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News Football fans turn out for WCU Homecoming ....................................................4 MedWest layoffs full slate of employees ..............................................................5 Jackson commissioner candidates spar over land use ....................................6 Haywood commissioner candidates talk taxes, debt..........................................9 Federal building faces possible future closure ................................................11 Jackson hits snags in greenway project ............................................................12 Cherokee looks to fill new green energy manager position ..........................14 Man rescues woman from the strong Nantahala currents ............................16 Haywood Community College appoints an interim president ......................17 New O’Malley’s owner vows to restore business ............................................19 State candidates tussle over temporary one cent tax ....................................21

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A group of Western Carolina University students play cornhole while tailgating at the WCU vs. Georgia Southern homecoming game on Oct. 6 in Cullowhee. WCU lost 45-13. Garret K. Woodward photo BY GARRET K. WOODWARD STAFF WRITER It was a tranquil Saturday afternoon when the stampede began. Lines of vehicles, like mechanical horses with flags waving high, hurtle down the highway, resembling some cavalry charging into battle, desperately in search of a cherished parking space near the football stadium at Western Carolina University. It’s homecoming weekend and WCU is playing Georgia Southern. To those keen in the art of tailgating preparation, large tents and barbeque equipment has been set-up for hours, if not more than a day, as they now sit in pride, watching others scramble for position. All in one motion, these kings of asphalt imperialism flip burgers and ribs, turn up the volume of the satellite television and grab for a cold beverage in a nearby cooler as if they had six arms. Leaning against the trunk of their car, recent Georgia Southern graduates Andrew Petrak and his girlfriend Laura Beasley watch cars from their school rush past them. They’ve been directed to park in seemingly the furthest lot away from the game, something the couple thinks may be part of a conspiracy plan by WCU to keep the opponents in a distant purga-

tory of hot pavement and arduous walk to find their seats. “I think [WCU] likes that we’re this far away from the stadium,” Petrak jokes. Georgia Southern It was a five-hour drive alumni Andrew for them to make the Petrak and Laura game, an obvious testaBeasley ready ment to their self-prothemselves for the claimed status of “diefootball game hard fans.” Petrak said the against WCU. key to a proper tailgate is Garret K. Woodward photo cold beer, good food and even better friends. “It’s all about hanging out with friends and being outside,” he said. “Don’t let him fool you, he’s obsessed with football,” his girlfriend countered. Not to lose sight of homecoming weekend, an array of alumni are scattered around the campus, many of which only see each other at these tailgating functions. Spooning out 70860

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MedWest makes staff reductions While layoffs were announced simultaneously at all MedWest hospitals Tuesday (Oct. 7), how many and which jobs to cut were decided on by the individual hospitals. • MedWest-Haywood laid off 56 people, with 31 positions eliminated through attrition in proceeding months. • WestCare laid off 26 people, with 48 positions eliminated through attrition in proceeding months.

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basis,” said Steve Heatherly, the CEO of WestCare based in Jackson County. WestCare has lost money for at least the past three years. While Haywood posted a slight positive operating margin last year, this year it expects to fall back in the red. Young said the financial challenges faced by MedWest’s hospitals are not uncommon. “So many hospitals all across the country are having to adjust staffing during these times,” said Young. That trend for MedWest is exacerbated, however, as it continues to lose market share to Mission Hospital in Asheville. Harris has seen a particularly striking drop in market share, down to only 50 percent of inpatient treatment sought by Jackson residents coming to Harris. Haywood, meanwhile, has actually held its own in market share, which is hovering around 62 percent, although its still not where it needs to be. But officials believe more business is up for grabs going forward. MedWest simply has to fight to get it back and show that local

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BY B ECKY JOHNSON STAFF WRITER he three MedWest hospitals in Haywood, Jackson and Swain counties laid off 82 employees this week to cope with shrinking revenue and declining patient volume. The layoffs are part of a larger workforce reduction in recent months. Another 79 positions at MedWest hospitals have been eliminated through attrition. In all, 161 positions were eliminated from the three hospitals — accounting for 13 percent of the workforce. The move will save almost $7.4 million annually. MedWest leaders said the layoffs are regrettable but necessary in light of ongoing financial challenges. “Yes, this is a turning moment economically even though it is a sad day,” said John Young, the acting CEO of MedWest and a vice president with Carolinas Health System. The layoffs won’t affect the quality of care or patient experience, according to MedWest leaders. “We won’t let it touch the patients,” said Cliff Stovall, chairman of the Haywood Regional Medical Center board. While there is clearly a quest to save money, the board isn’t willing to make cuts that would compromise the quality of care, Stovall said. “We don’t want to exist as a hospital if we don’t give quality care. There is no point to be a bad hospital,” Stovall said. Declining patient volumes actually meant the hospitals didn’t need as many workers. “I am not at all minimizing the impact of these decisions but the reality on that front is that we have to match our staffing to the volumes we are experiencing in order to maintain financial viability on a go-forward

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hospitals and doctors are just as good as month. Haywood may not let WestCare go Mission. easily — if at all, however. “The good news is in this market place “The agreement hasn’t had a chance to there is volume that can be attained,” Young succeed yet,” Stovall said. “The system has to said. be given a chance to work. That is our goal.” Young said the layoffs are unfortunate, Haywood’s hospital board hasn’t made a but the financial challenges will eventually formal decision yet on whether to let be overcome. WestCare go amicably, however. “The monster in the bushes is always While the management structure for the worse than the monster in real,” Young hospitals has yet to shake out, both sides of said. “In real life we are doing the prudent the MedWest system are remaining focused thing. We are making the organizations on what has to be done. more stable.” “Staffing adjustments alone will not Hospital workers have unfortunately become “ ... we have to match our staffing to accustomed to workforce the volumes we are experiencing in reductions. This marks at least the third round of order to maintain financial viability on layoffs or workforce reductions for both a go-forward basis.” Haywood Regional and — Steve Heatherly, WestCare CEO WestCare since 2008. Some jobs were also eliminated when MedWest was formed in address our most fundamental challenge of 2010. The partnership brought together declining patient volumes,” Heatherly Haywood Regional Medical Center and wrote in a memo to staff Tuesday. “We have WestCare. Certain positions simply didn’t an outstanding medical staff and dedicated need to be duplicated at both Haywood and employees at both our hospitals. We must Harris once the two had partnered. serve our patients and engage our commuThe layoffs could add to the dissatisfac- nities in ways that motivate and drive tion emanating from the Jackson County patients to choose their local doctors and doctors and rank-and-file hospital employ- their local hospitals for their care and treatees at Harris. They blame the MedWest ment where they can remain close to home partnership for the financial struggles and and be near family and friends.” loss of patient volume seen at Harris. The WestCare board of directors formal- Visit www.smokymountainnews.com ly declared it wanted out of MedWest last to view the memo sent to staff.

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Keeping up with the Joneses in Jackson’s commissioners race BY B ECKY JOHNSON STAFF WRITER race for Jackson County commissioners this fall has come down to a contest of the Joneses. The similar names on the ballot — Mark Jones versus Marty Jones — will no doubt keep voters on their toes when they walk into the polling booth. The views of the two candidates, however, are anything but identical. The seat is currently held by Mark, a Democrat. In a predominantly Democratic county, in theory he should be able to stroll back on to the board. But two years ago, Jackson County’s voters ousted three sitting Democratic commissioners and swept in a lineup of conservatives. The upshot? While Jackson’s voters are decidedly Democratic — outnumbering Republicans 11,300 to 7,100 — the race is by no means a shoe-in for Mark. Voters showed two years ago they were willing to cross party lines in their local commissioners race — either that or the county’s 9,000 unaffiliated voters tipped the scales en masse. In the past, however, Republicans often didn’t bother to run for Jackson commissioner, as is the case with the other commissioner seat on the ballot this year. Likewise, Mark enjoyed the luxury of no Republican challengers when he ran for re-election four years ago. “I didn’t think there was anyway a Republican could win,” Marty said when asked why he didn’t take Mark on back in 2008. For his part, Marty has been a self-proclaimed independent most of his life. He only registered Republican this year, largely to set up his bid for county commissioner. Running as an independent is a tough road, so he bit the bullet and picked a party — as for which party, it was a no-brainer. “As I get older, I get much more conservative,” Marty said. “The Democratic Party seems to be getting much more liberal and leftist.” Mark said party politics rarely matter among the county commissioners, however. Although Mark went from serving on an entirely Democratic board of commissioners his first four years to being in the minority the past two years, it has had little bearing, he said. “We have worked together well,” Mark said of the current board, despite differences in party affiliation. Mark doled out compliments to each of the three new commissioners that came on the board two years ago. Here’s a look at some of the top issues in the race.

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DEVELOPMENT REGULATIONS: ECONOMY KILLER OR FAR-SIGHTED PROTECTIONS?

Perhaps the biggest distinction between Mark and Marty is their stance on a sweeping 6 slate of development regulations put in place five

years ago. Marty would like to see some of those But Mark points to the number of residenregulations undone, while Mark wants to keep tial building permits issued in Jackson County them in place. compared to its neighbors as proof that the Mark said that makes this race one of the regulations didn’t cause any more of a crash most important ever facing the county. here than elsewhere. “This race is so important to the future of “Jackson County led every county HaywoodJackson County,” Mark said. “We have taken west for all four years for residential building great strides to protect the mountains and peo- permits,” Mark said. ple’s safety and property. Building a home on a On that basis, perhaps the regulations were steep slope is still allowed. It just takes a little good for growth, he said. extra engineering to make sure “Those ordinances did not it stays put.” kill construction. If anything, it Marty claims the developenhanced property values. You ment regulations were so arduknow somebody is not going to ous they killed Jackson County’s slide down on top of you,” all-important building and real Mark said. estate industry. Mark fears undoing the reg“Let me lay the cards on the ulations could hurt the county’s table. I have been fairly apolitical economy in the long run. in the 40 years I have been in the “Eventually, it will hurt the county. What this showed me is goose that laid the golden egg,” how quickly a five-member Mark said. board can impact the local econMarty countered that in his Mark Jones, 53, assistant view Jackson County’s most preomy,” said Marty, a real estate broker by trade. “That to me manager at High Hampton cious resource is her people, and said ‘If I am going to survive, I Inn in Cashiers protecting their interests is more have to get active.’ That was a important. wake-up call for me.” Marty’s issue wasn’t only Mark countered that the regwith the regulations that were ulations have become a scapepassed, but the five-month goat for the industry looking to moratorium on new subdiviblame someone for the real sions that preceded the passage estate crash. of the regulations. It was a par“I think Marty is angry over ticularly egregious move for a what has happened to his real commissioner supposed to repestate industry. He has had some resent Cashiers, where real hard times, and he is not the estate and development are paronly one,” Mark said. ticularly prevalent. Mark disputes that the regu“We don’t have Harrah’s lations were in any way responsinearby. We don’t have the hospiMarty Jones, 56, real estate tal industry. We don’t have the ble for the real estate crash. broker/owner of RE-MAX university,” Marty said. “Those The first regulations hit the Summitt Properties in jobs were ones this district books in summer of 2007, which was the same time the national Cashiers depends heavily on, and it is my recession hit. view he turned his back on the “The ordinances coincidentally came about working families of this district.” at approximately the same time, if not a couple The Jackson County planning board has of months prior to the bona fide national reces- recently launched a review of the county’s steep sion,” Mark said. slope building rules, and some changes are Marty disagreed. imminent. Mark believes Marty would most cer“You can make that argument, but the ques- tainly push for the regulations to be watered tion is whether voters will buy it,” Marty said. down during the process. The regulations made the recession come Marty said he is not anti-regulation, howsooner and go deeper than elsewhere. ever. He believes in well-engineered slopes, “They started the decline of our economy a foundations and retaining walls as a matter of year before the rest of the nation,” Marty said. safety. But some of Jackson’s regulations are Marty wouldn’t wager whether the commis- purely aesthetic. sioners at the time recognized the regulations “To my knowledge, no one has died from a would slow development. Perhaps they actually house color,” Marty said. aimed to slow down what they saw as an unfetFor the record, however, the county’s orditered building rampage — and were willing to nance does not dictate house colors, it merely accept that calculated risk. Or perhaps they recommends neutral colors. Mark equated such failed to do due diligence and assess the impact claims to fear mongering. the regulations would have, Marty said. “They are stretching the truth and putting Either way, Marty said it was wrong to sacri- out misinformation,” Mark said. “Your ordifice the economy. nary citizens haven’t taken the time to read

Who’s up for election? Two of the five Jackson County commissioner seats are up for election this year. While commissioner seats are divvied up by geographic districts, all voters countywide can vote in all the races. Districts merely determine where the candidate must hail from. Here’s a snapshot: • One seat has no opposition. Vicki Greene, a longtime community planner and retired assistant director of the Southwestern Development Commission, clinched the seat representing the Cullowhee and Webster district in the Democratic primary. No Republicans are running, so the seat is hers. Commissioner Joe Cowan, who didn’t run again this year, currently holds it. • The second seat pits Commissioner Mark Jones against challenger Marty Jones. Both are from Cashiers, but the district also includes Glenville, Canada, Sapphire, and Hamburg.

the ordinances, and they are hearing the misinformation.” There are other regulations that Marty sees as too arduous, however, like the limit of only one home per every 10 acres — although the stringent threshold only applies to the very steepest slopes of more than 45 percent. Existing developments and lots were exempt from many of the rules.

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Marty believes the development regulations cost the seats of three commissioners voted out of office in 2010. Whether Marty can direct that same furor this time around against Mark remains to be seen. After all, the controversial development regulations Marty is campaigning against have been on the books five years. Whipping up voter backlash over a five-year old issue could be difficult. But, it is hardly ancient history for the hundreds of people in development, construction, real estate and related fields, Marty said. They’ve not yet recovered from the drop in development. “There are an awful lot of builders and contractors who lost homes,” Marty said. “There are still people hurting in that industry.” He still remembers the standing-room only crowd of 1,300 that filled the auditorium at Southwestern Community College in 2007 during the height of controversy over the development regulations coming down the pike. “In my view when you go against that many people, when you seek re-election, you’re going to be in trouble,” Marty said. Indeed, opponents at the time warned the commissioners they would be voted out of office if they went ahead with the regulations. The warning didn’t come to fruition just one year later in 2008, however. Two Democratic commissioners who supported the regulations were up for election that year, and neither saw the stomping they’d been promised. Mark was one of those. If the development regulations didn’t come back to bite him then,


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Marty questioned whether Mark has been a good advocate for the Cashiers area. He cited the snail’s pace at which the Cashiers recreation center moved forward during Mark’s first four years in office. “If you are going to be a good leader, you have to be willing to move a ball forward,” Marty said. It took new commissioners coming on the board in 2010 to get the project done, and they

State, Jackson commission candidates square off A candidate forum will be held from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 15, at the Jackson County Public Library. Candidates attending are: Republican Jim Davis and Democrat John Snow, candidates for the N.C. Senate’s 50th District; Republican Mike Clampitt and Democrat Joe Sam Queen, candidates for the N.C. House’s 119th District; and Republican Marty Jones and Democrat Mark Jones, candidates for Jackson County commissioner. Candidates for the U.S House, Republican Mark Meadows and Democrat Hayden Rogers, could not attend because of a conflict. Forum sponsors include Macon County League of Women Voters, Canary Coalition, OccupyWNC and Smoky Mountain News. Audience members will be able to submit questions as they arrive. aren’t even from the Cashiers area, Marty said. Mark claims the new Cashiers Recreation Center as one of his accomplishments, however, despite it taking a while. Other county building projects, including a senior center and new library, were simply first on the list. Both those had been in the queue longer, and the plan was always to get around to the Cashiers Rec Center as soon as those were done. It had nothing to do with the new commissioners who were elected but would have happened anyway, Mark said. “We were lucky as it is to get this rec center in less than 10 years,” Mark said. Still, Mark has not always won among voters in his own district. In the Democratic primary in 2008, two other candidates on the ballot garnered more votes combined that Mark did. While Mark individually had more votes than his two challengers, Marty pointed out that the majority of voters from their own district had chosen a candidate other than Mark in 2008. Mark defended his role as a champion for the Cashiers area. He has been a major advocate

of getting a community well and water system up and running in Cashiers. Cashiers has no public water system, and instead relies on individual wells. The creation of a community well was a step in the right direction, but Mark wants to expand it to a reliable, full-fledged public water system. “Three years ago, we had wells going dry. Businesses’ wells going dry,” Mark said. “It makes me concerned when we go into another drought that all we have are these systems pumping water from the ground, and what happens in July when we have 12,000 people up here?”

PROPERTY VALUE ROLLER COASTER One of the biggest challenges that could be facing the next board of commissioners is a countywide property revaluation. The stakes are high, since property values determine how

much people pay in property taxes, and how much the county rakes in for each cent on the property tax rate. Given the decline in property values, the county is bracing for less money coming in from property taxes after the mandatory property revaluation hits the books in 2016. The revaluation will assign new, current property values to every home, lot and tract of land in the county. A revaluation was initially scheduled for this year, but fearing a dramatic decline in the county’s property tax base, the current board of commissioners postponed it until 2016. In the meantime, people are paying taxes based on property values that are over-inflated. Marty said he doesn’t agree with that decision. Mark said it was the right one, however. He feared that the decline in property values was concentrated among high-end properties. If their taxes came down, the tax burden would be shifted to the middle and lower income property owners. Mark said the hope was that by 2016 property values will come back up and make it a non-issue. But if they haven’t, a drop in property values on the county’s books will force tough decisions. “If values have gone way down, if you want to bring in the same amount of revenue, you would have to increase the millage rate,” Marty said. “I would certainly prefer not to increase it.” But keeping the tax rate the same would mean less money in the county’s coffers, and thus budget cuts. “What are you going to do?” Mark said. “What are you going to cut?”

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why would they five years later? But, Marty points to what happened in 2010 as proof the electorate didn’t forget. “I believe it gave people two more years to stew on this and get their game plan together,” Marty said. However, it’s hard to say whether voters two years ago were truly punishing commissioners for their progressive development regulations. Nationally, the political pendulum had swung to the Republicans, with the conservative party not only taking back Congress but also rising to power in the state General Assembly for the first time in a century. The three Democratic commissioners in Jackson County who lost their seats may have been simply collateral damage, especially given that one of the three Democrats voted out had been against the development regulations — yet wasn’t spared the upset. Marty disagrees with that theory, however, believing it was far more intentional. “They were definitely voting against the sitting commissioners,” Marty said of the 2010 election.

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Trifecta of taxes, spending and debt debated in Haywood commissioner race BY CAITLIN BOWLING STAFF WRITER aywood voters must pick two county commissioners from a field of four candidates. Both the sitting commissioners are running to keep their seats. Whoever wins come Nov. 6 will serve four years on the county’s highest decision-making board. Commissioners Mark Swanger and Kevin Ensley hope to defend their seats against challengers Denny King and Mike Treadway. Here’s a look at some of the issues in the race.

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King has made taxes and county debt the main topics of the general election, attacking the current commissioners for what he calls high tax rates, too much spending and too much debt. “I think the property taxes, people are paying quite a bit,” King said. Last year, the property tax rate rose from 51 cents to 54 cents. King claims this was a tax increase. Technically, however, it wasn’t. That same year, property values on average went down countywide in a periodic revaluation. While the tax rate went up, since property values on average went down, the county didn’t collect any more in property taxes than it had been. Still, King sees it as tax raise. Compared to similarly sized county, Haywood’s tax rate is on average 10 cents lower, Swanger said. The other challenger in the race, Treadway, doesn’t have an issue with the property tax rate and would work to maintain it if elected. The county did, however, raise taxes by 1 cent during the height of the recession to help offset budget losses. Nonetheless, the overall size of the county’s budget is lower than it was five years ago, and it has fewer workers. For both Ensley and Swanger, the elephant continuing to stay in the room is the fallout from the recent recession. Both incumbents noted continuing to live within the county’s means as their top priority if reelected. During the last few years, the county has worked to cut out some of its expenses by privatizing its landfill, combining a handful of departments under one roof — namely the old Walmart building on Paragon Parkway — and reducing the number of county employees. “We have cut our budget just like our families had to do,” Ensley said. This year’s budget is more than $3 million lower than the county’s budget four years ago. Swanger agreed, saying he felt the current 8 board did a good job keeping its expenditures

Treadway said that schools need to focus on training for jobs that are available and the county should work to bring skilled work to Haywood. “I think we just need to be more aggressive,” Treadway said. “We need to maybe need to talk to people and see what their wants and needs are to come to Haywood County. I am open to suggestions.” Although Ensley does not completely support incentives for private businesses, he said commissioners have helped Haywood County add jobs during the past couple of years, citing the more than 30 jobs Sonoco Plastics is adding. “I have mixed feelings about incentives, but these are instances where they worked,” Ensley said. “Our (Economic Development Commission) efforts have paid off some.”

under control without letting services suffer. “If you allow the budget to outgrow revVOTING NEARLY HERE enue, you can do irreparable damage,” Early voting starts on Oct. 18 and continues Swanger said. “But, that doesn’t mean you through Nov. 3. Election Day is Tuesday, stand still. You still need to do things that Nov. 6. Register to vote if you haven’t enhance the lifestyle of our citizens.” already by 5 p.m. Oct. 12 to vote on Election Swanger cited the leasing of the MARC Day. During early voting, you can register to building to a nonprofit group that offers a vote on the spot. myriad of senior services under one roof. Something that continues to haunt the county coffers, however, is its debt, according to King. The county has about $71.1 million in outstanding debt in Two of the five seats on the Haywood County Board of 14 different projects, including Commissioners are up for election. Here’s a snap shot of the the justice center, the historic four candidates running for the two seats. courthouse renovations, the new Department of Social Mark Swanger, 61, Clyde Services building, and numerBackground: Swanger is a retired FBI ous schools. King said that special agent. He has served as a county amount is too much and has led commissioner for eight years and is a to the accumulation of millions Democrat. of dollars in interest that taxWhy he is running again? “I just want to payers must pay off. try to help the county and the people who “I think we have to find a way live here. I don’t have any rigid ideology I to get our debt down,” King said. am trying to promote.” Haywood County has less debt than other comparable L. Kevin Ensley, 50, Waynesville counties, however. Background: Ensley is a surveyor. He Swanger replied that has served as a county commissioner for Haywood County residents eight years and is currently the only approved more than half of the Republican on the board. debt that the county owes. He Why he is running again? “Even though cited a countywide bond vote to this term has been hard financially for build Bethel Elementary School, everybody, I really feel like we have done the new sheriff ’s office and jail, a good job.” and construction at Haywood Community College.

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• Because he has not served on the board before, Treadway said he could offer a new point of view. “I could maybe question some things,” Treadway said. When asked if he disagreed with any choices the current board made, Treadway shied away from criticizing the commissioners. “They’ve had to make some hard decisions, and they may have made the best decision. I do not have the information,” Treadway said. “For me to sit on the fence and tell them they have done something wrong would not be right.” • In addition to taxes and debt, King spoke out against the county’s emergency management ordinance. The ordinance lays out Denny King, 52, Canton what should happen in the event Background: King is currently an engiof a county disaster. OBS neer at BorgWarner in Asheville. He ran The document, among other for county commissioner unsuccessfully authorities, gives the county manHaywood County’s unemployone time before. He is a Republican. ager the right to use all available ment rate has oscillated between Why he is running again? King listed the resources to cope with the emer8 percent and 12.3 percent since county’s debt, taxes, and residents’ libergency and to procure or seize 2009. The county’s most recent ties as three concerns that prompted him items or facilities without regard number put unemployment at to run. King is has been a regular and outfor any existing law. King said it 8.3 percent. spoken critic of the county administration. “I do think I would be a awards too much power. Although it is lower than the voice for quite a few of the people in our county.” “I do have some concerns state unemployment rate, comabout the power,” King said. missioner candidates still consid“Could they come burn your er job growth an important matMike Treadway, 58, Canton house down if they wanted to?” ter facing the county during the Background: Treadway works at • Swanger and Ensley both next four years. Evergreen Packaging and has lived in stated that another matter facing “We certainly need more jobs Haywood County all his life. He has never the commissioners in the coming in our county. We need to work before sought a seat on the board of months is the possible consolidawith everything we can to make it commissioners. He is a Democrat. tion of its health department and easy on businesses to come in,” Why he is running again? “I just want to department of social services. The King said. serve Haywood County. I want to give board will have to decide if and The county needs to reduce back a little bit. And, I want to try to how the two should be combined. “some unnecessary rules and regwork to get jobs in Haywood County.” He has no criticisms of “If I am re-elected, I am looking ulations that hinder prosperity,” the current board. forward to maybe helping shape King said. that,” Ensley said. “That is a place Attracting new jobs was the graduates, Treadway said. we can find savings.” biggest concern for Treadway. County “We are educating our kids real good, Both incumbents have expressed supschools offer children a good education all and they are having to move away to find port for consolidating the two entities to the way through college at Haywood jobs,” Treadway said. help cut costs. Community College, but jobs are scarce for

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The Liars Bench will present its third annual show of “Appalachian Spook Tales” at 7 p.m. on Oct. 18 at Western Carolina University’s Mountain Heritage Center auditorium. The Liars Bench is a southern Appalachian variety show started by writer and storyteller Gary Carden, and the Oct. 18 cast includes Lloyd Arneach, Paul Iarussi, guest storyteller Dot Jackson, and the Tuckaseegee Boys — Ethan Fortner, Russel Messer, and Wyatt Messer — who perform Southern Appalachian scary in story and song on stage. “The outside world stereotypes us as an ignorant, violent culture, and that’s not Dot true,” said Jackson Carden. “Yet at the same time, we’ve had our share of murder and violence. Sometimes it’s been quite dark. This Liars Bench won’t be a ‘funny-face,’ jack-o-lantern type of Halloween show. You need to be ready for Southern Appalachian ‘scary,’” Carden said. “I know that the audience will be very impressed with the stories of both Lloyd Arneach and Dot Jackson” said Carden. The Liars Bench is a blend of culturally accurate mountain Americana with traditional Southern Appalachian entertainment for everyone, according to Carden. “We attempt to treat Appalachian culture with integrity and authenticity and to be an accurate reflection of the Southern Highlanders and their ways,” said Carden. “No matter how successful the show becomes I want people to know that The Liars Bench is an honest rendering of Appalachian culture and tradition.” The next presentation of The Liars Bench at WCU’s Mountain Heritage Center will be at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 15 with a special production of one of Carden’s plays, “Birdell,” the story of a defiant mountain woman forced off her land by the rising waters of Fontana Lake.

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Cherokee Indian Reservation can also be considered federal. And, some crimes are deemed federal simply because of their nature. For example, child pornography, interstate drug trafficking and terrorism are federal crimes. The Bryson City court also hears civil cases that deal with federal statutes or the U.S. Constitution. If the government decided to shut down the court in Bryson City, it would potentially impact drive time for the three federal court attorneys west of Asheville. But the biggest hurt would be felt by jurors for federal cases who would still need to be chosen from among those six westernmost counties. Fall-out could also touch the Swain County jail, which makes money housing federal inmates. The Swain County jail houses eight to 12 federal inmates at any given time. If the Bryson City court closed down, the sheriff ’s deputies would need to transport alleged criminals 65 miles one way to Asheville for trial rather than simply one mile down the road. “We would have to transport the federal inmates on to Asheville for their court dates,” said Swain County Sheriff Curtis Cochran. On the bright side however, “The federal government reimburses those officers for their time” and for mileage. The only potential downside for the sheriff ’s office is if the jail lost those federal inmates to a jail in Asheville. Swain County jail receives $55 a day for its troubles, which equals about $20,000 a year per inmate. “That would be a huge issue if we lost our federal inmates,” Cochran said. “That adds up.” But, like the future of the courthouse, what would happen to the inmates has a big “what if ” in front of it. The The U.S. government is considering not holding court at the federal building in downtown Bryson City. Donated photo main effect of its closure would be on everyday citizens who are called up for jury duty. “It is going to be a hardship on the community more than it is on the sheriff ’s office per se,” Cochran said. Similar to the rigmarole of state courts in each county, jury duty is luck of the draw. Anyone 18 and older can be asked to serve, and the jury must come from the area where the cases originated. If someone lived in Cherokee or Graham counties, they would have to drive all the way to Asheville to report for duty. If the person were not picked for a case, the drive would be a waste of a day, or possibly two. “It creates a hardship for people who live out west,” said BY CAITLIN BOWLING So far, the heads of the Western District in North Kris Williams, an attorney in Sylva who specializes in federal STAFF WRITER Carolina — which includes the main federal court buildings criminal matters. “They are not going to be going home. The lthough it has been spared for now, federal belt tighten- in Charlotte and Asheville — have been able to convince government is going to have to put them up.” ing could eventually lead the government to close its their higher ups to keep the Bryson City branch. During a trial, jurors are usually in court from 9 a.m. to 5 federal court site in Bryson City, which serves as the But, as budgets continue to get tighter, Bryson City could p.m. and depending on the length of the trial would need to only one west of Asheville. keep landing on the chopping block. stay overnight in a hotel for several days. Bryson City is among numerous divisions that have been There could also be problems come wintertime, Johns targeted for closure because there is no federal judge that said. If there were a particularly potent winter storm, jury S IT NEEDED candidates, particularly those in the secluded areas of resides there permanently, and it only has two employees based there. It operates in the federal building on Main The next closest federal court is in Asheville, which is at already rural Western North Carolina, would find it difficult Street. least 55 minutes away for people in Sylva and more than two to make it all the way to Asheville without hindrance. The U.S. District Court’s Western District of North hours east of far away Murphy. For Williams, the biggest issue at Carolina has to fight to keep the site open each year, sending “There is no real easy way to get stake is WNC residents’ constitution“It creates a hardship for a letter up the chain to U.S. Court officers in Richmond, Va., from Bryson City to Asheville,” said al rights. pleading their case. Frank Johns, clerk of court for the “It restricts people’s access to the [potential jurors] who live “Our court feels strongly that we should try to keep feder- Western District. courts,” Williams said. “They are out west. They are not al court out in those areas,” said Frank Johns, clerk of court It would create a logistical chalignoring the constitutional needs of for the Western District. “Unfortunately, we are fighting our lenge, he said, causing not merely a the residents of the United States. going to be going home. own leadership.” “nuisance” but an actual “burden.” Where the government should not Administrators at the federal level look at facility usage, The Bryson City federal court be cutting at all is what’s constituThe government is going the condition, security and operating costs when considering site serves Cherokee, Clay, Graham, tionally required.” to have to put them up.” whether to close a federal court building. It is currently in Jackson, Macon and Swain counties. If the government decides to close the middle of closing six nationwide, including one in A judge travels to the courthouse in the court, that doesn’t necessarily mean — Kris Williams, Sylva attorney Wilkesboro, N.C., to help cut costs. Bryson City whenever he is schedthe end of federal court in Bryson City, who specializes in federal “The process is part of our cost containment,” said Karen uled to preside over federal cases however. Johns said that the district criminal matters Redmond, a spokesperson for the administrative office of that can range from littering to could try to find a new home or see if it U.S. Courts. “Money is tight, and it’s going to get tighter.” homicide. A judge may spend a could rent out the current courtroom However, Redmond said input from the lower court disweek or two at the court listening to trials and then not and office space from the new landlord. tricts factor highly when deciding what to close. Because the return for a month or more. But, those ideas are long shots so its best bet is to keep federal office is so far removed, it does not know how a cloThe federal court system only deals with federal crimes. fighting to keep the court open. sure would affect the surrounding areas, Redmond said. Any crime committed on federal land — such as the national “Who is going to buy that building, number one, and “We don’t know that,” Redmond said. “That is why it park and national forest land that is so abundant in the far keep the court rooms the way they are?” Williams said. “That goes to the local courts.” western counties — count as a federal crime. Crimes on the sounds like an overall economic loser.” 11

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BY ANDREW KASPER STAFF WRITER he vision is grand: a snaking, multi-use recreational path along the shores of the Tuckaseegee River — approximately 20 miles stretching from East Laporte to Whittier — lined with trees, dotted with parks, fishing spots, river access, picnic tables and pedestrian bridges. In the future it would link in with other regional trails, perhaps even the Western Carolina University Millennial Campus Trail that will extend to the airport and the Mountains-to-Sea Trail that goes all the way to the coast. But with many grand schemes, the execution can be complex, mired in struggles for funding and direction. The Jackson County

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since the first greenway planning committee was formed, a few road blocks don’t discourage the project’s supporters, especially when a clear plan is in sight and a begin-construction date for the first segment of the greenway is close enough to visualize. “I think it’s had priority for quite some time,” said Jackson County Commission Chairman Jack Debnam. “It’s just slow moving.” For Debnam, the project has been on his mind for years. He even encouraged a friend to donate land to the county to be used in the first segment of the greenway project. That was six years ago, before he was a commissioner. Now, all the easements for the first phase — a 1.5-mile section in Cullowhee from the

The Cullowhee section is priority one in a grand vision for a 20-mile greenway along the Tuckasegee River, but is facing hurdles securing passage over private property. Greenway is no exception. Convincing private property owners to let the greenway cross their land has been the biggest obstacle. “This has been a project on the drawing board for years,” County Manager Chuck Wooten said. “A master plan was done; trails were established; and a dream put in place, but the challenge is acquiring the easements to put that dream in place.” Despite more than a decade passing

N.C. 107 bridge to Monteith Gap Road — have been acquired. The second phase would bring the greenway the rest of the way through Cullowhee to the doorstep of Western Carolina University. However, easements for that section are proving much tougher. If all goes according to plan that first 1.5mile section in Cullowhee should be completed by fall 2013.

But first, several steps must be taken. One is building a pedestrian bridge across the river from a parking area to the actual walking path. While not part of the original plan for phase one, the county just last week hired an engineer to conduct a feasibility study for the bridge. It will tie in to Duke Energy’s public river access near the start of the 1.5-mile section. Jackson County planning Director Gerald Green said although the link will not only serve as parking to access the greenway, but tie in with picnic areas and possibly bathrooms at the access site. The study will look at the most economical location to put the bridge as well as potential environmental impacts of the project. It should be completed in a month. But after the bridge study is complete, there are still many rivers to cross. The county does not have a solid source of funding for the bridge project. With $300,000 set aside in a special greenway capital fund, the county is still about half a million dollars short of the total estimated price tag. Green’s hopes, along with the rest of the greenway supporters, are riding on a $400,000 grant application being submitted in January to the N.C. Parks and Recreation Trust Fund. The announcement will be made in spring. If the county gets the grant, which Green is confident it will, construction can begin. While the county has some money to get started on construction, it’s holding off to see if it gets the grant. The grant requires matching funds. If the county spends the $300,000 is has already set aside, that money couldn’t count toward a match of the state grant should it come through.

THE BIG PICTURE But it’s too early to pop the champagne bottles. Progress on the first phase of the greenway is somewhat bittersweet in light of other troubles the county has had acquiring easements over private property for phase

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Inch-by-inch, Jackson County plods toward vision of Tuckasegee greenway

two, which would link that first segment to nearby population hubs such as WCU and Cullowhee. Completion of phase one would bring the greenway within a stone’s throw of the WCU and Cullowhee. But the river gets rockier upstream. The second phase would bring the greenway to campus, allowing students, many without cars, to leave campus to enjoy the benefits of a bike and walking path. However, several private landowners stand in the way, and according to County Manager Chuck Wooten, some have not been so willing to negotiate. While some are, unless the county can get contiguous property owners on board, Wooten said it makes little sense to buy islands of property easements the greenway can’t connect to. One property, which would get the trail considerably closer to the university, is an estate with multiple heirs. The land the county is eyeing for an easement is in a floodway and unsuitable for building, Wooten said, but perfect for a greenway. “Yet, when we made an offer, they turned it down,” Wooten said. He said the owners wanted more money and would only grant an easement good for a finite number of years. The county is somewhat constrained in its negotiations. Money to buy up easements for phase two of the greenway is coming from a $400,000 grant from the N.C. Clean Water Management Trust Fund. But the grant stipulates that the county can’t pay more than the property’s real value and the easement must be in perpetuity — not for a finite number of years. The impasse has led some county officials consider alternate paths, such as rerouting the trail along a road to campus, using an easement with the N.C. Department of Transportation, or shifting their focus to another segment of the greenway altogether near Whittier. But time could be of essence. Unless the county can reach the land deals by end of 2014, the $400,000 grant will expire. Wooten is optimistic that if the first section is completed, the easements will come. “Once we get this thing started and show them it’s an asset to the community — other property owners will come forward,” Wooten said. “It may actually make their property more valuable.”

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It’s the Haunted Village in Cherokee, NC. Admission: $10 per person. Not recommended for children under 10. More than just a lone haunted house, this is an entire Haunted Village. And it’s populated by the same twisted assortment of psychopaths that occupy your nightmares. Navigate the village without becoming a “trophy” or a permanent member of our collection. Whatever you do, don’t slow down. And don’t look back. If you survive, try the Mountainside Theater Ghost Walk, too. Tickets are also $10, but combo tickets for the Ghost Walk and Haunted Village are just $18. Special guest Tony Todd, “The Candyman,” will be appearing on Halloween night. Meet and greet from 7PM to 10PM. Visit CherokeeAdventure.com for more info.

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Is your genealogy revolutionary? A genealogical “how to” presentation will be held Monday, Oct. 15, at the Boiler Room restaurant in Franklin by the The Silas McDowell Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution. Dinner starts at 5:15 p.m. and the meeting starts at 6 p.m. The session is open to anyone who would like to learn more about how to find ancestors involved in the American Revolution. Learn how to become a member of the Sons or Daughters of the American Revolution; and, for current members, how to recognize additional family patriots. 828.526.3374 or kentonw@hcgexpress.net.

‘Coats for Folks’ drive is underway People can drop off gently used or new winter clothing articles for children and adults at any Swain County governmental facility such as the County Administration Building, Health Dept., Social Services, all Swain County Schools, the bus garage and the Swain County Chamber of Commerce. Items may include coats, sweaters, jackets, hats, gloves, toboggans, or sweatshirts. To participate, contact Mike Clampitt at 828.736.6222.

Cherokee ramps up green initiatives with new energy czar BY CAITLIN BOWLING STAFF WRITER he Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians is hiring an energy program coordinator to oversee a growing slate of energy-saving and green energy projects. The tribe already has a strategic energy plan in place to make Cherokee more environmentally sustainable but needs someone to spearhead it. Solar panels have already been installed near Cherokee’s visitors centers. “That would be a perfect example,” said Damon Lambert, transportation planner for the tribe, talking about projects the coordinator would head. Cherokee has led Western North Carolina in green energy initiatives and is home to a number of LEED-certified buildings, including the tribal emergency operations center, its K-12 school complex and its Cherokee Youth Center. LEED certification identifies a building as environmentally friendly. The tribe hopes to hire someone by the end of November. The energy program coordinator will be responsible for everything from grant writing to managing construction to financial planning for projects. He or she will also be encouraged to come up with new ways to save money and promote energy efficiency within tribal operations. “We are just looking for new ideas,” Lambert said.

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The Energy Program Manager will be responsible for overseeing energy-saving and green energy projects. One recent project by the tribe was the installation of solar panel arrays near its visitors’ centers. The position is completely new and is being paid for with a $90,000 grant from the Cherokee Preservation Foundation. It is unknown what the salary will be for the coordinator, but the grant from the preservation foundation will help the tribe keep the job for three years. After that, the Eastern Band hopes to have realized enough savings through the energy projects and efficiencies to justify maintaining the position. “We are really excited about it. Hopefully, we will get a great candidate and be able to

move forward,” Lambert said. The tribe has already implemented a number of community projects, including the solar panels and a charging station for electric cars. But, Lambert said he would like to see more done with Qualla Housing, which provides homes for enrolled members, to make the houses energy efficient as well. “One big thing that we have not done a lot with is housing,” Lambert said. “I think there are a lot of opportunities there.”

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BY ANDREW KASPER STAFF WRITER hen Rob Kelly climbed behind the wheel of a bus two Saturdays ago for a relatively routine assignment shuttling paddlers up and down the Nantahala River, little did he know he would soon be face to face with death and hold a fellow kayaker’s life in his hands. Hordes of extreme paddlers from across the South had descended on the steep upper reaches of the Nantahala for a much-anticipated inaugural whitewater release from the Nantahala Dam. The rugged section isn’t a typical paddling run, since water is diverted from the river bed to a hydropower plant. That weekend the flood gates were opened releasing torrents of water, a paddling event that will be repeated five times a year from now on. Nantahala Outdoor Center volunteered some of its bus drivers to help move the hundreds of eager paddlers up and down the river. Kelly was shuttling paddlers from designated parking areas to the put-in points — a route that took about 45 minutes. The large crowds already had him extra alert, and the generally un-rafted section of river people were navigating that day, which includes class IV and V rapids, had him a little tense. “We were trying to be ready for anything,” Kelly said. As he made the circuit, Kelly, a veteran kayaker himself, began to notice a spot in the river where a log was lodged. It’s what paddlers call a “strainer:” the river could pass through but solid objects, like people and boats, could be hung up. Making matters worse, it was on the outside of a curve, where water travels the quickest. Luckily, it turned out, Kelly had a clear view of the strainer from the driver’s seat of the bus. On his drive he had noticed several boaters struggle with it on their runs — but no serious problems, yet. During one pass up the river, however, Kelly watched as a female kayaker in a purple boat came downstream heading right at the log. He would later find out her name was Sue Martin, an avid kayaker from Atlanta and single mother of two. “She saw the tree and tried to get out of way,” Kelly said. “But I think fixating on it caused her to head toward it and she ended up washing up against it.” She was paddling with a friend, but when her friend tried to assist her, he flipped and washed down river. As Kelly watched the scene unfold, Martin’s head went underwater, with her body stuck in the boat and pinned against the tree by the rushing current. Kelly pulled the bus over, grabbed a rope 16

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and yelled to the 50 or so passengers that someone was drowning and he needed to go. He doesn’t quite remember the words he used, or if he turned off the ignition to the bus, but he took off running toward the river. The current was brown, turgid and rushing, nearly six feet deep where the woman was still submerged toward the far shore. Kelly used the rope from the bus, tossing it toward Martin’s paddling companion in an attempt to pull him back toward her. But the other kayaker couldn’t make it upstream Rob Kelly attempts to rescue a female kayaker after she became trapped underwater by a log. These photos were to help. taken by bystander Rick Thompson. By now, other paddlers from Kelly’s bus had joined him with a rescue harness and a rope. They began assem- pen now, or she is going to die,” Kelly said to himself before inching further out into center bling a rig so Kelly could enter the river safely of the current. He stopped waiting for any without being swept away by the current. As additional help. the others fiddled with the apparatus, Kelly As he moved crossstream toward the began edging into the center of the river. drowning woman, the water progressively got Minutes had already passed since Martin deeper and faster. Finally he was able to make had gone underwater. a lunge for the log that was trapping her and Then, Kelly made a decision. use it as a support to get even closer. “If this is going to happen, this has to hap-

He could barely see the tip of her purple kayak beneath the surface. He went underwater, grabbed her life vest and pulled her out of the water, imagining the worst. “She was cold and unconscious,” Kelly said. “She was a pale grey color with blue hue in her lips. I didn’t think there was much of a chance.” Standing in the rushing water, holding her body, he struggled to get a good seal between their mouths and administered several rescue breaths, not knowing if Martin still had a pulse, or if they would do any good. She was still stuck in the boat against the tree, and Kelly struggled to free her but couldn’t. He lost his grip and she slipped underwater again. The current pushing her against the log was too strong to pull her away, and she was losing more time. The only way to clear the log and free her body was to push her under it. It worked, she popped up on the other side and floated unconscious downriver in her flooded boat. Bystanders scrambled from the banks to help pull Martin’s body out of the water, and then up to the road where a doctor and two nurses, who happened to be on Kelly’s bus, could administer proper CPR. Kelly estimates between seven and nine minutes had elapsed between the point she went underwater and before she was receiving CPR, which was done so forcefully it was breaking cartilage in her ribs and maybe even the bones themselves. She still didn’t have a detectable pulse. Then, they found one, Kelly said. And within minutes she was coughing and gurgling the water trapped in her lungs. The color returned to Martin’s face. “Over the five-minute period, you saw her go from basically not being alive to verbal,” Kelly said. Later medical responders from Swain County came and took her to the hospital, and Kelly returned to driving the bus, worried about what other problems the tree would cause. Witnesses say Martin was talking by the time she left with medics. A friend of Martin’s, Rick Thompson, said he was driving up the river taking photos at different locations, when he saw the emergency scene on the side of the road. Thompson didn’t know it was his friend in peril until he saw the purple kayak. “That’s a scene I don’t like to see on the river,” Thompson said. He visited Martin the next day at Mission Hospital in Asheville and she was healthy and doing well. He said she has since been released and she is already posting on the Facebook page for her local kayaking club, letting everyone know she is fine. Swain County 911 Dispatch personnel said two medical incidents occurred on the river that day. Another man was banged up by some river rocks but was not transported to the hospital.


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BY CAITLIN BOWLING STAFF WRITER aywood Community College trustees have picked an interim president to replace current leader Rose Johnson who will retire at the end of this month. William Aiken will start as interim president at HCC on Nov. 1. He served as president of Sampson Community College in Clinton for more than a decade. “Hopefully, I have something to offer having spent 12 years as president of another community college in North Carolina,” Aiken said. “I think it is really important that the college does not lose any momentum.” The HCC Board of Trustees hopes to hire a permanent president by January. Aiken said he plans to keep the college on track with its strategic plan during his brief time. It is unknown how much Aiken will earn during his short tenure since the contract has not been finalized. However, Aiken said an unnamed individual has offered him temporary housing. Aiken was chosen from half a dozen other former community college presidents, said Bob Morris, chair of the HCC Board of Trustees. The state keeps a list of retired presidents who are willing to serve on an interim basis. Morris said Aiken was chosen because he is a “good, steady person” and “somebody that can continue on the goodness of the college.” In 2010, Aiken, 69, was named North Carolina community college president of the year. The need for an interim president arose after trustees couldn’t agree on a permanent candidate in time to take Johnson’s place. The HCC Board of Trustees started looking for a new president last school year, narrowed its applicant pool to three but could not agree on which one they liked. The board put out the call for another round of applications, which are due this week. The college has already received 24 applications. “I am tickled to death to have 24,” Morris said. The Board of Trustees will meet on Oct. 23 to talk about the applicants. Morris said he hopes to narrow the applications. Although the board narrowed it to three during its previous search, Morris said they do not plan to limit the number of finalists this go-round. The process has not yet been decided on, but Morris said it is not likely that the college will host community meet-and-greet with its finalists for time reasons. “This time is for expediting reasons,” Morris said, adding that he hopes to have someone chosen by the start of spring semester in January. “That would be an ideal time to transition.”

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The Waynesville Parks and Recreation Department will hold an organizational meeting 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 8, for the adult and masters basketball league at the Waynesville Recreation Center. This meeting is a mandatory meeting for anyone interested in entering a team in the league. The adult league is open to all players between the ages of 18 to 34, and the Masters League is open to all players over the age of 35. The adult league games are held Mondays at 6:30, 7:30 and 8:30 p.m. The masters league games are held Thursdays at 6:30, 7:30 and 8:30 p.m. 828.456.2030 or recathletics@townofwaynesville.org

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A panel of veterans ranging from World War II to Afghanistan will discuss of the physical, emotional and psychological journeys of soldiers before, during and after war at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 11, at the Mountain Heritage Center at Western Carolina University The program,“Over There and Coming Home: Veterans’ Journeys,” is part of the “Journey Stories” exhibit Developed by the Smithsonian Institution on on display at WCU through Nov. 9.

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than $100,000 less than the asking price. chased it with what sounds like great ideas,” Jason Burke, a Realtor at Whitney Phillips said. Commercial Real Estate in Asheville, said he Although he declined to say whom, was surprised that someone bought the Holehouse stated that he was already in conproperty without a renter lined up for the versation with a few different restaurants. main floor but believed that was not a problem. “The income should be solid,” Burke said. “It’s an investor who has the money.” In total, the purchase includes not only the shell of O’Malley’s but also an The empty storefront of O’Malley’s On upstairs apartment and Main Pub and Grill has marked basement. Waynesville for nearly two years. File photo Holehouse plans to redo the apartment first while drumming up posHolehouse, who has a house in sible tenants for the main floor. Waynesville, owns several residential properHe has already been talking with Buffy ties in the county in addition to the newly Phillips, head of the Downtown Waynesville acquired O’Malley’s. He splits his time Association, to see what niche he could fill. between Western North Carolina and St. Pete “It is great to see that somebody has purBeach, where his insurance business is located.

The sale of O’Malley’s On Main Pub and Grill is not the only change to Waynesville’s business community as of late. Nico’s Café on Montgomery Street moved from its downtown Waynesville location to the Waynesville Plaza on Russ Avenue. The change has given the business more space for both its kitchen and dining areas. The new building also includes a drive-thru. Buffy Phillips, head of the Downtown Waynesville Association, said she is glad Nico’s will continue to operate in town but lamented their departure from the Main Street area. “They were different. They weren’t just another sandwich plate,” Phillips said. However, another business plans to open downtown any day now. The owners of Bocelli’s Italian Eatery on Haywood Street are opening a sports bar next door called Pub 319. The bar will add its name to Waynesville’s downtown bar scene, which already includes Tipping Point Brewing, The Gateway Club, The Classic Wine Seller, Frog’s Leap and Frog Level Brewing.

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BY CAITLIN BOWLING STAFF WRITER he building that once housed the downtown anchor O’Malley’s On Main Pub and Grill in Waynesville has a new owner. The troubled bar closed after the former building owner failed to make mortgage payments and fell into foreclosure, ending O’Malley’s 20-year run. The business had changed hands at least four times during a six-year period and had fallen in status from a popular community pub to a sometimes rough and tumble crowd. While the new owner Ron Holehouse doesn’t yet know what business might occupy the space, he plans to restore the building, keeping much of its original structure. “I like the building. I believe in the historical integrity of it,” Holehouse said. “I believe in Waynesville, and I believe in the core of Main Street.” When asked if the Main Street building would once again house a bar, Holehouse said he planned to lease the building and therefore didn’t know what type of business would move in, but it would be a restaurant before a bar. “Probably more food service with a bar than a bar with food service. But, it could be anything,” Holehouse said. “I hope to do something very nice. The St. Pete Beach, Fla., resident purchased the three-story building with more than 5,000-square-foot for $260,000 — more

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State candidates wrangle over 1-cent sales tax This is the latest installment in an ongoing series on state issues leading up to the fall election.

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drastic and short-sighted, or just the boost the economy needed during the recession. Local Democrats running for state office claim that cutting the sale tax was the wrong move by Republicans and would vote to implement some sort of comparable sales tax if elected. Meanwhile, Republican candidates say it was the right move and any more taxes would be bad for residents and the job market.

The 1-cent sales tax in question had been enacted by a Democratic-controlled legislature in 2009. It was the height of the recession, and the state was facing a $5 billion budget shortfall at the time. The tax was intended to reduce the budget gap and lessen the impact of cuts. It was billed as a temporary tax, slated to sunset in 2011. But when 2011 rolled around, state lawmakers still faced tough choices over

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This seat includes all of Jackson and Swain counties and half of Haywood County (Waynesville and Lake Junaluska area, including Iron Duff).

This seat includes Madison and Yancey counties, and half of Haywood County (Maggie Valley, Canton, Clyde, Bethel, Cruso, Crabtree and Fines Creek).

Joe Sam Queen, D-Waynesville

Ray Rapp, D-Mars Hill

Queen explained why he was against allowing the tax package to expire, the implementation of further tax breaks and the cuts that resulted. “They cut the 1-cent sales tax and used that as an excuse to cut education to the core and slash an estimated 20,000 jobs in education and health care across the state. At a time when breadwinners were in need, we lost 79 teachers and teacher’s assistants in Haywood County alone, and a proportional number in all other counties across Western North Carolina. “Their budget represents a race to the bottom rather than meeting the needs of our state. They’ve given tax cuts to the wealthiest and taken service away from the neediest. They lie about their tax policies: they have not cut our taxes; they cut rich people’s taxes, and they’ve killed jobs. “The cuts that were made are actually counterproductive — the long-term consequence of these cuts ultimately will be more expensive than any initial savings.”

Rapp spoke in opposition to the Republican supported budget, which included cutting taxes and then cutting spending by the same amount because of its impact on education. “There was so much talk on the Republican Party’s side about the giant deficit, but you add to that deficit the elimination of the 1-cent sales tax, and you increase the hole the state was facing. “My observation is when you’re in a hole: stop digging. But, they dug us deeper into debt and we began making draconian cuts — over $900 million to education. “At a time when we needed to be adding to education — specifically because of a spike in community college enrollment when folks who were unemployed were going back to school to learn or train to be more attractive in the job market — they make the largest cuts in the history of North Carolina. “That 1-cent temporary sales tax was supposed to be extended until we got the state back on solid ground — it amounts to $0.25 extra per day, or $88 dollars per year, for each household. But, cutting it translates to loss of 6,000 educators, teacher’s assistants and support staff.”

Mike Clampitt, R-Bryson City

Clampitt says he was in support of allowing the temporary sales tax to expire and lightening of the tax burden in the state and would not support increases in the future. “It’s a no-brainer: the more money people have in their pocket, the more money that they have to spend. The cent sales tax was a temporary measure put in place — if temporary taxes are not allowed to expire, politicians lose credibility. “Revoking these taxes helps people and stimulates the economy because people have more money to spend. Likewise if the government curtails spending then we don’t have the need for the tax. “Some of the comments I’ve heard lately from other side say that money was needed by the state, and they wanted to continue the tax. But, my response is if the government collects money they

Michele Presnell, R-Burnsville Presnell said she was against higher taxes for residents. She saw trimming down the amount spent by government as a better alternative to raising more revenue. “I’m against the 1-cent sales tax because I’m not going to raise taxes on the people in my district — I would not vote for that. “If we personally have to struggle with our own checkbooks and manage our own checkbooks, then I think the state should, too. You sometimes have to cut back on things to balance the budget rather than balance the budget on the backs of the taxpayers. I do not agree with adding any more sales tax. “Things are getting better, and every year it will continue to get

N.C. Senate, District 50 The seat includes the seven western counties, including Haywood, Jackson, Macon and Swain.

John Snow, D-Murphy Snow criticized what he called “deep cuts” to education — from the public schools to community colleges to universities — in exchange for lower sales tax. “These cuts need to be restored,” Snow said. “It is shocking that the Republican legislature is unwilling to consider the sales tax but are willing to raise the tuition at the UNC system by 10 percent and raise tuition at the community college by 23 percent over the last two years. Then in addition, raising over $100 million in state fees like court costs and toll fees.” Snow pointed out that in some instances, residents are actually paying more. “These tuition hikes and increased fees are nothing more than a tax increase on our working families at a time when our families are trying to recover, educate their children and exist in a recession economy.”

Jim Davis, R-Franklin Davis claimed it was the Democrats’ own decision not to pass a permanent sales tax increase back in 2009. Instead, they billed the extra 1-cent as temporary and thus knew it would expire. He also said he favored an economic policy that avoids higher costs to consumers. “It was only a two year sales tax. It wasn’t a permanent increase — if they wanted a permanent sales tax, they should have voted for a permanent sales tax increase. We just allowed it to expire. “If you ask me ‘Would I have voted for it in the first place?’ No, I would never vote for a tax increase at the height of a recession. Why in the world would you make it more difficult for people to pay their bills when they’re already having a hard time doing it? “I thought it was a bad move when they passed it, and economically, it added to the burden on the people. “And the man running against me to fill the seat voted in favor of it, so there is a clear distinction on this issue between us.” 21

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better. That sales tax was put out there to pay for more education. But what we needed to do was rearrange who got paid and take some administration out of Raleigh. “(Gov. Beverly) Perdue wanted to use that sales tax to pay for more teachers, but they wanted to fund it on the backs of taxpayers, and I won’t do that.”

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find more ways to spend it. Bottom line is people know better how to spend their money than the government does.”

cuts and insufficient revenues. By then, Republicans controlled the legislature, many of whom ran on a platform of lower taxes in the previous election. They allowed the additional 1-cent sales tax to expire. It became a point of contention between the pro-business and lean government priorities of Republicans and the public program-oriented mindset of Democrats. The 1-cent sales tax hike in 2009 was just one part of a temporary tax package at the time. The plan also included a personal income and corporate tax surcharge on top earners, expected to raise an additional $200 million per year for the state. That tax hike was also allowed to expire.

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BY ANDREW KASPER STAFF WRITER emocratic and Republican candidates squaring off in state races this year offer voters a clear choice on a key philosophical issue gripping North Carolina during the past two years: taxes versus budget cuts. The Republican-controlled General Assembly cut the state sales tax by 1-cent last year, essentially undoing a sales tax hike put in place by Democrats two years prior. Getting rid of that extra cent meant coming up with $1 billion in budget cuts. Now, as the election approaches, candidates are in a bitter blame game over whether lower taxes and their accompanying cuts were


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To the Editor: The Great Smoky Mountains National Park plans to begin charging fees for backcountry camping and implement a new reservation and permitting process soon. For the past 80 years, backpacking and backcountry camping has been free in the Park. The proposed fee of $4 per person per night is set to be implemented by Park Service officials in early 2013. This fee goes against the spirit of the Park, which is one of the only national parks that does not charge an entrance fee, living up to its nickname “the people’s park.” According to the National Park Service GSMNP website: “The reasons for free entry to the national park date back at least to the 1930s. The land that is today Great Smoky Mountains National Park was once privately owned. The states of Tennessee and North Carolina, as well as local communities, paid to construct Newfound Gap Road (U.S. 441). When the state of Tennessee transferred ownership of Newfound Gap Road to the federal government, it stipulated that ‘no toll or license fee shall ever be imposed …’ to travel the road.” Currently the only fee charged in the Park is for overnight camping at campgrounds. These have improvements such as roads, parking places, running water, flush toilets, garbage removal, firepits and some even have amenities for horses and riders. By contrast, backcountry camping is free. Backcountry sites offer bear cables to keep food out of the reach of bears. And out of approximately 113 backcountry campsites, 15 have shelters. Backcountry campers pack out all their own

vides fantastic opportunities for children, works closely with Western Carolina University, and even hires professional actors for some of its performances. For theatergoers, the experience is almost always a great one that surprises newcomers for its quality. As an economic asset, HART is as good as it gets. Executive Director Steve Lloyd explains that with just one theater, many successful shows have to close their run while still selling out. That leaves money on the table from Editor potential spectators, and nearly every penny taken in by an arts group like HART ends up back in the community. HART’s record of success speaks for itself. The troupe’s budget has grown from $25,000 annually to $300,000, and it has never had a losing season. The group is unsurpassed in its contributions to the quality of life for our region. HART is a leader in the arts, and it fits nicely into Waynesville’s growing cuisine and craft beer scene. Like downtown’s Main Street, the region’s arts and crafts, and our vibrant outdoor attractions, HART is an integral part of

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’ve always believed in the adage that success builds success. It’s one of life’s truisms that anyone with eyes wide open sees very plainly, and it holds true in business, education, politics and the arts. That’s why Haywood Arts Regional Theater’s State II project will succeed, and I can’t wait until it’s up and running. The plan for HART — which has called its Performing Arts Center on Pigeon Street home since 1997 — is to construct another building that will house a second full theater, a full kitchen, apartments for visiting performers, dressing rooms and storage areas. The theater will be smaller than the 250-seat main stage venue but larger than the intimate Feichter Studio Theater that houses up to 75 spectators. HART supporters have embarked on a $1 million fund-raising campaign. HART was founded in 1985 and has grown into one of the Southeast’s most prolific and successful community theater groups, selling out most of its shows and racking up a trophy case full of awards and honors. It has grown from a dedicated band of theater aficionados to a first-class arts institution that continuously pushes the community theater envelope and refuses to rest on its laurels. HART is an asset to Haywood County and the region in more ways than most imagine. As an arts organization, it pro-

trash and often trash left by others they find along the trail. The reason for the proposed fee is to cover the expense of managing the new reservation system, which will be necessary for implementing the new fee. The Park Service maintains that the new system would be more convenient and offer improved customer service, since it could be accessed online instead of calling the Park during normal business hours. However, the new system would require a three-day advance reservations for all campsites, while currently only the most popular backcountry sites require reservations. This would limit spontaneity and prohibit a change in plans once on the trail. Currently, backpackers avoiding the most popular campsites can drive to the trailhead, fill out a form, leave it in a dropbox and hit the trail. The fee will also cover the salaries of two additional backcountry rangers who will enforce the new system. During the public comment period last year, the ratio of opposition to support of the proposed fee was 20 to 1. The Park Service initially tried to hide the public comments until a coalition of concerned hikers — Southern Forest Watch — filed a Freedom of Information Act Request. This group is currently trying to block the fee implementation through a lawsuit filed last month. Through this lawsuit, SFW hopes to maintain the original spirit of “the People’s Park” by keeping its access free to everyone who wants to enjoy the splendor of our public land. For more information, and to join the network of concerned citizens, check out the group’s website: www.southernforestwatch.org. Julie Van Leuven Webster

what makes Waynesville cool. “We’re not going to the community hat-in-hand crying poverty,” said Lloyd. “We’re saying we’re successful and we’re doing really well. And if we can make this building, we can transform this organization that impacts the entire community and creates jobs for a lot of people.” Lloyd is right. Ever go to downtown Waynesville on a weekend night prior to one of HART’s big shows. If you do, you’ll see theatergoers filling local restaurants, perhaps browsing in downtown galleries and shops. On Wednesdays and Saturdays HART turns its parking lot over to the farmer’s market that attracts hundreds of people to the downtown area, a fitting example of the kind of partnerships that has turned this organization into a community institution. A community institution? I’m certain many of those actors and supporters who helped guide the troupe through its early struggles — when it lurched among different performance venues and struggled mightily to find financial supporters — may have doubted the day would come when that’s how people would refer to HART. But it’s the truth, and Haywood County is a much better place to call home because of it. (To learn more about HART’s Stage II project, visit www. harttheater.com.)

LETTERS Giving bears a second chance To the Editor: The inflexibility of the North Carolina Wildlife Resource Commission (NCWRC) is alarming. The killing of a three-legged yearling bear in Western North Carolina without following up on the accredited sanctuary the community had found to accept this bear is inexcusable. This was not a case of asking NCWRC to save every habituated bear as the ranger, Mike Carraway, had indicated on a television interview. Members of this community had done the work to save this bear by finding an accredited facility to take the bear. NCWRC should have honored the research and work the community had accomplished. All they had to do was trap this yearling to transport it to the sanctuary. NCWRC even denied the request from Lt. Gov. Walter Dalton, who personally called and asked the local wildlife biologist in charge to work on behalf of the three-legged bear in allowing him to be moved to a permanent sanctuary. Having lived in Tennessee for 25 years working for the Tennessee Valley Authority, I was appalled to find out the shoot first and think later policies of NCWRC. There are other alternatives. The Appalachian Bear Rescue (ARB) located in Townsend, Tenn., has saved over 185 bears since 1996 when it opened. Now that’s being stewards of our wildlife resources. Officially under the auspices of the Tennessee Wildlife Resource Agency (TWRA), it has established working relationships with many states including Virginia, Arkansas, Georgia and Louisiana.

Most of the ABR bears have been returned to the wild but under special circumstances bears have also been placed in sanctuaries or zoos. I personally asked Mike Carraway to talk with ABR and TWRA years ago and he refused to do so. He told me North Carolina knows how to handle their bears. I believe they can learn from others and it would benefit all for them to develop working relationships with other state’s wildlife resource agencies. A spirit of cooperation with others is needed. The culture of the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission needs to change, and we the citizens of North Carolina can make a difference. Now is the time to vote for those who will change NCWRC into real stewards of our wildlife! Cheryl V. Ward Swannanoa

Editor’s note: According to The Asheville Citizen-Times Oct. 9 edition, the three-legged bear was shot and killed by a staff member of the community where it had become a nuisance, not by Wildlife Resources officers. However, state wildlife officers said it was their policy not to trap and relocate wild, nuisance bears.

Make the right choice: Hayden Rogers To the Editor: We in the mountains are known to be suspicious of outsiders who want to tell us how we should live. Mark Meadows, a native Floridian, moved into our area and has made

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LETTERS CONTINUED FROM P. 22 millions buying and selling Highlands area mountaintops to summertime residents. He has no real “small business” experience, as he implies in his ads, doesn’t have any experience in politics, and knows no movers and shakers in Washington. But he knows how to tell us what to believe. In looking at his campaign ads, it’s difficult to tell if he is running for Congress or running against President Obama. He wants to repeal Obamacare? Really? Replacing it with what? The candidates running against Obama never seem to get to the meat of what they would do to replace this legislation, which is a great benefit to us common folk. Mr. Meadows has made enough money building country clubs and millionaire homes to not have to worry about that. He wants to lower taxes and reward his golf buddies with millions in tax cuts. He is cut straight out of the playbook of political games and obstructionism in Washington. He certainly has no interest in supporting local issues like the Corridor K project, nor has a clue as to how to help Swain County get its settlement money. He’s not one of us, and is more interested in political tricks as practiced by our current Congress than in representing you and mr. On the other hand, we have Hayden Rogers, a local boy, born and raised in Western North Carolina. He is a fiscal conservative and an avid fisher and hunter. He loves these mountains just the way they are. He has been Heath Shuler’s right-hand man with years of experience of constituent service. Folks around here know him as a conservative with common sense. He knows how to get things done and who to talk with in D.C. He is well respected by leaders of both parties. He will work with Congress to get money for Swain County, promote Corridor K, and fully represent all the people in his district, not just the country-club fat-cats. He will be a highly moral, intelligent, and conservative voice for you and me. We don’t often get to make such a clear-cut choice on who will represent us in Congress. Do we need another politician more concerned with his party than with his country, or do we elect one of our own to represent us? Make the right choice and vote for Hayden Rogers on Nov. 6. Russell Breedlove Bryson City

McCrory and our gems from Western Carolina To the Editor: I am concerned about North Carolina’s unemployment rate of 9.7 percent and the country as a whole. We, the citizens of North Carolina, have a wonderful team of conservative candidates who are real leaders. Firstly, we need positive financial leadership to help get our state back on track, and after watching Pat McCrory’s entire campaign and the gubernatorial debate last week, I believe he is our man as the next governor. Mark Meadows can take a fresh, strong message to Washington as our congressman with his succinct three step focus on life, liberty and less government intrusion in our lives. Mike

Clampitt, a plain-spoken individual and clearly not a career politician, has been a dedicated public servant for over 30 years in fire services. Having dealt with emergencies of all kinds, I believe he would bring common sense to the N.C. General Assembly.   Having worked with McCrory for 14 years in Charlotte, Mike could work effectively between the General Assembly and the governor’s office. Jim Davis, our proven incumbent state senator, has worked with other conservatives across the state creating a sound fiscal budget. Marty Jones would be a true representative from Cashiers as the commissioner from the 4th District. With real leadership from Romney/Ryan at the top and Pat McCrory as governor, our local team of conservative candidates has the opportunity to really focus on the needs of North Carolinians as well as the course of our country. Liberty and freedom are the keystones of our America, and it is the maintaining of these core principles that will bring America and our state back from the brink. Our current president and administration have done much to weaken our country while at the same time giving the office of the presidency extreme power through unbelievably dictatorial executive orders and czars. I pray Romney will defeat this president for the sake of our future freedoms. Mitt Romney will have quite a job to do due to the damage the current unqualified president has done to our country; however, he is a fierce businessman with proven experience and ethics as his qualifications to put America back on the track of what our real America is — home of the free, land of the brave, and respected leader of the free world. Trish Chambers Sapphire

Barack Obama and his debate debacle To the Editor: So, here we had it. Live TV for all the world to see. In one corner was a man vilified by MSNBC, the editorial staff at The New York Times, the main stream media and, of course, the president of the United States. A man who was called a felon by Harry Reid. A man accused by the Obama campaign of causing cancer to the wife of a laid off steelworker while he was governor of Massachusetts. A man who gave away his inheritance, held a double major at Harvard (business statistics and law), was one of three hires of the Boston Consulting Group at age 28, hired away by Bain at age 30 and went on to earn his own fortune in the financial world. His firm, which he owned, raised $37 million in private funds and went on to build companies like Staples, Toys R Us, Dominoes Pizza and many others. A man who then left that world to salvage the Salt Lake City Summer Olympics, followed by a governship as a Republican in the most liberal state in the U.S. — Massachusetts. A man who passed a 200-page healthcare law against his wishes but did so as he governed a state that overwhelmingly wanted it. Yes, he governed! In the other corner was a man whose biggest claim to fame at age 37 was to have written two, yes two, autobiographies. A man


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who since age 18 was immersed in the lecture halls and faculty lounges of Columbia, Harvard and University of Chicago. A man who studied and taught the teachings of Saul Alinsky’s “Rules for Radicals.” A man who took advantage of white liberal guilt and never faced a serious debate in his academic life. A man who surrounded himself with yes men and a few really competent Chicago pols. A man who created a story about himself, and believed it. A man who as president didn’t need to attend many security briefings — he knew more about that stuff than anyone. Obama signed a 2,400-page health law that is costing way more than he said, was partly unconstitutional, will reduce choice and, by the way, will still leave 12 million people uninsured. He signed a 2,700-page finance reform bill that left out Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac from supervision. He’s tripled the money supply, ruined retiree savings accounts, blown $90 billion on green energy, refused to include the chamber of commerce in his Jobs Council and is in bed with the big banks. The labor participation rate is at an all-time low, the debt an alltime high, trillion dollar deficits the new normal and our embassies in flames all across the Arab world. He’s run guns across the Mexican border which have killed thousands of Mexicans, authorized drone bombings in Pakistan which mistakenly have killed dozens of school kids. His last budget proposal failed 414-0 in the House and 99-0 in the Senate. He’s removed from his staff and prefers to read briefings late at night, alone, make notes and passing them back to staff. Ever the lecturer. And lecture us he does indeed do. We don’t pay enough in taxes, don’t work together as a community, can't eat right and pay way too much attention to that damn Constitution, which those old rich white guys rigged to give too much power to the states and not to his central planners. With all that going for him, why bother to prepare for a debate? As the greatest orator ever seen, he will just clean that rich white guy’s clock. His problem was he was facing a man who, whether you like him or not, had to have something on the debate ball to graduate Harvard with a 3.97 GPA and a rare double major, at age 28 be hired by the most prestigious consulting group in the country, at 37 to form Bain Capital with his own money and retire from there 15 years later to go into public service and win as a Republican in Massachusetts. Of course he has to be quick on his feet, have personality and persuasive skills. Only a fool would think otherwise. They went into the debating ring. In one corner stood the challenger, pretty much written off as a low-level snob. In the other corner was the president, unquestioned by his fans as the world heavyweight champion of the debating world. The result, best put by a commentator was “Down Goes Frazier!” Couldn’t have said it better. The next day the best his handlers could say was that his opponent lied. Joe Frazier had way too much class to say Foreman just landed a few lucky punches. We have one month left. Exit 2012 can’t come soon enough. Pat Denzer Waynesville

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CHEF’S TABLE 30 Church St., Waynesville. 828.452.6210. From 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday dinner starting at 5 p.m. “Best of” Award of Excellence from Wine Spectator Magazine. Set in a distinguished atmosphere with an exceptional menu. Extensive selection of wine and beer. Reservations honored. CITY LIGHTS CAFE Spring Street in downtown Sylva. 828.587.2233. Open Monday-Saturday 7:30 a.m. to 9 p.m., Sunday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tasty, healthy and quick. Breakfast, lunch, dinner, espresso, beer and wine. Come taste the savory and sweet crepes, grilled paninis, fresh, organic salads, soups and more. Outside patio seating. Free Wi-Fi, pet-friendly. Live music and lots of events. Check the web calendar at citylightscafe.com. COPPER LEAF CAFÉ & COFFEE 3232 Dellwood Rd., Waynesville. 828.926.4486. Open Monday thru Saturday 7 a.m. until 5 p.m. Enjoy the

CORK AND BEAN 16 Everett St., Bryson City. 828.488.1934. Open Monday-Saturday, 8:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Sunday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Enjoy organic, fair-trade, gourmet espresso and coffees, a select, eclectic list of wines, and locally prepared treats to go with every thing. Come by early and enjoy a breakfast crepe with a latte, grab a grilled chicken pesto crepe for lunch, or wind down with a nice glass of red wine. Visit us on Facebook! CORK & CLEAVER 176 Country Club Drive, Waynesville. 828.456.7179. Reservations recommended. 4:30-9 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday. Tucked away inside Waynesville Inn, Cork & Cleaver has an approachable menu designed around locally sourced, sustainable, farm-to-table ingredients. Executive Chef Corey Green prepares innovative and unique Southern fare from local, organic vegetables grown in Western North Carolina. Full bar and wine cellar. www.waynesvilleinn.com. CORNERSTONE CAFÉ 1092 N. Main Street, Waynesville. 828.452.4252. Open Monday through Friday 6 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. Fresh meats purchased daily, great homemade breakfast, burgers made to order. Comfortable and friendly atmosphere, with curb service available. Make lunch easy and call ahead for to go orders. COUNTRY VITTLES: FAMILY STYLE RESTAURANT 3589 Soco Rd, Maggie Valley. 828.926.1820 Open Daily 7 a.m. to 8:30 p.m., closed Tuesday. Family Style at Country Vittles is not a buffet. Instead our waitresses will bring your food piping hot from the kitchen right to your table and as many refills as you want. So if you have a big appetite, but sure to ask your waitress about our family style service. FRANKIE’S ITALIAN TRATTORIA 1037 Soco Rd. Maggie Valley. 828.926.6216 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.

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MAGGIE VALLEY CLUB 1819 Country Club Dr., Maggie Valley. 828.926.1616. maggievalleyclub.com/dine. Open daily for lunch and dinner. Fine and casual fireside dining in welcoming atmosphere. Full bar. Reservations accepted.

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

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. 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.

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TAP ROOM SPORTS BAR & GRILL 176 Country Club Dr. Waynesville 828.456.5988. 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. seven days a week. Enjoy soups, sandwiches, salads and hearty appetizers along with a full bar menu in our casual, smoke-free neighborhood grill. THE 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. info@classicwineseller.com. Also on facebook and twitter.

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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.; lunch Saturday 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and Sunday buffet 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Cooking up mouth-watering, woodfired Angus steaks, prime rib and scrumptious fresh seafood dishes. The wood-fired grill gives amazing flavor to every meal that comes off of it. Enjoy creative dishes made using moonshine. Stop by and simmer for a while and soak up the atmosphere. The best kept secret in Maggie Valley. themoonshinegrill.com

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.

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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.

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.

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BY GARRET K. WOODWARD STAFF WRITER mid the blinking lights and stuffed animal prizes at the Cherokee Indian Fair, a scream echoes from behind the trees. The source of the noise is a group of young men and village elders huddled in a circle. Each face is stone cold, focusing on the moment. Legs jump up and down. Arms flail and stretch. Final words of encouragement are given before the heat of battle. The team is Wolfetown, and on Oct. 3, it stepped onto the field against the Hummingbirds in a much-anticipated game of Native American stickball. Celebrating its 100th year, the Cherokee Indian Fair is a fiveday festival of culture, heritage and tradition. As a centerpiece to the event, stickball brings together teenagers, young adults and middle-aged men for a fast-paced, highly aggressive match. “Those who will be the best ballplayers will be those who listen,” said Johnny Smokes, coach for Wolfetown. “That’s what it’s about for me, to teach these boys to respect themselves. It comes down to them, how hard they want to play and be as a ballplayers. I can tell them what to do, but they’re the ones who will decide.”

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“I like the game because it’s part of my heritage. My heart and my head are in the game, so I’m ready. It means a lot to play in front of my family.” — Josh McCoy, 14, first-year player

Resembling lacrosse — but with no protective gear — players use sticks made from hickory. A leather ball the size of a halfdollar is thrown in the air by the medicine man. From there, sticks knock the ball around, eventually having it tossed between players, who then run with the small object to the goal line. With two tree branches (representing the goal line) stuck into the ground on the both sides of the field, the player with the ball must go through the goal and run completely around one of the branches to score a point. Once a team scores 11 points, they can only use their hands for the twelfth point. First team to 12 points wins. “It makes you proud of who you are as Cherokee people,” Smokes said. “We come out here to be our best. It’s more than just blood. It’s about life and how you live.” Traditionally, stickball is viewed as a way to settle disputes and a portal to achieve respect and honor within a tribe. Though Wolfetown is made up of Cherokee participants, the Hummingbirds are an ensemble from other townships and other corners of life. Some look at the game as a way to get respect, while others have gone through deep personal troubles and are taking the field to fight and once again be in good favor with the community. “They go on the field and purge any bad feelings they may have,” said Isaac Welch, known as the “Old Man” for the Hummingbirds.

Above: Wolfetown (red) and Hummingbirds (green) stickball teams compete during the 100th annual Cherokee Indian Fair. Below: A Wolfetown player mentally prepares himself for battle. Bottom: Wolfetown coach Johnny Smokes (left) instructs his players before the match. Garret K. Woodward photos And as the howling and chanting ricochets between the players lining up on the field, each side stands motionless, staring down the field to their opponent. Fourteenyear-old Josh McCoy has his eyes aimed forward. It’s his first year on the team, and he’s ready to prove himself. “I like the game because it’s part of my heritage,” he said. “My heart and my head are in the game, so I’m ready. It means a lot to play in front of my family.” Both teams slowly walk towards each other, eventually meeting in the middle of the field. Coaches walk between them and size up the competition, ultimately figuring out who to put on the field, with no set amount of players determined as long as each side starts the same number. The game begins, and so does the chaos. A wall of players scoots around the field, falling into each other and tackling anyone in their paths. The small ball slips through manic hands like a magic trick. Soon, someone grabs the ball and runs the length of the field with a reckless abandon. A blur of scoring, sunshine, wrestling and sweat fills the next hour of battle. When the dust settles, Wolfetown has carved out a 12 to 2 win. Players shake hands and hug each other. They filter off the field, grabbing for water or kissing a loved one. The sun has now fallen behind the ancient peaks of the Great Smoky Mountains. “I’m here to represent a group of young men who are endeavored to be better characters,” said Welch. “The game doesn’t start on the field; it starts at home.”


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CROWDS TURN OUT FOR WAYNESVILLE’S GALLERY STROLL Bob Luciene was one of dozens of artists showing off his original work at Art After Dark in downtown Waynesville on Oct. 5. The October edition of this monthly art stroll attracted large crowds. Hannah McLeod photo

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The October Leaves Craft Show will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 13 and 14 at the Maggie Valley Festival Grounds. Quality artists and crafters will sell their handmade products and some will even demonstrate. Works of art will include deerskin clothing, pottery, photographers, stained glass, multiple kinds of jewelry from gemstones to polymer clay bead art, dichroic glass designers, floral arrangements, wood turners, wood crafter products, crocheted and knitted items, homemade jams/jellies, artful clothing, leather, kitchen accessories, quilts, soy candles and soaps. In addition to crafts, the event will feature music and food vendors each day. The event is free and open to the public.

Art grant looking for submissions Regional Artist Project grant of Western North Carolina (RAP go WNC) is available for the 2012-2013 year. RAP go WNC is a partnership between the arts councils of Cherokee, Haywood and Jackson counties, Stecoah Valley Arts Center and the North Carolina Arts Council. RAP go WNC provides financial support to developing professionals by funding a project that is pivotal to the advancement of their careers as artists. Regional artist applicants are talented individuals pursuing careers in the arts who have completed the

basic education in their respective art forms. Eligible artists must be at least 18 years of age, cannot be currently enrolled in a degree or certificate program, must be a current resident of one of the participating counties and must have maintained residency there for one year immediately preceding the application. Previous award winners are ineligible to apply in consecutive years. Grant awards generally range from $250-$500 and may be used by artists for a variety of purposes including cost of presenting work for exhibits and/or auditions, training costs or tuition, travel, promotional materials, work facilities/equipment and the production of new work. Applications and appropriate documentation material must be mailed to RAP go WNC, PO Box 2212, Cullowhee, N.C. 28723 by Nov. 1. For an application or more information, call your county’s arts organization.

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Jackson County Visual Arts Association and the Jackson County Chamber of Commerce will host the “Sylva Art Stroll” starting at 5 p.m. Oct. 12 with merchants staying open later to welcome visitors, shoppers and diners. • Gallery 1 invites the public to a reception for an art exhibit featuring photography, paintings and other visual art. • It’s By Nature is celebrating American Craft Week Oct. 5-14 by hosting local watercolor artist Jim Michielsen of Balsam, who will share a variety of the painting techniques he uses to capture fall leaves, mountain vistas and wildlife. • The Skinny is featuring the avant garde stylings of Brian Kane and his wife Julie Jacobson. • City Lights Cafe on will feature an exhibit of works by pet pho-

tographer Pat Thomas and will present live music. • Survival Pride Clothing Store and Art Gallery will feature original works. • Signature Brew Coffee Company features a new art exhibit each month. • The River Jordan Christian Store welcomes the public to browse their selection of books, gifts, music and apparel. Among the Art Stroll participants on Main Street are Encore Shoppe, Black Rock Outdoor Company, In Your Ear Music and Papou’s Wine Shop. In addition to Main Street shops, participants include Nichols House Antiques and Collectibles on Landis Street and City Lights Bookstore on Jackson Street. Eateries open downtown during the stroll include Lulu’s on Main Restaurant, Mill & Main Restaurant, Pixie’s Emporium & Bistro, City Lights Café and Guadalupe Cafe. Visitors can look for balloons designating participating merchants and see a map at any of the locations. 828.337.3468 or www.mountainlovers.com.

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29th annual Church Street show returns to Waynesville

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Haywood Community College’s Jammin’ at the Millpond will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 13 on the college campus in Clyde. The day showcases the college, its programs and alumni, and the Appalachian heritage of Western North Carolina. There will be several areas around the Millpond for jammin’ sessions. Musicians are encouraged to bring their instruments. The festivities will feature a molasses-making demonstration, food available for purchase, a HCC Woodsmen’s Team demonstration, garden tours, fishing clinic and children’s activities. There will be a vintage car show, which is limited to the first 125 cars. For car show, call 828.627.6008. 828.627.4522 or emvaughn@haywood.edu.

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Church Street Art and Craft Show will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 13 in downtown Waynesville.  Established as way to provide a venue for artisans and crafts people to display their work, the festival has now grown to include more than 100 craft and food vendors. This one-day show is recognized as one of the finest juried shows in the Southeast.  Arts and crafts include twoand three-dimensional work such as pottery, jewelry, wood, fiber art, watercolors and photography. Local and regional artists share their crafts and traditions with visitors and locals alike. This year’s event features two main stages with The Freight Hoppers and Whitewater Bluegrass Company. Throughout the day there will be mountain music and dance by

Kephart items donated to library A recent donation of Horace Kephart’s personal correspondence, photographs and other belongings will become part of the new “Horace Kephart and Laura Mack Kephart Family Collection” at Western Carolina University’s Hunter Library. An iconic figure of Western North Carolina history and culture, Kephart penned Our Southern Highlanders and helped spearhead the movement to establish Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

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The bulk of the 700 new materials are personal letters, including those Kephart exchanged with his wife and his children who he lived apart from after coming to Western North Carolina. The Horace Kephart and Laura Mack Kephart Family Collection is in the process of being catalogued and placed in protective enclosures. The materials are expected to be accessible to the public in early 2013. WCU will explore digitizing the collection, which could include around 2,500 images, to build on Kephart materials already available online at www.wcu.edu/library/digitalcollections/kephart. 828.227.7474 or frizzellg@wcu.edu.

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Two art classes will be held at the Jackson County Green Energy Park in Dillsboro on Oct. 13. A glassblowing seminar will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (with 45-minute time slots available) while a blacksmithing class will run from noon to 3 p.m. With the assistance of a resident professional artist, participants will work with their chosen medium to create a unique piece of functional art. In both programs, you will learn the basics of the medium you are working in, along with important safety guidelines. Space is limited. Pre-registration is strongly suggested. No experience necessary and ages 13-18 may participate with parent present. Dress in cotton clothing (no polyester). Wear closed shoes and long pants. Glass artwork available for pickup 48 hours after class. A $50 payment is due at registration. 828.631.0271 or www.jcgep.org/classes.php.


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Friends of the Smokies will host nationally acclaimed storyteller and Haywood County native Donald Davis at 3 p.m. Oct. 14 in Lake Junaluska’s Harrell Center. Davis is donating his performance to benefit Friends of the Smokies, a non-profit organization that supports conservation, education, historic preservation and other priorities benefiting the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Tickets are $15 per person. Friends of Great Smoky Mountains National Park memberships will be offered at a special discount for $20 with purchase of ticket. Tickets may be purchased at Blue Ridge Books in Waynesville or by mailing checks to Friends of the Smokies, 160 South Main Street, Waynesville, N.C. 28786 or at www.friendsofthesmokies.org. 828.452.0720.

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Canton Branch Library will transform into a spooky storytelling arena from 5:306:30 p.m. Oct. 11 in the meeting room. Jane Shipman, known as “Miss Jane” for many years when she worked as a children’s librarian in Waynesville, will tell Halloween stories appropriate for both children and adults. Some stories may be a bit frightening; some may be funny, but all are sure to enchant. Shipman tailors her performances based on the audience, choosing from a large repertoire of both original stories and tales based on books. The event is free and open to the public. Children are encouraged to try out their Halloween costumes. Treats, generously provided by the Friends of the Library, will be served. 828.648.2924.

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The Great Pumpkin Patch Express is returning throughout October to the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad in Bryson City. As the leaves begin to fade and pumpkins are ready to be carved, Charlie Brown, Lucy and Snoopy make their way to the GSMR Pumpkin Patch. The excursions, which are themed after Charles M. Schulz’s classic story “It’s The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown,” will be departing from the Bryson City train depot Oct. 6-7, 12-14, 19-21 and 26-28. Friday departures will be at 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday departures will be at 11:30 a.m. and 3 p.m. Guests will hear a narration of Schulz’s story as the train travels to the pumpkin patch. Upon arrival, passengers will be greeted and have a photo opportunity with Charlie Brown, Lucy and Snoopy. Activities to enjoy during the layover at The Great Pumpkin Patch will include campfire marshmallows, a coloring station, temporary tattoos, trick or treating, inflata-

Maggie Valley quilt show to celebrate fall The High Country Quilters 22nd Annual Quilt Show, “Bear Foot In the Mountains,” will take place daily from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 11-13 at the Maggie Valley Town Hall and Pavilion/Civic Center. This year’s theme quilt is a bear paw design of fall colors. Tickets for the quilt are available from every member of the guild and will also be for sale at the show. The drawing will take place at 4 p.m. Oct. 13, and the winner does not have to be present. The food court and bake sale will be held

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bles, wagon-rides and musical entertainment. Don’t forget to wear your Halloween costumes. With plenty of pumpkins, each child will also select their own from The Great Pumpkin Patch to take home. Adult tickets start at $53 and children ages 24 months to 12 years old are $31. Under 23 months are complimentary. Upgrade seating is available. 800.872.4681 or www.GSMR.com.

Elementary school-aged children and their families are invited to a free ARTSaturday arts and crafts workshop from 10 a.m. to noon Oct. 13 in the children’s area of the Macon County Public Library.   Children will create take-home projects made from natural materials. Keyboardist Lionel Caynon provides live music. There’s

in the pavilion. In addition, several local vendors will be on hand, including J. Creek Fabrics, Sister’s Quilts Fabrics, Sew New Again Sewing Machines, Lisa’s Quilting Shed, Elaine’s Attic, Little Blessings Quilt Shop and Pappy’s Quilting Place. High Country Quilters is a nonprofit organization and funds collected from the sale of the theme quilt, and the show are used for local scholarships and charities. The event is free and open to the public. 828.926.3169 or Kelsey@bellsouth.net.

no pre-registration. Children should wear play clothes and come for any part of the session. Adults must stay and work with their younger children. The Arts Council presents ARTSaturday workshops at the library the second Saturday of each month. The series is supported by the Grassroots Arts Program of the North Carolina Arts Council, a division of the Department of Cultural Resources.   www.artscouncilofmacon.org or 828.524.7683.


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Haywood Arts Regional Theatre (HART) will hold auditions for its December production of “A Christmas Carol” at 1 p.m. Oct. 13 and 6:30 p.m. Oct. 14 in the Feichter Studio of the HART Theatre on 250 Pigeon Street in Waynesville. Callbacks will be held at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 15, and anyone unable to make the weekend times can also come by then. The show features a variety of characters. This is a play with a musical score, so there will be roles for carolers in the ensemble. The production is being directed by Mark Jones, with music composed and conducted by Ann Rhymer Schwabland. It will run two weekends beginning Dec. 7 and is expected to be an annual HART event. No roles have been precast. Though this is not a musical, actors should come prepared to sing, preferably with sheet music. An accompanist will be provided. Anyone auditioning will be given scenes to read from the script. Actors auditioning as professionals will be expected to have a prepared monologue, headshot and resume. Anyone interested in working backstage on the production is also encouraged to come by during auditions to sign up.

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More than 20 top high school marching bands will assemble for Western Carolina University’s 12th annual Tournament of Champions at 8 a.m. Oct. 20 at E.J. Whitmire Stadium on campus. Preliminaries will begin at 8 a.m. and continue through the morning and afternoon. The three class champions will be announced at the conclusion of the preliminaries, and the class Tuscola High School’s marching band, pictured competing in the 2011 champs and the next Tournament of Champions at Western Carolina University, is among more seven highest scoring than 20 marching bands from across the Southeast that will be competbands will advance to the finals competition ing in this year’s event on Oct. 20. WCU photo that evening. The Pride of the Mountains Marching Band Lincoln (Lincolnton), Wakefield (Raleigh), Smoky will perform its halftime show “How We Roll” at 4 Mountain (Sylva), Cuthbertson (Waxhaw), p.m. The show features the music of Tchaikovsky, Tuscola (Waynesville) and North Buncombe Katy Perry, Ke$ha, Adele, V.I.C., Billy Joel, Van (Weaverville). Tickets are $10 for the preliminary competition. Morrison, Brian Setzer and Psy. Participating North Carolina bands (and Tickets for the finals are $8, if purchased in advance towns where located) are Owen (Black Mountain), or at the gate before 4 p.m., and are $10 if purchased Brevard, Pisgah (Canton), Enka (Candler), Cary, after 4 p.m. Children under the age of 12 will be Mill Creek (Claremont), Morehead (Eden), Chase admitted free when accompanied by an adult. 828.227.2259 or www.prideofthemoun(Forest City), Hickory Ridge (Harrisburg), North Henderson (Hendersonville), Lincolnton, North tains.com.

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Skateway looking for a partner Smoky Mountain Sk8way is looking for a naming rights partner to rename the soon-to-be expanded Smoky Mountain Sk8way Sports and Entertainment Arena, in exchange for revenue to help expand. The partnership is not just about a name change but comes with a list of other marketing benefits. Smoky Mountain Sk8way, the local roller skating rink located on the bypass, has been providing fun and family entertainment to Western North Carolina since 2010 and is the home to two female flat track derby teams: Balsam Mountain Roller Girls and the Balsam Mountain Junior Roller Girls. The Sk8way plans to become a 20,000square-foot arena as well as a skating rink and family entertainment center, which will be able to accommodate up to 2,500 people and host community events like concerts, dances and haunted houses along with sporting events like roller derby bouts and roller hockey matches. The facility will offer regular weekly roller skating sessions, a cafe with outside accessibility, a climbing wall, a toddler area, mini golf, pro shop, arcade and ticket redemption counter. Proposals must be submitted by Oct. 31. 828.246.9124 or info@SmokyMountainSk8way.com.

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Jazz festival visits Classic Wine Seller The Classic Wine Seller and Satin Steel Jazz will host a fall jazz festival on four consecutive Saturdays, Oct. 13 through Nov. 3. Eve Haslam, Brian Felix and Zack Page will kick off the fest on Oct. 13; Oct. 20, the Pavel Wlosok Duo will play; Oct. 27 will feature Michael Jefry Stevens Duo; and Nov. 3 will be the Steve Davidowski Duo.

Tickets include dinner from Angelino’s Piattino Ristorante in the Wineseller and a three-hour show. Reservations are $25 in advance, by either calling or visiting the Classic Wineseller, 20 Church Street, Waynesville. At the door, admission price is $30 per person. Dinner and music begin at 7 p.m. As well, the Classic Wine Seller’s Friday Night Live series will introduce the Indian Fusion group Shantavaani in an album release concert from 7-10 p.m. Oct. 12. 828.452.6000.

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Western Carolina University Chancellor David O. Belcher (center) congratulates Dominuqie ‘Dee’ Tyr’e Turner (left) and Lauren Chelsey Crawford (right) as WCU 2012 Homecoming king and queen during halftime activities at the school’s Oct. 6 football game against Georgia Southern University. WCU photo

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Two weeks before the football teams from Western Carolina University and Appalachian State University tangle in their traditional rivalry game, students and faculty members from WCU athletic training program will embark on the Mountain Jug Run for Research Oct. 12 and 13. Named in honor of the football matchup known as “The Battle for the Old Mountain Jug,” the Run for Research will take the WCU athletic training group on a 175-mile course that begins at the ASU football stadium in Boone and ends at E.J. Whitmire Stadium in Cullowhee. The course will be run as a continuous relay, with each of the 19 runners completing five legs in five-mile increments and with two or three runners on the road at any given time. The relay is organized to raise funds for the National Athletic Trainers’ Association’s Research and Education Foundation, which awards research grants and academic scholarships in the field of sports medicine. The group hopes to raise more than $4,000 this year. Donations are still being accepted and may be made in the form of checks, made

payable to the NATA-REF, and sent to Jill Manners, WCU Health and Human Sciences Building, Office 362, 4121 Little Savannah Road, Cullowhee, N.C. 28723. All donations to the foundation are taxdeductible. www.mountainjugrun.blogspot.com.

WCU to host guest saxophonist, pianist The School of Music at Western Carolina University will present a guest artist recital featuring saxophonist Allison Dromgold Adams with pianist Liz Ames at 5 p.m. Oct. 23 in the recital hall of the Coulter Building. Adams is a member of the Estrella Consort, a saxophone quartet in Phoenix. With this ensemble, she has performed and presented master classes across Ecuador and competed as a semifinalist at the 2012 Fischoff Chamber Music Competition. Ames recently performed at the 2011 International Double Reed Society Conference and was the piano coordinator for the North American Saxophone Alliance National Conference. 828.227.7242.


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Burke again captures the essence of the Bayou n Creole Belle (ISBN 978-1-4516-4813-3, $27.99), novelist James Lee Burke returns to a territory he now owns in the literary sense: New Orleans, the Gulf, and Southern Louisiana. Dave Robicheaux, ex-drunk, exmember of the Big Easy’s police department, returns to a world of murder, mayhem, money, and mobsters. He and his best friend and former police partner — the harddrinking, stand-up private detective Clete Purcel — find themselves battling a host of underworld figures, ranging from Writer low-life sociopaths out to collect a debt from Purcel to corporate villains involved in fraud, kidnapping, torture, and murder. Creole Belle opens with Robicheaux in the hospital, recovering from a gunshot wound received when he and Purcel had warred with another gang of criminals. The morphine given to Robicheaux erases the boundary between reality and hallucination, so that Robicheaux for a while has trouble distinguishing the two. As he returns to normalcy, however, he realizes that the message he received in the hospital from a young friend, the singer Tee Jolie, is not a product of the drug: she is in danger of death, and her disappearance has something to do with a criminal conspiracy involving the oil spill in the Gulf and the ambitions of an elderly ex-Nazi. As Robicheaux and Purcel unwittingly become ensnared in a vast web of criminal plots and activities, each man finds that he has more at stake than his own life. Robicheaux’s daughter, Alafair, an honors law school graduate turned novelist, and Clete Purcel’s long-absent murderous daughter, Gretchen, have become involved with some of the members of this conspiracy, giving the two friends a more urgent reason to push back hard against the

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bad guys. Like other books in the genre of action and suspense, and like the other 18 Dave Robicheaux novels, Creole Belle is formulaic in its plot and its characters. As in Burke’s previous novels, corporations and millionaires

numerous bestsellers surely inhabits the very class he slams here). There is no such thing as a good conservative. Though there are some good religious people — Robicheaux’s wife Mollie is an ex-nun — most ministers are charlatans out to make a fast buck. Women are generally saints; Gretchen, for example, is a killer, but we are asked to forgive her murders because she suffered abuse in her childhood, whereas other killers in this novel are condemned outright, though they too underwent awful ordeals as children. Purcel and Robicheaux leave a litter of bodies behind them in Creole Belle, as in the other books. Finally, readers might well wonder what natives of New Orleans might think of these stories, since in each of them nearly everyone living along the Gulf Coast displays psychopathic tendencies toward murder, racism, arson, theft and larceny. Notwithstanding these flaws, there are reasons why I and other readers greet each new excursion into Robicheaux territory with fervent enthusiasm. For one thing, Burke’s descriptions sweep the reader into New Orleans and the Bayou region. When you read one of his Robicheaux novels, you come away with the taste of beignets Creole Belle by James Lee Burke. Simon & Schuster, 2012. 544 and French coffee in your mouth; you know how the are nearly always wicked. (His take on the rich mist looks over the rivers and streams at dawn — “many of them are dull-witted and boring. in the bayou; you feel the wet beery coolness Their tastes are often superficial, their interof a crummy bar in the French Quarter on a ests vain and self-centered” — is unintentionblazing hot August afternoon. Like Pat ally humorous, as Burke himself with his Conroy, who has the same gift for recreating

Authors to discuss works in Sylva Two authors will present their latest works on Oct. 13 at City Lights Bookstore in Sylva. Ava Lindsey Chambers will speak at 2 p.m., with Amy Cortese at 5 p.m. Chambers will present her novel No Reservations, which tells the story of Mary, a young woman who thought she knew who she was. She lived in a happy home with two loving parents but soon finds out they are not her natural parents. The revelation sets her off on a journey to find out just where it is she came from and who she truly is. Cortese will discusses her book, Locavesting, which looks behind the scenes of the local investing movement, where, in dozens of towns and cities across the country, a vast experiment in citizen finance is taking place. From Brooklyn, N.Y. to Port Townsend, Wa., residents are banding together to save their small

businesses and Main Streets from extinction. 828.586.9499.

Civil War author to give talk Jackson County Public Library will host a book talk with Emily Cooper, author of Queen of the Lost, a fictionalized account of former First Lady of South Carolina Lucy Pickens, at 7 p.m. Oct. 18 in downtown Sylva. Cooper’s book focuses on the life of Pickens, the legendary “Queen of the Confederacy” and wife of South Carolina Gov. Francis Pickens. A fictionalized historical saga spanning 150 years, the book traces Pickens from her origins in Tennessee and Texas to the tsar’s palace in St. Petersburg with her thenambassador husband. Following Pickens’ election to the governorship and South Carolina’s subsequent secession, she became the

the geography and sense of a place — in his case, Charleston and the South Carolina low country — Burke puts blood and breath into the territory he has staked out. Burke accomplishes what many writers only dream of: through paper and words he brings alive a landscape and its people. Moreover, Burke isn’t afraid to slow the fast-paced action of his novels and have Robicheaux engage in moral speculation whenever the occasion demands. Some writers of suspense novels would hesitate to include such high-minded discussions, partly for fear of slowing down the pace of the story, partly from a lack of guts in revealing too much of themselves. In Creole Belle in particular, more than 500 pages in length, Burke doesn’t hesitate to express through Robicheaux moral outrage and the struggle of the human person to discover the right path for living. Throughout Creole Belle, Robicheaux, an alcoholic who no longer drinks, a man with a trouble and violent past, raises questions about right and wrong, about justice, about wisdom, prudence, and courage. His moral inventory encourages us as readers to examine our own experiences through the lens of these ancient virtues. Though some of his prose seems more high rhetoric than any real statement of truth, Burke still manages to make us ponder questions which are missing in the novels of most of his fellow suspense writers. Finally, Burke’s novels offer us confirmation of Faulkner’s famous dictum — “The past isn’t dead. It isn’t even past.” His Louisiana territory is haunted by the ghosts of slaves, Creoles, plantation owners, Confederate soldiers, redneck oil men, priests and preachers, Southern women with hearts of gold and spines of steel. The pensive, melancholic Robicheaux is acutely aware of these spirits and the power of history. Through him Burke reminds us again and again that the hand of the past is anything but dead, and that we all, like Dave Robicheaux, carry our own ghosts inside ourselves.

first and only woman to be pictured on Confederate currency. 828.586.2016 or www.fontanalib.org.

Writer talks about memoir Jackson County Public Library in Sylva will host a book talk with Barbara Taylor Woodall on at 7 p.m. Oct. 16. Woodall will discuss her memoir, It’s Not My Mountain Anymore, which describes more than 50 years of memories of mountain life and mountain changes. 828.586.2016 or www.fontanalib.org.


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BY ANDREW KASPER STAFF WRITER s Don Casada veered off-trail and began bushwhacking his way over fallen logs and through overgrown shrubs along the shore of Lake Fontana, he barely glanced at the trusty GPS unit in his hand. He’d been this way before, many times, and knew just where he was going. Casada finally stopped at a clearing marked by a looming stone chimney, all that is left of a cabin that early Appalachian settlers had once called home. The reliable chimney once spewed smoke and radiated heat for the family that lived inside, now long gone. Casada approached the chimney and touched one of its stones, as if to remind himself it was real. He recalled that it was several feet shorter than when he first stumbled up upon it several years ago, with pieces of the chimney breaking off and falling to the ground around it as the clay and mortar deteriorate with time. “History will fade; chimneys will fall; time will cover bottles; and metal will erode.” Casada said of the looming historic relic and others like it found inside the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Casada is an artifact and home site hunter, who scours forgotten trails of Smokies with a GPS system in search of artifacts and physical clues of the inhabitants who lived on the land before it became part of the park and they were forced to leave. He works alongside fellow amateur historian and Swain County resident Wendy Meyers. Her task is to hunt down the stories and oral histories of the people who once accompanied the artifacts for which Casada endlessly searches. Together, their mission is to not only to record as much of the oft-forgotten human history of the park before the layers of time cover and degrade it even more but also give it credence. Between the 1920s and 1940s, to make way for one of the largest conservation projects in American history — the half-million-acre Great Smoky Mountains National Park — thousands of residents of Western North Carolina were forced to leave their farms, churches, schools, barns and homes. Some families had hardly departed from their land when park officials torched their former houses and possessions in an attempt to erase the traces of humankind from the new park. But it was impossible for the park to entirely erase their history. There still remain the memories, the stories, or as the case may be for so many early Appalachian settlers within the park’s borders, an artifact: a chimney, a rosebush, a whiskey bottle or an old rock wall or carriage road — now overgrown with bushes and weeds And for park visitors who are fortunate enough to stumble upon a human clue, for those who take care to look and don’t entirely believe the myth of the Wild East — that the land taken for the park was as inhabited jungle — will notice, on a trail, in a thicket, when something seems slightly out of place, crafted by the hand of man, rather than nature. However, what might not seem like a pressing task for Casada and Meyers — retracing routes of stagnant history — actually has a sense of urgency for the two historians. Especially for Meyers, who relies on personal accounts to collect information for their research, the urgency is a little more human. “If we don’t act now, a lot of the sources will have dried up,” Meyers said. “As time goes by people are dying.” Already, the youngest profile of a person who can contribute first-hand information to the project is in their late 70s. People who may remember the earlier history of the park are already in their 90s. But Meyer’s challenge isn’t only a race against time, it’s

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Uncovering the past before it’s too late Old Smokies’ homesites slowly succumbing to time and elements one against distance too. Settlers who lost their homes and land to make way for the newly-created national park were paid for their loss by the government, but they were forced to start over elsewhere and couldn’t always afford a new farm with what they’d been paid. Many moved to other parts of the Southeast to work in the textile factories or to the northwest to log timber. Meyers uses census records, family trees, government surveys, deeds, personal contacts, obituaries, the phone book, the internet and many more tools to find an important source who can maybe tip Casada off to a unknown building, whose foundation is obscured and hard to find

within the park boundaries, or identify the former inhabitants of a structure the two have already found. It’s slow work. Meyers can spend a whole day making phone calls and doing research just to track down one photograph or someone who may have a link to the past. She has interviewed more than 50 people for the project, and sometimes she’ll turn up an interviewee with a sharp memory who can help the team record where each person in a long-since disappeared community lived. Yet tracking down someone who has a direct connection to the history of the pre-park settlers doesn’t always guarantee a fruitful interview.

“One man, who was 8 years old at the time of the first taking, said all he remembered was his dad raised hogs and it was the end of the world when they had to leave,” Meyers said. Other interview subjects Meyers tracks down may have Alzheimer’s disease or dementia. And sometimes, even when the pair comes away with what they think is a reliable account of where certain buildings were in the park and who lived in them, they later come to find that the memories were as faded as the forgotten building’s foundations. Once Casada reviewed five different accounts of where a school and a church were once located on Indian Creek. Each person recalled them being in a different location. Only one of the interviewees was correct, and Casada was able to locate the school. “The old man was dead on,” Casada said about the location of the school. However, he continues his hunt for the church. Casada uses a hand-held GPS unit to log all the home sites he’s visited and notes whether he successfully found traces of a structure or not. Sometimes he has to return multiple times before he

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The land taken for the park In 1920s and 1930s, the N.C. Park Commission purchased 200 tracts of land in Swain County, comprising 169,000 acres for the formation of the Great Smoky Mountain National Park. In terms of acreage, 89 percent was used for commercial practices such as logging and mining; the remainder belonged to individual owners. Estimates peg the number of houses at 250. In the 1940s, the Tennessee Valley Authority added another 50,000 acres to the park, 56 percent of which was corporate or speculatorowned, with the remainder belonging to individuals. Conservative estimates place the number of houses taken at 450, about half of which are now underwater and the rest sitting on land added to the park boundaries.


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Or at least a younger one anyway — one of the ranking members of the House’s Committee on Science, Space and Technology, Rep. Paul Broun, R-Georgia, told a gathering at Liberty Baptist Church in Hartwell, Ga., on Sept. 27 that the world was about 9,000 years old. Here’s what he said, “God’s word is true. I’ve come to understand that. All that stuff I was taught about evolution and embryology and the big bang theory, all that is lies straight from the pit of Hell. And it’s lies to try to keep me and all the folks who were taught that from understanding that they need a savior. You see, there are a lot of scientific data that I’ve found out as a scientist that actually show that this is really a young Earth. I don’t believe that the earth’s but about 9,000 years old. I believe it was created in six days as we know them. That’s what the Bible says.” I am indebted to this scientist (he has a B.S. in chemistry and an M.D.), because as a fellow scientist (I have a B.S. in wildlife conservation) I had fallen for all those big lies from those big liars like Copernicus, Galileo, Euclid, Pythagoras, Newton, Darwin, Salk, Pasteur, Sagan, Gould, Hawkins, etc., all those charlatans who told us that science was a living growing endeavor that blossomed from rigorous application of scientific method, peer review and the open-ended quest for truth. Who’d ever thunk — it was all there in one book? And you know this House Committee on Science, Space and Technology has members that are not only versed in the physical science of evolution but also have insights into the biology of the human body that have, obviously, been overlooked by scientists, biologists and doctors taken in by those aforementioned “lies.” Todd Akin, R-Missouri, who also serves

on the committee enlightened us with the knowledge that women who are raped don’t have to worry about getting pregnant. That is, if it’s a “legitimate” rape. Akins noted in an interview, “If it’s a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down.” This forward thinking group is chaired by Ralph Hall, R-Texas, who equates global warming with global freezing and thinks neither can be impacted by human actions because, “I don’t think we can control what God controls.” And this brings us back to another issue that I think truly portrays the quantum leap we have made, in America, with regards to discriminatory intelligence. Broun also stated, in a September address to the Liberty Baptist Church regarding the Bible, “And what I’ve come to learn is that it’s the manufacturer’s handbook, is what I call it. It teaches us how to run our lives individually, how to run our families, how to run our churches. But it teaches us how to run all of public policy and everything in society. And that’s the reason as your congressman I hold the Holy Bible as being the major directions to me of how I vote in Washington, D.C., and I’ll continue to do that.” If a public official from the U.S. or any other country or government had stood up and noted that the “Koran or any other religious treatise teaches us “… how to run our lives individually, how to run our families, how to run our churches …. how to run all of public policy and everything in society,” they would have been immediately called on the carpet as Jihaddists and/or extremists. But not here, in the land of the free, “Ain’t that America.”   (Don Hendershot is a writer and naturalist. He can be reached a ddihen1@bellsouth.net.)

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Leaf lookers take heed The U.S. Forest Service has launched a web site for “Leaf Viewing in Western North Carolina.” The site features scenic drives and areas in the Nantahala and Pisgah National Forests for enjoying fall foliage. The site describes the types of mountain plants that visitors will see during peak season at high, middle and low elevations — including what weeks are best for the different elevations. www.fs.usda.gov/nfsnc.

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Massey Branch Boat ramp to close The U.S. Forest Service will close the Massey Branch Boat Ramp on Lake Santeetlah beginning Oct. 15 so that improvements can be made to the boating access area. The Forest Service estimates that the boat ramp will reopen in April. The work will create an additional entrance to the area, a new double lane boat access with a dock and improve parking for boat trailers. The project will also improve accessibility at the site and protect water quality through drainage control measures. Alternative public boat ramps are located at Cheoah Point Boat Ramp and Avey Creek Boat Ramp.

Raising hellbenders is no small feat Biologists with the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission have launched a captive breeding program for the giant, oddlooking Hellbender salamander, also called water dogs or snot otters. If successful, the program could be a first. “No one has ever successfully bred Eastern hellbenders in captivity, although many have tried for many years,” said Lori Williams, a mountain wildlife diversity biologist with the Commission’s Division of Wildlife Management. Hellbenders are protected and listed as a species of special concern. The hope is that a captive breeding program will raise hellbenders for educational exhibits and displays in aquariums and nature centers.

“We are simply trying to eliminate the need for any facility to yank a hellbender from the wild for display purposes. There is no need for that practice anymore if captive stock is available,” Williams said. Working cooperatively with the N.C. Zoo, the Wildlife Commission hopes to raise 10 juvenile hellbenders that originally came from a zoo in Texas to sexual maturity. They are being housed at the Wildlife Commission Fish Hatchery in McDowell County. Because hellbenders grow more quickly in captivity than they do in their native mountain waters, Williams expects that the young animals will reach sexual maturity by 2015. A lot is riding on the next three years, Williams said. She is hopeful, yet realistic,

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The delayed harvest section of the Tuckasegee River in Jackson County, one of 15 spots on the Western North Carolina Fly Fishing Trail, will receive an infusion of 19,600 trout this fall. The stocking will be conducted by the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission in two segments — 9,800 trout the first week of October and another 9,800 trout the first week of November.

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Brook and rainbow trout will account for 80 percent of the fish placed in the river, with brown trout making up the remaining 20 percent. Anglers are allowed to fish the delayed harvest section of the Tuckasegee River year-round. However, any fish caught between Oct. 1 and the first Saturday in June must be released immediately. The delayed harvest section of the river runs from the N.C. 107 bridge in the Lovesfield community to Dillsboro. Boat access to the delayed harvest section of the Tuck has also been improved. A new boat ramp recently opened in Dillsboro, while a second one is set to open later this year off Old Cullowhee Highway, just upstream from the N.C. 107 bridge. Other good autumn places to fish along the WNC Fly Fishing Trail are: Scott Creek, Panthertown Creek, Savannah Creek and the Chattooga River. Scott Creek, which flows through Sylva and Dillsboro, was stocked with 1,500 trout in July and additional 1,500 trout in August. 800.962.1911 or www.FlyFishingTrail.com

about the captive-breeding program’s longterm success. The Eastern hellbender is one of North America’s largest salamanders, generally reaching lengths up to 24 inches. With its wide, flat head, small, beady eyes and broad, flat tail, the hellbender can be a scary sight for those not familiar with this mostly nocturnal animal. However, the hellbender is non-venomous and harmless, spending its entire life in the clean, fast-moving mountain streams and rivers of North Carolina where it eats mostly crayfish, small fish and other salamanders. Until recently, biologists had very little information on hellbender populations in North Carolina, although they suspected that hellbenders had declined in many streams due to the usual suspects — poor water quality from silt, sediment and other pollutants, over-collection, human interactions, habitat disturbance, and dams. “Hellbenders do well only in clear, clean water,” Williams said. Since 2007, the N.C. Zoo and the Wildlife Commission have surveyed more than 50 waterways in five western North Carolina river basins. Preliminary survey results revealed a decline in some hellbender populations while other populations have remained stable. As biologists expected, hellbenders’ success is directly correlated to human density: hellbenders tended to do better in areas with fewer people and less human interactions. “North Carolina has one of the largest populations of hellbenders in the United States,” said Groves, who has worked with Williams to conduct the surveys. “However, we are finding many populations that are declining or possibly gone.  Constant monitoring is important, not only to help protect this aquatic salamander, but also to monitor our waterways.”

Guided hike will explore historic parts of Cataloochee Valley A guided hike in the Cataloochee Valley area of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park will be held Thursday, Oct. 18. The hike is part of the Friends of the Smokies “Classic Hikes of the Smokies” series, which features a different hike each month. Outdoors author and hiking expert Danny Bernstein, who wrote Hiking North Carolina’s Blue Ridge Mountains, will lead this 9-mile hike on the Caldwell Fork loop trail. The hike is moderate in difficulty and has a total elevation gain of 1,650 feet. It will pass through old home-sites, graves, and end with the historic Steve Woody House. The hike also goes past holding pens where the elk were acclimated to the Park while being re-introduced to the area.

A donation of $35 to go to the Friends’ Smokies Trails Forever program is requested and includes a complimentary membership to Friends of the Smokies. Current

Friends of the Smokies members hike for $10. Hikers who bring a friend hike for free. keith@friendsofthesmokies.org or 828.452.0720.


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Historical and outdoor enthusiasts can go watch a small group of re-enactors in a reconstructed campsite of the early 1900’s from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday Oct. 13 at the Cradle of Forestry in the Pisgah National Forest. Attendees can see fire made by flint, steel, and friction; old style campfire cookery; four different styles of period shelters; and traditional camp tools in use. Each re-enactor has expertise in various aspects of woodcraft, history and nature study. The event is presented by the Traditional Outdoor Skills Program of the Schiele Museum of Natural History in Gastonia, North Carolina. The cost is $5 for adults and free for 16 and under. 828.877.3130 or www.cradleofforestry.org.

Free seminar to cover ins-and-outs of conservation agreements A free workshop for landowners interested in learning more about conservtion agreements with a land trust will be held from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m Oct. 8 at the Jackson County Library. Landowners can learn more about their options for preserving special areas, keeping forests and farms in production and leaving a legacy for future generations. The event is hosted by Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy, Land Trust for the Little Tennessee and the Conservation Trust for North Carolina. The workshops will provide information on conservation options and resources, including maintaining working forests and farms, tax breaks available through conservation agreements and testimonials from other landowners. 919.828.4199 ext. 17


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The Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy is leading a hike to Hemphill Bald at Cataloochee Ranch at 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 13. The moderate 5-mile roundtrip hike with an elevation change of 900 feet begins on a road used for hiking and horseback riding, marked by fall flowers, mountain streams, and cove hardwood forest mixed at times with hemlock stands and the rhododendron and mountain laurel. As the trail reaches the ridge top, woods are replaced by open high altitude pastureland and with the chance for views of four counties and a number of mountaintops under clear conditions. The preserved tract is adjacent to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The cost is free for SAHC members and $10 for non-SAHC members. This moderate 5-mile roundtrip hike with an elevation change of 900 feet begins on a road used for hiking and horseback riding. 828.253.0095 ext. 205 or rich@appalachian.org

Take outdoor photos with the experts The Lens Luggers outdoor photography group will host two excursions, Oct. 20 and 21, to give visual enthusiasts the opportunity to hone their wildlife photography skills. The group will meet at 6:30 a.m. at Maggie Valley Inn and carpool to Cataloochee Valley for the elk in rut. Male elk are particularly active during the fall mating season as they fight over the females. The group will stop at several destinations on each day, including scenic routes along the Blue Ridge Parkway. All camera levels and experience are welcome. Space is limited. Cost is $75 per day or $125 for both days. bobgry@aol.com or 828.627.0245.

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grouping of walnut trees, popular back then for their nuts, natural dyes and other uses. Many of the home sites close to trails or the road have been picked over by park visitors who illegally pilfer found artifacts, but sometimes it’s an old hinge or a rusting washtub that tips Casada off and is a sure sign of a human past. In other instances, Casada said, he has found himself inspecting a pile of rocks to determine if it’s a collapsed chimney, or in fact just a pile of rocks. Only estimates exist when it comes to how many old homes are out there in the Great Smoky Mountains Park wilderness. In Swain County — the county with most land invested in the park and where the team focuses its work — Casada has few facts to go off. In Swain County, during the first acquisition of land for the park, 180 tracts of land from private individuals were purchased. Because of shoddy record keeping, however, Casada doesn’t know exactly how may houses were on those properties. He estimates it could be around 250. And later, about 450 houses were on lands taken by the Tennessee Valley Authority in Swain County, about half of which were on properties handed over to the Park Service and half of which were flooded by the lake. Casada uses a rough multiplier of six people per household to calculate the displacement of people in Swain County during those several decades. Places like Cataloochee Valley in Haywood County and many parts of Tennessee also had large populations of people who had to pick up and leave their homes. But, it wasn’t just houses, it was cemeteries; memories, heritage and way of life the people left behind. Meyers and Casada hope that by documenting their histories, the old settlers will be allowed to live on inside the park, if only by forcing those who visit and cherish it to acknowledge what was sacrificed to make it possible. The team records all their interviews and keeps digital records of their research, with the hope to publish volumes about the conflicted past of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. “The fact that we have a park here is a fantastically wonderful thing,” Casada said. “But people who lived here for generations have lost a lot in the making of this park.”

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stumbles across the foundation of an old shed or cellar. When the park took the land, all the buildings were burned to the ground. To help with his field work, Casada uses a collection of old topographic maps dating back to before the park’s creation that denote structures with a black box, but sometimes the markers are not accurate or remnants of the structure have become too shrouded in time. “There is a lot of wandering through the woods looking for evidence,” Casada said. His work has brought him along all 800 miles of the park’s trails, which is more like

2,000 actual miles walked if you account for all the back-tracking of following a trail to its end and then turning around. And those figures don’t include the countless miles of scrambling up ridgelines, trekking along old wagon roads or bushwhacking up streambeds. Many settlements were concentrated near a water source. One of the problems is Casada doesn’t always know what he’s looking for. Sometimes the signs are discreet as flowers or shrubs that would have been planted around someone’s house decades ago — like periwinkles, daffodils, or a rose bush — which otherwise wouldn’t be found growing deep in the woods. Another tell-tale sign: a

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BUSINESS & EDUCATION • Free seminar, Quickbooks for Small Business Training, 5:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Oct. 16, 23, 30 and Nov. 6, Macon Campus of SCC, Small Business Computer Lab Room 108, Tommy Dennison, 306.7019. • The Haywood County Chamber of Commerce will hold a Mix & Mingle with the Maggie Valley Chamber at 5 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 10, at the Maggie Valley Club. Event registration is $10 and includes hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar. 456.3021 • Free 90-minute class on the basics of Microsoft PowerPoint, 5:45 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 17, Jackson County Public Library. Limited to the first 15 people who register by calling the library at 586.2016. • Western Carolina University’s Office of Continuing Education will offer a pharmacy technician course from 6 to 9:30 p.m. each Tuesday and Thursday, beginning Tuesday, Oct. 23, and continuing through Thursday, Dec. 13, in WCU’s Cordelia Camp Building. Cost of the 50hour program is $999, including materials. Register at http://learn.wcu.edu and click on Professional Development Programs or call 227.7397.

COMMUNITY & EVENTS ANNOUNCEMENTS • Pesticide Collection Day, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 10, at the Recycling Center in Bryson City off of old highway 19. 586.4009 or 488.3848. • Third annual Balsam Arts and Crafts Show, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 10, Balsam/Willets-Ochre Hill Volunteer Fire Department, 36 Mount Pleasant Church Rd., NC 74, mile marker 90.7, Sylva. Benefits Balsam/Willets-Ochre Hill Volunteer Fire Department. 226.9352. • Community Shred Event, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, Oct. 12, at 196 Walnut St., Waynesville. A Cintas Document Management truck will destroy unwanted sensitive materials free of charge for all area residents. Rain or shine. 452.6300. • Smoky Mountain Chess Club, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 13, Blue Ridge Books, Main Street, Waynesville. 456.6000. All ages and levels of players welcome. • Silas McDowell Chapter, North Carolina Society of Sons of the American Revolution, are collecting items for homeless veterans in the region, Oct. 13-31. Drop at box at the Sylva Wal-Mart or the Highlands Chamber of Commerce. Don Connelly 507.2351 or Tom Long 557.0162. • Morning Star Community Cemetery Association, 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 18, fellowship hall of the Morning Star United Methodist Church, 2535 Dutch Cove Road, Canton. Clarence Burrell, 648.2988 • Maggie Valley Women’s Club bake sale, 6:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 21, at Haywood County band concert, at the Pavilion in Maggie Valley. All bake sale profits to The Wounded Warrior Program. Marian Hamel, 926.8974. • 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 • Haywood County Meals on Wheels program needs volunteer drivers to deliver meals to Haywood County residents who cannot fix meals for themselves. Drivers are

All phone numbers area code 828 unless otherwise noted. needed in the following areas: Tuesdays—Route #3, Clyde; Wednesdays—Route #5, Ratcliffe Cove; Mondays—Route $10, Bethel; Tuesdays—Route #10, Bethel; Thursdays—Route #12, Lakeview; Fridays— Route #14, Hyatt Creek/Plott Creek; Thursdays—Route #19 Cruso; Thursdays—Route #20, Fines Creek. Jeanne Naber at 356.2442 or jnaber@haywoodnc.net.

BLOOD DRIVES Jackson • American Red Cross Lowe’s of Sylva Blood Drive, 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 12, 1716 North Main St., Sylva. Leah Crisp, 586.1170.

• Monday, Oct. 15, is the deadline for the Senior Photography Contest sponsored by the Senior Resource Center of Haywood County. Entries accepted from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Senior Center, 81 Elmwood Way, Waynesville. Public reception with the artists 2 to 4 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 23. Bruce Johnson, 926.7478 or brucemjohnson@bellsouth.net; Suzanne Hendrix, 356.2816 or shendrix@mountainprojects.org. • Community forum on Supports Intensity Scale for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities, 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 18, Jackson County Senior Center, Sylva. www.smokymountaincenter.com or call 919.843.9224 for registration and information. • Senior Safety Day, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 20, at the Waynesville Fire Department. 356.2816 or 452.2370

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• American Red Cross St Mary’s Catholic Church Blood Drive, 1:30 to 6 p.m. Monday, Oct. 22, 22 Bartlett St., Sylva. Tony Tiller, 586.9496.

• Teen writing group Write On!, 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 11, at the Jackson County Public Library in Sylva. 586.2016.

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• Family Night with Sparky the Fire Dog, 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 11, Jackson County Public Library in Sylva. 586.2016

• American Red Cross Waynesville Community Blood Drive, noon to 4:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 15, Waynesville Masonic Lodge, East Marshall St. Hank Jaeger, 452.9586. All presenting donors will be entered in a drawing for a chance to win a $1,000 gift card. • American Red Cross Maggie Valley United Methodist Church Blood Drive, 2 to 6 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 16, Fellowship Hall, 4192 Soco Road, Maggie Valley. Donna, 381.0636. All presenting donors will be entered in a drawing for a chance to win a $1,000 gift card.

HEALTH MATTERS • Open house for new medical offices of Dr. James Smallwood and Dr. William Noell 4 to 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 11, Harris Medical Park in Sylva. 631.8889.

• Bryson City Anime Club, 11 a.m. to 1:10 p.m. and 1:20 to 3 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 13, Marianna Black Library, Bryson City. All programming is in Japanese, with English subtitles. 488.3030. • Free ARTSaturday arts and crafts workshop, 10 a.m. to noon, Saturday, Oct. 13, in the children’s area of the Macon County Public Library for elementary school-age children and their families. www.artscouncilofmacon.org or phone 524.7683. • Celebrate Teen Read Week Oct. 14-20, Marianna Black Library, Bryson City. Meet at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 17, in the library auditorium to plan the Haunted Clockwork Carnival.

• Smoky Mountain Pregnancy Care Center Banquet, 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 13, Franklin Covenant Church, 265 Belleview Park Road, Franklin. Jenny or Pam 349.3200.

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• Free back pain screening from 1 to 2 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 11; neck screenings from 1 to 2 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 18; and knee screenings from 11 a.m. to noon, Friday, Oct. 26, all at MedWest-Harris Rehabilitation Services, Sylva. 586.7235.

• Family Night: Fire Safety, 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 11, Jackson County Public Library, Sylva. 586.2016.

• Flu shots, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday at the Home Care service building on the Haywood MedWest campus. 452.8292.

THE SPIRITUAL SIDE • Family bonfire, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 19, Rehoboth Baptist Church, 205 West Brook Drive Waynesville. Hot dogs, s’mores, hayrides, music and door prizes. www.rehobothnc.org.

SENIOR ACTIVITIES • The Waynesville Parks and Recreation Department will offer a trip for seniors to DuPont State Forest at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 10. Return by 4 p.m. $10 per person for members of the Waynesville Recreation Center or $13 per person for non-members. Bring money for lunch. 456.2030 or email recprograms@townofwaynesville.org • Seniors trip to see the Elk, 2 p.m. Monday, Oct. 15. Age 50 and above. Bring dinner and a folding chair. Return by 9 p.m. $5 for members of the Waynesville Recreation Center or $7 for non-members. 456.2030 or email recprograms@townofwaynesville.org.

• Children’s Story time, Even firefighters go to the potty, 1 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 10, Jackson County Public Library, Sylva. 586.2016.

• Youth Writing Group: WORD, 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 11, Jackson County Public Library, Sylva. 586.2016. • Children’s Story time: Stop, Drop, and Roll! 11 a.m. Friday, Oct. 12, Jackson County Public Library. 586.2016. • Afternoon Story time with Miss Sally, Columbus Day, 3:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 12, Jackson County Public Library, Sylva. 586.2016. • Children’s Story time with the Rotary Readers: 11 a.m. Monday, Oct. 15, Jackson County Public Library. 586.2016. • Children’s Story time, Red, Orange, Yellow Leaves, 11 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 16, Jackson County Public Library. 586.2016. • Teen Advisory Group: Origami activity, 6 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 16, Jackson County Public Library. 586.2016. • Children’s Story time: We all FALL Down!1 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 17, Jackson County Public Library. 586.2016. • Family Night: PAWS to Read, 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 10, Jackson County Public Library. 586.2016. • Youth Writing Group: Write On! (ages 8-12). 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 18, Jackson County Public Library. 586.2016.

Visit www.smokymountainnews.com 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

Food & Drink • Harvest Wine Dinner, Saturday, Oct. 27, at Fontana Village Resort. Reservations required by Oct. 13. $89 per person. 498.2115 for Wine Dinner reservations only. 498.2211 for Wine Dinner and lodging. fontanavillage.com/events

POLITICAL GROUP EVENTS & LOCAL GOVERNMENT Dems • 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 www.haywooddemocrats.org. • 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 www.haywooddemocrats.org • 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 jacksondems.com. • 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 jacksondems.com.

GOP • The North Jackson County GOP monthly meetings are held at 6:30 p.m., the fourth Monday of each month, at the Sylva headquarters, 58 D Sunrise Park, a retail complex located opposite the intersection of Highway 107 and the Asheville Highway behind Rite-Aid Drugstore. Ralph Slaughter, Jackson County GOP Chair at 743.6491 or www.jacksoncountygop.com. • 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 www.jacksoncountygop.com. • Sen. Jim Davis will meet with constituents at 6 p.m. before the regular monthly GOP meeting at the Haywood County headquarters, 303 N. Haywood St., Waynesville. The Haywood Republicans meet at 6:30 p.m. the second Thursday of the month at the GOP headquarters. 246.7921. www.haywoodncgop.org. • Mornings with Mike, 7 to 8 a.m. Tuesdays, NC Victory Office, 58 D Sunrise Park Road, Sylva, for round table conversations regarding business concerns in Jackson County. Coffee and donuts provided. 421.4945 or email morningswithmike@yahoo.com. • 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. www.haywoodncgop.org.


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Others • County Commission Candidates Forum, noon Thursday, Oct. 11, Tartan Hall, Franklin. Bring your own lunch. Hosted by the League of Women Voters, a nonpartisan organization. Campaign signs, banners and paraphernalia prohibited. • Candidate Issues Forum, 7:30 to 9:30 p.m., Monday, Oct. 15, Community Room, Jackson County Library, Sylva. Participating will be WNC candidates Mike Clampitt, Joe Sam Queen, Marty Jones and Mark Jones. Moderator and a panel member from League of Women Voters-Macon County, The Canary Coalition, Occupy/WNC, and The Smoky Mountain News.

• The Jackson County Patriots will expand their meeting schedule for the remaining weeks before the Nov. 6 election. Meetings at 6 p.m. Oct. 18 and Nov. 1, at Ryan¹s Steak House in Sylva. Bill Adams at UBSRUB@aol.com or Ginny Jahrmarkt at Box547@aol.com.

• Jane Shipman, a.k.a “Miss Jane” will tell spooky stories from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 11, at the Canton branch of the Haywood County Library. Children encouraged to wear Halloween costumes. Treats by Friends of the Library. 648.2924.

A&E FESTIVALS, SPECIAL & SEASONAL EVENTS October 10-16, 2012

• Cherokee Heritage Festival, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 20, Cherokee Homestead Exhibit, next to the Clay County Historical & Arts Museum, Hayesville. • Apple Harvest Festival, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 20, downtown Waynesville. www.Haywoodapplefest.com

• League of Women Voters, noon, second Thursday of each month at Tartan Hall in Franklin. Lunch available by reservation. Open to all. $6 for food. 524.5192.

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• West Canton Baptist Church fall festival and craft fair, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 20, at 75 Lowe St. in Canton. Food, music, children’s activities and a craft fair featuring 4-in-1 dresses, jewelry and other handmade items. Fundraiser for a new church building. 648.5561.

• Occupy/WNC General Assembly,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, 2 p.m. the third Saturday of each month at the 441 Diner in Otto. Mountainpatriotsteaparty.info.

• Third annual Balsam Arts and Crafts Show, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 10, Balsam/Willets-Ochre Hill Volunteer Fire Department, 36 Mount Pleasant Church Rd., NC 74, mile marker 90.7, Sylva. To benefit the Balsam/Willets-Ochre Hill Volunteer Fire Department. 226.9352 • Scarecrow Festival through Oct. 20 in Bryson City. Benefit for Swain County Public Schools Foundation. Bryson City families, neighborhoods, businesses, churches and schools are urged to make scarecrows and decorate Bryson City for fall. • Great Smoky Mountains Railroad presents the Great Pumpkin Patch Express, Oct. 12-14, 19-21 and 26-28 at Bryson City Depot. Friday departures at 3 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday departures at 11:30 a.m. and 3 p.m. Adult tickets $53; children ages 24 months to 12 years old are 12 are $31, under 23 months are free. 800.872.4681 or visit www.GSMR.com. • Seventh annual WNC Truck Show, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 12-13, Old Cherokee High School, Cherokee. $5 general admission. Children under 12, free. $10 vehicle registration. Vendors welcome. 421.9399. • Hoptoberfest, Saturday, Oct. 13, Fontana Village Resort. Disc Golf tournament, live music and craft beers. www.fontanavillage.com or 498.2211. • Fall Harvest Craft Festival, 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 13, Old Mill 1886, 3082 US 441, one mile south of Cherokee. Artists from all over the Southeast will demonstrate and sell their handcrafted works. Food, crafts and music. www.cherokeemill.com or 497.6536. • 29th annual Church Street Arts & Crafts Show, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 13, on Main Street in downtown Waynesville. www.downtownwaynesville.com. 456.3517.

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• 20th annual Smoky Mountain Fall Art & Craft Fest, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 19-20, and Oct. 26-27, Macon County Fair Grounds, Franklin. 371.0595 or lkeneipp@earthlink.net.

• Maggie Valley Craft Shows, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 13, and Sunday, Oct. 14, Maggie Valley Festival Grounds. Free. www.maggievalleycraftshows.comA&E.

• Over There and Coming Home: Veterans’ Journeys, 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 11, Mountain Heritage Center. Lisa Winders, WCU’s director of military education, will lead a panel of veterans of wars ranging from World War II to Afghanistan in a discussion of the physical, emotional and psychological journeys of soldiers before, during and after war. Winders retired from the U.S. Air Force after 22 years of military service. 227.7129. • Captain Orr’s Badge: A Civil War Journey, 4:30 to 6 p.m. Friday, Oct. 12, Mountain Heritage Center. The journey of a Civil War-era U.S. Army officer’s badge from New York state to a flea market in Western North Carolina, as described in a Mountain Heritage Center exhibit, has inspired a graphic novel by retired WCU art professor Lee Budahl. Budahl and others will discuss the historical mystery and sign copies of the novel. 227.7129. • Capoeira, a Brazilian Martial arts dance group at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 23, Swain County Center for the Arts, Swain County High school. 488.7843 or www.swain.k12.nc.us/cfta. • High Country Quilters 22 annual Quilt Show, Bear Foot in the Mountains, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 11-13, at Maggie Valley Town Hall, 3987 Soco Road, Maggie Valley. Free admission. Quilts on display and for sale, opportunity quilt, vendors, food, craft room for shopping. • Storyteller Donald Davis performs at 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 14, at the Harrell Center at Lake Junaluska. Tickets are $15 per person. Friends of Great Smoky Mountains National Park memberships will be offered at a special discount for $20 with purchase of ticket. Tickets at Blue Ridge Books, 152 S Main St, Waynesville; by mailing checks to Friends of the Smokies, 160 S Main St, Waynesville, NC 28786; or online at www.friendsofthesmokies.org, 452.0720. • Western Carolina University’s 12th annual Tournament of Champions, starts 8 a.m., Saturday, Oct. 20, E.J. Whitmire Stadium, Western Carolina University. More than 20 high school marching bands from four states compete. $10, preliminary competition. $8, finals if purchased in advance or at the gate before 4 p.m., $10 after 4 p.m. Children under 12 free. www.prideofthemountains.com, 227.2259. • Bryson City Ghost Walk, 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays through October. One hour tour of downtown. Meet at The Storytelling Center, 225-C Everett St., Bryson City. $10 adults, $5 students. Reservations. 704.213.4232 or boo@brysoncityghosttour.com, www.brysoncityghosttour.com. • The Liars Bench, focusing on Appalachian journeys, 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 18, at Western Carolina University’s Mountain Heritage Center. Special guest for the show will be author and storyteller Dot Jackson, a co-founder of the Birchwood Center for Arts and Folklife in Sunset, S.C. 227.7129.


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Ava Lindsey Chambers to Read from No Reservations • Ava Lindsey Chambers will read from her novel, No Reservations, 2 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 13, City Lights Bookstore, Sylva. 586.9499. • Amy Cortese discusses Locavesting, 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 13, City Lights Bookstore, Sylva. Locavesting is a look behind the scenes of the local investing movement.586.9499. • Author Barbara Woodall will discuss her memoir, It’s not My Mountain Anymore, 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 16, Jackson County Public Library, Sylva. jphilyaw@fontanalib.org or 586.2016. • Author Emily Cooper will discuss her book, Queen of the Lost, a fictionalized account of former First Lady of South Carolina Lucy Pickens, 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 18, Jackson County Public Library, Sylva. 586.2016. • Emily Cooper book presentation, Queen of the Lost, 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 18, Jackson County Public Library. 586.2016.

ON STAGE & IN CONCERT • Songwriter’s Showcase featuring Lorraine Conard, Karen Sugar Barnes and Sheila Gordon, produced by Chris Minick, 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 11, Main Street Perks, 26 N. Main St., Waynesville. Benefit for Haywood County Arts Council. $ 5 donation. 456.8488.

• The Overlook Theatre Company will present Smoke on the Mountain: A Rip-Roaring Musical Comedy Revival at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 12, 16, 19 and 23, at the Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts in Franklin. $15 for adults and $10 for students. For tickets, go to www.GreatMountainMusic.com or to the theatre’s box office, 1028 Georgia Road, Franklin. 866.273.4615. • HART Theatre presents The Light in the Piazza at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 12-13 and 19-20, and at 3 p.m. Oct. 14 and 21 at the Performing Arts Center at the Shelton House, 250 Pigeon St., Waynesville. Tickets are $24 for adults, $22 for seniors, $10 for students, and special $6 discount tickets for students for Sunday matinees. 456.6322 for reservations or www.harttheatre.com. • The Upright Citizens Brigade Touring Company, 7:30 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 11, Bardo Fine & Performing

• Smoky Mountain Community Theatre presents Agatha Christie’s The Mousetrap 7:30 p.m. Oct. 12-14 and 1922. Box Office opens at 6:30 p.m. Tickets: $8 for adults and $5 for children. 488.8227. • Live music, 7 p.m. Oct. 13, Eric Hendrix & Friends; Oct. 19, Liz and AJ Nance; Oct. 26, Whimsik; Oct. 27, Thea and the Green Man; and Nov. 24, The Freestylers, all at City Lights Café in Sylva. • Auditions for Haywood Arts Regional Theatre’s A Christmas Carol, 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 13, and 6:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 14, at the Feichter Studio of the HART Theatre, 250 Pigeon St., Waynesville. Callbacks at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 15.

ART/GALLERY EVENTS & OPENINGS • Sylva Art Stroll 5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 12, historic downtown Sylva. Shops open late. • Reception for Swain County art teacher Sheena Kohlmeyer Sunday, Oct. 14, at the Swain County Center for the Arts, following a 3 p.m. bluegrass concert by the Rye Holler boys. 488.7843 or www.swain.k12.nc.us/cfta to get driving directions. • 65th annual Craft Fair of the Southern Highlands, Oct. 18-21, U.S. Cellular Center, Asheville. 298.7928, www.craftguild.org.

CLASSES, PROGRAMS & DEMONSTRATIONS • American Craft Week Oct. 5-14, western North Carolina. 252.0121 or visit www.mynewsletterbuilder.com/tools/refer. • The Western North Carolina Woodturners Club will meet at 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 11, at the Blue Ridge School, in Glenville. Drive to the back of the school to the woodworking shop. The club meets every second Thursday at 6 p.m., March through November. 526.2616 • The WCU Fine Art Museum will host an exhibition of thesis work by candidates for the degree of master of fine arts through Oct. 12. The thesis exhibitions are “Contradictions in a Mad World” by Julie Boisseau and “Retracing the Trace” by Luzene Hill. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, with hours extended to 7 p.m. Thursdays. fineartmusuem.wcu.edu. 227.2553 or ddrury@wcu.edu. • Glassblowing class, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. or blacksmithing class, noon to 3 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 13, Jackson County Green Energy Park, Dillsboro. $50 due at registration. 631.0271 or visit www.jcgep.org/classes.php.

FILM & SCREEN • Movie Night: A 2012 Superhero drama directed by Joss Whedon. 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 11, Jackson County Public Library, Sylva. 586.2016 • Classic movie starring Joan Crawford and Clark Gable, 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 13, at the Mariana Black Library, Bryson City. 488.3030 ext. 28

DANCE • Second Sunday Contra Dance 2:30 to 5 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 14, Community Room on the second floor of the old courthouse in the Jackson County Library Complex, Sylva. Caller Beth Johnson; band, Out of the Woodwork. Potluck dinner will follow. Bring covered dish, plate, cup, utensils, and water bottle. Ron Arps, ronandcathy71@frontier.com.

Outdoors OUTINGS, HIKES & FIELDTRIPS • See the elk, 4 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 11, at Cataloochee with the Live and Learn Committee of Lake Junaluska. Caravan from the Bethea Welcome Center, 91 N. Lakeshore Drive. Bring a picnic supper. clauser@charter.net. • Guided hike with Paul Carlson of the Land Trust for the Little Tennessee to Pinnacle Peak in Macon County, 10 a.m. Friday, Oct. 12. Meet at trail head parking lot. Free, but RSVP to Jill at 524.2711 ext. 304 or outreach@ltlt.org. • Parkway hike to Skinny Dip Falls, 10 a.m., Friday, Oct. 12. Easy to moderate 1-mile roundtrip hike. Begin at the Looking Glass Rock Overlook at milepost 417. 298.5330 ext. 304 for details. • The Highlands Cashiers Land Trust Eco Tour to Rock Mountain Summit from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 13. Space limited; reservations necessary. HCLT members, $10 donation; new friends, $35, includes the guided Eco Tour, lunch and an HCLT membership. 526.1111 or Julie.hitrust@earthlink.net. • Classic Hike of the Smokies, Thursday, Oct. 18, Caldwell Fork Loop. $35 donation to Friends’ Smokies Trails Forever program, includes complimentary membership to Friends of the Smokies. Current Friends of the Smokies members hike for $10. Hikers who bring a friend hike for free. To register, contact keith@friendsof thesmokies.org or call 452.0720. www.friendsofthesmokies.org.

PROGRAMS & WORKSHOPS • Camping in the Old Style, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 13, Cradle of Forestry in America, Pisgah National Forest. Visit with a small group of re-enactors in a reconstructed campsite of the early 1900s. $5 adults; under ages 16 free; America the Beautiful and Golden Age passports honored. 877.3130 or www.cradleofforestry.org. • The Franklin Bird Club will meet at 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 15, at the Macon County Public Library. Speaker is WCU Professor, Jeremy Hyman: Aggression, Personality and Urbanization in Song Sparrows. • A Journey on the Camino de Santiago Presentation, 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 16, REI Asheville, 31 Schenck Parkway, Asheville, Registration required. www.rei.com/event/44847/session/58224. 687.0918. • Hiking Carolina Mountain Land Conservancy’s New Trails and Protected Lands Presentation, 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 17, REI Asheville, 31 Schenck Parkway, Asheville, Registration required. 687.0918. www.rei.com/event/45501/session/59213. • Fall Photo Extravaganza, Oct. 20-21, with Bob Grytten. Meet at 6:30 a.m. at Maggie Valley Inn and Conference Center, 70 Soco Road, Maggie Valley to carpool to Cataloochee Valley. All camera levels and experience welcome. For details and to register, contact Bob Grytten by e-mail at bobgry@aol.com or 627.0245 Space is limited. $75 per day or $125 for both.

COMPETITIVE EDGE • The Battle for the Old Mountain Jug, Oct. 12-13. The group’s progress during this year’s Mountain Jug Run for Research can be followed at the blog http://mountainjugrun.blogspot.com/. • Registration open for Conquer The Mountain Half Marathon, Saturday, Nov. 3, Little Tennessee Greenway, Franklin. 8 a.m. race day registration. Entry Fee: individual, $30 before Oct. 31; $40 race day. Long sleeve race T-shirts to the first 100 registered racers. Register at www.active.com

FARM & GARDEN • Informational meeting for the upcoming Extension Master Gardener class at the Haywood County Extension Center, 1 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 10, at 589 Raccoon Road in Waynesville. • 17th annual Carolina Bonsai Expo, Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 13-14, North Carolina Arboretum. Reservations can be made online at www.ncarboretumregistration.org or by phone 665.2492. • The North Carolina Local Sustainable Food Advisory Council will meet with farmers, growers and economic developers for a listening session from 4 to 6 p.m. Monday, Oct. 22, in the Blue Ridge Conference Room on the campus of Western Carolina University. Emily Elders, emelders@wcu.edu or 227.3898.

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• Bruce Hornsby, 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 12, Harrah’s Cherokee Event Center, 777 Casino Drive, Cherokee. www.ticketmaster.com or 800.745.3000. Must be 21 years of age or older to attend. www.brucehornsby.com.

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• Mystery writer Sandra Brannan will speak at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 10, at Blue Ridge Books, 152 S. Main St., Waynesville. Her Liv Bergen series of mystery thrillers are highly recommended by Blue Ridge Books’ owner Jo Gilley. Brannan’s newest novel is Widow’s Might. 456.6000.

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Shepherd mix. She is black and tan, weighs 40 lbs., is pretty and super sweet. She adores children and other animals. Up-to-date on shots, spayed, housebroken, electric fence trained, and she loves to play fetch. She has a lot of puppy energy so she needs a good sized yard to run in. She would do better with bigger children due to her size and energy. Call 828.508.5533. BABY DOG - A near, purebred, Doberman. She is 2-3 years old, and weighs 49 lbs. She is spayed, up-to-date on shots, and needs lots of exercise. It is not known if she is housebroken because she stays outside during the day but is crated inside at night. She is good with kids and other dogs. She is very protective of her home and foster family. She is somewhat skiddish with men. Call 828.506.2660.

Beagle/Terrier pups. Four males, one female. Four look like Beagles and one looks like a Terrier. They are scheduled for spay/neuter surgery on 10/15/12. They will be at the ARF adoption site on Saturday, October 13th and could be adopted, on paper, then. They could go to their adoptive home when they return from their surgery on October 16th. Call 828.293.5629 for more information about these cuties. GABBY - Is a beautiful, female, Lab mix. She is four months old, happy, energetic, but is recovering from a bad chemical burn on her back. She will need a forever home as soon as she is released from her vet. She may have a scar, but that's all. Call 828.293.5629. CLARA - Is a 2-3 year old "Whatizit?" She weighs 68 lbs., is friendly, and shaggy. Call 877.273.5262.

SUSAN - A two year old great cat. She is very affectionate, litter box trained, and is good with other cats and dogs. She is quite talkative. Call 828.586.5647.

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FREE NEUTERING! Animal Compassion Network proudly offers the donor-supported Betty Fund Spay/Neuter Project, which pays up to the full cost of surgery for anyone who cannot afford it. A co-pay is requested but not required. 828.258.4820.

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Shorthair cat – orange tabby. I am about 1 year old and my name is a bit of humor because I’m the exact opposite -- very quiet and laidback. I’m just a big ol' love bug who likes to sleep in the sun and have my chin rubbed. $100 adoption fee, Animal Compassion Network 258.4820 or animalcompassionnetwork.org. RANGER - Shiba Inu Mix dog – tan. I am an adult male who is very sweet and loves companionship. I also enjoy exercise and would love to be in an active household. I do well with other dogs. $125 adoption fee, Animal Compassion Network 258.4820 or animalcompassionnetwork.org.

MT. AIRY, NC- AUCTION: Saturday, October 27th. Prestigious Neighborhood. 3 Bedroom, 2 Bath, Brick Home; beautiful corner lot; full basement. For details go to: www.RogersAuctionGroup.com. or call now 336.789.2926. NCAL#685

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

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LOTS FOR SALE 2.819 ACRE TRACT Building Lot in great location. Build your second home log cabin here. Large 2-story building. Was a Hobby Shop. $81,000. Call 828.627.2342

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

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FOR LEASE: BEAUTIFUL DOWNTOWN Waynesville Office Space. 1950 sq. ft., 385 N. Haywood, 2 blocks off Main St. Lobby, Reception, Conference Room, Spacious Loft, 6 Divided Work Areas & Parking. $1550/mo., 1 year lease. Call 828.452.4837.

GIFT SHOP - MOTEL Available for lease in Downtown Cherokee. Property is ideally located in the middle of the town’s shopping district. For more info 828.497.6003

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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 info@georgeellison.com.

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t’s Oct. 7 as I write this. The first hard frost hasn’t as yet arrived. But it won’t be long coming. By the time you read this it may well have occurred throughout Western North Carolina. The first hard frost serves as a given year’s most distinctive dividing line. It’s dificult to pinpoint just when winter becomes spring, when spring become summer, or when summer becomes fall. But the winter season has been initiated when the first frost appears. Like summer dew, frost appears on clear windless nights as the air cools and can’t hold as much moisture as it did during daylight hours. In summer and early fall, this excess moisture condenses on the surfaces of weeds, spider webs, metal tools, and other exposed objects. But when the temperature falls below 32-degrees the same vapor crystallizes, forming frost. Through a process known as deposition. , the vapor does not turn first into water and then freeze. Instead, it changes directly from the gaseous state into a crystalline form. As more and more vapor freezes, delicate feath-

BACK THEN erlike patterns of “window frost” (also called “fern frost”) are formed when a windowpane is exposed to very cold air on the outside and moderately moist air on the inside. The glass surface influences the shape of crystals, so imperfections, scratches, or dust can modify the way ice nucleates. Looking like spun glass or cotton candy, “frost flowers” (also called “crystallofolia”) are very rare and very beautiful. They occur when there are freezing weather conditions when the Columnist ground is not already frozen. The water contained in a plant expands, creating cracks along the stem. Via capillary action, the water seeps out of the cracks and freezes on contact with the air, creating an ephemeral structure that closely resembles a flower. I have most often observed them exuded from the stems of common dittany (Cunila organides), a plant that’s common in the piedmont but uncommon in WNC. Winter can be grim, of course, but it is in many regards the sweetest season of all. It’s the time when we see most clearly and feel most keenly. As Coleridge implies, it’s the season that’s ushered in via “the secret ministry of frost.” George Ellison wrote the biographical introductions for the reissues of two Appalachian classics: Horace Kephart’s Our Southern

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“Therefore all seasons shall be sweet to thee, Whether the season clothe the general earth With greenness, or the redbird sit and sing Betwixt the tufts of snow on the bare branch Of mossy apple tree, while the nigh thatch Smokes in the sun-thaw; whether the eavedrops fall Heard only in the trances of the blast, Or if the secret ministry of frost Shall hang them up in silent icicles, Quietly shining to the quiet moon.” — S.T. Coleridge, Frost at Midnight

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ost women know that midwives help women deliver babies, but not everyone knows that midwives deliver many other women’s healthcare services as well.

Anne Karner, CNM has a new baby of her own and is especially interested in being with women as they transition through motherhood. She provides prenatal care, labor and birth support, and postpartum care, including breastfeeding support and contraception. Anne is available for annual exams and well woman care as well as for management of a wide variety of gynecologic needs.

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Cindy Noland, CNM considers contraception counseling an important part of her work. “Family planning and contraception are a huge part of a woman’s daily life. Many of us spend the majority of our lives trying NOT to get pregnant.” Cindy enjoys helping women choose the best birth control option for their lives, whether it be pills, rings, IUDs, or the new Implanon implant.

Betsy Swift, CNM, enjoys all aspects of women’s healthcare, from the first pelvic exam through menopause. “I like the first pelvic exam because it sets the stage for a positive attitude towards self-care… and it doesn’t have to be traumatic!” Betsy considers it a privilege to be a partner in a woman’s healthcare during the most significant times of her life- adolescence, pregnancy, birth and menopause.

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Melanie Emery, CNM, has many years experience in obstetrics and gynecology. She has relocated to the mountains and is now focusing her practice on gynecological and well-woman care. Her specialties include annual exams, gynecological problem visits, menopause counseling, weight management, and management of chronic gynecological conditions. Melanie is often available for same day appointments for urgent needs.

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