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On the Cover: Sunburst Trout has been located in Bethel for decades, but the family-run business is expanding into a new production facility at the Waynesville Industrial Park and a new site for its downtown Waynesville market. Amid all of this growth, the company maintains a local-first, sustainable ethos that infuses its entire operation. (Page 32) Garret K. Woodward photo

News Waynesville wants to include North Main in its walkable plans . . . . . . . . . . . 6 Sylva landscaping plan offers DOT a blueprint for N.C, 107 . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 Town election results . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8-9 Jackson sheriff, ACLU come to agreement on profiling accusations . . . . . 10 Buyer wants to keep services at both former MedWest hospitals . . . . . . . 11 Pisgah High School student growth prompts renovation plans. . . . . . . . . . 12 Haywood making plans to combine DSS, Health Department . . . . . . . . . . 12 Canton sweepstakes parlors still facing high licensing fees . . . . . . . . . . . . 13 PETA sues USDA over Cherokee bear zoo issues . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14 Jackson hires WNC native as EDC director . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15 Whittier sanitary district facing several financial woes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16 90-second business pitch a chance for entrepreneurs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18



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Sign kitsch to be debated at Waynesville hearing Business owners and merchants in Waynesville angling for bigger, flashier attention-grabbing devices have piloted a rewrite of the town’s sign ordinance, which will be considered by the board of aldermen this month. If passed, the changes will open the door for giant blow-up characters, bouquets of balloons, plastic banners strung from awnings or poles, and billowing fabric figures that gyrate when piped full of air. It would also allow for larger signs in some commercial districts and allow businesses to cover a larger portion of their store windows with signs. A public hearing on the sign changes will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 12, at town hall before the Waynesville Board of Aldermen. The rewrite of the sign ordinance initially stemmed from a debate over sandwich boards, those folding signs set on

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If passed, changes would allow businesses to cover a larger portion of their windows with signs. the sidewalk to advertise the daily latte or quiche special at cafés. The sandwich board ban would be lifted under the new sign ordinance, a rather innocuous matter now compared to the other changes in the revised sign ordinance. It was crafted by a de facto committee of town planning board members and business owners. The Waynesville town board could accept or reject the proposed changes, or pick and chose which to allow. To see a copy of the changes to the ordinance, go to and click on this story. — By Becky Johnson

The small stretch of road in Waynesville is the only gap in the town’s pedestrian system, which runs from the Recreation Center out to Lake Junaluska. Caitlin Bowling photo s Waynesville pedestrians mosey down North Main Street toward Walnut Street on their way home or to one of the businesses along the road, they get to a point where the sidewalk ends, where they must walk on grass or through parking lots and contend with vehicular traffic to get to where they are going. The area surrounding the intersection of North Main and Walnut streets is one place in Waynesville where there is a dearth of sidewalks, said Town Planning Director Paul Benson. “This is the only missing section of sidewalk on the Waynesville pedestrian system that extends from the Rec Center all the way to Lake Junaluska,” Benson said. “That is why we focused on it in the first place.”


Speak out The Waynesville Board of Aldermen will host a public hearing on the North Main Street Corridor Plan at 7 p.m. Nov. 12 at town hall, after which the board will vote whether to accept the plan. The town of Waynesville hired J.M. Teague Traffic Engineering, which is actually headquartered along that troublesome stretch of North Main Street, to study the intersection and draft a fix. The plan, which is estimated to cost $3.2 million, includes widening and realigning the road

Waynesville Vet-Fest to support Wounded Warrior Project Vet-Fest in Waynesville will feature a poker run, live music and food on Saturday, Nov. 9, in the Haywood Square shopping center. Live bands will play from 3 to 10 p.m., including Brian Keith & the Mile High Band, Smokerise and Fried Pie Experience. The event

around where Main and Walnut streets connect, adding sidewalks and creating bike lanes. The biggest disturbance would be the realignment, which would make the turn from Walnut Street to North Main Street more of a 90-degree angle. The change would force a couple businesses out of the way. “The muffler shop, that is the big one that is right on the corner,” Benson said. “That one would definitely go.” A Waynesville institution, Duvall’s Restaurant, would also have to move. The owner of both properties was not happy about the proposed changes, but he also took the “if it happens, it happens” philosophy, Benson said. The property owner would receive money to compensate him for any loss of property. The people who rent from him and actually ran the businesses were not as easily placated, said Benson. N “The people who were renting were the ones who were really upset,” Benson said. But then again, the businesses there could be long gone by the time the project gets started. “There is no funding for this project; there is no timeline,” Benson said. “My best guess would be 30-years plus for construction.” The plan is simply one of many to-do projects that Waynesville wants to receive DOT funding for. It must battle the state bureaucratic ranking system, which rates hundreds of road projects throughout the state based on importance and need for funding. The North Main Street Corridor plan is by no means the most important, especially since there are no congestion problems at theN intersection. “There is no real critical need for it at this point,” Benson said. Although Waynesville will not touch the roads, it could install the sidewalks. “That might be something we can go forward with on its own,” Benson said. — By Caitlin Bowling

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cerning the streetscape rendering before it will become the go-to document for streetscape standards downtown. “This plan would supersede any of the [existing] sidewalk and landscaping requirements,” said John Jeleniewski, Jackson County’s code compliance officer. “Have folks do landscaping based on this plan, which is our ultimate goal anyway.” The current standards require trees every 20 feet and flowers or shrubs in between. That would remain the same under the new landscaping plan. There must also be one tree for every 1,500 square feet of parking. Parking lots with more than five spaces must include landscaped areas that cover no less than 10 percent of the total area. Business and building owners are grandfathered in and not have to change anything unless they renovate 50 percent or more of the property. Separate from the streetscape plan, Sylva’s planning board has talked about developing a landscaping-specific ordinance that could limit what types of plant species business owners could place outside their buildings. Waynesville underwent a similar but more expansive process for its South Main Street corridor. The town hired a company to design its ideal streetscape, which looked at the position of parking lots, greenery, sidewalks and bicycle lanes, based on community feedback. N.C. DOT is also looking at revamping South Main Street in Waynesville, and leaders wanted a plan in place that would show DOT what it wants the reconstruction of the thoroughfare to look like. Although the plan was presented to DOT, the department doesn’t have to accept any of the town’s suggested changes. — By Caitlin Bowling


he Sylva town board has unanimously approved a streetscape plan for N.C. 107 from the Ingles grocery store to Dillsboro. The plan indicates where sidewalks and landscape buffers must go, according to the town’s current zoning ordinance, but also shows places were future transit stops, crosswalks and bike paths could go. Town leaders touted the creation of the plan as a formality — something town leaders wanted on the books before the North Carolina Department of Transportation finalized its own plans for the entirety of N.C. 107, which runs through Sylva. There are already sidewalk and landscaping requirements in the town’s zoning ordinance. However, Sylva hired an architect to draft an actual rendering, depicting how the town would look under the zoning ordinance if its suggestions for greenery and pedestrian and bike paths were followed. The town paid for the plan with a $10,000 grant from the Appalachian Regional Commission, a federal-state partnership that works with rural mountain communities. Now that it has adopted a plan, the town is able to show DOT what it would prefer the streetscape look like before the state sets its N.C. 107 reconstruction plans in stone. However, DOT doesn’t have to accept the town’s input. The DOT project aims to improve traffic flow on the congested highway, fix dangerous intersections and build new sections of roadway along N.C. 107 all the way from U.S. 23 Business in Sylva to Western Carolina University. DOT has been studying the N.C. 107 corridor in Jackson County and is gathering feedback to find the best solutions. The next step for the town board is to hold a public hearing to get comments con-




Canton winners say they’ll work together BY CAITLIN BOWLING STAFF WRITER Canton has four new aldermen. In a close race, Carole Edwards, Ralph Hamlett, Gail Mull and Zeb Smathers won. Of course, the town board was always going to have four new members after all the incumbents announced they were not running for re-election. Still, town residents now have a better idea of what direction the town will move in.

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(four seats available) Carole Edwards Zeb Smathers Gail Mull Ralph Hamlett Phillip Smathers Roy Taylor

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All four new board members took a stance that the town board needs to foster downtown development as well as support the existing businesses in Canton. The board will do “everything we can to make sure they have the resources they need to grow,” said Smathers. The first and perhaps greatest challenge the newly elected aldermen will face, however, is hiring a new town manager. The current town manager, Al Matthews, is retiring at the end of the year. The new board will have to decide whether to pick up the search

Eveland, Price and Banks win in Maggie Valley

BY CAITLIN BOWLING STAFF WRITER andidates for Maggie Valley aldermen stood outside the polls on Election Day — one side staying toward the right and the other standing toward the left, both with signs exclaiming “Let’s Move Maggie Forward.” Tuesday was the day voters would decide which forward direction they wanted the town to move in. In the end, voters choose Janet Banks, Mike Eveland and incumbent Saralyn Price. Eveland and Price will serve full four-year terms, while Banks will fill a vacant seat on the board with two years left in the term. All three victors celebrated at the Maggie Valley Inn. “A little bit overwhelmed at this time. I have not run for office before,” Banks said. “It’s an awesome responsibility, so I am going to do the very best I can.” Eveland, who beat out Alderman Mike 8


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where the old board left off or start the process completely over. “My fellow council members are very intelligent people,” Hamlett said. “They make good choices, and I believe that as a group, we should be very excited about together taking a step forward for Canton and choosing the best person we can.” Smathers said he will be looking for a town manager candidate with managerial and economic development experience. Hamlett and Smathers agreed that the four new aldermen get along and should work well together to better Canton. “I think we all want to go forward and do big things,” Smathers, said. But since all the aldermen are new, there are a lot of things they will need to learn. “Since all of us are new to the board, the challenge is, for all of us, stepping into new roles as aldermen. It will be somewhat of a sharp learning curve,” Hamlett said. The race was a nail biter with the two unelected candidates losing by 40 or 50 votes almost, showing that residents generally felt positive about all those running. Having never run for political office before, Mull was shocked to hear the news. “I am just so thankful. I did not have any idea. I had no feel for it whatsoever,” said Mull, who spent the entire day at the polls. Along with electing a completely new board, voters had to decide whether to stay on its traditional system, where all four aldermen ran for re-election every two years, or switch to four-year staggered terms, which means only two aldermen would run for office at a time and each would serve a

Maggie Valley Town Board (two four-year seats available) Saralyn Price Mike Eveland Mike Matthews Steve Hurley Billy Case (one two-year seat available) Janet Banks Charle Meadows Joe Maniscalco

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Matthews for a seat on the town board, said the results mark a change in the way business is done in Maggie Valley. “Tomorrow morning at 8 a.m., we have a new beginning,” Eveland said. “I think you will find a board that will work together, with diversity.” Ever since Phil Aldridge stepped down more than a year ago, the Maggie Board of Aldermen has only had four voting mem-

Canton aldermen candidates Phil and Zeb Smathers stood outside the polls on Election Day. Zeb went on to secure a four-year term on the town board; Phil was just 32 votes shy of a seat.

four-year term. Voters have approved a change to staggered terms 403-to-128 — which will prevent the wholesale turnover the town board as occurred this election. To get the town board on the right track for future elections, Carole Edwards and Zeb Smathers, who received the most votes, will serve four years as aldermen. Ralph Hamlett and Gail Mull will serve two before running for re-election. Candidates elected to the Canton Board of Aldermen from now on, however, will always serve four-year terms. Vicki Gregg, owner of Pauly’s Florist in downtown Canton, said she voted for the staggered term system because it will give the aldermen more time to accomplish their

bers and hasn’t been able to get along. If Matthews and Aldermen Phillip Wight took one stance, then Price and Mayor Ron DeSimone seemed to take another. Banks ran to fill the empty seat left by Aldridge and hopefully bring some cooperation to the board. One of her top priorities, she said, would be to review the town’s policies and procedures and craft a policy on what to do when an aldermen resigns. “We didn’t have a policy in place how to properly replace an alderman who leaves,” Banks said. And the town was left one alderman short for more than a year. As a result, two factions within Maggie Valley spent much of the year going tit for tat with each other. But no more, Eveland said. Now, it’s about cooperation. “We can really move mountains if we work together,” he said. For Price, who has sat on the board during the last year, the results were even more welcome. “I think that we can all work together, and I am looking forward to it,” Price said. She added that during her next term, she wants to continue beautification efforts in the town, review and possibly revise policies and procedures, and work on a plan for what Maggie should be in two, three, five

goals. “Sometimes two years doesn’t give you the time,” said Gregg, who declined to say who she voted for. As a business owner, Gregg said she is most concerned about economic growth in the Canton and wants town leaders to support the paper mill and work to better the downtown business district. Robert Eggleston, 64, didn’t have a particular issue that brought him to the polls on Election Day, just a sense of duty. “I cast my vote every time the polls open,” said Eggleston, who declined to say who he voted for as he stood a few feet from campaigning candidates. “Better not. I’ll keep that secret.”

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years. Leading up to the election, many people were ready for something new, for cohesiveness on the board, which is part of what brought Maggie resident Anna McDonald out to vote. “I just came to try to change it up a bit,” McDonald said, adding that she voted for “anyone that wasn’t in before.” Norm and Lill Sevigny, 68 and 69 respectively, have lived in Maggie Valley for six years but haven’t taken part in meetings or really followed local politics. However, they always vote. “I am a good citizen,” Norm said when asked why he showed up at the polls. After walking around and speaking with the aldermen candidates who stood watch over the polls at Maggie Valley Town Hall all day, the Sevigny’s decided who to vote for — Hurley, Meadows and Matthews. They’ve also decided something else: to get more involved and sign-up for the town’s sunshine list, which keeps residents informed about meeting and announcements.

BY B ECKY JOHNSON STAFF WRITER Despite a crowded field in the Franklin election — a dozen candidates in all — a handful of victors emerged as clear frontrunners ahead of the pack. Most of the winning candidates for aldermen and mayor reflect a public desire for change. “The credit goes to the people who wanted a change and worked for it,” said

— with more than a 100-vote spread between the fourth-place and third-place candidates. The top two winners in the aldermen’s race will be new to the town board. “I am looking forward to working with the new board coming in and the new mayor, continuing to grow our town in a positive way while staying true to our roots,” said Patti Halyburton Abel, 41. Abel is the owner of Abel Wellness downtown, a

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Pilates, movement, martial arts and massage studio. She also has a 5-year-old, which ultimately inspired her to want a voice in shaping the town’s future. Barbara McRae, also a winner in the

Final Sylva town board seat undecided BY BECKY JOHNSON STAFF WRITER The race for Sylva town board proved so close on Election Day that a clear winner won’t be announced until next week, pending a tally of absentee mail-in ballots. For now, the results show Mary Kelley

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certifies the results several days after the election. With just four votes separating the two now — and seven ballots yet to be counted — those ballots could theoretically tip the scale to Allen. While Allen and Gelbaugh are in limbo to see which of them will ultimately be on the board, the top vote-getter in the town board race went to Barbara Hamilton, 69, a retired nurse. Hamilton has been on the board almost two years, but she was appointed to fill an empty seat when another board member moved away. This was the first time Hamilton ran for the office. If the results hold, Gelbaugh, 36, would be the youngest member of the town board. “I feel like I meet a lot of the demographics that aren’t met on the town board at this time,” said Gelbaudh, who has an 11-month-old baby and works downtown. She straddles two distinct demographics of Sylva. She can related to younger people, understands what’s important to families in town and counts many newcomers to town among her friends. But she can also relate to the older, long-time Sylva residents. She grew up in Sylva and is the daughter of a well-known downtown businessman.

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shoot the breeze” as part of his mission to make the town more inclusive. As mayor, Scott hopes to encourage more active dialogue and critical decisionmaking by the town. He wants to make all the aldermen feel included, even those he wasn’t always on the same side of issues with in the past. “I am not a believer in group think,” Scott said. “I do want the town board to express their opinions. If we come up with something, I want them to pick it apart and tell me what we are doing right and what we are doing wrong. I don’t want a rubber stamp.” Scott is a retired reporter, making for two former newspaper people on the town board. McRae recently retired as editor of The Franklin Press. “You can bet your bottom dollar we will be adhering to the open meeting and public records law,” Scott said jovially.

Allen did not return a message by press time Tuesday night. Meanwhile, Chris Matheson, who has been on the town board for 10 years, handily won the mayor’s race. Former Mayor Maurice Moody did not run, leaving the seat up for grabs. Matheson said as mayor she hopes to increase Sylva’s profile. One goal on that front is to nurture the town’s relationship with the county. “The better the relationship between the town of Sylva and the county, the more likely we are to work together on things that positively benefit the town,” Matheson said. “That relationship has to be nurtured.” The same thing goes for the town’s relationship with other agencies and entities, from the N.C. Department of Transportation to the county’s tourism development authority to the newlyformed Jackson County Business and Advisory Council. “We are the county seat and an integral part of the county,” Matheson said, citing the need for Sylva to play a larger role and have a bigger voice in issues facing the community. Another of Matheson’s missions will be economic development for the town. Matheson will vacate her current seat on the town board to become mayor, leaving her seat on the town board empty. The remaining people on the town board will decide who to appoint to her seat. 9

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Gelbaugh narrowly edging Danny Allen off the town board. Allen has been on the town board on and off through the years, with a total of 10 years in office if you add it all up. Gelbaugh beat Allen by four votes. But there are seven mail-in absentee ballots that won’t be counted until the Jackson County Election Board

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Bob Scott, an alderman who won the mayor’s race by a landslide. The three winning aldermen handily pulled down the lion’s share of votes in that race. A wide margin separated those top three vote-getters from the rest of the field

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aldermen race, said the race was energized by the large number of candidates. “It was so exciting to have so many people running, and so many young people,” she said. “I think you could see how much interest there was in the race by the turnout.” Voter turnout was 14 percent in the Franklin municipal election. In the mayor’s race, Bob Scott pulled out an impressive win over Sissy Pattillo. Both had been town aldermen but relinquished those seats to make a run for mayor. While both had been on the town board for years, they had different leadership styles. Scott was more likely to be an odd man out when controversial votes came down and was heralded as the candidate that represented change. “My platform I think resonated with the public: open government, a voice for everybody and no favoritism,” Scott said. “That, and opening the door for young people to take part in town business.” Scott said he was surprised by how much he won by. “I didn’t sleep hardly a wink last night. I didn’t think we would pull it off,” Scott said. Scott said his campaign was ultimately carried by a cadre of supporters who came out of the woodworks to forge a grassroots movement around him. Scott ended up with more than $3,000 in campaign donations, despite not soliciting any. “People just gave it to me,” Scott said. “I didn’t ask for a penny of contributions. I don’t want money to obligate me.” Scott plans to carry through with his campaign promise to hold informal town hall meetings once a month where people can come “drink coffee and eat donuts and


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New checkpoint procedures implemented in Jackson Sheriff and ACLU work together after racial profiling claims he Jackson County Sheriff ’s Office and North Carolina Chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union have reached an amicable settlement to allegations that the sheriff ’s office racially profiled Latinos. The ACLU announced last spring that it was investigating the Jackson County Sheriff ’s Office after receiving dozens of complaints from county Jimmy Ashe residents alleging that deputies were using traffic checkpoints to sniff out illegal immigrants. Legally, law enforcement official can only hold a traffic checkpoint to check seatbelts, for drunk drivers and other motor vehicle law violations. After completing its investigation, ACLU representative Raul Pinto met with Jackson Sheriff Jimmy Ashe this September and recommended changes to the department’s checkpoint procedures. “Our investigation into the way the Jackson County Sheriff ’s Office conducted vehicle checkpoints found many problematic practices – from the inadequate documentation of checkpoints to the sheriff ’s office’s troubling coordination with federal immigration officers – that we hope will now be corrected through these reforms,” said Pinto, legal counsel with the N.C. Chapter of the ACLU. Both Pinto and Ashe said that the meeting was positive and productive. “Sheriff Ashe has always remained open to having dialogue with any group that has suggestions, which will allow the Sheriff ’s Office to better serve the community and comply with applicable laws,” according to a


news release from the sheriff ’s office. The sheriff ’s office agreed to stop coordinating with federal immigration officers. An analysis of Jackson County traffic checkpoints by The Smoky Mountain News found at least three instances when federal immigration officers participated in a checkpoint. The most glaring incident, the one that prompted ACLU action, involved federal immigration officials actually being on the scene and interviewing people pulled to the side of the road. “These types of operations can lead to racial profiling,” Pinto said of checkpoints with federal immigration officials. The Jackson County Sheriff ’s Office also consented to using standardized forms from the state to document checkpoints, recording checkpoints using in-car cameras when possible and providing additional training for its deputies. Pinto noted that using the state-created checkpoint forms will leave no room for peo-

Legally, law enforcement official can only hold a traffic checkpoint to check seatbelts, for drunk drivers and other motor vehicle law violations. ple to argue that the sheriff ’s office is targeting a specific ethnicity or race. But it will also allow watchdogs to see if checkpoints are concentrated in a specific area or if certain people are repeatedly being stopped at the checkpoints. “It is a great improvement because it will allow us and other organizations to keep track” of the office’s checkpoints, Pinto said. Although the sheriff ’s office has agreed to implement the changes, the ACLU will continue to watch the county, Pinto said. “We will be keeping our ears in the community in Jackson County,” he said. — By Caitlin Bowling

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Local leaders say hospital purchase good for communities


The MedWest partnership forged by the three hospitals three-and-a-half years ago will

MedWest-Haywood CEO Janie SinacoreJaberg talks to Haywood County commissioners at a county meeting Monday about the pending sale of the hospital. be dissolved. That is welcome news to WestCare, which announced last year it wanted out of MedWest. The WestCare medical community complained its interests were not being met and that it was not treated equally. “WestCare will operate independent of Haywood Regional Medical Center, operating separately with local management executing local strategy with a local governance board,” WestCare CEO Steve Heatherly said. Heatherly said Duke LifePoint has an impressive track record of helping hospitals in its network “realize their full potential.” “The focus will be on our community,” Heatherly said. “Local involvement is encouraged at all Duke LifePoint hospitals because healthcare is local. Hospital services must be tailored to meet the needs of the local community.”

WHAT’S A HOSPITAL WORTH? Duke LifePoint offered $26.25 million cash for Haywood Regional, plus pledged a $36 million investment including capital projects, equipment, expansion of services, and medical staff development during the next eight years. As for the cash, more than half will be used to pay off all outstanding debt. The hospital owes $8.6 million on a line of credit and another $2 million left over from construction of the fitness center. The purchase cash will also be used to clear accounts payable, which could be a another few million, although hospital officials did not have that number handy this week. Anything left over would go to the county, since it ultimately owns the property and building. County commissioners are hoping it could be as much as $10 million. Commissioners are talking about putting the money in a trust fund and only using interest. Commissioners said they would like earnings to be earmarked for health-related initiatives. It’s not known what Duke LifePoint offered for WestCare. It is a private nonprofit entity so does not have to disclose that figure. However, it should eventually show up in the nonprofit tax returns filing. Those are public,


AYWOOD COMMISSIONERS Harris and Haywood have long been a source of pride for their respective communi- GET IN THE GAME ties. They grew from humble origins in the Haywood County has an ownership stake 1920s to thriving, impressive medical centers. But locally controlled, independent, in the Haywood Regional Medical Center small hospitals began a long, slow downward building. This means the county must go spiral in the late 1990s. Harris and Haywood through a similar public hearing process and were among the last of their kind in the state. hold its own vote on the sale. “We do own a legal interest in the hospital But despite the self-determination and facilities, so we have to follow a parallel but autonomy of an independent, locally owned hospital, it was unrealistic for the hospitals to separate track as Haywood Regional,” County Attorney Chip Killian said. remain as they were. But county commissioners, like the hospi“We are seeing consolidation in order for tal board, have already signaled their intenlocal hospitals to survive what looks like a tion to approve the Duke LifePoint deal. very rocky road going forward,” said Don “This could be, is going to be, a very good Dalton with the N.C. Hospital Association. situation,” said Commissioner Mike Sorrells. “By consolidating, the “I am very pleased hospitals have a better with the offer we are getopportunity to fulfill their ting,” added Commismission, which is serving sioner Mark Swanger. their community.” Nonetheless, county Kirkpatrick said he commissioners said they understands the emotiontake the decision before al aspect of giving up local them very seriously. ownership of the commu“There is no question nity’s hospital. But the we are at a crossroads,” over-riding consideration said Swanger. “The deciis whether the hospital is sions made in the next financially viable, somequarter are decisions that thing Duke LifePoint can will impact our commuprovide. WestCare CEO Steve Heatherly nity for generations.” “The most important County commissionthing is to make sure explains the rationale of selling the ers intend to hold the when people need quality hospitals in Jackson and Swain to health care we have a hos- Duke LifePoint during a Jackson com- first of two public hearings on their end on Dec. pital in our county that missioners meeting Monday. 16, with a final hearing can provide that,” and vote in February. Kirkpatrick said. “I want everyone to know how serious this is and how critical it is for our community that this be a successful venAYWOOD RETIREMENT BENEFITS ture.” One concern for employees of Haywood Regional Medical Center is they would no UBLIC INPUT KIND OF longer remain in the state retirement system A public hearing on the sale of Haywood after Duke LifePoint buys the hospital. Since Haywood Regional is technically a Regional Medical Center to Duke LifePoint will be held at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 12, at public entity, its 914 employees currently participate in the state retirement system. Some the Haywood Health and Fitness Center. The hearing is a chance for people to voice employees have launched an orchestrated their opinions to the HRMC board of trustees campaign against the sale because they could and is required under state statutes since no longer remain in the state retirement plan. But Haywood Regional CEO Janie Haywood Regional must follow open governSinacore-Jaberg said employees would keep ment rules. But the hospital board, by all accounts, the benefits they have accrued to date. “Those folks in the state retirement plan fully intends to vote “yes” to a sale of the hoswould continue having what they have. It is pital to Duke LifePoint. “It is going to be very good for the com- theirs. But that plan would stop at that munity,” said Frank Powers, chairman of the point,” Sinacore-Jaberg said. “Provided they are vested, they would keep what they have.” Haywood Regional hospital board. Officials said the fall-out over state retireFor the record, Haywood hospital officials said “no final decision has been made.” But it ment benefits is simply unavoidable and that appears to be a done deal. The hospital board the long-term viability of the hospital trumped those concerns. 11 intends to vote promptly after the hearing.




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There will be one more public hearing and vote by the hospital board following the due diligence period and final negotiations firming up details of the acquisition. Public input was not part of the process for WestCare because it is a private nonprofit and the same rules don’t apply.

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Mission Hospital system based in Asheville had made a bid for WestCare, which includes Harris Regional and Swain. It did not make a formal bid for Haywood. Mission put out a statement saying it was “obviously disappointed” that WestCare chose Duke LifePoint, but was mum when it came to Haywood. Mission clarified why later in the week. “Our analysis identified what we believed to be insurmountable regulatory concerns that would prevent Mission from partnering with Haywood. As a result, Mission made a proposal only to partner with WestCare,” according to a statement by Mission’s attorney and general counsel Ann Young. Unlike other large hospital networks, which are free to expand at will, Mission operates as a regulated monopoly following the merger of Mission and Saint Joseph’s hospitals — the only major tertiary-care hospitals in Western North Carolina. Haywood County Commissioner Kirk Kirkpatrick, who also serves on the Haywood Regional hospital board, said it is not clear to him whether the anti-trust hurdles would have been insurmountable. “Is that the primary reason they didn’t want us? I don’t know if I agree or disagree,” Kirkpatrick said. It has not stopped Mission from acquiring or signing operating agreements with other community hospitals in the region in recent years, including Angel Medical in Franklin, the Highlands-Cashiers Hospital, and the Transylvania County Hospital in Brevard. Some Sylva physicians had previously spoken in favor of joining with Mission. A few Sylva doctors are already aligned with Mission as part of its physician network. But Haywood physicians largely opposed a Mission merger, fearing it would siphon local patients away. Inside sources say Duke LifePoint ultimately offered WestCare a better deal than Mission did.

but it could be a year before they are filed. To read a copy of the Duke LifePoint proposal, go to and click on this story. Or you can go the Haywood Fitness Center on the hospital campus and pay $1 for your own copy.


BY B ECKY JOHNSON STAFF WRITER The trio of MedWest hospitals in Haywood, Jackson and Swain counties could be sold by next spring to Duke LifePoint Healthcare, joining a network of 60 community hospitals nationwide. The aggressive timeline is contingent on due diligence by both sides and further negotiations to refine exactly what the sale would look like. Persistent financial struggles prompted the hospitals to put themselves up for sale in the spring. They advertised to prospective buyers and last week announced their top pick was Duke LifePoint. Little information was initially available, but details have trickled out in the past week. Here’s a snapshot of what’s been learned.


Haywood considers integration of county departments BY CAITLIN BOWLING STAFF WRITER aywood County is moving slowly towards consolidating its Department of Social Services and Health Department to save money and become more efficient. Last year, the N.C. General Assembly approved legislation that allows counties to combine the two departments into one Department of Human Services. Previously, only Mecklenburg and Wake counties were allowed to have consolidated health and social services departments. Since then, a Haywood County task force has looked into integrating the two. The county already took a big step toward a more streamlined organization in 2011 when the departments moved into the same new offices in the old Walmart building in Clyde. Thus far, county leaders have overwhelmingly supported the idea. “I think there are positive benefits from this,” said County Commissioner Mike Sorrells. By integrating the health department and DSS, the county could eliminate duplicate positions, cut overhead expenses and share client information. The different departments have already performed a “desk audit” to see what positions could be possibly eliminated or consolidated and what jobs are necessary. They still need to develop a plan for cross-training employees on health department and DSS duties to better serve people. “I think your client services would be much improved,” said Commissioner Chairman Mark Swanger.

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More students prompt new construction at Pisgah Pisgah High School in Canton finally has the money for some much-needed renovations, which have been years in the making. The Haywood County Board of Commissioners unanimously approved a resolution allowing the county finance officer to borrow up to $1.7 million for the high school project. Pisgah has suffered from overcrowding and a shortage of classrooms, which has left some teachers and the school choir without their own rooms. The renovation will add classrooms and offices for teachers who are currently floating around the school, construct a choir room and reconfigure the drop-off and parking spaces. The total estimated cost of the expansion is $2.5 million. The county will borrow $1.7 million of that on behalf of the school system from TD Bank at an interest rate of 2 percent, making the estimated accrued interest over the life of the loan $187,000. “We’ve got some really good rates,”

The Haywood County Board of Commissioners unanimously agreed to move forward with a public hearing, the next step in the process, to see what resident think about the possible integration. After that, the task force has already created a list of recommended steps that the county will need to take before a consolidation is finalized. Among the 16 steps are overhauling the departments’ personnel policies, creating a financial plan for indirect costs associated with the integration, seeking guidance from the state Department of Health and Human Services budget office, creating a Human

Speak out The Haywood County Board of Commissioners will host a public hearing at 5:30 p.m. Dec. 16 on a plan to consolidate its Department of Social Services and Health Department.

Services Support Team that includes IT, finance and human resources personnel, compiling a mutual client list and reinvesting any initial cost savings back into the consolidation effort. The task force has also suggested auditing the departments’ information systems no matter what happens. “We are recommending this be done regardless of your decision,” said Ira Dove, director of Haywood County DSS. said Julie Davis, Haywood County finance director, who reviewed the five different bids the county received at the board of commissioners meeting Monday. However, Davis also noted that interest rates have risen and did not look as if they were doing back down. “I think the super good rates we would have gotten six months ago we are not going to get,” she said. The other $800,000 of the project cost will come from lottery money, or state funds dedicated specifically for school construction projects. Pisgah was previously the smaller school, with Tuscola High School catering to the bulk of Haywood County students. However, since the county decided to send kids from the Clyde area to Pisgah for high school, the Canton school’s enrollment has grown and even exceeds that of Tuscola’s by about 50 students. The county has already hired an architect to add a new pulp and paper laboratory at Pisgah, which exposes students to the type of work taking place at the nearby Evergreen Packaging paper mill. The skills training can prepare student early for a job in the papermaking industry. — By Caitlin Bowling

BY CAITLIN BOWLING & B ECKY JOHNSON STAFF WRITERS espite sweepstakes-style video gambling being outlawed in the state, they have slowly crept back in to the corners of gas stations across Western North Carolina in recent months. To Canton town leaders, that begged the question: if the machines are back, why not bring back the lucrative license fees, too? Canton has collected $17,000 in business license fees this year from six business that have brought back sweepstakes machines. Video sweepstakes are back in Waynesville and Sylva, but neither of those towns have reinstated the business license fees. “You do have a hard time collecting money for an illegal activity,” said Waynesville Mayor Gavin Brown. But Canton Town Manager Al Matthews said confusion over the machines’ status — are they legal or not? — prompted the town to go ahead and collect. “I don’t know that they are illegal,” said Canton Town Manager Al Matthews. The town of Franklin still has its sweepstakes license fees on the books as well. But the town offered a disclaimer about charging the fees. “In doing so, the town of Franklin, nor any of its employees, officers, or officials



Canton goes for the gold by reinstating sweepstakes fees Canton was one of the first towns in the region to instate a business license fee for the machines initially, a trend that eventually was adopted wholesale. or agents expresses any opinion as to the legality of any video game operation,” according to Jessie Wilkins, town tax collector. The state’s video sweepstakes ban was upheld by the N.C. Supreme Court last December. Law enforcement then expunged the region of sweepstakes machines. But they soon cropped back up. The sweepstakes machine industry claimed a new version of the games were legal, citing various loopholes. Several gas station managers operating the machines in the region were charged by law enforcement but subsequently had their charges dismissed by judges or district attorney. Those district court rulings aren’t precedent setting, however, and don’t mean that sweepstakes are legal. Still, it has made law enforcement reluctant to waste their time going after video

Sweepstakes machines were deemed illegal last year; however, attempts to prosecute people in the area have largely failed. Becky Johnson photo sweepstakes operators. So video sweepstakes machines exist in a purgatory of sorts. Neither Sylva nor Maggie Valley have put their fees back in place either, but more towns may follow in Canton’s footsteps. Canton was one of the first towns in the region to instate a business license fee for the machines initially, a trend that eventually was adopted wholesale. The fees were a big source of revenue for towns — Waynesville brought in $98,000 a year. But when video sweepstakes operations were shut down earlier this year, some establishments complained they had paid the license fee for the year, but then were forced to close their doors.

Maggie Valley has been sent a letter from Vegas in the Valley owners Torry and Jo Pinter asking for their money back. They paid $18,000 in fees last fiscal year but only got to operate for three months. Meanwhile, the town of Highlands refunded $13,000 in fees after being threatened with a lawsuit by a sweepstakes operator who’d paid up and then had to close. Canton is in a different boat — it is charging again for machines actively operating. If it does have to hand anything back over, it would be no huge loss. “It was not a budgeted revenue,” Matthews said. “To reimburse it wouldn’t affect the budget.”

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PETA files federal lawsuit against USDA over treatment of captive bears BY CAITLIN BOWLING STAFF WRITER n animal rights groups has sued the U.S. Department of Agriculture, hoping to force the agency to set stricter standards for bears living in enclosures. Less than a month after two enrolled members of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians threatened to sue the Cherokee Bear Zoo, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals filed a lawsuit against the USDA for failing to respond to a petition asking for additional protections for bears such as those kept at the zoo. “Not only has the USDA ignored the egregious neglect of and cruelty to bears, it has also ignored its duty to respond to formal petitions that request action for animals who are in trouble and dependent on agency action,” said PETA Foundation Director of Captive Animal Law Enforcement Delcianna Winders. According to PETA representatives, the USDA must respond in a reasonable amount of time when a petition is received. “They have to respond that they are declining to consider it or open the public comment period,” said Carney Anne Nasser, an attorney for PETA. A public affairs specialist for the USDA, however, said the department is not required to take action on petitions. “When USDA receives a petition, we carefully look at it and consider it to determine whether changes to the Animal Welfare Act are

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warranted,” said Tanya Espinosa in an email. But it must say whether it has received a petition, according to PETA. When asked if the USDA had told PETA that its petition was received, Espinosa declined to answer. “Because we understand that PETA has filed a lawsuit regarding this issue, we are unable to comment further,” Espinosa said in

The petition also asked that the USDA hire a fulltime bear specialist, similar to the ones it has for elephants, marine mammals, primates, birds, exotic cats and animals in traveling exhibits. an email. PETA sent a 65-page petition to the USDA in fall 2012 asking that it initiate procedures to change the Animal Welfare Act to include a bear-specific section. “It is high time that they instituted specific rules,” said Nasser. Currently, bears fall under the Animal Welfare Act’s generic standards, “which is a catch-all for any animals not specifically addressed,” Nasser added.

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The petition also has specific recommendations for the new section: prohibit people from housing bears in pits or other sensory-depriving conditions; compel bear zoos to follow acceptable den and pool requirements; and require environments that allow for hibernation, foraging, running, climbing, digging and other normal bear behaviors. “Bears have proven to be some of the hardest animals to keep healthy in captivity,” Nasser said. “None of these natural behaviors are being allowed for.” The petition also asked that the USDA hire a full-time bear specialist, similar to the ones it has for elephants, marine mammals, primates, birds, exotic cats and animals in traveling exhibits.

The USDA does employ a veterinarian who expertise includes bears, Espinosa said in the email. To modify the Animal Welfare Act, the USDA must post proposed changes to the Federal Register for public comment. It then takes the received comments into consideration before posting a final draft of the new regulations to the Federal Register. This is the second lawsuit PETA has filed against the USDA regarding facilities that house bears. The other focuses specifically on the USDA’s decision to continually renew a Fayetteville business’ Animal Welfare Act license. PETA has alleged that Jambbas Ranch Tours has neglected and abused the animals in its care, including bears, foxes and potbellied pigs.

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cants mostly from outside the region, the county put out a second call for applications, hoping to attract takers with a vested interest in the region and a local knowledge base. Price said friends in the business community encouraged him to apply. “You first scratch your head a bit and say, ‘Well that’s really not my background,’” Price said. “As I started talking with friend and colleagues in the county, I realized this position needed a skill set that was very similar to my own. Someone who is strong in strategic planning and someone who has some salesmanship.” Price, who lives in Whittier, was laid off from Harrah’s last year due to corporate restructuring that eliminated his position. But he had stayed in the region during what he called a “career transition.” “My hope was that I could remain in this area,” Price said. Price is now convinced his fresh, unjaded perspective is just what the county needs. “It is a wonderful place to live, work and play, and what we want to do is enhance and leverage that and keep the current business base strong and profitable and also look at smart growth options that would benefit the county,” Price said. “To be able to do that in

BY B ECKY JOHNSON STAFF WRITER ackson County is hoping the third time’s the charm as it aims to jumpstart its floundering economic development efforts. After years of thrashing and political setbacks, Jackson County once more has a board of economic development advisors in place and has hired a Rich Price full-time economic development director — a position that has mostly been vacant for the past eight years. “I am not familiar with the success or lack thereof in the past. But my impression of that is it is important for someone to step into this role,” said Rich Price, 46, the newly named county economic development director. • 2005: The Jackson County Economic Development Price said he doesn’t Commission — then a joint consortium of the county, have a magic wand. towns, Western Carolina University and Southwestern “The intent is to put Community College — imploded amid allegations of someone in this role who financial mismanagement. Concerned by the lack of overcan marshal in a concerted sight of public funds, the county withdrew from the EDC fashion all the stakeholders and seized the organization’s records. that are eager to see success • 2005-2008: The Jackson Economic Development in the umbrella of economic Commission existed only on paper as a defunct entity with development,” Price said. no director. “My goal will be to hopeful• 2008-2010: The county enlisted the services of two sepaly create synergies and alignrate auditing firms to help piece together the history of ments with the county’s EDC’s finances, to no avail. strategic plan.” • 2008: Jackson County commissioners and leaders of all His first day on the job four towns formally dissolved the old EDC and reconstitutwas Monday, with an annued it under a slightly new structure, but one that still funcal salary of $71,000. Price tioned as consortium. An EDC director was hired. will work in tandem with • 2009: The EDC director resigned, citing frustrations over a the county’s newly formed dysfunctional model based on power-sharing between the Business and Industry towns and county. Several members of the EDC resigned en Advisory Committee but masse, complaining that they weren’t empowered to do will report to County anything. It continued to be haunted by the baggage of Manager Chuck Wooten. allegedly unaccounted funds. Price is a living example • 2009-2012: The Jackson County Economic Development of the long, painful adjustCommission once again went defunct and existed only as a ment to a new economy in phantom entity on paper. Western North Carolina. • 2013: Jackson County commissioners and all four towns in The son of a textile factory the county agreed to dissolve the EDC — again. The counmanager, Price grew up in ty set-up a new Business and Advisory Council and named Lake Lure when the state’s a full-time director, under the sole purview of the county. manufacturing industry was still robust. But Price followed a different career path, a place where I want to stay and make my working for the past 12 years as an executive home for the foreseeable future is a really with Harrah’s Cherokee Casino and Resort. special feeling.” He climbed the corporate ladder at Harrah’s Price came to the region as a student at to become the director of casino marketing, Western Carolina University, graduating in a role he was in for seven years. 1988 with a bachelor’s degree in business Price wasn’t among the first batch of administration, and has been an active as an applicants when the county initially adveralumnus on the WCU Catamount Club tised the position. But with a stack of appliboard for many years.



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Whittier sewer line on the slow road to bankruptcy


“I can’t say what the original business plan was for this particular system, but unfortunately, the system is not self-sustaining in its present situation,” said Wooten. One thing everyone in the room seemed to agree on: the Whittier sewer line was a bad move from the start. Commissioner Vicki Greene said she is the “only barnyard dog” still around who was involved during the project’s origin. “I ended up thinking this was about ego, and not about the appropriateness of this project,” Greene said. The financial viability of the Whittier Sanitary District, which operates the sewer system, was deemed “marginal at best” in an analysis by the engineering firm MartinMcGill last year. “In order for this particular system to continue, we need some type of reliable financial support, or we are going to have to find a lot more customers,” Wooten said.

THROWING GOOD MONEY AFTER BAD? Jackson County taxpayers have sunk $750,000 into the Whittier sewer system since its inception five years ago — first for its construction and then for an operating subsidy. The Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians chipped in about the same

Dan Harbaugh with Tuckaseigee Water and Sewer Authority is helping navigate a way through the Whittier sewer mess he inherited. Becky Johnson photo

amount, seeing the sewer system as a plus for its new Sequoyah National Golf Course in the area. The operating subsidies put up by Jackson County and the tribe were intended to tide the sewer system over until it could become self-sufficient. Now, there seems little hope of that happening. Whittier Sanitary District needs another 200 residential customers to break even. Less if the sewer system could land some big commercial hook-ups, like fast-food restaurants or gas stations. Or even less if a large manufacturing industry that uses massive volumes of water moved in. But the lines simply don’t go past enough doorsteps — even if everyone along the line

hooked on — to get the paying customers it would need. The Whittier Sanitary District has periodically waived the hookup fees to lure people to hook on, but got few bites. Greene said a decade ago, the main corridor leading to Cherokee seemed ripe for commercial development. And it might yet. “I do believe that 441 corridor is going to be developing,” Greene said. But it won’t happen in time to rescue the Whittier sewer system. Wooten said there’s no prospect of getting the tribe to put in additional subsidies. The tribe has put in all they want to put in. “So that kind of leaves it back to the county,” Wooten said. But some commissioners disagreed. Why should the county indefinitely subsidize the sewer bills of a small handful of residents, Commissioner Doug Cody asked. “This $100,000 deficit, this goes on forever,” Cody said. Commissioner Jack Debnam also questioned why they should keep pouring money into a losing proposition.


Wooten agreed the county probably should have bowed out at some point along the way. But the county was roped in initially and stayed in even as the financial projections began to fall apart


BY B ECKY JOHNSON STAFF WRITER rural sewer system in Jackson County is headed toward bankruptcy unless it can drum up 200 customers in the sparsely populated Whittier area. It’s a tough sell though, witnessed by the paltry 40 customers along the sewer line now. It’s operating at a loss of $100,000 a year, propped up for now by Jackson County taxpayers and the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians. But the subsidies will dry up in two years, and the sewer system would have to shut down. County leaders must decide soon whether to keep plowing more money into it. “I realize it is nothing this board put in place, but it is a tipping point for this system,” County Manager Chuck Wooten told commissioners Monday during a discussion of the quandary at a county meeting. The sewer system was conceived eight years ago on two flawed assumptions: • That Whittier residents would forsake their septic tanks and hook on to the new sewer line. • That the U.S. 411 corridor leading to Cherokee would explode with commercial development. Neither manifested. Monthly sewer bills from such a small handful of customers brings in only $28,000 a year — dramatically short of the $128,000 operating budget to keep the lights on at the plant.

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down. The 40 existing customers on the line — 32 homes, a few businesses, a church and Sequoyah National Golf Course — would have to go back to septic tanks. Several homeowners now on the sewer system had been plagued by failing septic tanks before the line came along. Indeed, the sewer line was a savior to them. Initially, it was supposed to be mandatory that those along the line connect to the system. But, it was cheaper for those with functioning septic systems to stick with what they had, and the board of directors for the Whittier Sanitary District decided not to force people to hook on. The board missed the boat when it failed to at least make new construction hook on — which is a fairly standard practice in sewer service areas. The Whittier Sanitary Board has had a change of heart, however, and are now willing to institute a mandatory hookup policy for new construction along its lines, Wooten

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because an elementary school in the area desperately needed a sewage solution. “It was basically down to a pump and haul basis,” Wooten said of the sewage woes at Smoky Mountain Elementary School. “For that school to stay in operation, we had to pump the tank several times a week.” So the county bought in to the idea of a sewer plant for the area — but it was probably the wrong decision, Wooten said. “We could have cut our losses and taken the investment we have in this and tried to do something different for the school,” Wooten said. “Hindsight is 20-20.” But Wooten seemed to think it is too late for that now, however. Smokey Mountain Elementary School relies on the sewer system. “We obviously have an interest in making sure that sewer service is provided to the school,” Wooten said. The school isn’t the only one that would be left in the lurch if the sewer system shut

HOT POTATO SEWER LINES Some commissioners seemed perturbed the Whittier Sanitary District didn’t bother to show up at the meeting. “I am wondering why the Whittier Sanitary District is not here talking to us,” Debnam said. The Whittier Sanitary District was criticized three years ago for being a less-thanstellar steward of public funds and violating standard governance protocols. The State Treasurer warned following an audit in 2010 that the Whittier Sanitary District “has serious financial problems which the governing board must address immediately.” State concerns included: no budget had been adopted; the district operated at a net loss; it was spending more than it budgeted to spend; an audit hadn’t been performed as required by state law; and the financial officer wasn’t bonded as the law stipulated. Further, board members were reportedly receiving utility services free of charge as a perk. That practice, if it did exist, has now

ceased. The other issues have been resolved as well, but the track record is a black mark nonetheless. The Whittier sewer lines and sewer plant were supposed to be turned over upon completion five years ago to the Tuckaseigee Water and Sewer Authority, which operates most of the other water and sewer lines in Jackson County. But that never happened. They’ve had a change of heart on that as well, however. Now, the Whittier Sanitary District’s board has said it would agree to give the system to TWSA, Wooten said. Some commissioner guffawed at that. Who wouldn’t want to unload a money-losing sewer system with virtually no hopes of a turnaround, Cody said. For its part, TWSA doesn’t want the system unless it comes with a long-term subsidy. TWSA doesn’t want to be saddled with the annual operating losses, so someone — presumably the county — would have to chip in for that hand-off to happen. The Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians potentially might be another candidate to take over the sewer system. It already has sewer lines of its own along a portion of the U.S. 441 corridor closest to the reservation. But sources close to the issue say there is concern about turning over the system to the tribe, because whoever owns the system would control development along the corridor. Turning the system over to the tribe wasn’t even included as an option in a feasibility analysis conducted by the consulting engineer firm last year.

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BY B ECKY JOHNSON STAFF WRITER Jackson County commissioners questioned the wisdom of a last-ditch effort to find more customers for the Whittier sewer system at a county meeting Monday. Commissioner also signaled reluctance to put up county money for a plan they saw as less than ideal. “My math isn’t that great, but I come with negative numbers no matter how I look at it,” Commission Chairman Jack Debnam said. The rural Whittier sewer system has only 40 customers — about 200 short of what it needs to break even. It is losing more than $100,000 a year. So the operators of the sewer system want to extend the sewer line, bringing it within reach of more homes, which in turn would tap on — maybe. Houses are few and far between in Whittier, however, so the best they could come up with was extending the line to the doorstep of a trailer park with 20 mobile homes. The trailer park owner has agreed to hook on if the line is brought his way. The N.C. Rural Center has awarded a $305,000 grant for the project, covering 90 percent of the cost. It now needs a $35,000 local match to make it happen. “Someone is going to have to come up with the 10 percent match,” Wooten said. But commissioners didn’t seem to eager for that someone to be them. “I don’t see where this particular project is cost effective at all,” Debnam said. The 20 additional customers would only generate $5,000 a year in revenue. Meanwhile, the sewer system is still losing $100,000 a year. “It isn’t going to do anything,” Debnam said.

said. Had that policy been in place the past five years, it would have more customers than it does. In yet another misstep for the ill-fated enterprise, the line was initially supposed to be longer, going past more potential customers along the U.S. 441 corridor, but it was truncated due to higher-than-expected construction costs. As a result, it only goes about halfway down the U.S. 441 corridor.


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“It will reduce the deficit by $5,000 a year,” Wooten countered. Commissioner Doug Cody said it was a fallacy to think an additional 20 customers would help matters much. “This one thing will make will not help our bottom line. This deficit this goes on forever,” Cody said. Cody said the line extension is just more of the same — namely running sewer lines through sparsely populated areas without enough customers to support it. “You don’t put a sewer system over here where nobody lives,” Cody said. “There is no assurance anyone would ever connect to this line.” Wooten again countered that there is actually a benefit from the line extension, even if it doesn’t help the financial picture much. The trailer park’s septic system is on the verge of failure. “It is in bad shape,” Wooten said. “There is plenty of room for repair for those 20 failing systems.” Wooten pointed out the sewer line extension would pass near several other properties as well, which may generate customers in the future, Wooten said. “There is potential there for quite a bit of development on one side of the road,” Wooten said. But Debnam questioned that assumption as well. “I know the terrain through there, and there aren’t many properties that would be able to hook on,” Debnam replied. Wooten then said the county must decide one way or another in a hurry, however, or the grant will be lost. Commissioners said they would revisit the subject at their next meeting in two weeks, requesting additional information to help with a decision. It is unclear why the Whittier Sanitary District won’t pitch in. It has $200,000 in reserves, but that money is used to offset annual operating losses and once it runs out, it could not longer afford to keep the sewer plant running.

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One shot to win money for your business plan BY COLBY DUNN SMN CORRESPONDENT Ninety seconds. It’s shorter than the average YouTube video and less time (theoretically) than it takes to brush your teeth, but if you can squeeze enough charm and tenacity and business acumen into that space, you may just be on the receiving end of $1,000. That’s the idea behind the Awesome Business Idea Competition, which is exactly what it sounds like. Contestants get 90 seconds to convince a panel of judges that their business concept, whatever it may be, is a worthy investment. If they succeed, they’ll walk away with $1,000 in prize money. The contest was started last year by Franklin-based web hosting company SiteDart. “Basically it’s to try and inspire some entrepreneurial spirit in the area,” said Clinton Taylor, SiteDart’s inbound marketing specialist who’s helping head up the competition. Small business competitions, of course, aren’t a new phenomenon. Winning one of the majors is almost a rite of passage for startups hoping to actually be the next new phenomenon. MIT famously doles out north of $300,000 each year in its series of contests, and the University of Texas annually holds the granddaddy of small business contests, the Global Moot Corp




Competition, an invitation-only affair where the pre-requisite is victory at another prestigious competition. Taylor says SiteDart was, in fact, inspired by their own experiences in a startup weekend, where wannabe entrepreneurs come together for a marathon session of team building and business structuring, where they hopefully emerge on Monday with the makings of a fledgling company. Such contests exist in larger markets like Asheville and Charlotte, so the idea was to bring some of that drive back to the western end of the state. “We just want to kind of inspire or get the mindset for this area of the startup atmosphere and the entrepreneurial kind of spirit, of taking an idea and going for it, not being afraid to chase your business ideas,” said Taylor. “Charlotte and even Asheville, they kind of have that atmosphere. They’re not afraid to fail. It’s just that mindset of an entrepreneur, trying to make money at doing your own thing.” In fact, they’re so committed to cultivating that western industriousness that they’re only opening it to residents of Macon, Jackson, Swain, Cherokee, Clay or Graham counties. “We want to back our communities. When we started business back in 1995, those were the counties that we mainly dealt with,” explained Taylor. “We think of



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Will your idea pay off? At 10 a.m. on Nov. 16 at the Drake Education Center in Franklin, the second SiteDart Awesome Business Idea Competition will take place. Think you have an awesome business idea? Ask yourself these questions: • Can you explain it in 90 seconds? • Can you explain it in front of strangers? • Can you answer questions about your idea? • Can you use $1,000 to help make that business idea a reality? The winner will get $1,000 and a second-place finisher $500. For information visit to register. our customers as our neighbors, and we want to only offer it to them for that reason.”

START-UP COMPETITIONS But there are other options in the western counties for prospective business owners. Up the street from SiteDart in Macon County, another new contest is getting on its feet. The Macon County Certified Entrepreneurial Community (CEC) Leadership Team is sponsoring a business plan competition that will start in November and culminate with the announcement of a winner in the spring. Tiffany Henry is the director of Southwestern Community College’s Small Business Center, and she’s helping head up the contest. As she sees it, this contest is almost a stepping stone from Site Dart’s offering. You came up with a pitch, you tested it at the Awesome Business Ideas Competition, now come get it off the ground. “Any time any entrepreneur is looking for financial support, whether it’s from a bank or an investor, they’re going to want to see that business plan,” said Henry. “Trying to figure out what is my market, what capital am I going to need, what is my management going to include, what is the legal structure, what this is going to provide — is the means to do all this.” The contest and its $5,000 prize are just the final stage of the CEC’s offering, but what it’s really about is the months of seminars that precede it, where entrants can get free help developing their plan. The Haywood County Chamber of Commerce has been sponsoring a business start-up competition for several years, with the winner or winners getting a share of a $10,000 annual prize. Those would-be entrepreneurs have to submit a business plan that is reviewed by a committee, and then finalists are interviewed. Competitions like these have historically been the discovery sites of many now-suc-

cessful businesses. Even ABC’s “Shark Tank” has collected a whole lot of ratings with the idea of the elevator pitch. But this can be especially true for small business hopefuls in more rural areas, where there’s less access to venture capital and business building resources than there can be in urban areas. “We’ve been approached by people who provide funding who want access to companies and people with good ideas, and in particular, they want them to have already been vetted in some way,” said Bob Carton, department head for entrepreneurship, sales and marketing and hospitality and tourism at Western Carolina University. So winning a business competition isn’t just the end, but can be a valuable means to a much larger end that includes outside investors and a great deal more capital than a local bank could likely offer. At the very least, competitions like the business plan contest in Macon County break down some of the more daunting barriers to entering the entrepreneurial space by offering some help and direction. “One of the most daunting things in starting a new business is staring at the blank piece of paper, not knowing what the process is. A business plan competition, depending on the one that it is, helps provide at least some of that structure,” said Carton. “It helps lower some of those uncertainty barriers.” It can also help dim the tint on those rose-colored glasses and offer a more realistic picture of the work that needs to go into a prospective business. Often friends and family can’t or won’t dish out realistic feedback about your idea’s prospects, but a panel of stranger expert judges won’t be afraid to point out your flaws and help illuminate where your business concept may need some more work. Tommy Jenkins is the economic development director for Macon County, and he’s had a hand in both competitions happening there. From his post, he’s also seen more than a few businesses try to make a go of it, so he’s learned a few things about what success in Western North Carolina requires. “Some folks say entrepreneurs are born; some folks say they’re trained. I think it’s a combination of the two,” Jenkins said, “And you really need to go through the process of developing your plan, your financing, where you’re going, where your business is going to be, where a business is going to be two to three years from now.” Essentially, an idea is not enough. But that’s were Henry and Taylor hope their contests can come in, helping would-be selfmade CEOs get started down the right path, or at least step back and take stock of the work it actually takes to make business a success. Even the idea of a competition implies that some training is required, and that practice could turn out to be its own reward. Perhaps Bob Carton summed it up best: “Business, just like any sport, is a matter of mastery. You have to practice.”

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Meadows will be held accountable for vote To the Editor: I read with great interest The Smoky Mountain News’ Oct. 23 Op Ed page and particularly the piece by Robert G. Fulbright of Waynesville. Fulbright’s piece was right on and I totally agree with him! As a matter of fact, I had written Rep. Mark Meadows, R-Cashiers, while the shutdown was underway, asking him to vote for the bill coming over to the House from the Senate to reopen the government and forego any possibility of default. I mentioned in my email that the shutdown, which he himself helped bring about (and he bragged about doing so), was doing great harm to citizens in his district, to families, businesses, and folks all across North Carolina, and indeed to our nation! Further, I reminded Rep. Meadows that default would be catastrophic for not only our nation but for the entire global economy. I also pointed out that we — his constituents — would be watching and taking note of his vote. So for Mr. Meadows, yes, as Mr. Fulbright suggested, we did take note of your vote on the government shutdown and taking the nation to the brink of default!  You, Rep. Meadows, will be held accountable for your reckless vote on this matter come November 2014. Dr. Paul Y. Thompson (retired) Franklin

ents select the top 25 percent of their teachers, our surgeon cut directly into our heart, into teachers’ passion for the classroom and loyalty to a shared profession, because the mandate requires that these top 25 percent of teachers be offered a $500 a year raise in exchange for giving up tenure. Five hundred a year, about $35 a month after taxes, is the cut that feels more like a stab, and asking us to relinquish our tenure is the salt in the wound. Tenure is the one aspect of teaching that allows us to consider ourselves professionals whose value is worthy of Columnist protection over the course of our career. Tenure is what allows thinking teachers to produce thinking students without the fear of losing our positions to someone powerful who merely disagrees with us. This slice, made with a dull scalpel, is of such offense to the body that there is a real danger we will be bled of what is best about us — our passion for our profession and our loyalty to each other. But the inept and experimental procedures do not stop there. The brain is also fair game. And since public school’s brain must be the knowledge teachers have of content and pedagogy, and since, in every other profession, holding degrees is valued, when our governor and General Assembly decided to

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f I could create for you an apt metaphor for public education, it would be that of public schools as a sentient being. And, as such a being, it would have a body, much as we do, with a heart, with a brain, and with hands. The heart of public school, in my metaphor, is the loyalty, passion, and dedication of its teachers. The brain of public schools, the part that has foresight, is the knowledge of those teachers in pedagogy, in content, and in current thought. The hands of public schools, to complete the conceit, are the resources teachers have available to them, with time being the most important resource of all. And so, you have in your mind the living, breathing body that is public education, and, like all such entities, it requires sustenance and nurture. To extend my metaphor, this entity takes its health advice from an appointed physician, the state government of North Carolina. This government, these legislators, have as their task the maintenance of public education’s health. This is a task that normally involves frequent checkups, occasional tests to indicate the lack or presence of pathology, and advice on how to improve public school’s wellbeing. However, rather than finding our physician to be a friendly family practitioner with 21st century skills, we find instead an overly ambitious, scalpel happy pseudo-surgeon well-schooled in 19th century vivisection, longing to begin cutting away at what was once a largely thriving body. With the most recent cut, the mandate that all superintend-

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We should have seen ACA red flags To the Editor: Red flag warnings that the Affordable Care Act (ACA), aka Obamacare, is a flawed bad law have been flying around from the get-go. The bill was ramrodded through Congress during a Christmas Eve session in the Senate. Who would have been paying attention on the eve of a serious U.S. holiday? House Speaker Rep. Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., demanded that, “We have to vote for the bill to know what is in it!” Pelosi and Democrat leaders did not want anyone to know what was in it because this bad law, more than 2,000 pages long, raises taxes, penalizes businesses and therefore kills jobs, steals funding from Medicare, burdens younger citizens with high premiums and deductibles, is loaded with confining regulations, costs government far more than originally predicted and creates more than 150 new agencies, boards, and commissions made up of unelected people who are not account-


stop rewarding financial incentives for masters degrees and higher, what they did was a poorly performed lobotomy because any teacher wanting to know more is being told that knowledge is worthless, that, in our profession, we need not look to the future either for ourselves or for our students. And, finally, before the surgical procedures have ended, the surgeon, now with the villain’s smile, will have amputated the hands of public schools. In setting the class size higher, as high as 29 to 1 in the high school classroom, and in removing numerous teachers’ assistants, and in cutting teaching positions, the time a high school teacher will have to devote to individual students in a 90-minute class period is only a little more than three minutes. In three minutes per student, little information can be explained, little dignity can be offered, and little humanity can be afforded. If my metaphor, my conceit, is correct, then when voters put in place in the last election the legislators who now walk the halls of power, I would like to think some part of those voters actually believed they were electing an innocuous Dr. Jekyll. However, when we go to the polls in the next election, I, for one, along with my colleagues, will be going to those voting booths with one goal in mind: to vote out the diabolical Mr. Hyde. (Dawn Gilchrist-Young is a teacher in Swain County Schools and a writer. She can be reached at

able to us! Red flags! To secure the necessary votes to pass the ACA, senators and congressman were bribed with funding promises (Mary Landrieu, Louisiana) or waivers (Ben Nelson, Nebraska). Michigan Rep. Stupak, a Democrat abortion issue holdout, was convinced to change his vote to “yes” and retired from politics. Red flag! Up to 16,000 new IRS employees will administer the mandate that all citizens buy health insurance. The same untrustworthy IRS agency whose agents denied or delayed conservative leaning groups their nonprofit tax status will now have access to our personal health care records. Objections to the Affordable Care Act surface from all around the nation but we are reminded that the ACA is “the law.” Nevertheless President Obama, without congressional approval, has changed the law by granting 1,000 waivers, delays and additional subsidies, mostly to favored groups — unions, corporations, Congress and their staffs. But, no delays, waivers or exemptions are granted to ordinary individuals who are now burdened with insurance cancellations, additional taxes and penalties. Red flag! The ACA website is under-functional after millions of dollars were spent to program the site. President Obama kept saying that if you like your insurance plan you can keep it and you can keep your doctor. Not so! Millions have been cancelled by their present insurance company and therefore their doctors because the policy they like does not meet ACA requirements … all policies are mandated now by government not by what the insured

chooses. Employer funded insurance will be mandated by ACA/Obamacare requirements in 2014, causing many to be cancelled as well. We were told that ACA insurance will cost only $2,500 per year but even if premiums are low, deductibles are exorbitant. We have less choice and less competition. There is no doubt that some areas of our healthcare system should be fixed, but the Affordable Care Act is not the way. Tell your congressmen and senators it is time to repeal and redo this bad law and replace it with one that is affordable, improves the quality of our healthcare care, and maintains our personal choices. Carol Adams Glenville

We are headed down the wrong path To the Editor: What has been happening in Washington is more than a catastrophe. Congress is allowing unshared economic growth and prolonged economic insecurity for millions. One in five North Carolinians live in poverty. One in four children live in poverty and hunger. Here, in Macon County, 65 percent of our students now qualify for free or reduced lunch. Medical costs have risen so much since Medicare lost the ability to contract pricing that people are having to do without critical medicines and treatments. By dismantling many of our sup-


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port nets and antipoverty tools — like the earned income credits — and failure to invest in schools, our own legislature has added to the problem. Meanwhile, lawmakers in Washington seek to make deep and prolonged cuts in all vital safety net programs like Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, preschools programs, and SNAP which work for those among us who fall into lower social economic levels. Congress should reject federal budget policies that ask the poorest and most vulnerable to bear the greatest load in putting our fiscal house in order. Sequestration targets the smallest portion of the federal budget. Fiscal policies under President Obama are slowly pulling us out. Dismantling and attacking those will result in a return to more insecurity. I have tremendous respect for FDR’s policies, which pulled our country out of a deepening depression (for more information, read Bulls, Bears and the Ballot Box by Deitrick and Goldfarb, a well-researched popular take on our presidents from Hoover to Obama). What we know doesn’t work — because it has been tried many times — is the trickledown effect; that we have to take care of big business so it will take care of us. Big business doesn’t care. My favorite historical periods are the decades of the 1920s and 1930s when Big Business and their leaders led the USA. No job security, lack of safety measures, low pay, little medical care, nothing for seniors or children — who were often made to work until they dropped — brought about a cohesion of workers which resulted in the unions and federal regulations to protect the citizens of the U.S. What we are seeing now is a dismantling of these processes and a return to job insecurity, lack of access to education and training, destruction of mandatory standards in all areas. What does work? Investment in infrastructure, small business, jobs, education. Small business may well be the salvation of our country until a broader scale approach is developed and followed. If this continues, and we don’t work together to stop it, what will be our end? Fortunately or unfortunately, some among us are still doing OK and aren’t stepping up to speak about the inequities. They may not speak out, but they are talking. We have to work together. Many recognize the problems, but few speak out. It is time to be part of the solution, not the problem Get involved in community affairs. Go to community meetings. Get to know the facts, not the media fantasies. We need to be educated, not entertained. Find a local problem for which you can offer a solution — join a committee; be a reading volunteer, especially in third-grade classrooms which now face a critical pass or fail test; help fund Hospice House; volunteer to deliver meals. The list is endless for current needs. Please get involved. Joan Maki Franklin

Don’t let Cullowhee planning steal rights To the Editor: Historically, the citizens of Jackson County have been overwhelmingly against zoning outside the city limits. After failing to get anywhere with county-wide zoning efforts for some 20 years, our county planners finally got the proposal of communitybased zoning put before our commissioners about 15 years ago. Thankfully, the proposal failed. Only one elected Jackson County commissioner has ever voted for community-based zoning. Approximately 10 years ago, our planners started the “smart growth” approach to planning that eventually led to land-use planning ordinances and regulations that are now among the most stringent in this state. But there will never be enough ordinances and regulations for some people, so our county planner is now working hard to implement more planning for the Cullowhee community. Are you one of the approximately 300 property owners in this proposed zoning district? We’re all supposed to call it a “planning area,” but land planning general statutes normally regulate the location and use of buildings and structures. And those last nine words could easily mean that many people could suddenly have their property rights replaced by more ordinances, regulations, fees, fines and new taxes. Do you really believe that only the people living in the huge area around Cullowhee could lose property rights? How long will it be before it spreads to your community? Do you think there wouldn’t be the probability of annexation along with taxation? You have to wonder why the proposed area contains so many restricted subdivisions. Is the reasoning that these people don’t rely so much on property rights, and would be more inclined to vote for zoning, or maybe that they would help provide a larger tax base someday? And what about the claimed need for this planning? The six cited reasons are so lame that they haven’t even been mentioned by the committee (of which I am a member) supposedly working on this planning. Is it not an outrage that our property taxes pay the salary of a county planner leading this attempt to steal very important rights that are essential to the ownership of that property. At least we can be thankful that the majority of our county commissioners campaigned and won the last election on the notion that we had indeed had enough of that sort of overbearing government. There’s no way that they will let a room full of people who think they just have to control the property of others take away such basic rights. The people who want this zoning are well organized and good at hiding their true intentions. It’s unlikely that they will mention zoning until late in the process. Probably the best thing all Jackson County voters who value their property rights

could do right now is to let our county commissioners know by phone (828.631.2295), letter (401 Grindstaff Cove Road) or email ( that we have had enough of these schemes that call for more and more ordinances and regulations. And write and/or call N.C. Sen. Jim Davis at 16 W. Jones Street, Room 2111, Raleigh, N.C., phone 919.733.5875. He seems to be for the protection of property rights. Mike Clark Cullowhee

Turkey drive helps many needy families To the Editor: It’s that time of year again. The Maggie Valley Lodging Association is making plans for its 16th annual Turkey Drive to benefit Haywood County’s disadvantaged residents. When the Turkey Drive first started in 1997, we delivered turkey dinners to 45 families. In 1998, we were able to bring Thanksgiving dinners to 75 families. From 1999 through 2007, we have helped 150 families per year. In 2008, 2009 and 2010 we were able to increase that to meals for 200 families. In 2011 and 2012 we reached an all time high of 250 families! Thanks to the continuing generosity of residents and businesses in the area, we are aiming for a goal of helping at least 250 families again this year, potentially providing in excess of 850 meals. Our volunteers continue to work with Ingles in Waynesville Manager Jeff Henderson and his staff to purchase and package the food and with the Department of Social Services for its delivery. DSS determines who will receive the Thanksgiving meals based on economic criteria. We deliver the packaged boxes to DSS headquarters, and their counselors help us hand them out. With your generosity we hope to be able to make this year’s drive as successful as those in the recent past. As in prior years, your donation of $25 will deliver a full meal plus fixings to a family who may otherwise go without Thanksgiving. The dinner includes a whole, uncooked turkey, dressing, vegetables, bread, dessert, and even a disposable foil-baking pan for preparing the bird. Over the years, the Turkey Drive has turned into a true tradition that many look forward to. Please join with us in this effort once again. Send your check for $25 (or more), made out to MVALA-Turkey Drive (Maggie Valley Area Lodging Association) to: PO Box 1175, Maggie Valley, NC, 28751 as soon as you can. Please note: Our association pays for all administrative costs, so every cent of your donation goes directly towards the cost of food. With your help, we look forward to a very successful Thanksgiving Turkey Drive again this year. Karen Hession President Maggie Valley Area Lodging Association

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AMMONS DRIVE-IN RESTAURANT & DAIRY BAR 1451 Dellwwod Rd., Waynesville. 828.926.0734. Open 7 days a week 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Celebrating over 25 years. Enjoy world famous hot dogs as well as burgers, seafood, hushpuppies, hot wings and chicken. Be sure to save room for dessert. The cobbler, pie and cake selections are sure to satisfy any sweet tooth. ANTHONY WAYNE’S 37 Church St, Waynesville. 828.456.6789. Open for lunch Monday-Friday 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.; open for dinner Thursday-Saturday 5 to 9 p.m.; and Sunday brunch 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Exceptional, new-American cuisine, offering several gluten free items. BLUE ROOSTER SOUTHERN GRILL 207 Paragon Parkway, Clyde, Lakeside Plaza at the old Wal-Mart. 828.456.1997. MondayFriday 11 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.; Sunday 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Friendly and fun family atmosphere. Local, handmade Southern cuisine. Fresh-cut salads; slow- simmered soups;

flame grilled burgers and steaks, and homemade signature desserts. Blue-plates and local fresh vegetables daily. Brown bagging is permitted. Private parties, catering, and takeout available. Call-ahead seating available. BOGART’S 35 East Main St., Sylva. 828.586.6532. Sunday through Thursday 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.; Friday and Saturday 11 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. Serving classic American food and drink in a casual environment. Daily lunch and dinner specials. Children’s menu available. Call for catering quotes. Private room available for large parties. Accepts MC/Visa, Discover and American Express. BOURBON BARREL BEEF & ALE 454 Hazelwood Ave., Waynesville, 828.452.9191. Now open for lunch 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Dinner nightly from 4 p.m. Closed on Sunday. We specialize in hand-cut, all natural steaks, fresh fish, and other classic American comfort foods that are made using only the finest local and sustainable ingredients available. We also feature a great selection of craft beers from local artisan brewers, and of course an extensive selection of small batch bourbons and whiskey. The Barrel is a friendly and casual neighborhood dining experience where our guests enjoy a great meal without breaking the bank. BREAKING BREAD CAFÉ 6147 Hwy 276 S. Bethel (at the Mobil Gas Station) 828.648.3838 Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. (takeout only 5 to 6 p.m.) Saturday 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Serving

Mediterranean style foods; join us for weekly specials. We roast our own ham, turkey and roast beef just like you get on Thanksgiving to use in our sandwiches. Try our chicken, tuna, egg and pasta salads made with gluten free mayo. Enjoy our variety of baked goods made daily: muffins, donuts, cinnamon buns and desserts. BRYSON CITY BAKERY AND PASTRY SHOPPE 191 Everett St., Bryson City. 828.488.5390 Offering a full line of fresh baked goods like Grandma used to make. Large variety to choose from including cakes, pies, donuts, breads, cinn-buns and much more. Also serving Hershey Ice Cream. Open seven days a week, 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. CATALOOCHEE RANCH 119 Ranch Dr., Maggie Valley. 828.926.1401. Family-style breakfast seven days a week, from 8 to 9:30 am – with eggs, bacon, sausage, grits and oatmeal, fresh fruit, sometimes French toast or pancakes, and always all-you-can-eat. Lunch every day from 11:30 till 2. Evening cookouts on the terrace on weekends and Wednesdays (weather permitting), featuring steaks, ribs, chicken, and pork chops, to name a few. Bountiful familystyle dinners on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday, with entrees that include prime rib, baked ham and herb-baked chicken, complemented by seasonal vegetables, homemade breads, jellies and desserts. We also offer a fine selection of wine and beer. The evening social hour starts at 6pm, and dinner is served starting at 7pm. So join us for milehigh mountaintop dining with a spectacular

view. Please call for reservations. CHEF’S TABLE 30 Church St., Waynesville. 828.452.6210. From 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday dinner starting at 5 p.m. “Best of” Award of Excellence from Wine Spectator Magazine. Set in a distinguished atmosphere with an exceptional menu. Extensive selection of wine and beer. Reservations honored.


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CITY BAKERY 18 N. Main St. Waynesville 828.452.3881. Monday-Friday 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Join us in our historic location for scratch made soups and daily specials. Breakfast is made to order daily: Gourmet cheddar & scallion biscuits served with bacon, sausage and eggs; smoked trout bagel plate; quiche and fresh fruit parfait. We bake a wide variety of breads daily, specializing in traditional french breads. All of our breads are hand shaped. Lunch: Fresh salads, panini sandwiches. Enjoy outdoor dinning on the deck. Private room available for meetings. CITY LIGHTS CAFE Spring Street in downtown Sylva. 828.587.2233. Open Monday-Saturday 7:30 a.m. to 9 p.m., Sunday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tasty, healthy and quick. Breakfast, lunch, dinner, espresso, beer and wine. Come taste the savory and sweet crepes, grilled paninis, fresh, organic salads, soups and more. Outside patio seating. Free Wi-Fi, pet-friendly. Live music and lots of events. Check the web calendar at







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BRYSON CITY CORK & BEAN A MOUNTAIN SOCIAL HOUSE 16 Everett St.,Bryson City. 828.488.1934. Open Monday-Friday 8 a.m. to 9 p.m., Saturday and Sunday brunch 9 a.m. to 3p.m., Full Menu 3 to 9 p.m. Serving fresh and delicious weekday morning lite fare, lunch, dinner, and brunch. Freshly prepared menu offerings range from house-made soups & salads, lite fare & tapas, crepes, specialty sandwiches and burgers. Be sure not to miss the bold flavors and creative combinations that make up the daily Chef Supper Specials starting at 5pm every day. Followed by a tempting selection of desserts prepared daily by our chefs and other local bakers. Enjoy craft beers on tap, as well as our full bar and eclectic wine list. CORK & CLEAVER 176 Country Club Drive, Waynesville. 828.456.7179. Reservations recommended. 4:30-9 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday. Tucked away inside Waynesville Inn, Cork & Cleaver has an approachable menu designed around locally sourced, sustainable, farm-to-table ingredients. Executive Chef Corey Green prepares innovative and unique Southern fare from local, organic vegetables grown in Western North Carolina. Full bar and wine cellar. COUNTRY VITTLES: FAMILY STYLE RESTAURANT 3589 Soco Rd, Maggie Valley. 828.926.1820 Open Daily 7 a.m. to 8:30 p.m., closed Tuesday. Family Style at Country Vittles is not a buffet. Instead our waitresses will bring your food piping hot from the kitchen right to your table and as many refills as you want. So if you have a big appetite, but sure to ask your waitress about our family style service. FRANKIE’S ITALIAN TRATTORIA 1037 Soco Rd. Maggie Valley. 828.926.6216 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday. Father and son team Frank and Louis Perrone cook up dinners steeped in Italian tradition. With recipies passed down from generations gone by, the Perrones have brought a bit of Italy to Maggie Valley.


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FRYDAY’S & SUNDAES 24 & 26 Fry St., Bryson City (Next To The Train Depot). 828.488.5379. Frydays is open; but closed on Wednesdays. Sundaes is open 7 days a week. Fryday’s is known for its Traditional English Beer Battered Fish & Chips, but also has burgers, deep fried dogs,

FROGS LEAP PUBLIC HOUSE 44 Church St. Downtown Waynesville 828.456.1930 Serving lunch and dinner from 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, Sunday lunch and dinner from 11:30 a.m. to 7 p.m., closed Mondays. Frogs Leap is a farm to table restaurant focused on local, sustainable, natural and organic products prepared in modern regional dishes. Seasonal menu focuses on Southern comfort foods with upscale flavors. Come for the restaurant’s 4 @ 4 when you can choose a center and three sides at special prices. Offered Wed- Fri. from 4 to 6. GUADALUPE CAFÉ 606 W. Main Street, Sylva. 828.586.9877. Open 7 days a week at 5 p.m. Located in the historic Hooper’s Drugstore, Guadalupe Café is a chef-owned and operated restaurant serving Caribbean inspired fare complimented by a quirky selection of wines and microbrews. Supporting local farmers of organic produce, livestock, hand-crafted cheese, and using sustainably harvested seafood. HERREN HOUSE 94 East St., Waynesville 828.452.7837. Lunch: Wednesday - Saturday 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday Brunch 11 a. m. to 2 p.m. Enjoy fresh local products, created daily. Join us in our beautiful patio garden. We are your local neighborhood host for special events: business party’s, luncheons, weddings, showers and more. Private parties & catering are available 7 days a week by reservation only. J. ARTHUR’S RESTAURANT AT MAGGIE VALLEY U.S. 19 in Maggie Valley. 828.926.1817. Lunch Sunday noon to 2:30 p.m., dinner nightly starting at 4:30 p.m. World-famous prime rib, steaks, fresh seafood, gorgonzola cheese and salads. All ABC permits and open year-round. Children always welcome. Take-out menu. Excellent service and hospitality. Reservations appreciated. JOEY'S PANCAKE HOUSE 4309 Soco Rd Maggie Valley.

828.926.0212. Winter hours; Friday through Sunday and Mondays, 7 a.m. to noon. Joey’s is a family style restaurant that has been serving breakfast to the locals and visitors of Western North Carolina since 1966. Featuring a large variety of tempting pancakes, golden waffles, country style cured ham and seasonal specials spiked with flavor, Joey's is sure to please all appetites. Joey & Brenda O’Keefe invite you to join what has become a tradition in these parts, breakfast at Joey’s. JUKEBOX JUNCTION U.S. 276 and N.C. 110 intersection, Bethel. 828.648.4193. 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Serving breakfast, lunch, nd dinner. The restaurant has a 1950s & 60s theme decorated with memorabilia from that era. LOS AMIGOS 366 Russ Ave. in the Bi-Lo Plaza. 828.456.7870. Open from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. for lunch and 5 to 10 p.m. for dinner Monday through Friday and 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Enjoy the lunch prices Monday through Sunday, also enjoy our outdoor patio. LUCIO'S RESTAURANT 313 Highlands Road, Franklin. 828.369.6670. Serving Macon County since 1984. Closed Sunday, Monday, Tuesday. Lunch Wednesday-Friday 11:30 a.m. until.Dinner Wednesday-Saturday 5 p.m. until. Owned and operated by Tanya and Dorothy Gamboni. Serving authentic Italian and continental cuisine including appetizers, pastas, poultry, veal, seafood, steaks and homemade deserts. Selection of wine and beer. Lunch and Dinner menus. Wednesday and Thursday nights only. 1 appetizer and 2 selected entrées with unlimited salad and Lucio’s famous garlic rolls for $24.95. Winter Special: half-off house wines, Friday and Saturday only. MAD BATTER BAKERY & CAFÉ Located on the WCU Campus in Cullowhee. 828.293.3096. Open Monday-Thursday 7:30 a.m. to 8 p.m., Friday 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday and Sunday 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Earth-friendly foods at people-friendly prices. Daily specials, wraps, salads, pastries, breads, soups and more. Unique fare, friendly service, casual atmosphere and wireless Internet. Organic ingredients, local produce, gourmet fair trade and organic coffees.


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tasteTHEmountains MAGGIE VALLEY CLUB 1819 Country Club Dr., Maggie Valley. 828.926.1616. Open daily for lunch and dinner. Fine and casual fireside dining in welcoming atmosphere. Full bar. Reservations accepted. MOONSHINE GRILL 2550 Soco Road, Maggie Valley loacted in the Smoky Falls Lodge. 828.926.7440. Open Wednesday through Sunday, 4:30 to 9 p.m. Cooking up mouth-watering, woodfired Angus steaks, prime rib and scrumptious fresh seafood dishes. The wood-fired grill gives amazing flavor to every meal that comes off of it. Enjoy creative dishes made using moonshine. Stop by and simmer for a while and soak up the atmosphere. The best kept secret in Maggie Valley. MOUNTAIN PERKS ESPRESSO BAR & CAFÉ 9 Depot St., Bryson City. 828.488.9561. Open Monday through Thursday, 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Friday 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday 8 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. With music at the Depot. Sunday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Life is too short for bad coffee. We feature wonderful breakfast and lunch selections. Bagels, wraps, soups, sandwiches, salads and quiche with a variety of specialty coffees, teas and smoothies. Various desserts. NEWFOUND LODGE RESTAURANT 1303 Tsali Blvd, Cherokee (Located on 441 North at entrance to GSMNP). 828.497.4590. Open 7 a.m. daily. Established in 1946 and serving breakfast, lunch and dinner seven days a week. Family style dining for adults and children.

PASQUALINO’S ITALIAN RESTAURANT 25 Everett Street, Bryson City. 828.488.9555. Open for lunch and dinner everyday 11:30 a.m.-late. A taste of Italy in beautiful Bryson City. Exceptional pasta, pizza, homemade soups, salads. Fine wine, mixed drinks and beer selection. Casual

PATIO BISTRO 30 Church Street, Waynesville. 828.454.0070. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Breakfast bagels and sandwiches, gourmet coffee, deli sandwiches for lunch with homemade soups, quiches, and desserts. Wide selection of wine and beer. Outdoor and indoor dining. RENDEZVOUS RESTAURANT AND BAR Maggie Valley Inn and Conference Center 828.926.0201 Bar open Monday thru Saturday; dining room open Tuesday thru Saturday at 5 p.m. Full service restaurant serving steaks, prime rib, seafood and dinner specials. Live music Thursday, Friday and Saturday.


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The people’s choir Ubuntu groups give everyone who loves to sing a voice BY COLBY DUNN CORRESPONDENT “I can’t sing.” “Nobody wants to hear my voice.” “I couldn’t carry a tune in a bucket.” They’re recognizable refrains, the shield of the perceived non-musical whenever the Christmas carolers come around or it’s time for someone to jump-start a chorus of “Happy Birthday.” With phenomena like “American Idol ”and “The Voice,” perhaps we’ve all learned that the singing is best left to the real professionals, because even those who think they can sing apparently can’t. The Ubuntu Choirs Network would like to disabuse us of that notion. “The idea of there being legions of people who can’t sing, who are tone deaf, is absolute nonsense,” said Shivon Robinsong, who started the network and its founding choir, The Gettin’ Higher Choir, in Victoria, Canada, in 1996. That choir is still going strong, now around 300 members strong, and other choirs have sprung up around the globe that follow the same principles, central to which is what could be described as the come-as-you-are concept. These choirs are for anyone inclined to sing, whether lifelong musician or confirmed music avoider. “I was noticing how many people go around apologizing for their voices and making excuses and saying things

like, ‘I can’t sing. I’m tone deaf. You wouldn’t want to hear me sing,’” said Robinsong. “All these disclaimers people have about their singing voice as if it’s flawed, and I thought there needed to be just a safe place people could come and sing just for the fun of it and the joy of it, without having to worry about perfection, without having to worry about am I good enough or not.” And so her choir, and what became the network and the movement, were born. In North Carolina, there’s just one such choir, and it makes its home in Franklin. It’s led by Tom Tyre, who took on the post after a group of friends decided they wanted to sing. Though after accepting the appointment of choir director, he then realized he didn’t really know how to be a choir director. “I love singing like everybody in the group, and I just said instantly yes to that, and later realized, oh I don’t know how to do this,” said Tyre. So he went to a workshop in West Virginia for a weekend, and after some online searching, came across the Ubuntu network. Annually, Robinsong and her co-director put on what they call Community Choir Leadership Training in Victoria, teaching others to lead inclusive, acapella choirs. Tyre, recently retired, decided that’s just what his group needed. So instead of heading on a tropical, postretirement vacation, he headed to Canada. “As a gift to myself, I used the money that I had saved up to go to Hawaii for that,” said Tyre. He returned with no regrets about missing Hawaii, but a lot of new information and new friends who direct choirs all around the world. They started with around a dozen choristers but have now reached about 50 or 60 members, depending on the day, which Tyre says is about their capacity, given their small rehearsal spaces. But even with 50 members, it’s an

experience that’s particularly intimate, because if you don’t consider yourself a natural singer, singing is an extremely vulnerable experience. “When somebody is new to the group, it takes them probably a month to really overcome that feeling of being exposed. Once it gets safe, then people just take off,” said Tyre. “It is incredible; it’s really liberating. So when you have a group of people who have done this together, they have this intimacy; they’ve been vulnerable with each other. I’ve never had better friends than the people I sing with.” Nate Anderson seconded that last part particularly. He and his wife, Gail, both grew up singing in church, in school musicals, in musical families, so they’re not new to the choir setting. But the difference with Ubuntu, explains Nate: “You know, the biggest difference is we have way more fun doing it than I ever did before. Some people bowl; some people play golf; we sing.” They’re really not designed to be a performance choir, they just sing for the fun of it. But every now and then, they turn their talents to fundraising concerts, and during the next few months, they’ll be starting monthly singalongs. The sing-alongs won’t have a space for audiences, but the choir welcome singers in particularly acoustic environments, wherever they may be. The group sings world music, and Tyre collects musical contributions from other directors around the world, from Malaysia to England to Africa. They even have one particular favorite that’s sung in a now-extinct African tongue. “We sing anything from old gospel tunes to the Sufi music; we do old Latin chants; we do one that was written in the 1400s,” said Tyre. Pretty much anything that’s uplifting, interesting, or just plain fun to sing. For Robinsong, the movement’s founder, the success of her choir, choirs like the Franklin chapter, and the growth of the worldwide network isn’t surprising. “It’s only in very recent years “You know, the biggest that we’ve had this kind-of epidemic difference is we have of people not way more fun doing it thinking they’re good enough,” than I ever did before. said Robinsong. Being a conSome people bowl, some sumerist culture people play golf, we sing.” has trained us that “if you love music, — Nate Anderson go out and buy it.” So each year they continue to run their workshop, helping more people realize that singing isn’t a privilege bestowed by Simon Cowell, it’s an ancient practice that’s ingrained in the fabric of all of humanity. Ubuntu itself is an old word, borrowed from South Africa’s Nguni Bantu language, and popularized and expounded upon by Archbishop Desmond Tutu and Nelson Mandela. It’s really a concept, a little nebulous in definition, but in its essence, said Robinsong, it’s the idea “because I am, we are.” It’s the concept of community, and that’s why they chose it as their name. “My passion has always been how do you build community?” she said. “And singing is the way.”


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Pizza. French fry. area always felt off the beaten path, even Those were the initial instructions I was though the trails and glades were worldgiven the first time I went skiing. I must’ve class. And the “locals discount” was pretty been around four or five years old. Growing cool, too. My best friend Ben and I joined up in the Champlain Valley, surrounded by the high school’s ski club. We’d jump on the the Adirondack Mountains of Upstate New old school bus bright and early every York and the Green Mountains of Vermont, Sunday morning and head for the hills with there were innumerable opportunities to a pack of cronies and unknown colleagues hit the slopes and make the most of an unknown weekend. Pizza. French fry. That was the basic technique to get started. Want to go slower? Turn the front tips Country star Rodney Atkins hits the stage at of your skis inward in the Harrah’s Cherokee on Nov. 16. shape of a slice of pizza. Want to go faster? Turn the front tips of your skis “Zombies on Campus! A SlaughterPocalypse” straight ahead like two crawls into the Bardo Center at Western Carolina French fries. Simple University Nov. 13-19. enough, eh? Well, not really. Skiing is like golf or fishHumps & The Blackouts play at No Name Sports ing, where you can learn to Pub in Sylva on Nov. 7. “do it” in a day, but it truly takes a lifetime to master. So, there I was, a small “African Acrobatics International Presents: Zuma child, staring down what Zuma” at the Smoky Mountain Center for the looked to me to be an enorPerforming Arts on Nov. 8. mous downhill (which in all actuality was the Mountain Faith will perform at the Historic Cowee “bunny hill” at the nearby School on Nov. 16. kid’s ski area, Beartown). I cruised down slowly, making a pizza slice with my skis for dear life. Reaching the bottom of who’d become quick friends after a few runs the slope, I exhaled. I had survived. Phew. down the hill. Ok, let’s do it again, and again, and again It was those moments together, outside — I was hooked. of school and away from our parents, that My mountain of choice was Jay Peak. our friendships and adventures were solidiTucked away in the backwoods of the fied. The bond grew even stronger once we’d Northeast Kingdom in Vermont, the ski all gotten our driver’s licenses and crummy

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first cars, many-a-time finding themselves in snowy ditches on the way to the resorts. The beauty of skiing, or snowboarding (yes, I will acknowledge you one-plankers), resides in the utter serenity of feeling alive in nature. Hopping off the chairlift, you ready yourself — checking the straps, gloves and goggles so everything is comfortable and attached properly. From there, For more information on Cataloochee Ski Area, click on you take a deep breath and launch With an elevation of 5,400 feet off onto the trails. Weaving along and a vertical drop of 740 feet, Cataloochee is home to through the fresh powder, one 17 trails, five lifts, with 100% snowmaking. Lift passes almost feels like a maestro in range from $39 on weekdays to $59 on weekends. front of an orchestra, where your Amenities include a terrain park, cafeteria, bar, tubing, body moves to the rhythmic gift/apparel shop, rentals and lessons. motion of the landscape. When I took my first report9,862-foot mountain. I was hurting after that ing job in eastern Idaho, I found myself first day, and pretty much relearning how to smack dab at the base of the Grand Teton ski in “The West,” but I was once again in Mountains. With peaks topping 13,000 feet love with my winter passion. and endless snowstorms, I had found a winAnd thus, here I am in Western North ter paradise second-to-none. Carolina. Though many skiing aficionados “You ready to choke on some powder?” I was asked pulling into Grand Targhee Resort would completely overlook this side of the country for fresh powder, there are some in Alta, Wyo. great trails to be tackled in Southern The snow on the mountain couldn’t be Appalachia. Sure, Boone has snow and such, that intense, could it? Yep. You see, a few but here, in Haywood County, we have inches of fresh powder over a sheet of ice was usually considered a good day back east, Cataloochee Ski Area. Known for being one but here, in the Rockies, one will find out the the first resorts to open for business each year, Cataloochee offers everything from a hard way just how much snow is considered vast trail system to lodging, downhill racing normal. I literally found myself blinded by to après ski beverages. snowflakes and choking on snow, huffing Pizza. French fry. See y’all on the trails. and puffing my way down the treacherous

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AWAKE (Adults Working and Advocating for Kids’ Empowerment) will host a 20th anniversary celebration from 3 to 6 p.m. Nov. 7 at the Nichols House in Sylva. AWAKE’s mission is to coordinate and advocate services for abused children in Jackson County. It is a child-friendly place where child victims of abuse can be interviewed once, rather than having to retell the story and relive the trauma numerous times. AWAKE has a multi-disciplinary team who collaborates to effectively bring the child’s case to a resolution. They work to educate the community on signs of abuse and the importance of reporting abuse. AWAKE is available for families if on-site counseling is requested and also supports children and their families involved in criminal justice systems. Tickets are $20 per person. 828.586.3574 or • The Jackson County Chamber of Commerce “Holiday Reception” will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Nov. 14 at the Historic Hooper House in Sylva. Apple cider, sangria and hors d’oeuvres will be served. Attendees are encouraged to bring items for the Operation Christmas Box. 828.586.2155 or

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• The Trimont Christian Academy Fall Festival will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Nov. 8 at the academy in Franklin. Live music, silent auction, barbecue dinner, games, prizes and cake walk. Dinner tickets are $6 per person or $20 for four people. 828.369.6756.

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• Trivia Night will be from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 12, at Heinzelmannchen Brewery in Sylva. Teams of two to four people answer questions about pop cul-



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Bluegrass star Rhonda Vincent will perform at 7:30 p.m. Donated photo Saturday, Nov. 16, at the Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts in Franklin. Vincent began her professional music career at the age of five, playing drums with her family’s band, the Sally Mountain Show. She picked up the mandolin at eight and the fiddle at 10, performing with the family band at festivals on weekends. After appearing on TNN’s nationally televised “You Can Be a Star” program in her mid-20s, Vincent struck out on her own, singing with the Grand Ole Opry’s Jim Ed Brown, demonstrating her passion for traditional bluegrass music. Rhonda Vincent & the Rage are known for playing hard-driven, high-energy contemporary bluegrass. Vincent has been nominated for multiple International Bluegrass Music Association awards and for the IBMA Female Vocalist of the Year award three years in a row. The Wall Street Journal named Vincent the “Queen of Bluegrass.” Tickets are $15 and $18. 866.273.4615 or

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ARTISTS HAVEN OPENS IN FRANKLIN The Franklin Chamber of Commerce recently held a ribbon cutting to celebrate the opening of By Mountain Hands. The space will be used for art classes, events and meetings. Additionally, free children’s classes featuring a seasonal art or craft project will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. every other Saturday. Store hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday. ture, history, current events, etc. Free to play, with craft beer for purchase. • The Fall Rod Run will be from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 8-9 at the Acquoni Expo Center in Cherokee. More than 3,000 car enthusiasts descend of the event. $5 per day, per person. $25 for registration. Free for ages 10 and under. 828.497.2603. • The 20-year “Celebration Gala” for Smart Start in Region A will be from 5 to 9 p.m. Nov. 16 at the Burrell Community Center at Southwestern Community College in Sylva. Live music, dancing, hors d’oeuvres and an auction. $25 for adults ages 16 and above, $10 for children age 6 to 15 and free for children under 5. 828.586.0661 or • The Veterans Parade will be at 11 a.m. Nov. 11 in downtown Franklin.

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Atkins brings country swagger to Cherokee Country star Rodney Atkins will perform at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 16, at Harrah’s Cherokee Event Center. Atkins has had six No. 1 hits on his first three albums, from “Watching You” and “These Are My People” to his most recent successes, “Take A Back Road” and the platinum selling “Farmer’s Daughter.” Though his new crop of songs has some edge, and the vocal energy may be amped up a notch, Atkins’s persona as a hard-working, patriotic, rock-solid country boy hasn’t changed

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from his 2003 debut “Honesty.” Tickets are $24.50, $34.50 and $44.50. 800.745.3000 or

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Bobby Tomberlin, Candi Carpenter and Bill LaBounty will bring an adventurous musical spirit to the Songwriters in the Round series from 6 to 10 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 16, at the Balsam Mountain Inn. Tomberlin has had his songs recorded by Faith Hill, Kenny Rogers, Jerry Lee Lewis and Rodney Atkins. Getting her start in Nashville, Carpenter and her soulful presence has shared the stage with Vince Gill and Loretta Lynn, among others. LaBounty charted his first single, “This Night Won’t Last Forever,” when it was covered by Michael Johnson in 1979 and has since had a handful of No. 1 hits recorded by Steve Wariner. The show is $45 per person. 800.224.9498 or

Candi Carpenter (pictured) will be joined by Bobby Tomberlin and Bill LaBounty at the Songwriters in the Round concert series. Donated photo

Get your dance on in Sylva

A community music jam will be held from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 7 and 21, at the Marianna Black Library in Bryson City. Anyone with a guitar, banjo, mandolin, fiddle, dulcimer, anything unplugged, is invited to join. Singers are also welcome. The jam is facilitated by Larry Barnett of Grampa’s Music in Bryson City. Normally, Larry starts by calling out a tune and the group plays it together. Then, everyone gets a chance to choose a song for the group to play. The music jams are offered to the public each first and third Thursday of the month year-round. Free. 828.488.3030.

The next community dance will be at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 10, in the Jackson County Library Complex in Sylva.  Dancing will include circle  and square dances, as well as contra dances. No previous experience is necessary, and no partner is required. Ron Arps will call the dance to the live music of Out of the Woodwork, who invite anyone who plays an instrument to sit in with the band. There will also be a potluck dinner following the dance at 5 p.m. Bring a covered dish, plate, cup and cutlery and a water bottle. Suggested donation of $5.  or


• Bluegrass/gospel group Mountain Faith will perform at 7 p.m. Nov. 16 at the Historic Cowee School. $12.

• Singer/songwriter Ashley Rose hits the stage at 9 p.m. Friday, Nov. 8, at the Water’n Hole Bar and Grill in Waynesville. 828.456.4750.

• Michael Pilgrim, Drew Kirkpatrick and Don Mercz present gypsy jazz on Friday, Nov. 8, at The Classic Wineseller in Waynesville. Pianist Joe Cruz will perform Saturday, Nov. 9. Both show begins at 7 p.m. $10 minimum food, drink or merchandise purchase. 828.452.6000 or • Line dancing and clogging classes will run from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 12 and 19, at Southwestern Community College in Bryson City. Free. 828.488.3848. • The School of Music at Western Carolina University will present “Pavel Wlosok and Friends,” an evening of jazz music, at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 12, in the Coulter Building on campus. Free. 828.227.7242.

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• Chris Minick and Eve Haslam tap into Frog Level Brewing Company in Waynesville. Minick will play Nov. 8, with Haslam, Nov. 9. Both shows are free and begin at 6:30 p.m. 828.454.5664 or

• Liz & AJ Nance and Jenn & Basho will play City Lights Café in Sylva. Liz & AJ Nance perform Nov. 8, with Jenn & Basho Nov. 14. Both shows are free and begin at 7 p.m. 828.587.2233 or


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• Southern rockabilly group Humps & The Blackouts, S.S. Web & Tigeriss and Tar & Rosin will perform at No Name Sports Pub in Sylva. Humps & The Blackouts will be Nov. 7, with S.S. Web & Tigeriss, Nov. 8 and Tar & Rosin, Nov. 9. All shows are free and begin at 9 p.m. 828.586.2750 or

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African acrobatics swing into Franklin “African Acrobatics International Presents: Zuma Zuma” will be at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 8, at the Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts in Franklin. Celebrate the richness of African cultures with “African Acrobatics International Presents: Zuma Zuma” this show that blends on Nov. 8 in Franklin. Donated photo acrobatics, dance and music by incredibly discipercussionists, the talented cast performs a plined performers. “America’s Got Talent” finalists in 2011, Zuma Zuma combines the nonstop, action-packed show. Tickets are $17 and $22. mysticism and magic of the African conti866.273.4615 or www.greatmountainnent with the excitement of a theatrical cirque performance. With live music and

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The world premiere of “Zombies on Campus! A SlaughterPocalypse!” hits the stage nightly at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 1319 in the John W. Bardo Fine and Performing Arts Center at Western Carolina University. The fast-paced comedy featuring audience interaction opens with audience members sitting on the stage. They watch as young theater majors at a rehearsal come to terms with their lives, studies and lines for Shakespeare’s accursed “Macbeth” as fastmoving, flesh-consuming undead begin an

Native American Expo set for WCU The 5th annual Native American Expo at Western Carolina University will run Nov. 11-13, with a series of events and presentations centered on Native American values, traditions and culture. All events will be held in the Grandroom of A.K. Hinds University Center. Chris Teuton of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill will discuss his book Cherokee Stories of Turtle Island Liars’ Club at 10:30 a.m. Nov. 11. Students from WCU Cherokee language and experimental archaeology classes will make presentations at 2:30 p.m. that day. Students from Cherokee Elementary School will perform native songs from 11:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. Nov. 12. DiGali’I, the Native American student organization, will show the film “Smoke Signals” at 6:30 p.m., with a panel discussion to follow. WCU alumna Dr. Frances Owl-Smith, the first woman physician from the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians, and Dr. Jerri McLemore, associate professor of pathology at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center and a member of the Creek

assault on campus. Tickets are $15 and $10 for faculty, staff, students and adults 60 years old and older. Student tickets purchased in advance are $7. 828.227.7491 or 828.227.2479 or

Nation of Oklahoma, will be honored at 2:30 p.m. Nov. 13, with a closing reception to follow. The expo, which includes a walkthrough exhibit displaying Native American artifacts and information, is sponsored by the Department of Intercultural Affairs, the Cherokee Studies Program, the Cherokee Heritage Center and the DiGali’I student organization. Free. 828.227.2276 or

Discovery Forum at WCU A forum to encourage young people to share innovative ideas for making their communities better places will be held from 3 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 9, at Western Carolina University. Prospective students and other guests at WCU’s Open House will have the opportunity to attend the Discovery Forum during their visit. During the forum, five undergraduate presenters will share results of their research projects in a series of five-minute presentations. The top two undergraduate presenters chosen by a panel of judges will be invited to represent WCU at the University of North Carolina Social Entrepreneurship Conference in February. Free. 828.227.7383.

Carden’s ‘Coy’ to be performed in Cowee A benefit performance for the Rickman Store of the Gary Carden’s one act play, “Coy,” will be presented at 6 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 9, in the Mountain Heritage Center in the Cowee School. Actor Tom Dewees, a native of Jackson County and an active member of the Haywood Arts Regional Theatre, will take the stage to represent Coy. “Coy” is the story of a young Appalachian man who was raised by his grandfather and now finds himself heartbroken by the fact that his grandfather is dying and Coy seems unable to help him. Tickets are $10 and are for sale at the Rickman Store and at the Franklin Chamber of Commerce. The school is located on 51 Cowee School Dr. in Franklin. 828.369.5595.

required. $25. On Saturday, Nov.16, the N.C. TOTA will host a pilgrimage by bus to important WNC removal sites. The bus will depart from and arrive back at the Cultural Arts Center. Due to limited space, pre-paid registration is required and is $40 per person, which includes a box lunch. The daylong symposium is free. 828.227.2735 or or

‘Trail of Tears’ Cherokee history symposium in Cherokee discussion in Sylva The North Carolina Chapter of the Trail of Tears Association will host a symposium, “Remembering the Removal and Those Who Remained,” from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 15, at the Joyce C. Dugan Cultural Arts Center at Cherokee Central School. At 6 p.m., the N.C. TOTA will host a dinner at the Cultural Arts Center with Brett Riggs from UNC-Chapel Hill, an authority on removal in WNC, as the keynote speaker. There will be a short musical program before his presentation. Because of limited space, pre-registration is

In celebration of Native American Heritage Month, the Jackson County Arts Council will sponsor a presentation by Tyler Howe, historic specialist for the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians, at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 7, at the Jackson County Public Library Annex in Sylva. The presentation is titled: “We are left to do the best we can for ourselves — A discussion of Cherokee Self-determination During the Removal Period in Western North Carolina.” Free. 706.540.9238.

On the wall make an adaptation of “Rest Stop.” “Over the summer, I was spending a lot of time reading King’s books and stories and found out about this program, and it sounded like a good learning experience,” said Hill, a film and television production major at WCU. He submitted a proposal online, and it was accepted. Within two weeks, he had signed a contract with King’s representatives and mailed in the required $1 fee that gives the program its name, “Dollar Baby.” “Rest Stop,” a story in the collection Just After Sunset, is about a mystery author driving alone at night on an interstate highway. He stops at a rest area where he overhears a woman being assaulted in the ladies room and has to decide whether or not to take action. “It’s a story about domestic violence,” said Hill, “but even more than that, it’s the story of a person who stops something evil that’s happening but in that process behaves in a way that is also evil.”

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• MedWest Haywood invites local crafters and artists to display their work at the 4th annual Community Craft Fair from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, in the Health & Fitness Center at MedWest Haywood. The cost for those who wish to exhibit is $15 per table for members of the Health & Fitness Center and $25 per table for nonmembers. 828.452.8080 or


• Crafter Brenda Anders will conduct a “Christmas Ceramic Ornaments” workshop from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 7, at KJ’s Needle in a Haystack Cross Stitch Shop in Dillsboro. Cost for the workshop is $10. 828.586.2435 or

f you can eek out the time for a trip to Asheville, here’s a great excursion for the last lingering weeks of fall sunshine before winter puts a damper on outside activities. Giant LEGO sculptures have put down roots on the grounds of the N.C. Arboretum. An 8-foot tall hummingbird, a 5-foot tall butterfly, a bison, a dragonfly — 27 sculptures in all, made from 500,000 LEGO pieces. It’s a good excuse to just stroll around the arboretum, but this outing packs a lot of punch on the educational side. It will hopefully spark kids’ creativity and inspire them to push the boundaries with their own LEGO projects at home. It illustrates the power of patience, showing them what’s possible if they stick to a project long enough. You could talk about other creations that take a really long time to accomplish but are worth it in the end, like the Golden Gate Bridge or a Mars Rover. For my three-yearold son, it was an ace scavenger hunt — he could mark off each sculpture as he found it. Or take a notebook and colored pencils for elementaryaged kids to try sketching the sculptures from different sides, a good way to really appreciate their detail. The exhibit “Some Assembly Required” is the work of LEGO artist Sean Kenney of New York and will be up through the end of the year. He’ll be on site Saturday, Nov. 23, if you can make it that day. Take a pass through the indoor exhibit hall where 100 LEGO sculptures have been submitted in a local contest and vote on your favorite one through Nov. 10. FYI — entrance fee to the arboretum is $8 per vehicle.


LEGO CLUBS LEGOs are a timeless staple of every kid’s toy box. As a kid, I built elaborate LEGO villages that slowly consumed the footprint of my room until I was eventually forced, under teary duress, to disassemble it. My mom claimed it could impede a hasty exit during a middle-of-the-night house fire. If your kids like LEGOs, or if you want to get them hooked, drop in to the LEGO clubs at the Jackson and Macon county libraries. In Jackson County, kids are given a theme to build around, but really, it’s just a suggestion, said Jennifer Ross, who works in the Jackson youth library. “Some kids would stand there for 45 minutes deciding what to build, so the theme gives them a starting point,” Ross said. “But they don’t have to adhere to it. Some kids always make skate ramps, and that’s fine.”

Kids stand — rather than sit — around work tables to facilitate easy migration in the never-ending quest for the right pieces, Ross said. “Someone might need a head so we walk around looking for a head, or they need everything they can get in gray,” Ross said. Indeed, with an 18-gallon tub of LEGOs at their disposal, helping each other hunt for the right pieces brings out the spirit of cooperation, said Maggie Kennedy with the Macon children’s library. Beyond things like spatial thinking and creative reasoning that are inherent in solo LEGO building, teamwork is a hidden benefit of a LEGO club. Kids sometimes build a LEGO piece together, Kennedy said, citing one group of boys that perpetually gravitate toward building a pirate ship together. At the Macon library, each creation is labeled with a title and the builder’s name and stays on display for a couple of weeks. In Jackson, each piece is photographed and put in a 3-ringbinder so kids and can look back wistfully at the LEGO creations of days gone by. Both clubs welcome any age. Younger kids get the thrill of building alongside older ones. “It is a very nice generational thing,” Ross said. Some parents join in the fun and build with their kids, but most just kick back and watch. When it comes to toddlers, “The grownup would be responsible to make sure the kid doesn’t eat a LEGO,” Kennedy said. But both LEGO clubs have an arsenal of the big chunky Duplo LEGOs for little ones to work with. The Jackson LEGO club meets from 4 to 5 p.m. the second Tuesday of the month at the library in Sylva and the Macon one meets from 4 to 5 p.m. the second Thursday of the month at the library in Franklin. There used to be a LEGO club at the library in Haywood County, but it fell by the wayside when the former children’s librarian who coordinated it moved away. There is also a LEGO club at Fairview Elementary School. Contact Larissa Miller at Miller is also involved in coordinating STEM education initiatives using LEGOs as a building block — literally — and encouraged interested parents to get in touch. On another note, check out Cirque Zuma Zuma, an African acrobat group billed as a “fast-paced, high-flying, off-thewall, pulse-pounding show,” at The Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts in Franklin this Friday (Nov. 8). Zuma Zuma incorporates gymnastics, jumping, juggling, balancing and contortionism. 29

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Painter Matthew Zedler and others will be featured during a Gallery 86 showcase “It’s a Small, Small Work” from Nov. 13 to Dec. 28 at the Haywood Arts Council in Waynesville. There will be an artist reception from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, Nov 15, and noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 24. Zedler is a modern/contemporary fine artist with a studio and gallery in downtown Marshall. His gallery has been open to the public since early 2008, but his involvement in the arts and fine arts extends throughout his entire life. His repertoire includes a variety of cutting edge abstract-expressionist contemporary and geometric-linear-cubist paintings. His work is currently featured at NewZart Gallery & Studio in Marshall, the clubhouse at the Hendersonville Racquet Club, the Madison County Visitors Center, Nelson Fine Art Gallery in Johnson City, and Salon Blue Ridge in Flat Rock.

• The films “The Master” and “Back to the Future” will be screened at The Strand at 38 Main in Waynesville. “The Master” runs Nov. 8-9, with “Back to the Future” Nov. 15-16. Both films begin at 7:45 p.m. Tickets are $6 per person, $4 for children. 828.283.0079 or


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In the coming weeks, Western Carolina University senior Mike Hill may go out after dark to drive up and down the interstates. He’ll be looking at rest areas, hoping to find a brightly lit one with a deserted parking lot that lies next to a black stretch of highway. If the place looks creepy, like something out of a Stephen King story, even better — because it could be. With only one semester left until he graduates and plenty to do for his WCU courses, Hill also is working on an indeWestern Carolina University students Blair Hoyle (left) and pendent project Mike Hill (right) will scout locations around the region as outside of class they prepare to create a film adaptation of Stephen King’s that he hopes will story “Rest Stop.” Donated photo help open doors to a professional career. Through a well-known program for young filmmakers, he is making a short film based on one of King’s stories. The master of macabre himself has granted permission for Hill to

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Vintage King is a frightening prospect t has been more than 30 years since Stephen King published The Shining, but I still remember that little kid, Danny Torrance peddling his tricycle down the halls of the Overlook Hotel, and although the Overlook is supposed to be empty, Danny sees people in some of the rooms. If you are a Stephen King fan, you remember the sound of Danny’s wheels as they trundle from carWriter pet to bare floor to carpet. He passes rooms where dead people beckon to him. (Remember the woman in the bathtub?) Little Danny has “the shine,” which means he sees and hears things that aren’t there. Have you ever wondered what became of him? After the Overlook burned to the ground and Danny and his parents fled, where did they go? The Shining ends with some provocative questions: what becomes of Danny, his mother and his alcoholic father? Well, little Danny Torrance is an alcoholic, an affliction that he inherited from his father. He is a failed member of AA and is still haunted by those same specters that he encountered at the Overview Hotel, but he has developed a survival skill that enables him to capture his stalkers and to mentally imprison them. Danny still has “the shine,” and during the years, he has become aware of others ... people who can communicate by telepathy. After years of unemployment, he finds a place that actually needs someone with his skills. He and an aging cat named Azzie live and work in a New Hampshire hospice called Rivington House (just down the road from Castle Rock) where he has earned the title Dr. Sleep.

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Danny’s job is an important one. When the aging patients of Rivington House are close to death, they (or the staff ) send for Danny. Azzie comes when death is imminent and sleeps on the bed until Danny arrives. His job is to give comfort to the dying who are often frightened. However, when Danny takes their hands and whispers to them, they grow calm ... especially when he assures them that he will stay with them until they are “asleep.” When Doctor Sleep begins, it seems that Danny Torrance has finally made his peace with his troubled past and has gathered a diverse collection of friends. But, then he awakes to find a message on a chalkboard in his room: “HELLO!” He has been contacted by a child who also communicates by telepathy, and she has “the shine.” It is the beginning of a unique friendship, and by the time they actually meet at the local library, they have developed a powerful bond. The girl’s name is Abra Stone. In time, Danny learns that Abra has awesome powers, but because her parents are bewildered and frightened by them, she learns to suppress them. Abra is struggling to

children, causes her great distress, not when they are reported by the media, but when they actually occur. When an 11-year-old boy in Kansas is kidnapped and murdered, Abra “sees” the crime when staring at a photo of the victim. When she goes deeper into the murder, she makes a terrifying discovery. The boy was killed because he has “the shine.” His murderers are members of an a cult called the True Knot that survives by inhaling the “essence,” a kind of fog (cult members call it “steam”) which is released when the victim dies, and which revitalizes them. Their leader, one of King’s most frightening creations, is an ancient woman who is semi-immortal and is known as Rose the Hat. Gradually, Abra and Danny learn that the True Knot once had thousands of members and that they moved among quietly among us searching for victims who have “shine.” In recent years, their numbers have been reduced as they encounter infections for which they do not have an immunity. (Measles can kill them.) Most of them appear elderly with nicknames like Steam-head Steve, Apron Annie, Crow Daddy and Grandpa Flick. They travel together, We are all dying. The world is driving big motor homes, eating at just a hospice with fresh air. McDonalds, staying in cheap campgrounds and moving from Colorado — Doctor Sleep, p. 67 to Maine. When they find a victim (Rose the Hat can “sense” them), they capture, torture and murder them. Doctor Sleep by Stephen King. Scribers, 2013. 531 pages. Terror and pain enrich the quality of the steam, and the members of True be “normal.” This is difficult because she is Knot often revert momentarily from lame, like a kind of Richter scale that registers arthritic elders to vigorous and healthy adults. unnatural events in the world around her. Doctor Sleep becomes a tension-ridden For example, Abra cries hysterically for thriller when the 13-year-old Abra begins days when the Twin Towers disaster occurred. using her psychic powers to eavesdropping on Random violence, like the death of murdered Rose the Hat, only to discover that Rose

NetWest open house in Sylva There will be a NetWest open house from 1 to 4:30 p.m. Nov. 10, at City Lights Bookstore in Sylva. The reception begins upstairs in the Regional Room, with finger foods and other assorted goodies, as well as coffee, tea, cider and wine. Authors who want their books available at the open house should call City Lights with details, so the store can enter them into its system beforehand. Singer-songwriter Angela Faye Martin and guitarist Paul Schofield will provide live music. Shortly after 2 p.m., patrons will go downstairs to the cafe, where three featured writers will read. An open-mic will follow.

New work on Robert Henry Richard Russell will present his book about the life and legend of Robert Henry at 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 16, at City Lights Bookstore in Sylva. Robert Henry: A Western Carolina Patriot offers a look into the life of one of WNC’s most unusual and fascinating historical figures. Soldier, surveyor, attorney and entrepreneur, the eccentric

Henry seemingly did it all, including predicting his own death. Russell is an author and owner of Reminiscing Books, based in Asheville. He has a 2009 Special Recognition from the WNC Historical Association as well as being the 2009 Thomas Wolfe Memorial Literary Award recipient.

Dean to discuss Cherokee War of 1776 at WCU Author, journalist and researcher Nadia Dean will visit Western Carolina University on Thursday, Nov. 14, to give a presentation focusing on the Cherokee War of 1776 and the legendary Cherokee war chief Dragging Canoe. Dean’s presentation will begin at 7 p.m. in the auditorium of the Mountain Heritage Center. Dean’s first book, A Demand of Blood, was published by Valley River Press in Cherokee in 2012. The book chronicles the Cherokee War of 1776, a conflict fought in the shadows of the American Revolution, and how that war played out between the Cherokee and colonials.

“knows” that she is there. In effect, Rose and Abra begin a dangerous game in which they stalk each other. Rose believes she has found the ultimate source of steam and schemes to find Abra and kill her; Abra becomes increasingly repulsed by the True Knot and with Danny’s assistance, plans to kill them all. Fittingly, the final showdown is the site of the Overlook Hotel where the True Knot gathers each year. Doctor Sleep is a return to vintage Stephen King. Abra Stone, like Carrie and a half-dozen King protagonists, has an arsenal of psychic powers. However, King may be preparing her for another sequel. What makes Abra an appealing creation is her short temper (yes, she has destructive tantrums) and her readiness to use her abilities in a ruthless manner. Although Danny Torrance is able to control Abra, he may not always be around. In fact, he nearly died in this novel when the decided to become the “carrier” for a secret weapon against the True Knot. Doctor Sleep is packed with passages and themes that are King trademarks: witty, spoton juvenile dialogue, some embarrassing schmaltzy passages, characters who quote T. S. Eliot and Shakespeare while singing the lyrics of current pop bands, and, as always, a chilling treatment of Evil ... the True Knot, which has members that date back to medieval times. The “swapsies” sections in which Abra and Rose play a kind of mental chess were confusing. And when we are told that Danny and Abra are actually related due to a one-night stand many years ago, well, I just didn’t buy that. But, I loved the book. Flawed perhaps, but there were numerous times when the True Knot scared me. (Gary Carden is a storyteller and writer who lives in Sylva. He can be reached at

Those attending the Nov. 14 presentation are encouraged to also view the Mountain Heritage Center’s exhibit on Cherokee craftsmanship, “Qualla Arts and Crafts: Tradition and Innovation.” 828.227.7129.

New fantasy novel from Meltz Writer Mindi Meltz will present her new novel Lonely in the Heart of the World at 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 9, at City Lights Bookstore in Sylva. In her narrative, Meltz sustains a rhapsodic tone that embraces both the sacred and the decidedly profane, and presents humanity as both threatening and compassionate. The disparate elements harmonize in unexpected and startling ways. The tale offers a pantheistic glimpse of destruction, rebirth, and the tantalizing nature of desire and union. Meltz’s debut novel Beauty was published in 2009. Her published works also include essays in WNC Woman, Animus, and a literary anthology Earth Beneath, Sky Beyond by Outrider Press & the TallGrass Writers Guild. 828.586.9499.


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All in the family — Sunburst Trout Farm BY GARRET K. WOODWARD • STAFF WRITER

A trout pulled from the waters at Sunburst. Garret K. Woodward photos

crisp wind blows through Haywood County. Gazing upward, dark clouds slowly take over the sky while a few ominous raindrops are felt. For many, it may seem to be the official death knell to summer. But for Sally Eason, it’s a sign of great things to come. “We love this weather, and we’re probably the only people around here that do,” she chuckled. Co-owner of the Sunburst Trout Farm on N.C. 215 near Bethel, Sally and her family have operated the business since 1948, when her father Dick Jennings decided to start hatching and selling fish eggs. Cool, damp weather is ideal for raising the robust fish, whereas warm, sunny conditions tend to hamper their productivity and growth. “We’re always finding ways to bring the water temperature down,” Sally said. “Rain always brings it down, so we loved this summer. We were jumping up and down because the weather here can be so tricky.” Through the good, the bad, and the ugly, Sunburst Trout has persevered and evolved into a national brand for high-quality trout products, many of which finding themselves on the plates of the some of the finest restaurants in the country. “We all work very hard to make the greatest products possible,” Sally said. “We could never walk away from this — this is where we want to be.”


By the numbers ■ The company was founded as Jennings Trout Farm in 1948. ■ Sunburst moved to its current location in 1965. ■ Average trout weighs around two pounds, with about one pound of useable meat on the body for fillets. ■ Total revenue for 2013 is up 44% compared to 2012. ■ Value-added sales — everything besides fresh trout — are 35% of total sales. ■ $480,000 worth of fingerlings were purchased from trout farmers around Western North Carolina in the last year. ■ It takes a total of 55 minutes to take the trout from the water, through processing and into the cooler ready for delivery. Source: Sunburst Trout Farm

A FAMILY AFFAIR The Bethel trout farm bordering the Pigeon River and Lake Logan has its own processing facility onsite. Inside, it’s a full-on assembly line. Filled with employees and family members alike, the space is aimed squarely at finding and perpetuating the best ways possible to clean, slice, transport and smoke the highly sought after trout.

The seven-acre property is home to thousands of trout. With each weighing around two pounds, Sunburst is able to harvest around 300,000 pounds of product a year, from fillets to dips, caviar to trout cakes. For each two pounds of fish, one pound of useable meat is gathered. Cleaning the innumerable trout that pass through his hands before they enter the fillet slicer, Sally’s son, Ben Eason, has been working at Sunburst for the last 12 years. He wears many hats in the family business. “I do a lot of different things,” he smiled. “Leader on the floor, financial duties in the office, which makes me the CFO (chief financial officer). I’m a jack of all trades.” Heading into the office, Sally’s other son, Wes Eason, sales manager, is busy figuring out new marketing strategies and ways to push their brand further into the national market. Like Ben, he worked on the farm as a teenager, gathering trout and burying fish guts. The brothers both went their own ways, each eventually coming back to their home in Haywood County. An employee of Sunburst since 2001, Wes knew pretty early on this was a company he wanted to be part of. “When I was a kid, I was grunt, pulling fish and burying guts. But, working here as an adult, I quickly realized we were feeding the masses,” he said. “When people started recognizing us nationally, I started to look at it com-

“It’s amazing how people from around the community have come together to support us. It’s a huge vote of confidence, and we don’t take that lightly.” — Sally Eason, Sunburst Trout Farm



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A family business started by Dick Jennings in 1948, the Sunburst Trout Farm in Bethel is currently transitioning into its next phase, which will be led by Jenning’s daughter, Sally Eason (bottom left) and her husband Steve (top right). Their children Ben (top right), Wes (bottom left) and Katie Hughes (not pictured) are also involved in the company.


Following World War II, Dick Jennings, a veteran and Pittsburgh native, was looking to find a home in the woods of Southern Appalachia that he had wandered as a child. In 1948, he started Jennings Trout Farm in Cashiers, raising and hatching eggs. By 1965, he decided to relocate and expand the business in Haywood County at the current location in Bethel. Leasing the land from the former Champion International Paper (now Evergreen Packaging), the property lent itself to nurturing the trout in a vibrant, peaceful environment.

“In the 1960s, in the South, it was a time when really the only fish eaten were fish sticks or maybe catfish,” Sally said. “So, the idea of my dad wanting to process trout and sell it commercially was way ahead of its time, but it was always in the back of his mind when he came here.” In 1975, while living in Michigan, Sally and Steve were on hard times finding enough work during an economic recession. Sally was a pediatric nurse, while Steve had degrees in marketing and parks and recreation. Jennings had always mentioned to Steve if he ever wanted to get into the trout business, there’d always be work for him in Haywood. “We moved here and I got into the hatching business,” Steve laughed. Soon, the children were born. Wes, then Ben, and then Katie. In 1985, Sally herself took on the role of bookkeeper on top of helping run the office. The family was growing alongside the business. “My father-in-law harkened from Pennsylvania. I’m from Michigan, and we’ve laid down deep roots here,” Steve said. “I just fell in love with it here — the pace, the beauty, the good folk.” Soon, Jennings Trout Farm was renamed Sunburst. And as Jennings grew older, he slowly transitioned the company over to the rest of his family. But, at 89 years old, he’s still just involved and pas-


Cabin on the Ouachita River. Donated photo

glowing red. Guests begin arriving by late morning, adult beverages are cracked and various grills are lit. As the afternoon progresses, more people arrive; tents are set up, and campers roll in. Soon there are about 15 people milling around the fire and campsite, chatting and visiting the various grills. Campers and visitors come for their own personal reasons. I am happy to be on the river with Gil and all the memories we share and happy that fate reconnected us a few years back. Everyone there has a connection, either with the camp or friends or both and there are no strangers. By late afternoon, the wind has finally died down and the sun has rolled across the river and is basking the campsite in a warm orange glow. As darkness descends, memories have been dusted off and stories ebb and flow around the campfire. Probably a testament to age, but I don’t think anyone saw the bewitching hour. And as the noise subsided and people were crawling into sleeping bags, the night was left to coyotes calling and geese flying over and a magical end to a wonderful day. (Don Hendershot is a writer and naturalist. He can be reached a 33

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pletely different. All of a sudden, I had more pride. It wasn’t just cutting fish anymore, it was providing a high-quality product for people.” Outside, tinkering away with materials and repairing, well, whatever needs to be repaired, is Sally’s husband, Steve Eason. Working for Sunburst since he began raising eggs in 1975, he’s been a believer in the product since day one. “It’s just a feeling of putting out an exceptional product that we have control of from the beginning right up until the consumer picks it up,” he said. “What we’re trying to do is the most good for our employees, get a nice healthy product out for the consumer and doing it in a sustainable way.”

and said “Listen, a black-throated green warbler,” then pointed to the songster in a nearby tree. I put my binoculars up, and there was this tiny dynamo, yellowish face, olive-green back, shiny black throat lifting his head and singing for all he was worth — yeah, I was hooked. A short ways past Moon Lake and I turn left through an old gate and enter a grownup field, part of which is mown and where a little shanty of a cabin sits on the river bank. Fellow Mer Rougeian and grades 1-12 classmate Gil White is already there making final preparations for the annual fall cookout. Another friend, David, is present. It’s a mild day, but a strong gusty wind is blowing across the river and the fire pit is soon

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raveling from east to west, the Mississippi River Bridge is a time portal for me. I drive for hours squarely focused on the here and now, then I reach the bridge and in a breath I’m suspended above the Big Muddy, the river stretches for as far as I can see to my right and my left. When I slide off the span onto terra firma I’m in ‘Loosiana,’ a strange world of memories, nostalgia and anticipation. This trip is for R&R, and after I cross the river, I only have about an hour and a half until I’m standing on the banks of the Ouachita River with dear friends, old and new. This land is flat and, for the most part, fallow right now as this year’s crops have been harvested. As I look out at the brown earth that stretches for miles in either direction it’s hard to remember that when I first arrived on the planet a mere 62 years ago, the majority of these miles were botttomland hardwood forests. Now don’t get me wrong. This is the Louisiana Delta and once cotton was king and there were many, many acres under cultivation, but they were broken up and separated by forests. King Cotton has been dethroned and the crop de jour is generally whatever the futures market says will bring the best price, perhaps corn or soybeans or rice, occasionally cotton. But the cotton and soybeans and forests blur in my mind as I race on across the flat. I cross the Tensas River, and I’m getting closer. I cross the Beouf River, and this is an area I’m more intimate with; I remember watching these forests fall to the saw and plow. I spent endless hours as a kid and as a teenager tucked away on the edge of the Beouf River swamp in a shotgun cabin on Horseshoe Lake. In my mind, this expanse is still a wilderness. Soon I make it to Monroe. This was THE city when I was a kid growing up 30 miles away in Mer Rouge. Today it looks strangely small as I whiz in on I-20 and turn north on U.S. 165. A few miles north of town, I turn left and head towards the Ouachita. At Moon Lake Recreation Area, I access a small gravel road that follows the river. Moon Lake. I remember that chilly spring morning a lifetime ago standing on the bank at Moon Lake with my ornithology class, when Dr. Keyes raised his hand


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Originally opened on Montgomery Street in Waynesville, the Sunburst Market recently set up shop in downtown, as seen with their new location on Main Street.

sionate as he was in 1948. “He’s so fired up; he’s super excited about what we’re doing and where we’re going,” Sally said. “Every time he comes down to visit here, he’ll say, ‘Now, let me tell you what you need to be doing different.’”

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But it hasn’t all been smiles and success for Sunburst. The establishment has gone through its shares of calamities. Over the course of the last decade, the company has weathered a series of droughts and floods. With too little water, the fish die. With too much water, the buildings get destroyed and fish escape. In 2004, Hurricane Frances and Ivan, some 10 days apart, descended onto Haywood County, hitting Sunburst with many physical and financial blows. “Frances and Ivan covered this entire property with water,” Sally said. “You can only control the weather so much. We’ve gotten better at that, but droughts and floods can kill thousands of our fish.” In 2006, the unthinkable happened — the business burned to the ground. An arsonist robbed and set fire to Sunburst, stealing thousands of dollars of valuable caviar in the process. The real loss, though, was decades of hard work, sacrifice and investment. To this day, the arsonist has yet to be apprehended. This setback didn’t deter those at Sunburst. In fact, in many ways only made them stronger. “When I came down here the day after it burned up, I was furious. It was an evil act for someone to come here and burn my business down,” Sally said. “You will not stop us. Nothing will stop us.”

FINDING A BALANCE And rebuilt they have. Since its inception, Sunburst has maintained a high standard of quality alongside a keen sense of sustainability. They hold tight to the notion of not destroying one’s backyard. To them, it’s about making sure preserving the landscape is just as much a priority as the trout itself. Simply put, quality of life equals a quality product. “We compost everything and don’t waste any water,” Sally said of the more than 12,000 gallons of water per minute that flow through the facility. “It gets cleaned up and put back in the river. We take care of the land and the properties as if our lives depended on it. You’ve got to keep everything clean, and that ultimately impacts the flavor.” Besides feeding the fish non-hormone food and making sure the oxygen levels are high enough in the water, Sunburst is constantly making strides to find new and innovative ways to make sure the trout is just as tasty as it is sustainable to the local ecology. Plans are already in motion is be able to take all of the meat from the fish and turn it into other avenues of food products for everyone to enjoy, regardless of their economic situations. This translates into the next phase for Sunburst, one that will see them push further and farther into new technologies and facilities. “Building it to what it is today, the fact

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that my grandfather took his experiment, this project, this hobby of his and made it into this is why I don’t ever want to let this come to an end,” Ben said.

THE NEXT CHAPTER With a much-needed addition of space for the processing facility in recent years, Sunburst began looking around for options to expand. It had planned on keeping any new enterprises within reach of the N.C. 215 location, but that didn’t turn out to be the case. Between expensive properties and locations that didn’t offer enough room, the family finally found what it was looking for — a 12,000-square-foot building in the Waynesville Industrial Park. “We still need to and will grow the fish in Bethel,” Sally said. “But, the processing will now take place in the city.” With their new location in their crosshairs, the final piece of the puzzle came when Sunburst received word that it had gotten a $250,000 working capital grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Add that to a matching loan from Home Town Bank and the company is ready to fire on all cylinders. “It’s amazing how people from around the community have come together to support us,” Sally said. “It’s a huge vote of confidence, and we don’t take that lightly.” Standing in the proposed facility at the industrial park, Sally is excited to see what the future holds. Sunburst is already in talks with Haywood Community College to offer internships for students looking to major in entre-

preneurship, fish/wildlife biology and an array of other fields. With processing moving to Waynesville, the Bethel building will soon return to hatching eggs. “We’d also like to offer tours so people around here can see in one day what it takes to turn an egg into food,” she said. The company is also looking to host tastings, tours, workshops, classes and build a laboratory kitchen on the new site where Sunburst Chef Charles Hudson can continue to experiment and improve the product line. “It’s such a great feeling to get an order from a chef in New York City and say, ‘OK, they’re swimming now, and we’ll have them to you and on your plate by tomorrow,’” Wes said. “Even cooler is to say to a chef in Asheville, ‘They’re swimming now, and we’ll have it to you in five hours and on your plate tonight.’”

OPEN FOR BUSINESS Adding to these endeavors is the recent opening of the Sunburst Market on Main Street in downtown Waynesville. Though it started two years ago on Montgomery Street in the city, the new location opens itself up to more foot traffic, curious customers and loyal consumers. Behind the counter at the market is Sally’s daughter, Katie Hughes — the final family addition to the business. “All of the stars kind of aligned at the right time for me,” she said. “I think that what I bring to the party didn’t fit until now. Everyone in our family brings something different to the table. I love where the store is

From the pond to the cooler The time from pond to cooler for trout fillets is 55 minutes. Below is the exact process, as explained by Sunburst Trout Farm: ■ 8 a.m. — Capture trout from water. Small numbers are netted by hand (never more than 1,000 pounds) put into ice slurry to start the cooling process, and taken to the processing plant only steps away. ■ 8:20 a.m. — Trout quietly cool until they are still, and then transported into the splitting pan where they are prepared by a machine designed and built by Sunburst. They are now ready for the Swiss built filleter. ■ 8:30 a.m. — Once the trout pass through the filleter, the meticulous work of trimming is done by hand. ■ 8:40 a.m. — Following a thorough wash, the fillets are moved to the sorting, grading station. It is here that the fillets are selected by size, color and uniformity and the few fillets that are deemed to be inferior are culled. If the fillet is to have the pin bones removed, they then are moved to the station, where this task is done by a U.S. built machine. Each fillet is then examined, and any pin bones missed are removed by hand. ■ 8:55 a.m. — On to the weighing station where the fillets are bagged for each customer and immediately put into the 10 degree cooling room. The secret is to finish what the ice has started and get the trout to 36 degrees as fast as possible.

going and think it has much potential moving up.” Manager of the market since its opening, Katie, like her older brothers, worked for Sunburst as a teenager. She went her own way, eventually finding herself alongside her family helping the business survive and thrive with each new challenge. So, what is it about her family and its lifelong passion for Sunburst? “It’s good old-fashioned stubbornness. I don’t know, it’s in our bloodline,” she said. “Quitting never really seemed like an option. It wasn’t closing the doors on your job; it would be closing the doors on all we’ve grown up knowing.” Those sentiments Katie Hughes are something echoed by Wes. Sunburst is more than a business — it’s part of who the family is. And, like any good family, you stick together through thick and thin. “Our stubbornness is passed down from generation to generation. It’s resilience. You’re looking at a group of people that refuses to fail. Most of it is hard work, and the product sells itself,” he said. “We’ve seen it all, from theft to fire, droughts to floods, struggling sales and needing more customers. Now, the only problem is having enough inventory and meeting demand, and that’s a pretty great problem to have.”

Smoke could be heavy in the Cades Cove area this month due to a series of controlled burns in the area by fire officials at the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Weather permitting, NPS photo burn operations were expected to begin the first week of November and possibly continue intermittently through mid-November. Managers plan to burn about 400 acres across several open fields to prevent them from being reclaimed by forest. “By conducting controlled burns, we are able to maintain the openness of the cove to preserve and maintain its historic character while also reducing non-native species,” said Fire Management Specialist Dave Loveland. The Park contracts to mow about 1,000 acres of fields that are clearly visible from the Cades Cove Loop Road annually. Other fields that

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The Highlands Biological Station (HBS) is trying to raise money to buy furnishings for its newly renovated Reinke Library and Seminar Room. “We came to the end of our funding before we could purchase the furnishings,” said Sonya Carpenter, director of the Highlands Biological Foundation, which initiated the $15,000 campaign. The research center has already received a $2,500 donation from the Garden Club of America. The money will be used to purchase tables, chairs, lamps and other furnishings to give students a space where they can “feel comfortable to study and to communicate their findings,” Carpenter said. “We teach college level classes during the

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See the planets up close at a telescope viewing party hosted by Western Carolina University’s Department of Chemistry and Physics. The event will be at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 9, at the Jackson County Airport overlooking the WCU campus. Enrique Gomez, assistant professor of physics at WCU, will give a brief presentation on identifying well-known constellations and stars that can be seen in the sky during the fall season. The event is designed to give members of the campus and surrounding communities an upclose view of the moon and the planets Venus and Jupiter through telescopes at various magnifications. The viewing is free and members of the public are welcome to bring their own telescopes. The viewing will be canceled if the sky is overcast. Children must be accompanied by an adult. 828.227.2718 or


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Specialist to share tips for land users A conservation specialist will be the guest speaker at a program sponsored by the Macon County League of Women Voters. Doug Johnson, conservation technician with the Macon Soil and Water Conservation District, will speak at noon Thursday, Nov. 14, at Tartan Hall in Franklin. He will talk about the role of soil and water conservation districts and highlight some of the services and programs they provide, including the Agriculture Cost-Share Program, the Little Tennessee Stream Restoration Program, Farmland Preservation and Voluntary Ag District program. Johnson has worked for 15 years in the Macon County Soil and Water Conservation District with stream and riparian restoration programs. The agency is a subdivision of state and local government in partnership with the federal government to develop and oversee conservation programs. The agency provides technical assistance and services to all landowners and land users, free conservation literature and educational programs that promote conservation. Educational programs include an annual poster and essay contest and an annual Conservation Field Day for Macon County students . Attendees to the program are welcome to bring a bag lunch. The League of Women Voters is a nonpartisan organization focusing on voter rights and education and citizen participation in government and community.

Classic Hike to explore Fontana’s Lakeshore Trail Renowned hiking expert and author Danny Bernstein will lead the next Friends of the Smokies Classic Hike on Tuesday, Nov. 19, along Lakeshore Trail at Fontana Lake. This 9.4mile hike is moderately difficult and goes beyond the famous tunnel on Lakeshore Drive. The hike has an elevation gain of 1,450 feet with several small stream crossings and a short spur to visit the Woody cemetery. Participants may meet in Asheville, Waynesville, or Bryson City. Hikers should come prepared with lunch, water and appropriate hiking clothes, and should plan to spend all day on the trail. This guided hike is $10 for current Friends of the Smokies members and $35 for non-members, who will receive a complimentary membership. Members who bring a friend hike for free. Registration required. All registration donations are tax-deductible and go toward the Smokies Trails Forever program. Classic Hikes are held on the third Tuesday of each month. This hike is sponsored by Wells Fargo. Bernstein is the author of Hiking North Carolina’s Blue Ridge Heritage. or 828.452.0720,

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COMMUNITY EVENTS & ANNOUNCEMENTS • Back in Black special through month of November at Sarge’s Animal Rescue Center, 256 Industrial Park Dr., in Waynesville, or the Sarge’s cat condos at the Waynesville PetSmart. Specials on all black cats and dogs for adoption., kinblack.html, 246.9050. • Jackson County Genealogical Society meeting, 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 19, Community Room, Jackson County Courthouse. Topic is A History of Haywood County; speaker is Curtis Wood, WCU professor of history (retired). 631.2646. • Self-defense class for women, 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 7, Cordelia Camp Building, Western Carolina University. $25 per person. Bring a friend and attend for $15. 227.3066 or visit the “Conferences & Community Classes” link at • Tyler Howe, Tribal Historic Specialist for the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians, 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 7, Community Room, Jackson County Public Library Annex. A discussion of Cherokee self-determination during the removal period in Western North Carolina. • Ecofeminist and animal activist Carol J. Adams, 6 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 7, theater of A.K. Hinds University Center, Western Carolina University, Cullowhee. Presentation and slideshow on “How Does A Person Become a Piece of Meat?”, 227.3976 or • Veterans Dinner, noon to 3 p.m. Monday, Nov. 11, Fines Creek Fire Department. Spouses encouraged to attend. Free to all veterans. 734.6249. • Western North Carolina Civil War Round Table meeting, 7 p.m. Monday, Nov. 11, auditorium of the Mountain Heritage Center at WCU. Dinner at 5 p.m. at Bogart’s in Sylva. Speaker is Rex Hovey, the regimental historian of the 13th N.C., Co. B. • The 5th annual Native American Expo, Nov. 11-13, Grandroom of A.K. Hinds University Center, Western Carolina University. Speakers, Cherokee language and experimental archaeology classes, native music, and more. Free. Complete schedule of events, or Department of Intercultural Affairs, 227.2276. • Health presentation, 8:30 to 9:45 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 12, room 2024, WCU’s Health and Human Sciences Building. Featured speakers are six Czech health professionals who have collaborated for nearly 10 years with David Shapiro, professor of communication sciences and disorders at Western Carolina University. 227.3291. • “Understanding our Past, Shaping our Future” Nov. 12-Dec. 20, Cherokee Central Schools, Cherokee. The touring exhibit focuses on Cherokee language and culture, using sound recordings as the basis for presenting a coherent story in words and text. • Community reception to celebrate local opening of “Understanding our Past, Shaping our Future,” 3 to 5 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 14, Chief Joyce Dugan Cultural Arts Center, Cherokee Central Schools. • Author, journalist and researcher Nadia Dean, 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 14, auditorium of the Mountain Heritage Center, Western Carolina University, Cullowhee. Her presentation will focus on the Cherokee War of 1776 and the legendary Cherokee war chief Dragging Canoe. 227.7129. • Symposium, Remembering the Removal and Those Who Remained, to commemorate the 175th anniversary of the Trail of Tears, 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 15, Joyce C. Dugan Cultural Arts Center, Cherokee Central Schools, Big Cove Road, Cherokee. Sue Abram, 227.2735, or Anne Rogers,

All phone numbers area code 828 unless otherwise noted. • Western North Carolina Career Expo, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, Nov. 15, Clyde Armory, 1824 Jones Cove Road, Clyde. Sponsored by the U.S. Army National Guard, Haywood County N.C. Workforce Center, Haywood County Veterans Council. Mark Schuler, 456.6061 ext. 204, • Indoor flea market, 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 16, the Old Armory, 44 Boundary St., Waynesville. $10 per booth. 456.9207 or email • Cullowhee community planning meetings, 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 21, Cullowhee Valley School. • The Compassionate Friends group, 7 to 8:30 p.m. the first Thursday of the month, Long’s Chapel United Methodist Church, Waynesville. For anyone who has experienced the death of a child in the family. Run by those who have lost a loved one. John Chapman, 400.6480. • The Town of Canton will pick up bagged leaves through Dec. 20. Call Town Hall to schedule a pickup. 648.2363.

BUSINESS & EDUCATION • Free computer class: Selling Items on Craigslist, 5:45 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 6, Jackson County Public Library, Sylva. 586.2016.

• Free 90-minute class on Microsoft Publisher: How to Make a Flyer, 5:45 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 13, Jackson County Public Library computer lab. 586.2016. • “It’s a Small World: Doing Business in a Multicultural Society,” 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. room 336, Nov. 13, Western Carolina University’s instructional site at Biltmore Park Town Square, 28 Schenck Parkway. Register at and click on “Professional Development” or call 227.7397. • Public Education Forum: Reality Check, 6 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 14, Franklin High School. Sponsored by the Macon County Democratic Party. • Chamber of Commerce annual Holiday Reception, 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 14, Historic Hooper House, 773 W. Main St., Sylva. Bring filled boxes or items for the Operation Christmas Box. Call or come by for a list. 586.2155, • “Telling Your Story,” a workshop that combines business management, marketing, entrepreneurial activity and economic strategies with the art of storytelling, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, Nov. 15, Cordeila Camp Building, Western Carolina University. $59 includes a networking lunch. Register at and click on “Professional Development” or call 227.7397. • Awesome Business Idea Competition, submit by Nov. 16. Best idea wins $1,000.


• 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

• 3rd annual Nichol’s House Mountain High Tea and Silent Auction, 3 to 6 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 7, Nichols House Antique Store, 83 Landis St., Sylva. Proceeds to benefit AWAKE Children’s Advocacy Center. Tickets, $20. 586.3574.

• Community Mediation Training, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 12-14, Webster. Offered by Mountain Mediation Services. $195 for the three day training covers all materials, the training, and the snacks and beverages provided throughout the day. Lorraine Johnson at or 631.5252 or 800.789.4675.

• “Blue Ridge Music Jam,” 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 9, HART Theatre in Waynesville. Fundraiser for The Open Door. Bands include the Hill Country Band, Mountain Joy, Craig Summers and Chris Minick. Tickets, $30 for adults, $15 for children ages 12 and under. 452.3846 or

• “Affordable Healthcare Navigating Our Macon County Marketplace,” 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 6, small meeting hall, First United Methodist Church, 66 Harrison Ave., Franklin. Presented by Cindy Solesbee: Macon County ACA Healthcare Navigator.

• Benefit for Teddy Rose, noon, Saturday, Nov. 9, Crabtree Fire Department, Waynesville. Hot dog dinner, $5; car show, corn hole, cake walk, music by Eddie Rose& Highway Forty and others, silent auction and bake sale. Proceeds to help with transplant expenses.

• “A Fireside Chat with David Lilly, 4 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 7, theater of the A.K. Hinds University Center at Western Carolina University. Lilly is a business development and growth adviser with 25 years of experience in starting and expanding businesses including College of Business, 227.7412 or email Emilie S. Berls in the dean’s office at

• Gospel and country music , 6 to 10 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 9, Franklin High School’s Fine Arts Center. Suggested donation at the door $5. 50/50 raffle, snacks, drinks, and cake auction. Proceeds to benefit The American Cancer Society-Relay For Life of Franklin. 371.2545 or 342.4533.

• Western Carolina University’s Discovery Forum, 3 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 9, conference center of Blue Ridge Hall, WCU. 227.7383.

• Franklin Relay for Life Kick-Off, 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 12, The Factory Depot, Franklin. Wear your tackiest Christmas sweater and bring a small wrapped $5 item. Heavy Christmas hors d’oeuvres. 371.1868 or 371.2545.

• Open House, Saturday, Nov. 9, Western Carolina University. Tour the campus and learn about its academic programs and financial aid. Register at or by calling the Office of Undergraduate Admission, 227.7317 or 877.928.4968. • Training for new OSHA standards offered by Champion Janitorial Supply, 10 a.m., 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 12, 314 Industrial Park Dr., Waynesville. Training required for anyone who handles chemicals, including in the process of cleaning. Reserve a spot, 225.1075. • Public hearing on proposals to sell, lease or convey Haywood Regional Medical Center, 6 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 12, gym of the Health & Fitness Center, Haywood Regional Medical Center.

• Gala to celebrate 20 years of Smart Start, 5 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 16, Burrell Community Center at Southwestern Community College, Sylva. Hosted by the Region A Partnership for Children (RAPC). Tickets at,


Visit and click on Calendar for: ■ Complete listings of local music scene ■ Regional festivals ■ Art gallery events and openings ■ Complete listings of recreational offerings at regional health and fitness centers ■ Civic and social club gatherings Thursday, Nov. 14, 68 Hospital Drive, Sylva. or 800.RedCross. • Southwestern Community College Blood Drive, 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 14, 447 College Drive, Sylva. Amanda Pressley, 339.4305 or

Haywood • 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. • Senior Resource Center Blood Drive, 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 13, 81 Elmwood Way, Waynesville. 800-RED CROSS. • Hazelwood Elementary School Blood Drive, 1:30 to 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 19, 1111 Plott Creek Road, Hazelwood. Donna Francis, 456.2406. • Center Pigeon Fire Department Blood Drive, 2 to 6 p.m. Monday, Nov. 25, 2412 Pisgah Drive, Canton. Jennifer Stump, 231.6511.

HEALTH MATTERS • Ladies Night Out Program, 4 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 12, Angel Medical Center cafeteria. Topic will be lung cancer. Dawn Wilde Burgess, 349.2426. • Screening breast thermograms, 1 to 4 p.m. Friday, Nov. 15, Dogwood Wellness, 114 W. Hemlock St., Dillsboro. Initial thermogram, $149. Appointments, 586.6262. • Registration is underway for Community CPR/First Aid Training set for 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 5, Jackson County Recreation Center, Cullowhee. $40 per participant. 293.3053,

THE SPIRITUAL SIDE • Antioch Baptist Church Fall Fair for Missions, 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 9, Haywood County Fairgrounds. Flea market, new and used furniture and appliances, Antioch Boutique Shop, Old Country Store, Kid’s Corner, youth baked goods, silent auction and more. Breakfast, lunch and dinner served by Womens Missionary Union. Tickets for country dinner and entertainment starting at 5 p.m. are $7. All proceeds go to fund the mission projects at Antioch. 627.1200.

SENIOR ACTIVITIES • Senior shopping trip to Pigeon Force, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 21. $7 for members of the Waynesville Recreation Center, $9 for non-members. Does not cover lunch. Bring lunch money. Lunch at the Mill House. 456.2030 or email

Jackson • 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.

• Lego Club, 4 to 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 14, all ages welcome, Macon County Public Library, Franklin.

• MedWest Harris Blood Drive, 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

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Science & Nature • Evening at PARI, 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 8, Pisgah Astronomical Research Institute, Pisgah National Forest, to possibly see and talk about the newly discovered comet ISON. Campus tour and observing session using PARI’s telescopes. Reservations required and will be accepted until 3 p.m. the day of the event. $20 per adult, $15 for seniors/military and $10 for children under 14. Register and pay online at or call 862.5554, • Telescope viewing party, 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 9, Jackson County Airport. Hosted by Western Carolina University’s Department of Chemistry and Physics. 227.2718 or

Literary (children) • Mary Ann’s Book Club, 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 6, Macon County Public Library, Franklin. • Family Night: Night Owls Pajama Party, 6 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 7, Jackson County Public Library, Sylva. 586.2016 • Children’s Story time: The Little White Owl, 11 a.m. Friday, Nov. 8, Jackson County Public Library, Sylva. 586.2016 • Children’s Story time: Little Hoot, 1 p.m. Friday, Nov. 8, Jackson County Public Library, Sylva. 586.2016.

• Jackson County Public Library closed for Veterans Day, Monday Nov. 11. • Macon County Public Library closed for Veterans Day, Monday, Nov. 11 and for staff development, Friday, Nov. 15.

GOP • Swain Republicans Dinner, 6 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 9, Swain County Senior Center, Bryson City. Tickets, $10, available at the door. Discount tickets for children. Guest speaker, Sen. Jim Davis. 488-2842. • Get a free copy of the U. S. Constitution with the purchase of raffle tickets at the Macon GOP table at the Gun Show on Nov. 9-10, Franklin.

Others • OccupyWNC – Working Group General Assembly (public welcome), 7 to 8:30 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 12, room 246, Jackson Justice Center, Sylva. • OccupyWNC – Filming of “Move to Amend” documentary, 6:30 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 13, Community Room, Jackson County Library. Lucy Christopher, 743.9747 • OccupyWNC – no meeting, Tuesday, Nov. 26.

SUPPORT GROUPS Haywood • Assessments & Addictive Behavioral Alternatives of North Carolina, PLLC (formerly WNC.DWI. Treatment Services), confidential support group for women noon to 2 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 12, 416 S. Main St., Waynesville. Certified counselor trained in the philosophy of Hazelden. $15 per session or four sessions for $50. Must pre-register at 648.7111 or • Essential Tremor support group, 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 16, Alliance Bible Church, 501 N. River Road, Sylva. Speaker, James M. Patton, MD Board Certified Neurologist. For residents of Jackson, Macon, Swain and Haywood counties. RSVP to Ted Kubit, 631.5543 or .

• Family story time: Trains, 10 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 12, Macon County Public Library, Franklin. • Children’s Story time: Officer Buckle and Gloria, 11 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 12, Jackson County Public Library, Sylva. 586.2016. • Lego Club, 4 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 12, Jackson County Public Library, Sylva. 586.2016.

• Culture Club: Italy, 1 to 2 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 13, Macon County Public Library, Franklin. • Children’s Story time: Community Workers, 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 13, Jackson County Public Library, Sylva. 586.2016. • Macon County Public Library closed for staff training, Friday, Nov. 15. • J.E. Thompson, author of the middle grade novel The Girl from Felony Bay, 6 p.m. Friday, Nov. 15, Blue Ridge Books, 152 S. Main St., Waynesville. 456.6000, • Sensory Story time, 3:30 to 4 p.m. Monday, Nov. 18, Macon County Public Library, Franklin. • Local author Anna Browning, 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, Blue Ridge Books, 152 S.

ART/GALLERY EVENTS & OPENINGS • Christmas Ceramic Ornaments workshop, 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 7, KJ’s Needle in a Haystack Cross Stitch Shop, Dillsboro. $10. Register at 586.2435 or • Waynesville’s “The Master Artists” group exhibit, through Nov. 9, at the Haywood County Arts Council’s Gallery 86, 86 N. Main St., Waynesville. • Mountain Shapes & Colors, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 9, Nantahala School for the Arts in Bryson City. The event will feature more than 20 craft vendors, food and studio demonstrations. 366.2000 or • Western North Carolina Woodturners Club meeting, 6 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 14, Blue Ridge School, Glenville. Drive to the back of the school to the woodworking shop. Visitors welcomed.

• 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. The exhibit is a joint effort by the Haywood County Master Gardener Volunteer Association and the Haywood County Arts Council. Photos should be of work created in the last 12 months.


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• Writer Elaine Orr will present her novel, A Different Sun, at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 8, at City Lights Bookstore, Sylva. Orr is a professor of English at North Carolina State University. 586.9499. • Open House for the Netwest chapter of the NC Writers Network, 1 to 4:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 10, City Lights Bookstore, Sylva. Featured authors will be Catherine Carter, Pamela Duncan, and Brent Martin.

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• Writer Mindi Meltz will present her new novel, Lonely in the Heart of the World, at 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 9th at City Lights Bookstore. 586.9499. • UNCA Professor Daniel Pierce presents his book, History of Moonshining in the Mountains, 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 21, Canton branch library. 648.2924.




• 16th annual Turkey Drive to benefit Haywood County’s disadvantaged residents, sponsored by The Lodging Association. $25 donation pays for a full Thanksgiving meal delivered to a family in need. Mail to MVALA-Turkey Drive (Maggie Valley Area Lodging Association), PO Box 1175, Maggie Valley, NC 28751. • Hope for the Holidays, a no-cost program to support those who are facing the holidays following the death of a loved one, will meet from 1:30 to 3 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 7, in the Faith Classroom of First United Methodist Church, Waynesville. 648.2371 or 452.5039. • Franklin Chamber of Commerce Gingerbread House Competition. Deadline for registration is Monday, Nov. 25. Entry form and rules for the competition at the Chamber or online at Deliver entries between 3 and 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 3, to the lower level of Town Hall. 524.3161. • Polar Express, Nov. 8 through Dec. 29, the Great Smoky Mountain Railroad train depot in Bryson City. 800.872.4681 or • Cashiers Christmas Parade, A Storybook Christmas, noon Saturday, Dec. 14, Cashiers. Prizes for best entries in several categories. Entry application at,

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• Adventure Club: Aviation: helicopters, 3:30 to 4:15 p.m. Nov. 12, Macon County Public Library, Franklin.



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• American Girls Club, noon Saturday, Nov. 9, City Lights Bookstore, Jackson County Public Library, 586.2016.


• Opening reception for new children’s mural 2 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 14, Canton branch library. Artist Clive Haynes will be on hand to answer questions. 648.2924.

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• Sylva Christmas Parade, “Memories of a Hometown Christmas,” 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 14, Sylva. Parade application for participants at chambers/1140/File/ChristmasParadeApplication_20 13.pdf. 586.2719.

ON STAGE & IN CONCERT • First Thursday Old-Time and Bluegrass Jam Series, 8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 7, at Western Carolina University’s Mountain Heritage Center, featuring the Frogtown Four. Concert followed by jam session at 8 p.m. 227.7129. • Western Carolina University Percussion Ensemble, 7:30 p.m. Thursday Nov. 7, recital hall of the Coulter Building at WCU. Directed by percussion professor Mario Gaetano and graduate assistant conductor Dillon Ingle. Masterworks by 20th-century composers including Steve Reich, John Cage, Thomas Gauger, Nebojsa Zivkovic and Chick Corea. 227.7242. • “Coy,” a one-act play by Gary Carden to benefit The Rickman Store, 6 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 9, Macon County Heritage Center, Old Cowee School, Cowee Creek Road. Performed by Tom Deweese. $10. • “Pavel Wlosok and Friends,” an evening of jazz music, at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 12, recital hall of the Coulter Building. Presented by the School of Music at Western Carolina University. 227.7242. • Zombies on Campus! A Slaughterpocalypse!, a new play by D.V. Caitlyn, 7:30 to 9:30 p.m., Nov. 13-19, Bardo Arts Center Theater, WCU. Adults, $15, faculty/staff/seniors, $10. Students, $10, $7 in advance. 227.2479,

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• Songwriters in the Round, 6 to 10 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 16, Balsam Mountain Inn. $45 per person. 800.224.9498, • Fall Music Series featuring family harmonies and instrumental acumen of Mountain Faith, 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 16, Historic Cowee School in Macon County. Woodfired brick oven pizzas from Pizza Love. Tickets at • Country singer Rodney Atkins, 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 16, Harrah’s Cherokee Event Center, 777 Casino Drive, Cherokee. • Western Carolina University’s Low Tech Ensemble concert of Indonesian gamelan music, 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 20, recital hall of the Coulter Building. 227.7242. • Kool and The Gang, 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 29, Harrah’s Cherokee Event Center, Cherokee. Tickets at

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• ZZ Top, 10:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 31, Harrah’s Cherokee Event Center, Cherokee. Tickets at • The Galaxy of Stars Series at the John W. Bardo Fine and Performing Arts Center at Western Carolina University. “Ring of Fire – The Music of Johnny Cash,” 5 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 24; “Smokey Joe’s Café,” 5 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 26.; 1964, 5 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 9; The Squirm Burpee Circus, 5 p.m. Sunday, March 2; and “The Fantasticks,” 5 p.m. Sunday, April 27. Bardo Arts Center box office, 227.2479 or go online to

NIGHT LIFE • Live music, with Eve Haslam and Satin Steel Jazz, 7:45 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 6, The Strand, 38 Main St., Waynesville. • Heinzel Trivia– teams of 2-4 compete for prizes, 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesdays, Nov. 12, 19 and 26, Heinzelmannchen Brewery, 545 Mill St., Sylva. 631.4466,


• November Songwriters in the Round, 6 to 10 p.m. Balsam Mountain Inn. $45 per person. 800.224.9498,

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

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

DANCE • Second Sunday Community Dance, 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 10, Jackson County Library Complex, Sylva. Contra dances for experienced dancers. All dances will be taught and walked through before dancing. Class for new dancers, 3:45 p.m. Ron Arps will call the dance to the live music of Out of the Woodwork. Potluck dinner will follow at 5 p.m. or • Pisgah Promenaders Veterans Day Square Dance, 6:45 to 8:45 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 9, Old Armory Recreation Center, 44 Boundary St., Waynesville. Caller, Ken Perkins. 586.8416 or 452.1971. • Free clogging classes, Tuesdays, Nov. 12 and 19, Southwestern Community College Swain Center, 60 Almond School Road, Bryson City. 488.3848.

CLASSES, PROGRAMS & DEMONSTRATIONS • One-day sewing class to make a functional purse, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, Nov. 15, Jackson County Cooperative Extension Office, Sylva. $5. 586.4009. • Local crafters and artists are invited to display their work at the 4th annual Community Craft Fair, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, Health & Fitness Center at MedWest Haywood, Clyde. $15 per table for members of the Health & Fitness Center and $25 per table for non-members. 452.8080. • Woodcarving 101, 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 12, Canton branch library. 648.2924. • DIY at the Library, Gourd Craft with Frances Glance, 2 to 4 p.m. Monday, Nov. 18, Waynesville Public Library. 356.2507.

FILM & SCREEN • The Highlands Playhouse now shows new release movies on its new 35-foot theater screen. The movies will be shown at 7 p.m. Thursdays through Sundays. • New documentary by Josh Fox, 4:30 and 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 6, Meeting Room, Macon County Public Library, Franklin. 524.3600. • Classic 1962 musical starring Robert Preston, Shirley Jones and Buddy Hackett, 2 p.m. Friday, Nov. 8, Meeting Room, Macon County Public Library. 524.3600. • Movies: The Master Nov 8 – 9, Back to the Future, Nov. 15-16, The Strand, 38 Main St., downtown Waynesville. • “GMO OMG,” 7:30 to 9:30 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 12, with filmmaker Jeremy Seifert, University Center Theater, WCU. Free. • Second Tuesday Movie Group will watch The Emperor, (PG-13), 2 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 12, Waynesville Public Library. Open to all. 452.5169. • New movie, 4:30 and 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 13 Meeting Room, Macon County Public Library, 149 Siler Farm Road, Franklin. Starring Philip Seymour Hoffman, Christopher Walken, and Catherine Keener. Rated R for language and some sexuality. 524.3600.

Outdoors OUTINGS, HIKES & FIELDTRIPS • Nantahala Hiking Club three-mile hike, Sat. Nov. 9, Tallulah Gorge High Bluff Trail. Meet at 9 a.m. at Smoky Mountain Visitor Center. $5 per car at park entry. John Brill, 813.997.5051. • Nantahala Hiking Club strenuous 10-mile hike, Saturday, Nov. 9, Blue Ridge Gap to Deep Gap. Meet at 8:30 a.m. at Westgate Plaza, Franklin. Bill and Sharon Van Horn, 369.1983. • Nantahala Hiking Club strenuous 10-mile hike, Saturday, Nov. 16, Black Rock-Pinnacle Loop in Sylva. Meet at 8 a.m. at Dillsboro Huddle House. Don O’Neal, 586.5723. • Great Smoky Mountains Association guided 3.6-mile roundtrip hike, Saturday, Nov. 16, Thomas Divide trail. Meet at Newfound Gap parking lot at 9:30 a.m. Led by former ranger-naturalist Carey Jones. Register at 865.436.7318, ext. 222 or 254. $10 or free with gift membership for a friend or family member at the same time you register. • Nantahala Hiking Club moderate-to-strenuous 9.5 mile hike, Saturday, Nov. 16, Cabin Flats, following Bradley Fork to the old logging camp. Meet at 9 a.m. at Oconaluftee Visitor Center in Cherokee. Keith Patton, 456.8895. • Nantahala Hiking Club 1.5-mile easy hike, Sunday, Nov. 17, Wasilik Poplar Trail to an historic old poplar tree in Standing Indian campground area. Meet at 3 p.m. at Westgate Plaza, Franklin. Kay Coriell, 369.6820. • Sons of the American Legion turkey shoot, 9 a.m. Saturdays through April, 171 Legion Drive, Waynesville. Cost is $2. Refreshments provided. Bring your own gun; a few house guns are available.


FARM & GARDEN • Town of Waynesville Compost and Mulch Sale, 8 a.m. to noon Nov. 7-9, Bible Baptist Drive from Russ Avenue, near the bypass. 456.3706. • Macon County Beekeepers Association, 7 p.m. Thursday Nov. 7, Cooperative Extension Office, Thomas Heights Road, Franklin. 524.5234.

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.

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

Sylva • Jackson County Farmers Market Jackson County Farmers Market winter location is at the Community Table, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays., Jenny, 631.3033 or

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


• Bike Maintenance Basics, 7 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 6, REI Asheville. Free

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

• Map and Compass Navigation Basics, 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 9, REI Asheville.


$30 REI member, $50 non-member. Register at

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

• Skywalker: Close Encounters on the Appalachian Trail, 7 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 13, REI Asheville. Registration required, • Winter Camping Basics, 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 14, REI Asheville. Registration required, • Doug Johnson, conservation technician with the Macon Soil and Water Conservation District, noon Thursday, Nov. 14, Tartan Hall, Franklin. Sponsored by the League of Women Voters. • Friends of the Smokies Classic Hike, Tuesday, Nov. 19, Lakeshore Trail, Fontana Lake. Led by Danny Bernstein. $10 for current Friends of the Smokies members and $35 for non-members, who will receive a complimentary membership. Members who bring a friend hike for free. Registration required. or 828.452.0720,

COMPETITIVE EDGE • Swain Basketball Fall Classic Golf Tournament, 9 a.m. registration,10 a.m. shotgun start, Saturday, Nov. 9, Smoky Mountain Country Club. Proceeds to benefit the Swain County men’s and women’s basketball programs. 788.0064, 508.4931 or 497.7622.

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

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

HIKING CLUBS • Carolina Mountain Club hosts more than 150 hikes a year, including options for full days on weekends, full days on Wednesdays and half days on Sundays. Non-members contact event leaders. • High Country Hikers, based in Hendersonville, plans hikes Mondays and Thursdays weekly. Participants should bring a travel donation and gear mentioned on their website: 808.2165 • Nantahala Hiking Club based in Macon County holds weekly Saturday hikes in the Nantahala National Forest and beyond.



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NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING ON PROPOSALS TO SELL, LEASE, OR CONVEY HAYWOOD REGIONAL MEDICAL CENTER Pursuant to N.C. Gen. Stat. §131E-13(d)(5), notice is hereby given to all interested persons that the Board of Commissioners of Haywood Regional Medical Center will hold a public hearing on proposals to sell, lease or convey Haywood Regional Medical Center. The public hearing will be held in the gym of the Health & Fitness Center located on the campus of Haywood Regional Medical Center in Clyde, N.C. at 6:00 p.m. on November 12, 2013. Copies of proposals received are available for review by the public at The Health & Fitness Center from 9:00 am- 4:00 pm weekdays.

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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! Hours: Monday-Thursday, 12 Noon - 5pm 182 Richland Street, Waynesville

REAL ESTATE ANNOUNCEMENT BUYERS LAST CHANCE! Smoky Mountain Tennessee River Property. Seller liquidating all 20 lots by 12-31-13. Riverfront 2 acres, Now $49,900. River Access 1 acre, Now $19,900. Call for Map/Price list!1.877.551.0550 ext. 007 SAPA

PUBLISHER’S NOTICE All real estate advertising in this newspaper is subject to the Fair Housing Act which makes it illegal to advertise “any preference, limitation or discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, handicap, familial status or national origin, or an intention, to make any such preference, limitation or discrimination� Familial status includes children under the age of 18 living with parents or legal custodians, pregnant women and people securing custody of children under 18. This newspaper will not knowingly accept any 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 800.669.9777

NICOL ARMS APARTMENTS NOW ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS Offering 1 & 2 Bedroom Apartments, Starting at $400

Pet Adoption ALBERT - A six month old Lab mix. He is sweet and active. Will be huge as an adult. 1.877.ARF.JCNC. ROSCO - A cute, 15 week old, Terrier mix. He is black and white, short coat, and playful. Call 828.293.5629. DREAMY - A 10-12 month old Bull Dog mix. Weighing 32 lbs., full-grown, and loving people and other dogs, will make a great companion. 877.273.5262 REDWALKER - A handsome, one year old, Walker Hound. He is red and white and weighs 48 pounds. He gets along well with other dogs. He is very affectionate with people. He is house trained and knows how to use a doggie door. He is neutered and current on vaccines. He would be a nice companion to someone of any age. 877.273.5262. MISSY - A lovely, 7 year old Jack Russell mix. She is housebroken, friendly and calm. 877.273.5262. BATHSHEBA - A one year old Shar Pei mix. She likes other dogs. She weighs 30 lbs. 877.273.5262.

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LOIS - A 1-2 year old Viszla mix. She smiles. Has some special needs. 877.ARF.JCNC. EMILY - A feist. She is 1-2 years old. Tan and white, quiet, sweet. Call 877.ARF.JCNC. BLACKIE - A sweet, relaxed, female black and tan hound. She gets along with people and other dogs. She weighs 40 lbs. and is about six years old. She is spayed and current on her vaccinations. She is housebroken and has learned to use a doggie door. She has some special needs that can easily be met in a loving home. 1.877.ARF.JCNC.

ARF’S NEXT LOW-COST Spay/neuter trip will be December 2nd. Register and pre-pay at ARF’s adoption site on Saturdays from 1-3. Spaces are limited, so don’t wait until the last minute.

ARF TOOK IN A NUMBER OF Chihuahuas this week. Blade is a 14 lb., male, black and tan, 2 year old. Cocoa is a male, 12 lb., tan, one year old. Webster is a male, 8 lb., black and white, one year old. Call 828.293.5629.

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BRODY - Labrador Retriever Mix dog – black, I am 4 years young and if you adopt me, you will receive free obedience training and a handsome photo of yours truly, only at Asheville Humane Society. If you love Labs, then you'll love me! I would make a great walking companion, but I also know how to be a couch potato. I was surrendered to AHS because my previous family could not afford to take care of me anymore, but they said I am a wonderful dog with good house manners, although I do like to chew but will stick to my toys as long as they are available. Adoption fees vary; if you’re interested in me, please contact VIOLET - Domestic Shorthair cat – gray, I am about 1 year old and I am a sweet, serene, and elegant


lady. I enjoy looking out the window at birdfeeders, chasing toys, sleeping, and head rubs. I get along with other cats and am not at all picky about food. I will not bother you at the crack of dawn, and rarely meow for attention. If you want an exceptionally well-behaved, nonneurotic cat, then I’m the one for you! Adoption fees vary; if you’re interested in me, please contact CUPID - Domestic Shorthair cat – black & white, I was born in spring 2013 and I am at a nice age where I still have plenty of kitten in me but am also becoming more calm and mature. I am a real loverboy, and also very laid-back. I am good with kids. Adoption fees vary; if you’re interested in me, please contact

ASHEVILLE HUMANE SOCIETY 828.761.2001, 14 Forever Friend Lane, Asheville, NC 28806 We’re located behind Deal Motorcars, off Brevard & Pond Rd.


ARF (HUMANE SOCIETY OF JACKSON COUNTY) Holds rescued pet adoptions Saturdays from 1:00 - 3:00 (weather permitting) at 50 Railroad Avenue in Sylva. Animals are spayed/neutered and current on shots. Most cats $60, most dogs $70. Preview available pets at, or call foster home.

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BRUCE MCGOVERN A Full Service Realtor McGovern Property Management 828.283.2112. NC MOUNTAINS Owner must sell 1232sf 2/BR 2/BA easy to finish cabin on 1.53 private wooded acres. $66,900. Has well, septic, driveway, covered porch, decks. 828.286.1666.


Michelle McElroy — Marilynn Obrig — Mike Stamey — Ellen Sither — Jerry Smith — Billie Green — Pam Braun —

FULLY FURNISHED 2/BR Efficiency Apartment. With Large covered porch. $850/mo. Includes: electric, cable, water & internet. Located in Jonathon Creek. For more info call 828.776.6273.


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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.

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COTTAGE/CONDOS FOR RENT LONG & SHORT TERM RENTALS Available. Cozy 1/BR & 2/BR Creek Side Cottages Starting at $825/mo. Utilities All Inclusive and Cottages are Pet Friendly! Also Offering VACATION Rentals and PERMANENT RV Sites. Contact Smoky View Cottages at: 828.926.1245, or email us at:,

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. $66,500. Call 828.627.2342.

STORAGE SPACE FOR RENT GREAT SMOKIES STORAGE Conveniently located off 19/23 by Thad Woods Auction. Available for lease now: 10’x10’ units for $55, 20’x20’ units for $160. Get one month FREE with 12 month contract. Call 828.507.8828 or 828.506.4112

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Strawberry wine and its place in Smokies lore


George Ellison

ack Coburn was a regional entrepreneur who had come to the Smokies in the 1890s. Jack liked to laugh, drink, tell stories, and fight. He was an expert boxer. With an unlit cigar stub clinched between his teeth, Jack rode around on a horse named Button looking after his many interests and most everyone else’s, too. He and Horace Kephart became lifelong friends after Coburn helped him obtain permission from a mining company that had gone into litigation to live in one of its vacant cabins located near Medlin, where the Sugar Fork enters Columnist Hazel Creek 10 miles or so above its former confluence with the Little Tennessee River (now Lake Fontana) at Bushnell (now inundated). Coburn had arranged for a mountaineer named Granville Calhoun to meet Kephart at the depot at the mouth of Hazel Creek and lead him up to the cabin. Therein lies the context for one of the region’s most legendary encounters. Granville and his wife, the former Lillie Hall, built a store at Medlin. He worked as a

BACK THEN timber cruiser and dam builder and caretaker for the mine on the Little Fork. With the coming of the park and the flooding of Lake Fontana in 1944, they had to move to Bryson City. When I visited Granville in early 1973, he was going on 100 and communicated with visitors via Seymour’s assistance. Even so, sitting upright in a kitchen chair, he was still the man remembered by a contemporary as being “larger than life.” In Strangers in High Places: The Story of the Great Smoky Mountains (1967), Michael Frome aptly described Granville as “squire of Hazel Creek ... a man with a sparkle in his eye and flood of mountain stories rolling from his lips.” And the accounts Granville passed along to regional columnists like Carson Brewer (Knoxville Sentinel) as well as historians like Michael Frome of an incapacitated dude named Horace Kephart have all the earmarks of a tall tale out of Mark Twain. The tale varied somewhat from listener to listener. In a chapter devoted to Kephart, Frome reported after interviewing Granville that Kephart “transfixed as with some distant image” ... held onto a mule “as best he could” for 16 miles. Arriving at Granville’s home, he was undressed, put to bed, and offered milk.

Kephart declined that beverage in favor of “Smoky Mountain strawberry wine,” which Frome was told “is reputed to awaken the dead and delight the angels.” Thereafter the patient was restricted to “sweet milk.” In Carson Brewer’s version, published in Valley So Wild: A Folk History (1975), Granville recalled, 70 or so years later, that the strawberry wine was “a pale red wine and you could smell it all over the room when I took out the stopper.” I noted in an introduction to the 1976 reissue of Our Southern Highlanders by the University of Tennessee Press that Frome’s “presentation conflicts with available sources.” Neither Frome nor by extension his informant indicated any awareness that Kephart was not coming directly from St. Louis to Hazel Creek, with a brief layover in Sylva. Thirty-six years later, in the “Afterword” to Gary Carden’s play Outlander (2012), I considered the matter again in greater detail: Kephart kept a diary following his departure for the Smokies. The two volumes are presumably lost, but being an inveterate library cataloger he did create an “Index to Diary” that has been preserved in Journal 1 of the 27 journals archived in Special Collections at Hunter Library, Western Carolina University. (The index is online via the “Horace Kephart:

Revealing an Enigma” digital website maintained by WCU.) On Nov. 1 under the heading “Off for Medlin” he left the Dicks Creek camp near Sylva via train, making seven diary entries along the way to the Bushnell depot at the mouth of Hazel Creek. The eighth entry for that day is “Trip to Medlin” followed by diary notations. George Frizzell, curator of the Kephart materials at WCU, and Daniel S. Pierce, chairman of the Department of History at UNC-Asheville and author of Great Smokies: From Natural Habitat to National Park (2000), agree with my conclusion — based on currently available documentation, there was evidently no three-week interval of “torpor and tremens” and “spoon-feeding.” Kephart is to this day the quintessential “outlander” in southern Appalachian and Smokies lore. Tensions regarding who is an outlander and who is a “highlander” are still alive and well, especially in the sociogeographic micro-climate of the immediate Smokies region. The native highlander, with innate sensibilities and wily intuitiveness often gets it right — but not always. Kephart certainly didn’t get it right all of the time. Only after having been anointed with potions of homemade “strawberry wine” was the greenhorn “awakened from the dead” (as it were) and enabled to proceed with his quixotic journey into the Land of Beyond.

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