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News Sid’s finds success with fine dining in Canton . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 EDC hears briefing on proposed partnership with chamber . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 Jury to decide fate of jailer who helped murder suspect escape . . . . . . . . 8-9 Franklin hospice begins fund-raising efforts to match $1 million grant . . . . 10 Maggie Valley eyes town planner to take over as manager . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11 Buy local movement pushed in Sylva . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12 Fines Creek cafeteria does double duty as commercial kitchen . . . . . . . . . 13 Rathskellar fills a unique niche in downtown Franklin . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14

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BY GARRET K. WOODWARD STAFF WRITER he Haywood County Economic Development Commission last week listened to a summary of task force reports on how it and the Haywood County Chamber of Commerce could work under the same roof to promote economic development. “Keep in mind this is only research, and going forward we don’t have all the answers, but the bottom line is there’s a lot to be worked out still,” CeCe Hipps, president of the chamber, said to EDC members. Chamber leaders have spent months studying models of other private/public partnerships. Bringing the county-run EDC under the chamber’s umbrella would make the economic development process more streamlined and efficient. “The same folks are sitting around the table trying to do the same thing, and I think this is a great opportunity for the community for us to get together and work together,” said Ron Leatherwood, former county commissioner and former chairman of the board at the chamber. “But, we still have to have the county municipalities behind us.” In a recent meeting, the county commissioners unanimously supported the plan in concept. Although this was the first time the EDC officially heard a presentation on the chamber’s final task force report, some EDC board members and EDC Executive Director Mark Clasby have been a part of the process since the idea of combining the two entities was first brought up about a year ago. The concept is now moving into stage two, which involves inviting other community stakeholders to the table in hopes of finding out which model fits Haywood best. “I think this is a great idea, and maybe this will be a way of growing and moving forward. But, let’s make sure we don’t repeat the mistakes of the past,” cautioned Waynesville Mayor Gavin Brown, referring to previous efforts to reform economic development in Haywood. If the partnership is approved by county


GroWNC presents to EDC BY GARRET K. WOODWARD STAFF WRITER In an effort to promote growth and a positive impact on Western North Carolina communities, GroWNC came in front of the Haywood County Economic Development Commission to showcase their project and its goals for the region. “It’s about maximizing the goals and preferred outcomes we’d all like to see,” said Linda Glitz, senior planner at Landof-Sky Regional Council, which created GroWNC. “It’s about preserving our watersheds and forest lands while focusing on land use.” The three-year GroWNC project encompasses five counties in WNC — Buncombe, Haywood, Henderson,


commissioners, the county’s existing EDC board would be dissolved and a new board formed as a part of the chamber. Estimates are that working together could save up to $50,000 in salaries, benefits, overhead and facility costs — monies that could be used for future marketing and job growth initiatives. The target date for the transition is July 1, which is when the county’s new fiscal year begins. “If you’re looking around the area, to Buncombe County, to Greenville, they’re bringing their economic development commissions along with their chambers,” said Mike Sorrells, a county commissioner and chairman of the EDC. “It’s got a lot of potential. I think it will help us with a limited budget, and potentially bring extra resources in and expand what we’re trying to do.”

Madison, and Transylvania — and encourages “voluntary, locally implemented market based solutions and strategies.” In 2012, GroWNC held a series of public input meetings around the five counties, including Haywood. Participants were asked their thoughts on where they live, what they love about their community, what could be improved upon, as well as individual demographics and opinions. Funded by a $1.6 million grant from the Department of Housing and Urban Development, GroWNC aims to provide and foster connectivity, sustainability and eco-

nomic growth within the region. “Our planning and our actions need to look at multiple things,” Glitz said. “For example, you shouldn’t just be looking at transportation, you should also be looking at transportation with employment and housing, and getting all of those things to work together.” During her presentation, Glitz showed a “word cloud” of key terms expressed in surveys taken in Haywood County. In terms of what people liked about living in Haywood, the words “climate,” “friendly people,” “the mountains,” and “sense of community” appeared the most. “Five years from now, how is this project

The three-year GroWNC project encompasses five counties in WNC — Buncombe, Haywood, Henderson, Madison, and Transylvania — and encourages “voluntary, locally implemented market based solutions and strategies.” going to be funded and kept going?” asked Waynesville Mayor Gavin Brown. Glitz said there are already initiatives in the works put forth by GroWNC that have gotten the ball rolling in terms of the projects long-term sustainability. She encouraged any and all to use their website

(, which will make sure the project doesn’t sit on a shelf but remain in use through digital interaction. “We’re hoping if we can get enough projects started — and we already have some going — that we’ll keep moving forward,” she said.

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BY PAUL CLARK the Truesdales provided. awestruck. I had no techCORRESPONDENT In fact, steel railroad track nical training. Tom asked In the old Imperial Hotel in Canton, Sid’s was used as support me, ‘What do you want to on Main is creating a little history of its own. beams. eat?’ I said, ‘I’ll have the Sid Truesdale, who owns the restaurant Canton didn’t exist at special.’ He said, ‘You cook with his wife Page, is honoring the build- the time; it would not be it.’ He showed me, step by ing’s place in local history by putting pecan incorporated for another step.” pie on the menu. The original restaurant, 17 years. Champion Paper A little more than two which fed workers and executives at the and Fiber Co. arrived in years ago, Sid and Page, then-new Champion paper plant nearby, 1903, bringing so many who is also from Canton, served pecan pie, as well as the drop bis- people to Canton that in were living in Greenville, cuits that Sid also offers. 1910 W.T. Sharpe bought S.C. Sid was running a “A lot of people come just for our bis- the house and turned it restaurant, and Page was cuits,” he said recently, noting that Sid’s on into a hotel, according to driving to Canton four Main was just about to enter its third year. the historical account. He days a week to help with That a casual dining restaurant can do well in added a four-story tower the family business. They a town comfortable with fast food speaks vol- on the west side of the were happy to get the umes about how well Canton has supported building and built a threechance to come home and the restaurant, as well as how this blue-collar story brick commercial open the restaurant. paper mill town has changed. building next door. “Half the people More and more, Sid and Page are serving Business was so good that thought we were nuts, and young professionals (and their families) who Sharpe more than doubled the other half thought it work in Asheville but live was a great idea,” Sid said. in Canton because it’s Fine dining in Canton “Half the people thought more affordable. – what are you thinking, is “We see a lot of that,” what Sid said the doubters we were nuts, and the said Page, who makes the thought. The other half other half thought it was pecan pie and all the welcomed the casual, famrestaurant’s desserts. ily dining that he and Page a great idea.” One diner decided to were bringing to town. open her interior decorat“They were happy they — Sid Truesdale, on bringing a ing business in Canton, didn’t have to drive to fine dining restaurant to Canton Page said, because it costs Asheville to get good less to run it there than in food,” she said. Asheville. the size of the hotel by But it wasn’t as easy for “For young families, a starter home here adding guest rooms and a the Truesdales. There were versus a starter home in Asheville? We’re see- larger dining space. a couple of months at the ing more and more people moving here,” Advertised in 1916 as “one beginning that drove Sid Page said. of the state’s best two-dolnuts. Things started turnSid’s on Main is in a historic block of lar hotels,” it had about 40 ing around for the better buildings in downtown Canton not far from rooms, spacious veranin spring 2012, he said. the former Champion plant, now Evergreen dahs and bountiful meals. Word of mouth was bringPackaging. The restaurant occupies the The building was a Sid and Page Truesdale, co-owners of Sid’s on Main in Canton. Paul Clark photo ing people in. Now, people ground floor of the old Queen Anne-style boarding house through come from Canton, Enkahotel that former mayor Pat Smathers is ren- the 1930s. In the 1950s, Candler, Waynesville and ovating. the front part of the hotel was converted into something to eat before I went to practice at 5 Maggie Valley. Many are vacationing in the The Imperial Hotel was built in 1876 as a department stores, which remained through o’clock.” area and read about Sid’s on Yelp and private home in a sparsely populated area the 1970s. Sid remembers them, having He got his first break in cooking after col- TripAdvisor. called Pigeon Ford (so named because people grown up in Canton. lege when he became friends with the late As much as the pecan pie and drop biscould ford across the Pigeon River there). He’s been cooking since he was little. “I Tom Young at the former Expressions restau- cuits are bringing in people, so is the buildWilliam H. Moore and his wife Rhoda built it played basketball (at Pisgah High School) rant in Hendersonville. ing, the Truesdales said. at about the same time that the railroad before they had microwaves,” he said, “so “He took his time to show me around in “The building is what makes this,” Sid said. arrived in Pigeon Ford, according to a history when I’d come home after school, I’d fix me the kitchen,” Sid said. “At the time, I was “It has so much character,” Page added.


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Awaiting her fate Jailer helped murder suspect escape jail, fled with him to California

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the judge to take a harder line based on aggravating circumstances, like the obvious premeditation that went into the escape, or Vestal’s presumed knowledge that Miles was a dangerous man and posed a risk to society if he was let out. The jury — five women and seven men, including a mix of white and Cherokee — appear to range in age from their late 20s to 70s. They will hear closing arguments in the case Monday (Dec. 2) and then go into deliberations.

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OPEN AND SHUT CASE Vestal doesn’t dispute that she helped Miles escape. In fact, Vestal’s attorney, Chris Siewers, didn’t put on a shred of evidence or call a single witness in Vestal’s defense. Assistant District Attorneys Jim Moore and Ashley Welch, the prosecutors who are trying the case in tandem, produced testimony and witnesses who took six days to present their information. But when they finJim Moore ished, Siewers simply announced that the defense would rest without presenting a case of its own. Siewers likely concluded there would be little point, given the trail of hard evidence documenting the escape plan hatched and executed by Vestal. Although some of the moveable cameras in the jail had been craftily repositioned

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“I’ve come to terms with it. I’m ready for it to be over.”

The jury in a Swain County jailbreak case has had a tough two weeks. While the trial will ultimately determine the fate of former jailer Anita Vestal for springing an inmate from custody, jurors were forced to relive the execution-style murders and violent robbery that landed Jeffrey Miles in jail in the first place. Prosecutors spent nearly four days walking jurors through the invasion of Scott Wiggins’ and Heath Compton’s rural home along an isolated country road, including bloody crime scene and gruesome autopsy photos. Miles was one of six charged in their murders, but is believed to be the ringleader of the posse and the ultimate triggerman. A string of ill-fated coincidences led Miles from Atlanta to Bryson City and eventually to Wiggins’ and Compton’s doorstep back in August 2008. After a night of doing drugs in their hometown of Atlanta, Miles and a friend — along with two female companions — set out on a road trip to Harrah’s Cherokee Casino and Resort.

before the escape, a play-by-play was nonetheless captured on video by fixed cameras. It would be futile to deny Vestal had taken the reins of the control room during the escape. Other jailers testified how Vestal told the control-room operator on shift that day to take a break while she covered for him. And how she then walked off her own shift to allegedly go on an errand. Miles’ orange striped jumpsuit, along with an undershirt and boxer shorts labeled with his name, were found under the seat of Vestal’s van at her apartment. The two had swapped the van for a truck before fleeing across the country. And the jail keys that Vestal had slipped to Miles so he could open the doors were still in the pair’s possession when they were eventually captured, holed up in a California hotel room together three weeks later. The fact that they were still together when captured was pretty damning in itself.

A two-day partying binge ensued, but the drugs and money began to run out. Miles and his friend ventured out to search for more, leading to a chance encounter in the parking lot of a Super Walmart in nearby Sylva with two local boys. The locals returned to the casino with Miles, and in the midst of more drugs and partying, they concocted plans for a home invasion. The two local boys suggested Wiggins and Compton — whom they knew as drug dealers and thus likely to have cash lying around — as potential marks. The foursome from Atlanta and the two local boys piled into a single vehicle and set out on the robbery. Mayhem ensued once they invaded the home, however. They shot Wiggins and Compton execution style, ransacked their home for valuables, overturned furniture and emptied the contents of cabinets, doused everything in kerosene, and set it on fire before fleeing the scene. The fire never caught, however. A third victim, Timothy Waldroup, had wandered up to Wiggins’ house in the midst of the robbery, hoping to score drugs from them. Waldroup was caught up in the murderous melee. He was ordered into a bathtub and shot, but he didn’t


Vestal faces a host of charges related to the escape: harboring an escapee, aiding and abetting an escapee, conveying messages and instruments of escape to an inmate, and obstruction of justice. But the more serious charges levied against Vestal are “accessory after the fact” for all the crimes that landed Miles in jail in the first place. Vestal faces two charges of accessory to murder, one charge of accessory to attempted murder, and two counts of accessory to armed robbery. Those are the charges that would rack up substantial prison time for Vestal. The escape-related charges would carry only four to five years on average, but all the accessory charges would carry another 14 to 18 on average. Siewers argued that the accessory charges were not appropriate. His strategy: concede the escape but fight the accessory charges. That didn’t require evidence of its own, but will come down to a legal argument with the jury: did the prosecution meet the criteria to prove accessory after the fact? Helping someone who committed a crime — be it financial


B ECKY JOHNSON STAFF WRITER he jury trial of a Swain County jailer accused of springing a murderer from jail more than four years ago will conclude next week with a certain guilty verdict. “I’ve come to terms with it,” said Anita Vestal, who masterminded an escape plot for inmate Jeffrey Miles. “I’m ready for it to be over.” Vestal has been out on bond while awaiting her trial, living with her four children between the ages of 9 and 14 and a steady boyfriend. But she faces a likely lengthy prison sentence to pay for her baffling and fateful decision to free a murder suspect and run off with him. “I knew this was coming,” said Vestal, 37. “I just tried to live life.” Now Vestal, who is part Cherokee, will spend one last Thanksgiving with her large extended family before the trial’s conclusion next week. Vestal said she would probably make her usual dish — banana pudding — for the annual family gathering. The only real question remaining for Vestal is how many years she will serve. The various charges against Vestal carry an average sentence of 18 to 22 years under the state’s mandatory sentencing guidelines. But that’s just an average. It could be less if Vestal’s attorney convinces the judge to go light, citing Vestal’s relatively clean record otherwise and her lack of violent criminal history, or by claiming that Miles manipulated Vestal. But her sentence could also be much, much more. Prosecutors will try to convince



But for good measure, a handwritten note from Vestal referring to the escape plans and professing romantic feelings for Miles was found in the trashcan of his jail pod, ripped into just three or four pieces, easy for investigators to reconstruct. “Nobody is going to get in the way of our future,” Vestal wrote in the note, adding she couldn’t wait until she and Miles could finally talk freely come Saturday, the day the escape went down. The trail of evidence was impossible to dispute, so Vestal’s attorney didn’t even try. When it comes to the escape charges, Vestal “is going to be convicted and sentenced on that,” Siewers conceded in court. He is her third court-appointed attorney. The first one resigned from the case, as did the second, although that is not entirely unusual for a case that drags on for so long.

die. He stumbled out, crashing into a giant aquarium in the living room and leaving a bloody trail on the walls and furniture before collapsing in a ditch by the roadside where he was found alive but unconscious in the morning. The loot the Atlanta crew made off with included an arsenal of guns, lots of cash and a pet Chihuahua — all of which were found in their possession when they were arrested in Atlanta days later. All six — Miles’ crew of four from Atlanta plus the two local boys — were charged in the murders and robbery. Their fate: • Miles and the other man from Atlanta pled guilty and are serving consecutive life sentences. • One of the women from Atlanta committed suicide in jail before going to trial. • The other woman from Atlanta pled not guilty and went to trial, but was convicted and sentenced to life in prison despite claims that she never went into the home and didn’t know what was transpiring inside. • The two local boys, Mark Goolsby and Dean Mangold, who participated in the invasion initially but fled on foot when things started to get ugly, got lesser sentences.

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Vestal knew it to be true, since people are presumed innocent until proven guilty. “To say that she ‘could have’ known is not enough. The only thing that matters is what she knew,” Siewers said. “There is no evidence that she knew any of that.” Welch then cited the interrogation conducted by a police detective in California when Vestal was captured there. The detective asked Vestal, “So you knew that Miles had killed those two guys?” To which Vestal answered, “Yes.” “She didn’t say, ‘No he’s innocent, that’s why I broke him out.’ She doesn’t say, ‘No he didn’t do this. I love him.’ Her response was, ‘Yes.’ That response says it all,” Welch said.

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support, concealing evidence or evading capture — isn’t the sole test. The lynchpin is whether Vestal in fact knew what Miles did. The prosecutors argued that Vestal had to know. “It was common knowledge,” said Assistant District Attorney Ashley Welch. As a jailer, Vestal clearly knew the charges against him. And in a small community like Swain County, everyone pretty much knew. “Knowledge can be inferred from the different circumstances involved,” Assistant District Attorney Jim Moore added. Siewers countered that just because Miles had been charged with murder didn’t mean

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operator on duty to take a 15-minute break, even though it wasn’t his break time yet. But Vestal was a jail sergeant, which made her the shift supervisor, so the controller complied. That left Vestal as the only eyes and ears for what was happening in the inmate quarters. The control room is like the central nervous system for the jail. The controller monitors video feeds for all the jails’ cameras, makes sure inmates are behaving, and can lock and unlock all the jail’s doors and gates using a touch screen. From the control room, Vestal watched the video feed of Miles making his escape. When he was clear, Vestal left the control room and told another jailer sitting at the front booking desk that she was leaving to pick up medication. “She set her keys and radio down on the booking desk and said ‘I have to go pick up my medication,’ and that was the last I saw of her,” recounted Jamie Sneed, a Swain jailer on shift at the time. When Vestal left, the control-room operator was still on his 15-minute break, standing outside the sheriff ’s office adjacent to the jail talking with a couple of other deputies. When he resumed his post, he didn’t immediately notice Miles was missing. The inmates live in “pods,” akin to a bunkhouse with a communal living area.



BY B ECKY JOHNSON STAFF WRITER t was a fairly simple inside job in the end, one easily borrowed from the playbook of any Hollywood jailbreak. Anita Vestal was just a novice jailer, with less than six months on the job at the Swain County jail. But she single-handedly sprang an inmate charged in a bloodbath of a double murder. Court testimony in Vestal’s ongoing trial suggested she fell for inmate Jeffrey Miles romantically despite the fact that he was the suspected ringleader of a violent home invasion and robbery that snowballed into a terrifying killing spree. Just one door and one gate separated Miles from freedom. Vestal had the keys to both and the power to divert the other jailers’ attention while Miles made his getaway. Vestal had been planning the escape for days, possibly weeks, when it finally went down on the Saturday morning of March 21, 2009. The following account of the jailbreak is based on witness testimony and evidence from Vestal’s trial. Vestal and Miles had been developing an unseemly rapport in the weeks leading up to the escape. A fellow jailer even passed concerns up the chain of command after he witnessed them “flirting.” Sheriff Curtis Cochran and the jail administrator verbally reprimanded Vestal for being too friendly with Miles. Assuming she’d been warned and would stop, they left it at that. Jailers regularly enter the dorm-style quarters where inmates live and sleep. Vestal had unrestricted access to scheme with Miles and ultimately relay to him the steps of her concocted plan. She slipped him two keys. The first key would get him out a back door and into an outside sally port where inmates are loaded and unloaded. The second would get him through the sally port gate where Vestal’s van would be waiting. She had stashed a set of street clothes in the van for Miles to change into, along with a set for herself. The morning of the jailbreak, Vestal went into the jail’s control room and told the

The dorm-like layout is common in modern main entrance to the jail and sheriff ’s office. jails, allowing a single jailer to watch over a It was also unusual for Vestal to order the few dozen inmates at a time. Miles’ absence control room operator to take a break at an wouldn’t be noticed immediately by the con- unassigned break time. trol-room operator, given the number of And it was unusual for Vestal to suddenly inmates wandering around in the pod. leave in the middle of her own shift. Vestal got in the van and drove it to her The Swain County jail was brand new at house where they swapped it with a pickup the time of the jailbreak. Jailers were still gettruck and started their journey to California. ting used to the gated sally ports for loading “They spend three days driving across and unloading inmates, the touch screen the country and then are in a hotel room door locks, the fleet of motion sensor camthat she never leaves for three Vestal and Miles had been developing an weeks,” Assistant District Attorney unseemly rapport in the weeks leading up Ashley Welch to the escape. A fellow jailer even passed said. By that concerns up the chain of command after Saturday afternoon, news of he witnessed them “flirting.” Miles’ jailbreak had spread through Swain County. Residents were on eras and a central control room with a big edge, with many keeping their guns close at bank of monitors. hand for days in case they came face-to-face The old jail they had recently vacated with the murder suspect. dated to the 1920s, a throwback to Andy Vestal kept her cool surprisingly well as Griffith days. Inmates were housed in rows the escape went down. She was a “very of cells with iron bars and doors that opened quiet” person and “good worker,” according with keys. Jailers monitored them with their to Swain Sheriff Curtis Cochran. She didn’t own eyes, not with cameras. invite conversation, which ultimately served The high-tech nature of the new jail ultiher well the day she carried out the jailbreak. mately was its own downfall. Checks and There were several red flags that went balances were left in the hands of technolounnoticed that day, however. gy, and human redundancy – supposedly – One jailer testified it was unusual for was no longer needed. But Vestal showed it Vestal to park outside the sally port gate. was all too easy for a single jailer to manipuJailers usually park in the parking lot near the late the system.

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JAKE FLANNICK SMN CORRESPONDENT nearly decade-long dream to build an inpatient hospice house for the terminally ill and their families in Franklin is closer to becoming a reality. It will be the only one of its kind in the far western counties, yet the champions of a hospice house in Franklin were faced with seemingly endless setbacks and hurdles — political, financial and logistical. Initially a crucial health care partner, Angel Medical Center pulled out of the project, preferring instead to continue serving hospice patients in the hospital setting. Soon after, the state rejected a necessary “certificate of need,” essentially stopping it cold. The obstacles facing the Hospice House Foundation of Western North Carolina to open a center in Franklin seemed insurmountable. “I didn’t know anything about what to do,” Michele Alderson, president of the foundation, said of navigating the many bureaucratic hurdles that kept getting in her way. The small group of hospice volunteers and medical professionals persevered, however, to finally realize the vision of offering what is considered a crucial service — especially in a region with a relatively large elderly population. Asked if she or others behind the effort ever considered giving up amid the adversity, Alderson answered quickly. “Never. It only made us stronger,” she said.” The foundation will need every bit of that resolve as it enters perhaps its biggest challenge yet: a capital campaign to raise $4 million. It now has a site, a permit from the state, a managing partner to run the facility, and a base of supporters. But the fundraising effort could prove challenging amid a competitive nonprofit sector vying for donations. Last week, the foundation kicked off its capital campaign with a ceremony celebrating a $1 million grant from the N.C. State Employees’ Credit Union. The challenge grant comes with a condition: that the foundation raise a $1 million match within the community by next fall.


A HOME IN FRANKLIN The location for the inpatient center is the former house of a prominent figure in Franklin, Merle Dryman. Her involvement in the town ranged from working as a secondary school teacher for more than 30 years to starting an enduring garden club and serving as an alderman, her name eventually given to a section of U.S. 64. She died in 2010, after which her two sons put the house on the market. The center is expected to open in 2016,

though construction of a new space designed to house six patient rooms and medical supplies could be finished as early as late 2015, Alderson said. She added that the existing part of the house will include a chapel and a space for visiting family members. Four Seasons Compassion for Life, an independent hospice and palliative care nonprofit based in Henderson County, will operate the center, which will include a group of certified nurses and aides and a physician,

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need for the center, let alone raise enough money for it. Despite these travails, the foundation and Four Seasons appealed the decision by the state, eventually regaining certification in 2012. Initially seeking to build The future home of a six-bed inpatient hospice an inpatient cenhouse in Franklin will provide an alternative ter on Old setting for end-of-life care, if the group can Murphy Road, successfully raise a remaining $3 million. also in Franklin, the foundation later bought the current house for $250,000 as a way to reduce costs. “It’s been a long road,” said Ron Fisher, the director of hosTerry Barnes photo pice care with along with bereavement counselors and a MedWest Health Systems in Sylva, who is chaplain. Four Seasons, made up of some among the founding members of the founda400 volunteers across the region, has several tion. He was referring to what he described hospice operations in the region, including at as the “frustratingly slow” process of earning the Highlands-Cashiers Hospital. the state certification, though he added that The idea for a Franklin hospice center the adversity did not appear to discourage was hatched in The Dillsboro Smokehouse, what he and others have dubbed the “tenaciwhere a handful of home health aides and ty board” of foundation members. medical professionals from across the region Hospice is not a remedial form of health gathered to discuss ways to extend hospice care. Usually staffed by volunteers, it is seen services to the far western part of the state. as a source of respite, whether physical or The foundation later formed in 2005, growemotional, for the terminally ill and their ing to what now is now more than a dozen families. members on its board of directors. While many facing such circumstances tend to remain at home, some are recommended by family members to inpatient ENACIOUS ROOTS facilities to help alleviate symptoms, like pain The lengths to which the group would and nausea, that can surface as a result of eventually go to pursue such an ambition, complications from their condition. however, were likely unforeseen. Reimbursements for inpatient services, The hospice house was initially going to known as respite care, are offered under be a joint venture with Angel Medical Center Medicare and Medicaid. in Franklin. But Angel Medical pulled out in The reach of the planned hospice center 2009, preferring instead to provide hospice in Franklin could stretch across the region. care within the hospital itself as it always Whether the need for such services in Macon had, rather than in a stand-alone facility. is greater than that of other parts of the The foundation found a new partner in region is unclear. About one-fourth of the Four Seasons, but was then unable to get its county’s population is age 65 and older, so-called “certificate of need” from the N.C. according to the U.S. Census Bureau, among Department of Health and Human Services. the highest in a region whose mountainous The permit is required for any medical faciliterrain is seen by home hospice care aides ty in the state in an attempt to align hospital- and families of patients as a logistical chaltype services with demand. It essentially limlenge. According to the county sherriff ’s its competition to keep start-up medical facil- office, in 2011 at least 50 people died in their ities from undermining the strength of existhomes in Macon without adequate care from ing ones. home health aides or family members. The Health and Human Services Department denied its request, citing objecSHORTAGE IN tions from Angel Medical that the foundation was unable to demonstrate a substantive Of the nearly 60 inpatient hos-




pice centers operating across North Carolina, only one has a service area extending west of Asheville — Haywood Hospice and Palliative Care, which opened last year as part of MedWest Health Systems. “It’s taken a long time,” said Beverly Murray, director of the hospice center, called the Homestead, in Clyde. She was referring to a fundraising effort that spanned about eight years to raise the $4 million she said was needed to open the center, which relies largely on donations. Made up of six beds, the center has served about 300 patients, Murray said. Among them was her mother, whose death there last year led her to recognize hospice care as significant not only to patients but also their family members. “It’s different when you’re on the other side,” she said of tending to her mother. “It’s life-changing.” It is a kind of care that Evie Byrnes, a retiree who has volunteered as a hospice aide, uses to spread compassion. She recalled a hospice patient whom she regularly visited in a Highlands nursing home in the mid-2000s. Suffering from cancer, the man, whose wife had Alzheimer’s and whose son struggled to care for him while working full-time and raising a family, did not immediately appear to welcome Byrnes’ presence. “When I entered the room” in the nursing home for the first time, she said, “he wouldn’t even look at me.” But that changed eventually as he grew

to expect such visits, sometimes calling the Byrnes from down the hallway at the sight of her silhouette. The started talking family, politics — “whatever he wanted,” she said. “It’s my favorite thing to do,” said Byrnes, who also is among the founding members of the foundation. “I love making a difference in someone’s day.” For Alderson, who has volunteered as a home hospice aide since retiring as a real estate broker in the early 2000s, the thought of tending to the terminally ill is less evocative of despair than commemoration. “It’s a very special time in people’s lives,” she said. “We celebrate all these people being born into the world … it’s the end of life that should be celebrated.” She spoke of the time she spent by the bed of her brother before he succumbed to cancer at age 52 in an inpatient hospice center in Florida. It was a period of relief after Alderson and her family — all of whom were either working full-time jobs or living elsewhere — had spent so much time struggling to arrange house visits. “I never forgot,” she said of the six weeks she spent with him at the center in the mid1990s. “We were so exhausted. It just took such a burden off our family.” Beyond that, she added, the care likely offered her brother a sense of repose amid the uncertainty of his illness, which was the result of exposure to chemical weapons during his time as a soldier in the Vietnam War. “We never know when anyone’s going to go to heaven,” she said.

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inherit a decision made on the eve of their taking office. So DeSimone suggested an alternative: that the town board begin negotiating a contract with Clark. No final vote would come until after the new board members were seated. The new board may or may not be interested in going through a search. Clark has impressed town leaders and gained support of employees since taking the reins. At the meeting, Clark said he would be interested in the job of town manager but agreed there needed to be further discussions before finalizing a contract. Clark was named interim town manager last month under somewhat unpleasant circumstances. The town manager, Tim Barth, had resigned under pressure after unorthodox financial practices by the festival director came to light, whereby the town footed the bill upfront for private festivals in the name of economic development on the promise of being repaid. The town of Canton is also in the process of hiring a new town manager. Haywood County is in the same boat as well, with an interim manager promoted from within who could grow into the job permanently.

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BY B ECKY JOHNSON STAFF WRITER Maggie Valley’s interim town manager has only been on the job for a few weeks, but already has been offered the role on a more permanent basis — sort of. Maggie Valley Alderman Philip Wight made a motion at the November town board meeting to give the job to Nathan Clark, the-town-planner-turned-interimmanager, with a one-year contract. But Mayor Ron DeSimone questioned whether the board should rush to name a town manager at the 11th hour before the town board’s political makeup is about to change. Two new aldermen will be sworn in to the five-person board in early December following an upset election this month. “I thought it was a little inappropriate to talk about that on the cusp of a new board,” said DeSimone, who will still be around as mayor. “Obviously that is a discussion that should be a little more in-depth than the spur of the moment.” Clark had the support of the other town board members, and the support of DeSimone as well. But DeSimone thought it would be better for the new board members to participate in the decision, rather than


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Dig Sylva, buy local BY JAKE FLANNICK SMN CORRESPONDENT group of merchants in Sylva rallying their fellow shopkeepers and restaurateurs in the downtown area to jump on the buy local movement as a way to strengthen their own economy from the ground up. “Buy Local” campaigns have taken off in small towns nationwide as a push back to bigbox chains and increased online shopping. Sylva is fertile ground for such a grassroots movement. “I believe in community,” said Sandra Dennison, the owner of Fusions Healing Center & Spa, who organized the fledgling movement involving a handful of business owners and longtime friends. “If we spend locally, the money stays in the community.” The push to promote local business comes as the stream of money flowing through town — whether from visitors or residents — seems relatively flat, at least over the past year. “We don’t see the flow of traffic that we used to,” said Heather Kindy, who has run Main Street Bakery & Cafe with her husband for the past 18 months.

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The slogan “Dig Sylva, Buy Local: Plant Your $ Where Your Roots Are" will soon show up on posters and T-shirts in area businesses. The logo, designed by Kindy, will appear on the website of the Jackson County Chamber of Commerce. Nonetheless, a slate of new businesses — including a second brewery, restaurant, consignment store and another retailer selling upscale women’s clothing — remains an encouraging sign. “The climate is better than it has been,” Sylva Town Manager Paige Roberson said of the economic condition of the town, where she said she has noticed a “real pull” to shop local in recent years. The thought of starting the grassroots movement in Sylva emerged about a year ago, after Dennison went to Asheville for yoga class. There, she noticed bumper stickers and T-shirts whose messages indicated a kind of enthusiasm about supporting local farmers and businesses that has helped shape the image of that city. Dennison hoped to infuse Sylva with a similar “young spirit” of sustainable living. “I’m always thinking” of ways to market ideas, said Dennison, 37, who earned a bachelor’s degree in entrepreneurship from


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Western Carolina University. She now is planning to pursue a master’s degree in project management there in coming years. While an awareness of supporting local

economies has spread across the country over the years — a nationwide movement called “Small Business Saturday” aims to divert consumers from shopping at big-box stores during the beginning rush of the holiday season following Thanksgiving — the impact of local spending in Sylva is perhaps more noticeable than that of larger towns or cities elsewhere. “There is a national awareness of small business Saturday but we want people to understand small business Saturday is every day in Jackson County, not just on small business Saturday,” said Julie Spiro, executive director of the county Chamber of Commerce. "Local business provide a majority of the jobs in Jackson County.” Buying local is also better for the planet in terms of carbon footprint, Spiro said. And sales taxes paid locally support everything from schools to roads to recreation. To Amy Schmidt, who is part of the grassroots group and worked with her parents at her family-run Speedy’s Pizza, the local spending movement is a way to entice people into local businesses. “We just want to get people shopping,” she said.

BY JAKE FLANNICK SMN CORRESPONDENT he legendary Rathskeller Coffee Haus and Pub, an institution and social mainstay in downtown Franklin, saw a generational changing of the guard this year after 15 years in the hands of its original founder and owner. Two young couples — Brandon and Kate McMahan and Adam Kimsey and Natasha Sebring, ranging from ages 27 to 31 — took over the neighborhood pub last month. Such a transition might not draw much attention elsewhere, particularly in more urban areas where such establishments abound. But in Franklin, a town of less than 4,000 residents whose social scene involves high school football games, heritage festivals and grocery store encounters, it is seen as significant. “I’m glad it survived,” said Stacy Guffey, who runs a consulting business downtown. He noted the Rathskellar’s reputation of drawing a diverse group of regulars, their ages varying as widely as their attitudes. “How often do you see people from that diverse of a background of opinions sit down?” Guffey asked. “I’ve never seen anyone unwelcome.” For Franklin Mayor-elect Bob Scott, who celebrated his recent election night victory at the Rathskeller, the new owners represent a “renewed sense of vitality” to a downtown economy that has been drawing an impressive number of young business owners in recent years. “The young people of this town are the future of this town,” said Scott, who campaigned partly on the promise to try to offer local business owners, particularly those of younger generations, a larger hand in helping shape the town’s political landscape. After a weeklong lull in business as the new owners made final preparations, the Rathskeller reopened in early October, but not much has changed in the appearance or tone. The flags of more than a dozen nations still color the ceiling around its bar, behind which pretzels and spinach pies, among other pastries, are made with a four-burner stove. Customers, after ordering drinks, reach for one of dozens of beer glasses of different shapes and sizes that are kept on a wooden rack against a wall. And amid Prohibition-era music emanating from its corners, its charm still resembles that of a speakeasy. The new owners are working to spread word about the pub, using social media and a new website a longtime patron offered to design. They want to have more live music and extend its reach to younger generations. But they are making it a point to preserve its character as an inclusive, familiar setting where conversation seems to come easy. Former owners, George Hasara and Heidi Hunter, recalled encounters at the pub over the years they spent tending bar there.


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“It’s about making connections. We’re targeting a certain mindset … looking for a place to have conversation, to relax. To me, that’s a pub.”

“After a while, it becomes like a sitcom in here,” Hasara said of the predictable dialogue among regulars. “We all started to become caricatures of ourselves.” Among the familiar visitors, he added, were what are known as thru-hikers, whom Hasara sought to dissuade, perhaps jokingly, from continuing their trek on the Appalachian Trail. “If I had six months to myself,” he said, referring to the estimated time it takes to hike the entire trail, “I wouldn’t spend them putting one foot in front of the other.” The couple opened the Rathskeller in the

already. Kate had a full-time job teaching high school. Brandon had gone back to college to get a teaching degree himself, and was working part-time at a supermarket in the meantime. Sebring worked full-time as a dermatologist. A tipping point came in September when Kimsey unexpectedly lost his job as human resources officer at a construction company in a round of layoffs. The four agreed to pool their savings and buy the Rathskeller — a place they had all hung out as teenagers. Hasara is happy it is in good hands since it was such a huge part of his and Hunter’s life. “It’s about making connections,” said Hunter, with whom Hasara exchanged vows there in 2004. “We’re targeting a certain mindset … looking for a place to have conversation, to relax. To me, that’s a pub.” Whether such characteristics will remain as evident at the Rathskeller in the future is uncertain. But its history, parts of which lingers in photographs still hanging on the old brick walls inside the cafe, will endure as one of them. “You can’t make old,” Hasara smiled.

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— Heidi Hunter, Rathskeller co-owner

basement of an old three-story brick building in downtown Franklin in 2000. Even though alcohol sales in town were still banned at that time, beer was not lacking at the Rathskeller, where it was served under a tacit agreement with customers. The beer was free — so the bar technically couldn’t be accused of “selling” it — but customers left big “tips” in exchange. That went on until town voters lifted the alcohol sale ban in 2006. Over the years, the pub evolved into a space of what the owners described as “cerebral happenings.” Among them were monthly discussion forums drawing dozens of people sometimes to talk about political and philosophical point. It saw celebrations, too, including what is known as Festivus, a parody holiday a couple days before Christmas in which people air grievances at one another. The new owners almost turned down Hasara’s offer to sell the Rathskeller to them. “We never really took it seriously,” Brandon said. The young couples were already facing the pressures of building a life together and had various occupations of their own

Nov. 27-Dec. 3, 2013

The old and new of Rathskeller (from left) include Adam Kimsey, Natasha Sebring, Heidi Hunter, George Hasara, Kate and Brandon McMahan.



Fines Creek kitchen makes the grade Elementary school’s old cafeteria helps new breed of entrepreneurs BY COLBY DUNN CORRESPONDENT n a recent sunny afternoon, Deb Shalosky is standing in the kitchen pantry at the Fines Creek Community Center, a little autumnal sun glinting off the neatly labeled octagonal jar in her outstretched hand. “Here,” she says, “the pepper butter is good, too. It’s made with banana peppers that we grow, hot banana peppers.” Earlier this morning, these peppers were, well, just peppers, but now they’re an official product of Fines Creek Fine Foods, Shalosky’s homegrown business. It’s something of a far cry from high school English teacher to small business owner, and Shalosky says readily that it doesn’t come naturally. The marketing racket, she says, is not quite her thing. “I have absolutely no business acumen at all,” she notes, with an extra little laugh to punctuate the point. It was her business, however, that started it all in 2011, and she’s still a success, now in her third year. In need of a legal, inspected location to turn out her jams, butters and syrups, she spearheaded an effort to turn the community center’s old, seldom-used cafeteria kitchen into a USDA certified, level one, value-added kitchen. It’s an official-sounding

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stove, refrigerators, and even extra storage space. Now, with a $3,500 Toolbox Implementation Fund Grant from the Southwestern NC Planning and Economic Development Commission, they’re hoping to add a lot more to the repertoire. “The better facilities that one has, the more likely you will have — even though we’re far out — people come and use it,” says Hammett. Currently they’ve got big designs on the cash, mostly in the form of various necessary safety upgrades — fire suppression systems, ventilation upgrades and the like — that will pull the space out of the 1960s and make it safe and compliant for the long term. But there are other, bigger ideas too, if there’s any money left over. “We are hoping to get a dishwasher and refrigeration equipment,” says Shalosky, looking longingly towards a wall of mismatched residential refrigerators and the large, but still not automated, dish sink in the corner. “It would be nice. A little bit at a time.” The dollars come as a matching grant, so to get the money, they must come up with another $3,500 on their own. But those contributions can be in the form of donations, like the Vulcan oven waiting to be installed in its new home, or in-kind gifts such as volunteer hours logged making improvements or tradesmen donating their expertise. The association hopes the upgrades will provide a more versatile workspace with room to grow. The pantry is currently home to Shalosky, with her supplies and inventory, to Chef Ricardo Fernandez, one-time owner of Waynesville’s storied Lomo Grill and current cooking sauce king, who also holds cooking classes at the center, and a few other entrepreneurs, have carved out their niches. The remaining floor-to-ceiling shelves are dotted with stray equipment, but mostly, they’re waiting for the next brilliant baker, aspiring jam artist or future canning connoisseur to call them home.



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Macon plans ACA information sessions Cynthia Solesbee, a certified Health Care Navigator for Macon County, will host three community educational sessions on the Affordable Care Act in the meeting room at the Macon County Public Library in Franklin in December. The sessions will be held at three different times in order for people with different work schedules to attend the needs of the community. ■ From 6 to 7 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 2. ■ From 10 to 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 4. ■ From 10 to 11 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 7. No registration is necessary and people can just show up. The presentation will include a basic overview of the Affordable Care Act and discuss the new programs available to consumers. Solesbee will also be able to make individual appointments with the public to help lead them through the sign-up process. For more information call the Macon County Public Library at 828.524.3600.



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The Waynesville Parks and Recreation Department will offer a day camp for kids in kindergarten through sixth grade at the Waynesville Recreation Center from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Dec. 23, 26, 27, 30 and 31. The camp will include field trips, games, movies, swim time in the pool, and other fun park activities. Campers will need to bring a swimsuit, lunch, tennis shoes, water shoes, a towel and snacks. The campers will receive an exact itinerary when they are registered. Each day camp will be limited to 30 campers. 828.456.2030 or

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An investigation is underway to determine the cause of a fire that broke out Nov. 21 in the commercial strip in the center of the Western Carolina University campus and caused heavy damage to three popular businesses. No injuries were reported during the fire. All university functions remained operational throughout the duration of the incident, and the university did not cancel classes. Portions of Centennial and Central drives were closed while firefighters worked to extinguish the blaze.

The fire, which resulted in heavy smoke pouring from the affected businesses, was reported shortly after 9 a.m., and was extinguished by approximately 12:30 p.m., emergency officials said. A total of 21 units from WCU, from the counties of Jackson, Haywood, Macon, Swain and Buncombe, and from the Qualla Boundary responded to the blaze, including firefighters, law enforcement and emergency medical care teams. The fire damaged three dining establishments in the commercial area of Centennial Drive — a Subway sandwich shop, Rolling Stone Burrito and Mad Batter Bakery and Cafe. The businesses are located on the ground floor of the two-story structure. The second story of the building, which had contained apartments until several years ago, was unoccupied.

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Resilient living on a different planet

BY DOUG WINGEIER COLUMNIST n early October we spent two weeks in our 150-year-old log cabin situated on a corner of our daughter Ruth and husband John’s 40 acres in central Minnesota, which has no electricity or running water. While there we enjoy a simple life — reading by oil lamp and candlelight, outhouse comfort, vegetarian diet, sleeping sundown to sunup. Ruth is a licensed nurse midwife who has delivered more than 2,000 babies (many of them home births) in the 30 years she has lived there. John is recently retired after working as an Alaskan bush pilot, builder and cabinet maker, skilled factory worker, and a math and science teacher. They have raised three boys, the youngest now a college junior. They live a simple life — eating a vegetarian diet, growing most of their food, tapping maple trees, baking breads and pies, making beer and apple cider, heating by wood stove, buying organic eggs and raw milk from their Amish neighbors, using a composting toilet. By choice they have adopted a “resilent” lifestyle — organic gardening, drying laundry in the sun, cutting firewood, making infrequent trips into town, minimizing reliance on fossil fuels, living close to the land. These almost-forgotten skills will become essential for all of us in the not-so-distant future, when the commuter-consumer way of life we assume to be normal comes to an abrupt and painful end as the devastating and costly impact of the threefold crises now facing us really take hold. These are: global warming, with its accompanying natural disasters and collapse of the insurance industry; peak oil (end of easily-extracted crude), bringing skyrocketing costs of fuel and food; and a drastic economic crash, brought on by increasing concentration of wealth in the hands of the financial elite, disappearance


Freedom versus limited government

To the Editor: Limited government was ridiculed in a recent Smoky Mountain News article. Most Americans are strong believers in limited government because we believe in our individual rights. These rights (such as free speech) must be protected against a powerful and abusive government. Freedom of speech limits the government’s ability to prevent citizens from speaking their minds and opposing the government. Freedom of speech is not only for the press and journalists — it is for everyone. This is a powerful limit on the government. So limited government is a good thing. People around the globe have been arrested because they choose to speak out against their governments. In America, we are seldom arrested for excising our freedom of speech. But some of our other liberties are not so well guarded. That means that a powerful government can take away your freedom of speech … freedom of religion … freedom to bear arms … put us in jail without probable cause … spy on our cell phone conversations and internet messages … use drones … and abuse the power of

of the middle class, and escalating poverty. Ample evidence of these trends is already apparent to any who don’t have their heads in the sand, and they will continue to escalate in the days to come. As far back as 1972, an international group of scholars and industrialists commissioned by the Club of Rome, in a report titled “Limits to Growth,” sounded the alarm that an economy based on unlimited growth and consumption in a world of limited natural resources was headed for collapse. A generation ago, renowned economist E. F. Schumacher, author of Small Is Beautiful, advised us to conserve resources and avoid waste, and suggested ways of gaining maximum of well-being with minimum consumption. But these warnings went unheeded — until now. Now — with signs of collapse all around us — we are starting to listen. Environmentalist Bill McKibben says that because we’ve waited too long to stop the advance of global warming, our old familiar globe is now melting, drying, acidifying, flooding, and burning in ways the human race has never seen before. We have created a new planet, recognizable but fundamentally different. He calls it “Eaarth,” and warns that we can no longer rely on old habits (read: “shopping”) and the false promise of endless economic growth, but must instead build a society, economy, and way of life that can hunker down, focus on essentials, and become an interdependent community. Climatologist Paul Gilding, consultant to both Fortune 500 companies and community-based NGOs, calls what’s coming “The Great Disruption,” and describes ways we can move beyond an economy based on consumption and waste where we have lived beyond the means of our planet’s resources, and replace our addiction to growth with an ethic of sustainability. And the Transitiontown network, which began in England and has rapidly spread to hundreds of communities in Europe,

LOOKING FOR OPINIONS The Smoky Mountain News encourages readers to express their opinions through letters to the editor or guest columns. All viewpoints are welcome. Send to Scott McLeod at, fax to 828.452.3585, or mail to PO Box 629, Waynesville, NC, 28786. the IRS to intimidate us. Ordinary citizens must limit the power of the government or it will be abusive. In general, as our government over-reaches into all areas of our lives, Americans do not approve. As the original extremists (Thomas Jefferson, George Washington and Ben Franklin, etc.) remind us, “Any government powerful enough to give you anything you want, is powerful enough to take away everything that you have.” Our rights come from God; they are not given to us by our government. This is important. When the government is limited, it means that individual people have more power. So power to the people implies a limited government. Governments take freedoms from people in many ways.

Asia, and America — including nearby Asheville and Saluda — addresses the three crises mentioned above by fostering “resilience” in households and communities through developing survival skills, bike paths, light rail, permaculture, bartering, sharing of everything from tools to cars, community gardens, local currencies, solar and wind energy, food preservation, recycling, inner spiritual strength, and a host of other innovative measures designed to reduce consumption, conserve resources, and enable our transition into a new (yet recognizably old) and sustainable way of life. Deniers of climate change and peak oil have been seduced by the energy industry and their media mouthpieces (the likes of Rush Limbaugh and Fox News) and their paid operatives in government at all levels. Some evangelical churches have led us astray by teaching that “have dominion” gives us license to use up nature for unimpeded growth to feed our voracious appetites for “stuff.” Too many people have been conditioned by test-driven, underfunded public education to believe whoever shouts the loudest and offers the slickest propaganda. Our planet is indeed made up of limited resources, as evidenced by our polluted air and water, chemical-saturated soils, and extreme and costly efforts to extract oil from the five-mile depths of the Gulf of Mexico and the Alberta tar sands — proposing to send it by pipeline through rich farmlands to ports for export, and to collect natural gas by contaminating soil and water through fracking, with predictably disastrous results. We need to follow the lead of couples like our Ruth and John — and a growing number of like-minded folk in the Transitiontown movement — who are developing “resilence” for living sustainably and joyfully on the new planet “Eaarth” that we humans have created in place of the rich and fruitful one bequeathed to us by the Creator, and faithfully sustained for centuries by our pre-industrial ancestors. (Doug Wingeier is a retired seminary professor and minister who lives at Lake Junaluska. He can be reached at

So it is our job as good citizens to fight back against the government’s desire for more power and to limit the abuses of the government. Freedom is not free; it must be fought for everyday. Limiting government ensures freedom. I will even protect your freedom to disagree with me. Lynda Bennett Maggie Valley

Zoning advocates had predictable response To the Editor: The response from zoning advocates — to my letter that was printed two weeks ago — was typical. There will always be people who place their aesthetic values over the rights of others. They will be supported by those who would like to eliminate more competition in the apartment business or other businesses. Then the people who think more government regulation is the answer to everything will gladly advance the effort of a small coalition of people who want to clean up old Cullowhee into an underhanded attempt to zone thousands of acres from Locust Creek to East Laport.

The approximately 300 property owners who may be about to have their property strictly zoned should have already been notified by certified mail of this possibility. The notion that these property owners should show up at meetings dominated by people who have been organizing for over two years is ridiculous. Questionnaires could have been sent out with tax notices. Explain the U.S. 441 corridor zoning ordinance and what it has meant to us all instead of hiding behind the word “planning.” Most all of us would like to see a more healthy Cullowhee, but shouldn’t it be accomplished in an approved democratic procedure (such as incorporation) with the vote of the majority of affected property owners? Mike Clark Cullowhee

Who are the real job creators? To the Editor: As I write this, the stock market is hovering around record highs. The Federal Reserve is keeping interest rates low to stimulate borrowing and investment. Corporate profits are generally high and many companies are sitting on record amounts of cash. This should

meet a real job creator, go look in the mirror. John Gladden Franklin

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be the sign of a booming economy that is creating lots of jobs. In reality, the economy is stagnant and unemployment is stubbornly high. So what is the problem? The problem is demand. The people who would buy the products that these companies make don’t have the money to purchase them. It’s fairly simple. There are two parts of a consumer economy: producers and consumers. If there’s no demand for the products, companies are not going to invest in more capacity and jobs. In this economy, it’s the consumers who are missing. While the wealthy certainly consume, there’s a limit to how much stuff they can buy that will stimulate the core economy. If I have a successful business, I’m only going in invest in new production capacity if there is a demand for my product. If the majority of consumers don’t have money for other than essentials, then I’m not going to invest and create new jobs. Whether a small local business or a large corporation, if there’s no prospect of profit, there’s no investment and no new jobs. It’s that simple! It is an article of faith among conservatives that the job creators are those with the wealth to invest in companies, thereby creating jobs for workers. This supply side approach to economics assumes that wealth will trickle down to the middle and lower economic classes. By this theory, the more money in the hands of the wealthy, the more will “trickle down� to the middle and lower economic classes. Since the initiation of this strategy during the Reagan administration, there has been a dramatic redistribution of wealth in the country, moving more and more money into the accounts of the upper 5 percent and away from the 95 percent. Because of this transfer of wealth the 95 percent do not have enough money to keep the economy healthy through their purchases. That’s where we are now. So who are the job creators? Like most complex problems, such as operating a national economy, it’s a team effort. There is no doubt that investment money is needed (that’s the wealthy and money rich companies), but the consumer is equally important in having a thriving economy. If you want to

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BY COLBY DUNN CORRESPONDENT his week, kids across America will learn the story of the first Thanksgiving. How the pilgrims, beleaguered and starving, broke bread with their Wampanoag neighbors, who extended a helping hand, teaching them to grow the corn and squash that kept them alive. They celebrated a meal to give thanks that at least some of them had survived the first winter, and that they finally had a successful harvest. So in terms of how we celebrate today, the timing, at least, is right. The menu, however, is pretty far from what it used to be. Though there’s only one written account of the first thanksgiving, what it does mention are foods introduced to the settlers by their Native American compatriots – venison, duck, waterfowl, corn porridge, cabbage – that represented our nation’s earliest culinary heritage. Before the Mayflower bumped into Plymouth Rock, depositing the precursors to modern America, Indian nations up and down the country had their own rich gustatory histories that stretched back sometimes centuries and were flavored with the unique ingredients and tastes of each region and tribe. Today, those recipes have faded into near obscurity, replaced by food brought in by wave after wave of immigrants flocking to the United States since her birth, and more and more by processed foods filling the shelves of big box stores. Johnnie Sue Myers is trying to change that. Myers is a Cherokee elder with the Eastern Band of Cherokee who is trying to bring back the old ways, one dish at a time. Her cookbook, The Gathering Place, is filled with recipes that were handed down in Cherokee families for generations, interwoven with the influences of German settlers and flavors from other folks who have called Western North Carolina home over the years. Myers gathered the recipes together, in part, because many of them exist only in the minds of older tribal members, and in just a few years’ time could be lost completely. “A lot of those recipes haven’t been documented for this area,” said Myers. “These recipes that I use, it’s kind of like a basket. They’re interwoven with Appalachia.” Indeed, the pages of her book are stocked with regional delicacies that mix traditional Cherokee flavors with techniques picked up elsewhere. “Salt pickling was brought to us by the Germans, and other different nationalities moved here as well,” said Myers, and pickle dilly, a cured, pickled, salted concoction of corn, green tomatoes, cabbage and green


Author of The Gathering Place, Johnnie Sue Myers. Courtesy of Cherokee One Feather

“People have started cooking. They want to cook like their grandmother cooked, or their husband has decided that he’s going to start hunting now. There has just been a lot of interest sparked in the last five or six years.” — Johnnie Sue Myers

beans, is still being made in Cherokee thanks to their influence. Though her recipes are not exactly what you’d find in your average Jamie Oliver or Betty Crocker tome, Myers says that most of the ingredients can be found in every cook’s pantry, or gathered locally. Since gathering and publishing the collection, she’s seen a spike in interest in traditional Cherokee eating. “People have started cooking,” said Myers. “They want to cook like their grandmother cooked, or their husband has decided that he’s going to start hunting now. There has just been a lot of interest sparked in the last five or six years.” That kind of interest, especially from a younger generation of budding cooks, is exciting to Myers, because it perhaps signals a move to healthier eating, and a move away from the drive-through and back to the family table. “I think that families need to start becoming a unit again, especially at mealtime. At mealtime, you find out who likes who, who’s

doing what in school, if you just listen, that’s where you’re going to get any information you need to know about your children. To me that’s one of the most important times,” said Myers. In fact, her own talent and passion for cooking blossomed from a desire to have just that. Myers was the child of a father often away working, and a mother she describes as a workaholic, so as a young girl, she was charged with caring for her two sisters. At 7, she began to frequent the neighbor’s house with her sisters, and was fascinated by what she saw there. “I would sit and watch, and as long as we were quiet and didn’t touch anything, we could watch,” explained Myers. “I think that’s probably the thing that prompted me to start cooking. I liked the family unit. That’s what I wanted, and I found it.” She then raised five sons with her husband, Sony, and is now teaching her grandchildren to cook, as well.

To be sure, many of Myers’ recipes do require a bit of work — learning to identify and gather berries or traditional sochani, seeking out wild ramps, getting the hang of basic pickling and canning techniques — but to Myers, these aren’t skills that are born, they’re simply taught and refined. “You know what makes a good cook?” asked Myers. “Practice. It’s like anything else.” And with the economy still putting a strain on many families, reclaiming some of the old ways could provide a healthier alternative that’s actually cheaper. Myers and her husband barter for many of their ingredients, and hunting and gathering ingredients isn’t just a way to feel more connected to your food, it’s cheaper as well. Though her next book isn’t going to be a traditional Cherokee recipe book, Myers is glad she took the time to write these recipes down. She also learned much from her grandmother, who “never spoke English but was a very good cook.” But now, it’s her generation who are the grandmothers, and many aren’t practicing the knowledge, or exposing a younger generation to the rich history (and equally rich flavors) of the Cherokee kitchen. The interest in her book gives her hope, however. No, it’s not normal to eat groundhog or squirrel or even venison, but maybe it could be, and maybe it should be. “People are interested in the recipes now because they realize that maybe they need to change their eating habits. Processed foods are going to kill you, and we need to get back to the basics,” said Myers. And with her book stocking the shelves of more and more kitchens, and a cooking class on the calendar this spring in Franklin, she’s doing her part to show people the way.

Online: Want to add a traditional recipe to your Thanksgiving menu? Try Johnnie Sue Myers’ Candy Roaster pie. It’s a relative of the pumpkin pie, but using local produce with a third less sugar than a standard pumpkin pie. Visit for the recipe, or to see even more, visit Myers’ website,


SMN: How does living in Western North Carolina affect the music? AR: It’s the mountains. It’s definitely mountain music. When you say country nowadays, there are so many clarifications. It’s the music of these hills. SMN: What’s going through your head when you’re singing? AR: Nothing. It’s like a peace, to be honest with you. There’s no worries, no doubts. It’s just being yourself and there in the moment.

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SMN: What do you love about playing live? AR: Energy. Adrenaline. Playing live, you get to be somebody else for a couple hours, and in a way you can integrate yourself into that. It’s about entertaining people and having a good time. It’s just me, it’s just who I am. SMN: Where does that determination come from? AR: From not wanting to fail. Just keep on keepin’ on. It is what it is. To move forward and never look back. It’s a breath of fresh air with this band. I’m blessed to have the kind of musicians with me in SmokeRise. SMN: What do you want the listener to feel when they leave a SmokeRise show? AR: Anxious to hear more, and bring more people to come out with them the next time. I don’t want them to ever leave one of our shows without hearing something new. A lot of bands go around and do the same show. We’re about changing it up, learning new songs and keeping it all fresh. 216-42

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ruising up Utah Mountain Road outside Maggie Valley, one begins to get the feeling if they drove any further up The inaugural Hayweird County Hometown the hill their vehicle might Holiday Jam will be Nov. 29 at the Water’n Hole just disappear off the face of Bar and Grill in Waynesville. the earth. Upon reaching the top “Land of the Crooked Water,” an exhibit of works of the mountain, a handful by Joshua Grant, will host a reception on Dec. 3 at of cars are gathered outside the Macon County Public Library in Franklin. the Balsam Pillow Recording Studio. Owned Owner of the Sun performs Nov. 30 at Tuck’s Tap by singer/songwriter Ray & Grille in Cullowhee. Lyons, the studio is home to state-of-the-art recording equipment amid a Grammy Award-winner David Holt will perform panoramic view of the Nov. 29 at the Martin Lipscomb Performing Arts majestic landscape that is Center in Highlands. Southern Appalachia. And on this day, Haywood “An Enchanted Broadway Holiday Show” County southern performed by award-winning recording artists Lee rock/mountain music Lessack and Joanna O’Brien will be Dec. 3 at group SmokeRise is headWestern Carolina University. long into piecing together what will become their Andrew Rickman: Middle school band. debut single, “Cold Mountain Sky.” Pisgah High School marching band, where I Alongside lead singer/rhythm guitarist did drum line there for four years. Picked up Andrew Rickman is Bryan Draughn (lead the guitar at 12, picked it up seriously at 18. guitar), Jerry Frazier (bass), Billy Fetherolf Started a band and played bass, decided that (drums) and Tony Lafalce, Jr. (keyboards). wasn’t for me and decided to go solo. Met Originating in 2012, the quintet has zigBryan about a year and a half ago. We did zagged around Western North Carolina, some duet things. Through that, we met Jerry picking up fans show by show. at the Rendezvous in Maggie Valley. Had At the center of it all is 23-year-old some musicians play around with us, hired Rickman, a robust persona with a voice that hands for shows, then found a couple guys can howl to the heavens. If you have a stage, that were serious, which were Billy and Tony. SmokeRise will play. It’s that attitude and work ethic which sets the band apart from past projSMN: Who are your musical influences? ects and other groups. Simply put, they want to AR: I like the classics. The Eagles, bring quality, original music into the spotlight. Journey, Boston and Lynyrd Skynyrd. A big Smoky Mountain News: How did you get one would be the Zac Brown Band — I just like the way he jams. started in music?

SMN: What’s the timeline with this recording session? AR: We’ll be in the studio two days. Record all the first day, then spend the second mixing and putting it together. This single will be a promotional tool for us to book larger shows, and also just getting a chance to put our music out there and heard the way it should be heard. Hopefully, we’ll have enough time to come up here again and put down 12 songs and release an album.

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SMN: What’s the intent with SmokeRise? AR: You’ve got five guys just trying to get original music heard. And to do that, you have to throw in a cover song once in a while. You get their attention with that, then throw in an original. What’s great about this band is everyone is a writer and has their originals. The song we’re laying down now, “Cold Mountain Sky,” Jerry came up with the words and Bryan and I did the arrangement. Lyrics first, then put music to it.

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The inaugural Hayweird County Hometown Holiday Jam will be at 9 p.m. Friday, Nov. 29, at the Water’n Hole Bar and Grill in Waynesville. The event will be hosted by southern rock/string band Soldier’s Heart (pictured). The Petticoat Government opens, with numerous musical guests to be brought onstage throughout the night. A canned food drive will benefit The Open Door. $5. 828.456.4750. Garret K. Woodward photo

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The Haywood Community Chorus will present a Christmas program at 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 5, at the First United Methodist Church in Waynesville. The program, “Nowell! An English Christmas,” will include many carols and compositions by Benjamin Britten, Gustav Holst, Ralph Vaughan Williams, William Mathias and other British composers. Free.

Jam series to feature Speaking-In-Tunes The 2013-14 First Thursday Old-Time and Bluegrass Jam Series will continue with a concert featuring Speaking-In-Tunes at 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 5, in the Mountain Heritage Center at Western Carolina University. The group’s performance of old-time mountain music will be followed by an 8 p.m. jam • Johnny Rhea, The Moon and You, The “Second Anniversary Party” with The Mixx and Joey Fortner tap into Frog Level Brewing Company in Waynesville. Rhea plays Nov. 29, with The Moon and You, Nov. 30. The Mixx performs Dec. 6, with Fortner, Dec. 7. All shows are free and begin at 6:30 p.m. 828.454.5664 or • Owner of the Sun will perform at 9 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 30, at Tuck’s Tap & Grille in Cullowhee. 828.293.5400 or

session to which local musicians are invited. The First Thursday concerts and jam sessions will continue at the Mountain Heritage Center through next spring. The next program will be held Thursday, Feb. 6. Free. 828.227.7129.

Holt brings bluegrass cheer to Highlands

Four-time Grammy Award-winner David Holt will perform at 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 29, at the Martin Lipscomb Performing Arts Center in Highlands. Holt will be joined by musician Josh Goforth. Holt is a musician, storyteller, historian, television host and entertainer, dedicated to performing and preserving traditional American music and stories. In 2002, Doc Watson and Holt won two Grammy Awards for Best Traditional Folk Recording for “Legacy,” a three-album collection of songs and stories reflecting Watson’s inspiring life story. or 828.526.9047.

• Soldier’s Heart and Petticoat Government hit the stage at 9 p.m. Friday, Nov. 29, at the Water’n Hole Bar and Grill in Waynesville. $5. 828.456.4750.


• Ben Wilson and Jacob Johnson will perform at The Classic Wineseller in Waynesville. Wilson plays Nov. 29, with Johnson, Nov. 30. All shows begin at 7 p.m. $10 minimum food, drink or merchandise purchase. 828.452.6000 or

On the wall Exhibit showcases artist Joshua Grant The Southern Appalachian Office of the Wilderness Society will host a reception for “Land of the Crooked Water,” an exhibit of works by Joshua Grant from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Dec. 3 at the Macon County Public Library in Franklin. The series of art prints will be on display at the library through the month of January. “Land of the Crooked Water” depicts Western North Carolina landscapes in a combination of abstract and realist styles. 828.524.3600 or


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The Appalachian Women’s Museum has kicked off its first fundraiser since reaching an agreement with the Town of Dillsboro to restore and preserve the 1908 Farmhouse at the Monteith Farmstead. Supporters can purchase “Coal for the Holidays” from Nancy Tut’s, HopBerry, and Bradley’s in Dillsboro, or It’s By Nature, the Chamber of Commerce, and Signature Brew in Sylva. Contributions can also be made at • Watercolorist Craig Forrest will present new works during his one man show from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, Dec. 6, at It’s By Nature gallery in Sylva.

Angel Medical Center is celebrating the season with a Festival of Wreaths fundraiser. Wreaths have been donated from churches, businesses and individuals and are being auctioned off to help meet Hospice patients’ needs that are not covered by insurance. The wreaths will be displayed through Monday, Dec. 2. The winning bids will be announced during the reception after the Hospice Tree blessing ceremony that day. While the wreaths are on display in the Main Hospital Lobby, patients, families and friends can write down their bids on a bid sheet and place their bids in a folder next to their chosen wreath.

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tures Pincu Pottery, Bee Global Studio Gallery, Yellow Branch Pottery & Cheese, and Stecoah Artisans Gallery. Free. The Schoolhouse Café at the Stecoah Valley Cultural Arts Center will be open for light snacks and lunches. • The annual Haywood County Master Gardener Wreath-Making Event will be from 10 a.m. to noon and 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, at the Cooperative Extension Office in Waynesville. Cost is $25. To reserve your spot, call Erin Freeman at 828.456.3575 by Wednesday, Nov. 27. Space is limited to 45 people for each session.

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• The film “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe” will be screened at 2 p.m. and 7:45 p.m. Nov. 29-30 at The Strand at 38 Main in Waynesville. Tickets are $6 per person, $4 for children. 828.283.0079 or

• “Santa’s Giftshop Craft Show” will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 29 and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 30 at the Macon County Community Building in Franklin. Baked goods and live music will be on site, with an appearance by Santa Claus. Admission is $1 or one non-perishable food item to be donated. 828.497.9425 or

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The 2013 Franklin Christmas Parade will be at 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 1 in downtown. “A Picture Perfect Christmas” is this year’s theme to be incorporated in float design and other entries. Judging of the floats will begin promptly at 2 p.m. Food donations will be collected along the parade route. Parade entry forms can be picked up at the Franklin Chamber of Commerce office located at 425 Porter St. Entry fee is $25. 828.524.3161.

• The Canton Christmas Parade will be at 6 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 5, in downtown. The theme this year is “Candy Cane Christmas.” 828.235.2760.


• “Thankgiving: Give thanks for beer” will be from 6 to 11 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 28, at Innovation Brewing in Sylva. Celebrating the holidays over fresh, handcrafted beer. • The Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony and Candlelight Service will be at 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 29, in downtown Franklin. 828.524.2516 or • The Highlands Tree Lighting Ceremony will be at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 30, on

Main Street. Free. 828.526.2112 or • “Cookies with Santa” will be from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 30 at Town Hall in Franklin. 828.524.2516 or • The Sylva Garden Club Christmas Tea/Luncheon will be from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dec. 3, at Nichols House Antiques in Sylva. Raffles, prizes and food. Proceeds go toward the purchase of a gazebo for Bicentennial Park. $10. • The Bryson City Spirit of Christmas begins at 6 p.m. Nov. 30, at Rita’s Hallmark downtown. Join others to carol around town before gathering for the tree lighting ceremony in the town square. Children can write a letter to Santa, while canned goods will also be collected. • The Polar Express returns for excursions through Dec. 29 at the Great Smoky Mountain Railroad train depot in Bryson City. 800.872.4681 or

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• Canned food donations will be accepted at Pub 319 in Waynesville starting Friday, Nov. 29. The first round of donations will be collected until before Christmas, with more canned food drives planned for January and February. 828.456.4900.



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BY B ECKY JOHNSON was caught flat-footed last year when my oldest daughter began questioning the myriad Santa spottings of the Christmas season. Santa’s peripatetic ways just didn’t compute. Santa came to her preschool, brought up the rear in all the parades we saw, headlined the special night-time shopping events downtown, and was even spotted strolling Main Street on Saturday afternoons in December, adding to the festive holiday spirit courtesy of our downtown marketing association. “Is that really Santa? How did he get here? Shouldn’t he be back at the North Pole getting ready?” I told her the elves did most of the prep work. And that Santa has a special helicopter that complemented his reindeer team. But the real humdinger — how could Santa justify so many forays to our little corner of the mountains given the inordinate demand for similar engagements worldwide this time of year — had me floundering. And ... I’m still floundering. Ideas, fellow-parents? The good news is kids have ample shots at Santa facetime in case they get stage fright the first, second or even third take. • Cookies with Santa from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 30, at Town Hall in downtown Franklin. Kids who write Santa a letter there will get a personal response back by mail. • Santa’s Gift Shop craft show on Friday and Saturday, Nov. 29-30, in Franklin will star both Santa and Mrs. Claus. Santa Claus will be played by Joe Moore, children’s author of Believe Again, The North Pole


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Dark stroll from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, Dec. 6, and from 10 a.m. to noon and 5 to 7 p.m. during the “Holly Days” downtown shopping event on Saturday, Dec. 7. • Breakfast with Santa will be held from 8 to 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, at the Waynesville First Presbyterian Church, with a hot breakfast, Christmas carols and a Christmas boutique. Joe Moore, author of the trilogy Believe Again, The • Breakfast with North Pole Chronicles, will appear as Santa at the Santa will be held from 8 to Santa’s Gift Shop craft show in Franklin this Friday and 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, at Saturday (Nov. 29-30). Donated photo First United Methodist Church in Waynesville. Pancakes, plus vision and hearing screenings. • Dillsboro Luminary Festival held from 5 to 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Dec. 6-7 and 13-14, in downtown Dillsboro. Along with Santa, luminary-lined streets, buggy rides and holiday shopping, there’s iceless “ice skating” on Dec. 6 and fireworks on Dec. 14. (The fireworks are left over from July Fourth, when heavy rained canceled the display.) • A Night Before Christmas held in downtown Waynesville from 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Dec 14, will star Santa on the sidewalk taking present requests and posing for photos amid live music, caroling, wagon rides, story telling, poetry, luminaries. • Breakfast with Santa will be at the Canton Armory Chronicles. from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Dec. 14. Held at the Macon County Community Proceeds go to Share The Warmth. $5 for Facilities Building from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on adults, $3 for youth, free for kids under 4. Friday and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday. Check the calendar at the back of the paper for Christmas parades, live nativity • Santa will be along Main Street in scenes, holiday concerts, etc. in coming downtown Waynesville during the Art After weeks.

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On the stage ‘Enchanted Broadway Holiday’ at WCU “An Enchanted Broadway Holiday Show” performed by award-winning recording artists Lee Lessack and Joanna O’Brien begins at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 3, in the John W. Bardo Fine and Performing Arts Center at Western Carolina University. The show will feature holiday classics such as “Baby, It’s Cold Outside,” “Carol of the Bells,” “Some Children See Him,” “Merry Christmas, Darling” and “O Holy Night.” Lessack, who is known for his graceful baritone, has toured the United States and Europe to sold-out crowds. In addition, he founded LML Music, which is home to more than 100 recording artists and performers. Soprano O’Brien has trained in classical music and has a degree in opera from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia. She has a wide range of musical styles, but has

worked over the years to bridge the gap between opera, Broadway and pop. The performance at WCU is part of the 2013-14 Arts and Cultural Events Performance Series. For more information about the ACE series, visit Tickets are free for students and $5 for all others. or 828.227.2479.

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• A holiday nutrition seminar will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 4, at the Jackson County Senior Center in Sylva. Learn how to enjoy holiday treats and keep your waistline in check. This hour-long seminar will help guide nutrition decisions. Free. 828.586.4944.

Yoga instructor Jennie Ashlock will help you prepare for the holiday bustle by offering a peaceful hour of gentle “ABC Yoga” at 5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, at City Lights Bookstore in Sylva. There is no fee, but donations are welcome. All donations will go to City Lights’ 15th annual Giving Tree, which provides ageappropriate books for children in Jackson County during the holidays. Bring your own

• An open house will be held by the Franklin Chamber of Commerce as part of its series “Alive After Five” from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 5, at the Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts in Franklin. There will be tours of the venue, giveaways, local restaurant vendors and the announcement of the SMCPA 2014 schedule. Free.


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BY JOE ECCLESIA y name is Joe Ecclesia, and I have a bone the size of an elephant’s thigh to pick with one of your reviewers, Jeff Minick. For 12 years or so, I have known Mr. Minick. We’ve shared many meals, spilled some wine together, had some laughs. Frequently, we have debated politics and religion late into the night, shooting the breeze over dozens of topics, particularly those relating to the Catholic Church. During our years of friendship, when Minick became discouraged by public affairs or by personal difficulties — the guy, by the way, is a walking disaster when it comes to dating women — I was there to pick him up, dust him off, and shove him back into the fray. So how does this man repay my kindness? By thieving my words and thoughts. Too dumb to come up with his own ideas, he had to filch mine. After twisting my innocent remarks like pretzels, Minick decked them out in satirical garb, and then published these plagiaries as essays in magazines. Even worse, he has now made public a collection of these and other essays in a book titled Learning As I Go; A Medley of Essays and Letters, Some Earnest, Some Satirical, Containing Thoughts and Conjectures on Such Diverse Topics as the Catholic Church, the Public Square, the Culture Wars, Relationships Between Men and Women, Writers, Books, and Education, All Seasoned with the Spices and Condiments of Personal Experience. (Ask yourself: what kind of mind conjures up such pretentious bloviation in our age of twitter and tweet?) But here’s the kicker: this guy Minick signs

my name on some of the articles in his book. My NAME! The sheer gall of this grafter makes me want to spit. I’m telling you, if this scalawag had more than two nickels to rub together, I’d sue him for identity theft. Certainly his books won’t win him any money. The novel he published last summer, Amanda Bell, the story of a young woman who gets smashed up by life and seeks redemption in Asheville, North Carolina, sold some copies, admittedly, and continues to sell. (Writing a story about a young woman is another instance of Minick’s lunatic arrogance. Why? Because Minick is old. I mean, I’m talking wrinkles and grey hair. What does Methuselah know about chicks?) Anyway, back to Learning As I Go. This book won’t fly. To begin with, who’s going to buy a bunch of essays that magazines and newspapers have already published? Who reads essays anyway? The certainty of Minick’s crash-and-burn is good news for me,

Children’s author and illustrator at Waynesville bookstore Local author Anna Browning will sign copies of her debut book, Tanner Turbeyfill and the Moon Rocks, at 11 a.m. Dec. 7 at Blue Ridge Books in Waynesville. The 32-page hardcover is now available at Blue Ridge Books, City Lights Bookstore in Sylva, Jellie Bellies in Maggie Valley, and online at and Brown’s illustrator, Josh Crawford, will be on hand to sign books alongside Anna. Tanner Turbeyfill and the Moon Rocks is the story about a young boy who has always wanted his own moon rocks. One night, while documenting a full moon from his tree house Observatory, Tanner notices the moon starting to brighten into a blue color. What will this mysterious light do? Read Anna’s book to find out how Tanner’s tree house turns into a spaceship to get him to the moon and back, and see if Tanner is able to finally collect the moon rocks he has always wanted.

‘Indies First’ at City Lights City Lights Bookstore will celebrate “Small Business Saturday and Indies First” on Nov. 30 in Sylva. Launched by noted author Sherman Alexie and administered by

because it means no one will identify me with the book, but come on. Essays? This guy has his head stuck so deep in the sand that the crabs are renting out rooms in his ears. Worse, Learning As I Go slings mud at an army of potential readers. Minick claims to have a lover’s quarrel with the Catholic Church, but if I was the Church — and believe you me, buddy, I am as Catholic as the Pope on Easter — I’d slap this guy down so fast his head would spin. The Church has enough troubles without quibblers like Minick jumping all over it. Back in the day, the authorities would have burned this guy at the stake, and the rest of us would have brought weenies and marshmallows. Nor does Minick stop there. He ridicules progressives. He thinks conservatives are grumps. He presents a long article on what he calls “crazy ladies,” about bitter women over 50, which with any luck may send a few enraged harridans after him with their carving knives. He pokes fun at Islam by writing about “burka babes.” (Dare we hope that some imam may issue a fatwa against this gadfly?) He plunks down an article about how weird Asheville is, but then tells us how much he loves living near its downtown. How weird is that? Minick’s exhortations to young people are particularly impertinent. He throws out advice like a politician making promises, counseling them on everything from doing well in school to becoming real adults. He writes them letters, taking on the name of Samuel Cavanaugh, no doubt another poor slob whose identity Minick has stolen. In one

the American Booksellers Association, Indies First encourages authors to volunteer as “bookseller for a day” at their local bookstores, in return for the ongoing support that indies show authors. City Lights will have Pamela Duncan and Brent Martin as its featured “booksellers for a day.” Duncan is the author of three novels, including Moon Women. She’s also an assistant professor in the English Department at Western Carolina University. Martin has written two chapbooks, Poems from Snow Hill Road and A Shout in the Woods. His work has also been featured in the North Carolina Literary Review, Every Breath Sings Mountains and a collection of nature essays titled Wildbranch. The store is also celebrating its 15th annual Giving Tree. City Lights has partnered with local service agencies offering anonymous lists of children in need this holiday season. All Giving Tree purchases will receive a 20 percent discount. 828.586.9499.

Rasmussen discusses mystery Author Tami Rasmussen will present her murder mystery, Murmur, from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 6, at Books Unlimited in Franklin. Set in Franklin, the narrative is about a horrific murder and the shocking mystery threatening a way of life in the remote location of White Rock Mountain and Hickory Gap. Murder, mystery, fear and great loss cloak this isolated mountain community. Murmur is about the mountain folks who live here and their perseverance dur-


of these letters he has the audacity to instruct young people about dating. The sheer temerity of this old fart attempting to sway innocent teens is breathtaking. Then there are Minick’s essays on virtues like duty and honor. He mouths the usual pieties about character and right living, but the man is a hypocrite. Reading him, or even knowing him, you might think him a blend of Stonewall Jackson, Mahatma Gandhi, and the Apostle Paul, but in truth he’s prone to so many bad habits that I must leave even a listing of his vices to your imagination. There simply isn’t enough space here to record them all. I will concede that Minick writes well enough. After all, various editors took his work and even paid him for his daft observations. I will also concede that his writing brings forth a guffaw or two. Several readers — no doubt the same drooling nabobs who would roar at the sight of an old lady falling down a staircase — have reported laughing aloud at his words. Other readers — those intellectual giants who take their news from the National Enquirer while standing in the checkout line at WalMart — have informed me that some of his insights impressed them. Buy Minick’s book at Amazon if you wish. Go to the signings he has scheduled in the area. Look, if you must, at his Facebook blog on Do as you please. Just don’t say you haven’t been warned. (Despite his apparent animosity, we have it on good authority that Joe Ecclesia remains a friend of Jeff Minick and will continue to visit with him in the future).

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Wildsmith presents Christmas chapbook Poet and educator Dana Wildsmith will present her latest chapbook Christmas in Bethlehem at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 6, at City Lights Bookstore in Sylva. This collection brings the reader back once more to Wildsmith’s family farm in Bethlehem, Ga., a farm introduced through her earlier poetry collection, One Good Hand, and her environmental memoir, Back to Abnormal. Wildsmith is the author of four collections of poetry and has recently completed a novel. She has served as Artist-in-Residence for Grand Canyon National Park, as Writer-in-Residence for the Island Institute in Alaska, and is a Fellow of the Hanbidge Center for Creative Arts and Sciences. Wildsmith teaches English Literacy through Lanier Technical College. 828.586.9499.



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BY PAUL CLARK CORRESPONDENT ary McNeil carried her shopping bag around Haywood’s Historic Farmers Market like a kid on Halloween. In went fresh-ground sausage, newly prepared chorizo and a few cuts of meat from animals that spent the summer happily munching Haywood County’s glorious green grass. Walking through the market outside the Haywood Arts Regional Theatre on a crisp fall day, McNeil felt good not only about the quality of meat she was buying from a surprisingly large number of meat vendors, but also about what she was doing for the local economy. Buying meat from local farmers helps them keep their land in farms and their families in the pink. But taste is the biggest benefit, said McNeil, a busy medical salesperson who grew up in Haywood County. “This is so much better than what you can buy at the supermarket,” McNeil said as she bought chorizo from Keela Worley at the market. “It just tastes fresher, and it’s not full of chemicals.” Local meat is sizzling. The number of state farmers classified as meat and poultry handlers has increased dramatically since 2002, according to the N.C. Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services. Rich in farmland, Haywood County has some 700 farms and is in the top 20 percent of state beef producers, the department’s statistics indicate. In the past decade, Western North Carolina livestock producers supplying local markets have increased from a handful to 95 beef producers, 70 pork producers, 36 lamb producers, 26 goat producers and two bison producers, according to the Appalachian Sustainable Agricultural Project, which works to connect farmers and buyers in the region. Serving them are meat processors such as Nantahala Meats and Poultry in Franklin and Wells, Jenkins & Wells in Forest City. Buying meat from local producers “sets the stage for having a relationship with the farmer who raised it,” said Maggie Cramer, ASAP’s communications manager. Having that relationship, whether for the producers of pork or produce, is what draws McNeil and others shoppers to Haywood’s Historic Farmers Market. That’s true at farmers markets throughout North Carolina, nearly every one of which now has at least one farm selling its own meat. Haywood’s Historic Farmers Market, observing winter hours 9 a.m. to noon through Dec. 14, has about a dozen, Carol James said. So many Haywood County farmers now want to sell their beef, pork, turkey and trout at the market that administrators created a


Keela Worley, selling chorizo to Mary McNeil, loves the social aspects of selling meat at the market. Paul Clark photos

Fresh from the farm Meat gets a sizzling reception at farmers market waiting list, purposely limiting the number of meat vendors so that those who currently sell can make some money, said James, the market’s adviser and past president. “Prices for meat may be higher here at the market than in the grocery store,” she said. “But our customers are a very savvy bunch.

They understand the benefits of buying a quality product.” Locally raised meat is “surprisingly affordable,” said Jenny McPherson, manager of the Jackson County Farmers Market. The market currently has three meat vendors (beef, pork and poultry). “Sometimes we have ground

beef for $5 a pound, which when you consider how much work goes into raising it and that it’s grass-fed, is pretty good.” Worley Farms raises beef and pork on a farm in the Beaverdam community of Haywood County that’s been in her husband’s family for more than 100 years. Customers like knowing where the meat comes from and who raised it, she said. Everything about local meat seems to be a family affair. The Worleys got into the meat business because of their son. Living on his family’s 40-acre farm, he started showing pigs in 2001 as part of his 4-H project at Bethel Christian Academy (he won grand champion at the Mountain State Fair that year, his first time out). He showed pigs for years, but “when he quit, we had to figure out what we were going to do with the pigs,” his mother said. “We visited the market, and they encouraged us to sell the meat.” To her own family’s story she adds those from other families who come to the market every week to buy the pork chops, ribs and filets she has to sell. “They’ll tell you they’ll never buy meat from the supermarket anymore,” Keela Worley said. “We have a lot of repeat customers.” “I had one man from Florida who had been buying from me all summer,” she said. “He called me at home and said he was heading back to Florida and needed some sausage. So when I was there that Saturday, he came up and bought 15 pounds. He put them in his cooler and said he had room for five more pounds. He said, I’ll see you in April. That’s a good feeling when people come back and tell you how good your product is.” Heidi Dunkelberg knows how good it is. Co-owner of Carolina Coffee Cup Café in Clyde, she uses sausage from Worley Farms in her sausage biscuits. She also makes sandwiches from ground beef and beef brisket that she gets from Sunburst Beef of Bethel. “It’s a neat thing that here in our county we have meat that is just wonderful,” Dunkelberg said. “I live in Canton and have raised and killed hogs and know what fresh meat tastes like. It’s just better, and you don’t have all these other ingredients on the label that you can’t pronounce.” She keeps a chalkboard in her restaurant to let customers know about the local beef, pork, trout, produce and beer that she uses. It’s a way of supporting area businesses — businesses that support her by referring diners her way — and a way of letting local residents know that there are farms growing meat in their county.



Town has begun thinning white pine

More property along the Blue Ridge Parkway near Waterrock Knob is now protected, thanks to The Conservation Trust for North Carolina (CTNC) and a Salisbury couple. The nonprofit conservation organization recently purchased 104 acres that adjoin the Blue Ridge Parkway for more than half a mile in Jackson County. The forested property, at milepost 451.5, can be viewed from Cranberry Ridge Overlook and other areas along the Parkway. The tract contains almost half a mile of Open Branch in the headwaters of Soco Creek in the Little Tennessee River basin. Elevations range from 3,900 to 5,000 feet, making it prime highelevation spruce-fir habitat. Fred and Alice Stanback of Salisbury provided “generous funding” for the purchase, the CTNC said in a press release. Conservation of the Open Branch tract complements CTNC’s October acquisition of 16 acres below the Hornbuckle Valley Overlook at milepost 453.4. The purchase price for both properties was below appraised value, the CTNC said. CTNC plans to convey the Open

attract visitors to the western portion of the Parkway,” said Mark Woods, Blue Ridge Parkway Superintendent. The Conservation Trust has now conserved 49 properties on the Blue Ridge Parkway, totaling 30,786 acres.


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Bates, a perennial co-leader of Waynesville’s annual watershed hikes, noted that the thinning might not be the prettiest sight next spring. “It’ll basically look like a thinned stand of white pine with slash strewn about on the forest floor. Those who don’t like to see any kind of logging may not like what they see, but by the end of the summer, by next fall there will be herbaceous growth where light is getting through to the forest floor and probably some poplar and other hardwood saplings.” I am also one of the leaders on the annual watershed hikes, and I generally lead my group through a portion of the white pine stand. It’s usually near the end of the hike and people who are strolling along and chatting with one another — I don’t say anything — just walk about 100 feet or so into the stand and stop. Then I ask if the group notices anything different. Usual responses are, “There’s nothing here,” or “It’s so quiet.” And we get to talk for a moment about the differences between the forest we just left with its myriad species of trees, shrubs, wildflowers and different birds and this unnatural, quiet and empty monoculture of white pine. I look forward to seeing the difference next fall.

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I believe it was in 2010 when the Town of Waynesville signed off on a plan to thin the stands of white pine in the Waynesville Watershed. Today (11/25), Cecil Brooks began doing just that. Brooks said that, weather permitting, he would probably be hauling the first load out tomorrow. The problem has been that there was no viable market for white pine. According to Rob Lamb, executive director of Forest Stewards (the organization that helped create the town’s Watershed Management Plan and is responsible for its implementation), there were no responses to sealed bids that went out about a year ago. “We then began talking with contractors we knew,” Lamb said, “and Cecil decided to take the project on.” Brooks has worked with Forest Stewards before and has also worked in a watershed environment. “We’re happy Cecil is doing the work. We’ve worked with him before and he knows we [Forest Stewards] are pretty demanding,” said Lamb. There are about 51 acres across the watershed that will be treated. Lamb said that 42 of those acres would be subject to thinning and that the other nine would be a hardwood regeneration area. “The work we are doing is restoration work,” he said. “We are transitioning the forest from a non-native white pine ecosystem to a more natural, native hardwood forest.” Dr. Pete Bates, natural resources professor at Western Carolina University and president of the Forest Stewards board of directors, has been involved with the town’s watershed easements since 2004 (or earlier) when the town began acquiring the property. Part of the watershed, the acres purchased with funds from the EPA and North Carolina’s Clean Water Management Trust Fund, are in a “forever wild” easement and will not be actively managed. Most of the watershed, though, is in a “working forest” easement co-held by the Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy (SAHC) and the Conservation Trust for North Carolina (CTNC). Bates said that the white pine treatment is a manifestation of the philosophy of the watershed management plan which states, “The best forest management strategy for protecting water resources on the property is to create and maintain a diverse forest of healthy, naturally occurring plant communities.” Rusty Painter, CTNC’s land protection director, said his organization had the utmost confidence in Forest Stewards and believed the work in Waynesville’s watershed could be a teaching moment. “It can demonstrate that forestry, done properly, is

wholly compatible with forest health.” Painter also noted that CTNC would have boots on the ground in the watershed to monitor the project. Carl Silverstein, executive director at SAHC, echoed Painter’s praise of Forest Stewards. He said that knowing Forest Stewards and Bates would be creating the management plan helped ensure SAHC’s participation in the easement. Hanni Muerdter, SAHC’s stewardship and conservation planning director, said that she had recently visited the site. “Our language is very specific,” Muerdter, said, “the harvest must be overseen by a registered forester — and that’s where Forest Stewards comes in.” Muerdter said she was quite comfortable with Lamb’s and Forest Stewards’ abilities and felt confident that all best management practices would be exceeded.

Branch and Hornbuckle Valley Overlook properties to the National Park Service. The tracts are part of a growing area of contiguous, protected land that is intended to become the Waterrock Knob/PlottBalsams Park along the Parkway. “The preservation of these two properties in their natural condition is a major plus for the Blue Ridge Parkway. Pristine waters, mature forests and healthy wildlife habitat will remain forever. In addition, the tracts’ scenic appeal will continue to


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Welcome winter at the Highlands Nature Center The Highlands Nature Center will open Dec. 7 for a special afternoon of winter natural history fun and learning. This free event will have activities for all ages from 1 to 3:30 p.m., followed by a lecture for mature audiences at 4 p.m. by James Moore on Charles Darwin. Among the activities throughout the day are a scavenger hunt in the Highlands Botanical Garden and hot cider and holiday ornament making with natural materials. Nature Center Director Patrick Brannon will do a program on animal winter survival strategies from 1:30 to 2 p.m. and Highlands Biological Station Executive Director Jim Costa will do a program on insects in winter from 2:30 to 3:15 p.m. Both programs are suitable for all ages. James Moore, the co-author of Darwin and Darwin’s “Sacred Cause: Race, Slavery and the Quest for Human Origins,” will lecture on “Sacred Cause.” With degrees in science, divinity and history, and a Ph.D. from Manchester University, Moore has taught history of science at Cambridge University and the Open University in England, where he is Professor of the History of Science. He is currently researching Darwin’s colleague, Alfred Russel Wallace. or 828.526.2221.

“It’s pretty much a win-win situation for everyone,” Dunkelberg said. “Since I’m an independently owned restaurant, I depend on local support. I try to give that to other businesses. I’m dying to do a Reuben sandwich with trout from Sunburst Trout,” a trout hatchery and processor in Waynesville. Dewey Gidcumb of White Oak Rabbitry and Farm in the White Oak community north of Waynesville sells rabbit, pork and lamb, as well as free-range eggs, spinach and other greens. He was about the only meat vendor when the market started in 2008. He attributes the increase in vendors to people being more concerned about what they eat. He noted research that indicates substantial benefits of grass-fed over grain-fed meat. Grass-fed beef, for instance, tends to be lower in fat and higher in vitamin E and omega-3 fatty acids. “It’s closer to the way our ancestors ate,” Gidcumb said. But it’s not necessarily the way Haywood County eats. Getting local folks to buy the meat has been a challenge, he said. A lot, if not most, of his business is from people who spend summers here and the rest of the year elsewhere. Nonetheless,

Larry Shelton can talk about the virtues of the quail eggs and meat he sells all day. people who venture into the market to buy meat tend to be repeat customers, he said. “People have been so disassociated from the way meat is produced and put in the

“People have been so disassociated from the way meat is produced and put in the supermarket that they want to know their growers personally.” — Dewey Gidcumb, White Oak Rabbitry and Farm

supermarket that they want to know their growers personally,” Gidcumb said. “They want to shake hands and talk about how we take care of our animals.” His family got into the meat market by raising chickens for themselves. They like rabbit and lamb too, so that led to other animals on their eight-acre farm. The farm, husbandry and business have grown from there. Now regular shoppers at Haywood’s Historic Farmers Market depend on him being there. That’s true for many of the meat purveyors who sell at local markets. “When the pork vendor isn’t at the market, people come up to me and ask me where they are,” McPherson said. Larry Shelton’s business has grown from his involvement with the market as well. His company, Bethel Quail, Eggs & Hatchery, has been selling quail eggs and meat there for two years. He started with 15 quail and then had 200. He was expecting about 400 eggs to hatch any minute, he said on a recent weekend at the market. Six hundred quail is a lot of quail. But the meat and eggs sell well at the market, as well as to the many area restaurants he supplies, he said. Like other purveyors of locally grown meat, Shelton spoke about the health benefits of what he was selling. Quail eggs are higher in protein, iron, potassium and vitamin B1 than chicken eggs. The meat is light, delicious and something that Haywood County has in its DNA. “People used to hunt quail, but they don’t anymore,” Shelton said. “I’m providing them with a taste of what they forgot.”

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Forest service seeks camper 828.442.2470. Investigators are still trying to find the cause of the fire. A reward may be offered for substantial information. The Linville Gorge area in the Grandfather Ranger District is now completely open, including the Linville Gorge Picnic Area and all trails. Visitors to the area may still see fire crews monitoring the situation, and anyone using campfires is urged to use extreme caution.

Waynesville Judo team dominates tournament The Waynesville Judo team took top honors at the Fall Brawl judo tournament Oct. 5 at the Waynesville Recreation Center by winning the coveted Team Trophy. The Waynesville team competed among nearly 100 contenders from five different states, who attended the event. “Overall we were pleased with the event,” said Sensei Jimmy Riggs. “We had lots of good judo, the Sunset Cruisers and great barbecue.” In addition to the Team Trophy, individual competitors from the Waynesville Judo team also claimed numerous gold, silver and bronze medals in their divisions. First place winners were: Braden Riggs, Max Rogers, Jessi Shell, Billy Frizzell, Eli Frizzell, Gage Cole, Dalton Greer and A.J. Flowe. Second-place winners were: Trevor Phillips, Travis Austin, Carson Frizzell, Dessa Phillips, Mitchell Ensley, Greg Rogers and Samuel Danks. Third-place winners were: Jazzie Baxter and Cristian Kuehl. The club’s next tournament will be at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville. For more information about the program contact Jimmy Riggs at 828. 506.0327.

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U.S. Forest Service law enforcement officials have released a picture of a man they believe may have information about the Linville Gorge wildfire, which is now 100 percent contained after burning nearly 2,600 acres. They are hoping the public can help identify him. Officials believe the man camped in the Table Rock picnic area on Veterans Day and may have information that would help the investigation. The man is believed to have been with a group of other campers and may play the guitar. Officials say there was a truck in the area they think is a white, 2007 to 2009 Dodge Ram truck, possibly a sport model. Anyone with information concerning this person or the group camping at the Table Rock picnic area is asked to call Law Enforcement Officer Jason Crisp at

The Waynesville Parks and Recreation Department will offer a geocaching field trip Monday, Dec. 9, to homeschool students in kindergarten through eighth grade. The group will leave at 1 p.m. from the Waynesville Recreation Center to explore the area for hidden treasures of the geocaching world. The word “geocaching” refers to “geo” for geography and to “caching,” which is the process of hiding a cache. A cache in computer terms usually refers to information stored in memory to make it faster to retrieve. But the term is also used in hiking and camping as a place for concealing and preserving provisions. Geocaching is a real-world treasure hunt that’s happening right now. There are 2,271,132 active geocachers today. The cost is $3 for members of the Waynesville Recreation Center or $5 for non-members. 828.456.2030 or

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the four-day Thanksgiving holiday by offering Dome-related items at 15 percent off, said Lisa Duff, GSMA marketing and membership director. “All four days of the extra-long holiday weekend above 6,000 feet will feature sale prices, hot drinks, refreshments and more,” said Duff. Also, retired National Park Service ‘ Ranger Kim DeLozier will sign his new The Great Smoky Mountains book, “Bear in the Back Seat,” from 10 a.m. Association will hold a “blow-out sale” on to 1 p.m. Friday, Nov. 29, at the Oconaluftee select merchandise starting Thanksgiving Visitor Center near Cherokee and from 9:30 Day at its Clingmans Dome in Great Smoky a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 30, at Sugarlands Visitor Center near Gatlinburg, where he will also give a short talk. The October federal government shutdown occurred during the park’s busiest month for sales, leaving the GSMA warehouse full of inventory, said GSMA Executive Director Terry Maddox. “GSMA lost more than $550,000 in revenue at our park Great Smoky Mountains Association sales associate Dan Paulin. Donated photo stores, money that can’t easily be made up,” he said. GSMA is the fundraising Mountains National Park. The Clingmans arm of Great Smoky Mountains National Dome Information Center closes for the Park. or call season at 5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 1, so park 888.898.9102, ext. 222 or 254. officials hope to move merchandise during

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COMMUNITY EVENTS & ANNOUNCEMENTS • Affordable Care Act Community Educational Sessions, with Cynthia Solesbee, certified health care navigator for Macon County, Meeting Room, Macon County Public Library, Franklin: 6 to 7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 2; 10 to 11 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 4; and 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 7. No registration necessary. 524.3600. • Smoky Mountain Chapter of the National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association meeting, noon Saturday, Dec. 7, Lambuth Inn, North Lakeshore Drive, Lake Junaluska. Ed Fox, 456.5251; Betty Brintnall, 586.9292; Luci Swanson, 369.8922. • A special showing of “Elf,” for people with autism will be held at 1 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 22, at Asheville Pizza and Brewing Co., 675 Merrimon Ave., North Asheville. Tickets are $3.00; all ticket sales and donations will benefit the Autism Society of North Carolina (ASNC) in Western North Carolina. Simone Seitz, 236.1547. For this event, the volume will be low, lights will not be dimmed, and movie-goers may stand, walk, dance, and move around. The event is designed for individuals on the autism spectrum, their families, and the community to experience a film in a safe and accepting environment. • 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.

All phone numbers area code 828 unless otherwise noted. • “Understanding our Past, Shaping our Future” through 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. • 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. • Smoky Mountain Model Railroaders meet for a work session from 7 to 9 p.m. every Tuesday and from 2 to 4 p.m. the second Sunday of the month at 130 Frazier St., in the Industrial Park near Bearwaters Brewery, Waynesville. Public is welcome to see the trains during the Sunday sessions. The group runs Lionel-type 3rail O gauge trains. The train layout is more than 50 feet long. • The Town of Canton will pick up bagged leaves through Dec. 20. Schedule a pickup. 648.2363. • P.A.W.S. Adoption Days first Saturday of each month from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the front lawn at Charleston Station, Bryson City.

BUSINESS & EDUCATION • Issues & Eggs. 8 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 4, The Gateway Club, 37 Church St., downtown Waynesville.

Featured speaker is Dr. Steve Morse, economist and director of Western Carolina University’s Hospitality and Tourism Management program. 456.6789. • Virginia Postrel, an author, columnist and speaker, will discuss her book, “The Power of Glamour: Longing and the Art of Visual Persuasion,” 5 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 4, Wells Fargo Business Center, Forsyth Building, Western Carolina University. 227.3383 or • Computer Class: Basic Microsoft Word, 5:45 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 4, Jackson County Public Library. 586.2016. • Franklin Chamber of Commerce Alive After Five and Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts’ Open House, 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 5, 1028 Georgia Road, Franklin. Tours, giveaways, local restaurant showcase, and a concert by My Highway. 2014 schedule will be announced. • Haywood Chamber Holiday Cheer, 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 11, Laurel Ridge Country Club, Waynesville. Tickets: $30 per person. Chef stations and locally brewed beers. Live and silent auctions. • Haywood County Chamber of Commerce Young Professionals Holiday Networking After Hours, 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 12, Frog Level Brewing, Waynesville. • Business plan competition through spring 2014, offered by Macon County Certified Entrepreneurial Community (CEC) Leadership Team. Grand prize is $5,000., SCC’s Small Business Center, 339.4211 or • Nursing Assistant I class, 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. Fridays and 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturdays, starting Jan.17, Haywood Community College. 565.4145 or email

FUNDRAISERS AND BENEFITS • Tuesday, Dec. 10 is the deadline to donate gently used coats to the Macon County Public Library children’s area for the East Hickory Knoll Methodist Church coat drive. • Friends of the Greenway, Inc. (FROGS) Headquarters Gift Shop, 573 E. Main St., Franklin, special 25 percent off all merchandise between Nov. 29-Dec. 5, to benefit support local artists/crafters and the Franklin Greenway. 369.8488.

BLOOD DRIVES • Maggie Valley United Methodist Church Blood Drive, 2 to 6 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 3, 4192 Soco Road, Maggie Valley. Sue Gibson, 386.956.7718.

HEALTH MATTERS • Community CPR/First Aid Training, 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 5, Jackson County Recreation Center, Cullowhee. $40 per participant. Limited to 20 participants. 293.3053,

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 2, 9 and 23. For ages 8 years old and older. Cost is $170 for lift, rental and lesson; $135 for lift and lesson, or $85 for a season pass holder with own equipment. 456.2030 or email

SENIOR ACTIVITIES • Holiday Nutrition seminar, 1 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 4, Room 137, Department of aging, 100 County Services Park, Sylva. Free. 586.4944 to RSVP. Hosted by Jackson County Senior Center.

KIDS & FAMILIES • Cookies with Santa, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 30, Lower Level Town Hall, Franklin. • Local author Anna Browning, 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, Blue Ridge Books, 152 S. Main St., Waynesville. Browning will sign copies of her book, Tanner Turbeyfill and the Moon Rocks. 456.6000,, • Breakfast With Santa, plus free hearing and vision screening, 8 to 11 a.m., Saturday, Dec. 7, First United Methodist Church, 566 Haywood St., Waynesville. Free. • Story time with Mrs. Claus and a special visit from Santa. 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, The Strand, 38 Main, Waynesville. • Breakfast with Santa, 9 a.m. to noon, Saturday, Dec. 14, Canton Armory, 71 Penland St, Canton. $5, adults, $3 children 5-12 years old, and free for children under 4. Proceeds to benefit the local program Share The Warmth. • Waynesville Parks and Recreation Department Winter Day Camp, 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Dec. 23, 26, 27, 30 and 31, Waynesville Recreation Center, for kids in kindergarten through sixth grade. Geocaching, snow tubing, field trips, swimming, movies and more. Price varies. Space is limited. Call the Waynesville Parks and Recreation Department at 456.2030 or email • Registration open for Jackson County Junior Appalachian Musicians (JAM) classes. Semester II classes will run January through May 2014, Thursdays at Cullowhee Valley School. $100 per student. Dusk Weaver, JAM director, 497.4964 or or Heather Gordon, 4-H Agent, at 586.4009 or

• Ladies Night Out, 4 p.m. and 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 10, Angel Medical Center, Franklin. Topic is Stress and Depression. Dawn Wilde Burgess, 349.2426.

• Free after school program for sixth graders, 3 to 6 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays through the school year, First Baptist of Sylva. Enroll at 708.7792 or

• Special Lunch and Learn with orthopedic surgeon Douglas Gates, M.D. noon to 1 p.m. Friday, Dec. 13, Harris Regional Hospital board room, Sylva. Advance reservations required. Lunch will be served. 586.7677 and leave a message.

• KARE’s Parents as Teachers, 9 a.m. Thursdays, parking lot/picnic shelter, Waynesville Recreation Center. Walk, meet other parents and help your kids get the wiggles out.

RECREATION & FITNESS • Registration begins Dec. 2 for a Learn to Ski/Snowboard class to be held Jan. 12 and 26 and Feb.

Science & Nature • Star gazes through the Astronomy Club of Asheville, twice per month on the Friday nights that fall near the Last Quarter and New Moons (unless a holiday interferes). for the

• Annual tree lighting and candlelight service, 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 29, on the Square in downtown Franklin.

• See chestnut burrs and fall color during a guided tour of the chestnut orchard at Cataloochee Ranch. Guided tours, 11 a.m. Wednesdays, includes lunch. $15. Reservations suggested. 926.1401.

• Santa’s Gift Shop, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, Nov. 29, and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 30, Macon County Community Facilities Building on Highway 441 S. $1 admission or free with a donation of a non-perishable food item. 497.9425 or 736.3245.

Literary (children) • Children’s Story time: Tommy’s Turkey Day, 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 27, Jackson County Public Library, Sylva. 586.2016. • Jackson County Public Library closed for Thanksgiving, Thursday, Nov. 28 and Friday, Nov. 29. 586.2016. • Children’s Story time: Rotary Readers, 11 a.m. Monday, Dec. 2, Jackson County Public Library. 586.2016. • Children’s Story time: Christmas Cookies, 11 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 3, Jackson County Public Library. 586.2016. • Teen Time, 4 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 3, Jackson County Public Library. 586.2016.

• Santa Claus, from the Santa Claus Trilogy, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, Nov. 29 and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 30, Santa’s Gift Shop, Macon County Community Facilities Building, Franklin. • Quilt raffle for a Cowee Quilters quilt, 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 30, Santa’s Gift Shop, Macon County Community Facilities Building, Franklin. Tickets sold during Santa’s Gift Shop, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 29, and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 30. Proceeds go to Cowee Volunteer Fire Department. 421.4962.


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• 26th annual Hard Candy Christmas Art & Craft Show, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 29-30, Ramsey Center at Western Carolina University, Cullowhee. Adults $4, weekend pass, children under 12 free. or 524.3405. • Christmas on the Green, Nov. 29-Jan. 6, The Village Green, Cashiers. Santa Claus, noon to 3 p.m., Christmas tree lighting, 6 to 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 29.

ECA EVENTS • Extension and Community Association (ECA) groups meet throughout the county at various locations and times each month. NC Cooperative Extension Office, 586.4009. This month’s meetings include: – Christmas Party, Kountry Krafters ECA 6 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 3, Tuckasegee Wesleyan Church, Tuckasegee. – Christmas Party, Potpourri ECA, 9:30 a.m., Thursday, Dec. 5, Conference Room of Community Service Center, Sylva. – ECA annual Pot Luck Recognition Luncheon, noon, Monday, Dec. 9, Conference Room of Community Service Center, Sylva.

– Christmas Party, Lunch and Learn ECA noon, Thursday, Dec. 12, Ryan’s in Sylva. – Cookie and Recipe Exchange, Sew Easy Girls ECA, 1 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 17, Conference Room of Community Service Center, Sylva.


• Wreaths for Festival of Wreaths Fundraiser will be on display through Monday, Dec. 2, at Angel Medical Center, Franklin. Bid on wreaths which have been donated by churches, businesses and individuals. Proceeds to benefit Hospice patients who are not covered by insurance. Winning bids announced after the Hospice Tree blessing ceremony. • Reduced prices on Christmas books for adults and children Thanksgiving through December at The Friends of the Library Used Book Store in Sylva. Proceeds support the Jackson County Public Library. • Franklin Chamber of Commerce Gingerbread House Competition. Deliver entries between 3 and 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 3, to the lower level of Town Hall. 524.3161.

• Franklin Christmas Parade, 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 1, Franklin. 524.3161.

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• Canton Christmas Parade, 6 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 5. 235.2760. • Haywood Studio’s annual Holiday Craft Sale, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 5 and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday, Dec. 6, Creative Arts Building at Haywood Community College, Clyde. Haywood Studios is the craft club organization for students in the Professional Crafts programs at HCC. All work in the Holiday Sale is created by students. • Love Lights A Tree ceremony, 6:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 6, Franklin Town Square. Personalized ornaments for $10 to support Relay for Life of Franklin. Snowflakes, Christmas trees or stockings that can be personalized with a name and date in honor or memory of your loved one. • “A Brasstown Christmas,” featuring the Brasstown Ringers, 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 6, United Methodist Church, Harrison Ave., Franklin. Free, but a goodwill offering taken at the end. • Dillsboro Luminaries, 5 to 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Dec. 6-7 and 13-14, downtown Dillsboro. Adapted from an old Scandinavian custom of lighting the way for the Christ child, more than 2,500 candles in small white bags line the streets and every storefront is aglow with Christmas lights and decorations. Coffee, cider, hot chocolate, baked goodies, horse and buggy rides and Santa Claus. Iceless ice skating, Dec. 6, and grand finale fireworks, Dec. 14. • Highlands Olde Mountain Christmas Parade, 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, downtown Highlands. • Christmas dance party for adults, 7 to 8:45 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, Waynesville Recreation Center, Waynesville. Music by Paul Indelicato. $5 per person. Bring a finger food dish. 456.2030 or email • Jackson County Senior Center annual Craft Festival, 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, Heritage Room, Department on Aging building, 100 County Services Park, Sylva. Craft vendor tables, $10. Children’s Breakfast with Santa, 8:30 to 10:30 a.m., free for children 10 and under; $5 for adults and children 11 and older. 586.4944.




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• 16th annual Turkey Drive to benefit Haywood County’s disadvantaged residents, sponsored by The Lodging Association. $25 donation pays for a 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.

• Highlands Tree Lighting Ceremony, 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 30, Main Street Highlands.

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• Food drive to stock Macon County CareNet Food Pantry, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday Nov. 29, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 30, during Santa’s Gift Shop, Macon County Community Facilities Building, Highway 441 S. (Georgia Road), Franklin. 497.9425, 736.3245 or

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• Haywood County Master Gardener Wreath Making, two sessions, 10 a.m. to noon or 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, Cooperative Extension Office, 589 Raccoon Road, Waynesville. Cost is $25. Make reservations by Wednesday, Nov. 27, by calling Erin Freeman, 456.3575. Space is limited. Proceeds fund horticultural projects in Haywood County. • 9th annual Christmas Service in a Stable , 5:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 8, 3rd Generation Barn Loft, 84 Frank Mann Road, Canton. Free, handicap accessible.



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• “Hometown Christmas” Variety Show, 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 8, Tuscola High School Auditorium, Waynesville. Free admission. Presented by Cornerstone Fellowship Church. Doors open at 3 p.m. Arts and crafts, bakery. Proceeds support a mission trip. 452.1433. • Smoky Mountain Model Railroad Club will set up a Christmas-themed train layout in the front lobby of Beverly-Hanks & Association, 74 N. Main St., downtown Waynesville, Dec. 13-15. The winter setting will be reminiscent of the department store window layouts of the 1950s with some modern elements added. • Breakfast with Santa, 9 a.m. to noon, Saturday, Dec. 14, Canton Armory, 71 Penland St, Canton. $5, adults, $3 children 5-12 years old, and free for children under 4. Proceeds to benefit the local program Share The Warmth. • Haywood County Public Library is collecting food through Dec. 18 for local residents. 452.5169. • Polar Express, through Dec. 29, the Great Smoky Mountain Railroad train depot in Bryson City. 800.872.4681 or



• 3rd Generation Barn Loft’s 8th annual Living Nativity (Jesus’ birth), 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, 84 Frank Mann Road, Canton. Take exit 33 of I-40, turn toward Leicester on Newfound Road, fork left onto N. Hominy Road, first right. Free, bring a non-perishable food item for The Community Kitchen.


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• 39th annual Cashiers Christmas Parade, noon Saturday, Dec. 14, Cashiers. Application at news/item/923-entries-wanted-for-cashiers39th-annual-christmas-parade, • Sylva Christmas Parade, 3 p.m. Saturday,

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LITERARY (ADULTS) • Small Business Saturday and Indies First, Saturday, Nov. 29, City Lights Bookstore, Sylva. Authors Pamela Duncan and Brent Martin will serve as “booksellers for a day.” Specials and discounts for Giving Tree purchases. 586.9499. • Poetry event with Tracy Schmidt, 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 30, Blue Ridge Books, 152 S. Main St., Waynesville., 456.6000. • Book signing event with Franklin resident Tami Rasmussen, 5 to 8 p.m. Monday, Dec. 16, Books Unlimited, 60 E. Main St., Franklin. Rasmussen will sign copies of her book, Murmur. • Dana Wild smith presents her Christmas chapbook, Christmas in Bethlehem, 6:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 6, City Lights Bookstore, Sylva. 586.9499. • ABC Yoga, 5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, City Lights Bookstore, Sylva. 586.9499. • Author event with Anna Browning, 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, Blue Ridge Books, 152 S. Main St., Waynesville. Browning will sign her children’s picture book, Tanner Turbeyfill and the Moon Rocks., 456.6000. • Author event with Jeff Minick, 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 8, Blue Ridge Books, 152 S. Main St., Waynesville. Minick will discuss his new book, Learning As I Go, a collection of essays and reviews. 456.6000, • Author event with Karla Wood, 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 14, Blue Ridge Books, 152 S. Main St., Waynesville. Riley’s Mission is a tooth fairy tale that answers the questions most children have about the tooth fairy. 456.6000, • Ready to Read, adult literacy program to help those who are illiterate or need to improve/strengthen their reading skills, 10 a.m. to noon, Tuesdays and Thursdays, Genealogy Study Room on the second floor of Jackson County Public Library. 586.2016. • Lost Writers Support Group, 10 a.m. to noon, first Saturday of the month, Zelda Divine, Inc., 1210 S. Main St., Waynesville. Coffee, refreshments, and good company abide.

ON STAGE & IN CONCERT • David Holt and Josh Goforth, 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 29, Highlands Performing Arts Center, Highlands. Tickets are $25 and available online at or by calling 526.9047. • “An Enchanted Broadway Holiday Show,” performed by award-winning recording artists Lee Lessack and Joanna O’Brien and directed by John Boswell, 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 3, John W. Bardo Fine and Performing Arts Center at WCU. Tickets are free for students and $5 for all others. or 227.3751. • First Thursday Old-Time and Bluegrass Jam Series, 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 5, Western Carolina University’s Mountain Heritage Center, H.F. Robinson Administration Building, Cullowhee. Featuring Speaking-In-Tunes. Jam session follows at 8 p.m. 227.7129.

• Home for Christmas Concert by Mountain Faith, 6:30 p.m. refreshments, 7 p.m. concert begins, Saturday, Dec. 7, Community Room, Jackson County Public Library. Bring an item for Operation Christmas Box. • Nowell! An English Christmas presented by the Haywood Community Chorus, 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 5, sanctuary, First United Methodist Church, 566 S. Haywood St., Waynesville. Seventy-member group, under the direction of guest conductor Lanier Bayliss and guest accompanist Kathy Geyer McNeil. Accompanied by the Signature Winds. Free. • A Christmas Carol,7:30 p.m. Dec. 6-7 and 3 p.m. Dec. 13-14, HART Theatre, 250 Pigeon St., Waynesville. $20, adults; $17, seniors; $8, students. Discounted matinee tickets are $16, adults; $14 seniors, and $6 students. Reservations can be made by calling the HART Box Office from 1 to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday, at 456.6322 or going to • A Season for Harmony, barbershop quartet concert featuring Song O’ Sky Chorus (Sweet Adelines International) and Land of the Sky together at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, Terrace Auditorium, Terrace Hotel, 91 Lakeshore Drive, Lake Junaluska. Tickets, $15, $12.50 and students free., • Song O’ Sky Chorus (Sweet Adelines International) in an afternoon of old and new favorites sung in sweet barbershop-style harmony, 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 8, Colonial Theater, Canton. Free. Sponsored by Crawford Ray Funeral Home and Memorial Gardens as a holiday gift to the community., 866.824.9547. • A Blue Ridge Christmas with Sheila Kay Adams and Michael Reno Harrell, 6 p.m. doors open, 7:45 p.m. show starts, Thursday, Dec. 12, The Strand, 38 Main, downtown Waynesville. $12. • International Bluegrass Music Museum legend Randall Franks, “Officer Randy Goode” from television’s “In the Heat of the Night,” 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 14, Maggie Valley Opry House, 3605 Soco Road, Maggie Valley, with Raymond Fairchild and Band with the Stone Mountain Travelers. $15. 648.7941 or visit • ZZ Top, 10:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 31, Harrah’s Cherokee Event Center, Cherokee. Tickets at

NIGHT LIFE • Open mic night, 6 p.m. sign up, 7 p.m. music starts, Thursday, Dec. 5, The Strand, 38 Main, Waynesville. • A Blue Ridge Christmas with Sheila Kay Adams and Michael Reno Harrell, 7:45 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 12, The Strand, 38 Main, Waynesville. • Jerry Butler and the Blu-Js, 7:45 p.m. Thursday, Dec 19, The Strand, 38 Main, Waynesville. • November Songwriters in the Round, 6 to 10 p.m. Balsam Mountain Inn. $45 per person. 800.224.9498, • Live music at Alley Kats in Waynesville. 456.9498 or 734.6249.

DANCE • Christmas dance party for adults, 7 to 8:45 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, Waynesville Recreation Center, Waynesville. Music by Paul Indelicato.

• Holiday Inn, 7:45 p.m. Dec. 6-7, The Strand, 38 Main, Waynesville.

• Pisgah Promenaders Christmas Square Dance, 6:45 to 8:45 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 14, Old Armory Recreation Center, 44 Boundary St., Waynesville. Plus and Mainstream dancing with caller Ken Perkins. 586.8416, 452.1971.

• Polar Express, 7:45 p.m. Friday, Dec. 20, and 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 21, The Strand, 38 Main, Waynesville. Wear your PJs.


SPECIAL & SEASONAL EVENTS • Free natural body care products class at 3 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 8, at Canton branch of the Haywood County Public Library. All supplies for the class will be provided. 648.2924. • Game Day, 2 p.m. third Saturday of the month, Papou’s Wine Shop, Sylva. Bring cards, board games, etc. 586.6300.

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


• Artist’s reception for Cullowhee watercolor artist Craig Forrest, 9 p.m. Friday, Dec. 6, It’s by Nature gallery, 678 W. Main St., Sylva. 631.3020. • Green Biennial Invitational Exhibition featuring nine new sculptures, through Dec. 31, the Village Green Commons, Cashiers., 743.3434.

CLASSES, PROGRAMS & DEMONSTRATIONS • Make Your Own Pottery Gift: clay plaques, 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, Dec. 6, $30; clay angels, 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Dec. 7, $30; and mug, 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, Dec. 13, $25; 488.0480 or email

FILM & SCREEN • The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe, 2 p.m. and 7:45 p.m. Nov. 29-30, The Strand, 38 Main St., downtown Waynesville. Tickets, $4 and $6. 283.0079. • Children’s movie, noon Saturday, Nov. 30, Jackson County Public Library. Call Library for movie title. 586.2016. • Family movie, 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 3, Marianna Black Library, Bryson City. Features a golden retriever puppy named Budderball who gets his name on Santa Paws’ naughty list. 488.3030.

• Great Smoky Mountains National Park is moving toward its winter schedule, when several roads will close, some campgrounds and lodges will be shuttered and visitor centers will close or have reduced operating hours. For details, go to, call 865.436.1200 and follow the prompts, or Twitter at SmokiesRoadsNPS.

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• Nantahala Hiking Club, seven-mile moderate-tostrenuous hike, Sat. Nov. 30, to Albert Mountain, returning on the Appalachian Trail to Betty Creek Gap. Meet at 9:30 a.m. at Westgate Plaza in Franklin. Gail Lehman, 524.5298.

PROGRAMS & WORKSHOPS • Haywood Waterways Association annual Dinner Meeting, 6 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 5, Lambuth Inn, Lake Junaluska. Buffet dinner, $15, per person, collected at the door. RSVP by Monday, Nov. 27 to Christine, 550.4869 or

FARM & GARDEN • Sylva Garden Club community casual High Tea/Luncheon, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 3, Nichols House Antiques, 83 Landis St., Sylva. Proceeds from donations of $10 per person will be used toward a gazebo for community use in Bicentennial Park, Sylva. Tickets available from Garden Club members, Nichols House and at the door.



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FTCC Fayetteville Technical Community College is now accepting applications for the following positions: Esthetics Skincare Instructor. Natural Hair Care Instructor. Manicuring & Nail Technology Instructor. Deadline: Dec 9th. Music Instructor. Deadline: Jan 6. All applications must be submitted online through our electronic employment portal at by the closing date of the position. Any previous versions of applications will not be accepted. Human Resources Office, Fayetteville Technical Community College, PO Box 35236, Fayetteville, NC 28303. Phone: 910.678.8378. Fax: 910.678.0029. Internet: An Equal Opportunity Employer.


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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 for more info.

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 extension# 007 SAPA

NICOL ARMS APARTMENTS NOW ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS Offering 1 & 2 Bedroom Apartments, Starting at $400 Section 8 Accepted - Handicapped Accessible Units When Available

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

Phone# 1.828.586.3346 TDD# 1.800.725.2962 Equal Housing Opportunity

REAL ESTATE ANNOUNCEMENT 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

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Class A Office/Professional space, 1850 sq. ft.


Building was a complete renovation and space was first built out for Edward Jones office in 2005. Space was occupied by Haywood Co. Insurance Health Clinic and is in excellent condition. Unit includes 2 restrooms, kitchenette and mechanical room. There is direct access to an outdoor covered patio area on the creek. The building has excellent onsite parking and is located in Waynesville only 3/10 mile North of the courthouse. Lease includes exterior maintenance, taxes, water and lighted sign.

627 N. Main Street, Suite 2, Waynesville. Shown by appointment only. Call Jeff Kuhlman at 828-646-0907.

HOMES FOR SALE BRUCE MCGOVERN A Full Service Realtor 828.283.2112. NC MOUNTAINS Owner must sell 1232sf 2bd 2ba easy to finish cabin on 1.53 private wooded acres. $66,900. Has well, septic, driveway, covered porch, decks. 828.286.1666.

COTTAGE/CONDOS FOR RENT LITTLE COUNTRY COTTAGE Located in Canton Area. Beautiful Setting with Wonderful Views. 2/BR 1/BA. For price and more info call 828.648.4376.

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



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. $65,500. Call 828.627.2342.

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Pet Adoption ARF HAS CHIHUAHUAS - Blade

dogs. She weighs 30 lbs. 877.273.5262.

is a 14 lb., male, black and tan, 2 years old. Cocoa is a male, 12 lb., tan, one year old. (828.507.2263) Webster is a male, 8 lb., black and white, one year old. Call 828.293.5629.

old. She is tan and white, quiet, sweet, and working on housebreaking. 877.ARF.JCNC.

ALBERT - A six month old Lab

ARF HAS SOME - Beautiful, all-

mix. He is sweet and active. Will be huge as an adult. 1.877.ARF.JCNC.

white kittens and some playful tabby kittens for adoption. 877.273.5262.

REDWALKER - A handsome, one

BLACKIE - A sweet, relaxed,

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.

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 house broken and is learning to use a doggie door. She has some special needs that can easily be met in a loving home. 1.877.ARF.JCNC.

MISSY - A lovely, 7 year old Jack Russell mix. She is housebroken, friendly and calm. 877.273.5262.

ARFâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S NEXT LOW-COST SPAY/NEUTER Trip will be

EMILY - Is a feist, 1-2 years

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BRUNSWICK POOL TABLE 4â&#x20AC;&#x2122; x 8â&#x20AC;&#x2122; Chestnut with slate. Leather pockets, burgundy felt. Exc. Cond., rarely used. $900. For more info call 828.246.0700.

PERSONAL A UNIQUE ADOPTIONS, Let Us Help! Personalized adoption plans. Financial assistance, housing, relocation and more. Giving the gift of life? You deserve the best. Call us first! 1.888.637.8200. 24 hour HOTLINE. SAPA


506-0542 CELL 216-36

BATHSHEBA - A one year old Shar Pei mix. She likes other

December 2nd. Register and pre-pay at ARFâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s adoption site on Saturdays from 1-3. Spaces are limited, so donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t wait until the last minute.

CLARA - Domestic Longhair cat â&#x20AC;&#x201C;

BLUE - Domestic Shorthair cat â&#x20AC;&#x201C; light orange/buff, I am about 4 years old and Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m a quiet, mellow fellow who loves any attention you give me. I am pretty "low maintenance" because I enjoy attention but never demand it,

(828) 452-2227




and Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m happy to just hang out wherever you are. I get along fine with other cats. I can amuse myself with toys or looking out the window too. Adoption fees vary; if youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re interested in me, please contact Pam at

PINTO - Australian Cattledog Mix dog â&#x20AC;&#x201C; black & gray/merle, I am about 1 year old and Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m an entertainer who loves to put on a show and be the center of attention. I would probably even make a good agility or working dog. I love people and will crawl in your lap to snuggle, and look you in the eye to say â&#x20AC;&#x153;come on letâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s go!â&#x20AC;?. I get along fine with most other dogs. Adoption fees vary; if youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re interested in me, please contact Pam at

ASHEVILLE HUMANE SOCIETY 828.761.2001, 14 Forever Friend Lane, Asheville, NC 28806 Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re located behind Deal Motorcars, off Brevard & Pond Rd.

gray & white, I am 1-2 years old and Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m a total lovebug who likes to be held, petted, and snuggled. Even though I came to AHS as a stray (nursing a litter of kittens, but my mommy duties are done now), Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m a longhaired beauty who is confident and relaxed, even around new people. I can be active and playful, but not hyper. I get along fine with children. Adoption fees vary; if youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re interested in me, please contact Pam at

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Nov. 27-Dec. 3, 2013

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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“ISLE SAY!” ACROSS 1 Wilde who’s often quoted 6 Deli meat 13 Versatile furniture item 20 Huge crowd 21 Black piano keys, informally 22 Greed 23 Winter holiday cry on an island? 25 Decuple 26 Made haste 27 Impart gradually 28 Round Table address 29 Hollywood’s West 30 Church recess 32 Event for socializing with a celebrity on an island? 36 Feels in one’s bones 39 Atkins of country 41 George Bush’s rival in 2000 42 Lead-in for skeleton 43 Viola relative 45 Sorrowful 47 Musical practice piece 51 1980s puzzle fad on an island? 54 “9 to 5” singer on an island? 58 Engendered 59 Disaffirms 61 Not made up for, as sins 62 Bind legally 65 Barbecue botherer 66 Russian vodka brand, for short 67 Snaky shape 68 1939 Oscar winner on

an island? 73 Assents to 76 Event for the accused 77 “Sliver” novelist Levin 78 Not far off 82 Short play or opera 84 Skull caps? 87 Mucky earth 88 Top dog on an island? 90 Using both TV and radio on an island? 93 “- free!” (hostage’s cry) 94 Atop, to bards 96 Lerner’s “My Fair Lady” collaborator 97 Tank filler 98 Arctic covering 102 Site for a cyberauction 104 “- we met?” 106 “My Way” singer on an island? 110 Heap 111 Snakelike fish 112 Make the effort 113 More suggestive of an equine 116 Ostrich relative 120 Paradoxes 123 Drawer of needlessly complex machines on an island? 125 Veer 126 Was overly fond of 127 Actor Foxx 128 Feel weak in the heat 129 Spring farm machines 130 More cagey DOWN 1 Units of resistance 2 Ivory, e.g.

3 Mötley 4 Puma rival 5 Minicam button abbr. 6 Switzerland’s capital, to the French 7 Kimono securers 8 Perplexed 9 Prompt 10 Limy vodka cocktails 11 Author Zora - Hurston 12 Mule’s father 13 Filling fully 14 Carry to extremes 15 Air circulator 16 Dog’s sound 17 Tundra or rain forest 18 Great acclamation 19 “Fiddle- -!” 24 Sounds from steam irons 28 Mineo of “Tonka” 31 Little kiss 33 “I did it!” 34 Amino acid supplement popular with bodybuilders 35 Prefix with fit 36 - -Croatian 37 Affluent outlying area 38 Peace award 39 Solving aid 40 Boot-sole reinforcer 44 Kind of PC screen 46 Gym rat’s “six-pack” 48 - Reader (magazine name) 49 Executes 50 Terminations 52 “Got it, bro” 53 “- She Sweet” 55 Guitar’s kin 56 “- pronounce you ...” 57 Pol Sarah 60 Moral system

63 Test of inner courage 64 Keep an - the ground 66 Former HHS chief Donna 69 Bearing 70 Battles it out 71 Mine car 72 Notre 73 - and aahs 74 Leg bender 75 Chair or pew 79 Chain of hills 80 Musician Eno 81 Fungi in a supermarket 83 Sys 84 Make a case against? 85 Gambit 86 Holy Mlle. 89 - flight (go by plane) 91 Revolving 92 Entrée, e.g. 95 Put on a detour 99 Will concern 100 Person swearing 101 Lowell or Tan 103 - -wire fence 105 Spoken 106 Eats 107 Replenish 108 Still kicking 109 Spasm 110 Lowly types 114 “Smooth Operator” singer 115 Stereotypical lab assistant 117 Prefix for “half” 118 - Canal 119 Antiquing aid 121 Baseball’s Hodges 122 Tatami, e.g. 123 Radio spots 124 Radio personalities

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A Winning Combination The Jackson County Chamber of Commerce’s Our Town magazine won first place among North and South Carolina chambers in the annual competition for the best Relocation-Visitor’s Guide. Our Town, published by the Jackson County Chamber of Commerce in partnership with The Smoky Mountain News, won the award at the recent meeting of the Carolinas Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives.

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Our members make our magazine interesting, and help make Jackson County, our town, a wonderful place to live and work each day. I am happy for the attention this brings to our membership and Jackson County. It’s great to be recognized on the state level.

Jackson County Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Julie Spiro.

We look forward each year to working with Julie on this magazine and getting to know more about the people who run the businesses that help make Jackson County such a wonderful community. Amanda Bradley of The Smoky Mountain News

For information about advertising in the 2014 edition of Our Town, contact Amanda at or 828.273.2208.


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A weekly newspaper covering Haywood, Jackson, Macon and Swain counties in the Smoky Mountains of Western North Carolina.

Smoky Mountain News  

A weekly newspaper covering Haywood, Jackson, Macon and Swain counties in the Smoky Mountains of Western North Carolina.