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Macon County News has teamed up with Read2Me, a community-wide initiative geared toward promoting early literacy for children throughout the county, and award winning North Carolina author Gloria Houston, to publish her book Littlejm.

Houston’s book is centered around twelve-year- old Littlejim, a bookish boy living in a rural Appalachain North Carolina community in the early years of the twentieth century. While living through World War I, Littlejim finds himself being one of the best students in his school and a tremendous help around his farm home, but continuously finds himself struggling with gaining the acceptance of his father, Bigjim. Littlejim enters a newspaper essay contest which he hopes will help him gain the respect of his stern father.

The MCN has worked with Houston and Bright Mountain Publishing to acquire serialization rights to Littlejim. To help promote the Read2Me initiative, the MCN is publishing chapters from Houston’s book each week in hopes of providing Macon County parents with free, easy access to a book that they can read to their children.


Local artist, Justin Moe, will be highlighted in an exhibit at the Macon County Library throughout March. “I have always felt compelled to create. It was not until 2002 though that I started painting and realized creating is something I must do. It is a welcomed compulsion innate within me. For me, art reinforces my humanity. It is my mirror and a filter for how I experience and interpret reality. I suppose the same could apply to the viewer.

The things I create, in whatever medium I am working with, are brought to fruition via my subconscious and conscious meeting, intermingling, debating, sometimes coming to blows, but, eventually finding they can share the same space and time, and in turn, speak in unison while still retaining their individual voices and unique spheres of existence within me.


The Bascom’s March schedule of exhibitions includes:

Emerging Artists: Frank Vickery thesis exhibition will be featured at the Bascom from March 24- May 10 in the Atrium Gallery.

Every year, a graduate student from Western Carolina University is chosen to install his or her thesis exhibition at The Bascom. Vickery, the honoree this year, is no stranger to the Bascom. He has been with our institution as an intern and is currently The Bascom’s Ceramics Program Manager.


Gary Carden of The Liars Bench, a two-year old program featuring authentic traditional Southern Appalachian storytelling, music, poetry, and drama, announced the first of the “Balsam Chronicles,” starting with the story of “Gus Baty, the man whojumped/ fell off Whiteside Mountain” Thursday March 15 at 7:00 pm at WCUs Mountain Heritage Center to follow the successful February 16 and 23 Liars Bench performances of “Coy”. Free admission for all.

First in the series of “Balsam Chronicles,” a set of three Liars Bench programs in March, April and May, supported in part by a grant from the Grassroots Arts Program of the Jackson County Arts Council and the North Carolina Arts Council, this is the compelling story of the circumstances of Gus Baty jumping/falling off “Fool's Rock,” sliding sixty yards down the steep mountain side and coming to rest against a Laurel bush suspended on the very edge of Whiteside's cliff a thousand feet above the valley floor, and his rescue by his friend Charlie Wright.


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