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Western North Carolina’s Source for Weekly News, Entertainment, Arts, and Outdoor Information

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Confederate Battle Flag in danger of prohibition Page 4

Genetic heart problems bedevil family Page 8

Happy Thanksgiving from all of us

CONTENTS On the Cover Western Carolina University’s football team viewed its loss to Alabama last weekend as a learning experience, not an utter defeat. (Page 6) WCU photo



Haywood policy could prohibit Confederate Battle Flag ................................4 Group looks at future growth of WNC ..................................................................4 The Mountaineer sells its old printing press building ........................................5 Family’s generations plagued by heart failure ....................................................8 Vandals tag Swain County outdoor recreation park ..........................................9 Flying club hopes to take-off in Sylva ..................................................................11 Cherokee golf course loses some tribe support ..............................................11 Maggie’s Galley closes its doors, but not for long ..........................................12 Macon moves to add eight new ballfields ..........................................................13 Waynesville intersection causes headaches for all ..........................................14 FBI agent retells life abroad as terrorist hunter ................................................15



Opinion Planning in Cullowhee must start now ..............................................................17

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Haywood leaders likely to clamp down on Confederate flag displays BY CAITLIN BOWLING cumstance. That particular Confederate flag STAFF WRITER is the one most closely associated with racial he Haywood County Board of intimidation. However, most who display the Commissioners seem poised to adopt a battle flag don’t mean it in that context. policy that would severely limit the dis“It’s not about race or anything like that. play of Confederate flags on county property. It’s about freedom,” said Larry Bradley, who County commissioners were forced to spoke against the proposed policy. wade into the age-old Confederate flag fray — Under the policy, only the First National does it represent heritage or hate? — over Flag of the Confederacy could be posted, and tiny Confederate flags placed around the base only from 7 p.m. May 9 to 7 a.m. May 11 to of the Confederate memorial on the lawn of celebrate Confederate Memorial Day, unless the historic courthouse. Placed there by permission is otherwise requested. Confederate veterConfederate an supporters, flags aside, any “We will oppose this policy as other displays some community members found would require a it is written today with every the flags offensive written request to fiber of our being.” and asked that the county managthey be taken er at least 30 days — Kirk Lyons, chief trial counsel at down. in advance. The the Southern Legal Resource Center The county county manager lacked a policy on would have the what can or cannot be displayed on its prop- authority to approve or deny a request. And, erty and commissioners got caught in the only two small 12-inch-by-16-inch flags middle of a struggle between Confederate flag would be permitted. supporters and opponents. County leaders All the commissioners support having temporarily banned the flags while giving written guidelines in place. County Attorney Chip Killian time to draft a “I think we are all in agreement that we formal policy. need something,” said Commissioner Mike The board of commissioners reviewed Sorrells. “The policy seems to be fine.” that policy for the first time this week, which Sorrells hedged his support, saying that addresses not only flags, but also monu- the board still needs time to digest all the ments, memorials, signs, placards and any information it received Monday night from other sort of display on county property. Confederate flag supporters and from county The policy would explicitly prohibit the attorney Chip Killian who drafted the policy. display of the Confederate Battle Flag on At the earliest, the commissioners will county property at any time, under any cir- vote on the policy at their Dec. 17 meeting.

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Larry Bradley was one of three people who spoke out Monday against a proposed policy thatt would limit the display of the Confederate Battle Flag on Haywood County property.a Chairman Mark Swanger encouraged people in the meantime to send their comments and thoughts on the matter to County Manager Marty Stamey. Three Confederate flag supporters spoke out against the policy at the meeting. “It has a chilling affect on the First Amendment for all Haywood, and I emphasize all, county residents,” said Kirk Lyons, chief trial counsel at the Southern Legal Resource Center. “We will oppose this policy as it is written today with every fiber of our being.”

Lyons also called the 30-day requirementa “patently unreasonable.” The Confederate flag supporters all spokes about how the matter was truly about protecting citizens’ right to free speech. c The policy does not prohibit people fromt protesting on the sidewalk in front of them courthouse, which Confederate flag supporters have taken to doing. Killian said he consulted the state archives, comments and letters from county residents and other



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BY CAITLIN BOWLING STAFF WRITER ix months after meeting with Haywood County residents to discuss ways to improve the community, a group called GroWNC is returning to the county to present various scenarios for the region’s future growth. GroWNC is an effort between Haywood, Transylvania, Buncombe, Henderson and Madison counties to start thinking collaboratively about ways to develop the economy with a focus on sustainability. During the first round of meetings in May, GroWNC leaders were simply looking for feedback on the group’s overall objective and general goals. But, at its second round of meetings on Nov. 29, GroWNC will be looking for more specific comments on a set of scenarios illustrating potential growth or change in the region. “We have a lot of different outcomes and measures,” said Carrie Runser-Turner, senior planner with Land-of-Sky Regional Council, a multi-county planning and development organization. For example, does the region need expanded broadband 4


and cell phone services? What type of jobs should the mountains be chasing? How can cultural and natural resources be protected as we grow? “What would it look like on the ground to have those things in the future?” she said. One of scenarios will show projections for Western North Carolina’s future if things continue as is. “What would our future land use pattern look like in 2040 if we continue on the path that we are on?” Turner said. People who attend one of the meetings on Nov. 29 will be asked to look at the different scenarios and offer their thoughts. Attendees will be asked to pick the scenarios they like best. From there, GroWNC leaders will create a single blended scenario that charts the growth that WNC residents want to see. Government leaders can then look at the future as agreed upon by those residents as guidance when making decisions about their own community. “We really hope that that final list of options will really be a menu that our local government can choose from,” Turner said. “Something the whole region can work toward.” In between the May meetings and now, GroWNC leaders


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similar laws during the policy’s creation. “It’s an attempt, my attempt, to come up with something workable,” Killian said. The policy has been in the making since the summer, when the county instructed maintenance workers to start pulling up the flags around the Confederate memorial following complaints. Confederate flag supporters, such as the Sons of Confederate Veterans and the Southern Legal Resource Center, began fighting back. After a commissioner meeting where about 20 Confederate flag supporters showed up to protest, county leaders decided in August to prohibit the display of any flags until a policy could be implemented. One concern with a policy banning flags was an inadvertent side effect on the display of international flags during the Folkmoot USA international dance and music festival every summer in Waynesville, when the historic courthouse is adorned in flags from other countries. The policy does not apply to governmental flags, however, whether state flags or flags of other countries.

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Wells Funeral Home and Cremation Services in Waynesville has purchased a large building downtown that once housed The Mountaineer Publishing Company’s printing press. The old press building is located on Wall Street directly behind The Mountaineer’s newspaper office and adjacent to the funeral home. The two businesses negotiated for a couple of months before the funeral home eventually bought the land and building three weeks ago for $365,000. The Mountaineer Publishing Company no longer operates its own printing press and instead outsources the printing of its newspapers to a large commercial press in the region, a growing trend within the newspaper industry. “We just don’t need it,” Jonathan Key, publisher of The Mountaineer, said of the decision to sell off the building. The building had not been used for more than a year. The funeral home has no concrete plans for the vacant building as of now. “Our plans are not carved in stone at this time,” said Wells Greeley, owner of the funeral home and a Waynesville alderman. But, Greeley said that it could be used for an expansion at some point in the future. “We are weighing our options,” Greeley said, calling the lot a “good piece of property.” The purchase will also ensure that Greeley controls what goes into that space, preventing the possibility of non-compatible business moving in next door. — By Caitlin Bowling


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SWEPT AWAY WCU tries to stop the Crimson Tide in the second half of the game. With a crowd hovering around 101,000 attendees, Bryant-Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa is one of the largest non-racing venues in the world. Garret K. Woodward photo

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BY GARRET K. WOODWARD STAFF WRITER own by six touchdowns to the University of Alabama at halftime, Western Carolina University head coach Mark Speir never gave up on his team. “When you’re getting into an ugly ball game like that, our players didn’t quit playing; they kept fighting,” he said. “At halftime, we were going to play for 30 more minutes and see where our program is at in [its] infant stage.” Heading down to Tuscaloosa for the Saturday match against the No. 4 nationally ranked Crimson Tide from the powerhouse Southeastern Conference, the Catamounts — who held a 1-9 season record (0-8 in the Southern Conference) coming into the meeting — knew they were outmatched. But, the only thing that mattered was the experience of playing in a big time game, in front of an infamous crowd, in a legendary stadium. “You can see what a championship team is really about, what they do here at Alabama with their weight room, and how their coaching staff crosses their ‘T’s’ and dots their ‘I’s’,” Speir said. “We can learn a lot here being a first-year program. If you want to be the best, you have to play them, and see them live and in color.” Though WCU ultimately lost 49-0, the team is already taking note of its Alabama experience, in hopes of applying it to next season, building upon what is working, what 6 needs to change, and how to properly com-


bine the two sides into a formula for success. “They’re an excellent football team that we could not stop. We can take some positives away,” Speir said. “Our players played hard and kept fighting. I’m just proud of them now that our season is done.”

COMING DOWN THE MOUNTAIN Since 2001, WCU has terminated and bought out the coaching contracts of its previous three coaches, with the last being Dennis Wagner, who compiled a dismal 8-36 record at the helm. Not having a winning season since 2005 (when WCU went 5-4), Speir was brought in to turn the program around after years of uncompetitive football in Cullowhee. A few days before the Cats left for Alabama, Speir was putting the finishing touches on his plan for the event. The previous week, the Crimson Tide had lost their first game of the season to Texas A&M in a heartbreaking upset. Dropping from the No. 1 spot in the national rankings, the team was still in contention for a national title but couldn’t afford to lose another. Licking their wounds, ‘Bama was ready to make a statement with their next chance to take the field. With a similar offense to Texas A&M, Speir was keeping his fingers crossed they could hold on against such a powerful foe. “There’s no magic, no pulling a rabbit out of a hat against Alabama,” he said. “There’s no great illusion of going out there doing what Texas A&M did, but we’re going to try and move it as good as they did, use some of the same things and take advan-

the Bryant-Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa, Speir knew what he and his team would be up against. Still, as a coach, you prepare for one play at a time. It’s that attitude that led to one of the greatest upsets in sports history, the 2007 win by Appalachian State University against the nationally ranked University of Michigan in one of the wildest games ever in college football. As it turns out, Speir was on the sideline that game as the defensive line coach for ASU. Speir wasn’t the only one with a career victory that day. Coincidentally, Alabama head coach Nick Saban recorded his first win that same day with the Crimson Tide as they opened the season with a 52-6 win over none other than WCU. Besides the $475,000 paycheck WCU receives from Alabama for participating in the game, which goes to funding scholarships for athletes, the exposure of playing on a national stage makes it a win-win for the budding WCU football program. “Everybody wants to know how Alabama will respond to a loss,” Speir said. “And everyone in the country is going to know WCU football on Saturday.”

ROLL TIDE tages of opportunities.” Spending the last week focusing on fundamentals and getting his team prepared for a “David versus Goliath” scene, Speir looked at the opportunity for his up-and-coming program to play Alabama as one that would be bountiful, no matter the outcome. “We’re going to go in there like any week, see the defense and run the plays as best we can. They’re going to attack you like anyone else would, and it boils down to players making good plays,” Spier said. The Crimson Tide has 14 national titles, and the proof is in the pudding, which is motivation and determination for WCU moving forward. “This is what it takes to become a champion, and we’re going to learn from it,” he said. “We’re going to show that we did some positive things against the best team in the country. We’re going to see what the very best is all about, in preparation and how they approach the ball game.” Thinking about stepping onto the field at

Rocketing down Interstate 20/59 South the evening before the big Saturday game, the Dixie sunset was red hot, exploding into an array of orange, pink and WCU purple hues, falling behind the low-lying hills and fields of southwestern Alabama. Those making the pilgrimage from Western North Carolina and surrounding areas had the notion, “red sky at night, sailor’s delight.” Maybe WCU could pull out a win. Could you imagine? Stranger things have happened. Bellying up to the counter at the Alcove International Tavern in downtown Tuscaloosa, conversation was jovial, as expected for a Friday night. Crimson Tide fans were in full force, sporting their team’s gear in every facet possible. Baseball caps, collared shirts, beer coozies, socks and credit cards were plastered with the logo of Alabama’s finest. When asked their thoughts on the game, a few locals immediately turn around. “Oh, we’re going to beat Auburn,” one said, referring to the annual “Iron Bowl” match against rival Auburn University, which isn’t taking place for another two weeks.


Luke Williams (standing) cheers on his brother, Western Carolina University senior linebacker Rock Williams. Their father, Kent (left), sits patiently as WCU football took the field against the #4 nationally ranked Alabama Crimson Tide in Tuscaloosa on Nov. 17. WCU lost the game 49-0. Garret K. Woodward photo

Watching his son on the storied Alabama field, Williams was beaming with pride as his own maneuvered around a field that grows winners and only accepts a national championship as justification for a successful season. “This is a life moment to play one of the top teams in the country. He’s going to do his best, and that’s what they’re going to do, have fun,” he said. “It’s the last game of his career, and he’s going to enjoy it. He’s had a great time at WCU, and they’ve been great to him.”


WCU cheerleaders getting the fans pumped up in Tuscaloosa. Garret K. Woodward photo

“There’s no magic, no pulling a rabbit out of a hat against Alabama.” — Mark Speir, Western Carolina University head coach

Cheering on his brother and standing next to his father, Luke Williams was all smiles, for WCU and for being part of a once-in-a-lifetime experience of seeing Alabama live. “It’s great WCU gets to play against future pro-football players and against such a high quality team as Alabama,” he said. “It’s been a few rough years for Rock, but he wouldn’t trade it for the world. There are a lot of great people [on his team], and they’re real close knit.” Also a parent of a WCU player (No. 37 freshman defensive back K.P. Hicks), Jill Hicks carefully watched the players, “praying that there are no injuries.” “It’s pretty exciting. It’s an awesome day and great for the guys to be here,” she said.

WARM UP THE BUS Alabama fans streamed out of the stadium like a spring flood breaking free from the plugged ice jams of winter. They gathered like bees to the hive around the statue of Coach Paul “Bear” Bryant (who won six national titles at Alabama) on the walkway heading out of the building for photos with their idol and savior. In the north end media room, Alabama head coach Saban tipped his hat to the Catamounts. No matter the score, what it

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comes down to is respect and the desire to compete under the most unforgiving conditions college football can offer. With a ‘Bama win, and the eventual losses that night by No. 1 Kansas State and No. 2 Oregon, the Crimson Tide climbed to No. 2 in the national rankings, once again in the hunt for No. 15 in their trophy case. “I think we went out there and tried to play to a standard and executed fairly well. There are always things that you can clean up, no question,” Saban said. “The Western Carolina guys played hard. They were a little bit outmanned. Our guys played the way we wanted to play.” In the south end media room of the stadium, Speir gathered his thoughts on the day and took it in stride. “They’re an excellent football team that we could not stop,” he said. “They are impressively strong. You watch film and both of their lines. Seeing them up front and live in person, I can say they are for real.” Reflecting on his last game in a WCU jersey, Rock Williams was grateful for the chance to play in front of such a wild and raucous crowd, one that will forever be remembered by him, no matter where the journey of life takes him. “It was an extraordinary opportunity to come out here and play in such a great stadium, against such talented players. It’s the best team I’ve obviously ever played against in my life, and it’s the best team I will ever play against,” he said. “It’s a great opportunity to see what you have when you’re playing against the best. I am just really happy to be here, and it was a lot of fun.” And so, the end of the 2012 season marked the beginning of plans for 2013. Speir is wasting no time, with weight room workouts already scheduled for the following Monday. No matter the outcome of this year, hopes are high for the program finally gaining some traction in the Southern Conference. Regardless, Alabama was a special moment in the optimistically bright future for the Catamounts, at least as far as Speir is concerned. “Like in life, nothing will always go the way you want,” he said. “You want to be the best, you have to play the best. If you want to get to that level in this program, it takes that commitment. This challenged them to go play and that showed me where the heart of this team is. They fought to the very end.”

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Like a cavalry charging across the Great Plains, Alabama awoke Saturday morning ready to claim victory. Flags were hung proudly off the back of pickup trucks and minivans, waving furiously in the warm breeze heading to the stadium. Tailgates were pulled down, and grills fired up. It’s game day, and in Alabama, that means all eyes are on the Crimson Tide. With a haphazard lollipop opening kickoff, WCU got off to a bad start immediately. Four minutes later, Alabama’s Eddie Lacy scored his first of three touchdowns for the day. Things didn’t fare much better from there. Like clockwork, every four minutes that disappeared from the game clock resulted in another seven points tacked up to the scoreboard for the home team. Towards the end of the second quarter, with the score already 35-0, a small group of WCU fans, tucked away in the bottom northeast corner of the stands, remained optimistic. Pulling off his Catamount hat and scratching his head in frustration, Whittier resident Russell Jenkins (WCU Class of 1987) wouldn’t give up on his beloved team. “I’m a little discouraged, but there’s always hope,” he said. “I like the way the program is going. [Speir] has some great credentials coming in, and I think he’s doing a great job. We’re going to come back in the second half. They’re going to make some changes and be OK.” A few rows down, Kent Williams, whose son plays for WCU (No. 51, senior linebacker Rock Williams), also supports Speir and his crusade to bring glory back to Cullowhee. “It’s been an incredible season,” he said. “The team is showing a lot of improvement. I think there’s a great future ahead with this coaching staff.”

“All of the Alabama fans have been very considerate. This morning at our hotel, we were the only purple there, and everyone was kind.” With a glimmer of hope, WCU was sniffing at the end zone for the first time that afternoon. There was a little more than a minute on the clock, and they had the ball. Quarterback Eddie Sullivan (No. 9) fumbled the play, however, resulting in Alabama defensive back Deion Belue charging down the field for a 57-yard touchdown to end the first half. It was a demoralizing finish to the first 30 minutes of play. Taking a break at halftime on the stadium concourse, Alabama alumnus Scott Mcabbe (Class of 2011) knew his team is comfortably ahead. He felt they’ll start putting in their second and third string players for the latter half of the game. When asked if he knew where WCU is located, he paused momentarily. “I have no idea,” he said. “I mean, I know it’s in one of the Carolinas, but that’s about it. I can’t imagine where they play compared to here. They’ve probably never seen a crowd like this. It’s got to be a culture shock.” The second half didn’t fare much better. Late in the third quarter, Sullivan made a 15yard gain. The Catamounts were finally within striking distance of putting their mark on the scoreboard. It was fourth down and inches, with WCU ready and rearing to make it into the “red zone.” The play commenced to no avail. The Crimson Tide iron curtain is triumphant again. The crowd, hovering around 101,000 attendees, roared, while the gigantic building rumbled with an electric fury. This is Alabama territory, and if you didn’t know before, then you do now. The fourth quarter ticked away to a quiet close. Alabama overtook WCU 49-0. Regardless of the margin of victory, a win is a win when it comes to pursuing a national championship.


Upon clarification — the question referred to tomorrow’s game against WCU — faces smirk and bar patrons shook their heads. “Who?” a face down the counter laughed. After explaining where exactly WCU is, who Mark Speir is and what the team is trying to become following a several rough years of losses amid trial and error, the Tuscaloosa crowd relented. “I give them a lot of credit for coming down here. I mean, I wouldn’t want to be on the other side playing ‘Bama,” a voice popped up from the back of the room.



Fatal heart defect passed down in one family plagues a fourth generation — and counting BY ANDREW KASPER STAFF WRITER hen Monica Manrique was four months pregnant with her first child, her feet got so swollen with fluid she took to wearing slippers because her bulging ankles wouldn’t fit into regular shoes. At first, the doctors told her the swollen extremities — it was in her hands, too — were just a normal side effect of pregnancy. But two months later, with her baby soon on the way, her condition worsened, and Manrique couldn’t sit up in bed without running short of breath, and her heart began beating irregularly. Manrique’s husband, her boyfriend at that time, convinced her to make the emergency trip from their home in Clyde to Mission Hospital in Asheville. There, she underwent various medical exams, and the result was not what she was expecting. That was the day Manrique went from being a 29-year-old expectant mother to a woman with a broken heart. “That day they told me I had a blood clot in my heart, congestive heart failure and cardiomyopathy,� Manrique said, tossing out a string of clinical medical terms that somehow don’t quite do justice to the tragedy of a failing heart. “And that’s when I told them about my dad and brother.�

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from the growing baby inside of her had likely accelerated her heart condition. She was told if she carried through with the pregnancy she and her baby could die. Doctors kept Manrique in the hospital until she reached 32 weeks, then performed an emergency C-section. Her baby BreeAnna was born on Sept 25, 2009 — two months premature — and spent a few weeks in neonatal intensive care at Mission Hospital. Now a lively toddler, BreeAnna just turned three. It’s her mother who is having difficulty keeping up. “BreeAnna come here, let’s go inside,� beckoned Manrique, sitting on the back stoop of the family’s apartment in Clyde as her daughter ran circles around the backyard. “You know I can’t come and get you.� Manrique sat with her intravenous pouch draped around her neck — a constant companion and just one of the many treatments she has received since learning about her heart’s condition three years ago. Since then, her state has only worsened. It’s now hard for her to get around and anything doctors give her she feels is only postponing the inevitable: a heart transplant like her father. And that day may come soon, yet, two things stand in her way. After undergoing a cardiac catheterization in August at Duke, she was told she would be eligible for a heart transplant. But first, she was told she needed to lose weight. Second, although Monica Manrique and her daughter BreeAnna her insurance company Humana at their home in Clyde. Andrew Kasper photo would cover the medical procedure, she had to show she had enough money to pay for two years of antirejection drugs so the new organ would take. That means coming up with about $12,000. Her and her father started a charity fund Those want to contribute can make donaand have posted flyers to try to raise the sum. tions at any Home Trust Bank in Clyde or But so far, since December 2011, they have only Waynesville Re: Monica’s Heart Fund; or $2,500 to show for their efforts. mail donations to Attn: Angie Sorrells “Slowly, but surely,� she said. Conard, Monica’s Heart, 8583 Carolina And, even after raising the money, Blvd., Clyde, NC 28721; or contact Monica Manrique could sit idle on the transplant list at for a while more — while the clock is ticking.

A FAMILY VEIN Manrique wasn’t the first in her family to hear the startling diagnosis. Her father also had the disease and went through a heart transplant in his 50s. Her brother was diagnosed in his late 30s, and now holds on to see what will happen. The discovery of her brother’s condition came only a year before Manrique’s diagnosis and was the first clue that there was likely a genetic link passed down from the father. Manrique’s heart further cemented that supposition. “At first, they thought it was a virus; I thought it would only affect me,� said Manrique’s father, Hector Bermudez. “Then,

come to find out, it got them, too –– come to find out, it’s genetic.� Looking back, Bermudez said the condition is most likely what killed his own father. Although never diagnosed, he dropped dead at the age of 29 in his native country of Puerto Rico. Bermudez, a county solid waste employee, first noticed his own heart problems while working as at the landfill in Canton. His muscles were sore at the end of the day; he had trouble breathing; and eventually, his heart rate dropped from 60 to 40 beats per minute. Bermudez was referred to Duke University Medical Center where doctors told him his heart was swelling and would eventually fail. He needed a heart transplant. Within a week he had the surgery. Two days later, the middleaged man drove himself home from the medical center with a teenager’s heart pumping in his chest. Although he now lives a normal life, working and taking daily antirejection drugs following the organ transplant, the hardest part for Bermudez is the guilt he feels that he passed the bad heart along to his own kids and the nagging question: who’s next? One of his two sons, Anthony Bermudez, a Jackson County deputy, already has the condition. But his youngest son recently had his heart checked and so far is OK — although he’s only 22. “It’s a wait and see game,� Bermudez said. “Hopefully, he didn’t inherit it, and then you’ve got the grandchildren to worry about.�

MANRIQUE’S BABY Shortly after the diagnosis, Manrique was sent to Duke University Medical Center for treatment. It was determined that the stress

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BY CAITLIN BOWLING STAFF WRITER riverside park in Swain County was plastered with graffiti two weeks ago, with sevAST PROBLEMS eral cans of spray paint unleashed on the public outdoor recreation area. That same location already has seen trouble Nothing went un-tagged, even the trees before with its four parking lot lights being shot were spray-painted at the Old N.C. 288 park, out. Some months, county employees must where picnic tables, a shelter, boat launch and replace shot out lights several times, and other fishing docks overlook the Tuckasegee River as months, nothing happens. it flows into Lake Fontana. Monteith said that he visits the recreA lady living off Old N.C. 288 west of Bryson ation area three or five times a week just to City was the first to notice something was amiss check on things. Monteith was a leading the night of the recent vandalism. Orange traffic advocate for creating the recreation area, cones had been put across the road blocking the from getting grant money for the project to way down to the recreation area sometime helping build the trail. before midnight on Friday, Nov. 9. The park sits at the end of a dead-end road, It appears the vandals put out the cones — which was once a seedy hangout spot before the after first stealing them from a N.C. county embarked on an effort to turn it into a Department of Transportation worksite — so bona fide park more than a decade ago. no one would come down the access road while they did their dirty work. The woman called the police when she noticed the unusual cones, but by the time deputies from the Swain County Sheriff ’s department arrived, the place was deserted and the damage had already been done. There was “a lot of defacing with spray paint,” according to Sheriff Curtis Cochran The sheriff ’s office doesn’t have any suspects at this time, but Commissioner David Monteith speculated that it was probably a Vandals spray-painted pretty much everything they could find at a public outdoor recreation area on Old N.C. 288 group of teens or young adults. “Kids down there drinking and — walkways, picnic tables, a shelter and even trees. Photo hoorahing,” Monteith said. “Kids courtesy of David Monteith today, they want to get into a little meanness and mischief.” But, county officials were still concerned Monteith described the graffiti as gang- that acts of vandalism could cause the place to related insignia and said the area was decorated regress back to a popular hang out for troublewith drawings of pitchforks, the numbers 666 makers and deter others. as well as words that he would rather not repeat. “The good people start not going,” “We have had it happen before, but this is Monteith said. probably the worst,” Monteith said. Overall, vandalism is not a major probThe spot is popular with fishermen looking lem in Swain County or other surrounding for lake access, but also is a favorite of families counties. with small children, particularly in the summer. “It is probably as common here as anywhere County employees and others frequent it, look- else. It just runs in cycles,” Cochran said, who ing for a pleasant outdoor setting close to town helped piece together the recreation area when to enjoy their lunch break on nice days. he was the county’s facility manager. “It is unforThankfully, the vandalism took place during tunate that we have any kind of activity like that a time of year when the area is less trafficked due in any part of the county.” to the cold weather. While people are bound to notice random Swain County Manager Kevin King estimat- patches of graffiti wherever they go, large acts of ed that the damage totaled $1,000 when he vandalism are uncommon. informed the commissioners about the vandalThree years ago, the public bathrooms near ism at their Nov. 13 meeting. the tennis courts at Waynesville’s recreation “Don’t people have anything better to do?” park fell victim to vandals. The building was said Commissioner Donnie Dixon. tagged; its sinks and toilets were ripped out of The board of commissioners all dispar- the wall; and finally, it was burned. The town of aged the act and those who committed the Waynesville just this year approved an $180,000 vandalism. plan to renovate the facility.




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“It is a shame and a disgust,” said Commissioner Steve Moon. The county plans to pressure wash the area to get as much paint off as possible, and when the weather warms, it will re-paint the shelter that sits in that area. The sheriff ’s office plans to continue to search for the vandals. “We are just trying to catch them is all we are trying to do,” Monteith said. “I would like to catch them, and I would like to put them to work.”

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$3,000 through the club. To join the club and gain the benefit of taking out the club plane at a reduced rental rate, would be another $200 per year. But, that’s pennies in comparison to the tens of thousands of dollars it can cost to receive a more rigorous private pilot license and hangar a larger plane. Members are considering several models of light sport planes, one from a dealer in Wisconsin and another from Czechoslovakia. Stovall was already prepared to hand over the down payment on one model but had second thoughts over the design and pulled out. Stovall hopes to follow through with a purchase soon. If the venture is successful, he’d like to buy a second plane as well for the club to use. Jim Scottile, vice president of the club, said the addition of the plane will be a longtime coming. Furthermore, after forming at the Macon County airport about 10 years ago, the club has been on a hiatus for the past 18 months but is now actively

“You can sit around and talk about stuff as a club. But until you have an aircraft, you won’t get any pilots. If it’s a flying club, you gotta fly.” — Jim Scottile, Smoky Mountain Flying Club vice-president

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BY CAITLIN BOWLING STAFF WRITER equoyah National Golf Course, a signature course built and operated by the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians, is slowly being weaned from tribal subsidies that have helped prop up its operations since it opened several years ago. This month, tribal council voted not to extend a $500,000 line of credit Sequoyah golf course has through the tribe to help cover budget shortfalls and emergency expenses — symbolizing tribal leaders’ sincerity in seeing the course become self-sufficient. Ryan Ott, director of golf at Sequoyah National Golf Course, asked tribal council earlier this month to extend the course’s line of credit through fiscal year 2015. The line of credit was scheduled to expire in the fall of 2013. “It is strictly there for, in case of emergencies,” Ott told the council. In the past, it has been used to pay for utilities or paychecks when cash flow was strained, Ott said. The line of credit was originally setup to cover Sequoyah National’s budget shortfalls, but as it moves closer to profitability, the credit became a fall back for emergencies. The golf course is still not breaking even, however. “We are getting closer though,” Ott said. In addition to the line of credit, the tribe gives the golf course an annual contribution to help keep it afloat. Last year, the amount was $1.2 million. The course was built both to flesh out Cherokee’s tourism offerings and to provide tribal members with a form of recreation that was lacking. Last year, tribal council members said they could not justify subsidizing the golf course for too much longer when other operations were forced to take budget cuts. Voting not to extend the expiration date on the line of credit shows tribal leaders intend to stick to their guns and start cutting off financial support for the course. “After having the budget season that we’ve had, I don’t feel like we can support this,” Tribal Council Member B. Ensley said at the meeting earlier this month. Without the line of credit, if an emergency arose, tribal council would have to vote to allocate additional money to the golf course. “If they come to the tribe, the tribe is going to have to find money somewhere,” said Vice Chief Larry Blythe. The line of credit allowed the course to have access to emergency money without coming to tribal council first. About this time last year, Ott said that the golf course was still about five years away from breaking even. In addition to the start-up costs associated with building the course, maintaining the luscious golf course year-round takes quite a bit of green. Golf is all about the experience — skimping could cause a course to lose business. In late July, the golf course began selling beer, which has helped business. “It’s definitely an experience enhancer,” Ott said. Drinking alcohol is a common activity for recreational golfers. Other golf courses in Western North Carolina sell alcohol somewhere on the country club’s premises or allow people to bring alcohol onto the course with them. In addition to adding alcohol sales, Principal Chief Michell Hicks in August made first mention of the possibility of building housing around Sequoyah National. Typically, golf courses are part of a larger business, such as a resort or real estate development. Profits made from home sales or room rentals are used to cover the costs associated with upkeep of the course itself. 11


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The Bushcat, a light sport aircraft, with custom paint job from a dealer in Wisconsin. Donated photo

Wanna fly? The next meeting of the Smoky Mountain Flying Club will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 1 at the Jackson County Airport in Sylva in the first building next to the parking area. recruiting new members to take a stake in the new plane. The club is also shifting its home base from Macon County to Jackson County’s airport. But some are growing restless about being pilots in a flying club without a plane. That fact has also made it difficult to attract new members. “You can sit around and talk about stuff as a club,” Scottile said. “But until you have an aircraft, you won’t get any pilots. If it’s a flying club, you gotta fly.”

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BY ANDREW KASPER STAFF WRITER he Smoky Mountain Flying Club is trying to get some wind under its wings again with a campaign to attract new members and buy a sporty plane, or two, for its pilots to use collectively. Instead of the small planes traditionally flown by recreational pilots, the club is moving in the direction of the burgeoning class of light sport aircraft. These lightweight, maneuverable planes require less training and are cheaper to keep up than their larger counterparts. And for a recreational pilot can be just as fun, according to president of the club Tom Stovall, who is manager of the Macon County airport. “The light sport industry is an interesting industry and just beginning to get recognized,” said Stovall. “It’s a great airplane to fly, and easy.” The only drawback is they typically go about half the speed of other small aircraft — about 140 miles per hour instead of 300 — and have less horsepower. But for Stovall’s vision, that is just perfect. Furthermore, the club currently has no plane for members to use. Out of about 15 members, only a few own their own airplanes. The club hopes to buy a plane in partnership with Jackson County Aviation, a company Stovall setup for the sole purpose of buying and holding the plane on behalf of the club. The plane costs about $60,000. To cover the cost, club members would pay to rent out the plane. It could also be rented out to members of the public. The plane will be kept on-hand at the Jackson County Airport to attract students from Western Carolina University who are looking to earn their wings and join the club, as well as retired folks in the area who were once pilots or have an interest in taking up the pastime. One of the benefits of the light sport pilot’s certification is that it can be obtained in about 20 hours of flight training and does not require a full medical exam by the Federal Aviation Administration, which other, more advanced, certifications do. Stovall said the less stringent certification requirements will be attractive to aero-enthusiasts, like himself, who have a medical history. A minor cardiac episode more than 20 years ago has made it difficult for Stovall, now 68, to acquire the certification necessary to fly a plane solo. He claims he is not alone and hopes the club’s new light sport approach will resonate with others who may be intimidated by the more stringent medical exam required for higher levels of certification. That requirement shouldn’t be asked of pilots out on the equivalent of a weekend joy ride, Stovall said. “You don’t have to have medical license to drive a car,” Stovall said. “Why would you need a medical license to drive an airplane?” To become a certified light sport pilot will cost about


Ousted by road widening, Maggie’s Galley restaurant hopes to recreate historic log cabin feel in new Waynesville location BY CAITLIN BOWLING STAFF WRITER aynesville seafood restaurant Maggie’s Galley will soon be forced to move from its longtime location at the intersection of Howell Mill Road and Russ Avenue to make way for a road-widening project. The roadwork has been in the planning stages with the N.C. Department of Transportation for years, and while the owner of Maggie’s Galley knew it was coming, it was still hard to accept that it was time to move. “Obviously, it didn’t feel too good,” said Todd Carrier, the owner of Maggie’s Galley Oyster Bar. The rustic log cabin that houses the restaurant was moved to its current location many years ago. It is actually a combination of three wood cabins over a century old that were pieced together as one. Before becoming Maggie’s Galley, it was a general store. The restaurant has been leasing the cabin for 20 years. As for the old cabin’s fate, it will either be sold piece by piece or the owner could decide to move it elsewhere. “The log is worth too much money just to tear down,” Carrier said. While the rustic log cabin was certainly part of the restaurant’s appeal, Carrier

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“Obviously, they didn’t come to the building to eat just because of the building. It’s got to be something else drawing them here. Hopefully, it’s the food.” — Todd Carrier, owner of Maggie’s Galley Oyster Bar

believes his customer base will follow him to his new location on Sulphur Springs Road near Exit 100 just off the U.S. 23-74 bypass. “Obviously, they didn’t come to the building to eat just because of the building,” Carrier said. “It’s got to be something else drawing them here. Hopefully, it’s the food.” The menu features seafood of all varieties, from the standard fair of fried shrimp and catfish to alligator, crawdads and frog legs — not to mention local mountain trout prepared several ways. Carrier plans to open at the new Sulphur Springs location some time after the New Year.




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Maggie’s Galley is relocating to Sulphur Springs Road in Waynesville. The seafood restaurant plans to reopen some time after the New Year. Caitlin Bowling photo “It’s not that much farther,” Carrier said. “Everybody said they would follow us where we go.” Carrier has assured guests that the restaurant will maintain its rustic feel. Carrier owns all the tables, chairs and décor and plans to use them at the new restaurant. He said he is also looking into a product called “Ghost Wood,” which mimics the look of reclaimed or barn wood that would allow Maggie’s Galley to maintain its rustic feel. With the new building, will come improvements. The old cabin on Howell Mill was difficult to heat and did not have air conditioning. Parking was also limited to two gravel areas in front of the building.

The Sulphur Springs venue will have “more room, more seating, better parking,” Carrier said. And, there will also be separate rooms that can be rented for meetings. Some homes in the path of the roadwidening project have been jacked up off their foundations and moved further back on their lot to make way for the wider road. But in the case of Maggie’s Galley, site constraints — such as power lines and topography — meant repositioning the building on the existing lot wasn’t feasible, Carrier said. The roadwork will consume about a third of the restaurant building’s footprint as well as good portion of its already limited parking.

Howell Mill road project to begin early next year in Waynesville A $12.5 million project to add a turn lane, widen the shoulders and straighten out some of the sharper curves on the narrow Howell Mill Road in Waynesville will begin in the first part of 2013. The project has been in the planning stages for years. Howell Mill, a secondary artery off Waynesville’s main commercial thoroughfare of Russ Avenue, primarily serves as a cut-thru for locals trying to dodge the stop lights and traffic of the lower section of Russ Avenue. Plans also include sidewalks, a pedestrian amenity the town of Waynesville advocated for. Howell Mill Road leads from Russ Avenue, past the Waynesville Recreation Center and ties in with the Old Asheville Highway.


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BY ANDREW KASPER STAFF WRITER “Take me out to the ballgame,” is how the old song goes. But the question for Macon County residents in coming years may be “which one?”, as county commissioners lay plans to purchase an expanse of land that would be big enough for eight new fields fit for America’s favorite pastime. At a meeting earlier this month, the Macon County Board of Commissioners approved an offer of $550,000 for a nearly 50-acre-tract of land a few miles outside of Franklin. The meeting room was full of baseball coaches and softball players from the county who gathered in support of the measure. The deal will be finalized pending a 30-day due diligence period during which the county will survey the land for potential problems and conduct environmental studies. The addition of eight new fields — four full-sized fields and four youth fields — could put Macon on the map as one of the premier places in Western North Carolina to host large little league tournaments as well as relieve some of the scheduling conflicts occurring now amidst its own local leagues. “We’re playing on six fields and I had 82 teams this year,” said county Recreation Director Seth Adams. He said the overall the county has more than 1,000 baseball players, ranging from females in the women leagues, small children in little league to 80-year-olds participating in church softball games. And although preliminary sketches are already drawn depicting the plot with two cloverleaf groupings of baseball diamonds as well as adjoining parking areas, Adams

said the plans aren’t fixed and the final site development may accommodate more than baseball. A walking path around the property, a playground, a Frisbee golf course and a soccer field are likely to find their way into the future project, Adams said. Basketball and soccer are two other popular sports in the county, and the site is ideal for most types of recreation because it is flat — a rare commodity in the mountains. “Nothing is set in stone as far as the plans for that site,” he said. “In my opinion we have blank space.” But one of the focal points of the recent commissioners’ meeting was a presentation by county Economic Development Director Tommy Jenkins. He touted the benefits of the eight additional baseball fields and their potential to attract money to the area through hosting tournaments. He estimated that one overnight little league tournament with 24 teams could have an economic impact on the area of more than $250,000 as families, players and fans stayed in local motels, ate at restaurants and bought gas and other goods. “I presented a plan for a single tournament,” Jenkins said. “That’s not a whole season.” To make the investment worthwhile, Commission Chairman Kevin Corbin said the county could bring more than 20 tournaments per season to the area. Although, if all goes according to plan, the property will most likely not be ready until summer of 2014. Macon County could be reimbursed up to $500,000 of the land and development costs from the state through its Parks and Recreation Trust Fund, Corbin said. But the state money is contingent on a grant application process. Regardless, Corbin said the county got a deal on the land. Since it is flat minimal grading would be necessary and the purchase price was some $200,000 below the assessed value. “From the county’s standpoint we saw an opportunity to get real good piece of property for a good price,” he said. “And we’ve essentially doubled our recreation space.”


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Calculated gamble Waynesville intersection takes leap of faith to make it across BY CAITLIN BOWLING STAFF WRITER t’s a dreaded intersection for anyone who frequents downtown Waynesville behind the wheel. You slowly edge the nose of your car forward, inching past the stop sign and bit-by-bit into the oncoming lanes, straining forward in your seat in hopes of getting a clearer view — until finally, biting the bullet you bolt across. With a little luck, it works out OK. But if your timing is even slightly off, or if cross traffic fails to slow down to make way, the junction of Haywood and Miller streets can be precarious, as two drivers found out a little more than a week ago when they collided in the intersection. Looking over police reports from the last several years, the retailing of wrecks at the intersection of Haywood and Miller streets are all very similar. A couple of drivers admitted to not giving each direction a proper look before proceeding into the intersection, but most said they did not see anyone coming despite using caution. Luis Quevedo, who owns a Waynesville design firm, called the area “a hotspot” for wrecks. Quevedo has spent the last several years documenting crashes at the intersection near his office. The crash last week was the fifth one at the intersection of Haywood and Miller streets One of the vehicles from the Nov. 12 crash sat this year — a cause in the intersection of Haywood and Miller for concern for streets while emergency responders waited for Quevedo. “It is not a safe a tow truck to move the car. intersection,” Quevedo said. In 2011, there were only two reported accidents — the same for 2010. But, six accidents were documented in 2009 and another five in 2008. The biggest problem is visibility: when stopped at Miller Street, drivers don’t have a clear view of oncoming traffic. To one side, sight is blocked by a tall stonewall. To the other, there’s a large business sign. Making matters worse, the intersection is on a hill and in a curve, so its difficult to see approaching cars until the last minute. Plus, many are going over the speed limit. Quevedo has advocated for a change to the intersection and said he hopes something will change before the worst happens. “I would hate to see somebody get killed there,” Quevedo said, adding that he would feel partly to blame if he did nothing to try to change the status quo.

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IS THERE A SOLUTION? After the crash last week, Waynesville leaders are seeing if there is anything the town can do to improve safety at the intersection. “We will take a look at how we can make it safer,” said Town Manager Marcy Onieal. Onieal said that the Haywood-Miller junction is definitely not the worst place for accidents. Most wrecks take place in the Walmart parking lot on South Main Street and along Russ Avenue, she said. “I think there is a perception that there are more accidents there than there are,” Onieal said. Mayor Gavin Brown agreed that the location probably seems more


planning out his attack on what he assumed would be elderly Jewish people. However, when he went to the center in the morning, he didn’t encounter senior citizens but rather a group of children. During Moore’s interrogation, Furrow said that the children changed everything. When asked what he meant, Furrow replied, “Well, you have to aim lower.” Moore reported that Furrow is serving a life sentence without parole. After a couple of years in the Northwest, Moore switched to the FBI’s aviation division and then to SWAT and covering the 2000 Democratic National Convention in Los Angeles. Moore projected pictures from various assignments onto a large screen in the theatre throughout his speech. “This is me on all my undercover operations,” Moore joked as a blank screen flashed onto the screen. Following the Sept. 11 attacks, Moore was transferred to work terrorism cases and began traveling abroad on assignments in Indonesia, Pakistan and the Philippines, among other places. He emphasized the importance of traveling internationally to learn about other cultures and how they see things. “You have to understand their culture, what motivates them, what moves them,” Moore said, in order to work either with or against them. He added that if he were in charge of education, he would make it mandatory for students to go overseas. “You should have an idea of what it’s like to go into another country and survive.” Moore also emphasized a few times that people should not blame one country or group of people for the actions of a few. “Prejudice and overgeneralization will

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thereof, Moore said, he began working to help free Knox from prison in Italy. Eventually, her verdict was overturned, and Moore moved onto his next case. Currently, he is speaking out on behalf of Jacob Ostreicher, an American living in Bolivia who was accused of money laundering. Ostreicher has spent 18 months in prison without a trial, Moore said. But, even if he

Aldermen formally requesting a four-way stop that would force drivers on Haywood Street to slow down. But in the end, the town simply made the stop signs more prominent to ensure that vehicles on Miller Street knew that they were required to halt. Today, Quevedo said he still feels a four-way stop is a viable option. “I think it’s time to take it to the next step and take it to at least a four-way stop,” Quevedo said. A four-way stop is one alternative that the town is looking into. However, Brown said he thought adding stop signs to Haywood Street would only create too much congestion along a main thoroughfare downtown. The town also needs to factor in the overall traffic flow through town, not just one area, he said. “Anytime you have a problem like that you don’t want to

powers you need to have,” Moore said. And although FBI agents are typically called G-men, Moore said that in his experience, female counterterrorism agents were the employees the bureau couldn’t do without, citing one agent who has spent two years at Guantanamo Bay questioning two top terrorism suspects who refuse to speak to anyone but her.

over engineer it,” Brown said, which could cause more problems. Brown suggested that people should simply avoid that intersection and use the parallel roads of either Depot or Church streets — both of which have stoplights at their intersections with Haywood. Brown admitted though that he sometimes travels up Miller Street, and only when he reaches the intersection does he question why he made that choice. “I guess, it’s human nature to avoid traffic lights,” Brown said. And, “it’s sort of a direct route.” However, it can also be the more hazardous way. In addition to a four-way stop, the town will also look at prohibiting left turns onto Haywood Street since drivers’ sightlines are impeded looking in that direction, or it could decide that no action is the best action.

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dangerous because it is in the middle of town, which is much more constricted then than Russ Avenue or South Main Street. Brown said that the accidents are a side effect of the high volume of traffic that traverses Haywood Street each day. “These are endemic problems when you have traffic,” Brown said. The Waynesville police chief and the town’s public works director are starting to look into possible resolutions. The town has investigated safety at the intersection before. But, after studying the intersection, it was determined that a traffic light would only cause more problems. Adding a light so close to two other lights on Haywood Street would create more congestion in that area, the town concluded. In 2009, Quevedo sent a letter to Waynesville’s Board of

Retired FBI agent Steve Moore talked about his experiences with the Aryan Nation and counterterrorism Thursday, Nov. 15, as part WCU’s International Education Week.

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BY CAITLIN BOWLING STAFF WRITER raveling around the world, taking down bad guys and helping exonerate the wrongly accused, Steve Moore’s life sounds glamorous — and he will agree that he has loved every minute. The retired FBI agent gulped down swigs of a Monster energy drink before taking the stage at Western Carolina University last week to offer students a glimpse of his life and times. Moore is the author of Special Agent Man: My Life in the FBI as a Terrorist Hunter, Helicopter Pilot, and Certified Sniper. Moore spoke to a crowd of about 40 students and faculty about his career exploits, the importance of international travel and safety abroad. Moore visited WCU as part of International Education Week, a joint initiative of the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education to promote programs that prepare Americans for a global environment and foreign exchange studies. Moore became an FBI special agent in 1983 at age 25 — his first assignment was to go undercover and join the Aryan Nation in Idaho. After six weeks in the white supremacy organization, Moore and his partner were found out and had to continue surveillance of the Aryan Nation from afar. “They were extremely violent,” Moore said, recalling that members of the group shot a Salt Lake City man in the head 10 times because he had dared to criticize them on his radio show. Moore later led the investigation into a shooting at a Los Angeles Jewish Community Center perpetrated by white supremacist Buford O. Furrow. Furrow watched the center in the evenings while

received one, it would not be fair, he said. “You will not be guaranteed that you will be judged on the merits of the crime,” Moore said. Trials abroad are more based on feeling, rather than fact, he said. Moore encouraged those interested to apply for a position with the FBI. There are no standard type people who can be FBI agents, Moore said, adding that he has seen a third-grade teacher, a stockbroker and a peanut concession stand worker become agents. “If you are an expert at what you do, it is almost more important than what you do,” Moore said. Anyone applying for a job with the agency must have at least three years work experience. No specific field is required. Applicants who have graduated from law school receive a pass on the work requirement. “Do not think that there are superhuman


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not survive meeting the other side,” Moore said. Moore told more stories about an assignment in Jakarta, Indonesia, and his history with bombings. In many cases, suicide bombers were sent in a vehicle with explosives that featured three switches — one for instant detonation, one for a five-minute delay that would allow them to run away and another to disarm the bomb. But, as the bombers found out, the switches were a test to see if they chickened out or not — all three triggered immediate detonation. Moore retired from the FBI in 2008 and began a job at Pepperdine University, where he was in charge of ensuring students’ safety while studying in other countries. However, Moore was fired from that job after advocating for Amanda Knox, an American student who was found guilty of killing her roommate while the two lived in Italy. After reviewing the evidence, or lack






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Any act of appreciation is worthwhile To the Editor: After reading your piece this week, “Speaking too loudly sometimes belittles the message,” my reaction was “let’s err on the side of appreciation.” One of my most poignant memories came from a Memorial Day visit to Arlington National Cemetery a few years back. A youngish couple, dressed in biker gear got off the front of the tram and walked to the back row to shake the hand of, and thank, a uniformed older man for his service. Maybe I’m sappy, but they had me in tears. Off of Russ Avenue, seeing the flags flying on the graves this week reminded me of that incident. Reading about the little boys from New York, Michael and Mario Mazzariello, had me thinking their parents certainly took the correct course of action to raise those little boys with that kind of respect for the military.  It may be true that the wearing of your patriotism on your sleeve is a backlash from the abuse Vietnam veterans experienced. It may be fashionable now to seem to be appreciative of servicemen and women, but really, so what?  I seriously don’t think any gesture cheapens the appreciation we should all show by our actions everyday, not just on Memorial Day and Veterans’ Day.

sioners need to take the lead in advocating for a Cullowhee Planning District. That would provide an avenue toward the future, a way to start the momentum with a few ordinances. A master greenway-trail system covering campus and the surrounding area is almost done, and a planning district could provide added impetus. Measures to protect the Tuck and make it accessible could be established. Regulations to encourage retail, commercial and residential growth that is in line with what local leaders would like to see would be beneficial. The centerpiece of efforts should focus on what many now call “old Cullowhee.” That area where the uniEditor versity and what used to be a thriving commercial district intersect has so much potential. CuRvE already has drawings for a riverfront park and wants to develop it when the state Department of Transportation replaces the bridge over Old Cullowhee Road in 2013. Anyone who has visited towns like Chattanooga or Greenville, S.C., knows the potential of riverfront parks and recreation areas. Cullowhee is much smaller and would not need anything on that scale, but starting with that investment as the centerpiece could serve as a catalyst. It is also a tangible, buildable

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e have many vibrant, attractive commercial districts in the mountains, some very small and some large and sprawling. I’m talking everything from downtown Waynesville to Bryson City to Asheville. Wouldn’t it be cool to add Cullowhee to this list? Right now, a lot is going on in this university-dominated community. Cullowhee is the fastest growing area in Jackson County, adding population at a faster pace than the county seat of Sylva. Enrollment at Western Carolina University is on the rise, and new buildings are going up as the UNC system prepares for these students and the future. A recently passed alcohol referendum now allows sales throughout Jackson County, and entrepreneurs have already started targeting the college crowd. University officials and local residents — including CuRvE, a Cullowhee revitalization group that boasts solid leadership and real vision — are eyeing the future and trying to figure out how best to grow this community. Add to all this Cullowhee’s natural scenic setting along the Tuckasegee River surrounded by mountains, and we have all the makings for what could become one of the country’s most idyllic college towns. Wasting that opportunity — or letting it just slip away due to inaction — would be almost criminal. Success in fulfilling this vision is going to take the combined forces of Jackson County, the university, and private citizens. Although incorporation would provide the easiest path to creating a one-of-a-kind Cullowhee, right now county commis-

My husband and I moved from California this year. One attractive feature of North Carolina is that it is the most militaryfriendly state in the nation. Believe me, it shows in the citizens’ deeds. On behalf of my husband Alan, I’d like to thank Brandon Wilson, Haywood County Veterans Officer, and Mark Schuler, NC Department of Commerce DWS Veterans Employment Consultant II. Thank you for your service to our country gentlemen; and thank you for your help. Their actions make a difference to our veterans every day. In closing, yes you are correct Mr. McLeod. Some things (like commercialization) may not be dignified. But in my opinion, any reminder is a good thing. So go ahead, a small gesture like: saying thank you, buying lunch for, or shaking the hand of someone in uniform really isn’t undignified or over-the-top. It is literally the least we can do. Jo Ann Merriam Waynesville

Cowee School project part of a larger plan To the Editor: I’ve been a fan of The Smoky Mountain News for 12 years since you very ably reported on the Needmore Tract conservation story: a locally-led campaign to conserve 27 miles of Little Tennessee River. The thenMacon County Commission, chaired by Harold Corbin, helped to lead that campaign

start while the vision for a more long-term future is being developed. Part of the problem is that county leaders in Jackson and throughout Western North Carolina’s smaller counties have been reluctant to enact planning and zoning measures. Cullowhee, however, presents a unique opportunity. Since the campus is guaranteed to bring in people and growth at a much faster rate than what would occur otherwise, simply shutting their eyes and letting it occur haphazardly is just a bad idea. County commissioners will have to take the first step if Cullowhee is going to reach its potential. Some commissioners have said they are reluctant to create a Cullowhee Planning District unless property owners in the area want it. But commissioners have a higher calling than that. They represent every citizen of Jackson County and Cullowhee, not just the handful who happen to own property. Besides, making use of the dedication and energy of those who want to move Cullowhee forward would surely increase the value of all the property in this area. And as Commissioner Mark Jones has pointed out, the Cashiers Planning District has led to some very real and tangible benefits to that community. The time to begin crafting a future for what Cullowhee could become is now. Commissioners need to take the lead and make it happen. (Scott McLeod can be reached at

LOOKING FOR OPINIONS The Smoky Mountain News encourages readers to express their opinions through letters to the editor or guest columns. All viewpoints are welcome. Send to Scott McLeod at, fax to 828.452.3585, or mail to PO Box 629, Waynesville, NC, 28786. to keep the Needmore in the public trust. As such, I was disappointed by your story last week about the Cowee School which left the reader believing that Macon County was funneling money through a “special-interest group” called The Land Trust for the Little Tennessee (LTLT). LTLT is not receiving funds from Macon County. Quite the opposite, LTLT and the Cowee Community Development Organization are raising funds to support the county-led investment in the school to serve as a heritage arts center, local food facility, and proposed incubator for cottage industry in Macon County. The county’s investment in Cowee School was made in September by a County Commission chaired by another Corbin who also cares deeply for the county, Kevin Corbin. Your article failed to mention that these funds are being administered by the Macon Economic Development Commission. Given that the exceptionally intact cultural and natural heritage of northern Macon County are amongst the county’s greatest

economic development assets, Cowee School as an EDC project makes great sense. In the article it was also suggested that the Cowee School is nothing more than one more decommissioned community school, as if it had no special merits that would justify county investment. The historic Cowee School is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and it anchors the largest historic district in Western North Carolina with 27 structures spanning 1,400 years of history. The principal Cherokee town of Cowee was at the geo-political center of the South in the middle 1700s and the first military campaign of the American Revolution in the South was the attack on Cowee two months after the signing of the Declaration of Independence. One reason to invest in Cowee School is to build on the extraordinary history that surrounds the school. The Cowee School is the largest building, and the only publicly owned building, in the historic district. It was built of local stone by the WPA 70 years ago on the site of a CCC camp. Re-use of Cowee School has much greater economic development potential than any other local decommissioned community school that I know of. The question of county investment in the county’s cultural heritage, one of its greatest assets, is one that the next Macon Commission will undoubtedly grapple with over the next two years. I have faith that under the leadership of Kevin Corbin, the right decisions will be made. Paul Carlson LTLT Executive Director Franklin


The right to a job does not exist BY KEN JACOBINE G UEST COLUMNIST he idea of the United States of America was born during the Age of Enlightenment (17th and 18th centuries). The great philosophers of that time challenged the divine right of kings by enunciating a new theory for the social order. The English philosopher John Locke (16321704), who claimed that man originally was born in a state of nature where he had the absolute rights of life, liberty, and property, articulated this new theory. Thus, when Thomas Jefferson presented the Continental Congress with the document that would lay the foundation for our government and society, the Decla-ration of Independence, he included one of the most eloquent and oft quoted statements in the English language:


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“We hold these truths to be selfevident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness.”


In essence, this one profound statement gives all Americans rights that cannot be taken away by any legal authority. The greatest of these rights is the right to property, which includes an individual’s body as well as possessions he/she has toiled to produce. So, where is this treatise headed you might ask? This Friday is Black Friday in the United States and to protest the labor practices of mega-retailer Walmart, some of its employees are planning nationwide walkouts. On the busiest shopping day of the year in the U.S., supposedly 1,000 picket lines are expected at Walmart stores across the country. Specifically, the activism is meant to draw attention to what strike organizers call Walmart’s “retaliation against employees who speak out for better pay, fair schedules and affordable health care.” Now, there is no question that Walmart employees are entitled to freedom of speech, guaranteed by the Bill of Rights, just like all other Americans. And they have enjoyed that right by virtue of the fact that none have been imprisoned or worse for speaking out against their employer. But, this action by disgruntled Walmart employees has really nothing to do with freedom of speech; it has everything to do with property rights. In the employer-employee relationship, the employer has property rights to the business which includes, the buildings,

inventory, and all other aspects of the enterprise (i.e. good will) not seeded to another entity. This also includes the paid positions made available to the public by the company. In this same relationship, the worker has property rights to his/her labor. This arrangement is consistent with the right to property proclaimed in the Declaration of Independence. A right which includes an individual’s body as well as possessions he has toiled to produce (in this case the business enterprise) and is the reason why the hiring process includes y the worker filling out an application, meet-


ing to be interviewed, and negotiating an employment contract. Consequently, the right to one’s labor is an indispensable property of the individual. But the job that he sells his labor to perform is the property of the business. Thus, the right to a job doesn’t exist because that would be a violation of the property rights of business owners. Now, I realize there are such things as anti-discrimination laws, collective bargaining laws, and other acts of government that grant workers the right to employment and job security. But they violate the unalienable right to property guaranteed first in the Declaration of Independence and then in the U.S. Constitution. They are also egregious representations of how far we have strayed as a nation from our original ideals of liberty. If Wal-Mart employees are unhappy with their working conditions, they have a right to petition their employer within the confines of their labor contract. If their grievances are not met, the choice before them is to either continue to honor their labor contract or resign. The founding principle which gave birth to American liberty requires this. (Kenn Jacobine teaches internationally and maintains a summer residence in Waynesivlle. He can be reached at

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To the Editor: In a recent column, writer Jeff Minick implored holiday shoppers to consider shopping locally and using the Internet only as a last resort so that the money will stay in our local economy. If only life were so simple …. The author’s primary premise was that local business owners return their income to the community in the form of re-investment in their businesses and by spending it on their living expenses. Unstated was the idea that dollars generated by Internet sales have little or no impact here at home. In fact, this argument has at least one major flaw: when it comes to the Internet, sometimes those nameless, faceless sellers are actually your neighbors. In the last 15 years, E-tailers like Amazon, eBay and etsy have made it possible for hundreds of thousands of small business people to earn a living. Many of these web sellers don’t have the capital to open a retail outlet; some have physical disabilities that prevent them from running such an enterprise; others cannot afford the childcare costs related to traditional employment. Some just can’t find a job. There are as many reasons to sell on the Internet as there are sellers. Hundreds of businesses in our local mountains sell products on the Internet. Many — if not most — through a major “Etailer.” Next time you’re standing in line at the post office, check out the folks who come in with (probably multiple) packages that already have professional postage applied. That’s a dead giveaway for a web seller. This quietly growing group contributes to our local economy too: they pay taxes on the income (a relatively recent development with Amazon and eBay), and the money they make pays their bills, just as it does for a traditional store owner. They buy supplies and materials from local stores, and their reliance on the postal system can’t hurt in these tough times when small post offices may be destined for the chopping block. So while I agree with most of the “buy local” ideology, I think we must also consider current economic realities and the rapidly changing face of business: there’s not always an easy answer when it comes to making shopping decisions that will benefit our community. Libby Dunevant Waynesville


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MAD BATTER BAKERY & CAFÉ Located on the WCU Campus in Cullowhee. 828.293.3096. Open Monday-Thursday 7:30 a.m. to 8 p.m., Friday 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday and Sunday 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Earth-friendly foods at people-friendly prices. Daily specials, wraps, salads, pastries, breads, soups and more. Unique fare, friendly service, casual atmosphere and wireless Internet. Organic ingredients, local produce, gourmet fair trade and organic coffees.

MOONSHINE GRILL 2550 Soco Road, Maggie Valley loacted in the Smoky Falls Lodge. 828.926.7440. Open Wednesday through Sunday, 4:30 to 9 p.m. and Sunday buffet 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Cooking up mouth-watering, wood-fired Angus steaks, prime rib and scrumptious fresh seafood dishes. The wood-fired grill gives amazing flavor to every meal that comes off of it. Enjoy creative dishes made using moonshine. Stop by and simmer for a while and soak up the atmosphere. The best kept secret in Maggie Valley.

NEWFOUND LODGE RESTAURANT 1303 Tsali Blvd, Cherokee (Located on 441 North at entrance to GSMNP). 828.497.4590. Open 7 a.m. daily. Established in 1946 and serving breakfast, lunch and dinner seven days a week. Family style dining for adults and children.

PASQUALE’S 1863 South Main Street, Waynesville. Off exit 98, 828.454.5002. Opend for lunch and dinner seven days a week. Classic Italian dishes, exceptional steaks and seafood (available in full and lighter sizes), thin crust pizza, homemade soups, salads hand tossed at your table. Fine wine and beer selection. Casual atmosphere, dine

SOUL INFUSION TEA HOUSE & BISTRO 628 E. Main St. (between Sylva Tire & UPS). 828.586.1717. Tuesday-Friday 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Saturday noon -until. Scrumptious, natural, fresh soups, salads, sandwiches, wraps and desserts. 60+ teas served hot or cold, black, chai, herbal. Seasonal and rotating draft beers, good selection of wine. Home-Grown Music Network Venue with live music most weekends. Pet friendly and kid ready. SPEEDY’S PIZZA 285 Main Street, Sylva. 828.586.3800. Open seven days a week. Monday-Friday 11 a.m.-10 p.m., Saturday 3 p.m.-11 p.m., Sunday 4 p.m.-10 p.m. Family-owned for 30 years. Serving hand-tossed pizza made to order, pasta, subs, gourmet salads, calzones and seafood. Also serving excellent prime rib on Thursdays. Dine in or take out available. Located across from the Fire Station. TAP ROOM SPORTS BAR & GRILL 176 Country Club Dr. Waynesville 828.456.5988. 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. seven days a week. Enjoy soups, sandwiches, salads and hearty appetizers along with a full bar menu in our casual, neighborhood grill. THE SWAG COUNTRY INN Hemphill Road off of Hwy 276. 828.926.0430. Serving a 4-course gourmet dinner seven nights a week at 7:00, with a social hour and hors d'oeuvres on the dog trot beginning at 6. Also offering the chef's gourmet picnic at noon every Wednesdays on Gooseberry Knob, BBQ Cookout every Thursday night and Sunday brunch each week. Daily backpack lunches are also available for hiking. Bring your own wine and spirits. Reservations required. THE TIKI HOUSE SEAFOOD & OYSTER BAR 2723 Soco Road, Maggie Valley. 828.944.0445. Fresh seafood made to order. Oysters raw, steamed, or fried. Handcut steaks. Live music, cocktails, petfriendly patio dining with a nice fountain. Friday patio music starts at 7 p.m. and Saturday night after dinner. Live bands and a dance floor. THE WINE BAR 20 Church Street, downtown Waynesville. 828.452.6000. Underground cellar for wine and beer, served by the glass all day. Cheese and tapas served Wednesday through Saturday 4 p.m.-9 p.m. or later. Also on facebook and twitter.

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OLD STONE INN 109 Dolan Road, off Love Lane. 828.456.3333. Classic fireside dining in an historic mountain lodge with cozy, intimate bar. Dinner served nightly except Sunday from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Signature dinner choices include our 8oz. filet of beef in a brandied peppercorn sauce and a garlic and herb crusted lamb rack. Carefully selected fine wines and beers plus full bar available. Open year round. Call for reservations.

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

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MOUNTAIN PERKS ESPRESSO BAR & CAFÉ 9 Depot St., Bryson City. 828.488.9561. Open Monday through Thursday, 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Friday 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday 8 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. With music at the Depot. Sunday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Life is too short for bad coffee. We feature wonderful breakfast and lunch selections. Bagels, wraps, soups, sandwiches, salads and quiche with a variety of specialty coffees, teas and smoothies. Various desserts.

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

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Snowflakes sprinkle the high peaks, while a stiff breeze cascades into the valleys. Elaborate decorations are being put up in downtowns across Western North Carolina. It’s that time of the year — Christmas is around the corner and the region is gearing up for their annual parades.

BRYSON CITY Held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8, in downtown Bryson City, the parade will celebrate 38 years, complete with floats, marching bands, homecoming queens and more. The theme is “A Smoky Mountain Christmas”. Parade entry applications are due by Wednesday, Dec. 5. Line up will be at 1 p.m. the day of the event on Veteran’s Boulevard. or 800.867.9246.

CANTON Taking place at 6 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 6, the theme is “Christmas in Dixie.” Though the deadline to enter commercial floats has passed, individual floats can still throw their hat into the ring. The parade route begins on Blackwell Drive, goes through downtown Canton and wraps back around to Blackwell Drive. Float line up will be at 5:30 p.m. or 828.235.2760.

CHEROKEE The parade will take place at 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1, in downtown Cherokee. The parade begins by the Bear Zoo, to U.S. 441 North, ending by the Museum of the Cherokee Indian. Floats, bands and Santa will be present. A Christmas bazaar and band concert will follow the parade.

FRANKLIN With a theme of “A Country Christmas”, the parade is scheduled for 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 25. Franklin Chamber of Commerce invites all to participate in a food drive collecting canned goods and non-perishable items to be donated to CareNet. The parade will be lining up behind People’s Department Store and Macon Furniture

Mart and along Church Street. The route will begin by pulling out on the top of Town Hill beside Town Hall and will proceed down Main Street, turning left at the Old Town Hall Building onto Porter Street, then left onto Palmer Street and onward to Highlands Road. or 828.524.3161.

HIGHLANDS The Highlands Olde Mountain Christmas Parade will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 1. The annual downtown Christmas Tree Lighting event will take place at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 24. It will include a visit from Santa, Christmas caroling and refreshments. If members of the community want to donate cookies to the lightning ceremony, please bring them to the Visitor Center Friday, Nov. 23, or before 4 p.m. Nov. 24.

MAGGIE VALLEY With a theme of “Welcome Home for Christmas,” the parade and Food Drive to benefit Haywood Ministries will be held at 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1. The parade will proceed along U.S. 19, beginning at the Ghost Town parking lot and ending at the Maggie Valley Festival Grounds. Non-perishable food will be collected at Maggie Valley Police Department and Town Hall until Nov. 30, with more donations being collected along the parade route. Parade entries are due Friday, Nov. 30. All entries must arrive at Ghost Town parking lot by 4 p.m. Dec. 1 to line up. or 828.926.4950.

SYLVA With a theme of “A Storybook Christmas”, the parade will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1. The event will start from the Sylva Fire Department at 3 p.m., with line up beginning at 1:30 p.m. All vehicles/floats will enter on Harold Street, located beside Appalachian Funeral Home. Walkers and band members will meet in Bryson Park before the parade to line up. The parade will end at Mark Watson Park. Applications and parade fees must be turned in to the Town of Sylva by Monday, Nov. 26.

WAYNESVILLE The parade will be held at 6 p.m. Monday, Dec. 3, in downtown Waynesville. The theme this year is “Dreaming of a White Christmas.” The route will start on Walnut Street, turn onto Main Street and proceeds south on Main Street. 828.456.3517 or or

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Yolotli played traditional music on a variety of unique wind and percussion instruments made mostly of clay and wood, which included several types of drums, flutes and whistles. Their bodies also became instruments in the dances with the rattles attached to the leggings in their regalia. The regalia they wore was symbolic of Quetzalcoatl (the Feathered Serpent) and included elaborate headdresses of two- to five-foot feathers from the pheasant, the macaw and the rooster. 828.488.7843 or

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ance. Prior yoga experience is not necessary. Attendees are asked to bring a mat and wear comfortable clothing. Class size is limited to 12 participants. Pia has been enjoying the benefits of yoga since 1977, when she took her first class in her native country of Germany. She has been an instructor in the Atlanta area since 2002 and relocated to Western North Carolina last year. She is a certified yoga instructor and a certified yoga therapist registered with the National Yoga Alliance. 828.586.2016 or

Bryson City offers musical duo, artist Larry Donaldson and Allen Brooks will perform “Gibson and Martin Recollections of the Storied Road” on at 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1, at Swain County Center for the Arts in Bryson City. The duo will play 1970’s music that will include easy listening, folk, rock and roll, as well as some of their own tunes. Following the concert, there will be a meet and greet reception for the musicians and for Donaldson’s wife, Melinda, whose artwork will be on display at the Center for the Arts through Jan. 23. The public is invited to attend both the concert and the reception free of charge. 828.488.7843 or

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Local yoga instructor Corina Pia will host a free, introductory yoga class at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 27, at the Jackson County Public Library in Sylva. Pia teaches stress-reducing yoga by giving instruction aimed at increasing general wellbeing. This introductory class will focus on easy postures, breathing techniques and elements of meditation, as well as body strength and bal-


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Swain County Schools celebrated Native American heritage on Nov. 8-9 by having Aztec dancers perform for students at the Swain County Center for the Arts. The five presentations featured Mesoamerican culture through traditional Aztec dance and music performed by Chicahua Yolotli, an Aztec Dance and Music group from North Georgia. The four members of the group included Javier and Felicia Alfaro, their 5-year old daughter, Aaliyah, and Margaret Garcia, who is originally from Mexico.


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WCU to host Madrigal Dinners The annual Madrigal Dinner will be held at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 30 and Saturday, Dec. 1, in the Grandroom of the A.K. Hinds University Center at Western Carolina University. Held annually since 1970, the Madrigal Dinners are re-creations of the pageantry, music and food of 16th-century England, with authentic madrigal entertainment and costumes. The menu will include a choice of three entrees. Tables seat eight apiece. Tickets are $37 ($22 for WCU students) and may be purchased in the University Center administrative offices on the second floor between the hours of 9 a.m. until noon and 1 p.m. until 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. 828.227.7206.





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Canton kicks off the holiday season with Christmas Craft Fair The inaugural Papertown Christmas Craft Fair will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1, at the Canton Armory. There will be 35 vendors with a large variety of items, including pottery, jewelry, baskets, framed pen and ink drawings, wood carvings, gift baskets, food items, decorative gourds, handbags, candles, soaps, quilts, knitted items, canned foods and books written by local authors. Lunch will be available from the Simple Taste Restaurant in Canton. There will be drawings for door prizes with the items being donated by the vendors. Santa Claus will be available for pictures from 10 a.m. to noon. All booth fees will be donated to a local charity.

Festival of Wreaths to help meet hospice patients’ needs 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 not covered by insurance. The wreaths will be displayed through Nov. 29, with the winning bids being announced during the reception after the Hospice Tree blessing ceremony. While on display in the Outpatient Medicine Lobby, patients, fam-

ilies and friends can write down their bids on a bid sheet and place it in the folder by the wreath. The unique and beautiful wreaths can be seen weekdays and the silent bids can be made anytime during the viewing period.

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The Blue Ridge Orchestra will present this year’s annual family holiday concert twice, at 7:30 p.m. on Dec. 7 at the Colonial Theatre in Canton and at 4 p.m. onn Dec. 9 at the Folk Arts Center in East Asheville. Music Director Milton Crotts has designed a special program that features selections from Tchaikovsky’s “Nutcracker Suite” and Humperdinck’s “Hansel and Gretel”, among others. “Good Tidings of Great Joy, A Christmas Narrative for Orchestra”, will be narrated by Miguel Cooper of the Asheville School, contrasting with Pizzicato Polka by Johann Strauss - a Viennese New Year’s Tradition. Comprised of nearly 75 volunteers, the Blue Ridge Orchestra has been presenting symphony concerts in Western North Carolina since 1999.

Canton’s Colonial Theatre will host one of two holiday concerts planned by the Blue Ridge Orchestra. Elizabeth Jensen photo

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The Blue Ridge National Heritage Area Partnership, the Blue Ridge Parkway and the Eastern National gift shop will hold an open house with a special holiday tree exhibit from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1, at the Parkway Visitor Center in Asheville. Five trees have been decorated in honor of the cultural heritage of outlying counties and will be on display from Nov. 20 through Jan. 7. Stecoah Valley Cultural Arts Center will incorporate decorations representing the handmade crafts of its Artisan Gallery and Guild members and performing artists. Swain County’s tree will be decorated with handcrafted local ornaments and art. The open house is free and will feature live music and light refreshments.



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“The Best Christmas Pageant Ever” will take the stage at 7 p.m. on Dec. 1 and at 6 p.m. on Dec. 2 in the Sanctuary of the First Baptist Church in Waynesville. The story follows a church preparing for this year’s children’s “Nativity Pageant”. At first, it looks like a typical year. Nothing is ever very exciting about the pageant: the same director, same children playing the same parts, the angel choir singing the same song — very traditional and very predictable. However, this year things will be different. Much to everyone’s chagrin, the notorious Herdman children, all seven of them, have decided to join in the play and this very predictable church tradition is turned upside down, teaching everyone involved the true meaning of Christmas. 828.456.9465.

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The Museum of North Carolina Handicrafts in the historic Shelton House will host the Appalachian Christmas from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Dec. 1 and Dec. 7 at the HART Main Theater in Waynesville. This year’s presentation, “A Season of Harmony”, will feature the regional Land of the Sky vocalists who specialize in traditional Barbershop-style solos, quartets and group medleys. Not only will Appalachian Christmas feature musical numbers appropriate for the season, but a bountiful table of hors d’oeuvres, desserts, wine and hot cider will conclude an evening that serves to usher in the holidays. Tickets are available at Blue Ridge Books, Christmas is Everyday and Olde Brick House in Waynesville. Tickets may also be purchased at HART ticket office the evening of the program. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children under 12.


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WCU partners with Asheville Symphony Western Carolina University’s School of Music has initiated a new artist-in-residence program this semester, formalizing a partnership with the Asheville Symphony Orchestra to bring professional string musicians to campus for performances with WCU’s woodwind, brass and percussion students and choral ensembles. The artist-in-residence program is an outgrowth of a smaller effort launched in the 1990s to try to provide students with experience performing in an orchestral setting. Through the program, Asheville Symphony string players will be performing with WCU faculty and students for recitals of a variety of musical types, including chamber, choral and opera performances. In addition to providing talent for public performances, the partnership also provides learning opportunities for WCU students. 828.227.7242 or

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Western Carolina University’s Low Tech Ensemble will perform with Warren Wilson College’s Gamelan Ensemble on Nov. 28. WCU photo

Want to learn to play the dulcimer? Western Carolina University’s Office of Continuing and Professional Education will offer an introductory class in playing the mountain dulcimer from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, Nov. 30, at Biltmore Park Town Square. The class will be led by Anne Lough, a traditional musician who earned her master’s degree in music education at WCU and has performed and taught for 35 years. Participants will learn how to strum the dulcimer and play basic melodies, including a few holiday tunes. No musical experience is necessary for participation. Loaner instruments will be available. WCU’s new facility is located at 28 Schenck Parkway in Biltmore Park Town Square, just off Interstate 26 at Exit 37. The cost is $39. 828.227.7397 or visit

WCU, Warren Wilson ensembles to perform Western Carolina University’s Low Tech Ensemble will perform a gamelan degung from Western Java with Warren Wilson College’s Gamelan Ensemble, playing Central Javanese gamelan, at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 28, in the recital hall of the Coulter Building on the WCU campus. A gamelan is an orchestra of tuned percussion instruments that consists mainly of gongs, zithers and xylophones. While the two ensembles are similar in instruments, the two Javanese traditions are different in tunings and style. The concert is free and open to the public. 828.227.3258 or

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Music students from Western Carolina University will perform jazz concerts at 7:30 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 26, and Thursday, Nov. 29, in the recital hall of the Coulter Building. The Nov. 26 concert will feature two student jazz combos, each with 30 minutes of repertoire. They plan to perform jazz standards

in various styles including blues, swing, ballad, waltz, funk and bossa nova. The Nov. 29 concert will feature the Jazz Ensemble with guest artist saxophonist Jacob Duncan. The Jazz Ensemble comprises five saxophones, four trombones, four trumpets and full rhythm section (piano, guitar, bass and drums). The performers develop knowledge of various jazz big band styles, including the music of Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Billy Strayhorn, Herbie Hancock and Bob Mintzer, as well as music of modern jazz arrangers of the 1990s. Admission is free and the concerts are open to the public. 828.227.7242 or


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There will be an open house from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Nov. 30 and Dec. 1 and from noon to 6 p.m. on Dec. 2 at Mud Dabber’s Pottery and Crafts in Waynesville. Refreshments and a free pottery cup will be available while supplies last. 828.456.1916 or

Franklin’s Mistletoe Magic is Nov. 23-24 The 7th Annual Mistletoe Magic Art & Craft Show will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 23-24, at the Macon County Community Building in Franklin. The event will provide very affordable and unique jewelry, handmade knives, Christmas florals, knitting, crocheting, country crafts, quilting, needlework, painted Christmas shirts, handmade brooms, hand-laced leather clothing and other leather products. Parking is Free. Admission this year is $1 or a donation of a non-perishable food item — to be donated to a local food bank. Children under 13 years old are free.







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A “Show & Sale” craft fair will be from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1, at the MedWest Health and Fitness Center in Clyde. Local crafters are invited to purchase a table for a small fee to display and sell crafts to the public. All community members are invited to participate and to bring family and friends to the fair. MedWest Health and Fitness Center members may reserve a table for $15. The cost for nonmembers is $25. 828.452.8080.

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The Guild Artists’ Holiday Sale will be Dec. 1 and Dec. 8 at the Folk Art Center in east Asheville. Members of the Southern Highland Craft Guild will be on hand in the center’s auditorium on these two Saturdays to sell select work at 10 to 50 percent off retail. The sale allows the artists to liquidate overstocks and 2012 items, try out new techniques and sell studio seconds. For the customer, the sale means great deals for holiday shopping and a chance to connect with the craftsmen. It also provides an exciting, festive alternative to mall and big box import shopping. Choose from a variety of gift items including ceramics, jewelry, fiber, paper, glass and wood. Over 70 artists will be participating during the course of the two sales, with a different group of artists each weekend. The Folk Art Center is located at Milepost 382 on the Blue Ridge Parkway in East Asheville. 828.298.7928 or


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The “Hard Candy Christmas” Craft Art and Show will celebrate 25 years as a “Mountain Christmas Tradition” in Western North Carolina from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Nov. 23-24, in the Ramsey Center at Western Carolina University. With original work from more than 100 regional artisans, Christmas themed artists will be in attendance with original paintings, clay and glass. New exhibitors are coming in to celebrate with us as well and sell their best art. There will be a variety of heritage crafts like broom making, goat milk soap and hand loomed cotton rugs. Admission is $4 for a weekend pass for adults, children under 12 free. There is no charge for parking. or 828.524.3405 or



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Saturday, November 24, 6pm Caroling begins at Rita’s Hallmark parking lot and continues to Christmas tree square for tree lighting. After the tree lighting, bring the kids to the Chamber office across the street to enjoy cocoa and pen their letters to Santa. Or you can stay on the square and listen to the Christmas Concert.

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Please remember others and bring a canned good for the food pantry or a new unwrapped toy for the toy drive.

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Novel is both shocking and admirable nyone who remembers Ira Levin’s Rosemary’s Baby (1967) and the Roman Polanski film that came out about a year later, then you have a handle on a spooky plot wherein two New York parents-to-be are faced with the daunting possibility that the wife may be pregnant with (and by) something that is “not of this earth.” I’m still haunted by Mia Farrow’s tortured dilemma as she stands before the crib Writer that contains “the spawn of Satan” ... stands with a knife in her hand. Which is stronger, a mother’s love or her moral obligation to protect mankind from evil? Well, this time out, Chase Novak takes us well beyond the birth of a new life form. In fact, after a decade of fruitless encounters with fertility clinics, Alex and Leslie Twisden, the wealthy heirs of an ancestral estate (his) packed with tradition and “ojets d’art,” have become desperate enough to search out a remote clinic in Ljubljana, Slovenia, (yes, this is a real place) where they find themselves in the clutches of Dr. Kis (think of the actor Marty Feldman in medical garb). Dr. Kis puts the helpless couple through a frightening and painful series of injections and tells them to go home and copulate with abandon. They do, and in due time, they learn that Leslie is pregnant. There are a few complications (a craving for meat and the sudden appearance of excessive body hair). Leslie gives birth to twins. Well, actually triplets, but the third child is physically deformed, hideous and disappears — allegedly into some ward where he is mercifully “put to sleep.” Hoo, hoo! Don’t you believe it. His name is Bernard and he bears a slight resemblance to Steven Hawking minus a few appendages and an eye. But, I am get-

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ting ahead of myself. At this point, our author jumps a decade. The Twisden twins, Alice and Adam, are suddenly 10 years old, enrolled in a prestigious school and blessed with grace and physical beauty. However, it quickly becomes apparent that they are not happy. There are two reasons for their growing alarm. One is the fact that they are locked up every night with a complex system of barred windows and electronic locks. However, the second reason is something of a surprise. Alice and Adam have come to believe that the security system is not to keep them in ... but to keep their parents out ... at night. Although Alex and Leslie dolt on their two beautiful children, there have been some changes in the parents’ lifestyle. At night, the children listen with growing anxiety strange and inexplicable sounds. The house seems to shake with the thunderous activity — as though two savage animals were prowling through those luxurious rooms that are filled with priceless paintings and antiques. There are violent encounters and screams mixed with the sounds of eating. Yet, each morning, Alice and Adam come down for breakfast and listen to their parents discuss trivial details. They also note that none of the “domestic help” stays very long. At this point, Alice and Adam decide to escape. “They intend to kill us,” Adam tells Alice. “But they love us,” says Alice. “Yes, but

Breed by Chase Novak, Little, Brown & Company, 2012. 320 pages. they are going to kill us anyway. Something happens to them at night.” Indeed it does! To put it mildly, they become “ravening beasts.” It all goes back to that “crazed Dr. Kis,” who injected them with a serum that would guarantee fertility. However, there are adverse effects. Both of the bewildered parents develop body hair that is so excessive

WNC writers group holds short story contest The Mountain Writers of North Carolina will hold a short story contest with an entry deadline of March 15, 2013. Entries can be a maximum of 2,000 words and must be in 12point Courier or Times New Roman font, double-spaced, with oneinch margins, top, bottom, left, and right. Black ink and white paper are mandatory, and the story must include a header with title/page number on each page. Pages should be paper-clipped and not stapled. Tbe entry fee is $15 and authors may submit multiple entries. Prizes are $100 for first place, $50 for second and $25 for third place. The prize-winning stories will be read at an awards celebration (time and place to be announced).

that Leslie has to have frequent laser treatments to keep her face free of facial hair. Then, their eating habits change. The freezer is stocked with raw steak, pork and lamb. Alex begins to “snack” on hamsters and squirrels and often takes an uncommon interest in stray dogs. He even begins to keep caged animals in the basement. He often lingers outside those locked doors ... Alice and Adam know he is there. Michael Medoff has the misfortune of being Alice and Adam’s favorite teacher. Gay and paranoid, Michael lives with his lover Xavier Sardina in a three-room flat. Dedicated to his profession and popular with his students, Medoff strives to live unnoticed by the homophobic headmaster of the prestigious school where he teaches. Ah, but that was before the terrified Adam showed up at his apartment with an incoherent tale about his father. Very quickly the hapless teacher finds himself caught up in a nightmare involving the possible loss of his job and the gradual discovery that the Twisdens are … lycanthropes? Is that it? Yes, it seems that those shots that Dr. Kis administered consisted of a devilish blend of “fertility enhancers” from wolves and tigers. Finally, the injections included an extract which contains the DNA of a fish called the goby ... a fish that eats its young. Well, I don’t want to give away all of the bizarre consequences of this “over the top” horror novel that is an exciting reading experience if the reader has a dark sense of humor. Yes, this book is funny. Time and time again, this tension-ridden novel gives way to laughter. What else can you do but laugh when Alex comments on the his satisfaction of completing a meal. “That gives new meaning to the expression, ‘Good dog.’” Or the memorable image of a horrified woman discovering that there is no longer a dog on her leash, just a bloody collar. As time passes, Alex develops the ability to run at amazing speeds, like those vampires on TV.

Late entries accepted until March 20 for an additional $5 fee. Submissions must include a cover sheet, and three copies of each entry should be sent to: Tom Davis (attn: MCNC Contest), PO Box 66, Webster, N.C., 28788. For more information visit the MWNC website at

Bookstore has plenty “brewing” There will be a handful of unique and fun community events offered at City Lights Bookstore in Sylva over the next couple of weeks. In conjunction with the City Lights Cafe’s weekly “Thirsty Thursday” special, City Lights Bookstore, Heinzelmannchen Brewery and four other North Carolina brewers are hosting a beer tasting and book signing on at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 29. In addition to

As you might suspect, the Twisden mansion is reduced to shambles by the nightly rutting sessions. Neither Alex or Leslie work anymore (He was a lawyer and she was an editor of children’s books). Most of their time is spent hunting ... the squirrels in Central Park, mostly. Also, they have competition. All of those shabby teenagers on skateboards that Alice and Adam keep meeting ... well, many of them are actually products of Dr. Kis’ serum … and many of them searching for food for Mom and Dad. Remember Bernard? He is sort of a mascot for these hirsute teenagers. When I discovered that the name of the author, Chase Novak, is actually a pen name for Scott Spencer, this wild romp of a book began to make sense. Scott Spenser is something of a genius. Back in 1979, he wrote one of the most successful books published in this century — Endless Love. This haunting novel was translated into 20 languages and sold 2 million copies. He has about 10 novels. Critics often comment on his “depth as a writer,” which enables him to paint vivid pictures of young passion and youthful torment. He also drops disturbing literary references into his descriptive details. For example, Breed contains a whimsical reference to Marcel Proust’s Remembrance of Things Past. He also has a knack for disturbing metaphors. My favorite in Breed is in the final pages in which Leslie decides to commit suicide by Delta 757. Leslie jumps, and:

“In less time than it takes for her heart to contract and expand, she is sucked into the jet, like a goose, like debris, like something of no account, and the engine has its way with her. It eats her as if it were ravenous, and in moments there is nothing recognizable left of her.” I would call that metaphor shocking, disgusting and admirable. It also stands as a pretty good description of Scott Spenser. Breed will make a fantastic movie.

tasting local and state brew, Erik Lars will be signing and discussing his book, North Carolina Craft Beer and Breweries. Headwaters Brewing Company, Frog Level Brewing Company and Nantahala Brewing Company will also be on hand. Asheville author Amy Willoughby-Burle will read from her new collection of short stories, Out Across the Nowhere, at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 30. Celebrating the 80th anniversary of the North Carolina Poetry Society, there will be readings and a reception at 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1. Former North Carolina Poet Laureate Kathryn Byer will help host the event and share some poems from her forthcoming book, Descent. The other featured poets will be Joseph Mills, Kathryn Kirkpatrick, and Julie Suk. The reading is sponsored by the North Carolina Poetry Society. All events are open to the public. 828.586.9499


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superstorm Sandy hurled itself toward the Northeast, soon to leave a wreckage of flooded streets, sunken boardwalks and dangling electrical lines, the folks at Cataloochee Ski Area were firing up the snow machines — to take advantage of the early, high-elevation flurries brought on by the hurricane.


While most people were still pulling pumpkin seeds out of their jack-o-lanterns on Halloween, Cataloochee Ski Area had already opened, marking one of the earliest opening dates in the hill’s history. So by mid-November, Cataloochee Ski Area was posting 15 to 20 percent more skiers on its slopes than it normally would have by that time. “We got a lot of help from Sandy,” General Manager Chris Bates said of the bittersweet storm that caused the cities of New York and New Jersey so much devastation but blanket-

ed the ski area with about seven inches of fresh powder. That, in addition to other snowfalls, accounts for the 14 inches of natural snow the ski area has received already this season — hopefully, well on its way to surpass the 50 inches of snow it gets on average per year. But skiing in Cataloochee wouldn’t be possible without the help of artificial snowmakers — and lots of them. Advances in snow technology, which have come along way since the ski area first opened in the early 1960s, are critical to the success of the nation’s southern-

take one of the three open runs back down. The other lift and remaining dozen or more runs should be opened by Christmas. The small number of snowy runs, assaulted by the beating sun and bracketed by brown grass, didn’t keep 21-year-old Paul Lee and his two friends from Greenville, S.C., from making the nearly two-hour trip that day to snowboard. Lee had faith in the snow-making abilities of Cataloochee. “Cat’ is a really awesome place,” said Lee, using the abbreviated lingo for Cataloochee. “They make some awesome snow.”


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Thanks to its powerful snow-making capacity — the slopes are peppered by 100 snow guns — Cataloochee has been open for skiing since late October. Cataloochee Ski Area photo


Cataloochee Ski Area sees about 100,000 visitors in a typical year, with the Thanksgiving holiday being one of the busiest weekends of the season. Andrew Kasper photo

most ski slope. Bates said before the snow of Sandy had begun to fall, workers had already switched the snow machines on. And what the machines can do alone, even without the help of a superstorm, is impressive. “We can go from grass to skiing in eight hours,” Bates said. Cataloochee makes snow nearly every night — laying down between six and eight inches during those midnight hours — to combat the inevitably warm winter days of the South and lessen the toll the fickle weather will surely take on the hard-fought base come sunrise. And the warmer days did come. By last weekend, temperatures hit 60 degrees Fahrenheit and skiers sported short-sleeved shirts and sunscreen. Saturday, two of the area’s three chair lifts hoisted skiers and snowboarders up the hill to

snowboarders are crossing their fingers that the slopes will be ready for the next big day right around the bend. Thanksgiving Day weekend is one of the most popular at Cataloochee Ski Area. The region’s many second-home owners are here in full-force this week. And thanks to school and work holidays, families load up and come from as far away as Florida, Georgia and eastern North Carolina to incorporate a little skiing into their break. To compensate, the ski lodge offers a Thanksgiving Day meal for those who would rather bomb down mountains than cook. It is expected to draw in the crowds. Sue Reitze, first-year director of the ski school at Cataloochee, said with the runs filling up, the best way to keep the holiday ski season fun and safe is to take a lesson or two. The school offers free lessons during the week along with an equipment rental and lift

All you need to know Cataloochee Ski Area located outside Maggie Valley is officially up and running for the season. Ticket options include full-day, half-day and twilight skiing sessions. Day hours are 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., with night skiing on certain days until 10 p.m. Lift tickets range from $19 to $54, with equipment rentals of $20 to $25. Costs are higher during holiday periods. or 828.926.0285.

ticket. “If you know where the brakes are,” said Reitze, “you’re a lot less likely to hit something.” There are also special classes geared toward women only, private groups and children of all ages. Reitze encouraged skiers and boarders to take advantage. And Georgia Defrancia, with her fouryear-old daughter, Sula, from Asheville, did just that. Originally from Colorado, Georgia comes from a long line of skiers. As one would expect, Sula is already a veteran of the slopes at age four, having begun lessons at Cataloochee at age three. Georgia attaches a harness to her daughter to keep tabs on her while she warms up. But after that, the small child is on her own. “We do the first couple of runs with the harness,” Georgia said. “Then, I set her free.” But not all new skiers are as trained as young Sula. Many show up for the first time and try to learn as they go, and that’s what can cause problems for themselves or others. Many involved in accidents on the hill are first-time or beginning skiers. Cataloochee has more than 120 responders on its roster who help patrol the slopes. Ski Patrol Director Wayne Morgan recalled one infamous day when his crew responded to 30 incidents on the slopes. Thankfully, November has been slow on the injury front so far. For the week leading up to last Saturday, patrollers had only one reported incident. But, that was still one too many in his book. “I prefer none at all,” Morgan said. When injuries do happen, skiers generally twist a knee or an ankle as they attempt to stabilize themselves with their legs. Meanwhile, snowboarders, whose legs are strapped in and immobile, tend to break arms, wrists and collarbones as they reach out to cushion a fall, Morgan said. But the thought of broken bones didn’t deter beginner boarder Kelly Smith from letting her boyfriend talk her into trying the sport, which by the looks of the Cataloochee slopes last Saturday is now either equal to, or has surpassed skiing, in popularity. Smith’s boyfriend convinced her with his “sideways is always better” mantra and now, after her third week of snowboarding, she is finally getting the feel of it. “He’s pushing me,” Smith said. “He said, ‘just strap in and go.’”


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non-breeding. However, after some research, I discovered that juvenile swamp sparrows are known to prematurely (I assume before spring molt) lose their rectrices. But then, I also found that adult swamp sparrows tend to molt wing and tail feathers from August through October, so the middle of November wouldn’t be out of question. And, of course, the missing tail feathers could have another cause altogether, like a near miss from a predator. First winter and adult birds are similar in plumage. The adult generally shows a more reddish crown and a grayish breast. The immature shows a browner crown and a buffy tinge to the breast with some streaking.

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1552 E. MAIN STREET | SYLVA 828-586-6969 | Swamp sparrow. Photo The gray face and nape of the swamp sparrow make it stand out from the more common song sparrows at the wetlands. And the swamp sparrow is a skulker. More likely to hit the ground than pop up and take a look like the song sparrows do. The wetlands also produced a Lincoln’s sparrow for Bob and I back in October. This migrant isn’t likely to hang around, but the swamp sparrow(s) may, depending on food supply and weather. The swamp sparrow is known as a facultative migrant — it travels only as far as the cold weather pushes it. They remain all winter at places like Kituwah and Tessentee Bottomlands Preserve. But those places are a bit lower in elevation than Lake J and offer more habitat. But it will be interesting to see how long these guests stay. (Don Hendershot is a writer and naturalist. He can be reached a

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Section of Parkway closed for slope stabilization The Blue Ridge Parkway has implemented a full, two-lane closure around the Mount Mitchell area until spring 2013. The road has been closed for slope stabilization work. The closure begins just south of N.C. 128, at the entrance to Mount Mitchell State Park, and ends at Walker Knob Overlook, between mileposts 355 to 359. Access to Mount Mitchell State Park remains open to southbound Parkway traffic via N.C 80. Parkway thru traffic is detoured from Asheville along Highway 70 to I-40 to N.C. 226 to N.C. 221 and back to N.C. 226 to the Parkway. Buses and recreational vehicles are encouraged to take N.C. 221 to the Parkway.

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Back in spring of 2011 I wrote about a wetlands restoration project at Lake Junaluska - www.smokymountain Candace Stimson, in order to fulfill her Low Impact Development degree at Haywood Community College, unearthed Suzy’s Branch behind Jones Cafeteria and created about 100 feet of free-flowing stream and wetlands. I came upon the project innocently enough — birding one morning at Lake J. The area between Jones Cafeteria and the lake has always been a regular birding stop at the lake. There is a 12- to 15-foot ditch back there and a narrow strip of island with trees and shrubs. There are always two or three green herons nesting back there. Black-crowned night herons have also been found during migration, and it’s good for other migrants like spotted sandpipers, teal and sometimes wood ducks. I remember making a mental note back then as I learned about the design and watched the installation of native plants — “this should attract a swamp sparrow or two.” I kept an eye on the wetlands last fall and winter — no swamp sparrow. I watched it this spring during migration — no swamp sparrow. Then, last Saturday morning, I dropped in and — bingo! — swamp sparrows. I found two of the skulkers. I only got brief looks but good enough for an ID. I bumped into a group from Carolina Field Birders at the lake and told them of the sparrows. I checked with Bob Olthoff later that evening and discovered that the sparrows hadn’t been relocated. Izzy (my daughter) and I had some time Sunday morning so we went by the wetlands. It took awhile, but after about half an hour of searching we turned up one swamp sparrow. This one was a bit more cooperative than Saturday’s birds, popping up long enough for good views. But the good views just created another dilemma. The sparrow was missing its central rectrices — the long stiff tail feathers that aid in flight. The plumage appeared to me to be adult and

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Consider this a friendly holiday reminder that the Cherokee Christmas Bazaar is happening soon. There will be booths filled with authentic crafts and homemade holiday treats to help you finish your shopping list; a visit from Santa and the Grinch for family photos; music, caroling, and more. For more information, call the Cherokee Welcome Center at 828.554.6490 and 828.554.6491, or email And Happy Holidays from Cherokee, NC.


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Hikers can join a guided hike to a grove of old growth trees in north Georgia on Saturday, Dec. 1. The 6-mile walk, led by a Georgia ForestWatch ecologist, will visit some of the largest poplar, hemlock, oak and white pine cove forests in the region, located in the Ed Jenkins National Recreation Area of the Chattahoochee National Forest. The hiking will be moderate to strenuous and regularly jump off trail to visit the old growth stands. Space limited. 706.635.8733.

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Firefighters in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and Bureau of Indian Affairs are managing a 50-acre wildfire in the park just outside Cherokee. The fire was reported at around 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 17. The cause of the fire is under investigation. It is located between Big Cove Road and Raven Fork. Approximately 30 firefighters were on scene overnight and throughout the day. The fire, as of Monday, was an estimated 70 percent contained and no structures were threatened.


Friends of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park has received a $12,000 grant from Verizon to empower teachers with science and technology. Next spring and summer, the grant will fund two teacher workshops in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park focusing on adapting lesson plans to curriculum changes and new science content, and current technology. In total, 60 teachers will participate in the workshops. The grant also provides bus transportation so the teachers can bring their students back to the national park on a fieldtrip through the “Parks as Classrooms” program. The program will serve The Great Smoky Mountains National Park offers an excellent classroom to give teachers new ideas for integrating teachers from East science and technology into their own classrooms back home. NPS photo Tennessee and Western North Carolina. assist with summer ranger education proranger duties in the national park which Additionally, two teachers will have the grams. This initiative is called Teacherthey take back to their classrooms and to opportunity to conduct scientific studies in Ranger-Teacher because participants pick up other teachers. the Park working alongside staff, and to information and new ideas while performing

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Tuscola wins annual FFA dirt competition Tuscola High School students placed first among the 13 competing teams at the 2012 Area Land Judging contest hosted earlier this month by the Future Farmers of

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acteristics, which determines potential uses such as for farming, a landfill, septic system or a building foundation. Soil texture, structure, consistence, its tendency to erode, drainage and potential water issues all come into play for the evaluations. The teams rotated among four sites, each featuring a soil pit and different challenges in terms of slope, proximity to water and other special environmental concerns. The location of the competition is always kept secret prior to the event, so students can’t cheat and evaluate the dirt beforehand. The competition this was located in Iron Duff area of Haywood County. Schools from six western counties participated. Tuscola ranked first in three of the four categories and snagged first place overall Taylor Messer of Tuscola High School won top individ- team. Tuscola Senior Taylor Messer also earned the top individual spot ual for the second year in a row in the Future Farmers and Jacob Hyatt, also a Tuscola stuof America soil judging competition. dent, won third place. Haywood Soil and Water America. Conservation District sponsors the competiTeams of students were asked to analyze tion each fall with help from soil scientists samples of soil and dirt and size up its charand faculty from Tuscola.

The domestic, farm-raised turkey most Americans eat on Thanksgiving Day is nothing like the wild turkey feasted on by the Pilgrims and Native Americans. And with that big turkey meal approaching, here are a few facts about the tasty game bird chosen as the main course for the original feast: ■ Wild turkeys, now numbering nearly 7 million, were almost extinct in the early 1900s. ■ Wild turkeys can run up to 25 miles per hour. Usain Bolt, the world’s fastest human, averaged 23.35 mph during his worldrecord 100 meters. ■ Wild turkeys were argued by Benjamin Franklin to be a more appropriate choice than bald eagles as our national bird. ■ Wild turkeys rarely weigh more than 24 pounds while domestic turkeys regularly grow to more than 40 pounds. ■ Wild turkeys, which have as many as 6,000 feathers, can fly as fast as 55 miles per hour. Most domestic turkeys are

too heavy to fly. ■ Wild turkeys have much sharper vision than humans and can view 360 degrees simply by turning their heads. ■ Wild turkeys can make at least 28 different vocalizations, with gobbles heard up to one mile away. ■ Wild turkeys roost, or sleep, in trees, often as high as 50 feet off the ground.

5K to follow the Greenway in Franklin The Franklin High School Cross Country team will be hosting the Grayson Hall Memorial 5K race at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 15, on the Little Tennessee Greenway in Franklin. The course is fast, primarily flat and paved, and follows the scenic greenway alongside the Little Tennessee River. A one-mile fun run or walk will start at 10 a.m. folLarry Price/NWTF photo lowed by the 5K run.  This is the 8th year for the Grayson Hall Memorial race, which raises money for a

Franklin High School scholarship. The idea for the race was conceived by Tiffany Allen, a FHS graduate and cross country runner, as a tribute to a former classmate who was killed in a car accident.  Trophies will go to the top three male and females in both races, plus medals to the winners in each age group. Cost is $20 and you can register online at Registration for students is $15, but can’t be done online. Those who register before Dec. 7 will receive a free T-shirt. 828.524.6467 or  

Fitness center waives fee for holiday season Just in time to help work off those extra holiday pounds, the MedWest-Haywood Health and Fitness Center is offering a holiday promotion from Monday, Dec. 17 through Friday, Jan. 11. Initiation fees, which normally are $50 for individuals, $75 for couples, and $100 for families, will be waived for anyone registering for a new six-month membership during that period. The MedWest Health and Fitness Center is a 54,000-square-foot facility. It houses a heated six-lane pool, an indoor track and gymnasium and a large variety of cardiovascular and strength-training equipment and a full line of exercise, spinning and yoga classes. 828.452.8082.

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The Pisgah Center for Wildlife Education has been recognized for excellence in environmental education by the Environmental Educators of North Carolina. The nature center is run by the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission and features exhibits on mountain habitats with live animals, interpretive walking trails and a trout hatchery. It’s most impressive offering is likely the lineup of weekly free programs, workshops and clinics for children and adults on wildlife and ecology topics. The Pisgah Center was named the 2012 Exceptional Environmental Education Program. “The Pisgah Center for Wildlife Education is an ideal example of what an Exceptional Environmental Education Program can be,” said Keith Bamberger, EENC board member. “It is a bridge between traditional hunting and fishing, environmental management for the common good and education using the outdoors as a classroom.” The center receives more than 100,000 visitors per year. The Environmental Educators of North Carolina is a statewide, non-profit organization created in 1987. 828.877.4423 or 71490


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Waynesville, NC– Beverly-Hanks & Associates has been honored with Haywood County Chamber of Commerce’s November Business of the Month Award. Presented by the Economic and Business Development Committee the purpose of the award is to recognize our community businesses who contribute to our communities through charity, good customer service, job creation, and making Haywood County a better place to live. Beverly-Hanks & Associates was formed in 1976 through Beverly the merger of Beverly Realty and W. Neal Hanks & Associates. Hanks For more than three decades, their mission to be Western North Carolina’s best real estate company remains unchanged. The organization currently maintains offices in Asheville, Hendersonville, Waynesville, and Lake Lure, with over 250 associates continually striving to provide a positive experience to buyers and sellers. The Beverly-Hanks & Associates Waynesville office was established by the purchase of Apple Realty in 2004, formerly located on Branner Avenue. In July 2012, the company moved to a beautiful, 6000 sq ft historic building in the center of Main Street, Waynesville. Brian Cagle, Vice-President Managing Broker and his staff of 20 associates continue to service Haywood County buyers and sellers through their unsurpassed local knowledge, comprehensive marketing plans and outstanding overall service. Beverly-Hanks of Waynesville is actively involved with community organizations including, SARGE’s, Haywood Christian Ministry, Haywood County Arts Council and the Haywood County Chamber of Commerce Business Start-Up Competition. Beverly-Hanks & Associates of Waynesville is located at 74 North Main St, Waynesville. Visit for more information or to contact an agent today!

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BUSINESS & EDUCATION • Three-hour Microsoft Word class, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 21, One Dozen Who Care (ODWC) 245 Sloan Road, west of the Kmart Shopping Center, just off the 4-lane, Franklin. $20 for each 3-hour class. All ODWC Small Business Center classes free to U.S. Military Veterans Registration required; 369.2273 or 361.1941. Leave message with your name and contact number. You will receive a callback to confirm. • Free 90-minute session on how to buy a digital camera, 1:30 to 3 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 21, One Dozen Who Care (ODWC) 245 Sloan Road, west of the Kmart Shopping Center, just off the 4-lane, Franklin. $20 for each 3-hour class. Registration required; 369.2273 or 361.1941. Leave message with your name and contact number. You will receive a callback to confirm.

All phone numbers area code 828 unless otherwise noted. • Alternative Market, 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 2, fellowship hall of Long’s Chapel United Methodist Church, 175 Old Clyde Road, Waynesville. Jewelry, key chains, purses, scarves, musical instruments, candle holders, chocolates, coffee, and more. Or, make a donation to purchase livestock, help dig a well, or provide education and clean water for families in desperate need of the basic necessities. Cash or checks only. Represented organizations include Start with One Kenya, Bead for Life, Heifer International, Habitat for Humanity, UMCOR, SERRV. or 329.1159.

• Free workshop on Taxes for Artist in Business, 2 to 5 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 27, Swain Center at Southwestern Community College, Sylva. Space limited to 12. Jeff Marley, 366.2005.

• Sarge’s Animal Rescue Foundation Adoptions, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays, new adoption center at the Waynesville Industrial Park, off Old Asheville Highway. Pet photos available online at or or 246.9050.

• Informational meeting for merchants in the Main Street district of Franklin, 5:30 p.m. Tuesday Nov. 27, board room at Town Hall, Franklin. Discussion only. No agenda.524.2516.

• 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.

• Free 90-minute computer class on building a website using, 5:45 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 28, Jackson County Public Library, Sylva. Need basic computer skills and an email account. Limited to 15 people. Pre-register at 586.2016. • Jackson County Airport Authority meeting noon, Monday Dec. 3, Room A227 Jackson County Administration and Justice Center, 401 Grindstaff Cove Road, Sylva. • Issues & Eggs, “NCDOT Highway 209 and Interstate 23/74 Intersection,” 8 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 5, Gateway Club, Church St., downtown Waynesville. 456.3021. • The Spanish Club at Southwestern Community College will watch “A Better Life” from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 5, in room 110-111 at the Macon Campus. • Information sessions for parents and students interested in Jackson County Early College High School, 6 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 5; and Thursday, Jan. 24, 2013, lobby of the JCEC Building, next to the Holt Library at Southwestern Community College Sylva’s campus. 339.4468. • The Board of Trustees of Western Carolina University committee meetings, 1 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 5, fifth floor of the H.F. Robinson Administration Building, WCU. • The Board of Trustees of Western Carolina University quarterly meeting, 9:30 a.m. Friday, Dec. 7, board room of H.F. Robinson Administration Building, WCU. • Spanish Club Round Table Discussions, noon to 1 p.m. Thursdays, gazebo at the Macon Campus of Southwestern Community College. • SCC offers an employability lab from 8 a.m. to noon on Monday and Wednesdays and from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Fridays in the Founders Hall on the Jackson Campus. Course is also offered 8 a.m. to noon on Mondays and Wednesdays and from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays at the Macon Annex Campus. 339.4272 or

COMMUNITY & EVENTS ANNOUNCEMENTS • N.C. Department of Transportation public workshop, 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 29, Graham County Community Center, 196 Knight St, Robbinsville. Topic is proposed improvements to N.C. 143 in Graham County. or

• Coats for Kids of Jackson County is accepting donations of good condition used and new children’s clothing and items (tops, pants, dresses, sweaters, shoes, coats, hats, gloves). Drop off locations include Cullowhee United Methodist Church and Sylva Walmart.

VOLUNTEERING • Angel Medical Center Auxiliary’s Thrift Shop needs volunteers for six-hour shifts. The Thrift Shop is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Jennifer Hollifield, director of volunteer services, 349.6688. • The Haywood Volunteer Center has many openings for volunteers. The Retired and Senior Volunteer Program: If you are over 55 years of age, you can receive a limited amount of mileage coverage and supplementary insurance while you are volunteering. 356.2833. • The Haywood County Meals on Wheels program is in need of volunteer drivers to deliver meals to Haywood County residents who cannot fix meals for themselves. Drivers are needed in the following areas: Tuesdays— Route #3, Clyde; Fridays—Route #9, Beaverdam; Tuesdays—Route #10, Bethel; Fridays—Route #14, Hyatt Creek/Plott Creek; Thursdays—Route #19 Cruso; Thursdays—Route #22, Jones Cove. Jeanne Naber at 356.2442 or • Community Care Clinic of Franklin needs volunteers for a variety of tasks including nursing/clinical, clerical and administrative and communications and marketing. The clinic will provide volunteer orientation and training for all individuals. 349.2085. • Catman2 Shelter needs volunteers for morning feeding and general shelter chores, especially from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays. 293.0892 or • The Volunteer Water Inventory Network (VWIN) is looking for people to work one to two hours every second weekend of the month at Hyatt Creek, Raccoon Creek and Jonathan Creek. Supplies provided. Volunteers pick up empty bottles, collect water samples, and return full bottles. 926.1308 or Early evenings are the best time to call. • Agencies throughout Haywood County are seeking volunteers for many different jobs, including helping with Haywood Christian Ministries, REACH hotline and thrift shop, the Elk Bugle Corps for the National Park and many more. 356.2833.

• The Bascom in Highlands seeks volunteers to help at arts center. Volunteer opportunities include office, gallery docent, benefit events, hospitality, flowers, installation, studio, library, landscaping, parking, recycling and building. No prior knowledge of art or museum experience is necessary. 526.4949,, or • The Haywood County Historical and Genealogical Society maintains a museum located in the historical courthouse in room 308. The HCHGS is seeking articles and objects of historical value to Haywood County that anyone would like to share. 456.3923. • Haywood Volunteer Center needs respite work, domestic violence hotline volunteers, meal delivery drivers, mediators, craft instruction, house building, foster grandparenting and office work. 356.2833

BLOOD DRIVES Jackson • American Red Cross Southwestern Community College Blood Drive,10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 29, 447 College Drive, Sylva. Amanda, 339.4305, for more information or to schedule an appointment. All presenting donors will receive a holiday ornament

Haywood • American Red Cross New Covenant Church Blood Drive, 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 9, 833 Lee Road, Canton. Deborah Martin, 627.9000. All presenting donors will be entered in a drawing for a chance to win a $1,000 gift card. • American Red Cross Waynesville Masonic Lodge Blood Drive, noon to 4:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 10, East Marshall St., Waynesville. 452.9586. All presenting donors will be entered in a drawing for a chance to win a $1,000 gift card.

HEALTH MATTERS • Flu shots, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, Home Care service building on the Haywood MedWest campus. No appointment necessary. The Home Care building is located directly behind MedWest-Haywood. $20. Home Care will accept traditional Medicare and will file the insurance for the beneficiary. Vaccines available for everyone over 18 years of age. 452.8292. • Ladies Night Out, 4 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. the fourth Tuesday of each month in the cafeteria at Angel Medical Center. 349.2426. • Men’s Only Grief Support Group, 9 to 10:30 a.m., second Tuesday of each month at First Presbyterian Church, 305 Main St., Waynesville. John Woods, facilitator. MedWest Palliative Care & Hospice Services offers compassionate care for people who are terminally ill and their families and caregivers. 551.2095 or • Free dental clinic for low-income patients, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays by appointment at Blue Ridge Mountains Health Project Dental Clinic on the upper level of Laurel Terrace in Cashiers. 743.3393. • Community Care Clinic of Highlands-Cashiers, 5 to 9 p.m. Thursdays, provides free care to uninsured patients who meet financial need requirements and live or work in Highlands and Cashiers. $10 donation suggested. The clinic is in the Macon County Recreation and Health Building off Buck Creek Road. 526.1991. • HealthTracks, the wellness and healthy lifestyle program at Highlands-Cashiers Hospital, offers a toning class from 3 to 4 p.m. every Monday, Tuesday and Thursday on the lower level of the Jane Woodruff Medical Building at the rear of the hospital campus. $8 per session. 526.1FIT (526.1348)

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 fintness centers ■ Civic and social club gatherings • Heart Healthy Exercise Group, 8:30 a.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at the Highlands Civic Center. $15 per month. 526.3556. • Outpatient Diabetes Classes, 9 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4 p.m. bimonthly at Harris Regional Hospital in Sylva, and from 9 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4 p.m. monthly at Swain County Hospital in Bryson City. 586.7734. • Teen Prepared Childbirth Classes are offered at Angel Medical Center. 369.4421.

RECREATION & FITNESS • Free introductory yoga class, 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 27, Jackson County Public Library. Taught by local yoga instructor Corina Pia. Class size limited to 1. Register at 586.2016. • Jackson County Recreation/Parks Master Plan public input meetings, 6 p.m. Tuesday Dec. 4, Smokey Mountain Elementary School; 6 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 5, Jackson County Recreation Center; 6 p.m. Monday, Dec. 10, Cashiers Library Meeting Room. 293.3053 • The Waynesville Parks and Recreation Department is hiring basketball officials for upcoming adult basketball season. Games played 6:30 p.m., 7:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. Monday and Thursday nights. Must be at least 18 years of age. Previous experience desirable. Must pass a written and/or oral exam on the rules of basketball. 456.2030 or email • Tennis pro Bunnie Allare teaches lessons and programs at Recreation Park in Waynesville. For rates, program information or to sign up for lessons go to, text 513.608.9621, or 456.2030. • The Walk with Ease beginning exercise program, 2 to 3 p.m. every Tuesday for six weeks at the MedWest Health & Fitness Center on the MedWest-Haywood campus in Clyde. Walk with Ease is for people with and without arthritis who would like to begin a regular walking routine. For people who can be on their feet for 10 minutes without pain. Reservations required; $20 per person. 452.8089. • Aqua fitness class, 5:30 to 6:15 p.m. Monday through Thursday until Thursday, Dec. 6, in the Reid Gymnasium pool, Western Carolina University. Registration is ongoing. 227.7397 or go online to and click on Conferences and Community Classes. • The Waynesville Parks and Recreation Department offers walking program for those with arthritis from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. and 1 to 2 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. Free to members. 456.2030 or • Aikido Class will be offered from 7:30 to 9 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays at the White Dragon Academy, Sylva. 269.8144 or 507.1800. • WNC Fit Club is offering free workouts every Monday. Level 1 workouts begin at 5:15 p.m., Level 2 workouts begin at 6:30 p.m. in the Community Services Building in Sylva. or 506.4726.

• Cardio Dance Fusion, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Mondays, Wednesday and Fridays, Waynesville Parks and Recreation Department. Free to members or daily admission for nonmembers. 456.2030 or • The Smoky Mountain Roller Girls, Bryson City’s Roller derby team, practices from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Wednesdays and 6 to 8:30 p.m. Sundays at the Swain County Recreation Center on West Deep Creek Road. Open to women 18 and older. • E-Z Stretching and Chair Exercise classes, 2 to 3:15 p.m. Tuesdays at the Waynesville Towers, 65 Church St., Waynesville. 456.3952. • The Waynesville Kodokan Judo Club will host Judo classes from 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays at the Waynesville Recreation Center. Judo Club members must purchase an annual membership at the Waynesville Recreation Center plus, $20 per month for club dues. Ages 4 and up. Jimmy Riggs, 506.0327. • Exercise and Movement for Middle Eastern Dance is held Thursdays at 9 a.m. at the Creative Thought Center, Waynesville. $40/monthly or $12/class. 926.3544. • AccessDance WNC, a mobile dance instruction company committed to making dance and exercise accessible to under-served communities, offers instruction in numerous settings. 276.6458. • Qi Gong/Yoga/Pilates classes are from noon to 1 p.m. Mondays and Thursdays at The Creative Thought Center of Waynesville. Love offering. 456.9697 or email

THE SPIRITUAL SIDE • 2012 Multicultural Conference “Creating a Church for All People,” Nov. 29 – Dec. 1, Lake Junaluska Conference and Retreat Center, 800.222.4930 or visit

• Family movie, noon, Saturday, Nov. 24, Jackson County Public Library, Sylva. Call for title. 586.2016.

• Laughter Yoga Club, 2 to 3 p.m. Tuesdays, Senior Resource Center, 81 Elmwood Way, Waynesville. Suzanne Hendrix, certified Laughter yoga leader. Wear comfortable clothing and bring your own giddy vocalizations. 452.2370.

• Jackson County Public Library closed for staff training, Monday, Nov. 26.

• Clip and Save Coupon Club, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesdays, Senior Resource Center, 81 Elmwood Way, Waynesville. • “Senior and Fit,” a 12-week program, 11 a.m. to noon Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, Waynesville Parks and Recreation Department. 456.2030. • Happy Wanderers senior group holds several events coordinated through Haywood County Parks and Recreation. 452.6789. • For information on resources for older adults in Haywood County, call 2-1-1, or by cell phone 1.888.892.1162; or 452.2370.

KIDS & FAMILIES • New Kindermusik Baby Classes called Cock-aDoodle Moo for children newborn to 18 months, weekly in Cullowhee, Waynesville and Cashiers. Day and evening times available. 293.5600 or • Claymates Pottery will host kids night from 6 to 8 p.m. the first Friday of every month. Create art, eat pizza and play games. 631.3133. • The Waynesville Parks and Recreation Department offers after school opportunities for kids from 3:30 to 6 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays. Free to members or $12 per student per week for nonmembers. Registration required. 456.2030 or • The Macon County Public Library will host family story times at 10 a.m. on Mondays and Tuesdays and at 7 p.m. on Wednesdays. Kids are invited to wear PJs and bring stuffed animals during the Wednesday evening programs. Home School Book Talk is held from 1 to 2 p.m. on Wednesdays. 524.3600. • Love and Logic is a seven-week class for parents with children of any age. The class topics include disto have fun and feel relaxed as a parent, plus any topics that parents bring. Amber Clayton, program coordinator, 586.2845 ext. 25. • Avril Bowens presents “perfect pushing class” for moms-to-be. 342.8128 or

• Children’s Story time: Theme: Story time Surprise, 11 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 27, Jackson County Public Library, Sylva, 586.2016 • Children’s Story time: Theme: What’s for Dinner? 1 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 28, Jackson County Public Library, 586.2016. • Family Night. Theme: Deck the Stacks (Decorating the Library for the Holidays), 6 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 29, Jackson County Public Library, 586.2016. • WORD Teen Writing Group (ages 13-16), 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 29, Jackson County Public Library, 586.2016. • Spanish story time for children and families, 4 to 4:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 30, Haywood County Public Library, Waynesville. Books and songs in Spanish, with explanations in English provided. For more information in English, call Carole Dennis, 356.2511 or For more information in Spanish, call Marisa Dana, 561.275.8097 or • Desde el viernes 30 de noviembre próximo, en el horario de 4 a 4:30 p.m., se ofrecerán sesiones de lectura de cuentos en español en la sucursal de la biblioteca pública de Haywood County, sita en Waynesville. Las sesiones estarán dirigidas por la señora Marisa Dana, proveniente de Argentina. Se leerán cuentos y se cantarán canciones en español, están todos invitados. Para acceder a mayor información en inglés por favor contactarse con Carole Dennis, por teléfono al 356.2511 o por e-mail, Para acceder a mayor información en español, contactarse con Marisa Dana, por teléfono al 561.275.8097, o por e-mail,

• Rompin’ Stompin’ music and movement story time, 10 a.m. Thursdays, Canton branch of the Haywood County Public Library. 648.2924. • Book Babies, story time for children four years old and younger, 10:30 a.m., Mondays, Blue Ridge Books, Waynesville. • A Book Trade/Exchange, 2 to 4 p.m. on Tuesdays at Brain Gym at 81 Elmwood Way in Waynesville. An ongoing event. 452.2370. • American Girls Club meets at City Lights Bookstore in Sylva. The club is based on a book series about historical women. Club members read and do activities. Free. 586.9499. • Family Story Time for ages 18 months to 5 years is held from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. on Mondays and Tuesdays at the Macon County Public Library, Franklin. 526.3600. • Pre-School Story Time (ages 3-5) is held from 10:40 to 11:30 a.m. on Thursdays at the Hudson Library in Highlands. 526.3031. • The Marianna Black Library Preschool Story time (ages 3-5) is at 10:30 a.m. Wednesdays. • Dial-A-Story is available to all ages through the Marianna Black Library in Bryson City. Hear Miss Christine tell stories (a new one each week) just by calling 488.9412.

FOOD & DRINK • Western Carolina University’s Madrigal Dinners, 6:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 30 and Saturday, Dec. 1, Grandroom of the A.K. Hinds University Center. Tickets, $37 ($22 for WCU students) and may be purchased in the University Center administrative offices (second floor) between the hours of 9 a.m. until noon and 1 p.m. until 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. 227.7206 or




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• Senior trip to DuPont State Forest, Wed., Nov. 28. Leave Waynesville Parks and Recreation Department at 10:30 a.m., return by 4 p.m. $10, Rec Center members; $13, non-members. Bring snack and lunch

• Children’s Story time. Theme: The Night Before Thanksgiving, 1 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 21, Jackson County Public Library, Sylva. 586.2016.

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• Waynesville disc golf club. GLOW Singles play at 6 p.m. Mondays at the Waynesville Recreation Park. Random draw doubles at 10 a.m. Saturdays. $5, $4 for club members. Meet at the picnic shelter beside the softball field below the Waynesville Recreation Center.

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• The Waynesville Kodokan Judo Club practices from 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays at the Waynesville Recreation Center. Children participate from 4 to 5:30 p.m., adults 5:30 to 7 p.m. Open to boys and girls of all ages. Sensei Jimmy Riggs, 506.0327 or the Waynesville Recreation Center at 456.2030.

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• Breakfast Buffet, 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. every Saturday, American Legion Auxiliary of Waynesville, Legion Drive. $6 donation. Proceeds to veterans and community. • Stone Soup Gathering, 5 p.m. every Sunday, Fellowship Hall, Bryson City United Methodist Church. Free.

POLITICAL GROUP EVENTS & LOCAL GOVERNMENT Dems • Haywood County Democratic Executive Committee meeting, 6:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 26, Haywood County Democratic Party Headquarters, 286 Haywood Square, Waynesville. 452.9607 or • Haywood County Democratic Party Headquarters at 286 Haywood Square, Waynesville, is open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday. 452.9607 or • The Haywood County Democratic Executive Committee meets at 6:30 p.m. the fourth Monday of each month at Democratic Headquarters, 286 Haywood Square, Waynesville. 452.9607 or • The Jackson County Democratic Party meets the third Tuesday of every month at 6:30 p.m. at Democratic Headquarters, 500 Mill St., Sylva. Brian McMahan, 508.1466. • Jackson County Democratic Party executive committee members meet at 6:30 p.m. the third Tuesday of each month at Democratic Headquarters, 500 Mill St., Sylva. 631.1475 or • Jackson County Democratic Women meet at 6 p.m. the third Thursday of every month at Democratic Headquarters 500 Mill St., Sylva. 631.1475 or

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GOP • The North and South Jackson County Republican monthly meetings will meet together at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 26, Sylva Republican Headquarter Office, 58 D Sunrise Park, a retail complex located behind Rite Aid Drug on Highway 107 across from the Asheville Highway intersection. • The South Jackson County GOP monthly meetings are held at 6:30 p.m. the fourth Tuesday of each month at the GOP headquarters office at Laurel Terrace on N.C. 64 east in Cashiers. Ralph Slaughter, Jackson County GOP Chair at 743.6491 or • The Haywood Republicans meet at 6:30 p.m. the second Thursday of the month at the GOP headquarters, 303 N. Haywood St., Waynesville. 246.7921. • The Haywood Republicans meet at 6:30 p.m. the second Thursday of the month at GOP headquarters, 303 N. Haywood St., Waynesville. 246.7921.

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Others • Occupy/WNC General Assembly meets from 7 to 8:30 p.m. every Tuesday in room 220 of the Jackson County Administration and Justice Center in Sylva. 538.1644. • A TEA Party group meets at 2 p.m. the third Saturday of each month at the 441 Diner in Otto. • The League of Women Voters meets at noon the second Thursday of each month at Tartan Hall in Franklin. Lunch available by reservation. Open to all. $6 for food. 524.5192.

SUPPORT GROUPS Haywood • Caregivers Unite support group, 1 to 2 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 27, Senior Resource Center, 81 Elmwood Way, Waynesville. 356.2816 for more information or direc38 tions to the meeting.

• Grief and Beyond, a grief support group, 4:30 to 6 p.m. Thursdays, room 210, Long’s Chapel UMC, Waynesville. Facilitated by Jan Peterson, M.S. 550.3638 or Long’s Chapel UMC, 456.3993, ext. 17, Tim McConnell. • The Haywood County Aphasia Support Group, 1:30 to 2:30 p.m., second Monday of each month in the Haywood Regional Medical Center Fitness Center classrooms. 227.3834. • Haywood County offers an HIV/AIDS Support Group, 4 p.m., first Tuesday of each month at the Health Department. Anonymity and confidentiality are strongly enforced. 476.0103 or • AA meetings, 7 p.m., Saturdays, Maggie Valley United Methodist Church, 4192 Soco Road. 926.8036. • Al-Anon, a support group for families and friends of alcoholics, 8 p.m., Tuesdays, Grace Episcopal Church, 394 N. Haywood St. Use Miller St. entrance. 926.8721. • Alzheimer’s Association, 4:30 p.m., fourth Tuesday of each month, First United Methodist Church, Waynesville and 2:30 p.m., third Thursday of each month, Silver Bluff Care Center in Canton. 254.7363. • Recovery from Food Addiction, a 12-step recovery program for individuals suffering from food addiction, 5:45 p.m. Wednesdays, Friendship House, Academy St. beside Waynesville’s First United Methodist Church, 400.7239. • Single Parents Networking Group, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., Wednesdays, First United Methodist Church, 566 S. Haywood St., Waynesville, free, dinner and child care provided in fun, informal setting. 456.8995 ext. 201. • WNC Grief Support Group is for families who have lost a child. 7 p.m., third Thursday of each month, Clyde Town Hall. 565.0122 or e-mail • WNC Lupus Support Group 7 p.m., first Tuesday of each month, Home Trust Bank in Clyde. 421.8428 or

Jackson • Look Good, Feel Better Support Group, 10 a.m. to noon, Monday, Dec. 3, Harris Medical Park conference room at 98 Doctors Dr., Sylva. Mary E. Mahon, RN, 631.8100. • General Cancer Support Group for men and women, 5 to 6 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 6, Harris Medical Park conference room at 98 Doctors Dr., Sylva. Mary E. Mahon, RN, 631.8100. • Man to Man Support Group for prostate cancer patients and survivors, 7 to 8 p.m., Monday, Dec. 10, Harris Medical Park conference room at 98 Doctors Dr., Sylva. Mary E. Mahon, RN, 631.8100. • Harris Monthly Grief Support Group, 3 to 4 p.m. every third Tuesday of the month, Chaplain’s Conference Room, MedWest-Harris in Sylva. 586.7979. • Al-Anon Family Group meets every Monday evening from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m., Sylva Methodist Church. A support group for family and friends whose lives are affected by someone else’s drinking. • Breastfeeding support group, 9:30 to 11 a.m., first Monday of each month at the First United Methodist Church (park in back and use rear entrance) Sylva. or 506.1186. • Men’s discussion circle, 7 p.m. Mondays, The Center in Sylva. Join an open circle of men to discuss the challenges of life that are specific to men in a safe environment of confidentiality. $5. Chuck Willhide, 586.2892 or e-mail • Al-Anon Meetings are held at 4 p.m. Tuesdays at Grace Community Church. The meetings bring hope for families and friends of alcoholics. 743.9814. • Cashiers Cancer Care Group for cancer patients, survivors, spouses and caregivers offers support, encouragement, hope and understanding. 7 p.m., first Thursday of the month, Grace Community Church. 743.3158.

• Food Addicts In Recovery Anonymous, 7:30 p.m., Mondays, Harris Regional Hospital in the small dining room, Sylva. 226.8324 for more info. • Jackson County Alcoholics Anonymous, 7:30 p.m., Mondays, Sylva First Presbyterian Church on Grindstaff Cove Road. • Look Good, Feel Better is for women dealing with the appearance related side effects that occur with cancer treatments. A trained volunteer cosmetologist shares expertise in dealing with hair loss and skin change. 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Harris Regional Hospital. Sessions are offered bimonthly on the first Monday. RSVP required at 586.7801. • WestCare Hospice Bereavement Support Group meets at 3:30 p.m. the third Tuesday of each month in the Chapel Conference Room at Harris Regional Hospital. 586.7410. • Weight Watchers meets at 8:30 a.m. every Monday at Grace Christian Church in Cashiers. 226.1096.

Macon • Angel Medical Center Hospice offers three bereavement support groups for people who have lost loved ones. Two Women’s Support Groups both meet on the third Wednesday of each month at the Sunset Restaurant on Highway 28 at 11:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. A Men’s Support Group meets the first Monday of each month also at the same location at 11:30 a.m. 369.4417. • Angel Medical Center offers a monthly Diabetes Support Group the last Monday of each month. The group meets in the Angel Medical Center dining room beginning at 4 p.m. Pre-registration is required by calling 369.4181. • Anxiety, nervousness and/or panic disorders support group meets at 7 p.m. on Fridays in the basement of Highlands United Methodist Church. 526.3433. • Al-Anon meetings are held at noon every Thursday at the First Presbyterian Church at Fifth and Main in the community room in Highlands. All are welcome. • Alzheimer’s Caregivers Support Group meets at 1:30 p.m. on the second Tuesday of each month at the Macon Co. Department on Aging. 369.5845.

meets at noon on Thursdays at the Swain Family Resource Center. • Grief Support Group meets from 7 to 8 p.m. each Monday night at the Cherokee United Methodist Church on Soco Road. 497.4182.

A&E FESTIVALS, SPECIAL & SEASONAL EVENTS • Learn to play the mountain dulcimer, 2 to 5 p.m. Friday, Nov. 30, Western Carolina University’s new instructional site at Biltmore Park Town Square, 28 Schenck Parkway, just off Interstate 26 at exit 37. Taught by Anne Lough. $39. Loaner instruments available. Office of Continuing and Professional Education, 227.7397 or visit • Art After Aftermath, Elin O’Hara Slavick, distinguished professor of art at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 4 p.m. Monday, Dec. 3, room 130 of the John W. Bardo Fine and Performing Arts Center, Western Carolina University. Slavick, primarily a photographer, will discuss her art and her curatorial activities. Free. • Applications for new grants from the Blue Ridge National Heritage Area Partnership are due by Dec. 14; funding will be announced in April, 2013. Grants are available for the preservation, interpretation, development, and promotion of heritage resources in agricultural heritage, Cherokee heritage, craft heritage, music heritage and natural heritage Applicants must provide at least a one-to-one match. Further details or


• Angel Medical Center’s Diabetes Support Group meets at 6 p.m. the fourth Monday of each month in the Center’s dining room.

• Beer Tasting and Book Signing, 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 29, City Lights Café, Sylva. Erik Lars will sign and discuss his book, “North Carolina Craft Beer and Breweries.” Multiple breweries will be represented. 587-9499.

• Overeaters Anonymous meets at 5 p.m. on Sundays at First United Methodist Church at 86 Harrison Ave in Franklin. 508.2586

• Amy Willoughby-Burle, Out Across the Nowhere, 6:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 30, City Lights Bookstore, Sylva. 586.9499.

• NAMI Appalachian South (National Alliance on Mental Illness), the local affiliate of NAMI NC, meets on the first and third Thursdays of each month at 7 p.m. at the Community Facilities Building, Georgia Road Contact Ann Nandrea 369.7385.

• An Anniversary of Verse: 80 Years of the North Carolina Poetry Society, 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1, City Lights Bookstore, Sylva. Featured poets are former North Carolina Poet Laureate Kathryn Byer, Joseph Mills, Kathryn Kirkpatrick, and Julie Suk. 586.9499.

• Suicide Survivors Support Group. Angel Hospice sponsors a monthly support group for those who have suffered a loss due to the suicide of a loved one. This meeting is open to everyone in our community and meets the fourth Wednesday of each month at 10:30 a.m. in the back room. 369.4417.

• Non-perishable food will be collected at the Maggie Valley Police Department and Town Hall beginning Nov. 1 –30. Ondrea Murphy, 926.4950 or

• TOPS (Take off Pounds Sensibly) support group meets 5:30 p.m. every Monday at Bethel Methodist Church. Weigh in begins at 4:30 p.m. 369.2508 or 369.5116. • Weight Watchers meet each Tuesday at the Peggy Crosby Center in Highlands. Weigh in is at 5:30 p.m. with the meeting beginning at 6 p.m.

Swain • MedWest-Swain WNC Breast Cancer Support Group, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 11, private dining room next to the cafeteria at MedWest-Swain, Bryson City. This group meets the second Tuesday of every month. Mary E. Mahon, RN, 631.8100. • Women’s 12-Step Medicine Wheel Recovery Group meets Tuesdays at 5 p.m. at A-Na-Le-Ni-S-Gi in Cherokee. • Circle of Parents, support group for any parent,


• Festival of Wreaths fundraiser. Bid on donated wreaths through Thursday morning, Nov. 29, Outpatient Medicine Lobby, Angel Medical Center. Proceeds to help meet hospice patients’ needs not covered by insurance. 349.6639. • Food drive during Maggie Valley Christmas Parade, 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1. Haywood Christian Ministries and the Haywood Rescue Squad will collect food donations during the parade. Ondrea Murphy, 926.4950 or

HOLIDAY EVENTS • Great Smoky Mountains Railroad presents the Polar Express, through Dec. 29, Bryson City. Tickets start at $39 for adults, $26 children ages 2-12. Children under two ride free. 872.4681.

• Tree Lighting Ceremony, 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 23, downtown Franklin. Hot cider and cookies, music, great shopping, and candlelight service.

• Mistletoe Magic Art & Craft Show, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, Nov. 23 and Saturday, Nov. 24, Macon County Community Building, Franklin. $1 admission or 1 nonperishable food item to be donated to a local food bank. 524.3161 • Entry forms are now available for the 2012 Franklin Christmas Parade set for 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 25. Entry forms can be picked up at the Chamber office at 425 Porter St. or downloaded online from Entry fees are $25 for all entries. 524.3161. • Highlands Chamber of Commerce Tree Lighting, 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 24. Window decorating contest entry forms due Wednesday, Nov. 21. Highlands Olde Mountain Christmas Parade, 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 1. Applications at Visitor Center. • Cookies with Santa, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 24, lower level of Franklin’s Town Hall on Main Street. • Christmas Parade, 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1, Maggie Valley.

• “Show & Sale” Craft Fair, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1, MedWest Health and Fitness Center gymnasium, 75 Leroy George Dr., Clyde. 452.8080. • Papertown Christmas Craft Fair 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1, Canton Armory, 71 Penland St. Crafts, local authors, lunch, and door prizes. Santa Claus will be available for pictures from 10 a.m. to noon. • “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever,” 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1, and 6 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 2, First Baptist Church, 100 South Main St., Waynesville. 456.9465. • Waynesville Christmas Parade, 6 p.m. Monday, Dec. 3, in downtown Waynesville. The theme is “Dreaming of a White Christmas” and all entries must use lights to participate in this evening event. 456.3517.

• 12th annual Appalachian Christmas Celebration Dec. 6-9, Lake Junaluska Conference and Retreat Center, Waynesville. Lake Junaluska Singers Concert, Voices in the Laurel concert and craft show. or 800.422.4930. Tickets for the matinee performance of the Lake Junaluska Singers and the Voices in the Laurel preshow are $16.50 for adult reserved ($15 general admission) and $8 for children, age 8 and under. 800.222.4930 or • Voices in the Laurel Christmas concert featuring the poetry of Robert Frost, traditional and international Christmas carols and a medley from “The Polar Express,” 2:15 to 2:45 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8, at historic Stewart Auditorium at Lake Junaluska Conference and Retreat Center. Tickets for the matinee performance of the Lake Junaluska Singers and the Voices in

• Voices in the Laurel Winter Silent Auction, noon to 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8, at Harrell Center, Lake Junaluska. Open to the public, refreshments

ON STAGE & IN CONCERT • Tickets are now on sale for a 60-minute radio show of Tarzan of the Apes, performed before a live audience at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 26, in the John W. Bardo Fine and Performing Arts Center. $10. Proceeds to fund scholarships in participating academic departments. Advance tickets suggested and can be purchased at the box office, 227.2479 or online at Don Connelly, 227.3851 or • Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker, 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 24, at Harrah’s Cherokee Event Center, Cherokee. Tickets available at or 800.745.3000. • Western Carolina University music students jazz concerts, 7:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 26, and Thursday, Nov. 29, recital hall of the Coulter Building. Free. WCU School of Music, 227.7242 or go online to • Smoky Mountain Brass Quintet, 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 27, recital hall of the Coulter Building, Western Carolina University. Free. or contact P. Bradley Ulrich, 227.3274. • Western Carolina Civic Orchestra fall concert, 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 7, recital hall, Coulter Building, Western Carolina University. Free. 227.7242. • Music Benefit for Full Moon Farm Rescue and Sanctuary, 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 13, Black Mountain. Featuring guitarist Trey Merrill, singer/songwriter Paco Shipp, singer/songwriter David Cody, and others. 664.9818 or email • Scotty McCreery in concert, 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 15, at Harrah’s Cherokee Event Center. Open to all ages. or 800.745.3000. • Styx, 9 p.m. Friday, Jan. 18, at Harrah’s Cherokee Event Center, 777 Casino Drive Cherokee. • The hour-long radio show Stories of Mountain Folk airs at 9 a.m. every Saturday on its home station, WRGC Jackson County Radio, 540 AM on the dial, broadcasting out of Sylva. Stories of Mountain Folk is an ongoing all-sound oral history program produced by Catch the Spirit of Appalachia (CSA), a western North Carolina not-for-profit, for local radio and online distribution.

ART/GALLERY EVENTS & OPENINGS • Holiday Open House, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, Nov. 30 and Saturday, Dec. 1, and noon to 6 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 2, Mud Dabber’s Pottery and Crafts, 20767 Great Smoky Mountain Expressway, (highway 23/74, Waynesville. Between the rest area and the Blue Ridge Parkway entrance at Balsam Gap. 456.1916,

• Guild Artists’ Holiday Sale Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 1 and Sunday, Dec. 2, at the Folk Art Center, milepost 382, Blue Ridge Parkway, Asheville. Southern Highland Craft Guild members will sell select work. More than 70 artists participating; different artists each weekend. 298.7928. • The Waynesville Public Art Commission seeks an artist for its fourth outdoor public art project to be located in the Mini Park at the corner of Main and Depot Streets. The theme of the piece is Wildflowers of the Smokies to honor the historic connection between the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and the Town of Waynesville. The selected artist will receive $12,500 for proposal development, fabrication and installation. or call Town of Waynesville at 452.2491.

CLASSES, PROGRAMS & DEMONSTRATIONS • Glass classes: Holiday ornament, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., 45-minute time slots, Saturday, Dec. 1, Jackson County Green Park, $30; Glass Tumbler, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., 45minute time slots, Saturday, Dec. 15, Jackson County Green Energy Park, $40. Payment due at registration. No experience necessary. Ages 13-18 may participate with parent. Wear cotton clothing (no polyester) and closed shoes and long pants. 631.0271 or • Ceramic Firing Techniques featuring Linda Christianson and the WCU Ceramics Department, through Dec. 5, Jackson County Green Energy Park, 100 Green Energy Park Road, Dillsboro. • North Carolina Glass 2012: In Celebration of 50 Years of Studio Glass in America, exhibit through Friday, Feb. 1, Fine Art Museum at Western Carolina University.

FILM & SCREEN • Free family movie featuring Pooh, Tigger, Piglet and Rabbit, 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 27, Marianna Black Library, Bryson City. Free popcorn. 488.3030 or Due to production studio guidelines, the library may not include movie titles in its print advertising.

Outdoors OUTINGS, HIKES & FIELDTRIPS • Old Growth Hike, 9 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 1 with Georgia ForestWatch Ecologist Darren Wolfgang to an old growth cove forest in the Upper Mill Creek watershed of the Ed Jenkins National Recreation Area of the Chattahoochee National Forest in north Georgia. Meet at 9 a.m. at the Georgia ForestWatch office, 15 Tower Road, Ellijay, GA to caravan to Upper Mill Creek. Five to six-mile hike, moderate to strenuous, off trail. Bring lunch, water, rain gear if showers are expected, appropriate clothing and footwear, walking stick if needed, epi-pen, if needed. Limited to 10; no pets. Smoke free.

• 113th annual Christmas Bird Counting with Highlands Plateau Audubon, 7 a.m. Friday, Dec. 14. Binoculars available. $5 chili will follow. Call Brock Hutchins at 787.1387 or 404.295.0663 or for location and other details. • Sons of the American Legion Turkey Shoot, 9 a.m. every Saturday, Legion Drive, Waynesville. Benefits local charities. • The local Audubon Society is offering weekly Saturday birding field trips. Meet at 7:30 a.m. in the Highlands Town Hall parking lot near the public restrooms, or at 8 a.m. behind Wendy’s if the walk is in Cashiers. Binoculars available. or 743.9670. • The Gorges State Park is looking for volunteers to assist in maintaining existing trails and campgrounds in the park on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., weather permitting. Bring gloves, water and tools supplied. Participants need to be at least 16 years old and in good health. Registration not required. Meet at 17762 Rosman Highway (US-64) in Sapphire. 966.9099.

PROGRAMS & WORKSHOPS • WMI - Wilderness First Responder Recertification (WFR Recert), Dec. 7-9, Cullowhee. Three-day course recertifies WFR, includes adult and child CPR. Landmark Learning, 293.5384 or • Ski and Snowboard Lessons, registration begins Nov. 26 at the Recreation Center in Cullowhee. Lessons are 1:30 to 3 p.m. Jan. 13, 27 and Feb. 3, 10, and 24 at Cataloochee Ski Resort, Waynesville. Ages 8 and up. Lift ticket valid from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. $170, includes lift, ski or snowboard rental and lesson; $135, includes lift and lesson; $85, season pass holder with your own equipment. 293.3053. • WMI - Wilderness First Responder (WFR), Dec. 13-21, Cullowhee, and Jan. 5-13, 2013 in Asheville. This nine-day comprehensive wilderness medical course is the national standard for outdoor trip leaders. Landmark Learning 293.5384 or • WMI Wilderness Emergency Medical Technician (WEMT) Jan. 7-Feb.1, 2013 in Asheville. This 30-day course provides certification in NC EMT-basic, National EMT- Basic and Wilderness EMT. Landmark Learning, 293.5384 or • Franklin Green Drinks hosted by Macon County Chapter of WNC Alliance, third Tuesday of the month from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at the Rathskeller in downtown Franklin. Green Drinks is a time for local folks to get together and socialize and talk about environmental or social justice issues.

COMPETITIVE EDGE • Grayson Hall Memorial 5K and 1-mile fun run, 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 15, Little Tennessee Greenway, Franklin. Hosted by the Franklin Cross Country team. Benefits Franklin High School scholarships. $20, register online at $15, students, but can’t be done online. Register before Dec. 7 and get a free t-shirt. Denise Davis, 524.6467 or

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• Canton Christmas Parade, 6 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 6. 235.2760.

• Dillsboro Festival of Lights & Luminaries, dusk to 9 p.m., Dec. 7-8 and Dec. 14-17, downtown Dillsboro. Sing-alongs, horse-and-carriage rides, WCU students strolling the streets in renaissance costumes, children’s art in the courtyard, and Santa and Mrs. Claus at Town Hall. or 800- 962.1911.

• Art sale, It’s a Small, Small Work 2012, through Saturday, Dec. 29, Gallery 86, 86 N. Main St., Waynesville. Gallery hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Art sale of artwork 12 inches or smaller by more than 80 artists from the Blue Ridge National Heritage Area in North Carolina. Most artwork priced between $20 and $80. None over $300. Encaustic works, painting, printmaking, drawing, ceramics, mixed media, collage, fiber, sculpture, woodworking, metal, jewelry, photography, and more. and on Facebook. 452.0593.

Register by calling 706.635.8733.

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• Appalachian Christmas, “A Season of Harmony,” 7 to 8:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1, HART Theatre, 250 Pigeon St., Waynesville. Hosted by The Museum of North Carolina Handicrafts in historic Shelton House. Featured are regional Land of the Sky vocalists who specialize in traditional Barbershop-style solos, quartets, and group medleys. Tickets available at Blue Ridge Books, Christmas is Everyday, and Lode Brick House in downtown Waynesville. Tickets may also be purchased at HART ticket office the evening of the program. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children under 12.

• Music, Mirth & Good Cheer, A Family Holiday Concert by the Blue Ridge Orchestra, 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 7, Colonial Theatre, 53 Park St., Canton. $15 general admission; $10 for Friends of the Blue Ridge Orchestra; $5 for students. Tickets available online Refreshments and a free pottery cup while supplies last.

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• 25th Hard Candy Christmas Craft Art & Show, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 23-24, Ramsey Center at Western Carolina University, Cullowhee. More than 100 regional artisans. $4 weekend pass for adults; free for children under 12. or Doris, 524.3405,

the Laurel preshow are $16.50 for adult reserved ($15 general admission) and $8 for children, age 8 and under. 800.222.4930 or

• 3rd annual Valley of the Lilies Half Marathon and 5K, Saturday, April 6, Western Carolina University. Online registration now available at Registration fees are $40 for the half marathon and $20 for the 5K through Thursday, Feb. 28. Fees increase to $60 Friday, March 1 for the half marathon and $25 for the 5-K. Online registration will close Tuesday, April 2, but race day registration will be available at $80 for the half marathon and $30 for the 5-K. Facebook fans also can “like” the WCU Valley of the Lilies Half Marathon and 5-K for race updates, course changes and information. 39



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Abe - A very sweet, easy to be around medium sized dog. He is rather short and has a handsome black coat with tan markings. He is a calm, friendly and quiet boy who is a great companion. Indie - A rather confident tuxedo kitten, for such a young gal. She's ready to take charge and keeps her playmates and foster mom on their toes with her boundless energy.

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REAL ESTATE ANNOUNCEMENT ONLINE ONLY AUCTION. 9,480 sq. ft. Convenient Store, Wagram, NC. Ends 12/3. 10% BP. NC Broker #17805, NC Firm #8879., 888.237.4252.

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 toll-free at 1.800.669.9777. 20 ACRES FREE! Buy 40 - Get 60 Acres. $0Down$168/mo. Money Back Guarantee. NO CREDIT CHECKS Beautiful Views. Roads/Surveyed. Near El Paso. Texas. 1.800.843.7537 SAPA GEORGIA LAND SALE! Great investment! Relax & enjoy country lifestyle! Beautifully developed 1 Acre - 20Acre homesites. Augusta Area. Beautiful weather. Low taxes/Low down. Financing from $195/month. Call Owner 1.706.364.4200. SAPA

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happy, Great Dane mix. He is white with black freckles and black ears. He is 1 1/2 years old. He really needs a strong owner. 877.ARF.JCNC. SEVEN, 8 WEEK OLD - Yellow Lab mix puppies. Four females and three females. They are healthy, energetic, little butterballs. They are scheduled to be neutered on Nov. 21st and will be available for adoption on November 23rd. Call their foster home for more information 828.293.5629, or visit with them on Saturday, at ARF's adoption site. They won't last long. RASCAL - A cute terrier/corgi mix who is 3 years old. He weighs just 16 pounds. He is neutered, housebroken, and current on all his shots. He plays well with other dogs, but he is frightened of people. His not a lapdog, nor does he like to be on a leash. He is a good porch dog; he'll sit there all day and bark to let you know if someone is coming. He doesn't run off once he is used to being at his new home. Call 226.4783.

mix. She weighs 27 lbs., and is blackish colored. She needs work on puppy behavior. Call 1.877.ARF.JCNC. CLARA - A 2-3 yr old "Whatizit?" She weighs 68 lbs., is friendly, and shaggy. Call 877.273.5262. SUSAN - Two year old great cat. She is very affectionate, litter box trained, and is good with other cats and dogs. She is quite talkative. 828.586.5647 CUDDLES - Female, Terrier/ Hound mix. She got her name because she likes to cuddle. She is very friendly with people and gets along well with other dogs She is white with brown spots. Cuddles is 2-3 years old and weighs 26 pounds. She is making progress on being housebroken. Call 828.226.478.

VISIT ARF ON SATURDAYS 1-3 To register for December 10th low-cost spay/neuter trip. Call 1.877.ARF.JCNC for more information. Limited number, so register early and don't get shut out.

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bi-monthly magazine that covers the southern Appalachian mountains and celebrates the area’s environmental riches, its people, culture, music, art, crafts and special places. Each issue relies on regional writers and photographers to bring the Appalachians to life.

In this issue: Revitalizing native language in Cherokee Knoxville, Tenn.’s, new heyday Destination: Tuckasegee towns of Jackson County, N.C. Canning and recipes PLUS ADVENTURE, CUISINE, READING, MUSIC, ARTS & MORE



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Byer’s book brings us a sense of place So long long, the train sang deep in the piney woods, well out of sight … that old rhythm and blues beat I can’t stop from singing me home on this slow moving train of a poem, its voice calling downwind, What took you so long? — Morning Train, by Kathryn Stripling Byer

From the southernmost reaches of night, / I have come here to stand at this window. Here I can see / winter trees line dancing the horizon and glimpse over traffic / the bolt of the gray Tuckaseegee ... /

George Ellison

No wonder, leaving my father’s black fields / where the dirt smelled of duty and death / and the sunset burned all the way down to its roots … / I arrived, not a moment too soon, at the junction / of Thomas Divide and Kanati Fork, / air ripe with bear scat and leaf mold. / … was it because of the windows where every night I watched / the sky field on fire dying out, cloud by cloud, / into darkness that I came / to this place where sky huddles over the Balsams / and lingers awhile every morning / as mist lifting off the weeds clasping the edges of Cullowhee / Creek? Over thirty years I’ve watched the way / light begins here. It still wakens me up. Lets me be. / Here. Where I am. George Ellison wrote the biographical introductions for the reissues of two Appalachian classics: Horace Kephart’s Our Southern Highlanders and James Mooney’s History, Myths, and Sacred Formulas of the Cherokees. In June 2005, a selection of his Back Then columns was published by The History Press in Charleston as Mountain Passages: Natural and Cultural History of Western North Carolina and the Great Smoky Mountains. Readers can contact him at P.O. Box 1262, Bryson City, N.C., 28713, or at

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his ashes descend “in no hurry” from a crop duster’s plane to the fields he once tilled. In “My Grandfather’s Cattle Gap,” a story her mother tells causes her (the poet as little girl) to imagine breaking a leg in one of his cattle gaps, which “rattled like coffin slats.” And they kept on rattling “again and again” in a dream she (the mother) had about driving home toward “the burning house / where everyone she loves lies sleeping.” Past and present … dream and reality … merge in these poems the way they do in real life. In “Down,” the dogwoods and pear trees are blooming … an uncle lies dying ... his sister cries out “almost gone” … and the little girl who grows up to write the poem you’re reading stands “at the edge of the known world” watching “the swollen sun” she “knew nobody, / not even Jesus, could / talk into not going down.” In “Retablo,” at her grandfather’s funeral, Kay thinks of his “forevermore closed eyes.” Her grandmother described their color to her as “Bird’s egg blue.” First time ever she saw him, he had “come calling / to fetch a stray dog.” Someone had told Kay that eyes are the first thing “to decay once the coffin lid’s shut.” Kay’s grandmother (Carrie Mae Campbell) was apparently one of those irascible sharp-tongued women of the sort the South specialized in producing with regularity until not long ago. In “Drought Days,” which is dedicated to her, Carrie Mae bitterly resents the absence of rain and knows for certain the “He in the sky” who is to be held responsible: “God stank like a singed field. / His taste in my mouth like a rusty nail. / I wanted him kept well away / from the places I loved, / his narrowed eyes raking the world.” In Part 2, the poems are often about the poet as young lady finding her way … as she puts it … in “the good old South I love to hate.” She smokes the obligatory cigarettes with a girlfriend. In “Gone Again,” seeking glamour where she can find it in the slash pines, Kay becomes Scarlett (you know who) “staring at Tara, intoning Tomorrow, Tomorrow.” And she exclaims in mock exas-

peration: “I still can’t get it right, / the way those dirt roads cut across the flats / and led to shacks where hounds and muddy shoats / skulked roundabout … The truth? What’s that? How should I know? / I stayed inside too much.” (So did Emily Dickinson.) At the end of one of those dirt roads, a dog lies dying in a ditch. The man who shot it gives Kay a wink. The epigram for Part II — from Tomas Transtromer’s “Madrigal” — consists of five words: “I inherited a dark wood …” The epigram for Part III completes that sentence (“I inherited a dark wood, but today I am walking in another wood, the light one”) and appends these lines from Leslie Marmon Silko’s Ceremony: “They flew to the fourth world / below. / Down there / was another kind of daylight.” The place names at this end of the journey are reassuring. We know where they are: Ramsay Cascades … Rocky Face … Buzzards Roost … Weyahutta … Oconaluftee … Chimney Tops. The closing poem is titled “Here.” It consists of 29 lines arranged in four stanzas. In it, Kay turns up the music and sings us home:

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Kathryn Stripling Byer lives in Cullowhee. Poet Laureate Emeritas of North Carolina for a number of years, she was this year inducted into the North Carolina Literary Hall of Fame. I’ve known her since 1973 … so I’m going to call her Kay. The lines quoted above are from the opening and closing stanzas of “Morning Columnist Train,” the first of 26 poems in her absolutely remarkable new collection titled Descent (Louisiana State University Press, 2012). The descent in question could be into hell. Lots of poets go there. But the cover image by Cindy Davis depicts a mist-shrouded Turner-like inferno of sunset titled “South Georgia Pine.” So this train is bound for the slash pine flats where Kay grew up. That was before she settled down here thirty or so years ago. Western North Carolina and south Georgia … not far apart but different … about half a day’s drive and she’s home again at either end. Lots of the folks she’s descended from appear in the poems, especially in the first of the three parts into which the collection is divided. The epigram for Part I from Mahoud Darwish’s “Here the Bird’s Journey Ends” serves notice of our next destination: “Soon we will descend the widow’s descent in the memory fields.” And we do. The dedication reads: “For my father / C.M. Stripling (19202006).” Kay describes him as a stubborn man “who clinched his fists / round the tractor’s wheel / … ground his teeth / on the grit of his field.” He is a racist whose “battle flag is draped across a back-room window.” As she drives away one day … headed for her other home … she sees his eyes “squinching back tears.” In a poem titled “Over,” we watch as




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