virgin ivy while quinquefolia refers to contains urusiol and is highly toxic, causing the palmately (five leaflets) compound leaf. a painful itchy rash to most people who Virginia creeper is commonly cultivated. come into contact with it. Virginia creeper Native gardeners covet it for it’s rich fall contains oxalate crystals and can cause a color and its appeal to a variety of wildlife. rash in certain people who are susceptible. More than 25 species of birds utilize the And the berries of poison ivy are white dark blue/black berries that ripen in the fall rather than blue-black. and stay on the vine into winter. The fast growing nature of Virginia Chipmunks, mice and skunks will also creeper means you have to keep an eye on it feed on the berries while white-tailed deer in your garden/landscape in order to keep will browse the foliage and twigs. it where you want it. The young vines are Conventional gardeners like the color as easy to pull up by hand. In the forest, it can well plus the fast growing, climbing habit. It sometimes suffocate small trees but larger is used on trellis and to accentuate borders trees seem to tolerate it okay. It doesn’t along fences and even ivy-like on structures. appear to be as troublesome in natural setThe creeper, like ivy, does not root into tings as wild grapevine and nothing like structures but affixes itself by small strongly kudzu or other non-native invasives. adhesive pads found at the tips of its forked It appears to be a quite natural compotendrils. nent of most eastern forests and a beautiful Virginia creeper shares some artificial one at that — especially in autumn. resemblances to poison ivy and is often (Don Hendershot is a writer and naturalist. He misidentified as such — probably because can be reached a most people want to avoid poison ivy at any

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the peak of tourism. “Our organization is going to be on its knees,” said the association’s Executive Director Terry Maddox. “We’re going to be crippled.” The money made from the sale of park merchandise and publications is first used to cover the operating costs of the association. What is left over is given back to the park: during the past 12 years, the association has provided $22 million. In October, the association typically sees revenues of around $1.2 million, its best month by far. Maddox said even if the federal shutdown is ended by a compromise over increasing the debt limit, with an anticipated deadline of Oct. 17, the organization would have already lost an estimated halfmillion dollars or more. Plus it will have to rehire all its staff members, many of whom may have moved on to other jobs by then. Unlike federal employees, they have little chance of reimbursement for work missed. To make matters worse, the organization is sitting on more than $1 million of merchandise it purchased in anticipation of the influx of fall tourists, merchandise it now can’t sell. Maddox said he hasn’t slept very well during the past week and can’t help but be a bit disillusioned with the nation’s lawmakers. “It seems our national politicians can give a rat’s behind, they go by their own little agendas,” he said. “I’m pretty discouraged right now, probably like a lot of people in this country.”

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expect anything in return. The best-case scenario for her is the shutdown ends sooner rather than later, and she can recoup part of the autumn tourist rush. In the mean time, she has been writing congressmen and senators asking them to set aside party politics and do right by the American people. “Everyday I hope that it ends,” she said. “I’m just praying that it’s going to be shortlived, and we can get back on track.” Blakely is not alone, either. The parkbased horseback-riding outfit, the Smokemont Riding Stable, can’t take visitors on its equestrian tours. The voice recording left on the answering machine explains that, “Due to the government shutdown, Smokemont Riding Stable is temporarily closed.” The wedding industry and a number of upset couples are also feeling the sting from the shutdown. According to the Smoky Mountain Wedding Association, more than 50 weddings are planned in the park in October. Planners are now scrambling to help couples that are changing their plans at the last minute, and dealing with couples that have just decided to cancel. Wedding photographer Eric Gebhart was prepping for the peak of the wedding season when the park was closed, according to a news release from the association. “October is normally the best month of the year for me,” he said. “But this year, it looks like it’s going to be a bust unless circumstances change quickly.” Nonprofit organization Friends of the Smokies, a park advocacy group in Tennessee and North Carolina, had six trail outings planned for October. Two have already been cancelled. The next is scheduled for Wednesday, but the outlook is not promising. Friends director on the North Carolina side, Holly Demuth, said the organization has had to play it by ear. “It’s a balance between planning but knowing that the park could reopen tomorrow,” she said. “So, it’s a challenging place to be in.” The effects of the shutdown will most likely extend beyond a handful of cancelled hikes, though. For the organization, October is a key month to connect with donors and gain donations from several donation boxes strategically placed throughout the park. A drop in contributions will hinder the Friends’ efforts to put that money back into park projects like trail construction, erecting bear-safe food storage cables for backcountry campers and buying necessary gear and uniforms for park volunteers. The silver lining in all of this, Demuth said, is people have looked to the Friends organization for updated information where the National Park Service is not providing it. Since the shutdown began, their phone has been ringing off the hook, and their Facebook page has garnered more than 1,200 additional likes.

Yet, Demuth doesn’t see that as making up for the ongoing closure. “It’s challenging because Friends of the Smokies is raising support for the park, and when folks can’t get into the park, that makes it a bit challenging,” she said. The nonprofit hardest hit by the park closure is the Great Smoky Mountains Association, which manages the park stores, publications and other paraphernalia. The day the federal shutdown was announced, the park’s visitor centers and gift shops closed, and the association laid off 45 of its 70 employees. November and December are booming times for retail sales, but October is the make or break month for the association — when park visitation is at its highest and visitors are eager to buy maps, books and other merchandise from one of the stores. Though the association runs an online store and three small bookshops outside of park limits, the large majority of its sales are done within the park, during

The Appalachian Trail Conservancy will show the film “Appalachian Impressions,” Friday, Oct. 18, at Drake Educational Center in Franklin. The evening begins at 6:30 p.m. with refreshments, followed by the film, trail information, a meet-and-greet with hikers, expert speakers and a raffle. The film features stories from hikers who have hiked the Appalachian Trail, and about the changing seasons and different trail towns along the route from Georgia to Maine. The film is on a 15-city nationwide tour and is part of a push by the conservancy to sign up 2,180 new members this year, one new member for each mile of the Appalachian Trail. Registration for the event includes a membership to the conservancy. Tickets are $30 per adult and are available online. 33


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Jackson Photo Club meets Oct. 12 The Jackson Photo Club will meet from 2 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 12, at the Open Door for Spiritual Living in Coggins Office Park in Sylva. The club is open to photo enthusiasts of all levels of photographic experience from all areas surrounding Jackson County. The agenda will include an opportunity to meet each other, a brief organizational period, a topic of interest and a chance for members to present samples of autumn-themed photographs to encourage discussion on how to capture vibrant photos during this time of year. Participants are encouraged to bring their samples (prints or on memory cards or USB drives) of autumn-themed photography and/or questions to the meeting. Call Mona Gersky at 828.508.1107 for information, directions or get a map at:

Public submissions are being accepted for a statewide outdoor photography contest. The Friends of the Mountains to Sea Trail is hosting a contest for photographs from the Mountains to Sea Trail. The deadline for submissions is midnight Thursday, Oct. 31. The trail stretches nearly 1,000 miles from the Smoky Mountains, through the Piedmont and to the Outer Banks. Photographs submitted must be related to the trail and will be judged in three categories: The View from the Trail; People on the Trail; and Youth Photographer, which is 17 and younger. As a reward, the group is offering cash prizes, gift cards for outdoor gear and giving participants the chance to have their photographs published. To enter the contest, contestants should visit the website, read the entry rules and then submit their photographs.

Fall colors celebrated at Fontana Village Hikers and nature enthusiasts will gather at Fontana Village Resort for its 40th annual Fall Colors Hike Week, Oct. 13-17. Fall Colors Hike Week offers guided hikes in Western North Carolina, educational lectures and presentations and a tour of the Balsam Mountain Nature Preserve. The event schedule will include live Appalachian music, storytelling and banjo strumming around the fire pit. The resort is located near Fontana Dam in the Nantahala National Forest.

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The oldest man to hike to the top of Mount Whitney in a day will give a talk about his training and his journey at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 17, at the Macon County Library. For the past two years, Macon County’s Jim Prader has been training for his hike up Mount Whitney near Death Valley, Calif. by hiking hundreds of miles on the Appalachian Trail and the Bartram Trail, often at night and by himself. Prader did the 22 miles with his daughter, son and Macon County coach in one day. At 83 years old, he is the oldest man to accomplish this task.

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An ongoing, multi-state investigation to disrupt illegal animal trafficking online has netted 62 arrests. Dubbed “Operation Wild Web,” the investigation involves the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission and law enforcement in Arkansas and Florida, as well as federal agents. The effort disrupted Internet-based trafficking of

wildlife species in violation of state, federal and international laws. Cases involved the unlawful sale of protected species, businesses operating without licenses and illegal fishing and hunting violations. In North Carolina, the Special Investigations Unit of the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission made seven arrests for illegal activities. The public can report wildlife violations in North Carolina by calling 800.662.7137. Callers can remain anonymous.

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Bonsai experts coming to NC Arboretum share their tips on the art of bonsai. Advanced registration is required for some events. The exposition is a good place to explore the arboretum’s bonsai garden, which offers bonsai in the context of the Southern Appalachians. The expo is free for arboretum members or with the parking fee of $8 per vehicle. Additional admission may be charged for certain presentations. A schedule is available online; more information is available by phone. or 828.665.2492.

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WCU students run to Boone to raise funds In the lead-up to the football game between rivals Western Carolina University and Appalachian State University, a group of students and faculty from WCU will run from Cullowhee to Boone to raise money for research and scholarships. The run will follow a 175-mile course beginning at WCU Oct. 11 and ending at ASU Oct. 12. The run will be done as a relay with 18 runners trading off sections of the course. The event is called the Mountain Jug

Run for Research, named after the WCUASU rivalry game, Battle for the Old Mountain Jug. It began in 2008 as a fundraiser for WCU’s Athletic Training Program. Nearly $17,000 has been raised as a result of the relays. Runners are still seeking pledges from sponsors for this year’s event. Donations may be made in the form of checks, payable to the NATA-REF, and sent to Jill Manners, WCU Health and Human Sciences Building, Office 362, 4121 Little Savannah Road, Cullowhee, N.C. 28723. The runners’ progress during this year’s relay can be followed online at

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BUSINESS & EDUCATION • Opportunity Initiative of Southwestern North Carolina Community Workshops: Thursday, Oct. 10, Regional High Technology Center Auditorium, 85 Freedlander Dr., Clyde. • Free 90-minute computer class on creating a Facebook home page, 5:45 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 9, Jackson County Public Library, 586.2016. • Open house, 4 to 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 11, Riverwood Studios, Dillsboro, to celebrate the new printing/binding and paper studios of SpeakEasy Press/Frank Brannon,, • Free seminar “Choosing the Legal Form of Your Business,” 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 15, Haywood Community College Student Center. Attorney Jeffery Norris will be the presenter. Register at 627.4512. • Free 90-minute computer class on Privacy and Security in Facebook, 5:45 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 16, Jackson County Public Library. 586.2016. •Ribbon cutting, 4 p.m. Friday, Oct. 18, Sunburst Market’s new location, 142 N. Main St., Waynesville.

COMMUNITY EVENTS & ANNOUNCEMENTS • Jackson County Genealogical Society October program, 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 10, Community Room, Jackson County Courthouse, Sylva. Speaker, Scott Withrow, history professor at Furman University. 631.2646. • N.C. Department of Transportation public meeting, 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 10, Franklin Town Hall Board Room, 95 E. Main St., Franklin. Discuss proposed safety improvements to U.S. 23/441 at Cat Creek Road east of Franklin. • Self-defense class for women, 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 10, Cordelia Camp Building, Western Carolina University. $25. Bring a friend and pay $15. 227.3066 or visit the “Conferences & Community Classes” link at • Western North Carolina Civil War Round Table, 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 14, featuring Civil War author Earl Hess, Jury Room, second floor, Jackson County Justice Center, Sylva. 5:30 dinner at Bogart’s, Sylva. Topic: “Kennesaw Mountain – Sherman, Johnston and the Atlanta Campaign.” • Live and Learn committee, 2 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 17, The Heritage Center, lower level of the Harrell Center, Lake Junaluska. • Silas McDowell Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution bi-monthly meeting, 5 p.m. Monday, Oct. 21, Broiler Room Restaurant, Franklin. Featured speaker is Nadia Dean, author of “A Demand of Blood.” 321.3522, or visit . • Pet Vaccine Clinic, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26, Waynesville Recreation Center, Waynesville. 452.1329. • “Coats for Folks” collection, through Oct. 31, Swain County. All Swain County Buildings, schools and offices are collection points for donations of gently used coats, sweaters, sweatshirts, gloves, toboggans or other articles of warmth. Distributed by the Swain County Resource Center, 100 Brendle St., Bryson City. 736.6222.

FUNDRAISERS AND BENEFITS • Topping off ceremony, 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 9, Angel Medical Center, Franklin, to celebrate the next milestone in the construction of the new home for AMC Cancer Center. Donations for the Cancer Center in honor

All phone numbers area code 828 unless otherwise noted. of or in memory of a loved one will be accepted. Heavy hors d’oeuvres will be offered for $5 donation. • Maggie Valley Methodist Church Food Pantry food drive, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 12, and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 13, Maggie Valley Festival Grounds during the October Leaves Craft Show. Free admission. Bring a non-perishable food or donation. • 5th annual “Arc”toberfest, 6 to 10 p.m. Friday, Oct. 18, Gateway Club, Waynesville. $50 per person, includes music, dancing and heavy hors d’oeuvres. Proceeds to benefit The Arc of Haywood’s funding of residential programs and services for individuals with developmental disabilities. 452.1980 or Rhonda Schandevel, 421.4190. • Cat’s Meow Auction (formerly Christmas in July Auction for Catman2, no kill cats-only shelter), 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 19, Jackson County Public Library, Sylva. 293.0892,

• Meditation for Brain and Body, 10:30 a.m. or 3:45 p.m. Thursdays, through Oct. 10, Senior Resource Center, 81 Elmwood Way, Waynesville. 452.2370. • New Memory Café, 10 a.m. to noon, second Thursday of each month, starting Thursday, Oct.10, Mission and Fellowship Center, First Baptist Church of Sylva. For people who suffer with dementia, Alzheimer’s disease, or other memory disorders, and their caregivers. • AARP Driver Safety Program, 1 to 5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 11, Jackson County Senior Center, 100 County Services Park, Sylva. $12 for AARP members and $14 for nonAArRPmembers. Classroom only. 586.5494.

KIDS & FAMILY • Children’s Story time: Fire Safety, 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 9, Jackson County Public Library, 586.2016. • Write On! Tween Writing group, 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 10, Jackson County Public Library. 586.2016. • Children’s Story time: Firehouse! 11 a.m. Friday, Oct. 11, Jackson County Public Library. 586.2016. • Children’s Story time: Fireman Small, 1 p.m. Friday, Oct. 11, Jackson County Public Library. 586.2016.

BLOOD DRIVES Jackson • Blood Mobile, 9 a.m. to noon, Saturday, Oct. 12, Jackson County Recreation Center, Cullowhee, for blood donations., keyword Jackson.

Haywood • Haywood Community College Blood Drive, 2:30 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 9, High Tech Center 112 Industrial Park Drive, Waynesville. 800.Red.Cross.

HEALTH MATTERS • Macon County Health flu shots, 1 to 4 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 9, Jane Woodruff Building at Highlands-Cashiers Hospital. $25. 349.2081 • Walk-In Flu Clinic, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, Oct. 11 and Saturday, Oct. 12, Haywood County Health Department, 157 Paragon Parkway, Suite 800, Clyde (old Walmart Building). For adults only, ages 19 and up. 356.1111, 452.6675, or

RECREATION & FITNESS • Haywood County Recreation Youth Basketball League registration, 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday Oct. 10. Haywood County Recreation & Parks, 1233 N. Main St., Annex II Building, Conference Room, Waynesville. 452.6789 or email Daniel Taylor, or • Learn to play disc golf, 4:30 to 6 p.m. Tuesdays in October, Waynesville Disc Golf Course, Vance Street, Waynesville. For ages 8 to 17. Five-week course is $24 for members of the Waynesville Recreation Center or $30 for non-members. 456.2030 or email • Aqua Zumba, 5:30 to 6:15 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, MedWest Health & Fitness Center. 452.8080 or

SENIOR ACTIVITIES • Foster Grandparents needed in Head Start, non-profit day care centers and public schools in seven county Western North Carolina Region. Meet 200% of federal poverty guidelines and receive a small tax free stipend plus annual and sick leave plus mileage. Must be 55 or older. Torrie Murphy, Mountain Projects, 356.2834.

• Children’s Story time: Rotary Readers, 11 p.m. Monday, Oct. 14, Jackson County Public Library. 586.2016. • Children’s Story time: How to Catch a Star, 11 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 15, Jackson County Public Library. 586.2016. • Teen Time, 4 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 15, Jackson County Public Library. 586.2016.

POLITICAL GROUP EVENTS & LOCAL GOVERNMENT Dems • Jackson County Democratic Executive Committee meeting, 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 15, Democratic headquarters on Mill Street in Sylva. Brian McMahan, 508.1466 or Carolyn Cagle, 918.645.1973.

GOP • Macon County GOP Executive Board meeting, 6 p.m. dinner, 6:30 p.m. meeting, Thursday, Oct. 10, Boiler Room, Franklin.

Others • Lunch with the League, election forum for Franklin mayoral candidates, noon, Thursday, Oct. 10, Tartan Hall, First Presbyterian Church, Franklin. Bring a bag lunch. Sponsored by the League of Women Voters. • Jackson County Patriots meeting, 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 17, Ryan’s, Sylva. Featured speaker is Jeanette Doran, executive director of the North Carolina Institute for Constitutional Law. Ginny Jahrmarkt,

A&E FESTIVALS, SPECIAL & SEASONAL EVENTS • Autumn Leaves Craft Show, Oct. 10-12. Wayne Proffitt Agricultural Center, Franklin. 349.4324. • Great Pumpkin Patch Express, Oct. 11-13, 18-20 and 25-27, Bryson City Depot. Friday departures, 3 p.m., Saturday and Sunday departures, 11:30 a.m. and 3 p.m.

Visit and click on Calendar for: ■ Complete listings of local music scene ■ Regional festivals ■ Art gallery events and openings ■ Complete listings of recreational offerings at regional health and fitness centers ■ Civic and social club gatherings • Leaf Festival, Oct. 11-13, Village Green and Commons, Cashiers. Schedules and concert ticket prices at or 743.8428. No pets, coolers or chairs. • Cold Mountain Corn Maize Heritage Day, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 12, 4168 Pisgah Drive, Bethel. Apple butter, apple cider, applesauce stack cakes available. Local blacksmith and free crafts for children. Admission, $10, ages 4 and up during Festival. 648.8575. • Church Street Art & Craft Show, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 12, Main Street, Waynesville. More than 120 artists, crafters and food vendors from throughout the Southeast will line Waynesville’s Main Street. 456.3517, • Harvest Festival, Oct. 18-20, Stecoah Valley Cultural Arts Center, 121 Schoolhouse Road, Robbinsville, NC. 5K, Russell Moore and IIIrd Tyme Out, campfires and storytelling. 479.3364, • 23rd annual Chili Cook Off, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 19, Great Smoky Mountains Railroad Depot, downtown Bryson City. 488.3681, email at or visit • Pumpkin Patch Trail, 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, Oct. 25, Recreation Park, Cullowhee. Free, donations accepted. 293.3053. • Halloween event, 7 p.m. Oct. 25-Nov. 2, closed Oct. 28-29, Cherokee. Hosted by Cherokee Historical Association. 497.2111 or • Halloween Egg Haunt, 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 29, Mark Watson Park. Costume contest starts at 7 p.m. 293.3053. • Darnell Farms Corn Maze, open through Oct. 31, U.S. 19 at the Tuckasegee River Bridge. 488.2376.

ON STAGE & IN CONCERT • “The Last Five Years ,” 7:30 p.m. Oct. 11-12, 18-19 and 3 p.m. Oct. 13 and 20, Feichter Studio, HART Theatre, 250 Pigeon St., Waynesville, featuring New York actor Tony Lance. Proceeds from the two week run will benefit the HART Stage II building campaign. 456.6322 or • “The Dixie Swim Club,” 7:30 p.m. Oct. 11-12, 18-19 and 21, and 2:30 p.m. Oct. 13 and 20, Smoky Mountain Community Theatre, Main Street, Bryson City. • The Metropolitan Opera live in HD, 12:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 12 Martin Lipscomb Performing Arts Center, 507 Chestnut Street, Highland. “The Met: Live in HD’s 2013-14 Season” features 10 live transmissions, including four new productions. Tickets online at or at 526.9047. • 13th annual Tournament of Champions marching bands invitational competition, Saturday, Oct. 12, E.J. Whitmire Stadium, Western Carolina University, Cullowhee. Featuring 25 top high school marching bands from six states. Preliminaries, 8:45 a.m., finals competition, 7 p.m. WCU’s Pride of the Mountains Marching Band exhibition performance at 4:15 p.m.

• Gretchen Griffith will discuss her book, Called to the Mountains, at 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 15, Blue Ridge Books, 152 S. Main St., Waynesville.

• Commercial and Electronic Music Faculty Ensemble free concert, 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 15, recital hall of the Coulter Building on the WCU campus. School of Music, 227.7242.

• Coffee with the Poet, featuring Kathy Nelson, 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 17, City Lights Bookstore, Sylva. 586.9499.

• Richter Uzur Duo, 7 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 15, (guitar and cello), Southwestern Community College. Free; donations accepted to support SCC Foundation’s Student Success Campaign. • Throat singing performance by the Alash ensemble from the Tuva Republic in Central Asia, 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 16, John W. Bardo Fine and Performing Arts Center, Western Carolina University, Cullowhee. Free to students and $5 to all others., or 227.2479.

NIGHT LIFE • Thursday Nights Music, 7:30 p.m. Balsam Mountain Inn lobby. Oct. 10, Ranee Howard and Tim Johnson; Oct. 17, Gloria McCabe; Oct. 24, Marti Dell; and Oct. 31, Ranaee Howard and Ben Tetrault. • Live music at Alley Kats in Waynesville. 456.9498 or 734.6249.


• Lady and The Old Timers, classic and country music, 11 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 17, Macon County Public Library, Franklin.

• Singing in the Smokies, Oct. 18-19, Inspiration Park, 1130 Hyatt Creek Road, Bryson City. 497.2060.

• “Murder Among Friends,” Oct. 17-24, Performing Arts Center, Highlands.

• Old-time back porch music, 1 to 3 p.m. Saturdays, Oct. 19, and Nov. 2 and 16, Oconaluftee Visitor Center, U.S. 441 north of Cherokee.

• “A Rash of Stories” 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 19, Waynesville library. From the works of Ron Rash, presented by Barbara Bates Smith. 356.2507. • Macon County Heritage Center Fall Music Series first show, 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 19, featuring Buncombe Turnpike, historic Cowee School. • Haywood Community Band final free concert, 6:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 20, pavilion adjacent to the Maggie Valley Town Hall, Soco Road., 456.4880. • Western Carolina University Wind Ensemble’s 1960s-themed concert, 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 22, WCU’s John W. Bardo Fine and Performing Arts Center. Free. WCU School of Music, 227.7242.

• “Nunsense,” through Oct. 13, Highlands Playhouse, 362 Oak St., Highlands. 526.2695, • Christian rock band Third Day, 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 13, Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts, Franklin. Tickets are $25. or 866.273.4615.

LITERARY (ADULTS) • Victoria Casey McDonald, 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 12, City Lights Bookstore, Sylva, to discuss her new book, Under the Light of Darkness. 586.9499. • Local author and poet Michael Beadle will sign copies of his newest pictorial history book “Canton” during the Church Street Art & Craft Show, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 12, Main Street, Waynesville. • Literacy Night, 6 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 15, North Canton Elementary School, featuring local author Anna Browning and illustrator Josh Crawford (“Tanner Turbeyfill and the Moon Rocks”).

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JAMS • Jammin’ at the Millpond, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 12, Haywood Community College, Clyde. 627.4522 or 627.4544.

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DANCE • Pisgah Promenaders Fall Frolic Dance, 6:45 to 8:45 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 12, Old Armory Rec. Center, 44 Boundary St., Waynesville Caller, Marty Northrup. 586.8416, Jackson County or 452.1971, Haywood County. • Pisgah Promenaders Pumpkin Dance, 6:45 to 8:45 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26, Old Armory Rec. Center, 44 Boundary St., Waynesville. Caller Ken Perkins. 586.8416, Jackson County or 452.1971, Haywood County. • Waynesville Community Dance, 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 27, Gateway Club Ballroom, 37 Church St., Waynesville. Stephanie Marie Voncannon will call the dance to the live music of Out of the Woodwork.

ART/GALLERY EVENTS & OPENINGS • Sylva Art Stroll, Friday, Oct. 11, Main Street Sylva. Select galleries will feature art exhibits with artist receptions. • Artist reception for Justin Moe, 6:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 11, City Lights Bookstore, Sylva, during Sylva’s Art Stroll. • Waynesville’s “The Master Artists” group exhibit, through Nov. 9, at the Haywood County Arts Council’s Gallery 86, 86 N. Main St., Waynesville. • Artisans wanted for annual Balsam Arts and Crafts Show, set for Oct. 26, at Balsam/Willets/Ochre Fire Department, seven miles east of Sylva. Interested artisans call 226.9352. • Green Biennial Invitational Exhibition featuring nine new sculptures, through Dec. 31, the Village Green Commons, Cashiers., 743.3434.


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• The hour-long radio show Stories of Mountain Folk airs at 9 a.m. every Saturday on its home station, WRGC Jackson County Radio, 540 AM on the dial, broadcasting out of Sylva. Stories of Mountain Folk is an ongoing all-sound oral history program produced by Catch the Spirit of Appalachia (CSA), a western North Carolina not-for-profit, for local radio and online distribution.

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• Series subscription tickets now on sale for The Galaxy of Stars Series at the John W. Bardo Fine and Performing Arts Center at Western Carolina University. Single tickets also available. “Ring of Fire – The Music of Johnny Cash,” 5 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 24; “Smokey Joe’s Café,” 5 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 26.; 1964, 5 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 9; The Squirm Burpee Circus, 5 p.m. Sunday, March 2; and “The Fantasticks,” 5 p.m. Sunday, April 27. Bardo Arts Center box office, 227.2479 or go online to

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• Western North Carolina Woodturners Club meeting, 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 10, Blue Ridge School, Glenville. Drive to the back of the school to the woodworking shop. • Local cornhusk doll artist Lori Anderson demonstrates her craft at 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 12, Oconaluftee Visitor Center, U.S. 441 north of Cherokee.


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• Jackson Photo Club monthly meeting, 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 12, Open Door for Spiritual Living, 318 Skyland Drive, Suite 1-A, in Coggins Office Park, Sylva.

p.m. Friday, Oct. 11, Buffy Queen’s house, Dellwood. Free. Potluck at 6:15 p.m. 926.3508 or 454.5949 to make reservations/get directions, or

• Smoky Mountain Quilters Guild, 9:30 a.m. Monday, Oct. 14, Tartan Hall, First Presbyterian Church, Franklin. A reveal of the SMQG Anniversary blocks will be done and the guild will celebrate its birthday.

• New movie starring Anthony Hopkins, Helen Mirren, and Scarlett Johansson, 4:30 and 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 16, Macon County Public Library, Franklin. A love story between influential filmmaker Alfred Hitchcock and wife Alma Reville. Rated PG-13 for some violent images, sexual content.

• Macon County Art Association monthly meeting, 1 p.m. Monday, Oct. 14, Uptown Gallery, 30 E. Main St., Franklin. Libbie Wilson will create Ikebana arrangements. 349.4607 or • Introduction to Stained Glass course, 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesdays, Oct. 16 through Dec. 11, Creative Arts Building, Haywood Community College. Must register by Oct. 9. $148. 565.4240. • New beginners quilting class, 1 to 3 p.m. Monday, Oct. 21, and 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 22-24, Room 234 Cooperative Extension Office, Sylva. Ann Gill-Johnson, Sew Easy Girls, Extension and Community Association (ECA) member will teach. $5 and must have some basic sewing skills. Register at 586.4009. • DIY at the Library, Soap Making with Sheryl Cuppy, 2 to 4 p.m. Monday, Oct. 21, Haywood County Public Library. Kathy, 356.2507.

• Movie night, 6:30 p.m. Wednesday Oct.16, Jackson County Public Library. Call for movie title. 586.2016. • Classic movie, 2 p.m. Friday, Oct. 18, starring Fredric March, Gary Cooper, Miriam Hopkins , Macon County Public Library.

Outdoors OUTINGS, HIKES & FIELDTRIPS • Franklin Bird Club weekly walk, Wednesday, Oct. 9, along the Greenway. Meet at 8 a.m. at Salali Lane. 524.5234.

FILM & SCREEN • New movie 4 p.m. and 7 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 9, Meeting Room Macon County Public Library, Franklin. Adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s Long Island-set novel. Rated PG-13 for some violent images, sexual content, smoking, partying and brief language. 524.3600. • Classic 1966 movie 2 p.m. Friday, Oct. 11, Meeting Room Macon County Public Library, Franklin. Stars Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthau. 524.3600.

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• Camping in the Old Style, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 12, Cradle of Forestry in America, 11250 Pisgah Highway, Pisgah Forest, featuring reenactors in a reconstructed campsite of the early 1900s. Presented in collaboration with the Traditional Outdoor Skills Program, Schiele Museum of Natural History. $5 for adults; free for children and pass holders. 877.3130,

• Yoga on the Mountain hike, 9:30 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 13, Blue Ridge Pastures, Fairview, to do yoga. Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy, 253.0095. • 40th annual Fall Colors Hike Week, Oct. 13-17, Fontana Village Resort.

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• Fun Hike in the Smokies (if the park is open), 9 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 19, Twentymile Ranger Station, Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Dick Evans. 479.2503 or dick.evans


• Home & Garden Show, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 12 and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 13, Macon County Community Building.

• The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission public meeting to discuss the 2012-2022 Black Bear Management Plan, 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 9, Haywood Community College auditorium, 185 Freedlander Drive, Clyde. • Camp Cooking Basics for the Backpack, 6:30 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 9, REI Asheville. Register at • Free screening of a film called “Green Fire: Aldo Leopold and a Land Ethic for Our Time on Thursday,” 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 10. Highlands Biological Station, Highlands. First full-length, high definition documentary film made about legendary conservationist Aldo Leopold, author of the conservation classic “A Sand County Almanac.” 526.2221 or visit • Bartram Trail Conference, Oct. 11-13, Mountain Retreat and Learning Center, Scaly Mountain, Highlands. 2013conf.html, Jim Kautz at, 524.6593. • Nature Nuts: Opossums, 9 to 11 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 15 and 25, Pisgah Center for Wildlife Education, near Brevard, alongside the Davidson River in Transylvania County. Story time, crafts and outside exploring. 877.4423 /pisgah/CalendarView.aspx>,

• Introduction to Fly Fishing, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday, Oct. 14, Pisgah Center for Wildlife Education, near Brevard, alongside the Davidson River in Transylvania County. Ages 12 and older. 877.4423 aspx>,

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COMPETITIVE EDGE • 20th annual Bethel Half Marathon and 5K, Saturday, Oct. 12, Bethel. Entry fee, $25 or $30. Proceeds support a community pantry, farmland preservation, and more.

• Carolina Bonsai Expo, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 12 and 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 13, North Carolina Arboretum. Free for Arboretum Society members or with the standard parking fee of $8 per personal vehicle. 665.2492 or visit

• Two Special Rocks, 10 a.m. to noon, Saturday, Oct. 12, Pisgah Center for Wildlife Education, near Brevard, alongside the Davidson River in Transylvania County. For ages 8 to adult. 877.4423, aspx>, 40

the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 12, to Thunderstruck Ridge. Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy, 253.0095.

• Fly-Fishing Skills: Casting for Beginners, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday, Oct. 18, Pisgah Center for Wildlife Education, near Brevard, alongside the Davidson River in Transylvania County. For ages 12 and older. 877.4423, aspx>,

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

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

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

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

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

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

• Close-Up Outdoor Photography, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 19, Pisgah Center for Wildlife Education, near Brevard, alongside the Davidson River in Transylvania County. For ages 14 and older. 877.4423, aspx>,

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• Jim Prader, 83, will talk about his 22-mile hike up Mount Whitney near Death Valley, Calif., 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 17, Meeting Room, Macon County Public Library. 524.3600,

• Cherokee Farmers Tailgate Market 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Fridays, Acquoni Road, Cherokee. 554.6931.

• Beyond Bike Maintenance Basics: Brakes and Drive Train, 6:30 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 17, REI Asheville. Register at

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

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





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PUBLISHER’S NOTICE All real estate advertising in this newspaper is subject to the Fair Housing Act which makes it illegal to advertise “any preference, limitation or discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, handicap, familial status or national origin, or an intention, to make any such preference, limitation or discrimination” Familial status includes children under the age of 18 living with parents or legal custodians, pregnant women and people securing custody of children under 18. This newspaper will not knowingly accept any OBILE advertising forOMES real estate which isALE in violation of the OR law.HOMES Our readers are hereby MOBILE With informed acreage. that Readyalltodwellings move in. advertised this approved newspaper Seller Financinginwith available credit.are Lots of roomon forantheequal price, To 3Br 2Ba.opportunity No renters.basis. 336.790.0162 complain of discrimination call HUD 1.800.669.9777




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60 Sticking plant 62 Pull-off place 64 At any time, to a bard 65 One-named singer of “Someone Like You” 66 Fatigued 68 Treat as a celebrity 70 Old spy gp. 71 Tight feeling 72 Bag 73 Provable 76 Completed 77 Lymph bump 80 Lingerie top 82 Give support 85 Scratch with acid 86 Rebuke 87 Autobahn auto 88 Eyeballs 89 Mickey of the diamond 95 Consent (to) 97 Contact lens brand 98 Yarnell of Shields and Yarnell 100 Briny 101 Zahn of TV 102 Lower arm bones 103 Pine product 104 Completed 105 Diplomat in NYC, maybe 107 Lit into 108 Coeur d’-, Idaho 109 See 78-Across 114 “Yeah, right!” 116 “Honest” guy 117 Tyke 118 Monopoly buys: Abbr. 119 Electric 120 Mil. draft org.

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The secret ministry of frost


George Ellison

t’s early October as I write this column. The first frost hasn’t, as yet, arrived. But it won’t be long coming. The first frost serves as a given year’s most distinctive dividing line. It’s hard to pinpoint just when winter becomes spring, when spring become summer, or when summer becomes fall. But the winter season has arrived when the first frost appears. Like summer Columnist dew, frost appears on clear, windless nights as the air cools and can’t hold as much moisture as it did during daylight hours. In summer and early fall, this excess moisture condenses on the surfaces of weeds, spider webs, metal tools, and other exposed objects. But when the temperature falls below 32 degrees, the same vapor crystallizes, forming frost. Through a process known as sublimation, the vapor does not turn first into water and then freeze. Instead, it changes directly from the gaseous state into a crystalline form. As more and more vapor freezes, delicate featherlike patterns are formed. These

BACK THEN are most noticeable when traced on windowpanes that glisten in the glow of a candle at night or in the early morning sunlight. Like frost and dew, fog is the product of saturated air. So long as the tiny droplets in a fog can move unheeded through belowfreezing air, they remain super-cooled and unfrozen. Rime frost occurs when the droplets encounter tree limbs or other objects that cause them to crystallize instantly and coat the object with granular tufts of ice. Black frost of the sort that often occurs on highways is the most dangerous variety since it isn’t accompanied by rime and can’t be seen by motorists until it’s too late. These are scientific explanations for frost. But frost is also a spiritual element. This aspect was what the Romantic poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772-1834) focused upon in his poem “Frost at Midnight” almost two centuries ago. The 74-line poem is too long to quote in full. But here’s the closing stanza, which was addressed to his infant son: “Therefore all seasons shall be sweet to thee, Whether the season clothe the general earth With greenness, or the redbird sit and sing Betwixt the tufts of snow on the bare branch

Of mossy apple tree, while the nigh thatch Smokes in the sun-thaw; whether the eave-drops fall Heard only in the trances of the blast, Or if the secret ministry of frost Shall hang them up in silent icicles, Quietly shining to the quiet moon.” Winter can be grim, of course, but it is in many regards the sweetest season of all. It’s the time when we see most clearly and feel most keenly. As Coleridge implies, it’s the season that’s ushered in via “the secret ministry of frost.” George Ellison wrote the biographical introductions for the reissues of two Appalachian classics: Horace Kephart’s Our Southern Highlanders and James Mooney’s History, Myths, and Sacred Formulas of the Cherokees. In June 2005, a selection of his Back Then columns was published by The History Press in Charleston as Mountain Passages: Natural and Cultural

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