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On Saturday, Deal Farms held its ‘Plow Day’ event with rides and demonstrations for visitors.

Deal Farms is planning another event or two in October.

Photos by Betsey Gooder

In this photo (R), Jack Jaynes shows how fields have been plowed in Macon County for generations. The trusty two horse-power engine pulling him through the rich soil is made up of old friends, Babe and Sugar.


Established in memory of Mary Jane Queen by The Queen Family and Catch the Spirit of Appalachia, the ongoing Mary Jane Queen Memorial Scholarship will provide $500 for deserving graduating students from rural Jackson, Macon, Haywood and Swain counties in North Carolina. An application for the scholarship is available in the high schools of these four WNC counties, and online at

To help in providing the funds for this scholarship, a Beginner’s Quilt Basket Raffle has been assembled and is available at City Lights Bookstore, Sylva.


While a group of friends tries to bring one couple together, a nasty villain plots to drive another couple apart.

“Much Ado About Nothing” is coming to Bryson City, in Swain County. William Shakespeare’s popular comedy of misunderstandings and mistaken identity will be on the Smoky Mountain Community Theatre stage, at 7:30 p.m. from May 12 through 15.

The story focuses on the “too wise to woo peaceably” Beatrice and Benedick, both of whom swear they will never marry.


In 1996, Martha Weathers Brown had a vision to bring a regional children’s choir to Western North Carolina, believing in the power of music to shape and grow young individuals, and help choristers to develop skills and confidence that will stick with them for life.

Fifteen years later the vision is reality. Voices in the Laurel has grown into an internationally acclaimed choir which has sung by invitation around the world. With a growing reputation for close singing, Voices has sung by invitation in Hawaii; at the Sydney Opera House in Australia; at Charleston’s “Little Spoleto” Festival; in Washington, DC at the National Cathedral; in Denver, at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine; St. Patrick’s Cathedral in Manhattan: Westminster Abbey in London, Chartres Cathedral in France, Diana Wortham Theater in Asheville, with the Lyric Opera of Asheville, with Ronnie Milsap at the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, and in Atlanta at the Atlanta Braves games.


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