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On the Cover: The annual football game between Haywood County’s Pisgah and Tuscola high schools has a well-earned reputation as one of the best high school rivalries in the nation. As reporter Garret Woodward discovers, this contest has reached such an iconic status that its influence reaches well beyond the confines of the football field. (Page 8) Garret K. Woodward photo

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Haywood County Manager Marty Stamey to step down BY CAITLIN BOWLING & B ECKY JOHNSON STAFF WRITERS fter navigating Haywood County through some of its toughest budget times, County Manager Marty Stamey will leave his position Jan. 1 after just three years overseeing county operations. Stamey made the announcement at the county commissioners meeting on Monday and choked up as he thanked the commissioners and other county employees. “It has been an honor,” Stamey said. “It’s time for me to pursue other opportunities.” Stamey can’t say exactly what his next career move may be but hopes to return to the health care field in some form. The commissioners said they have known Stamey’s plans to step down for weeks. “We have tried to convince you to change your mind, to no avail,” said Commissioner Chairman Mark Swanger. “We obviously wish you the best in your future endeavors and thank you for all you’ve done.” The commissioners appointed Ira Dove, the director of the Haywood Department of Social Services, as the interim county manager. Stamey, 55, has been county manager for three years and was the assistant county manager for three years before that. Stamey said his time with the county has been both “very rewarding and very challenging.” “It is the most demanding job I have ever had and the most thankless job I have ever had,” said Stamey, who has a lot more grey hair now than he did a few years ago. “It is 365. It is 24-7. It is intense.” There has been a surge of retirements and resignations among county and city managers around the state. About 13 county manager positions are vacant right now, including Wake, Orange, Durham and Mecklenburg counties. One reason is coincidence — many are simply hitting their retirement age, like Stamey, who now has enough years of public employment to qualify for state retirement. But the job isn’t exactly a walk in the park in today’s politically charged and financially trying environment. Regionally, Macon County is also looking for a new county manager and the towns of Canton and Maggie Valley are without town managers. Stamey was heaped with accolades by commissioners Monday for his steady hand


Dove could ultimately be a candidate for permanent county manager. Swanger said Dove “has just the right skills to help us continue to provide effective local government.” As DSS director, Dove oversaw 140 employees and a budget that accounted for about quarter of the county’s overall finances. Before becoming DSS director, Dove had served as the attorney for DSS since 2001 and was an honors graduate of the UNC-Chapel Hill School of Law. While Dove is serving as interim county manager, a couple of employees at social services will take over some of the director duties, but an official interim director of DSS is not being named for now. Until Stamey’s recent stint with county government, he had worked in the medical or emergency services field since the age of 15, when he got his first job as an orderly with the Ira Dove, director of Haywood County Department of Social Services, (standing) was named inter- Haywood County Hospital. “I have this intrinsic drive and passion in im county manager Monday after Marty Stamey (seated) announced his impending retirement. me to go back more on the health care or Caitlin Bowling photo emergency services side. That is where my passion is, and people around me know that,” shepherding Haywood County through the shutdown threatening various social welfare Stamey said in an interview Tuesday. recession. benefits, he said. Stamey said he and his wife are exploring “There were some trying times, some dif“I view the county manager’s position as options here in the region, but also beyond — ficult times,” said Commissioner Kirk another step in helping Haywood County resi- despite Stamey calling the mountains home Kirkpatrick. “Marty did a fabulous job.” dents have the best quality of life possible,” Dove his entire life. He was able to run the county under strin- said. “I thank you very much for the honor.” Stamey is a local boy through and gent budgets, the commissioners said. Dove praised the quality and congeniality through. He grew up in Clyde, went to middle “He ran the county like a business in a of employees and elected officials at the coun- and high school in Canton and then college at way,” said Commissioner Kevin Ensley, ty level. Western Carolina adding that Stamey’s time in the private sec“In any of these University, where he “I have this intrinsic drive tor was an asset. positions, it is the majored in emergency Stamey is known for his warm persona people you are surmedical care. He later and passion in me to go and approachable demeanor, largely keeping rounded with that got masters degrees in back more on the health the county out of major controversy, make the difference,” business administraupheaval or blow-ups during his time at the he said. tion and health care or emergency servtop. Yet he still ran a tight ship. Dove will work administration. “You are very personable, always posi- with Stamey during He served as the ices side. That is where tive,” Commissioner Bill Upton said. the next two-and-aEmergency Medical my passion is.” Stamey didn’t play politics with his position half months to learn Services director for but instead strove to work with everyone, seek more about the counHaywood County in — Marty Stamey compromises and objectively keep the commis- ty manager role and the 1990s, then sioners apprised of important goings-on. make a seamless worked at Haywood “I’ve worked with him better than any transition at the end of the year. Community College in emergency services educounty manager,” Ensley said. “I am confident we are in a positive posi- cation and later managed regional transportaDove said he was not expecting to be tapped tion with the leadership we have in place that tion services for Mission Hospital in Asheville. as interim manager but welcomes the role. we can maintain continuity of our operations “Marty has been a strong, caring leader His mind had been elsewhere in recent and the continued success of the county,” during some of the most difficult budget weeks as DSS dealt with the government Stamey said. years we’ve ever had to face,” Swanger said. 211-10

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BY CAITLIN BOWLING into the Haywood County Register of Deeds STAFF WRITER office on Tuesday and asked to register their Amy Leonhart and Louise Jones met 17 marriage license as a public document. The years ago at church. obviously surprised clerks working there “The best match for me was going to be a turned them away, saying they couldn’t register church girl,” said Jones, a 60-year-old native marriage licenses from another county or state. of Tennessee. When she met Leonhart, “It’s “I didn’t see that coming,” said Jones, who kind of like everybody else, things just kind of then phoned the Campaign for Southern clicked.” Equality attorneys for legal advice. And like all good Southern-raised women, The ladies stood outside the office in the they even had a traditional church wedding, Haywood County Historic Courthouse wonalbeit at an American Baptist Church in dering if that was the law or if that was simply Chicago where they lived until moving to a way to keep them from filing their marriage Maggie Valley in 2001. license as a public document. “It was very traditional, except there was Someone from the Campaign for no groom,” said 46-year-old West Virginia Southern Equality rang back and told them to native Leonhart. go back in the office and ask what statute the Leonhart and Jones officially married last clerks were referencing. The news was better year in New York, which legalized same-sex the second time around. The clerks were fairmarriages in 2011, but there was nothing on record in their home county, Haywood, that actually said the words: “Amy Leonhart married Louise Jones.” At least not until Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2013. Inspired by similar actions taken by friends in Asheville, Leonhart and Jones decided to make a stand for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) rights in Haywood County. “You are standing up to Louise Jones (left) and Amy Leonhart made sure they had all authority,” said Mandy their paperwork in order before trying to file with the Kjellstrom, a church friend who showed up at the Haywood County Registrar of Deeds. Caitlin Bowling photo Haywood County Register of Deeds office to support them. “It’s not easy.” ly certain that Leonhart and Jones could pay As part of a movement led by the $26, and their license would be listed as a Campaign for Southern Equality, an LGBT public document, but they wanted to run it rights advocacy group, couples are attempt- by Haywood County Register of Deeds Sherri ing to register in North Carolina their mar- Rogers, who was at a meeting. riage licenses from states where same-sex About 30 minutes later, Rogers, all smiles, marriage is legal. It is not legal in North came nearly jogging into the courthouse and Carolina. Two years ago, the Campaign for apologized for the wait. She explained that Southern Equality asked same-sex couples to the county can’t register out-of-county or outvisit their Register of Deeds office and ask for of-state marriage licenses, be they for heteroa marriage license. Leonhart and Jones partic- sexual or same-sex couples, at its office as a ipated in Asheville. marriage license. Similar to birth certificates, Although N.C. Attorney General Roy marriage licenses can only be filed in the Cooper told the Associated Press that he per- county from which they were issued. sonally supported same-sex marriage, he said However, Rogers said she could accept the he must follow the state constitution, which marriage license as a public document and has explicitly prohibited same-sex marriage place it in the office’s real estate books, somesince a voter-approved referendum passed in what of a catch-all for any documents that 2012. Cooper has advised Registers of Deeds aren’t vital records. in the state not to accept same-sex marriage “Somebody could bring a paper bag to application, though the office in Asheville is. me, and if it met the standards, I can take it,” Leonhart is optimistic. If people just knew Rogers explained. her and her wife or realized that they know More than an hour after first showing up someone from the LGBT community, they at the courthouse, Leonhart and Jones became would come around and support their marriage. the first same-sex couple with documents “Every time one person meets us it could acknowledging their marriage housed in the make a change,” Leonhart said. Haywood County Register of Deeds office. Surrounded by several friends — there for “We got it done,” Jones said. “That was a moral support — the nervous couple walked good thing.”


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FAMILY, FEUDS AND FOOTBALL BY GARRET K. WOODWARD STAFF WRITER Heather Brookshire is behind enemy lines. “Everybody has been giving me a hard time all day,” she chuckled. Taking orders and running around DuVall’s Restaurant in Waynesville last Friday morning, Brookshire is sporting a bright red and white shirt with the words “Pisgah Black Bears” emblazoned across it. For 364 days out of the year, anyone in Waynesville — and greater Haywood County for that matter — would not notice the attire. But, today isn’t one of those days. Today, the Pisgah Black Bears of Canton are facing off against the Tuscola Mountaineers of Waynesville. In what has become one of the greatest high school football rivalries in the country, tensions are high as the impending matchup later that evening looms over the county. A 2008 Pisgah graduate, Brookshire has been going to the games with her grandfather, David Marler, a 1971 Pisgah graduate, since she was a little girl. Behind the counter, her mother, Tina Rollins, a 1984 Pisgah graduate also dressed in red and white, had to wait on Charles Starnes earlier, the former longtime principal at Tuscola. “He said, ‘You’re not waiting on me with that shirt on, do you have another server back there?’” Rollins smiled. “Working in Waynesville and being from Canton is pretty tough, especially if you’re egging it on.” Sitting a few stools down at the counter is Marler. He’s finishing up his breakfast and ready to head into the day, but not before giving his 2 cents on the “big game.” “Oh lord, if you want to talk some football, this game is bigger than a lot of college games,” he said. “Whoever wins get bragging rights in the county. It’s the whole nine yards — big crowds, big players and big excitement.”

“The hay’s in the barn, and these boys are ready to play,” Allen said. “This rivalry is a big as it’s ever been. Tomorrow will be an extremely mental and physical game. As always, I’ve told my team to stay focused, and they’re fired up.” Allen is no stranger to the rivalry. A 1994 graduate of Pisgah, he was a wide receiver and defensive back for the team. Playing in three Pisgah/Tuscola matches, he’s well aware of what the game means to each team. “Ever since I was a little boy, I wanted to play in this game, and I think it’s a dream for every boy growing up in Haywood County,” he said. “It’s something you look forKnown as the “Big Game,” the Pisgah/Tuscola high school football rivalry entered its 50th meeting last week. ward to your whole childhood. I know what it felt The teams lined up for battle (below), while an endless sea of fans, including a group of Tuscola students like as a player — the dressed in hunting vests and camouflage gear (above), cheered on their respective school. Pisgah eventually goosebumps, the adrenawon, 27-7. Garret K. Woodward photo line. I know that look in their eyes and how much this game means to them.”


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The day before the game, both teams are putting the finishing touches on their battle plans. Each school has won their share of the rivalry (as of 2012, Tuscola is in the lead 2622-1). In 2012, Tuscola won 24-21 in overtime, and it also won the year before, 28-27. This time around, the squads are equally tough, with both poised to make a run for the Western North Carolina Athletic Conference championship, and perhaps even a state playoff berth. Coming into the WNCAC 3A/2A matchup, Pisgah’s record was 5-2, 2-1 (conference/season), with Tuscola 6-1, 3-0. And as the Thursday dismissal bell rings at Pisgah, Coach Brett Chappell walked outside and gazed down on the streams of students, teachers and parents exiting the property. A first-year coach at the school, he’s known about the rivalry for years. 8

“I’ve lived around Western North Carolina all of my life, and this game has always been a topic of conversation,” he said. “I’ve coached big games before, but none like this one. I won’t truly know the feeling of this game until I step out onto that field tomorrow night.” When he was a teenager, Chappell was a running back and linebacker at Rosman High School in nearby Transylvania County. He’s very astute about final preparations and what it takes to be prepared for the “Friday Night Lights.”

“I told my boys you only get one chance at this game,” he said. “We’ve had some injuries this season, and they know to take care of themselves, especially during this week.” Heading west on U.S. 23, past the enormous smokestacks of the Evergreen Packaging in Canton, one soon finds themselves at the practice field for Tuscola. The field sits on a rise with a view to the west, as a fading sun drifted behind the majestic Balsams. Tuscola Coach Brandon Allen stepped onto the field and looked around at his players warming up for practice.

Though the Pisgah/Tuscola rivalry officially began on Sept. 23, 1966 (Pisgah won 26-12), these two towns have been at each other on and off the gridiron for several decades prior. Before Canton Township High School became Pisgah and Waynesville Township High School became Tuscola, the communities, even those many years ago, had a deep, competitive hatred of the other. Some think it relates to the factory town nature of Canton and the tourist ambiance of Waynesville, while others point to the mere fact you had two prime football programs only eight miles apart, with many family trees overlapping in the recruiting process. “This rivalry will live on way past when we’re all gone,” said Gavin Brown, mayor of Waynesville. “When you’re sitting there watching the game, you obviously have loyalties, but it also reminds you of how important this game is to the communities.” Graduating from Waynesville Township in 1965, Brown was part of the last class before the Tuscola merger. He was a member of the “Meat Squad,” a group of players used to play against the starting football team in practice. According to him, when it came to women back then, a Waynesville boy never looked for a date in Canton, and vice versa, for fear of retaliation. “I did ask out this one girl from Canton,”

taineer,” she enthusiastically shouted. Surrounding the field are rows and rows of families and old-timers, ready for the night to begin. On the Tuscola side, Waynesville resident Cecil Hightower has “only missed seven rivalry games in the last 32 years.” “I just love football, plain and simple,” he said. A few feet away, Nece Hedges, a 2005 Tuscola graduate, is waiting in line at the concession stand. Attending the game for several years now, the rivalry means the world to her. “It’s in my blood,” she said. “I’d rather be the hunter than the prey.” Awaiting the kickoff, Chris Jones, a 1990 Pisgah graduate, is all smiles. “It’s intense, when they kick that ball, it’s ‘Here we go’ for 48 minutes,” he said. “I just hope the referees don’t mess it up.” Way up in the announcer’s booth, Don Frady has been calling the games in these parts for decades. He’s a 1956 Canton Township graduate but now runs the stadium microphone for Tuscola. “Oh, this is the game of all games,” he said. “It’ll be interesting to see who will be the county winner this year.”


LET THE GAME BEGIN Tina Rollins (left) and her daughter Heather Brookshire (right) proudly wear their Pisgah Black Bears attire while working at DuVall’s Restaurant in Waynesville, home to rival football team Tuscola. Rollins is a 1984 graduate of Pisgah, Brookshire a 2008 graduate, with their grandfather David Marler (center) a 1971 graduate. All are die-hard Pisgah football fans, ready for the rivalry game each year. Garret K. Woodward photo didn’t fall off.” For Sheppard, the rivalry is more about tradition, where generations of families are vested into the game, and the pride of being from each of the respective towns. “You have second, third and fourth generation folks interested in it,” he said. “This kid’s dad and granddad played in the game, and they want to someday, too. Everything is so transient these days and a lot of communities don’t have that anymore.”


— David Marler, Pisgah fan

camouflage gear stand proudly, shouting at the top of their lungs, “I believe, I believe, I believe that we will win.” Leading the cheers is Tuscola senior Chase Carpenter. “We’re excited about the game today, we’re here to support our team and make a lot of noise,” he said. “This is the craziest thing you’ll ever go to, it gets pretty rough.” So, why is it great to be a Mountaineer? “Because we hunt bears, and it’s bear season right now,” he confidently stated. Across the field, amid a sea of black and red, Pisgah senior Emily Rhea is cheering as loud as she can, all in an effort to provoke those around her to join in and get rowdy. “This game is indescribable,” she said. So, why is it great to be a Black Bear? “Because we’re better than Tuscola and because a black bear can take down a moun-

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It’s Friday evening, and like a cavalry charging across the Great Plains, thousands of vehicles descend on C.E. Weatherby Stadium in Waynesville for the 50th county gridiron fight. Car horns, raucous screaming and loud diesel truck engines blasting through downtown soon shatter the tranquility. A caravan of Tuscola teenagers ride along the idle streets in the back of large pickups. They’re adorned in bright orange hunting vests and camouflage gear. Tied to the trailer-hitch of the last truck is a small teddy bear dragging down the street en route to the stadium. Upon entering the stadium, the air is electric. Family members, some Pisgah alumnus, others Tuscola, separate to their cheering side of the stadium. If you’re not wearing black and red, you’re wearing yellow and black. On the Tuscola side, the large group of teenagers in bright orange hunting vests and

“Oh lord, if you want to talk some football, this game is bigger than a lot of college games. It’s the whole nine yards — big crowds, big players and big excitement.”

The ball is in the air, and Tuscola has it. Quarterback Woody Cornwell hands it off to Bryce Myers, who dodges the defense and runs 96 yards for a touchdown. Tuscola is up 7-0, but the tide would quickly turn. Pisgah quarterback McKinley Brown immediately answered back with a rebuttal touchdown. Now 7-7, Pisgah then kicks a field goal — 10-7 Pisgah. Supportive mothers and restless fathers stand in the bleachers. Little brothers and adolescent cousins ran the length of the sidelines, dreaming of the day they would fill the athletic shoes of those who came before them. At halftime, Pisgah is still up 10-7. Hopes were high for a heated race to the finish. But, that wouldn’t be the case as the third quarter unfolded. Amid a handful of fumbles by Tuscola and interceptions by Pisgah, and a vicious defense holding back Tuscola, the Black Bears found themselves with a 24-7 lead in the final minutes of the games. Looks of shock and dismay were on every face sporting yellow and black, while those in black and red had endless grins across their lips. Add in another Pisgah field goal and the final nail had been hammered into the coffin for Tuscola. The clock ticked down to 00:00, with many Tuscola fans already warming up their car engines in the parking lot. The Pisgah crowds remained in the stands, each ready to claim a win that was rightfully theirs, for this year at least. While troves of vehicles did a victory run back down U.S. 23 to Canton, an eerie silence fell upon Waynesville. For Coach Chappell, it was a honeymoon triumph he’ll never forget. For Coach Allen, it’ll be another day at the office tomorrow as he prepares for next year. And as Haywood County citizens laid their collective heads down that night — some in frustration, some in pure ecstasy — they’ll all wake up, foes yesterday, friends once again today. 9

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he laughed. “A few boys from there found out about it and came to my window one night. Needless to say, I was advised to not come back over there and see her.” A 1969 graduate of Pisgah, Canton Mayor Mike Ray has looked forward to the rivalry game every year. “Each side wants to win, but after all the excitement, after it’s all over, everyone comes back together,” he said. “It’s a special day and night. Everyone is on edge until the kickoff. People not from this area don’t even realize how many folks come out for this game.” As the heated contest has evolved, so has the national acclaim and attention. At any given rivalry game, attendance can hover anywhere from 10,000 to 15,000 spectators in the stands. In a recent USA TODAY voting poll, the game was ranked the #1 rivalry in the state of North Carolina, and one of the most highly anticipated matchups in the United States. “I don’t care if we win by one point or 100 points, we just want to win,” said Dale McDonald, principal at Tuscola. “For three hours, once a year, the communities go to battle on a Friday night. After it’s over, we shake hands, go to movies together Saturday and church with one another on Sunday.” And yet, it doesn’t matter if you are undefeated or lose every match before the “big game.” The true litmus test of a successful season in Haywood County comes down to the victor in this rivalry. You don’t want to be a player on the losing end, because you’ll be seeing your opponent around town for the rest of your life, always knowing they won the one game that should have been yours. “You really do throw the records out the window at this game in anticipation that this just might be the game for us,” said Greg Bailey, principal at Pisgah. “But, each year, when the first game of the season rolls around, you want to build a winning record heading towards this game. It’s nice to have one in the oven, something great to display before we meet.” Even legendary southern rockers The Charlie Daniels Band have a part in this storied game. Following the Canton floods of 2004 that devastated the town, and destroyed the football field, the community rebuilt itself. The field was eventually repaired to perfection, and to celebrate its grand reopening the band was brought in for the 2006 match (Pisgah won 56-10) to play the post-game show. But, before Daniels could take the stage, and the players take their positions, a mysterious helicopter landed on the field to the roar of the enormous crowd. The Pisgah mascot, a large black bear, exited the aircraft with the game ball. The beast ran around the field, taunting the opponent with Heisman Trophy poses, ultimately handing the pigskin over to the officials to start the game. Inside that black bear suit was Mark Sheppard, a 1985 Pisgah graduate and the current support services director for the Haywood County Schools System. At that time, he was the assistant principal at Pisgah. “We needed a big entry for the ball for this game,” Sheppard said. “The doors were so small and the suit was so big, we had to sit in the helicopter and practice going in and out of it to make sure the mascot’s head

BY B ECKY JOHNSON STAFF WRITER ackson County commissioners may start broadcasting their meetings, bringing to the masses the nitty gritty of local government — tax collection reports, committee appointments, budget shuffling of low-level line items, and the not-to-be missed community proclamations, like the one in honor of Firefighter’s Week that passed nothing short of unanimously in September. Of course, airing the twice monthly county meetings on cable TV and online would also let the public in on the debate and discourse behind more weighty and pressing issues facing the county, like whether to embark on land-use planning in Cullowhee or the cost-benefit of adding more school resource officers to the county’s payroll. “It is an invaluable tool for an open and transparent government,” said Bob Garland with Stress Free Productions, a video company that manages a local government channel in neighboring Haywood County. “It becomes a great official record of each of the board meetings.” Stress Free Productions made a pitch to Jackson commissioners at their meeting this week to launch and operate a local government channel on the county’s behalf. It would be added to the lineup of local cable providers at no cost to cable customers. Video of commissioner meetings could also be posted online. “One of the concerns you may have is not everyone in Jackson County has access to cable so how could they benefit from this? One of the ways is by putting that online,” said Ryan Hipps with Stress Free Productions. Stress Free Productions has operated a government channel for Haywood County on a contract basis for about 10 years. Haywood’s channel airs county commissioner meetings, tourism development authority


Jackson County commissioners may have to start dressing up a bit more if they launch a local government cable channel. Haywood commissioners began wearing ties when they began broadcasting their meetings. File photo meetings, school board meetings, special events like local parades, and locally-produced video spots on county services. However, air time is mostly filled with a rolling display of digital bulletin boards enlightening the citizenry on county services and resources, like how to call in reports of stray animals, the routes and schedules for public transit, or how to apply for veteran’s services. Jackson County Manager Chuck Wooten is a fan of doing something similar in Jackson. “I think it is an opportunity to get information out there, like programs offered at the county recreation center,” said Wooten. Garland said the channel could also come

in handy if the county needed to disseminate critical information to residents in the event of an emergency. Stress Free Productions could also produce video spots on any subject the county wanted, like the services offered by the senior center. Any government entity in the county — including towns, the schools or even Western Carolina University — could submit video to air on the cable channel, as long as it is informational and not commercial.

THE WILD CARD Televised meetings could give public airing to the regular reaming of elected commissioners by engaged — and at times enraged

— local government watchdogs. “Is public comment filmed?” Jackson Commissioner Chairman Jack Debnam wanted to know, asking the question no doubt on the minds of other commissioners as well. County commissioner meetings include time set aside as an open forum for any member of the public to address leaders on any subject they please, for up to three minutes each. The public comment sessions usually star a small but dedicated cast of the same characters, offering up critiques of the county’s handling of various local issues. But the public comment period can draw as many as a dozen or so speakers when hotbutton topics are on the table, like the recent debate over whether to extend an economic development grant to the Great Smoky Mountain Railroad. Ultimately, it would be up to commissioners whether to air the public comment portion of the meetings. In Haywood, they are aired, and may be one reason the meetings are so well watched. Haywood commissioners are regularly stopped in the grocery store, at the bank or when pumping gas by strangers who say they saw them on TV. Haywood commissioners at one point contemplated taking the public comment portion of the meetings off-air to put a stop to grandstanding. The total cost of a local government station would depend on the level and caliber of programming Jackson commissioners want to have. Haywood County spent about $25,000 on Stress Free Productions services last fiscal year. Haywood handles some aspects of the channel’s operation in-house, like creating the public service digital messages. The cost would be offset by a stream of state revenue the county could tap if it had a local government channel, Hipps explained. Counties with their


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currently broadcast their meetings on a dedicated cable channel and online. The Haywood County School Board also records all its meetings and broadcasts them on its own YouTube station. Neither Jackson, Swain nor Macon counties have a government channel. In Macon County, however, a citizen-journalist has taken on the task of recording local governments meetings and posting the videos to his own free website, Thunder Pig.


The county’s development regulations require benches — akin to small terraces — at regular intervals when excavating hillsides to make the slope more stable. Before voting, the planning board members discussed the exception. Board member Clark Lipkin, a surveyor based in Cullowhee, questioned whether the benching requirements are off the mark in general. “Is our ordinance incorrect in that we are asking for these benches, or is there something special about this site?” Lipkin said. “Are the benching requirements too much?” Planning Board Chairman Zac Koenig said the county’s rules were set out as a minimum standard, but equally safe alternatives that make use of more sophisticated slope plans should be allowed. “The benching regulations are there in lieu of more engineering and controls,” said Koenig of Koenig Homebuilders in Cashiers. “These guys are simply replacing their benches with more engineering.”

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BY ANDREW KASPER CORRESPONDENT evelopers of a large college student housing complex in Cullowhee got an OK from the Jackson County Planning Board to deviate from engineering rules on man-made slopes. The county’s development regulations require benches — akin to small terraces — at regular intervals when excavating hillsides to make the slope more stable. But the rule would pose a hardship for the proposed Western Carolina Apartments, a 200-unit project catering to college students, according to the project’s engineer, John Kinnaird. Developers plan to carve into a hillside behind the housing project along the Tuckasegee River to create a flat building site. They want to install fewer benches than typically required. Instead, they proposed using a special type of erosion control mat to stabilize the soil. “We’re trying to get out of disturbing more area,” Kinnaird said. Per the county’s subdivision ordinance, a f5-foot bench is required every 20 vertical feet. That would mean three benches on the hillside behind the apartments, aimed at preventing slope slippage and erosion. Instead, the University Housing Group overseeing construction of the apartments, asked to create only one bench and a fdrainage ditch about halfway up the 50-foot high slope. Kinnaird said the specialized matting will do the work of the missing benches and keep the slope secure. He pointed out that the geo-matting his company will be using is heavier duty and more effective than materials used on many slope stabilization projects. “The track record is very good,” he said. “It’s not the stuff you normally see.” Kinnaird made his case to the Jackson County Planning Board at a meeting last Thursday. Anita Oser, a neighbor across the road from the future apartment complex, spoke up at the meeting to express her doubt about the safety of the project and the excavated hillside. She said the north-facing, denuded slope was a recipe for disaster once precipitation, freezing and thawing have their way with it. It also poses a danger for drivers on

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Court system in Jackson angling for more space BY B ECKY JOHNSON STAFF WRITER n expansion of Jackson County’s court facilities could be in the cards, pending a $30,000 analysis of what some in the legal system have dubbed a space shortage. The county has hired an architectural firm to study space needs of the court system in coming months. The likely outcome: a reshuffling of space in the county government complex to make more room for court functions, possibly edging out other county offices in the process. Jackson County has two mid-sized courtrooms. But occasionally, three courtrooms have been needed the same day, pressing the county commissioners’ meeting room down the hall into service as a venue for legal proceedings. Finding space for a third courtroom could mean an expansion, creative remodeling or an off-loading of a couple of county departments to a satellite location to accommodate the growing court system. But it would be premature to start guessing how the government complex might be reconfigured, said County Manager Chuck Wooten. “Our goal at this point is to first confirm the space concerns we have heard, and then to quantify the needs for today and for the future,” Wooten said. Jackson’s court system is housed in the


same building as mapping, register of deeds, The first step would be figuring out how planning, finance, tax collections, board of much space the court system needs immedielections and county administrative funcately and in the future. tions. The sheriff ’s office and jail are also “We would want to get our arms around under the same big roof. how big things could be over time,” Kleppin Heery International, a national architecsaid, cautioning, however, that it would be a tural and construction management firm that specializes in justice centers, has been chosen to conduct a space analysis and come up with possible solutions. The firm will be paid $30,000 for their planning services. A task force of judges, attorneys, the clerk of court and key county department heads will work closely with the consultJackson County’s Justice Center has two mid-sized courtrooms, which ants. isn’t enough some days, prompting an analysis of space needs in “Our idea is to coming months with an eye toward possible expansion. Becky Johnson photo develop some kind of joint vision with you and the users on how we could utilize “projection, not a prediction.” the existing facility for the future home for “Then we could start to strategize ways courts,” Doug Kleppin, a vice president with to expand and how to utilize that campus Heery, told county commissioners at a meet- for the demands of court. Who knows what ing this week. those options could be?” Kleppin said.

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In addition to not enough courtrooms, other cited shortcomings are cramped quarters for the district attorney’s office and lack of flexibility for small-scale hearings before a judge. Both Jackson’s courtrooms are midsized, but many hearings don’t need a fullblown courtroom. Poor security is another issue. While metal detectors are parked outside the door of both courtrooms, the building itself has multiple unprotected entrances. The county did not seek proposals from any other firms before deciding to engage Heery. County Manager Chuck Wooten said Heery is considered an expert in court functions and design. Heery served as the planning consultant and architect for a new justice center in Haywood County more than a decade ago. Heery came with the recommendation of judges who were involved in the space analysis, Wooten said. However, the controversial project in Haywood was a lightening rod for public criticism. Critics dubbed it the “Taj Mahal of Justice,” a jab at both its size and perceived opulence. County leaders, as well as Heery, took heat for catering to the wishes of those in the judicial system for more space than was really needed. But Haywood leaders at the time said it was more prudent to build


n uptick in building permits in Jackson County has prompted the county to hire an additional office clerk to keep up with the load. A decline in building permits in the wake of the housing bust had led to a reduction in both building inspectors and clerical staff in recent years. But as the number of building permits rebounds, the county needs to replace some of the staff it lost. It’s a good problem to have, County Manager Chuck Wooten told commissioners this week. “Jackson County is very, very lucky. I’d say that the economy has picked up,” Wooten said. Jackson saw 124 residential building permits as of September this year, compared to 86 for the same period last year. While it doesn’t top pre-recession numbers, 2013 is on track to be the best since 2008 for building permits, Wooten said. Right now, the workload necessitates an additional clerical position to process all the permit applications. By next year, the increase in permits will translate to an increase in actual construction, and an additional field inspector will probably be needed as well, said Tony Elders, the head of Jackson’s permitting and code enforcement department.


for the future rather than end up with too little space down the road. Jackson County’s justice center is about 20 years old. After conducting the analysis and coming up with recommendations, Heery would be a logical frontrunner as the architect for the project. The county would not necessarily seek proposals from other architectural firms at that juncture, Wooten said. While construction projects must be put

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Not only has the number of building permits increased, but the size of the houses is also up. “They are walking back in the door with a 5,000-square-foot house, a 9,000-squarefoot house. It is going back up to that,” Elders said. And bigger houses take longer to inspect, Elders said. Jackson County has a building permit office both in Sylva and Cashiers. Between them, there are currently four clerical staff and 12 field inspectors. The salary for the additional clerical position will be a wash for the county due to additional fees coming in from building permit applications, Wooten said. — By Becky Johnson out to bid and awarded to the cheapest one, professional firms, such as architects and engineers, can be selected based on their expertise and merits rather than a lowestbid criteria. The county still has the option of putting out a call for proposals but is not obligated to do so. “If we were doing a brand new building, we would in all likelihood invite people to come in and make a proposal,” Wooten said. But this would only be a renovation project if it reaches that point, he said.


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BY SCOTT MCLEOD E DITOR ranklin’s mayoral candidates are offering voters distinctly different visions of leadership as they square off for the town’s top political position. Sissy Pattillo, who is completing her second term as a town alderman, used the word “collaboration” at least four times while answering questions during a recent forum Sissy Pattillo is a sponsored by the Macon Franklin native, a retired County League of Women teacher and has served Voters. two terms as a Franklin “We are at a crossroads alderman. She listed where we can go one way or what she says are the another. Collaboration is the main differences key,” said Pattillo. between her and oppoBob Scott, her opponent, nent Bob Scott: has served 10 years on the • “I look at all sides Franklin Board of Alderman of the issue before makand touts his leadership ing a decision.” experience like graduating • “I believe in from the FBI’s National becoming involved for the good of the town, and when I Academy, attaining the rank start a project, I will see it through.” of captain in the National • “Most of all, I am a team player.” Guard and U.S. Army Reserve, and even being past president of the local chamBob Scott has ber of commerce. served 10 years on the “Leaders are made, not Franklin Town Board, is born,” he said. a former journalist and While touting his desire law enforcement officer, to listen to all sides of an and has been past presissue and the need to bring ident of several civic people to the table, Scott groups, including the also said leadership is not a Franklin Chamber of popularity contest. Commerce and the “Sometimes, leaders find Franklin Rotary Club. He they have to be out there all listed what he says arre alone,” he said. the main differences Pattillo’s three main areas between him and opponent Sissy Pattillo. of emphasis are Franklin’s • “The primary differences are leadership skills, Main Street Program, the proven experience in handling major projects and dealcondition of the town’s ing with emergencies. I am the type of leader who streets and sidewalks, and wants to embrace new ideas, listen to criticism and economic development. maintain open government. My voting record reflects She is currently treasurer the will of the voters because I listen to everyone of the Main Street program’s before casting my ballot.” board. She said the Main Street district in Franklin is one of the state’s largest because the board wanted to include the ent ideas is a key part of his vision for entire downtown Franklin commercial dis- Franklin. “I support diversity and open governtrict and not just Main Street. Doing more to enhance the town’s Main ment and don’t want anyone to feel intimiStreet program will take cooperation, which dated about speaking out about our government,” he said. has not always been there. Scott also said he wants to town to “I feel all programs should be working together. Our Main Street program, we have release the minutes of closed session meetinvited others to join. Whether it’s Venture ings once the need to keep those minutes Local, the chamber of commerce, whomever, secret has passed. Both said economic development is we need to sit down at the same table and important to Franklin, and the business work out our differences,” Patillo said. Scott proposed holding monthly meet- community should have a voice in leading ings to listen to business and property owners the town.

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who may not be town residents but could have important input into town affairs and economic development. “I want to keep town government open. I will listen, and one night a month will open town hall to business owners and others who don’t live in town. I can’t give you a vote, but you will have a voice,” he said. Another of Pattillo’s key concerns is making a “significant impact” with the $150,000 the town spends each year on streets and sidewalks. “All our streets and sidewalks are ranked according to repair needs,” she said. Scott also listed infrastructure as important for Franklin, but he said keeping town government open and welcoming new, differ-

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Vote early Early voting started last Thursday in North Carolina for the Nov. 5 municipal elections. The only races on the ballot are town elections. Depending on what town you live in, here is where you can go make your voice heard: • Maggie Valley, Canton and Clyde residents can vote from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, from now until Nov. 1, and from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 2, at the Senior Resources Center, 81 Elmwood Way, Waynesville. • Sylva residents can vote from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, from now until Nov. 1, and from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 2, in room 246 of the Justice Center, 401 Grindstaff Cove Rd, Sylva. • Franklin residents can vote from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, from now until Nov. 1, and from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 2, at the Board of Elections office, 5 W. Main St., Franklin. Early voting is not available in Swain County this election.

For a roundup of all of The Smoky Mountain News’ election coverage — including past stories CUTS OR TAXES on the municipal races in This year, the Sylva town board had Franklin, Maggie Valley, Canton to either increase taxes or cut its budget to cover a $193,000 deficit. In the end, it and Bryson City — visit chose cuts, but with no large sources of

Mayor Jeremy Edmonds, 26, mechanic Edmonds is mechanic at Whittier Automotive who just married this past weekend. As a Sylva native, he said he wants to help the town any way he can and to represent the average residents who aren’t involved town politics or attend the board meetings. Although he lacks political experience, “You have to learn as you go a lot of times.”

Chris Matheson, 54, business owner Matheson, a Sylva native, has served on the town board for four years. She currently owns gift shops and apartments but was previously an assistant district attorney in Western North Carolina. “I love the town of Sylva. I am committed to the town of Sylva. I am committed to its growth in a controlled way.”

Town board Danny Allen, 57, former Sylva police officer Allen is the longest-serving town board member, with 10 years under his belt. He is formerly a police officer with the Sylva Police Department but works still part-time as an officer at the N.C. Center for the Advancement of Teaching. The Sylva native said he decided to run again after residents asked him to. “I just want to work for the people.”

Mary Kelley Gelbaugh, 34, office manager Gelbaugh is the daughter of two downtown Sylva business owners and works for Wilson Family Chiropractic. In addition to those two roles, Gelbaugh is a native of Sylva, mother and wife, which she said allows her to identify with many of the town’s resident and business owners. “I feel like I could meet a lot of different demographics in our community.”

Barbara Hamilton, 69, retired nurse Born in Bryson City, Hamilton grew up in Chicago but has lived in Sylva with her husband, a native, since 1971. A former nurse at Harris Regional Hospital, Hamilton was appointed to the town board two years ago. After her and a friend retired, they wanted to volunteer. In addition to helping at The Community Table, she got involved in town politics. “We just felt it was our time to give back to the community. I feel God have been very good to my family.”

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“I want to keep downtown a quaint little village. I want to try to get businesses in here that will fit in with what is already here,” Allen said. One of the keys, Allen said, is students at Western Carolina University and Southwestern Community College. Sylva must communicate with the students to see what the town needs to keep them around on weekends, which could help boost the economy, he said. Allen also said that he wants to build public bathrooms in downtown, which Sylva is currently lacking. The bathrooms would add to the town’s amenities and give people somewhere to go when there are events downtown. Mayor candidate Edmonds touted alcohol sales at festivals, concerts and other public events as one way to attract downtown visitors. The sales could also mean additional revenue for the town.

new revenue, the town could find itself facing a similar decision again next year. This year was “very difficult,” and the town board held many long meetings to find a solution to its budget balancing problems, Hamilton said. She doesn’t regret the choice not to raise taxes and hopes it won’t come to that next year. “I would hate to do it, but it depends on what our funding is,” Hamilton said. “We understand how families are really, really struggling.” Hamilton and her fellow candidates all said raising taxes would be a last resort should the town need to fill a budget hole. “The budget issue is a big thing. I would like to be able to balance that if possible without raising taxes,” Edmonds said. But on the flip side, continued cuts would result in fewer services. It’s about finding a good place in-between. “You can’t tell people you will give them more for less,” Edmonds said. Sylva has not raised its tax rate since 2003 when it increased to 42 cents per $100 of property value. In 2008, following Jackson County’s property revaluation, the town dropped 12 cents from its tax rate. Matheson said she won’t promise not to increase taxes, but she will try to find spending cuts. However, funding coming from the state continues to decline, causing towns and counties to pay for more, which could force the town board to make hard choices like it did this year. “Sometimes, we are impacted by things out of our control,” Matheson said. If the town can attract new businesses and residents though, it can increase its tax base without raising its tax rate. “I have been working hard to try to get other businesses in here to offset,” Allen said. “If I am reelected next year, I will do anything and everything to offset a tax increase.” Allen added that he would like to bring a national chain restaurant into Sylva’s town limits. Gelbaugh felt similarly. Increasing the tax base would be the first option over cuts or tax increases. Gelbaugh said her personal experience handling her family budget will help her if elected. “I think I am personally very financially responsible in my life. I hope that trait can be carried on as a town board member,” she said.

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Like in other small tourist towns, businesses in Sylva tend to come and go. While there are the old standards that have stayed open year after year, there are also storefronts that seem to constantly change or sit empty. Keeping new businesses in town was one of the main issues that candidates in Sylva’s elections this year wanted to tackle. “We want to see our stores thrive,” Matheson said. Sylva is a diverse, welcoming, small town, she said, and the board is trying to find ways to let business owners know that. “I think Sylva can sell itself. It is a matter of getting that word out,” Matheson said. However, with other towns surrounding it competing for the same tourism business, it can be difficult to stand out. Hamilton said she is concerned that Sylva’s downtown will get lost amid larger business districts in Waynesville and Franklin. “I want this little town not to go away,” she said. Every time a new business moves into town, Hamilton said she visits it, personally welcomes the owner to downtown, and asks why they chose Sylva and what town leaders can do to keep them there. “I think the public needs to see you, and you need to be out there participating and asking what more can we do for you?” she said. While businesses need to plan to ensure their own success, town board candidate Gelbaugh also said that reaching out, talking to business owners and learning their needs will allow town offi-

cials to be proactive in trying to keep shops around. Town leaders can also work on attracting shoppers who will patronize the stores. “I want to come up with creative ideas that will bring people downtown,” Gelbaugh said. Although each candidate said they want Sylva to grow, it must be smart growth.


BY CAITLIN BOWLING STAFF WRITER he town of Sylva has struggled this year with balancing its budget and keeping businesses filling its downtown storefronts. Going into next year, those same problems will likely continue to challenge town leaders, and whoever is elected as mayor and to the Sylva town board this November will have to grapple with how to overcome them next year. Five people have stepped forward this year to run for the open position as mayor and two town board seats. Current town board member Chris Matheson and first-time candidate Jeremy Edmonds are competing for the mayor’s chair. Mayor Maurice Moody announced in June that he would not seek reelection. If Matheson should win, the town board will need to appoint someone to complete the last two years of her current term. Incumbents Danny Allen and Barbara Hamilton are running to retain their current seats on the town board but must beat out newcomer Mary Kelley Gelbaugh.






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George Frizzell, head of special collections at Western Carolina University’s Hunter Library, is the 2013 recipient of the Thornton W. Mitchell Service Award for outstanding service to the archival profession in North Carolina. A native of Jackson County, Frizzell is a descendant of a family that has lived in the area for more than 200 years. His grandfather attended the small school that was the predecessor of WCU, and his father was employed by the university. Frizzell earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees from WCU and a Master of Library Science at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. In recent years, Frizzell has given dozens of talks, tours and presentations to community organizations, regional historical and genealogical societies, public libraries, civic groups, community centers, elementary school classes, student organizations, churches, and conferences and symposia on regional history. A founding member and former president of the Jackson County Historical Association, he is a Cherokee scholar and has published many articles on the Native American experience in professional journals. He also is a published poet and an aficionado of rock ‘n’ roll music.

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he government shutdown went into effect on the first night I arrived in Yosemite National Park. There was no phone call at midnight, no note on the door in the morning. The birds still chirped, and the redwood trees still perfumed the air. Yet there was a great sense of angst. At the park hotel’s front desk, I was just one of many tourists asking what to do next — do we stay, or do we go? The road to Glacier Point already had been closed, making the day’s planned hikes impossible. The stables were shuttered too, which meant no mule rides. Restaurants and retail operations within the valley would be closing during the next 48 hours. And so we packed our bags, shoved everything back into our rental car, and left. We drove along Tioga Pass, clambering the rocky landscape at Olmstead Pass (as my husband says, “Man, that Olmstead guy sure got around”) and sunning ourselves at Tuolumne Meadows, but by the time we turned around to make our way to the California coast, evidence of the park’s closure had become overwhelming. Yellow caution tape, an unnatural blight on the landscape, flapped in the breeze, waving tourists away from parking lots and picnic tables along the route. Orange road cones seemingly multiplied by the hundreds, and as we emerged from the

Let’s learn to live with black bears

To the Editor: As a better solution to the proposed “killing” of more black bears being advocated by the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission, I am a strong advocate for providing more educational opportunities to better equip communities and individuals with information regarding “living safely with black bears.”  As an iconic symbol of the wildness we all enjoy in Western North Carolina, black bears are highly valued by most residents and visitors. The controversial regulations to lengthen black bear hunting season and increase the number that can be killed — along with other proposals — are not in the best interest of the bears or the large percentage of residents who deeply appreciate wild lives and wild places.  There are better solutions. Organizations such as the B.E.A.R. Task Force, Mountain Wildlife Outreach, Wild South and other highly qualified black bear educators in the region are well prepared to provide education opportunities for schools, organizations and individuals. Both the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission and North Carolina Wildlife Federation and other organizations have the resources to provide sound “living safely with black bears” information for the general public. The voices and opinions of many of the very large percentage of WNC residents who love and appreciate the wildlife and beauty of our region need to be heard by those who manage wildlife in our state along with members of the North Carolina General Assembly. It is hoped the NCWRC, NCWF, responsible hunters, N.C. legislators and wildlife advocates will find better ways to communicate

narrow gorge marking the eastern entrance nearest Merced, a large electronic sign flashed the unwelcoming message: PARK CLOSED. Instead of enjoying Yosemite, we went to the shore and took the Cabrillo Highway almost down to Point Sur, gladly paying the $10 fee to enter Point Lobos State Reserve at low-tide to noodle about the tide pools and stopping at Carmel River State Beach where I took a phone call from my parents, who were packing for a trip to the Southwest’s great canyons and were now unsure if they would be able to carry out any of their own national park plans. They told me of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park’s Columnist closure and banners of yellow caution tape and armies of orange cones mocking the autumn’s onset of colors, the season’s reds echoed in the region’s falling tourist revenue. Frankly, I was mad. And I became angrier while on an excursion with a group of travel writers this past week — writers from

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Zeb sincere about helping Canton To the Editor: Have you Canton folks taken a good look at the candidates for the four seats on the Canton Board of Aldermen? With the current board, in its entirety, choosing not to run for reelection, Canton is looking at four new faces to help run the town and we need to elect the best! Zeb Smathers has tossed his proverbial hat into the ring and hopes to earn one of these seats. Completing his education at Duke and UNC Law, he has chosen to return to his hometown to live, practice law, and promote the advantages of living in Canton. More than that, he would like to use his time and talents to insure that Canton with these unique advantages continues to move forward and meet the challenges of an ever more changing and challenging future. Zeb has much to offer as an alderman. In addition to his legal expertise, he is an enthusiastic and proactive individual, always exploring new ideas from a logical point of view. He currently serves as a deacon at First Baptist Church, is on both the Haywood County and Canton recreation boards, the Haywood County Schools Foundation, the N.C. Film Commission, and the Folkmoot Board of Directors, all of which have given him firsthand leadership and problem solving experience. I have worked side by side with Zeb and witnessed the sincere dedication, thoughtful-

across the U.S. and Canada — all of whom were prevented from entering the Smokies, from experiencing its magic, from sharing the national treasure with their readers. And as I stood on top of Newfound Gap telling a writer from Charleston about a grove of beech trees that turn everything around them a glorious golden hue not too far up along the Appalachian Trail, I used a particularly important word — my. It was MY park that was closed. MY mountains that were off limits. I admit that I do not like being told “no” and find a certain fierceness arises in me as a result of it. It is this fierceness that I wish to harness. Only by taking ownership, taking pride in our public lands — wherever they may be — will we be able to preserve them for future generations. We must be stewards of our parks, our places. Now as the yellow and orange barricades have fallen down, let us lift our Great Smoky Mountains up out of the red, invite ourselves and others to be visitors, and celebrate our open park with open hearts. (Sarah Kucharski is the managing editor of the nationally distributed magazine Smoky Mountain Living, a sister publication of The Smoky Mountain News. She can be reached at

ness and determination with which he approaches tasks and decisions. My observations have convinced me that he truly cares about Canton and its future as well as that of Haywood County.  Zeb is aware of some of the challenges presented to the town, especially in the areas of economic development. He sees the importance of Canton’s role in taking a more proactive approach in attracting new businesses along I-40 but also encouraging Canton’s existing businesses to expand. Accordingly, he is passionate regarding the town’s hardworking employees in making sure they have the training and resources to provide the best services possible. Zeb’s slogan is “Believe in Canton,” and because I believe that he can help lead and unite our town, I strongly endorse Zeb for election to the Canton Board of Aldermen. Edie Burnette Canton

Canton has had a lot of recent accomplishments To the Editor: This is my first ever letter to the editor. I feel I must respond to comments made in local papers by several candidates for Alderman for the Town of Canton. One statement made was that there had been no progress made in Canton over the last four years, and that things had declined during that time; others referred to lack of infrastructure and economic development. Some of the many accomplishments made over that last four years are as follows: • A new larger sewer line was extended to Buckeye Cove at a cost of $1.8 million, paid for with grants and local funds with no additional debt, all contributing to future economic devel-

opment. • The town cooperated with the county, the hospital, and private business to locate a new Urgent Care in Canton. • Purchased a new fire truck for more than $300,000, which enabled our fire department to maintain top rating so our citizens get the best homeowner insurance at a lower cost. • Secured grants to fund a new water line in the Beaverdam and North Canton Road area that would have otherwise cost town citizens. • Secured funding in excess of $1 million to install a new storm drainage system from Radio Hill to Evergreen Packagin which will help mitigate future flooding problems. • Helped form a N.C. Step Group in Canton that has acquired $125,000 to help promote Canton businesses. • Worked with DOT to secure funding for new sidewalk on Penland Street. • Have paved more road footage that any board in the past decade and have in place a sidewalk replacement program that has spent $50,000 plus each of the last four years. • Fought two major legal battles — one to keep Camp Hope public and one to prevent large billboards all over town. • Invested more money into recreation to hire a fulltime recreation person, installed a sand volleyball court, enhanced lighting at old tennis courts, began walking in the Armory in the winter, and also picking in the armory in the winter, along with new batting cages and some much needed drainage work at IP Complex. • Worked to get the question of staggered terms on the ballot for our citizens to decide which way they wanted to elect the board. • We were able to provide new weapons for our Police Department to replace other outdated ones along with new radar equipment and drug fighting equipment. Funding was acquired through grants and sale of surplus equipment.

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To the Editor: On Tuesday, Oct. 15, I delivered to Rep. Meadows’ office in Hendersonville more than 32,000 signatures of people from all over the U. S. who were objecting to his role in trying to close down the government. This website was from Faithful America, made up of Christians from many denominations who are concerned about the poor and needy being exploited by the far Right. Many people from all over WNC had signed on to the web site, which was in operation only six days. Signatures from people in Rep. Meadows’ district include the following locations: Burnsville, Hendersonville, Rosman, Sylva, Waynesville, Bat Cave, Asheville, Cedar Mountain, Franklin, Lenoir, Brevard, Mars Hill, Cullowhee, Flat Rock, Bakersville, Leicester, Candler, Whittier, Hildrabran, Barnsville, Newland, Weaverville, Morganton, Murphy, Hayesville, Mills River, Maggie Valley and Lake Junaluska. According to the an article in the New Yorker in August, our congressman sent a petition to many of the tea party Republicans suggesting a government shutdown if they could not stop ObamaCare. He also voted to keep the government shut down; fortunately there were enough intelligent Republicans and Democrats to end the shutdown. This shutdown has cost the government more than $24 billion and caused thousands of people hardship and loss of income. When election time comes around, I suggest we send Rep. Meadows back to his gated community in Highlands, where he and his wealthy neighbors live. I think the poor and middle class people in our district deserve someone better. Robert G. Fulbright Waynesville

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All of this and more were accomplished over the last four years with no ad valorem tax increase to our citizens; and we were also able to give a small raise to our employees by combining several positions as people retired. Several candidates have stated they will move Canton forward and recruit new business downtown, but no one has stated how they plan to do it and where the funding will come from. As for the new town manager, I will not refer to what was discussed in closed session concerning personnel; however, I feel we have capable personnel to run the town government in the interim while the new board decide who they want. Last of all, I sincerely give my best wishes for the new board, whom ever is elected and hope they can accomplish great things for the Town of Canton, and I encourage them to vote on all issues with the Town of Canton taxpayers and employees’ best interest at heart. There are many other accomplishments over the last four years I would be glad to discuss one on one with any taxpayer. I will always support the Town of Canton in any way I can. Jimmy Flynn Canton alderman

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tasteTHEmountains 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. Takeout 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

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RENDEZVOUS RESTAURANT AND BAR Maggie Valley Inn and Conference Center 828.926.0201 Bar open Monday thru Saturday; dining room open Tuesday thru Saturday at 5 p.m. Full service restaurant serving steaks, prime rib, seafood and dinner specials. Live music Thursday, Friday and Saturday. SOUL INFUSION TEA HOUSE & BISTRO 628 E. Main St. (between Sylva Tire & UPS). 828.586.1717. Tuesday-Friday 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Saturday noon -until. Scrumptious, natural, fresh soups, salads, sandwiches, wraps and desserts. 60+ teas served hot or cold, black, chai, herbal. Seasonal and rotating draft beers, good selection of wine. HomeGrown Music Network Venue with live music most weekends. Pet friendly and kid ready. SPEEDY’S PIZZA 285 Main Street, Sylva. 828.586.3800.

TAP ROOM SPORTS BAR & GRILL 176 Country Club Dr. Waynesville 828.456.5988. 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. seven days a week. Enjoy soups, sandwiches, salads and hearty appetizers along with a full bar menu in our casual, smoke-free neighborhood grill. THE WINE BAR 20 Church Street, downtown Waynesville. 828.452.6000. Underground cellar for wine and beer, served by the glass all day. Cheese and tapas served Wednesday through Saturday 4 p.m.-9 p.m. or later. Also on facebook and twitter. VITO’S PIZZA 607 Highlands Rd., Franklin. 828.369.9890. Established here in in 1998. Come to Franklin and enjoy our laid back place, a place you can sit back, relax and enjoy our 62” HDTV. Our Pizza dough, sauce, meatballs, and sausage are all made from scratch by Vito. The recipes have been in the family for 50 years (don't ask for the recipes cuz’ you won't get it!) Each Pizza is hand tossed and made with TLC. You're welcome to watch your pizza being created.

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The pumpkin roll is a highlight of the annual Franklin PumpkinFest. Donated photo

he 17th annual “Pumpkin Fest” will be from 3 to 6 p.m. Friday, Oct. 25 and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26, in downtown Franklin. A wide array of events and activities in the spirit of Halloween — including the ever-popular Pumpkin Roll — will be offered throughout the weekend. Festivities kick off Friday evening with the game “Find the Black Cat” from 5 to 8 p.m. Several merchants in Franklin will each have a black cat hidden in plain view in their business. For each black cat patrons locate, they’ll receive a card. Prizes will be awarded depending on the number of cards collected. An extra prize may be given out if costumes are worn. Special shopping deals will also be available at participating businesses. Winners will be announced at 8:15 p.m. at Books Unlimited. For more information, call 828.369.7942. “With the holidays coming on, we understand the temptation to splurge on BlackFriday-Mall-Shopping, and the Internet literally places the world at your fingertips,” said Larry Hollifield, the president of Streets of Franklin and owner of American Computer Sales. “But, we local merchants have a great deal to offer and we ask you to give us a chance to help in the season’s celebrations. We won’t disappoint.” Hayrides will be from 3 to 6 p.m. Friday at the East Franklin Shopping Center. The rides are sponsored by the Highlands Road merchants. Treats will also be given out from 3 to 5 p.m.


Authors Barbara McRae and Cherry Jackson will discuss the history of Franklin from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at Books Unlimited. The duo will present the newest edition of Arcadia Publishing’s popular “Images of America” series, Franklin. Saturday events begin with the “Pumpkin Roll” registration at 9 a.m. The renowned roll will be held from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Whoever rolls their pumpkin down the road the furthest will win $100. The screaming contest will be at 11:30 a.m., while the pie-eating contest takes place at noon. The costume parade starts at 1 p.m. in front of the Town Hall, with a costume contest to immediately follow. Live music hits the stage with the Sweet Tater Band, 10 a.m.; Frogtown Four, 11 a.m.; and Macon Grass, 3 p.m. Roving street performances, including a fire eater/spinner, also start at 10 a.m. Treats from local merchants goes from 3 to 4 p.m. A “Kid’s Zone” will run all day and includes inflatable’s, games and other activities. A “Pumpkin Fest” pancake breakfast cooks up from 7 to 10 a.m. at Tartan Hall. Proceeds support Macon County kids. Tickets are $5 for adults, $3 for children under age 12. “Pumpkin Fest” is presented by the Town of Franklin, Franklin Main Street Program, the Franklin TDA and Macon County TDC. or 828.524.2516 (ext. 304).

TRICK OR TREAT in Western North Carolina Bryson City • Haunted Halls of Havoc and Corn Maze will be from 7:30 to 10 p.m. Oct. 24-27 at Darnell Farms in Bryson City. Haunted house, hayrides and corn maze. $5 per person, with children under age 3 admitted free. 828.488.3167 or 828.488.2376 or

• Octoberbest will be at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 29, at The Storytelling Center in Bryson City. Celebrate the season with mountain stories, live music by the Dulcimer Duo, cowboy coffee and glazed almonds. $5 for adults, $3 for students. 828.488.5705 or

• The Peanuts Pumpkin Patch Express will ride from Oct. 25-27 at the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad depot. Guests will hear narrations of “It’s The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown.” Characters will be on-site at pumpkin patch. Tickets are $55 per person, $31 for children ages 2-12 and free for children under age 2. 800.872.4681 or

• “Downtown Trick or Treat” will be from 3:30 to 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 31. With the streets closed, children can go trick or treating around to downtown merchants. There will also be a costume contest, with the winner receiving a gift certificate to Soda Pops. Free. 800.867.9246 or

• Plow Day Festival will be an all-day event Saturday, Oct. 26, at Darnell Farms. Hayrides, corn maze, plowing demonstrations and live bluegrass music. There will also be a pumpkin patch, ice cream and fresh produce. 828.488.2376 or


• A spooky comedy will be screened at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 29, at the Marianna Black Library in Bryson City. The film stars Adam Sandler as the Hotel Transylvania owner Dracula. Free. Popcorn provided. 828.488.3030.

• The third annual Haunted Cherokee Halloween celebration will be at 7 p.m. Oct. 25-27, 30-31 and Nov. 1-2 at the Mountainside Theater and the Oconolafutee Indian Village. The 5 Little Pumpkins ScareFree Kids Zone will showcase a magician, obstacle course/maze, hayride and other activities, with tickets at $5 per person. The Haunted Theatre will offer a frightening performance, $10. The Little Dorm of Horrors building presents a “worst nightmare” as creatures try to catch you in their habitat, $8.

The Myths and Legends Ghost Walk offers storytelling and characters, $10. The Cherokee Zombie Run fundraiser for the Mountain Discovery Charter School will be from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 2. The celebration is sponsored by the Cherokee Historical Association. Tickets available in advance online or day of at Mountainside Theater Box Office. 828.497.2111 or

Cullowhee • The “Pumpkin Patch Trail” will be from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, Oct. 25, at the Jackson County Recreation Complex. Trick or treating will be offered throughout the park. Free.

Dillsboro • Halloween activities will run from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 31, in Dillsboro. Children can trick or treat around downtown, with games at Dogwood Crafters and hayrides provided by Jarrett Memorial Church. Free.

Franklin • Fall Hayrides and Haunted Hayrides will be from 4 to 6 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday,

Oct. 26, at Parker Meadows. • Halloween in the Park will be Thursday, Oct. 31 at the Macon County Recreation Park. 828.349.2090. • The Fall Festival and Trunk or Treat will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 30, at the First Christian Church. Cars will be lined up in the parking lot ready to fill candy buckets and bags. There will also be face painting, marshmellow roasting and a hot dog meal. Free. 828.524.6840 or

Fontana Lake • The “Hauntober Weekend & Haunted Trail” will be Oct. 25-27 at Fontana Village Resort. The celebration features a variety of activities, crafts, hayrides, campfires and live entertainment. The “Kid’s Hauntober Fun Time” will be from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Oct. 26, with a pumpkin carving, face painting and corn hole. The “Haunted Trails” tour will be from 8 to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday and is $3 per person.



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can hear is my breathing, and the occasional cattle moan in the distance. As I come around to Ratcliff Cove Road, my vision aims towards to immaculate Appalachian sunset to the west. It’s when I feel the most alive, in a place that always lends itself to such moments.

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Some of my favorite WNC routes: • Big Creek (Haywood County) • Lake Junaluska loop • Sunnyside Road to Ratcliff Cove Road (Waynesville) • Tsali Recreation Area (Graham County) • Western Carolina University Multi-Use Trail (Cullowhee)

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All I wanted to do was play soccer. could be. All I knew was to just run, and run In the summer of 1997, I was 12 years old as fast as possible. Before I realized it, I and ready to enter seventh grade in upstate crossed the finish line victorious — first New York. Until that point, I had attended a place for the modified course. The school’s small Catholic elementary school. Now, I cross-country coach, a family friend, immewas finally entering public school, middle diately came over and asked if I was interestschool no less, where a whole new world ed in joining the team. The whole experience awaited me. was a blur and now I was a member of the And when sports signups came around NCCS Cougar cross-country team. late in the summer, I had my eyes on the modified soccer team. But, that all changed — everything changed. My father had already signed me up for the cross-country team. A Southern rockabilly/bluegrass group Humps & The hardcore runner in his own Blackouts hit the stage Nov. 1 at the Water’n Hole right, my father has run Bar and Grill in Waynesville. thousands of races, including two dozen Boston Friday in the Gardens featuring live music, food Marathon appearances and and drink will be on Nov. 1 in Sylva. innumerable other 26.2mile jaunts. To this day, at age 71, he still jogs around Porch 40 plays No Name Sports Pub in Sylva on six miles each morning. Oct. 31. With that said, I’d only run a handful of races, most being the local “Turkey Pulitzer Prize-nominated author Charles McNair Trot” each Thanksgiving will discuss his latest work on Oct. 26 at City Light alongside other members of Bookstore in Sylva. my family. Before I could even protest about my The Packway Handle Band performs on Oct. 25 at desire to play soccer Nantahala Brewing Company in Bryson City. instead, my father handed me a brand new pair of running shoes and told me to put them on. “There’s a summer fun run tonight at the As middle school turned into high school, high school,” he said. “Put on your shoes my running became more prominent. I won and we’ll head over.” races, set school records and ended up meetI begrudgingly got into the minivan and ing my eventual high school sweetheart at a headed for the school. At the starting line, I weekend track and field invitational. But, had no clue about what to do, whether it be throughout it all, what mattered most to me pace, timing or even how difficult the course was my evolving passion for running.

Sunnyside Road, ultimately wrapping around to Raccoon Road, onward to Ratcliff Cove Road and back up U.S. 23 into Waynesville. What I love about the route is how I can escape downtown after only a mile. I tend to take to it around sunset, where everything out there in the fields and farmland is quiet. All I

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When I wasn’t at the starting line or on the bus to and from a race, I was out on the back roads of my rural town. Some days I’d be jogging into the sunset, others I’d be completely alone, heading down old dirt farm roads into endless cornfields. In winter, I’d bundle up and run under a silent moon, my feet crunching across fresh snow as a stiff northern wind greeted me. Those moments of solitude and tranquility truly brought about a sense of peace in my haphazard teenage years. Running competitively in college, I began to grow weary of the sport. I was tired of practicing, taking things so seriously and always trying to outrun a ticking clock. All I wanted to do was hit the trail or back roads, by myself. So, after three years, I walked away from the team before what I loved became anymore of a chore. Since then, I still seek out those moments of serenity quickly found once my shoes are laced up. I yearn to run and wander, soaking in the essence of my surroundings. In a rapidly changing world, running remains an outlet to slow down, listen and absorb the beauty of nature, humanity and your inner thoughts. When life gets a little too hectic, I throw on the shoes and peel away the layers of the day with each passing mile. In my time here, I’ve been meandering the streets and back roads of Haywood County. Between the hills and winding stretches of pavement, the possibilities are endless. My go-to route these days has become a three or so mile trek starting from my apartment in downtown Waynesville. The route takes me out of town and into the open fields along

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• The inaugural “Fall Festival” will be from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday, Oct. 28, in the Eckerd Living Center at the Highlands-Cashiers Hospital. Activities include a cakewalk, hayrides, trick or treating, pumpkin decorating contest, face painting, llama petting zoo and other games. Lunch is available for $5.


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41 Bates Crossing, Franklin N.C. • The Halloween “Enchanted Forest” Nature Trail will run every 15 minutes from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 30, at the Highlands Nature Center. Encounter friendly forest creatures and learn interesting nature facts about each one. Bring a flashlight. $1 per person. 828.526.2623.

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Nantahala Gorge • “NOCtobefest” kicks off at noon Saturday, Oct. 26, at the Nantahala Outdoor Center. Events include pumpkin decorating, noon; egg race, 1 p.m.; corn hole tournament, 3 p.m.; with live music from Bear Down Easy, 3:30 p.m. and Playing on the Planet, 7 p.m. The key event will be the “Great Pumpkin Pursuit” at 2:15 p.m., where costumed competitors try to get as many of the 400 pumpkins placed in the river as possible into their kayak.

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Sylva • “Treat Street” will be from 2 to 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26 in downtown. Children can go around trick or treating to local merchants. Free.

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• A “Halloween Egg Haunt” will be at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 29, at Mark Watson Park. Costume contest begins at 7 p.m. Free.


Waynesville • The fifth annual “Ghosts and Goblets” storytelling and children’s event will be from 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26, at the Museum of North Carolina Handicrafts in the Shelton House. The fire circle in front of the barn will feature musicians Anita Pruett and storyteller Lynne Leatherwood. Hugh Burford, Gary Carden, Bob Child and Cliff Hannah will also spin tales in the house. Children are encouraged to dress in costume. Refreshments will be available. Tickets are $10 for ages 12adult, $5 for ages 5-11 and free for children ages 5 and under. 828.452.1551 or or • “Treats on the Street” will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 31. Children can go around downtown and trick or treat at participating merchants. Free.

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October 25-November 2 (closed Oct. 28-29). Nightly from 7:00pm. Four adventures with appropriate scares for all ages: For the youngest ghosts and goblins, try 5 Little Pumpkins Kids Zone. The Haunted Theatre takes you behind the scenes and straight into terror. The Little Dorm of Horrors is filled with scary creatures. And our Myths and Legends Ghost Walk is a one-way ticket to nightmares. Tickets and times vary, so visit for more. Boo!


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• The “Great Smoky Mountains Railroad Pumpkin Patch” will be from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 24, in Whittier. Pumpkin carving, bouncy houses, marshmellow roasting, costume contest, trick or treating, with character appearances by Mickey and Minnie Mouse. $7 per person. 800.872.4681 or

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Leaf Lookers Gemboree returns to Franklin

The 24th annual Leaf Lookers Gemboree will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 25-26 and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 27 at the Macon County Community Building in Franklin. The event will feature a wide variety of items including fine-finished jewelry, rough and cut gems, lapidary equipment, minerals, fossils and collectibles. Dealers will also be available to custom make jewelry for attendees. Admission is $3 for adults and free for children under age 12. 828.524.3161 or 800.336.7829.

Woodcarving demonstration in Clyde

The Western North Carolina Carvers will hold their competition and exhibition from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 2, at the Folk Art Center at Milepost 382 on the Blue Ridge Parkway in Asheville. Registration for competitors will be from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Admission to the show is free.

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The 4th annual Balsam Arts and Crafts Show will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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• “Ghostbusters” and “The Conjuring” hit the big screen at The Strand at 38 Main in Waynesville. “Ghostbusters” will be shown Oct. 25-26, with “The Conjuring” Oct. 30-31. Both films are at 7:45 p.m. Tickets are $6 for adults, $4 for children ages 12 and under. 828.283.0079 or

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The Western North Carolina Pottery Festival is Nov. 2 in Dillsboro. Donated photo

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Artisan in the Mountains will host a woodcarving demonstration featuring the Pigeon River Woodcarvers Club from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26, at 99 Depot Street in Clyde. The club has nine active members and meets every Saturday afternoon. The purpose and mission of the club is to promote woodcarving as an art of the mountain region. This is achieved by attending several festivals for demonstration and carving shows for competition. The club welcomes anyone with an interest in the art. Free.

The Western North Carolina Pottery Festival will be from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 2, in downtown Dillsboro. More than 40 highly skilled ceramic artists will throw pots and demonstrate their techniques from booths located along Front Street. Now in its ninth year, the festival remains true to its original mission of allowing the public to interact with potters and learn more about their craft.

All festival attendees receive a ticket for a daylong raffle, while a silent auction benefits a local charity that provides meals to needy families. The 5th annual WNC Clay Olympics competition runs from 1 to 5 p.m. Friday, Nov. 1, in downtown Dillsboro. Admission is $3 per person, with children under 12 free. 828.631.5100, or 800.962.1911.


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Schubert’s Octet will be performed at WCU on Oct. 29. Donated photo

Hear a rare performance of Shubert’s Octet The School of Music at Western Carolina University will present a performance of Franz Schubert’s Octet at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 29, at the Coulter Building in Cullowhee. Schubert composed the octet in 1824 at the request of Austrian Count Ferdinand Troyer, who played the clarinet part at the premiere. The octet was based on Beethoven’s popular septet of the same instrumentation minus a second violin. WCU faculty performers are Shannon Thompson, violin; Will Peebles, bassoon; Travis Bennett, horn; and Eliot Wadopian,

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double bass. They will be joined by string performers Oleg Melnikov and Ginger Kowal, violins; Kara Poorbaugh, viola; and Franklin Keel, cello. All eight musicians perform together as members of the Asheville Symphony Orchestra. The concert is made possible through funding from the “Artist-in-Residence Program,” which brings professional string musicians from the Asheville Symphony Orchestra to campus for performances with WCU students and faculty. 828.227.7242.

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Milsap to make an appearance in Franklin Country superstar Ronnie Milsap will perform at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 2, at the Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts in Franklin. Milsap is best known for his signature combination of R&B, bluegrass and country music.

The Waynesville Community Dance will be at 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 27, in The Gateway Club ballroom. Dancing will include circle and square dances as well as contra dances. All dances will be taught and walked through before dancing. No previous experience is necessary and no partner is required. Stephanie Marie Voncannon will call the dance to the live music of Out of the Woodwork with guest musicians Margie McDonald and Mike Robinson. The band is composed of local musicians, who invite anyone who plays an instrument to sit in with the band, to jam and learn how to play music for dancing. $5 admission per person.

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• Bobby G taps into Frog Level Brewing Company at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26, in Waynesville. Free. 828.454.5664 or

• Positive Mental Attitude, LOCAL and Porch 40 will perform at No Name Sports Pub in Sylva. PMA plays Oct. 25, with LOCAL Oct. 26 and Porch 40 Oct. 31. All shows are free and begin at 9 p.m. 828.586.2750 or

• Southern rockabilly/bluegrass group Humps & The Blackouts hit the stage at 9 p.m. Friday, Nov. 1, at the Water’n Hole Bar and Grill in Waynesville. $3. 828.456.4750.

• Karen “Sugar” Barnes & Dave Magill and Ethan Monte-Parker will play at City Lights Café in Sylva. Barnes & Magill play Oct. 25, with Monte-Parker, Oct. 28. Both shows begin at 7 p.m. Free. 828.587.2233 or

• Bohemian Jean plays at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 25, at The Classic Wineseller in Waynesville. $10 minimum food, drink or merchandise purchase. Wendy Jones

Quartet performs at 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26. $39.99 per person, which includes a four-course dinner. 828.452.6000 or • The Music in the Mountains concert series continues with Blue Eyed Girl at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26, at the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad Depot in Bryson City. The group plays Americana, jazz and modern rock. The free concert series brings together local residents, visitors and musicians for an evening of melodies and mountains. The series is sponsored by the Swain County Chamber of Commerce and the Swain County Tourism Development Authority.


• Red June performs at 7:45 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 24, at The Strand at 38 Main in Waynesville. $12. • The Halloween Masquerade Party will be at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 31, at Pub 319 in Waynesville. • SmokeRise will play the WOW Halloween Fundraiser at 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26, at Bear Waters Brewing Company in Waynesville. Proceeds go to REACH. $20 in advance, $25 at the door. 828.400.2414 or

WCU presents ‘Love Your Body Week’ The annual Love Your Body Week celebration will run from Oct. 26 to Nov. 1, at Western Carolina University in Cullowhee. Coordinated by WCU’s Department of Intercultural Affairs, all events are free and open to the public and are connected to the theme “Be Your Own Kind of Beautiful!” Highlights include a salute to Breast Cancer Awareness Month with free bra-fittings offered by Waynesville’s Pink Regalia boutique from noon to 4 p.m. Oct. 28, in the A.K. Hinds University Center. “A Different Take on Every Make” will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Oct. 28, at the Courtyard Dining Hall. Lisa Zahiya will lead “Celebrate!: A Belly-Dancing Workshop” from 7 to 9 p.m. Oct. 29, in the University Center Grandroom. The second annual Amazing Catamount Challenge will begin at 5 p.m. Oct. 30 at the Central Plaza. or 828.227.2617.

‘Evening of Hope Gala’ at Laurel Ridge Relay for Life will host a black tie gala at 6 p.m. Nov. 2, at Laurel Ridge Country Club in Waynesville. The Evening of Hope Gala will feature hors

d’oeuvres, cash bar, silent and live auctions and dinner. Smoky Mountain Roasters in Hazelwood has blended a special coffee for the night called Evening of Hope Blend. The special coffee is available at the store through January with a percentage of sales going to Relay For Life. Tickets are a donation of $75 per person or $700 for a reserved table of eight with recognition. 828.734.3552 or 828.246.3621 or 828.734.8881.

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• The Packway Handle Band will perform at 9 p.m. Friday, Oct. 25, at Nantahala Brewing Company in Bryson City. Free. 828.488.2337 or

• The Fall Festival will be from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26, at the Victory Baptist Church in Bryson City. Fall, fun and faith activities. Free. 828.488.6171 or


• A wine tasting will be from 2 to 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26, at Papou’s Wine Shop in Sylva. A representative from Fine Wines will be on hand to pour four selections. Ages 21 and over. • The Cherokee Indian Hospital Foundation gala will be from 8 to 10 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26, at Harrah’s Cherokee Resort and Casino. Proceeds will be used for state-of-the-art equipment, upgrading facilities and implementing wellness throughout the community.




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Classic Broadway drama “The Heiress” will be performed at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 25-26 and Nov. 1-2, and 3 p.m. Nov. 3, at the Haywood Arts Regional Theatre in Waynesville. The show is based on Henry James’ novel Washington Square, and tells the story of a middle-aged woman destined to inherit a fortune from her father, who is suddenly courted by a handsome, but penniless gentleman. The tale is set in New York in the 1890s. HART’s production will feature elaborate sets and period costumes. James is best known for his novels Daisy Miller, The

• The Brigadoon Concert Series will be performed at 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 27, at the Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts in Franklin. A full cast, chorus and orchestra bring Lerner and Loewe’s brilliant musical to life. Experience the miracle of the Scottish Highlands through such classic songs as “Almost Like Being in Love,” “Heather on the Hill” and “Go Home with Bonnie Jean.” $15. 866.273.4615 or

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A ‘writer’s writer’ delves into 1929 explosion am convinced that author Daniel Woodrell is what is frequently referred to as “a writer’s writer.” In other words, although he may enjoy considerable popularity from the general public, it is other writers who speak with both envy and admiration of Woodrell’s writing skills. I count myself as one of them. Sitting before my computer, slowly creating a sentence only to delete it again and again ... striving for that elusive thing, a beautiful, balanced Writer sentence that causes a reader to stop, smile and saw “Wow.” Daniel Woodrell is such a writer. With what appears to be an effortless ease, he creates sentences that are so unique that the reader forgets the plot of the story, and reads a single sentence again and again. The wondrous short novel, The Maid’s Version, is an ideal vehicle for Woodrell. It is packed with colorful characters who grieve, suffer and die with a kind of admirable zest. Drunks and fools abound. Some are ruthless while others are good-natured and lovable: Strong-willed women who bear unrelenting grudges, children raised in stunning poverty,

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Mother stood accused of lying with strangers ... while Cecil slept, since he pondered on the porch and convinced himself that pretty little Ruby might be the spawn of a fornication that had not included him. — The Maid’s Version, p. 35

crazed preachers, bank robbers, petty criminals, gypsies and psychotics — all wind their way through this powerful tale of disaster in West Table, Missouri, in 1929, on the day that the Arbor Dance Hall exploded and burned, killing 42 people and maiming numerous others. (The disaster in Woodrell’s book is based on an actual dance hall explosion in West Plains, Missouri, in 1929; the reason for the explosion is still unknown.) Like most Woodrell novels, The Maid’s Version is filled with dark humor. Especially notable is the author’s description of the body parts that literally rained on the West Table community. Citizens were distressed to find fingers, teeth and feet in their gardens the following year and many home owners hesitated to clean their gutters since fragments of the victims frequently ended up there. Of course, all of this added to West Table’s folklore and is recounted by local historians to this day. The two sisters at the heart of this novel — Alma and Rose — are striking opposites. Raised in poverty but in close proximity to people who have wealth and security, Alma marries a hopeless drunk named Buster and spends a lifetime as a housemaid. She is also filled with bitter reproaches and harbors resentments for alleged abuse and multitudes of imagined slights. Rose, the younger sister, has learned to survive by “pizzazz.” Specifically, “if men were smitten by her lyric eyes and fluctuating mounds and scented sashay, well, let them display their feelings in meaningful ways: clothes, hats, rent and a big weekend at the Peabody in Memphis.” While Alma slaves in the kitchens of the wealthy, stealing scraps of food to pass on to her three children, Rose is sequestered in a well-furnished room paid for by the banker, Arthur Glencross (the husband of Corinne Glencross, who is Alma’s employer). However, despite their differences, Alma and Rose are devoted sisters. In time, Alma reluctantly becomes a “go-between” for Rose and Arthur. However, since Rose and Alma never learn to read, they must enlist the services of their children to read Arthur’s love notes.

McNair presents new novel Pulitzer Prize-nominated author Charles McNair will discuss his latest work at 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26, at City Light Bookstore in Sylva. The story follows Threadgill Pickett. At 114 years old, he is the last remaining Civil War veteran. He bides his time at a retirement home in Mobile, Ala., where he nurses a great vengeance over something terrible that befell him as a boy on a journey to join the Confederate army. On a day in turbulent 1964, Threadgill’s longdead brother, Ben, visits him with the news that one Union soldier remains alive, in faraway Bangor, Maine. Threadgill Pickett doffs an old hat with a yellowhammer feather in its band and heads north to fight the last battle of the Civil War. Through one improbable adventure after another, he finds himself forced to reexamine

Rose, the light-hearted temptress, is not only one of the casualties of the Arbor Dance Hall disaster; she is one of 20 victims who were burned and/or mutilated beyond recognition. As a consequence, her remains are in the mass

often harangued the “young, decadent fools” outside the Arbor Dance Hall telling them they were doomed because “they shook their bodies all about in thrall to impudent music and smoked cigarettes.” Willard often proclaimed “I’ll blow this place to Kingdom soon and drop these sinners into the boiling pitch! See how they dance then!” Then there are the petty thieves who allegedly had plans to rob a safe by using and excess of explosives. Could it be that their plans miscarried with unforeseen results? Then, again, perhaps it was vengeful act carried out by the cuckold husband, Charles Lathrop who decided to kill his wife, her lover and himself in the explosion. And then, there is poor Arthur Glencross who has become slightly unhinged by Ruby’s decision to abandon him. After all, a number of witnesses met Arthur running away from the dance hall after the explosion when everyone else was running toward it. In the final analysis, solving the mystery of the Arbor Dance Hall explosion may be irrelevant. Much of The Maid’s Version resembles a variation on Edgar Lee Masters’ Spoon River Anthology in which a small town’s dead speak from their graves and their combined The Maid’s Version by Daniel Woodrell. Little, Brown and stories shapes a poignant history of the town and its citizens. Company, 2013. 164 pages. In this instance, Woodrell creates memorable portraits of a grave beneath a 10-foot black angel. However, host of characters who came to the Arbor the cause of Ruby’s death becomes an obsesDance Hall on the fateful night. Many were sion for Alma. She is determined to know who young were newly weds, full of promise and was responsible for the explosion. Was it the on the brink of life’s great adventure. As tragic gypsies who bitterly resented being driven as their demise may be, Woodrell stresses the from West Table? Was it Preacher Willard, who singular fact that “they died dancing.”

notions of valor and vengeance he has held so fiercely, so long. Pickett’s Charge is a long-awaited second novel. McNair’s first novel, Land O’ Goshen, was a nominee for the Pulitzer Prize for fiction in 1994. 828.586.9499.

Writer discusses new drama at Blue Ridge Books Author Robert Moore will present his latest work, The Neighbor, at 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 2, at Blue Ridge Books in Waynesville. The story tells of Bryan Wilson, a new resident in Morganton who finds himself wrapped up in the family drama of his neighbors. 828.456.6000 or

‘Corn from a Jar’ author to speak in Waynesville Writer Dan Pierce will present his book Corn from a Jar at 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26, at Blue Ridge Books in Waynesville. 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. A noted NASCAR historian, he also wrote Real NASCAR: White Lightning, Red Clay and Big Bill France and detailed stock car racing’s bootlegging past for a History Channel special about Appalachia. 828.456.6000 or



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BY COLBY DUNN SMN CORRESPONDENT hat makes the stem of one pumpkin better than another for chunkin’? Why is one gourd so tiny, yet its neighbor so plump? What tints their hues from muted to mottled to blinding fluorescence? And will they grow up the same again and again, year after year? While such Seussian musings may sound like they belong more in children’s poems than scientist’s papers, they’re actually real research questions asked each year by the Mountain Research Station in Waynesville. Though admittedly, they probably phrase them a little differently. Each year, as pumpkin mania grips the rest of the nation, the researchers at the station gear up to claim their slice of the proverbial pumpkin pie – or proverbial pumpkin latte, if you prefer. They’re hoping their efforts will deliver better pumpkins for better lattes, pies and bottom lines in the future. “It was started when some of the seed companies expressed an interest in working with us on it,” said Kaleb Rathbone, superintendent at the Mountain Research Station, “and then it was information that was needed by the growers because it wasn’t information that’s readily available.” Though the roundest, orange variety takes up most of the real Mountain Research Station, Waynesville. Donated photo estate in our collective pumpkin imagination, there are actually dozens upon dozens of varieties of pumpkins. The winter squash family tree — cucurbita, if you’d like to get Latin and scien-


Pumpkin probing Researchers at test farm gather valuable data on the orange orbs tific about it — stretches its branches in a lot of directions, and its reach grows year on year as seed companies breed new varieties to feed the public appetite for pumpkin. But the world is also a big and varied place, and what thrives here might shrivel and starve on the west coast, and a species that yields a bumper crop in Boston might die on the vine in Waynesville. How’s a farmer to know just what his soil can work with? For other crops, especially finicky, big money foods like grapes, have a lot of good data to work with, and a lot of historical information for comparison. Pumpkins, not so much. Enter the Mountain Research Station. Their project is actually a joint effort between N.C. State University, the University of Tennessee and themselves, of course, and it’s the seed companies footing the bill. It’s good for them because it gives them solid, independent information about which of their varieties, new and old, perform best in this region, and from there it’s a simple leap into applications for marketing, product distribution and a whole host of other things. For local growers, it gives them the same valuable information and year-to-year comparisons that allow them to choose varieties that are going to give them the best yield or grow best to suit their purposes, whether that’s producing a delicious baking pumpkin, a prize winning gargantuan behemoth of a species, or a colorful ornamental to grace their customers’ centerpieces. It’s vital information for many region-

“It’s real-world information, so that they can know what to expect if they plant a particular variety.”

Who protects the bear? Every fall, folks flock to Rhodes Big View between Highlands and Cashiers to photograph the bear shadow that appears in the Chattooga River headwaters. Photographers set up their cameras and wait for the shadow to creep over the mountains. Have you ever wondered who owns the parking spot at the Macon and Jackson County line where the photographers set up, or who trims the vegetation back so you can see the view? Have you ever wondered who keeps the mountains in the background from sprouting houses? The answer to the first two questions is easy, the HighlandsCashiers Land Trust owns the 10-acre parcel where everyone parks. It was donated by Margaret and Ran Shaffner and Bucky and David Thomas in 2006. Check out the plaque located below the guardrail

al farmers, many of whom supplement their income from other more common crops with a yearly pumpkin haul, or replace the financial hole once filled by cultivating tobacco. The project, said Rathbone, doesn’t just look at how, when, and where they grow, either. They harvest them too, and gather data on use characteristics, as well. Their fields filled with hundreds of pumpkins, from the tiniest baby gourds to 200-pound mammoths have now been plucked bare and readied for next season, but the pumpkins’ work is not yet finished. “Some of the pumpkins are developed primarily for ornamental purposes and others are bred more for cooking and we evaluate those,” he said. “This year, we had some that are primarily for cooking, and we are doing a nutritional analysis on those and as well as actually having some chefs use them in baking to see how they perform in the kitchen.” Though he didn’t mention if they have any openings for taste testers, chances are that the efforts of the project, the largest of its kind in North Carolina, are already reaching your pie, coffee cup or favorite pumpkinized treat. “We provide that information to growers in the region,” Rathbone said. “It’s real-world information, so that they can know what to expect if they plant a particular variety. If you didn’t have trials like this, the only information they would have to go by is kind of a brief description in a seed catalogue from folks who are marketing them. It provides a side-by-side comparison and it provides unbiased data.”

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next time you stop- but please be careful when doing so. HCLT staff and volunteers keep the vegetation trimmed as well as we can.

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Turns out the shrub that seems to have taken over the view lately is a rare endemic, Hartwig’s locust, only known from a handful sites in Western North Carolina. HCLT volunteers are attempting to balance the growth of the shrub and keeping the view cleared, not always easy with an endangered species. The answer to the last question is perhaps more complicated. This view is dominated by wonderful peaks, but the two that stand out are Rock Mountain and Chimneytop, both owned by Will and Becky McKee but protected by a conservation easement with HCLT. The story is the same for Timber Ridge, placed into a conservation easement by the Warren family in 2009 and Laurel Knob, placed into an easement in 2006 by Thomas and Georgene German. The rest of the view is conserved by the U.S. Forest Service, the National Park Service (you can see the Blueridge Parkway in the distance), and land owners that have chosen to not to develop their lands — yet.


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Traveling astronomer coming to Waynesville Former NASA consultant and award-winning astronomer Kevin Manning wants to share his passion for the night sky with Haywood County. Manning will present his traveling Star Tour USA program at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 2, at the Haywood County Public Library in Waynesville. Manning’s mission is to foster scientific literacy in children and adults by taking his Look Up to the Stars program to libraries and other public places across the country. The program begins in the library’s auditorium, but will end outside viewing Saturn’s rings, craters of the moon and other jewels of the night sky through Manning’s powerful custom-designed telescope – weather permitting. RSVP is not required, but space is limited. 828.356.2507 or

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feeling like Galileo on a Sunday morning in the 1600s. If, however, you still see the logical connection and would like to go on record in support of common sense ways to help curtail these rampant runaway emissions mark your calendar. On Tuesday Oct. 29, the Western North Carolina Alliance and partners including the Sierra Club, Southern Alliance for Clean Energy, Western North Carolina Green Congregations and Climate Parents will present the Citizens’ Climate Hearing at Cathedral of All Souls, 9 Swan Street from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. The meeting is in support of new EPA regulations limiting carbon dioxide emissions from new power plants. All comments regarding the proposal will be recorded and sent to the EPA as a matter of public record. This is a great chance to speak up for the health of the planet and in recognition of peer-reviewed science. (Don Hendershot is a writer and naturalist. He can be reached a

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Last week we talked a little about how mountains can influence climate. Lenticular clouds are often created when warm air masses bump into mountains. Mountains can create rain shadows — point in case, Asheville, surrounded by temperate rain forests, is the driest city in the state of North Carolina. We know that traveling vertically from the valleys to the peaks of the Southern Appalachians is biologically comparable to traveling from Georgia to Canada. Meteorologists and storm trackers angst every year about El Nino and/or La Nina. El Nino (little boy) and La Nina (little girl) are basically opposite sides of the same meteorological coin — the El Nino-Southern Oscillation (ENSO) phenomenon. The ENSO cycle describes the fluctuations in ocean and atmospheric temperatures in the tropical eastern Pacific Ocean. During El Nino periods the sea-surface temperatures are above normal and during La Nina periods the temperatures are below normal. These variations in temperature have profound, pronounced, predictable and publicly acknowledged effects on global weather and climate. Typical El Nino effects in North America include warmer than average temperatures over western and central Canada and the western and northern United States. The Ohio Valley and the Pacific Northwest tend to be drier than average while the U.S. Gulf Coast and Florida are generally wetter than average. During La Nina years winter temperature are usually cooler than normal in the Pacific Northwest and warmer than normal in the Southeast. Hurricanes are more dangerous and destructive during La Nina periods. And on a personal note if you gravitate to gardening and or landscaping on your property you know there are myriad ways to influence microhabitats. Cutting trees can let in more sunlight to a previously shady area creating warmer drier conditions changing plant communities and even affecting the fauna, like attracting birds and/or butterflies. Trees and or shrubs near your home or outdoor gazebo can block the sun producing cooler temperatures.

The idea that there are processes in place that can affect climate on a global scale and the idea that anthropogenic actions can affect the climate of your backyard or cities where concrete and asphalt create warmer temperatures than neighboring green spaces are nonchalantly accepted and often time implemented (in the case of gardening/landscaping) by the general public. But logically expand these scenarios to suggest that the staggering increase (16 fold between 1900 and 2008) of man-made greenhouse gas emissions over the last century or so could actually be impacting the global climate and you might find yourself

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WCU wants native flower back Forget roses. Susan Belcher is hoping for beds of Cullowhee lilies to blanket Western North Carolina in the coming years. Belcher — the wife of WCU Chancellor John Belcher — is leading an effort by the Western Carolina University Alumni Association to re-establish the flower in the Cullowhee valley by selling packages of the flower bulbs. The proceeds will be used to support the development of Cullowhee lily flowerbeds on campus and to grow a WCU Alumni Association Scholarship fund. The packages will be sold through the month of October for $10 each. They may be purchased at Catamount Clothing and Gifts and Tuckasegee Trading Co. in Cullowhee; Bradley’s General Store, Dillsboro Smokehouse, Dogwood Crafters, Hopberry – A Primitive Home Collection, Oaks Gallery, Tunnel Mountain Crafts in Dillsboro; at Bryson Farm Supply, Country Road Farms Nursery & Garden Center, Ray’s Florist & Greenhouse and the Jackson County Chamber of Commerce in Sylva; and at other locations in Jackson County. The bulbs and Cullowhee lily notecards will be for sale before and during the Catamount Homecoming game against Elon Saturday, Oct. 26. or 828.227.7335.

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Herbal expert to speak at Sylva library Certified aroma therapist Becky Lipkin is an herb specialist who travels throughout the Southeast teaching others about which herbs can be used for medicinal, cooking and aromatic purposes. Known as the “Herb Lady of Cedar Creek Farms,” Lipkin will share her knowledge during her Herbal Kitchen program at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 29, at the Jackson County Public Library in Sylva. Lipkin will program participants which herbs grow best in their backyards and what to do with the herbs they are growing. The group will discuss how to maximize yield of the herbs in the garden and how to use herbs to create herbal gifts, teas, herbal medicine, culinary delights and personal body care products. Lipkin is an East Tennessee native and a graduate of Western Carolina University with a degree in Environmental Health Science. 828.586.2016.

in Franklin. The lecture will consider the origins of Cherokee plant lore and the extent to which the early white settlers in the Blue Ridge learned practical usage from them. Emphasis will be placed on ginseng, river cane, buckeye and devil’s-shoestring, greenheaded coneflower (and other spring greens); plant dyes, and plants evoked in the songs and chants for religious and medicinal purposes. After the lecture, Ellison and his wife, Elizabeth, will sign copies of their books, which include Mountain Passages, Blue Ridge Nature Journal, and Permanent Camp. George Ellison writes the “Nature Journal” column for the Asheville CitizenTimes, the “Botanical Excursions” column

Ellison to lecture on ‘spring greens’ Award winning naturalist and writer George Ellison will present a lecture titled “Edible, Utilitarian, and Religio-Medical Plants Used by the Cherokees” at 7 p.m. Nov. 4 at the Macon County Public Library

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Smoky Mountain News. He is the 2012 winner of Wild South’s Roosevelt-Ashe Conservation Award for Outstanding Journalist in Conservation. Each year, Ellison conducts regional workshops on natural and human history. 828.369.1902 or www.

Fall food drying class A blue ribbon winner from the Haywood County Fair will help teach the Fall Food Drying Class scheduled for 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 24, at the Haywood Cooperative Extension Center in Waynesville. Lois Snow, the Baked Goods Blue Rosette Winner at this year’s fair, will demonstrate how to make apple pie with dried apples and share her food drying experiences. The 90-year-old Snow learned to dry foods out of necessity in an era when there were no freezers. She later welcomed the modern convenience of a food dehydrator. The Food Drying Class, led by Haywood’s Family and Consumer Science Agent, Julie Sawyer, will explore drying food as an economical and nutritious alternative to canning and freezing. The class will also include hands-on activities involving drying apples and beef jerky. $10. 828.456.3575 or

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A Bryson City brewery has chipped in $1,000 to support the Appalachian Trail Ridgerunner program, whose mission is to preserve and improve the hiking experience along the Appalachian Trail (A.T.) in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The recent donation by Nantahala Brewing Co., which uses water from the Smokies in its beer making, came from sales of its newly released Trail Magic Ale. This sixth installment of the Trail Magic Ale series is a 10.2 percent Rye Wine and an award-winning beer, named for the random acts of kindness many hikers experience along the A.T. The brew company was founded in early 2009 and brewery operations and distribution began in May of 2010. For 15 years the Ridgerunner program has recruited individuals to provide visitor information, perform trail maintenance, advise hikers on trail conditions and provide vital real-time information for emergencies and possible problem bears along the 71 miles of A.T. that run through the Smokies. or 828.452.0720.


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Cooler weather means it’s time for the Jackson County Farmers Market to move indoors and push its operating hours back. Starting Saturday, Nov. 2, the market will move from its Bridge Park location to the Community Table at 23 Central St., in Sylva and change its hours to 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The market has one more weekend at its Bridge Park location, said Market Manager Jenny McPherson. The Jackson County Farmers Market is a producer only, local market offering a variety of vegetables, meats, honey, botanicals, crafts and more. It is open every Saturday year round. or 828.631.3033.

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BUSINESS & EDUCATION • Free computer class, Facebook Photos, 5:45 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 23, Jackson County Public Library, 586.2016. • The S.T.I.R., Jackson County Chamber of Commerce’s monthly networking event, 5 to 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 24, Southwestern Community College Burrell Building. RSVP, 586.2155. • Haywood Chamber ribbon cutting, 11 a.m. Friday, Oct. 25, Wise Communications. • Western Carolina University graduate study information session, 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 29, WCU’s instructional site at Biltmore Park Town Square, Suite 300, 28 Schenck Parkway, Asheville. Patsy Miller, director of WCU Programs at Biltmore Park, 654.6498 or • 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 • Guest speaker and Olympic silver medalist Lauren Tamayo, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 5, Gateway Club, 37 Church St., Waynesville. $25, chamber members, $30, non-members. Registration required, at 456.3021 or Presented by Haywood Chamber of Commerce Women in Business and Home Trust Bank. • Haywood Chamber Issues & Eggs, 8 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 6, Gateway Club, 37 Church St., Waynesville. Speaker, Barbara Parker, president of Haywood Community College. 456.3021 or

• Cullowhee community planning meetings, 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 5 and Thursday, Nov. 21, Cullowhee Valley School.

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COMMUNITY EVENTS & ANNOUNCEMENTS • Free dyslexia seminar, Symptoms and Solutions for Dyslexia, 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 24, Haywood Community College auditorium. 565.4231 or email • Pet Vaccine Clinic, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26, Waynesville Recreation Center, Waynesville. 452.1329. • 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. 452.1329. • Western Carolina University Homecoming 2013, Oct. 24-27. Complete schedule at • Annual turkey dinner, 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26, Rockwood United Methodist Church 288 Crabtree Mountain Road (Thickety Community), Canton. $8 for adults, $4 for children 10 years and under. Carryouts available, 648.6870. • “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. 211-34

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• 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. • Food Drives for The Community Table in Dillsboro, 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, Oct. 25: Drop off donations at Shear Images, River of Jordan Christian Store, Fusions Healing Center & Spa, or at the Pumpkin Patch Trail at Cullohwee Recreation Center. 586.6782, • Blue Plate Special, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 30, Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Resort. Proceeds to benefit The Community Table.

ments, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 Oct. 28-29, Campus Recreation and Wellness; A Different Take on Every Make, finding the beauty in differences, 5 to 7 p.m. Oct. 28; Celebrate! A Belly-Dancing Workshop, 7 to 9 p.m. Oct. 29, University Center Grandroom; Amazing Catamount Challenge, a race across campus, 5 p.m. Oct. 30, Central Plaza. Sarah Carter, or 227.2617.

• Original Art Sale & Benefit for Haywood Christian Ministries, 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, Nov. 1 and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 2, Beverly-Hanks Realty, 74 N. Main St., Waynesville. 734-1307.

• Free Lunch and Learn session with orthopedic surgeon Ryan Slechta, M.D. and Hannah Hill, PA-C, noon to 1 p.m. Friday, Nov. 1, Harris Regional Hospital board room, Sylva. Reservations required, at 586.7677.

• Sylva Rotary Club Pancake Breakfast, 7:30 to 10 a.m. Friday, Nov. 1, Sylva First United Methodist Church, downtown Sylva. Takeouts available. Tickets are $5. Proceeds to benefit The Community Table, scholarships and youth services., 339.4600.

• Breastfeeding Mother’s Support Group, 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Nov. 2, MedWest Harris annex building. Brandi Nations, 770.519.2903, Teresa Bryant, 587.8214, or Jennifer Luker, 587.8242.

• Relay for Life Evening of Hope Gala, 6 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 2, Laurel Ridge Country Club, 49 Cupp Lane, Waynesville. $75 per person donation, $700 reserved table of eight. For tickets, Jenny Stamey, 734.3552; Kim Ball, 246.3621; or Maria Rogers, 734.8881. Proceeds to benefit the American Cancer Society. • Jack the Dipper Ice Cream Shop, 170 E. Sylva Shopping Center, in Sylva will donate 10 percent of all purchases made from 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 2, to the Fontana Library Reading Rover bookmobile.




• Western Carolina University Blood Drive, noon to 5:30 p.m. Nov. 6-7, UC Grande Room , U.S. Highway 107, Cullowhee., keyword: CATS to schedule appointment, or 800.733.2767.

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• Junaluska Fire Department Blood Drive, 1 to 5:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 4, 90 Old Clyde Road, Lake Junaluska. Larry Stout, 456.9934.

• Bats Alive! with the NC Wildlife Resource Commission, 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 29, The Village Green Commons.

• Crabtree United Methodist Church Blood Drive, 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 9, 5405 Crabtree Road, Clyde. David Woody, 627.3666.

• Star Tour USA, 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 2, Waynesville public library. Star viewing for all ages through a powerful custom-designed telescope. Space limited. 356.2507.


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KIDS & FAMILIES • Day Camp, 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday, Oct. 25, Waynesville Recreation Center. K-5. Bring a swimsuit, lunch, tennis shoes, water shoes, a towel and snacks. Limited to first 20 campers. $15 per person for members of the Waynesville Recreation Center or $20 for non-members. 456.2030 or email .


• Angel Medical Center Blood Drive, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, Nov. 1, 120 Riverview St., Franklin. Barbara Hall, 369.4166.

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THE SPIRITUAL SIDE • United Christian Ministry of Jackson County annual meeting, 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 27, Mission and Fellowship Center of Sylva First Baptist Church. Speaker is John Reid, a founder of UCM.

• Star Party, Oct. 24-27, Pisgah Astronomical Research Institute (PARI), Pisgah National Forest. 862.5554 or



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• Floyd H. Chilton, professor of physiology and pharmacology and director of the Center for Botanical Lipids at the Wake Forest University School of Medicine, Oct. 25 and 26, A.K. Hinds University Center auditorium, Western Carolina University., or Todd Watson, WCU, 227.2126. • Love Your Body Week, Oct. 26-Nov. 1, Western Carolina University, Cullowhee. Free bra fittings, noon to 4 p.m. Monday, Oct. 28, A.K. Hinds University Center Multipurpose Room, free bra fittings; nutrition assess-

Literary (children) • 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. • Paws to Read, 3:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 24, Jackson County Public Library. 586.2016. • Between the Lines: Teen Arts Program, 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 24, Jackson County Public Library. 586.2016. • Children’s Story time: Fall is Not Easy, 11 a.m. Friday, Oct. 25, Jackson County Public Library. 586.2016.

• Children’s Story time: Leaf Man, 1 p.m. Friday, Oct. 25, Jackson County Public Library. 586.2016.

• Children’s Story time: Rotary Readers, 11 p.m. Monday, Oct. 28, Jackson County Public Library. 586.2016. • Children’s Story time: The Great Monster Hunt, 11 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 29, Jackson County Public Library. 586.2016. • Teen Time, 4 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 29, Jackson County Public Library. 586.2016. • Halloween fun, 4 p.m. Monday, Oct. 28, Marianna Black Library, Bryson City. Amber, 488.3030. • Sensory Story time using all five senses to promote learning, 4 p.m. Monday, Oct. 28, Macon County Public Library, Franklin. 524.3600. • Mary Ann’s Book Club, 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 30, Macon County Public Library, Franklin. 524.3600. • Reader’s Theater event for elementary age children, 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 30, Macon County Public Library, Franklin. 524.3600.

POLITICAL GROUP EVENTS & LOCAL GOVERNMENT Dems • Nantahala Democratic precinct meeting, 6 p.m. Monday, Oct.28, EMS Building.

GOP • North and South Jackson County Republican monthly meeting, 6 p.m. Monday, Oct. 28, Ryan’s in Sylva. Featured speaker is Matthew Hoagland, president of the North Carolina Young Republicans. Ralph Slaughter, 743.6491, or


• Hauntober, Oct. 25-26, Fontana Village Resort, Fontana Dam. Haunted trails, zombies, hayrides, crafts and more. Schedule at • Ghosts and Goblets, annual ghost storytelling and children’s event, 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26, Museum of North Carolina Handicrafts in Shelton House, 49 Shelton St., Waynesville. $10 for ages 12 to adult; $5 for ages 5 to 11; free for children under 5. Children are encouraged to dress in costume. 452.1551, or • 17th annual PumpkinFest, treats with Highlands Road merchants and free hayrides, 3 to 5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 25, Franklin. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26, historic downtown Franklin. or 524.2516. • Costume contest, 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26, Nantahala Outdoor Center. • Fall Festival, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday, Oct. 28, Eckerd Living Center at Highlands –Cashiers Hospital. Lunch available, $5, per plate. Cake walk, hayrides, trick or treating, pumpkin decorating contest, face painting, llama petting zoo, games, music and food. • 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 • 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. • Halloween fun, 4 p.m. Monday, Oct. 28, Marianna Black Library, Bryson City. Come dressed in costumes and make spooky crafts, play Halloween games and eat festive treats. Amber, 488.3030. • Halloween Egg Haunt, 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 29, Mark Watson Park. Costume contest starts at 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.


• 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. • Darnell Farms Corn Maze, open through Oct. 31, U.S. 19 at the Tuckasegee River Bridge. 488.2376.

HALLOWEEN EVENTS • 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. $7. 800.872.4681 or www.gsmr.Fundraiser for Communities in Schools.

• Fall Festival and Trunk or Treat for all ages, Wednesday, Oct. 30, First Christian Church, 156 Belleview Park Road, Franklin. 524.6840 or • Halloween scary movie, The Conjuring, 7:45 p.m. Oct. 30-31, The Strand, 38 Main St., Waynesville. • Trick-or-treating, hay rides and more, 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 31, downtown Dillsboro and Jarrett Memorial Baptist Church, Dillsboro., • Costume contest, 4 to 6 p.m., Oct. 31, downtown Bryson City. 800.867.9246. • Treats on the Street, 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 31, downtown Waynesville.

LITERARY (ADULTS) • Dan Pierce, author of Corn from a Jar, 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 24, WCU Mountain Heritage Center auditorium. 227.7129.

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• 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.

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• 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.

• Halloween movie, Ghost Busters, 7:45 p.m. Oct. 2526, The Strand, 38 Main St., Waynesville.

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• Games for Kids, 1 to 3 p.m. Friday, Oct. 25, Macon County Public Library, Franklin.

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

• Book signing by Barbara McRae and Cherry Jackson, authors of Franklin, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26, Books Unlimited, 60 W. Main St., Franklin. Franklin is a part of the Images of America book series. 369.7942.


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• Charles McNair, author of Pickett’s Charge, 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26, City Lights Bookstore. 586.9499.

6:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 27-28, Feichter Studio of the HART Theatre, 250 Pigeon St., Waynesville.

• Dan Pierce, author of Corn from a Jar, 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26, Blue Ridge Books, Waynesville. 456.6000.

• 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.

• Pisgah Promenaders Pumpkin Dance, 6:45 to 8:45 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26, Old Armory Rec. Center, 44 Boundary St., Waynesville. Caller Ken Perkins. 586.8416, Jackson County or 452.1971, Haywood County.

• Haywood Community Band, 4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 3, First United Methodist Church, 566 S. Haywood St.,Waynesville. Special concert to honor the band’s founding director, Bob Hill. Free. or 456.4800.

• 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,

• Robert Moore, author of The Neighbor, 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 2, Blue Ridge Books, Waynesville. 456.6000.

ON STAGE & IN CONCERT • Geralyn Lucas, author of Why I Wore Lipstick to My Mastectomy, will speak at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 16, Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Resort Maple Ballroom, 777 Casino Drive Cherokee. Free.

• Kool and The Gang, 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 29, Harrah’s Cherokee Event Center, Cherokee.

• “Murder Among Friends,” Oct. 23-24, Performing Arts Center, Highlands.

• ZZ Top, 10:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 31, Harrah’s Cherokee Event Center, Cherokee. Tickets at

• Red June, 7:45 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 24, The Strand, 38 N. Main St., downtown Waynesville. Tickets, $12, at, 283.0079. • “The Heiress” directed by Frances Davis, 7:30 p.m. Oct. 25-26 and Nov. 1-2, and 3 p.m. Oct. 17 and Nov. 3, HART Theatre, 250 Pigeon St., Waynesville. Tickets: $22, adults, $18, seniors, $10, students. Special $8 discount tickets for students for Thursday and Sunday performances. Tickets at 456.6322, or • 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.

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NIGHT LIFE • 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 24, Smoky Mountain Roasters: Sam Lewis. • 7:30 p.m. Thursdays, Balsam Mountain Inn: Oct. 24, Marti Dell; and Oct. 31, Ranaee Howard and Ben Tetrault. • 7 p.m. The Classic Wineseller, 20 Church St., Waynesville: Nov. 1, The DuPont Brothers; Nov. 2, Centerpiece Jazz; and Nov. 30, Jacob Johnson. • Fridays in the Gardens, dinner and music, 6 to 10 p.m. Friday, Nov. 1, McGuire Gardens, 553 W. Main St., Sylva.

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

• Waynesville’s “The Master Artists” group exhibit, through Nov. 9, at the Haywood County Arts Council’s Gallery 86, 86 N. Main St., Waynesville. • Artists wanting to be considered for a spring exhibition at Gallery 86 in downtown Waynesville should email samples of their work to by Nov. 11.

CLASSES, PROGRAMS & DEMONSTRATIONS • Woodcarving demonstration featuring Pigeon River Woodcarvers Club, 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26, 99 Depot St., Clyde. Hosted by Artisan in the Mountains. Club information, Jim Peterson, or 702.5448. Event information, 565.0501 or email • Western North Carolina Woodcarvers 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.

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PROGRAMS & WORKSHOPS • Adventures in Bear Country, 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 24, Saphire Valley Resort Community Center. Featured speaker is Joel Zachary, author of Bears I’ve Met. $5 admission charge for adults, free for children under 12. or 743.7663. • Swiftwater Rescue Conference on the Tuckasegee River, Oct. 25-27, Dillsboro River Co. and Barker’s Creek Community Center, Dillsboro. Sponsored by the American Canoe Association. • Hunter Safety Course, 6 to 9:30 p.m. Oct. 28-30, Haywood Community College auditorium, left side. Must attend three consecutive evenings to receive certification. Register at • 14th annual Fall Celebration, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 2, Historic Cowee School, Franklin. Hosted by the Land Trust for the Little Tennessee. 524.2711,

COMPETITIVE EDGE • 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. • Family of Stars Relay for Life Team Golf Tournament rescheduled for 8:30 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 26, Franklin Golf Course. $40 per person. Toby Blanton, 347.5110. • 7th annual Power of Pink 5K Walk/Run, Dog Walk/Run, 8 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 26, MedWest Health & Fitness Center, Clyde. Register at • Amazing Catamount Challenge, race across campus, 5 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 30, Central Plaza, Western Carolina University, Cullowhee. 227.2617. • Cherokee Zombie Run, noon to 4 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 2, Cherokee. Fundraiser for Mountain Discovery Charter School and Cherokee Historical Association. Register at 497.2111,

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• Saturday October 26 at 12 PM: Children’s Movie. JCPL 586-2016

• Food Drying Class, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 24, Haywood Cooperative Extension Center, Waynesville. $10, Register at 456.3575 or email

• 1960 Jean-Luc Goddard classic “Breathless” 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 30, in the theater of A.K. Hinds University Center, Western Carolina University. Jack Sholder, 227.2324 or

• Cullowhee lily bulb sale to benefit WCU scholarship fund and development Cullowhee lily flowerbeds on WCU campus will last through Oct. 31., or 227.7335.

• Family movie, 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 29, Marianna Black Library, Bryson City. Animated spooky comedy. 488.3030.

• Town of Waynesville Compost and Mulch Sale, 8 a.m. to noon Oct. 31 and Nov. 1-2, 7-9, Bible Baptist Drive from Russ Avenue, near the bypass. 456.3706.

• Movie night, 6:30 p.m. Wednesday Oct. 30, Jackson County Public Library. 586.2016.

Outdoors OUTINGS, HIKES & FIELDTRIPS • Waynesville Watershed hike, Saturday, Oct. 26. Meet at 9 a.m. at the Waynesville Water Treatment Plant. Register at 456.2030 or email All ages. • Waynesville Watershed Hike, 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26. Register at or 456.2030.

• Naturalist and writer George Ellison, 7 p.m. Monday. Nov. 4, Macon County Public Library, Franklin.

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



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PUBLIC NOTICE Mountain Projects, Inc. is planning to submit a proposal to the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Economic Opportunity for a three-year grant under the Community Service Block Grand (CSBG) program. Public input is requested to utilize funding. The public hearing will be held in Haywood County at 10:00 a.m. on November 5, 2013 at the Mountain Projects office on 2251 Old Balsam Road, Waynesville, NC 28786 and Jackson County at 2:00 p.m. November 5, 2013 at the Mountain Projects office on 25 Schulman Street, Sylva, NC 28779.

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JOB OPPORTUNITY: EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR FOR THE GOOD SAMARITAN CLINIC OF JACKSON COUNTY The Good Samaritan Clinic of Jackson County - a non-profit, volunteerbased, adult primary care organization and free clinic based in Sylva, NC - seeks an individual experienced in non-profit administration for its part-time position of Executive Director. Duties include management of the organization’s budget and finances, personnel, fundraising, public relations, community and professional relationships, and regulatory functions (record-keeping and reporting). Requires knowledge of health care delivery systems, human service agencies and resources, and free clinic operations; strong organizational, interpersonal, and problem-solving skills, writing and public speaking skills, computer proficiency in databases, spreadsheet and word processing, grant-writing, and the ability to work with diverse patient and professional constituencies. A Master’s degree in a health care or human service-related discipline is preferred. (A Bachelor’s degree may be considered with appropriate administrative experience.) Salary is commensurate with education and experience. Open until filled. Applicants should submit a cover letter, resume, and the names and contact information for three references to: Attention: Rosetta Gates, Business Manager Good Samaritan Clinic of Jackson County 293 Hospital Rd, Suite B Sylva, NC 28779


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APT. FOR RENT UNFURNISHED CLEAN UNFURNISHED APRTMNT. For rent in Hazelwood area of Waynesville. 2/BR, 1/BA, refrigerator, stove, washer/dryer, carpet, good views. $650 per moth, security deposit required. No pets. Move In Ready Oct. 15th 828.506.4112 or 828.507.8828.

LOTS FOR SALE 2.819 ACRE TRACT Building Lot in great location. Build your 2nd home log cabin here. Large 2-story building near HCC, was a Work Shop. $69,500. Call 828.627.2342.


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OFFICE HOURS: Tues. & Wed. 10:00am - 5:00pm & Thurs. 10:00am- 12:00pm 168 E. Nicol Arms Road Sylva, NC 28779

BRUCE MCGOVERN A Full Service Realtor McGovern Property Management 828.283.2112.

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Prevent Unwanted Litters! $10 Fix All for Dogs and Cats, Puppies & Kittens! Operation Pit is in Effect! Free Spay/Neuter, Micro-chip & Vaccines For Haywood Pitbull Types & Mixes!

All real estate advertising in this newspaper is subject to the Fair Housing Act which makes it illegal to advertise “any preference, limitation or discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, handicap, familial status or national origin, or an intention, to make any such preference, limitation or discrimination� Familial status includes children under the age of 18 living with parents or legal custodians, pregnant women and people securing custody of children under 18. This newspaper will not knowingly accept any advertising for real estate which is in violation of the law. Our readers are hereby informed that all dwellings advertised in this newspaper are available on an equal opportunity basis. To complain of discrimination call HUD 1.800.669.9777

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EARLY HEAD START TEACHER Haywood County - An Associate Degree in Early Childhood Education is required for this position. Candidates must have the ability to work well with families and co-workers, 2 years experience working with birth - 3 years and have good judgment/ problem solving skills. Prefer someone with Infant/Toddler CDA credentials and basic computer skills. This is a 10 month position with full time benefits. Applications will be taken at Mountain Projects, 2251 Old Balsam Rd., Waynesville, NC 28786 or 25 Schulman St., Sylva, NC 28779. Pre-employment drug testing required.



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LOTS FOR SALE EXECUTIVE HOME SITE 2 & 2/3 Acres, 350ft. Waterfront, Southern Exposure, Dock, Well, Electric, Site Cut, 3 Bedroom Septic, Gate. Located Between Cherokee & Bryson City. 828.788.6879

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Is your legislator protecting our AIR & WATER?

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Some Raleigh legislators don’t think Western North Carolina should be allowed to keep protecting its clean air and clean water. The North Carolina General Assembly introduces and passes several bills each year that impact the quality of life in Western North Carolina. A new tool, the nonpartisan website WNC Vote Tracker, provides transparency on legislation affecting residents in 20 Western North Carolina counties. Visit and select “Environment” to see how YOUR legislator voted on the environment in 2013. If you’re unhappy about the legislature’s actions this session, please write a letter to the editor for your local paper. Legislators need to hear from you if things are to change! Paid for by the Southern Environmental Law Center and Western North Carolina Alliance



• Western North Carolina Alliance • Canary Coalition • Dogwood Alliance • Environmental and Conservation Organization • Mountain Voices Alliance • National Committee for the New River • Transition Asheville

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