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The Mountain View Intermediate drama group performed recently with hand made puppets using fractured fairy tales.

Parents and students enjoyed the jokes, scenery, and puppetry by the 5th and 6th graders.

Pictured are (front row, L-R) Kya Wolfe, Beverly Rogers, Caleb Pevia, Joselin Pliego; (second row) Jake Henry, Aryona Johnson, Michelle Bonoa, Karli McMahan; (third row) Graham Long, Heaven Conner, Mary Harper, Bailey Tucek, and Sydney Williams.

The Jackson County Library is hosting a musical concert featuring local band PMA on Thursday, Feb. 5, at 6:30 p.m., in the Community Room.

PMA, Positive Mental Attitude, was formed in Charlotte, N.C., during the summer of 2008 by long time friends Kyle Coleman, Matthew Yelen, and Phil Thomas and was later joined by Miller Watson in September 2013.

Gathering influences from Dub Reggae, Roots Reggae, and Alternative/Psychedelic sounds, PMA offers a unique style of music that is sure to lift your spirits.

This program is free and open to the public. For more information, call the library at (828)586-2016.

The Jackson County Public Library is a member of Fontana Regional Library (

New art by Clint Hardin will be on display in the Meeting Room of the Macon County Public Library during the month of February.

Artist Clint Hardin was born and raised in Canton, N.C. He received a degree in studio art from UNC and has worked as a graphic designer and press operator at Western Carolina University for the past decade.

Hardin is currently a board member for the Jackson County Arts Council. His artwork has appeared in galleries across North Carolina and has been used in television programs, for book covers, and as interior book illustrations. He lives in Clyde with his wife and two children.

For a guide to the pieces in this display, visit

John Lane will visit City Lights Bookstore to read from his new poetry collection on Saturday, Jan. 31, at 6:30 p.m. “The Old Rob Poems” from New Native Press is a collection featuring a character loosely based on a mountain neighbor of Lane’s. It is the poetic telling of a man transitioning from old mountain ways into the modern world.

Lane is the author of more than a dozen books of poetry and prose. “His Abandoned Quarry: New & Selected Poems” was released by Mercer University Press in Macon, Ga., in 2012. The book includes much of Lane’s published poetry over the past 30 years, plus a selection of new poems. “Abandoned Quarry” won the SIBA (Southeastern Independent Booksellers Alliance) Poetry Book of the Year prize. Several of his latest prose books are “My Paddle to the Sea,” published by The University of Georgia Press, and “Begin With Rock, End With Water” from Mercer University Press. He teaches environmental studies at Wofford College and lives in Spartanburg, S.C.

To reserve copies of his books, call City Lights Bookstore at (828)586-9499.

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