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CONTENTS On the Cover: The federal shutdown is weighing heavily programs for the low-income and the elderly, including those who depend on childcare subsidies. Nicole Smith (cover) owns a childcare center where half the families rely on federal subsidies. (Page 8) Caitlin Bowling photo

News New school testing results may shock parents, teachers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 Inflatable guerillas in Waynesville? Yep, if new sign ordinance passes. . . . . 7 Canton candidates put economic development at top of wish list . . . . . . . 10 State holding North Shore Road interest despite Swain’s requests. . . . . . 13 Cherokee entrepreneur lands contract for new Murphy casino. . . . . . . . . . 15 Business news . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16





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drum for this year: should it shift the sliding scale downward so students could miss more questions than in the past yet still be deemed proficient? It would certainly soften the blow that would otherwise come with a sudden drop in scores. The N.C. Board of Education ultimately decided at its October meeting not to go that route. It instead opted to bite the bullet and accept the baseline of lower scores. The state school board took its meeting on the road this month, convening in Jackson County on the campus of the N.C. Center for the Advancement of Teaching in Cullowhee rather than in Raleigh.


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Tougher curriculum + tougher testing = lower scores ahead

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BY B ECKY JOHNSON STAFF WRITER chools are bracing for a precipitous drop in student test scores coming down the pike next month — the result of a new, more rigorous curriculum and testing standards implemented statewide last year. “We are not surprised. These are very rigorous content standards. The bar has been raised,” said Tammy Howard, director of accountability with the N.C. Department of Public Instruction in Raleigh. On average, 65 percent of thirdthrough eighth-grade students were proficient in reading for the 2011-2012 school year. That will drop to about 45 percent when the new test scores for 2012-2013 are released. In math, the percent proficient will drop from 77 percent to 43 percent, on average for grades third- through eighthgraders. At an N.C. Board of Education meeting held in Cullowhee this month, some members feared the lower scores would be a tough pill to swallow. Schools clearly have their work cut out for them to bring students in line with new academic standards. “What we hear unilaterally is kids need more rigorous standards to be successful in today’s world,” said Tricia Willoughby, a former teacher and one-time state superintendent who sits on the N.C. school board. But Willoughby emphasized the scores should not be seen as an indictment on teachers but instead a wake-up call to the state. “I am a teacher, and it is devastating to see your students aren’t where they need to be,” Willoughby said. “I want to be very clear when these scores come out, there are a lot of other 6 things we can do in society. Kids aren’t where


Local school officials said they are up to the challenge of the stricter curriculum and harder tests that go with it. “You always want to set the bar higher so you can have high expectations. Every time you set the bar higher, if you make it, you set it higher again,” said Dan Murray, Jackson County Schools Superintendent. Murray said school systems around the state have been waiting to see what the state school board would do. “I was very pleased that the state board decided to just put them out there,” Murray said. “If you twist numbers to fit, then what do you have? We want accurate measures of where our children are, and then let us have goals to meet. If you mess with it, how do you objectively do it?” Bill Nolte, assistant superintendent in Haywood County, agreed.

they need to be, and we all have a responsibility around this.” Normally, test scores from the last school year would have been released by now. But the scores were delayed this year as the N.C. school board grappled with exactly what to make of them. Namely, the state school board had to set the sliding scale — or the benchmark — that determines whether a student passed. How many test questions does a student have to get right to be considered proficient? When the curriculum and tests got harder last year, students didn’t get as many questions right. So in one fell swoop, fewer students The advent of a new more difficult curriculum and more would be deemed “proficient” if the difficult testing to go with it means fewer students are benchmark stayed the same. now considered proficient for their grade level. “We are moving toward higher expectations not only in North For the 2011-2012 school year, state average: Carolina but across the nation,” • 65 percent of third- through eighth-grade students said Dr. Angela Quick, deputy were proficient in reading for their grade level. chief academic officer for the N.C. • 77 percent of third- through eighth-grade students Department of Public Instruction. were proficient in math for their grade level. “Anytime you change to more rigorous standards, you are going to For the 2012-2013 school year, state average: see a dip until you reach an equi• 45 percent of third- through eighth-grade students librium.” were proficient in reading for their grade level. The state has implemented • 43 percent of third- through eighth-grade students harder tests twice in the past were proficient in math for their grade level. decade, and each time there was a drop in scores the first year out of the gate. But then scores rebounded as teachers “In all honesty, this is what we should do. and students rose to the occasion of the new Every few years, we should say, ‘Let’s make it a standards. little tougher.’ If you make it a little tougher, That trend is happening again, with the people aren’t going to score as well the first year introduction of a new, more rigorous curricu- or two,” Nolte said. lum last year known as the Common Core, now But that’s not all bad, he said. used by 45 states. “I think a lot of people get more nervous “It was quite a big task to switch to about this and make more of an issue about it Common Core with increased rigor and expec- than they really should,” he added. tations,” Howard said. “What we previously After all, every school will be in the same expected from a grade 8 student we have now boat when the new scores come out, Nolte said. moved down to a grade 6 student. We are resetHaywood County Schools have excellent ting the bar, but we are confident there will be test scores compared to the state average, and improvement.” Nolte doesn’t expect that to change — in a relBut the state school board faced a conun- ative sense.

Testing by the numbers

“Everyone’s score is going to be lower. The fact that they are all going down levels the playing field,” he said.


Several state school board members lamented the onus that test scores place on teachers. “What does that say to the teacher that only 45 percent of the class is proficient?” said A.L. Collins, a state school board member and attorney in Winston-Salem. Howard said the test scores should be seen as a tool by schools and teachers. “To take that number and say ‘Half my students are doing well, half are not. Oh no, that’s awful!’ — that’s a natural reaction,” Howard said. But instead, test scores should be used to help schools figure out which students need help and in what areas, Howard said. “The hope is that student performance will increase and students will do better,” she said. How much better remains to be seen — and therein lies the rub for some school board members. “What are we going to do different next year? I put myself in that teacher’s position. They say ‘I did the best I could do. I tried to deliver a curriculum that met the standards, and the best I could do was deliver 45 percent. What in the world am I going to do next year?’” Collins said. Olivia Oxendine, a former teacher and principal on the state school board, said she was devastated last month when she got a sneak peak at the dramatic drop in test scores in the wake of tougher standards. Teachers can’t fix it alone. “We need to sit down with teachers and principals and roll up our sleeves and say, ‘Where do we begin fixing this,” Oxendine said. “Our students are going to have to do a better job, and our teachers are going to have to do a better job strategizing around this.” The raw scores — the percentage of students deemed “ proficient” for their grade level — are just part of the testing picture, Howard said. Testing also measures academic progress of each student year over year. “We don’t want a system that is based only on proficiency. We also want a system that recognizes growth,” Howard said. “We have to separate those two.” Teachers shouldn’t be evaluated based on test scores in a vacuum. “Are they taking students where they are when they enter and moving them forward by the end of the year?” Quick asked.


June Atkinson, the N.C. Superintendent of Public Instruction, reminded the school board that this year is a one of transition. “There are no consequences to our teachers, parents, schools or communities,” Atkinson said. That could change next year, however. The N.C. General Assembly passed a new law that will assign each school a letter grade based on its students’ test scores. The new grading system will be put


fin place next year — and the new tougher testing could pull down a school’s grade. Murray is distressed by that prospect. “If a child gets on a school bus and goes to a ‘C’ school — even though I don’t feel it is a ‘C’ school and the teachers don’t feel like it is a ‘C’ school — but when they get on that school bus, I don’t want them thinking they are going to a mediocre school,” Murray said. Murray said grading schools based on raw test scores penalizes schools with a large percentage of low-income or at-risk students. Meanwhile, schools in wealthier, more affluent communities will fare better — and that sends fthe wrong message, Murray said. “It is not a fair way to do it,” Murray said. “They really need to relook at it.” The move by state lawmakers to impose grades on schools will coincide with the roll out of vouchers. Parents could come to a false conclusion that public schools aren’t performing, Murray said. Those with the financial means to do so could chose to apply state-issued vouchers toward the tuition cost at a private school. “It will be political fodder. People who don’t

like public education will say the schools are failing,” Nolte agreed. Murray said he hopes the majority of parents will understand, however. In Haywood County, letters will go home with parents next month when student test scores come out. It will explain to parents that lower scores are expected as a result of tougher standards, said Teresa Cook, Haywood schools testing coordinator. Along with the student’s raw test score, parents can also see how their child did compared to the state average. “If your student was in the 90th percentile before, the percentile score should still be about the same,” Cook said. State School Board Member Gregory Alcorn questioned whether testing is a be-all, end-all, or is reflective of the larger goal. “How will we know whether this is increasing the number of students going to college or marketplace satisfaction that shows North Carolina is the place to go for companies looking for career ready applicants?” Alcorn asked.

eyes is opening the door for banners and inflatable characters at intermittent times of years. Businesses could fly banners and decoys for a two-week stretch at a time, four times a year — or once a quarter. If too many crop up on the landscape, however, Benson said “I honestly doubt that would look very good.” And the pendulum could then swing back the other way. “Then we would have people coming to us saying we need to get rid of all these banners,” Benson said. Waynesville’s current sign ordinance dates to the adoption of sweeping smartgrowth policies a decade ago. The goal was to preserve Waynesville’s quaint, small-town character and sense of place with various appearance guidelines — from architectural standards to landscaping to signage limits. But the sign regulations have been systematically watered down in the intervening years. Changes to the sign ordinance have come along every couple of years, loosening the regulations by allowing bigger, brighter, taller signs. “Every change that has been made has been to loosen it,” Benson said, but that goes without saying. “The ordinance was so tight as originally written there was no way to


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“My starting point with this was maintain the bulk and majority of our current standards and make the changes as slight as possible in response to the requests we were getting,” Benson said. A public hearing on the sign ordinance changes will be held by the planning board at 6 p.m. Monday, Oct. 21, at town hall. A second public hearing would be held before the town board at a future date, before town leaders vote on the proposed changes. One of the biggest changes in Benson’s


Strategically parked vehicles sporting signs are a tactic used by some businesses as a way to get around Waynesville sign laws. A public hearing on proposed changes loosen Waynesville’s sign laws will be held next week. Becky Johnson photo

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BY B ECKY JOHNSON STAFF WRITER iant blow-up gorillas, bouquets of balloons, plastic banners strung from awnings or poles and billowing fabric figures piped full of air — these previously banned forms of attention-grabbing signage could soon be gracing Waynesville’s businesses under a proposed slate of sign ordinance changes. And to think it all started with sandwich boards. A hue and cry from downtown Waynesville merchants angling for chalkboards and folding signs — mostly restaurants wanting to promote their special of the day — kicked off a review of all the town’s sign laws several months ago. “We had been hearing our ordinance was too restrictive,” said Waynesville Town Planner Paul Benson. Revisions would loosen the sign laws on the books, allowing for taller signs, larger signs and more signs covering store windows. It would also open the door for various types of portable, temporary signs — like inflatable gorillas on roofs or banners on stakes. The town has held several workshops to gather input, which primarily came from merchants asking for the changes. Those wanting looser sign regulations have been driving the process so far, Benson said. “It was a group of what you would call stakeholders, people who use signs and make signs,” he said. Benson said his goal during the sign ordinance review was to give business owners more flexibility to promote their products to passerby, but not jeopardize the appearance of the community in the process.


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make it tighter.” Benson said this set of changes is probably as loose as the town could go without starting to compromise or sacrifice the town’s appearance. Back to the sandwich boards, though. If passed, the chalk boards and folding signs could soon be touting the quiche of the day, discounted holiday-scented candles or the special coffee drink du jour. Sandwich boards must be near the entryway of the business — not anywhere along the sidewalk — and limited to merchants in the central business district — not along Russ Avenue. Another sticking point in the sign ordinance that’s been hashed out in the rewrite: how to handle signs plastered on vehicles and parked in front of the store as a sneaky way of side-stepping sign rules. One business owner, Frog Level Auctions, was recently fined by the town for strapping a huge sign to their truck and parking it along the street in front of their store — what the town saw as an apparent attempt to circumvent the town’s sign rules. But, if a business owner has their name and logo permanently painted on their vehicle, and there is nowhere else the business owner can park it other than out front, then it would be allowed to slide, according to the clarified section of sign rules. One last change would allow a larger window area to be plastered with signs. The current law is 16 square feet, but 50 percent of a business’ window glass could be covered with posters and signs under the proposed changes.


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of school for the semester.” Smith has already seen parents forced to take their children out of childcare centers because their family is still sitting on a government waiting list to receive childcare subsidies, and now, even more may be taken out of the system when all the subsidy money dries up this month. Smith tries to keep her rates low and works with struggling parents on payment plans, but sometimes that’s not enough. “Parents can’t pay,” Smith said. “They take (their children) out owing money, or they bring them back when they have the money.” Another issue is that childcare costs have increased, but subsidy payments have not, meaning it is not enough to cover costs. Childcare providers have to decide whether to eat the difference or pass it on to the struggling parents. “Am I going to charge this parent $200 who probably can’t afford it?” Smith said. The government tends to undervalue early childhood care, said Smith, which nowadays is less like babysitting and more like preschool. Childcare center workers have to create lesson plans and the facilities are strictly monitored. Yet, Smith said, the amount of money available isn’t enough. “It has prevented my teachers from getting raises and bonuses they deserve,” Smith said.

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FINANCING THE DEFICIT Children at Creative Beginnings Child Development Center in Waynesville played educational games on laptops last week as part of an approved curriculum that gives toddlers a head start on learning. But without federal childcare subsidies, some could not attend a childcare center. Caitlin Bowling photo

Local childcare centers teetering as shutdown interrupts funding

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BY CAITLIN BOWLING STAFF WRITER All Nicole Smith could do last week was try to keep the doors open. Either the shutdown of the federal government would end, or North Carolina officials would tell her they don’t have the million of dollars necessary to cover childcare costs for needy infants and toddlers in the state, some of whom spend their days at her small center in Waynesville. Although Creative Beginnings Child Development Center is a privately owned center in Waynesville, more than half of the 36 children in Smith’s care are on subsidies. Without that federal help, parents couldn’t or would struggle to pay for professional childcare. By extension, if half her clients leave, Smith would have trouble paying her employees and bills. “I would definitely have to let employees go,” Smith said, adding that it would be “next to impossible” to stay open. “I 8 would try.”

Many people who benefit from government subsidies — whether directly or indirectly, such as Smith — have spent more than two weeks wondering when and if the money they need will stop. North Carolina officials issued letters to counties on Oct. 14, saying that between leftover federal monies and funding from the state, there is enough money to cover part of this month. How many days’ expenses it will pay for, however, will vary county to county, according to state officials. For Haywood County, the money is expected to stretch until Oct. 31, but for others, like Jackson County, it won’t. More than two weeks ago, when a partial government shutdown ensued, federal subsidies for the poor stopped. Not all of them, but several key funds would cease, including Childcare Development Block Grants, which help the poor pay for childcare. But the state is still finding extra money left in its couch cushions to help cover some programs until Nov. 1. It is hoped the government shutdown will be over by then. Much is still unknown regarding the full impact of the shutdown on subsidy programs, even to those who work with them every day. Leaders with the counties and nonprofits can only try to stay ahead as the situation changes, sometimes hourly.

“We are talking to the state on a daily basis until we have definite information,” said Sheila Hoyle, executive director at Southwestern Child Development Commission, which allocates the federal childcare subsidies to childcare centers in

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this region. “We are watching the news daily hoping for a break there.” One thing that’s for sure is that without the childcare subsidies, parents would need to find the money to pay for the service themselves, or more likely than not take off work or find a relative to watch their kids. “What a tragic loss this is for our young families,” Hoyle said last week. “Their jobs will be at risk or they may have to drop out

Prior to Monday afternoon, it was still unclear how much money North Carolina has for its Childcare Development Block Grant fund, which helps pay for childcare for needy families. So counties were asked to pitch in from local coffers. While most officials believe that the federal government will reimburse counties once the shutdown ends, there is not a guarantee. “They have not given us exact guidance yet as what fund they might have,” said Hoyle last week. Counties will still have to decide how to allocate the money the state is doling out to cover part of this month’s subsidies and once that runs out, whether to pay for childcare subsidies themselves. There is a problem with shifting all the expenses onto counties during the shutdown, particularly these days, said Ira Dove, director of the Haywood County Department of Social Services. Over time, the state and federal government have forced counties to invest more and more in social services. “At this point, the county has quite a bit of money in the system,” he said. “When something like this happens, the ability to extend additional dollars is harder than it might be otherwise.” At least 23 of the state’s 100 counties had suspended payments for childcare as of Friday. Swain County suspended its childcare subsidy payments Monday. The county paid $7,500 to ensure that childcare facilities remained open last Thursday and Friday, which gave parents time to find an alternative childcare option.

By the numbers

Children receiving childcare subsidies: Haywood County.........................................586 Jackson County ..........................................338 Macon County ............................................424 Swain County .............................................199

Haywood County................................$250,000 Jackson County .................................$130,000 Macon County .....................................$97,800 Swain County......................................$63,000 On Oct. 14, the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services sent letters to counties stating that it had found enough money to partially fund childcare subsidies that are usually paid for by the federal government in October. The following is how much each county has to work with to cover October and September: Haywood County ...............................$447,629 Jackson County .................................$296,796 Macon County ...................................$168,460 Swain County....................................$127,698

would fill those jobs otherwise, and keeping them open means fewer workers to help those in need. “It reduces our capacity to provide services,” Dove said.

SERVICES NOT PROVIDED Besides childcare subsidies, other programs affected by the shutdown include Work First, adult and child protective services, energy assistance programs and the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC). “It’s going to be a pretty widespread impact on seniors and children and the least among us,” Dove said. For mothers in WIC, the last week was been down and up. First, the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services stopped handing out food vouchers on Oct. 8. The department said it did not have enough money to cover the expense without

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The state believes it is likely that the federal government will retroactively pay out subsidies, but there is a chance that bet could backfire if Congress approves a spending bill that purposely leaves out back pay. This leaves counties in a quandary. “How long do they allow it to go on with the possibility that the county is responsible for paying for it?” said Robert Cochran, director of Jackson County DSS, last week. Unsurprisingly, counties do not have the resources available to states and the federal government. Jackson County alone receives $169,000 a month in federal money for the programs affected by the shutdown. “It would be very difficult for individual counties such as Jackson County to replace,” Cochran said. “How far can we stretch county dollars?” North Carolina has its own early childhood education program, Smart Start, which also offers childcare subsidies to qualified families. Some of the Smart Start

Depending on the number of children and how many days they attend a childcare center, each county receives a different amount of federal funding to help offset the costs of childcare.

funds from the federal government. But two days later, the state announced it had found enough money to continue paying for WIC throughout the month of October, meaning mothers and children would not have to go without aid. About $550,000 in food is purchased with WIC vouchers every day in the state, amounting to about $17 million spent in the state’s grocery stores during the month of October. Still to combat a rise in demand at food banks in the state, retail giant Food Lion donated $500,000 in gift cards to various pantries. N.C. Gov. Pat McCrory also issued a statement Monday committing $750,000 in state funds to seven regional food banks, including MANNA food bank, which serves 16 counties in Western North Carolina. The Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program, or LIHEAP, which helps pay for heating bills, has not been affected by the federal shutdown. Money from that program is not disbursed this early in the year. Plus, the region is experiencing relatively warm weather. “We are fortunate it has been temperate so far,” Dove said. However, should the temperature drop, the counties would have to foot the bill to ensure that the poor and elderly aren’t left out in the cold. Although people who were already signed up for Work First will get their benefits this month, county departments of social services cannot process any new program applications. Work First provides help to individuals and families as long as the parent or parents are working or actively searching for employment. As of Oct. 15 — since the shutdown was still in place — the state Department of Health and Human Services started working with county DSS offices on a plan to let Work First recipients know that they may not receive a check in November. DSS offices throughout the state were already struggling to keep up with all the program applications as it was, but now that none can be processed during the shutdown, the backlog of paperwork will continue to pile up and delay people from receiving the help they need. U.S. Rep. Mark Meadows, R-Cashiers, has taken flack nationally for his perceived role in the federal shutdown. The New York Times and CNN published lengthy articles stating that Meadows led a movement to pressure U.S. House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, to use the shutdown as leverage in an ongoing battle against “Obamacare.” While some of his constituents support Meadows’ stance, Peggy Wallace, a 64-yearold Waynesville resident, thinks he should stand down. “He has already done enough harm with what he has already done,” Wallace said, adding that the needy are suffering despite the fact that the federal government had the money to help them. But like the counties, small-time nonprofits don’t have the resources to help everyone. “The thing that bothers me is they don’t realize most of these organizations that operate in the community are small and rely on the community,” Wallace said.

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The Southwestern Child Development Commission, which distributes federal childcare subsidies, serves 2,000 children in the seven westernmost counties of North Carolina. Each child has been affected by the uncertainty surrounding the federal government shutdown, which has temporarily cut off funding for childcare.

money will now pay for some children who typically receive federal childcare subsidies, but not everyone. “The Smart Start funding stream is smaller than the federal funds,” Hoyle said. “We would not have Smart Start funds to cover every child.” An Oct. 3 letter from the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services instructed county departments of social services to minimize the impact of the lost funds by freezing vacant position, reducing service levels, furloughing staff and cutting back on purchases and travel. Each county DSS director must make those decisions based on their local needs. “Do we shutdown? Do we have partial furloughs? Do we ask staff to work on the promise of a future paycheck? Do they work part-time?” Cochran said. Haywood County DSS has not furloughed anyone yet, but it has frozen four unfilled positions to keep budgets tight during the shutdown. Dove said the department


“I just hate it for the families,” said Sheila Sutton, interim director of Swain County DSS, at a meeting of the county commissioners last week. However, now that additional funding was found at the state level, childcare centers in Swain County are open and parents are receiving the subsidies they need to keep them enrolled. When the money is gone though, the counties must choose whether to find more funding in their own coffers or suspend childcare subsidies — that is unless the shutdown has ceased. Childcare centers could still operate, but only on the understanding that they would not receive any subsidies once the state allocation is used, and they would not necessarily receive retroactive reimbursements once it ends. Haywood, Macon and Jackson counties waited to see if there was any update from the state or if the federal shutdown will pass soon before making any decisions, which seems to have paid off for now.

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The candidates Carole Edwards, 57, DSS community resources supervisor “(Canton) has declined so much that it’s almost like it’s going to disappear. … None of that has been addressed in the last four years, and it needs to be.” Ralph Hamlett, 62, Brevard College professor The political communications professor would like to apply his knowledge to help his hometown. “I am a part of Canton and always had been.”

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Gail Mull, 65, retired Evergreen Packaging employee “I thought maybe I could make a difference. I know that sounds naive and idealistic, but I feel like that is everybody’s plan.”


Phil Smathers, 66, retired Canton employee Smathers has run for office before and saw a need to run again when none of the current aldermen signed up for the election. “That is not a good thing for Canton, so I went ahead and applied.” Zeb Smathers, 30, lawyer at Smathers and Smathers Community members asked Smathers to run and he wants “to try to bring a fresh voice and eyes” to the board. Roy Taylor, 67, retired Department of Motor Vehicles investigator “I feel like that we need economic development. It appears to me that it is always put on the back burner.”

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BY CAITLIN BOWLING NFRASTRUCTURE ECONOMY STAFF WRITER hile infrastructure and economic The perennial problems for Canton have development tops each candidate’s always been how to grow its economy and agenda, a far more consequential update its infrastructure. This election is no matter could await those who fill the four different. Both items stood out on the each open seats on the Canton Board of Aldermen candidate’s to-do list. — who will Canton’s next town manager be? Canton faces many of the same problems Six candidates, all Canton natives, are that other towns do in terms of infrastrucrunning to fill four open seats on the Canton ture, Phil Smathers said. town board. None of the current aldermen “Our sidewalks are really getting into bad are running for reelection, meaning the town, disrepair; streets need to be repaved,” said with the exception of the mayor, will have a Phil Smathers. completely new set of leaders. It will also He applauded the recent expansion of the need a new town manager. Champion Drive sewer system, which could Current Town Manager Al Matthews attract new businesses, but said leaders canannounced his retirement earlier this year, not forget about Main Street. and in January, the current Canton board started searchDowntown Canton is one area ing for his replacement. targeted for economic growth However, the town board by candidates. Margaret Hester photo only has a couple meetings left before the as-yet-unelected aldermen take over and doesn’t seem any closer to picking a new town manager than it was in January when the search first began. The prospect of choosing a new town manager doesn’t faze the candidates, however. “I don’t feel concerned about it in any way,” said Carole Edwards, 57, who works at the Haywood County Department of Social Services. “I real“We are certainly looking for more busily don’t think it would be a bad thing for us to ness there, but at the same time, we need to interview and hire a town manager as a revitalize downtown,” Phil Smathers said. board.” However, some businesses are still weary Edwards added that she would like some- of investing in improvements since the recesone upbeat who is also a team player. sion. The town could look for grant funds Rather than having to work with a town from the state or federal government to help manager handpicked by an outgoing board, with downtown revitalization and infrastructhe new town leaders could have a chance to ture projects. find someone they work well with, who can “I think we need to think outside the box,” help them advance their vision for Canton. Of Mull said. “We are not blessed with unlimited course, they will have to get to know each capital, so I think we will have to try alternate other first. routes for funding.” “It is going to be a challenge because it’s The town could also entice new business going to be getting to know the personalities with incentives, Edwards said. of the new members of the town council,” “The first thing we have to do is look at said Ralph Hamlett, a 62-year-old political what opportunities we have to assist busicommunications professor at Brevard nesses,” she said. College. “It also allows us opportunity to Edwards added that recreation options, think differently, to think out of the box.” such as a new pool and more ball fields, could If the hiring of a new town manager is left draw more visitors. up to the newly elected board, it could mean Bringing new businesses into town would a delay as they get acquainted with their new allow Canton to increase its tax revenue by jobs and then begin the search for a new expanding its base rather than raising taxes. administrator. The additional money could then be invested “I think that if we are going to do it, we are back in the town, Hamlett said. going to have to start the process over,” Zeb “People in our town are taxed to the max,” Smathers, a 30-year-old Canton lawyer. he said. “What we don’t want to do, or should“Fresh eyes require fresh resumes.” n’t want to do, is place the burden on the taxIn the meantime, the new board would payers for those things that we want to do.” need to name an interim since Matthews is However, businesses aren’t going to come officially retiring Dec. 31. to Canton leaders begging to move into town.


Canton officials will have to make a concerted effort to attract new businesses. “This would require rolling up our sleeves,” Hamlett said. Canton officials also need to work more with other towns and the county to attract businesses and tourists, said Zeb Smathers. “What is good for Canton is good for Waynesville is good for Maggie [Valley],” said Zeb Smathers. One change he proposed is dedicating one employee to market the Canton baseball fields and the Colonial Theatre. Right now, there is no one whose sole duty is to book events. Roy Taylor disagreed with Zeb Smathers assessment that the town needs someone specifically to market venues, but he agreed that Canton needs to use the ball fields to their full potential. “It could be a moneymaker for the town of Canton, but it’s not,” Taylor said. “I know they have a lot of baseball tournaments out there.” The town also charges a lump sum for use of the fields when it could earn more by taking a percentage of the revenue earned from baseball tournaments.


Just as all four Canton aldermen are exiting office, causing a complete turnover of the board, voters must choose whether to allow for that possibility again. In addition to voting in the municipal elections, Canton residents will decide whether the board should switch to staggered terms. Currently, all the aldermen are up for election every two years. With four-year staggered terms, the top two vote-getters in the November election would serve four years on the board. The other two elected aldermen would serve two years before facing reelection, thereby setting up a system where only two of the aldermen are up for election every four years. It would also ensure that board doesn’t lose its institutional knowledge all at once, as is happening this year. “I would not want that to happen to Canton again where we lose all the knowledge of the previous years,” said Phil Smathers. Hamlett also felt that another complete turnover of the town board should be avoided in the future, and staggered terms is the way to do that. “We have four new members coming on the board, and it’s going to be a learning curve for all of us,” Hamlett said. “I think staggered terns would eliminate the problem.” Every other town board in Haywood County operates on a four-year, staggered term system. The current board of aldermen has pushed for staggered terms. Ironically, they are all leaving the board this year. “If it was such an important issue for the town of Canton, why are all four of them leaving?” Taylor said. Edwards, Mull and Zeb Smathers each said they didn’t know if they would for or against a switch to staggered terms. “If the people in the town vote for that, then I think it’s a good idea,” Edwards said.

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BY CAITLIN BOWLING STAFF WRITER The N.C. Department of Revenue is holding money belonging to Swain County captive, according to county officials. The state revenue department controls a trust fund filled with money given to Swain County from the federal government as part of the North Shore Road settlement. The agreement between the county and federal officials promised Swain County $52 million and released the federal government from its obligation to rebuild a flooded-out road through the Smoky Mountains. Thus far, the federal government has paid out $12.8 million of the money. That portion of the settlement money, however, resides in a trust fund maintained by the state revenue department and cannot be touched unless two-thirds of Swain County’s registered voters agree. However, the account accrues interest each year, which can be tapped by county leaders and placed in its general fund — as long as Department of Revenue officials sign off. That latter is the tricky part. Last year, Swain County requested $600,000, but the state only gave the county half that. This year, despite having $780,000 in interest accrued, the state isn’t willing to part with any of it.

“As the county has requested money from the state, they have not released that like they usually do,” said Eric Bowman, the independent auditor hired to review Swain County’s finances each year. “We recommend that you contact them and tell them this isn’t working.” That is advice the county plans to take. “We are going to ask for the whole amount,” said Swain County Manager Kevin King. It seems unlikely that the state would go for it, however. The revenue department doesn’t hand over the entire amount in case the interest rates decline or the fund posts a loss for the year. The interest can act as a safety net for the principal amount. This year, state officials said they need the full $780,000 to stay in its Raleigh account. “They said they might be expecting some losses,” King said. The trust fund only earned $38,000 in interest last fiscal year, according to the county’s 2013 audit report. Such a small increase led Phil Carson, chair of the Swain County Board of Commissioners, to wonder if the N.C. Department of Revenue put much effort into managing the trust fund. “The assumption is they could care less if we make a cent or not,” Carson said.

Pedestrian fatality involves Cherokee officer A Cherokee Indian Police Department officer hit two pedestrians, killing one, while on patrol Wednesday night. The incident occurred on the U.S. 441 bypass at about 8:40 p.m. While on patrol, Officer Cody McKinney turned on a vehicle with only one working headlight, and two pedestrians were hit. Randall Driver, 44, was pronounced dead at the scene. The other pedestrian was transported by ambulance to the Cherokee Indian Hospital where he was treated and released. “Because one of our employees was involved we have turned the investigation over to the North Carolina Highway Patrol,” said Cherokee Police Chief Ben Reed. “We want to assure the Driver family, our officer, our department, and our community, that we will do everything we can to resolve this tragic incident.” The North Carolina Highway Patrol will conduct a full investigation, which will include interviews, accident reconstruction and forensics on the patrol vehicle. The officer will remain on administrative leave until the investigation is complete.

Child rescued from Whittier hotel dies A four-year-old child found injured and abused in Qualla Motel in Whittier last week has died. Deputies arrived at the Qualla Motel just after 7 a.m. Oct. 11 after first responders and EMS arrived on scene and noted the injuries to the child. The child was transported to the Harris Regional then onto Mission Hospital, where it later died. The Jackson County Sheriff ’s Office has charged Eric Lorenzo Davis, 23, with intentional child abuse and inflicting serious bodily harm, a felony. His bond was set at $1 million. The investigation surrounding the circumstances in this case is still ongoing. Further charges will be considered, pending the results of the autopsy.




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“Encourage the proposed casino to be a positive impact on the region,” said Waynesville Town Manager Marcy Onieal, suggesting that the group write that down as a goal. The regional vision plan must allow for development but also respect the land and historic Cherokee sites. In the past, it has seemed like a one or the other option. “It is either protect them and nobody has access, or they have to open the gate and let in the store,” said Lynne Harlan, an

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Corridor K is the missing 18-mile piece of an Appalachian highway that the state started building 50 years ago. The four-lane highway would connect the seven western counties and create an efficient way to travel amongst their peaks and valleys – the goal being to bring greater economic prosperity to the secluded and economically depressed regions of Western North Carolina. Every other piece is complete except for the section of highway in Graham County that would go through Stecoah to Robbinsville and out to Andrews. The last stretch stalled after meeting with opposition because it is the steepest, most expensive and potentially most environmentally damaging part of the highway. Now, the N.C. Department of Transportation and the Federal Highway Administration are investigating alternative, non-controversial transportation plans that could still meet the needs of the region.

enrolled member and head of media relations for the tribe. “Have limits so we aren’t depleting these resources.” Attendees at the Haywood County input session stated that zoning regulations could help strike a balance between development and maintenance of natural resources. The emphasis of the input sessions was on creating a regional identity, which could be tough for the subareas of Western North Carolina that have focused most of their time carving out a county-by-county niche. However, there is at least one major element that binds everyone together — a rural environment that is quieter than say Gatlinburg or Pigeon Forge. “We are not as developed as Asheville, which is good,” said Mark Clasby, Haywood County’s economic development director. But people at the meetings were not exactly sure what the best way to take advantage of being “the quiet side of the Smokies.” Another marketable tool is Cherokee history, which can be found all over WNC. The region could work together, with direc-


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tion from the Eastern Band, to promote various historic Cherokee sites, said Cory Blankenship, treasury director at Eastern Band. “I think it is important for county leaders and city leader to look for the Eastern Band for guidance,” Blankenship said. “We would like to be consulted on those things.” But if there is not an easy way for people to get around, then having attractions is a bit of a moot point. “The problems that we face in this area are because of our remoteness and how we are set up here,” said Barak Myers, head of Cherokee Department of Transportation. “There is not an easy way to get from here to Sylva.” Myers said that the region also needs to focus on bolstering downtown areas with continuous sidewalks and bike lanes for tourists to easily get around. Onieal expressed a similar sentiment at a different input session. “I think downtown is what is going to capture people,” Onieal said. “If we want to maintain our character and we acknowledge growth will happen, then we need to focus our growth on the already dense areas, meaning growing our towns,” she later added. A lack of public transportation impacts residents and jobseekers as well. People at both the Opt-In meetings in Cherokee and Haywood County expressed a desire for some type of county-to-county transit. People travel all the way from Asheville for a job at the casino but end up quitting because of the long commute, said Kathy Littlejohn, manager of public transit for the tribe. Littlejohn has even seen locals staying in hotels because there are not adequate transportation options around the region. “You have the economic development, and it helps tremendously in your community and surrounding communities, but over time the work force is not as great as the need is,” Littlejohn said. By extension, Blythe said there is also a need for more affordable housing options. If those were available, people who work at the casino could possibly move closer.

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“It creates jobs. It boosts the economy,” Sneed said. In addition, Caesar’s Entertainment will hire another 1,400 employees to staff the casino as dealers and on-site managers as well as food service, building maintenance and other service area workers. Although the whole project won’t wrap for a couple years, Sneed said he hopes to open a portion of the casino next year. The first phase includes a 25,000square-foot casino floor with 500 slots and everything necessary to have it up and running in time for the 2014 holiday season, he said. “We are under an aggressive deadline there,” Sneed said. The Murphy casino will feature natural components in its design such as native stone and woods as well as eco-friendly elements. “We have tried to be environmentally conscious,” Sneed said. “We will make the same kind of choices for Murphy.” The casino will start out small, but there is potential for future expansion. “We always have in our mind the casino global plan,” Sneed Erik Sneed, owner of a construction management said. “What will the casino grow company in Cherokee, posed outside his former place of up to be?” employment, Harrah’s Cherokee Resort and Casino. Since starting Sneed, Caitlin Bowling photo Robertson & Associates last year, the company took over the completion of Harrah’s expansion. The final When the tribe approved of a $633 miltouch is an indoor and outdoor pool area, lion expansion of the casino, Sneed oversaw the construction of the two new hotel towers which Sneed expects to finish in time for spring. The heated outdoor pool, complete and the expansion of the gaming floor and with a cabana and fire pits, adds to Harrah’s retail spaces. and the tribe’s goal of making the casino a “I’d been there since the beginning,” resort destination. Sneed said. “It is going to complement all the amenities we’ve already got,” Sneed said. N ECONOMIC ENGINE Although the pools will mark the end of the multimillion expansion to the downtown The Murphy casino is expected to be a Cherokee casino, the stop in construction boon for jobseekers in the region, particuwill likely be temporary. larly for economically depressed Cherokee “You have got to continually evolve your County. Sneed estimated that his company business,” Sneed said. “I think there will will hire about 900 employees during the always be something going on here in two years it will take to complete the small Cherokee to keep the business dynamic.” casino. nized tribe. That is not to say, though, that Sneed isn’t qualified. He is. From 1997, the year it opened, until last year, Sneed worked as Director of Facilities and manager of Development, Design and Construction at Harrah’s Cherokee Resort and Casino located in downtown Cherokee.


BY CAITLIN BOWLING STAFF WRITER fter just a year in business, a Cherokeebased construction management company has landed the biggest trout in town — the $110 million Cherokee County casino construction project. Earlier this year, the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians approved the creation of a 50,000-square-foot casino on 85 acres of tribally owned land near Murphy. The project includes a 300-bedroom hotel as well. The tribe broke ground on the new casino Oct. 15 with representatives from the tribe, the Tribal Casino Gaming Enterprise, Caesars Entertainment and Harrah’s Cherokee Resort and Casino in attendance. Just prior to the groundbreaking, the Eastern Band announced that it had signed a management agreement with Caesars Entertainment. “This agreement represents the continuation of an already successful partnership between the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians and Caesars Entertainment Corporation,” said Principal Chief Michell Hicks in a news release. “Caesars is known for its world-class facilities and top-notch management style. We are proud to be associated with such a highly regarded partner in the world of gaming.” Hired to tackle the monumental project was Sneed, Robertson & Associates, a young construction management firm co-founded by Erik Sneed, an enrolled member of the Eastern Band and University of North Carolina graduate. Getting the job goes a little beyond lucky and experience, however. Sneed is an enrolled member of the Eastern Band, giving him a step-up compared to other companies. There aren’t any other Cherokee-owned project management companies based in the area. “It definitely was a niche for us,” Sneed said. As a sovereign nation, the tribe is allowed more leeway and doesn’t have to award a job to the lowest bidder like towns, counties and the state must legally do. The Eastern Band can also give preference to companies or people because they are Cherokee or part of another federally recog-



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When Brittany Maney was 14, her fall from a Hayesville Middle School cheerleading pyramid caused a lot of pain, fear and a rushed trip to the hospital in Murphy. That medical emergency had a far more positive outcome, though. A Computed Tomography (CT) scan, which discovered some minor muscle damage, ignited an interest in the field of medical imaging that eventually consumed Maney’s entire family. “When Brittany got hurt, everyone at the hospital was so kind and let me watch while they did the CT scan. Getting to see that really sparked my interest in radiography all over again,” recalled Brittany’s mother, Danielle. She soon enrolled in Southwestern Community College’s radiography program

Taking your business from conception to execution

A working retreat called “Lighthouse: Business Planning Essentials” will be held on Oct. 29 at the Nantahala Village Resort in Swain County, hosted by Mountain BizWorks and the Jackson/Swain County Extension Center. Lighthouse is an intensive one-day workshop that covers essential business planning concepts such as start-up, expansion and overhead costs; sales and profit goals; cash flow analysis; and marketing basics.   $150 and includes all materials and a catered lunch. Register. 828.253.2834 ext. 27 or

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• Jay G’s Mountainside Grill opened on Main Street in Sylva. James McNorrill Jr. of Bryson City started the seafood and steak eatery after managing Jimmy Mac’s Restaurant for years, a Bryson City burger joint with a mouthwatering reputation. 828.354.0104.

• K&M Seafood Market has set up shop at 310 E. Main St., Suite 4, in Sylva. The market offers oysters, shrimp, Lump Blue crabmeat, mussels, Mahi Mahi and grouper, among other seafood, with the all wild-caught seafood flown in fresh from Florida and from Alabama. The owner pledges they are as fresh as if you

Left to right: Danielle Maney, Justin Maney and Brittany Maney. and graduated in 2008. Her enthusiasm for the program was so infectious that her husband, Justin earned his radiography degree from Southwestern this spring. Then earlier this month, Brittany entered the radiography program at SCC. “That day at the hospital in Murphy, the people there were just great to my family and I,” Brittany said. “Afterward, I took a big interest in the field of medicine. That’s what got me into it.”

Breaking Bread Café opens in Haywood A new artisan café and restaurant has opened to fanfare in Bethel, only a short drive from downtown Waynesville and Canton. Rather than using meats from a deli, Breaking Bread Café cooks their own ham, turkey and roast beef to use in their hoagies, meaning they don’t contain any preservatives, additives, or nitrates. Fresh is the key word, from the baked-daily hoagie rolls to the fresh lettuce, tomato, onion, and banana peppers. There are fresh muffins, cinnamon buns and croissants along with a breakfast menu. Breaking Bread Café opens for breakfast around 8 a.m. Monday through Saturday and is open until 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and until 3 p.m. Saturday. 828.648.3838.

went to the Gulf and got it yourself. 828.631.GULF or

Southwestern Community College Foundation has launched a “Student Success Campaign” that aims to raise more than $1 million for scholarships by fall 2014. “Last year, 225 students filled out applications and were deserving of financial assistance,” said SCC President Don Tomas. “But we only had enough money to award scholarships to 43 of those applicants. We want to do more, and we need your help.” At a kickoff for the fundraising campaign held in Macon Bank earlier this month, students who have benefited from SCC scholarships — who would not have been able to go to college without financial support — offered testimonials. At the event, the largest single donation to the campaign so far — a check for $33,333.33 — was presented on behalf of Macon Bank by Chief Operating Officer Ryan Scaggs. Jackson County businessman Charles Wolfe, who’s chairman of the Student Success Campaign, told potential donors to consider the fundraising effort as an investment in their communities since 90 percent of SCC’s graduates remain in the college’s service area of Jackson,

Haywood Early College Graduate heading to medical school Tyler McKinnish, a Haywood County student on his way to being a doctor, credits Haywood Early College with giving him a good start on the road to higher education. McKinnish only graduated from high school in 2010, but is already in the UNC School of Medicine at Chapel Hill on his way to becoming a doctor. As a Haywood Early College student, he had two years of college courses under his belt by his senior of high school. “I found that the Early College program really motivated me,” he explained. Haywood Early College is a high school that

Enhancement, a mobile handyman service, opened in Franklin. The business offers general home repairs as well as room additions, decks, remodeling projects and yard work. 828.371.6816.

• Dr. Valerie Rigg has joined Swain Medical Center and will begin seeing patients at the practice in November. Board certified in family practice, Rigg completed a residency at Emory University after receiving her medical degree from the Autonomous University of Guadalajara. 828.488.4205 or

• A new medical services building adjacent to Angel Medical Center in Franklin twill significantly increase access to outpatient services for Macon County and surrounding communities. The new 25,000-square-foot facility will feature a state-of-the-art cancer center, rehabilitation services and the Western Carolina Digestive Consultants practice. Nantahala-TKC is a partner in the construction project.

• Joshua Murphy’s Handyman Home

• Asian fusion restaurant and sushi bar Hana

Left to right: Ryan Scaggs of Macon Bank and SCC President Don Tomas. Macon, Swain Counties and the Qualla Boundary after completing their education. “For me, this is a no-brainer because these students we help become productive members of our community,” Wolfe said. “If you went out to get a haircut or had your car worked on or went to a doctor’s office today, chances are the person who provided you that service graduated from SCC.” scc-foundation or 828.339.4241.

enrolls students in grades 9 through 13. Students complete a high school diploma and a college transfer degree in five years. It’s free of charge. Haywood Early College holds an open house each spring. Tours are Tyler also available. McKinnish Applications are available through Haywood County Schools Central Office and through the Haywood Early College Principal’s Office located on the campus of HCC. 828.565.4226.

Express opened at 215 Holly Springs Plaza in Franklin. 828.524.8879. • The Sunburst Market is moving from Montgomery Street to 142 N. Main St. in Waynesville, with a grand reopening on Oct. 18. Doors will open at 10 a.m. The business will offer light snacks, drinks, music and giveaways from 6 to 9 p.m. The new location is in the former Gallery 86 spot. • The Princeton Review has once again included Western Carolina University’s College of Business in its list of the 295 best business schools in the U.S. The guidebook’s two-page profile of WCU’s College of Business says it provides “solid preparation” for students in

finance and general management. or 828.227.7412.

• Western Carolina University has been awarded a $225,000 grant from the North Carolina Council on Developmental Disabilities to help develop tools and resources to better enable students with intellectual disabilities to transition into the workforce or enroll in college.

• The Haywood County Tourism Development Authority introduced its spokesman this fall, Big John, as the authority on the North Carolina Smoky Mountains through a series of videos on unique spots to visit in the area. The first in the series of videos featuring Big John will be available to view • Jeffrey A. Cloer, an eighth-generation Franklin native and agent with Wayah Insurance, was sworn in as a member of Southwestern Community College’s Board of Trustees in October.

• Second Generation State Farm Agent Amy Manshack opened her doors at 409 Georgia Rd. in Franklin. Office hours are Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturday, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

• Shannon Carlock, a registered client associate for more than nine years in Waynesville, has been named Wells Fargo Advisor’s 2013 Distinguished Service Professional.

• Outdoor 76, a Franklin-based outdoor outfitter, donated $700 to the Land Trust for the Little Tennessee, a nonprofit conservation group, as part of its “828 Initiative.” The Outdoor 76’s program raises awareness of land and water conservation efforts in Western North Carolina.

• The Arc of Haywood County celebrated people who support and advocate for individuals with disabilities at its annual awards meeting in

• Rare Earth Builders, based in Canton, received the Best Energy Efficient Single Family Project Award for the Creative Cove residence at the recent STARS Awards Gala in Charlotte.

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• Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Resort presented the MedWest Foundation with a $5,000 sponsorship at the organization’s 2013 Super Gala, which raised more than $85,000 for the New Generations Family Birthing Center at MedWest-Harris. • The Macon County Certified Entrepreneurial Community Leadership Team is hosting a business plan competition with a $5,000 grand prize. A series of free seminars over the next few months will help applicants create a business plan. They’ll also work with various mentors. A kick-off and information session will be held at 5 p.m. Nov. 14 at Macon Bank Corporate Center. 828.339.4211 or • The Awesome Business Idea Competition is offering $1,000 for the best business idea submitted by Nov. 16. • Evergreen Foundation has donated money to Macon Citizens Habilities to purchase a greenhouse and start up a business making greeting cards out of recycled paper that will give those individuals meaningful work. Once the programs are up and running they will be able to sell their bedding plants, herbs and cards. • Angel Medical Center is providing a new service to public school athletic teams in Macon County. Lynette Mount is a certified athletic trainer that has been hired to provide assistance to athletes in our public school system. • Kofi Lomotey, a scholar who has served as a teacher, principal, tenured professor, department head, provost and chancellor, has been named Western Carolina University’s first Chancellor Bardo Distinguished Professor of Educational Leadership. Lomotey comes to WCU from the American Association of State Colleges and Universities, where he was a senior fellow. At WCU, Lomotey will work directly with a recently redesigned executive doctoral program developed to prepare senior-level educational leaders to address complex problems.

Schedule of Speakers Friday November 1st, 2013 Mr. Modern Survival - Spiritual Preparedness Tim “Old Grouch’s” Glance - Communications Rick Austin - author of "Secret Garden of Survival”

6:00 pm 7:00 pm 8:00 pm

Saturday November 2nd, 2013 Opening Prayer & Pledge of Allegiance Jennifer Elswick - Food Storage Skinny Medic - Building Your First Aid Kit Engineer 775 - Retreat Design (Water/Electric) Dr. William Forstchen - Author of “One Second After” Lunch (Available for purchase.) Mr. Mad Mick - Prepper’s Medicine Chest (For Beginners) Mike Moore - Security Sootch00 - Weapons Question & Answer (Subject to change.)

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• Bob Holt, a real estate teacher at Southwestern Community College, has written “The N.C. Vacation Rental Act: Guidelines to Compliance” for agents and support staff. He’ll teach a course on that topic from 8 a.m. to noon on Friday, Oct. 25 at SCC’s Macon Campus.

• Haywood Community College and Haywood County Schools were recently awarded a twoyear, $193,000 grant from the National Science Foundation. The purpose of the grant is to increase the number of machining and electronic technicians available to meet the skilled employment needs of area manufacturers.


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• An award-winning educator with extensive business, accounting and legal counsel experience, Joseph P. Lakatos has joined the Western Carolina University faculty as the Elingburg Distinguished Professor of Business Innovation and director of WCU’s Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation. Lakatos comes to WCU from the University of North Carolina at Pembroke, where he developed and taught new courses in biotechnology law, corporate governance and business ethics, international business law, law for entrepreneurs, law for managers, intellectual property, and sustainability and growth.

September. During the evening, 23 small grants were awarded to Haywood County special education teachers and speech language pathologists. The grants, which totaled $7,360, were made possible by the United Way of Haywood County.




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Give chance a piece, or something like that

BY JOHN B ECKMAN G UEST COLUMNIST here’s a lot to be said for making careful plans in our lives, crafting a logical, well thought out path to get us from point A to point B without getting too lost in between. How we navigate through the multitude of choices and directions we have in life depends on a variety of factors derived from all that we have seen, heard, learned, experienced and dreamed. But even with all the technology at our fingertips to aid us in organizing and executing our well-considered plans, we can never really out-plan chance circumstances, nor should we. Chance and happenstance have the power to dissolve our perfect plans in an instant, leaving us without a next move for better or worse, but always changed. Throw some kids into the equations and it would seem that all the well-designed plans in the world are pretty much temporary ones. My wife and I opted not to have children, choosing instead to spend our child-rearing time and effort on community and social concerns, building our own businesses and being that wonderful aunt and uncle to our friends’ and siblings’ many offspring. One tradition we’ve created is to send each child a plane ticket for their sixteenth birthday to fly solo to North Carolina for a week of fun and new experiences. Between whitewater rafting, zip-lines, Thai food, working the farmers market and living without their parents for a week, they leave with some different stories to share with family and friends. We congratulate ourselves when they depart for having enhanced their lives and for surviving several days with teenagers in the house. This year, it was Annie, my sister’s youngest, who came, the last of the seven teenage voyagers on our list. We laid out plans for adventures and experiences she’d never had, hoping to send


Citizens should not tolerate shutdown

To the Editor: My name is David Monteith and I oppose the government shutdown. We Americans have given enough. When our federal government, including the president, House and Senate members, can not agree and dictate to us the U.S. citizen what is best for all with out our input, we need to stand up and say “Enough is enough.” What is this federal shutdown costing our citizens? Our three largest employers in Swain County have and will continue to be affected: • Con-Met — The products they build, if they are not sold what happens in Swain County? Layoffs will come. • Tourism – The Great Smoky Mountains National Park shutdown means tourists quit coming to Bryson City and Swain County. Businesses shutdown and lay off workers. • The Great Smoky Mountains Railroad is one of the largest employers, as are restaurants, motels, rafting companies, Fontana Lake businesses, tubers, cabin rentals, stores — all these affected when tourists cut back. There is a freeze on child subsidy funds and also WIC with a possibility of more. Federally funded programs are in danger of

her back enthused and more worldly than when she arrived. I picked up the still sky-nervous kid in Asheville, and we got back to Cullowhee at the same time her cousin stopped by, just by chance, on his way from Boston to Clemson to start as a freshmen. We finished the day with laughter and her first experience of ratatouille, squash and seared kale dinner, and she liked it. We were on our way toward another exciting tomorrow and all the newness awaiting there, whatever it was. After she made her first-ever batch of blueberry pancakes from scratch for the hungry group, we said goodbye as they headed south, and we headed for the river’s whitewater and as much excitement as we could find in a Ducky. A couple hours later, we were soaked, tired and hungry and ready for a shower, a tour of the town and campus and a big fat pizza. Everybody was happy, everything was going perfectly according to my plan, and I grinned widely. The next day included a trip to Rabun Gap-Nacoochie School just south of Franklin for her to see what life at a private boarding school looked like and to see if she might like to go there next fall for her senior year. We met Ms. Richardson at the appointed time for the tour, which turned into a class schedule planning, an interview, then a meeting with the coaches and the director of athletics and another interview. We emerged from the appointment very enthused when Ms. Richardson came out and said that the school did not want her next year — they wanted her this year and could she be ready to start classes next week. In the first-caught breath, Annie said “Yes.” My carefully laid plans for the week of frolic vaporized instantly, and a pair of jaws fell open as we tried to understand what had just taken place. The next five days would not be spent swinging from treetops and hiking the Smokies, but instead we’d be transferring school and medical records, shop-

being cut within 30 days. Swain County cannot stand this. If federal grants stop, what about food for the elderly and needy, jobs for the county workers will be affected, and Health Department aides and DSS emergency services could be affected. Citizens, we do not need this federal shutdown. Citizens please pray for help and understanding. David Monteith Bryson City

Meadows, Maniscalco did not attend forum To the Editor: I attended the Maggie Valley aldermen candidate forum and read with interest your coverage of this event. First, I would like to commend the Maggie Valley Chamber of Commerce for sponsoring a well-moderated forum for the community to hear the candidates express their views on the issues. Second, I was very surprised that your article included quotes from Charlie Meadows and Joe Maniscalco as answers to the exact questions asked at the forum since, as you state in the beginning of your article, they did not attend. By including their answers along with the

ping for school supplies, shoes and uniforms, and cramming for the entrance exams that were being given in four days. The families were like the proverbial “deer in the headlights” when we called with the news that their baby would be coming home in four months, not Tuesday as planned — all they had to do was sign the pile of paperwork headed their way. Shocked by what they were hearing, they gave a quick “no.” After some thought, though, they gave a “yes” with more than a little trepidation in their voices. That night, I changed her return flight from Aug. 20 to Dec. 20. She wasn’t going home after all; there was no time for such things. Our simple tour had turned events on a dime and changed the direction of just about everything in both of our worlds. It’s been almost two months since then, and we’re all still adjusting to the new reality brought on by a simple twist of fate. She really likes her 6-foot, 4-inch roommate from Nigeria and is bringing her to Cullowhee to spend Thanksgiving with us. Guess we’ll just have to change our holiday plans, but I’m starting to get used to doing that. The week of adventure we had planned this summer has transformed into much more than any of us could have imagined, all due to an unexpected chance and opportunity showing up out of left field. Maybe we all try to plan too much of our lives, squashing the opportunity for chance and fate to take the wheel from our hands, and sometimes those unexpected opportunities can lead to great things. But we have to allow it to happen in our lives, to leave ourselves open to the unexpected. Annie and I agree that life is made up of a lot of moving pieces and parts, and to put a spin on Lennon’s classic 1969 song, all we are saying is “give chance a piece,” and enjoy the ride wherever it takes you. (John Beckman is a writer, farmer and builder. He can be reached at

candidates that did attend the Forum, you are misleading the public into thinking that they also participated, when in fact they didn’t. This was not fair to the six candidates who made the effort and had the fortitude to attend the forum. The people of Maggie Valley deserve to know who is willing to come before them and answer tough questions about their issues and concerns. Your paper needs to report facts and not attempt to manipulate coverage of an event to appear as if all the candidates participated, when, in truth, they did not. William Banks, Maggie Valley

McCrory’s efforts paying off for state To the Editor: In most of the Western Carolina newspapers’ letters to the editor section, we can count on one main topic — Gov. Pat McCrory and the Republicans are bad for North Carolina! But did you notice that last month in August the State of North Carolina moved from having the 49th highest unemployment rate in the U.S. to number 44, tied with Georgia and the District of Columbia. While many are complaining, condemning

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 or mail to PO Box 629, Waynesville, NC, 28786.

and criticizing Gov. McCrory, he is out every day promoting our state and looking for new businesses to open up in our state. Ninetyeight out of 100 counties lowered their unemployment rates last month. That is amazing and a positive sign for our unemployed. Reducing North Carolina’s taxes is beginning to bring new businesses to our state. Tens of thousands of people have lost their homes in North Carolina in the last five years because of a lack of jobs. North Carolina now has a governor who is committed to improving our economy and helping people keep their homes and helping the unemployed find work. Gov. Pat McCrory is working his butt off to do that. His efforts are beginning to pay off for North Carolina. Jim Mueller Glenville

Taste the Mountains is an ever-evolving paid section of places to dine in Western North Carolina. If you would like to be included in the listing please contact our advertising department at 828.452.4251 AMMONS DRIVE-IN RESTAURANT & DAIRY BAR 1451 Dellwwod Rd., Waynesville. 828.926.0734. Open 7 days a week 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Celebrating over 25 years. Enjoy world famous hot dogs as well as burgers, seafood, hushpuppies, hot wings and chicken. Be sure to save room for dessert. The cobbler, pie and cake selections are sure to satisfy any sweet tooth. ANTHONY WAYNE’S 37 Church St, Waynesville. 828.456.6789. Open for lunch Monday-Friday 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.; open for dinner Thursday-Saturday 5 to 9 p.m.; and Sunday brunch 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Exceptional, new-American cuisine, offering several gluten free items. BLUE ROOSTER SOUTHERN GRILL 207 Paragon Parkway, Clyde, Lakeside Plaza at the old Wal-Mart. 828.456.1997. Monday-Friday 11 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.; Sunday 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Friendly and fun family atmosphere. Local, handmade Southern cuisine. Fresh-cut salads; slow-

simmered soups; flame grilled burgers and steaks, and homemade signature desserts. Blue-plates and local fresh vegetables daily. Brown bagging is permitted. Private parties, catering, and take-out available. Call-ahead seating available. BOURBON BARREL BEEF & ALE 454 Hazelwood Ave., Waynesville, 828.452.9191. Now open for lunch 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Dinner nightly from 4 p.m. Closed on Sunday. We specialize in hand-cut, all natural steaks, fresh fish, and other classic American comfort foods that are made using only the finest local and sustainable ingredients available. We also feature a great selection of craft beers from local artisan brewers, and of course an extensive selection of small batch bourbons and whiskey. The Barrel is a friendly and casual neighborhood dining experience where our guests enjoy a great meal without breaking the bank. BRYSON CITY BAKERY AND PASTRY SHOPPE 191 Everett St., Bryson City. 828.488.5390 Offering a full line of fresh baked goods like Grandma used to make. Large variety to choose from including cakes, pies, donuts, breads, cinn-buns and much more. Also serving Hershey Ice Cream. Open seven days a week, 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. CATALOOCHEE RANCH 119 Ranch Dr., Maggie Valley. 828.926.1401. Family-style breakfast seven days a week, from 8 to 9:30 am –




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October 16-22, 2013

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To the Editor: This is an open letter to Rep Mark Meadows, R-Cashiers. Rep. Meadows, your actions have already denied food for children in my community. They are already going hungry because the Women Infants and Children’s program is no longer providing funds. The federally funded Department of Social Services has asked the community’s largest local food pantry to provide baby food for the families they can’t serve. That pantry has already had a 34.9 percent increase in food distribution need before this latest boondoggle, and have not received a corresponding increase in donated resources they rely on to meet that need. I presume that you think hungry children are a minor problem that can be met by the local community. Guess what? That assumption is plain sophistry. The government shutdown, whether you actually considered this or not, has already hit my local community in lowered income expectations at a time when they should be seeing the highest income levels of the year. Instead, the tourists who are shut out of the national parks are not coming to the area. I personally know nine federal employees who are furloughed. These people have families to feed, can’t pay for child care to the local providers, who in turn can’t then provide for their own families. If the shutdown continues for any length of time, their credit ratings will be harmed as they fail to pay their mortgages, utilities and other bills. How can this be helping the nation? Thousands of 401k’s, mine included, lost huge amounts the last time we went through this and we’re already seeing a downturn in our investments with this unnecessary lack of action. Are you actually trying to see an upsurge in the number of people becoming the “takers” you so despise? What you have done to date seems to indicate that this is your motivation. Your actions as a member of the People’s House have certainly fallen far short of my expectations. You are supposed to act in best interests of your constituency but have not shown a willingness to do so. What I am seeing is a bunch of intractable bullies in full regalia; who, led by you, are careless of the honorable job they signed on to do and instead are willfully and totally ignorant of the needs of their constituents. Perhaps part of the Hippocratic Oath should be added to the oath for members of Congress, “Above All Do No Harm.” If you can’t do something positive toward putting things back together on a long-term basis, get out of Washington now. Come back here and I’ll put you to work passing out the donated food to the families who need help and let you earn your pay doing real work. Penny Wallace Waynesville

tasteTHEmountains opinion

To the Editor: In my business, I deal with many people who are at the bottom of the economic ladder. For them, one car breakdown or one illness can mean financial disaster. Often it means the loss of a job, and any hope of climbing out of poverty. When Rep. Jim Davis, R-Franklin, and Gov. Pat McCrory denied over half a million North Carolina citizens 100 percent federally paid for Medicaid coverage, they guaranteed that many of those 500,000 citizens would never climb out of poverty and that some of them would die. When asked to justify this callous and spiteful act, they argued that it was necessary because of the terrible state of the existing Medicaid program in the state. As proof of this, they cited a state audit of the North Carolina Medicaid program. The governor claimed that the audit showed high administrative cost, management problems and serious budget overruns in past years. As a result, the governor said that the state was in no position to accept any more Medicaid recipients. Nine months later, we now know that the governor lied about all of this. On taking office, McCrory appointed his own people to oversee the Department of Health and Human Services. They made strategic edits to the audit to produce the document that showed a department in crisis. None of the claims about mismanagement, high costs and budget overruns were true. In fact, an innovative program to manage Medicaid costs started by Democratic Gov. Beverly Purdue, called “Community Care of North Carolina” had been studied by two national groups as a model for cost savings and care management. This program has been replicated in a number of states as a model of Medicaid delivery. All positive references to this program were edited out the report by McCrory’s appointees. Republicans really don’t believe in any form of public assistance. They have long opposed Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, unemployment benefits and now the Affordable Care Act. They have a right to that belief, and they have a right to act on that belief when they are in power. They do not have a right to lie about facts to justify their actions. It is clear they wish to hide their real beliefs from the voters. The denial of Medicaid to over 500,000 low-income and uninsured North Carolina citizens will go down as one of the most fiscally irresponsible and deplorable acts of this legislature. Our federal tax dollars already paid for this Medicaid expansion which will now go to other states. Every emergency room visit by one of those 500,000 people will cost each of us more money in higher health insurance premiums. The cost in human suffering cannot be calculated. Louis Vitale Franklin

LETTERS Constitutents angry with Rep. Meadows’ actions


More Medicaid lies from McCrory

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with eggs, bacon, sausage, grits and oatmeal, fresh fruit, sometimes French toast or pancakes, and always all-you-can-eat. Lunch every day from 11:30 till 2. Evening cookouts on the terrace on weekends and Wednesdays (weather permitting), featuring steaks, ribs, chicken, and pork chops, to name a few. Bountiful family-style dinners on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday, with entrees that include prime rib, baked ham and herbbaked chicken, complemented by seasonal vegetables, homemade breads, jellies and desserts. We also offer a fine selection of wine and beer. The evening social hour starts at 6pm, and dinner is served starting at 7pm. So join us for mile-high mountaintop dining with a spectacular view. Please call for reservations. CHEF’S TABLE 30 Church St., Waynesville. 828.452.6210. From 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday dinner starting at 5 p.m. “Best of” Award of Excellence from Wine Spectator Magazine. Set in a distinguished atmosphere with an exceptional menu. Extensive selection of wine and beer. Reservations honored.


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CITY BAKERY 18 N. Main St. Waynesville 828.452.3881. Monday-Friday 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Join us in our historic location for scratch made soups and daily specials. Breakfast is made to order daily: Gourmet cheddar & scallion biscuits served with bacon, sausage and eggs; smoked trout bagel plate; quiche and fresh fruit parfait. We bake a wide variety of breads daily, specializing in traditional french breads. All of our breads are hand shaped. Lunch: Fresh salads, panini sandwiches. Enjoy outdoor dinning on the deck. Private room available for meetings.

Saturday and Sunday brunch 9 a.m. to 3p.m., Full Menu 3 to 9 p.m. Serving fresh and delicious weekday morning lite fare, lunch, dinner, and brunch. Freshly prepared menu offerings range from house-made soups & salads, lite fare & tapas, crepes, specialty sandwiches and burgers. Be sure not to miss the bold flavors and creative combinations that make up the daily Chef Supper Specials starting at 5pm every day. Followed by a tempting selection of desserts prepared daily by our chefs and other local bakers. Enjoy craft beers on tap, as well as our full bar and eclectic wine list. CORK & CLEAVER 176 Country Club Drive, Waynesville. 828.456.7179. Reservations recommended. 4:30-9 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday. Tucked away inside Waynesville Inn, Cork & Cleaver has an approachable menu designed around locally sourced, sustainable, farm-to-table ingredients. Executive Chef Corey Green prepares innovative and unique Southern fare from local, organic vegetables grown in Western North Carolina. Full bar and wine cellar. COUNTRY VITTLES: FAMILY STYLE RESTAURANT 3589 Soco Rd, Maggie Valley. 828.926.1820 Open Daily 7 a.m. to 8:30 p.m., closed Tuesday. Family Style at Country Vittles is not a buffet. Instead our waitresses will bring your food piping hot from the kitchen right to your table and as many refills as you want. So if you have a big appetite, but sure to ask your waitress about our family style service.

CITY LIGHTS CAFE Spring Street in downtown Sylva. 828.587.2233. Open Monday-Saturday 7:30 a.m. to 9 p.m., Sunday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tasty, healthy and quick. Breakfast, lunch, dinner, espresso, beer and wine. Come taste the savory and sweet crepes, grilled paninis, fresh, organic salads, soups and more. Outside patio seating. Free Wi-Fi, pet-friendly. Live music and lots of events. Check the web calendar at

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.

BRYSON CITY CORK & BEAN A MOUNTAIN SOCIAL HOUSE 16 Everett St.,Bryson City. 828.488.1934. Open Monday-Friday 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.,

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

Saturday, Sunday lunch and dinner from 11:30 a.m. to 7 p.m., closed Mondays. Frogs Leap is a farm to table restaurant focused on local, sustainable, natural and organic products prepared in modern regional dishes. Seasonal menu focuses on Southern comfort foods with upscale flavors. Come for the restaurant’s 4 @ 4 when you can choose a center and three sides at special prices. Offered Wed- Fri. from 4 to 6. HERREN HOUSE 94 East St., Waynesville 828.452.7837. Lunch: Wednesday - Saturday 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday Brunch 11 a. m. to 2 p.m. Enjoy fresh local products, created daily. Join us in our beautiful patio garden. We are your local neighborhood host for special events: business party’s, luncheons, weddings, showers and more. Private parties & catering are available 7 days a week by reservation only. J. ARTHUR’S RESTAURANT AT MAGGIE VALLEY U.S. 19 in Maggie Valley. 828.926.1817. Lunch Sunday noon to 2:30 p.m., dinner nightly starting at 4:30 p.m. World-famous prime rib, steaks, fresh seafood, gorgonzola cheese and salads. All ABC permits and open year-round. Children always welcome. Take-out menu. Excellent service and hospitality. Reservations appreciated. JUKEBOX JUNCTION U.S. 276 and N.C. 110 intersection, Bethel. 828.648.4193. 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Serving breakfast, lunch, nd dinner. The restaurant has a 1950s & 60s theme decorated with memorabilia from that era. MAD BATTER BAKERY & CAFÉ Located on the WCU Campus in Cullowhee. 828.293.3096. Open Monday-Thursday 7:30 a.m. to 8 p.m., Friday 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday and Sunday 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Earth-friendly foods at people-friendly prices. Daily specials, wraps, salads, pastries, breads, soups and more. Unique fare, friendly service, casual atmosphere and wireless Internet. Organic ingredients, local produce, gourmet fair trade and organic coffees. MOONSHINE GRILL 2550 Soco Road, Maggie Valley loacted in the Smoky Falls Lodge. 828.926.7440. Open Wednesday through Sunday, 4:30 to 9 p.m. Cooking up mouth-watering, wood-fired Angus steaks, prime rib and scrumptious fresh seafood dishes. The wood-fired grill

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tasteTHEmountains gives amazing flavor to every meal that comes off of it. Enjoy creative dishes made using moonshine. Stop by and simmer for a while and soak up the atmosphere. The best kept secret in Maggie Valley. MOUNTAIN PERKS ESPRESSO BAR & CAFÉ 9 Depot St., Bryson City. 828.488.9561. Open Monday through Thursday, 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Friday 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday 8 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. With music at the Depot. Sunday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Life is too short for bad coffee. We feature wonderful breakfast and lunch selections. Bagels, wraps, soups, sandwiches, salads and quiche with a variety of specialty coffees, teas and smoothies. Various desserts. NEWFOUND LODGE RESTAURANT 1303 Tsali Blvd, Cherokee (Located on 441 North at entrance to GSMNP). 828.497.4590. Open 7 a.m. daily. Established in 1946 and serving breakfast, lunch and dinner seven days a week. Family style dining for adults and children. OLD STONE INN 109 Dolan Road, off Love Lane. 828.456.3333. Classic fireside dining in an historic mountain lodge with cozy, intimate bar. Dinner served nightly except Sunday from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Signature dinner choices include our 8oz. filet of beef in a brandied peppercorn sauce and a garlic and herb crusted lamb rack. Carefully selected fine wines and beers plus full bar available. Open year round. Call for reservations.

PATIO BISTRO 30 Church Street, Waynesville. 828.454.0070. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Breakfast bagels and sandwiches, gourmet coffee, deli sandwiches for lunch with homemade soups, quiches, and desserts. Wide selection of wine and beer. Outdoor and indoor dining.

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

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Rising star redefines country music

BY GARRET K. WOODWARD STAFF WRITER acey Musgraves makes me feel like a teenager. Shouts of joy escape my lungs when I find out she’s performing nearby. All my friends grow weary over my constant babbling about her. If there were a life-size poster available, I’d probably buy one — her music is just that good. Musgraves came into the spotlight as a competitor on the singing program “Nashville Star” in 2007. She has since won over fans and critics alike with her sharp-as-nails stage presence and poignant lyrical content, hearkening back to an era dominated by Loretta Lynn and Tammy Wynette. Her tone is an intoxicating cocktail of Kitty Wells heartache and Dolly Parton determination, with a sprinkle of James McMurtry hard-knock wisdom and snark. Musgraves will hit the stage at Western Carolina University on Oct. 26. The Texas-bred singer/songwriter shot into the mainstream with her 2012 smash “Merry Go ‘Round,” a number that confronts the face in the mirror, “Mama’s hooked on Mary Kay/Brother’s hooked Kacey Musgraves will perform at 9 p.m. on Mary Jane/Daddy’s Saturday, Oct. 26, in the Ramsey Regional hooked on Mary two Activity Center at Western Carolina doors down/Mary, University. The show is part of the school’s Mary quite conhomecoming weekend. Arena seats are $15 trary/We get bored, so, for WCU students and $20 for the general we get married/Just public. Floor seats are $20 for WCU students like dust, we settle in and $25 for the general public. Day-of-show this town.” Her latest tickets are $20 for arena, $25 for floor. single, “Blowin’ Rayland Baxter opens. Smoke,” is as much or 828.227.7677. an anthem as a battle cry for all those wanting more out of small town life, “Wipe down the bar, take out the trash/Light one up and count my cash/Swear I’m never coming back again/I’m just blowin’ smoke.” It’s not so much that Musgraves is doing something new; she’s holding on to something time-tested and aged to perfection. She represents gritty sincerity and a keen sense of vulnerability, something all-too-often missing from modern country music. The Smoky Mountain News recently caught up with Musgraves while she wrapped up her European tour in England. She spoke of her influences, how “real” country music isn’t a myth these days, and why enjoying the present is more important than worrying about the past or future.


Country star Kacey Musgraves comes to Western Carolina University on Oct. 26. Kelly Christine Musgraves photo


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“I just write about the things than inspire me, which is a very wide variety of things. People want to talk about parts of my songs like they’re wild ideas, but really I’m just being a songwriter.” — Country star Kacey Musgraves

Smoky Mountain News: What comes first, lyrics or guitar riff? How does the process unfold? Kacey Musgraves: It’s different every time. There’s no set rhythm to how inspiration hits me. Although I’d say more often than not, I start with lyrics, and then I play with melody.

SMN: What do you say to people that say “real” country music is dead, and that what’s on the radio today isn’t country, but pop music? KM: There’s a lot of great music being made out there that hasn’t been heard yet, so seek it out yourself. The radio doesn’t always represent every genre in its entirety.

SMN: What inspires your songwriting? KM: Everything inspires my songwriting. Living life and messing up, and seeing other people live life and mess up. Conversations, relationships, signs, colors, emotions — all of it.

SMN: Listening to your music, I definitely feel you’re taking a different path than other female country singers, a path I haven’t heard from others in years. KM: I’m a songwriter and I just write about the things than inspire me, which is a very wide variety of things. People want to talk about parts of my songs like they’re wild ideas, but really I’m just being a songwriter.

SMN: Being labeled a “country singer” can sometimes pigeonhole an artist. How do you avoid that, and how would describe your music? KM: I am undeniably and proudly a country music singer. But above all, I want to make good music, no matter the genre. I would describe my music as a conglomeration of the roots of simple, traditional country music and sprinklings of other kinds of genres that I’m inspired by. Hopefully what forms is a modern-classic vibe. SMN: You melodies conjure the golden age of country, an age many today feel is long gone, and, at the same time, greatly missed. What are you hopes for your impact on modern country music? KM: I hope to have a long, happy career in music and always make sure that my lyrics are of the utmost importance. Also, I want to always have the respect of people who aren’t only looking for the “in” thing of the moment. SMN: Who were your musical influences growing up? KM: Growing up I sang a lot of Patsy Cline, Dolly Parton and Loretta Lynn. I was also a huge Lee Ann Womack fan.

SMN: Throughout my time interviewing country musicians, I’ve always been fascinated at how varied their musical tastes are. Who’s catching your ear these days? KM: I love Alison Krauss, Mindy Smith, John Prine, Miguel, Bruno Mars, a lot of old country, Weezer, Cake, Ryan Adams, Brandy Clark — it’s all over the map.

SMN: What’s the future hold for you? How are you handling the attention and award nominations? KM: People ask me all the time about the future and where I want to be. All I can say is that I want to be happy and continue being a songwriter. I’m learning how to be present and thankful in this current moment and that’s really all I can do.


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Carver’s Maggie Valley Restaurant Clyde’s Restaurant (Waynesville) Dean’s Haywood Café (Waynesville) DuVall’s Restaurant (Waynesville) J Creek Café (Waynesville) Joey’s Pancake House (Maggie Valley) Sherrill’s Pioneer Restaurant (Clyde)

Jackson County • Cullowhee Café (Sylva) • The Coffee Shop (Sylva)

Macon County • City Restaurant (Franklin) • Normandie (Franklin)

Swain County • Everett Street Diner (Bryson City) • The Iron Skillet (Bryson City)

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Help. That’s what was texted to me a couple weeks ago. It was my co-worker at the newspaper, stuck in mud somewhere in the backwoods of Maggie Valley. Normally, I would finally get to sleep in on a Saturday morning, but not this time. I pulled myself out of bed, cranked my pickup truck and headed out of Waynesville. After almost an hour of digging, pushing and pulling with a towrope, my old truck yanked her out of the deep muck. Rolling back through the main drag in Maggie Valley, I began to get hungry. I hadn’t eaten breakfast yet, and boy-oboy could I go for some eggs and bacon amid endless cups of coffee. And just as I decided to find a diner, my vision came across Carver’s Maggie Valley Restaurant. I strolled in, my boots Garret K Woodward photo proudly covered with the mud of a damsel in distress, and found a seat in the back of the room. The server placed a pot of coffee in front of me and left. I wonThe Trail Magic #6 Release Party will be Oct. 18dered if she forgot it, but 19 at Nantahala Brewing Company in Bryson City. quickly realized each table got their own pot for consumption. How great, The Flea Bitten Dawgs and ‘Round the Fire right? Finishing my meal, I performduring “Octoberfest” Oct. 19 at Bear was stuffed and slowly Waters Brewing in Waynesville. relaxed into the impending day. I enjoyed the atmosWriter Dan Pierce will present his book Corn from phere of Carver’s, the histoa Jar Oct. 24 in the Mountain Heritage Center at ry of the area hung all over Western Carolina University. the walls, and the friendly nature of the establishment The 23rd annual Swain County Chamber of (hence this week’s feature Commerce Chili Cook Off will be Oct. 19 in story on the restaurant). downtown Bryson City. I grew up in the northeast, and the “American Singer/songwriter Spanky will perform Oct. 19 at diner” is a big deal above Frog Level Brewing in Waynesville. the Mason-Dixon Line. There’s something to be said about the innumerable 24-hour Greek or homeFor years, we’d continue this tradition, and town diners, filled with menus as big and still do whenever I get the chance to head elaborate as a textbook, where your coffee back to Upstate New York. cup never goes empty and breakfast is as While in college, my cronies and I would fresh and available at 3 a.m. as it is at 3 p.m. hit up nearby diners for food once the bars As a kid, I always looked forward to closed. But, as I came into my senior year, going to the local diner in the morning with something changed. That something was my father. He’d sit there reading the newsmy epiphany to become a writer. I began sitpaper while I’d eat my breakfast and talk ting in diners for hours, reading Kerouac or about whatever was on my mind that day.

The business was another fine culinary spot that follows a long line and storied history that is “the American diner.” There are plenty of such locations around Western North Carolina, with many listed below. Oh, and all are most definitely serving two slices of toast (cut into four triangular pieces) per two eggs.

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Thompson or Mailer, and writing about whatever I was thinking about. The Acropolis in Hamden, Conn., is where I learned how to write. I’d hole up in the back booth with a handful of novels and my notebook ready to be filled with words. The variation of people and situations that would swirl around my table fascinated me, and I’d write about them. With my first reporting job in eastern Idaho came my greatest controversy as a member of the media. In rural Teton County, there were three places that served breakfast, and each only served one slice of toast (cut into two triangular pieces) per two eggs. Now, being a self-proclaimed diner aficionado, I knew there was a standard to breakfast, which was two slices of toast (cut into four triangular pieces) per two eggs. After further research and investigation into the matter, it turned out my numbers were correct. When the feature, titled “Chasing the American Dream of Breakfast,” hit newsstands that week, all hell broke loose. An argument over the issue spread like wildfire throughout the county. Even these many years later, I can still hear vibrations from the incident echo from the high desert plains and mountain peaks of the Grand Tetons. The kicker to all of this resulted in the article receiving the 2008 Idaho Press Club award for “Best Light Feature” — an accolade that threw more fuel onto the controversy. And as I sat there in Carver’s, I felt at home, in a diner I had never been in before. 828-298-7928 23

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cert at 9 p.m. on New Year’s Eve. The group lays an undisputed claim to being the longest running major rock band with original personnel intact. In 2004, the Texas trio was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, with more than 40 years of rock, blues, and boogie on the road and in the studio. Their hits include “Tush,” “Sharp Dressed Man,” “Legs” and “Cheap Sunglasses.” Tickets are $65, $75 and $100. or

Lake Junaluska Singers perform “Songs by the Lakeshore” Nine Inch Nails will headline the inaugural Mountain Oasis Electronic Music Summit in Asheville Oct. 25-27.

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Mountain Oasis festival welcomes NIN, Bassnectar and Pretty Lights The inaugural Mountain Oasis Electronic Music Summit will be Oct. 25-27 in downtown Asheville. Nine Inch Nails, Bassnectar and Pretty Lights will headline the three-day weekend, which also will feature a performance by Neutral Milk Hotel. Other artists confirmed for the celebration include Animal Collective, Trent Reznor’s new project How To Destroy Angels, Gary Numan, Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Tricky, Zola Jesus, JG Thirwell, Jessie Ware, The Bug, and Silver Apples. Samplings of the new wave in electronica will serve up Disclosure, Rustie, Chromatics, Robert DeLong, Jacques Greene, and Bondax, among numerous other artists. The vision and programming philosophy behind Mountain Oasis celebrates the creative spirit of musical exploration. Woven around the twin threads of contemporary electronic music and the creative use of technology, the festival features world-class musical performances along with talks, seminars, and panels by artists and others. Weekend passes are $199.50, with payment plans available.

Haywood Community Band showcases Brubeck, ‘Our America’

Tickets on sale for White, Kool & The Gang, ZZ Top Tickets are currently on sale for upcoming performances by comedian Ron White, funk group Kool & The Gang and rock band ZZ Top at Harrah’s Cherokee Event Center. White will perform his blue collar comedy at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 23. The prolific funnyman has two Grammy nominations, a Gold Record, three of the top rated one-hour TV specials in Comedy Central history, a New York Times Best Seller and CD and DVD sales of more than 10 million units. Tickets are $45, $55 and $75. Kool & The Gang will roll out their classic, contagious hits at 7 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 29. The group has sold more than 70 million albums worldwide and influenced the music of three generations. Thanks to songs like “Celebration,” “Cherish,” and “Jungle Boogie,” they’ve earned two Grammy Awards, seven American Music Awards, and 31 gold and platinum albums. Their bulletproof funk and tough, jazzy arrangements have also made them the most sampled band of all time. Tickets are $32, $42 and $53. Longtime rockers ZZ Top bring 2013 to a close with a con-

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The Haywood Community Band will present its final performance of the Maggie Valley Concert Series at 6:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 20, at the Maggie Valley Community Pavilion, adjacent to the Town Hall. With the theme “Americana,” the concert will showcase music made popular by Dave Brubeck’s “Take Five” and also selections from “Our America” such as “Yankee Doodle,” “God Bless The U.S.A.” and “Seventy Six Trombones.” The Haywood Community Band is supported in part by a grassroots grant from the Haywood County Arts Council and the North Carolina Arts Council. The series is sponsored by the Maggie Valley Civic Association. Free. or 24 828.456.4880.

Texas rockers ZZ Top (pictured) will play New Year’s Eve at Harrah’s Cherokee. Tickets are now available for the show, as well as for performances by Ron White and Kool & The Gang.

Duo to perform cello, piano recital at WCU The Jesselson/Fugo Duo from the University of South Carolina School of Music will present a recital of cello and piano music at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 19, in the Coulter

The Lake Junaluska Singers’ “Songs by the Lakeshore” concert will take place at 7:30 p.m. on Oct. 18-19 in Stuart Auditorium. Song selections include “Battle of Jericho,” “It is Well,” “On Broadway,” “Old Man River,” “Empty Chairs, Empty Tables,” and much more. Since 1954, the Lake Junaluska Singers have served as musical ambassadors for Lake Junaluska and The United Methodist Church. With concert repertoire including classical choral music, hymn arrangements, spirituals, and musical comedy, this 16-voice professional ensemThe Lake Junaluska Singers will present ble presents sea“Songs by the Lakeshore” Oct. 18-19. sonal concerts at Lake Junaluska photo Lake Junaluska. In addition, the group tours across the country and around the world, sharing God’s love through inspiring music. Reserved seating is $20 per person and general admission is $17.50. Children 18 and under are free in general admission seating only. Purchase tickets online at or at the Bethea Welcome Center from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.

Building at Western Carolina University. The duo consists of cellist Robert Jesselson, a Carolina Distinguished Professor at the University of South Carolina, and Charles Fugo, professor of piano at the USC School of Music. Their repertoire includes major sonatas by Beethoven, Brahms, Chopin, Strauss, Mendelssohn, Grieg, Schubert, Boccherini, Valentini and Rachmaninoff. Free. 828.227.7242.

WCU Wind Ensemble celebrates the 1960s The Western Carolina University Wind Ensemble will present a 1960s-themed classical concert at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 22, at WCU’s John W. Bardo Fine and Performing Arts Center in Cullowhee. The concert and musical selections are connected to the campus wide interdiscipli-

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nary learning theme for the 2013-14 academic year, “1960s: Take It All In.” The theme is intended to encourage research, reflection and discussion on the decade’s political upheaval, scientific accomplishments, extensions of pop culture, artistic expression, feminism and civil rights. 828.227.7242.

On the beat Water’n Hole Bar and Grill in Waynesville. $3. 828.456.4750. • The Freestylers and Lorraine Conard Band will play at City Lights Café in Sylva. The Freestylers perform Oct. 18, with Lorraine Conard Band, Oct. 19. Free. 828.587.2233 or


• The Flea Bitten Dawgs perform for “Octoberfest” at 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 19, at Bear Waters Brewing in Waynesville. Open group will be ‘Round the Fire. Free. or 828.246.0602.


WCU to present fall choral concert


The Western Carolina University d School of Music will present its annual t fall choral concert at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 24, at the John W. Bardo Fine and Performing Arts Center in g Cullowhee. l Featured student choral ensembles will be the University Chorus, Early Music Ensemble and Concert Choir, all d conducted by Michael Lancaster, director of choral activities at WCU. Free. 828.227.7242.



• Bohemian Duo and Spanky tap into Frog Level Brewing Company in Waynesville. Bohemian Duo performs Oct. 18, with Spanky, Oct. 19. Both shows begin at 6:30 p.m. Free. 828.454.5664 or

• Hermit Kings, Red Honey and Pearly Peach will perform at No Name Sports Pub in Sylva. Hermit Kings play Oct. 17, with Red Honey, Oct. 18 and Pearly Peach, Oct. 19. All shows l are free and begin at 9 p.m. 828.586.2750 or • Southern rockers Twisted Trail hits the stage at 9 p.m. Friday, Oct. 18, at the

• Pianist Joe Cruz plays at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 18, at The Classic Wineseller in Waynesville. $10 minimum food, drink or merchandise purchase. James Hammel Trio performs at 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 19. Dinner available. 828.452.6000 or • The Music in the Mountains concert series continues with Avelina at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 19, at the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad Depot in Bryson City. The group performs Americana, jazz and modern rock. The free concert series brings together local residents, visitors and musicians for an evening of melodies and mountains. • Brian Ashley Jones and Red June perform at The Strand at 38 Main in Waynesville. Jones plays on Oct. 17, with Red June, Oct. 24. Both shows are at 7:45 p.m. and cost $12 per person. • The Pickin’ On The Square summer concert series continues with Bryan Loy and Paradise 76 at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 19, 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 • “An American Harvest” Benefit Concert for CareNet and “Stop Hunger Now” will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 20, at First United Methodist Church in Franklin. Donations will be taken. A reception will follow. 828.524.3010. • The Unitarian Universalist Fellowship drum circle will meet at 6 p.m. Friday, Oct. 18, in Franklin. Bring your drum or use one provided for an hour of relaxing rhythm. Free. 828.369.8658.

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• David Cassidy will perform at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 19, at the Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts in Franklin. The pop star is renowned for his hit “I Think I Love You” and his time as an actor on “The Partridge Family.” $22/$28. 866.273.4615 or

• A ukulele event will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 19, at the Stone Cottage Band Instrument Shoppe in Waynesville. Live music provided by The Flea Bitten Dawgs, with special guests Thom Pallozola and David Spangler. Free. 828.456.4880.

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• Russell Moore and Illrd Tyme Out perform at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 19, at the Stecoah Valley Cultural Arts Center in Robbinsville. Moore is a seven-time IBMA “Vocal Group of the Year” award winner and the 2012 “Male Vocalist of the Year.” $25. or 828.479.3364.



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dents are invited to create a scarecrow and enter the contest. Applications are $25 and all proceeds will go to the Swain County Public School Foundation, which awards scholarships to Swain County High School students and provides funds for teacher grants. Applications can be picked up at the Swain County Chamber of Commerce. Contest winners will be announced at the Trick or Treat on Everett Street on Oct. 31. • The classic Alfred Hitchcock film “The Birds” will be screened at 7:45 p.m. Oct. 1819 at The Strand at 38 Main in Waynesville. The story follows a small town overtaken by a vicious flock of birds. $6 for adults, $4 for children.


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The 25th annual Haywood Apple Harvest Festival will be from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 19, in downtown Waynesville. The festival features arts, crafts, live music, dance groups, food vendors and children’s activities. Key events include the Southern Appalachian Cloggers at 11:15 a.m. and 12:15 p.m., Simple Folk at 1 p.m. and Lorraine Conard Band at 3:30 p.m. Free.

e’re in the Halloween homestretch, but I’d wager at least half of you are still riding the costume rollercoaster, days away from closing in on what your kid wants to be. Back in the days before — when we actually had to make our own costumes — if you weren’t in the early throes of gathering your wardrobe supplies by this stage in the game, chances were a white sheet with two eye holes was in your forecast. But homemade costumes are few and far between these days. Even if you do make your own, the heavy-lifting in the design department to take an idea from conception to execution is easily knocked out with a quick cruise through Pintrest. Last year, I had the very clever and novel idea — or so I thought — to dress up as Mitt Romney’s “binder full of women.” But when I googled “binder full of women costume,” turns out a half million other women — give or take — had the same idea and were already posting their various homemade versions online for all to borrow and steal from. My husband is adamantly against storebought costumes. He remembers the good old days when you had to really work for it, put some blood, sweat and tears into it, and only then would you really own it come the big night. But this year, my daughter has had her heart set on Queen Amidala (from Star Wars), almost since the close of business last Halloween. My seamstress skills aren’t quite up to the task, so alas, her costume will be arriving in a box from Fed-Ex. If you are industrious, well-organized and on track with a knockout costume this year, there are plenty of costume contests for your kids to strut their stuff at. Here’s a round-up of some of the contests in the area, but please, let’s keep any Miley Cyrus look-alikes con-


fined to the campus of WCU. • A costume contest and parade in Franklin will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26, during the annual Pumpkin Festival. Meet at town hall at 1 p.m. for the parade, and walk up Main Street to the gazebo where the contest will commence at about 1:15 p.m. • A costume contest in Sylva will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 29, at Mark Watson Park as part of the Halloween Egg Haunt event. Call the Jackson Rec department for more info at 828.293.3053. • A costume contest in Highlands will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, Oct. 28, at Highland-Cashiers Hospital in conjunction with a fall festival, complete with hay rides, trick-or-treating and a cake walk. 828.526.1325. • A costume contest in Whittier will be held at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 24, at the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad Pumpkin Patch in conjunction with a “Lighting of the Pumpkins” festival, including pumpkin carving and trick-or-treating. Located off exit 72 of the Great Smoky Mountains Expressway. $7. 800.872.4681 or • A costume contest in Bryson City will be held on Halloween night in conjunction with downtown trick-or-treat from 4-6 p.m., where merchants give out candy. 800.867.9246. • A costume contest will be held at Nantahala Outdoor Center at 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 26, in conjunction with NOCtoberfest, including pumpkin carving contests and other festivities during the day. In a completely unrelated plug, check out the Veggie Tales Live! show at the Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts in Franklin at 6 p.m. Oct 26. Join the VeggieTales crew for a birthday bash celebrating VeggieTales’ 20 years of stories, songs and fun.

be held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 19, at the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad Depot in Bryson City. The first place winner will receive $400, second place, $300 and third place, $200. The event serves as the primary fundraiser for the Bryson City Christmas Parade scheduled for later in December. The event will include local crafters and live music throughout the day. 828.488.3681 or or • The Plow Day Festival will be held Saturday, Oct. 19, at Darnell Farms in Bryson City. Hayrides, corn maze, plowing demonstrations and live bluegrass music. Ice cream and fresh produce will be available for purchase. Free. 828.488.2376 or


The Swain County Chamber of Commerce Chili Cook Off will be Oct. 19 in Bryson City. Garret K. Woodward photo

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WCU community to celebrate Homecoming Homecoming Weekend will be Oct. 24-27 at Western Carolina University in Cullowhee. This year’s theme is “Whee Are Catamounts!” Public activities will begin with the “Last Lecture” by Professor Burton Ogle at 2:30 p.m. Oct. 24, in the recital hall of the Coulter Building, followed by a Spirit Night Pep Rally at 7:30 p.m. at WCU’s Central Plaza. The annual Alumni Scholarship Homecoming Golf Tournament will tee off at noon Oct. 25, at the Waynesville Inn Golf Resort and Spa. The cost of $85 per person includes fees, cart and a buffet dinner. RSVPs are requested by Oct. 18. 877.440.9990 or 828.227.7335 or Also

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that day, the Homecoming Parade will begin at 6:15 p.m. in downtown Sylva. The inaugural Catamount Chaos Homecoming 5K will start at 9 a.m. Oct. 26, at WCU’s Central Plaza. Preregistration is available online at or 828.227.8804. Events on Oct. 26 will continue with the Chancellor’s Brunch and Alumni Awards Ceremony from 10 a.m. until noon in the Grandroom of A.K. Hinds University Center. $15 per person. Football tailgating will begin at noon, with the game — the Catamounts vs. the Elon Phoenix — at 3:30 p.m. Tickets to the game are available from the WCU athletics

• Octoberbest will be at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 22, at the Storytelling Center in Bryson City. Mountain stories, live music, cowboy coffee and glazed almonds. $5 for adults, $3 for students. 828.488.5705 or

ticket office at 800.344.6928. Postgame activities will include the WCU African-American Alumni Reception from 6 to 8:30 p.m. in Illusions at A.K. Hinds University Center. Stompfest, the annual stepping competition sponsored by WCU’s Organization of Ebony Students and Department of Intercultural Affairs, will begin at 8 p.m. at the John W. Bardo Fine and Performing Arts Center. or 828.227.2479. Rising country music star Kacey Musgraves will perform at 9 p.m. at the Ramsey Regional Activity Center. or 828.227.7677. Homecoming 2013 activities will conclude Oct. 27 with a concert by WCU’s Inspirational Choir at 12:30 p.m. Oct. 27, in the University Center Grandroom.

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The Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts announced its new general manager, Paul Garner.   Garner will oversee the theater’s day-today operations, spearhead the planning, development, scheduling and implementation of special events and performances. Garner attended Full Sail University in Winter Park, Fla., where he studied Music Production and Recording Arts. He graduated in 2009 with a bachelor’s degree in music business. After graduation, Paul interned at the Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts. or 866.273.4615.

The comedic play “The Dixie Swim Club” will be performed at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 18,19 and 21 and at 2:30 p.m. Oct. 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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Some old-fashioned lessons for living oogle books on parenting, and you will find thousands — tens of thousands — of titles. There are books on parenting boys, books on parenting girls, books on parenting toddlers, adolescents, and teens, books on parenting the chubby and the thin, books on parenting every sort of child under the sun. In If Aristotle’s Kid Had An iPod: Ancient Wisdom for Modern Parents (Saint Benedict Press, ISBN 978-161890-414-0, $26.95), author Conor Gallagher offers a philosophy for moms and dads which sets his book apart from this teeming throng. For one thing, If Aristotle’s Kid Had Writer An iPod is not, as Gallagher himself tells his readers, not really a practical parenting book. “I’m not qualified to write one,” Gallagher states. “I’m not going to say spanking is good or bad, or that video games are OK or not OK.” He then goes on to inform us that he is more interested in writing a book of philosophy for parents, that “I am going to use philosophy to help you understand how your kid can become more virtuous, how he develops true friendships, and what will truly make him happy. I’ll leave the specifics to your better judgment.” Does Gallagher deliver on this promise? In spades. First among the delights of If Aristotle’s Kid Had An iPod are the author’s style and tone. This is no stuffy tome of philosophy. Gallagher addresses his readers informally, as if he were speaking to them in their living rooms rather

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than in a lecture hall. There’s plenty of Aristotle’s philosophy on virtue, wisdom, and young people here, but there are also forays into The Lord of the Rings and Star Wars. Anecdotes from parents abound as examples

Like Aristotle, Gallagher stresses the importance of good habits, which can in turn lead to virtue. He writes: “We’ve all heard the saying ‘You are what you eat.’ This is very Aristotelian. When you form a habit, it becomes a part of you. You become what you do. One action is not a habit, nor is it a virtue. If your kid is generally rude, but says ‘please’ out of the blue, he’s still a ‘rude kid.’ If he works at it and begins saying ‘please’ some of the time, he becomes a quasi-polite kid. Eventually, good manners will begin rolling off his tongue. You now have a polite kid.” Gallagher, who studied philosophy intensively in college, earned a degree in law, and today works as the CEO of a Catholic publishing company operating out of Charlotte — in addition, he is the father of eight young children — is particularly good when addressing the importance of friendship in a child’s development and of the cardinal virtues — justice, temperance, fortitude, and prudence — as tools for living the good life, ideas which he takes from Aristotelian philosophy but which he then transforms into a format easily understood even by casual readers. His examples here range from Tiger Woods to U.S. Army warrant officer Hugh Thompson and his helicopter crew, who on seeing the massacre at My Lai in Vietnam taking place, saved several If Aristotle’s Kid Had An iPod: Ancient Wisdom for Vietnamese from certain death by Modern Parents by Conor Gallagher. Saint Benedict American troops run amuck on that day Press, 2015. 250 pages of disgrace. If Aristotle’s Kid Had An iPod also throughout the book, and the lively prose and offers us an excellent reminder that the life thoughtful ideas should give any parent both lived virtuously will bring happiness. Too pleasure and insight into many different issues often young people — and adults — define of raising children to adulthood. “happiness” as pleasure and chase after it for

Exploring 18th century Southern culinary dishes Author Kay Moss will present her book Seeking the Historical Cook at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 18, at City Lights Bookstore in Sylva. Moss’ book is a guide to historical cooking methods from 18thand 19th-century receipt (recipe) books and an examination of how those methods can be used in kitchens today. Designed for adventurous cooks and foodies, the volume is filled with photographs, period images and line art depicting kitchen tools and cooking methods. She will also offer samples of some of her book’s featured recipes. Free. 828.586.9499.

Support the Reading Rover Have “Coffee with the Poet,” Thursday, Oct. 17, at City Lights Bookstore in Sylva and help support reading opportunities for area children at the same time. City Lights will donate 8 percent of its daily sales to the Reading Rover bookmobile, from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Thursday, Oct. 17. “Coffee with the Poet” Kathy Nelson will be at 10:30 a.m. The donation will help put books into the hands of the community’s young readers. The Reading Rover, a cooperative project with Smart Start/Region A Partnership for Children, is a mobile unit serving preschoolers and child care providers throughout Jackson, Macon and Swain counties and the Qualla Boundary. Last year, the Rover provided 6,638 children with story time programs. As a result, 73 percent of children demonstrated knowledge of pre-literacy skills by the end of the year. The Rover visited 725 classrooms. By year’s end, 94 percent of classroom teachers reported using the materials from the Rover for daily classroom literacy activities that were modeled by the Rover librarian. 828.488.2382.

Sons of the American Revolution welcome Nadia Dean Author Nadia Dean will present her work A Demand of Blood at The Silas McDowell Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution

its own sake, failing to recognize that not only is the object of that pursuit false, but that they lack the proper tools to have any chance of success. Ideas like these make this book apt for parents, yes, but those of us whose children have already gone out into the world— and indeed, anyone who has dealings with young people—can profit from the wealth of thought and reflection offered here. Highly recommended. ••• A second book for review this week also comes from a Catholic press, but like If Aristotle Had An iPod, it too deserves a broader audience. This is James Stenson’s small book of reflections and aphorisms, To Be A Man: Life Lessons for Young Men (Scepter Press, ISBN 978-1-59417-162-8, $5.95). Collected here are valuable bits of wisdom designed for young men from age 12 to 30. Here are some from the chapter titled “Professional and Business Savvy:” ‘One of these days’ is really none of these days. Friday afternoon is the worst time to talk with anybody about something important. Never send a letter or memo that you’ve written in anger. If you do, you’ll probably regret it. Hold it for a day or two, look it over calmly, then either revise it or throw it away. Here is advice on a wide variety of subjects, ranging from how to handle a bad roommate in college (move out) to etiquette in the workplace. This little book makes an ideal gift for someone going off to college, starting a new job or even getting married. Another thumb’s up. (Jeff Minick is a writer and teacher. He can be reached at

meeting at 5 p.m. Monday, Oct. 21, at the Broiler Room in Franklin. Dean will preview her book about the 1776 conflict between the Cherokee, area settlers, British authorities, Loyalists/Tories and the Continental Militia in the Western North Carolina area. 828.321.3522 or or

‘Corn from a Jar’ author to speak Writer Dan Pierce will present his book Corn from a Jar at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 24, in the Mountain Heritage Center at Western Carolina University. Tracing the history of moonshine, the presentation will focus on the Scotch-Irish migration to Western North Carolina, including its section about the duality of moonshine and religion in the mountains. Pierce is the professor and chair of the Department of History at the University of North Carolina at Asheville. The program is being jointly sponsored by the Mountain Heritage Center, City Lights Bookstore of Sylva and the Great Smoky Mountains Association. 828.227.7129.



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BY ANDREW KASPER CORRESPONDENT longer season, a higher quota, shooting over bait piles — these are just a few aspects of the state bear hunting laws the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is looking at changing to keep the ever-growing bear population in check. To test the public’s reaction to possible widespread changes to bear hunting laws, the agency held a series of public meetings across the state. Last week at Haywood Community College, wildlife commissioners and staff faced a crowded auditorium — including both hunters and wildlife activists. Both sides urged caution over the new bear hunting laws that might undermine the success of the species in the state. In a few short decades, black bears went from being a blip on the map to a staple creature on the North Carolina landscape. At 78 years old, Waynesville resident Wallace Messer said he remembers times when it was nearly impossible to find a bear in Western North Carolina. As an active member in the North Carolina Bear Hunters Association, he doesn’t want to see the species nearly disappear like it


Relaxed hunting rules would keep bear population in check flatten the growth,” said biologist David Cobb, chief of the commission’s Division of Wildlife Management. “In my estimating, North Carolina has the most robust bear population of any southeastern state.” To stop the bear population from growing, between 350 and 650 additional bears would need to be hunted and shot each year in Western North Carolina. So extending the 54-day hunting season and increasing the number of bears hunters can kill might be in order. However, Bill Lea, a famous wildlife

a bear-hunting season for the Piedmont, which currently doesn’t have one. The commission is also looking at changing is its restrictions on bear baiting — the act of setting food out to attract bears. The standing rules allow hunters with dogs to use bait piles to find a bear’s scent, and then use that scent trail to pursue the bear. Still hunters — those hunting without dogs — are not allowed to shoot bears near a bait pile or use bait piles to hunt. The contradictory regulation supposedly gives an advantage to the houndsmen

Annual number of reported human-bear interactions in the Mountain Bear Management Unit of North Carolina, 1993 through 2010. North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission

photographer based in Franklin, said he disagrees with that plan. The perceived increase in bears has more to do with their habitat being fragmented, which is in turn elevating the number of bear and human run-ins, he said. “I oppose extending the bear hunting season and I oppose changing the bag limits,” he said. “We have more problems because there are more people moving into black bear territory.” The wildlife commission is undertaking a multi-year study in the Asheville area to track bears around the urban setting and better understand bear behavior in and around cities. The bear population is split about 6040, respectively, between the coastal plain and the mountains. However, the range of the black bear has been fanning out into the central portion of North Carolina, where the state’s major population centers reside. The commission is considering adding

■ The black bear population in North Carolina has grown from an estimated 5,000 in 1980 to 18,000 today, rebounding after decades of over-hunting to a robust population over 60 percent of the state geographically. ■ Conflicts between people and bears have increased from about 50 in 1980 to more than 500 a year. ■ The number of bears killed by hunters have gone from around 200 in 1980 to 2,800 statewide now.

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did in the 1960s. He spoke in opposition of any changes that could reduce the bear population. “Just because we got the bear population we got, we don’t want to go gung ho and kill everything,” Messer said. What changes might ultimately be made, if any, are still under consideration. But, the agency does have an idea of what revamped hunting laws might entail and what they might accomplish. The commission recently unveiled a 10-year bear management plan. It calls for halting further growth in the state’s bear population. The bear population in North Carolina has ballooned since the 1980s — from less than 2,000 to as many as 18,000 — and continues to grow by about 6 percent, each year. Meanwhile, humans are gobbling up more and more of the state’s countryside with expanding cityscapes and rural home construction, encroaching on the black bear habitat. The result is that more bears are being killed by vehicles and more bears are wandering into backyards and neighborhoods. The converging narratives have prompted the commission to look at ways to curtail growing bear numbers. “Our objective is to stabilize the bear population, to

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that the hunter without dogs does not have. “They smell better than I can, they hunt better than I can,” Buncombe County resident Keith Hammond said of his bear dogs. “I think we need to level the playing field for still hunters.” Though he didn’t go as far as to say he’d like to be able to shoot bears eating at a bait pile — a measure being considered by the wildlife commission — he said still hunters should be given some sort of other advantage such as certain access to bear sanctuaries. Other hunters at last week’s meeting worried that relaxing the rules around bait would favor commercial driven bear hunting in the state, giving the advantage to operations with large amounts of land and resources to use food to attract bears. With the conclusion of the meeting, said Cobb, the commission will take the input it has gotten and begin hashing out rule changes to propose. Those will be

The N.C. Wildlife Resource Commission is considering more liberal hunting laws for black bears given the species’ success. Here are some of the new regulations being considered: ■ Increase the number of bears a hunter can shoot in a season. The bag limit is now capped at one bear per hunter per season in the mountains. ■ Increase the length of bear hunting season. In the mountains currently, bear hunting season runs from Oct. 14 to Nov. 23 and Dec. 16 to Jan. 1. ■ Allow bear hunting in areas where natural food has been put out to feed or attract bears. ■ Allow bear hunting in the Piedmont region of the state. Now, bear hunting is only allowed in the mountains and coastal plain. ■ A new rule already in place: bear hunters must pay $10 every year for a bear hunting stamp, with revenue put toward black bear research.

brought back to the public for another round of meetings in January and then voted on by the wildlife commissioners. “We’re talking about all these different topics, but we don’t have specific rule proposals yet,” Cobb said. He acknowledged that many hunters are wary that changes could go too far and hurt the bear population. Small changes in the hunting’s laws can have real consequences years down the road, and possibly reverse years of success for the black bear. “Their perspective is one of conservatism,” Cobb said. “Nobody wants to do anything that would make the bear population go down.”


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Wrinkles in space and time

appearance of these unique clouds. If it is a large mass of air bumping the mountain it is pushed up in waves and the waves will stack up creating a “wave cloud.” Lenticular clouds are often thought of as stationary, but that’s not really the case. As the air spills over the mountain and starts down the leeward side it warms back up and dissipates, while the air on the windward side is still rising and condenses. The zone where the cloud is created remains stationary, but the air continues to pass

A Close-Up Outdoor Photography class will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 19, at the Pisgah Center for Wildlife Education on U.S. 276 in the Pisgah National Forest. The program is designed for intermediate and advanced photographers age 14 and older and will focus on equipment and techniques to help photographers capture nature’s tiny plants and animals. Bring a camera capable of manual control and extra camera batteries. Wear sturdy shoes. The program is hosted by the NC Wildlife Resources Commission. 828.877.4423 or


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Millions of years ago America and Africa rubbed shoulders and the Appalachian Mountains were created. The ancient Appalachians, at one time as high as the Alps or Rockies, created quite an east-west barrier from Canada down to central Alabama. Today’s kinder, gentler Appalachians eroded and for the most part still impact us in myriad ways. A lot of it has to do with weather. As most of our weather patterns come from the west, we on the east side of the Appalachians often have to wait and see what we get. I remember learning about rain shadows caused by the mountains. Asheville is in one — it’s actually the driest city in the state. That is why they moved Asheville’s official weather station out to the airport, where it would be more representative of Lenticular cloud over Clingmans Dome. GSMA photo the area. When moisture-laden air comes from the west-souththrough. west, it hits the mountains. It leaves a lot of According to the GSMA post, the winds moisture on the west side, but when it tops in this cloud were probably around 50 to 60 the mountains it gets a little bump and mph. “This particular lenticular had skips over Asheville before dumping the extreme turbulence and a strong rotating moisture a little bit farther east or north. rotor cloud at its base. Being on the Dome I recently learned about another weather this morning would have been like being in phenomenon generated by our mountains a mild chilly wind tunnel.” from a post on FaceBook by the Great Lenticular clouds are more prevalent in Smoky Mountains Association (GSMA). the West, probably due to higher mounIt was a video showing a lenticular cloud tains and more dry, stable air. In the weird over Clingmans Dome. I had never heard of but true category, the lens or saucer shape a lenticular cloud. The most common way of these clouds — plus the fact that they lenticular clouds are formed is when fast often seem stationary — makes them prime moving dry stable air crosses a mountain suspects for UFO sightings. Another bit of barrier. The air hits the windward side of lenticular trivia — pilots of powered airthe mountain and rises in layers. The air crafts avoid lenticular clouds because of the cools as it rises and if the temperature turbulence associated with them. Glider reaches the dew point it condenses and pilots, on the other hand, seek them out forms a cloud. These clouds are named because the “lift” associated with them can depending on the altitude of the atmosreally give a glider a boost. phere where they form. Stratocumulus To see some wonderful pictures of lenticularis are formed in the lower level of lenticular clouds check out www.environthe atmosphere; altocumulus lenticularis common) are formed at mid-level incredible-lenticular-clouds?image=0. altitudes and cirrocumulus lenticularis are (Don Hendershot is a writer and naturalist. He formed at higher altitudes. The name can be reached a “lenticularis” refers to the lens-shaped



Harvest Half Marathon comes to Cherokee More than 600 runners from across the mountains and Southeast are expected in Cherokee on Saturday, Oct. 19, for the second Cherokee Harvest Half Marathon & 5K. Two recent marathon winners from the mountains — Jason Bodnar of Canton who won the Biltmore Marathon and Scott Williams of Asheville who won the Asheville Citizen-Times Marathon — are both entered in the half marathon and will go head to head against each other. Williams won the inaugural Harvest Half Marathon in 2012. The race is put on by the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians and Harrah’s Cherokee Casino and benefits the Madison Hornbuckle Children’s Cancer Foundation. Both the half marathon and 5K courses begin and end at the Acquoni Events Center and offer runners a scenic tour of many of the communities in Cherokee. Twelve of the half marathon’s 13 miles are flat, making this one of the fastest half marathon courses in the mountains. The 5K has a rectangular course encompassing central Cherokee and is also very flat. Online registration for both races continues through Thursday, Oct. 17, with onsite registration and packet pickup on Friday and Saturday at the Acquoni Events Center in Cherokee. Race information and the link to registration can be found at

Inaugural Catamount Chaso 5-K is Oct. 26 The inaugural Catamount Chaos Homecoming 5-K will be held at 9 a.m. Oct. 26 and start at WCU’s Central Plaza and follow a 3.1-mile course around campus. The race, part of WCU’s Homecoming Weekend activities, is open to everyone and awards will be presented to the top male and female finishers, and to the top three male and three female runners or walkers who dress in WCU colors and show their Catamount spirit and creativity. Preregistration is available online at and at the Campus Recreation Center. Race-day registration begins at 7:30 a.m. at Central Plaza. or 828.227.8804.

Flint Ridge Fall 5-Miler in Nantahala The Flint Ridge Fall 5-Miler will begin at 9 a.m., Oct. 26 near the Nantahala Outdoor Center’s Wesser campus. The race goes along the NOC’s singletrack trail system for 4.75 miles before heading downhill to a finish beside the Nantahala River. An awards ceremony is held afterward near Slow Joe’s Café. The race benefits MedicForce, which utilizes first aid and medical professionals to provide free first aid training and care to

Run for Research Students and faculty members from Western Carolina University’s athletic training program make their way along the Blue Ridge Parkway in Jackson County on Friday, Oct. 11, during the sixth annual Mountain Jug Run for Research. A group of 18 runners representing the program completed the 175-mile continuous relay from the WCU football stadium in Cullowhee to the Appalachian State University football stadium in Boone in 27 hours and 25 minutes – one hour and 42 minutes faster than the previous best Mountain Jug Run tim. WCU athletic training students and faculty carry out the relay each year to raise money for the National Athletic Trainers’ Association’s Research and Education Foundation, which awards research grants and academic scholarships in the field of sports medicine. The event is named after the football rivalry between WCU and ASU – “The Battle for the Old Mountain Jug.” Individuals wishing to make a contribution in recognition of the group’s efforts can call 828.227.3509. WCU photo

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Power of Pink 5k comes to Haywood

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The Power of Pink 5k and Honor/Memory/Survivor Walk will begin at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 26, at the Haywood Regional Hospital Health and Fitness Center. Registration begins at 8 a.m., and includes a 5K walk and a dog walk/run. The Honor/Memory/Survivor Walk will begin at 10:30 a.m. and the course goes


very little or no trash. The groups include the Smoky Mountain Quilters Guild, the Nantahala Hiking Club (pictured above) and the Franklin Garden Club. Macon Pride is a volunteer organization that helps Macon County Solid Waste Department get out the word that reuse and recycling is good citizenship and saves tax dollars. To schedule a program on how to set up a recycling station in your business or home or to report your group or business as part of the recycling program call Shirley Ches at 828.524.9991 or Elena Marsh at 828.369.8915. around the hospital. Awards will be given to the best overall male and female, masterm and female, top three age division winners, best costume(s), participation awards for community groups and MedWest-Haywood departments. Fee is $25 for the 5K, $10 for the Honor/Memory/Survivor Walk, and $10 for the dog walk. Pre-registration at w.aspx?fEID=17566&z=1378909456194

Retired dowser to give presentation

HCC to offer Hunter Safety Course

Tom Stewart will present a program on dowsing at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 22, in the Community Room of the Jackson County Public Library Complex in Sylva. A dowser since 1981, Stewart’s dowsing specialty areas are potable water, utilities and lost graves. The class will focus on the tools, tips and techniques of dowsing, with a question and answer period. Following the presentation. Stewart will offer an optional, handson guided practice session after the class. Now retired, Stewart manufactures and sells dowsing rods. The event is co-sponsored by the Friends of the Jackson County Public Library. Free. 828.586.2016.

Haywood Community College’s Natural Resources Division and the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission will offer Hunter Safety courses from 6 to 9:30 p.m. Oct. 28-30 at the Haywood Community College auditorium. Participants must attend three consecutive evenings to receive their certification. These courses are offered as a community service and are free of charge. There are no age limits. Pre-registration is required. Anyone interested in taking a hunter safety course must register online in order to attend. Course registration may be completed at Additional Hunter Safety courses will be offered Nov. 4-6.

Know your bear neighbors Joel Zachary, a noted black bear enthusiast, professional outdoor guide and author of Bears I’ve Met, will be the featured presenter at the upcoming “Adventures in Bear Country” program at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 24 at the Sapphire Valley Resort Community Center. Also speaking will be officials from the local B.E.A.R Tasl Force, who will present an interactive program titled “Living Safely with Black Bears.” The task force is a major organizer of black bear education in the Cashiers and Highlands areas. Opening the program will be music by the “Grateful Dudes Trio” with George Reeves, Lee Ladensack and Dave Hunter from the Hurricane Creek Band. Admission is $5 for adults and free for children under 12. The event is sponsored by the B.E.A.R. Task Force, the Sapphire Valley Master Association and Mountain Wildlife Outreach. The goal is to provide residents and visitors in Highlands, Cashiers, Sapphire, Lake Toxaway and others with a better understanding of the area’s black bear. 743.7663,

Once again the Town of Waynesville is offering its popular Waynesville Watershed Hike, which offers hikers a walk through a portion of its 8,600-acre protected tract of

land that is usually off-limits to the public. This year’s hike will be from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26, and features naturalist Don Hendershot and Peter Bates, associate professor of natural resources at Western North Carolina. Hendershot will talk about the flora and fauna, and Bates will answer questions about the watershed property and forest management plan. The preserve reaches from Allens Creek up to the Blue Ridge Parkway, a massive flank that cradles the southern end of town. The tract serves as the source of Waynesville’s drinking water. The 50-acre reservoir fed by the watershed holds around 600 million gallons of water. Elevations on the property range from 3,200 feet by the reservoir to more than 6,200 feet at Richland Balsam. Hikers

must be able to hike three to five miles in moderately strenuous terrain and should bring their own lunch, water, appropriate clothing, hat and rain gear. Birders should also bring their binoculars. To register contact or call 828.456.2030.

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A hike with a view The Highlands-Cashiers Land Trust (HCLT) will host a private ecotour to Rock Mountain on Saturday, Oct. 19. The tour will be led by botanist Gary Wein. The moderate 4.5-mile route will take hikers on a gradual uphill slope to the highest point around Cashiers. Lunch will be provided by HCLT. Reservations are required. Contact or call 526.1111. New hikers are asked to make a $35 donation, which includes the guided hike, lunch and a one-year membership to HCLT.

Star party at PARI The Pisgah Astronomical Research Institute (PARI) is hosting a public Star Party Oct. 24-27 as part of a weekend-long celebration of the site’s 50th anniversary. Spend the weekend on campus and use PARI telescopes, attend workshops, and enjoy campus tours, nature hikes and other activities. PARI is located on a 200-acre campus in the Pisgah National Forest near Rosman. A former U.S. satellite tracking facility, PARI now houses radio and optical telescopes, earth science instruments and infrastructure to support science, technology, engineering and math education and research. PARI offers educational programs from K-12 through post-graduate research. Register for the Star Party at Registration will be confirmed on receipt of a check. Mail to PARI, 1 PARI Drive, Rosman, N.C., 28772. 828.862.5554 or

Except for Newfound Gap Road (U.S.441), the Spur, and the Gatlinburg Bypass, all visitor centers, picnic areas, campgrounds, trails, and roads in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park remain closed as part of the partial federal shutdown In the Park, 279 employees were placed on furlough, leaving only a few dozen rangers to protect property and resources throughout the park, as well as the public traveling the Spur and Newfound Gap Road. While most overlooks and pull-offs along the roadway are open to accommodate safe traffic flow over the mountains, facilities and trails remain closed. Park rangers are dependent on personnel, now furloughed, trained to support search and rescue operations when hikers become lost, injured, or ill in the backcountry. “We ask that the public voluntarily respect the closure of the backcountry for everyone’s safety,” said Chief Ranger Clay Jordan. “With less staff on duty, we do not have the personnel on hand to sufficiently respond to emergency situations in the backcountry. We understand the desire of visitors to hike during this beautiful time of year and we are hopeful that the park will soon reopen.” 865.436.1200.

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BUSINESS & EDUCATION • Free computer class on Privacy and Security in Facebook, 5:45 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 16, Jackson County Public Library. 586.2016. • Haywood Chamber ribbon cutting, 4 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 16, Old Town Bank, Waynesville. • Business After Hours, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 17, Regions Bank Highlands Office, 161 Spring St. RSVP, 526.2112 or • Town of Sylva Board of Commissioners work session, 9:15 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 17, during its regular board meeting to discuss the Sylva Main Street Streetscape Improvement Plan. • Haywood Chamber ribbon cutting, 4 p.m. Friday, Oct. 18, Sunburst Market’s new location, 142 N. Main St., Waynesville. • NARFE meeting, noon Saturday, Oct. 19, Chestnut Tree Inn, Cherokee. 456.5251, Ed Fox; 586.9292, Betty Brintnall; and 369.8922, Luci Swanson.

All phone numbers area code 828 unless otherwise noted. Drive. Sierra Drive is 1.2 miles west of Hardees on Lakeside Drive. Bring your drum or use one of ours. 369.8658. • Indoor flea market, 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 19, Old Armory, 44 Boundary St., Waynesville. 456.9207 or email • 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.

• Free computer class, Facebook Photos, 5:45 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 23, Jackson County Public Library, 586.2016.

• Haywood Spay/Neuter Pitty Party, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26, Waynesville Recreation Center, 550 Vance St., Waynesville. Includes a pet vaccine clinic, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., mega-multi rescue dog and cat adoption event, micro-chipping, music, food and more. 452.1329.

• Haywood Chamber ribbon cutting, 11 a.m. Friday, Oct. 25, Wise Communications.

• Western Carolina University Homecoming 2013, Oct. 24-27. Complete schedule at

• Mountain BizWorks’ Lighthouse: Business Planning Essentials, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 29, Nantahala Village Resort. Ashley Epling, 253.2834 ext. 27 or

• “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.

• Dowsing with Tom Stewart, 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 22, Jackson County Public Library, 586.2016.

COMMUNITY EVENTS & ANNOUNCEMENTS • Live and Learn committee, 2 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 17, The Heritage Center, lower level of the Harrell Center, Lake Junaluska. • Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Franklin’s Drum Circle, 6 p.m. Friday, Oct. 18, Sanctuary, 89 Sierra

FUNDRAISERS AND BENEFITS • 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 pro-

grams 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, • American Harvest Benefit Concert for CareNet and Stop Hunger Now, 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 20, First United Methodist Church, 66 Harrision Ave., Franklin. Love offering taken. Reception will follow. 524.3010. • Songwriter’s Showcase, 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 23, Frog Level Brewing Co., Waynesville. Proceeds to benefit the HRMC Foundation’s Power of Pink event. Musicians include Chris Minick, Sheila Gordon and Sugar Barnes and friends. $5 suggested donation.

HEALTH MATTERS • Drive Through Clinic, for flu shots and flu vaccinations, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, Oct. 18, in back of Angel Medical Center, Franklin. $25, cash or check, and Medicare Part B only are accepted. Vaccinations are for children ages 9 years and over and adults. • “Moonlight Mammogram” women’s pampering event, 5 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 22, MedWest Haywood Outpatient Care Center, 581 Leroy George Drive, Clyde. Extended hours on mammogram appointments, chair massages, express manicures, bra fittings, door prizes, cupcakes, punch and more. Pre-register for mammograms at 452.8100.

FAMILY & KIDS Science & Nature • Star Party, Oct. 24-27, Pisgah Astronomical Research Institute (PARI), Pisgah National Forest. 862.5554 or • See chestnut burrs and fall color during a guided tour of the chestnut orchard at Cataloochee Ranch. Guided tours, 11 a.m. Wednesdays, includes lunch. $15. Reservations suggested. 926.1401.

Literary (children) • Children’s Story time: Magical Universe, 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 16, Jackson County Public Library, Sylva. 586.2016. • Mary Ann’s Book Club, 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 16, Macon County Public Library, Franklin. • Paws 4 Reading, 6:30 to 7:15 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 17, Macon County Public Library, Franklin. • Family Night: Look to the Stars, 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 17, Jackson County Public Library, Sylva, 586.2016 • Children’s Story time: Roaring Rockets, 11 a.m. Friday, Oct. 18, Jackson County Public Library, 586.2016. • Children’s Story time: Blackout, 1 p.m. Friday, Oct. 18, Jackson County Public Library, Jackson County Public Library, 586.2016. • American Girls Club, noon Saturday, Oct. 19, City Lights Bookstore, Jackson County Public Library, 586.2016. • Children’s Story time: Rotary Readers., 11 p.m. Monday, Oct. 21, Jackson County Public Library, 586.2016. • Family Creative Time: County Your Buttons Day! 10 a.m. Monday, Oct. 21, Macon County Public Library, Franklin. • Family Story time: World Pasta Day! 10 a.m. and Adventure Club: Pasta Snakes 3:30 to 4:15 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 22, Macon County Public Library, Franklin.

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 • Children’s Story time: Little Yellow Leaf, 11 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 22, Jackson County Public Library, 586.2016. • Teen Time, 4 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 22, Jackson County Public Library, 586.2016. • Children’s Story time: Fall Into Reading, 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 23, Jackson County Public Library, 586.2016. • Mary Ann’s Book Club, 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 23, Macon County Public Library • 503 Science Club (K - 6 graders), 3:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 24, Macon County Public Library. • Games for Kids, 1 to 3 p.m. Friday, Oct. 25, Macon County Public Library, Franklin. • Halloween fun, 4 p.m. Monday, Oct. 28, Marianna Black Library, Bryson City. Come dressed in your Halloween costume, make spooky crafts, play Halloween games and eat festive treats. Amber, 488.3030.

POLITICAL GROUP EVENTS & LOCAL GOVERNMENT • 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, • Ice Cream and Coffee Social to meet Maggie Valley alderman conservative candidates Mike Matthews and Steve Hurley, 3 to 6 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 17, Exit Realty, 1094 Soco Road, Maggie Valley. • Local Candidate Forum, 7 to 8:30 p.m. Oct. 22, Highlands Community Building. Send questions to by Oct. 18. Hosted by Leadership Highlands. • Seminar on the 10th amendment, 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26, Skyland Fire Department auditorium, I-26 at the Long Shoals Road exit, Asheville, featuring 10th amendment scholar and educator Joe Wolverton, and Mark Hopp and Allen Page. Sponsored by the Jackson Patriots, Ginny Jahrmarkt, Box or 329.3167. • Occupy/WNC General Assembly meets from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 22, room 220 of the Jackson County Administration and Justice Center in Sylva. 538.1644.

A&E FESTIVALS, SPECIAL & SEASONAL EVENTS • 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,

• 25th annual Apple Harvest Festival, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 19, historic downtown Waynesville Arts, crafts, food vendors, educational and information booths, authentic mountain music, dance groups, and a children’s fun • 24th annual Leaf Lookers Gemboree, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 25-26 and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 27, Macon County Community Building, just south of Franklin off U.S. Highway 441. Features gem and mineral dealers from across the country. Admission, $2, 13 and older. Free for those 12 and under. 524.3161. • 4th annual Autumn Balsam Arts and Crafts Show, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26, Balsam/Willets/Ochre Fire Department, seven miles east of Sylva. 226.9352. • Fall Festival, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday, Oct. 28, Eckerd Living Center at Highlands –Cashiers Hospital. Lunch available, $5, per plate. • Ukulele event, 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 19, Stone Cottage Band Instrument Shoppe, 761 S. Main St., Waynesville. Refreshments and demonstrations. 456.4880.

HALLOWEEN EVENTS • Darnell Farms Corn Maze, open through Oct. 31, U.S. 19 at the Tuckasegee River Bridge. 488.2376. • Lighting of the Pumpkins, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 24, Great Smoky Mountains Railroad Pumpkin Patch, Whittier, exit 72 off U.S. highway 74. Costume contest, 5:30 p.m. Pumpkin carving and trick-or-treating. $7. 800.872.4681 or www.gsmr. Fundraiser for Communities in Schools.

• 17th annual PumpkinFest, Oct. 25-26, historic downtown Franklin. Pumpkin roll, costume contest, parade, free hayrides and treats for kids. or 524.2516. • Costume contest, 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26, Nantahala Outdoor Center in conjunction with NOCtoberfest. Pumpkin carving contests and other festivities. • Halloween event, 7 p.m. Oct. 25-Nov. 2, closed Oct. 28-29, Cherokee. Hosted by Cherokee Historical Association. Four different attractions in one location: Five Little Pumpkins Kids Zone, $5; Haunted Theatre, $10; Little Dorm of Horrors, $8, and access allowed only if you’ve attended the Haunted Theatre; Myths and Legends Ghost Walk at the Oconaluftee Indian Village, $10. 497.2111 or

• Halloween Egg Haunt, 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 29, Mark Watson Park. Costume contest 7 p.m. Bring a bag to collect eggs. 293.3053. • Halloween “Enchanted Forest” Nature Trail, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 30, Highlands Nature Center. $1 per person. 526.2623. • Costume contest, 4 to 6 p.m., Oct. 31, downtown Bryson City. 800.867.9246. • Last Lecture, “What is Cool about Environmental Health,” 2:30 p.m. Oct. 24, recital hall of Coulter Building. Delivered by Burton Ogle, associate professor and director of WCU’s environmental health sciences program. • Homecoming Spirit Night Pep Rally, 7:30 p.m.

• WCU Homecoming Parade, 6:15 p.m. Friday, Oct. 25, downtown Sylva. • Chancellor’s Brunch and Alumni Awards Ceremony, 10 a.m. to noon, Saturday, Oct. 26, Grandroom of A.K. Hinds University Center. $15 per person. Business attire requested. RSVP by Oct. 18 to Office of Alumni Affairs, 440.9990, 227.7335, or • WCU Homecoming football tailgating, noon Saturday, Oct. 26, E.J. Whitmire Stadium. WCU vs Elon, 3:30 p.m. Game tickets, 800.344.6928. • WCU African-American Alumni Reception, 6 to 8:30 p.m., Illusions at A.K. Hinds University Center. RSVP by Oct. 18 to Office of Alumni Affairs, 440.9990, 227.7335. • Stompfest, annual stepping competition, 8 p.m. John W. Bardo Fine and Performing Arts Center. Tickets, Bardo Arts Center box office at or 227.2479. Sponsored by WCU’s Organization of Ebony Students and Department of Intercultural Affairs. • WCU’s Inspirational Choir, 12:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 27, University Center Grandroom.


LITERARY (ADULTS) • Coffee with the Poet, featuring Kathy Nelson, 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 17, City Lights Bookstore, Sylva. 586.9499. • Reading Rover benefit, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 17, City Lights Bookstore, Sylva. City Lights will donate 8 percent of its daily sales to Reading Rover, to help give books to young readers. Reading Rover is a mobile unit serving preschoolers and child care providers throughout Jackson, Macon and Swain Counties and is a cooperative project with Smart Start / Region A Partnership for Children. 488.2382 Smoky Mountain Cabins Vacation Rentals Enjoy Your Vacation in one of our fully equipped Vacation Cabin Rentals just outside of the cool & pristine Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

• Kay Moss, author of Exploring Eighteenth-century Southern Foodways, 6:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 18, City Lights Bookstore, Sylva. 586.9499. • Romance Bag Sale, Friday, Oct. 18, Friends of the Jackson County Public Library Used Book Store, Sylva. 13 books per bag for $1.

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• Book release reception for Daniel Leary’s The Knot Hole Tree, 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 19, City Lights Bookstore, Sylva. 586.9499. • Dan Pierce, author of Corn from a Jar, 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 24, WCU Mountain Heritage Center auditorium. Presentation on moonshine history of WCU. 227.7129. • Ready to Read, adult literacy program to help those who are illiterate or need to improve/strengthen their reading skills, 10 a.m. to noon, Tuesdays and Thursdays, Genealogy Study Room on the second floor of Jackson County Public Library. 586.2016. • Lost Writers Support Group, 10 a.m. to noon, first Saturday of the month, Zelda Divine, Inc. 1210 S. Main St., Waynesville. Coffee, refreshments, and good company abide.

ON STAGE & IN CONCERT • Brian Ashley Jones, 7:45 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 17, The Strand, 38 N. Main St., downtown Waynesville. Tickets, $12, at, 283.0079.


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• Costume contest, 11 a.m. Monday, Oct. 28, Highland-Cashiers Hospital in conjunction with fall festival, complete with hay rides, trick-or-treating and a cake walk. 526.1325.

• Annual Alumni Scholarship Homecoming Golf Tournament, noon Friday, Oct. 25, Waynesville Inn Golf Resort and Spa, Waynesville. $85 per person includes fees, cart and a buffet dinner. RSVP by Friday, Oct. 18, to WCU’s Office of Alumni Affairs, 440.9990, 227.7335, or

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• Pumpkin Patch Trail, 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, Oct. 25, Recreation Park, Cullowhee. Free, donations accepted. 293.3053.

Thursday, Oct. 24, Western Carolina University’s Central Plaza. Music, food, giveaways and recognition of the most-spirited student organization.

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• 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

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• Lake Junaluska Singers presents Songs by the Lakeshore, 7:30 p.m. Oct. 18-19, Stuart Auditorium, Lake Junaluska. Songs include “Battle of Jericho,” “It is Well,” “On Broadway,” “Old Man River,” “Empty Chairs, Empty Tables,” and much more. Reserved seating, $20 per person; general admission, $17.50. Children 18 and under are free in general admission seating only. Purchase tickets online at or at the Bethea Welcome Center from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. • “The Dixie Swim Club,” 7:30 p.m. Oct. 18-19 and 21, and 2:30 p.m. Oct. 20, Smoky Mountain Community Theatre, Main Street, Bryson City. • Jesselson/Fugo Duo, cello and piano music, 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 19, recital hall of the Coulter Building at WCU. 227.7242. • “The Last Five Years ,” 3 p.m. Oct. 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 • 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. • Lady and The Old Timers, classic and country music, 11 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 17, Macon County Public Library, Franklin. • “Murder Among Friends,” Oct. 17-24, Performing Arts Center, Highlands. • “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.

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• 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. • Red June, 7:45 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 24, The Strand, 38 N. Main St., downtown Waynesville. Tickets, $12, at, 283.0079. • Western Carolina University School of Music annual fall choral concert, 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 24, John W. Bardo Fine and Performing Arts Center, WCU. Free. 227.7242.

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• Kacey Musgraves, with opening act Rayland Baxter, 9 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26, Western Carolina University‘s Liston B. Ramsey Regional Activity Center. Tickets start at $15. or 227.7677. • Veggie Tales Live! Happy Birthday Bob and Larry, 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26, Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts, Franklin. • Auditions for HART’s edition of “A Christmas Carol,” 6:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 27-28, Feichter Studio of the HART Theatre, 250 Pigeon St., Waynesville. • School of Music at Western Carolina University will present a performance of Franz Schubert’s Octet in F Major, D. 803 at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 29, recital hall of the Coulter Building. 227.7242.

NIGHT LIFE • Open Mic Comedy Night hosted by Tyler Bentley, 9 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 16, Lucky Jake’s 2723 Soco Road, Maggie Valley. $3 guests, members free. 40

• 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 17, Gloria McCabe, Balsam Mountain Inn; Oct. 24, Marti Dell; and Oct. 31, Ranaee Howard and Ben Tetrault. • Singer-songwriters Karen “Sugar” Barnes and Dave Magill perform at 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 18, Old Stone Inn, 109 Dolan Road, Waynesville. Classic blues from the 1920s-30s. 456.3333. • Live music at Alley Kats in Waynesville. 456.9498 or 734.6249.

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

JAMS • Community music jam, 6 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 17, Marianna Black Library, library auditorium, downtown Bryson City. 488.3030.

DANCE • High Mountain Square, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 18, Macon County Community Building, Georgia Road (441 South), Franklin. Gary Shoemake will be the caller. 371.4946, 342.1560, 332.0001. • 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 • Waynesville Community Dance, 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 27, Gateway Club Ballroom, 37 Church St., Waynesville. Caller, Stephanie Marie Voncannon. Music by Out of the Woodwork,

FOOD & DRINK • Cellar Club, 7 to 9 p.m. first Tuesday of the month, Papou’s Wine Shop, Sylva. Membership prices, $50 per person, $75 per couple. Wine tastings, food pairings. 586.6300, • “Little Black Dress Night,” every first Friday of the month at Papou’s Wine Shop in Sylva. Wine glass specials and socializing. 586.6300 or • Gathering Table, 5 to 7 p.m. Thursdays, at The Community Center, Route 64, Cashiers. Provides fresh, nutritious dinners to all members of the community regardless of ability to pay. Volunteers always needed and donations gratefully accepted. 743.9880.

ART/GALLERY EVENTS & OPENINGS • Waynesville’s “The Master Artists” group exhibit, through Nov. 9, at the Haywood County Arts Council’s Gallery 86, 86 N. Main St., Waynesville. • Green Biennial Invitational Exhibition featuring nine new sculptures, through Dec. 31, the Village Green Commons, Cashiers., 743.3434.

CLASSES, PROGRAMS & DEMONSTRATIONS • Macon Spinning Group, 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 20, Room 104 Cowee School, off Highway 28, Franklin. Hosted by Cowee Textiles. All textile projects welcome. or 349.3878 or • 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. • Smoky Mountain Quilters Guild meeting, 6:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 21, Tartan Hall of 1st Presbyterian Church, Franklin. Christmas ornaments and gift ideas by Wayne and Suzie Wingett. • DIY at the Library, soap making with Sheryl Cuppy, 2 to 4 p.m. Monday, Oct. 21, Haywood County Public Library, Waynesville. Kathy, 356.2507. • Western North Carolina Carvers monthly meeting, 1:30 to 4 p.m. Oct. 27, Harvest House, 205 Kenilworth Road, Asheville. Calligraphy presentation by Michael Hughey. 665.8273. • Water Color Workshop with renowned artist Jim Michielsen, 1 to 3 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 30 and Wednesday, Nov. 13, KJ’s Needle in a Haystack Cross Stitch Shop, Dillsboro. Register by Oct. 25 at 586.2435 or $21.00 per class.

Register at 456.2030 or email For all ages. No pets. • Waynesville Watershed Hike, 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26. Register at or 456.2030. • Local Audubon Society weekly Saturday birding field trips. 7:30 a.m. Highlands Town Hall parking lot near the public restrooms, or at 8 a.m. behind Wendy’s if the walk is in Cashiers. or 743.9670. • The Gorges State Park is looking for volunteers to assist in maintaining existing trails and campgrounds in the park on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., weather permitting. Bring gloves, water and tools supplied. Participants need to be at least 16 years old and in good health. Registration not required. Meet at 17762 Rosman Highway (US-64) in Sapphire. 966.9099.

FILM & SCREEN • 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.

• 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,

• Family movie, 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 22, Marianna Black Library, Bryson City. Animated spooky favorite by Tim Burton.

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

• Ghostbusters, 7:45 p.m. Friday, Oct. 25 and Saturday, Oct. 26, The Strand, 38 N. Main St., downtown Waynesville. Tickets, $4-$6., 283.0079.

• Journey of 2,000 Miles The Appalachian Trail, a fundraising film, 6:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 18, Drake Educational Center, 210 Phillips St., Franklin. Tickets: $30 to $100; children under 13 free.

• 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 • Private ecotour, 8:30 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 19, with Highlands-Cashiers Land Trust to Rock Mountain. Moderate to challenging 4.5 mile hike. Reservations required,, 526.1111. • Close-Up Outdoor Photography class, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 19, Pisgah Center for Wildlife Education, U.S. 276, Pisgah National Forest. Intermediate and advanced photographers age 14 and older. Register at or 877.4423. • Highlands-Cashiers Land Trust (HCLT) private ecotour Saturday, Oct. 19, to Rock Mountain and led by botanist Gary Wein. Reservations required at or 526.1111, • 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 • Franklin Bird Club, 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 21, Macon County Public Library, Franklin. Speaker will be backyard naturalist and writer, Barbara McRae. 524.5234. • Waynesville Watershed hike, Saturday, Oct. 26. Meet at 9 a.m. at the Waynesville Water Treatment Plant.


• 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>, • 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, • Franklin Bird Club meeting, 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 21, Macon County Public Library, Franklin. Speaker will be backyard naturalist and writer, Barbara McRae, 524.5234. • Beginner dowsing program, 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 22, Community Room, Jackson County Public Library Complex, Sylva. 586.2016. • Adventures in Bear Country, 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 24, Saphire Valley Resort Community Center. Featured speaker is Joel Zachary, noted black bear enthusiast, professional outdoor guide and author of Bears I’ve Met. $5 admission charge for adults, free for children under 12. or 743.7663. • Eco Explorers: BB gun, 1 to 3 p.m. Friday, Oct. 25, Pisgah Center for Wildlife Education, near Brevard, alongside the Davidson River in Transylvania County. For ages 8 to 13. 877.4423,>, • Nature Nuts: Opossums, 9 to 11 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 25, Pisgah Center for Wildlife Education, near Brevard, alongside the Davidson River in Transylvania County. Story time, crafts and outside exploring. 877.4423 • Kids’ Introduction to Fly-Fishing, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26, Pisgah Center for Wildlife Education, near Brevard, alongside the Davidson River in Transylvania County. For ages 9 to 15. 877.4423, aspx,



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In this issue: Living the life you love Trading on a name: Abingdon, Va.’s Barter Theatre A Tennessee crafter carries on the Windsor tradition Exploring Appalachia’s African American influence PLUS ADVENTURE, CUISINE, READING, MUSIC, ARTS & MORE


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Unusual geographic locations always get my attention


George Ellison

ome of my happiest times here in the Blue Ridge have been those hours spent locating grassy balds, gorges, sinkholes, boulderfields, wind forests, beech gaps, cove hardwoods, bogs, and the like. I have discovered that the things you truly find — those that mean the most in retrospect — are quite often not what you set out to discover in the first place. The Eastern Continental Divide along the eastern rim of the Blue Ridge from southwestern Virginia into northeast Georgia marks the point where waters on either side eventually flow into either the Gulf of Mexico or the Atlantic Ocean. The ECD fascinates me. My interest renewed this summer when I Columnist learned that Young Lick Knob along the Appalachian Trail in Georgia is considered to be the southern terminus of the ECD. At this point it becomes a “triple divide:� on the northeastern flank of the Knob waters flow into the Chattooga-Savannah rivers and the Atlantic; on the southeastern flank waters flow into the ChattahoocheeApalachicola rivers and directly into the

BACK THEN Gulf of Mexico; and on the western flank waters flow into the Hiwassee-TennesseeOhio-Mississippi rivers and thereby eventually to the Gulf.

Several years ago in mid-September, my wife, Elizabeth, and I drove to Tray Gap in Georgia and hiked north along the Appalachian Trail to the summit of Tray Mountain. Caught up with anticipation of reaching Young Lick Knob three miles in

the distance, I failed to take in the vista from Tray Mountain. All I could think about was “geography.â€? Young Lick Knob wasn’t exactly a bust. Let’s just say it wasn’t the most exciting place on the face of the earth. If you weren’t looking for it armed with maps and guidebooks, you’d pass around Young Lick Knob and never pause. On the way back, I started to pay attention again ‌ goldenrod, starry campion, white snakeroot, aster ‌ sphagnum moss glowing emerald green on the damp cliffs ‌ wind in the oaks ‌ American redstarts migrating southward‌ ‌ just walking with Elizabeth ‌ together again ‌ high above the everyday world. The late evening view from the rock outcrops at Tray Mountain was stupendous. George Ellison wrote the biographical introductions for the reissues of two Appalachian classics: Horace Kephart’s Our Southern Highlanders and James Mooney’s History, Myths, and Sacred Formulas of the Cherokees. In June 2005, a selection of his Back Then columns was published by The History Press in Charleston as Mountain Passages: Natural and Cultural History of Western North Carolina and the Great Smoky Mountains. Readers can contact him at P.O. Box 1262, Bryson City, N.C., 28713, or at

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